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

Jagdeo: PPP racing ahead with poll preparations

The PPP has started preparations for general and regional elections and its list of candidates will be ready for Nomination Day which should be in the first two weeks in February, according to the party’s General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo.

Gold Board saw 6.22% decrease in declarations last year

—2019 projection pegged at 651,000 ozs

Despite the Guyana Gold Board (GGB) recording a 6.22% decrease in declarations last year, after 613,073 ounces of gold were declared at the end of December 2018, the company has projected an output of 651,000 oz.

Traffic cop struck down while on duty

A traffic officer attached to the Providence Police Station was yesterday afternoon struck down by a motor car while directing traffic at Eccles, on the East Bank Public Road.

Lucky shoppers win free groceries in DSL drawing

Twelve lucky shoppers won prizes in  Distribution Services Limited’s (DSL) Cash & Carry’s ‘Free Groceries’ drawing which took place last weekend at the DSL Cash & Carry’s Sheriff Street’s parking lot.

Chinese association renovates Region 3 school

-as part of Arrival Day observances

The 166th anniversary of the arrival of the Chinese in  British Guiana will be celebrated on Saturday, January 12 at the Windsor Forest Primary School and in keeping with regular practice, the Association of Chinese Enterprise in Guyana has built a new school fence and recapped the school’s tarmac at an estimated cost of $3 million.

Suriname authorities seize record amount of cocaine at port

PARAMARIBO,  (Reuters) – Authorities in Suriname have made their largest ever seizure of cocaine, found hidden in containers filled with rice waiting to be exported from a port in capital Paramaribo, the small South American country’s top law enforcement official said today.

Granger says agreement reached on some issues

-Jagdeo says elections have to be held before April 30

President David Granger says that the meeting today between the government and the opposition ended successfully with the two sides reaching agreement on some issues.

PPP-nominated commissioners concerned over extension of GECOM Chairman’s medical leave

Following the extension of the medical leave of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chairman James Patterson, 85, the opposition-nominated commissioners yesterday voiced concern that it could be a ploy to delay the holding of general and regional elections, which they say are  now due within 90 days following the passage of a no-confidence motion against the government.  

Annandale man gets 14 years for killing son

Amernauth Chand, the Annandale man charged with killing his son two years ago, was yesterday morning sentenced to 14 years in jail for the crime of manslaughter.

PPP presidential candidate hopefuls set to make case to Central Committee

-Persaud says prepared for challenge

The presidential candidate hopefuls for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) will tomorrow and Friday make their pitches to its Central Committee on why they should lead the party into the next general and regional elections, according to Executive Secretary Zulfikar Mustapha.

Bandits steal safe with $600,000 from Melanie NIS office

-security guards being questioned

Bandits early yesterday morning broke into the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) Melanie Damishana, East Coast Demerara office and carted off a metal safe containing $600,000 cash.

Lusignan man charged over Coldingen fatal accident

Lakeram Puran, the driver who allegedly struck down and killed pedal cyclist Rodwell Imanuel James on New Year’s Day along the Coldingen Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara was yesterday released on a sum of $350,000 bail after he was charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

House passes updates to nurses and midwives law

The National Assembly last Thursday passed amendments to the legislation governing nursing and midwifery, which Minister of Public Health Volda Lawrence said will improve the welfare of practitioners.

Bids received for major Sophia infrastructural work

-Digicel tenders $501m for satellite base

Major infrastructural work is slated to commence soon in the Sophia Housing Scheme, Greater Georgetown by the Central Housing and Planning Authority.

Bandits cart off safe from NIS office at Melanie

The Police say they are making stringent efforts to apprehend three males who broke into the NIS Office at Melanie Damishana, ECD, and carted off a metal safe containing a sum of cash at about 1.30 am today.

AG asks court to settle legality of confidence vote

Attorney General Basil Williams has approached the High Court to settle the legality of the vote on the no-confidence motion that was passed against government, while saying that it needed the support of an “absolute majority” of 34 members to be valid.

Jagdeo asks to be joined in lawsuit against Charrandass Persaud’s election as MP

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is seeking to be heard by the court in the action filed by private citizen Compton Herbert Reid, who is challenging the legality of former APNU+AFC parliamentarian Charrandass Persaud’s election as a Member of Parliament (MP) and his vote on the no-confidence motion passed against the government.

Cabinet still meeting

-despite concerns over violation of constitution

Government is going ahead with its scheduled Cabinet meeting today despite a constitutional requirement that says the Cabinet inclusive of the President must resign following the passage of a no-confidence motion.

Businessman Campbell walks from ANUG due to ‘polarized’ political climate

Local businessman Terrence Campbell has ended his brief foray into politics, citing the “polarization” created by the no confidence motion against the government and concerns about whether his partners in new political party A New United Guyana (ANUG) are qualified to be elected to the National Assembly.

Food and Drug Dep’t warns of fake Daflon

The Government Analyst–Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) is notifying the general public about the circulation of a fake/counterfeit brand of Daflon (micronized purified flavonoid fraction) on the local market.