Like the two elderly women recently murdered in their home by four young thieves, there are many victims of violence being perpetrated by young people all across the country. Like we have stated previously: it is recognised that this global phenomenon needs to be addressed holistically, with world leaders eschewing their petty squabbles to take their young people, who are the future human capital of any nation’s developmental paradigm, and channel their energies into constructive mechanisms for personal and national development and growth. But it needs to begin with the family, and a restoration of the value systems and moral compass of years past.The peoples of Guyana, although their ancestors spanned racial and cultural divides, shared one common tradition: absolute respect for one’s elders, who were integral to the survival and sustenance of the individual family and the community in general.The village elder system of jurisprudence prevailed within British Guiana village enclaves over the system as prescribed by the British Constitution; and, until now, the ‘Panchaayat’ system holds sway over rural communities in India and Africa before the more formalised court system of justice is sought.Within homes and families, the elders were the one who guided the family in their daily pursuits, and they had the final say in decisions involving the family. That respect the younger members of a family and community had for their elders has been gradually eroding, until it has almost dissipated – although not absolutely, because there are yet some families who adhere stringently to old traditions.Unless and until governments, through their educational systems; communities, through their church bodies and other social constructs; and families can come together and formulate a holistic plan to address this ever-widening chasm — which is separating the youths of today from the value systems of the societal framework that inculcated ethical values and moral compasses as guides to behavioural patterns that outline and dictate the way they should interact with authority figures, their peers, and elders within their communities — the degradation of value systems within the younger generation will soon cross irredeemable boundaries, and the consequences to society would be too frightening to contemplate.Now is the time to re-evaluate the statistical data and societal paradigms that have created such a deceleration of traditional value systems; before there is an irretrievable moral standardisation that infests the young generation with decay that festers in the minds to the extent that they lose all sense of the humane and their own groundings in humanity.
Dear Editor,Permit me some space in your letters column to express my profound disappointment and anxiety at the heartless and cruel manner in which the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown has been treating the vendors of the Kitty Market.In the first place, it should be noted that it is not the vendors, nor the citizens of Georgetown, nor Central Government that had left the Kitty Market to go to rot and ruin; but rather, the City Council that did so. The vendors paid their stall rents, and the citizens of Kitty and beyond paid their property rates.It was the Council that chose to waste these monies on luxurious foreign travel, retreats to local resorts etc, rather than on maintaining the market. So the attempt by some municipal officials to cast blame on others, rather than on themselves, is dishonest and is absolute poppycock.The repair job which was touted to take three to five months is still not completed three years on; but, strangely, civil society, the relevant NGOs, and private sector agencies have not come out in support of the small vendors, who are being taken advantage of.Is the completely toothless Guyana Market Vendors Union (GMVU) still awaiting recognition by the Council?Quite shockingly, these small vendors have been made to pay their stall rents every month although the market has been closed for repairs; and they are now being told that they are not guaranteed repossession of the same spaces and/or stalls. This is preposterous!There needs to be a Commission of Inquiry set up to determine not only the reasons for the protracted delay, but whether there was transparency and accountability for the monies spent on the project. Clearly, no proper plan or quantity survey was done prior to the commencement of the project, as the real cost has far outstripped the estimated costs several times over, and continues to climb further.I am disappointed at Central Government for injecting large sums into this project on at least two occasions without demanding that an audit of the expenditure by the Council be done prior.What has happened to the grand plan to have the bottom flat of the reconstructed Kitty Market outfitted with air conditioning units; extractor fans; an automatic switchover generator, to cater for power outages; and installation of refrigeration facilities in the meat and fish section of the market? Was this just another trip into La La Land by the administration of the Council?And what of the new wing that was to be added to the western side of the market to accommodate 100 new applications from vendors?Projects like the Kitty Market can best be described as a black hole: where materials can be bought in the name of the project but diverted elsewhere; where friends and relatives can be recruited to do the plumbing, electrical work, and carpentry and masonry whilst the workers within the Council are not allowed to do these jobs.How could a municipality be taken seriously and be expected to manage, maintain and expand a city under their charge when they lack the administrative, technical and other capabilities to maintain and rehabilitate a single building?Sincerely,Shanta Singh
VANCOUVER, B.C. — The trial of a Fort St. John man accused of posting terrorist propaganda on his Facebook page has heard that the writings appeared to celebrate so-called “lone wolf” attacks in Western countries.The B.C. Supreme Court trial for Othman Ayed Hamdan is focusing on 85 social media posts as the Crown’s expert witness, RCMP Cst. Tarek Mokdad continued his testimony today.Hamdan has pleaded not guilty to charges of encouraging the commission of murder, assault and mischief, all for terrorist purposes, and instructing someone to carry out a terrorist act.- Advertisement -One post in October 2014 calls those fighting against the Islamic State “terrorists” and applauds lone wolves, or those who commit violent acts of terror on their own aimed at Western countries.Another post the same month calls a man who rammed a car into Canadian soldiers in Quebec the “real hero” for hitting “evil Canadian forces” on their own soil.It’s unclear whether Hamdan authored the posts himself or shared what was written by others, but Mokdad testified that the profile photo on several posts was a symbol from the Islamic State flag.Advertisement
They spent two years bunking together as POWs with their every waking moment dominated by two thoughts. “No, one of them wasn’t pinup girls,” Chuck said Friday. “All we ever thought about was escape and food.” Chuck’s 90 now, and Marshall’s 88. Both men know this may be the last time they are able to see each other, and, well, Memorial Day weekend just seemed like the right time for a couple of old war buddies to say goodbye. So Chuck, a widower, flew out from his home in St. Paul, Minn., on Thursday to see his pal in Woodland Hills. Marshall has been living in the Valley for the past 50 years with his wife, Marion. On Friday, he and Chuck sat around the kitchen table covered with old pictures from the POW camps, military history books and articles written about their exploits, and talked about the days when they were young and dashing and looked like movie stars. “Where’d all our hair go, Marshall?” Chuck asked, giving his old pal a hug. Marshall was the first American airman taken in 1942 to Stalag Luft III, built to house mainly captured British RAF airmen. It was there that 76 POWs – mainly British – dug three escape tunnels they called Tom, Dick and Harry. Only Harry was completed before the Germans discovered the tunnels, but it was still 30feet short of what was needed for an undetected escape. Fifty of the 76 POWs who were captured were shot and killed, 23 were beaten and returned to the camp. Only three made it home. The movie “The Great Escape” was based on this Stalag camp and escape attempt. “By the time the tunnel was ready, there were so many new American POWs coming into the camp that the Germans built a south wing and separated us from the English airmen who were in the north wing where the tunnels were,” Chuck said. But that didn’t mean the Americans didn’t continue to help the escape effort any way they could. Many a night, Marshall would lie in his bottom bunk and stare at the one wooden slat left in the bottom of Chuck’s upper bunk. “We’d taken all the wooden slats but one out of the bunks and given them to the Brits to line the tunnels while they were digging,” Marshall said. “Whenever the goons (German guards) were gone, we’d help them with whatever we could,” Chuck added. “We had worked out a system of when it was safe or when we had to close up shop and hide things so the goons wouldn’t find them.” They made wine out of raisins, using tubing from a trombone slide to distill it. They made a makeshift radio that they hid in the wall so they could listen to BBC reports on how the war was going. “Marshall was the brains of the camp,” Chuck said. “He could make anything.” But even Chuck didn’t know that his buddy also was a code writer, transmitting intelligence from inside the camp. It all had been worked out beforehand by Marshall’s superiors in case Marshall was captured. He was under strict orders to tell no one – not even his bunkmates – because the Germans often sent spies into the camps posing as American and British POWs. “Under the Geneva Convention, a POW was allowed three letters and four postcards home per month,” Marshall said. “I began writing long, mushy love letters to my girlfriend, Hilda, who wrote me back. There was no Hilda. I was conveying information on strategic targets, aircraft equipment failures or malfunctions, information on the camp and requests for escape supplies. “The last one I sent before the camp was evacuated was about a tank factory the Germans had hidden in a forest.” While Marshall wrote to Hilda, Chuck was cooking for the 10 POWs living in the same room. Only three are still living. “The Germans gave us sauerkraut, bread and hot water to survive on,” Chuck said. “Once in a while, we had rotten potatoes and smelly, spoiled cheese. The only way we survived was on Red Cross parcels. I’d cook the food we got from them on a small, wood-burning stove in the room. There was no kitchen.” It was colder than hell, the guys say, on the morning the guard rousted them from their bunks and told them they were being moved to another stalag. “They were shouting that the Russians were coming and we had to leave,” Chuck said. “Boxcars filled with horses pulled up on the train tracks. They let the horses out and put us in. They were filled with horse manure. “We spent the next three days and two nights in them, stopping only for guys to relieve themselves. If you weren’t fast enough, they’d shoot you and leave you there.” The men were taken to Stalag 7A in Bavaria, another hellhole, they said. It was early February 1945 – three months until Gen. George Patton came and got his men back from the Germans. Chuck and Marshall were standing next to a soldier from Scotland that glorious day when the swastika flag flying over the camp was lowered and the American flag was raised. “Laddies,” the Scot said. “I don’t want to sound unpatriotic, but that’s the bloodiest, finest flag I’ve ever seen.” Marshall came home, finished his college education and became a research chemist at Walter Reed Hospital. Chuck went home to Minnesota and began a career in the movie business there. The men would see each other every 10 years at POW reunions, but Marshall, who’s in a wheelchair now, hasn’t been able to make the past couple. It’s been 15 years since they last saw each other. Time’s running out, the men know. This Memorial Day weekend seemed like a perfect time to say goodbye to an old friend. “Hey, Marshall, you remember John Lindquist?” Chuck asked. Marshall laughed. “Man, that guy could snore.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. email@example.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! They looked like a couple of movie stars. Young and dashing with killer smiles and knockout good looks. Picture James Garner and Steve McQueen in “The Great Escape” and you’ve got it – with one very big difference. Marshall Draper and Chuck Woehrle weren’t acting. They were a couple of U.S. Army Air Corps B-17 bombardiers shot down in separate raids during World WarII, captured by the Germans, and taken to Stalag Luft III near the Polish border after being beaten and interrogated.
IT’S difficult to tell exactly why Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo elbowed his way into a press conference Wednesday by federal authorities about a crackdown that has netted more than 120 gang members who are in the country illegally. Evidently Delgadillo, who spoke longer than anyone else, wanted the world to know how his office’s new policy helped this operation by turning over names of gang members prosecuted for gang injunctions. This new policy helped federal authorities round up – and prepare to deport – gang member Victor Gomez. But besides making it seem as though his office has been asleep for years before this, the idea is neither new nor, as it turns out, very useful. Indeed, Degadillo’s test case – Gomez, an illegal immigrant from El Salvador who is a member of L.A.’s White Fence street gang – was deported after his first arrest in 2002 in connection with drug trafficking. He came back – as so many do – illegally. Granted, it’s not Delgadillo’s fault that deportation doesn’t stop the people who came here illegally once from doing it again. The fault lies with federal lawmakers who seem intent on ignoring the need for comprehensive immigration reform for another legislative year. And the city attorney deserves credit for helping federal authorities make our city safer by rooting out undocumented gang members. That said, this is real life, not “The Rocky Show.” We need more action and less P.R. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Alan Judge celebrates scoring for Brentford 1 Brentford midfielder Alan Judge has been warned by the Football Association after breaching its anti-doping regulations.The Republic of Ireland international suffers from asthma and was found with high levels of salbutamol in his system following a match in August.He has been warned as to his future conduct, issued with a reprimand and will be target tested for the next two years.A statement on the FA’s website said the Bees’ player of the year “was charged after the presence of salbutamol, above the permitted threshold (used via an asthma inhaler) was found in his system and considered not to be an intended therapeutic use of the substance”.Judge, who had been ruled out of Euro 2016 after suffering a serious leg break while playing for Brentford in April, denied the charge but it was found proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on Wednesday.The statement added: “The sanction set by the Regulatory Commission was in accordance with the provisions relating to No Significant Fault or Negligence.”Sky Bet Championship club Brentford released a statement clarifying the situation.It read: “Alan has suffered from exercise-induced asthma since he was a child and was given permission to use the inhaler.“Following a match last August, Alan’s levels of salbutamol from his inhaler use were found to be slightly above the threshold. However, in mitigation, he provided a full explanation of the circumstances surrounding this.“The FA found the case proven due to the level of salbutamol but acknowledged Alan’s strong arguments in mitigation by issuing a decision which confirmed that he demonstrated ‘no significant fault or negligence’.“The club will not be making any further comment.”In April, Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho was suspended for 30 days by UEFA for an alleged anti-doping violation, reported to have been for a fat-burning drug.
Steve Morison’s late goal sent the Lions into the fifth round 1 League One Millwall capped a significant week in their existence with a 1-0 home victory over Watford that took them into the fifth round of the FA Cup.Another convincing performance was finally rewarded with the goal it deserved when Steve Morison’s late, close-range finish ensured Watford became the second Premier League team the hosts have eliminated this season.It also concluded the week in which their future at The Den became secure after Lewisham council’s abandonment of a controversial property scheme.Watford manager Walter Mazzarri had retained only four players from the team that last week drew 2-2 at Bournemouth in the Premier League, having spoken of his wariness of their schedule of three games in six days, but his gamble undermined them.As made sense against a much-changed team low on confidence, Millwall began with the same intensity with which they overwhelmed Bournemouth to win 3-0 in the third round. Unlike Watford, who retained only Younes Kaboul, Miguel Britos Abdoulaye Doucoure and Stefano Okaka, they were unchanged.Almost immediately after kick off, Jake Cooper found Morison on the right wing with a long pass from defence. After running further into Watford’s half, the striker sent a well-weighted crossed into the area towards Lee Gregory, whose first-time shot hit the crossbar.From their next attack Gregory made another dangerous run off another long pass, but was this time rightly ruled offside.In the opening 10 minutes Tony Craig also threatened with a deflected shot from the edge of the area, and Cooper went close with a header.Watford only began to appear remotely settled midway through the half when Millwall’s intensity fell, and as a result of the composed Ben Watson’s passing. Their only true sight on goal came in the 35th minute, but when Jerome Sinclair created space in the area he miskicked the ball and wasted his chance.Millwalll responded by launching another attack, from which Gregory closed down Costel Pantilimon to take possession before appealing for a penalty when Adrian Mariappa appeared to block his shot with his arm.The goalkeeper suffered an injury in the challenge, and was taken off on a stretcher and replaced by Heurelho Gomes after receiving treatment.Just on the stroke of half-time, the hosts again came close to scoring. Morison headed another of Cooper’s passes towards Gregory, whose volley connected well but was acrobatically tipped over the crossbar by Gomes. From Shaun Williams’ resultant right-wing corner, Morison then saw a goal-bound header headed clear by Adlene Guedioura.The impressive Morison’s work-rate and understanding with Gregory ensured the hosts continued to threaten in the second half, but as the clear chance they needed continued to elude them a replay began to look likely.It was in the 85th minute when substitute Shane Ferguson brilliantly picked out the unmarked Morison in front of goal with a cross from the left, and the striker deservedly capitalised with a powerful shot Gomes got a hand to but could not keep out.From another attack almost immediately after Millwall again found the back of the net, but Byron Webster’s effort was ruled out for handball.Watford’s struggles show little signs of ending after their latest defeat left them with one win in nine.
01:55:00 St. Paul High School’s running attack received a boost with the return of senior Nicolas Grisgby, a first-team All-Area selection who rushed for more than 1,800 yards last season. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound speedster spent the summer working out with Califoria High School in anticipation of transferring, but he is back to finish his high school career with the Swordsmen. His return as a big-play, game-breaker will help take some pressure off the Swordsmen’s passing game for first-year coach Pete Gonzalez. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Premier League yellow and red cards: Who faces a ban soon? Lingard also revealed he is relishing the opportunity to play against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.He said: “You want to play in those big games – that’s why you play football. The bigger the games, the better. You can’t get bigger than facing PSG in the Champions League at Old Trafford.”Meanwhile, Ander Hererra is set to offered be a new deal at Manchester United.The Spanish midfielder, who is out of contract in the summer, has impressed Solskjaer over the past six weeks with his attitude. Solskjaer leads tributes in anniversary service Munich Air Disaster 3 NEW DEAL LOOMING Jesse Lingard has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to become Manchester United’s permanent manager, claiming the Norwegian has brought back ‘the old school’ Red Devils.United have been flying under the 45-year-old and are now in serious contention for a Champions League spot, having won eight of nine league matches since he took over in December. 3 ‘we’ll always remember’ Man United midfielder set for new contract after impressive form – reports ON THE MOVE AGAIN The Red Devils are thriving in Solskjaer’s system “Solskjaer is doing very well. Nobody can fault him.“He has taken a lot on but he already knew what he was doing when he came in. He got the players backing him straight away. ‘It was painful’ – Why Ferguson had no choice but to sell Ravel Morrison IN THE BOOK Needed “He told us there are big expectations and pressure at this club but we have to deal with it and play like a real United team.“We will challenge for the title next season if we carry on how we are now. We’re back to basics and winning games by grinding out results or scoring a lot of goals.“As long as we’re winning games that’s all that matters.” 3 Wasted talent LATEST MANCHESTER UNITED NEWS Manchester United urged by former star to sign Real Madrid ace Ashley Young signs new contract at Manchester United Lingard has backed Solskjaer to become the next Manchester United boss Former Manchester United starlet close to joining Swedish minnows Solskjaer has won nine out of his ten opening matches in charge DONE DEAL Solskjaer is getting the best out of his team, particularly Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba – with the Frenchman admitting he would have considered leaving United if Jose Mourinho remained as manager.And although Tottenham chief Mauricio Pochettino continues to be linked with the Old Trafford hot seat, Lingard says United will challenge for the title next season if Solskjaer gets offered the permanent job.Speaking to the Daily Mail, Lingard said: “Solskjaer and Mike Phelan have brought back the old school Manchester United.“They know the league and the club inside out so to pass that on and get us playing how we are has been perfect.
Sea Point in Cape Town, with Lions Headin the background.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Tammy EvansMedia liaison, office of Alan Winde+27 82 378 2235• Linton RensburgCape Film Commission – Communications,Media and 2010 Manager+27 82 508 0990 USEFUL LINKS• Cape Film Commission• Cape Town Film Studios• Filmmaker South Africa• Department of Trade and Industry• Cape Town TourismJanine ErasmusAnother high-profile Bollywood film, featuring some of the Hindi film industry’s most popular stars, is taking shape on the streets of Cape Town – and regional government hopes there will be many more to follow.The police action comedy No Problem, directed by Anees Bazmee, has also taken the superstar cast to various locations in KwaZulu-Natal.The cast includes veterans Anil Kapoor, fresh from Slumdog Millionaire success and a stint of filming for TV series 24, and Sanjay Dutt, in real life a politician too. The film also features the ever-popular Sunil Shetty, former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, and Akshaye Khanna.Dutt, who turned 50 while filming, celebrated his birthday at a quiet gathering in Cape Town with family and friends.Sought-after film destinationThe calibre of Indian stars visiting South Africa’s shores lately is good news for the city, the province and the country. This is in part due to the efforts of the Cape Film Commission, which has implemented a long-term plan to market the Western Cape as an attractive film location.During a recent visit to the No Problem set, Cape Film Commission CEO Laurence Mitchell expressed his delight that the hard work of the past five years, aimed specifically at pulling in big film productions, is now reaping rewards.“The production of No Problem on our shores has already had significant spin offs,” said Mitchell, “with at least 80 local people being employed as crew and cast members.”Other industry sectors that have benefited include catering, transport and security services. Cape Town hotels have also received a big boost, said Mitchell, with the accommodation of cast and crew accounting for over 2 000 bed nights in less than a month.Later in 2009 the Cape Film Commission is due to travel to India to market the local film industry in the subcontinent, and interact with Bollywood bigwigs.Contribution to economyThe good favour of the super-lucrative Bollywood film industry is a huge boost for Cape Town, and indicates that the local film industry is poised to contribute significantly to regional economy.The US$6-billion (R47-billion) Indian film industry churns out over 1 000 films every year. Of those, the Hindi and Telugu film sectors account for about 300 films each, with the remainder shared among other languages. However, Hindi films bring in half of the industry’s total annual revenue.Provincial Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism Alan Winde, who accompanied Mitchell to the set of No Problem, was optimistic that the local industry could handle the challenge. “In order to ensure that we grow this contributor even further, we need to make sure that our service offering, whether in tourism or film, is exceptional.”Winde attributes the ongoing presence of Bollywood’s leading men and women to the fact that Cape Town is recognised as a global film industry destination. He added that the province was now setting its sights firmly on the potential of the Indian and Middle Eastern film markets.Thumbs upCape Town has recently played host to casts and crews from the romantic comedies Seasons Greetings and Life Partner, psychological thriller Tasveer, action comedy Cash, and the horse-breeding film Race, among others. Race went on to become the fifth most successful Bollywood film of 2008, in terms of revenue.And the country gets the thumbs-up from the stars themselves. In 2006 Anil Kapoor was appointed as global brand ambassador for South Africa by South African Tourism. Big names such as Akshay Kumar and Govinda are regularly seen enjoying the Cape Town ambience.Kapoor said that with Cape Town’s unique offerings of locations, weather, culture and world class services, the city would become a magnet for large Bollywood productions.Sunil Shetty told the Sunday Times Extra that he believes his films have been such big hits because many of them were filmed in South Africa.“I’ve loved South Africa from the first time that I came here. The things I love most about the country are its beauty, food, particularly the seafood, Nando’s chicken, beautiful terrain and fantastic weather,” enthused the actor, adding that South Africa is also his favourite holiday destination.Cricket successEarlier in 2009, the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament drew thousands of excited fans to South Africa, as well as team part-owners Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty, all influential Bollywood stars.The success of the tournament has added to expectations that Cape Town will become the African base of the Bollywood machine.According to Winde, the province received huge exposure in India because of the IPL. “Images of our country were beamed into the homes of millions,” he said, “and this provided the Western Cape with a wonderful opportunity to access this significant tourism and film market.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at firstname.lastname@example.org.