Let freedom reign in our hearts and minds

first_imgDear Editor,Today, August 1, we celebrate 180 years of the abolition of slavery in Guyana. This significant event is better known as the Emancipation, and is widely acknowledged for the celebrations and festivities that surround it. The abolition of slavery came centuries after our ancestors were ripped from their homeland in Africa, brought all those miles across the Atlantic Ocean to this part of the world, sold into a system called slavery, and thereafter worked and lived in the most inhumane conditions there ever were.The achievement of emancipation came after decades of struggle, enduring hardships, privation, demoralisation, torture, and death at the hands of the slave masters. All of their freedoms were taken away. Stripped of their identity, they were removed from the status of a human being to that of an animal. Hence it was with great jubilation that they welcomed the dawn of August 1, 1834.It could be said that it was this sad and dark era of history that influenced the conceptualisation of the Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations in 1948, 114 years after Emancipation.Enshrined in this declaration are 30 articles, five (5) of which speak to the right to various forms of freedom. Article 1 – Innate freedom and equality; Article 13 – Right of freedom of movement; Article 18 – Right of freedom of thought and religion; Article 19 – Right of freedom of opinion and expression; and Article 20 – Right of freedom of assembly and association. Of these five rights, Article 19 in particular states that everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.No one can dispute the fact that these rights were withheld from our ancestors, and it was for these very rights that they fought for on many occasions via uprisings and rebellions against the slave masters. In the early 1920s, it was one of their offsprings, Hubert Nathaniel Critchlow, who continued the struggle for these rights, which led in later years to the attaining of another right, as is enshrined in Article 20, which states: Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.It is this particular right that helped to advance the work of the trade union movement. The attainment of Independence and Republican status over the decades were all achieved by way of struggles in various forms. However, 184 years later, we, the descendants of those noble men and women, are seemingly engaged in another form of struggle. This time around, we are fighting to maintain our democratic freedom at various levels of work and representation.During this period of emancipation, there are many songs that are reflected upon as they point to the many injustices experienced by our ancestors. The most popular is “Redemption Song” by Bob Marley. “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, only we can free our minds”. At this point in time in our history, these words hold fast to present day experiences and outcomes. At times it would seem that we are still to remove from our minds the shackles which keep us in a subdued position. Time and again, we are psychologically whipped by present day massas, whose whips are their token positions and authority which are used to “keep us in our place”.It is these present day plantocracy cabal that is guilty of violating our fundamental rights to freedom of expression and opinion by seeking to muzzle us by driving fear using various tactics that do not augur well for our and the nation’s wellbeing.Therefore, it is with much hope and expectation that, as the descendants of our distinguished fore-parents, we strive to emulate their values, hard work, sacrifices and togetherness, which paved the way for their removal from the harsh and inhumane conditions of slavery and into a world where freedom was opportune.As we celebrate Emancipation 2018 with songs, dances and all the festivities relating to this auspicious occasion, let freedom reign in our hearts and minds. Let it become the mantra of nation building, a process that began 184 years ago. Happy Emancipation.Sincerely,Gillian Burton-PersaudMember of Parliamentlast_img read more

Mercedes needs a wake-up call, says team boss

first_img0Shares0000Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team need a ‘wake-up call’ after a weekend of mistakes at the Canadian Grand Prix, according to team chief Toto Wolff Mark Thompson/Getty Images/AFP © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mark ThompsonMONTREAL, Canada, Jun 11 – Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes team need a ‘wake-up call’ after a weekend of mistakes at the Canadian Grand Prix, according to team chief Toto Wolff.The Austrian said he felt disappointed at seeing Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari winning to regain the lead of the world drivers’ championship on a circuit that has in recent years been triumphant Mercedes territory. Asked after the race if he felt any consolation in seeing Hamilton’s team-mate Finn Valtteri Bottas come home second, Wolff said: “No, not at all…“This is a shit result for us. I have to put it like that. It is a strong track for us, but all weekend long we have made little mistakes, from the start.“The only feeling I have is that we have to wake up.“We fell behind in every respect. This is a track where we should have maximised points – it is not about damage limitation for us.”He added that there was now a need for a thorough review of the race to see what had gone wrong and if there were to be any consequences in the team.“Yes, that’s necessary,” he said. “We will look at that internally.”Defending four-time champion Briton Hamilton finished fifth, extending his run of points-scoring finishes to a record 32 races, but he slipped a point behind German Vettel in the title race.Mercedes came to Montreal intending to introduce a new upgraded engine, but chose to postpone it due to reliability concerns while both Ferrari and Red Bull raced with theirs.They also had problems with tyres choice and wear management. Other teams chose to have seven or eight sets of ‘hyper-soft’ tyres at their disposal, but Mercedes asked only for five.And during the race, Hamilton was affected by an engine-cooling problem that required an early pit-stop.“I was just really happy to finish,” said Hamilton. “It might have been a lot worse.”Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda said Ferrari had out-performed his team.“First of all, we could not use our new engine, which is a part of it,” he said. “But we have to say that Ferrari’s car, as a package, is unbelievable.“Their car is fantastic and the engine, too. Even on fuel consumption, they were going like hell all through the race so I think we have to work really hard now.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, September 10

first_imgHere are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…Arsenal are looking to sign Barcelona’s 19-year-old midfielder Sergi Samper – with manager Arsene Wenger ready to pay his £9.6m release clause in January. (Metro) Barcelona right-back Dani Alves, 31, has emerged as a shock transfer target for Manchester United and Liverpool. (Daily Express) France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 24, says he was desperate to leave Southampton this summer before club bosses “blocked” his move. (Mirror) QPR’s wage bill is bigger than Italian giants AC Milan. (The Daily Telegraph) Midfielder Alex Pritchard, 21, is hoping to catch the eye of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino during his loan spell at Championship new-boys Brentford. (Daily Mail) Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has told Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 26, that he plans to make him an important part of the team. (Daily Star) And here are the latest talkSPORT.com transfer tales…Exclusive – Man United should NOT have sold Welbeck to Arsenal, claims RobsonExclusive – Barnes: Liverpool WILL finish above Man United this seasonExclusive – Wenger will be an impossible act to follow at Arsenal, claims DeinExclusive – Man United will regret selling Welbeck to Arsenal, claims former England starExclusive – Henderson must be England’s midfield lynchpin NOT Wilshere, says ReidStrootman to Man United: Update on potential January moveBarcelona starlet rejected summer move to ArsenalJuventus join Man City in race for Barcelona starBlow for Man United! AC Milan star set to be offered new dealArsenal and Tottenham target reveals European ambitionsValencia keen to keep starlet wanted by Arsenal and Chelsealast_img read more

L.A. progressing as `no-kill’ city

first_imgWith a rate of 4.3 animals euthanized per 1,000 city residents, that put Los Angeles fifth-lowest in the nation behind Mission Viejo, Santa Cruz, New York City and San Francisco. Villaraigosa also credited Angelenos for adopting strays from the city’s six shelters. “Responsible pet owners realize Los Angeles Animal Services is the place to go to adopt a pet,” Villaraigosa said. Boks said the department’s Web site, www.laanimalservices.org, has made it easier for prospective owners to locate a specific breed and adopt a stray. And the department is working with more than 120 humane groups to promote adoptions and spay or neuter clinics. However, critics of Boks and the department were skeptical of the figures. “What they have done is narrow the definition of euthanasia,” said Daniel Guss, a spokesman for the Stand Foundation. “They are excluding from their rates all sorts of dogs and cats and rabbits. The animals are still being killed, but they don’t consider it euthanasia. “And, as far as the adoption rate, I don’t think it’s possible. You are talking about 80 animals a day being adopted and there is no way to verify that.” Also, Phyllis Daugherty of the Animal Issues Movement, said the agency is erroneously claiming as adoptions those animals that are given to humane organizations. “There is no real tracking of the animals and no one knows what happens to them once they leave the shelters,” Daugherty said. Villaraigosa noted that 40 percent of the dogs euthanized are pit bulls, a powerfully built animal considered by many to be a particularly dangerous breed. Boks has proposed creating a pit bull “academy” that would use parolees to train the strays – a controversial plan Villaraigosa said is still being weighed. rick.orlov@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! At a City Hall news conference, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa praised the department, as well as General Manager Ed Boks, who was hired 18 months ago with a goal of making Los Angeles a “no-kill” city. “We knew it wouldn’t be easy or fast to become a no-kill city,” Villaraigosa said. “But we are seeing that Los Angeles Animal Services is the No. 1 animal adoption agency in the United States. We have adopted out more animals than we have euthanized. We are euthanizing fewer animals than at any time in our history.” According to the department, a total of 25,279 animals were adopted in the last year, including 21,016 cats and dogs. That surpasses New York City, with 22,295 total adoptions, and Philadelphia, with 13,544. Officials also said they’d euthanized 18,108 dogs and cats, a 7.2 percent drop from the previous year. STRAY PETS: Mayor lauds shelters’ adoption numbers, but critics say the claims are neither accurate nor verifiable. By Rick Orlov STAFF WRITER Los Angeles Animal Services officials said Tuesday they’d reached milestones in the high number of number of stray pets adopted and the low number euthanized – claims immediately disputed by critics of the agency. last_img read more

Chelsea midfielder targeted by Inter Milan boss Mancini

first_img Mario Pasalic Chelsea midfielder Mario Pasalic is wanted by Italian giants Inter Milan.The 20-year-old Croatian has a contract with the Blues until 2018 after he joined from Split in July 2014 for a fee of around £3m.But has yet to make his first-team debut and spent last season on loan at Spanish side Elche.He impressed in La Liga, making 31 appearances and scoring three times, and Inter boss Roberto Mancini is now keen to lure him to Italy.Mancini is heading up a summer of rebuilding at the San Siro after they finished last season in eighth, a massive 32 points off champions Juventus.And he has set his sights on the playmaker Pasalic, who was born in Germany but grew up in Croatia and made his senior international debut last year after coming through his adopted country’s youth set-up. 1last_img read more

Poll: Who will win the Premier League?

first_imgThe Drive boys want your views on the destination of the trophy this season… 1 Poll: Who will win the Premier League? last_img

Man City and Pep Guardiola destined to meet in Champions League final? Coral

first_imgCoral’s Dave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Manchester City played out a goalless draw with Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night.City travel to the Bernabeu for the second leg next week and they are 7/4 to reach the final, with Real the 4/9 favourites.In the other Champions League semi-final, Atletico Madrid host Bayern Munich on Wednesday night in the first leg of their tie.Atletico are 7/4 outsiders to reach the final, while Bayern, led by future Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, are 4/9 favourites to progress.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

Bayern defeat Atletico, Napoli win Group B and more – Champions League round-up

first_img1 Robert Lewandowski’s 28th-minute free-kick earned Bayern Munich a 1-0 home triumph over Atletico Madrid, to end the Group D winners’ 100 per cent record LIVE on talkSPORT2.Both teams were already assured of their progress going into the match and the Poland forward’s set piece was well worthy of winning the match at the Allianz Arena.Russian side FC Rostov will continue their European adventure in the Europa League having made sure of third place by avoiding defeat in their clash with PSV Eindhoven. It finished 0-0 at the Philips Stadion.And elsewhere in the Champions League…Group AArsenal sealed top spot after Lucas Perez’s hat-trick helped Arsene Wenger’s men to a 4-1 win over FC Basel.Paris St Germain – already also safely through before kick-off – would have finished ahead of Arsene Wenger’s men on head-to-head record if they had beaten Ludogorets at home, but could only manage a 2-2 draw.Virgil Misidjan and Wanderson twice put the Bulgarian side ahead and, although the French champions twice got back level – first through Edinson Cavani and then via Angel Di Maria in stoppage time – they could not force a winner.Russian side FC Rostov will continue their European adventure in the Europa League having made sure of third place by avoiding defeat in their clash with PSV Eindhoven. It finished 0-0 at the Philips Stadion.Group BNapoli won 2-1 at Benfica on Tuesday night to qualify for the Champions League last 16 as Group B winners, with the Portuguese side also going through thanks to Besiktas being thrashed at Dynamo Kiev.Three teams – Napoli, Benfica and Besiktas – had headed into the final round of matches separated by just one point at the top of the pool, and the Italian side’s triumph in Portugal assured their progress. Second-half goals from Jose Callejon and Dries Mertens proved decisive, with Raul Jimenez’s 88th-minute strike the hosts’ only reply.The result in Portugal meant Besiktas could have overtaken Benfica, but they had to settle for a Europa League berth after going down 6-0 in the snow at Dynamo Kiev.The Turkish team had two men sent off – Andreas Beck after 29 minutes and Vincent Aboubakar on 56 – and went down to goals from Artem Biesiedin, Andriy Yarmolenko, Vitaly Buyalsky, Derlis Gonzalez, Serhiy Sydorchuk and substitute Junior Moraes.Group CAn Arda Turan hat-trick added to Lionel Messi’s early strike made for an easy night for Group C winners Barcelona – 4-0 victors at the Nou Camp against Borussia Monchengladbach.In the other group game, Patrick Roberts scored against parent club Manchester City as Celtic drew 1-1 with Pep Guardiola’s men. Robert Lewandowski: The Poland striker scores v Atletico Madrid last_img read more

For the record

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A headline Tuesday incorrectly said a mistrial was declared in a Lancaster slaying. In fact, the slaying occurred in Palmdale.last_img read more

Nottingham Forest v Arsenal live stream and confirmed line-ups

first_imgArsene Wenger has named a much-changed team as Arsenal visit Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in the third round of the FA Cup.CLICK HERE TO STREAM NOTTINGHAM FOREST V ARSENAL LIVE COMMENTARY ON TALKSPORT, KICK-OFF 4PM.Young stars Rob Holding, Reiss Nelson, Willock, and Ainsley Maitland-Niles all start the match while Theo Walcott is arguably their only major senior star in the squad.But will this move backfire for Wenger as the Tricky Trees look to shock the Premier League giants? Listen live on talkSPORT to find out…Take a look at the confirmed teams belowNottingham Forest XI: Smith, Lichaj, Worrall, Mancienne, Traore, Osborn, Vaughan, Brereton, Dowell, Cash, Clough.Substitutes: Mills, McKay, Henderson, Bouchalakis, Walker, Cummings, Vellios.Arsenal XI: Ospina, Debuchy, Mertesacker, Holding, Nelson, Willock, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Walcott, Iwobi, Welbeck.Substitutes: Chambers, Reine-Adelaide, Akpom, Da Silva, Macey, Nketiah, Osei-Tutu. 1 Arsene Wenger alongside Theo Walcott last_img read more