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Guyana garbage collectors end strike for back pay

August 10, 2010 Leave a comment

GEORGETOWN (AP) -Garbage collectors in Guyana have ended a nearly two-month strike after the central government agreed to pay them $250,000 in back wages.

The deal takes care of most of the workers’ claims of $300,000 in unpaid salaries owed by the city of Georgetown.

It is the second time in the past year that the national government has bailed out the capital to end a garbage strike.

The city government says dwindling revenues are keeping it from meeting its obligations.

Tourism officials complained during the strike that the accumulating garbage was hurting their industry. City residents, meanwhile, took to burning trash and paying operators of horse-drawn carts to haul it away.

The strike ended Tuesday.

Categories: Development, Health, Tourism

‘Pictures of Guyana’ DVD launched

July 29, 2010 Leave a comment

GEORGETOWN -The third in a series of successful video productions on Guyana was officially introduced tonight by producer and lovally acclaimed helicopter pilot-Mike Charles.

Outside of his piloting skills, Charles is known for his production of ‘Guyana Yours to Discover’ and ‘Wild Guyana’. Both have played and continue to play notable roles in the promotion of Guyana around the world.

Charles’ newest DVD release is titled ‘Pictures of Guyana.’

As its name suggests the release highlights, throught photography, aspects of a “magnificient country”. The pictures portray Guyana as a country where the people and culture co-exist in harmony with nature.

“It captures the quintessence of the 40million hectares of intact rainforest…This DVD is the production of years of photography accross Guyana,” Charles said.

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Categories: Guyana, International, Tourism

Tourism in Guyana gets a boost

June 25, 2010 2 comments

The Majestic Kaieteur Falls

GEORGETOWN -Tourism traffic to Guyana has been given a boost by Marriott, which announced June 22 that it will build a 160-room hotel in the capital, its first in the country.

President Bharrat Jagdeo has welcomed the initiative noting that the landmark project would “transform the hospitality landscape” and encourage more travel and tourism development for the nation.

Jagdeo described the project as more of an integrated entertainment complex, offering a casino, nightclub, restaurant and boardwalk.

It will be located in Georgetown, where the Demerara River meets the Atlantic Ocean, and is expected to open in 2013.

Guyana is working hard to attract private sector tourism firms to invest in the country, which offers a tropical climate, large swathes of un-spoilt rainforests along with an incredibly rich ecosystem.

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