Where is the crime plan? Jagdeo asks Govt

first_imgOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo believes that criminals are now acting with impunity because of the ambiguous signals emanating from government.Concerns are aplenty that while the crime situation is once again spiralling out of control, government has been very laidback in its approach to addressing the matter.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoGiving his take on the issue, Jagdeo said government has not demonstrated any starkness regarding which class of people they would support: the victims or the perpetrators.The former President opined that the manner in which President David Granger is pardoning prisoners and the entire process of negotiating with prisoners have led to criminal elements in society feeling empowered.Jagdeo noted that while pardoning prisoners is not entirely a bad action, the fact that government has kept their identities hidden from the public portrays the message that these criminals are being protected.On this note, Jagdeo alleged that some of the pardoned prisoners were convicted not of nonviolent crimes but of “hardcore ones.”Comparing the situation with the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration, Jagdeo said the people were always clear on the fact that government stood with the people.Moreover, he noted that when the President tells the security arm of the country to hesitate on shooting criminals but instead, “bring them in alive”, it also gives rise to worry within the Guyana Police Force (GPF).“What signal do you send to the Police Force when you say to the Police Force, ‘do not shoot at people just like that’, Policemen are worried because if they shoot a criminal in an act, then suddenly they will face the wrath of the government because he might be someone’s friend in the government… That is why criminals are acting with impunity today,” Jagdeo stated.Moreover on security matters, Jagdeo posited that government is floundering in the dark and groping for effective policies to deal with the crime situation.“We were told before the elections that they had three former heads of the army, a former head of the police force and many military people who are capable to do a better job on crime and keeping our country secure than the PPP because they are security people and they had a plan to deal with it. What is the plan?” he demanded to know.Jagdeo pointed out that in the National Budget, the only measure to enhance security in the country is a project that had commenced under the previous administration.He went on to lambast the government for interfering with key initiatives that were established under the former government to combat crime.“They quashed the Community Policing Groups, they are interfering with the operational duties in the Guyana Police Force, they will not deploy the Tactical Service Unit in a practical way across the nation, arms of the government designed to go after criminals are now being used for political vendetta,” he stated.In fact, Jagdeo declared that nearly half of the police force is now focused on going after political opponents as opposed to criminals.last_img read more

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Fly Jamaica employees fuming over owed salaries

first_img…passengers yet to be refundedPromises by Fly Jamaica Airlines to disburse compensation to its employees are yet to materialize, and many of these staffers are questioning the company’s allegiance towards providing these payments.Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Ronald Reece stated in a letter to employees on Friday, March 29, 2019 that their services were redundant as of March 31, 2019.According to him, the company was hoping to secure funding, but that acquisition process has been slow. Reece nevertheless assured employees that the compensation they are owed from November to date will be provided.Speaking to Guyana Times on Friday, one of the former employees said he is owed his monthly salary for January, 2019 and other sums for overtime work carried out during 2018. However, other employees have not been paid for several months, and there has been no definite answer on when these remunerations will be disbursed.“We didn’t get paid the overtime for November. We didn’t get paid for December, January, February or March. I worked January, so I need my overtime; and I didn’t get paid for January as yet,” the employee stated.He said this prolonged waiting period raises concerns among many former employees regarding when they will be paid. Guyana Times understands that the company had some 400 employees on its payroll.Fly Jamaica’s operations took a downward spiral after the November 9, 2018 crash-landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), which saw an 85-year-old passenger succumbing one week later.The Boeing 757 aircraft crashed on an emergency landing less than an hour after taking off for Toronto, Canada. The aircraft had experienced technical complications and decided to return to Guyana.At the time, there were 118 adults, along with two infants and an eight-member crew onboard.This publication was informed that a small number of persons were compensated, while most of them were not refunded. Following the crash, other flights were cancelled, and travellers had no other choice but to book flights with other airlines. Most of them commented on social media about the company’s failure to refund their monies.“Some of the passengers were compensated, and some weren’t. Most of the passengers did not get back their refund as yet. They would usually give persons weekly, so we don’t know how many were compensated,” a former employee informed.It was reported last month that the Competition and Consumer Affairs Commission (CCAC) has been forced to intervene in the situation with Fly Jamaica and its passengers. This is after several written complaints were filed stating their distresses. This prompted officials of the company to declare that customers would be reimbursed in the third week of March.Public Relations Officer (PRO) of CCAC, Allison Parker, had stated that the Commission would take action if the airline did not keep its side of the bargain.Meanwhile, the employees were informed that if the circumstances of the company changes in the future and they are still interested in rejoining staff, then they will be allowed to do so.Calls to the local numbers listed for Fly Jamaica went unanswered.last_img read more

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Sewage system at Aurora Secondary School broken 3 weeks now

first_imgSewage in a section of the Aurora Secondary School drain… Regional Engineering Department still to actParents, teachers and students of Aurora Secondary School, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), are calling for the immediate fixture of their sewage system. The system has been broken for over three weeks now and although reports were made to the Regional Education Department, nothing has been done to correct the unsanitary situation.This newspaper was told on Friday that the pipe leading to the septic tank from the toilet is broken and the sewage is presently overflowing into the school’s drainage.Several parents and teachers told this publication that they are worried about health-related issues that can arise from the unbearable stench from the sewage in the drains.One parent told Guyana Times that the drain in front of the school’s canteen is filled with sewage and is very unhealthy for those children and teachers purchasing food from the canteen.When contacted, the Regional Education Officer, Nichola Matthews said that the matter is presently engaging the Regional Engineering Department. Concerned parents are, however, peeved at the slothfulness of the engineering department and are also calling for a complete check of the sewage system at the school since this is not the first time the issue has occurred.last_img read more

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Planned power outage Saturday for Mile 95 area

first_imgBC Hydro has issued advance notice of another planned service improvement power disruption, this weekend.Impacted Hydro customers will include all those on the Mile 95 Upper Halfway Road, west of the Haystack Forest Road, including Simpson Road and the Upper Halfway Road.Hydro anticipates the upgrade will result in the loss of power service for about three hours on Saturday beginning at 11.30am.- Advertisement -For more information, you can call 1-888-769-3766.last_img

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Parents decry dropping of charges against teacher

first_imgPICO RIVERA – It’s been nearly three weeks since Meller Elementary School parents first asked for a town hall-style meeting with authorities and school officials to discuss an altercation last month between a teacher and about a dozen fifth-graders who accused her of attacking them during a morning physical education class. On Wednesday, the parents will finally get their wish – but it’s a bittersweet victory, they say, given that authorities have already announced they won’t be filing any criminal charges against the unnamed teacher. But they gathered together Sunday to discuss their concerns in anticipation of Wednesday’s meeting, with the hope of getting some resolution once they meet face-to-face with authorities. “We finally got the meeting to ask why – and all I know is it’s going to be a very emotional meeting, because we’re just looking out for the best interests of our children,” said parent Larry Puentes, whose 10-year-old daughter Jazleen was injured in the Feb. 15 incident. The circumstances of the incident are still unclear. The fifth-graders involved claimed the teacher began hitting and kicking them for no reason as they ran laps for their P.E. class; district officials say the teacher has maintained she was only trying to protect her younger students as the older students started running into them. The teacher was immediately placed on paid administrative leave and an investigation was launched by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau. After two weeks, the sheriff’s detectives presented the case to the District Attorney’s Office, which declined to pursue charges, said sheriff’s Capt. Michael Rothans. As such, Wednesday’s meeting will include Rothans, sheriff’s detectives and deputies, the deputy district attorney who declined to file charges, and officials from the school and El Rancho Unified School District. “The intent is to explain how the incident was reported, the timeline we were working on, how we responded and the investigation by the Special Victims Bureau,” Rothans said. “The deputy district attorney will also be there to give her reasons and I’m sure the school district will also speak on its behalf and be there to answer questions,” he added. Puentes said parents received phone calls Thursday night about the decision not to file charges. “They said there was insufficient evidence, that there were inconsistencies in the testimony of the kids and their stories,” Puentes said. “Then they said all their evidence didn’t tie in to fit their criteria on whether they should file charges.” Superintendent Norbert Genis says he’s received phone calls from parents wondering what would happen to the teacher – but he also got phone calls in support of her. “It’s a minority opinion, and they didn’t want to leave their names, but we’ve heard from parents who had their child in her class who said they were glad she protected them,” Genissaid. As for whether the teacher would be allowed to continue working at Meller, Genis would only say that the district is aware of the rights of its employees. “Contractually and legally, it’s not up to us in total to determine where and how she works,” Genis said. “She has a contract, she has protection within that contract as well as within the state education code. “Yes, she was accused, but she was also cleared of any wrongdoing,” he added. Nevertheless, says Puentes, “if the teacher in question did not inflict the scratches and bruises on our children, then who did?” “I feel the detectives and the district attorney are not really relying on the stories the children have given them,” Puentes said. “And that’s not good at all.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want 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

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Open burning ban rescinded in Prince George Fire Centre

first_imgAs of noon today the open burning ban that’s in place in the Prince George Fire Centre will be lifted. A release from the Government of British Columbia states cooler temperatures and rain in the area has lowered the risk of fires.The release also notes that while the ban will be lifted, burning must be done safely. The Province recommends the following steps in doing so:– Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping.– Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires.– Create a fireguard at least one metre around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material.– Never leave a fire unattended.– Make sure that the fire is completely extinguished and the ashes are cold to the touch before leaving the area for any length of time.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Sheephaven SAC have first snorkel of the New Year in Portnablagh

first_imgIt’s January. Christmas festivities are now firmly behind us. The piles of roast potatoes, turkey and ham, mince pies have been served, the wine has flowed and all that Christmas cake, chocolate, and biscuits have been devoured.A member of Sheephaven Sub Aqua Club, Caroline says; “I once read that the average amount of weight gain in Ireland over Christmas is half a stone, so what a fantastic way to start the New Year for Sheephaven snorkelers by doing a 40 minute snorkel which took the snorkelers from Portnablagh Pier right over to near Killahoey Beach (next week hopefully we will land on the beach); a great way to start shifting that Christmas bulge!”“Water & air temperatures of around 10 degrees Celsius made it a comfortable task for Sheephaven’s hardy snorkelers. “Water visibility in the bay was effectively nil throughout the snorkel but sea conditions were near perfect with the sun making an appearance and a slight south westerly wind.“Then, it was off to Lizzies’ Diner in Dunfanaghy for a bite of breakfast and a bit o’ craic – a great start for Sheephaven SAC in 2017.Sheephaven SAC have first snorkel of the New Year in Portnablagh was last modified: January 8th, 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:Portnablaghsheephaven sacsnorklerlast_img read more

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Arsenal defender to sign new four-year contract and stay at club until 2022

first_img crackers How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? The deal ensures Chambers’ future at Arsenal for four more years targets How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 2 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? smart causal NEW ERA Emery is seemingly an admirer of Calum Chambers Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT silverware England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won center_img There are already a number of central defenders at Arsenal who Chambers has failed to displace in the past, including the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Rob Holding, Shkodran Mustafi and Konstantinos Mavropanos.Borussia Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos is also rumoured to be heading to the Emirates this summer, which could make Arsenal’s first team an even tougher nut for the former Southampton man to crack. 2 It appears Emery has quickly become a big fan of Chambers and sees big potential in the versatile defender, who is still just 23 years old.While the Englishman can play at both right-back and centre-back, it is understood that the new boss wants him to compete solely for a centre-back spot from now on. gameday cracker Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Brown’s half-time antics, eight-goal thrillers… relive these Boxing Day classics Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ possible standings REVEALED Latest Arsenal News Calum Chambers is set to sign a new four-year contract with Arsenal.The 23-year-old defender signed a two-year extension last October, but new manager Unai Emery is keen to extend that agreement, according to BBC Sport. LATEST last_img read more

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County draws up ’06 wish list

first_imgWith Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger expected to propose a $25 billion to $27 billion bond measure to overhaul the state’s infrastructure, Los Angeles County officials released their own list Thursday of 65 priority projects totaling $868 million. In the past, the county has sent one list of critical needs to the state Legislature and another list to Congress seeking funding through various appropriation and reauthorization bills. But this year, Chief Administrative Officer David Janssen combined the lists to enhance the county’s advocacy efforts to secure funding. “In the past, having two separate lists has potentially limited our opportunity to obtain federal funding for a project on the state list, and state funding for a project on the federal list because the lists appeared to be mutually exclusive,” Janssen wrote in a memo to the Board of Supervisors. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake County officials are optimistic that more money will be available for badly needed infrastructure repairs in 2006. They note that more bond measures are being proposed and that voters have approved $12 billion in bond proposals in recent years for improving parks, beaches and other infrastructure needs. “The purpose of this is to position significant county projects for funding discussions that may happen at the state or federal level around infrastructure, open space and other types of public resources,” said Jonathan Freedman, a CAO analyst. The projects include: $5 million for the Will Rogers State Beach Youth Aquatic Center. $5 million for the San Gabriel River Discovery Center and $22 million for San Gabriel River corridor projects. $17 million in Hollywood Bowl renovations and $7.5 million in John Anson Ford Theatre renovations. $6 million for the Acton Sports Complex, $8 million for Agua Dulce park acquisition, $15 million for the Castaic Lake Area Aquatics Complex and $18 million for the Castaic Lake Recreation Area Youth Camp/RV Campgrounds. $10 million for the San Gabriel Valley Intelligent Transportation System. $72.1 million for the Antelope Valley Recycled Water System. $23.5 million for the Sun Valley watershed feasibility study, powerline easement project, steam plant project and watershed Strathern Pit project. Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 troy.anderson@dailynews.com 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

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Timmer Aims To Add To Historic Season

first_imgAs he nears the twilight of his illustrious four years on the court at Drake, senior Reed Timmer is without peer in the Drake career scoring ranks and putting more and more distance between his legacy and those who he has surpassed. With a three-pointer in the first half of the Bulldogs’ win at Bradley, he became Drake’s all-time leading scorer, moving past Josh Young, and finished the afternoon with a career-high 32 points to give him more than 1,800 career points in the Blue & White. Each successive basket and free throw adds to that gaudy total that has him ranked in the top 14 among active Division I players in career scoring and 19th all-time in Missouri Valley Conference history with 1,956 points heading into the MVC Tournament.The rigors of being of one of the nation’s top scorers in the midst of a heated conference race while balancing challenging pharmacy coursework have only allowed Timmer brief moments to reflect on his historic accomplishment.”It gave me a chance to reflect on everything we’ve been through,” Timmer said. “The ups and downs and all the teammates I’ve played with. It’s surreal to believe. It’s a testament to all the hard work we’ve put in over the years and all my teammates and coaches for believing in me and letting me have the role that’s allowed me to achieve this milestone.”Those initial thoughts from Timmer on achieving one of the most heralded individual accomplishments a basketball player can earn speak volumes about him. Every time he speaks of the honor, it is in terms of ‘we’ and ‘us,’ not ‘I.’That’s not a calculated manipulation of language to deflect attention, but rather an earnest bond he shares with his fellow seniors, four of which have been by his side for every practice and every one of his more than 1,900 points. In an era where nearly 40 percent of freshmen transfer by the end of their sophomore season, the solidarity of Drake’s seniors has helped make Timmer’s success possible.”Having that relationship and bond off the court is something you don’t find often,” Timmer said. “Lots of guys are self-oriented and switch teams according to what they think their role should be.”However, through the trials and tribulations of the last four years, that group has never splintered and been completely resolute in their commitment to each other.”It was crucial for us to stick together and say ‘we’ve put so much time and effort into this, why not give it our best shot one more year,'” Timmer added. “It’s something special we have. We’ve put so much time and effort into this that having some success on the court this season makes it so much sweeter.”Reaping the rewards of hard work and constant effort is a familiar theme in Timmer’s on and off court pursuits. While he has had explosive scoring nights, becoming the school’s all-time scoring leader has been achieved with a glacial application of consistency. In his more than 120 career games, he has scored in double-figures more than 90 times and only once has he been held scoreless. At the free-throw line, he owns the school record with more than 500 free throws and has made a staggering 85 percent of the attempts in his career.Often those free throws have been earned by crashing to the floor. With each successive tumble to the hardwood that causes fans to hold their breath, Timmer dutifully rises, unscathed. Being diligent in preparing his body to absorb and recover from those blows has been critical to his ability to climb the scoring ranks. “Going through a season there’s so many bumps and bruises,” Timmer said. “Keeping me healthy has been a credit to our staff and athletic trainers. Coach Burch [Strength & Conditioning] has helped me with injury prevention exercises and that’s often overlooked, but it’s helped me. I’ve only missed a handful of practices and it’s been huge to stay healthy.”That same diligence and preparation are reflected in the classroom as he pursues his doctorate of pharmacy degree. During the fall semester, he carried 18 hours of the rigorous pharmacy curriculum, often while the team was on the road for much of November and December. Just the thought of balancing those responsibilities would make even the most seasoned student-athlete stressed. However, Timmer is more seasoned than most.”Just as in basketball, I’ve gotten better at school and managing my time because I need to be,” Timmer said. “I don’t stress about it. It’s second nature. Go to the library after practice and study. Don’t stress about it, just take the mindset of ‘this is part of my schedule and what I need to do.'”But without that demanding balance of academics and Division I basketball, Timmer would probably not be at Drake. It was Drake’s willingness to allow Timmer to pursue a pharmacy degree while playing basketball that set in motion the series of events that eventually led to the Bulldogs’ having a new career scoring leader.”It was huge. That was why I came here and why I stayed,” Timmer said of being what is believed to be the first Drake men’s basketball player to pursue a pharmacy degree. “I know other places wouldn’t let you pursue academics at that level while playing college basketball. The University and staff have done such a good job working with me that it motivated me to come here and stick with it for all four years.”The flexibility has come from both athletics and academics to allow Timmer this unique opportunity and become one of Drake’s most decorated student-athletes in recent history. “We [basketball] work around my schedule for class and if I miss class for a game, the faculty never puts me at a disadvantage and gives me the same accommodations as any other student. That’s been a rock for me, I’ve never had to worry about balancing the two and I can’t thank everyone enough who has made it possible.”Not only have those parties made it possible for Timmer to eventually graduate with a doctorate, but to amass multiple academic honors. He is poised to become just the second student-athlete to be named MVC Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year three years in a row, joining another Drake legend Adam Emmenecker as the only two to accomplish that feat. Along the way, he has been named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week an astonishing 11 times as of Feb. 7. Timmer hopes to explore the potential of continuing that balance of pursuing basketball and his degree, but as has been the case to date, it won’t be a traditional path. His degree requires two more years of coursework, but he has started working with his academic advisors to consider adding another unique chapter to his legacy. “It’s never been done before, but we’ve been discussing it to see if that option is available and we’ll know more when the season is over,” Timmer said of the potential of playing professionally while completing his coursework. “I’ll have the choice and information to make that decision when I need to.”That decision will come in time. For now, Timmer is focused on enjoying the team and teammates that have allowed him to reach such lofty heights in the Drake record books and sharing his success with them.”It’s been so special this year to have moments where you see your hard work pay off and to do it with these seniors I came in with is so much fun,” Timmer said. “Those moments feel a lot sweeter having gone through those tough times. You appreciate winning and you appreciate having fun so much more. That’s really special.”Timmer hopes for more of those rewarding moments with his teammates this week as the team enters the MVC Tournament as the No. 4 seed, something that has only been accomplished or bettered four times in program history. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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