For this year…9 dismissed so far, says Top CopBy Shemuel FanfairAs the Guyana Police Force (GPF) continues to remove its “rogue” elements, acting Commissioner David Ramnarine has affirmed that the Force has no place for unprofessional conduct, informing the public that some nine junior ranks were dismissed for their involvement in various types of motor vehicular offences.Dead: Anastacia KerrPolice statistics have revealed that for the period January-October 2017, some 28 junior Police ranks were involved in motor accidents, some of which saw persons losing their lives.At Monday’s press conference, the acting Police Commissioner said that nine of those ranks were dismissed. He added that the Police Force’s senior administration would not accept such unprofessional conduct, whether or not the ranks operated their private cars or one of the Force’s fleet of vehicles, some of which were involved in accidents in recent weeks.“You cannot be driving without fitness, insurance [or] drunk driving, and expect to be a member of the Force; you have to go,” Ramnarine strongly stated.In March 2017 in Berbice, Constable Joshua Ali, then unlicensed, was fined $37,500 after pleading guilty to Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol and breach of condition of provisional licence. Similarly, Police Constable Satrohan Gowkarran, who struck a pedestrian at Stewartville, West Coast Demerara, in a drunken state in September, pleaded guilty and was fined $7500 and had his licence endorsed for a DUI.Dead: Pulmattie RamotarCondemning such occurrences, Ramnarine suggested that new recruits were actively waiting to fill the vacuum that would be left by dismissed ranks.“The Guyana Police Force did not have a long line waiting to enlist five years ago, but today through the grace of God and through public trust, and other initiatives, we have a long line waiting out there, so when you slip up; I’m not going to wait on three strikes, that is the way forward for the Force,” he related, at the same time condemning the heavily tinted motor cars of junior ranks.In August, 58-year-old Pulmattie Ramotar, of Success, East Coast Demerara (ECD), succumbed two days after she was struck down on the Success Public Road by a police rank. Additionally, Eno David, 22, of Matthew’s Ridge, North West District, was struck down at the Soesdyke Public Road (EBD), East Bank Demerara, by a police rank, who was transporting an injured colleague, who himself was involved in a separate car accident in the early morning hours. Police had, however, claimed that no alcohol was found when breathalyser tests were conducted on these two ranks.The PPP 8497 Toyota Allion motor car which struck and killed Eno David at Soesdyke, EBD in August (Shemuel Fanfair file photo)In September, 20-year-old former Lot 5 Hope Estate, ECD resident and sales girl Anastacia Kerr lost her life after she was struck down and killed by a drunken Police Lance Corporal at the Ogle Public Road, ECD. It was reported that the Policeman was proceeding along the roadway in motor car PSS 3984, when the now deceased woman allegedly ran across the road and into the path of the vehicle. As a result, the left side of the car hit her.
Donegal 1-10 Dublin 0-13 Donegal will be playing their football in Division Two next season after being relegated from Division One after only managing a draw against Dublin at MacCumhaill Park today.Referee Michael Duffy certainly won’t be the most popular man amongst Donegal supporters after he awarded Dublin a controversial last minute free to allow Dublin to level the scores.Donegal went in three points ahead at the interval but Dublin matched Jim McGuinness’ team stride for stride in the second half to snatch a late draw. With Kerry beating Tyrone at Healy Park, Donegal had to beat Dublin to stay in Division One.With just two wins from seven league outings however, Donegal can have few complaints.Donegal looked sharp early on and raced into a five point lead at one stage only for Dublin to chip back the lead to just two points at the break.The game had to be delayed for up to 15 minutes as a crowd of over 8,000 fans filed into MacCumhaill Park for the game. Mark McHugh got Donegal off to the perfect start when he put the ball over for a point for Donegal after just 23 seconds.Donegal missed a couple of chances to go further ahead before Paul Mannion leveled from all of 35 yards for Dublin.Colm McFadden gave Donegal a great opportunity to put some early daylight between the sides when he latched onto Paddy McBrearty’s through ball to find the back of the net to make it 1-1 to 0-1.Paul Mannion tipped another long range effort over the Donegal crossbar to keep Dublin in touch and when Paddy Andrews added another for Dublin, there was just one point between them.Donegal then enjoyed a good passage of play as the forwards worked hard to find angles. Dublin tried to respond but used some cynical fouling to try to keep the Donegal forwards under control.Paddy McBrearty made up for an earlier miss to fist over for a point while Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden also added another couple of frees to make it 1-5 to 0-3 to Donegal after 25 minutes.Dublin are struggling up front and they look lost without target-man Bernard Brogan as Donegal looked the stronger team moving towards the interval.Dublin grabbed another point back through O’Sullivan who burst through from midfield and a minute later from Andrews again to leave three points between the sides. Andrews added another less than a minute later to leave just two points between the sides.Ryan Bradley added another point to give Donegal a three point lead just as the half-time whistle blew.Donegal stretched their lead when McBrearty slotted the ball over after a free was awarded to McHugh to make it 1-8 to 0-7.Paddy Andrews and Paul Mannion continued to be the thorn in the side of Donegal as they chipped away with points in the second half.With seven wides in the first half, Donegal were kicking themselves out of the game when they should have been further in front.It was end-to-end stuff and a cracking game for the large crowd.Paddy McBrearty had a solid game and kept two points between the sides to make it 1-9 to -10.But you always sensed that Dublin would battle right to the bitter end.Michael Murphy made it 1-10 to 0-11 when Rory Kavanagh, yellow-carded earlier on, won a free.And you sensed Lady Luck could be looking towards Donegal when Paul Durcan pulled off a terrific save from Jason Whelan.Jason McCaffrey left it a one point game a minute into injury time but with only seconds left, barring a disaster Donegal were staying in Division one.That disaster struck just seconds later when substitute referee Michael Duffy adjudged Donegal had thrown a pass and gave Dublin a lifeline.Paul Mannion, so clam all afternoon in front of the posts, put the ball over with ease and doomed Donegal to Division Two.CONTROVERSIAL LAST-GASP DUBLIN FREE RELEGATES DONEGAL was last modified: April 7th, 2013 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:Ballybofeydonegaldublinrelegated