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

Brazilian gov’t change won’t affect Linden to Lethem road project

-Brazil foreign ministry official

A senior government official from Brazil’s Ministry of External Relations has revealed that the commitment to build an all-weather road from Lethem to Linden remains a priority for the country even with a change of government.

Essequibo pupils in `Express Your Energy’ event

Sixty students of grades 5 and 6 attended the Guyana Energy Agency’s (GEA) ‘Express Your Energy’ activity which was held on November 2nd, 2018 in the auditorium of the Cotton Field Secondary School, Region 2.

Paradise electrician murdered

Police are investigating the murder of Justin Peterkin, 39, an electrician of Paradise Village, ECD allegedly by his brother-in-law, who is in custody.

Berbice Bridge company proposes 19-year extension of pact to avoid toll hikes

-offer to be discussed at Cabinet on Wednesday

The Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) has formally proposed a 19-year extension to its concessionaire’s agreement as a means to set aside steep hikes in tolls set for November 12 and the Public Infrastructure Ministry says that the offer will be discussed at Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting.

Public procurement body probing HDM drugs deal

The Public Procurement Commission (PPC) says it is carrying out its own investigation of the controversial purchase and contract award process which saw HDM Labs scooping up a huge drug supply contract.

PPP/C gov’t spent around $100m in three years on officials medical bills – Lawrence

-promises to provide cost of insurance payment for ministers

While government is still to make public how much is the equivalent of its share of fifty percent towards ministers’ health insurance, it has revealed that nearly $100M was spent in three years on medical expenses by the People’s Progressive Party/ Civic (PPP/C) administration.

Second Westminster family speaks out against police raids

—relates how `they come in like thieves’

A Westminster, West Bank Demerara family is seeking justice following a raid at their home during the wee hours of Sunday last, by members of the Guyana Police Force (GPF).

Moveable property security bill will make credit access easier

-AG tells bar association workshop

The Guyana Bar Association on Saturday spearheaded a workshop on the proposed Moveable Property Security Bill 2018 and according to Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs Basil Williams SC, this piece of legislation will make access to credit much easier.

Voter education no guarantee of turnout

-media told at GECOM interface

Despite voter education efforts on the part of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), there is uncertainty over whether voters will turn out in large numbers at this year’s Local Government Election (LGE).

Police raid Kimbia ganja farm

Two drug eradication exercises in B and G Divisions on Friday netted approximately eight acres of cultivated cannabis and 82 kilograms of processed cannabis, police reported on Saturday evening.

Gov’t quota for small contractors a no-go without change to law

-Procurement Commission head

While government is moving to ensure 20% of all contracts go to small contractors from January 1st, 2019, Public Procurement Commission (PPC) Chairperson Carol Corbin says that it will need to change the procurement law to do so.

19 doctors on leave from NA Hospital

-electrical issues leave departments non-functional at Skeldon Hospital

Some 19 doctors, representing just over a third of those attached to the New Amsterdam Public Hospital, in Berbice, are presently on leave, prompting concerns by the Region Six administration about the impact on both the remaining staff and patients.

Town Clerk cannot act without city council’s knowledge

Although Town Clerk Royston King has repeatedly claimed that the law grants him the power to act without first being directed by the City Council, on Friday retired judge Cecil Kennard informed him that he has misinterpreted the legislation.

Secrecy over oil production costs not good for transparency

- Ram

While government has said that it anticipates receiving about US$300 million in 2020, when ExxonMobil is expected to begin oil production offshore, the company says it cannot disclose its estimated production and commodity costs per barrel or how many days of the year it will be pumping oil.

Guyana and China MoU encompasses free market principles

-sees expanded use of currencies of both countries

The  Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Governments of Guyana and China on the Silk Road Initiative and its maritime component encompasses free market principles and envisages the expanded use of the local currencies of the two countries.

Victoria family loses everything in fire

A family of seven lost all their belongings after a fire, suspected to be of electrical origin, gutted their Lot 7 Victoria, East Demerara home on Friday morning.

Deaths of neonatals, children under five have dropped – Lawrence

-none of four incubators in Region Seven functioning

Deaths among neonatals and children under five years dropped continually from 526 in 2014 to 184 in 2017 with Region Four (Demerara/Mahaica) recording the highest fatalities yet with a significant reduction, according to preliminary data from the Statistical Unit of the Ministry of Public Health.

CARICOM appoints Special Rapporteur on Disability

CARICOM has appointed a Special Rap-porteur on Disability. A release from CARICOM said that the Thirty-Fifth Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) – Health, in September 2018, endorsed the recommendation that Senator Dr.

Accomplice in Mahaicony hijacking still at large

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) is yet to arrest the man who assisted the now-dead bandit, Melroy Solomon, in a carjacking as well as the abduction of a farmer from Perth, Mahaicony on Thursday.

Rose Hall money changer missing

A Rose Hall, Corentyne moneychanger has been missing since Friday and his family is seeking the public’s help to find him.

GRA explains handling of former Venezuelan diplomat’s car

The GRA wishes to respond to the Newsroom article of October 28, 2018 under the subject of `GRA seizes vehicle of Venezuelan Diplomat’, on the grounds that she owes approximately 2.4M in taxes, and to several telephone requests from new agencies seeking explanations as to the basis of the tax due.