The recent heavy rainfall has led to the flooding of a number of low-lying areas in Region Three (West Demerara – Essequibo Islands), including Canal Number One, West Bank Demerara, but the Regional Administration has committed to continue its efforts to provide further relief to the residents.During a visit on Thursday at Canal Number Two, within the Stanleytown and Belle West area, Region Three Executive Officer (REO) Denis Jaikaran, and Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO) Jennifer Ferriera-Dougall, along with Regional Engineer Vaughn Solomon, took a first-hand look at the excavation works currently ongoing.Region 3 Executive Officer (REO) Denis Jaikaran, Deputy Regional Executive Officer (DREO) Jennifer Ferreira-Dougall and NDC councillors discussing a way forward for the affected areaSpeaking with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Jaikaran reiterated that efforts will continue to be implemented to alleviate flooding in the affected areas.“We (Regional Administration) are going to continue to be on top of this situation, and we are going to continue to provide resources in an effort to have relief and the lowering of the water in the Canal (Number One) as well as Canal Number Two, so that the people of both areas will have a level of relief,” he promised.The REO stressed that “additional drains, as requested by councillors, will be dug for the satisfaction of the residents.” He noted that should there be any additional requests made, he would have same facilitated, once it is within his ambit.He noted that discussions are ongoing between the relevant stakeholders to find a way forward for the health and benefit of the residents, and highlighted that other issues of critical importance regarding drainage and irrigation within the region — to prevent occurrences of flooding — are in the pipelines of the capital and recurrent projects slated to be executed this year.On December 28, 2017, officials from the Civil Defence Commission (CDC), National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), and Region Three visited Canal Number One and began delivering assistance to some 200 families whose homes and farmlands were extremely affected by heavy rainfall.Three sluices were fully functioning along with two additional pumps, to accommodate discharge of water from the affected areas into the Demerara River. A team from the Public Health Ministry also visited the Manram Memorial Health Centre in Canal Number One, to ensure it is equipped with the necessary drugs to address a possible outbreak, and to prevent flood-related illnesses.The lower part of Canal Number One Polder, WBD, has been flooded since December 20, 2017. However, residents say the reason they experienced such severe flooding is because the main drainage canal has been neglected for some time. The National Drainage and Irrigation Authority, which has responsibility for the Canal only, began cleaning it one week ago, following the flooding.
Three men were on Wednesday refused bail when they appeared at the Fort Wellington Magistrate’s Court on two separate charges of trafficking in narcotics.The three men are Devash Reshiram, Anthony Carmichael, and Leon Burnet. They allegedly had a total of 18.6 kilograms (41 pounds) of marijuana on Monday in two separate incidents.Reshiram was charged with one offence while Carmichael and Burnet were jointly charged for the other.From left to right: Devash Reshiram, Anthony Carmichael and Leon BurnetReshiram, 20, of 38 Palmyra Village, East Canje, Berbice, was arraigned before Magistrate Rondel Weaver for trafficking 10 kg (22 pounds) of the illegal plant.According to the Police, Reshiram, the driver of motor car PWW 3313, was on Monday last found with the drug in the car he was driving.Acting upon information, ranks stopped the motor car and conducted a search and one black travelling bag containing three bulky parcels wrapped in transparent plastic which contained leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis were found, along with one blue and black travelling bag containing two bulky parcels wrapped with clear tape containing a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems suspected to be cannabis.He pleaded not guilty to the charge. He is being represented by Attorney Joel Edmonds.Reshiram claimed that two men gave him the bags to drop at Abary and he saw the Police and stopped. Bail was refused and the defendant was expected to make his next court appearance on February 21.The crashed car which allegedly had the marijuana Meanwhile, appearing before the same magistrate were Carmichael and Burnet. It is alleged that on Monday, January 29, at Fort Wellington, they had in their possession 8.6 kg (19 pounds) of compressed marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.According to the Police, Carmichael and Burnet, both of West Coast Berbice (WCB), were in a speeding motor car which breached a police cordon in front of the Fort Wellington Police Station about 02:00h causing ranks to take evasive action.The car was subsequently pursued and crashed into a tree at Number 23 Village, WCB. As Police approached, two occupants were seen exiting the vehicle and entering another which departed at great speed. While being pursued, the vehicle veered into a street at Number 27 Village and ended up in a nearby trench, from where two males were seen exiting into the unlit street.The driver, a 22-year-old Onderneeming, West Coast Berbice resident, who is employed as a driver with a water company, was arrested while in the process of disposing of a bag which was found to contain 19 parcels of compressed cannabis.Both men pleaded not guilty to the charge of trafficking in narcotics.
One person died in an early morning accident at La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara while several others were injured after the minibus in which they were travelling collided with a car.Details in Sunday, February 4th edition of the Guyana Times.
Swift work by Police in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) resulted in the arrest of two men who allegedly robbed a Chinese businessman during a violent attack.Reports are the businessman was hit to his face with a hammer during a robbery at Corriverton, on Thursday afternoon.According to reports, the two bandits drove up in a heavily tinted Toyota Primo motorcar and entered the window-making factory. Guyana Times was told that the men walked up to the businessman and hit him with the hammer. According to reports, the men were seen rushing out of the building, hurriedly entering the waiting car before it sped away. It is not clear what the men escaped with, but the businessman was rushed to the Skeldon Hospital where he was admitted a patient.Police were initially not able to get any information from the Chinese businessman because of the language barrier and the severity of his injuries.Meanwhile, based on the description and number plate given to Police by persons in the area, Police intercepted a car at a road block on the Corentyne.According to Police, only the driver was in the vehicle and his address was given as Lodge, Georgetown. The Police noted that the driver could not give a reasonable explanation as to why he was in Berbice. He was taken into custody.Meanwhile, at Number 50 Village, Police arrested another man who could not give a reasonable explanation for being in Berbice. He is from Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown.Both men are being questioned as Police continue their probe.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) Selection Panel has called up Obed McCoy for the second and third matches in the Sandals Twenty20 International Series against England.McCoy, the 22-year-old left-arm fast bowler, replaces Andre Russell, who has been forced to pull out after a recurrence of a long-standing knee problem.The left-arm fast bowler will join the squad in St Kitts, where the matches will be played on Friday and Sunday at the Warner Park. First ball daily is 16:00h (3pm Jamaica Time/8pm GMT).McCoy, blessed with pace, control and one of the best slower balls in the business, has long been seen as one of the most exciting bowling prospects in the Caribbean. He made his international debut in India in October and, while he has played just three First-Class games, impressed with St Lucia Stars in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and for West Indies B in the Global T20 Canada.He played for the University of West Indies Vice Chancellor’s XI in the limited-overs warm-up match in Barbados in February and, having flown into St Kitts on Wednesday, is expected to be available for the final two matches of the T20I series against England.
The Private Sector Commission (PSC) of Guyana on Monday evening hosted a dinner in honour of the newly appointed US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah Ann Lynch at Palm Court, Main Street, Georgetown.The PSC discussed issues with the Ambassador, while enjoying the evening’s festivities. In attendance were Chairman of the PSC, Desmond Sears, members of the PSC and other invitees.
A man is presently being questioned by Police in relation to the murder of 23-year-old Elton Leonard, who was stabbed to death in the wee hours of Friday at Karasabai Village, South Pakaraimas, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo).F Division (Interior Locations) Commander Kevin Adonis said on Sunday the person being questioned by Police was not a suspect but a witness to the murder. The witness has identified three persons for whom the Police are currently hunting.“There is no main suspect per se; as it is at this point, we cannot say definitively who stabbed the young man. But the three men we are looking for them; we are told they are still somewhere in that area. They have gone into hiding somewhere in the North Pakaraima area, but we are close to capturing them,” he stated.According to the Commander, the three suspects were friends of the now deceased man and on Friday last, while they were consuming alcohol, an argument ensued.“They went sporting: drinking at a shop in the area that they are all from. This was about minutes to 1:00 am (01:00h) on Friday morning when the young man was stabbed. But prior to that we are told that all of them were together drinking with each other since they are friends,” the Commander said.Leonard had left his home about 19:00h on Thursday under the influence of alcohol.Initial reports were that some five hours later, he was engaged in a heated row with the trio which escalated and resulted in Leonard being stabbed to the left side of his chest.He reportedly collapsed and died almost immediately. The three men are said to have made good their escape as the injured man lay on the ground in a pool of blood.
Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings, along with a team of senior health officials, visited the Lethem Hospital in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) to address a number of issues affecting the health sector in that Region.A section of the staff of the Lethem Hospital gathered to meet with Minister within the Health Ministry, Dr Karen CummingsIn a meeting, the staff of the Lethem Hospital expressed their concerns to the Minister.Minister Cummings stressed that health-care protocols should be observed by all staff working in the Hospital. “A team is as strong as the weakest link so we want everybody on board, singing from the same page so protocols for all healthcare procedures must be observed, all staff must work together to achieve this,” Dr Cummings urged.Another issue was that of referrals. One doctor explained that when a patient was referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital, the patient is usually asked to return to complete the treatment which would be costly, transportation wise. The doctor added that although there was the Amerindian hostel available in Georgetown to accommodate individuals, there were many complaints of the poor living quarters at the facility.Staff attached to the Maternal and Child Health Department in the Region requested the provision of transportation to assist in providing health services to persons in need in the sub-regions.Minister Cummings charged the Regional Health Officer, along with the Regional Executive Officer, to take into consideration the issues which were raised and to seek to address them in a timely manner.
Three persons were late Wednesday evening killed, while three others are critical following a two-vehicle collision in the vicinity of Loo Creek, Linden/Soesdyke Highway.Dead: Dextroy GriffithDead are David Primus, 52, of Lot 6 Self Help, Amelia’s Ward, and Dextroy Griffith, 25, a mechanic at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, also of Amelia’s Ward, Linden. The identity of the third victim was not available up to press time.Griffith’s wife, 23-year-old Whitney Plowell-Griffith and Leron Mendonca, 22, of St Vincent and the Grenadines, along with Arletta Kellman, 47, of Speightland, Lower Kara Kara, were all admitted to the Linden Hospital Complex in a serious state. They sustained trauma and broken bones, among other injuriesReports are that Primus was driving motorcar HC 5326 and was heading to Linden, while the other vehicle, PRR 7151, was travelling in the opposition direction when they collided head-on. Griffith, his wife and Kellman were all occupants of the car driven by Primus.Injured: Whitney Ann GriffithWhile information remains sketchy, Guyana Times understands that the car that was heading to Georgetown might have lost control and ended up in the path of Primus. At the time of the collision, it was reportedly raining and visibility was poor.The son-in-law of Kellman recalled driving behind the two vehicles on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, but they quickly disappeared in the darkness.As he got closer, he realised that two vehicles had collided and as he looked, he saw his injured mother-in-law. With only one vacant seat in his vehicle, he reportedly collected the injured Kellman and rushed her to the hospital. The others were picked up shortly afterwards and rushed to the hospital.However, Primus and Griffith, along with the driver of the other vehicle were pinned down and had to be pulled from the wreckage by firemen who were summoned to the scene. One eyewitness told Guyana Times that the bodies were severely damaged and it took the firemen quite some time to pull them from the wreckage. The Police are investigating the accident. (Bhisham Mohamed and Utamu Belle)
…open fire on Police during escapeA Triumph, East Coast Demerara family is now traumatised after armed bandits stormed their home on Friday night, robbing them of their valuables, but not before tying them up and terrorising them.The incident occurred at sometime around 10:15h at the family’s home at Lot 9 Triumph Sideline Dam, Agriculture Road. The Police reported that three men, two of whom were armed with a handgun and a knife, confronted the family, holding them at gunpoint while ransacking the house in search of “money and gold”.Harry Ram Bishundat, owner of the home, told Guyana Times that his son-in-law, his daughter, and his two granddaughters were downstairs at the time, while his son was in a room upstairs and he and his wife and grandson were in another room. The gates were locked, but the bandits gained entry into the yard by removing several pickets from the fence at the front of the yard. A neighbour had seen the men removing the pickets and had thought a drunken relative of the Bishundat family was having difficulty accessing the yard. He was about to help, but when he realised what was transpiring, he retreated into his home and immediately summoned the Police.In the meanwhile, the bandits pounced on Bishundat’s son-in-law, holding him at gunpoint as they escorted him into the downstairs quarters, which his wife and two daughters were occupying at the time.One of the gunmen then proceeded into the upper flat, dragged Bishundat’s son out into the hallway, and held him at gunpoint.Upon hearing the commotion, Bishundat’s wife got out of bed to investigate, and as she entered the hallway, she screamed when she say what was happening.The gunman forced her to lie on the floor, but her scream had alerted her husband to what was happening.The gunman then hit her son on the head with the firearm. By this time, Bishundat got up and went to the bandit, telling him to take whatever he wanted. The second accomplice then brought up the four other family members and put them to lie on the floor with the other three.They then cut the telephone and computer cords, using it to tie up the family members. Afterwards, they started to ransack the rooms, confiscating cash, jewellery and a few cellular phones.The bandits were by this time in the house for about 10 minutes. It is believed that the third accomplice was keeping watch, since Bishundat said he only saw two of them in the house.Bishundat recalled that about five minutes into the search, one of the perpetrators turned to the other to inform him that Police were outside the building. The men left the home shortly after.Bishundat said he heard a gunshot and told his family to get back down on the floor, since they were up trying to free themselves from bondage.The man said that with the Police in front of the yard, the bandits attempted to scale the back fence in their bid to escape, but the fence collapsed with them. Police have since recovered a hat and a pair of slippers near the fence. The family also recovered one of their stolen cell phones in the yard.While Bishundat is not certain who had fired the shots, he said that neighbours claim the first shot was fired at the Police from a car in which the bandits arrived on the scene, which was parked nearby.The neighbours allege that after discharging a round at the Police, the person in the car drove away when the ranks returned fire twice.However, in a statement, the Police said ranks of a mobile patrol responded to a robbery-in-progress, and upon seeing the police, the armed bandit “discharged several rounds at the lawmen, who returned fire, but unfortunately, the suspects managed to elude the cops by scaling a southern fence and escaping.”Up to press time, no arrests had been made.