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Rohee debunks Seelall’s claims that he hindered Police training

first_imgGeneral Secretary (GS) of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Clement Rohee, on Monday debunked accusations by Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud that during his tenure as Minister of Home Affairs he hindered the training process of police ranks.Rohee during a press conference, vehemently denied the Commissioner’s claims that he hindered the processing of applications for overseas training of police ranks by ‘ducking’ the documents. According to the GS, during his tenure as Minister, a number of ranks were sent abroad to receive training; however, these were poorly publicised.“It’s totally inaccurate and I debunked it and I said it is a falsehood because we were sending a lot of people abroad. I turned one day to the Permanent Secretary and said, ‘you know, we’re sending all these people abroad and we’re not publicising it’. And we agreed that every time a police rank or a group of Police ranks travel abroad to participate in scholarships or whatever the case might be, we would publicise it. And this is what we were doing… issuing press statement after press statement and some were appearing while some were not appearing because some media houses didn’t want the PPP to look good. They were not publishing it, they suffocated it. But if you go back, you’ll find a lot of press statements revealing police ranks going abroad for training by the Ministry,” he stated.He said a review of publications and Police records would prove there were numerous occasions when police ranks were sent abroad for training. He urged the Commissioner to prove his allegations, saying the allegations are ‘total falsehood’. “If Mr Persaud is serious about what he is saying, he should go into the records of the force headquarters and publish all of those fully funded scholarships that were ‘ducked’ at the Ministry of Home Affairs. So it’s not true, it’s a total falsehood,” Rohee related.The former minister also explained that on several occasions, the slothfulness of Police officials in responding to invitations for training, and sending them to the Ministry for processing resulted in the invitations being processed too late.“Sometimes, the invitation would come late to the Police, then they have to select a person, and sometimes they would ‘sit’ on the invitation. In either of the two cases, the information would come late to the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Ministry would now have to prepare a Cabinet paper to go to Cabinet for approval…. as no public servant can leave the country without Cabinet approval. And it’s also a question of the advances that has to be given to them in order to facilitate their travel. In the case where it’s fully funded, the Cabinet still approves some money for them to leave the country, and these things take time. And if the invitation came late, it would obviously get caught up in that situation,” Rohee pointed out.He also rubbished claims that he ducked the invitations and applications because he had a personal dislike of the ranks whose names were submitted for training.last_img read more

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“Illegally parked” cars take over Stabroek Market Square

first_imgThough the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) has moved to rid the Stabroek Market Square of encumbrances to transform the area by removing the bus park, several private and hire cars have now occupied the area. This occupation comes despite the claims by City Hall that the area should remain clear after the Route 41, 45 and 46 mini-buses as well as several vendors were all relocated.Guyana Times attempted to ascertain two main concerns: if City Council allowed the occupation of the square by the car operators; and if the M&CC was obtaining fees from the operators. However attempts to contact Town Clerk Royston King to clarify these matters were unsuccessful as we were told he was unavailable.According to reports, the cars have been operating taxi services in the area. The new area allocated for the bus park was met with much criticism, especially from the operators of Route 45 mini-buses.When this newspaper spoke with a few of them, they related their frustration of the “unfavourable” parking system which currently has no demarcation lines. The buses were relocated to an area in the vicinity of a footwear store, opposite Demico House, where they had been in the past.“Whoever in charge of whatever going in, like they don’t have a plan because de buses went there, good, right now they congesting the traffic, they [City Council] doing a bundle of stupidness; they tek where me park and me money getting lil bit, I gat two children,” one minibus driver for 25 years told this publication.“That is de most stupidness I see in 25 years. They collecting revenue and they tear down de park,” the angry driver said in reference to the posts and chains which City Hall had removed after only installing them last year.“They put down post and chain and just pull out back all… taxpayer money going down the drain, they tell we they spend hundreds of thousands to do dat but check de big hole wah leff in deh now,” driver Mark Anthony explained.The Route 45 drivers further stated that the current parking system is endangering passengers as they would have to enter from the side of oncoming traffic. They also complained about the “hot plate” buses which would not observe the turn system. One bus conductor alleged that the hot plate system is facilitated by city police ranks would “allow their friends” to break the chain.Another bus driver, Jackie, said that all she wants to see is law and order in the area and City Council should “call a spade a spade” in reference to the “illegally parked cars”.Meanwhile Stabroek Market vendors who had protested their relocation to a vacant spot at Lombard and Hadfield streets told Guyana Times on Wednesday that while business is somewhat slow they are adjusting to their current conditions.last_img read more

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Senator Wesseh Condemns Mob Violence in River Gee

first_imgRiver Gee County Senator, Conmany Wesseh, has in a strongly-worded statement, condemned a violent act in his county that resulted to the burning of a police station, a Liberian flag and a privately-owned transport truck.The mob violence was in reaction to the death of a motorcyclist, who died in an accident that occurred near Kilepo Jowroken, Chedepo District in River Gee.Senator Wesseh described the situation as “shocking and foreign ideology imported in the county.”In a conversation with newsmen yesterday at his Capitol Building office in Monrovia, Senator Wesseh lauded the good community members and security forces for their speedy intervention that brought the situation under control.He called on the people of Kilepo towns Jowroken and Kanweaken and the local authorities, particularly the Superintendent, Chedepo District Commissioner, the chief, elders, motorcyclists and the youth of the affected towns to cooperate with state security as they round up suspected perpetrators of the “criminal acts,” and carry out their investigation.He called on the police authority to conduct their work with utmost care to minimize chances of arresting and detaining innocent members of the community.“Since the incident, I have been in regular contact with the county hierarchy and local commanders of police, youth leaders and leaders of the motorcyclist union to ensure that calm is restored to the area.Senator Wesseh said he was delighted with the level of cooperation being demonstrated by parties concerned. “Let me encourage the security officers to exercise restraint in the process, as the local people remain important, while they are performing their duty and helping to restore durable peace in the area,” Senator Wesseh explained.River Gee Senator has also expressed profound condolences to the Choloply Family of Kilipo Jowroken and the entire people of Kilipo for the death of their son and prayed for the good Lord to comfort them.Meanwhile, River Gee Police Commander, Drum Willie, has confirmed the arrest of at least 11 persons including a Clan Chief, who is reportedly helping police with the investigation.“Bobby Jalaba of Kilipo Kanweaken has been identified as the ringleader of the mob violence and we call on him to turn himself over to the nearest police station,” Commander Willie said.Over the weekend, a motorcyclist, who reportedly attempted overtaking a moving truck, lost control of his hand bars and went under the truck, where he reportedly died.Following the incident, the truck reported himself to the police, but cyclists in the county grouped themselves and allegedly overpowered the few police officers at the station, which they later set ablaze as well as burned the truck to ashes. They reportedly man-handled the driver before burning his truck, but police are said to have brought the situation under control as of Tuesday, and are now probing the matter. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GTT launches charity drive

first_imgGTT on Friday launched its first ever Charity Drive in Guyana, enabling persons to donate any amount to any of the nine participating charities at no additional cost.At launch of the drive, GTT Public Relations Officer Alison Parker detailed how excited the company was to be able to give back to the less fortunate in Guyana.She explained that GTT recognised the passion Guyanese have for giving during its inaugural Pinktober activity held last October.GTT customers who wish to donate can do so by using their mobile money account. Persons without an account are being encouraged to sign up for the service.GTT brand ambassador Saiku Andrews poses with a few of the staff membersDigicel customers can also participate in the drive, and can donate by simply downloading the Mobile Money Guyana (MMG) app.The simple process governing donation involves one selecting the “shop and go option” after dialling *123#, where users would then be requested to enter the merchant code for the charity to which they wish to donate, as well as the amount they wish to give.Specialist in MMG and Trade Marketing, Kester Abrams, said the service was designed especially for persons on the go, who are always busy but have a heart for giving. Persons would, from today, be able to donate to the charities using this new initiative.The codes for the charities participating are as follows: Food for the Poor, 06316; Joshua House, 06319; St. John’s Bosco, 06318; Ptolemy Reid, 06317; St. Ann’s, 06315; Help and Shelter, 06314; and Red Cross, 06313. The codes for the other two charities, Uncle Eddie’s Home and the Guyana Cancer Foundation, have not yet been disclosed, but will be available online on Monday.Abrams explained, “The beauty about it is what we did. We set them (charities) up as individual merchants with mobile money. So, to do so, we needed certain credentials about the business, especially that it’s registered and so on. So once we had that information, we basically gave them access to the mobile money platform, where they can see reports on a daily basis and on a live basis”.He said the donor’s phone number and the amount and time of the donation will be visible to the charities, which will be given their cheques at the end of every week.Persons who took the opportunity to donate in store yesterday received a blue nose. Other donors can pick up a blue nose at the GTT store upon providing proof that they would have donated to any of the charities.last_img read more

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Griffey says kid play led to broken hand

first_img“It was nothing that could violate my contract,” he said Friday after reporting early for training camp. “It was Dad being Dad.” Griffey said the hand feels fine and he expects to be ready to go for spring training. He was waiting for Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek to reevaluate it. “It’s just getting stronger, that’s the biggest thing,” Griffey said. “I don’t have any loss of range of motion. It’s just a matter of getting everything stronger.” Questions about his durability have dogged him because of his eight stays on the disabled list since he rejoined his hometown team in a trade before the 2000 season. The 37-year-old Griffey had been silent about the cause of the off-season injury, not giving interviews or allowing the Reds to announce the cause. Many theories surfaced, including a motorcycle accident – but Griffey said his 2003 model has just 57 miles on it because he hasn’t ridden it in three years. The Reds had reported the accident happened at home, and Griffey said Friday he lives on his yacht in the off-season. Griffey said his 13-year-old son, Trey, doesn’t know his own strength. He said he fell awkwardly because he twisted to avoid landing on the three younger children. SARASOTA, Fla. – Ken Griffey Jr. is finally saying what broke his throwing hand – wrestling with his kids. The Cincinnati Reds center fielder said he was wrestling with his daughter and two younger sons on his yacht in the Bahamas this past December when the oldest jumped in and knocked him off balance. He landed awkwardly on his left hand. center_img “He got me on an angle and there I went,” he said. “He got me low and lifted.” SARASOTA, Fla. – Reliever Gary Majewski’s right shoulder was still a concern when the Cincinnati Reds opened spring training on Sunday, forcing him to go easy in some drills. Manager Jerry Narron said Majewski won’t be allowed to throw off a mound for about a week. “Anytime someone’s not starting the first day, there’s always going to be concern,” Narron said. “But we’ll see where he is. From my understanding, he should be ready pretty quick.” VIERA, Fla. – Infielder Ronnie Belliard agreed to a non-guaranteed, minor league contract with the Washington Nationals on Sunday that will pay him $750,000 if he makes the team – which manager Manny Acta made sound like a foregone conclusion. Belliard, expected to report to camp Tuesday, provides insurance at second base, where he started for the St. Louis Cardinals in last year’s World Series. He also can play third. “He gives us depth up the middle, big time,” Acta said. “I had a conversation with him and I already explained to him that I know that he would like to play every day, but that’s not the case here. He’s coming here to be a backup guy. He understood the point.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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PHS not looking ahead

first_imgPASADENA – Before fans start making plans for Saturday’s championship game at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Pasadena High Schools boys basketball coach Tim Tucker warns them to stay humble. “You can’t win a championship with one game, but you can certainly lose one,” Tucker said. “We saw what looking ahead can do to you last year by going out in the second round.” With players such as Trevon Harmon, Nigel Ajere, Armon Binns and Torey Phillips, luck has nothing to do with it. But the opportunity to bring home the school’s first boys basketball title since 1995 certainly is looking greater with each passing round. The top-ranked Bulldogs (28-2) host wild-card Murrieta Valley (21-10) in tonight’s CIF-SS Division II-A semifinal at Muir at 7:30. On the bottom half of the bracket, the top seeds have been eliminated, which leaves No. 7 Arroyo Valley against unseeded St. Bernard. But for PHS, playing the role of Goliath doesn’t mean anything. “We haven’t won anything, and I’ve never won a championship as a coach, so we’re not looking at it that way,” Tucker said. “We’re focused on ourselves and what we need to do to get to the championship, and if we’re blessed enough to get there, we’ll focus on winning it. “When you get this deep in the playoffs, you must be doing something right. It’s not about the seeds, it’s about winning games, and Murrieta has won four straight playoff games if you include their wild-card win, so we have to be prepared for that.” The Nighthawks, a Southwestern at-large team, entered the playoffs losing five of their last eight, but opened the postseason with a wild-card victory over Rialto followed by a first-round upset over No. 5 Redlands, 62-56. In Friday’s quarterfinals, the Nighthawks defeated Burroughs, a familiar Pacific League foe for the Bulldogs, 64-54. Bryce Lenhart is the Nighthawks’ leading scorer and rebounder at 19 points and six boards a game. The Bulldogs haven’t been tested in the playoffs and have won their first two games by more than 30 points. They defeated Cajon, 71-47, in Friday’s quarterfinal. PHS brings an 18-game winning streak into the contest and has held all opponents to less than 50 points in the playoffs. “We take a lot of pride in holding teams to under 50 points,” Tucker said. “We go out with the mind-set of keeping teams to singe-digit quarters. And if we can do that, we know we have enough weapons on offense to get the victory.” fred.robledo@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Tucker has taken the Bulldogs to two CIF-Southern Section divisional championship games. They lost to Mater Dei in 2003 and Dominguez in 2005. “Third time’s the charm, right?” Tucker joked. last_img read more

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2015 Federal Election Results – Prince George Peace River Northern Rockies

first_imgElection-results-2015-frontElection-results-2015-header-localresultsLive Blog Live PG-PR-NR 2015 Election Results Bookmark this page for all your election results from Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies.  Polls here in northeast B.C. close at 7 p.m.  We will start to post results from the election at 4 p.m. when the polls close in Newfoundland.Here is when the polls close across the country in the Pacific Time Zone.Newfoundland 4:00 p.m.- Advertisement -Atlantic 4:30 p.m.Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta at 6:30 p.m.British Columbia 7:00 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

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North Peace River Rats 2019 $10,000 Raffle

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace River Rats are holding their annual raffle with the main cash prize of $10,000.00.The 2019 raffle costs $20.00 per ticket and has a one in 2500 chance to win one of three prizes;First prize $10,000Second prize $3,000Third prize $2,000- Advertisement -The date for the draw will be Sunday, July, 21st, 2019 at 9 pm at the World Jet Boat Races Banquet and winners will be contacted by phone.To purchase a ticket contact the FB Page; CLICK HERElast_img

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Freshen festivities with flowers

first_imgGrowing a small nandina bush in your garden is a must for flower arranging, Kimmel says. Designers use its graceful variegated leaves as fillers and its red and bronze berries in fall and winter. They also use dwarf pittosporum and ruscus. She pointed out that almost any plastic container can be cut down to any size, filled with Oasis and water, and inserted into a holiday-theme object. In one arrangement, she filled a table-top-size wooden sleigh with a cut-down plastic milk container stuffed with Oasis. Then she added juniper greens (she prefera sprigs with fresh new growth), holly fern, and asparagus fern, which resembles delicate, miniature pine trees. Finally, Kimmel topped off the arrangement with dark crimson gerbera daisies and snow white mums. In another design, she used a small ceramic bowl in which she placed a plastic tub with Oasis, into which she inserted a round (or cylinder) candle. Then she filled in the oasis with pittosporum, asparagus fern, holly and Princess cedar (it’s like juniper). Then she added fresh flowers. These greens will last the entire holiday season if you change the water every two days. When the flowers start to fade, just replace them or add holiday ornaments. To complete this arrangement Kimmel placed five gold balls around the candle and added white mums (or you can use white camellias). For added glitter, she sometimes sprays camellia leaves with a slight mist of Design Master silver or gold paint, or a touch of fairy dust glitter for added sparkle. To celebration the new year, Kimmel created an arrangement using a pale sea-green, cylindrical pottery vase with white birchlike branches, highlighted by a gorgeous pale pinkish-green lisianthus from the Farmer’s Market. For conditioning all holiday greens, Kimmel suggested soaking them for 24 hours in 1 gallon of water with a solution of 2 tablespoons of ammonium sulfate and 1/2-cup Karo syrup. Whether its conditioning greens or demonstrating holiday floral arrangements, you can catch Kimmel’s enthusiasm for holiday designs, along with her tips, at a demonstration at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Torrance Farmer’s Market at Wilson Park. The floral design demo is free, and fresh holiday greens and flowers will be right at your fingertips to purchase while your enthusiasm is still high. Meredith.Grenier@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! During the holidays, there’s nothing like the warmth and festiveness that flowers add to the home – whether it’s in the kitchen, dining room, hallway, bedroom, or bath. And few designers create arrangements with more style than Torrance resident Gudy Kimmel, master California State Garden Club flower show judge and a popular speaker on the design circuit. Kimmel was a guest demonstrator Monday for members of the Palos Verdes Branch of the National Fuchsia Society. She arrived at the South Coast Botanic Garden loaded with bunches of fresh flowers, seed pods, cat tails, wheat grass and greens from the Torrance Farmers Market at Wilson Park. She also toted containers – from a small wooden sleigh to autumn-colored pottery bowls filled with Oasis Floral Foam – to create eight elegant floral arrangements. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champKimmel’s demonstration was packed with tips and ideas for creating unique arrangements for Thanksgiving and winter holiday decorations. When designing, remember the height of the finished arrangement generally should be 1 1/2 to 2 times the height of the container. She began with ideas using clear glass vases, which can be filled with small apples, kumquats, pine cones, ball ornaments or other seasonal materials. At Michaels craft store, she purchased a bag of potpourri filled with small pine cones, seedpods, nuts and other natural elements in fall colors, which she glued to wooden barbecue skewers and inserted into arrangements of greens with and without flowers. Another design incorporated two pint-size ceramic loaf pans Kimmel found at Michaels with Thanksgiving cornucopia designs. She filled these with Oasis and added graceful greens and short-stemmed yellow and dark red mums (buds can be used too). Each pan held a focal point of a petite gourd or small persimmon and autumn-colored greens such as solidago, a kind of yellow and green goldenrod (which, contrary to common thought, doesn’t cause hayfever) and golden euonymus. She also added bits of small green ivy and geranium leaves from her garden. last_img read more

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Can you help us get this dog home?

first_imgAn appeal has been launched to find the owner of this dog found in the Manor area yesterday.The dog is white with flecks of ginger. If you know who the dog’s owner is please contact 086 3206867.Can you help us get this dog home? was last modified: February 25th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:found dogLost DogManormanorcunninghamlast_img read more

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