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

Woman succumbs after Goedverwagting accident

A so far unidentified woman succumbed at a city hospital early yesterday morning, hours after she reportedly ran into the path of a motor vehicle along the Goedverwagting Public Road, East Coast Demerara.

Flash flood hits part of Alexander Village

-residents frustrated, CDC says canals blocked

Heavy early morning rainfall flooded sections of Alexander Village and surrounding communities yesterday as well as several classrooms of the West Ruimveldt Primary School.

Port officers testify in $550M cocaine-in-lumber trial

As the trial of four men accused of trafficking $550 million in cocaine found in dressed lumber continued yesterday, two officers who examined a portion of dressed lumber intended for shipment to the United States testified.

Moraikobai student dormitory, Mahaicony Hostel online

Students and residents being housed at Moraikobai Student Dormitory and the Indigenous Residence, Mahaicony Region Five are now benefitting from free internet access through the eGovernment network, according to the Department of Public Information (DPI).

Drivers to lead defence in trial over causing woman’s death

A city magistrate yesterday found that a prima facie case was made out against Keith Hollingsworth and Ron Walker, who were charged with causing the death of a woman last year along the Diamond, East Bank Demerara public road, where she was struck after exiting a car near the Diamond Hospital.

Mayor questions Ferreira’s interest in constituency

-after notice of continued absence from city council meetings

Councillor Malcolm Ferreira’s absence from the City Council’s statutory meetings over the past four months became the subject of Monday’s meeting after he informed the Mayor of his unavailability to attend meetings during what is expected to be the remainder of the current council’s life.

Amazon Warriors beat TKR by two wickets

GEORGETOWN, Guyana,  CMC – Guyana Amazon Warriors defeated Trinbago Knight Riders by two wickets in the first playoff of the Caribbean Premier League at the Guyana National Stadium here Tuesday night.

Flash flood hits part of Alexander Village

Heavy early morning rainfall flooded sections of Alexander Village and surrounding communities today as well as several classrooms of the West Ruimveldt Primary School.

Shadick mounts legal challenge to contentious local gov’t changes

-under judicial review law

Guyana Elections Com-mission (GECOM) commissioner Bibi Shadick has moved to the High Court to challenge the activation of seven new local government areas (LGAs) and the restructuring of 14 others, saying that unlawful actions taken by both the Communities Minister and the Chief Election Officer would render all voting in them at the upcoming November 12th polls void.

Ex-cop found guilty of raping boy, 13

-for sentencing today

Former policeman Milton Kewley will be sentenced this afternoon after being found guilty yesterday of raping a 13-year-old boy back in August of 2013.

CARICOM scrambling for new fuel supplier

-following Petrotrin refinery closure

The closure of the Trinidadian refinery, Petrotrin has left members of CARICOM, including Guyana, scrambling to find fuel suppliers from outside the region.

PM orders full probe of questioned spending at Chronicle

-Duncan’s dismissal of finance controller rescinded

Following a report that more than $5 million was spent in three months on social media and other items, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has ordered a full investigation into the spending at the state-owned Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL) under the leadership of General Manager Sherod Duncan.

Labourer found dead at Number 54 Village

The dead body of a labourer was discovered last Thursday at Number 54 Village, Corentyne and a post-mortem examination is expected to be conducted today in order to ascertain the cause of his death.

Foulis boy died from perforated lung

-police awaiting legal advice

As the police await legal advice, an autopsy performed on the remains of Satesh Sookdeo, the 21-year-old man who was stabbed to death on Saturday evening allegedly by his father at their Foulis, East Coast Demerara home, stated that he died as a result of a perforation of the lung due to a stab wound to the chest.

Centenarian Virginia Euphemia Watts celebrates

It was quite a grand occasion as relatives, friends and well-wishers on September 5th, gathered with the children of Virginia Euphemia Watts to celebrate her 100th birth anniversary.

Cooper St man now on bodily harm charge

-after attempted murder indictment withdrawn

Malcolm Collie, the 27-year-old Cooper Street, Albouystown attempted murder accused, was yesterday granted his release on $100,000 bail after the charge against him was withdrawn and a lesser charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm was laid.

Majority of National Ophthalmology Hospital rehab works completed

-Region 6’s Director of Health Services

With the majority of the slated rehabilitation works completed for the National Ophthalmology Hospital at Port Mourant, Corentyne, it is expected to resume full operation in a few weeks’ time, according to Region Six’s Director of Regional Health Services Jevaughn Stephens. 

Tourism bodies in bid to bolster media ties

The Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA), in collaboration with the Department of Tourism (DoT), held a roundtable discussion on Thursday with editors of the local media aimed at crafting a new relationship.  

Importance of translating Indigenous language emphasised

The first of a series of Indigenous lectures was held yesterday at the Heritage Village, Sophia with Professor Ian Robertson, a Guyanese Linguist from the University of the West Indies, focusing on the importance of the translation of the Indigenous and other languages.

Correction

In a news item in the Sunday Stabroek of September 9 under the headline `GRA begins audit of US$460m pre-oil costs’, it was erroneously stated that Melinda Janki had been one of the attorneys who signed the 1999 Production Sharing Agreement with Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited.

Four men held at LBI after illicit gun found in car

At about 10.45 pm yesterday, the police say that an East Coast Demerara Mobile Patrol which was commanded by a Subordinate Officer, observed the suspicious movements of a motorcar on the Railway Embankment and subsequently intercepted same at La Bonne Intention.

‘Shell’ invests in oil sector

-Mc Doom site to store equipment

Tapping into the emerging oil and gas sector, gold magnate Nazar ‘Shell’ Mohamed has made a  big investment in a storage facility at Mc Doom on the East Bank of Demerara which is expected to serve ExxonMobil’s current offshore works.

Alleged $639m theft from ministry should have been probed by accountant general, audit office – Edghill

The alleged theft of $639M from the Public Service Ministry, which resulted in the former subject minister Jennifer Westford and her aide being criminally charged, should have been investigated by both the Office of the Auditor General and the Accountant General, according to member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Juan Edghill, who says that the absence of this element raises questions.

City chamber sees major problems in sovereign wealth fund paper

The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce  and Industry (GGCI) will be looking carefully at the Green Paper on the proposed Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF)  as it has found a lot of “leakages from the start to end”, its President Deodat Indar says.

Foulis residents shocked over killing of youth

Foulis residents have been left in a state of shock by the stabbing to death of a youth allegedly by his father and alcohol has been cited as a factor in the father’s behaviour.