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Competence of the Guyana Police Force

first_imgDear Editor,Following the Crime Chief’s statements at a press conference and previous statement emanating from the mouths of officers in the hierarchy of the Guyana Police Force, I am highly annoyed that they choose to cast their incompetence towards others instead of getting a grip on crime and I would like to point out a few facts that they should address instead of trying to discredit others, specially ‘those roaming about as technicians’ like myself who are trying.Over the years, the Stabroek Market has been a safe haven for drug sellers, users, selling and purchasing of stolen articles, numerous robberies. Numerous traffic jams around the various bus parks, especially at the route 45 park, cause tremendous headache to motorists.Vehicles are being stopped and in most cases, charges are stated, the matter either gets tried on the spot or it’s taken to the ‘high court’ (Police station), and settlement is agreed upon. Many Police are trusted with responsibilities and instead, their greed overcomes them.The recent incident at the Arthur Chung Centre shows that not one alone was involved but they all combine their brains together and execute lawlessness to enrich themselves. Those things keep occurring and despite their glorious plans they always come up with or project they embarked on, the lawlessness still continues. Throughout the years, crimes still occur and at particular areas, they keep reoccurring and they can’t curb it, even though they have all that is required to. But every Christmas, they always have a plan. Some plan!Editor, at the above mentioned press conference, the Crime Chief chose to discredit persons ‘roaming about as technicians’ and advising to use companies. Just for the sake of clarity, I would like to inform the Crime Chief that most people working for those companies are just like us ‘roaming technicians’.There is nowhere that really trains someone on installation of security systems and only one or few people are fortunate to get sponsored training overseas by companies. Some eventually leave and embarked on solo careers and now they are fortunate to be labeled ‘roaming technicians’.I have penned a series of letters about security and security systems because I have an interest in them, did my research and it also aids me financially. I have been able to travel lots of places to either install or rectify/trouble shoot problems relating to security cameras.Many people make contact with me via social media or phone either seeking my advice or service. Before going about discrediting ‘roaming technicians’, it should be noted that many companies charge tremendous amounts of money, and or sell outdated/inferior products.Among some of the pointers/guides in my letters, I’ve emphasised on the placement of cameras and I am seeing many companies still installing cameras at a distance and angle which gives you footage that is worthless.Today, many crimes are being committed by criminals who wear hats and although the angle camera is in position, it’s impossible to get a decent image. The Guyana Police Force has CID officers that receive training to retrieve videos/footage from DVRs and in a few cases, I had to assist those ‘trained’ officers, because they don’t know anything or could not manoeuvre through those settings.Finally Editor, our crime rate is extremely high in this country and based on what the Crime Chief said, it’s ridiculous to hear that places would invest in dummy cameras instead of the real deal. I don’t buy that, business owners know the importance of security systems and I don’t believe they would stop short. There are many people who have security systems installed and if a crime is commited in the area their system covers, once it doesn’t involve them, they don’t assist.Their views are that they invest for their protection and not others. Proper maintenance of security systems is important because it sometimes malfunctions and many systems might become inoperable, awaiting replacement parts/repairs etc.The Crime Chief’s revelations will only encourages criminals to scrutinise places more closely, instead of deterring them, so, I’m wondering what are their true intentions, especially when they are against stores/companies having armed security in front of their premises? The last time I checked, even the Police was hired to perform a service and they thieving, isn’t it better you take your own precaution? Why no advisory about soliciting members of the Guyana Police Force, especially when we see they mostly uniting to thief?Respectfully,Sahadeo Bateslast_img read more

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LAC Defenders Win July 26th Friendly

first_imgThe 2-1 loss of Terminators FC of APM Terminals last Sunday against LAC Defenders FC in Grand Bassa County in a friendly soccer match revealed one thing to the visitors: the ability to play as a team.This was more so after LAC Defenders’ inside right Saygon John pushed his men forward with repeated harassment in the visitors’ defensive zone that caused goalkeeper Lawrence Washington more troubles as his right back Magako Kumeh and left back Benedict Teah struggled to find their rhythm.Though coach Joseph Sion, known during his playing days as Kofi Bruce, had plotted a strategy to bring the visitors down, which eventually came through Saygon John in the 25th minute when goalie Washington failed to grab his shot the first time, enabling the striker hit the back of the net with the goalie completely stranded, it was apparent that some level of fatigue had worked against Terminators FC.“We rode from Monrovia direct to LAC about 4 hours,” said an official of Terminators FC, “and we went right on the pitch to honor the match.” It was initially seen when hard-running striker Nicholas Sieh fumbled on his first ball, coupled with a rough pitch that made his ball control difficult. The initial exchanges did not give any problems to the home team in this half, as they hunted for goals that kept goalkeeper Washington busy.With 1-0 lead, the home team did not look back and pressed on their attacks. In their drive, left winger Lucretius Victor, inside left Saygon John, center forward Tengbeh Tambah and right winger Christer Bestman were having a field day.With their teeming fans cheering them in this half, they probed for goals that the visitors struggled to deny them. There were few flashes of seriousness from the visitors but they had to wait in the second half to draw the crowd on their side. The home team led the first half 1-0.Back from recess, LAC Defenders kept on the pressure and in the 48th minute, Terminator FC’s goalkeeper Washington could not decide whether to rush on a ball or not, allowing LAC Defender’s left winger Lucretius Victor an easy job when he lobbed the ball over his head to increase the tally to 2-0.The visitors began a new pattern of play, following the replacement of goalie Washington with ‘Chinese Goalie’ Jonathan Dambo. Initial strikes from the home team found a wall in Dambo and his performance gave his team-mate some confidence.Striker Nicholas Sieh played a supportive role, covering up when it was necessary on several fronts with assistance from inside left John Mayson, center forward Jumah Kollie and diminutive player Dakina Pederson. With their opponents resorting to man to man passes that delighted the crowd, LAC Defenders had to work overtime to prevent any damage as they were very often caught off guard but it was the visitors’ John Mason who scored the consolation goal in the 67th minute. It became apparent that the team had been rejuvenated, as the home crowd cheered every move the visitors made.But it was the home team, despite the difficulty to reorganize their attacks that got a goal that was cancelled because it was scored from an offside position as the game wore on. And from here it was the visitors that dictated the pace of the game when it was too late as the game was brought to the end by the central referee in a match that was played in celebration of July 26.APM Terminals (The Terminators FC): L. Washington (J. Dambo), Makago Kumeh, Benedict Teah, Sarr Bonner, Jeremiah Cole, Roland Coleman, Nicholas Sieh, John Mayson, Jumah Kollie, Oliver Kun, Dakina Pederson, Pepsi Carter, Jacob Dorbor, Rufus Doe.LAC Defenders: Cartlon Gray, Francis Kollie, Terrence Mulbah, Fayiah Saah, Emmanuel Gleh, Joeboy Halloway, Christer Bestman, Emmanuel Thomas, Tengbeh Tamba, Luc Victor, Saygon John.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Man, 22, Found Dead in Bassa Town

first_imgArchie Howard, 22, of LPRC-Chicken Soup Factory Bassa Town Community near Monrovia was found dead yesterday morning outside the neighborhood, family sources said.There were no physical marks on his body, the family said, but explained that Howard was involved in a fistfight with a man identified only as Joe.“Howard arrived home to meet confusion between two neighbors and he said he would have stabbed someone if he were involved in the conflict,” a female eyewitness said.She said neighbors complained about his remark since he was not part of whatever was going on.When the man identified as Joe heard what Howard had said, he got angry and turned his anger on Howard, insulting him.“It was then that Howard pulled out a knife that he had on him, and during a scuffle, stabbed Joe,” an eyewitness said.She said Joe fell to the ground shouting that he had been stabbed, and Howard took off, fleeing the area. Neighbors took Joe to a nearby clinic where he was treated.But around 1a.m., someone raised an alarm that a body had been found near the community.“When people went to find out, they were shocked to find Archie Howard’s body, foaming at the mouth,” the eyewitness said. “Many people claimed that he had been electrocuted, but others denied it.”Nearby police officers were alerted and they visited the scene and started their investigations.Archie Howard, according to his grandmother, Margaret Cooper, lived nearby and rode a motorbike for a living. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The Code of Conduct: Oh History! Have They So Soon Forgotten?

first_imgWe believe many people have seen or heard of the letter written by Albert Porte, the veteran writer and constitutional analyst, to Head of State Samuel K. Doe in 1983.In that letter, Mr. Porte told the Master Sergeant, who had led the bloody military coup d’état overthrowing the Tolbert government in April 1980, that it was becoming increasingly clear to most people that Doe intended to run for president in 1985.The brave and fearless Mr. Porte, who had not been afraid of President C.D.B. King’s whiskers, President Tubman’s eyes nor President Tolbert’s smiles, was most certainly NOT afraid of Head of State Doe’s guns.In his letter to the Liberian military dictator and Head of State, Mr. Porte warned Samuel Doe NOT to run for president because it would lead the country to national disaster.Doe got very angry with Mr. Porte, the man whom Doe and his People’s Redemption Council (PRC) had hailed as the “Father of the Revolution.” Indeed, by the time the coup took place in April, 1980, Mr. Porte had been over the past 50 years the lone voice in the wilderness of Liberian politics, pleading with the Liberian people and government to run a better, more inclusive and more democratic government.But the leaders of the ruling True Whig Party that had run the country for over a century, from 1878, had grown too comfortable with power and were determined NOT to change. Alas! Change, the inevitable creature, did come on the fateful morning of April 12, 1980.But ah, power! Samuel Doe, too, in barely three short years in office, became comfortable with power and did not want to let it go. Upon receiving Mr. Porte’s letter, the Master Sergeant and Head of State immediately summoned Albert Porte to the Executive Mansion and sternly warned: “The next time you write a letter like that to me, I will have you locked up in the Post Stockade.” The Post Stockade is the maximum security prison located at the Barclay Training Center.“You can harm the body, but not the soul,” Mr. Porte told the Head of State.“Don’t preach to me,” Doe angrily retorted, then ordered Albert Porte out of the office.So determined was Samuel Doe to run for and become president of Liberia that he not only manipulate the Constitutional Advisory Assembly, held in Gbarnga, Bong County, to put into the draft Constitution what he wanted. Samuel Doe also demanded that the Constitutional Advisory Assembly insert the following clause in the Constitution: “No person shall be eligible to hold the office of President or Vice President unless that person is resident in the Republic 10 years prior to his election.”That stipulation automatically excluded anyone who had premonitions of running for president who had not lived in Liberia for that period.Doe was afraid of any serious competition from powerful, influential or well-to-do people who had lived abroad for an extended period and had now returned to seek the presidency. Now today, just 30 years later, some of those who were victims of that same trick in 1985 want to repeat history. But no—not 30; just 10 years ago: for in 2005 that same notorious “10-year clause” was operative. But everyone, including National Elections Commission (NEC) Chair Frances Johnson Morris (now Allison) and her fellow Commissioners realized that the time for that had long past, with all its progenitors long gone and almost forgotten. So the clause had no effect on anyone—not George Oppong Weah, Winston Tubman, Charles Brumskine, and certainly not — guess who — Ellen Johnson Sirleaf!So how now do these same people want to impose a very similar restriction on others?They have rushed through the Legislature a law stating that anyone who wishes to seek the presidency in the 2017 elections should first resign “two years prior to the elections.”The question is, does this law have constitutional merit? Can anyone born in Liberia of Liberian parentage be barred from seeking election for any office?Do those behind this law have no conscience? Or have they so soon forgotten?Remember what our Poet-President, Edwin J. Barclay, said in his immortal poem “Human Greatness.”“O History!” Barclay wrote, “Upon thy glowing page,Time writes her judgments, but she writes in vain.Her symbols man misreads in every ageAnd garners thence but legacies of pain.So why, O man, lift up your head in pride?You are but dust, and even Caesar died.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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City Hall’s move is ridiculous, visionless – minibus association

first_imgGrove/Diamond bus park removalThe move made by City Hall to remove the Grove/Diamond route 42 buses, along with short drop car drivers, to facilitate the vendors of the Stabroek Market Wharf area, was described as “ridiculous” and “visionless” by the President of the United Minibus Union (UMU), Eon Andrews. Andrews during an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday said the move was also irrational as it was clearly not thoroughly thought through.“I think it was ridiculous. I think it is visionless because I know a couple of years ago there was a plan to put these persons (vendors) who were on that wharf north of the Digicel place where they had an Outpost so that they can do the necessary repairs. The postponement of that has caused the situation to worsen and now people could have died because of that thing breaking off,” head of the UMU posited.He went on to say that the recent move by the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has not only affected the drivers but is also a burden to the said vendors who will be using the area.“They ran wildly and cage off that place like if they putting animals in some cage, because it has to be with the condition of that road. I don’t see how vendors are going to feel comfortable because any lil drizzle it’s going to be flooded,” Andrews said.“It is either corruption, mismanagement, thoughtlessness and probably not feelings for anybody but themselves,” he added.He even stressed that the Council should have at least informed the drivers of their intentions to remove them, prior to displacing them.He added that City Hall’s recent cry for help to the Public Infrastructure Ministry is unwarranted, since the project falls under their premise and they are completely responsible for its present state, since they would have procrastinated in doing the necessary repairs.This newspaper understands that the minibus drivers have planned strike action for the coming week.Short drop car operators who are also affected have already protested and were able to come up with a solution with the Mayor and City Council. The drivers have agreed to pay a $1500 fee to M&CC to use the area.Guyana Times was told that the car drivers will be given a lane to operate in at the park.Meanwhile, the minibus drivers who have been displaced have since signalled strike action over the matter if proper intervention are not made next week.Meanwhile, most of the displaced drivers have been plying their trade along Lombard Street.This move currently causes a major backup in the flow of traffic within that area, especially during the peak hours.last_img read more

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Millen reveals Crystal Palace players are questioning the club’s direction after shock Pulis exit

first_imgCrystal Palace caretaker manager Keith Millen has revealed the players are questioning the direction of the club after the shock departure of former boss Tony Pulis.The Eagles announced on Friday that Pulis had left Selhurst Park by mutual consent after he fell out with co-chairman Steve Parish over transfer policy.And Millen acknowledged that the former Stoke manager’s sudden exit, less than 48 hours before they meet Arsenal in the opening game of the Premier League season, had left some of his squad wondering what the future now holds.“We are all shocked from the players to the staff,” said Millen, who has been put in temporary charge of the team for the match against the Gunners.“We knew the frustrations of the club that we hadn’t brought in as many players as we wanted but as far as training is concerned we had no inkling this might happen.”Millen continued: “The players are asking why. This has happened now three times what with Dougie [Freedman] leaving and then Ian [Holloway] and now Tony.“So they’re asking why. It’s important to reassure them they’ve done nothing wrong. Tony loved working with the group and they are a great group to work with.“Now all of a sudden they’re wondering who is going to come in and what direction we’re going.”The caretaker boss also denied the clash between Parish and Pulis was specifically over the proposed signing of former Eagles star Wilfried Zaha from Manchester United.Reports had suggested the former Palace chief was frustrated by the south London club’s consistent pursuit of the England winger, but the caretaker boss shot down such an idea.“No they didn’t disagree on that. He’s a name who’s been mentioned all summer,” Millen added.“We need to strengthen in that area and Wilf ticks a lot of boxes. We don’t even know if Manchester United have made him available and if he is there’ll be a lot of clubs interested.”Arsenal against Crystal Palace is LIVE on talkSPORT from 5.30pm on Saturday. Click here for ways to listen.last_img read more

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Feds identify regions key to power grid

first_imgSen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said the plan would turn three-quarters of the counties in his state “into a superhighway of power lines and transmission towers.” The mid-Atlantic power corridor runs from Virginia and Washington, D.C. north to include most of Maryland, all of New Jersey and Delaware and large sections of New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. The Southwest corridor is composed of seven counties in southern California and three in Arizona. The agency had originally sought to include Las Vegas, Nev., in that corridor, but said Tuesday it decided the needs in that county weren’t as pressing. The corridors were designed to be wide enough to accommodate several possible paths for power lines. One such proposed line in New York would be around 100 feet tall, with a footprint about a quarter-mile wide, though dimensions would vary with the terrain. WASHINGTON – After sweating through another summer without a major blackout, the Bush administration moved Tuesday to ensure nonstop electricity by designating large swaths of the Southwest and mid-Atlantic regions as critical to the nation’s energy grid. The government announced two so-called “national interest electric transmission corridors,” which encompass all or part of 10 states where officials say aging high-voltage lines are not capable of handling growing power demand. It is the first use of a new federal power to approve construction of electric lines in some places where state officials have stymied them. Some lawmakers and community groups argue the government corridors wrongly expand the potential use of eminent domain power. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said in a written statement that the corridors should prompt regional authorities to “identify solutions and take prompt action” to keep energy flowing. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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FAMILY OF RARE KILLER WHALES SPOTTED OFF COAST OF DONEGAL

first_imgA family of rare Killer Whales has been spotted off the coast of Co Donegal.The incredible creatures were spotted by fishermen in recent days and finally captured on camera.Marine biologists estimate that there are up to nine Orcas and all belong to the same family or pod. Local wildlife ranger Emmett Johnston captured images of the whales off Dunree Head on the Inishowen Peninsula.Mr Johnston told Donegaldaily.com he has been waiting seven years for the moment since first seeing a grainy picture of a lone Killer Whale back in 2005.“There are occasional reports of them around the coastline but never on this scale.“We think there was up to nine of them together and that is extremely rare. “It was just amazing to watch them. The most amazing thing was that they were so close to land,” he said.The whales, which have a distinctive white marking on their side, feed on mackerel and also seals.Emmett said himself and his colleagues suspect the whales are a group which spend a lot of time off the Outer Hebrides in Scotland.He said the sighting of the rare whales, the largest of which he estimates was 30 feet long, is proof that Ireland’s waters are awash with such life.“What it shows is the potential for people to go out and see such amazing creatures literally on their doorstep. “Before this the closest I would have seen these creatures was on the Discovery Channel on television.“But just 20 minutes in a boat and I was beside them on a boat watching them in all their beauty,” he said.Emmett added that although there is no recorded incident of Killer Whales attacking people, he would urge caution around them.“If people are thinking of going out to see them then I would ask them to exercise caution. “If they turn off their engine and look at the whales from a distance, there is a good chance the whales will come and take a look at them,” he said.With 1,655,000 page views last month, get your story seen on Donegal Daily.Send your stories and pictures to info@donegaldaily.comFollow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyFAMILY OF RARE KILLER WHALES SPOTTED OFF COAST OF DONEGAL was last modified: June 8th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Emmett JohnstonInishowenKIller WhalesOrcalast_img read more

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Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace

first_imgDonegal death notices for today, Saturday, July 1.Mary RYAN (née McLoone)The peaceful death has occurred at her home of Mary Ryan, 6 Wolfe Tone Place, Glencar, Letterkenny née McLoone, Glenties & retired nurse, predeceased by her husband P.J. also her daughters Anne and Paula and son John, beloved mother of Maura McGlynn (Termon), Deirdre Hunter (Bomany, Letterkenny), Pauric (College Farm Rd. Letterkenny), brothers John, Padraig and Leo (Glenties), sister Brighid (Breid) Whyte (Dundalk), daughter-in-law Anne, sons-in-law Harry and Martin, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, in-laws, relatives, neighbours and friends.Mary’s remains are reposing at her home, funeral from there on Sunday, 2nd July, going to St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny for 12 noon Mass with burial afterwards in the family plot in Conwal Cemetery. Flowers welcome or donations in lieu, if desired, to the Renal Dialysis Unit, Letterkenny University Hospital, c/o Paschal Blake, Funeral Director, Stoney Arch, New Line Road, Letterkenny.Family time please from 10pm until 11am and on morning of the funeral.Maureen MCLAUGHLINThe death has occurred of Maureen McLaughlin, The Yankee, Claggin, Culdaff, Donegal. Removal from the Eternal Light Chapel of Rest, Mountain Top, Letterkenny took place on Friday evening, 30th June, at 7pm to her late home. Removal on Sunday, 2nd July, at 9.45am for 10.30am Mass in St. Patrick’s Church, Aughaclay, Malin. Burial afterwards in the adjoining burial ground. Family time please from 10pm until 11am. House private on the morning of the funeral. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, in lieu to the Friends of Letterkenny University Hospital.Tommy DOHERTYThe death has taken place at his residence of Tommy Doherty, Gortnaskea, Burnfoot, Co Donegal. Beloved husband of Bernadette and loving father of Florence, Brid, Daniel, Mary, Cecilia, Bernadette and the late Neil.Funeral on Monday morning 3rd July leaving his home at 10.15am going to St Mura’s Church, Fahan for Requiem Mass at 11.00am. Interment immediately afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family time please between 12 o’clock midnight to 10.00am.Eamonn HAROLDThe death has occurred of Eamonn Harold, 34 Balmain, Carndonagh, Donegal.Reposing at the Carndonagh Community Hospital Chapel of Rest from Saturday, 1st July, with viewing from 1pm to 3pm and 5pm to 7pm and also on Sunday, 2nd July, from 1pm to 3pm and 5pm to 7pm.Bridie (Josephine) FOX (née Breslin)The peaceful death took place on Thursday 29th June 2017 at Hillcrest House Nursing Home Letterkenny in the loving care of Ann and the nursing staff of the nursing home of Bridie (Josephine) Fox (née Breslin), 37 Beechwood Road and formerly of Fox’s Bar Main Street Letterkenny. Bridie will be reposing at the nursing home from 5pm until 7pm on Friday 30th June and from 5pm until 7pm on Saturday 1st July and on Sunday 2nd July from 5pm until prayers at 7:30pm and removal to St Eunan’s Cathedral for 8pm. Funeral mass on Monday 3rd July at 10am in St Eunan’s Cathedral Letterkenny with interment afterwards in the family plot at Conwal cemetery. Bridie is survived by her sons Charles (London) Seamus (Dublin), daughters Rosemary (Dublin) and Siobhan (Letterkenny) and her Grand-Daughter Aisling Fox (London) , Grand-Son Ronan (Dublin), Great Grand Daughter Orla (London), Nieces, Nephews, Cousins and wider family circle.Family flowers only please donations in lieu if desired to Hillcrest House Residents Comfort Fund c/o Frank Bradley.Donegal Death Notices – Rest in Peace was last modified: July 1st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegal death noticesobituarieslast_img read more

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SA’s Baker is Mavericks champ

first_img8 February 2006Durban surfer Grant “Twiggy” Baker has claimed the prestigious Mavericks surf title at Half Moon Bay in California, in a contest dubbed “The Super Bowl of Surfing”.Baker made it into the big wave contest, often labelled “the most dangerous surf contest on the globe,” only after online voters of Surfer Magazine decided he deserved a spot in the line-up. He didn’t disappoint those who showed their support for him.‘An impossible dream’Twice he scored perfect 10s to walk away with the win and $30 000 in prize money. “I never thought this was possible for me,” Baker said. “For someone from South Africa, this is an impossible dream.”As is the case for the Red Bull Big Wave Africa (BWA), surfed at Dungeons off Cape Point in South Africa, the Mavericks contest is surfed only when the conditions are deemed right and on Tuesday they were.Baker came up big early on, scoring his first perfect wave in the third heat of the first round. Then, when it counted most, he notched his second 10 in the final to capture the honours.It was the first time a non-Santa Cruz-based surfer has claimed the victory. With the local guys (Santa Cruz is about 100 kilometres from Mavericks) having the opportunity to experience the testing waves year round, they had always previously won, but not this time as Baker delivered a magical performance.‘The best I’ve ever surfed’“That’s the best I’ve ever surfed,” said Baker afterwards. “There were 20-foot waves out there.big bombs. I had a hideous wipeout. I made a couple rides that I shouldn’t have. What a day!”Contest organiser Jeff Clark, the man who discovered the break at Mavericks, commented: “Every wave at Mavericks is a challenge.”Daryl ‘Flea’ Virostko, a three-time winner of the event, and a visitor to South Africa for the Red Bull Big Wave Africa, failed to make an impression this time round, while defending champion Anthony Tashnick, who has also contested the BWA, was knocked out early on.Santa Cruz local Tyler Smith finished second to Baker and took home $10 000 for his efforts, while Brock Little pocketed $5 000 for third place.last_img read more

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