A Zealley hat-trick

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Driver in a hurry

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New GPF leadership

first_imgPresident David Granger, last week, announced that Leslie James has been confirmed as Guyana’s next Police Commissioner after consultations with Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo as adumbrated in the Constitution of Guyana.He, like Jagdeo, admonished the new Commissioner to ensure that he does his best to improve the country’s security situation by piloting reforms within the Guyana Police Force (GPF) that would result in positive changes and a paradigm shift in the behavioural pattern of both senior and junior lawmen.The new Commissioner, who replaces Assistant Police Commissioner David Ramnarine – who had been acting in the post following the retirement of Seelall Persaud – has already begun receiving goodwill from several high-ranking civil society organisations and stakeholders as he undertakes his new role.And as expected, James has wasted no time in meeting with those security officials responsible for manning the hierarchy of the Force in order to share his vision and philosophy of how the law enforcement agency will function under his stewardship.Efforts have already been taken to restructure and reorganise the manner in which the Force provides policing services to the public and its overall organisational structure, following the appointment too of four substantive Deputy Police commissioners.While James has no doubt started his tenure on the right, he must remember that his appointment came at a critical point in Guyana’s history and there is a lot of work ahead of him as far as transforming the image and functionality of the Force. He must also never forget that the President chose him because in Granger’s words – he was unbribable.More importantly, the new Commissioner must work hard to reverse the fast rate at which public confidence in the Force is still deteriorating. After all, it was the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) Survey which revealed that the GPF is the least trusted law enforcement body in this country.That survey also indicated that Guyanese also lack confidence in the Police and its ability to fight crime.But what was then and is still now even more disturbing is the fact that the US Embassy-initiated survey also indicated that citizens do not believe that the Police Force here conducts itself professionally or appropriately. The truth is, the findings of the survey are not remarkable or surprising in any way, as it is a known fact that the level of confidence reposed by citizens in the law enforcement entities here is relatively low if not non-existent.This is particularly true when one considers the level of crime and criminality prevailing in our society as each day citizens are murdered, victims of other heinous crimes, burglaries, rapes and domestic violence. The Police’s response is most times slothful, uncaring, unprofessional and unhelpful. Recently, patrons at an East Coast hangout spot witnessed ranks operating in an unprofessional manner when they swooped down on the location.When they left, emotions ran high as patrons voiced their concerns over the manner in which the Police executed their ‘duties’.It is simple incidents like these that impact public opinion and perception of the entire Police Force as they are not isolated or specific to one policing division. It is therefore laudable that Government, through the Public Security Ministry, has exhibited no tolerance for ranks who are engaged in unprofessional conduct in any area of their work as they are responsible for the ‘bad name’ the other ranks receive because of their deeds.But the Government has to do much more to create a paradigm shift and culture transformation within the Force. The new Police Commissioner must ensure that his commanders read the riot act and understand fully that it is their responsibility to ensure that these ranks are disciplined whenever there are reports of such unprofessionalism and thuggery.Surely, the ranks must understand too that they are not a law unto themselves and therefore whenever there are breaches of the law on their part that they will be offered no protection – not from their colleagues nor superiors. While it can be argued that the ranks are within their right to enforce the curfew laws, it can also be argued that they could spend their time patrolling the streets in pursuit of criminal elements who are usually wreaking havoc on innocent citizens.They could spend their time solving the many unsolved murders that are staining the pages of the press while at the same time working very hard to rebuild public trust and confidence. It is necessary for the Force’s administration to conduct periodic sessions with junior and middle management ranks on professionalism, ethics, effective communication and integrity. This will go a far way in addressing the basic shortcomings that result in the Force suffering immensely whenever an evaluation is done of its performance and the level of public trust. In addition, urgent efforts at reforming the Force must be undertaken.The new Commissioner faces an uphill task and the public wishes him well. He will be the sole decider of the legacy left behind when he retires.last_img read more

‘Red eye’ outbreak in Region 2

first_img…no eye drops at hospital – health officialDue to the lack of drugs and essential services at the two public hospitals on the Essequibo Coast, health-care delivery in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) has been on the decline, and residents have been made to shoulder the financial burden of providing for their health-care needs.This is according to the Chairman of the Region Two Health and Sanitation Committee, People’s Progressive Party Councillor Arnold Adams, whose comments came in light of residents being turned away from the hospital’s pharmacy, since no eye drops are available for patients suffering from viral conjunctivitis (Red Eye).Region Two Health Officer Afarah Khan, confirming an increase in the number of Viral Conjunctivitis (Red Eye) cases reported in the region over the past few weeks, told Guyana Times in an interview that Suddie Hospital staff have, since the start of June, reported a high number of Viral Conjunctivitis cases; and as at Thursday last, the number of such cases had risen to the hundreds.She cautioned that residents must be mindful of the presence of the bacteria around them, as the infection spreads easily throughout the household; and she urged that necessary precautions must be taken to prevent contracting the disease.Lack of drugsKhan disclosed that the Suddie Hospital does not have the requisite eye drops to treat the virus because the Public Health Ministry (MPH) has not provided the hospital with any; but she noted that the region was able to procure some by means of its health budget.Against the backdrop of there being an increase in cases of the virus, Chairman of the Health and Sanitation Committee, Arnold Adams, has confirmed that there is a major drug shortage at the region’s hospitals.Several residents suffering from the disease have expressed dissatisfaction at the untimely manner in which the Public Health Ministry is procuring drugs. One single mother has said that she is “broke” (has no money) and cannot afford to purchase drops for her child’s eye. She said she had gone to the hospital with the hope she would receive the drops, but was surprised to instead be given a prescription and told to purchase the item.“The poor are suffering. I went to the public hospital cause I couldn’t afford to go to a private pharmacy, but I was told that they don’t have drops,” the young mother related.SymptomsThe symptoms of Viral Conjunctivitis making the rounds include a gravel and sticky feeling in the eye, severe redness of the eye, and pain if the infection is prolonged. (Indrawattie Natram)last_img read more

Tiger Woods hits the links with Donald Trump

first_imgHe joined the president-elect in a foursome, a spokeswoman for Trump’s transition team said, with Trump departing via motorcade after the round for his Mar-a-Lago estate.He planned to go from there to the West Palm Beach Hilton, and had meetings with “high-level staffers” planned later in the day, press secretary Stephanie Grisham said.Trump’s transition team didn’t offer any immediate details on the round, or what the president-elect and former world number one Woods talked about.In February 2013, 14-time major champion Woods played with Obama at a private golf resort in Florida.Obama and Woods teamed up to defeat US trade representative Ron Kirk and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane.That golf outing was criticized after it came to light that it ended up costing US taxpayers nearly $3.6 million, according to a US Government Accountability report published this year.The Trump Organization owns golf courses around the world, including historic Turnberry in Scotland, which has hosted the Open Championship four times.However, Trump’s controversial comments on issues such as immigration during the US presidential campaign strained his relationships with some in the golf world.The PGA of America stripped its 2015 Grand Slam of Golf from Trump National Los Angeles after Trump’s comments on Mexican immigrants, and the event was later discontinued.Activist Martha Burk is among those who have called for the US Golf Association to move the 2017 US Women’s Open from Trump National in New Jersey, a demand the USGA has rejected.The US PGA Tour moved its longstanding tournament at Trump National Doral in the Miami area to Mexico City for the 2016-17 season, although tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in June that the move of the World Golf Championships event was not a “political exercise”.However, Finchem acknowledged that having the Trump brand on the host course of the event made it harder to find a sponsor to replace outgoing Cadillac, since Trump would share the limelight with any other corporate backer.Although Trump blasted Obama during the campaign for playing too much golf, Golf Digest magazine recently listed the president-elect as among the best golfers in Washington with a 2.8 handicap.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tiger Woods is due to join the president-elect at his Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, a spokeswoman for his transition team said © AFP/File / Jim WatsonMIAMI, United States, Dec 23 – Tiger Woods, who played golf three years ago with Barack Obama, played 18 holes on Friday with Donald Trump at the real estate mogul’s Trump International Golf Club in Palm Beach, Florida.Woods, who will celebrate his 41st birthday on December 30, returned to competition this month after a 15-month injury layoff.last_img read more

E. coli case found in Grande Prairie

first_imgNo further information about the affected patient have been provided. So far 10 cases of E. coli have been confirmed in the province, five of which are linked to that same Costco store. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency suspended the licence of the XL Foods Inc. processing plant in Brooks, Alberta last week as it investigates the cause of the contamination. At the same time, the CFIA continues to expand the recall of beef products from that plant. The products under warning include burgers, meatloaf and sliders under the Kirkland Signature and Safeway brands. In addition to Costco stores, products from Loblaws store are also affected by the recall. Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is holding a news conference this morning to address the massive recall.- Advertisement -For the full article by the Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune, click here.last_img read more

No crisis at City, thunders Pellegrini

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini. PHOTO/FileMANCHESTER, November 29- Manuel Pellegrini praised Manchester City’s reaction to a testing week and insisted there is no crisis at Eastlands after a 3-1 win over Southampton put his side back on top of the Premier League.City had suffered a 4-1 home defeat by Liverpool last weekend and then a 1-0 loss at Juventus in their penultimate Champions League Group game on Wednesday as their winless run extended to three games. But Saturday’s victory against Southampton, who hadn’t lost away from home in the league since the final day of last season, lifted City’s spirits and gave Pellegrini the ammunition to silence the critics after Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola was once again linked with his job.“Yes of course it was a very important reaction. It was not an easy week,” said Pellegrini, whose side are above Leicester on goal difference.“Talking about the Premier League we just won one point from six so it was very important to win against an unbeaten team away. I was happy with the performance.“I think the game we played against Liverpool was not a normal game for our team or for individual players.“It is important to have a strong reaction in front of our fans. If you want to be involved in title, you cannot drop more points at home after we already dropped points against West Ham and Liverpool.“The players gave a very strong reaction. It is not easy because they are playing so many games with the same players.“We are the only team from the Premier League definitely through in the Champions League and the only team in the Champions League still in the League Cup.“It is not a crisis. It is a very good season.”– Poor start –City looked as though they would win even more comfortably when Kevin de Bruyne scored his seventh goal of the season and Fabian Delph his first of the campaign to put the home side 2-0 up after 20 minutes.But Southampton pulled a goal back through Shane Long’s header just after half time and had further chances before Aleksandar Kolarov’s goal 20 minutes from the end secured the points for City.“We played on Wednesday in a very difficult game and we didn’t have 72 hours to recover. It was a difficult moment but fortunately the third goal killed the game,” Pellegrini added.City welcomed back David Silva following nine matches out with an ankle injury as a second-half substitute, but will need to check the fitness of Sergio Aguero before their League Cup quarter-final against Championship side Hull on Tuesday.Pellegrini said he only planned to play the striker for 65 minutes as he continues to be eased back following a hamstring injury, but moments before coming off Aguero appeared to land awkwardly as he challenged at the far post.“He has a pain in his heel. We will see tomorrow (Sunday) but I hope it is nothing important,” said Pellegrini.The loss was Southampton’s second in a row following a run of eight games without a defeat and manager Ronald Koeman admitted his side had left themselves too much to do following a poor start.Koeman, whose side play Liverpool in the last eight of the League Cup on Wednesday, said: “If you do that kind of mistakes then you know against City they punish you.“Maybe we were lucky it was only 2-0 after 25 minutes because we lost every ball. That is not about the systems, it is about playing the ball to the right colour.“It is important the players take out the positives in the second half. We had the best chance to make it 2-2 with (Dusan) Tadic. But the 3-1 killed the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

I don’t know where my future lies! Porto hitman in the dark amid Arsenal link

first_imgJackson Martinez has handed Arsenal a boost by admitting he is unsure whether he will remain at Porto beyond this summer.Martinez, who has previously been targeted by Chelsea and Tottenham, has built a strong reputation in Europe over the past two years having struck 46 goals in 60 league games since joining Porto from Mexican club Chiapas.Arsenal have been tipped to launch a move for the forward, after his agent revealed their interest last month.The 27-year-old is also admired by other clubs on the Continent, including Atletico Madrid, Roma, Napoli and Valencia, and there have been suggestions he could move on following Porto’s disappointing league campaign last term.Porto are understandably keen to keep Martinez – his agent revealed in June that the Portuguese club want to initiate contract renewal talks – but the player has opened the door to a transfer away this summer.He Colombian radio station La FM: “In this moment I do not know what is going to happen. I have a contract with Porto for two more years but there is interest from some clubs, which is normal.“But I have to respect the fact that I have a contract that I should fulfil. Only time will tell what will happen.” Jackson Martinez 1last_img read more

Bundesliga giants join Chelsea and Man City in tracking Palace starlet

first_imgBorussia Dortmund are reportedly targeting a £40million move for Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.The 21-year-old has been one of Palace’s most consistent performers this season, starting 25 of their 26 Premier League games. 2 huge blow ADVICE 2 Jadon Sancho is set to play against Tottenham in the Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS His displays have caught the eye of Chelsea and Manchester City and now, according to The Sun, Bundesliga leaders Dortmund have joined the race to sign the highly-rated youngster.Dortmund have turned England winger Jadon Sancho into one of Europe’s most exciting attackers – and they want Wan-Bissaka to be their next English star.English youngsters Sancho and Reiss Nelson are playing regular first-team football in Germany, while Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi was the subject of a failed £35million from Bayern Munich last month.Wan-Bissaka is in the midst of a relegation battle with Palace, but could swap that for Champions League football next season. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars “If he ever does want to hear my honest opinion on the player, then I’ll certainly be happy to give it to him.“I won’t be contacting him to give him an opinion and I’m certainly not making any claims for anybody, Bissaka or anyone else for an England place.“I leave that totally and utterly up to the England coach.” MONEY REVEALED He has shone under Eagles boss Roy Hodgson and his form could be rewarded with a senior England call-up next month.And he could also link up with Sancho in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro.Speaking after Palace’s 1-1 draw with West Ham on Saturday, Hodgson said: “I’ll wait for that moment when the day comes and he [Southgate] actually says ‘right, I really want your serious opinion about Bissaka and how good he can possibly be at full senior international level’, and I’ll tell him what I think. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED no dice Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? RANKED Aaron Wan-Bissaka is a player in demand Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REPLY BEST OF shining Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury last_img read more

Man United linked with former Celtic ace as they prepare for Lukaku exit

first_imgManchester United have targeted Lyon striker Moussa Dembele should Romelu Lukaku leave for Inter Milan this summer, according to Sky Sports.United have turned down an offer of £54million from Inter for the Belgian striker but the Italian club are expected to make a fresh move for the Belgian. Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested 2 Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers New job With Lukaku looking set for the exit, United are said to be tracking Dembele.The French forward spent two successful seasons at Celtic before moving on to Lyon in 2018 for £19.7m.Dembele netted 15 goals in 32 Ligue 1 appearances for Lyon last season. TROPHY Getty The former Everton forward has made it clear he is keen on the move, having spoke of his admiration for the Serie A and Inter boss Antonio Conte.“I was always a big fan of the Italian league. People close to me know I have two leagues that I always dreamed about – the English league and Serie A,” Lukaku told Sport Mediaset.“So, for me, Serie A is my favourite league as well.“The transfer of [Cristiano] Ronaldo, the Italian league is now coming back. Now Antonio Conte going to Inter Milan, which is really good because he is, to me, the best manager in the world.“And then you have Maurizio Sarri going to Juventus, [Carlo] Ancelotti at Napoli so I think Serie A will be really exciting next year. I’m really happy for Italian football.” Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS 2center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star targets latest Moussa Dembele has been targeted by Man United Lukaku has been seen taking part in training sessions Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January deals Getty REVEALED FAREWELL LATEST last_img read more