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

East Coast businesswoman robbed at gunpoint

-after leaving bank

An East Coast Demerara businesswoman was yesterday afternoon robbed at gunpoint of $1.5M in cash and valuables shortly after she had visited a city commercial bank.

Ninety percent of City Hall material can be reused

–Consultant structural engineer

Approximately 90 percent of the materials which were used to construct City Hall over 100 years ago can be reused when the landmark structure is being restored, Ed Morton, one of the consultants working on the Restoration Plan, revealed yesterday afternoon at a workshop.

Herstelling woman died of drowning, compression injury

Lowtie Atwaroo, the 32-year-old woman who was submerged in a drain at Herstelling on Monday evening, allegedly by her reputed husband, died of drowning and a compression injury to the neck, an autopsy revealed.

Timber Expo was huge success – forestry official

-cites sales

Even though the Guyana Timber Expo closed on Sunday, Manager of the Forest Products Development Marketing Council of the Guyana Forestry Commission, Kenny David says that participants are already enquiring about another expo, and he dubbed this year’s “a very huge success”.

Cubana bomber dies at 90

Anti-Castro Cuban exile and former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles, accused of masterminding the explosion of a Cuban airliner 40 years ago, died early yesterday in Florida at the age of 90, his attorney’s office said, according to Reuters.

Stray cattle at Port Kaituma hindering road rehab

Stray cattle roaming in Port Kaituma, Region One are being blamed for hindering the reconstruction of a road, and the contractor Chrisna David is calling for the establishment of a pound in the community.

Flatts defends Friendship Pump Station construction

-rejects Ceres criticism as sour grapes

Chief Executive Officer of the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), Frederick Flatts says recent criticism of the Friendship Pump Station attributed to Charles Ceres of Ground Structures Engineering Incorporated (GSEI) are a case of sour grapes.

Professor Drayton’s contributions to UG remembered

-building likely to be named for him

The late Dr Harold A. Drayton, first Deputy Vice Chancellor and a pioneer in the development of the University of Guyana, was honoured with a solemn assembly held at the university’s Turkeyen campus yesterday afternoon.

Guyana Times says threats made against it

The  Guyana Times newspaper has not reported to the police or to the local press association “a number of threats” from persons claiming to be agents of the current administration calling on it to stop publishing news items critical of Government.

Key Cubana bombing suspect dies at 90

HAVANA, (Reuters) – Militant anti-Castro Cuban exile and former CIA operative Luis Posada Carriles, accused of masterminding the explosion of a Cuban airliner 40 years ago, died early today in the United States at the age of 90, his attorney’s office said.

PNCR retracts statement on media

The PNCR today retracted the statement it issued on Sunday where it said that President David Granger had referred to challenges faced by the governing APNU+AFC coalition from sections of the media.

Guyana Goldfields manager murdered, visitor arrested

-guard finds nude body with suspected stab wounds

The body of a Guyana Goldfields Inc manager, which bore several suspected stab wounds, was found on Monday night at his Thomas Street, North Cummingsburg, Georgetown apartment.

AG’s Chambers, miner for trial over missing diamonds

Unable to locate what it describes as “stones” that are purported to be diamonds, which were recovered by police from a robbery in 1994, the Attorney-General’s Chambers has said it is prepared to go to trial against owner Ronald Khan.

American Airlines submits application for Guyana flights

US carrier American Airlines has formally submitted its application to the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to enter the local market, Director of Air Transport Management Shaheed Sulaman confirmed yesterday.