Ramnarine bashes reckless behaviour of Police on roadways

first_img…says $2.3M in damages to vehicles being repaid by ranksRanks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) who have found themselves involved in vehicular accidents, whether in their personal vehicles or in the Force’s vehicles, were at the receiving end of a verbal bashing by acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine.Addressing senior and junior ranks as well as stakeholders at the Force’s 179th Anniversary Awards Ceremony on Wednesday morning, Ramnarine reminded members of the Force that road regulations are applicable to all road users, while admonishing those ranks who have been involved in vehicular accidents.He pointed out that from July 2016 to June 2017, eighteen members of the Force were involved in various category of accidents while driving GPF vehicles. This compares to an increase of 23 ranks involved in accidents during the period July 2017 to June 2018.“A total of 41 ranks, including seven subordinate officers and 34 constables [were fingered in these accidents]. Add this to another 18 ranks over the two years’ period being involved in various accidents while driving private vehicles. The occurrences cannot be ones that we are satisfied with. We have taken an oath, we are here in uniforms, we have higher learning and training; and therefore we must conduct ourselves a lot better than we do,” the acting top cop asserted.According to Ramnarine, those ranks who fail to better conduct themselves on the roadways will face the same fate as those who have been made to pay over $2.3 million for damaging the Force’s vehicle thus far this year.“They are being made to repay for the costs of those damages. Some 10 ranks have already completed payment, and the others have some more time to pay.Police Commissioner (ag) David RamnarineThat is the position we have to enforce,” Ramnarine posited.The acting Top Cop is accordingly urging ranks to be more responsible on the roadways while executing their duties.“We have permitted [speeding] in only emergency situations and in situations where, for example, you’re fired upon and there is great danger to public safety if you don’t take a certain course of action. But in normal circumstances — for instance following a motor cycle without a number plate; the motorcyclist got away, you didn’t get the motorcycle, but you end up slamming into a civilian vehicle, damaging beyond repair a Police vehicle; and for what? For a minor offence? Please use your judgement, or you will have to pay as others have started to pay. This is the position,” he outlined.Further, Ramnarine went on to say that the Force will no longer tolerate such reprehensible and disrespectful behaviour from ranks who continue to breach road rules and traffic regulations.“We cannot move forward in the same way… Of course the leadership of the Force has not feigned or neglected to take condign action, but the reality of this prior unacceptable situation is that, at this juncture of our 179th anniversary, let us assure that there is significant positive improvement and set the example by good private and public conduct regarding the use of the road and adherence to the regulations that are attached,” the acting Top Cop encouraged. Complaints downA crashed Police vehicleEven as Ramnarine reprimanded ranks for their conduct on the roadways, he revealed that general complaints against members of the Police Force has significantly declined over the last two years. In fact, he said, there was a 39.5 per cent decrease in complaints against ranks over the past year when compared to the previous corresponding period.“There were 394 complaints between July 2016 and June 2017; and between July 2017 and June 2018, we have 283 complaints. Additionally, for the first half of this year, against that of last year, we record a 50 per cent decrease in complaints with 140 complaints this year for the first six months, against 280 for the first six months last year,” the acting Police Commissioner disclosed.The nature of the complaints that have been reduced against members of the Force include neglect of duty, Police harassment, assaults, wrongful arrests, corrupt practices, sexual harassment, and fraudulent conversion.According to the Ramnarine, the decline in complaints has been found to be as a result of a number of factors.“A preliminary analysis suggests that improved and increased supervision, swift and condign action by senior leadership of the Force, severe punishment, support through speedy and timely legal advice, and some degree of reluctance on the part of complainants are the main reasons for this significant decline in complaints,” he stated.However, while these complaints have declined, the offence of ‘Acts in a manner likely to bring discredit on the reputation of the Force’ has shown an increase of 30 per cent, with a total of 56 complaints against 39 over the two-year comparable period.Nevertheless, the acting Police Commissioner posited that various efforts are afoot to build much needed professionalism as well as capacity and capability within the country’s premier law enforcement agency.These include consistent training under various local and overseas-sponsored initiatives, such as the Canada-funded Justice Education Society (JES) programme, as well as ongoing efforts under the Security Sector Reform Project (SSRP), being executed by the British Government. 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Ballistics expert identifies ammunition found at crime scene

first_imgSmyth Street executionAs Morris Prince’s trial continued at the High Court before Justice Navindra Singh, police ballistics expert, Inspector Eon Jackson identified multiple bullets and spent shells of ammunition which were retrieved from the crime scene. This suggested that several shots were fired when businessman O’Riley Small was killed on March 19, 2016.Jackson, who has over 20 years’ experiences in ballistics, told the 12-member jury that he examined ten .40 spent shells and two .40 bullets which were handed over to him by Corporal Radcliff. Jackson observed that the 10 cases were all discharged and from examination, he reasoned that the weapon used was either a .40 pistol or a 10mm pistol. He prepared an analyst’s report and wrote his statement.Murder-accused Morris PrinceThe witness then identified the exhibits which were admitted into evidence. He explained that when a firearm is being discharged and it explodes, hot gas force the residue into the air. He further stressed that gunshot residue remains on the body for about 36 hours. Police Corporal Radcliff had testified that gunshot residue was found when he tested Prince while he was in custody but the defence had argued that a police station would have been contaminated with such a material.It was on Wednesday last that the jury was told that the defendant, Prince, was not only seen with a gun at the crime scene but was later found with an article of clothing that was similar to what the shooter was clad in. This had been the evidence for ex-Corporal Derwin Eastman, who claimed he saw Prince, in a “crouched over” position at the crime scene with a gun and asked him if the weapon was licenced.He had noted that he went back to the scene to see if Morris was still there, but he had “left the scene”. Corporal Eastman said that they later went to the Rio Night Club where Morris was contacted and was later taken into custody.Charlene Forde, sister of the deceased man, had recounted that she heard rapid gunshots just as she was about to open the door to let her brother in.According to reports, the deceased man was executed when he had reportedly entered his yard at Lot 2 Smyth Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown, after he returned home from a night out.It was reported that he was approached by a man who discharged several rounds in his direction thus causing him to sustain multiple injuries. The defendant is being represented by Attorney Mark Waldron while State Counsels Tuanna Hardy, Abigail Gibbs and Teriq Mohammed are prosecuting the case.last_img read more

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Officers will be held accountable – President

first_imgLindo Creek CoI Report Even as Government continues to review the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) report into the Lindo Creek Massacre, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Brigadier David Granger, on Wednesday said that those officers who are implicated in the Lindo Creek Massacre will face the consequences of their actions.“The report’s recommendations will be acted upon in due course. The days of concealing security sector mistakes and misdeeds are over. The Force’s officers will be held accountable for the consequences of their actions, and for the instructions they issue to their subordinates,” the President said in his remarks at the swearing-in of the new Police Service Commission.Moreover, the CoI report, which according to the President is being reviewed in detail, contains a lot of evidence.“That report raised troubling questions about the role of the Defence and Police Forces during the ‘troubles’, and the reticence of the political administration of the day to provide useful evidence to the Commission of Inquiry into the massacre,” he asserted.President Granger further stated that the ‘troubles’ was a dark period in the country’s history. He added there is need to build public trust in the Police Force, and noted that security reform is now more urgent in light of the CoI report.“The inability of the Police to arrest the outbreak of criminal violence quickly led to the emergence of so-called ‘phantom’ death squads. The ‘troubles” revealed also how drug lords had infiltrated the Force. The ‘troubles’ exposed the influence of a small but influential group of rogue officers. It revealed the need for more careful selection of officers, and improved intelligence-gathering,” the President added.Sometime between June 12, 2008 and June 24, 2008, miners Cecil Arokium, Dax Arokium, Compton Speirs, Horace Drakes, Clifton Wong, Lancelot Lee, Bonny Harry and Nigel Torres were shot and killed, and their bodies burnt at the Upper Berbice River mining camp which was being operated by Leonard Arokium.Almost 10 years after the Lindo Creek massacre, President Granger established a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) and selected Retired Justice Donald Trotman to probe the killings. The inquiry commenced back in February, and after several months, the report was compiled and handed over to the President last week.The lone Commissioner had said the main objective of the CoI was to find the truth, and to bring healing and closure to the nation as a whole. He had expressed hope that the Lindo Creek and other inquiries would help bring about reconciliation among Guyanese.On the other hand, President Granger had described Lindo Creek as a “massacre of the innocent”, saying his Government believed the way the investigation was handled indicated that there was a high level of collusion.He had also rejected suggestions to extend the CoI’s focus to several years before 2008, when other major criminal activities had plagued the country.Meanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) had expressed skepticism about participating in, and supporting the work of, the Commission.The Party believes that, given the manner in which the CoI was constituted and the commentary from senior Government officials, it was designed to achieve a political outcome and continue the Government’s programme of witch-hunting Opposition personalities.The PPP/C had even said that the Government-sponsored inquiries into the ‘troubled’ period should have started from the period 1998, when the real wave of ethno-political violence commenced, which would assist in addressing the root cause of the violence.last_img read more

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Auto racing: Stewart takes the flag in Shootout in Florida

first_imgStewart won the exhibition Budweiser Shootout on Saturday night, setting himself up as a top contender to win the season-opening Daytona 500. That’s the last of the NASCAR crown jewels that Stewart wants, and he reported to Speedweeks intent on adding it to his resume this year. “We’ve definitely figured out how to win Saturday night races here at Daytona,” Stewart said. “We’ve just got to figure out how to win a Sunday race.” DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tony Stewart again drove his way into Victory Lane at Daytona. It just wasn’t the race that really counts. Busch, who needed a huge save to keep his car off the wall, finished seventh and seemed certain that Stewart made at least slight contact. “He wasn’t on me hard, it was just that little bit enough to where I just kept getting loose, kept getting loose and kept chasing it,” he said. “And by the time you get so far you’re pretty much gone and I was able to keep it. So thankfully for that.” As Stewart closed in on the finish line, Earnhardt ran into the back of Elliott Sadler to start a four-car pileup far from the leaders that collected defending race winner Denny Hamlin and Greg Biffle. Toyota, making its Nextel Cup debut, had two cars in the field as the Japanese automaker made its long-awaited debut. But neither Brian Vickers or Dale Jarrett ever contended for the win. ARCAAlso at Daytona Beach, pole-winner Erin Crocker’s bid to become the first woman to win an ARCA event and a race at Daytona International Speedway came up far short while Bobby Gerhart drove off with his fifth victory in the season-opening race. Crocker, who drives for NASCAR Nextel Cup team owner Ray Evernham, stayed with the leaders until about 25 laps remained in the 80-lap event. She first slipped to the rear of the lead lap cars with what her team said was a deflating tire and then got knocked into the infield grass when she faltered on a restart. She wound up 20th. Gerhart’s Chevrolet started alongside Crocker’s Dodge on the front row and, after a brief duel, Gerhart took control and wound up racing away to his third consecutive Daytona victory. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Shootout win was his 10th victory at Daytona in various series, but none have come in the “Super Bowl of Racing.” His best finish was second in 2004, when he pushed Dale Earnhardt Jr. to the win. “I’m still just happy every time I get a chance to come to Victory Lane here at Daytona,” he said. “Obviously, I’d trade all three of these Shootouts and both Pepsi 400s to win one Daytona, the 500 on Sunday.” He’s off to a very good start. Stewart nudged Kyle Busch out of the lead with eight laps to go, then calmly drove to his third victory in the all-star event when runner-up David Gilliland never challenged. “I don’t think we touched him. It looked really close, obviously, but I don’t think we touched him,” Stewart said. “If we could have touched him, it would have sent him up the race track and he would have crashed.” last_img read more

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Gary Lineker slams ‘amateurish’ England Under-21 team selection

first_img England’s Under-21s squad 1 Gary Lineker has criticised England Under-21 chiefs for leaving a hosts of high profile stars at home, after the Young Lions crashed out of the European Under-21 Championship.Gareth Southgate’s side suffered a 3-1 defeat in their must-win clash with Italy on Wednesday, leaving them bottom of Group B with just three points from three games.It’s the third time England have failed to get past the group stages in the tournament, and brings into question the decision to omit several established Premier League players from their squad.Gareth Southgate insisted ahead of his squad announcement that he was keen to reward the players involved in the qualification campaign with a spot in the finals, while Football Association director of elite development Dan Ashworth has since come out in defence of the policy.But Lineker disagrees and described the policy as “indefensible”.The former England striker tweeted alongside a link to the Ashworth story: “The FA attempting to defend their indefensible policy of leaving the best players out of England’s U21 squad.“We never learn. What a wasted opportunity to gather invaluable international experience. Exasperatingly amateurish approach!”The likes of Raheem Sterling, Jack Wilshere, Ross Barkley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Luke Shaw, though all senior England players, were still eligible to play for England Under-21s but were not included in Southgate’s 23-man squad for the tournament.last_img read more

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COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAY

first_imgMichelle O’Reilly supporting the team from the slopes of Turoa New Zealand.WE’VE had some lovely messages from around the globe supporting the Donegal team this Sunday.We’ve also had plenty of pix – but we’re still waiting for pictures from our readers in China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Vietnam.We know who you are – what’s wrong with you? Get those cameras out and send us your Donegal snaps. Here’s today’s line-up for Sam!…starting with a couple of Donegal folk skiing for Jimmy in New Zealand!Paul Ferry supporting the team from the slopes of Turoa New Zealand.Willow the Adopted Kitten from Ardara who is now in a safe home at Rathgar Dublin and a Donegal Supported Ted. The kitten was rescued by David Gallagher from Glenfinn – brother of Micky The PostThey love their sport at Finn Valley AC – and we’re loving the poster guys! Can DD take that to Croker?Some half-time treats from Rose McGettigan – any chance of a few for the match Rose?Is this the best shop window in Donegal? Friels Fine Foods in Ardara thinks so…. Pat the Cope wins this midfield battle with Jim Higgins at the European Parliament. Take your point Pat!COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAY was last modified: September 19th, 2012 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – YOUR PICTURES OF THE DAYlast_img read more

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Male Grooming: How to maintain a great beard

first_imgThis week our Male Grooming experts at Mavericks share some tips on how to keep your facial hair ‘beardiful”.Fortunately for the gents out there like the Mavericks and unfortunate for the “beard-grudgers” (did you see what I did there) the beards seem to be here to stay.That is not just our opinion, it’s fact, more and more guys are coming into Mavericks to get their beard trimmed and to avail of the expert advice from the Mavericks themselves. Getting yourself looking sharp has never been so easy, there is great advice, tradesmanship, and products available to help you achieve that look.Here are a few pointers… Be PatientA truly epic beard is the product of self-restraint. When you first start growing, resist the urge to trim or style, and leave it untouched for the first 4-6 weeks. This will allow the hairs to grow in evenly, some grow faster than others.Your Face ShapeLike any wild animal, a beard should be in-tune with its surrounding environment. Choose a style that is achievable with your growth and complements your face shape. Your beard will look better, and so will you.Know How (and When) to TrimPruning is essential to a well-groomed beard. Pruning is all you do, it is certainly a case of what you leave on as opposed to what you take off! Invest in a quality trimmer, if you feel confident and find the right technique to suit your master plan.However even us Mavericks find it difficult to line out our own beard. It is easier to get a barber to do it. We would recommend getting a professional beard trim once every 4-6 weeks and maintain it between times yourself.Wash It RegularlyThis is especially important in the early stages of growth, when trapped food and skin cells can exacerbate the itchiness. Scrub your beard several times each week with a specialized cleanser, like Dr. K beard soap, then gently pat it dry. An overzealous toweling can lead to frizz and split ends.Beard Oil Is Your FriendNothing tames a beard like regular use of beard oil. There are many varieties to choose from, in a range of manly scents, but all of them will condition hairs to make them softer and shinier.If you want to smell like you’ve just got the Mavericks treatment, Proraso beard oil is on the top of our list, it is a tried-and-true favourite. Learn to Train Your BeardA regular trim will maintain your chosen shape, but it’s not the only way to keep your beard in line. A daily rubdown with a comb or beard brush will wrangle stubborn hairs, training them to grow in a downward direction.Don’t Forget the MoustacheUnless you’ve chosen a chinstrap—and we really hope you didn’t—growing an epic beard also means growing a moustache.To keep it looking neat, trim the area around your philtrum (the area under your nose) with a pair of grooming scissors, and you can keep it sculpted with a medium-hold moustache wax.Be Realistic and embrace YOUR beardEverybody’s beard growth is different. If you have light growth or a few light patches well that is the cards you’ll be playing with. Nothing on the market (legal or recommended) can stimulate a thicker beard. But that’s okay. Embrace your beard shape and sculpt it accordingly. Beards are no longer defined by every millimeter below the noise being covered by a tog 15 bristly quilt. We have guys coming into us getting perfectly full beards faded out to look like there is no growth in particular areas.So enjoy YOUR beard, it’s unique to you and creates your identity!For more advice on male grooming call into us on lower Main Street Letterkenny, we guarantee great haircuts in a classic barbershop environment.Also follow us on Facebook!Male Grooming: How to maintain a great beard was last modified: October 12th, 2016 by Mavericks BarbersShare 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

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TD: €500m tracker scandal “the biggest swindle in Irish history”

first_imgSinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the Central Bank are letting down the Irish people and that they must flex their powers.He described the tracker scandal as “the greatest swindle in Irish history” but one for which nobody has been jailed.Deputy Doherty said: “The Finance Committee meeting with the Central Bank was a huge disappointment. The Bank told us they won’t use the powers they have to defend consumers here and now and instead suggesting directing people to the Financial Services Ombudsman and Courts, a throwback to the bad old days of relying on ‘moral suasion’. “The victims of this scandal are still suffering but the softly, softly approach from the Central Bank is letting the banks off.“I was shocked at the attitude of the Central Bank. They are treating the banks who have stolen €500m from Irish families with kid gloves. They need to toughen up.“The Central Bank needs to let politicians know if they need more powers; I am sure political consensus can be found if they do.“This theft is huge in scale and has cost lives and the health of many people but there is not even a sniff of anybody facing Court and a jury of their peers.“This episode is a deep stain on Irish society and those responsible must be held accountable- no ifs, no buts.” TD: €500m tracker scandal “the biggest swindle in Irish history” was last modified: October 21st, 2017 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) Tags:Central BankPearse DohertyTDtracker mortgage scandallast_img read more

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Three takeaways from the A’s very loud victory in Detroit

first_imgWell, that’s how to break out of a slump in a very loud fashion.The A’s exploded for six runs in the third inning of their series opener with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday at Comerica Park and never looked back. The 17-3 victory gave the club just its second road win in its last 13 tries.Here are some takeaways from what the A’s hope is the beginning of something meaningful:Bottom feedingThe last batter in Oakland’s lineup Thursday certainly was not the least. In fact, Josh …last_img read more

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For Athletics rookies, familiarity softens October pressures

first_imgSEATTLE — Sean Murphy’s promotion to the big leagues was expected, but a tad delayed.The catching prospect tore his meniscus in early spring, then re-injured it early August. A frustrating sequence for a budding star, sure, but one former catcher made sure to reach out every step of the way.“Yeah, Bob (Melvin) would text periodically about the knee, checking in,” Murphy said. “It shows he cares, and shows he is supportive, and to have him text me once in a while, it’s a good feeling.”Melvin …last_img read more

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