Top Cop appointment By Michael YoungeHigh ranking sources at the Ministry of the Presidency confirmed on Saturday that President David Granger is preparing to meet Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo upon his return from the Caricom Heads of Government meeting.When they meet, Ganger and Jagdeo will discuss the appointment of Guyana’s next Police Commissioner, and the two important service commissions which must be fully constituted before any decisive appointments are made with the Police and Public Service sectors.“I am not sure whether a preliminary meeting will be held first, but what I do know is that the Head of State is desirous of meeting Mr Jagdeo to discuss a number of important constitutional appointments…the meeting may happen two weeks after the date of his return,” the source said.This confirmation comes on the heels of statements made by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who reminded the media on Thursday that the matter of a substantive appointment of a Police Commissioner — after Seelall Persaud’s retirement back in April this year — was still before President Granger.Currently, Assistant Police Commissioner David Ramnarine is acting in the capacity of Guyana’s Police Commissioner. He has been interviewed as part of the selection process.The other seven Assistant Commissioners interviewed for the post are Crime Chief Paul Williams; ACP, Operations: Clifton Hicken; Force Finance Officer Nigel Hoppie; ‘A’ Division Commander (ag) Leslie James; substantive ‘A’ Division Commander Marlon Chapman, who is currently on leave; ‘B’ Division Commander Lyndon Alves; and ACP, Administration II: Maxine Graham, the first woman contender ever for the post of Police Commissioner.However, on Thursday, Minister Harmon reminded that the Police Service Commission has first to be fully constituted before any selection could be made. He reminded the media that the National Assembly recently approved some of the names following consultations with key entities.Retired Assistant Commissioner Paul Slowe heads the list of persons recommended by the National Assembly’s Committee of Appointments for appointment to the Police Service Commission. Retired Assistant Commissioner Clinton Conway and retired Woman Assistant Commissioners Vesta Adams and Claire Jarvis have also been recommended.The nominations to the Police Service Commission were received from the Association of Former Members of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Police Association. The selection process was conducted in accordance with Article 210 (1) (C) of the Constitution, which states: “four members appointed by the president upon nomination by the National Assembly after it has consulted such bodies as appear to it to represent the majority of the members of the Police Force and any such body it deems fit.”Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has declined media requests to name his favoured nominee for the post, saying any decision to identify the person he believes is most suitable would be done following consultations and discussions with President Granger on the matter.Jagdeo has said that only after the process winds up would he be at liberty to inform the nation of both his concerns and whom he would have chosen were it solely up to him.The Opposition Leader also confirmed that his office is not in receipt of any official correspondence for a meeting with Granger on the matter, nor has he been duly informed that a meeting would be taking place anytime soon.The Commission of Inquiry set up by the President and executed by former Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Slow had outlined several disciplinary actions to be taken against former Commissioner Seelall Persaud, among other senior officers who were interviewed by the Commission. The COI was set up to investigate an alleged plot to kill the President.The Opposition Leader has since indicated his belief that Slowe had “had an axe to grind”, and was acting on the basis of vendetta.According to Jagdeo, if Granger were serious about an investigation into the alleged plot against him, “he should not have appointed Paul Slowe to head it, because Paul Slowe has bad blood with many people.”
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0Shares0000Chile players celebrate after defeating Colombia in a penalty shoot-out after a 0-0 draw in their Copa America quarter-final match in Sao Paulo, Brazil © AFP / Nelson ALMEIDASAO PAULO, Brazil, Jun 29 – Champions Chile maintained their hopes of a third straight Copa America victory after beating Colombia on penalties on Friday to reach the semi-finals.Chile could have won the game in normal time but had two goals ruled out for marginal decisions in a scoreless draw, before Alexis Sanchez stroked home the winning spot-kick. It was just rewards for the champions after dominating a match in which Colombia held on thanks to a couple of tight VAR calls.Charles Aranguiz had a goal ruled out in the first half for a marginal offside against Sanchez in the build up to the move.And After Arturo Vidal shot low into the far corner on 70 minutes, that was chalked off for a handball against Guillermo Maripan, who had teed up the Barcelona midfielder.After eight successful penalties, William Tesillo casually put his effort wide for Colombia, leaving Sanchez to be the hero, as the Manchester United forward continues to make up for a dreadful club season.The first half was dominated by Chile’s 16th minute goal being controversially disallowed.Jean Beausejour made a surging, overlapping run down the left and his inviting cross was spilled by Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina after Davinson Sanchez got in his way, allowing Aranguiz to nip in and slot home from a tight angle.But much to the bemusement of many watching, the referee consulted VAR and the goal was chalked off for the most marginal of offsides.Until then, Colombia had been the better side. On five minutes, a Radamel Falcao cushioned header found Roger Martinez but the forward wanted an extra touch and his goal-bound volley was charged down.James Rodriguez then had a free-kick in a dangerous position but failed to clear the defensive wall.Ospina made an incredible one-handed save on 12 minutes to keep out an Eduardo Vargas header from a Jose Fuenzalida cross, but it wouldn’t have counted anyway as the ball was deemed to have been out of play.Soon after the disallowed goal tempers flared as Sanchez squared up to Wilmar Barrios, only to then find himself face-to-face with Colombia’s giant center-back Yerry Mina.Chile were by now in control of proceedings and Maripan headed over from a Beausejour cross.The champions were buzzing and Mauricio Isla threaded a through ball to Vargas, whose shot was blocked by a sliding Mina.Chile were looking increasingly threatening as Sanchez fired wide, Fuenzalida had a shot blocked and Vidal went closest yet with a curler from 18 yards.– VAR saves Colombia again –Colombia made a bright opening to the second period as Rodriguez curled a free-kick into the side-netting and Juan Cuadrado sliced well wide on a rapier counter-attack.Ospina was having a jittery performance and needed two attempts to gather a long range Vargas strike.The best chance of the match came on the hour when Aranguiz slipped in Sanchez behind the defence but under pressure from a backtracking Davinson Sanchez, the Manchester United forward sliced his shot horribly wide.When Chile had the ball in the net again on 70 minutes after Vidal fired home through a forest of legs into the far corner, Argentine referee Nestor Pitana again signaled to VAR and Colombia were reprieved for the second time.Chile continued to boss proceedings right to the end but in the shoot-out it was third time lucky as not even VAR could deny them victory this time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre But there did not appear to be a unified position among senior government officials on whether they planned to hold the election as planned. The attorney general said the vote would take place as scheduled but then conceded there was a chance of a delay. The prime minister also left open the possibility of a delay. The demonstrations so far have been limited largely to opposition activists, rights workers and lawyers angered by his attacks on the judiciary. There does not appear to be a groundswell of popular resistance and all the protests have been quickly and sometimes brutally stamped out. The streets of Pakistan appeared normal Monday with people going about business as usual for the most part. Musharraf, who took power in a 1999 coup and is also head of Pakistan’s army, suspended the constitution on Saturday ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on whether his recent re-election as president was legal. He ousted seven independent-minded Supreme Court judges, put a stranglehold on independent media and granted sweeping powers to authorities to crush dissent. Musharraf’s leadership is threatened by the Islamic militant movement that has spread from border regions to the capital, the reemergence of political rivals, including former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, and an increasingly defiant Supreme Court. The court has emerged as the chief check on Musharraf, who has been promising democracy ever since he seized power. The judiciary has proved surprisingly independent for a country that has been under military rule for most of the 60 years since it was founded. The emergency decree appeared aimed primarily at heading off any Supreme Court challenge to Musharraf prolonging his eight-year rule. The opposition has been demanding Musharraf relinquish his post as army chief and says he should be disqualified because he contested the presidential vote as army chief. Musharraf has also moved quickly to control the media, which he said was partly to blame for the current crisis. Authorities have blacked out TV networks and threatened broadcasters with jail time, but so far have spared the Internet and most newspapers. Most people in Pakistan, where illiteracy is rife, get their news from TV or radio. Police raided and briefly sealed a printing press belonging to Pakistan’s largest media group on Monday. They also tried to storm a press club in Karachi. Broadcasts by independent news networks remained blocked, and domestic transmissions of BBC and CNN went off the air. Lawyers – who were the driving force behind protests earlier this year when Musharraf tried unsuccessfully to fire independent-minded chief justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry – attempted to stage rallies in major cities on Monday. But the protests were quickly stamped out. In Lahore, about 2,000 lawyers congregated at the High Court. As lawyers tried to exit onto a main road, hundreds of police stormed inside, swinging batons and firing tear gas. Lawyers, shouting “Go Musharraf Go!” responded by throwing stones and beating police with tree branches. An Associated Press reporter saw police bundle about 250 lawyers into waiting vans. About 20 were injured, at least two bleeding from the head and were treated in a waiting ambulance before being spirited away. In the capital, Islamabad, hundreds of police and paramilitary troops lined roads and rolled out barbed-wire barricades on Monday to seal off the Supreme Court. Rana Bhagwandas, a Supreme Court judge who refused to take oath under Musharraf’s proclamation of emergency orders, said he has been locked inside his official residence in Islamabad and that other judges were being pressured to support the government. “They are still working on some judges, they are under pressure,” Bhagwandas told Geo TV in a phone interview. Chief justice Chaudhry was removed from his post on Saturday, just as the Supreme Court was preparing to rule on the validity of Musharraf’s Oct. 6 re-election. “I am virtually arrested,” Chaudhry said in a written statement, describing the emergency declaration as a “naked attack” on the rule of law.” “The main gate of my residence has been locked.” Even lawyers who were not involved in protests appeared to be targeted. Imran Qadi Khan said police pulled him off a bus near Musharraf’s army office in Rawalpindi, just south of the capital, as he was heading to work. “We have been sitting here since morning,” he said from prison, sitting alongside other lawyers who stood out because of their traditional attorney dress, black jackets and black ties. “The police are not telling us anything about what they plan to do with us.” Since late Saturday, between 1,500 and 1,800 people have been detained nationwide, an Interior Ministry official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. But Ahsan Iqbal, a spokesman for former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s opposition party, said authorities had rounded up around 2,300 of their supporters. Other political activists, human rights groups, and lawyers added another 1,200 detentions to that toll. They included at least 173 workers and supporters of Bhutto, who has held talks in recent months with Musharraf over a possible alliance to fight extremism, said Pakistan People’s Party spokesman Farhatullah Babar.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Police fired tear gas and clubbed lawyers protesting Monday against President Gen. Pervez Musharraf’s emergency rule. The U.S. and other nations called for elections to be held on schedule and said they were reviewing aid to Pakistan. In the largest protest in the eastern city of Lahore, lawyers dressed in black suits and ties chanted “Musharraf Go!” as they defied the government’s ban on rallies. Some fought back with stones and tree branches. The crackdown mainly targeted Musharraf’s most potent critics – the judiciary and lawyers, independent television stations and opposition activists. Opposition groups said 3,500 had been arrested, though the government reported half that total. President Bush urged Musharraf to hold parliamentary elections as scheduled in January and relinquish his army post as soon as possible. “Our hope is that he will restore democracy as quickly as possible,” Bush said.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings After police tracked her down at home several hours later, she reported a man had attacked her near Celis Street and San Fernando Road. He dragged her into some bushes, then assaulted and raped her, she told police. Major crimes rarely occur in this 2.4-square-mile town, and rape is one of the least common. SFPD has logged just two this year. As officers investigated the scene, they discovered copies of Cosmo Girl and other magazines scattered not far away. At the same time, dispatchers received a call of a burglary at a newsstand at 1240 Truman St., where the owner reported vandalism and the theft of several ladies’ glossies. At the bank next to the newsstand, someone had etched the name “Nobek” onto a bank window – a moniker used by Ruelas in a previous tagging arrest, police said. Officers recalled the name, pulled his mug shot and presented it to the victim. She identified him as the rapist, and detectives scrambled to get a warrant. Officers swarmed Ruelas’ home at 6 p.m. Sunday. SAN FERNANDO – Richard Ruelas allegedly almost got away with rape, but police said his fondness for graffiti and ladies’ fashion magazines landed him in jail. San Fernando police arrested the 22-year-old Sunday evening after a bizarre string of weekend crimes. He confessed to all the charges within an hour, police said. “His past history has been nonviolent – drunk driving on a bicycle, vandalism, some marijuana when he was younger,” Detective Anthony Vairo said. “Unfortunately, he graduated to the big leagues in a big way.” Around 4:45 a.m. Saturday, police received a call from a man who’d been talking to a friend who was on her way home from a party. She suddenly screamed and the line went dead. The caller, then the police dispatcher, tried reaching the woman, to no avail. “As officers were making there way in the front door, he was trying to make his way out the back,” said Sgt. Nichole Hanchett, who linked Ruelas to the earlier vandalism arrest. “My lieutenant stopped him at gunpoint, I hopped a couple fences and put the handcuffs on him. Walking him down the street to the car was quite gratifying.” Within an hour, Vairo and Detective Al Martinez were grilling Ruelas, who eventually broke down in tears. Vairo said he admitted everything. He faces charges of rape, assault, kidnapping, burglary and vandalism. “For sexual assault victims, the trauma keeps playing out far from the scene,” Hanchett said. “If the suspect’s not arrested, they’re going to wonder for the rest of their lives, ‘Is that him? Is that him?’ Now, she knows he’s going to get punished.” For more cops and crime news, visit It’s a Crime.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
A young man who attacked a Garda car after coming out of Letterkenny Garda station has been told to pay €400 to Gardai.Conor Colhoun left the Garda station in the early hours of the morning and then kicked a wing mirror off the car and also caused dents to the vehicle. He appeared at Letterkenny District Court on a charge of criminal damage.Garda Inspector Barry Doyle said the damage to the patrol car had been put at between €200 and €400.Gardai said he continued to be uncooperative when arrested.Judge Paul Kelly asked Colhoun, aged 21, of Beechwood Grove, Letterkenny, if he thought it was okay to kick Garda cars and he said ‘no.’Colhoun told the court that he was not working but was on long-term disability allowance.Judge Kelly adjourned the case until June 26th but ordered Colhoun to pay €400 in compensation and said he would deal with the matter “leniently” if that was done.Man attacked Garda car after leaving station was last modified: April 24th, 2017 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) Tags:attackdonegalGarda carletterkenny
DDTV: FROM NEIL DOHERTY AT CELTIC PARK: GARY Hooper scored all five of Celtic’s goals as they duffed Hearts here today on title party Sunday.The Hoops striker was in sparkling form as the home side was determined to crown a great season with a party.And party they did. Hooper bagged two close-range finishes in the opening eight minutes and added a penalty when Joe Ledley was clipped by Arvydas Novikovas before half-time.It was more of the same in part two as Celtic continued to dominate after the interval and Hooper rounded keeper Jamie MacDonald to score on 66 minutes.With three minutes remaining, Hooper was in the right place again to complete the scoring….and help spark a great Celtic Park party.Manager Neil Lennon was delighted with his team’s display and their season as a whole.“I was delighted with the performance today and it was a fitting way to end the season,” the Celtic manager said.“Since winning the tie at Kilmarnock we’ve not really had the opportunity to reflect on what we’ve achieved but we can do that now and it’s a fantastic feeling.”Off the pitch Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has sought to dispel fan concerns on how the club will act in a Scottish Premier League vote on Rangers’ future.A majority of fans oppose admitting a “newco” Rangers into the top flight.“We will do what is in the best interests of Celtic Football Club and our supporters, consistent with upholding the interests and reputation of Scottish football,” said Lawwell. SPL clubs will vote on new financial fair play rules on 30 May.Rangers were being sold today for just £8.5M.A consortium headed by the former Sheffield United chief executive Charles Green has had a bid accepted.THE HOOPS REPORT: HOOPER END TO SEASON AS GARY PLAYS FIVE-STAR ROLE was last modified: May 13th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:THE HOOPS REPORT: HOOPER END TO SEASON AS GARY PLAYS FIVE-STAR ROLE
Castlefinn Ireland fans Ryan Molloy, Adrian Patton and Pauric Bell are doing Donegal proud in Arcachon, France, ahead of tomorrow’s crunch game against Belgium.With Ireland fans being praised around the world by media outlets and by UEFA for their behaviour – and the Castlefinn fans are pictured with Belgian supporters ahead of the big game.Are you going to the game? Send us your pix to firstname.lastname@example.org CASTLEFINN LADS SOAKING UP THE SUN AND CRAIC ON EURO 2016 JOURNEY was last modified: June 17th, 2016 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) Tags:belgiumcastlefinndonegaleuro2016france
4 May 2015South African Airways Cargo (SAA Cargo) will no longer transport hunting trophies around the world, the airfreight company has said.It issued a policy and procedures advisory to its internal stakeholders advising of the embargo on the transportation of hunting trophies on 21 April. The embargo is limited to rhino, elephant, tiger, and lion.SAA Cargo is the division of South African Airways (SAA) that focuses on airfreight movement worldwide. It uses belly space of SAA’s passenger flights for cargo carriage and also runs a fleet of three dedicated cargo Boeing 737-300Fs.In the past it had experienced a problem in which some shipments containing hunting trophies were misdeclared and the group was fined in a foreign country. In one particular instance, early in April 2015, a shipment lodged as machinery spare parts was discovered in Australia while in transit to Kuala Lumpur. The shipment contained elephant tusks and was seized.SAA Cargo was issued with a Notice of Seizure. “We had to act swiftly to curb the problem of illegal transportation of animals,” said Tlali Tlali, SAA’s spokesperson.SAA Cargo will keep the embargo in place until all other options have been considered and stricter control measures have been put in place to prevent a recurrence. “When such measures are implemented we will advise all stakeholders accordingly in South Africa and at our international stations.”Africa Geographic, which publishes magazines and blogs about natural history and travel, reports that “the illegal trafficking of wildlife products has become a multi-billion dollar industry and the airways are constantly looking for new ways to combat the illegal trade.“Recently sniffer dogs have been introduced to many of the international airports in South Africa. SAA have also put their personnel through rigorous training in order for them to be able to identify various different wildlife products.”SAinfo reporter
Microsoft is trying hard to become an open source friendly company, and it’s made some strides since the days in which Steve Ballmer was calling Linux a cancer. But today, everyone pays lip service to open source. It’s harder to walk the walk than to talk the talk, as we explored in our article on how to spot open-washing.Microsoft has open-sourced various projects, is working with developers to run open source programming languages on its operating systems and recently hired a senior director of open source communities.“I used to be completely anti-Microsoft,” says Michael Szul, partner and developer at Barbella Digital. “I didn’t even have a Windows desktop.” Now, Szul is considering purchasing a Windows Phone 7 handset to replace his Android-based phone. Szul says that even though Microsoft abandoned IronPython and IronRuby, it still supports the community and has even kept developer open to assist the Mono team. Szul’s gripes as a developer are less about Microsoft’s openness, and more about the how fractured its marketplace ecosystem is between XBOX Live, Zune Marketplace, MSN Marketplace, etc.But even as it has improved its standing in the developer community, it’s lagging behind other companies. Apple, Facebook and Google make major open source contributions with projects likeWebKit, Apache Cassandra and Android. What has Microsoft built? A bunch of open source ASP.NET code.If Microsoft wants to go from just having a better reputation to being a real player in the open source community, Microsoft needs to open-source something big, and soon.But what could it open-source that would have a big enough impact?WindowsThis would obviously be huge, but it will almost certainly never happen. It’s too large a source of revenue for the company to risk cannibalize its sales by allowing other companies to package competing distributions. There’s also the matter of all the proprietary components licensed from other companies.Perhaps the company could take some sort of an open core approach, though. Perhaps some of those licensed components could even serve as the differentiators between the open source and proprietary versions of Windows. But even this scenario seems unlikely.Windows PhoneThis is also unlikely. Considering the amount of money Microsoft spent getting Nokia to run Windows on its phones, Microsoft probably isn’t about to give it away for free, let alone open-source it. It’s made even less likely by the fact that the Windows desktop, tablet and phone operating systems are likely to converge in Windows 8.Internet ExplorerThis makes sense, apart from dealing with separating operating system components from the browser, and dealing with licensed technology. The other big browsers – Safari, Chrome and Firefox – are either open source or based on open source software, and Microsoft gives IE away anyway. But would it make any difference at this point whether IE was open source?ServiceOSWe first told you about the Microsoft Research project ServiceOS back in 2009 when it was called Gazelle. It’s still vaporware as of now, but it there’s a strong case for open-sourcing it. Google ChromeOS is starting to trickle into the marketplace, as are other lightweight browser-oriented operating systems. Open-sourcing Internet Explorer and this tiny operating system would give Microsoft something it could give away to netbook manufacturers as an alternative to Chrome. Meanwhile, it would be tuned specifically towards services like Bing and Office 365.Would an open source ServiceOS make any difference at this point? We’re not sure. Microsoft may never see the need to open-source it either, considering that it was already able to get vendors to install Windows instead of Linux on netbooks once. Not to mention the perception that tablets are the future, and Microsoft already has a tablet strategy in Windows 8.OfficeI can’t see this happening. Ever.What Else?What else does that leave? Perhaps some elements of Azure could be open sourced? The Kinect SDK?The other major alternative that I can see is that Microsoft could create something entirely new and open-source it.What do you think? Does Microsoft need a big open source initiative? If so, what could it realistically do? 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Related Posts klint finley Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#Trends Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…