Teen granted bail over chopping incident

first_imgA teenager who appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse on Tuesday charged with assault, causing actual bodily harm, was granted bail following an appearance at the Linden Magistrate’s Court.The defendant, 19-year-old Raheem Bristol, of 251 Half Mile, Wismar, Linden, is accused of unlawfully and maliciously assaulting the Virtual Complainant (VC), Jamal Pork along the One Mile Public Road on April 21, 2016.The prosecution indicated that the defendant and the VC were known to each other. It is alleged that on the day in question, there was an altercation between the two in the vicinity of the One Mile wash bay, which led to Bristol repeatedly chopping Pork from behind with a cutlass, causing him to sustain numerous injuries.The VC reported the incident to the Wismar Police Station and was treated at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) where a medical certificate was obtained.The defendant was granted bail in the sum of $25,000. He is scheduled to make his next court appearance on September 27.last_img read more

President calls for banning single-use plastics

first_imgPresident David GrangerPresident David Granger, in his World Environment Day message, said now was the time for Guyanese to act and help beat plastic pollution by curtailing their use of single-use plastics.This year, World Environment Day (June 5) was observed under the theme “Beating Plastic Pollution” and, according to the President, it reminds us that the indiscriminate and insanitary dumping of single-use plastics and other non-biodegradable substances threatens the health of citizens and the food they consume.“Plastic pollution represents a serious challenge to Guyana’s environmental security. Plastic pollution is dangerous. It has contributed to congested drainage system; resulted in flooding and insanitary conditions; depleted aquatic life and contaminated creeks, rivers, freshwater supplies and waters used for drinking, bathing, fishing and washing. Guyana is on the way to becoming a ‘Green State’. It is developing policies aimed at protecting the environment by reducing, and, eventually eliminating, plastic pollution,” the statement said.Meanwhile, United Nations General Secretary António Guterres said a healthy planet was essential for a prosperous and peaceful future, noting that we all have a role to play in protecting our only home.“It can be difficult to know what to do or where to start. That’s why this World Environment Day has just one request: beat plastic pollution. Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste. Every year, more than eight million tonnes end up in the oceans. Microplastics in the seas now outnumber stars in our galaxy. From remote islands to the Artic, nowhere is untouched. If present trends continue, by 2050, our oceans will have more plastic than fish. On World Environment Day, the message is simple: reject single-use plastic,” the SG noted.World Environment Day is the most important day in the UN’s calendar of events dealing with the environment. It is an opportunity for nations and peoples around the world to recommit to practical policies and sustained action to promote global environmental security.last_img read more