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Greenidge tabling amendment to make ministers liable to prosecution for financial improprieties

Former Minister of Finance under the PNC administration Carl Greenidge has signalled his intention to table an amendment to the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FMAA) to make it possible that Ministers along with other officials could be fined and jailed for financial improprieties .

Works on Canal #2 main drain incomplete – farmers

Farmers at Canal Number Two Polder say drainage works in the main canal have yet to be completed yet the workers have been paid in full .

Guyana lauds India’s achievements

Prime Minister Samuel Hinds performing the functions of President applauded India’s efforts to address socio-economic challenges and foster development; recalling some of the country’s achievements in his speech to mark that country’s 64th Republic Anniversary at a function held two Saturdays ago at the Georgetown Club .

CELAC must make greater effort to assist poverty-stricken nations

-Ramotar

President Donald Ramotar said while Latin America and the Caribbean as a region has recorded growth during the global economic downturn, several Caribbean countries are struggling with the effects of the crises .

GDF Lance Corporal promoted posthumously

GDF Lance Corporal promoted posthumously

GDF Lance Corporal, Eon Blair, who died during a fitness run, has been promoted posthumously to the rank of Substantive Corporal with effect from January 18, 2013 .

Libra and Gemini proprietor rescued from home fire

Libra and Gemini proprietor rescued from home fire

The 79-year-old proprietor of the Libra and Gemini Carpet establishment of D’Urban and George streets this morning had to be dramatically rescued by fire-fighters as she watched television in her soundproof, air-conditioned room unaware that her home was ablaze .

Wounded Brazilian teen dies at Lethem Hospital

The police say they are conducting investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death of Brazilian national Paulo Mauricio Da Silva, 17 years, of Bon Fim, Brazil .

Nappi residents call for end to police harassment

Nappi residents call for end to police harassment

Residents of Nappi and surrounding communities have complained of police harassment saying that police put up roadblocks at night, threaten them and demand bribes but despite complaints, the practice has not ceased .

Yupukari, Rupununi

Yupukari, Rupununi

The world beyond Georgetown

There is always something happening in Yupukari .

Alarming increase in suicides, attempted suicides in Region One

There has been an alarming increase in the number of suicides and attempted suicides in Region One within the last two months, a situation that the Minister of Social Services Jennifer Webster says needs urgent attention .

More young people turning to sex work because of economic circumstances, says organisation helping sex workers

More young people turning to sex work because of economic circumstances, says organisation helping sex workers

More and more young people are becoming involved in sex work especially ‘transactional sex’ because of poor economic circumstances, and instead of the authorities helping them to practise safe sex and provide alternatives they demonise them pushing them underground which will only increase the incidence of HIV and AIDS .

Opposition bills awaiting assent, not yet sent to AG for preparation

Opposition bills awaiting assent, not yet sent to AG for preparation

With the passage of the Former Presidents (Benefits and Other Facilities) Bill 2012 two Fridays ago, there are now two opposition bills awaiting the signature of President Donald Ramotar, but they have not yet been sent to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for the necessary documentation to be prepared .

Motorcyclist dies in collision with car at Grove

Motorcyclist dies in collision with car at Grove

A 41-year-old motorcyclist was killed yesterday afternoon when he reportedly slammed head-on into a car after swerving from a child who was attempting to cross the road at Samatha Point, Grove, East Bank Demerara .

Torani Canal becoming shallower as banks slide into water

Torani Canal becoming shallower as banks slide into water

-could affect Region 6 irrigation

The head of the Torani Canal has become progressively shallower as the banks of the canal are eroding and sliding into the water .

Abortion services could be offered at public hospitals before July

Abortion services could be offered at public hospitals before July

- Chief Medical Officer

The Ministry of Health is currently putting measures in place to make abortion services accessible at public health facilities a reality soon, says Chief Medical Officer Dr Shamdeo Persaud .

Specific officers’ bonuses were withheld

- senior army officer

A senior officer in the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) is refuting the claim by Chief-of-Staff Commodore Gary Best that Christmas bonuses were only withheld from officers listed for poor performances, saying that specific individuals were singled-out .

267 other ranks promoted in army

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) has announced the promotions of 267 “Other Ranks” effective from January 1 this year .

Five soldiers charged over crimes against Cuyuni miners

Five soldiers charged over crimes against Cuyuni miners

- were ‘positively identified,’ army says

Five serving members of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) have been charged and are to face court martial proceedings for allegedly robbing miners in the Cuyuni mining district .

US asks Curacao to probe gold smuggling

US asks Curacao to probe gold smuggling

- dossier sees 15 years of shipments from Guyana

The United States has asked the Dutch island of Curacao to probe years of gold smuggling between the two jurisdictions and reports have surfaced of a dossier on illicit shipments from Guyana for the last 15 years .

Three deaths leave questions and no answers

Who was responsible for the deaths of Ricardo Rodrigues, his bodyguard Marlon Osborne and Canadian Jean Le Blanc and why? The questions linger months after their deaths and while investigators may have hunches, no one seems to be in a hurry to find the answers .

Woman dies following blackout during surgery at New Amsterdam Hospital

Woman dies following blackout during surgery at New Amsterdam Hospital

A Berbice woman is now dead after a power failure occurred at the New Amsterdam Hospital while she was undergoing surgery on Sunday, January 20 .

Duo held after Meadowbrook killing released

The two persons held in connection with the execution of gold miner Dave Wills have been released from police custody, further dampening the hopes of relatives that they will get closure .

Benefits for Jagdeo, Hinds will be capped under new law – Greenidge

APNU Member of Parliament Carl Greenidge says that former presidents Bharrat Jagdeo and Sam Hinds would have their benefits capped once the new President’s Benefits and Other Facilities bill—recently passed by the National Assembly—becomes law .

Commodore Gary Best (third from right) speaking to miners on Friday. (GDF photo)

GDF officer, four ranks charged over alleged Cuyuni crimes

The Guyana Defence Force this evening said that an Officer and four Other Ranks have been detained in relation to their alleged involvement in criminal conduct, reportedly committed in the Cuyuni mining district recently .

Ministry to launch Zoo rehab plan

The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment will on Monday launch an initiative to rehabilitate the Zoological Park, Botanical Gardens and the National Park, a release from the Ministry today said .

US asks Curacao to probe gold smuggling

US asks Curacao to probe gold smuggling

-dossier sees 15 years of shipments from Guyana

The United States has asked the Dutch island of Curacao to probe years of gold smuggling between the two jurisdictions and reports have surfaced of a dossier on illicit shipments from Guyana for the last 15 years .

More US $$ to help track, prosecute drug lords

More US $$ to help track, prosecute drug lords

-lie detector tests for some officers

Two agreements signed yesterday with the US will see Guyana getting help to go after drug lords along with training for key personnel and to protect the cooperation, lie-detector tests will be required of local officers who interface with their US counterparts .

Underworld ties seen in gunning  down of miner, police say

Underworld ties seen in gunning down of miner, police say

-was friend of man killed at guesthouse

Connections to the underworld are emerging in the latest `hit’ which left Dave `Jason’ Wills’s body riddled with bullets on Thursday night and police continue to question two persons who were with him in the Meadowbrook house at the time .

[Video] Lindener’s death pushed  mother to leave country

[Video] Lindener’s death pushed mother to leave country

- inquiry hears

The mother of Ron Somerset, one of the three men shot dead during a protest on July 18, 2012 at Linden, yesterday said that her son’s death forced her to leave the country .

Buxton toddler dies after falling down stairs

Buxton toddler dies after falling down stairs

A toddler died at the Georgetown Public Hospital yesterday after she accidentally fell down the stairs at her home at Buxton, East Coast Demerara .

Guyana’s $56.7M debt  to Russia cancelled

Guyana’s $56.7M debt to Russia cancelled

Minister of Finance of Guyana Dr Ashni Singh and Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Guyana Nikolay Smirnov yesterday formalised the cancellation of Guyana’s US$277,490 .

Growth is priority for underperforming forestry sector

Growth is priority for underperforming forestry sector

Guyana can comfortably produce over 1,000,000 cubic metres of timber without interrupting conservation efforts, but the country’s current production level is just about 400,000 cubic metres .

Bosai circuitry issues cause 12-hour blackout at Linden

-businesses rack up losses

Circuitry issues with Bosai’s power distribution resulted in Linden enduring a 12-hour blackout which began on Wednesday night and ended at midday on Thursday .

One held over attack on Oscar Clarke

One held over attack on Oscar Clarke

Police say that one person has been held in relation to the robbery and shooting of PNCR General Secretary Oscar Clarke .

Brother of alleged shooter  held in scrap collector’s murder

Brother of alleged shooter held in scrap collector’s murder

The man the police have in custody for the murder of Allan Wayne Barker, who was shot in the head on Wednesday, is actually the brother of the shooter, but up to late yesterday afternoon he was still in custody .

Prison officer charged with attempted murder of wife

Prison officer charged with attempted murder of wife

-gets $100,000 bail release

Masimba Sampson, the prison officer accused of brutalising his wife two days before Christmas, appeared at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court on Thursday charged with attempted murder and he was released on bail .

GDF Women’s Army Corps urged to lift standards

Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Commodore Gary Best yesterday charged the Women’s Army Corps to lift standards as the corps celebrated its 46th anniversary with a thanksgiving service at the auditorium, at Base Camp Ayanganna .



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