Former Guyanese Attorney General and legal luminary, Sir Fenton Ramsahoye died in Barbados on Thursday at the age of 89. Ramsahoye was a Guyanese lawyer and politician who served for over 20 years in Antigua and Barbuda.He studied at London University where he was awarded his BA in 1949 and LLB, LLM in 1953 and 1956 respectively. He was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn on February 10, 1953 and was awarded a PhD in Comparative Land Law from London School of Economics and Political Science in 1959.Ramsahoye was at the forefront of the independence movement. In 1961, he was elected a Member of Parliament of Guyana and remained in Parliament until 1973. He was the Attorney General of Guyana from 1961 to 1964 under the Cheddi Jagan-led People’s Progressive Party and a member of Board of Governors of the University of Guyana from 1962 to 1964.As of 2006, he held the record for making the most appearances before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the Caribbean. Ramsahoye was appointed Senior Counsel in Guyana in 1971. From 1972 to 1975 he was Deputy Director of Legal Education for the Council of Legal Education in the West Indies and head of Hugh Wooding Law School as a professor.Ramsahoye was a Queen’s Counsel and a member of the Bars of England and Wales, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Jamaica, the territories of the Eastern Caribbean including Montserrat, and the British Virgin Islands. He was knighted in 2006 by Governor General, Sir James Carlisle during a ceremony at Government House in Antigua.In a statement issued by the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), it stated that it mourns the passing of Sir Ramsahoye, noting that Guyana has lost a great asset to the legal fraternity.DPP Shalimar Hack said Ramsahoye was a great legal legend of Guyana, the Region and the Commonwealth. He served selflessly throughout the Commonwealth Caribbean Region particularly at the Privy Council and the Caribbean Court of Justice.“He distinguished himself academically and subsequently in his practise at the Bar especially at the final Courts of Appeal for the Region, The Privy Council and the Caribbean Court of Justice. While doing so he also served his native country as its first local Attorney General with distinction. So distinguished was his service that he was knighted by the Head of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth,” she noted in her statement.Reminiscing, the DPP said despite having knowledge of Ramsahoye’s failing health, his death still came as a shock. She explained that he appeared for the State in many criminal appeals at the Caribbean Court of Justice, the most recent being the case of Mark Royden Williams and James Anthony Hyles, more commonly referred to as the Lusignan Massacre case.“The legal community, especially in the Caribbean Commonwealth Region has lost a human encyclopedia where legal matters are concerned, be it criminal, civil or constitutional. He was a bottomless well when it came to the law which he expounded from his memory, including the history of the law. Despite being well versed in many areas of the law he was always willing to learn about new aspects. I saw this with him with the introduction of modern anti-money laundering laws. His writing and eloquence is another aspect to be recognised, commended, remembered and emulated. He is truly an icon in the law. He had a command of the understanding of the law and applied it with diligence, astute finesse and integrity,” she noted.In addition, the Bar Association of Guyana hailed Ramsahoye’s commitment to the practice of law.“For over 50 years, since the publication of his treatise ‘The Development of Land Law in British Guiana’ in 1966 when he was 37 years old, lawyers have been thumbing its pages as the standard text on land law in Guyana.Regionally, Sir Fenton has been earning acclaim since the 1970s in the area of human rights in the many cases argued by him at the regional appellate level and in the Privy Council in England from a variety of Caribbean countries. Since the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice in 2005 and until recently, Sir Fenton utilised his considerable legal skills in representing litigants in the region’s highest Court,” the Bar Association said.Meanwhile, his Excellency David Granger extends heartfelt condolences at the passing of Sir Fenton Harcourt Ramsahoye.“Sir Fenton, who passed away earlier today in Barbados at the age of 89, was a distinguished Guyanese attorney who authored the book, The Development of Land Law in British Guiana”, a missive from the Government stated.Ramsahoye passed away of natural causes. Throughout the Caribbean, governments hailed Ramsahoye’s commitment to the practice of law while mourning his death.
However, those 25 laps will be some of the most significant turns around the Blue Oval that Fischer has made. But for Fischer, the USA Championship takes on particular significance as he returns to the track where he won a Drake Relays title in the 5,000 meters in 2017 as a collegian and defended that title this year as a professional athlete. “When you think about the scope of it … it’s the USA Championships. It’s the biggest stage for an athlete like me to be on,” Fischer said. “It’s a weird juxtaposition of feeling back home and competing against the country’s best.” “I’m a lot fresher mentally and physically and more confident than last year,” Fischer said of his mindset for the USA Championships. “I’m a lot more comfortable in this field, and I know the caliber of runner I am this year. I feel like I belong instead of being the guy who snuck in. I’ve got some big goals and things I want to accomplish. Hopefully, it is a good night and I can let it rip.” Fischer, who is from Minnetonka, Minn., will race in the 10,000 meters Thursday evening at 7:40 p.m. in what is his second appearance at a USA Championship. In addition to the comfort of running in front of friends and family on a track that he has logged hundreds of miles on, Fischer has that benefit of a year of experience and professional training in 2018. That senior season earned him a berth in the 2017 USA Championship in Sacramento, Calif., and many lessons he carried forth in his first season as a professional. During his senior season at Drake, Fischer won three MVC titles and set three school records, including one at the Drake Relays, en route to qualifying for and finishing ninth in the 10,000 meters at the 2017 NCAA Championships. Fischer blossomed in his four years at Drake, continually improving and growing into one of the nation’s top runners. In fact, he finished higher at the NCAA Championships as a senior than he ever did as a high schooler at the Minnesota State championship. That training and transition from collegian to professional will come full circle Thursday evening when Fischer returns to the Blue Oval as one of the nation’s top runners. “Last year at the USA Championships, it was my fifth 10k of the season,” Fischer said. “It’s a grueling event, and you can only run well in a handful of them. Last year when I got in [to the USA Championship], it was a matter of going and getting the experience. It was a cool experience as a wide-eyed kid racing against Olympians.” Following his race, Fischer and his Tinman Elite teammates will remain in Des Moines to conduct an informal meet and greet at Fitness Sports, the running specialty store Fischer worked at while at Drake. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Print Friendly Version “To forge a team in months and walk away as winners like that legitimized what we were doing,” Fischer said. “We’ve made the team into our own, and between the four guys on our roster, we take a lot of ownership and have created our own mission statement, values and culture. We want this to grow into something bigger than ourselves.” “It’s always interesting coming back to the place I ran day in and day out for four years,” Fischer said. “It’s very calming to come back to this place and know that it’s just 25 more laps around a track I’ve run hundreds of laps on.” In Fischer’s last race on the Blue Oval, he successfully defended his title in the 5,000 meters in 13:53.32 by leading the final four laps of the race. Twelve months prior, he became the most recent Drake student-athlete to win a Drake Relays title with a late kick in front of an energized Drake Stadium crowd to earn a Relays flag. Reed Fischer, an All-American who won three Missouri Valley Conference titles and set three school records at Drake, is one of the hundreds of athletes set to compete at the USA Track & Field Championships this week at Drake Stadium. “It will be an awesome experience for it to feel like a home race despite being a USA Championship,” Fischer said. “I have family coming down and people I know from my four years at Drake supporting me. That’s something I have in my corner some of the guys I’ll be racing against won’t have.” Since then, Fischer moved to Boulder, Colo., to join Tinman Elite, an upstart team coached by Tim Schwartz. The fledgling team has already made its presence known in track and field circles by winning the USA Cross Country team title in December against more established clubs with significant sponsorship. Learn more about Tinman Elite. “I wasn’t a guy who just went to class and ran track,” Fischer said of his four years in Des Moines. “I worked part-time and was involved in a bunch of clubs that stretched out my time. Having that experience made the transition to a full-time job and training a lot easier than I thought it would be.” While professionally training, Fischer works full time as the marketing and communication coordinator for the Colorado Mountain Club, an organization that has been delivering conservation, education and recreational opportunities to the Colorado public since 1912. Training as a professional and working full time is a challenge that would test the most seasoned athlete, but Fischer has used his experience from Drake to maximize the opportunity and challenge in front of him.