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Date: 12 Aug 17 10:08am
As police continue their investigation into a stabbing death at the Puruni Landing, Mazaruni, the killer in the incident remains at large.A source close to the investigation said that while they are looking for the suspect, they have received information that Rawle Peters who was killed was the aggressor in the incident.According to reports, the incident stemmed from an old grievance between Peters and his attacker over a debt.This newspaper was told that Peters’s attacker owed him some money, and every time Peters was under the influence of alcohol he would confront the man for the money.However on this last occasion this newspaper was told that Peters attacked the suspect who reportedly acted in self-defence.On Monday last, 23 year-old Peters of 21 North Haslington, J. R. Richard Astros Jersey, East Coast Demerara, succumbed on the Puruni trail even as efforts were being made to transport him to the Bartica Hospital.According to police, Peters sustained a stab wound to the left side of his chest.
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Date: 12 Aug 17 09:10am
Making its debut presentation in Guyana is the critically acclaimed off-Broadway production, Demerara Gold, with performances reaching Linden, New Amsterdam and Georgetown over the next five days.The play is written, produced and performed by Ingrid Griffith who at a media conference, yesterday, explained that the production aims to capture the reality of Guyanese migrants in the US.Griffith herself is a Guyanese migrant to the States where she is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport, the National School of Theatre Arts and Drama (NSTAD) and GEMS Theatre Production, to put on the show in her native land.Presentations of Demerara Gold will be hosted for school children at the New Amsterdam Multilateral School, Lichas Hall, in Linden and the National Cultural Centre.  In addition to school performances the general public is invited to view the play, at the National Cultural Centre and Theatre Guild on January 17 and January 18, respectively.Demerara Gold tells the story of seven-year-old Ingrid, whose life changes after her parents leave her and her older sister, Dawn, with two grandmothers in Guyana, to pursue a life in America. In her teenage years, Ingrid manages to migrate to America to reunite with her parents, but learns that she gets more than she bargained for in the new land.At the press junket, Griffith elaborated that the journey of Demerara Gold is one of change and adjusting to an unfamiliar environment; dealing with issues like isolation, culture shock, family and coming of age as a Guyanese immigrant in the States.Demerara Gold has received immense praise for  the realism with which Griffith approaches her craft, with her most recent performance in Richmond Hill (also known as ‘Little Guyana&rsquo ;), Queens, New York, receiving remarks like “Yes now that’s a real Guyanese style.”More impressively, Griffith has been praised for her solo performance of all 18 characters displayed on the stage, with observers in New York calling her the Guyanese Whoopi Goldberg.When asked why she chose to be the only actor in the play, Griffith answered that she simply wanted to explore and showcase her range as a performer on stage. She remarked that it was also the “most difficult” part of Demerara Gold, as she hopes that it comes off as authentic and true to the experience.“(Performing all these roles) also helped me to understand what my family, and people like my family went through, and to be empathetic with each character, ” said Griffith, “I found a deeper appreciation of what it is to be Guyanese”.Also set to have its premiere performance at the National Cultural Centre the same night as Demerara Gold is Pandora’s Box, a production by the National Theatre Arts Company.Executive member of NSTAD, Al Creighton, explained at the press junket that Pandora’s Box is meant to demonstrate the wide range of talent, experimentation and emotions that NSTAD is capable of producing.“NSTAD is aiming to be part of a wider education initiative in the dramatic arts, Cooper Kupp Jersey, ” said Creighton with Saturday’s performance beginning the company’s first step in a broader theatrical vision.Ticket for Demerara Gold and Pandora are available at the National Cultural Centre, Theatre Guild and Oasis Café, with prices starting from $500 for schools and $1000-$2500 for the general public.
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Date: 12 Aug 17 09:09am
John Beaton, 50, of Lot 55 Albouys Street, Albouystown, was yesterday sentenced to prison after he pleaded guilty to being in possession of 7 grams of cannabis.Beaton was placed before Magistrate Ann Mc Lennan to answer to two charges, the particulars of which stated that on August 10, at Albouys Street, Billy Hamilton Reds Jersey, Albouystown, he had in his possession 7 grams of cannabis.The defendant however, pleaded not guilty to the second charge which stated that he had ¼ gram of cocaine in his possession.According to Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones, on the day in question, police were conducting raids throughout the city for illegal drugs and ammunition. When officers arrived at the defendant’s home, they requested a search and he agreed. A bag containing money was subsequently discovered in a sink. Further checks revealed that the bag contained a transparent bag with a white creamy substance and 12 white paper parcels which contained leaves, seeds and stems, suspected to be cannabis. Beaton was arrested and taken to the Criminal Investigation Department at Eve Leary where the cannabis was weighed in his presence and amounted to 7 grams. He was then charged for the said offence.Beaton was denied bail for the cocaine charge and is expected to return to court for the commencement of his trial on September 11 before Chief Magistrate Priya Beharry.With regard to the charge for possession of cannabis, the defendant was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and fined $10, 000.
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Date: 12 Aug 17 09:09am
Residents of the interior gateway community of Bartica are appealing to the maritime authorities to step up monitoring of passengers boats serving the Bartica/Parika route to reduce the number of river mishaps that are presently occurring.The appeal comes in the wake of another mishap in the Essequibo River last Sunday in which a young woman disappeared and is feared dead.But although Sunday’s mishap occurred as a result of damage to the bottom of the boat, the residents are adamant that negligence and a wanton disregard for the safety of passengers are the major reasons for several river tragedies.Speaking to this newspaper yesterday, one concerned resident said that in most cases the operators of boats plying the Parika/Bartica route would load their vessels with a lot of heavy duty mining equipment and cargo in addition to a full load of passengers for the one and a half hour trip.Some of these equipment consist of engines those sometimes weigh several hundred pounds.“You have to be here to see what is going on. The monitors are there but I don’t know what is happening, ” the concerned resident said.The resident said that the boat operators are motivated to carry the extra weight by accepting several thousand dollars from uncaring miners.The residents pointed to another mishap which occurred on January 3, which fortunately did not claim any lives.In that incident, the boat, which was loaded with passengers and heavy duty mining equipment, developed engine problems almost in the middle of the Essequibo River.Because of the weight which was at the back of the vessel, the passengers were able to cling unto the bow until the boat was pulled to the safety of the river bank.Needless to say, several thousand dollars in passengers’ cargo was lost.“We are not saying that the boats must not fetch cargo but at least they should monitor the weight and reduce the amount of passengers if the need arises, ” another resident stated.He added that in the case of mining equipment, miners should charter special boats which will not carry passengers on such trips.“The river is not like a road where you can be rescued almost immediately, Harry Kane Hotspur Jersey UK, ” the Bartica resident said.
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Date: 12 Aug 17 09:09am
Auto dealer, Nigel Ramah, 33, of 18 Chateau Margot, East Coast Demerara, is in shock. About 10:30 hours, yesterday, he lost a black shoulder bag containing $1.6 million, five minutes after leaving it stashed in his Ford F-150 vehicle.At the time the vehicle was parked in the Guyana Revenue Authority’s (GRA) parking lot on Camp Street.Kaieteur News understands that Ramah had just withdrawn the money from a city bank before heading to GRA to pay duty on a vehicle. He went up to the GRA building leaving the money in the vehicle. It is unclear why he left the money behind instead of taking it in to transact his business.After some five minutes of being in the building, Ramah returned only to be greeted with a broken left side door lock and his ‘bag of money’ missing.Yesterday when a Kaieteur News reporter visited the scene, the obviously baffled Ramah was surrounded by GRA workers as they tried to make sense of what had happened. He was advised to make a report to the police, which he did.Some workers on spot speculated that Ramah never had the money and “is just trying to set people up.” One person said that he was known to be going through some financial crisis and this might be the cause for him claiming such a loss.They also accused him of “bullying” the guard to park in the parking lot after claiming he was a staff member. The parking lot is just for GRA staff. It is unclear why the security guard did not raise an alarm after being “bullied” by Ramah.Ramah in his defense denied those claims. He said that he never told the guard he was a staff member. He was also flabbergasted by the statements made about him not being in possession of the money. “I made the transaction at the Camp Street Republic Bank, Josh Reynolds Jersey, and the bank can verify that with them.”Ramah was forced to drive his violated vehicle to the police station as GRA senior staff advised that it was illegal for the vehicle to even be in the parking lot in the first place.The shaken auto dealer is adamant that the security guard and other workers at the parking lot know about how his money disappeared. Before leaving the parking lot Ramah was heard demanding that every vehicle be checked for his “bag of money”, but these demands were ignored as GRA staff rushed him out the lot. Investigations are continuing.Meanwhile $6M in foreign liquor has been reported to be missing from the GRA warehouse facility in Eccles, East Bank Demerara. A private security guard service has been implicated after surveillance footage was reviewed. Commissioner General of the GRA, Khurshid Sattaur, has assured that the agency will spare no effort bringing perpetrators to justice.
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