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Guyana to get 104,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID vaccines

Guyana will be getting more than 100,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine produced by AstraZeneca, Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony said Monday. Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony made the disclosure in an update through the government’s Department of Public Information.  He said the vaccines would be provided through COVAX, a global pooled procurement mechanism, that seeks to ensure fair and ...

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Shorebase worker killed at worksite

The Ministry of Labour says it is investigating an accidental death at a shore base  work site at Houston, East Bank Demerara. Minister of Labour Joseph Hamilton confirmed that the company reported the death as required by law and that officers from his ministry were dispatched to investigate the causes. The minister says he could not immediately confirm the age and ...

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Name of new trawler licensee finally released

The Ministry of Agricultute on Monday finally released the name of the new trawler licensee, weeks after repeated calls had failed. Governmenr said the disclosure was made “in order to demonstrate the Government’s commitment to transparency and accountability.” He is Rampersaud Sookhdeo, La Jalousie, West Coast Demerara. The Agriculture Ministry said records indicate that Mr. Sookhdeo has been in the ...

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Tremors continue in Region Nine following earthquake

Villages in Region Nine have experienced several tremors following Sunday’s 5.7 magnitude earthquake which damaged a number of houses in the village of Katoonarib. Project Coordinator at the South Rupununi District Council (SRDC) Kid James told Demerawaves/ News Talk Radio on Monday that a fact-finding mission was conducted on Sunday night where it was found that one house was completely ...

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Update: Earthquake damage house, roads in deep south Rupununi

The 5.9 magnitude earthquake Sunday afternoon damaged a number of thatched roof and brick houses in the deep south Rupununi where mostly Indigenous Amerindians reside, the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) said. In an update, the government’s disaster response agency announced plans to assess the damage at Katooranib village. “The Regional Authorities of Upper Takutu-Upper Esequibo (Region 9) have confirmed that ...

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5.7 magnitude earthquake rattles Rupununi

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake Sunday afternoon rocked a large part of Rupununi in southern Guyana and parts of northern Brazil, according to the United States Ge0logical Surveys and residents in the area. “We just heard grrrrrrrr grrrrrr. The zinc sheets were rattling. We more than felt it, we heard it,” said Marguerite Bagot, a resident of Lethem. The tremor started ...

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Policeman shoots colleague during slippers argument

A policeman was early Sunday morning shot and injured by one of his colleagues during an argument over a pair of slippers, police said. The Guyana Police Force said the incident occurred at about  5 AM. Initial reports are that the rank, Constable 23337 Lampkin was shot by Constable 24885 Corbin following an argument over a pair of missing slippers. ...

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Bartica speedboat captain feared drowned, four others injured in collision with river ambulance

A Bartica speedboat captain, is feared dead following a collision between his passenger vessel and the Bartica Public Hospital ambulance on the Essequibo River Saturday night, police said. Police said the boat captain, Claude ‘Bumpa’ Pollard has not been seen since the mishap at about 7:15 PM in the vicinity of Stampa. The seven passengers were rescued and four were ...

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Woman finds man’s skeleton near her house

A woman on Saturday found the skeletal remains of a man on a plot of land where she has been living for the past 16 years, the Guyana Police Force said. The woman summoned the police after  finding the remains in a clump of bushes about 200 yards from the house in which she lives at Third Phase, WISROC Squatting ...

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President promises “safe” COVID-19 vaccines ahead of arrival of 20,000 Chinese doses

As Guyana prepares to import 20,000 Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines and explore importing from other sources, President Irfaan Ali said his country would ensure the jabs are certified and safe. “I want you to feel confident; indeed feel certain that when the vaccines arrive and we begin to distribute them, they will have the full approval of the World Health Organisation ...

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