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

Manufacturer fined $4,875 in ‘Chief’ label case

A manufacturer, who had been charged since 2005 with misrepresenting another company’s label as his, was fined $4,875 by Magistrate Brassington Reynolds at Cove and John Magistrate’s Court yesterday morning, ending almost two years of court proceedings.

Clico insurance fraud

Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle yesterday granted bail in the sum of $450,000 to a mother of five, the fifth person to appear in court to answer charges in connection with the Clico insurance fraud.

Man robbed another and escaped from Police to celebrate Mash

A man who admitted to robbing another man and then escaping from the police because he wanted to go to Mashramani was on Monday sentenced to two years in prison by Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.

Georgetown liftsGuyflag crown

Georgetown outplayed Upper Demerara to lift the Guyana Football Federation’s Guyflag Inter-Association Football title on Sunday evening at the GFC ground.

Contraband

The recent, semi-comical contretemps involving elements of the Guyana Revenue Authority and the Guyana Police Force was a departure from the long-standing and usually discreet contraband trade along this country’s unguarded coastland.

Technician accused of rape, robbery refused bail

A man who allegedly forced his way into a woman’s home and robbed, raped and sodomised her was yesterday refused bail by Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle at the Georgetown Magistrate’s court.

Ramdhani, Waldron come out tops

Gokarn Ramdhani and Nicholas Waldron took the winners’ trophy when the Guyana Badminton Association (GBA) held its over-35 doubles tournament last Thursday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.

Dalton/Lewis III

ndrew ‘Six Heads’ Lewis and Denny ‘Deadly’ Dalton have met two times before with inconclusive results on both occasions; its only fair that the two top boxers be given the opportunity to settle the score between them once and for all.

Local golfers set for KFC tourney

Fresh from their tour of Suriname, the country’s top local golfers will tee-off once again on Saturday when the Lusignan Golf Club stages the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) sponsored tournament at the Lusignan Golf Course beginning at 12.30pm with a Shotgun start.

Rose Hall Town Courts demoralise Skeldon

Rose Hall Town Courts demoralised Skeldon to join Albion in the semi-finals of the Berbice zone of the 2007 Neal and Massay first-division limited overs cricket competition recently.

GABA president appeals for assistance

President of Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) Affeeze Khan is appealing to the public for assistance to send boxers to the Pan American trials on April 21st- 29th in Trinidad.

Isaac Bisson competition

Albion Community Centre cricket team made light work of West Berbice on their home ground to earn a place in the final of the 2006 Isaac Bissoon first-division three-day competition in Berbice last-weekend.

Emergency repairs done at Three Friends sluice

Emergency repairs were affected to the Three Friends Sea Sluice door on the Essequibo Coast yesterday morning after it was damaged by a fishing boat and the current spring tide in the area.

Don’t miss these book sales

Dear Editor, Reading enables one to gain personal self development among other things and to the young generation who have to accept the baton sooner or later, grab this opportunity and support the book sale that is now on by the Georgetown Reading and Research Centre (GRRC) and The Guyana Book Found-ation at their respective venues.

Vreed-en-Hoop traffic lights activated

The traffic lights at the Vreed-en-Hoop Junction, West Coast Demerara were finally activated yesterday after being installed earlier this year.

Govt working to address piracy problems – Persaud

Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud has assured Pomeroon River fishermen that government is working to address the piracy problems in the industry and encouraged them to form themselves into groups, like the community police do, to tackle the problem.

Barama slams Akawini over discontent with forest pact

Barama Company Limited has lashed out at the Akawini Village Council for its criticism of an agreement it has with one of Barama’s sub-contractors in Region Two, Interior Wood Products Inc (IWPI), but is willing to discuss options with the village.

Moravian church celebrates 550 years of ministry

The Worldwide Moravian Church this month celebrated 550 years of ministry around the world and to commemorate the event the Moravian Church in Guyana held a special service of Thanksgiving on March 11.

Girl, five, injured in fall from school corridor

A five-year-old student of Yakusari Nursery School in Black Bush Polder fell some 20 feet down from a section of the corridor that had some of its rails missing during last week and suffered “damaged tissue.” The child, Girwattie Nelson, who is experiencing constant fever and severe pain to her back and abdomen was taken to a private doctor and then to the New Amsterdam Hospital where she was to be admitted.

Removal of $8M from Kitty ATM

Republic Bank (Guyana) yesterday fired the six employees, who were said to be implicated in the disappearance of $8 million from one of the bank’s ATMs, offering them severance pay and no reason for their dismissals.

Another Actor?

Dear Editor, Pandit Sri Prakash Gossai was sworn-in as a Justice of the Peace and Commissioner of Oaths to Affidavits by two actors, Acting Chancellor Carl Singh and Acting Chief Magistrate, Cecil Sullivan.

Hard to get reliable information

Dear Editor, I am grateful to the many writers who have brought the improper exploitation of Guyana’s forestry resources to the notice of the public.

Cannon still missing

The cannon, which disappeared from the Ministry of Public Works compound in January has not yet been located.

Guyana Stores building outdoors food court

Guyana Stores Ltd, which traditionally sported a picturesque landscaped eastern entrance, is now altering its appearance by adding a food court, which has obliterated some of the green space there.

IBE supporting speakers cop victory in the ERC debating contest

Judges at the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) Inter-Secondary Schools Debating Competition said the competition between the Institute of Business Education (IBE) and Camille’s Institute of Business and Science Studies was “possibly one of the best” in the series.

Woman hit by speeding bus still in ICU

Twenty-nine-year-old June Ann James who was hit in the head by a speeding route 41 minibus on Aubrey Barker Road on Monday night was still critical in the Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital last evening.

No arrests yet in ex-cop’s murder

Two days after an ex-policeman was executed in his car at Plaisance, East Coast Demerara police are yet to arrest his killers.

Allen’s rice complex at Essequibo for sale by receiver

The Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) through its receiver Maurice Solomon is seeking to sell 44 acres of rice land in the name of Allen’s Enterprise Limited, now in receivership at Coffee Grove, Anna Regina on the Essequibo Coast.

Education Salvaging science:

It is universally acknowledged that the body of knowledge known as science has had and continues to have the greatest impact on human development.

Festivals

Guyana’s Mashramani is a commemorative event to mark the country’s attainment of republican staus on February 23, 1970.

CSME

The enthusiast of Caribbean Integration would be excused if he or she considers the pace at which the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME) is being implemented to be less than ideal.

Society

Neither continually rising fuel prices or a less than reliable national road network has sated the desire among Guyanese to possess their own cars.

Regional Affairs

Caricom’s evolving policy framework Integration efforts in the Caribbean have always been driven by a sense of common history, geography and politico-cultural make-up (which motivated the federation attempts of the late 1950s) and the imperatives of achieving economies of scale and scope so as to offset the disadvantages of extreme small size of population, physical area and resource endowment.