Man beaten by Police during arrest demands justice

first_img…as OPR launches probeA 32-year-old father of two is calling for justice after he was badly beaten by Police Officers, who he claims wrongfully arrested him for stealing fish.Quincy LetlowQuincy Letlow was Thursday morning allegedly assaulted by Police Officers at the Meadow Bank Wharf.Letlow, who has been working there for some four years, was accused of stealing of fish worth $6,000.The incident, which was captured on camera, has since gone viral on social media. In the video, Letlow was heard asking the cops to allow him to inform his brother, who was at the wharf before they took him to the station, but instead, he was tackled to the ground by a uniformed cop.Another Police Officer, who donned casual wear, used handcuffs to beat the man to his face while he was still pinned to the ground.Later in the video, the man had gripped onto the edge of the Police vehicle and the rank who had assaulted him used the handcuffs once again to hit his knuckles repeatedly.Eventually, the rank ventured to the Police vehicle and retrieved his gun which he pointed to the man’s face.During the ordeal, Letlow’s pants came off and the Police eventually pushed him into the Police vehicle and took him to the Police station.“Me ain’t resist arrest,” Letlow told Guyana Times during an interview on Friday. He is appalled that the ranks treated him with such brute force.Letlow told this newspaper that he was further beaten whilst in the Police vehicle.“The Police who did beat me (name given) put a gun to me mouth and say ‘alyuh does play yual is bad boy’,” Letlow said, noting that the officer threatened to kill him.He was released from Police custody on Thursday night around 22:00h.The man claims he is innocent.“Me ain’t went no where around deh (where the snapper got stolen),” he expressed.In fact, he claimed that when the Police arrested him, there was clearly no fish in his possession and that the person who accused him of stealing admitted that he has no evidence to support his allegation.In fact, he said the vendor had decided not to proceed with the matter after his brother volunteered to repay the $6,000.Currently, Letlow says he is in tremendous pain from the beatings he received and as such, is unable to return to work. He says his chest is paining and he is spitting and urinating blood. In a brief statement on Friday, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) said a thorough investigation into the incident has been launched by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).The man hopes that at the end of the investigation, he and his family get justice.“I want justice. I deh in pain, I can’t work, my girl belly big (pregnant) and she gah look me now,” he stated.Letlow is the father of children aged nine and 10; his wife is currently pregnant.last_img read more

Ballots counted, results expected by Wednesday

first_imgGPSU election– despite allegations of voting irregularitiesBy Jarryl BryanIn the face of alleged irregularities, election officials have proceeded with, and completed, their count of the votes in the election of office bearers to serve the Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU). All the ballot boxes have been counted,Incumbent President of GPSU, Patrick Yardeand election results are expected by Wednesday.Presidential candidate Gregory Gaspar has been crying foul over election officials’ continued refusal to provide his side with the voters list, in order that his officials can ascertain how many persons had actually cast their votes. Guyana Times understands that, by Sunday, all the boxes had been counted but the Gaspar side’s demands have still not been met.In an interview with this publication on Sunday, Gaspar related that none of the information requested, which includes eligible voters lists and statement of polls, has been provided.“We have been asking for information and they have refused and continued with the counting. We wanted the list for the ballot boxes so we would know how many votes were cast. We also requested the final voters list,” he lamented.“To date, we have not gotten it; and they went ahead and they counted. The boxes have been counted and we are awaiting the results of the elections. The final results of the elections will be released on Wednesday. All the boxes that were left to be counted were counted.”Gaspar related that the only boxes that should have been counted at GPSU Headquarters were the boxes from Georgetown. The boxes that came in on Friday morning should have been counted in their respective regions.There was, last Saturday, a standoff between the two sides over the information requested not being provided. Guyana Times understands that police had to be summoned in one instance to pacify the situation.In a strongly worded letter dated April 29 and addressed to Elections Officer Herman De Souza, Gaspar had complained that the voters list was requested on April 23, 26, 27, 28 and 29, but was never provided. In the letter, he also complained about ballot boxes being delivered without the elections officer or assistant elections officers being present.The letter also raised the issue of Gaspar’s scrutineers not being able to view the statements of poll for outlying regions, such as Two, Three, Five, Six, Seven and 10.“Members are aware that this information is critical for validating the count of ballots cast for the respective stations/roving ballot boxes, and I therefore demand that this information be made available to each candidate contesting the GPSU elections for 2017, as well as the observers witnessing the count prior to the counting of ballots,” Gaspar wrote.In addition, Gaspar expressed fears that voters were inadvertently disenfranchised. He stated that after the injunction restraining the holding of the election of office bearers for the Executive Council of the Guyana Public Service Union was discharged, De Souza had set the election for April 27, 2017.“This action resulted in the disenfranchisement of several eligible voters of the Guyana Public Service Union, as ample notice was not given to all eligible voters. Many of these voters indicated that efforts were made to have this matter addressed, but to no avail; and (they) have informed me of same,” Gaspar stated in his letter.Gaspar also expressed concern about the condition in which some of the boxes arrived. In his letter, Gaspar mentioned his suspicion that a Region Three ballot box had been tampered with. He said allegations that votes from non-eligible voters were placed in the box should be reviewed before finalising the elections.He also stated that, in one case, four ballot boxes from Linden, in Region 10, arrived with three seals broken. Gaspar related that he approached the elections officer earlier, but was told that they were given three seals for each box.“The one that came from Linden only had one seal. The others were open and empty. We asked how come, and we were told that someone who was working with the boxes emptied out everything and put them in one box,” he said, adding that this was a breach, as no one was authorised to breach the seal.Asked yesterday whether he would accept the results if they were in favour of incumbent President Patrick Yarde, Gaspar said his team would have to “wait and see.”For his part, Chief Elections Officer De Souza has stated that every effort had been made to ensure that the elections were fair and transparent. On Saturday he claimed that there was disruption from “some candidates” and their supporters, some of whom gained access to the GPSU Building without “proper authorisation.”last_img read more

Fivestar MMA Fighters Trying Out For Canadian National Team Today

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, A.B. – Four fighters from the Fivestar Mixed Martial Arts & Crossfit gym in Fort St. John are competing for a spot on the 2016 IMMAF Canadian National Team in Lethbridge over the weekend.28 year-old Kyle Baryluk (2-0), 32 year-old Dylan Lielke (10-1), 33 year-old Matt Kertesz (4-1), and31 year-old Travis Lussier (5-1) are each competing for one of eight spots on the national team in the Bantamweight, Lightweight, Welterweight, and Middleweight weight classes respectively. Each of the fighters’ bouts are a total of 3 rounds that are each three minutes in length.The quartet each boasts impressive stats as amateur mixed martial artists, helped by an impressive coaching staff. Brad Stewart leads the team as the gym’s current head MMA coach. Shawn Albrecht is the gym’s former head coach and current head jiu-jitsu coach, a martial art in which he possesses a blackbelt, and is helped by Lee Coogan, the squad’s other jiu-jitsu coach. In addition to acting as boxing coach, Justin Donally is also the owner of Fivestar MMA & Crossfit, as well as the President of the Fivestar Fight League. All four coaches are helped by training partner Chuck Grace. Kertesz has already set the tone with a win via TKO against Richie Hall 52 seconds into Round 2. Lielke, having fought the most, is going into this weekend’s tournament as the defending Canadian National Lightweight Champion, earning him a bye in yesterday’s fight card.- Advertisement -In action today, Baryluk will be taking to the octagon against Alex Slicer in the second fight of the day. Lielke will be going up against Oliver Nadaud in bout #5. Kertesz’s second match of the weekend is immediately after Lielke’s, and will see him square off against Alex Martinez. Lussier will be fighting Filip Laporcak in the second-to-last fight of the afternoon.The first fight starts at 12:00 P.M. Pacific Time at the Servus Soccer Centre in Lethbridge. For updates, head to the Fivestar MMA & Crossfit Facebook page. Matt Kertesz declared the winner of his first bout this weekend via TKO on Friday. Photo credit: Justin Donally Matt Kertesz declared the winner of his first bout this weekend via TKO on Friday. Photo credit: Justin Donally Justin Donally, Matt Kertesz, Brad Stewart, and Shawn Albrecht after Kertesz was declared the winner of his first bout this weekend via TKO on Friday. Photo credit: Justin Donally Justin Donally, Matt Kertesz, Brad Stewart, and Shawn Albrecht after Kertesz was declared the winner of his first bout this weekend via TKO on Friday. Photo credit: Justin Donallylast_img read more

Structural fire near airport

first_imgThe Fort St. John Fire Department responded to a structural fire on Sunday evening.The fire occured just past the airport on Road 245.More information will be posted when it becomes available. View Fire near airport in a larger mapAdvertisement * Click here for an update on this story. – Advertisement -By Christine Rumleskie Photo: Fire crews responded to this structural fire on a private piece of property on Sunday evening – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.calast_img


first_imgGARDAI investigating prostitution rings in Co Donegal are targeting online pimps, clients and landlords who let flats for high rents, has learned.Officers are focusing on the Letterkenny area and a number of businessmen they believe are involved in selling mainly foreign prostitutes for sex to local men.Mobile phone, email and computer traces have led gardai to identify a number of local individuals who are making thousands of euro every week from the illegal practice. Prostitutes are flown into Ireland from several eastern European countries.Their pictures and details are available on a number of so-called ‘escorts’ sites.Sources have told us that landlords who let properties in Co Donegal to people they know are using them as brothels could face prosecution.We have also learned that Gardai here are following up a direction from the Garda Commissioner to target men who use the brothels for prosecution.More than 60 men were named and shamed as part of Operation Kerb in Dublin six months ago. The Commissioner has told senior officers to follow that scheme throughout the country.The tactic represents a departure from the Garda’s traditional approach to prostitution, which has usually been to target women selling sex rather than men buying it.Sixty-four men have been arrested and charged by a team of gardaí based in the Bridewell Garda station in Dublin’s north inner city.The arrested men have already been before the courts. A range of penalties were imposed including fines and the Probation Act.Earlier today a court in Derry heard the PSNI have obtained sim cards containing the details of clients of prostitutes on both sides of the border.You can see that story here: YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comGARDAI HAVE DETAILS OF DONEGAL’S ONLINE PIMPS – CRACKDOWN ON LANDLORDS was last modified: January 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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


first_imgA special Mass dealing with suicide will be celebrated at noon at St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny today.The Mass will deal with the many aspects of a problem that has reached epidemic proportions in daily life across Donegal.According to organisers of the Mass, it is open to all including believers and non-believers. Organisers say the service will hopefully provide a message of hope for everyone that only together can we reverse the devastation of suicide and restore our societies and families to peace and well-being once again.As well as a homily dealing with suicide, the offertory gifts will be brought to the altar by people directly touched by suicide.According to Fr Eamonn McLaughlin: “The Mass is open to everyone and it is time that we began to tackle suicide in a practical fashion.“Everyone has a role to play including the church and this is a small but practical step in tackling what is a very major problem.” The Mass follows an initiative last week launched in the Diocese to raise awareness of the issue. SPECIAL MASS ORGANISED TO ADDRESS RISING PROBLEM OF SUICIDE was last modified: May 5th, 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) Tags:Fr Eamonn McLaughlinSt.Eunan’s CathedralSUICIDElast_img read more

Groves promises ‘nasty’ fight

first_imgGeorge Groves has vowed to get “nasty” when he defends his British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles against Paul Smith.It will be Groves’ first outing since his points victory over bitter rival and fellow West Londoner James DeGale in May.For that encounter the Hammersmith fighter, 23, strictly followed a gameplan devised by trainer Adam Booth, but insists sparks will fly when he meets Smith at Wembley Arena on 5 November.Groves said: “The DeGale fight was about exposing someone’s technical flaws. Adam was always holding me back, not letting me fight the way I wanted to fight.“This fight is going to be different. In this one I’m allowed to be nasty – he [Booth] has given me the green light already – and that’s what I plan to do.Groves won a close fight against DeGale“I’ve been back in the gym a long time now and am really excited about defending against Paul Smith. He’s a really good fighter and it’ll be a great domestic dust-up. I’m 100% motivated for this fight.“On paper, I should beat him but I know that he will ask different questions and I’ll need to find the answers, which I will do.”Booth says he will not hold his fighter back this time around and expects “a much more entertaining fight for boxing fans and purists.”“DeGale is very defensively minded, whereas these two just like landing heavy shots,” Booth added.“Last time my job was to stop George losing his temper and getting involved, but this one is going to be a proper fight. It’s going to be one hell of a fight.”Liverpudlian Smith, 28, lost the British title to DeGale when the Harlesden man stopped him in the ninth round of their bout last December.But he is convinced he will get it back and re-establish himself as a possible world title contender when he takes on Groves.Smith said: “It’s a fight I’ve wanted for a long time. When I was champion George had a few things to say about me, calling me out to try and get the fight.“People keep asking me if this fight will be redemption for losing to DeGale. It won’t. The only way I’ll get redemption is by fighting DeGale again and beating him.Warren has predicted “an explosive night” at Wembley“I’m 100% improved since that DeGale fight – I keep telling that to anyone who’ll listen. Nothing seemed to go right in camp or on the night. I had no tactics.“I paid the price for that but I’m focused on the next fight and am fitter than I’ve ever been because I’ve been using different methods of training.“I just want to put in my best performance and get my title back. I feel my best days are ahead of me.”The fight will be the chief support to the WBO lightweight title clash between Scotland’s Ricky Burns and champion Michael Katsidis.“It’s fireworks night and it will be an explosive night,” said promoter Frank Warren.“Styles make fights and this [Groves v Smith] has all the ingredients to be a real quality fight.”last_img read more

Sharks’ Dalton Prout discusses his long road back from concussion

first_imgANAHEIM — There was a time last month when it was believed that Dalton Prout was closer to making a return to the Sharks’ lineup than Radim Simek.While Simek was still working his way back from reconstructive knee surgery, Prout was progressing from a concussion he suffered Oct. 2 in the Sharks’ season-opener against the Vegas Golden Knights. Both players were on the team’s road trip against Atlantic Division teams in late October, and Prout was skating normally with contact when the Sharks …last_img

Foodspotting: Foursquare meets Food Porn

first_imgRelated Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Founded by Adaptive Path UI designer Alexa Andrzejewski and Get Satisfaction engineer Ted Grubb, Foodspotting lets users upload photos of their favorite dishes along with a restaurant address. In Posterous-style fashion, you can also email your finds to From here you can rate dishes and users, add additional details, earn reputation points and follow places, dishes and community members. The difference between Foodspotting and Yelp is that every review is a positive one. Instead of showcasing restaurant rants, Foodspotting offers a visual menu of customer favorites. ReadWriteWeb got an early look at the duo’s upcoming iPhone application. Set for release in early 2010, foodies will be awarded points for their uploads as well as the particular foods they’ve tried. In Foursquare, users become the “Mayor” of a particular establishment, but in Foodspotting users become the “Champion” of their favorite dishes. And because so many towns are famous for a particular dish, you’re likely to see stiff competition for the “Champion” of Maine lobster or Chicago hot dogs. Users will also compete to collect dishes through scavenger hunts and a food passport system. In the future, as we begin to record more dishes, the system will amass our flavor profiles. These profiles will later form the basis for a dish-related recommendation system. While the mobile application will not hit the market for at least a month, Foodspotting is well on its way to offering salivating diners a chance to discover nearby favorites on a per-dish basis. To register for the site’s early alpha visit Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… After eating the best meal of your life, it’s hard to forget the experience. It’s not unusual for individuals to spend a decade in search of the perfect New York-style pizza in California or the best ramen in London. At this level of obsession, you simply can’t be satiated by reading menus or scouring the blurry restaurant pictures and user-generated diatribes of regular review sites. Whether you’ve got a fixation on fresh lobster ragoût or a hankering for hickory smoked ham, Foodspotting lets hungry users peruse through what can only be described as food porn. last_img read more

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Sales Exaggerated, Negates Data from Android Market Share Report

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez Related Posts A recent report from Strategy Analytics stated that the Apple iPad lost a good bit of tablet market share to Android-based tablet computers, dropping from 96% to 75% in the fourth quarter. As it turned out, however, the numbers the analysts were basing their findings off of were incorrect.As revealed by Samsung VP Lee Young-hee on the company’s earnings call last Friday (and subsequently reported by The Wall St. Journal), the number of  Samsung Galaxy Tab sales were not “2 million,” as the company had touted earlier this year – that was how many devices had been shipped to distributors. According to The WSJ, the full quote from Lee Young-hee is as follows, in responding to an analyst’s question about Galaxy Tab sales:“Well, your question was on sell-in and sell-out*. As you heard, our sell-in was quite aggressive and this first quarterly result was quite, you know, fourth-quarter unit [figure] was around two million. Then, in terms of sell-out, we also believe it was quite smooth. We believe, as the introduction of new device, it was required to have consumers invest in the device. So therefore, even though sell-out wasn’t as fast as we expected, we still believe sell-out was quite OK.”*Sell-in means sales to distributors, while sell-out means sales to customers.iPad Market Share Not Eroding as Fast as Previously Reported The news regarding Galaxy Tab sales is important because this particular Android tablet was supposedly one of the more popular non-iPad devices on the market, given the figures Samsung was happily releasing in previous months. In December 2010, for example, Samsung had announced that Galaxy Tab sales had reached 1 million. In January, they had hit 2 million, Samsung had said. The assumption, of course, was that these were sales to customers since that’s what’s generally reported, not sales to distributors.But Samsung had been fudging the numbers a little.  By reporting these “sell-in” figures (sales to distributors) without clarifying that was the case, the manufacturer was making it sound as if the device was far more popular than it actually was.The same scenario holds true for the Windows Phone 7 sales figures also recently announced – in December, Microsoft revealed that its partner handset manufacturers have sold over 1.5 million devices to carriers and retailers. Again, this wasn’t handsets sold to customers, but it was a big number and it sounded good to report. The difference is that in Microsoft’s case, the company was clear about the nature of these sales, while Samsung has been less upfront. The details were only revealed thanks to an analyst pressing the Samsung exec for more information on the earnings call.That’s not to say that these numbers – both Microsoft’s and Samsung’s – don’t have at least some merit. It does mean that there’s industry interest in these new devices, and faith from retailers and distributors that the devices will sell.The numbers don’t tell you anything about market share, though. And that means that the analyst report detailing iPad’s rapidly declining market share has been invalidated. The iPad, for now, is still doing just fine – 7.3 million iPads were sold last quarter, Apple reported in January. And almost 15 million were sold through the first three quarters, the company said. Too Early for Android Tablet vs. iPad Comparisons?Frankly, we think it’s a bit premature to start comparing Android tablet sales to iPad sales, since the tablet-ready of the Android operating system (Android OS 3.0, code-named “Honeycomb”) has not even left beta at this point. Google plans to show off more of Honeycomb’s features this week at a special press event, and will probably provide a solid launch date for Honeycomb at that time. At present, however, the Honeycomb mobile OS is not available on any devices in the retail sector, and therefore, is not in consumers’ hands yet.Until consumers are using the first tablet-optimized version of Android, it’s unfair to position the iPad vs. these newer Android competitors. The version of the Android OS running on the Galaxy Tab, for instance, was not designed for tablets and is likely a factor in the device’s return rate of 16% (compared to the Verizon iPad return rate of 2%).When Honeycomb actually debuts on devices consumers can purchase at their local Best Buy or other retail outlets, it will then be time to reevaluate the tablet OS market share figures.Correction: The WSJ said that it had initially misquoted Samsung. Sales were “smooth,” not “small.” This has been removed from the article. center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#Google#iPad#mobile#news#Trends The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more