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.
However, the Coyotes (17-10) are making their first trip to the Division II West Region tournament since 1998 when they face No. 2 Chico State (22-4) today at 2:30 p.m. at UC San Diego. Five of the eight qualifiers are out of the CCAA. Cal State San Bernardino women’s basketball coach Kevin Becker could not have imagined his team playing this late in the season last November. His leading scorer and rebounder, Christina Day, had gone down with a season-ending knee injury and he wasn’t quite sure who would pick up the slack. “I knew we had some girls with potential but we were still young,” said Becker, who his finishing his 11th season. “And I wasn’t sure how they were going to respond to seeing their leader go down.” The way the team has responded to that setback has made success more rewarding. The seventh-seeded Coyotes are a decisive underdog with Chico, ranked No. 11 nationally. The Wildcats have manhandled the Coyotes, winning this season 68-49 and 82-55. The Coyotes also lost a year ago 77-56 and 66-49. The Wildcats are the defending regional champion, having advanced to the national semifinals a year ago before falling to eventual champion Grand Valley State. If the Coyotes had fallen to the eighth spot, they would have gotten the top-seeded Tritons, whom they have beaten. But most welcome the challenge. “It’s nice to get a team we haven’t beaten,” said guard Denise Snyder, one of three seniors on the squad. “We know we’re the big underdog but it will make it that much better if we can pull it out.” The Coyotes were predicted to finish seventh in a preseason poll of member coaches and that was before Day got hurt. Throw out Bakersfield, which is transitioning to Division I, and the Coyotes were tied for third. While Day’s injury was a huge blow, other players were still confident. “From the first week I saw other girls in practice and we all got along well and I thought we could do well,” senior forward Mariqueta Starling said. The arrival of junior center Vanessa Wilt (18.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.46 bpg) from Cal Baptist helped make up for the loss of Day. She earned first-team All Conference and All-region honors. Joining in her in the starting lineup are Snyder (4.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg), freshman point guard Ashlee Ford (4 ppg, 2.4 apg), junior guard Staci Harris and sophomore forward Jaclyn Rainville (5.4 ppg, 4 rpg, 2.5 apg). Freshman guard Krystal Urzua (7.5 ppg) and sophomore forward Rachel Johnson (6.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg) are key shooters off the bench. They must make shots from the perimeter to prevent the Wildcats from double-teaming Wilt down low. Wilt was well under her average against the Wildcats both earlier meetings, scoring 13 and 11, respectively. The Coyotes were just 4 of 17 from long distance in those contests. Becker’s teams are traditionally solid defensively and that has been the case again with the Coyotes No. 10 in the country in scoring defense (54.1 ppg) and No. 15 in field-goal pecentage defense (35.3). But he knows his team must fare better on offense. “We can’t score in the 50s and expect to beat a team of this caliber,” he said. “We’re going to have to be in the 60s to have a chance.” Players are keeping the faith. “None of the pressure is on us. It’s all of them,” Wilt said. “We have nothing to lose.” Chico is led by first-team All-CCAA selection Amber Simmons (16.6 ppg, 8.5 rpg), a junior forward. Other starters are junior wing Audriana Spencer (12 ppg, 2.60 apg), senior wing Niki Simons (12.2 ppg, 2.6 apg), sophomore center Renee Goldoff (8 ppg, 8 rpg) and the CCAA freshman of the year Jade Smith-Williams (6.3 ppg). Former San Bernardino Valley College player June Burt is a reserve. The winner of the eight-team tournament advances to the Elite Eight on March 21-24 in Kearney, Neb. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!