Ramjattan ordered to meet with experts

first_img…as he staggers to find solution for prison woesIn response to the recent incidents within the local prison system, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has met with a team of persons with expertise to discuss possible solutions to address the issues facing the Guyana Prisons Service (GPS).Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanThis was revealed by Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Friday morning at this week’s post-Cabinet press briefing.“The Minister has been asked to convene a special team of officers and technical persons who have an understanding of the prison system to meet with him and to advise on further steps to be taken,” the State Minister said.When contacted later on Friday, Minister Ramjattan would only confirm that the meeting did happen, noting that he could not disclose what was discussed or whom he had met with. However, <<<<>>>> understands that certain recommendations were presented to the Public Security Minister during the meeting.On Monday morning, three inmates from the Lusignan Penitentiary, one of whom has since been recaptured, scaled the fence of the Holding Bay area and escaped. Later that night, several inmates at the facility kicked up a riot over the food they were served and in retaliation, ranks opened fire on them resulting in at least 10 of them being injured.At a press conference following these incidents, Minister Ramjattan lamented that he does not know what else can be done to address the troubles within the prisons system, describing it as an extraordinarily difficult circumstance.“I don’t have any other suggestions… for their security, for the citizens’ security as to what we can do there… So look, the thing gives me headache every night,” the Public Security Minister asserted.He went on to disclose that the requests made to various international agencies for funding to address the state of affairs within the prison system have been rejected and so now the only solution would be to await money Guyana will earn from oil production in two years’ time.With overcrowding being a major issue in local prisons, the troubles of the system worsened during the last three years. In March 2016, seventeen inmates were killed and several others injured after they set fire inside one of the holding areas in the Camp Street Prison.The situation took a turn for the worst in July last year after a jailbreak and fire which completed destroyed the Camp Street penitentiary, leaving just one concrete building which was recently built standing in the compound.Following that 2017 incident, over 1000 prisoners housed at the Georgetown penitentiary were displaced. While some were moved to the Mazaruni Prison, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) or granted early release or bail, others remained at the Lusignan Prison under strained circumstances.There are currently some 558 inmates at the East Coast of Demerara penitentiary.According to Minister Harmon, at Friday’s post-Cabinet press briefing, they have encountered two sets of issues facing the prison system; one of which has to do with the operation of the facilities and as such, clear directions were given to acting Prisons Director Gladwin Samuels to address these matters.“Interviews with the prisoners actually brought out the questions of the meals, accommodation, water and sanitary facilities… So we did express our concerns that those issues which are operational in nature must be addressed by the Director of Prisons and his officers. Also, the fact that the officers should, on a regular basis, interact with those prisoners who are there to find out whether in fact there are issues which are brewing and so we instructed that that also be done,” he stated.The other set of issues had to do with a higher level of strategic intervention. This, Minister Harmon noted, is being addressed with the expansion of the prisons’ capacity. Currently, works are ongoing to expand the Mazaruni Prison into a state-of-the art facility to accommodate an additional 400 inmates, while a new holding facility is also being constructed at Camp Street.last_img read more

‘Fanatical Geordies’ will make it difficult, admits manager as Rangers head to Newcastle

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp admits his side face a daunting task against Newcastle at St James’ Park on Saturday.Rangers are yet to win away this season and did not win a single game on the road under Redknapp’s predecessor Mark Hughes.And Redknapp said: “You don’t get an easy game at Newcastle – 55,000 fanatical Geordies make sure of that, so it will be a difficult game.“But it’s about time we got our first away win. We need to go there and be positive and see if we can pick up that win.”Jose Bosingwa and keeper Julio Cesar have not travelled to Tyneside, while Ji-sung Park is still out with a knee problem.Click here for our Newcastle v QPR quiz 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

London Olympics: US women win gold in 4x100m relay

first_imgAfter the woeful performance by the men sprinters of United States of America, it was left to their high profile women’s quartet to do the star turn as they smashed the 4x100m relay record at the Olympic Stadium on Friday night. The quartet of Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter burned the track as they beat the challenge from the Jamaican relay runners to win gold in 40.82 seconds in front of an appreciative audience.This relay record was one of the oldest in athletics history, the previous one having been set by the erstwhile German Democratic Republic (GDR) quartet in Canberra, Australia in 1985.And the improvement by the Americans on the record now is by 0.78 seconds.Jamaica finished in 41.41 second for silver and Ukraine 42.04 seconds for bronze.Running the anchor leg, Carmelita Jeter was in terrific form as she helped the Americans beat the Jamaicans squad which included Olympic 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce by more than four-tenths of a second.The atmosphere in the arena was electrifying.After Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake had treated the global audience to amazing 100m and 200m runs during the week, the American women grabbed the spotlight with bursts of speed where the runners’ baton exchange caught the eye.As Carmelita Jeter tore down the final straight, she raised the baton in triumph and looked at the electronic scoreboard 40.82 seconds!Tianna Madison gave the US a brilliant start, with, with Allyson Felix and Bianca Knight maintaining the lead before 100m Olympic silver medallist Carmelita Jeter ran flat and hard.”I knew that these girls were going to run their hearts out,” said Carmelita. “I knew we were running fast.”There was a cloud hanging over us with people saying ‘they can’t do this, they’re going to drop the stick’ but we did it.”Four years ago, at the Beijing Olympics, the US quarter had been disqualified and in the 2009 world championship, they had failed to finish.The record books say this is the 10th time the US runners have won the women’s 4x100m title at an Olympic Games. However, after the Atlanta Olympics, this win comes after a long time.”We had confidence in each other. It felt great to walk out to the stadium and feel that atmosphere and electricity,” said Tianna Madison.As one who changed from long jump to relay recently, Tianna said it was her husbands decision.”My big turnaround was my husband. He said I was sleeping on my potential and being really lazy.advertisementIn September, we made the commitment to train hard and on New Years’ Eve we said 2012 was going to be our year and we were going to do everything by the book to make sure that happened,” he said.”The last time I was in a relay was probably in college. I owe this turnaround to my husband for being real with me.””It was an absolutely unreal feeling. I just feel that for so long that record has stood and to look up and see we had a world record was just crazy. You just don’t think something like that.”We were walking to the call room before the race and we were having so much fun. I knew from that moment we were going to run well, we were just so happy,” said Carmelita Jeter later at the press conference.last_img read more