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

No bail for pork knocker on attempted murder charge

A pork knocker was yesterday remanded to prison after he was charged with the attempted murder of a miner and the court heard that the victim is hospitalised and not yet out of danger.

City Hall inquiry recommends compensation for ex-Town Clerk over ‘wrongful’ removal from post

The Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the operations of City Hall has recommended that former Town Clerk Carol Sooba be compensated for “wrongful removal from office.” According to the report submitted by retired Justice Cecil Kennard, the lone commissioner, Sooba submitted a written statement in which she claimed that her employment was wrongfully terminated and that she should be paid her full benefits until she attains the age of 55.

HDM Labs, Larry Singh among bidders for new round of contracts

Multi-million dollar bids for the provision of security services to the Region 7 Cuyuni/Mazaruni, Regional Democratic Council were opened yesterday at the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board at Main and Urquhart streets.

Five to stand trial over murder of Williamsburg phone card dealer

Five men earlier this week were committed to stand trial at the High Court in Berbice for the murder of Danian Jagdeo, a Williamsburg phone card dealer in 2017, following a preliminary inquiry before Magistrate Charlyn Artiga at the Whim Magistrate’s Court.

President has chemotherapy schedule up to May next year

-departs for Cuba

President David Granger this morning departed Guyana for  Cuba for a second round of treatment at the Centro de Investigaciones Médico Quirúrgicas (CIMEQ) and the next five cycles of chemotherapy will go all the way up to May next year, a release from the Ministry of the Presidency said today.

Gov’t to revive DOTS strategy to combat drug-resistant TB

-Junior Health Minister

With an increase in the incidence of the multi-drug resistant strain of Tuberculosis, government will resuscitate the Directly Observed Treatment Short-Course (DOTS) strategy to ensure adequate detection, treatment and monitoring, Minister within the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Dr.

Lawrence issues apology

Amid consternation and mounting criticism of statements she made at Congress Place on November 25th about allocating jobs only to PNCR members, the party’s Chairman and the Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence yesterday issued an apology.

Taxi driver charged with carjacking

Kacey Chapman, the taxi driver who was charged along with two others last week with the unlawful possession of guns and ammunition, was yesterday once again brought before a city court, where he was accused of a carjacking and robbery.

CCJ ruling effectively expunged cross-dressing offence from law books – Ramkarran

With no Law Reform Commission currently in place, and having regard to constitutional provisions which save pre-independence laws, some legal minds are of the view that it is highly unlikely that Guyana will be complying any time soon with the recent directive given by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to strike out the entire section of the law prohibiting cross-dressing.

Over 350 low income homes to be built next year

-communities for redesign, Patterson-Yearwood announces

The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) has committed to the construction of over 350 low income housing units in 2019 as part of its continued housing solution plans.

Capsized vessel was overloaded -probe finds

Miss Shivita 2, the vessel that sank in the Waini River just over a week ago, was found to be overloaded, a Maritime Administration Department (MARAD) official has said.

Procurement body seeks investigations manager

The Public Procurement Commission (PPC) has advertised for a manager for its investigations department as it seeks to build its capacity to fulfill its functions, including the debarment of contractors.

GDF Islanders undergoing thorough review -Harmon

Engineers are currently conducting a comprehensive examination of the two Britten-Norman Islanders acquired by government for the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), according to Minister of State Joseph Harmon.

Ali, Gaskin trade corruption barbs as budget debate begins

Opposition front bencher Irfaan Ali told the National Assembly yesterday said that corruption is very much alive as government has been unable to properly account for its spending but was later told by Business Minister that his former government had a “scant” regard for accountability and transparency.

CAL supporting UG research

Research efforts at the University of Guyana (UG) were recently boosted by Caribbean Airlines (CAL) which underwrote attendance by several UG computer scientists at the 2018 Caribbean Academic of Sciences conference, which was held in Jamaica.

Green projects to deliver jobs, revenue to hinterland, Garrido-Lowe says

A proposed allocation of almost $60 million is set for investment in green, innovative and sustainable income-generating projects in the hinterland, according to Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Valerie Garrido-Lowe, who said they will create needed jobs and income for residents.

Suspect in Paulette Wade murder re-arrested, released

As the police probe into the murder of Kwakwani midwife Paulette Wade, whose lifeless body was discovered in her home two months ago continues, one of the suspects who was initially detained for questioning was last week rearrested and subsequently released on station bail.

Berbice police roll out plan for safe holiday

The B Division Police Administration will be increasing patrols and implementing other strategies throughout the division and especially in commercial areas so as to ensure every citizen can enjoy a safe holiday period.

Chinese province to help with healthcare in Guyana

A delegation from the Province of Jiangsu, the People’s Republic of China met with a high-level team from the Ministry of Public Health led by  Volda Lawrence, Minister of Public Health on improving and modernising healthcare in Guyana.

Potable water for Washington Estate

Close to 328 persons (82 households) of Washington Estate, Region 3 are expected to have access to potable water for the first time, before the end of this year, according to a statement from the Guyana Water Incorporated yesterday.

Volda Lawrence issues apology

PNCR Chairman and Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence today issued an apology over controversial statements she made at a PNCR event on November 25th which included that `jobs would only go to PNC people’.

ExxonMobil makes 10th oil discovery offshore Guyana

- reserves now over five billion barrels

Director, Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe this morning announced that US oil company ExxonMobil has made its 10th discovery offshore Guyana at the Pluma-1 well.

AFC’s Trotman excuses Lawrence’s statements

Alliance for Change (AFC)  Leader Raphael Trotman yesterday dismissed concerns over controversial statements by PNCR Chairman Volda Lawrence that she will only hire party people and came to her defence saying that she holds no race or political biases.  

More charges likely in Pradoville 2 probe – source

Although former PPP/C Minister of Housing, Mohammed Irfaan Ali was recently charged in connection with the sale of lands at Pradoville 2, sources say that the case is still open as the Special Oganised Crime Unit (SOCU) is actively pursuing matters against the other former cabinet members.

Plaisance man stabbed to death

A Plaisance, East Coast Demerara mother of three was yesterday taken into police custody after she allegedly stabbed her reputed husband resulting in his death.

Shuman says new party ready for February launch

-says no place in modern democracy for executive presidency

After putting off its launch in September, a new party targeting mainly Indigenous Peoples’ votes, led by former toshao of St Cuthbert’s Mission and former vice chairman of the National Toshaos Council, Lenox Shuman, is now ready for a February launch.

No more noisy events on Kingston foreshore – Ministry

Permission will no longer be granted for the Kingston foreshore between Fort Groyne and Camp Road to be used as a venue for entertainment and other social events that will likely generate noise above the permissible levels, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) says.

NICIL shares in Stockfeeds to be sold to Badal for $136,000

Government has agreed to accept around $136,000 for the sale of National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited’s (NICIL) shares in Guyana Stockfeeds Limited (GLS) to the entity’s Chief Executive Officer, Robert Badal, who is also the majority shareholder, State Minister Joseph Harmon disclosed on Friday.

Gov’t bent on building Destination Guyana brand -Jordan

Government will continue to support the local tourism sector with further investments in marketing, capacity building and product development, while investments in critical infrastructure will reduce the cost of accessing Guyana’s unique tourism brand, says Finance Minister Winston Jordan.

Fly Jamaica leasing aircraft for Christmas season – source

-amid concerns among passengers about flight availability

With Fly Jamaica’s operations being severely affected by the recent crash landing, which has left the company with only one operating aircraft, management has made provisions to lease planes to continue serving their passengers, a source says.

Plaisance man stabbed to death, reputed wife held

The Police say they are investigating the murder of Victor Roberts, 38, self-employed of 41 Prince William Street, Plaisance, ECD which occurred at about 12:40h today at the said address, allegedly by his reputed wife who has since been detained.