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New weather stations donated to hydromet dep’t

-more accurate, timely reports expected

The Hydrometeorological Services Department of the Ministry of Agriculture has been boosted with the addition of 21 Automatic Weather Stations (AWSs), according to the Ministry of the Presi-dency, which says that citizens are expected to receive more accurate and timely weather reports as a result.

Cash jet pilot seeking release on new laundering, trafficking charges

Having served a one-year sentence for bulk cash smuggling, disgraced US-based Guyanese pilot Khamraj Lall is fighting his continued incarceration on new money laundering and drug trafficking charges and has argued through his lawyer that he is neither a flight risk or a violent person.

Laing Ave man missing for over a week

The mother of Laing Avenue resident Nykoseye Gritten, who has been missing since last week Tuesday, is fearful that his life may be in danger and is seeking the public’s assistance in locating him.

Better weather reports coming

– Ministry of the Presidency

An Automatic Weather Station that was commissioned at Copeman, Region Five in 2013.

Firm for Demerara crossing study not picked via tender

-PPP/C urges procurement body to probe

Following an opposition request for an investigation into the award of the contract for the feasibility study and design for the new Demerara River crossing to LievenseCSO, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure last night said that the Dutch firm was selected after the initial procurement process was annulled and it sought out consultants worldwide.

Cash-strapped GuySuCo to sell land to CH&PA

- Harmon

Facing a cash crunch, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) will be selling land to the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA), Minister of State Joseph Harmon announced yesterday, while noting that the corporation has sought a bailout to the tune of $2 billion.

Children to be given priority in post-hurricane evacuation efforts

- Felix

Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix yesterday announced that priority will be given to children in evacuation efforts organized by the Guyana Government to assist Guyanese who remain on hurricane-affected islands, as there remains the risk of an epidemic in some cases.

Four years’ jail for woman nabbed with cocaine at CJIA

A 59-year-old woman was yesterday sentenced to four years in prison and fined $6.5 million after she pleaded guilty to the possession of five pounds of cocaine, which she was trying to sneak on board a flight to New York.

Cabinet okays proposal to regularise school sweepers, cleaners

Cabinet has approved a recommendation from Minister of Social Protection Amna Ally for the regularisation of the employment of sweepers/cleaners, particularly those attached to public schools, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said yesterday.

Skerrit appeals to the world

(Trinidad Guardian) Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit broke down in tears yesterday as he spoke of the devastation done to his island by Hurricane Maria.

Granger calls on UN to help protect Guiana Shield

Describing Hurricane Irma which barrelled through the Caribbean earlier this month as a deadly and destructive portent of the vulnerability of small island developing states, President David Granger on Wednesday called on the  United Nations to help protect the `Guiana Shield’.

Shamdeo Persaud to chair Central Health Board

Chief Medical Officer   Dr Shamdeo Persaud has been appointed the Chairman of the Central Board of Health for the next two years, Minister of State Joseph Harmon announced yesterday.

Telemedicine to begin in five regions next year – Lawrence

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) is set to start its telemedicine programme in five of the administrative regions next year and this will facilitate persons being evaluated, diagnosed and treated in remote areas using telecommunications technology.

Cop on trial for abusive language was over legal alcohol limit

-senior police testify

Two senior policemen yesterday testified that Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Frank Thompson, who is on trial for using abusive language to a junior rank investigating his involvement in a vehicular accident, had a breath alcohol content way above the legal limit on the very day.

Six private children’s homes to get gov’t subventions

Six privately-run children’s homes and orphanages, which have met the minimum operational standards, will soon begin receiving government subventions This is according to Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who said yesterday that Cabinet recently granted the subvention approvals for the Bal Nivas Shelter for Abused Children, the Bless the Children Home, the Children of Promise, the Cornelia Ida Children’s Home, the Ruimveldt Children’s Home and the Save R Kids Children’s Home.

Outgoing passenger held with 60 Ozs of gold at CJIA

An outgoing passenger at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri was last night caught attempting to smuggle just over 60 ounces of raw gold which was concealed in her suitcase, acting Police Commission David Ramnarine has confirmed.