By Lakhram BhagiratLaw enforcement officers face a great deal of danger every day in the execution of their duties. They are quite often the first in the line of fire and put their lives in danger to protect ours from criminal elements. In the execution of their duties, some of those officers lose their lives and leave behind families.In many cases, those fallen officers are the sole breadwinners and when they lose their lives, their families feel the brunt of the hardships. That is exactly the case of Sharon Roberts, who is still trying to pick up the pieces some 16 years after losing her beloved.Police Constable 14500 Rayon Roberts was gunned down on Thursday, January 2, 2003 in what can only be described as an act of cowardice. The father of six was one of the many targets for bandits who wreaked havoc on the nation during the 2002-2009 crime wave. It was during that period that the Guyana Police Force lost a number of its officers who were the target of these bandits.When he lost his life, Roberts was one of four Policemen who resided in Bent Street, Wortmanville.It was sometime about 22:30h on January 2, 2003 and Roberts was at a shop a short distance away from his home when three men walked up to him and opened fire. According to media reports from back then, three of the bullets were said to have lodged in his head: one which entered from the lower temple and lodged in the forehead; one that entered through the back of his head which also lodged in the forehead, and a third that entered through the forehead.The Police had recovered five .32 spent shells from the scene.Roberts’s widow, Sharon, is still battling to piece together her life after losing him. She goes about every day wondering where the next meal is going to come from and how she will survive. Her husband had been a member of the Guyana Police Force for some 13 years before he was brutally murdered.Remembering that fateful day, Sharon said that their fifth child, Randy, was celebrating his second birthday and her husband had gone to the shop to buy groceries when he was executed.“He come home to buy ice cream and he went across to the shop. He went to buy the cream, cigarettes and a Guinness, and I see this three men pass me on the bridge and I ain’t really tek it fuh nothing really, so they passed me back on our bridge here and all I hear was gunshot start firing,” she related.Sensing that her husband may have been in danger, Sharon, who had given birth some two months before, sprinted to the shop. When she got there, the sight was one that she vividly remembers to this day. There was her blood-soaked beloved, crouched up and lifeless. She screamed like the proverbial “mad woman”. She screamed and screamed while holding his lifeless body. She was drenched in his blood as well and then a second later, her entire world went black.Soon her husband’s colleagues came and pried her away from him; they took him to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where his death was confirmed. Sharon remembers walking in a daze and being taken to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at the Brickdam Police Station where she was shown an album of possible suspects.Shivers went down her spine as she skipped through the album because she knew exactly who murdered her husband. She was able to get a good look at them and later identified them as notorious criminals Christopher Belle, Romel Reman, and Roger Bunbury.“I could not walk free (after I identified them), because I would have to look over my shoulder. I was inside most of the time and could not work. My husband never let me work and now he was gone, and I had six children and no help at all. We were building a house on Railway Embankment at Liliendaal and I could not even go there.”Today, she is facing the possibility of being rendered homeless, because her relatives already issued her with a notice asking her to “find somewhere else”.After her husband died, Sharon had to take up employment and was initially offered a job with the Guyana Police Force and after a few months of taking up the job, she realised that her children were being neglected. So she chose to quit and started doing odd jobs around to provide for her family. She then ventured into making snacks to sell, but after a while the revenue did not equate with the expenses and she eventually turned to the security service sector. Now she is working as a security guard for Radar Security Supplies and Service to send her last child to school.“It is hard, really hard; it’s hard, man. I sit many days and I just cry, because I know if Rayon was here then life would be so much better for me and these children. Three done married and got their families, but I still have three and one is in school. He is the baby and he got to write exam next year. Hopefully, I can afford to pay his fees. My children does miss their father and Randy, although he is 18, does still cry every time it is his birthday, because he does miss his father,” Sharon said amid tears.It is some 16 years now since Rayon has been dead, but for Sharon it feels like just yesterday, because every day is a struggle. A struggle to survive, a struggle to provide for her family, and a struggle to keep her sanity. She goes days without sleep and meals, because the bills need to be paid, children need to be fed and there is never enough for them all.She is, now more than ever, on the edge because of her impeding homelessness. Now at 50 years old, she finds it extremely hard to try to start over, because she could never move on. She still smells her beloved’s blood, feels it drenching her, and sits with his pictures and cry.
Dear Editor,Legendary cricketer Shivnarine Chanderpaul turned 42 earlier this month, but even at that age he can still perform better than almost everyone currently selected to represent the West Indies in the test series against India. In fact, his performance, though not great, in his last series was better than most of his teammates. Chanders or Tiger, as he is called, has been unceremoniously dumped by the West Indies board although he wants to represent the region one final time to say goodbye to fans and the game. The West Indian selectors and management have refused to give him this final wish unlike say the cricket boards of other nations.All other nations allow their iconic players a last wish but not Windies. Had the selectors and management granted Chanders his wish, he would have rescued the team from its disastrous performance over the last four series as he did so many times over the last dozen years because he has been churning out respectable scores in first class matches played since he was dumped in a most undignified manner.The West Indies has performed miserably against India with one-and-a-half days of rain saving the team in the second test in what would have been another humiliating defeat as in the other matches.Chanderpaul, who has been the backbone of the Windies batting line for over a decade, is needed now more than ever before as a role model guiding the youngsters how to bat in test matches.Nirmal Shekar, writing in the prestigious The Hindu newspaper, asserted that Windies players lack pride in playing for nation or region, a justifiable charge that has come in the wake of the dismal performance the current series against India. The writer, not unexpectedly, blames management, players, lack of team spirit, and even the selectors for the poor state of Windies cricket.The gutsy Chanderpaul, who the selectors discarded because of age even when he was performing better than the youngsters they selected, has played with honour and pride, and not driven by money as is the case of most of the other players.Recall the tour to India was abandoned because of money. It was to be Chanders’ last overseas tour two years ago. But the money hungry players did not give Chanders an opportunity to bid farewell to India where he is loved by fans. Chanders would have done much better all alone against the Indians than this entire Windies team. And this was the best team the selection panel said it could come up with.Is it not time for the selection panel to go since the team it selected has failed the region time and again?Because of the management and selectors, Windies cricket is in a free fall in performance. Windies players need discipline and a recognition that they are playing for a cause – identity and pride. The selectors must put the best team forward (age, race, and who will break record should not matter. The selectors must stop its victimisation policy of punishing critics hurting players based on race and disagreements over policy.It is not too late to bring back Chanderpaul and give him a fitting farewell in a last test match at home and away. He deserves no less. Besides Windies needs Shiv now more than ever.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisram
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Steve Bruce and Gus Poyet clash Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has been hit with an improper conduct charge by the Football Association after his touchline spat with Hull counterpart Steve Bruce.The 47-year-old Uruguayan was sent to the stands during Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at the KC Stadium for protesting a yellow card shown to Jack Rodwell for diving, and was then involved in an altercation with the Tigers chief on his way from the dugout.Poyet has until 6pm on March 9 to respond to the charge, which is understood to relate to kicking over a water cooler full of drinks rather than the confrontation with Bruce, which both men played down after the game.An FA statement read: “Sunderland manager Gus Poyet has been charged by the FA following the game against Hull City on 3 March 2015.“It is alleged that his behaviour in the 35th minute of the fixture amounted to improper conduct.“Meanwhile, Hull manager Steve Bruce has been contacted by The FA in relation to the same incident and formally reminded of his responsibilities.” 1
1 Scott Brown Promoting his new book, My Celtic Story, some Rangers fans had Scott Brown in their sights.Jokes directed at the Parkhead skipper saw his intelligence called into question, though his own supporters were there to stick up for the midfielder.Brown has been at Celtic since 2007 and won five titles, two Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups.Here, talkSPORT looks at some of the light hearted digs and for those interested, the book is out now.
1 Andy Carroll made the match-winning contribution off the West Ham bench to help the Hammers recover from a goal down to beat Southampton at Upton Park.The hosts went behind inside the first quarter of an hour when Carl Jenkinson turned into his own net after a flowing Saints move.Michail Antonio inadvertently equalised for the Hammers after he somehow deflected past Maarten Stekelenburg to grab his first Premier League goal.And half-time substitute Carroll completed the turnaround with just over ten minutes remaining to end a run of eight Premier League games without a win for the Hammers.Southampton, on the back of mauling Arsenal on Boxing Day, looked like a team brimming with confidence and began where they left off at St Mary’s.Dusan Tadic was restored to the starting XI after a late cameo in the 4-0 win over the Gunners and instantly looked a class above the rest of the players occupying the Upton Park pitch.It took 12 minutes for the Saints to convert their pressure into an advantage and it came when Jenkinson, under pressure from Tadic, could only fire past Adrian after a fine interchange involving Sadio Mane, Steve Davis and Shane Long.And West Ham did well to contain their visitors for the rest of the first half, with Adrian excelling to deny Jose Fonte a second goal in three days and a fierce Tadic strike.The Hammers players remerged after half time looking like a group who had been slammed by their manager in the dressing room following a dour first-half display, with Slaven Bilic also opting to immediately introduce Carroll sporting a curious new braided hairstyle.And the change reaped dividends as Carroll’s presence alone created uncertainty in the Southampton defence.But it was Antonio, who grew into the game as it developed, who provided the leveller. The former Nottingham Forest man cut inside and appeared to be tripped, only to loop Victor Wanyama’s attempted clearance over the despairing Stekelenburg.The hosts could sense all three points were there for the taking and Stekelenburg had to make a smart save almost instantly to keep out Enner Valencia’s snap-shot.But the Hammers were not to be denied, with Carroll and Antonio again proving the masters of Southampton’s downfall as the former steered home after the latter’s header crashed off the bar 11 minutes from time.It arrested a run of five straight draws for Bilic’s side who won for the first time since Dimitri Payet was injured in October. Andy Carroll
Although Bell retired as editor of the Whittier Daily News in July, the Whittier Area Chapter of the National Audubon Society will continue with the bird walk and Bell will continue to participate this year, said Cathy Walters, chapter president and leader of the event. The group will meet in the Nature Center parking lot. Participants need not be experienced birders. The walk lasts about 90 minutes to two hours, and is followed by light refreshments in the Nature Center building. Participants should dress comfortably and casually. Bring binoculars or scopes if you have them but the regular birders are quite generous sharing their expertise and views of birds through their scopes, said Audubon officer Linda Oberholtzer. Christmas sale Dec. 7 at Selby PICO RIVERA – Selby Grove Elementary School will host its annual Christmas Bazaar from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 7 in the school cafeteria, 8110 Paramount Blvd. Come join the fun and support the school. Tables are available to anyone wishing to sell items. For more information, call (562) 801-5005. Doll Workshop seeks donations WHITTIER – The Whittier Senior Center is soliciting donations of new or used dolls for its doll workshop class to fulfill orders for Christmas. Donations of dolls and stuffed animals can be taken to the Uptown Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St. For more information, call (562) 464-3370. Race exhibit to open at museum WHITTIER – Race to the Whittier Museum on Sunday for its unveiling of an exhibit honoring George Salih, builder of the winning race car at the 1957 and 1958 Indianapolis 500. The exhibit dedication will be at 2:30 p.m. at the museum, 6755 Newlin Ave. For more information, call (562)945-3871. Have breakfast with Santa Claus WHITTIER – Local children can enjoy Breakfast with Santa at the Whittwood Town Center between Sears and Mervyn’s, from 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 8. For $3 or the donation of a new, unwrapped toy, children will meet with Santa, enjoy a menu of pancakes, sausage and a beverage and have the opportunity to do holiday crafts. The event is sponsored by the city of Whittier Community Services Department, the Whittwood Town Center and the Rio Hondo and Greater Whittier Kiwanis Clubs. Additional sponsors are the Whittwood IHOP and Ara’s Catering. For more information, call (562) 464-3430. – From staff and wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was unclear how and when the pursuit terminated. The driver was taken into custody by CHP and was expected to be booked for suspicion of DUI, reckless driving, felony evasion, as well as other potential charges, he said. There was no immediate information about the driver’s identity. 19th Bill Bell Bird Walk planned SOUTH EL MONTE – The 19th annual Bill Bell Bird Walk will be held at 8 a.m. Dec. 15 at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center, 1000 N. Durfee Ave. WESTMINSTER – A motorist was arrested early Friday for suspected drunken driving following a high-speed chase that began in Westminster and ended in unincorporated Whittier, according to the California Highway Patrol. The pursuit began on the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway at Goldenwest Street about 1 a.m., when a CHP officer witnessed a silver Lexus sedan traveling at more than 80 mph, said CHP Sgt. Glen Merick. The driver led CHP officers on a pursuit that reached speeds of more than 125 mph, Merick said. The chase ended on the Rose Hills Road off-ramp on the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway in Whittier, he said.
The test firings included a long-range Taepodong-2, the communist nation’s most advanced missile with a range of up to 9,320 miles, and five shorter-range missiles, said Hadley. Hadley said the missile firings started with a short-range scud at 2:33 p.m. EDT and ended with a Rodong medium-range missile at 6:31 p.m. EDT. The long-range Taepodong-2 was fired at 4:01 p.m. EDT. In Colorado, the North American Aerospace Defense Command was put on heightened alert, or “Bravo-Plus” status, slightly higher than a medium threat level, Monday in anticipation of possible activities by North Korea, said Michael Kucharek, a NORAD spokesman in Colorado Springs. President George W. Bush has been in consultation with Rice, Hadley and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Christopher Hill, assistant secretary of state, is set to head to the region today, and Hadley is to meet with his South Korean counterpart, a meeting in Washington that already had been scheduled, Snow said. The test firings, which are seen as a provocation by the United States and other nations trying to get North Korea to submit to a verifiable nuclear program, occurred as Americans were celebrating Independence Day. Preparations to test the Taepodong-2 missile preparations prompted warnings from the United States and Japan, which had threatened possible economic sanctions in response.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – The Bush administration said Tuesday that North Korea’s firing of a series of missiles into the Sea of Japan was a provocation, but not an immediate threat to the United States. The administration quickly launched a diplomatic counter offensive to the missile shots – including one missile capable of reaching the Unites States, but made clear the response will be diplomatic and not military. “You are going to see a lot of diplomatic activity here in the next 24-48 hours,” said National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. “We do consider it provocative behavior,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The missile firings, coming as Americans celebrated Independence Day and the launching of a space shuttle, grabbed worldwide attention. Hadley, briefing reporters at the White House, suggested it may have been an attempt by North Korea “to get attention perhaps because so much attention has been focused on the Iranians.” Four of the five missiles – all fired over a four-hour period – were short range, but the other was a long-range missile – which failed after 35 seconds – that U.S. officials believe is capable of reaching the United States. The short-range missiles landed in the Sea of Japan. White House Press Secretary Tony Snow told reporters, “The North Koreans have again clearly isolated themselves.” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice planned to confer, starting Tuesday night, with her counterparts from China, Japan, South Korea and Russia, over the missile firings, according to the State Department. Hadley said Rice would discuss taking the issue to the U.N. Security Council.
a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsThe whistle blows and that’s half-time. Everton certainly started well, but it’s been nearly all City since Jesus opened the scoring. Richarlison must rue missing that early chance which could have sent the Toffees ahead.a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsJesus has the ball in the back of the net a second time, but he failed to beat Everton’s offside trap on this occasion and the linesman raises his flag.a year ago15th December 2018Billy Hawkins“We talk about wing-backs,” Micky Gray says, “but it’s become a flat back-five for Everton. They just cannot get out of their half.”a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsPickford saves brilliantly from Mahrez, who capitalised on a loose ball inside the area to get a strike off. The England goalkeeper got strong hands to the ball to push it away from danger.a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsSane has been a constant threat down the left flank, and he tries to double City’s lead with a powerful strike that deflects behind for a corner.a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsJesus’ excellent finish belied his recent struggles in front of goal.a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsEverton have broken free of City’s dominance and start to show signs of life again. Coleman does well to fire a cross in from the right, which Ederson has to deal with.a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsMan City have started to dominate very, very quickly. They are stroking the ball round with ease and looking for a second goal that will put them in full control.a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsMicky Gray adds his thoughts: “It’s the movement of Manchester City. Jesus has made that movement and sees Pickford coming off his line, and he knows he’s got a simple tap-in if he gets the ball under his body.“A great run and a super finish.”FirstPrev1 of 2NextLast FirstPrev1 of 2NextLasta year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsWell, that was the expected result, and City did not have to work too hard for it.There were moments Everton threatened their opponents, and Calvert-Lewin’s goal gave them a route back into the match. But Sterling killed the visitors’ optimism almost instantly with his excellent header.The win sends City back to the top of the Premier League, and they will be hoping local rivals Manchester United do them a favour tomorrow against Liverpool.You had United fans cheering for City today, and there’ll be City supporters cheering on United tomorrow. What is wrong with the world?Manchester City 3-1 Everton: Pep Guardiola’s side return to top of Premier League table with routine wina year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsFULL-TIME! And that is that.Man City return to the top of the table, with Liverpool not in action until tomorrow.a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsCalvert-Lewin goes close with what would have been a goal of the season contender. Walcott’s cross from the right is behind the forward, and he has to flick the ball with the back of his foot to make contact.Ederson is wise to the move, however, and makes a comfortable save.a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsEverton continue to press, and Lookman’s fine work down the left is wasted as he chooses to shoot from distance rather than okay a team-mate in. Their exasperation is understandable.a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsBut Man City show their strength in depth, with Kevin De Bruyne brought off the bench for the final quarter-of-an-hour.Not what Everton fans want to see.a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsAnd Walcott should score as well! Lookman does brilliantly to get a cross in from the left, and Walcott reacts fastest in the area.But his poked finish is uncontrolled and drops over the bar. Everton are getting chances.a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsRicharlison has a fine chance to reduce the deficit, but he fires a powerful strike over the bar. That was some questionable defending by Man City…a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsEverton have come to life since scoring…. but no. GOAL for Man City!Fernandinho plays the ball across the face of goal with Raheem Sterling unmarked a few yards out, and he sends a controlled header into the back of the net.That must be game over?a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsFabian Delph has to take a lot of the blame for that goal. He failed to track Calvert-Lewin inside the area, and hardly even jumped to challenge for the aerial ball.Further proof he is not a natural defender.a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsGOAL! Everton are back in the game, out of nothing! Calvert-Lewin sends a fine header past Ederson after the ball is delivered from the left by Digne. Is the comeback on?a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsCity should have a third. Gundogan plays the ball to Mahrez and continues his run into the heart of Everton’s area. He picks up the return pass but prods his finish just wide of Pickford’s goal.a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsThis has turned into a training exercise. City are being given the freedom of the Etihad pitch to play the ball around. The early pressing from Everton has all but disappeared. a year ago15th December 2018Billy Hawkins“It you sit back and try to soak up pressure against a team like Manchester City, you are going to get found out.”Listen to Micky Gray’s full analysis on talkSPORTa year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsGOAL! It’s another for Man City, and another for Gabriel Jesus.Sane picks up possession on the left flank and chips a delightful ball into the centre of the box, which Jesus heads home with a thumping header. His goal drought is most certainly over!a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsWe are back under way in the second half! Can Everton find a way back into the game?Remember to tune into talkSPORT to hear full LIVE commentary of the Premier League clash! a year ago15th December 2018Billy HawkinsMarco Silva will know that, at 1-0, Everton are certainly still in the match. They need to keep up the intensity they showed in the opening 15 minutes however, if they are to get back into it.