Police expend $12.8M on anniversary awards

first_imgAs the Guyana Police Force celebrates its 177th anniversary, the Force has distributed a total of .8 million in awards to several ranks and other security officials who were recognised for their outstanding work thus far in the year.Police Commissioner Seelall PersaudSome 1275 ranks across the country received monetary awards for their performances while Community Policing Group (CPG) members were presented with commendation certificates for their contributions towards maintaining law and order.According to Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, the Anniversary Award Ceremony not only recognises high performers but also serves as a motivator for other ranks to follow suit.Sergeant Singh attached to the Vreed-en-Hoop Police Station receives the award for leading his team in recovering close to $1 million that was stolen during the Princess Casino robbery“It allows us several opportunities. One, recognising those high performers; does quite a bit in moral building, and also informs the membership of the Force on what the Force sees as productive behaviour so that they themselves can strive to achieve the goals their colleague who were awarded achieved,” he remarked.Persaud added too that the award ceremony, which is held twice per year, also provides the opportunity for the Force to do a mid-year review of its performance. On this note, the Top Cop outlined that the Force has successfully policed three of the country’s main events in the first half of the year with little or no security glitches.These events were the Local Government Elections held in March, the 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations in May and the Caricom Heads of Government Conference which was held last week.“All three events would have put heavy demands on the Force, and it is the discipline and dedication to duty by our ranks and by ranks in our sister organisations that would have seen that security at its optimum level,” he stated.Nevertheless, Persaud noted that the Force will continue to strengthen its capacity with the induction of more Police Officers while at the same time build on its current capacity by continuously training and developing its ranks.In this regard, the Police Commissioner disclosed that so far in 2016, 438 new ranks have been recruited with another 300 ranks expected to be graduated later in this month. Additionally, he also mentioned the 128 Police ranks that travelled overseas to receive treatment.The Top Cop went on to say that several officers would have also completed their tertiary education while others are in the course of furthering their studies. He also recalled two senior officers who received national awards from Government; one of whom is Senior Superintendent Maxine Graham, who is also scheduled to receive an international award from the International Women Police Association.Police Commissioner Persaud also outline a plethora of measures taken to enhance the operations of the Guyana Police Force to better serve the Guyanese public.The GPF Anniversary Award Ceremony commenced in July 1999 and to date, some $128 million has been awarded to ranks.On Wednesday, there were 19 instances of special performances in specific cases for which 81 ranks received monetary awards. Some of the cases that stood out where two Constables from D Division (West Demerara) who were awarded for arresting a Police Corporal who was in possession of an unlicensed pistol and 14 live rounds. They were awarded $15,000 each.Special mention was made of the Ramada Princess Hotel Casino robbery for which the investigators were awarded for displaying integrity and professionalism when they recovered and handed over $922,500 in cash that was stolen from the entity. They five officers were awarded a total of $60,000.Moreover, awards were also given to subordinate officers who came out on top of the Force’s Inter-Divisions and Branches Best Kept Environment Competition. The top prize for this award went to the Ameila Wards Police Outpost while the Bartica Police Station came in second and third place went to the Aurora Police Station.In addition to the Police officers, some 13 community policing groups and 13 rural constables across the country were also recognised for their work.last_img read more

Woman busted with large quantity ammo

first_imgA Lamaha Street, Georgetown, resident is expected to make her court appearance on Monday (tomorrow) after she was caught with 69 live rounds of ammunition during a Police operation on Friday evening.Reports are that the Police received a tip and went to the woman’s home where they conducted a search and found the ammunition.Guyana Times understands the ammunition ranged from .32 to 9mm bullets. The woman was arrested and is presently assisting with the investigations.The Police recently revealed that a total of 46 firearms were seized from January to August 20: 23 pistols, 13 revolvers and 10 shotguns.The highest number of seizures was recorded in A Division (Georgetown/East Bank Demerara) with 20 seizures, while F Division (interior locations) followed with 12.last_img read more

Heads of Ministries and Agencies Must Be Held Responsible for the Failures or Successes…

first_imgIf we blame the President for everything wrong that happens in Liberia, then why can’t we blame them [heads of government institutions] for not paying attention to IT Departments?” -Anonymous IT professional.Methinks many organizations’ Information Technology or IT departments (in Liberia) simply exist because they are “REQUIRED” to exist, but not necessarily to support the goals of those organizations.  Because of this, many IT departments tend to be ineffective, inefficient, unproductive, dysfunctional, marginalized or dormant. In most cases, what you find in these IT departments are an army of unproductive IT staff (with big titles), lacking the required skills and qualifications, and an amalgam of obsolete computers or prohibitively expensive servers that are totally under-utilized.   Even worse, in some organizations, the head lacks total confidence in the abilities of his/her staff to the extent that he/she ends up inviting a relative or friend to perform basic tasks at the office; tasks that the IT Department should be performing. This is wrong! If you do not have confidence in your IT department, then you are better off revamping, restructuring or reshuffling it to a more productive and efficient department. Conversely, how would you feel if the President of Liberia who hired you had no confidence in your ability? How would you feel if your employer “covertly” brings in someone else to perform a task that you should perform or conspicuously have you marginalized? Trust me, it’s not a good feeling! (Note that this article is by no means an attempt to question the leadership ability of anyone but rather, an attempt to awaken heads of organizations to an issue that their own staff remains hesitant to discuss.)Moreover, many organizations have websites that are either obsolete, have nothing substantial to offer or simply below standards; and the heads do not even know. Now, mind you, a website is supposed to be a one-stop shop (globally) for garnering information about the organization. And then, there’s the issue of conducting official government business using @yahoo or @gmail email accounts. Something seriously is wrong here, don’t you think?The total lack of interest in the IT Department is ubiquitous in Liberia and this can be attributed to many factors: the head does not care or lacks knowledge of IT’s impact on the organization; budgetary allotment does not favor the IT department; the IT department lacks the skills to perform, and so on. I have visited organizations where all of the factors mentioned exist. The most recent experience involved budgetary allotment. Money that was allotted to the IT department was used to purchase scratch cards for staff. Now, no one knows whether the use of the scratch cards is being monitored; whether they are being used for official or personal business. But I can assure you if we investigate further we will discover that those scratch cards are used mostly for personal calls, which deny the organization of much needed automated processes and IT resources that could enable efficiency and productivity.If you want to know how much IT is valued in organizations in Liberia, ask the heads of those organizations any of the following questions: What business processes have you automated or redesigned since you took over? What is your organization’s IT Platform? What is your Technology Refresh Plan? What is your organization’s IT equipment disposal policy? Is your infrastructure standardized? Does your organization have an IT Policy? Does your organization have a disaster recovery plan? What do you do to build the capacity of your IT staff? Do you invite consultants and experts to come in and train your staff or assess your systems (and no, I don’t mean spending thousands on folks from outside Liberia who have no clue about what’s going on here.)? Chances are the head of that organization might call in the IT person to respond to these questions.  In this case, you will find out that the person that you are referred to may not even have the answers to these questions and if he/she does, I reckon the answer would be in the negative. Why, because the head of that organization has never bothered to inquire about what goes on in the IT department.Before I move further, let me provide insight on some of the questions I asked above. When we talk about IT Platform we often refer to the operating system (Windows, Linux or Mac) that run applications within your organization. A Technology Refresh Plan refers to the adoption of newer technology to meet changing needs or to mitigate the risk of obsolescence of existing technology. The term “technology refresh” is more widely used when enterprises replace one-third to one-quarter of their IT assets (desktops, laptops and other end-user computing devices and servers) every three to five years.  An Equipment Disposal Plan or Policy refers to the organizations approach towards removing and sanitizing in a proper and safe way, all obsolete equipment including all computers and digital storage devices. A Disaster Recovery Plan is a documented process or set of procedures to recover and protect a business IT infrastructure in the event of a disaster. A Business Process Redesign (BPR) is the analysis and redesign of workflow within an organization. These are just a few things we need to familiarize ourselves with in order to ensure that IT supports organizational goals. Now that I have provided insight on some of the questions proffered above, what can we do to ensure that IT departments are more efficient, productive and effective?  First we to understand and embrace the fact that IT provides the inputs and infrastructure that allow the primary and strategic activities to take place in any organization. IT improves the efficiency of these activities and allows the core competence to take place. Hence, we must find the right skills for the IT department and then set and communicate goals and expectations with them. We must provide the tools and infrastructure that can promote collaboration, productivity and efficiency for the IT department. This is because they are only as effective as the resources and systems they use daily.We must hold regular meetings with the IT Director/Manager/CIO/CTO or the entire IT department to create a medium that allows the staff to remain cognizant of the organization’s goals, mission and vision. We must also refrain from scaring, intimidating, politicizing, or micromanaging the IT department. We must create development opportunities for the IT staff. Bring in trainers; send them out for training locally and internationally if you can afford it. Promote them when it is appropriate. But more importantly, provide both positive and negative real-time feedback as often as possible. Immediately and publicly recognize your IT staff for their accomplishments. Conversely, address issues or areas that need improvement privately, responsibly, and immediately.It’s time we give the Liberian people what they deserve and what they pay taxes for. It is time for organizations to have AUTOMATED HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS. It’s time for WEBSITES to be FUNCTIONAL, DYNAMIC, informative and up-to-date. It is time for ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS to be automated. Organizational heads need to focus on their IT department; let them get the required training. Get external consultants to assess and evaluate your IT department and infrastructure and make recommendations.  IT departments on the other hand need to be innovative, do some self-learning and give their bosses reasons why they should invest in them. Aim for a 21st century approach to doing business and divorce yourself from the status quo.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Berbice rice farmers decry condition of access dams

first_img…as Police clamps down on muddy tractors, grain cartsAlready being plagued by late pumping of water into the cultivation area, farmers in Berbice are now being charged for emptying their grain carts on the road shoulders along with muddy tractors on the roadways. In addition, they are also being asked to have those grain carts registered to a tractor.The condition of the roadway after the tractors traverse the deplorable access damsThis, the farmers say, is almost counterproductive since one tractor will service several grain carts. According to the rice farmers who operate on the Upper Corentyne, during harvesting, they borrow other farmer’s grain carts when they are reaping and lend their carts to other farmers when those farmers are reaping their paddy.Farmers, in objecting to the move by the Police to charge them, said that had the access dams not been in a deplorable state, they would not be forced to use the road shoulders to empty their grain carts.On Tuesday the farmers met with the 52/74 Water Users Association to discuss the issue.According to Soondat Hardat, who farms at Numbers 64 and 65 Villages, he has been stopped from discharging his paddy from the grain cart to his trucks on the road shoulder.He explained that they are forced to carry out the operation on the road shoulder because the trucks cannot go into the dams and have to wait for the carts to bring the paddy out.The dams, he explained, are inaccessible to trucks.He appealed to the regional administration to make the access dams into all-weather roads so that they can be able to take their trucks into the backdam.Also attending the meeting was Regional Vice Chairman Dennis DeRoop who said he could not make a commitment to the farmers.Meanwhile, Sudishwar Dyal, who farms between Numbers 64 and 66 Villages, claims the Police are after them while on the road taking their tractors from the field. There are also reports of Police firing shots at one farmer, who crossed the road with a tractor from the field and was going into his street. The farmer allegedly saw the Cops and abandoned his tractor and ran. Gunshots were fired at him.DeRoop said he contacted the Divisional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Linden Alves, who assured him that he will instruct ranks to allow the farmers for the next three weeks that the cultivation period is expected to last.Tractors coming onto the roadway with their cage wheels deposit large portions of mud on the roadways, endangering the safety of road users.Meanwhile, acting Chairman of the 52/74 Water Users Association, Yuaisthir Lutchminhauth said something must be done urgently.“Because of the Police, the farmers can’t come out with their tractor and the cart. As soon as you come out, is the Police and you have to pay s bribe or something for them to lose you to go back in for your paddy. It is only one trip per day they can make to come out on the road. When you come out and if a Policeman hold you, the paddy leff because the whole day done dea. Then sometimes the night is rain so the next day you can’t go back for you paddy so it leff they again.”About 15,000 acres of paddy is being planted in the 52/72 area. And about two-thirds have already been harvested.Lutchminhauth added that they should have been almost to the end of the harvesting process and blames the regional administration for the plight the rice farmers are facing. He noted that had the administration started pumping water late thus contributing to the late sowing. Had this not occurred, he added, then the farmers would not have been having altercations with the law enforcement officers.The current crop, he added, should be completed within a three-week time frame. “The rain start. April 2, and since then is almost every single day we getting rain. The combines only getting to cut about two hours every day. Because of the weather, you can’t get a full day from them.”According to the water users Chairman, had they gone into the crop as planned at the start of the year, they would have harvested an average of 95 per cent of the crop compared with 65 per cent currently. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Housing may wait for school

first_imgThe commission asked Newhall Land to revisit other aspects of the Landmark Village project. The project is due back before the panel in the coming months, but no date has been set. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The completion of the first phase of the Newhall Ranch development could be tied to construction of Castaic High School in the wake of a meeting Wednesday of the county Regional Planning Commission. The commission asked The Newhall Land and Farming Company to work with the Hart Union High School District to ensure that Castaic High School is open before residents start moving into Landmark Village, a 1,400-home project that will be the first phase of Newhall Ranch development. The high school is to be built by another development company. But the worry is that if Castaic High is not yet open when residents start moving into Landmark Village, their teenage children will attend an overcrowded West Ranch High. Eventually, there will be at least one new high school in the 21,000-home Newhall Ranch development. “We’re committed to sit down and talk to (Hart district officials),” said Marlee Lauffer, spokeswoman for Newhall Land. “I think it’s premature to speculate on what might occur, but we told the commissioners that we will work with L.A. County and the high school district and see what might be appropriate.” Environmentalists also spoke at the Regional Planning Commission meeting. Lynne Plambeck, president of the Santa Clarita Organization for Planning the Environment, said after the meeting that Newhall Ranch is an example of urban sprawl. “This is the beginning of a rolling tank, a rolling bulldozer … that’s not going to stop unless we try to change it now,” she said. Pat Willett, spokeswoman for the Hart district, said officials meet regularly with Newhall Land respresentatives. “Right at the moment, it’s not a lack of funds that’s holding (Castaic High) up; it’s the availability of a building-ready site,” Willett said. last_img read more

Xherdan Shaqiri tipped to star for Stoke by Switzerland teammate

first_img Xherdan Shaqiri 1 Stoke City is the perfect club for Xherdan Shaqiri to demonstrate his talents, according to Switzerland team-mate Valon Behrami.Mark Hughes landed a player with superstar potential when he signed the former Bayern Munich man from Inter Milan this summer.And Behrami, who moved to Watford in the recent transfer window, believes the fast pace of the Premier League will be the ideal stage for his compatriot to fulfil his potential.Shaqiri is poised to line up at Arsenal this weekend and Behrami said: “I think it’d a great idea for him to come here.“He will find more space here than in Italy, so it makes perfect sense.“He’s a powerful player as well and I am sure he is going to show everyone his unbelievable quality.”last_img read more


first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: A massive crowd turned out for the Daniel O’Donnell concert in Dungloe yesterday despite the miserable weather.The crowd in attendance were treated to a wonderful concert by Daniel who as usual wowed the audience. Above are a selection of images taken from yesterday’s concert.Pictures by North-West Newspix. PICTURE SPECIAL AS DANIEL WOWS FANS AT CONCERT IN DUNGLOE was last modified: May 18th, 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:daniel o’donnellFeaturesnewspicture speciallast_img read more


first_imgThe Sunday club competition on the 13th of November was won by Patrick McClafferty 11 with 42 pts, runner up was Mick Gallagher Jnr with 36 pts. The gross winner was Enda Kennedy with 28 gross pts bot. Third place was Kieran Gallagher 11 with 35 pts bot.There will be a regular club competition on Sunday the 20th of Nov.The North-West Golfing Alliance visits the Old Tom Morris Links on Saturday the 19th of November. The Rosapenna Gaeltacht League team will travel to Dunfanaghy G.C on Saturday the 10th of December for their second outing of the year.This fixture has been moved from Sat 26th Nov.The Rosapenna Golf Club AGM will take place in the Golf Pavilion on Friday the 2nd of December at 8.30pm.The annual Dinner Dance will take place in the Golf Pavilion on Saturday the 3rd of December. Tickets are now on sale from the Pavilion Golf Shop priced at 30e each. PGA Professional Noel Callan is available for lessons at the Rosapenna Practice Ground every Thursday and selected other days by appointment, all enquires can be made by contacting Noel directly on 0044 7789 157654.ROSAPENNA GOLF CLUB NOTES was last modified: November 15th, 2011 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:Rosapenna Golf club noteslast_img read more


first_imgREFEREE! The 19 people who took part in the courseDONEGAL Ladies football has 19 new referees!And here they all are after competing stage 1 of the pathway to becoming referees of the game.They completed a course at the Clanree Hotel in Letterkenny aimed at people over 16 who want to start a career, starting with taking GoGames matches for the U12s. LGFA development officer Donal O Searcaigh said: “I want to thank everyone for taking part in this course. Their clubs will benefit from having referees who understand the LGFA rules.“Donegal ladies football will reap the benefits.”He also thanked Sinead McHugh for taking the course and the Clanree for their support.  DONEGAL LGFA: MEET THE COUNTY’S 19 NEW WHISTLEBLOWERS! was last modified: June 24th, 2014 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:donegal ladies footballLGFAreferee courselast_img read more


first_imgMadeleine (second from left) on her last trip to Donegal before she disappeared.A Donegal bar-owner who played with Madeleine McCann just three weeks before she disappeared said he hopes police are now close to a breakthrough in the case.Joe Peoples rents a bar from Maddie’s grandmother Eileen McCann in the village of St Johnston.Little Maddie was in the bar with her mum and dad, Kate and Gerry, when they visited Ireland before going to holiday in Portugal where Maddie was snatched. Joe told Donegal Daily he feels police are getting closer and closer to finding whoever took Maddie.“I do feel that they are making progress all the time and I hope the television documentary will jog people’s memories.“I will be watching the documentary as I know so many millions of others will be as well.“I just hope they find the wee lassie. I go down on my knees and pray like a lot of other people and she is always in my prayers. “I just hope they find her safe and well and I hope they also find the person who took her away,” said Joe.The bar-owner, who has rented his premises from Maddie’s grandmother Eileen for the past three decades, recalls well the last time he saw Maddie.“They all called in here to say hello when they were passing through over to West Donegal.“I remember the wee girl (Maddie) helping me to arrange bottles on the shelves.“She was a lovely wee thing and to hear that she was taken just a couple of weeks later broke my heart. “How anybody could take such an innocent little child away from her loving parents beggars belief,” he said.Joe said Maddie’s parents never called back to the bar but her grandmother Eileen McCann did drop by last year.“She dropped in but what do you say to someone? I just told her that little Maddie is always in our thoughts and prayers.“It would be an amazing thing if she was found,” he said. BAR-OWNER WHO BEFRIENDED MADDIE HOPES POLICE ARE CLOSE TO BREAKTHROUGH was last modified: October 14th, 2013 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:CrimeWatchdonegalJoe PeoplesKate and Gerry McCannMaddie McCannlast_img read more