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Striking Aurora Gold Mines workers being flown out, company suspends production

The Cuyuni-based Aurora Gold Mines (AGM) is Wednesday expected to begin flying out striking workers and non-essential personnel to Georgetown following a sit-in for fear they would not be paid severance, Company Vice President Perry Holloway said. “About 100 employees are blocking operations and this is unsafe for (us) so we are stopping work on …

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Industrial unrest at Aurora Gold Mines

Gold mining operations at Aurora Gold Mines in the Cuyuni River have been affected as several Guyanese workers who are upset that they stand to lose their jobs to foreign contracting companies aimed at reducing the cost of operations staged a protest, sources said Tuesday night. Early indications are that at least 70 workers initially …

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Ganja penalty at centre of fresh political controversy; gov’t says possession still illegal

Government on Tuesday appeared to have back-pedaled from its position hours earlier that persons caught with small amounts of marijuana would not be jailed even as steps were being taken to amend the legislation, instead now saying that possession is still an offence until the law is amended. “Possession is still illegal. The Government only …

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Obituary: From selling coconut shell brooches in Guyana to CEO of East Africa’s biggest mobile phone network

Reproduced from the Star Born in 1958, Bob Collymore was a Guyanese-born British businessman and the immediate past Chief Executive Officer for telecom giant, Safaricom. Collymore started schooling in Guyana while still living with his grandmother until age 16 when he moved to the UK to join his mother in 1974. He attended Selhurst High …

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Guyana-born CEO of East Africa’s biggest mobile telecoms network dies

Reproduced from Quartz Africa Bob Collymore, the Guyanese-born British businessman who oversaw the expansion of Kenyan telecoms firm Safaricom into East Africa’s biggest mobile network operator, has died. Safaricom confirmed that the 61-year-old had passed away from cancer while at home this morning. Collymore had been receiving treatment for acute myeloid leukemia in the UK …

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Jamaica-born is Church of England’s first black female bishop

The Reverend Dr Rose Hudson-Wilkin, chaplain to the speaker of the House of Commons, has been named as the new Bishop of Dover. Dr Hudson-Wilkin, who was born in Jamaica, said she aimed to ensure that “hope, love and justice remains at the heart of our changed lives together”. The Archbishop of Canterbury said he …

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Taxi driver accused of drunken driving dies in police lockups

An Essequibo Coast taxi driver, who was arrested on two counts of alleged drunken driving, was early Monday morning found dead in a lockup at the Suddie Police Station. The Guyana Police Force said 39-year old Lallbachan Bachan of 21 Maria’s Lodge, Essequibo Coast was “discovered lifeless” at about 6:10 am. Lawmen said Bachan was …

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