Melroy Pyle, a father of four, was working on one of the buildings on the campus of the University of Guyana last December when he came into contact with electrical wires and received electric shocks that resulted in the amputation of both his arms.The challenges and difficulties the Pyles now face as a result of that incident have forced both Melroy and his wife to halt their studies at UG.Representative of the Education Department, Rhonda Monize, presenting the items to Melroy and Tena Pyle.Through its Welfare Department, the University of Guyana (UG) has donated to the Pyles some assistance from the Regional Education Department of Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica)Region 4 Welfare Officer Shevon Vyphuis has said the Region Four Education Department is aware the Pyle family needs whatever assistance they can get at this stage, and has thus presented them some supplies that are necessary.“We at the Department are cognisant and aware that at this stage there are challenges and difficulties confronting you and your family as a result of the accident.Therefore, we are more than happy at this stage to lend whatever assistance we can give to you,” Vyphuis said.She added that the department is committed to granting any further assistance to the family in regard to finances and other areas of need.Melroy’s wife, Tena Pyle, expressed gratitude to the department for the donation, noting that it would be of significant help, since her husband can no longer provide for them the way he used to.
A 65-year-old pensioner who was overseeing construction work at his D’Urban Street, Georgetown home was relieved of $1.5 million and other valuables by two gunmen who entered his premises.According to information received at about 14:00h on Thursday, the businessman, Noor Ally, was standing by his kitchen door overseeing the construction of a shed in his yard. He recalled observing a man entering his yard and walked towards him.As he looked closer, he realised the man was armed with a gun and immediately made his way through the main access door with the intention of hiding but instead was confronted by a second gunman, who placed a gun to his head.Ally and the carpenter were forcefully taken into a shop operated by the pensioner instructed to lie on the ground. The men then opened a drawer in the shop where they took out a sum of cash along with a quantity of phone cards and other items.The two gunmen then made good their escape. The Police were summoned and detectives were up to late Friday evening reviewing CCTV footage collected from nearby buildings. No arrests were made as Police continue their investigations.
The U.S. Davis Cup team is one win from leaving the dreaded red clay of Europe in triumph and returning to the familiar hard courts of home. Camarillo’s Bob and Mike Bryan beat Lukas Dlouhy and Pavel Vizner 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 Saturday in doubles in Ostrava, Czech Republic, giving the United States a 2-1 lead over the Czechs in the first round of the Davis Cup. The Americans need one victory in today’s two reverse singles matches to reach the quarterfinals. Defending champion Russia, France, Belgium, Sweden and Argentina all could have earned insurmountable 3-0 leads with wins in the doubles, but all lost. Germany and Spain, however, each moved closer to the next round of the World Group with wins. All eight best-of-5 series will be decided in today’s reverse singles matches. The last time a team won a Davis Cup match from a two-point deficit was in 1998, when Sweden beat Slovakia. Entering play today, host Germany leads Croatia 2-1, visiting Spain leads Switzerland 2-1 – Roger Federer opted not to play this round for his native Switzerland – visiting Russia leads Chile 2-1, host France leads Romania 2-1, host Belgium leads Australia 2-1, visiting Argentina leads Austria 2-1 and visiting Sweden leads Belarus 2-1. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Andy Roddick, ranked No. 4, will play No. 12 Tomas Berdych in today’s first singles. If Roddick loses, it will come down to a match between No. 6 James Blake and Ivo Minar, who is ranked 154 places below the American. A U.S. victory here would advance the Americans, who won the last of their record 31 Davis Cup titles in 1995, to a quarterfinal match on hard courts in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Americans have not won a Davis Cup World Group match on clay in a decade, though U.S. coach Patrick McEnroe said his players are starting to adapt to the slow surface. “It is no secret it is not our favorite surface,” McEnroe said. “There is definitely some improvement in the way we are moving and constructing points.” In other World Group action, the five teams with 2-0 leads after the first day of the Davis Cup all failed to secure advancement to the quarterfinals. The top-ranked Bryan twins never lost their serve, improving their Davis Cup record to 10-1 and remaining unbeaten on clay at 5-0. “The Bryan brothers proved why they are No. 1 in the world,” Czech Republic captain Jaroslav Navratil said.