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

Vagrant dies after Regent St accident

-police seeking help with identity

One of the vagrants who was hospitalised after an accident on Regent Street several weeks ago succumbed to his injuries on July 2nd at the Georgetown Public Hospital.

Gov’t Analyst labs get key accreditation

The results of tests done by the Government Analyst –Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) will now be internationally recognised, following the recent granting of accreditation status.

Election of Region One community councils in dispute

With the annual National Toshaos’ Council (NTC) conference scheduled to begin on Monday, the newly-elected leaders of several Community Development Councils (CDCs) in Region One are being prevented from attending as a result of a dispute over the validity of their elections.

President receives courtesy call from Exxon Mobil’s Senior Vice President

President David Granger yesterday received a courtesy call from Senior Vice President of Exxon Mobil Corporation,  Neil Chapman, who is in Guyana to familiarise himself with the operations, having recently taken over responsibilities for the global upstream oil and gas operations at the Corporation’s headquarters.  

GGMC to work with GWI, EPA to probe mercury in Kaituma River

The Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) will be partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) to investigate the reported high levels of mercury found in the Kaituma River, GGMC Commissioner Newell Dennison says.

Clifton house destroyed by suspected electrical fire

-homeowner says GPL ignored report of sparking wire

After watching her house go up in flames after a suspected electrical fire yesterday morning, a Clifton Village, Corentyne resident is blaming the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL), which she says did not act on a report of a sparking wire along a nearby utility pole hours before. 

Cumberland mandir burglary

-over $500,000 in tools, equipment stolen

The Sri Radha Krishna Mandir at Cumberland Village, East Canje Berbice, was burglarised during the wee hours of Thursday morning and the perpetrator(s) carted off over $500,000 in tools and equipment.

Private security group hammers Crime Chief over Broomes statement

-calls for explanation from Top Cop

The Guyana Association of Private Security Organizations (GAPSO) today condemned statements made by Crime Chief Paul Williams over an incident at the Massy parking lot involving Minister in the Ministry of Natural Resources, Simona Broomes and private security guards.

Manufacturers say poor interior roads hampering timber trade

-call for urgent action by gov’t

The Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) today expressed concern over the worsening conditions of interior roads which it said is causing suffering and losses to timber producers.

Subsidise Berbice Bridge or buy shares

-Jagdeo advises gov’t

Even as he stressed that the PPP does not support a Berbice Bridge toll increase, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo yesterday said that the government should pay the differential on the proposed higher tariffs  or buy more shares in the beleaguered Berbice Bridge Company (BBCI).

Two in custody over slaying of pandit, son

-second suspect had phones belonging to victims

Two persons are now in police custody as the probe into the gruesome murders of  61-year-old Deonarine Liliah and his son, Gopaul continues.

Third life sentence for man over rape of child

Sheldon Lynch, who was convicted of child-rape in March and dealt two consecutive life sentences, was yesterday served another sentence of life imprisonment, after a 12-member jury unanimously found him guilty of raping a child under 16.

NDC Chairmen in Region Four decry ‘corrupt’ police officers

Three Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) Chairmen are requesting that the Commander of C Division, Edmond Cooper take action against ‘corrupt police officers’ who they say are creating numerous challenges within their respective NDC’s .

American Chamber of Commerce to be set up in Guyana

-US Ambassador talks up oil future

In the backdrop of Guyana’s massive oil discovery and forecasted growth of business activities, United States Ambassador Perry Holloway last evening announced that an American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) will be established here next month.  

Miners continue to destroy GWI pipelines at Mahdia

-drones may be employed for surveillance

The Guyana Water Inc (GWI) is considering investing in drones and other surveillance technology to thwart illegal mining that has resulted in over $2M in damage to its distribution lines in Mahdia, Region 8, Managing Director Dr.

Deal with UK firm to aid high-tech surveying

The Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GLSC) has signed a $93-million contract with the British firm Ordnance Survey International (OSI) to provide consultancy services to the GLSC to establish the Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) network in Guyana.

Porter charged with murdering brother over food

Asgar Alli, the porter who is accused of fatally beating his brother last week after he had eaten out his dinner, was on Tuesday charged with murder and remanded to prison.

Top Linden Grade Six students receive support

The sum of $1.8 million has been committed to assisting two Linden students to attend the schools at which they gained places at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA).

Gov’t says no to higher Berbice bridge tolls

-company warns of bankruptcy

Proposing hefty increases to current tolls in keeping with its contract with government, the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) yesterday warned that the current APNU+AFC administration’s continued refusal of the hikes could lead to the company’s bankruptcy.

Guard denies Broomes claims after parking lot clash

-security company stands by workers, says video footage speaks for itself

Josh Ramroop, one of the two guards who were arrested after claims that they had verbally abused and threatened Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes in the parking lot of the Amazonia Mall, at Providence, East Bank Demerara, yesterday said her version of events were far from what actually transpired. 

More money has to be spent on crime – US Ambassador

-`can’t have cops going after 21st century criminals with 19th century equipment’

US Ambassador Perry Holloway says Guyana is one of the safest countries he has lived in but if it wants to stop crime from ramping up the Government has to spend more money.

Residents thwart three bandits at Zeelugt

Residents on Monday night thwarted three bandits as they attempted to rob Dennis Emmanuel, a Stabroek Market vendor, at his Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo home.