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Stakeholders call for more testing, tracing ahead of domestic tourism reopening

As Guyana looks towards gradually reopening sectors of its economy, particularly tourism, stakeholders in that industry are calling for more testing and tracing to be done aimed at improving consumer confidence and containing the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19). Newly-appointed Director of the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) Carla James- Chandra told the third Tourism Recovery Action Committee (TRAC) meeting ...

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GUYSUCO blames NICIL for likely late payment of July wages, salaries

by Samuel Sukhnandan As time draws closer for the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to deliver on its monthly payment to workers, the corporation says it is unclear whether they will be able to honour its obligations. GuySuCo’s Corporate Communications Manager Audreyanna Thomas says the corporation has for weeks been waiting on the disbursement of $750 million the National Industrial and ...

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Chief Elections Officer on bail for private criminal charges; lawyers clash on “political” comments in court

Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield was Friday morning granted a total of GYD$450,000 bail on three indictable offences in connection with the March 2, 2020 general election. He has been charged with misconduct in public office and alleged electoral fraud, and conspiracy to alter results that had been declared in March for that district. The complainants are Desmond Morean of ...

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Chief Elections Officer goes to court to answer private criminal charges

Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield Friday morning turned up at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court to answer three private criminal charges. He is represented by Senior Counsel Neil Boston and Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes. He has been charged with misconduct in public office and alleged electoral fraud, and conspiracy to alter results that had been declared in March for that district. The ...

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Lack of manpower, difficult terrain pose challenge to Region 9’s COVID-19 fight

by Samuel Sukhnandan A lack of manpower and the difficult terrain in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) is posing a major challenge for regional officials to fight the spread of the deadly coronavirus. This is according to Regional Executive Officer (REO) Carl Parker who heads the COVID-19 Task Force in that region. Mr. Parker told News Talk Radio 103.1 FM/Demerara Waves ...

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PPP commissioners condemn fresh attacks on GECOM chair

The opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP)-aligned election commissioners on Thursday condemned new attacks being leveled against Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chair Retired Justice Claudette Singh. Commissioners Sase Gunraj, Bibi Shaddick and Robeson Benn said in a joint statement that there seems to be a new norm where individuals and organizations that take actions or make statements which appear to be different from ...

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Temporary shutdown of airports hits Guyana’s non-traditional agricultural exports

By Samuel Sukhnandan Guyana’s decision to ban incoming international flights, combined with the move by many airlines to reduce passenger flights,  has dealt a blow to non-traditional agricultural exports, officials said. Because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Guyana closed all its airports to international passenger aircraft on March 19, a closure that could remain in place until August 28 at ...

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Mon Repos family seeks help after fire destroys home

by Samuel Sukhnandan A family has nowhere to go after a fire destroyed their Mon Repos house which was built several years ago. A fire tore apart the house at 179 Fourth Street Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara Wednesday night around 10:30, destroying everything inside. One day after, Omrow Deopaul,68, says he and his family need help to rebuild and is ...

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No talks with APNU+AFC before GECOM declares winner based on national vote recount- Jagdeo

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) on Thursday vowed not to cave in to demands by A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) and said the only way forward is for the coalition to abide by the declaration  of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) based on the national vote recount. PPP General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo told News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 ...

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