Police rejection of rape report is deeply disturbing

first_imgDear Editor,I am totally disturbed by news reports that ranks of the Guyana Police Force in New Amsterdam refused to take seriously a rape report by a 58-year-old Berbice woman and humiliated the victim at the Police station.It is detestable and totally inexcusable that Police Officers whose duty is to “protect and serve” would stoop so low as to disrespect and embarrass a senior citizen making a report at the height of her suffering after being the victim of a vicious attack and rape. This abominable act not only disgraces the officers in question, but by extension, the entire Police Force.Police Officers are at the service of every man, woman and child within the jurisdiction of Guyana. When any person approaches members of the Police Force with a report about a crime, their first order of business is to take the report seriously and investigate the circumstances immediately. It does not matter if the person making the report is a beggar or a “junkie”, they are required to investigate because crimes are committed against all persons, no matter what is their station in life. Even vagrants on the streets have been robbed.No Police Officer has a right to humiliate any citizen for any reason.Dealing with reports of crimes at Police stations, especially serious crimes like murder or rape, cannot be left to the ‘whim and fancy’ of junior officers on duty. There must be a reliable and effective system in place at every Police outpost to record accurately and follow up on citizens’ reports to the Police. This is standard Police procedure worldwide and that is how it should be in Guyana as well.Police salaries are paid for by the citizens of this country through their tax dollars and every citizen, male or female, rich or poor, sick or well, educated or uneducated, has a right to protection and attention. This is the basic reality in any civilised and sane society.According to the news item, the position of the Cops on duty was that the woman is a beggar and a junkie so: who would want to rape her? This is contemptible rubbish. I am aware that elderly women over 80 years old have been raped and murdered in the Bourda area of Georgetown, up to recent times. All Police ought to know that perverts will rape anyone, anywhere, anytime.I have seen and read and known of women 85 years old and over being raped and murdered in Wakenaam and I know of other cases of these same monstrous acts being committed by young men against elderly women in Berbice. In recent times, there have been reports of old women at home alone being attacked, raped and murdered. You cannot tell me the Police do not know about such cases.Therefore, I am upset and disappointed that trained Police Officers acted like total ignoramuses in this matter by rejecting the rape report of this senior citizen because they looked at her and decided she may be a “junkie” or beggar and no one would want to rape her. Who gave them the right to judge her? Who gave them the authority to condemn her?This is a great shame and severe indictment of the Guyana Police Force. It shows that there are ranks on duty at Police stations who are unfit to do their job with fairness and professionalism. The way they treated this woman will cause citizens to lose confidence in the Police and this could escalate feelings of insecurity and fear among law-abiding persons.If the reports are true about the abominable conduct of the ranks in this case, then the Guyana Police Force needs to do massive damage-control to restore the confidence of the people. This case demands an immediate and complete investigation; if the officers are guilty, they must be publicly humbled and punished by the top brass of the Police Force.There is no other way to deal with this. Every citizen across the board has a right to Police protection, including the criminal.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Srlast_img read more

Trans fats measure advances

first_imgEditor’s note: It’s Politics reports Saturdays on the ins and outs of Whittier-area politics and city government. Assemblyman Tony Mendoza’s bill to ban trans fat in restaurant food on Wednesday moved closer to becoming law when the Senate Health Committee on a 7-4 partisan vote approved it. AB 97 would ban trans fat at restaurants as of June 30, 2010, and at bakeries as of June 30, 2011. “I’m very happy,” Mendoza, D-Norwalk, said Friday. The ban “is important for our community. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the nation.” Trans fat (also called trans fatty acids) is formed when liquid vegetable oils go through a chemical process called hydrogenation, in which hydrogen is added to make the oils more solid, according to the American Heart Association. The substance also contributes to cholesterol. Jon Barnato, senior legislative director for the California Restaurant Association, said the bill is unnecessary and over-burdensome. “Where are we going to stop?” Barnato asked. “For example, salt and sugar are detrimental to people’s health.” Mendoza disagreed. “We as elected officials have a responsibility to protect the public health in California,” he said. The bill next goes to the Senate Appropriations Committee. Mendoza said he believes the bill’s chances of becoming California law are good. It doesn’t hurt that the Massachusetts Restaurant Association recently abandoned opposition to a ban of trans fat in its state. “This just might influence the Senate,” he said. As for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mendoz also is optimistic he will sign the bill. Most Republicans have opposed the proposal. FIRST LAW: Mendoza is now a real lawmaker. His first bill – to exempt the practice of threading from state regulation until July 1, 2009 – has been signed by Gov. Schwarzenegger. “I’m very excited,” he said. “The best part of it was that it was a district bill.” Threading is offered at many beauty salons; it’s a procedure in which a thread is used to remove facial hair. Ironically, when Mendoza was an Artesia councilman he asked former Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez to carry legislation exempting the practice of threading from the Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 Tuesday to approve Assemblyman Charles Calderon’s bill to provide a two-year pilot program to provide aid to victims of domestic violence who are undocumented immigrants. Calderon, D-Industry, said many victims do not report their assailants because of fear of being deported. “In particular, this project will be aimed at those cases in which victims have recanted because they are financially dependent on the abuser by providing victims with vocational services that offer real employment opportunities as well as the legal services needed to obtain a work permit authorization,” he said. Mail items for It’s Politics to the Whittier Daily News, P.O. Box 581, Whittier, CA 90608; fax (562)698-0450; phone (562) 698-0955; e-mail mike.sprague@sgvn.com160Want 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

Man United boss Louis van Gaal: I have been FORCED to sign Memphis Depay before the end of the season

first_img Memphis Depay Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal admits he did NOT want to sign Memphis Depay before the end of the season – but had his hand forced by PSG’s interest.The Red Devils announced they had sealed a £25million deal for the PSV Eindhoven star on Thursday.The 21-year-old was part of Van Gaal’s World Cup squad, helping them finish third in the tournament following a semi-final elimination by Argentina.Despite the fact that Depay has scored 21 goals for PSV this season, Van Gaal was reluctant to sign the player before the end of the campaign.He would have preferred to get the deal done in June, but the 63-year-old said he had to sign the player now as Paris St Germain were also determined to sign him.“I have been forced to sign him,” the Dutchman said. “I don’t want to sign him before the end of the season. We have to focus on our games.“When you sign a player you disturb the focus of your present group of players.“The coming matches are very important for Manchester United and for all of the players. But because of the market, I must handle it (now) – because otherwise he would have signed for PSG.“That is why I signed Memphis.”Van Gaal feels his close relationship with PSV and the forward, who was also linked with Liverpool, was key to sealing the deal.When asked why he felt Depay was in danger of signing for PSG, Van Gaal said: “Because at that time he was not reached by me.“I don’t want to speak with players before the season has ended.“I have also a feeling to my players. But now, because of the close relationship I have with PSV, I could handle it.” 1last_img read more

State labor board sides with union organizers at hospital

first_imgLANCASTER – The state Public Employment Relations Board has ruled in favor of union organizers in their fight to represent support-services workers at Antelope Valley Hospital. The ruling caps a three-year organizing effort by Service Employees International Union United Healthcare Workers West to unionize licensed vocational nurses, food service workers, clerical staff and others. “I am excited and am confident that the administration will work with us. They were just looking for clarification. They wanted to make sure they were doing the right thing, and I think now that they have that,” said Carolyn Williams, an LVN for four years. “I doubt that administration will make decisions for us without first talking to somebody who represents us.” Hospital spokeswoman Jackie Weder said Tuesday that officials would not comment because they had not yet received the state board’s official ruling. “They ruled that the majority was clear. The union submitted the majority of union authorization cards in March 2004, and that’s the proper procedure for gaining union recognition,” said Gary Guthman, SEIU organizer. The hospital must now recognize the union, Guthman said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Hospital officials appealed last year to the state board after an administrative law judge ruled in favor of the union. The judge ruled that 84 “no union” cards signed and dated by workers did not count as votes against the union. The administrative law judge’s ruling stemmed from a count of union authorization cards signed by workers between March 2003 and March 2004. There are 1,100 employees who are eligible to be represented by the union. A total of 569 employees signed the cards, but 89 workers revoked their previously signed cards, saying they no longer wanted a union – 84 by the “no union” cards, five by writing letters. That left 480 employees who said yes to the union, which is not a majority, hospital officials said. “We conclude that the (hospital) district unreasonably withheld recognition of SEIU by treating the `no union’ slips as revoking the SEIU authorization cards,” the PERB ruling said. “The `no union’ slips do not show the signers’ specific intent to revoke the SEIU authorization cards and therefore, should not be deducted from the tally of SEIU authorization cards.” last_img

Former Man City, Man United and West Ham star Carlos Tevez could QUIT football

first_imgCarlos Tevez has revealed he is considering hanging up his boots at the end of the season.The 32-year-old returned to his native Argentina with Boca Juniors in the summer of 2015 after ending his two-year stay in Serie A with Juventus.He previously played in the Premier League for Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham.Tevez snubbed the chance to rejoin West Ham in the summer, despite being offered £150,000-a-week.Now the forward has revealed he could quit football altogether due to the demands of the game in his home country.“It is a possibility (retirement); I’ll have a chat with my family to discuss it,” Tevez said.“I am tired and everyone knows I always say the truth, I’ll tell everyone what’s in my mind.“When a game in Europe ends, you can return to normal life, but we’re all crazy here. Everything depends on the game’s result.“When the team lose, you can’t even take your daughter to the dentist or to the medic. Someone has experienced this. If their team lose, they can’t even leave home.” Carlos Tevez in action for Boca Juniors 1last_img read more

Liverpool keep pace at the top of the table with thrilling Crystal Palace win

first_img Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino celebrate the latter scoring the Reds’ fourth goal 2 2 Liverpool take home three points from Selhurst Park, having beaten Crystal Palace 4-2 in a pulsating Premier League clash.James McArthur equalised twice for the hosts in a frantic first half of action, but goals from Emre Can, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Roberto Firmino sealed the victory to ensure the Reds keep pace with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the table.The Eagles will have been confident heading into the clash as, despite their recent poor form, they had conceded only once on home soil in their last five games.But, just 16 minutes into the game, Liverpool opened the scoring.Alberto Moreno, starting in place of the injured James Milner at left back, latched onto a beautifully lofted pass over the Palace defence from Philippe Coutinho, before comfortably beating Wilfried Zaha and sending the ball back to Emre Can. The midfielder made no mistake, opening his account for the season from close range.As the saying goes, though, teams are at their most vulnerable when they’ve scored. Such a statement was proven correct, as the Eagles responded within two minutes to going a goal down. McArthur took advantage of a dreadful attempted clearance from Lovren on the edge of the box, heading the ball past the on-rushing Loris Karius, whose waving arms couldn’t stop the effort.But in what was quickly becoming a Premier League meeting almost impossible to keep up with, Lovren made amends for his error, out-jumping Scott Dann with ease to make it 2-1 in the 21st minute.Remarkably, though, McArthur repeated his goalscoring heroics. After 10 open minutes of play, Zaha made a rare burst forward, whipping a delightful cross onto the head of the midfielder. Such was the excellent delivery – and poor defending of Liverpool – that the midfielder didn’t have to adjust his run to nod the ball into the back of the net. To sum up an astonishing first half, Joel Matip sent the visitors into the dressing with their lead restored. Scoring the fifth goal of the first half, the unmarked centre back had all the time in the world to ensure he met Coutinho’s corner, leaving goalkeeper Steve Mandanda in disbelief on the turf.Both teams returned for the second half having clearly been given a dressing down by their respective managers over a woeful defensive showing.Palace dominated proceedings for the first 25 minutes of the second half, putting the away side under plenty of pressure, with Christian Benteke in particular causing problems for Matip and Lovren.Liverpool, however, punished the hosts for a lack of quality in the final third.Jordan Henderson was allowed time to deliver a through ball into the path of Roberto Firmino from deep, with the latter played onside by a terribly disorganised Palace back line. The Brazilian deftly dinked the ball over Mandanda to make it 4-2 with 71 minutes on the clock.The fourth goal, rather predictably, saw the pace of the game drop. Liverpool’s confidence had clearly been lifted, and Palace expressed few signs that they could stage a remarkable comeback.The victory sees Jurgen Klopp’s men remain level on points with Arsenal and Manchester City, sitting third only on goal difference, at the top of the Premier League table.last_img read more

Manchester City tipped to make £35m January move for Barcelona star

first_imgManchester City are ready to stump up the £35m required to land Barcelona star Sergi Roberto, according to reports in his native Spain.The midfielder, who is equally adept at full-back, is a long-term target for City boss Pep Guardiola while Chelsea have also been linked with the Barca man.The 25-year-old made 32 LaLiga appearances last term and his form attracted the attention of both Premier League clubs, who spent much of the summer trying to sign defenders.Barca managed to hold on to Roberto and he has gone on to make five further league appearances for the club but there is still plenty of speculation about his next move.Now Spanish newspaper Don Balon has claimed that City are finally willing to activate Roberto’s £35m release clause and could do it when the window opens in January.It has been suggested that the player wants to stay at Barca but believes he deserves a far more lucrative salary although no formal contract talks have taken place as of yet.City, meanwhile, could be willing to pay him the sort of salary he is after and that might be enough to tempt him to the Etihad. Barcelona star Sergi Roberto 1last_img read more

Red Cross urges blood and platelet donations during National Preparedness Month

first_img“September is National Preparedness Month and we urge eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets,” said Todd Wagner, director of donor recruitment of the River Valley Blood Services Region. “Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition like sickle cell disease, a routine surgery, a traumatic accident or a large-scale disaster, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives. Red Cross blood and platelet donors play an important role in helping communities be prepared for all kinds of emergencies.”Donors of all blood types are needed as blood products continue to be distributed to hospitals almost as quickly as donations come in. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800- 733- 2767). \Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to help reduce wait times.Upcoming blood donation opportunitiesHarrison County Farmers Market, 1390 Old Hwy 135 Corydon, IN 471129/28/2016: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.Harrison County Hospital, 1141 Hospital Drive Corydon, IN 4711210/3/2016: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.South Central High School, 6675 E. Hwy.11 S.E Elizabeth, IN 471179/22/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.Lanesville High School, 2725 Crestview Drive Lanesville, IN 471369/29/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.Seymour Oktoberfest, 100 North Chestnut Street Seymour, IN 472749/30/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.Seymour Oktoberfest, 100 North Chestnut Street Seymour, IN 4727410/1/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.First Baptist Church, 505 Community Drive Seymour, IN 4727410/6/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.Vallonia Christian Church, 2344 South Main Street Vallonia, IN 4728110/15/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Brushy Fork Baptist Church, 12840 N. Brushy Fork Church Road Canaan, IN 4722410/4/2016: 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Hanover College, 484 Ball Drive Hanover, IN 472439/27/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.North Madison Christian Church, 1400 E. S.R. 62 Madison, IN 472509/21/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.10/6/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.10/7/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.First United Methodist Church, 240 Poplar North Vernon, IN 472659/27/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.Jennings County High School, 800 West Walnut St. North Vernon, IN 4726510/7/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.Jennings County Public Library, 2375 N. State Hwy 3 North Vernon, IN 4726510/10/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m. Southern Hills Mennonite Church, 4164 Hardinsburg-Livonia Road Campbellsburg, IN 4710810/3/2016: 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.Springfield Baptist, 305 Lincoln Park Road Springfield, KY 4006910/10/2016: noon – 5 p.m. The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood and platelets this fall to help restock the shelves following a significant summer shortage to ensure an adequate blood supply for patients in need.Through the first two weeks of September, the Red Cross is down more than 10,000 donations from what is needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for emergencies large and small. Declines in donations can lead to blood shortages and make it difficult to meet patient needs should a disaster or emergency occur.last_img read more

Nighthawks Topple Warriors

first_imgHull, Iowa — It was a tale of two halves as the Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Nighthawks topped the Sioux Center Warriors 27-6 at A.R. Hesla Field in Hull Friday night.Neither team’s defense would relent in the first quarter, but the Nighthawks were able to break the drought in the second quarter. Tanner Te Slaa found Josh Heitritter for a 32 yard touchdown pass in the back of the endzone to make it 6-0 with 8:35 to go in the half. Sioux Center was able to get onto the board with a minute left in the first half when Zachary Rozeboom found Eli Hibma from 10 yards out to make 6 each heading into halftime.It was all Nighthawks in the second half. Kodi Noble took the opening kick off 90 yards untouched to the house to make it 13-6. Following a Warriors fumble, Te Slaa was able to find Heitritter again through the air from 9 yards out to push the score to 20-6. In the fourth quarter, following an Eric Salazar interception, the Nighthawks iced the game with a Noble 4 yard touchdown run to make it 27-6, and that would be your final.Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley ends their year at 4-5 overall and 4-1 in the district. Sioux Center’s season comes to a close at 5-4, and 3-2 in district play.last_img read more

Tickets on Sale for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

first_imgShare This!©DisneyBack in March, I let you all know the dates for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party for 2016, with the note that tickets were not yet on sale, but I would let you know when they did go on sale. Well, today is the day! Tickets are now on sale for the popular Halloween event that is held annual at the Magic Kingdom in the months of September and October.And, as was expected, tickets has jumped considerably, with the most expensive ticket costing $105 for Halloween night.Party dates and pricing for this year is as follows: September 2, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 25: $72 plus tax (ages 10+), $67 plus tax (ages 3-9) for advance purchaseSeptember 29, 30: $79 plus tax (ages 10+), $74 plus tax (ages 3-9) for advance purchaseSeptember 23: $85 plus tax (ages 10+), $80 plus tax (ages 3-9)October 2, 6 $86 plus tax (ages 10+), $81 plus tax (ages 3-9) for advance purchaseOctober 4, 10, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20,23, 25, 27: $91 plus tax (ages 10+), $86 plus tax (ages 3-9) for advance purchaseOctober 7, 14, 21, 28, 30: $95 plus tax (ages 10+), $90 plus tax (ages 3-9)October 31: $105 plus tax (ages 10+) $100 plus tax (ages 3-9)Annual Pass and Disney Vacation Club discounts are available on select dates.This year’s event will include Mickey’s Boo-To-You Parade, HallowWishes fireworks spectacular, trick or treating, and returning once again, the Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular.As a reminder, new for this year’s parties, Guests over the age of 14 not being allowed to wear costumes, but it appears that that idea has been relaxed a little. The revised costuming guidelines for special events are as follows: Costumes may be worn, however, Guests ages 14 and older are strongly discouraged from wearing layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body as they may be subject to additional security screening. Additionally, costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.It’s sure to be a spook-tacular time at this year’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parties this year!last_img read more