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

Gov’t illegal on March 22 without extension – Ramkarran

-says appeal court should give `appropriate guidance

The Court of Appeal should give “appropriate guidance” on what happens if there is no agreement to extend the March 21 deadline for the holding of general elections, Senior Counsel and co-founder of the ANUG political party Ralph Ramkarran says while also arguing that the government would become illegal.’

BV bread vendor killed during robbery

A popular bread vendor of Beterverwagting (BV), East Coast Demerara was discovered dead following a robbery at his home during the wee hours of yesterday morning.

No resolution to elections deadline seen -Jagdeo

With the constitutional deadline to hold elections following the December 21 passage of a no-confidence motion against the government expiring at the end of Thursday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo does not foresee a resolution for which he blames President David Granger.

‘There is no constitutional crisis in Guyana’

-Harmon tells Guyanese diaspora in New York

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, last evening told members of the Guyanese diaspora in New York that Guyana is not  heading to a constitutional crisis.

Inspiration, legal luminary and family man

-Miles Fitzpatrick hailed at memorial service

Senior Counsel Miles Fitzpatrick was cremated yesterday following glowing tributes at a memorial service to celebrate his life where he was remembered as an inspiration, a fighter for justice and a family man and friend of many.

GPA chastises AG over attacks on Stabroek News

—calls for retraction and apology

The Guyana Press Association (GPA) has written to Attorney General, Basil Williams, expressing its “abhorrence” at his attacks on the Stabroek News, and has called for a retraction and apology.

Wakapau gets $20m walkway

A $20 million timber walkway constructed in Wakapau, an indigenous village in Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) was officially commissioned on Saturday.

Kato Secondary officially commissioned

The $850 million Kato Secondary School in Region Eight (Potaro/Sipuruni) was officially commissioned on Friday capping tumultuous years of construction and remedial works.

Volunteers for disaster risk management certificate from UG

The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and the University of Guyana (UG) yesterday signed an agreement that will see volunteers from the Volunteer Emergency Response Team (VERT) benefiting from an Introduction to Disaster Risk Management certificate from the University.  

GTU, MoE begin 2019-2023 teachers talks

Negotiations between the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU), on the Terms and Conditions for teachers for the period 2019 to 2023 have begun.

US military in Guyana for New Horizon Project

The United States Security Cooperation is on its third mission to Guyana, to execute its New Horizon Project, which will see three community centres and one women’s centre benefitting from humanitarian, engineering and medical outreaches.

BV bread vendor murdered during robbery

Police are investigating the murder of bread vendor Clairmont Telesford, 63, of 101 Republic Drive, Beterverwagting , ECD which occurred around 1.30 am today at his home during a robbery, allegedly by three masked males, one of whom was armed with a firearm.

Uncertainties could trigger crisis in absence of deal on polls

-Town Hall forum hears

If there is no agreement between government and the opposition to extend the deadline for the holding of general elections, the resulting uncertainties and instability would lead to a crisis, a Town Hall meeting heard last evening.

UK still reviewing SOCU support -Quinn

Though stressing that the UK government is committed to supporting Guy-ana’s security sector, British High Commission-er to Guyana Greg Quinn on Friday said that a decision is yet to be made regarding the continuation of the work started by fired British advisor Dr.

Guyana, Barbados Stock Exchanges ink cooperation pact

-Jordan urges companies to invest in local financial literacy

The Guyana and Barbados Stock Exchanges on Friday signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) and Minister of Finance Winston Jordan said he hoped the alliance will lead to local financial literacy being improved.

Family calls for probe into death of premature baby at GPHC

A first-time teenage mother is now mourning the loss of twins, who were pronounced dead shortly after delivery on Thursday, and she is calling for an investigation of alleged negligence by officials at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corpora-tion (GPHC) after it was discovered that one of the babies did not succumb until more than a day after initially claimed.

Relatives of Lindo Creek massacre victims appeal for action on inquiry recommendations

Expressing disappointment that the findings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the 2008 Lindo Creek massacre are yet to be made public, relatives of several of the victims are contemplating “taking to the streets.” Sunday Stabroek recently spoke to Jackie Arokium, Carmen Gittens and Kellisa King, who all said that they expected that by now the recommendations contained in the CoI report, which was handed over to President David Granger last August, would have been implemented.

‘Resilience has paid off’

– bauxite union secretary

“Our resilience has finally paid off,” said Leslie Junor, secretary of the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GB&GWU) on Wednesday, after the Union and BCGI finally agreed to meet.

Medical Council to investigate GPH chemotherapy deaths

The Medical Council of Guyana has taken the initiative to carry out an investigation into the deaths of three children who died at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) after they received pre-chemotherapy treatment.

Initial focus in oil sector was preparation, not investigation

-Trotman on PPP/C’s 2015 oil block awards

When the APNU+AFC administration took office in 2015, its focus in the oil and gas sector was making preparations for production and not investigating the award of oil blocks by the previous government shortly before the elections, Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman says.

IRO offers to mediate between Granger, Jagdeo

The Inter-Religious Organization of Guyana (IRO) has offered to serve as mediator between President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo after imploring their parties to “preserve and maintain the peace and harmony” in Guyana.

Guyana a leader regionally in gender equality, women’s rights

—Canadian High Commissioner

Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana, Lilian Chatterjee, at last weekend’s International Women’s Day Concert and Expo, commended Guyana on its move toward gender parity, and hailed the country as a leader in the region as it relates to gender equality and women’s rights.

Diamond Water Treatment Plant on track for October finish

-IDB President hears

The Diamond Water Treatment Plant is 67% complete and is on target to be finished by October of this year, the Guyana Water Inc (GWI)  in a release has reported, noting that the President of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has registered satisfaction with the progress of works.

Corentyne tomb raided, US$300 stolen

A tomb in the Number 66, Corentyne burial ground was discovered broken into on Thursday morning and according to relatives of the deceased US$300 was removed.

A more assertive EU in a volatile world

By Helga Maria Schmid Secretary General European External Action Service The predictions made last year with regard to the growing importance of great power rivalries still rings in our ears.

HERO offers free medical screenings at city health fair

-Sophia, Lusignan, Victoria, Yarrowkabra outreaches to be held this week

A medical team from the Health and Education Relief Organisation (HERO), a US-based non-profit, hosted its first health fair in Georgetown yesterday and emphasised the importance of health education, screenings and preventative care.

Coast Guard recovers body from Waini River mishap

Coast Guards patrolling on the Waini River have recovered the body suspected to be that of Carl Archer, the visually-impaired man who went missing last Sunday following the explosion of a boat on the river.

PPP mourns passing of Bernard De Santos

The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has extended condolences to the family of the late Bernard De Santos SC, who served as Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs of Guyana from 1992 to 1997.

President returns to Cuba for treatment

President David Granger and First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, this morning, departed Guyana for Cuba where the Head of State has been receiving treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

Granger seeks to allay fears as polls deadline nears

-says collaboration, not confrontation needed

Stressing that the current political situation should not cause “alarm or anxiety,” President David Granger said yesterday that there can be a good outcome if the judiciary, the Guyana Elections Com-mission (GECOM) and the National Assembly are permitted to function without interference as well as cooperation from the opposition.

Jagdeo’s office accuses Granger of ‘bad faith’ on polls

-maintains gov’t will be illegal without extension from National Assembly

The Office of Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday accused President David Granger of acting in bad faith on the holding of constitutionally-due elections, while maintaining that government cannot continue holding office beyond the March 21st deadline unless an extension is granted by two-thirds of the elected members of the National Assembly.