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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GAA: RESULTS ROUND-UP

first_imgMarley Coach Hire Division FourDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment11-Jun-2011Red Hughs1 – 171 – 12ConvoyRed Hughs11-Jun-2011Naomh Padraig-Muff0 – 131 – 7Naomh Padraig LeifearMuff11-Jun-2011Naomh Ultan1 – 91 – 6Robert EmmetsDunkineelyCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment11-Jun-2011Buncrana1 – 91 – 6DowningsBuncrana Scarvey11-Jun-2011Naomh Colmcille1 – 142 – 14Aodh RuadhPairc ColmcilleBrian McCormack Sports Division One ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment11-Jun-2011Four Masters2 – 110 – 11Naomh ConaillTir Chonaill Park Donegal TownBrian McCormack Sports Division OneDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment11-Jun-2011St Eunans0 – 120 – 10Gaoth DobhairO Donnell ParkCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment11-Jun-2011Naomh Brid0 – 61 – 11BurtNaomh BridMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division TwoDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment11-Jun-2011Sean MacCumhaills0 – 132 – 6GlenfinSean MacCumhaillsBrian McCormack Sports Division OneDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment11-Jun-2011Cloughaneely0 – 90 – 5MalinPairc Naomh Fionnan FalcarraghMarley Coach Hire Division Four ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment11-Jun-2011Naomh Ultan2 – 101 – 5Robert EmmetsDunkineelyCentra Supermarkets Division Three ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment11-Jun-2011Naomh Colmcille0 – 61 – 19Aodh RuadhPairc ColmcilleBrian McCormack Sports Division One ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment11-Jun-2011Cloughaneely2 – 200 – 5MalinPairc Naomh Fionnan FalcarraghBrian McCormack Sports Division OneDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment11-Jun-2011Four Masters2 – 141 – 9Naomh ConaillTir Chonaill Park Donegal TownMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division Two ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment11-Jun-2011Sean MacCumhaills4 – 84 – 6GlenfinSean MacCumhaillsCentra Supermarkets Division Three ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment11-Jun-2011Buncrana3 – 93 – 7DowningsBuncrana ScarveyBrian McCormack Sports Division One ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment11-Jun-2011St Eunans2 – 73 – 9Gaoth DobhairO Donnell ParkBrian McCormack Sports Division OneDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment10-Jun-2011Dungloe0 – 111 – 8ArdaraDungloeBrian McCormack Sports Division One ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment10-Jun-2011Dungloe1 – 90 – 8ArdaraDungloeGAA: RESULTS ROUND-UP was last modified: June 13th, 2011 by gregShare 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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Sri Lanka Tourism unveils its broad strategic plan for 2016

first_imgThe tourism industry of Sri Lanka is poised for growth to achieve sustainable development phase within the next few years, based on the strategic direction determined by the new government. Sri Lanka Tourism has formulated a broad Strategic Marketing Plan for year 2016, with the participation of private and public sector stakeholders addressing long standing needs of the industry and the future expectations of the country as a tourism destination.In 2015, up to the month of November, Sri Lanka Tourism recorded 18.1% growth on arrivals with 1.5 million arrivals. The total tourism revenue generated was $2.2 billion. At this backdrop, the tourism promotional plan of year 2016 has been formulated based on five key strategic objectives. Attracting a target number of 2.2 million visitors with 26% annual growth, increasing average daily expenditure of a tourist up to $200 and average stay, contributing to generate total tourism revenue up to $2.75 billion will be the key performance measures. Uplifting Sri Lanka’s brand value up to $80 million through tactical marketing campaigns focusing on main product offerings of the county will serve as the overall goal of the promotional strategy devised for 2016.The core destination promotional tools will be enhanced such as advertising and PR to implement a global advertising campaign and global PR initiative to stay ahead of the major competitors to Sri Lanka. The advertising campaign will be implemented in line with the Nation Branding Campaign initiated by the government of Sri Lanka thus by choosing leading service providers following the government procurement guidelines.Most of the traditional marketing tools have been outdated with the introduction of web based booking engines, tour planning, e-marketing and other real time services available to frequent travellers online. Considering these developments, Sri Lanka Tourism has opted to implement a fully-fledged online and digital marketing campaign for year 2016. The campaign will create language specific web sites for all main markets and will promote the destination on focused online and social media platforms identified in each country.  Special prominence has been given to attract travel bloggers with high reputation who will act as brand ambassadors generating credibility providing first-hand publicity for Sri Lanka based on experience gathered by visiting the country.The trade familiarisation tours and media familiarisation tours would continue to be a major component of year 2016 marketing plan. Overall 300 travel agents and 200 travel media would be facilitated from the countries around the world under the familiarisation tours hosted by Sri Lanka Tourism. Familiarisation tours would attract prominent print and electronic media to Sri Lanka to produce and generate articles on the destination and its tourism products.The traditional promotional activities such as participating for travel fairs, conducting roadshows and outdoor promotions will also be carried out in each country. However this will be focused and implemented based on the need analysis. In 2016, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) will participate at 46 travel fairs and road shows in 20 key countries.Sri Lanka Tourism hopes to enter into strategic partnerships with Sri Lankan Airlines and new Airlines connecting the regions, capitalising on the ‘Open Sky’ policy of the government of Sri Lanka. It is planned to develop strategic partnerships with all existing key airlines and work with new airlines like Austrian Air and Malindo Air and Air China who will have new operations to Sri Lanka. The tourism strategy has allocated budgets for working with airlines and strategic partnerships along with attracting charter flights.Positioning Sri Lanka as a venue for international and domestic events would be a key component of the 2016 marketing strategy. Sri Lanka Tourism hopes to stage internationally acclaimed tourism related events in Sri Lanka during next year such as Arugam Bay Pro- Surf, Kiteathelon, Adventure Tourism events etc.Steps will be taken to improve the quality of tourism products by investing on the infrastructure developments. Tourism information centres will be strengthened for better serving the travellers. Local media campaigns, new product developments, niche segments development, working with provincial councils for domestic tourism development are part of the strategy formulated for 2016.During 2016, Sri Lanka will host the largest ever French travel agent’s congress SNAV, by attracting 600 travel agents from France to the country.  The congress will provide huge exposure for the destination in Europe, especially in French speaking countries. Sri Lanka Tourism hopes to promote the country as a destination for MICE travel and leisure travellers by proving its capacity to host events of this capacity. Sri Lanka has also won the host country status for PATA 2017 which provide similar exposure to the destination. The bidding process will continue to attract more congresses, incentive travellers and events with the objective of making Sri Lanka the MICE hub of Asia. The government of Sri Lanka has provided special concessions to MICE travel development which is an encouraging factor to invest in this sector.The new tourism strategic marketing plan of 2016 will focus on the long term result oriented approach to develop tourism industry in Sri Lanka than serving short term goals. Supported by the strong presence of the newly appointed Tourism Advisory Committee, Prime Minister, Board of Directors ,Chairman, Tourism Minister & Deputy Minister and the Ministry Secretary, it is aimed at laying the foundation for a far sighted tourism development strategy based on the industry inputs garnered from decades of experience, analysing research findings and country’s competitive position while being attuned to constant challenges faced by soci-political and cultural environment in the world tourism landscape.last_img read more

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