Breaking news coverage, crime, politics, education, health and medical, and the environment for Georgetown, other towns and rural areas of Guyana.

GRA seizes over 10,000 lbs smuggled chicken

Swift action by the Law Enforcement and Investigation Division (LEID) of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) aided in the removal of a large quantity of seized foreign chicken from two separate cold storage facilities in the Berbice area after it was discovered that the commodities were unlawfully being disposed of, the GRA said today.

Lands inquiry puts ‘Pradoville 2’ under scrutiny

The Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into African ancestral land ownership began hearings yesterday with a significant portion of the first day’s proceedings being dedicated to questions pertaining to the allocation of lots in the controversial ‘Pradoville 2’ Housing Scheme.

Toshaos conference hears call for redress over gov’t failure to consult

For another year, the opening of the National Toshaos Council (NTC) Conference was dominated by concerns about land rights, with Chairman Joel Fredericks yesterday calling out the APNU+AFC government for making decisions that affect land ownership without first seeking the Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of affected Indigenous groups.

Former magistrate charged with drunk driving

Former magistrate Chandra Sohan was yesterday charged with driving under the influence of alcohol following an accident along the Williamsburg Public Road, where he allegedly hit a pedestrian.

City Hall announces special garbage collection fees for businesses

-private contractors to be charged for hauling waste through city

Effective September 1, the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) will be charging businesses monthly fees for the collection of commercial and industrial waste as it seeks to subsidise its $50 million per month garbage disposal bill.

1823 Revolt Memorial for Independence Park -President Granger

-August 20 is Demerara Martyrs Day

President David Granger on Sunday committed to ensuring that a memorial is built at the Independence Park in Cummingsburg next year to commemorate the 195th anniversary of the 1823 Demerara Slave Revolt.

Contractor held over Rupununi airstrip

A Region Nine contractor was on Monday arrested and is being questioned by police as investigations into the illegal airstrip and airplane found some distance away from Santa Fe continues.

‘It makes good folklore, not good facts’

-Chris Ram says evidence of alleged plot to kill president not credible

Attorney Christopher Ram, during his closing submissions before the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) established to investigate the alleged plot to assassinate the president, contended that it is clear that the accuser Andriff Gillard had been completely dishonest and he expressed concern for the man’s mental state.

Paralysed teen to serve 18 months for shooting at cop

Mark Anthony, the 18-year-old who was left paralysed last year after allegedly exchanging gunfire with an off-duty policeman during a robbery, was sentenced to 18 months in jail on Friday, when he was convicted.

DEMTOCO rejects claim of bid to deter signing of tobacco law

The Demerara Tobacco Company Ltd. (DEMTOCO) on Friday rejected an assertion by the PAHO/WHO Representative here, Dr William Adu-Krow that as an industry it would seek to deter President David Granger from assenting to the recently passed Tobacco Control Bill of 2017.

Sleepin owner files $2B libel suit against Guyana Chronicle

The Church Street hotel and casino   Hotelier Clifton Bacchus today filed a $2 billion lawsuit against the state-owned Guyana Chronicle newspaper following its publication of two recent articles which he has described as “highly defamatory.” Guyana National Newspapers Limited, which is the publisher of the Guyana Chronicle, and the editor of the Guyana Chronicle were listed as the defendants in the suit, which was filed by a team of lawyers headed by former Attorney-General Anil Nandlall.

MP confident APNU+AFC will back bill to ease ganja penalties

With growing pressure on the government over the overcrowding of jails, MP Michael Carrington is confident that the parliamentary bill in his name to ease penalties on marijuana use will gain the support of the governing APNU+AFC benches of which he is a member.

Toshaos council meeting set for today

-lands inquiry likely to be key topic

The National Toshaos Council (NTC) is to begin its conference today and high on the agenda will likely be ongoing concerns about the lands commission of inquiry (CoI) which the government has convened.