…in commemoration of Hanuman JayantiIn observance of the auspicious occasion of Hanuman Jayanti, celebrated on Friday, the Hindus for Selfless Service (HSS) organization hosted the first Hanuman Yatra procession on the West Coast of Demerara.Hanuman Jayanti celebrates the birth of Hanuman, revered as one of the greatest warriors and the greatest devotee of Lord Rama.A section of the processionWith Hanuman’s motto, “I will not rest until Ram’s work is done,” HSS organized the Hanuman Jayanti Yatra for the very first time in Guyana. The procession began at Hague and proceeded west, and at Tuschen and proceeded east, the groups converging at the Nirvana Centre at Meten-Meer-Zorg for a cultural programme. As the Yatra proceeded, led by vehicles playing Hanuman Bhajans and the Hanuman Chalisa, devotees, both young and elderly, came out in large numbers and showed great enthusiasm throughout the event. They were dressed mostly in red traditional Indian garments. Some walked, others rode their bicycles or drove vehicles, all chanting and singing along to the Hanuman Chalisa as they waved their red flags and showed great strength and unity. As devotees from the different villages joined in the procession, a Hanuman flag was planted. This added to the splendour of the event, which kept getting better.At the Nirvana Centre, the groups were welcomed with tassa drumming with great pomp and gaiety. As is customary, tilak was applied to the foreheads and raksha sutra tied to all attendees.The cultural programme featured ISKCON, many local singers and dancers, and a danda (stick fighting) demonstration by sevaks. A chanting from the Ramcharitmanas of a chaupi (verse) from the Sundar Kand Chapter which is dedicated to Hanuman was read by Pt. Charranlall Nandalall on behalf of the West Demerara Pandits’ Organization.Mentore of HSS-Guyana, Ravi Dev, who contextualized the actions of Hanuman in Guyana today, delivered the main message. He said that, like Hanuman who had forgotten his pedigree, Guyanese Hindus need to be reminded about the greatness of their religious heritage. Just as how Sita Mata was abducted and had to be rescued before Ram Rajya could be established, in a similar fashion, he said, much of Indian culture has been abducted over the past 180 years, and needs to be rescued for the community to move forward.Hanuman bhajans were sung lustily, and Hare Krishna chants kept the crowd enthralled in an atmosphere of delirious joy.
A vendor who reportedly damaged windows on his reputed wife’s premises after she locked him out over fear for her life was on Wednesday placed before Magistrate Fabayo Azore.Anthony Marshall, 33, of Lot 145 Fifth Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, denied that on July 21, 2018, he unlawfully damaged one grill valued $10,000, four louvre frames valued $6,500, and four louvre panes valued $2,246, property of Diana Huxford. He is also accused of threatening the woman’s life on the same day, thereby breaching an order to keep the peace.The father of one is reportedly in the habit of misbehaving, which prompted the virtual complainant (VC) to disclose to the court, “I am afraid for my life with this man.”Huxford further revealed that she would be taking out a restraining order on the defendant, who remained quiet.Marshall was placed on $25,000 bail. The case will continue on August 3, 2018.
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– family believes man was murdered, body dumped in canalAlmost one week after a Canal No 1, Polder, West Bank Demerara (WBD) elderly man went missing, his nude body was on Wednesday afternoon discovered by relatives submerged in water aback said Canal.Dead: Sewkuar Somwria known as “Balgobin”The dead man has been identified as 87-year-old Sewkuar Somwria, known as “Balgobin”, of Lot 6 Goodland, Canal No 1 Polder, WBD who went missing just after noon.Guyana Times understands that Somwria, who normally wanders off, left his home on Friday last and was last seen by several persons throughout the day.He was spotted in Dairy (La Parfaite Harmonie), WBD, and then again in the Canal Polder at approximately 15:00h. However, the last time that he was seen alive was at around 17:00h.Family members formed several search parties to search for the elderly man, but came up empty-handed. A missing person’s report was filed at the La Grange Police Station by the man’s daughter on Saturday morning.The area where the body was found on WednesdayFamily members, however, continued their search and it was on Wednesday at about 12:00h the man’s partly decomposed and nude body was discovered lying face down submerged in water aback Baya Dam in Canal Polder.When Guyana Times visited the man’s family, Somwria’s son-in-law, Prahalall Singh, said he and other relatives made a decision to recheck Baya Dam where they had previously searched when the discovery was made.“We went through the dam deh but we didn’t go straight down, we crossed over and go to Baya Dam so I tell me son, that take a few others and ayo go down in the dam straight in. Because the dam narrow, my son who went in with a motorbike couldn’t tow one of the other boys so the boy came off and my son alone ride ahead and the two other boys follow he on foot. While he riding going in now, he smell a stinkness but because the dam cut off, he couldn’t go further. So he come off the bike and he decided to look in the drain that cut off the dam and when he look, he just see this bow foot, this man swell and deh in this drainer,” Singh detailed to this publication.The family is alleging that foul play was involved in the man’s death since in addition to Somwria’s clothing being missing, his body looked to have been dumped at the area where it was discovered.“He didn’t have on no clothes, no clothes, naked! We can’t find him clothes but Sunday night when we went in the same dam, we saw a fire…when I go there I tell them boys to don’t go further that this look like murder because when I go on the scene, it nah got no impression in this grass of if like this man roll and go in the drain, nothing and the person that he is, he would not go there. And when the Police them come and them see where the man deh, them even she its murder”, Singh recalled.The last person to see Somwria alive, a teen who identified himself only as Ganesh, said that at the time, the elderly man was cladded in a brown shirt and pink trousers.Kowsilla Singh, the dead man’s daughter, reflected on the last moments she spent with her father.“The morning now before me go cremation, me tell he eat up because me nah know when me coming back. Me cook bora and chicken and shrimps curry. I give him little bit of all two and me and he and my lil son, we sit down and we eat. Ow babe, that was the last, me daddy did old but he was strong, nothing didn’t happen to he, strong man” the grieving woman cried.She further detailed that the Police did nothing to assist the family with locating Somwria after the missing person’s report was filed.“If me daddy wasn’t smelling, I would have never find he at the place where they throw he body, the Police nah come, them nah do nothing, when me find he body and meh go tell them, how me cry, I tell them that me report and nobody nah do nothing,” Singh cried.The father of six leaves to mourn his children, grandchildren, relatives and many friends.The Post-Mortem Examination (PME) to determine cause of death is scheduled for Monday as the Police continue their investigation into the crime. (Kizzy Coleman)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A word to the wise: Do not forget a line when you’re acting opposite Mark Wahlberg. No, the 35-year-old star of “Shooter,” which opens March 23, and “The Departed” won’t slap you around as he might have done back in his hell-raising late teens years in Boston. Uh-uh. Mark Wahlberg, above-the-title star, Oscar nominee and sometimes producer will probably do something far more humiliating. He’ll feed you the line. “Mark knows the script better than almost everybody. He reads the entire script every single night, and he knows every other character’s lines,” says “Shooter” producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. “So if somebody shouts out for a line reading, Mark will often say, ‘You say this.’ Which makes the other actor not want to ask that question again.” Michael Pena, who also appears in “Shooter,” has his own Wahlberg anecdote. During filming, a shift in the elements meant that Wahlberg — who plays a politically savvy marksman intent on clearing his name and exacting revenge — would have to shoot a three-page scene, mostly monologues, ahead of schedule. “I was like, ‘Good luck, buddy,’ and he didn’t mess up one time. You’ve got to pay attention to that,” Pena recalls. “People don’t really get lucky. They have to work really hard. They can make it look easy, but this guy works hard.” Wahlberg shrugs when the comments are relayed. “I always felt like I kind of snuck into this business,” Wahlberg says. “I don’t know how, but I just kind of tiptoed my way through it, and then next thing I know, I actually found myself having a career. So I’ve always made sure I was prepared. I never wanted to show up and not know exactly what was going on. That was a big fear of mine.” Di Bonaventura, who as a producer and studio executive has worked with Wahlberg on five features, recalls bringing the actor to a dinner party attended by “people who had a more polished background and who had advantages that he didn’t have.” “I watched him watch everything and take it all in,” says di Bonaventura. “A lot of young actors or rock ‘n’ rollers, they want the room to react to them. That’s not who Mark is. Mark wants to fit into the room and figure out what it is that’s going on.” Guilty as charged, says Wahlberg. “I definitely had an uphill battle coming from the music world and a brief stint as an underwear model,” says the actor formerly known as rapper Marky Mark. “So, yeah, I had to be twice as prepared, and I didn’t want any unnecessary attention. I show up, do my thing and make sure the director is satisfied. I’m happy.” Wahlberg was roundly scoffed at when, in the early 1990s, he crossed over into film work. Nearly 20 movies and one HBO-produced series later, nobody’s laughing. Wahlberg was the only member of “The Departed’s” all-star cast to earn an Oscar nomination. “Entourage,” the cable series Wahlberg executive produces about an actor, his agent and his friends — loosely based on Wahlberg’s life — is now in its fourth season. He’ll be seen in the Russian Mafia crime drama “We Own the Night” due out later this year, which he also produces. And if “Shooter” strikes a bull’s-eye with movie-goers, Wahlberg may find himself in the center of an action franchise. Bob Lee Swagger, the disgraced Marine sniper framed for an attempted presidential assassination, appears in a trilogy of political potboilers by Washington Post film critic Stephen Hunter. “He’s ready for it,” “Shooter” director Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) says of Wahlberg. “He’s primed.” Wahlberg has never appeared in a sequel, but that may change. Talks of a follow-up to both “The Departed” and “The Italian Job” continue to swirl. If the scripts live up to those of the original, Wahlberg says, then count him in. All of a sudden, Wahlberg — who once talked about exiting the business at age 40 to devote himself to family — is finding reasons to hang around for a while. “If I’m doing ‘The Truth About Charlie’ or ‘Planet of the Apes,’ it’s a great learning experience, but this is not really a movie I would go see if it came out,” says Wahlberg. “I don’t really have a connection to or interest in it. “From ‘The Italian Job’ on, I started to feel, you know, like things were looking up. I just got bombarded with movies that I would go see,” he continues. “Now I’m feeling really optimistic about what’s ahead.” Learning the ropes and working with well-known actors and directors was the motivation behind many of his first 10 films, Wahlberg says. Following his breakout turn as hugely endowed porn star Dirk Diggler in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Boogie Nights,” (1997) Wahlberg made such films as “Rock Star,” “The Perfect Storm” and “Three Kings” (both with George Clooney). Following “The Truth About Charlie,” the Jonathan Demme-directed remake of Stanley Donen’s “Charade,” a somewhat frustrated Wahlberg decided to take himself out of education mode. “I just felt like it was time for me to kind of get out there and start doing my thing,” he says. “At some point, you’ve got to venture into the world all alone. It was time to go out there and be a man, take some risks, challenge myself. Right after ‘The Truth About Charlie,’ I got to start making movies I want to see.” And what kinds of movies are we talking about? Action fare with a brain, says Wahlberg, rattling off titles like “Taxi Driver,” “Three Days of the Condor” and “Death Wish” — the kind of stuff he grew up and watched with his father and siblings (Wahlberg is the youngest of nine). “The ’70s was a great time,” says Wahlberg, whose first moviegoing experience was “Hard Times” with Charles Bronson. “We had guys’ guys starring in movies, mostly anti-heroes. They were really smart, well-written character-driven movies. I was really starting to see less and less of that.” In 2004, he appeared in “I (Heart) Huckabees” for his “Three Kings” director David O. Russell. Following the birth of his daughter, Ella, with girlfriend model Rhea Durham, Wahlberg took nearly a year and a half off from the movies. During that time, he traveled, dropped his golf handicap to a 4 and spent some quality family time. The couple also have a son. He returned to work with John Singleton in “Four Brothers.” “Again, it wasn’t ‘The Departed.’ It wasn’t ‘Citizen Kane, but it was like, ‘This is a movie I would go see,’ ” Wahlberg says. “Then with ‘The Departed,’ ‘We Own the Night,’ ‘Invincible’ and ‘Shooter,’ I’m like ‘(expletive!), is my luck going to run out?’ “ Wahlberg lost the best supporting actor Oscar to “Little Miss Sunshine’s” Alan Arkin, but he says he enjoyed the awards-season roller coaster anyway, and was able to relish the film’s director Martin Scorsese finally taking home an Oscar. For his own part, he was given smart advice. “Just enjoy it. Don’t take it too seriously,” says Wahlberg. “And don’t let it go to my head. My mom said that. I’m still just her son. Which is cool. I liked that.” — Evan Henerson, (818) firstname.lastname@example.org