On Tuesday April 11th as a part of Volunteer Week Unicomer in partnership with Food for the Poor donated three (3) furnished homes to families in need. The recipients were a family with 10 children, a single mother of two who lived in swamp lands and a differently abled woman who lost her home in a fire. The project included constructing, painting and furnishing the three homes.
Courts Guyana Inc. will be creating a stir once again this Christmas with another exciting and rewarding promotion for customers! This Christmas 50 lucky customers shopping $49,999 and over from December 1st to 31st will be chosen for the grocery shopping experience of a life time with our mega grocery promotion! Each customer will be dashing for $100,000 in groceries in 100 seconds at Bounty Supermarket. That is a total of up to $5,000,000 in groceries up for grabs – the biggest trolley dash promotion ever!! Drawings and trolley dashes will be done weekly and customers will be able to shop comfortably with secure parking.
Excited sprinter Sean Joseph, tries to make the best of a deal that's worth his while!
Feliz Robertson ready for take off!
COUNTRY Manager, Mr. Clyde De Haas, commenting on their successful partnership with Bounty Supermarket said: “We at COURTS are very happy. It is one of the most exciting moments for us, for we are going to make 50 customers happy this Christmas….getting home with a shopping spree worth $100,000 worth. This is going to be one of the best Christmas bonanzas that COURTS will give to our customers.”
The Country Manager extended Christmas greetings to all, while urging customers to put on their running shoes and exercise in preparation for the shopping spree.
Meanwhile, it was early Christmas for two lucky members of the media: Feliz Robertson of HITS and JAMS 94.1 and Sean Joseph of the National Communications Network. The two won a $30,000 shopping spree each.
It was both a spirited and hilarious exercise and Joseph who is a driver at NCN defied the traditional saying that ‘13’ is an unlucky number, proved it wrong, by winning with ticket number ‘13’ and driving home with $20,420 worth of grocery items.
Feliz managed to scoop up for herself $17,543.
Sep 30, 2016
Forde’s reign continues
This is the fifth annual Courts 10K/3K event and it is now a fixture on the AAG calendar. Courts has throughout the years seen the benefit of the event which has encouraged some persons to take their health seriously and train for it every year and it also gives the professional athletes the opportunity to gage themselves and their competitors for upcoming regional meets.
The Courts 10K races sees some clubs, athletes and gyms participating every year with last year having the largest registration in history for any 10K event in Guyana and this year almost matching those numbers. Courts plunged in excess of $2,000,000 into this year’s race to ensure the success of the event as the company is proud of the growth it has seen throughout the years.
The race was opened to runners in the juniors, seniors and masters categories for both males and females and Courts handed over $1,500,000 in cash, prizes and trophies. The race commenced at Courts Main Street Store at 6 a.m. and a 3K was held simultaneously for staff members of the company as the brand continues with its commitment to promote healthy lifestyles.
The winners in the senior category are:
1. Cleveland Forde
2. Winston Missingher
3. Cleveland Thomas
4. Nathaniel Giddings
5. Larry Nicholas
1. Eulene Josiah-Tanner
2. Claudrice McKoy
3. Ashanti Scott
4. Alicia Jack
5. Shion Boyer
1st Place – Kevon Cummings – Courts Mahaica
2nd Place – Alex Vandingburg - Operations
3rd Place – Pernell Cummings - Marketing
1st Place – Abigail Anthony – Courts Diamond
2nd Place – Aeyasha Abdullah – Courts Main Street
3rd Place – Camille Crandon – Courts Main Street
The award for the department with the most participants went to Operations.
Courts Pee Wee 5th Edition launched
The National Library on Church and Main Streets was abuzz with excitement as young representatives from participating schools in this year’s Courts Pee-Wee Boys Under-11 Primary Schools football Championship flockedcourts-logo-new the location to witness the official Launch yesterday. Managing Director Clyde de Haas, Petra Organisation Co-Director Troy Mendonca, GFF President Wayne Forde, Malta Brand Manager, Clayton McKenzie and Petra representative Mark Alleyne were present at the occasion. Addressing the attendees, de Haas said their primary focus is to develop the sport and the potential talent that are noticeable at the grassroots level where technique and discipline could be nurtured, emphasising their delight in being able to play a role, however small in building the future of the sport in Guyana. According to de Haas, Petra Organization must be recognised for its effort, adding that the Company’s goodwill which amounts to $4million would mean nothing without the hard-work of the Organisation.
He also extended thanks to Banks DIH Limited for being a valuable partner as well as the GFF for implementing the strategies that can be beneficial by building on the age group and more importantly, the schools for their participation and steadfast support. Mendonca opened by expressing the Organisation’s appreciation to Courts Guyana for their continued support of the developmental programme, informing that the event has had a huge impact on the lives of many of the participants. According to him, the tournament has been a success and pointed to several players who came through the competition and have now progressed to the national youth programme. Mendonca also recognised the contribution of other stakeholders such as Banks DIH Limited, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) and the Ministry of Education.
Forde expressed gratitude to the title sponsors for their consistent investment in the sports, declaring “the consistency shown at this level is exemplary.” He singled out Banks DIH as always being a partner of the sport for many years, especially in the troubled times, declaring this age group is the most critical for the development of the sport. Forde thanked the co-ordinators for their outstanding work in the progression of the sport, adding that the GFF will always support such initiatives.
McKenzie said Banks DIH Limited is pleased to be in partnership with Courts in the event, adding the company has seen the tournament’s competitiveness develop each year. The Company according to McKenzie is committed to the growth of the event by adding two banners in the form of Malta and Tropical Mist Water and his wish is that this year’s edition will be the biggest to date. The event slated to run from October 8th-November 19th at the Thirst Park ground, will feature 24 schools competing in a round-robin format after which the top two teams from each group will join the best four third positioned teams in the round of 16 knock-out stage.
The eight schools that lose during the Round of 16 will then vie for positions nine through 16 until the tournament finishes. The competing schools are: defending champion St. Angela’s, Stella Maris (2014 winners), St Puis (2013 champs), Marian Academy (2012 winners), Enterprise, Tucville, New Guyana School, West Ruimveldt, St Margaret’s, St Agnes, South Ruimveldt, North Georgetown, Smith Memorial, St Gabriel’s, F.E Pollard, Comenius, Success Academy, Mae’s, St. Ambrose, Winfer Garden, St Stephen’s, Rama Krishna, J.E Burnham and School of the Nations. Winners of the tourney will receive the championship trophy, medals, a set of team uniforms and certificates while the runners-up will collect the second place trophy, medals, six footballs and certificates.
The third placed side will receive the respective trophy, four balls and certificates while fourth placed will be presented with a trophy and certificates. The most discipline team will also be presented with a trophy. On the individual side, the most valuable player, highest goal scorer and best goalkeeper will each receive a trophy and football cleats. Photo as Courts Pee Wee 2016 Launch – Petra’s Troy Mendonca (centre) receives the sponsorship cheque from Courts Managing Director Clyde de Haas in the presence of GFF President Wayne Forde (3rdfrom left), Malta Brand Manager Clayton McKenzie (2nd from left) and students yesterday.
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July 26, 2016
Courts gives generously to GPF Championship
Courts (Guyana) Inc. donated $200,000 worth in trophies to the annual Guyana Police Force Athletic and Swimming Championship slated for July 24-29. The presentation ceremony took place at the furniture giant’s flagship store at Main Street Georgetown on Thursday. Public Relations Officer of Courts (Guyana) Inc, Roberta Ferguson noted that Courts has always been committed to developing sports in Guyana. Finance Director of Courts Guyana Inc., Neil Boucher, indicated that this donation was part and parcel of the company’s social partner’s project. Boucher informed the gathering that the company recognizes the importance of having these kinds of activities.
“You know the police’s motto is to protect and serve but you still need an all round police force and we see sports as an integral part in that aspect of it.” Assistant Co-coordinator for the Guyana Police Force, Officer Linden Wilson thanked the entire company for their contribution in making the competition a success. “I want to extend thanks to the company for their contribution to make our sports a beautiful one, one that we can always talk about.”
Finance Director Neil Boucher presents the trophies to Assistant Sports Coordinator, Officer Linden Wilson
The Assistant Co-ordinator added that this is a special year since there will be overseas athletes namely from other Caribbean nations. The championship is expected to commence on Sunday with a road race at 06:00h and then move to the National Aquatic Centre for swimming at 10:00h to close the day. The three following days are reserved for the track and field events at the Police Sports Club Ground, eve Leary. The featured events are the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m races.
July 22, 2016
Courts Guyana presents $5M cheque to MOE for two coffee table publications, Iconic Women Exhibition
(Georgetown, July 14, 2016) – As part of the continued 50th anniversary calendar, the Iconic Women Exhibition and two coffee book publications are two highly anticipated events.
A cheque valuing $5M was today presented to the Minister within the Ministry of Education, Hon. Nicolette Henry by Courts Guyana the sponsors of the two events at a simple but symbolic ceremony at the Racquet Centre, on Woolford Avenue.
Chief Executive Officer of the Women and Gender Equality Commission, Diana Swan-Lawrence noted that the Commission is pleased with the support being given by the Ministry and Courts Guyana in hosting the event which is scheduled for September.
Ms. Swan-Lawrence explained that the exhibition is a part of the Commission’s mandate of educating the public about the women who have made a significant contribution towards Guyana’s development. In this regard, the exhibition will highlight 50 outstanding Guyanese women in aiding national development.
Minister Henry received a cheque Courts Guyana Marketing Executive, Pernell Cummings. They were joined by Diana Swan-Lawrence and Alim Hosein.
With regard to the two coffee table publications, Mr. Alim Hosein from the Academic Groundings Committee disclosed that the first book titled ‘Creative Icons of Guyana’ will feature 50 persons chosen from the creative field inclusive of painters, sculptures, singers, dancers, authors, dramatists, designers, etc. Whereas, the second book titled ’50 National Builders of Guyana’ will feature 50 politicians, medical professionals, scientists, social workers, businessmen, IT specialists, etc. Both publications will cover the period 1900 – 2016.
Mr. Hosein noted that these persons would have laid the foundation blocks for Guyana. He expressed his hope that more projects like this will be done since there are more than 50 people who contributed in a tangible way to Guyana’s development. It is anticipated that the publications will be ready in two months’ time.
Pernell Cummings from Courts Guyana, noted that the company is pleased to sponsor these projects in recognition of Guyana’s rich past and future, hence it is important to acknowledge their efforts.
June 29, 2016
Courts Guyana and Food for the Poor partners to present a Water Ambulance to St. Monica and Karawab communities
Courts Guyana Inc. is pleased to announce its collaboration with Food for the Poor for the supply of a water ambulance to serve the communities of St. Monica and Karawab on the banks of the Pomeroon River in Region 2.
Both communities are located many miles away from the nearest town and can only be reached via boat. The members of these communities do not have access to many amenities and face financial difficulties. After the deaths of a few persons due to the three hour long trip by boat to the nearest hospital, Courts was approached by Food for the Poor to assist by providing a 40 horsepower standard foot-2 stroke engine for a water ambulance. The previous boat being used only had 15 horsepower engine which was the reason for the lengthy time it took to reach the hospital.
Courts was happy to be on board with the initiative and help residents to gain easier access to health services and as a result the two communities now benefit from a water ambulance which significantly reduces the time taken to reach the hospital. Courts continues to bring value home in more ways than one!
March 11, 2016
North Georgetown launches 50th Independence Athletics Meet
By Edison Jefford
North Georgetown Branch of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) launched its 50th Independence Track and Field Meet yesterday with Director of Sports, Christopher Jones commending the zone for their initiative at the Union’s Headquarters, Woolford Avenue.“This event is part of our 50 Shades of Games, which we will be hosting throughout the year at various venues,” Jones said, adding that “it’s good to see corporate Guyana supporting the event” since Government cannot always fund events alone.
Director of Sport, Christopher Jones (centre) is flanked by North Georgetown District Manager, Mariska Williams and Marlon Laing (on his right) and Courts’ Marketing Manager, Pernell Cummings and Banks DIH Non-Alcoholic Brand Manager, Clayton McKenzie (on his left) with athletes standing behind at the launch yesterday.
The North Georgetown 50th Independence Track and Field meet will be held at the Police Sports Club Ground, Eve Leary on March 20 from 4pm. The competition features athletes from clubs as Guyana Defence Force, Guyana Police Force, Super Upcoming Runners, Mercury Fast Laners and Rurallites. District Sports Representative, Mariska Williams said that they have also attracted the two other Districts from outside Georgetown, East Coast Demerara and Bartica. Asked about the participation arch-rivals, Linden, Williams said that Upper Demerara was not invited. She said that Running Brave Athletics Club was invited, but declined the invitation. Williams informed that when she approached one of the Coaches of Running Brave, she was told that “the Club do not participate where they are not welcomed”.“Our District is disappointed that our athletes, who form the bulk of Running Braves will not get to compete and benefit from this meet,” she said. North Georgetown is contemplating competing as a team to combat the threat of their athletes not participating.“We recognise that this event will be a success with your support; this meet would not have been possible without corporate support. There is no other way for athletes to showcase talent than in a Jubilee Year,” the long-standing sports representative said.
Courts Guyana Inc. Marketing Manager, Pernell Cummings indicated that the company is pleased to be part of the event. He said that Courts has enjoyed the support of Guyanese and it is only fitting that they give back. “We are pleased to be part of this since a great nation needs healthy people,” Cummings said. The athletes and clubs will compete for medals and trophies.
March 4th 2016
Courts, Banks DIH partner with E-Networks CrossFit games
Courts Guyana and Banks DIH made their partnership with E-Networks public for the second edition of the CrossFit Games which is set for March 13 at the National Park tarmac.
Marketing Manager of Courts, Pernell Cummings (extreme right) hands over the cheque to PRO of the CrossFit Games Jordana Ramsey-Gonsalves.
While Banks will be on board with three of their popular brands in Aqua Mist Water, Vitamalt Plus and Powerade, the furniture giants donated $300,000 to the cause.At the press conference held on Thursday at Courts Main Street branch, Marketing Manager of Courts Pernell Cummings highlighted the benefits of the CrossFit games aligns itself with a few of their company mandates. “In keeping with the company’s commitment in the area of healthy living and fitness that Courts is proud to announce that the company will once again be on board with the Crossfit Fitness Challenge. “Courts will be involved a little more than last year where we will blending protein shakes and other shakes using our bullets and also having some demonstrations with our Go-Fit line of equipment that we carry,” Cummings noted.
Athletes will have to complete various exercises such as Olympic snatches, a combination of running and deadlifts and a mixture of Cross Fit movements like jumping over walls and pushing sleds. Action is set for a 10:00h start.
March 2nd 2015
Hinds wins Courts 50th Independence anniversary cycle race in Berbice
Orville Hinds of Team Gillette Evolution continues to show his likeness for the roads of Berbice. Hinds on Sunday beat off team mate Marlon ‘Fishy’ Williams to beat the field as he rode away with top honours in the Courts sponsored Independence 50 miles cycle road race on the Corentyne highway. The event, which was organised by the Flying Ace Cycle Club (FACC) of Berbice, saw Hinds winning from 26 other cyclists. His winning time was 2 hrs, 12minutes and 11 seconds.
The race started from in front of the Courts Building at Main and St Ann Streets around 10:15 hrs with the riders being sent on their way by Regional Chairman, Region 6, David Armogan and proceeded to Nand Persuad Business Complex on the Corentyne before returning to finish at its point of origin.
As the cyclists were sent on their way there was an early battle for position as a number of riders jostled for the lead in the break away. However, not long after, Hinds and the youthful Andrew Hicks were able to stage a successful break away from the rest of the pack and maintain that lead for a considerable portion of the race.
Meanwhile, the chasing pack was beginning to close in and it was not until at No19 on the down ward journey that a four man bunch of Williams, Shaquel Agard, Christopher Griffith and Jeban Crawford were able to connect to the two leaders. However, the young Hicks suffered a slipped chain leaving the five riders to battle up front.
The five cyclists continue to carry on the battle up front with Hinds, Williams and Agard jumping the others. However, it was the resilient Hinds that had enough to hold off Williams and Agard. Griffith came in fourth with Crawford fifth and Silvio Inniss sixth.
Deoraj Garbaran rode in first among the juniors with Hicks recovering to place second. The trio of Zamal Khan, Jason Cameron and Kerwin Collins took the three top places among the beginners. On the distaff side Christine Matheson rode home first ahead of Withney Poyer and Shanika Tiexeira. In the BMX category was Jonathan Ramsuchit winning from Shay Sue Hang, Troy David and Gilmore Daniels.
The sprint prizes were shared by Hicks with four, Hinds with three, while Inniss took one. The beginners and female riders journeyed from in front of the Chris Jagdeo construction company to the finishing line. The BMX riders had their duel earlier, riding from the opposite direction from the Alphonso Business Complex at Stanleytown to the finishing line at Courts. At the simple presentation ceremony, Manager of the company’s New Amsterdam Branch, Mr. Stanley McKenzie, presented the winners with their prizes. The manager reiterated that the company is always willing to give back to the community from which it garners its support. He stated that it is a well-known fact that Courts has been supporting community and sporting activities throughout Guyana.
He said that Courts was happy to be associated with the 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations and there was a lot more in store.
Roberts thanked Courts for being an excellent corporate citizen and expressed the club’s gratitude. He reiterated his call for other business entity to come on board and support.
The police led by Officer In charge of Traffic, Superintendent Boodnarine Persaud were commended for doing an excellent job. (Samuel Whyte)
Courts gives back to 2 schools
Courts Guyana Inc. in its continued commitment to support the delivery of education in Guyana on Thursday donated to two local schools.
The furniture giant which is known to giving back to various communities its continuous contribution to various projects.
The recent donation by the company was made to the Parfaite Harmonie Primary School and Kingston Secondary School.
Parfait Harmony Primary received a television for its library and Kingston Secondary received a gas stove for its Home Economics Department to help students preparing for SCCP program.
The presentation ceremony was held at their Main Street Store where the items were handed over to the Head Teacher for both schools who expressed gratitude to Courts on behalf of their schools and PTA.
Meanwhile, Courts Public Relations and Promotions Officer Roberta Ferguson explained that the students of Parfaite Harmonie were in need of a television to help them in audio-visual teaching in order to improve literacy at the school while students of Kingston Secondary were in need of a gas stove to facilitate practical sessions in Home Economics.
With the company being made aware of the needs of these two schools, it decided to assist by providing the much needed items.
December 4th, 2015
COURTS brings value to Flex Night event
Flex Night Inc. MD Donald Sinclair receives sponsorship from Roberta Ferguson, PRO, COURTS Guyana Inc.
COURTS Guyana Inc. is committed to bringing value to the Flex Night International event which comes off on Sunday December 6 at the National Cultural Centre. Fresh from the recent launching of its Optical Department the furniture and appliances giant is committing resources to the cause of health and fitness, another of its market areas.
COURTS Guyana Inc. is sponsoring the trophies in one male and one female category at the Flex Night International event. The ladies events (the Miss Flex Night Bikini and Miss Flex Night Best Legs) will have ten participants, five of whom will be from gyms in neighbouring Suriname and five from local gyms. According to a release from Flex Night Inc., it is especially honoured to have the retail giant on board the event and wishes to express its deepest appreciation to the Commercial department for the sponsorship provided.
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December 1st, 2015
Furniture giant opens $65M optical store
Managing Director of Courts Guyana Ltd, Clyde DeHaas having his eyes tested by Health Minister, Dr George Norton, while Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin looks on
Furniture giant Courts Guyana Limited has diversified operations, opening a $65 million state-of-the-art optical store at its Main Street, Georgetown headquarters.
Inside the multimillion-dollar optical store (Adrian Narine photo)
Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin praised the investment, saying that it reflects the company’s confidence in the economy. Courts has been in operation here for over two decades, offering quality services to the Guyanese people, and the new store, Courts Optical will no doubt benefit from its effective marketing strategies. The new store, aside from providing a service to the public, has also created numerous jobs. Mr Gaskin said the role of government is to create an environment where businesses can be profitable, expand and persons have better paying jobs. But he said job creation relies heavily on private sector investment and one of the most important performance indicators is the level of Foreign Direct Investment it attracts. Guyana has not been producing regular Foreign Direct Investment data, and as such, it is unable to measure government’s performance in this very critical area.
This situation, the Business Minister said will be corrected, and strong emphasis will be placed on using reliable data to aid decision-making. Over the years, the government has been investing in infrastructural development to make the economy more attractive to investors, but more needs to be done. Mr Gaskin said a proper transportation network is needed to move goods and people efficiently throughout Guyana. And this aside, he said greater attention is being paid to beef up security so that Guyana can be a safe place for citizens and businesses which operate here.
The ministry will also be paying strong attention to improve doing business in Guyana. Access to electricity and financing are two major bugbears facing the business sector, and Mr Gaskin said plans will be put in place to have these critical issues addressed. Minister of Public Health Dr George Norton was pleased to support the latest addition in the line of eye care in Guyana.
“Courts continue to make significant contributions to the country’s economy and has delivered standard and quality services to the Guyanese people,” he said, expressing confidence that the same level of service and customer care will be delivered by the staff of the optical store. Guyana has over the years made noteworthy strides in the delivery of eye care at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. The National Ophthalmology Centre at Port Mourant, Berbice, Region 6, has transformed the landscape of the Health Sector with the help of the Cuban doctors, Dr Norton said.
Eye care treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation has also been enhanced as well as the services at the regional hospitals throughout the country. Dr Norton said the administration will continue to embrace the private sector and non-governmental organisations in creating institutional links and network to enhance eye care and wellness among the population. Courts Managing Director Clyde DeHaas said the launching of the new store is a proud moment for the company as it broadens its product range from furniture, electronics and household appliances. “I am confident that we will make a mark in the optical sector,” he said, pointing out that though the investment is new to Guyana, it is not to other Courts Caribbean stores. About two years ago, Courts introduced optical stores at its Caribbean outlets, and to date, it has 19 such facilities in countries including Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica. Mr DeHaas is confident that the company’s corporate knowledge and direct contact with suppliers will positively impact the new store, and thanked Ministers Gaskin and Dr Norton for supporting its establishment.
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November 11th, 2015
Courts Pee Wee Schools Football Competition
Champs St. Angela’s: Caption- Country Manager of Courts Clyde DeHaas and Sports Director Christopher Jones (centre) pose with the winning team St. Angela’s and officials along with their hardware yesterday.
Courts Pee Wee Schools Football Competition following a resounding 3-1 triumph over Enterprise in the final which was played before a capacity crowd yesterday, at the Banks DIH ground, Thirst Park. Leading the champions to victory was Tournament Most Valuable Player and Highest Goalscorer of the Tournament Keyon Douglas, who netted a double in the 33rd and 40th minutes to end the competition with the maximum 16 goals. Earlier, Antonio McArthur had given St. Angela’s the lead with an opening strike in the 29th minute, while Seon Archibald 36th minute effort had threatened to make the game interesting.
Due to the win, St. Angela’s won the championship trophy, medals, a set of team uniforms, certificates and a computer package, while Enterprise received the second place trophy, medals, six footballs, certificates and a computer package.
In the individual awards, Douglas walked away with the highest goal scorer and a tablet for being the event’s MVP.
St. Angela’s completed the sweep of the individual player awards as Timeni Cort received the best goal-keeper award after conceding only one goal throughout the event. Receiving the best coach award of a tablet was St. Angela’s Oscar Payne, while the most supportive teacher award of a tablet went to Avril January of St. Angela’s. Janice DeAbreu of South Ruimveldt Primary was presented with the most supportive parent award.
Following the presentation ceremony, Country Manager of Courts Clyde DeHaas, Sports Director Christopher Jones, Representative of the Ministry of Education Nicholas Fraser, GFF Director of Marketing and Communications Rawle Toney, Marketing Manager of Courts Pernell Cummings and Petra Co-Director Troy Mendonca, all made remarks. The final lived up to all expectations as the technical superiority of St. Angela’s was met with robust defending by Enterprise and the opening period saw both teams fail to trouble the scoresheet.
However, the contest eventually came to life nine minutes into the second period as McArthur fired in a curling effort from the left side of the field, which nestled nicely, perfectly into the top right hand corner of the goal to instigate euphoria among their supporters. It then became 2-0 four minutes later as the talismanic Douglas netted his first goal of the match, after racing on to a free ball following a goal mouth melee to boot it past the keeper. Archibald then made the game a bit interesting when his corner kick taken from the right side of the field eluded the grasp of the keeper to bounce over the line.
However St. Angela’s was in no mood to entertain any intrigue Douglas sealed the deal, racing past his marker to deliver a screamer past a surprised goalkeeper which evidently wrapped up the title for them. In the third place playoff, St. Pius edged West Ruimveldt 5-4 on penalty kicks after regulation time ended 1-1. Sherwyn Reid scored for St. Pius in the 10th minute, while Mark Cameron netted for West Ruimveldt in the 19th minute.
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November 4th, 2015
Amateur boxers receive hampers from COURTS Guy Inc.
In this Delano Williams photo, six of the eight amateur boxers who received hampers, compliments of COURTS Guy Inc., strike a pose with GBA president Steve Ninvalle (extreme right) and GBA’s technical director Terrence Poole (extreme left).
THE EIGHT amateur boxers who appeared on the recently concluded Guyana Boxing Board of Control’s (GBBC) Pro/Am Boxing card, which was staged at the Giftland OfficeMax Mall on October 24, received hampers from COURTS Guy Inc, yesterday.The eight were rewarded for their outstanding performances on the card that featured Clive `The Punisher Atwell’ and Dexter The Cobra’ Gonsalves for the World Boxing Council/FECABOX super lightweight title which Gonsalves won by a technical knock-out decision (TKO) in the eighth of the 12-round contest.
The presentation of food hampers which consisted of nutritional foodstuff was made by COURTS Marketing representative Mr. Cummings, who congratulated the pugilists for putting on an extraordinary performance on the undercard of the professional bouts.
Cummings said COURTS has been sponsoring both amateur and professional boxing for some time now and the company is committed to continue their sponsorship, not only to boxing, but the development of sports in Guyana.
In very brief remarks, Steve Ninvalle, president of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) thanked the GBBC for allowing amateur boxing to be a part of the many cards, staged by the GBBC over the years, and said the exposure has been doing well for amateur boxing in Guyana. He said GBA hopes that the relationship between the two bodies will continue.
GBBC secretary Howard Cox said the `Next Generation’ card had the biggest spectator turnout for many years and added that the card has successfully brought back boxing into the spotlight. Meanwhile, in brief remarks also, GBBC president Peter Abdool was loud in praise of the performances of the eight amateur boxers who appeared on the card.
The eight boxers who received hampers are; Orin Bancroft, Travis Hubbard, Tefon Green, Dexter Wray, Glenroy Smith, Clifton Graham, Kelon King and Nankumar `The Coolie Bully’ Singh. All eight boxers are among 38 who have been shortlisted by the GBA for encampment leading up to the `Back to the Future’ Caribbean Championships which is slated for the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall this month end.
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October 4th, 2015
COURTS Pee Wee football tourney – Colourful display of teams marks the opening
Director of Sport Christopher Jones (right) and COURTS Marketing Manager at yesterday’s opening
THE 4th COURTS Pee Wee football tournament kicked off yesterday with the country’s largest furnishing and appliance store committing to the longevity of the competition that caters to hundreds of primary school children in the city.
At the Banks DIH Thirst Park ground, Marketing Manager Pernell Cummings said the COURTS Pee Wee football tournament is one of the company’s most exciting events and one that they (COURTS) look forward to the most since it is where the next generation of the country’s football players are born. The event, organised by Petra Organisation, will see 23 other schools try to dethrone defending champions Stella Maris Primary and, according to Cummings, the excitement that the COURTS Pee Wee tournament brings is unlike any other.
Cummings lauded the organisers for what he called the best opening ceremony since the tournament’s inception and thanked the schools for making an effort to be organised. Technical Director of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Claude Bolton upon congratulating the organisers and the sponsors for ensuring that the future of Guyana’s football is bright, encouraged the students to stay in school and to become proper student athletes. Bolton stressed that staying in school will open more doors for students to not only pursue a career in football but also to become more academically inclined.
Director of Sport Christopher Jones said that he was impressed with how much effort was put into ensuring all the schools are uniformed and knowing that most it was done with very little resources.Jones, after declaring the tournament officially open, asked for more female participation and pledged his support to the tournament.
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September 20th, 2015
COURTS 10K Run: Forde, Josiah-Tanner reign supreme
CLEVELAND ‘The Little Kenyan’ Forde and Euleen Josiah-Tanner dominated the male and female categories respectively of the 5th Annual COURTS 10K road race yesterday.After winning the Massy 10K run one week earlier Chronicle Sport asked him if he was confident of winning the COURTS event. He had replied, “I take one race at a time anyone can win … you see, when you start a race, you get the feeling of what the outcome might be.”
Yesterday’s result speaks for itself as Forde was hardly bothered throughout the race. Staying with the leading bunch on the upward journey and for most of the way back to the place of origin (COURTS Main Street), Forde was part of an eight-man pack who had separated from the rest of the field near the Russian Embassy.
He then changed gears at the second water station near the 6km mark at Guyana Defence Force’s Camp Ayanganna and was trailed closely by last year’s winner Cleveland Thomas, Trinidad-based Guyanese Kelvin Johnson and Winston Missigher.
Thomas who won in 32 minutes 56 seconds last year found another gear at Lamaha and Cummings streets and this motivated Forde to respond, leaving Missigher and Johnson lagging behind.
The Forde and Thomas then journeyed together until Forde changed another gear at New Market and Main streets, while Thomas who seemed tired failed to give chase and Forde, who easily won the race in 32 minutes 45 seconds, cruised in to loud applause as he regained the COURTS 10K trophy Thomas (32m:58s) settled for second while Missigher (33m:01s) placed third. Johnson and Nathaniel Giddings (34m:01s) finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Forde did not participate last year due to Chikengunya and Dengue symptoms and was forced to watch his arch rival Thomas take top honours.
On the distaff side, United States-based Josiah-Tanner was unstoppable, winning the event for the fifth consecutive year.
Yesterday, the 40-year-old Tanner returned a winning time of 39 minutes 39 seconds, leading Andrea Foster (42m:17s) and a fading Alika Morgan (44m:38s) into the top three.Matthew McKenzie (junior boys) and Shantell Hinds (junior girls) were also in the winners’ row. Apart from the 10K race, there was a 3K walk/jog category and this brought out most of the COURTS employees.
Teams from Crossfit Bel-Air and Genesis Fitness also took part in the incident-free fixture. The organizers, along with president of the AAG, Aubrey Hutson, deemed the event a success, stating that it was the largest turnout in recent memory.
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September 19th, 2015
Courts, Petra launch 4th Pee Wee tourney
Courts Guyana Furniture Inc in cooperation with the Petra Organization and Banks DIH joined forces for the simple cause of youth development with the launch of the fourth edition of the Courts Pee Wee football tournament. Court made known their investment of $3,620,000 towards the tournament that they believe is worth the investment according to Marketing Manager of Courts Pernell Cummings.
“Courts will continue to support this pee wee football… when we see the camaraderie and competition we feel it is money well spent,” Cummings who urged the players to cherish the moments of the tournament noted.
Organiser of the Petra Organisation, Troy Mendonca was grateful to Courts for believing in their vision.“What we saw when we first started four years ago was a an opportunity to revitalise football at the youth level and Courts has been there with us every step of the way and we are happy to bring to the nation the Courts pee wee tournament once again,” Mendonca mentioned.
Banks DIH, Malta Supreme Brand Manager, Clayton McKenzie highlighted the benefits of the Malta supreme product and what it can do for the youths involved in the game, “with the boost from Malta Supreme we expect a fantastic tournament,” he noted.
Head of the Physical Education department of the Ministry of Education, Nicholas Fraser was quick to note the benefits of sport.
“there are numerous studies to prove what physical activity not only does for physical develop from an infant but also what it does for mental development and the Ministry of Education will continue to support these events… this is a programme that is working and it’s important to support non-profit organizations like Petra,” Fraser pinpointed.
Meanwhile Director of Sport, Christopher Jones commended all stakeholders involved with the tournament, revealing some of the plans of the government.
“The government will be looking at compensation of companies contributing to the development of not just sport but to youths as well,” Jones stressed. Jones also encouraged the youths in attendance to aspire to be great players and to aim to become national stars at all levels, noting that the pee wee tournament is just the beginning.
The tournament will feature 24 teams being divided into six groups of four; the tournament will also be played on a round robbing basis with the top two teams qualifying for the quarterfinal round along with the top four third place finishers. In addition the tournament will kick off on October 3 and conclude on November 15 with all games being played at the Thirst Park ground. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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SEPTEMBER 4TH, 2015
Courts drops $1.5M on Stag Elite League
Courts Marketing Manager Pernell Cummings (right) hands over the cheque to Normalisation Committee Chairman Clinton Urling in the presence of Courts Public Relations Officer Roberta Ferguson
Courts Guyana Furniture Store continues to show its commitment to sport, this time with an investment of $1.5 million for the Stag Elite Football League, which is set to kick off later this month.
At the simple handing-over ceremony on Thursday at Courts’ Main Street branch, Chairman of the Normalisation Committee of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), Clinton Urling noted the importance of the store’s investment.
“This will ensure that we have a sustainable football league, it is monies well spent from Courts perspective.
“Another important aspect that Courts wants is a corporate social aspect and we will ensure that our clubs and players engage in such activities along with Courts as well as coming up with projects,” Urling noted.
Marketing Manager of Courts, Pernell Cummings noted that Courts in its attempt to develop sport in Guyana saw the investment as necessary in order to hopefully take football to the next level.
“Courts is happy to be sponsoring the Elite League and we hope this pays more dividends in that the Golden Jaguars are able to reach the World Cup in the future.
“Courts is happy to be sponsoring the Elite League and we hope this pays more dividends in that the Golden Jaguars are able to reach the World Cup in the future.
The Stag Elite Football League is expected to be officially launched on Saturday. (Treiston Joseph)
AUGUST 8TH, 2015
Courts sponsors Boyce/Jefford Classic for 5th time
Courts Guyana continues to show their dedication to the development of sports by jumping onboard with the most prestigious track and field meet in the Boyce and Jefford Track and Field Classic. At the simple handing over ceremony on Friday at Courts Main Street, Georgetown branch, its Public Relations Officer, Roberta Ferguson, indicated the top furniture store’s reason for sponsoring the event for a fifth time.
“It has grown over the last couple of years and we want to commend them for maintaining a high standard that continues to attract international athletes, so it is just part of our role to develop sport,” Ferguson highlighted. Co-Director for the track and field classic which is in its sixth year, Colin Boyce thanked Courts for its generosity. “Like Courts’ motto bringing value home, we are committed to bringing valuable competition to the shores of Guyana and we hope Courts stay onboard to help us reach heights of international recognition that we have already attracted,” Boyce mentioned. Guyana’s top clubs and athletes will be matching strides for the top prize of $600,000, while the athletes finishing first to third in the international races will be receiving US$250, US$150 and US$100 respectively. The two-day event scheduled for August 15-16 will be held at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground in Linden.
AUGUST 7TH, 2015
Courts launches 5th 10k road race
Managing Director of Courts Clyde DeHaas hands over sponsorship cheque to the President of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) in the presence of athletes Cleveland Forde and Andrea Foster, NSC representative Seon Erksine and Courts PRO Roberta Ferguson.
Courts Guyana furniture superstore on Thursday launched the fifth edition of its 10k road run at its main branch on Main Street, Georgetown. The event, which is scheduled for September 20, will see the winners in the open category, both male and female, receiving $100,000. Second place will receive $75,000; third $50,000; fourth $30,000 and fifth $20,000.
At the press conference, Athletics Association Guyana (AAG) President Aubrey Hutson thanked Courts for its support, highlighting that the biggest change will be the logistics in place. “We are to ensure this year that our logistics team is much better than last year, we plan to have at least three medical teams a part of this event,” Hutson stated.
In addition, Hutson highlighted that the event was of major importance owing to the fact that this year’s South American 10k should feature athletes from all the South American nations. Courts Managing Director Clyde De Haas was proud to partner with the AAG and the Government to pull off what could be deemed the biggest 10k in the country.
“It is part of our corporate social responsibility to help develop sport and we want to further develop athletics in Guyana,” De Haas noted. Meanwhile, top distance athlete and the favourite to win the event, Cleveland Forde assured that he would do his best.
“I will give of my best; I’m in it to win it and this is a warm-up to the South American 10k for me which is expected to be competitive, but it is a bit hard because I’m trying to balance it with UG (University of Guyana),” Forde noted.
Carifta bronze medalist Andrea Foster was positive that she would do well, noting that she was under the least pressure to perform.
The winners of the junior categories, both male and female, will receive a training voucher of $60,000, while second place will receive $40,000. Third place will receive $30,000; fourth $20,000 and fifth $10,000. The masters will be receiving hampers and trophies only.
AUGUST 5TH, 2015
Courts pumps $1.8M into 2015 10K Road Race … Event to be launched today
Euleen Josiah Tanner
COURTS Guyana Inc., in collaboration with the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG), will be hosting its annual COURTS 10K Race 2015, the fifth edition of one of the country’s most lucrative road races. Set to be launched today, the event is open to runners in the Juniors, Seniors and Masters categories for both males and females with over $1.3M in cash, prizes and trophies up for grabs.
The COURTS 10K race features some of Guyana’s biggest names in the sport locally. A 3K race will also be hosted simultaneously for the members of staff of COURTS as the company continues to support healthy and active lifestyles. These staff members will be rewarded separately.
The races are scheduled to be held on September 20, and will commence at COURTS Main Street and follow a prescribed route.
A total of over $1.8M will be invested this year as COURTS continues to honour its commitment to sports in Guyana.
Distance star, Cleveland Thomas, easily ran away with the title and the $100 000 first-place prize last year, clocking 32 minutes 56 seconds to win the event ahead of Trinidad-based Guyanese, Kelvin Johnson, who clocked 33 minutes 31 seconds while Tyshon Bentick was third with 33 minutes 35 seconds.
Euleen Josiah-Tanner won her fourth straight title at the event, clocking 38 minutes 30 seconds to win the event ahead of Andrea Foster, who finished second in 41 minutes 40 seconds.
Alika Morgan was third with 42 minutes 57 seconds. Matthew McKenzie won the Boys junior category while Shantel Hinds won the female version of the category.
Alisha Fortune topped the field in the Women’s Masters event and Ian Archibald won the Masters Men 40-55 and Llewelyn Gardner the Men’s Masters 56 and over.
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JULY 31, 2015
Courts in Emancipation mood
Courts Guyana Inc. celebrated the Emancipation anniversary with staff, patrons and friends yesterday at its Main Street operations. Patrons were greeted by drumming after which there was a display of traditional African wear by members of staff, who were a part of its annual traditional dress competition.
The audience saw cultural presentations, from the Happy Feet Dance Group and a poem by Eric Phillip. There was also a surprise dance by the Directors of Unicomer
Among those present were Mr Eric Phillips, representing the African Cultural & Development Association (ACDA); Mr. Clyde De Haas, Managing Director of Courts; and members of the Directors of Unicomer.
ACDA executive member Mr. Eric Phillips, in his presentation, congratulated the management and staff of Courts for their initiative in hosting this cultural event as Guyana celebrates its Emancipation Anniversary. Emancipation pageant, which is the traditional display of African wear from some members of the Courts staff, saw employees Michelle Griffith and Ryan Charles emerging the winners.
The Managing Director of Courts, Clyde De Haas, made a monetary donation to ACDA for its celebrations for Emancipation. The cultural presentation concluded with winners exhibiting their attire for the audience.
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JULY 15, 2015
COURTS Guyana has again set the lead in bringing cricket excitement to 170 lucky customers whose good fortune will allow them to enjoy VIP treatment at the Hero CPL T20 tournament.During a brief ceremony on June 14 at Courts Guyana, Main Street Office, Public Relations Officer, Roberta Ferguson noted that “cricket excitement is definitely in the air especially since the Guyana Amazon Warriors’ recent big win against the Jamaica Tallawahs.”
With Guyanese love for cricket, she noted that Courts Guyana Inc. is once again very happy and proud to be a sponsor of the Hero CPL T20 games. Ferguson explained that the tickets were distributed for all the games that will be hosted in Guyana.
“As a part of Courts’ commitment to the CPL tournament the company also wants to ensure that as many of our customers as possible get to witness the games live at Providence Stadium,” and therefore the company’s marketing department decided upon the competition.
“The company launched its Digital Promotion on May 27th and customers who shopped $49,999 and over from then until July 11th got the opportunity to enter to be one of 16 persons to take themselves and a crew of four persons to the games at Providence,” she explained. Some of the lucky winners present at the ceremony could not explain their excitement.
Ferguson said further: “That is a total of 80 persons going to the games, where these lucky customers will be treated to food, drinks, service, transportation and their own special VIP area at the Providence Stadium.”
The company, she noted, also had bowl-off competitions at several of the stores countrywide where lucky customers got the opportunity to bowl to win tickets to the various games. “These competitions brought the total sum of tickets given away to 170 and the final bowl off competition happened at Courts Main Street on June 14.”
The company takes pride in giving back to its customers and saying thank you for their loyal patronage and will continue to endeavour to have the best products and services and the most rewarding promotions, Ferguson said.
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JUNE 10, 2015
Facebook Trivia Winners
On the left 1st place Andre Chowbay Samsung S6 Cellphone, On the right 2nd place Akeem Patterson 10" Apple Ipad Air
3rd place Dikimbie Gittens 7" Galaxy Tab4
MAY 23, 2015
Tamika Miller Story…Courts continues support to domestic violence survivor.
More than a year after life seemed over for Tamika Miller-Patterson, she continues to receive support to renew her life that was threatened by domestic violence.
From right, Tamika Miller-Patterson, Eleena King-Luke (Resource Officer- Habitat for Humanity) and Roberta Ferguson (Marketing Officer- PRO for Courts)
Courts Guyana on Thursday presented Miller with a fridge and stove. The furniture giant had also collaborated with Habitat for Humanity, Qualfon, Scotiabank, Demerara Bank and Edward B. Beharry to present the victim with a house at La Parfaite Harmonie, in March.
Habitat for Humanity had responded to plights by the wounded woman and had solicited partnered sponsorship by the other mentioned sponsors.
Miller-Patterson survived a terrible knife attack by her now dead husband in March 2014. She came close to death’s door but she pulled through her horrific ordeal. She was stabbed 27 times about the body, and her husband after believing she was dead, committed suicide. Miller-Patterson had also lost her home to fire.
The very optimistic woman is very grateful for the continuous support by the many sponsors, as they have brought much hope for a better life to her.
She was overwhelmed with emotions as she extended her gratitude. With the renewed hope, Miller-Patterson now desires to have a happy life with her daughter.
Despite having some flashbacks and even having to look over her shoulders sometimes, she said that she is comfortable in her new home, and now that the home is being furnished she is even more comfortable.
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February 10, 2015
COURTS Guyana Inc. supports Barbados Relay Fair-bound schools
COURTS Marketing Officer Roberta Ferguson presents Queen’s College with their $100 000 cheque.
QUEEN’S College and Tutorial High School, the two institutions who will be heading to the famed Barbados Relay Fair, yesterday got a corporate boost from COURTS Guyana Inc.
The two schools each received $100 000 which will enhance their chances as they compete with some of the Region’s best schools and clubs in the Land of the Flying Fish on Saturday, February 14. Queen’s College, one of the foundation schools, a regular at the Championships since the inaugural event in 2003, will send a team of 18 athletes, while Tutorial will be represented by 16 athletes, to compete primarily in the Under-13 and Under-15 categories.
Students and a teacher of Tutorial High School yesterday, along with COURTS Guyana Inc. Marketing Officer Roberta Ferguson who presented them with $100 000 towards the Barbados Relay Fair.
“COURTS Guyana Inc., the furniture and appliance giant is also known for its giant contributions in the area of sport in Guyana. The company has been a strong advocate for healthy and active lifestyles and encourages youths in sport through our many activities and sponsorships,” said the company’s Marketing Officer Roberta Ferguson. She added, “This time COURTS is very happy to be on board with two of the most outstanding schools in terms of athletics in Guyana – Queen’s College and Tutorial High School. These schools over the last number of years have shown their ability to compete on a regional scale at the Barbados Relay Fair and to bring home several medals.” The company hopes that some of these same athletes can eventually grow from the regional stage and someday represent the country at the World Games and even the Olympics. Representatives of the schools thanked COURTS for what they described as a timely contribution which helps with regard to fostering growth in athletics and also helping the students to strike a balance between academia and sports. The Barbados Relay Fair first took place at the National Stadium in Barbados on Saturday, February 15, 2003. It took the form on an Inter-School competition, with one local Combined-schools team competing in the Under-20 category. At that inaugural event, ten local schools and school teams from St Vincent, St Lucia and Guyana participated. The Relays were contested in three age categories (male and female), Under-15, Under-17, and Under-20. In each category there were 4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and a sprint medley. The Swedish Medley and the Distance Medley were offered as open events, while a hurdle shuttle relay was done as an exhibition event. By 2006 the number of participants was well over 600. Approximately 150 of these were from overseas, with teams averaging 15–20 persons plus supporters.
November 14, 2014
Courts Christmas Light-Up transforms Main Street into jingle wonderland
– lucky shopper wins $2M
As thousands gathered once again to witness the flamboyant Courts Christmas Tree Light-Up on Main Street, Georgetown, a lucky woman, Latchmini Singh, grabbed $2 million for the holidays, compliments of Courts.
Education Minister Priya Manickchand did the grand honours of activating the switch that transformed the shadowy street into a luminous lane.
The Minister joined First Lady Deolatchmee Ramotar in wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas, and thanked Courts for signalling the beginning of Christmas in Guyana.
Manickchand encouraged the gathering, particularly the children, to share love throughout the holidays and to give and keep giving for good things will come their way.
With spectacular performances from Timeka Marshall, Ryan Hoppie, Esther Osborne Y3K, the National School of Dance, and much more, one could not help but be in a jovial atmosphere.
Also, a very ecstatic Singh, who is the first winner of the several $2-million prizes Courts is giving away for the holidays, came all the way from Clonbrook, Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) to be a part of the celebrations.
Courts Managing Director Clyde DeHaas thanked all Guyanese, particularly customers, and encouraged them to continue to shop at Courts for a chance to receive the grand prizes the superstore has to offer for the holidays.
The Annual Road Show will hit the streets today in Mahaica to spread the Christmas spirit. With massive deals storewide, anyone can shop and snatch a chance to spin the wheel to win amazing prizes, even a chance to win 100 per cent back of their purchase.
Customers can spend as low as $5000 and enter for a chance to win $2 million, just like the lucky lady from Clonbrook.
Spend more than $30,000 and get instant cash back up to $12,000.
Customers can also win a deep frozen pepper-pot package for the holidays.
These great deals kept echoing all throughout the amusing Christmas extravaganza, in the midst of children from Special Needs Gifted Hands and Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre, loyal customers, and other beautiful Guyanese.
The delightful Christmas experience, a fantastic float with Santa Claus, Mrs Claus, Mickey Mouse, and other popular cartoon characters were awe-inspiring to the massive crowd of children, with confetti filling the air and cheerful Christmas melodies.
Courts Donates $2M into GuyExpo 2014
From left are Roberta Ferguson, Public Relations Manager, Courts (Guyana); Clyde de Haas, Managing Director of Courts (Guyana); Tourism Minister (ag), Irfaan Ali and Pernell Cummings, Marketing Manager of Courts (Guyana)
COURTS (Guyana) yesterday joined the list of corporate sponsors with their contribution of $2M to GuyExpo 2014, while observing that this exhibition is the longest sustained one in the Caribbean.
Speaking at the briefing held at the Main Street branch, Clyde de Haas, Managing Director of Courts (Guyana) noted that his company is privileged to be associated with GuyExpo yet again. He said that “from the beginning we were part of the Expo and this year again we will be able to showcase everything we do in Guyana.”
LOCAL FURNITURE INDUSTRY
De Haas highlighted the store’s involvement in the furniture industry here and noted that “since Courts opened in Guyana we have supported the local furniture industry.”
He declared also that Courts (Guyana) is committed to the development of the country and in making its contribution to the growing economy, it has always supported the Ministry of Tourism and by extension the Government, whether it is the recent Guyana Festival or the Building Expo.
De Haas extended his congratulations to acting Tourism Minister, Irfaan Ali for hosting yet another GuyExpo and he anticipates much success in this venture.
GOOD CORPORATE CITIZEN
And Minister Ali noted that Courts (Guyana) and the Tourism Ministry have had many strategic alliances in a varied portfolio of activities regarding national development. Ali then said that “Courts (Guyana) is perhaps one of the best examples of a good corporate citizen” as they have continued to support and pour resources and time into national events. Ali explained that with the GuyExpo theme in mind Courts (Guyana) is one of the superior companies that is partnering with other stakeholders to achieve a better Guyana.
Meanwhile Minister Ali disclosed that “very shortly we would be joining Courts in launching one of the most modern warehouses here in Guyana, and I can tell you it is second to none, one of its kind in the entire Caribbean.” He said that this shows that Courts (Guyana) has confidence in the country’s economy and is not centralising their investments in Georgetown but across the entire country.
Ali then thanked Courts for their continued support and their bold move to support GuyExpo.
In the meantime, the GuyExpo committee has assured that “GuyExpo is 65% completed and as such it will be finished and ready by Thursday (today).” Noting that 395 booths were sold, their target of 400 would be achieved as requests for booths were still being made.
GuyExpo 2014 will be opened today at the Sophia Exhibition Centre by President Donald Ramotar and the acting Tourism, Industry and Commerce Minister and continues until Sunday.
(By Rebecca Ganesh-Ally)
October 5, 2014
Defending champs held to nil-all stalemate
Defending champions St. Pius were held to a nil-all stalemate when the 4th Annual Courts Pee Wee Football Tournament kicked off yesterday, at the Thirst Park Ground.
Playing against Kitty-based J.E. Burnham, St. Pius fielding a number of new players from last year’s victorious team squandered a lot of chances in what many considered an exciting clash in roasting conditions witnessed by a fair-sized crowd that included teachers, parents and fans.
J.E Burnham Primary created a few chances of their own,but found the St. Pius defensive line too sturdy to penetrate and eventually had to settle for a share of the points. Both teams will now have to look to next week’s engagements to improve their standings in the group.
Meanwhile, in what could be considered the best game of the day, Stella Maris led by the skilful Darron Niles, who was a one-man wreckage unit squeezed past inaugural champions Marian Academy 2-1 in the final game of the day. The pint-sized dynamo netted in the 22nd and 24th minute to give his school the win, while Alistair Phyll responded for Marian Academy in the 28th minute.
Meanwhile, Courts Marketing Manager Pernell Cummings shortly before declaring the tournament open said that his company is elated to once again be on board with Petra Organisation to host the event and conveyed their committed to having the tournament as long as possible.
September 28, 2014
Thomas takes Courts 10K by Storm
Running Brave Athletics Club distance star Cleveland Thomas took advantage of a missing Cleveland Forde to win the fourth edition of the Courts 10k road race on Sunday morning that ended in front of Courts Furniture Inc Main Street, Georgetown Branch.
Thomas displayed great poise during the race, despite a valiant effort from Trinidad based Guyanese Kelvin Johnson to win the event in 32mins 56s.
With Forde missing due to chikungunya-like symptoms, Nathaniel Giddings as is the norm broke the race with a fever pitch, while Thomas, Winston Missenger and Larry Nicholas followed closely.
However, three kilometers later Thomas clocked another gear, while Johnson rose to the challenge, as both athletes left the rest of the competitors behind.
While both athletes matched each other stride for stride, Thomas upped the pace at Camp and Lamaha Streets and never looked back, to finish comfortably ahead of the pack and claim the $100,000 first place prize.
Johnson was second in 33mins 31s, while Tyshon Bentick was third in 33mins 35s. Dennis Horatio came from behind to finish in fourth with a time of 34min 21s, as Giddings fell to fifth in 34mins 33s.
Meanwhile, on the distaff side, Euleen Jossiah-Tanner won her fourth straight title at the event, clocking 38mins and 30s, and is arguably becoming Guyana’s top female road runner.
Andrea Foster was second in 41mins 40s, while Alika Morgan continues to fade from the spotlight, falling to third in 42mins 57s.
Matthew Mckenzie won the boy’s junior category, and has now proven to his sponsor, the Key Shop, that its investment in him and his club mate Thomas was a success.
Alisha Fortune is becoming the face of master’s running in Guyana, winning yet another road race master’s title in the women’s category.
Ian Archibald won the master’s men 40-55, while Llewelyn Gardner won the men’s masters 56 and over. Shantell Hinds was the winner of the junior female category.
President of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Aubrey Hutson and Marketing Manager of Courts Pernell Cummings both noted that the event was a success and congratulated the athletes on their performances.
September 26, 2014
Courts Pee Wee 2014 Launched
Furniture and Home Alliances giant Courts Guyana Inc. which is currently celebrating its 21st year of existence here made another quantum leap in firmly establishing itself among the leading corporate entities assisting in the development of sports after pledging $2.8 million in sponsorship for the hosting of the 4th Annual Petra Organisation-organised Pee Wee Football Competition.
Yesterday, during a simple ceremony which was conducted in the Business entity’s Boardroom, Marketing Manager Pernell Cummings handed over the cheque to Petra Organisation Co-Director Troy Mendonca which is to go towards hosting the tournament that is expected to run from October 4 – November 8, at the Banks DIH Sports Club ground. Apart from Cummings and Mendonca, other officials present were Courts Public Relations and Promotions Officer Roberta Ferguson, Deputy CEO of the Ministry of Education Marcel Hutson and Petra representative Mark Alleyne.
Cummings speaking at the occasion expressed on behalf of the Company how pleased they are to see the tournament grow and get better every year since its inception. The Marketing Manager shortly after promising the Company’s support in the future urged teachers, coaches, parents and fans of the sport to be very patient with the young players, many of who will be getting involved in the sport for the first time. He also called on the students to display good discipline, reminding them that even though there will be winners and losers, in effect they are all winners simply by being participants in the competition.
Hutson, who deputised in the absence of Chief Education Officer Olato Sam, said he was happy to be present at the Launch, before offering commendation to Courts for staying the distance. He stated that he is happy to know that the tournament unlike a few has been able to remain alive even after four years and this according to him must be so due to Courts unmitigated commitment towards youth development. In a plea to the students, Hutson spoke of the importance of them being disciplined, citing Guyana and West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul as a prime example of that principle hence his undisputed success in the sport of his choice.
The Deputy CEO told the gathering that his Ministry is always looking to partner with serious stakeholders since they are about helping to develop well rounded and healthy citizens which in this case are the youths of tomorrow. He closed by calling on other organisations to follow the path of Courts and help develop the youths of this country. Mendonca in his remarks said that the Organisation was once again pleased to be associated with the tournament informing that while the schools segment is now in its fourth year, they had started the junior football tournament among clubs two years prior.
According to Mendonca, Petyra Organisation is all about enhancing the physical aspirations of young people in an organised manner since it is their view that it is all part of instilling in them the need to lead healthy lifestyle, while discipline and team work are also learned during the process. He gave a brief synopsis of how the tournament will be run and the rewards for winners and outstanding individuals. Twenty-four teams will participate in this year’s competition and they are: Marian Academy, Green Acres, West Ruimveldt, St. Margaret’s, St. Sidwell’s, Tucville, South Ruimveldt, North Georgetown, Ketley, St. Gabriel’s, F.E. Pollard, Enterprise, St. Pius, Comenius, Success, Redeemer, East Ruimveldt, St. Angela’s, Winfer Gardens, St. Stephen’s, Chase Academy, J.E. Burnham, St. Thomas More and St. Ambrose. St. Pius are the defending champions. Meanwhile, 12 matches are set for opening day.
September 21, 2014
Courts launches Christmas promotion –at 21st Anniversary celebrations
COURTS Guyana celebrated their 21st Anniversary yesterday when they highlighted their many achievements as they continue to invest in Guyana, and also launched a new promotion titled “The season starts now at Courts, get instant cash back”.
Speaking at Courts Guyana Main Street Branch,Clyde de Haas, Managing Director of Courts (Guyana), declared that he is proud to say that “our company, after 21 years, is still going strong, and is able to contribute to Guyana’s economy.” He said, “I remember when Courts opened 21 years ago; it was a really big thing, because Courts brought enormous change to the Guyanese customers. They made it possible for people from all walks of life to acquire durable household items at an affordable price.”
MORE GUYANA-MADE FURNITURE
The Managing Director said further that Courts Guyana sees reason to continue to invest in Guyana’s economy and only recently started and almost completed a US$6M bond that will now be able to absorb more Guyana-made furniture for local and export uses. He thanked all customers, saying that “without your continued support we would have not made it to 21 years – I thank you.” He also thanked his staff for their commitment and hard work.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, acting in the capacity of President of Guyana, during his feature address at the ceremony congratulated Courts Guyana on behalf of the Government of Guyana on their 21st Anniversary and thanked them for their continued investment in the country’s economy. He noted that it must have required some bravery and courage 21 years ago to invest in merchandising in Guyana, adding that it was Courts that reintroduced hire purchase arrangements to the Guyanese people. “In the 1990’s hire purchase was not offered and Courts challenged that conventional view by offering Guyanese families an accessible way to improve furnishings in their homes,” Prime Minister Hinds said. He also remarked that he has no doubt that Courts Guyana has more good things in store and urged them to continue with the high standard of service they are currently offering.
He said the Government of Guyana will continue to make sure that the best circumstances are always available for business. And he remind the managers of Courts of their promise and challenged them to deliver on that promise, observing that “some time ago I broke ground for a new bond and it was said that that bond would store goods and also stock furniture from our Guyanese makers to be sold in Courts stores, and these same furniture can be offered to other Courts stores within the Caribbean.”
The event attracted participation from staff members who joined in a dance with some customers, while a special Courts Guyana birthday song was performed by artiste Tennicia Defreitas.
(By Rebecca Ganesh-Ally)
September 10, 2014
Courts on board with “Battle of the Contenders”
Marketing Manager of Courts (Guyana) Inc, Pernell Cummings (second left), presents the sponsorship cheque to Howard Cox of the GBBC at the entity’s Main Street branch on Wednesday. Sharing the moment are GBBC President Peter Abdool (right) and Courts’ Public Relations and Promotions Officer Roberta Ferguson (Photo: Shantanand Anude)
Courts (Guyana) Inc. has once again demonstrated its commitment to the development of sports by chipping in with a sponsorship package for this weekend’s “Battle of the Contenders” boxing card.
At a simple presentation ceremony on Wednesday morning, officials of Courts (Guyana) Inc presented executives of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC) with a cheque valued $300,000 to help with the staging of the five-fight card.
President of the GBBC, Peter Abdool, expressed appreciation to Courts for the gesture, noting that the company has been an avid supporter of the work of the Boxing Board.
He reflected that the company has been onboard with the GBBC’s flagship event, the Guyana Friday Night Fights, ever since its inception several years ago.
Apart from injecting funds into the Friday Night Fights, Courts (Guyana) Inc. would usually present hampers to the amateur boxers appearing on the card.
Marketing Manager Pernell Cummings said Courts always values the contribution of sport to national development, noting that the sponsorship is another demonstration of the company’s commitment to the discipline.
Public Relations and Promotions Officer, Roberta Ferguson, expressed similar sentiments, adding that the sponsorship forms part of the entity’s generosity during the month of September, which marks its 21st anniversary since opening business in Guyana.
Action will get underway at 20:00h on Saturday at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall with the main bout featuring Guyanese Derick Richmond and Jamaican Sakima Mullings in a Junior Middleweight eight-round contest.
Dexter Marques and Richard Williamson will start the evening’s proceedings with a Super Bantamweight six-round clash, while Leon Moore will look to outdo Mark Murray in a Junior Welterweight six-rounder.
The third bout will be a Guyana/Jamaica showdown with local boy Winston Pompey up against Kemahl Russell in a six-round Middleweight fight, while Mark Austin and Dexter Gonsalves will go head-to-head in a Junior Welterweight scrap, scheduled for eight rounds.
The publication understands that the Jamaican boxers are due to arrive in Guyana this evening. Admission to the venue is $2000 (Ringside) and $1000 (Stands).
September 4, 2014
Courts renews support for annual golf tourney
Courts (Guyana) Inc on Thursday renewed its sponsorship of the annual golf tournament set for Saturday at the Lusignan Golf Course, East Coast Demerara.
From left: Guy Griffith, Chatterpaul Deo, David Mohamed, Pernell Cummings and Roberta Ferguson display the sponsorship cheque and trophies (Photo: Avenash Ramzan)
Officials of the Lusignan Golf Club were on hand at Courts Main Street branch to launch the competition, which will take the form of a Flight format and is expected to attract a large turnout with several major tournaments, such as the annual Guyana Open, looming.
Marketing Manager of Courts, Pernell Cummings, said Courts was pleased to once again come on board with the tournament. The sponsorship forms part of the entity’s 21st anniversary.
The company has injected $275,000 in cash, along with trophies for this weekend’s event.
President of the Lusignan Golf Club, David Mohamed, highlighted the significance of the tournament, noting that it is a precursor to other major events that are planned for the rest of 2014. He said the course had to undergo some repair due to the infestation of a bug, but the facility is in top condition for the competition.
Also attending Thursday’s launch were Lusignan Golf Club captain Chatterpaul Deo, Public Relations Officer Guy Griffith, Courts Marketing Manager Pernell Cummings and Courts Public Relations Officer Roberta Ferguson.
Saturday’s competition is the first of a double this weekend, with the postponed tournament from last Saturday being held on Sunday.
September 1, 2014
Courts donates suite, fridge and bed to single mother of four
COURTS Guyana Inc. last Thursday donated a living-room suite, fridge and bed to Althea Boucher, a single mother of four daughters who had lived in a condemned factory on the East Coast for over eight years. Habitat For Humanity (Guyana), in collaboration with Scotia Bank, had built a home for Boucher on the West Bank of Demerara. The donation was handed over to Boucher by the Marketing Manager of Courts, Pernell Cummings, and also Courts Public Relations and Promotion Officer (PRPO), Roberta Ferguson.
Ms. Boucher as she receives the donation that was made by Courts.
Speaking at the handing-over ceremony, PR Ferguson said that Courts was happy to bring happiness and joy to a mother’s life; she said just as how Courts is proud of bringing value home to all of their customers, they are also proud of bringing value home to Boucher.
Speaking with the Chronicle, Boucher said that after living in the abandoned factory with her four daughters, her aunt then invited her to live with her before she went with her uncle in Lamaha Street; she said that she is currently living with her uncle and will be moving into her new home over the weekend, which was last Saturday.
“It was a surprise, words cannot express how I am feeling, I’m happy and I’m speechless, I will like to thank Courts, Habitat for Humanity and also Scotia Bank for bringing joy to my life and making my life way easier now,” Boucher said.
Meanwhile, in Courts “Back to School” promotion, four lucky winners had won themselves a full computer workstation, laptop computer and Samsung Tablets.
Winners of Courts “Back to School” promotion Mohamed Haniff right and Marcus Webster left, with Courts PRO Ferguson at centre
In the Major promotion customer Marcus Webster, who had shopped items worth $149,999, won himself a Samsung Laptop. The other promotions saw Mohamed Haniff who had shopped items worth $99,999, won himself a full computer workstation which includes a flash drive, computer chair and computer desk. The other promotion saw Meesasha Ramdas and Mr. Webster of Berbice winning for themselves one Samsung tablet each.
August 15, 2014
Courts rewards Alpha United efforts with sponsorship
Coach of Alpha United Wayne Dover (extreme right) receives the cheque in the presence of Odinga Lumumba
Alpha United FC received a $250,000 boost from Courts Furniture Store on Thursday ahead of their CONCACAF clash with Portland Timbers at the National Stadium on August 19.
The presentation took place at the store’s Main Street branch, where Public Relations and Promotions Officer of Courts Roberta Ferguson stressed that the club has the opportunity to put Guyana on the map.
“We (Courts) are very proud of their accomplishments and for them to reach this far in CONCACAF is to show how far they have come as a team,” Ferguson pointed out.
Meanwhile, President of the Alpha United Football Club Odinga Lumumba was humbled by the contribution from Courts, noting that other stakeholders should follow their lead.
“I have always said that enough companies are not putting themselves behind the wheel to move us forward.
“Alpha has been tried and tested…if a team is participating in such a high level of football you would want to believe that the people would want to come forward, we have gone beyond just being a Guyanese team, we are an international team. This support by Courts will enhance us and will give us the opportunity and the will,” Lumumba stressed.
Alpha United lost their first match in the CONCACAF competition 1-0 to Olympia and will need a victory to avoid plummeting in the points standing when they meet with Portland Timbers on August 19 at the Guyana National Stadium.
August 15, 2014
Courts plugs support for Boyce/Jefford Classic V
Courts Guyana Inc. yesterday publicly displayed its support for this weekend’s Boyce & Jefford Track and Field Classic V with an in-store presentation of a $300,000 cheque at the Store’s Main Street Branch.
Officials from Courts (left) hand over the symbolic cheque to organisers of the Boyce & Jefford Track and Field Classic yesterday at their Main Street branch.
The Track and Field Classic, which will be held this Saturday and Sunday in Linden has become Guyana’s premier athletics event, and has had the support of the furniture giants from the inception five years ago.
Courts’ Media Officer, Trudy Abrams pointed out that their willingness to promote comfortable ways of living has caused the well-known furniture and appliance company to continue to fund the Boyce/Jefford Track and Field Classic.
“This Organisation (Boyce/Jefford) has quickly become friends of Courts, and this is something we are very happy to be associated with… it gives our athletes a chance to compete, and as you know competition brings out the best,” Abrams said.
“Courts is about having a comfortable and healthy living environment and sport is one of those ways to do so. This year it is going to have more international competition and we are expecting a lot of excitement and good performances,” she continued.
One Coordinator of the Track and Field Classic, Edison Jefford was grateful for the continued support of a top brand such as Courts.
“We are happy that our track meet can be associated with the magnitude of this company, there will be good competition and all this is built into a very interesting package. We will have some of the best results this weekend,” Jefford noted, while thanking Courts.
The two day event that will provide in excess of two million dollars to clubs and athletes will see 46 total events over the course of the weekend.
August 13, 2014
Courts Guyana Inc awards winners of recent promotions
COURTS Guyana Inc. recently held a number of promotions in which its customers were given chances to win fabulous prizes.
A press briefing was held yesterday at Courts’ Head Office on Main Street, where the company handed over prizes to the lucky winners.
‘I love my appliances from Courts’ promo, held during July, equipped customers with a chance to win a kitchen make-over valued at $300,000, given that the customers had purchased appliances worth $49,999 and over.
The ‘Credit Promotion’ allowed credit customers who had kept their accounts up to date during the period July 11th to July 31st a chance to win one of three flat screen TV sets.
Another promotion was the ‘Courts Facebook Penalty Shootout Competition’, which allowed customers to like and play the game on Facebook. The highest scorers on the Facebook game were given a chance to win a flat screen TV, a smart phone and speakers.
At the handing over ceremony, Roberta Ferguson, Courts’ Public Relations and Promotion Officer, explained: “At Courts Guyana, we always try to reward our customers and thank them for their patronage throughout the year. And we know that without our customers we would not be the mega-store we are today.”
Ferguson said that Courts Guyana is pleased to serve and reward its customers in a way no other furniture and appliances store is able to match. She added that the store received great response for each promotion held, and said the winning entries were drawn under the scrutiny of both Courts’ external and internal auditors.
She also urged customers to be on the lookout for more and better promotions from Courts, such as the Back-to-School Promotion and the CPL20 Trivia Questions Promotion.
Shazim Ali, lucky winner of the Courts ‘I love my appliances’ promotion, was awarded the opportunity to select appliances that amounted to $300,000.
The ‘Credit Promotion’ had three winners. In first place was Dionne Hamilton, in second place was Derrick Hinds, and in third place was Hecroy Barry. They were each awarded flat screen televisions.
Winners of the ‘Courts Facebook Penalty Shootout’ were as follows: Shamdai Singh, first place winner, received a flat screen television; and second place winner, Julius Simon, won a smart phone.
The winner of the “I love my appliances” promotion, Shazim Ali (centre), is flanked by the winners of the ‘Credit Promotion’ and the Courts Facebook Penalty Shootout Competition. Director of Credit – Kenneth Scrub, first right; Marketing Manager – Pernell Cummings, third; Alroy Solomon – Credit Supervisor; second right: Roberta Ferguson- Marketing Officer
July 24, 2014
COURTS hands over $300,000 towards Police Games
The 60th staging of the Guyana Police Force annual athletics championship yesterday received a boost from corporate giant COURTS Guyana Inc, when the establishment handed over a cheque worth $300 000 to Deputy Superintendent Colin Boyce at their head office in Main Street.
Boyce, the president of the Guyana Police Sports Club, was more than grateful for the support from COURTS, whom he said has been supporting the games since 2008.
The games started last Monday and will conclude today where several of Guyana’s best athletes will be on show at the Police Sports Club ground, Eve Leary.
Boyce, who was one of Guyana’s finest sprinters, said that COURTS’ contribution is always welcome and in fact, the Guyana Police Force is happy to have shared an excellent relationship with the entity. With the Guyana Police Force celebrating its 175th Anniversary, Boyce said that the games will be a memorable one and encouraged all to come out and support the athletes.
Marketing Manager Purnell Cummings said that COURTS has long been a supporter of anything positive, especially in the world of sport and the company’s support for the Guyana Police Force Games is one that’s deep-rooted in a partnership with the lawmen.
COURTS, being the leading furniture and appliance store in Guyana, the entity is also proud to be a leader in support of sport and healthy living and athletics championships encourage active lifestyles and channel healthy competition and development of athletes.
Marketing Manager Purnell Cummings (right) and Public Relations Officer Roberta Ferguson hand over the $300 000 cheque to Colin Boyce of the Guyana Police Force, yesterday.