Gold Board lab shut

-following mercury concerns

Following continuing concerns over health dangers from mercury, the Guyana Gold Board’s laboratory at Upper Brickdam will close at the end of business today.

Venezuelan banks shrivel as inflation roars and credit dries up

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela’s hyperinflation has turned the struggling OPEC nation’s once-powerful banks into warehouses of useless cash that are worth a total of only $40 million, according to a Reuters analysis of regulatory data.

DPP nixes charges against ministers

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack yesterday discontinued the private criminal charges brought by PPP/C MPs against two government ministers since she said that the correct procedure, which included the filing of police reports, was not followed.

Hard Rock Café coming to Guyana

MovieTowne Guyana today announced that international restaurant chain Hard Rock Café will be one of its tenants when it opens up at Turkeyen.

Settling mercury issue quickly

Something would appear to have given over the past few days after the state entities that share responsibility for the administration of the various facets of the gold industry in Guyana – the Ministry of Natural Resources, the Guyana Geology & Mines Commission (GGMC) and the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) ‒ had come under further public pressure over the issue of mercury emissions from gold processing by the GGB and its effects on the health of GGMC workers.

    Bush Lot labourer stabbed to death, uncle held

    A labourer was fatally stabbed during an argument with his uncle yesterday at Bush Lot, Essequibo.

    Business groups criticize Finance Minister over no VAT refunds for exporters

    Major business groups in the country yesterday voiced dissatisfaction over the decision by the Government to disallow exporters the right to reclaim the Value-Added Tax (VAT) paid on inputs used to produce goods and services to be exported from Guyana.

    Town Clerk urges M&CC to consider downsizing city staff

    Town Clerk Royston King yesterday called on the Georgetown City Council to consider reducing staff at City Hall, which he said is struggling to manage the capital on a “shoestring” budget.

    Guyana barred from participating in Miss Universe pageant

    Guyana will not be allowed to participate in this year’s Miss Universe pageant, according to the most recent franchise holder Jyoti Hardat, who says the country is being barred because of the “nasty emails” and “death threats” sent to the Miss Universe Organisation in the ensuing controversy over last year’s delegate.

    Region One communities helping remigrants from Venezuela with resettlement

    Residents and regional personnel in border communities in Region One (Barima/Waini) are helping Guyanese, particularly those of indigenous origin, who are remigrating from Venezuela to reintegrate into their communities by providing accommodation and employment where possible.

    Leonora labourer found dead at Stewartville seashore

    The police in ‘D’ Division have launched an investigation following the discovery of the body of a 23-year-old labourer attached to the Uitvlugt estate yesterday morning at the Stewartville seashore, West Coast Demerara.

    Corentyne man read second charge of death by dangerous driving

    A Crabwood Creek hire car driver was yesterday read a second charge of death by dangerous driving and  placed on $1M bail when he appeared at the Whim Magistrate’s Court.

    Bank knew of Precision’s moves to settle debt

    Managing Director of Precision Woodworking Ronald Bulkan is adamant that Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited was fully aware that it was in the process of settling its indebtedness when the financial institution nonetheless went ahead and appointed a receiver for the company.

    Accused to stand trial for murder of Kaneville man

    Rayan Carter, who is charged with the murder of Ishwar Ramanah, the Kaneville machine operator who was fatally shot during a robbery at his home in December, 2017, was yesterday committed to stand trial for the crime.

    Murder accused Pritipaul Singh guard claimed fisherman advanced on him with knife

    Marlon Callender, the former Pritipaul Singh Investment security guard charged with murdering fisherman Envil Pollard, claimed that the man had been advancing towards him with a knife before he shot at him, a witness testified at the start of the trial yesterday.

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