Serious crime down by 19% – Police

first_img…fatal accidents up by 20%The Guyana Police Force (GPF) is reporting that it has recorded a 19 per cent decrease in serious crime at the end of January 2018 when compared to the same period last year. On Tuesday, the GPF revealed that there was a tie with respect to murders and robberies under arms committed with the use of a firearm for the corresponding periods in 2017 and 2018. Additionally, the Police said there was a 13 per cent decrease in robberies with no weapon, a 50 per cent decrease in robbery with aggravation and robberies with weapons other than a firearm.For the period of January comparatively, a 50 per cent decrease in larceny from person was recorded while rape, burglary, break and enter and larceny decreased by 24, 52 and nine per cent respectively.However, there was a 45 per cent increase in the number of robberies coupled with violence.According to the Police’s statistics, they have seized some 19 firearms inclusive of one sub-machine gun and 12 pistols.Increased fatal accidentsThe statistics revealed that although there was a 20 per cent increase in fatal accidents, the number of deaths decreased by 14 per cent when compared to the same period last year. For January thus far, some five fatal accidents have been reported, with six lives lost.Meanwhile, it was reported that serious, minor and damage accidents have been decreased by 17, 15.3, and 13 per cent respectively.“Speeding, speeding/driving under the influence of alcohol and pedestrian crossing in the path of approaching vehicles were the main causes of the fatal accidents,” the Police said in a statement.“Our enforcement is continuous countrywide with special emphasis on driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, music/breach of condition of road service licence, overloaded minibuses, use of cellular phones, using vehicle other than licensed for (private hire) and failing to wear safety helmet. The Traffic Department continues its lecture to schools programme, also visible patrols at school areas to ensure the safety of schoolchildren,” the statement added.Some 8201 persons were charged in the month of January for various offences, including more than 1600 for speeding.However, even as the GPF is quoting a decrease in crime both the United States of America and the British Government have issued warnings to its citizens living and visiting Guyana.The US advisory, states that in Guyana, violent crimes such as armed robbery and murder is common, and the “local Police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.”As such, Americans who plan to travel to the land of many waters have been warned to be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs, be aware of their surroundings, and to avoid walking or driving at night.The US Advisory also encourages its citizens to refrain from physically resisting any robbery attempt, in addition to not showing any “signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewellery.”In addition to Guyana being categorised as in the same category as Brazil and Colombia.Likewise, the British Government has warned its citizens about the crime situation in Guyana, as well as the “tough” conditions of the prison system, drug trafficking, the “poor road sense” of (other) road users and dangerously driven minibuses.The advisory was issued by the Government Digital Service; part of the UK’s Cabinet Office. Citing the high crime levels and low Police capacity, the advisory warns citizens to take sensible precautions to protect themselves and their belongings.“Muggings have taken place in broad daylight. Burglary and theft from cars are commonplace. Take sensible precautions to protect yourself and your belongings. Try to avoid showing obvious signs of wealth,” the authorities warned in the advisory.Among the precautions the advisory proposes is for persons to “always drive with doors and windows locked”.last_img read more

Gabriel reveals reason for Arsenal’s ‘excellent performance’ against Watford

first_img Gabriel playing for Arsenal against Watford Gabriel has revealed Arsenal were ‘much more focused’ than they have been recently in their resounding victory over Watford.The Gunners secured a 4-0 win against the Hornets, easing to three vital points as they remain in the hunt for the Premier League title.It was a return to form for Arsene Wenger’s side, who have been struggling in the recent months.The North London club had won just three of their previous 10 games heading into the clash with the Hornets, and had been on the end of a 2-1 defeat against the same opponents in the FA Cup in March.However, Arsenal were back to their best, attacking with pace and creative flair, and Brazilian centre-back Gabriel has revealed the reason for this excellent performance.“It’s not every game that we’ll have an excellent performance like today,” he said.“We were just much more focused against Watford and that’s why things went much better and we recorded a positive result.”The three points closed the gap on second placed Spurs to four points, with Arsenal still having a game in hand, and Gabriel insists the Gunners have their confidence back heading into the final stage of the season.The 25-year-old added: “We’ve regained our confidence once again.“Not so long ago we lacked a little in confidence and we weren’t going into the match fully focused, so with a victory, we come back with a better self-esteem.” 1last_img read more

Bad news for Chelsea? Barcelona add Blues defender to summer shopping list

first_img1 Barcelona have added Chelsea star Cesar Azpilicueta to their list of summer transfer targets.The Spanish champions are in the market for a right-back and have been putting together a list of names.Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin is reportedly on their shortlist, as is Bayer Leverkusen youngster Benjamin Henrichs.Azpilicueta, according to Sport, is the latest player to be added to Barca’s summer shopping list after scouting him in recent months.The Spaniard has been one of Chelsea’s best performers this season, playing as part of a back three or as a wing-back.Barcelona are now ready to test the Blues’ resolve to keep hold of Azpilicueta, although their No.1 target is still said to be Bellerin. Cesar Azpilicueta in action for Chelsea last_img

ROSSES ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES

first_imgTraining continues Wednesdays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm but note this Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm at Carrickfinn playing field.5k series during February and March has been confirmed. The proposed dates for the three race series are February 5th at 11am, February 26th at 11am and March 16th at 6:30pm. This will provide the participants the opportunity to get out and train (run/jog/walk) in the knowledge that there is organized upcoming events that they can take advantage of being monitored in an organised event over the same course. This could be used by individuals as well as teams as a gauge of fitness pre season.Two athletes from the club ran in the Primary School cross country races that were part of the Antrim International cross country event recently. Saskia Boyle representing her school Keadue National School had a fine run to finish 4th in the race and her club mate Maedhbh Nic Giolla Bhríde from Scoil Mhuire, Doirebeaga finished behind her in 5th place. Ten athletes from the club were selected on the Donegal Sportshall athletics team for the West Ulster finals in Enniskillen. Nicole Boyle, Ailbhe O Donnell, Sarah Doherty and Anna Sweeney are on the Girls U-13 team. Caroline Sharkey, Jade O Donnell and Aideen Meehan are on the U-15 Girls team again. Joseph Gallagher, Darragh Mc Glynn and David Mc Carron are on the U-15 Boys team. This weekend three athletes from the club are heading to Dublin for the Juvenile Inter County Cross Country Relays. Ailbhe O Donnel and Saskia Boyle are on the Donegal U-12 team and Sarah Doherty is on the Donegal U-14 team. Rosses AC are organising a Sportshall Athletics event for primary schools from the north west on Wednesday 23rd in Ionad Spóirt na Rosann, Dungloe. 3rd and 4th classes will be catered for and the events will include 1 lap race, speed bounce, standing long jump, javelin throw, ball throw and relay. Following a number of festive season runs/walks and coming into the new year with a strong desire to be healthier, get fitter, lose weight and improve lifestyle a little, Rosses AC have decided to put a three series race/jog/walk in place. The first race will take place this Sunday February 5th at 11am at the Banks, Mullaghduff (Naomh Mhuire Clubhouse). Registrations open at 10am. 5 euro for adults and 2 euro for u-16s with all proceeds to Rosses AC. All welcome.Registration is now due so please contact Ita Gallagher or any committee member to get registered. 15 euro per child, 20 euro per adult and maximum fee of 40 euro per family.ROSSES ATHLETIC CLUB NOTES was last modified: January 31st, 2012 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:Rosses Atheltic Club noteslast_img read more

Food bank pantries bare in Katrina’s wake

first_img At a local food drive last week, Carson worried that some needy families might go hungry. “I get joy out of what I do and seeing people’s faces when we can provide them with much-needed food,” Carson said. “So it’s kind of a down moment for me this year. I’m just going to pray that I can continue, because I know for so many people, something is better than nothing.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Many Southern California food pantries are struggling to feed the hungry this holiday season after donations were diverted to hurricane victims along the Gulf Coast. The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank is rationing meat, cereal and other items as it copes with a 12 percent decline in food supplies over the last year. In Orange County, the Second Harvest Food Bank has half a million fewer pounds of food compared to last year. And supplies have dropped by 34 percent at the Alameda County Community Food Bank. “I’ve been doing this for 10 years, and this is the worst I’ve seen it,” said Margaret Carson, community service director for the Seventh-day Adventist Church food pantry in South Los Angeles. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Agencies have gotten fewer donations in recent years as manufacturers and grocery stores have become more efficient, lowering surpluses of damaged fruits and vegetables as well as items near their expiration date. With aid being redirected to victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the decline has worsened. About 80,000 pounds of canned tuna and beef, for example, were routed from the Community Action Partnership of Orange County food bank to the Gulf Coast by the Agriculture Department, said Mark Lowry, the group’s director. The Agriculture Department diverted seven truckloads of black-eyed peas, beans and applesauce meant for California food banks, said agency spokeswoman Jean Daniel. The items have been replaced since then and sent to the state for distribution. The department also is working with other states where commodities were channeled to help bolster supplies, Daniel said. last_img read more

TWO TAXIS SEIZED IN REGULATOR SWOOP

first_imgTHE taxi regulator has seized two vehicles in a weekend operation in Letterkenny.The cars were taken off their owners for alleged breaches of taxi regulations.Letterkenny District Court heard the regulator had now agreed to release the vehicles back to their owners after the investigation. Solicitor Frank Dorrian applied to the court for the return of the vehicles.Meanwhile we understand several other investigations are underway in other areas of Donegal into allegations that illegal taxis are operating.A number of intelligence-led operations have been underway in Inishowen in recent weeks.TWO TAXIS SEIZED IN REGULATOR SWOOP was last modified: September 29th, 2015 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:letterkennyTaxi Regulatorlast_img read more

Asaph Mwebaze’s Onduparaka welcome Nyamityobora in league opener

first_img Tags: Nyamityobora FConduparaka fcStarTimes Uganda Premier League Onduparaka FC host Nyamityobora at the GreenLight Stasium on Friday afternoon (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Prmeir LeagueOnduparaka Vs NyamityoboraGreen Light Stadium, AruaFriday, 28-09-2019 @04:30pmReferee: Ronald KirangwaARUA – Onduparaka FC host new league entrants Nyamitobora FC at the Green Light Stadium in their first league game of the new season.It will be the first official competitive meeting between Onduparaka and Nyamotobora FC since the later gained promotion to the top flight.Onduparaka FC head coach Asaph Mwebaze who replaced Livingstone Mbabazi will for the first time be in charge of a team that is not Maroons in a period of over 5 years.What the coaches are saying:Asaph Mwebaze, Onduparaka FC. “Playing at home first is an advantage for me and am optimistic am going to win this opener.James Odoch, Nyamityobra FC. “This is the first match my team is going to face in the top league and am looking forward to a positive start.Team news:Onduparaka FC is without Denis Okot, Gaddafi Wahab, Alex Gasper and Malish Jamal who are suffering from injuries.  New signings Abel Etrude from SC Villa Nicholas Kagaba, Fred Agandu, Richard Ayiko, and Solomon Okwalinga come with priceless experience that will benefit Mwebaze’s side.For Nyamityobora, Former Onduparaka midfielder Ivan Mbowa is ruled out of the tie through injury but John Kisakye and midfielder Moses Ndawula will be available to face their former paymasters.  The new comers will also count on Alex Komakech, skipper Henry Wamala and Ibrahim Pengere as they look to start their season on a high.Match Facts:This will be the first ever competitive top flight meeting between the two sides.Onduparaka drew 0-0 at home to Proline FC in their opener last season.The Caterpillars finished fourth last season while Nyamityobora were second in the Big League.The League fixtures on Friday.KCCA FC vs Tooro United, Lugogo.URA FC vs Paidah Black Angles, NambooleVipers SC vs Ndejje University, KitendeBright Stars vs Maroons FC, MwererweKirinya JSS vs SC Villa, JinjaComments last_img read more

Orthopaedic options at NWIH bring relief to Donegal patients

first_imgDonegal residents in need of orthopaedic treatments are increasingly crossing the border for care under an EU Cross Border directive.Orthopaedic care covers a wide range of injuries, diseases and conditions, including arthritis, requiring specialist care for individual needs.The EU Cross Border scheme allows thousands of in and out-patients currently on hospital waiting lists in ROI to access more immediate hospital treatments in Northern Ireland. The HSE is obliged to fund the treatments under the scheme on receipt of an invoice, covering the same amount of costs as the patient would receive in their own country for the same type of healthcare.The private North West Independent Hospital in Ballykelly, Co. Derry provides ENT, Orthopaedics, Urology, Gynaecology and more treatments, encouraging those on waiting lists to view the full treatment directory here: www.nwih.co.uk/treatment-directoryOrthopaedic excellence at NWIH:The orthopaedic consultants at North West Independent Hospital specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of injuries and diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system. This is the system that enables the body to physically move, and is one that can come under attack from a large number of ailments and conditions.The good news is that NWIH have the facilities and expertise to provide patients with individualised care. The team works towards giving patients relief and respite from any condition they may be experiencing, whether this is in the form of medication, physiotherapy or surgery.NWIH treat every patient as an individual and will personalise their care to suit their exact needs.Trauma and orthopaedic surgeons diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions of the musculoskeletal system.This includes bones and joints and their associated structures that enable movement – ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves.NWIH BallykellyThe experienced team at NWIH offer consultations and treatments for a wide range of Orthopaedic conditions, including: ArthritisBack PainCarpal Tunnel SyndromeUpper Limb Conditions/InjuriesLower Limb Conditions/InjuriesGanglionFoot and Ankle Conditions/InjuriesSports InjuriesNorth West Independent Hospital in BallykellyNWIH can facilitate a wide range of surgeries and treatments, including:Anterior Cruciate Ligament ReconstructionArthroscopy/MeniscectomyCarpal TunnelHip ReplacementKnee ReplacementRotator CuffSub-Acromial DecompressionDiscectomyBunionectomyGanglionFacet and Nerve Root Injections“Whether you have experienced an injury, have been referred for further diagnosis and treatment or you are experiencing pain with a disease such as arthritis, our orthopaedic specialists can give you the care you need to recover, heal and get relief from the pain,” a spokesperson said.To book a consultation or for more information, contact the North West Independent Hospital on 048 777 63090 or visit www.nwih.co.ukFor further queries contact 048 777 23504 and for appointments e-mail: appointments@nwih.co.uk North West Independent Hospital Church Hill House, Ballykelly BT49 9HSFor information about accessing healthcare under the CBD: www.hse.ie/eng/services/list/1/schemes/cbd/acchealthcareabroad/Accessing_Healthcare_Abroad_under_CBD.htmlContact the HSE Helpline: 056-7784546 to gain authorization for treatments at NWIH under the EU Cross Border Directive.Sponsored PostOrthopaedic options at NWIH bring relief to Donegal patients was last modified: November 2nd, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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:ballykellyhealthNorth West Independent Hospitalnwihorthopaedicslast_img read more

Scientism on Plagues, or Vice Versa

first_imgCan the 10 plagues in Exodus be explained by science? Only through the plague of scientism, which is plagued itself by its own miracles.For Passover season, Live Science Staff proves that their anti-supernatural bias is not directed solely at Christians. For Jews celebrating the escape from Egypt, they put out a piece called “The Science of the Ten Plagues,” purporting to show that the dramatic events of Exodus were merely well-known natural events.Could any of these plagues have occurred through natural phenomena? Live Science looks at possible scientific explanations behind each of the 10 plagues.Here are their ‘scientific’ explanations:Plague of Blood: just a common ‘red tide’ that happened in the Nile this time.Plague of Frogs: there have been reports of “raining frogs” at other times.Plague of Lice: might have been common bubonic plague.Plague of Flies: could have been any wild animal, including flies, bears, or scorpions.Plague of Livestock Death: could have been a virus called rinderpest.Plague of Boils: might have been smallpox.Plague of Hail and Lightning: was this the eruption of Santorini?Plague of Locusts: the ash from Santorini might have created conditions for this infestation.Plague of Darkness: could have been a solar eclipse (not usually 24 hours, though), or ash from the volcano.Death of the Firstborn: that red tide in the first plague infected the grain which the firstborn picked and ate. (Not clear why only the firstborn did this, or how firstborn babies could be out picking grain.)Poor old Pharoah was sure unlucky to have all these things happen around the same time. Isn’t it amazing that these plagues each happened after Moses told Pharoah they were coming? It must have been a miracle that they hit only Egypt and not Goshen. Strange, too, that each of them seemed aimed at showing the powerlessness of Egypt’s idols. Coincidences do happen.That’s what happens when you try to rationalize God’s sovereign actions. You end up believing in bigger miracles anyway. (Visited 104 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

My normal, crazy, mixed-up country

first_img As a South African, I get the strangest questions from Americans. Their impression of Africa ranges from the lions-snakes-loincloths version, all the way to the guns-Aids-ghettos version. Often they are wildly off the mark, although, since we hosted the World Cup soccer tournament, they do know that we have stadiums, TV and vuvuzelas. What they don’t know is that we have it all! Wild animals and guns, Aids and ghettos are here, but we also have highways, high schools, high-tech, high-life and high hopes. We’re on Twitter and Facebook and all the other social networks. Charlize Theron is one of us. So is Elon Musk, the PayPal founder and Dave Matthews of the band. We invented super-glue, open-heart surgery and short-range tactical nuclear weapons and we were also the first to ever give up the latter voluntarily.Slowly, we’re getting it right Our country is hauntingly beautiful – beaches, mountains, deserts, forests, cities, jungles. It’s the size of California and Texas combined and 50-million of us live here, of all colours, speaking 11 different languages. Since Nelson Mandela led us out of our painful past, we’re all working hard to get along and make our country a success. And slowly, we’re getting it right. Most of us even have rhythm now. Take Beyonce, Denzel, Obama and Oprah. Throw in LeBron and Tiger. Sprinkle with Bill Gates, Al Sharpton, Pat Buchanan, Spike Lee and Paris Hilton. Make most of them poor, but some rich. Given them each a different language. Now tell them to sort out the US, quickly and peacefully. Get the idea? Ask anyone who visited us for the World Cup. We live in a crazy, mixed-up, fun loving, rich-and-poor, up-and-down place, and we are immensely proud of it. The point I’m trying to make is that South Africa is fast becoming just a normal, crazy mixed-up country. So we – that’s my two partners, Kenneth Nkosi and Rapulana Seiphemo and me – want to tell stories that are fun, real, and normal.Road trip with goat So White Wedding came about from a road trip the three of us took across the country about seven years ago – two black dudes and white girl and all the bizarre, funny, typically South African things that we encountered. It was on that long drive that we made up the story about Kenneth (Elvis, the groom) and Rapulana (Tumi, the best man) trying to get from Johannesburg to Cape Town to Elvis’s wedding. Things go wrong – but not in the way you might expect. George (the goat), played by Bella (the goat) isn’t a guest at the wedding – he’s the lunch – a gift from Grandma. Befriended by Rose (the heartbroken British hitch-hiker), George sits in the back seat of the car with Elvis, while Tumi and Rose flirt in the front. Tony, the ex-boyfriend of Ayanda (the bride), pays for her wedding dress. Elvis hasn’t made the transfer from the bank, because he’s lost in mountains, and there’s no phone signal. It’s not really George’s fault that they crash, but in the end, poor George ends up getting cooked and eaten. Or does he? We ended up with a funny, romantic, feel-good road-movie, reminiscent of Sideways and Little Miss Sunshine. We shot the film in 18 days, for a budget of less than U$1-million (R7-million). And South Africans loved it. When did you last see a film in which you laugh at different scenes to the person next to you – and you don’t understand the jokes you are missing? Or when, at the climax, people stand and dance to the soundtrack, shouting in excitement? We heard many stories of black and white strangers hugging each other as the credits rolled, or of employers and their housekeepers sitting side-by-side, shedding simultaneous tears when the story gets weepy.Poking a bit of fun at … everyone We sent Nelson Mandela a copy for his 91st birthday and he loved it. Mandela is a Xhosa, like Grandma and the beautiful Ayanda, but he wouldn’t mind the gentle fun that is poked at their laid-back, stubborn stereotype. The film gives everyone a bit of a rev. But you don’t need to be South African to appreciate it. At heart, it’s a universal story about love and prejudice. It’s warm, charming, and reminds us that our similarities are greater than our differences. President Obama, you should see it! So … I’m not black. I live in the suburbs, and the lions I hear at night are in the Joburg zoo. But I am South African, and I think Americans are going to like our movie. If you do see it, don’t be afraid to laugh aloud, whistle, dance, cry and applaud during the show. And tell your friends. That’s how we do it. This article was first published in South Africa Now, a six-page supplement to the Washington Post produced on behalf of Brand South Africa. Download South Africa Now (PDF, 2.12 MB). 18 October 2010 South African hit movie White Wedding is currently showing in the US to rave reviews. Jann Turner, who directed and jointly wrote and produced the film, writes about the place that inspired it – South Africa. Are there lions in the streets? Do you live in a mud hut? How come you ain’t … ?last_img read more