Gunmen beat, rob overseas-based Guyanese

first_imgAn overseas-based Guyanese, Kumar Nandan, 46, was on Saturday morning bound, robbed and beaten byThe home of overseas-based Guyanese Kumar Nandan who was robbed by armed banditsgunmen at his Number 63 Village, Corentyne home in broad daylight.Nandan told Guyana Times that at 11:00h, he had just exited the washroom area of his house when he was confronted by the two men, one of whom was armed with a gun.Nandan, who returned to Guyana one week ago, explained that he had been in the process of fixing his car and had decided to visit the washroom minutes before he was confronted by the men who demanded money and jewellery.“So I walked and went into the house – who closes their door at 11 o’clock in the day? And as I came out, there were these two fellows; one had a long gun… I told them that I don’t have money. Then I asked them if they ever see me with gold. Then the tall one tell the short one to tie me up. They still asking for the money and I told them that all I have was G$10,000 and showed them where it was,” the man told this publication.Nandan said he was pushed onto the bed and asked for his firearm, “I had tell them that I don’t have a firearm, that they must know that, then the one with the gun tell me not to look at him and I told him that if he is right in front of me where else does he want me to look…”The men, who gun-butted Nandan, ransacked the house before taking Nandan’s cellular phone and a wristwatch he was wearing at the time, along with the $10,000 before fleeing in a waiting motor car which was parked nearby.Nandan believes that the men may have been monitoring the area for some time since he recalled on Friday while talking with one of his neighbours, he noticed the same car in the community.“It was parked till over so in front of that big house and I wanted to see the number plate of the car and we were waiting for a long time, but my neighbour said it might just be a male and female who want some private time… But people don’t come in here like that,” he explained.B (Berbice) Division Commander, Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam said the robbers operated in a similar manner to those who committed a robbery on a Corentyne businesswoman last week.On Monday evening, two masked and armed men – one armed with a gun and the other with a cutlass – went into the home of Savitry Jagnandand, 44, of Number 72 Village, Corentyne.The men took hundreds of thousands in cash and valuables.However, it was unclear if the same men are responsible for this robbery.last_img read more

Stakeholders briefed on GuySuCo’s social resilience programme

first_img– coordinator says “tremendous response” from redundant workersThe Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) on Thursday morning hosted a briefing session on the implementation of its ‘Sustainable and Resilient Communities Programme’ in order to mobilise additional Public Sector agencies.The social resilience programme is a counteraction to the effects and impacts arising out of the downsizing of the sugar industry. Thursday’s session sought to engage stakeholders with the objective of establishing a coordinating committee to roll out the programme.A section of the gathering at Thursday’s stakeholder engagement at GuySuCo’s Headquarters at La Bonne IntentionDiscussions were focused on medium- to long-term approaches for implementing GuySuCo’s social resilience programme and the Alternative Livelihoods Initiative, which aims at re-skilling ex-employees and identifying employment opportunities for them as well as up-skilling current employees.During the session, participants also looked at the framework for the transitioning of sugar dependent communities that have been affected following the closure of the Rose Hall, Skeldon, Wales and Enmore estates, to make them more economically, socially and environmentally resilient.Meanwhile, Coordinator of the programme, Curbette Victorine, told the Department of Public Information (DPI) on Thursday that already the programme has been yielding success, particularly with the response from those displaced workers.“I think we have had tremendous success and response; a lot more than we initially anticipated. Knowing what redundancy was going to bring, we did not get the negative impact as we would normally expect for such a major redundancy,” Victorine said in the interview.Coordinator of GuySuCo’s social resilience programme,Curbette VictorineAccording to Victorine, said there are several groups of former workers who are now better positioned to offer services to the reorganised sugar company.“What we would have done so far would have allowed for employees to continue or be contracted to GuySuCo. In cases where they were expected to offer services to GuySuCo, we already have that ongoing. Our maintenance of canals programme, we have persons who have shown an interest and have indicated their willingness to work either as operators of excavators and contractors doing manual cleaning. We recently had quite a few of our ex-employees coming together to plant canes on our existing estates and I think there is heightened interest being shown in this programme at this point in time,” the coordinator explained.Among the targeted stakeholders at Thursday’s engagement session were the Small Business Bureau; Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport; Social Protection Ministry; Communities Ministry; President Youth Award Republic of Guyana (PYARG) and National Trust.The next step will feature consultations with the regional administration from Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne); the Private Sector Commission (PSC); Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI); Berbice Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and other private sector organisations in these regions, to share the Strategic Action Plan.The Plan focuses on key short, medium and long-term actions, stakeholder responsibilities, timelines, keys milestones, monitoring and evaluating, funding and a risks assessment.last_img read more

Nurse recognised for 40 years of service

first_imgHazel Europe, a nurse attached to the Grove Health Centre who has served the community for the past 40 years, was recognised by the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) for her significant contributions.Nurse Hazel Europe holding her award that was presented to her by the RDCRegional Health Officer (RHO) Quincy Jones in applauding Europe’s impact explained that she has made a great contribution to the health sector and as such, the Region was indeed privileged to be at the receiving end of her service.For her service, she was recognised by the Region and conferred with an award.In accepting the award, Europe expressed gratitude to the RDC for the recognition, noting that it all started with a young woman whose aim was to pursue a professional nursing career.She related that the many challenges she faced as a young nurse only served to motivate her further.“I am a determined nurse who is very committed to this profession, as it’s a profession of care and love and that is what I live my life by each day, as I understand that if I do otherwise then I am not serving my profession,” she said.Europe, who first began her working career as a teacher, taught for five years before she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a nurse.She was enrolled as a nurse on October 1976 and has the distinction of serving in every health centre on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD).Although she has met the age of retirement, she continues to provide much-needed service to the community owing to her passion for the profession. As such, she is not sure when she will “call it quits”, but what she is certain about is that she does not foresee it being any time soon.“I love what I am doing, and I am grateful for the opportunity to continue in the profession and I would like to urge my fellow nurses to serve with dignity and pride while giving of their best,” the distinguished woman related.last_img read more

August 22nd “Hey Man, What’s Under Your Hat?” Winner

first_img                                                                                                     Picture: Karen DavyCongratulations to Byron Ryder, who won $300 worth of gift certificates by playing “Hey Man, What’s Under Your Hat?”. These gift certificates are good to 8 Seconds, M&M Meat Shops, Home Hardware, the Lakepoint Golf & Country Club and Sobeys. We only have one contest left and only one big prize left to give away. The last contest will be on Thursday, August 27th at Petron Communications between 5pm and 6pm.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Brown placed in crypt, but he’s not in final resting spot

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The private service at the home of Deanna Brown Thomas, about three miles from Brown’s Beech Island home, was in sharp contrast to elaborate funerals for the Godfather of Soul held after his death in New York and Augusta, Ga. “He was very private,” said Sharpton, a longtime Brown confidant. The crypt likely will not be Brown’s final resting place. A public mausoleum is being built, and its location will be announced once it is completed, the family said. COLUMBIA, S.C. – James Brown’s body was placed in a crypt Saturday at the Beech Island home of one his daughters, family and friends of the soul singer said. White balloons were released and Brown’s adult children and other family members and friends sang and prayed over the singer’s body, said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who presided over the noon ceremony. Also at the service were Brown’s partner, Tomi Rae Hynie, and the couple’s young son, who led the procession. “This is what James wanted, for the family to come together. Everyone really felt like James was there with us,” Hynie told The Associated Press by phone. The service took place more than two months after the singer died in an Atlanta hospital. Brown died Dec.25 at age 73, and his body had been held at an undisclosed location since then. last_img read more

Real Madrid are ready, Zidane tells PSG

first_imgHe is only the second player to pass the mark after Lionel Messi needed 334 games to make his own triple century in the Spanish top flight.Getafe’s Loic Remy was sent off in the 47th minute for a second yellow card but the visitors still threatened a comeback at 2-0, when Francisco Portillo converted a penalty, awarded for a foul by Nacho on Jorge Molina.Ronaldo had the last word, however, and his contribution is timely given Real now turn their attention to what could be a season-defining Champions League second leg with PSG on Tuesday, in which they lead 3-1.“It’s the match we hoped for,” said Real boss Zinedine Zidane. “We prepared very seriously for our Tuesday match. We will have to play in that game with a different intensity certainly, but we are ready for Tuesday.”In La Liga, Real move seven points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, who play Barcelona on Sunday, while Getafe stay 10th.Bale also put his hand up for a starting spot in France by capping a lively display with a goal. He almost had a second late on but a curling shot nipped the post.The Welshman’s place at the Parc des Princes is not assured, however, his 90 minutes here perhaps even an indicator that his rest is to come in midweek.But, on a night when his 117th La Liga appearance saw him pass David Beckham as the division’s most capped British player, Bale delivered a timely reminder of his quality.Marcelo, back from injury, also came on for 25 minutes as a substitute, and is likely now to face PSG, but the same cannot be said of injured duo Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, who were both absent again.“The Champions League means a lot to us,” defender Sergio Ramos said.“They have a lot of offensive power, but we have our weapons and we’re going to try to do damage in Paris.”It was Ramos who challenged with Isco for Benzema’s deep cross in the 24th minute and as the ball dropped invitingly eight yards out, Bale applied the finish.Perhaps buoyed by his goal, Bale was playing with a swagger, lofting one excellent ball through to Benzema, and then later nicking possession and dancing his way through the Getafe midfield.It was no surprise when Ronaldo doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time. Benzema fooled the Getafe defence with a superb reverse pass before his partner dummied inside and drilled the ball into the far corner.Getafe’s task became even tougher two minutes into the second half as Remy, previously of Chelsea and Newcastle, clattered Nacho in the neck with his arm.He was awarded a second yellow card by referee Mario Lopez but it could have merited a direct red.The game looked over but Getafe were handed a lifeline when Lopez gave a generous penalty for what seemed a fair challenge from Nacho on Molina. Portillo coolly lifted it down the middle.Ronaldo dashed their hopes, however, in the 78th minute heading in Marcelo’s cross at the near post.It was Ronaldo’s final contribution before being taken off with 11 minutes left, preserved for PSG.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates another milestone after surpassing 300 La Liga goals © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUMADRID, Spain, Mar 4 – Zinedine Zidane declared Real Madrid ready for Paris Saint-Germain after his side eased to a 3-1 win over 10-man Getafe on Saturday.Gareth Bale opened the scoring at the Santiago Bernabeu before Cristiano Ronaldo hit his 300th and 301st La Liga goals after just 286 matches.last_img read more

Mane reveals lack of family support in early career

first_imgMane moved to Red Bull Salzburg in 2012 and then to Southampton two years later before settling at Anfield, where he has scored 36 goals in 76 games.However, he says he was initially unable to convince his family to let him leave his hometown of Sedhiou in order to pursue a professional career in Senegal’s capital city Dakar.“It was a tough moment for me when I was in Senegal, especially when I was young. I was born in a village, I grew up there, and they don’t like football,” Mane told SuperSport.“My mum, my dad and my uncle preferred me to go to school all the time and study. At that time I was only focusing on being a football player.Senegal forward Sadio Mane takes part in a training session in Kaluga, Russia“They told me ‘How can you be a football player? It is not possible. This village is far from Dakar, how can you go? We don’t even have family there’.“But I knew I was going to be a football player, I just didn’t know how. It was the only thing I was doing, the only thing that I knew. Always training, training, training, training.“They never, ever tried to help me until the day I left my school, I was fifteen or sixteen. I said ‘Now is enough, I have to stop school – I want to be a football player, I have to focus’.“They said ‘Are you crazy, how?’. I said ‘I don’t know but I will go to Dakar, I don’t know anyone but I can play on the street and hopefully someone can find me.“I think they thought I was joking but one day I packed all of my luggage, stopped school and went. I didn’t tell anyone but my best friend.Southampton’s Senegalese midfielder Sadio Mane (L) vies with Liverpool’s English defender Nathaniel Clyne during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Liverpool in Southampton, southern England on March 20, 2016 (AFP Photo/Adrian Dennis)“For one week nobody saw me in the house, or at school, so they tried to call everywhere. They went to my friend and finally he told them that I went to Dakar.“They found me, they took me from Dakar and took me back home.”When asked where his passion for football came from, Mane added: “It is from when I was born.“When I was three or four only football was in my head. I went 10 years and nothing changed, only football, football, football.“The strange thing is, nobody played football in my family before.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool forward Sadio Mane struck twice in a 4-0 rout of West HamLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 30 – Liverpool forward Sadio Mane says he was forced to sneak away from home as a teenager to pursue his dream of becoming a footballer.The 26-year-old has enjoyed a swift rise in European football after joining French side Metz as a youngster from Senegalese football academy, Academie Generation Foot.last_img read more

Volunteers set to make a difference

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Gathering of donations of nonperishable food, clothing, toys, linens and other items for the needy by the VFW No. 2805 Ladies Auxiliary in Canoga Park. For information, call (818) 347-3851. A daylong teen peace conference in Burbank. For information call (818) 919-8896 or go to More than 25 projects throughout the Santa Clarita Valley. For information, visit the Volunteer Resource Center of Santa Clarita Valley at For more informaton on national Make a Difference Day, go to Hundreds of San Fernando Valley volunteers are expected to get up early and make a difference Saturday by doing everything from sweeping litter-strewn streets and delivering toys and clothes to the needy. Volunteering as part of the annual Make a Difference Day, a national effort encouraging community service, local residents can take part in a variety of events. Among the events in the region: Fall Restoration Day at Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas. For information, call (818) 591-1701 or go to 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

It’s a hoop lover’s Dream come true

first_imgThe Pangos Dream Classic, with a total of five boys high school basketball games, will take place today at Hope International University in Fullerton. The event, with Dominguez as the host school, begins at 1 p.m. with Campbell Hall facing Flintridge Prep. Centennial takes on Serra at 2:30, with San Diego Hoover-Sherman Oaks Notre Dame (4) and Las Vegas Bishop Gorman-Pasadena (5:30) following. The feature game, at 7 p.m., pits Southland powers Dominguez and Westchester. Tickets, which can only be purchased at the site, are priced at $12 (reserved, chair-back seating), $8 (general admission for adults) and $5 (students with identification and children younger than 12). 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anitalast_img read more

West Ham charged by FA for crowd violence

first_img Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics Thousands of angry fans expressed their disgust and the club’s directors had to be rushed out of the stadium, with David Sullivan hit by a coin predicted who plays? silverware LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS ON TALKSPORT.COM 3 3 How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? gameday When Burnley took the lead in the second half, one fan approached club captain Mark Noble and was pushed to the ground by the midfielder, while later on another invader strode into the middle of the pitch while holding a corner flag aloft.The FA condemned the invading fans at the time and set up an independent commission to investigate security issues at the stadium, with club directors Karen Brady and David Sullivan rushed out of the ground to avoid the baying crowd that gathered below the director’s box.The commission has now decided to charge West Ham formally for the violence, according to the Mirror.Although stewarding for Hammers games at the London Stadium is contracted out to private company LS185, the FA view West Ham responsible for any security lapses, which the club are said to be appealing. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade After the game, West Ham also expressed their disgust at the incidents, putting out a statement saying: “West Ham United have immediately launched a full and thorough investigation into the incidents which marred the second half of today’s match and are committed to taking decisive and appropriate action.In his post-match interview Noble, 30, said: “I’m a West Ham fan and I’ve always protected the club. If someone approaches me, I’ll protect myself.“It’s been like this for the past two seasons, since we moved to this stadium, every time we lose we and the board get a lot of stick. It seemed today that the fans had had enough.“The atmosphere was horrible. We know a lot of it isn’t aimed at the players, but we have to be man enough to play in that atmosphere.” Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes West Ham are to be charged by the FA for crowd violence during last season’s 3-0 home defeat to Burnley.Three fans invaded the pitch during the game on March 10 and fans tried to storm the director’s box in protest against the club’s on- and off-field performance.center_img possible xi How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? 3 crackers ALTERED smart causal Mark Noble wrestled one pitch invader to the ground England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? NEW ERA How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures possible standings The 3-0 defeat left West Ham 16th, three points above the relegation zone last_img read more