Murdered Good Hope rice farmers laid to rest

first_imgBY RAMONA LUTHIThe elderly couple that was burnt to death in their East Bank Essequibo home by bandits was on Wednesday laid to rest.Bibi Jamila Munir and her husband, Mohamed Munir were killed on Sunday last when bandits invaded their Lot 17 Good Hope, East Bank Essequibo home and set it on fire during a botched robbery.At the funeral on Wednesday, the atmosphere was both sober and sad, as hundreds turned up to pay their last respects to the couple.Paying tribute to the couple, their granddaughter said the family has suffered a shocking blow and are still trying to come to grips with the death of their loved ones.Relatives and friends pay their last respects to the coupleShe described her grandfather, Mohamed Munir, as the “kindest, most hard-working, most compassionate and gentle person” she has ever known and her grandmother Bibi Jamila Munir, as the “bravest woman in the world.” She added that her grandmother was a driving force in their lives and the lives of everyone in the community.Munirs’ granddaughter noted that her grandparents loved Guyana, and the family is praying that they get the justice they deserve. She also recited a poem during which she broke down in tears.The children of Bibi and Mohamed Munir conveyed gratitude to all those who supported them in this time of their grief, noting that the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG), friends and neighbours played an integral part in assisting the family.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder who was also present at the funeral expressed condolences on behalf of himself and the Government of Guyana to the family.People’s Progressive Party’s Member of Parliament and cousin of the late Bibi Munir, Bibi Shadick, in her tribute said the couple would “forever be remembered by everyone as persons who cared for the community and wanted it to be better than it was.”She added that the fate the Munirs met on Sunday last was one that she cannot accept.‘’We have to stand up for what is right and we have to demand that there should be security for lives and livelihood. What we work for, we should be allowed to use and we should be allowed to give when we want to give and somebody should not come and snatch it from us. Then when they don’t get it, kill us,” she lamented.Shaddick said that her cousin was “not just a farmer” but she was also a “social worker, mother, sister, daughter and everything to everyone that needed her.”Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo who also paid his respect to the couple, conveyed his condolences to the family. He described their departure as being “tragic and horrendous.”Jagdeo relayed that from what he gathered from persons that knew the couple, it seemed as though the lives of these wonderful people epitomised hard work and commitment to cause. He said that Bibi Jamila Munir was an executive member of the Rice Producers Association (RPA) and knew what struggle was.He added that “it is a pity that hard work is not recognised in this country, today since people can come in such a callous manner and try to snatch away one’s fruits of hard work, possibly killing them in the process.”According to Jagdeo, the State should not be held responsible for every criminal act but they should indicate where their sentiments are directed as they should be on the victim’s side and not the perpetrator’s.”We don’t see them (APNU/AFC) go to places where tragedies occur, right across this country, where people are grieving and they are sorrowful and they have their lives knocked out in callous manners. But we see negotiations in the prison with criminals and we heard about how many people were released from prison… We are still asking until today to see the records of those people who were released from prison and until now there is no attempt on the part of the Government to make those records public.”According to reports, at around 23:15h on Sunday, several armed bandits invaded the couple’s premises but they managed to secure themselves in one of the bedrooms.After not being able to gain access to the couple, the angered bandits then doused the house with gasoline and set it alight.last_img read more

KPL newbies Wazito snap up AFC duo

first_imgAlso signing for Wazito is Ivorian Emmanuel Tienan who was previously with MOSCA.“These are players who we think will be a great addition to the squad. Nyakha is a very good midfielder especially on the ball and his experience having featured for AFC will be great for us. We are still chasing a few names and I can assure that we will have a very strong squad,” the tactician offered.Wazito earned a berth in top flight after finishing second in last season’s National Super League and Ouna who joined them midway through the 2016 season before turning them into a winning outfit has vowed they will not be in the KPL to make up the numbers.“We are coming in to compete and show that we are a good side as well. We went through so many challenges in the NSL but the players had the belief and we achieved what we didn’t think was easily achievable. It is now time to show that we can compete at the top,” the former Posta Rangers and Gor Mahia assistant coach added.Ouna has been credited with lifting the team from the ashes, one he found dwindling in relegation when he took over before raising its profile and finally a first ever berth in top flight.To aid his course, Ouna has added two more hands into his technical bench with former Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards goalkeeper trainer Iddi Salim joining the team on the same capacity.Wazito FC head coach Frank Ouna issues instructions to his players during a past National Super League match. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe has also brought on board immediate former Modern Coast Rangers head coach Mohammed Ahmed as a First Team coach. He will be in charge of training the midfielders.Francis Oduor who has been part of the team for a while will be in charge of the defense while former Gor Mahia striker George Midenyo will this time be charged with sharpening the team’s next big strikers.“It is very important to have many hands to help each other out especially at this level of the Premier League. It becomes easier to pick out and manage mistakes. I think the two new guys to the bench will add so much to the team in terms of their experience,” the tactician further added.Wazito begin their Kenyan Premier League campaign on February 5 at home against Sony Sugar.“We expect a very tough challenge but looking at how we performed especially in the GOtv Shield matches, I am certain we can weather the storm. We just need to firm up a few areas technically and we will be good to go,” further added the tactician.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards goal keeper Edwin Mukolwe in action against their SPL clash against Tusker FC last season. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu.NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 10- Kenyan Premier League new boys Wazito FC have snapped up the AFC Leopards duo of midfielder Harun Nyakha and goalkeeper Edwin Mukolwe as they continue to rebuild ahead of their top flight debut.Head coach Frank Ouna has confirmed that both join the side on two year deals and reckons they will be a brilliant addition to the squad.last_img read more

Lloris prepares for another final in year of highs and lows

first_imgWith France three goals ahead in the final, Lloris tried to dribble past Mario Mandzukic, failed and gave Croatia a consolation goal.“During a season one knows there are always highs and lows, one just has to try and be as consistent as possible and be ready to be at your best for the most important moments of the season for the club,” the 32-year-old Frenchman told AFP.As the English season quickly followed the World Cup, Lloris was arrested for drink driving in London in August and within days suffered an injury that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino put down to the stress of the brush with the law.After Lloris returned to the team, he made a string of errors leading to speculation over his future. His misjudgements against Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven in the group stage pushed Tottenham to the edge of Champions League elimination.At the end of March a fumble in the dying seconds which gifted Liverpool the 2-1 victory that ended Tottenham’s fading Premier League challenge forced Pochettino to defend his ‘keeper.“I don’t search to be understood by those outside, the most important is to be understood inside the club,” said Lloris, who joined Spurs seven years ago from Lyon.“It is important to enjoy the confidence of the manager, the staff and my team-mates and it was the case this season.”Hugo Lloris saved Tottenham against Ajax © AFP / Adrian DENNISLiverpool fans will be hoping they benefit from a goalkeeping error this year with memories painfully fresh of the blunders by the Reds’ stopper Loris Karius in last year’s loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final.Yet there have been highs for Lloris too.He repeatedly saved Tottenham as they teetered on the edge in the Champions League, making remarkable saves in both legs of the semi-finals before Spurs rallied from three goals down to beat Ajax.“We are where we are as we have given a bit extra for the team to make the results be in our favour.“It is important to have the same attitude and character for the final.”He says Spurs have been on a high since their comeback against Ajax as they prepare for the final against a side that finished 26 points clear of them in the Premier League and swept aside Barcelona in a stunning semi-final second leg.– ‘Energy, positivity, confidence’ –“It has given us a lot of energy, positivity and confidence for the final, but, there again, it is equally the case for Liverpool after beating Barcelona,” he said.“We have just got to remain focused and be best prepared in our approach to the final. (We want) to walk off the pitch at the end without the slightest regret and knowing that we have given our all.”Should the final go to penalties, Lloris could come into his own as he has saved three in four months. The most recent was from Sergio Aguero in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final with Manchester City.“One has to prepare but after that it is difficult to place yourself in such circumstances, with the pressure and the adrenaline,” he said.“It is a particular exercise, you can be ready mentally and you can have a little luck and a little bit of success.”Lloris comes from an affluent background. His father is a banker and his late mother was a lawyer. Yet he is a tough character who turned out for his then club Nice just two days after his mother’s death in 2008.Hugo Lloris has had a year of triumph and mishap summer up by the error that gave Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic a consolation goal as France won the World Cup final © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSHe says his experience in winning the World Cup, and losing in the finals of the Euros two years earlier, can, to some extent, help prepare his team-mates for the final.“They are two different contexts, club and country,” he said.“With your national side you are only with them for a short period, with your club you are together every day and work together for months on end.“There again the Champions League is a major trophy which links it to a World Cup and a Euro and that I believe is what we work for every day of our career to win silverware.“The story will be tremendous for Tottenham if we win on Saturday.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says has been backed to the hilt by Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino despite some wobbly moments this season © AFP / Daniel LEAL-OLIVASENFIELD, United Kingdom, May 28 – Hugo Lloris has had his share of setbacks over the past 12 months, but he can complete a remarkable year in triumph if he leads Tottenham to glory in the Champions League final in Madrid on Saturday.Last July, Lloris captained France to the World Cup, but the moment the celebration was preceded, typically for the goalkeeper, by mishap.last_img read more

Former Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro joins Werder Bremen for the third time

first_imgFormer Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro has joined German side Werder Bremen.The forward was a free agent this summer after being released by Bayern Munich, where he scored one goal last season.Clubs in the Middle East had shown an interest in the 36-year-old but he has now opted for a return to Bremen.This will be Pizarro’s third spell with the Bundesliga club, having played for them between 1999 and 2001 and 2009 to 2012.Inbetween those stints the Peruvian spent a season at Chelsea, where he scored twice in 32 games, and he admits it is nice to be back at Bremen.“I’m looking forward to being here again. It’s a very great challenge to get success with this team,” Pizarro told Voetbal International. Claudio Pizarro 1last_img read more

England set for more penalty shootout heartache at Euro 2016? Coral DD

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.England begin their Euro 2016 campaign against Russia on Saturday and are 19/20 to kick off the Group B opener with a win.The Three Lions, meanwhile, are 6/1 to be knocked out at the group stage, while they are 4/1 to crash out of the tournament on penalties.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

Activist begins fourth drive to replace cross

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “He felt the cross was inappropriate for being on the seal. You know what, we can disagree. But when he was the main force in preventing the people from voting on the issue, I thought that was wrong.” Yaroslavsky, who has served as a county supervisor since 1994, has argued the cross on the seal is unconstitutional. “The voters have three times already rejected the idea of wasting time and money on an election over the county seal, which would be a complete waste since it’s a constitutional, not a statutory matter,” said Yaroslavsky’s spokesman Joel Bellman. “The voters of Redlands wisely rejected such a measure when it was put on the ballot there. And we would expect Los Angeles County voters to show the same good sense a fourth time as this attempt goes forward.” The effort is part of an ongoing nationwide controversy over the constitutionality of religious symbols on government and public display. GLENDALE – At a rally Monday, a San Fernando Valley activist kicked off his fourth signature-gathering campaign to return the cross to the Los Angeles County seal. Valley Glen resident David Hernandez also said he is running for county supervisor on June 6 against incumbent Zev Yaroslavsky, one of three supervisors who voted to remove the cross from the seal. Hernandez, a retired insurance adjuster, said he started going to the Board of Supervisors meetings several years ago to protest the planned closure of several Valley health clinics where his daughter was being treated for hip and knee problems. Hernandez said his complaints fell on deaf ears. “Time after time, I’ve gone down there and it really came to a head with the cross issue when Supervisor Yaroslavsky basically spearheaded the drive not to put it on the ballot,” Hernandez said. “I respect his decision. The issue ignited in early 2004 after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue the county, claiming the cross on the original 1957 seal was unconstitutional. In several 3-2 votes, the supervisors ordered the cross removed and hundreds of thousands of dollars have been spent replacing the original seal on thousands of vehicles, buildings and uniforms. Supervisors Gloria Molina, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke and Yaroslavsky also voted against a motion to give voters a chance to decide the fate of the cross on the seal. Despite three unsuccessful attempts to collect 170,606 signatures to put the issue on the ballot, supporters at a rally Monday said they have a new plan they believe will be successful in collecting enough signatures by the April 10 deadline. The last effort came the closest of all, getting 141,000 signatures. Supporters plan to raise $150,000 and mail petitions to about 200,000 people who have signed previous petitions, asking them to sign it, get two more people to sign it and mail it back. Volunteers also plan to gather signatures. Glendale KIA Chief Executive Officer and owner Onnik Mehrabian is providing financial backing and helping Hernandez raise the funds. The dealership is located in Los Angeles, just outside the city of Glendale. “We need to have about 250,000 of the 10 million people in the county take time out of their busy lives to save the cross on the county seal,” Mehrabian said. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 160Want 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

CASSIDY AND WIFE BANNED FROM TEAM TRIP TO FLORIDA

first_imgKEVIN Cassidy and his wife Sarah will not be allowed to travel with the Donegal team to Florida later this month.The defender is understood to have hoped that he could go on the team’s trip which was organised to celebrate the team’s successes this year.But because he was dropped from the squad, he won’t now be able to go. A friend told us today: “Kevin is gutted that this has come to this.“He was hoping that he would be able to go as it wasn’t training, it will be recreation, but he’s off the guest list – and of course so then too is his wife.”It’s understood the Gaoth Dobhair man plans to go to Florida anyway, on a private trip with his family.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comCASSIDY AND WIFE BANNED FROM TEAM TRIP TO FLORIDA was last modified: November 15th, 2011 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)last_img read more

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS

first_imgTickets for the Donegal Sports Star Awards on Friday, January 30th are now available from the Mount Errigal Hotel. The hotel contact number is 9106700. For further details go to donegalsportsstarawards.ie or Facebook at donegalsports starawards.  TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE FOR DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARDS was last modified: January 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMount Errigal HotelSports Star Awardsticketslast_img read more

VIEWPOINT: ‘WHY WE MUST OPPOSE GAY MARRIAGE’

first_imgDear Sir,Urgent!! Voice your Opposition to same sex marriageTrue Love is about making sacrifices for others rather than seeking pleasure for oneself.  Deep joy is usually a component of a loving relationship and this doesn’t have to include physical contact.  Honest friendship has true and lasting value. Marriage celebrates the love and commitment of a man and woman in a loving permanent relationship.  Our councillors would do well to make marriage more accessible for the families and future parents who simply can’t afford to be married.Everyone is entitled to give and receive love.  Marriage however is a sacred bond between a man and woman.  Ms Mc Callion’s motion presented to Letterkenny County Council to support gay marriage confuses the issue of rights and entitlements with changing the institution of marriage.By opposing this motion – it is not infringing on anyone’s rights as we cannot change the institution of marriage.Do we understand the dangers for society of changing the whole concept of marriage? Gay marriage undermines the family.I would ask your readers to contact their local councillors, mobile numbers are available on www.donegalcoco.ie.  Call today!L .GallagherLeitir ArdLetterkenny Co. Donegal* Readers are invited to make comments in response below:VIEWPOINT: ‘WHY WE MUST OPPOSE GAY MARRIAGE’ was last modified: September 14th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:VIEWPOINT: ‘WHY WE MUST OPPOSE GAY MARRIAGE’last_img read more

COMPANY BOSS DEFENDS USE OF JOBBRIDGE APPLICANTS TO INSTALL WATER METERS

first_imgThe Jobbridge advert looking for water meter installersA company owner who has advertised two positions for water meter installers says he is only trying to create employment.John Reddy of Culdaff Agri Plant Hire was reacting to claims that he is using cheap labour to make money.Mr Reddy admits that he has advertised for two positions on the Jobbridge Scheme but says the applicants will be trained up to hopefully gain full-time positions. “It is easy to sit around and criticise but it is more difficult to go out and try to create some jobs. That’s all I’m trying to do.“I have a contract and I have four water meter installers and I need two more people to be trained up.“This is the way things are going and I am trying to create a viable business here,” he said.He was responding to criticism of the Jobbridge advert by Inishowen county councillor Jack Murray. Councillor Murray said “While being absolutely opposed to the taxing of public water as a matter of principle, I am disgusted to see that the government is now hoping to have water meters installed through cheap labour.“The rollout of water metering across the state will cost the public purse some €539million.“Phil Hogan initially dressed this up saying that it would create 1600 jobs. Some people were even encouraged to pay €600 to be trained to install water meters. Now however, we see that not all of these people will earn a decent wage.“A young person on social welfare gets €100 a week. The job bridge scheme would give them €50 extra. That is a scam and is nothing more than cheap labour.“Rather than trying to create employment, the government is exploiting the unemployed by coercing them into cheap labour. That is a disgrace.” COMPANY BOSS DEFENDS USE OF JOBBRIDGE APPLICANTS TO INSTALL WATER METERS was last modified: November 5th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Culdaff Angri PlantJack MurrayJobbridgewater meterslast_img read more