Dear Editor,Permit me to thank Mike Persaud for his attention, as he seems to have gone to great lengths to formulate a rather curious response to a letter I previously penned; to questions I didn’t even ask. Persaud states: “Had one of the leaders in Guyana not been a self-proclaimed communist, there would have been no US intervention here.” It is distasteful for anyone, much less a Guyanese, to justify international political bullyism exerted by the West on developing countries, especially those which were already raped by colonial empires, as was Guyana.The Guyanese people who fought for the independence of this country, supported by a smashing majority the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic, even after Burnham decamped, widening the gaps of ethnic fissures as he went. It means therefore, that the people chose Jagan and whatever political ideology he brought with him over Burnham’s, resulting in the party securing the most votes in 1964. Additionally, Jagan’s policies in office, and the thriving economy which resulted thereof, proved him to be all but a communist. Now since Mike Persaud is a fan of “what ifs” and “should haves”, he should imagine what Guyana would have been like had Jagan not suffered the spite of the US.“Dictatorial oppression and ethnic cleavages were the legacies of the intervention. We should not carp over these things, and continue to be embittered by what the United States did. We should just accept it as realpolitik and move forward,” writes Persaud. These are not legacies, but rather a curse which has served no other purpose than to weaken our national sovereignty and impermeability to foreign interference, typical of US foreign policy in Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. This laissez-faire attitude adopted in particular by those who attempt to negate the PNC’s responsibilities in our political turmoil, is counterproductive to the formation of a national identity.The remainder of Persaud’s letter is an insult to Guyanese who value our independence and should not even be tolerated in a national daily. The man proposes that “Guyana consider and debate the idea of becoming an overseas state of the United States” so that “every able-bodied adult would have one-and-a-half jobs and the ethnic cleavage problem would disappear as it did in Singapore.” Thankfully, we the Guyanese people are a free nation because we fought for equal and civil rights; for our right to self-determination and liberation from men who considered themselves superior to us.The social dilemma of the people living in the French Antilles and the economic disparities which benefit the Békés – descendants of colonists – is a perfect example of why we fought for our independence back then.Lastly, the US is far from being a socially just and tolerant society. Black Americans are still fighting discrimination in America, Native Americans still live in depravation on State imposed reserves, Latinos are still stigmatised and State sponsored Islamophobia has diabolised Arab immigrants. It is hardly likely that a country which in 240 years, has been unable to resolve its own issues, would resolve ours.Aldous Huxley said, “Men do not learn much from the lessons of history, and that is the most important lesson of history.” I fear that this is quite applicable to the case of Mr Persaud.Sincerely,Anna Correia
The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has come out bashing the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), for its move to share the confidential details of registrants with two Government Ministries.Party General Secretary Clement Rohee on Monday said the PPP was very much astonished and concerned over GECOM’s move to share its database, including confidential details of registrants, with the Education Ministry and the Human Services and Social Security Ministry.According to him, this was the first time this has happened since the elections body was first established.“The justification provided by GECOM’s Chairman, Steve Surujbally, and the representatives of the [A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change]APNU/AFC are spurious and creates grounds for suspicion. Electoral skulduggery facilitated by the APNU/AFC and Mr Surujbally is once again in the making,” Rohee told Journalists at the Party’s weekly press conference.He said the use of linkages between GECOM’s and the Education Ministry’s public relations programmes to deceive GECOM to share its database with the Ministry was “fraught with unimaginable implications for free and fair elections in Guyana”.Further, he said, the justification to share GECOM’s database with the Human Services and Social Security Ministry in order for that Ministry to rectify the names and addresses of pensioners as well as to assist in deleting names of pensioners “smacks” of deep suspicion that GECOM’s database could be used for other sinister electoral purposes.“In any event, sharing of GECOM’s database with either of these two Ministries is unnecessary and uncalled for since both Ministries have the institutional capacity to rectify their respective institutional deficiencies.”The Party is of the strong view that the nation must be consulted in respect to the unsolicited release of confidential personal data of citizens captured in the National Register of Registrants (NRR) to Government agencies and departments, a practice that has no precedent in Guyana.“The PPP views as absolutely necessary the need to validate the legality of GECOM sharing its database with Government agencies such as the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Human Services and Social Security.”According to Rohee, GECOM was again wrong when it decided to accept “source documents” in the form of late registration birth certificates presented to Registration Offices by applicants who are primarily middle-aged persons.The Party, he said, views this decision as “dripping with suspicion” and recalls the strong criticisms expressed by the Party in respect to the efficacy of a Department of Citizenship, under the Ministry of the Presidency, which many view as part of a rigging machinery established primarily to issue birth certificates to underage persons and as well as to middle-aged persons as is currently being done.Rohee said the Party has denounced the practice and has demanded an immediate halt to the “electoral travesty” which is laying the basis for a padded voters’ list favourable to the APNU/AFC.“The Party takes this opportunity to alert both the donor and diplomatic communities to these sordid and unsavoury developments,” Rohee said.The third decision by GECOM which the PPP wishes to make public is the breach of an obligation made by the Chairman of GECOM at a meeting held with a PPP delegation on April 21, 2016.According to Rohee, at that meeting, GECOM Chairman, Dr Steve Surujbally had committed to providing written answers to a number of questions raised by the General Secretary of the Party.“The Party is reliably informed that Mr Surujbally has reconsidered his commitment and did not see the necessity to write the PPP/C. This shameless decision by Surujbally flies in the face of transparency and is nothing but a clear manifestation of contemptuousness and disrespect towards the PPP, a major stakeholder in the electoral process in Guyana.”Rohee said following its meeting with GECOM, the Party avoided any reference whatsoever to matters which Dr Surujbally had undertaken to respond to in writing.“Mr Surujbally’s lack of scruples in this particular matter strengthens the suspicion of the PPP about his Bollers-type anti-PPP role in the May 2015 General and Regional Elections which reveals his hands to be dirty with fraud,” he added.Rohee said the PPP would continue to “expose Mr Surujbally’s cohabitation with his APNU/AFC Commissioners to deny the supporters of the PPP/C their legitimate right to free and fair elections in this country.”
WESTLAKE VILLAGE – Kristin Cameron has called it a season-long comeback effort for the Royal of Simi Valley girls’ soccer team. Her performance Friday night helped the Highlanders take an important step toward completing their turnaround. After sharing the Marmonte League title two years ago with Thousand Oaks – the program’s first league championship since 1989 – the Highlanders missed qualifying for the playoffs last season. Thanks to Cameron’s two goals, Royal not only secured a postseason berth with its 2-1 victory at Westlake, but the Highlanders are in position to make a run at another league title. “We want to earn everything back from last year,” said Cameron, who scored the winning goal in the 46th minute off an assist from Diana Ohrt. “The free kick came in and I knew I had to make it. Once I hit it, I knew there was no stopping it.” Royal (11-2-6, 6-1-4) stopped Westlake’s quest to win the league title last season, playing the Warriors (8-2-7, 6-1-5) to a 1-1 tie in the regular-season finale, allowing Agoura to clinch the title. After Westlake rallied for a 1-1 draw Jan. 10 at Royal, Cameron was determined to lead her team to a win. In doing so, she snapped the Warriors’ unbeaten league run at 21 in a row, dropping them into a first-place tie with Thousand Oaks (15-4-3, 7-1-3). “We just wanted to come out and pressure and get one and defend,” Cameron said. “(Last time) was devastating because we felt like we had them and they came back. But we worked hard and we earned it.” Kylie McDonald scored in the first half for the Warriors and nearly delivered the equalizer in the final 30 seconds, but Royal freshman goalkeeper Heather Haney got a hand on the ball to deny it from going in the upper-right corner. “We were fortunate to be 1-1 at half, but they wanted it more than we did,” Westlake coach Frank Marino said. “They played like they wanted to finish first and we played like we wanted to finish second.” Said Royal coach Scott Cameron: “I’m really, really proud of them. There’s no superstars on this team, just a lot of girls that work their butts off and play well together.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) April 7, 2018The Humboldt Broncos released a statement late Friday night announcing the news on its website.“Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the families of our staff and athletes as well as to all who have been impacted by this horrible tragedy. Our Broncos family is in shock as we try to come to grips with our incredible loss,” Broncos President Kevin Garinger said in the release.A GoFundMe campaign for the team has been set up and has already raised more than $176,000 as of Saturday morning.(WITH FILES FROM THE CANADIAN PRESS)Advertisement HUMBOLDT, S.K. – Former Coach from Peace River, Darcy Haugan is among the 14 people that have died in a tragic bus crash in Saskatchewan.According to MyGrandePrairieNow.com, family has confirmed the head coach of the Humboldt Broncos, Daucy Haugan passed away. Haugan moved to Humboldt to coach the Broncos in 2015 after spending 12 years working with the Peace River Navigators.Haugan’s sister confirmed his death on Twitter.My brother didn’t make it…— invisigirlonfire (@DebbieJayneC) April 7, 2018- Advertisement -Here’s a few words my brother shared… pic.twitter.com/BQEDARi1xGAdvertisement — Lauren Dyck (Mr.) (@LaurenJDyck) April 7, 2018The crash involving the Humboldt Broncos team bus occurred on Highway 35 near Gronlid, more than two hundred kilometres northeast of Saskatoon late Friday afternoon.The bus was T-boned by a transport truck, according to the president of the Nipawin Hawks, which was scheduled to play the Broncos in Game 5 of a semi-final Friday night. There were 28 people, including the driver, on board the bus at the time of the collision, RCMP said in a release.I cannot imagine what these parents are going through, and my heart goes out to everyone affected by this terrible tragedy, in the Humboldt community and beyond. https://t.co/2cIn2CTy08Advertisement Derek Grayson and Nick bonding and healing in hospital pic.twitter.com/DzesIoT27B— R J patter (@rjpatter) April 7, 2018
Sandoval was struck and killed by a black Mercedes-Benz sedan while crossing Glendale Avenue near Windsor Road. Police said the car – registered to one of Grigoryan’s relatives – was traveling at highway speeds, and Grigoryan matched witnesses’ description of the man behind the wheel. Grigoryan entered Mexico through Tijuana last week, and flew to the Mexican capital on Friday. He was detained earlier this week in Mexico City by local authorities while attempting to flee to Spain, Glendale police Chief Randy Adams said at a news conference Wednesday. Grigoryan didn’t have the proper travel documents. Spain was believed to be a pit stop on the way to Russia, then Armenia, where Grigoryan was born, police spokesman John Balian said. “It was a team effort, a joint effort, that led to the apprehension of the suspect in Mexico,” Adams said. Last week, detectives sought a 2003 four-door Mercedes-Benz S430 believed to have been driven by Grigoryan. It was found Saturday near a Van Nuys body shop after the car’s tracking device was activated. There were signs of fresh body work on the vehicle, police said. “The recovery of that vehicle is crucial to our case,” Adams said. “The longer that vehicle was out of our custody, the more potential damage could be done to the evidence.” Grigoryan has been cited for seven traffic violations over two years while driving the car, police said. They include failure to yield to pedestrians and three incidents of speeding. Meanwhile, police were trying to determine who aided Grigoryan’s escape. “They might as well have been in the car with him,” Jackie Sandoval said. “They were aiding him in taking my sister.” email@example.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GLENDALE – The man suspected of killing a 24-year-old Glendale woman in a hit-and-run crash last week was in police custody Wednesday after being detained in Mexico. Ara Grigoryan, 21, of Glendale has been the subject of a weeklong international manhunt that ran through Tijuana and the Mexican capital. He is being held on suspicion of felony hit-and-run in the July 10 death of Elizabeth Sandoval. Bail was set at $500,000. “It’s a bittersweet day for my family,” said Jackie Sandoval, the victim’s sister. “Not many things have made me laugh or smile this past week. Getting this guy is the best news I’ve heard since last Tuesday. “It’s going to give us strength in the days to come as we part ways with my sister.”
Listen to West Brom v Liverpool EXCLUSIVELY on talkSPORT from 1:30pm.Reds manager Jurgen Klopp has named his starting XI to face West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon.Teen talents Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn drop out of the XI after playing from the off against Stoke City, with Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho returning to the fold.There is also a recall for Brazil star Lucas who takes the place of Ragnar Klavan in a three-man defence.Liverpool XI to face West Brom: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Lucas, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Firmino, Origi. 1 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Brown, a 10-year employee, usually works nights at Endeavour Middle School but was filling in on the day shift at Linda Verde when the dog attacked the boy before school started at about 7:45 a.m. “The dog was running around on the playground and the kids were chasing it. Someone radioed the custodian to come,” Gocke said. “By the time he got there, the chasing got the dog excited. One kid climbed a fence, the dog jumped on him, and the custodian got the dog off of him.” Brown said he was in the cafeteria while breakfast was being served when he got the radio call. “I got the call about a dog on campus and thought it was a run-of-mill mutt walking on campus,” Brown said. “At first I thought it was an average dog. Then I saw it was a pit bull and then the whole scope of the thing changed.” “I really had no fear,” Brown said. “It was just fear was out, just get the dog off the boy. The dog probably thought he was licked. The whole ordeal lasted probably 30 seconds.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Brown held the dog by the collar and tied him to a fence pole and by that time sheriff’s deputies and paramedics arrived. The dog was taken away by county animal-control officers. The boy was taken to a hospital emergency room where he was treated for lacerations, Superintendent Steve Gocke said. The board honored Brown at Tuesday’s meeting and gave him a standing ovation. Principal Tara Brown commended Brown for “bravery and quick thinking” in saving the boy from what could have been life-threatening injuries. “It was an honor. I appreciated that. It was very nice of them to do that. I didn’t expect that,” Brown said. LANCASTER – A Lancaster School District custodian is being hailed as a hero after he rescued a fourth-grade boy from a dog attack on the Linda Verde School playground. The pit bull mix got on the school grounds before classes started June 9 and chased one boy up a chain-link fence, then pulled him down, biting his arms and legs. When custodian Russell Brown arrived, he kicked and punched the dog until it let the boy go. “The boy was just screaming to get him off,” said Brown, 42. “When I figured out the dog wouldn’t attack me, I attacked the dog. I kicked and punched him as much as I could. I kicked the dog all over and punched him as much as I could until he let go. When the dog stopped biting the boy, that was the end of it. It was like a light switch had turned off.”
JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Ehud Olmert decided Friday to launch an expanded ground offensive in southern Lebanon after expressing dissatisfaction over an emerging cease-fire deal, government officials said. Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz made the decision after meeting for four hours. Peretz instructed the military to launch the offensive, officials said. The government has decided to implement a Cabinet decision reached Wednesday granting the army permission to carry out the ground offensive “to act to deal with the Hezbollah positions in south Lebanon, from which barrages of missiles continue to be launched against the Israeli civilian population,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Mark Regev. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REPLY Lee Bowyer (left) and assistant Johnnie Jackson (right) have helped turn around the club’s fortunes Supporters have been protesting against controversial owner Roland Duchatelet for most of his five-year spell in SE7.The Belgian, who is eager to sell up, has hired seven different managers, sold Charlton’s best players and accused fans of ‘wanting the club to fail’.Despite the unrest, Bowyer, along with assistant and club legend Johnnie Jackson, have brought the feel-good factor back to the Valley since replacing Karl Robinson 15 months ago.Speaking on Wednesday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Bowyer told talkSPORT: “No one tipped us to be in the top six so to have a day out at Wembley, it’s a great achievement for our football club. ADVICE England Women vs Denmark Women (Saturday, 1pm) – talkSPORTNewport County vs Tranmere (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Sunderland (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2 Roland Duchatelet is hugely unpopular at the Valley “At the start of the season, the big thing for me was to try to bring the fans and players together because everyone knows there was a lot of negativity around the football club before I came in.“I wanted to bring them back together and make sure they were part of the journey that we were going to go on.“I honestly did believe that we had a good chance [of promotion] this season and to make our home ground a bit of a fortress.“When you’re playing and you’ve got good crowds behind you, all the fans want to see is the players giving 100 per cent and that was something I demand from my players. tense 2 Getty “The fans see that and then they come back and the place is erupting. The other night [against Doncaster], we filled the Valley for the first time in I don’t know how many years. It’s just been great from start to finish.”Charlton are just one game away from ending their three-year exile from the Championship.They face Sunderland in a repeat of the thrilling 1998 Division One play-off final, which the Addicks won on penalties.Promotion would see Bowyer go head-to-head with former club Leeds next season.“That would be interesting, but it’s one step at a time, we’re just delighted to be where we are at the moment,” he added. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS LATEST Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January REVEALED shining Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ LIVE ON talkSPORT Lee Bowyer has revealed one of his biggest aims as Charlton boss was to get fans back onside.The Addicks are set to sell out their 36,000-plus allocation for Wembley as they take on Sunderland in the League One play-off final on Sunday. huge blow gameday cracker Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card deals talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… Getty no dice “We know the job’s not done, I know the players are going to give me everything, with the crowd behind us, you don’t know what’s going to happen on the day.“You saw in ’98, what a crazy day that was, I’m hopeful and I believe in our lads and we’ll be ready come Sunday.”The League One play-off final between Charlton and Sunderland is LIVE on talkSPORT on 26 May at 3pm.
They were aiming to end a long winless run in matches against Inverness. The visitors, in turn, knew victory would move them above their Tayside rivals.The Highlanders made the brighter start and it was no surprise when they went ahead.Draper evaded the Dundee offside trap and met Liam Polworth’s pass, rounding Scott Bain to slot into the net.Dundee looked out of sorts until midway through the first half when Greg Stewart tried a shot from long distance which went just inches wide. Striker Kane Hemmings celebrated his 20th goal of the season as Dundee came from behind to hold Inverness 1-1 at Dens Park.Inverness had Ross Draper to thank for a 13th-minute opener which looked set to carry them above Dundee in the Ladbrokes Premiership table.But Hemmings continued his rich vein of form by scoring with just four minutes left as Paul Hartley’s side secured a morale-boosting draw ahead of their trip to face Celtic in midweek, followed by next weekend’s Scottish Cup quarter-final clash with Rangers at Ibrox.Dundee kept the side which had beaten Dumbarton 5-0 in their Scottish Cup fifth-round replay earlier in the week. There was controversy after 26 minutes. Inverness full-back Carl Tremarco was lucky to stay on the pitch after challenging Stewart from behind, and then wrestled him to the ground where he lashed out at him.But referee Andrew Dallas decided only to show Tremarco a yellow card while also cautioning Stewart for his part in the flare-up.Dundee had a chance to level after 48 minutes as Stewart met Gary Harkins’ pass inside the box but could only slip his shot wide.Then, two minutes later, Hemmings beat two Inverness defenders only to fire his shot right at Owain Fon Williams.On the hour mark, Dundee went close again when Stewart released Rory Loy whose low shot was saved by the legs of Fon Williams.Craig Wighton replaced Loy after 64 minutes as Dundee chased an equaliser and they had a golden opportunity to level six minutes later.With more time than he thought, Hemmings hit a volley from Harkins’ cross but it went well wide from close range.It got worse for the hosts after 80 minutes when Stewart found himself clean through but contrived to shoot right at the advancing Fon Williams.However, just when the points looked lost Hemmings popped up to stab home Harkins’ headed knock-down from Stewart’s inswinging corner for the 86th-minute leveller.