Learning from our past to prevent negative repeats (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,Last week, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) and other democratic-minded Guyanese observed two important anniversaries in our country.The first was the murder of Michael Forde, a PPP and PYO militant who was in the forefront of the fight for independence. He died on July 17, 1964 when a bomb set by one of the PNC terrorists, Emmanuel Fairbram, also known as Batson, exploded at the headquarters of the PPP, Freedom House. Michael Forde was trying to disarm the bomb. Batson was arrested at the Office of Clark and Martin, the legal office of Forbes Burnham and Desmond Hoyte.This is one of the crimes that the PNC committed while in service to the British Intelligence and the CIA. That party sided with the CIA and the colonial power to stop Guyana from becoming independent. The PNC was the local tool used to carry out terrorist acts, as described in the X13 Plan. It was used to promote racial division. WikiLeaks document revealed that the PNC was collecting money from the CIA up to 1973.Guyana was granted independence in 1966, after the combined foreign and internal forces managed to eventually remove the PPP from power in 1964. However, the PNC has worked against national interest, mismanaged our country greatly. Its legacy was racial and political discrimination, corruption and the de-professionalisation of our public service, judiciary, Police and other constitutional bodies. Our country became famous or infamous for rigged elections, thus undemocratic governance.By the time the Guyanese people managed to throw out the PNC from power, the country was in ruins. The economy, the infrastructure, and every aspect of national life lay in shambles.The other incident was in many ways a continuation of the first. The PNC, having been propelled to power by the colonial power, established a neo-colonial, undemocratic state.The fight to save Guyana from economic ruin and political dictatorship was very intense. The PPP mounted a great struggle for free and fair elections. The struggle was against racial and political discrimination, and for human rights.After the experience of the massively rigged elections of 1968 and the even worse rigged Local Government Elections of 1970, the PPP concluded that only counting the ballots at the place of poll could give the democratic forces a chance at halting that practice of crooked elections.In 1973, Jagan Ramessar and Bhola Nauth Parmanand were in the crowd that demanded that the votes be counted at the place of poll before the boxes were removed. The army shot into the crowd, killing the two PPP supporters. Scores of others were injured.Bhola Nauth Parmanand was taken to the Skeldon Hospital by citizens in the community, and was pronounced dead on arrival.Jagan Ramessar, did not die on the spot. However, his body was seized by the army, and kept for more than eight hours in a truck, where he bled to death before meeting New Amsterdam.Some of the injured died later, and it was felt they died from those old wounds and blows they received at the hands of the security forces that were directed by the dictatorship.One who was seriously injured and could not go to the hospital, because he was wanted and the security forces were still looking for him, was Mr. Richi Ram Motie. He is still suffering from those injuries. Only recently, the doctors who are looking after him told his wife that the injuries he sustained then are now having great effect on his health.Their sacrifices were not in vain. Our country did become independent. We welcome that, even though the PNC had made it a neo-colonial state. They were the servants of foreign powers. The most important thing was that the struggles of the PPP made independence possible. That was the closing of one chapter in our history. Michael Forde and other sacrifices made that possible.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

9-year-old critical after Corentyne accident

first_imgA nine-year-old girl is now in critical condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital after she was on Wednesday afternoon struck down by a reckless driver in Number 68 Village, Corentyne.The young girl has been identified as Cristina Lakeram of Lot 111 Number 68 Village, Corentyne.According to reports, 25-year-old Seenarine Shamlall of Number 77 Village, Corentyne, was driving his motor car, HC 7751, around 13:00h when the accident occurred.Enquiries disclosed that Shamlall was proceeding south along the eastern side allegedly at a fast pace when Lakeram, a student of the Number 68 Primary School, reportedly ran out into the path of the car.She was quickly picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to the Skeldon Hospital, but was later transferred to the New Amsterdam Hospital and then to the Georgetown Public Hospital.Shamlall was taken into Police custody where a breathalyser test was conducted and he was found to have no alcohol in his system. His vehicle is lodged at the Springlands Police Station as an investigation into the accident continues.last_img read more

Second suspect in Linden rape video released on station bail

first_imgThe second male suspect allegedly involved in a recent viral sex tape with a female Linden teenager has been released from Police custody.The man who hails from Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) was on Friday released on $60,000 station bail, after spending 72 hours in Police custody in Linden.Dead: Sherwin Apple, also called “Yellow”He was taken into custody for questioning on Tuesday and was said to be assisting with investigations into the matter. E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander Anthony Vanderhyden on Friday noted that a report has been prepared and advice is being sought from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on the way forward with the matter.“It is a sexual offence and so we have prepared a report to seek advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions,” he noted. While there was no prior Police report on the incident, officers responded after a string of explicit sexually-related videos involving two males and the teen went viral on Monday.Both the teen and her mother were reportedly questioned by Police in relation to the incident.Investigations took another turn when the other male suspect, Sherwin Apple, also called “Yellow”, was found dead on the Kitty seawall on Tuesday. The post-mortem examination on the body of the 41-year-old of Kitty, Georgetown, and of Silvertown, Linden, gave the cause of death as asphyxiation/strangulation with added compression to the neck.However, Crime Chief Lydon Alves when contacted told Guyana Times that several persons were questioned in relation to the man’s death but no arrests were made. He noted that the Police will continue their investigations until the murder is solved.last_img read more

Trackers come away with tie and loss over past two games

first_imgThe N.E. B.C. and Yukon Trackers were hoping to carry on some momentum after winning three of their last four games prior to this past weekend, but unfortunately for the club it didn’t work out that way. The team played to a 2-2 draw with the Peace River Royals on Friday, and fell 4-2 to the Grande Prairie Storm the next afternoon.The Trackers entered the third period of Friday’s game trailing 2-0 but battled back to salvage a well earned point. Gary Loewen closed the gap to one with 14:28 remaining, and things were knotted up late by Robert Young with just 1:50 to go.In Saturday’s tilt against the Storm the Trackers opened the scoring in the first period. They fell behind in the second after allowing two goals, and eventually trailed 3-1 early in the third. The Trackers closed the gap to one with just under eight minutes to play, but it’s as close as they would get as Grande Prairie deposited an empty netter in the final minute.- Advertisement -Next up is another home game on October 31 at 2 p.m. at the Pomeroy Sport Centre against the Sturgeon Sting.last_img read more

Hussain, Chan star as hunt for Annual LGC title continues

first_imgWayne Chan defied the rain and wind to take top Best Net honours as the race for the title of 2018 Annual Club Champion continued at the Lusignan Golf Club this past weekend.LGC President Aleem HussainChan racked up a Gross 69 while in the Best Gross category, it was Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) President Aleem Hussain who landed in first place while two-time Guyana Open Champion Mike Mangal finished second and Pur Persaud third.Persaud continued to make a statement as he shot a net 72 to come in second with MACORP executive Guillermo Escarraga making a strong return to the Greens with a net 74 to finish in third position.The winner of the annual point competition gets a variety of prizes along with a full year of bragging rights and the competition was keenly contested in the early stages, but after winning the first four events, the Best Net Champion Title looks to be a shoo-in for Club President Hussain who has performed extremely well this year.There is still a battle for the Best Gross Title as Mike Mangal refuses to quit and with just two matches left to play, it might come down to the very end. The LGC has seen an increased number of tournaments this year and as more major companies join the sponsorship ranks, the game is becoming more popular, drawing the attention of all ages and genders.Meanwhile, the 2018 Guyana Open promises to be a major event with golfers from more than 12 countries expected to participate. Only 100 spots are available for this year’s event and golfers are urged to register early to ensure that they have a spot to contend. Non-members are eligible to play in the two-day tournament and the fee of US$200 covers all expenses for the entire event.Tickets for the Guyana Open will be available from October 1. Please contact the Club at 220-5660 or visit its Facebook page @ Lusignan Golf Club for more information.last_img read more

Sprint king Bolt given as long as it takes at Aussie club

first_img0Shares0000On the ball: Usain Bolt trains with Borussia Dortmund earlier this year © AFP / Patrik STOLLARZSYDNEY, Australia, Aug 8 – Usain Bolt will be given as long as it takes to prove he deserves a playing contract, the Central Coast Mariners said Wednesday after the Australian club agreed to help the sprint king realise his dream of becoming a professional footballer.The 31-year-old eight-time Olympic champion, who retired from athletics last year, is an avid Manchester United fan who has long wanted to play top-flight football. He has already tried out with teams in Germany, Norway and South Africa, to no avail.Undeterred, the A-League club have agreed to see what he has to offer with the sprint legend set to arrive at their training ground in Gosford, 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney, later this month.“It’s important to note that Usain Bolt comes to the Central Coast Mariners to train for an indefinite period. His training program will be structured to see if he can reach a level of playing that earns him a professional contract,” said Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp.“This may take three weeks, this may take three months, this may take six months. This make take longer, who knows. Only time will tell.“It’s exciting to see what this will do for our region but the importance for us right now is to look after an athlete who’s coming to try and become a professional player.”– ‘Anything is possible’ –Bolt, who has agreed to live on the Central Coast, said he was thrilled to be given another chance to showcase his abilities ahead of the A-League season starting in October.“I am very excited about coming to Australia and would like to thank the owner and management of the Central Coast Mariners for giving me this opportunity,” said the Jamaican.“It has been my dream to play professional football and I know that it will involve a lot of hard work and training to get to the level required to play and make an impact in the A-League.“I always say that ‘anything is possible, don’t think limits’ and I look forward to the challenge.”The 100m and 200m world record-holder has previously trained with Norwegian club Stromsgodset, German Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund and South Africa’s Sundowns.Asked what Bolt needed to do to win a contract, Mielekamp said: “Impress the coach.”“He has to get to a level where the coach is confident he’ll play regular football and once that decision is reached, then he’ll be offered a playing position,” he added.Some fans on social media blasted the decision to take on Bolt as a publicity stunt, but Mielekamp said they would not be trying to cash in on his name until he proved himself.“It not about having a gimmick or a campaign — Usain isn’t a contracted player so we won’t be launching him with a number or anything yet. Time will tell as things grow.”Bolt dominated sprinting since taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He went on to win a further six Olympic golds and pick up 11 world titles.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, December 11

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Inter Milan central defender Nemanja Vidic, 33, is on the verge of making a shock return to Manchester United. (Daily Star) Roma’s Champions League exit could also clear the way for United to snap up long-term target Kevin Strootman, the 24-year-old Netherlands midfielder. (Independent) Sunderland and Leicester are interested in signing Hull City defender Curtis Davies, 29. (Daily Mail) Chelsea winger Thorgan Hazard, 21 is open to a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge after impressing during his loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach. (Evening Standard) Chelsea are monitoring the progress of AFC Wimbledon’s prolific 17-year-old striker Daniel Agyei. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Liverpool legend blasts ‘rudderless’ Reds and claims Rodgers is heading for the sackExclusive – Blame Brendan! Rodgers blundered against Basel, claims ex-Reds bossDamning Liverpool verdict: ‘Under pressure Rodgers doesn’t know what he’s doing’Exclusive – Summer spending has wrecked Liverpool’s season, claims McAteerLiverpool face transfer blow as Brazilian stopper set to snub Anfield switchBarcelona hand teen ace new deal to ward off Arsenal interestMan United and Real Madrid to battle for German World Cup starValdes to snub Man United? Former Barcelona star lined up for Mexico moveTottenham considering January move for £3m Croatian defenderGalatasaray star offered lucrative deal in China as Premier League trio face missing outMartinez: Everton in ‘no danger whatsoever’ of losing MirallasEverton transfer news: Martinez working on loan deal for Barcelona defenderReports: Roma plotting shock swoop for Stoke starItalian giants join Premier League duo in race for Villa starDavies heading for Hull exit? Sunderland and Leicester eye Tigers defenderlast_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil Deputy Charlie McConalogue has called on the government to address the alarming rise in the number of electricity disconnections across the North West.New figures released by the Energy Regulator show that nationally, more than 20,000 homes had their electricity or gas cut off last year because they cannot pay their bills.According to Deputy McConalogue, this signals a ‘growing crisis’ among lower and middle-income families who have recently found unable to pay their basic bills. “Last year alone, there was an 82% in homes that had their gas supply cut off. In addition to this, 14,650 households across the country had their electricity disconnected. The fear is that those numbers will be much higher again this year as homeowners are hit with property taxes and families suffer yet more cuts in state support,” Deputy McConalogue said.“How serious does this have to get before the government starts to take notice? I have spoken to many Donegal families who have always paid their household bills without fail, but have recently been unable to cope with extra taxes, cuts in child benefit, cuts in maternity benefit, cuts to the Back to School allowance and other state supports, increases in education costs and often crippling mortgage debt.“The pressure on ordinary families seems to be growing month on month. On top of everything else, property tax bills will double next year and water charges will follow. Something has to give.“The very least the government can do is ensure that basic household bills, like gas and electricity, are affordable. Fianna Fáil has repeatedly called on Minister Pat Rabbitte, who has responsibility for the energy sector, to take more of an interest in spiraling energy costs for households and to raise concerns with the Energy Regulator. Electricity prices rose by 9% last year, with gas prices increasing by 12%. The onus is on Minister Rabbitte and the Regulator to put real solutions in place to help customers in genuine difficulty,” said Deputy McConalogue.  ALARMING INCREASE IN ELECTRICITY DISCONNECTIONS, SAYS DONEGAL TD was last modified: June 10th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, July 9

first_imgThis Sunday morning on Sportsday we build up to the Euro 2016 final as well as Andy Murray’s third Wimbledon final.There is also reaction from Serena Williams’ seventh win at SW19 and her record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title.As well as that there is the latest ahead of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and Nottinghamshire Outlaws win over the Worcestershire Rapids in the Natwest T20 Blast.All brought to you by Lisa O’Sullivan and the team.last_img