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

Bovell’s father remanded into police custody

Magistrate Hazel Octive-Hamilton further remanded into police custody, Cyril Bovell, the father of now dead wanted man Neil Bovell when he made his first appearance before her at the Wales Magistrate’s Court yesterday.

March 5 trial for Swiss House’s Razac, Lynch

The trial of Swiss House Cambio boss Farouk Razac and his wife Carolan Lynch, who were charged with allegedly having a gun and ammunition at their home is set for March 5.

VAT confusion

Four days after the 16% Value Added Tax (VAT) was introduced a range of questionable practices continued amid widespread uncertainty and frustration among consumers and the head of the Georgetown Chamber acknowledged that there was confusion.

Town Clerk plans facelift at Stabroek, other areas

Town Clerk Beulah Williams on Wednesday met with senior officers to discuss issues affecting the administration’s performance and some of its plans to ensure that public health standards are maintained during the Cricket World Cup (CWC).

BMWs for CWC, Rio Summit due next month end

The 20 BMW vehicles being purchased by government for use during the upcoming Rio Summit and during the Cricket World Cup super eight matches are expected here by next month end.

Casino bill envisages gaming authority -PNCR-1G to oppose legislation

The bill being laid in parliament on Thursday to authorise casino gambling provides for a gaming authority and “no more than three casino premises licences” in any region and the main opposition PNCR-1G yesterday signalled it would strenuously oppose the legislation.

City strike action on back burner

The threatened city strike action has been put on the back burner since Guyana Labour Union General Secretary Carvil Duncan is now waiting to see if the Georgetown municipality will ‘stump up’ the second half of its last year’s debt to workers.

Masked men steal guns from home

Two masked men broke into a house at Yarrowkabra, Soesdyke-Linden Highway yesterday and stole two firearms and a video camera.

Grade Six assessment set for April

The National Centre for Education Resource Deve-lopment (NCERD) says that the final examination for the National Grade Six Assess-ment is set for April.

Code of ethics set up for health professionals

Health professionals in Guyana will soon be bound by law to operate under a set of guidelines following government’s endorsement of a code of ethics governing their operations.

First Lady fetes children

First Lady Varshnie Jagdeo took Christmas cheer to children during the holidays. A press release said the First Lady hosted the annual children’s party at State House in New Amsterdam where she, along with the housekeeper and her six children, and Kids First Fund volunteers Alana and Arisha, organised a party for about 100 children.

Silver Faith restaurant raided

Late Wednesday night two armed men invaded the Silver Faith restaurant at Plaisance Railway Embankment, ECD and robbed the owner of $40,000.

Toddler falls off bridge, drowns

A toddler was pronounced dead at the Georgetown Public Hospital on Wednesday night, two hours after she fell into a trench in front of her Lot 115 Church of God Road home at Buxton.

Ex-cop allegedly raped three-year-olds 2

Acting Chief Magistrate Cecil Sullivan yesterday granted $150,000 bail to a police officer who allegedly raped two three-year-old girls last year.

Guns seized, after Berbice robbery bid

Four persons were arrested at #70 Village, Corentyne, Berbice on Wednesday following the attempted armed robbery of a goldsmith’s shop and a joiner’s shop.

Mahdia bus operators strike over VAT

The mini-bus operators plying the Georgetown to Mahdia route have stopped operating their vehicles to protest the hike in the bridge-crossing fee due to the newly implemented Value Added Tax (VAT).

Traffic dept steps up action against illegal Celina parking

The controversial parking lot outside the Celina Atlantic resort, Kitty has received further attention from the Guyana Police force’s traffic department following a recent embarrassing lapse and now the entire area has been yellow-lined and a more prominent no-parking sign has been painted on.

Eighteen-year-old accused of East Canje rape

An 18-year-old cane harvester was denied his pre-trial liberty when he appeared at the Reliance Magistrate’s Court yesterday on a charge of rape before Magistrate Geeta Chandan.

Businessman remanded over forged currency, gun

Acting Chief Magistrate Cecil Sullivan yesterday remanded to prison a Linden businessman who pleaded not guilty to three charges of unlawful possession when he appeared before him at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.

Brazilian on weapons charge remanded

Acting Chief Magistrate Cecil Sullivan yesterday denied bail to a Brazilian man who police allegedly found with a gun and ammunition in his possession.