Harold Hoyte supported free and fair elections in Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,The publisher of the Barbados Nation newspaper, Harold Hoyte, passed away a week ago. Mr Hoyte will be long remembered for championing freedom of the press, for which he received widespread accolades. But he also supported democratic governance in Guyana during the critical period of authoritarian rule (1966 to 1992).I spoke with Harold Hoyte on the phone (from New York) several times during the period of the struggle against the dictatorships led by the tyrannical Forbes Burnham and Desmond Hoyte. From New York, I was closely affiliated with the struggle against the fascist, racist Burnham dictatorship and was charged, along with Dr Baytoram Ramharack, with the task of public relations, reaching out to media people and support groups across the Caribbean region, Canada, and the UK. Harold Hoyte and I also spoke on a few occasions after the restoration of democracy in Guyana in 1992. Pieces of mine were published in the Nation relating to Guyana.I came to know of Harold Hoyte (who has no relationship with the dictator Desmond Hoyte) through the Black nationalist Contrast newspaper in Toronto, for which he was a writer. When he returned to Barbados, he started a paper that catered to all nationalities. Although a Black nationalist, Harold did not seek to oppress or marginalise other ethnic groups, as currently happens in State media in Guyana, and he provided media space for responses to letters critiquing articles and viewpoints. Mine was published.I am most grateful for Harold’s support to help end ethnic supremacist rule in Guyana during the Burnham/Hoyte dictatorships and the struggle for democratic governance. Harold developed the courage to call a spade a spade unlike other media stalwarts in the region. He knew Burnham, Hoyte, and others rigged elections, and he called them riggers. He recognised that Burnham and Hoyte were oppressors and persecutors, and he boldly referred to them as such. He held Burnham responsible for the murder of Dr Walter Rodney. Few other media outlets in the Caribbean region gave support to the Guyanese people’s struggle against the dictatorship. Like other democratic loving media personnel, he courageously called for an end to food ban that denied ethnic groups access to their cultural diets and religious paraphernalia in Guyana. He also called for the restoration of democratic governance in the country.Harold Hoyte was enamoured with the persistence and long years of struggle of Dr Cheddi Jagan for free and fair elections in Guyana and for championing workers’ rights. Jagan was overthrown by the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 1964 and kept out of office in Guyana by the US and Britain (in favour of the opportunistic Forbes Burnham) because of Jagan’s communist ideology that hurt his supporters. Had Jagan abandoned communism, the US and UK would have restored democratic rule and free and fair elections decades earlier.Eventually, when communism collapsed in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) in 1990, the US forced the Hoyte dictatorship to restore democratic governance in Guyana. Jagan was allowed to return to office in relatively free and fair elections, after mellowing and embracing capitalist economics in line with the perestroika model promoted by Mikhail Gorbachev. Harold saluted Jagan’s victory.Harold also tried to bring the region closer together and was critical of the policy of his country that unfairly targeted (and maligned) Guyanese migrants who were fleeing the oppression of Burnham/Hoyte dictatorships and the economic difficulties experienced by that country in subsequent years.The Guyanese people are indebted to Harold Hoyte.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisram (PhD)last_img read more

Fundamental Baptist Women Fellowship To Build Conference Center

first_imgpartial view of the women that attended the conference in GantaA group of Christian women under the banner, “Fundamental Baptist Women Fellowship” has broken ground for the construction of a modern conference center in Ganta, Nimba County.The building, according to the women’s leadership, will contain a large conference room, offices, rooms for lodging and other essential facilities, and will cost a little over US$68,000.The center when completed is expected to annually accommodate the women when they converge for their conference in which they are taught how to serve as good examples for positive change in the family and society at large.They currently rotate the conference, touring every region annually where their members are found. For now, their members can be found in Nimba, Grand Bassa, Bong, Grand Gedeh and Montserrado counties.“When we established this women’s group through the instrumentality of Rev. and Mrs. Esther Gbor, we first decided to purchase a vehicle to be transporting us for conferences, but we received advice that it will not be a durable property. It is against this background that we finally concluded on buying 10 acres of land and on March 11, 2017 we broke ground for the construction of our proposed conference center that will also contain spaces for other activities,” Mother Rebecca Nyanquoi, president of the group, said.Mother Nyanquoi did not state when exactly the project will commence; however, she said they have held fund raising rallies from which they have generated L$399,860 and US$512,420.She said with what they have on hand, they expect to begin the project as soon as the Nimba County authority responds to them by allowing the county’s yellow machines to clear the spot on which they want to erect the center.Giving an overview of the motivating force behind the annual conference, the Fundamental Baptist Women president said they purposely organized it to teach both young and old women how to manage their families and live lives that will reflect the concepts and ethics of Christianity, and to serve as agents of positive change in the society.According to Mother Nyanquoi, prior to establishing the conference for women, cases of gross disrespect towards their husbands and instances of divorce were emerging among married women.“Since we established the conference and hundreds of women you’re seeing here started attending, we have gotten positive reports that great changes have taken place in many homes, and those single women devoted to Christianity are upholding their values and respect,” Mother Nyanquoi said.While the women are changing bad attitudes toward their husbands, Mom Nyanquoi also said men were ignorantly using the scripture to enslave women, using the scripture reference that “Women must submit to their husbands in all things.”“For this act on the part of men, we have also proposed to our church leaders to organize a similar conference for the men because the impact women are making will not last if the men continue such traditional style of treatment of women,” she added.Also commenting on the conference, the founder, Mrs. Esther Gbor, said they teach women lessons on Psychology, Sociology and others, with scriptural backing.She named conflict resolution and transformation, human temperament or personality, marriage and family, counseling and personal hygiene as some of the lessons they teach during the conference.Responding to the theory of gender equity, Mrs. Gbor said they believe as Fundamental Baptists that man remains the head of the woman; however, she clarified that it does not also give the man the power and right to inhumanely treat the woman and deny her education and other necessities.“We respect our husbands and honor them as heads of the home, and we are helpmates to them. This of course does not mean the husband should treat the woman bad because it will not even be in agreement with the scripture. While God’s word says a wife should submit to her husband, it also tells the husband to love his wife as Christ loved the Church,” Mrs. Gbor clarified.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Meru man hits betPawa jackpot with Sh10

first_img0Shares0000Lawy MuneneNAIROBI, Kenya, May 16 – A lucky punter turned Sh10 into a million by making 12 correct football predictions on gaming site betPawa.Lawy Munene, 25-year old from Meru County, won the inaugural jackpot on betPawa barely 24 hours after it was launched. Dubbed Sunday Million Jackpot, where betPawa offers the lowest entry stake of just 10 shillings, Munene, a Business Administration graduate hit the jackpot at first attempt predicting all 12 matches correctly.With one match cancelled from the jackpot, he was lucky to get all his selections on point to claim the six figure pay out.Munene recalled how he placed his bets on Saturday afternoon, moments after the launch of the jackpot.“When I saw that betPawa had launched the new jackpot, and that they were also giving out free entry tickets, I immediately made my selections. I had missed out on their weekly jackpot, so I decided to give this Sunday Million Jackpot a try,” Munene said.“On my first ticket, I missed out the big prize by just one match. However, on this second one everything was on point. I received the dream call on Monday morning and I thought it was a hoax,” he explained, adding that,” he added.“I decided to confirm the number first and indeed it was betPawa. I shared with my mother who was in the farm, and she ran into joy.”Lucky punter Lawy Munene from Meru displays his winner’s cheque after winning betPawa jackpot last weekendSpeaking during the ceremony, betPawa country manager Dos Kariuki congratulated the winner and hailed betPawa’s innovative market products.“Over the years, our tagline has been ‘bet small win big.’ As betPawa, our goal is to convert our clients passion for sports into money, by them betting on their favourite teams and personalities for small amounts starting from one shilling,” he said.“betPawa continues to innovate new and exciting products and this time, we have launched two jackpots, The weekly 10 million jackpot and the Sunday million jackpot that has Sunday matches only. For both jackpots, you play with just 10 shillings and could win either 1 million or 10 million,”Kariuki added.The ecstatic winner said that he would invest his winnings in a new Pharmacy shop, and also in agribusiness. He encouraged other bettors to also pick betPawa where they bet small and can win big just like him.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

SA joins solar clean water project

first_img4 December 2006The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is representing South Africa in an international, multi-partner project aiming to demonstrate that solar disinfection of drinking water is an effective intervention against waterborne diseases.The European Union (EU) recently awarded a €1.9-million research grant to the three-year programme, which will be carried out by nine research groups in Ireland, Kenya, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and Zimbabwe.According to the CSIR, the project could be of immeasurable benefit to “vulnerable communities in developing countries who normally do not have a reliable, safe water supply, as well as those communities who might find themselves exposed to natural or man-made disasters.”The project aims to help reduce the number of fatalities, especially among sub-Sahara African children under the age of five, caused by diarrhoeal diseases resulting from exposure to contaminated water.According to the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Report 2006, diarrhoea is the second biggest killer of children worldwide, claiming the lives of around 1.8-million children a year, while 1.1-billion people in the world still have no regular access to clean water.Solar disinfection of drinking water is a low-tech, safe and affordable method to improve water quality. It involves placing contaminated water in transparent bottles which are then placed in direct sunshine for six hours.The method has been approved by the World Health Organisation, and is commended for its proven efficiency in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia in 2004.Over the next three years, the multidisciplinary research team will investigate the health benefits of using solar disinfected drinking water in developing countries, the factors that influence communities to adopt or reject the technique, whether the basic technique can be improved using simple technologies, and whether there are any major waterborne diseases that are not susceptible to it.“We want to confirm the considerable health benefits that can be derived, at no cost, from drinking solar disinfected water, and increase awareness of this method in our country and other countries where sunlight abounds,” said Martella du Preez, a senior CSIR researcher who coordinates the health impact studies in African countries.“After a series of laboratory and field trials, we are certain that it is an effective way of preventing many diseases such as cholera, dysentery or polio, and that it should be considered as an option alongside boiling, chlorination and other standard water treatment methods,” Du Preez said.As part of the agreement, CSIR researcher Eunice Ubomba-Jaswa has travelled to Ireland to take up a three-year PhD research position at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Ubomba-Jaswa will spend 18 months in Ireland and England before moving to Spain to complete her experiments under real sun conditions.Other institutions participating in the study include the Kenyan International Community for the Relief of Suffering and Starvation, the Institute of Water and Sanitation Development in Zimbabwe, the universities of Ulster and Leicester in the UK, the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, and Spain’s University of Santiago de Compostela and Plataforma Solar de Almeria.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Should I continue farming?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris Zoller, Ohio State University Extension Educator, ANR-Tuscarawas County It’s no secret that all of agriculture is suffering from years of low commodity prices and rising input costs. The economic struggles have affected you financially and physically. You’ve looked at the numbers, met with advisors, and talked to family. The thought of selling part or your entire farm brings with it added worry and concern. What can you do? Find someone you trust and with whom you feel comfortable discussing your situation. This person may not have many answers to your questions, but they can listen to your frustrations and worries. They may be able to help you sort through the confusion and develop a course of action. Think of your situation as a picture — a set of eyes looking at the picture from the outside may see things you can’t because you are caught up in the picture. Understand that you are not alone. Nearly every farm and farm family is in a similar situation. Don’t live in the past or dwell on what could or should have been done. Take control of the situation and develop a plan for managing the things you are able to control.Assessment Evaluate your financial position by meeting with your lender to discuss options for restructuring debt. Can you extend the repayment terms to provide more cash flow? Contact your Extension Educator about completing a FINPACK analysis (https://farmprofitability.osu.edu/).What are your specific, measurable, attainable, rewarding, and timed (SMART) goals? How are your goals similar and different from those of family and/or business partners? Develop a list of your education, experiences, and skills. How can you use these in another career? What career opportunities fit you best?Evaluation If you come to the decision that selling all or part of your farm is the best option, there are several items to address. Begin with a balance sheet and other financial information to understand your present financial situation. Doing so will help you decide how much money (and approximate number of assets) you must sell. You may want to meet with an appraiser, auctioneer, or real estate professional for help determining the expected value of assets.Professionals Your attorney can answer questions and advise you about legal considerations related to a sale. An accountant will help minimize your tax liability and give an estimate of what you may expect to pay in taxes.Help is available There are people and agencies/organizations that can help with the transition and the emotions that come with the sale. Clergy, licensed counselors, and medical professionals can help you cope. Other sources of help include: Ohio State University Extension (extension.osu.edu) National Suicide Prevention (1-800-273-8255) National Alliance for Mental Illness (1-800-950-6264) Ohio Workforce Training (ohio.gov/working/training) Ohio Job & Family Services, Office of Workforce Development (jfs.ohio.gov/owd)Additional information Coming to the decision to sell all or a part of your farm is not an easy decision. Find someone with good listening skills. Talk to professionals, reach out for help, get answers, and make the best possible decisions. More information about this subject is available at https://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/anr-71.last_img read more

Nargis raps Neetu over bikini shoot

first_imgNargis, who was last seen in the Akshay Kumar and John Abraham-starrer Garam Masala, says she would never wear something that makes her family uncomfortable.Taking a dig at her Garam Masala co-star Neetu Chandra ” who was recently in news for a hot bikini shoot ” Nargis says sporting a bikini is out of question for her.The actress goes on to say she has, in fact, missed out on “a whole lot of films” because she refused to do things which were ethically unacceptable to her.Is that the reason she has done a single film ” Pranali ” since her debut three years ago in Garam Masala? Talking about her career, Nargis says her third film, Morning Walk, is scheduled for release on July 10.The actress, however, says she is happy about the fact that Neetu went on to become a better known face and also tried the bikini.”I am really happy for her. She is a great person and actor and we have been good friends,” she says. “( But) the bikini is out of limits for me. I even refused to wear a bikini in Morning Walk , though the director had asked me to,” she adds.Courtesy: Mail Todaylast_img read more