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

Union to seek bus fare rise in other parts of country

Representations will be made for there to be an increase in bus fares for those travelling to and around Berbice, Linden, Bartica and Lethem, Head of the United Minibus Union (UMU) Eon Andrews said.

IsDB in grant aid to Palms

In another sign of deepening ties with Guyana, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has made grant funding available to the Palms Geriatric Home.

Brazil supports UN decision over Venezuela controversy

Brazil’s Ambassador to Guyana, Lineu Pupo De Paula has said his country welcomes the decision of the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres to transmit the Venezuela border controversy to the International Court of Justice.

Hurricane Florence blasts toward U.S. East Coast

-Isaac, Helene being monitored

(Reuters) – Florence intensified into a hurricane today and is expected to strengthen rapidly as it churns across the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S.

GRA begins audit of US$460M pre-oil costs

-Exxon to submit documents by Sept 21st

ExxonMobil says it will be cooperating with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) in the ongoing audit of its US$460 million pre-contract and cost recovery charges even as the company projects that the Liza-1 oil well development alone will cost approximately US$4.4 billion.

Islamic bank approves US$20M loan for GPL upgrades

Minister of Finance Winston Jordan will on September 19th sign an agreement in Saudi Arabia with the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) for a loan of US$20 million for the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), which is expected to fund a “comprehensive turnaround” of the company’s electricity distribution.

Foulis youth stabbed to death by father

-after trying to protect mother

A Fifth Street, Foulis, East Coast Demerara man was taken into police custody last night after allegedly stabbing and killing his son in an altercation at their home.

Canada-based Guyanese woman, 92, missing

-relatives suspect may have been brought to Guyana against her will

A family is hoping for the safe return of a missing 92-year-old Canada-based woman, whom it is suspected may have been brought to Guyana against her will.

Guyana joint venture law school a non-starter under CLE Treaty, Chairman says

-AG accuses body of shifting goal posts

Given the wording of the Treaty establishing the Council of Legal Education (CLE), a joint venture arrangement for the establishment of a law school in Guyana cannot be presented for approval, Chairman Reginal Armour SC said yesterday, while hinting that government will have to be listed as the only party before the proposal can be properly considered.

Launch of new political party postponed

-after clashes with Indigenous Heritage Month celebrations

The launch of the new Amerindian-based political party floated by Lenox Shuman, former Deputy Chairman of the National Toshaos Council, has been postponed from the end of this month to a date to be announced.

PPP/C never requested ‘power sharing’

Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo has said his party never requested “power sharing” with the current administration, making President David Granger’s recent pronouncement that it was now “too late” for such an arrangement surprising.

Moblissa accident survivor on life support

Nine-year-old Patricia McFarlane, one of the three persons injured in the September 1st accident at Moblissa, Soesdyke-Linden Highway, which claimed the lives of two of her relatives, is currently on life support at a city hospital.

New Commander Hicken promises service, protection to Berbicians

Assistant Commissioner of Police Clifton Hicken, who was recently appointed Commander of ‘B’ Division (Berbice) hit the ground running last week when he met with various stakeholders in Region Six and promised a better relationship between the police and citizens of the ancient county as well as the implementation of various strategies to further reduce crime.

Causes of Region Two power problems still being examined – GPL CEO

Although the Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL) has managed to stabilise the power supply in Region Two, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Albert Gordon yesterday said it is still analysing the root causes of the recent extensive power outages in the region.

Charges over ‘Pradoville 2’ lands loom

Multiple persons are likely to face criminal charges soon as a result of the sale of state lands way below market value in the ‘Pradoville 2’ Housing Scheme at Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara, according to sources close to the investigation.

Guyanese need more places at law school

-Granger tells CLE meeting

Though emphasising that the number of places available to Guyanese at the Hugh Wooding Law School is inadequate, President David Granger yesterday stopped short of calling on the Council of Legal Education (CLE) to grant Guyana permission to establish its own school.

FITUG floats higher tax threshold, income-support for laid off sugar workers

-in proposals for 2019 national budget

As part of its proposals for the 2019 national budget, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG) has recommended that government increase the income tax threshold to $100,000 per month, widen the income tax base by capturing several high income earners and professionals who may have avoided taxation, and provide income-support for laid off sugar workers.

Cop injured after Carifesta Ave spill

A Police Constable was rushed to a city hospital yesterday afternoon after being injured in an accident along Carifesta Avenue, in Georgetown.

DDL salesman charged with causing pedestrian’s death

-gets release on $350,000 bail

A Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) salesman was yesterday charged with causing the death of a pedestrian, who succumbed after being struck while crossing a city street.

Gov’t to proceed with signing of energy cooperation MoU

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Energy Sector Cooperation between the governments of Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago, paving the way for cooperation in oil and gas between the two states, will proceed as planned next week, despite a call by the city chamber of commerce for it to be put on hold.

AG urges whistleblowers to come forward

-but funding still to be secured for full implementation of law

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs Basil Williams SC on Monday urged “whistleblowers” to come forward with whatever information they may have, although he said government is still seeking to source funding to fully implement the protections which were approved by the National Assembly at the start of the year.

[Video] Teachers call off strike

-as gov’t agrees to arbitration to settle dispute over wages, benefits

The nationwide teachers’ strike has come to an end after the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) and the Ministry of Education (MoE) yesterday agreed to take their dispute over wages and non-salary benefits to arbitration.

Hand running of general elections to international body – Jagdeo

-urges campaign finance reform

Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo is suggesting that this country’s elections should be contracted to an international body which all parties would agree to, such as the United Nations, to allay the qualms of Guyanese who may fear rigged elections.

Cop on drunk driving charge after fatal Mandela Ave accident

Ryan Persaud, the police constable who was involved in the accident that left a motorcyclist dead last Saturday night, was yesterday released on $25,000 bail after being charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Five ‘known characters’ for court

-after car intercepted at Grove with guns, fake licence plates

Five men are scheduled to appear in court after their vehicle was intercepted at Grove, East Bank Demerara yesterday with two guns, ammunition and false licence plates among other items.

National Ophthalmology Hospital still to resume full operations

The National Ophthalmol-ogy Hospital at Port Mourant, Corentyne, is yet to resume full operations and PPP/C councillor Zamal Hussain has suggested that mechanisms be put in place to have the Region Six Regional Democratic Council (RDC) supervise the facility.

Statements served to accused in girlfriend’s killing

-ahead of start of inquiry

Statements were yesterday served to the defence in the manslaughter case against Rick Sewcharran, who is charged with the unlawful killing of his girlfriend, Sasia Adams, who succumbed after he claimed she jumped from a moving car.