first_imgTonight, the inaugural event kicking off a month-long series of activities to mark the “100th Anniversary of the End of Indian Indentureship” kicks off at the National Cultural Centre at 19:00h (7pm). A historic THIRTEEN groups from the Indian Guyanese Community have come together to host the joint event.It is reminiscent of the struggle in the Indian Parliament during 1916 to pass a resolution calling upon the British Parliament to end indentureship, when the sparring factions of the Indian National Congress – the “Radicals” and the “Moderates” together with the departed Muslim League – joined hands on the issue. On March 12, 1917, Governor General of India, Hardinge ordered the immediate cessation of all recruitment and shipping of Indian indentured labour. Except for a few hundred returnees over the next four years, when the official end of indentureship ended on January 1, 1920, with all contracts expiring then, that was it for indentured labourers.Congress had picked up the issue because over in Natal, South Africa, the whites – especially the Afrikaans section – insisted on treating ALL persons from India as second class – indentured and non-indentured – and not having rights accorded to whites. This infuriated professional Indians like Gandhi who had been hired as an attorney by some wealthy Gujarati merchants who had freely emigrated as “citizens” of the British Empire with all the rights and privileges of such status. Or so they thought.After being thrown off the first-class section of a train in favour of a white, Gandhi began to make common cause with the indentureds of Natal and brought their ill-treatment to the attention of the head of the Moderate faction of  the INC – Gokhale. The status of indentured Indians in the colonies thus helped to awaken the Indian elite to the hypocrisy of British pretences of full citizenship for her colonial subjects, after a period of “tutelage”. The issue also helped to bring together not only the ideological factions of Congress but the regional blocks that were even more entrenched.In Guyana, on the other hand, by the turn of the century, that lesson had long been imbibed by the immigrants whose indenturship had expired and had decided to remain in Guyana: they were all defined as “Indians” and were treated uniformly with contempt by the authorities and others in the society. The divisions of regions (10 per cent were from Madras Presidency in the South and the remainder from United Provinces in the North); caste (the net cast by recruiters had brought a representative sample of North India) and religion (also representative of North India between Hindu and Muslim) had become attenuated.The hardships of the two-month long passage from India had combined with the “total institution” of the plantation to create a new identity which was affirmed by the census category of “East Indians. But it was not just an external designation – combined with profound “internal” changes” that served to solidify their “Indian” group identity ahead of an analogous process in India.Mandirs and Masjids had been built from as early as 1870, but especially with the Hindus who were less uniform and rigorous with their practices, there were many “adaptations” such as weekly “satsanghs” on their one day off on Sundays with a “Pandit” functioning much as Christian priests did. “Creole English”, learnt from the ex-slaves who remained on the plantations, had become the dominant lingua franca. Women had become more equal with men in the home than in India, since they earned wages like the former outside of the home.Christian proselytisation did not have much success by the end of Indentureship – but a beachhead had been formed that would widen rapidly with the increased exposure to western education which was conducted solely in Church-run schools. That education had produced the first medical doctor and lawyer and while the urban segment was a mere 7000 compared to more than one hundred thousand in the rural areas, at least half of the latter were living outside the “loges” surrounding the sugar factory.In 1916, members of their incipient elite launched the “British Guiana East Indian Association” to secure their interests. This was the beginning of the use of their new group identity to solidify their place in their new country.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, November 23 – Daniel Sturridge came off the bench to earn Liverpool a 3-3 draw at Everton with an 89th-minute equaliser in a richly entertaining Merseyside derby on Saturday.A brace from Romelu Lukaku had put Everton on the brink of a first win over their city rivals in seven matches, but Sturridge’s header gave Liverpool a share of the spoils after a frenetic Premier League encounter at Goodison Park. Liverpool took a fifth-minute lead when Philippe Coutinho neatly controlled the ball on his thigh and volleyed home after Luis Suarez flicked on a Steven Gerrard corner.The hosts equalised three minutes later, Kevin Mirallas converting a Ross Barkley knock-down, only for Suarez to restore Liverpool’s lead in the 19th minute by whipping a 25-yard free-kick into the bottom-right corner.Mirallas was fortunate to avoid a red card for a knee-high foul on Suarez before half-time, with referee Phil Dowd electing only to book him.Joe Allen spurned a superb chance to extend the visitors’ lead when he shot wide with the goal at his mercy and Liverpool were punished in the 72nd minute when Lukaku tucked away an equaliser.Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard produced a point-blank reflex stop to keep out a header from Suarez and with eight minutes to play Lukaku claimed his second goal with a bullet header from Mirallas’s left-wing corner.Everton would have moved up to third place with victory — level on points with Liverpool — but Sturridge had the final say when he smartly headed past Howard from a Gerrard free-kick.“It was a terrific game. I’ve been involved in a few and they are real heart-stoppers,” said Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.“We again showed our resilience and ability to fight back. This is a difficult place to come and they haven’t lost at Goodison Park this year.”Everton manager Roberto Martinez said: “It’s really disappointing we didn’t get three points. To concede late on from a dead-ball situation doesn’t reward my team for how they played in the second half.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Bastian Schweinsteiger is joined by Wayne Rooney in celebrating his goal against Wigan Athletic in the FA CUp third round on January 29, 2017. PHOTO/Daily MailMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Jan 29- Headers from Marouane Fellaini and Chris Smalling, and second half efforts from Henrkih Mkhitaryan and Bastian Schweinsteiger ensured holders Manchester United enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 fourth round FA Cup victory against Wigan on Sunday.For German World Cup winner Schweinsteiger it was a rare sweet moment since Jose Mourinho took over — he banished him at one point to train away from the first team before welcoming him back into the fold at the end of October — scoring on his first start in 385 days. The scoreline flattered Jose Mourinho’s side slightly as his much-changed starting XI struggled to break down the Championship visitors for nearly all of the first half.But ultimately, United still have a chance of becoming just the sixth team to retain the trophy following a routine win.Fellaini struck in the 43rd minute of a first half in which the Premier League side failed to play with any real rhythm or pace.That was probably not surprising given Mourinho had made nine changes from the side that advanced to the final of the League Cup despite losing at Hull in last Thursday’s semi-final second leg.United spent most of that first half looking like a team that had never played together before and, when the opening goal did finally come, it was from a very direct approach.At the end of a long passage of play, which had United supporters showing their impatience, the ball was worked to Schweinsteiger on the right and his high, deep cross was met by the Belgian who beat marker Callum Connolly and headed powerfully into the goal.It was Fellaini’s second goal of the season, the midfielder having also scored an important cup goal in the first leg semi-final win over Hull.Not until Smalling struck, in the 58th minute, could Mourinho relax after Wigan failed to clear a Wayne Rooney corner and Anthony Martial darted into the Wigan penalty area.His perfect chip into the six-yard area was met by Smalling, still in position following the set-piece, and the England international made no mistake from close range.Wigan began to wilt under the United pressure, especially when they pressed forward in search of a route back into the tie, and fell to a devastating counter-attack after 73 minutes.Man of the match Mkhitaryan and Martial exchanged passes as they galloped into Wigan territory, leaving the former with the opportunity to practically walk the ball past Jakob Haugaard into the Wigan goal.Another Rooney corner caused problems with nine minutes remaining and was headed goalwards by United substitute Ander Herrera for Schweinsteiger to swivel and force the ball home from six yards.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – During the semi-annual report to City Council by the RCMP on Tuesday, the subject of the Creep Catchers that has formed in Fort St. John was discussed between Council and members of the Fort St. John detachment.Sgt. Dave Tyreman says that the Fort St. John RCMP don’t condone the Creep Catchers ways of catching people because it could sanction legal action against them.“With Creep Catchers, it is kind of a touchy subject because what they are doing, their goal is to shame this individual in the community. Our goal as investigators is to stop this behaviour, put somebody behind bars, get them whatever help they need.With Creep Catchers, if we have a current ongoing investigation where somebody is involved in child pornography or sex with underaged women and these people all of a sudden out this person, they have thrown countless hours down the drain by doing this.We don’t condone what they are doing. We understand why they are doing it but again, they shamed a person in the community.”Tyreman said that if someone was to hurt themselves because of the comments from the public, the police would have to ask the question of whether or not the person from Creep Catchers would be responsible for negligence causing death.Advertisement “We don’t want to see anyone pushed to that point where they take their own life. We do what we can. We’ve had a couple of videos we found out about from a third party where it was on the website. We got a hold of the individual involved, we do everything we can to preserve the evidence from the sites. The main thing we have to look at, when they go out, what process are they following.”- Advertisement -He says that they have to ask the question of “are they going out and pretending to be 14 year-old girls, are they encouraging the behaviour or are they just sitting back and waiting like they say they are.” He also said they have to go through the transcripts that the Creep Catchers provide and see if the are “baiting” the person.last_img read more

first_img1 Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi has insisted he and manager Stuart Pearce have not fallen out over the transfer of Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles.Newcastle have signed the pair for an undisclosed fee, which angered Pearce, but they have since been loaned back to the Tricky Trees for the new campaign.And Al Hawasi told talkSPORT there was just a misunderstanding between him and the England legend, nicknamed Pyscho, over the deal, adding the pair are getting on better than ever since the incident.“There is no problem between me and Stuart Pearce,” he told Matchday Live. “We still talk on the phone and we are friendlier now. There is nothing wrong.“There was a misunderstanding between us. He was aware about [the transfers of] Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles but maybe he wasn’t happy about the price or something but we’ve spent all that money for the club and they are still with us for this season.”And Al Hasawi is now looking look forward to a promising season after the signings of Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio this week. “I hope this season is different to last season,” he added.“This season Stuart Pearce starts from the very beginning and he’s picked all the players he wants. We hope this season will be special.”It also appears the Forest chairman will be giving Pearce plenty of time to get things right at the City Ground following several managerial changes in recent campaigns at the club.“I don’t like to change managers,” said Al Hasawi. “I would like to have our manager with us for the whole season and the season after. Then he will have more experience with the players and it will be better for us to earn promotion, but you never know. In the end the results will talk for him.“I hope Stuart Pearce will do good work for us because he is experienced and he was a legend as a player with Nottingham Forest and England. Everybody likes him, especially the players.” Stuart Pearce alongside Fawaz Al Hasawi and John McGovern last_img read more

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Confidential personnel files on Roman Catholic clerics accused of molesting children can be made public, a judge has ruled. The ruling says the files can be made public even if the clerics were never charged with a crime and legal claims against them were not proven. The decision concerns a small number of Franciscan friars, who will have an opportunity to object to disclosure of specific documents before the files are opened. Nevertheless, the ruling could have dramatic ramifications on more than 500 legal claims pending against the Los Angeles Archdiocese, which is accused of failing to protect parishioners from sexual victimization over the last 60 years. Lawyers in Los Angeles have spent years trying to negotiate a settlement, estimated to be as much as $1 billion, without success. The first trials are set to begin in July.last_img read more

first_img Domenico Berardi in action for Sassuolo Tottenham target Domenico Berardi is on the verge of completing a move to Juventus, according to reports in Italy.The Sassuolo forward, who at just 21 has hit 38 goals in his 90 Serie A outings to date, has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane with manager Mauricio Pochettino keen to add to his forward line this summer.However, he will not be able to count on doing a deal for Berardi, with Juve reportedly set to announce his arrival this week.The Turin giants are still unsure about the future of Alvaro Morata, who could be bought back by Real Madrid and then sold on to Arsenal or Chelsea this summer.Meanwhile, Juve are still being heavily linked with Premier League strikers Romelu Lukaku, of Everton, and Liverpool’s Christian Benteke.But that will not stop them finally tying up the signing of Berardi, who will cost them around £16m, with a couple of their young players also joining Sassuolo on loan to sweeten the deal. 1last_img read more

first_imgWelcome to talkSPORT’s newest show – The Late Tackle.Every Saturday night from 10pm, James Brown and Andy Dawson will bring you a light-hearted look back on a busy day of sporting action.In this week’s edition, the boys reacted to the day’s action in the Premier League, asked listeners for the perfect ingredients for a Saturday night party and they spoke to former Arsenal favourite Perry Groves to find out how he used to spend his Saturday nights during his playing days.Have a listen, above, to find out or click here to download the podcast from iTuneslast_img read more

first_img 5. Ledley King – On his day King was up there with the best of them. Unfortunately a chronic knee condition restricted the amount of football King could play and he often had to train alone in order to stay in shape, unable to partake in the usual fitness regime of a footballer. Injuries appeared to start getting the better of him in his mid-20, just as he was nearing his peak. “There wasn’t really any pain. It was more of a restriction. I couldn’t bend the knee past 90 degrees and that would limit what I could do.” In 2012 he retired from playing at 31 and England and Tottenham fans were denied a truly a great defender. 3. Ronaldo – Knee injuries plagued Ronaldo throughout his career stretching back to his days as a teenager at PSV in 1994. He still scored 54 times in 58 games for the Dutch club and continued to score regularly at Inter between 1997 and 2002 after a spell at Barcelona. The same injury plagued him in Italy, though, and they didn’t completely go away in Madrid, while at Milan in 2008 he suffered another serious breakdown. He saw out his career at Brazilian club Corinthians before eventually retiring in 2011. 8 7. Jonathan Woodgate – If it wasn’t for a succession of back and leg injuries then Woodgate would be remembered as one of England’s classiest defenders. However, he only played eight times for his country. This is a man who Real Madrid deemed good enough to play for them when they paid Newcastle £13.4m for the 24-year-old in August 2004. A thigh injury meant he didn’t make his debut until September 2005 and in three years he only played 14 games for the club. Injuries followed him when he joined hometown club Middlesbrough in 2007 and in subsequent spells at Spurs and Stoke. He finished his career at Boro in 2016, having played once for the club during the 2015/16 season. 8. Marco van Basten – Like Ronaldo and Baggio, Van Basten is considered to be one of the greatest ever players. His talent in the Netherlands saw him snapped up by Italian powerhouse AC Milan in 1987 and there he won two European Cups to add to his Euro ’88 triumph with his country. He was 28 when he played his last game in 1993, with persistent knee and ankle problems forcing him to call time on his illustrious career two years later when he should have been enjoying his peak. “After three years of pain I wanted a normal life again,” he said. “Just imagine feeling pain every minute of the day, somewhere in your body.” 1. Jack Wilshere – scroll through the gallery to see other great players frustratingly hampered by injury – It’s very frustrating. The following players are so talented and so enjoyable to watch, but sadly they’ve been blighted by injury. Wilshere promised so much when he burst onto the professional scene as a teenager in 2008. Since then a number of different injuries ranging from ankle, knee, foot and hamstring have halted the midfielder’s career progress. Now 25, Wilshere has been spending the current season on loan at Bournemouth where he has managed to remain injury free to the delight of Gooners and England fans. 8 8 It’s very frustrating. The following players are so talented and so enjoyable to watch, but sadly they’ve been blighted by injury.Some have won major honours, so this isn’t saying these footballers didn’t reach the top of their profession. It’s more of a wonder about the extra levels they could have reached.Imagine Roberto Baggio wasn’t hampered by a dodgy knee from the age of 18 or Jack Wilshere’s Arsenal career hadn’t stalled? That’s what we’re pondering here.Which great players have been blighted by injury in your opinion? 8 8 4. Roberto Baggio – Baggio is already considered one of the greatest and classiest players in history, so imagine the levels he could have reached had knee injuries not hampered him. It started when he was 18 in 1985 and persisted throughout his career, later calling the physical pain ‘torture’. “When I was playing for Brescia [2000-2004], I struggled to walk for two days after each game. When I got home, I couldn’t get out of the car, as I had to put one foot down on the ground and haul myself up hanging on to the door. The next Sunday, I would play again. Packed full of painkillers, but I’d play.” He still played at three World Cups, won Serie A titles, the UEFA Cup and the Ballon d’Or. 2. Marco Reus – When given the opportunity, Reus has proven he IS among the best players in the world. It’s just that fitness has often been a concern for him and injuries have cruelly sidelined him from representing Germany on the World Cup and European Championship stages. If he’d played against Brazil in 2014, it could have been even more embarrassing than a 7-1 thrashing. Similarly, could his trickery have been the difference in France last summer? We’ll never know. 8 8 8 6. Michael Owen – Owen’s career was a good one. He played for Liverpool, Real Madrid and Man United as well as earning 89 England caps and scoring 40 goals. When he retired from playing in 2013 at the age of 33, though, the striker claimed a hamstring injury he suffered when he was 19 robbed him of his speed. “From that moment on my career as a professional footballer was compromised.” Owen revealed the pride he felt in still playing at the highest level despite not being fully fit. “I have no doubt that, had I not suffered those ‘pace-depriving’ injuries, I would be sat here now with a sack full of awards and a long list of records.” A Ballon d’Or, the FA Cup, UEFA Cup, three League Cups and a Premier League winners medal isn’t bad, is it? last_img read more

first_imgLeicester’s appeal to register sumemr signing Adrien Silva has been rejected by FIFA. The Foxes and the Football Association had asked FIFA to ratify the midfielder’s transfer, after the paperwork for the £22million deadline day move from Sporting Lisbon was submitted 14 seconds late.But it has been denied and Silva will now not be registered to play for Leicester until January.A FIFA spokesman said: “We can confirm the following decision of the Single Judge of the Players’ Status Committee: the petition made by The Football Association for permission to request the International Transfer Certificate for the player Adrien Silva and subsequently register the player for its affiliated club, Leicester City FC, is rejected.”FIFA withheld the International Transfer Certificate because the data input into its Transfer Matching System was received by the FA 14 seconds after the deadline.The FA was helping Leicester with the appeal, with the Foxes hopeful of a positive outcome, but that has now failed leaving Silva in limbo and unable to train with the squad.Silva has also been left out of Portugal’s squad for their final World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Switzerland this month, with his country still hopeful of reaching next summer’s tournament in Russia.Leicester made a late move for the 28-year-old after Danny Drinkwater’s £35million move to Chelsea and Sporting have said the transfer is complete.But he will be unavailable to boss Craig Shakespeare until January with the Foxes 17th in the Premier League after just one win this season. 1 Adrien Silva will not be allowed to play for Leicester until January last_img read more