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Former educator, Permanent Secretary Joyce Sinclair dies

Former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service, Joyce Sinclair died on Saturday. She was 84 years old. Her brother, Director-General of Tourism, Donald Sinclair, confirmed that she died at her residence. Sinclair was also well-known for the training of employees in the public and private sector when she had branched off into human resources management consultancy. Ms. Sinclair ...

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Former GRA Commissioner-General dies

Former Commissioner-General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), Kurshid Sattaur died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. He was 63 years old. A relative confirmed that Sattaur passed away in Guyana. Sattaur was tax chief until 2016, months after the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) lost power. He was a devout Muslim. At one time, he had visited the ...

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COVID-19 kills Guyanese literary icons in US, Britain

Guyanese poet, actor, playwright, director, and literary critic, Michael Gilkes, passed away on Tuesday morning after spending three nights in the intensive care unit fighting the Covid-19 coronavirus in England. He died at the age of 86. Dr Gilkes will be remembered for his meaningful contribution to the theatre industry in Guyana, the Caribbean and other parts of the world. ...

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BREAKING: Veteran trade unionist and politician, Komal Chand dies

Veteran Guyanese trade unionist and parliamentarian for several decades for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), Komal Chand died on Wednesday in Cuba, officials said. He was 75 years old. Up to the time of his death, he was President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU). Assistant General Secretary of GAWU, Aslim Singh said Chand had been in ...

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Guyana-born New York bus driver of COVID-19

A 61-year-old Guyana-born bus driver in New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has died from the Coronavirus, COVID-19, New York Daily News reported. He has been identified as Oliver Cyrus, who drove buses for the Manhattan and Bronx Surface Transit Operating Authority, a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority that operates a handful of express and local bus routes. Cyrus ...

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Kenny Rogers: Country music legend dies aged 81

American country music legend Kenny Rogers has died aged 81, the BBC reported. A family representative said he “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes”. Rogers topped pop and country charts during the 1970s and 1980s, and won three Grammy awards. Known for his husky voice and ballads including The Gambler, Lucille and Coward Of The County, his career ...

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Senior Counsel Bryn Pollard dies

Prominent Guyanese Attorney-at-Law, Senior Counsel Bryn Pollard has died. He passed away on Friday. Mr Pollard is the father of Senior Counsel Andrew Pollard and brother of the late Magda Pollard. Mr Brynmore Pollard was a former General Counsel of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. He was a legislative drafting specialist. Mr Pollard’s now late wife had established the well-known ...

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Prominent Guyanese surgeon Dr Bud Lee dies

Prominent and highly-respected Guyanese surgeon, Dr. Wallace Irving ‘Bud’ Lee died Saturday at Woodlands Hospital which he co-founded, the Head of the Guyana Medical Council Dr. Navin Rambarran confirmed. Dr Lee was 87 years old. His passing has plunged the medical fraternity into mourning. Dr. Madan Rambarran, who was associated with Dr. Lee for several years, was saddened at the ...

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Former Acting Chief Justice Ian Chang dies

Former Acting Chief Justice, Ian Chang died Saturday following a prolonged battle with cancer. He was in his 60s. In paying tribute to Mr. Chang, the Judiciary and Magistracy say he” served his profession and fellow Guyanese with great honor and integrity.” The  Supreme Court of Judicature says Mr. Chang’s was a life of service to the nation. “He was ...

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First Principal of President’s College dies

The first principal of President’s College, Oswald Kendall has died. He was 80 years old. Mr. Kendall’s wife, Joan Kendall, confirmed that her husband passed away Monday morning at their residence following a brief illness. She said her husband fell ill in September. Mr. Kendall was also a former Chief Education Officer under then Education Minister, Malcolm Parris. Minister of ...

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