Police secure extension to hold RK guards

first_imgCrime Chief Wendell Blanhum on Friday confirmed the Police Force can lawfully detain RK’s security guards, Damion Pearce and Cleveland Pyle in connection with the robbery committed at an East Coast Demerara bank on Monday evening.According to the Crime Chief the Police are expected to wrap up their investigations over the weekend and once legal advice is had, the men will make a court appearance in the new week.He also stated that based on information, they are hunting two others who were also part of the staged robbery.The two men reportedly confessed to the robbery during interrogation by police while at the same time implicating two others.On Monday last, Pearce and Pyle who are attached to the RK Security Service were taking cash to the ECD bank to be deposited when they claimed they were relieved of the money and the firearms they were carrying.During the well-orchestrated robbery, one of the men shot himself to the leg to make it look as if they were attacked by armed gunmen.Following their confession, the duo led police to an A Field Sophia, Georgetown, house where they dug up the $3 million from the back yard. The guns which they claimed were taken by the bandits were also unearthed at the same location. The occupant of the house at the time who is the girlfriend of Pearce was taken into police custody.Attempts to contact the owner of RK Security for a comment proved futile. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

MacLOCHLAINN WELCOMES TAOISEACH’S APOLOGY TO WOMEN OF MAGDALENE LAUNDRIES

first_imgSinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Pádraig MacLochlainn has welcomed the Taoiseach’s apology to the women of the Magdalene Laundries.He also called for the State to ensure that any redress scheme must be based on the rights and needs of the women themselves.Deputy MacLochlainn said “It is shocking that it has taken this long that for the women who were incarcerated in the Magdalene institutions to get the apology they deserve. “The State was complicit with the church in ensuring that there was an architecture of containment there for those whom they viewed were in need of moral guardianship for anything from being very young orphaned girls, to simply being too pretty but unmarried.“Unfortunately, the Taoiseach’s apology doesn’t explicitly list the state’s exact wrongdoing. I hope this will be forthcoming in due course. I also hope that the Government will see fit to also acknowledge the state’s role in the wrongful practice of symphisiotomy through the year’s too.“What happened in those laundries is a national scandal. It was slavery. Women were beaten, they were stripped and their heads were shaved by the nuns who ran them. The courts, the gardaí and Irish society stood over this horror.“I look forward to seeing the detail of the redress scheme. Under the UN Convention on Torture, the women are entitled to compensation. Any redress scheme must be rights-based and woman-focused. The Taoiseach has used the term “fund” in his speech which would seem to indicate that there is a predetermined amount of money in mind for the State to meet the women’s needs. This redress scheme must not be based on what the state feels like handing over. It must be based on the actual needs of the women themselves.” MacLOCHLAINN WELCOMES TAOISEACH’S APOLOGY TO WOMEN OF MAGDALENE LAUNDRIES was last modified: February 20th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

18th District lawmakers host town hall marathon

first_imgIn order to address citizens across the 18th Legislative District before the new session starts Jan. 14, Sen. Ann Rivers, R-La Center, Rep. Brandon Vick, R-Felida, and Rep.-elect Larry Hoff hosted a marathon town hall session on Saturday starting at 9 a.m. in Ridgefield and ending at 4:30 p.m. in Salmon Creek.The schedule was so jam packed Hoff even got a speeding ticket trying to get between Ridgefield and Battle Ground in a timely fashion.Room after room was packed full and the public came armed with insightful questions about everything from opioids and climate change to mental health, education funding and as many might predict, what’s going on with the Interstate 5 Bridge.Vick said Ridgefield and Camas both focused more on environmental issues, Battle Ground dove into property rights and the railroad and Salmon Creek asked about anything and everything. The Salmon Creek town hall was a first for the 18th Legislative District; usually the stops include just Ridgefield, Battle Ground and Camas. But as Vick noted, Salmon Creek had the best attendance and nearly everyone who stopped by asked it to become a regular occurrence.Rivers said as she marked off her 60th town hall Saturday, she’s looking forward to adding more events to the schedule.“My district is changing, the demographic, the issues that my district cares about is changing significantly,” she said. “I just want to know where my district is at with respect to the myriad of issues so that … I can hear things, I can sort of pluck out and see if I can come up with elegant solutions or compromises.”last_img read more

Foundation and Nonprofit Secrets in President Obama FY2015 Proposal

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesMarch 3, 2014; The White HouseWhile President Obama’s proposed FY2015 budget may be a 1,656-page document likely to generate little traction, it contains insights into elements of how the federal government works, including specific arrangements with nonprofits and foundations. To some extent, they are markers about the sum and substance of the federal government’s operational interactions with nonprofits, including some that the federal government has created and chartered.Thumbs Up: President Obama has laid down an important marker on behalf of the Legal Services Corporation. It appears that he has proposed to increase the budget of the Legal Services Corporation from an estimated $365 million in FY 2014 to $430 million in FY 2015, an increase of 17.8 percent. Included in the budget is an almost doubling of LSC’s pro bono innovation fund to $4.9 million. The significance of LSC is huge in the lives of low-income families in need of civil legal assistance. Even with the constraints that have been piled on LSC over the years regarding the categories of people it is prohibited from serving and restrictions on its abilities to file class action suits or to sue other federal agencies, it is a benchmark of this nation’s commitment to protect the interests of poor people in the courts, where they are almost always otherwise outgunned and outmaneuvered.It is sort of a positive that the president proposed $20 million for the HUD-supported Section 4 capacity building program that helps strengthen community development corporations and community housing development organizations through three national intermediaries—the Local Initiatives Support Corporation*, Enterprise Community Partners*, and Habitat for Humanity. More appropriate would be $35 to $40 million, as it was only a few years ago, given the important role of nonprofit CDCs in producing affordable housing. Congratulations to the lobbyists that convinced the Obama White House to include money for Section 4, but it should be doubled, which would lead to much more than a doubling of CDC output.Many neighborhood-based nonprofit developers have been participating in the HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program, meant to rehab and restore foreclosed properties to the market. Although the latest and last round of NSP is likely to be fully spent out by this month, the President suggested another $15 billion for NSP program activities. The new NSP program would be called Project Rebuild, which seems to be pretty much the same as NSP 1, 2, and 3, except perhaps a greater ability for grantees to take on commercial properties.New Federal Foundations: It might have escaped attention, but the budget calls for $3 million to be devoted to a U.S. Citizenship Foundation, part of a $10 million effort to help develop innovative techniques to improve citizenship education and naturalization preparation. First proposed as a provision in 2013 border security and immigration modernization legislation in the Senate—that is, the Senate’s version of comprehensive immigration reform legislation—the foundation would be able to accept private donations toward helping the federal government support other nonprofits engaged in providing immigrant integration assistance.The notion of nonprofit or foundation entities created by the federal government to solicit donations is not new, having been done with FEMA, NASA, the Centers for Disease Control, and other federal agencies. A second new public foundation to be created in President Obama’s FY 2015 budget is the National BLM Foundation, giving the Bureau of Land Management the ability to “leverage private funding” (the budget euphemism for “solicit private donations”) to protect natural, cultural, and recreational resources on public lands. Already performing a similar function is the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, which in FY 2012 received $42.6 million in federal funds to “leverage” $149.5 million in private donations and grantees’ matching funds to provide support to 505 projects. The 501(c)(3) NFWF, created in 1984, had working relationships ongoing with 50 corporate and foundation funders.Mixed Signals: The administration apparently feels that its support of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program is no longer necessary. The GAFSP is a program administered by the World Bank to support agricultural investment plans of poor countries. GAFSP grants were funded by a combination of public funds and private dollars, including grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2012, the U.S. pledged $1 for every $2 from other donors to the Program toward generating a strong capital base for the program. Since then, according to the Obama administration, the program has the ability to raise $720 million from other donors, leaving the U.S. government to declare “time’s up” for U.S. government contributions. Will the other private donors ante up? This is the dilemma of development aid in poor countries: what happens when the big donor decides it is time to move on?A mixed picture exists in President Obama’s budget proposals for housing counseling. The budget calls for an increase in HUD housing counseling funds from $45 million to $60 million, an increase of one-third. However, the housing counseling to be delivered by nonprofit intermediaries and governments is basically pre-purchase and post-purchase counseling for homebuyers. On the other hand, the housing foreclosure counseling to be made available through the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, popularly known as NeighborWorks, has been proposed for a cut from an estimated $67.5 million in FY2014 to $50 million in FY 2015. The budget even cuts NeighborWorks training for foreclosure counseling from $3 million to $2.5 million.What is a federal budget but a collection of signposts telling the reader what the president values or doesn’t? Policy archeologists looking at patterns to see the priorities of the administration (and perhaps the nation) may not find a budget bill emerging from Congress this year that reflects the exact proposals offered by President Obama. But they will find—hopefully—issues laid out and highlighted by the president, made serious by his proposed allocations of millions and billions of dollars. What the president flagged with his proposals should be the discussion points going forward on the budget—even if the final budget isn’t precisely his budget.—Rick Cohen* DISCLOSURE: This author was once a vice president of LISC, and once a vice president of the Enterprise Foundation, from which ECP evolved.ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more