Another valuable crime-fighting strategy

first_imgDear Editor,Carjacking is a scourge that has gripped Guyana in recent years, and those that benefit from this nefarious trade seem determined to win at all cost. At the present moment, their criminal network seems altogether secure; after all, the criminal proceeds are good, vehicles are in abundance and are easy for the taking. You just stake out your victim and violently take away what is the victim’s. It is a lucrative trade for the thieves in that they can either become instant owners of a vehicle or the illegal recipients of a hot sale. In either case, the carjackers are unjustly enriched from criminal enterprise. This practice has gone on for too long, and it is high time to bring it to an end.Recently, the Guyana Police have made some arrests wherein some key figures are now facing charges for this newest form of grand theft. Those busts by lawmen are a welcome respite to many an aggrieved vehicle owner, whose hard-earned investment was so violently taken away from him/her. They can now breathe a sigh of relief that, at least right now, their vehicles — some of them their only means of earning a living — are at least, for the moment, shielded from theft. This is a huge success story.Now, while we can pat ourselves on the shoulders for the inroads made in this carjacking ring, there is still much more ground to cover. For starters, the knowledge we now have suggests a whole new world of racketeering out there, with many twists and turns; and the sooner we can get each opening blocked, the better. Our investigations will now take us right up to the top of the chain, at the licensing office.I speak of those licensing officials, whether at the GRA or the Licensing Office. How did the carjackers get through? How did they get a clean bill of ownership? The legal aspects of certifying the vehicle for road usage must be adhered to. Important information as to how the operator got ownership of the vehicle, whether it was from a dealer or from a previous owner; what is the chassis number, among other things. Those having improper or bogus documentation, or chassis numbers that have been tampered with, must face the full weight of the law.In like manner, those corrupt officials must atone for their illegal transactions. To process stolen vehicles and make them appear to be legal is a crime, and the GPF needs to charge and haul all such officers before the courts. That illegal gateway where carjackers have been creating havoc in society needs to be tightly shut right now.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Bradford beat Villa 3-1 in League Cup

first_imgThe visitors were unable to recover, with late headers from Rory McArdle and Carl McHugh taking Bradford to within sight of Wembley despite Andreas Weimann replying for Villa.“It is half-time, we have another chance to retrieve this and we will see what happens in a fortnight’s time,” Lambert told Sky Sports after the game.“We will be at home, with the crowd behind us, and we will have to do better than we did tonight (Tuesday), that is for sure.” Asked if his side would start the January 22 second leg as favourites despite their two-goal deficit, Lambert replied: “I’m pretty sure we will be, being at home with the crowd behind us, but it is a big game for us now.”Victory over Villa maintained Bradford’s incredible record in this season’s competition, after wins over Wigan Athletic and Arsenal in previous rounds.Bradford, who last appeared in the Premier League in 2001, have played with the threat of administration looming over the club in recent seasons, but their League Cup exploits are thought to have swelled their finances to the tune of £1 million ($1.6 million, 1.2 million euros).Manager Phil Parkinson, who has been at the Yorkshire club since August 2011, says the pressure will all be on Villa when the sides reconvene in two weeks.“We had a team that would rise to the occasion and I am so proud of the performance,” he told BBC radio.“We have a great chance now and Villa will have to play exceptionally well to get to Wembley.“There were chances at both ends and some of our attacking play was excellent. I still think Villa will be the favourites in two weeks, but we go there full of confidence and the pressure will be on them.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000BRADFORD, United Kingdom January 9 – Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says his side must make the most of home advantage if they are to stand any chance of turning around their League Cup semi-final with Bradford City.The Premier League relegation candidates sank to a 3-1 defeat at Bradford on Tuesday as the League Two club moved to within 90 minutes of becoming the first fourth-tier side to reach a League Cup final since Rochdale in 1962.Villa started the game strongly but were robbed of their momentum when Nahki Wells put the hosts in front in the 19th minute.last_img read more

Spur fans warn rivals Arsenal on what Wanyama has to offer

first_imgChelsea’s Eden Hazard and Southampton’s Victor Wanyama.PHOTO/REUTERS.Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama has been quoted saying that he hopes Saints fans understand his decision to join Tottenham.Wanyama, 24, has been one of Southampton’s key players ever since his 2013 move from Celtic, as he adjusted easily to the jump from Scottish football to the Premier League.The Kenyan international impressed with his strength in front of the back four, and his performances appear to have attracted major interest in his signature.Wanyama and Mauricio Pochettino worked together at Southampton, and the prospect of joining up with his former boss will be enticing for the midfielder having played such a key role under the Argentinian.Now, with the deal seemingly drawing ever closer, Wanyama has been asked about the situation, and said that the chance to play in the Champions League was one he simply couldn’t turn down.Wanyama added that he will miss Southampton but hopes the fans will understand his decision to join Tottenham as he appeared to confirm the move, which was tough for him given his love for the Saints.-By HITC SPORT-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) Wanyama is known for his tough tackling, and as can be seen above, Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has felt the full force.Sanchez has even come a cropper up against Wanyama on more than one occasion…Victor Wanyama of Southampton and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on February 2, 2016 in London, England.PHOTO/GETTY IMAGESAnother Arsenal star caught the brunt of Wanyama’s physicality when Arsenal met Southampton last December, with the Kenyan clattering into Theo Walcott.Victor Wanyama of Southampton and Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on February 2, 2016 in London, England.PHOTO/GETTY IMAGESThe central midfield ace is well known for his tough tackling and occasional red card, here is a look at a few more of his crunching challenges, with West Ham ace Dimitri Payet and Chelsea star Eden Hazard among those on the receiving end.Southampton’s Victor Wanyama fouls West Ham’s Dimitri Payet and is sent off.PHOTO/REUTERS 0Shares0000Victor Wanyama of Southampton tangles with Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal during the Capital One Cup Third Round between Arsenal and Southampton at Emirates Stadium on September 23, 2014 in London, England. PHOTO/GETTY IMAGESLONDON, United Kingdom, June 21 – Kenya’s Victor Wanyama is on the verge of completing his move to Tottenham Hotspur from Southampton – and North London rivals Arsenal have already been warned about what the Kenyan has to offer.Wanyama was set to undergo a medical at Tottenham on Monday, ahead of a Sh 1.6 billion (£11 million) switch.last_img read more

Make child responsible for misdeeds

first_imgMany parents of a difficult kid are reluctant to mistrust their child and “to do what is most important – to become more involved and supervise more closely nearly everything the child does,” Samenow writes. If you find out your child has stolen, be clear: Stealing is wrong and totally unacceptable. But avoid lecturing or labeling the child as a thief. When parents take the proper measures, in most cases the stealing stops as the child grows older, the academy says. But if stealing and lying are persistent or accompanied by other problem behaviors or symptoms, consult a health-care professional. Can you help? Here’s another question from a reader who needs help: “My grandson is 31/2, and my granddaughter is 3 months. He isn’t very happy with his new sister. How can we help him adjust?” – A reader in Charleston, S.C. Betsy Flagler is a syndicated writer specializing in family issues. If you have tips, or questions of your own, call the toll-free Child Life hotline any time at 800-827-1092. Or write to Betsy Flagler, P.O. Box 4270, Davidson, NC 28036. E-mail can be sent to P2Ptips@att.net.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Question: My best friend’s 8-year-old son tells lies. He has taken money from my house before. I know now not to leave money on the counter when he comes over. My friend has tried to handle it by being stern with him, but it seems to get worse as he gets older. What should my friend do to stop it, and why does he lie and steal? – A mother in Cornelius, N.C. Answer: Many children lie and steal just to do it and get away with it. They find fibs and theft exciting. Firm and clear consequences should follow, says psychologist Stanton Samenow, author of Before It’s Too Late: Why Some Kids Get into Trouble and What Parents Can Do About It (Three Rivers Press, 2001). Some experts and parents say children lie or steal for attention. What they typically get, however, is negative attention after the incident, Samenow says. “Lots of kids, unfortunately, are neglected and crave attention, but they do not lie and steal to get it,” he says. “Lying and stealing are clues to character.” Samenow’s advice: Don’t get trapped in blaming a divorce or trauma or making other excuses. Move out of the denial stage, and make the child responsible for his actions. last_img read more

Billingsley wins numbers game

first_imgBy Tony Jackson STAFF WRITER PHILADELPHIA – Dodgers officials always knew Chad Billingsley had a performance like this in him. Several of them, in fact. Perhaps even a career’s worth. Avoiding the high pitch counts that had been his undoing in so many previous starts since he first arrived in the major leagues some 14 months ago, Billingsley dominated the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday, holding the National League’s top scoring team to a run and four hits over seven dominating innings in the Dodgers’ 5-2 victory. Billingsley retired the first six batters he faced, gave up a leadoff single to Jayson Werth in the third, then retired the next six batters he faced. His only hiccup came in the sixth, when he issued a leadoff walk to Shane Victorino that led to the Phillies tying the game, 1-1, on Pat Burrell’s two-out double. But the Dodgers quickly reclaimed the lead in the top of the seventh, and Billingsley didn’t allow another baserunner. “My command was there,” Billingsley said. “As far as velocity, there really wasn’t too much there. But I spotted it up really well, got my offspeed stuff across and got ahead of hitters. I was able to put guys away when I needed to. I had quick innings, and I made them hit my pitch.” The result was that Billingsley got his first win in exactly one month, since the night he came within one out of a shutout at Houston before giving up a two-run homer to Luke Scott in the ninth inning. It couldn’t have come at a better time for the rebounding Dodgers, who had gotten a similarly stellar outing from Derek Lowe on Tuesday night and managed to take two of three from the potent Phillies, holding them to four runs and 11 hits in those two wins. Streak ends Dodgers reliever Jonathan Broxton gave up a solo home run to Tadahito Iguchi with two outs in the eighth, cutting the Dodgers’ lead to 5-2. It was the first homer off Broxton in more than a year, ending a streak of 94 games and 962/3 innings. It was the longest such streak by a Dodgers pitcher since the team moved to Los Angeles a half-century ago, but it was only the second-longest active streak in the majors. Oakland’s Chad Bradford entered the day having gone 114 games and 972/3 innings without giving one up. “I never thought about it much,” Broxton said. “I just went out there and pitched my game. Every streak has to come to an end sometime. I’ll just have to start another one. I thought I threw a good pitch. (Iguchi) just popped it up, but this field is kind of short down there, and it just went out.” Iguchi’s blast landed about four rows deep, just inside the right-field foul pole, which is 330 feet from home plate. Pierre OK Broxton’s wasn’t the only streak that ended. Center fielder Juan Pierre was thrown out stealing for the first time in 19 attempts, and to add injury to insult, he also jammed his left pinky diving into the bag. Trainer Stan Conte attended to Pierre, and Pierre stayed in the game. Pierre reached base with an RBI single, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. tony.jackson@dailynews.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