Controversial Lindo Creek CoI…as victim’s daughter collapses during hearing, forcing adjournmentOn Thursday, Courtney Wong, brother of Lindo Creek Massacre victim Clifton Wong, took to the stand and told the Commission of Inquiry it was related to him by Leonard Arokium, owner of the mining camp at which the massacre had occurred, that then Police Commissioner Henry Greene, accompanied by a former Prime Minister and the then Home Affairs Minister, had visited the Arokium home and attempted to convince its occupants that the eight employees were murderedCourtney Wong during his testimony.by Rondell “Fine Man” Rawlins and his gang, who subsequently burnt their remains.Wong added that Arokium said he told them he “doesn’t believe in that”, and had rejected the suggestion.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.Courtney Wong alleges that he was the mechanic responsible for maintaining all the Arokium mining equipment, and that he was supposed to be at Lindo Creek, but because of his workload, his younger brother was sent.He explained that he would have been to Lindo Creek approximately 5 times prior to the incident, and on the last occasion there, he had helped to move the ArokiumLindo Creek victimsmining camp from the bottom of a hill to a place further up.The CoI also heard that Courtney Wong was contacted in June 21, informed of his brother’s death, and immediately called his brothers and sisters overseas and informed them of Clifton’s death.“Mr. Arokium called me and tell me that something serious happened. That they shoot, kill and bun up all the bodies. I know how he does speak fast, and I asked what he said, and he say, ‘Man, them kill all them bai, man; them kill all them bai!’“I left and went to his son’s residence, where I get more knowledge of what transpired, and he said, ‘Yes, all them guys dead,” Courtney Wong related.Courtney Wong said he was subsequently asked to lead a team of investigators to the Lindo Creek Mining Camp the following day.He recounted that the team comprised senior Police officers, Guyana Defence Force ranks, and Government Pathologist Dr. Nehaul Singh with his team. He added that the left Georgetown at around 06:00hrs, and arrived at Lindo Creek sometime in the late afternoon hours.Courtney Wong said he thought it strange that soldiers’ presence had dominated the area leading to the Lindo Creek Trail area.He further explained that that trail was physically challenging, and had resulted in him suggesting to Dr. Singh that he rest at the abandoned camp while the others take the 45-minute trek to the camp.He said all of the senior officers also remained at the abandoned camp, and the junior members of the teams went up to the camp.Wong said that when they arrived on scene, they first entered through the kitchen, which was in disarray. He added that they observed no hammocks, tarpaulin or clothes in the sleeping area, giving the impression that the camp was deserted.“We walked one side of the camp, that is where we discovered a heap with some bones… It (the heap of bones) was at the tail, the outside of the sleeping area…from observation they were packed (one on the other). When we discovered the remains, from some section of the Police, (we were) asked us to form a line, and that was the purpose — to comb the area,” he said.The man explained that following their discovery, they combed the area for spent shells and initially found none, but as they were bagging the remains, a particular Police officer found two spent shells in separate locations. Additionally, Wong said they also found pieces of passports, ID cards and birth certificates.“In sorting out the remains, we realised that we had to take them, they (law enforcement officials) had to remove them from there; so we went to the kitchen and we took off the tarpaulin from the kitchen and fold the tarpaulin in half, and we placed it next to the heap and we started to take out all the big bones that the fire could not have burned to ash,” Courtney recalled.“There were skulls that was totally burnt to the extent where a next few minutes they would start crumbing, that’s where we found a skull with a hole. Not too far from the scene, we found two hammers, the first hammer we found could not have fit (in the hole) but the other hammer fit right inside. We come to the point that we say this person was kill by the hammer,” the man added.The man explained that because of the time, they had to wrap up as fast as possible. Additionally, he said that they did not find any precious metal among the remains. It was during his testimony that Alicia Wong, eldest daughter of victim Clifton, lost consciousness and had to immediately be rushed to the hospital. Based on that Commissioner, Donald Trotman adjourned Wong’s testimony until next Thursday. This publication would also like to issue an apology for an article published in the Wednesday edition under the headline “Top Cop denies Police involvement in killings…maintains men were executed by ‘Fine Man’ gang.” The article stated that Commissioner Seelall Persaud had explicitly placed blame on the Fine Man gang; rather, the Top Cop testified that he was satisfied with the findings of the investigations, and subsequent recommendation by the DPP to close the file.
…as UncappeD Marketplace Expo 2019 deemed successfulThe UncappeD Marketplace exposition 2019 has been deemed a success by sponsors and Government. This brainchild of the Guyana Manufacturing Services Association (GMSA) saw hundreds of patrons at the Guyana National Stadium on Sunday and allowed exhibitors to showcase and sell the products, all locally made.Speaking with Guyana Times at the event, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin said that the event is in its third year and continues to get better.“I am very, very pleased to be here and to walk through and actually see the progress that the local producers have made over the years in their products and their display and their packaging, their labelling and in their enthusiasm for actually selling their products, the confidence that they have that this is a good product, you try it. It is very good…the quality of packaging, I think three years ago a lot of things were in plastic bags with a little printed thing pasted on to it, a whole lot more professionally packaged products, now they can stand next to any imported product on the shelf in our local supermarkets,” the Minister said.Some patrons viewing and purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables from the booths at UNCAPPED Marketplace 2019He stated that these are all very positive steps for local producers to take and now the next stage is for them to begin accessing more export markets instead of sticking to the local one.Export market, he noted, is not easily gained but “we want, as a Government, to work with them, work with the Private Sector, the GMSA, who has really brought it to what it is today. We would like to continue working with them and see how we can encourage some of these producers to get their markets out of Guyana. It takes a lot of work but I have spoken to a number of them, some of them are already exporting, speaking with businesses outside of Guyana to market their products, so the will is there”.He noted that the local producers need “some encouragement” to continue and make the necessary commitment in pursuing international markets because the domestic market (in Guyana) is not big enough for the “real growth and development” needed in the country’s agro-processing sector.“We have to export and this is a very good start. The UncappeD programme, I have nothing bad to say about it. It is an excellent programme,” Minister Gaskin added.Meanwhile, Senior Director of Public and Government Affairs at ExxonMobil, Deedra Moe told this publication that her company is proud to be a sponsor of the UncappeD initiative once again in partnership with the GMSA because the oil giant company believes that it is important not only to do business and develop the natural resources in Guyana but to also be a member of the community.“So we hope that this type of initiative continues to highlight the wonderful small business owners that are here and help them to actually build capacity and work together and network and continue for others to be able to support the locals. This is the third year it has been in existence… there seems to be a continuing growing interest. This time I see more plants and fruits and vegetables, a variety of different things, jewellery, so it is just not kind of like bar-b-que sauces and the spices, it is kind of pretty robust across the board,” she added.One exhibitor, Jennifer Spencer, of the Women’s Agro-Processor Development Network Group that represents a number of groups spearheaded by females in the agro-processing field, stated that she was more than pleased with the turnout at the event on Sunday.“We’re basically participating because we still want to bring awareness, about local products and the benefit of using it. We participated in all the UncappeD before. It has been so successful for all of us, well to the point where we got new clients every time.”Another exhibitor, who had a wide array of flowers for sale at UncappeD Marketplace 2019, Patricia Chin, told this publication that such an initiative is the perfect opportunity to showcase what Guyanese can do and offer to both locals and the international community.“On display, we have ornamental plants, kitchen herbs, some fruit trees, cacti, succulents and we have soil, the different types of soil that you use in the different types of plants. So we can focus on caring the flowers and plants so we can restore the garden city. It’s a good event,” she added.
A teenager was on Sunday evening stabbed to death by his drinking buddy during an argument at a popular liquor restaurant in Supenaam, Essequibo, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Dead: Clive OsbourneThe dead teen has been identified as 18-year-old Clive Osbourne of Supenaam, Essequibo Coast. He was reportedly stabbed several times to his head, chest and abdomen.Based on reports received, the now dead teen and his 17-year-old friend were imbibing alcohol when a heated argument erupted and quickly escalated into an altercation. It was at this time that the suspect whipped out a knife and dealt Osbourne several blows to his body.The injured man reportedly attempted to run out of the bar but collapsed on the roadway. He was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to the Suddie Public Hospital by a cousin but by the time he arrived at the medical facility, he was already dead.The 17-year-old suspect and his 15-year-old brother, who was also at the drinking spot, were arrested and are being interrogated about the murder. A post-mortem examination is expected to be performed on the teen’s body on Wednesday.Over the past two weeks, at least two other persons were killed while imbibing alcohol in interior locations. On Friday last, 27-year-old Mark Jacobus also called “Dove,” of Aranaputa Valley, North Rupununi, was stabbed and chopped to death during a drinking spree at Kuribrong, Region Nine.Dead: Mark JacobusAlso, on Friday, this time at Kamarang River, Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven), 30-year-old Godrell Joseph was found dead and it is suspected that he was killed by a man with whom he had an old grievance. The suspect has since confessed to the murder and he is expected to be arraigned for the heinous crime later in the week.It was reported that Joseph had allegedly cut the suspect across his face some time back, and as the two men were out on Friday, the suspect, who was under the influence, sought to exact vengeance.
Jack Wilshere Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects Jack Wilshere to be out for four weeks.The midfielder has suffered another injury setback after sustaining a hairline crack to his fibula.It was initally feared the 23-year-old would be sidelined for two months, but Wenger has revealed the issue is not as bad as first feared and he is hopeful Wilshere will return in September.“I count four weeks [out]. It is bad luck and purely accidental,” said the Frenchman.“It is a hairline crack in his fibula at the region where they took the screws off. So I believe it is a straight injury.“It is a bone injury, so that means there is no surprise there. It just needs time to heal.“The news that we got on Thursday is that it could be much shorter than expected because he is two weeks in a protective boot and maybe after he can practice straight away again.”Wenger will also be missing Alexis Sanchez for the Premier League opener against West Ham on Sunday.The Chilean has only recently returned to training following Chile’s exploits in the Copa America, and the Arsenal boss has decided not to throw him straight into action. 1
1 Swindon Town have appointed Martin Ling as their new manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract.Ling succeeds Mark Cooper in the Robins hotseat and takes over a side sitting second bottom of League One having won just three of their 16 games this season.A former Robins player, Ling spent two spells at the County Ground, making more than 150 appearances for the club.He was part of the side which won promotion to the Premier League in 1993 under Glenn Hoddle.The 49-year-old now returns to Swindon to take on his first managerial role since leaving Torquay in 2013 after revealing a battle with depression.Ling previously spent time in charge of Cambridge United and Leyton Orient, leading the latter to promotion from League Two during a six-year spell at Brisbane Road. Martin Ling
First there was the tsunami. Then Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Now Hurricane Stan has ravaged Central America, and a magnitude 7.6 earthquake has devastated South Asia. It’s been a cruel year for natural disasters, and a deadly one for tens of thousands of unfortunate people. For us, the fortunate ones who have been spared, there are some key lessons: Some things are beyond our control, and where there is suffering, our help is needed. “Compassion fatigue” may be a real, understandable phenomenon, but one we all need to get over. There is too much work to be done, too many worthwhile causes that need our support. It’s time for all of us to dig a little deeper, yet again. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Leon Kelly scored a goal as Glenswilly eased past the challenge of neighbours Termon earlier this afternoon.Current Donegal SFC holders Glenswilly proved to be a bridge too far for local rivals Termon, in a very one-sided quarter-final at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny.In the lead-up to the game, the clash between the two teams was being billed as a potentially explosive one, given Termon’s excellent win over Gaoth Dobhair last week and the bitter rivalry that exists between the two clubs.But in truth, it was an utterly disappointing match, that Glenswilly won with ease. Two first half goals from Darren McGinley dealt Termon a hammer blow from which they were unable to recover from.Glenswilly also scored some great points in the first-half, with Joe Gibbons, Ciaran Bonner, Michael Murphy and Gary McFadden all registering points for Gary McDaid’s side.Termon’s only points in the opening period came from Christy Connaghan who scored two frees.The second-half was riddled with mistakes from both sides, as Glenswilly allowed complacency into their play. Termon never capitalized though and were guilty of kicking a succession of poor wide’s.Caolan McDaid registered their first score from play after 45 minutes, but Glenswilly extended their advantage with a brace of points from Gary McFadden.Glenswilly had Ruairi Crawford red carded and two minutes later Termon’s Anthony McGrenra was also dismissed.Leon Kelly completed Termon’s misery with a goal late-on to run out convincing winners in the end.Final score Glenswilly 3-09 Termon 0-04 DONEGAL SFC: CHAMPIONS GLENSWILLY POWER PAST TERMON TO BOOK SEMI-FINAL SPOT was last modified: October 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Donegal SFC quarter-finalDonegall SFCGAAglenswillynewsSportTermon
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Tamara O’ReillyRenovations to all stadiums to be used during the 2010 Fifa World Cup are on track. That’s the assurance from the board of directors of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (SALOC).On Tuesday 4 March the board announced its confidence that all stadiums will be in top shape in time for the World Cup, amid concerns over the readiness of the stadium in Port Elizabeth for the Fifa Confederations Cup in June 2009.Although there is no question about the Nelson Mandela Stadium’s readiness for the main event, a final decision on its inclusion as one of the host cities for next year’s football tournament will only be taken at the end of April.“We have sent a clear message to the host city that it must work during the next month and a half to prove categorically that it can meet the required deadlines,” said Irvin Khoza, chair of the 2010 SALOC board. “We have committed to the country and the world that we will present a world class event and we want to give all stakeholders the opportunity to put their best foot forward.”While five stadiums are undergoing renovations for the two football events, the venue in Port Elizabeth is being built from scratch. This poses a real challenge for the city’s municipality, as improvements still need to be made to the supporting infrastructure, such as roads leading to the stadium and accommodation surrounding that venue.“Port Elizabeth is still a part of the 2010 World Cup,” said CEO of the SALOC Danny Jordaan. “Worldwide, the construction period for a new stadium is between 31 and 34 months and for Port Elizabeth to have to do it in 24 months is going to be a huge challenge, which is why there needs to be close monitoring and support.”Meeting the power challengeOther issues discussed during the meeting of the board dealt with electricity provider Eskom’s role in ensuring the football event is a success.Eskom is currently feeling the strain of the country’s increased demand for electricity but it is working closely with government and other stakeholders to ensure that the electricity supply to stadiums and homes continues uninterrupted during the tournament.“The government of South Africa has also committed itself to investment in the infrastructure, logistics, communications and security that will be needed to ensure that Africa’s first Fifa World Cup is a resounding success,” the SALOC said in a statement. “This includes the provision of complete infrastructure such as lighting, electricity lines and emergency power supplies.”Meanwhile, in the the third annual survey conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) regarding the event, South Africans proved to be generally positive about the country’s ability to host the World Cup, and reap its benefits. The HSRC surveyed respondents in all nine provinces.“For the third consecutive year South Africans’ attitudes remain positive towards the 2010 World Cup. Comparing the 2007 data from the HSRC’s 2010 annual longitudinal survey to that of previous years, it seems that perceptions are consolidating around anticipated benefits, disadvantages, and notions of readiness,” said the HSRC.It was found that perceptions of national benefits have begun to stabilise. Similarly to the previous round, 74% of respondents perceive economic growth, job creation and putting South Africa on the international map as the three main benefits. About a third of the population indicated that they expect to personally benefit from job opportunities.Some 80% of respondents indicated that South Africa would be ready to host the World Cup in 2010 and 56% of people surveyed believed that their local authority would be able to meet the needs of 2010.Related articlesMeet 2010’s organising committeeUseful linksSouth Africa 2010Human Sciences Research CouncilEskom
27 August 2009South African state transport company Transnet says it remains committed to an R80-billion capital investment programme over the next five years, despite the recession, and expects to spend a record R21-billion in the current financial year.Releasing its annual report last week, the company said it spent R19.4-billion in the financial year ended 31 March, bringing to R53.3-billion the total amount invested over the last four years.“This is cumulatively more than the total capital expenditure of the core business divisions in the previous 15 years,” the company said in a statement, adding that capital investment over the next three years would amount to R57.7-billion.Transnet expects up to R35.4-billion of this amount to be financed through borrowings and debt capital markets, while the rest will be financed by cash generated from operations.The company said the capital investment programme, which forms part of the government’s economic stimulus measures, is one of its success stories.“The records we have set since we launched our investment programme are a source of great pride, not only for Transnet, but for South Africa as a whole,” said Transnet chairman Fred Phaswana. “Few companies have the capacity to manage a programme as large as we have.”Creating capacityIn line with the company’s growth strategy, there has been a discernable shift in spending patterns towards creating capacity ahead of demand.The bulk of the year’s spend – 56% or R11-billion – was spent on expanding operations, while the balance (44% or R8.5-billion) was spent on replacing existing infrastructure.Rail was by far the biggest beneficiary, with some R9.2-billion or 47% of the total, followed by ports, which invested R7.3-billion, and pipelines, which invested R2.8-billion.The latter mainly went to the purchase of pipes, pumps and valves for the new multi-product pipeline being built to replace the existing pipeline between Durban and Gauteng province.Transnet acting CEO Chris Wills explained that the company had reviewed its entire capital investment programme, and had taken the necessary steps to respond to the deteriorating economic environment, though the major and strategically significant projects, most of which were under way, were proceeding as planned.“This confirms our commitment to invest in our infrastructure to create, in a cost-effective manner, appropriate capacity for our clients ahead of demand,” he said. “Given the current drop in demand as a result of global economic conditions, we will implement a delayed phasing-in of certain investments.”“However, we will remain focused on priority projects where capacity is needed to prepare for the upturn when demand improves.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material