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CJ urges attorneys in battle over Gecom chair against trial by media

At the first hearing of the opposition’s challenge to President David Granger’s appointment of retired Justice James Patterson as Gecom Chairman, Chief Justice Roxane George issued a stern warning to both sides to refrain from trying the case “in the court of public opinion.” At yesterday’s hearing, the court set out the trial timeline.

Internal auditor resigns from gold board

  The Internal Auditor of the Guyana Gold Board Ajodhia Ramcharan on Wednesday resigned following an investigation into allegations of “millions of dollars” in theft at the agency which has already seen two accountants sent home to facilitate the probe.

Were DNA samples taken in Kescia Branche probe?

As investigations into the killing of Kescia Branche appear to have stalled, it is unclear if investigators took  DNA samples from her or the men, including the police ranks, who were being questioned to establish if she was sexually assaulted.

Jagdeo questions GPL plan to acquire natural gas-only generating plant

Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has questioned the move by Guyana Power and Light Inc (GPL) to acquire a natural gas-propelled 50-megawatt (MW) generating plant, saying that no evidence of research has been provided to justify the change from the use of heavy fuel.

Accused cocaine smuggler freed after court finds insufficient evidence

Jenny Ann Crawford, the woman who was charged with the possession of a quantity of cocaine that was hidden in the handle of her suitcase at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), was freed yesterday after a city magistrate found that there was insufficient evidence against her.

Venezuelans seeking medical attention at Kaikan Village

Health workers in Kaikan Village, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) are in need of an intervention from the relevant authorities in the wake of an influx of sick Venezuelans who travel to the village seeking medical attention.

Suspects in school teacher murder released

-investigation appears to have stalled

The three suspects, including two police constables who were deemed “persons of interest” in the death of school teacher Kescia Branche have been released from police custody.

State to pay Dipcon US$2.2m

-after losing bid at CCJ to challenge judgment

The Government of Guyana will have to pay the US$2.2 million awarded to Trinidad road construction company Dipcon in 2015, after losing its bid to appeal the judgment before the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).

Guyana ‘fit to fight’ launderers

-President tells CFATF conference

Warning that the Caribbean is an attractive ‘paradise’ for money-launderers, tax-evaders and assorted transnational criminal cartels, President David Granger yesterday said that Guyana has already laid the foundation to protect itself against financial crimes.

Gov’t scrapping anti-money laundering authority it insisted on

PPP/C MP Anil Nandlall last evening said that the imminent scrapping of the Anti-Money Laundering Authority is not only a major embarrassment for government but also confirms that the current parliamentary opposition was correct when it argued that the creation of the agency was unnecessary.

Kester D robbed at gunpoint, apologetic bandit returns items

A lone gunman robbed Guyanese gospel singer Kester Deane, popularly known as ‘Kester D’, of a quantity of valuables just after midnight yesterday and the items were later returned to him after the robber realised the identity of the victim.

City bracing for workers strike today

The Mayor and City Councillors (M&CC) are bracing for an anticipated strike by city workers beginning today, over unpaid wages that are due to 22 percent of the work force.

Magistrate to rule whether prima facie case made out

Freddie Kissoon assault case

A City Magistrate is today expected to rule on whether a prima facie case has been made out against the men charged with dousing columnist Freddie Kissoon with human faeces.

Guyana’s Honorary Consul unpaid volunteers – Greenidge

Guyana’s Honorary Consul globally are not paid a salary or given any tax waivers and do their the work almost voluntarily, making the best of their personal time and resources for which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is grateful,  Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Greenidge says.