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

Ferry drifts past New Amsterdam stelling

Passengers who used the Rosignol to New Amsterdam (NA) ferry service at around 5:30 am yesterday complained that they were delayed for some time after the MV Torani drifted away from the stelling.

Amputee accident victim on life support

The relatives of Yonette Mc Donald, who was involved in an accident on Friday night that took the lives of her reputed husband and another man, fear that she too may succumb as she is still unconscious and hooked up to a life-support machine in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Georgetown Public Hospital.

Vendors outside ‘Big Market’ go to court

Vendors outside the Stabroek Market who have been given marching orders yesterday took their case to court and the controversy also graced the chambers of Parliament and City Hall where there was confusion over how the decision was made.

Help & Shelter gets $$ for domestic violence, child abuse projects

Help & Shelter will soon commence a 12-month project to increase awareness of domestic violence and child abuse at “identified” health centres, following the approval of funding from the Canadian High Commission’s Canada Fund for Local Initiatives, a release said.

Who will lift the World Cup?

This is the question which cricket fans in Guyana and elsewhere in the Caribbean are asking as the region prepares to host, for the first time ever, the world’s premier limited-over cricket competition.

The Hemisphere:

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Society:

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Philately:

The First Issues Collectors Club (2006) website lists British Guiana as the nineteenth country in the world to begin issuing its own postage stamps, just ten years after Great Britain issued the world’s first adhesive postage stamp in May 1840.

Education:

The introduction of the Caribbean Secondary Schools (CSEC) examination in Guyana and the rest of the Caribbean has brought with it accompanying innovations in the education system including the School Based Assessment (SBA) and profile-based reporting on the performance of candidates in the various subject areas.

The Caribbean:

In approximately two months time the Caribbean and the wider world will know whether or not we have demonstrated a capacity to host a global event – to “world class standards” – so to speak.

The Rio Group

In a sense the origin of the Rio Group can be located in the crisis which Central America faced in the 1980s.

Sport and Development:

The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Cricket World Cup 2007 (CWC 2007) is now well and truly upon us.

Forestry:

Chainsaw logging in Guyana – in the commercial sense that is – is considered to have had its origins in the depressed bauxite communities during the early 1980s when the demise of mining left hundreds of people jobless (circa 1980-83).

Business:

If the business sector can take advantage of the economic opportunities that Cricket World Cup 2007 (CWC 2007) is likely to bring to Guyana the longer term benefits could be worth billions of dollars.

The Arts:

Egbert Martin, who published under the pen name ‘Leo,’ (1) was the most accomplished and prolific of Guyanese writers in the nineteenth-century, highly praised by his contemporaries.

Human Interest:

Clem Seecharan left his home village in Berbice, Guyana with a yearning to understand his country and his people.

GCC advances to Guyflag final

The Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) defeated Lusignan by a whopping 201 runs in the second semi-final of the Guyflag-sponsored, three-day, first-division cricket competition at the Lusignan Community Centre ground yesterday.

Ascension gains berth in final

Ascension Community High School defeated Dolphin Secondary School by six wickets in the second semi-final of the Georgetown Zone of the Secondary Schools’ cricket competition at the Demerara Cricket Club ground yesterday.

GFF senior inter-association football tournament

Collie Hercules with eight goals to his name is currently the leading goal scorer in the Guyana Football Federation’s Guyflag-sponsored senior inter-association football tournament.

Nation-wide first division b/ball tournament

Nets Basketball Club reached their first nationwide first division semi-final Sunday night at the McKenzie basketball court when the Next Level Entertainment (NLE) tournament continued in the mining town with a double-header.

Annual Mayor’s Cup Football Tournament

Bakewell Topp XX and Victoria Kings have secured the two remaining semi-final places in the Annual Mayor’s Cup Football Tournament following victories over Alpha United and Western Tigers respectively.

Mr Lye’s return of his award was ill-conceived

Dear Editor, It was recently reported that an individual by the name of Clairmont Lye has returned his national award, the Cacique Crown of Honour (CCH), to the Office of the President, citing what he described as governmental excesses over the years, with the pulling of advertisements from the Stabroek News, being ‘the straw that broke the camel’s back’.

All top race car drivers to be on show at championship series Sunday

Rupie Shewjattan plans to electrify the South Dakota Circuit on Sunday with his new electronic boost controller that was added to the engine of his 1300cc Toyota Starlet car for the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) national championship series.

The African cultural influence has been profound in many areas

Dear Editor, In his response to my letter challenging the ethnic distinction in the CWC brochure Devanand Bhagwan confesses that the only distinct African expression he ever experienced in relation to Guyana is the Christmas masquerade “long lady”, seeing some women dancing African style, and postscripts that with the assertion that quote, “African drumming is also becoming more noticeable”.

Stadium handing over a work in progress

Local Organizing Committee (LOC) marketing manager Richard Hanniff said yesterday that the handing over of the Providence Stadium was not a single event but was actually a work in progress.

‘Change stadium name’

Veteran cricket commentator Joseph “Reds Perreira” is appealing to the Government of Guyana to consider an adjustment to the name of Guyana’s first ever national stadium.

The ad controversy should be ended

Dear Editor, The Government of Guyana should end the Stabroek News controversy, and it should do it sooner, rather than later.

Iwokrama

The Iwokrama International Centre had its origins in an offer made in 1989 by then President Desmond Hoyte at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malaysia to donate nearly one million acres of forest in central Guyana to show how tropical forests can be conserved and sustainably used for ecological, social and economic benefits to local, national and international communities.

This access road needs urgent repair

Dear Editor, I am writing to bring to the attention of the M&CC or the NDC [I don’t know who is responsible] the deplorable condition of Sixth Street Cummings Lodge.

Are we ready to handle 8000 visitors?

Dear Editor, With World Cup Cricket around the corner I cannot help but wonder if this event would elevate or embarrass Guyana.

Consulate General, community groups donating hospital beds

c The Consulate General of Guyana in Toronto and several community organisations have launched a Hospital Bed programme through which they plan to ship beds and other items to Guyana to benefit the health sector.

President’s non-assent to bills preposterous – Trotman

Alliance for Change (AFC) Member of Parliament Raphael Trotman has taken aim at President Bharrat Jagdeo’s refusal to assent to a number of bills already passed in the National Assembly, describing it as the most preposterous legal situation to have faced the country.

Man burns himself to death in jealous rage

A stormy marriage ended in disaster last evening when a man punched a hole in a cooking gas bottle and set himself alight at Sixth Street, Cummings Lodge, Greater Georgetown.

‘This is for Guyana’

National Hardware yesterday opened its estimated $1 billion super centre at Industrial Site, Ruimveldt, offering spacious specialty departments to shoppers.

Health Facilities Licensing Bill seeks to raise standards

Dear Editor, Criticisms have and are being levelled at the proposed Health Facilities Licensing Bill and in a democratic society such as ours, this is all to the good, because we are sure that the more discussion that takes place, the more the proposed provisions of the bill will be ventilated and understood and that constructive criticisms will be taken on board to make it better and more acceptable to all.

Advisory group on agricultural diversification launched

The Ministry of Agriculture yesterday announced the launch of a Ministerial Advisory Group on Diversification made up of 17 public and private sector officials who have been appointed to provide creative input with regard to Guyana’s agricultural diversification drive.