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Guyana moves up in transparency ranking

..but still perceived as very corrupt

Guyana has registered its highest score on the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Index Report but even with a mark of 38 and ranking at 91 out of 180 countries it is still viewed as a very corrupt country.

Third term hearing now set for March 12 at CCJ

Guyana’s appeal over the constitutionality of presidential term limits will now be heard on March 12 by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), according to the Trinidad-based court’s schedule of sittings.

Municipalities keeping unspent subvention funds

-PS tells PAC

There was approximately $60 million in unspent funds lying in special accounts across municipalities at the end of 2016, and a significant portion of that money is still unspent, according to Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Communities Emile McGarrell, who said it was determined that the money did not have to be returned to the Consolidated Fund.

D’Urban St woman remanded for alleged possession of six lbs ganja

A 27-year-old D’Urban Street woman was yesterday remanded to prison for the alleged possession of six pounds of cannabis The charge alleged that Anisha Daniels on February 19th at D’Urban Street, had in her possession two killogrammes, 800 grammes of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking. 

Pastor jailed for raping girl appeals conviction

Pastor Andrew Hannibal who was earlier this month sentenced to 40 years in jail for raping a 15-year-old girl, has appealed his conviction and sentence, arguing among other things that there were discrepancies in the state’s case against him.

GRO registration process transparent, not partisan

-Minister Felix

Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix yesterday refuted claims of impropriety and publicly legitimised Member of Parliament,  Richard Allen’s involvement in the outreach activity last week by the General Registrar’s Office (GRO) in Barima-Waini (Region One) to provide registration services for residents there.

Border villages are the guardians of Guyana – Granger  

— GDF intensifies security at Kaikan

“Frontier communities are guardians of Guyana’s territorial integrity and national security. They are our first line of defence against any attempt at incursions and invasions,” President David Granger yesterday told residents of the border village of Kaikan, in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni, at a community meeting held at the Kaikan Primary School.

Minister urges Aranaputa to take advantage of internet access

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes has urged the residents, teachers, and students of Aranaputa in the Rupununi to take advantage of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) services which will be brought to the village.

Industry man charged over fraud, theft in Berbice

-court hears

An Industry, East Coast Demerara man was last week remanded to prison after pleading guilty to a charge which read that he had obtained money under false pretence on the Corentyne.

Contractor shot in robbery after leaving bank

An electrical contractor of Enmore/Hope, East Coast Demerara, who was robbed and shot about 1 pm today at Foulis, ECD, is presently admitted in a stable condition at a private medical institution in Georgetown, the police said today.

Mashramani traffic advisory from Police

The Guyana Police Force is informing members of the public that in order to facilitate activities relating to the Mashramani float parade 2018 the following intersections will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6:00h until the end of the days’ activities;Camp Street & Thomas land Albert Street & Wooldord Avenue Sandy Bobb & Vlissegen Road Sandy Bobb & J.B Singh Barr Street & Vlissengen Road Dowding & Vlissengen Road Station Street & Vlissengen Road Lamaha street & Vlissengen Road Woolford Avenue & Vlissengen Road Woolford & J.B Singh Anira & Irving Streets Laluni & Irving StreetsThe Following roads will also be closed to facilitate the float parade; u  Crown & Irving streets u  Almond & Irving Streets u  Forshaw & Irving Streets u  Church Street & Vlissengen Road u  North & Vlissengen Roads u  Regent Street & Vlissengen Road u  South & Vlissengen Road u  Brickdam & Vlissengen Road u  Homestretch Avenue & Vlissengen Road u  Hadfield & Vlissengen Road u  Mandela Avenue & Vlissengen Road        

Accused gets 23 years for killing elderly remigrant

-claims he was bystander

With his trial for the murder of 75-year-old remigrant Joyce Lewis set to commence yesterday morning, Kevon Alfred in an unexpected turn of events pleaded to the lesser offence of manslaughter.

PAC asks Auditor General to review Region Two administration’s accounts

-after engineer reports continued breach of financial rules

The Auditor General (AG) was asked to immediately dispatch a team on Monday to peruse Region Two’s financial records after the region’s engineer admitted that the accounting officer continued to breach financial rules.