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

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.

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.

Aid for sugar price cut used to upgrade packaging

The bulk of the 5.6 million euros Guyana received last year to cushion the 5% cut in the price of sugar on the European market went towards upgrading the Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) packaging plant.

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.

Gunmen hold up Balwant Singh’s clinic

Two gunmen barged into a doctor’s office on Camp Street just as he was finishing up his clinic yesterday and robbed him of money and other items.

Police offer $2M reward for arrest of seven in Sawh murder probe

The police are offering a reward of $2 million for information leading to the arrests of seven men, they say are wanted in connection with the investigation into the murder of Minister of Agriculture Satyadeow Sawh, other murders and serious offences.

Cyclist killed by speeding car

A pedal cyclist was killed yesterday afternoon on the Houston Bypass, Georgetown, when the driver of a speeding car lost control and slammed into him.

Cops get gun, suspects escape

Ranks from a mobile patrol managed to retrieve a firearm and matching rounds that were thrown from a car they were chasing but failed to arrest the vehicle’s occupant(s).

Ganja farmer dies after shot by police

A 45-year-old man died last Thursday, hours after being shot by police who raided his Kimbia, Berbice River farm and destroyed a quantity of marijuana plants.

GRA slams TV stations over VAT misinformation

The Guyana Revenue Autho-rity (GRA) yesterday slammed some television station hosts and owners, who it said, are peddling misinformation about Value Added Tax (VAT).

Cops ask for a month to probe Boxing Day chopping death

Investigations are continuing into the chopping to death of a 23 year-old-man on Boxing Day and while the police have released all the persons held for questioning, they have told the man’s family to “give us a month” to complete investigations.

Phones installed at Turkeyen, Grove police stations

The Guyana Police Force wishes to notify the general public that ranks can now be reached by telephone at the newly built police stations situated at Turkeyen, East Coast Demerara and Golden Grove, East Bank Demerara.

Cell phone users now being billed per second

The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company is now billing cell phone users per second rather than per minute following its recognition of the practice worldwide as well as its acquisition of the necessary equipment.

Way cleared for work on Takutu bridge to restart

Work on the completion of the bridge across the Takutu River to link Guyana and Brazil by road is expected to recommence towards the end of this month under the supervision of the engineering corps of the Brazilian army.

ACP divided over St Kitts sugar quota

The African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group has to take a decision on whether the St Kitts sugar quota will remain in the Caribbean or be distributed among all the members of the ACP group.

Fourth man charged with ‘Turbo’ murder

A fourth man, who was allegedly part of a group of men, who stood in front of another man in a taxi in Albouystown and riddled him with bullets five years ago, was on Wednesday charged with the murder.

VAT zero-rated food items

As a service to the public Stabroek News is reprinting a portion of the list of zero-rated food items as many shopkeepers and citizens have complained that they have not been following this matter closely.

Freedom of info bill still to be tabled

The Freedom of Information legislation that aims to allow public access to government bodies has not yet been tabled in the National Assembly.

No comment on ‘atrocious’ rooms remark – Le Meridien manager

The General Manager of Le Meridien Pegasus Hotel has “no comment” to make on President Bharrat Jagdeo’s remarks that the rooms at the international hotel were “atrocious.” Contacted about the President’s response at a press conference last week when asked whether Le Meridien was among those hotels being advanced sums of money for accommodation for the teams, officials, media and sponsors (TOMS) for the ICC CWC 2007 championships, the hotel’s General Manager Pascal Mongeau said he had no comment on the issue.

Amusement fair rollercoaster unsafe – patron

A Corentyne resident, who took his family to the Tom and Jerry Play Centre at the Esplanade Park in New Amsterdam last Tuesday, has come forward to recount their “scary experience” with the rollercoaster ride and to urge the organisers to put proper safety measures in place.

Pirates terrorize Corentyne fishers

Eighteen fishermen from the Corentyne and East Coast Demerara were terrorized and robbed in four separate boats by pirates near the Corentyne River on Thursday.