Dear 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 Parliament
0Shares0000Diego Maradona was treated by paramedics after he was taken ill after Argentina’s 2-1 win over Nigeria © AFP / Giuseppe CACACEBUENOS AIRES, Argentina, Jun 28 – Diego Maradona has offered a Sh1 million ($10,000) reward to identify the source of reports he had died after Argentina’s World Cup match against Nigeria, his lawyer said Thursday.The reports, circulated via WhatsApp voice messages from a man with an Argentine accent, said the 57-year-old star had been hospitalized and had died of cardiac arrest. “I gave instructions to make public the decision to offer a reward of 300,000 pesos (around $10,000) to anyone who can provide true and accurate information about the author of the audios,” lawyer Matias Morla told Argentina’s Clarin daily from Russia.The Argentine star took ill at the end of the match and had to be helped from his seat.But he denied rumors of ill health the day after, telling reporters: “I’m perfect. I’ve never been better.”Morla said Maradona had suffered “a spike” in blood pressure.“It’s a subject that at one time alarmed him. It’s no secret how he lives through a game. How he lived them as a player is how he lives them as a fan.”According to Morla, Maradona shouldn’t even have been at the stadium for the second half of the game, in which a late goal secured Argentina’s World Cup.“The doctors told him to rest, not to stay for the second half of the Argentina-Nigeria match, but asking that of Maradona is like asking a son not to love his mother.”“For Diego, the team is Dona Tota (his mother), and he will never let her on her own,” he said.The audio messages spread on social media after the match.“Maradona’s sisters heard the news, they could not communicate with me nor with their brother, and one of them suffered a weakness, and the truth is that we cannot let such an outrage go by,” Morla told Clarin.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
MINNEAPOLIS — D’Angelo Russell’s first career 50-point game wasn’t enough to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves, but it came close.After missing three games with a right ankle sprain, Russell returned to a starting lineup missing Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green and scored 52 points on 19-for-37 shooting, nine rebounds and five assists in the Warriors’ 125-119 overtime loss to the Timberwolves in Minnesota Friday.It was the first 50-point game of Russell’s career and, though he …
SAinfo reporter DreamFields Project founder John Perlman saw the partnership with SANParks as “a way of changing the social make-up in marginalised communities”. In a statement issued this week, the Dreamfields Project says its three-year partnership with SANParks’ People and Conservation (P&C) unit – dubbed “Wild about Soccer” – is aimed at engaging young people at the level of their passion: football. SANParks CEO David Mabunda has endorsed the project, saying: “The best way to get young people to understand and develop respect for the environment in conservation areas is to start by making positive and visible changes in the environments where they live”. Companies and individuals can sponsor a R5 500 DreamBag to a school. It contains 3 soccer balls, 15 pairs of boots and 15 sets of kit, including numbered shirts, shorts and socks. Raising awareness “Wild About Soccer”, he said, was not just about the beautiful game, but was about using sport as means of building knowledge about, and respect for, something worth preserving – our natural heritage. The Dreamfields Project joined forces with SANParks’ P&C unit to bring the “Wild about Soccer” tournaments to these secluded communities, with every tournament within the project providing an opportunity to educate young people about conservation and the environment. Launched in 2006, the Dreamfields Project is a section 21 company that uses soccer as a force for good in township and rural schools. DreamBags Dreamfields will provide DreamBags containing a complete soccer kit to the participating schools for continued development of their learners through the game of soccer. “As a start, we will be handing out DreamBags filled with soccer kits for tournaments in rural communities, but our long-term goal is to help fix up some fields in villages bordering on our parks,” Perlman said. To date, 240 schools and organizations have received DreamBags, while donations and sponsorships are being used to build new soccer fields and improve sporting infrastructure in townships and rural areas. ‘A force for good’ South African National Parks (SANParks) has teamed up with the Dreamfields Project to merge the seemingly separate worlds of conservation and soccer for the benefit of young people living in communities situated around national parks. “We are wild about this project, and wild about our partnership with SANParks.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Starting from Saturday, 6 September, school teams from communities on the borders of the world-renowned Kruger National Park will participate in a series of “Wild about Soccer” tournaments, culminating in a final tournament in Skukuza on 4 October. The DreamBag handover coincides with a DreamEvent, which is a soccer tournament at which the sponsor, community and other supporters come together and enjoy the beautiful game. 5 September 2008
The Jannayak Janta Party on Saturday expelled six of its members, including three who contested the recently held Haryana Assembly poll, for allegedly indulging in anti-party activities and indiscipline. Shashi Bala, Suresh Verma, Badruddin, Baldev, Tuhi Ram Bhardwaj and Gurpal Majra have been expelled, according to a release issued by the JJP. They have also been suspended from the party’s primary membership for six years, it said. JJP State president Nishan Singh said they had worked against the interest of the party.
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Hyderabad opener Shikhar Dhawan scored an impressive 95 not out and later leggie Amit Mishra took a hat-trick as Hyderabad beat Punjab by 82 runs during an IPL match the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Tuesday. Score | PhotosPunjab got off to a rather poor start against Hyderabad and the reason was the daunting 199-run target that proved to be too tough for the hosts.Opener Paul Valthaty fell on the fourth ball of the first over off Dale Steyn on five and the next over saw Aussie Shaun Marsh walk back to a JP Duminy ball on 13 when the team total was 22/2.Post the early setback, captain Adam Gilchrist and Dinesh Karthik got on with a partnership to salvage the Punjab innings. But they were still lagging behind as far as the run rate was concerned as after 10 overs the Punjab total was 77/2 as compared to Hyderabad’s 85/0.Their 61-run partnership came to an end in the 11th over off Daniel Christian. A full length ball outside off was struck towards the extra covers region by opposition skipper Adam Gilchrist, where Cameroon White took an easy catch to dismiss him on 51. And Punjab lost their third wicket on 83.A ball later Karthik too walked back with caught D Ravi Teja, bowled Christian written against his initials on 11. Punjab were down to 84/4 in 11 overs.A few minutes later, Hyderabad’s left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha claimed Abhiskek Nayar to reduce Punjab to 91/5.Then in the 16th over leg spinner Amit Mishra took a hat-trick and got rid of Ryan McLaren, Mandeep Singh and Ryan Harris to reduce Punjab to 102/8.advertisementMishra finished with impressive figures of 4-1-7-4 as Hyderabad won the match by 82 runs.With this loss, Punjab’s hopes of making it to the qualifiers have gone up in smoke.Hyderabad inningsHyderabad Shikhar Dhawan opener carried his bat through scoring an unbeaten 95 as Hyderabad posted an impressive 198/2 against Punjab.Earlier, Punjab captain Adam Gilchrist won the toss and elected to field in the 67th IPL match of the season. This is the last league game for both teams as the IPL-4 now heads into the knock-out stage.Hyderabad opener Shikhar Dhawan and D Ravi Teja, opening in place of regular opener and Hyderabad skipper Kumar Sangakkara, started the innings of a positive note scoring at a brisk pace. Sangakkara is busy doing national duty for Sri Lanka in England.Teja and Dhawan batted with ease and rotated the strike to frustrate the opposition bowlers. Post the 10th over, Hyderabad score was a good 85/0.Finally, in the 14th over Teja fell after putting on a fine 60 runs on board when the team total was 131. A Paul Valthaty ball took the edge of Teja’s bat and Abhiskek Nayar at deep mid-wicket pouched it to end Teja’s 41-ball innings that was decorated with five fours and two sixes.But, post that wicket new man JP Duminy did not stay at the crease for long and departed on the first ball of the 17th over off Ryan Harris when batting on 12. Hyderabad were 158/2 post his fall.Opener Dhawan remained unbeaten on 95, hitting an impressive 14 fours and one over the fence shot in his 57-ball innings as Hyderabad scored 198/2.