Syracuse holds early first practice in anticipation of exhibition tour in Canada

first_imgAlmost an hour before Syracuse’s first practice of the year, freshmen Tyler Ennis, B.J. Johnson and Ron Patterson were already shooting around at the Carmelo K. Anthony Center.Senior center Baye Moussa Keita was around for part of the summer, so he expected this.But senior forward C.J. Fair has only seen Ennis — his likely starting point guard — play on TV.With a week before the Orange travels to Canada for a four-game exhibition tour, SU was back in action at the Melo Center on Thursday for a rare mid-August practice.“They’re really talented,” Keita said of the first-year players. “They’re hard workers. They’ve been here working out at 6 in the morning every day and they’ve been doing things on the weekend, too.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNow the whole team is together and gearing up for its first season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.Fair expects the practices to be pretty much the same as usual, but said Thursday’s is “going to be high intensity today.”It’s the first opportunity for the freshmen to prove themselves not only to their new teammates, but their head coach.Some players, like Keita, have already had a chance to see them. He was back in Senegal for the first part of summer — the first time he’d been home since his freshman year — but was back in Syracuse for the second part.“I’ve been working out, playing five-on-five,” Keita said, “so being at practice is just regular for me.”But Thursday was the first chance for the media to observe what has changed since Syracuse fell in the Final Four last season.Forwards Jerami Grant and Rakeem Christmas both appeared to have added several pounds of muscle and the freshmen made their first impressions, shooting with assistant coach Gerry McNamara while head coach Jim Boeheim watched.It’s still early, but Syracuse basketball season is officially underway.“Summer’s cut short now,” Fair said, “but I’m happy to be here.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Dornsifes inspired by Nikias’ inauguration speech

first_imgWhen Dana and David Dornsife returned to their hotel room after President C. L. Max Nikias’ inaugural speech in October, they both had one thing on their mind: naming the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.Benefactors · David Dornsife graduated from USC in 1965. He and his wife, Dana Dornsife, both sit on the board of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute. They donated $200 million in unrestricted funds to the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. – Courtesy of Philip Channing “We were staying at the Radisson across the street, and we both kind of simultaneously brought out, ‘Wouldn’t that be exciting if they announced in the future ‘the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences,’ but instead they said ‘the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences?’” David Dornsife said. “That was the first time we saw each other [that day] and we both had the same idea.”Further talks with Howard Gillman, dean of the College of Letters, Arts, & Sciences, as well as meetings with Nikias led to the Dornsife’s $200 million unrestricted donation to the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, which will officially be renamed the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences on March 23.“We’re thrilled to be able to do it,” Dana Dornsife said. “And we feel very blessed and fortunate to have the financial resources that allow us to do things like this to help make the world a better place.”The Dornsifes’ pledge is the largest single donation in USC’s history. They credit Nikias with motivating them to give during his inauguration speech.“He put a challenge out to the audience to have the courage to explore boldly and he really put forward a very aggressive agenda on the things that he wanted to do to improve the quality of the education at USC and to attract highly sought after professors,” Dana Dornsife said. “Dave and I really took that to heart.”The donation will also create a Dornsife Scholars Program, given to graduating seniors in the College who plan to continue with the research they began at USC on a national or global scale.“The idea of the Dornsife scholars is to take top performers and incentivize them to go on further, and in particular, look at those that feel that they can change the world as a result of the scholarly work that they could continue to do at USC,” David Dornsife said.At a Visions & Voices event about two years ago, the Dornsifes were invited to talk about water-well drilling in Africa and their involvement there. They left impressed by the students’ reaction, which gave them faith in the students to make a difference in the world.“We were overwhelmed with the students who were very eager to do what they could do to change the world and were asking us if we had any ideas for them,” Dana Dornsife said. “That mindset, coming from the heart, and being passionate about helping their fellow man, David and I are very impressed with them.”Because the $200 million is an unrestricted endowment, the College can use the money in any way it sees fit.The Dornsifes are not worried about the different ways the money will be used.“We have a lot of faith in the individuals running the College,” David Dornsife said. “We’re not concerned about mistakes being made because they’re good people and they know a lot about education.”David Dornsife graduated from USC’s business school in 1965 and is currently a USC trustee and chairman of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute in the neurosciences. His parents were also USC alumni. Dana Dornsife also sits on the board of the Brain and Creativity Institute.Their involvement in the neuroscience program provided opportunities for the Dornsifes to meet faculty in the College, as well as the dean.“We think the fact that the neuroscience program is funded and working is an example of what could be done when you really focus on an area,” David Dornsife said. “All that exposure with the neurosciences started getting us interested in broadening out to the rest of the members of the college, so that was the catalyst that got us a chance to be involved intimately with other disciplines.”Dana Dornsife said they are proud of the interdisciplinary studies taking place at USC, and donated specifically to the College because they feel it has more interdisciplinary opportunities for students.The Dornsifes plan to continue their support of both neuroscience and the College through meetings with Gillman and continuing their positions in the Brain and Creativity Institute.“We think this is the right time to be supportive of the school,” David Dornsife said. “We think they’re doing a great job and we hope this helps lift them to a higher level.”last_img read more

Syracuse wingbacks provide offensive versatility but allow for defensive gaps

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 11, 2017 at 8:35 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Syracuse often pushes up all but four of its players past midfield on offense. It’s something that, when executed, creates trouble for defenses. But, when it fails, only three defenders remain back to protect the goalkeeper from a close shot.The key to Syracuse’s offensive success starts with its wingbacks, the two outside midfielders, pushing up. John-Austin Ricks and Jan Breitenmoser have started every game for the Orange (5-6-2, 0-4-1 Atlantic Coast) at the position, posting a combined seven points and 14 shots. While their offensive success and versatility gives SU an extra push, it opens up defensive holes that can translate into runs from the opposition.“A lot of teams play with four in the back, we play with three,” SU head coach Ian McIntyre said. “… There’s times when you push forward and you’ve got good possession of the ball. Sometimes we’ve made mistakes.”Oftentimes, players said, those individual mistakes have proven costly, translating into Syracuse dropping six of its last seven. Though goals often come after the opposing offense settles, pushing all but its three backs upfield spreads the SU defense thin during counter runs.Against Oregon State, the Beavers pushed upfield and a pass near the left side of the penalty area found Hassani Dotson. One-on-one with Ricks, Dotson went right and ripped a shot top right corner. Though SU pulled out the win, the counter attack gave Oregon State the opening goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe next game, the Orange was less fortunate. Tied 1-1, Louisville pushed its counter attack and a cross-field pass found star forward Mohamed Thiaw. He took three touches with defender Sondre Norheim in front of him before firing past goalkeeper Hendrik Hilpert. It became the deciding goal in a 2-1 SU loss.“We got caught a couple of times because we were too high,” Breitenmoser said.Though getting back on defense has burned the Orange at times, it has been beneficial to the offense. By winning the ball in the opposing half of the field, the offense can set up and attack. Possession is crucial, especially in close games, because only twice has Syracuse played a game not decided by one goal.Josh Shub-Seltzer | Staff PhotographerPlaying with wingbacks widens SU’s formation, dragging defenders to the outside and letting Syracuse push down the sidelines. By working with the backs and midfielders to push the offense upfield, wingbacks often end up near the end line before crossing the ball into the penalty area. It either deflects off the defense and results in a corner or is sent into a crowded box.Ricks’ offensive versatility has shone on set pieces, where he’s added two goals off headers, including the game-winner against Oregon State. He added a game-tying chip-shot goal from 30 yards out to tie Princeton in a game when SU struggled. Breitenmoser back-heeled a pass to Jonathan Hagman to score the Orange’s lone goal in a loss to Duke. He added a near-goal cross that the goalkeeper had to jump back and block away.“We’ve played a different couple formations this year and (Ricks and Breitenmoser) have been important parts if we play four or three in the back,” McIntyre said. “… They’re important parts in our identity in who we are.”To play wingback, fitness is essential. As the offense pushes up, so do the wingbacks. And when the ball is turned over or saved, they have to sprint back to play defense. Sophomore midfielder Mo Adams estimated a wingback can run up and down the field 50 times a game.And for most wingbacks, the position is new. Of Syracuse’s two starting wingbacks, only Ricks had experience at the position. With Liam Callahan and Oyvind Alseth manning the position in 2016, Breitenmoser played midfield occasionally and Ricks played only intermittently. This is the first year they’ve started in every game, and are backed up by Adnan Bakalovic and Simon Triantafillou.Before Syracuse’s game against Akron, Bakalovic and Triantafillou played irregularly and started in five and three games, respectively. But, on Oct. 3, McIntyre changed his rotation. Instead of taking out Ricks or Breitenmoser, he subbed out the both for Bakalovic and Triantafillou in the first half of both the Akron and North Carolina State game.All four players’ versatility shows in-game. Each has an aspect of an offensive game that has proven beneficial to SU. Then they run over half the field back, ready to make a stop on defense.“You need wingbacks who can cover the field,” Adams said. “… It suits the (four) players.” Commentslast_img read more

First ever Summer Youth Olympic Games were inaugurated on this day in 2010

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(Image credits: @singatweets/Twitter) READ: Mumbai Indians Recall Hardik Pandya’s Maiden Test Century On This Day In 2017According to UNICEF, the event, using a child-centred approach, offered participants a chance to engage in a variety of activities and games. The event focused on the rights of children and the conditions that are necessary for them to reach their full potential. At the first-ever YOG, 18 competition venues were used, Events took place ay 11 pre-existing venues, one new venue and six temporary venues, which were removed following the games. The Games featured around 3,600 athletes from 204 nations, who competed in 201 events in 26 sports. According to reports, the most successful nation was China, followed by Russia. One of the unique features of the event was that mixed-NOCs teams (comprising youths from different countries) and the Culture and Education Programmes (CEP) made their debut at the 2010 games. The torch relay which began a month before, comprised a 13-day world tour of five cities, each representing a continent, and a six-day domestic leg. READ: NASA’s Voyager 2 Became First Spacecraft To Observe Neptune On This Day In 1989READ: NASA Launched Discoverer 13 Satellite On This Day In 1960, First Ever Recovered From Orbit 1 month ago IOC President on Tokyo COVID-19 measures The first-ever Summer Youth Olympic Games were inaugurated this very day, i.e August 14, in 2010 in Singapore. An international multi-sport and cultural event for youths based on the tradition of the Olympic Games were held from August 14 to 26 almost a decade back. The Youth Olympic Games (YOG) was also the first International Olympic Committee-sanctioned event held in Southeast Asia.  1 year ago 16-Year Old Shooter Manu Bhaker Named India’s Flag-Bearer For Youth Olympics 2018 SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 14th August, 2020 15:28 IST WATCH US LIVE COMMENT 1 month ago Player’s mentality has to match toughness of Olympic Games: Reidcenter_img LIVE TV Last Updated: 14th August, 2020 15:27 IST First Ever Summer Youth Olympic Games Were Inaugurated On This Day In 2010 The first-ever Summer Youth Olympic Games were inaugurated this very day in 2010 in Singapore, which marked the 1st IOC-sanctioned event held in Southeast Asia. WE RECOMMEND 3 weeks ago Abhinav Bindra clinched India’s first ever individual Olympic gold medal OTD in 2008 1 month ago Geeta Phogat plans to make sensational comeback and compete at Tokyo Olympics 2021 READ: Berlin Wall’s Construction Began On This Day In 1961; Read MoreOrganised under IOC, the Youth Olympic Games are an international high-level sporting event for adolescents, aged between 14-18-years-old. It is held every two years, alternating between the summer and winter seasons. The sporting and cultural event provides young people with the knowledge and skills to become role models for their peers and to play an active role in their communities. ‘Spirit of Youth emblem’ While the YOG concept dates back to 1998, the formal plans for the event were only first announced at the 119th IOC session in 2007. In February 2008, Singapore was selected as the host city after defeating Moscow in a postal vote by 105 IOC members. The Youth Olympics village was located at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the Game mascots Lyo and Merly, a lion and a female merlion, were selected by the officials. The IOC members believed that the mascot represented the ‘spirit of youth emblem’.  FOLLOW US Written Bylast_img read more

Ladbrokes all loved up for Harry & Meghan’s Royal Wedding

first_imgShare Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Submit Related Articles FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Bookmaker Ladbrokes has launched a series of dedicated ‘Royal Wedding’ betting markets in honour of Prince Harry’s engagement to American actress Meghan Markle.As gossip columns detail that the couple favours a ‘spring wedding’, Ladbrokes has priced 1/4 that Harry and Meghan will marry in May of next year.For Harry, Ladbrokes has priced Prince William as firm 1/10 favourite to take the honours of Best Man.Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes details: “Clearly the Duchess of Cambridge will need some time to recover from the birth of her third child, so a May wedding looks like a near certainty. As does Wills to repay the favour of being Prince Harry’s Best Man.”Whilst, the Duke of Cambridge appears certain for top wedding responsibilities, Ladbrokes presents much more open field with regards to who will be Meghan’s bridesmaid.Canadian fashion stylist Jessica Mulroney is current market 1/3 favourite to be Meghan’s best gal, followed by close friend and fellow actress Janina Gavankar priced at 1/2.Further wedding duties see Ladbrokes price Harry’s nephew Prince George to be pageboy 1/5 with niece Princess Charlotte to be flower girl at 1/5Ladbrokes Harry & Meghan Royal Wedding latest bettingcenter_img StumbleUpon Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 When will Prince Harry and Meghan get married?March 3/1April 6/1May 1/4Who will be Prince Harry’s Best Man?Prince William 1/10Tom Inskip 4/1Guy Pelly 5/1William van Cutsem 8/1Markus Anderson 10/1Harry Meade 12/1Others on requestWho will be a bridesmaid for Meghan Markle?Jessica Mulroney 1/3Janina Gavankar  1/2Sarah Rafferty 2/1Millie Mackintosh 6/1Serena Williams 8/1Samantha Grant 50/1Others on requestlast_img read more

Watford executive’s whining about Premier League return shows some in sport don’t embrace competition

first_imgIf you want to know the extent to which self-interest burns through competitive sport, overwhelming such elements as fairness, spectacle or public interest, consider the recent public declarations of the top team executive at Watford as England’s Premier League endeavors to complete its suspended 2019-20 season.Scott Duxbury, Watford FC chairman and chief executive, wrote an opinion piece in The Times of London whose headline lamented the “devastating effects” of a plan to play the season’s final nine games on neutral fields rather than at each team’s home grounds. He insisted Watford would lose the inherent advantage of playing in comfortable surroundings at Vicarage Road for five of its remaining games. It is unfortunate, especially in a tightly contested relegation battle that shows Watford ahead of Bournemouth only on goal differential, the season halted with Duxbury’s team having played one more on the road than at home.It’s more unfortunate for Aston Villa, though, that its team played one fewer game than the others in this battle. If Villa had played once more and won, it would stand ahead of both Watford and Bournemouth.There is a perfectly wonderful English word not commonly used on this side of the Atlantic: whinging. It is so unfamiliar here that my own Microsoft Word spell-check is flagging it. But it’s a word, honest. It means, according to Google’s dictionary, “to complain persistently and in a peevish or irritating way.” Scott Duxbury knows the word. For the moment, it defines his Watford FC. MORE: Premier League cleared to resume June 1He even, in the piece, discussed how Watford’s stunning 3-0 victory over runaway Premier League leader Liverpool was influenced by his squad playing that game at home.There were 21,634 in attendance for the Liverpool game.There will be zero when Watford plays again.Actually, that should say “if” Watford plays again.It is quite apparent that Duxbury would prefer there be no Premier League games contested at any venue to conclude the 2019-20 season, and don’t think that’s because of safety fears over the coronavirus pandemic. No, it’s the fear of relegation driving his concern.Watford stands in 17th place in the Premier League, one spot above the three positions designated for relegation to the second division. If he had any faith in his team, in the essence of sport, he would want the Hornets to earn their place in the 2020-21 Premier League on the field, wherever that field might be located.“How can the long-term future of clubs be determined under these fundamentally changed conditions?” Duxbury wrote. “How is there any semblance of fairness? To wave aside all the fears and concerns is too simplistic. Surely all 20 clubs must agree the fairest way forward to complete the season?”This is a disingenuous contention, because Duxbury knows well that any opportunity to complete the Premier League season will be under fundamentally changed conditions.What the 20 clubs must agree on first is — presuming it is prudent to proceed — the safest way forward to complete the season. As it is certain that the most important element of safety is to contest these games with no fans assembled in the stands, the only consequential aspect of home-field advantage will be muted for everyone. If the league’s stewards determine it is easier to control the safety of one neutral site than 20 home stadiums, that should be the primary concern.What is the advantage of playing at home absent the influence of a raucous crowd? The players know where the showers are? This argument should be beneath the dignity of someone holding such a prestigious position, especially in an endeavor where competition is the essence of the business.MORE: Having no fans is better than having no gamesWhat’s happening with the Premier League possibly could have some impact on U.S. sports trying to restart or launch their current seasons: the NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, MLS or the NWSL. The Premier League needs 14 votes out of 20 on any proposal to make changes this profound; if Watford wins its petty argument, who is to say North American teams might not push for their own selfish concerns?last_img read more

SPSCC Students win Thurston County Auditor’s Cup

first_imgFacebook8Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is the recipient of the 2018 Auditor’s Civic Challenge Capital Cup (Auditor’s Cup) for registering the most voters during the week of National Voter Registration Day. Thurston County Auditor Mary Hall presented the award to student leaders at the Olympia Campus on October 30.SPSCC competed against Saint Martin’s University and The Evergreen State College for the college-level Auditor’s Cup from September 24 through 28. Led by the Student Senate, SPSCC registered 121 students during the week, 90 of those in one day. All participating colleges, high schools, and partners registered 914 voters in Thurston County throughout the week.After the award presentation, students met with Mary Hall to share their 2018-19 initiatives and to discuss future projects around voter registration, including the ability for 16 and 17 year olds to pre-register to vote.last_img read more

WAEC Cancels 500 Candidates’ Results

first_imgThe greatest challenge of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), particularly in Liberia, has remained the herculean task of conducting hitch-free examinations void of malpractices.The challenge arises from any act or behavior by either the examiners or the candidates which is not in accordance with acceptable standards.  WAEC also aims to discourage any act or behavior that is damaging to the efficient conduct of the Council’s business, or tends to bring the Council into public disrepute. Owing to such malpractices, the Head of National Office (HNO) in Monrovia, John Y. Gayvolor, Sr., has annulled results for 539 candidates.  At the same time, the HNO is investigating 33 schools for ‘collusion’ during the conduct of the June/ May administered exams. The exams were administered to the 27,651 12th graders and the 31,927 9th graders, respectively, across the country. At a press conference over the weekend at WAEC’s head offices in Congo Town, Monrovia, Mr. Gayvolor, admitted that in spite of several pre-emptive measures put in place, exam malpractices surfaced at some of the testing centers. “Most of these malpractices were master-minded or perpetrated by some hired test supervisors, proctors/investigators, candidates, examiners and even school authorities to say the least,” Mr. Gayvolor disclosed. He said that during the marking of the May/June exam scripts, examiners reported that candidates from 33 senior high schools were involved in collusion (same test writing and or answer) when the tests were being administered. Of the 33 senior high schools involved, 17 were Montserrado County-based high schools, with Margibi recording 11, Grand Gedeh one, Grand Kru two, and Nimba County one. Mr. Gayvolor further disclosed that, “four hundred and sixty-two senior and fifty-nine junior high school candidates were involved in some form of examination malpractices, while 18 candidates were also involved in malpractices in the administration of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).” As such, Mr. Gayvolor has announced the annulment of the entire results for those candidates.   The decision which was arrived at by the Liberia Examinations Committee at its 38th meeting held on Friday, November 21, 2014. Mr. Gayvolor also disclosed that one test supervisor (not named) was found guilty of extorting money from some junior high school candidates for the purpose of assisting the candidates to have undue advantage in the exams. Authorities at the Ministry of Education (MOE) have dismissed the supervisor, who was described as a principal of a public school, while an examiner was arrested and reportedly sent to court for attempting to solicit money from a school authority in order to assist his candidates. Immediately upon the discovery of the act, Mr. Gayvolor said, the principal of the school instantly alerted WAEC.  Subsequently the examiner was arrested by officers of the Liberia National Police who immediately sent the accused to court. The matter is pending before court.Unreliable Assessment ScoresMr. Gayvolor explained that grades submitted by some schools for the three-year period (7th, 8th, and 9th for Junior high and 10th, 11th and 12th grades for senior high) are referred to as the “Continuous Assessment Scores (CASS). These grades, after being subjected to statistical analysis, form an integral part of the overall performance of the candidates on the examination. “Unfortunately,” Mr. Gayvolor said, “some school authorities submitted unreliable CASS such as 88% for all the candidates during the three-year period.”Ten senior high schools submitted uninformed grades or unreliable CASS for the candidates as continuous assessment scores, he said. “As a result of this, the entire outcomes for the 258 candidates with 226 in Montserrado County School System and 10 and 22 each in  Lofa and Margibi counties are unreliable CASS. “In this manner, each of the school authorities involved is being found guilty by WAEC Board of Inquiry for “unprofessional academic behavior,” said Mr. Gayvolor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Parfaite Harmonie residents peeved over lack of streetlights, overgrown vegetation

first_imgResidents of Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD), have expressed frustration over the lack of attention being given to the housing scheme by the relevant authorities.The residents revealed they have made several calls to the Ministry of Communities as well as the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) of Malgre-Tout, WBD, for the removal of overgrown vegetation from unoccupied house lots and for the provision of streetlights.La Parfaite Harmonie is one of the largest housing schemes established by the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) within the recent decade, comprising several plantations, namely Schoonord, Westminster, Onderneeming, Recth-Door-Zee and Lust-En-Rust.The residents are complaining that there are no lights on long stretches of roads. This, they say, has been aiding robbers who pounce on unsuspecting victims at night.“We don’t have any street lights. Persons coming home late in the night have to be extremely careful because these lil’ thieves does deh in all ah them dark corners waiting fuh ketch who them could ketch. Yet, yuh see them ain’t doing nothing fuh help ease the problem like give one or two streetlights,” Simone Marks a resident related.She explained that the overgrown vegetation and trees that have taken over unoccupied lots are aiding the criminals as they often run through the bushes after committing their crimes. She further pointed out that the community does not have regular Police patrols or even a Police Outpost.Sherry Singh, a homeowner also voiced dissatisfaction over the lack of street lights and the poor maintenance of the unoccupied house lots: “We are plagued by mosquitoes and insects because of the overgrown vegetation on these house lots.” She explained that many lots that were distributed are yet to be unoccupied, and the owners are not tending to their land, meaning it is overgrown with trees and shrubs.Residents are pleading with the authorities to install street lights in the housing scheme to prevent an escalation of crime. “Yuh know how much time we went to different people and newspapers asking them to highlight this problem? They highlight it yes, but still them people from the Ministry or Regional Office nah come and see fuh help the situation,” one resident complained.Additionally, they are calling on owners of house lots not yet occupied to clear the lots of overgrown vegetation. The residents related that they are pleased with the decision by the CH&PA to confiscate unoccupied lots from the owners, as they say these errant land owners are adding to the problems of the communities.Government has budgeted $5.279 billion to be spent on the housing sector this year. Most of this sum is slated to go towards community infrastructure works such as installation of electricity, streetlights, pure water supply and distribution network, and construction of roads, drains and drainage structures in eight regions.last_img read more

ECD man nabbed with Police badges

first_img…25 in custody following Police operationsSeveral Police operations conducted in Divisions C (East Coast Demerara), D (West Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) and B (Berbice) have led to the arrest of 25 persons for several offences.In C Division, the Police acting on information received, swooped down on a house at Area G Industry, East Coast Demerara, at about 15:00h where 14 live ammunition, a pair of metal handcuffs, two Police metal cap badges, four cellphones, six small ziplock bags with cannabis and a cannabis plant were unearthed.The owner of the property has since claimed knowledge of the items, the Police said, and is in custody assisting with the investigation.Meanwhile, over in D Division, a three-hour cordon and search operation in Pouderoyen, Samaroo Dam and Vreed-en-Hoop, West Bank Demerara, led to eight persons being detained for narcotics possession, being found on a premises where narcotics is sold and break and enter and larceny.Those persons are being processed for court.On the other hand, 16 male Berbicians were arrested on Friday in B Division during a five-hour long cordon and search operation in Number One, Two and Three Sub-Divisions.According to the Police, the men were arrested for robbery under arms, rape, possession of cannabis (two grams) and cocaine (15 grams), break and enter and larceny, unlawful possession of an outboard engine, an Acer laptop, three music boxes, and an assortment of tools.last_img read more