Security cameras to be installed at 17 new locations

first_img…including Stabroek Market, Berbice BridgeAnother batch of Close Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras will be installed at critical locations in a bid to fight the high crime rate while monitoring suspicious activities.The Berbice River BridgeThe Public Telecommunications Ministry has informed that 17 technologically advanced monitoring systems will be placed at key areas across the coastal region. This is a collaboration between the Joint Services and the National Data Management Authority (NDMA), bringing the total number to 119 cameras – all of which are omnidirectional.Head of the NDMA, Floyd Levi has said that the programme is being improved under the Safe City Solutions project with assistance from the Chinese Government. This project, pegged at US$37M, is also being carried out with aid from technology supplier, Huawei Technologies. Through the country’s National Broadband Strategy, it was started and funded by the China Exim (Export-Import) bank.In Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), the Berbice River Bridge will be equipped with the device, while another will be placed at the Palmyra Junction. The Mahaicony Bridge, Fort Wellington, the Magistrates’ Courts, the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) and Skeldon Market in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) will also receive cameras.Others will be placed at Enmore-Haslington, the Stabroek Market and the Soesdyke junction in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Parika in Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); Anna Regina and Charity in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).In July, a multimillion-dollar CCTV command centre was activated to monitor criminals, suspects, and vehicles involved in crimes.Levi had stated then that this centre, which is located near the Arthur Chung Conference Centre, has been dubbed the National Emergency and Response Command Centre. It was housed there pending the approval of the Cabinet for works on the construction of a brand new building to house the operations.While it was introduced to bolster safety, there is still a startling increase in criminal acts. Statistics for 2019 showed that there was a 35 per cent increase in murder, 27 per cent increase in robbery under arms, seven per cent increase in robbery with violence, 31 per cent increase in larceny and seven per cent increase in burglary.Commissioner of Police, Leslie James had downplayed the surging crime rate by insisting that he is not “bothered” – an act which was condemned by trade unions and other bodies. The crime rate was addressed by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who stated, “This is bizarre for a country like ours. The President doesn’t say anything. He says he’s addressing the crime situation. The (Public Security) Minister has gone quiet on the matter and the Police are coming up with these stats and we’re led to believe that crime is down. This is something that requires immediate attention…They’re not paying any attention to the functions that they get paid to carry out and they have no policy to address this rampant crime situation that is wreaking havoc”.last_img read more

Assassination claims not properly investigated – Acting Top Cop

first_imgActing Police Commissioner Mr David Ramnarine has opined that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) did not properly investigate Andrif Gillard’s allegations that businessman Nizam Khan had offered him M to kill President David Granger.The acting Commissioner placed his opinion on record when, on Friday at theActing Police Commissioner David RamnarineMinistry of the Presidency, he took to the stand to testify before the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) that is investigating the allegation.Ramnarine said he was discharging the duties of Commissioner of Police (ag) when the matter was first reported, and he had ordered Crime Chief Wendell Blanum to personally supervise the investigation.Gillard had, on March 29, gone to the Public Security Ministry with the hope of meeting Minister Khemraj Ramjattan to report the alleged plot, but the minister was out of the country. Gillard was, however, referred to the CID Headquarters at Eve Leary.Ramnarine said that after he was briefed on the incident, he attempted to contact Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, who was acting in Ramjattan’s capacity, but those efforts were futile. He was, however, able to contact the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, to whom he related the information in police possession.He noted that an investigation immediately commenced, and, at about 16:00hrs, he was informed that Nizam Khan was in custody. At around 20:00hrs, he had received a call stating that President Granger wanted a briefing the following day.At about 05:30hrs, while receiving the daily crime briefing from Crime Chief Blanum, it was indicated to him that Blanhum had ordered the release of Nizam Khan.The acting Commissioner said the police were not in possession of any information that would have suggested Gillard’s claims were dishonest; and as a result, he had asked why Nizam Khan was ordered released, and was told that Khan had promised to return the following day to assist with investigations.Ramnarine told the commission he had assured the President that all steps were being taken to guarantee the President’s safety, and was asked for a written report to chronicle the investigation.He said Commissioner Seelall Persaud resumed duty on April 1, and following a debriefing, he, Ramnarine, informed Persaud of the report, which was unfinished. Persaud told Ramnarine to provide him with all the information and he, Persaud, would compile the report and send it to the Commander in Chief.Ramnarine said he had not been consulted on the issue of bail, and if it were up to him, he would surely not have granted Nizam Khan bail.“We have held people for 72 hours for far less serious offences,” he told the CoI.On the night of March 29, Imran Khan, brother of Nizam Khan, behaved in a disorderly manner at the CID HQ and was subsequently arrested. During his arrest, his cellphone rang and it indicated that Commissioner Persaud was calling; and following that conversation, the investigating detective, Prem Narine, received a call instructing him to release the Khan brothers.Ramnarine told the commission that the following morning, when he was receiving the daily crime briefing, the crime chief did not provide any information on the investigation. He said he had to ask for an update, and was told that Blanum had released the Khan brothers.‘Not properly investigated’ Having ordered the Crime Chief to supervise the investigation, Ramnarine said, he had felt that investigation would be through. He is now saying that he felt the investigation was not properly conducted because several senior officers had become involved therein.“I have now come to learn that he (Blanum) may have been influenced on the very afternoon of the 29th (of March), and that is to say specifically by the Commissioner (Seelall Persaud), who was on leave…because of the association of the Commissioner of Police and Imran Khan and Nizam Khan fundamentally. So, taking into account all the circumstances surrounding the conduct of this investigation, my sincere answer would be, ‘No, it was not properly investigated’,” Ramnarine revealed while being questioned by Commission Chair Paul Slowe.Attorney for Nizam Khan, Christopher Ram, objected to the line of questioning from Slowe, citing the need for the Commission to retain an attorney to ensure the proper line of questioning is observed. Slowe acknowledged Ram’s concerns, but continued questioning Ramnarine about his opinion of the quality of investigation conducted.During his testimony, Ramnarine also revealed that he would have seen Imran Khan in the company of Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, and he had later learnt that they share a somewhat business relationship.Currently on leave, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud is expected to appear before the CoI on Monday. CoI Chair, Paul Slowe, indicated that he had received a letter informing that a separate lawyer may represent Persaud, while Senior Counsel Ian Chang will represent the interest of the Guyana Police Force.Meanwhile, following the testimony of journalist Travis Chase, during which he had alleged that while working at News Update he was arrested following instructions by then Agriculture Minister Robert Persaud, editor of News Update, Romel Roopnarine, has since disputed this evidence, claiming that Chase was arrested following a report made by a staff member to the effect that Chase had stolen her friend’s camera. Chase has since been fined for the offence of larceny.The public hearing continues on Monday, and Slowe is expected to hand over his report to President Granger on August 18.last_img read more

More adoptive families required in BC

first_imgFor more information on adoption, visit www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/adoption or call 1 877 ADOPT07. With Adoption Awareness month just around the corner, the Ministry of Children and Family Development says more Adoptive Families are needed in BC.Although nearly twice as many children were adopted from ministry care last year as in 2000/2001, the province still has over 600 children waiting to find a home today.Minister of Children and Family Development Tom Christensen says the province is working on new strategies to increase the number of adoptions, particularly for Aboriginal children, older children and children with special needs. – Advertisement -Over the last seven years, the ministry has been able to nearly double the percentage of Aboriginal children adopted into Aboriginal families. In addition, the Cowichan band on Vancouver Island, the first delegated Aboriginal agency in the province to assume responsibility for adoption, held its cultural adoption ceremony for 10 children in January 2008.The ministry is also working to improve its relationships with private adoption agencies in order to facilitate the needs of those who are anxious to adopt and may be willing to look closer to home for their child.Advertisementlast_img read more

Quarterfinal action on tonight

first_imgLimacol KO Football Tournament…With four teams having now been knocked out of the competition, the 2018 Limacol KO Football tournament is now shaping up to culminate in what will surely be a scintillating final.The knockout aspect of the competition will continue tonight, when four teams battle for their spot in the upcoming semis.In the first matchup, slated for 18:00hrs, Group B’s Riddim Squad will encounter Group C’s Beacons in a cracking affair. Although they have not previously met, both teams display similar playing styles, attacking at all cost. And while neither team should have any trouble with scoring, thanks to impressive striking abilities, they will each have to work harder on their defence to ensure the best possible result for themselves.At 20:00 hrs, Group A’s Police will be coming out to arrest Group B’s Georgetown Football Club (GFC). They have not met as yet, but both are among the tournament’s front-runners in their respective groups; thus this matchup will definitely be the highlight of the night.GFC are famous at resisting arrest; they have never been taken without a fight, especially since their strength lies in their method of attack. But although the Police have faltered early on, these lawmen have shown — in their 6-0 defeat of Pele — that they can match any striker of the ball. Given this fact, GFC had better keep their defence tight.After tonight’s games, Mahaica Determinators will return, on Thursday September 27, to battle Pouderoyen, whilst Santos FC take on Buxton Stars.The semifinal, which would pit the quarterfinal winners against each other, is expected to be played on Sunday, September 30.The final night of play will be on October 5, when two teams will go head-to-head for the right to collect $600,000.last_img read more

Kings the best on this night

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Kings are a team going nowhere this season. That doesn’t mean they can’t have some fun along the way. The Kings, with the worst record in the Western Conference, beat the Nashville Predators, the best team in the West 4-1 Saturday night. The Kings, who own the NHL’s worst road record (8-18-2), are 2-0-3 in their past five games. The Predators avoided the shutout at 10:14 when Dan Hamhuis scored. “I really believe that when we were down 2-0, and even 3-0, if we had been able to come back then and got a goal, the Kings would have tightened up a little bit,” Nashville center Scott Nichol said. “They have struggled a lot this year and have a lot of new guys. But give them credit. They stuck to their system with one forechecker and four guys back. It is tough to score in there when they are sitting back like that.” Nashville had its franchise- record, eight-game home-winning streak snapped. “It’s no secret that Los Angeles has been playing well,” Predators coach Barry Trotz said. “Sean Burke is playing really strong lately for them. They have a real solid defense that has been a staple all year. They just hadn’t been in sync as a team, but lately they have been.” Notes: Cammalleri has an eight-game point streak. … Kopitar has points in four straight games. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kopitar gave the Kings a 1-0 lead 29 seconds into the middle period. His shot from low inside the right circle bounced off the glove of goalie Tomas Vokoun and came to Lubomir Visnovsky, who fired the rebound back from the left side. That shot caromed off Vokoun to Kopitar, who put the puck in off Vokoun who fell backward in the crease. Kopitar said the Kings were motivated by their last visit to Nashville, a 7-0 loss Dec. 23. “We knew we had to come out strong, and we did,” Kopitar said. “Our last game here we got beat pretty bad. We paid attention to details. We executed and that brought the success in this game.” Willsie struck less than a minute later, poking the puck between the right post and Vokoun from low in the left circle at 1:03. Kopitar made it 3-0 at 11:55 of the second when he skated with the puck behind the net from the left side and fired a wrist shot past Vokoun from low on the right side. Cammalleri pushed the lead to four goals in the third period, shooting a one-timer from high in the slot on a 5-on-3 power play that beat Vokoun to his stick side at 6:29. center_img Anze Kopitar scored twice and Brian Willsie and Michael Cammalleri added goals for the Kings. Sean Burke made 21saves. “It was a classic total team effort for us,” Los Angeles coach Marc Crawford said. “We knew we had to keep our composure. That’s always the way you have to play against teams that have as much talent as the Predators have.” last_img read more

Neymar ‘is my key player’, says PSG coach Tuchel

first_img0Shares0000Making a splash: Neymar was caught out in training on Saturday © AFP / GERARD JULIENPARIS, France, Aug 11 – New Paris Saint-Germain head coach Thomas Tuchel insisted that Neymar is the “key player” for his side, as his team prepare for the start of their Ligue 1 title defence against Caen on Sunday.The stunning performances of Kylian Mbappe at the World Cup and consistent speculation linking Neymar with a move away from the club have left the Brazilian’s status as PSG’s star man somewhat in danger. “It’s totally clear that he’s my best player,” said Tuchel, who took over at the Parc des Princes from Unai Emery in May.“He’s one of the best players in the world. He’s an artist, a creative player, and for players like that, it’s easier if you don’t put too much pressure on them. That’s important.“There are many ways to be a leader. For ‘Ney’, in my opinion, he’s our leader when he’s happy, happy in his game, in his creativity, and being an inspiration for others by taking risks.”Neymar, the most expensive player of all-time, will be hoping to remind the PSG fans of his quality after missing the final three months of last season with injury before being ridiculed for regular playacting at the World Cup.In contrast, teeange sensation Mbappe shone in Russia, scoring four goals, including in France’s final victory over Croatia.But Neymar did score 19 league goals in 20 games last term before his foot injury, and made 13 assists.German Tuchel was keen to play down concerns that the 26-year-old doesn’t work hard enough for the team.“There are other people in the team who are responsible for defence, the structure of the team, but that’s not his job,” said the former Borussia Dortmund boss.“There is not one single leader who has to manage everything on his shoulders, but Neymar is of course one of them (leaders), that’s obvious.”The capital-city giants host Caen at the Parc des Princes looking for a second straight domestic title, although all eyes will already be focused on their latest tilt at the Champions League with the group stage set to start on September 18.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Racism means England’s Rose can’t wait for career to end

first_img0Shares0000Racism fear: England’s Danny Rose told his family not to travel to watch him at the World Cup in RussiaLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 5 – England defender Danny Rose said Friday that he’s looking forward to the end of his career after unchecked racism left him completely disillusioned with football.The 28-year-old also blasted the game’s rulers for handing out meagre fines to clubs and countries who fail to rein in their fans, comparing the sanctions to what he spends “on a night out”. Rose says the way racism is combatted is “a farce”.“I have had enough,” he said. “I just think that I’ve got five or six more years left in football and I just can’t wait to see the back of it, seeing how things are done in the game at the minute.”Such is his frustration and anger that Rose even admitted he had fully expected to be racially abused when England played a Euro 2020 qualifier against Montenegro last month.During England’s 5-1 win in Podgorica, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Rose had monkey noises aimed at them before fellow black player Raheem Sterling celebrated his goal by cupping his ears to the haters in the crowd.Sterling later tweeted a picture of his goal celebration, saying: “Best way to silence the haters (and yeah I mean racists)”.Rose said the punishments are so weak that fans will never be deterred from abusing players.“There’s so many politics and whatever in football and I just can’t wait to see the back of it, to be honest,” added the Tottenham defender.“Obviously it’s sad but when countries only get fined what I probably spend on a night out in London then what do you expect?”“A country can only get fined a little bit of money for being racist. It’s just a bit of a farce at the minute.”Rose said that he was hardened to the reaction when he plays in the Balkans even if the trouble is caused by “a minority”.“I played in Serbia about eight years ago and it happened there so I sort of thought it was a possibility it may happen again, and it did.“I looked up straight away in the first half and I know the exact time it happened in the first half.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Parents of murder victims find solace in support group

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventToday, the parents are scheduled to gather again at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary at 11:30 a.m. to commemorate National Victims’ Rights Week with a memorial service. Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, is scheduled to speak. The memorial is designed to advocate victims’ rights as well as bring together communities where lives have been torn apart by violence, said Marcella Nicholas Leach, executive director of Justice for Homicide Victims Inc., the event sponsor. “It’s a unique memorial we’ve been working on since 1984,” Nicholas Leach said. “There’s absolutely nothing like it in the world.” Antonio “Little Tony” Ramirez IV, 17, was a star wrestler at West Covina High School, said his mother, Margaret Ramirez. He had planned a military career after graduation and had a special bond with his younger brothers. But on Sept. 14, 2002, his life ended at a party where there was a backyard confrontation. Although he was in the front yard when he heard gunshots and started to run, he was hit. WEST COVINA – They are two women who before November would probably have passed each other on the street without a second look. But now Elaine Estrada of West Covina and Luz Ruiz of La Puente share a bond no one would ever want: each had a son shot and killed in 2002 at the same party in West Covina. The two have joined Parents of Murdered Children, a support group that meets once a month in San Gabriel. Sometimes as few as three people show up for the meetings, sometimes as many as 20. There are new faces at almost every meeting, members say. Ramirez said after that she lost her will to live. “I wanted to commit suicide,” she said. “Upon learning of my son’s death, I did not want to exist anymore. I thought I was the only one who felt that way. … If it had not been for \ to reassure me that things are going to be OK, and some of the things I was experiencing was not craziness … I probably wouldn’t be here today.” When her son, Frank Salinas, was shot while riding in a car on his way home from a family reunion, Lorraine Vargas of West Covina said she didn’t know where to turn. Friends couldn’t fathom her pain, much less help her heal. Joining Parents of Murdered Children allowed her to tell stories, cry and help others, she said. “It’s hard to go to work,” said Vargas. “I could put on this mask, but when I come home, it’s totally different. I can be in a car thinking, and I’ll be crying. Other moms go through that, too.” The group meets the second Tuesday of every month, and there are always new faces, Ramirez said. The current members pay attention to news stories and try to reach out to the parents of the victims they read about. “I’ve been there, too,” Vargas said. christina.esparza@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want 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

MALIN HAD DRIEST SEPTEMBER SINCE 1933

first_imgIt’s what our worn-out lawnmowers already knew!Please don’t go away too quickly!Donegal enjoyed one of its driest Septembers in living memory.In fact, official figures just released show that Malin Head weather station in Inishowen reported its driest September since 1933! And don’t put away the rake just yet.While rain and a dip in temperatures is expected over the weekend, another spell of dry and settled weather is reportedly on the way. MALIN HAD DRIEST SEPTEMBER SINCE 1933 was last modified: October 3rd, 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:donegaldriest SeptemberMalin Head eather stationlast_img read more

CAF Confederations Cup: Vipers hold Sfaxien at Kitende

first_imgVipers’ Livingstone Mulondo in action against Sfaxien on Saturday (Agency Photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Vipers SC 0-0 CS Sfaxien St. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeSaturday, 12-01-2018KITENDE – Vipers SC held four-time CAF Confederations Cup winners, CS Sfaxien to a goalless draw at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.In the game played on Saturday, Vipers created several opportunities but were consistently foiled by Ayman Dahmen in the Sfaxien goal.In the first half Noah Wafula should have put the Venoms in the lead but failed to connect with Yayo Lutimba low cross that had beaten the visitor’s defence.Moments later, the summer signing miscued a ball while one on one with Ayman.Tito Okello also headed on the cross bar from an offside position before the ref blew his whistle.Vipers goalkeepr Fabien Mutombora who had limited action come his was, tipped over Achraf Zouaghi long range effort.Taddeo Lwanga foiled an attack by an opponent, raced past a couple of opponents and set Moses Waiswa free, only for his effort to be blocked for a corner which mounted to nothing.After the bream, Vipers technical bench led by Nam Ouma made a forced change with Brian Nkuubi taking the place of injured Bashir Asiku. The change forced Geoffrey Wasswa slot-into center half alongside Livingstone Mulondo as Nkuubi dropped into midfield.Abraham Ndugwa also came on for the wasteful-Wafula.Tito Okello had two headers saved by Ayman while Taddeo Lwanga’s effort was also cleared off the line as the hosts pressed for the opener.The visitors also had chances on the counter but at the sound of the final whistle, the game haf ended goalless.The draw means that Vipers are only required to avoid defeat while scoring in Tunisia, to ensure qualification to the Group stages of the competition.Vipers will now make the trip to Tunisia, to face Sfaxien in the return leg in 7 days’ time.The other Uganda representative, KCCA FC will be in action on Sunday afternoon away to Congo’s Otoha.Vipers SC Line up: Fabien Mutombora (G.K), Ibrahim Kiyemba, Lutimba Yayo Kato, Livingstone Mulondo, Bashir Asiku, Geoffrey Wasswa, Taddeo Lwanga (Captain), Moses Waiswa, Innocent Wafula, Okello Tito, Dan SserunkumaCS Sfaxien Line up: Ayman Dahmen (G.K), Nasim Hnid, Hani Amamu, Hamza Mathlouthi, Achraf Zouaghi (Captain), Hamza Jlassi, Houssem Dagdoug, Walid Karoui, Aymen Harzi, Jassem Hamdouni, Chris Banhourin KouakouComments Tags: CAF Confederations Cup 2018/19CS Sfaxientopvipers sclast_img read more