“Animalistic” carjackers causing fear among business community – Dookhoo

first_imgWith just three clear shopping days remaining before Christmas, Police are increasing their presence on the nation’s roads, especially at strategic points in the capital city. However, with increasing reports of carjackings, many Guyanese, especially those in the business sector, are showing signs of apprehension, which could reduce confidence in the economy.This was according to Private Sector stakeholder, Ramesh Dookhoo, who in a recent interview with Guyana Times, condemned the ever-increasing practice,Private sector stakeholder Ramesh Dookhoosaying many locals and even some foreigners have reason to be fearful.“There’s a huge state of apprehension in the business community; people are afraid for their lives and that apprehension has moved to normal middle-class owners of vehicles,” he noted.Just recently, ex-Policeman Rawle Alexander was promptly detained after he attempted to steal a Toyota Carina 212 car belonging to a Police Constable but failed when he crashed the vehicle a short distance away. In another attack, armed hijackers drove off in a motorcar carrying a sleeping child and tossed the young girl after they realised she was in the vehicle. Dookhoo deemed these acts as “animalistic”.“The girl was thrown out of the vehicle in a very callous and ruthless manner and I am not sure what is driving and causing this level of animalistic behaviour that has suddenly taken over,” he stated.Commenting on the increased spate of robberies, Dookhoo, a former Chairman of the Private Sector Commission (PSC), observed that shoppers should be more cautions, go out in pairs and try to be more careful when returning home. Police last week disclosed that there have been 25 cases of carjackings in the past seven months.Police A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) Commander Marlon Chapman on Tuesday announced that the Police Force has recorded some success in cracking down on such cases.Chapman said “One of major concerns in the Division is the offence of robbery under arms where vehicles are being stolen and I am pleased to inform you that we have made some success thus far.”He gave all assurances that the gang will be dismantled. Earlier this year, the Guyana Police Force had issued a warning, particularly to taxi drivers operating Toyota Premio and Allion motorcars, signalling that there is a plan to attack and relive the motorists of their vehicles. The Force has said a multi-agency approach is being ironed out to allow for investigators to be armed with the necessary tools and information on specifications so as to narrow in on suspects and ultimately recover the stolen cars. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

Browns’ Beckham fined for fighting, questions NFL’s system

first_imgLATEST STORIES “I don’t do physics, but if I get hit, this is not going to protect me. It’s just stuff like that. I feel like we can come to a better agreement and simplifying things and not taking the money out of the pockets of the players who are putting money into this entire game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:21‘Bato’ says Robredo has to toughen up: ‘This is war…hindi ka pwedeng pa-cute cute dito’00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? 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That’s what game clips are for, the game film is for. It’s a completely different angle. It’s like what I said a long time ago when it came down to the other altercation (with Norman) I had. Only clips that were being shown are exactly what they want to be shown. That’s how this world works. I’m not naive. I’ve grown up a lot.”None of this is new to Beckham, who feels targeted by opposing teams as well as the league.Beckham was recently reprimanded for wearing a nearly $200,000 watch during the Browns’ opener, and the 26-year-old said it was only an issue because he was the one with it on. The following week, he was sent off the field by officials during a game in New York because they said his helmet visor was too dark.He feels the league’s policy on fines is far too arbitrary.“It’s crazy,” he said. “The NFL finds ways to just take it (money). They’re going to take it from you. I understand a penalty, getting fined for that. But pants above the knees, a shirt hanging out, and you’re getting $5,000 taken from you? Pads above your knees? You really think that this little knee pad covering my kneecap is going to affect, if somebody hits me, weighs 250 pounds, running 18 mph. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical LA Sparks fire GM Penny Toler after postgame tirade FILE – In this Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham, center, and Baltimore Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey (44) grab each other during the second half of an NFL football game in Baltimore. Browns coach Freddie Kitchens wants more consistent NFL officiating after wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was choked during Sunday’s game. Beckham got into a skirmish with Ravens cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who pinned the three-time Pro Bowler and had his hands around his neck before being pulled away. Both players were assessed personal fouls, but neither was ejected. Kitchens said he planned to reach out to the league about that situation in particular and officiating evenness in general. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)BEREA, Ohio — Odell Beckham Jr. would rather not fight. That doesn’t mean he won’t.Cleveland’s star receiver was fined an undisclosed amount by the NFL for his heated skirmish last week with Baltimore cornerback Marlon Humphrey, who appeared to choke Beckham after throwing him to the ground.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect Beckham and Humphrey tangled throughout the Browns’ 40-25 win on Sunday. The most violent exchange came in the third quarter when the pair squared off at the end of a running play and were flagged for personal fouls.In the heat of the moment, Beckham said he didn’t know if Humphrey choked him, but said he resisted other chances to retaliate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSBecoming his own man“He was on the ground, I was standing up still and I kind of just let the moment pass and I sort of regret letting the moment pass, but I’ve come a long way,” he I said. “I probably would have been suspended for the next game if I had done what I wanted to do, knowing how I’ve been treated. It was just something where I had to look out for my teammates and not hurt them even more than the 15-yard penalty and be sitting out a whole other game.“This is football. This isn’t MMA. This isn’t Street Fighter.” Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Beckham, though, has a history of violations for aggressiveness. He was suspended one game for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Carolina’s Josh Norman in 2015, and had been fined over $220,000 before his altercation with Humphrey.Beckham initially joked that his latest punishment was for $250,000, but he wouldn’t reveal the actual charge. Because of his previous offenses, this one will cost him at least $70,000 (the league’s standard for a second fight). He plans to appeal.He also offered to pay the $14,029 fine assessed Browns center JC Tretter, who came rushing to Beckham’s defense during the scuffle.Tretter said he would react the same way.“I wouldn’t have changed anything I did,” he said. “I understand the intent of the rule. … But when you have a guy mounted on top of another choking him, if the answer is ‘We want you to just stand there,’ I’ll take the fine for that. I didn’t throw a punch. I didn’t think I escalated the situation. I was there to de-escalate the situation.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more