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

Ministry decries vandalism of public infrastructure

-900 ft of power cables removed from Rupert Craig Highway

The Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) is calling on public-spirited citizens to play their part in reporting cases of destruction of property or illegal connections.

Barama’s exit hasn’t had big impact on timber industry, Singh says

-reports increase in log production

The relinquishment of the former forest concession held by Barama Company Limited (BCL) has not had a significant impact on the timber industry, which recorded an increase in log production last year, according to Commissioner of Forests James Singh.

Burnt Charity girl not doing well

-family seeks assistance to pay for recovery

Susana Culpepper, 17, who was set afire, allegedly by her ex-boyfriend, is “not doing too well,” according to her mother, who is appealing for assistance to cover the cost of the girl’s recovery.

Murder accused Marcus Bisram renews challenge to extradition treaty, evidence

Guyanese murder accused Marcus Bisram is continuing to fight his pending extradition to Guyana and he has now filed habeas corpus proceedings in which he is once again challenging the existing treaty between Guyana and the United States as well as the evidence implicating him in the murder of Number 70 Village carpenter Faiyaz Narinedatt.

Defence queries lack of surveillance evidence

Cocaine in lumber case against racers

The absence of photo and video evidence from the alleged surveillance of Stephen Vieira and Tazim Gafoor was called into question by defence attorney Glen Hanoman, when the trial into the $550 million cocaine in lumber case continued yesterday at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court.

Buxton man gets four years for $3M robbery

Shaquille Wilburg, the Buxton man charged last year with robbing a man of over $3,000,000, yesterday changed his plea to guilty and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Six held after ganja found in music box

Six persons including a female were on Monday afternoon taken into custody after a search on the vehicle they were travelling in unearthed a quantity of  compressed cannabis.

Defence closes case in police cadet shooting trial

Almost four months after being instructed to discontinue testifying at the trial of Franz Paul, the former police cadet officer charged with shooting a then 15-year-old in the mouth, the final witness for the defence was finally able to complete his evidence yesterday.

Mabaruma road works progressing – DPI

After several years of pleas regarding horrible road conditions in Mabaruma, (Barima-Waini) extensive works are underway, according to the Department of Public Information (DPI).

Police probing two armed robberies at Enmore

The police say they are investigating reports of armed robberies on two Enmore, ECD families early this morning allegedly by three masked males, all of whom were armed with handguns.

Gov’t will uphold constitution on Chancellor, CJ appointments

- MotP says in reply to Bar Association

The Ministry of the Presidency (MotP) last night labelled as reckless a statement by the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) expressing concern that appointments of a Chancellor of the Judiciary and a Chief Justice (CJ) might be made by the government outside of the constitutional provisions.

NICIL accepts US$3m for outstanding GTT shares payment – source

The National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NI-CIL) recently accepted an offer made by Hong Kong Golden Telecom Limited (HKGT) to pay US$3M of the outstanding US$5M for the purchase of government shares in the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT), sources say.

Baishanlin owes GFC $80M

-Singh

Baishanlin still owes the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) some $80 million, according to Commissioner of Forests James Singh, who also says that claims about the company illegally logging at one of the concessions it previously owned are false.