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

‘Jugger’ jailed on smoking utensil charge

Magistrate Fazil Azeez yesterday sentenced a man, who admitted having in his possession a utensil used for smoking, to one year imprisonment when he appeared at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court.

Commercial Court

Justice BS Roy awarded a $35 million judgement to Bob Dhoray of Harvey’s Electrical and General Store against Komall Lochminarain of the Full Range Record Shop at the January 3 sitting of the Commercial Court.

Felonious wounding charge changed to murder

A man who allegedly wounded another man five months ago causing his death was yesterday refused bail by Acting Chief Magistrate Cecil Sullivan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.

VAT moving slowly to Lethem

As Georgetown and the rest of the coast grapple with the Value Added Tax (VAT), there have been few changes in prices of items sold in the border community of Lethem though businesses are warning consumers of increases in prices soon.

Banks launches new ‘old’ rum

Guyana’s largest beverage company, Banks DIH Ltd yesterday launched the newest addition to its spirits line, the VXO Extra Old Demerara rum.

Twenty-two held in guns’ discovery

Police have arrested and held two persons for questioning in relation to the recovery of an unlicensed firearm and another 20 have been arrested in connection with various offences at the weekend.

Friendship man dies after bee attack on farm

A Friendship resident lost his life on Saturday after being stung by Africanised bees while clearing a patch of land on his farm in the Friendship Backlands, East Bank Demerara.

Seminar seeks to inform MPs

A three-day parliamentary training seminar for members of the National Assembly opened yesterday with the objective of making Parliament more responsive to the challenges it faces.

On world cup days…

The ICC/CWC Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the Police Traffic Department are to meet Neighbourhood Democratic Councils (NDCs) in the vicinity of the stadium to hammer out the permit programme which would give access to vehicles moving in and out of nearby communities.

Escapees still on the loose

Far from being cornered, the nine men who overpowered guards at the Mazaruni prison on Friday remained on the loose up to press time yesterday as the joint services continued intensive operations in and around the area.

New leads in AK-47s probe – sources

Following new leads on the startling disappearance of 30 AK-47s from the army’s headquarters last year, a key decision is pending from the authorities relating to a senior GDF official.

Persons on govt reserves at Sophia, East Bank must move this month

While there are no immediate plans to remove Lamaha Street embankment residents in the absence of an official policy on that issue, persons living on government reserves in Sophia and on the East Bank of Demerara are required to move by month end.

Police issue wanted bulletins for 13

Police have issued wanted bulletins for 13 persons, including a woman who is being sought for questioning in connection with four murders committed on the East Bank of Demerara last year and four men for murders.

Two new Kitty hotels to add 65 rooms for CWC

Two new hotels currently under construction in the Kitty area are expected to be completed in time to help meet accommodation needs for Cricket World Cup 2007.

Ministry crafting guidelines for public health laboratories

The Ministry of Health last Friday hosted a workshop to deliberate on the draft National Strategic Plan for Laboratories which is aimed at regulating the levels of service offered by public health laboratories within the public and private sectors.

Fire destroys abandoned West Berbice house

Residents of Number Three Village, West Coast Berbice are counting their lucky stars that an abandoned house which went up in flames early Friday morning did not spread to their homes.

Mazaruni Prison break

The shooting of four servicemen who were part of the initial search party after Friday’s Mazaruni Prison break was found to be the result of friendly fire, Director of Prisons Dale Erskine said yesterday.

Prison break

One of the police constables shot on Friday afternoon during a bid to locate the nine prisoners who had hours before staged a daring escape from the Mazaruni Prison, is still in a serious condition and may have to be flown overseas for further treatment.

Thirteen-year-old mother offered second chance

The 13-year-old mother who made the news two weeks ago when her five-day-old baby was kidnapped is being offered a second chance as efforts are being made to have her admitted to a school where she will be taught a trade so as to be able to provide for herself and child in the future.

Govt may seek change to Linden bauxite deal

Amid concerns that a huge windfall will be made from the sale of the Linden bauxite operations by IAMGOLD, the government is mulling the separation of a key asset before it blesses a deal between the Canadian miner and the Chinese company Bosai Privatisation Unit Head Winston Brassington said on Friday that the government, as a 30% stakeholder, was discussing the proposal by IAMGOLD to sell Omai Bauxite Minerals Inc (OBMI) to Bosai Minerals Group Company Ltd.

Buddy’s hotel aims for mid-February official opening

With the right support-financial and otherwise-the six-storey Buddy’s Interna-tional Hotel with several entertainment facilities is likely to be ready for an official opening by mid-February, after being under construction for just 13 and a half months.

Govt may make adjustments to VAT this week -Jagdeo

President Bharrat Jagdeo said that government would review the situation with regard to the Value Added Tax (VAT) transition in light of the complaints surfacing and may be making adjustments this week to ease the burden on consumers.

Small turn-out for VAT march and rally

Only a small number of people turned out yesterday in the rain for the march against the Value Added Tax (VAT) and the rise in expenses that they face as a result.

Six armed bandits grab over $300,000 from West Berbice family

A family at Number Two Village, West Coast Berbice is still traumatized after six masked gunmen stormed their home and carted off nearly $300,000 worth of gold jewellery, $15,000, sneakers valued at $7,000 and a landline telephone.

77-year-old man petitions court over 13-year-old bride

Justice B.S. Roy is currently hearing a case of a 77-year-old man who has approached the court asking the Ministry of Human Services to show cause why it shouldn’t release his 13-year-old bride.

Thief thanks court for jail sentence

Magistrate Fazil Azeez on Wednesday sentenced a repeat-offender who admitted to stealing several items on two separate occasions to three years imprisonment when he appeared at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court.

Prosecuting for ganja costs $40,000 per case

Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee said 421 persons were successfully prosecuted for possession of marijuana at a cost of $40,000 each during the period 2005-2006.

PI into high profile murders put off

Preliminary inquiries into several high profile murders have been put off until next month for the prosecution to seek assistance from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Drug gang linked to Roger Khan on trial in Suriname

The trial of several suspects said to be connected with drug-indicted Guyanese businessman Roger Khan resumed this week in a court in Suriname, according to a report from Caribbean Net News in Paramaribo.

Nine flee from Mazaruni jail

Nine prisoners broke out from the high security Mazaruni Prison yesterday and four members of a joint services search party were later shot during a confrontation with the inmates.

Arson suspected in GECOM blaze

The Guyana Fire Service suspects arson in the case of the mysterious fire which gutted the Guyana Elections Commission secretariat building on September 9 last year.

Local government polls before new voters list?

The Guyana Elections Com-mission (GECOM) is yet to decide whether it will embark on preparations for the local government polls before establishing a new voters’ list.

VAT corner

From Monday, Stabroek News will be carrying a VAT corner where questions relating to the implementation of the new tax will be answered by Ram and McRae.