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first_imgBishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Etheridge back with nat’l team MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. JRU got a huge lift from guard Aaron Bordon, who had 17 points, but coach Vergel Meneses was hardly satisfied with the win against an undermanned Mapua team.“A win is a win, but the way we played, I’m not happy with it,” said Meneses. “They thought they can easily win against Mapua and Mapua gave them a hard time.”Jed Mendoza and Ervin Grospe added 12 and 11 points respectively for the Bombers, who struggled to put away the Cardinals in the endgame after a spate of turnovers.Mapua fell to its seventh straight defeat as it continued to miss top gun Andoy Estrella, starting forward Almel Orquina, and reserve big man Sean Magboo due to injuries.The Bombers notched their sixth win in nine games despite a quiet outing from Tey Teodoro, who only had seven points.ADVERTISEMENT Reprising his heroics in the finals last season where the Lions swept the Chiefs in two games, Bolick dished out a solid outing, finishing with 25 points on top of six rebounds as San Beda built an early lead and never looked back.“We were happy that we got this win to finish the first round with a win,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez. “At least, we’re two games ahead of third-running JRU.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Chiefs fell to 3-6.The Bombers picked up their fourth straight victory at the expense of the Mapua Cardinals, 68-59, in the first game. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Robert Bolick took charge anew as San Beda turned last season’s finals rematch into a virtual workout, running roughshod on a listless Arellano squad, 95-70, Tuesday night to close out its NCAA first round on a high note at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Unforgiving on the defensive end, the Red Lions also found their stride in the second period as they coasted to another lopsided victory that extended their winning streak to seven matches and stay just a game behind leader Lyceum.ADVERTISEMENT National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgCrime Chief Lyndon AlvesPublic Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanThe numerous successful operations, seizures, and arrests with convictions during the first quarter of this year are testimonies to the fact that public trust with law enforcement agencies is being repaired and rebuilt.This is according to Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, who told Guyana Times in an interview that the public has regained some confidence with law enforcement officers and as such, the successes in narcotics cases.“There are the four factors I think – it is the paying off of a long-standing set of training, it is paying off now, a long-standing set of bettering the relationship and confidence of members of the public and the leadership of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) also helps. The efforts that have been gone into the training, the efforts that have gone into getting better community relations so that we are going to get more information from the citizens of the country and a genuine desire on the police to solve these crimes. A greater resolve of wanting the security sector to improve and I also believe too the new leadership has played a role in that regard”, the Minister stated.More money for agenciesMinister Ramjattan stated that plans are underway to secure more monies for the various units of the GPF, along with other law enforcement agencies, since they are constantly requesting access to more finances to continue to execute their duties effectively and efficiently.“All of them, that does not only [cater] for the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) but also for the Guyana Prison Service, it goes for the GPF, all of which have been making demands from the Ministry and myself for increased allocations, increased monies, funding for more vehicles. Some want All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) for the interior, they want more comfortable police stations, furnishing, and the list goes. We have come from a very low level of comfort when it comes to police infrastructure and the CANU’s infrastructure.”According to the Public Security Minister, more monies for these agencies would be ideal, so that they each can continue to build on the trajectory they have set with regard to reaping more successes in their respective fields.However, the issue of more finances being distributed or allotted to these agencies is dependent on the resources that Government has available.“We are now opening up new buildings, one in Skeldon (Region Six), one in Lethem (Region Nine), a number of places also, so…it is going to evolve. It is not going to happen just the next day and that also depends on our resources. We are going to get far more resources with a better revenue stream as you know and that is what is going to help us,” the Minister added.More arrests don’t mean more drugs being usedMeanwhile, Deputy Police Commissioner and Crime Chief Lyndon Alves told this publication that the collaboration between the public and the GPF has played an integral role in ranks making arrests and justice being served, not only in the Narcotics Department.“More information is being shared with the police from members of the public and we are building trust which is critical. You know we had an issue with trust sometime back where persons give you the information and they are left out in the cold. So it is just that we are building back that bridge, and in the case of narcotics cases, persons are more comfortable now coming forward and giving information [knowing] fully well that the source will not be revealed, they are assured of confidentiality”, Alves highlighted.The Crime Chief also noted that as the law enforcement agencies continue to clamp down the drug trade and the seizure of illicit substances, it must be clear that this does not necessarily mean that there are more drugs in Guyana.“It does not necessarily mean there is more frequent use of drugs in Guyana. It is more information being able to come out in the open. More people are now coming forward so there are more reports but this does not necessarily mean there is an increase in drugs usage or trade in the country,” the Crime Chief added. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more