A 19-year-old miner on Wednesday made his appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after he was slapped with charges of robbery with violence, and break and enter and larceny.It is alleged that Delson Phillips of Fitzburg, Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini) on November 20, 2018 while being with Simeon Trapp at McDoom, Port Kaituma, robbed Ricardo Rebeiro of $60,000 while using personal violence immediately before or after the act.Another charge stated that Phillips on December 8, 2018 at Fitzburg, North West District broke and entered the dwelling house of Sherwin Dollway, and stole one BLU cellphone, a SIM card, and cash among other items which amounted to $29,800.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield made no objections to bail. As a result, the Chief Magistrate released the teen on $20,000 bail on the condition that he report to the Port Kaituma Police Station once per week He was also placed on a bond to be on good behaviour.Phillips will make his next appearance at the Matthews Ridge Magistrate’s Court on February 5, 2018.
Kosmos Grill and Longue on Thursday handed over a set of furniture to the MET Pride Academy located at East La Penitence, Georgetown. The school caters for children diagnosed with autism and other challenges.At the presentation, Abi DeRamos, owner of Kosmos, explained that the donation was done in remembrance of her late husband Dillon Ramos, who was killed in a vehicular accident.The Principal collecting the donation“My husband and I always talked about helping the autism community in Guyana, and we never got around to it. After his sudden passing, I felt a strong sense of urgency to do the things we had planned, as time really is never a guarantee; and so, today (Thursday), we are honoured to be involved in helping the autism community,” she remarked.The couple’s son has also been diagnosed with autism.Director of the learning facility, Elizabeth Alert, thanked De Ramos for the timely donation.Director Elizabeth AlertAlert says the school particularly focuses on children with autism, and the syllabus is in keeping with the Education Ministry’s guidelines to ensure that the school produces well-grounded students.“What we do is use the ABE, which is the Applied Behaviour Analysis, which is (scientifically) proven. Along with that, we combine it with the Ministry’s curriculum. So, we combine the two where we set programmes for each child; so, everything that goes on in the regular system we teach it here. We tailor that information for that specific child,” the director added.She further stated that it is sad that Guyana is not equipped to diagnose someone with autism.“We do not have that in Guyana. You look for certain things as teachers. Even as doctors, they look for certain things in a child that has a disability. For instance, autism, they look for communication, they look for social interaction, and so forth. Now, when it comes to diagnosis being done here, we do not have that in Guyana,” she explained.The school caters to children with disabilities which include, but are not limited to, children with autism, communication disorders, attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder; specific learning disabilities such as dysgraphia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, and typically growing children.