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Opposition boycotts financial crimes law committee until Ramotar withdraws “terrorism” comment

The combined opposition has decided to boycott a parliamentary select committee that is examining proposed changes to the financial crimes legislation until President Donald Ramotar withdraws offending remarks. At issue is the Guyanese leader’s remarks that the opposition’s refusal to approve a motion and a bill related to the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP) amounted to an “act of terrorism.” ...

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Decomposed baby found in septic tank

The body of a decomposed baby was Wednesday morning found in Albouystown after a dog dragged a rotting hand out of a septic tank, police sources said. A woman, who said she drank something and disposed of the baby after it “came down”, has been arrested by police. The body was discovered in a yard at Victoria Street and Independence ...

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Amaila Falls Hydro will be insufficient- Greenidge, PSC

Opposition legislator, Carl Greenidge is questioning the feasibility of investing US$840 million in a hydropower plant that he says will at a minimum generate 105 megawatts of electricity. Well-placed sources said the current night-time peak demand is 108 megawatts and daytime is an estimated 95 megawatts, an amount that does not include Linden and self-generating industries like Banks DIH and ...

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Amaila Access Road: US$12M spent, 67 percent completed

The government says some US$12M (GUY$2.4B) has already been spent on the Amaila Hydropower Access Road and it would be a reversal of the nation’s fortunes to abandon it now. The Public Works Ministry flew reporters into the Amaila area on Tuesday for a first-hand look at sections of the road as the government looked to drum up popular sentiment ...

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Matthew’s Ridge air crash: ASL awaiting compensation claims

Air Services Limited (ASL) on Tuesday said compensation for injuries and losses could be processed only if passengers submit claims to be forwarded to the domestic carrier’s insurers. ASL’s Personnel Manager, Umadat Singh `could not immediately say if the GUY$3.6 million spent on medical and incidental expenses and transportation costs would be taken into consideration by insurers when adding up ...

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Opposition walks out from money laundering committee over Ramotar’s “terrorism” remark

Although Alliance For Change (AFC) leader, Khemraj Ramjattan walked out of a parliamentary select committee to protest President Donald Ramotar’s description of the opposition as “terrorists”, the opposition will not be withdrawing permanently. Carl Greenidge, who is representing A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) on the select committee that is examining amendments to financial crimes legislation, said the opposition decided ...

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Taxi driver shot during carjacking

A taxi driver, who was shot to his face before his car was hijacked, was Tuesday recuperating at a city hospital. An official of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) said 43-year old Samuel Pinder of Albouystown was resting in the Accident and Emergency Unit. When Pinder is discharged on Wednesday, it is unclear whether he would regain possession of ...

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GLDA and U.S team conduct veterinary outreach in Region 3

GEORGETOWN – The Guyana Livestock Development Agency (GLDA), in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy’s Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP), conducted a two-day veterinary training seminar and a livestock veterinary treatment outreach in Region 3 from July 15 to 20, 2013.  During the veterinary seminar, the HAP team provided GLDA veterinarians with refresher training in areas such as basic microscopy techniques, deworming ...

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U.S. establishes Youth Action Network in Guyana

GEORGETOWN – The U.S Embassy’s Public Affairs Section has established a Youth Action Network (YAN), bringing together approximately 50 young Guyanese leaders from around the country.  The Embassy’s Youth Action Network was officially launched July 20 through its first event – a Conference on Service and Leadership under the theme:  “Ready to Serve, Ready to Lead.”  This is the first ...

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Guyana dollar slides for several reasons

There are mixed views about why the Guyana dollar is plummeting- reasons include foreign currency gouging, a drop in the price of some exports and diminished confidence in the local economy partly due to political bickering. Deputy Governor of the Bank of Guyana, Dr. Gobin Ganga, however, assures that there is sufficient foreign currency in circulation. “The Central Bank has ...

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