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

Crowd favourite Uprising sends Non Pariel packing

——Guinness `Greatest of the Streets’

Defending champions, Uprising, Beterverwagting [BV]-A, Melanie-B, Buxton Diamond and Paradise-A reached the group round when the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ East Coast Demerara Championship commenced on Friday.

Businessman shot in Regent St robbery discharged

Selson Prescott, the businessman who was shot and robbed on Regent Street, in Georgetown earlier this month while on his way to a city bank, has been discharged from the hospital and is at home recuperating.

Distribution Warehouse reach semis

Distribution Warehouse sealed their semi-final berth in the Banks DIH Limited Inter-Department/Branch Tape-ball Cricket Championship, defeating Berbice by seven wickets on Friday at the Thirst Park venue.

Canvas City man chopped after feud over woman

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) is looking for a man who allegedly chopped a teenager to his forehead on last Tuesday night after the two had an argument over a woman earlier in the day.

National awards to be conferred May 24

National awards are to be conferred this year on May 24. According to an advertisement in today’s Stabroek News, President David Granger will invest the awardees with their insignia at a ceremony beginning at 4 pm at the National Cultural Centre.

PPP calls for shutdown of SOCU over discovery of fraud

With a Guyana Police Force audit of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) uncovering evidence of fraud, the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) yesterday called for the unit to be shut down and for an independent forensic audit to be conducted towards prosecuting all personnel implicated in wrongdoing.

Job fair attracts hundreds of youths

Hundreds of youths attended a job fair organised by the Department of Youth at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown yesterday to tackle the high unemployment rate among young persons in Guyana.

Lands and Surveys Commission targeted in cyberattacks

-warns clientele about phishing scams

In the wake of increased cyberattacks on its systems, the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) is warning both applicants and state land-owners to ignore emails seeking personal information or money and report any such suspicious activity.

Wildfires threaten Rupununi homes

-at least three buildings gutted in recent weeks

Wildfires have destroyed at least three buildings including a home in the Rupununi and with the current dry season, such occurrences continue to be a threat, Chairman of Region Nine (Upper Takutu/Upper Essequibo) Brian Allicock says.

Tagman Media CEO and family robbed in early morning burglary

-says calls to 911 went unanswered

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tagman Media Alex Graham and his family were left traumatised after bandits early yesterday morning invaded their South Ruimveldt home and carted off an undisclosed amount of valuables, including cash and jewellery.

Eight injured after buses collide in city

A total of eight passengers were rushed to a city hospital for treatment yesterday morning after two mini-buses collided at the junction of Norton and Haley streets, in Wortmanville, Georgetown.

PPP calls for shutting down of SOCU

-following findings of police audit

The opposition PPP today called for the shutting down of the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU) and for an investigation to be mounted into its operations.

Audit of SOCU finds evidence of fraud

-recommends immediate transfers, probes

An audit of the financial records of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) has uncovered serious irregularities, including the falsification of records, and it has recommended immediate transfers and a fraud investigation of several of the discrepancies, sources say.

‘Everything must appear to be right’

-housing board chairman sees conflict of interest in award of contract to minister’s husband

Although Chairman of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) Board Elsworth Williams cannot remember issuing a contract to Godfrey Yearwood, the husband of minister with responsibility for housing Valerie Adams-Patterson, he says that the board will have to take responsibility for the impropriety in such a circumstance.

PPP/C’s Ali stands by certificates

-offers no further comment on academic qualifications

In the face of continuing questions about the authenticity of his academic qualifications, People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) presidential candidate Irfaan Ali yesterday said that he has made all his transcripts and certificates public on his Facebook page and had no further comments on the matter.

GPHC hit with five-hour power loss

—ICU, A&E among departments affected

The Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) was hit with a five-hour electricity outage yesterday after an electrical breaker was burnt, accelerating plans to equip the hospital with more backup power.

Father, son convicted of killing Handsome Tree neighbour

-sentencing deferred pending probation reports

Sukhdeo Dharamdat and his son, Ishwar Dharamdat, are now facing sentencing, after a jury yesterday afternoon convicted them both for the 2015 killing of their neighbour, Suresh Nandkishore.

Guyana and Cuba conclude talks on migration

-spectre of human trafficking raised

The Ministry of Citizenship yesterday concluded its second round of bilateral talks on migration, with a delegation from the Government of Cuba and the spectre of human trafficking and the possible imposition of a visa requirement were raised.

City, private sector agree to co-operate on outstanding rates

Following a meeting on Wednesday, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) and the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) have agreed to co-operate on several issues including the payment of outstanding rates by members of the business community.

US$250,000 contract signed to design Hospitality Institute

A contract for the design of a Hospitality Institute, which will provide top-notch technical and supervisory industry training locally, was yesterday signed between the Minis-try of Education and architecture firm, Deen and Partners.

PPP/C MP is local rep for Suriname contracting firm

Opposition PPP/C parliamentarian Joseph Hamilton yesterday confirmed that he is the local representative of a Suriname-based company, which has won and successfully executed several contracts to build houses for the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA).

Alexander Village woman found with 477g ganja remanded

A 42-year-old woman, who after being found with  477 grammes of cannabis in her possession, told ranks from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) that she bought the narcotic for her son-in-law, was yesterday remanded to prison after being charged with the offence.

Arrest warrant issued for Freeman Fordyce

An arrest warrant was yesterday issued for Diamond nightclub owner Freeman Fordyce. Fordyce, who was given a four-year suspended sentence in February after being found guilty of illegal firearm and ammunition possession, is set to face charges for the trafficking of Venezuelan women.

Skills programme for retrenched sugar workers deemed a success – ministry

A report prepared by the GUYSUCO Training Centre- Port Mourant (GTCPM), on the Ministry of Natural Resources’ (MNR) Industrial Skills Training Enhancement Programme (INSTEP), has indicated that  many of those who participated have gone on to land jobs in the areas they received training.

Communities Ministry, USAID training town, NDC councillors to address crime, violence

In an effort to carry out its mandate to promote safe and stable communities, the Ministry of Communities (MoC) is collaborating with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Community, Family and Youth Resilience (CFYR) programme in conducting a training session for Local Government Councillors on Social Crime Prevention.

Rosignol labourer dies after fallingfrom canter

The Guyana Police Force is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a Rosignol, West Bank Berbice labourer who fell from the back of a canter on Wednesday afternoon.

Videomega manager says he asked for contract to be transferred to company

-had been approached personally by DoE

Russell Lancaster, the manager of the communications and production company owned by Minister of Public Telecommunications Cathy Hughes, says he was personally approached by the Department of Energy (DoE) concerning some work for the agency and in turn, asked that it be transferred to the company.

US Ambassador lauds Guyana’s efforts on behalf of Venezuelans

-Washington prepared to discuss assistance

The new US Ambassador to Guyana has lauded this country’s humanitarian efforts on behalf of fleeing Venezuelans and says Washington is prepared to have discussions on providing assistance, noting that the health sector is under stress.