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first_imgIt was Usain Bolt unlike he has ever been seen before on the track — taking part in a mixed 4×100-metre relay. The first edition of the Nitro Athletics series at Lakeside Stadium saw the Bolt All-Stars winning the night, with Australia claiming second in the six-team event on Saturday. Bolt lined up in the second leg of the mixed relay against three other men and two female sprinters — Mariko Nagano from Japan and 16-year-old Riley Day of Australia. With fellow Jamaican and former world record holder Asafa Powell running the opening leg for the All-Stars, Bolt was always going to get the baton in first place. The gap was much bigger by the time Bolt handed off to Jenna Prandini, although Day was also impressive. But Bolt and his team easily won the event. Bolt, the eight-time Olympic champion, has committed to competing in all three Nitro events over an eight-day period in Melbourne. The meet continues on Feb. 9 and Feb. 11 at the same stadium. Also in the field are Bolt’s fellow Jamaican sprinter Michael Frater, Rio de Janeiro Olympics 400-meter hurdles champion Kerron Clement and American long jumper and sprinter Jarrion Lawson. Teams from Australia, England, China, Japan and New Zealand, composed of 12 men and 12 women, are also competing in the meet. Events include the mixed medley relays, sprints over 60 and 200 metres, the long jump and the elimination mile, where at the end of the first, second and third laps, the last-place runner is eliminated.last_img read more

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first_imgDear Editor,Like most Guyanese, I am totally disgusted by all the brutal, senseless killings and barefaced robberies taking place every day throughout the country, and the apparent lack of any coherent plan by the Minister of Public Security to end this escalating crime spree. The ease with which criminals are going about their business, brutalising families in their homes, stripping them of their valuables, their dignity and often, their very lives, is reminiscent of the infamous Burnham era of the notorious “kick down the door bandits”. And Minister Khemraj Ramjattan seems clueless and in denial.Responding to questions at an AFC press conference last Friday, he said, “Sometimes this thing is emblazoned across the front pages of newspapers giving the impression as though we are in a real bad state, [but it’s] not really true”.In its editorial of April 23, 2019, the Government propaganda mouthpiece tried to discourage outraged public-spirited citizens from becoming vigilantes by assuring them that the APNU/AFC Administration is competent enough and “fully capable of enforcing the law, including protecting citizens”. And shamelessly, the Guyana Chronicle’s editorial concluded that “In the last three years or so, since the APNU/AFC coalition was elected, there has been a steady decrease in crime due to a Government initiative and the police adopting a more intelligence-led approach to crime fighting… In fact, President Granger has emphasised that security is one of the preconditions of the ‘good life’ that Government is committed to delivering to all Guyanese” and that, “crime will not be tolerated”.But while the Chronicle propagates this hogwash, the nation wakes up every day to independent press reports of an escalating crime wave that’s out of control.Readers may recall that the newly-elected APNU/AFC Government launched a six-week gun amnesty nationwide campaign on September 1, 2015, aimed at getting illegal weapons off the streets to reduce the gun-related crime rate. It netted a total of 186 illegal firearms, but most of those were previously used by our indigenous Amerindian brothers for hunting food and protecting their families and livestock from dangerous wild animals in isolated hinterland areas, far away from police protection. The fact that none of these weapons was used to commit a single crime is evident that the campaign was a failure. Most of these hunting rifles have since been returned to their rightful owners.The years between 2000 and 2010 are often referred to as “The Troubled Period”. During this decade, there were massacres in Agricola, Bagotstown-Eccles, Bartica, Bourda, Campbellville, Kitty, Lamaha Gardens, Lindo Creek and Lusignan. And despite the promise made by President Granger to set up a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the spate of murders that occurred, only Lindo Creek was singled out for investigation to disparage members of the police force. There is enough evidence in the public domain to suggest that most of the killings done during this period were politically motivated, and the perpetrators were protected by some in the current Government who prevented the joint services from pursuing the criminals that invaded the village of Buxton.During his testimony to the Rodney Commission in July of 2014, Staff Officer attached to the G2 Branch (GDF Intelligence Unit), Lieutenant Colonel Sydney Charles James said GDF records show that on August 10, 1979, fifty pistols, 100 magazines, 20 Berretta SMG’s and accessories, fifteen M70 rifles, ten 879 guns, and 11 Light machine guns, among others, were all given to the then Ministry of Mobilisation and National Development. In addition, Staff Officer James told the Commission that seven Smith and Wesson weapons were issued on May 18, 1976, to Robert Corbin, the then Parliamentary Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister, and former PNC Leader.During a shootout with armed bandits in the Mahaicony Creek on January 9, 2008, police recovered three guns, including a Beretta submachine gun and an M72 rifle, which the GDF admitted were the property of the army and confirmed that they were part of those issued to the PNC.To date, more than 200 weapons, among them heavy machine guns, issued to the PNC during the 1970s are still unaccounted for.Repeatedly, the People’s Progressive Party has made calls for the PNC to return the weapons that were issued to the Ministry of Mobilisation and National Development by the Guyana Defence Force between 1976 and 1979. But so far, Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan and the PNC Leader, President David Granger remain unresponsive. Undoubtedly, if a Commission of Inquiry is held into the “troubled period”, the lies propagated by the PNC-APNU/AFC that the PPP is responsible for the deaths of over 200 Black youths would have a serious backlash on the Government when it is exposed that most of the so-called 200 Black youths “killed by the PPP” include the notorious criminal Rondell “Fineman” Rawlins and his murderous gang killed by the police; policemen that were killed by the criminals; a number of Indo-Guyanese who were also killed by criminals; and even a person who suffered a massive heart attack. These lies, once exposed, would make it difficult for the APNU/AFC to label the PPP as a racist party in an attempt to discourage Afro-Guyanese from joining the PPP/C. For this reason, President Granger will never allow a CoI to reveal who is really responsible for the atrocities committed during the 2000 to 2010 period. And if Ramjattan dares to turn up the heat on these criminal gangs, he may very well discover the source of the missing GDF weapons, putting him in direct conflict with some powerful people in the PNC leadership.Since 2015, crime has escalated to dangerous levels, prompting the British Government and the US State Department to issue travel advisories to their citizens to exercise caution when travelling to Guyana due to an increase in crime, citing violent crime, such as armed robbery and murder, as being “common”. Yet, Ramjattan declares it is “not really true”. Now he wants to increase the academic qualifications for entrance into the Police Force, but fails to give police officers the 20 per cent salary increase they were promised during the 2015 election campaign. And to add salt to the wound, he took away the one-month tax-free Christmas bonus the Joint Services once enjoyed under the PPP/C. Morals in the Police Force must be very low under his leadership.In one of his earlier columns, Kaieteur News’ Peeping Tom just about sums it up, “Businesses are being robbed at gunpoint. Workers are being pistol-whipped in the course of these robberies. Customers are being deprived of their belongings during these robberies. Homes are being invaded and the occupants beaten. Businesses are being robbed. When you go into a shop these days you are tempted to make your purchase quickly because you do not know if while you are there some bandit will come in and rob the place and you in the process. Guyanese are locking their gates and their doors and retiring before it gets dark. They are fearful. This is not the way people should be living in Guyana. The criminals are curtailing the freedom of citizens. The people who voted for change did not expect this state of affairs under the new Government. Expectations were high that the new Government would cause a reduction in crime. This has not happened”.Since Khemraj Ramjattan became Minister of Public Security, he has brought the entire security sector in disrepute. In March 2016, seventeen prisoners were burnt to death and 11 others injured in what was described as the worst prison riot in our history. Then in July 2017, during the blazing inferno of the Camp Street Prison, a prison officer was murdered and 8 notorious, hard-core criminals escaped, two of whom are believed to still be on the run. Since then, there have been several more well-organised prison breaks, countless murders and armed robberies that dominate the news behind Government corruption. No doubt, Minister Ramjattan has a difficult job… One he has proven incapable of.He may well succeed in his bid to replace the egotistical Moses Nagamootoo as his party’s prime ministerial candidate, but the electorate will ensure he never gets the opportunity to serve one day in that capacity.For all the deaths and the many victims of violence and armed robberies that occurred under his watch, Khemraj Ramjattan has yet to accept ministerial responsibility for his inability to keep our citizens safe. It is now time for the Minister of Public Security to be fired in the public interest, or be reassigned to a Ministry where his incompetence can no longer affect the safety of our people.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member ofParliamentMember of theParliamentaryOversightCommittee on theSecurity Sectorlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Aquatic centre is set to come alive today with some heated rivalries across the eventsThe Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) will host it annual Independence long course meet at the National Aquatic Centre, Liliendaal from today.The fiercely competitive swim meet that usually attracts the nation’s top swimmers, is being held in collaboration with the country’s Independence Golden Jubilee Anniversary.Today’s proceedings will be the qualifying rounds while the heat of the action will commence on Saturday and conclude on Sunday.The events are expected to be conducted under the governing body of FINA and a heated rivalry is expected throughout the competition.The closing ceremony will follow immediately after the championships and an entrance fee of $200 will be charged. Food and drinks will be on sale all three days to assist the association to offset minor operational expenses.last_img read more

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first_imgPNCR’s Vice Chairmanship race……shares visionary plan to further modernise grassroots baseBy Michael YoungeBusinessman Cosford Roberts wants to reenergise and fire up the support base of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) in order to create more positive change that would see one of the country’s oldest political institutions further modernised and ready to lead Guyana out of the annals of poverty and into a new era of prosperity backed by its oil wealth and agricultural diversity.Of course, this is all dependent on whether he secures the party’s nod to become its next Vice Chairman, following the staging of its 20th Biennial Congress which isCosford Robertsset to take place this weekend at Congress Place in Sophia, Greater Georgetown.Roberts, who was born in Mahaicony on the East Coast of Demerara and is a father of five, said he has a passion for service and a dedication to nation building which propels him to work extremely hard for the betterment of his country and all Guyanese. He said he has been an active member of the PNC since the age of 14 and came through the ranks of the party after deciding at a tender age that he could make a difference in the lives of ordinary citizens through the party’s projects, policies and plans.Speaking with Guyana Times on Thursday morning during an exclusive interview, Roberts who now resides in the United States of America said he is no new comer to the scene and has both the experience and skills necessary to better organise the party as its Vice Chairman to deal with the challenges which lie ahead.“I feel that the party is playing a crucial role in the development of the country because it is the party that determines the quality of governance and the ideological positions of Government at the moment…The most important reason why I am lending my energies and experiences on board is because Guyana is at the crust of making a transition to a different kind of economy which offers the opportunity for the country to be prosperous” he remarked.He said the country must be “organised to take advantage of our blessings… we need to enlarge and deepen agriculture… tap into export markets… be the food basket of the Caribbean”, in order to realise true development and sustainability.“I am committed to upholding of ethical behaviour, humility, sensitivity and responsiveness to the needs of constituents and the role of the party in national development. It is not enough to have a good Leader and chairperson for the party, they need to be supported by two strong and capable Vice Chairpersons,” he said.Roberts, having served in the party’s youth movement and the Guyana Youth Corps said he remained active and made invaluable contributions both material and otherwise to the development of the PNC despite being abroad for many years.He reminded that he served as the party’s Regional Secretary for Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) for many years and waged a war on social media in defence of the plans of the coalition which he boasted played a major role in the PNCR’s elections victory back in 2015. Asked if he was bothered by the youth and more experienced as well as popular candidates vying for the party’s Vice Chairmanship, Roberts responded in the negative stating that “win or lose” he will continue to fight for the policies and programmes he believes can play a role in transforming the PNCR and the country by extension.He admitted that while young people are very important to the process and they need to be groomed, they was no proper system in place to ensure that they had all of the necessary skills to take over from the older guards and deliver on a number of fronts.“We need to be doing that now…they have to learn about governance”, he said referring to young people before explaining that he is “fit” as ever to take on the new role.Roberts said his campaigning has been going well so far and he has received a substantial amount of nominations from particular areas.“I am very confident at what I do but the decision ultimately has to be made by the delegates…I am supported too by the North American Group…One just have to do the work and accept whatever the results are… I will continue to serve win or lose….”, he explained.In this regard, he intends to invest his energies as Vice Chair to ensure that the party delivers to its constituents and to all Guyanese through influencing the implementation of policies that resolve issues in every industry and community and to give expression to the values and aspirations of the people.He said too that he wanted to assist the party to win a big mandate in the 2020 General Elections to facilitate changes in the society that will propel the nation forward while also assisting the party with the short and long-term development planning for Guyana and to fully engage the Guyanese Diaspora as a key strategic approach to capacity building and population growth.He has a Diploma in Personnel Management from the University of Guyana and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) – Human Resources Management Magma Cum Laude from Strayer University and an MBA from the same university.last_img read more

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first_imgShaheed “Roger” Khan was expected to return to Guyana on Friday evening, having been deported from the United States, where he served time for arms and drug trafficking.Shaheed “Roger” KhanKhan was schedule to be escorted to Guyana under guards by agents of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on an American Airlines Flight.The Guyana Times understands that upon arrival at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Khan will be handed over to ranks of the Guyana Police Force.Khan was sentenced in 2009 after he pleaded guilty to arms trafficking, drug trafficking, conspiracy and witness tampering. He was nabbed in neighbouring Suriname back in June 2006 after fleeing Guyana.After serving his sentence, Khan was released from prison on July 8, 2019, placed in the custody of ICE, and was being held at the Krome Detention Facility in Miami before his deportation.Guyana Times understands that local law enforcement is looking to question Khan upon his arrival on a number of things, including his public declaration that he offered assistance to the Police Force in fighting crime.Khan’s lawyer in Guyana, Attorney Glenn Hanoman, had told this newspaper that he is uncertain about the intention of the Police.“I’ve written to the Police, officially asking [the nature of their questioning] and they have not given me courtesy of a reply. But there is so much rumour mongering and gossiping going on, so we are expected some questioning,” Hanoman had said.A senior Police rank attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) had previously told Guyana Times that upon arrival in Guyana, Khan would be taken to the CID headquarters, where he would be processed for reintegration into society.Furthermore, the rank had noted at the time that there was no clear indication to suggest that Khan would be arrested and grilled on crimes he allegedly committed while in Guyana.last_img read more

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first_imgRick Fraser is the leader in the World Professional Chuckwagon Association standings. The standings are as follows:1. Rick Fraser, Hellfire Suppression 1:19.492.John Walters, Drifters Casing 1:20.513.Chad Harden, Baker Hughes 1:20.804.Mike Vigen, Zedcor Oilfield 1:20.815.Troy Dorchester, LaFarge Canada 1:20.836.Rae Croteau Jr., TOMCO Group 1:21.267.Kurt Bensmiller, Trans Peace 1:21.308.Colt Cosgrave, Bonnett’s Energy 1:21.399.Kirk Sutherland, EMCO 1:21.4910.Gary Gorst, Keddie’s 1:21.5211.Logan Gorst, Happy Trails 1:21.6212.Chanse Vigen, Troyer 1:21.6313.Roger Moore, Rusway 1:21.6514.Jerry Bremner, ENTREC 1:21.6815.Tim Haroldson, All Peace Petro 1:21.7316.Doug Irvine, B&R Eckel’s 1:21.7617.Jordie Fike, Eagle Builders 1:21.7718.Mark Sutherland, Pomeroy 1:21.8019.Layne MacGillivray, MJ’s Water 1:21.8520.Evan Salmond, Phoenix Oilfield 1:21.8821.Kelly Sutherland, Tervita 1:22.0722.Troy Flad, Ironwood 1:22.2123.Codey McCurrach, ATB 1:22.3124.Cliff Cunningham, Regulator’s Oilfield 1:22.5725.Darcy Flad, Global Training 1:22.5926.Luke Tournier, Outback Resources 1:22.7027.Bob Van Eaton, Northern Truck Services 1:22.7728.Ross Knight, Sexsmith Used Farm Parts 1:22.9029.Barry Hodgson, Rodtrek Motorhomes 1:23.0730.Chad Fike, Ken Sargent GMC 1:23.2031.Mitch Sutherland, Pipestone Carriers 1:23.2632.Reg Johnstone, H&M Meats 1:23.9933.Cody Ridsdale, Triple K Oilfield 1:26.3334.Obrey Motowylo 1:26.4335.Hugh Sinclair, Diamond International 1:26.5536.Jason Glass, Birchcliff Energy 1:26.94Sean Debolt leads in the Western Chuckwagon Association group. Here are the full WCA standings:- Advertisement -1. Sean Debolt, Glacier Ridge Ventures 1.21.772.Tyson Graham, Bexson Transport 1.22.183.Glen Ridsdale, Morgan Oilfield 1.22.244.Wendell Ridsdale, CIMS 1.22.305.Dean Dreger, FOCUS Group 1.22.346.Derek Aebly, RT Rentals 1.22.377.Lane Kimble, Tire Pro Inc. 1.22.738.Eric Rever, Deken Oilfield Transport 1.22.949.Brian Lewis, Northern Mat & Bridge 1.23.4010.Les Rever, Underground Enterprises 1.24.0111.Nathan Sales, Predator Oilfield Rentals 1.24.6412.Todd McCracken, Gemini Helicopter 1.24.6613.Lance Lewis, Bill Birch Oilfield Services 1.24.7214.Erik Tremblay, Ironhorse Drilling Services 1.25.0815.Ryan McAleney, Brayco Services 1.25.1816.Rick McRorie, Shadow Rathole Drilling 1.25.3017.Evan Magee, Michalchuck Bros. 1.27.7418.Doug Green, Pomeroy Guitars & Wagons 1.29.7719.Blaid Flad, Pomeroy Guitars & Wagons 1.29.8220.Roy Romanow, Bill Birch Oilfield Services 1.38.11And in the All Pro Ponies group, Curtis Hogg is the leader in the standings. The full standings are:1.Curtis Hogg Catwaulk Compression 01:18.82.Keith Wood TH Machining-GP 01:19.13.Lee Adamson A-1 Supply-Camrose 01:19.14.Louis Johner Pony Up Posse 01:19.55.Ray Adamson Keddie’s 01:19.96.Wade Salmond Foster’s Agri World 01:20.67.Chris Spreen Trojan Safety 01:20.68.Colby Arcand Triple Fox Energy Services 01:21.59.Tracey Stott MECAN /Poppa Murphy’s 01:21.710.Clayton Wildcat Jiffy Lube 01:22.010.Lori Stott OK Drywall 01:22.112.Linda Shipplet-Hubl Triple K Oilfield 01:22.213.Curtis Wood Echo AVU 01:22.214.Ryan Arcand Alexander First Nations 01:22.315.Adam Hansen B&R Eckel’s Transport 01:22.616.Pete McCann Smash & Sons Contracting 01:22.817.Bruce Fillion Andrea Vavrek/HOPE 01:23.018.Chris Arcand Coltech 01:24.019.Albert Whiskeyjack Overhead Doors-GP 01:24.020.Jack Stott Wilmar Drywall-GP 01:25.421.Garry Thiel Happy Trails RV 01:25.522.Brian L’Henaff Carlan Services-Whitecourt 01:25.723.Philip Arcand Alexander First Nations 01:25.724.Jerry Shaver Ken Sargent GMC 01:26.025.Neil Salmond Foster’s Agri-World 01:26.026.John McRae Lakeside Oilfield 01:26.327.Barrie Lanktree Apple Auto Glass 01:26.828.Wacey Hogg Ledararco 01:27.329.Marvin Hubl Sharp Enviromental 01:28.630.Jim Johnson Teepee creek Stampede 01:29.631.Gary Salmond Mark’s Hauling 01:38.132.Darwin Patterson GP Networks NTAdvertisement Today’s schedule will see all three groups continue to compete, along with rodeo events under the lights when the wagons conclude their runs.last_img read more

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first_imgRCMP spoke to the media this morning regarding the latest well site bombing near Toms Lake. Police say the bombing which occurred Fridaay at a natural gas well head about 13 kilometres south of Dawson Creek is related to two recent other bombings in the region. RCMP believe that the person responsible for the bombings is likely from the area and has information of the local oil and gas industry. All three attacks targeted Calgary-based EnCana pipelines. – Advertisement –last_img

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first_imgThey found that based on the City’s new policy, the representatives of 130 properties are opposed. 33 are reportedly Crown land, including 32 owned by B.C. Hydro, and are considered neutral and were not included in the survey results. Of the representatives of 146 properties the group spoke to, 10 indicated they were in favour of inclusion, while six did not provide a response.It should be noted that numbers presented yesterday contradict previous counts, which totalled 182 properties, including 30 owned by B.C. Hydro.In November, the City established a new boundary extension policy with mitigation measures that include phasing in property taxes over five years, and a reduction in charges at the Rural Water Station and Sewer Transfer Station.  Information on the policy, details of each property’s phase-in plan, and a request for a final response was sent to each owner at the end of the month, which was followed by the independent canvassing done by the five property owners.- Advertisement -One of the group of five, Tracy Bloor, says the majority of the negative feedback she’s received stems from a feeling that the property owners are not getting anything in return for their tax dollars, and there’s no benefit to them. While there would be access to city services, Bloor says, “having access when there’s nothing near you isn’t exactly accessible.”An informal survey was sent earlier in 2013, which when added to the City’s own consultation, found the representatives of 121 of the 182 pieces of land were opposed to the proposal, while four were in support and three would support it conditionally. One property with multiple owners was split between conditional support and opposition, and 23 properties did not respond to the survey.Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgtalkSPORT has teamed up with Royal Naval Reserve to bring you a series of brilliant documentaries exploring the very special role of the substitute in football.And in this episode we look at some of the greatest subs in the North-East.For more information on the Royal Naval Reserve, visit royalnavy.mod.uk/rnrFrom the bench to the back of the net – episode one: The Midlandslast_img

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first_imgCentury Cinemas in Letterkenny is enjoying one of its biggest booms – thanks to hen and stag parties!!But while the Cathedral Town may be a popular destination for pre-wedding bashes, hens and stags are not the ones filling the seats at the town’s movie house.Instead a recent run of hit movies about pre-wedding nerves and alcohiol-induced lad’s parties including Bridesmaids and Hangover 2 has led to a huge spike in people heading to the movies. A spokesperson for the cinema told Donegdaily.com that they are enjoying a boom in ticket sales.“The cinema never goes out of fashion and thanks to a number of great movies lately, people are coming in their droves.“It’s a cheap night out and it’s great entertainment which leaves people in good spirits when they leave,” he said.And the even more worrying news for cinema staff is that there looks like there is no let-up in the busy period. This week sees the start of Harry Potter Week, which runs from July 8th to 15th.The special celebration of the Hogwarts saga will see all seven movies shown throughout the week for bargain prices fro just €2.50 a screening.For full details see the Century Cinemas click on the advert at the front of Donegaldaily.comEndsWHY BRIDESMAIDS AND HANGOVERS ARE KEEPING LETTERKENNY IN THE PICTURE! was last modified: July 6th, 2011 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:BridesmaidsCentury CinemasThe Hangover 2last_img read more

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