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

Mocha cyclist killed in hit and run

A pedal cyclist of Mocha, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was yesterday afternoon fatally struck down in a hit-and-run accident which occurred on the Providence, EBD Public Road.

Police force silent on fraud findings at SOCU

Up to press time last evening, there was still no word from the police force on the submission of a damning report from the recently-concluded audit of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).

Uitvlugt cane cutters protest for `fair week’s work’

-after GuySuCo cuts work schedule

Cane cutters from the Uitvlugt Estate staged a picketing exercise yesterday, calling on the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo) management to provide them with a “fair week’s work”, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) said.

IDB rep says funds weren’t sufficient for ‘Safe City’ project’s command centre

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) was unable to fund the construction of a command centre for the Safe City initiative, the bank’s Country Representative Sophie Makonnen said yesterday, while clarifying recent statements by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan who indicated that funding was pulled over concerns about Chinese firm Huawei.

SOCU in need of capacity building, not closure—GTUC states

The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) has rejected a call made by the opposition for the shutdown of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) due to evidence of fraud, urging instead that capacity building initiatives be instituted so the “agency can serve its purpose”.

No application filed by JetBlue for operations in Guyana

-GCAA Director General

American airline service JetBlue, has not formally applied to the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) for operations in Guyana, Director General Egbert Fields said yesterday, amid reports of the airline’s intention to operate in Guyana.

Trial of accused in 2013 Sparendaam murder begins

The trial of Junior Anthony Henry, also called ‘Oswald,’ for the 2013 killing of Michael Hamilton commenced yesterday morning before Justice James Bovell-Drakes and a 12-member jury at the High Court in Georgetown.

Aishalton gets $15M ambulance

Residents of the South Rupununi, Region Nine, will now benefit from improved emergency health services, as a $15M ambulance was presented to the Aishalton District Hospital on April 14, the Department of Public Information (DPI) said yesterday.

Border ranks to be trained in birth registration, Felix says

-Eteringbang to pilot initiative

The Ministry of Citizenship is looking to partner with the Guyana Police Force to train ranks stationed in border locations on the registration of births, Minister Winston Felix has announced, noting that Eteringbang in Region Seven will be used as a pilot for the project’s implementation.

Brazilian fined for illegal entry

A Brazilian national was yesterday fined $30,000 and ordered deported after he admitted to using a bicycle to ride over to Guyana and failing to present himself to an immigration officer.

1,500 metres of road rehabilitated at Devonshire Castle

—100 farmers to benefit from improved access, Region says

The Region Two administration has completed $6 million worth of rehabilitative works on the Lot 5 Farmer’s Access Road at Devonshire Castle on the Essequibo Coast, a 1,500 metre road upgrade expected to improve the livelihoods of 100 farmers.

Region 10 donates fans to CPCE Linden Centre

-to ease “unbearable” levels of heat in classrooms

The Region 10 Regional Democratic Council (RDC), has fulfilled a commitment made to the students of the Cyril Potter College of Education’s Linden Centre, to supply fans to the institution, the region has reported.

Volunteer Emergency Response Team wraps up training

The Volunteer Emergency Response Team wrapped up its Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM) training programme on Sunday with the final exercise organised to test their knowledge, the Department of Public Information said.

Minister Hughes in clear breach of Integrity Act – Goolsarran

-should resign or relinquish ties with company

Minister of Public Telecommunications Cathy Hughes is in clear breach of the Integrity Act and should immediately relinquish all ties to her company which recently received a government contract, or resign if she wants to keep it, former Auditor General Anand Goolsarran says.

Current corruption a dire sign for oil revenues – Ramkarran

Corruption has become endemic in Guyanese society and unless reforms to tackle the scourge are undertaken, what is happening now will be child’s play compared to when revenues from oil arrive and the corresponding increase in public spending occurs, political analyst Ralph Ramkarran has warned.

Pomeroon miner dies in Region Eight pit collapse

-two others injured

A miner of Pomeroon River, Region 2 died yesterday afternoon and two others were seriously injured after a section of the Region Eight mining pit they were working in collapsed.

UK security expert says stage set for police reforms

-strategic maritime safety and security policy among measures proposed

British security expert, Lt Col (ret’d) Russell Combe says that the stage has been set for reform of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and has urged the establishment of a cross-government department to deliver the suite of measures proposed.

Allicock’s appointment as acting PM illegal – Nandlall

-Ashni Singh was in same position in 2010

Vice President and Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs, Sydney Allicock, who is currently performing the duties of Prime Minister, is doing so illegally as he is not an elected member of government, former Attorney General Anil Nandlall has argued.

Widow ends 14-year quest for justice for murdered husband

‘The police drain meh’

Cheryl Bess, the widow of murdered city council employee, Andrew Bess, says she is done “running behind” the police in her quest to get justice and is adamant that she wasted the last 14 years pursuing the case.

Lethem solar farm to be constructed soon

Advancing government’s plan to equip the Rupununi and outlying areas with reliable energy access by 2020, a $565 million one-megawatt solar farm is to soon be constructed in Lethem.

Shaheed Girls Orphanage rebuilt

Six months after a fire destroyed the Shaheed Girls Orphanage at Oleander Gardens, East Coast Demerara, a spanking new building was commissioned yesterday.

Police warn drivers over coloured lights

The Guyana Police Force is advising owners and drivers of vehicles to stop the practice of installing coloured lights on their vehicles or face prosecution.

GPHC observes 20 years of service

In recognition of two decades of health services, the staff of the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), along with the Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr.

Gunmen rob owners, 22 customers in East Canje bar invasion

-three arrested

Three gun-toting bandits last night invaded the Indra Grocery and Beer Garden in Canefield, East Canje, Berbice, and robbed the owners and about 22 customers of a quantity of jewellery, cash and cellphones before stealing a customer’s car to escape.

70% of Guyanese who applied for US visitor visas last year denied

-4,923 granted compared with 25,338 in 2017

While encouraging its companies to explore investment opportunities in Guyana, particularly with the oil and gas sector expected to drive growth, the United States denied 70 per cent of the Guyanese who applied here for business/tourism visitor visas last year.

Felix says less than 900 foreign nationals granted citizenship since 2015

-rubbishes opposition’s corruption, smuggling claims

While disclosing that just under 900 foreign nationals have been granted Guyanese citizenship since he took office in 2015, Citizenship Minister Winston Felix says the law was followed in each case and he has dismissed the recent claims by the opposition of corruption as unfounded and mischievous.

Petitioner loses bid for prime Regent St property due to lack of evidence

Chief Justice (ag) Roxane George-Wiltshire on Friday dismissed a petition filed by the Guyana Realty Investments Limited (GRIL) seeking a declaration of title for a property situated at the northwest junction of Regent and Alexander streets, in Georgetown, citing a lack of evidence.

Winner of ‘Driving Star’ promotion gifts car to Hare Krishna temple

During Tony’s Auto Spares’ official handing over of a Toyota Passo, which was the grand prize of the company’s ‘Driving Star’ promotion, it was revealed that the winner has donated the car to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) The winner of the grand prize was Bhoopsingh Jagmohan.

Surgical wards, ICU being built for Mahaicony Hospital

The Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) Regional Health Department will be constructing male and female surgical wards as well as an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to accommodate patients at the Mahaicony Hospital.