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

Kaituma River found to have high mercury content

-alternative sources to be found for residents, GWI says

Though surface water is the main source of water supply for the residents of Port Kaituma, Region One, the Guyana Water Incorporated has committed to making alternative sources available, after a high mercury content was found in the Kaituma River. 

Final SOCU witness not recognized as forensic expert by court

GBTI contempt trial…

Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan yesterday permitted the final witness for the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) in the trial of eight members of the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Board of Directors, who are charged with failing to comply with a court order, to continue her testimony but ruled that she would not be recognized as an aexpert witness Upon the completion of a voir dire, Chief Magistrate McLennan ruled that the witness Sherroni James could not be deemed an expert in the field of forensic analysis as she does not have the academic qualifications of a forensic analyst.

Guyoil announces lower fuel prices

The Guyana Oil Company Ltd (Guyoil)  yesterday announced a reduction in prices for Gasolene and Gasoil (LSD) with effect from today.

City Hall restoration to cost US$4.3M

-King urges council to start lobbying for funds as time runs out on occupancy

The cost to restore the historic City Hall building has been pegged at US$4.3 million, Town Clerk Royston King yesterday informed city councillors during their fortnightly statutory meeting.

Cops probing parking lot clash between minister, guards

The police are investigating claims by Junior Minister of Natural Resources Simona Broomes that she and her driver were verbally abused and threatened by two security guards at a Providence, East Bank Demerara business place.

PAC Chairman, Communities PS lament regional engineers’ performance

Both Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Irfaan Ali and Permanent Secretary of the Communities Ministry Emile McGarrell yesterday expressed concerns over the performance of regional engineers, with the former accusing them of bypassing financial laws and “manipulating” the system.

Three more held for questioning over L Seepersaud Maraj heist

Crime Chief Paul Williams yesterday confirmed that three more persons have been arrested for questioning in connection with the L Seepersaud Maraj and Sons jewellery store burglary, in which millions in gold and diamond jewellery was stolen after the vault at the Stabroek Market business was cut open.

Man to serve 20 years for killing 17-year-old

-after Court of Appeal sets aside death sentence

Death row inmate, Ramesh Sahadeo will now spend 20 years in jail after the Court of Appeal yesterday changed his murder conviction to the lesser count of manslaughter, after finding that the trial judge failed to properly direct the jury on several issues including provocation.

Regional telecoms body launches ICT roadshow in Guyana

Over the next five days members of the public will have an opportunity to interact with regional experts about how they can use Information and Communications Techno-logy (ICT) to improve every aspect of their lives as the Caribbean ICT Roadshow makes its 24th stop in Guyana.

Chile proposes free trade pact with CARICOM

CARICOM Heads of Government have welcomed the proposal by Chile of five areas for collaboration, and to convene the CARICOM-Chile Joint Commission to concretise cooperation.

President non-committal on engagement with media

For only three minutes yesterday, members of the media were able to engage President David Granger on matters of national Importance before being physically separated from him by his security staff.

Second man to face trial over Mocha mechanic’s murder

Sedley Liverpool, who is one of the men charged with the killing of Mocha Mechanic Terrence Lanferman, was committed to stand trial yesterday, just days after his lawyer had argued that there was insufficient evidence against him.

Police say probing threats against minister and her driver

The police say that a “thorough investigation” has been launched following allegations of abuse and threats against a Minister of the Government and her driver at the parking lot of a popular established business premises located at Providence, East Bank Demerara about 20:30hrs last night.

Diamond boy, 15, fatally stabbed

The police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the murder of Ricardo Singh, 15, of Lot 63 Block 1 & 2 Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara which occurred about 00:15hrs this morning in the vicinity of Lot 0 Soesdyke/Linden Highway, East Bank Demerara where there was a wedding celebration.

Plans quickening for natural gas in 200 MW plant -Patterson

Even as government continues negotiations with ExxonMobil for natural gas to come onshore by 2022 from oil extraction operations, it has simultaneously begun to prepare the infrastructure and has confirmed the landing location and generator types, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson says.

Two Linden roads for $73m rehab

Cabinet has noted the award of several multi-million dollar contracts for the procurement of vehicles, equipment and furniture and the rehabilitation/construction of two roads in Linden.

President discusses piracy with Bouterse

President David Granger on Friday met with his Surinamese counterpart, Desi Bouterse and the two leaders discussed the piracy attacks off Suriname on April 27th that killed at least four Guyanese and left another dozen missing and presumed dead.

Contracts awarded for repair of three police stations

State Minister Joseph Harmon on Thursday announced that Cabinet has noted the award of contracts for the rehabilitation of three police stations and the construction of a school dormitory in Region Seven.