The fear of crime in any society is as damaging as the act of crime itself. It is emotionally taxing for the people who live in fear; the fear of crime can negatively affect residents’ behaviour, reduce community organisation and deter new businesses from wanting to open in the area for fear of being robbed.This adds to the economic woes of an area. Let’s face it: crime is bad in general, but generally bad for business. In Guyana, it appears as though no community, village or region is immune to incidents of crime.The perception of a community as crime ridden can deter people from going there and induce residents to move away. This causes damage to the economy. The local news is riddled with daily reports of robberies, murder, rape, etc. Undoubtedly, these stories will be circulated internationally, thanks in part to social media and increased connectivity. Potential investors will then shy away considering the risks involved. Who wants to invest in a high-risk environment?Just recently, one proprietor fell prey to robbers twice in one month, with millions in losses; he has said publicly that he is unsure if he will ever reopen. How many more victims and businesses feel the same way? If we are brave enough to face the truth, we can conduct a survey to get a better understanding of how the business community feels. To get their opinion on the future of doing business in Guyana.In order to prevent crime from happening, businessmen will then be called upon to ‘beef up’ security to protect their businesses; again whatever the measure employed, it comes at a cost.Let’s face it, as businesses and professionals leave the community, local government will miss the revenue generated by taxes and business rates. As the council’s budget declines, there may then be a reduction in services, such as waste collection and disposal. This, in turn, can affect the quality of life within the community, leading to potentially higher rates of crime. This cycle can have a directly negative impact on the community:There has been a call for increased entrepreneurship, for the young people of this nation to be the drivers of industry and the generators of employment. But it is left to the powers that be to ensure that the environment is such that it will foster this move.Besides the obvious unrest that is experienced by the business community and residents of a society that has crime, it is also felt in the pockets of taxpayers.New prisons and jails, community programmes and money for more Police protection all come directly and indirectly out of the pockets of taxpayers. Society loses when investing in new jails rather than paying employees higher wages.Some neighbourhoods involve themselves in programmes such as neighbourhood watches to prevent crimes. This too has a high personal cost. In areas where crime is prevalent, residents notice direct effects in terms of depreciated housing, education and job availability in the surrounding economy.The question remains, at what point does it all become too costly? We have seen far too many of our friends, neighbours, colleagues and associates pay the ultimate price. They have given their lives.And so we sit back and trust that our officials will craft an effective security plan or programme to tackle the issues at hand.Yes, we want to see our economy grow we would welcome new investors to our country and most definitely, we will benefit from increased entrepreneurship.However, if our country is to meet the growth targets that have been set, business must be able to operate in a safe environment.This can only be achieved through strong and sustained action by Government security agencies at all levels, supported by a culture of community participation in assisting with the detection and control of crime.It will take a collective effort and immediate action, but, as we have seen, the cost of doing otherwise is definitely too high.
Dear Editor,An NCN “Government responds to the US Embassy” report on the evening of April 29, 2019 presented the General Secretary of the People’s National Congress, Minister Amna Ally’s pathetic response to the US Embassy’s “objection, in the strongest terms, to the actions taken in the National Assembly to pay homage to former Member of Parliament Abdul Kadir, who was convicted of conspiring to commit acts of terrorism on US soil”.In her response, the GS trivialized the significance of the objections not just of the US Administration but of all decent minded Guyanese. How could the General Secretary of the PNC not comprehend that this was an MP who was sentenced for a serious crime against humanity and therefore forfeited his rights as a former parliamentarian to be honoured. The GS dismissed the outcry of the majority of Guyanese and the statements by the diplomatic representatives of the USA, the UK and the European Union which have all suffered as a result of terrorist acts. Coming on the recent terrorist acts committed in Sri Lanka and New Zealand, the statements by the GS of the PNC and her government that it “regrets the interpretation by the US Embassy” demonstrates the callous and opportunistic nature of the government and its leaders.This is in sharp contrast to the PPP press release dated April 27, 2019 which recognized that the passage of the motion in the National Assembly on April 26th, 2019 put an “indelible stain on our people and national character that will not be forgiven or forgotten by those who have suffered at the hands of international terrorism.”The PNC and the APNUAFC government brought the National Assembly into disrepute and the entire nation under international scrutiny. One also has to ask how was this motion allowed by the Speaker when so many Opposition motions of national importance such as the rice industry, Wales Estate closure, the economy, for example, were disallowed ? Surely the Speaker could not have been so naïve? He could have used his pen to strike out the motion as he did before.Minister Ally’s banal attempt to split hairs and do damage control by saying that the government only spoke about him as a parliamentarian and not as a terrorist leaves one dumbfounded. Her callous assurance that the “sympathy motion that was passed in the National Assembly for its late member Abdul Kadir, who was convicted of a terrorist act in the US, in no way supports terrorism” is an insult to Guyanese and to all victims of terrorism across the world.The GS then most deceptively tried to cover up her government’s shame by drawing a comparison between former Minister and MP Ronald Gajraj and Mr. Kadir. Let us put the facts in case the PNC believes they can continue to kafuffle the public with impunity.First of all, Gajraj was never charged, arrested, convicted or sentenced for terrorism or terrorist activities in Guyana, or, elsewhere, or, for any crime anywhere. Mr. Kadir was. Judge Irizarry at the time of his trial stated that “There can be no doubt whatsoever that the offences for which Mr. Kadir was convicted are about as serious as they come, short of actual murder,” In contrast, the Commission of Inquiry appointed by then President Jagdeo–which Brigadier David Granger was a member—to investigate allegations of extra-judicial killings, demanded by the then PNC opposition, exonerated Minister Ronald Gajraj. The GS in spinning this web of deception goes on to claim that there was a similar motion tabled in honour of former Minister and MP Ronald Gajraj. Mr. Gajraj passed on December 15, 2018 and since then there has been no motion tabled or debated in the National Assembly on Mr. Gajraj. At the January 3, 2019 sitting, it is reported that there was one minute silence for 3 former MPs, Heralall Mohan, Ronald Gajraj and Abdul Kadir.Following the US Embassy statement, the government should have issued an unequivocal apology to the US Administration and to other nations which have suffered as a result of terrorism and terrorist activities and continue to be under threat.In fact, no nation is safe as we have also experienced in Guyana. The trail of Abdul Kadir provided that insight to our own vulnerability at that time.The FBI Archives (U.S. Attorney’s Office ( NY Eastern District) December 15, 2010, revealed that “At trial, “Kadir, a former member of the Guyanese parliament, admitted that he regularly passed information to Iranian authorities about sensitive topics, including the Guyanese military, and believed himself bound to follow fatwas from Iranian religious leaders. On June 2, 2007, Kadir was arrested in Trinidad aboard a plane headed to Venezuela, en route to Iran. He was subsequently extradited to the United States”. Furthermore, “Kadir admitted under cross-examination that he drafted regular reports for the Iranian ambassador to Venezuela, including details like the “low morale” in the Guyanese army. The documents he allegedly drafted included a five-year development plan to promote Islam in Guyana, which included references to infiltrating the military, police and other government agencies.”So not only did the Government offend the USA and all nations who have suffered from terrorism but simultaneously offended all Guyanese. Here was a person who violated the constitution art 155 (1) (a) that a person was disqualified to be a member of the National Assembly who had “any acknowledgement of allegiance, obedience, or adherence to a foreign power”. Kadir by his action and admissions in court did have allegiance to a foreign power. While one must remember this same article has been interpreted by the Guyana judiciary as the reason given for the removal of parliamentarians with dual citizenship, it also refers to Guyanese citizens who are accused of spying, treason and undermining the security of a nation.Surely it must have concerned the Commander in Chief President Granger that the Guyana National Assembly was honouring a man who spied on his country, including the very Guyana Defence Force which he had previously headed, and, sent reports to a representative of foreign state? Surely it should have struck the President that under his government’s Anti-Terrorism Act Kadir would have been charged with treason?But then maybe one should not be surprised, as the PPP statement of April 27, 2019 pointed out“The PNC has a history of honoring and exonerating violent criminals. Linden ‘Blackie’ London whose reign of terror ended when he was killed in a shootout with law enforcement services of Guyana, was honored by PNC leaders, who infamously draped Blackie’s coffin with Guyana’s national flag, the Golden Arrowhead. In addition, the five prison escapees who wreaked havoc and were responsible for murder, mayhem and an unprecedented crime wave, were dubbed ‘freedom fighters’ by many leaders of the PNC.The Lindo Creek Commission of Inquiry (COI), during which the father of a sitting Minister was its lone Commissioner and the brother of another Minister its legal counsel, was aimed at “exonerating” Rondell “Fineman” Rawlins. All of these actions show a pattern of association and glorification of homegrown terrorists.”The main objective of the same Commission was to point the finger and blame the Guyana Defence Force and the Guyana Police Force for the Lindo Creek massacre.One must also not forget that the kidnapping and the grotesque murder of the Iranian Cleric, Imam Ibrahemi in 2004 remains a mystery. The Imam was associated with Kadir and the mosque he set up in Georgetown. The link between Kadir and the “Buxton gang” and international terrorists is/was known to several leading former members of the security services and leaders of the present day PNC and AFC. Maybe the Guyana Police Force should re-open this cold case and others of the 2002-2008 era.I have tried to comprehend why the APNUAFC government would take such a risky and reckless action and more disturbing such a cold hearted reaction to the US, UK and EU statements. l can only wonder if this motion, being brought 6 months after Kadir passed, was merely a desperate attempt by the PNC to win back sections of the Kadir family and disillusioned supporters in Linden back to the PNC fold.If l am right –and l hope that l am wrong —that the government would risk our nation’s image and place us under additional international scrutiny as a “defender of terrorists” for such self-serving and opportunist reasons, then, all Guyanese, must call on the government to resign forthwith. They have betrayed our people, our constitution and rule of law repeatedly but this one is unforgiveable.Sincerely,Gail Teixeira
This week, Tom Rennie is joined by the former Tottenham, Colchester & Reading midfielder Kevin Watson to talk about a massive relegation scrap on Saturday – as Leicester City look to condemn Newcastle to their 8th straight Premier League defeat. Ahead of the match we’ll be hearing from managers Nigel Pearson & John Carver and the former Foxes winger Darren Eadie.Jason Euell also joins us (former Wimbledon, Charlton, Blackpool, Southampton) to discuss Chelsea’s coronation as Premier League champions. The Blues will win the title if they beat Crystal Palace on Saturday.Elsewhere, we’re discussing two teams joining the Premier League next season in Watford and Bournemouth, the former Liverpool, Fulham and England midfielder Danny Murphy gives us his ‘three to watch’ and Emma Dodds from Dubai Eye (one of talkSPORT’s Global Audio Partners) plays the predictor game ‘Tom Against The World’.
Arsenal have followed north London rivals Tottenham in having a go at the dizzy penalty challenge for Global Goals.Mikel Arteta and Theo Walcott were the club’s representatives before mascot Gunnersaurus had a go under the watchful gaze of Arsene Wenger.Check out how they got on above.. and click here to find out about the Global Goals campaign.
Bruins coach Karl Dorrell must have thought it had more to do with coaching than the players because Tuesday, 18 days after UCLA’s bowl game, the third-year coach fired Kerr. Dorrell was out recruiting and didn’t speak with reporters. Instead, a three-sentence statement was issued. Lynn, who spent the last two seasons as the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive backs coach, was fired two weeks ago. Previous to coaching in Baltimore, Lynn was with the Giants for seven seasons, including two as Jim Fassel’s defensive coordinator. Kerr’s firing comes a day after running backs coach/recruiting coordinator Eric Bieniemy accepted a job with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, and at a peculiar time given UCLA last played Dec. 30 in the Sun Bowl. “I gave (Kerr) everything I had and he gave me my chance, and that’s what I wanted,” UCLA linebacker John Hale said. “I didn’t want to see him leave. He’s the reason I played this season. He made me who I am. It’s kind of tough right now. Hopefully, we’ll get someone good in. Coach Kerr, he’s a great guy, a great coach. He did great things with me and many other players.” UCLA ranked 18th in total defense in 2003, when Kerr had a defensive line of Mat Ball, Dave Ball, Rodney Leslie and Ryan Boschetti. But the Bruins lost their top five defensive linemen from that squad, and the results in 2004 were not pretty. UCLA finished 106th in the nation in total defense, and allowed a staggering 25.7 points per game. The defense was supposed to be better this past season, but despite going 10-2, UCLA’s defense again lagged behind. Defensive line starters Kevin Brown and Nikola Dragovic were lost to season-ending injuries. Kerr also lost another potential starter at defensive tackle, as C.J. Niusulu was booted from the program. A thin linebacking corps, weakened by the declining health of middle linebacker Justin London’s ankle, also was a factor as UCLA ranked 113th of 117 teams in total defense (468.1 yards per game). The Bruins were 116th in rushing defense (232.7 ypg) and 108 th in scoring defense (34.2 ppg). The final straw may have been UCLA’s 66-19 shellacking at the hands of USC on national television last month. After the game, several former players complained about Kerr and the schemes he used to try and slow Trojans tailback Reggie Bush. Against the Bruins, USC ran for 430 yards, amassed 679 total yards and ran 95 plays. Brian Dohn, (818) 713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When Larry Kerr had an experienced defensive line, UCLA was a top-20 defense. That was in 2003, a far better time for the Bruins’ defense than the last two years. With a litany of inexperience and injuries, UCLA’s defense flopped, an was ranked as one of the worst in the nation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “This was a very difficult decision for me to make,” Dorrell said. “Larry is a fine coach and he did a good job helping us build our foundation. But at this time, I felt it was in the best interest of the program to make a change.” Kerr, who was a close friend of Dorrell’s, said he had no comment. “Not a word,” Kerr said. “Nothing at all.” Dorrell’s search began immediately, and possible candidates include Texas co-defensive coordinator/defensive backs coach Duane Akina and former UCLA defensive back Johnnie Lynn, a former defensive coordinator with the New York Giants. Akina was a candidate for the defensive coordinator’s job three years ago, but turned it down because of a timing issue. Kerr, who spent the previous 10 seasons at Colorado State, then accepted the job. Calls to Akina were not returned.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency Monday in seven northern and central California counties swamped by weeks of storms and flooding. More heavy rains loomed in the forecast. The counties are Amador, Calaveras, Fresno, Merced, San Joaquin, San Mateo and Stanislaus. In his declaration, the governor wrote that “extreme peril to the safety of persons and property” afflicted those regions following the rainiest March on record, and an unusually wet early April. The declaration effectively means that Schwarzenegger was convinced the counties cannot recover without state help. It does not set out specific actions or dollar figures on aid, but directs “all agencies of the state” to dispatch staff, equipment and facilities. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Marseille have joined Leicester City in the race to sign highly-rated Sassuolo defender Francesco Acerbi.Premier League champions Leicester have been closely watching the centre-back and are considering a January swoop.But, according to reports in France, they now face a battle with Marseille to land Acerbi.The Ligue 1 club have money to spend after recently being taken over by billionaire Frank McCourt and their coach Rudi Garcia admirers the 28-year-old from his time in Italy managing Roma.Marseille are now planning a £10million offer, which would be difficult for Sassuolo to turn down.Acerbi turns 29 next month and is only under contract with the Italian side until June 2018. Francesco Acerbi
3 Getty Images – Getty 3 Allardyce’s last job saw him turn around Everton’s fortunes, but the club let him go in May 2018 Sam Allardyce has told talkSPORT he would be open to speaking with Watford if approached about replacing Quique Sanchez Flores as manager.The Hornets are on the hunt for their ninth appointment since 2013 after sacking Sanchez Flores just three months into his second stint in charge at the club. Getty Images – Getty Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Southampton leaves them still rock-bottom of the Premier League, six points adrift of safety, and the club have said they will confirm their new boss ‘imminently’ as they aim to save their season and top flight status.Former Brighton boss Chris Hughton is the current favourite for the job, but Allardyce is second in the running with many bookmakers.Watford are in for a tough second half of the season as they battle for Premier League safety, but Big Sam has told talkSPORT he would be up for the fight if he feels the fit is right at Vicarage Road.Asked if he’d trade his Christmas slippers for being back in the dugout if the right offer came along, Big Sam said on Monday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I would talk, yes. AFP or licensors Chris Hughton is another of the favourites to take over at Watford 3 Quique Sanchez Flores was unable to turn fortunes around at Vicarage Road “I’d have to talk to any club that was interested, to find out what they were looking for and what they want.“If I was comfortable with that then I’ll have a go again, get back amongst it and get the adrenaline going again.”Asked if he would consider the job, despite Watford’s trigger happy board, the coach – who has been out of a job since leaving Everton in May 2018 – added:“Well that doesn’t really matter much for me now, I’m Mr Short-term anyway.“If somebody wants me to come and do a job until the end of the season, it’s not for me to say ‘stick a three-year contract down because I want the security. “If I want to go to a club, it’s whether I think I can help them get out of trouble and whether I can actually do it again because, as everybody knows, I’ve done it a few times.“I don’t want to go to a club and find that we’re relegated at the end of the season, I don’t want that, I’d want them to stay in the Premier League and then if I’m not the man to take them forward they’ve got the opportunity to find somebody who can.“But who knows, the wife still wants me to stay at home and we’ve got Dubai booked at Christmas, so if it doesn’t come off you’ll know where I’ll be!”