Why is Ramjattan silent on tortured teen case?

first_imgDear Editor,Where is the voice of Mr Khemraj Ramjattan concerning Mr Ashkay Budhairam, the West Demerara child that was tortured in December 2019? Why all of sudden he (Mr Ramjattan) cannot speak “truth to power” on this Budhairam case as he did on the Tywon Thomas case ten years ago when two rogue cops applied fire to the genital of a child.But the gross hypocrisy of this “wanna be” Prime Minister (sic) stands exposed as he remains uncooperative in helping to drive the process that can bring justice to young Ashkay. Today we have a situation where two more rogue cops are accused of pouring hot water down the back of young Ashkay as if they wanted to boil him alive. To add salt to young Ashkay’s wounds, these two rogue cops are walking the streets as free men today after being granted a low bail as the criminal justice system continues to fail the people of Guyana. How unfair!International conventions, all of which Guyana is a signatory, prohibits torture and other inhumane treatment of the accused. The State is obligated to take proactive measures to discipline those who conduct torture upon another human being. Yet Mr Ramjattan and his Commissioner have not taken any serious measure to punish these two rogue cops to date, weeks after they violated another human being on taxpayers’ time; using taxpayers’ resources.But to certify the immorality of the Granger regime, after 4 years and 5 months ago, these self-defined security specialists promised the people that once they are elected, they shall fix the system so that the people can be better protected and served. With the support of four (4) former Generals, three (3) former Colonels, two (2) former Commissioners, one (1) former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and a clueless Minister of Public Security the results are just scandalous.What reduces crime in a nation? Empirical evidence proves certainly not Police abuse. It is a known fact that the policing measure that most consistently reduces crime is the pursuance of an increase in the official arrest rate backed up by verifiable evidence that can stand up in court using real science and some “good old” common sense. There is no alternative.But it seems that for decades now the controllers (I cannot call them leaders) of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) operated with indifference to such a strategy as if they are unaccountable to the people and with active political support from the politicians at the highest levels. I wonder why?For years now, the GPF seems to have lost its bearings and has embarked on a path that is grounded in “torture” rather than – science and common sense. This is not a political problem; it is an institutional problem that must be dealt with institutionally; not politically.First off, the GPF does not represent or reflect Guyana demographically and that is a huge facilitator of criminal activities. Fixing this challenge requires a Commissioner who is qualified, committed and ready to do the job of making the force into a “Guyana Force” rather than having their heads so deep up the dark end of a Minister as they try to mirror his political objective as a true “brown-noser” who does not have a strategy or a brain. You think I am wrong, where is the crime-fighting and anti-torture strategy of Commissioner Leslie James today?Ideas for the next Government that are easy wins:1. Come June 2020, the lowest salary level of a policeman must be $100,000 per month. The Commissioner has a moral duty to fight to the end for this. It must happen. We have lost tens of billions because of the lack of a functional Police Force, so do not dare tell me that it is unaffordable. We cannot afford to lose billions more! Our nation cannot continue with such a demotivated “constable class” in the GPF. The ranks deserve a living wage and while $100,000 is not a living wage, it is so much closer to $140,000, than the $80,000 per month that they currently earn.2. Mr Ramjattan did the right thing to establish 10 Regional Commanders. The next Government must institutionalise the powers of these Commanders by establishing 10 training schools in the respective regions to ensure that each Commander is supplied with local recruits from their respective regions. All future graduates must be allowed to live and work in their respective region where they trained. So if a constable trained at Fort Wellington in West Coast Berbice, he will be able to work at a police station from within the catchment area from the Mahaica River to the Berbice River. The vision is to secure the Rupununi region mainly with Rupununians. There is no need for a Lindener to leave his family in Linden to protect Rupununi especially when there is a more qualified constable from the Rupununi who knows the local terrain better.3. There must be a civil society monitoring mechanism institutionalised in the Police Act that allows for an independent mechanism to monitor the work of the police.Because of the broadness of this issue, it requires a follow-up letter. Editor, with your permission, I am asking the readers to ponder on this issue. Enough said.With regards,Sasenarine Singhlast_img read more

Herstelling murder suspects remanded

first_imgDead Terry LackhanDavid Outar and Patrick RossThe men accused of killing a Herstelling man in July were on Wednesday remanded to prison when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.David Outar, 24, of Lot 269 Foulis, East Coast Demerara; and Patrick Ross, 27, of Lot 107 First Street, Herstelling, East Bank Demerara (EBD), were not required to plea to the charge which stated that on July 21, 2016, at Herstelling, EBD, they murdered Terry Lackhan during the course of a robbery.They both appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. The prosecution informed the court that its file was still incomplete, and as such, the case was adjourned to October 25.Reports are that the lifeless body of 55-year-old Lackhan was discovered by a neighbour on the night of July 21, 2016, shortly after a male was reportedly seen exiting the man’s Herstelling home with several bags.  The father of one was a Manager at Gafsons Industries Limited.Reports are that his lifeless body was found next to a wardrobe with rope tied around his neck. Several bottles of tablets and photographs of his family were also found close to him.From all evidence, the duo was attempting to stage the scene to make it appear as if the victim took his own life. They were later arrested and charged with the offence.last_img read more

Wenger was NOT first choice to be England manager, claims FA technical director

first_imgDan Ashworth, the Football Association’s technical director, has told talkSPORT Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was not first choice for the England managerial job.Sam Allardyce has now been appointed as head coach, but reports claimed the Frenchman was sounded out about the role, which became vacant when Roy Hodgson resigned after the Three Lions’ Euro 2016 defeat to Iceland.And when asked if Wenger was the man the FA originally wanted for the role, Ashworth said: “No. We only offered the job to one person and we offered the job to Sam [Allardyce], obviously. And he was delighted to accept it.“There were a lot of rumours about who was favourite and who wasn’t. In fact, I think there was a different favourite every day for a period of time but that [Wenger being first choice] was not the case at all.”Meanwhile, Ashworth has allayed fears Allardyce would use a negative style of football while managing the Three Lions, insisting the ex-Sunderland and West Ham boss is the right man for the job.He added: “He has a raft of experience, the right age, the right profile, he’s very progressive with his coaching methods, and I think the gauge of a good coach is they always add value to players and teams and Sam has a terrific record of adding value to any team he’s been part of.“One of the differences between international and club football is you don’t get the players for very long and you have players from numerous clubs who come in for short periods of time so it’s about getting the best out them and maximises their time and we felt Sam would be outstanding in this particular area.“Sam’s job is to pick, coach and manage the team and get us to win. One of the things is he will obviously have a slightly different profile of player than he’s had at a couple of his other clubs, we’ve got the best from the whole of England on offer.“I also think it’s a bit of a myth in some cases [about his style of play]. Look at Bolton Wanderers, and Jermain Defoe was playing upfront for Sunderland last season. Sam is a really acute tactician and the best coaches get the best out of the players they have got at their disposal.”last_img read more

Space tourism gets a big lift

first_img The X Prize, intended to spur the space tourism industry, was won by the Burt Rutan-designed SpaceShipOne, which became the first privately financed manned rocket to fly to space. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen invested more than $20 million in the SpaceShipOne project. Since then, Rutan’s Mojave-based Scaled Composites has contracted with the space tourism company Virgin Galactic, founded by British mogul Richard Branson, to build a fleet of suborbital vehicles based on SpaceShipOne’s technology. Virgin Galactic expects to take the first paying passengers into space by 2008. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A company that has sent three space tourists into orbit has partnered with an investment firm founded by major sponsors of the Ansari X Prize to develop rocket ships for suborbital flights. The agreement announced Thursday between Space Adventures and the venture capital firm Prodea would help finance suborbital vehicles being designed and built by the Russian aerospace firm Myasishchev Design Bureau. “We want to provide the opportunity for people to experience space in as many ways as possible,” Space Adventures chief executive Eric Anderson said in a telephone interview. Both sides declined to disclose the amount of investment, but Prodea co-founder Hamid Ansari said the firm was fully committed to funding the project. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Arlington, Va.-based Space Adventures is best known for sending three space tourists to the orbiting International Space Station for a reported $20 million a person. Space Adventures currently has about $3 million in escrow from nearly 200 potential passengers who have paid deposits to fly aboard a yet-to-be-built suborbital vehicle. Space Adventures’ partnership with Texas-based Prodea marks the first time the space tour operator has played a direct role in the development of suborbital spaceships, Anderson said. The vehicle being built by Myasishchev can hold up to five people. The design of the vehicle known as Explorer is set and construction will begin soon. Once the vehicles are built, Space Adventures and Prodea plan to sell the vehicles to spaceports around the world, Anderson said. Prodea is founded by the Ansari family, which provided the major funding for the 2004 Ansari X Prize. last_img read more

Enya nominated for her fifth Grammy Award

first_imgEnya has been nominated in the Best New Age Album category of the prestigious Grammy Awards for 2017.If successful, this will be Enya’s fifth Grammy!On top of her success at the Grammys over her incredible career, Enya has bagged six World Music Awards, an Ivor Novello, and has been nominated in the category of Best Original Song in both the Oscars and Golden Globes with her song ‘May it Be’ which appeared in the ‘Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’. Her eighth studio album ‘Dark Sky Island’ is up against John Burke’s ‘Orogen’, Peter Kater & Tina Guo’s ‘Inner Passion’, Vangelis’ ‘Rosetta’, and White Sun’s ‘White Sun II’.Released in November 2015, ‘Dark Sky Island’ reached number four in the UK charts, Enya’s highest charting album since ‘Shepherd Moons’ in 1991.The album proved popular further away from home too, with it peaking at number eight in the Billboard 200 in the USA. The 59th annual Grammy awards will be hosted by James Corden and will take place tomorrow evening in the Staples Center in Los Angeles.Although the awards ceremony won’t be broadcast in Ireland, E! entertainment channel will be covering the night (available on Sky, Virgin and BT) from 11pm.You can also watch highlights live on the official Grammy website by clicking here.https://twitter.com/TheRobbieDeVine/status/827800874617446400Congratulations to our friend Enya on her 2017 #Grammy Nomination – Best New Age Album for the Incredible Dark Sky Island @official_enya pic.twitter.com/hyMtCmNBLE— JEDWARD (@planetjedward) December 6, 2016https://twitter.com/KellyMcGinley7/status/830100840631431168Enya nominated for her fifth Grammy Award was last modified: February 11th, 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:dark sky islanddonegalEnyagrammyMusiciansingerlast_img read more

CROOK FRANCOIS LOSES COURT CASE

first_imgThe financial regulator in the North has obtained full control of over Stg£20m from a crook Francois de Dietrich.More than 200 Donegal people lost millions in the scam run from offices in Ballybofey – and exposed by donegaldaily.com.The Financial Services Authority (FSA) secured judgment at the High Court in Belfast in its case against him and his firm ETIC Solutions. A judge ruled the FSA was entitled to recover all losses of ETIC’s clients.Mr Justice Deeny said: “The sum involved only consists of deposits and not of the sums promised to the investors in this illegal investment scheme.”The order represents the total amount identified as having been deposited in the scheme. Interest was also included in the order at a rate set at 6%.Mr Justice Deeny declined to fix interest at a more punitive level. “We don’t at this stage know the profits made by the defendants and I’m unwilling to speculate on this at the present time,” he added.Legal costs were also awarded to the FSA. The summary judgment, delivered without a full trial of the issues, was for Stg£21,556,576 in total.Laura Gillespie, a lawyer at McGrigors who has been acting on behalf of the FSA, says: “We welcome today’s decision which is a major step forward in the litigation against Mr. De Dietrich.“The result again demonstrates that the authorities are committed to stamping out wrongdoing no matter where it takes place.”An injunction to stop de Dietrich accessing or moving any funds remains in force.Scores of people on both sides of the Irish border, many based in the Donegal area, invested in the scheme which promised high returns.However, de Dietrich disappeared leaving investors with massive losses.The FSA then intervened and froze more than £20m in assets linked to de Dietrich. He has insisted that his businesses were legitimate and that he was working to return all outstanding money.Francois is living in a village in France – tracked down by the BBC earlier this year.In January he was jailed in his absence for 18 months for contempt of court in failing to fully disclose his worldwide assets.Lawyers representing de Dietrich are due to appeal against the prison sentence next month.They are expected to argued that the order for full disclosure was draconian and that he complied with requirements to reveal all business interests on either side of the order.CROOK FRANCOIS LOSES COURT CASE was last modified: December 16th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:crookFrancois de Dietrichon the runscamthieflast_img read more

Train crash victim wins $11.8 million

first_imgPASADENA – A former Newhall attorney crippled when a Metrolink train crashed into a movie-studio truck that drove onto the tracks was awarded $11.8 million from Universal Studios. A Pasadena jury awarded the money Friday to Jennifer Kilpatrick, who must use a walker or a wheelchair because of the injuries she suffered in January 2003 when the train derailed after plowing at 80 mph into the truck at a Burbank intersection. Kilpatrick, who was on her way to work when the crash happened, now lives in Las Vegas. The jury award was announced by Kilpatrick’s attorney, Los Angeles attorney Jerome Ringler, who is also lead counsel representing passengers injured in Metrolink crashes in Glendale and Placentia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Universal Studios officials declined to comment on Friday. Metrolink previously settled with Kilpatrick and some two dozen other injured passengers in an agreement whose terms are confidential. Another passenger, 76-year-old Grace Kirkness of Santa Clarita, died in a hospital 15 days after the crash. Universal Studios in court said the crash was the result of what a federal investigation called “confusing” traffic signals and roadway where the Metrolink tracks pass the intersection of Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Road. Truck driver Jacek Wysocki, who was employed by a Universal subsidiary and was killed in the crash, had stopped for a red left-turn arrow at the intersection, the National Transportation Safety Board said. Then he drove onto the tracks when the arrow began to flash at the train’s approach, the NTSB said. Burbank officials said the intersection signals met state standards and said Wysocki was at fault for driving around the crossing gates. chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com (661) 267-5742last_img read more

GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE U-15s IN FINE WIN OVER DUNGLOE

first_imgD’imir an foireann sinsearach dhá chluiche an deireadh seachtaine seo. Aoine an Chéasta bhí siad ar na Méilte áit a raibh Bun Dobhráin mar chuairteoirí. Bhí cluiche cothrom go maith ann sa chéad leath len dá fhoireann ag gabhail isteach ar chó-scór ag leath ama. Bhí scéala eile ann sa dara leath agus bhí bhain Bun Dobhráin go fuarast sa deireadh.Domhnach Cásca thug dhá fhoireann na bhfear aghaidh ar na Cealla Beaga sa dara cluiche sráithe. Níor éirigh le ceachtar acu an bhua a bheith acu cé gur imir an dá fhoireann i bhfad níos fearr. Tabharfaidh sé seo uachtach daoibhe don chéad chluiche eile a bheas acu sa bhaile in éadan Cloich Cheann Fhaola an Satharn seo chugainn (5:30 agus 7:00).Well done to our Under 15s who beat Dungloe 3-09 to 1-09 in Dungloe to qualify for the Gaeltacht Under 15s Championship. This was a great performance against a strong Dungloe side. Well done to Management and Team. Beidh Comórtas Peil na Gaeltachta ar siúl ar na Méilte ón 3ú-5ú Bealtaine. Deireadh seachtaine den scóth a bheas anseo agus tá muid uilig ag súil go mór leis. Beidh deich gcluiche in iomlán ann thar an deireadh seachtain uilig idir fir, mná agus an t-aos óg chomh maith le ceol agus craic thar cheithre oíche. Cuireann muid fáilte romhaibh uilig a bheith páirteach ann linn. Tá clár na deireadh Seachtaine ceangailte leis an ríomhphost seo.Uimhreacha an Lotto: 2-4-13-22. Níor baineadh an pota ór. Bhí trí uimhir ag Kevin White agus Joe Wilson. Beidh €740 sa phota an tseachtain seo chugainn.Good start to the league campaign by our U-14 Girls with a home win against Cloich Cheann Fhaola. A good all round team performance from the girls. Well done to all.The Under 17s Boys have been invited again to the All-Ireland Gaeltacht Tournament in Connemara next weekend – 25th, 26th April. Because of a fixture clash and works in completing the Clubhouse – we require two Club members to travel with and help out with the squad. We need this to ensure that they participate in this tournament which the Girls Under 17 team won last year. Please email naomhmuire@gmail.com or PM the Lower Rosses facebook page with any offers of help. Comórtas Peil na Gaeltachta 2014Curtha i láthair ag C.L.G. Naomh MuireI gcuideachta le Healthwise PharmaciesClár na Deireadh SeachtaineDé hAoine 2ú Bealtaine 19:00 – 21:00 Dioscó do pháistí scoile (Scoil Náisiúnta)Dé Sathairn 3ú Bealtaine13:00 Cluiche Ceannais na nGasúr (Faoi 15)14:30 Cluiche Ceannais Idirmheánach na mBan 20:00 –23:30 Oíche Shathairn Beo & An Cailín Gaelach23:30 – Ráibhe na GDé Domhnaigh 4ú Bealtaine11:30 Cluiche Leath Cheannais Sóisearach na bhFear A13:00 Cluiche Leath Cheannais Sinsearach na bhFear A14.30 Cluiche Ceannais Sinsearach na mBan16.00 Cluiche Leath Cheannais Sóisearach na bhFear B17.30 Cluiche Leath Cheannais Sinsearach na bhFear B20:00 – 21:30 Tráth na gCeist22:00 Blunderbrau23:30 Ráibhe na G eileDé Luain 5ú Bealtaine12.30 Cluiche Ceannais Sóisearach na mBan14.00 Cluiche Ceannais Soisearach na bhFear15.30 Cluiche Ceannais Sinsearach na bhFear18:00 – 22:00 Céilí agus Dúnadh OifigiúilGAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE U-15s IN FINE WIN OVER DUNGLOE was last modified: April 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:GAA Club Newsgaeltacht competitionNAOMH MUIRErosseslast_img read more

GAA: NAOMH CONAILL 0-07, FOUR MASTERS 1-08

first_imgNaomh Conaill 0-07 Four Masters 1-08Emlyn Hughes got his competitive managerial term off to a flyer on Good Friday with a 4 point win away to Naomh Conaill.A strong second half from the visitors was key as they held their hosts to 1 point, whilst registering 1-05 on their own scoreboard to take two valuable early league points. Dara Gallagher (2), Conor Mc Daid and Conor Rooney exchanged points in the first 10 minutes to leave the sides on parity.A Michael Doherty 45 pushed Four Masters into the lead but Gallagher again equalised from a free to level matters on 15 minutes.The home side then took the upper hand and points from Brendan McDyre, Anthony Thompson and Martin Regan gave them a 3 point half-time lead at 6 points to 3.Straight from the throw-in Four Masters created a goal chance but Sean O’Kennedy’s shot was saved on the line. Michael Doherty did add 2 further points, one from a free and on 42 minutes Doherty was on hand to punch to the Naomh Conaill net to nudge the visitors into a 2 point lead. Four Masters were now dominating and points from Conor Rooney and Steven Keeney stretched the lead further.Naomh Conaill were finding it difficult to break up the pitch and a Brendan McDyre free on 52 minutes was their first score since the half-time break. A Michael Doherty free was the final act in this deserved win for Four Masters.Four Masters – Paul Durcan, Josh Lacey, Jamie McCrea, Danny McGarrigle, Sean O’Kennedy, Barry Dunnion, Conor Rooney (0-01), Barry Monaghan, Kevin McBrearty, Luke Keaney, Shane Carr, Ryan Earley, Dylan Ward, Michael Doherty (1-05), Conor McDaid (0-01). Subs used – Steven Keeney (0-01), Peadar Espey, Ryan O’Donnell, Barry Farragher, Darren Walsh.Reserve Kilcar 1-04, Four Masters 2-11Mickey Martin lead his charges into battle for the first time in Towney on Easter Sunday and returned with 2 good away points. Last years Reserve County Finalists were out of the blocks quickly in this one with scores from Peader Espey, Ciaran Cassidy and Benny Cassidy. The visitors lead by 1-09 to 1-01 at half-time with Cassidy getting the goal. Peadar Espey finished the game on 7 points and was combining well with his half-forward colleagues to extend the Four Masters lead further. Ciaran Cassidy also added to his tally and the game was finished as a contest when Benny Cassidy slotted home his second goal. Henry Duignan pointed from full-forward to close out the scoring and complete a good Easter weekend for the Donegal town men.Four Masters – Sean Martin, Damien Cassidy, Barry Farragher, Enda Bonner, John Boyle, Darren Walsh, Pauric Harvey, Charl;ie Gallagher, Ciaran Cassidy (0-02), Gareth Britton, Peadar Espey (0-07), Stephen Graham, Ciaran Cornyn, Henry Duignan, Benny Cassidy. Subs used – Conor O’Donnell, Barry O’Donnell, Gary McGinty, Darragh Doogan & Jason Duignan.GAA: NAOMH CONAILL 0-07, FOUR MASTERS 1-08 was last modified: April 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:FOUR MASTERS 1-08GAA: NAOMH CONAILL 0-07last_img read more