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Local gov’t elections Nov 10th – Bulkan

Local Government Elections (LGE) are to be held on November 10th. This was announced this morning by Minister of Communities, Ronald Bulkan at the ongoing National Toshaos Conference at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre.

PPP to name presidential candidate before local govt polls

-vote to be by secret ballot

A People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) presidential candidate will be named before this year’s Local Government Elections even as party leader and General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo warned potential nominees to be cautious in their public campaigning.

Shulinab toshao new NTC Chairman

-urges gov’t to work with executive

Newly-elected chairman of the National Toshaos Council, Nicholas Anthony Fredericks is calling on Government to work with the NTC’s new executive and to recognise the many issues facing them, some life threatening, to ensure a better quality of life for Indigenous peoples.

Granger, Jagdeo to meet today on Police Service Commission

-Opposition Leader opposed to proposed Chairman

President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo are this morning scheduled to discuss the appointment of the Police Service Commission  (PSC) and Jagdeo said he will oppose the proposed Chairman.

Ramnarine berates ranks for damaging force vehicles, flouting the law

- 18 ordered to pay $2.4M for damage

Eighteen police ranks have been ordered to pay for the cost of damage to Guyana Police Force’s (GPF) vehicles which have amounted to approximately $2.4 million in the last six months, Acting Commissioner David Ramnarine disclosed yesterday.

Changes proposed to Guyana Gold Board Act

Minister of Natural Resources (MNR) Raphael Trotman yesterday met with representatives of the eight licenced gold dealers to discuss proposed amendments to the Guyana Gold Board Act and Regulations including changing the amount of gold that may be legally held by a person.

Court of Appeal affirms life sentence for child killer

-strikes out parole stipulation

The Guyana Court of Appeal yesterday affirmed the life sentence given to child killer Rawle Samuels but struck out the stipulation by the trial judge that he must serve thirty calendar years before he can be considered for parole.

Two persons held by police after chase from Diamond

Two persons including a security guard were yesterday afternoon arrested at Covent Garden after they were pursued by the police at Diamond, East Bank Demerara and an unlicensed firearm which they had in their possession was retrieved.

Significant drop in complaints against cops – Ramnarine

- GPF rewards 1,967 ranks with $19M

There has been a significant reduction in the number of complaints against police ranks, Acting Commissioner David Ramnarine declared yesterday, as the Guyana Police Force handed out more than $19 million to 1,967 ranks as part of   its 179th anniversary.

Soldier among four charged over ganja

Four men, including a soldier, who were arrested on Saturday following the discovery of several Ziploc bags filled with cannabis in the vicinity of the Demerara Harbour Bridge were on Tuesday charged and released on $100,000 bail each.

Shipper released after cocaine found under vehicle

Navindra Sarwan, the shipper who was held a little more than two weeks ago following the discovery of fifteen lbs of suspected cocaine under his vehicle in the compound of the CAMEX Bond at the Timehri airport was released since there was insufficient evidence linking him to the crime.

GPL suffers shutdown after losing 11 MW

At approximately 00:56 this morning, a burnt cable connection in the link between the two Power Plants at Kingston caused the sudden loss of 11 MW of capacity and subsequent shutdown of the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System (DBIS), the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) said today. 

Gov’t mum on Broomes incident despite Code of Conduct

Aside from a comment by one minister, the government has remained silent on a July 8th incident involving Minister in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes despite the fact that it should be applying its much vaunted Code of Conduct for officials in public life.

Williams, Harmon and Lawrence nominated for PNCR Chairmanship

The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) yesterday received nominations for leadership positions at its upcoming Biennial Delegates’ Congress and General Secretary Amna Ally assured that the elections process will be transparent.

Lawrence, PS defend drugs contract

-after ministry’s pick emerges as lone bidder

-tender board had rejected proposal for sole-sourcing Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence yesterday attempted to explain the controversial award of a $367 million contract for emergency drugs to New York-based supplier HDM Labs Inc.

Good Hope furniture maker charged over 325 lbs drug bust

A Good Hope, East Coast Demerara furniture maker has been charged with trafficking the almost 325 pounds of cocaine and ganja that were found by the Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) on a boat at Mon Repos last Saturday.

Accused cocaine traffickers deny knowledge of drugs

Mark Gomes and Mohamed Kadir, who are accused of trafficking nearly five pounds of cocaine, yesterday testified to having no knowledge of the drugs that were found and said a third man had taken responsibility.

Drivers in Ruby death probe plead guilty to drunk driving

The two drivers who were arrested on Saturday after they allegedly struck down and killed Sherman Daniels along the Ruby Public Road, East Bank Essequibo were yesterday fined after being charged with several traffic-related offences excluding causing death by dangerous driving.

Provisions to recall elected leaders should be considered

-Allicock tells NTC conference

Vice President and Minister of Indigenous Peoples Affairs, Sidney Allicock has recommended to the 12th National Toshaos Council (NTC) Conference that it  considers provisions for the recall of elected leaders at the village council and NTC executive levels in the revision of Amerindian Act of 2006.

High winds damage Parfaite Harmonie roofs

High winds yesterday morning ripped off the roof of one house at Onderneeming, Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara and caused damage to at least three others.

Albouystown club owner in custody over ganja

The owner of a popular city night club is presently in police custody after a search conducted at his business premises yesterday morning unearthed 19 kilogrammes of compressed cannabis.

Man held with .32 revolver

The police are conducting investigations after a .32 revolver was found in the possession of a Sophia resident.

Skeldon power company seeking biomass

Still grappling with the loss of access to bagasse for its 30-megawatts of cogeneration power, Skeldon Energy Inc (SEI) has advertised for long-term suppliers of a range of biomass.

Bid received for Indian immigration monument fence

With the Ministry of Public Infrastructure overseeing the construction process for the Indian immigration monument project at Palmyra, Corentyne, a company yesterday bid to undertake the construction of a perimeter fence, internal walkway and landscaping works.

Voir dire underway in extradition case

The extradition proceedings against alleged fugitive Troy Thomas continued yesterday with the commencement of a voir dire to verify his identity.

Man found crushed to death on Carifesta Ave

The Police say they are are seeking the public’s assistance in the identification of a male of East Indian ancestry whose head was reportedly ran over by a minibus this morning about 4 on Carifesta Avenue; the body is presently at the Lyken’s Funeral Home.

Part of $3.8B Guyana Stores tax debt paid – Statia

Guyana Stores Limited (GSL) has paid the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) “a few hundreds of millions,” Commissioner-General Godfrey Statia says and discussions are ongoing on how the remainder of its $3.8 billion tax debt will be paid.