President urges Victoria residents to pay attention to youths

first_img…as he officially opens FORCEPresident David Granger on Thursday officially opened the Foundation for Real Christian Education (FORCE) located at Lot 4 Victoria Village, East Coast Demerara (ECD).President David Granger receives the Village’s 177th anniversary commemorate stamp from Evelyn Bacchus, the oldest resident of Victoria VillageThe President commended the Principal of the vocational centre, Desmond Saul, for his hard work in ensuring that the youth of Victoria Village benefit from skills training. The Head of State called for emphasis to be placed on youth not in employment, education or training (NEET).“NEET is a person not in education, employment and training. We need to pay attention to persons who are not in education, employment or training and to some extent I expect FORCE is going to be committed to ensuring persons who are not in education, employment or training are given employment and education,” the President stated.The Foundation for Real Christian Education (FORCE) located in Victoria Village, ECDFurther, Granger also committed to assisting the school with solar panels. He reminded that Victoria Village is regarded widely as Guyana’s first coastland village and that education, next to economic liberation, was the greatest gift freed slaves received.“African-Guyanese embraced education as a means of providing a better life for themselves, their families and future generations. They supported the establishment of social institutions for education and religious instruction, including by providing lands for building churches and schools,” the President said.He told the attendees that education “unlocks opportunities for employment, empowerment and enterprise, and promotes greater equality. It lifts people out of poverty. It inculcates values and teaches the skills necessary for economic development”.The President called for the village to be restored to a central place in education. He noted that the raising of a child involves interactions with and the support of the entire community. “The village has an essential role in education,” President Granger said adding that “education is a shared responsibility”.Principal of the Foundation for Real Christian Education Desmond Saul“Villages, collectively, should bear and share responsibility for the education of children because the most important thing, apart from family, is the education of the child.Villages should ensure that every child is in school. Government’s policy is to provide for every child to access to education, to attend school and to graduate from school. The foundational principle of this policy is ‘Every child in school (ECIS)’,” President Granger said.It is the President’s vision to see a school in every village in the future and in order for this to materialise, he believes that there must be a model of education which imparts a greater role for entire communities, including churches, in the public educational system.“The Foundation for Real Christian Education exemplifies that model. It embeds education in the community, holding classes in the community and offering courses that respond to the needs of the community; encourages village involvement in education to ensure school attendance and improve closer relations between teachers and parent; enhances village life with skills for economic empowerment and entrepreneurship; equips young men and women with practical skills to enable them to secure employment; and establishes partnerships with institutions such as the Board of Industrial Training and the Regional Democratic Council,” the Head of State said.As he declared the Foundation open, the President said it enfolds households, imparts education and involves local stakeholders as he recommended the Foundation’s model of village, church and school collaboration to deliver education effectively.He reminded the attendees that with the expected petroleum revenues, the Government of Guyana will ensure that free tertiary education is restored. President Granger reminded that Guyana must not only boast of universal primary education, but also universal secondary education.Saul, in outlining the history of the Foundation, said he returned to Guyana in 2002 after living overseas for a number of years. A Victorian, Saul said in October 2003, he utilised the old GRECO building to provided remedial education to youth who were dropping out of the formal education system.“I sought to make a difference in the lives of the underprivileged youths. I received support from the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and that helped to pay the stipends given to volunteers,” he recounted.Further, he thanked the Government of Guyana through the Ministry of Communities and the Board of Industrial Training (BIT) for providing support.“Through this Foundation, we want to enrich the lives of youth as well as senior citizens,” Saul said while also thanking his family for their unwavering support. “This building is a monument to the love of God,” he said.Meanwhile, the oldest resident of Victoria Village, Evelyn Bacchus, presented the Village’s 177th anniversary commemorative stamp to President Granger.Students who attend the Foundation benefit from training in welding, motor mechanics, home economics, sewing and information technology. The courses last from 16 weeks to as long as one year. There are approximately 40 students enrolled in the short courses while approximately 25 are enrolled in the one-year courses.Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Karen Cummings, Retired Justice Donald Trotman, and Brigadier Edward Collins, former Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), also attended the opening ceremony.last_img read more

Farmer accused of trafficking 2lbs cannabis granted bail

first_imgA 59-year-old farmer, who is accused of trafficking two pounds of cannabis, was on Tuesday released on $200,000 bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Tuesday.Michael Melville, of Moblissa, Soesdyke-Linden Highway, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. He denied that on December 7, 2019, at Moblissa, Soesdyke-Linden Highway, he had in his possession 1113 grams (2lbs) of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.The Police prosecutor informed the court that at about 11:30h, Police, acting on information, went to the location where they met with Melville and another individual, who quickly made his good escape. According to the Prosecutor, the ranks then conducted a search and a quantity of cannabis was found at the back of the home on zinc. A further search was carried out and more marijuana was found in a haversack and in a bulky plastic bag. As such, Melville was then arrested and charged.The Prosecutor objected to bail on the grounds of the prevalence of the offence and the penalty the charge attracts.Melville was, however, released on $200,000 bail. As a condition for bail, he was ordered to report at the Amelia’s Ward Police Station every Friday until the conclusion of the trial. The case will continue on January 16, 2020.last_img read more

DPP, Magistrate in legal tug of war

first_img… Latchman refuses to be bulliedDirector of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali-Hack sent another letter on Wednesday to Magistrate Judy Latchman ordering her to commit Regan “Grey Boy” Rodriguez to stand trial in the High Court for the murder; however, LatchmanDPP Shalimar Ali-Hackrefuses to be bullied and stood her ground.It was chaos at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts as Magistrate Latchman refused to commit Rodriguez to stand trial in the High Court for the alleged murder of Courtney Crum-Ewing.Through Special Prosecutor Nigel Hughes, the DPP first made the request to have Latchman commit Rodrigues to stand trial in the High Court.However, the Magistrate stood her ground and informed Hughes that her court will not bow since she had already discharged the case.However, another letter was sent directly to Latchman which cited provisions set out in the Criminal Law Procedure Act Section 72 (2) ii (a) and allows the DPP to order that the accused be committed for the murder.The letter in part read “I am of the opinion that a prima facie case has been made out against the accused and as such I order that you remit your decision and commit him to stand trial for the murder of Courtney Crum-Ewing”.Latchman first informed the accused that she will be following the law and will reopen the case.Following this disclosure from Latchman, it was chaos as Rodriguez began to wailMagistrate Judy Latchmanyelling “two times, I was freed, I have to go back again!”It took Police Officers a number of minutes to restrain the accused as he on numerous occasions attempted to leave the courtroom stating “I can’t take that!”There was not a dry eye in the courtroom as the family members of Rodrigues along with many others, inclusive of former Public Service Minister Jennifer Westford, who were at court for their cases, broke down in tears at what was unfolding. Rodriquez continued to yell “the Police put a gun in my house and no one is investigating them, God knows I didn’t do it, is my life them want!”However, when asked by Latchman whether he would like to call any witnesses, Rodriguez said only one man can save him and that is God.State Attorney for the matter, Nigel Hughes did not make additional submissions. Latchman adjourned the court for a few minutes; however, upon her return, she stated firmly that the court has found that no prima facie against the accused andRegan Rodrigues, called “Grey Boy”maintained her previous decision.The Magistrate added that she did not find sufficient evidence for the defendant to be committed to stand trial, and as such, she discharged the matter.On Monday last, Rodriguez was set free for the second time for the murder of Courtney Crum-Ewing when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Rodrigues broke down in tears in the packed courtroom after hearing the decision by the Magistrate.He was charged for the killing of Courtney Crum-Ewing, who was slain on March 10, 2015, at Diamond, East Bank Demerara.In her ruling Latchman stated that she considered all of the facts presented to her, however none of them proved that Rodriguez pulled the trigger to kill Crum-Ewing. Crum-Ewing was gunned down as he was at the time urging residents of DiamondDead: Courtney Crum-Ewingto cast their ballots in the May 2015 General Election.Months after, Rodrigues was arrested and charged with the murder but was freed in September 2016. However, in April 2017, he was rearrested after the DPP ordered that the case be reopened.At the time of that arrest on Middle Road, La Penitence, Georgetown Rodriquez was on bail from a three-year sentence as he was jailed for escaping from Police custody, however, he successfully appealed that sentence.last_img read more

Fort St. John RCMP looking for help in death of local youth

first_imgPolice are asking anyone who may have witnessed an ATV with two people on it during the evening of November 23, or morning of November 24, to contact them.In a release Corporal Jodi Shelkie says, “The Fort St. John Major Crime Unit and North District Major Crime Unit are trying to establish a timeline of Bruce’s activities that night as well as locations he may have been.”Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100, or Crime Stoppers are 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement –last_img

Zanzibar shock Uganda, sets Kenya date in CECAFA final

first_imgUganda were reduced to 10-men after substitute Joseph Nsubuga was shown a straight red card after pulling down Ibrahim Hamad inside the box after a swift counter attack.Abdul Aziz Makame opened the scoring for Zanzibar in the 23rd minute before Uganda equalized six minutes later through Derrick Nsibambi who scored his fourth goal of the tournament.Coming into the tie, Uganda was without two of their players Timothy Awany and Isaac Muleme who were serving one match suspensions after red cards in their final group match against Ethiopia.Zanzibar midfielder Suleiman Kassim vies for the ball against Uganda Cranes’ Bernard Muwanga during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 15, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluZanzibar were without left back Haji Mwinyi who was serving a one match suspension after accumulating two yellow cards while Suleiman Mohammed who has scored twice for them in the tournament missed with injury.It was a balanced and hugely competitive opening half with both sides creating good scoring opportunities. Zanzibar asked the first questions with Adeyum Saleh’s freekick inside the first five minutes coming off the outside of the post.In the 11th minute Nsibambi had a brilliant effort attempting a scissor kick from the edge of the six yard box when Nico Wadada’s cross from the right fell into his path unmarked.Zanzibar opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Makame tapped the ball home from inside the box after Uganda failed to clear a corner from Mudathir Yahya.The islanders had won the corner after Uganda keeper Isma Watenga had done well to save a shot from Ibrahim Hamad who had stolen the ball off Geoffrey Madoi on the left.The goal immediately bolted head coach Moses Basena into action, pulling out Sgafiq bakaki who had struggled in his first start of the tournament having been brought in for Awany. In his place, Basena brought in Joseph Nsubuga.Four minutes on, Uganda drew level when Nsibambi side footed the ball home from the edge of the six yard box after Allan Kyambadde’s cross from the right evaded everyone inside the box.Uganda Cranes winger Allan Katterega vies for the ball with Zanzibar’s Mudathir Yahya. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the second half, Uganda came back stronger but were caught up in the counter resulting in what would be Zanzibar’s winning goal.The Cranes lost possession cheaply from a corner and Zanzibar took on a gear five counter attack, Hamad breaking away clear into the Ugandan box and was pulled down by Nsubuga when he was preparing to pull the trigger.From the penalty, Issa struck the ball into the top left leaving keeper Isma Watenga with no chance.Uganda had chances to equalize as they piled the pressure after going down, coach Basena bringing in Allan Katterega for Muzamiru Mutyaba.In the 70th minute, Uganda should have drawn level. From a Kyambadde cross on the left, Nelson Ssekantuka chose to chest down the ball instead of going straight for a header, allowing Zanzibar to clear their lines.However, the clearance did not go far, falling on Milton Karisa whose shot however blasted over. In the 83rd minute, Ssekantuka this time went for a header off a Karisa cross but it went over.Zanzibar keeper Mohammed Abdulrahman pulled a great save two minutes from time when he leaped strongly to his left to parry away a shot from Nsibambi who had broken away on the left.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Mohammed Issa Juma breaks away in celebrating his winner against Uganda Cranes joined by Feisal Salum Abdallah (left) and Mudathir Yahya during the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup semi-final at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on December 15, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKISUMU, Kenya, Dec 15- Zanzibar Heroes qualified for their first ever CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup final in 22 years after shocking defending champions 10-man Uganda Cranes 2-1 and book a date against Kenya’s Harambee Stars in Sunday’s final.Mohammed Issa Juma’s penalty 10 minutes into the second half sealed Zanzibar’s place in the table of kings. The last and only time they played the final was in 1995 in Uganda when they beat the Cranes at home to lift the title.last_img read more

Man United BLOW! AC Milan’s wonderkid goalkeeper Donnarumma not for sale

first_img Gianluigi Donnarumma AC Milan will NOT sell Manchester United target Gianluigi Donnarumma even if he decides against extending his contract.The teenage goalkeeper, who has been hailed as the next Gianluigi Buffon, is out of contract this time next year and currently locked in talks regarding a new deal.Manchester United have been linked with a move for the 18-year-old, especially considering the future of first-choice keeper David De Gea is still unclear.But, according to reports in Italy, Milan are ready to play hard ball with Donnarumma and refuse to sell him, even if it means he sits on the bench all season.The Corriere della Sera says the San Siro club will not be influenced by whether or not he pens an extension and will feel under no pressure to cash in on him quickly should he turn down their offer.A decision on his future is expected shortly with a bumper five-year deal, worth an initial £3.5million per year, currently on the table from Milan. 1last_img read more


first_imgCOILLTE workers have described as ‘crazy’ the gang which had a booze party in the middle of a forest – and lit a huge bonfire.The weekend incident at Drummonaghan Woods near Ramelton was more astonishing by the fact that those behind the party used huge trees to get their fire going.“This sort of thing is nothing short of madness,” one Coillte worker told, “lighting any sort of fire in the middle of a forest is crazy, but a fire of this size is just incredible foolishness. “It’s a miracle it didn’t spread to the rest of the forest and wiped out the entire woods.”The area is popular with local people.Yesterday dozens of empty cider bottles were strewn around where the camp fire had been.Coillte has asked anyone who has information of people starting fires in forests to contact Gardai. CRAZY! PARTY GANG LIGHT BONFIRE IN MIDDLE OF A FOREST was last modified: April 2nd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:County DonegalCRAZY! PARTY GANG LIGHT BONFIRE IN MIDDLE OF A newsRameltonlast_img read more


first_imgNorth West 10k Chairperson James Boyle presenting a cheque for 6,940euro to Donegal Youth Service committee members Marina Carlin(Chairperson), Lorraine Thompson (Regional Director) and CharleneLogue (Chairperson). At back are North West 10k Committee membersNancy McNamee and Bernie Brennan with the Mayor of the LetterkennyMunicipal District Cllr Gerry McMonagle and Frank Dooley (DYSDirector)Despite stiff competition from the upsurge in athletic fundraising events the 19th North West Run and Walk has raised €27,760 for four charities.The cheques were handed over to Down Syndrome Association, MS Ireland Donegal Branch, the Donegal Youth Service and Blood Bike North West last night in the Mount Errigal Hotel.In his address Chairperson James Boyle said that this year’s event had once again been a big success.For the first time there were four benefitting charities who each received €6,940.Mr Boyle praised the work of the Gardai, Irish Red Cross and all the stewards who had ensured that the 2,000 walkers and runners got through the event safely which is the number objective of the organizing committee especially with such large numbers now taking part.The invaluable support of sponsors and Brian McCormick Sports & Leisure and was also acknowledged while the backing provided by Letterkenny Chamber was described as key to the success of an event that will be celebrating its 20th birthday in 2016.Among the special guests at the cheque presentations was the new Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District Cllr Gerry McMonagle.CHARITIES RECEIVE CASH WINDFALL FROM NORTH-WEST 10K was last modified: June 23rd, 2015 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:chequesdonegalNorthwest 10Klast_img read more

Gibbons joins Yeovil after QPR exit

first_imgJordan Gibbons has joined Yeovil Town after being released by QPR.The 21-year-old winger, who was recently told his Rangers contract would not be renewed, has signed a one-year deal at Huish Park.He impressed Yeovil manager Paul Sturrock during a recent trial.“I am very grateful to Yeovil Town and the manager for the opportunity they have given me,” Gibbons told the Glovers’ website.“I cannot wait to get started and hopefully help the club get back up to League One.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Spotlight on words at Arts Fest

first_imgTwenty-six-year-old Thando Mgqolozanamade his literary debut at this year’sfestival with his novel, A man; who is nota man. Mgqolozana’s work challenges thepractices of male circumcision in theXhosa culture.Khanyi MagubaneFind out more about using materialWriters took to the streets in Grahamstown on 7 July as part of Wordfest, the literary programme at the National Arts Festival that seeks to highlight the need for the proper development of a reading culture in South Africa.The 200 writers who gathered outside the Wordfest venue at Rhodes University in the town were also there to protest against the poor state of reading levels in South Africa.The initiative was supported by a number of prominent people in the literary programme, including the convener of Wordfest and professor of poetry at Rhodes University Chris Mann, and Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture MEC Xoliswa Tom, who launched event.This year’s programme will include lectures from academics, readings from authors, book launches and poetry recitals.The book chain store Exclusive Books has also set up a small shop at the venue.The opening keynote address was delivered by award-winning author Mandla Langa, whose latest novel, Colours of the Chameleon, recently won the Commonwealth Prize for Literature in the Africa region.Langa spoke about the struggles that South Africans have had to overcome, focusing specifically on his own childhood, growing up in the township of Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal province. As a child he was unaware that the Bantu education, as it was referred to during apartheid, he was receiving was of a much lower standard than that of white students in the country.But, despite the social difficulties of growing up in a township, Langa recalls how he immersed himself in books and reading.His love of reading exposed him to poets and authors within his own community. He was groomed by late legendary South African poet Mafika Gwala. He recalled how seeing his first published poem in a literary journal moved him.“When, some years later, one of my poems was published in a magazine, Ophir, edited by Peter Horn and Robert MacNamara, I was over the moon.“I remember going around, getting free drinks in shebeens [home taverns], this boy who’s got a poem published in a real magazine, alongside names of white people, no less. That’s when, to put it mildly, my troubles started. I had found a role that would define me.”But Langa’s elation didn’t last after enrolling in the University of Fort Hare’s English programme.According to Langa, his English lecturer frequently and openly told him, and his fellow black students, that they would never pass “his English”. This did not deter Langa, who went on to finish his degree.Going into exile in the late 1970s, he lived in various countries including Nigeria. During a theatre production based on the infamous 16 June 1976 Soweto uprising, by students from the University of Ibadan, Langa was painfully reminded of his homesickness and the conflicts in his home country.“I remember that, as soon as the students’ performance got to the enactment of the Hector Pieterson shooting, the soldier standing next to me, who was a big man, started weeping uncontrollably.“I also wept. I wept for my country, for the fact that we were thousands of miles from home. In those years it was difficult to think of the possibility of apartheid’s end.”Langa’s speech centred on the need for South Africans to move forward, not to be stuck in one particular era, but also not to forget what had happened in South Africa at the time. He used the metaphor of walking, which he says also inspired former president Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.“Nelson Mandela’s journey in Long Walk to Freedom mirrors the efforts to raise up black American slaves through education by Booker T Washington, who wrote Up From Slavery, another form of walking – it’s less about the physical activity of walking than about attitude; an attitude that, granted, derives its inspiration from walking.”Breaking the silenceAlso launched at the festival was the controversial book by first-time writer, 26-year-old Thando Mgqolozana. His novel, A man; who is not a man, published by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, challenges the practices of male circumcision in the Xhosa culture.During his opening address, the young Eastern Cape writer spoke about his own experience with circumcision. He said that it is difficult for him to see what was once a proud ritual to usher boys into manhood, become a thorny issue veiled in silence in his community.“I felt the need to break the silence and publish this book because the fear is no longer. I wanted to start a debate on this issue, and lift the veil of secrecy around the issue of the death of initiates.”A number of Xhosa traditionalists attended the launch as the topic of male circumcision has long been regarded as an exclusively male issue, and could not be addressed in a public forum including women.Mgqolozana said he was prepared to field tough questions from Xhosa traditionalists, who may have been offended by the book. Instead, he was met with an unexpected amount of support from the audience. He said he was touched by the encouragement from, especially, elder males who, in acknowledging the sacredness of the practice, felt that the writer had taken a leap of faith in openly addressing it.The issue of male circumcision has been a hot topic in the South African media as a number of young men have died due to alleged medical complications. The South African Press Association reported on 7 July 2009 that a 37th Eastern Cape man died after an initiation ritual. The youths, most of them between the ages of 13 and 22, died after undergoing the traditional practice at illegal initiation schools.“You are brave because us man folk don’t talk about such things in front of women folk. But it is good for you to talk about it, because when tradition changes and it results in death, that’s a problem,” said one attendee during the question-and-answer session.“Now is the time for the custom to be transformed. How many deaths must we witness until we do something about it?” asked another attendee.Mgqolozana criticised the House of Traditional Leaders, a body set up by government to deal with traditional issues, whom he says has failed to protect the age-old practice.“They have failed us. The government has tried to come up with legislative laws to try and govern practices around male circumcision. However, the House of the Traditional Leaders has rejected the promulgation of this Act.”Mgqolozana was referring to the Children’s Act number 38 of 2005, which also includes a section on male circumcision.According to the law, males under the age of 16 may not be circumcised, unless:performed for religious purposes in accordance with the practices of the religion concerned and in the manner prescribed, orperformed for medical reasons on the recommendation of a medical practitioner.Mgqolozana says he hopes the book will encourage young and old to open up, as well as integrate women into the conversation, as many mothers are losing their children.“This book doesn’t really have a target audience, but I hope that people who practise male circumcision will read this book.“I’m hoping that the fathers will get my argument, and that the mothers will finally know the secrets of circumcision as they deserve to know what is happening.”The young writer says his mother, though, has been a tough one to convince, “She read the book overnight and she sms’d me the next morning and she said ‘this is really a work of fiction’.”Wordfest will continue at the National Arts Festival until 10 July.Do you have any queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at khanyim@mediaclubsouthafrica.comUseful linksWordfest National Arts Festival University of KwaZulu-Natal presslast_img read more