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August 16, 2018

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Aretha Franklin, ‘Queen of Soul’, dies aged 76

Source: iNews Guyana BBC- Aretha Franklin, the “queen of soul” who became the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died in Detroit at the age of 76. The legendary singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and announced last year she was retiring from music. Known for…

33 new Peace Corps Volunteers sworn-in

Source: iNews Guyana After ten weeks of technical training in the Essequibo Islands on adolescent health and well-being, education and environmental programmes, 33 new Peace Corps Volunteers were on Wednesday sworn in by the US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway at his residence. At the 31st swearing-in ceremony, Minister of Public Affairs, Dawn…

EYEWITNESS: Relooking…

Source: iNews Guyana …at Teachers’ salaries Now that the Teachers Union has threatened to strike, the PNC-led Government has scurried to placate them! Minister Henry says as far as she’s concerned, they still “talking”. From what the goodly Minister has revealed – over three full pages of advertisement in SOME of the dailies…

Capped well at Diamond explodes

Source: Guyana Times Natural gas eruption A breach in the pipeline that was used to cap the gas pocket that exploded back in June in Diamond, East Bank Demerara, has caused a blockage which in turn saw several mini gas eruptions at the Diamond, East Bank Demerara, residence. The eruptions occurred sometime around…

Wales sugar workers protest for redundancy payments

Source: Guyana Times Sugar workers of the Wales Estate staged a protest outside the estate on Wednesday, demanding their redundancy pay after they were asked to move their operations to the Uitvlugt Estate. These workers were retained by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to be engaged mainly in the paddy experiment, which the…

GTU to meet Govt today on salary impasse

Source: Guyana Times – fresh counterproposals expected A team of executive members of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) headed by its President, Mark Lyte, will be heading into another round of discussions with Government today. Lyte had initially expressed concerns over statements made by Education Minister Nicolette Henry on Wednesday in relation to…

GGDMA calls for CoI into Brazilian miner’s death

Source: Guyana Times The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miners Association (GGDMA) has called for a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to be launched into the death of a Brazilian miner who was shot and killed on Saturday by two Police Officers in Puruni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). The Association made calls via a strongly worded…

Bourda St vendor shot dead

Source: Stabroek News A vendor was shot dead last night on Bourda Street after he allegedly put up resistance to three men who attempted to rob him of the jewellery he was wearing. Link: Bourda St vendor shot dead

DJ gets 4 1/2 years for trafficking 158 lb ganja

Source: Stabroek News A disc jockey, who was charged in May with trafficking 158 pounds of marijuana, which was found in an abandoned car in front of the Royal Castle outlet on Sheriff Street, Georgetown, was yesterday sentenced to four years and six months for the crime. Link: DJ gets 4 1/2 years

CSEC, CAPE results on Friday

Source: Guyana Chronicle – boy tops CSEC THE Ministry of Education will announce results for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examination (CAPE) on Friday. According to a press statement from the ministry, a boy secured the top spot at this year’s CSEC exam. The ministry did not provide…

18 years’ jail for juvenile rapist

Source: Guyana Chronicle A 20-year-old man was sentenced to 18 years in prison for raping a child when he was 15 years old. Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry handed down the sentence in the Sexual Offences’ Court on Wednesday in an in camera setting, close to a month after Delon Clementson pleaded guilty to raping…

Robert Persaud praises gov’t Green Paper on SWF

Source: Guyana Chronicle FORMER Natural Resources Minister Robert Persaud has commended government’s ‘Green’ Paper for the establishment of the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), but recommends that local content be a top priority. The former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) minister in a Facebook post on Tuesday, weighed in on the recent green paper laid…

Woodlands Hospital commissions multi-million dollar ICU

Source: Guyana Chronicle THE Woodlands Hospital has commissioned a multi-million dollar Intensive Care Unit (ICU) which is expected to cater for the growing number of patients that access services at the facility. The ICU is a special area in any hospital which caters for patients who are critically ill and need specialised care…

Japarts bats for KOTS3

Source: Guyana Chronicle MINING company JAPARTS over the weekend signalled its intention to be a part of the upcoming King of the Strip 3 International Drag Race. The event, which is being organised by the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club, will see competition from Suriname, Barbados and Trinidad at the South Dakota…

“Get involved!”

Source: Guyana Chronicle – Golden Jaguars head coach makes rallying call for support  “IT’s an opportunity for everyone from Guyana, whether you live in the country, whether you are further afield, to get involved,” said Michael Johnson, the newly appointed head coach of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) flagship team – the Golden…

Swimmers to leave today for  Goodwill Meet in Barbados

Source: Guyana Chronicle THE Guyana team to the Goodwill Swim Meet that will be held from August 17 – 19 is expected to begin departing for Barbados this morning, and notwithstanding the challenges that the team is facing this year, Coach Shyka Gonsalves is optimistic about the team’s chances. “It all comes down…

Norman Sue Bakery finals set for Saturday

Source: Guyana Chronicle Defending champs Sunshine aiming to retain title By Frederick Halley TORONTO, Canada — After suffering a setback in the Caribbean Sensation 10/10 final last Saturday, defending champions Sunshine will be aiming to make amends when they clash with Better Hope in the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL)-organised Norman Sue Bakery…

Wales sugar workers picket for redundancy pay

Source: iNews Guyana Sugar workers of the Wales Estate staged a protest outside the premises of the estate on Wednesday in demand for their redundancy pay, after they were asked to move their operations to the Uitvlugt Estate. These workers were retained by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to be engaged mainly in…

GGDMA calls for CoI into miner’s death

Source: iNews Guyana …says Govt moulding mining industry with ‘death, corruption and frustration’ The Guyana Gold and Diamond Miner’s Association (GGDMA) has called for a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to be launched into the death of a Brazilian miner. The Association made this call via a strongly worded statement to the media on…

Former India captain Ajit Wadekar dies aged 77

Source: iNews Guyana (ESPNCricinfo) Ajit Wadekar, who led India to historic series wins in the West Indies and England in 1971, has died at the age of 77. He had been suffering from a prolonged illness. Wadekar, an aggressive left-hand batsman and an excellent catcher in the slips, played 37 Tests, scoring 2113…

GGDMA condemns murder of miner at Puruni, strongly criticises gov’t

Source: Stabroek News In the wake of the killing of a miner at Puruni, allegedly by a policeman, the Guyana Gold and Diamond Miner’s Association has issued a strong condemnation and also severely criticised the government on its stance over the industry. Link: GGDMA condemns murder of miner at Puruni, strongly criticises gov’t

Looming teachers strike: Education Ministry seeking second meeting

Source: iNews Guyana The Education Minister, Nicolette Henry on Tuesday evening indicated her intention to meet with the members of the Guyana Teacher’s Union (GTU) later this week to resolve the looming issues regarding salary increases and benefits for teachers countrywide. “I’m looking at a meeting this week because it’s both urgent and…

Capped Diamond gas pocket erupts again

Source: iNews Guyana Approximately two months after a cap had been placed on a major gas pocket which erupted behind a home located in Sixth Avenue, Diamond, East Bank Demerara, the eruption has yet again re-started. According to information reaching INews, another area along the pipe which had been installed over the gas…

Revised outlook even more threatening – former Minister

Source: Guyana Times Balance of Payments …wider deficit expected if mining sector underperforms – economist With the overall Balance of Payments (BoP) recording a deficit of US$139.8 million in the first half of 2018, compared to a deficit of US$46.0 million recorded in June 2017, former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Government Minister Irfaan…

Ukrainians remanded for assaulting Guyanese miners

Source: Guyana Times The two Ukrainians who allegedly assaulted and threatened two Guyanese miners were on Tuesday taken before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Vitaly Paraschuck, 38, whose local address was given as Lot A 173 Robin’s Place, Bel Air Park, Georgetown and Maksym Furtak, 33, who was stationed…

City Hall finds temporary location for Route 42 minibuses

Source: Guyana Times …drivers complain of criminal activities at new location More than two weeks after displacing the Route 42 (Georgetown-Grove, East Bank Demerara) minibuses, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has taken a decision to temporarily relocate them on Bugle Street, Georgetown. The Route 42 bus park was cordoned off to allow…

GTU will not accept one-off payment – Lyte

Source: Guyana Times Planned strike …hinterland teachers on board as Union to dispatch officers …actions are not consistent with initial agreement – Govt Almost one week after the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) announced a countrywide strike following a breakdown of talks between itself and Government, no representatives of the coalition Administration have officially…

Guyana could become new Panama in the Region – Jagdeo

Source: Guyana Times …decision to scrap initial CJIA plan will hamper progress Based on Guyana’s unique geographic location, it stands to serve as a major hub in the Region, even becoming the new Panama, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has suggested. Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo But Jagdeo, a former President, said Government’s move to…

Wages talks with teachers’ union not over -Henry

Source: Stabroek News As teachers across Guyana prepare to strike, Minister of Education Nicolette Henry has said that the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) will be invited back to the negotiation table before the end of the week. Link: Wages talks with teachers’ union not over -Henry

Sophia house torched after row between brothers

Source: Stabroek News Police are now searching for a man who has been accused of torching his brother’s ‘A’ Field, Sophia house, in what is believed to be a premeditated act due to longstanding tensions. Link: Sophia house torched after row between brothers

Gov’t commits to hiking teachers’ pay

Source: Guyana Chronicle …says GTU actions not consistent with initial agreement MINISTER of Education, Ms. Nicolette Henry, said talks between the Government of Guyana and the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) held last Thursday were not concluded but rather, some aspects of the union’s terms were agreed and a decision was taken for another…

Forum charts roadmap for telecoms sector

Source: Guyana Chronicle LOCAL mobile network operators, broadcasters and members of the public were sensitised about Guyana’s telecommunication sector and its plans for the future during a seminar hosted by the Public Telecommunication Ministry. The two-day seminar, which began on Tuesday at the Arthur Chung Conference Centre (ACCC), is being hosted in collaboration…

Ukrainian security men remanded

Source: Guyana Chronicle TWO Ukrainian men who are employed at the West Bank Demerara Gold Inc. were on Tuesday remanded to prison after they appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court charged for allegedly assaulting and making use of threatening behaviour towards two Guyanese miners. The men, Maksym Furtak,…

Berbice is where I belong

Source: Guyana Chronicle FOR many of you who may not know, I am a Berbician. I grew up in the smallest town of Guyana, Rose Hall. Urbanisation is present in my town, with persons from neighbouring villages moving to Rose Hall Town for a better life. However, that is not the point of…

Lawyer asks for more time in Daby case

Source: Guyana Chronicle MAGISTRATE Leron Daly yesterday deferred the commencement of trial for Maryann Daby, the businesswoman who is charged for attempting to murder a Police Constable. Daby appeared yesterday before Magistrate Leron Daly to commence trial. However, her attorney, Mark Waldron asked the magistrate for a little more time and the date…

CPL2018: No sparkle for winless Stars as Tallawahs triumph

Source: iNews Guyana Jamaica Tallawahs 176/4 (Phillips 58, Powell 43*, Charles 31, Pollard 1/22) beat St Lucia Stars 175 all out (Fletcher 43, Sammy 36, Zampa 3/27, Thomas 3/39) by six wickets with two balls to spare CPLT20- After Andre Russell’s miraculous one-man show to see off the Trinbago Knight Riders it was…

Mahadeo cops gold at CrossFit event in T&T

Source: Guyana Chronicle GUYANA’S ‘King of CrossFit’, Dillon Mahadeo, further bolstered his reputation as a top athlete by winning gold in Trinidad and Tobago’s (T&T) CrossFit Challenge over the weekend. However, his teammates Christian McRae, Delice Adonis, Zalena Alli, Jessica Xavier and Shawn DeJesus (who is based in Toronto, Canada) did not secure…

Two more podium spots for Jeffrey at Radical Championship

Source: Guyana Chronicle GUYANESE Kristian Jeffrey was able to continue his podium-running form in the Radical Challenge series, picking up two podium spots from three races last weekend in Snetterton, England. After starting sixth in race one, the Guyanese quickly made his ground through the pack to one step shy of the final…

Dant prevail in Caribbean Sensation 10/10 final

Source: Guyana Chronicle … Cougars take B Conference title By Frederick Halley TORONTO, Canada – It was billed as the clash of the Titans when the two top teams in Conference A of the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) battled last Saturday in the Caribbean Sensation 10/10 final at the Ashtonbnee Number one…

Baker accused of robbing US citizens on Leopold St remanded

Source: iNews Guyana …slapped with 9 counts of robbery under arms One of the four men who were apprehended after allegedly attacking and robbing three US citizens who were at the intersection of Leopold and Breda Streets, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown on July 28, was on Tuesday remanded for the offence when he appeared at…

Porter accused of robbing Longden St money changer remanded

Source: iNews Guyana A porter was on Tuesday arraigned on a robbery under arms charge after he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Akeem Sinclair of Lodge Housing Scheme, Georgetown denied the allegation which stated that on July 29, in the vicinity of Longden Street, Georgetown, while he was in the company of…

Lack of food pushes 2.3m people to flee Venezuela — UN

Source: iNews Guyana UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) — About 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled their crisis-hit country mainly because of a lack of food as severe shortages of medicine has left thousands at risk, a UN spokesman said Tuesday. The Venezuelans have fled to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil. “People cite the…

Specialist to be hired to determine GTU salary increases

Source: iNews Guyana …as teacher’s strike to officially commence on August 27 Even though there is a task force consisting of Government Ministers which had the input of Government regarding salary increases for teachers across Guyana, it is now being indicated that a specialist would have to be contracted to determine the increases.…

Maduro announces curbs to cheap gas in Venezuela

Source: iNews Guyana CARACAS, Venezuela (AFP) — President Nicolas Maduro announced that from now on Venezuela’s dirt-cheap fuel will be available only to people with a special government aid card that the opposition has denounced as a tool for controlling people. The government of the economically-ravaged country has for many years heavily subsidised…

GPL updating customers database, seeking public’s cooperation

Source: iNews Guyana The Guyana Power and Light Incorporated (GPL) has launched a nationwide survey to update customers’ information and is soliciting the cooperation of citizens. Divisional Director of Commercial Services, Rhonda La Fargue says the survey which is expected to be completed by year-end will begin in Georgetown and extend to other…

American Chamber of Commerce officially launched in Guyana

Source: Guyana Times …services a major element of Guyana’s GDP — Carl Greenidge The American Chamber of Commerce was officially launched in Guyana on Monday evening at the Marriot Hotel. The event was attended by a large section of the local private sector and representatives from the United States business community. Speaking at…

Pensioner gets 2 life sentences for child rape

Source: Guyana Times Several weeks after being found guilty of two counts of sexually penetrating a 10-year-old girl on May 30 and June 2, 2014 at a West Coast Demerara (WCD) village, Abdool Jamil, a 67-year-old pensioner, was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in jail. On Monday, he was ordered…

Ukrainians charged for assaulting Guyanese miners

Source: Guyana Times The two Ukrainian security guards who were seen assaulting Guyanese miners in a video that went viral are expected to be arraigned for several criminal charges on Tuesday. The men were arrested days after the incident, and are expected to make their appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after the…

Route 42 bus drivers protest M&CC’s relocation

Source: Guyana Times Route 42 (East Bank Demerara) bus drivers came out during Monday morning peak hour to protest the Mayor and City Council’s (M&CC’s) decision to relocate vendors to their park. The minibuses parked at “No Parking zones” and obstructing vehicular traffic on Monday They held a protest that started on Brickdam,…

No breach of Procurement Act

Source: Guyana Chronicle …MPI says rules followed in award of river bridge feasibility contract THE MINISTRY of Public Infrastructure (MPI) on Monday denied breaching the Procurement Act when it awarded Dutch firm LievenseCSO, the consultancy services for the feasibility study and design for the new Demerara River Bridge. The Public Procurement Commission (PPC)…

Guyana braces for dry spell

Source: Guyana Chronicle …Hydromet Department urges farmers to conserve water IN THE coming weeks, farmers are advised to carry out water conservation practices, as the dynamic and statistical El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) models predict weak to moderate El Niño conditions through to December, 2018. In a release, the Hydrometeorological Department has advised…

Mahdia officially a township

Source: Guyana Chronicle ACCORDING to an order which was signed and published in the Official Gazette last Thursday, the Region Eight (Potaro/Siparuni) community of Mahdia has been designated a township. A release from the Ministry of Communities said the elevation of Mahdia to the status of a township, is in accordance with the pronouncement…

Guyana is open for business in all sectors’

Source: Guyana Chronicle …President tells American Chamber of Commerce of Guyana President David Granger on Monday met with the executive members of the newly formed American Chamber of Commerce of Guyana at State House, where he noted that Guyana is open for business in all sectors including agriculture, mining and eco-tourism. “I am…

Justice For All Leader hammers WPA cash transfer proposal

Source: Stabroek News Leader of the Justice For All Party (JFAP), Jaipaul Sharma is convinced that the suggestion from the Working People’s Alliance (WPA) that oil revenues should be used for cash payouts to every Guyanese must be an election gimmick as he argued it is not based on sound economic theory. Link:

Third cop charged over learner drivers’ exam forgery

Source: Stabroek News A 50-year-old police sergeant was yesterday faced with 12 charges stemming from his alleged role in the forging of several questionnaires for the learner drivers’ theoretical examination, for which he was asked to post a total of $1.2 million bail for his release. Link: Third cop charged over learner drivers’

Ministry defends feasibility study award for new bridge – -in face of rebuke from procurement commission

Source: Stabroek News Citing time constraints and Cabinet’s blessing of the decision, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MPI) yesterday defended the single-sourcing of a Dutch firm to do the feasibility study for the Demerara Harbour Bridge following a stinging rebuke last week by the Public Procurement Commission (PPC). Link: Ministry defends feasibility study

Report : Peruvian police probing death of Guyanese scholar

Source: Guyana Chronicle By Indrawattie Natram While parents, relatives and friends await the results of an autopsy following the sudden passing of 22-year- old Yogeeta Persaud, Peruvian officials have since launched a probe into her death. According to a report in the Peruvian media, police  confirmed that Persaud died suddenly while on a…

Poodle strangled by anaconda in New Amsterdam

Source: Guyana Chronicle ..owner calls on municipality to clean “bushy” drain A six-month-old sleeping poodle, ‘Sue’  died almost instantly after a fifteen-foot anaconda crawled into her  kennel and stifled her at New Amsterdam. Animal lover and owner Tessa Hughes of Lot 35 Cummingsvile, Housing Scheme, New Amsterdam,  related  that it was around 02:00hrs on…

Corentyne man dies in suspected hit and run accident

Source: Guyana Chronicle The lifeless body of an ex-policeman was discovered on the Killmarnock Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice around  03:30hrs on Monday morning. The man has been identified as 40-year-old Marlon Cox , a farmer of Tain on the Corentyne . Police noted that the injuries to the right hand and head of…

Mahdia now designated a town

Source: Guyana Chronicle …Micobie , Campbelltown excluded from boundary following consultations According to an order which was signed and published in the Official Gazette last Thursday , the Region Eight (Potaro/Siparuni) community of Mahdia has been designated a township. According to a release from the Ministry of Communities , the elevation of Mahdia …

Update: Body found on Berbice road identified

Source: iNews Guyana The man whose motionless body was found on the Kilmarnock public road in Corentyne, Berbice on Monday morning was identified as that of Marlon Cox, a 40-year-old farmer of Tain Village, Berbice. At about 03:30h, Cox’s lifeless body was found lying on the public road with several marks of violence…

Man in custody for stealing from Zeelugt Mandir

Source: iNews Guyana A man who reportedly confessed to stealing several items from the Zeelugt Shiva Mandir, located in Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, on Monday is presently in Police custody. The man, whose only name was given as ‘Flim’ was arrested for breaking and entering the Mandir sometime between Sunday midnight and Monday…

Ukrainians to appear in court for assault on Guyanese miners

Source: Guyana Chronicle Two Ukrainian nationals are expected to appear at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday to answer to assault charges committed on Guyanese miners. According to the police , investigations into allegations of assault and threats committed on two Guyanese miners/rangers allegedly on July 28 and August 3,2018 respectively, have been completed…

Decomposed body of man found in Berbice

Source: Guyana Times Breaking News -The partly decomposed body of an unidentified man was in the wee hours of Monday discovered along the Kilmarnoc, Corentyne, Berbice Public Road. While information on the discovery is limited at this time, the Guyana Times understands that the body was found at about 3:30h with visible marks…

2018 Lake Mainstay Regatta dubbed a success

Source: iNews Guyana The annual Lake Mainstay Regatta event on Sunday kicked off with a bang, as patrons from all walks of life flocked the resort in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam). Director of Lake Mainstay Resort, Wilfred Jagnarine said the preparations leading up to the 18th regatta were successful, despite earlier challenges of getting…

Police Officers arrested for alleging murdering Brazilian miner

Source: Guyana Times Two Police Officers have now been taken into custody after they allegedly murdered a Brazilian miner in Puruni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and attempted to get rid of the body on Saturday. Estevão Marquês Costa, the now dead man The Brazilian miner’s name was given as 37-year-old Estevão Marquês Costa. Based…

Father of 5 drowns after saving daughter, grandson

Source: Guyana Times A family outing on Saturday at Bushy Park Beach, East Bank Essequibo turned tragic when 42-year-old Farook Bacchus perished by drowning after saving his daughter and grandson from being swept away by a “big wave” in the mighty Essequibo River. Dead: Late Goldsmith Farook Bacchus of La Grange, WBD The…

Taxi driver robbed, relieved of car by knife-wielding customer

Source: Guyana Times The motor car belonging to Deendyal Budram, a taxi driver attached to the Munish Taxi Service located at Nonpariel, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was hijacked on Saturday evening by a lone attacker who also relieved the owner of his cash and personal belongings. Based on reports received, Budram was approached…

Two cops held over killing of Brazilian miner at Puruni

Source: Stabroek News Two policemen have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Brazilian miner in the Puruni District, Cuyuni/Mazaruni on Saturday. Link: Two cops held over killing of Brazilian miner at Puruni

Ministerial powers cut in revised Petroleum Commission bill

Source: Stabroek News When the revised Petroleum Commission Bill returns to Parliament later this year, not only would it have significantly reduced the powers of the subject Minister, it also incorporates clauses aimed at ensuring its independence, transparency and accountability. Link: Ministerial powers cut in revised Petroleum Commission bill

Three killed in WBD smash-up

Source: Guyana Chronicle AN outing of four close friends turned out deadly on Sunday morning when the car in which they were travelling slammed into the back of a parked canter at the La Grange, West Bank Demerara Public Road. Dead are Leroy Devon, 33, a businessman of 22 Nismes; Reshi Pasha, 20,…

Teacher crowned Emancipation Queen 2018

Source: Guyana Chronicle IT came as no surprise to those in attendance when East Ruimveldt Secondary teacher Gabrelle Cummings prevailed over six other young ladies and was crowned Miss Emancipation Queen 2018 late Saturday night at the National Cultural Centre. GPHC medical doctor Colleen Bovell copped the first runner- up spot with Feliciann…

City workers’ unions sleeping

Source: Guyana Chronicle Dear Editor, SOMETHING has to be seriously wrong with the two labour unions, also called trade unions in Guyana, that are supposed to represent the collective interests of the workers of the Mayor and Councillors of the city of Georgetown. These two labour unions which ought to unite to negotiate…

Hope, Reifer seal a winning start for the Tridents

Source: iNews Guyana Barbados Tridents made a winning start to their 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign as Shai Hope’s maiden T20 half-century and a five-wicket haul for Raymon Reifer secured a 30-run win over Guyana Amazon Warriors. After seeing both openers dismissed early, Hope plundered 88 from just 45 balls and…

Tridents beat Amazon Warriors by 30 runs

Source: Stabroek News GEORGETOWN, Guyana,  CMC – Barbados Tridents defeated Guyana Amazon Warriors by 30 runs, in the sixth match of the Caribbean Premier League at the Guyana National Stadium here today. Link: Tridents beat Amazon Warriors by 30 runs

Young Guyanese scholar dies suddenly in Peru

Source: Guyana Chronicle By Indrawattie Natram   Twenty-two year old Yogeeta Persaud, a former top performer at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) , collapsed and died suddenly while holidaying in Peru on Sunday. Persaud , formerly of Golden Fleece village on the Essequibo Coast , is the only child of businessman Takoor Persaud.…

Fire leaves Essequibo couple homeless

Source: iNews Guyana   A fire suspected to be electrical in origin has destroyed a house at Maria’s Lodge Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast on Saturday. At the time of the fire, the owner Farouk Khan was out with his family. Based on reports received, Khan who operates a trucking service was at the…

Teenager hospitalised after mistakenly drinking acid

Source: iNews Guyana An 18-year-old is currently hospitalised at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC) after she reportedly drank acetic acid by mistake. The incident occurred on Saturday in a stall at the Merriam Mall, Bourda, where Danielle Haley, a resident of the Joshua House, usually assist the owner with her craft business. According…

Revenue for State agencies on downward spiral – Ali

Source: iNews Guyana projects $22.8B deficit for public entities The 2018 Mid-Year report, which was laid in the National Assembly, is characterised by disturbing projections for important public enterprises. This is according to Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali. According to Ali in a statement following the document’s release, a number of such…

Cops arrested in murder of Brazilian miner

Source: Guyana Chronicle Police  have arrested two of their own following the murder of a Brazilian miner in the Puruni District , Cuyuni/Mazaruni on Saturday. The miner has been identified as 37-year-old Evastevo Marques Costa. Reports are that the man was shot after running away from the police who were making checks for documentation…

Three die in La Grange accident

Source: Guyana Chronicle Three men died on Sunday morning following a horrific accident on the La Grange Public  Road ,West Bank Demerara (WBD) involving a ‘speeding’ car and a parked lorry. Dead is Jonar Devon, 33, the driver of the car who is also a contractor of 22 Nismes, WBD, Devindra Hardyal, 25,a promoter…

Revenue for State agencies on downward spiral – Ali

Source: Guyana Times 2018 Mid-Year report …projects $22.8B deficit for public entities The 2018 Mid-Year report, which was laid in the National Assembly, is characterised by disturbing projections for important public enterprises. This is according to Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali. According to Ali in a statement following the document’s release, a…

27 foreign women detained after ‘strip club’ raid

Source: Guyana Times Ranks in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) on Friday evening swoop down on an illegal bar on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) where they found some 27 female foreign nationals. The raid occurred from 21:50h to 23:55h at the Bikers Bar located at Lot 22 Covent Garden Public Road,…

Jagdeo denies making derogatory remarks about Amerindians

Source: Guyana Times …says “desperate politicians” making false claims Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Saturday denied making any derogatory remark about Guyana’s first people after a clip from his last press conference began making the rounds on social media in order to give that impression. In a statement to the media, Jagdeo said…

For agonistic, not antagonistic politics

Source: Guyana Times Some proponents of a new “third force” seem to be hinting this will deliver a mediated love fest into Guyanese politics. I, on the other hand, have always been wary of the implicitly liberal premise that lions and lambs can sit around a table and, through rational discussion, arrive at…

Warriors prevail in nail-biting finish 

Source: Guyana Chronicle AMID a passionate and excited crowd, the Guyana Amazon Warriors prevailed in a low-scoring, nail-biting contest by three runs in match 4 of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL), against St Lucia Stars, last evening at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence. In a dramatic finish, the game had all the…

Dey returns to winning ways at Lucozade 11-race cycling meet

Source: Guyana Chronicle PSL Trojan cyclist Curtis ‘Chappy’ Dey unleashed an explosive sprint ahead of a four-man breakaway to claim the feature race of the Lucozade cycling programme at the National Park yesterday. Dey returned to winning ways with a powerful sprint just pipping Christopher ‘Chick Legs’ Griffith on the finish line with…

Guyana down Bonaire 5-1 to record first victory

Source: Guyana Chronicle THE National U14 Boys’ team registered their first win of the CFU Boys’ U14 Challenge when they defeated Bonaire by a 5-1 margin on Friday in their third match of the tournament at the Ergilio Hata Stadium, Curacao, at 18:00hrs. Among the goalscorers were Shoran James who netted a hat-trick,…

Non-acceptance of 2020 poll results main risk in Guyana’s current political climate – -UN assessors warn

Source: Stabroek News Given Guyana’s current “difficult political climate” and “potential security situation”, a United Nations (UN) assessment team has found that there are various possible risks to future electoral processes, with the non-acceptance by the losing party at the 2020 elections being seen as the primary one. Link: Non-acceptance of 2020 poll

Gov’t’s efforts have reduced crime rate – -Ramjattan

Source: Stabroek News Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan on Wednesday rubbished claims by the parliamentary opposition that government has not taken urgent measures to manage the country’s crime problems, while arguing that the existing statistics are proof of its efforts. Link: Gov’t’s efforts have reduced crime rate – -Ramjattan

27 foreign women detained after cops raid Covent Garden strip club

Source: Stabroek News Twenty-seven women, who are all foreign nationals, were detained on Friday evening after police raided a bar at Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara, which they were told housed a strip club. Link: 27 foreign women detained after cops raid Covent Garden strip club

Nobel Prize winner V S Naipaul passes away

Source: Stabroek News (BBC) Trinidadian novelist Sir VS Naipaul, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, has died at his home in London aged 85, his family have said. Link: Nobel Prize winner V S Naipaul passes away

FBI seeks motive after U.S. airline worker stole plane and crashed it

Source: Stabroek News (Reuters) – Federal authorities today  were seeking to learn what drove an airline worker to steal an empty airplane from Seattle’s airport in a security scare that caused the scrambling of U.S. Link: FBI seeks motive after U.S. airline worker stole plane and crashed it

Police arrest 27 female foreign nationals at Bikers Bar

Source: Guyana Chronicle Following reports that a ‘strip club’ was in operation at Bikers Bar located at Lot 22 Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara (EBD), police on Friday night swooped down on the bar and detained twenty-seven (27) female foreign nationals. The Nutmeg Street,North Ruimveldt owner/operator of the facility ,  which once housed a…

CXC Registrar concerned at direction of regional educational system

Source: iNews Guyana ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) — The Registrar of the Barbados-based Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), Glenroy Cumberbatch, is expressing concern that the region is not preparing students to either work for themselves or be gainfully employed. Cumberbatch made the observation in Grenada yesterday. CXC offered its first examinations for the Caribbean…

‘Strip club’ raided, 27 female foreign nationals detained

Source: iNews Guyana Based on a report received that a “strip club” was in operation at Bikers Bar, located at lot 22 Covent Garden, East Bank Demerara (EBD), Police from ‘A’ Division and Headquarters responded and conducted a search of the premises between 21:50-23:55h on Friday. According to Police PRO, Superintendent Jairam Ramlakhan…

Anti-Suicide/Anti-Violence Campaign launched

Source: iNews Guyana The ‘Caribbean Voice’ in collaboration with ‘Voices Against Violence’ launched the third annual Anti-Suicide, Anti-Violence Campaignon Friday. The grouping also used the occasion to announce the selection of Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton to be their patron and Miss World Guyana, Ambika Ramraj as their spokesperson. The month-long…

“I’m extremely disappointed” – GTU President

Source: Guyana Times Govt’s rejection of salary increases …as teachers go on strike from August 27 The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) has confirmed that, following failed talks between the union and a Government team on Thursday, teachers will go on strike for two weeks’ duration, beginning from August 27. This strike that might…

GTM records $235M after-tax profit

Source: Guyana Times After recording a decline in the previous financial year, the Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Fire Insurance Company Limited (GTM) in 2017 saw its profit after-tax skyrocketing to a whopping $235 million. This represents an increase of $169 million or 255 per cent from 2016’s $66 million after-tax profit. A section…

AFC is in a sad political shape – Jagdeo

Source: Guyana Times …to have to prove it is not dead The announcement by Alliance For Change (AFC) leaders that the party intends to go to the local polls alone to test its strength is being viewed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, as a symptom of the minority party’s political shape, according to…

NA Town Council flouts Procurement Act

Source: Guyana Times The New Amsterdam Town Council has been flouting the Procurement Act in awarding contracts. This is according to regional officials who stated that the minutes of the Council’s statutory meeting for the month ending June 30, 2018, shows that nine contracts were handed out without a bidding process. According to…

Lover charged for killing farmer

Source: Guyana Times Forty-six-year-old Radha Sukwah, a domestic worker of Charity Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast, was on Friday arraigned before Suddie Magistrate Christel Lambert on the indictable charge of manslaughter committed on 73-year-old Deonarine, also called “Russian,” on August 3rd last at his home at Grant Maria’s Delight, Lower Pomeroon River in the…

Jagdeo calls proposed cash transfers from oil revenues elections ploy

Source: Stabroek News Although saying he supports conditional transfers to citizens, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has cast doubt on Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Executive Professor Clive Thomas’ suggestion of introducing cash transfers for every household from expected oil revenues, while dismissing it as a ploy for the 2020 general elections. Link: Jagdeo calls

East Bank bus operators to strike over relocation

Source: Stabroek News Vending is continuing as per normal at the Stabroek Market wharf despite the recent collapse of a section of the roof as the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) continues to prepare a portion of the council’s reserve, west of the Public Buildings, to relocate vendors. Link: East Bank bus operators to

Teachers’ union formally advises ministry of strike

Source: Stabroek News The Guyana Teacher’s Union (GTU) has officially informed the Ministry of Education of its intention to strike, starting on August 27th, over failed salaries and benefits talks. Link: Teachers’ union formally advises ministry of strike

Cops report decrease in serious crimes but robberies on the rise

Source: Stabroek News Despite a rise in some categories of robberies, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) yesterday said it has recorded a 5% decrease in serious crimes at the end of July, 2018, compared with the same period last year. Link: Cops report decrease in serious crimes but robberies on the rise

Cutting wastage

Source: Guyana Chronicle THE Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations two years ago drew attention to the National Agricultural Research & Extension Institute (NAREI)’s report that Guyana loses up to 23 per cent of the cassava it produces, and that 30 per cent of our fruits are dumped. This sampling of…

Trotman still Natural Resources Minister

Source: Guyana Chronicle – Ministry of the Presidency confirms THE establishment of the Department of Energy (DoE) under the purview of the Ministry of the Presidency has not resulted in Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman being stripped of his portfolio. In a statement to the media on Friday, the Ministry of the Presidency…

Murder rate down by 17%

Source: Guyana Chronicle THE Guyana Police Force has recorded a five per cent decrease in serious crimes at the end of July, 2018 relative to the same period last year while there were 58 murders which equate to a 17 per cent decrease, according to the Force’s statistics. For the same period, 76…

26 more land Perseverance turn-key houses

Source: Guyana Chronicle – through new, ‘transparent’ selection process By Gabriella Chapman TWENTY-six prequalified applicants were on Thursday selected by way of a lottery draw to be allocated housing units at the Perseverance Housing Scheme on the East Bank of Demerara. The draw was done at the Head Office of the Central Housing…

‘Otisha’ must stand trial before judge and jury

Source: Guyana Chronicle WELL known transgender personality, Otis Pearson, popularly known as ‘Otisha’, has been committed to stand before judge and jury at the High Court to answer to a rape charge The court heard that on December 24, 2017 at Station Street Kitty, Pearson engaged in sexual activity with a child under the…

Amazon Warriors aim to maintain momentum

Source: Guyana Chronicle … clash with St Lucia Stars today from 16:00hrs MAINTAINING momentum will be the order of the day when the Guyana Amazon Warriors take on St Lucia Stars in their HERO Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 cricket match at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, from 16:00hrs today. The local franchise,…

Increased cash prizes for Prime Minister T20 Softball Cup

Source: Guyana Chronicle … Three-day tournament to be officially launched tomorrow ORGANISERS of the second edition of the Prime Minister T20 Softball Cup 2 have indicated that there is a substantial increase of cash prizes for both categories, when the three-day tournament concludes. The tournament is billed for October 19-21 and information from…

Our boxers will hold their own – coach Blake

Source: Guyana Chronicle WITH the third edition of the Caribbean Junior and Schoolboys boxing championships just over one week away, AIBA three-star boxing coach, Sebert Blake is optimistic that the Guyanese boxers will hold their own and will win championship honours. The championships will get underway August 17 and will conclude on August…

Over 50 horses entered for tomorrow’s Karibee Sprint Classic

Source: Guyana Chronicle AS of yesterday, more than 50 horses have been registered for tomorrow’s Nand Persaud Karibee Sprint Classic horserace meet, which will be staged at the company’s racing facility, situated at #36 Village, Macedonia Estate, Corentyne, Berbice. The seven-race programme, which is being organised by the Sky Plus, Promotions Group, has…

James Anderson takes 5-20 to hurry tourists out for 107

Source: Guyana Chronicle JAMES Anderson took 5-20 as England bowled a woeful India out for 107 on a rain-affected second day of the second Test at Lord’s. India fell to 15-3 after being asked to bat in conditions perfectly suited for swing bowling. Anderson struck twice early on before the first of two…

Worrying signs on maternal mortality, HIV – mid year report

Source: Stabroek News While there have been some positive results in the health sector, there are worrying signs on maternal mortality and HIV cases according to the mid-year report by the Ministry of Finance. Link: Worrying signs on maternal mortality, HIV – mid year report

Gold miner charged for ganja possession

Source: iNews Guyana A Bartica gold miner was on Friday arraigned on a cannabis possession charge when he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Richard Simon, 27, of Lot 111-4th Avenue, Bartica, Region 7 (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), denied the charge when it was read to him by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. The court heard that…

Trotman no longer in control of oil portfolio

Source: Stabroek News It’s official. With effect from August 1st,  Raphael Trotman is no longer in control of the oil portfolio following the establishment of the Department of Energy. Link: Trotman no longer in control of oil portfolio

Guyana Goldfields employee charged for death of pedestrian

Source: iNews Guyana A thirty-three-year-old Guyana Goldfields employee was on Friday granted $600,000 bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with causing death by dangerous driving charge. Jamel Lowe denied the charge, which stated that on August 8, 2018, while he was the driver of…

25 % increase in robberies recorded — Police

Source: iNews Guyana The Guyana Police Force on Friday announced that it has recorded a whopping 25 percent increase in robberies at the end on July 2018 when compared to the same period in 2018. The police also recorded a 17 percent decrease in murder; a 7 percent increase in armed robberies where…

Lover arraigned with murder of farmer

Source: iNews Guyana The woman who confessed to killing 73-year-old Deonarine also called Russian was on Friday arraigned with the manslaughter when she appeared at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court. 46-year-old Radha Sukwah, a domestic worker of Charity Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast was not required to plead to the indictable charge but was granted…

“Otiesha” committed to stand trial in High Court

Source: iNews Guyana Six months after the Child Care and Protection Agency completed its investigations into allegations that popular transgender, Otis “Otiesha” Pearson has been sexually involved with an under-aged boy, the accused was committed to stand trial at the Demerara High Court. The order was handed down by Magistrate Fabayo Azore following…

Facebook to broadcast Hero CPL to 54 countries

Source: iNews Guyana The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) has reaffirmed its partnership with Facebook with an agreement to broadcast the 34 matches this year to 54 countries. The tournament started on 8 August 2018 and will run until 16 September. The best cricketing talent from across the Caribbean and from around the…

Govt never consulted party on oil & gas sector – WPA

Source: Guyana Times The Working People’s Alliance (WPA) has lashed out at the APNU/AFC coalition Government for not extending its hand for any consultations with the party on critical matters relating to the State’s impending oil and gas sector. During a press conference at WPA Party Headquarters in Queenstown, Georgetown on Thursday, the…

Slowe admits to having “baggage”

Source: Guyana Times – as members of PSC sworn in Newly appointed Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Paul Slowe, has admitted that he does have “baggage”, but noted that what is in the baggage is what matters. Following a meeting with President David Granger last month, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had…

Officers will be held accountable – President

Source: Guyana Times Lindo Creek CoI Report Even as Government continues to review the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report into the Lindo Creek Massacre, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Brigadier David Granger, on Wednesday said that those officers who are implicated in the Lindo Creek Massacre will face the consequences of their actions.…

Region 4 records 650 HIV cases in 2017

Source: Guyana Times Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) has recorded the highest number of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases for 2017. The stunning figures were displayed during the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) consultation for Faith Leaders, hosted at the Marriott Hotel in Kingston, Georgetown on Thursday. The two-day PANCAP consultation is…

Bartica man killed on EBD Public Road

Source: Guyana Times A 43-year-old man is now dead after he was struck down by a minibus while attempting to cross the East Bank Demerara (EBD) Public Road at Prospect on Wednesday evening. The accident occurred around 20:00h. The dead man has been identified as Franklyn Dover, of Lot L First Street, Bartica,…

Mangal criticises Sovereign Wealth Fund model released by gov’t

Source: Stabroek News Dr Jan Mangal, the former petroleum advisor to President David Granger yesterday strongly criticised  the  Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) model contained in the long-awaited Green Paper tabled by the government in parliament on Wednesday. Link: Mangal criticises Sovereign Wealth Fund model released by gov’t

Unbribable top cop

Source: Guyana Chronicle …President says next police chief must have integrity, intelligence THE days of concealing security sector mistakes and misdeeds are over, the Guyana Police Force officers will be held accountable for the consequences of their actions and the instructions they issue to their subordinates. This assertion was made by President David…

Teachers threaten strike action

Source: Guyana Chronicle …after rejecting govt’s $700M payout offer DISSATISFIED with the outcome of a meeting with the Ministry of Education (MoE) on Thursday morning, the Guyana Teacher’s Union has threatened to call out teachers on a strike come this September after their union rejected a government proposal of some $700M for salary…

No evidence of Haitians being trafficked to Guyana

Source: Guyana Chronicle – Felix tells House committee THERE is no evidence of Haitian nationals being trafficked in and through Guyana, Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix, declared on Thursday. Felix was at the time responding to questions posed by members of the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Foreign Relations. Over the past few months…

Two GDF officers promoted to substantive colonels

Source: Guyana Chronicle SUBSTANTIVE Lieutenant Colonels Trevor Bowman and Godfrey Bess have been promoted to the rank of Substantive Colonel, the Guyana Defence Force announced on Wednesday. Their promotions, which took effect from July 1, 2018, were announced by Chief-of-Staff Brigadier Patrick West in accordance with Part III Section 16 of the Defence…

Seven to compete for Miss Emancipation title tomorrow night

Source: Guyana Chronicle ANOTHER seven African beauties are trying their hand for the Miss Emancipation crown this year, but of course only one will prevail, and that person is going to be revealed tomorrow night at the National Culture Centre. The pageant continues under the 2015-2024 theme of “International Decade for People of…

Four countries confirmed for GMR&SC international drags

Source: Guyana Chronicle (By Stephan Sookram in Canada, compliments of Mohamed’s Enterprise and National Sports Commission) FOUR countries are confirmed to participate in the King of the Strip 3 Drag race meet set for August 26, at the South Dakota Circuit, Timehri. According to the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC), the…

Tiger Bay’s Alfred produces another dazzling display

Source: Guyana Chronicle WHO could stop Tiger Bay’s prolific marksman Deon Alfred? This question was on everyone’s lips after he produced another dazzling display, firing in four goals to lead them to a comfortable 6-0 drubbing over Victoria Church Yard on opening night of the Three Peat Promotions /Guinness Cage competition, at the…

Linden futsal tourney moves into quarter-finals tonight

Source: Guyana Chronicle FIGGY Green Jags, Good Fellas, Germans and Quiet storm, by virtue of coming out on top of their respective groups, have booked their place in the quarterfinals of the Mohamed’s Enterprise/ExxonMobil annual futsal tournament, at the Mackenzie Sports Club Hard Court in Linden. With the final group games completed, the…

Munro, bowlers  power Knight Riders past hapless St Lucia Stars

Source: Guyana Chronicle PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad  (CMC) – Swashbuckling knocks from Colin Munro and Denesh Ramdin propelled defending champions Trinbago Knight Riders to a record-breaking total and a comfortable 100-run win over the St Lucia Stars in the opening match of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) here on Wednesday. Munro smashed 68…

[Video] Teachers to strike after failed talks with govt

Source: Stabroek News After a disastrous three-hour meeting today with government representatives, the executive of the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) has been directed by its members to inform the Department of Labour that teachers will be proceeding on strike action beginning in the pre-term period and continuing into at least the first week…

Guyana-Brazil road link one step closer to reality

Source: iNews Guyana The Guyana-Brazil road link is one step closer to reality. Authorities in both countries are working to complete the terms of reference for the design of the Lethem to Mabura Hill road within two months, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Guyana said in a press statement on Thursday. Director…

Berbice man found hanging after injuring wife

Source: iNews Guyana The lifeless body of 44-year-old Surrendra Hardat, a carpenter of  Angoy’s Avenue, Greater New Amsterdam Berbice, was on Monday discovered by residents of the community hanging in his home. Dead: Surrendra Hardat Reports are that the man had beaten his wife, causing her to seek medical attention, and the Police…

Pedestrian 43, killed in accident at Prospect, EBD

Source: iNews Guyana A 43-year-old pedestrian was on Wednesday evening struck down on the Prospect, East Bank Demerara public road and subsequently succumbed to his injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Dead is Franklyn Dover of Lot “L” First Street, Bartica. Based on information received, the accident occurred at about 20:00h.…

Foreign guards involved in mining incident are Ukrainians

Source: Guyana Chronicle …Russian embassy confirms Officials of the Russian embassy in Georgetown have confirmed that the foreign security guards who were involved in an altercation with local miners in the Cuyuni/Mazaruni in April this year are holders of Ukrainian passports. The Guyana Chronicle contacted the Russian embassy on Pere Street,Kitty earlier this…

Enmore home destroyed by unknown fire

Source: iNews Guyana Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fire of unknown origin which ripped through an Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home on Wednesday evening. Based on information received, at the time of the fire, the house located at Lot 184 Brezzie, Enmore, ECD, was unoccupied, as the owner- identified as…

EYEWITNESS: Take me out…

Source: iNews Guyana …to the ball game! Your Eyewitness is pretty excited his home team Amazon Warriors is opening up their season tonight at home!! With Exxon now their official sponsor, he’s reminded of the century-old classic American kid’s song that summarised the excitement of their “ball game” – and ours!! Your Eyewitness,…

Traditional sectors suffer decline

Source: Guyana Times Mid-Year Report 2018 …growth projections still below original figure Despite the economy growing by 4.5 per cent in the first half of 2018, the traditional sectors, such as sugar and rice, have seen decline in their performances, with contractions of 30.6 and 3.8 per cent respectively. This was revealed in…

Carpenter beats wife, commits suicide

Source: Guyana Times The lifeless body of 44-year-old Surrendra Hardat, a carpenter of Lot 281 Angoy’s Avenue, Greater New Amsterdam Berbice, was on Monday discovered by residents of the community hanging in his home. Dead: Surrendra Hardat Reports are that the man had beaten his wife, causing her to seek medical attention, and…

AFC confident it is not dead

Source: Guyana Times …APNU not kicking AFC – party leader Days after revealing that it was contesting the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGEs) as a single unit, following inconclusive talks with dominant partner – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) – over the last several months, the Alliance for Change (AFC) on Wednesday…

New Public Service Commission sworn-in

Source: Guyana Times …Chairman may have to step down as special prosecutor President David Granger on Wednesday morning swore-in the six persons who constitute the membership of the new Public Service Commission (PSC). The life of the previous PSC ended last year. Those persons are: Michael Somersall (Chairman); Mavis Benn; Vincent Bowman; Geeta…

Corruption in the private security sector

Source: Guyana Chronicle Dear Editor SLACKNESS and corruption have penetrated all levels of Guyana’s private security services sector, and this situation was cruelly exposed by the media last week when news broke that a security guard who was involved in a public altercation with government minister Simona Broomes last month, is a jailbird…

I am happy AFC going alone

Source: Guyana Chronicle Dear Editor I WRITE to publicly commend the Alliance For Change for making this bold move to contest the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGEs) independently. In 2016, the coalition government held LGEs after more than 20 years, giving citizens a chance to elect their own community leaders. Understandably, there was…

Saving the lives of our women

Source: Guyana Chronicle ANOTHER murder as a result of domestic violence, and executed in a most completely brutal manner, by a paramour who has stuck to the now traditional, predictable route of the complete end-game of the cruel realities of inter-personal violence. And as usual, it has sent the usual “shock waves”, this…

Growth rate upped – -but sugar, gold, rice down

Source: Stabroek News Finance Minister Winston Jordan yesterday presented the 2018 mid-year review to Parliament and upped the projected growth rate to 3.7% for the year but the key sectors of sugar, gold and rice were down and there were also unsettling figures on balance of payments and foreign reserves. Link: Growth rate

Green paper puts Finance Ministry in control of natural resource fund

Source: Stabroek News A long-awaited paper from the government on how revenues from oil and other natural resources will be managed, places the Ministry of Finance in overall control in a move likely to draw strong criticism. Link: Green paper puts Finance Ministry in control of natural resource fund

CCJ dismisses historic post-judgment application in land case

Source: Stabroek News Upon review of the submissions made, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Tuesday dismissed the historic post-judgment application asking for its decision in a decades-long Essequibo land dispute to be reconsidered. Link: CCJ dismisses historic post-judgment application in land case

AFC says ready to prove itself at LGE

Source: Stabroek News The Alliance for Change (AFC) yesterday dismissed suggestions that its  40 percent  seat allocation proposal to its governing coalition partner for  the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) was too high and said that it is ready to prove itself. Link: AFC says ready to prove itself at LGE

Case against alleged Essequibo gold bar smuggler dismissed

Source: Stabroek News A city magistrate yesterday dismissed a charge against Tuschen, East Bank Essequibo businessman, Christopher Baldeo, who was accused of smuggling gold bars out of Guyana, after the prosecution failed to make out a case against him. Link: Case against alleged Essequibo gold bar smuggler dismissed

Shabazz quits as TT women’s head coach

Source: Guyana Chronicle PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Following a disappointing performance by the Trinidad and Tobago women’s national team at last month’s Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Colombia, head coach Jamaal Shabazz has resigned. His resignation comes just 13 months after he replaced Italian Carolina Morace at the helm…

Economy grew by 4.5% in first half of 2018

Source: iNews Guyana ….Traditional sectors slump with sugar contracting by 30.6% As the Finance Ministry’s Mid-Year Report for 2018 was laid in the National Assembly earlier today, it showed growth of the economy by 4.5 per cent in the first half of the year, but the performance in the major traditional sectors have…

After Rashid, another Afghan leggie at the CPL

Source: iNews Guyana ESPNcricinfo- Rovman Powell and Kesrick Williams are shining examples of relative unknowns going on to make their West Indies debuts and earning T20 contracts elsewhere after successful CPL seasons. The tournament is replete with a number of such stories. Ahead of the 2018 edition, ESPNcricinfo picks five players worth looking…

Thai cave rescue: Coach and boys given citizenship

Source: iNews Guyana (BBC) Thailand has granted citizenship to the coach and three members of a football team dramatically rescued from a flooded cave last month. During their ordeal, it emerged that the boys and their coach were among around 480,000 stateless people living in the south-east Asian country. It prompted calls to…

Shiv Chanderpaul to receive honorary doctorate from UWI

Source: iNews Guyana Shivnarine Chanderpaul, the second most prolific Test cricketer in Windies history, is to be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) St. Augustine campus later this year. The university made the announcement Tuesday that the 43-year-old batsman will be bestowed with the Honorary Doctor of…

GTA reviewing regulations for hotel standards following Pegasus fire

Source: iNews Guyana “We are in the process of updating our regulations relating to different subsectors. Currently, we regulated interior hotels; other hotels would fall under the coastal Georgetown city municipality-based hotels, tour operators and guides. We’re updating those regulations so that they reflect best practice in 2018 and into the future. So…

UWI Doctorate for Chanderpaul

Source: Guyana Chronicle Guyanese cricket legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul, a former captain of the West Indies team, will  be given the Honorary Doctors of Law later this year by the University of the  West Indies (UWI). Chanderpaul , who is still actively playing professional cricket although he is now 43, is listed among several…

PPP LGE campaign: Concerns plaguing Essequibians addressed

Source: iNews Guyana In kicking off its Local Government Election (LGE) campaign in Region 2 (Pomeroon/Supenaam), the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) through it General Secretary Dr Bharrat Jagdeo met with hundreds of residents who were eager to express the concerns plaguing their county. Jagdeo in a two-day tour of Essequibo held public meetings…

Warriors shine in final practice match

Source: iNews Guyana Guyana Amazon Warriors skipper Shoaib Malik warmed up with some runs as his XI defeated a Guyana XI by five wickets when the final practice match concluded under lights on Tuesday evening at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence. The Pakistan star hit a classy 37 while New Zealand big-hitting opener…

EYEWITNESS: Money…

Source: iNews Guyana …for the masses Like most Third World countries coming out of colonialism, we had our share of Marxists. Maybe more than our fair share?? Since Marx’s predictions and theories were based on the contradictions arising out of an INDUSTRIAL capitalist economy, all our Marxists had to accept those theories and predictions…

UWI doctorates for Shiv Chanderpaul, Shadow

Source: Stabroek News (Trinidad Guardian) Calypso legend Winston Bailey, better known at The Mighty Shadow, will have all reason to “dingolay” this October, as three weeks after he celebrates his 77th birthday, he will be awarded an honorary doctorate from The University of the West Indies’ St Augustine campus. Link: UWI doctorates for

APNU got what it wanted from AFC – political analyst

Source: Guyana Times …says decision to go solo will test AFC’s electoral worth By Samuel Sukhnandan Political Analyst Dr David Hinds feels the Alliance for Change (AFC) had little, if any, option but to go solo at the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE), and this decision will prove more than ever how the…

Lover confesses to killing Pomeroon farmer

Source: Guyana Times By Bhisham Mohamed The 47-year-old lover of 73-year-old Deonarine, also called “Russian,” who was found dead with a single gunshot wound to his abdomen, has allegedly confessed to the heinous crime on Tuesday. Dead: Deonarine, also called Russian The woman, who was once the man’s maid, made the confession during…

Essequibians raise concerns over Govt’s handling of economy

Source: Guyana Times PPP Region 2 LGE campaign During a two-day tour of Region 2 (Pomeroon/Supenaam) to officially launch the Local Government Election campaign, People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo met with hundreds of concerned residents and offered a listening ear to the many concerns they had. Jagdeo being greeted with…

Tourism Authority probing Pegasus fire

Source: Guyana Times …regulations for scrutiny of hotel standards being reviewed With a fire disaster being recently averted at the Pegasus Hotel, the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) has stepped in to determine what exactly happened on that fateful night, when emergency exits were reportedly sealed and smoke alarms were reportedly dysfunctional. The scene…

Govt accused of playing games with welfare of sugar workers

Source: Guyana Times – as new attorneys retained to challenge request for severance Attorney-at-Law Anil Nandlall, representing the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) in the matter regarding severance payments for ex-sugar workers, has claimed that Government is playing with the lives and welfare of those persons, and another legal challenge has…

Hotelier shot Subryanville man in self defence, handyman says – -Bacchus placed in psychiatric ward over strange behaviour as cops await advice on charge

Source: Stabroek News While police await legal advice on whether to charge hotel owner Erwin Bacchus, following his fatal shooting of a Subryanville man, a worker who witnessed the encounter said that he acted in self defence. Link: Hotelier shot Subryanville man in self defence, handyman says – -Bacchus placed in psychiatric ward

Partner confesses to killing Pomeroon farmer – police source

Source: Stabroek News Ranks from the Guyana Police Force’s Major Crimes Unit yesterday made a breakthrough in their investigation into the murder of 73-year-old coconut farmer, Deonarine who was shot last Friday evening at his Grant Maria’s Delight, Lower Pomeroon River home. Link: Partner confesses to killing Pomeroon farmer – police source

Sound plan needed

Source: Guyana Chronicle – for cash transfer to work, say GT residents GUYANESE have begun to weigh in Professor Clive Thomas’ recommendation that the government, when it begins to receive net inflow of revenue from oil production, should make annual cash transfers to every household. Thomas made the suggestion on Sunday while he…

No smoking at CPL games

Source: Guyana Chronicle …as gov’t steps up enforcement of Tobacco Control Act In keeping with the new tobacco control bill, no smoking will be permitted at the Caribbean Premier League T20 games which begin here on Thursday at the Providence Stadium. The Ministry of Public Health made the announcement on Tuesday. The Ministry…

Slowe to chair Police Service Commission

Source: Guyana Chronicle RETIRED Assistant Commissioner of Police, Paul Slowe, will this week be sworn in as Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), well-placed sources have confirmed. The other nominees to the Commission are Retired Assistant Commissioners of Police, Clinton Conway, Vesta Adams, and Claire Jarvis. The swearing in of the nominees…

Private sector must do more to tackle HIV/AIDS

Source: Guyana Chronicle GUYANA has significantly increased its expenditure in tackling HIV/AIDS from 25 per cent in 2015 to 64 per cent in 2016 under the current government, improvements which the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has labelled as “mind-boggling.” However, it is being recommended that the private sector play “a…

Gold medal-winning powerlifters welcomed home

Source: Guyana Chronicle … Director of Sport reaffirms NSC support AFTER hauling six gold and two bronze medals as well as individual awards, the core of Guyana’s ‘golden’ powerlifting team arrived in Guyana just after midnight, yesterday, to an excited and anxious Guyana Amateur Power Lifting Federation (GAPLF) family along with Director of…

Brand new CPL trophy up for grabs

Source: Guyana Chronicle PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The winners of this year’s 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will walk away with a brand new trophy. The sleek and modern design, which integrates the colourful and dynamic Hero CPL logo with a cutting-edge look, was designed by Ryan McClean of Ryan…

Guyana hoping for improved performance against Curaçao today

Source: Guyana Chronicle GUYANA’S National Boys U14 football team will play their second game in this year’s Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Challenge Series today, against home side Curaçao at the Ergilio Hata Stadium at 18:00hrs. This follows their 8-0 defeat against Trinidad and Tobago in their opening match on Saturday at the same…

Bandits storm Rubis Gas Station in Bel Air

Source: iNews Guyana A group of bandits on Tuesday evening stormed the Bel Air Rubis Gas Station in Georgetown and made off with an undisclosed sum of cash while leaving staff members visibly traumatised. While details remain sketchy, the incident reportedly occurred at about 20:30h. INews understands that an investigation has been launched.…

Windies need solutions to middle overs dilemma, says Brathwaite

Source: iNews Guyana LAUDERHILL, United States (CMC) — Captain Carlos Brathwaite has lamented West Indies’ batting failure which led to their series 1-2 loss to Bangladesh here Sunday night, stressing the Caribbean side needed to find solutions to their poor strike rotation during the middle overs. For the second time in as many…

Partially decomposed body found in Craig trench identified

Source: iNews Guyana The partially decomposed body that was fished out of a trench at Craig Sideline Dam, East Bank Demerara on Monday afternoon has been identified as Kevin Ketwaroo, 28, of Friendship. Ketwaroo called “Wild buck” was identified by his two siblings on Tuesday. He reportedly worked as a mason and a…

Appeal Court upholds former officer’s dismissal

Source: iNews Guyana Appeal Court Justices Dawn Gregory, Rishi Persaud and acting Justice Dr Arif Bulkan upheld the 2013 decision of High Court Judge Brassington Reynolds who ruled that the June, 15, 2002 dismissal of police corporal Patrick Austin was fair. He was dismissed via a letter signed by the then Police Commissioner…

Smoking prohibited at CPL Games

Source: Stabroek News In keeping with the new tobacco control bill, no smoking will be permitted at the Caribbean Premier League T20 games which begin here on Thursday at the Providence Stadium. Link: Smoking prohibited at CPL Games

CPL 2018: Warriors practice game shows promising results

Source: iNews Guyana The Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW) team gave the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots something to worry about after completing a stunning practice match on Monday evening. GAW Captain Shoaib Malik gets forward during his innings The practice match, which was the first of two, saw the Warriors side being pitted…

Abuse, ball-tampering threaten cricket’s ‘DNA’ – ICC boss

Source: Stabroek News LONDON,  (Reuters) – Ball-tampering, verbal abuse and on-field confrontations are threatening the spirit of cricket and recent poor behaviour by players has to stop, International Cricket Council (ICC) boss David Richardson has said. Link: Abuse, ball-tampering threaten cricket’s ‘DNA’ – ICC boss

EYEWITNESS: Commemorating…

Source: iNews Guyana …Burnham’s death For an administration whose leader, David Granger — not so coincidentally, also leader of the PNC — has vowed to complete the legacy of Forbes Burnham, their “founder leader”, the commemoration of his death was pretty low-keyed.  A few members of the National Congress of Women (NCW), the women’s arm…

Abusive relationship ends in murder, suicide

Source: Guyana Times …husband slits wife’s throat, commits suicide …Police left victim alone with husband A Corentyne, Berbice man turned a knife on himself after killing his wife of 15 years. Dead are Subrina Lakhan, 29, a housewife, and her husband, Ramesh Ramdeen, 42, a labourer, at Rose Hall Estate. The couple lived…

Granger unfazed by AFC decision to contest LGE solo

Source: Guyana Times President David Granger is unfazed by coalition minority partner Alliance for Change’s (AFC’s) decision that it would contest the Local Government Elections (LGE) on its own. According to the head of state, this will not impact the coalition. He made this comment at the sidelines of an event on Monday.…

Police probing brutality report of local miners

Source: Guyana Times …Russian security guards implicated In light of a video on social media of Russians torturing and beating Guyanese miners near the Quartzstone River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), the Police have launched an investigation into the incident. A miner who was allegedly tortured by the Russian guards F Division (Interior Locations) Police…

Work on new Linden Passport Office completed

Source: Guyana Times Construction work on the new Passport Office at Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) has been completed. The project, which commenced in January, was recently completed and is expected to be handed over shortly. The Linden Passport Office Construction of the building, measuring 2000 square feet, was executed by R. Bassoon…

US State Department issues alert on Pegasus

Source: Guyana Times …says American Govt workers moved The United States State Department on Monday issued an alert on the Pegasus Hotel. The alert comes hours after a major fire was averted at the hotel on Sunday night. However, the State Department has announced that US Government personnel staying at the hotel have…

‘No danger going separately’

Source: Guyana Chronicle …President says APNU respects AFC’s decision on LGE PRESIDENT David Granger on Monday said the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), a member of the governing Coalition, respects the Alliance for Change (AFC) decision to contest Local Government Elections (LGE) alone. Mr Granger, who is also the Chairman of the…

Miners were tortured, threatened by Russian guards

Source: Guyana Chronicle …MNR orders 48-hour probe THE Ministry of Natural Resources has ordered an immediate investigation into the assault on miners by Russian security guards working in the hinterland. In a statement issued on Monday the ministry said it has noted with deep concern and strong consternation a video circulating on social…

Murder-suicide again rocks East Berbice

Source: Guyana Chronicle – as Chesney man slits wife’s throat, then his  ANOTHER woman lost her life on Monday after reportedly suffering some 15 years of abuse at the hands of her reputed husband. Fearing reprisal, 42-year-old Ramesh Ramdeen, called “AB”, also took his own life after fatally slitting Sabrina Lackhan’s throat and…

Gov’t moving to map crime hotspots in Reg. 4

Source: Guyana Chronicle – so citizens can know, avoid them A US$78, 750 contract has been awarded to Valerie Grant for the creation of a digital map of all the criminal hotspots in Region Four, said Minister of State, Joseph Harmon Monday. He told the media that the contract was awarded to Grant,…

Burnham remembered as visionary

Source: Guyana Chronicle …President recommits to his efforts in achieving economic independence FORMER President Linden Forbes Sampson Burnham was remembered as a visionary on the occasion of his 33rd death anniversary, where President David Granger recommitted to the late leader’s vision of economic independence for Guyana. A wreath-laying ceremony was held at the…

Canefield man murders wife, kills self

Source: Stabroek News An Albion Estate cane planter yesterday chopped his wife to death and then killed himself at their Lot 101 Kilcoy, Chesney, New Housing Scheme home around 1.30 pm. Link: Canefield man murders wife, kills self

New Hero CPL trophy launched for 2018 tournament

Source: iNews Guyana The 2018 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season is here and there has been a refresh of the trophy for this year. The sleek and modern design integrates the colourful and vibrant Hero CPL logo with a cutting edge look. Designed by Ryan McClean of Ryan McClean Silver, the new…

GuySuCo gets new CEO, Board to be installed soon- Harmon

Source: iNews Guyana Dr Harold Davis Jr has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). Minister of State, Joseph Harmon informed the media during a post-Cabinet press briefing on Monday that the executive’s appointment took effect from August 1, effectively replacing Paul Bhim as CEO. Moreover, Harmon asserted…

Canje man murders wife, kills self

Source: Stabroek News A Corentyne woman who attempted to leave an abusive marriage was chopped to death by her husband today and he then killed himself. Link: Canje man murders wife, kills self

Murder/suicide rocks Kilcoy/Chesney

Source: Guyana Chronicle …relatives blame police for leaving woman behind  The quiet community of Kilcoy/Chesney on the Corentyne was rocked by the brutal murder of a 29-year-old woman who was killed by her reputed husband who later bled to death after stabbing himself. Dead is Sabrina Lackhan called “Rohini” and her reputed husband Ramesh…

Electrician electrocuted in Essequibo

Source: Guyana Chronicle An electrician attached to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure met an untimely death on Monday after he was electrocuted while working on the Essequibo Coast. Dead is Orwayne Cozier , an electrician in his mid-twenties who lived in Campbellville in the city. The incident occurred sometime after midday on Monday.…

‘We respect the AFC decision’

Source: Guyana Chronicle …President assures coalition not in danger President David Granger on Monday said A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), a member of the governing coalition, respects the Alliance for Change (AFC) decision to contest Local Government Elections (LGE) alone. The Guyanese leader, who is also the Chairman of the APNU, said…

AFC contesting LGE without APNU a ploy – PPP

Source: Guyana Times …AFC says it is committed to coalition politics at national level The Alliance For Change (AFC) has announced that it would contest the Local Government Elections without being in coalition with A Partnership For National Unity (APNU), but the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has described this AFC move as deceitful…

AG admits intervening to dismiss charges against Ministers

Source: Guyana Times ‒ Nandlall says confession grounds for resignation A stunning admission made by Attorney General Basil Williams that his office played a role in saving several Ministers from private criminal charges has initiated calls from his predecessor, Anil Nandlall, for his resignation. In an article published by Sunday’s edition of the…

Political analysts rap Granger for ‘help yourself’ speech

Source: Guyana Times – remind President of role in creating enabling environment for success President David Granger’s speech last week at Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD) castigating persons for not seeking betterment for themselves is not sitting well with political thinkers, with at least two of them tackling the matter head on in…

Clive Thomas urges cash payout to households from oil revenue

Source: Stabroek News Regardless of what multilateral agencies may advise, Guyanese must pressure the government to tap monetary rewards from oil revenues if this country wants to have true equity and see a real lowering of poverty, economist, Professor Clive Thomas yesterday said. Link: Clive Thomas urges cash payout to households from oil

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