Dear Editor,I am currently preparing a paper on “Combating decay during Indian indentured servitude in nineteenth century Caribbean” to be presented at the South Asian annual conference at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, later this month to coincide with the theme of the conference: DECAY.Then I saw a remarkable piece in Guyana Times “Slain Martyrs of 1872 Devonshire Castle Uprising remembered September 29.” This is a rarity and the organisers must be commended for bringing this historical event into the present.Guyana Times must be thanked for publishing it. What a win-win situation.I attended conferences where some presenters presented on this uprising but I have not seen coverage on it locally, at least from the community itself. I also understand that so much was said but only so much can be covered by GT.In this regard, I have one question. I see that the martyrs’ names appeared to be all males. Were Indian women involved in this uprising? Were Indian women involved in leadership roles during this uprising? I am curious since the roles of Indian women during indenture have been marginalised.It is about time we bring them out from the margins and place them into the mainstream. It is also about time that our national history, our national events like this one be localised across the country.Lomarsh Roopnarine
Dear Editor,The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has a sordid history. It was a tool in the hands of the PNC in rigging elections in the pre-1992 days.One of the deals brokered by the Carter Centre in the early 1990s was to make GECOM independent. That was done in the way the Commission was composed. The formula, three Commissioners appointed by the President in his own judgment. Three others through the recommendations of the Leader of the Opposition. The Chairperson to come from a consensus mechanism whereby the President would choose a person from a list presented to him by the Leader of the Opposition.GECOM was also made into a constitutional Body in May 2000 to ensure that elections could be held whenever required and in a professional manner. That arrangement worked well and gave us free and fair elections from 1992-2011.The behaviour of GECOM today is very disturbing. This Body, given powers by our Constitution, has done nothing to discharge its responsibility since the passing of the no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018. By its actions, it is sabotaging the will of the people and objectively imposing an undemocratic regime on the Guyanese people.This statement is not made lightly. I am convinced that GECOM is ready and can conduct elections in less than ninety days. That Body has been set up to deal with situations as we have now.In a previous article, I had pointed out that since 2005 GECOM has been:Doing continuous registration. I also know of persons who died whose names were removed from the list. This is a continuous process. This was happening up to very recently.Moreover, immediately after the no-confidence motion, Public Relations Officer, Guyana Elections Commission, Ms Yolanda Ward assured the nation that GECOM was ready to conduct elections to the highest standards.On December 27, 2018, in an interview with the Chronicle, Ms Ward was quoted as saying; “With this no-confidence motion, it means once a date is set, it will be held (the elections) … it is our constitutional mandate to conduct the General and Regional Elections and Local Government Elections (LGEs) … so whether it is in the 90 days then it is GECOM responsibility to conduct elections …”In the same article, she is further quoted to have said; “…what the law says GECOM has to do we will have to follow, it is conducted within the confines of the law … our guiding principle will be what it is rooted in chapter 103 … critical will be the timeline which we will use to guide us to ensure we stay within the specific timeline…”She is also reported to have told Guyana Times on the same date: “… If that is the decision then we will have to ensure that those elections are held as required …”Ms Ward is not alone in her views that the elections could be held within the time stipulated by the Constitution. The United Nations team that was here last year at the request of GECOM on a scoping exercise implied the same. True, it did not say so specifically because this situation caused by the “no-confidence” motion did not yet arise.However, in their recommendations, they made no reference to any need for a new house-to-house registration.Clearly then, the talk about new house-to-house registration is only an excuse to extend the life of this regime. It is a red herring. What is even more disturbing is that GECOM appears to be changing its position as the PNC-led APNU/AFC positions change.Recall that both the President and Prime Ministers made statements saying that they would respect the Constitution. It was at the same time that Ms Ward made her bold assertions.Now that they, by their actions, seem to have moved away from that position, they are doing all they can to frustrate the process.GECOM, in concert, has moved away from its position. Now they have been avoiding the holding of meetings and also joining with the PNC-led APNU/AFC in their efforts to hang on to power. It is sabotaging the people’s will.I am of the firm view that GECOM can hold the elections in time. Indeed, the time that they had to conduct the 2015 elections was also three months (90 days) and it was done.These situations were anticipated and laws were made to put them into effect. The same Article that Ms Ward referred to is explicit on it. Article 103 (5) states that GECOM has the power to reduce the time for certain transactions if need be. For instance, the time for nomination day can be reduced so too is the time for “Claims and Objections”.Therefore, it is clear that GECOM’s secretariat seems to be facilitating the PNC-led regime to frustrate the will of the Guyanese people.Once more, GECOM is subjugating itself to the dictates of the PNC/APNU regime. This is a throwback to the PNC dictatorial days.I believe that it is criminal to deliberately act in a manner that subverts the Constitution. There should be serious consequences for this offence. GECOM’s senior officers must be held responsible for this sabotage.I wonder if the leadership of the Government and GECOM are aware of the dangers they are placing all the people of our country. The Head of State is a historian, but he seems to have learnt little from the history of rigged elections in Guyana. He seems not to care that his Administration is presiding over a process of the subversion of our Constitution.Actions such as these inevitably lead to damaging the economy and condemning masses of people to a life of poverty and misery.Instead of returning to the sordid period of undemocratic Government, we should be putting that era behind us. We must move forward.The only way to do so is to respect our Constitution and hold free and fair elections now.There is still time for GECOM to redeem themselves.Yours sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer President
0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, March 27 – With three rounds of 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series remaining, Paul Treu is running out of tournaments to achieve the Main Cup semi-final benchmark with Kenya having reached the last four on five occasions last season.After collecting 10 points in Japan where they were bundled out 36-0 by Australia in the Plate semis, the South African will once again be put to test when they take on Tokyo 7s winner Fiji, Wales and little known Sri Lanka in a tricky Pool A of the seventh round in Hong Kong. Kenya had a good run in Hong Kong last season when Englishman Mike Friday and New Zealand strength and conditioning coach Chris Brown led them to their fourth Main Cup semis although the rank and file at the bloated technical bench and Kenya Rugby Union have been dead-set against drawing comparisons.Treu and KRU top honchos have been preaching patience as the former Blitzbokke tactician builds a side for the 2016 Rio Olympics but results in the HSBC Series circuit that are a true measure of ability have been disappointing.The team has to improve in ball handling and tackling that was wanting last weekend in Japan where experienced captain Andrew Amonde touched down only once with his vice, Collins Injera managing to score two tries despite being the team’s all-time try scorer.Winger Dennis Ombachi, Horace Otieno, Oscar Ayodi and Billy Odhiambo have been outstanding in trying to run with the ball on the flanks but they are yet to master the South Africa’s contact style of play.The side has been losing points on the conversions with Biko Adema, who is the Kenyan kick-man failing to sent the ball between the posts.Treu charges open their campaign on Friday at 2:30pm local time against Sri Lanka a side they have never met in a World Series but a big result for Treu over the Indian Ocean side should give him the momentum to win one more match to progress to the Cup quarters on Sunday.They will then face last year finalist Wales on Saturday at 8:46am a team that is placed 10th on the log.Wales boast to have a better head to head record after wining 14 out of 27 meets though Kenya emerged victorious in their last encounter in Las Vegas where they won 21-17.Despite being on the high and low this season the side is always threatening having always proven to be a difficult opponent for Shujaa.The last preliminary Group A will be a tall order for Treu since they will be facing a rejuvenated defending champions Fiji at 2:16pm a team that has been on form throughout the series.The Ben Ryan coached side are favorites to top the pool after having this season’s leading try scorer Samisoni Viriviri and a supporting squad that features the likes of Emosi Mulevoro and Donasio Ratubuli.This will be a sweet moment for Kenya to revenge their 43-19 loss to the Pacific Islanders who eliminated them in Tokyo’s Cup quarters.Kenya has only beaten Fiji once in London’s tour last season to qualify to the Cup semis with the latter winning 23 out of the 24 meets.Kenya’s fixtures at the Hong Kong SevensFriday 28 MarchKenya vs Sri Lanka 2:30 pm (Kenya time)Saturday 29 MarchKenya vs Wales 8:46am (Kenya time)Kenya vs Fiji 2:16pm (Kenya time)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
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Alastair Campbell has revealed it took Sir Alex Ferguson just 45 minutes to decide he wasn’t going to try and sign Franck Ribery for Manchester United.The revelation is made in volume six of his diaries, as the Sunday Times report Tony Blair’s former communications chief was with Fergie to watch Ribery in action against Bolton during a 2006 UEFA Cup match.“Alex was watching Franck Ribery, the Marseille winger, but decided by half-time that he was not good enough for United,” Campbell wrote.The first leg at the Reebok finished 0-0, with Bolton losing 2-1 in the second leg where Ribery scored. He was named the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year for the 2005/06 season and moved to Bayern Munich in 2007, winning seven league titles, five German Cups and the Champions League in the 10 years since.United, meanwhile, embarked on their own period of success with three consecutive Premier League titles coming between 2007 and 2009, as well as three Champions League final appearances in four years between 2008 and 2011, winning once. Alex Ferguson thought Franck Ribery was not good enough for Man United Read the full article here, including what one Liverpool fan called him as a result of his friendship with Fergie. 2 2
1 Serial paedophile Barry Bennell has been convicted of abusing more young footballers after grooming them with claims that he could fulfil their dreams of a career in the sport.The 64-year-old, who has previously received three jail sentences for similar offences, was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court of 43 counts of child sexual abuse against 11 victims.It is understood the total number of victims assaulted by Bennell could exceed 100 after 86 more people came forward to report abuse following publicity about the case.A cheer of “yes” came from the public gallery where six complainants sat with family members as the final verdicts were read out and some people were in tears.Bennell, who appeared via videolink from prison, could be seen shaking his head at times and muttering when the final guilty verdicts were returned on Thursday.During the course of his trial, he was described as a “child molester on an industrial scale” who would not just groom his victims, but also their families.Victims who had been coached by Bennell as boys told how he had a “power hold” over them as they dreamed of becoming professional footballers.He was said to have been treated like “God” at Manchester City’s Maine Road ground.He abused the boys at his homes, where he had arcade games and exotic pets including a puma and a monkey, but also on trips away and in his car while on the way to and from training.One victim, who he had admitted abusing in 1998, said he knew of four men who had been coached by Bennell, including former Wales manager Gary Speed, who had gone on to take their own lives.The jury was told there was no evidence to link the deaths to Bennell.Bennell, who had part of his tongue removed due to cancer, appeared in court via videolink for health reasons and declined to give evidence in his own defence.But the judge warned him he would be in court to be sentenced at 12pm on Monday.The court heard transcripts of police interviews in which he admitted having a “grooming process” and being attracted to teenage boys, although he denied the new allegations and said his accusers were “jumping on the bandwagon” following publicity.His barrister, Eleanor Laws QC, described him as being a “sitting target” after being convicted of child sexual abuse in the 1990s and in 2015.
1 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola Pep Guardiola has joked that he was not good enough to play for Wigan.The Manchester City manager, who is preparing his side for an FA Cup fifth-round trip to the DW Stadium on Monday, held talks with the Latics towards the end of his playing career in 2005.Tune into talkSPORT for LIVE commentary of Wigan v Man City in the FA Cup, KO 19:55 – STREAM DETAILS HERE!Wigan, then managed by Paul Jewell, were newly established in the Premier League while Guardiola was in his mid-30s and looking for a final challenge in a glittering career spent mainly with Barcelona.No deal materialised but Guardiola, who also spoke to then City boss Stuart Pearce over a potential move to England around the same time, claims he was not up to standard.“He tried to sign me when I was a football player, years ago,” said Guardiola, now 47, of Jewell’s attempts to lure him to Wigan. “I wasn’t good enough!“That is the truth. I was old, really old as a football player. I knocked on the door, I tried to come here to play in English football as a player but I was not able.“The same happened here at Manchester City when I came here with Stuart Pearce. They were so clever! I was not good enough.”Guardiola and Wigan have taken different paths since, with the Spaniard going on to become one of the world’s leading coaches while Latics have slipped back into Sky Bet League One.As City will attest, though, Wigan did not go down quietly – sensationally beating the Eastlands club in the 2013 FA Cup final before being relegated.They then maintained their cup grip over City as a Championship side the following year, beating them again at the quarter-final stage.These past cup successes add spice to an intriguing tie but it would probably be an even greater shock than the previous two if City – 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League – slip up again. The winners of the tie will face Southampton in the last eight.With the Carabao Cup final against Arsenal to come next Sunday, Guardiola will consider some rotation, but playing Claudio Bravo in place of first-choice goalkeeper Ederson is the only change he is prepared to discuss.“Claudio is going to play,” Guardiola said. “We are in the Carabao Cup final thanks to him. I cannot forget what happened: he saved two rounds of penalties and the way he played.“It all depends on the performance and the quality but in this competition Claudio is going to play.“In the top clubs you need two good goalkeepers, you cannot survive with just one – (what) if he is injured or suspended and the second one doesn’t have the level?“All the big clubs who play a lot of competitions have two good goalkeepers and we have that.”
Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 3 The Reds striker was happy to oblige, but Daniel Sturridge looked perplexed by the unusual request Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City MOST READ IN FOOTBALL In response to Neville’s comments, commentator Martin Tyler joked: “What’s the game come too?!”On the field Firmino and co were unable to make the breakthrough at Goodison Park on a frustrating afternoon for Jurgen Klopp’s men.They now lie one point behind champions Manchester City with nine games to go, in what is sure to be a pulsating end to the title race. SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT A woman approached Roberto Firmino shortly after the second half, asking the Liverpool striker to pose for a selfie with her baby Firmino passes the baby back to its mother after the bizarre incident latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed Despite the match being in full swing, the lady asked Firmino whether he would pose for a picture with her baby, and the 27-year-old obliged.Firmino seemed more than happy to fulfil the request, with fellow substitute Xherdan Shaqiri seeing the funny side to it.However, Daniel Sturridge seemed rather bewildered by the situation.Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said on the incident: “The subs are warming up, now… No they’re not – it’s a creche.” “What’s the game come to?”Roberto Firmino posing for photos with a random woman’s baby is probably not something he expected to be doing during today’s game. 😂Watch #EFC vs #LFC live on Sky Sports PL or follow online here: https://t.co/5tUztsTj74 pic.twitter.com/KoM7KStKaS— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) March 3, 2019 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow 3 Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino had a rather unusual Sunday afternoon – posing for a picture with a baby while on the bench during the Merseyside derby.The Brazilian, who came on as a second-half substitute in the stalemate against Everton, was approached by a woman shortly after the interval. REPLY tense Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? 3 gameday cracker whoops
The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star moving on LIVING THE DREAM targets boost Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST 3 3 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January “Yes [it would be hard to leave here], that’s something that’s always in [my] mind. This kind of environment – you don’t see it in many places.“It’s going to be a long summer, whatever can happen. I cannot guarantee anything, but we’ll see. It’s time to rest, to enjoy, and be with my family and friends.”Perez, whose current deal runs out in 2021, has scored 48 goals in 195 appearances for Newcastle.The Telegraph also report Leicester will continue their hardline stance regarding defender Harry Maguire.The centre-back is wanted by both Manchester clubs, but the Foxes are said to want around £90m for him. Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Getty punished Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Newcastle fans are already still reeling from news that manager Rafa Benitez left for Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang after failing to agree a new contract with St James’ Park chiefs last month.Perez and Tielemans will become Rodgers’ second and third signings of the summer after the Foxes bought James Justin from Luton.Belgium international Tielemans’ displays in the Premier League caught the attention of Tottenham and Manchester United. Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is looking to strengthen his squad this summer GOSSIP Harry Maguire could remain at Leicester this season if no clubs pay the huge fee Leicester are reportedly seeking The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star TROPHY Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:06Loaded: 7.83%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:06 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Leicester are close to completing a £56million double deal for Ayoze Perez and Youri Tielemans.The Telegraph report Tielemans will cost a club record £40m, while Newcastle forward Perez may go for £16m – his reported release clause. target Tottenham line up bid for West Ham star who was labelled a ‘monster’ by Mourinho 3 REVEALED Getty targets Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out deals REVEALED Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Tielemans was on loan at the club from Monaco in the second half of last season and is understood to be keen on beginning pre-season training under Brendan Rodgers.Perez was the Magpies’ top scorer with 13 goals last season in what was the forward’s most prolific campaign since joining the club for £1.5million from Tenerife in 2014. JIBE Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea TOP WORK Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Ayoze Perez is close to joining Newcastle in what will be a further blow to fans three-way race latest Andy Goldstein urges Mike Ashley to sell Newcastle Last month, Perez could not guarantee he would be a Newcastle player next season.He said: “It’s something that I cannot say right now. You cannot guarantee it. We’ll see.“It’s going to be a long summer. Obviously, there’s going to be a day when you make a decision. It depends on many things. Let’s see what happens.“Obviously, this place is always going to be in my heart, whatever happens. We’ll see what happens. New job LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing LATEST Getty
“Ronny came in and won two titles but these things happen in football and he’s decided to move on.“I’ve no doubt he’ll pick up a good team and be back doing well again.“It all depends on what Celtic want to do over the course of the summer – who they bring in and what they do with their budget.“Rangers coming up will put pressure on all the teams to try and compete more. Robbie Neilson insists the changes at Celtic this summer will not affect his own plans for re-shaping the Hearts squad.With Ronny Deila leaving Celtic Park at the end of the season there will be upheaval at the Glasgow giants with a new manager coming in and new players being bought.Neilson is close to finalising his plans for the Hearts squad for next term and said the promotion of Rangers has already put pressure on him to raise the standards at Tynecastle.Reflecting in Deila’s decision to resign later next month, Neilson said: “It’s always disappointing to see a manager lose their job. “From our point of view, we need to make sure that our budget is set no matter what the other teams do, and that we make the most of it.”Hibernian and Rangers competing in the Scottish Cup final has allowed Neilson to set his pre-season plans in stone, as Hearts will now certainly begin their Europa League qualification campaign on June 30.The players will get four weeks off before reporting for duty on June 15, with no friendlies planned before the qualification round first leg.That means Neilson hopes to do all his transfer business as early as possible to ensure a full squad ready to take on continental opposition.The head coach said: “I’ve known for the last three or four months exactly where I want to recruit.“We’ve got a lot of names and we’re getting closer to getting some people in.“I would like to get it done as early as possible. It is really important that we get them all in here for the first day back at pre-season because it is not a long pre-season to build things.“In the next couple of days we’ll look at the [current squad] and let them know what our thoughts are – whether they will be staying, going or what their position in the squad is next year.“I’ve got a meeting on Friday with Ann Budge and Craig Levein to discuss all of that.”