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President, First Lady take COVID-19 test based on doctor’s “advice”

President David Granger and First Lady Sandra Granger  have been tested for the potentially deadly coronavirus, COVID-19 based on medical advice. “COVID-19 tests were administered to The President and First Lady out of an abundance of caution and based on the advice of their doctor,” presidential spokeswoman, Arianna Gordon told News-Talk Radio Guyana/ Demerara Waves. The First Couple were tested ...

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GAWU rejects claims that strikes played role in missed sugar target

by Samuel Sukhnandan The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), the larger of the sugar workers unions, has rejected claims that the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) failure to meet its first crop production target was mainly due to multiple strike action taken by workers. General Secretary of GAWU, Seepaul Narine told News Talk Radio 103.1FM/Demerara Waves Online on Tuesday ...

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Veteran trade unionist Komal Chand cremated

Veteran trade unionist Komal Chand was cremated on Tuesday at the Ruimzeight Cremation Site, West Coast Demerara at 12 noon. He died on April 8, 2020 at the age of 75, while while receiving medical treatment in Havana, Cuba for pneumonia. His funeral was held three months after his death. Chand had departed Guyana on February 22 to get medical ...

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Involve Amerindian village leaders, educate communities to fight COVID-19, says APA

by Samuel Sukhnandan Even as officials of the Public Health Ministry appealed to hinterland communities to do all they can to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19), the Amerindian People’s Association (APA), a leading indigenous rights organisation, says there is greater need for inclusivity and education awareness. On Monday, Public Health Ministry’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud ...

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43 reported cases of people trafficking in Guyana

by Samuel Sukhnandan A total of 43 people have been trafficked so far this year, according to the Ministry of Social Protection’s Counter-Trafficking in Persons Unit (C-TIP). This information was revealed by the ministry ahead of World Day Against TIP which is commemorated annually on July 30. According to the ministry, this latest figure covers January to July 2020, when the ...

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Former British soldier dies in southern Guyana

The body of a former British soldier, who usually jogged around the southern Guyanese town of Lethem, was late Monday afternoon found on a roadway, police said. He has been identified as Ian Craddock. The ex serviceman has been living in Guyana for 25 years ago during which time he established Bush Master Tourism Company located in Lethem, a town ...

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Govt condemns Chutney singer for “spit in deh face” incitement against Nagamootoo, Ramjattan

The Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Social Cohesion today condemned well-known Guyanese chutney singer, Mahendra Ramkellawan for encouraging people to spit on two top government ministers. The Social Cohesion Department says in a recent Social Media video, Mr. Ramkellawan called for acts of violence against Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan. Social Cohesion Minister, Dr. George ...

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38 COVID cases from two interior regions in three days

Guyana has recorded 38 new coronavirus cases in three days, prompting a renewed call for hinterland communities to fight back the spread of COVID-19. The Ministry of Public Health’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud said the 19 cases that were recorded on Monday all came from Region Nine  (Upper Takatu/ Upper Essequibo). Dr. Persaud on Monday said figures on ...

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Road deaths still climbing despite drop in traffic due to COVID-19, says Road Safety Council

by Samuel Sukhnandan Despite a reduction road traffic across Guyana due to the more than two-month old COVID-restrictions on the movement of people and opening of businesses, a road safety non-governmental organisation is very worried that the number of road deaths has not decreased. To date, Guyana has recorded 80 accidents, resulting in 84 deaths, among them six children, according to Coordinator ...

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