Govt distances itself from Cultural Advisor’s “torching” threat to Guyana Times, Evening News/TVG

first_img…Minister Roopnaraine to reprimand Ruel Johnson; Police report filedThe Government of Guyana has distanced itself from the threat made on social media by its Cultural Policy Advisor, Ruel Johnson, who called for the “torching” of the Sanata Complex, which houses most prominently, the Guyana Times newspaper, Television Guyana (TVG) and Radio Guyana Inc 89.5.Johnson, who is also a Director of the Guyana National Newspapers Limited (GNNL), which publishes the Chronicle, on Monday called for the torching of the Sanata Complex as a “united Guyanese protest”.However, this did not go down well with his employer – the Government of Guyana – which on Tuesday distanced itself from Johnson’s comments.In an interview with Guyana Times on Tuesday, Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine promised to seek an explanation from the Ministry’s Cultural Policy Advisor on the threat. Referring to such a comment being made as “strange”, Roopnaraine made it clear that such comments were not reflective of the Government or its views.“Certainly not! I don’t know where that came from or what it’s about. When I see him, I will ask him. It was brought to my attention and I would like an explanation on it.” On Monday, the Cultural Policy Advisor posted the comments – which also included a call for the destruction of the recently implemented but controversial parking meters. He stated: “Here’s my idea for a united Guyanese protest against impunity and tenderpreneurship – go break down all the parking meters and then proceed to torch the Sanata complex.” Johnson explicitly made the connection between the Sanata Complex, QAII, its owner and the media group consisting of the Guyana Times newspaper, Television Guyana (TVG) and Radio Guyana Inc (89.5) which would all be torched.GPAWhen contacted on Tuesday, Guyana Press Association (GPA) President Neil Marks made it clear that such a serious allegation should be reported. According to Marks, the GPA would wait for the outcome of any probe stemming from the report.Criminal reportMeanwhile, a Police report has been filed by the head of security at the media entity with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) on Tuesday.In Chapter 8:01 of Guyana’s Criminal Law (Offences) Act, Title four, Section 35, the charge of ‘Attempt, incitement and threat’ applies to “Everyone who, in any case where no express provision is made by this Act, or by any other written law for the time being in force, for the punishment thereof, attempts to commit, or incites or attempts to incite any other person to commit any felony not punishable with imprisonment for seven years or more, or any misdemeanour, under this Act shall be guilty of a misdemeanour and liable to imprisonment for one year.”Education Minister,Dr Rupert RoopnarineIn Section 36, the Act goes on to cite that in cases where the felony cited incurs imprisonment of seven years or more, the act of incitement carries imprisonment for two years.According to the laws of Guyana, arson is an indictable offence usually carrying a minimum sentence of three years and a maximum of five years.This is not the first time that Johnson has made discriminatory and inciting comments on social media about provoking violence. In 2016, Johnson was lambasted by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira for a similar outburst, and she called on Education Minister Roopnaraine to terminate Johnson’s contract.According to Teixeira, Johnson does not have an understanding of the role his position has in shaping society and is reckless in his statements. She had pointed out that the Constitution of Guyana speaks to the issue of anti-discrimination and noted that a person who holds the responsibilities of culture must be sensitive to Guyana’s multi-cultural nature.Meanwhile, only last year, East Bank Essequibo resident Bibi Safora Salim, who used social media to issue threatening and derogatory statements against President David Granger, was charged, placed on bail and then tried by the courts. Unlike that case which was dismissed because there was no specific offence committed, according to the Magistrate, in this instance, incendiary threats to 5520 followers to “torch” specific premises presented a clear and present threat.Similarly, Tameshwar Beekham, a self-professed A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) supporter, was charged and fined after he issued death threats on social media against the life of former President and Leader of the Opposition, Bharrat Jagdeo and other parliamentarians of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP).last_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP seek assistance in locating missing youth

first_imgPolice say there is a concern for her well-being. The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.  GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Kayla Oakes. ·       Brown hair ·       last seen wearing a grey hoodie, blue pants, white shoes, and a multicoloured backpack According to RCMP, Oakes was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on November 19. ·       Brown eyesAdvertisement Anyone with information regarding Oakes’ whereabouts is being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. – Advertisement -·       5’3″/130lbs Oakes is described as:last_img

Southampton 1-6 Liverpool: Origi nets a hat-trick as Sturridge makes a goalscoring return in League Cup victory

first_imgDivock Origi opened his account for Liverpool by netting an emphatic hat-trick as Liverpool were 6-1 winners at Southampton in the last quarter-final of the League Cup.There were many positives for Jurgen Klopp, despite his side conceding in the first minute when Sadio Mane put the home side ahead, heading past goalkeeper Adam Bogdan.Liverpool went into the break leading 3-1 as Daniel Sturridge made an emphatic return to action, netting a double on his first start since coming back from injury. Origi then grabbed a fortuitous first goal for the club before the interval.Alberto Moreno’s drive deflected off the 20-year-old and he was awarded the goal before adding two more in the second half, one either side of Jordon Ibe’s neat strike as the Saints fell apart after a promising start.The hosts took the lead after just 42 seconds, when they looked to expose young Liverpool right-back Connor Randall.Saints and England man Ryan Bertrand got forward and crossed from the left channel, with Senegalese star Mane heading past Bogdan from around six yards.Liverpool drew level after 25 minutes when a ball was hit over the top and Sturridge’s touch was heavy. He found himself isolated and alone on the left-hand side of the box. He showed great footwork, performing quick step-overs before knocking the ball onto his left foot and striking across goal from an acute angle, beating Stekelenburg.It took the England forward less than four minutes to double his and Liverpool’s tally.The build-up saw some sublime piece of skill by Emre Can, as his Cruyff turn in the centre beat his marker. The German then sent a diagonal ball across the box and Sturridge had left his marker. He coolly sent a right-footed volley underneath the Dutch goalkeeper.Origi opened his Liverpool account shortly before the interval. A corner was cleared and Moreno sent a 20-yard drive through a crowd of bodies in the box and the Belgian striker’s touch helped it past Stekelenburg.Origi added his second Liverpool goal and this one was most definitely his after the confusion of the first. Substitute Ibe laid the ball on a plate for him and he controlled on the edge of the box before firing a powerful effort into the top corner at the near post.That goal was in the 68th minute and it was 5-1 just five minutes later. Ibe, who had replaced Sturridge shortly before the hour, controlled Moreno’s cross with his chest on the edge of the box before sending a low volley into the back of the net.Origi completed a hat-trick, the second of his career, as he headed home from close range as Liverpool convincingly booked their place in the last four.See the League Cup draw here. 1 Southampton 1-6 Liverpool: Origi nets a hat-trick as Sturridge makes a goalscoring return in League Cup victory last_img read more