Breaking news updates and in depth reports covering crime, politics, education, health and the environment for Georgetown, other towns and rural areas in Guyana.

Racer Kristian Jeffrey shot in robbery at Agricola

Racer Kristian Jeffrey was injured in a robbery this morning at Agricola. A statement by Jeffrey follows: Statement by Kristian Jeffrey (issued May 26, 2019) A friend and I went to the Buju Banton Carnival concert on Saturday night at the National Stadium, Providence.

‘Whistle-blowers’ sparked SARA’s probe of oil blocks allocations

-review began a year ago, no evidence of irregularities yet

Specific information from several “whistle-blowers” is what sparked an investigation close to a year ago into the issuance of about 20 oil exploration licences here, and with only a desk review done thus far, the State Assets Recovery Agency (SARA) has seen no evidence of irregularities yet.

President’s failure to file declaration undermines Integrity law

-transparency advocate

It is inexcusable that President David Granger has not fully declared his assets and liabilities to the Integrity Commission, says Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc’s (TIGI) head, Dr Troy Thomas, who is questioning why the Head of State was not among the 87 names on the first list of errant public officials published in the Official Gazette last November.

‘Unknown’ forces siphoning gold out of Guyana

-Gold Board to increase presence in mining districts, seal exports

Activities in the mining sector and the corresponding production levels do not match the amount of gold being declared to the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) and the entity has begun to go into the mining districts to buy the precious metal while also tightening up security measures for exports. 

UK team to carry out mental health resilience study

—to guide culturally appropriate educational initiatives

A team of researchers from the United Kingdom, will be spearheading a study on mental health resilience in Guyana, with the aim of informing culturally appropriate mental health and social care education.

UG Vice Chancellor to proceed on leave from Tuesday

-after council reverses round-robin vote

University of Guyana (UG) Vice Chancellor Professor Ivelaw Griffith will proceed on end-of-contract leave on Tuesday after the UG council reversed a contentious round-robin vote that had itself reversed a previous decision to send the official on the standard leave.

Anna Regina man charged with murdering wife

Davanand Narine, the man who attempted to take his own life after he allegedly fatally stabbed his wife at their Anna Regina, Essequibo home last week, was remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts yesterday charged with murder.

Dutch surveying firm Fugro to map coastal rivers

-brings in US$135,000 hydrographic vessel for Guyana ops

Global offshore and onshore geotechnical and surveying company, Fugro, which recently set up an office in Guyana, has procured a hydrographic vessel worth over US$135,000 for its operations here.

CCJ dismisses bid by James Ramsahoye for special leave in relation to judgment against Linmine, BIDCO

-expects expedited hearing at Court of Appeal

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) yesterday dismissed an application by James Ramsahoye, who was hoping to be granted special leave to appeal a decision of the Guyana Court of Appeal, which dismissed enforcement orders from a previous judgment, that he be paid damages and a monthly pension, against his former employers.

Ministry holds second mining lottery

The Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) yesterday held its second lottery for 2019 in Mining District 5, Port Kaituma, Region One following a similar exercise held in March in Georgetown.

Husband, driver remain in custody

-as cops probe teen’s death on Railway Embankment

As investigators continue to probe the death of Kareema Mary Cholmondeley, the teenager who lost her life after she allegedly jumped from her husband’s vehicle and was struck by another car, her husband and the driver remain in custody.

House clears further $3.5b for GECOM

The National Assembly yesterday approved a $7.9 billion supplementary appropriation which included $3.5 billion in funding for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), $2 billion in funding for the Ministry of Public Infrastructure and $1.5 billion for the Ministry of Communities as well as several hundreds of millions in funding for the Ministries of Finance, Social Cohesion, Social Protection and National Security.

Girl run over by car on Railway Embankment

—husband claims she threw herself from vehicle

An 18-year-old Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara girl died after she was struck by a car, after allegedly jumping from her husband’s vehicle on Wednesday night.

Jagdeo heaps scorn on Patterson’s US$9,000 explanation

Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday express-ed dissatisfaction with the explanation given by Public Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson about the US$9000 reimbursement into his private account for a 2017 China trip and questioned why the money was not handed directly to the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD).