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Venezuela’s hardline opposition party to boycott ‘fraudulent’ election

CARACAS,  (Reuters) – Venezuela’s hardline opposition party Popular Will, whose leader Leopoldo Lopez would be a leading presidential contender if he were not under house arrest, announced on Friday it would boycott April’s presidential vote, calling it a “fraud.” Venezuela’s opposition coalition has been debating whether to participate in the April 22 election.

Brazil army ordered to take over security in violent Rio de Janeiro

RIO DE JANEIRO,  (Reuters) – Brazil’s federal government yesterday ordered the army to take over command of police forces in Rio de Janeiro state in a bid to curb violence driven by drug gangs, who have “virtually taken over” Rio’s metropolitan area of 12 million people, President Michel Temer said in announcing the decree.

Through the looking glass

Students of the St. Joseph High School testing a telescope at the Faculty of Natural Sciences booth yesterday during the University of Guyana’s annual Open Day at the Turkeyen Campus.

Appeal Court upholds wife killer’s 19-year sentence

A 19-year sentence imposed upon Lawrence Rambarran for the fatal chopping of his common-law wife was yesterday affirmed by the Court of Appeal, which declared the sentence to be just, while specifically referencing the manner in which the woman met her demise.

Paying at the pumps

While fuel prices have remained constant at the Guyana Oil Company (Guyoil) pumps, those at private service stations have increased.

The city has a crisis of administration and management

Dear Editor, If the Guyana Chronicle’s article, ‘Calls grow for King’s removal’ (Feb 15) with regard to recent correspondence from Minister of Communities Ronald Bulkan to Mayor of Georgetown Patricia Chase-Green is accurate, and I have no reason to believe otherwise, I welcome the Minister’s wise counsel, and hope the Mayor acquiesces to giving the information the Minister has requested.

Stock Market Updates

  GASCI ( Nº 223-6175/6) reports that session 760’s trading results showed consideration of $2,535,754 from 35,463 shares traded in 15 transactions as compared to session 759’s trading results which showed consideration of $9,429,354 from 38,884 shares traded in 9 transactions.

PPP supports reopening of sugar estates

-Jagdeo sees `phenomenal incompetence’ by gov’t

With the planned reopening of the Skeldon and Enmore sugar estates, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday rained criticism on the David Granger-led APNU+AFC government saying that the move  was reflective of their  “phenomenal incompetence”.

Two women on trial for murder of US-based Guyanese

Two women went on trial at the  High Court in Berbice this week  for the murder of overseas-based Guyanese, Abdul Majid, whose body was  found with scalp missing and other injuries at the Number 56 Village, Corentyne foreshore back in 2012.