‘I am in charge of this region, you tell anybody I say so’

-Region 2 REO defends filling drainage channel without consulting town council

The drainage channel, which has been filled with sand

Councillors from the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Two and the Anna Regina Town Council are currently at loggerheads with Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rupert Hopkinson over a decision to fill a main drainage channel in front of the Department of Education at Cotton Field.

Stabroek News understands that the REO, who is yet to find favour with the regional administration since his appointment, authorised the filling of a trench in front of the Department of Education at Cotton Field without any prior consultation with or permission from the Town Council, which is the body responsible for the area. In addition to this, concerns have been raised over the possible implication such a move would have for the drainage system in the area.

Though several attempts were made to contact the REO for a comment, they proved futile. ….


Former AG says gov’t hiring of special prosecutors unconstitutional

Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall says that the Attorney General’s Chambers’ retention of six attorneys to prosecute a number of high profile cases is unconstitutional and he is warning that the right to a fair trial will be compromised by a politically-tainted process.

Public debt up by $12.9B

Guyana’s total public debt increased from $317.7 billion to $330.6 billion in 2016 but the total debt as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declined to 46.4% from 48.6% at the end of 2015 due to a nominal increase in the GDP.

Murdered teacher laid to rest

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31 new/potentially new species discovered in Kaieteur – Upper Potaro

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Mon Repos man dies after bee attack

A Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara resident died on Thursday after he was attacked by a swarm of bees while returning home.

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