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

Rose Hall painter succumbs to injuries after drinking spree

-drinking buddies arrested, claim he fell

Three persons have been taken into police custody after a Rose Hall Town, Corentyne man, who was discovered with head and other injuries after a drinking spree, succumbed on Friday evening.

Drivers held after killing pedestrian at Ruby

-were under the influence, police say

Two drivers, who were both found to be under the influence of alcohol, were arrested early yesterday morning after they allegedly struck down and killed a man along the Ruby, East Bank Essequibo Public Road.

Grandson, wife released on bail as cops continue probing pensioner’s disappearance

-body to be exhumed from burial ground for DNA testing

The two relatives who were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the disappearance of a missing 75-year-old Rose Hall Town, Corentyne man, were each released on substantial bail yesterday even as the police have said they will continue to investigate the two-year-old case.

Only 3 of 31 state pensioners collecting payments

Since the APNU-AFC coalition government took office in 2015, only three of more than two dozen listed state pensioners have been collecting payments, the Ministry of Finance, which is responsible for issuing the payments, has disclosed.

Nandlall knocks sloth in holding of inquests

The sloth in conducting coroner’s inquests is of great concern, according to Opposition Member of Parliament Anil Nandlall, who says it is not in keeping with government’s 2015 elections campaign promise that over 400 such inquiries would be conducted.

Two arrested after ganja find at Bartica Stelling

Two West Bank Demerara (WBD) residents are presently in police custody following the discovery of over a kilogramme of cannabis concealed in a bucket at the Bartica Stelling yesterday morning.

Woman robbed after leaving high school reunion

-friend beaten in attack

Armed bandits early yesterday morning relieved a woman and attacked her companion, shortly after they left a high school reunion at Woolford Avenue, in Georgetown.

Haiti’s PM quits amid backlash over fuel price protests

PORT-AU-PRINCE, (Reuters) – Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned on Saturday as he faced a non-confidence vote after a move to lower fuel subsidies prompted days of violent protests in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

House votes to empower BoG to bail out banks

-opposition MPs voice concerns over compromising of regulatory role

The Bank of Guyana (BoG) will soon have the ability to grant temporary financial bailouts to commercial banks in order to protect depositors from losses similar to those incurred when the Globe Trust and Investment Company Limited (GTICL) collapsed in 2004.

Cops report drop in murders, other serious crimes

-but reports of rape on the rise

The Guyana Police Force yesterday reported that it has recorded a 9% decrease in serious crimes for the year as at June 30th, compared with the same period for last year.

Head of police training college robbed after accident

Officer-in-charge of the Felix Austin Police College Superintendent Shivpersaud Bacchus is currently recovering in a private city hospital after being involved in an accident yesterday morning along the Diamond Public Road, on the East Bank of Demerara.

Capping of exploded Diamond well commences

The capping of the unauthorised well that erupted in Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, has commenced and a large part of the process has been completed, Civil Defence Commission (CDC) Director General (Ag) Lt.

Contractor sues GPL over negligence after shock

-seeking $15M in damages over permanent injuries, partial disability

Percy Henry, an electrical contractor who was hospitalised after sustaining burns while working on an electricity pole a year ago, yesterday filed a $15 million lawsuit against the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL) for the lifelong injuries and negligence.

Charlotte St burglar gets one-year sentence

A Charlotte Street man will be serving a year in jail after pleading guilty to stealing a total of over $700,000 in electrical wire and tools in two recent burglaries.

Labourer accused of raping girl, 13

A labourer was yesterday charged with raping a 13-year-old girl. Dand Europe, 24, of an East Bank Demerara village, was brought before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in Georgetown, where the charge was read to him during an in-camera hearing.It is alleged that on January 22nd, 2017, Europe engaged in sexual penetration of the 13-year-old.

Constable held with over 45 lbs of ganja

A police constable is now being prepared to face the full force of the law after being intercepted along the Cove and John Public Road, on the East Coast of Demerara, with over 45 pounds of cannabis.

Guard arrested over unlicensed pistol, ammo

Police yesterday arrested a security guard after the discovery of an unlicensed weapon and a quantity of ammunition in the vehicle he was driving in Bourda, Georgetown.

Documents for ‘suspect’ aircraft authenticated

-crew, passengers remain in custody

The documents presented for the private aircraft that landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Monday, with suspected false registration numbers, have been verified and proven to be authentic.

Duncan’s absences from city council meetings under scrutiny

Sherod Duncan’s attendance at Georgetown City Council meetings became a talking point at Monday’s statutory meeting, which heard that he had possibly “disqualified” himself from continuing to serve as a councillor due to his absences.

Cop caught trafficking ganja

-was attached to force headquarters

Intensified collaborative intelligence work by ranks of the Police Narcotics Branch and ‘C’ Division (East Coast Demerara), has resulted in the arrest of a police constable stationed at Force Headquarters for Trafficking in Narcotics, the police said in a statement today.

Modern financial institutions bill passed

-opposition remains concerned at Central Bank powers

Buoyed by the support of the banking sector, the National Assembly just after nine last night passed the Financial Institutions (Amendment) Bill which is aimed at modernising the financial architecture of the country.

‘I don’t know what you’re talking about’

-Broomes mum on parking lot clash

Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes yesterday remained silent on the clash between her, her driver and two security guards in the parking lot of the Amazonia Mall at Providence, East Bank Demerara, for which she has faced mounting criticism for her actions, including misrepresenting the encounter.

Recommendation made in GGMC memo for gov’t to maintain interior roads

In the wake of complaints yesterday by the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) that the poor state of interior roads has created havoc in the timber industry, an internal mines commission memo has recommended that government take responsibility for maintaining these arteries.

119 newborn deaths in last year at GPHC

-hospital says number has come down, sickest babies directed to institution

Although there have been 119 recorded deaths at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) over the past year, and 32 deaths in the first three months of 2018, no special investigations have been warranted, said Minister Volda Lawrence.

Kwakwani besieged by floods

-over 300 residents reported to be affected

Over 300 residents have been affected by severe flooding in Kwakwani, in Region Ten, as a result of heavy rainfall over the weekend.