…outline security plans for ChristmasThe Guyana Police Force on Monday said the crime rate in Berbice has been reduced by 42 per cent. According to the GPF, serious crime has shown a decline over the past year; between January 1 and October 21, 2017, Police have recorded 236 incidents of serious crime, and for the corresponding period this year, the record shows 199 incidents. Murders for the period under review in 2017 were 24, as against 17 this year.Deputy Commander, Superintendent Wayne De HaarteWhile robbery under arms incidents wherein guns were used moved from 24 to 32, a 30 per cent increase, robberies under arms wherein instruments other that guns were used showed a steep decline, with seven recorded this year as against 27 for the corresponding period last year. Break and enter and larceny also showed a significant reduction, from 168 in 2017 to 68 in 2018. Robbery with violence, according to the GPF, also had a decline, moving from 15 to 13.These figures were release on Monday as “B” Division launched its Christmas Policing for 2018. Deputy Commander of “B” Division, Superintendent Wayne De Haarte, told reporters that the division has put in place a number of strategies to make the area safer for residents and visitors during the Christmas period.“We will be having mobile patrols by day and night in the housing and business sectors. Patrols will be deployed in all sectors: vehicular, motorcycle, bicycle, and foot patrols, in the main commercial areas,” he said.These areas include New Amsterdam, Rose Hall Town, Port Mourant, Hampshire, Rosignol, D’Edward, Corriverton and several villages along the Upper Corentyne.Divisional Commander Senior Superintendent Paul Langevine assured that the Division is well equipped with human resources.“We have enough officers,” he said.The Christmas Policing Programme in Berbice will also see mounted patrols in the backlands and roadblocks being maintained on the eastern end of the Berbice River Bridge and at Weldaad Police Station.“Ranks will be detailed to monitor the linking and shopping areas in all sectors, and we will continue our social crime prevention activities within communities,” De Haart has said.“Ranks will be deployed at markets on the following days: New Amsterdam, Mondays to Saturdays; Rose Hall Town, Mondays to Saturdays; Port Mourant, Fridays and Saturdays; Springlands, Mondays to Saturdays; and Rosignol, Mondays to Saturdays.Marine patrols will be conducted in the Berbice River (and in) Canje Creek,” the Deputy Commander has outlined.However, he noted that the Police need the support and cooperation of members of the public to ensure that the Christmas Policing Programme is a success.As such, he urges that during the Christmas period, when persons are shopping or going home from parties, they use a valid taxi service. Business persons who are transporting large sums of money are being urged to do so with effective security. De Haarte noted that any concerns persons have relative to their personal security when they are out shopping could be related to a Police officer on duty, who will be in all the major shopping areas. DeHaarte has said that from now until mid-January, there will be regular vehicular patrols throughout the day and night in all communities. The Divisional Commander expressed confidence that persons who live in Berbice or those who may wish to visit will be safe.“This programme will not achieve its success if we do not get support of the members of the public. Our plan entails a lot of stop-and-search and patrols. We cannot be here, there and everywhere; so we will depend a lot on members of the public. We don’t want citizens seeing things happening and not reporting to us.“Our intention is to get anyone who is bent on breaking the law and making citizens’ lives uncomfortable. Just like how we’re planning, the criminals are planning to take advantage with the increased commercial activity and congestion on the road; so we have to work towards ensuring that their plans are not successful,” Langevine said. (Andrew Carmichael)
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Raheem Sterling is again linked with a move from Liverpool to Tottenham – this time by The Sun.It is suggested that Spurs will offer £7m for the 17-year-old from Harlesden and that he would welcome a return to the capital.Sterling was recently linked with a loan move back to QPR, who lost him when he left Loftus Road to join Liverpool in 2010.Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti wants to sign Ashley Cole for Paris St-Germain, the Daily Mirror say.There has been speculation about the England left-back’s future because he is now in the final year of his Chelsea contract.And it is claimed that Ancelotti is looking to capture him on a three-year deal.The Mirror also suggest Fulham are leading the chase to sign Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone from Spanish club Levante.The 28-year-old is reported to have snubbed moves to Russia and Qatar because he is keen to play in the Premier League.Meanwhile, The Sun say Fulham have had a £4.5m bid for winger Matt Jarvis rejected by Wolves.The Daily Mail report that Blackburn are close to signing Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu and have moved ahead of the Whites in the race for Huddersfield striker Jordan Rhodes.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
“It will also give women a chance to strive for goals like a top 20 or a top 10 overall, which will be fantastic,” she added. Kime made a valiant charge early on as Theron had started with an 11-minute lead. Kime, a two-time winner of the event, made good use of the revised race rules that allowed the women to ride the slip waves of male paddlers in the massed start on the final stage, but Theron repeated her performance of the third stage and gradually reeled her in. ‘Very tough’“It was very tough out there in the wind,” he added. “It was incredibly cold and the net wind chill factor took it to a negative. That is a tough place to be in when you are locked into an endurance event like the Berg. “This ninth win is a very special one, for sure,” said McGregor. “There were some class paddlers out there. Women’s raceIn the women’s race, Jen Theron snatched her first major river title with a solid performance on the final stage that included another systematic and patient chase from behind to catch the never-say-die Robyn Kime. Hank McGregor triumphed over a classy field and atrocious weather on the final day to claim a record ninth title in the Berg River Canoe Marathon at Velddrif in the Western Cape on the weekend. Simon van Gysen did extremely well to claw his way back through the field after his rudder cable issues to claim fourth place. The win was an emotional one for the current world marathon champion and Team Best 4 Kayak Centre captain as his father Lee McGregor was seconding him for the first time in almost a decade, and his team mate and best friend Grant van der Walt had been sidelined by a stomach virus that hit the race. With only 500 metres remaining, McGregor kicked and only Graeme Solomon looked like posing a threat to him. McGregor, however, took the line honours to a hero’s welcome with Solomon’s sprint enough to earn him second place overall ahead of Lance King. The pair entered the final section from the portage at Oordraplek to the finish together in a group with three other male paddlers, a striking statement about the new rules, and it was Kime who held on in the tough and windy conditions to claim the stage line honours while Theron finished with a beaming smile knowing that her 11-minute overall lead was still intact. McGregor won the Best 4 bridge prize, making it a clean sweep of the stage hotspots, as the race moved onto the flat tidal estuary that was buffeted by gale-force south-easterly winds which made wind chill a very serious threat to the paddlers in addition to whipping up big waves on the lagoon. Absent from the final stage was the luckless Jacques Theron, a three-time winner of the race, who became another casualty of the stomach bug that derailed Grant van der Walt on the third stage along with several other paddlers. 16 July 2012 “Going into the headwind the waves were like three-foot surf. It was ridiculous. I would have much preferred to be on a surfski!” MENHank McGregor 15:53.47Graeme Solomon 16:02.52Lance King 16:03.18Simon van Gysen 16:12.39Robbie Herreveld 16:17.55 “It made a massive difference to have the race committee allow us to race like other paddlers and ride wave on bunches,” said Theron. “This race would have been truly horrible if we had not been able to ride slip, and the fact that we were able to provide such a close race I hope adds value to the event.” RESULTS Broken rudder cableThe next man to drop out of contention was the plucky Van Gysen, whose hopes of a podium finish evaporated when he broke a rudder cable less than half an hour into the stage. He raced to the bank to repair the damage, but it cost him several minutes and he lost contact with the other podium contenders. SAinfo reporter “On the way in to the finish, the guys in the front four boat bunch were discussing the fact that there was a total of 16 wins in the group. Only Lance King has not won it before and we were teasing him about needing to start to show some interest. WOMENJen Theron 17:38.31Robyn Kime 17:49.39Jenna Ward 19:23.18Robyn Henderson 19:41.07Kirsten Penderis 19:41.57 The gutsy Durbanite started the final 62km stage from Zoutkloof to the West Coast fishing town of Velddrif with a nine-minute overall race lead, and quickly settled into a five-boat lead bunch that included podium contenders Simon van Gysen, Graeme Solomon and Lance King, as well as the resurgent nineties King of the Berg, Robbie Herreveld. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material