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Huge ganja bust in shipment of cars

by Alva Solomon The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Friday morning unearthed  more than (640 kilogrammes) 1,411 lbs of compressed marijuana inside a container at the John Fernandes Container terminal on Mandela Avenue, Georgetown. The consignment of narcotic was packed in several bags and was found among a shipment of cars which came in the country  from Japan via China and ...

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Taxi driver shot

At least six shots rang out in the wee hours of Friday morning in the Alberttown area after an unknown person or persons opened fire on a taxi driver who had moments earlier dropped off several female Brazilian dancers, sources said. Twenty six year old Leslie Wood was reportedly shot several times and left to die in a nearby drain but ...

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Guyana to spend $20M on CARIFESTA XI; 2008 debts still outstanding

Guyana has budgeted some $20M for its 50-member contingent to participate in CARIFESTA XI being held in Suriname from August 16 to 26. This was revealed by Culture Minister Dr. Frank Anthony on Thursday at a news briefing where he said that participating countries now have to pay their way unlike when Guyana hosted the event. “There’s a new model ...

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Residents burn down thieves’ hideout

Fed up with being repeatedly robbed by a group of men who usually hide out in a shack, residents Thursday night burnt down the structure at Lamaha Park, Georgetown. The fire was set to the shack less than one night after police swooped down on the location in an effort to capture the youths. Residents said robbers usually pounced on ...

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Committee work on local gov’t bills complete; polls possible this year – APNU

The APNU says it is optimistic that local government elections can be held this year now that the select committee looking at the local government bills has finished its work, contrary to claims from Minister Ganga Persaud. The local government minister told reporters on Monday that the committee had not finished its work since the consideration of the four bills ...

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Work begins on improving Bartica’s water quality

The Guyana Water Incorporated on Thursday said it has commenced a programme to improve the water service provided to GWI customers of Bartica.  The enhancement programme to improve the level of service and quality of water commenced  in June 2013; this programme consists of the construction of a 500 cubic meter storage tank valued in excess of G$50 Million, the ...

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Former CANU officer, ex cop implicated in cocaine seizure

A former Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) officer and a former policeman are among six persons implicated in an attempt to smuggle several kilogrammes of cocaine to the United States (US), according to reliable sources. 25-year old American Briana Ashley should have been arraigned on Thursday for being in possession of 4.5 kilogrammes of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. ...

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Granger appeals exclusion from budget cuts case

Lawyers for Leader of the Opposition David Granger have filed an appeal against acting Chief Justice Ian Chang’s ruling to exclude him from the 2012 budget cuts case. This was confirmed on Thursday by Granger’s attorney in the matter Basil Williams. Justice Chang ruled on June 19 last that Granger and Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh be excluded from the ...

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Automatic Promotion Policy overhauled- Manickchand

The Automatic Promotion Policy (APP) has been drastically overhauled because it has been virtually rejected by parents and students, and there has been poor response to remedial classes, officials said Thursday. Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand said students who perform poorly in Mathematics and English would not be promoted to the next class. The APP system is applicable only in ...

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LIAT jacks up fares to pay for rising security cost

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, July 03, 2013 – LIAT has implemented a security surcharge on tickets in response to rising security demands and spiraling security costs. The new security surcharge of US$1.25 per one way trip applies to all passengers, including children and infants, on all LIAT flights. Heightened airline and airport security over the last 10 years has resulted in ...

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