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

Top Linden Grade Six students receive support

The sum of $1.8 million has been committed to assisting two Linden students to attend the schools at which they gained places at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA).

Gov’t says no to higher Berbice bridge tolls

-company warns of bankruptcy

Proposing hefty increases to current tolls in keeping with its contract with government, the Berbice Bridge Company Inc (BBCI) yesterday warned that the current APNU+AFC administration’s continued refusal of the hikes could lead to the company’s bankruptcy.

Guard denies Broomes claims after parking lot clash

-security company stands by workers, says video footage speaks for itself

Josh Ramroop, one of the two guards who were arrested after claims that they had verbally abused and threatened Junior Natural Resources Minister Simona Broomes in the parking lot of the Amazonia Mall, at Providence, East Bank Demerara, yesterday said her version of events were far from what actually transpired. 

More money has to be spent on crime – US Ambassador

-`can’t have cops going after 21st century criminals with 19th century equipment’

US Ambassador Perry Holloway says Guyana is one of the safest countries he has lived in but if it wants to stop crime from ramping up the Government has to spend more money.

Residents thwart three bandits at Zeelugt

Residents on Monday night thwarted three bandits as they attempted to rob Dennis Emmanuel, a Stabroek Market vendor, at his Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo home.

Kaituma River found to have high mercury content

-alternative sources to be found for residents, GWI says

Though surface water is the main source of water supply for the residents of Port Kaituma, Region One, the Guyana Water Incorporated has committed to making alternative sources available, after a high mercury content was found in the Kaituma River. 

Final SOCU witness not recognized as forensic expert by court

GBTI contempt trial…

Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan yesterday permitted the final witness for the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) in the trial of eight members of the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Board of Directors, who are charged with failing to comply with a court order, to continue her testimony but ruled that she would not be recognized as an aexpert witness Upon the completion of a voir dire, Chief Magistrate McLennan ruled that the witness Sherroni James could not be deemed an expert in the field of forensic analysis as she does not have the academic qualifications of a forensic analyst.

Guyoil announces lower fuel prices

The Guyana Oil Company Ltd (Guyoil)  yesterday announced a reduction in prices for Gasolene and Gasoil (LSD) with effect from today.

City Hall restoration to cost US$4.3M

-King urges council to start lobbying for funds as time runs out on occupancy

The cost to restore the historic City Hall building has been pegged at US$4.3 million, Town Clerk Royston King yesterday informed city councillors during their fortnightly statutory meeting.

Cops probing parking lot clash between minister, guards

The police are investigating claims by Junior Minister of Natural Resources Simona Broomes that she and her driver were verbally abused and threatened by two security guards at a Providence, East Bank Demerara business place.

PAC Chairman, Communities PS lament regional engineers’ performance

Both Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Irfaan Ali and Permanent Secretary of the Communities Ministry Emile McGarrell yesterday expressed concerns over the performance of regional engineers, with the former accusing them of bypassing financial laws and “manipulating” the system.

Three more held for questioning over L Seepersaud Maraj heist

Crime Chief Paul Williams yesterday confirmed that three more persons have been arrested for questioning in connection with the L Seepersaud Maraj and Sons jewellery store burglary, in which millions in gold and diamond jewellery was stolen after the vault at the Stabroek Market business was cut open.

Man to serve 20 years for killing 17-year-old

-after Court of Appeal sets aside death sentence

Death row inmate, Ramesh Sahadeo will now spend 20 years in jail after the Court of Appeal yesterday changed his murder conviction to the lesser count of manslaughter, after finding that the trial judge failed to properly direct the jury on several issues including provocation.

Regional telecoms body launches ICT roadshow in Guyana

Over the next five days members of the public will have an opportunity to interact with regional experts about how they can use Information and Communications Techno-logy (ICT) to improve every aspect of their lives as the Caribbean ICT Roadshow makes its 24th stop in Guyana.

Chile proposes free trade pact with CARICOM

CARICOM Heads of Government have welcomed the proposal by Chile of five areas for collaboration, and to convene the CARICOM-Chile Joint Commission to concretise cooperation.

President non-committal on engagement with media

For only three minutes yesterday, members of the media were able to engage President David Granger on matters of national Importance before being physically separated from him by his security staff.

Second man to face trial over Mocha mechanic’s murder

Sedley Liverpool, who is one of the men charged with the killing of Mocha Mechanic Terrence Lanferman, was committed to stand trial yesterday, just days after his lawyer had argued that there was insufficient evidence against him.