President David Granger, two Sundays ago presented the Guyana Press Association (GPA) with commemorative coins and lapel pins in the run-up to the Association’s 75th anniversary.Next year, the Press Association will be celebrating its 75th anniversary and this is the first time the Association has been honoured with commemorative coins.The Guyana Press Association was founded in 1945.The coins were presented to the Executive of the GPA and members of the media at the President’s annual Media Brunch held at the Baridi Benab, State House, Georgetown on Sunday, January 6.“You have received [lapel] pins of the Guyana Press Association (GPA) and coins and I would like to feel that this starts a year of preparation, a year of celebration for your 75th anniversary,” President Granger said.The Head of State also pledged Government’s support to publish some form of history relative to the association so that young entrants in the profession could appreciate the evolution of the press over the last 75 years.“I had promised to provide money for the training of the Press Association. I’m committed to providing assistance to help you to publish your history of the Press Association and I’m also committed to assisting in strengthening one of the four pillars of journalism and the first is schooling,” he said.The President has always insisted that journalists must receive education in journalism and noted that money has been made available to the GPA to facilitate training, seminars, symposia and workshops in journalism.“…education is important and I would like to feel that everyone entering the profession of journalism is given some training, education some schooling in the principles of journalism,” he said.
…suspect arrested, confessed to murderA former student, attached to the Matthews Ridge Secondary School, was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital in the wee hours of Thursday after he was attacked and stabbed to death by his peer.Dead is 14-year-old Joseph Bumbury of Pakera, Matthews Ridge, North West District (NWD). Based on information received, Bumbury and his cousin, Leslie Norton, were reportedly imbibing alcohol in a shop at Flat, Matthews Ridge when they were approached by the 14-year-old suspect.Guyana Times understands that suspect immediately attacked Bumbury and dealt him several punches about his body. Seeing this, Norton intervened but was also attacked by the suspect with a knife.The teen suspect reportedly whipped out a knife from his waist and stabbed Norton to his hand which caused him to retreat.Nevertheless, the suspect continued his attack on the now dead teenager by stabbing him several times to his chest and hand. After committing the act, he escaped.Injured Bumbury might have bled to death since he was left for several hours at the scene before Police arrived. The teen was rushed to the Matthews Ridge Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Norton was also taken to the hospital where he was admitted to the medical facility. Meanwhile, detectives visited the home of the suspect and took him into custody.During interrogation, the teen reportedly confessed to the murder by giving them a detailed account of what transpired. More so, he led the detectives to the murder weapon.The suspect also gave Police a written statement under caution in the presence of his uncle. He is expected to be charged shortly as investigations are continuing.