17 01 20

first_imgDear Editor,Botched or bogus CoIs are nothing new when it comes to the PNC, we have grown accustomed to them by now. If they are not openly bogus, when closely scrutinized, they will eventually get to that place.Are you aware that the Walter Rodney murder was “investigated” by the PNC in a Coroner’s Inquest? Yes, after his death, Burnham and his PNC henchmen held a kangaroo inquest conducted by Justice Edwin Pratt.Now, Burnham was very clever in his selection of the said coroner, as well as the timing and parameters under which he operated. A party comrade in Pratt, and most importantly the prime witness, Donald Rodney, could not have given evidence because a warrant was out for his arrest.Donald Rodney was, as it were, a “fugitive from justice.”Even of graver importance was the fact that many key witnesses could not come forward because of threats and other coercive tactics by the PNC Regime.So, when the report would have been written up, it contained bogus entries, such as Dr Walter Rodney wanting to create mayhem and instability in this country, was about to blow up the Camp Street Prison to release subversive elements there, and was killed by a bomb that was given to him by his own brother. Pratt’s Report would add up to something as ludicrous as that.When The PPP/C came to power, they held a CoI, one that was adjudicated by international jurists and one that saw all the persons involved coming forward to give testimony. The truth about Dr Rodney’s death was eventually revealed to the world at large.If there were any doubts in people’s minds, all was cleared up by that commission, which incidentally was hurriedly shut down by the PNC-led Granger Administration.Now, fast forward to 2002 and a so called breakout, or were they let out, at the selfsame Camp Street Prison, and a period of mayhem and instability in our country. Dozens of persons killed. There was a CoI conducted which revealed certain intellectual authors and behind-the-scenes actors in the so-called breakout.Not much was done by way of this present Government acting on those recommendations, because it meant that they would have had to let go some of the senior officers in their government who were complicit with the criminals. This the Granger Government would not do, so in the meantime create a diversion with a “Selective CoI” into the Lindo Creek Massacre.In this CoI, they hope to at least absolve themselves of any blame or involvement in those crimes. But, we know better — that even amidst this corrupt, one-man-Party-Comrade CoI, serious questions would come out as to the real persons behind or the intellectual authors who caused a situation at Lindo Creek. As bogus as it is, they will find it difficult to extricate themselves from the facts that led to Lindo Creek.Respectfully submittedNeil Adamslast_img read more

14 01 20

first_imgSuspect Jonathan Williams responding to investigative questions from LNP investigators in Monrovia over the weekendJonathan Williams, the prime suspect in the death of Super FM TV cameraman Tyron Browne, has told police investigators that he killed the journalist in ‘self-defense’ after the journalist reportedly refused to leave his residence when asked to do so on the evening of Sunday, April 15.Williams told police at the headquarters of the Liberia National Police (LNP) over the weekend that Tyron Browne (now deceased) posed a threat to him and his nieces when he allegedly refused to identify himself, while in the vicinity.Although he did not clearly explain what threat Browne actually posed to him and his nieces, he told LNP investigators that he and the late Browne engaged in a physical fight but in the end, he stabbed him with a knife.He admitted that after killing Browne, he conveyed his remains in his vehicle and deposited it at a site where people could see and identify him, which was at the Kingdom Care School on Du-port Road.He said he phoned his lawyer, Cllr. Cyril Jones shortly after he committed the murder. However, he did not disclose the detail of his conversation with Cllr. Jones.“I am entitled to a lawyer,” he told the LNP investigators.What is conflicting in Williams’ admission is that he earlier said upon his arrest on Friday, April 20, that the victim collapsed at the front of his gate and that he (Williams) went back indoors. But when he was asked further by LNP Chief of Traffic Meekie Gray to clarify where he took the body, he said, “I took the body somewhere so that it could be seen.”Later, police spokesperson Moses Carter explained that suspect Williams did not point finger at the government or anyone else of being his accomplice or chief architect in the murder of Browne.“There were too many assumptions and finger-pointing at the government of being responsible for the death of journalist Browne, but we are glad that the prime suspect is in our custody and undergoing investigation,” Carter said.“Our investigators have made a breakthrough by arresting the prime suspect,” he told reporters at a press conference on Friday.Journalist Tyron Brown, whose body was found at 3a.m yesterdayHe said even though investigation is still ongoing to determine the circumstances that led to the death of the journalist, suspect Williams said that on the evening hours of Sunday, April 15, at about 9p.m., one of his relatives, Alice Utee, who stays with him in his house at Du-port Road, informed him of a strange individual that had knocked at his door.He claimed that when the individual was asked to reveal his identity, he refused to do so, thereby instilling fear in the occupants, and they thought he was an armed robber.According to Alice Utee, when they asked who was outside the door, the victim was alleged to have said, “Look at the door, you will see who it is.”This alleged response from journalist Browne, Utee said, instilled fear in her. So she went to the living room where her sister, Edwina Utee was watching a Filipino movie and informed her.Carter quoted investigators as saying that the two went to find out who the individual was, but according to them, Browne did not disclose his identity again.After those brief scenes, Carter said the two young ladies called on their uncle Williams, who came out with a knife and asked Tyron as to who he had come to see. But Browne was reported to have said that he did not go there to see anyone.He noted that Williams allegedly asked Tyron, “Can you leave because you are trespassing on my compound, but Browne reportedly replied, “If I don’t leave what will you do?”“Williams said he chose to push journalist Browne out of his premises, but Browne strongly resisted. He told our investigators that he and Browne got into a scuffle and in the process, Browne knocked his head against the wall. It was then that he stabbed Browne,” Carter said.He said Williams told investigators that he did not know where journalist Browne went after he stabbed him. But when he and his nieces (Alice and Edwina) made a follow-up, two feet from their house they found the journalist lying down.According to Williams, it was then that Edwina confirmed that Browne was her casual friend that she had known for some years.“She told our investigators that Browne motivated her over the years and the last time they saw each other was in November last year,” he said, adding that she told police that she knew Browne from around the Du-port Road market.Carter said Williams told investigators that after realizing that Brown was dead, he called on a male friend, who had returned from his security guard service work, to help him put the body of Browne in an Infiniti Pathfinder Jeep. Later, they dropped the body at the Kingdom Care in Du-port Road where the deceased could be identified.The management of Super Communications Network, owner and operator of Super FM/TV has meanwhile commended the LNP for the arrest of suspect Jonathan Williams.In a press release signed by general manager Emmanuel Y. Kortu, and approved by Chief Executive Officer George B. Kailondo on behalf of the Sky FM/TV family, “We specifically want to recognize the crime investigation department and the forensic service unit of the Liberia National Police who were the lead detectives on this investigation.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo– says PPP will review all dealsOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is calling on Government to pay close attention to the ongoing feud between the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and NICIL’s Special Purpose Unit (SPU), noting that the two state agencies have “damning” issues that need to be fixed.Jagdeo’s comment comes on the heels of a recent visit to the Albion Estate in Berbice by President David Granger, who told residents and workers that he was there to fix things.“…I am not here to bury the sugar industry. I am here to find out what your problems are. I have come to fix things…,” the President was quoted saying in a lengthy statement from the Ministry of the Presidency last week.However, Jagdeo posited that the Head of State first needs to fix the issues between GuySuCo and the NICIL-owned SPU, which are being played out in the public.“He went there to fix things… [But] he can’t fix the relationship between GuySuCo and NICIL – two state entities – and all it takes for him to do is to call them in his office and say cut out this nonsense, I want to see where the money is being spent. That’s all it requires [but] he has to go to Albion to tell people that he’s fixing things,” Jagdeo contended.In a statement on Wednesday, the sugar corporation accused the SPU, which was set up by NICIL to oversee the divestment of GuySuCo’s assets, of unprofessionalism and criticised its approach to divestment.According to the Opposition Leader, the strongly worded missive from GuySuCo is damning.“A state agency accusing the SPU of undermining privatisation, of engaging in illegal acts, of recruiting the consultant to do the valuation [of GuySuCo’s assets] on the basis of a personal relation. That is the valuation that Guyana now must accept in the privatisation process [when] GuySuCo itself has grave concerns on how the consultant [PricewaterhouseCoopers] was recruited,” he noted.Moreover, it was noted that the sugar corporation is yet to be given a copy of the valuation report prepared by the United Kingdom-based consultant. “This is the most damning thing. If this doesn’t require a Commission of Inquiry, nothing does,” the Opposition Leader contended.Nevertheless, Jagdeo went on to talk about the fact that GuySuCo is being kept in the dark when it comes to the transactions on its immovable and moveable assets.“So clearly, GuySuCo doesn’t know what is being sold out and what they’re keeping, and they don’t get any information. They are just like us in the public domain,” the Opposition Leader stressed.In fact, he reiterated claims of SPU removing assets from GuySuCo’s serviceable register to the unserviceable in order to sell them out.Furthermore, he went on to outline that the sugar corporation, which has been downsized by the coalition Government to just three estates – Albion, Blairmont and Uitvulgt, is questioning the scrap metal dealings involving the Wales, West Bank Demerara, estate.Back in April, reports had emerged that scrap metal from GuySuCo, worth some $3 billion, was sold to a mysterious buyer, but the proceeds from the sale were not received by the corporation.The Government has been silent on this transaction and despite the Business Ministry having overall responsibility for the scrap metal trade, former Business Minister Dominic Gaskin had distanced the Ministry from the sale when questioned by Guyana Times in April.Against this backdrop, the Opposition Leader told reporters on Thursday that NICIL has been bypassing the structure put in place for the privatisation of state assets. In fact, he noted that the agency is selling out “blocks of land” at Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown, including lands that were earmarked for the scrapped Specialty Hospital project.He added too that lands, at Liliendaal and Wales, are also being leased by NICIL and/or the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission. To this end, Jagdeo noted that if the PPP returns to power then all of these deals will come under scrutiny.“I want to warn the businessmen and those who are engaged in this, that if they believe this will fly in the long run and that we are not going to come back and look at all these transactions, they have it wrong because we’re going to do that. We’re not gonna tolerate this wanton giveaway of the resources,” the Opposition Leader posted.In the meantime, this fallout between GuySuCo and NICIL comes just days after the Guyana Agriculture and General Workers Union (GAWU) met with officials from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), airing their concerns about the divestment process and the lack of transparency.last_img read more

11 01 20

first_imgMatches organised by the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) will continue this weekend with some crucial fixtures.Jayden Dowlin goes down the ground in scoring for DCC in a recent encounter at the MYO groundOn Saturday, the highly anticipated GISE/ Star Party Rentals/Trophy Stall second division 40-over semifinal between University of Guyana (UG) Trojans and the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC) will be played at the DCC ground in Queenstown, Georgetown commencing at 10:30 hrs. The final is scheduled for October 6, at the same venue.Another highly anticipated match in the first division two-day semifinal between Police and GNIC will be played on Saturday at the Police ground at Eve Leary Ground from 9:30 hrs.Also, on Saturday, the Friends of Cricket Under-17 Hundred Overs’ Tournament contested between the Guyana Cricket Club (GCC) and Bel Air Rubis will be played at the GCC ground beginning at 9:30 hrs.And on Sunday, September 30, Everest Cricket Club will clash with Transport Sports Club at the Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO) Ground, and the DCC will come up against the Malteenoes Cricket Club at the DCC ground. Both matches are scheduled to start at 9:30 hrs.There will be no V-Net Under-13 matches this weekend.last_img read more

6 01 20

first_img Darren Bent in action for Aston Villa 1 Aston Villa striker Darren Bent has joined Brighton & Hove Albion on loan.The former Charlton, Tottenham and Sunderland forward will stay at the Championship side until December 31.Bent, who has struggled to break into the Villans first-team, has made one start this season and seven substitute appearances.“He wants to play regular games and that is evident in his willingness to step down from the Premier League,” Seagulls manager Sami Hypia said. “His record speaks for itself. He is a top-class striker with a more than 100 Premier League goals.”last_img

6 01 20

first_imgFormer LA Galaxy general manager Alexi Lalas believes Steven Gerrard could be the perfect replacement for ex-Everton star Landon Donovan at the MLS side.Liverpool skipper Gerrard has announced he will exit Anfield at the end of the season following an incredible 17 year stay with the Merseysiders.The 34-year-old will not remain in the Premier League and is hotly tipped for a move to the MLS once his contract runs out.And Lalas believes, with Donovan leaving Los Angeles, the move would be right for all parties involved.“If it is true it would make sense,” he told the Sports Bar, when asked about the rumours. “The Los Angeles Galaxy is one team he has been linked to and they are a team who are in desperate need of signing a big name player.“Landon Donovan who has been on that team now for a number of years has retired so there is a huge opening and I think it would make a lot of sense right now.“The guy is an absolute legend. I think he would be a wonderful addition to the Galaxy just from a practical standpoint on the field and off the field in terms of replacing him [Donovan] with a big name.”last_img read more

28 12 19

first_imgA LETTERKENNY man will go on trial next year accused of using threatening behaviour towards a nurse at the Emergency Department of the town’s hospital.Lawyers for 38-year-old Oliver Quill made a legal application to have the charges thrown out at the District Court.Mr Quill,  from Lisnennan Court in Letterkenny, strenuously denies the single charge of using threatening and abusive behaviour at the A&E department of the hospital on September 2, 2012. Solicitor Kieran Dillon argued before Judge Paul Kelly that his client was denying the charges.However he had now learned that CCTV footage of what happened on the day of the alleged offence was not available.Mr Quill, he said, had been relying on that CCTV footage for his defence because he believed it would show that he was not guilty.“There will be a conflict of evidence between the alleged injured party Nurse Callaghan and Mr Quill,” said Mr Dillon.He said there was a dispute over what happened after Mr Quill was treated at the hospital, that his client was moving from one location to another when issues arose.The CCTV footage had been accidentally erased, said Mr Dillion and that had placed his client “at a major disadvantage.”The lawyer went on: “There is a real risk of an unfair trial; given the sensitives of the location, evidence is crucial..”He said it was still unclear “as to where this gremln occurred and the case should be stopped at this point.”Inspector Goretti Sheridan however objected to the application.She told Judge Kelly that Nurse Callaghan was in a position to give her own version of events to the court.She said the lack of CCTV shouldn’t be allowed to prevent witnesses giving evidence in the case.“As in many of these cases it stands or falls on the credibility of witnesses,” she said.Judge Paul Kelly said case law was “explicit” in such matters and that cases should only be stopped in “exceptional cases” and he didn’t believe this was an exceptional case.He set a trial date for May 19th next year.MAN LOSES LEGAL BID TO PREVENT TRIAL OVER LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL ROW CHARGES was last modified: November 23rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:alleged abusive behaviourLetterkenny District Courtletterkenny hospitallast_img read more

27 12 19

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsTwo of those things are a routine the family calls “Nebby-Vest,” two 20-minute periods every day during which Johnny inhales medicine from a nebulizer and dons a vest that dislodges the mucus clinging to his lungs. His brother, Christopher, 11, and sister Emily, 8, keep a watchful eye during the procedures. “We just make sure he keeps the tube in his mouth and that the tubes on the vest stay connected,” Christopher said. “He gets to pick the TV show during those times,” added Alison. A defective gene in the bodies of cystic fibrosis patients causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening infections. Johnny was diagnosed with CF when he was 8 months old. He was not gaining weight or thriving at normal levels for his age and was having digestive problems, one of the red flags of the disease. “It was on Mother’s Day weekend four years ago that we found out,” Alison recalled. “I had a friend who died of it when she was 21, so I knew it wasn’t something that would be cured with a two-week course of antibiotics.” According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the median age for survival – now 36.8 – has been increasing steadily over the last five years, thanks to new treatments and therapies. The Buchanans moved to Castaic 21/2 years ago from Hawaii, partially to get better treatment for Johnny. “In Hawaii, there were eight to 10 kids who had CF,” Alison said. “Our doctor at Childrens Hospital has at least 30 here.” Alison and husband Mike are both ministers with the college-based Athletes in Action and credit their faith with helping them cope with Johnny’s condition. “We don’t see it as a negative,” she said. “What it has done is brought us closer together. We trust God is in control and will give us the strength to deal with this.” Strength has come from one of two local churches, which have helped the couple pay more than $100,000 in medical expenses not covered by their health insurance. Alison also draws from the common experience of parents in a CF network set up at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. She talks frequently with another CF mother who lives in Santa Clarita and says it helps immensely. “It’s so nice not to have to explain what you’re going through. They already know,” she said. “The people in the network have helped so much with insurance and the social workers at the hospital. It’s great.” carol.rock@dailynews.com (661)257-5252 IF YOU GO: The Great Strides Walk to raise money for cystic fibrosis research is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Westfield Valencia Town Center. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. For information, see www.cff.org/great-strides. To make a donation, mail a check payable to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., First Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Note on the check that the donation is for the Valencia walk.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Johnny Buchanan, a tow-headed 4-year-old who bounces rather than walks, displays boundless energy that belies the traditional image of a youngster with cystic fibrosis. “Overall, he’s doing pretty well,” says Johnny’s mother, Alison, who takes him to Castaic Community Preschool in the mornings. “Of course, that’s from what we see on the outside. We can’t see what’s going on inside. “He’s started talking about his CF with the teachers and other students,” she said. “Attitude is everything. His teachers are supportive and he’s comfortable with the things he has to do.” last_img read more

25 12 19

first_imgGardai have confirmed they have discovered a foetus in the Dunkineely area of the county.The remains of the foetus, which is believed to be more than three months into pregnancy, was found yesterday afternoon.It is still unclear as to how the foetus came to be at the location in which it was found. It is understood the remains was found in the open and close to a house.The foetus was found at a townland known as Brenter in Dunkineely.The foetus was transferred to Letterkenny General Hospital where its age was determined.Gardai say they are concerned about the welfare of the mother whom they say could need vital medical attention. Theya have appealed to anybody who knows anything about the situation to come forward or contact Ballyshannon Garda station.They have stressed that all calls will be treated sensitively. GARDAI APPEAL TO MOTHER TO COME FORWARD FOR HELP AFTER FOETUS FOUND was last modified: May 9th, 2012 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:DunkineelyFOETUSGardailast_img read more

25 12 19

first_img After checking this team out during last week’s 27-9 victory over Monrovia, I’m convinced they will make a run at Arroyo for the Mission Valley League title. Look at the telling numbers. Running back Deon Sumler has rushed for 649 yards and seven touchdowns in three games. The Panthers’ defense has produced two shutouts, and yielded just one touchdown. Quarterback Jose Camarena hasn’t thrown a lot, but he’s more than capable, and have you seen that guy kick a football? He already has a 56-yard field goal on his resume, and sends nearly every kickoff into the end zone. So, you ask, what about their opponents? Gladstone (3-1), which they beat 14-0, and Baldwin Park (2-1), which they beat 20-0, would both be undefeated had it not been for the Panthers. – Who’s not hot?: South Pasadena. This is a school that started 6-0-1 last season and has had back-to-back winning records the past two seasons, partly because of a generous nonleague schedule. But the Tigers haven’t been able to win any of the close games, losing 22-16 to San Gabriel, and 14-9 to Hoover. Last week, they dropped to 0-3 following a 21-7 loss to Glendale. – Who’s on the hot seat?: The Rio Hondo League. The RHL is 6-12-1, with its most notable victory a 31-28 Temple City win over La Salle; La Canada had a 21-9 victory over winless Gabrielino. That’s nothing to holler about. South Pasadena, San Marino (0-2-1) and Blair (0-3) are winless, and Monrovia’s victories have come against stragglers Bassett and Duarte. This was once a very proud league, but it has done nothing in the playoffs in recent years, but because of reputation, three of these teams are unjustly ranked in the Division X top 10 poll. Well, let’s be fair. Not all of them are undeserving. We should give unbeaten La Canada (3-0) its props, and we’re not backing off a prediction that the Spartans will go 10-0. — Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, or by e-mail at fred.robledo@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After years of being laughed at, picked on, and being the team that every school circled on their calendars, the Aztecs ended the Southern Section’s longest losing streak, which stood at 38 games, with a season-opening 28-7 victory over Workman. And buying the theory that winning breeds winning, the Aztecs haven’t let up, following with a 48-19 victory over Blair, then mounting a fourth-quarter rally to defeat Mountain View, 36-32, last week. WITH just a couple weeks before league play begins, who’s hot, who’s not, who’s on the hot seat, and what is your favorite story of the year so far? If your answer to the last question wasn’t the Keppel High School football team, then you’re not watching this area closely enough. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 So you say, what’s the big deal? The Aztecs’ three opponents have a combined 0-9-1 record? Well, it is a big deal, because the Aztecs helped put that 0-9-1 record together, and their 3-0 start joins La Canada, Alhambra, Maranatha, Rosemead, Bosco Tech and St. Francis as the area’s only undefeated teams heading into the weekend. The Aztecs’ good fortunes will probably end on Saturday, when they play at La Salle (2-2) and away from home for the first time, but if this were just a three-week season, these guys would be our heroes. “We don’t think we’re going to lose,” Aztecs coach Jimmy Riggio said of Saturday’s 1:30 p.m. contest. “We believe in each other. That’s what has gotten us here so far.” – Is there anyone hotter than Rosemead? last_img read more