Cape Palmas High in Ruins

first_imgThe leading school in Maryland County, which bears the name of the provincial capital, Harper High, is reported to be in ruins, causing the school to be relocated to a locality that appears not to be conducive for learning.The principal of the school, Barbayon K. Bartue, told the Daily Observer in Harper City that the relocation of the school is hampering smooth learning activities, where students can no longer sit in class because the present campus is not fenced.He said whenever the building is renovated it is destroyed in less than a year, making it necessary for the relocation of the school.“Storms always damage the building every season and even some of the walls are hanging, which we cannot afford to be under,” he said.“The Harper High School has been dilapidated for years, but nothing much has been done to have the building rehabilitated,” he explained.The school is located at the bank of Lake Shepard, where most of the trees have been washed away by the sea.There is a small level of renovation going on, but the progress is so slow that, if no good intervention from the government is made, the school will not be available for the next academic year, the principal said.Reports suggest that the county has not been able to convene a County Council Sitting this year.Some local officials who spoke to this reporter on condition of anonymity explained that the county council was held, but they did not have a quorum, owing to the absence of some officials that he did not name.But Superintendent Betsy T. Kuoh–Toe of Maryland County refuted the claim, saying that the December 1, 2015 County Council Sitting was well attended and decisions were reached by delegates.Concerning the renovation of the school, she said a construction firm has been hired to do the renovation, mainly on the roof, which is her main focus.She added that to avoid renovating the school every year, they have decided to buy durable zinc for the roofing so as to resist the sea, which causes damage to the roof after every renovation. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teen killed after allegedly riding into minibus’s path

first_imgA 17-year-old labourer is the latest road fatality after he allegedly rode into the path of a speeding minibus along the Good Faith Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD) on Monday evening.Dead: Ricardo JamesDead is Ricardo James of Lot 12 Recess Village, Mahaicony, ECD.According to reports, the minibus, PTT 5273, was proceeding West along the roadway while the teenage cyclist was heading East.However, it is alleged that the young man suddenly swerved into the path of the bus and collided with the front left side. As a result, the front wheel of the pedal cycle was dislodged, resulting in the young man falling to the roadway where he sustained severe head injuries.He was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The driver of the minibus was taken into Police custody as traffic ranks conduct their investigations.When contacted, the teen’s mother, Donna Madray explained that her family was originally from Moruca, North West District (NWD), but just over a year ago, they took up residency at Recess.She explained that her now dead son, Ricardo, left Moruca at the age of 14 and stayed with her brother on the Linden- Soesdyke Highway where he assisted him on a chicken farm. After spending some time there, he migrated to Suriname.He, however, returned to Guyana two months ago. In tears, the grieving mother related that her son would have been celebrating his 18th birthday on Thursday. She explained that James worked with her husband, who is a contractor, and on Monday they worked for half the day.“He come home about 1pm (13:00h) and he helped do some work in the yard … then he left about 6pm (18:00h) to go meet his friend …that is the only friend he has since he came to live with us,” she posited.Madray explained that although the accident occurred about 20:30h, she learnt of her son’s demise after 23:00h. She was informed of the accident by two Police ranks who visited her home. Upon receiving the news, she went to the Mahaicony Hospital, but was told that her son’s body was already in the mortuary.As she enquired from her son’s friend what took place, he reportedly told her that after James arrived at his place, he left soon afterwards to purchase cigarettes and after some time had elapsed and he did not see him return, he went to look for him.“He tell me that as he was searching, he saw my son’s bicycle in the middle of the road and after he find out, he was told that there was an accident,” the woman cried. She is, however, furious that the friend did not inform her earlier of the accident and ultimately the loss of her son’s life. She described her son as a hard-working person who always looked out for his young siblings. He was the second of seven children.The Police stated that a post-mortem would be performed on the teen’s body on Friday. He leaves to mourn his parents and six siblings. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more