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

Shock as Trump backs Putin on election meddling at summit

HELSINKI,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said after meeting Vladimir Putin today he no reason to believe his own intelligence agencies rather than trust the Kremlin leader on the question of whether Russsia interfered to help him win the 2016 election.

Courtney Benn Contracting now owes $140m for work not done – Patterson

-repaying in cash

Courtney Benn Contracting Services Limited (CBCSL) had signed an agreement with the APNU+AFC government to repay millions of dollars for works not done for the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC), as was revealed in a 2014 Audit and now owes about $140M, Minister of Public Communications David Patterson says.

Police deny attempt made to storm Rose Hall outpost

-after hole found in fence

The Guyana Police Force yesterday said it is investigating a breach of the fence at the Rose Hall Town Outpost and Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan has rejected reports that it was an attempt by bandits to storm the building and steal weapons.  

Eight being questioned over murder of Liliahs

-one admits role

Eight persons are now being questioned and one has since admitted to playing a part in the murders of Pandit Deonarine Liliah, 61, and his son, Gopaul, who were found dead in their Craig Street, Campbellville home between Saturday and Monday last.

CH&PA wins cases to reclaim land from developers

—failed to provide housing solutions as agreed

The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) has won two cases against errant land developers, Minister within the Ministry of Communities Valerie Patterson related, even as she lamented that many persons have been waiting years for a house lot allocation, while developers leave acres unattended.

AFC waiting on police probe before commenting on Broomes incident

The Alliance for Change will await the findings of the police investigation into last week’s altercation between Junior Minister Simona Broomes, her driver Dexter David and two security guards in the parking lot of the Amazonia Mall at Providence, East Bank Demerara before making a statement.

Ruby accident victim identified

Police have identified the victim of the fatal Ruby, East Bank Essequibo Public Road accident, which occurred on Saturday morning.

Guyana not rushing on huge IsDB envelope – Jordan

Guyana is not rushing to access the remainder of the US$880M that the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) says it can borrow to execute projects but will seek to determine which of many plans before it are vital and can give the best returns, Minister of Finance Winston Jordan says.

Consular trip to Venezuela postponed

The unavailability of flights to Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela has forced government to postpone a planned trip there to assess consular services for Guyanese residing there amid the economic and political turmoil wracking the country.

France lift second World Cup after winning classic final

MOSCOW,  (Reuters) – France won the World Cup for the second time in spectacular style today as a 4-2 victory in one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades ended battling outsiders Croatia’s dreams of a first title.

Fisherman murdered at Kumaka waterfront

The Police today said that they are investigating the murder of Elroy Marks, 43, a fisherman of Aruka River, North West District and also of Dartmouth, Essequibo Coast which occurred about 3.30 pm yesterday at Kumaka Waterfront, North West District; allegedly by a 43-year old labourer of Hotoquai Village, North West District who has since been detained and is assisting with the investigation.

Jordan distances tender board from sole-sourcing of $367M in drugs

-as questions remain unanswered

With questions raised over the sole-sourcing of almost $367 million in emergency drugs from a US-based company last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan has distanced the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) from bearing responsibility for the deal, while saying that it’s approval is usually determined by the case put forward by the procuring entity. 

Disabled pensioner dies in Bush Lot fire

-son arrested on suspicion of starting blaze

A disabled pensioner was burned to death in his Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice home yesterday and his son has been taken into custody on suspicion of starting the fire.

CANU nets almost 325 lbs of cocaine, ganja in Mon Repos bust

-arrest couple, searching for boat captain, Venezuelans

A couple from Good Hope, East Coast Demerara were arrested yesterday morning and several others, including Venezuelan nationals, are being sought following the discovery of almost 325 pounds in total of cocaine and marijuana, which were unearthed in a wooden vessel at Mon Repos.

Toshaos for training at annual conference

-Shuman warns of ‘wining and dining’ politicking

The annual conference of the National Toshaos Council (NTC), which gets underway tomorrow, can expect “very sober discussions” on issues affecting indigenous communities as well as training for newly-elected leaders to empower them to represent their causes, according to outgoing NTC Vice-Chairman Lenox Shuman.  

Rose Hall painter succumbs to injuries after drinking spree

-drinking buddies arrested, claim he fell

Three persons have been taken into police custody after a Rose Hall Town, Corentyne man, who was discovered with head and other injuries after a drinking spree, succumbed on Friday evening.

Drivers held after killing pedestrian at Ruby

-were under the influence, police say

Two drivers, who were both found to be under the influence of alcohol, were arrested early yesterday morning after they allegedly struck down and killed a man along the Ruby, East Bank Essequibo Public Road.

Grandson, wife released on bail as cops continue probing pensioner’s disappearance

-body to be exhumed from burial ground for DNA testing

The two relatives who were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the disappearance of a missing 75-year-old Rose Hall Town, Corentyne man, were each released on substantial bail yesterday even as the police have said they will continue to investigate the two-year-old case.

Only 3 of 31 state pensioners collecting payments

Since the APNU-AFC coalition government took office in 2015, only three of more than two dozen listed state pensioners have been collecting payments, the Ministry of Finance, which is responsible for issuing the payments, has disclosed.

Nandlall knocks sloth in holding of inquests

The sloth in conducting coroner’s inquests is of great concern, according to Opposition Member of Parliament Anil Nandlall, who says it is not in keeping with government’s 2015 elections campaign promise that over 400 such inquiries would be conducted.

Two arrested after ganja find at Bartica Stelling

Two West Bank Demerara (WBD) residents are presently in police custody following the discovery of over a kilogramme of cannabis concealed in a bucket at the Bartica Stelling yesterday morning.

Woman robbed after leaving high school reunion

-friend beaten in attack

Armed bandits early yesterday morning relieved a woman and attacked her companion, shortly after they left a high school reunion at Woolford Avenue, in Georgetown.

Haiti’s PM quits amid backlash over fuel price protests

PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) – Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned on Saturday as he faced a non-confidence vote after a move to lower fuel subsidies prompted days of violent protests in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

House votes to empower BoG to bail out banks

-opposition MPs voice concerns over compromising of regulatory role

The Bank of Guyana (BoG) will soon have the ability to grant temporary financial bailouts to commercial banks in order to protect depositors from losses similar to those incurred when the Globe Trust and Investment Company Limited (GTICL) collapsed in 2004.

Cops report drop in murders, other serious crimes

-but reports of rape on the rise

The Guyana Police Force yesterday reported that it has recorded a 9% decrease in serious crimes for the year as at June 30th, compared with the same period for last year.