police in Berbice are investigating the shooting of a salesman on Sunday evening at his Portuguese Quarters, Port Mourant, Corentyne, home.The injured man has been identified as Safraz Bacchus, 31.Reports are that at about 20:00h at least two men attempted to open a trap door leading to Bacchus’ home but were unsuccessful. After not being able to gain access, a shot was fired in his direction.At the time, Bacchus was preparing his children’s clothes for school. Reports are that the man initially thought it was the pressing iron that had exploded but soon after noticed a hand holding a firearm through a space inThe house where the shooting took placethe trap door.Two other shots were fired, one of which struck Bacchus on his leg.This newspaper was told that Bacchus pushed his children to safety and shouted for help and the men made their escape by jumping a backyard fence.Bacchus is currently a patient at the New Amsterdam Hospital.An eyewitness told this newspaper that the incident was an attack on the man’s life and not an attempted robbery.It was explained that the man is a witness in a murder case gaining attention of the courts.According to the informer Bacchus was threatened that he will not live to testify and as a result he stayed indoors all day Saturday but was shot on Sunday.Despite the threats made to Bacchus he did not report it to the Police.Divisional Commander Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam said the police are investigating the shooting and confirmed that Bacchus is a witness for the state in a court matter.However, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum when contacted told Guyana Times that Police are trying to ascertain the motive for the shooting but they are not ruling out a possible attempted robbery.He noted that from what he was informed, the man was in his home when he heard some noise emanating from a section of the house. As he looked in the direction, he saw someone attempting to remove a sheet of plywood that was used to block the doorway.Upon seeing this, he shouted for “thief” but in retaliation, the perpetrator discharged a round hitting him to his leg.
CanolaFest at Peace Island Park will be one of the first summer festivals allowed to operate under new liquor licensing regulations and safety measures in the Province of B.C.Events like CanolaFest, have taken new measures to ensure public safety using the recently released B.C. Major Planned Events Guidelines. On top of this, the festival will be one of the first to take advantage of whole-site liquor licensing so people can move throughout the festival grounds with their alcoholic beverage, rather than being restricted behind beer-garden fencing. This allows families to stay together and can help to prevent binge drinking.The Major Planned Events Guidelines provide advice and guidance on things like alternate evacuation routes, and proper supports for emergency management, public health, policing, fire and emergency health care. According to event organizers with CanolaFest, this event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the Sunrise Rotary Club, the District of Taylor, the Taylor Fire Department, the RCMP and our sponsors.- Advertisement -The first addition of CanolaFest, presented by Good Ole’ Dayz, will happen Saturday July 18 at Peace Island Park in Taylor. The all day festival will feature a line-up of 10 great local bands and the headliners the Road Hammers. Tickets quickly sold-out in just over a month. For more information about CanolaFest, visit www.canolafest.comCanolaFest is an event organized and Moose FM and Sound in Town.