first_imgThirty-four-year-old Fareez Yaseem of Lot 25 Belmonte, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara was on Monday morning stabbed at least 12 times during a confrontation with an intruder who was attempting to break into a storage bond at his home.Dead: Fareez YaseemReports are that the now dead father of three was awakened by a sound emanating from the lower flat of the house, and he went to enquire. As he walked down the flight of stairs, he reportedly saw the suspect trying to gain access to the bond, and a confrontation and ultimately a scuffle ensued between the two men, during which the suspect whipped out a knife and dealt Yasseem several stabs to his body.The injured Yaseem fell into a drain and died almost immediately, while the perpetrator made good his escape, but reportedly left his pedal cycle and a slipper behind.When Guyana Times visited the scene, Yaseem’s house was locked and no one was at home. The gate was also locked, and a car he had recently bought was parked in the garage.A few houses away, a relative, Jason (only name given), who lives a few villages away, was preparing to hold a wake at the home of Yaseem’s mother-in-law.He told Guyana Times that Yaseem had left his (Jason’s) business place in Mahaicony, ECD at about 17:00h on Sunday to head home after a day’s work.However, at about 02:00h on Monday, he received a telephone call informing him that Yassen had been stabbed dead.To confirm the news, he telephoned another relative, who without hesitation rushed to the scene, only to see Yaseem’s bloodied body lying in a small drain in the yard.“I can’t say how much time he get stab, and I couldn’t go close to see, because the Police been at the scene carrying out their investigations…,” that distraught relative explained.He also explained that after speaking to the late Yaseem’s wife, he was made to understand that the deceased was only trying to protect his property.“He wake up after he heard the sound, and went downstairs without waking up he wife… When he reach downstairs he see the man, and then is when he get stab,” the relative detailed. At the time of Yaseem’s demise, he was wearing his jewellery, but all were found intact.The relative also confirmed that a one-side slipper and a bicycle were found in front of the dead man’s yard. These items have been taken into custody by the Police as evidence as investigations continue.Jason also told Guyana Times that he, too, resided in the village for 15 years, but made a decision to leave following an upsurge in criminal activities.He recalled that his mother-in-law’s premises had been broken into, as well as his home. In both incidents, the bandits carted off millions in cash and jewellery.To date, he stated, no arrest has been made although detectives had dusted the respective crime scenes for finger prints.“I can’t raise my children in this village. Too much happening…thief here and there, and the Police doing nothing,” he stated.He is calling on the relevant authorities to solve this recent murder, and not let it be considered another unsolved mystery.The late Yaseem has been described as a hardworking individual who used to “hustle” to making sure his family is taken care of.He leaves to mourn his wife, Devi, who was at home when he was killed. She reportedly hid in the upper flat of the house with her three children during the incident. After realizing that her husband was stabbed, she raised an alarm and neighbours rushed to the scene.The man’s body was removed hours after, and taken to the Lyken’s Funeral Home to await a post mortem examination. Up to late Monday evening, no arrests were made. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

first_imgNGSA results 2019Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Education Officer Rabindra Singh, in his analysis of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) 2019 Examination results for the region, told the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) at a recent statutory meeting that the results are not much different from that of last year, despite the successful performance of a few students. He noted, however, that systems are being put in place to correct the underperformance.Singh noted that a ten per cent decline in Social Studies and a five per cent increase in the Mathematics is of great concern and warrants urgent attention.According to him “too much focus is being placed on the Math and English”, resulting in an overall pass rate of 51.1 per cent for Mathematics and 65.6 per cent for the English as against Social Studies falling below 50 per cent and Science with 52.7 per cent.He also noted that the schools along the Berbice River such as DeVelt, Kimbia and Mount Carmel did exceptionally well. They had students placed at A-list schools, despite the shortage of teachers as well as qualified teachers. The Department has already begun taking actions to improve performance by hosting a one-week training sessions for all teachers in Sub Region 2 of which 96 teachers attended.The Council also unanimously voted to commence reconstruction on the Christianburg Primary School.Regional Chairman Renis Morian and Councillors urged the Regional Education Officer to collaborate with Parent Teacher Association (PTA) bodies and look at ways in which the RDC could help to strengthen the students in their areas of weaknesses.Countrywide declineWhile there has been a countrywide improvement in students’ performance in Mathematics, the other subjects recorded a whopping decline.The pass rate for each subject is calculated by the number of students who would have obtained 50 per cent or more. Only Mathematics saw an increase from last year’s statistics with an upward trajectory from 38.3 per cent to 42 per cent. However, the overall performance of English dropped from 60.6 per cent to 57.4 per cent. The same followed for Science with figures decreasing from 46.8 per cent to 46.4 per cent and Social Studies with 46.1 per cent to 39 per cent.Education Officer Rabindra SinghMinister of Education Nicolette Henrylast_img read more

first_imgAddressing a press conference here today, Mithali Raj Addressing a press conference here today, Mithali Raj admitted that batting will have to come good. “We expect better performance from the batting unit,” she said. “As a team, when we are bowling and fielding, we look very good. But somewhere we need to work more as a batting unit,” Raj said. Replying to a question, she said, “Against England we thought we could have done better, we will try not to repeat in tomorrows game the mistakes we made earlier. The girls do realise that every match is important in the World Cup. We have got some slip-ups and we have got another opportunity to make do with it. So, it is very important for us.” Asked if there was too much pressure on the shoulders of senior players like her, she replied, “I personally feel one player cannot get you a World Cup, may be one or two games we can win. But to win a big event, you really need everybody at certain stage to stand up and deliver for the team. The pressure definitely is on us as senior players to get the team going, but there are other players who will also be equally important.” West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor, meanwhile, said they will try to put the best foot forward. “We are looking to win and everyone will try their best,” she said, adding “tomorrows game is very important, it is a do-or-die kind of situation.” Apart from Taylor, West Indies have players like Hayley Matthews, Shaquana Quintyne, Shamilia Connell and Anisa Mohammed in their side. PTI SUN GS AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more