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Grenada, Antigua vote against CCJ

Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda have voted against the move to have the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their highest appellate court.

Berbice bridge company to comply with ‘unlawful’ takeover

-requests explanation from minister

Although saying government’s temporary takeover of the Berbice River Bridge is unlawful, the concessionaire Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI) yesterday said it will comply with the decision and will consider whether it will mount a legal challenge based on a response from Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson to a request for a justification of the move.

Accused in brother-in-law’s murder believed to be mentally unstable

-cops to seek psychiatric evaluation

The suspect in custody for the murder of Paradise, East Coast Demerara resident Justin Peterkin, who was bludgeoned and chopped to death on Monday morning, is suspected to be mentally unstable, a reliable police source has told Stabroek News.

Removal of utilities delays Timehri roundabout

-six-month project stalled for over a year

The construction of a roundabout at Timehri, East Bank Demerara, which should have been completed in 24 weeks, has been stalled for more than a year due to “complications” regarding the removal of Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Com-pany (GTT) and Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) utilities that were present at the site.

Mocha activist celebrates 100 years of living

Mocha/Arcadia community activist Ina Barnwell-Bacchus celebrated her 100th birth anniversary on Monday. A press release from the Region Four administration reported that Barnwell-Bacchus, born November 5th, 1918, is regarded as being a political stalwart in her community, contributing to its development through years of service.

Success of constitutional rights commissions should be evaluated prior to renewal

-GHRA Co-president

Since their establishment some eight years ago, the constitutional rights commissions have made no serious impact on the quality of life in the sectors they were supposed to defend and promote, according to Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) Co-President Mike McCormack, who says Parliament should evaluate their success instead of moving to renew them.  

Jordan maintains economy was propped up by drugs under PPP/C gov’t

-dismisses private sector call for proof

While Finance Minister Winston Jordan maintains that the economy was being sustained by proceeds from the drug trade under the former PPP/C administration, he has dismissed a request by the Private Sector Commission (PSC) that he provide evidence to back up his pronouncement.

Baramita man charged with murdering wife

A Baramita, North West District man was on Monday remanded for the murder of his common-law wife Ruthina Thomas, whose lifeless body was discovered along a roadway in the community.

First Lady’s Office launches ICT training programme in Anna Regina

-E’quibo Technical Institute offers scholarships to top workshop graduates

The Office of the First Lady, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Protection’s Board of Industrial Training (BIT), on Monday launched an Information Communication Technology (ICT) training programme at the Essequibo Technical Institute (ETI), Anna Regina in the Pomeroon-Supenaam Region (Region Two).

Stabbed Timehri prisoner discharged from hospital

Eon Ward, 25, the prisoner who was stabbed multiple times at the Timehri Prison on Saturday last, has been discharged from the hospital, Director of Prisons Gladwin Samuels confirmed.

GuySuCo worker accused of causing Industry collision

A young woman and her family are thankful for life after suffering minor injuries from a vehicular collision, which was the result of the alleged reckless driving of an employee of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) yesterday afternoon.

Chinese medical team awarded Foreign Link Award

-at Linden’s 18th “Race of Cure” against cancer

Three members of the 14th Chinese Medical Team were last month awarded the Foreign Link Award, following their participation in Linden’s 18th annual “Race of Cure”, an event to raise cancer awareness.

Guyana Gov’t takes over Berbice Bridge

-cites threat to public safety

Citing a “threat to public safety” in light of the planned increase in tolls, the government yesterday assumed temporary control over the operation of the Berbice River Bridge and promised to retain the present toll structure as its seek to find an amicable resolution to its ongoing dispute with the  concessionaire, the Berbice Bridge Company Inc.

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Irrespective of the callous plan of the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) to impose draconian increases for the crossing of the Berbice Bridge, there can be no justification for the government’s seizure of the structure yesterday.

Jury convicts accused in rape of girl, 15

A man who raped a 15-year-old girl now awaits sentencing for the offence after being unanimously convicted yesterday afternoon by a 12-member mixed jury at the High Court in Georgetown.

Rural constable accused of teen’s murder freed

-after cops withdraw charge based on DPP’s advice

Based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), police yesterday withdrew the murder charge laid against Tony George, the Rural Constable who was implicated in the killing of 15-year-old Ricardo Singh, who was stabbed in July during an altercation at a wedding house along the Soesdyke-Linden Highway.

Number of documented Venezuelan migrants in Guyana at 2,943

-Felix praises committee’s work

Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix yesterday commended the efforts of the National Multi-Sectoral Coordinating Committee in managing the influx of Venezuelan migrants and a release from the Ministry of the Presidency said the number stood at 2,943.

GAWU expects gov’t to abide by ruling that remaining severance be paid with interest

President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) Komal Chand says that he has no fear that the government or Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) will not pay the interest on the remaining severance payments to laid off sugar workers, as was ordered by the High Court, despite it not being catered for in the supplementary funding that was approved by Parliament last week. 

Large quantity of illegal pesticides seized on Corentyne – PTCCB

Inspection and Enforcement Officers of the Pesticides and Toxic Chemicals (Control) Board (PTCCB), in collaboration with the Guyana Police Force, on Sunday last thwarted what was described as a major smuggling operation and confiscated approximately 300 kilograms of illegal or unregistered pesticides.

Brazilian gov’t change won’t affect Linden to Lethem road project

-Brazil foreign ministry official

A senior government official from Brazil’s Ministry of External Relations has revealed that the commitment to build an all-weather road from Lethem to Linden remains a priority for the country even with a change of government.

Essequibo pupils in `Express Your Energy’ event

Sixty students of grades 5 and 6 attended the Guyana Energy Agency’s (GEA) ‘Express Your Energy’ activity which was held on November 2nd, 2018 in the auditorium of the Cotton Field Secondary School, Region 2.

Paradise electrician murdered

Police are investigating the murder of Justin Peterkin, 39, an electrician of Paradise Village, ECD allegedly by his brother-in-law, who is in custody.

Berbice Bridge company proposes 19-year extension of pact to avoid toll hikes

-offer to be discussed at Cabinet on Wednesday

The Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) has formally proposed a 19-year extension to its concessionaire’s agreement as a means to set aside steep hikes in tolls set for November 12 and the Public Infrastructure Ministry says that the offer will be discussed at Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting.