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

President for more chemotherapy

President David Granger yesterday morning departed Guyana for Cuba where he will undergo the fourth round of treatment for Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

Chief Whips still to meet GECOM on readiness

- Shadick wants Chairman’s health on the agenda

It is still not clear when the two Chief Whips will meet with the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to discuss its readiness to hold general elections but at least one Commissioner is hoping that the Chairman’s health is a main item on the agenda when the meeting does occur.

‘It was foolish then and it is foolish now’

-Ramotar rejected legal advice of 34-vote majority being needed for no-confidence motion in 2014

Former President Donald Ramotar says that when his government was faced with a no-confidence motion from the opposition in 2014, it received legal advice from an attorney that at least 34 votes would be needed for the passage but he and his chief legal advisor did not believe that it would hold up in court and feared that it would cause public upheaval. 

Two detained over murder of retired police officer

Two persons including the adopted son of 76-year-old retired police officer Cyril Persaud, whose decomposed body was found floating in a canal at D’Urban Backlands on Sunday have been detained for questioning in connection with his murder.

Judge says to rule on no-confidence case before monthend

Chief Justice Roxane George said today that it is her intention to hand down a decision before the end of the month in the various cases that have been brought in the aftermath of the  December 21st, 2018  vote of no confidence against the government.

CH&PA moving to surrender management of Sophia to M&CC

-city appoints committee for talks

With the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) planning to hand over the management of Sophia to the Georgetown municipality, a seven-member committee was yesterday appointed to enter into discussions with the body on behalf of the new Mayor and City Council (M&CC).

Guyana ready to handle swine flu

-Health Ministry

The Ministry of Public Health says the country is ready to handle any emergence of the H1N1 virus, also known as Swine Flu, after a reported outbreak in neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago and the three deaths so far.

APNU, 8MM reps clash at first meeting of new BV/Triumph NDC

People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillors found themselves in the unlikely position of mediators after members of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the 8th of May Movement (8MM) clashed at the first meeting of the new Beterverwag-ting/Triumph Neighbour-hood Democratic Council (NDC) last Friday.

Butters-Grant remembered as driven businesswoman, patriot

Allison Butters-Grant, the Global Seafoods Distributors Inc Director who passed away on Sunday night after battling cancer for a number of years, has been remembered as a business leader whose drive to succeed was only matched by her passion for her homeland.

Third person held over murder of man at Enterprise

As the police probe into the murder of 46-year-old Prietam Manickram, the alcoholic who was found dead in an abandoned house at Enterprise, East Coast Demerara last week continues, a male individual who is deemed a ‘person of interest’ in the matter has been detained.

Trial judge misdirected jury on ‘blood’ evidence

-lawyer for convict in GTM executive’s murder claims

At a hearing of the appeal filed by Clive Knights to his conviction and 57-year sentence for the murder of insurance company executive Bert Whyte, his attorney Dexter Todd is challenging the purported “blood” evidence” led in the case.

Trump says he never worked for Russia, rejects media reports

WASHINGTON,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said today he never worked for Russia, his first direct denial after a media report saying the FBI in 2017 opened a counterintelligence investigation of whether he acted on Moscow’s behalf.

Charrandass Persaud says enquired about gold price for clients

-prepared to take lie detector test

Admitting that there is a record of him enquiring about the price of gold shortly before leaving for Canada, former government Member of Parliament (MP) Charrandass Persaud has defended his actions saying it was for his clients.

Banks DIH after-tax profit up by 14%

Conglomerate Banks DIH saw its profit after tax increase from $3.584 billion in 2017 to $4.085 billion last year, an appreciation of $501 million or 14%.

Retired Atlantic Ville cop found dead

The body of a 76-year-old former police officer, who was missing for a few days, was found floating in a canal at D’Urban Back-lands yesterday morning.

Harmon’s dual citizenship underlines gov’t hypocrisy – Nandlall

With at least four persons with dual citizenship holding top positions in its government, including Minister of State Joseph Harmon, former Attorney General Anil Nandall says the APNU+AFC coalition should say what it intends to do as it is duplicitous and hypocritical to only  zoom in on Charrandass Persaud’s status.

Completion of CJIA expansion project delayed again

Initially scheduled to have been completed by December 2017, then December 2018, expansion works continue on the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri and questions remained unanswered on current developments or when the project will be finished.