Venezuela’s deteriorating oil quality riles major refiners

CARACAS/HOUSTON, (Reuters) – Venezuela’s state-run oil firm, PDVSA, is increasingly delivering poor quality crude oil to major refiners in the United States, India and China, causing repeated complaints, canceled orders and demands for discounts, according to internal PDVSA documents and interviews with a dozen oil executives, workers, traders and inspectors.

City cop fired over sex abuse of minor

One day after saying that there was not enough evidence for the administration to act, Town Clerk Royston King yesterday dismissed the constabulary officer who is accused of sexually abusing a juvenile in the custody of City Constabulary for misconduct.

GDF lance corporal dies in Lethem accident

Lance Corporal Devon Fraser The Police say they are investigating a fatal accident which occurred about 2.20 this morning on the Lethem Public Road that resulted in the death of pedestrian Devon Fraser, 28, a Guyana Defence Force Lance Corporal of Buxton, East Coast Demerara.

Defence seeks discharge of accused in ‘Mango Man’ murder over trial delay

Recaptured prison escapee Mark Royden Williams, called ‘Smallie,’ and Sherwin Nero, called ‘Catty,’ were yesterday both indicted for the 2007 murder of Kumar Singh, called ‘Mango Man,’ but their attorney, Nigel Hughes, urged that they be discharged due to the “long time” they have had to wait for a trial.

NAREI seals $19.2M contract to improve Essequibo river defence

The National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) yesterday signed a contract with S&K Construction Services for $19.2M to improve river defences on the Essequibo coast.

Recaptured escapee on trial for attempted murder

The trial of recaptured prison escapee Stafrei Alexander on the charge of attempted murder commenced yesterday before Justice Brassington Reynolds and a 12-member jury at the High Court in Georgetown.

Sup’t Kurleigh Simon in charge of police narcotics branch

Superintendent of Police, Kurleigh Simon has taken up the post as Head of the Guyana Police Force Narcotics branch, less than a month after Superinten-dent Wayne DeHearte was transferred in the wake of the disappearance of a quantity of cocaine from  Police Headquarters, Eve Leary.

Man charged with rape of 12-year-old

A man was yesterday granted bail after he was accused of raping a 12-year-old child.

Diamond man freed of cocaine in rice bag charge

A city magistrate yesterday dismissed a drug charge against a Diamond Housing Scheme resident, who had been accused of having two pounds of cocaine in his possession, due to conflicting evidence presented by police witnesses.

Civil aviation body warns again about drone use

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) yesterday warned drone users to ensure that they comply with the standard operating conditions which have been previously outlined.

Cops caution squib sellers

The Guyana Police Force yesterday warned that persons caught selling or found in possession of squibs will be prosecuted and face the consequences of the law.

T&T companies among bidders for Sheriff St to Mandela Ave project

Three Trinidadian companies, a China-based firm and two local companies have bid for the massive Sheriff Street to Mandela Avenue road upgrade and expansion project.

Vergenoegen Co-op claims lands being illegally occupied

The representative of another Vergenoegen co-op society appeared before the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into ancestral land issues on Monday and alleged that businessman Shiraz Ali has been illegally occupying 600 acres of the society’s land along the East Bank Essequibo.

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