Use of deadly force justified – Top Cop

first_imgSeawalls shootingActing Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine, is supporting the action taken by Police officers involved in the shooting death of three suspected bandits on the Kingston Seawall on Thursday last. He says the use of deadly force is justified.Last Thursday, Police shot and killed Kwame Assanah, Dextroy Cordis and Errol Adams during a shootout on the Kingston seawalls. The men were reportedly about to rob someone who had just finished a transaction at a city bank and had headed to the seawalls.Acting Top Cop David Ramnarine“The Policemen acted in keeping with the law. They were fired upon, and as law enforcement officers, (they) are authorized to use deadly force; as long as the deadly force is justified, as long as the deadly force is legitimate, to defend themselves. Were those Policemen in the situation (they) found themselves in expendable? Come on, let’s be real! We have to applaud what has happened,” Ramnarine told reporters.Chronicling the events that led to the shootout, Ramnarine said that, a few days ago, the Police received information that the men were planning the robbery. He said it was through intense surveillance and reliable information that the Police were able to execute their operation successfully.Ramnarine said he has read social media posts and reports insinuating that the men were executed, rather than being engaged in a shootout.“No Police officer sets out to execute a citizen. I’ve seen on social media, and read on black and white, (posts) which say in a very strong way that there was some semblance of execution, but I will tell you that the Guyana Police Force, with the strides we have made, the capacity and capability-building that we have done in the last years, no officer sets out to execute anyone,” he said.Collateral damageRamnarine said that while the specifics of what happened could be debated, all the evidence points to the fact that the men were part and parcel of an arrangement to commit a criminal act which attracts serious consequences, and he is happy that was averted. He explained that, had the situation been different, there would have been a lot of collateral damage on Robb Street, Georgetown after the customer had come out of the bank.“If the Guyana Police Force had not taken that course of action and that (robbery) would have happened there, a lot of collateral damage would have happened on Robb Street, based on the info we received; it is good that it ended up on the seawall, in a more desolate location… I want to make the note that it is not the first time that persons who have left (a) bank would have ended up on the seawall and be robbed. It was not a novelty in that situation,” he noted.During the shootout, one bandit was able to escape on a CG motorcycle and is yet to be apprehended. Ramnarine has said the Police have information on his whereabouts, and are actively pursuing him.Following the shooting, Assanah’s relatives have called for an inquiry into his death, and claim that the he could not have been a criminal, since he had had a clean record. Their statement came in response to the Police claiming that he had had a record, however, that has since been clarified, with the Police admitting that no such record exists.Ramnarine went on to say that despite the hullabaloo surrounding the death of Assanah, no one has come forward to dispute his presence on the seawall in the company of the suspected bandits.“Did we put him there? No one has disputed that he was there,” Ramnarine said.The Police have said that at about 10:30h on Thursday, on Robb Street, ranks of an anti-crime patrol unit, in an unmarked vehicle, acting on intelligence information, began following another motorcar that two “suspicious looking characters” were reportedly travelling in. As the ranks continued to observe, the suspected criminals led them [Police] to the Kingston Seawall, where an individual who had left a city bank had parked his motorcar.At that time, the law enforcement officials who were on the stakeout noticed the two individuals — later identified as Assanah and Cordis — exiting their motorcar and approaching the customer’s vehicle, so they intervened.One of the men was reportedly armed with a gun, and he began to open fire on the Police, resulting in a shootout in which both men died. Two other men came up riding on a CG motorcycle, and they also opened fire on the Police, resulting in the death of Errol Adams, while the other man escaped.A 9mm pistol along with a magazine containing seven live rounds and four spent shells were found next to the body of Cordis. The motorcar, which was driven by Assanah, was searched, and one driver’s licence, ten passports belonging to himself and family members, a key used by trunkers, two handcuff keys, a bandana and clothing were discovered.last_img read more

Woman dies in Grande Prairie RCMP custody

first_imgOn July 5th, 2010, the Grande Prairie RCMP were called to a complaint of a disturbance on 95th avenue. The investigation determined that there was no disturbance, but the RCMP did arrest a 49 year-old female for public intoxication.- Advertisement -The woman was taken to the Grande Prairie detachment. At approximately 8 a.m. on July 6th, the woman went into medical distress. EMS immediately transported the female to Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Grande Prairie. Later she was transported to Grey Nun’s Hospital in Edmonton where she died.On July 8th, 2010 the RCMP in Grande Prairie were informed of the prisioners death and a post morten examination determined that she died of of natural causes due to underlying medical conditions. The RCMP have identified the victim as Louize Findlay of Grande Prairie.The Alberta Serious Response Team (AISRT) will be overseeing the investigation. A Grande Prairie woman has died in police custody.last_img read more

Liverpool rocked by news injured Ings set to miss rest of season

first_imgLiverpool have been rocked by the news striker Danny Ings is likely to miss the rest of the season through injury.Ings, who joined the Reds from Burnley in the summer, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in training on Wednesday and is facing around six to eight months on the sidelines.That timescale will also leave him fighting to be fit for next summer’s European Championship finals, having made his debut for England against Lithuania earlier this week.The news comes as a further blow to new Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp, who has already lost Joe Gomez to a serious injury this week.Ings’ hopes of being involved in Roy Hodgson’s squad for next summer’s tournament in France are now in serious jeopardy.He will definitely miss the friendlies with Spain and France next month and is unlikely to be available for the clash with Germany next March. 1 Danny Ings last_img read more

35 NEW JOBS CONFIRMED FOR GAOTH DOBHAIR SNACK COMPANY

first_imgGAOTH Dobhair is celebrating the announcement of 35 new jobs today as Largo Foods confirmed a multi-million euro investment.The company which makes a range of snacks including Tayto, King and Hunky Dory’s crisps, is to invest a further €2.6m in its plant.It will take the workforce from 190 to 225. Minister of State Dinny McGinley mad the announcement this afternoon at the official opening of a new production line at the plant.More than 120 jobs were lost in the company in 2009 but today Mr McGinley commended Largo for its decision to rationalise the business, cut costs and refocus.It was not an easy decision, he said, but ‘we see the fruits of that labour here today’.Approximately 70% of snacks produced by Largo Foods in Donegal are exported, mainly to the UK. The new snack-food line, which was specially constructed and shipped in from Casa Herrera in California is now fully operational and supplying the Irish and UK markets with a wholegrain chip snack-food.Speaking at the announcement, Minister of State Dinny McGinley TD said“This new investment is on top of an earlier â≠¬2.2m investment made in the business in 2010. I commend Largo Foods in their business approach. The decision taken by the group two years ago to rationalise the business, cut costs and refocus was not an easy one but we see the fruits of that labour here today.“The addition of more manufacturing lines, the increase in capacity, and the expansion of the product mix will allow for better efficiencies, increased sales and will help to secure current employment in Gaoth Dobhair.“I especially commend Ray Coyle, CEO of Largo Foods. There is no doubt that without his personal commitment to the manufacturing facility in Gaoth Dobhair the future of Largo Foods here would definitely be more challenging.” Ray Coyle, CEO of Largo Foods said “Approximately 70% of what Largo Foods makes in Donegal is exported, principally to the UK. Our strategy is to continue to invest in R&D and high value products to allow us to increase efficiencies, sustain and grow the business in Gaoth Dobhair. I am confident that we can do this with the continued support and co-operation of the workforce,  Udaras na Gaeltachta and our customers.”John Lowery, Acting CEO of Udaras na Gaeltachta who supported the project said:“This additional investment announced by Largo Foods is encouraging in such a challenging economic environment and is a vote of confidence by the company in the Gaoth Dobhair area and its workforce.”You can read how we broke the story last week here: DONEGAL COMPANY SET TO MAKE ‘CRISP’ INVESTMENT IN FUTUREEnds35 NEW JOBS CONFIRMED FOR GAOTH DOBHAIR SNACK COMPANY was last modified: June 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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:largo foodstaytolast_img read more

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino refuses to respond to Inter Milan rumours

first_img Mauricio Pochettino 1 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has refused to discuss reports linking him with a move to Inter Milan.The San Siro club are currently on the lookout for a new manager after firing Stefano Pioli after just six months in charge.Reports in Italy have claimed that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone are the club’s two top targets.But it has also been suggested that Pochettino is on their radar given his impressive work at Tottenham.However, the Argentinean was in no mood to respond to the rumours when asked about the apparent interest from Serie A.He said: “There are many rumours now.“In the last few months there have been many, many rumours and that is another one.“No, I have nothing to say. I have nothing to say about rumours, I won’t talk about rumours.”last_img read more

SOCCER NEWS: LETTERKENNY YOUTHS WIN FOURTH CONSECUTIVE LEAGUE TITLE

first_imgAction between Letterkenny Rovers and Keadue at the AURA earlier this afternoon. Picture by Stephen Doherty.Letterkenny Rovers have won the Donegal Youth League for the FOURTH year in-a-row following a 2-0 victory over Keadue Rovers this afternoon.Goals from Eoin Slevin and Igor Arriel ensured that Rovers would be crowned champions after a tough encounter with Keadue Rovers.The game was played at the AURA and Rovers got off to a dream start when Slevin fired them ahead after seven minutes. Keadue delivered a determined and spirited display and pressed hard to get back in the match.They were unlucky not to draw level, but when substitute Igor Arriel scored with fifteen minutes to go there was no way back for Brendan Boyle’s side.Letterkenny Rovers have gone the entire season unbeaten and have shown remarkable consistency and attitude throughout the campaign.They are deserving league champions and we congratulate all the players and staff at the club on another brilliant achievement.   SOCCER NEWS: LETTERKENNY YOUTHS WIN FOURTH CONSECUTIVE LEAGUE TITLE was last modified: March 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:auraLeague TitlenewsSoccer. Letterkenny RoversSportsuccesslast_img read more

USC lets out sigh in rout of UW

first_img Leinart praised the decision to go back to Chow’s preferred method of short, quick passes instead of the deeper balls that defined the first six games. “We did the things we’ve done best the last couple of years,” Leinart said. “Sometimes we want to beat defenses right away and we don’t get in a rhythm. We do that instead of going with the three-step (dropback) stuff, the things we do best the last couple years.” But before jumping to that conclusion, USC coach Pete Carroll weighed in, and naturally differed slightly even though he changed the offense. Carroll said he wanted to get back to a shorter-pass offense earlier but penalties prevented the Trojans from running it. “To get into that rhythm, you can’t play with a bunch of mistakes,” he said. Penalties weren’t a problem Saturday, so it looked like 2004 or 2003 again when USC had the ball. The fullbacks and tight ends caught six passes and White even caught two passes. “We needed to make some changes and be back in the rhythm we know so well,” Carroll said. “We went overboard (against Washington) to make a rhythm be fast just to get everyone involved and feel that style. That doesn’t mean that we stop throwing the ball downfield, we just didn’t. We be believe so much in what we are doing, we just went back to the principles.” As an example of that quick-paced attack, USC scored 37 points in the first half on just 25 plays including a Heisman-worthy 84-yard punt return from tailback Reggie Bush that saw him emerge from a group of Washington players, elude several tacklers and race untouched down the sideline. “I’ve been waiting to break one since the beginning of the year,” Bush said. “All I had to do is make a couple people miss.” In the span of 7 minutes, USC went from trailing 10-7 to leading 34-10. Leinart threw three touchdown passes and Bush scored the other two. “One of our goals this week was for (Leinart) to relax and not worry about a lot of things. He wasn’t having fun,” Sarkisian said. “He wanted to have fun. We tried to keep it simple and go back to what works.” Jarrett caught three touchdown passes, including a one-handed stab in the third quarter that will compare to those made by Mike Williams and Dominique Byrd the past two seasons. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SEATTLE — That breeze blowing into Husky Stadium from Lake Washington was nothing compared to the sigh of relief USC quarterback Matt Leinart exhaled Saturday afternoon. No, the No. 1-ranked Trojans (7-0, 4-0) didn’t dodge an upset or win in anywhere near as compelling a fashion as last week’s classic with Notre Dame. But they rediscovered former offensive coordinator Norm Chow’s system, which brought equal satisfaction. And Leinart delivered some critical comments of the current offense during an otherwise non-descript 51-24 rout of lowly Washington before 64,096 at Husky Stadium. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week He then added, “I just fell back on track. You finally establish a rhythm with completions by dumping the ball off and getting 10 yards. The first two games we did whatever we wanted, and, in a way, we got away from the stuff that got us here.” After weeks of less-than-Leinart-like performances, the Heisman Trophy winner completed 20 of 26 passes for 201 yards and four touchdowns. OK, it was against Washington (1-6, 0-4) but even his teammates acknowledged the wisdom of returning to Chow’s philosophy. “We went back to the stuff that put us in this position and got us here in the first place,” tailback LenDale White said. Wide receiver Steve Smith, who along with wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett benefited most from the home-run attack, admitted, “It gets the quarterback more in sync and confident when he can dink the ball.” These remarks answered the season-long question of whether the Trojans’ offense changed under new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin and assistant head coach Steve Sarkisian. last_img read more

Warning issued after potent jellyfish washed up on Donegal beach

first_imgA potentially dangerous Lion’s Mane jellyfish has been washed up on a beach off Donegal.The massive jellyfish was found by a passer-by at Carn Beach in Ardara.The find comes after Irish Water Safety issued a warning to swimmers to beware of the dangerous species, which have been spotted in their numbers along Ireland’s east coast in recent days. The jellyfish’s sting is much stronger than those of other species found in Irish waters and can cause anaphylactic reactions in people who are allergic.The Lion’s Mane jellyfish can reach a diameter of 2m, but are normally much smaller.They have 150 tentacles each and their colour ranges from deep red to yellow.John Leech of Irish Water Safety revealed that there is at least one hospitalisation in Ireland each year following a sting from a Lion’s Mane jellyfish. “Everyone who is swimming this week in beaches along the East coast should be conscious of these Lion’s Mane jellyfish, which have been brought in with the spring tide in their numbers,” he said.“They have the potential to cause an anaphylactic reaction in someone who is stung, if they should be allergic, but much like a bee sting, you don’t know until you’ve been stung.“We have seen a number of people hospitalised from this jellyfish and its sting is quite painful and different to other jellyfish found in Irish waters.“The sting from their tentacles may last for days after they have died,” he said.“They should ease off in about five days when the tide goes out again, there will be fewer of them,” he said.Meanwhile, the Irish Water Safety spokesperson also revealed that peeing on a jellyfish sting is an old wives’ tale and will not alleviate the pain. “If you get stung, you need to wash it with salt water and remove the tentacles as soon as you can. Place a dry cold pack against it. As with anything, if the pain does not die down or the sting appears particularly bad, seek medical attention and go to A&E,” he said.Warning issued after potent jellyfish washed up on Donegal beach was last modified: July 11th, 2017 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:ArdaradonegaljellyfishLion’s Manestinglast_img read more

Shay Given reflects on the carnage, the celebrations and a World Cup circus

first_imgShay Given can still seem them now, ‘these little grenade-type rockets’, as he describes the soundtrack to a night that ranks among his greatest.With 100,000 Iranians baying down on him in the Azadi Stadium in Tehran and a place in the 2002 World Cup at stake, the fire hardly needed stoking.Picture: Shay Given at a recent book signing in Letterkenny. Picture by Joe Boland, North West News Pix For Given, that play-off is perhaps the stand-out personal moment from his 20 years and 134 caps in the Irish shirt.“It was carnage out there,” the Lifford man says.“Their fans were in five hours before the game.  There were 100,000 men – no women were allowed in. We got off the bus and they were just throwing stuff at us, rocks, fruit you name it.“They were these little grenade-type rockets. One went off behind the goal and I was shook. Another one went off in front of me and the dirt hit me in the face. I was thinking: ‘F***, would you calm down a bit!’” Ireland won the first leg 2-0 in Dublin with Robbie Keane and Ian Harte scoring.But the night is best remembered for Given’s heroics.Given says: “That Iran game was one of my best Irish games. It gets brushed under the carpet because we won 2-0 at home.“You make big saves sometimes in your career and I made one that night, from Karimi, down to my left-hand side.“Had they scored, 2-1 would have been a completely different thing going out to 100,000 people in Iran.” That stop from Ali Karimi, who gave Gary Breen the slip before getting a shot away, is Given’s top stop from all his Irish saves.The then Newcastle United ‘keeper brilliantly got down to his left-hand side, turning away one-handed.“A magnificent save by Shay Given…oh terrific, wonderful stuff,” exclaimed RTÉ commentator George Hamilton.Earlier that night, Given denied Ali Daei and, late in the game, saved from both Karimi and Karim Bagheri. Given’s heroics teed Ireland up for the second leg.In Tehran, Given had to be at his best to keep out Karimi, Bagheri and Mehrdad Minavand, before finally being beaten in added time by Yahya Golmohammadi.But Ireland had done enough and that late Iran goal made Given’s Man of the Match display in Dublin all the more vital. It meant Ireland had avoided making an exit on the away goals rule.There was a strange sort of sight in the away dressing room in Iran.Given says: “There is a no-alcohol law in Iran so we were spraying water around the changing rooms after it to celebrate. It was a fantastic feeling, knowing we were going to the finals.”It was a somewhat different dressing room to that he experienced in 2009 in the Paris suburb of St Denis. Ireland were robbed by France as Thierry Henry’s now infamous handball set-up an extra time winner for William Gallas.Shay Given remonstrates with the referee during Ireland’s play-off with France in 2009Given was livid then and you get the feeling that the passing of time hasn’t dulled the pain.“It does rankle,” Given says.“I met him a couple of times since when we’ve done media stuff, but we haven’t spoke. There’s an elephant in the room! I don’t know what thoughts he has, but we feel aggrieved by it.”Given played in 1997 as Ireland were beaten by Belgium over two legs in a qualifying play-off for the 1998 World Cup in France and he was injured for the defeat by Turkey two years later.But in 2002, Given finally got to grace the World Cup stage.It was all that was good and bad about Irish football all rolled into the one epic, explosive and never-to-be-forgotten month.Even before a ball was kicked, Ireland lost their captain, talisman and leader after Roy Keane went home following a row with manager Mick McCarthy in Saipan.“We lost our captain and one of the best players ever to come out of Ireland,” Given says, 15 years on.“It wasn’t just someone we could replace fairly handy. We did well, but there aren’t many Roy Keanes about! It’s all ifs and buts…it’s just a shame he wasn’t there.“We had to park it to one side. We had to go and focus on playing for Ireland. It wasn’t good for anyone, but we had to get on with it.”Ireland drew 1-1 with Cameroon in Niigata in their opening game and defeated Saudi Arabia 3-0 in Yokohama.In between, Ireland were trailing Germany 1-0 in the dying moments of an Ibaraki night. Miroslav Klose had Germany in front and Ireland were beaten until, right at the death, Niall Quinn flicked a long ball onto the other Keane, Robbie, and he glided a shot past Oliver Khan.Shay GIven celebrates Robbie Keane’s goal against Germany in Ibaraki at the 2002 World CupBefore Given knew it, Keane was cartwheeling before the thousands of Irish fans and McCarthy was off on a jig on the touchline.“I was celebrating on my own,” Given smiles.“It was pandemonium down the other end.“They all went to the corner and even the men on the bench were away down. We deserved it. Oliver Khan looked like he was unbeatable that night. It felt like a victory when we scored. It was a fantastic point.”Against Spain, Ireland fell behind to a Fernando Morientes goal. When Ian Harte had a penalty saved by Iker Casillas and a succession of chances failed to yield a leveller, Ireland were on their way home.Until, that was, Fernando Hierro fouled Quinn and Keane tucked home a penalty.Ultimately, penalties would decide the night.Matt Holland shot off the bar, David Connolly and Kevin Kilbane were denied by Casillas. While Juanfran and Valeron fired wide, Spain had the chance to win it with the final kick of the shoot-out. Given still winces at the memory of Gaizka Mendieta’s winning penalty, down the middle and just missing Given’s boot.“We should have beaten Spain,” he grimaces.“At the end of extra time they were hanging on for the draw. Since then, they’ve been World champions and European champions, it’s unreal to think we could have knocked them out.”A week or so later, Ireland were given a massive welcome home party in Dublin, but one of Given’s abiding memory of that manic summer was when he crossed the bridge back into Lifford.“It was mad to think how many people came to Lifford to welcome me home,” he says.“I felt like the Pope coming into Lifford in the white car, waving to people and people touching me.“The World Cup finals were very special.“The big thing for me in Donegal through the Jack Charlton era was when you were driving around Lifford beeping horns in the cars if you got a result – it was just as if we had won the World Cup! It was full circle from that to stepping onto the pitch at the World Cup finals. It was very special.”Given has recently released his autobiography, Any Given Saturday, had for the first time has reflected on a career that touched three decades, a World Cup, two European Championships, countless saves and a treasure trove of memories.“Mad isn’t it?” he wonders in a quiet corner of the Letterkenny Shopping Centre.“Wembley, the San Siro, the Nou Camp…it’s amazing that a size five football full of air can be a passport to all these amazing stadiums. It’s amazing to think someone from Lifford could do that.”Shay Given reflects on the carnage, the celebrations and a World Cup circus was last modified: November 12th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2002 World Cup2018 World CupfranceIranLiffordMartin O’NeillRepublic of Irelandrobbie keaneRoy KeaneShay GivenTehranTHIERRY HENRYlast_img read more

ALDI answer Mayday call for the RNLI in Donegal

first_imgAldi Stores are answering the ‘Mayday Call’ in support of the RNLI by having a Mayday collection at all stores nationwide tomorrow.That also includes all of their Stores in County Donegal as well as the two stores in Letterkenny, tomorrow Tuesday from 9am to 9pm.Your support will be greatly appreciated. ALDI answer Mayday call for the RNLI in Donegal was last modified: April 30th, 2018 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:ALDIcollectiondonegalRNLIStoreslast_img read more