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President lashes out at countries imposing vaccine preference on foreigners

President Irfaan Ali on Thursday heaped criticism on key Western Nations that have decided to block entry of nationals from other countries that have taken vaccines that have not been approved by their regulatory authorities or the World Health Organisation (WHO). Addressing the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, he said access to vaccines has led to the ...

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Former CARICOM facilitator in Guyana’s political dialogue dies

Former Barbados Attorney General Maurice King, who had been a CARICOM facilitator in dialogue between the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and the People’s National Congress (PNC) in 1999,died on Tuesday. He was 85 years old. In the aftermath of the 1997 general and regional elections that had ended in much turmoil and dispute that had led to the Herdmanston Accord, ...

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New PNCR executive needs to get rid of maximum leader approach

The new People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) executive that would be elected at that party’s next congress slated to be held before year-end should embrace a collective or rotational leadership model instead of the decades-old maximum leadership style, Political Analyst Henry Jeffrey said Wednesday. Reasoning that the PNCR’s “major problem” has been its decision-making rather than who is the leader, ...

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PCR testing sites available countrywide, but public slow to take tests

Health Minister Dr. Frank Anthony has said that there are PCR and antigen testing sites countrywide, but Guyanese have been slow to take advantage of the opportunity for fear that they would be tested positive. He sought to counter his predecessor’s call for PCR testing sites to be set up countrywide to help spot and trace COVID cases early. “If ...

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‘No racial discrimination’- Ali tells Brooklyn-based Guyanese pastors

President Irfaan Ali has told Guyanese pastors, who are based in Brooklyn, New York, that his administration has not been engaging in racial discrimination. ““Our development programme is never tailored for any one ethnic group,” he told the pastors during his current trip to the United States (US) for the United Nations General Assembly. His position appears to counter repeated ...

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Guyana refuses to reopen Lethem port but retaliatory protests in Brazil trigger shortage of basic items in Rupununi

The Guyana government has informed top officials of the  neighbouring Brazilian State of Roraima that the Lethem border would not be reopened to routine movement of persons, but would only allow the weekly turnaround of Brazilian trucks with supplies for businesses in Lethem in order to avoid a wider spread of the potentially deadly COVID-19 virus, a high-level source said. ...

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WPA, PNC question use of SWAT team

Two of Guyana’s opposition political parties have questioned the use of the police force’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit,  in the wake of the gunning down of a resident of Dartmouth, Essequibo Coast. The Working People’s Alliance, in expressing outrage at the “brutal slaying” of 29-year old Orin Boston by the SAWT team that police had said had gone ...

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‘Allow Coretta Mc Donald to represent teachers’- GTU President ; Union suspends protests, appeals for talks with Education Ministry

The President of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU), Mark Lyte on Friday appealed to the Guyana government to allow the union’s General Secretary, Coretta Mc Donald to represent teachers instead of using her political allegiance as a barrier. “We know that the General Secretary sits on the Opposition bench in Parliament, but like other union leaders who sit in parliament, ...

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Former Health Minister recommends free PCR testing sites countrywide

Former Health Minister Volda Lawrence is recommending the establishment of free PCR testing sites across Guyana as well as the monitoring of households to avoid mingling among COVID- infected and uninfected persons. Addressing a news conference for the first time since the March 2020 general and regional elections, Ms. Lawrence urged the her successor, Dr. Frank Anthony of the People’s ...

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PNCR to hold Congress no later than December 13

Chairman of the People’s National Congress Reform, Volda Lawrence says her party’s Congress will be held in late November but no later than December 13, with the Thanksgiving weekend being a major consideration for its US-based members. She said that decision taken by the PNCR’s Central Executive at its most recent meeting held on Thursday. Ms. Lawrence, who is performing ...

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