UG to bestow Honorary Doctorates on 4 outstanding Guyanese

first_imgThe University of Guyana (UG) will be conferring honorary doctorates on four outstanding Guyanese from various fields, naming a female activist and a business tycoon among the recipients.Leading the list of nominees is business magnate Yesu Persaud; Indigenous rights activist and Governance and Rights Coordinator at Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) Laura George; acclaimed singer Eddy Grant and philanthropist Jay Sobhraj.UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith made the announcement on his Facebook page.“Yesterday (Monday) occurred another milestone in the journey along Renaissance Road, when the Academic Board approved my petition to confer honorary doctorates on four outstanding Guyanese – the first time UG will beYesu Persaudbestowing this honour,” Griffith wrote.An honorary degree is an academic degree for which a university or any other degree awarding institution has waived the usual requirements. The degree is typically a doctorate or, less commonly, a master’s degree, and may be awarded to someone who has no prior connection with the academic institution or no previous postsecondary education.Persaud was born in 1928 at Diamond on the East Bank of Demerara, and started his first job as assistant to the assistant rat catcher at a sugar plantation. He went to England to study and learnt accounting before returning home to join the public service as an inspector of taxes.He was instrumental in the changeover of Bookers into the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo). He joined Demerara Liquors Limited and Demerara Sugar Company and transformed them into DDL. He then pioneered the El Dorado brand rum, the Demerara Bank Limited, Diamond Fire and General Insurance Inc, and the Guyana Trust Company Limited. He is also the Chairman and the drivingEddy Grantforce behind Demerara Bank Limited; the first indigenous Private Sector bank.Recognising his stellar contribution, the University of Warwick granted Persaud an honorary doctorate for his work in helping in the restoration of democracy in Guyana in 1992, plus his skills as a businessman in making El Dorado into a quality world brand and the creation of Institute of Private Enterprise Development (IPED).He is the recipient of several national and international awards, inclusive of the Gandhi Organisation Plaque, the Cacique Crown of Honour, the Glory of India Award and the Certificate of Excellence by the India International Friendship Society in 2005. One year later, in 2006, he would receive the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman for his outstanding contributions to business and Indian history and culture.Grant was born in 1948 at Plaisance, East Coast Demerara. In 1965, Grant formed ‘The Equals’, playing guitar and singing background vocals, and the band had two hit albums and a minor hit with the single “I Get So Excited” before having a number one hit in 1968 with his self-penned song “Baby Come Back”. The tuneLaura Georgealso topped the UK Singles Chart in 1994, when covered by Pato Banton, featuring Robin and Ali Campbell of the reggae group UB40. ‘The Equals’ had five further top 40 hits in the UK up to the end of 1970. The Baby Come Back album featured a song by Grant titled, “Police on My Back” which was recorded by the Clash for their 1980 album Sandinista! Willie Nile released his version of “Police on My Back” on his Streets of New York CD. The Equals’ song “Green Light”, co-written by Grant, from their 1968 album Supreme, was recorded by the Detroit Cobras, for their 2007 album, Tied & True. Grant also sang hit single “Electric Avenue.”According to his profile, Jay Sobhraj is the sixth of 10 children, who rigorously pursued his education.In 1966, he was among the first in his family to graduate with a secondary education from Kitty Progressive College. He then went to the Guyana Technical College and completed his certificate there in 1968. He moved to England and registered for a degree in mechanical engineering.While pursuing his degree, he took on several menial jobs including dishwashing, pumping gas and just about any other part-time job that was available. In 1972, heJay Sobhrajgraduated and began working at several industrial companies and in 1975 he got married and moved back to Guyana where he worked for the Guyana Bauxite Company.After an economic downturn in Guyana, Sobhraj applied for a job in the Middle East and began working in Abu Dhabi as a mechanical engineer for a large petrochemical company. In 1988, he returned to New York to work with George and Ken at Zara Realty Holding Company.Laura George expressed her appreciation for the honour via her social media page.last_img read more

Main witness in Freddie Kissoon case killed in accident

first_imgDead: Osmond GriffithThe main witness in the faeces-throwing case involving popular columnist Freddie Kissoon was in the wee hours of Friday morning killed in an accident at Line Top, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara. Dead is Osmond Griffith, 40, of D’Urban Backlands, Georgetown.Reports are that the now dead man exited a car to urinate when the driver of another car, bearing registration HC 4399, lost control and slammed into the parked car, after which it struck Griffith who was reportedly flung some distance and landed on the roadway.He was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he was pronounced dead.When contacted Traffic Chief, Dion Moore, told Guyana Times that while initial reports had suggested that the man might have lost his life as a result of an accident, they are conducting additional investigations.Griffith was set to give evidence in the ongoing case before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. Kwame McCoy, Jason Abdulla and Shawn Hinds were all charged for assaulting the columnist by throwing faeces on him as he stepped out of Nigel’s Super Market in 2010.Fidela Duncan, wife of the dead man, told Guyana Times that her husband left home Thursday afternoon at about 16:30h to conduct business with some friends. She noted that afterwards he went for his usual lime at Plaisance, ECD.According to the grieving widow, she was at home when she received a call informing her that Griffith was involved in an accident and that he was rushed to the hospital. She added that based on reports, he suffered a broken neck and other injuries.Moreover, she was not aware that her husband had to testify in the Freddie Kissoon case until she was asked about it.Meanwhile, the Police have arrested the driver of the car responsible for the man’s death and he is assisting with investigations.last_img read more

Rhodes faces DUI charge

first_imgPolice said Anderson told them she and Babineaux, 25, had argued at their home. She said she went to the movies, and upon returning found Kilo, her year-and-a-half old dog, in “severe physical distress.” Babineaux met with officers at the hospital, where he said he was not responsible for the dog’s death. Police said his account of what happened was inconsistent with the information about the dog’s injuries provided by the animal hospital. He was arrested. Police said they still are awaiting test results, but added preliminary information indicates Kilo died from a massive blow to the head. ST. PETER, Minn. – Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Koren Robinson must serve 90 days in jail for fleeing police last August, a prosecutor said. Robinson was sentenced in Nicollet County Court for leading officers on a high-speed chase this past summer from St. Peter to Mankato during Vikings training camp. Assistant County Attorney Paul Tanis said Robinson will be on probation for three years. He also must complete 80 hours of community service and pay a $1,500 fine. LAKE FOREST, Ill. – The Chicago Bears promoted Bob Babich from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator one day after the team announced it would not retain Ron Rivera. Babich, in his fourth year with the Bears, also coached with Lovie Smith in St. Louis and at the University of Tulsa. He was the Rams’ linebackers coach when Smith was defensive coordinator. At Tulsa, he coached the tight ends while Smith worked with linebackers. BEREA, Ohio – LeCharles Bentley likely will undergo more surgery on a serious knee injury that cost him last season, is jeopardizing another and could end his NFL career. Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage said Bentley is considering another operation to repair the left patellar tendon he tore on the first full-contact play of training camp last summer. SAN DIEGO – Outside linebacker Shaun Phillips signed a six-year contract with the San Diego Chargers. The deal keeps Phillips from becoming a restricted free agent. Phillips became a starter after Steve Foley was shot by an off-duty police officer eight days before the season opener. Phillips had a career-high 111/2 sacks, which contributed to the Chargers’ NFL-high of 61. He was second among NFL linebackers and behind only teammate Shawne Merriman, who led the NFL with 17. IRVING, Texas – Center Andre Gurode has signed a six-year contract that will prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent. ALLEN PARK, Mich. – The Detroit Lions signed guard Blaine Saipaia to a two-year deal and brought back a player who will add much-needed depth on their offensive line. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rhodes, who wore a black sweat suit with red trim, said nothing during the hearing and did not speak to reporters afterward. He is scheduled to return to court today. “We are very troubled by Dominic Rhodes arrest for DUI,” Colts President Bill Polian said in a statement. “We will have no further comment until the case has been dealt with by the justice system.” LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Atlanta Falcons defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux denied responsibility for the death of his girlfriend’s dog, which led to felony animal abuse charges against the player. Gwinnett County Police said officers were dispatched Sunday evening to the Animal Emergency Center, where the staff told them 24-year-old Blair Anderson had arrived with a pit bull mix that was dead upon arrival. INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Colts running back Dominic Rhodes faces a drunken driving charge after state troopers arrested him Tuesday. Rhodes, 28, was pulled over about 3 a.m. driving a GMC truck 81 mph in a 55 mph zone on Interstate 65 in Indianapolis’ far northwest side, Indiana State Police spokesman 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten said. center_img “It was a normal, run-of-the-mill drunk driving arrest,” Bursten said. Rhodes was cooperative with the state troopers who arrested him, police said. He was held overnight and released on his own recognizance after an initial hearing Tuesday afternoon. last_img read more

Bank’s assets soared in ’06

first_imgExpenditures included the bank’s first year of recording a stock option expense of $216,616; and charges related to expanding the staff from 19 to 30. The bank, with offices in Valencia and Canyon Country, specializes in serving small to mid-size businesses. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Bank of Santa Clarita’s assets grew 73percent in 2006, according to a year-end report issued Wednesday. Assets grew to $108.6million compared with $62.6million at the end of 2005. Also during the year, the bank generated $38.9million in net new loans, an 82percent increase, and boasted a doubling of deposits to $88million. Revenue from interest income was $5.6million, which helped trim losses to $592,000 compared with more than $1million the previous year. The losses are in part because of start-up costs for the three-year-old bank. “We are very pleased to report our progress to date, which includes both double- and triple-digit growth in loans and deposits, respectively,” said James D. Hicken, president and chief executive officer. “While we reported a loss for the year, it represented a significant improvement from the previous year and well within our expectations.” last_img read more

Fabregas can replace Lampard at Chelsea, believes Mourinho

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho believes Cesc Fabregas is perfectly suited to filling the position Frank Lampard occupied for 13 years.The 27-year-old former Arsenal captain signed from Barcelona in June after Chelsea record goalscorer Lampard left under freedom of contract at the end of last season.Fabregas scored in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Ferencvaros in Budapest on Sunday – on a day when Lampard was sitting in the stands for Manchester City after signing on loan from New York City FC – in the Blues’ penultimate pre-season friendly before next Monday’s Premier League opening contest at Burnley.Mourinho said on chelseafc.com: “Frank is the history of the club, history nobody can forget.“Fabregas is the future; history is history but the future is more important at the moment.“My opinion, and the opinion of my players, is that Fabregas is the right player to occupy that central position in midfield.” Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas 1last_img read more

Switzerland put six past Iceland in Nations League

first_img0Shares0000Shaqiri was one of six different scorers for Switzerland in their rout of Iceland © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIST. GALLEN, Switzerland, Sep 8 – Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri was among the scorers as Switzerland routed Iceland 6-0 in their opening game of the UEFA Nations League in St Gallen on Saturday.Steven Zuber and Denis Zakaria gave Switzerland a two-goal lead before Shaqiri fired in a free-kick from a tight angle out on the right on 53 minutes. Goals from Haris Seferovic, Albian Ajeti and Admir Mehmedi completed the resounding win as Switzerland made a dream start to a group that also includes World Cup semi-finalists Belgium.Iceland host Italy in Reykjavik on Tuesday, while Switzerland play England in a friendly in Leicester.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Fears for Leicester’s owner after Copter crash

first_imgThe BBC’s Southeast Asia correspondent tweeted that a “source close to the family” had confirmed he was on board, but there was no word from Leicester City or from Thai officials of King Power, Vichai’s duty-free shopping empire.Images showed smoke rising from the fiery wreckage in the carpark at King Power Stadium — the scene of unbridled jubilation after Leicester’s against-all-odds Premier League title victory in 2016.Freelance photographer Ryan Brown, who was covering Saturday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham, told BBC Radio 5 Live that he saw the helicopter rise out of the stadium before it crashed.© AFPLeicester City’s Thai chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha© AFP Lindsey PARNABY“Literally the engine stopped and I turned around, and it made a bit of a whirring noise. It turned silent, blades started spinning and then there was a big bang,” he said.He said he saw “a huge fireball” when he ran to the scene.None of the identities of the pilot or passengers was revealed, and there was also no information about whether anyone on the ground was injured.“We are assisting Leicestershire Police and the emergency services in dealing with a major incident at King Power Stadium,” the club said in a statement.– ‘Heartbreaking’ –As expressions of concern poured in from around the football world, England legend Gary Lineker, a former Leicester player and host of the BBC’s Match of the Day, tweeted: “That was the most difficult @BBCMOTD I’ve ever hosted… A terrible tragedy. Heartbreaking.”Leicester footballers Jamie Vardy and Harry Maguire both tweeted praying hands emojis and West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta, who also played in Saturday’s game, tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers are with all those involved in the helicopter accident at Leicester City.”Thai businessman Vichai, who has poured millions into the club, often leaves the stadium in his helicopter when he attends a Leicester home game© AFP/File Oli SCARFFNualphan Lamsam or Madam Pang, an influential figure in Thai football who manages the national women’s team, sent “moral support to Vichai and family” in a post on Facebook.Vichai bought Leicester City in 2010 and became chairman the following February, pouring millions into the team and becoming a beloved figure in the club and the city — a feat not always achieved by the Premier League’s foreign owners.“Thoughts and prayers with all — particularly owners who’ve done so much for Club and our City,” Leicester’s mayor Peter Soulsby tweeted.Sky Sports said the helicopter took off from the pitch between 1930 and 1945 GMT but developed problems shortly afterwards with its tail rotor.The local ambulance service said it was alerted at 2138 GMT.“We sent a doctor, two paramedics in ambulance cars, a crewed ambulance and our Hazardous Area Response Team, with the first resource arriving within two minutes of the call,” it tweeted.Air crash investigators were also examining the scene.– Leicester’s miracle –It was under Vichai’s ownership that Leicester crafted one of the biggest fairy-tales in English football history by winning the 2015/16 Premier League, having started the season as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title.Vichai made major investments in the club after his purchase, returning them to England’s Premier League from the second-tier Championship in 2014.They initially seemed outclassed by richer and more established clubs from London, Liverpool and Manchester, languishing at the very bottom the table for most of the 2014-15 season.King Power Stadium was a scene of jubilation two years ago when underdogs Leicester City won the Premier League in a remarkable footballing feat© AFP Ben STANSALLThe Foxes, as the team are nicknamed, then engineered what fans now fondly refer to as the “Great Escape”, winning seven of their last nine matches.They ended up finishing 14th, securing themselves another season in Europe’s richest league in 2015/16.But not even their most devout fans could have imagined what happened next.Vardy, signed from non-league Fleetwood Town, scored in 11 consecutive matches, propelling the men in blue to a title without parallel in Premier League history.The success also qualified them for the first time for the lucrative Champions League, the pinnacle of European football played by the continent’s most successful sides, including Barcelona and Real Madrid.There, Leicester City defied the odds yet again, winning their group before eventually losing their quarter-final 2-1 over two legs to Atletico Madrid.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000An AFP photographer saw smoke coming from the wreckage at Leicester City Football Club’s King Power Stadium© AFP Ben STANSALLLEICESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 28 – Leicester City’s charismatic Thai chairman was the subject of growing concerns on Sunday after a helicopter belonging to the billionaire crashed and burst into flames in the stadium carpark shortly after taking off from the club’s pitch.There was no confirmation whether London-based Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who frequently flies to and from Leicester’s home games by helicopter, was on board the aircraft which appeared to develop mechanical problems.last_img read more

Mandela ruled out of AFCON with injury

first_img0Shares0000Medics attend to Brian Mandela after he picked up an injury during training at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis on Monday June 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluPARIS, France, June 10 – Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne has been handed a major blow just 13 days to Kenya’s Africa Cup of Nations opener against Algeria after dependable defender Brian Mandela was ruled out after picking up a knee injury in training on Monday morning.Mandela fell awkwardly on his knee, the same he has been nursing after surgery, following another knock picked up in club duty at his South African base with Maritzburg United. “It can be problematic for the tournament because he (Mandela) is one of our key players. It’s like it; that is the life of football. We need to find another solution. It doesn’t feel good for him and for us.”“We also have Musa who is injured and I will not take risk with him in the DR Congo friendly because the most important thing for us is the game against Algeria,” Migne told Capital Sport after the Monday session in France.Mandela had been rushing to make a goal clearing tackle but landed awkwardly on his knee before letting out a painful yell with the entire medical team rushing to his aid.The defender, who played a pivotal role in Friday’s friendly against Madagascar was carried off the training ground and walked with crutches as he went out to hospital in Paris where further scans were carried out to ascertain the seriousness of the injury.“It is a huge problem for us because he is a key player but remember against Ghana we won without key players. It is always a problem for the coach but we will try to find a solution. What can I do? Only to be concerned with the ones who are available,” a dejected Migne further stated.Harambee Stars defender Brian Mandela is helped out of the pitch after he picked up an injury during training at the National Rugby Centre in Marcoussis on Monday June 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDefender Musa Mohammed has also been out of the last two days of training after picking up a muscular injury in the Madagascar friendly but is expected to be back on Tuesday.Aboud Omar also missed Sunday’s session but only as a precaution and was back in full swing on Tuesday.In Mandela’s possible absence, Migne will look on the options provided by youngster Joseph Okumu, David ‘Calabar’ Owino, Joash Onyango and Vihiga United skipper Bernard Ochieng.“We will start thinking about new options, maybe Joash will be back. For me it can be another chance for another player to show their quality,” stated the coach.Migne is expected to name his final 23-man squad for the tournament later on Monday night with the final squad expected to be forwarded to CAF.-Timothy Olobulu is reporting from Paris, France- 0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Aston Villa manager gives update on transfer targets and striker’s future

first_img Libor Kozak Aston Villa manager Remi Garde refused to rule out letting Libor Kozak Villa Park – despite the forgotten striker’s return against Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.Forward Kozak made his first Barclays Premier League start for more than two years when he featured in the 1-0 win over the Eagles.He is again on stand-by to start in Saturday’s visit of Leicester as bottom club Villa try to close the eight-point gap to safety.Birmingham tried to take Kozak, who suffered a broken leg in January 2014, on loan earlier in the season while Garde has previously said he can leave this month and has offered no guarantees he will stay.He said: “He is still an Aston Villa player, we’ll wait and see. I have no offers on the table at the moment.“I was pleased with the way he played – I would have liked one or two goals and probably he has the same feeling – but he gave me an answer in the first month we had together.“He worked very hard with a very good attitude in the training sessions, it’s why I thought I could give him an opportunity to play.“I watched the game again and for the first game it was very interesting.”Garde is keen on adding to his struggling squad and wants Chelsea’s Loic Remy and Arsenal’s Mathieu Debuchy, while he also is interested in Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane. However, he kept quiet on any potential deals. He said: “I don’t want to be too accurate. It won’t help me to sign them. I know it’s important for you. Sometimes what I read in the media is right and sometimes it’s wrong. “I don’t know exactly what close means. Until the signature has been put on the paper, you can be close and miss it.” 1last_img read more

Volley fired at Santa Rosa Island hunting

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsHunter, R-Calif., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has been pushing legislation to overturn the settlement and keep the animals on the island. A strong supporter of the military, Hunter contends that this would preserve healthy deer and elk that have not fallen victim to a wasting disease affecting mainland animals, and it would give disabled veterans and their families a special place to hunt. His attempts failed last year, but this year he made the measure part of a wide-ranging annual defense bill, and it passed the House last week. Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo., chairman of the national parks subcommittee, said Tuesday he doesn’t support the idea. “While we need to do all we can for our troops’ morale, welfare and recreation, turning over park lands for the military doesn’t seem to me to be the way to go about it,” he said. California’s two senators, Democrats Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, also testified against Hunter’s plan. They authored the resolution the subcommittee was considering that would put the Senate on record in support of the settlement. Hunter’s attempts to pass his Santa Rosa proposal stalled last year after senators objected; Thomas’ opposition suggests he could run into similar trouble this time around.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A top National Park Service official and a Republican senator announced their opposition Tuesday to keeping non-native trophy game on California’s Santa Rosa Island. Their stance could signal trouble for GOP Rep. Duncan Hunter’s bid to turn the publicly owned island into a hunting destination for the military. At a hearing of the Senate’s national parks subcommittee, National Park Service Deputy Director Steve Martin said his agency “strongly agrees” with a proposed Senate resolution to remove the deer and elk. “So long as a hunting operation continues, 90 percent of the island will be off-limits for general recreation for four to five months of each year,” Martin testified. “Removal of the non-native deer and elk is necessary for native plants and animals to flourish.” The deer and elk, targets in private trophy hunts that cost participants thousands of dollars, are required to be removed by 2011 under a settlement among an environmental group, the government and the ranching family that used to own the island. The park service bought the 53,000-acre island, part of Southern California’s Channel Islands National Park, for $30 million in 1986. last_img read more