Trump, Europeans call Saudi account of Khashoggi death incomplete

ELKO, Nev./ISTANBUL, (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump joined European leaders yesterday in pushing Saudi Arabia for more answers about Jamal Khashoggi after Riyadh changed its story and acknowledged that the journalist died over two weeks ago at its consulate in Istanbul.

Antigua: Missing trio found, two dead

(Antigua Observer) The police are probing what appears to be a murder/suicide following the discovery of the bodies of two adults who had reportedly not been seen or heard from by relatives since Tuesday.

Contractor received $45M for incomplete Port Kaituma Doctors’ Quarters

-Auditor General finds overpayments for unfinished health buildings in Region One

Contractors hired to construct buildings for the Ministry of Public Health in Region One as far back as 2016 failed to complete the projects despite being advanced more than 50% of the contract sums, according to the 2017 Auditor General’s report, which urged that efforts be made to recover all the money overpaid.

India PM’s visit on hold

New Delhi has formally informed Georgetown that Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi will no longer be visiting Guyana as planned in early December due to commitments in his home country, Minister of State Joseph Harmon announced yesterday.

Promoter remanded for cocaine trafficking

-found with 2.5lbs of drug, $600,000 in cash, court hears

A promoter was yesterday remanded to prison after he was charged with being in possession of 2.5 pounds of cocaine for trafficking.     

Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi died in consulate

-Trump says Saudi explanation credible

DUBAI/WASHINGTON/GLENDALE Ariz.,(Reuters) – Saudi Arabia said yesterday that journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate and said it had fired two senior officials over the incident, giving an account that U.S.

Proposed hikes in Berbice bridge tolls not in line with contract

-Jagdeo

Opposition Leader President Bharrat Jagdeo on Wednesday said the huge hikes in tolls announced by the Berbice Bridge Company Incorporated (BBCI) are not in keeping with the 20-year contract he signed with the company while he was president in 2006 and he called on the government to press the company on how it arrived at the figures.

Fugitive Peruvian judge captured in Spain

LIMA/MADRID  (Reuters) – A fugitive Peruvian Supreme Court justice accused of leading a criminal group that infiltrated the country’s judicial system was captured in Madrid yesterday and held on remand by Spanish authorities.

At least 59 killed as train hits crowd in northern India

AMRITSAR, India,  (Reuters) – A commuter train travelling at high speed ran through a crowd of people on the rail tracks in northern India killing at least 59 people yesterday, state officials said, making it India’s worst rail disaster this year.

Ministry urges against theft of cables

The Ministry of Public Infrastructure yesterday urged residents against removing distribution cables attached to lantern posts following recent thefts in West Demerara and East Bank communities.

Indian temple controversy turns political as protests grow

KOCHI/NEW DELHI, (Reuters) – A senior leader of India’s ruling party warned on Friday that protesters in the southern state of Kerala would take the law into their hands if officials attempted to let women enter a hill temple at the centre of a raging controversy.

Trinidad: Two jailed for faking kidnappings

(Trinidad Guardian) Two young men who faked their kid­nap­pings on the same day – one due to mon­ey wor­ries and the oth­er be­cause of ta­ban­ca—were each jailed for 30 days with hard labour yes­ter­day.

Gov’t taking steps to ensure oil revenue not squandered

-Granger tells Parliament

Oil production, expected to begin in 2020, “will be the most transformative economic development” in Guyana’s history and the current administration is taking steps to ensure that revenues accrued from the sector will not be squandered but will be invested strategically to build human and institutional capacity, address the infrastructural deficit and provide economic security for future generations says President David Granger.

GECOM Chairman’s appointment legal

-Appeal Court rules

The Appeal Court yesterday upheld the legality of President David Granger’s unilateral appointment of retired judge James Patterson as Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), saying that he did not act unreasonably in doing so.

Funds for $1.15B D’Urban Park sourced from road repairs, infrastructure allocations

-no checks made on $500M paid to HDI for creditors

In addition to tapping into the Contingency and Lotto funds, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) sourced money from its road works and infrastructure development budget to complete D’Urban Park, according to the preliminary findings of the Auditor General, which also said there is no evidence of checks on works for which the private company that started the project was given half a billion.

‘Sak’ is the new ‘Fly’

- Indigenous-inspired beverage launched at Green Expo

A ‘new’ locally produced beverage, made from purple sweet potatoes grown in the hinterland regions, took centre stage as the Green Guyana Expo kicked off at the Guyana National Stadium yesterday.