28 Police ranks involved in accidents

first_imgFor 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.last_img read more

HEARTACHE AS GIRL (19) KILLED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH

first_imgThe scene of this morning’s crash. Pic North West News PixANOTHER family is in mourning as a result of a death on Donegal’s roads after a 19-year-old girl was killed this morning.She was the front seat passenger in the car – the 19-year-old male driver received minor injuries. Gardaí at Ballybofey say they are investigating the single vehicle fatal road traffic collision which occurred at Dreenan. Ballybofey at approximately 4.25am this morningA Garda spokesman said: “A 19 year old female front seat passenger was fatally injured when the car she was travelling in hit a ditch, the 19 year old male driver was injured.“He is believed to have minor injuries. No other persons were involved.”The spokesman added: “The road is now closed to facilitate Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and diversions are in place. “Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was travelling in the area who may have information about the incident to contact them at Ballybofey Garda Station on 074-9137740, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.” HEARTACHE AS GIRL (19) KILLED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH was last modified: October 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BallybofeydonegalDreenanfatalroad crashlast_img read more

FARMER FORCED TO PUT DOWN CALVES IS FOUND NOT GUILTY OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

first_imgA Raphoe farmer who was forced to put down two calves after his herd appeared to be malnourished has been found not guilty of cruelty to animals.Letterkenny Court.Ivor Russell appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with the incident at Manorcunningham on October 19th, 2012. Gardai received an anonymous tip-off that cows at Mr Russell’s farm had not been fed and were in a poor state.Garda Denise Cassidy said when they arrived they witnessed a number of cattle who looked unwell and unfed.Three of the 15 calves in the field could not get up and twi of them looked particularly bad.Another 28 calves in the back of the field also appeared to be malnourished, said Garda Cassidy.She said there was no sign of any fee and the field look bare.She contacted the Donegal Animal Hospital and two vets, Gerard Roarty and Aimee Martin, arrived a short time later.Mr Roarty said it was dark when he arrived and he had to use a flashlight to examine the herd.He was forced to utinise two of the calves.Garda Cassidy got the tag numbers of the calves, contacted the Department of Agriculture and found the owner was Ivor Russell of Braehead, Raphoe.When interviewed by Gardai, Mr Russell said he had fed the animals two hours before Gardai arrived and that the calves were suffering from pneumonia.He told Gardai that he had injected some of the calves for pneumonia and said he thought it was unfair that Gardai didn’t look at the calves in daylight.He also added that he agreed there was not a lot of grass in the field but the animals were fed hay and they also got meal twice a day.When cross-examined Dr Roarty said he could not say without a post mortem how the animals died.He also added that pneumonia was a common form of death amongst bull calves.Solicitor Donagh Cleary said he was looking for a direction in the case because it had not been proven that the calves died from malnourishment.Judge Paul Kelly agreed and said that in a criminal case, the case had to be proven beyond all reasonable doubt.He added that there was no evidence before the court that malnutrition was the cause of death of the calves.He dismissed the charge against Mr Russell.FARMER FORCED TO PUT DOWN CALVES IS FOUND NOT GUILTY OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS was last modified: March 18th, 2015 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:calvescrueltydonegalIvor RussellRaphoelast_img read more

Positive unites artists against Aids

first_img9 May 2006Leading international and South African music, fashion, cuisine and artistic talent will come together under the banner of Positive, a star-studded Aids fundraising festival set to take place at Sun City from 8 to 11 June 2006.Featured at the event will be international luminaries such as Seal, Versace, Conrad Gallagher and Naomi Campbell, as well as local personalities Desmond Tutu, Karen Zoid, Kurt Darren, Arno Carstens, Danny K, Mandoza and Makhaya Ntini.The partnerships behind Positive aim to increase social awareness in the fight against the HIV/Aids pandemic. Proceeds will go to the Tapologo Aids Hospice, which serves the people in the mining area near Rustenburg in North West.“Tapologo is an extremely important initiative in the fight against Aids,” says Gavin Rajah, creative director of the Positive project.“Positive will be the most significant collaboration of fashion, art, food and music ever held in Africa, and essentially works across two levels: it will raise the funds needed to keep the project running and expanding and will also send a message to the world that HIV/Aids can be fought by supporting African-created solutions.”Concerts and exhibitionsThe highlight of the event will be a live performance by musical superstar Seal, on 9 June, who will be joined by international models Naomi Campbell, Fernanda Tavares, Emina Cunmulaj and Caroline Ribeiro.Running throughout the festival, the Positive Hope Healing and Compassion Exhibition, curated by leading British artist Craig Kilford, which will bring together the works of over 100 local and international artists.A minimum of 40% of the proceeds of artworks sold will be donated to Tapologo – although a number of artists have donated the full value of their work.Established artists exhibiting include Carrol Boyes, Guy du Toit, Barbara Jackson, Chris Diedricks, Johnson Baloyi, Ruth Levy and Conrad van Wyk.Running alongside the exhibition will be the Wall of Hope, a structure made up of works by local and international celebrities. Joining Craig Kilford in this exhibition will be celebrity canvasses by international stars Diana Ross, Westlife, Katie Melua, Aretha Franklin, The Feeling, Feeder and Metallica.Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Cindy Nel, Makhaya Ntini, Jaques Kallis, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Gwen Gill will also be providing artworks.Other events taking place throughout Positive festival include:A supper club with live entertainment from local artists featuring Karen Zoid, Kurt Darren and Arno Carstens at the Palm Terrace on Thursday 8 June.Live entertainment by Matthew Davison with dinner at the Peninsula restaurant on Friday 9 June.a golf day on the Saturday morning at the Gary Player Golf Course.The Valley of the Waves Festival of Hope, with live performances, a local fashion show, with various DJs and comedians keeping the crowds entertained for the entire day. Acts include Danny K, Lebo Mathosa, Loyiso, Mandoza and Watershed.The Positive festival will be launched at a banquet in the Sun City Superbowl on Friday 9 June. Celebrities, invited guests and sponsors will be treated to a five-course dinner created by four Michelin-star chefs led by the world-renowned Conrad Gallagher. The entertainment will be an extravagant staging of fashion, music and art.During the four days of Positive an exclusive auction will be held of specific exhibited work, collection fashion garments and limited edition items. All proceeds will be donated to Tapologo.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Five Industry Flame Wars No One Cares About Anymore

first_imgTags:#browser#Firefox#Linux#Microsoft#Microsoft Office#Netscape#OpenOffice#Windows Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts There once was a time when Microsoft was evil, open source was the underdog and flamewars between the two camps were frequent and fierce. Those were the days! Today the industry has traded those early wars for equally vociferous fights between Android and iOS adherents, or HTML5 vs. native mobile application development. However, given how the early battles have faded, it’s likely that today’s nasty flame wars will be tomorrow’s distant memories.Don’t believe me? Let’s see if you still care about these epic brawls of the 2000s.Windows vs. LinuxAs religious wars go, few can top this blood feud. Coming at the height of Microsoft’s market dominance, Linux was the open-source upstart that promised to topple the evil empire, spreading peace, love and open source to all. Microsoft was not amused.Though the Redmond initially tried to discredit Linux as “un-American,” labeling it “a cancer” in 2001. When that didn’t work, in 2003 Microsoft launched its infamous “Get the Facts” campaign, which was long on propaganda and short on facts, then doubled down on the campaign in 2005. When this didn’t work, either, Microsoft got its lawyers involved, dropping an unsubstantiated bombshell that Linux infringed 235 of its Windows patents. The open sourcerors fought back, alleging that Windows infringed on Linux’s intellectual property. Throughout it all, CIOs bought both Windows and Linux servers en masse, while dumping expensive Unix servers. This ultimately seems to have cooled tempers, with Linux dominating in new markets like cloud computing even as Windows remains strong for more traditional enterprise workloads. A new pragmatism seems to govern server OS choice.As for the Linux desktop, it never really caught on, despite its adherents’ fondest hopes. But this also hasn’t mattered, as mobile has displaced the desktop as the premier consumer computing platform. There, Linux (à la Android) is dominant, not Windows, leaving the two camps with little to fight about except royalties.Internet Explorer vs. Netscape (Firefox)Microsoft was at the center of this religious war, too, first beating market-leading Netscape into oblivion with illegal antitrust behavior. The Netscape browser, however, resurrected as Firefox, and this time Firefox seriously cut into Microsoft’s market share, eventually claiming more than 20% of the global desktop browser market, according to Net Applications.Along the way, developers took sides, proclaiming their allegiance in the form of website badges suggesting which browser to use. As for Microsoft, it relaunched its Get the Facts campaign, this time challenging the open-source browsers in the area of security, privacy and more.Over time, this war subsided, despite once being waged in the judicial system and the comments sections of myriads of articles. The desktop became less important, initially establishing Apple as the dominant force in browsers with Google claiming significant share in both desktop and now mobile browser markets.Microsoft Office vs. OpenOfficeAre you noticing a theme here? Yet again, Microsoft is front and center, this time being with its cash-cow Office productivity suite business under siege by the open-source community. Well, sort of. For much of the 2000s, Sun sponsored the vast majority of OpenOffice.org (now OpenOffice) development, and then helped to drive the emergence of the Open Document Format (ODF). While OpenOffice never seriously threatened Microsoft, it did prompt a marketing response.But OpenOffice’s more important legacy, and the one that Microsoft fought more vigorously, was ODF. Across the planet, Microsoft lobbied hard to kill any attempt to institute an open format that would obviate its proprietary Office file formats. It largely succeeded, with adoption for ODF largely stymied.Even so, a larger threat to both ODF and Microsoft has been the emergence of mobile as a primary computing platform. While Microsoft continues to print profits from sales of Office, as the world moves beyond the desktop the need for a full-fledged office productivity suite is fading, whatever the file format. GPL vs. ApacheOf course, Microsoft isn’t the only entity to generate angst and ire in the 2000s. Within the open source camp, the 2000s saw bitter rivalries, including KDE vs. GNOME on the desktop (which neither side won) and free software vs. open source everywhere.The most visible proponent of free software and the GNU General Public License (GPL) that powered it is Richard Stallman. On the more permissive open source side stood Eric Raymond. For a time Stallman and the free source crowd had the upper hand, but over the past few years Apache-style licensing has won out, given the freedom and flexibility it affords developers. This trend accelerated as open source went mainstream, and developers became more concerned with getting work done than scoring political points.Open vs. ClosedThe backdrop for each of these industry flame-fests is the question of open vs. closed technology. Originally confined to a question of licensing, “open” has come to comprise much more, including APIs and data. New breed technology-heavy companies like Facebook espouse openness, arguing that it encourages developer adoption and improves their services. Meanwhile, the closed camp…doesn’t really exist.Oh, sure, there are some who argue that open source is not more secure, or that open data is dangerous, or whatever. But whereas “open vs. closed” was really the fundamental question of the 2000s, it has largely been settled. Today, “openness” is like motherhood and apple pie: everyone loves it, or claims to do so. Today Microsoft openly uses and often advocates open source software. Oracle owns the leading open source relational database, MySQL, and commits significant development resources to advancing it.Which is, perhaps, why today’s big debates are less dominated by quasi-religious overtones. Progress? Yes. But a bit boring?Sadly, yes.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Matt Asay A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

KXIP vs KKR: Robin Uthappa and my dismissals were turning points, says Gautam Gambhir

first_imgChris Lynn’s brilliant 84 went in vain as Kings XI Punjab produced a clinical bowling show under pressure to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 14 runs in a tense IPL match on Thursday and stay in contention for the playoffs.Needing a win to keep their play-off hopes alive, KXIP could manage just 167/6 after being put in to bat but they defended the total courtesy a remarkable show by their bowlers at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.The hosts restricted KKR to 153/6 to win the match and remain in contention for a knock-out berth with 12 points from 12 matches. They are now at fifth spot in the league table.The pick of the KXIP bowlers was Rahul Tewatia who took 2 wickets for 18 runs from his two overs while Mohit Sharma got 2/24 from 3 overs. Sandeep Sharma did not take a wicket but conceded just 31 runs from his four overs.KKR made a rollicking start but lost the way later on as wickets fell in a heap after the KXIP bowlers put pressure by drying up the runs in the later half of run chase.KKR captain Gautam Gambhir felt his side played too many dot balls after the Powerplay and this cost them the match.”I thought we started off very well. After six overs, me, Robin (Uthappa) and Manish (Pandey) obviously played too many dot balls,” Gambhir said.The visitors began with all guns blazing with Sunil Narine and Lynn finding the runs with boundaries during the Powerplay overs. But once Narine was out, the runs almost dried up though Lynn was getting the odd boundaries.advertisementGambhir (8) struggled to get going as Rahul Tewatia sent the in-form skipper back early and Robin Uthappa got out for a golden duck two balls later.Gambhir termed Tewatia’s double blow as the turning point of the match.”I thought me and Robin getting out was the turning point. Credit to Kings XI, they hung in there and never gave us easy runs,” he said.Gambhir also suggested that this could be the end of the Narine opening experiment.”We have one more game to go. Me and (Chris) Lynn might open and Robin will be back at three. Maybe we could think about that combination in the coming games. At one point of time, the required rate was around 7.5 to 8, taking it to to 11, that was the turning point,” he said.KKR play Mumbai Indians at home on Saturday to wrap up their league engagements.last_img read more