Dear Editor,Over the years, I have observed some Guyanese Police officers, both men and women, bringing great shame upon their uniform, the Commissioner of Police, and the noble institution of the Guyana Police Force, by blatantly violating their Oath of Office to serve and protect while being paid with taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars.Many Police officers are involved in skullduggery, deceit, and disgraceful self-serving activities. There was a mind-blowing incident some years ago when they set fire to a male youth’s genitals. Police officers are known to be involved in theft, soliciting bribes and smuggling. Some even rape persons in Police custody, or coerce sex from those who go to Police stations or outposts seeking assistance.I am not talking about all of them. There are decent men and women in the Guyana Police Force who are totally professional in their conduct and attitude. They approach their role to maintain law and order in society with discipline, mental clarity and commitment. They actually take their job seriously, and strive to protect the people of Guyana to the best of their ability.That is why it worries me deeply that there are so many examples of rotten eggs who spoil the good name of their colleagues in the Police Force. Just recently, at the Timehri Police Outpost, a woman detained for drug dealing and other criminal activities claimed that the Police released her after she gave them what I describe as a pound of female flesh.When we hear about Police officers involved in corruption, brutality, bribery, deceit, and especially sexual perversion, the culprits are always male. What is wrong with these men?In May, a Policeman was remanded to prison for having sex with a 15-year-old girl. In January, a woman claimed that two Policemen raped her at the Turkeyen Police Station, and a female rank then tried to get her to accept hush money.No less a person than the late former Commissioner of Police Henry Green came under the microscope after an allegation of rape.Recently, two Police officers were among seven persons detained after an illegal firearm with a spent shell was found close to them.This is just one of countless reports of Police officers being held with illegal weapons. What does a Police officer want with an illegal firearm?I notice, too, that Police ranks seem addicted to their cell phones. I had to report a Policeman who abandoned his important task of directing traffic at the Diamond intersection to speak on his cell phone. It is disgusting to see roadblocks all over Guyana with officers on their cell phones during these operations.On June 14, while travelling along Church Street, preparing to turn into Irving Street, I saw a series of cars and motorbikes with young Guyanese wearing red tops and black pants and skirts. Young men and young women were sitting on the bonnets and roofs of the vehicles, and they were blasting through the street with no Police escort.As I approached Lamaha Street, one of the drivers of this mini-motorcade braked suddenly, and some of these people fell off the roof of the vehicle. Fortunately, no cars were coming, or some could have been crushed. I saw one screaming and writhing in pain from the fall.I noticed a Policeman who had stopped his bike near Thomas Lands in Kitty was talking on his cell phone. I tried to tell him what I had seen, but he just ignored me and kept on talking on the phone. After a while, I had to abandon this attempt and leave.Such officers are bringing shame and disgrace to the Police Force and to Guyana. As a nation, we should have zero tolerance for this behaviour.I suggest setting up a sting operation to identify the rotten eggs within the Force, and weed them out. We cannot allow the need for personnel to supersede the need for discipline.We also need to review and revise the recruitment process of the Guyana Police Force. I am willing to volunteer my expertise, free of charge, to provide any service that will benefit the Guyana Police Force, and by extension the people of my nation.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Snr
Last month GBA presented an overview of the Recovery Through Retrofit Report, an analysis prepared by the White House that identified three barriers to the formation of a national retrofit market and three ways those barriers could be overcome.On Monday, the New York State legislature, with the support of Governor David Peterson, took aim directly at one of those barriers – inadequate access to retrofit financing – with the passage of a bill authorizing municipalities to establish programs that will finance energy efficiency improvements, including the installation of renewable-energy systems, across the state.The financing mechanism, known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE), is supported by federally funded programs, including the Department of Energy’s State Energy Program. PACE has already been adopted for use by dozens of municipalities, including some in New York, and also has been authorized for full deployment by 14 other states.Advancing green financingFinancing for PACE programs is raised through bond issues. Homeowners tend to favor PACE loans because the application process is fairly simple, transaction costs are relatively low, and the loan payments, which are added to the property tax bill of the house being upgraded, are spread out over relatively long period of time – usually 15 to 20 years.New York lawmakers hope the new bill will not only reduce the state’s carbon footprint, but encourage the creation of jobs in the energy efficiency and renewable energy fields. And if energy efficiency advocates have their way, the bill will be just a first step toward eroding barriers to retrofit financing.“PACE is a powerful tool for advancing energy efficiency retrofits, creating badly needed jobs and reducing global warming pollution,” Ashok Gupta, director of energy policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement. “New York has taken an important first step on PACE and we look forward to working with the legislature and the governor to quickly expand the scope of this bill beyond PACE programs relying on federal assistance.”
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli defender Koulibaly: I’m proud of the colour of my skinby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly says he won’t be cowed after racist barracking during defeat at Inter Milan.Koulibaly was subjected to racist abuse throughout the 1-0 defeat to Inter and this inevitably contributed to his lack of control in the final minutes as he was sent off.“I’m disappointed by the defeat, but above all at leaving my brothers!” Koulibaly wrote on Twitter.“But I am proud of the colour of my skin. Proud to be French, Senegalese, Neapolitan: A Man.”Mi dispiace la sconfitta e sopratutto avere lasciato i miei fratelli!Però sono orgoglioso del colore della mia pelle. Di essere francese, senegalese, napoletano: uomo. #InterNapoli 1-0#KK26#famiglia#ForzaNapoliSempre#DifendoLaCittàpic.twitter.com/f9q0KYggcw— Koulibaly Kalidou (@kkoulibaly26) December 26, 2018
Liverpool battling FA to avoid Carabao Cup expulsionby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are battling to stay in the Carabao Cup.The Daily Mail says Liverpool have become embroiled in a row with the FA as they battle to avoid being expelled from the Carabao Cup for fielding an ineligible player in last week’s win over MK Dons.In ordinary circumstances expulsion from the competition is the standard sanction for using a player who isn’t eligible, but Liverpool are understood to be pinning the blame on the FA in the hope of being given a lesser punishment. Liverpool contend they applied for an international transfer certificate for Pedro Chirivella when he returned to Anfield from a loan spell in Spain with Extremadura last summer, but the 22-year-old had not received clearance when he came off the bench for the final 27 minutes of Liverpool’s third-round victory on Wednesday. The club are blaming the FA for the administrative oversight as they first sought clearance for Chirivella in July, which they will use in mitigation to try to prevent being thrown out of the competition.The FA’s position is that it is the responsibility of the clubs to make sure all their players are eligible to play. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City manager Guardiola feels ‘so sorry’ for Fodenby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola feels sorry Phil Foden doesn’t play enough for Manchester City. City’s abundance of world-class talent has restricted the talented 19-year-old midfielder to just four appearances this season, three of them as a substitute.He came off the bench to score in Tuesday’s win over Dinamo Zagreb, and speaking after the game, Guardiola told BT Sport: “He [Foden] has incredible finishing and made an incredible step forward (tonight). “I’m so sorry for him, he deserves to play more minutes. “I’m sure he will contribute and help us more.”
Speaking at the opening of the two-day XXII Workshop in International Economics and Finance, at the Bank of Jamaica, downtown Kingston, on Monday (March 18), Dr. Clarke pointed out that this “inflation targeting” regime is gradually being incorporated by the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) “as the cornerstone of monetary policy”. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the country is now embarking on the next phase of economic reforms, which will ensure that monetary policy delivers low, stable and predictable inflation. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the country is now embarking on the next phase of economic reforms, which will ensure that monetary policy delivers low, stable and predictable inflation.This strategy, referred to as “inflation targeting”, is a monetary policy regime in which a central bank has an explicit target inflation rate for the medium term and informs the public. An inflation-targeting central bank will raise or lower interest rates based on above-target or below-target inflation, respectively.Speaking at the opening of the two-day XXII Workshop in International Economics and Finance, at the Bank of Jamaica, downtown Kingston, on Monday (March 18), Dr. Clarke pointed out that this “inflation targeting” regime is gradually being incorporated by the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) “as the cornerstone of monetary policy”.“Full-fledged inflation targeting will only become a reality when we complete our next phase of central bank reforms or modernisation to make the Central Bank independent and to upgrade its governance framework, putting inflation targeting as the centrepiece of its monetary policy objective,” he said.Dr. Clarke noted that the country has been able to reach this milestone, having engaged in an “unprecedented period of fiscal consolidation” over the past several years.“During this period, Jamaica has had the remarkable accomplishment of reducing its public debt by a half of its gross domestic product (GDP) in a very short time, without handout, without bailout or without debt relief from friends, and that’s an achievement that we are very proud of,” he said.In the meantime, Governor of the Central Bank of Paraguay, Carlos Fernandez Valdovinos, said that given the macroeconomic stability the country now enjoys, the environment is ideal for Jamaica to start adopting an inflation targeting regime.Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke (left), is greeted by Governor of the Central Bank of Paraguay, Carlos Fernandez Valdovinos, upon his arrival at the Bank of Jamaica in downtown Kingston, on Monday (March 18) to attend the opening session for the two-day XXII Workshop in International Economics and Finance. Story Highlights This strategy, referred to as “inflation targeting”, is a monetary policy regime in which a central bank has an explicit target inflation rate for the medium term and informs the public. An inflation-targeting central bank will raise or lower interest rates based on above-target or below-target inflation, respectively. “This is the right time to start doing all the necessary reforms. It is very bad to try to do the reform during a crisis,” he said.Mr. Valdovinos presented on the topic ‘Inflation Targeting in an Emerging Market Economy. Why, When, How’, giving an insight into the experiences of Paraguay regarding inflation targeting.The workshop, which is being hosted by the BOJ, brings together top researchers and policymakers within the Western Hemisphere to discuss recent theoretical and empirical advances in international economics and finance.Organised by the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, (UTDT) of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the World Bank, the Inter‐American Development Bank (IDB) and Latin American and Caribbean Economics Association (LACEA), the purpose of the workshop is to gain a better understanding of the macroeconomic problems faced by Latin American countries and to encourage research on those subjects.Eleven papers on a wide range of economic issues will be presented and discussed, with a major focus on inflation targeting and monetary policy in emerging economies.
Kolkata: The Enforcement Directorate (ED), probing into the multi-crore Rose Valley ponzi scam case, has urged the duped investors to approach the asset disposal committee appointed by the Calcutta High Court to recover their dues. According to an ED official, the investors, who were promised high returns on their investments by the ponzi firm, are free to approach the committee which was set up following a high court suggestion in 2015. “In the Rose Valley ponzi scam case, so far the ED has attached properties worth Rs 4,600 crore,” an ED official, who did not wish to be named, told PTI. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellers The enforcement agency attached Rese Valley properties worth Rs 2,300 crore in one go, including two dozen hotels and resorts, which till date is the single largest attachment in the case. The assets are to be sold off via public auction and the proceeds would be used to repay the investors. The ED had registered an FIR against the firm, its Chairman Gautam Kundu and others in 2014 under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Kundu was arrested by the agency in Kolkata in 2015. Multiple charge sheets have been filed in the courts in Kolkata and Bhubaneswar by the ED in the case. The group had allegedly floated a total of 27 companies to run the chit fund operations, of which only 6 were active.
Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday said “opposition parties offered biryani to terrorists” while the Modi government fed them bullets, and termed a rival candidate from the Saharanpur constituency “son-in-law of Azhar Masood”.Addressing a rally in Saharanpur, he said the “son-in-law of (Jaish-e-Mohammed chief) Azhar Masood” has entered the constituency and he speaks the language of the terror mastermind. Imran Masood is the Congress candidate from the constituency. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”You have to decide who wins from Saharanpur — a person who speaks the language of Azhar Masood or a soldier of Modiji,” he said, seeking votes for the BJP candidate from Saharanpur, Raghav Lakhanpal. Adityanath said Azhar would meet the same fate as Osama bin Laden. “You must have heard about Osama bin Laden. He was killed brutally. Azhar Masood will be killed in the same manner,” he said. The UP chief minister said the BJP is committed to nation building and will not allow “any traitor to dent India’s integrity”. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Some parties offered biryani to terrorists, while the Modi government has only one medicine for terrorists – bullets and bombs,” he said. Taking a jibe at the SP-BSP alliance in the state, Adityanath said, “People who are contesting 37-38 seats are thinking of becoming prime minister.” Attacking Congress President Rahul Gandhi, he said, “You must have noticed that the Union finance minister had referred to an individual as ‘man without brains’. “Rahul Gandhi does not know Indian culture, so when he went to offer prayers at Kashi Vishwanath temple, he sat in a position as if he was offering namaaz.” Hitting out at Gandhi’s close aide Sam Pitroda, Adityanath said, “There is a ‘mahaguru’ in the Congress. He raises questions on the valour of our armed forces. When this is the condition of the ‘mahaguru’, you can imagine the condition of ‘mahachelas’.” Taking potshots at SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Adityanath said, “When someone asked Akhilesh if Mulayam will be his leader, ‘my leader is Mayawati. I have already de-throned netaji’. Attacking rival parties, he said, “The presiding deity of the corrupt, the jewel of clan of goons and the torchbearer of ‘naamdaars’ want to plunder the resources of the country.”