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Heart surgeons in Guyana use cow tissue to reconstruct patient’s heart

The Caribbean Heart Institute’s (CHI) team led by CEO and Guyanese born heart surgeon Dr. Gary Stephens, successfully conducted an open-heart surgery utilising cow tissue to reconstruct a patient’s heart, the institution said Tuesday. “This procedure is the first-ever open heart surgery of its kind, to be performed in the country,” CHI added. CHI explained that the life-saving surgery, conducted ...

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Georgetown’s Mayor-elect talks up inclusion but downplays vote against PPP

Georgetown’s Mayor-elect, Alfred Mentore has promised to govern the crisis-plagued City inclusively but shied away from saying why the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) was sidelined from playing major roles in the Council. Referring to allegations by Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo on the 2023 Local Government Elections campaign that he had illegally sold a number of city properties, Mr Mentore ...

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Guyana awaits word from US on catfish ban

Guyana is still awaiting a reply from the United States Department of Agriculture to several submissions aimed at having that North American country lift an almost six-year old ban on catfish, according to Agriculture Minister Zulfikar Mustapha. With Guyana having recently updated its previous submission, he said the Ministry of Agriculture was awaiting word from the Department of Agriculture’ Food ...

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PPP Founder-member, Ashton Chase, dies

Attorney-at-Law Ashton Chase, the last founder-member of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC), the precursor organisation of Guyana’s first mass-based political organisation- People’s Progressive Party (PPP)- died early Tuesday morning, party officials said. He was 95 years old. “General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo expresses sincere condolences on behalf of himself and the party, to the family and friends of Ashton Chase O.E. ...

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Police Force in multimillion dollar breach of Procurement Act, says Public Accounts Committee

The bipartisan parliamentary Public Accounts Committee on Monday said the Guyana Police Force breached the Procurement Act by paying all of the GY$123.344 million to the same supplier for four contracts within one month of the award although none of the items had been delivered. “That was a breach of the Procurement Act. You can’t pay upfront all of the ...

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Amerindian villages should have legal right to block entry of unsavoury govt officials- APA

In the wake of a government minister’s alleged rape of a 16-year old Amerindian ancestry, the Amerindian People’s Association (APA) wants the Amerindian Act to be amended to give communities the right to refuse entry of unsavoury government officials. APA’s Governance and Rights Coordinator, Laura George said her organisation intends to make out a case for such an amendment when ...

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CDB approves US$76.2 million for upgrade of Guyana water supply systems

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, July 10, 2023: The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) on Monday announced it has approved a US$76.2 million loan to the Government of Guyana for the Guyana Water Supply Improvement Project under which the water supply systems serving five coastal communities will undergo major upgrades. The infrastructure development initiative involves the construction of five water treatment plants, complete with ...

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Calls intensify for PNCR’s General Council to meet

There are growing calls inside the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) for that political party to hold long-overdue meetings of its second highest decision-making body in between congresses. But party Chairman Shurwayne Holder said uncertainty about contesting the Local Government Elections was one of the major reasons for the almost year-long delay in holding General Council. “A General Council is ...

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Guyana Defence Force to open aviation school for Caribbean

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) will by next year establish an aviation school to train military and civilian pilots for the local and Caribbean markets, President Irfaan Ali announced on Saturday. “I have authorised work to be concluded before the third quarter of this year to have a full presentation to the Defence Board of an aviation school-military and civil ...

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High Court strikes down police detention of lawyer as “unconstitutional”

The High Court has ruled that the police detention of a lawyer because she advised her client to remain silent was unconstitutional and the seizure of her cellular phone was wrongful, Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes said Saturday. Attorney-at-Law Tamieka Clarke last November sued police for in excess of GY$100,000 in damages but the c0urt has pushed back its decision on the ...

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