This proposal for fighting bank robberies is flawed

first_imgDear Editor,I recently read in the print media of the Force’s crime fighting strategy of placing plainclothes Policemen around commercial banks to stem the tide of bank robberies and immediately I gave a deep sigh of disbelief.My alarm flares went off because here we have a security force that has openly given the criminals notice of their intent way upfront which I would say is tantamount to arming the criminal with the vital tools of information. This is poor crime-fighting strategy when you can so easily give away information to the very same persons you hope to capture. Keeping the bandits informed is bad in form and content.Now the Guyana Police Force is either delusional or openly stupid to ever think that this strategy would work, I here say it will not, because in the first place the wily criminal out there thrives on information; that is why they are so successful at their evil craft.Therefore, to so openly share that information strategy – with so much details – the end result would be that the criminal is bound to come out on top of the game. By now the criminals would have already changed their modus operandi in not robbing their victims soon after they have left the bank, but trailing them to their homes and businesses where they are most vulnerable.Or, they would have gone into hibernation at the information furnished in the print media. So, the question remains, what do they hope to achieve in all of this? And there is an immediate echo, very little if anything at all.Now, if we should take that “plainclothes Police around banks” idea in stride, I believe there might very well be headed into a bungled situation of mistaking Cop for criminal. Both individuals might be mistaken as one and the same.The reason for me saying this is the information should only be a well set operational stratagem hammered out between the higher echelons of the bank and the Police, no more no less. The general public should not be privy to this seeing the criminal is eagerly waiting in the wings to intercept the idea and change his move. In any case it all comes back to the age old tried and proven tactic of stop and search that I have repeatedly mentioned in previous letters.I have mooted the idea of the “stop and search” which will bring handsome results if actively pursued, but this does not seem to be a preferred method of this cluelessForce. You must have regular patrols in all the hot spots, stop them, search them, go into their dens and hideaways and I guarantee you will see success in getting those guns off the streets.Criminals do not operate in the air – they do not come in helicopters to commit their crimes – they traverse our streets, then meet them there! As an alert and responsible Force, you go in search of criminals, you cannot wait for criminals to come to you, you have to take the fight to them. The present strategy of waiting for the criminal to strike then make a frantic rush thereafter to catch them will not work. Being a reactionary Force would take us nowhere, our lawmen have to be proactive in this crime-fighting business.Here again I highlight the fact that the Force was equipped with a number of vehicles gifted to them by The People’s Republic of China. Whatever became of those vehicles? Aren’t they to be used in crime-fighting?What is the Police Force doing with those vehicles? There is no excuse in not having the mobile means to track down and arrest a criminal, so why aren’t we getting results? I am talking about getting the multitude of firearms out of the hands of criminals which is a sure way in bringing this present mayhem to a screeching halt. Criminals and persons of that persuasion must be ferreted out and dealt with, with the utmost urgency.Finally, is there a real serious approach to gun crimes? I say a real concerted and determined effort on the part of our Police Force to tackle gun crimes? Or are we getting the subtle response that there are counter related information or instructions that really tie the hands of our lawmen? These are questions I would put forward to the Police Force and our “learned” National Security Minister.Respectfullysubmitted,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Granger is seeking to…

first_imgMr Granger went on to speak about the NICIL $30B bond for the industry which, he said, is aimed at re-balancing the industry. On this matter, he should be the last to speak. The President, in June this year, during his visit to Albion Estate, said: “We are going to ensure that that money comes in a timely manner and in sufficient amounts.” It is now December and the money has stopped coming altogether according to GuySuCo. Mr Marks indicated to the President that the bond proceeds were not intended for wages and salaries. Again, President Granger averted the question and spoke about the Management of the industry which our Union has some concerns about.Mr Granger is seeking to avoid, like the plague, the sugar industry and the situation of the sugar workers. Prior to the election as President, in an interview, he said: “…we want to save the sugar industry, we want to save the livelihoods of sugar workers…” Today, he is in the driver’s seat and his actions are much louder and clearer than his words. Indeed, his deeds speak a mouthful.Today, while he refuses to even answer whether his Government could assist the sugar workers, his response is unequivocal. He has not a care for the sugar workers, their families and their communities. This year, while he and his big wigs will have a happy and jolly time, the workers and their families and their communities will once again be darkened. Their hopes of a bright season dashed as the Grinch, Mr Granger, has once again stolen Christmas from them.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more

Global warming has Japanese anticipating early cherry blossoms this year

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PHOTO GALLERY: Local Blooms TOKYO – When the cherry trees come alive in their explosion of pink, millions of Japanese hit the parks for one of this country’s biggest outpourings of merrymaking. So, Japanese are impatiently asking, when will it all start? Very soon, officials say – thanks to global warming, the Tokyo area is having one of its earliest cherry seasons ever. According to predictions released by Japan’s Meteorological Agency, the trees are expected to bloom as early as this weekend in the capital area, where about a quarter of all Japanese live. That would be 10 days earlier than average and the second earliest since the agency started compiling data in 1953. The earliest on record for Tokyo is March 16, 2002. “Cherry blossoms bloom earlier in relation to a rise in temperature, and this temperature increase is related to global warming. So there is an indirect connection,” Hiroko Morooka, a Meteorological Agency official, said Tuesday. With countless parties to be planned, including a bash hosted by the prime minister with 10,000 invited guests, predicting when the brief cherry blossom season will occur is a major concern. Newspapers and television networks track the blossoms’ march – called the “sakura zensen” or cherry blossom front line – from the hotter southwest of the country through chilly Hokkaido in the north. When the blossoms open, offices clear out, friends gather, families picnic. Because of unusually warm weather in recent months, this year’s blossoms have been watched particularly closely. Park officials, who have to be ready for the crowds, are worried. “It’s difficult to predict this year since it’s been warm all winter,” said Toshiharu Kobayashi of the Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association. “Usually, the temperature drops and then hikes up for the cherry blossoms to bloom, but this year, it’s been warm all along.” The biggest draw is Ueno Park, where 2.3 million people are expected during the blossom season. Even in the best of years, cherry blossoms are notoriously short-lived. Temperature changes and even a day of rain can considerably cut their longevity, which is usually only about a week. To hedge his bets, the prime minister’s party is held at a Tokyo park with a hardier variety of cherry that blooms later and lasts longer. The party, attended by celebrities, business leaders and the political elite, is scheduled for April 14. The early blooms underscore a significant change in Tokyo’s climate. The average temperature during winter months in Tokyo from 1971 through 2000 was 44 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Meteorological Agency. From December 2006 to February 2007, the average temperature was more than 3 degrees higher – 47.5 Fahrenheit. Residents say they have noticed the change. “Global warming has become more of a personal reality for me,” said Tomoko Yokoyama, a 37-year-old Tokyo housewife. “It seems like everything is happening earlier. I haven’t seen any snow, and the hay fever situation is worse for my daughter.”last_img read more

Blow for Man United! Top defensive target set to stay with Champions League side

first_img1 Marquinhos in action for PSG Manchester United target Marquinhos is on the verge of agreeing a new contract with Paris Saint-Germain.The centre back has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent months, with manager Louis van Gaal keen to strengthen his defence in the summer.The Brazilian is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in European after arriving at PSG from Roma for over £20m in 2013.Since then the 20-year-old has gone on to make 60 appearances for the French champions, winning Ligue 1 last season.Manchester United have been hot on Marquinhos’s trail but PSG are now acting swiftly to end their interest.According to Telefoot, the French club have offered Marquinhos an extended contract with a pay rise and they are hopefully he will sign this week.last_img read more

Funniest reaction to Johnson starting for Liverpool – goodbye Wembley?

first_img1 Liverpool fans on Glen Johnson When Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed Glen Johnson would start in his Liverpool defence, there was a mixed reaction.A lot of Kopites called for fellow supporters to back the manager, while others could not help but fear the worst.Then there was the funny stuff and here is the pick of the tweets from football fans and a few worried Liverpool supporters, some of whom congratulated Rovers on reaching the semi-final, which will be played at Wembley.Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers is live on talkSPORT here.last_img read more

Striking Waste Management workers accept trash pact

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SUN VALLEY – Waste Management Inc. has reached a deal with the union representing its 470 drivers, the company announced Wednesday. The five-year contract has been ratified by the workers, said Kit Cole, a spokeswoman for Waste Management. It’s the same deal the workers rejected before going on strike Oct. 19, she said. “I think from the outset we felt that this was a very, very strong offer, and that it was so strong we were willing to stand by it despite the strike,” Cole said. There was a risk that the company could have withdrawn its last offer and expected the workers to settle for something less, said Jay Phillips, president of the local. But Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa persuaded the company to keep the offer on the table, Phillips said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Meanwhile, the company has hired 40 permanent workers, and it plans to keep those workers, which would leave 40 strikers without jobs. The union plans to fight that move, Phillips said. During the strike, workers picketed at company facilities in Sun Valley, Compton and Long Beach. The company brought in its own temporary drivers from other parts of the country. The new contract covers drivers, mechanics and the workers who repair metal trash bins. The new deal gives workers a 22.5 percent wage increase over five years, according to the company. The union reported that under the old contract, its workers made up to $17.80 an hour. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com, 818-546-3304last_img read more

West Ham plotting sensational swoop for one of world’s best strikers

first_imgWest Ham have been linked with an ambitious move for Arsenal target Gonzalo Higuain.The Napoli forward’s future is under intense scrutiny this summer following a superb season in front of goal, with the 28-year-old finding the net 38 times.The Argentine international reportedly has a release clause of around £79m but Napoli will listen to any offer that passes the £50m mark.Arsenal are being tipped to test the Serie A club’s resolve with a mega bid this summer but, according to Calcio Mercato, West Ham are also lining up a huge offer.The Hammers are desperate to sign a striker this summer and have already failed with bids for Callum Wilson, Michy Batshuayi and Alexandre Lacazette.Ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium, manager Slaven Bilic is keen to land a marquee name this summer and has reportedly told owners David Gold and David O’Sullivan to stump up the cash for Higuain. Gonzalo Higuain in action for Napoli 1last_img read more

GAA: BURT CLUB NOTES

first_imgBurt GAA Club NotesThe senior hurlers play their first game in the championship this Wednesday evening when they travel to Killygordon to play Setanta. Best of luck to the team. With eight games to play in the league format style championship, the top two teams qualify for the final in September.The senior footballers lost out to Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon on Saturday evening 1-9 to 0-6. Leading 0-5 to 0-3 at half-time, Burt were unable to match the first half intensity. With four minutes to go, it was a one point game with Ballyshannon leading 0-7 to 0-6. A freak goal changed the game and dented Burt’s chances of taking the game. The reserve footballers played Ballyshannon in a top of the table clash. But despite confidence going into the game, it turned into a one sided game in the second half. Burt trailed 2-6 to 1-5 at half time and would have been disheartened not to have went into the second period with the lead themselves. However Burt’s motivation was hit early in the second half and Ballyshannon went on to record a 5-15 to 1-8 victory.Good luck to the U14 camogie team that travels to Galway this weekend for the Féile na nGael. The team will be hosted by Kilconieron and they play their first game against the hosts on Friday at 2pm. On Saturday they travel to Gort and play their remaining group games against St Colmans and AN other (for some reason the team hasn’t been named). If they qualify, the semi finals take place later that day in Bullaun or Mullagh. This is still a young team with less than a handful overage next year. Many thanks to everyone involved with the team, and best of luck to all the girls.On Saturday, Kyle McGrath will also represent Burt and Donegal, when he takes part in the Féile hurling skills. Best of luck to him, as he has to sacrifice playing in the U14 Inishowen Football Final the night before.The VHI/GAA Summer Camps is on in Burt from Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July. It runs from 10am – 2.30pm each day. It costs €65 for each child, €50 for a second family member or additional child. Contact Johnny Downey (086 3066874) or any underage coach. It is open for any child under 13. Check with schools also.There was no winner of the lotto jackpot last week. Two winners matched 3 numbers. Paddy McDermott, Castlecooley, €30 and Mark McGavigan, €30. The numbers drawn were 5,10,,14,19,20. Next week’s jackpot is €1300. Anyone with lotto’s should have them in the clubhouse by Tuesday night at 8pm or hand it to any club member. If anyone is interested in signing up to the direct debit, please contact Liam McKinney. Many thanks for your continued support.The U14 footballers play Malin in the Inishowen Championship Final this Friday, 24 June in Buncrana at 8pm. This team has done well so far this year, with Seán McHugh, Danny Dowds and Shaun Murphy aiding their development. The club would be very appreciative if as many members as possible could come and support this Friday. Best of luck to the team. The U12 Blue and Gold footballers are away to Carn this Tuesday 21 June. Johnny will be in contact about bus times and arrangements.U12/13/14 football training is on Saturday mornings at Hibernian Park from 10.30 -12 noon. Please remember to bring your water bottle for hygiene reasons. Anyone that has lotto cards or who sells lottos for the club, please remember to hand them into your coach at training.The U14 footballers recorded a 5-24 to 0-6 win over Cloughaneely in the NB league last week, despite missing a few regulars. This week they play Gweedore on Tuesday in Burt.The U8 Hurling and Football Academy is on Monday nights in Hibernian Park, Burt. Training starts from 6pm to 7.30pm. Any new players/members are welcome. Can parents please send lunch/drink with their child for the mid-session break. If anybody has any questions, please feel free to contact any of the coaches at anytime. The coaches and their numbers: Martin McGrath –  087 7431332; Rory Grant –  087 7763668; Benny Harrigan – 086 8670070; Johnny Downey – 086 3066874. Finally,  the club and team managers extend a warm invitation for any parents that would like to help out the coaches at these sessions in any way. All help no matter how big or small is greatly appreciated!U10 hurling training is on Monday nights from 6-7.30. U10 football training is on Saturday afternoons from 12-1.15pm Fixtures for the first group of games for Senior, U16 and U12 hurley is up in the clubhouse for seniors and you can also view it on our online club calendar at: http://tiny.cc/mTtmC. All upcoming games for underage and senior teams are also available on the site.Anybody who has Burt gear ordered should contact Liam McKinney (086 3558398) about collecting. A number of stock is also available from Liam for anybody looking for extra gear.Just a reminder to all members and local community that there is a charity clothes bank beside the Burt clubhouse. The ‘Cash for Clobber’ bank is a good way to get free of unwanted clothes and it benefits both the Club and the charity it goes to.There will be a fundraising concert with local artists and Comedy sketch DIY 2 by The Swan Players in aid of Beart GAA Club and local charities. It will take place in Burt hall on Wednesday 29th June 2011 at 8pm. Adult 5 euro and children 3 euro. Family concessions. Cast Father – Frank – Eddie Murphy; Mother – Majella – Catherine Carlin; Son – Mark – Ciaran Bradley; Son – Owen – Kevin Carlin; Neighbour – Pam – Maureen Boyle; Neighbours Grandson – Joseph – Denver Doherty. GAA: BURT CLUB NOTES was last modified: June 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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:burt gaa noteslast_img read more

CARNDONAGH COMES OUT ON TOP IN BEAVER SCOUT CHALLENGE

first_imgOver 200 Beaver Scouts (aged 6,7,8) travelled from all over Donegal and Derry to congregate at Lifford Rifle Club for the second annual Errigal Scout County Beaver Scout Challenge.The eager Beavers participated in a variety of scouting activities such as shelter building, orienteering, abseiling, nature trails as well as a number of arts bases and not forgetting a lot of fun.After a very fun packed energy sapping day the winning Group was announced, with Carndonagh coming out on top by the slightest of margins. Joe Boland, group leader with host Group 19th Donegal (Lifford/Clonleigh) Scout Group. Said it was a great success thanks to the hard work and commitment of his Beaver Scout Leaders who provided a terrific programme of activities for the young people.He wished Carndonagh all the best in their victory and looks forward to their hosting of the Challenge next year.CARNDONAGH COMES OUT ON TOP IN BEAVER SCOUT CHALLENGE was last modified: March 25th, 2012 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

There’s no need to foul desert park with dump

first_img 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 There is no question whether the storage of immense amounts of garbage adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park would despoil the pristine desert environment. The garbage would attract large numbers of predatory and scavenging species, disrupting the fragile desert ecosystem. Exotic plants and animals would be introduced to the virgin canyons and hillsides resulting in stress on native flora and fauna. Threatened species like the desert tortoise and the bighorn sheep would suffer. However, the Eagle Mountain Landfill isn’t only a poorly conceived project because it would despoil a national park. It simply isn’t needed. According to the SDLAC’s own projections, the creation of the Mesquite Landfill should provide adequate disposal capacity beyond 2018, assuming the county continues a 50 percent diversion rate for solid waste. A diversion rate is the amount of solid waste diverted from a landfill through source reduction or recycling. Moreover, with increased diversion rates, Los Angeles County would have sufficient disposal space for decades to come. Increasing Los Angeles County’s diversion rate isn’t merely California dreaming. A review of diversion rates by cities and counties in California and elsewhere in the United States demonstrates that it is already possible. For example, the city of Los Angeles had a diversion rate of over 60 percent in 2001 and has a goal to reach 70 percent by 2020. To the north, the city and county of San Francisco have a diversion rate of 67 percent, and the Board of Supervisors recently passed a referendum to achieve a 75 percent diversion rate by 2010 with a goal of zero waste by 2020. Santa Barbara County currently has a solid waste diversion rate of 59 percent. Toronto and Seattle have goals to achieve diversion rates of 60 percent by the end of the decade. The creation of the Eagle Mountain Landfill is a myopic solution to our solid waste disposal problems. It would result in the despoiling of Joshua Tree National Park, while avoiding the difficult question of how to manage solid waste in a sustainable manner. Moreover, the creation of the new Mesquite Landfill and increased diversion rates would negate the need for large landfills like Eagle Mountain for decades. Los Angeles County residents should pressure government and industry to invest in source reduction and increased diversion rates as a means of solving Los Angeles’ burgeoning solid waste problem. Seth Shteir is conservation chairman of the San Fernando Valley Audubon Society.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ever wonder where your leftover sausage and eggs end up after you put them in the garbage? How about the plastic Ziplock bag that contained your cheese sandwich? If the Sanitation District of Los Angeles and Kaiser Ventures have their way, your refuse would travel 200 miles by train to be deposited next to a pristine national park. If you think this sounds preposterous, you’re not alone. Yet this is precisely what will occur if the Eagle Mountain Landfill moves forward. The Sanitation District of Los Angeles County first approved the construction of a waste-by-rail system in 1992 in response to the county’s burgeoning trash-disposal problem. Under the plan, solid waste from Los Angeles County would be shipped 200 miles via rail to two megadumps in the California desert. The Mesquite Landfill in Imperial County is scheduled to receive solid waste by 2010. The Eagle Mountain Landfill, which is surrounded on three sides by Joshua Tree National Park, has been halted after U.S. District Judge Robert Timlin overturned the federal land exchange necessary for the dump. The National Parks Conservation Association and other plaintiffs are optimistic that this ruling will hold up under appeal, and that Kaiser’s deal with the SDLAC will fall apart. last_img read more