Robberies up by 22%…its portentous effects!

first_imgDear Editor,Robberies in Guyana are up by 22 per cent… that is the latest statistical figure given by the Guyana Police Force. Now, I am more inclined to believe that this is a highly conservative statistic, given the present climate that exists in Guyana. Because many robberies go unreported, especially robberies of the armed type, or where gun/s are involved.In a country where robberies form part of the daily grind — incidents involving theft, or forceful removal of one’s property — victims are most often reluctant to report or to prosecute the offenders. They would have thrown up their hands in frustration, or might have given in, saying, ‘Why bother? This is Guyana’. So thieves, bandits and robbers are emboldened by this acceptance of the situation by the hapless populace. As someone sarcastically remarked, armed robberies are the only successful business in Guyana. I would rephrase that to say armed robberies constitute the most successful occupation in Region Four. When you can have persons as young as 17 bearing high-powered weapons and carrying out armed invasions with impunity, then you know where we are going as a nation.To make our situation more grievous, This PNC-led Coalition seems to be oblivious to the goings-on around them. And I am of the staunch belief that the reason behind that “ostrich head in the sand” behaviour is because most of these sadistic acts are taking place in or close to their main stronghold, Georgetown; so let us appear not to know.Twenty-two per cent at face value might seem an innocuous figure, but in a small society such as ours, that is a really frightening statistic, where you don’t know when you might become the next victim or fatality in another armed robbery. Guyanese are now, as it were, paralysed by fear in this sick and sad country.Respectfully,Neil Adamslast_img read more

Deacon Sneh Wants Liberia Return to “Original Foundation”

first_imgDeacon Koon Teah Sneh – Advertisement – Deacon Koon Teah Sneh, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the 3rd Providence Baptist Church in Logan Town, Bushrod Island has stressed the need for the nation to return to its “original foundation for success and prosperity.”Sneh observed that since 1980, there was a turning point in the history of the nation, which he said opened doors to “lawlessness, disrespect to human dignity, disobedience, fearlessness, greed, corruption and murder.He there lamented the alteration of the original source of law in which the foundation of the nation was specified.He said the 1986 Constitution was a clear indication that Liberia was taken from the “hand of God, and placed into Satan domain by declaring it a secular state.”Deacon Sneh said since then, “strange events have been occurring in the lives of the people of Liberia.He named some to be past invasions, civil wars, constant bloody violence, Ebola virus disease (EVD), armed robbery, systemic corruption and disobedience to constitutional authority.“It is a curse to give something to the glory of God and later retrieve it from God to Satan. So, Liberia was given to Christ and retrieved from Christ,” Sneh said.Meanwhile, Deacon Sneh is appealing to national leaders to lead in a godly manner with love and fear of God.He said the livelihood of citizens should be national priorities. As such, Sneh wants religious leaders to teach the truth of God’s word in preparation of the country’s future generation.Deacon Sneh believes that in the absence of religious teaching, the country is slipping from its original foundation, which was godliness and Christian principles.“The founding fathers of this nation built it on said order that could develop and bring total liberty, peace and joy to all Africans. Therefore, the nation developed such characteristic as its national norm and practice,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Alito gets Supreme Court nod

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But several major liberal groups — People for the American Way, the Alliance for Justice,, NARAL Pro-Choice America and others –immediately declared their opposition. “Judge Alito would undermine basic reproductive rights,” said Karen Pearl, the president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “It is outrageous that President Bush would replace a moderate conservative like Justice O’Connor with a conservative hard-liner.” Among feminists and liberals, who fear that Alito will join Justice Antonin Scalia as a member of the court’s conservative bloc, the nominee’s heritage and judicial philosophy have earned him the nickname “Scalito.” If confirmed, Alito would be the court’s fifth member of the Roman Catholic faith. Republican Senate leaders pledged their support, but the chamber’s moderates held their fire Monday, generally taking a wait-and-see attitude toward the nomination. WASHINGTON — President Bush nominated federal appellate court Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. for the U.S. Supreme Court Monday, placating conservative activists who undermined Harriet Miers but provoking a fight with abortion-rights groups. Alito, 55, has served for 15 years as an appeals court judge, and is best known for a 1991 dissent in a landmark Pennsylvania abortion case. Rejecting Alito’s reasoning, the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately used the case to uphold abortion rights. The son of an Italian immigrant, Alito graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School. He served in the Justice Department during the Reagan administration and as a federal prosecutor before winning the Senate’s unanimous approval to the federal bench in 1990. “He is scholarly, fair-minded and principled,” Bush said, as he named Alito to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. One key senator — Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona –said he was “pleased” with the nomination and added that “Judge Alito’s record is one of a thoroughly experienced, capable and principled jurist.” McCain is a leader of the bipartisan “gang of 14” senators who have vowed to uphold the Senate filibuster rule for judicial nominations, but promised to employ the tactic only under “extraordinary circumstances.” To defeat a nominee on an up-or-down vote in the Republican-controlled Senate, Alito’s foes would have to garner 51 votes. Under current rules, to indefinitely delay a vote by filibustering, they would need just 40 votes. Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, a Democratic member of the 14 senators, said he would “carefully study” Alito’s record and background. Alito’s critics zeroed in on his dissenting opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a 1991 abortion case that the Supreme Court ultimately used to uphold Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that guaranteed the right of abortion. The issue in Casey was whether the Pennsylvania legislature could restrict the ability of women to obtain abortions through such regulations as a requirement that wives notify husbands before undergoing the procedure. The 3rd Circuit court, with Alito dissenting, found that the spousal notification provision was the kind of burdensome regulation forbidden by Roe. The Supreme Court then took the case, threw out the spousal notification rule and other Pennsylvania restrictions, and used Casey to sustain Roe v. Wade. Alito won renown in conservative circles after his dissent in Casey was cited by the late Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, who joined Scalia and two other justices in unsuccessfully arguing that Roe should be overturned. Alito, however, never openly challenged the reasoning in Roe, and in two subsequent New Jersey abortion cases he joined the court majority in decisions that upheld various abortion rights.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