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Oppositon should support Cabinet’s no-objection for Procurement Commission- Ramkarran

Prominent civil lawyer, Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran has recommended that the opposition agree to an amendment to allow for cabinet to give reasons for objecting to the award of a contract. “This compromise position, if supported by the Opposition, would test the bona fides of the Government,” he said in his weekly column published on Although the opposition parties- ...

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Guyana’s gay rights organisation preparing for parliamentary select committee

Guyana’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is preparing their submissions for a parliamentary select committee for the repeal of sodomy and other laws they say discriminate against gays and lesbians. Co-Chair of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), Joel Simpson said the Guyana Equality Forum (GEF), a coalition of like-minded civil society organisations,” is being geared to ...

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DDL official killed in road accident

A senior official of Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) was knocked down and killed on Sheriff Street, Campbelville. The dead man has been identified as 57-year old Harry B. Singh, a Finance Manager at the local rum and beverage giant. Police sources said the driver of the motor vehicle, Mervin Mangro of Friendship, East Bank Demerara, has been arrested in connection ...

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Benschop’s half-brother charged in Philadelphia building collapse

(PHILLY.COM).-The excavator operator charged in the deaths of six people at a Salvation Army thrift store in Center City turned himself in to police Saturday. Sean Benschop, 43, refused to give a statement on his role in Wednesday’s collapse, choosing instead to exercise his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. He will be arraigned, police said – it’s unclear when ...

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Fine, jail for employers who don’t pay national minimum wage

Labour Minister Dr. Nan Kishore Gopaul has warned that employers, who are not paying the recently introduced national minimum wage could be fined or even jailed. He was quoted by the Government Information Agency (GINA) as saying that those who are delinquent and pay their staff less than the national minimum wage will, if found guilty, pay a fine of ...

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Fire leaves two homeless

Fire of unknown origin late Saturday afternoon destroyed a wooden house in Sophia, leaving in its wake millions of dollars in destruction and two persons homeless. Fire Chief Marlon Gentle told Demerara Waves Online News ( that four persons were homeless and the cause of the fire was not immediately known. However, other sources identified the occupants of the house ...

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Man stabs wife to death, slits his throat

A man stabbed his reputed wife dead and attempted suicide, leaving him in a critical condition. The incident occurred around midday Saturday at their home, Kuru Kuru, Soesdyke Highway. The woman has been identified as 23-year old Shamieza Ramdatt. The perpetrator, 40-year old Shameer Ali, was apprehended in a clump of bushes nearby with his throat slit. Hospital sources said ...

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Caribbean to launch Aid for Trade Strategy

The 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom) will launch the Caribbean Regional Aid for Trade (AfT) Strategy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti next Tuesday, the Guyana-based regional headquarters said in a statement. Michel Martelly, the President of Haiti and Chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), will be joined by Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Pascal Lamy and Secretary-General of CARICOM, Ambassador ...

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Barbadian charged with overstaying since ’07 Cricket World Cup

A Barbadian, who used the 2007 Cricket World Cup hassle-free travel system to enter Guyana and live here for the past six years, was Friday convicted for overstaying. 53-year old Devon Atwell pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared before City Magistrate Fabayo Azore in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court. He was fined GUY$40,000 or six months imprisonment. The court ...

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June 2023