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Dead: Ramkissoon DavidOne month after Ramkissoon David, 76, also called Dilip, of Lot 61 Better Hope South, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was found dead with his throat slit, two men were arrested in Plaisance, ECD on Friday.Guyana Times understands that the two men have confessed to the murder, telling Police that the heinous crime was committed during a robbery. This newspaper understands that during their confession, the men told investigators that after they realised that Ramkissoon was alone, they decided to carry out the robbery. Their intention was not to kill the elderly man but that became their only alternative. Based on a tipoff, detectives on the ECD swooped down on a house in Plaisance and arrested the two men. Since there is a confession, the file will be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions for recommendations.The man was found on the evening of August 21, 2016 by his son after he returned home from an outing with his family. When he arrived home the house was reportedly in darkness, hence the young man thought his father had dropped to sleep and forgot to turn on the lights.He went to the upper flat and switched on the light and checked his father’s room but found it was ransacked. He immediately called out to his father but there was no response. He continued to check the other bedrooms but they were also ransacked and it was at that time the man’s son realised that something was very wrong.He raised an alarm and rushed to the lower flat where he saw his father sitting in a pool of blood as he faced the wall. Initial investigations revealed that a portion of the fence was cut opened and several torn white envelopes were found in the freezing compartment of the refrigerator. It was later discovered that the men carted off close to $6 million belonging to man they had killed.
With the significant increase in deaths on Guyana’s roadways in recent time, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo stated that the situation is not a political one in nature and recommended that all stakeholders should contribute towards finding a comprehensive solution.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoFor the month of November, 21 persons, including three children, died from road accidents. A closer review showed that for last week, 12 persons lost their lives in a matter of 7 accidents and the fatalities have continued into this week. As such, the Opposition Leader stated during his press conference on Thursday that an integrated approach is needed to effectively bring this number down.“This is not a political issue. We have to work… everyone on this matter – Government, Opposition etc. There is carnage on our roads and we have to find a way of stopping it. We don’t have all the answers and I’m sure they don’t too,” he positioned.He also asserted that those culpable must take responsibility for their actions. Meanwhile, Jagdeo clarified that if any political party promises to lower these statistics, it is untrue since a collective approach is required.“It’s a combination of education, strong regulations, taking tough actions and people have to take responsibility too. People have to take personal responsibility for these issues because sometimes, you have one crazy person. Any [political] party that says to you that they can stop this will be lying to you,” he expressed.His comments come in light of President David Granger’s response to the increased carnage, outlining a three-point approach for road safety. Road users were urged to observe the Guyana Police Force’s code of behaviour.The caretaker president further pointed out that the “insane increase in road fatalities” was due to persons driving at excessive speeds, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without due care and attention and driving on roads which are congested or unsafe for other road users, particularly pedestrians.School violenceOn another trending topic, the Opposition Leader pointed out the alarming rate at which students are involved in violence at their respective schools. This, he noted, is also another non-political matter which should not be addressed by draconian measures.Earlier this week, the Education Ministry put a ban on the annual Christmas parties for public schools and replaced them with a luncheon. However, Jagdeo posited that this is not the correct approach. Former Education Minister Priya Manickchand also condemned this decision by the Ministry, stating that it is a form of social development.“School violence is another one of those issues that we should not politicise too much. These are our kids. We have to find a way, not draconian measures like taking away their parties but finding a way of ensuring that these activities are done in a manner that they’re set up for,” the Opposition Leader identified.The issue of violence in schools, especially at the secondary level, became more evident in recent time with students turning to violence against each other.Commenting on one of the incidents was Education Minister Nicolette Henry, who came under immediate backlash for saying that these incidents are “normal” in schools countrywide.She was asked to respond to a video on social media, which showed a male student of the Richard Ishmael Secondary School hitting a female schoolmate continuously while pinning her to the ground in the school’s compound.But Henry was quoted as saying, “Well usually students fight. It’s nothing unusual as you would know, you’ve gone to school yourselves and we all would’ve seen…so those would have to be addressed by the welfare department. There’s a standing operating procedure and they will effect that procedure, and they have already begun the process they will address that”.In a separate incident at the Mon Repos Primary School, an eight-year-old Richard Boodram and six-year-old Fawaz Asgar were attacked by their classmates.Boodram was hospitalised for several days after being hit to his head, while Asgar ssuffered a slashed hand. In October 2019, a female student in Berbice was badly beaten and her hijab ripped off by other students.In another incident, a student who attended the New Amsterdam Technical Institute (NATI), also in Berbice, was viciously attacked by a group of other students, who were beating him with a belt.
Days after Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan indicated that an investigation was launched into Charrandas Persaud, the Guyana Police Force is yet to disclose the grounds under which the investigation is being conducted.This was further cemented after Top Cop Leslie James told media operatives on Thursday that he will not divulge any information with respect to the investigation other than it is one of “national security”.“The investigation is ongoing and as I said prior, it’s a matter of national security… Is a matter where a former Member of Parliament is reported to have been involved allegedly, in some matter, and that is what we are dealing with,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Force’s Annual Officers’ Conference.Top Cop Leslie JamesThe Police Commissioner further withheld information on how the Force came about to launch the probe or whether anyone made a formal complaint.The Top Cop posited that, “Well whatever is established will be determined; we do not determine what is established. What we do is investigate matters and submit for legal advice.”Moreover, when asked about the credibility of the evidence being gathered, James asserted that he cannot speak to that.“We are at this point in time collecting evidence… [on] a matter that was reported to us of national security importance… As I said it’s a sensitive matter please give due regard to that,” the Top Cop said, while assuring that a press conference will be called in the future to update the public on this matter.Nevertheless, Commissioner James disclosed that so far, no contact has been made with the former Member of Parliament but noted that if this becomes necessary then it will be done.Former AFC MP Charrandas PersaudSince the historic December 21, 2018, 33-32 passage of the no-confidence resolution – a move which has toppled the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition after the AFC MP broke rank with Government and voted in favour of the Opposition’s no-confidence resolution, there have been much speculations surrounding the action of the former MP, who said he took a “conscience vote”.In fact, there are allegations floating around after Charrandas was seen leaving the National Assembly escorted by People’s Progressive Party (PPP) member, Peter Ramsaroop. However, on Wednesday, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo dismissed these mischievous claims, saying that the businessman is free to befriend whomever he wants to, even if it’s persons from the opposite side of the house.“Peter is free to be friends with Charrandas, and also a member of the PPP. Charrandas has lots of friends on our side and we have lots of friends on APNU’s side so there are lots of people who have friendships across the political spectrum… I’m not going to distance the party from people because they have friends among other races and among other parties. That’s what we’re trying to encourage, better relationships across politics,” the Opposition Leader asserted during a press briefing on Wednesday following the highly anticipated meeting with President David Granger on the way forward after the passage of the no-confidence resolution.Furthermore, Jagdeo once again took time out to categorically set the record straight that there was no inducements from the Opposition to sway the former Government MP’s vote. He also rubbished allegations by Attorney General Basil Williams that the PPP has compromised five more parliamentarians on the coalition’s side.Meanwhile, Ramsaroop has also denied any wrongdoing, telling reporters on Wednesday that Charrandas had requested his help – something which he would have done for any of his friends.“…I mean Charrandas is my friend [but] I didn’t even know if he was going to vote yes or not. He just said to me, “If I decide to vote yes… would you help me with security,” and I said “absolutely, yes”,” the businessman told reporters.However, Ramsaroop’s support for Charrandas has caused the Ogle Airport Inc to suspend protocol pass over an alleged security breach. This order came from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) although the airport insisted it did not breach any protocols.According to reports, a Canadian diplomat, along with Ramsaroop, had obtained protocol passes to see Charrandas off at the Eugiene F Correia Airport, hours after the December 21 sitting of the National Assembly. It is being alleged that the security protocol was breached when Ramsaroop accompanied the diplomat and Charrandas onto the tarmac of the East Coast Demerara airport since such passes are valid for civilians.It was against this backdrop that Canadian High Commissioner Lilian Chatterjee was called for a meeting with Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge on Wednesday.The Canadian envoy confirmed that the meeting took place but opted not to divulge any further details when questioned by the media on the matter at an event on Thursday.
0Shares0000Arnold Origi celebrates after helping his club Lillestrom lift the Norwegian FA Cup. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIORBI, Kenya, Jan 4- English Premier League side Crystal Palace are weighing up a move for former Harambee Stars goalkeeper Arnold Origi, with reports indicating he has been on trial in London at Selhurst Park with Roy Hodgson’s side.Origi, who recently acquired Norwegian citizenship helped his club Lillestrom lift the Norwegian FA Cup at the close of 2017 and the 34 year old has now emerged as a top priority for Palace. Norwegian website VG has reported that Lillestrom coach and their Sporting Director have all but confirmed Origi will be leaving the club either to Palace or another English side.“I think Arnold has played his last game for us. We wish him luck with his career. I hope he finds a club where he gets what he wants,” Lillestrom head coach Arne Erlandsen said.Lillestrom sporting director Simon Mesfin confirmed that the shot stopper who joined Lillestrom in 2013 has not been training with the club since they returned for pre-season.“Arnold is not training with us because he has requested permission to work out with a club in England. He is there for an indefinite period,” Mesfin said.Palace are understood to be looking for a deputy to current number one Wayne Henessey, with the second choice keeper Julian Speroni turning 38 years.Norway based keeper, Arnold Origi in action when Harambee Stars played Zambia on September 6, 2015 at Nyayo Stadium. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaOrigi was voted man of the match in Lillestrom’s 3-2 cup final win over Sarpsborg and played 26 matches for the club last year.The custodian who has been capped 27 times for the national team started out his career abroad with FK Moss after leaving Tusker FC in 2007 then left for Fredrikstand on loan in 2011. He then joined Ull/Kisa in 2012 before leaving for Lillestrom a year later.Origi comes from a football family. His uncle is the famous Mike Okoth, father to Liverpool’s Divock Origi who was a professional footballer plying his club trade in Belgium.His father, Austin Oduor, was a long term captain of Kenyan Premier League side Gor Mahia, and his other uncles Gerald and Anthony were defenders at Tusker.The goalkeeper’s last match for the Stars was the 1-0 loss against Guinea Bissau in an African Cup of Nations Qualifier in Nairobi in March 2016.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Kevin De Bruyne hopes City clinch the title by beating arch-rivals United next weekLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 15 – Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne could face a spell on the sidelines after injuring his right knee in training, the Premier League champions said Wednesday.The 27-year-old, who enjoyed a superb World Cup as Belgium reached the semi-finals, is undergoing tests to assess the seriousness of the injury. “Kevin De Bruyne is undergoing tests on his right knee after sustaining an injury at training on Wednesday,” read a club statement on its website.“The extent of the problem is not yet known and we will bring you further updates on Kevin’s condition in due course.”De Bruyne, who has been at City since 2015, scored eight goals and provided 16 assists last season in a series of dynamic performances for the champions.According to www.metro.co.uk, De Bruyne faces around two months out after suffering the injury when he caught his studs in the turf before leaving the training ground on crutches.The Daily Telegraph said he had suffered knee ligament damage similar to the injury he sustained in a league game with Everton in January 2016 and which kept him out of the team for two months.Due to being given three weeks off following the World Cup he did not play a role in the Community Shield win against Chelsea but came on for a cameo role of half an hour in the 2-0 opening Premier League victory over Arsenal last Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
A 42-year-old woman who pleaded guilty of stealing five items of clothing from a shop in Letterkenny was given the benefit of the probation act.Andrena Mulhern, of 49A The Maples, pleaded guilty to the offence from June 9, 2017. Security staff spotted the incident on camera and, after Ms Mulhern left the premises without paying for the items, valued at a total of €68 followed her.In evidence, Garda Horan said that Ms Mulhern was escorted back to the shop and the goods recovered in a re-saleable condition.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client was a 42-year-old single lad who was ‘under difficult circumstances from time to time’.“She was in the company of another person at the time. The offence occurred at the behest of the other person for the benefit of the other person,” Mr Dorrian told Letterkenny District Court.“She is genuinely ashamed of herself. She is aware of the damage to her reputation and standing.”Judge Paul Kelly said that, given the early plea, he was applying the probation act.Woman stole clothing ‘at the behest of another person for the benefit of the other person’ was last modified: September 8th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:Andrena MulhernJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtPennystheft
Donegal manager Rory Gallagher has admitted that the second goal scored by Mayo was the big turning point in their All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Mayo on Saturday night. A despondent Gallagher was reflecting on Donegal’s defeat which turned out to be a comfortable win for Mayo in the end.With the game ticking towards half-time and only the minimum between the sides, a moment of magic from Aidan O’Shea gave Mayo a four-point cushion.However, for Gallagher the main turning point was Lee Keegan’s speculative effort at a point which looped over the head of Paul Durcan and landed in the top corner. That goal made it too big a task for a Donegal comeback and despite their valiant efforts the game petered out.Gallagher told The Irish Examiner, “It’s very disappointing, we came down and we thought it was going to be nip and tuck, and that’s probably how it was panning out coming up to half-time.“Obviously the two goals were big game-changers, probably more so the second one. It was probably a small bit fortunate, but it left us with too much to do, and to be honest, Mayo ran out fairly comfortable.“I felt Mayo were marginally the better team in the first half, but when the second goal went in, it would appear it was a bridge too far for us. “We needed a goal to kick us into life, but their second goal was a massive game-changer.” RORY GALLAGHER – ‘CONCESSION OF THE SECOND GOAL WAS BIG TURNING POINT’ was last modified: August 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSport
Long-serving Letterkenny Town councillor Ciaran Brogan has described today as a “dark day” for the town.Ciaran Brogan wants Letterkenny to have a town forum.The Fianna Fail will attend his last town meeting as the Government chooses to abolish town councils at the end of this month.Cllr Brogan warned “If we weren’t aware of the huge challenge that faces us in the immediate and long term future, we will be once the curtain comes down and the town’s Local Authority is no more. “Since I was elected to the Town Council in 1999, I have seen the huge amount of work that has been done by everybody involved in the Council right from the officials to those on the ground.“Now, the biggest challenge for us is to maintain the same level of funding and services that this Town Council did over the last number of years.”Cllr Brogan said the council has enjoyed close working relationships with the business people of the town, the Chamber, the Tidy Towns committee and the 90 or so Residents Associations that exist throughout the town.He also cited the engagements with the local sporting and voluntary organisations, all of whom have depended on the generosity of the Council and councillors for funding. In an effort to keep relationships between many groups going, Cllr Brogan suggested the setting up of a town forum.“Now, as we prepare to lose our Council, I will be proposing tonight the setting up of a forum in the town involving all these organisations along with the Chamber, the Tidy Towns Committee and the Gardai. I believe that the people can put their faith in me to help deliver such a forum and help redress the imbalance that is going to obviously exist when our Town Council ceases to operate at the end of this month.“Those relationships that we, as a Council body, have built up with all those organisations were vitally important both for them and for us and it is imperative that they be maintained.“We only have to look at the budget figures for 2014 to see what the Council has meant to the various bodies and facilities. A provision of 109,000 euro has been included in respect of Community Grants while the Sports Investment Fund is being maintained at 40,000 euro. Every year the town is lit up at Christmas and that’s thanks to a 25,000 euro provision from the Town Council.Under the arts umbrella, the town council has allocated €110,000 on the An Grianan Theatre, €150,000 on the Donegal County Museum, and €50,000 towards the running of the Arts Centre. Cllr Brogan added “A large number of Letterkenny organisations and facilities are now going to be scratching heads and wondering if the new District Council can even, or will even, come close to matching any of those funding allocations on an annual basis.“That is why I consider a town forum to be of key significance in making sure we don’t throw all that good work away just because the Government and a group of civil servants saw fit to eradicate all the town councils in the State.“The Town Council in Letterkenny always had an open door policy and in some capacity that must be maintained. A forum is the way to go about it.“Letterkenny is on the national stage because of all the work that has been done and we now boast some of the finest facilities comparable to, and in most cases, surpassing every other town of its size. “It should not be forgotten that Letterkenny is the county’s gateway town and a thriving Letterkenny means, whatever others might counter argue, a thriving Donegal.”BROGAN SUGGESTS A FORUM REPLACE LETTERKENNY TOWN COUNCIL ON EVE OF LAST EVER MEETING was last modified: May 11th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Cllr Ciaran BrogandonegalLetterkenny Town Council
Drake University women’s golf senior Madison Glennie, a dedicated scholar with a perfect academic record, was a finalist for the highly prestigious Rhodes Scholarship this year.As one of 15 regional finalists, Glennie attended two days of interviews in Chicago on Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18. Although she was not named among the nation’s 32 scholars, her status as a finalist places her among a very exclusive group.”Being a Rhodes finalist places Madison in a very select group of young people whom the Rhodes selection committee considered to have demonstrated exceptional intellect, character, and leadership,” said Associate Professor Karen Leroux, chair of the history department and coordinator of post-graduate scholarships at Drake University. “She has made Drake very proud.”More than 2,500 students nationwide applied for endorsement from their colleges and schools, 866 received endorsement, and only 228 applicants were named as finalists.”Just to be in the room with such remarkable and diverse candidates was an honor,” said Glennie, a Clearwater, Florida native double-majoring in English and Law, Politics, and Society. “Hearing about their accomplishments and interests was a reminder of how much good work is being done by people my age. It made me really excited to see what they all were going to do with their lives.”Drake has only had four Rhodes Scholars in the University’s history, most recently Drake basketball standout Lindsay Whorton in 2009. Glennie spoke with Whorton, a current member of Drake’s Board of Trustees, while considering the opportunity to apply for the scholarship, and spoke with her again late in the application process.”She told me to be my most authentic self, and to take it as an opportunity where I only had things to gain, nothing to lose,” Glennie said. “That’s the attitude I tried to have going into it.”Glennie and classmate Mallory Karr show off awards they won during a College of Arts and Sciences award ceremony in spring 2017. Glennie received the Center for the Humanities’ Edward C. Truman Award, which honors a first-year, sophomore, or junior student for outstanding achievement in the humanities.Glennie plans to attend law school after graduation and to begin a career working with survivors of gender violence. Her experiences at Drake have helped her pursue that goal through academic experience, co-curricular work, and internships.”I’ve always wanted to help people and to pursue activism in some way, but in the past couple of years my passion has been to help victims of human trafficking and work to prevent it from happening,” Glennie said. “It’s a good battle to fight.”In summer 2016, Glennie completed an internship with the Justice Restoration Center in Florida. She worked with survivors of human trafficking, primarily on expungement cases to remove old charges put on victims’ records while they were victims of trafficking.While at Drake she has served on the steering committee for the Women’s and Gender Studies program, helping to prepare a major public panel discussion on “The Human Trafficking Crisis: Strategies for Resistance.”Throughout her time at Drake, Glennie has expertly balanced academic achievement with excellence in sport, said Head Women’s Golf Coach Rachael Pruett.”She’s the epitome of a Drake student-athlete,” Pruett said. “She’s a phenomenal student, and someone who consistently excels on the golf course as well. To be able to perform at such a high level in all areas of her life is a testament to her work ethic, her drive, and her willingness to make sacrifices in other areas of her life.”Early morning practices are often accompanied by late-night study sessions at the library. On long bus rides, Glennie is often sitting in the front seat next to Coach Pruett, buried in a stack of books.”I’ve watched her read an entire book on a six-hour drive,” Pruett said. “She’s so passionate about her studies.”Glennie credits her father for introducing her to golf and her mother for nurturing her creativity and passion for volunteerism and advocacy. She chose Drake because she wanted a university that maximized her academic and athletic experiences.”That’s been the reality of my Drake experience,” she said. “It’s been challenging in a very healthy and positive way to be a student-athlete here at Drake, and I’ve cherished the experience.”Drake’s Rhodes Scholars are Lindsay Whorton in 2009; Robert B. Patrick in 1927; Norman Dunsbee Scott in 1916; and J.W. Woodrow in 1907. The internationally renowned scholarships were created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes. Print Friendly Version