Rusal workers hear words of comfort from ministers

With the jobs of over 500 bauxite workers hanging in the balance because of US sanctions against Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, government ministers yesterday flew into Kwakwani to assure them that there will be minimal impact on their lives.

US-based couple gifts $80m for behavioural studies centre at UG

The University of Guyana has signed an agreement with the US-based Jay and Sylvia Sobhraj Foundation to refurbish and convert the building that formerly housed the Spicy Dish restaurant into a state-of-the-art behavioural studies and research centre at a cost of US$400,000 or some $80 million.

Comedian Bill Cosby convicted of sexual assault in retrial

NORRISTOWN, Pa.,  (Reuters) – Comedian Bill Cosby was convicted today on all three counts of drugging and molesting a onetime friend in 2004, a decisive victory for prosecutors in one of the first celebrity sexual-assault trials of the #MeToo era.

Slaves for a time

Thorny legal issues unexpectedly emerged in British Guiana (BG) over the uncertain status of John Gladstone’s East Indian indentured labourers when the influential politician and wealthy merchant secretly transferred his Vreed-en-Hoop sugar estate to his sons in 1839 and they quietly sold it a year later.

Gov’t to appeal $1.7b damages award to TPL

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams SC, has said that Government will be appealing the recent High Court ruling ordering it to pay Toolsie Persaud Limited (TPL), $1.7 billion in damages after losing its challenge to the company’s ownership of land at Turkeyen, including the site of the MovieTowne cinema complex and shopping mall.

Good Hope auto dealer in critical condition after gang attack

A dispute between two East Coast Demerara families has left a Good Hope auto dealer in a serious condition at a city hospital after he was attacked and beaten on Sunday evening by a group of men.

Arbitration skills seen as vital in oil and gas industry

The emerging oil and gas industry requires Guyana to sharpen its commercial arbitration skills, Attorney General Basil Williams, SC said yesterday while noting that government will be working to equip its partners with the necessary abilities.

Massy guard accused of stealing more than $400,000 from company

A 20-year-old security officer was yesterday granted $100,000 bail, after he denied stealing over $400,000 from his place of work, Massy.

Demtoco records after-tax profit of $1.41b for 2017

While Demerara Tobacco Company Limited raked in $2.5b in profits before tax for 2017 that sum still represented a 9.5 per cent decline compared to 2016  and the after-tax profit for 2017 was $1.41b compared to $1.56b in the preceding year.

GRA tells businesses to provide evidence VAT affecting export operations

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) is challenging members of the business community to prove that recent changes to the Value-Added Tax (VAT) regime are negatively affecting their export operations.

Police probing conduct of first responders to fatal Russian Embassy accident

The Kitty police are investigating the allegations made by a reporter about the conduct of the first responders at the scene of a fatal accident at the Russian Embassy turn last week Sunday.

New Golden Grove Secondary to have elevator for differently-able students

Some 900 East Coast Demerara students will have a brand new school as construction of the Golden Grove Secondary School is expected to be completed in another three weeks and it will also feature an elevator for the differently able, the Department of Public Information said.

GWI says no contamination of Fyrish well found

In the face of concerns raised about the Fyrish well being located in a cemetery, the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has said that tests have shown no contamination in the last three years.

Mother of murdered America St money changer testifies during Preliminary Inquiry

The mother of America Street money changer Shawn Nurse, also known as ‘Fabulous’, who was killed during an attempted  robbery earlier this year, testified yesterday during the continuation of the Preliminary Inquiry.

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