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Amended weather forecast

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*WEATHER BRIEF for Saturday, November 22, 2014 from the Hydrometeorological Service, Guyana* Rainfall records for the past 24 hours, measured at 08:00 hrs November 22, 2014 was available for some stations .

Gov’t must be held to account over flooding – TUC

2 hours ago

The Trades Union Congress today said that the government must be held to account over the misery caused by ongoing flooding .

De Willem man dies after car crashes

At about 2230h .

Kitty man shot in neck

The police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident that occurred at about 1730h .

Hydrometeorological office predicting heavy rain on Sunday

The hydrometeorological office today issued an advisory projecting heavy rain tomorrow .

Swamped Hope Estate farmers  lose millions in crops

Swamped Hope Estate farmers lose millions in crops

After two days of incessant rainfall, Hope Estate farmers are now grappling with millions of dollars in estimated losses after acres of cash crops were destroyed in the flooding .

Gecom announces new registration cycle

-but APNU wants polls with current list

The Guyana Elections Com-mission (Gecom) has decided to embark on a new cycle of registration from December 1st and this has attracted the ire of the main opposition APNU, which sees it as a tactic by the ruling PPP/C to delay general elections .

No warning about record rainfall due to unusual weather patterns

–Hydromet officer

An official of the Hydrometeorological Department of Guyana yesterday said unpredictable weather patterns were the reason why no warning was issued prior to Thursday’s record 7 .

Negligence, lack of resources  blamed for city floods

Negligence, lack of resources blamed for city floods

Local Government Minis-ter Norman Whittaker yesterday sought to blame negligence by the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) for major flooding after recent torrential rainfall, while the City Engineer told councillors that the city simply did not have the resources needed to address critical drainage and irrigation problems .

Albouystown residents  slam gov’t clean-up  as floodwater rises

Albouystown residents slam gov’t clean-up as floodwater rises

Albouystown residents were irate yesterday as water continued to rise in their homes as the city remained covered under several inches of floodwaters .

Protest continues over police commander’s rape comments

Protest continues over police commander’s rape comments

Outraged groups and concerned citizens yesterday continued to push for the removal of ‘A’ Division Commander Clifton Hicken over his recent suggestion that how women dress is linked to sexual violence .

Berbice Bridge malfunction strands travellers

A scheduled reclosing of the Berbice Bridge went wrong last evening, leaving countless persons on both sides of the river stranded as technicians worked on fixing the malfunction .

Gecom defends poll preparations

- warns parties against misinformation

The Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) is defending its ongoing preparations for elections, while also cautioning political parties against deliberately spreading misinformation .

Driver gets five years for  causing Chief Librarian’s death

Driver gets five years for causing Chief Librarian’s death

Odeda Underwood, the driver accused of causing     the death of former       Chief Librarian Gillian Thompson, was yesterday sentenced to five years imprisonment .

Charity river defence dam breached

Charity river defence dam breached

– officials promise swift action

Residents of Charity on the Essequibo Coast are fearful that the entire village will be severely flooded after the river defence dam was breached yesterday .

With new songs, Alabama aims to wake a nation

With new songs, Alabama aims to wake a nation

Local reggae singer Alabama has released three new songs that deal with the prorogation of parliament and other recent issues that he says speak to the injustice being done to the Guyanese people .

Port Kaituma woman charged with embezzling over $1M

A Port Kaituma woman has been charged with embezzling over $1 million from her former employer .

Ali seeking concessions  for tourism industry

Ali seeking concessions for tourism industry

The Tourism Ministry has moved to secure tax concessions and other incentives for businesses focused on growing the tourism industry, Minister Irfaan Ali announced on Tuesday, while lauding the private sector for investing over $23 billion in the sector over the last four years .

GT&T warns of SMS scam

The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GT&T) says that it has unearthed an SMS scam and is advising all customers be on the alert .

Bureau of Standards urges smart shopping during Christmas season

With the arrival of the Christmas season and the accompanying onslaught of advertisements, the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) has issued a reminder to shoppers to spend wisely .

GWI urges treatment of water as precaution

Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has advised consumers to adopt precautionary measures to avoid possible contamination due to the excessive rainfall and flooding .

Two land court judges appointed

Two land court judges appointed

Attorneys Nicola Pierre and Priscilla Chandra-Haniff were on Wednesday sworn in as Commissioners of Title .

Large buildup of traffic after Berbice bridge malfunctions

The Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI) advised this evening that it encountered difficulties in reclosing the bridge after a scheduled passage of an ocean going vessel, a release from the Ministry of Public Works said .

Tattooed body found in Puruni River

At about 1645h .

GECOM to start new cycle of registration

APNU says elections should be called with present list

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has decided to embark on a new cycle of registration on December 1st and this has attracted the ire of the main opposition APNU which sees it as a tactic by the ruling PPP/C to delay general elections .

City, coast swamped after record rains

City, coast swamped after record rains

-more rainfall forecast

By Suraj Narine Georgetown and coastal areas were lashed by the heaviest rainfall in decades yesterday, shuttering businesses and schools, while leaving officials scrambling to take remedial action .

Private sector lashes gov’t over flooding

-calls for national inquiry in relation to governance causes

Private Sector Commission (PSC) Chairman Ramesh Persaud yesterday lashed the authorities over the inundation of the city and called for a national inquiry of the extent to which governance is a cause of flooding .

Public schools in Georgetown to remain closed today

The Ministry of Education last evening said that Georgetown schools will remain closed today because of severe flooding and some schools in other parts of the country will also be shuttered .

Duo gets 116 years for cricket fan murder

Duo gets 116 years for cricket fan murder

Murder accused Christopher Singh and Devendra Bushram, on trial for the fatal stabbing of a fan after a cricket match in 2010, were sentenced to a combined 116 years in jail after being found guilty yesterday .

Taxi driver shot during $4M robbery

A taxi driver was shot yesterday morning during an attack by three men, who robbed him of $4M in front of the Sleep In hotel on Brickdam .

City businesses, residents  report losses after flooding

City businesses, residents report losses after flooding

By Roger Wong and Rae Wiltshire Many city businesses and residents were crying out about losses yesterday after overnight rainfall that continued into the morning left major sections of the capital flooded .

Florida expo saw over 20 likely investors show interest, Burrowes says

– hails event as successful

Hailing the event as a success, which saw over 20 persons indicating they wanted to invest in Guyana, the Guyana Office for Investment (Go-Invest) yesterday dismissed criticisms by participants that the Guyana Expo Trade show held in Florida last month was a flop .

Flooding takes a toll on Queenstown residents

Flooding takes a toll on Queenstown residents

By Kenesha Fraser Heavy rainfall over Wednesday night and yesterday morning, compounded by a non-functioning koker in a nearby village worsened flooding in Queenstown, Essequibo Coast, raising water levels to eight inches high in places .

SASOD meets diplomats on LGBT concerns

SASOD meets diplomats on LGBT concerns

The Society Against Sexual Orientation Dis-crimination (SASOD) recently engaged members of the diplomatic community at a roundtable discussion on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues in Guyana .

Cops and Faith network stages interventions for delinquent youth

The Ministry of Home Affairs has announced that its Cops and Faith Community Network (CFCN) has made 88 interventions into the lives of youth found engaging in anti-social behaviours, and it has embarked on three other social projects .

Health authority monitoring ports  of entry in Berbice for Ebola

Health authority monitoring ports of entry in Berbice for Ebola

Although there have been no reported cases of Ebola here, the Ministry of Health (MoH) is preparing for such an eventuality and the Berbice Regional Health Authority (BRHA) has heightened its surveillance of ports of entry in Berbice .

Stabbed schoolboy seeking transfer

The boy who was stabbed to the forehead with a screwdriver during an attack at a school will be transferred to another institution for his safety .



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