Residents of Coomacka Mines and other areas in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), more so parents of school-age children are seeking the intervention of the relevant authorities to have the David ‘G’ school bus which was gifted to the community under the President’s 5Bs initiative up and running.According to concerned residents of the remote Mines areas, the bus has not been in operation since the beginning of the school term last month, and residents have not been informed about its whereabouts or of anything which might be associatedThe inoperable Coomacka school buswith it.As a result, they noted that it was difficult to send their children to school, given the fact that many students attended schools miles away at Linden and other areas and the cost for transportation was high.Region 10 Chairman Renis Morian, during the hosting of the most recent statutory meeting, noted that he was informed about the issue via complaints from residents.A resident of the community told Guyana Times that parents were frustrated by the situation. “… the parents of some schoolchildren are asking the whereabouts of the David ‘G’ school bus that is supposed to be traversing the Mines area to take children to and from school. Children are being kept at home due to their parents not being able to provide financially for them to be able to go to school.”“Education officials in the Region are not shedding any light about the issue with the bus and why it is not working. Residents need to be informed,” a resident stressed.Meanwhile, the Regional Chairman has asked Councillors and other officials to get involved to rectify the situation, as he pointed out that the Region’s Department of Education was not previously informed of the issue.“I got complaints coming from Coomacka … the Department of Education wasn’t notified that the bus is not working,” he noted.
…13 arrested The parameters of the Stabroek Market were thoroughly searched on Saturday by ranks of the Guyana Police Force, during an impromptu raid for drugs and illegal items. As a result, 13 persons were arrested.Sniffer dogs were also dispatched to the area and dozens of ranks equipped with high-profile equipment were stationed mainly at the entrances of the market.Based on Police information, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters, Canine Department, Construction Department, Tactical Services Unit, Firearms Unit and Narcotics branches of the Force cordoned off the area. A search operation was conducted at the market and around the routes 31 (Patentia), 32 (Parika), 40 (Kitty/Campbellville), 41(South) and 44 (Mahaica) bus parks.The illegal items which were foundSniffer dogs assisted in locating some of the drugs and vendors at the market were questioned as the area was subsequently combed for illegal items. During the search, 128 grams of marijuana seeds and 561 grams of cannabis along with several knifes and other sharp objects were seized.Thirteen persons were detained – three for possession of narcotics and the others for questioning in relation to several offences.Guyana Times understands that a meeting was convened with Georgetown Major Ubraj Narine; Police Commissioner Leslie James; Divisional Commanders and senior officials of the Force on Friday to deal with the situation at the Stabroek Market area.According to the Police, the Mayor raised issues of effective policing around Georgetown, along with other challenging factors which were pertinent to eradicating crime.Concerns by the Mayor sparked decisions to have a joint collaboration between the City Constabulary and A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara).Just prior to the raid, bus operators were arrested for various offences such as having offensive weapons such as knives and ice picks, tint, breach of road services licence (amplifier set and equaliser in minibuses), breach of road services licence (offensive words and designs on minibuses) and defective tyres.As part of the exercise, traffic ranks stationed at the Brickdam Police Station, which also houses the Divisional Headquarters, took the opportunity to educate the delinquent drivers and conductors about the seriousness of these offences prior to releasing them.They were advised on issues such as the seating capacity of a minibus; working attire; obstruction of traffic around the Stabroek Market area; playing of loud or offensive music; speed limit; cleanliness of the interior of the minibuses; paying of traffic tickets; insurance of motor vehicle, and adhering to all traffic laws and regulations.Following the teaching session, the drivers were all grateful to the Police for their leniency and thanked them for the advice given.