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Date: 20 Apr 18 01:37am
Nigel Ellis, one of the men accused of robbing and terrorizing several persons at a Mahaicony Supermarket, has been granted bail to the tune of $600, 000 by the High Court.Charged: Nigel EllisEllis was recently discharged from the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). He is now permanently blind in both eyes after being shot by a vigilante.Attorney Adrian Thompson presented a bail application for the accused two weeks ago.Ellis of Lot 34 West Ruimveldt, Georgetown has been charged with four counts of armed robbery after he appeared in the Mahaicony Magistrate’s Courts on November 18.He is accused of robbing four persons – Jasoda Singh, Narine Singh, businesswoman Lakeranie Singh and Natasha Bobb – at gunpoint on November 4, at LaRaisonable, Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara.The court heard that the defendant allegedly robbed Lakeranie Singh of one Toyota IST, $300, 000 cash, a quantity of gold and artificial jewellery, a quantity of phone cards, among other items all totaling $4, 367, 300. He was also accused of robbing Narine of a Samsung phone, US$300, a wallet and $9, 000 cash – total value of $184, 000.It was further alleged that he robbed Natasha Bobb of two gold rings, $80 cash and a Nokia cell phone. And finally he allegedly robbed Jasoda Singh of a BLU phone, a bag and $3000 cash – a total of $19, 000.Additionally, Ellis was charged for illegal firearm and ammunition possession.Ellis will return to court on January 6, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, 2016.Kaieteur News caught up with Ellis yesterday at the hospital. He has denied having any involvement in the robberies. “I still don’t understand the story. How me alone do all these robberies?” He explained that on the date in question, he left his home to follow “a lil girlfriend home in Mahaicony”. The man related that while he was awaiting transportation to head to the city some people started to holler, “watch one deh deh”.Ellis continued, “they open fire on me and I drop on the ground and start holler for my eyes. They carry me at the hospital the same day and then bring me down to town.”Murder Accused: Stafarei AlexanderIt was reported that around 14:00hrs, on November 4, Ellis was among a group of men that entered the supermarket and held Lakeranie Singh and her employees at gunpoint. They reportedly beat the businesswoman about her body and escaped with cash, jewellery and other valuables.According to reports, the bandits appeared to be well informed about the supermarket, since they escaped with a DVR, which recorded footage from surveillance located at strategic points on the premises. The men reportedly escaped in Singh’s Toyota IST, with the police hot in pursuit.Another man, Stafarei Alexander, 33, of Laing Avenue West Ruimveldt was also slapped with the said charges after he appeared before the Chief Magistrate, last month. However, he was remanded to prison and is currently facing a murder charge. He is accused of murdering Linden businesswoman, Shevon Gordon on April 4.Three other men have also been charged with the woman’s murder.
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Date: 20 Apr 18 01:36am
By Dr. Neromini FaguThe medical term for clenching (tightly holding your top and bottom teeth together) and grinding (sliding your teeth back and forth over each other) is bruxism.  Bruxism is a very common condition that affects adults as well as kids. Most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. It can happen during both the day and night and is classified into awake bruxism and sleep bruxism.Awake bruxism is the involuntary clenching of the teeth and jaw with generally no grinding.  Sleep bruxism is characterized by automatic teeth grinding with sustained jaw muscles contraction.Causes of BruxismThe exact causes of bruxism are not entirely clear but certain factors can increase your risk:Stress: Increased anxiety, stress, anger and frustration can lead to teeth grinding. Some people have high levels of work-related stress and this can be a significant cause of bruxism.Age: Bruxism can affect young children, but it usually goes away by the teen years.  The most common age group affected is ages 24 to 45 years.Personality type: Having a personality type that is aggressive, competitive or hyperactive can increase your risk of bruxism.Stimulating substances: Smoking tobacco and drinking caffeinated beverages or alcohol can increase bruxism.  Bruxism is significantly higher in individuals whose lifestyle includes the use of certain illicit substances such as ecstasy and cocaine.Medications: The side effects of certain medications such as some antidepressants and antipsychotics have been shown to increase bruxism.Malocclusion: Abnormal alignment of upper and lower teeth.SymptomsBruxism affects sufferers in many ways and the symptoms can be short term, long term or permanent.  Some of the physical symptoms of bruxism include headache, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) discomfort and muscle aches, facial myalgia (muscle pain), ear ache, tightness and stiffness of the shoulders, limitation of mouth opening, and sleep disruption of the individual as well as the bed partner.The oral symptoms are abnormal tooth wear, fracture of the teeth, inflammation and recession of the gums, excess tooth mobility, and premature loss of teeth. The most commonly cited area of pain is headache and it is estimated that bruxists (people who grind their teeth) are three times more likely to suffer from headaches than non-bruxists.TreatmentThe goals of treatment are to reduce pain, prevent permanent damage to the teeth, and reduce clenching as much as possible.Recommended treatments for bruxism include behavioural therapies and using mouth appliances.Other treatments, such as muscle relaxation exercises and sleep hygiene measures, may also help to manage the symptoms.Mouth guards and splints: These are usually made out of soft plastic or hard acrylic and can be custom made by your dentist to fit your mouth. They are mainly worn at night to even out the pressure across your jaw and create a physical barrier between your upper and lower teeth to protect them from further damage. They can also reduce any grinding noises you make at night.Although mouth guards and splints may help reduce muscle activity in your jaw, they’re only able to control the condition, not cure it.Stress management: If you grind your teeth because of stress, you may be able to prevent the problem with professional counseling or strategies that promote relaxation, such as exercise or meditation. Listening to music, taking a warm bath or exercising can help you relax and may reduce your risk of developing bruxism.Behaviour therapy: Once you discover that you have bruxism, Cheap Jerseys Supply, you may be able to change the behaviour by practising proper mouth and jaw position. Your dentist will show you the best position for your mouth and jaw.Medications: In general, medications aren’t very effective for treatment of bruxism, and more research is needed to determine their effectiveness. Examples of medications that have been tried for bruxism include muscle relaxants and Botox injections.For more information contact OMNI DENTAL at 295 Quamina Street, Georgetown Tel: 227-0025, Parika Tel: 260-3133 or send emails to [email protected]
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Date: 20 Apr 18 01:36am
FOUR persons last Friday evening received awards for outstanding contributions to the shipping industry in Guyana.The awards were handed over during the Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony of the Shipping Association of Guyana (SAG), held at Le Meridien Pegasus.From left Andrew Astwood, Leroy Benjamin, Glenis Hodge, Guest Speaker Grantley Stephenson who is the 16th president of the Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA)., and Richard Van Sluytman.Among the awardees were Mr. Andrew Astwood for Long service; Mr. Richard Van Sluytman won the SAG Chairman’s Award; Mrs. Glynnis Hodges won the outstanding Woman Business Executive Award Innovativeness and Mr.Leroy Benjamin got the Outstanding Service to the Maritime Industry Award.SAG said that Long Service awardee Mr. Andrew Astwood had served the Shipping Association of Guyana for seven years, six of them as its Chairman.  His business acumen had kept the Association financially viable mostly due to his three decades of experience as an Accountant.  He spent most of his career at the Guyana National Shipping Corporation where he acquired extensive knowledge and experience in Maritime Transportation and Logistics.He is now the acting Managing Director of GNSC, one of the leading Shipping Terminals and providers of maritime transportation and related services.Mr. Richard Van Sluytman, SAG said, received the Chairman’s Award for the innovativeness his company continues to employ in penetrating maritime markets in the Caribbean and Latin America.This awardee, SAG said, had known nothing else but Shipping his entire life.  As a child he watched his father and grandfather operate their own cargo vessels, Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys, called Coasters, transporting general cargo to Suriname, French Guiana, Brazil and the Caribbean islands.In 1978, he purchased his own Coaster and kept up that service, but the rigors of life on the sea kept him away from home more than his family had liked.He established a shipping agency – Van Sluytman Shipping – in 1970 and some 17 years later, came together with his partner Frankie Comacho who was also operating an agency.  They decided to consolidate under the name Caribbean Shipping.In 1992 when they took on their first major line, they were incorporated as C&V Caribbean Shipping Ltd.Today C&V Caribbean are agents for several international shipping lines freighting both break bulk and containerized cargo.Mrs. Glenis Hodge was recognized for standing out among the few Guyanese women in the local Maritime Industry and for the versatility, vision and outstanding achievements of a female entrepreneur.Glenis Hodge, SAG said, begun her career in Guyana’s Maritime industry at the Guyana National Shipping Corporation at age 18.After 10 years she was initiated into the intricacies of international shipping when TECMARINE, an international shipping line came to Guyana in 1994.  It didn’t take too much longer for her to grasp the intricacies of serving ports in the USA, the Caribbean and South America.Just one year after the ownership of TECMARINE changed to Tropical Shipping, she was appointed to the demanding post of Country Manager.Leroy Benjamin, of Benjamin’s Marine & Salvage Services, was awarded for decades of unwavering commitment to Marine Salvaging and Services in Guyana.Mr. Leroy Benjamin has a reputation for being the most innovative marine salvager, a reputation which has gone beyond local shores and his skills are called upon in Suriname and across the Caribbean.He is known for succeeding in bringing up sunken boats and barges in circumstances where reputable salvagers from as far away as North America have failed.“Benjie’, as he is known, also operates a fleet of tugs and barges ferrying stone and other products around and outside of Guyana.  He counts Boskalis, Mazaruni Granite, Toolsie Persaud and BK International among his regular clientele.
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Date: 20 Apr 18 01:36am
…staff members reiterate call for testing of top officialsLow level staff members of the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) are angry and fearful that they are next to be “arbitrarily” dismissed after taking the controversial lie detector test. As a result, staffers continue to ‘spill their guts’ over grave irregularities allegedly occurring at the agency.Between Thursday and Friday last, at least seven low level GEA staffers were fired because they allegedly failed polygraph tests. Although they were not shown their test results, staffers said that the Head of the Energy Agency, informed them that they were being fired because they failed their lie detector tests.The staffers thus called for a thorough investigation of GEA and its hierarchy, “because you will see that up there, all is not well, ” a staff expressed. “They are firing us, the small man, but the corruption is at their level, Cheap Jerseys Store, ” a terminated male staff who requested anonymity said.“Tell me, ” he continued, “they firing us, but when (a named senior staff’s) brother was caught with duty free fuel in his Essequibo gas station this year, why was he not prosecuted? Instead, two of the officers on the team that clamped down on the gas station are among those fired because of lie detector tests.”That same senior officer, Kaieteur News was told, was never polygraphed and although top brass officials know about the duty free fuel that the Essequibo businessman was not authorized to have, “they did nothing about it.”Staffers added that the management of GEA is in such disarray that employees are to some extent inefficient and agency business suffers.  They said the fleet of vehicles owned by the GEA has been in existence for the past eight to 10 years. Poor administrative management has contributed to them being used for political ‘run-around’ while the Inspectors are forced to utilize taxis to carry out their duties.This alone costs the agency approximately $20, 000 per team depending on where they are dispatched to. “The administrative personnel also instruct the Inspectors to conduct their work in a vehicle which was used to transport the fuel marker. This, of course, leads to some level of contamination and may result in varying tests results conducted by the Inspectors.”Workers alleged that “there are even instances where the lives of Inspectors and Marking Officers were put to risk because of poorly maintained vehicles.”“Contracts for maintenance and repair to some vehicles are awarded to friends of the Head of the Administration department and all above factors definitely lead to a high cost of vehicular maintenance, ” the staff said as they continued to point fingers.“Contracts for building maintenance, purchasing of equipment and such, are often approved after the work would have already been completed by the contractor. This is due to the ‘strong relationship’ the administration Head has with the Ministry official, the inside source informed.In a release to this newspaper earlier this month on fuel smuggling allegations, the source said, “The meeting that the GEA Head spoke of was held in April 2012 at the Cara Lodge Hotel, Quamina Street. But it was a mere presentation, by the staff, on how to curb fuel smuggling. To date another meeting has not been held despite staffers pleading for one to air real concerns.”Earlier this month, when the GEA said that fuel smuggling had been reduced from some 34 per cent to a mere one per cent, staffers asked, “Did the CEO and his managers do this or is it because of the said staff who he now claims are incompetent and even referred to the marking officers as thieves?”The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) told Kaieteur News yesterday that it was actively pursuing the new developments. Patrick Yarde said that his staff had been informed about the GEA dismissals after staffers called to express their dissatisfaction and disgust.Hollyann France, Nksi Dalgetty, Hillon Chester, Jenelle Noble and Nikeshia Gordon said they were summoned by the GEA head to a meeting which centered on their dismissal. The staff said that they are stunned by their abrupt termination.GPSU has however vowed to continue the investigations into the dismissals as only recently other GEA staffers were fired as a result of polygraph testing. The newly expelled staffers are however expected to present their termination letters and write statements while a meeting is scheduled for next week with the union.They further highlighted the poor work conditions and, “poor management of the agency.”
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Date: 20 Apr 18 01:36am
Four years ago he had his eyes blown out by the blast from a shotgun, but that has not deterred 18-year-old Douglas Tika from pursuing his dreams.Since then he was awarded the Best Graduating Visually Impaired student CSEC prize at the St. Rose’s High School. Come Sunday, he leaves for Canada to represent Guyana at a leadership training programme under the auspices of the Canadian Institute for the Blind.Tika is the first Guyanese to be selected from among five local applicants to represent this country at the inaugural event.Programme manager, Caribbean Council for the Blind, Eye Care Guyana, Charles Vandyke, told this newspaper that the local organization was extended an invitation to partner with the Canadian Institute for the Blind with regards to participation at the event.The programme lasts for two weeks and according to Vandyke, Tika should benefit significantly since the Canadian Institute for the Blind has an unenviable track record of working with the visually impaired.“What we are establishing is a normal relationship with them to have especially youths who are visually impaired benefit from the programmes they offer, ” Vandyke told this newspaper. The young beneficiary expressed his delight at the news that he will be representing his country.“I am happy that I could represent Guyana and I think that it would be a great trip because it is not a pleasure trip, it’s about representing your country, ” Tika said.Douglas was not born blind. In fact, he was one of those enthusiastic youths who had so much going for him when tragedy struck.In October 2004, the Enterprise, East Coast Demerara youth was at a friend’s house when a shotgun accidentally went off, sending the pellets into his face.Tika was 14 years old at the time and from a life of bright lights, he was plunged into darkness.He has promised to do his best to represent Guyana and has urged others who are similarly afflicted not to give up.“At first it was tough but now I have blended in. Families need to support these people, ” he urged.Tika himself is not short of family support.The visually impaired youth who is awaiting a scholarship has the unstinting support of his father Dr. Davenand Tika.According to Dr. Tika, all is not lost when one loses one’s sight at a young age. “Lots of parents have their blind children at home.They don’t know that a school exists for blind people. But avenues are available, possibilities are available, Alexis Sanchez Jersey, opportunities are available.They just have to get out and explore these opportunities and these avenues, ” Dr. Tika told this newspaper.He said that despite his situation, his son has not given up on his education and he is currently pursuing a Spanish course at the Venezuelan Institute.He was loud in praise for officials at the Ministry of Education who he said had been giving tremendous support to his son.“Who says Guyana does not have helpful people? They’re so helpful; they are so kind at the Ministry of Education.Daphne Franklin, Romeo Mc Adam, man they are livewires. I was so pleased with the kind of help that they wanted to give to a visually impaired student, to admit him into school, ” Dr. Tika stated.
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