Police are on the hunt for two gunmen who attempted to rob a grocery store in New Amsterdam, Berbice and who broke into a car and escaped with a bag.Bob and Sons grocery StoreThe car window that was smashedA bullet hole on the buildingThe attempted robbery occurred at approximately 19:30h at the Bob and Sons Variety Store situated at Strand and Chapel Streets New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) on Monday evening.Reports are that five employees of the store were outside after the business place closed, while several others were inside when two masked men pounced on them.Speaking with Guyana Times, one of the employees said that he saw two masked men running towards them. He said one of the men started firing shots in the air.He told this publication that one of the gunmen fired a shot in his direction but he was not hit and immediately retrieved to the side of the building. According to the employee, upon seeing the gunmen, they rushed into the building. Realising that they could not enter the store, one of the bandits used his gun to smash the window of the owner’s car which was parked outside. The man then grabbed a bag from the vehicle and escaped. However, this newspaper was told that the bag contained personal belongings of a staff member but no cash.Only two days ago, the owners of the variety store opened a supermarket. It is believed that the bandits thought that the day’s sales from the new supermarket were in the car. Police in Berbice have since launched a manhunt for the two gunmen.
President David Granger on Friday told residents of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) that the Botanical Gardens will be modified to contain varieties of every tree found anywhere in Guyana.According to the Public Information and Press Service Unit within the Ministry of the Presidency, the President said, “I am going to change the National Botanical Gardens. That Botanical Gardens must be the home of a specimen of every tree in Guyana. It must obtain, it must contain, it must maintain several specimens of all species of trees in Guyana. Children must be able to go and see what a greenheart tree is, what a crabwood tree is, what a purpleheart tree is…not just mango and guava [trees]. They have a thousand species of trees to learn about.”The ministry’s media unit reported that Granger who was at this year’s National Tree Planting Day held at Union Village (No. 53), said “the Botanical Gardens must become a schoolhouse for our children to learn the wonders of Guyana’s trees.”Meanwhile, the President noted that Guyana will commemorate the 50th anniversary of its Republican status next year, which will coincide with petroleum development and the launch a Decade of Development: 2020-2029.The ‘Decade’ is aimed at ensuring that every section, sector and segment of our society will benefit from economic development. The President said objectives of the Decade of Development are aligned to the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS): Vision 2040.The President assured that agriculture will not be neglected during the ‘Decade’ and that food products, not petroleum, will remain a mainstay of the economy.“Agro-processing will intensify during the ‘Decade’. Guyana’s petroleum revenues, inter alia, will be deployed to modernize the agricultural sector, including by adding value to primary, locally-produced fruits and vegetables, in accordance with the ‘Strategy’,” Granger said.Further, he added that investment is the muscle of production and Government, notwithstanding the advances made over the past four years, recognizes the need to catalyse the agro-industrial sector.“It will offer fiscal incentives for investors interested in promoting export-oriented agro-processing,” he said.Granger iterated that trees are essential to developing the agro-industrial sector. He reminded that the East Berbice-Corentyne has the land, the expertise and the experience to accelerate the development of tree-based, agro-processing which can provide economic and environmental benefits.The President said the agro-processing of fruits will allow everyone to benefit from trees without having to cut them down, adding that the Regions should encourage the generation of gardens, greenhouses and orchards to grow more trees.Agro-processing is a key element of Guyana’s Green State Development Strategy: Vision 2040. The ‘Strategy’ is Guyana’s roadmap towards becoming a ‘green’ state and one which emphasizes the commodification of agricultural productio
1 Tottenham target Max Meyer has rejected Schalke’s latest contract offer, claim reports in Germany.The 21-year-old’s current deal with the German club expires in the summer of 2018 and they are desperate for him to stay.But Tottenham want to bring the attacking midfielder to London and, according to Bild, he has now snubbed Schalke’s latest contract offer.The Bundesliga side are said to have offered Meyer a new long-term deal and they will return again with an improved offer.However, if the Germany international continues to snub Schalke’s advances they will be left in a difficult situation.The German club will have to decide if they want to sell Meyer for cash this summer – or risk letting him leave for a free in a year. Tottenham target Max Meyer