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

‘It was just crazy’ – Fly Jamaica passenger recounts crash landing

“Everyone was screaming, cursing, you name it. They were calling God and I don’t know who else they were calling on, it was just crazy,” passenger Invor Bedessee, who was set to return home to Canada, recalled yesterday after the crash landing of his Fly Jamaica flight at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) Timehri hours earlier.

Shadick’s loses challenge to local gov’t changes

High Court judge Gino Persaud yesterday dismissed the challenge mounted by Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Commissioner Bibi Shadick over what she said was the creation of new Local Government Areas by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan and the demarcation of electoral boundaries by Chief Election Officer (CEO) Keith Lowenfield.

Fourteen firemen questioned over theft from Fly Jamaica plane

-one comes forward with stolen items

Fourteen firefighters were questioned by police yesterday amid claims that they stole personal items belonging to the crew and passengers of the Fly Jamaica aircraft that crash-landed yesterday at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri.

Abel Seetaram detained over alleged assault of cop, released on bail

Abel Seetaram, APNU+AFC Region Five councillor was on Thursday evening arrested in Woodley Park, West Coast Berbice, after he allegedly assaulted and verbally abused a police constable attached to the Fort Wellington Police Station and was released on $10,000 station bail last evening.

Girls orphanage was deliberately torched

-cops investigating

An investigation into the recent fire at the Shaheed Girls Orphanage at Oleander Gardens, on the East Coast of Demerara, has determined that the building was deliberately set alight.

AFC hoping for significant wins in Whim, other places

The Alliance for Change is hoping that its faith in the electorate and the track record of its “fit and proppa” candidates will carry the party to significant wins in all of the 38 areas it is fielding candidates for Monday’s Local Government Election.

Experience versus youth in G’town Constituency 10 race

When residents of Georgetown’s Con-stituency 10 (Albouystown-Charlestown) vote on Monday, they will have three choices for their direct council representative in the persons of Heston Bostwick, of APNU, Brittany Eversley of the AFC and Ron Amos of the PPP/C.

UG to confer honorary doctorates on Yesu Persaud, Eddy Grant, two others

On the recommendation of the University of Guyana Academic Board, the University Council at its 2018 Annual Business meeting yesterday unanimously adopted the proposal to confer the university’s first honorary doctorate degrees upon four outstanding Guyanese at the 52nd Convocation of the Turkeyen campus to be held today at the National Cultural Centre.

New oil deals not likely before 2020 –Bynoe

Despite “significant interest” in Guyana’s remaining deep water oil blocks, the Department of Energy (DoE) has no immediate plans to grant any concessions until it completes an oil and gas model contract for future Production Sharing Agreements (PSAs), which could take just over a year.

Section of new Vreed-en-Hoop road undergoing repairs

—works fall within defects liability period

Four months after its commissioning, just over 200 feet of the recently refurbished and upgraded Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara road has had to undergo repairs after developing large cracks and depressions.

Corentyne residents fearful after robberies

- calling for more police patrols

The residents of Bushlot Farm and neighbouring villages on the Corentyne are calling on the police in ‘B’ Division to beef up patrols and their policing tactics in the area, after at least three robberies in the past several days.

Witness tampering charge discharged against Sohan

A witness tampering charge which was instituted against attorney at law, Chandra Sohan in June was yesterday dismissed in the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court by Magistrate Alex Moore, after a no-case submission was made by Sohan’s defence team.

Ruling on local gov’t changes to be handed down today

High Court judge Gino Persaud is to deliver his decision today on the challenge mounted by Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Commissioner and PPP member Bibi Shadick to the activation of what she contends are new Local Government Areas (LGAs) sometime after those elections are held.

National parties’ political baggage no good for communities, independent city candidate says

-former independent turned AFC contestant renews bid to serve residents

Saying that communities would not benefit from importing the political conflict between APNU and the PPP/C, attorney Mayo Robertson is contesting as an independent candidate in Georgetown’s Constituency Nine, which comprises Lodge North to Meadowbrook Gardens, at  Monday’s local government polls.

City daycare centres to be closed on Monday

The Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown is informing the General Public that all Municipal Daycare Centres will be closed on Monday, 12 November 2018 as they are being used as polling stations for local government elections.

Jagdeo flays bridge takeover

-opposed to 19-year contract extension

Even as he condemned the takeover of the Berbice Bridge by government, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday said that he will also oppose a 19-year contract extension for the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI).

Odinga Greene arraigned on child rape charge

Former “coal pit” murder accused, Odinga Greene, was yesterday taken before a city court and charged with raping a child who was 13-years-old at the time of the alleged crime.

Probe ongoing into fuel scam at Ministry of Education

-GDF officer’s vehicle guzzled $256,000 in petrol, lubricants per month

Investigations have been launched into the unauthorized collection of millions of dollars’ worth of fuel on behalf of the Ministry of Education and heavy consumption by a  Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Toyota Mark X, according to the 2017 Auditor General’s report.

South Ruimveldt man charged with causing death of cyclist

—slapped with four other charges, including driving while unlicensed

A South Ruimveldt man who was charged with causing death by dangerous driving and  related offences, was yesterday placed on close to $400,000 bail.

Force vehicles donated by Chinese gov’t ‘in order’

—GPF A, B divisions report following countrywide inspection

A year after a fleet of vehicles was presented to the Guyana Police Force by the People’s Republic of China, the force carried out an inspection to assess the conditions in which they are being kept.

Bids in for five NDIA pump stations

The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) will soon commence construction of five drainage and irrigation pump stations.

Red Creek’s HEYS scheme gets a boost

As the government continues skills training via the Hinterland Employment and Youth Service (HEYS) programme, residents of the Red Creek community in Region Eight received equipment to begin sewing and carpentry workshops.

GTT unveils Christmas promotion

GTT yesterday unveiled its Christmas promotion. A release from GTT said that hundreds of patrons joined the company at Stabroek Market yesterday for the launch of  ‘GTT +Sized Christmas’.