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Rastafari Council deplores retaining marijuana as a criminal offence; Attorney General says it’s a “delicate balance”

The Guyana Rastafari Council on Saturday assailed government’s rejection of a proposal to decriminalise the possession of marijuana rather than merely removing imprisonment as a penalty but Attorney General Anil Nandlall has already said that changes to the narcotics law are aimed at finding a “delicate balance” between competing interests. Mr Nandlall said, at the bipartisan parliamentary select committee, there ...

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Churches, bars, restaurants can open until 12:45 AM/ 00:45 hours on Jan 1- COVID Task Force

The National COVID Task Force has decided to allow churches, bars and restaurants to open until 12:45 AM/ 00:45 hours New Year’s Day only. “The National COVID-19 Task Force has noted a great demand by sections of the public to celebrate the holidays in the traditional ways during the festive season,” the Task Force said in a statement late Thursday ...

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President Ali’s religious belief has brought international goodwill- Teixeira

President Irfaan Ali being a Muslim has secured international support from leading countries of the Arab world, Minister of Governance Gail Teixeira said Sunday. Addressing congregants at a Hindu Temple in Queens, New York, she underscored the value of the President’s religious persuasion in accessing much-needed assistance. “We recognise that President Ali is a Muslim and also that has brought ...

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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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Man pleads guilty to breaking into mosque

A 45-year old man has pleaded guilty to breaking into the La Bonne Intention Masjid. Police say Rafeek Ally will be sentenced on September 15. He appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate A. George, where the charge was read to him and he pleaded guilty. Ally was arrested on September 9 by the police for breaking and entering ...

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Roman Catholic Bishop appeals to Guyanese to get vaccinated

Even as Roman Catholic Bishop of Guyana, Francis Alleyne announced that churches in Guyana would be closing their doors “indefinitely”, he sounded a call for Guyanese to take COVID vaccine because there is solid proof that a jab would work to stem the spread of the disease and people falling seriously sick. He said the official teaching of the Catholic ...

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Anglican priest Derek Goodrich dies

Well-known Anglican priest, Father Derek Goodrich died Monday morning in England. He was 94 years old. He was Dean-Emeritus of St. George’s Cathedral, and recipient of the Golden Arrow of Achievement. In his autobiography Derek writes that, among other things, he baptised over three thousand, presented three thousand eight hundred for Confirmation,  and married some nine hundred and fifty couples. ...

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Islamic community endorses President Ali’s performance

The Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG) on Monday gave a ringing endorsement of President Ali’s performance on the occasion of his one year in office and criticised the opposition A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) for attempting to hold on to power. “The CIOG reiterates its support for His Excellency the President Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali and ...

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Inter-Religious Organisation supports Rastafari use of marijuana

The Inter Religious Organisation of Guyana (IROG) on Saturday endorsed the decriminalisation of the possession of small amounts of marijuana for religious use by Rastafari, and at the same time urged authorities to ensure there is no widescale abuse of the plant. “While the IROG is not calling for indiscriminate smoking of marijuana to be legalized, it calls on the ...

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Police Force instructed to rescind revocation of Chaplain’s appointment over prayer

The Guyana Police Force Wednesday night officially back-pedaled on its decision to remove Pastor Patrick Doolichand as its Chaplain, hours after his appointment was revoked because of a prayer at last week’s opening of that law enforcement agency’s annual officers’ conference. “Further – contrary to what was stated in the revocation letter – His Excellency the President, Dr. Irfaan Ali, ...

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