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

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.

Tiger Bay youth gets 23 years for stabbing man to death

Christopher Stanley, the youth charged with stabbing a man to death in Tiger Bay in 2015, was yesterday sentenced to 23 years and seven months in jail for the crime, which he said he committed after the now dead man tried to rape him.

Gov’t convenes multi-agency meeting on arriving Venezuelans

-immigration dep’t in northwest to be bolstered

Following a multi-agency meeting yesterday, Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix, has announced that the Immigration Department in Region One will within the week be reinforced to deal with the arrival of Venezuelans into Guyana.

Mon Repos man wanted over 325 lbs drug bust

The Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) is seeking the public’s help to find a Good Hope, East Coast Demerara man, who is wanted for questioning about the recent discovery of almost 325 pounds of cannabis and cocaine in a boat at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara.

Investigator in Sanasie murder reports exhibits missing

The trial of Richard Stanton, who is accused of murdering Patricia Sanasie in 2015, continued yesterday with the testimony of Detective Constable Samuel Headley, who conducted the initial investigation into the crime.

Victims flown to city after Mahdia accident

At least four persons were flown to Georgetown yesterday morning for the treatment of injuries sustained in a vehicular accident at Mahdia on Sunday evening.

Two businessmen held over offences after ATV intercepted

The police say that two businessmen have been detained following allegations of assaulting a peace officer, damage to property, discharging a loaded firearm and obstructing the officers from executing their duties.

Guard charged over modified pistol, ammo after police intercept

Trevor Heyliger, the security guard who police say they intercepted with an unlicensed weapon and a quantity of ammunition in a vehicle he was driving last Friday, is now a remanded prisoner after being denied bail on charges of possession of a firearm and ammunition.

GRA launches container scanner facility

The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) yesterday launched its container scanner site, which Minister of Finance Winston Jordan said is critical in the fight against illegal trade.

Venezuelans behind rising crime at Kaikan – toshao

Smuggling of drugs and arms and ammunition, and prostitution are just some of the illegal activities that the border community of Kaikan, in Upper Cuyuni, Region Seven, is currently grappling with due to the presence of Venezuelans, according to Toshao Marlon Williams.

CGX is lead sponsor of green expo

Canada-based CGX Energy Inc on Friday   announced its leading  sponsorship of the upcoming Green Guyana Expo and International Business Summit scheduled for the Ramada Princess Hotel and the National Stadium on October 19-22, 2018.

Venezuelan passengers in CJIA plane landing probe released

-crew still in custody as cops await legal advice

As the investigation continues into the landing of a private chartered aircraft at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri last week, the four Venezuelan passengers who were onboard have been released, while the two Venezuelan pilots remain in custody.

Shock as Trump backs Putin on election meddling at summit

HELSINKI,  (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said after meeting Vladimir Putin today he no reason to believe his own intelligence agencies rather than trust the Kremlin leader on the question of whether Russsia interfered to help him win the 2016 election.

Courtney Benn Contracting now owes $140m for work not done – Patterson

-repaying in cash

Courtney Benn Contracting Services Limited (CBCSL) had signed an agreement with the APNU+AFC government to repay millions of dollars for works not done for the Demerara Harbour Bridge Corporation (DHBC), as was revealed in a 2014 Audit and now owes about $140M, Minister of Public Communications David Patterson says.

Police deny attempt made to storm Rose Hall outpost

-after hole found in fence

The Guyana Police Force yesterday said it is investigating a breach of the fence at the Rose Hall Town Outpost and Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan has rejected reports that it was an attempt by bandits to storm the building and steal weapons.  

Eight being questioned over murder of Liliahs

-one admits role

Eight persons are now being questioned and one has since admitted to playing a part in the murders of Pandit Deonarine Liliah, 61, and his son, Gopaul, who were found dead in their Craig Street, Campbellville home between Saturday and Monday last.

CH&PA wins cases to reclaim land from developers

—failed to provide housing solutions as agreed

The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) has won two cases against errant land developers, Minister within the Ministry of Communities Valerie Patterson related, even as she lamented that many persons have been waiting years for a house lot allocation, while developers leave acres unattended.

AFC waiting on police probe before commenting on Broomes incident

The Alliance for Change will await the findings of the police investigation into last week’s altercation between Junior Minister Simona Broomes, her driver Dexter David and two security guards in the parking lot of the Amazonia Mall at Providence, East Bank Demerara before making a statement.

Ruby accident victim identified

Police have identified the victim of the fatal Ruby, East Bank Essequibo Public Road accident, which occurred on Saturday morning.

Guyana not rushing on huge IsDB envelope – Jordan

Guyana is not rushing to access the remainder of the US$880M that the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) says it can borrow to execute projects but will seek to determine which of many plans before it are vital and can give the best returns, Minister of Finance Winston Jordan says.

Consular trip to Venezuela postponed

The unavailability of flights to Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela has forced government to postpone a planned trip there to assess consular services for Guyanese residing there amid the economic and political turmoil wracking the country.

France lift second World Cup after winning classic final

MOSCOW,  (Reuters) – France won the World Cup for the second time in spectacular style today as a 4-2 victory in one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades ended battling outsiders Croatia’s dreams of a first title.

Fisherman murdered at Kumaka waterfront

The Police today said that they are investigating the murder of Elroy Marks, 43, a fisherman of Aruka River, North West District and also of Dartmouth, Essequibo Coast which occurred about 3.30 pm yesterday at Kumaka Waterfront, North West District; allegedly by a 43-year old labourer of Hotoquai Village, North West District who has since been detained and is assisting with the investigation.

Jordan distances tender board from sole-sourcing of $367M in drugs

-as questions remain unanswered

With questions raised over the sole-sourcing of almost $367 million in emergency drugs from a US-based company last year, Finance Minister Winston Jordan has distanced the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) from bearing responsibility for the deal, while saying that it’s approval is usually determined by the case put forward by the procuring entity. 

Disabled pensioner dies in Bush Lot fire

-son arrested on suspicion of starting blaze

A disabled pensioner was burned to death in his Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice home yesterday and his son has been taken into custody on suspicion of starting the fire.

CANU nets almost 325 lbs of cocaine, ganja in Mon Repos bust

-arrest couple, searching for boat captain, Venezuelans

A couple from Good Hope, East Coast Demerara were arrested yesterday morning and several others, including Venezuelan nationals, are being sought following the discovery of almost 325 pounds in total of cocaine and marijuana, which were unearthed in a wooden vessel at Mon Repos.

Toshaos for training at annual conference

-Shuman warns of ‘wining and dining’ politicking

The annual conference of the National Toshaos Council (NTC), which gets underway tomorrow, can expect “very sober discussions” on issues affecting indigenous communities as well as training for newly-elected leaders to empower them to represent their causes, according to outgoing NTC Vice-Chairman Lenox Shuman.