Special investigative unit in the pipeline – ACP Ramnarine

first_imgThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) is currently in the planning phase of a special investigative unit.The unit is to consist of trained and skilled investigators that will be solely entrusted with the responsibility of investigating issues that have to do with juvenile offences, domestic violence, sexual offences and the trafficking of persons.Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) David Ramnarine explained to Guyana Times at the launch of a travelling exhibition to create awareness of child abuse, that the GPF has a critical and important role to play in addressing major concerns regarding “the most important human resource, the children, who are ‘the wave of the future’”.The Police Force some years ago started the process of creating the unit but this was not realised. Ramnarine stated that the process that has now restarted will see the realisation of such.“We will continue at all costs, the process of ensuring that children in Guyana are given the necessary treatment, are given the necessary responses and are given the necessary attention in terms of what is available in the justice system,” ACP Ramnarine said.The Assistant Commissioner of Police explained that the investigators will receive special training, noting that there is a wide cross section of members of the Force, through the rank and file, who have been benefiting and will continue to benefit from specialised training.There was a unit at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters, Eve Leary, that help responsibility of dealing with child sexual abuse related issues.However, there will now be a unit in each of the seven geographical divisions of the Force. “Not only at the headquarters but at the sub divisional levels, a special unit that will address the key issues that have to do with child abuse, etc,” said Ramnarine.According to the APC, “the Guyana Police Force hopes to bring about the education and edification that is vital to ensuring that our children live happier and healthier lives.”last_img read more

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U.S. Regrets West Point Shootout

first_imgThe United States government has expressed regrets over the recent shooting at unarmed civilians in West Point community by the US-trained Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) .US-trained Liberian army early August encountered a standoff with unarmed civilians in the biggest slum community in Monrovia, killing one and wounding two others.The incident occurred when government abruptly announced the quarantine of the Township over the fear of Ebola spread.US Ambassador accredited near Monrovia, Madam Deborah Malac, Monday apologized to West Pointers for the ugly incident, describing it as an  “unfortunate incident and we’re sorry that it  happened.”She attributed the standoff to lack of proper command control that “placed the soldiers in a role that they were not trained to perform.”The US envoy frowned on shifting the role of the army from military to civil engagement, adding that the lack of clear communication to officers could be one of the factors behind the standoff.“The military was trained for external conflict, not to perform the role of internal security forces. It’s an unfortunate incident and we’re sorry, but bad things happen even in the US occasionally.“It’s not an issue of embarrassment or not; it’s an issue of ensuring that everyone knows what the rights of authorities are and who’s in charge,” Amb. Malac asserted.Days after the West Point shooting, President Johnson Sirleaf constituted a board of inquiry to investigate the situation. Mid last week, the President acknowledged receipt of the inquiry board’s report and recommendations.In response, Madam Sirleaf issued this statement:  “Accordingly, I am authorizing the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), Brigadier General Daniel D. Ziankahn, to take immediate action in line with the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) against those found culpable in keeping with the recommendations of the report. This action underlines my determination to ensure that our military remains responsible and accountable for its action at all times.”Relative to the Board of Inquiry’s report, Washington disclosed that the report has not been delivered to the foreign mission.Initially, the US frowned at the deployment of the military to parts of the country in a health emergency period.The US-diplomat made the disclosure Monday when she paid a courtesy call on Vice President Joseph N. Boakai.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Diana E. Davis Dedicates U$8,000 Basketball Court

first_imgA multi-purpose basketball court was last Friday dedicated at the campus of the Diana E. Davis Elementary & Senior High School in Brewerville, Monrovia.At an overview before the dedication, Madam Dina E. Davis, founder and chief executive officer of the school, said it was through the goodwill of the school’s board of directors and friends that the multi-purpose basketball court, valued at about U$8,000 was completed.“I want this court to be used for the glory of Jesus,” Madam Davis said, before a crowd of students, “and I want it to be used to develop your mental ability in the course of your educational pursuits.”He called on students and the community to use the court to build and develop their minds to live as one in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ.He commended Mr. Simon Schoch and Mr. Christopher Jud (both at Monrovia Breweries but who were not present at the occasion), for their contributions that made the completion of the court successful.Before cutting the sod to declare the court officially open, a member of the school’s foreign board, Master Herbert Hansley, a taekwondo expert, urged students and the community to use the court to develop their skills and their minds.Master Hansley, founder of taekwondo system of self defense known as Kpelle Do, ‘how a Kpelle man fights’ said, “I have developed my personal skills within the context of Kpelle Do and therefore you must do the same but not to fight or become aggressive but to defend those who are weak among you.“Protect the women and the girls among you because it is the right thing to do,” Master Hansley told the students, who cheered him on.Earlier Principal Raymond Godfrey told the students to use the court to build their bodies and their minds to unite in their educational sojourn at Diana E. Davis School System.After the opening ceremony, students jumped on the court, along with Master Hansley, who made unsuccessfully several attempts to make a basket good.He kept trying and shot the ball from several angles before he made it, and said, “It’s been a while though,” as others cheered him on.The Diana E. Davis School System has two elementary to senior high schools, located in Duala and Brewerville. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Minibus driver left scene as uninjured ‘passenger’

first_imgNismes fatal accident…as Police kept hospitalised victim as driverThe man, who was believed to be the driver of minibus BYY 2981 that was involved in a two-vehicular smash-up that left four persons dead and 16 injured on Saturday last, at Nismes, West Bank Demerara (WBD), turned out not to be the driver after all. Rather the actual driver left the scene as an uninjured ‘passenger’.This is according to Police Commander of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Assistant Police Commissioner Simon McBean, who told Guyana Times on Saturday that investigators were given detailed descriptions by eyewitnesses and injured passengers of the driver. However, the description did not match the hospitalised injured man – who was initially believed to be the driver of the minibus.Dead: 29-year-oldAyesha SealeyAs such, the police began a hunt for the driver, and shortly after the search began, the man turned up at a police station in the company of his attorney. According to Police, he admitted to having been the driver of the minibus when the accident occurred. He was subsequently released on station bail.However, Commander McBean noted that the man is in hot water since he will face several charges for a number of offences related to the tragic accident that occurred on November 30.Dead: 12-year-oldMaria BisnauthHe is expected to be charged with causing death by dangerous driving, failure to report an accident, visiting the police way beyond the “reporting period”, and additionally, it was discovered that the suspect was not insured to drive the minibus.The Commander noted that the matter has been handed over to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for advice.Of the 21 persons involved in this fatal accident, 12 were admitted at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and four were at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) for days receiving necessary medical attention.When the tragedy took place, 52-year-old Rawle Williams of Canal Number One, West Bank Demerara (WBD), who is the driver of the car that was involved in the accident, lost his life.The three others who died are females including a child.Dead are 29-year-old Ayesha Sealey of Patentia Housing Scheme, WBD, 22-year-old Zavira Jona of Patentia, WBD, and 12-year-old Maria Bisnauth, who hailed from lot 125 Sideline Dam, Sister’s Village, WBD.The accident occurred at about 19:20h at Nismes Public Road, WBD, when the minibus was proceeding North along the Western carriageway of the road, reportedly at a fast rate of speed.Reports are that while in the vicinity of a gas station which is located on the Western side of that roadway, the driver of motorcar PTT 691 drove out from the fuel station in a South-Eastern direction into the path of the minibus.According to the police, this resulted in the right front portion of the minibus colliding with the right side front door of the motorcar and this caused both vehicles to spin off the road and end up on the grass parapet and the trench respectively.At the time of the accident, the minibus had been overloaded with passengers.last_img read more

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Denmark World Cup fixtures, kits, key player, plus probable line-up

first_imgRECORD IN QUALIFYINGDenmark finished second in their qualifying group with 20 points, five behind Group E table-toppers Poland. The Scandinavian country were drawn against the Republic of Ireland in the European play-off section and looked like they were in trouble after being held to a 0-0 draw at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen.However, an inspired display from Eriksen saw the Danes secure their place at the World Cup for the first time since 2010 with a devastating 5-1 win at the Aviva Stadium. Eriksen scored a hat-trick in a mesmerising performance, while Christensen and Nicklas Bendtner scored the other goals.TOURNAMENT PREPARATIONSDenmark have two friendlies before the start of their World Cup campaign. They battled to a goalless draw at Sweden in Stockholm on June 2nd before taking on Mexico in Brondy on June 9th.BASE CAMPThey are staying at a complex in Beton Brut, Anapa. The resort is by the Black Sea, over 900 miles away from Moscow.PROBABLE LINE-UP 3 3 Denmark take part in their fifth World Cup this summer. talkSPORT.com take an in-depth look at the Group C nation.MANAGERNorwegian football coach Age Hareide has been in charge of the Danish national team since December 2015 following Morten Olsen’s decision to resign after failing to qualify for Euro 2016. Denmark sealed their place in Russia with a 5-1 win in the play-offs over the Republic of IrelandHareide managed the national team of his homeland but failed to get Norway into any tournament. As a player, the 64-year-old played for English teams including Norwich and Manchester City.CAPTAINSimon Kjaer, who has made over 50 senior appearances for his country, including at the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012, is the captain of Denmark.The centre-back plies his trade at LaLiga club Sevilla but has never won a senior trophy. However, Kjaer has received a number of individual accolades including Danish Talent of the Year and Danish Player of the Year in 2009. The 29-year-old is known for his long range passing out from the back.KEY PLAYERAs they are in a group with France, Australia and Peru, it seems like second place is very much up for grabs in Group C. If Denmark are going to impose themselves on the tournament then Tottenham star Christian Eriksen will need to be at his best.The playmaker has enjoyed a wonderful season with the Premier League club, making it into this season’s PFA Team of the Year and can certainly be viewed as Denmark’s talisman going into the finals in Russia.ONE TO WATCHAlthough it’s likely everything will go through Eriksen, defender Andreas Christensen is also a player worth keeping an eye on.The 22-year-old, who has produced some good performances in his first season at Chelsea is starting to look like the complete package. Perhaps Christensen could be a good partner with Kjaer at the back.However, Christensen has faded in the latter stages of the season and it was revealed that a lot of that was due to mental fatigue. Denmark will be hoping their young defender will have completely recovered in time for the start of the tournament. FIXTURESSaturday, June 16: PERU v Denmark (Mordovia Arena, Saransk) – kick-off 5:00pmThursday, June 21: Denmark v AUSTRALIA (Samara Arena, Samara) – kick-off 1:00pmTuesday, June 26: Denmark v FRANCE (Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow) – kick-off 3:00pmKITSlast_img read more

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Datebook

first_img160Want 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Mount St. Mary’s College will host its fourth annual Human Rights Film Festival screening featuring “Innocent Voices,” 7 p.m. in the Chalon Campus Little Theater, 12001 Chalon Road, Brentwood. Admission is free. The Jewish Community Center at Milken will feature a literary review of Jewish life in 11th-century France, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Rosenkrantz library, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. Call (818) 464-3281 for reservations. The Getty Center will show a film depicting the city’s development at the end of the midcentury modern movement, 7:30 p.m., 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Admission is free. Call (310) 440-7300 for reservations. The Latino Theater Company will show a play, “La Virgen de Guadalupe, Dios Inantzin,” 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. Admission is free. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. TUESDAY: Los Angeles Mission College will hold a town meeting to introduce its new president, 2:30-4 p.m. at the Campus Center, 13356 Eldridge Ave., Sylmar. Barnes & Noble will present an in-store “Pajama Story Time” of holiday classics, 6 p.m., 731 N. San Fernando Road, Burbank. The Moorpark College Jazz “A” Band will feature soloist Ira Nepus, 8 p.m. at the Performance Arts Center, 7075 Campus Road, Moorpark. Call (805) 378-1455 for ticket information. WEDNESDAY: The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Governance Council will hold a Valley-based meeting to discuss ways to improve MTA service, 6:30 p.m., Glendale City Hall, 141 N. Glendale Ave., #118. last_img read more

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Another €884,000 for Local Improvement Schemes – McHugh

first_imgANOTHER €884,000 in funding has been secured for Local Improvement Schemes in Donegal, Minister Joe McHugh has confirmed today.The allocation to Donegal County Council is the third highest in the county – and is on top of a €3M allocation to Donegal in November and December.Minister Michael Ring, Minister for Rural and Community Development, has announced over €10 million in funding for Local Authorities under the Local Improvement Scheme (LIS) to support the improvement of non-public rural roads in 2018. The funding will allow for the repair and improvement of small roads and laneways leading to local people’s homes and businesses that are not under the normal maintenance of the Local Authorities.Minister McHugh said: “I am delighted that €884,000 in funding has been secured for Local Improvement Schemes here in Donegal, servicing our rural roads. The allocation is on top of the €3M allocation in recent months.“We in Fine Gael know just how the important of the Local Improvement Scheme for people who live in rural Donegal. These roads provide vital access to homes and farms as well as amenities such as lakes, rivers or the ocean.“The Department of Rural and Community Development will provide up to 90% of the funding through the Local Authorities, with the remaining contribution coming from local residents, or Local Authorities in the case of roads leading to public amenities. “Local Authorities will be informed of allocation today and will be asked to revert with details of their improvement projects to the Department of Rural and Community Development by the 23rd of March,” said Minister McHugh.Minister Ring said: “The upkeep of these roads is a priority for people who live in rural Ireland and this funding, in conjunction with the local community’s own resources and the resources of the local authorities will allow for the maintenance and improvement of many more local roads.““I cannot overstate how important local connectivity is in order to enable rural Ireland to function well. The Action Plan for Rural Development prioritises improving rural infrastructure and connectivity and continuing to support an LIS scheme is just one of the measures we are taking in that regard.“On that note, I am delighted to see that in the recently announced Capital Plan in Project Ireland 2040, €4.5 billion has been allocated for the maintenance and improvement of local and regional roads.“Project Ireland 2040 also contains €1 billion extra funding for investment in rural communities through the Department of Rural and Community Development. “This Rural Regeneration Fund will lead to significant investment in rural towns, villages and townlands, meaning greater connectivity and enhanced amenities for rural communities.”Another €884,000 for Local Improvement Schemes – McHugh was last modified: February 27th, 2018 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)last_img read more

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job creation

first_imgmy name is as i mentioned above. I am 37 years young man self employed with three partners but i am the one who leading them and i am not so educated i ‘ved done Standard 6 at Diteho middle school, but i think you will understand what really i want! My sir/ madam we want to improve workshop but we have shortage of money!last_img

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Here’s where South Africans can travel without a visa

first_imgSouth Africa has the most powerful passport on the African continent, with its citizens able to enter a full 90 countries across the world without a visa, and able to gain a visa on arrival at a further 31 countries.(Image: Pixabay)Brand South Africa reporterThis is according to the international Passport Index, which ranks passports of the world according to their total visa-free score. On the index, South Africa ranks at 48 – in the top-50 most powerful passports in the world.If you’re planning an international holiday, here is a handy guide to the countries South Africans can travel to without a visa, where a visa is issued on arrival, and where a visa is required.Countries visa-free to South AfricansAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaBahamasBarbadosBelizeBeninBotswanaBrazilChileColombiaCosta RicaDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEl SalvadorFijiGabonGeorgiaGrenadaGuatemalaGuyanaHaitiHondurasHong KongIndonesiaIrelandIsraelJamaicaKenyaKosovoLesothoMacaoMalawiMalaysiaMozambiqueNamibiaNicaraguaPalestinian TerritoriesPanamaParaguayPeruPhilippinesSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSingaporeSouth KoreaSt. Vincent and the GrenadinesSwazilandTanzaniaThailandTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaUruguayVanuatuVenezuelaZambiaZimbabwe Visa on arrival for South AfricansArmeniaBoliviaBurundiCambodiaCape VerdeComorosDjiboutiEthiopiaGuinea-BissauIranJordanKyrgyzstanLaosMadagascarMaldivesMarshall IslandsMauritaniaMauritiusMicronesiaNepalOmanPalauRwandaSamoaSeychellesTajikistanTimor-LesteTogoTurkeyTuvaluUganda Electronic Travel Authority visa required for South AfricansIndiaSri Lanka Visa required for South AfricansAfghanistanAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahrainBangladeshBelarusBelgiumBhutanBosnia and HerzegovinaBruneiBulgariaBurkina FasoCameroonCanadaCentral African RepublicChadChinaCongoCongo (Dem. Rep.)Cote Divoire (Ivory Coast)CroatiaCubaCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkEgyptEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaFinlandFranceGambiaGermanyGhanaGreeceGuineaHungaryIcelandIraqItalyJapanKazakhstanKiribatiKuwaitLatviaLebanonLiberiaLibyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacedonia (FYROM)MaliMaltaMexicoMoldovaMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMoroccoMyanmar [Burma]NauruNetherlandsNew Zealand (from 21 November 2016)NigerNigeriaNorth KoreaNorwayPakistanPapua New GuineaPolandPortugalQatarRomaniaRussian FederationSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSierra LeoneSlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth SudanSpainSudanSurinameSwedenSwitzerlandSyriaTaiwanTongaTurkmenistanUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited States of AmericaUzbekistanVatican CityViet NamYemen Updated 14 October 2016Source: South African Department of Home Affairs Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Fistball’s finest come to South Africa for World Cup

first_imgCD AndersonThe little known but ancient sport of fistball is gaining popularity among South Africans looking for an active pastime that is a little different and a lot of fun. Their passion for the sport has culminated in the hosting of the fistball World Cup in Cape Town on 14 and 15 October 2016.What is fistball?Described as a faster, more aggressive version of volleyball, fistball dates back to 240AD. The sport became popular again in 16th century Italy, where the rules of the game were first officially devised and recorded.Watch and learn the game’s rules:During the late 19th century, fistball became popular in Germany, whose emigrants then spread the game to the rest of the world, including South America and West Africa.It was introduced into the United States in 1911, where it enjoyed small but enthusiastic support at some of the country’s youth summer camps.A world governing body was formed in 1960, which began holding international championship tournaments for men and women every four years. The sport is dominated by German-speaking countries such as Switzerland and Namibia (which won the 1995 championship), and South American countries such as Brazil and Argentina. Fistball is also part of the alternative, non-Olympic sports event, the World Games.By 2014, countries such as Australia, India and South Africa had started competing in the sport.The GaljoensMeet the stars of South African fistball: Dr Strangeglove, Moerfist, Mr Fistievous and the rest of team:The first South African team, and later the Fistball Association of South Africa (Fasa), was started in 2014 by Capetonian Leif Petersen, who was looking for an alternative sport to play as a way to make his mark representing his country.Petersen told the Mail & Guardian in 2015: “It’s always been every kid’s dream to play for their country, and as I gradually came to the realisation that I would never get the nod for the Proteas cricket team, I had to find a smaller pond where I could be a bigger fish.”Petersen brought together an eclectic group of local sport enthusiasts from all walks of life, including artists, business professionals, conservationists and refugees, to form the sport’s first amateur fistball team: the Galjoens, named after South Africa’s national fish.@FistballSA #MightyGaljoens Dr Strangeglove Moerfist & Mr Fistievous watch SA’s finest fistballing talent @ #FistballWorldCup 14-16Oct CTown pic.twitter.com/WM9KX3H2h1— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) October 13, 2016Playing in public parks with rudimentary equipment fashioned from safety barrier tape and tent poles, the sport proved to be a fun but gruelling way to bring together a variety of South Africans and combine their love of sport with good humour and ham-fisted puns.Soon other teams formed around Cape Town, including the Kaapse Fisters, the North Beach Knuckle-Dusters and Goldfister. The first annual South African championship, the aptly named Fistivus, was held in 2015.The Galjoens also took part in their first world championship, held in Argentina in November 2015. They finished last, but according to Petersen, a lot of fun was had at the tournament and the players learnt a lot about how the game was played on a global level.The Fistball World Cup8 days away before the kick-off of the @IFA_Fistball Men’s #Fistball World Cup! 14 & 15 October at Vygieskraal Sports Ground ? #faustball pic.twitter.com/N9T6V8VygP— FistballSouthAfrica (@FistballSA) October 6, 2016At the end of 2015, Petersen received approval from the fistball world governing body in Germany to hold a World Cup tournament, bringing the best fistball club teams in the world to compete in Cape Town on 14 and 15 October 2016.The event will be held at the Vygieskraal Sports Ground, Belgravia, Cape Town, and will feature visiting clubs from Germany, Brazil and Argentina. The tournament will also debut the long-awaited documentary on the unconventional story of fistball in South Africa, featuring interviews with players and highlights of all the local teams in action.For more information, visit the Fistball Association of South Africa Facebook page.Source: Mail & Guardian / Fistball Association of South AfricaSouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info materiallast_img read more

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