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  • Narco trafficking “mother of all crimes” – President Granger

    first_img…says efforts being undertaken to curb illicit tradePresident David Granger has stated that in tackling the mounting crime rate in Guyana, focus should first be placed on dismantling the local drug network, which he believes is the driving force of criminal activities.Speaking on the weekly televised programme ‘The Public Interest’, the Head of State called drug trafficking the “mother of all crimes”, pointing out that most criminal activities stem from the narco trade.The illegal marijuana cultivation discovered by the Police last Thursday at Araray Village, Upper EssequiboAccording to the President, as long as narco trafficking is prevalent, crimes such as gun running, money laundering and execution murders will continue to exist.“…as long as drugs keep coming into this country, it will be very difficult to control crime. Narco trafficking is the mother of all crimes… The huge amount of money that is generated in narco trafficking can be used to order executions, recruit rogues who could carry out crimes (foot soldiers), they can get young people to sell their drugs and they can bribe law enforcement officers,” he stated.Granger mentioned the role narco trafficking has been playing, particularly between 2000 and 2015, in contributing to the country’s crime wave which has been on a consistent high during that period.President David GrangerHe continued explaining that while there is no single answer to curbing the illicit drug trade, emphasis must be placed on the root of drug networks and that is what his administration is working on.The President noted that Government has recognised that narco trafficking is a transnational crime, and that it has the responsibility to ensure that Guyana’s land space and borders are more secure and free from the illicit trade.He mentioned the recent discovery of an illegal aircraft in Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and noted that local law enforcement is yet to establish a connection to the narco trafficking network. However, he stated that while this incident shows how easy it is to illegally get into the country, the discovery of the aircraft shows that local law enforcement is stepping up their ante.Furthermore, the Head of State sought to respond to criticisms that the coalition regime is yet to dismantle any local drug network, reminding that the country’s narcotics situation has been built up over the last 60 years and cannot be easily infiltrated.Nevertheless, President Granger posited that his administration has been taking steps to tackle the drug trade in Guyana, mentioning the creation of the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA) which is headed by retired Major General Michael Atherly and the establishment of the National Security Committee which examines every week the conduct of the Police Anti-Narcotics Unit, the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Anti-Narcotics Unit, as well as the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).The President added that these efforts, coupled with interactions with its international partners, particularly the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), will be used to interdict narco trafficking in Guyana. He recalled that Guyana has been partnering with other countries, United Kingdom and Jamaica of recent, in probing major drug busts that have connections here.“So I think (the criticisms are) unfair because we have set up the institutions and I think recently the National Drug Strategy Master Plan has been reissued. We are also now conducting investigations into an aircraft coming into our airspace illegally and we taking other measures to ensure the narco trade is brought to an end,” Granger emphasised.The Head of State further outlined that the country does not have adequate aircraft to patrol the borders; ships to patrol the sea space and vehicles to control the land space; his administration is nevertheless committed to arresting the local drug trade. However, he posited that Guyana is going to adopt extreme measures that other countries, such as the Philippines, has undertaken in tackling narcotics trafficking.The President’s statements came on the heels of the Guyana Police Force highlighting that its anti-narcotics efforts continue to be successful.In fact on Friday at a media briefing, acting Commissioner of Police, David Ramnarine, emphasised that “Our Narcotics Branch has been doing well so far and this substantiates the fact that our narcotics branch is still relevant and important.”He went on to disclosed that over the last three months, a total of 43 kilograms of cannabis, worth a street value of $22 million, was seized. Some 108 persons, including 96 males and 12 females, have since been charged.Additionally, the Police Commander detailed that during the same period, some 102 kilograms of cocaine, with a street value of $92 million, was seized. This resulted in 28 persons, 23 males and five females, being charged.According to Ramnarine, of the 102 kilograms of cocaine, some 90 kilograms alone were seized at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) from outgoing passengers in three separate cases.On the other hand, the acting Top Cop outlined that the Police Force has also been successful in its eradication efforts. He revealed that during such exercises over the past three months, a total of 21,150 kilograms of cannabis sativa plants were destroyed by fire in the Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) area alone.The most recent drug eradication exercise undertaken by the Police was at Araray Village, Upper Essequibo.During the twelve-hour exercise on Thursday last, in excess of nine acres of cultivated cannabis with about 8000 plants, ranging in heights from one foot to 10 feet, several nurseries with over 3000 seedlings and two make-shift tents were found and destroyed.Three males found tending to the cultivation were arrested. They were charged with cultivating prohibited plants and placed before the courts.last_img read more

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  • DDL commissions Guyana’s 1st Liquefied Natural Gas terminal

    first_imgAs part of its drive to employ clean energy sources for power generation, the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) recently commissioned Guyana’s first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) re-gasification terminal.Mark Superville of SPATT Limited with DDL employees during the practical sessions of the LNG trainingThe company is now using LNG to power its operations at its Diamond, East Bank Demerara operations.LNG is natural gas that has been chilled to minus 160 Celsius turning it into a liquid and making it safe to load and transport in specially designed containers. When warmed back to atmospheric temperature at DDL’s regasification terminal, the LNG becomes natural gas and is used to power electric generators and boilers.Natural gas, when used for power generation, emits significantly less carbon dioxide (CO2), fewer sulphur and nitrogen oxides, and almost zero particulate matter, making it the cleanest of all fossil fuels.Working with its Trinidad-based LNG fuel supplier, ICON LNG Trinidad Limited, DDL converted a pair of its diesel generators to dual fuel, powering them on a mixture of natural gas and diesel, thus helping it become one of Guyana’s cleanest power-producing companies.“We are very excited to be the first Guyanese company to use LNG for our power generation needs,” said DDL Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Vasudeo Singh.“As part of our efforts to diversify our fuel supply to cleaner alternatives, we studied the options and concluded that LNG or natural gas is a safe and proven fuel globally as well as here in the Caribbean region where it is being used extensively in Jamaica, Barbados, and the Dominican Republic in operations similar to ours. We are also pleased to partner with ICON LNG who provided us a turnkey equipment and supply solution for regular LNG deliveries,” Singh noted.ICON LNG Trinidad Limited is dedicated to delivering liquefied natural gas to where it is needed throughout the Southern Caribbean. With support from its LNG suppliers and technology partners, the Trinidadian company offers turnkey solutions that enable companies to upgrade their electricity generating equipment or process heating equipment to dual fuel and receive LNG deliveries to their doorstep on a reliable and timely basis.In order to support the LNG operations, DDL recently held a full-day training seminar for a number of its employees covering LNG awareness and safe handling procedures.The training course was conducted by experienced health and safety instructor, Mark Superville, of Safety Pass Alliance Trinidad and Tobago (SPATT) Limited.The course covered a range of critical topics including the properties of LNG, LNG tank design, loading and unloading procedures, required personal protective equipment and spill response procedures.Also included in the training was a hands-on curriculum at DDL’s regasification terminal where attendees became familiar with the operational controls of the LNG tanks as well as the proper procedures for connecting and disconnecting the tanks to the regasification terminal.Port personnel and truck operators from John Fernandes Ltd also attended the training seminar.last_img read more

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  • Defense lawyers to call first witnesses in gay ex-LAPD officer’s case

    first_imgPearson also said her estimates were reached on the assumption that Grobeson, if reinstated, would continue working until age 62. He is now 48. Grobeson currently makes about $14,400 annually as a part-time clerk at a Capital Drugs store. One of Grobeson’s former supervisors during his second stint with the LAPD, ex-Cmdr. Daniel Watson, is set to testify later today after Grobeson’s lawyers rest their case. Grobeson testified earlier in the trial that Watson was assigned by then- Chief Willie L. Williams to oversee his return to the department and that Watson told him he was not going to honor the settlement terms. More than three weeks after the trial began, lawyers for the city of Los Angeles are scheduled to begin calling witnesses today in a lawsuit brought nearly a decade ago by the LAPD’s first openly gay police officer. Former Sgt. Mitchell Grobeson is seeking reinstatement and back pay. The major claims of his 1996 lawsuit against the city are that he was treated differently because he was gay and that he was retaliated against when he returned to the department after a five-year absence. Today, an economist, Stephanie Rizzardi Pearson, will resume her testimony regarding the wages Grobeson has lost since being denied reinstatement, as well as the pay he would potentially receive between now and retirement. Yesterday, Pearson said Grobeson has past and future wage losses ranging from $3.1 million to $4.4 million. She told a Los Angeles Superior Court jury that she calculated Grobeson’s lost earnings based on three potential ranks within the department: sergeant, his last position, and lieutenant and captain, levels he could be eligible for considering his time with the department. Watson is now the South Pasadena police chief. Testimony in the trial began Nov. 19. The 1996 suit was the second Grobeson filed against the city. The first came in 1988, the same year he resigned from the LAPD — under pressure, he maintains. That suit resulted in a settlement, with the city agreeing to sweeping changes in the LAPD’s treatment of gay officers and homosexual applicants to the department. Grobeson returned to the LAPD in 1993 but left on a psychological disability retirement, maintaining he continued to experience discrimination and that the LAPD was not living up to the terms of the settlement. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.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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  • Man ordered to stay out of Inishowen following major disturbance

    first_imgA man has been ordered to stay out of Inishowen.Francis McDonagh, 19, appeared at Letterkenny District Court today. He was arrested along with a juvenile in the Earlsfort Avenue area of Buncrana last night following a major disturbance in the area.Gardai reinforcements had to be called into the area following the incident.He was charged with a breach of the peace, failing to comply with the directions of Gardai and engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour.Gardai said they were not objecting to bail if McDonagh agreed to a number of conditions.These include that McDonagh sign-on twice weekly at Letterkenny Garda station, that he supply Gardai with a mobile phone number, that he does not commit any other offence, that he stays alcohol and drug-free and that he stays out of Inishowen.The court was told that McDonagh will stay at 4 College Row, Letterkenny.Another juvenile appeared before Judge Paul Kelly arising out of the same incidents.He was also charged with a breach of the peace, failing to comply with the directions of Gardai and engaging in threatening and abusive behaviour.Despite Garda objections, the court agreed to allow the man to live with his mother in Buncrana but ordered that the man observe a curfew between 9pm and 9am.Inspector David Murphy objected to bail saying there was an “apprehension that what arose yesterday may happen again.”The man was also ordered to sign on at Buncrana Garda station and to remain alcohol and drug-free.The case has been adjourned to Buncrana District Court this Thursday.Man ordered to stay out of Inishowen following major disturbance was last modified: March 7th, 2017 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)last_img read more

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  • GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS SUFFER SHOCK DEFEAT TO ST KIERNAN’S

    first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels GAA News:SeniorsThe seniors were beaten by St Kiernan’s on Saturday evening.The boys put in a solid first half performance but two goals in quick succession on the turn of the half gave the Kiernans a six point lead which was clawed back to two points at full time.  Next up is Neasdan on Thursday 25th in the Conway cup with a 7.30pm throw in at Greenford.JuniorsThe juniors played Shalloe Pearses on Saturday evening in Greenford. Despite a mixed performance the boys went in at half time a point up. Unfortunately the game had to be called off due to a serious knee injury to the Pearses player/manager who was unable to be lifted off the field for some time. We wish him a speedy recovery.The boys make the annual trip to Coventry for the Ann Boyle memorial cup at the invitation of Rodger Casements.LadiesThe ladies are to compete in the county final in the coming weeks, date and throw in to be confirmed. Please come out and support the girls in which will be an historic day for the club.Club LotteryCongratulations to senior player John McGrath who won the jackpot of £2,500 last Thursday. John has been a member for the last few years. The club wish to acknowledge and thank John for very kindly donating £500 of his winnings back into the club.Presentation Night and ‘Take me Out’A very successful and entertaining presentation night was held on Saturday night last in the clubhouse. Medals were presented to the senior team who won all competitions in London last year and also the reserves who won the championship and league.The following were the individual prizewinners: –Young Player of the Year – Pat O’ConnorJunior Player of the Year – Pat FlynnLadies Player of the Year – Claire ToweyReserve Player of the Year – Adam AskinSenior Player of the Year – Marty McCoyMichael Cunningham was awarded the club person of the year, Michael has been involved in the club for the past 10 years and has been one of the main drivers in the minor board in recent years acting as chairperson while being actively involved with other facets of the club such as the Lottery, upkeep, etc giving up his time unselfishly.The club wish to thank the Vice Chairperson of the Co Board, Mr Tony O’Halloran for being present for the occasion.Following the presentations Conor Conneely had the tough task of matchmaking….despite some bad singing of Sean ‘Showtime’ Gaffney, Liam Cunningham kindly displaying his tattoo collection, Conor had a 100% record at the end of the evening in securing dates for all the boys and girls.There was a successful auction and raffle at the interval, thanks to everyone who kindly sponsored prizes.MeetingMonthly meeting of the executive will be held on Thursday 18th at 7.30pm in the clubhouse. All committee members to attend including the chairperson and secretary of the ladies and minor boards.ABC CompetitionThe club host the all British féile championships again this year on the 10th, 11th and 12th of July. This is a big honuor for the club and we ask all members to support in any way they can.GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS SUFFER SHOCK DEFEAT TO ST KIERNAN’S was last modified: June 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAANoticesSportSt Michaelslast_img read more

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  • Job Vacancy: Leading construction company seeks Quantity Surveyor/Buyer

    first_imgJob Vacancy: GDC (Irl) Ltd are currently recruiting for a Quantity Surveyor/Buyer to join the team for a full-time role.GDC (Irl) Ltd are an established Donegal based construction company who specialise in the construction of Quality Housing Developments.Due to expansion, they are looking to employ a Quantity Surveyor/Buyer with the desire and experience necessary to support the day to day operations of construction sites. The RoleThe successful person will support day to day management of construction site activities including;Liaising with subcontractors, suppliers and general foremanQuantifying and procurement of material and labour in advance of work activities onsiteScheduling and programming of deliveries and subcontractorsLiaising with managementThe PersonRequires a relevant Qualification in Quantity Surveying/Construction Management/Civil Engineering with a minimum of 3 years experience in a similar roleHave a strong commercial and contractual awareness with a good understanding of correct procurement methods and subcontractor appointments and paymentsHave a good practical and technical background in the construction sectorBe a strong communicator with good people skillsBe well organised, motivated and able to work using own initiativeIdeal candidate will have a full clean driving licenceTerms negotiable and depending on experience.Closing date for applications 5pm Friday 26th April 2019 Please forward your CV and cover letter marked for the attention of the Managing Director to GDC (Irl) Ltd, Kilderry, Muff, Co Donegal F93 XA 38, or by email to daniel.doherty@gdcirl.com.Job Vacancy: Leading construction company seeks Quantity Surveyor/Buyer was last modified: April 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:buyerconstructiongdcGDC Ireland LTDJob VacancyQuantity Surveyorlast_img read more

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  • Tips for Pitching in Person

    first_imgTags:#start#tips Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts audrey watterscenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market As an entrepreneur, you need to have a variety of pitches ready: the short and sweet elevator pitch that you can deliver on a moment’s notice, the email pitch that you can send to prospective investors or journalists, the pitch-deck that you have prepped. And while, sure, many of these pitches can be done electronically – for better, for worse – you need to be prepared for the face-to-face pitch as well (again, for better, for worse).First Round Capital’s Charlie O’Donnell has a number of suggestions in a recent blog post. He admits that pitch events are “a little bit contrived,” but recognizes that they’re a popular format. Unfortunately, in many cases the companies on stage at these events have innovative products, but deliver lousy (or at least mediocre) pitches.So here are some of the tips O’Donnell offers in order to help you improve your in-person pitches:Don’t rely on the technologyAssume that the technology will fail. Be ready to give your presentation whether or not your slides, the demo, the wireless, and/or the projector is functioning. That means having a copy of your pitch deck in multiple formats, in multiple places – in a PDF and a PowerPoint format, for example, on your machine, on a USB drive and on the Web.Be ready to give your presentation without your pitch deck. Your presentation should always tell a story, and you should be prepared to tell that story whether or not there are slides accompanying it. You should have your talking points memorized and you should know the order of the points you want to make. (And the order of these points should be meaningful. “Don’t then lead with team because you saw it in that order on some VC blog.”) Don’t let the technology be a distraction from your storyWhether or not the technology is fully functioning, you should be engaging. You really don’t want to be upstaged by your slides – or by your lack of slides. But then again, do make sure your presentation is professional-looking and visually-appealing.What other tips do you have for pitching in person and on-stage at pitch events? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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  • You Don’t Fail Because You Can’t. You Fail Because You Won’t – Episode 55

    first_imgYou don’t fail because you can’t do something. You fail because you won’t. Growth means being comfortable being uncomfortable for longer than you are comfortable.last_img

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  • WATCH: Bodybuilder breaks neck after failed backflip attempt

    first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games According to the New York Post, the South-Africa native tried to perform a back flip but failed to rotate enough mid-jump and landed on his head, breaking his neck in the process.The harrowing accident was caught on film, showing the muscle-clad athlete hyping the crowd and encouraging spectators to cheer him on.Instead of loud cheers, the arena fell into utter silence after Thabete failed and lay motionless on the canvas.Several officials came to his aid and rushed him to the hospital, where he passed away due to head trauma.Adding insult to injury, Thabete’s clip went viral and was mocked online, before the severity of his injury was announced to the public.ADVERTISEMENT — Renzo_Gracie_BJJ (@RenzoGracieBJJ) August 9, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAthletes from different sports are known to play to the crowd from time to time, but one bodybuilder paid the ultimate price after trying to show off for the audience.Sifiso Lungelo Thabete passed away after suffering injuries from a botched backflip attempt during a body building tourney. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Editor’s Note: This video contains graphic content. View at your own risk.A little reminder… Your Brain has no muscles to protect it.. Keep your head safe all the time. Avoid getting hit on your thinking machine pic.twitter.com/LT1BKXILMrADVERTISEMENT Mega Builders force rubber match for PVL men’s crown K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief The South African bodybuilding magazine Muscle Evolution, meanwhile, extended its sympathies for the family of the deceased and said the bodybuilding community was “shocked and saddened” by his unfortunate passing.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:WATCH: Enraged body builder slaps judge after losing contest View commentslast_img read more

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  • Australia beat Canada by 7 wickets

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