Stiff penalties needed to stop smuggling at prisons

first_imgDear Editor,What is happening at the Lusignan Prison? This penal institution is supposed to be a place of detention, discipline, correction and rehabilitation, where prisoners are kept out of trouble; but it seems that it has become a hotbed for criminal activity, especially smuggling.On July 8, a man escaped after attempting to smuggle cigarettes and marijuana in a pair of sneakers into the Lusignan Prison. Earlier that same day, prison officers found a black bag with marijuana, lighters and other items in a drain next to the prison’s pig pen.Early this month, another smuggler attempted to throw a bag of contraband items over the prison walls, including 1002 grams of narcotics, a large quantity of tobacco leaves, four cell phones without SIM cards, one charger, one earpiece, and 33 packets of Bristol cigarettes.Last month, a Lusignan prisoner was caught with knife and cutlass. Also, in June, a search of the prison turned up 31 improvised weapons, cell-phones and chargers, SIM cards, memory cards, phone cards, metal pipes, wood, marijuana, cigarettes, plus a tattoo machine and ink.Recently, I wrote a letter to the media about smuggling in Guyana, but inmates at the Lusignan and New Amsterdam Prisons have mastered this criminal activity to such an extent that they are proudly displaying their smuggled goods in posts on social media.Something is seriously wrong. How in heaven’s name are prisoners getting their hands on drugs, cell phones, digital tablets, alcohol, cigarettes, weapons, and even a tattoo machine? We have to upgrade and reinforce our prisons and stop this nonsense now.I commend the alert Police officers who last month intercepted a smuggler and seized cannabis, cigarettes, phones, and a host of other prohibited items. But how are these items getting to the prisoners time and time again?We cannot escape from the possibility that there is a system of collusion in the Lusignan Prison and in other penal institutions. There has to be collusion among the smugglers, the prison workers and the prisoners.The Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels, on more than one occasion, in relation to other jails, had stated his concerns that prison wardens were facilitating the entry of smuggled items into the prisons.In April, Mr Samuels reported that large numbers of prohibited items were being found in prisons despite high security levels. A case that comes to mind is that of the prison warder caught trying to smuggle phones, chargers, marijuana and more into the Mazaruni Prison.Why? It is because the penalties for smuggling prohibited items into the prisons are not severe enough? Smugglers do not hesitate to take the risk because the penalties are soft, the risk of being caught is low, and the profit margins are high. It’s as simple as that.There is only one solution: the penalties must be so severe that as soon as the idea of smuggling contraband into prison pops into a person’s head, that smuggler, prison worker or inmate would think, think again, and then decide not to take the chance.I see that Mr Samuels is very concerned about the situation, and has a zero-tolerance, transparent approach. Therefore, I suggest to Mr Samuels that they should secretly put tracking devices on intercepted contraband items, and let them go through to trap those at the receiving end.I cannot tell Mr Samuels how to do his job; but if it is not being done already, then I also suggest that guards should be regularly rotated to different locations in the prison system, to prevent the development of any ‘unholy alliances’ with smugglers and prisoners.The Lusignan Prison seems to be a primary hotbed for smuggling, but the same procedures should be put in place at the other prisons as well, because this problem is not confined to just one facility.Let us take this situation in hand quickly. Prisons are becoming dangerous places. I can foresee many scenarios for extortion. For example, prisoners struggling to survive inside might be forced to recruit wives, relatives, or offspring to meet the demands of domineering prisoners.Keep striving, Mr Samuels.Sincerely,Roshan Khan, Snrlast_img read more

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Mr Best confirmed that Guyana was participant in rendition of Roger Khan

first_imgDear Editor,Mr Gary Best, the PNCR executive and former Chief of Staff of the GDF, at the party’s recent press conference confirmed that Guyana was a participant in the rendition or illegal transfer of Mr Roger Khan from Guyana’s jurisdiction. Mr Best said that the GDF as a State apparatus “did play a role in assisting the Guyana Police Force to ensure that Mr Khan would be eventually rendition in Trinidad and charged in the United States”.As someone who covered Mr Khan’s case initially when it began in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, rendition surfaced as an unsuccessful personal jurisdiction defence. However, it remained a live issue outside of the courtroom since rendition became a prevalent method of grabbing persons without use of legal methods during the younger Bush-era.Mr Best made a very revealing statement here. First, it is an admission that State agencies responsible to protect Guyanese, including Mr Roger Khan, knowingly violated both Guyanese and international law in order to remove Mr Khan.Second, his statement is a celebration by a PNCR executive at a PNCR platform of a transgression of local and international law. It should be condemned, not praised as Mr Best has done. Said another way, it is the PNCR that openly celebrated transgression of laws.Third, despite his military credentials, his statement showed that he has limited knowledge of the Roger Khan matter. Contrary to what Mr Best claimed, Mr Khan was not renditioned in Trinidad. The rendition process began in Guyana and his statement underscores this fact. Further, the aircraft that removed Mr Khan from Suriname included agents from a non-Caribbean foreign country.Mr Khan’s removal was the result of a very sophisticated plan hatched by multiple diplomats and ambassadors, DEA agents, and legal officers. This plan was distributed to certain top officials in the GPF and the GDF and resulted in “raids” on the properties of Mr Khan under the false pretext of wanting Mr Khan for questioning. We always knew it was a set up to either kill Mr Khan or to do exactly what was done.Fourth, Mr Khan’s illegal removal from the Caribbean resulted in protest inside Suriname’s Parliament by Opposition parliamentarians. However, in Guyana, the PNCR, or parliamentary Opposition, abdicated its duty and celebrated the law-breaking act.By doing this, the PNCR compromised on Guyanese security. They also created a unique brand of nationalism, whereby the party may openly invite foreign countries and their law enforcement officials to abduct things or persons of Guyanese origin, such as Mr Khan.This is the evidence before us. It cannot be removed. Mr Best and the PNCR may find that they have a tall order before them if they plan to make Mr Roger Khan their boogieman for this election.Sincerely,Rakesh Rampertablast_img read more

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Is Arnold guilty? Only evidence up in smoke

first_img“He stopped and bought a cigar and smoked it on the way to the airport,” spokesman Aaron McLear said. Was it a banned Cuban cigar? “There’s no way of telling now because he smoked it,” McLear added. A message left at the shop wasn’t returned Friday. Americans convicted of violating trade regulations can be sentenced to fines or prison. But it wasn’t immediately clear Friday if a U.S. citizen had ever been prosecuted for torching a Cuban cigar in another country. Cuban cigars are imported into Canada legally. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger fired up a stogie during his trip to Canada this week, but did he break U.S. law to do it? The celebrity governor known for his love of premium cigars was in Ottawa on Wednesday on his way to the airport when his motorcade made a detour to a hotel. There, Schwarzenegger picked up a Cuban Partagas cigar in a shop, with the $15.99 bill paid by an aide traveling with him, the Ottawa Citizen newspaper reported. Under trade restrictions, U.S. citizens are prohibited from buying Cuban cigars anywhere in the world. His office wouldn’t confirm or deny that the governor indulged in a forbidden smoke while in Canada, where he was on a trade mission. “Persons subject to U.S. jurisdiction are prohibited from purchasing or importing Cuban cigars, regardless of where they are,” U.S. Treasury Department spokeswoman Molly Millerwise said in a statement.160Want 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

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MCELHINNEYS BRIDAL ROOMS NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

first_imgMcElhinneys Bridal Rooms in Ballybofey, have beaten off tough competition to be shortlisted as finalists in the 2014 Wedding Journal Reader Awards. With only 5 stores shortlisted for the whole of Ireland and Northern Ireland this is an exciting time for the local company.The shortlisted retailers are voted for by the general public and it’s thanks to votes from past and future brides and customers that has secured McElhinneys the top 5 spot. Voting now continues until Friday May 16th to select an overall ‘Bridal Retailer of the Year 2014” and you can vote by following the link below –http://weddingjournalreaderawards.com/finalists-revealedMCELHINNEYS BRIDAL ROOMS NOMINATED FOR PRESTIGIOUS AWARD was last modified: May 15th, 2014 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:awardsBusinessEntertainmentFeaturesMCELHINNEYSnewslast_img read more

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Arsenal legend Tony Adams to become Rugby Football League president

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade .@TonyAdams to become Rugby Football League president in 2019MORE 👉 https://t.co/bvyuRg95nz pic.twitter.com/gSFJnjXBua— Rugby Football League (@TheRFL) December 12, 2018He has close links to the sport through the Sporting Chance charity, which he founded in 2000.Adams said: “It will be an honour to become the next President of the RFL. I am passionate about working with everyone in the sport to raise the profile of mental health, wellness and resilience, for players and for everyone in Rugby League.“I’d like to play my part in championing this brilliant sport on the national stage.”It was also confirmed that Carl Hall will succeed Pat Crawshaw as vice-president in July. New Zealand Hall first came to England to play for Doncaster in 1988, and currently works as the club’s chief executive.RFL chairman Brian Barwick added: “Tony Adams is known and respected throughout sport and beyond, not only for his outstanding playing career with Arsenal, but more recently for his pioneering work with Sporting Chance. BEST OF 1 REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “The charity has helped more than 400 rugby league players since the RFL entered into an official partnership with Sporting Chance in 2011, and Tony himself delivered seminars at Wigan and Hull earlier this year.“The game has recognised the importance of mental health, for players and everyone else involved, and Tony’s election is another significant step in that regard.“I also welcome the election as vice-president of Carl Hall, who has given so much to British rugby league since arriving here from New Zealand 30 years ago. This is well-deserved recognition for him, and for the Doncaster club.” ADVICE Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move shining Adams captained Arsenal and England during his playing days, but his managerial career was much less successful REPLY huge blow Latest Football News Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Former Arsenal and England defender Tony Adams is to become the 29th Rugby Football League president in 2019.Adams, who captained both his club and his country, has been nominated for the position and will succeed Andy Burnham, the current president, next summer. Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ RANKED Chris Hurst, a digital sports specialist, will join the RFL Board as a non-executive director.“Chris Hurst will be a tremendous asset to the RFL Board,” Barwick continued. “His highly successful career across the world of sport and as a proven leader in the field of modern digital communications will be invaluable in helping us maximise the value and profile of some of the sport’s key properties.“He has worked in some of the top organisations in sport and broadcasting, and is well networked across both industries. Chris is also a huge advocate for the growth and development of women’s sport as evidenced by his Board membership of the Women’s Sports Trust.”last_img read more

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Watch highlights of the week’s Champions League action

first_imgWatch full highlights of the matches below. The Champions League returned this week, with the round of 16 kicking the competition back into action.Paris Saint-Germain hosted Chelsea at the Parc Des Princes, with Guus Hiddink’s side looking to make amends for a dismal Premier League campaign.Benfica also came up against Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday night, with Gent playing host to Wolfsburg the following evening.And Roma faced Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid, who are also looking to make more of an impression on the Champions League than they have domestically of late.last_img read more

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Erik Sviatchenko has ‘good chance’ of facing Rangers says Deila

first_imgErik Sviatchenko has a “good chance” of facing Rangers in Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final says Ronny Deila.The Danish defender suffered a thigh injury in last week’s 0-0 draw with Dundee and sat out the weekend win over Motherwell.Sviatchenko has established himself at the heart of Celtic’s defence since arriving in January and Deila believes the 24-year-old will be back in time for the Hampden clash.Deila told Sky Sports News HQ: “He has a good chance. So we will see. It’s too early to say. He has a grade one pulled muscle so it’s a good chance.” Dedryck Boyata didn’t train on Tuesday while Jozo Simunovic is out but Deila feels Boyata will be available in time.The Celtic boss added: “He’ll be fine, it’s just a small thing. Everyone knows what is coming up, it’s just to make themselves ready for Sunday now.”last_img read more

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Motherwell confirm Steve Robinson’s departure to Oldham Athletic

first_imgRobinson has already made his first signing, handing Josh Law a one-year contract at Boundary Park. Motherwell have parted company with assistant manager Steve Robinson, allowing the Northern Irishman to take over at Oldham Athletic.The Fir Park club confirmed that they had granted Robinson permission to speak to Oldham about the vacancy and that he has now been appointed as the League One side’s new boss.Robinson was appointed as assistant to Ian Baraclough in February 2015 but was kept on when Mark McGhee succeeded Baraclough. McGhee will now begin his search for a new assistant. “Whilst it is disappointing to lose Steve, we understand this was a great opportunity for him,” he told Motherwell’s website.“I said just last week that you can become a victim of your own success in a sense; that if and when you appoint talented, ambitious people, there’s a high probability that others who have deeper pockets come and take them away.“That means the challenge for us is to find someone else as talented and as ambitious and start the whole process again, and that’s exactly what we’ll do.“That all being said, it’s an important appointment and I’ll take my time to consider all the different aspects before offering the job.”last_img read more

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Rangers reach League Cup final with 3-0 win over Hearts

first_imgDespite Steven Gerrard’s side being on top, the game was goalless as half-time approached and it looked like it would remain that way when Ryan Kent’s long-range shot hit the post with four minutes until the break.Just before half-time Rangers made the breakthrough. Hearts failed to properly clear a corner and Morelos took possession on the right, sweeping in a low pass that Helander was first to pounce on before firing past Pereira.After the break, Rangers picked up where they left off. Just two minutes into the second half Tavernier collected a cross, put the ball into the six yard box and Morelos thumped in his 19th goal of the season.Interim Hearts boss Austin MacPhee reacted quickly, using his final substitution to introduce Steven Naismith to the action but the change did little to reverse the direction of traffic.  Rangers will meet Celtic in the League Cup final after they beat Hearts 3-0 at Hampden.Steven Gerrard’s side cruised to victory at the national stadium, continuing Hearts’ woes after the Edinburgh side sacked Craig Levein earlier this week.Filip Helander put Rangers in front before Alfredo Morelos scored twice to set up a meeting with their Glasgow rivals on December 8.Rangers were on the front foot from the off but had their best chance on 24 minutes when James Tavernier tested Joel Pereira. Moments later Hearts’ plans were dealt a serious blow when Glenn Whelan was forced off with injury and replaced by 19-year-old Andy Irving. Rangers pushed on and got the goal that put the tie to bed just after the hour mark. Ryan Kent made space for himself before picking out Morelos and the Colombian striker took a touch to control before finishing.That left the forward chasing his hat-trick and he thought he had it when backheeling into the net from Joe Aribo’s cross only to see the flag up for offside.last_img read more

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Western Carolina University Dedicates Newest Residence Hall

first_imgNearly 300 members of the Western Carolina University community came together Thursday, Sept. 5, to dedicate the campus’s newest residence hall in honor of Levern Hamlin Allen, the institution’s first African-American student and a woman characterized by WCU Chancellor Kelli R. Brown as “a quiet pioneer of integration.”The WCU Board of Trustees unanimously decided last September to name the 614-bed residence hall, which opened this fall, after Allen in recognition of her decision to enroll in summer courses in 1957 at what was then Western Carolina College. In addition to being the first African-American student to enroll at WCU, she also was among the first to be admitted to any of North Carolina’s all-white state institutions of higher education.“In doing so, you demonstrated a sense of bravery that I don’t believe many of us can comprehend – being the only student of color at a school in the rural mountains of North Carolina, hundreds of miles away from home,” Brown said to Allen at the dedication ceremony. “And, in doing so, you became a quiet pioneer of integration, helping blaze the trail for thousands of African-American students who would one day follow in your footsteps and enroll at Western Carolina.”Allen often has downplayed the historic nature of her decision to enroll, stating that she was not making a statement, nor was she part of an organized effort on behalf of a civil rights group. “I needed nine hours, so I went,” she said.That fact doesn’t lessen the impact of her choice to enroll, Brown said. “She may be humble about her decision and her actions, but I can tell you that, in life, it’s often the power of simply showing up that can make all the difference in the world,” she said. “The story of Levern Hamlin Allen is a lesson in understanding that true heroism is not always flashy. Most of the time, true bravery is the humble act of presenting yourself at the right place and in the right moment of time. That is the power of Levern Hamlin Allen’s story at Western Carolina University.”Michael Naylor, president of the WCU African-American Alumni Society and a member of the WCU Alumni Association Board of Directors, was a graduate student at WCU pursuing his master’s degree in business administration when he and other members of a group called the Ebony Club began planning for the university’s inaugural African-American alumni reunion in 1987. It was that group’s outreach to Allen that helped revive her relationship with the university, later leading to two terms as a member of the Board of Trustees. She also served on the search committee that recommended John W. Bardo as chancellor in 1995. Eleven years later, Bardo presented her with an honorary doctorate of humane letters on behalf of WCU.“Today, we honor a woman who, in the summer of 1957, during a time of incredible racial turmoil in this nation and especially in the South, took the brave step of enrolling at a small college in the mountains of rural Western North Carolina, hundreds of miles from her home and her family, where she would be the only student of color,” Naylor said at the dedication.“Here we are this morning, 62 years after she first set foot on this campus in Cullowhee, to officially dedicate this new residence hall as Levern Hamlin Allen Hall, a place where a diverse group of more than 600 students will pursue their dreams, just as Dr. Allen did in the summer of 1957,” he said.Representing WCU’s Board of Trustees, board Chairman Bryant Kinney said that Allen’s story resonates with the mission of Western Carolina University – an institution built around meeting the educational needs of the people of the region and the state by creating what WCU’s mission statement refers to as “learning opportunities.”“We are proud to be among the select institutions of distinction that provided you a learning opportunity and that you chose to meet your needs. But Dr. Allen’s story was not one simply about having her educational needs met. As a board, we recognized the tremendous importance of her choice at a time when choices were not always available to everyone,” Kinney said.“But, just like pioneers who grew this nation, Dr. Allen had the courage and commitment to step out and ‘just go.’ For her leadership, others have followed, and this building will house a diverse student population that was only a dream back in 1957,” he said.In her remarks, Allen described an early encounter with Danny Hirt, the young son of Lillian Hirt, the institution’s director of publicity who helped Allen quietly assimilate into the campus community in that summer of 1957.“Danny asked me why my skin was so dark,” Allen said. “While I was struggling to form a professional teacher answer for a 7-year-old, his mother said, ‘Because she is from a different race.’ The matter was settled. Danny went back to playing and Mrs. Hirt and I continued our conversation. I have told that story often because it speaks to the innocence of a child as well as to his environment. The milieu of Western Carolina College in the summer of 1957 was one of acceptance.”Allen said she received a letter a couple of years ago from Danny Hirt, who passed away in January of this year. “In it, he said, ‘Obviously, this was only a question of innocence asked by a youngster who had a natural curiosity about the things around him. Mom made sure that my brother and I understood that while people may look different, we are all children of God and should be respected and embraced,’” she said.Sam Miller, WCU vice chancellor for student affairs, expressed his appreciation to “the small army of planners, designers, contractors, trades specialists, inspectors, team members from WCU departments and many other individuals” who worked on the planning and construction of Allen Hall. Construction on the $48 million, 165,026-square-foot project began in spring 2018.To close the dedication ceremony, university officials presented Allen with a reproduction of her scrapbook that documented her time at WCU, which she had previously donated to Hunter Library Special Collections.Other activities related to the dedication included tours of the residence hall for members of Allen’s family, an African-American Alumni Society reception, and a breakfast conversation involving Allen and student leaders titled “Breaking Barriers and Breaking Bread.”last_img read more

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