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

MovieTowne now set to open next year

The MovieTowne complex at Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara is now set to open next year, according to an advertisement in yesterday’s Sunday Stabroek.

Radio Bartica launched by President

President David Granger on Saturday charged the residents of Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven) to ensure that the voice of every citizen is heard as he launched ‘Radio Bartica’ at the Bartica Learning Centre.

Thirty-four fraud charges withdrawn, reinstituted against GRDB duo

-attorney maintains prosecution is abuse of process

Former Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) General Manager Jagnarine Singh and agricultural consultant Madanlall Ramraj have denied a total of 34 charges that have been instituted against them for allegedly keeping fraudulent accounts and fraudulent appropriation of property.

Private sector wants high-level meeting on Brazil trade pact

-after years of frustration

The Private Sector Commission wants a meeting with the Brazilian Ambassador and Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge to explain the myriad obstacles Guyanese businesses face accessing the benefits of the Guyana/Brazil Partial Scope trade agreement.

Miners body calls for enforcement of interior roads agreement

The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) is calling on the government to enforce the established Road Users Agreement to monitor the weight of supplies which are being transported on vehicles, in a bid to prevent the interior roads from being destroyed.

Police aiming at carjackers

-bodywork shops on the radar

The Guyana Police Force (GPF) has embarked on an operation to target carjackers and will now zoom in on bodywork shops since they are suspected of buying the parts from these hijacked vehicles.

Guyana Goldfields says has paid US$26.5m in royalties

Since producing its first gold bar in August 2015, Canadian miner, Guyana Goldfields Inc (GGI) says it has paid US$26.5m in royalties to the state and purchased US$84.1m in goods and services from local businesses.

Former AG says gov’t hiring of special prosecutors unconstitutional

-warns politically-tainted selections compromise right to fair trial

Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall says that the Attorney General’s Chambers’ retention of six attorneys to prosecute a number of high profile cases is unconstitutional and he is warning that the right to a fair trial will be compromised by a politically-tainted process.

Public debt up by $12.9B

-but debt-to-GDP ratio declines

Guyana’s total public debt increased from $317.7 billion to $330.6 billion in 2016 but the total debt as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declined to 46.4% from 48.6% at the end of 2015 due to a nominal increase in the GDP.

Murdered teacher laid to rest

Family, friends and well-wishers turned out in their numbers to say their final goodbyes to murdered school teacher Kescia Branche, who was laid to rest yesterday afternoon.

$3B supplementary budget passed

The National Assembly on Friday approved $3 billion in extra budgetary allocations, including almost $1 billion in additional financing for the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI).

New owner denies link to Sunset Lakes land venture prior to purchase

-lawyer says land fully paid for

The lawyer for Tameshwar Jagmohan, the new owner of the 100-acre Sunset Lakes housing development at Providence, East Bank Demerara, says his client was not a partner of former owner Brian Tiwarie in the venture and that he has fully paid for the property.

Harmon not Cabinet Secretary

After declaring himself to be Secretary to the Cabinet, State Minister Joseph Harmon has clarified that he does not hold the post but that Cabinet matters remain with his remit.

‘Have no fear’

-Appellate Tribunal urges public servants to seek redress

The Public Service Appellate Tribunal, which is already examining five cases, is urging public servants who feel that the Public Service Commission (PSC) has not done justice to their respective cases to seek redress.

Children saved from Mahaica house fire

-family seeks assistance after losses

A quick response by neighbours early on Friday morning saved four children from a fire that ripped through the bottom flat of their home at Supply, Mahaica.