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February 23, 2018

Guyana

Chatelal forgives Yorke as loan repaid

Source: Stabroek News (Trinidad Guardian)  “Dwight, I forgive you.” So stated reigning Chutney Soca Monarch Neval Chatelal in an open letter to former T&T and Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke yesterday, following the repayment of a $250,000 loan. Link: Chatelal forgives Yorke as loan repaid

Happy 48th!

Source: Stabroek News Fireworks in the background this morning after the Golden Arrowhead was hoisted at D’Urban Park marking the 48th anniversary of the country’s Republican status. Link: Happy 48th!

Mother takes rap for daughter

Source: Guyana Times Cocaine in handbag …jailed 4 years, fine $7.1M after pleading guilty Days after being held for cocaine possession, 19-year-old Rachael Narine was earlier Thursday relieved of charges laid against her, since her mother, Kavita Persaud, 40, took responsibility for the crime. The case was re-read and Persaud pleaded guilty to…

Cellphones, weapons found

Source: Guyana Times … during Mazaruni Prison raid A Joint Services operation at the Mazaruni Prison on Thursday morning unearthed several cellular phones and improvised weapons, among other contraband items. The six-hour search exercise resulted in the discovery of four cellphones, five phone chargers, three USB cables, a memory card, 30 lighters, 15…

Atlantic Gardens man shot, robbed by bandits

Source: Guyana Times …relieved of bag of money after leaving ECD bank Less than one day after an Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD) businessman was shot to his head during the commissioning of a robbery, another man, this time of Atlantic Gardens, ECD was shot to his leg by armed bandits who relieved…

Exxon contract final -Harmon

Source: Stabroek News The controversial Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) signed between the government and ExxonMobil’s local subsidiary and partners is final and will not be subject to any changes, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said yesterday. Link: Exxon contract final -Harmon

NIS re-examining investment in Berbice Bridge, GM says

Source: Stabroek News General Manager Holly Greaves yesterday said the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) is re-examining its investment in the Berbice Bridge after dismal returns over the past few years. Link: NIS re-examining investment in Berbice Bridge, GM says

CARICOM staffer shot, robbed after bank withdrawal

Source: Stabroek News A gunman yesterday afternoon shot and robbed a senior CARICOM Secreta-riat employee after he left the Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited branch at Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD), in what is the most recent attack on the bank’s customers. Link: CARICOM staffer shot, robbed after bank withdrawal

Our efforts not in vain

Source: Guyana Chronicle ..President says Guyana will pursue case at ICJ with determination PRESIDENT David Granger has assured that this country’s efforts to protect its sovereignty have not been in vain, pointing to the United Nations decision to send the decades-old border controversy with Venezuela to the International Court of Justice for a…

Gov’t will not renege on ExxonMobil Contract

Source: Guyana Chronicle – Harmon GOVERNMENT will not renege on the 2016 Petroleum Sharing Agreement (PSA) it signed with Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited – a subsidiary of U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil, Minister of State Joseph Harmon said. Since the release of the ExxonMobil Contract late December last year, Government has received…

ERC, TSC commissioners sworn in

Source: Guyana Chronicle THE commissioners identified to serve on the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) and the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) were sworn in by President David Granger on Thursday. After taking the Oath of Office, the commissioners were presented with their instruments of appointment at the State House ceremony. The ERC will soon…

Doraisami heads Integrity Commission

Source: Guyana Chronicle CHAIRMAN of the Integrity Commission, Kumar Doraisami and two other members have been sworn-in by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after being appointed by President David Granger. Pandit Rabindranauth Persaud and Rosemary Benjamin-Noble are the two other members who took the oath of office at the Ministry of the Presidency on…

Republic Anniversary Messages

Source: Guyana Chronicle President Trump congratulates Guyana on 48th Republic Day Anniversary THE following letter was sent to President David Granger on behalf of the people of the United States. Dear Mr. President, Congratulations to you and the people of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana on the occasion of your 48th Republic Day,…

48th Republic Anniversary Messages

Source: iNews Guyana People’s Progressive Party The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) takes this opportunity to express best wishes to all Guyanese here in the homeland and those in the Diaspora on the occasion of our nation’s 48th anniversary as a Republic. This auspicious occasion is one that evokes pride among all of our…

Trump congratulates Guyana on 48th Republic Anniversary

Source: iNews Guyana United States of America (USA) President Donald Trump has extended congratulations Guyana on the occasion its 48th Republic Anniversary. According to the Embassy of the USA in Guyana, a letter was sent to President David Granger by Trump on behalf of the people of the United States. Aside from extending…

Muslim scholar committed to stand trial for alleged rape of boys

Source: Kaieteur News Islamic scholar, Neezam Ali Islamic scholar, Neezam Ali has been committed to stand trial in the High Court for rape, following the conclusion of a Preliminary Inquiry (PI) conducted before Magistrate Alex Moore at the Sparendaam Magistrates’ Court. Yesterday the Court ruled that there was sufficient evidence against Ali for…

Members of three constitutional commissions sworn-in

Source: Kaieteur News Members of the ERC with President David Granger After several years of delay, President David Granger yesterday swore-in members of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) and the Teaching Service Commission (TSC), while members of the Integrity Commission were sworn-in before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. Speaking to members of the ERC…

48th Republic Anniversary: President says Guyana’s homeland, sovereignty will be defended

Source: iNews Guyana President David Granger in his 48th republic anniversary message outlined, among other things, that the country’s sovereignty will be defended. Making reference to the Guyana/Venezuela border controversy, Granger posited that “Guyana moved closer towards a juridical settlement of the territorial controversy this year.  The United Nations Secretary General in January…

Two-week rest for CARIFTA Games-bound athletes – Hutson

Source: Guyana Chronicle By Michelangelo Jacobus AFTER two consecutive weekends of participation by various athletes at the Athletics Association of Guyana’s (AAG) CARIFTA Games trial meets, the young track and field athletes have now been granted a two-week resting period and in some cases additional time to make the qualifying standards in their…

BCB, Sarwan collaborate to launch two cricket tournaments

Source: Guyana Chronicle THE newly-elected Executive of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) has already started to make inroads on the game in the county with the launching of two cricket tournaments for the 2018 season. The launch took place less than 48 hours after the executives were elected and represents the first major…

Victoria Kings hope to maintain rich form in GFF Elite League

Source: Guyana Chronicle … Coach credits winning start to players’ support AFTER three matches in the third installation of the Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) Elite League, Victoria Kings remain the only team to grab full points from their games – something head coach Winston Pompey said is credited to the ‘more-than-focussed’ players. “It’s…

International 6 cart off Jeet brothers three-way aggregate dominoes

Source: Guyana Chronicle DESPITE going down by a slim margin in the final round of the Jeet brothers (USA)-sponsored three-way aggregate dominoes tournament, International 6 prevailed to emerge champions when the competition climaxed at Cold Fusion, Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo, last Sunday. The eventual winners tallied 231 games, five more than second-placed Cold…

Integrity, Teachers Service Commissions sworn in

Source: iNews Guyana After years of being mostly inactive, the Integrity Commission was given new life today when its members were sworn-in. The oath of office was administered by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the presence of State Minister Joseph Harmon, who handed over the instruments of appointments to three of four members.…

Antigua PM hints at early general election

Source: iNews Guyana (CMC) — Prime Minister of Antigua, Gaston Browne on Thursday gave his broadest hint to date, that a general election will be held early this year. “I hear a number of individuals on the radio proclaiming to understand my behaviour and based on my behaviour they are pretty sure the…

Jagdeo says $15B could be used to clear GuySuCo’s liabilities

Source: iNews Guyana Government’s intention of borrowing $15B- to reopen the Skeldon and Enmore estates- could be to pay off liabilities of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) to relieve “handpicked investors” of any burden. This is the view expressed by Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, who told journalist at a press conference today…

President Trump congratulates Guyana

Source: Stabroek News GEORGETOWN – The following letter was sent to President David Granger on behalf of the people of the United States. Link: President Trump congratulates Guyana

CWI ostracises former players says Windies legend Richards

Source: iNews Guyana   West Indies batting legend Sir Vivian Richards has accused the current administration of continuing to sideline the sport’s former players, stifling an overall inability to make a meaningful contribution. Richards a former West Indies captain and one of the world’s most recognized batsmen, freely admitted that he has long…

Venezuela’s Maduro wants ‘mega-election’ amid opposition boycott

Source: iNews Guyana BBC – Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has proposed holding a “mega-election” after the opposition coalition said it would boycott a planned presidential poll in April. Mr Maduro said he wanted to add legislative, state and municipal votes to provide “democratic renewal”. Opposition parties say the presidential election will be “fraudulent…

‘Racist’ white powder letter sent to Meghan Markle

Source: iNews Guyana LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) — A letter with white powder was sent to Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle, the Evening Standard newspaper reported on Thursday, saying it was also believed to contain a racist message. The paper said that officers from the Metropolitan Police’s counter-terrorism command were called…

Dwight Yorke denies deal with chutney singer

Source: Stabroek News (Trinidad Guardian) Former T&T and Manchester United footballer Dwight Yorke yesterday denied he entered into any contract with Chutney Monarch Neval Chatelal to loan him money to pay off a debt following his Island Vibe fete last year. Link: Dwight Yorke denies deal with chutney singer

Govt to borrow $15B to reopen Skeldon, Enmore estates

Source: Guyana Times …says privatisation proceeds from sale to repay bank loans By Samuel Sukhnandan As part of plans to temporarily reopen two sugar estates, Government has now made a decision to borrow over $15 billion which it hopes to repay over the next three to five years. Finance Minister Winston Jordan Finance…

Foulis father of 2 shot to head

Source: Guyana Times …trailed after conducting business at bank …believes act was organised A 38-year-old electrician is now a patient at the Woodlands Hospital, nursing a gunshot wound to his head as he was shot during a robbery, shortly after leaving the Republic Bank, Triumph, East Coast Demerara (ECD) location early Wednesday afternoon.…

Schoolgirls kidnapped, taken to abandoned house

Source: Guyana Times …Police arrest 3 Three men are in Police custody assisting with investigations into the kidnapping of two schoolgirls in New Amsterdam on Tuesday, but the relatives of one of the girls are of the view that the Police are condoning the crime by not arresting the driver and sending home…

FIFA’s Regional Director due for 4-day visit

Source: Guyana Times The Guyana Football Federation (GFF) will host the recently appointed FIFA Regional Director, Marlon Glean, from February 23 to 26, 2018. During his four-day visit to Guyana, Glean will meet with the President and Marlon Glean is a Grenadian but is based in Barbados Executive Committee, visit the GFF’s National…

Gov’t seeking $10b-15b to reopen estates

Source: Stabroek News For the limited reopening of the Skeldon and Enmore sugar estates next month, government is in the process of borrowing some $10B to 15B from local commercial banks here, Minister of Finance Winston Jordan says. Link: Gov’t seeking b-15b to reopen estates

Contractor shot in head, robbed after leaving bank

Source: Stabroek News A 38-year-old electrical contractor narrowly escaped death yesterday after he was shot and robbed of $600,000 by two motorcycle bandits who trailed him from a bank before cornering him at his Enmore, East Coast Demerara (ECD) worksite. Link: Contractor shot in head, robbed after leaving bank

Guyana moves up in transparency ranking

Source: Stabroek News Guyana has registered its highest score on the Transparency International (TI) Corruption Index Report but even with a mark of 38 and ranking at 91 out of 180 countries it is still viewed as a very corrupt country. Link: Guyana moves up in transparency ranking

Third term hearing now set for March 12 at CCJ

Source: Stabroek News Guyana’s appeal over the constitutionality of presidential term limits will now be heard on March 12 by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), according to the Trinidad-based court’s schedule of sittings. Link: Third term hearing now set for March 12 at CCJ

ExxonMobil Contract worse than slavery … Oil Experts say Company went above and beyond to tie the hands and feet of every Guyanese like an iguana

Source: Kaieteur News Chartered Accountant, Chris Ram When Kaieteur News examined the contracts, the oil giant, ExxonMobil signed with Guyana and compared it to the one it signed with the African country, Ghana, the disparities were alarming. In fact, Kaieteur News consulted with several international oil experts who were all convinced that Guyana’s…

25 Schools in Region Two Children’s Float Parade

Source: Kaieteur News Essequibians looked on with awe yesterday as the Department of Education, Region Two, rolled out its Children’s Mash Float Parade Competitions. The event had a rich blend of colour, culture and heritage managed to allure the attention of onlookers. The parade consisted of 25 schools from the nursery to secondary…

Contractor trailed from bank, shot in the head

Source: Kaieteur News Terry Singh An electrical contractor was shot in the back of the head and robbed of $600,000 some ten minutes after leaving a Republic Bank branch at Triumph, East Coast Demerara. Terry Singh, 38, was shot by a tattooed gunman around 13:00 hrs yesterday, just as he entered the compound…

GuySuCo no longer under Agri Ministry–Holder clarifies

Source: Kaieteur News Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder Speaking to reporters, on the sidelines of the opening of the National Dialogue on the thirty-fifth Regional Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean and Accountability of the FAO’s stewardship workshop held at Regency Suites, Brickdam, Minister of Agriculture, Noel Holder, yesterday confirmed that the…

‘Have no fear’

Source: Guyana Chronicle -President says frontline villages have nothing to fear -as GDF intensifies security at Kaikan Village PRESIDENT David Granger said that Guyana depends on ‘frontline’ villages such as Kaikan, located in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven), a stone’s throw from the border with Venezuela, to be the watchmen of Guyana’s borders. He…

$15B to reopen estates

Source: Guyana Chronicle …Gov’t seeks funds to restart operations at Skeldon, Enmore -workers to be rehired, estates to operate until sold THE government through the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) is looking to secure a loan of $10-$15 billion to fund the operations of the Skeldon and Enmore sugar estates that…

Illegal foreigners in gold bush warned to get regularized

Source: Kaieteur News Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix The Ministry of Citizenship is granting temporary amnesty to illegal foreign national miners so that they can regularise their status in Guyana. “We are giving you a chance to come to the office in Georgetown with your passport and apply for your extension of stay.…

Efforts to sell baby thwarted by relatives

Source: Guyana Chronicle AN alleged plan crafted a few months ago to sell a newborn was thwarted on Wednesday by concerned relatives of the child. According to the relatives of the newborn baby girl, a deal was made to sell her to a Surinamese for $1.5M by her father. According to relatives, the…

Guyana Stores warned about workplace breaches

Source: Guyana Chronicle …given three weeks to rectify situation FOLLOWING a workplace inspection conducted by the Ministry of Social Protection just over one week ago on the Guyana Stores Limited (GSL), the commercial enterprise was issued with an ultimatum to rectify the breaches which were observed. The inspection which was spearheaded by Minister…

Illegal foreign miners granted amnesty to regularise

Source: Guyana Chronicle ILLEGAL foreign miners are being given a chance to regularise their status here, Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix announced Monday. Felix, during an outreach to the Mazaruni, Mining District Three, said “We are giving you a chance to come to the office in Georgetown with your passport and apply for…

Demerara U-17 Inter-association tournament | Georgetown, WBD prevail in low-scoring encounters

Source: Guyana Chronicle BOTH Georgetown and West Bank Demerara prevailed in separate low-scoring encounters yesterday when play in the Demerara Under-17 Inter-association tournament continued at two venues in Georgetown. Georgetown edged East Bank Demerara by eight runs at the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) ground while West Bank Demerara triumphed over East Coast Demerara…

Sports is what made me who I am today, says Dr Vincent Adams

Source: Guyana Chronicle By Joe Chapman THE Mining Town of Linden’s first-ever national cricketer Dr Vincent Adams has imprinted the importance of sports on the minds of young persons. Dr Adams was giving the feature address at a presentation ceremony hosted by Mayor of Linden Carwyn Holland for the recently held Linden Games…

Table tennis team to take on CAC qualifiers next week

Source: Guyana Chronicle AHEAD of their participation at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Australia and as part of their preparation for the event, male and female table tennis teams are set to attend a Central America and Caribbean (CAC) qualification tournament in Cuba which commences on February 28 and ends March 3. Table…

New FIFA regional director to visit Guyana

Source: Guyana Chronicle RECENTLY-appointed FIFA Regional Director Marlon Glean will make his first visit to Guyana February 23-26, according to the Guyana Football Federation (GFF). The Grenadian Glean will visit GFF president Wayne Forde and his executive committee, as well as the Federation’s National Training Centre and will participate in the youth development…

GFF kicks off youth tournaments in Region One

Source: Guyana Chronicle THE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) held a two-day training course for a total of 47 coaches and referees of the Moruca Sub-District as part of strengthening the capacity of the Region for football development. The programme, held from February 17 to 18 in Moruca, was led by Lyndon France, GFF…

Duo charged with gun, ammo possession remanded

Source: iNews Guyana Two men, a handyman and bartender, on Wednesday appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore to answer to charges of illegal gun and ammunition possession. Colwyn Wright and Akeem Simeron both denied the charges, which stated that on February 20, they had in their possession a 9mm pistol along with 29 live…

Contractor shot in robbery after leaving bank

Source: Stabroek News An electrical contractor of Enmore/Hope, East Coast Demerara, who was robbed and shot about 1 pm today at Foulis, ECD, is presently admitted in a stable condition at a private medical institution in Georgetown, the police said today. Link: Contractor shot in robbery after leaving bank

Kohli closing on Viv Richards record

Source: iNews Guyana Prolific India batsman Virat Kohli is closing in on a record held by Windies legend Sir Viv Richards as he continues to dominate the bating during the ongoing tour of South Africa. Kohli, who has hit a real purple patch of form, has scored 830 runs in South Africa so…

GPF issues traffic advisory for Mash 2018

Source: iNews Guyana The Guyana Police Force is informing members of the public that in order to facilitate activities relating to the Mashramani float parade 2018, the following intersections will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6:00h until the end of the days’ activities; •      Camp Street & Thomas land •      Albert Street…

Alfonso Thomas named West Indies bowling coach

Source: iNews Guyana Cricket West Indies has appointed former South African fast bowler Alfonso Thomas as the bowling coach of the senior men’s team. The board made a number of changes to the coaching and support staff for the current squads keeping in mind the World Cup Qualifiers and the Women’s World T20…

Mashramani traffic advisory from Police

Source: Stabroek News The Guyana Police Force is informing members of the public that in order to facilitate activities relating to the Mashramani float parade 2018 the following intersections will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6:00h until the end of the days’ activities; Camp Street & Thomas land Albert Street & Wooldord…

Security net to stay in East Port of Spain following unrest

Source: Stabroek News (Trinidad Guardian) Joint police and Defence Force patrol camps are remaining in East Port-of-Spain permanently and will be supplemented as necessary, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young says. Link: Security net to stay in East Port of Spain following unrest

Govt collects over $1B in environmental tax

Source: Guyana Times …no concrete plans outlined for usage of fund The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has managed to collect close to $1.2 billion in environmental taxes as of the end of last year, ever since its implementation on February 1, 2017. This is according to GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia, who told…

Enmore families terrorised, robbed by gunmen

Source: Guyana Times Two Enmore, East Coast Demerara families were, in the wee hours of Tuesday, terrorised and robbed by three masked men who were all armed with handguns. Chatterpaul Persaud and his wife were reportedly confronted by the gunmen at about 02:00h on Tuesday, after the gunmen had reportedly gained entry into…

Puruni Landing operations under microscope

Source: Guyana Times …businesses encroaching on road Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry, Simona Broomes, is examining how operations at mining landings, particularly Puruni, can be better regularised. Puruni Landing is strategically located in Mazaruni, Region Seven, and connects the lower and middle Mazaruni in Mining District Three. It is a thriving business…

Accused gets 23 years for killing elderly remigrant

Source: Stabroek News With his trial for the murder of 75-year-old remigrant Joyce Lewis set to commence yesterday morning, Kevon Alfred in an unexpected turn of events pleaded to the lesser offence of manslaughter. Link: Accused gets 23 years for killing elderly remigrant

PAC asks Auditor General to review Region Two administration’s accounts

Source: Stabroek News The Auditor General (AG) was asked to immediately dispatch a team on Monday to peruse Region Two’s financial records after the region’s engineer admitted that the accounting officer continued to breach financial rules. Link: PAC asks Auditor General to review Region Two administration’s accounts

Work on Lindo Creek CoI ongoing

Source: Guyana Chronicle …commission says several persons interviewed, public hearing to begin soon THOUGH public hearings have been postponed until forward notice, the Commission established to enquire into the 2008 Lindo Creek Massacre is working behind the scenes with relatives of the murdered victims, who have come forward. The Commission of Inquiry (CoI),…

Six allegedly busted with compressed cannabis at Itabali

Source: Guyana Chronicle SIX persons, inclusive of a female, were taken into custody on Monday afternoon by police ranks stationed at the Police checkpoint at Itabali, Puruni Road, Mazaruni River, Region Seven. Reports are that the individuals were arrested after the lawmen manning the checkpoint allegedly found a total of 662 grammes of…

23 years for killing 75-year-old woman

Source: Guyana Chronicle …judge says he didn’t think accused was remorseful KEVON Alfred,26,was on Tuesday morning sentenced to 23 years imprisonment for the 2014 murder of 75-year-old Joyce Lewis, having changed his plea to guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter. Alfred told the court that on March 25, 2014, he borrowed a…

Vessel sinks in Moruca River, two hospitalised

Source: Guyana Chronicle Ramesh Maniram, the captain of the M.V. Three Brothers, and Ventle Jainarine one of four sailors who were aboard the vessel when it caught afire on Monday, are currently hospitalised at the Suddie Hospital, Essequibo Coast. The ship subsequently sank. Police said that the incident occurred at about 10:00hrs in…

Rose Ramdehol, Petra, team up for Futsal tournament

Source: Guyana Chronicle THE upcoming annual Petra Futsal football tournament will feature goodies for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) and a spectator following collaboration with Rose Ramdehol Auto Sales. The company is the local franchise holder for the Hero motorcycle brand and yesterday handed over two of its Dawn 150 motorcycles as part…

Milo U-18 football continues today

Source: Guyana Chronicle YOUTH football action will this afternoon invade the Ministry of Education ground when the Milo Schools Football tournament resumes. The double-header today will feature Business School playing Charlestown Secondary from 16:00hrs with Chase Academy and Annandale meeting in the afternoon’s closing game. Those games open the third round of action…

National Race of Champions Round One set for March 25

Source: Guyana Chronicle CIRCUIT-racing fans have begun counting the days to the early anticipated Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s (GMR&SC) National Race of Champions Round One for 2018. The first major circuit race of the year is expected to feature several of the country’s top riders and drivers when the action gets…

45% of GWI’s operational costs being funded by Govt

Source: iNews Guyana Finance Director of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Jajopaul Ram on Monday admitted that Government is funding 45 per cent of the utility company’s operational cost. This disclosure was made during a sitting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) at Parliament, under the probe of the PAC Chairman, Irfaan Ali.…

Teen accused of attempted murder remanded

Source: iNews Guyana A 19-year-old, East Bank Demerara (EBD) teen was on Tuesday morning arraigned for the indictable offence of attempted murder at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Moris Khan of Old Road Craig, EBD was not allowed to plead to the indictable charge read to him by the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan. The…

Auto mechanic pleads guilty to $3.3M robbery

Source: iNews Guyana Shaquille Wilburg, the 21-year-old auto mechanic charged in October of 2017 for carrying out a $3.3 million robbery at Brickdam, was on Tuesday afternoon jailed for four years by City Magistrate, Annette Singh. The Buxton, East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he changed his…

Guyana gearing to host warm-up matches for ICC Women’s T/20 World Cup -Minister Norton welcomes tournament

Source: iNews Guyana Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr. George Norton, said that he is ecstatic about Guyana’s participation in the upcoming International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Women’s  Twenty/Twenty (T/20) World Cup 2018, which was officially launched on Friday at the Umana Yana, Kingston, the Ministry of the Presidency (MotP) reported.…

Police probing two armed robberies at Enmore

Source: Stabroek News The police say they are investigating reports of armed robberies on two Enmore, ECD families early this morning allegedly by three masked males, all of whom were armed with handguns. Link: Police probing two armed robberies at Enmore

EYEWITNESS: Between a rock and a hard place…

Source: iNews Guyana …with coalition politics You may think, dear reader, your Eyewitness is a tad too taken up (obsessed?) with the trials and tribulations of the AFC and APNU marriage pact. But as he took pains to point out before, it’s not just a matter about the wankers in the two parties…

Unrest erupts in east Port of Spain after police killing

Source: Stabroek News (Trinidad Guardian) Neighbours and friends of 25-year-old Akel “Christmas” James are disputing the police’s claims over the circumstances surrounding his death. Link: Unrest erupts in east Port of Spain after police killing

No witnesses: public hearings postponed again

Source: Guyana Times Lindo Creek massacre CoI The lack of willingness on the part of witnesses to come forward is being blamed for the delay to commence the public hearing of the Commission of Inquiry into the Lindo Creek massacre. The initial public hearing was postponed last Thursday when Commissioner, Justice (ret’d) Donald…

“AFC got more than it deserved” – WPA

Source: Guyana Times Cummingsburg accord By Samuel Sukhnandan The Alliance For Change (AFC) stands to lose more than they would gain if they are to revise the Cummingsburg Accord that was struck between itself and the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), Working People’s Alliance (WPA) Executive, Dr David Hinds has opined. Dr…

Bandits invade New Amsterdam home

Source: Guyana Times …escapes with cash, jewellery A gang of five men, all armed with guns, invaded an Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam home. Reports are the men at about 11:35h on Sunday, invaded the Lot 767 Timmers Dam, Angoy’s Avenue, New Amsterdam home which also houses a business in the lower flat. Somawattie…

CH&PA shells out $1B for GuySuCo lands

Source: Guyana Times …but does not know where land is situated A conundrum arose before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Monday, when it was revealed that in 2016, the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) shelled out $1 billion for land but does not know where it is located. CH&PA’s acting Finance…

Gov’t will uphold constitution on Chancellor, CJ appointments

Source: Stabroek News The Ministry of the Presidency (MotP) last night labelled as reckless a statement by the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) expressing concern that appointments of a Chancellor of the Judiciary and a Chief Justice (CJ) might be made by the government outside of the constitutional provisions. Link: Gov’t will uphold constitution

NICIL accepts US$3m for outstanding GTT shares payment – source

Source: Stabroek News The National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NI-CIL) recently accepted an offer made by Hong Kong Golden Telecom Limited (HKGT) to pay US$3M of the outstanding US$5M for the purchase of government shares in the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT), sources say. Link: NICIL accepts USm for outstanding GTT shares

Teenage accused to face trial over murder of Top Cop’s brother

Source: Stabroek News A 16-year-old was yesterday committed to stand trial for the murder of Hemant Persaud, the brother of Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, who was fatally stabbed last year at the Stabroek Market. Link: Teenage accused to face trial over murder of Top Cop’s brother

Social Cohesion Ministry launches Mash band

Source: Guyana Chronicle STAYING true to local culture, the Ministry of Social Cohesion, Department of Culture, Youth and Sport, launched its Mash band on Monday at the E. R. Burrowes School of Arts, boasting 300 plus costumes and revellers. The ministry’s mash band takes on the look and feel of ‘everything Guyanese’ by…

Forensic audit for City Hall

Source: Guyana Chronicle …Auditor General says financial info hard to get from the municipality AUDITOR General (AG), Deodat Sharma has announced that his office will soon conduct a forensic audit of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) of Georgetown since the management of the municipality has failed to provide important financial information to…

GFC still to recover $80M owed by BaiShanLin

Source: Guyana Chronicle CHINESE company, BaiShanLin, owes the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) in excess of $80M and the commission aims to recover the outstanding debt in collaboration with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA). This is according to Chairperson of the GFC’s Board of Directors, Jocelyn Dow, at a press briefing on Monday, at…

Cabinet approves new command structure for police

Source: Guyana Chronicle TWO years after the announcement by the government to implement a regional commander system to foster effective management of the country’s geographical location, the proposal has been approved. On the sidelines of the opening of the Police Officers’ Conference on Thursday, Minister of Public security, Khemraj Ramjattan told the Guyana…

ExxonMobil contract anti-Constitution–says Ram

Source: Kaieteur News Attorney-at-Law, Christopher Ram “Just imagine. A sovereign state is prevented from altering the Agreement either directly or indirectly by new laws or policies, but an arbitral tribunal can do so! If Chapter 1:01 of the Laws of Guyana sets out the country’s constitution, this Petroleum Agreement, signed AFTER the world’s…

Linden town treasurer refuses to sign off illegally on cheques

Source: Kaieteur News Treasurer of the Linden Town Council, Audrey Nelson (left) with PAC member, Juan Edghill Treasurer of the Linden Town Council, Audrey Nelson, was yesterday commended for standing up to councillors by refusing to authorize spending of government funds without following the correct legal procedures. During the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)…

Dwight Yorke sued by Soca monarch

Source: Guyana Chronicle PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Former Trinidad & Tobago and Manchester United footballer Dwight Yorke is being sued by reigning Chutney Soca Monarch, Neval Chatelal, for the non-payment of a TT$250 000 (One TT dollar =US$0.16 cents) loan. Yorke, 46, was reportedly loaned the money in March last year…

Pensioner remanded to prison on trafficking charge

Source: iNews Guyana A pensioner, who reportedly told the police that she sells narcotics in order to pay her bills found herself before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Monday morning. Bernadette Robertson, 65, of Lot 90 Blueberry Hill, Wismar Linden appeared before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan and had the charge of possession…

GFC working with GRA to recover monies owed by BaiShanLin- Dow

Source: iNews Guyana Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC), Jocelyn Dow, on Monday asserted that Chinese company BaiShanLin owes the Commission in excess of $80M and that moves are afoot to have that recovered in collaboration with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA). In September of 2016, the…

Bar Association warns against unconstitutional appointments of Chancellor, CJ

Source: Stabroek News The Guyana Bar Association (GBA) today warned against any unconstitutional appointments of a Chancellor of the Judiciary and a Chief Justice (CJ) stating that it would have embarrassing consequences. Link: Bar Association warns against unconstitutional appointments of Chancellor, CJ

EYEWITNESS: Fixing…

Source: iNews Guyana …or spinning wheels on Third Force There seems to be an effort to jump-start another “Third Force” in Guyana today; and former Speaker Ralph Ramkarran attempted to rationalise it in his column from yesterday. This Third Force idea’s been floated time and again as a way to break the debilitating…

Dwight Yorke sued by soca monarch over outstanding $$

Source: Stabroek News (Trinidad Guardian) Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke was served legal documents before his Seas the Moment fete in Tobago on Saturday, as current Chutney Soca Monarch Neval Chatelal has sued him in an effort to recover $250,000 which was lent to Yorke last year. Link: Dwight Yorke sued by

Cross-dresser killed in Vreed-en-Hoop accident

Source: Guyana Times …but family says he was murdered By Kizzy Coleman Cross-dresser Donneikel Campbell, called “Mogo”, of an unknown address in Georgetown, allegedly met his demise at about 03:45h on Sunday after he reportedly jumped into the path of a vehicle at Vreed-en-Hoop, West Coast Demerara (WCD). Donniekel Campbelle According to reports,…

Cotton Tree man dies after car plunges into canal

Source: Guyana Times Twenty-one-year-old Rafike Mohammed of Cotton Tree Village, West Coast Berbice was killed, and two other persons sustained injuries after the vehicle in which they were travelling reportedly became uncontrollable and ended up in a canal at Number 6 Village, West Coast Berbice. Dead: Rafike Mohammed This accident reportedly occurred at…

Govt allowing contractors to lead project – Jagdeo

Source: Guyana Times New Demerara river crossing …reiterates non-support for medium level open bridge The Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has criticised Government for the approach it has taken in regard to implementation of the New Demerara River Crossing project, wherein it is allowing the contractors to take the lead in helping to…

Ramotar defends CGX agreement

Source: Stabroek News 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…

Workers of sugar divestment unit turned away from Enmore estate

Source: Stabroek News 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. Link: Workers of sugar divestment unit turned away from Enmore estate

DJ dead, two hospitalised after West Berbice accident

Source: Stabroek News 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). Link: DJ dead, two hospitalised after West Berbice accident

Brandon Harding is new ‘Soca King’

Source: Guyana Chronicle – Vanilla, Diana Chapman and “Lil Colwyn” wrap up top four HE came, he saw, he conquered! Linden’s Brandon Harding, a pre-competition favourite, lived up to his own expectations and easily walked away with the Carib Soca Monarch title and the $1.5M first-place prize when the winner was announced in…

CGX stability clause binds gov’t

Source: Guyana Chronicle – agreement was signed by former President Donald Ramotar THE government’s hands are tied to terms of the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) for CGX Resources Inc, signed by then President and Minister with Responsibility for Petroleum Donald Ramotar, on behalf of the Government of Guyana. The Ministry of Natural Resources…

GWI opens office at Parika

Source: Guyana Chronicle THE Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) on Sunday formally opened an office at Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), in its bid to improve services provided to residents of Region Two and Three. For the first time, persons who live on the island of Leguan and even those who reside at Ruby,…

AFC agrees to contest LGE with APNU

Source: Guyana Chronicle – but reaffirms decision to review Cummingsburg Accord THE National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Alliance For Change (AFC) has taken a decision to contest the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE) with its coalition partner, the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), but reinforced its decision to have the Cummingsburg…

Soldier allegedly robs chief prison officer

Source: Guyana Chronicle A GUYANA Defence Force (GDF) corporal and another suspect were taken into custody following an investigation into alleged robbery under arms, committed on a 43-year-old chief prison officer on Saturday. Reports indicate that the robbery occurred on the Soesdyke Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD) by four males, one of…

Foster heralds ‘new beginning’ after elected BCB President

Source: Guyana Chronicle – Sanasie promised to work with elected body FORMER Chairman of the Special Events Committee of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB), Hilbert Foster, has been declared winner of the BCB’s presidential election yesterday. He defeated former president Dhierandranauth Somwaru, 18 votes to 16 when the electoral process was held at…

Milo U-18 Football tournament

Source: Guyana Chronicle Big wins for Christianburg, Morgan’s Learning Center THE Annual Milo Schools U-18 Football tournament continued on Sunday with big wins for Morgan’s Learning Center and Christianburg/Wismar Secondary. The Linden-based side whipped Dolphin Secondary 5-1 in game two at the Ministry of Education ground, Carifesta Avenue. Scoring started as early as…

Forbes Burnham Memorial 3-Stage Cycle Road Race

Source: Guyana Chronicle -Anthony takes first leg ahead of DeNobrega, John By Michelangelo Jacobus AFTER a successful run at the Linden Games just last week, Michael Anthony drew first blood in the Forbes Burnham Memorial Three-Stage Cycling Road Race by winning the first leg in the ancient county of Berbice on Sunday. The…

Demerara emerges champion of GCB Female Under-19 Tournament

Source: Guyana Chronicle DEMERARA emerged champions of the Guyana Cricket Board Female Inter-County U-19 cricket tournament which concluded on Sunday. The final was between the GCB’s President XI and Demerara. GCB’s President XI won the toss and decided to have a bat but were only able to compile a total of 38 runs…

Windies arrive to kickstart qualification bid

Source: Stabroek News HARARE, Zimbabwe, CMC – West Indies received a rousing welcome at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport here Sunday evening as they became the first team to arrive for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers starting next month. Link: Windies arrive to kickstart qualification bid

Truck driver arrested with unlicensed gun, ammo

Source: iNews Guyana A truck driver is now in the custody of the Police after he was early this morning discovered with an unlicensed pistol and ammunition in his possession. The 27 year old suspect of Adams Road, Soesdyke was arrested at Back Road, Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara (EBD) at around 04:20hrs. According…

Govt releases CGX oil contract

Source: iNews Guyana …Guyana gets 1% royalty, 53% profit sharing Weeks after its own self-imposed deadline expired, the Guyana Government has begun the process of releasing the contracts between the state and other oil companies – beginning with Canadian company CGX Resources Incorporated. Under the Article 11 ‘Cost Recovery and Production sharing’ heading…

Soesdyke residents arrested with stolen items

Source: iNews Guyana Two Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara (EBD) residents are now in police custody after they were on Saturday afternoon caught by Police with stolen items in their possession. The 24 year old and 22 year old men were intercepted at around 13:40hrs in a motorcar. Reports are that the couple reportedly…

Ann’s Grove man killed in early morning accident

Source: iNews Guyana A 27 year old man early this morning lost his life following a two vehicle smash up on the Vreed-en-hoop Public Road, West Coast Demerara (WCD). Dead is Donikel Campbelle of Lot 23 Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD) who met his unfortunate demise at around 03:45hrs. According to reports,…

Hunt continuing in T&T for ISIS cell members

Source: Stabroek News (Trinidad Guardian) Networks of the ISIS cell in T&T which Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley referred to in Parliament are spread from Aranjuez, Charlieville and Enterprise to Rio Claro among other locations, a national security official has said. Link: Hunt continuing in T&T for ISIS cell members

Govt releases CGX oil contract

Source: Guyana Times … Guyana gets 1% royalty, 53% profit sharing Weeks after its own self-imposed deadline expired, the Guyana Government has begun the process of releasing the contracts between the State and other oil companies – beginning with Canadian company CGX Resources Incorporated. Under the Article 11 ‘Cost Recovery and Production sharing’…

Weeds taking over lands as rice cultivation seemingly shelved

Source: Guyana Times Wales conversion plans? …no word on poultry, livestock initiatives By Shemuel Fanfair Nearly two years after the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) announced that it had intended to convert some 485 acres of land at Wales Estate into rice cultivation, the plots in the area remain desolate, highlighting that the plan…

Fire flattens Coldigen furniture store

Source: Guyana Times …over 48 jobless Over forty-eight persons are now jobless after a mid-afternoon fire flattened the Supra International furniture manufacturing complex at the Coldigen Industrial Estate on the East Coast of Demerara. The section where the fire started According to reports, the fire started sometime around 15:30h in the right wing…

Transparency: Jagdeo expresses suspicion over missing files

Source: Guyana Times D’Urban Park probe …as Audit Office may be forced to close investigation without them The Audit Office of Guyana’s has registered its complaints that it was unable to acquire pertinent documents from the Public Infrastructure Ministry in its special D’Urban Park probe. This is being viewed with much concern by…

Sanasie credits government for securing bid

Source: Guyana Times By Clifton Ross Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Secretary Anand Sanasie hailed the government’s swift action in helping Guyana to secure their bid to host this year ICC Women’s World T20, set to bowl off in November 2018. During Friday’s gala at the Umana Yana where the official three countries tour…

Ramotar signed oil contract with CGX nearly identical to Exxon deal

Source: Stabroek News Government yesterday released the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) signed by the former Donald Ramotarled PPP/C administration with Canadian miner CGX Resources Inc, the terms of which appear to be almost identical to those of the much maligned 2016 agreement signed by the current administration with ExxonMobil’s local subsidiary and its…

Securing advances on oil revenues should be considered

Source: Stabroek News Seeking advances on future revenue from ExxonMobil should be under discussion, according to United States-based Guyanese business professor and accountant Floyd Haynes, who says the benefits for a developing nation like ours are incalculable and can outweigh the disadvantages “I think it should be considered. Link: Securing advances on oil

Millions lost in Coldingen furniture factory fire

Source: Stabroek News The Supra International factory, located at Coldingen, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was yesterday afternoon destroyed by a fire of unknown origin, leaving millions of dollars in losses and approximately 50 employees jobless. Link: Millions lost in Coldingen furniture factory fire

Mother sues AG, police for $100M over mentally-ill son’s lockup suicide

Source: Stabroek News The mother of a mentally-ill man, who hanged himself in 2015 while in police custody, has filed a $100 million lawsuit against the Attorney General (AG) Basil Williams and the Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, claiming negligence. Link: Mother sues AG, police for 0M over mentally-ill son’s lockup suicide

Children Mash down town!

Source: Guyana Chronicle THE National Park was filled to capacity as locals came out in their numbers to feast their eyes on the variety of bands at this year’s Children Mashramani Costume and Float Parade. Thousands filled the stands at the annual spectacle and enjoyed the coming together of students and representatives from…

Beefing up border patrols

Source: Guyana Chronicle …President declares Whitewater frontline community in defence of Guyana’s sovereignty …army sets up new patrol base after residents raise security concerns PRESIDENT David Granger on Friday declared Whitewater, Barima-Waini (Region One) and other communities near Guyana’s border with Venezuela, frontline communities in the fight to ensure the country’s territorial integrity.…

CGX production agreement a 53/47 split

Source: Guyana Chronicle — in favour of government, contract shows THE Government of Guyana on Saturday released the CGX Resources Inc Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) signed in 2013 by then President Donald Ramotar on behalf of Guyana and Dr Edris K. Dookie, on behalf of CGX Energy Inc. The PSA in its entirety,…

Former Attorney General Shahabuddeen passes on

Source: Guyana Chronicle PRESIDENT David Granger has extended heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of Justice Mohamed Shahabuddeen who passed away on Saturday morning at age 87. Justice Mohamed Shahabuddeen will be remembered for his distinguished service as an eminent Judge of the International Court of Justice, lawyer, public servant, politician…

Fire flattens Non Pareil factory

Source: Guyana Chronicle LOCAL businessman Keith Moonasar is counting his losses after a fire of unknown origin razed his factory at Non Pareil, East Coast Demerara, on Saturday. Moonasar was in tears as he watched his factory go up in flames. “I was on the way to keep wake for my brother who…

BaiShanLin busted for illegal logging in Berbice River

Source: Kaieteur News BaiShanLin’s equipment at a Linden location, over three years ago. Late January, Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, made it clear that disgraced Chinese investor, BaiShanLin, was not operating in Guyana. Asked about BaiShanLin, the Minister said, “We are not aware that BaiShanLin has any operations ongoing.” However, there is…

UG seeks participants for Global Entrepreneurship Programme

Source: Kaieteur News The nation’s premier tertiary education institution, the University of Guyana (UG) is seeking participants to attend           the Global Entrepreneurship Programme (GEP) slated for July 23 to August 3, at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell in Boston, United States. Second, third and fourth year students of the University of Guyana are…

Coldingen furniture factory reduced to ashes

Source: Kaieteur News Firefighters at work Supra International, a local office furniture manufacturer which has been in operation for more than 20 years was yesterday destroyed by fire, reducing millions of dollars in investments, as well as raw and finished materials to ashes. The Factory was located at Lot 30 Coldingen, Industrial Site,…

Jaguars secure Super50 semi-final spot despite Walton ton

Source: Guyana Chronicle ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) – Guyana Jaguars weathered a sparkling hundred from Chadwick Walton and four frustrating rain interruptions, to beat Jamaica Scorpions by four wickets and book their place in the final four of the Regional Super50. Set a revised target of 212 following the last rain break at…

Region Nine `Golden Girl’ for Patrick Ford Memorial Open

Source: Guyana Chronicle THE Savannah Boxing Gym will be represented by its `Golden Girl’ Julicia Rodney when the first-ever Patrick Ford Memorial Open punches off at the National Gymnasium on February 25. The 15-year-old Pride of Region Nine will be accompanied by fellow boxer Troy Nero and coach Trevor Austin when the Guyana…

Lorry driver pinned to death in Potora accident

Source: iNews Guyana Police are investigating a fatal accident that occurred on the 14 Miles Potora Road involving motor lorry GSS 6366 attached with motor trailer TRR 5291. Dead is driver of the lorry Kevon Sauers, 30, of Kwakwani Berbice River Front. Based on information received, the driver of the lorry and a…

Coldingen fire destroys manufacturing complex

Source: iNews Guyana …businessman counting losses Businessman, Keith Moonasar, is now counting his losses after his furniture manufacturing complex-Supra International, at Coldingen on the East Coast of Demerara, went up in flames this afternoon. The fire reportedly started at around 15:30hrs after workers would have completed work for the day. According to Moonasar,…

$34M boating landing for Supenaam planned

Source: Kaieteur News The Supenaam, Region Two landing Boat operators working within the Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) district will soon be able to offload their passengers in much better conditions, as consultations commence for the establishment of a $34M boat landing at Supenaam. The initiative is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Public…

Bus driver shot, chopped and robbed by armed trio

Source: iNews Guyana Three suspects identified as Juvenile, Bang and Kevin are currently being sought by the police after they allegedly shot, chopped and robbed a minibus driver known to them. The incident reportedly occurred around18:45hrs last evening at Victoria Street, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD). Two of the suspects were armed with…

Notice for departing passengers at CJIAC

Source: Stabroek News CJIAC wishes to advise departing passengers effective Sunday, February 18, 2018 at approximately 14:00 h that the Immigration and Security operations will be relocated to the former Greeters Hall to facilitate the ongoing airport expansion project. Link: Notice for departing passengers at CJIAC

Gov’t releases CGX agreement

Source: Stabroek News In keeping with its commitment to release petroleum and other agreements, the government today released the one with Canadian miner, CGX. Link: Gov’t releases CGX agreement

Trinidad has ISIS cell – PM confirms

Source: Stabroek News (Trinidad Guardian) Trinidad and Tobago has an ISIS cell. The official confirmation came yesterday from Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, who was grilled by Opposition MPs on the recent threatened plot to disrupt Carnival 2018 and the causes. Link: Trinidad has ISIS cell – PM confirms

Sanctity of contracts must be respected – Exxon

Source: Guyana Times Oil and gas sector …says investment under contract terms already commenced By Jarryl Bryan The polarising issue of the 2016 oil contract was recently resurrected at cabinet level, but when it comes to renegotiating the agreement between the Government of Guyana and ExxonMobil, the oil giant is a firm believer…

GAWU wants decision to be made permanent

Source: Guyana Times Sugar estates’ temporary reopening …writes Minister of State insisting that all dismissed workers be rehired By Michael Younge The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) on Friday wrote Minister of State Joseph Harmon as it lobbied the A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change coalition-Government to not…

Royston King to get the boot – source

Source: Guyana Times …as PNCR expresses no-confidence in performance Dissatisfaction with the performance of the Georgetown Town Clerk Royston King is spreading from the Chambers of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) to now the realm of the Peoples National Congress Reform (PNCR), as several top executives there are calling for his removal.…

Mother, daughter slapped with narco-trafficking charge

Source: Guyana Times CJIA cocaine bust Nineteen-year-old Rachael Narine and her mother, Kavita Persaud, who were nabbed by ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) at the Cheddi Jagan Intentional Airport with almost six pounds of cocaine concealed in the teen’s purse, were on Friday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a…

Cop charged for raping colleague

Source: Guyana Times Police Constable Dillon Crandon was on Friday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on a charge detailing that on February 10 instant, at John’s Hotel in Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, he engaged in sexual penetration of a woman without her consent. Police Constable Dillon Crandon Unrepresented by legal counsel, the 20-year-old Crandon…

Diaspora seen as pivotal to Guyana’s oil future

Source: Stabroek News Whether Guyana becomes “immensely rich or just another Trump-hole” from oil revenues depends largely on its ability to attract specialty experience and competencies in industry and sectors here, says business website Bloomberg. Link: Diaspora seen as pivotal to Guyana’s oil future

Vendor charged for attempting to kill her cousin

Source: Kaieteur News Remanded: Lisa Bobb A 26-year-old woman who has pending matters before five Senior Magistrates in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts was yesterday remanded to prison on an attempted murder charge. Lisa Bobb, 26, of 84 Campbellville Housing Scheme, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and was not required to plead to…

Authorities close illegal funeral parlour in New Amsterdam

Source: Kaieteur News The building at New Amsterdam where the illegal funeral parlour is located At approximately 13:00 hrs on Thursday, the New Amsterdam Town Council summoned the police at Central Police Station to visit a location at Savannah Park, New Amsterdam where a building stands. The building, that once facilitated a private…

Deal nearer with DDL on Enmore takeover

Source: Kaieteur News An early deal for the re-opening of the Enmore factory is closer It appears that an early deal for the re-opening of the lone estate in the East Demerara area is closer. With the Enmore estate closed in December, a worried Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), makers of the world-renowned, award-winning…

Mohamed returns to GMR&SC Helm

Source: Guyana Chronicle RAMEEZ Mohamed will start his second term in office following his reelection last evening as president of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC). The club hosted its Annual General Meeting and election of office bearers at its Thomas Lands facility. Several members of the last executive were returned.…

GCB prepared to work with whoever is at the helm of BCB

Source: Guyana Chronicle – Bacchus ACTING president of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB), Fizul Bacchus says the local governing body for the sport is prepared to work with whoever is elected at the helm of Berbice’s cricket. Bacchus made the announcement yesterday, adding that, the GCB has always lent its support to the development…

Magnum “Mash Cup” trophies handed over to Legacy Promotions

Source: Guyana Chronicle LEGACY Promotions, the organisers of the Magnum Mash Futsal Cup on Friday received the winning trophies from popular suppliers Trophy Stall. At the brief handing over ceremony at the company’s Bourda outlet, Trophy Stall’s Eshwar Bharrat revealed that they are proud to be associated with the event. He said “just…

Shameful!

Source: Guyana Chronicle – ECB fails to assemble team for female Inter-County U-19 tourney THE Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB) has found itself in a colossal mess, where they have failed to assemble a female squad to participate in this year’s Guyana Cricket Board’s Under-19 T20 Inter-County tournament. It is totally embarrassing, with the…

Repeat offender charged with attempted murder

Source: iNews Guyana Twenty five year old, Lisa Bobb charged multiple times before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for a series of offences was on Friday before the Chief Magistrate, this time charged with attempted murder. The Lot 84 Campbellville Housing Scheme resident was heard screaming “If I had the chance to murder that…

Ex-Policeman latest to be charged in carjacking ring

Source: iNews Guyana The ex-Policeman who was apprehended in Monument Hill, Kuru Kururu, Linden when ranks of the “A” Division swooped down at his property and discovered vehicle parts, was on Friday, arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for the offence. 36-year-old Jason Harry, a Taxi Service owner, made his appearance before City…

Police Constable accused of raping colleague gets bail

Source: iNews Guyana A Guyana Police Force (GPF) Constable was on Friday arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts for allegedly raping a female colleague. Dillon Crandon, 20, made his appearance before the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan to answer for the indictable offence. He denied that on February 10, 2018 at John’s Hotel, Werk-en-Rust,…

AFC hails Cummingsburg Accord

Source: Stabroek News The Alliance for Change (AFC) today hailed the third anniversary of the February 14th 2015 Cummingsburg Accord which paved the way for the APNU+AFC victory at general elections that year. Link: AFC hails Cummingsburg Accord

Manager, US-based Guyanese robbed of $7.4M

Source: iNews Guyana Deomattie Seeram, a 31-year-old manager, was on Thursday relieved of $7.4M property of Deodat Ramdeo, a US-based Guyanese, by two males, one of whom was armed with a  gun. The victims were reportedly trailed from a city bank where they cashed a cheque for the said amount and were robbed…

EYEWITNESS: Democracy…

Source: iNews Guyana … betrayed One of the main reasons for the PNC win is that it had changed its name to APNU through the transparent subterfuge of “coalescing” with the WPA and other paper organisations. Guyanese folk wisdom about old dogs being unable to stop “sucking eggs” is appreciated by the citizenry. NO. It convinced…

T&T Minister denies Muslims being unfairly targeted in carnival probe

Source: Stabroek News (Trinidad Guardian) National Security Minister Edmund Dillon, who represented the Government alongside Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi in a meeting with Muslim leaders yesterday, says the meeting was to foster cooperation and collaboration between the protective services and the Islamic community. Link: T&T Minister denies Muslims being unfairly targeted in carnival

Region 9 Deputy REO accused of Rape

Source: Guyana Times …denies accusation as cover-up plot foiled By Ramona Luthi Sherwin Wellington, Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO) of Region 9 (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), has been accused of raping a female senior official attached to that Regional Democratic Council (RDC). The alleged incident reportedly occurred during last week, while the accused and…

Witnesses dodge Lindo Creek CoI’s first public hearing

Source: Guyana Times …hearing postponed due to poor planning, logistics The first round of public hearings for the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Lindo Creek massacre was postponed due to logistical issues and the unavailability of witnesses on Thursday. One hour after the scheduled time for the start of the first public…

Armed bandits rob manager, US-based Guyanese of $7.4M

Source: Guyana Times Police on Thursday said they were investigating an alleged robbery under arms, which occurred about 12:00h at Middle Street, Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara (ECD). Deomattie Seeram, a 31-year-old manager, was relieved of $7,450,000, property of Deodat Ramdeo, a US-based Guyanese, by two males, one of whom was armed with…

Duo remanded on carjacking charge

Source: Guyana Times Timothy Waldron and Shawn Archibald on Thursday appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to answer to two counts of carjacking among other charges. It is alleged that on November 4, 2017 while armed with a gun at Irving Street, Georgetown, the duo robbed Ryhann Shah of a Toyota Allion valued…

Bulkan ups pressure on Chase-Green, Town Clerk

Source: Stabroek News Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and Town Clerk Royston King appear to have run afoul of the People’s National Congress/ Reform (PNCR), the largest party in the APNU+AFC coalition which could mean that their positions at the city  council could be under threat. Link: Bulkan ups pressure on Chase-Green, Town Clerk

Drug ring found in two city schools

Source: Stabroek News The Customs Anti-Narcotic Unit (CANU) has discovered a drug ring inside two Georgetown secondary schools and charges are expected to be laid soon. Link: Drug ring found in two city schools

Armed bandits grab $7.4m from US-based man, woman

Source: Stabroek News A US-based Guyanese and a woman were robbed at gunpoint of $7.4m yesterday afternoon by two motorcycle bandits, the police say. Link: Armed bandits grab .4m from US-based man, woman

No place for the lawless

Source: Guyana Chronicle – President says service in the Force must be based on commitment, competence and incorruptibility “LAWLESS policemen have no place in a lawful force, “President David Granger told the opening of a three-day conference of the Guyana Police Force on Thursday. He said a force which is contaminated by corruption…

Carjacking mastermind on the run

Source: Guyana Chronicle – home raided; Mazda, 12 certificates of registration seized A LODGE Housing Scheme, Georgetown resident who is suspected to be the mastermind behind a spate of carjackings, is being sought, the Guyana Police Force has said. Investigators last night swooped down on his premises and conducted a search during which…

Lindo Creek COI hearings on hold

Source: Guyana Chronicle – Commissioner cites lack of prerequisite arrangements THE first public hearing for the Lindo Creek Massacre Commission of Inquiry (COI) was postponed on Thursday over what the Chairman (Retd) Justice Donald Trotman described as absence of internal prerequisite arrangements. The first of a series of public hearings into the June…

Children’s dance and masquerade rock

Source: Guyana Chronicle WITH animated hip-hop performances, dramatic dances and colourful masquerade performances, the Ministry of Education Children’s Mashramani Dance and Masquerade finals concluded at the National Cultural Centre before a boisterous crowd on Thursday. Georgetown’s Westfield Prep, South Ruimveldt Secondary, Ann’s Grove Primary of Region four and New Silver City Secondary of…

Radio Aishalton to be switched on

Source: Guyana Chronicle COMMUNITIES located in the deep south of the Rupununi Savannahs on Saturday will be able to switch on their radios to 95.1FM, as the Government moves to commission Radio Aishalton. Radio Aishalton is the first radio station to be established in the deep south of the Rupununi. Equipped with the…

Opposition prepared to meet Govt. on ExxonMobil contract flaws

Source: Kaieteur News Opposition leader, Bharrat Jagdeo The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) said yesterday it is prepared to discuss the flaws of ExxonMobil Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) should Cabinet decide to move forward with renegotiating the deal through a bipartisan approach. Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, made the disclosure at his weekly press conference,…

You can’t cure corruption by ignoring it

Source: Kaieteur News – President Granger tells Police Conference President David Granger “Corruption like a malignant cancer cannot be cured by being ignored.” This was the firm declaration of President David Granger yesterday as he delivered piercing remarks at the 2018 Police Officers Conference at the Eve Leary Police Officers Mess. The Head…

No penalties exist if ExxonMobil shirks Local Content responsibilities

Source: Kaieteur News Chartered Accountant and Attorney-at-law, Chris Ram Guyana’s Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) with US oil giant, ExxonMobil, has been criticised for having limited or rather, ‘mediocre” provisions in place for local content. But even with the inadequate provisions in place, no penalties exist if ExxonMobil turns out to be negligent in…

Busted carjackers stole over 100 vehicles

Source: Kaieteur News -used some in ‘private hire’ service, demanded $24,000 a week from drivers   Police were yesterday still trying to assess the scope of the recently dismantled carjacking ring whose operations stretched from East Coast Demerara to Linden. Investigators believe that the gang included ex-policemen, several young taxi drivers, individuals with…

Paul earns maiden West Indies-A call-up

Source: Guyana Chronicle – Wintz drafted in Jaguars squad FAST rising all-rounder, Keemo Paul earned a maiden call-up to the West Indies-A squad for the remainder of the unofficial Test series against the touring England Lions. A reliable source close to the A-team confirmed to Chronicle Sport yesterday that Paul, who replaced the…

‘Jackie Chan’ stars as Sparta Boss go through to semi-finals

Source: Guyana Chronicle – Bent Street, Silver Bullets and Leopold Street also advance SPARTA Boss, Bent Street, Silver Bullets and Leopold Street booked their places in tomorrow’s semi-finals of the inaugural Legacy ‘Magnum Mash Cup’ Futsal tournament, following their respective wins in Wednesday’s quarter-finals at the National Gymnasium. The results meant that fans…

Top Cop delivers last address at annual Police Officers’ Conference

Source: iNews Guyana Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud this morning delivered his last address to the annual Police Officers’ Conference, reflecting on his years of service to the Guyana Police Force. Persaud in his remarks outlined that despite challenges, the Force was resilient in its crime fighting strategy. He noted the Force’s reported declining…

Japan’s 3 grants totaling US$270,510 should benefit over 2,000

Source: iNews Guyana The Government of Guyana and Japan today signed three grants totalling US$270,510 for local organisations embarking on development projects, benefitting over 2,000 in Regions Six and Nine. The St. Francis Community Developers, Special Needs for Life Inc. and Iwokrama International Centre for Rain Forest were beneficiaries of grants under the…

Duo accused of carjacking, robbing Ryhaan Shah, others charged

Source: iNews Guyana Timothy Waldron and Shawn Archibald on Thursday appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to answer to two counts of carjacking among other charges. Waldron and Archibald, both of Unity Place, South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, pleaded not guilty to the charges. It was alleged on November 4, while armed with a gun…

Deputy REO of Region 9 accused of raping senior RDC official

Source: iNews Guyana Sherwin Wellington, the Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO), of Region 9- Upper Takatu-Upper Essequibo- has been accused of rape by a female senior official attached to the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) in the same region. This publication was informed that the incident occurred sometime last week, while the accused and…

Lindo Creek CoI put on hold, no witnesses

Source: Stabroek News The Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Lindo Creek massacre was embarrassingly halted today even before it could get started as the Commission was uncertain of the appearance of scheduled witnesses. Link: Lindo Creek CoI put on hold, no witnesses

EYEWITNESS: Playing around…

Source: iNews Guyana …with crime numbers To say the Police Force has a credibility problem would be the understatement of the year. What with daily revelations of Cops and ex-Cops involved in robberies, murder, carjackings, extortion (at traffic stops) etc etc…you’d have a hard time distinguishing between the Cops and the robbers!! And…

First Lindo Creek COI public hearing postponed

Source: Guyana Times   Due to unforeseen circumstances, the first public hearing for the Lindo Creek COI has been postponed. Commissioner Justice Donald Trotman appeared before the media one hour after the scheduled starting time to inform journalists of the postponement. The commissioner claimed there were certain “internal prerequisites” and logistical issues that…

Lindo Creek CoI public hearing postponed

Source: iNews Guyana The first public hearing for the Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI) has been postponed. Commissioner Justice Donald Trotman appeared before the media one hour after the scheduled starting time to inform journalists of the postponement. The commissioner claimed there were certain “internal prerequisites” and logistical issues that led to…

Suspected mastermind of carjacking ring being hunted- Police

Source: iNews Guyana Police say they are seeking a Lodge Housing Scheme, Georgetown resident who they suspect to be the mastermind behind the recent strings of carjacking busts along the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, among other places.  According to the police, investigators last night swooped down on the suspected mastermind’s premises and conducted a search…

Carjacking mastermind being sought

Source: Guyana Chronicle A Lodge Housing Scheme, Georgetown resident who is suspected to be the mastermind behind the carjackings, is being sought, the Guyana Police Force has said. Investigators last night swooped down on his premises and conducted a search during which, the ranks found a black Mazda Axela Motorcar with license number…

Suspected mastermind of carjacking ring being sought

Source: Stabroek News A Lodge Housing Scheme, Georgetown resident who is suspected to be the mastermind behind a spate of carjackings, is being sought, the police said today in a statement. Link: Suspected mastermind of carjacking ring being sought

Machel, Super Blue in rare Road March air

Source: Stabroek News (Trinidad Guardian) Soca legends Machel Montano and Austin “Super Blue” Lyons have been crowned this year’s Road March winners. Link: Machel, Super Blue in rare Road March air

President sees no need to review Cummingsburg Accord

Source: Guyana Times …says AFC has not formally approach APNU …insists agreement can be allowed to expire if not reviewed now Some three months after announcing plans to review the coalition deal with its governing partner, the Alliance For Chance (AFC) is yet to formally approach the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU)…

Controversial Lindo Creek CoI commences today

Source: Guyana Times Almost 10 years after the eight miners were killed, the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Lindo Creek Massacre, which has been dubbed a “kangaroo commission” is set to commence the first set of public hearings this morning at the Ministry of the Presidency’s Department of Public Service on Waterloo…

Ex-sugar workers to Granger: “Sit with us, feel our pain”

Source: Guyana Times …as desperation kicks in as a result of collapsing economic situation By Samuel Sukhnandan An ex-employee of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) is urging President David Granger and his Cabinet Ministers to give up being transported in their luxury vehicles for one day and instead meet with the fired workers,…

2 more arrested at Yarrowkabra

Source: Guyana Times …as Police cut deeper into carjacking ring As the Police continue to put a dent in the carjacking ring, two other men were taken into custody following another raid at Yarrowkabra, Soesdyke/Linden Highway, which earthed four other vehicles that might have been stolen or unlawfully obtained. The cars and bikes…

Skeldon, Enmore estates for limited restart

Source: Stabroek News Just weeks after they were shuttered, the Skeldon and Enmore estates will be reopened by the end of March and some cane cutters re-employed to demonstrate to potential buyers that the estates are viable and as such can be sold as going concerns, sources say. Link: Skeldon, Enmore estates for

‘Two Kicks’ gets  25 years for killing aunt

Source: Stabroek News Devon Griffith, called ‘Two Kicks’, 30, of Hope-town Village, West Coast Berbice yesterday  pleaded guilty to killing his aunt Vaulda Britton in the course of, or furtherance of a sexual offence of rape and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. Link: ‘Two Kicks’ gets  25 years for killing aunt

Pres. Granger says… ExxonMobil contract back with Cabinet

Source: Kaieteur News President David Granger Amid growing unhappiness over the 2016 Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) between Government and U.S. oil giant, ExxonMobil, President David Granger yesterday disclosed that the matter is engaging Cabinet. The President was asked by Kaieteur News, specifically, if Government is prepared to review the contract based on public…

Teen busted with cocaine at CJIA

Source: Guyana Chronicle A 19-year-old female outgoing passenger to the United States was on Wednesday busted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport with cocaine concealed in her handbag. Ranks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit have since arrested her mother and another relative. In a release, CANU said ranks conducted a search on the…

Commonwealth stands with Guyana

Source: Guyana Chronicle …SG lauds UN decision to send border controversy to ICJ COMMONWEALTH Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has welcomed the decision of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Gutteres, to refer the long-standing border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). In a statement posted on its…

Lindo Creek CoI opens today

Source: Guyana Chronicle PUBLIC hearings of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Lindo Creek massacre will open this morning at the CoI Secretariat, Ministry of the Presidency, Department of the Public Service, Waterloo Street, Georgetown. The Commission of Inquiry (CoI) has been established to enquire into the circumstances surrounding the killings of…

Senior Counsel Rafiq Khan appointed Acting Justice of Appeal

Source: Guyana Chronicle SENIOR Counsel Rafiq Khan was sworn in as Acting Justice of Appeal by President David Granger during a simple ceremony at State House on Wednesday. The six-month appointment, which is in accordance with Article 128 (2) (D) of the Constitution of Guyana, took immediate effect. President Granger, in delivering remarks,…

Labouer crushed to death in workplace accident

Source: iNews Guyana A labourer of La Bonne Intention (LBI), East Coast Demerara (ECD), was this afternoon crushed to death while working at a bond at Good Hope, ECD. Dead is 28-year-old Doonauth Rampersaud. Inews was reliably informed that Rampersaud was reportedly demolishing a concrete post with a sledge hammer when it collapsed…

Teen busted at CJIA with cocaine in handbag

Source: iNews Guyana Ranks of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) working at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) conducted a search on a female teenage passenger who was scheduled to travel to the USA and found a quantity of suspected cocaine concealed in her handbag. This publication was informed that the total…

Teenager, mother in custody following CJIA drug bust

Source: Guyana Chronicle A 19-year old East Coast Demerara woman was on Valentine’s Day detained by ranks  of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) stationed at the CJIA after a quantity of narcotics  suspected to be cocaine was found in her handbag. Reports are that the teenage passenger , who was preparing to travel to…

Teams briefed, balls presented ahead of third Petra Futsal

Source: Guyana Chronicle THE 24 teams in this year’s annual Petra Futsal football tournament were on Tuesday evening briefed on the rules of the tournament which begins on February 24. At the Brandsville Hotel in Campbellville, the organisers (Petra), with the aim of having a smooth tournament, briefed the teams on the rules…

Sir Viv Richards bestowed with life-long gov’t benefits

Source: Guyana Chronicle SIR Vivian Richards, one of the greatest batsmen ever, is to be honoured with tax exemptions, a monthly pension and other benefits by the government of Antigua and Barbuda. Richards, who will turn 66 on March 7, played 121 Tests for the West Indies between November 1974 and August 1991…

Somwaru will respect result of BCB elections, if he loses

Source: Guyana Chronicle – says cricket must be the ultimate winner By Rajiv Bisnauth THE Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) presidential election is shaping up to be a two-man contest between former president Dhierandranauth Somwaru and Director of Regional Health Services in Region Six, Jevaughn Stephens, but with the current state of affairs of…

Ex-student kills 17 in shooting spree at Florida high school

Source: Stabroek News PARKLAND, Fla., (Reuters) – A 19-year-old gunman opened fire today at a Florida high school he had previously been expelled from, killing 17 people before he was arrested by police, authorities said. Link: Ex-student kills 17 in shooting spree at Florida high school

Lindo Creek inquiry set for tomorrow

Source: Stabroek News The Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (CoI) will begin public hearings tomorrow at the Waterloo Street-based Department of Public Service. Link: Lindo Creek inquiry set for tomorrow

ExxonMobil shore base facility ahead of schedule – Lars Mangal

Source: iNews Guyana Materials for ExxonMobil’s Liza Phase One development, have already begun arriving in Guyana. According to the Department of Public Information (DPI), last week, the first shipment of pipes arrived at the Guyana Shore Base Inc (GYSBI) facility. Director Lars Mangal said: “We’re ahead of schedule below budget and definitely on track…

Japan to grant US$270,510 for 3 projects in Guyana

Source: iNews Guyana Three recipient organisations are set to receive grant funding from the Government of Japan, at a total of US$270,510, for three human security projects. According to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, US $90,797 has been earmarked for the Construction of a Skills and Training Resource Center to be carried out by…

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