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

Sir Alister served with distinction

 -Foreign Ministry

The Government has remembered late former Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary-General, Sir Meredith Alister McIntyre as one of the region’s “most illustrious sons,” whose yeoman service included serving as the first Good Officer of the United Nations Secretary-General for the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy.

Gov’t revenues rose in 2018 on tax collection

-almost 25% drop in non-tax earnings recorded

For 2018, the public sector’s total financial operations saw a reduced deficit due to an expansion in Central Government’s current revenues, but non-tax revenues declined by 23.8%, according to the Annual Report of the Bank of Guyana.

Interest by Guyanese businesses in oil sector exceeding expectations

- Centre for Local Business Development director

The interest of Guyanese businesses in the oil and gas sector is higher than anticipated, according to Director of the Centre for Local Business Development (CLBD) Patrick Henry, who says that of the 2,675 businesses registered with it over the past two years, 1,573 are local.

GPL seeking consultant for transmission line upgrade

The Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) will be working towards the upgrading of the existing 5km 69kV transmission line, known as L5, as part of an effort to reinforce the transmission infrastructure of the Demerara-Berbice Interconnected System.

Forum on UWI governance to be held tomorrow

Tomorrow, an independent team of high-level persons from across the region, established as the Chancellor’s Commission on Governance, will host a public forum to listen to Governance issues related The University of the West Indies (The UWI).

Video: Making a ‘Cole’ Kite

Buxtonian kite maker Marvin Cole and his assistants create kites as efficiently as any factory line, with each specialist leaving a mark on the final creation.

Two Kitty cottages destroyed by fire

Two dilapidated cottages in Kitty were yesterday afternoon destroyed by fire in what neighbours believe was the result of one of the occupants forgetting about a lit kerosene stove.

Charlestown Post Office to close from May 2nd

From May 2nd, the Charlestown Post Office will be closed to the general public until further notice, according to an advertisement in the Sunday Chronicle, which advised that persons will have to use the main post office on Robb Street.

GGDMA sets up Technical Services Unit

—to improve efficiency of miners

Recognising that miners are not working efficiently, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) has set up a Technical Services Unit (TSU) which, while currently manned by one employee, is intended to increase the productivity of the sector.

Rupununi youths get $6M in stimulus grants

Beneficiaries of the Hinterland Employment and Youth Service (HEYS) continue to receive financial support under the initiative, with 119 North and Central Rupununi youths recently receiving stimulus grants amounting to $6 million in total.

AG plans to review “unexplained wealth” laws

While legislation that deals with unexplained wealth already exists, Attorney General (AG) and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams SC says that it will be given a second look.

Some seeking citizenship not resident at addresses

-checks find

Some foreign nationals seeking citizenship are providing fake addresses on their applications. Sunday Stabroek recently visited three of the addresses which were listed by applicants in public advertisements and found that in two cases there was no record of the applicant being resident there.

Surama teen crowned Rodeo Pageant Queen

-steals show with traditional cowgirl wear

Seventeen-year-old Mae Allicock is the winner of the Annual Rupununi Rodeo pageant, where her indigenous wear, a first for the event, set her apart from the other contestants and guaranteed her this year’s Rodeo Queen crown.

Volunteers or slaves? Brazil accused of illegal jail labour

RIO DE JANEIRO, (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Cash-strapped Rio de Janeiro is using prisoners as “volunteer workers” to maintain jails in a move that human rights experts said was illegal and treated inmates like slaves.

Vilvoorden robbery report not corroborated by neighbours

-possibility of ‘inside job’ being investigated

Police are questioning the credibility of a report of robbery committed on Vilvoorden, Essequibo businessman Naime Sabar and his family, who were reportedly held at gunpoint and robbed of over $11 million in cash and cellphones last Sunday.

Exploding ATMs: Brazil banks wrestle with dynamite heists

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) – More than two dozen heavily-armed men stormed into the center of Guararema early on a recent morning, rousing the Brazilian town’s residents with the sound of broken glass, explosions – and then gunshots.

Companies warn Trump: Census citizenship question could be costly

NEW YORK,  (Reuters) – An array of U.S. companies have told the Trump administration that a citizenship question on the 2020 Census would harm business if it leads to an undercount of immigrants, undermining the data they use to place stores, plan inventory and plot ad campaigns.

Sir Alister passes away

Regional Headquarters, Kingston, Jamaica, April 20, 2019 – The following statement is issued by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles in immediate response to news of the passing of Sir Alister McIntyre, who served as UWI Vice-Chancellor during the period 1988-1998.

President completes radiotherapy

-cautioned against too heavy a work load

President David Granger completed his regime of radiotherapy in Cuba today and will be returning to Guyana later this evening.

Guyana rises in press freedom ranking

-concerns persist over use of laws to silence ‘opposition’ journalists

While Guyana has moved up four places to 51 of the 180 listed in the latest World Press Freedom Index, the assessment by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) maintains that while the country’s constitution guarantees free speech and the right to information, officials often use laws to silence “opposition” journalists.

EPA retracts project applications not requiring impact surveys

Four projects submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for Environmental Authorisation, and which the entity mistakenly announced did not require Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs), are currently being screened for their possible impacts on the environment.

Teixeira says not retracting statements about Cathy Hughes

PPP executive Gail Teixeira says she is not retracting statements she made about Minister of Public Telecommunications Cathy Hughes in relation to a contract that her company, Videomega secured from the Department of Energy (DoE).