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Late spurt to “modernise” Police Stations

first_img…Police need to be “comfortable” – RamjattanOver $700 million from Central Government and the Citizen Security Strengthening Programme will be dedicated to the modernisation of several Police Stations across the country.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanThis is according to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, who made the disclosure recently at the commissioning ceremony of the La Parfaite Harmonie Police Station, West Bank Demerara (WBD).He stated that Government would be providing $260 million for the rehabilitation of the Brickdam Police Station, Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica); the Leonora Police Station, Region Three (Essequibo Islands- West Demerara); the Special Branch Unit building in Georgetown; the Cove and John Police Station in Region Four and the reconstruction of the Anna Regina Police Station headquarters, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).Brickdam Police StationThe monies would also cater for the construction of the Fort Wellington Police Station, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice); the Mabaruma Police Station Headquarters building, Region One (Barima-Waini); Golden Grove Police Station Divisional Headquarters, Region Four, and the Mahdia Police Station Headquarters in Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni).“But we also had gotten monies form Citizen Security Strengthening Programme and this year … will see $80 million going towards the Mahdia Police Station, Wismar Police Station a sum in that equivalent about $80 million, Parika Police Station $59 million, Baramita gets $77 million and Albion Police Station will get $80.9 million. The Whim Police Station also being the beneficiary of $81.3 million, all to ensure that these facilities are brought to almost brand-new status if not brand-new status,” he stated.He emphasised that although training of Police ranks was integral in ensuring that quality security services were provided by the Guyana Police Force (GPF), the ranks should be provided with the necessary assets so that they can execute their functions effectively.“So that when trained they will utilise these assets for even improved services to the community … we need comfortable and pleasing circumstances in which they operate – their working conditions…”last_img read more


Kings Ice The Islanders, 3-2

first_imgUNIONDALE, N.Y. — The defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings have moved into a playoff spot in the Western Conference.Now they have eight games remaining to secure a return trip to the postseason.Their latest win — a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on March 26 — was anything but easy. They controlled the first period and weathered a difficult second.Then they grabbed their first lead early in the third, only to fall back into a tie moments later. But when Anze Kopitar scored with 4:23 left, Jonathan Quick shut the door on the slumping Islanders, and the Kings had their third straight win on a five-game trip.Los Angeles jumped one point ahead of Calgary into third place in the Pacific Division, a position that carries a playoff berth.“We didn’t have the best road record coming in but it doesn’t really matter what happened,” Kopitar said of the Kings, 15-14-7 away from home. “We are looking ahead.“We have eight games left, and we have to win a few more to get the spot.”Kopitar, who had a goal and five assists in his previous three games, got to a deflected puck off a drive by defenseman Andrej Sekera and fired it past Jaroslav Halak for his 16th goal.“We had some shifts after it was 2-2 that were pretty good momentum shifts until we finally did find a way to score,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter.Defenseman Alec Martinez had two assists, and Quick made 25 saves in his 400th NHL game. He has won at New Jersey, the New York Rangers, and the Islanders on this trip.Nick Shore netted his first career goal in his 28th game, and Tyler Toffoli also scored for the Kings.“It feels good any time you score a goal, but most importantly we came out with a win,” Shore said. “We are looking to keep it going in Minnesota (on Saturday).”Quick has won in his 100th, 200th, 300th and 400th NHL games.Frans Nielsen and Johnny Boychuk had goals, and Halak stopped 34 shots, but the Islanders fell to 2-5-2 in their past nine. New York, 0-5-1 in its past six home games, is struggling to wrap up a spot in the Eastern playoffs.“We have to pay the price and be better on home ice,” Islanders captain John Tavares said. “We’re not getting blown out, but we have to be sharper. We have to have a more simple approach.”Both teams scored during Los Angeles defenseman Matt Greene’s holding penalty taken 1:43 into the third period.The Kings took their first lead of the night on Toffoli’s 22nd goal — his fifth short-handed — 12 seconds after Greene was sent off. Jeff Carter fired a drive during a 2-on-1 rush that Halak stopped, but Toffoli converted the rebound.New York forged the second tie of the game when Boychuk ripped a shot from the blue line, with Josh Bailey in front at 3:31.Nielsen gave New York a 1-0 lead 5:31 into the second period when Travis Hamonic’s clearing pass sent Nikolay Kulemin streaking ahead on an Islanders’ 3-on-1 rush.Kulemin dropped the puck back to Nielsen above the right circle for a hard wrist shot that beat Quick inside the right post for his 13th goal.It was the Islanders’ fifth shot of the period, compared to only one for Los Angeles.New York gained even more momentum when it killed a Kings’ 5-on-3 power play that lasted 1:34. The Islanders even had the best scoring chance of the advantage when Bailey sprung Nick Leddy right out of the penalty box, but Quick turned him aside on the short-handed breakaway.That perhaps gave the Kings a lift because just 24 seconds after the teams returned to full strength, Dustin Brown curled with the puck behind the Islanders net, came out into the right circle and snapped a shot that caromed in off Shore’s skate at the top of the crease at 10:37.New York outshot Los Angeles 16-8 in the second to trail 22-21 entering the third.The Kings carried much of the play in the scoreless first, but they couldn’t get anything past Halak. Los Angeles held a 14-5 advantage in shots, but its best scoring chance was an attempt by Jordan Nolan that sailed to Halak’s right and struck the left post at 6:20.The Islanders didn’t put their first puck on Quick until Kyle Okposo’s drive 6:53 into the game.“We made too many mistakes and turnovers. We have to simplify our game,” Nielsen said. “I don’t think we’re tight. I don’t think we played badly.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


JDF to get Equipment from British Government

first_imgThe Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) is to receive advanced stealth communications equipment and a language laboratory from the British Government. British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Howard Drake, will make the presentation to National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting and Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson, at a handing over ceremony on November 27, at the British High Commission, on Trafalgar Road in Kingston, commencing at 10:00 a.m. The equipment will consist of Personal Role Radios (PRR), which are expected to significantly enhance combat effectiveness of the JDF by providing effective and clear communication to soldiers doing front line duties. According to Captain Basil Jarrett, Civil/Military Co-operation Officer at the JDF, the donation will improve the JDF’s capability to communicate. “What it will do is improve the communications capability in the field for the infantryman.  It will not just replace the traditional methods of communicating, but it will improve how we’ve done things in the past. Operations will be much slicker, they’ll be more effectively applied, it will be better to co-ordinate troop movements and to promote safety as well,” he told JIS News. Captain Jarrett said that the language lab will improve skills in French and Spanish in the JDF, which will enhance their ability to engage and operate in the Caribbean area. Some two years ago the JDF soldiers were first responders on the ground in neighbouring Haiti, following a massive earthquake that devastated that country. When they arrived, they found that language was a major hurdle in executing their duties smoothly. “People forget just how difficult a situation we faced in Haiti. One of the things that Haiti highlighted to us was the need for soldiers to be able to function in an environment like that, by simply being able to communicate with the people on the ground and with the other coalition troops.  So, the language lab will improve our inter-operability with other forces in the Caribbean and extra-regionally,” he explained.last_img read more


Rare tiger cub dies at NB zoo after being born with health

first_imgMONCTON, N.B. – Staff at a New Brunswick zoo are mourning the loss of a rare tiger cub who died more than a week after she was born with three siblings.The Magnetic Hill Zoo announced in a Facebook post that the young female tiger passed away Sunday despite efforts by her mother, Anya, and a veterinarian to help her survive.Officials at the Moncton zoo said it became clear on Saturday that she was failing and would likely not improve.“She was the smallest animal and was not putting on the same weight gain as the other animals,” Jill Marvin, director of the municipally owned zoo, said Tuesday.“On the weekend it was her temperature — when they’re not maintaining temperature, that’s when we feel they’re in a much more critical situation.”The cub was born as part of a litter of four to the zoo’s Amur tiger on May 11. This was the second litter for the mother, who arrived there in 2013 and had three cubs in 2016.It’s estimated there are only about 400 Amur tigers left in the world, with most found in northern Russia.Marvin said a necropsy would be done to try to determine the cause of death, but that it could have been anything from a birth defect to an inability to absorb nutrients.The Facebook post had received 800 responses Tuesday morning and was shared more than 150 times, with most expressing their sadness at the loss.“RIP little one,” one woman wrote. “My thoughts are with the wonderful staff and all involved in caring for her during this difficult time.”In the post, the zoo said the mother and three remaining cubs showed no signs of complications and are thriving. The survival rate in the wild and under human care for the tigers is about one in three.It said the mom and cubs will not be on exhibit for several weeks, “as they bond together and get through the difficult stages of early development.” Marvin said it’s not yet clear what will happen to the cubs, but that the zoo would likely talk to other similar facilities that might be interested in acquiring them.“They’ll stay with the mom until we feel they’re suitably developed and growing and then we’ll consider our options based on other institutions that may be interested in our animals,” she said.A photo posted on its page last week showed the two brown and black-striped females and two males lined up side by side on a white sheet, with one appearing smaller than the others.“While she was not with us for long, she made a huge impact on staff,” the zoo’s Facebook post said.last_img read more


Shailene Woodley And Rosario Dawson Join Native American Youth Protesting Oil Pipeline

first_imgOver the weekend, actresses Shailene Woodley, Rosario Dawson and Riley Keough joined a group of over 30 Native American youth to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline in front of the White House and in Union Square in NYC.“We have taken Native American’s land and not honored the treaties that were established,” said Riley Keough. “The living conditions on the reservations are already unacceptable and we cannot allow a pipeline to run directly through the water supply. It would be disgraceful.”“It is our responsibility to learn the narrative in which Native Americans recall their own history and are walking their own history, and this is a beautiful opportunity for that,” added Shailene Woodley. “Because not only are we saying enough is enough to the fossil-fuel industry but we’re saying enough is enough to silence. That’s why this fight is so profound to me.”You can see Shailene Woodley’s Facebook live recordings of the DC event here, see Riley Keough’s Instagram posts from DC here, and watch Rosario Dawson speak at the NYC event here.last_img read more