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

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.

New Top Cop meets community policing executive

New Commissioner of Police, Leslie James and Deputy Commissioner ‘Administration’  Paul Williams  last Tuesday met and had ‘frank discussions’ with members of the National Community Policing Executive (NCPE) during the latter’s Monthly Statutory meeting.

First Lady, UNICEF join hands for youth development

First Lady Sandra Granger is collaborating with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Guyana to create opportunities for young people to develop their capacity in Technology and robotics.

City chamber flays gov’t over local content law

-wants delay of MoU with Trinidad

Lamenting the delay in local content legislation that would give  businesses here first consideration in providing services and goods for the growing oil and gas industry, the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) has sent its own draft to the government.

Teachers wage talks to resume today

-TUC blasts gov’t for ‘creating conflict environment’

The government and the GTU  are to resume discussions today in a bid to end the teachers’ strike that has upturned the new school year since Monday and yesterday the umbrella trade union grouping, GTUC accused the APNU+AFC administration of  creating an environment of conflict and not negotiating in good faith.

Trial over attempted murder of businesswoman set

The trial of two persons accused of attempting to murder a City Mall businesswoman back in 2009 is set to commence before Justice Sandil Kissoon and a 12-member jury next Monday.

Second study of feasibility of oil refinery needed

– city chamber head

A second study into the feasibility of the construction of an oil refinery in Guyana should be done when more operators are working in the industry, President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Deodat Indar says.

$14M facelift for East La Penitence Market

Following years of neglect, the East La Penitence Market is finally getting a facelift after the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) awarded a contract to construct fences and rehabilitate other parts.

Zealand accident victims died by drowning

Autopsies on the bodies of Michael Aubrey Ross and Jennifer Nikita Park –  the two persons who died on Monday following an accident at Zealand Public Road, Mahaicony revealed that they drowned.

Emergency works done on Wisroc Road

Urgent repair works budgeted at $11.9m were recently done on the Linden-Lethem road between Wisroc and Rockstone Junction, according to the Department of Public information (DPI) .

M.B. Sandaka rehabilitated

The M.B. Sandaka was recently outfitted with two hydro-master propulsion systems which will be powered by two caterpillar 3406 engines.

Photographer testifies in ‘Sagga’ murder PI

The Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into the charge against Aubrey Bobb, who is accused of murdering businessman Godfrey Scipio aka ‘Sagga’, continued yesterday with testimony by a police photographer.

Gov’t, GTU to resume talks tomorrow

The government and the GTU  are to resume discussions tomorrow under the aegis of the Ministry of Social Protection in a bid to end the teachers strike that has roiled the new school year since Monday.

‘If you can’t pay us right, we will stay in the streets’

As hundreds of striking teachers in Linden and the surrounding environs took to the streets again to protest for better wages and working conditions, Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) General Secretary Coretta McDonald vowed that they were prepared to continue industrial action for as long as it takes to secure a “proper” offer or have the labour dispute referred to arbitration.