Koijee Denies Interfering in SUP Politics

first_imgMayor Koijee: “Kollie’s accusation is unfounded…lacking iota of any truth.”Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee has dismissed student activist Martin Kollie’s claim that he is responsible for his indefinite suspension from his post as secretary-general of the Student Unification Party (SUP).Mayor Koijee brushed aside the accusation, saying he holds nothing against Kollie, “but I am disappointed in him, for making such unfounded accusation at the detriment of the much-admired party.“It is very much unfortunate that the person who is believed to be the secretary-general of a very noble institution is implying that the institution is susceptible to infiltration and bribery. Martin needs to apologize to the leadership of SUP. This is an institution that has fought for social justice for over 70 years. He needs to subject himself to the institution, because he cannot see himself above the institution,” Koijee said.Major Koijee said if SUP could not compromise its stance on societal ills during past regimes, it won’t do so now, but Kollie’s accusation is meant to bring the party to a low standard.Koijee believes it is easy to level such allegation against him, because he is one of the most easily accessed young leaders in the country, and has often served as a channel for young people.Student activist Martin Kollie: “Koijee gave money to some members of SUP’s Executive.”Shortly after his recent suspension from SUP, Kollie accused Mayor Koijee of bribing executives of the party with undisclosed amount of United States dollars to orchestrate his suspension.The party, in its official statement, said that Kollie’s protest was without the approval of the party’s leadership, and therefore he was suspended for time indefinite.“There are some people who intend to undermine our party, because of their selfish political interest on the national scene. We are not going to allow that, because the party remains taller than the CDC,” Kollie said.In an official response to Koijee’s insinuation, Kollie said his accusation is in no way bringing SUP’s reputation and integrity to public disrepute.“SUP is all that I know, all that I have, and all that I can boast of, so I can never mutilate the integrity of it because SUP made and mentored me. It is Koijee and this intolerant government that intends to undermine the impeccable legacy and incomparable political credentials of SUP by apparently inducing or manipulating someone or a handful of individuals to get me out of our party as secretary-general,” Kollie has said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Murder suspect arrested 18 years after crime

first_imgIn 2000, Daniel Singh was brutally hacked to death at his home, and his family is finally getting justice after his killer was arrested on Sunday morning after being some 18 years on the run.The suspect, Deonarine Bhihari, was picked up by Police on Sunday morning at a Logwood, Enmore, East Coast Demerara residence.A brief statement from the Police Force reads, “A male being sought by Police since 2000 for the murder of Daniel Singh at Enmore, ECD was this morning apprehended by ranks of ‘C’ Division at Enmore.”Acting on information received, the Police swooped down on the house and effected the arrest.The Police were accompanied by a son of the deceased, Deochand, who had been trailing the suspect for several months, and had even put out a reward for information that can lead to his apprehension.Deochand, a Councillor at Hope NDC, told <> that his father’s killer was never apprehended since he had connections with key members of the then Government, who allegedly had facilitated his escape to neigbouring Venezuela.However, he related that the man returned to Guyana a few years ago because of the crisis in that neighbouring country. He has reportedly since been occasionally spotted at various places.Deochand related that when he saw the man at a funeral a few months ago, he began to collect information, and as such, trailed him.After observing that he was staying at his sister’s house in Logwood, Enmore, Deochand contacted his attorney, James Bond, and Police ranks from the Enmore Station went with them to make the arrest.“When we got there, the man come out because he didn’t know what we went there for, and when the Police tell he, he tried to run, but they warned him not to, and then they arrested him,” Deochand related.Deochand said he and his siblings are overjoyed and relieved to have their father’s killer finally brought to justice.“I spent so much time and money to get him arrested, and I’m happy it happened,”Murdered: Daniel Singhhe expressed.According to reports published at the time, 49-year-old Daniel Singh, a single father, was living at Hope West, Enmore, ECD with his four children when the incident took place on May 21, 2000.Guyana Times understands that Singh and Bhihari usually had confrontations, since the suspect and Singh’s daughter, Nalini, had reportedly liked each other but Singh did not approve of this. At the time, the suspect was in his 30s while the young woman was in her late teens. It is, however, unclear what might have triggered the suspect’s actions.It was reported that on the day in question, Singh was on the front step when he was attacked by the cutlass wielding man, who also killed three of the family’s dogs while injuring Nalini as well and another one of their dogs during the brutal attack.One of the then young sons had recalled being awakened by his sister’s screams, and upon looking through the window, had seen the attacker firing chops at his father. At the time, the daughter was shouting at the suspect, asking him what he was doing to her father. The man reportedly then turned his attention to her, also inflicting chops to both her hands. She managed to run out of the yard but he had pursued her. However, she had run into a neighbour’s yard to seek refuge. The suspect reportedly returned to the Singhs’ residence, where two of SiMurder suspect Deonarine Bhiharingh’s young sons were standing outside watching helplessly as their unconscious father lay bleeding on the ground. Upon noticing that the attacker was charging towards them, the two young boys ran into the bedroom and locked the door. After realizing that he was unable to get the door open, the man reportedly left the yard by scaling the back fence and making good his escape, going into hiding for over adecade. Singh’s badly injured body was picked up by neighbours who were awoken by screams, and rushed to the hospital where he was admitted and subsequently died a few days later without regaining consciousness.last_img read more

All-weather road remains a pipe dream – GAWU

first_imgWales Estate closure aftermathDecember 31, 2018, marks two years since the Wales Sugar Estate was officially closed, and to date, many West Bank Demerara (WBD) sugar cane farmers have abandoned their plots due to the non-construction of an all-weather road to transport their produce to the Uitvlugt Estate as was promised. This factory isSome of the abandoned cane lands at Belle Vue, WBD as seen on Sundaylocated on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD), some 22 miles away from Wales and when Government confirmed the Wales’s closure, the Agriculture Ministry gave all assurances that the all-weather road would have been constructed. At one point, tenders were published in the local press but since then, little has been heard about the construction of the project.In fact, the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), which was the Union for workers at the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) on Wednesday said the issue of the non-existent road was highlighted.GAWU reminded the public that as many as 774 farmers had aggregately cultivated 2674.4 hectares as outlined in the report of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the sugar industry.“Farmers were a significant feature of Wales contributing half and sometimes more of sugar production. In announcing the closure, the Government said farmers’ canes would be processed at Uitvlugt and an appropriate road would be built. Today, that road remains a pipe dream and many farmers unable to transport their canes by public road have simply abandoned their plots,” the union body stressed.In the interim, some of the farmers, including those from Canal Number One and La Retraite, WBD, crafted a makeshift route to transport their canes from Wales to Uitvlugt. This transport route was however said to be an expensive undertaking for farmers as Guyana Times reported in March.At present, the current rainy weather patterns are causing the producers to encounter problems in accessing the backlands. Many of the farmers at Belle Vue, Good Intent, La Retraite and elsewhere have abandoned their plots while several others have ventured into planting alternative crops. For Belle Vue farmers, it was not until 2017 that they were granted the go-ahead by President David Granger owing their original 1956 lease outlining that they could have only cultivated sugarcane. However, they suffered losses when the dry weather patterns prevailed and access to irrigation channels proved difficult due to overgrown weeds. When Guyana Times spoke the several farmers earlier this year, they complained of having to leave sugar cultivation over the expense of transporting canes to Uitvlugt.GAWU has highlighted that some 7000 workers were dismissed while thousands more are being affected from estate closures, especially the closure of Wales. The Union added that the current Administration seems not too keen credibility by way inconsistence in polices versus campaign promises prior to its assumption to office in May 2015.“The actions by the [A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change] APNU/AFC Government are poles apart from what they said the coalition committed to do during the elections campaign. Moreover, the realities the workers and their families and their communities now confront are starkly different from what the Administration promised when it announced the closure of the estates. From all appearances, it seems that credibility is not something that is held in high esteem for the Administration taking into account its actions in other areas of national life as well,” the Union maintained.GAWU feels that those affected by the closures are seeing a Christmas season that is “most depressing” as many are unable to afford many of the “niceties” of this season.But even as GAWU, is now coming out criticising the Administration over the sugar industry, the sugar workers themselves earlier in the year had accused the Union of not having their best interest at heart. As a matter of fact, in January, hundreds of sugar workers and senior persons in the sugar industry who were dissatisfied with the way the GAWU had handled the sudden closure of sugar estates along with severance benefits and other issues relative to the sugar industry, had called for the Union’s President, Komal Chand, to resign.last_img read more

AFC expels Charandass Persaud

first_img…party recommits to APNU Despite publicly announcing that he will resign from the party following his support for the No-confidence Motion against the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition Government, the AFC in an immediate act of retaliation on Saturday announced that it has taken the decision to expel Charandass Persaud.The AFC said the decision was taken following a meeting of the Disciplinary Committee while adding that they have already initiated steps to have him recalled as an MP. Additionally, the AFC said it feels “betrayed and shocked” by the ‘yes’ vote, which ultimately led to the fall of the David Granger-led Administration.After voting in favour of the No-confidence Motion, Persaud told the media that he took a “conscious” decision since the AFC has a subordinate role to the majority A Partnership for National Unity (APNU). Persaud cited examples, such as Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence’s recent controversial statement about hiring party faithfuls and pointed out that the AFC leadership did not condemn, but rather condoned the statement.“I’m extremely disappointed in the AFC team. My reason for voting in favour of the motion is that I have no confidence in what the AFC team will do,” Persaud said, when questioned by the media.Meanwhile, the AFC on Saturday said, “at no time did Mr Persaud express that he had lost confidence in the APNU/AFC coalition Government, its policies, programmes and vision. To the contrary, he gave his solemn commitment, on more than one occasion, that he will vote resoundingly against the motion.”The statement added that all the while Persaud has been on board with the Government’s plans for development since he would have made an animated presentation during the 2019 National Budget Debates.Additionally, the minority coalition partner said they have already begun to plan, prepare and mobilise for the impending General and Regional Elections.“The AFC held an internal executive meeting today (Saturday) and will engage our supporters, our coalition partner A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the people of Guyana, on the way forward. The AFC assures its supporters and all Guyanese that it remains unwaveringly committed to the APNU/AFC coalition Government. The AFC reaffirms its commitment to the rule of law and reassures Guyanese that in this Yuletide season of peace and goodwill will prevail,” the party indicated.Persaud became a parliamentarian following the May 2015 Regional and General Election but this is not the first time he has expressed his dissatisfaction with the AFC. The Berbician resigned from the Party in September 2013 but would later face the media and indicate that his resignation was non-existent.The lawyer has since indicated that his vote was one of conscience since he is was tired of towing party lines. He left the country on Saturday morning after he had been openly threatened by his colleagues in Parliament.On Friday, the APNU/AFC coalition Government fell when the No-confidence Motion brought by the Opposition People’s Progressive Party was passed in the National Assembly.A total of 10 MPs debated the motion, but when the dust was settled, and a vote of division was called, Persaud’s vote changed the numbers to 33 in favour of the motion versus Government’s 32 votes against.last_img read more

Compressed timeframe can achieve objectives – senior GECOM official

first_imgHouse-to-House registrationProtests from PPP supporters for an election date to be set by the President…says dialogue should determine way forward…Christmas Day deadline impracticalStatements from officials that elections can only be conducted after Christmas Day should be taken with a grain of salt. This is according to a senior Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) official, who, however, noted the importance of dialogue between the Opposition – People’s Progressive Party – and the Government to find a solution.According to the official, the call for House-to-House Registration needing to take at least five months, when elections is already months overdue, cannot be taken seriously.The December 25 timeline was first put forward by GECOM lawyer Stanley Marcus to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) during a post-judgement hearing a few weeks ago. What is needed, the senior official said, is for GECOM to compress its activities to ensure everyone is satisfied with the process.“I think it’s [important] to have a list you can trust. The question is whether this list is good enough or not. [We] can do an election, I would imagine, in a shorter time than what I hear people peddling about December 25,” the official said.“I think the lawyer may have been saying that facetiously,” the official added. “I don’t think he said it with any conviction. So, perhaps the two parties can discuss how we can shorten the period of House-to-House Registration and then, subsequent to that, a two weeks’ Claims and Objections and we have the elections pretty early.”While this is the practical course of action, the official expressed concern that political persons are pushing agendas that are counterproductive to dialogue and compromise. And these voices, the official said, are drowning out the smaller voices of reason.ElectionsLast month, the CCJ ruled that the No-Confidence Motion of December 21, 2019, was validly passed against the Government. It also ruled that Alliance For Change (AFC) defector, Charrandas Persaud was entitled to vote against his party list and that even as a dual citizen, his vote was still valid.On the matter of then GECOM Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson, the court ruled that not only was his appointment unconstitutional, but the President ought to have given the Opposition Leader an explanation as to why consecutive lists of nominees were being rejected. Patterson has since resigned, igniting dialogue between President David Granger and Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to select his replacement.But regardless of what the CCJ ruled, the coalition Government has been blatant in its disregard for the court and has said that it is not prepared to call elections unless House-to-House Registration is carried out.Registration is catered for under Section 6 of the National Registration Act Cap 19:08, with the intent of having those 14 and over included on the National Register of Registrants. But on August 4, 2005, then President Bharrat Jagdeo assented to amendments of the Act by including provisions for Continuous Registration.These amendments were in keeping with an international push away from House-to-House Registration and towards Continuous Registration as the more effective method of registering voters.According to Section 6 (A) of the Amendments, “the Elections Commission shall use the Official List of Electors from the 2001 General and Regional Elections as the base to commence continuing registration.”This meant that persons not on the 2001 Official List of Electors were legally required to visit registration offices in their respective registration areas to apply to be included on the list (though it is understood that GECOM officers would usually visit the homes of those who are disabled). The same holds true for the next (and last) time House-to-House Registration would be done, which was in 2008.The Opposition has consistently argued that House-to-House is nothing more than a delaying ploy and have noted that Claims and Objections are the way to go, even protesting for the President to set an election date on Friday. The CCJ meets on July 12 to hand down consequential orders on exactly what must be done to ensure the Constitution is followed.last_img read more

Baseball: Spring action ready to begin

first_imgGiven a little time to think it over, Leyland said he might hold off a little bit and not run the drill when the AL champions hold their opening workout Friday. “I’m not going to do that the first day because I don’t want to draw attention to everything,” he said. “I don’t want these guys paranoid about it. It’s going to be pretty boring if the main attraction at spring training is watching PFP.” Seems like it was just a few minutes ago that Adam Wainwright struck out Brandon Inge, ending one of the dullest World Series. After an offseason filled with the usual tumult of Barry Bonds, steroids, Yankees-Red Sox competition and free-agent switches, it’s time for fun in the sun. Perhaps Bonds and the Giants will finalize their $15.8 million, one-year contract by the time San Francisco’s position players work out for the first time Feb. 20. Boston’s regulars are due to start workouts two days later, and maybe J.D. Drew will be added to the Red Sox roster by then – his $70 million, five-year deal still hasn’t been completed, even though the team announced it two weeks ago. Players start reporting to major league camps Tuesday, with the first official workouts of the year two days later. None are likely to be observed more intently than pitcher’s fielding practice at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. Detroit pitchers made a record five errors in throwing away the World Series, sparking the mind of manager Jim Leyland. “I know this sounds crazy, but I’m going to have the grounds crew sprinkle out in front of home plate and make it wet on a couple of occasions, and have them work it and pick up the ball and work in wet conditions,” he said before St. Louis finished off the Tigers last October. Daisuke Matsuzaka will be joining Drew in Fort Myers, Fla., getting lots of attention as he reports to the Red Sox. Boston paid $51,111,111 to buy his rights, then signed him to a $52 million, six-year deal. “One of the things I was most worried about in coming over here was obviously the food. But to my surprise, I found the vegetables are great, the fish tastes great,” he said through a translator as spring training approached. Out in Arizona, Zito will make the switch to Giants’ camp in Scottsdale, a short drive from Oakland’s complex in Phoenix. After receiving the largest contract for a pitcher, he’ll provide a diversion from the daily scrutiny of Bonds. “To play with Barry Bonds is something I think every guy would want to do,” Zito said. “It gave me chills actually. It’s great to be mentioned in the same sentence as Barry Bonds. I used to watch Barry growing up.” Bonds starts the year with 734 homers, 21 shy of Hank Aaron’s record. If he doesn’t get indicted in the federal investigation into illegal steroids distribution – the Giants inserted a clause in his contract giving them the right to terminate the deal if he is indicted – Bonds could break the record this year. That would put the spotlight on commissioner Bud Selig, whose enthusiasm for the 42-year-old’s chase will be in focus if Bonds approaches the mark. “You can’t predict what’s going to happen,” Bonds said. “Pray to God my body holds up” While Bonds stayed put, some big names moved. The New York Yankees sent Gary Sheffield to Detroit and Randy Johnson to Arizona, brought back Andy Pettitte from Houston and hope to add Roger Clemens – if he doesn’t stay in Houston or return to the Red Sox, his original team. “I’m failing at retirement,” said the 44-year-old, seven-time Cy Young Award winner. “Let’s just face it. I’m failing miserably at it.” AP Sports Writers Larry Lage, Janie McCauley, Ken Peters and Howard Ulman contributed to this report. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Detroit pitchers will try to get those infield throws down, Dice-K will make the transition to American-style baseball and Barry Zito will start justifying the $126 million that’s become attached to his name. That’s right: It’s time for pitchers and catchers. last_img read more

Load restrictions to begin tomorrow morning

first_imgWith regards to both Service Area’s 21 and 22, all provincial numbered routes, paved or gravel will allow 100 per cent legal axle loading, while all provincial side roads, paved or gravel, will allow 70 per cent legal axle loading.However, certain side roads do have unique limits, and to view all the specific weight limits and can be seen by visiting www.drivebc.caAll overload permits on restricted routes are not valid during the duration of the restrictions.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Rashford says on right track despite lack of game time

first_img“In these types of games, when the pressure is on you, you just be yourself and I think that’s what seems to happen in these games and the team seems to react well, when maybe we don’t react as well in other games,” said the 20-year-old.Rashford boosted his chances of earning another start against Sevilla in the Champions League on Tuesday — the first leg of the last-16 tie finished 0-0 — but he said he was doing most of his learning on the training pitch.“Right now, I’m probably not learning the most on the pitch,” said the former academy graduate, who hopes to play a key role for England at the World Cup in Russia.“In training is where I’m doing most of my learning. You have to take it into the game and today it worked.“Personally, taking the confidence from this game into the next games is important.”Rashford, who faces fierce competition for a starting spot from the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, said he did not feel the need to express his frustrations to manager Jose Mourinho.“He doesn’t have to (speak to me),” said the forward. “In football you are going to be up, you’re going to be down.“The most important thing is sticking together as a squad. Everyone turns up every day for training, we all work hard, we all do the necessary things.“We are all in it together. Sometimes you are in the team, sometimes you are not in the team.”Fellow academy graduate Lingard, who had to bide his time at Old Trafford before making an impact, backed his friend to succeed.“It’s good that you can be around him to have a laugh and reassure him that it’s going to come good and that if he gets a chance he will perform, and he has done that today,” he said.“It’s a big club with big players and for players like me and Marcus it’s going to be tough to start every game but once you are on the pitch you have got to make an impact and maybe next game you will be playing. But you’ve got to always work hard, and he does.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford scores the opening goal against Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 10, 2018 © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 12 – Marcus Rashford is confident his development will not suffer from a lack of game time after scoring twice in a 2-1 victory against Liverpool on his return to the Manchester United starting line-up.Saturday’s match at Old Trafford was Rashford’s first Premier League start since Boxing Day, and just his third in all competitions in 2018, but there was little evidence of rust as second-placed United put further distance between themselves and their bitter rivals.last_img read more

Arsenal 0-1 Swansea: Swans stun Gunners to keep alive faint European hopes

first_img1 Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski produced a brilliant rearguard display against his former side as the Swans stunned Arsenal with a 1-0 win at the Emirates.The Pole, who left the Emirates for Wales last summer, frustrated his former employers throughout as Swansea kept their faint Europa League hopes alive with a third straight win.Fabianski denied Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott with a brilliant doublt save before substitute Bafetimbi Gomis netted the winner five minutes from time with a header that crept just over the line.Swansea’s victory clinched a league double over Arsenal and inflicted the Gunners’ first defeat in the league since losing to Tottenham in early February.Arsenal began brightly, and Olivier Giroud nearly capped a flowing move but his header looped onto the roof of the net.Swansea, who began without a recognised striker, then settled into the game, setting up to frustrate their hosts and utilise the pace of Nathan Dyer and Jefferson Montero on the counter attack.Jonjo Shelvey brought a couple of straight forward saves out of David Ospina, and Montero then dragged a shot wide on the stroke of half time after shrugging off a feeble challenge.The Gunners were much more potent after the break but found Fabianski in inspired form on his first return to the Emirates, denying Giroud after a fine move involving Sanchez and Mesut Ozil.The Pole was showing Arsene Wenger what he was missing, and pulled off a brilliant double save from Sanchez and then substitute Theo Walcott – although the latter probably should have done better.The Swans then provided the sting in the tail, as substitute Gomis’ header crept in at the back post, with the officials requiring the assistance of goal line technology to confirm the 85th minute strike.Fabianski and his defence remained resolute in the dying moments, and the Gunners’ defeat means the race to avoid fourth place and a Champions League qualifiyng play-off remains alive. Bafetimbi Gomis last_img read more