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Close watch for swine flu at ports – Chief Medical Officer

In a bid to prevent an outbreak of the H1N1 virus (swine flu) in Guyana,  port officials including Port Health Officers have been trained to tackle any possible cases in travellers entering Guyana, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the Ministry of Public Health Dr.

Hetmyer entertains as Jaguars win four on the trot

PROVIDENCE, Guyana, CMC – Captain Kirk Edwards struck his first regional first class hundred in five years but West Indies starlets Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul overpowered Windward Islands Volcanoes, to propel leaders Guyana Jaguars to their fourth straight win here today.

Venezuela opposition leader Guaido ‘not afraid’ after detention

CARABALLEDA, Venezuela, (Reuters) – Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido today said that President Nicolas Maduro’s adversaries were “not afraid” even though he was briefly detained by intelligence agents, days after saying he would be willing to replace the increasingly isolated president.

APNU, AFC silent on MPs with dual citizenship

Although the recent legal challenge to the validity of former parliamentarian Charrandass Persaud’s election as a Member of Parliament (MP) due to his dual citizenship has raised questions about government members with a similar status, both of the governing coalition’s partners, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance for Change (AFC), have expressed an unwillingness to speak on the issue.

ERC launches national harmony campaign

The Ethic Relations Commission (ERC) on Friday night launched a new educational campaign focused on promoting harmony and unity among Guyanese.

Police arrest second suspect in alcoholic man’s murder

A second suspect has been arrested as the police continue their investigation into the murder of 46-year-old Prietam Manickram, the alcoholic who was found dead in an abandoned house at Enterprise, East Coast Demerara last Monday.

East Canje to get reading centre

-as part of private initiative to boost literacy among residents

A $2 million reading centre will soon be established in East Canje, Berbice, as part of an initiative by private citizens to improve literacy in the area.

West Demerara remigrant to expand humanitarian efforts

What started fourteen years ago as a simple gesture of sharing three pencils with a group of passing children has now turned into an annual back-to-school drive serving over 975 West Demerara students.

Guyoil saw sharply lower after-tax profit of $1.8B in 2017

The Guyana Oil Company (Guyoil) recorded a reduction in profitability in 2017 compared to 2016 due to the poor performance of the sale of gasoline, which accounted for 58 per cent of revenue in 2017 according to the Guyoil 2017 annual report.

A New and United Guyana for launching on January 18

-Beni Sankar on steering committee

A New and United Guyana is set for launching on January 18. A statement issued by the group today follows: STATEMENT The Steering Committee of A New and United Guyana (ANUG) comprising Kian Jabour, Henry Jeffrey, Timothy Jonas, Ralph Ramkarran and Beni Sankar, met on Friday January 11, to discuss the general political situation and ANUG’s policies and programmes.

‘FED-UP’ Berbice attorneys launch new political party

-to push for new electoral system, federal gov’t

The Federal United Party (FED-UP), a new political party, was launched yesterday by three Berbice attorneys, who said they would be campaigning for reforms to Guyana’s electoral system to ensure that parliamentary representatives are directly elected by voters, and the creation of a federal system of government.

Two held after suspected fatal beating of Corentyne youth

-autopsy inconclusive on cause of death

Two persons have been arrested in connection with the death of Navindradat Bhawan, the Corentyne youth whose body was discovered at the Middle Walk Dam, located in Number 70 Village, Corentyne, where he was reportedly beaten on Thursday.

Guyana among Caribbean states listed as “flawed democracy” in global index

Guyana is listed as a “flawed democracy” in the latest Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Democracy Index, which considers a number of rankings across different areas, including the electoral process and pluralism, the functioning of government, political participation, political culture and civil liberties.

Lusignan Golf Club robbed again

-guard held at gunpoint during early morning break-in

For the eighth time in the past five months, bandits once again broke into the Lusignan Golf Club, on the East Coast of Demerara, where they held the security guard at gunpoint before making off with a quantity of beverages and other items.

Former Avinash manager charged with threats to ex-boss

Charged in 2015 with stealing over $17 million worth of fabric and flooring material, a former manager of the Avinash Complex yesterday found himself before a city court once again, this time charged with threatening his former employer.

Suspects remain on the run after $600,000 NIS burglary

The police have not yet made any arrests in connection with the break-in at the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) office at Melanie Damishana, East Coast Demerara, from where bandits carted off a metal safe containing $600,000 in cash.

Guyana votes with majority at OAS `to not recognize legitimacy’ of Maduro’s new term

In what will be seen as a sharp deterioration of relations with Venezuela, Guyana yesteday voted with the majority of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS)   “to not recognize the legitimacy of Nicolas Maduro’s new term as of the 10th of January of 2019.” The resolution was approved with 19 votes in favour, 6 against, 8 abstentions and one absent.

Trump promises changes to visas for skilled workers

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said today he is planning changes to the H-1B programme that grants temporarily visas to highly educated immigrants who work in specialty occupations such as technology or medicine.

Upper Corentyne lad found dead on Dam

foul play suspected

An Upper Corentyne lad was found dead yesterday afternoon at the Number 70 Village, Corentyne, Middle Walk Dam.

GECOM Chair expected to return to work January 22

-after sick leave extended

Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) James Patterson is now expected to return to work on January 22 following his application on Tuesday for an additional 14 days of sick leave.

Claimed radio evidence fails to prove oil research ship was in Venezuela’s waters

- Greenidge

Radio communication provided by Venezuela’s Vice President Delcy Rodriguez as proof that the Norwegian vessel doing seismic work in Guyana’s territorial waters for ExxonMobil was out of its jurisdiction on December 22nd, 2018, when it was intercepted by the Venezuelan navy, is false and proves nothing, Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge says.