“Massa day done”

first_imgDear Editor,“Massa day done” Over fifty-seven years ago, Trinidad’s Dr Eric Williams rocked the West Indian psyche with his speech at the ‘University of Woolford Square’ in Port of Spain. That iconic moment spawned a new consciousness among our peoples and political class. Independence would come to Guyana five years after that event. Guyana’s own master orator, Forbes Burnham, worked tirelessly to build the Guyanese identity, one of a people intelligent enough to make decisions to chart their own destiny without assistance from the imperial powers.To the extent that I pen this letter, he was successful. I regard myself as a child of independent Guyana, born post-independence and educated in a time of revolutionary thinking. So one can imagine my dismay when I see my dear land subject to ‘advice’ on a daily basis from foreign emissaries of the United Kingdom and the United States of America, in clear violation of the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of States, a well-established and important part of international law enshrined in the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations.During the past year, High Commissioner Quinn has made pronouncements on corruption. At the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association’s (GMSA) 22nd Annual Presentation Awards Dinner, Quinn noted that Guyana’s score on Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Index Report is “unacceptably low”, and he berated us for “failure to tackle corruption.” On the 10th April, he demanded that “corrupt law enforcement officials must be jailed.” Quinn also urged us to “have a clear plan to spend oil money” (in sections of the media 2017/02/22).Our Government has been shamefully quiet as the High Commissioner becomes bolder with his pronouncements, demands and advice.I believe Mr Quinn needs to be reminded that Guyanese are citizens of an independent republic, and unlike his home country, Ireland, we are not subject to the whims of Her Majesty or her primitive form of Government. Surely the time has come when an accident of birth accords one divine status has passed. His intentions may be good, but the history our nation speaks volumes on exploitation and abuse. The situation in the United Kingdom vis-à-vis corruption is far from ideal, and I see no move to jail their corrupt politicians. Indeed, it would seem only a resignation is called for when found with a hand in the UK cookie jar.To the Ambassador of the United States, I have also noticed your increased pronouncements on our possible oil revenues. I would advise you share that advice with your home country. On what ground do you stand to give advice? We have not yet forgotten or forgiven your last interference in our affairs via the CIA in the sixties, as your declassified documents show.To Guyana’s present administration, I beseech you not to forego all of our nation’s toil in achieving Independence and identity by your silence in the face of pronouncements on our internal affairs, which are demeaning and insulting to our collective intelligence. We all celebrated our Golden Jubilee of independence, now is the time to give meaning and significance to that milestone. Dr Williams said, “With his backward ideas of aristocracy of the skin…Massa still has his stooges who prefer to crawl on their bellies to Massa … instead of holding their heads high and erect”. Let us not be that stooge, let us not fail to remember the past, lest we repeat it.Sincerely,Robin Singhlast_img read more

Unemployed man remanded on simple larceny charge

first_imgAn unemployed man on Friday found himself before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer to a charge of simple larceny.The charge against Kevin Cumberbatch stated that on October 16, 2018, at Georgetown, he stole a Samsung cellphone valued $56,000; property of Wallette Ridley.The unrepresented man denied the charge after it was read to him.Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones objected to bail after informing the court that the defendant has no fixed place of abode and he is currently unemployed.Magistrate Daly after summing up the matter upheld the prosecution’s submission and remanded Cumberbatch to prison. The matter was adjourned October 26.last_img read more

Fire Chief Ryan takes over for the day

first_img“Don’t leave paper towel in oven”, “hair tied back”, and “don’t pour whiskey on fire” are just some of the great tips he included in his submission in the annual contest. A ride to school in a fire truck was Ryan’s first chief duty for the day, and he and three friends Xavier, Shale, and Braith were picked up again at lunch. The four hockey players had a pizza lunch with the firefighters and Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman, and got a tour of the new fire hall by Firefighter Sean Murphy. Ryan also received a new scooter courtesy of Totem Mall. After school today they’ll get picked up again for a tour around the city in the fire truck.- Advertisement –last_img read more

‘Gutted’ Scotland knocked out after Argentina recovery

first_img0Shares0000Florencia Bonsegundo scored a re-taken penalty to claim a draw against Scotland to keep Argentina’s hopes of a last 16 spot alive © AFP / Lionel BONAVENTUREParis, France, Jun 20 – Florencia Bonsegundo converted a re-taken penalty in stoppage time as Argentina came from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Scotland, a result that eliminated the Scots and gave the South Americans a slim hopes of advancing in the Women’s World Cup.Victory would have put Argentina through, the draw meant that they will need freakish results in the last two groups to go through as one of the best third-place finishers. The final minutes of the game left both sides complaining about VAR. In spite of the time taken over two reviews, there was very little added time.“Experience has taught me not to protest or argue with the decisions of the referee,” Carlos Borrello the Argentina coach said. “Four of five minutes were lost.”“I’m left with a bitter taste,” he said. “I think if the game had lasted a little longer we could have won.”Scotland have conceded a penalty in all three of their games.“We feel hard done by in the three games weve played VAR’s been used and we’ve been very unlucky,” said Scotland coach Shelley Kerr. Kim Little, Jen Beattie and Erin Cuthbert put Scotland 3-0 up after 69 minutes.Cuthbert was voted player of the match.“The player of the match is no consolation,” she said. “I’m gutted for the team, we’ve given everything.”After Cuthbert’s goal Milagros Menendez replied with Argentina’s first goal of the tournament in the 74th minute. Five minutes later a shot by Bonsegundo rebounded off the bar, struck goalkeeper Lee Alexander and went in.With two minutes left, after an agonising VAR review, Argentina were handed a penalty. Alexander saved Bonsegundo’s tame first effort, but VAR caught the goalkeeper straying off her line and the Argentine converted her second effort in the fourth minute of stoppage time. The draw left Scotland on one point, bottom of Group D and eliminated. Argentina have two points and can only advance as one of the four best third-place finishers if the games between Cameroon and New Zealand in Group E and Chile and Thailand in Group F both end in draws.Scotland took the lead in rhe 19th minute when Cuthbert opened up the Argentine defence and after her first shot was blocked hooked the ball to Little, who poked a shot home Four minutes into the second half, Beattie crashed a header past Correa.– ‘We were a player down’ –When Argentina’s captain and star Estefania Banini came off after an hour, to be replaced by Menendez, it seemed her and Argentina’s World Cup was over.When Cuthbert scored after 69 minutes, Scotland seemed set for the second round.“For 70 minutes we were very good but we didn’t manage to see the game out,” said KerrArgentina hit back with two goals in five minutes.In the 74th minute, Menendez finished a fluent move with a precise low shot past Alexander.Scotland’s goalkeeper Lee Alexander © AFP / Lionel BONAVENTUREThen Bonsegundo’s shot hit the bar and rebounded onto the back of the leaping Alexander’s outstretched hand and dropped back over the line.With time running out, Argentina won a corner. Scotland were aggrieved that the referee did not wait for sub Fiona Brown to come on.“We were a player down,” said Kerr.When the ball ran to Aldana Cometti, Scotland’s Sophie Howard lunged in. After a long VAR pause, referee Hyang Ok Ri acknowledged there had been a foul.Alexander started behind her line, but strayed a little to soon as she sprawled to save Bonsegundo’s first effort.A second VAR review gave Bonsegundo a second chance and she eliminated the Scots.The game had barely restarted when Ri whistled.Asked if FIFA needs to look at quality of referees Kerr said: ‘Yes’.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, April 29

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Manchester United appear increasingly confident that they have won their battle to retain goalkeeper David De Gea’s services for at least one more season by offering him a new contract in the region of £200,000 a week. (Independent)Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj is ready to sign a year-long loan deal with Everton at the end of the season. (The Sun)Real Madrid have 48 hours to make a decision on Javier Hernandez as the clock runs down on their first option to buy the Manchester United striker. (Daily Mail)Manchester City face competition from Paris Saint-Germain for Wolfsburg star Kevin De Bruyne. City have identified former Chelsea midfielder De Bruyne as a top summer target but the Belgian’s agent, Patrick De Koster, claims PSG are also interested and that he could cost as much as £42million. (Daily Mirror)PSG have told Manchester United and Arsenal that Edison Cavani is not for sale this summer. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal are in pole position to land Charlton wonderkid Joe Gomez. Manchester City and Manchester United have also made enquiries about the England Under-19 international defender but Arsenal are leading the chase. Charlton are willing to do business and want at least £8million for rising star Gomez. (Daily Mirror)Everton, Newcastle and Stoke have indicated they are ready to meet Yannick Bolasie’s £15million asking price. The explosive Crystal Palace winger is looking to leave Selhurst Park this summer after two-and-a-half years at the club, and will net the Eagles a tidy profit on the player they bought for £300,000. (Daily Mirror)Swansea are set to make a £4million bid for St Etienne full-back Franck Tabanou if the French club miss out on Champions League qualification. (Daily Mirror)John Obi-Mikel’s agent has failed to dismiss reports of the Chelsea midfielder making a shock switch to Real Madrid. (Daily Star)Chelsea will only allow Patrick Bamford to join a Premier League club on loan next season if he is guaranteed regular first team football. Crystal Palace, Southampton, Everton and Aston Villa are among clubs showing an interest in the striker. (London Evening Standard)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Arsenal two or three players away from turning into title winners, claims Harry RedknappExclusive – Liverpool MUST ‘spend big’ to catch Premier League rivals, claims former RedExclusive – Southampton chief claims ‘signs look good’ Nathaniel Clyne will pen new deal‘England’s best young manager’ Howe is going nowhere, Bournemouth chairman tells talkSPORTExclusive – Harry Redknapp hails Bournemouth’s ‘amazing’ rise to the Premier LeagueTransfer blow for Man United! Bayern Munich enter race for Borussia Dortmund starReports – Arsenal target contacted by Inter Milan about £30m moveArsenal transfer blow? Inter Milan and Juventus ‘want Dybala the most’, says Palermo presidentManchester United move ahead of Chelsea in chase to land £22m-rated Brazilian starletAtletico Madrid ready new deal for Bayern Munich and Chelsea targetEverton and West Ham target announces he will leave current clubPSG president claims club ‘won’t even consider any offers’ for Manchester United targetBoost for Tottenham! Italy striker’s agent admits summer move is a possibilityChristian Benteke’s agent rubbishes Aston Villa exit rumoursWest Ham join Liverpool and Newcastle in race to sign French hitman on a free transferlast_img read more

Norwich 3-1 Ipswich: Canaries to face Middlesbrough in Championship Play-Off final

first_img1 Norwich have secured a Play-Off Final spot against Middlesbrough with a 3-1 victory over Ipswich.With the first leg finishing 1-1 last Saturday at Portman Road, the tie was finely balanced going in to the clash at Carrow Road.The match swung on Christophe Berra’s red card on 49 minutes, with Norwich awarded a penalty after the Scotland defender stopped a definite goal with his hand on the line. Wes Hoolahan stepped up and gave Alex Neil’s side the lead.Ipswich weren’t going to go down without a fight though, and Tommy Smith’s strike just over 10 minutes later level the scores.But the extra man started to count as the match wore on and when Nathan Redmond smashed the ball low and hard into the corner of the goal, the match was all-but decided.Cameron Jerome added another to make the 3-1 on the day, and 4-2 on aggregate, sending Norwich through to the Wembley final on May 25. Wes Hoolahan celebrates his goal against Ipswich last_img read more

Aston Villa owner Tony Xia opens up over club’s financial struggles

first_img Aston Villa owner Tony Xia Aston Villa owner Tony Xia has said he has tried his best to ‘keep the club moving forward’ as the cash-strapped Championship outfit deal with their mounting financial problems.Villa are facing a cash crisis following their failure to secure promotion back to the Premier League.READ MORE: Aston Villa insist they will NOT sell Jack Grealish on the cheap despite financial woesThe club’s owner and chairman said on the personal Twitter account: 2center_img It has been very difficult 2weeks as I hinted earlier I was almost heartbroken by something.Tried my best to keep beloved AV move forward. Thanks for all ppl standing together going through the difficult time. It was all supporters’ encouraging words to keep me/us stronger. #UTV— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) June 7, 2018https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsThe club’s financial problems came to light after losing the Championship play-off final to Fulham last month, together with the suspension of chief executive Keith Wyness amid reports he had fallen out with Dr Xia.Although they have resolved an immediate tax problem with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, Villa still have to raise £40million to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.Villa’s best option of raising a quick lump sum of cash is selling 22-year-old local star Jack Grealish.But the club are refusing to be exploited by interested Premier League clubs and will hold firm on their £30million valuation on the talented youngster.Villa will resist selling Jack Grealish on the cheap this summerVilla have said an agreement has been reached with HM Revenue and Custom over the £4million tax bill.The agreement will allow the club to continue day-to-day operations.Villa have also announced on their website that there are no insolvency practitioners or administration advisors working with the club.A Villa statement read: “Owner and chairman Dr Tony Xia would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank supporters during this difficult and unsettling time and reassure them plans are now being put in place to move the club forward.”last_img read more

MINISTER: WE’RE ASKING LATVIA TO INVESTIGATE SITE USED TO BULLY ERIN

first_imgMinister for Children Frances Fitzgerald is to ask Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore to request that Latvian authorities investigate the safety standards used by the social networking website ask.fm, the site on which Erin Gallagher was bullied.The Ballybofey 13-year-old took her own life on Saturday after months of physical and psychological bullying.Horrid messages were left anonymously on the ask.fm site – based in the Latvian capital Riga. It’s founder says society is to be blame for Erin’s death, not his website.“Obviously I’m very worried because if you have a site that doesn’t have the kind of safeguards, for example, that Facebook have, and doesn’t block and where you don’t have a name policy, I’m obviously very concerned about it,” said Minister Fitzgerald.She has met with management at Facebook to discuss their safety practices and she intends to alert Latvian authorities to her concerns about ask.fm.“I’m going to be asking Eamon Gilmore to take up with his Latvian counterparts why this site, ask.fm, can be registered there and you know, who’s using it for advertising. She added: “So it’s really important that parents and schools and communities understand that there are differences in the sites.”Meanwhile Gardai are continuing to investigate Erin’s death and have interviewed a number of teenagers. MINISTER: WE’RE ASKING LATVIA TO INVESTIGATE SITE USED TO BULLY ERIN was last modified: November 3rd, 2012 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) Tags:MINISTER: WE’RE ASKING LATIVA TO INVESTIGATE SITE USED TO BULLY ERINlast_img read more

COMMUNITY ALERT: THIEVES STRIKE IN MILFORD AND MANORCUNNINGHAM

first_imgCOMMUNITY ALERT: GARDAÍ are once again warning property owners to be on the look-out for thieves after two more incidents overnight.Criminal gangs have been operating in both Milford and in Manorcunningham, but gardaí say that all property owners in the county should be on the look-out for thieves in their area.The highly-mobile gangs target rural and empty properties. A cement mixer valued at more than €300 was stolen in Labbadoo while thieves caused €1,50o worth of a damage when they attempted to break into a shed at Drumbarnett, Manorcunningham.The Manor incident follows reports of suspicious activity in east Donegal in recent days.The communities there are being warned to be extra vigilant, check on elderly neighbours regularly and be mindful that thieves are also operating during daylight hours.  COMMUNITY ALERT: THIEVES STRIKE IN MILFORD AND MANORCUNNINGHAM was last modified: November 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:crime alertdonegalmanorcunninghamMilfordlast_img read more

Marquez gains nearly 500 yards in COC win

first_imgThe Marcel Marquez show made an appearance in Glendora on Saturday. The College of the Canyons sophomore quarterback amassed nearly 500 yards of total offense in a 51-42 Western State Conference victory over host Citrus. He completed 19 of 29 passes for 415 yards, gained 24 yards on 15 carries and accounted for three touchdowns – two passing and one rushing – for the Cougars (6-0, 4-0), the defending state champion. Citrus had 425 yards of total offense. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Vince Patterson, Brandon Clayton and Brian Stuart combined for 118 rushing yards and two touchdowns for Canyons. The Owls (3-3, 3-1) had a 14-10 lead midway through the second quarter. Canyons responded by scoring 27 unanswered points, highlighted by Billy Omahen’s 7-yard touchdown reception and a 4-yard touchdown run by Marquez. Clayton’s 28-yard touchdown run gave Canyons a 44-21 lead with just more than nine minutes remaining in the game. Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 sean.ceglinsky@dailynews.com center_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more