The Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Department of Education on Tuesday presented its leg of the biennial Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) Fair, under the theme, “Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, paving the way for a green and sustainable society”.This year, the Arts have been incorporated into the event, which showcases the innovative skills of students and teachers from schools at every level. Region 10’s exhibition was hosted at the Wisburg Secondary School, Wismar, Linden and featured a host of presentations by students.Linden Foundation presenting their project entitled, “Green Town New Age Eden”Speaking during the opening ceremony for the event, outgoing Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland said he was impressed with the quality of work displayed by the various schools, as he encouraged students to continue to be creative ,”dream big”, step out, invent, and achieve great things.“I believe that your inventive ability should not be confined to this event, but it should be actively utilised…don’t let your creativity be dormant. Dream big and achieve big. If you look around your community you will see many opportunities to be creative,” Holland encouraged.Holland, in sharing his own experiences, further gave encouragement to all to inspire young creative minds to “think outside the box” and become active trailblazers.In an overview of the ever-evolving event, District Education Officer (Nursery) Shivon Greene-Brewster said the objective of the exhibitions has always been to stimulate young minds to analyse and evaluate situations with the aim of exposing students to critical thinking skills.Meanwhile, District Education Officer (Primary) Lashanna Anderson said the activity formed part of the strategy to promote Science and Technology, provide the opportunity for students and teachers to showcase, disseminate and share knowledge relating to these fields.District Education Officer (Secondary) Sonia Fraser-Pearce said the Fair provided an opportunity for creativity as well as the showcasing and sharing of knowledge and skills. The national STEAM Fair will be hosted in Georgetown from April 3- 6, where the winners from Tuesday’s event will be given an opportunity to participate. read more
The Guyana Teacher’s Union (GTU) has revealed that requested transfers of the teachers of the Zeeburg Secondary School on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD), will not be granted in the near future. This is in light of the upcoming Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council (CSEC) examination which is slated for May/June.This statement was revealed by the General Secretary of the GTU, Coretta Mc Donald, who stated that the Union was aware that there have been issues regarding parents and teachers in the past, and she believed those issues were resolved. However, according to the parents, the matter has worsened.When asked if the teachers who requested transfers will be relocated to a different work environment, the General Secretary noted that with the upcoming preparations for CSEC examinations in a few months, it would be unwise to appoint new teachers to the students.However, she noted that the union will be working with the Department of Education to resolve the issues being faced by teachers at the Zeeburg Secondary School and there is a possibility that just a few teachers will be given transfers.“What we’re going to do is go to the Ministry of Education and see how we can develop the issues that they are having there. There might be recommendations for one or two transfers,” Mc Donald stated.Many concerned parents of the Zeeburg Secondary School had raised eyebrows in the past few months regarding the poor management of the institution by the administrative body and mainly the head teacher.They have blamed the head teacher of the school for her weak leadership and forceful views which she imposes on the students.Some of the problems being highlighted by parents involved the large sums of monetary donations that their children are required to contribute. An infuriated parent revealed that the children were told by the head teacher that if the contributions weren’t sent to the school, the Grade Eleven students will not be allowed to write their mock examinations for this year’s Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) examination.The parents were also forced to make contributions totalling almost $1,000,000 which was squandered for the purchasing of surveillance cameras, which they believe should’ve been set aside towards the development of the school’s facilities.The schools’ Culture Day undertakings, an educational activity, were also cancelled. The disturbed parents also related that the head teacher expressed her views to have the school’s uniform colour changed to one of her choice.As such, teachers and parents had no choice but to notify the Education Ministry which they indicated are in agreement with their concerns. This also resulted in the some of the teachers requesting transfers. However, these approvals will be hindered until the completion of the examinations. read more
A 62-year-old Pineapple Street, East Ruimveldt, Georgetown man was ordered to pay $7500 or face a week in prison for driving under the influence of alcohol.Morris Maricano appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse at the Linden Magistrate’s Court to answer to the charge.The court heard that on March 5, 2018, he drove motor car PPP 6022 on the Washer Pond Road, Mackenzie, Linden, while under the influence of alcohol which made him incapable of controlling the said vehicle.The facts stated that the accused was observed driving in a zigzag manner and was stopped by ranks on patrol and subjected to a breathalyser test, which proved that he had 112 micrograms of alcohol in his system. Maricano pleaded guilty and was fined $7500.
The Guyana Foundation says it is committed to devising projects and initiatives that are aimed at improving the livelihoods and quality of life of the lesser fortunate and Guyanese who do not necessarily have the means to help themselves on a continuum.As a result, keys members of the Foundation held a press conference on Tuesday in the conference room of New Thriving to discuss the meaningful contribution the Foundation has order towards the rebuilding of Guyana.Executive members of the Canadian and Chinese embassies, and other individuals across the world, as well as locally, have stepped forward to share ideas, develop projects, and fundraising events to assist the people who are notMembers of the Guyana Foundation pose for a photo after the Foundation’s conferenceable to assist themselves.According to founder of the Foundation, Supriya Singh Bodden, the Foundation is a charitable trust that has been created to contribute meaningfully to the rebuilding of Guyana.“Our mission is to release the power of people globally to assist Guyanese to transform their communities, bring fulfilment and well-being to their families, enabling them to build relationships of trust and friendship among themselves irrespective of race and beliefs,” Singh-Bodden explainedDriven by the conviction that great change can be made by people who are encouraged and supported, the Foundation has conducted large and small-scale projects across the country in an effort to restore hope and purpose, rebuild lives, and create a better future for all Guyanese.Three recipients of the programme shared their heart-warming stories of how they were assisted and guided by the Foundation with the gathering.One of the beneficiaries, Natavia John, 18, said before she was introduced to the Foundation, she was so frustrated that she considered suicide at one point in her life.“I was so depressed I would usually keep to myself, nothing was happening for me and the only thing I thought about was death,” the tearful teenage said.To develop the skills set of persons in these villages and enhance their access to economic opportunities, the Foundation offers training courses in a variety of areas, including hairdressing, photography, IT training, floral and craft, wedding planning, music lessons, leather craft, massage techniques, soap-making, catering techniques and practices, makeup artistry and more.These programmes are offered six days a week by paid professionals from Guyana, and volunteers from around the world who wish to visit and dedicate an allotted amount of time to facilitate training workshops.The Foundation noted that there were countries that could and were willing to help, as well as other international NGOs that can bring their resources and experience to Guyana and assist in addressing these societal ills. The religious bodies – Christian, Muslim, Hindu and others – are willing to help if they are given the right signals from these Ministries, the organisation further stated. In the meantime, the Guyana Foundation says it will continue to strengthen and expand its work in communities and is inviting citizens to go out and volunteer with the organisation. read more
A female security guard attached to the Massy Security Service was on Tuesday evening killed in a hit-and-run accident at Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown.The woman has been identified as Mona London, who worked with the company for several years, and reportedly had been stationed at the Movie Towne Construction site at Turkeyen at the time of her demise.Based on reports received, the woman had been relieved by her colleague at about 19:00h, and had left the construction site and was heading home when, while crossing the Turkeyen main access road, she was struck down by a dark-coloured SUV which was speeding in the direction of Georgetown.The woman was flung several feet in the air, and landed on the roadway, sustaining severe head injuries. She reportedly died on the spot, while the vehicle did not stop to render her assistance.The woman’s body was picked up and taken to the Lyken Funeral Home to await a post mortem, while the Police have launched an investigation into the fatal accident. read more
Pandemonium was narrowly avoided at the High Court on Monday when Police ranks rushed in to settle tensions when co-accused John Caesar almost prevented a jury empanelment before Justice Sandil Kissoon. He is charged along with Marisco George for the July 4, 2009 attempted murder of Dhanmattie Phulchand, who was severely chopped to the head in what was believed to be a robbery at her Reshma’s Collection Store in the City Mall, Georgetown.According to State Prosecutor Abigail Gibbs, the duo assaulted the woman before or after they robbed her store on the day in question. The duo however denied the charges. Upon Caesar’s arraignment, he openly accused State Counsel Mandell Moore of offering him a plea deal moments before the trial commenced.However, both prosecutors denied any such involvement. Moore immediately addressed the court, including all potential jurors and rejected the assertion the accused made. Justice Kissoon then restored order but not before Caesar shouted “Freedom” several times, adding that the Judge should listen to what he was saying.The Judge was having none of it and proceeded to empanel the 12 member-jury which comprise only males after Marisco George’s Attorney, Damien DaSilva requested changes. Caesar earlier had no representation but Attorney Brandon De Santos accepted the case prompting Caesar to say he was sent an angel.Justice Kissoon admonished the jurors to disregard all of what transpired during Monday’s proceedings, telling them to focus on the evidence presented in the four walls of the court room. The matter was adjourned for Wednesday. read more
Seventeen hundred and thirty-nine students graduated from the University of Guyana on Saturday, when the institution hosted its 52nd convocation ceremony at the National Cultural Centre in Georgetown.At the event, Edmond (Eddy) Grant was conferred with an honorary doctorate for excellence in music and civic engagement; Yesu Persaud was similarly conferred for iconic leadership in business and banking; Jairaj Sobhraj was likewise conferred for excellence in entrepreneurship and philanthropy; and Laura George for outstanding community development and advocacy.Businessman Yesu Persaud being robed by Vice Chancellor of UG, Professor Ivelaw Griffith before being conferred his Doctor of Letters from Chancellor of UG, Professor Eon HarrisIn presence of the Members of Parliament (MPs), members of the diplomatic corps, the university’s executive body and the graduates, George, in her remarks sparked with gratitude and commitment, renewed promises to assist in these areas to ensure that the rights of the Amerindian people are exercised. Her promise came with a condition that “the University of Guyana commit to strategically and significantly undertake its role as the independent academia to produce correct information on the history of Guyana”.She went on to say that interventions should be made for indigenous persons who wish to pursue their tertiary education at the University.“As an advocate for the rights of indigenous peoples, I call for an equitable and accessible scholarship funding for indigenous persons who wish to pursue career opportunities and achieve their dreams,” George said.For the past years, George has been working to ensure that policies and legislation are in place to protect indigenous rights, primarily in areas that have been crowded by mining activities. Her current projects include the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility, the European Union’s Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade, and works for the Guyana Forestry Commission, among other things.At the three-fold event, the graduating class was also addressed by one of the keynote speakers, Kamal Ramkarran, who graduated in the class of 1997.His advice to the newly graduated students was to follow their career paths wherever those take them, and never to limit themselves to Guyana only. Additionally, he urged them to take note of what they would’ve learnt through experiences at the University.“Take all of your opportunities from tomorrow, even the ones we don’t really think are opportunities…Some of you want to do post-graduate studies out of Guyana, and when you finish you studies, the jobs you need will also be there; while some of you just want to see the world.”Throughout the day, students from the Faculties of Agriculture and Forestry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Education and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Health Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and the School of Entrepreneurship were awarded by their respective deans. This is the first time the graduation exercise of UG was held in three parts. read more
The manager of Fresco Supermarket, Diamond Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Tuesday appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan slapped with an attempted murder charge.Twenty-eight-year-old Xino Xi Qu, of Lot 1B Diamond Public Road, appeared before Chief Magistrate McLennan and was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on April 22, 2019 at Diamond Public Road, with intent to commit murder, he wounded Gregory Solomon.Xino’s Attorney-At-Law in a bail application told the court his client has no previous conviction and bail should be granted in a reasonable sum.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield informed the court that on April 22, the Virtual Complainant (VC) was shopping in the supermarket and after leaving he was confronted by the manager, who accused him of stealing cash that was left on the counter. According to the prosecution’s case, the defendant rushed up behind the VC and hit him to the head causing the man to fall to the ground where he was dealt several cuffs and kicks.The matter was reported to the Grove Police Station. The VC was picked to and taken to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre for treatment; however, because of the severity of his injuries, he was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was admitted. The accused was later arrested. The court was informed that after being discharged from Georgetown Public Hospital, the victim was now wheelchair-bound owing to his injuries. The manager was released on $400,000 bail on the condition that he reports to the Grove Police Station weekly until the conclusion of the case.The matter will continue on May 2, 2019. read more
A Linden man was on Wednesday last jailed for one year by Magistrate Wanda Fortune after he was found guilty of assault, causing actual bodily harm.The sentence was handed down to the defendant, Dexter Thompson, when he appeared at the Linden Magistrate’s court.The court heard that on Tuesday, May 28, Thompson assaulted Onika Sampson at Andyville, Blueberry Hill, Wismar, Linden.
Guilty of manslaughter: Simeon PompeyHigh Court Judge Navindra Singh last Tuesday deferred the commencement of the trial of Simeon Pompey to Thursday, as the young man pleaded not guilty to a murder charge which was read to him on his first appearance at the Demerara High Court.However, in Thursday’s court session, Pompey opted to plead to the lesser count of manslaughter, for unlawfully killing Sydney Campbell, called “Bakey”, on January 1, 2015 in the county of Demerara.The accused was represented by Attorneys Nigel Hughes, Ronald Daniels and Ashley Henry while the State was represented by Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy in association with Teriq Mohammed and Sarah Martin.After accepting the guilty plea, Justice Singh sentenced Pompey to eight years in prison.Court documents stated that the deceased and his sister, Shondell Jones visited a Chinese restaurant at Clonbrook, Ann’s Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD) to purchase food.However, as they were making their way back home, they were approached by Pompey and another male riding a bicycle. During this, Pompey came off the bicycle, and stabbed the now dead man to his chest. Campbell was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. read more
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