Ramjattan, Police have no authority to do so – Rohee

first_imgRevocation of gun licences… supports periodic review of licencesFormer Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee says while he supports periodic reviews of gun licences issued to civilians, neither the Public Security Minister nor the Guyana Police Force has any authority to revoke gun licences, since they are not the authority issuing the licences in the first place.Former Home Affairs Minister Clement RoheePublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Sunday told an online news outfit that scores of gun licences will be revoked in the coming months, in keeping with a decision by the Government to weed out those that had been wrongfully issued, no long required or are in the hands of mentally unstable persons.“It would be a massive, massive exercise, so that is the difficulty but for the sake of the security of this nation I, as Minister, will not make the massiveness of the exercise an obstacle towards achieving the purpose,” Ramjattan told the websiteHe was further quoted as saying that Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud and Divisional Commanders will be conducting new background checks on licencees to ascertain whether they were eligible in the first place, if they are no longer in business and if they are mentally stable.“We might have to do a kind of continuing assessment, so that notwithstanding you have been granted it, that necessarily means that when you come back for renewal you’ll get it again,” Ramjattan was quoted as saying.However, his predecessor, Clement Rohee rubbished Ramjattan’s statements, noting that neither the Minister nor the Police have the legal authority to do so, since there is a Firearm Licensing Approval Board.Police CommissionerSeelall Persaud“The Minister is in no position to revoke anything. The Minister in collaboration with the Police Force is not in authority to do so. You would know that the Firearms Act was amended to put in place a board (Firearm Licensing Board) and that board has the authority to recommend either repealing a licence or otherwise. The Court, however, can rule that a licence be granted to one person or another based on a petition made by a licence holder to the courts,” Rohee explained.He recalled instances under his tenure where the court ruled that revoked gun licences be reinstated.On the issue of conducting psychiatric evaluation of licence holders, Rohee said systems are already in place for that with renowned psychiatrist, Dr Biro Harry, being appointed a member of the Firearm Licensing Approval Board.“We appointed him to the Board through Cabinet because we felt that a person with that kind of scientific knowledge would be useful in assessing applications for granting or denial of licences,” Rohee explained, adding that Dr Harry’s inclusion on the Board is in keeping with international best practices.When asked if he will support a review of firearm licences, Rohee answered in the affirmative, but cautioned that the review must be done by the legal authority, the Firearm Licensing Approval Board.“I won’t be opposed to the review, once it is done by the right persons and that’s the responsibility of the board. It should never be a Minister cherry-picking who should get licences,” Rohee stressed.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanHe added that when licences come up for renewal, there are possibilities for those to be reviewed.The former Home Affairs Minister said a system has already been established at the Ministry through which licences could be reviewed.The issue of reviews and possible revocation of some firearm licences has always been on the table, but gained momentum in November 2013 when a Middle Street, Georgetown miner, Deryk Kanhai, went on a murderous rampage, killing four persons, including two Policemen with his licensed shotgun, before lawmen cut him down.However, after a few months, the debate on gun control simmered and came to the fore again last week after an elderly North Road, Georgetown miner, 73-year-old Theodore Adams, called ”Totie”, used his licensed shotgun to shoot his wife, Sarojini Warnauth, 42, in her mouth, before taking his own life with the weapon.last_img read more

Community Events for this Weekend

first_imgHere is a list of community events taking place this weekend in Fort St. John.Saturday, April 18th, 200910:00 AM – 09:00 PMCKNL Trade Show10:00 AM – 02:00 PMFort St John Minor Fastball Registration10:30 AM – 11:30 AMPre-School Storytime01:00 PMCharlie Lake Conservation Society AGM & Community Meeting01:30 PM‘It’s Magic’ Chris Lovely – Master of Illusion06:00 PMFirefighters Charity Ball07:00 PMStage North Presents: The Rabbit Hole08:30 PMMontney Spring DanceSunday, April 19th, 200911:00 AM – 05:00 PMCKNL Trade Show01:00 PM – 05:00 PMBowl for Kids Sake02:00 PMMiracle – The Musical07:00 PMMiracle – The MusicalFor more upcoming events visit energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/events- Advertisement –last_img

Ready to rise, shine earlier?

first_img Los Angeles officials on Wednesday worked to assure residents that city government is prepared and urged residents to take their own precautions. “A couple of years ago, people were concerned about the millennium and Y2K, and we were able to get through that. We are taking the same precautions here,” Councilman Tom LaBonge said. Still, there were no guarantees. “It’s impossible to predict if there’s going to be a glitch that day because we’re doing all we can to mitigate it,” said Cliff Eng, assistant general manager of the city’s Information Technology Agency. “Given the sheer number of devices we have, it’s possible that a few devices won’t get patched.” The Information Technology Association of America recently warned businesses to check their computer software and hardware, noting that glitches could disrupt security devices, financial services and scheduling. In Los Angeles, city information specialists have been working for the past month to install software patches on desktop computers, servers, BlackBerrys and other devices. Eng said any glitches likely won’t affect city services, although some city employees who fail to update their scheduling software could end up running late for meetings. In California state government, most information technology issues are handled by individual departments, so it was unclear this week whether all agencies are prepared. But officials in several key agencies said they are aware of the problem and have been working on it. The Department of Motor Vehicles, for example, has already fixed nearly 7,000 desktop computers and several hundred servers and is not expecting any glitches Sunday, officials said. Functions like scheduling appointments for driving tests through the department’s Web site should not be affected. “We’ve already implemented software necessary to account for the daylight-saving time … on all of our peripheral equipment and handheld devices,” said DMV spokesman Mike Marando. Many unaware In most cases, the daylight-saving shift is seen as a minor inconvenience. But because many consumers and businesses are unaware of the change, the inconveniences could be widespread. “It didn’t really register that much. But I think for a lot of businesses out there, this may catch them off-guard and, in many cases, cause some real problems,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Kyser, calling himself barely aware of the problem, said the situation might mark a rare occasion when people who aren’t heavily reliant on technology have an advantage. “A lot of people around here print out their schedule for the next day. I’m old-fashioned. I still use calendar books. “For us old fogies, this is no problem. But for the modern types, definitely a pain.” – Staff Writer Rick Orlov contributed to this report. harrison.sheppard @dailynews.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – As the owner of several electronic devices that use clocks and time stamps, Steve Frank fully expects to be annoyed this weekend. That’s when daylight-saving time kicks in – a full three weeks earlier than usual. And earlier than most of the multitude of devices that have been programmed to automatically adjust their clocks. Like millions of consumers and businesses across the country, Frank – a Simi Valley political consultant and blogger – is bracing to sort through various devices this weekend and manually adjust all of them. “Even now I have problems periodically with the time change on a normal basis. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to manually redo this (cell phone) Sunday night,” Frank said. “It’s a little annoyance.” Unlike the usual daylight-saving time switch – which typically involves just adjusting a few wristwatches and wall clocks – this one is different. Calling it an energy-saving measure, Congress last year mandated an earlier “spring forward” – and a one-week later “fall back” – to give the country extra hours of daylight. But millions of electronic devices manufactured before the mandate – everything from computers and BlackBerrys to clocks and cell phones – are still programmed for the old schedule. And experts say that could leave consumers and businesses across the country in some surprising pickles when the time change takes effect at 2 a.m. Sunday. City precautions last_img read more

Mourinho wants Vertonghen, Eriksen to stay at Spurs

first_img0Shares0000Jose Mourinho (left) wants Jan Vertonghen (right) to remain at Tottenham © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 21 – Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho hopes Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen will follow Toby Alderweireld’s lead to extend their stays at Spurs beyond the end of the season.Alderweireld ended long-running speculation over his future by signing a new contract till 2023 on Friday. Vertonghen and Eriksen have just over six months left on their deals.“When I arrived, we had three top players potentially leaving, now we have two top players potentially leaving,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.“If I was Jan or Christian, I would stay.“They have been here for such a long time, they are living the life of the club in the past four, five years, the transition from White Hart Lane to the best stadium in the world.“The perspectives of the future, the vision of the club, if I was them, I would say I want to be part of the next thing.”Alderweireld and Vertonghen have remained regulars since Mourinho took charge a month ago, but Eriksen has started just once, in a dead rubber Champions League tie at Bayern Munich.“The only thing I will say about Christian is that I want him to sign a new contract,” added Mourinho.“The most important thing is what Toby said. ‘I couldn’t be happier anywhere else’. That is fantastic.“It helps that since I’ve arrived he’s played every minute of every game, probably. He probably feels like he’s going to play under me, he’s going to be first choice, and maybe that helps.”0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Three plead not guilty to theft ring

first_imgTwo former police officers and a former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy pleaded not guilty Monday to charges linking them to a home invasion robbery ring led by an ex-LAPD Rampart Division officer. Former Long Beach police Officer Joseph Ferguson, 31, former Los Angeles Police Department Officer William Ferguson, 33, and former Deputy Rodrigo Duran, 35, entered their pleas before U.S. District Judge Gary Feess. The three men are charged in a federal indictment with taking part in ex-Officer Ruben Palomares’ ring. Feess set a tentative trial date of May 2, although the case likely won’t go to trial until later this year. Duran and the Fergusons, who are brothers, remain in custody, although Feess scheduled a Wednesday morning hearing to decide whether Joseph Ferguson – the younger brother – should be released on bond. Outside court, Joseph Ferguson’s defense attorney, Vicki Podberesky, said she and her client had been in discussions with prosecutors for six months before the indictment was returned last week. “We feel that once we’ve had a chance to review the case … that we will be able to demonstrate in court that Joseph Ferguson is innocent of the charges,” Podberesky said. Duran, a Tehachapi resident, left the Sheriff’s Department in 1999 and has worked for the California Department of Corrections since 1996. Federal prosecutors said he has been placed on leave from his prison job in light of the robbery investigation. LAPD Chief William Bratton told reporters when the indictment was made public Thursday that the law enforcement officers charged with participating in the ring, which targeted drug houses, are “traitors to the badge … traitors to their fellow officers, and most importantly, traitors to the public trust.” Members of the ring committed the robberies between 1999 and 2001 using uniforms and badges provided by Palomares, prosecutors allege. At the time, the officers were on active duty with their respective departments, according to court papers. The indictment alleges that the defendants “entered into a scheme to burglarize and steal property from residences and commercial buildings and to rob various individuals. “Various co-conspirators would approach the target locations and identify and represent themselves as law enforcement officers performing official duties in order to gain entry to the target locations and to persuade their victims to comply with their demands,” the indictment states. In one robbery in East Los Angeles, the ring allegedly took about 110 pounds of cocaine; in another in East Rancho Dominguez, about 600 pounds of marijuana was the prize. On yet another occasion, the ring allegedly stole televisions from a truck in Montebello. Often, prosecutors allege, the ring members would not find the drugs their surveillance had led them to believe were in the homes – in which case they would take whatever was of value. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

England door will NEVER be closed on Rooney, No.2 Holland tells talkSPORT

first_imgSteve Holland has told talkSPORT the England door will never be closed on Wayne Rooney.The Three Lions’ record goalscorer has been left out of Gareth Southgate’s squad for the upcoming clashes with Scotland and France.Rooney hasn’t made an international appearance since November 2016 and has lost his starting spot at Manchester United under Jose Mourinho.But Holland, Southgate’s number two, insists the 31-year-old could win his place back in the England squad if his form improves next season.Speaking to Jim White on Monday, Holland said: “With Wayne, he has not been playing regularly, other players in his position have, and the door is not closed and never will be closed.“Who knows what next season will bring for Wayne.“He [Gareth Southgate] is trying to create an environment where if players play well, regardless of what club they are at [they will get a chance]. Jake Livermore, for example, at West Brom appeared in our last fixture in Germany. Michael Keane at Burnley, too.“If I was an English player playing at a good level I’d be looking at it and thinking if I could produce any sort of consistently, there could be a chance. If they can do that, he will give them a go.”last_img read more

MCBREARTY FUMES OVER FIANNA FAIL’S ‘HI-JACKING’ OF FINN VALLEY POOL PROJECT

first_imgLabour party councillor Frank McBrearty has accused Fianna Fail of trying to hi-jack the Finn Valley swimming pool project.It was announced this week that the long awaited funding for the centre has been approved and work will start this Autumn.The move was welcomed by Fianna Fail Senator Brian O’Domhnaill. However Cllr McBrearty has claimed that Fianna Fail has tried to claim credit for a project they could not deliver on.“Fianna Fail had a Tanaiste and a number of TDs in this county when the country was flooded with money.“But despite all this they could not deliver on this project.“They could not get it across the line and it took Labour and Fine Gael to do that. “The Fianna Fail party have some neck in trying to hi-jack this announcement,” he said.He added that along with Cllr Martin Harley and Minister Diiny McGinley, the project was hauled back from the edge.The Raphoe politician , who is a member of the Finn Valley Leisure Centre committee, said he was confident the remainder of the funds will be found for the project.“The bottom line is that Patsy McGonagle and all his fellow members are dedicated to this project.“They are good people with one common goal and they will achieve that. “I will just not stand by and watch Fianna Fail take credit for it,” he said.EndsMCBREARTY FUMES OVER FIANNA FAIL’S ‘HI-JACKING’ OF FINN VALLEY POOL PROJECT was last modified: July 27th, 2011 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:Cllr Frank McBreartyFinn Valley Swimming PoolSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more

Atilano scores in 2nd overtime to give Huskies 2nd NCS D-I title in three years

first_imgLuis Atilano scored on the last kick in extra time to win Fortuna High boys soccer its second North Coast Section Division-I soccer championship in two years after a 3-2 win over visiting Del Norte, Saturday night in Fortuna.The NCS D-I runner-up Del Norte finished with its best ever showing in the yearly NCS tournament, never having won a playoff game before this season. No. 3 Fortuna (22-1-2) entered the game having won its previous two game by a combined score 7-1. No. 5 Del Norte (13-3-3) …last_img

Beef Industry Update Meeting to be held in Williams County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A Beef Industry Update meeting hosted by the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) will take place in Williams County. Beef producers from Williams and surrounding counties are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Williams County Fairgrounds — 619 E. Main Street, Montpelier, OH 43543.At the meeting, OCA staff will discuss OCA events and policy updates. A complimentary dinner will be sponsored by OCA Allied Industry Council (AIC) members Farm Credit Mid-America and Kalmbach Feeds, Inc. and door prizes will be provided. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from Farm Credit Mid-America and Kalmbach Feeds, Inc. representatives on keeping their cattle in production and profitable.The 2018 Beef Industry Update producer education partner is the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and National Corn Growers Association.Contact the OCA office at 614-873-6736 or email cattle@ohiocattle.org for more information about the beef industry update meetings. More details can also be found at www.ohiocattle.org.last_img read more

When Video Gaming Goes Green

first_imgA video game released this week allows players to redevelop a community to green perfection – without pulling permitsOne of the newest titles in the realm of resource management video games is “Plan It Green,” in which, as mayor of the formerly fair city of Greenville, your mandate is to rescue your little burg from the grip of deterioration and pollution.Or as your speechwriter might phrase it, put the green back in Greenville.“Build eco-homes and apply green upgrades, all while bringing new clean jobs and industry to your city. Increase your Greendex as you leave behind the ways of the past and create a beautiful, sustainable metropolis!” says the introduction to the game, which was co-created by National Geographic and game publisher Merscom.I haven’t yet played this title (it is available for download for about $20), but a game reviewer I trust, David Becker, this week posted his take on “Plan It Green” on the gamer site Gamezebo. There’s a lot to like about this release, he says, in terms of challenge (the pace is quick from the get-go), graphics, and well-thought-out building options (including zero-energy homes, Co-Op Markets, parks, and other structures) that can be applied in the eight districts you visit in your capacity as mayor and builder in chief.These changes have to be made at the right time, though, so you can raise a certain amount in daily taxes (and energy credits), research new buildings, or apply upgrades (including thermal insulation paint, solar panels, and eco gardens) to certain buildings and settings.It could be that after a long day of sweating details on an actual construction project, your interest in this type of recreation might be diminished.But maybe not.“It might sound a bit odd,” Becker writes, “but “Plan It Green” is a great way to forget real environmental problems for a few hours by solving them virtually.”last_img read more