Christianburg: Touted as being Linden’s first community

first_imgThe ancient community of Christianburg is prided as being the first settlement in Linden, situated in the captivating Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) area, with a rich history dating back to the early 1800s.Even before Linden, which now incorporates Wismar and Mackenzie got its name, there was Christianburg, and earlier settlers were said to be Dutch who initially settled down the Demerara River in a little community which they referred to as Arague.A view of the Katapulli creekThe churchThe old courthouse that was destroyed by fireThe waterwheelThe area now known as Christianburg was also said to be a vast sugar plantation nestled on the left bank of the Demerara River, now also referred to as the West Side. The picturesque area of Christianburg is officially known as the community’s first village, which was established during the Dutch inhabitancy.But the area was first referred to as Stabroek, until then Governor Christian Finnette settled there along with his wife, Burg. The area was actually renamed ‘Christianburg’ by Finnette who coined his first name along with that of his wife’s.There is much history and earlier beginnings in Christianburg, known by many today as the home of the famous waterwheel. In fact, Scottish Engineer John Dagleish Patterson, who had been invited to Guyana to establish and develop living quarters by the English, also settled at Christianburg back in 1803.Tasked with providing lumber for the construction of the huts and buildings, Patterson is said to have acquired the services of the earlier Dutch settlers, Amerindians and even slaves to work alongside his logging establishment.The difficulty of transporting logs in those days eventually led to Patterson’s establishment of the first sawmill at Christianburg, with the powerhouse being the waterwheel which generated hydro power from the nearby Katapulli Creek.These new developments had followed in the year 1855. In addition to generating power for the sawmill, the waterwheel was also a useful means of generating much needed electricity to the nearby huts and buildings under Patterson’s close-knit establishment.Patterson’s large house had also been constructed in proximity to the Demerara River, on that section of the river bank which would later be called Wismar. Years later the house which had become a popular landmark had also served as the Christianburg Magistrate,s Court, which was destroyed only a few years ago by fire.Being the first community to develop in the area, Christianburg was later referred to as a Seat of Government, containing a Police Headquarters, district emissary and dispensary. The Wismar area was later developed alongside Christianburg, followed by Mackenzie on the opposite shore.Christianburg todayThe Christianburg community today is very much alive with its rich history and remains a close-knit family-oriented area.A visit to the area would reveal that names of earlier settlers such as DeClou, Allicock and D’Anjou are still in existence. It is reportedly home to numerous centenarians, one such being Agatha Campbell, also known as “Mother Gathie” who lives at Stewart Path, Christianburg. Today, Mother Gathie stands strong at 104 years.Also to date, the famous waterwheel, although no longer in operation, remains one of the earliest landmarks in the Linden community. The Katapulli Creek is also one of the most pristine sites in the Christianburg community. As a matter of fact, as any Lindener would know, it is hard to talk about Christianburg without mentioning or sparing a thought of the Katapulli Creek.D’Anjou Alley, an area named after one of the earlier settlers, also to date remains. The quiet community now sports a recreational ground, health centre, cemetery, nursery and primary schools, with a few scattered family-oriented businesses. It also has an active Community Development Council (CDC). Gully like alleys are also a prominent feature of the community.On a sunny day, Christianburg with a majestic view of the Demerara River is the perfect spot for bird watching or quiet relaxation.As other communities later came on stream, including Mackenzie on the eastern shore of the Demerara River, Christianburg is known as the one which initially set the pace for numerous others to follow.last_img read more

Saddened at GECOM chairmanship fiasco

first_imgDear Editor,I was jolted into motion by the recent decision of the President to reject the second list of nominees for the GECOM chairmanship. I was genuinely saddened at this move, and now solidly believe our nation is being governed by a man seriously out of step with reason; who seems more interested in playing games with our nation’s future than on furthering the significant gains made by the last administration. Before I go any further, please allow me to say as deliberately as I can that this nation owes the Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo, a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid, and he stands like a colossus among the pygmies in Government, who are bent only on playing their racist politics. I will remind him that “Great spirits generally find violent opposition from mediocrity”.When the PPP rose to power in 1992, I prayed that the PNC would never return to power in my lifetime; so you could imagine my chagrin and great disappointment when they foisted themselves on the Guyanese people after the elections of 2015. At that time, I told a few people to keep two words in mind: “colossal failure”, which was what the APNU/AFC Govt was going to be. And I felt this way because they (the PNC party) have not shed themselves of their propensity to thuggery and violence, and I’ve always seen their relationship to the truth, as characterized by the element of expedience. Their continuing vilification of the PPP, in spite of that party having delivered Guyana from the abyss, is disgraceful; and although I would forgive those who are too young to understand Guyana’s recent political history, I cannot fathom those bent on political revisionism and blatant intellectual dishonesty.Broadly speaking, the 28 years’ rule of the PNC was characterized by failure, whereas the 23 years stewardship of the PPP was one not only of success, but of a virtual rebirth in almost every sphere of Guyanese life; and for those who question this assertion, I would invite them to cast themselves back to 1992 and think of what our objective condition as a nation was at that time. Simply put, Guyana was virtually a hellhole. The PPP first had to stop the haemorrhaging in the economy, then begin the long process towards rebuilding every dilapidated sector; and this with one arm tied behind its back, since the PNC was always obstructionist, and ALWAYS chose to act more like a petulant child than to partner in development with the government of the day.I will urge the opposition and the international community to remain vigilant, in order to ensure there is no engineering of our electoral process; which will push the next general elections beyond 2020.Sincerely,Mark Agardlast_img read more

Sleep-In Hotel did not get a single unusual concession

first_imgDear Editor,I have seen the article headlined “MoU between PPP/C Government and Sleep-In secured Concessions Galore’ on October 13, 2017. The impression given is that the MoU offered more generous concessions than was the norm.I wish to state categorically that Sleep-In Hotel did not get a single concession that was not available for the type of investment it was making.The main aspect of that MoU was that the recipient of the concession had to   construct a hotel with not less than 150 rooms.The reason for this was stated many times before. It was part of our strategy in developing and promoting tourism.  Creating jobs for our people and diversifying our economy.Mr Clifton Bacchus has delivered on those conditions and is, therefore, entitled to the concessions. The Sleep-In Hotel employs a large number of Guyanese. It could do much more in employment and revenue generation if the APNU regime was more investor-friendly.I have spoken to Mr Clifton Bacchus, the owner of Sleep-In, and he assured me that all the materials used for construction of the hotel were made in Guyana; this includes furnishings, etc. In the process, he created jobs for hundreds of other Guyanese and created tax revenues in the millions for our treasury.I am proud that this investment began under my presidency. It holds out great benefits to our whole country.Some media houses would be serving a much better purpose if they encouraged investment instead of attempting to disparage them. Our country would advance further and faster.Sincerely,Donald RamotarFormer Presidentlast_img read more

Another delay tactic by a regime desperate to continue to wield power

first_imgDear Editor,I remember there was one House-to-House Registration period in my lifetime (before this one that is), during that period my older siblings were registered, neither of whom were at the age of majority, but when they became eligible to vote they were automatically placed on the voters’ list. Their story is similar to how I ended up on the voters’ list when I attained the age of majority, I was perhaps 15, I went to the GECOM office in my area, during a continuous registration period, and I got myself registered, NO, I was not on the voters’ list from 15. I took it upon myself to check the newspapers and see when I can get my ID card. Prior to the 2015 election, this was the first election I was eligible to vote in, I lost my ID card when my wallet was stolen, I went back to the GECOM office and got a replacement card, as a first-time voter, I ensured I was on the list, I wanted my voice to be heard, I did not want to disenfranchise.House-to-House Registration commenced last Saturday. There have been multiple elections without there being House-to-House Registration, including the one which the present Caretaker Government won. Using the current rhetoric being pushed, the coalition regime won with a bloated list?I am 22 years old, I am a young woman, I do not want to be disenfranchised; the women’s suffrage movement across the globe has ensured I have the right to vote despite class, education, finances or owning land. I am presently residing out of Guyana, we live in a globalised world, where people temporarily move to grow (whether it is to continue their education, attain valuable international work experience, or soul searching). I am against House-to-House Registration, simply because I will be removed from the voters’ list just because I am not home as I am a student studying away. I was born and raised in Guyana, I am a citizen of one country, that is Guyana. The process of House-to-House Registration will remove me along with so many others in my situation, which is a direct violation of our constitutional right under Article 59.What about the persons on vacation? The articles surfacing say this will take 90 days, what if someone decided to take an extended holiday? The last house to house, took well over a year.I see this as another delay tactic by a regime desperate to continue to wield power and have time to start initiatives to create the illusion that they care. This also further shows the hypocrisy of this regime, when Parliament was prorogued by then-President Ramotar, they (the present regime) talked about not upholding or abiding by the Constitution. This combined with all the broken promises; are these the real reasons behind House-to-House Registration?The CCJ ruling made clear we should have had elections within 90 days of the passing of the motion of no confidence, thus elections should have occurred since March.Regards,Nutana Singhlast_img read more

EBD NGSA toppers receive bursaries from Lions Club

first_imgFour students from along the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) who excelled at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) are the beneficiaries of bursary awards from the Central Demerara Lions Club.The organisation on Monday presented the students with the bursaries at its NewThe executives of the Central Demerara Lions Club with three of the four bursary beneficiariesProvidence, EBD den.The beneficiaries are Mickel Stephens of Peters Hall Primary and Nicole Naraine of Grove Primary, both of whom obtained 511 marks and were awarded spots at The Bishops’ High School. Celine Paul also of Peters Hall Primary and Ashley Ramjattan of Covent Garden Primary, both gained 507 marks and were awarded placements at the St Stanislaus College.The Central Demerara Lions Club has been recognising and awarding top performers for some 20 years and according to its President, Dwarka Singh, this year was no different.He explained that the bursary award has become one of the organisation’s signature projects; one that is aimed at fostering and building relations with the community especially youths.“These students are entering a new chapter in their lives and we just wanted to make a contribution to help them start this journey so that they can continue to excel in their academics,” Singh stated.last_img read more

Man shot to death in Abbotsford was set to stand trial in Dawson Creek next month

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The Vancouver Sun is reporting that a man shot to dead at a home in Abbotsford on Friday was set to stand trial in Dawson Creek in just a few weeks.Police in Abbotsford found the body of Jaskarn Lally on Friday afternoon at around 4:30 p.m. and early signs of the investigation show that he was shot multiple times at a house in the 3500-block of Chase Street in Abbotsford.Lallay was apparently scheduled to appear in court in Dawson Creek on April 24 for six weapon related offences from a shooting at a gravel pit back in 2015.- Advertisement -The article states that charges were filed after an investigation into the abduction of a 26-year-old man in Dawson Creek in February, 2015.The Vancouver Sun article states that according to a forfeiture claim, the abducted victim was taken to a gravel pit after being knocked out. He was then tied to a chair and shot in the legs. The victim managed to drag himself to a road nearby and ended up in the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds and broken bones.Lally and others were arrested at a traffic stop after the incident.Advertisement Lally was then arrested again after he was released on bail. When he was rearrested, he had been trying to break into a ‘stash’ house according to the article.Police say the shooting appears to be targeted and that Lally was known to police. They say he was also involved in gang activity.Original story by the Vancouver Sun: http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/gangster-killed-in-abbotsford-shooting-was-facing-trial-in-dawson-creek.last_img read more

Slain Southland soldier laid to rest in Arlington

first_imgARLINGTON, Va. – The final goodbye was hushed, intimate. Father knelt to the ground, left arm cradling a precisely folded American flag, forehead following right hand to touch the well-shined casket. Then mother and sister were beside him, hands locked together as they bent over to kiss the wood one last time. Only the song of a distant bird and the rustling of wind through the branches of a nearby maple tree were audible. After a week of public memorials in his hometown of Torrance, Cpl. Joseph Anzack Jr., 20, was buried Wednesday in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington, D.C. All but family and military were kept at a distance during the somber graveside service, a full-honors funeral with a formal procession, Army honor guards, a 21-gun salute and a bugler playing taps. An American flag held taut by soldiers throughout the ceremony was at the end presented by Maj. Gen. Michael Oates, commanding officer of the 10th Mountain Division in which Anzack served, to mother Theresa Anzack. The two clenched hands tightly as Oates whispered his condolences before offering a second flag to father Joseph Anzack Sr. “I feel good that he’s finally in the ground. I feel good that he’s where he’s supposed to be,” Anzack Sr. said Wednesday afternoon after his son’s burial. “It was a good day,” added aunt Debbie Anzack, one of Joseph Sr.’s sisters. A storied site of history, tradition and honor, Arlington was officially designated a military cemetery in 1864. Some 300,000 people are now buried here, including former Presidents John F. Kennedy and William Taft and legendary civil-rights activist Medgar Evers. shelly.leachman@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I’m honored that my son is buried here,” Anzack Sr. said later, both flags, now in triangular wooden cases, and his son’s many medals – the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and more – laid out before him on a hotel room’s dining table. “He earned it. “I believe he earned it big-time, above and beyond the call of duty, the works.” On May 23, the body of gunner Pfc. Anzack was found floating in the Euphrates River south of Baghdad with bullet wounds to his head and chest. He had been missing 11 days, since his patrol was ambushed May 12, leaving four soldiers dead, and Anzack and two others unaccounted for. An al-Qaida-affiliated group claimed responsibility for the attack and the abductions. A search is ongoing for Pvt. Byron Fouty and Spc. Alex Jimenez. Anzack, who received a posthumous promotion to the rank of corporal, came home to Torrance last week, his body met by his family, military officials and area law enforcement in a solemn hero’s welcome at Los Angeles International Airport. A private family memorial was followed the next two days by an all-day public visitation at a local mortuary and a massive tribute at his alma mater, South High School. last_img read more

Whittier QB questionable

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Noon Whittier High School quarterback Alec Campos’ participation in tonight’s nonleague finale against host Whittier Christian is questionable as he recovers from a shoulder injury suffered in last week’s 26-13 victory over Katella. The host Heralds also will be missing players. Linebacker Jake Butler is questionable, although this week he received a release to play after having his cast for a minor elbow fracture removed. Wide receiver /defensive back Alexs Schwerdt is out with a broken collar bone.last_img read more

Done deal: Man City confirm club-record signing of Aymeric Laporte

first_img New Manchester City signing Aymeric Laporte Laporte began his senior career with Bilbao in 2012 and went on to make 222 appearances for the LaLiga outfit, scoring ten goals.The Frenchman was named in LaLiga’s 2013/14 Team of the Year and in the 2015/16 campaign he helped Bilbao lift the Spanish Super Cup – their first piece of major silverware for 31 years.On the international stage, he has represented France at youth level but is yet to play for the senior team.Man City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “We are delighted to have signed Aymeric.“We have assessed defensive options and he is a player we have admired for a long time.“With his quality and ability to play out from the back, we feel Aymeric will fit in perfectly with Pep Guardiola’s playing style.”John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi have formed a strong central defensive partnership this season but the area was still identified as a problem position.Vincent Kompany’s recurring fitness issues and the inconsistency of Eliaquim Mangala led to City, who were also linked with West Brom’s Jonny Evans, seeking reinforcements. Aymeric Laporte has completed his club-record move from Athletic Bilbao to Manchester City, the Premier League club have announced.The 23-year-old has signed a five-year contract with City and arrives in a deal believed to be worth around £57million.Laporte arrived in Manchester for a medical on Monday and later issued a farewell message to his Athletic team-mates on social media, signalling his move to City was close.The Spanish club later revealed the centre-back was free to leave after his release clause was paid in full, with City confirming the deal on Tuesday afternoon.The fee eclipses the £54million City paid for Kevin De Bruyne in 2015 and also makes him the second-most expensive defender in the world after Liverpool’s £75million signing Virgil van Dijk.“I am very happy to be here,” Laporte told mancity.com.“City are a club with a lot of ambition and they are one of the best teams in Europe.“I am looking forward to working under Pep Guardiola and trying to help the club to achieve success.“It means a lot that the club have shown faith in me and I am excited to get started.” 1 Defensive reinforcements acquired! 💪Please #welcomeaymeric to the Club! pic.twitter.com/cDu4FWOKlb— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 30, 2018last_img read more

Former Rangers boss set to be named QPR manager

first_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 1 REPLY talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… gameday cracker Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won QPR have spoken with a vast array of candidates since McClaren’s sacking on April 1, including Michael Appleton, Gary Rowett and Nigel Pearson.Former players Marc Bircham and Gareth Ainsworth were also considered for the role.Warburton was a popular choice with the club’s hierarchy owing to his record of working with young players within a restricted budget, as well as having experience managing at this level.Warburton, who has been out of work since he left Nottingham Forest in December 2017, brought through a talented group of youngsters at Griffin Park – which included England defender James Tarkowski. Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow shining MOST READ IN FOOTBALL Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card LIVE ON talkSPORTcenter_img Mark Warburton is set to be named QPR’s new manager this week The 56-year-old left Brentford in 2015 and then spent two years at Rangers in Scotland before a disappointing nine-month spell at Nottingham Forest in 2017.He guided Brentford into the Championship from League One in 2014, and also got Rangers promoted to the Scottish Premiership two years later.QPR ended their season on a high with a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday, which saw them finish 19th in the Championship table. Mark Warburton is poised to be named QPR’s new manager this week.The former Glasgow Rangers and Brentford boss, 56, has been identified as the man to succeed Steve McClaren at Loftus Road after the club failed to land their primary target Tim Sherwood. no dice Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ tense Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move ADVICE REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Ajax vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTValencia vs Arsenal (Thursday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNewport vs Mansfield (Thursday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Tranmere vs Forest Green Rovers (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Aston Villa vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Derby vs Leeds United (Saturday, 5:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Sunderland vs Portsmouth (Saturday, 7:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Doncaster vs Charlton (Sunday, 12:15pm) – talkSPORT 2Mansfield vs Newport (Sunday, 6pm) – talkSPORT 2 After a dreadful 2018/19 campaign, QPR will have to cut their wage bill again this summer with several first-team players out of contract.The club were handed a fine amounting to almost £42million last July after failing to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, and they are still feeling the effects.Warburton will be expected to work within a tight budget and keep the west London side competitive in the second tier, in what remains a challenging period in their history.last_img read more