Guyana news, breaking updates and in depth reports covering crime, politics, education, health and the environment for Georgetown, other towns and rural areas.

Chamber wants meeting with Ashni Singh to end VAT ‘chaos’, bring relief

The flare-up over the Value Added Tax (VAT) between the private sector and the GRA subsided somewhat yesterday following a meeting between the two but the Georgetown Chamber also signalled it would seek an urgent audience with the Finance Minister to end the VAT “chaos” and bring relief to consumers.

Labour Ministry recovered $11M for workers last year

The Ministry of Labour last year recovered more than $11M on employees’ behalf following unscheduled checks at workplaces countrywide, which also revealed a number of labour law breaches by employers.

PNCR-1G seeking Parliament review of decision for Berbice floating bridge

People’s National Congress Reform One Guyana (PNCR-1G) back-bencher James McAllister has submitted a motion to parliament calling on the Government to review its decision to build a floating bridge in Berbice between D’Edward Village and Crab Island and hold off on construction for three months.

Jewellery store thief gets five years jail

Magistrate Krishendat Persaud on Friday sentenced a man who pleaded guilty to break and enter and larceny to five years imprisonment, while two of his alleged accomplices have been granted bail.

Army slams ‘alarmist’ KN report

The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) has debunked a front page article in yesterday’s edition of the Kaieteur News entitled “Major shake-up looms in army” and has labelled it as `misleading, sensational and alarmist.’ And the army says it has asked the newspaper to present evidence to substantiate the claim since its hierarchy is unaware of any impending shake-up in the GDF.

Gunmen rob female vendor selling from van

A female vendor selling from a mobile van was on Monday robbed of $55,000 cash at Kaneville, East Bank Demerara by two men who hit her about the body with handguns.

Ogle Airport development to benefit from EC grant

Phase 11 of the Ogle Airport Development project will benefit from part of a 40.5 million euro European Com-mission (EC) grant to advance the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME).

Government assessing first seawall development plan

Minister of Transport and Hydraulics Robeson Benn said the government is assessing the “costing and variance” related to the execution of the revised Seawall Development Plan for implementation.

Volunteer doctors to review cattle, dairy industry

Volunteers from Partners of the Americas’ Farmer to Farmer programme are expected to review the status of the local cattle industry and to make recommendations for the marketing of its dairy products.

Taxi driver robbed at gunpoint by couple

A taxi driver was robbed at gunpoint of cash by a man and woman who hired him early Sunday morning to take them to New Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara.

Govt mourns Isaac Jerry

Minister of Amerindian Affairs Carolyn Rodrigues on Thursday paid tribute to the late Phillipai, Region Seven mountaineer Isaac Jerry.

Man robbed at gunpoint on Cemetery Road

Two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, early Sunday morning robbed a West Ruimveldt resident of a cellular phone and cash as he walked along Cemetery Road.

Thieves clean out newly-opened store

What appears to be a well-planned and executed break and enter and robbery some time Sunday night or early yesterday morning has left a businessman pondering his next move after losing an estimated $4.5 million less than one month after making an investment.

Travelling public urged not to pay any fare increases

Members of the public are being urged not to pay any increase in fares when using public transportation services since there has been no increase in gasoline prices or vehicle parts as a result of the newly introduced Value Added Tax (VAT).

Work starts on Doppler radar tower

After a number of setbacks in the Caribbean region the Hydrometeorological Service has finally been able to start work on the radar tower for the long awaited Doppler Radar.

Long boom $60M excavators to buttress conservancy

The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) through the Ministry of Agriculture has in the pipeline the purchase of two long-boom excavators at a cost of $60M for work on the main conservancy.

Kashif and Shanghai not running Linden town day

The Kashif and Shanghai (K&S) organisation will not be staging the Linden town week this year after a dispute with the council over the payment of a $2 million fee but the council says it is still moving ahead with plans for the April event.

Stolen car found torched at Mocha

A businessman is counting his losses after persons unknown stole his car worth $4.5 million and set it alight at Mocha Arcadia.

Teen denies robbing employer of $250,000

A teenaged boy who with another person allegedly robbed his employer of a quarter million dollars was yesterday placed on $25,000 bail by Magistrate Gordon Gilhuys at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.

Private sector ‘furious and hurt’ at treatment over VAT chaos

Outgoing President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) Gerry Gouveia says the private sector is “furious and hurt” over the treatment meted out to it by the Guyana Revenue Authority in the wake of the chaos surrounding the implementation of the Value Added Tax (VAT).

Four suicides, ten attempts rock Santa Rosa

Four suicides and ten attempted suicides reportedly fuelled by alcoholism among other issues have rocked the hinterland community of Santa Rosa within recent weeks.

Gold miner robbed of $205,000 chains

A 34-year-old gold miner was last Thursday robbed of his gold chains valued over $200,000 by two motorcycle bandits, one of whom was armed with a handgun.

More efficient use of resources critical

If efforts are to be scaled up to meet Guyana’s national HIV/AIDS challenges more productive use of present resources is needed in addition to a greater mobilisation.

AK-47 search comes up empty

Ranks of the Joint Services on Friday morning combed a few homes in Buxton, East Coast Demerara following information that a suspect was hiding out in the village and might have had one of the stolen army AK-47 rifles in his possession.

Teens drown

Two teenagers drowned yesterday in separate incidents: one after going for a swim in the Lamaha Canal with friends and one as a result of an occasional illness.

Pirates strike again

Pirates struck again on Saturday afternoon robbing five fishermen of their engines and other items on the Corentyne Coast and then leaving them to drift to shore yesterday morning.

Chick vaccination scheme cost $5M

Broiler chickens at poultry farms in Regions Three, Four, Five, Six and Ten have now been inoculated in an attempt to tackle a chicken disease detected last year.

No blood diamonds coming to Guyana

Guyana has been vigilant with the trade of its diamonds long before the advent of the Kimberly Process Certifica-tion Scheme (KP-CS), Acting Commis-sioner of Mines William Woolford has said.

CCWU says 5% increase makes workers poorer

The Clerical and Commercial Workers Union (CCWU) said though the past year was a mix of successes and challenges the most disappointing was the government’s proposed 5% increase to workers and that the trade union movement remains divided.

Tour operators face prospect of absorbing VAT cost

The Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) had recommended that Guyana’s tourism product be VAT zero-rated to assist with the development of the industry, saying that bookings for tour packages were made as long as a year ago and could not be now increased by 16%.

New money laundering bill being circulated for comment

A draft of a new money laundering bill is being circulated for comment to eventually replace the six-year-old one which is still to be fully activated and money transfer businesses and planned casino gambling would likely come under sharp scrutiny.

Agricola lad robbed by five men

Five men, including one armed with a handgun last week robbed a 17-year-old in Agricola and police subsequently held two suspects.

Youths informed to grapple with racism in work force – GPSU

The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) says it’s delegation to the Public Services International (PSI) Conference on Racism in Miami consisted of members from its Youth Committee as it believed that they are grappling with racism in the public service.