The Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Limited recently hosted its annual Christmas Cheer Program which saw children from several communities benefiting from its humanitarian efforts.According to GBTI, it will continue to give back to those communities since the initiative is part of their corporate social responsibilities.This year the company again signaled its support to several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) through its usual financial contribution. Among thoseSome of the NGO representatives receiving their chequesreceiving the support were Help and Shelter, Artists in Direct Support, Uncle Eddie’s Home, the Salvation Army, Dharma Shala Benevolent Home, Guyana Red Cross Society, Guyana Society for the Blind, Guyana Relief Council, Guyana Society for the prevention of cruelty to Animals and Food for the Poor.According to a representative of the company “We recognise that the work of these organisations often go unnoticed and so at this time of year, in the spirit of goodwill and good corporate citizenship, our hearts are opened to supporting those in need and those who provide for those in need.”Meanwhile the staff of GBTI also opened their hearts to the children of Hararuni this year by gifting them – through the Guyana Red Cross – a total of one hundred gifts which will be shared at a special party in the village located along the Linden-Soesdyke Highway.
A woman was on Friday remanded after she pled not guilty to having in her possession more than 6kg of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.Nandy Barker, 38, of Lot 70 Caneville, Grove, East Bank Demerara, appeared before Magistrate Peter Hugh at the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court. The police stated that March 25, 2019, at the Berbice River Bridge, she had 6.5 kilograms of cannabis in her possession for the purpose of trafficking.Alleged drug trafficker, Nandy BarkerPolice Prosecutor Inspector Bernard Brown told the court that officers at a roadblock intercepted motorcar PNN 9408 that was driven by Barker and conducted a search during which the illegal drug was unearthed.The Inspector said further investigations led officers to Lot 288 Errol’s Ville, Vryman’s Ervin, New Amsterdam, where a further 667 grams of the same drug was found. Timothy La Fleur was arrested and subsequently charged.In court today La Fleur pleaded guilty to narcotics possession and was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and fined $240,300.In addition, Barker and La Fleur were jointly charged for the 6.5 kilos to which they pleaded not guilty. La Fleur told the court that he is a father of two and is the sole breadwinner for the family.He said he has a heart complication and has documents at his home to authenticate his claims.Barker was represented by Attorney-at-Law Kim Kyte, who made an application for bail but this was denied. She along with La Fleur will make their next court appearance on April 9, 2019.