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Kaieteur News

Thursday June 21, 2012

Guyanese urged to give a Puruni mishap victims’ “backpack” for needy students bodies recovered

Local companies and individuals are being called upon to open their hearts and pockets to assist students in need of school materials by The Backpack Project, a not for profit organization. The Backpack Project, which targets Fifth and Sixth form students in the Caribbean, provides a backpack of school materials at the starting of the first school term and refills during the second and third terms. Only students identified by educators are recipients of the backpacks. Since its establishment in 2010, the organization has sponsored 55 students in Guyana, 65 in Trinidad and Tobago and 30

Michelle Kandasammy in Haiti. It is anticipated that by September this year

Student arrested after found with marijuana A fourth form male student of the Vryman’s Erven Secondary School in New Amsterdam was yesterday found with threeand-a-half grams of cannabis sativa (marijuana) in his possession. The teen had the substance concealed in his pants during a routine search by a teacher at the school. He was reprimanded and taken to the office where he was grilled by the police and teachers. A Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officer attached to the Central Police

Station was summoned to the school. Police said that the teen told them that he found the illegal substance on the road at Lot 31 Stanleytown, New Amsterdam. When asked if he knew what it was, he (the boy) responded in the affirmative. The student reportedly has a history of misbehaviour in the school and was taken to the Central Police Station for further questioning and investigation. His mother resides out of the country. Sources revealed that he will face the courts, shortly.

several Jamaican students will benefit. The organization has seven Board Members residing in Canada, Trinidad and Tobago and United States of America. The two co-founders are Melissa Enmore and Michelle Kandasammy. The, organization, which is managed virtually through social media, such as Facebook, Skype and Blackberry Messenger, has become more structured and is ready for expansion. In an interview with Kaieteur News, Kandasammy said the organization sought to partner with organizations with ties to individual Board members in order to develop credibility as a start-up organization. They include the Queen’s College Alumni Association’s Toronto Chapter, The Rotaract Club of Linden (Guyana), Tutorial High School Alumni Association’s Toronto Chapter, TD Bank (Greater Toronto Area), Anytime Fitness (Greater Toronto Area, Canada), and Business Development Company (Trinidad). She related that organizations or individuals wishing to donate could contribute money or school items. Some schools that benefited locally include Queen’s College, St. Rose’s High and Tutorial High School.

Police recover the body of George Bowman The body of 35-year-old George Bowman has been recovered along with the remains of another man who went missing following a boat mishap on Monday. This publication was told that police ranks and other public-spirited citizens recovered the bodies some time yesterday in the Puruni area. According to reports, 16 passengers, including one woman, had travelled from the Puruni backdam to the ‘landing’ on Sunday last, for a Father’s Day celebration. They were heading back to the backdam on Monday afternoon when the vessel capsized. A man claiming to be an eyewitness said that the vessel overturned after it became snagged on a rope that was tied to a barge.

Bowman’s mother Helena Smith, said that she was informed that her son, who knew to swim, was wearing long-boots when the boat capsized. Last evening Smith said she received a telephone call from the interior saying that her son’s body was recovered. Ever since the incident the woman said she was hopeful that her son would be found alive. Bowman has four children aged 18, 10, three and ten months.

Dead: George Bowman

GPHC porter caught in crashed hijacked car From page 15 await the arrival of the female. Seconds after he stopped his car, one of the men wrapped a rope around his neck from behind and tried to pull him into the back seat. He said that he did not see the men with any weapon. “Dem pull de cord tight and me jump over and dem, man seh, 'Don't move stupid'. Dem man drive and den they put me out,” Rattan told this newspaper. The men took his cellular phone and his money. He said that he managed to flag down another taxi and thinking quickly he borrowed a cellular phone to contact his father. This move paid handsome dividends as rattan's father, along with a friend went into action immediately and they were able to track down his stolen car on the Non Pareil Railway Embankment. Rattan's brother, Terry, who was in another car recalled seeing the car on the embankment with his father's car behind. He said that at first he was unaware of what had taken place. It was not until he passed the car that he realized that it was not his brother inside. He turned back his AT 170 Carina and pursued. The hijackers were heading west along the Railway Embankment when they came upon a bus that had broken down in the middle of the road

at Lusignan, forcing them to turn north at Lusignan as they sought to make their way to the main East Coast Demerara highway. However, another vehicle was in their path and in their effort to overtake it, the car was clipped causing the driver to lose control, sending the vehicle into the trench. When the car crashed into the trench it was turned on its top. However the two hijackers managed to hurriedly make their way out of it and ran in different directions. According to an eyewitness, one of the men used an empty lot and headed back to the Railway Embankment while Benn ran into the arms of some waiting residents. “He like he get stupid, he didn't know whey fuh go,” one of the residents told this newspaper. “When dem come out de car, I holler 'tief, tief' and dem man block he off. De one wha go straight, we catch he. He say he nah know de driver, how de man stop and pick he up fuh give he a drop,” a relative of the hijacked victim said. A policeman who was driving a squad car said that he saw the hijacked car and became suspicious, but as he was contemplating pursuing it, he had to proceed with caution because a child had run into his path. He said that by the time he could move again, the car had vanished.

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