first_img…Security reaction to water-banditsCrime’s always been around – including violent crime. But in the first decade of this millennium, it took a whole new dimension with the entry of armed criminal gangs. Mass killings became routine. The denouement came in early 2008, when the Lusignan Massacre took 13 lives; the Bartica Massacre took 15. But Guyanese demanded action to stop Guyanese lives from being snuffed out by criminal gangs which had absolutely no regard for human lives. Within months, the PPP govt-directed Joint Forces had tracked down the killer gang through the jungles and into the coast and executed all its members. The swift response obviously sent such a salutary message to wannabe gang-killer miscreants that none have raised their heads since.So what’s going to be the response to the “piracy” massacre of 16 fishermen last week?? When this PNC-led Government slid into office in 2015, “piracy” had been a persistent problem on the Corentyne Coast. Unlike the pirates of old, like Captain Morgan — who’ve been romanticised through the ages for robbing the bullion-loaded Spanish Galleons on behalf of his country — these Guyanese “pirates” can be better described as “water-bandits”. They’re lowlife bottom feeders who prey on poor fishermen grubbing for a living. Their families depend on them, as they take grave risks to bring in their catch from the wild Atlantic at nights.Generally, the water-bandits brandish cutlasses as they intercept fishing boats laden with catch at the mouth of the Corentyne River. It might not be widely known, but Suriname owns the River all the way to our bank – to where the water reaches at low tide, all the way to 61 Village. That’s right…when you swim out beyond that mark at 63 Beach, you’re in Suriname!! Anyhow all over the Corentyne, fisher folks were at risk from these water-bandits.The PNC coalition Government – ensconced into office on the backs of the Khemraj Ramjattan AFC, with votes from Berbice, including those from the fearful fishermen – appointed him as Minister of Public Security. Being from 43 Village, he assured the Corentyne fisher folks he’d eliminate the problem. In June 2015 – only a month after being in office — he went down to Berbice with a phalanx of Policemen and informed the Upper Corentyne Chamber that the most effective solution would be to give the fishermen guns to protect themselves.He claimed patrols by ship or helicopters would be too expensive to upkeep in what he called a “Wild West” situation in the fishing grounds. Like the cowboys of yore, the fishermen had to be armed.Well, we understand Ramjattan’s finally decided to visit the Corentyne.Where are the guns that could’ve prevented the massacre?? Blood might be on Ramjattan’s hands.…top Judicial appointmentsAsked what he’s doing about making permanent appointments to the two top Judicial positions – the Chancellor and the Chief Justice – PNC Leader and President of Guyana, David Granger, said, “The ball’s in Jagdeo’s court”!! Imagine that!! Clearly, Granger doesn’t accept that, being President of Guyana, that role trumps being the Leader of the PNC.Because to treat the top judicial appointments as a “game” of tennis — wherein one just lob balls to get the advantage over the opponent — is to miss the central point of being president: to do the right thing for Guyana, NOT  the PNC! And what’s the “right thing” for Guyana, rather than crass gamesmanship?? Suggest Judicial nominees to the Leader of the Opposition, who’s not prima facie objectionable.Honestly, after packing every possible state position with old (and we mean ooollllddd!!) army buddies, how can Granger think another ex-officer – who imbibed his personal teachings on Burnham’s supremacy doctrine in the army – can be acceptable as Chancellor??But then it’s all a game, isn’t it? Politrics!!…amends??Granger’s bigging up of Indian contribution had to’ve been as PNC leader – with one eye on 2020. If he was being President of Guyana, he would’ve offered some hope of employment for the workers at Highbury — fired with Rose Hall’s closure.last_img read more

Prison survey report under review

first_imgThe prison survey, which is being facilitated by the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme’s (CSSP) Component Three and the University of Guyana, has been submitted. This was disclosed by CSSP’s Project Manager, Clement Henry during an interview with the Department of Public Information.Citizen Security Strengthening Project Manager, Clement HenryHenry said the report was submitted on October 27, 2017, and is currently being reviewed by the Guyana Prison Service and CSSP’s project team. He explained that before the report’s recommendations can be taken on board, they must fit all Terms of Reference and be carefully analysed by the stakeholders. He pointed out, however, that the recommendations and findings of the survey will soon be made public.The sum of US$74,200 has been allocated for the survey. Faculty members from UG’s Turkeyen and Tain campuses, including medical and legal personnel, mathematicians, criminologist and social workers comprised the core team that led the survey. Additionally, 30 students from the university were trained in data collection to assist the team in conducting the survey.The survey is part of Component Three of the CSSP, which seeks to finance sustainable re-entry initiatives by assessing rehabilitation and reintegration needs across the prison system; develop a rehabilitation and reintegration model based on the needs assessments and the outputs of the survey; develop a case management programme to support and track inmate progress and offer training to Guyana Prison Service (GPS) staff on delivering rehabilitation and reintegration services.The CSSP is a five-year programme that aims to contribute to a reduction in crime and violence in Guyana, especially in targeted communities and among youths, by increasing their human and social capacity.last_img read more

African champ Chatthe defends Safari Rally

first_imgChatthe navigated by Gugu Panesar extended their overnight lead to the final day at the last stages in Elementaita.“It’s a great moment for us, I won the Safari Rally last year and we are back with a resounding victory,” Chatthe stated.Rai finished 10 seconds behind, while Finland’s ace Laukannen overtook Ian Duncan by one minute to take the third position.“Yesterday was quite challenging for us and today we had to fight for second best position,” Rai underscored.Team Kibos Jaspreet Chatthe navigated by Gurdeep Panesar in their Mitsubishi Evolution 10 tackle the Lake Elementaita lodge section.Car ‘Flash’ Tundo, who was looking forward to equaling Shehktar record, finished fifth.“It was a great outing for us, but we had several mechanical problems, we are glad to have finished the rally. To all my rally fans another round is at the corner,” Tundo stated.Baldev Chager, who retired on Day 2 after his car hit a stone spoiling the radiator, says he will be aiming to shine in the next round.“It’s rallying and at times there isn’t much one can do with such mechanical problems. I had envisaged winning after the Jamhuri stage and we kept on pushing even after the radiator had issues but too bad, it wasn’t our time,” Chager said.After the Safari Rally, Rajbir Rai leads the overall Kenya National Rally Championship standings on 60.5 points ahead of Jaspreet Chatthe who has 57.5 while Tapio Laukkanen comes in third on 56 points.Ian Duncan follows fourth on 43.5 points, Baldev Chager is fifth on 37 points while Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo is placed sixth on 33 points.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Team Kibos Jaspreet Chatthe navigated by Gurdeep Panesar in their Mitsubishi Evolution 10 tackle the Lake Elementaita lodge section.NAIVASHA, Kenya, June 12 – Jaspreet Chatthe successfully defended the KCB Safari Rally title after winning the 64th edition run at a dusty lake Elementaita terrain that culminated on Sunday at Kenyatta International Convention Center.Chatthe the African Champion, who accumulated the fastest time in 10 competitive stages, was followed by Rajbir Rai while Finnish Tapio Laukannen closed the podium ahead of veteran Ian Duncan.last_img read more

£55million PSG star hints at summer move – Arsenal and Man United boost?

first_img Edinson Cavani 1 Arsenal and Manchester United target Edinson Cavani has hinted that his future may lie away from Paris Saint-Germain.The Uruguayan striker has struggled for form this season, scoring just eight goals in 28 Ligue 1 outings.He was hooked after just 59 minutes of PSG’s big derby with Marseille on Sunday and reports in France have suggested that he has fallen out with manager Laurent Blanc.Arsenal and United have both been strongly linked with a move for the striker and are said to be keeping close tabs on his situation in Paris.Juventus are also understood be readying a summer offer for the 28-year-old, who became the most expensive player in French football history when he signed for PSG from Napoli for £55m in 2013.And, when asked about his future after Sunday’s game, Cavani refused to rule out a move away.In quotes attributed to him by, he said: “For now I think only to finish the season well here and give my best for the club that pays me. In Paris, I’m fine, but in football you never know what can happen in the future.”last_img read more


first_imgHis granny is from Glenswilly and he has many close relations across Donegal.Strabane singer Ryan Dolan can now count on the support of Eurovision Song Contest fans from Donegal when he represents Ireland in the contest in Malmo, Sweden.Ryan was chosen as the winner of the Late Late Show Eurosong Special last night (FRI). His song, Only Love Survives, was sitting in second place to the ballad Crashing Down after the jury vote.But when the vote went to the public across the country, there was only one winner.Eurovision expert Bill Whelan praised Ryan’s voice and his stage presence and said he has a great chance in Malmo.And he also reminded viewers that the last time Ireland entered the contest in Malmo, a certain Linda Martin went and won the contest. Ryan said he was delighted to be representing Ireland.“I still can’t believe it. There was such strong competition that any of us could have won it.“I want to do Ireland proud and we will give it our best shot in Sweden,” he said. DONEGAL RELATIONS TOAST EUROVISION ENTRY WINNER RYAN was last modified: February 22nd, 2013 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:EurovisionglenswillyLate Late ShowLiffordRyan Dolanstrabanelast_img read more


first_imgMembers of the DMRT with their new coatsTHE Donegal Mountain Rescue Team (DMRT) will be properly equipped to undertake rescue missions over the coming years – thanks to support from Shell E&P Ireland Limited.For the second time Shell has sponsored the high durability Keela coats that allow the 35-strong rescue team carry out their life-saving functions in the most extreme weather conditions.Donegal Mountain Rescue Team spokesperson, Brian Murray, has recognised the support from Shell which runs its massive offshore operations out of Killybegs port. “It costs over €50,000 per year to run the rescue service. We get support from the Coast Guard and from Donegal County Council but we also have to fundraise for as much as 80% of our running costs.“Sponsorship from companies such as Shell is most welcome. The members of the mountain rescue team dedicate a lot of their time to training and rescue missions as well as to fundraising. Major sponsorship such as kitting out the members in proper mountain gear eases the burden of fundraising on the members and is much appreciated.”Brian pointed out that the team undertakes humanitarian missions as well as rescue operations.“During the harsh winters of the past few years we carried out up to 50 operations including getting support and aid to people who were stranded because of the snow. “On average, we would be called out 30 to 35 times a year. It demands a big commitment from the members, who are all volunteers. But there is immense satisfaction for them in knowing that they have played a part in saving a life or assisting in a successful rescue,” said Brian.Ed Moran, Shell’s operations manager in Killybegs, said the company was pleased to be able to assist in the work of DMRT.“They carry out a vital life-saving function. As a company, Shell’s first priority is safety, so it is natural that we would provide some support to such a worthy organisation,” he said. DONEGAL MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM ‘SHELL’ OUT FOR NEW COATS! was last modified: March 18th, 2013 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:donegal mountain rescue teamShelllast_img read more

Crystal Palace to beat Real Madrid in Sissoko chase? – Latest transfer update

first_img Moussa Sissoko wants to leave Newcastle this summer following their relegation to the Championship 1 Crystal Palace have emerged as frontrunners in the race to land Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko.The dynamic midfielder looks set to leave the Magpies this summer following the club’s relegation to the Championship last term.Sissoko’s stock has risen this summer following some superb performances for France at Euro 2016, where his country were beaten finalists.It has been suggested that Newcastle want at least £35million for the 26-year-old, who has been linked with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United already.However, reports in France have now claimed that is it Palace who are pushing hardest to sign him.Manager Alan Pardew worked with Sissoko during his time as Newcastle manager and it has been reported that the Palace boss wants a reunion.A new centre-forward had appeared to be Pardew’s priority this summer – with Christian Benteke and Saido Berahino both linked with a move to Selhurst Park.But Le10Sport reckon he could now be turning his attention to completing a deal for Sissoko in time for the start of the campaign.last_img read more

Aston Villa 2-1 Nottingham Forest: Villans secure victory over Tricky Trees

first_img1 John Terry in action for Aston Villa Aston Villa made a belated move up the Sky Bet Championship table with a nervous 2-1 home win over Nottingham Forest.It was far from a conclusive victory for Villa despite taking a first-half lead through Albert Adomah.Daryl Murphy scored a deserved second-half equaliser only for Conor Hourihane to clinch three points with a 60th-minute winner from a free-kick.Villa increased their unbeaten run to six league games and, in the process, recorded their 11th win in 12 home games against Forest.Forest, who have now been beaten in five of their last six games in all competitions, played with some early confidence with Barrie McKay their chief creator.Surprisingly Villa found themselves on the back-foot, unable to stamp any authority on proceedings to the growing annoyance of manager Steve Bruce.Forest were caught out of position by a piece of sublime play in the 15th minute when Jonathan Kodjia cleverly slipped the ball inside Matt Mills to Adomah.Jordan Smith had to dash from his line in an attempt to avert the danger but Adomah calmly side-stepped Forest’s keeper to slide the ball into an empty net.Forest’s possession was good but they appeared unable to find a finishing shot which certainly played into the hands of Villa.Kodjia was given a wonderful opportunity to increase Villa’s lead only to fumble an accurate right-wing cross from Robert Snodgrass.Tendayi Darikwa should have produced a better finish for Forest with an effort he fired into the side-netting as he caught Villa on the retreat.A bad mistake by Mills allowed Keinan Davis to put Adomah clear just inside the penalty area but, on this occasion, Smith was able to smoother a 20-yard shot.Forest finally found a goal in the 53rd minute. The ball bounced off a Villa player and Murphy was on hand to grab the equaliser with a low shot past Sam Johnstone.The goal visibly upset Villa’s defence, which went into panic mode as Forest suddenly realised they had a real chance of taking control.Villa, however, bounced back to regain the lead with Hourihane scoring direct from a free-kick on the hour mark.Kodjia went on a solo run only to be impeded by Ben Brereton, who was given a yellow card for his trouble.Previously Snodgrass had taken Villa’s free-kicks but, on this occasion, the Irishman stepped up to curl his effort wide of the wall and into the right corner.last_img read more

Jailed threat

first_imgIt’s no secret that California’s prisons and jails are in atrocious shape. Overcrowding, abuse, dismal health care and an unchecked guards union all contribute to the problem. And while politicians like to talk about the need to correct the system, no one seems to possess the will or the power to do anything about it. But this is a crisis that cannot be ignored. At stake is not only the humanitarian issue of how we treat our prisoners, or even the criminal-justice question of whether incarceration encourages or reduces recidivism. At stake is national security itself. Overcrowded and abusive prisons only further harden inmates, who then search for the solace – and an outlet for their anger – that radicalized Islam can provide. With international terrorists looking for American allies to conduct their attacks, this is a serious threat. It’s one more reason to move quickly on cleaning up our corrections system – not that we needed one. WHILE marking the fifth anniversary of 9-11, many noted that the U.S. has not suffered a coordinated domestic terror attack since 2001. But there have been plenty of close calls. Just last year, jihadists were arrested in Torrance on suspicion of robbing gas stations to fund a string of terror attacks on U.S. military facilities and Jewish synagogues in the region. Some of those believed to be part of the operation were members of the radical Islamic group Jam’iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh. They met at Folsom State Prison, where the group was founded in 1997. Therein lies the giant warning in this story, which has been backed up by numerous federal officials and counterterrorism experts: County jails and state prisons can be breeding grounds for radicalism and terror recruits. 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

Chelsea boss apologises to fans following abject defeat at Man City

first_img BEST OF Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The end of the game saw manager Maurizio Sarri bypass City boss Pep Guardiola when the two were due to shake hands.Sarri was apologetic after the game but it was not addressed to the Spaniard, instead issuing it to the Chelsea fans because of the humiliating margin of the scoreline.The Italian said: “I am doing my best and I’m trying to get the players to do their best but at the moment I can only say sorry because in the last three away matches we played very badly.”“It’s very difficult to describe our performance. It’s also very difficult to understand because during the week I really was very happy with the team. Captain Cesar Azpilicueta goes to the travelling Chelsea fans after the game “My feeling was very good yesterday in the meeting and the warm up today.“We started well but we conceded the first goal in a stupid way in the fourth minute and then everything was really very difficult because we had to stay in the match but we weren’t able to do that.“The reaction was not very good. In the 20 minutes after the first goal we made a lot of mistakes against the wrong opponents who played fantastic football. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 3 Sarri is really struggling at Chelsea 3 no dice REVEALED ADVICE Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade “I am surprised because at the beginning of the season we played better away than at home. I don’t know what’s happened but at the moment we’re in trouble.“In the last three or four matches we have been in trouble without a reaction at the first difficulty so we need to understand.”The result increases the pressure on the Blues boss and when asked about how it might affect his future at Stamford Bridge, Sarri admitted he didn’t know.He added: “I don’t know. You’re asking me about something that’s not my job. I’m worried about our performances, you’ll have to ask the club.” Chelsea suffered their worst defeat in Premier League history after being pummelled 6-0 by Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.Sergio Aguero’s hat-trick, Raheem Sterling’s double and Ilkay Gundogan’s effort also condemned the Blues to a third straight defeat away from home as they failed to make their way back into the top four. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won MONEY Sarri went straight down the tunnel when the final whistle went Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions RANKED REVEALED 3last_img read more