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

NDC pays $1.6M to clean Soesdyke trenches

first_img…but residents say no work done… drainage works reek of corruption – CouncillorsCouncillors at the Soesdyke/Tu Huiste/Coverden Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) are accusing the Chairman and Overseer of collusion when it comes to drainage works in the community, since many of the drains have not been cleared but monies paid.According to the Financial Report circulated at the last statutory meeting on Thursday, the NDC would have expended over $6 million, with some $1.6 million for drainage works. The report explained that the Baksh, Nig-a-Kein, Meertins, Policeman, and Leacock and Jandoo Outfall trenches were cleared for the month of September but upon inspection, it was discovered that very little or no work has been done.The Policeman Outfall trench that was supposedly cleaned in SeptemberCouncillors Dave Singh, Udairam Baijnauth and Vice Chairman Aaron Grant-Stuart all raised objections to the expenditure, but the Chairman refused to entertain their objections. They related that the Chairman informed that all payments were made and that the works were satisfactorily completed.Vice Chairman Grant-Stuart, who also heads the NDC’s Works Committee said he was forced to resign after repeatedly expressing dissatisfaction with the drainage works but being forced to approve them after the Chairman would demand that he sign off.When Guyana Times visited the Soesdyke area on Saturday, residents expressed dissatisfaction with the overall performance of the NDC since they feel very little work is being done despite them paying their rates and taxes.Councillor Dave SinghOne woman living along the Policeman Outfall trench said she moved to that area some 15 years ago and is constantly being forced to endure flooding, due to overgrowth in the trench. She said she would have to clear the section behind her house because the water would become stagnant, resulting in the breeding of a whole host of bugs, as well as carrying a foul smell.“The last time them clean this trench was early part last year (2017) and even before then they does barely clean it. The can never say that them clean this trench here last month because they would be lying. The next thing is that the road is another story. If you know how long [Leslie] Glasgow (NDC chair) said that he will send the man them to weed the road [parapets] and we still waiting here. I tell them already that elections coming up and them won’t come here and expect to get a vote. Them really not doing anything,” the resident lamented.The woman explained that she used to collect $500 from every resident in her neighbourhood so that they could have paid to have the sides of the road weeded but the NDC even refused to aid them in disposing the cut grass, so the residents stopped paying to have it cleaned.“The records are showing that all of the outfalls including the Policeman trench which is the conservancy has already being cleared and paid for and that is not the case. Literally no cleaning was done and we asked and the Chairman insisted that the work has been completed and paid for,” Councillor Singh said.Singh explained that the Policeman Trench serves as the conservancy for the residents of Soesdyke Back area since the water from the highland would roll off into the trench to be drained. He further related when the trenches are clogged, it means the water has nowhere to go which results in flooding.“Now is dry season but wait until December and you will see how high this trench does raise. The water does run on the people land and then it does cause flooding. We are really in a bad position because the Chairman and Overseer just doing what them want to do and even though I have no evidence of them getting a kickback, I want to believe that they are,” he said.The Councillor said the contractors who are being hired to do the work are not from the area, despite them calling for otherwise.“We does pay $347,000 to clean outfall and none is being cleaned. We are paying out money without getting any service. The Chairman and overseer are dictatorial and we are paying money to clean a trench where not even a blade of grass is being touched. I had a talk with the contractor who was supposed to clean the Policeman trench and he does not know where the trench is. He signed for the money and he don’t know,” Singh related.The Councillors said they are at their wits’ end when it comes with dealing with the Chairman and Overseer (Fazila Manna) since they are both unprofessional. They reported that if they raise too many objections, they are banned from speaking at meetings unless they apologise.Vice Chairman Grant-Stuart told Guyana Times that the NDC’s spending is very exorbitant, identifying that they would have spent over $1 million to just lay some stones on the Grant Sand Road and over $270,000 for a galvanised pipe barricade.last_img read more

Busy weekend ahead for Trackers

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Yukon Trackers have a full schedule ahead of them as they play on the road this weekend.This Friday, December 7, the Trackers are headed to Edmonton to take on the St. Albert Blues. Puck drop is  8:45 p.m.On Saturday, December 8, the Trackers travel to Sherwood Park to face the Oilers at the Sherwood Park Arena with game time at 8:15 p.m.- Advertisement -Then on Sunday, December 9, the Trackers are off to Fort Saskatchewan to take on Rangers. Puck drop is 12:00 p.m.Trackers Head Coach, Gerard Decaire, says these three road games will be a good test for his team.“It’ll be a good test for us because we haven’t been on the road, haven’t done three and three for a while in the league. Get on the bus tomorrow morning, drive to Edmonton, play that night, and then we have a 24-hour break before the next game on Saturday. It’ll be a grind and we’re going down a bit short-handed, but that’s okay as it’s good for the guys to get some ice time.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Amgen’s cycle of Fresno-slapping must stop

first_imgI don’t have the faintest idea why my former hometown – technically, I grew up 10 miles south in a hamlet called Fowler but I’ve never been able to extricate Fresno from the deepest recesses of my heart and soul – has been cruelly shunned for the second straight year, but I must sheepishly confide that I’m not exactly a connoisseur of cycling. Indeed, my knowledge of it is quite limited, since it’s not exactly a pursuit that ever has ranked high on my priority list. The only time I ever bothered to use a bicycle on a regular basis was to ride it from my home to my elementary school, which, to put it mildly, was so long ago that memory of the experience has become hopelessly clouded. I do know that a lot of guys get kicked out of the sport for using illegal substances. I do know that Lance Armstrong won all sorts of Tour de France titles – I think it was seven in a row – and that he, too, has been relentlessly shadowed by dark accusations. I do know that cyclists are a different breed with their garish apparel that looks as though it has been designed by those who once served as haberdashers for Bozo the Clown. I do know that there is almost a tribal attitude among its practitioners, who savor training together, as well as breakfasting together after early morning workouts and also have a haughty disregard for joggers who happen to share their pathways. I do know Amgen is the world’s largest biotechnology company, and that its title sponsorship has been a source of, eh, increased blood pressure among critics because it happens to be the company that pioneered the genetically engineered form of EPOGEN, the recombinant form of erythropoietin that stimulates the body’s production of red blood cells. Popularly known as EPO, it has proved to be a successful remedy for those cancer and kidney patients suffering from anemia. But it also the past 16 years has proved to be a successful additive for a variety of athletes, especially cyclists and long-distance runners who have illegally used it to increase their oxygen uptake. There are those who feel having Amgen as a title sponsor for a major cycling event is roughly tantamount to, say, Jack Daniel’s serving as a title sponsor at an Alcoholics Anonymous convention. That might be a slightly extreme view, although it seems as though a good portion of those cycling in recent years have wound up being suspended, including last year’s Tour De France victor, Floyd Landis, who is appealing that drug test he took that came up positive moments after his stirring win. Landis won’t be in Long Beach this weekend, but there will be a lot of other guys who are quite skilled in pedaling a bicycle at extraordinary speeds, as they will do 10 laps around the 7.75-mile course here that starts at Ocean and Shoreline Drive and winds around Belmont Shore. There figures to be a Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach ambiance to the proceedings, especially in the restaurants up, down and around Pine Avenue on Saturday evening when all sorts of festivities are going to be staged in the area. Of course, a bicycle race doesn’t quite have the same riveting mystique of an Indy car race where the drivers hit nearly 200 mph on the straightaways and where more than 100,000 patrons can line the Long Beach circuit, but it still should have intriguing drama, especially as one awaits the results of the winner’s post-race drug test. Still, one can’t help but shed a tear of despair for beleaguered Fresno, Paris by the Sierras that continues for some unfathomable reason to be ignored by those sporting mandarins lacking the sophisticated discernment to detect its bejeweled persona. Doug Krikorian can be reached at doug.krikorian@presstelegram.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Of course, I’m talking about Fresno, the stunning metropolis that holds the sacred distinction of being located right in the middle of the fertile San Joaquin Valley in an area where perhaps more grapes are grown and more fast-food outlets are located per square block for the ravenously hungry, diet-disdaining populace than any locale in the world. So, while the cyclists go merrily through their stages – doing the Stockton-to-San Jose destination today – poor Fresno finds itself stuck in its eternal oblivion despite its multitude of offerings such as, well, a vast array of upscale strip malls, a modern baseball stadium for its Pacific Coast League team and a bewhiskered gentleman named Pat Hill who looks more like a Grand Ol’ Opry performer than a football coach, which he happens to be for the local university team that I believe racked up four big victories for him last fall. center_img Billed as an event in which the participants are able to navigate through some of the treasured garden spots of the state, the Amgen Tour of California, not to be confused with the Geologic Walking Tour of Building Stones of Downtown Baltimore, has committed a serious oversight in its eight-stage, 640-mile race that climaxes Sunday in Long Beach. While including such pearls of culture enhancement as San Francisco, Sausalito, Sacramento, San Luis Obispo, Solvang, Santa Barbara and our fair city in this titillating affair, those who administrate it somehow once again have snubbed one of the more alluring venues on this planet for reasons that confound those fortunate enough to reside in such a place of exotic beauty. last_img read more

Agency warns wildfires loom in Southland

first_imgBOISE, Idaho – The West and Southeast face an increased wildfire risk this year because of ongoing drought and a summer expected to be hotter than average, the National Interagency Fire Center reported Tuesday. The center identified swaths of those regions – including the lower third of California, all of Florida and central Alaska – as having increased chances of catching fire. “One of the things that strikes me is the breadth of the fire season, stretching from Florida and Georgia all the way up to Alaska,” said Rick Ochoa, national fire weather program manager at the center. The National Wildland Fire Outlook report predicts the wildfire danger for May through August. It is based on past and expected weather patterns, combined with the predicted amount and dryness of fire fuels and their potential to ignite. This year’s map looks similar to last year’s, said Tom Wordell, wildland fire analyst at the center. In 2006, a record 9.8 million acres burned, 2,300 buildings were destroyed, fire suppression costs totaled $1.4 billion, and 24 wildland firefighters died. “We’re a bit nervous,” Wordell said. But he said there were too many variables to say 2007 will be a repeat of 2006. In the Southeast, dry conditions in southern Florida have expanded northward to include the rest of the state and southern portions of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. The wildfire season is already on in Georgia, where 125 square miles of forest and swampland have burned in the southeast part of the state in the last two weeks. In the West, the report predicts a low snowpack will melt away quickly, causing forests at higher elevations to dry out. Such conditions may happen in forests in California’s Sierra, where the snowpack is near its lowest level in almost two decades, and in southwest Montana, central Idaho, the Blue Mountains in northeastern Oregon and southwestern Washington, and the Appalachian Mountains in Virginia and North Carolina. Much of Nevada, western Utah and southern Idaho could be in for an early and prolonged grassland fire season because of an abundance of fuel after two wet winters followed by a dry one. “Once they cure, they’re very fire-prone,” Wordell said of the grasslands. Other areas with an increased fire risk include: The southern two-thirds of Arizona, partly because of buffelgrass that grows in what used to be sparsely vegetated areas. The southern part of New Mexico and western Texas because of abundant plant growth that is expected to dry out by mid-May. The lower third of California, which has received less than half of normal precipitation since October, leaving dried-out vegetation and areas of freeze-killed vegetation that could catch fire. Central and southwest Alaska, where low snowpack and a warm summer caused the center to declare above-normal fire potential. Among the only areas with below-normal danger are portions of the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles and small portions of northeast New Mexico and southeast Colorado. “Everybody is getting trained up so that we’re ready for when it starts,” said Deb Yoder, a smoke jumper with the Bureau of Land Management, based in Boise, and one of the nation’s 15,000 wildland firefighters. “I’ll just make sure I’m ready for whatever happens.”160Want 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

Exclusive – Pochettino is the perfect man for Tottenham! King backs Argentine to deliver success

first_imgLedley King believes Tottenham are unlikely to finish in the top four this season, but he is confident Mauricio Pochettino is the man to bring Champions League football back to White Hart Lane over time.The former Southampton boss is beginning to get to grips with his new job after a difficult start, with last weekend’s victory over his old club moving Spurs up to sixth in the Premier League table.And while King believes this season could be frustrating at times as players adapt to the Argentine’s methods, he is backing Pochettino to eventually prove a huge success at the north London side.“It is going to take a little bit of time for him to get his thoughts and methods across, but we are confident he is the right man for the job,” said the club’s former captain, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“I think it is going to be tough [to finish in the top four this season]. There’s going to be six or seven teams thinking they have got a chance of the top four. We are one of them, but a lot of things would have to go right for us this season.“I think it will be difficult this season but, long-term, we have the right manager.“I’m sure he will still want to bring in one or two players moving forward. He is still seeing who fits in with the style of play.”last_img read more

Little out as Dodgers manager

first_imgThe Dodgers have scheduled a conference call for 4 p.m., at which time they are expected to announce the firing of manager Grady Little after two seasons at the helm. Little guided the club to an 88-74 mark and the National League wild card in 2006, after which the Dodgers were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the New York Mets, but the Dodgers fell off to 82-80 this season and finished fourth in the National League West. Both owner Frank McCourt and general manager Ned Colletti said on the final day of the regular season that Little would return in 2008. It isn’t clear what happened in the interim to change their minds. The Dodgers are believed to have actually offered Little’s job last week to former Florida manager Joe Girardi and at one point even believed Girardi was on the verge of accepting the position. But Girardi was formally introduced earlier today as the new manager of the New York Yankees, replacing Joe Torre, who turned down a one-year, $5 million offer earlier this month to remain with the club. Torre now becomes the leading candidate to replace Little with the Dodgers. Numerous media reports over the past 24 hours have indicated the Dodgers might already have a deal in place with Torre, but that has yet to be confirmed. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.160Want 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

Stiliyan Petrov will NOT be offered playing contract with Aston Villa

first_img Stiliyan Petrov Stiliyan Petrov will not be offered a playing contract at Aston Villa despite attempting to make his comeback.The Bulgarian midfielder has been training with Villa this summer after battling back from leukaemia, following his diagnosis in 2012. Petrov initially retired from playing three years ago but was invited on Villa’s pre-season trip to Austria with a view to impressing first-team coaches, although the club have now confirmed he will not make a return to on-field action.Boss Roberto Di Matteo has, however, offered him an opportunity to remain at the club in a different, as yet unspecified, role.Di Matteo told the club’s official website: “Stiliyan is an inspiration to all of us.“I have spoken to him and explained my thoughts and offered him the chance to remain at the club.“Stiliyan is going to discuss this with his family before coming back to us.”Petrov, who made 219 appearances for Villa’s senior team after joining from Celtic in 2006, trained with Villa’s Under-21s last season. 1last_img read more

My Donegal… with teacher and musician Kelli McGrory

first_imgKelli Mc Grory teaches Music and Irish in Gairmscoil Chú Uladh, Ballinamore. She has been singing and playing various instruments including piano, violin, whistle and guitar from a young age.She recently started recording music in Full Tilt Studios, Letterkenny with Tommy Conway. Kelli’s Facebook videos have thousands of views, and she has over 2,200 people following her on social media!This is Kelli’s Donegal… What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Being from Fanad, I’m lucky to have so many nice beaches nearby. It’s hard to find a nicer beach than Warden/Ballymastocker Bay.If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The weather!Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Packie Bonner was a hero in my house when I was growing up so it has to be him.What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?Obviously the All-Ireland win in 2012 lifted the whole county but I think having Seamus Coleman captain Ireland at the Euros in June was a very proud moment. I was lucky enough to have been there too!What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Donegal Creameries milk!Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?Again, Seamus Coleman. He proved how grounded he is at his homecoming in Killybegs after having an unbelievable tournament in France. He’s a great role model for so many.Who is Donegal’s most successful businessperson in your opinion?There are so many young people who have built businesses from scratch recently which is a great inspiration to anyone wanting to follow their passion. If I start mentioning people, I’m afraid I’ll forget someone!Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Packie Bonner. What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Yellow Pepper in LetterkennyDonegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?I haven’t met either!What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“Ara”!What is your favourite Donegal food?Anything homemade! Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?No, I think we’re a friendly bunch lucky enough to be living in a very scenic part of the country!Do you have a favourite local band? In Their Thousands. They’re unbelievably talented and so down to earth.If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?Health Services, we’re sometimes forgotten about.What has been the most rewarding, and the most challenging part of being a musician? I don’t really find it challenging, I enjoy it which is half the battle. The most rewarding part is seeing my students on stage and most importantly, enjoying themselves.Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?Being an Irish teacher, I think it’s so important to keep our language alive. We have a really hardworking group of people in Fanad promoting the Irish language and culture.To keep up with Kelli you can follow her on Facebook and to hear more of her music you can follow her on Soundcloud.My Donegal… with teacher and musician Kelli McGrory was last modified: October 23rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:kelli mc groryMusicianMY DONEGALsingerTEACHERlast_img read more

Man on GAA team-bonding trip got very drunk and was arrested

first_imgA Galway man who came to Letterkenny on a team-bonding exercise with his GAA team got very drunk and was arrested by Gardai.Ryan Smith, aged 20, was arrested by Gardai after being a danger to the public and himself at Lower Main Street in Letterkenny on February 24th, 2018. Smith, of Williamstown, Galway told Judge Paul Kelly at Letterkenny District Court that he did not normally drink but got very drunk during a team-bonding exercise.Garda Sgt Jim Collins told the court that Smith was cooperative when arrested.Judge Kelly asked the accused “Well, did the binding work. Is that the way you would behave in Galway?”“I wouldn’t normally drink. I’m sorry,” said Smith.Judge Kelly applied the Probation Act.Man on GAA team-bonding trip got very drunk and was arrested was last modified: April 1st, 2019 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)last_img read more