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

Steady buying as world cup third phase ticketing begins

The third phase of public ticketing for the upcoming ICC CWC 2007 championships got underway at the local Ticketing Centre in Georgetown yesterday with small crowds throughout the day, a feature which had not been seen since the centre opened in May last year.

IAMGOLD seeking ‘amicable’ solution to bauxite sale

Amid signs that the government is unhappy with a proposed deal and is trying to attract Russian investors to take over, IAMGOLD yesterday said it wants an “amicable” resolution to the sale of the Linden bauxite operations and argued that it will incur a loss of over US$30M on conclusion of the transaction.

Woman struck by car at home dies

An elderly woman died and a pedal cyclist remains hospitalised two days after they were involved in an accident with a motorcar driven by a Berbice talk show host.

EU ban hurting wildlife traders

Wildlife traders at a meeting on Wednesday agreed to seek compensation and an audience with President Bharrat Jagdeo in a bid to mitigate the effects of a ban on wild caught birds by the European Union (EU).

Some NY Guyanese against Kerik hiring

A “disgrace” said one; “unsuitable,” asserted another, and “questionable,” insisted a third. Those were some of the words used by Guyanese of different ethnic backgrounds in New York City to describe the decision by their country’s leader, President Bharrat Jagdeo, to make the former New York City Police Commissioner, Bernard Kerik his country’s new security czar.

GRA starts receiving VAT returns

The Guyana Revenue Author-ity (GRA) said Project Design and Construction Company was the first of five companies or individuals to submit VAT tax returns yesterday.

Investing in education

In an increasingly competitive world, the demand for learning is growing exponentially. In the globalized marketplace, where developing countries are hard- pressed to compete with richer, more technologically advanced nations, those that have been able to gain a competitive foothold are those that have invested in their most valuable resource, their human capital.

School stabbing death

The Richard Ishmael student who is accused of stabbing a 34-year-old woman to death in the school compound in December 2005 will soon known her fate.

Guyana secure hard-fought win over Leewards

Guyana attained their first outright win of the 2007 Carib Beer Series cricket competition when they defeated the Leeward Is-lands by three wickets in the fourth round encounter at the Albion Community Development Centre ground yesterday.

New track and field club fuels US interest

It has only been two weeks since the formation of a new track and field club here and already the potential of the club has influenced overseas-based coach Clifford Wong in playing an active part in the club’s development.

GABF out to restore discipline – Mc Pherson

The Guyana Amateur Basket-ball Federation (GABF) will begin a systematic attempt to correct some of the problems facing the sport as early as next weekend when the federation hosts its inter-association basketball championships.

The only Guyanese journalist

Dear Editor, In my letter on GINA’s attack on Rickey Singh, I stated that Rickey is the only person to receive an honorary doctorate from UWI for contributions to journalism.

Wrong name

Because of the misreading of the handwriting the letter in yesterday’s paper captioned “Two papers sell well at Moruka” was stated as written by Dennis Lord.

Parliament goes WiFi

Instead of falling asleep during long-winded debates parliamentarians can now surf the internet as wireless internet connectivity (WiFi) has been installed in the Parliamentary Chamber and in the MPs’ Lounge.

Bandits snatch $1M from Bryden van

Gunmen robbed a Bryden and Fernandes Company delivery van yesterday of over $1 million, during which time they ordered the workers to hand over the money or face death.

VAT returns may be filed from today, GRA says

While some businesses are on track with filing their Value Added Tax (VAT) returns, which the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) will begin accepting from today, others are still unsure about what needs to be done and will have to hire staff to complete this task.

IDB US$22M security loan signed

The Government of Guyana and the Inter-American Deve-lopment Bank (IDB) yesterday signed an agreement for the US$22M Citizens’ Security Programme which aims to build capacity in the Guyana Police Force and the Ministry of Home Affairs and to enhance community policing in Regions Four and Six.

Bathing Bee Hive woman robbed

Three gun-toting bandits on Tuesday evening robbed a Bee Hive woman of over $15,000 in cash and jewellery while she was having a bath in her yard.

Riehl stands by ruling

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Clarissa Riehl says that she will not be intimidated by persons who felt dissatisfied by her ruling on the Berbice Bridge motion debate in Parliament two weeks ago.