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Gov’t will fund UG student loans – Finance Minister

Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh today said that the government will fund UG student loans to the amount of increased tuition fees .

Norway agency warns of Chinese risk in Amaila project

-says Low Carbon strategy ad hoc

-cites exclusion of stakeholders -points to logging without value addedThe Norwegian government agency through which funds are channelled to Guyana for protecting its forests has warned of the risk to Norway’s reputation if the controversial Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHP) is funded by the Chinese and has urged Oslo to send a high-level team here to discuss these and other issues .

Miner stabbed to death  at Blackwater Backdam

Miner stabbed to death at Blackwater Backdam

A 20-year-old Mahdia man was found dead along a trail in Blackwater Backdam, Region Eight early yesterday morning .

More action needed on mining deforestation here – Norway funding agency

-confirms Guyana will lose US$20MSystems are in place for measuring forest protection but insufficient action has been taken to reduce the mining operations that are the main cause of deforestation, the Norwegian government agency through which funds are channelled to pay Guyana for protecting its forests, has said .

Man charged with killing stepfather

Man charged with killing stepfather

-deceased was stabbed 18 times

Twenty-year-old labourer Inderjeet Sewdan was on Monday charged with the brutal murder of his stepfather .

Brazilian dies in Cuyuni boat mishap, boy missing

Brazilian dies in Cuyuni boat mishap, boy missing

The lifeless body of an elderly Brazilian national was pulled from a river at Dukwari, Cuyuni while a five-year-old boy is missing and presumed dead by officials following a boating accident in the said area around 14:00hrs on Tuesday .

Local gov’t minister facing scrutiny over  order to waive taxes on city building

Local gov’t minister facing scrutiny over order to waive taxes on city building

Local Government Minister Norman Whittaker last month ordered a waiver on rates and taxes amounting to $22 million on a city property, prompting accusations that he broke the law .

Bai Shan Lin, Vaitarna exported 51,000 cubic metres of logs – GFC

Since 2008, Chinese logging company Bai Shan Lin has exported 35 832 cubic metres of logs while since 2012, Indian logging company Vaitarna Holdings Private Inc (VHPI) has exported 15 190 cubic metres of logs, according to data supplied yesterday by the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) .

GDF inks military aid pact  with Chinese army

GDF inks military aid pact with Chinese army

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and the People’s Liberation Army of China yesterday signed a US$4 .

Stats bureau website suspended

The Bureau of Statistics’ website has been suspended for unknown reasons and officials are unable to say why .

Cornea transplants put focus on need for early diagnosis, organ donation policy

Cornea transplants put focus on need for early diagnosis, organ donation policy

After struggling with poor vision for almost half of his life, 20-year-old Intiaz Abdul received a corneal transplant last month at Dr Balwant Singh’s Hospital .

National footballer charged  with ganja trafficking

National footballer charged with ganja trafficking

-after cops raid camp

National footballer Sheik Kamal was yesterday charged with possession of ganja for trafficking, following a recent police raid of a camp in the Upper Mazaruni River area .

Clerk charged with embezzling nearly $5M

Clerk charged with embezzling nearly $5M

A clerk was yesterday arraigned on a charge that he embezzled almost five million from his employer .

Man seeking to compensate ex after posting explicit photos on Facebook

Shemroy Skeffers, accused of circulating explicit photographs of an ex-girlfriend on Facebook, was yesterday released on bail after a city court heard that he wanted to compensate the woman for the embarrassment .

Retender for Le Repentir cemetery roads attracts two bids

Retender for Le Repentir cemetery roads attracts two bids

Only two companies submitted bids when the retender contract for repairs to the internal roads in Le Repentir Cemetery was opened yesterday .

Slain businessman’s wife was shot while trying to hold on to bag – relatives

Shayraz Raghoo was shot because she held on to the bag that contained money, a licensed gun and important documents during the attack that claimed her husband’s life on Monday afternoon, relatives say .

Suspect in two city armed robberies held

Police may be closer to solving two brazen armed robberies in the city, including one on Sherriff Street which resulted in the death of one of the bandits, after they arrested a suspect .

Festival City man charged with theft from two Essequibo stores

Festival City man charged with theft from two Essequibo stores

A Festival City man accused of stealing goods valued over $80,000 from two Essequibo Coast businesses was on Monday granted bail when he appeared in the Charity Magistrate’s Court .

Samples from remains found at Turkeyen  to be sent for DNA analysis this week - Crime Chief

Samples from remains found at Turkeyen to be sent for DNA analysis this week – Crime Chief

Crime Chief Leslie James yesterday said the samples taken from the skeletal remains of a woman found along the Turkeyen Road last month, and from the parents of missing teacher Nyozi Goodman, will be sent overseas for analysis this week .

Eight trained at Mara on operating agri machinery

Eight trained at Mara on operating agri machinery

Eight persons have been trained on machine operation and maintenance as part of a project to boost agriculture at Mara on the Corentyne .

Bodybuilder dies after  East Bank accident

Bodybuilder dies after East Bank accident

Bodybuilder Delon Harlequin died last week, two days after his motorcycle collided with a car at the Friendship, East Bank gas station .

Blue CAPS in programme for Albouystown Youths

Blue CAPS in programme for Albouystown Youths

NGO, Blue CAPS, has launched its second leadership development programme in Albouystown in the hope of “fostering change and development agents” among the youths in Guyana .

Kaneville man gets bail  on house breaking charge

Kaneville man gets bail on house breaking charge

After a recent release from jail, a Kaneville man yesterday found himself once more before a court on a break and enter and larceny charge .

Gafsons worker on larceny charge

A Gafsons Industries Limited worker was yesterday released on bail after denying that she stole from the company .

US Customs trains  airline employees  on fraud detection 

US Customs trains airline employees on fraud detection 

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Laptops for Mora Point

Laptops for Mora Point

A team from the One Laptop per Family (OLPF) unit recently visited the Mora Point area in Region Five and distributed 80 laptops to residents .

Commercial corn, soya production to start by yearend

Feasibility studies have been successful and large scale production of corn and soya in Guyana is targeted for yearend to satisfy the demands in the stockfeed industry and that of biofuel .

Ministry silent on fate of  secure livelihoods projects

Ministry silent on fate of secure livelihoods projects

Several projects in a much-hyped scheme from 2009 to provide alternative livelihoods for several Amerindian communities appear to have been abandoned and the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs has been silent on the projects .

Bill to postpone local gov’t polls likely to be tabled after recess

-Ramotar

The bill to postpone Local Government Elections (LGE) is likely to be re-laid almost immediately following the parliamentary recess, according to President Donald Ramotar .

Bail for Essequibo mason charged with smoking coke

Magistrate Sunil Scarce on Monday granted $100,000 bail to a 25-year-old Essequibo Coast man charged with smoking cocaine .

Suspect in attacks on Medicare, Sheriff St businesses held

Police say that a suspect in the armed robbery of the Medicare Outlet at Sandy Babb Street, Georgetown, and also in the armed robbery of a businessman on Sheriff Street, Georgetown, during which Kevin Fields of Agricola was shot and killed, has been arrested .

Two die after boat strikes rock near Cuyuni

At about 1600h .

Man found stabbed to death at Mahdia

Police say that investigations are being conducted into the circumstances surrounding the death of Nickel Leacock, 20 years, of 111 Miles, Mahdia, whose body was found at about 0745h .

Businessman gunned down at stoplight

Businessman gunned down at stoplight

-wife injured

A Corentyne businessman is now dead and his wife hospitalized following a brazen daytime robbery yesterday and two persons are in police custody assisting with investigations .

[Video] GFC addresses value-added lapse

[Video] GFC addresses value-added lapse

The Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) yesterday defended its stewardship of the forestry sector but despite saying that two years was reasonable time in which wood processing should start, it acknowledged that several operators were way behind and Jaling and another have been warned .

PPP raises more concerns about voters list

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) is once again voicing its concern over what it claims to be irregularities on the Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) after eighteen persons on the PLE were found to have the same address .



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