Inmates will find ways to introduce contraband – Prison Service attorney

first_imgCamp Street SearchBy Shemuel FanfairCounsel representing the Guyana Prison Service (GPS) and Guyana Police Force (GPF) Selwyn Pieters has suggested that prisoners at the Camp Street facility will continue to find “creative ways” to acquire contraband items. These comments came on the heels of Operation Restore Order on Saturday which unearthed a barrage of banned items at the jail, including mobile phones, marijuana and improvised weapons.GPS counsel Selwyn PietersIn a media release, Pieters noted that the operation was “relatively successful” in terms of the extraction of the inmates who were identified as “ringleaders” or for reasons of the “institutional security” that needed to be transferred to other prisons. In the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Camp Street Prison riot, it was revealed that “ring leaders” when extracted are not returned to the division in which they were housed.Pieters also noted that there was some “active resistance and threats” from inmates Treon Douglas and Carl Browne. “Those threats were neutralised very quickly and with minimal use of force.”“It is clear that the prison had to be sanitised of illegal weapons that are in the possession of inmate. It is also clear that the cellphones to the extent that it is possible had to be seized. The nature, scope and variety of… improvised weapons located are a serious cause for concern and adds currency to the concerns that the officers related post March 03, 2016 in respect to the fear for their lives in the yard,” his statement added.As legal counsel representing the prison and police officials, Pieters noted that one of his roles was to ensure the law and Standard Operating Procedures were followed in joint services officers conducting the search.In responding to concerns over the length of time that elapsed between this search and the one in March that contributed the prison riots, Pieters observed that all along the plan was to preserve and protect the lives of officers, inmates and the public.The attorney stressed that the wooden structures of the Georgetown Prison make it “exceedingly difficult” for joint services officers to search.“On March 4, 2016, the inner cordon of the Georgetown Prison was completely taken over by inmates. A lot of weapons, knives, scissors etc may have been obtained on March 04, 2016. Alternatively some may have been missed during the search,” Pieters pointed out.On the sideline of the prison CoI on April 20, Deputy Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels had revealed that contraband was a multimillion-dollar business at the Camp Street prisons.Samuels noted the loss of resale value from seized contraband items from the Camp Street prisons was responsible for the disdain which inmates harbour against him. He had explained that “for the last two years” when he held the post of Officer in Charge, pounds of narcotics had been removed which caused inmates to incur significant losses from the trade.“The record is there to show that I would have removed pounds of marijuana during raids and thousands of packs of cigarettes were found… if you do the mathematics based the resale value in prison, those prisoners would have lost significant amount of cash and all those are reasons why they would not like a person like me around,” the deputy director had expressed. Samuels also pointed out that many inmates manage to “maintain families” and conduct business from behind prison walls.However, inmates in their testimonies maintained that it was Samuels who on March 3 gave the order to lock the prison door at the time of the Camp Street fire. The deputy director had rejected those claims. During the riots of March 3, 17 inmates perished by a fire caused by lit mattresses.last_img read more

Diamond supermarket owner beaten during robbery

first_imgA Chinese supermarket at Diamond, East Bank of Demerara (EBD) was buglarised on Tuesday night after robbers stormed the establishment and in the process the owner was injured.Reports are two men broke the wall at the back of the Hua supermarket located at Lot 521 Section A, Block X, Diamond, EBD at about 21:00 and entered the building.A neighbour explained that the businessman who operates the establishment was had just returned home at the time of the robbery. This newspaper was told that the businessman heard noises and upon checking, he was pounced on by the suspects, one of whom was armed with a gun.Hua Supermarket that was robbed by armed menDuring the process, he was gun-butted to the head as the men ransacked the building. They carted off with a cellphone and an undisclosed amount of cash. Following the robbery, the Police were called but took one hour to reach the scene.This publication understands that it is not the first time such an incident occurred at the business place. In October 2016, five armed men had stormed a well-known supermarket through the front gate, escaping with valuables and cash.A tenant had confirmed the robbery, noting that the proprietors of the establishment were not present at the time of the robbery, but their relative who was there was beaten by the gunmen.The employees of two other businesses, who were delivering items to the establishment at that time, were also robbed along with customers.Reports indicate that the perpetrators had also cut the telephone line to ensure that no one would be able to call for help. That robbery was the second time the business was robbed.last_img read more

Social Protection Ministry, SOCDA host employment guidance workshop

first_imgThe Central Recruitment and Manpower Agency of the Social Protection Ministry in collaboration with Sophia Community Development Association (SOCDA) Sophia Night School on Saturday hosted a one-day training entitled “Preparedness for the World of Work” which is geared at enhancing the participants’ qualifications for employment.The programme, which was held at the Sophia Training Centre, saw an acceptable number of participants, both young and old, who are employed as well as unemployed. The programme specifically targeted those students who are about to sit the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations in June together with those persons who are seeking employment.Some of the participants and trainers at the employment guidance workshopAssistant Chief Recruitment and Manpower Officer, Yolanda Grant in brief remarks stated that her agency’s task is to assist persons in being employed but this is often challenged by the majority of job-seekers not being academically and professionally qualified.“Our task at the recruitment agency is to assist persons seeking jobs that they are fully employed but one of the challenges faced is that you find persons who do not have the required skills and academic qualifications that is required for the job,” she stated.Grant noted that in order to remove this barrier, the Manpower Agency has undertaken the initiative to have trained facilitators teach persons various work-related topics and techniques such as labour laws, occupational safety and health laws, interview techniques and workplace ethics.“We sought avenues to assist these persons and we were able to engage SOCDA, partnering with us so we can refer persons to enhance on their qualifications so they can be employed, another thing that we’re seeing every day is that persons have a good resume but when they get to that interview that’s where they fail, they’re not able to sell themselves, they are not able to conduct themselves…our mandate is to ensure that persons seeking employment are suitably employed and so far we have been doing a great job”, she underscored.Participants were engaged in a number of practical activities as well as being educated on the awareness of human trafficking, a prevalent issue which is negatively impacting Guyana’s population after many cases have been recorded in 2018.last_img read more

Defendant denies providing secrets to China

first_img“Did you believe that you were prohibited in any way from giving these disks to your brother?” Kaye asked. “No, I did not believe,” Mak said. Authorities believe Mak, a naturalized U.S. citizen, took thousands of pages of defense documents from his defense contractor employer, Power Paragon of Anaheim, and gave them to his brother, who passed them along to Chinese authorities over a number of years. Mak was arrested in 2005 in Los Angeles after FBI agents stopped his brother and sister-in-law as they boarded a flight to Hong Kong. Investigators said they found three encrypted CDs in their luggage containing documents on the propulsion system. Mak, 66, has pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy to export defense material to China, failure to register as a foreign agent, attempted and actual export of defense articles and making false statements. SANTA ANA – A Chinese-American engineer accused of conspiring to export defense technology materials to China took the witness stand in his federal trial Tuesday and denied he was trying to give information to the Chinese government. Defense attorney Ronald Kaye immediately asked defendant Chi Mak about three computer disks containing material presented at technical conferences including a submarine propulsion system called quiet electric drive. “Did you give the three disks with the conferences on them to your brother in order for them to be given to the Chinese government?” Kaye asked. “No,” said Mak. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Maribor 1-1 Celtic: Bhoys keep alive Champions League hopes

first_imgCeltic kept alive their hopes of making the full Champions League draw with a 1-1 draw at Maribor in Slovenia.The Bhoys, who had been granted a reprieve to stay in the competition following Legia Warsaw’s expulsion, went ahead early on through Callum McGregor.However, they were quickly pegged back by a well-taken Damjan Bohar equaliser.Celtic had been totally overwhelmed by Legia over the course of two legs but produced a far more accomplished display in Slovenia.McGregor was the Scottish side’s go-to man, and he once again came up with the goods, getting the visitors off the mark just six minutes in.But the Scottish champion’s brilliant start was undone when Zeljko Filipovic slid a pass between Virgil van Dijk and Jason Denayer for Damjan Bohar to tuck past the hitherto untroubled Craig Gordon.But unlike the collapse in Warsaw, Celtic did not fold and but for two instances of real misfortune would have been back in front before half-time as first Charlie Mulgrew watched a back-post header cleared off the line by Filipovic before Van Dijk’s effort smacked Johansen in the face, preventing an apparently inevitable goal.Celtic had to work their socks off to prevent falling behind and Gordon had to be at his best to stop Petar Stojanovic and Agim Ibraimi firing the hosts in front.Eventually, the game was settled at 1-1 and Celtic will be confident of making it into the full Champions League draw next week when the two sides meet again in the second leg on Tuesday. Celtic’s Callum McGregor 1last_img read more

Van Gaal admits Man United’s interest in re-signing Ronaldo

first_imgLouis van Gaal has revealed he is interested in bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Manchester United, but the Dutchman conceded he does not think Real Madrid will be willing to sell him.Speculation the World Player of the Year could return to Old Trafford has intensified this week after former Los Blancos president Ramon Calderon told talkSPORT the Portuguese star was “fed up” with the club’s decision to sell a number of players, including Angel di Maria, who is now playing for the Red Devils.And Van Gaal did little to play down his interest in the 29-year-old at his pre-match press conference on Friday.Asked whether he could bring Ronaldo back to United, where he enjoyed six successful years, Van Gaal said: “Yes, but it’s always a discussion in the papers, and I don’t think the media shall buy Ronaldo.”When pushed on the matter again, the United manager said: “It is possible.“That’s what I have said with Falcao. Players like Ronaldo give a lot of extra to a team, but I don’t think Real Madrid shall sell him.”Ronaldo has made no secret of his love for Manchester United and hinted last month he would be interested in returning to his former club.”I love Manchester and you never know in football. Of course I’m happy at Real Madrid; it’s my home, it’s my club, but United treated me unbelievably, so you never know,” Ronaldo told MUTV before United played Real Madrid during their tour of the United States of America”I am still in contact with some people there because I had a good relationship with everybody – it was like my second family Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo 1last_img read more

No more relegation fights, vow Mathare United

first_imgThis season, Owino says, their target will be to work for a top four finish and if at worse finish in the top eight.“It was a very tough situation last year because of the situation we found ourselves in. We had a very young squad, most of who had not played in the league before and we ended up struggling because of small mistakes,” Owino told Capital Sport at the club’s training base on Thursday.“We have learnt our lessons and the good thing this year is that we have a bit of experience in the team with the players that have come in. We want to start the season better and keep it that way,” Owino, one of the most experienced players in the league said.Head coach Francis Kimanzi is also optimistic the performance this season will be better, though he does not specifically outline his targets.Head coach Francis Kimanzi is also optimistic the performance this season will be better, though he does not specifically outline his targets.Last season, Mathare started off with a 3-2 win away to Thika United before going on a dry run of six matches.“When you have a foundation you can’t change much; you continue from there. From last season, we have players who can continue working well and we also have brought in players who can add something different to the game. We have to see if they cope to the culture of the team and if they can settle in,” Kimanzi noted.The Slum Boys have brought in nine new players into the squad with among others Samuel Ndung’u joining from AFC Leopards, Mike Simiyu from Gor Mahia and Clifford Alwanga from Tusker while goalkeeper Robert Mboya returns from Kariobangi Sharks.“We have a lot of quality in the team and balanced in all departments. No one can be comfortable in their positions and the competition brought in is very good. Overall, I think we have a very strong team,” skipper Owino added.Mathare United assistant coach Salim Ali (left) makes a pointto his boss Francis Kimanzi during a Kenyan Premier League match at the Thika Sub County Stadium in April, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHowever, coach Kimanzi is not celebrating early, saying he will wait to see how they integrate into the team in actual match days.“So far so good, though we have not had plenty time to prepare. The new guys are working very hard and hopefully, they can get into the system well. It is always a gamble; you never know whether you have a right player or not especially those who have been in many teams,” Kimanzi noted.Mathare start the season with a tricky away tie against newly promoted Vihiga United and Kimanzi knows it will not be an easy fixture to walk in as they don’t know much about their opponents.“We don’t know much about them so we have to concentrate on ourselves and what we can do with our strengths. Every team wants to win the first match and for us it will be crucial as well to start with a win for some good momentum,” the tactician notes.He is also backing the new young players brought in to shine, among them being Klinsman Omulanga and Johnstone Omurwa signed from Wazito FC.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The Slum Boys spent almost the entire season in the bottom three positions of the Kenyan Premier League standings but just managed to evade the relegation axe, finishing the season at 13th.NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 1- Mathare United skipper George ‘Wise’ Owino says the club has learnt its lessons and is not ready to dangle on the thin line of relegation for yet another season when the new campaign kicks-off this weekend.The Slum Boys spent almost the entire season in the bottom three positions of the Kenyan Premier League standings but just managed to evade the relegation axe, finishing the season at 13th.last_img read more

‘Don’t judge England until the 2018 World Cup,’ – ex-Liverpool winger tells talkSPORT

first_imgFormer Liverpool and England winger John Barnes believes England fans should not judge the national side until the 2018 World Cup.Barnes came to the defence of the likes of Raheem Sterling, Ross Barkley and Harry Kane, saying people expect too much of them too soon.He said it was the reason England failed during the World Cup 2014 in Brazil and believes anything Roy Hodgson’s side achieve in France 2016 will be a bonus.“The problem we have with a lot of the young players is that they’re going to be judged at that level despite having no experience whatsoever,” Barnes told Drivetime.“They’ve only been in the game for two years. That’s why I would like to think that when Raheem Sterling gets to 23 or 24, we can then start to look to him to be consistent.“We need to say with this England team ‘I am not going to put any pressure on them to do well in the Euros’. If they do well it is a bonus, if they don’t then fine they’re growing, they’re young, and they’re inexperienced.“Then at the World Cup in three years, they will have had five years of experience and be 25 years old and that is when we have to start putting pressure on them.“We did it (put pressure on them) in the last World Cup and went out in the first round. I would like the public now, with this young team, to say if we don’t do well in the Euros we won’t give them stick.“Leave them alone, if they go out in the first round it will be disappointing but let them grow, let them develop and then put them under pressure for the World Cup in 2018.”last_img read more

Domestic violence, health woes linked

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “It tells a story that unfortunately is universal,” she said. “Violence by intimate partners is one of the most serious challenges to women’s health.” Countries included in the study, released Thursday, were: Brazil, Ethiopia, Japan, Namibia, Peru, Samoa, Serbia and Montenegro, Thailand, Bangladesh and Tanzania. North America and Western Europe were not included because earlier studies had already examined the situation there. In the WHO study, rates varied from 15 percent of women having been a victim of domestic violence during their lifetimes in Japan to 71 percent in Ethiopia. Previous research has found rates of about 20 percent in the United States and Sweden and 23 percent in Canada and Britain, said one of the researchers, Lori Heise of PATH. Even though the lifetime risk of violence was similar in many nations, women in developed countries were less likely to be currently suffering abuse than were women in developing countries. The percentage of women who had been attacked by their partners in the preceding year was 4 percent in Japan and in Serbia and Montenegro, compared with between 30 percent and 54 percent in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Peru and Tanzania. “There are lots of ways you can interpret that. It might be that there’s less violence in more industrialized settings now, but it also suggests that women in richer countries are able to get out of relationships,” Heise said. The study found that the health impact of domestic violence went well beyond injuries. Women who had experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner at some point during their lives were more likely to report poor general health at the time of the interview, the study found. They were more likely to have pain, dizziness, gynecological conditions and mental health problems. They were more likely to have considered or attempted suicide and they were more likely to have had a miscarriage or an induced abortion, said the study’s coordinator, Dr. Claudia Garcia-Moreno of the World Health Organization. “Overall, the likelihood that a woman who has been abused would experience one of these health outcomes was between 1.5 and 3 times higher than for women who had never been abused,” she said. One of the most striking findings of the study was how consistent this link was across all settings, Garcia-Moreno said. “Whether you are a cosmopolitan woman in Sao Paolo or Belgrade, or you are a rural woman in Ethiopia or Bangladesh, the association between violence and poor health is there,” she said. In rural Ethiopia, where two-thirds of women experience domestic violence, the impact on health was very similar to that seen in Britain, where 4 percent of women are experiencing violence, Heise added. The researchers said they hope the study will arm activists with new evidence and spur governments not only to take notice, but to take action. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – Women who are physically abused by a partner face a similar legacy of health problems whether they live in a modern city in the industrialized world or a traditional village in a developing country, the first global study on domestic violence has found. In interviews with 24,000 women in 10 countries, researchers found that while there are wide variations in the rate of women experiencing sexual or other physical abuse at the hands of their partners, victims are about twice as likely as other women to suffer ill health – and the effect seems to persist long after the violence has stopped. The study – conducted by the World Health Organization in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and PATH, a global health organization – is a landmark, said former U.N. Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson. “We don’t actually know, unless we have studies like this, how serious and pervasive violence by intimate partners really is,” said Robinson, who was not connected with the research. “For the first time, this study has used consistent means to measure violence across countries, so that we can now reasonably compare.” last_img read more

Donegal businesses can benefit from IDA mission to US – McHugh

first_imgMinister for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh, said this week’s IDA investment and marketing mission to the United States presents opportunities for job creation in Donegal.The visit this week by the IDA and the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchell O’Connor, presents opportunities for Donegal, he said.The investment and marketing programme they will undertake on their 5 day mission is designed to encourage companies from a wide range of sectors to consider creating new jobs in Ireland. “It is important to note that there is already a long history of West Coast investment here in the North West of Ireland, with Seagate employing many Donegal people.“We have a tremendous IDA story in Letterkenny, with globally significant companies like Pramerica, Medisize, United Health Group, Zeus and SITA located here. It is a hugely attractive town for foreign direct investment with easy two hour access to Belfast International Airport, the unique fibre optic link to North America with Project Kelvin and a highly educated workforce thanks to Letterkenny IT,” he said.The Fine Gael Minister said recently visited Silicon Valley myself and the intense engagement there gave him a great insight into the opportunities that continue to develop between the United States and Ireland.“During my visit to San Francisco, I was honoured to participate in the Irish Network USA event. I also met with management in Facebook and LinkedIn, to whom I explained the many attractive reasons for companies to locate in Donegal and the North West. I have also communicated these attributes to Minister Mitchell O’Connor in advance of her visit to the West Coast of the States this week. “As the only Minister in Donegal and the North West, I will keep working to ensure that this region continues to attract valuable high level jobs that will ensure our young people can have a bright and viable future here at home,” he added.Donegal businesses can benefit from IDA mission to US – McHugh was last modified: October 18th, 2016 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