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Warning on bribes

first_imgPolice Commissioner Leslie James on Monday sent a strong warning to members of the public and law enforcement officers who are engaged in collecting bribes – that there is intent to prosecute both parties. To use the Commissioner’s own words “it’s a two way street…once there is no offer, there can’t be acceptance. It goes both sides offer and acceptance and let me warn you civilians, we are coming after you those of you who are offering.” Policemen and women, the world over, are well respected personnel and role models for young people who aspire to contribute positively to the overall development of their communities and its residents.They usually earn the admiration of citizens because of their unique display of honesty, integrity, patience, good temperament, politeness and commitment to maintaining law and order, especially in troubling times and turbulent circumstances. For some, these men and women in uniform stand like superheroes between victims and villains, and the oppressed and their oppressors.In short, Policing is a noble profession and is therefore guided by codified laws and practices which dictate exactly how its members are expected to behave in almost every rational circumstance. It is also governed by high standards and ethics which serve to encourage and motivate its members to become standard bearers as far as morality and public decency are concerned.In the developed world, there is no changing of the goal-posts or standards whenever breaches that warrant sanctions and criminal prosecutions are concerned if a Policeman breaches the law or acts in a hostile manner towards people seeking the assistance of various law agencies.In the Caribbean, the culture is different. In some parts, there is a temptation on the part of the middle management of various Policing units to conceal the excesses of Policemen and women who are accused and in some instances found guilty of breaching the standards, ethics and laws of the profession.As a direct result of their actions, if they go undetected by the top brass of these agencies, a new culture is passed down to their subordinates which embolden and encourage junior ranks to get involved in unscrupulous activities, which in the short and long-term damage the reputation of the entire profession.In Guyana, some Policemen and women are openly engaged in crime and criminality within the divisions that they serve. Others are caught breaching the ethics of their profession accepting bribes, victimising citizens, applying their own version of the law and abusing their positions in order to create additional wealth and sources of income.The situation has reached such a level where the lines between right and wrong are now blurred and there is widespread collusion between ranks at all levels to engage in dishonesty for the right price. Additionally, some law men are even in the habit of verbally abusing members of the public, using expletives and other derogatory language in the presence of their seniors.The image of the force continues to decline because of the indifference and non-action of those in authority. Enough attention is not being paid by the top brass of the force in disciplining ranks who breach the standards and ethics of the profession. There is no reassessment of the entry requirements for the force. There is no emphasis on engineering internal programmes to lift the morale of these lawmen to empower them to cope better in the field.The Public Security Ministry needs to work with the force to advance a modern customer service and public relations programme aimed at strengthening the performance of Police Officers and their interpersonal skills. Also, an advance policy that tackles corruption and collusion in the force must be adumbrated.Modern crime-fighting tactics can only be successful when the public demonstrates higher levels of trust, confidence and respect for Policemen. The criminals are wining in some respect because the public demonstrates indifference in providing information that could infiltrate the criminal enterprise across the country.The public’s attitude will not change unless the Policemen and women carry themselves with higher levels of dignity, respect, integrity, honesty and decency. History will not be kind to the current Top Cop unless he distinguishes himself as the one lawman who managed to set the force on a path to delivering a higher level of service to the Guyanese people.last_img read more

Three share lead as Woods falters in Hero World Challenge

first_img“I played nicely birding four of the par-fives, and on this golf course, we have five of them,” said Finau who is making his debut in the $3 million event hosted by Tiger Woods on the Albany Club course.“That’s what you have to do to play well, so I was able to do that today.“This is a golf course I’m not very familiar with, I played it once before we played. When I’m playing well, I feel like I can score on any golf course, especially a course that has five par-fives.Henrik Stenson of Sweden hits his second shot into the 16th hole during round three of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, Bahamas © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Rob Carr“We play a lot of golf courses on the PGA Tour there’s only two or three, so to be able to have those couple extra par-fives you just know you’re going to have some opportunities to score and I’ve been able to take advantage of those opportunities,” added Finau, who is nine-under on 15 par-fives through three rounds.The 29-year old Salt Lake City golfer said he had also benefitted from a small adjustment to his putter as he seeks to make amends after losing out in a play-off in last month’s WGC – HSBC Champions.“I added two degrees of loft in my putter after Thursday and then went out and shot 64 yesterday with it and so I decided to keep it,” he said.Stenson was four-under par over the outward nine holes but played the inward half in one-over as he seeks a first victory since capturing the 2017 Wyndham Championship.The $3 million Hero World Challenge event is hosted by Tiger Woods on the Albany Club course in Nassau © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Rob Carr“It’s a three-way tie for the lead so it’s very much an open ballgame,” Stenson said.“It’s a small-field tournament, but it still gives you a nice boost if you manage to win at the end of the day.”– Ace lifts Noren –Alex Noren of Sweden hits his second shot to the 16th fairway during round two of the Hero World Challenge in Nassau, Bahamas © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Rob CarrFellow Swede Alex Noren was celebrating after recording a hole-in-one at the par-three 17th hole in what was a remarkable finish for the Ryder Cup star.Noren was two-over par after 10 holes and then after a birdie on 12 he completed his closing five holes in bizarre manner – birdie (14), eagle (15), triple-bogey (16), ace (17) and birdie (18) in a score of 70 that put him tied for eighth on eight-under.Woods, meanwhile, couldn’t find any momentum, his third-round 72 seeing him drop to last in the 18-player field on two-under par.“I just haven’t played clean this week,” said Woods, who had five birdies on his card but also three bogeys and a double bogey seven at the par-five third.The 14-time major winner began the week battling a “bug” he picked up from his son Charlie.“Today was probably the best I’ve felt physically this week, finally started to get my energy back and started to feel a little bit better,” he said.Immediately following the event, Woods is flying by private jet to Los Angeles to board a QANTAS flight direct to Melbourne.He’ll be there for three days as part of his preparations as the USA Presidents Cup Team Captain ahead of the staging of the biennial event last next year.“We’ll go out there and look at the golf course and we’ll look at the set-up and drive around it and see the administrative side of it and where we’ll have the team facility,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jon Rahm of Spain reacts to his second shot into the 16th green during round three of the Hero World Challenge at Albany, Bahamas © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Rob CarrNASSAU, Bahamas, Dec 2 – Henrik Stenson, Jon Rahm and Tony Finau are tied for the lead on 13-under par heading into the final round of the Hero World Challenge.Sweden’s Stenson and Spain’s Rahm, who shared the overnight lead, couldn’t be separated at the close of day three in signing for three-under par 69s while American Finau birdied both the 15th and 16th holes in a round of 67 to join his European Ryder Cup-winning rivals.last_img read more

Messi cleared to return to action

first_imgAfter beginning his treatment for the injury in Barcelona, Messi then returned to his native Argentina to continue his recovery process during December.However, he returned to Barcelona last week to begin training with his teammates once more and Martino admitted it had been difficult to leave him out of Saturday’s 4-0 win over Elche.“I have spoken with him and he is in the squad,” Martino told a press conference on Tuesday.“We are happy for him and I am especially happy to have all the players available.“There was a lot of pressure for him to play against Elche, that would have been the normal thing to do. However, the difference now is that he has had more training sessions with the team.“Tomorrow we will see if he plays from the start or not.”The news comes also as a huge boost for Martino’s men as they travel to face Atletico Madrid in a top of the table clash in La Liga on Saturday.Both sides are locked on 49 points after 18 games having dropped just five points each so far this season0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, January 7- Lionel Messi is expected to make his return from a hamstring injury when Barcelona host Getafe in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday after being included in coach Gerardo Martino’s 18-man squad for the game.The four-time World Player of the Year hasn’t played since tearing his hamstring in Barca’s 4-1 win over Real Betis on November 10.last_img read more

Government to spend $134 million to re-grow B.C. forests

first_imgpreventing and mitigating the impact of wildfires;improving damaged or low-value forests;improving habitat for wildlife;supporting the use of fibre from damaged and low-value forests; andtreating forests to improve the management of greenhouse gases.” PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Premier John Horgan announced today that the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. will be awarding $134 million to 71 forest enhancement projects around the Province, with just under $1 million coming to Northeast B.C.Horgan said that the FESBC will award $99 million to projects in the Cariboo, with the majority focused on restoration of public forests impacted by last year’s record wildfire season. The funding for the Cariboo includes $65 million for the Forest Carbon Initiative to help combat climate change. The initiative supports projects such as increased planting density, incremental reforestation, improved utilization and enhanced fertilization to grow and store forest carbon, reduce emissions and deliver greenhouse gas benefits.“In the wake of the 2017 wildfires, our government has a responsibility to restore damaged forests and support communities,” said Horgan. “These investments in reforestation will benefit ecosystems, workers and the communities that rely on forestry for their livelihood.”- Advertisement -Projects Northeast B.C., which was spared from extensive forest fire damage last year, will be getting $803,050 in funding.“Forestry supports tens of thousands of workers and families throughout the province,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “Today’s funding will help support B.C.’s economy and our environment.”The provincial government said in a release that the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. was set up “to advance the environmental and resource stewardship of British Columbia’s forests by:Advertisementlast_img read more

MCHUGH ANNOUNCES €795K ROLL-OUT FOR NEW AUTISM AND DISABILITY PLAN FROM DONEGAL

first_imgFine Gael TD Joe McHugh has confirmed that the Government has sanctioned €759,000 for a new national Comprehensive Transition Plan for adolescents with autism and learning disabilities, to be rolled out by the National Learning Network in Donegal.Deputy McHughThe network has its centre at Rossview Business Park, Port Road in Letterkenny.Speaking to Donegal Daily tonight following the announcement, Deputy McHugh said “This €759,000 project to be rolled out by the National Learning Network from its centre in Letterkenny is part of the Government’s Disability Activation Project (DACT), “It is aimed at ensuring that school leavers with autism or withan intellectual disability are enabled to avail of transitional supports for progression, education and development opportunities.“This is about helping people with an intellectual disability or with autism to progress to the next stage of life.”“The DACT project announced today by Minister Burton is a package of the types of initiatives that were envisaged by the delegation of Fine Gael TDs who met with Minister Burton on Budget night 6th December 2011 to discuss Disability funding.“That night we made a very strong case that the Government should focus its strategy for young adults with disabilities, on labour activation measures. Minister Burton’s announcement today is a huge step in the right direction and I compliment her for putting this Disability Activation Project together.”  MCHUGH ANNOUNCES €795K ROLL-OUT FOR NEW AUTISM AND DISABILITY PLAN FROM DONEGAL was last modified: October 25th, 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:deputy joe mchughNational Learning Networklast_img read more

Driver crashes into store

first_imgPASADENA – No one was injured in what could have been a devastating accident at 2:08 p.m. Thursday at a Blockbuster at 3607 Foothill Blvd., according to Lisa Derderian of the Pasadena Fire Department. Eighty-four-year-old Joseph Macri said his Mustang flew through the front window of the Pasadena video store because the gas pedal was stuck. “I couldn’t make the turn and I just went into the window,” said the white-haired Macri, who seemed unaffected as a tow-truck driver dragged the light-brown vehicle out of the store and into the parking lot. “I feel alright.” Derderian said the driver was treated and released and that no customers were inside the store at the time. The store was closed until further notice, said Derderian. The accident caused an estimated $15,000 in damage to the store and about $1,500 to the gas vault, said Derderian. mary.gurton@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleMacri’s car became airborne before crashing into the store after it slammed into a cement-filled post out front, said Kevin Minikwu, 21, an employee at the Jamba Juice smoothie shop two doors over, who witnessed the accident. “I heard the acceleration,” said Minikwu, explaining that he had a bird’s-eye view from behind the store’s cash register. “Then I watched it hit the cement post. Then it flew into the air and crashed through the glass. I didn’t believe it at first.” Inside the store, shattered glass spread out before some eight rows of DVDs and video racks squashed into each other accordion-style. Outside, employees of the Southern California Gas Company assessed an open vault directly in front of the store, which contained an industrial gas line. “Lucky it’s in the ground,” said field operations supervisor Danny Thomas, pointing out a segment of pipe beneath the sidewalk. “We could have had a serious gas leak.” last_img read more

Peter Casey stirs controversy with ‘Late Late’ Traveller video

first_imgFormer Presidential hopeful Peter Casey has sparked more debate after sharing a parody video of his Late Late Show interview.The Donegal-based businessman released a cartoon on social media last night that has been branded as ‘disgusting’ and ‘poor taste’, while other people considered it funny and agreed with the message.The video is a take on Casey’s recent interview with Ryan Tubridy in which he was quizzed over his beliefs on the rights of the Travelling Community. The video takes direct aim at the Travelling Community by inserting clips of deceased fighter Joe ‘The Hulk’ Joyce.It also slams the professionalism of Tubridy and RTE producers.The parody has made waves online, with people commenting to Casey: “This is in very poor taste, not remotely funny.”Another Twitter user wrote: “Totally inappropriate and distasteful for someone who seeks Public Office.” Other comments praised Casey and found the video to be funny.RTE received over 500 complaints from the public after Casey’s original Late Late Show appearance. The businessman said the interview style as ‘insulting’ and criticised Tubridy for being ‘unprofessional’ and ‘patronising’.Casey secured almost 343,000 or 23% of first preference votes nationwide to come second in October’s Presidential Election.Peter Casey stirs controversy with ‘Late Late’ Traveller video was last modified: November 16th, 2018 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:Late Late ShowPeter Caseylast_img read more

Amazon Remembers Its Origins: Buys Abebooks

first_imgCurrently, there are over 110 million books from over 13,000 sellers available on the site. Besides AbeBooks, the company also runs the book search aggregation site BookFinder and provides a sales and inventory management through Fillz.com.AbeBooks also has a very active user community. Judging from the email AbeBooks send out to its sellers, it would seem that nothing much is going to change on the site for now and that the management team at AbeBooks is also going to remain in place. frederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Amazon today announced that it will acquire AbeBooks, the online marketplace for used and rare books. Given the breadth of Amazon’s product line, it is sometimes easy to forget that, at its core, Amazon is still a book seller, even if its product line now ranges from hosted Web 2.0 services to bulk groceries. AbeBooks, which was formerly known as the Adcanved Book Exchange, launched in Canada and the US in 1996 and has since expanded to Germany, Italy, France, the UK, and Spain. AbeBooks will continue to operate under its own name.In many ways, buying AbeBooks is almost the antithesis of of what Amazon has done lately with pushing into electronic books with the Kindle and hosting Web 2.0 services like EC2, S3, and its recently launched Flexible Payment Service.AbeBooks has generally stuck to its roots, by creating a thriving marketplace for rare and used book sellers worldwide. It is not clear if there will be any direct benefits of this acquisition by Amazon for the merchants on AbeBooks, though chances are that Amazon is going to start integrating the AbeBooks inventory into its own store. This will give the AbeBooks sellers access a far larger market to sell to than just the AbeBooks community, though many of them were already listing their inventory on Amazon (and other services like Alibris and Biblio.com anyway). A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Amazon#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

User Experience Psychology And Performance: SmashingConf Videos

first_img (ra, il)From our sponsors: User Experience Psychology And Performance: SmashingConf Videos Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 Posted on 1st August 2018Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeWeb DesignUser Experience Psychology And Performance: SmashingConf Videoscenter_img User Experience Psychology And Performance: SmashingConf Videos User Experience Psychology And Performance: SmashingConf Videos The Smashing Editorial 2018-08-01T13:30:35+02:00 2018-08-01T12:00:50+00:00Today, we’d like to shine a light on two videos from our archives as we explore two very different approaches to User Experience (UX). The first explores how we relate our websites to the needs and situations of our visitors, trying to meet them where they are emotionally. The second is a detailed technical exploration into how we measure and track the data around performance as it relates to user experience.The second video may seem unrelated to the first video; however, while the collecting and analyzing of data might seem very impersonal, the improvements we can make based on the information makes a real difference to the experience of the people we build our sites to serve.Designing Powerful User Experiences With PsychologyRecorded at the SmashingConf in San Francisco earlier this year, Joe Leech explains how psychology impacts user experience. Joe explains the frustrations people using our products face, and the things happening in their everyday lives and environment that can make interacting with our websites and applications difficult. He goes on to help us understand how we can design in a way to help these visitors rather than frustrate them.How’s The UX On The Web, Really?Once you have created a great user experience, how do you know that it is really working well? Especially in terms of site performance, we can track how people are using our sites and examine that data to see what is really happening.At the SmashingConf in London, Ilya Grigorik was the Mystery Speaker and spoke about the ways to assess performance in real terms, and benchmark your application against other destinations on the web.Enjoyed listening to these talks? There are many more SmashingConf videos on Vimeo. We’re also getting ready for the upcoming SmashingConf in New York — see you there? 😉With so much happening on the web, what should we really pay attention to? At SmashingConf New York 2018 we’ll explore everything from PWAs, font loading best practices, web performance and eCommerce UX optimization, to refactoring CSS, design workflows and convincing your clients. With Sarah Drasner, Dan Mall, Sara Soueidan, Jason Grigsby, and many other speakers. Oct 23–24. Check the speakers → User Experience Psychology And Performance: SmashingConf VideosYou are here:last_img read more

ATV chase leads to two arrests in Fulton

first_imgAn ATV chase leads to two arrests in Fulton.Police say Daniel Pittman, Jr. did not pull the four-wheeler over at first while riding on Route F on Sunday afternoon. They say he stopped near Stonemill Drive.Pittman, 26, had a felony probation warrant.A Fulton woman, 57-year-old Teresa Lee, allegedly assaulted a cop during the arrest, and was taken into custody too.last_img