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

Drug addict murdered on Leopold St

One person has been arrested and three others are on the run after they were allegedly involved in the murder of a 45-year-old man after he stopped buying drugs from them.

Repsol for major survey in Kanuku block

With a target to spud its first exploration well next year, the Madrid, Spain headquartered oil company Repsol will tomorrow begin offshore works in the Kanuku Block.

Ram flays gov’t over handling of Berbice Bridge contract

-cites double standards

Government has a double standard on the sanctity of contracts  and this is evident when the agreements with the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) and Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) and partners are compared, columnist Christopher Ram says.

More passengers on crash-landed plane criticise Fly Jamaica

Some passengers who were aboard the Fly Jamaica plane that crash landed at the CJIA, Timehri two Fridays ago arrived back in Toronto on Friday with gruelling tales and harsh criticism for the airline, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). 

Region forced to terminate contract for Berbice health centre

—despite near $4M advance payment

Despite receiving an advance payment for the construction of a health centre and living quarters at Wiruni, Berbice River, the contractor is still to complete the works and has since abandoned the site, according to the 2017 Auditor General’s (AG) report.

Exxon affiliate seeking environmental analyst

ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd (EEPGL)  is currently searching for a Safety, Health and Environmental Analyst for its operations here. 

Technology in tourism inevitable

-Hughes tells expo

Minister of Public Telecommunications Catherine Hughes yesterday told local drone operators that their participation in the tourism industry is pivotal to both the sector and the development of the country. 

West Berbice car accident reveals ganja stash

The police say they are searching for the driver of a 212 motor car who last evening abandoned his vehicle on the Number Six Village Public Road on the West Coast of Berbice after he allegedly crashed into the rear of another vehicle which resulted in extensive damage to both.

Auchlyne man stabbed to death, fourteen-year-old held

The Police say they are investigating the murder of Desmond Seeodat, 29, a labourer of Auchlyne Village, Corentyne, Berbice which occurred at about 4 pm yesterday in the said village, allegedly by a fourteen-year-old who has been detained.

EPA halts Guyana Goldfields’ underground works at Aurora mine

-as needed permit not granted

On the heels of an announcement by Guyana Goldfields Inc. (GGI) that it has started underground work at its Aurora gold mine in Region Seven, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued cease orders to the company as the necessary permit has not yet been granted.

Communities Ministry not to blame for low turnout at local gov’t polls – Ally

The Ministry of Communities should not be blamed for low voter turnout at this year’s local government elections, Social Protection Minister Amna Ally said on Friday, while also noting that the failure by the former government to hold the polls for over two decades denied citizens knowledge of their rights and responsibilities in local governance.  

AFC Whim/Bloomfield candidate believes supporters were intimidated

After only receiving a total of 31 votes in her constituency in the Whim/Bloomfield local authority area, Alliance For Change (AFC) candidate Mavis Nagamootoo has said she believes that some of her supporters were intimidated by persons from other political parties.

Fly Jamaica probing circumstances of elderly passenger’s death

Fly Jamaica Airways yesterday said that it was investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Rookhia Kalloo, the eighty-six-year-old passenger who reportedly suffered a fractured skull as a result of the crash-landing of a company plane at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport just over a week ago.

Sophia miner confesses to murdering wife, police say

-body found in shallow grave near mining camp

A 27-year-old miner has allegedly confessed to the murder of his common-law wife, whose body was discovered buried in a shallow grave near a mining camp on Thursday, police have reported.

APNU apologises for heckling of journalists

A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) today apologised for the heckling of media workers during a joint APNU and Alliance For Change press conference yesterday at Congress Place, the headquarters of APNU member, the PNCR.

Gov’t postpones parliamentary sitting to brief MPs on no-confidence motion

The parliamentary opposition has expressed outrage at a late decision to postpone yesterday’s sitting of the National Assembly, which government later said was necessary to facilitate an urgent meeting with its Members of Parliament (MPs) on a no-confidence motion that was filed against it by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C).

PM calls PPP/C’s no-confidence motion provocative

-‘We are not for sale,’ Lawrence says

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who is currently acting as president, yesterday charged that the opposition’s motion of no-confidence against the government is an act of “provocation,” which he called insensitive while the sitting president is out of the country for medical attention.   

Local gov’t voter turnout plunges to 36.3%

-over 30,000 fewer voters than in 2016

The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) yesterday confirmed that a mere 36.3% or 208,534 of the 573,923 registered electors turned up to cast their ballots when the 2018 Local Government Elections (LGE) were held across the country on Monday.

Senior injured in Fly Jamaica crash landing succumbs

Rookhia Kalloo, the eighty-six-year-old passenger who suffered a fractured skull following the crash-landing of a Fly Jamaica plane at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport last Friday, has died.

Firemen suspended over alleged theft from crash landed plane

The twelve firemen accused of theft from crew members and passengers of a Fly Jamaica plane, which crash landed last Friday at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, have all been suspended, Fire Chief Marlon Gentle yesterday confirmed.

Former SWAT Commander interdicted

-pending disciplinary proceedings over neglect, conduct

In addition to being charged departmentally, Deputy Superintendent Motie Dookie, the former head of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Unit, has been interdicted from duty and will now receive only half of his monthly salary until the conclusion of disciplinary proceedings initiated against him.