first_imgIn a recent letter to the press, Eric Phillips, Executive of ACDA, but now Advisor to the President of Guyana and SARA, and Chairman of the Guyana Reparations Commission, accused me and four other “feature writers” of the Guyana Times as follows: “weekly and daily use propaganda, lies and racial incitement to brainwash Indians that Africans have never accomplished.”My first reaction was, “Oh Dear! Here we go again!” The reason was: back in 2009, when Mr Phillips was just an executive of ACDA, he had responded in an identical fashion to an article of mine in the KN, “Ballots not Bullets”, wherein I had advised that street protests and violence were counterproductive to the opposition’s cause. I had been emphasising a theme developed over the last few years: “with Guyana now a nation of minorities, no one group could depend on a single ethnic group to catapult them into office. Consequently, the political fluidity that had been missing when Indians comprised an absolute manner and could lock out Africans (just below them in size) from executive office was not a possibility. Mr Phillips disagreed most vehemently with this assessment.“He asserted categorically: “Neither the PNCR nor AFC or any combined opposition will defeat the PPP electorally – at least not in 2011.” This is because, “The sad reality is that the vast majority of PPP supporters will not allow themselves to vote for any other Party… If Indians did not vote for Desmond Hoyte, who was very pro-Indian and who engaged the REFORM to bring about fundamental change in the PNC….why would they vote for the PNC or AFC now?” Mr Phillips concluded I had joined those (named Indians) “who want to destroy Africans in Guyana using the anti-human rights Westminster (West Monster) system.”Well, I answered, “for one, time and circumstances have changed and the opposition could have changed their tactics and strategy to exploit those changes. The fact of the matter is that the opposition do not need “the vast majority of PPP supporters” to vote for them to create seismic changes in 2011. If, as is now most likely, Indians are at most 43% of the population (and the PPP are getting all their votes from that community as Mr. Phillips seems to assume) then, theoretically, the opposition does not need a single Indian vote to defeat them.”But after it was proven right and the “West monster” System stymied the PPP in 2011 and ejected them in 2015 in favour of the PNC (now named APNU) Mr Phillips has become noticeably more reticent about its shortcomings in delivering equity to minorities. But I leave that for another day.This time, my transgression, evidently, was to advise against him opposing the land claims of our Indigenous Peoples, (“unjust, unfair and pernicious”) in a recent article, “Land Contretempts”.Noting Philips had asserted, “…Our Amerindian leaders, if they’re honest, know that the Amerindian Act of 2006 was an act that gave them reparations,” I pointed out, “First of all, the Indigenous peoples were not given lands on any “reparatory” basis. Land for the Indigenous Peoples was part and parcel of the Articles of our Independence from Britain.“Indigenous Peoples’ MP, Stephen Campbell, attended the 1965 Independence Conference in London and ensured the official Agreement for the Independence of Guyana, (Annex C) required the independent Government provide legal ownership or rights of occupancy for Amerindians over “areas and reservations or parts thereof where any tribe or community of Amerindians is now ordinarily resident or settled; and other legal rights, such as the rights of passage in respect of any other lands they now, by tradition or custom, de facto enjoy freedoms and permissions corresponding to rights of that nature. In this context, it is intended that legal ownership shall comprise all rights normally attaching to such ownership.”I had also taken issue with Mr Phillips and ACDA which persistently claimed, most recently to the sitting Land CoI, that Indians were “given” free land in Guyana. Just as the miserly wages that freed Africans refused to accept were part of their indentureship contract, so was a return passage to India. Of the 163,964 Indian immigrants that remained in Guyana, a mere 2,653 (1.6%) exchanged their return passage, worth /each, for land worth an average of / each.But, somehow, this is denying African accomplishment? Can the Indian Guyanese speak for justice?last_img read more

first_imgBall suffered extreme brain damage when he was beaten on the corner of 100th and 100th at 2:43 a.m. on July 22. He later died when he was taken off life support on August 2. Both suspects still face charges of assault causing bodily harm and aggravated assault, despite Ball’s death. His family wants to see the charges upgraded to second degree murder. RCMP are still investigating the assault, and Crown Counsel will then assess the evidence and determine whether to approve a more serious charge. Neil MacKenzie, Communications Counsel for the Criminal Justice Branch, says there is no time frame for that to happen, and it could take longer than the accused’s next court date. Marchand remains in prison in Prince George while Metcalfe is out on bail.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img• PDF: Murder Case Document Police in Albuquerque, N.M., have arrested a one-time Glendora resident in connection with the beating death of an elderly Korean couple, officials said Monday. Travis Rowley, 23, was arrested and charged in the case after making a confession, said Albuquerque police spokesman John Walsh. Killed were Tak Yi, 79, and his wife, Pung Yi, 69, a couple whose only apparent mistake was opening their door to a couple of men selling magazine subscriptions, Walsh said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe Yis were prominent members of the area Korean community, relatives and friends told the Albuquerque Tribune. The two were beaten to death in their home Dec. 4, according to court documents. Rowley and suspected accomplice Michael Lee, both transients, according to police, were arraigned Saturday. The pair were arrested after a neighbor of the Yis helped police put together a composite sketch of Rowley, Walsh said. “We really caught them using some old-fashioned police work,” Walsh said. “A neighbor had an encounter with them earlier. We got a sketch, we put it out to the public and we were able to track down one of the suspects.” Detectives had been told that Lee and Rowley were part of a group of people selling magazines and staying at a local motel. During an interview with detectives, Rowley admitted taking part in the crime, according to the criminal complaint. “Travis observed Michael punch (Pung Yi) in the head,” the complaint reads. “The female fell to the floor as Travis entered the residence. Travis shut the front door and dragged the female to the end of (a hallway).” In his confession, Rowley said that the woman was ultimately suffocated by Lee and blamed Lee for stomping Tak Yi to death. Police said the men took several items from the couple’s house, including a camera. Detectives told the Albuquerque Tribune that both Rowley and Lee were planning to leave the area with their sales team at the time they were arrested. A team of 25 detectives plan on doing a national search for related crimes, said Albuquerque homicide Sgt. Carlos Arguet. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_img1 Arsenal must face Manchester United without Alexandre Lacazette after the France striker suffered a groin problem.The 26-year-old struck the opening goal to spark Arsenal’s 5-0 Premier League rout of Huddersfield at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.However, the France international was forced out of the clash at half-time after picking up an injury.Gunners boss Arsene Wenger confirmed Lacazette’s problem after the victory, where Oliver Giroud bagged a brace and Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil also found the net.And it means their main frontman will be absent for Saturday’s top flight clash against rivals Man United.“Lacazette has a groin problem and will be out certainly for Saturday’s game,” said Wenger.READ MORE: Arsene Wenger heaps praise on ‘fighter’ Mesut Ozil following Arsenal victory Arsenal will be without Alexandre Lacazette for Saturday’s clash against Man United last_img read more

first_imgFalkirk v Connah’s Quay NomadsBoreham Wood v Dunfermline AthleticAirdrieonians v Sutton UnitedColeraine v Formartine UnitedQueen of the South v CrusadersSligo Rovers v Livingston Colts or Forfar AthleticPeterhead v BohemiansEast Fife v Partick ThistleArbroath v Annan AthleticDumbarton v MontroseDundee United v Alloa AthleticDundee Colts v Motherwell ColtsEast Kilbride v Edinburgh CitySt Mirren Colts v Hamilton Academical ColtsRoss County v Raith Rovers Dunfermline will travel to Hertfordshire to take on Boreham Wood in the second round of the Scottish Challenge Cup.English non-league clubs have entered the competition for the first time, alongside Welsh and Irish sides.Airdrie will host Sutton United, who played Arsenal in the FA Cup two seasons ago.Both English sides currently play in the fifth tear of domestic football south of the border. Highland League side Formartine United will travel to take on Coleraine in Northern Ireland, while Peterhead will host Bohemians from the Republic of Ireland.Last year’s competition was won by Inverness Caledonian Thistle, who beat Dumbarton in the final.Ties will take place on the weekend of September 8-9.The New Saints v Queen’s Parklast_img read more

first_imgSunday at approximately 7:44 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police, the Miami County Sheriff’s Department, and the Peru Police Department responded to a two-vehicle crash at Fifth and Benton Streets, in which a Peru, IN woman, died.The preliminary crash investigation by Trooper Matt Moon revealed that Andrew Winch, 21, Peru, IN, was driving a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup truck westbound on Fifth Street, approaching a stop sign at the intersection of Benton Street. Winch allegedly disregarded the stop sign, at Benton Street, and struck a southbound 2019 Honda CRV on the driver’s side. The CRV was driven by Norman Knowlton, 76, Peru, IN.Winch and Norman Knowlton were not injured, but a passenger in the CRV, Mary A. Hipskind, 83, Peru, IN, died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash. Barbara Knowlton, 72, Peru, IN, also a passenger in the CRV, was transported via ambulance to Duke’s Memorial Hospital. She was later flown by medical helicopter to Ft Wayne’s Lutheran Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Joseph Hipskind, 81, Peru, IN, a third passenger in the CRV, was not injured.Further investigation revealed that at the time of the crash, Winch allegedly had a blood alcohol concentration (B.A.C.) over the .08 B.A.C. limit in which Indiana law considers a driver intoxicated. Speeding is also allegedly a  contributing factor in this crash.Winch was incarcerated in the Miami County Jail to face felony charges for operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death, operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury, and reckless homicide.He also faces two misdemeanor charges for reckless driving and for operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering another person.This crash is still under investigation.Trooper Moon was assisted by ISP Sergeant Rick Brown, Senior Trooper Todd Trottier, Trooper Andrew Baldwin, Trooper Abby Russell, officers from the Peru Police Department, and the Miami County Sheriff’s Department.    All criminal defendants are to be presumed innocent until, and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.last_img read more

first_imgRay Maota The Y chromosome (on the right) ispresent only in male DNA.(Image: Science Photo Library) A forensic scientist examines clothingfor DNA.(Image: Center for Genetics and Society)MEDIA CONTACTS• Luthando TyhalibongoMedia Relations Officer, UWC+27 21 959 2625A kit that can help identify male rapists has been developed by researchers under the leadership of Prof Sean Davidson at the forensic DNA laboratory at the University of the Western Cape (UWC).The Y chromosome research at the UWC’s Department of Biotechnology, which led to the kit, could also help exclude innocent men mistaken as perpetrators.DNA is the abbreviation for deoxyribonucleic acid, a chemical found in almost every cell in the human body which carries genetic information passed on from one generation to the next.Dr Eugenia D’Amato, a research scientist at the UWC’s DNA forensic lab, said: “The findings and results had been welcomed by the international forensics community and had been hailed by UWC as a feather in its cap and a giant step forward for justice and rape victims in South Africa.”The research took three years to complete and started with the isolation of genetic information in the Y chromosome, present only in male DNA. The research results have enabled the narrowing down of the aggressor to a range of father, son and brother.Davidson said: “Forensic pathologists could pick up male DNA more easily in a rape case, and this made it more useful in identifying the rapist, with investigators able to narrow down the range of possible aggressors.“The technology is also good at excluding innocent men.”Similar kits previously available in the US and Europe could not be used by the South African police (SAP), so this prompted local research. The overseas kits didn’t incorporate the genetic diversity of African populations and were therefore unsuitable for testing on South African individuals.The SAP uses kits that identify both male and female DNA, and this new kit will supplement them.Davidson said: “The UWC research team looked at local regions with high gene variability between individuals, and the kit they developed was thoroughly tested against South Africa’s different population groups.”Although the kit is not yet commercially available, the UWC will publish a database of African populations’ genetic profiles shortly.A DNA profile is a unique set of numbers obtained from a person’s DNA and acts as a kind of personal identification number. Profiling can also be used to show how people are related and to identify human remains.Y-DNA research“Identification of spermatozoa is the biological evidence most often sought in specimens from rape victims,” according to Forensic Science International.“Absence of spermatozoa usually terminates biological investigations, and the victim’s testimony can be contested.”This basically means that when a rape victim is examined by a doctor, sperm from the perpetrator is the first thing that they look for and its absence on the victim could put the case in jeopardy.Forensic Science International is a journal that publishes different scientific disciplines connected to the forensic sciences such as biochemistry and toxicology.Association with TutuThe UWC was established in 1959, first taking the name of the University College of the Western Cape.The university held a seminar on Y-DNA on 10 March 2011 to explain how its findings can help solve criminal cases.The seminar was attended by international experts from the University of Porto, Oxford University, University of Buenos Aires and the University of Berlin. All experts presented results of their research related to African populations.Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who has been chancellor of the university for nearly two decades, said at his send-off on 9 March 2011: “I have been chancellor of this splendid university for longer than you can care to remember and it has been a great privilege to be associated with this outstanding institution.”last_img read more

first_imgDuring this time of having our hyper-partisan political world dominate the new cycles and hijack any remaining common sense from our elected officials, it may seem easiest to just give up and label Washington and/or your state capital as nothing more than expensive real estate occupied by idiots. While this last statement may still be true, it still matters that we reach out and let people know about issues and problems that impact the good things we do. Yes, your voice can make a difference!A former state representative from Bloomington once shared with me that if she heard from more than three or four constituents on a single issue, that it would stand out and prompt her to pay closer attention to the bill or related topic being discussed. Even if she did not agree with the positions being advocated by those she heard from, she was able to gain a deeper understanding and learn more about the reality that such laws can have on those she was elected to represent.When advocating, I have found that my most effective efforts involve me being able to personalize the issue and frame it in such a way so that it’s impact is real. It is not enough to say “I’m for/against this because it is a good/bad idea.” Talk about why an issue is important and share the impacts that happen should it be supported or defeated.My most recent reach out to a legislator was to my state senator here in Michigan. I spoke about the impact that the post Labor Day school start was having on not only my professional life (as a school administrator) but I was also able to touch on the impact this law has on my family and how the reality has come to pass. It is this personalization that has the best impact, not simply my position for or against something.Of course, while there are times we may be “preaching to the choir” there are likely to be as many times when we “talking to a brick wall”. The key, I believe, is making it personal and real. Really, that’s good advice for anything we want to be successful in achieving!last_img read more

first_imgWhen I talk with people who are looking for work I get the sense that it is not just the change of employment status that is causing their anger and confusion. It is the sense that the entire way the employment contract works has been radically shifted on them. Many of our fathers and mothers worked for the same company for a long time, retiring after committing themselves to a lifetime of loyal and faithful service. That has somehow flipped into hoping we can get a contract job with a 30-day separation clause.Over the past 20 years we have grown our economy by buying stuff we don’t need with money we don’t have from companies we don’t like. We bought cheap clothes at warehouse stores while bemoaning the loss of textile jobs in the south and Wal-Mart’s labor practices. We grabbed the latest deal on electronics at the local Best Buy while feeling robbed of solid high-tech jobs that were being shipped overseas. And many of us (me included) have participated in cost-cutting exercises at work only to feel a nervous shiver through our spine when we think about our children’s future.As consumers we have demanded that things be cheaper, faster, better and more accessible. But as employees we are experiencing first-hand the consequences of those demands. It is what might be called a “total bummer”: Can’t I buy what is cheap, available and makes me feel good and forget all the other stuff?Yes, we can do that. And then we can watch our jobs go overseas. When that happens the key question we have to ask ourselves is “What jobs will stay here?” Fortunately there is plenty of opportunity for hope. We are still the most creative and innovative country on earth. The world still looks to us to define cultural and technical trends. Our iPods may be made in China, but they are designed in the U.S.But being a part of the team that designs the next iPod, or comes up with a new internet solution, or thinks of a better way to create clean energy requires something different of us as job seekers and talent – We have to be willing to change the way we think about work.Finding work with meaning, doing what you love, bringing fun to work and being comfortable, or even taking advantage of ambiguity and unexpected change are all critical parts of being successful in this century. They are not HR flights of fancy. In fact, I feel confident in guaranteeing that if you can’t answer what your dream job is, if you don’t know what gets you up in the morning, and if you don’t know what makes your work fun and enjoyable that your career is at risk.last_img read more