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Chief Elections Officer Lowenfield arrested, remained silent, released on station bail

Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield was Saturday arrested as part of an ongoing probe into alleged electoral fraud at the March 2, 2020 general and regional elections, but police said he chose to remain silent and was released on station bail. “After being told of the allegations, Mr. Lowenfield exercised his right to remain silent. Thereafter, a confrontation was held ...

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Nurses’ industrial unrest breaking the law; President shrugs claims of unjustifiable spending

Government says  nurses are violating the law governing essential unrest by taking industrial  unrest to press demands for more COVID-19 frontline allowances and other benefits. President Irfaan Ali on Saturday dismissed arguments that government was wasting money on reopening sugar estates and buying new vehicles for himself and the Prime Minister. “There are some strong independent actors looking to exploit ...

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Start of govt, opposition inclusive governance talks in limbo “no honest interlocutor”- Jagdeo ; “that is none of his business”- Harmon

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo has cast some doubt over the start of inclusive governance talks with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU+AFC), because the opposition coalition continues to maintain that this year’s general elections  were rigged and experienced People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) politicians have been removed from the National Assembly. He said the Irfaan Ali-led administration was committed to ...

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Guyana, ExxonMobil about to ink Payara well approval; hefty fines for flaring, dumping untreated water

Guyana is on the verge of signing an agreement with ExxonMobil for its Payara Development Plan that would provide for hefty fines for flaring and the dumping of untreated water back into the sea, Minister of Natural Resources Vickram Bharrat said Friday. He told News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM/Demerara Waves Online News that the actual fines were still under discussion ...

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Venezuelan armed gang opens fire on Guyanese police, soldiers

Members of a Venezuelan sindicato gang opened fire on a joint patrol of Guyanese police and soldiers on the Cuyuni River, the Guyana Defence Force said. The army said no one was injured during the incident that occurred on the bordering river on Wednesday, September 23. “None of the ranks received injuries and they returned fire,” the GDF said. The ...

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Larry London supplied birth certificates with proper security features- former Citizenship Minister

Former Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix on Thursday defended the then APNU-AFC government’s decision to sole-source about 500,000 birth certificates from a United States (US)-based company controlled by People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) executive member, Larry London. Mr Felix said the sole-sourced contract of GYD$23 million contract was awarded by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) after the ...

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Guyana’s artists, cultural workers to be registered- Culture Minister Ramson

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport Charles Ramson Jr. says a national registry of artists and cultural workers  would be established in keeping with Guyana’s commitments under the Caribbean- European Union Economic Partnership Agreement. He told the House during consideration of the 2020 National Budget estimates that the registry would also be in line with the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) free ...

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Guyana’s Queen’s College threatens to leave CXC, take legal action over alleged botched results

Two of Guyana’s leading secondary schools on Thursday joined others across the Caribbean in condemning the apparent poor grading of students at the 2020 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency (CAPE) examinations, with Queen’s College already threatening legal action and possibly lobbying for withdrawal from the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). “If CXC does not bend, we will ...

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Sexual activity with 6 month old girl among 529 cases, police system inadequate- Child Care Director

The Director of the Child Care and Protection Agency of the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security, Ann Greene says sexual activity with a six-month old baby girl is among 529 reported cases of child sexual abuse for this year during the coronavirus pandemic. “During this period of the pandemic, we received a report of a six-month old chubby ...

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Govt agencies to buy some produce directly as farmers loses 50 percent earnings due to coronavirus

A recent study by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) shows that since the start of the the coronavirus, COVID-19, farmers are losing income by between 20 and 50 percent, causing government to decide to buy produce directly from them, according to Agriculture Minister Zulfikar Mustapha. He noted that due to COVID-19, restaurant and food establishments are opening limited hours ...

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