Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on Friday remanded a Brazilian national along with a miner after they were slapped with separate charges of human trafficking when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Thirty-two-year-old Christina Rodriquez Gomes and 50-year-old Arnold Melville of Iteringbang, Cuyuni River, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) were not required to plea to the indictable charge.The indictable charge against Gomes alleged that between November 4 and 28, 2018, at her business place, the Ola Hotel, she engaged in Trafficking In Persons (TIP) by harbouring two Venezuelan women by abusing their positing for the purpose of labour exploitation.Another charge read that on the same dates and location, Gomes confiscated their travel documents.The accused was represented by Attorney Siand Dhurjon, who in a bail application, informed the court that his client received application from the Venezuelan women to be hired as cooks but they were hired as maids instead and were paid on a weekly basis.He further stated that this issue stemmed from a misunderstanding between the women and their employer. However, she was remanded to prison until January 3, 2019.On the other hand, Melville was slapped which charges alleging that between November 4 and 28, 2018, at Iteringbang, he assisted Gomes by recruiting and transporting the two women by means of deception for the purpose of labour exploitation. He was represented by Attorney Clyde Forde who made an unsuccessful bail application. He too was remanded to prison until March 19, 2018.His matter was transferred to the Kamarang Magistrate’s Court.
The cast of Mark Angel Comedy on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on Social Cohesion Minister Dr George Norton.Emmanuella Samuel and Aunty Success posed with Dr George NortonMark Angel, a Nigerian video producer, is best known for the Mark Angel Comedy series, which usually features child comedians— including his niece, nine-year-old Emmanuella Samuel and his sister, Aunty Success. In just a short period of time, the two girls have managed to create a massive stir on social media.The Mark Angel Comedy cast is currently in Guyana as part of a tour of the Caribbean. Minister Norton welcomed the team to the Land of Many Waters.Dr Norton is anticipating that Emmanuella and Aunty Success’ presence will inspire young comedians to start exploring their talents from an early age.Angel and his team are here to perform at the National Cultural Centre on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. The show, titled “Emmanuella for Emancipation”, will also include Kingsley, Amanda, Denilson, Uzoma and little Success. The show will be hosted by Guyana’s own Lyndon “Jumbie” Jones.Tickets for the event are $2500 for adults, $1500 for kids and $4000 for stage front.