Michael Clarke (Calabar) The decision is a retrograde one and I hope it is a move in the right direction. On the other hand, they could see it as a progressive step as they are thinking about the future for these athletes and they are thinking of the participation of more students at these Championships. Danny Hawthorne (Wolmer’s Boys’ School) From a health-wise perspective, I think this is a good decision as the principals are thinking about the protection of the athletes. This will not affect our team as we are in the building process and with this it will help in maximising the efforts of more students. David Riley (Excelsior High) The principals have made their decision and we just have to work with it. This will not affect my team adversely as we are always working on developing athletes, especially in hurdling. The timing could have been better but we will just have to proceed and do what we have to do by producing good athletes. John Mair (Vere Technical) The timing is bad to implement these changes in the middle of the season and will definitely affect my team especially in the sprints. If you can’t beat them you have to join them and I am not surprised with the decision as coaches have no say on what goes on and are not given any respect. Michael Dyke (Edwin Allen High) I think more time should have been given to sensitise the coaches. However, a decision has been made and we have to work with it. This will definitely help bigger teams like mine and it will also help with more participation and more athletes will be given a chance to compete. This is difficult for the smaller teams which usually have limited athletes to maximise with and I am hoping this decision will not affect the quality of performances going forward.
Tuschen robberyThe Police is awaiting advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) before moving forward with charges in connection with Friday’s night robbery on the Five Star Chinese Restaurant, Tuschen New Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).Mark Prince who was shot and killedOne bandit was killed during the robbery.When contacted on Tuesday, Region Three (Essequibo Islands- West Demerara) Police Commander Simon McBean said that three persons remained in custody even as Police were hunting a female who was also involved in the robbery.“We are still looking for the female who have, based on our evidence, is outstanding. We don’t have a name; we are searching based on description,” McBean stated.The regional commander further added that the Police have sought legal advice on the matter.“From yesterday (Tuesday) we would have still had the three persons arrested – one hospitalised, two in Police custody. We are preparing to seek advice in the matter,” he explained.The suspects in custody are a Police Constable attached to the Special Branch at Eve Leary, Georgetown; a 20-year-old Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD) resident and a Buxton, East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident.Following the robbery, Mark Prince, called “Fine Man”, was shot dead.Speaking with Guyana Times, Prince’s reputed wife, Onika Thompson claimed that she was unaware that her partner had brushes with the law and was involved in the robbery.However, even as she claimed no knowledge of her partner’s criminal activities, in 2016, Police had issued a wanted bulletin for him. In 2017, Prince was charged jointly with Regan Singh, for trailing a businessman from a city bank and robbing him. In 2018, Prince was among six men who were nabbed at a Police roadblock on the Grove Public Road, EBD. The men, while on bail for various criminal offences, had attempted to commit armed robbery on poultry farmer Michael Chang Yuen.On Friday, Prince was among the bandits who pounced on Guang Hong Wang, 43, proprietor of the Five Star Chinese Restaurant and her husband who operate the food establishment in the lower flat of their premises. A customer, Navindra Lakahalall, 37, of Zeelugt New Housing, Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), was also robbed when the bandits invaded the premises. Reports are Lakahalall was in the restaurant when one of the male suspects and a female entered and purchased two beverages. Police reports stated that as soon as they consumed the beverages, they ordered a case of beer and in the process of Wang delivering the same, the male suspect whipped out a handgun and relieved her of two cellphones and an undisclosed sum of cash.He then turned his attention to Lakahalall, and relieved him of one silver chain and an undisclosed sum of cash. At the height of the robbery, the three other suspects entered.However, a neighbour, who is a licensed firearm holder, heard the commotion and immediately went to investigate and was attacked by the armed suspect and another with a cutlass. He then discharged several rounds in their direction after which the suspects fled the premises in a motor car with license plate PTT 8606 that had been parked nearby, leaving their accomplice Prince, who had been shot, at the scene.The Police were contacted and the vehicle was intercepted at a roadblock on the public road in front of the Den Amstel Police Station.At the time, the car had three occupants – one was in the back seat with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. He was questioned, arrested, and taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital.An unlicensed pistol with an empty magazine was found in the vehicle along with an undisclosed sum of cash and cellular phones.It was later revealed that Prince who had been left behind with a gunshot wound to the neck died on the spot. A cutlass was in his right hand and a haversack was on his back.His body was taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Some $130,000 was found in his possession.
Trade Unionist and General Secretary of the National Association of Agricultural, Commercial and Industrial Employees (NAACIE), Kenneth Joseph, died at the Georgetown Public Hospital on Thursday, some three weeks after suffering a stroke.Joseph’s death was confirmed to Guyana Times by his wife, who said that he had suffered a stroke on February 1. He was 66 years old.President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers’ Union (GAWU) KomalNAACIE’S Kenneth JosephChand, said he received news of Joseph’s death at around midday on Thursday. He said he is saddened to hear of his passing, as he was still young and had a lot to contribute to the workers.According to Chand, the two unions have worked closely together over the years, championing the cause of workers.“He was cooperative and concerned about workers’ welfare and was not afraid to share solidarity. Even when we got disagreements, he opened himself to criticisms.”Chand said while he was aware Joseph was sick, he did not expect him to die. “He still had a lot to offer, he was still young. I will miss him and a lot of people will be surprised and shocked at his passing,” Chand told this publication.Joseph, who has been at the forefront with GAWU, fighting for the rights of workers, was only late last year representing workers of the Guyana Power and Light, who were clamouring for improved wages and salaries and working conditions.Prior to that, he had also been in solidarity with sugar workers, especially those attached to the Wales Sugar Estate.