Linden Town Week culminates this weekend

first_imgThe last week of the much anticipated Linden Town Week will culminate this weekend, with some exciting events to thrill Lindeners and the hundreds who are expected to travel up to the mining town.The action gets underway today with the “Bikers Fest”, hosted by Vybz Entertainment at Northern Burnham Drive, with a display of stunts by members of the Sonic Hunter Bikerz Group and the Linden Highway Rippers.For the children, there will also be a display by the BMX Boys and Skateboard Kids. This will definitely add some excitement to the event.VershonLil RickAs the place gets darker, all roads will lead to the Christiansburg Hard Court for “Colour Fete” which will feature top deejays out of Georgetown and Linden, including Gully Ras and Selector Diamond; two of the most versatile men on the console.On Saturday, members of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club will be part of the Linden Exhibition Festival slated for Koker Street. There, there will be lots on display as drivers and riders show-off their skills.In addition, there will be lots on sale including food, craft, clothes and many other items. The main event for the night, however, will be the Vybz Regional All Black Affairs at the Mackenzie Sports Club Ground. Admission to this event is $1500.On Sunday, the last day of the celebrations, the main attraction will be the International concert featuring “Vershon” out of Jamaica and soca sensation, Lil Rick out of Barbados. To do some juggling to entertain the audience will be the Stone Love Crew out of Jamaica.Tickets cost $2000 and the concert is sponsored exclusively by X-tra Beer. After a long week of events, Monday, May 1 will be the wash down at the Dr Haynes Pool at Amelia’s Ward.Other attractions will include a cricket competition, Linden Open Tennis Championship and the annual Duck Curry Competition at Major’s residence, Amelia’s Ward. Linden Town Week will end with the Guinness in the Streets Football Tournament hosted by Banks DIH Limited.last_img read more

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China Turns Over 30 Motorbikes, Equipment to LNP

first_imgChinese Ambassador to Liberia, Zhang Yue, has assured the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the people of Liberia that China will continue to play its role in supporting and cooperating with Liberia to maintain peace and security in the wake of United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown. Ambassador Yue made the statement over the weekend when he turned over a consignment of equipment, including a fleet of 30 Chinese made police motorbikes, two Chinese made jeeps and several anti-riot gear valued at over 1.3 million RMB to the LNP. According to the Chinese Envoy, the donation was made possible through a request made by the LNP to the Ministry of Public Security of China. “It is the largest police aid from China to Liberia”, Amb. Yue said.The donation comes at a time when UNMIL is drawing down, and Liberia is on its path to post-Ebola recovery. “This donation aims at helping LNP to overcome difficulties of insufficient funds to change the old police equipment, to improve stability and maintenance and anti-riot ability of Liberian police force to play a positive role in guaranteeing long-term security and stability,” the Chinese Ambassador said as he turned over the items to LNP Director Chris Massaquoi.The Chinese Diplomat said China has been active in assisting the Liberian government and the people in their endeavors to reconstruct their country, adding, “We take Liberia’s development as our assistance priorities with the aim to bring tangible benefit to the Liberian people.”He said with the development of bilateral relations, the police exchanges and cooperation between China and Liberia have also been deepened steadily with the protocol signed between China and Liberia. China’s Female Police Unit (FPU) will conduct training of Liberian policemen in the process of handing over of the equipment. “So this handover is not only for hardware, but of capacity,” he added. LNP Director Chris Massaquoi, on receiving the items, lauded the government of China for the gesture, adding that it will help the LNP in addressing the many challenges the force is faced with in providing security to Liberians.Director Massaquoi said China has been a partner in the restructuring process of the LNP stressing that the police will continue to exhibit professionalism in the performance of their duty to Liberians.He said the donation will help the police in getting adequately prepared to respond to the many the challenges that might face them in the wake of UNMIL’s drawdown.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Mystery Ship’ Owner Surfaces

first_imgThe mystery surrounding the ship, TAMAYA 1, which surfaced May 3, on the shores of Grand Cape Mount County, may now appear to be solved as one of three personalities, who recently arrived in the country, has claimed ownership.This was disclosed by the Ministry of Defense in a release issued Monday, May 16, in Monrovia. The Ministry, at the heart of the investigation surrounding the vessel, which ran aground and reportedly took at least two days before national security forces were alerted, said the three persons who have come to confirm the identity of the abandoned vessel, include Omowho Bernard and Tomogho Oye Amaliri, two of the four crew members who were onboard the vessel; the third person is Robert M. Saigha “the purported owner of the ship.” Saigha claims to be one of two shareholders in the company called H.G. Matic’s Resources Limited based in Bayelsa State, Nigeria. According to him, the company is engaged in the supply of petroleum products, marine logistics, haulage, civil engineering and general contractual services. Authorities at the Ministry of Defense have emphasized that the men entered the country on May 13, 2016, onboard ARIK Air at their own volition and were never arrested. “They have since been cooperating with the Liberian security institutions in furtherance of unraveling circumstances surrounding the vessel.”Saigha told Liberian security personnel that be had bought the ship (Panama registered) in Senegal through what he termed as “installment payments,” which began in 2015. Before it was transferred to him, it had been used to transport groundnut oil from Senegal to Europe.He narrated that the vessel set sail on April 22, 2016, from Dakar, Senegal for Nigeria and developed technical faults at sea. He also stated that when he was told about the distress at sea, he contacted another fishing trawler to locate the abandoned vessel.“It was later established through contact via the fishing vessel that TAMAYA 1 was found sinking in an area 7 degrees 07 North and 13 degrees 08 degrees East of Freetown, Sierra Leone towards Conakry, Guinea and [it] subsequently drifted to Liberia.” According to Omowho Bernard, chief engineer of the vessel, the ship started to leak from the engine room, and all efforts to correct the situation failed. Eventually he and fellow crew, including the captain, disembarked using TAMAYA 1 lifeboat to board a fishing boat, which came to their rescue. The lifeboat was later abandoned at sea and it drifted to the coast of Edina, Grand Bassa County.Investigations conducted by the Liberian Coast Guard (LCG) established that it was indeed one of the two lifeboats onboard the abandoned Panamanian registered Nigerian oil tanker, TAMAYA 1. Given all that has been said by the purported owner of TAMAYA 1, there are still further unanswered questions and concerns lingering on the minds of ordinary Liberians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Languishing unjustly in jail

first_imgDear Editor,Comments like those offered by the Finance Minister in his 2017 Budget with respect to the progress on the reforms in the judicial system has to be rejected on all fronts since it is constructed in an environment of massive mental delusion. The Minister was quoted as saying “the Government continues to place the highest priority on the maintenance of a strong justice system, given its role in upholding our civil liberties and maintaining the rule of law.” Where is this strong justice system that the Minister is alluding to? Thus my use of the word delusional because such a system does not exist in Guyana, has not for a very long time, and the justice system continues to deteriorate under this Granger government with these public measures of witch-hunt and harassment of the top judicial official by the politicians.We have a strategic problem in the judicial system, it is a third-rate deliverer of justice, especially if you are poor and cannot raise “bail money”. The Finance Minister in his 2017 Budget introduced a $1.6 billion IDB Project that is aiming to provide:Alternative sentencing interventionsStrengthening of probation servicesDesign and implementation of restorative justice programmeImplementation of case management and court scheduling systemTraining of judges and magistrates in the use of alternatives to pre-trial detentionLaw reformMy immediate response to this latest act of public squander is – here we go again. Guyana has spent some G$10 billion by way of foreign donor projects on Justice Sector Reforms and Citizen Security Programmes since 2007 and it has mostly come to naught. Guyana is still a crime invested society that has a judicial system that still has thousands of cases in the backlog piles, unresponsive to the needs of the accused and actively violates the human rights of dozens of innocent men and women in a remand system that is totally malfunctional. There is no social justice for the poor and the working class in Guyana; not under Anil Nandlall and now ten times worst under Basil Williams because of serious legal administrative issues.Under Anil Nandlall, an Amerindian victim, one Mr Justin John, languished in jail for seven years because the prosecutorial system was unwilling to deliver justice in a timely manner. Today under Basil Williams, it is an even worst situation with dozens more such active cases leading a President to make irrational decisions with a methodology that resembles “ine-mini-mini-mo” to release prisoners from an overcrowded prison system. Good try, but there is a better way, put the people in front of judges and magistrates. But if the Granger administration is playing petty politics with judicial appointments, then the only option they have is “ine-mini-mine-mo” and this is a classification of how dotish the judicial system has descended these days under David Granger.It is unfortunate that after all these years, our policy makers do not understand that development is not how much money we spend, but how much of that money actually benefits the intended beneficiary. Where is the change for the poor and the working class that was promised at WHIM in 2015?It is the time for the DPP to bite the bullet and surrender those cases she has inadequate evidence on. As the Officer in Charge of Prosecution in Guyana, she has the mandate to bring speedy closure to those cases she has no or weak evidence for. It is not the remandee’s fault that the investigative skill of most of the members of the Police Force is poor.It is the time that we as a society have the courage of conviction to advocate for justice for all regardless of their social status. The burden of proof is on the prosecution and their slothfulness must not be rewarded by the incarceration of poor people. The Prosecutors are tasked with the responsibility to collect and present enough compelling evidence to convince the Judge of the facts. The DPP and the Police and the leaders in the judicial reform process under this Granger government continue to fail the nation by failing to present evidence beyond the reasonable doubt on these cases fast enough and instead they continue to hide behind the bureaucracy. This is wrong and in cases where the DPP has weak evidence, she must man up and throw in the towel and go for an acquittal, rather than have so many young lives tarnished by a crooked and broken judicial system.It is up to the Independent Media to ask the tough questions of the DPP, Attorney General and the Public Security Minister and their “Kabaka” himself so that this trend of denying justice to the working class reduces. This is not how the poor and the powerless must be treated. It is just plain wrong. How many more poor people, who cannot afford to raise bail, will be forced to languish unjustly in jail for years because the DPP, the Police and those tasked with Judicial Reforms in the Granger government are failing to do the job that they are paid to do?Yours faithfully,Sase Singhlast_img read more

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Aircraft found at Yupukari originated from Colombia

first_img− preliminary report completedJust over two weeks of intense investigation into the discovery of an aircraft at Yupukari, Upper Essequibo-Upper Takutu, the preliminary report of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) led by Brigadier Retired, Edward Collins, was on Monday handed over to State Minister, Joseph Harmon.The preliminary investigations revealed that the aircraft found on September 13 bearing registration number N767Z originated from Colombia. Enough intelligence gathering suggested that the aircraft developed engine problems and the pilots had a requirement to conduct a certain manoeuver in order not to lose consciousness.“When they got to Guyana, because the aircraft could not start, it remained there for a while. We have evidence to suggest that the residents found that site by August 18, 2016,” Collins revealed.The aircraft upon arrival at CJIARetired Brigadier Edwards Collins presenting the preliminary report to Minister of State, Joseph HarmonThe Commissioner noted that during the investigations, it was also discovered that residents were reluctant to provide information to the security forces. In light of this, it is likely that recommendations in the final report will include the development of better relations and communication between the security sector and the communities in those areas.Concurrent to the CoI, a the Joint Services team headed by Superintendent Hugh Denheart of the Guyana Police Force, is conducting investigations and will pursue and probe the areas beyond the scope of the Terms of Reference of the Commission.Upon receiving the report, Harmon expressed Government’s gratitude for the work, which has been completed so far, even as he noted that the administration looks forward to the final document and its findings and recommendations.“We look forward to the final report when its gets here as well as the recommendations to improving the communication in the hinterland and our borders and the timeliness of that information to the centre where the decisions have to be made,” the minister stated.The Cessna aircraft was discovered hidden in a clump of bushes by Joint Service patrol. Immediately upon discovery, a team of Joint Services—GDF, GPF, CANU—investigators was dispatched to the area.Upon checking the US registration number, it was discovered to be false.The aircraft was subsequently repaired and flown to Cheddi Jagan International Airport. It is currently secured at the GDF Air Corps Hangar.last_img read more

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Women’s rights activist wants Guyana to introduce femicide law

first_img…says “women deserve greater protection”By Samuel SukhnandanWomen’s Rights Activist Nicole Cole is urging the Government to impose tougher punishments on those who murder women and girls as part of efforts to stem high levels of violence against women.Commissioner at Women and Gender Equality Commission (WGEC), Nicole ColeCole, who sits on the Women and Gender Equality Commission (WGEC), told Guyana Times in an exclusive interview on Monday that Guyana should create a ‘femicide law.’Several countries, including neighbouring Brazil, have introduced similar laws, dubbing as femicide violence against women and the killing and maiming of women solely because of their gender. Femicide, as a criminal act, has already been incorporated into legislation in many Latin American countries, where violence against women is widespread.Cole says it is important to distinguish “femicide” from “homicide”, as most research conducted in countries with high rates of femicide doesn’t consider the act as such. “Femicide is the sexist violence against women because of a patriarchal system that believes in the inferiority of women themselves,” she explained.The WGEC official told Guyana Times that femicide is not just the murder of women, but the murder of women because they are women. She noted that in many cultures and societies like Guyana’s, this form of violence has long been accepted and encouraged.Cole says that if Government is serious about addressing this scourge, implementing new measures through this new law would help to reduce the number of women being killed annually at the hands of their spouses, lovers or family members.She acknowledged that certain laws in Guyana offer some level of protection to women, but expressed her belief that having a separate law to address this issue would offer greater protection to women.“Women deserve greater protection in this country,” she said. “Tackling violence against women is not an overnight job. It does not change the underlying cause of the violence: the range of macho culture which stands in direct opposition to gender equality.”Cole pointed to the recent case involving a 29-year-old woman from Parika, East Bank Essequibo who was allegedly strangled with a bed sheet by her reputed husband. She said that if Guyana had implemented a femicide law, it would probably have deterred the perpetrator, and other men like him, from committing such acts, while at the same time provide greater protection to the victim and other women faced with similar situations.According to the World Health Organization, violence against women – such as intimate partner violence, rape and emotional abuse – poses a significant public health problem in every country. The most extreme form of violence against women is femicide. Unfortunately, because cases of femicide are underreported or misidentified as general homicide, the true prevalence of this crime is not known.last_img read more

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Feather in FBI’s cap is arrest of Goofy Hat Bandit suspect

first_imgTurner, who was unemployed between his alleged bank jobs, is suspected of using notes demanding 100s, 50s and 20s. A man allegedly wearing a goofy hat similar to Turner’s suspected headwear hit a Citibank in Pasadena on June 5. When agents arrested Turner on Wednesday, he went peacefully. “He had a hat with him,” Eimiller said. Authorities were unable to provide information on the type of hat. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Goofy Hat Bandit hung up his chapeau Wednesday. Authorities suspect that William Vance Turner, already a convicted bank robber, went on a 40-site robbery spree that spanned nearly two years. Disguised with a variety of unusual headpieces, the 56-year-old allegedly hit 11 San Fernando Valley depositories before FBI agents grabbed him in a department store parking lot near his Ladera Heights home Wednesday morning. “He consistently wore a hat, but sometimes they were fishermen’s caps, fedoras, even baseball hats,” said Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman with the FBI’s Los Angeles office. “Tellers described the hats initially as goofy, so that’s how he got his name.” Turner served nine years in prison after a stint in the early 1990s as The Pershing Square Bandit, when he was convicted of knocking over 30 banks in the downtown area. He was still serving probation for his previous crimes, which allowed an agent with the U.S. Department of Probation to recognize him in a photo. last_img read more

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WATCH – Wolfsburg defender with one of worst misses EVER!

first_imgRight-back Sebastian Jung has yet to score for Wolfsburg since joining the club in 2014 and missed a glorious chance to finally open his account against Stuttgart at the weekend. Check it out below… 1 “Oh! What a miss!” Surely Sebastian Jung will never have an easier chance to open his @VfL_Wolfsburg account… https://t.co/d9HuvDxJFa— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) December 19, 2015last_img

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VIDEO: Chelsea wantaway striker Diego Costa clowns around at Brazilian circus

first_img The usually stone-faced Costa even managed to crack a smile… Antonio Conte made it clear to Diego Costa that he would take no more of his clowning around.The Chelsea striker left his manager unimpressed after trying to force an exit to China midway through their title winning campaign last season.But despite being told off, the 28-year-old is continuing his circus act – quite literally – in his native Brazil.Filmed in the city of Lagarto, Costa can be seen entertaining children alongside a mime artist.And the usually stone-faced Costa even managed to crack a smile while leaving his audience in fits of laughter. 1center_img De saída do Chelsea, Diego Costa vira roqueiro no circo e faz a alegria das crianças 🙂 https://t.co/sRFlxUCjxj pic.twitter.com/U0FkhGtXs8— globoesportecom (@globoesportecom) August 8, 2017last_img read more

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A new chapter

first_imgCoach Eric Custer enters his first year leading the Auburndale Apaches and their young rosterBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterAUBURNDALE — Close to a brand new roster awaits a brand new head coach as 25-year-old Eric Custer takes over the Auburndale High School football program.Custer, who served as an assistant coach for Jason Tubbs at Stratford, is a former Stratford player who was part of the last four of the Tigers’ six-straight WIAA Division 6 state championship teams from 2003-2008.He now heads the Apaches, who are coming off three-straight playoff appearances and their first postseason win since 2002.However, this year’s team will not look much like last year’s squad. Auburndale, which finished 7-3 overall and tied Stratford for second place at 5-2 in the Marawood Conference, lost seven all-conference players, including two that earned spots on both offense and defense.This season 20 sophomores dot the 32-man roster with only eight seniors and four juniors returning.Among those that return is running back/linebacker Kurt Jankowski, who had 118 yards rushing in conference games last year.“We only have two returning starters on offense and five on defense, so our biggest thing is to find those kids that can step in and then find our depth after that,” Custer said. “I’m comfortable with where we are at now, and hopefully it keeps progressing.“We’re very young. We were picked for fourth in the conference, and the top four make the playoffs, so these guys are starting to earn the respect of their conference opponents. Though we are young, we have the mentality to compete for a playoff spot.”Sophomore Ryan Isaacson will lead the Auburndale offense, taking over for quarterback Wyatt Weiler, who was the Marawood Back of the Year in 2014.“He works really hard and is going to be a good leader in the huddle,” Custer said. “He played well at the scrimmage (Aug. 15 at Owen-Withee). He made some inexperienced mistakes with the speed (of the game), but I think he’s going to progress with the season.”Auburndale was second in the conference in defense a year ago, giving up just 172 yards and 10.9 points per game. Custer said he expects the defense to be the team’s strength again as it heads into its season opener Friday at home against Tomahawk.The defense will be led by a strong line that includes senior tackles Kaleb Bolder and Josh Gabel, who will be backed up by Jankowski at middle linebacker, Collin Hawkins at outside linebacker, and Aaron Willfahrt at defensive back.“They were second in points allowed last year, and I’d like to see that again,” Custer said. “I’m optimistic. It’s the same scheme, the same coach running the defense. There’s going to be growing pains with a new offensive system and new terminology, so I definitely see our defense, especially our rush defense, being strong.”Paul Lecker is publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at paul@marshfieldareasports.com.last_img read more

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