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

Coconut output seen quadrupling by 2025

-regional programme readying local industry players for move to value-added output

With a resurgence in the demand for coconut products globally, and consequent interest from investors, Guyana is anticipated to double its current coconut production within a few years, and quadruple it by 2025.

Third term decision to be handed down by July 3rd

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) will have to hand down the highly-anticipated third term decision by July 3, the day that the court’s President, Sir Dennis Byron retires from office, Justice Adrian Saunders, the President-Designate said last night.

Jagdeo favours decriminalising small amounts of ganja

-says PPP/C MPs would be allowed conscience vote

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo says that he personally supports the decriminalisation of small amounts of marijuana and members of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic would be allowed to vote according to their conscience if it is ever put to a vote in the National Assembly.

Fourth person dies following Kuru Kururu smash-up

The death toll from the horrific collision at Kuru Kururu, Linden-Soesdyke Highway less than two weeks ago climbed to four after another one of the passengers succumbed to her injuries on Wednesday night.

Pilot project proposed to ease prison overcrowding

On Wednesday, at the Ministry of Legal Affairs,  Attorney General, Basil Williams SC, met with John McKendrick and Keith Peterson, Consultants, contracted under the Support for the Criminal Justice System Programme, to discuss issues pertaining to overcrowding at the prisons.

Guyana to ratify CARICOM arrest treaty

Guyana will move to ratify the CARICOM Arrest Treaty, which was signed by several member states, including Guyana, in Grenada last July, Minister of State Joseph Harmon announced yesterday.

Brothers to face retrial over attempted murder of neighbor

-after jury fails to arrive at verdict

Owing to a jury’s inability to arrive at a verdict, the two brothers accused of attempting to murder their neighbour will now have to await another trial to determine the charge levelled against them.

Ministry probing shocking of GPL employee

The Occupational Health and Safety Department of the Ministry of Social Protection has launched an investigation into the shocking of a Guyana Power and Light (GPL) employee, a source from the department has confirmed.

Independence Day costume parade for 11 am start

-vending spots still available

The planning committee for the Guyana Carnival yesterday issued a reminder of the parade route for Saturday’s Independence Day costume parade, and the Mayor and City Council has indicated that there are still spots available for vending.

Windies announce squad for Sri Lanka series

ST JOHN’S, Antigua,  CMC – Veteran Devon Smith’s sensational form in the last regional first class season proved too difficult to ignore, and selectors have picked him in a 13-man squad to face Sri Lanka in the three-Test series month.

GuySuCo complains to Agri Minister over SPU

The Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) has lodged a complaint with Minister of Agriculture Noel Holder alleging that the unit set up by the government to oversee privatization of estates is demoralizing and destabilizing the Corporation.

Court of Appeal rules against Grand Coastal in $31m VAT case

-overturns decision of Justice Chang

The Grand Coastal Inn will have to pay to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) the more than $31M it owes in value added taxes (VAT) after the Guyana Court of Appeal on Monday ruled that the procedure used by the Revenue Authority to assess its VAT liability was lawful.