The cultivated cannbis field with one of the tents visiblePolice ranks in Essequibo and Berbice have arrested five suspects in two separate drug eradication exercises on Wednesday.In Berbice, two men were busted with a quarter kilogram of cannabis, which they tried to discard after being caught smoking a ‘joint’.According to a Police source, Rashawn Brush, 25, and Denesh Balwant, 21, both of Rose Hall Town registered on the Police’s radar when officers from the anti-crime patrol were proceeding along the Number 7 Village Public Road, East Coast Berbice.It is being alleged that the suspects were seen smoking and when the Officers pulled up, they threw a bag into a clump of bushes which was retrieved by the Officers. The bag contained a quantity of leaves, seeds and stems.Both men were taken into custody and the drug was weighed; it amounted to 225 grams. The men have since been charged and are expected to appear in court today.Meanwhile, in Essequibo, during a 12-hour drug eradication exercise at Araray Village, Upper Essequibo, ranks stumbled upon several acres of marijuana.A Police release detailed that “in excess of nine acres of cultivated cannabis with about 8000 plants ranging in heights from one foot to 10 feet, several nurseries with over 3000 seedlings and two makeshift tents were found and destroyed.”Further reports revealed that three males, who were found tending to the plants, were taken into custody and charged with cultivating prohibited plants. They too will make a court appearance today.
After three months, my search for Asata came to an end, and all I needed to do was to find her on Newport Street, in the heart of Monrovia.My informant said he was sure as day followed night.“I saw her there.” he said, grinning, “You’ll not believe how pretty she now looks.” My face danced with joy, and it was clear that I could not control my emotions.I said, “Is she a real beauty now?”Gbessay laughed, and corked his head on one side, said, “I tell you she is some beauty.”“Tell me more about her,” I said, as the thought of Asata danced in my mind with anticipation, “be frank with me, and do me the favor.”Gbessay was sixteen when I was bubbling with love for Asata. Now twenty-two, he had grown up and was someone I could believe.He said, “I know you’ve been searching for her,” and hesitated for a moment, and I did not disappoint him, when I said, “I’ve been here,” meaning Vai Town, just across from Monrovia, “in the last three months and only you now telling me where I can find her.”He said, “We talked about you,” and smiled, and, “when she could not hear from you, maybe she thought you died like many others.”I could not blame her, for thinking the worst for me; many young men were killed in the Liberian war held on.“Is a wonder,” I said, with some dignity, “that many of us survived this war.”“I know,” Gbessay said, “Asata will be glad to see you,” then I felt some inner dissatisfaction. Was Gbessay, like many Christian people, speaking in tongue?This could not be happening.“You’re not hiding anything from me, Gbessay?”“Tony,” he told me, “Just believe what I’m telling you.”So, I said, “What are you telling me?”He said, “Follow my direction and right after the huge building on Newport Street, you’ll find her, or ask for her.”I told him how great he was, and that I appreciated his help, and bid him goodbye.Thirty minutes later, I was on Newport Street, and having passed by the huge house Gbessay mentioned, I slowed down, and walked leisurely, whistling to myself.Suddenly, my steps lost their agility. I then crossed the road toward Asata’s residence.At first, my eyes deceived me, refusing to accept Asata, who seemed to be busy, at the corner of an old brick house.Her lanky frame hovered over the side of the road where a young man was putting some woods at their place.The sun beat hard on me, and several people walked about the place.Then, like a dream, I saw an old woman standing at the corner, near Asata, pointing her finger at me.I could not recognize Hadja at first, for the years of the civil-war had had a telling effect on her and had changed her, reducing her to a bundle of human caricature in a packaged cloth from her head to her toes. She might have run from this place and to another place, and as frail as she was, I knew she could not live through it.But she did.Hadja, her title, meant she was one of the fortunate ones who had fulfilled their religious duty and had visited the holy city of Mecca, the birthplace of the Prophet Mohammed.Hadja was highly respected in the community because of that success, and though she had encouraged me to visit the mosque.As a woman with deep faith, she wanted her daughter, Asata, to marry someone who would follow her footsteps, and worship Allah, as she had been brought up.But now it would appear that my failure to attend services at the mosque and the coming of the unfortunate civil-war had all conspired to deny me the woman I had once dreamed of having as a wife and the future mother of my children.As I moved closer to the house that I had been told Asata now lived, my heart bubbled with anticipation, imagining what she would say to me.In my heart, I was preparing to rush at her and hug her and give thanks to Allah for preserving her.On my right, near a string of houses was a young beauty, busily engaged in some chores, her lanky frame revealing to me that she might have been the object of my search. Her hair was braided, the attachment flowing on her back and over her face.She was my Asata, I was now convinced, watching her closely, but my mind deceived me, suggesting she could be someone else, for Asata, though was tall, could not be the woman I presently beheld.Was this Asata? How she had changed so much and more beautiful now!My heart thumped in my chest as my feet walked their way towards the house. Since the information about her present residence did not hint about any changes in her lifestyle, I did not suspect any untoward surprise.But when I saw the old woman pointing her finger at me, something in me suggested right away that something was afoot.What was it? I did not care, all I cared about was searching for my Asata, and turning my head to look at heaven, I said a silent prayer, begging the good old man above to show me the way.By now I was almost at the entrance of the house, and the old woman smiled, and it was a painful one. She rubbed her two hands together, and when I turned to look on my right, the young woman turned swiftly and smiled at me.“Oh my Gosh,” I yelled in my heart and smiled back at her.“You found me,” she said, and dimples on either jaw on her face did not mislead me, I concluded she was my Asata.But it seemed that something was not right with her. Under her smile, I sensed her pain of anguish which was visible on her face, and it was the kind of loss, which eventually was to be mine alone.She turned her head and regarded at the man engrossed in his work, and nodded.Under normal circumstances, I would have wept, and beat my chest and look at heaven, asking God why should I lose, but I was calm. She began to explain her eventual journey into marriage with the man who had replaced me.“I did not know whether you survived the war,” she said, her eyes downcast, “my ma is old now,” pointing to Hadja, “and so…” her voice trailed off, and I felt sorry for myself for what she was about to disclose to me.I mustered a little courage, and said, my hands shaking like a car with an idling engine, “So you have to get married?” The question haunted me, and unable to control my emotions, I went on, “I searched for you everywhere,” as if that was enough justification.She looked away and smiled. It was a smile I had known long before the Liberian civil-war began on 24 December 1989.“I have to marry,” she said, and it was enough for me, for what else could she say again? Then fragments of the most touching melody intruded into my mind, and I could hear the song, “How Lonely Are Those Who Are Disappointed” in my ears.“So,” I managed, after struggling to regain my bearings, to say, “you can no longer be mine?”She might have thought my question silly, though the answer was obvious. What was I expected her to do now, marry two men? I bowed my head in shame, and with trembling hands, stared at her in silence.She turned her back to me and looked at Hadja, whose smile was full of resentment. She knew how much I loved Asata, and how much she herself had encouraged us.“I’ll miss you, Asata, “ I heard my voice crying out in anguish as if that was not an obvious result, and when I realized that a tear was threatening to expose my weakness, I also turned my face away from her and decided to leave her in peace.Painfully, my legs responded, and ambled away from her.She shouted at me: “I’ll not forget you,” but what should I care?I was moving on, though let down, beaten and crushed.A few minutes later I knew the danger had come and the risk was gone. My eyes felt tired, and at one point I wanted to cry. It was a difficult situation for me, walking away from Asata, the young woman whose fascination had brought me such an unexpected torment.Her cool voice kept repeating itself in my ears, “I tried to find you and when I could not find you, my ma advised me to find happiness somewhere,” and though the verdict was cruel, I could not blame her for what she had done.I felt nauseous, but my inner feeling urged me on to accept it, for it was clear that I had lost the battle.“I’m married now, sorry,” came back to haunt me. The afternoon sun beat harder on me, as like it was divine punishment.I wanted to stand aside, somewhere on Newport Street, and gaze at her, and drink in her beauty, but I decided against it.My mind posed a surreal question to me, asking, “For what purpose?” and I could not find within myself to answer it.A glacial pang of pain hit my side, like the stab of a dagger of ice frozen from a poisoned well. My body was becoming adjusted to the message of doom as I heard it.I asked myself, “Is she happy?” and my mind answered, “If she is not happy she would not have told you that she was married” a response that was ominous like the message Asata delivered to me.It was like a shuffling compromise between defiance and prostration and walking away towards the bus or taxi rank, what appeared like stars danced before me. I was seeing things double, and I knew that Asata was gone for good.I felt her loss, but then I reminded myself that it was merely the loss of another chapter in my life.“I’ll move on,” I said under my breath, unsure if I was making sense of losing Asata.It was then that I made a resolution not to let things take me by surprise. I have been a man of action, ever willing to strike when the iron is hot. I am enjoying my life right now, remembering Asata’s loss as the primary foundation that made me realize one of the most painful difficulties of the situation in Liberia, however, I was assured of the wise men saying that some misfortunes are blessings in disguise, but in truth, I would not be able to forget Asata for a long time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) read more
Volunteerism from Massy Industries Guyana employees has resulted in the rehabilitation and restoration of some facilities at the David Rose School for the Handicapped at Thomas Lands, Georgetown.The volunteers working to restore the facilities at the David Rose School on SaturdayThe activities were carried out mainly by staff members of the company throughout the week, culminating with the final touches on Saturday. Some of the works which were done included the construction of a stairway and adjoining catwalk, painting of the basketball court, the rehabilitation and painting of benches and other facilities in the playground and land clearing to remove overgrown vegetation.Additionally, books which were acquired during a book drive were also donated to the students.Country Manager at Massy Industries, Deo Persaud, asserted that the educational institution and the company would’ve celebrated their 50th anniversary this year. Consequently, that was the sole rationale behind the project.“Massy started life in Guyana in 1968, the same year as David Rose and we’re happy to sort of twin with them as part of our community outreach and giving back to the society.”Persaud further explained that there was much need for a restoration exercise, giving the fact that the outdoor areas and some sections of the building were in an unsatisfactory state.The facilities will be maintained by the company.Teachers of the school expressed their gratitude to the company, underscoring how important this project was to the well-being of the students. read more
…supposed to prepare closed estates for sale, no word on divestmentGovernment has repaid some $132 million in interest owed on the $30 billion bond borrowed for the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL).Closed: The East Demerara Sugar EstateClosed: The Rose Hall Sugar EstateClosed: The Skeldon Sugar EstateThis is according to Finance Minister Winston Jordan. When asked by Guyana Times during an interview on Tuesday, Jordan revealed that the money was paid as of last week.“The first payment came up on 24th of (May). We have been able to make that payment, with some stress. But we did make it, we didn’t default on it. The interest is $1.6 billion. The next payment is in November. Every six months,” Jordan said.The SPU under NICIL secured the $30 billion through commercials banks, both in Guyana and the Region, as part of the diversification initiatives. The bond was secured solely by bondholders in the Government, and not against any assets of NICIL or GuySuCo.The commercial lending rate for Guyana at the time was 13.0 per cent, while the NICIL bond was issued at 4.75 per cent, which is 8.25 per cent lower than the rate that most companies borrow at in Guyana.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has previously said that in the case of the GuySuCo bond, “In five years, at a 4.75 per cent interest, which is 355 basis points above our treasury bill, the Government of Guyana will have to pay back from the proceeds of NICIL nearly US$40 million in about five years just to service $30 billion.”He has also previously said that instead of selling off, steps should be taken to resuscitate the industry in full capacity so that the workers can start earning an income again. And according to the former President, the People’s Progressive Party would not be recognising selling off of the estates under a Government that should have been in caretaker mode.“We are not recognising any deals. That is not the routine. When I spoke about the routine functioning of Government, it does not involve privatisation now. Any privatisation done in this period with a Government that has fallen, with a Government that should had resigned, with a Government that is on a caretaker capacity would be seen as an illegal arrangement,” Jagdeo had said.Jagdeo had informed reporters that the only investor that would enter into a deal with a fallen Government is one that is into underhand businesses and with the intention of getting a lucrative deal before a new government gets into office.While things have changed with the ruling of the Appeals Court that the No-confidence Motion of last year was validly passed, the rug could be pulled out from under the Government if the Caribbean Court of Justice overturns this decision.No word on divestmentIn November 2018, the SPU had released a list of five bids that were submitted for the sugar estates of Enmore, Skeldon and Rose Hall. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) closed off the bidding process for offers on the estates on October 31, 2018.However, since this year began, no word has come from the Government as to the position of those four sugar estates it had shut down which had resulted in thousands of sugar workers being left jobless.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder told Guyana Times when contacted that he did not have that information, since the management and decisions made in relation to those closed estates in question are not in his domain.“Cabinet made a decision that we are going to right size the industry and just concentrate of three estates for sugar that falls under the Agriculture Minister. There was a Special Purpose Unit created under the Finance Minister to divest the four estates; Wales, Rose Hall, Skeldon and Enmore. They are looking at that, I should not pronounce on that, because that is not within my portfolio. You will have to talk to the Finance Minister for that,” he stated.When asked on Tuesday, Minister Jordan could not immediately say what was the status on the divestment of the four estates. However, he promised to facilitate a press conference between the media and NICIL. read more
This is a case of “free speech for some but not others”. Mob rule and the threat of violence defeated free speech in Canada this week. How ironic that our soldiers are in Afghanistan right now fighting for the right of the Afghan people to freely express their opinions without fear of harm. Cpl. Darren Fitzpatrick was just 21-years-old when he died on Saturday. He succumbed to injuries he suffered in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan on March 6th. Cpl. Fitzpatrick, a member of the 3rd Battalion of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, fought to live long enough at a hospital in Edmonton to say good-bye to his family. Coulter delivered a speech at the University of Western Ontario on Monday and was scheduled to speak at the University of Ottawa the next day. Instead, threats of violent action and protest by those who disagree with her views, forced the cancellation of her appearance. Her opponents should not view this as a victory. – Advertisement – Our soldiers serving in Afghanistan ARE HEROIC! And I find the views of these professors offensive and insulting. However…they have the right to express their opinion. Do they not see the irony in the fact that they owe their right to this free speech to the willingness of our soldiers to fight for fundamental freedoms.While the professors’ right to air their views is respected by their employer, the University of Regina has refused to capitulate and the scholarship program will remain in place. MP Report by Jay Hill, M.P.“The Fight for Free Speech Continues in Afghanistan…and here in Canada” And yet….in Regina, a group of professors published an open letter asking for the withdrawal of Project Hero, a scholarship program for the children of our fallen soldiers. Apparently, these “learned” individuals who influence the minds of their pupils every day, think “this program is a glorification of Canadian imperialism in Afghanistan” and they believe that the Afghan mission is “a military occupation of sovereign country.” They don’t even like the name of the scholarship, Project Hero, because it might imply that Canada’s military activity in Afghanistan is heroic. Unfortunately, the issue of freedom of speech has played out much differently in another province. Ann Coulter’s views are offensive to many in Canada and around the world. I don’t agree with her controversial approach nor many of her opinions. However, she has the right to speak her mind. That’s not just the American way…it’s the Canadian way and it’s enshrined in OUR laws. According to his commanding officer, Cpl. Fitzpatrick’s family’s one request was that “his sacrifice be acknowledged”. I know that I join the residents in Prince George and ‘most’ Canadians in recognizing Cpl. Fitzpatrick’s bravery and honouring his willingness to sacrifice his safety to help bring peace, security and freedom to the people of Afghanistan. Today of all days. Today, as I was contemplating how to best convey my sympathies to the family of Prince George’s own Cpl. Darren Fitzpatrick. There in my morning paper was an article outlining the actions of 16 professors at the University of Regina that offended me and is an affront to every Canadian soldier! read more
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – The art show “The Fires of the Soul,” or “Los Fuegos del Alma,” runs until March 4 at The Cedar Centre Gallery. The show features the work of Edwin Vasquez, a self-taught, Guatemalan-born artist who paints and constructs highly colorful and expressive assemblages, and Ulrica Bell Perkins, a collage artist and painter whose works are marked by boldness and intensity. The show is being presented by the Antelope Valley Allied Arts Association. The gallery at 44857 Cedar Ave. is open from noon to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays. Admission is free.
Always question urgent requests for money and never voluntarily give out family members’ names or information to unknown callers.Click here to learn more information about various scams, how to identify them, and how to stay protected. This scam is operated by fraudsters claiming to be a family member or a close friend of a family member and is advising the potential victim about an urgent situation that requires immediate funds.The RCMP says common themes have been that the family member was arrested or got into an accident while traveling abroad, and as a result, fees are required for hospital expenses or bail.Since 2009, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre has received 17,132 emergency scam complaints, accounting for more than $24 million in reported losses, an average loss of $3,743 per victim.- Advertisement -Of the 17,132 complaints, 11,889 emergency scam complaints were reported by Canadians.The RCMP is therefore offering advice to help protect yourself in the event that you’re found to be in the middle of this scam.They advise you to confirm with other relatives the whereabouts of the family member or friend, and go on to say that police, judges and other legal entities will never request that money be sent through money service business such as Western Union or MoneyGram.Advertisement read more
THE widow of a man killed over a commercial dispute has launched a legal bid to get money from his Co Donegal killer.Terence Madden, 52, bled to death after being shot in both legs at close range on January 28th 1999.Mr Madden’s widow, Margaret Madden, 58, a B&B owner at Lough Gara House, Monasteraden, So Sligo, is suing Joseph Herron, formerly of Chapel street, Ballyshannon for the loss of her husband and her own shock, pain and distress. She is also suing Michael Doohan, a former member of the Defence Forrces, formerly of Ashbury Lawns, Ballinode, Co Sligo, and Patrick McGrath, formerly of Cuilpruglish, Gurteen, Co Sligo.Along with Herron all three received life sentences at the Special Criminal Court in 2000 for their part in the murder.A fourth man, Thomas Derrig, of Battlefield, Culfadda, Ballymote, Co Sligo, received a three year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to possessing a sawn-off shotgun.The High Court heard that Michael Doohan’s family and the Madden’s were neighbours and that both families ran B&B businesses.The Court heard that the murder arose from resentment felt by Michael Doohan towards Terence Madden over the erection of B&B signs.Herron was also jailed for 10 years for possessing a sawn-off shotgun with intent to endanger life on the same date.At his trial in 2000 Mr Justice Frederick Morris said the Special Criminal Court was satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that a statement made by Herron to gardai was true.Herron told gardai he agreed to “do” or “sort out” Mr Madden for a payment of £1,500 as revenge for a perceived grievance.The judge said the court was satisfied that Herron fired two shots from a shotgun at Mr Madden, the first as he ran back to his house and the second, into the back of his knee from a distance of about seven feet, after he had ordered Mr Madden to lie on his belly.The court was satisfied that Mr Madden bled to death after he was shot in the back of both legs outside his home. The second shot to his right leg severed the main artery and vein.The judge said the court also accepted that there was no evidence that Herron intended to kill Mr Madden but did intend to cause him serious injury and therefore under the 1964 Criminal Justice Act was guilty of murder.Inspector Michael Barrett told the trial that Herron, who moved to Ballyshannon in 1987, was convicted in the Special Criminal Court in February, 1988 for possessing a firearm with intent to enable another person to endanger life and was jailed for four years.Herron’s counsel Brendan Grogan SC read a statement from the defendant to the court.In the statement Herron said: “I am very remorseful for what happened to Terry Madden. I didn’t intend to kill that man. I have sat in court for three weeks and watched Terry Madden’s wife, children and family having to listen to the details of how he died.“I think they have gone through enough as have my family. I know I have to go to jail. I know it is no consolation to the Madden family. I hope the court accepts my genuine sorrow.”MURDERED MAN’S WIDOW SUES DONEGAL KILLER FOR COMPENSATION was last modified: October 4th, 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) read more
Amanda’s missing cat which went missing in the Ballymacool Woods areaA DONEGAL Daily reader has called on our army of followers to help find a missing pet.Said Amanda McEvilly: “I’m wondering if the readers of Donegal Daily can help me find a missing pet.“It belongs to my best mate who passed away last week and I have his three other cats but cant find this one. “The cat went missing from the Ballymacool Woods area.“I’m not sure if Donegal Daily readers can help but I promised my friend him I would look after them and don’t know who else I can ask.”Any reader who can help Amanda can ring her direct on 0894291522 or you can send us an email on email@example.comHELP ME FIND MY MISSING CAT, PLEADS AMANDA was last modified: June 23rd, 2013 by cassoscoopShare 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:AMANDA MCEVILLYHELP ME FIND MY MISSING CATPLEADS AMANDA read more
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Bell-Jeff offense drove 60 yards on their first series to take a 7-0 lead with five minutes to play in the first quarter. Not to be outdone, Goldstein took a handoff on the first play from scrimmage and scampered 88 yards for the first Rebels score. DUARTE — Bouncing back from a sub-par game last week the Flintridge Prep High School football team defeated Bell- Jeff 21-12 Saturday at Duarte High. Zack Goldstein carried the load for the Rebels (2-1) as he rushed for 239 yards on 21 attempts and scored three touchdowns. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “My offensive line got off the ball well tonight and I stayed with my blocks, which contributed to our success,’ Goldstein said. The running-back-by-committee used by the Guards put up impressive numbers for the game, rolling up 239 yards for the evening but only scored two touchdowns thanks to the resilient Rebels defense. Seniors Thom Brady and Matt Stein anchored a solid defense that bent but did not break. Forcing two fumbles and recording three sacks prevented Bell-Jeff from sustaining scoring on their drives. In the third quarter, the Rebels recovered a Bell-Jeff fumble at the Guards’ 30-yard line. The Rebels methodically moved the ball down to the 6-yard line where Goldstein bounced off tacklers and outran the defense for the score. Forcing a Bell-Jeff fumble at the end of the third quarter, the Rebels set up their offense on their 35-yard line. Running a fake double reverse, Goldstein kept the ball and ran down the sidelines catching the Guards completely off guard. read more