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

Duty-free provisions for ExxonMobil were same as for CGX

Guyana’s Petroleum Agreement with ExxonMobil grants the oil giant a multitude of tax concessions including the right to import duty-free, in excess of 300 pieces of “equipment and supplies required for Petroleum Operations”, these same concessions had been given the Canadian oil explorer, CGX under the updated agreement signed in 2013.

Transformer explosion shuts down power

A 69KV transformer explosion at the Guyana Power and Light’s Kingston Power Plant last night resulted in a shutdown of the Demerara-Berbice Inter-connected System.

Finance Ministry to get $228M annex

The Ministry of Finance is set to construct a new multimillion-dollar annex at the site of the former sports club of the Guyana National Cooperative Bank (GNCB), on Winter Place and Croal Street in Georgetown, according to the Department of Public Information (DPI).

Work to ease Alexander Village flooding underway

Minister of State, Joseph Harmon yesterday urged the residents of Alexander Village to take personal responsibility for the condition of their surroundings even as he returned to the village on a walkabout to observe progress  to reduce flooding in the community.

GBTI hands over documents for Guyana World Cup Inc probe

-SOCU says full request not met

The Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) last Wednesday produced what it says are documents requested by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) for the accounts of Guyana World Cup Inc.

Ghana gov’t under pressure over ExxonMobil deal

One month after it signed a Petroleum Agreement with ExxonMobil, the Ghanaian government is being called on to defend its contents as well as a decision to enter a contract outside of the country’s procurement system.

Linden woman, 65, told cop she sells weed to pay bills

-court hears

A 65-year-old woman, who allegedly told police that she sells ganja to pay her bills, was yesterday remanded to prison on a charge that she was found with a quantity of cannabis for trafficking at her home.

Ramotar defends CGX agreement

-says Exxon deal should have been better after massive oil find

Former President Donald Ramotar yesterday said that the contract he signed with Canadian oil explorer, CGX followed a template for all agreements clinched before petroleum was discovered in 2015 and its release is a “lame” attempt by the government to compare it with the 2016 one signed with ExxonMobil  following the major hydrocarbon discovery in 2015.

Workers of sugar divestment unit turned away from Enmore estate

The Guyana Sugar Corporation and the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) of NICIL are at loggerheads again over control of the estates which last weekend saw GuySuCo security barring SPU contracted engineers and other workers from entering the Enmore Estate.

DJ dead, two hospitalised after West Berbice accident

A 21-year-old disc jockey lost his life during the wee hours of yesterday after the vehicle he was returning home in toppled several times before coming to a halt in a drain at Number 6 Village, West Coast Berbice (WCB).

Ann’s Grove woman dies in accident at Vreed-en-Hoop

An early Sunday morning vehicular accident on the Vreed-en- Hoop, West Coast Demerara public road has claimed the life of a 28-year-old  female, Donikel Campbelle 28, of Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara.

GBTI wins $56m judgment against supermarket builders

Two business owners, who claimed that they went ahead and constructed a supermarket with their own cash based on an oral assurance by the then Chief Executive of GBTI that the financial institution would have granted them a loan, have lost a High Court case and now have to repay the bank more than $56 million plus interest and costs.

Region Two committee probing vaccine spoilage

-unreliable power seen as factor

An investigation by the Health and Sanitation Committee of Region Two into why a large amount of vaccines costing hundreds of thousands of dollars had to be discarded due to spoilage has commenced.

GWI inaugurates Parika office

-to serve 30,000 customers

The Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) yesterday commissioned its second sub-office in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara.) at Parika at the Lotus Mall.