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Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Centenarian living in Georgetown
"willing to go to church but not able to walk the distance"

There is living in Georgetown, a Centenarian in the person of Mrs. Johanna Blackman who is 103 years old.

Mother Blackman, as she is familiarly called was born on January 19, 1835, and now lives at 171 Curtis Street, Albuoystown, with her grandson, Mr. Eustace Blackman, a carpenter, and his wife.

When interviewed during the past week by a Daily Argosy representative Mother Blackman said that the only things she could remember clearly were that she was born about the same time as a daughter of the late queen Victoria and the great cholera epidemic, which swept this colony.

Asked about emancipation she said all she could recall was that as a child, she heard “heard the gun fire, and her mother said slavery was abolished.

“That was a long time ago, Mother Blackman said, “but what actually happened then I cannot say.
Mother Blackman has lost all but two of her teeth. Her eyes are dim; her skin is parched and wrinkled. She is rather reticent in the presence of strangers, but if she is set at ease, she becomes rather is very much like a child now, her grandson remarked, and sometimes in order to get her to talk about old times, we have to be tactful and adopt the childrens method of make-believe, her memory comes and goes, but she is a pleasant old soul and very good company to us.

When her grandson made these remarks, Mother Blackman smiled and asked whether any of them thought they would live to her age. They replied, She asked why not?

In reply to a question about her health, Mother Blackman said: I don't feel so well, I have a fever and all over my body is aching me.


The sun was hot at that time, and Mrs. Blackman explained that it was her usual complaint. She had to be cared for like a child.

Mother Blackman stated that she was engaged most of her life as an agricultural labourer and also for some time as a domestic servant with Mrs. Vyfhuis and Miss Baskett, two former principals of the Bishops High School. She draws a small allowance from the Authorities of this Institution.

Her marriage certificate shows that her maiden name was Luke and that she was married to Mr. Joseph Blackman on September 26, 1878 at St. Agnes Anglican Church, Grove Village, East Bank, Demerara, the Rev. C. B. Dame being the Minister. At the time of the marriage, both parties were of full age and living at Craig, East Bank.

Mother Blackman cannot remember when her husband died. As far as she can recollect she has had about three or four children, one of whom, a son, she believes is alive and in Berbice. She cannot see well enough to thread a needle, though she would like to do some sewing. Her sight is good enough however, to enable her to move about the house and sometimes about the yard. She is willing to go to Church but not able to walk the distance.

As the Daily Argosy representative was leaving, Mother Blackman said: I don't think I will live many more years; I am going.
[Source: Centenarian living in Georgetown - The Daily Argosy - Sunday, September 4th 1938: page 9]

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The passing of Rosie Karia
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Looking for Wosley Blackman

I am attempting to locate an old school friend from Agricola Methodist School, the famous Wosley Blackman. He was the famous #3 batsman for the East Bank. I was told he may be either in NY or NJ. If anyone knows this individual please e-mail me at


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From Agricola
This cannot be tolerated


Guyana Chronicle

IT SEEMS that some gangs are making a determined effort to extend their activities across the country and to terrorise the citizens and businesses.

This situation cannot be tolerated and it is evident that these people are very well organised and have been provided with much resources.

A heavily-armed gang carrying out an attack on a gas station at Agricola, resulting in the death of three armed private security personnel responding with others to a call for help is a serious situation.

According to one media, the police arrived long after the gunmen had made good their escape.

Now, it is reasonable to assume that the private security service and others would have alerted the police as well, so why did they, reportedly, take so long to respond, and apparently, did not set up roadblocks in the area to try and snare the gang, with the help of the army?

That such a large body of men could move around with such a large arsenal of arms, without being challenged or detected at roadblocks, or escaping from the scene of the crime, again without being challenged, calls for an investigation and report to higher authorities.

The citizenry is in dismay over this and other armed attacks, apparently with impunity, and our law enforcement agencies must give some account to the public, and take action to be more responsive to such crimes.

If there are difficulties, then these should be made known, so that they can be solved.


Thought For Today - Selflessness
When there is selflessness in every action, there is the ability to express the best that is within. Such a person is able to be himself, yet discovers something new and becomes better and better each day. Nothing is done just to attain something, but it becomes a natural expression. Then there is a beautiful result too.
Guyanese can take it no longer - MURDER - 2006/03/01 03:02

It is very sad to learn that a number of people have been murdered in Guyana last Sunday night. I was very sad to learn that a woman, Garraway Scott, who was employed at the Georgetown Town Hall was gunned down infront of her daughter. It is said that the Gunmen went there in search of David Scott.

Who is David Scott?

I do not know the other people who were gunned down, however, Mr David Scott has always been a Guyana bully. His wife Miss Garraway works at the MCC and he is a businessman. Mr David Scott, popularly known as Scotty, is also a Senior Employee at the MCC. Nothing was mentioned of that. He has now become a businessman by setting up a resort at one of the creeks along the Linden-Soesdyke Hiway. Did Mr Scott use his office and the people he knew to secure or squat on the parcel of land along the hiway, and is competing and putting pressure by means of his job and the job of his wife, Miss Garraway on his competitor, Mr Lennox John of Ashmin Trading. I am sure this is exactly what happened.

Scotty had a small motor cycle a few years ago, riding around Georgetown, looking for unauthorised structures and building. He would approach the owners of these buildings and extort money from them. When he finished getting money from them, he would then send a friend to the site, and the whole process would never finish. Permits for buildings in Georgetown were denied by the MCC for no genuine reason, and people have to make their way to the MCC to find out why their applications were denied. There they would meet David Scott, his wife Garraway and their comrades, and there they would have to pay through their nose. Edinboro and Amin of Central Housing and Planning would one day suffer the same fate.

David Scott is a bully. He is the one who should have been at home.

A few years ago a buddy of mine who had a garage was contracted to fix David Scott's car. The poor guy spent a lot of his money and got the job done. When he was done David Scott jumped into his car and drove away. When the owner of the garage asked for his money, David Scott went to the garage owner's house, pulled a gun and threatened his family.

Young mother murdered

THE body of a 20-year-old mother, Onika Greene, was discovered yesterday in a drain alongside the De Kinderen main road, West Coast Demerara, and Police detained a close acquaintance for questioning.

The distraught mother of Onika, Ms Coreen Douglas, who lives at Met-en-Meerzorg, also on the West Coast Demerara, told the Guyana Chronicle her daughter visited her on Saturday.

She said that at about 18:30 h, she left for home where she resided with her reputed husband and their two-year-old son.

After going home, she apparently left in the night to go to Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo, her mother said.

Douglas said her daughter’s reputed husband visited her home Sundayafternoon, saying he did not where Greene was and she had not returned to their home.

However, yesterday at about 11:00 h, she said she received the news at the Uitvlugt/Leonora sugar estate where she works, that Alleyne’s body had been found in a clump of bushes at De Kinderen.

She said that by the time she got there, Police had removed the body.

She said she learnt that her daughter’s face and hands were swollen.

Police said Alleyne’s body was found half-naked at around 10:00 h and a post mortem examination will be performed tomorrow.

Her two-year-old son, Tyrese Ferrier, was yesterday with Douglas.

Guyana Chronicle

Gang in deadly rampage
TERROR reigned during Sunday night’s chilling and deadly attacks in which eight persons were brutally killed by heavily-armed men on a brazen rampage in the neighbouring East Bank Demerara villages of Eccles and Agricola.

The deadly onslaught has left the country in shock.

Among those killed were three Supernumerary Constables attached to a security firm, two pensioners and a senior employee of the Office of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC). The two other persons killed were the operator of an Internet call shop and a young man driving on the road outside the gas station.

Dead are Loris Semple, 33, of #28 Village, West Coast Berbice and 123 Friendship Village, East Coast Demerara; Cedric Dummett, 26, of 8 Public Road Victoria, East Coast Demerara; Sheldon Smartt, 22, of 83 Plum Park, South Sophia; Lavern Garraway-Scott, 31, of Lot 115 Caesar Street, Agricola; David Brummell, 74, of Peter’s Hall; Hannah Cameron, 73, of 40 Brutus Street, Agricola; Otis Rudder, 26, of Lot 1 Republic Road, Bagotstown (and said to be the operator of the Internet shop at Lot 40 Brutus Street, Agricola); and Cecil Duncan, 26, of 143 Da Silva Street, Kitty, Georgetown.

Police and other reports yesterday indicated that around 22:00 h on Sunday, about 15 heavily-armed men attacked the Two Brothers Gas Station at Eccles and in the process shot and killed three Supernumerary Constables attached to the MMC security service.Police said the security constables - Semple, Dummett and Smartt - were in motor pick-up - PHH 8405 - taking air at the time at the service station. A company official, however, said they were in a patrol that responded to the attack at the gas station.

The three men died before receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation where they were subsequently rushed.

The Police said one Mosberg 12-gauge shotgun and 13 live cartridges were taken away from the ranks by the gunmen. Another shotgun of similar type and 12 cartridges were left behind, Police said.

The Police said based on reports, it is suspected that during the discharge of rounds by the gunmen, “one of the fuel pumps caught afire” which scorched a motor bus, BHH 4747, which was parked in the vicinity. The blaze was extinguished by public spirited citizens and members of the Fire Service.

Eyewitnesses told this newspaper it was sheer pandemonium as the gang of gunmen began shooting indiscriminately. Residents and others said the shooting lasted for at least 20 minutes. One man said he was forced to hide under a bed behind a suitcase of clothes as the barrage of gunshots filled the air.

Witnesses said the men also fired on vehicles passing along the East Bank Demerara main road at the time.

Police said Duncan, who was in his motor car, PHH 3829, was shot and died at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.Four other persons in other vehicles were also wounded. They are Jason Thomas of Old Road, Eccles, who was shot in his back, treated at the GPHC and sent away; Simone Savory, 17, and Stacy Chinapen, 21, both of Sheriff Street, who were shot in their chest and, according to the Police, remained in serious condition at Woodlands Hospital; and Basdeo Dalloo, 53, of Herstelling, who was shot in his back. He was up to last night still being treated at the Georgetown Hospital.

One hundred and forty three spent shells, four warheads and 13 live rounds of various calibres were retrieved at the scene by the Police.


From all indications and based on various reports, it would seem that some of the gunmen then went to the home of Lavern Garraway-Scott and fired a number of rounds at the house before setting it alight.

The Police said this incident occurred around 23:15 h but other relatives and neighbours said it was much earlier than that.

In full view of her six-year-old daughter, Garraway-Scott was reportedly shot several times about the body before being set alight in her home at 115 Caesar Street, Agricola during a separate but seemingly related incident.

Her husband, David Scott, 40, said he was not at home at the time. Scott, who said he is the owner of the Haururuni Creek Recreational Facilities on the Soesdyke/Linden Highway, told this newspaper he was returning from an “excursion” at his business place when he saw his house “on fire”.

Lavern Garraway-Scott’s husband, David Scott, 40

At the scene yesterday, smoke was still rising from the inner rubble of the two-storey concrete building which Scott said was rebuilt just four years ago.

He said his six-year-old daughter, Damali Scott, was with her mother when the incident occurred and “saw everything”.

“My daughter was able to tell me everything that happened,” said a distraught Scott.

In an invited comment, Public Relations Officer of the M&CC, Mr Royston King, said Lavern, who had been working at the Office of the Mayor and City Council for a number of years, will be sadly missed.

“She was always committed to her desk, her work and to the council. We all will really, really miss her,” King commented.

He said at the time of her demise, Lavern held the position of Assistant Town Clerk in the Office of the Town Clerk.

Reports are that five men armed with guns went up to Garraway-Scott’s home and called out her husband’s name. The gunmen also reportedly shot a padlock on the gate, before storming the premises where they were said to have shot the woman several times and then set her home on fire. Garraway-Scott was burnt beyond recognition in the blaze. Her daughter escaped unhurt.

The Police said 16 spent shells and one live round along with a cell phone, a partly burnt black plastic coat, a pair of green army pants, a camouflage bush hat, a green sheet, a multi-coloured hammock, a green army type water bottle, one duffle bag and a pair of black socks, were found at the scene.

The room where Hannah and Brummel were killed and burnt Sunday night

And in another separate (but also seemingly related) incident, gunmen stormed a house at Lot 40 Brutus Street, Agricola where they called out two names, including that of ‘Hannah’ – the 73-year-old occupant of the house.

About 07:30 h yesterday, acting on information received, the Police found the bodies of David Brummell and Hannah Cameron in a Brutus Street, Agricola house while the body of Otis Rudder was found behind the Agricola Primary School (aback the Brutus Street house).

This school and the nearby St Ann’s Primary were closed yesterday, following a meeting between teachers and officials from the Education Ministry.

Police said investigations revealed that a group of men armed with firearms went to the home of Hannah Cameron and enquired for Otis Rudder, who is her grandson.

This chair in the house at 40 Brutus Street, Agricola was completely destroyed by fire

The Police said it is believed that Rudder saw the men approaching and ran away but was pursued by some of the men.

“In apparent retaliation, the men shot Hannah Cameron in her head and David Brummell in his chest as well as cutting his throat. The bodies were then set on fire on a bed in the house,” the Police said yesterday.

When this newspaper visited the scene yesterday, the inside wall of the house was scorched and most of the furniture destroyed by the fire. Window panes were also shattered by the heat and several gunshot holes were evident on the building.

The body of Rudder was subsequently found behind the Agricola Primary School by school children yesterday morning.

The body bore several bullet wounds.

Pistols missing from GDF bond
-- soldiers held

FIVE soldiers, including a Warrant Officer, were last night in detention in army headquarters, after five pistols were found missing from the storage bond there, a spokesman said.

Lt Col Wilbert Lee told the Guyana Chronicle the Police have been called in and are investigating.

He said that following the recent reported theft of ammunition and grenades from an army bunker in neighbouring Suriname, Guyana Defence Force Chief of Staff Brigadier Edward Collins ordered a check of the GDF inventory of arms and ammunition.

The check found that five pistols were missing from the storage bond in Camp Ayanganna and Lee said “we believe others may be missing” from the base in Georgetown.

“Checks are ongoing,” he said, adding that the five soldiers detained were the principal staff assigned to the storage bond.

He said Police have visited Camp Ayanganna for the investigations.

Gang leader declared:
`I want this gas station burnt down now!”

DEADLY ATTACK: Police at the Two Brothers gas station after the killing spree. (Winston Oudkerk photo)

THE man who was apparently in charge of the band of gunmen that killed four persons in the attack on the Two Brothers Gas Station at Eccles, East Bank Demerara Sunday night, ordered his group to burn down the place, a source said yesterday.

Investigators believe the horrors unleashed at the gas station and the chilling mowing down of security guards responding to a robbery report, was meant to send a clear message to others.

The source said the man who seemed to be leading the gang of some 15 persons who closed in on the gas station was heard to blurt out: “I want this gas station burnt down now.”

Others in the gang set the fuel pumps alight and doused gasoline on a mini-bus parked in the compound, also setting it on fire, the source said.

But persons in the area rushed to put out the spreading flames after the gang fled, spraying bullets from heavy guns that left four men dead.

Three guards with the MMC Security Service were shot dead as they arrived at the scene. A driver passing on the road at the time was shot and died shortly after, and several others passing by were wounded in the gunfire.

The security guards who died are Loris Semple, 32, of Annandale; Cedric Dummett, 25, of Victoria, also on the East Coast Demerara; and Sheldon Smart, 21, of Plum Park, Sophia, Georgetown.

Semple had been employed with the security service for the past three years and the other two just over a year, a company official said yesterday.

They were the first employees of the security company to have died under such circumstances, he said.

The official told the Guyana Chronicle the three men were responding to a call from the cashier at the fuel station around 22:00 h, after it came under attack from the heavily-armed gang.

He said the gang apparently did not realise the cashier was inside the office, as the type of glass enclosing it does not allow visibility from the outside.

He explained that on arrival, the patrol drove straight into the gas station because they took the gang for the `Black Clothes Police’ who had arrived before them as they were attired in similar outfits.

However, when the security guards left their vehicle, they were greeted with a blaze of gunfire, each one of them receiving several gunshots, the official said.

He added that about 500 spent shells were left at the scene.

The funeral expenses of the dead employees will be covered by the company, the official said. He added that there was no formal agreement on this issue, but the company has decided that since the men died on duty, it will cover the funeral expenses from a humanitarian standpoint.

In addition, their beneficiaries will receive cash as they were insured by the company, the official said.

He said the security company is deeply saddened by the tragedy.

Guyana Chronicle
Massacre may be linked to river chase, kidnapping
-- Police Commissioner
-- Two women among eight killed
By Mark Ramotar

Guyana Chronicle

HE Sunday night massacre which left eight persons, including two women, dead, and several others wounded, may be linked to the high-speed chase between the Coast Guard and three vessels on the Demerara River Sunday, Police Commissioner Winston Felix said yesterday.

As shocked citizens tried to comprehend the chilling attacks by a band of gunmen, Mr Felix said investigators have also not ruled out a connection between the killings and what he called “a staged kidnapping” last week involving the four-year-old daughter of an ex-Policeman.

He told reporters a high-level Police team has been assembled to investigate the brazen and deadly attacks by men with high-powered and sophisticated weapons in the adjoining villages of Eccles and Agricola, East Bank Demerara.

The investigators, he said, are looking at, among several other things, a possible connection with the drama on Sunday when a trawler and two fibre-glass super-fast escort boats were nabbed by the Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard resulting in 11 persons, including a popular businessman, being arrested and detained by the Police.

“We might feel that (Sunday) night’s shooting might have something to do with the seizure of the trawler…it is one of the possible angles, but not the only angle,” the Police Commissioner told a news conference at Police headquarters in Georgetown.

“We are not restricting ourselves to one specific area but it is possible, very possible, that the seizure of the trawler and the arrest of individuals yesterday (Sunday) may have activated the intensity of the environment which we experienced last night (Sunday night)…It just may have.”

Assuring that the investigation into the Sunday night massacre will go as “far and wide as it can go”, Felix said that based on the investigation and the review he had yesterday morning, he was a bit scared to talk about “kidnapping” from the investigations before him. “…and that’s telling you something,” he added.

“We must believe little that we see and nothing that we hear. I don’t want to reveal the investigation as such but based on what was presented here (yesterday) morning, there are certain commonalities which we have discovered and which suggest strongly to us that…what appears to have been a kidnapping might just not be so,” Felix posited.

He, however, cautioned that the investigations have not yet been completed.

“What we are trying to do right now is to put the best possible team available under a senior officer from headquarters to lead off the investigations and outside of that, there must be a law enforcement response to armed criminal gangs in this country,” the Police Commissioner declared.

He said the nature of the Sunday night attack suggests clearly the need to start the investigation with a team of detectives who will be dedicated to probe the various issues.

“And we should not only deal with it from the top and what appeals to the eye, but there are other under currents which we need to unravel first and, in that regard, the team under a senior officer from headquarters is being assembled to start working as of now,” he added.

Felix also assured that the Police Force “will not stand idly by” and allow criminal gangs to (continue) to terrorise citizens.

He also said those who think Sunday night’s incident will not have “a strong law enforcement response should think otherwise”.

“That incident was brazen, disrespectful of the law and will not be tolerated in this country.”

Responding to claims that the Police were slow to respond to the attacks and that some cops said they were not adequately compensated and were not prepared to risk their lives in the kind of situation that presented itself Sunday night, Felix said, this was “utter nonsense”.“I don’t know that any Policeman would say something like that and the Policeman who said something like that is highly irresponsible. Once we all draw pay at month-end, we all have a duty to perform or duties…so what nonsense can a Policeman say that they are not compensated to risk (their) lives.”

“I know that persons called in at various points in time to report shootings in Agricola and I am aware, immediately, that Policemen were summoned from various locations to respond, and they did respond,” Felix defended.

“You will not have a magical appearance of Policemen if they are miles away from a scene,” he asserted.

Felix said he was aware that the various patrols around Georgetown and on the East Bank Demerara were “activated to respond” and “they did respond in quick time”.

There were unconfirmed reports that the patrols at both Providence and Ruimveldt Police stations said they were not going to move to the scene until there was back-up from patrols in Georgetown.

While noting that discussions will always be ongoing when it comes to better remuneration, the Police Commissioner pointed out that professionalism goes beyond a quarrel for pay.

“I am not aware of any such reports or any such incidents occurring at any such locations last night. (In fact) the first location I called, the officer was on his way already from Brickdam and when I called the TSU (Tactical Services Unit), they were actually on the move also,” he pointed out.

“We all recognise that the Police remuneration package could be better. But I am saying clearly that I would not entertain any nonsense from members of the Police Force claiming that they can’t respond…and if it does appear that (those unconfirmed reports) are established, then those members of the Force will be dealt with condignly because it is an act of indiscipline that I will not countenance in this organisation.”

Asked to comment on where the gunmen came from, and in which direction they disappeared after the incident, Felix said: “That is work in progress; that is part of the investigation. Where they came from we can’t be sure. Where they went we can’t be sure but the investigations must take us in that direction.”

Asked whether he was expecting similar attacks (soon) and whether the Force was capable of responding and handling such attacks, Felix said he was certain the criminal gang(s) “is not crazy to take us on and I hope that they will not be so crazy to take us on”.

“We are ready to respond to all criminal conduct of that sort. Maybe the situation would have been different if we had found them there (at the scene).”

What the Police did find at the scene - other than dead bodies – was a large quantity of ammunition (both spent and live) from high-powered weapons.

Among these, he said, were one hundred and three 270 x 72 spent shells.

Felix pointed out that this is not ammunition that the Force is very familiar with but it “resembles the 7.67 x 39 ammunition and we suspect that it might or may have been used in the M70”.

“All we can say is that it resembles ( the 7.67 x 39) – it is not an ammunition that we are familiar with in terms of its use in a particular firearm because I (personally) have not come across it whether in the Police or in the military,” the Police Commissioner declared.

Police also recovered from the scene - four 12-guage cartridges (live), four 22.3 ammunition (live), five 7.62 x 39 ammunition (live) and one .45 bullet (live).

Also found at the scene were sixteen 7.62 x 39 spent casing (shells) and sixteen 223 spent casings.

Police were able to retrieve what looked like two M70 or AK47 magazines and seven 7.62 x 39 ammunition from the incident at Third Street or Caesar Street, Agricola, where 31-year-old Lavern Garraway-Scott was brutally killed in front of her six-year-old daughter.

A cell phone, a partly burnt black plastic coat, a pair of green army pants, a camouflage bush hat, a green sheet, a multi-coloured hammock, a green army type water bottle, one duffle bag and a pair of black socks were also found at the scene.

At the Brutus Street, Agricola scene, where three persons were killed, including two pensioners said to have been riddled with bullets and then later burnt in a house, the Police found eight 7.62 x 39 spent shells, one .45 bullet (warhead) and some fragments.
Girl's kidnap staged -Felix
WHY ??

Stabroek News
-police under pressure to explain murderous assault
ET: Legendary Guyanese Singer Says Cancer Or Not He’ll Continue To Sing

By John Mair
In London

Hardbeatnews, LONDON, England, Tues. Feb. 28, 2006: Legendary Guyanese singer Sol Raye says despite his ongoing battle with cancer he will “never stop singing” and will continue work on releasing his album ‘Sol Raye Retrospective’ later this year.

Raye, a Guyanese icon who has entertained audiences on both sides of the Atlantic for nearly four decades, not only looks like Nat 'King' Cole but also sings like him. Recuperating in the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, Raye said in a recent exclusive interview that he had been fighting prostrate cancer for several years.

The disease has since spread to his stomach and he had to have a major operation last year to take out the growth. Today, he has just half a stomach. His latest bout of illness meant he was physically incapable of collecting his a recent award from the Guyana High Commission Award on February 12th but he says he “… was very honored to get the award from the government of Guyana-PPP, PNC or whoever.”

Raye, however, promised that when he gets out of the hospital, he would repay that honor with a concert at the Guyana High Commission in London.

Raye, born Dereyck Marshall Corbin, the eldest brother of PNC Leader Robert Corbin, also had a message for his countrymen. “Remember this is Guyana-the land of rivers and such glorious things. Remember the national anthem,” he stated.

Raye says he expects his retrospective album to be released in the summer on his own record label. And he added that he remains grateful and touched by all the good wishes he has received since this writer publicized his illness.

Raye also hopes to be back home in West London very soon. His last song has not yet been sung. –

Eight Killed In Guyana Bloodbath

Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tues. Feb. 28, 2006: Eight Guyanese nationals, including three security officers, were on Sunday night brutally murdered by more than a dozen gunmen looking to rob an East Bank Demerara gas station.

Dead, according to Guyana police, are Loris Semple; Cedric Dummett; Sheldon Smartt; Lavern Garraway-Scott; David Brummell; Hannah Cameron; Otis Rudder and Cecil Duncan. Some 12 are apparently wounded.

Police claim that the massacre began about 10 p.m. Sunday night when about 15 heavily armed men attacked the Two Brothers Gas Station at Eccles and fatally shot the three constables attached to the MMC security service.

The Guyana Chronicle quoted eyewitnesses as saying the gunmen “began shooting indiscriminately … for at least 20 minutes.” They also reportedly shot at vehicles passing along the main road.

The gunmen then also apparently went to the home of Garraway-Scott and fired a number of rounds at the house in Agricola before setting it alight. Garraway-Scott burnt to death. They also then allegedly moved on to another house in the neighborhood, at Lot 40 Brutus Street, and shot and killed the three occupants - Brummell Cameron and Rudder. Their bodies were found yesterday behind the Agricola Primary School.

A Mosberg 12-gauge shotgun and 13 live cartridges were also reportedly grabbed by the gunmen while another shotgun of a similar type along with 143 spent shells, four warheads and 13 live rounds of ammunition were left behind, police yesterday said. Ironically, the gunmen reportedly only escaped with US$40.

Police Commissioner Winston Felix yesterday claimed the shooting may be linked to a high-speed chase between the Coast Guard and three vessels on the Demerara River Sunday. A trawler and two fibre-glass super-fast escort boats were nabbed by the Guyana Defence Force Coast Guard Sunday. Eleven people, including a store owner, are under arrest.

Felix, whose force has yet to nab the killers of an American contractor and a talk show host, who were both killed in Guyana recently, vowed yesterday that the investigation into the Sunday night slaughter will go as “far and wide as it can go.”

Guyana, like many Caribbean countries, continues to battle a crime wave, which many blame on illegal drug smuggling and deportees to the region. –

Monday, February 27, 2006
Ellie is my name

Born in Guyana, South America, and educated in various countries of Africa, the Middle East, and the UK, C.M Rubin began her career in London at ACC (ITC Film Distributors) and EMI Films. From there she moved to Columbia Tri-star, where she managed several entertainment projects and rose to senior marketing and publicity positions.

C. M. Rubin has developed numerous entertainment and book projects in New York and London over the past 20 years. Born in Guyana, South America, and educated in various countries of Africa, the Middle East, and the UK, she began her career in London at ACC (ITC Film Distributors) and EMI Films. From there she moved to Columbia Tri-star, where she managed several entertainment projects and rose to senior marketing and publicity positions. After relocating to New York in 1988, she developed a number of properties for a major independent entertainment distributor and book publisher.

Ms. Rubin’s first children's picture book,
Eleanor, Ellatony, Ellencake, and Me, introduced the spunky character Eleanor, who ultimately decides that Ellie is the name that suits her best. The book received widespread critical acclaim, having won the iParenting Media Award, Children's Choices Award 2004, Teacher's Choices Award 2004, and Bronze Gold Ink Award 2004. Its delightful sequel, Ellie: The Perfect Dress for Me, was released in September 2005.

"Helping kids build great self-esteem, teaching them good values and encouraging them to make the right choices is crucial in the early years," says Ms. Rubin. "The child that has the inner strength to be a caring, creative, resourceful and independent thinker is the emotionally healthy child. I hope parents see Ellie as the best kind of role model for their child".

C.M. Rubin lives with her husband, two children and their dog in New York City.

From ellieismyname

Motivational Speaker

Born in Guyana, South America of East Indian heritage, John Harricharan is truly a multi-cultural, global personality. Yet, with his professional background, he also exhibits a rare sensitivity and charismatic delivery which have earned him well deserved respect and acclaim.

Outstanding businessman, lecturer and award-winning author, John Harricharan, is a unique blend of East and West. A naturalized U.S. citizen born in Guyana, South America of East Indian heritage, he is truly a multi-cultural, global personality. Yet, with his professional background, he also exhibits a rare sensitivity and charismatic delivery which have earned him well deserved respect and acclaim.

However, he was to know failure as well as success. The events that led to both are incorporated in his lectures and are chronicled in his books, which, rather than being stories of loss and sadness are, instead, inspiring tales of courage, strength and the dignity of the human spirit. He has shared the lecture platform with such well-known speakers as Deepak Chopra, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Og Mandino, Gerald Jampolsky, Foster Hibbard, Eric Butterworth, C. Everett Koop and others.

His transformational message stems from his challenging personal growth experiences. As Harricharan says, "I know what it feels like to have my car repossessed, to watch my wife die of cancer, to lose all earthly possessions and start again from ground zero. I also know what it feels like to write an award-winning book, to be written about in others' books and to be featured in the same book with His Royal Highness, Prince Philip of Great Britain, the Dalai Lama and Paul and Linda McCartney. The contrasts bring compassion and sensitivity to one's life."


Bright, well-educated and professional in demeanor, John brings a welcome, pragmatic approach to his lectures, as an outstanding example where the message and the messenger are one. Not only does John share his personal tragedies; he shares the extraordinary tools he uses to overcome his challenges. He meets his audience filled with energy and enthusiasm. His approach is inspirational and motivational, contagiously so and always, always memorable.

Dr. Deepak Chopra, best-selling author and speaker, refers to Harricharan as, "A skilled and eloquent guide" Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, renowned psychiatrist and bestselling author says, "John Harricharan brilliantly inspires you, motivates you and teaches you. He's fantastic ... absolutely fantastic."


Not only is Harricharan a dynamic speaker, but he also reveals himself to be an extraordinary, compelling author. His award-winning book, When You Can Walk on Water, Take the Boat was named 'Best Book of the Year' by the American Bookdealers Exchange. Its sequel, Morning Has Been All Night Coming has been drawing rave reviews. Both books are published in the U.S. and Canada by Berkley Books. In the U.K., Australia and New Zealand they are published by HarperCollins and are also availabIe in Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese editions.


Harricharan graduated summa cum laude, with degrees in chemistry and an MBA from Rutgers University. He started his career with Fortune 500 corporations and worked his way into upper level executive positions. His corporate expertise encompasses areas as varied as Production Management, Research and Development and Marketing. He then proceeded, by blending his knowledge of the corporate world with his entrepreneurial talents, to build an extremely successful business with offices in the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and India. He finally switched from managing his company into what he really loves to do. So now he travels extensively, speaking at seminars and consulting for corporations, organizations and a private clientele worldwide. His extensive experience coupled with his knowledge of multi-cultural inter-relationships afford him the ability to relate to diverse cultures with respect and integrity.

From getmotivation

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Stabroek News
Three MMC guards die in shoot-out
Stabroek News

Three guards attached to the MMC Security Service were killed last night in a shoot-out with bandits during a robbery attempt at the Two Brothers gas station at Eccles on the East Bank of Demerara and several passers-by were injured.

Dead are Sheldon Smart, 26, of Sophia; Laurie Semple, 31, of Church of God Road, Buxton, East Coast Demerara (ECD), and Cedric Dummett, 27, of Victoria, ECD all employees of the MMC security firm.

Those hospitalised are Basdeo Dolly, 27; Shivwattie Sankar, 35, both of 52 Public Road, Herstelling; Simone Savory, 17; Stacy Chinapen, 21 both of 134 Sheriff Street, Campbellville; Jason Thomas, 18, of 24 Old Road Eccles, East Bank Demerara and Cecil Longhorn, 26 of 142 Da Silva Street, Newtown Kitty. All the injured, except Sankar, are said to be in serious conditions. The bandits also started a fire at the gas station and in nearby Agricola a building caught afire allegedly with one person in it. It was unclear if this latter incident was related to the attempted robbery. Officials at the security firm told Stabroek News this morning that the MMC guards were responding to a robbery call from the gas station when they were ambushed.

It is understood that more than one vehicle belonging to the firm responded but the vehicle with the three men arrived first on the scene and the bandits opened fire on them. Their colleagues said when they finally got to the scene all three men were dead and according to hospital sources they received multiple gunshot wounds. When Stabroek News visited the MCC office at Happy Acres, ECD this morning a number of shocked colleagues of the men had assembled in front of the office discussing their shocking deaths.

Stabroek News understands when the shots were fired mini bus, BHH 7135 was caught in the crossfire and Dolly and Sankar were in the back seat of the bus when bullets entered through the window hitting them. The driver of the minibus took the two to the hospital at around 10:15 pm.

And another man, a passer-by in a car, PHH 3829, was wounded when the gunmen robbed him and left him in a pool of blood. Up to last evening he was in the operating theatre of a city hospital. The shooting happened around 10 pm.

According to reports, at least two heavily armed men walked up to the business and attempted to rob the employees of cash. But at the same time a patrol from MMC turned up and encountered the bandits.

Eyewitnesses said that the guards walked into rapid fire from the gunmen who, Police said, were armed with high powered assault rifles with ‘tracer’ bullets.

An eyewitness told this newspaper that he saw when two men “dressed like black clothes Police” came up and went into the gas station. The person reported that when the men did not get anything from the gas station they robbed the man in the car. They then threw something on the route ‘43’ 26-seater bus which had been parked at the gas station and set it alight. Another neighbour said that she heard the shots and lost her voice from fear. She lives houses away from the gas station and heard all of the rapid fire clearly and loudly. She said that she wants to move out having endured similar shoot-outs in the area.

At the same time with the shooting, a building in Agricola was on fire and Police ranks said that a burnt body was recovered. But residents of Agricola said that the bodies of an elderly couple were found in their Brutus Street, Agricola home burnt. It is unclear whether these two incidents are related. Witnesses reported seeing the blaze of a burning building in Agricola during the time of the shooting.

Residents from as far as Georgetown and La Grange on the West Bank heard the gunfire which lasted for at least 20 minutes. One man said that as he exited a Mandir on the East Bank he saw what he believed to be a bullet fly past him. He said that he and the others with him ran back into the Mandir. A rank at the scene explained that the tracer rounds would be visible especially in the dark.

When Stabroek News arrived on the scene, there were signs of the chaos that the shoot-out wrought. Some of the gas pumps were clearly damaged and there was bullet damage. Police had cordoned off the scene and were picking up spent shells and gathering other evidence. One of the bullets penetrated the metal post that held up the streetlights in the centre of the road.

Two Brothers gas stations in several parts of the country have come under frequent attacks from bandits. The killing of three MMC guards and the wounding of passers-by is the bloodiest incident of crime in recent months. With respect to the private security services it would be the deadliest incident in recent memory.

Terror in Agricola

Armed 15 member gang invade gas station

Three MMC guards slaughtered

-burn down house, set gas station afire, shoot
minibus passenger, taxi-driver

About 15 masked and heavily armed bandits slaughtered three MMC security guards and wounded a taxi driver during a brutal and brazen attack on the Two Brothers Gas Station 22:00 hrs last night.

MCC staff identified the dead as Loris Semple, of Buxton and Berbice, Sheldon Smartt of Sophia and Dummet of Victoria, East Coast Demerara.

Smartt, said to be about 30, was reportedly shot in the head, and Dummet in the stomach.

They were gunned down when they rushed to the gas station after receiving reports that the staff were under attack.

A passing taxi driver and a male mini-bus passenger were also wounded during the heavy barrage of gunfire, which lasted for about an hour.

The bandits also set fire to the gas pumps and tried to torch a bus that was parked at the filling station before fleeing the scene.

Not a single policeman could be seen in the vicinity of the gas station when the shooting was in progress.

Some ranks eventually arrived about an hour after the shooting had subsided and the bodies had been removed.

Kaieteur News understands that the gunmen

escaped with the murdered guards' pump-action shotguns.

When Kaieteur News arrived at the scene, the bodies of the murdered men lay sprawled on the ground, while some of their colleagues who arrived after the shooting wept hysterically at the sight of their slain friends.

Kaieteur News understands that at around 22:00 hrs, about 15 masked men, dressed in black clothing and armed with assault rifles, stormed the Two Brothers Filling Station.

The employees immediately sought refuge in the gas station outlet, while the gunmen began shooting indiscriminately, also setting fire to one of the fuel pumps.

Semple, Dummet and Smartt arrived at the scene while the shooting was still in progress, and were immediately attacked by the gunmen.

All three were shot at close range.

Kaieteur News arrived when the shooting was still in progress and observed two other MCC guards fleeing for their lives.

Many persons passing in vehicles while the shooting was still in progress narrowly escaped injury. Others were not so lucky.

A man who was traveling in a bus with his wife was shot after the bus driver stopped near Agricola to put off some passengers.

Although the man said that he had been wounded, persons in the bus assumed he was joking, until he collapsed against his wife.

The driver eventually took him to hospital. Passers-by also took the taxi driver who was shot to the hospital.

Last night's slaughter is reminiscent of the brazen attacks that gunmen carried out during the 2002-2003 crime wave, and which left several law enforcement personnel dead and and others maimed.

Kaieteur News