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

Challenging year ahead for NIS, Martinborough says

Rising expenditure, declining employment levels and an aging population are among the concerns that the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) will seek to address in 2008, as it moves into a year described as “most challenging”.

No food shortage at Annai school, regional official says

The Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Nine has denied reports that students in the dormitories of the Annai Secondary School are surviving on one meal a day because the money given to the school by the RDC is grossly inadequate.

Richmond’s diary of Hesperus crossing launched

The First Crossing, the diary of British surgeon Theophilus Richmond who sailed on the first ship, Hesperus that brought indentured labourers from Calcutta, India to Georgetown was launched last evening at Le Meridien Pegasus.

Rehab centre receives donation of supplies

The Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre recently received a supply of medical items to boost its services, from the Food for the Poor (FFP) organisation.

Roraima legislators bullish on livestock farming in savannahs

A four-member team of legislators from the Legislative Assembly of the State of Roraima in Brazil have indicated interest in investing in livestock farming, the production of yogurt, and acquiring lands in the Rupununi and intermediate savannahs to pursue these ventures.

Stewartville murder suspects released

The two men who were held by police late last week in connection with the murder of Sharon Kunick, whose half-naked body was found just off the Stewartville foreshore, West Coast Demerara (WCD), were released yesterday afternoon.

PNCR levels 11 misconduct charges against McAllister

The PNCR has levelled 11 charges against former Central Executive Committee (CEC) member James McAllister for alleged misconduct committed before, during and after the party’s Congress this year.

NIS launches website

The National Insurance Scheme (NIS) yesterday launched its website, which will afford persons access to printable benefit forms cutting out the hassle of having to go to the local offices to collect them.

First Lady raises funds, heart surgery patients wing out

The 11 heart patients who were in desperate need of over US$17,000 for travel expenses are on their way to India after First Lady Varshanie Singh successfully conducted emergency fundraising drives in Guyana, New York, Canada and the United Kingdom.

$100M cocaine-in-fish glue bust

One of three men implicated in the $100M cocaine-in-fish glue bust back in May, on Thursday denied ownership of the boxes that CANU ranks seized from a locked area in the house, saying he had no access there.

Torture claims being probed

Two weeks after two Buxtonian men alleged they were brutally beaten and burnt by members of the joint services while in their custody, Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee yesterday said that the government does not support the torturing of any citizen and assured that the allegations are being investigated.

`The reality is that poor consumers can’t cope’

The Clerical and Commercial Workers’ Union (CCWU) and the Union of Agricultural and Allied Workers (UAAW) recently brought a number of concerns regarding the Value Added Tax (VAT) to the attention of the VAT Commissioner.

Slain postal worker may have recognized bandit

Postal worker, Germin Forde, who was shot dead early Friday morning in New Amsterdam by bandits, may have been killed because he recognised one of the attackers and called the person by name, a police source said yesterday.

NGO finds jobs for six deportees

Six deportees have secured jobs through the local organisation, Juncata Juvant, established some five months ago to help to re-integrate ex-convicts into society.

UG, UWI ties yielding benefits – Harris

Tuition fees for Guyanese attending the University of the West Indies (UWI) are now comparable to fees paid by those from countries that contribute to it and relations between UG and UWI have progressed over the past two years with both institutions set to benefit, UWI Vice-Chancellor Nigel Harris says.

Bajan wood importer urges export guarantee scheme

Barbadian investors are upbeat about Guyana, saying that the market has been good to them but one potential investor is calling on government to establish an export guarantee scheme especially for natural resources.

GPHC lab can produce about 100 hearing aids per month

The hearing aid lab at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) has a capacity to produce about 100 hearing aids per month but only makes about 15 since not many persons know of the facility.

Sickening of sugar workers

An investigation into the spraying of pesticides at the Skeldon Estate during which workers were affected has found that while there was poor planning by the field department, there was no “significant physical symptoms among the patients treated”.

Major investment to develop Cozier scheme

Government’s objective to accelerate the country’s agricultural development is moving forward with more than $70M being invested to re-open large lands for farming activities at the Cozier agricultural scheme, Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam), the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported.

Four held in NA post office robbery

Four persons have been taken into custody following the $8.2M robbery in New Amsterdam early on Saturday during which the Postmaster of the Nigg Post Office was shot.

Fire service did their best with limited resources

Dear Editor, I did not mean to spank you in my last letter; however I thank you for the more balanced reporting of the recent fire in Georgetown that occurred on Friday March 23, 2007 at Sir Chandra’s home.

This barbarism must be roundly condemned

Dear Editor, Help & Shelter condemns the horrific assault on the family whose members were robbed, stripped and physically and sexually assaulted outside a Sheriff Street night club on Monday 26 March 2007.

Couple choke-and-robbed in Regent Street

An elderly couple who appeared to be visitors were choked and robbed on Saturday night at the corner of Alexander and Regent Streets by two men who had accomplices lurking nearby.

Armed bandits rob Chinese restaurant

Two men, one of whom was armed with a gun yesterday morning robbed a Chinese restaurant at Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD) of an undisclosed sum of money before escaping in a car.

Covering the Timehri murals was necessary to fix leaking roof, officials say

Two murals by renowned Guyanese artist Aubrey Williams at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) Timehri were covered in order to accommodate a new roof which is designed to prevent water from leaking into the immigration department, according to management and technical experts.

UWI to measure region’s performance in hosting Cricket World Cup

The ICC CWC West Indies Inc 2007 has commissioned the University of the West Indies (UWI) to measure the Caribbean region’s performance in the hosting the ICC CWC 2007 tournament and it is expected that host venues would also conduct evaluations of their performances as well.

Bandits rob man of $1.8M

Armed robbers made off with $1.8M in cash after an ambush in the city on Friday.

Sheriff Street assaults

The Guyana Police Force yesterday announced that they were attempting to contact the alleged perpetrators who beat, robbed and indecently assaulted a group of five persons last week Monday morning in front of the Sheriff Night Club on Sheriff Street, but their efforts so far have proved futile.

Demerara Tobacco records $651M after-tax profit

Demerara Tobacco Company Limited reported a net profit after tax of $651 million compared to $572.8 million in 2005, while declaring a dividend of $27.75 per share at its 73rd Annual General Meeting last week at Hotel Tower.

Hydraulic leak grounds Liat flight at CJIA

An 11.45 am Liat flight bound for Barbados was grounded at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) as a result of a hydraulic leak, forcing stranded passengers to wait until after 8 pm for another flight.