Original story:St. Leon, IN—At least one person was killed involving a crash Tuesday evening in Dearborn County, according to authorities. It happened on State Road 46 near Chappelow Hill Road.Authorities have not provided specifics on the crash, saying only that there was one fatality. Update:St. Leon, IN—The Dearborn County Sheriffs Office reports that, upon arrival, a GMC Sierra truck was located on its top in the creek and the driver was deceased in the vehicle.Based on the initial investigation from DCSO, it appeared the vehicle was traveling westbound on State Road 46 when it left the roadway on the south side of the road and then the truck traveled down a steep embankment, where it flipped and came to rest on its top. The driver was identified as Vernon Hensley, 76, of St. Leon.
John Allen Ruble, 72, of Greensburg passed away on Monday, August 5, 2019. He was born on April 1, 1947, in Rush County, the son of William and Clara Mae (Hankins) Ruble. John was a 1965 graduate of Greensburg High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Vietnam War. On December 2, 1983 he married Teresa Buell Scheibler. John was very talented athletically and had a scholarship and drafting opportunity right out of High School. He was well known in the community for playing on the American Legion Baseball team and later loved playing on the Pizza King Softball Team. Sports played a big part in John’s life whether it was participating or observing; throwing a triple play or watching his grandchildren develop their skills. He loved spending time with his family at the dirt track races, camping, LifeLine Wesleyan Church, hanging with his friends, and his dog Max.Survivors include: Wife- Teresa Ruble; Sons- Todd (Brandi) Ruble and Jeremy (Lauren) Ruble; Daughters- Dana (Greg) Phillips, Kristi (Trent) Swartzentruber, and Sheri (Dan) Slaven; First Wife- Sue Kitchin Grandchildren- Kalen Grubb, Alex, and Brady Ruble, Logan and Parker Phillips, Mason, Sydney, Landon, Luke, and Leah Swartzentruber, Averi Helms, George and Charlie Slaven; Sisters- Cathy (Steve) Konzelman and Joyce Bray; Brother- Brian Ruble; Mother in law- Virgie Buell. He was preceded in death by his Parents William and Clara Ruble; Brother- Mike Ruble; Father in law- Charles Buell; Brother in laws- Timothy Buell and Thomas Buell.Visitation for family and friends will be held at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 10:00 am at the LifeLine Wesleyan Church, 2002 Moscow Road, Greensburg, with Pastor Doug Preston officiating. Burial will follow at the South Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Speranza House or can be made to the family for them to honor John’s private CNA with a special gift for all of his time and compassion he showed them through John’s last days. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com
The two-time Pro Bowl selection spent the last nine seasons with the Houston Texans after beginning his career with a five-year stint in Cincinnati.The 2006 first-round draft pick from South Carolina has 750 tackles and 31 interceptions in his 14-year career.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-KENTUCKY-SARREx-Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr transferring to KentuckyLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Former Wake Forest center Olivier Sarr says he’s transferring to Kentucky. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNFL has plan in place for opening team facilitiesUNDATED (AP) — The NFL has set protocols for reopening team facilities and has told the 32 teams to have them in place by May 15. Update on the latest in sports: The move gives the Wildcats a veteran 7-footer after the team’s entire starting lineup declared for the NBA draft.Sarr is a 255-pounder from France who was the Demon Deacons’ leading rebounder and second-leading scorer last season. He announced his decision to play for the Wildcats on social media. He also called former Demon Deacons coach Danny Manning and his staff “family.” Manning was fired last month and replaced by Steve Forbes.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-EAST TENNESSEE STATEETSU picks Shay to replace ForbesJOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State has filled the loss of men’s basketball coach Steve Forbes by promoting Jason Shay to the post. Commissioner Roger Goodell mapped out several phases of protocols in a memo obtained by The Associated Press. The first phase to deal with the coronavirus pandemic would involve a limited number of non-player personnel. That number initially would be 50% of the non-player employees and up to a total of 75 on any single day being approved to be at the facility. But state or local regulations could require a lower number.The individual clubs would decide which employees could return to the facility and when, once the buildings reopen. No players would be permitted in the facility except to continue therapy and rehabilitation for injuries that were underway when facilities were ordered closed in late March.Goodell noted that the league is actively working on the next phase of reopening, which will involve both more staffers and players. He said the players’ union is also being consulted on these steps.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:The NBA says some players can voluntarily work out at their team practice facilities starting on Friday, with some very specific conditions and only in places where local and state governments have signed off on such openings. But it’s unclear how many — if any — players will be back on the floor when the league ban gets lifted. Some teams aren’t ready to welcome players back immediately, and many teams aren’t allowed to open yet to because of local rules. — All but one of the 14 schools in the Southeastern Conference have indicated they plan to reopen their campuses for the fall semester, a step widely believed to be needed to resume football and other sports. South Carolina and Tennessee today became the latest schools in the nation’s top football conference to announce their plans, joining Alabama, LSU and others. Vanderbilt hasn’t announced its plans for the fall.— The Big 12 has become the first Power Five conference to say it will hold its football media days virtually. About 500 media members are usually credentialed to attend Big 12 media days, which were scheduled to be held July 21-22 at AT&T Stadium near Dallas.— Four MLS teams allowed players to use team training fields for individual workouts on Wednesday. Sporting Kansas City, Atlanta United, Orlando City and Inter Miami let players in for vigorously controlled voluntary workouts on the first day they were permitted by the league. Nashville, Real Salt Lake, LAFC and Houston are among the league’s 26 teams that plan to start Thursday, with more lined up next week.— The NCAA has approved a waiver that will allow schools to spend below the minimum level on athletic scholarships required to compete in Division I. The Division I Council Coordination Committee approved two other blanket waivers Wednesday that had been requested by several conferences in recent weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Basketball and football players will be allowed to participate in summer athletic activities without being enrolled in school.— Fans will be allowed to enter baseball stadiums Friday for games in Taiwan for the first time this season. It is part of a gradual easing of restrictions amid the pandemic. The China Professional Baseball League said up to 1,000 people would be permitted to enter ballparks after an agreement between the league and Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center. May 7, 2020 Associated Press — A person with knowledge of negotiations tells The Associated Press the Maryland Jockey Club and NBC Sports have set aside three possible dates for the running of the Preakness. The NBC affiliate in Baltimore reported the Preakness will be run Oct. 3. The person tells the AP that is one of the three possible dates, along with one each in July and August. The Preakness was originally set for May 16 as the second jewel of the Triple Crown. The uncertain timeline allows for the possibility of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont being run out of order.— The head of the Australian Open says various contingency plans are being considered for the Grand Slam tournament scheduled for January 2021. They include scrapping it altogether because of the pandemic or allowing just spectators from the host country. Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley tells the Australian Associated Press that tournament organizers have “modeled everything.” He says the “worst-case scenario” is no tournament at all next year. He says the “best-case scenario at this point” is having an Australian Open with only Australian fans. Wimbledon has been canceled for the first time in 75 years, the French Open has been moved from May to September, and a decision on this year’s U.S. Open is expected next month.— Germany’s Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) has been given the go-ahead to resume its top two soccer divisions this month. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (AHN’-geh-lah MEHR’-kuhl) announced a loosening of a range of containment measures Wednesday after meeting with the country’s 16 state governors. Pressure to relax the rules had been growing as the rate of daily infections in the country has dropped. Matches in the two divisions will be able to resume without spectators and with a range of other conditions designed to prevent another outbreak. Players will be tested and teams will also have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart. The earliest the league can resume is May 16.— Soccer players in Spain have returned to their team’s training camps for the first time since the country entered a lockdown nearly two months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. Players for Barcelona, Real (ray-AL’) Madrid, Atlético Madrid and other clubs started preparing for the return to training this week. They are all expected to be tested for COVID-19 and should be cleared to practice once the results are back. Most clubs are expected to resume practicing by the end of the week.— The Spanish soccer federation is proposing an end to this season’s women’s league because of the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal is expected to be approved by the federation’s board on Thursday. — Belgium’s prime minister says all sporting competitions in the country will remain suspended until July 31 because of the pandemic. The Belgian soccer league says it will respect the decision by the national security council. The league recommended last month ending its season with the current standings declared final.— The Turkish soccer league plans to resume on June 12, a month and a half after it was suspended because of the outbreak. The president of the Turkish soccer federation says he hopes to finish the season by the end of July and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August. The games will be played without spectators and the Turkish health ministry and its scientific advisory council will determine the conditions and guidelines under which the games will go ahead.NFL-TITANS-JOSEPHTitans agree to terms with veteran CB Johnathan JosephNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with veteran cornerback Johnathan Joseph as they continue to revamp their secondary. The NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee ruled Ollie failed to prove that information he presented alleging witnesses against him lied outweighed the information that supported the violation findings.In July 2019, the NCAA Committee on Infractions placed the UConn program on two years of probation and sanctioned Ollie individually for numerous violations of NCAA rules during his tenure.MISSISSIPPI WELFARE MISSPENDINGAuditor: Favre received welfare money for no-show speechesJACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Former NFL quarterback Brett Favre (fahrv) is repaying $1.1 million in welfare money that he received for multiple speeches where he did not show up. Shay spent the last five years as an assistant to Forbes, who left to take over the Wake Forest basketball program. The Buccaneers went 130-43 during that time for the program’s best record over a five-year stretch in school history.ETSU set a single-season record for victories this past season, going 30-4 and winning the Southern Conference’s regular-season and tournament titles.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-UCONN-OLLIENCAA rejects former UConn coach’s appeal over violationsHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — An NCAA panel has rejected an appeal by former UConn men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie, who sought to overturn findings that he violated ethical conduct rules while leading the Huskies. Also elected were racehorse Tom Bowling, owner Alice Headley Chandler, and J. Keene Daingerfield, Jr., a trainer who became one of the most respected stewards in the sport.The induction ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 7 in Saratoga Springs, New York. The museum is monitoring state and health regulations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Auditor Shad White said his office received $500,000 from Favre on Wednesday, plus a commitment that Favre will repay the other $600,000 in installments over the next few months. Favre’s effort to repay the money came two days after White released an audit of spending by the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The audit showed Favre had been paid by Mississippi Community Education Center, a nonprofit group whose former leader has been indicted in a welfare embezzlement scheme.The audit was released months after a former Human Services director and five other people were indicted on state charges of embezzling about $4 million. They have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial in what White has called one of Mississippi’s largest public corruption cases in decades.HORSE RACING-HALL OF FAMETrainer Mark Casse among 7 elected to Racing Hall of FameSARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Trainer Mark Casse, jockey Darrel McHargue, thoroughbred Wise Dan, and owner George D. Widener, Jr. have been elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.
Published on July 12, 2016 at 10:30 pm Contact Matt: firstname.lastname@example.org | @matt_schneidman Related Stories Message on a body: Terrence Roberts has 10 tattoos, and each tell their own history. Together, they make up his storyRoberts matures under harsh HurleyMeet Boeheim’s Army: Baye Moussa KeitaMeet Boeheim’s Army: Donte Greene A group of former Syracuse men’s basketball players will get together for a chance at $2 million in the 2016 edition of The Basketball Tournament starting this Saturday. The team is fittingly named Boeheim’s Army, composed of former Purdue guard Willie Deane and nine former Orange that span a decade of Jim Boeheim’s tenure. Last year the squad bowed out in the Elite Eight against eventual champions City of Gods. This year, second-seeded Boeheim’s Army faces No. 15 seed Basketball City NYC at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Philadelphia University to begin its quest toward the cash prize. Follow along all week as we introduce you to the team’s players and coach ahead of the matchup.Terrence RobertsRoberts played at Syracuse from 2003-07, amassing 7.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. He averaged 10.7 points per contest in his junior season on the Orange team that won four games in four days to capture the 2006 Big East tournament title. He also shot an efficient 54.1 percent from the field over his four years.Since graduating from SU, he’s played for 10 professional teams, including the Los Angeles D-Fenders in the NBA D-League for part of 2011. He currently plays for the Super City Rangers in New Zealand with former Syracuse teammate and fellow Boeheim’s Army returner Eric Devendorf.Roberts has traveled an intriguing road in recent years, which Syracuse.com’s Chris Carlson captured during last year’s tournament. In Boeheim’s Army’s four games last summer, Roberts averaged an even seven points and five rebounds per game while coming off the bench, and will factor into a deeper Boeheim’s Army frontcourt this year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Meet Boeheim’s ArmyBaye Moussa KeitaDonte Greene Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Price’s parents visited Los Angeles planning to watch the Lakers’ game against San Antonio on Friday at Staples Center. But with Price sitting out, those plans soon changed.“We watched the game on the couch together,” said Price, whose parents still attended the Lakers’ game on Sunday against Golden State.Price was ejected in the Lakers’ loss last week in New Orleans after hitting Austin Rivers in the head, causing him to crash to the floor. But replays showed that Price attempted to stop the ball.“My intentions were not to hit Austin Rivers in the head,” Price said. “I tried to make a play.”That explains why Price plans to appeal the suspension.“Maybe the consequences won’t be as bad as far as money stuff,” said Price, who will make at least $329,202 on a partially guaranteed contract this season. Price will make $1.3 million this season if he stays on the Lakers’ roster by January. Honoring the pastThe Lakers held a halftime ceremony for Hall of Fame forward Elgin Baylor, who turned 80 on Sunday. Fans in attendance were given a No. 22 Baylor jersey, which represents one of nine Lakers players to have their number retired in the Staples Center rafters. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He’s going to be a pretty damn good basketball player,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Clarkson, whom the Lakers selected 46th overall in this year’s draft out of the University of Missouri. Scott likes Clarkson’s aggressiveness, called him a “gym rat” and “workaholic” and envisions him excelling both as a shooting and point guard. But Scott wants Clarkson to attack the basket and organize the offense consistently. “Right now he’s either feast or famine,” Scott said. “He’s either trying to get all the way to the basket and take wild shots because bigs are there or it’s a three point attempt.”Paying the PriceHis one-game suspension for committing a flagrant foul 2 didn’t just hurt Price’s pocket book. It disrupted his family’s plans. It seems as if not a second passes by where Kobe Bryant is not providing feedback to rookie guard Jordan Clarkson. “I couldn’t even repeat everything he says,” Clarkson said before noticing a reporter’s tape recorder. “I wish I had one of those tape recorders some days. I’ll keep it in my pocket when he talks to me. He’s so useful.”Clarkson will have to handle that information overload somehow. He has an elevated reserve role in the Lakers’ backcourt due to various circumstances. Steve Nash will stay sidelined for the 2014-15 season because of recurring back issues. Ronnie Price served a one-game suspension last week for picking up a flagrant foul 2 The Lakers granted reserve guard Wayne Ellington an indefinite leave of absence after his father was shot and killed last week in Philadelphia. Clarkson entered Sunday’s game against Golden State at Staples Center averaging 3.7 points in 9.9 minutes. But he posted eight points in the past two games. Clarkson also scored 28 points on Saturday with the D-Fenders, the Lakers’ Development League affiliate.
Former president of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), Dinanath Ramnarine, has described as spot on, the recent recommendations of the Review Panel of the CARICOM Cricket Governance Committee, which, among other things, has called for the dissolution of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). The panel, set-up in conjunction with the WICB, listed several shortcomings of the current board structure and management of the WICB, and its attendant territorial boards of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, the Windward Islands, the Leeward Islands and Guyana. This, the review panel said, has resulted in continued decline of West Indies cricket, which languish at the bottom of the premier International Cricket Council Test and one-day international rankings. “I can see the thinking, and the train of thought of the review panel, and believe the recommendations hit a lot of nails on the head,” Ramnarine told The Gleaner. “There is great urgency for restructuring, especially at the territorial board levels, which continue to operate at a level that does not support good governance.” urged Ramnarine. “For example, when last has Guyana had a proper, democratically elected board? “The current structure of the WICB, and general structures of West Indies cricket, are weak, and has failed the people of the Caribbean, and I believe the time has come for serious change,” he added. Chaired by University of The West Indies, Cave Hill Campus principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau, the review panel said the current structure of West Indies cricket was “incapable” of delivering desired results. “The WICB and Territorial Boards have been able to ignore the extent to which their operations lack transparency and accountability, because the current structures do not respect these basic tenets of good governance within their operations,” said the panel. “Our main recommendation (therefore) is that the Board should be immediately dissolved, and, all current members resign, and an Interim Board selected.” The Interim Board, the review panel recommended, should then work with a change management expert to install a new governance framework. The panel also went on to explain that its suggestions are not too far from that of which Australia instituted in recent times, as a means of moving with a changed global business landscape. Ramnarine, a former director of the WICB when he was head of WIPA, also commended the suggestion on an Interim Board. “It is a good suggestion, and probably the best way forward at this time,” Ramnarine said. “The board currently lacks the requisite persons with the right expertise to chart the way forward.” The five-member review panel also included former West Indies player, Deryck Murray, Sir Dennis Byron, president of the Caribbean Court of Justice, president of the Grenada Cricket Association, Dwain Gill, and president of the Caribbean Development Bank, Warren Smith.
Responding to demands for pipe-borne water in Monrovia and other parts of Liberia, the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) is now pumping more than six million gallons into greater Monrovia’s hard to reach communities.Addressing reporters at a press conference after the presentation of certificates to 20 LWSC’s personnel, Managing Director Charles B. Allen intimated that the entity has embarked on an ambitious expansion program. MD Allen made the disclosure Wednesday, January 29, during the closing exercises for 20 middle level personnel of LWSC, who completed nine days of training in Contract Management held at the water agency’s head office on King Sao Boso Street in Monrovia.The LWSC boss also intimated that during the course of 12-15 months the corporation was able to train 300 members of their staff in different professional disciplines.He also disclosed that next week Saturday the water agency’s employees would be staging a retreat where strategic planning deliberations would be discussed regarding the development, growth and progress of its programs.Mr. Allen further indicated that the LWSC has rehabilitated kiosks (hand pipes) in poor communities enhancing the provision of safe drinking water to residents and small businesses in Monrovia and some parts of the country.The Managing Director also stated that the Liberian Government has provided funds for the rehabilitation of one hundred damaged kiosks.Throwing light on youth unemployment, Mr. Allen noted that efforts are being exerted to engage the youth in management of kiosks in the form of sales so they can be paid a twenty percent commission.Shedding some comments on the expansion program of the LWSC for 2014 and beyond, Manager Allen intimated that the Urban Water Supply and Sanitation (UWSSP) project being funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) would enhance the expansion of Kakata, Zwedru, and other areas.In closing, Manager Allen pointed out that in order for the LWSC to provide this kind of water service to Liberians the entity needs US$150 million.Earlier, the head of the UWSSP, Mr. Gabriel S. Flaboe, said training in contract management and procurement procedures are critical to the overall enhancement of the water implementation projects.He added that such training would assist those managing the water projects to fast-track procurement processes; thus realizing considerable progress and accomplishment.The Procurement Specialist at the AfDB in Monrovia, Ms. Mose Mabe Koofhthile, expressed her delight to be part of the LWSC’s training initiative.For his part, the Chief of Party of the Liberia Municipal Water Project (LMWP), Mr. Alione Fall lauded the efforts of the LWSC’s management for the provision of training opportunities for its staff.“I’m happy to work with the management of the LWSC; as we all strive to provide a quality and affordable water supply to Liberians,” Mr. Fall declared.In a brief statement on behalf of the participants, a member of LWSC’s staff, Botoe Zinnah, intimated that the fortitude demonstrated by managers of the corporation during the course of the seminar speaks volumes of their commitment to move the entity forward. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Government of Liberia has secured the release of ten Liberian female migrant workers that had been trapped for more than two years in Lebanon and have brought them home.The young girls allegedly faced a life of servitude and humiliation including sexual molestation by some Lebanese agents that “sponsored” their travel to Lebanon.After persistent media reporting about their plight and the refusal of their captors to release the girls, GOL recently dispatched a delegation to Beirut with the necessary travel documents and air tickets to ensure the speedy return of the girls as well as to build a legal case to prosecute the perpetrators. According to Labor Minister Neto Z. Lighe Sr., head of the delegation to Beirut, the girls recently touched down at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) and are being kept under security protection away from the public in order to “protect the image and identity of the alleged rape victims.” “For now we have not reunited them with their families because we want to get statements from them to begin prosecuting the alleged perpetrators.“We are preparing indictments against the accused and can only make a case if we gather testimonies from the victims. We are closely working with the Lebanese ministries of Justice and Labor to enable us to move further with legal action” said Atty. Lighe.“Initially we prepared for seven girls, but when we got to Beirut, the number exceeded what was expected.“Actually, we should have returned with twelve girls but due to their late arrival, we managed to secure ten. The travel documents of the other two had not been processed so their return was not possible at this time, but we hope to bring them back to Liberia soon,” Lighe explained.He disclosed that two of the Lebanese nationals accused of involvement in trafficking the girls to Lebanon have been banned from leaving Liberia and their passports and other travel documents are in the possession of the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) and will only be released pending a government to government interaction with Beirut regarding their prosecution.Minister Lighe described the delegation’s mission to Beirut as “very successful,” adding that there’s nothing more important than bringing the girls back home to Liberia.The high-power Liberian delegation left Monrovia recently for Beirut in an effort to fast track the return of the Liberian girls whose search for greener pastures in Lebanon resulted to dehumanizing treatment of them by alleged traffickers.The delegation included Jeddi Aman, Assistant Minister for Legal Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN) Commissioner Lemuel Reeves, a representative of the Ministry of Justice and Joseph Flomo, 105 Liberia National Police.Meanwhile, Lighe stated that the case is of serious interest to GOL and as such, everything possible would be done to prosecute those who are convicted of crimes against the Liberian girls, causing them hardship and suffering in Lebanon.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A security guard stationed at the Education Ministry’s building that houses the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport in Berbice was on Saturday tied up and robbed.The 37-year-old man is employed with Integrated Security Service which is contracted by Government to secure public buildings.Reports are at about 03:15h on Saturday morning; Gansham Rai was in the guard hut, at the Vrymen’s Erven, New Amsterdam location, when a man pointed a gun at him. In an effort to subdue the guard, the bandits took Rai’s shirt and tied his hands behind his back.According to Rai, there were three men: one armed with a gun and the other two with cutlasses. He said the men demanded he hand over his phone. The bandits also relieved him of $1200, a knife and a flashlight.After relieving Rai of the items, one of the men proceeded into a classroom on the lower flat of the school. As the men were ransacking the classroom which stored materials for the school’s workshop programme, Rai managed to free himself.The Police was called but by time they arrived, the men had already escaped. The cutlasses were found in the classroom.An investigation has been launched.
…decries President’s “lip service” over follow-up meetingThe Indigenous peoples of Guyana believe the coalition Government has no intention or the capacity to address issues affecting them, which is highly blatant in their unsuccessful efforts to have a follow-up meeting with President David Granger, whom they say is “unwilling” to meet with Indigenous leadership.NTC Vice Chairman Lenox ShumanThis is according to Vice Chairman of the National Toshaos Council (NTC), Lenox Shuman, who in a letter to the media on Wednesday said they can no longer be silent on the “increasing level of disrespect” being meted out to the Indigenous peoples by the Government.“We have been trying since our meeting last year to get a follow-up meeting with President David Granger. Imagine, the collective leadership of all the Indigenous peoples of Guyana cannot get to see the President of Guyana. Instead, we are sent from ministry to ministry to see other members of the Cabinet,” he posited.According to Shuman, the NTC and other Indigenous organisations met with President Granger last year to examine the very contentious Lands Commission of Inquiry (LCoI), which came out of the bilateral agreement between the Kingdom of Norway and the Government of Guyana to address Amerindian Land Titling. At the meeting, the NTC also called on President Granger to sanction Minister with responsibility of labour, Keith Scott, for marginalising the already marginalised Indigenous peoples of Guyana in the highest house in the land, to which the Head of State committed to review the Hansard and will so be guided.“We are still awaiting action on this issue,” he noted.The NTC Chairman went on to note that following consultations amongst the Indigenous communities for the past eight months on the LCoI, the NTC met and submitted recommendations in relation to the LCoI and requested a meeting with the President by mid-March 2018 to which he had committed.“The President has not met with us yet and his office keeps telling us to meet other members of the Cabinet.”Moreover, he mentioned that the plot of land allocated at Sophia to house the NTC’s Secretariat Complex has still not been granted to the NTC some two years later, while at the same time construction has started at a plot parallel to the one originally considered by the NTC.MiningWith regards to mining, Shuman went on to say the NTC was supposed to enter a MoU with the Natural Resources Ministry which appears to be “only a publicity stunt” by the Ministry. He noted that the subject Minister, Raphael Trotman, has not responded to the issue of the MoU.“It is our concern that with the lack of address to these issues and the incoming IT bill, that the Indigenous peoples could be charged with sedition when these issues are brought out in defence of “our rights.” It is also our view that the GoG is awaiting the change in the NTC. This is to avoid dealing with the issues, because even with a change in the NTC, the issues will still remain, and the Indigenous peoples will continue to suffer,” Shuman asserted.The NTC Vice Chair continued that Indigenous leaders expressed fear of further speaking out against “things that are principled wrong” having witnessed what became of the parliamentary Opposition members. They also express fear as they intend on getting into private businesses after they leave office and do not want to be hassled.“The Indigenous peoples of Guyana are unhappy, and the brewing discontent manifested itself in calls by some communities for mass mobilisation in Georgetown. At that meeting, we committed to the Indigenous leaders that it would be premature to just start mobilisation without first meeting with His Excellency and asked that we are permitted to meet with him (His Excellency) first and then be guided by those commitments.”He noted that the President and the Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo are both in receipt of the letter by the NTC committing to mass mobilisation “if our rights are not respected. We are yet to see a commitment by His Excellency to meet the Indigenous leadership – the NTC. I must admit my pessimism of this happening on anything meaningful if not for lip service,” Shuman asserted in the letter to the media.