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

Doppler weather radar down

The $550 million Doppler Weather Radar Monitoring Station, which was commissioned in 2009 with the intention of giving citizens ample warning of severe weather conditions, has been down for two weeks and the Hydrometeorologi-cal Service is waiting to procure a needed part from Germany so that it can be fixed, according to a source.

Guyanese man gets 21 years in NY for murdering wife

A Guyanese man who murdered his wife last December on a Richmond Hill, New York  street, nearly decapitating her with a kitchen knife, has been sentenced to 21 years in prison, prosecutors said yesterday.

Victoria residents protest state of Middle Walk Road

Residents of Victoria, East Coast Demerara, gathered yesterday morning, armed with placards, to protest the state of their main road, which they say is in a “deplorable and impassable” condition and they are asking the relevant authorities to fix it “immediately.” The residents gathered at the top of Middle Walk Road, Victoria from as early as 7:00am, demanding the government turn its attention to the community, and the road that they say has been causing them severe inconvenience over the past decade.

Cabinet approves $809M for drainage projects

Over $809M has been approved for the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) to execute critical drainage works, a Ministry of Agriculture press release said yesterday.

Power to Linden daycare facility cut over arrears

The Linden Utility Co-op Society Limited (LUSCL) yesterday cut the electricity supply to the town’s municipal daycare for outstanding payments leaving parents and teachers angry and Mayor Carwyn Holland calling the move insensitive and spiteful.

‘Malaria still kills’

-ministry programme coordinator says as need for more advocacy highlighted

There is need for more advocacy for the control and prevention of malaria transmission in Guyana, where persons still continue to die as a result of the disease.

Mocha man charged with robbing group at Second Bridge

A twenty-seven-year-old Mocha resident has been charged with six counts of armed robbery after he was yesterday identified as the man who robbed a group of persons early Tuesday morning at Second Bridge, Mocha, East Bank Demerara.

FITUG urges gov’t to stay closure of sugar estates

-wants tax threshold raised to $100,000 monthly

In its budget proposal for 2018, the union grouping, FITUG has called on the  Government to halt plans to close and sell sugar estates and it also wants the income tax threshold raised from $60,000 per month to $100,000.

Ministry donates chairs to UG, Theatre Guild

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes yesterday donated a number of chairs to the University of Guyana and Theatre Guild which  were taken from the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC) which is currently being renovated.

Deaf awareness week being observed

Monday marked the beginning of the annual International Week of Deaf Awareness under the theme ‘Full Inclusion with Sign’ and in Guyana the observances will culminate with a cultural show featuring dance, drama and drumming put on by the deaf community.

Victoria residents in roads protest

Some of the residents protesting this morning. Residents of Victoria on the East Coast of Demerara this morning came out with placards protesting the deplorable state of their main access road and are calling on the Government to urgently intervene.

SOCU arrests Deputy Accountant General

Deputy Accountant General of the Ministry of Finance Vladim Persaud was yesterday arrested by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) and questioned and released in relation to the findings of a government-ordered forensic audit.