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

Berbice drivers decry new fines

Hire car and minibus drivers yesterday blocked the main thoroughfare at Tain, Corentyne to show disapproval over the hike in ticket fines and a number of schoolchildren were left stranded on the road because of a spontaneous increase in fares.

Mocha girl died from asphyxiation, blunt trauma – police

Police said yesterday that a post-mortem examination conducted on 9-year-old Sade Stoby, who was found in a clump of bushes early Sunday morning, revealed that she died from asphyxiation due to submersion, compounded by blunt trauma to head.

Guyana, Russia boosting drug war collaboration

Guyana and Russia are in the process of finalizing several aspects of an agreement as part of a collaborative fight against trafficking in narcotics, the Government Information Agency (GINA reported yesterday.

Fire Service receives $30M in equipment

The Guyana Fire Service’s (GFS) capability has been significantly boosted with the acquisition of equipment and gear from the Toronto City Council in partnership with the Toronto Fire Service, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported.

Kara Kara accident survivors transferred to city

The four survivors in Sunday’s accident at Kara Kara on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway have been transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital as police investigations continue.

Officers in key border, port security training

Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee has lauded a five-day training session for Customs and Immigration officers by United States Customs and Border Protect-ion Homeland Security facilitators and acknowledged the country’s inability to effectively monitor its borders.

‘Biscuit’s’ relatives want more access

Relatives and friends of wanted man David Leander called David Zammett and ‘Biscuit’ yesterday staged a protest at the Georgetown hospital charging that they are not allowed to visit him.

OBE for distinguished Guyanese artist

Frank Bowling, the distinguished Guyanese artist, was last week nominated to receive the award of Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Academic Board wants meeting with full UG council on ‘disturbing’ events

Amid a deepening rift that has seen the postponement of the annual convocation the University of Guyana’s Academic Board has called for a meeting with the full university council to iron out what it says are gravely disturbing events such as the erosion of the authority of the Vice-Chancellor (VC).

Landfill fire under control

A small fire reportedly set by copper burners on Sunday afternoon in the rotting garbage at the Mandela landfill is under control but residents in the surrounding areas are still coping with acrid, black smoke from the site.

Missing Mocha girl found murdered

Nine-year-old Sade Stoby, who went missing on Friday afternoon, was found brutally murdered early yesterday morning not far from her North Barnwell, East Bank Demerara home, and there was evidence that she was sexually molested.

Conductor stabbed to death

A 25-year-old mini-bus conductor was early yesterday morning fatally stabbed while hanging out on Sheriff Street.

Two die after speeding car flies off Kara Kara bridge

Two persons died yesterday afternoon and three others including a baby were injured when a speeding car on its way to Linden toppled off a bridge at Kara Kara on the Soesdyke-Linden Highway, turning what should have been a family day of fun into mourning.

Turkeyen lecturers withdraw from Tain campus over ‘abuse’

Some 31 lecturers, mainly from the University of Guyana, Turkeyen Campus have withdrawn their services from the Berbice branch over allegations of abuse and disrespect from the campus director, leaving students without instructors.

Seized diamonds charges being finalised

As days run into weeks since the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) announced that it had seized some 4,000 carats of diamonds suspected to have been smuggled here, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds says that the agency was still concluding its investigation into the Belgian firm that had the gems.

Stench from carcass disrupts Blairmont Court

The stench from a dead sheep that was left close to the stairway of the Blairmont Court forced matters to be heard in Magistrate Geeta Chandan’s chambers last Monday.

East Canje Lions conduct medical outreach

The East Canje Lions Club recently conducted a medical outreach at Betsy Ground and provided over 75 residents with free medical and dental treatments.

Pirates storm Corentyne boats

A band of armed, masked pirates on Thursday morning raided five Guyanese fishing vessels off the Corentyne coast, stripping them of their engines and other equipment before ferrying the fisher folk to Suriname where they were deposited to find their way back home.

‘Biscuit’ under heavy guard

Wanted man David Leander called David Zammett and ‘Biscuit’ remained under heavy police guard yesterday at the Georgetown Public Hospital where he had been admitted on Friday.

Digicel seals interconnect pact in Suriname

Digicel last Tuesday signed an interconnect agreement with Telesur following several months of negotiations that started in April, after the company was awarded an operator’s licence by the Government of Suriname, said a Digicel press release.

AFC, GAP-ROAR want share of resources for scrutineers

The AFC and GAP-ROAR are arguing for proportionality in resources for registration scrutineers on the basis of the percentage of seats they have in Parliament and want the elections commission to allocate their share directly rather than through the main opposition PNCR-1G.

Region Ten students exposed to agro-business career fair

The Guyana Marketing Corporation (GMC) and the agriculture ministry hosted a mini-exhibition for Region Ten students at the Linmine Constabulary Recreation Hall on October 24 to highlight potential careers in the sector.

Corentyne bodies

A Trinidadian woman who arrived in Berbice last evening to establish whether the two bodies which washed up on the Corentyne shore one week ago were those of her missing brothers, left Guyana feeling relieved after the dental records did not match.

Integrity Commission not functioning

The Integrity Commission is not functioning and the programme of reform recommended by the World Bank’s 2002 Country Financial Accountability Assessment (CFAA) and the subsequent recommendation by the Fiduciary Oversight Study is being stymied by a lack of funding and direction.

Leander admitted to Georgetown hospital

Wanted man David Leander called David Zammett and ‘Biscuit’ who was allegedly tortured by police while in custody is now a patient at the Georgetown Hospital under heavy police guard.

Col Pompey in Cambodia completing UN contract

More than a month after he had been appointed the Deputy Chief-of-Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Colonel Andrew Pompey has been off the job and well-placed sources at Camp Ayanganna said that he is in Cambodia completing a contract with the United Nations.

US subprime financial crisis could impact financing for Guyana’s hydropower project

President Bharrat Jagdeo told the business community that the subprime financial crisis in the United States would mean higher international borrowing rates and the re-pricing of risk, which could impact financing for Guyana’s hydropower project next year The President also defended the inflows into the economy, saying these could be traced to economic development and were not from drug money.

Roopnaraine hopeful that govt will release Critchlow subventions

The administration of the Critchlow Labour College (CLC) was on Friday still hopeful that subventions covering the past three months from the Ministry of Education to assist the institution in meeting its day-to-day expenses, including the payment of salaries for some staff, would be released this week.

Police carry out raids in city, East Bank

Some 30 persons were detained early yesterday morning as police carried out several raids around the city and on the East Bank Demerara as far as Grove.

Tamayo, Correia win Watercolour Competition

Sculptor and painter Josefa Tamayo and ceramist Anna Correia were the big winners in the fifth National Watercolour Competition hosted by the National Gallery.

Nine-year-old Mocha girl missing

A nine-year-old student of the Mocha Arcadia Primary School disappeared on Friday afternoon while on her way home from school and relatives have no idea where the child might be.

1243 traffic cases in four days

The police in their zero tolerance campaign to improve road safety in the country have brought over 1200 cases against defaulting motorists over a four- day period.

‘Biscuit’ charged with attempted murder

Wanted man David Leander called David Zammett and `Biscuit’ who was captured earlier this week during a joint services operation in Buxton that left two dead, appeared in the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court yesterday and allegations of police brutality marred the proceedings.

Suriname cops inspect bound bodies

Two policemen from Suriname visited Guyana yesterday to view the two bodies which washed up on the Corentyne shore one week ago while persons from Tobago also arrived in Berbice last evening to determine if the men are their missing relatives.

UG convocation must go on – unions

In the wake of the postponement of the University of Guyana’s (UG) annual graduation exercise, the two unions there have said that the ceremony must go on with the Committee of Deans adhering to the statutes.