A group of private entities brought smiles to the faces of children at the Upper Demerara Hospital (UDH) at Wismar, Linden, and neighbouring communities, when they hosted a gift distribution and Christmas party exercise.One of the organisers of the event, Lincoln Zephyr, noted that this was just the beginning of what is expected to be an annual initiative within the Linden community.“This was the start of what is going to be an annual Christmas give back initiative to the kids at the Upper Demerara Hospital. As a Director of Vybz Entertainment, our newly formed company OLT Waste Solutions Enterprise and on behalf of Babulu Car Rental and Trucking Services, I would like to thank the Upper Demerara Hospital and staff for giving us this opportunity to give back to our community,” he noted.Dr Roscoe McDonald, who is in charge of the family health clinic at the medical facility, noted that the initiative was a great gesture which lightened the spirits of the children at the Hospital.“It was a great initiative. The children that turned out were extremely happy… they were blessed with snacks, games and even presents. I trust that this gesture will continue for it seems to have given them a bright day,” he said.The companies, Babulu’s Car Rental and Trucking Services, OLT Waste Solutions Enterprise and Vybz Entertainment teamed up for the grand initiative, in keeping with the spirit of Christmas.
Two persons are now homeless and a third in Police custody after a Corentyne, Berbice man set fire to their car and house.The car and a two storied house were completely destroyed in the Friday afternoon blaze. Reports are the Second Street, Number 59 Village, Corentyne home was set on fire by a 21-year-old man who was recently deported from the United States.The remains of the two story wood and concrete building at Number 59 VillageAccording to reports, Dhanraj Rambally and his deportee son, who is now in custody, were imbibing when an argument ensured. An eyewitness told this publication that Anjanee Rambally, the co-owner of the house and the deportee’s mother, was not at home at the time when the man and his son were involved in the argument.The eyewitness pointed out that following the argument, the young man took a bottle of flammable liquid and threw it on the car, setting it on fire. At the time, the car was parked under the house. The car then exploded causing the blaze to spread to the house.“When the gas tank catch, the car blow up and pitch right up to the flooring… Is then the flooring start to blaze and then the fire spread.”Anjanee Rambally and her husband returned to Guyana in June and had been depending on an income from two cars which are rented.The burnt carChairman of the Community Policing Group (CPG) Dashrat Mahobir stated that when he arrived on the scene, he realised that the fire service was not contacted and he immediately called for help. According to the CPG Chairman, Police from the Number 51 Police Station asked him if there was a suspect and instructed him to arrest the suspect. “I find out and people say that is he burn down the house so I make sure that no body didn’t do him anything and I hand him over to the Police when they come.”Police are investigating the incident.Meanwhile, in 2008, a house situated on the same lot was destroyed by fire when another son committed an act of arson. (Andrew Carmichael)