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

Republicans move to delay US climate bill progress 1

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – All seven Republicans on the US Senate Environment and Public Works Committee plan to boycott next week’s work session on a climate-change bill, an aide said yesterday, in a move aimed at thwarting Democratic efforts to advance the controversial legislation quickly.

Obama says new data shows US economy recovering 2

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President Barack Obama said yesterday this week’s positive job and economic growth figures proved that his big spending efforts to stimulate the economy were working.

Cops hope to interview star witness Vaughn, Khan 73

–as part of probe into phantom murders Commissioner of Police Henry Greene yesterday said the force hopes to speak to Selwyn Vaughn, the US star witness, as well as confessed drug trafficker Roger Khan as it investigates the murders allegedly committed by Khan’s phantom group.

Canal man charged with Bisram murder 56

–accused beaten and burnt on tongue With the media barred from entering the Wales Magistrate’s Court, a battered 28-year-old man appeared before the court charged with the murder of retired Region Three vice-chairman Ramenaught Bisram.

Strike hits sugar again 20

Following Thursday’s deadlock in the conciliation proceedings between GuySuCo and GAWU both entities are now awaiting the start of the arbitration process, even as a significant number of employees represented by the union yesterday downed their tools as part of a national strike.

Mine manager dies in boat accident 6

A 38-year-old mining camp manager is dead after reportedly being involved in a boat accident in the Essequibo River on Thursday.

Benschop released on bail 77

Social activist Mark Benschop, who was arrested by the police on Thursday evening for disorderly behaviour and obstruction of a search operation which was being conducted by the National Frequency Management Unit (NFMU) at his Roxanne Burnham Gardens home, was yesterday morning released on $25,000 station bail.

Gov’t releases UK security project proposals 22

Seeking to put to rest criticism over the scuttling of a UK-funded £3M security reform project, the government on Thursday released details of the proposals for implementation that both sides blame for the collapse but they shed little light on what exactly was the deal breaker.

Food exporters ponder ways to ring up more Canada sales 11

Guyana on Thursday participated in a sensitization forum on the Canadian market for fresh and processed fruits and vegetables to better understand the structure of the North American markets in order to export a wide array of produce.

New coastguard officers told to display firm leadership 6

…must also assist in removing corrupt elements Eleven officers who successfully completed the Coast Guard Young Officers Course #1 were yesterday urged by Chief of Staff, Commodore Gary Best to display leadership qualities and to assist in the removal of any corrupt elements within the unit Best swimmer of the Coast Guard Young Officers Course #1, Quincy Agard (right) collects his certificate from Commander Charles.

No ‘untouchable’ parapets in demolition exercise – Benn 32

Public Works Minister Robeson Benn says that in spite of the criticisms of his ministry’s recent demolition campaign, it will not be deterred from clearing government reserves adding that there are “no untouchables” and “no sacred cows”.

Blairmont overseas group assists students 6

The recently formed Blairmont/Overseas Community Development Group has assisted a number of disadvantaged students of the Blairmont Primary School with uniforms.

TCL says can meet local cement supply

The Trinidad Cement Limited Group says that it can supply more cement than Guyana currently needs and has a production capacity of more than what the Caribbean Community currently demands.

Missing fishermen surface 2

The two East Coast of Demerara (ECD) fishermen, who went missing on Wednesday night along with the boat they were working on, Prince Omar, which was attacked by pirates, were yesterday morning found drifting in the vessel off the Corentyne Coast.

Tax on diesel cut to 20% 2

Government has further reduced the tax rate on diesel following a previous reduction in mid-June, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported yesterday.

US presents medical supplies to ministry 1

Charge d’ Affaires of the US Embassy, Karen Williams on Thursday presented the Ministry of Health with a quantity of medical supplies such as beds, thermometers and vacuum tubing to the value of some US$50,000.

Honduran rivals clinch deal to end crisis

TEGUCIGALPA, (Reuters) – Honduras is on the verge of  ending a four-month political crisis after rival camps cut a  deal that could return ousted President Manuel Zelaya to power  and earn international support for a Nov.

EU agrees final stance for Copenhagen climate talks 1

BRUSSELS, (Reuters) – European Union leaders agreed  an offer to put on the table at global climate talks in  Copenhagen in December after healing a rift over how to split  the bill.

Iran tells UN it wants nuclear fuel first – envoys

UNITED NATIONS, (Reuters) – Iran has told the U.N.  nuclear watchdog it wants fresh fuel for a reactor in Tehran  before it will agree to ship most of its enriched uranium  stocks to Russia and France, diplomats said yesterday.

Cane-cutter remanded over wounding of boy

A thirty-six-year-old cane-cutter of West Ruimveldt Housing Scheme who has been charged with felonious wounding was remanded to prison when he appeared before Acting Chief Magistrate Melissa Robertson at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.