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

APNU+AFC leaders reaffirm coalition unity

The leadership of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) met last  evening to discuss a number of matters and they said that their coalition remains united and strong.

Jagdeo moving no-confidence motion against gov’t

The opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has laid a no-confidence motion in the National Assembly against the APNU+AFC administration, which it says is damaging the country’s future prospects.

Former SWAT commander facing departmental charge

Deputy Superintendent Motie Dookie, the former head of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit who was implicated in the smuggling of 30 cases of whisky, has been charged departmentally, according to Police Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Paul Slowe, who hopes that the matter can reach a conclusion in the next few weeks.

UG student missing in Linden

The family and friends of 20-year-old Cleon Bovell are requesting the public’s assistance in finding the young man who has been missing since yesterday.

Suspect to be charged with Parika woman’s murder

A man is expected to be charged soon with the murder of a Parika, East Bank Essequibo woman, whose lifeless body was found under a tree in the vicinity of Hydronie Market Road, Parika, on Sunday.

Grove man’s death being treated as murder

-after autopsy points to foul play

An autopsy performed on the remains of Ronald Armstrong, the man who was found along the Diamond Public Road last Friday morning, has led investigators to treat his death as a murder.

SOCU closes case in contempt trial of GBTI directors

The Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) yesterday closed its case in the trial of eight Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Directors, who are charged with failing to comply with a court order.

Guyana delegation for UK over Greenheart ban

A Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) delegation led by its minister Raphael Trotman and including Guyana Forestry Commission Chairman of the Board, Jocelyn Dow is to journey to the United Kingdom for talks on the complete lifting of the ban on greenheart imports from this country.

President Granger diagnosed with cancer

-undergoing treatment, expected to make full recovery

President David Granger has been  diagnosed with cancer – Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma –  in Cuba and a second phase of treatment began yesterday, according to a statement from Guyana’s Ambassador in Havana, Halim Majeed.  

Tower Suites owner was held by US after elaborate operation

-DEA played major role, drug deal `meetings’ were convened in Georgetown, Jamaica, Colombia

A US arrest warrant was out for Guyanese businessman Shervington Lovell since August following months of investigation by the US DEA which entailed him meeting with confidential sources (CSs) in Georgetown and Jamaica as they allegedly planned a cocaine shipment to the Netherlands.

‘The ball is in the unions’ court…You have issues, come and see me’

—Vice-Chancellor on UG wage increases

—says staff performance also has to be factored in   Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guyana (UG), Professor Ivelaw Griffith, has denied the claims by two unions that UG is on the brink of a crisis, countering that the institution is currently financially solvent and willing to begin wage increase negotiations.

Elderly woman from Fly Jamaica crash landing hospitalised with brain swelling

—loses speech, mobility

An elderly woman, who was among those aboard the Fly Jamaica aircraft that crash landed last Friday at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri is currently hospitalized after reportedly suffering severe trauma, which resulted in the swelling of the brain.

Rice miller levies on GRDB assets

-following $100m court award

Not being paid the almost $100M awarded to him by the High Court for paddy supplied, rice miller Arnold Sankar, through an agent, yesterday afternoon executed a levy on assets belonging to the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB).

Lawman shot by suspected Sindicatos gang undergoes surgery

Policeman Quincy Alexander, who was shot in the back by persons alleged to be members of the ‘Sindicatos’ gang, while in a boat on the Wenamu River, in Region Seven, yesterday underwent surgery to remove the bullet.

Mandela Avenue potter found dead in house

-cops probing

The decaying body of a popular Mandela Avenue, Georgetown potter was yesterday afternoon discovered at his home and police are investigating the circumstances surrounding his death.

No credible reports of corruption in oil sector

-Bynoe

The Department of Energy (DoE) has to date received no credible reports of any form of corruption as it relates contractors and deals in the nascent oil and gas sector.

Education Ministry curriculum writers workshop underway

-Canadian company retained

A three-day curriculum writing workshop began yesterday and Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson  told those in attendance that the aim of the exercise  is to ensure that ‘every child can learn and that every child must learn’.

Bail for logger accused of unlawful ammo possession

A 45-year-old logger accused of being the owner of a quantity of ammunition discovered aboard a minibus, was yesterday granted $60,000 bail by a city court, after being charged with unlawful possession.

Man remanded over 17g cannabis at police roadblock

A man allegedly found with 17 grammes of cannabis in his possession after being searched by police at roadblock on the Linden/ Soesdyke High-way, was yesterday remanded by a city court.

GUYTIE hosts “post-evaluation discussion”

The managing committee of the Guyana Trade and Investment Exhibition (GUYTIE), yesterday held a post-evaluation discussion with exhibitors, to determine how to improve on  shortcomings, for the next hosting of the event, scheduled for early 2020.

President diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

-undergoing treatment

President David Granger has been diagnosed in Cuba with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and underwent surgery and began a second phase of treatment today, according to a statement from the Guyana Embassy in Havana, Cuba.

Cuba to withdraw doctors from Brazil after Bolsonaro snub

HAVANA,  (Reuters) – Cuba said today it would pull thousands of its doctors from Brazil after the South American nation’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro questioned their training and demanded changes to their contracts.

PPP/C scored heavily in Ramjattan area

The opposition PPP/C polled heavily in the community that AFC Chairman Khemraj Ramjattan is from – No.47 Village, Corentyne and surrounding areas.

Some Fly Jamaica passengers still stranded after crash landing

(Jamaica Observer) FLY Jamaica Airways passengers who have been stranded since the crash-landing of one of its carriers in Guyana last Friday were still, up to yesterday, unaware of when they will be able to return to the island, as the airline has not given them any information.

Jagdeo claims ‘massive’ wins for PPP/C at local gov’t polls

-says focus now on national campaign

The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has secured “massive” wins at the 2018 local government elections, according to PPP General Secretary and Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo, who says it won the majority of seats on five of the ten municipalities and picked up key support in Georgetown.

CCJ declares cross-dressing law unconstitutional

-orders section be struck from laws

Overturning judgments of the local courts, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) yesterday ruled in favour of a group of Guyanese transgender women that the law prohibiting cross-dressing violates their freedom of expression and said it should be struck from the laws of Guyana.

Still no word on president’s return

Harmon: ` The doctors have advised that he cannot travel and until he is given advice from his doctors, we cannot [say]’

Even as speculation about the health of President David Granger continues to grow, government yesterday said it is still uncertain of when he is due to return as he still has to await clearance from doctors in Cuba.

APNU clinches 21 city seats

-PPP/C moves from two to seven

Following Monday’s Local Government Elections (LGE) the capital city of Georgetown will remain under the control of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) which has secured 21 of its 30 seats but the opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic has significantly increased its position at the council earning a total of seven seats at the Horseshoe table.