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

Convict escapes from Lusignan prison

The police today said that John Lambert, 24, a former soldier, of Lot 158 North Haslington ECD who was convicted and jailed for four years escaped at about 3:39 am today from the Lusignan Prison, East Coast Demerara (ECD).

Bare Root man killed by cops during escape bid in force pick-up

-two ranks injured in fracas

A 24-year-old Bare Root, East Coast Demerara man was fatally shot by the police in the compound of the Vigilance Police Station yesterday morning, when he reportedly attempted to escape in a Guyana Police Force vehicle after being taken into custody for threatening to kill his wife.

Ali banking on experience to win polls, deliver 50,000-jobs promise

People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) presidential candidate Irfaan Ali is betting on the track records of both his party and himself to win the next general elections and deliver campaign promises that he maintains are “not unrealistic.” Ali, who has been dogged by questions about his academic qualifications since the announcement of his candidacy to lead the opposition, has been campaigning around Guyana and has pledged that he will tackle unemployment, especially among the youth, promising some 50,000 jobs should he be elected.

$83M Manari bypass opened

The long-awaited Manari bypass in the Rupununi, in Region Nine, was officially opened yesterday by the government.

Call for paternity leave gains traction

–as Women and Gender Equality Commission submits recommendations

Paternity leave, a harmonised code of law for women’s rights and a compulsory training course on women’s rights for all Members of Parliament (MPs) were among the 28 recommendations contained in the report the Women and Gender Equality Commission recently submitted to Speaker of the National Assembly Dr.

Political impasse partly due to failure to advance constitutional reform – David Hinds

The disagreements over what constitutes a majority for a no-confidence vote (NCV) and the indecisiveness over the implementation of the provision barring dual citizens from serving as Members of Parliament (MPs) are evidence of the urgent need for another round of constitutional reform, according to political analyst and executive member of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) David Hinds.

Rise in suspicious transactions seen at money transfer agencies

-FIU head

The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has been receiving a growing number of suspicious transaction reports from money transfer agencies, according to Director Matthew Langevine, who says criminals are using “the regular man on the street” to launder their dirty money for them.

US credits Guyana for progress in money laundering fight

-but says convictions, more investigations needed

Guyana has made significant progress on the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) front but there is need for more investigations as well as successful prosecutions, according to the recently released United States International Narcotics Control Strategy Report.

Medical Council to discuss GPH chemotherapy deaths this week

The Medical Council of Guyana is set to deliberate on the findings of investigations into the deaths of three children who died at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPH) after they received chemotherapy treatment earlier this year.

Many on waiting list for sole autism school

What over seven years ago started out as an act of faith, is today a school that caters for the needs of 15 children diagnosed with moderate to severe autism and if the organisers have their way the school doors would be open to more children as there is a long waiting list.

New health centre commissioned at Plegt Anker, Corentyne

-cutting out miles of travel for those seeking care

The Ministry of Public Health last Wednesday commissioned the Plegt Anker Health Centre, located in East Berbice, Corentyne, and it is expected to reduce the need for residents to travel miles to the New Amsterdam Hospital to access basic healthcare.

Cops probing allegedbrutalisation of teens at Charity station

The Guyana Police Force’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) is currently investigating claims that ranks at the Charity Police Station recently inflicted brutal beatings on four teenagers, Commander of ‘G’ Division Khali Pareshram said last evening.

Cops probing death of Essequibo labourer

-found dead by wife hours after being pierced in neck with wood

Police are now looking into the death of Gowkarran Narine, an Essequibo labourer who was found dead on Friday afternoon, hours after allegedly injuring himself while chopping wood for cooking.

Still no trace of US woman missing from Essequibo home

The search continues for 79-year-old Joyce Davis, the United States (US) citizen who vanished from her Almanac Creek, Essequibo River home about a month ago, Divisional Commander Kevin Adonis yesterday said.

Lone juvenile still on the run following NOC escape

One of the six juveniles who escaped from the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) at Onderneeming, Essequibo, late last month, remains on the lam, while the others have either been recaptured or have voluntarily returned.

‘Certainly a conflict of interest’

-CH&PA CEO says contracts awarded to minister’s husband should be reviewed

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Central Housing & Planning Authority (CH&PA) Lelon Saul yesterday suggested that the issuance of contracts to Godfrey Yearwood, the husband of Housing Minister Valerie Adams-Yearwood, should be reviewed since a conflict of interest exists.

Gov’t still to decide on replacements for dual citizen MPs

The APNU+AFC administration is still to decide on the candidates from its National Top Up List who will replace its four dual citizenship parliamentarians who have resigned, according to sources who also confirmed that President David Granger has met with one of the coalition’s partners.

Youth gets 10 years for strangling Plaisance woman

-says he lost his cool over death of father

Throwing himself at the mercy of the court and accepting responsibility for killing Plaisance resident Jennifer Ann Mendonca, 23-year-old John Hetsberger was yesterday sentenced to 10 years in prison by Justice Navindra Singh at the High Court in Georgetown.

Electrician charged with stealing $1.5M from employer

An electrician, who was accused of stealing over $1 million from his employer, was yesterday remanded to prison after a city court heard of his recent conviction on a similar charge and his failure to attend one of his trials.

Audit of SOCU still ongoing

The audit of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) that was initiated after reports of grave mismanagement is still continuing more than a month after it commenced.

Duo held over shooting of city businessman during robbery released

The two men who were detained by the police for questioning in relation to the robbery of businessman Selson Prescott, who was shot and robbed of millions while on his way to a city bank on Monday on Regent Street in Georgetown, have been released from custody.

Mother of nine gets keys to new house

Ayasia May LaFleur, a mother of nine who won a recent Central Housing & Planning Authority (CH&PA) housing lottery, received the keys to her new home during an official handing over ceremony yesterday.