In light of the recent killing of three Guyanese nationals at a mining camp in neighbour Venezuela, and the series of robbery attacks on local mining camps, Guyana’s Joint Services have beefed up security, not only along the country’s borders, but at strategic interior locations as well.On Saturday, the Guyana Defence Force released on its website pictures showing soldiers patrolling communities near the country’s border with Venezuela in Region One. The GDF said on its Facebook page on Saturday that operations have been beefed up over the past week.“Joint Services patrols were launched last Monday to deter criminal elements operating near the Guyana-Venezuela borders,” the army said.Meanwhile, speaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan assured that every possible effort is being undertaken to ensure strengthening of those border areas. In fact, he pointed out, the ‘F’ Division Commander is ensuring that those efforts are realised.“These efforts include communicating with the people overseas, and of course moving some of the policemen from the stations to that area, where we understand that there is increased activity from these robbers that are there. We have to ask the mining community there also that when they spot these people, to give the information to the police. That is as much as we can do, because it is rough terrain,” he stated.Military officers braving the harsh hinterland conditions to comb the areaRamjattan added that catching these criminals is going to be difficult, and will pose a challenge. However, he said, the Guyana Police Force is trying its best.“They know those areas and they’re trying their best to confront these criminals (who are) are making life difficult for the miners. We’ve been getting these reports for some time now — of these groups of masked and high-powered armed men robbing the miners, and then they move off to other places; so it’s a challenge all the time to catch them, because it’s a jungle area and not open that can probably make it easier for you to catch them. It’s going to be difficult,” the Public Security Minister stressed.The minister was also asked about Monday’s incident in Venezuela, where 55-year-old Vernon Eudoxie; 23-year-old Cologne Solomon, both of Fitzburg, Port Kaituma; and Samuel Moses, 19 years, of Four Miles Oronoque, Port Kaituma were shot and killed in their sleep after a group of armed men stormed the mining camp at Imataca, Venezuela, where they were working. He said that not much can be done, since the incident occurred within Venezuelan territory.Nevertheless, he noted that the Police are working on gathering as much information as possible from the survivors and others in the area, to build profiles on the perpetrators so that those can be sent to the authorities across the border for the relevant actions to be taken.Another Guyanese, 22-year-old Joel Paton of Supenaam Creek Head Mission, Essequibo River was also injured during the shooting. He and seven other miners had taken cover during the shooting. The young man is currently in a serious but stable condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), nursing several suspected gunshot wounds about his body.Collective effort“The leadership of the Police Force is working out strategies that can help them better catch these criminals, and we’re gonna ask for support from other joint services in those areas, like the army. There are, in certain areas, other law enforcements for GRA and other agencies; Also and we will definitely make a united effort. The members of the mining community will also have to come on-board; there is going to be a collective effort,” the Minister posited.Furthermore, the Public Security Minister opted not to get into actions taken by the military to heighten its presence at the borders. “I prefer not to speak on the military issue, but I’m more informed about it by my policemen and the Commander in ‘F’ Division, as what they are doing,” he asserted.Of recent, there have been several cases in which local mining camps have been attacked and robbed, reportedly by nationals crossing over from both Venezuela and Brazil.In fact, only Monday last, a group of six heavily armed men terrorised and robbed a mining camp at Kartuni, Cuyuni River in Region Seven, of an undisclosed quantity of raw gold along with a shotgun and a 9mm pistol.There were also reports of another camp owned by a popular Bartica businessman being raided and robbed on Tuesday morning. Again, the bandits made off with a quantity of raw gold.The bandits were reportedly speaking fluent Portuguese and Spanish, which suggested that they are not Guyanese.However, Minister Ramjattan told this newspaper that local law enforcement officials have not received any information or evidence to prove that these were foreign nationals carrying out the attacks. In fact, he noted that they could very well be Guyanese who are bilingual, having lived in the neighbouring countries or close to the borders.
What happened was that Brewer’s wrist shot made it through a crowd and past Anaheim’s Ilya Bryzgalov with 56 seconds remaining to give the Blues a 3-2 victory over the Mighty Ducks. Brewer’s goal gave the Blues a much-needed reprieve. St. Louis had taken three penalties late in the game, and the Mighty Ducks finally cashed in when Teemu Selanne scored with 1:16 left to tie it 2-2. But less than 20 seconds later, the Blues had the lead again. ST. LOUIS — Eric Brewer wasn’t trying to do anything special when he got the puck just inside Anaheim’s blue line with less than a minute left in regulation. “I was just trying to get it on net and see what happened,” the St. Louis defenseman said. “He was pushed back in the crease four or five times,” Carlyle said. Carlyle wasn’t happy with the finish. “We’re finding ways to lose instead of finding ways to win,” he said. Dean McAmmond and Christian Backman also scored for St. Louis, and Patrick Lalime made 28 saves. The goal was the third for McAmmond, who is one of the players the Blues are looking to for offensive production this season. “I said before that I felt I could score 15 to 20 goals,” McAmmond said. “But with scoring up the way it is, that might not be enough. I probably need to score 20, 25 to really help.” McAmmond, like everyone else, is still trying to get used to the new rules. “I’m not used to having this kind of freedom,” he said. “It used to be you always had a stick on you or someone grabbing you.” Sandis Ozolinsh had the other goal for Anaheim. Anaheim’s Andy McDonald was called for hooking at the two-minute mark of the third period, and the Blues took advantage when McAmmond deflected Eric Weinrich’s shot from the point by Bryzgalov at 3:44 to give the Blues their first lead. Ozolinsh, who had missed the previous two games with the flu, scored 7:56 into the game. With the teams playing 4-on-4, Rob Niedermayer got the puck in the left circle and dropped it to Ozolinsh who beat Lalime with a one-timer from the top of the right circle. Backman got the equalizer with a power-play goal at 7:05 of the second period when his slap shot from just inside the blue line made it through a crowd and past Giguere. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It’s about time we got a break,” Blues coach Mike Kitchen said. “The team needed it; the dressing room needed it.” The Mighty Ducks felt they could have used it as well. “That’s really disappointing,” Bryzgalov said. “It was a really lucky goal.” Bryzgalov was playing because starting goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere had to leave the game with a groin strain at 16:55 of the second period. Bryzgalov allowed two goals on 14 shots. Giguere was 2-2-1 with a 3.13 goals against average and had played all but 15 minutes of Anaheim’s first five games. Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle felt Giguere’s injury was a result of being hit in the crease several times.