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

Checks uncover millions in expired drugs at Diamond Hospital, Region 4 health centres

-Auditor General’s report

Expired drugs valued more than $34 million were discovered at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre and several Health Centres in Region Four, according to the 2017 Auditor General’s report, which also reported similar findings albeit on a smaller scale at health centres in regions Three, Seven, Eight and Nine.

Firemen accused of stealing from Fly Jamaica plane get bail release

-as cops await advice on charges

As police await legal advice on possible charges against a dozen members of the Guyana Fire Service over thefts from the Fly Jamaica airplane that crash landed here last Friday, the firefighters have been granted their release on station bail, Crime Chief Lyndon Alves has said.

Turnout low during early hours of voting

The turnout during the first few hours of voting for yesterday’s local government elections appeared to be negligible, despite months of campaigning by contestants and education efforts by the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to rouse greater engagement.

Experts to lobby against death penalty in Guyana

A delegation of international experts on the death penalty is in Guyana to address the use of capital punishment in the country and prospects for moving towards abolition.

Cops freed of bar assault, detention charges

Charges against an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and a Corporal, who were separately accused of unlawful detention and assault, were withdrawn last month based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Road and bridge for Zeelugt New Housing Scheme

Zeelugt New Housing Scheme is benefitting from the construction of a second entrance and exit at a cost of $22M by the Government, through the Regional Administration of Essequibo Islands-West Demerara (Region Three), the Department of Public Information (DPI) says.

President’s return from Cuba delayed

-no permission from doctors as yet to travel

While President David Granger  was scheduled to return to Guyana yesterday in time to vote in today’s Local Government Elections, his office has confirmed that he will not be here  and sources say that he has not been given  the “okay to travel” by doctors in Cuba.

Guyana’s wealth fund should not be seen as cash cow

-Persad-Bissessar warns

A sovereign wealth fund should only be used for rainy day planning and not to be used to supplement recurring expenditure as was done recently in Trinidad and Tobago says T&T’s former prime minister and Leader of the Opposition, Kamla Persad-Bissessar.     

Fly Jamaica crash: ‘It’s a miracle we survived’ –passenger

-carry on bag with cash, jewellery missing

“It’s a miracle that we survived. Thank you God”, were the words of Davanan Sukhram, one of the passengers aboard the Fly Jamaica flight which crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri last Friday.

GECOM prepared for polls – Chairman

The nation goes to the polls today in this country’s second Local Government Elections since 1994 and the Guyana Elections Commission yesterday sounded its readiness.

Police probing Puruni murder

Police in Cuyuni- Mazaruni (Region 7) are investigating the murder of a North West District man who was found on a trail at Puruni Landing.

Cops to seek legal advice on theft allegations against firemen

As investigations continue into the alleged theft by members of the fire service from the Fly Jamaica plane that crash landed here on Friday,  police will be seeking legal advice on the way forward, Crime Chief Lyndon Alves yesterday told Stabroek News.

‘I did what I was hired to do and I stand by that’

- says Duncan on pending Chronicle investigation

Sherod Duncan has said he is prepared to wait at home for however long the Board of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) takes to investigate his actions as General Manager of the Guyana Chronicle.

Fire destroys upper flat of Cumberland house

A fire suspected to be of electrical origin yesterday afternoon ripped through the upper flat of a two-storey house located on the main road of Cumberland Village, East Canje Berbice, destroying everything in its path.

Integrity body names 87 officials who failed to declare assets

-15 ministers, Speaker, opposition MPs listed among defaulters

The Integrity Commission yesterday began identifying public officials who failed to submit declarations of their assets and liabilities by the deadline and its Chairman Kumar Doraisami yesterday said that legal action will be taken against those who fail to take corrective action and comply with their obligations.

Judicial Service Commission still to be reconstituted after more than one year

-Nandlall urges public condemnation

Saying government’s failure to reconstitute the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for over a year is part of an attempt to undermine and erode the integrity of the body, attorney Anil Nandlall is calling for the public to speak out to protect it and other institutions from political abuse.

CJIA operations back to normal, GCAA Director-General says

-Fly Jamaica crash scene still being processed

Operations at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) have returned to normal following Friday morning’s incident, which saw a Fly Jamaica aircraft crash upon landing.

GM&SA’s Nokta calls takeover of Berbice Bridge alarming

While concerned over the proposed hikes in the Berbice Bridge tolls, the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GM&SA) on Thursday voiced its concern about government’s recent move to take control of the Berbice River Bridge, saying it does not bode well for future investments.

‘Know you are a success story’

-new UG grads urged

At each of the three convocation ceremonies hosted by the University of Guyana (UG) yesterday for its 2018 graduating class, Valedictorian Shakti Persaud encouraged her colleagues to work hard in silence and let their success be their noise.

University of Guyana awards honorary degrees

The University of Guyana (UG) yesterday inaugurated its honorary Doctor of Letters (DLitt) degree with awards to four Guyanese who have made their mark in the fields of music, business, philanthropy and Indigenous peoples’ rights.

‘You don’t want to end up in a different kind of slavery’

-Persad-Bissessar says proper legal framework for oil and gas crucial

Proper legislative framework to cover the oil and gas sector is essential to ensure that multinationals contribute adequately to the development of Guyana even as they invest and benefit by finding and producing oil, Trinidad and Tobago’s Leader of the Opposition Kamla Persad-Bissessar says.

Stabroek Wharf vendors signing relocation agreement

-temporary stalls expected to be constructed within six weeks

Stabroek Market wharf vendors have started signing agreements with City Hall to pave the way for the construction of their stalls at Russell Square, where they are to be relocated.

CCJ strikes out bid to challenge admissions process at regional law schools

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Friday dismissed an attempt to challenge the process for admission to the region’s three law schools as discriminatory against holders of non-University of the West Indies (UWI) law degrees, saying that it would be “pointless” to allow the proceedings since it has no jurisdiction over the Council of Legal Education (CLE), which operates the schools.

Jamaica gaming company says ready to roll into Guyana

(Jamaica Observer) Lotteries company Supreme Ventures Ltd (SVL) has announced that it has entered the build-out phase of its gaming operation in Guyana, with plans to roll out the initiative “in the coming months”.

South Korea opens consulate in Guyana

Guyana and South Korea have strengthened diplomatic relations with the official opening of a Consulate in Georgetown, according to the Department of Public Information (DPI).

Biker in fatal Mon Repos crash ID’ed as teen

The motorcyclist who died on Friday morning following a collision along the Mon Repos Public Road, on the East Coast of Demerara, has been identified as 18-year-old Glenroy McKenzie.

Four injured in Auchlyne crash

Four persons were rushed to the Port Mourant Hospital with minor injuries yesterday after the hire car they were travelling in crashed into a parked car along the Auchlyne Village, Corentyne public road.

Fly Jamaica plane crash lands at CJIA -no fatalities

A Fly Jamaica plane destined for Toronto, Canada crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) at Timehri early yesterday morning, leaving the crew and passengers shaken but without any confirmed serious injuries.