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

Hairdresser gets four years, $2.3M fine for cocaine trafficking

-swallowed 100 pellets, court hears

A hairdresser was yesterday sentenced to four years in jail and fined $2.3 million after she pleaded guilty to trafficking 2.5 pounds of cocaine at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri.

UN lists Guyana among ‘shameful’ nations

-after alleged threats to prisoner who cooperated with visiting mission

Guyana has been listed among 38 “shameful” countries by the United Nations (UN)  after a prisoner at the Lusignan Prison was allegedly verbally threatened by prison officials for having cooperated with the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, which visited the facility in 2017 during its fact finding mission here.

Trump nominates new Ambassador to Guyana

US President Donald Trump yesterday nominated Sarah-Ann Lynch of Maryland, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to Guyana.

Toddler dies after consuming rat poison

The Guyana Police Force and the Childcare and Protection Agency have launched an investigation into the death of a one-year-old child, who reportedly consumed rat poison while in the care of a relative.

M&CC restricts access to Stabroek wharf, displaces vendors

-King blames lack of finances for delay in completing site for relocation

The Mayor and City Council (M&CC) yesterday moved to restrict access to sections of the dilapidated Stabroek Market Wharf, leaving scores of vendors displaced as Town Clerk Royston King said a lack of funds has delayed the completion of works at the site identified for their relocation.

Handyman died of smoke inhalation, autopsy finds

-pathologist unable to pronounce on injuries due to state of remains

Christopher Bramble, the 56-year-old handyman whose charred remains were recovered on Monday morning after a suspected arson at his West Ruimveldt house, died of smoke inhalation, an autopsy has confirmed.

Region 10 schools going solar in 2019

Regional Education Officer of Region 10 (ag) Keane Adams says solar panels will be installed in more schools in the new year, according to the Department of Public Information (DPI).   

Seven former PPP/C ministers pulled in by SOCU over Pradoville 2

-Benn says housing scheme was set up for safety of ministers during crime wave

Seven former PPP/C ministers were called in by SOCU over the long-running probe into the Pradoville 2 Housing Scheme and one of them, Robeson Benn told the investigator that it was established to ensure the safety of government officials during the then crime wave.

Trio charged with illegal firearm, ammo possession

-one sentenced to two years after admitting to crime

A man was yesterday fined and sentenced to two years in prison, after he pleaded guilty to illegal firearm and ammunition possession, when he and two others were taken before the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

Foulis man remanded over son’s murder

Mohan Sookdeo, the 44-year-old Foulis man who is accused of stabbing his son to death, was remanded to prison yesterday, when he appeared at the Cove and John Magistrate’s Court.

Berbice farmers in court challenge to REO’s bid to move them

-seeking $10m in damages

Three Berbice cash crop farmers have moved to the courts seeking in excess of $10M in damages and an injunction against a move by Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region 5, Ovid Morrison, to evict them from farm lands they have owned for the past 16 years.

Guyana signs MoU with Austria for improved health care

-upgrade of GPHC A&E under consideration

The Government of Guyana has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Austria’s Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology for enhancement of health facilities and the Accident and Emergency Unit of the GPHC could be the first beneficiary.

Sugar severance has sucked funds from other programmes

-Granger tells Sisters Village meeting

President David Granger yesterday told East Bank Berbice villagers that payment of severance to thousands of ex sugar workers is drawing funding away from services.

New Chairman of police complaints body sworn in

-President says PCA is a public defence against the Force’s abuse of citizens rights

President David Granger yesterday swore in retired judge, William Ramlal as the new Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) and in stressing the importance of the body said that it is essential to ensuring that trust between the public and the police exists.

Boutique owner testifies to harrowing attack in City Mall

Dhanwantie Phulchand, owner of Rishma’s Collection formerly located in the City Mall, yesterday recounted for a jury the harrowing details of an attack she said she suffered at the hands of Marissa George and John Caesar.

Ministry repudiates report on President’s health

The Ministry of the Presidency yesterday condemned what it said was the deliberate publication of false information by Citizens’ Report, an online news outfit, stating that President David Granger was not fit enough to attend this year’s United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA) scheduled for September 18, 2018 in New York.

Gov’t presses Exxon for investment in youth training

Government yesterday met with visiting ExxonMobil  Vice President, Mike Cousins and made a pitch for a partnership in improving technical and vocational skills of youth with the aim of lowering unemployment rates among the group, Minister of State Joseph Harmon says.

Chandarpal proposes financial aid for laid off sugar workers

-as part of transition measures

Financial assistance is among the practical measures that should be considered by government to assist the thousands of laid off sugar workers, according to People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) parliamentarian Indra Chandarpal.

Bishop Benedict Singh passes away

Bishop Benedict Singh has passed away at the age of 90. A statement from the Roman Catholic Church in Guyana follows: It is with great sadness that the Roman Catholic Church in Guyana announces the death of our beloved former bishop, Bishop Emeritus Benedict Ganesh Singh.

Jagdeo, former ministers called in again by SOCU

Former president Bharrat Jagdeo and all former ministers of the previous government have been invited to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) for continued questioning into the sale of Pradoville 2 lands.

Eco Atlantic projecting three billion barrels oil

As it prepares to drill its first well in its offshore Orinduik Block in the last quarter of 2019, Eco Atlantic yesterday said that an independent technical report on its hydrocarbon assets estimates that there is nearly three billion barrels of oil in the block.

Foulis man charged with murdering son

Mohan Sookdeo, the 44-year-old man who is accused of fatally stabbing his son on Saturday evening at their Foulis, East Coast Demerara home was yesterday charged by the police with murder and is scheduled to make a court appearance today.

Guyana Chronicle GM, Financial Controller sent on leave as spending probe underway

General Manager (GM) of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) Sherod Duncan has been sent on administrative leave by the company’s Board of Directors, in order to facilitate an investigation into allegations that he has mismanaged the company’s funds and engaged in excessive spending since his appointment.

Gov’t, teachers still haggling over arbitration terms

A meeting between the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) and the Ministry of Education (MoE) to craft Terms of Reference (ToR) for an arbitration panel ended with no ToR being signed but a “feasible timeline” being set.

Man sentenced to 12 years for Mabaruma killing

After being granted time to retain a lawyer for his trial over the unlawful killing of a man, Rawle Khan yesterday admitted his guilt and was sentenced to 12 years in jail when the case was called at the High Court in Georgetown.

Ex-PS Omar Shariff regains passport for law studies in T&T

-ordered to post $1M bail to ensure return

With former Ministry of the Presidency Permanent Secretary Omar Shariff being among the 25 Guyanese students granted a place this year to pursue studies at the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago, a city court yesterday ordered the return of his passport to him but asked that he post $1 million bail to ensure his return for his trial.