“My daughter’s death gave my life new meaning” – Ron Pilgrim

first_imgBy Lakhram BhagiratThe toughest thing many a father does is give away his daughter on her wedding day. It is something that Ron Pilgrim wishes he could have done for his first princess, but all he can do is wish.Little RonashaYou see, Ron’s only daughter, Ronasha, was, on September 1, brutally murdered by her uncle — all for a pair of gold earrings valued at less than $5,000.Ron explained that September 1 would forever be etched in his memory, as he vividly remembers digging through the mud for the body of his 18-month-old daughter, hoping and praying that God would grant him a miracle. However, after about 30 minutes of digging, he found Ronasha’s body, lifeless and covered in mud.“I don’t wish what I went through for any father. The hardest and darkest day of my life was digging in the mud for my daughter, and then taking (her) out of the mud. It was hard; very hard,” he laments.Ron is a 35-year-old single parent father who works two jobs to care for his children. He now puts all his efforts into making sure his two sons, Ryan and Ron Jr, are safe from all the elements.At around 03:00h on that fateful day, Ron’s youngest brother, Sherwin, entered his Lot 98 North Sophia home after breaking one of the windows. When Sherwin entered the house, Ron’s son Ryan, 12 years old, was up watching television, while Ron Jr, 10 years old, and Ronasha were asleep. Sherwin first attempted to toss Ron Jr through the window, but was unsuccessful; then he relieved his niece of her gold earrings, tossed her out of the window, then proceeded to dig a hole and bury her alive.This was done in the presence of her two brothers, and while their father was away at work.My first encounter with Ron was on December 22, when he came by the Guyana Times’ office to receive two new bikes, food hamper, school supplies and a gift certificate for the holidays, donated by the staff members of TVG/Radio Guyana and Guyana Times. After the presentation, I engaged Ron and we had a rather lengthy conversation, wherein he explained how he has been able to cope with his loss.What stuck with me was when he fought back tears to explain what life has been without his child. I have been around grave loss, and I have encountered grave loss as well, but Ron’s pain startled me. Generally, men are expected to be stoic and not show emotion, but he dispelled that stereotype when he spoke about raising his children on his own, playing the role of both mother and father, and attempted to describe his indescribable loss.“I can’t really describe how I feel, but it is like everything black now. No colour. I know I have the two boys, but I don’t know what happen; it is like I lose part of me, because she mother never really care for she,” Ron said while fighting back tears.Since Ronasha died, her father have been constantly working to take his sons out of their current place of dwelling. He explained that he was forced to take another job after Ryan and Ron Jr’s mother died in 2011.After the mother of his sons died, his mother helped to care of the boys, but that eventually stopped, leaving him as the sole caregiver. However, since Ronasha’s death, his mother has resumed caring for the boys during the weekends, and happily said they would be spending Christmas with her.During our conversation, he explained that his current home is not ideally situated for rearing the children, since the land would become swampy and flooded; but he noted that one day he would get his children out of there, since the memories of his daughter haunt him daily.“Since the girl died, life is harder, because for a time the boys were traumatized and them was frighten and so. It is like my daughter’s death gave my life new meaning, because I am a better man now and I care more for the two that I have with me,” Ron said.He noted that as the holidays gets closer he could only sit and think of how he would have spoilt his princess. He explained that the thought of buying her a doll and princess accessories brings a rare smile to his face, since he is still trying to cope with his loss.Ron told me that, growing up, he was always different from his brothers, since they are what he described as “thugs”. He added that two weeks prior to murdering his daughter, Sherwin had just came out of jail.“Is the drugs got them man so. Them does spend all their money on buying drugs, and always in some problem; but them don’t learn,” he declared.During my interaction with Ron, Ryan was there as well, and I was made to understand that he had witnessed everything his uncle did to his sister. He was very reticent about revealing what happened that night, but told me that his uncle was very vicious, and would have killed all of them if an alarm was not raised.For now, the Pilgrim family are picking up the pieces of their broken lives and trying to forge ahead. Ron still works extra hard to ensure that his children get the best he can afford. He is focused on making sure they get a quality education, so they could build themselves a career that would take them places.last_img read more

No Greek Soccer Coach Yet

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – Greece’s falling soccer fortunes took another hit when German coach Bernd Schuster said he wouldn’t take the national team post after a verbal deal fell apart.With Greece failing to make the European championship tourney it won in 2004, the Hellenic Soccer Federation (EPO) is looking to resurrect the program after going through two coaches this year.Schuster, who has coached Real Madrid and most recently Malaga, was set to succeed Uruguayan Sergio Markarian and lead Greece’s 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign but the deal fell through over a last-minute hitch, Reuters said.“EPO announced that it has restarted its search for a coach of the national team after a change of attitude from Mr. Schuster relating to a verbal agreement with the federation,” said a brief EPO statement.“Mr. Schuster was asked a while ago to sign a preliminary agreement on the terms that had been clarified in detail and fully agreed. However, on his own initiative and without any prior notice he demanded to change them.“These new requirements suddenly asked by Mr. Schuster were not accepted by EPO and (President] Mr (Giorgos) Gkirtzikis has been authorized by the members of the Executive Committee to continue negotiations with other prospective coaches.”Local media said the dispute was over Schuster’s assistant, as he reportedly didn’t want to work with interim coach Kostas Tsanas, who coaches the under-21 side.Former national team coach Markarian and director of soccer Giorgos Karagounis were let go on Aug. 27.Markarian took over in February from Italian Claudio Ranieri who was sacked after Greece got off to a miserable start in Euro 2016 qualifying, including a humiliating home defeat by the Faroe Islands which then beat the Greeks again to put them at the bottom of the group and out of competition.last_img read more

Shikar Dhawan Mohammad Shami to be back in Indian team for ODI

first_imgShikhar Dhawan.Robert Cianflone/Getty ImagesIndian opener Shikhar Dhawan and pace bowler Mohammad Shami are likely to be back in the ODI team for the series against West Indies which starts on August 8. With the inclusion of Dhawan in the team, KL Rahul is probably going to go back to his number four spot. India will play their first ODI match after their defeat in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.The Indian opener will join Rohit Sharma to open the batting for India after he was ruled out of the World Cup with a finger injury he suffered in a group stage fixture against Australia. On the other hand, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is probably going to be rested with Mohammad Shami and in-form Navdeep Saini leading the Indian pace attack.Kedar Jadhav is expected to feature in the team at the number five or six spot provided Rishabh Pant bats elsewhere. Pant has shown some promise in the final T20 international of the West Indies series taking India home along with skipper Virat Kohli. It will be interesting to see who gets a chance between Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer to add stability to the middle-order. Getty Images/ICCMen in Blue skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be looking forward to continuing the form they are in. Sharma was in the form of his life in the World Cup. The 32-year-old opener scored 648 runs in the nine matches he played hitting five centuries and a half-century.West Indies have their task cut-out after their drubbing by India in the T20 series. They desperately need to bounce back and mend their ways before they face another whitewash in the ODI series. The Caribbean team will be relieved with the inclusion of big-hitter Chris Gayle back in the squad. This will be the last ODI series for Chris Gayle as the opener had mentioned hanging his boots after the India series.last_img read more

Mohit Vermas journey in becoming a Tech Blogger and Influencer

first_imgMohit Verma’s journey, one of the well known tech blogger and influencer on social media is quite interesting. He is a Mechanical engineer but he was always interested in technology, fashion and travel.Soon, he turned his interests in this world and started blogging. He runs The Techgram which covers all the updates of present trending gizmos world, including all the innovations in Gadgets.Mohit Verma started his journey with writing articles about the latest mobile phones launched in the country.After gaining enough experience in the same, he shifted to Delhi to fulfill his dreams. His journey as a Tech blogger started as a part time act four years ago, when he handled it along with his higher education. It might have been a part time thing then, but it still took a lot of work.With writing about technology, he also started influencing on his Instagram account (@itz_mohit_verma). When Mohit Verma started posting his day-to-day fashion photos and videos on his social media, a lot of people appreciated his looks and work. That’s when he was cited as an influencer and a blogger. It has been 4 years since Mohit followed this path to fulfill his passion and things have worked very well for him.Alongside a day job, Mohit shoots over the weekends and works before or after office hours to keep up with his followers on Instagram (his favourite social medium). Mohit’s young and spread-out follower base can be seen excitedly interacting with him on his social media accounts.He blogs mostly about Technology, Fashion, Lifestyle and Travel. He considers blogging as a world where individuals can get drawn in with numerous new things and acquire information.Blogs are like an open spot where everybody on the planet can come and realize many new things also share their own personal experiences. He has also collaborated with several amazing brands like- Amazon, Nissan, Shein, Vivo, Samsung with which he received a great response.’I loved it all. The perspiration, the pressure, the battle, the surge, and the adrenaline. It made me acknowledge how much more determined I needed to be to succeed. What’s more, that is the thing that I did and keep on doing.’ Mohit Verma says.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Deepika was always a star Shahrukh

first_imgShah Rukh Khan, the producer and hero of Deepika Padukone’s debut film Om Shanti Om, says she has paved the way for her own success and that she always had it in her to be a ‘star’.SRK and Deepika worked under Farah Khan’s direction for Om Shanti Om, and the team has joined hands again for the forthcoming Happy New Year. In the gap of seven years, Deepika has established herself as one of the reigning beauties in Bollywood — and Shah Rukh feels the success is ‘all hers’. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame‘I have nothing to do with her (Deepika’s) success. It’s all hers. You can’t take credit away from someone,’ Shah Rukh told reporters in a group interview.Citing his own example, he said that when he worked on his debut film Deewana, veteran actors like Rishi Kapoor and Amrish Puri were very nice and kind to him.‘I must have made mistakes, I must have been good and bad,’ Shah Rukh said as he mulled over his own journey.But then talking of Deepika, he said: ‘I think Deepika was always a star. Since she was new, we did the Aankhon mein teri song and we showed it to Amitji (Amitabh Bachchan). He said, ‘She is a very huge star’. She was a supermodel at that time, so it’s not something we (Farah and I) have done.‘I haven’t worked with her for seven years, but I think she has it all. As a friend, I told her that ‘Always do a film where you feel comfortable with the people around’. She has made wonderful choices — whether it’s Cocktail or Finding Fanny. ‘She has chosen some highly commercial films too; she has made the right choices,’ he said.last_img read more