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.
Chelsea striker Diego Costa scored goal no.11 in just his tenth Premier League game following a big money summer transfer as the Blues beat West Brom 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.The Spain international has wasted no time settling in and has continued last season’s excellent form where he scored 27 times for Atletico Madrid.And despite only making his Premier League debut in August, he is closing in fast on the sharpshooters who have been playing in England’s top flight since January.Click the arrow on the right to see which player has scored the most calendar goals this year. 6 3) Edin Dzeko (Man City): 14 goals – Edin Dzeko scored 12 times between January and the end of the 2013/14 season, though he has managed to find the back of the net just twice for Man City in the current campaign, with both coming against Hull. 6 6 2) Sergio Aguero (Man City): 16 goals – Sergio Aguero’s 12 Premier League goals so far this season put him at the top of the goal charts, which included four in one match against Tottenham. 6 8) Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Emmanuel Adebayor (Tottenham) and Diego Costa (Chelsea): 11 goals – click the arrow to see the striker with the most goals in this calendar year – Chelsea striker Diego Costa has already scored as many Premier League goals as Romelu Lukaku and Emmanuel Adebayor have in 2014 for Everton and Tottenham respectively. The problem Jose Mourinho complained about last season has been fixed with the arrival of £32m Costa, as the Blues now have someone to score goals and look on course to win a first Premier League title since 2010. 6) Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Man United) and Luis Suarez (Liverpool): 12 goals – Luis Suarez has gone, but he still has scored as many as Wayne Rooney has this year, while Suarez’s former captain, Steven Gerrard also has 12 goals. 4) Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) and Yaya Toure (Man City): 13 goals – Toure has only scored two Premier League goals in the current campaign, but was one of the players of the year last term and finished with 20 goals. Sturridge has spent most of this season in the treatment room, but was in scintillating form alongside Suarez as Liverpool’s title charge faltered at the final hurdle. 6 6 1) Wilfried Bony (Swansea): 17 goals – Bony ended last season with two goals for Ivory Coast at the World Cup and this season has five goals for Swansea, which puts him at the top of this list. Will the Jacks hang onto him in the January transfer window?