Laudrup to call in keeper cover

first_img Following Monday’s 1-1 draw with Hull, Laudrup confirmed Dutch international Vorm will need to have an operation on a niggling knee injury. But the Dane said no decision has yet been made as to when Vorm will go under the knife as the Swans try to find an opportune moment for the procedure, with the club in the midst of a busy run of games. With Vorm absent, Gerhard Tremmel started in goal against the Tigers with 18-year-old Slovenian Gregor Zabret on the bench. And Laudrup acknowledged Swansea may require further cover to cope whenever Vorm does undergo surgery, with an expected recovery period of four to five weeks. When asked if he would look to bring a keeper in, he said: “Let’s see. It depends when we can do it (Vorm’s surgery). “We have games, and there are times when we have very many games, and times when we have less. “But we always have games and you can’t play with one keeper. “That’s much too risky. If something happens to Gerhard then we would have to play with an 18-year-old who is not an experienced goalkeeper. “That’s not good for him or for the team.” One piece of good injury news for Laudrup was the return of Michu from a five-week stint on the sidelines. Press Association Swansea manager Michael Laudrup admits it is likely he will need to bring in an extra goalkeeper in January to provide cover when Michel Vorm undergoes knee surgery. The Spaniard played a full 90 minutes up front, but Laudrup will be more cautious with the forward when it comes to Thursday’s Europa League meeting with St Gallen and Sunday’s Premier League trip to Norwich. And the Dane will also not rush Wilfried Bony back into action as the Ivorian recovers from a hamstring problem. Of Michu, Laudrup said: “It was not the plan for him to play 90 minutes, he had been out for five weeks so the plan was to play him for 60 minutes. “But as the game went on, and with us not having anyone else who could play there, he wanted to play on, so he played the 90 minutes. “He will be tired for a couple of days so we have to think about the rest of the week as we have three games in six days and he cannot play in all three.” He added on Bony: “He is a little better, but we have to be careful because we are talking about a muscle injury. With a muscle injury, if you come back one day too early, you could have a setback and be out for four weeks. We don’t want that.” Monday’s fixture saw former Swansea striker Danny Graham net for the Tigers to end a 30-game goal drought. But his strike partner Yannick Sagbo also turned in a tireless display, and manager Steve Bruce admitted he has been surprised at how well the Ivory Coast international has adapted since his move from Evian. Bruce said: “He was terrific, he was top class. Strikers are always judged on goals and he has to put that in his locker, but his work-rate and his ability to hold the ball up is fantastic. “He can only get better, it’s difficult for any player to come to play in the Premier League but he has done really well. “You have to admit it’s a gamble when you sign someone from France as you wonder can they adapt? Can they settle down? It’s a different game. “I was there last week and it’s a very different game, but he is adapting.” last_img read more

Pochettino: No issue with Adebayor

first_img Pochettino said: “My relationship with Ade? It’s a good relationship, the only problem is I need to pick 18 players for every game. “Now I am picking (Harry) Kane or (Roberto) Soldado but the relationship is good.” Adebayor’s absence has been overshadowed by the irrepressible form of Kane, who is expected to return to the Spurs starting line-up on Sunday after he was rested for Thursday night’s 1-1 draw with Fiorentina. Tottenham face a demanding schedule in the coming weeks, with six games in 17 days including next week’s return leg in Florence and the Capital One Cup final against Chelsea. “It’s a critical period as we have a lot of finals,” Pochettino said. “Sunday is a final, Thursday is a final, next Sunday is the Cup final. “It’s true we have very tough games. We need all our energy and to be focused in every game.” Tottenham must try to juggle their cup commitments with the league, where they currently sit sixth and only three points off the top four. Adebayor is unlikely even to make the bench for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League game against West Ham, to whom the striker almost secured a January loan move before chairman Daniel Levy blocked the switch. The 30-year-old seems surplus to requirements under Pochettino given he has not played since coming off the bench in Tottenham’s 2-1 FA Cup defeat to Leicester almost a month ago. Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino insists he still has a “good relationship” with Emmanuel Adebayor, despite the striker not featuring in any of Spurs’ last five matches. West Ham’s own European ambitions have been dented of late, with last weekend’s 4-0 FA Cup humiliation at the hands of West Brom coming on the back of three league games without a win. The dip in form has prompted speculation about the future of Hammers manager Sam Allardyce, whose contract expires in the summer. “It’s difficult to put (myself) in his place. I admire Sam Allardyce, we have a very good relationship,” Pochettino said. “I am how I am, always with one-year contract or with a five-year contract – my style and my thoughts are the same but I think that to develop a project you need time. “In football it’s difficult for the clubs to give time to work because we need the positive results. If not we are in trouble.” Pochettino, who has no injury concerns, rested Kane, Ryan Mason and Mousa Dembele against Fiorentina and all three are likely to come back in against the Hammers. Meanwhile, Allardyce believes he could have got the best out of Adebayor had he been able to land the striker last month , on the final day of the January transfer window. Adebayor has played just three times for Spurs since their defeat to Stoke on November 9 and has also been the recipient of jeers from home fans during that time. “Goals,” was Allardyce’s simple reply when asked what the signing of Adebayor would have brought to West Ham. “If you see where he has gone and his initial impact at where he has been would be that he comes into a football club and scores goals on a regular basis. “There is obviously one of those players that you have to look at him and as a manager and say ‘how do I react with him and interact with him and on the basis of how well I interact is on the basis of how well he plays for us’. “So you use your management skills in terms of looking at his personality, like you do with most players and talking about wanting the best out of him while you are here, and wanting him to enjoy your football and do what you do best – play and score goals. “I never really think I have anybody signed until I know they are at the training ground at the final pieces, however long, or short the contract is. It looked a really good possibility but I was keeping my fingers and toes crossed. “If you are in the transfer window and a quality player comes your way and you think he is a quality player, some people say ‘do you need a player in that position?’ – but the bottom line is that he is a quality player. “If you can get him, for me you get him if you can afford him. That is what we tried to do. There was such a short time frame at that time it was not possible to be pulled off.” Winston Reid and James Collins will return to the West Ham squad at Tottenham. The defensive duo have been missing with hamstring problems but are both back in training – as are Diego Poyet and Cheikhou Kouyate, who is available despite suffering a minor arm injury earlier in the week. Morgan Amalfitano is suspended and Nene, who was signed earlier in the week after Andy Carroll (knee) had been ruled out for the season, will also miss out as he is not yet match fit. Press Associationlast_img read more

Another Tipp – Clare battle looms

first_imgTipperary will face Clare in the Munster Under 21 Football semi-final. The Banner comprehensively beat Waterford in last night’s quarter-final on a scoreline of 2-11 to 3 points last evening.Tipp will have home advantage for next Wednesday evening’s game – throw-in is at 7.30 in Semple Stadium.Cork earned a shot at Kerry in the other semi-final as the Rebels beat Limerick 5-8 to 2-12.last_img

ADDO JNR: Why Prince Ali is easily Africa’s man in impending FIFA elections

first_imgAfrica’s representation (54) at FIFA makes political sense, what outgoing President Sepp Blatter and aspiring presidential candidates continually are willing to sacrifice for the continent’s backing.Sepp Blatter though had shown, even as a FIFA General Secretary his passion to have the game transcend unthinkable levels in Africa, and that manifested when he was crowned FIFA President.The Confederation of African Football on a number of occasions moved their 54 votes en block in support of the Swiss during elections. Initiatives like the FIFA goal projects, countless marketing and sponsorship seminars and opening the continent up to the World with an unforgettable World Cup experience in South Africa in 2010 surely ensured his continuous stay in Africa.The race for the FIFA golden seat next month, will be no different with candidates in a tussle for the majority of votes from Africa, but the powerful indigenes will be hoping for a President in the frame of Sepp Blatter or better. And that makes Prince Ali Al Hussein a thorough favorite.The Jordanian Royal was almost unknown when he ran against Sepp Blatter for FIFA’s presidency last May. He was also only 39 –  absurdly young by FIFA standards.He lost, 133 votes to 73, but days later the ageing Sepp Blatter Later resigned as FIFA’s corruption scandals mounted.  Prince Ali’s father is Jordan’s King Hussein, direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammed. His mother, Queen Alia, came from a wealthy Palestinian merchant family. She died in a helicopter crash when Ali was one. He grew up at his father’s feet, sitting in on Hussein’s many meetingsIn 1999, during a “very difficult time” after his father’s death, Ali became president of Jordan’s Football Association at a young age of 23. And in four years, from the 150s in FIFA rankings for national teams, improved to 37th in the world.Ali ran against Blatter in May because, well, nobody else was willing to…or probably scared.The smiling Swiss inspired fear within FIFA. But why will Africa be swayed into thinking he is the best for them? Shaikh Salman al-Kalifa, a Blatter supporter, is running for president himself. Shaikh Salman al-Kalifa, was a staunch disciple of Blatter and obviously saw nothing wrong with his style of leadership that he openly supported the Swiss to win his failed final term. In one breath it could be argued that he is likely to carry on Blatter’s gestures towards Africa. But in another, he will be suscpitble to his administrative lapses . Salman’s will to fight corruption was tested, yet he failed because he was unwilling to fight the system. That clearly leaves the question: what new has he got to offer?.Prince Ali scored full marks as he single handedly faced the seeming mantra that it was “impossible to beat Blatter” – and legitimately refused to force a second round. That smacks of one who affords Africa the opportunity with continued preference and  promising leadership. Prince Ali has presented himself as the reform-minded, corruption free candidate needed to lead football’s world governing body. However, he needs to do more.Ali has to convince the African voters that he will continue to give the national federations much needed funds for the development of football on a continent where cash is hard to find. There is a need to develop grassroots football, the women’s game and general football infrastructure on the continent.  The Jordanian royal is well aware of the importance of Africa and the needs of African football and its administrators. In a recent interview, he said “…Africa is crucial for what we want to do, to develop football. [There is a need] to develop infrastructure, the stadiums, the teams. The moment has come for Africa to play a leadership role.”In the manifesto which he out-doored last week, Ali has made a host of promises; many of which are of peculiar interest to Africa. On racism, he said; “slogans and advertisements are not enough” and that stronger punishment for racist players and fans would be instituted. He has also promised to initiate programmes against the trafficking of players by providing a ‘safety net’ “to assist players who need short-term financial assistance or other support to ensure their safety and wellbeing.”Despite being the largest confederation, Africa has only five slots for the World Cup. Crucially, Prince Ali has said that he “supports an increase in the number of teams competing at the World Cup Finals and would commission a review into the expansion of qualifying slots for the World Cup Finals.”Prince Ali faces stiff competition if he is to succeed Blatter, the long-serving president who is serving a 90-day suspension from the sport.UEFA president Michel Platini, despite also being banned for 90 days, remains hopeful of taking the top job. The other candidates are Platini’s right-hand man at UEFA, Gianni Infantino, Asian football head Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa of Bahrain, Jerome Champagne, a former assistant general secretary of FIFA, and South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale but with trajectory. Prince Ali is easily Africa’s man and deserves the continent’s mass vote.Follow Link to read Prince Ali’s full manifesto: http://www.worldsgame.com/manifestolast_img read more

Pride of India: Sunil Chhetri joins the likes of Griezmann, Suárez, Agüero and Reus…

first_imgImage Courtesy: AIFF/Twitter(@chetrisunil11)Advertisement 2o5t1jNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs825Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2rys01( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bk34zWould you ever consider trying this?😱2wwCan your students do this? 🌚1x8xtxRoller skating! Powered by Firework The face of Indian football scene all over the world, Sunil Chhetri. The Bengaluru FC and the national team captain has reached the highest one Indian can reach in the beautiful game. The 2019 Padma Shri is India’s all time leading goalscorer, and has reached the top 5 highest goalscorers in the World, going shoulder to shoulder with the likes of David Villa, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Now, the striker from Secundrabad joins Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suárez, Sergio Agüero, Romelu Lukaku and Marco Reus in the Puma family.Advertisement Image Courtesy: AIFF/Twitter(@chetrisunil11)The German sports clothing brand has signed a three year deal with the 35 year old, with his compatriots Virat Kohli, MC Mary Kom and Dutee Chand, all who were previously agreed contracts with the multinational company.The striker announced the news on his official Twitter handle @chetrisunil11, along with a promotional video by the company. Check it out below-Advertisement Speaking to reporters, Chhetri said: “I am excited to join the PUMA family. Over the years, I have closely witnessed and experienced the brand’s football heritage. Now signing with them as a PUMA player is a very natural progression for me.”Puma had already partnered with Bengaluru Football Club in 2014, and this new deal with their skipper is a leap forward to the brand’s dedication for the growth of sports and athletes in the country.“We share a common goal to accelerate the growth of football in the country. I appreciate their commitment to the sporting ecosystem and look forward in creating a new chapter for Indian football,” he added.The managing director of Puma India, Abhishek Ganguly had no bargain in hailing Chhetri.“Sunil Chhetri is synonymous with football. A living legend and an inspiration for the youth, he has made a huge impact to grow the sport and its following in India. His passion is very much in line with PUMA’s vision. Together, we are invested in growing the culture of football, inspiring and achieving new levels in the game,” he told reporters.A record six times All India Football Federation Player of the Year, Chhetri has made 115 appearances for the national team, highest in the country.Football: Sunil Chettri feels the current Indian football team will not be too dependent on himRead all about the enchanting love story between Sunil Chhetri and his coach’s daughter! Advertisementlast_img read more

SUMMERTIME OAKS QUOTES-SUNDAY, MAY 26, 2019

first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESFLAVIEN PRAT, MY MAJESTIC ROSE, WINNER:  “We had a good trip.  She relaxed very well and she was going real easy up the backside.  At the three eighths, I asked her and she was right there for me.  When she made the lead, she waited on that other filly a bit, but then she got back to business.”DRAYDEN VAN DYKE, SNEAKING OUT, SECOND:  “She ran absolutely huge.  It’s a shame she got pointless pressure.”TRAINER QUOTESRODOLPHE BRISSET, MY MAJESTIC ROSE, WINNER: “The way she hit the front today is one of the reasons we decided to put the blinkers on. She can lose focus pretty quick. The first time she ran, she ran a beautiful race without them. When I stretched her out to a mile and a sixteenth at the Fairgrounds, it was the worst race ever. She acted like she’s never been on a racetrack before. So she really seemed to need them and as soon as we added them, she’s changed.“It wasn’t really a gamble to bring her out here, not to me. It was a small field and at the end of the day if we ran third, it’s still black type. So it was more difficult to find a way here than it was to make the decision. Thankfully Tex Sutton helped us, we put her on a plane and she got out here to train.“At the end of the day, if you look at it just from a breeder standpoint it was always a good choice and we thought it had a lot of value to come.”OWNER QUOTESJUDY HICKS, MY MAJESTIC ROSE, WINNER: “Rest her Grandmother (Shining Victory) who was a great race horse, her Mother (Victory On Tap) was okay and now it’s all in the family so we are going to continue on.NOTES: Rodolphe Brisset is a former assistant trainer to Bill Mott and now out on his own. This is his first runner and winner here at SA under his own name.Judy Hicks’ My Majestic Rose and jockey Flavien Prat win the Grade II $200,000 Summertime Oak Sunday, May 26, 2019 at Santa Anita Park, Arcadia CA.© BENOIT PHOTOlast_img read more

Caymanas tips

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UAAP greats from all sports honored as Season 80 unfurls

first_imgLearning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National University had Danny Ildefonso, who went on to win a couple of PBA MVP awards and eight titles in the pros, two-time UAAP MVP Ray Parks and rising tennis star Tin Patromonio, who recently won silver in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.NU Standout Danny Ildefonso during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“It feels good as an athlete that your hard work and passion are recognized,” said Parks.University of the Philippines flaunted senator Pia Cayetano, who was the Lady Maroons’ former captain who helped bring a volleyball title to the school in the early 80s. The Maroons also had Ronnie Magsanoc, who, along with Benjie Paras, was one of the leaders of UP’s championship run in 1986.Joe Lipa, Ronnie Magsanoc and Pia Cayetano lead former UP standouts during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net“It’s an honor and privilege to be part of the selected few. It’s also nice to meet former greats whom you followed before but just formally met now,” said Magsanoc.Adamson’s Ewon Arayi, who made her mark as a standout in women’s basketball, was also part of the gathering of stars. The UAAP Season 80 officially opens at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe UAAP recognized its glorious past as it honored former athletes who personified the league’s theme for its 80th Season: “Go For Great.”The parade featuring the member schools’ legends across all sports was the highlight of the nostalgic opening ceremony Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Break new ground Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ The African basketball championship: Unique and entertaining Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Winning start End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled LATEST STORIES One of University of the East’s biggest stars Robert Jaworski wasn’t able to attend but part of its contingent was Tisha Dominguez-Abundo, who led the school to a volleyball title in the late 60s.“I’m still hoping for our volleyball team to wake up from its long slumber,” said Abundo.Olympian Yan Lariba of La Salle was represented by his mother Imelda during the ceremony. Former Green Archer Renren Ritualo, the deadliest marksman during his time, was also present.Legendary basketball coach Aric del Rosario bannered University of Santo Tomas. Del Rosario built the UST dynasty that reigned from 1993 to 1996.Former UST Growling Tigers Cyrus Baguio and Dylan Ababou during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDel Rosario was joined by the likes of cagers Cyrus Baguio, one of the most exciting players to watch during his collegiate career, and Dylan Ababou, who was a vital part of the Tigers’ team that ended the school’s 10-year title drought in 2006.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The league relived its rich history by bringing back its celebrated stars from different generations.Former FEU star Rachel Anne Daquis during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHost Far Eastern University drew the loudest cheers when the likes of volleyball standout Rachel Daquis and basketball hotshot Terrence Romeo walked down memory lane along with the school’s other greats.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“What I really miss about the UAAP is the crowd,” said Romeo in Filipino.Former Ateneo volleyball player Alyssa Valdez during the UAAP Season 80 opening ceremonies at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday, September 9. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo wasn’t to be outdone with its star-studded volleyball tandem of Alyssa Valdez and Marck Espejo among its greats. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

Playing for Alapag a ‘blessing’ for Balkman

first_imgLATEST STORIES “When I saw him in Spain, he said ‘if you ever get to coaching and the door opens for me to come back to Manila, I’m willing to play for you,’” said Alapag after Alab dispatched Westports Malaysia, 90-79, Wednesday night in the controversial import’s first game.In a sense, Alapag gave Balkman a chance at redemption after the Puerto Rican international got banned from the PBA in 2013 after choking then Petron teammate Arwind Santos in a scuffle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBalkman said having Alapag, the same man he defeated in Puerto Rico’s 77-73 victory over the Philippines back in the 2014 World Cup, as a coach was a blessing bestowed upon him.“I played against him as a player, now he’s my coach. It’s a blessing for me to be given that chance,” said Balkman as he finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds, four steals, and two blocks. “We talked about it a couple of years ago. He always told me that if he had a chance to coach me he would and that’s what happened. Right now, I’m still thanking him because he kept his promise so I’ll keep my promise of winning him a championship.”Alapag said he hopes Balkman will be able to leave a better impression in Philippine basketball this time around and what happened in 2013 will be a thing of the past.“What happened years back was really an isolated incident, and at the end of the day no one’s perfect,” said Alapag. “We all make mistakes and he’s said numerous times he’s regretful of what happened. Hopefully this issue will be dead and he’ll be able to make a much better impression here in the Philippines.”And with Alapag burying the 2013 incident, Balkman did too.“It felt good, the reception, and I didn’t expect it. The past is the past,” said Balkman. “I did lots of things since then and tonight, it wasn’t on my mind, it wasn’t on my head. I just went out there to play basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJimmy Alapag’s head coaching duties over Renaldo Balkman may have just officially begun on Wednesday but the seeds were planted years before the two were on the same team together.The two had a conversation back in the 2014 Fiba World Cup when the Philippines faced Puerto Rico in the group stages, three years before Alapag ended up calling the shots Alab Pilipinas, which tapped Balkman as its new import, at the ASEAN Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Stevens eager to have Celtics spend time in London Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View commentslast_img read more

Police rejection of rape report is deeply disturbing

first_imgDear Editor,I am totally disturbed by news reports that ranks of the Guyana Police Force in New Amsterdam refused to take seriously a rape report by a 58-year-old Berbice woman and humiliated the victim at the Police station.It is detestable and totally inexcusable that Police Officers whose duty is to “protect and serve” would stoop so low as to disrespect and embarrass a senior citizen making a report at the height of her suffering after being the victim of a vicious attack and rape. This abominable act not only disgraces the officers in question, but by extension, the entire Police Force.Police Officers are at the service of every man, woman and child within the jurisdiction of Guyana. When any person approaches members of the Police Force with a report about a crime, their first order of business is to take the report seriously and investigate the circumstances immediately. It does not matter if the person making the report is a beggar or a “junkie”, they are required to investigate because crimes are committed against all persons, no matter what is their station in life. Even vagrants on the streets have been robbed.No Police Officer has a right to humiliate any citizen for any reason.Dealing with reports of crimes at Police stations, especially serious crimes like murder or rape, cannot be left to the ‘whim and fancy’ of junior officers on duty. There must be a reliable and effective system in place at every Police outpost to record accurately and follow up on citizens’ reports to the Police. This is standard Police procedure worldwide and that is how it should be in Guyana as well.Police salaries are paid for by the citizens of this country through their tax dollars and every citizen, male or female, rich or poor, sick or well, educated or uneducated, has a right to protection and attention. This is the basic reality in any civilised and sane society.According to the news item, the position of the Cops on duty was that the woman is a beggar and a junkie so: who would want to rape her? This is contemptible rubbish. I am aware that elderly women over 80 years old have been raped and murdered in the Bourda area of Georgetown, up to recent times. All Police ought to know that perverts will rape anyone, anywhere, anytime.I have seen and read and known of women 85 years old and over being raped and murdered in Wakenaam and I know of other cases of these same monstrous acts being committed by young men against elderly women in Berbice. In recent times, there have been reports of old women at home alone being attacked, raped and murdered. You cannot tell me the Police do not know about such cases.Therefore, I am upset and disappointed that trained Police Officers acted like total ignoramuses in this matter by rejecting the rape report of this senior citizen because they looked at her and decided she may be a “junkie” or beggar and no one would want to rape her. Who gave them the right to judge her? Who gave them the authority to condemn her?This is a great shame and severe indictment of the Guyana Police Force. It shows that there are ranks on duty at Police stations who are unfit to do their job with fairness and professionalism. The way they treated this woman will cause citizens to lose confidence in the Police and this could escalate feelings of insecurity and fear among law-abiding persons.If the reports are true about the abominable conduct of the ranks in this case, then the Guyana Police Force needs to do massive damage-control to restore the confidence of the people. This case demands an immediate and complete investigation; if the officers are guilty, they must be publicly humbled and punished by the top brass of the Police Force.There is no other way to deal with this. Every citizen across the board has a right to Police protection, including the criminal.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Srlast_img read more