Police are powerless to challenge ‘Sindicato’ (Part 1)

first_imgDear Editor,Last Wednesday, March 24, I was part of the Parliamentary Oversight Committee for the Security Sector that inspected Police stations at Muruca; Matthews Ridge; Port Kaituma and Mabaruma in Region One (Barima-Waini).To his credit, our Committee Chairman, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, instructed his Police ranks to be truthful and straightforward in answering our questions, and I am satisfied that this was done.Because of this candid interaction with the ranks, I was able to ascertain the state of readiness of our Police Force in those communities, and the conditions under which they live and work.Editor, we demand professionalism of our men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe. They in turn, need to be assured of our support and commitment in providing them with the tools to keep them safe, and to get the job done. Sadly, much is needed to provide the basic level of comfort to those Police Officers; most of whom have been transferred from locations far away from home.Police in Region One are challenged to cope with routine criminal activities they are confronted with on a daily basis. Every Police station is short-staffed and is in dire need of transportation; adequate manpower, more and better weapons.There is no defined policy guideline to deal with Venezuelans crossing the border, working here illegally and setting up prostitution rings.Living quarters for Police Officers are mostly cramped and inadequate. In Port Kaituma, Police Sergeant Connell is forced to live in a dilapidated building that should have been demolished a long time ago. So, when I read in the press that Minister Ramjattan will be sending in more law enforcement officers to deal with the threat emerging from the Venezuelan gang known as the “Sindicato”, I wonder where he proposes to house these additional ranks, and how will they be able to confront the “Sindicato” without transportation and effective communication.Unless Police Officers in Region One are given the tools to get the job done, even with additional ranks, they will be powerless to challenge any threat emerging from that notorious Venezuelan gang.A reliable communication system is extremely vital to any Police station, more so those located in rural isolated areas. Yet the Police radio at Muruca has not been working since October of last year. Without a replacement and telephone land-lines, the only form of communication available to these Police Officers are their personal cellphones. This is totally unacceptable.The lack of adequate transportation is a common problem facing all Police stations in Region One. Muruca has been without a 4×4 vehicle since 2012, and one of the two ATVs is non-operational due to smooth tyres.A common request I’ve heard throughout this inspection tour of Region One, is the need for female Police Officers to deal with cases of rape, domestic violence, child abuse etc.While the Public Security Minister admitted that he is aware of some of the “harsh” conditions that exist in some locations, it appears that the chain of command is failing to address the basic needs of Police Officers in this Region.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member ofParliamentlast_img read more

“Curl up” jailed for stealing gold band

first_imgJust weeks after pleading guilty to a simple larceny charge, 27-year-old Jason Thomas of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, was on Friday sentenced to serve 2 years in prison for the offence.Jailed: Jason ThomasThomas, also known as “Curl up”, was handed the sentence by Magistrate Dylon Bess after a probation report was presented. According to the report, the father of two was previously charged for possession of narcotics and is currently unemployed.The charge against the father of two read that on June 22, 2019, at Regent and Wellington Streets, Georgetown, he stole a $120,000 gold band from Clairan Rambarran.On his first court appearance, Thomas admitted to the charge and explained to the court that he committed the act since he was frustrated and needed money to purchase milk for his two young children.Nevertheless, Magistrate Bess in handing down his sentence considered the fact that Thomas pleaded guilty and did not waste the court’s time, along with the information revealed from the probation report.As such, an unrepresented Thomas will now spend the next two years behind bars for the offence.last_img read more

‘I shouldn’t be on the Earth today’

first_imgNow this. Gardner’s weekend brush with death was the third since he unbelievably captured the gold at the Sydney Olympics in 2000. It happened when a small airplane he was riding in crashed into the aptly named Good Hope Bay, near the Arizona-Utah border. “I should be dead,” Gardner told The Associated Press on Monday. “I shouldn’t be on the Earth today.” How many lives could Gardner possibly have left? Five years ago, he was snowmobiling in Wyoming when he became separated from a friend while trying to pass over a ridge in deep snow. As he struggled to find his way back, he fell into an icy river several times. He wound up stranded overnight. His body temperature fell to 88degrees. He saved himself that time by finding a cluster of trees and digging into the snow to wait the night out. He contorted himself into strange positions, trying not to let himself fall asleep, afraid that if he did, he would freeze to death. He lost a toe to frostbite after that close call, but still made it back to the Athens Olympics, where he won a bronze medal and left his shoes on the mat – the symbolic gesture in wrestling that signals retirement. Shortly before his final Olympics, Gardner was struck by an automobile while riding a motorcycle to practice. That time, he walked away with only abrasions and a sore left heel. When he was a kid, he punctured his abdomen while playing with a bow and arrow while his parents were out of town. The doctor said Gardner had just missed puncturing a vital organ. “Every day, we all have situations,” Gardner said. “Some people handle them in different ways. I guess that’s either a gift, or something I go through that most people say, `That’s crazy.”‘ On his latest near-death experience, Gardner and his friends were in a Cirrus SR 22, flying above Lake Powell. The trip was to see Randy Brooks’ houseboat from the air, but the small plane was flying low, and it suddenly dipped and began clipping the surface of the water. It stopped on the lake and began sinking. “I was saying, `This can’t be happening right now,”‘ Gardner said. The Olympic athlete is not a good swimmer, and his friends gave him a quick lesson in doing the backstroke. Gardner said the water temperature didn’t faze him; he thought he’d survived the worst by living through the crash. But Luckesen said hypothermia starts setting in with most people after about 30 minutes in water that cold. “It is truly amazing that they were able to swim through Good Hope Bay and then spend the night without any shelter,” said Kevin Schneider, a spokesman at Glen Canyon. Once at shore, the men took off their clothes in hopes of drying them out before the sun set. They would have been happy for some boater to see them standing naked on the shore, but it was too late in the day – no such luck. Knowing they’d have to spend the night exposed in the 30-degree weather, they built a two-foot-high rock wall as a shelter from the wind. They huddled through the night to keep warm, alternating turns taking the brunt of the cold wind. They were saved in the morning when they saw the fisherman. Still feeling the effects of his latest accident, Gardner stayed on schedule Monday, boarding another airplane – this one to Boston for a previously scheduled speaking engagement. Maybe strangest of all is that Gardner would be a household name even without all the drama. At the Sydney Olympics, he pulled one of the biggest upsets in the history of the games when he won the gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling by ending Alexander Karelin’s 13-year international winning streak. They called it “The Miracle on the Mat.” Turns out, it was the first miracle of many. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Gardner and the two other men in the plane, brothers Randy and Leslie Brooks, swam to shore through the 44-degree water and spent Saturday night on the banks without shelter. On Sunday morning, they spotted a fisherman, chased him down and got a ride back to safety. None of the men were left with major injuries. The 35-year-old Gardner said his hip hurt and he believed he might have sustained a concussion when the plane hit the water. But he never lost consciousness. If he had, he might have drowned. “I don’t know where to put it,” he said when asked to compare this with his other near escapes. “It was pretty intense.” Hypothermia often sets in and many people wouldn’t be expected to live through an hour-long swim in cold water, said Steven Luckesen, a district ranger at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. “If these guys were a cat with nine lives, they just used up three of them,” Luckesen said. center_img Scrambling out of a downed, waterlogged airplane, swimming to shore through an icy cold lake, spending the night exposed in the freezing, desert chill, then walking away with little more than bumps and bruises and the urgent need of a nice, warm bed. Harrowing close calls are becoming a habit for Rulon Gardner, Olympic wrestling champion-turned-escape artist. There was the time he lost a toe to frostbite after being stranded in the wilderness. He also was involved in a serious motorcycle accident and way back in third grade, he impaled himself with an arrow. last_img

Public comment deadline extended on wolf, bear hunting proposals

first_imgPublic comments will be gathered until Jan. 31, 2016. VICTORIA, B.C. — British Columbians now have until the end of the month to voice their thoughts on the proposed changes to wolf and bear hunting in the Peace Region.The respective proposals call for removing the bag limit on wolves hunted during the open season, and for the range of authorizations to be increased for grizzly hunting.The Raincoast Conservation Foundation has since criticized the government for their handling of the proposals, alleging their choice to announce these public comment periods during the busy holidays wasn’t a coincidence.- Advertisement -‘The original timing of the province’s so-called public consultation period over the Christmas Holidays made it appear that they didn’t really want public feedback,” said Executive Director Chris Genovali. “However, we’re glad that they’ve extended the time period.”Raincoast strongly opposes the provincial proposals in question, but does applaud the province for extending the period past the end of December, though without much of an announcement.“In an ideal world, the Province would have announced this extension to the public, but since they’ve apparently decided not to do that, we’ll let the public know for them,” Genovali said.Advertisementlast_img read more

Yukon RCMP search for missing man, possibly in BC

first_imgWHITEHORSE, Y.T. – Yukon RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 55-year-old Roy Thomas Jackson.According to RCMP, Jackson was last seen in Whitehorse on September 13.Investigators believe that Jackson could be in the Yukon or possibly in British Columbia.- Advertisement -If you have any information regarding Jackson’s whereabouts, you are being asked to call the Whitehorse RCMP at 867-667-5555.last_img

PATSY, TERESA AND NEIL ARE ALL RE-APPOINTED TO IRELAND ATHLETICS ROLES

first_imgDONEGAL have achieved another podium finish at Athletics Ireland!The organisation named their management team for the next two years with Donegal on top.Patsy Mc Gonagle, from Finn Valley AC, who recently headed up team prep for London Olympics has once again been named Senior team leader while under 23 manager is Letterkenny coach Teresa McDaid. Neil Martin who in addition to his coaching involvement at Finn Valley is again returned as junior team manager.National Youth Manager is Gary Ryan a double Olympian from the Atlanta and Sydney Games and a native of Tipperary.The next action challenge for the grouping involves McGonagle with a walks squad which includes Milford Olympian Brendan Boyce for European Walks in Slovakia next weekend. PATSY, TERESA AND NEIL ARE ALL RE-APPOINTED TO IRELAND ATHLETICS ROLES was last modified: May 12th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:PATSYTERESA AND NEIL ALL RE-APPOINTED TO IRELAND ATHLETICS ROLESlast_img read more

MAN WHO SPARKED FIGHTBACK AGAINST BURGLARS SAYS CAMPAIGN GOES ON

first_imgThe man who sparked a fightback against burglars in Donegal has said he hopes the campaign will continue to grow across the county after saying his work is done.Tony Morning speaks at one of the first meetings organised to help protect Donegal’s elderly.Tony Morning has said other groups will take over and he hopes elderly people can rest a little safer in their homes.The businessman spoke to Donegal Daily after a meeting at the Manor Resource Centre resulted in the setting up of nine different Text Alert and Neighbourhood Watch Schemes in the Manor and surrounding areas. Mr Morning said he would not like to comment on the fact that there has been a drastic reduction in burglaries in the area since he organised the first meeting of outraged locals.He said “I can say it is the most satisfying thing I have ever been involved in. The reaction of the community in getting behind the elderly and the vulnerable was terrific.“I don’t think I can do any more but I think  there is a great network now set-up.“The fact that more than 1,500 people turned up at a meeting and wanted to help showed the true community spirit that still exists in Donegal. “I know we can’t take our eye off the ball now but I am hoping these nine groups will continue to protect the people of our areas.“We will continue to call in on our elderly neighbours and the text alert schemes will keep that communication between people,” he said.Mr Morning said it was impossible to thank everyone involved in helping secure the homes of elderly people in the area.He thanked Orbit and Brimac Security for providing alarms at cost, Gerard Brogan and Hugh Sweeney for the sensor lights, Frank Morning for fitting locks and chains which were supplied by Drumoghill Football Club.He also thanked Manor Resource Centre, the Gardai and especially the senior citizens who were robbed and who spoke out. “It took a lot for these people to get up on that stage and tell their story.“They had to relive what they went through and that wasn’t easy,” he said…MAN WHO SPARKED FIGHTBACK AGAINST BURGLARS SAYS CAMPAIGN GOES ON was last modified: March 20th, 2014 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:burglarselderlyGardaiManorTony Morninglast_img read more

Portrait of Freud’s ‘Donegal Man’ hangs in IMMA

first_imgPat Doherty, the Donegal man behind Harcourt Developments, was painted by highly esteemed modern artist Lucian Freud, who is also the grandson of psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.Pat has been painted by Freud twice, 100 sittings for the first and 85 for the second. Each sitting took three hours. One of the paintings, titled ‘A Man from Donegal’, is valued at 2.2m.A copy of the painting hangs in the drawing room of the five star Solis Lough Eske castle near Donegal Town.The Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin launched their Lucien Freud exhibition on Thursday, which includes a painting of Pat. Speaking to the Irish Independent, Pat said; It’s certainly an experience. Well, they’re not pretty. I told Lucien I might grow into them – in 30 years’ time”Portrait of Freud’s ‘Donegal Man’ hangs in IMMA was last modified: October 23rd, 2016 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)last_img read more

Mujib Kasule wants to ‘right Magogo wrongs’ at Fufa

first_imgMagogo (L) and Kasule shake hands after picking nomination forms yesterday.BY Pius MagalaAfter all the threats and talk in corridors about who will challenge Moses Magogo as head of local football governing body Fufa over the next four years came down to one challenger.By close of registration on Tuesday only Proline director/coach Mujib Kasule had picked nomination forms after returning the Shs3 million paid bank slips to the office of the Electoral Commission headed by Sam Bakiika.“Personally, and many Ugandans, we are not happy with the way the game is being run,” stated Kasule who worked as Vice President under Magogo in 2013 before resigning a year later.“My strength is my known passion for football and my passion for doing the right thing,” added the former KCCA captain and Ugandan international.The would-be third candidate and Villa president Ben Misagga did not return the bank slips and will not be part of the nomination process that ends on Friday when the forms are returned.Honorary Fufa president Lawrence Mulindwa, who was thought to habour ambitions of returning to the top seat, did not get involved in the exercise.He raised speculation earlier this year after threatening “to pick his gun from the subcounty” after what he called federation’s failure to curb abuse directed at him by members of the current administration. Commentslast_img read more

TRIXES 12Pc Stylish Brown Mini Hair Claws Clips Pins Clamps – I won’t be returning them as they are good value for money I suppose but I will go

first_imgExactly what it claims on the tin. Pretty rapid article, good selling price, as explained, particularly what i was on the lookout for.These were a little more substantial than i thought only for the reason that the earlier claw clips i had were extra newborn size but they hold my fringe back properly and don’t appear out, i have even slept with them on and they are nevertheless there in the morning. For the rate a fantastic buy and respectable top quality.Reviews from purchasers :I won’t be returning them as they are good value for money I suppose but I will go Very. Satisfied customerCan’t really fault them!Exactly what it says on the tin!!with Good Quality. A * Recommend to allPerfect for my girlies hair Perfect for my girlies hair. Perfect for my girlies hair.Particularly as described – an economical and practical pack of 12 powerful minor clips. Shipping was rapid than anticipated, so i’m seriously pleased.It is really hard to locate clips like this in retailers and when you do they are ordinarily rubbish. Solid little factors and fairly.I was not anticipating it to be this excellent for the selling price.Incredibly prompt shipping and delivery great but quite very small ok for really good hair.Really like these, they’re very robust and hold a lot of hair for how small they are.They are truly tiny, but work alright for a kid’s hair.Excellent wee clips, arrived extremely quickly, am really happy with my buy. I have made use of them nearly everyday. Would certainly purchase once again.They are strong but quick ample to use with a single hand. Effectively created & arrived promptly as well.Brief dispatch, with great excellent. Shipping was on time, acceptable wrapping retained contents secured. My hair is great and not several hairs to the sq. inch so the standard hair extras by no means keep set, hair bands, grips, slides, facet combs and ordinary dimension claws have not enough to clamp on to. With these i have a selection of hairstyles and have pleasurable experimenting. I have advisable them to a friend with two younger women.I won’t be returning them as they are fantastic value for income i suppose but i will go. They glance alright but they are a ton more substantial than expected. I imagined i was buying little kinds, the form that mix into the hair. I will not be returning them as they are good worth for money i suppose but i will go again and invest in the small ones as meant.A bit scaled-down than anticipated but well designed.Here are the specifications for the TRIXES 12Pc Stylish Brown Mini Hair Claws Clips Pins Clamps:Subtle and elegant designStrong springsSize: 0.8inchx0.7inchx0.6inch(L*W*T)Max width when open: 2cmMaterial: Plasticlast_img read more