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Laundering probe not yet factored into Sleepin casino application, Gaming Authority Chairman says

-businessman says unaware of investigation

Chairman of the Guyana Gaming Authority Roysdale Forde yesterday confirmed that the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) did reveal that hotelier Clifton Bacchus and several associates are under investigation for money laundering, but said that the information is yet to be used in the review of the businessman’s application for a casino licence.

City halts demolition of Astor Cinema building

-directs safety measures be put in place

The Mayor and City Council has instructed the new owners of the Astor Cinema building to halt demolition until they put safety measures in place to protect both workers and members of the public.

Task force revisits Baramita to check on social problems

An inter-ministerial task force conducted a follow-up visit to the village of Baramita over the weekend, to ensure the successful implementation of plans to address the social problems which had been plaguing the community.

Operators engaged in ‘fruitful discussions’ over Ogle airport -GCAA head

“Fruitful discussions” are currently ongoing between the National Air Transport Association (NATA) and the Ogle Airport Incorporated (OAI) over control of the Eugene F Correia International Airport and related issues, according to Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Director General (Ret’d) Col.

Bids opened for Region Siximmigration building

Bids were opened yesterday at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) for the construction of an immigration building Tract ‘MC’, Ordinance, Fortlands, Region 6, under the Ministry of the Presidency.

Utilities commission meets stakeholders

Consultations have been embarked upon with stakeholders by the new Chairman of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Dela Britton and the regulatory body is enhancing its services which will include the annual work plan for the next year.

Rescinding parking meter contract is city’s only option

-pressure group spokesman

Convinced that the courts will find the metered parking contract to be illegal, the Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) is calling on the Georgetown City Council to bite the bullet and rescind the contract with Smart City Solutions (SCS).

CH&PA auditing Region Two office after alleged house lot fraud

The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) yesterday announced that it is conducting an audit of its office in Region Two following the arrest of a housing officer, who is accused of collecting money for a house lot and issuing a forged receipt.

Emergency work on key stretch of Lethem road completed

Emergency work on the Hunt Oil Stretch has successfully been completed and, as of Friday afternoon, traffic flow along the key route into Region Nine had resumed as per normal, a release from the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) said yesterday.