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

Audit report delayed by elections, other factors

The National Elections in August last year has been blamed for the lateness of the Auditor General’s report, which is now to be presented to the Speaker of the National Assembly in March.

Linden Foundation Secondary vandalized

The department of education in Region 10 is investigating the vandalizing of the head teacher’s office and some vital equipment belonging to the Linden Foundation Secondary School.

Ramjattan: “Budget playing politics with our economy”

Citing data from a study put together by the World Bank, Alliance for Change MP Khemraj Ramjattan in parliament on Friday sought to highlight a number of aspects of the country’s development which he argued were not dealt with in the budget.

PNCR-1G urges NIS overhaul

The People’s National Con-gress Reform-One Guyana (PNCR-1G) yesterday joined calls for a complete overhaul of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) and said that the organisation was now being looked at as a burden to workers.

Nationwide First Division B/ball Tournament

Point guard Steffon ‘Penny’ Henry and centre Horace Hodges came into Courts Pacesetters’ starting lineup Sunday night to help the Georgetown number one seeded team get past East Coast at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.

Black History Month in the US

Black History Month-which used to mean little more than patronising publicity about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King-has taken on new life in America this year.

Mocha burnt body murder

Nearly two years after his ex-wife’s burnt body was found in a cemetery behind their Mocha home Lloyd McCleoud is on trial in the High Court for murder.

Death sentence for man who murdered partner

Royston Alfred who was on trial in the High Court for killing his partner three years ago on D’Urban Street was convicted of murder last week and sentenced to death by Justice Claudette La Bennett.

Mrs Jagan’s intervention in the withdrawal of ads issue is a brilliant political stroke

Dear Editor, I had deliberately refrained from writing on the ongoing controversy over the Bharrat Jagdeo government’s decision to withhold ads from Stabroek News because I felt that this decision was such a profound attack on the freedom of the press and democracy in Guyana that it was bound to create new contradictions in the body politic of the nation.

The government does get value for money placing ads in SN

Dear Editor, I hope the withdrawal of government ads would not adversely impact on the existence of SN although it is difficult for one not to recognize the serious effects the withdrawal of ads would have on the paper.

The responsibility of a government is to create a partnership with citizens

Dear Editor, Working for a business entity where my direct responsibility is for advertising and promoting the products sold by this entity, I discovered in the year 2002, that media houses and advertising agencies could not provide any factual details on how many persons read/watch their newspaper or TV station.

Staff, parents shut down L’Aventure school

After years of working under poor conditions and numerous letters to the authorities regarding the situation, students, their parents and staff of the L’Aventure Secondary School located on the West Bank Demerara yesterday locked the gates of the school to protest its deplorable state.

Regional media reps meet Jagdeo on SN ads impasse

Representatives of the regional media yesterday met President Bharrat Jagdeo in St Vincent and expressed concern over the potential of the withdrawal of government advertisements from Stabroek News to escalate and also expressed a willingness to work with his government to resolve the dispute.