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Jagdeo, Norton tussle over “structured” cash grants

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo has dismissed Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton’s call for each Guyanese household to be provided US$5,000 every year from the oil revenues. By Mr Jagdeo’s estimates, that would cost US$1.7 billion. “Now, since we started producing oil, we have not received $1.7 billion as yet but he wants to give out $1.7 billion a year. That is ...

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Digicel Guyana appoints new CEO; Dean remains as advisor

Digicel Guyana on Saturday announced Deonarine Gopaul as its new Chief Executive Officer, and his predecessor Gregory Dean would remain as an advisor.  Gopaul, brings extensive experience in the telecom industry, most recently serving as CEO of Digicel Suriname which he will continue to serve. Gopaul, who is Guyanese, made his initial entry into Telecoms with Celstar and the early ...

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‘C Island Hotel’ legally sold, signature of seller was not forged- High Coirt

Guyana’s High Court on Friday ruled that the once well-known ‘C Island Hotel’ was legally sold for GY$50 million after a majority of fingerprint experts testified that the then owner’s signature on the sufficiently crafted agreement of sale was not forged, paving the way for the transport to be passed to the new owner. The court found that ‘C Island ...

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Boys confess to burning girls’ hostel at Karasabai

Four boys on Thursday confessed to burning down part of  the St Angela’s Girls’ Hostel at Karasabai, South Pakaraimas, Rupununi earlier in the day after they were chased away by the caretaker, police said. None of the 19 students between the ages of 11 years and 16 years old was injured. “All the female students were able to make it ...

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Police confirm prison escapee Royden “Smallie” Williams, Odel Roberts shot dead

Death-row mass murder convict, Royden ‘Smallie’ Williams and his accomplice, Odel “Gully” Roberts” were shot dead in Bartica, police said. Head of the  the Guyana Police Force’s Criminal Investigations Department , Assistant Commissioner Wendell Blanhum said they were shot dead during a confrontation with members of the Joint Services at 33 Miles Bartica. Earlier Thursday, police had confirmed that one ...

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Man killed in “confrontation” with Joint Services

A man was shot dead during an exchange of gunfire with members of the Joint Services, but police on Thursday declined to confirm or deny whether the person killed was death row murder convict, Royden ‘Smallie’ Williams who escaped from the Mazaruni Prison last month. “One person was indeed shot and killed during a confrontation with members of Joint Services, ...

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Pilot on bail after pleading innocent to trafficking in persons charge

Guyanese pilot and businessman, Orlando Charles, is on GY$1.3 million bail after he pleaded not guilty to trafficking in 16 Venezuelans, police said. He appeared virtually before Bartica Magistrate, Crystal Lambert on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 and pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. Mr Charles was granted GY$1,328,000 bail and ordered to return to court on June 14 ...

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Fire destroys another dormitory

A fire early Thursday morning destroyed another girls’ dormitory, this time in Karasabai, Rupununi, but no one was reported injured. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. “At this time we can confirm that everyone was evacuated from the building, and no one was injured. However, the building and its contents were destroyed,” the Guyana Fire Service said ...

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Poison, note found near decomposed bodies of woman, 13-year old daughter- police

Police said they found suspected poison and a note near the bodies of a decomposed woman and her 13-year old daughter in their home at New Providence, East Bank Demerara. “Three plastic bottles, one glass bottle containing liquid substances and two cups were found next to the bodies while two small glass containers containing a whitish substance were recovered from ...

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Civil society activists push back against EPA, ExxonMobil’s efforts to block High Court decision

Two civil society activists on Wednesday fought desperately to convince Guyana’s Court of Appeal that ExxonMobil’s Liza 1 well should be suspended if the company could not fork out more money for an unlimited financial guarantee to clean up the environment if there is an oil spill. Though lawyers for ExxonMobil and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were extremely confident ...

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June 2023