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Venezuela snubs Guyana’s international campaign to use International Court of Justice to settle border controversy

Hours after Guyana’s President Irfaan Ali indicated that his country was waging an international diplomatic offensive to convince Venezuela to recognise the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in settling the border controversy over the Essequibo Region, the Venezuelan government again bluntly stated that it was only interested in a bilateral settlement. “Venezuela urges Guyana to abandon the unilateral path of ...

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Ali dismisses claims about return to PPP extra judicial killing of Afro-Guyanese

President Irfaan Ali on Friday rejected claims by sections of the opposition that the recent killing of Essequibo businessman, Orin Boston, marked the return of extra-judicial killing of Afro-Guyanese, saying that an opposition-generated list of victims had already been debunked years ago. “The propaganda that was used in the past about extra-judicial killing was dismantled,” he said, adding that an ...

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PNCR calls on Health Minister to produce detailed COVID-19 statistics

The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) on Wednesday punctuated its entire news conference with calls for Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony to resign, alleging that he has been mismanaging the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in increasing deaths and infections. Repeating its call for the opposition to be integrally involved in helping to manage the pandemic that has so far killed 740 ...

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President lashes out at countries imposing vaccine preference on foreigners

President Irfaan Ali on Thursday heaped criticism on key Western Nations that have decided to block entry of nationals from other countries that have taken vaccines that have not been approved by their regulatory authorities or the World Health Organisation (WHO). Addressing the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, he said access to vaccines has led to the ...

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File concerning police killing of Boston sent to Police Complaints Authority

The file concerning the police shooting death of Dartmouth, Essequibo businessman Orin Boston has been dispatched to the Police Complaints Authority (PCA), the Guyana Police Force said Wednesday night. “The Guyana Police Force has forwarded the file in this matter to the Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority for review. This is in keeping with the legal procedure when dealing ...

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Former CARICOM facilitator in Guyana’s political dialogue dies

Former Barbados Attorney General Maurice King, who had been a CARICOM facilitator in dialogue between the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the People’s National Congress (PNC) in 1999,died on Tuesday. He was 85 years old. In the aftermath of the 1997 general and regional elections that had ended in much turmoil and dispute that had led to the Herdmanston Accord, ...

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New PNCR executive needs to get rid of maximum leader approach

The new People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) executive that would be elected at that party’s next congress slated to be held before year-end should embrace a collective or rotational leadership model instead of the decades-old maximum leadership style, Political Analyst Henry Jeffrey said Wednesday. Reasoning that the PNCR’s “major problem” has been its decision-making rather than who is the leader, ...

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Child beggary on “radar” of Childcare and Protection Agency

The Childcare and Protection Agency (CPA) is cracking down on parents, who beg on the streets with their children to gain public sympathy, Minister of Human Services and Social Security Dr Vindhya Persaud said. Appearing on News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM’s ‘Beat The Clock’ morning programme, she said child begging, with the involvement of parents, amounts to mistreatment so that ...

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Brazil, Argentina selected as regional COVID-19 vaccine producing hubs

Washington DC, September 21, 2021 (PAHO) – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has announced the selection of two centers in Argentina and Brazil as regional hubs for the development and production of mRNA-based vaccines in Latin America in a bid to tackle COVID-19 and future infectious-disease challenges. The Bio-Manguinhos Institute of Technology on Immunobiologicals at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) ...

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PCR testing sites available countrywide, but public slow to take tests

Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony has said that there are PCR and antigen testing sites countrywide, but Guyanese have been slow to take advantage of the opportunity for fear that they would be tested positive. He sought to counter his predecessor’s call for PCR testing sites to be set up countrywide to help spot and trace COVID cases early. “If ...

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