*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 .
The Trades Union Congress today said that the government must be held to account over the misery caused by ongoing flooding .
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The police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident that occurred at about 1730h .
The hydrometeorological office today issued an advisory projecting heavy rain tomorrow .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 were irate yesterday as water continued to rise in their homes as the city remained covered under several inches of floodwaters .
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 .
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 .
The Guyana Elections Commission (Gecom) is defending its ongoing preparations for elections, while also cautioning political parties against deliberately spreading misinformation .
Odeda Underwood, the driver accused of causing the death of former Chief Librarian Gillian Thompson, was yesterday sentenced to five years imprisonment .
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 .
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 .
A Port Kaituma woman has been charged with embezzling over $1 million from her former employer .
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 .
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 .
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 .
Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has advised consumers to adopt precautionary measures to avoid possible contamination due to the excessive rainfall and flooding .
Attorneys Nicola Pierre and Priscilla Chandra-Haniff were on Wednesday sworn in as Commissioners of Title .
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 .
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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 .
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 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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .
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 .