Crime will be with us for the foreseeable future

first_imgDear Editor,Crime is at an all-time high in Guyana. Since the Coalition Government took office last May this scourge has taken a meteoric rise reaching epidemic proportions. However the government is downplaying this epidemic with lots of talk that this is not the case; they have even provided us with statistics to support their point but all right thinking individuals – even if you have half a brain – can testify to the fact that Guyana is reeling from this crippling effect of crime.Hardly a day passes that you are not stunned by the news of another armed robbery, many times fatal. A home, a business, someone who has just come from the bank or an innocent person walking by with jewellery, being relieved of your cell phone—we are all at risk of being robbed.This is the reality of what our country has become, and yet for all of this the authorities are saying “it is peace and quiet, Guyana is a lovely place.”Crime, especially gun crime, has been the order of the day because of the following reasons: From the get go crime has been politicised by the Government of the day. While in opposition they accused the PPP/C Government of being too hard on crime and criminals while ridiculing the Government’s crime fighting plan.At the same time they viciously attacked the police for their efforts at getting the situation under control. They dogged their efforts at every turn nothing that what the police did was good enough for them. So, in effect they whittled away at anything sane where crime fighting was concerned.This tactic was visibly evident when the last Parliament was convened, when the president went on a tirade at the PPP/C Opposition. He claims that the opposition is responsible for crimes in Guyana and that they “were killing Black youths” when they were in Government.He even quoted stats to beef-up his position, stating that 400 young black men were murdered by the PPP/C regime.Now, I do not know where the president got his figures from, but I am quite sure that he was playing a very dangerous race game, while building up hate in the Black community. Instead of bringing something of worth to tackle crime, here we have a president lambasting the opposition, adding salt to the wounded populace.With nothing sensible to offer the nation the PNC-led Coalition is calling crime by a new name. Further to this issue is the president’s very friendly affiliation to criminals using the euphemistic term “petty criminals” when he released 60 of them at his inauguration and 40 more, bringing the grand total to 100 persons who in his words committed “petty crimes.”Even when you look at it from the strategic standpoint of the judiciary coming on board with tougher sentencing for serious crimes this present government has sent the signal it would not be hard on sentencing.That lone judge who stood out in his tough sentences was suddenly relieved of his post in the High Court and is now in the civil court. His efforts at being a deterrent to crime “you do the crime then do the time” is of no avail now.Thus, they have paved the way for criminals to laugh at the justice system.What we have now is the innocuous sentencing of gun toting bandits.So, the rampage is on get a gun and terrorise the populace, kill, steal, loot and expect little, if no punishment in return. Guyana is in for the long haul.With Christmas coming and an estimated increase in cash flow, my bleak forecast is a horrible holiday period awaiting us. I will also tell you this: we have a return of “the blackouts” which makes the nefarious activities of criminal elements even more severe.Are things getting better?Are we on to “the good life?A resounding no! We are in a long night of sorrow.I rest my case.Neil Adamslast_img read more

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Zarate future uncertain, confirms West Ham boss Allardyce

first_img Mauro Zarate in action for West Ham 1 West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has revealed that the future of Mauro Zarate is still uncertain.The striker is expected to leave Upton Park on loan during the January transfer window after struggling to nail down a place in the Hammers’ first-team since arriving last summer.QPR had been mentioned as potential suitors, but Allardyce has now revealed that a conclusion to the transfer is no nearer.“I thought it was all done and dusted for QPR but that doesn’t seem to be the case,” said Allardyce.“Obviously Mauro’s problem is that he has not played enough and feels he needs to go and play somewhere else.“The problem is if he’d have played better he would’ve played more often. We’ll see what the situation is in the next few days.”last_img read more

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first_imgWaterford company Rigney Dolphin is establishing a new customer relations centre in Derry, which will generate 297 posts over the next three years. The company said it was a strategic development which would help expand its customer base into the UK. Invest NI provided €1.35m in funding for the jobs investment.The announcement has been welcomed by local political leaders in Inishowen. One in every five call centre positions in Derry is staffed by Donegal people.297 JOBS BOOST IS GOOD NEWS FOR INISHOWEN was last modified: December 15th, 2010 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)last_img read more



first_imgThere was a rush to the forecourts this week to register new models, with the industry predicting the best New Year sales figures in quite a while.As we enter another new year and resolutions are being made, how about this for a resolution – in with the old and out with the new!Inishowen Motors and Nissan are pleased to announce their latest cost saving promotion. Trade in your old car now and you’ll get a guaranteed minimum of €4,000 towards a brand new Nissan Pulsar, Note, Juke or Micra.Hurry though, this is only until January 31st.It has never been a better time to buy a new car, with wage increases expected this year and fuel prices expected to fall even further.But buyers are still very budget conscious and economy and emission levels, which are directly related to road tax charges, are still big topics on the forecourt. Nissan have been at work on these issues, with new engines and car designs across the entire range, the new aerodynamic bodystyle on the Pulsar will cut through the wind the same way it’ll cut through your fuel costs.Tax for the year is just €180 on the diesel model which is the lowest you can get.The 110 BHP engine has plenty of power.Inishowen Motors is the place to go with your old car where you will get a guaranteed €4000 for it, all it needs is a valid NCT cert.These popular and stylish models have never been more affordable and according to the SIMI (Society of the Irish Motor Industry), 2015 is the year to buy new. Alan Nolan Director General SIMI commenting on these figures; “As 2014 has drawn to a close we are pleased to end the year with new car sales 30% ahead of the previous year. ‘The feedback received from our members for January has been very positive, indicating continued growth in sales in January and the rest of 2015’Don’t make this year one of failed resolutions and make sure you avail of this great offer with Inishowen Motors and Nissan. This scrappage offer is only available until January 31st 2015 so act quickly and make sure this resolution drives you into 2016!DRIVE IN OLD, DRIVE OUT NEW WITH THE NISSAN SCRAPPAGE DEAL AT INISHOWEN MOTORS was last modified: January 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more


Adoption makes coach’s family complete

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! STEVENSON RANCH – All the success in the world as an All-American track and field athlete at Cal State Northridge, husband of 19 years, college coach and a business entrepreneur meant only so much for College of the Canyons track coach Rick Kaufman. What Kaufman has always wanted was to be a father, and it’s finally happened. He and his wife, B.J., adopted orphaned Russian brothers Dima, 8, and Sasha, 4, last August, and the 43-year-old coach finally feels whole. “It was a drawn-out process that took 13 months, and it wasn’t easy, but it’s really been a wonderful experience,” Kaufman said. “We tried to conceive for years and couldn’t do it, and we also went through some previous adoption processes that weren’t what I expected and weren’t successful. Now, being a father has just made me a much better person. I feel like these boys were given to me by God. We’ve just gelled so well.” The Kaufmans first met Dima, then 7, at a temporary adoption camp in Arizona, where they fell in love with him – and then learned he had a long-lost little brother from whom he’d been seperated three years. “We just couldn’t let them remain apart,” Kaufman said. “They had to be together.” Eventually, the Kaufmans flew to Russia and brought the brothers to their new home, and the youngsters have adjusted vociferously to Southern California suburbia. “The older one, Dima, is just so full of love, and he already speaks English so well that you’d never know he’s Russian,” Rick said. “He’s going to be a good athlete, too – he loves ice skating and swimming, and he’s going to take karate.” One of the first questions Dima asked through an interpreter was if he could go swimming in America. Of course he could, his new father told him. During the spring, Dima celebrated his first American birthday at Chuck E. Cheese “and had a ball,” his dad said. Sasha was a bit underdeveloped because of a lack of stimulus in Russia, and he didn’t speak a word – Russian or English – when he arrived. But the little guy is coming around quite nicely. “Sasha is doing beautfully now,” said B.J. Kaufman, 41, a homemaker and freelance writer. “Rick has drawn up some cards and made up some great games for him.” Canyons’ track and field team competes in the Southern California JC finals Friday in Walnut, the last stop before the state championships in Bakersfield the following weekend. No matter what happens, Kaufman will continue to feel like a winner. “Rick and I have wanted to be parents for so many years, but we never planned to adopt from outside the country,” B.J. Kaufman said. “It just felt right. The adoption process is a very personal journey. When we met Dima and found out he had a little brother, it was a big decision, but we don’t regret it. “No, it hasn’t always been an easy adjustment for any of us, but we’re all doing remarkably well.” Has the experience changed Rick? “Well, he’s always been so great with children that I knew he’d be a great dad,” his wife said. “The kids just adore him. In Russia, most of the caretakers are women, so the brothers actually had very little experience with men. Rick is just a great role model for both of them.” Dima, a first-grader at Oak Hills Elementary School, is rapidly becoming Americanized. Like his brother, he was very skinny when he arrived but is getting healthier by the minute, devouring fruits and vegetables (his favorite foods). He has a newfound taste for pizza, chicken nuggets and french fries. “The one difference compared to most American kids is neither one likes peanut butter,” B.J. said. “I guess they don’t have peanut butter in Russia.” The brothers share the same mother and different fathers. In Russia, if a child isn’t properly cared for, a government representative simply extracts the minor to an orphanage. According to the reports given to the Kaufmans, that’s what happened to Dima. Sasha was voluntarily given up years earlier. The prospects are bleak for Russian orphans. Most eventually enter the military or work in a machine shop. “There’s just not a lot of money, and there’s a lot of alcoholism,” Rick said. Now the brothers will be afforded opportunites they never thought possible. Same deal for the parents. When Dima arrived, the only English words he knew were mother, father, sister and brother. That was just fine with Rick Kaufman. As far as he was concerned, those were the most important words on earth. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. (661) 257-5218last_img read more

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Hearts’ Jamie Walker offered two-game ban for ‘dive’ against Celtic

first_imgAfter the match, Walker said: “I knocked the ball on and I’ve seen him (Tierney) coming out the corner of my eye and felt contact so I went down.“At the end of the day I am not the referee, I don’t give the decisions.” Hearts winger Jamie Walker has been offered a two-game ban for diving to win a penalty in his team’s opening day defeat to Celtic.The winger went down minutes before the interval, claiming he’d been fouled by Kieran Tierney with referee John Beaton pointing to the spot.Scottish FA compliance officer Tony McGlennan has cited the attacker for causing “a match official to make an incorrect decision”.Walker has until 3pm on August 10 to respond to the charge and STV understands the capital club will take the matter to a hearing set for Thursday, August 11. Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers revealed the official admitted he had made a mistake while captain Scott Brown labelled Walker “a cheat” and insisted he should compete in the Olympic diving competition.“It is brilliant how well he dives,” he said. “He is really good at that. He should have been in Rio.“It was a dive. Cheat. What else can you say?“The referee came out at half-time and said he got it completely wrong. He made the decision, he hasn’t seen it and the linesman’s not puts his flag up.”last_img read more

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Celtic boss reiterates Craig Gordon will not leave for Chelsea

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has reiterated Craig Gordon will remain at Celtic despite continued interest from Chelsea.Scotland international Gordon has been lined up as replacement for Asmir Begovic as Tuesday’s transfer deadline approaches.Rodgers denied any knowledge of a second bid from the London club and said his goalkeeper would remain beyond the end of the window.He said: “I spoke to you on Friday and told you he wasn’t moving. “I spoke to you yesterday after the game and told you there is no more movement and we now sit here on Monday afternoon and I will tell you the exact same thing.“There is nothing new to add.”Asked if he would categorically rule out Gordon’s departure, Rodgers replied “Yes” before stating the 34-year-old would start Wednesday night’s game with Aberdeen.Gordon lost his place in the Celtic team earlier this season before reclaiming his place from summer signing Dorus de Vries. Rodgers says he enjoys an excellent relationship with his shot stopper, adding: “It is worth noting, I have seen one or two comments in terms of how he was treated by me earlier in the season. Him and I have a great relationship. “If treating a player that badly (is) by taking a player out and putting him back, which raises the level of his game, which gives him his first international cap for seven years, if I treated him that badly, I am sure there would be others who would want to be treated like that as well. “So it is no different to what happened to the likes of Stuart Armstrong and Dedryck Boyata. “I am always open and honest with players and if they are not playing how I expect them to play, I will tell them. “In the modern game that can sometimes be difficult for the players to take because they will always find an excuse and look for someone to blame, and it is never normally them. “But what I have found here is the responsibility the players have taken and how we have developed them, the staff, all of us together, has made many of the players make good performances this season and Craig has been no different to that.”last_img read more

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Dr. Kim Alan Naugle, age 63

first_imgKim was a graduate of Salem High School and a graduate of Indiana University with a PhD in counseling psychology and educational psychology. He was a professor at Eastern Kentucky University since 1996 and served as associate dean for the College of Education for nine years.He was a member of the American Counseling Association, Kentucky Counseling Association, and a former member of the Kentucky Counseling Licensure Board.He is survived by his wife Becky Naugle, son Ryan Naugle and a brother Raleigh (Sharon) Naugle and many nieces and nephews.A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 pm Wednesday at the Dawalt Funeral Home with visitation from 9:00 am until the time of the service on Wednesday.A second service will be held at 11:00 am Friday, June 29, 2018 at Clark Legacy Center in Lexington, Kentucky.The family of Kim Naugle has requested contributions in his honor be made to Madison County Humane Society or Gods Outreach of Madison County Dr. Kim Alan Naugle, age 63, passed away on June 15, 2018 at UK Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky.He was born September 12, 1954 to the late Everett and Dorothy Marie (Durham) Naugle in Salem.Aside from his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister Barbara and brother in law Jerry Rutherford.last_img read more

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Air New Zealand moves quickly to boost Tasman capacity

first_imgAir New Zealand is expecting 19 million passengers by 2020. Image: Air New Zealand Air New Zealand has moved quickly to announce a big boost to trans-Tasman capacity as it repositions itself on its biggest market after axing its alliance with Virgin Australia.The airline announced Monday it would increase overall capacity between Australia and New Zealand by 15 per cent as it compensates for the loss of its Australian alliance partner.READ Air New Zealand looks to muscle up on the Tasman.The move is likely to be good news for passengers because significant capacity increases usually mean lower fares.The increase includes two new routes to operate from December 18. The carrier will operate to four times a week between Queenstown and Brisbane and up to five times a week between Wellington and Brisbane.The new routes will boost international capacity out of Queenstown by 20 per cent and by 15 per cent out of Wellington.From October 28, it will move to double daily services on peak days on Christchurch-Melbourne and Christchurch-BrisbaneREAD World’s best airlines for 2018.This and a boost to double daily Monday-to-Friday services on Christchurch-Sydney will see capacity from the South Island city increase by 15 per cent, or 35,000 seats.“Air New Zealand will also offer 125,000 additional trans-Tasman seats ex Auckland, including a new business timed morning flight to Melbourne, more evening flights to Brisbane and a new middle of the day flight to Sydney,’’ the airline said.The airline surprised industry figures in Australia on April 4 with its announcement it was ending its seven-year trans-Tasman alliance with Virgin and turning its back on the domestic feed from the Australian carrier’s network.Air New Zealand chief revenue officer Cam Wallace told AirlineRatings a trigger for the decision was the costly and time-consuming process of renewing the alliance when it expires in October and uncertainty about approval after the withdrawal from the trans-Tasman of Qantas partner Emirates.The Kiwi carrier said all customers booked on an Air New Zealand ticket to travel on a Virgin Australia aircraft after 27 October 2018 would be moved across to Air New Zealand operated services in the next few weeks.It said there was no need for action by the customers; they would be contacted by either the airline or the booking agent regarding the change.last_img read more

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Powered by passion, Joshua Pacio looking leave a lasting legacy

first_imgPacio reclaimed the belt after knocking out Japanese Yosuke Saruta in the fourth round of their rematch four months ago, but with no title defense scheduled as of yet, he will be making good use of his time helping out his Team Lakay stablemates set to fight in ONE: Century in October while also contemplating about his future.“Of course I’m always pushed by my family and my teammates to just keep on working. I know that if we continue to work hard, we’re going to see the results,” he said.“The success is in my name, Pacio – it’s our passion, the passion of our coach, coach Mark in martial arts,” Pacio added. “Back then, we didn’t have good facilities during training, but [we] found ways. It’s all about love for the sport, it’s the key to our success moving forward.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Ghost guns’ are untraceable, easy to make, more prevalent Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Women’s football teams served just egg, kikiam and rice for breakfast Former 800-meter world champion suspended for doping PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Kim Chiu rushed to ER after getting bitten by dog in BGC “I want to leave behind a legacy that inspires the youth to be more,” Pacio said when asked about his long-term goal as an athlete.“I want them to realize that if they really want to, they must pursue their passion and put in the work. I want to show them that dreams should be paired with hard work.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSPORTSPH women’s football team not spared from SEA Games hotel woesSPORTSThailand claims not enough Thai food, drinks for players at hotelFor now, Pacio’s goal is to keep the strawweight belt around his waist.“Back then my motivation was just getting the championship, now the goal is holding it for as long as I can,” Pacio said. Singapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics MOST READcenter_img ‘City-killer’: Asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid may hit Earth in 2022, says NASA Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK thanks PH for rescuing Brit, Filipino wife abducted in Sulu LATEST STORIES Joshua Pacio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–Not a lot of fighters can say they’ve become a world champion, let alone a two-time champion at just 23 years old like Team Lakay star Joshua Pacio.But Pacio wants to be known as more than just a star inside the cage as he aims to make a lasting legacy in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT Renovation of old sports venues not just for SEA Games use What a relief! Paris show lifts taboo on historic outdoor loos View commentslast_img read more

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