Breaking news coverage, crime, politics, education, health and medical, and the environment for Georgetown, other towns and rural areas of Guyana.

Double murder trial gets underway

A day after the Demerara January Assizes opened, a man is on trial in the High Court for allegedly killing two teenagers at Enterprise Squatting area four years ago.

Govt to withdraw MPs pay hike order

The government is to withdraw a controversial Order that would have withheld pay increases from Members of Parliament unless they gave written agreement to them.

Dr Luncheon treated at hospital after fall

Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr. Roger Luncheon spent several hours in hospital yesterday after he fell in his office and aggravated a chronic back ailment.

Christians going down the line on casino gambling

The Christian community is urging the government not to legalise casino gambling for Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007 or at any time; to defer discussions on the draft legislation until after CWC and to learn from experiences based on research.

Casino bill to go ahead – PM

Government will move to enact casino legislation in time for Cricket World Cup 2007 regardless of the opposition of the religious community and the fact that there has been little consultation with the major tourism industry players and other private sector interests.

Clarification

In the January 8 edition of Stabroek News under the headline `New money laundering bill being circulated for comment’ it was reported that the Director of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) Paul Geer “has indicated that he does not want to speak to the media on the work that the FIU is engaged in”.

Health care professionals reject new licensing bill

Health care professionals representing a broad spectrum of the medical field have rejected the new controversial Health Facilities Licensing Bill that is scheduled for a second reading in Parliament today.

Eye centre at Berbice for June completion

The state-of-the-art Ophthalmology centre at Port Mourant, Corentyne, Berbice is expected to be completed by June while renovations to the Port Mourant Hospital are ongoing.

Inquiry hears of allegations swirling around Best/Klien NDC

Allegations of impropriety swirled around the Best/ Klien/ Pouderoyen Neigh-bourhood Democratic Council (NDC) as residents voiced their concerns in a meeting yesterday to determine whether the council should be dissolved.

Power company asks homeowners for notice of increased demand for CWC

The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Inc is asking homeowners expecting visits from family and friends for the Cricket World Cup to inform the corporation of their intended installation of power-consuming additions to the home so as to accommodate the increase in demand.

Pandit Gossai will be Special Assistant to Head of State

Permanent Secretary within the Office of the President (OP), Dr. Nanda Kishore Gopaul has stated that Pandit Prakash Gossai has been appointed as Special Assistant to President Bharrat Jagdeo and not as an adviser to the President as the “Peeping Tom” article misleadingly stated in Tuesday’s edition of the Kaieteur News.

Newland Lumberyard unlicensed

The Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) says that Newland Lumberyard located at Blankenburg, Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara has failed to meet several requirements and a decision has been taken not to license the facility for 2007 unless these requirements are met.

Repeat offender jailed for theft

Magistrate Fazil Azeez on Monday sentenced a repeat offender to one year imprisonment when he appeared at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court to answer to a charge of larceny.

Man jailed one year for bangle theft

Magistrate Krishendat Persaud on Tuesday sentenced a man to one year imprisonment after he admitted to pouncing on a woman and stealing her gold bangle.