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Caribbean Cabinet Ministers tour Skeldon sugar factory

Agriculture Ministers and other representatives involved in the sugar industry from Jamaica, Belize, Barbados and Belgium were taken on a visit yesterday to the construction site of the modern Skeldon sugar factory by Minister of Agriculture Robert Persaud.

Woman, accomplice stick-up driver, steal cash, car

The Guyana Police Force has reiterated that women are becoming popular decoys in the commission of robberies after another woman was involved in the hijacking of a car from a taxi-driver.

Hubu goat farmer says dogs killing his herd

A Hubu, East Bank Essequibo farmer is calling on the police to take action against the owners of a number of vicious dogs that roam the backlands and attack his herd.

Kerik not hired thus far

Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee says that former New York Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik has thus far not been hired or contracted as a consultant in relation to law enforcement here.

Controversial proviso to MPs pay order revoked

Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh has presented an Order to revoke a controversial proviso that would have blocked salary increases for parliamentarians who did not give their written consent to them.

Love triangle man remanded over eight charges

A man who is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend over a period of two years, as well as stealing and damaging property belonging to her, was yesterday refused bail by Magistrate Melissa Robertson-Ogle at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.

Constable narrowly escapes perjury sentence

It was an unforgettable day for Constable Forde at the Wales Magistrate’s Court yesterday when Magistrate Hazel Octive-Hamilton remanded him to prison for perjury and ordered him to sit on the prisoners’ bench.

Power theft tackled effectively in the last quarter of 2006 -GPL

The Guyana Power and Light (GPL) says that the last quarter of 2006 was very eventful in the fight against electricity theft and that this year the focus will continue to be loss reduction measures in problem areas as the Unserved Areas Electrification Programme (UAEP) is still under threat.

Carjacker held with gun

Police arrested a man who was in possession of a firearm on Wednesday on the East Bank of Demerara following an attempted robbery foiled by the intended victim.

Controversial health bill sent to committee

The Health Facilities Licensing Bill which was scheduled for a second reading in the National Assembly yesterday was referred to a select committee instead in the wake of deep concerns by health care professionals.

Some businesses reporting major VAT drop in sales

Regent Street and downtown Georgetown seemed less busy than usual this week and some businesses blame low consumer spending on the Value Added Tax (VAT) which has tacked on 16% to prices in the majority of cases.

Union leaders trade jabs over unity

General Secretary of the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) Lincoln Lewis has accused his Clerical and Commercial Workers Union (CCWU) counterpart Grantley Culbard of undermining the leadership of the GTUC.

Collymore hospitalised

Former Minister within the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development Clinton Collymore was yesterday admitted to the Georgetown Hospital after complaining of chest pains.

Casino bill rolls on

The government last night forged ahead with plans for the controversial casino gambling bill despite a raft of challenges yesterday which included protests outside Parliament, a petition signed by 40,000 and an opposition motion seeking to have a study done on possible impacts.

NA hospital store robbed again

One month after bandits broke into Aaron & Son Jewellery Establishment on Main Street, New Amsterdam and carted off $1.2M in gold and silver jewellery they again invaded the store a few nights ago.

Bill to turn screws on scrap metal trade passed

A bill to amend to the Old Metal Dealers Act was passed yesterday in the National Assembly giving sweeping powers to the Prime Minister to halt the export of scrap metal if deemed necessary.

Prison population last month 1,955

The prison population as of December 1, 2006 was 1,955 and 170 prisoners were incarcerated in the Georgetown prison for the capital offence of murder.