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

Felix’s leave order for Dookie illegal

–Nandlall

Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall says a decision by acting Minister of Public Security Winston Felix to send former SWAT Head Motie Dookie on special leave is illegal. 

Suspect held over Enmore murder 18 years ago

The family of Daniel Singh, who was murdered 18 years ago, is expecting to see progress with the investigation after the alleged perpetrator was arrested after evading police since 2000.

Exxon embarks on new well drilling

With seven finds in three years, ExxonMobil’s subsidiary, EEPGL has begun its latest quest for more oil here as it last week began drilling a new exploration well named Longtail-1.

Prison officers held over ganja

-one admits being paid $20,000

Two prison officers who were on duty at the Georgetown Public Hospital are in police custody assisting with investigations after they were found in possession of a narcotic and one has admitted that he was paid to smuggle the drug into the Georgetown Prison.

Death of Suriname cop not seen as linked to piracy attack – crime chief

The death of Surinamese policeman Ravikant Premcharan, who was found in a vehicle on Passiebloem Straat in Paramaribo, Suriname on May 13th has not been linked to the April 27th piracy attack in Surinamese waters which left over a dozen Guyanese missing  and now presumed dead, Crime Chief Paul Williams said.

Judge likely to rule July 30th on challenge to Brassington, Singh charges

Acting Chief Justice Roxane George is likely to deliver her ruling on July 30th in the action filed by former Minister of Finance Dr Ashni Singh and former head of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Winston Brassington who are challenging misconduct charges levelled against them.

IPED CEO talks up opportunities in agri sector

If Ramesh Persaud, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Institute of Private Enterprise Development (IPED) were to invest in any sector right now, it would be in agriculture and, specifically, in fruits, vegetables and livestock because of opportunities in viable local and Caribbean markets.

Prisoner in hospital after fracas

A prisoner by the name of Shawn Thom is a patient at the GPHC after he was referred to the institution on Saturday, according to the Guyana Prison Service.

‘E’ Field Sophia gets ICT Hub

A new Information and Communications Technology Hub was commissioned at the ‘E’ Field Sophia Community Centre by Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes on Friday.

Thousands evacuate as Storm Alberto churns toward Florida

(Reuters) – Thousands of Florida residents evacuated their homes today as Subtropical Storm Alberto drove north through the Gulf of Mexico with forecasters saying it could bring “life-threatening inundation” to southern coastal states.

Mon Repos man stabbed to death

-businessman, son in custody

A 23-year-old Mon Repos man died after he was stabbed in his chest early this morning about a dozen houses away from his home.

Bill for lighter ganja penalties for House by end of June, MP says

-High Court judgment points to scope for lower sentences

Despite an apparent divide between APNU and the AFC on reforming the sentencing for possession of small amounts of cannabis, government Member of Parliament Michael Carrington says that a reworked bill will come before the National Assembly by next month end.

SPU’s promised molasses output in doubt

-as tensions with GuySuCo’s management persist

GuySuCo is concerned about the vesting order which has placed its assets under the control of the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) set up to oversee the divestment of four shuttered estates as tensions continue to rise between the two in a number of areas, including the claimed production of molasses. 

Ex-soldier knifed to death in BV clash

-assailant hospitalised under police guard

An ex-soldier was fatally stabbed yesterday morning during a clash in Beterverwagting (BV), East Coast Demerara (ECD), which began when he confronted his assailant with a cutlass.

Rain fails to dampen inaugural Guyana Carnival

Despite a four-hour late start, the inaugural Guyana Carnival yesterday saw hundreds of participants take to the streets of Georgetown, where they were joined by hundreds more eager to take in the spectacle.

Guyanese retiree fined in Grenada over cocaine in wheelchair

Haniff Bacchus, the 70-year-old Guyanese national who was caught with a quantity of cocaine hidden in his motorised wheelchair at the Maurice Bishop International Airport in Grenada earlier this month, was fined EC$50,000 last Thursday for trafficking the drug.

Jagdeo says giving ‘liberal’ concessions reality of life in gov’t

Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo has said that concessions are part of the daily life of a government and that he will not “beat up” on the APNU+AFC administration for giving concessions to any foreign investor whose investment was transparent and administered by the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA).

TIGI decries information blackout on probe into transfer of whistleblower nurse

Local anti-corruption watchdog Transparency Institute Guyana Incorporated (TIGI) yesterday crticised both the Guyana Nursing Council and the Guyana Medical Council for their unwillingness to provide information on the current status of investigations of the conduct of nurse Sherilyn Marks, who was transferred last year after complaining about the alleged abuse of office by a Region Five (Mahaica/Berbice) Coun-cillor to access prescription medication.