Man remanded for narco-trafficking

first_imgAkeem Callender of Lot 186 Charlestown, Georgetown has been remanded to prison by Georgetown Magistrate Fabayo Azore, before whom he was arraigned on Friday to answer a possession of narcotics charge which stated that on January 5, 2018, he was found with 338 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Police Prosecutor Simone Payne told the court that Police ranks swooped down on Callender in Charlestown after he was seen acting in a suspicious manner. A search was conducted on a bag he was carrying, and Police unearthed leaves, seeds and stems which they suspected to be cannabis. He was told of the offence, taken to the station and charged.Callender’s Attorney, Melville Duke, in a bail application, stated that his client is young and has no previous convictions. However, the lawyer’s submission was overruled, and Callender was remanded until February 2.last_img read more

Hugo Chávez Centre providing “excellent” services – Minister Ally

first_img…necessary care and treatment being provided to many on a daily basisScores of persons in dire need are presently benefiting from services being offered at the Hugo Chávez Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintegration, located at Onverwagt, West Coast Berbice (WCB); and they are being provided with “excellent” care.The Hugo Chávez Centre for Rehabilitation and Reintegration, located at Onverwagt, West Coast Berbice, Region FiveThis is according to Social Protection Minister Amna Ally, who, during an exclusive interview with Guyana Times on Sunday, stated that the facility, which provides refuge for some of the country’s homeless population, is functioning better than expected.She explained that this was also due to the commitment and hard work of the staff at the Hugo Chávez Centre, who monitor operations there.In relation to reports that the Social Protection Ministry recently advertised various vacancies in a bid to replace those workers, the Minister posited that this was far from the truth, since all posts are filled and no worker has left the job, or needs to be replaced.“We did not advertise. That was a 2016 advertisement, and some foolish person put up that. We did not advertise anything,” the minister declared.Social Protection Minister Amna AllyAccording to Minister Ally, despite claims being made that some form of corruption is taking place at the Hugo Chávez Centre, the process of managing the day-to-day task at that facility is both efficiently and effectively executed.Presently, there are between 70 and 75 persons housed at this Centre, and obtaining quality care and treatment, the minister noted.She added that allegations of millions of dollars that were intended for the Centre having gone missing are far from the truth.Last year, following the successful implementation of its ‘Self-Sufficient Agricultural Economic Services Project’, which was launched in June 2017, the Hugo Chávez Centre became fully self-sufficient.A main food supplier to State-benevolent centres, the Hugo Chávez Centre produces organic vegetables, chicken, and fish. Minister Ally had, on a past occasion, explained that in less than a year, the centre was able to produce and supply chicken to centres such as the Palms, the Mahaica Children’s Home, and the Mahaica Hospital.“I am proud of the facility’s self-sufficiency. What I love about this programme is that we have our agencies being the beneficiaries of this project…and I am very proud and happy that this is a seven-and-a-half-month achievement since the President commissioned this facility. it is a very proud moment for us,” Minister Ally has told media operatives.The project also formed part of the reintegration programme for those residents at the facility who were trained in the field of agriculture and farming.Over the past two years, a number of persons have been trained under the Patient Care Assistant training programme, and some of them have been deployed to the Hugo Chávez Centre, where they provide direct and/or indirect care, which includes medical assessment, treatment, counselling and psychological assistance.They were successfully trained to interact with indigent persons who have no fixed place of abode, as well as the less fortunate and homeless who may be in need of medical assessment and treatment. They provide counselling and psychological assistance to enable those persons to become disciplined and productive members of society.last_img read more

Rupununi miner slapped with illegal firearm, ammo charge

first_imgAfter being found with an unlicensed firearm and several rounds of ammunition in his possession on Thursday, 25-year-old Deon Jonas, a miner of St Ignatius Village Central Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) was on Friday arraigned before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to face the charges.The firearm and ammo that were foundJonas denied both charges after it was read to him by Magistrate Clive Nurse. The first charge detailed that on September 5, at Meer Zorgen Public Road, West Bank Demerara (WBD) he had in his possession a .CZ 7.6 semi-automatic pistol without being the licensed firearm holder of same.Another charge stated that on the same date and location, he also had eight live .32 rounds of ammunition without being the holder of a firearm licence.According to reports, ranks of a Police Anti-Crime Unit patrol were conducting a road block on the Meer Zorgen Public Road, when they stopped motor car HC 1920, which was driven by a 36-year-old a taxi driver of Parika, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).Remanded: Deon JonasJonas, along with a 36-year-old Venezuelan, were the only occupants in the car, when the ranks informed them that a search would be conducted on their personal belongings as well as the car. During the said search, the illegal weapon and a magazine containing the ammunition were found in the pants crotch of the defendant.While in custody, Jones allegedly gave a written statement under caution admitting ownership of the firearm and ammunition stating that he stole the firearm and ammunition from his uncle a businessman at Oko, Upper Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The prosecution objected to bail being granted to Jonas on the grounds that no special reason was provided by his attorney, Gordon Gilhuys, as to why bail should be granted.As such, Magistrate Nurse remanded the defendant to prison and adjourned the matter until September 9, 2019.last_img read more

Eventful week for Blizzard Bike Club

first_imgPlacing second of the evening was Matt Gilmore, who completed the course with a time of 32:16, with George Gamble rounding out third place at 32:48.Pat Ferris completed the race fourth at 33:47, with Tate Haugan fifth with a time of 34:36.It’s been a busy, yet successful week for the local cycling club, as last Sunday, member Colter Young took first place in the final Superweek Alberta Criterium, raced in Calgary.- Advertisement -Irving Tang also represented the Blizzard Bike Club well over the long weekend, placing first overall at the Victoria Duathlon.Tang’s first place finish came with a time of 2:08:03, after completing a 5 km run, 40 km bike ride and a final 10 km run.It’s back to the regular routine for the local cycling club, who will race in another Thursday evening Baldonnel time trial tonight, then will hit the trails for a Sunday evening road race at Cecil Lake gravel pit this Sunday.Advertisement For more information on the Blizzard Bike Club, visit its official website.last_img read more

Terry Fox Run Today

first_imgThe Terry Fox run goes today nationwide, with the local run slated for 2 pm starting at the rec centre.The Terry Fox Run raises money for cancer every year (all types of cancer) so if you would like to help raise some cash, you can download pledge forms at www.terryfoxrun.org. Now, if you are in the mood on Sunday, but haven’t raised any money, that’s ok – you can come out and just do the run in tribute to a great Canadian. – Advertisement -It’s free to take part in the run, registration is at 1, with the run starting at 2 pm – and there’s a 1 k, a 5 k, and a 10 k distance available.last_img