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CoI exposes serious deficiencies in GPF – President

first_imgAssassination claimPresident David Granger on Friday said the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the alleged assassination plot against him has exposed serious deficiencies and weaknesses in the Guyana Police Force (GPF), which will have to be corrected. While making it clear that the CoI is not meant to be a “witch-hunt”, the Head of State said work has to be done to ensure that the law enforcement agency is morePresident David Grangerprofessional and efficient in the execution of its duties and responsibilities.Speaking to media operatives on the sidelines of the Launch of the Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four) Regional Agricultural and Commercial Exhibition (RACE) at the Ramada Princess Hotel, the President said while Cabinet has not deliberated on the contents of the report as yet, its findings point to some critical areas, which will need to be addressed as part of security sector reform.“[The Commission] made some very strong recommendations. Even persons who have been following the day-to-day reports would have realised that there has been a significant lapse in professionalism at the high levels of the Guyana Police Force, so these are matters of concern. It has brought to light some serious deficiencies and I am very confident that the work Mr Russell Combe is doing will point to ways in which we can correct the deficiencies. The important thing is to ensure that we get information so that we can correct the fault. It is not a witch-hunt. We are trying to make the law enforcement agencies more efficient,” he is quoted by the Ministry of the Presidency as saying.Combe is a British security expert, who is an Advisor to President Granger as part of the United Kingdom’s US$4.7 billion Security Sector Reform (SSR) Programme.On March 29, 2017, Andriff Gillard reported to the Police that his friend and neighbour, Nizam Khan, offered him $7 million to assassinate the President. He said the offer was made during a conversation between Khan and himself after he approached Khan to borrow $6 million to purchase a property.According to Gillard, the conversation was between himself and Khan with no one in earshot. However, Leon Baldeo – one of the accuser’s friends had told the CoI that he was offered $50,000 on March 26 to corroborate Gillard’s story by saying he was present when the conversation took place.The CoI sought to inquire into persons, places, times, circumstances and events by and through which allegations and reports came to be made of an intention to assassinate the President; investigate the full range of the actions and responses of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to the reports and the extent to which such actions were conducted or executed with due diligence; determine whether any person, and in particular, officers of the GPF had information before and after reports were made of a plan to assassinate the President and whether any such officers communicated that information to a superior authority.Commissioners also recorded and reported on what official action was taken on the basis of the information received and whether there was due diligence by the officers of the GPF in the investigation of the plan to assassinate the President and determine whether there was failure, neglect or omission to thoroughly and properly investigate the plan to assassinate the President and determine whether such failure or omission was intentional.The Commissioners sought to also determine the blameworthiness for the failure or neglect of officers or persons involved in the investigation and recommend action to be taken against persons found to be blameworthy. They will also recommend steps that can be taken to prevent the recurrence of such incident and identify systemic issues, if any, in the GPF’s competence to investigate matters of this nature.The final report has since been handed over to Government.last_img read more

Routledge signs one-year contract extension at Swansea

first_img1 Wayne Routledge in action for Swansea Wayne Routledge has pledged his future to Swansea after signing a new one-year contract extension.The 29-year-old’s new deal sees him commit to the Swans until the summer of 2018.Routledge had struggled to settle at a host of other sides before joining the Welsh outfit in 2011.But he has been one of the club’s most consisent performers since his arrival and has started all five of their league games this season, netting a stunning volley in the win over West Brom.“He deserves it because in my time here he’s probably been our most consistent performer – and he’s still performing,” said Swans boss Garry Monk.“His time before coming here was well documented but he’s now found a home, somewhere he can be himself.”last_img


first_imgThe ISPCA in Donegal has defended its handling of a case in which up to 30 dogs were taken from a man at an address in Lifford.The dogs were found in a poor state.It follows local criticism of the incident with locals claiming the man had been investigated before for similar incidents.The dogs, most springer spaniels, were found in a poor state at the man’s premises. However the ISPCA said they are satisfied that all the correct procedures were followed in the case.A statement from the ISPCA said “The ISPCA considered all the facts in this case. It would not have been appropriate for the ISPCA to refer this matter to an Garda Siochana.“None of the dogs were hungry, sick, injured, or had suffered physical abuse. Ill-health has caused failings in the correct management of the dogs which resulted in unrestricted breeding.“It is the policy of the ISPCA to work with people who ask for help, particularly when there are extenuating circumstances in order to ensure the best outcome for both people and their animals. “After careful assessment of the entire situation, including the owner’s current health status and the facilities at their disposal, it was agreed that a number of dogs could be retained. We will continue to monitor the situation and offer help and advice.”ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley said the owner thankfully sought help in the circumstances.“It appears that there was an explosion in the number of dogs in a relatively short period of time and the owners were unable to cope. Thankfully, they sought help before the situation deteriorated further”.He said said the man now has five dogs that he is able to care for, but the ISPCA would carry out regular inspections “just to make sure standards are being kept up”.ISPCA DEFENDS ITS HANDLING OF DONEGAL DOG CASE was last modified: January 29th, 2014 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:dogsInspector Kevin McGInleyISPCALiffordlast_img read more

Public’s help sought in identifying man stabbed to death

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant He was found with no identification, and searches of state and national fingerprint databases revealed no matches, Coffey said. “Without knowing who he is, we’re at a standstill,” he said. “If anybody is missing a relative in that age group and that ethnicity, please call us. We’ll show pictures. Right now, that’s all we have.” Anyone with information on the victim’s identity is asked to call the North Hollywood police station at (818) 623-4016. Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man found stabbed to death Sunday in North Hollywood. The man’s body was dumped in the 6700 block of Bellaire Avenue. The victim was found by a man returning home from a movie theater, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Mike Coffey said. Detectives have few leads to the identity of the man or who killed him, Coffey said. “We don’t know who the person is, we don’t know who did it and we don’t know where it occurred,” Coffey said. “We couldn’t be off to a worse start.” The top priority, Coffey said, is identifying the victim, a mustached man about 25 years old. He is Hispanic with short hair, about 5 foot 3 and weighing about 140 pounds, Coffey said. He had no scars, tattoos, piercings or unusual marks on his body. last_img read more

Southgate explains why Delph is the man to take Henderson’s place

first_img huge blow 2 no dice REPLY BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Harry Kane returned in attack, supported by Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford – who were also on the bench for Thursday’s 3-0 friendly win over the United States.Jordan Pickford retained his place in goal and Ben Chilwell also kept his spot.Kyle Walker, Joe Gomez and John Stones came into the hosts’ back four, with Barkley and Eric Dier also starting.England will qualify for the Nations League final with a win – but could be relegated if they lose or if they are held to a score draw by Croatia.The visitors, who knocked England out of the World Cup at the semi-final stage in the summer, beat Spain 3-2 on Thursday to set up this winner-takes-all encounter.Fro Croatia, Ivan Rakitic has been replaced by Nikola Vlasic in the visitors’ only change. shining REVEALED MONEY RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade center_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won And with Luka Modric trying to run things in midfield, the manager believes Delph offers the team the right kind of balance.“When we’ve played Croatia in the summer, maybe we were a bit open and maybe away in Croatia we had the balance and Delph gives us that balance with [Ross] Barkley on the other side.“[Delph] is very good at pressing the ball.”And Southgate recalled his big-hitters for the Wembley match. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Gareth Southgate said the decision to play Fabian Delph against Croatia in place of the injured Jordan Henderson was to provide his side with more balance.Liverpool midfielder Henderson was expected to start the crucial Nations League match, but was absent from the matchday squad when it was announced ahead of kick-off.“Jordan has been carrying a bit of an injury,” he told Sky Sports. “He got some game time [against USA], but was not fully happy with it.“He is one of those players who always wants to play and I had to take a decision.“In these games you have to be clear in your mind and perfectly happy [with your decision].” England manager Gareth Southgate selected a strong starting XI for the crunch Nations League game against Croatia Modric was the Player of the Tournament at the World Cup and then won UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Most Popular Football News 2last_img read more


first_imgA LARGE number of Travellers with their caravans who left Ballybofey today have taken up residence in the Aldi supermarket car park in Dungloe.Gardai are monitoring the situation.Earlier the 20 mobile homes left a supermarket car park in Ballybofey after a tense 24-hour stand-off. It follows similar incidents in other parts of the county earlier this week.All the vehicles, with northern registrations, belong to an extended number of families which had been prevented from moving onto a site in Convoy.Several of the caravans were seen travelling to Donegal Town this afternoon after leaving Ballybofey. Some of them however are now in Dungloe.One local woman counted eight of the vehicles earlier. Gardai – already stretched due to the Mary from Dungloe festival – have asked for extra officers to be stationed in the town.Their movement onto the Aldi car park earlier this evening is illegal.It’s understood the store manager is liaising with gardai this evening.In the last few hours of trading customers were only being allowed in and out the supermarket through one door. TRAVELLERS MOVE INTO SUPERMARKET CAR PARK IN DUNGLOE was last modified: August 3rd, 2013 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:TRAVELLERS MOVE INTO SUPERMARKET CAR PARK IN DUNGLOElast_img read more


first_imgNew Donegal manager Rory Gallagher is permitted from gathering his squad together for collective training until December 29th.Donegal will be permitted from resuming collective training until December 29th, after the GAA announced its staggered roster system for inter-county teams.Donegal, Kerry, Kilkenny and Tipperary are all restricted from resuming collective training until the 29th of December as the four teams reached their respective All-Ireland finals.The Donegal U21 side is permitted from resuming training until January the 1st, while the Minor team will have to wait until February the 1st. Inter-county managers have criticized the staggered roster system in the past, and the fact it’s almost impossible to police has drawn severe criticism from some quarters.Many inter-county teams don’t adhere to the system and carry on with their schedules regardless, although there is heavy fines imposed on any county found guilty of breaking the rules.Rory Gallagher was appointed as the new Donegal manager on Friday night, and it’s likely his first job will be to discover how many players intend to retire from inter-county football.There are strong rumours that both Colm McFadden and Rory Kavanagh are set to retire from inter-county football. Gallagher will be boosted by the news that double All-Star Neil Gallagher is ready to play on for another year at least.The staggered roster for counties is as follows:November 15 (teams knocked out in June) – London, Fermanagh, Derry, Offaly, Louth, Westmeath, Waterford, Leitrim (football); Antrim, Laois (hurling)December 1 (teams knocked out in July) – Antrim, Longford, Wicklow, Wexford, Cavan, Down, Carlow, Tyrone, Limerick, Laois, Roscommon, Clare, Sligo, Tipperary (football); Clare, Offaly, Waterford, Wexford, Dublin (hurling).December 8 (teams knocked out in August) – Meath, Kildare, Galway, Cork, Armagh, Monaghan, Mayo, Dublin (football); Cork, Limerick (hurling). December 29 – Donegal, Kerry (football); Kilkenny, Tipperary (hurlingDONEGAL PERMITTED TO RESUME COLLECTIVE TRAINING NEXT MONTH was last modified: November 4th, 2014 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:banCollective TrainingdonegalGAAInter-countynewsSportlast_img read more

Humans: More than Dust in the Cosmic Wind

first_imgSuperb design in the human body counters the claim we are mere starstuff.“All we are is dust in the interstellar wind,” Sara Dwyer writes as the headline of a PhysOrg piece. Her article is actually quite informative for what astronomers are learning about interstellar dust grains. At one point, though, she does reinforce her title with the old Sagan quote, “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.”Is that a fair assessment of human exceptionalism? It’s not the atoms; it’s the way they are organized. Biological information and intelligently designed structure has a lot more to say than the chemical elements that ferry them along. Here are some recent news findings to increase human esteem:Study suggests human infants develop metacognition earlier than previously thought (Medical Xpress). Don’t underestimate what happens in the brain of a developing child.Humans have been found to have a variety of different mental abilities compared to the rest of the animal kingdom, one of which is metacognition—where an individual not only experiences uncertainty, but possesses an ability to convey that uncertainty to others. It is very common in adults, but scientists have not been able to pinpoint when it first develops—some have suggested it does not appear until babies develop into children. In this new effort, the researchers suggest the results of their study show that it occurs by the time a baby is just 20 months old.The gut: Performing into old age: First large-scale study on the secretion of the human intestine (Science Daily). We go now from infancy to old age. This article states that the findings of Dr. Dagmar Kruger at TU Munich “are startling: contrary to common beliefs, the secretory capacity of the human gut doesn´t decline with age. Nor does gender play a role.” She found this by studying 2200 samples from 450 human patients, instead of relying on older studies that used guinea pigs.Eye cells may use math to detect motion: Study reinforces theory for how neurons process information (Science Daily). This article reinforces the view that life is about information, not just atoms.Our eyes constantly send bits of information about the world around us to our brains where the information is assembled into objects we recognize. Along the way, a series of neurons in the eye uses electrical and chemical signals to relay the information. In a study of mice, National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists showed how one type of neuron may do this to distinguish moving objects. The study suggests that the NMDA receptor, a protein normally associated with learning and memory, may help neurons in the eye and the brain relay that information.“The eye is a window onto the outside world and the inner workings of the brain,” said Jeffrey S. Diamond, Ph.D., senior scientist at the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the senior author of the study published in Neuron. “Our results show how neurons in the eye and the brain may use NMDA receptors to help them detect motion in a complex visual world.”Math-wise, the cells use “multiplicative scaling” to amplify information about motion in the visual field. “Cells in the eye can multiply,” the researcher says. This ability helps us distinguish between a fast-approaching tiger and one that is just sauntering by.How the brain processes the torrent of information coming in through its windows (the senses) is a marvelous mystery. A concert violinist who suffered a concussion resulting in speech and memory loss, Jennifer Koh, became very interested in the workings of the brain, reports Medical Xpress:“I have a general curiosity about the relationship between human beings and music,” said Koh, a touring professional who has played the violin since she was 3 years old. “No matter what the culture, no matter what the country … music is a fundamental part of human beings.“A video clip in the article shows her playing highly complex violin music and tells how Koh went to a Tobias Overath, a neurologist at Duke, who examined her brain using functional MRI (fMRI) as she mentally interacted with the music she loves. Together, they learned about activation patterns related to listening, reading, and imagining playing music.  Some activation patterns were shared by the three activities, while others were unique. It’s clear that the brain was not playing the music; it was responding to Koh’s mind as she thought about it.“The musician’s brain is exquisitely sensitive to all aspects of music, be it listening, reading or imagining playing music,” Overath said. “Therefore, you engage a whole range of areas of your brain – it’s quite literally a whole body experience. From a cognitive point of view, but also physically, it’s incredibly strenuous.”Does this sound like starstuff? You can watch starstuff till the cows come home and you won’t find speech, music, experience, curiosity, imagination, or sensation. Those all had to emerge subsequent to the alleged origin of life from atoms and molecules. The human experience is so much richer than we can imagine. Calling it starstuff blowing in the interstellar wind reduces humanness to something much less than its fundamental essence, unworthy of its complex design.Greet your family and friends with “Hi, starstuff” and see how they respond. Starstuff becoming human is a subset of the Stuff Happens Law. It explains nothing. We are not atoms; the atoms are mere carriers of the information that ferries our souls and/or spirits along. As Dembski argues in Being as Communion, the real essence of the universe is not starstuff but information. Physical particles become secondary in this view.When you think about metacognition and the ability to imagine music in the mind, the physical systems (like the gut) are mere servants to the mind. To be human, to act like a human being, to be rational and moral — these cannot be reduced to nitrogen, iron, calcium and carbon. Those things, too, are manifestations of information. Information only makes sense to a mind. The mind of God, therefore, used atoms to create the real world as a habitat for thinking beings.Exercise: Watch some virtuoso musicians on YouTube, like Alexander Hrustevich on accordion or Clara Rockman on theremin pulling music out of thin air, or thalidomide baby Tony Melendez, born without arms, playing guitar with his feet and singing. Who can forget Vladimir Horowitz playing Rachmaninoff? Find more examples. Then consider Carl Sagan responding to this with, “These are some of the things hydrogen atoms do, given 15 billion years of cosmic evolution.” (Visited 46 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Air safety investigator rejects MH370 staff claims.

first_imgAustralian air safety investigators have rejected a newspaper claim  “draconian legislation’’ was invoked in a decision to refuse a freedom of information request for material on the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.The Australian newspaper claimed the Australian Transport Safety Bureau had warned that employees who provided the information to the public or a court could face two years in jail.But the ATSB said it issued no such warning.“The Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003 (TSI Act) applies to ATSB investigations and reports, requiring investigators to protect evidence from disclosure other than in accordance with performing their functions under the Act,’’ the air safety investigator said in a statement in its “correcting the record” section.“Consistent with international standards, the ATSB does not publish all the documents forming part of the investigation or report. This is to ensure cooperation and the future free flow of information to safety investigations.”The newspaper has been attempting to use freedom of Information laws to get hold of the opinions international experts, including from the US and UK air crash agencies, Boeing, aerospace group Thales, and British satellite group Inmarsat, about satellite data used to track the course of the aircraft.It says it was initially told the information could not be released because it “could cause damage to international relations of the commonwealth’’.  A subsequent review by ATSB chief commissioner Greg Hood cited the TSI Act.The ATSB used the satellite data and other evidence to conclude the plane was most likely uncontrolled when it crashed into the sea.  This runs counter to a theory frequently run by The Australian that the flight ended in a controlled ditching.The bureau also questioned a suggestion in the April 17 article that some officers were having second thoughts about its end-of-flight scenario.“The ATSB is not aware of any officers who have concerns with the ATSB’s reported findings in this regard,’’ it said, noting the claim was made without any supporting evidence.“The ATSB’s work in the search for MH370 has always been characterised by a willingness to listen to new ideas, and to apply all the known facts to lead the underwater search.“The ATSB does not make any statement lightly, nor does it approach any issue with pre-conceived conclusions.’’last_img read more

SA 10th at Women’s Rugby World Cup

first_img19 August 2014The Springbok Women finished tenth at the IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup in Marcoussis, France on Sunday after a 0-36 defeat to Spain, to match their final position in the 2010 World Cup.Turnovers, mistakes at crucial times, and missed tackles let South Africa down in the clash, allowing the Spanish to record a comfortable victory.In the end, the Springbok Women recorded a sole narrow win, 25-24 over Samoa, but were well beaten in their other outings, going down 3-26 to Australia, 3-55 to France, and 3-35 to Wales in pool play.A bitter pill to swallowOn Monday, coach Lawrence Sephaka told SA Rugby that a repeat of the team’s 2010 World Cup result was a bitter pill to swallow.“We are very disappointed that we could not improve on our tenth place finish in the tournament, especially since we showed a lot of promise going into the competition,” he said.“The players knew what to expect after the test against France on the warm-up tour and they accepted the fact that we were drawn in one of the toughest pools. But we made things tough for ourselves throughout the competition by making errors at crucial times and not converting our point-scoring chances into points.“The most disappointing aspect for us is that there were times when we pinned Australia, Wales and Spain in their own half for long periods and created fantastic try-scoring chances, but we battled to come away with points.”ShortcomingsPinpointing South Africa’s shortcomings, Sephaka said women’s rugby structures in the country lagged far behind that of the top nations in the tournament and said that development structures in South Africa had to improve in order for the national team to be more competitive.“The women’s rugby structures in South Africa need to improve drastically for us to compete with the best teams in the world, as their club and provincial structures are much stronger than ours,” he explained.“Our provincial series features three to seven matches a year per team, which is what some overseas clubs play in a month or two, so we need to start from the bottom to achieve better results at national level.“We also lack regular top-class competition between World Cups, while the Six Nations teams have that luxury every year.“So I think it is important to consider such factors when one looks at our results. That said, we will not use this as an excuse as we could have won one or two more matches if we implemented our structures effectively and used our point-scoring chances,” Sephaka concluded.Sevens World SeriesWith the World Cup completed, the Springbok Women’s Sevens team will turn their attention to the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series qualifier, which takes place in Hong Kong on 12 and 13 September.Four places in the World Series are up for grabs at the Shek Kip Mei Stadium.The other participating nations are Japan, China, Kenya, Brazil, Fiji, Mexico, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands, Portugal and Argentina.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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