A night out for two brothers and a cousin turned into a traumatic experience after they were beaten and robbed in the wee hours of Saturday in the vicinity of Nandy Park, East Bank Demerara.Kishan Rameshwar, his brother, Vickram, and his cousin, Trisha Persaud, of Ruimzight, West Coast Demerara, were making their way to the Demerara Harbour Bridge, where someone was waiting for them to go home, when they were attacked by at least 10 young men.The men, who were all armed with knives, relieved the trio of their mobile phones, bank cards, wallets and other personal items. They were also relieved of some $130,000.Speaking with Guyana Times, a traumatised Kishan related that they had just passed the Ramada Princess Hotel when they were confronted by the group of young men who all appeared to be teenagers.“They rushed up and attacked us along with two other persons who were also walking…all of them were equipped with knives,” the young man related.He said that while they were held at knifepoint, their accomplices raided their pockets and took out their valuables. He said that he put up some resistance and was flung onto the roadway.According to Kishan Rameshwar, he was disappointed that persons who were witnessing the incident did not offer any assistance but rather just stood there and watched.He said that the robbers escaped with his iPhone XS Max, car keys, and wallet containing ID card, bank card, driver’s license and a sum of cash.His brother was relieved of cash, cell phone while his cousin was robbed of her bag containing her phone, money and documents. The other two individuals were robbed of their bags and other belongings.The matter was reported to the police and an investigation was launched. Kishan Rameshwar sustained injuries about his body and had to seek medical attention.The police are yet to make an arrest.
The winners of Alaska’s “Name The New Ferry” contest didn’t know about it until they got a call from Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott.Governor Walker and Lt. Governor Mallot congratulate ferry-naming winners via Skype (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Department of Transportation)Tuesday’s announcement revealed that one would be the Tazlina and the other the Hubbard.Download AudioMost classrooms don’t get this kind of call:“I’m Gov. Bill Walker and I’m Byron Mallott, Lt. Gov. And we have an important announcement today that we wanted to share with you. And we’re looking for a young lady named Malea Voran. Is she there?”Malea Voran was there, at the school in Port Alsworth on Lake Clark.During the Skype video call, Walker explained that her essay about the Tazlina Glacier was a winner in a statewide competition.“You did a very nice job, a very nice report,” Walker said. “And we have selected you as the recipient of one of the two names for the two ships.”All ferries are named after glaciers. In an interview with KDLG in Dillingham, the seventh-grader read the first paragraph of her essay.“The Tazlina … I will be riding on the Tazlina,” Voran said.The name means “swift river’ in Ahtna Athabaskan.The other winner is 10th grader Taylor Thompson of Eagle River, who proposed the name Hubbard. That glacier is near Yakutat, Mallott’s home town. It’s famous for advancing, often rapidly, while most other glaciers are retreating.She also got a call from the governor.“I was looking at the list of all the glaciers in Alaska and there’s a lot,” Thompson said. “That one was a really nice name. I started looking at the glacier and decided it was really nice, so I decided to write my essay about it.”That essay said the glacier, quote, “surpasses all others in its beauty and magnificence. A ferry named after it would surely do the same.”The governor said the name represents growth, and his administration is trying to grow Alaska’s economy. The lieutenant governor noted the Hubbard is the world’s largest non-polar tidewater glacier, which ties into Alaska’s size.The two essays were chosen from about 450 submitted by Alaska students.Ferry system spokesman Jeremy Woodrow was one of the judges. He said it was a hard choice.“The name was part of the consideration,” Woodrow said. “But you really had to put the best and most well-written essays forward.”He says one of the more popular names suggested was Margerie, in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve.The two new state ferries are under construction at the Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan. They’re due to be completed in 2018.They’re slated to sail Northern Lynn Canal, between Juneau, Haines and Skagway.