As law enforcement officers in Berbice map out a plan to put a halt to robberies in the county, two security guards at M Ali and Son Service Station at Strand were on Tuesday night tied up and robbed.Reports indicate that the perpetrators used a screwdriver to stick up the guards and then bound them. They were relieved of an undisclosed quantity of phone cards and ,000.Also on Tuesday night, two men armed with cutlasses robbed a Port Mourant businesswoman. Reports indicate that the masked men broke into the home of the businesswoman and took ,000 from her.Less than 24 hours before, two armed men, also masked, attacked a businessman two doors away, and relieved him of a quantity of cash and jewellery.Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Ian Amsterdam addressing the issue of crime on the Corentyne said there was a criminal group which operated out of Free Yard, Port Mourant.He said the group had been active in March but had gone dormant. His comments came as he addressed concerns of residents in Rose Hall Town, at a meeting on Wednesday evening. “There is no way you ought to accept what is happening in your community,” the Commander told residents.He explained that there was another gang which operated out of Rose Hall, “And they bring people into Rose Hall. They operate in twos or in threes to commit robberies.”Recently, a man known to the Police disarmed and shot a Police Officer hitting his bulletproof vest.One resident at Wednesday’s meeting who witnessed the incident said the act was puzzling. “The officer was begging his colleague for his firearm. The second Police refused to give the first one the gun and I believe that if he had actually handed over the gun to the other Police the criminal would have been shot, but for reasons unknown the gun was never handed over.”According to the Commander, the Police are not having an easy task even after placing persons before the courts. “Now the Magistrates are not inclined to remand prisoners based on what happened at Camp Street, so we put them in and they come back out to do the same things again. They don’t mind, the criminals would find money for a lawyer and money for bail. They go in and they come back out and we start the same cycle all over again. The community has to help Berbice,” he said.Meanwhile, Head of the New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir Humanitarian Mission Skills Training Centre and Counselling Centre at Port Mourant, Pandit Surish Sugrim noted that the way Police Officers in Georgetown handle crime was different from the way officers in Berbice handle crime.He said there was need for more Police vehicles because of the long distance between police stations on the Corentyne. “Police alone cannot solve crime, as a community, we need to work together.” He suggested that there be more frequent Police patrols in the community.Sugrim, however, questioned why all Police Officers were not equipped with firearms and handcuffs as in some Caribbean states.Assistant Commissioner Amsterdam said if Police Officers used their guns in an indiscriminate way, there would be consequences they would have to face: “We are arming our ranks while they are on duty and there are some ranks – depending on where they are stationed – [who] have personal firearms,” he said.According to the Commander, more vehicles are expected to come to the Division shortly. However, he could not promise that the Rose Hall Police Outpost would be getting its own patrol vehicle.One resident, who is a budding social worker, questioned the reason for not having in place a programme to reform prisoners. “They need help and I believe that some of them can change their attitude if they get the right help that they need… When they do come out [from prison] is there a follow-up check to see what they are doing?” she questioned.Most of the armed robberies committed along the Lower and Central Corentyne over the past three weeks have targeted the business community.
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The Daily Mail say QPR have made a £7m bid for Glasgow Rangers striker Nikica Jelavic.R’s boss Neil Warnock has also apparently added Aston Villa centre-back James Collins to his list of defensive targets.Related story: QPR boss shrugs off link with Jelavic (19 December)Meanwhile, ex-Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti could try to sign Didier Drogba, Alex and Florent Malouda from his former club after he takes over at Paris St-Germain, the Daily Telegraph reports.The paper also say Chelsea hope to announce the £7m capture of England defender Gary Cahill from Bolton on Sunday and are considering signing Juventus winger Milos Krasic and Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho.And The Mirror suggest Chelsea will target a midfielder, a right-back and a striker after sealing Cahill’s signing.This page is updated throughout the day. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
11 June 2003The Speaker of the National Assembly, Frene Ginwala, has hailed Parliament’s achievements, but says there is a lot that remains to be done.Delivering Parliament’s budget vote in the National Assembly this week, Ginwala said the institution was praised on the continent and elsewhere.“We have changed the legal framework of this country and in the process have transformed this society and given it new direction. We have altered the fundamental basis of our legal system to one that complies with the principles of our Constitution and human rights order,” the Speaker said.Ginwala said although the Parliament’s code of conduct, which requires parliamentarians to declare their financial interests, might need to be improved, there were not many Parliaments with such a code.According to the code, MPs must annually disclose all gifts, hospitality, sponsorships and benefits valued at more than R350, as well as shares and financial interests in companies and other corporate entities.On other issues, Ginwala said Parliament had tried to extend public participation, but there was still a long way to go to involve the general public, and not just lobby groups.“Parliament itself needs to reach out to the public directly, using radio and new technologies now available, and we are finalising plans to do so,” Ginwala said.For example, she said it was possible for the public to see and hear programmes of Parliament’s debates in a number of languages.“In addition, members of Parliament would be able to sit in studios in these precincts and respond to questions from the public,” she added.Pilot programmes are expected to be off the ground by December to make this interaction with communities possible. “We can then begin to put in place in bold the participatory democracy that is required by our Constitution.”Source: BuaNews
All the world’s a stage’, this rings true for 27-year-old Play Your Part Ambassador Luntu Vuyisa Masiza, who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Live Performance from The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA) along with two awards for best male performance on a stage production and best male performance in a television production.Luntu was awarded the 2017 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Most Promising Student and the Czech Republic’s, Setkani/Encounter Theatre Director’s Special Award for his performance in The Island, which was directed by Chris Weare. Luntu’s journey now continues as he perfects his craft by pursuing his MA at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).RADA is a drama school in London, that provides training for film, television and theatre. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious drama schools in the United Kingdom, founded in 1904 by Herbert Beerbohm Tree.“My journey has not been easy, I have had many challenges that have come my way in investing in my craft and these challenges have helped to shape my character, but I am so determined to grow as a storyteller because this is what I love doing”, writes Luntu in his motivation letter.Tackling the international stage to learn, enhance his work as an actor and find his voice as a storyteller. Luntu calls on citizens to play their part and assist in fulfilling his dream by donating towards his fundraising target. He is eager to fly the South African flag for the world to see.The creative industries have proven to be strong nation builders that showcase a country’s strengths to enhance its reputation and image. These industries are rich in authentic stories and talented individuals which contributes to the Nation Brand’s competitiveness. For more information on how you can play your part click here #GetInvolved #PlayYourPartPhoto credit: @masiza_luntu
Over three months have passed since Uttar Pradesh got a new government under the BJP but not much has changed in Navneet Shukla’s life. He still ekes out a hand-to-mouth existence, riding a cycle-rickshaw for livelihood. Everything is the same, except his gamcha (scarf).A few weeks after the BJP came to power, 25-year-old Shukla replaced his white gamcha with a saffron one. Though he considers the colour attractive, the shift to saffron has more to do with survival on the rough streets than politics.‘Feel more secure’“I feel more secure with it, people don’t misbehave with me. Usually policemen treat us badly and chase us away. With a saffron gamcha, there is less gundai. Everybody is wearing it,” said Shukla.A little further down the road at Lucknow’s posh Hazratganj market, where Shukla is waiting for passengers, 40-year-old Ram Kailash Jaiswal has parked his rickshaw. Like Shukla, he, too, sports a saffron gamcha. His is wrapped around the head like a turban.Jaiswal bought the gamcha from a shop at Aminabad market recently. But unlike Shukla, he said it had nothing to do with the BJP coming to power or with getting respect from the policeman on the street.The Bahraich-native said he has never attended a political rally in his life and only votes during the local pradhan elections. “White gamchas get stained easily, not saffron. Besides, the store was mostly selling saffron gamchas and this one caught my eye,” said Jaiswal.Their motives may vary but saffron gamchas have really caught on in UP after the Yogi Adityanath government came to power.Be it BJP workers and Hindu Yuva Vahini activists or the common citizen on the street selling bhuttaor pakoras or driving an e-rickshaw, there is an evident increase in the display of saffron on the streets. It is also visibly the most dominant colour at stores and stalls that sell political material.Not uniqueIt’s common for colours and symbols of a party to become more prominent after it comes to power in UP. During the previous Samajwadi Party government, people sported red (the SP’s colour) caps or used the party flag on cars.So the current upsurge in saffron is not unique. But what makes it intriguing is that it is being linked directly to Mr. Adityanath, who has a penchant for the colour.Not only does he dress fully in saffron and dons a saffron scarf, saffron seat covers, saffron towels and saffron upholstery have become quite common at government functions and meetings involving him.“Most people who ask for saffron gamchas are supporters of Mr. Adityanath,” said Rakesh Yadav, who sells BJP party material outside the party headquarters in Lucknow.Yadav runs a tea shop outside the office and only started the stall a few months ago after sensing a rise in demand. Among the popular items are saffron topis, saffron gamchas, saffron coats, saffron badges, framed photos of Mr. Adityanath and car flags.A customer at the shop said he bought a saffron gamcha only because it would help him secure a better hearing in the BJP office, especially from lower-rung office-bearers. “When they see the gamcha, they think twice before rejecting me,” he said, not willing to be named. “The youth are influenced by Yogiji. They are also inspired to wear saffron after he came to power,” said Satya Prakash Chauhan, a member of the Vishwa Hindu Mahasangh, an international Hindu federation of which Mr. Adityanath is the India vice president.A police constable outside the Vidhan Sabha has also noticed a remarkable rise in saffron markers since the BJP came to power. He said the dominant political colour is often used a symbol of impunity and patronage.“The youth want to signal to us that their party and leader are in power now. They are trying to say ‘Respect us’,” said the constable.
Football legend and “LIVE! with Kelly and Michael” host Michael Strahan and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital are drafting football fans to party with a purpose on Feb. 3 by hosting St. Jude Game Day. Give Back. celebrations to raise funds that ensure that no family ever pays St. Jude for anything.Michael Strahan celebrates St. Jude Game Day. Give Back with patients Estevan and Marion to prepare for the big game. St. Jude Game Day. Give Back. brings fans of all ages together around the sport they love to help kids battling cancer and other deadly diseases. In just two years, thousands of parties hosted across the country have raised more than $2 million for the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.“It’s been incredible to see how much this program has grown since we launched it just two years ago,” said Strahan. “I’ve always loved how sports bring people together, and there’s no better time, or better purpose, to rally everyone around St. Jude’s incredible mission than football’s biggest night of the year.”St. Jude’s groundbreaking research helps kids like 9-year-old football fan Marion, who was sidelined by a brain tumor in 2011 but still manages to cheer on his favorite team, the New England Patriots. Today, Marion’s tumor is stable thanks to radiation therapy provided by St. Jude doctors that targeted his cancer cells and spared the healthy parts of his brain.“St. Jude provides pioneering care and treatment to children with life-threatening diseases, and thanks to the generosity of our donors, no family ever pays St. Jude for anything,” said Richard Shadyac Jr. , CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude. “The St. Jude Game Day. Give Back. program is an easy and fun way for people to join our mission of finding cures and saving children during one of the most highly-anticipated sporting events of the year.”People can register their party today at stjude.org/gameday and gain instant access to a personal fundraising page, delicious tailgating recipes created by St. Jude’s award-winning chef and a variety of party-planning tips.New this year, SPX has donated “the ultimate tailgating truck,” a Ford F-Series valued at $50,000 that was auctioned at the Barret-Jackson Auction on January 18th to benefit St. Jude. The truck is currently wrapped with a special St. Jude Game Day. Give Back. paint scheme and the winning bidder will receive a wrap of his or her favorite sports team. The truck features a tailgate cover that unfolds to reveal several custom features including a large flat screen TV, satellite dish, top-of-the-line grill, stereo system, sink, beverage dispenser and more.Fans can give back by joining Michael and the St. Jude team and helping give kids like Marion a chance to experience a lifetime of game days. Visit the website to learn more, become a party host or make a donation.Source:PR Newswire