DEMERARA CHANNEL The Demerara Channel was dredged extensively during 1968 by a chartered foreign owned suction dredge to facilitate the carriage of increased tonnes of bauxite from the transshipment vessel permanently moored in the harbour of Georgetown.
Georgetown Prison THE INMATES at the Georgetown Prison are calling for the setting up of a Parliamentary Committee — of all parties in Parliament, as well as the Guyana Council of Churches, the Guyana Human Rights Association and the TUC to urgently investigate certain practices at the Georgetown Prison.
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IN A surprise raid late last week the Guyana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) impounded a large number of unfortunate animals and arrested several owners.
PCD Calls For Street Protests THE People’s Progressive Party and the Working People’s Alliance, the two major parties in the Patriotic Coalition for Democracy, have both called on workers to take action from the bottom if their trade union leaders continue to allow themselves to be manipulated by government.
Preserving Georgetown THE uniqueness of Georgetown’s architecture has often been written about, but then perhaps the point cannot be repeated too often.
Doctors’ Quarters Need Urgent Repairs THE doctors’ living quarters located at Quamina and Waterloo Streets is slowly but surely becoming an ‘eye sore,’ according to observers.
Senator Kennedy ups The Election Pressure UNITED States Senator Edward Kennedy has joined the free and fair elections fight here in what opposition politicians and political observers see as the most important boost to the movement yet.
Govt Reviewing Hydro Power Possibilities BY SHARIEF KHAN GOVERNMENT is taking another look at the possible establishment of a hydro-power scheme at Tiger Hill, up the Demerara river, as it seeks to push the development of alternative sources of energy.
D’Aguiar Calls For Sound Currency CHAIRMAN of Banks D.I.H. Ltd., Mr. Peter D’Aguiar, comparing President Desmond Hoyte with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said both leaders have been very unlucky.
Four Scholars Who Triumphed By Hard Work THE Public Service Ministry has offered six scholarships this year for successful students at the 1989 GCE ‘A’ Level examinations.
The Human Side By PARVAT1 PERSAUD EDWARDS CENTRED around the former factory site, this once thriving community, of which the main source of livelihood was the sugar estate, has fallen upon penurious times.
Sea defences in shambles COASTLANDERS and residents in riverain areas are bracing themselves for extraordinary high tides predicted for this time of the month.
The People’s Progressive party (PPP) reacting to recent allegations in the state media that its leader is inciting violence, has said that the government is resorting to “lies and distortions” to create hysteria.
COMPETITION has broken out between leading commercial banks in the bid to attract business under the new Cambio Act.
A UNITED Nations consultant is due here in the near future to advise the Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) on the best way of disposing of its thallium sulphate stocks.
—Pres. Hoyte PRESIDENT Desmond Hoyte has expressed the hope that the proposed ‘Skills Training for Development Programme’ (STEP) would produce people with the necessary skills who will not compromise high standards.
THE People’s National Congress (PNC) Government is pressing opposition forces to come up with a viable alternative to the Economic Recovery Programme (ERP).
ASSISTANT Editor of the weekly ‘Catholic Standard,’ Roxana Kawall, is the journalist who first began exposing the fact that thallium sulphate was poisoning persons.
Food, Fuel In Short Supply In Wake Of Collapse Of Bridge By SHARIEF KHAN CHAOS dominates the Demerara River ferry service, flour and other food items are in short supply west of the river and prices have jumped steeply in the wake of the collapse of the Demerara River bridge.
THE Mighty Sparrow demonstrated his tremendous talent, skill and professionalism in calypso when he gave a soundly entertaining performance at the National Cultural Centre last Tuesday night.
THE Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) says that US President George Bush’s Republic day message is “the most dramatic comment yet by the USA on the electoral process in Guyana.” In his message President expressed the hope that the impending elections here “will reflect the democratic values shared by both our peoples.” The PPP says that President Desmond Hoyte’s response to the message was “most misleading.” President Hoyte in his response said both “peoples share the same democratic values” and this has been reflected traditionally and will be in the next elections.
GTSL driver George Halley is to be given a monetary award for saving the lives of a busload of schoolchildren crossing the Demerara Harbour Bridge when it collapsed last week.
Good Management Means Good Business MICHAEL SOLOMON is one of three businessmen who pooled their resources and experience to form Home Services Enterprise two months ago.
THE United States government has stopped short of openly censuring the electoral track record of Presi-dent Desmond Hoyte’s ruling PNC but Washington says its goal here is free and fair flections.
$5m Repair Bill A section of the Harbour Bridge submerged in the Demerara River (above left).
Country Placed On Alert GOVERNMENT and the Health Ministry virtually placed the country on Red Alert last week as the growing thallium sulphate poisoning assumed new and alarming dimensions.
Sarney Is Here Road, debt rescheduling may be on the Agenda PRESIDENT of Brazil Jose Sarney arrived here yesterday on an official visit expected to deepen ties between the two countries.
Miners Must Minimise Environmental Damage – King The Geology and Mines Commission and the environment agency are moving to arrest wanton environmental destruction in gold and diamond mining areas.
Clothing Manufacturers Face Closure By SHARIEF KHAN SMALL garment manufacturers say they face imminent closure because Sanata Textiles Limited is no longer selling them its cotton fabrics.
By SHARIEF KHAN THE backlash of the FITUG one-day protest last Friday is turning out to be furious and is intensifying the rift between government and the dissident seven-member trade union alliance.
‘Altering’ More Profitable Now Than Tailoring – Hermon The Small Businessman HERMON Bholaisingh (43), is a tailor who comes from a family of tailors.
$5.5m Owed To The Caribbean’s Most Modern Workshop COLDINGEN Workshop on the East Coast is a multi-million dollar maintenance facility built by the East Germans in 1980 and thrown into operation two years later.
Guysuco’s diversification programme reduced Remaining areas may be divested THE Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (Guysuco) formal diversified crops programme has been whittled down to concentrate on three main areas in the wake of the management takeover by Booker Tate and these may be subject to divestment shortly.
Georgetown Almost Normal By Sharief Khan THE one-day protest call by the dissident trade union alliance echoed resoundingly in the sugar and bauxite belts yesterday but sounded hollow in the capital Georgetown.
By C.D. KIRTON MY FRIEND and colleague Carl Blackman died last week at his home just past high noon at three score years and seven after his birth.
The election at Bourda WHAT has the holding of free and fair elections to do with cricket at Bourda?
THE opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Monday afternoon dramatised the food shortage situation by donning protest placards in the National Assembly and then walking out of Parliament.
PRESIDENT Desmond Hoyte has replied to critics who charge his government with “selling out” to foreign investors.
Haynes Calls For West Indian Court Of Appeal FORMER Chancellor of the Judiciary J.O.F.
DEMERARA Woods Limited (DWL) the large state-owned timber company, has been sold by government to English investors for US$16.5m.
Govt Puts 10 State-Owned Enterprises Up For Sale Profiles Available By April BY SHARIEF KHAN AT LEAST ten public companies are likely to be divested by government as part of its economic restructuring programme, it has been officially confirmed.
Sanata Expands By MARGARET KENDALL SANATA Textiles celebrated its Eighth Anniversary of operations on February the 15, with the commissioning of its new Cotton/Polyester Line and Emergency power generating Unit.
PNC stays with old electoral officials THE ruling PNC, through its members on the Elections Commission has nominated the 10 former registrars to continue in these positions for the upcoming elections putting it at odds with opposition parties which have put up fresh names.
EEC Helps GEC with Crisis The European Economic Community is rushing in ‘ spares’ for the Guyana Electricity Corporation’s Kingston Power Station and is financing the work programme of at least six consultants on temporary attachments to the corporation.
GAWU Holds Stimulating Dialogue On Divestment DIVESTMENT in an undemocratic environment will erode the sinking economy further, according to labour leaders, the political opposition leader and a leading economist and WPA executive member.
REACTING to last week’s ‘Stabroek News’ exclusive interview with Gregory Smith, the WPA, in a statement declared he would be finally exposed by his claim that the party got him out of Guyana.
PPP, WPA ask Carter to intercede by Sharief Khan OPPOSITION parties are calling on former US President Jimmy Carter to again intercede with President Desmond Hoyte to help prevent rigging of the coming general elections.
Reynolds Is Back… Joint $US25m Bauxite Project THE Government of Guyana and Reynolds International Inc., last Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which they agreed to join in the development and mining of bauxite deposits located in the Aroaima region of Guyana, and in the marketing and sale of bauxite extracted from that mine.
We have none – Gittens By BERT WILKINSON GUYANA Manufacturers’ Association (GMA) President Mr.