Disturbing trend of robberies in central Georgetown

first_imgDear Editor,There is a very disturbing trend of robberies in central Georgetown, particularly in the evenings by what appears to be a well-organised gang of young men.On the evening of Thursday, November 16, 2018, persons were robbed in the vicinity of the Route 44 bus park, as well as the Stabroek area close to Demico. The known incidents took place just after 20:00h. This follows the observation of similar incidents by some persons who resorted to sharing their horrifying experiences on social media.The method employed, involves a snatcher, who snatches the victim’s possessions, then runs away, followed by a group of 5-10 young men. The snatcher’s followers would pretend to be public spirited citizens running to catch him, shouting “catch him”. The gang would subsequently regroup after the snatcher would have covered a safe distance. This gang, which is said to be known, continues to operate with unfettered boldness. They seem to prefer the most populated bus parks, such as routes 40, 44, 45 and 48; their targets being mainly unsuspecting passengers with earpieces/ headsets on, persons with bags, and the feeble. Even when there is police presence around Stabroek Square, the gang’s numbers alone seem to be a discouragement for the one or two unarmed police traffic ranks to intervene.The gang operates at all hours, but prevails at night because of inadequate lighting around the areas close to bus parks, making it particularly challenging for victims or even some witnesses to provide reports with clarity of their identity to police.Stabroek Market is iconic, and an insignia of Guyana’s capital city – Georgetown. It has been advertised internationally in tourist documentaries, magazines and other media. The area surrounding it is a hub, where workers, merchants, students, visitors and others transit by their hundreds on a daily basis.How then does this area continue to be the most unsafe place for persons to traverse? Even more ironic, is its proximity to the Ministry of Public Security and the main precinct, Brickdam Police Station.I wish to make it categorically clear that this issue is not being highlighted with any political motive whatsoever. Rather, it seeks to obtain relief and safety for the well-being of all citizens, as well as prevent further distortion to the image of this country.The relevant authorities are therefore urged to properly illuminate and purge the areas mentioned of all unwelcome and criminal elements. They are further encouraged to maintain active police patrols and presence on a 24-hour basis. Such moves will not only deter criminal elements, but increase safety and rebuild public trust towards our security sector.Sincerely,Orette Cuttinglast_img read more

NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR ENTERPRISING DONEGAL BUSINESS AWARDS

first_imgPAST GLORY: Michael Tunney, CEO of Donegal County Enterprise Board; Brian Sweeney of Swilly Group, Overall Award Winners 2011; Malachi Eastwood of Gartan Technologies, Overall Award Winners 2010; and Minister for Small Business John Perry TD. If you run a business employing less than 50 people in Donegal you now have a great chance to raise your profile.Nominations have just opened for this year’s Enterprising Donegal Business Awards and businesses across the county are being encouraged to submit an entry.Organised by the Donegal County Enterprise Board, the Awards are recognised as the most prestigious business awards in the County, and they generate huge publicity and business opportunities for the winning companies.Previous award winners include The Swilly Group, Gartan Technologies, DS Environmental Services and North West Aluminium. “The awards acknowledge the talent and determination of small businesses in the county. Despite the recent and current tough economic conditions, local businesses are continuing to succeed and innovate. The awards are a great way for any business to publicise their services or products, to give recognition to all those involved in the business and to celebrate our local enterprise culture in Donegal” says Michael Tunney, Chief Executive, Donegal County Enterprise Board.The County Enterprise Board supports enterprise and entrepreneurs across Donegal, providing services such as business advice, mentoring, business information, training and finance.The awards were started by the Board in 1997 as a way to highlight success stories among small businesses in Donegal and to inspire other individuals and local companies to establish new businesses in the county.The awards are aimed at small and micro businesses in Donegal and there are a number of award categories including innovation, business growth and business achievement, as well as the overall business of the year award.The winner of the business of the year award for 2011 was the Swilly Group, Irelands leading driver training, consulting and general training service provider. “Winning the award was a positive endorsement and vindication of our work over the years and of our plans for expansion. The award was major boost for all of us involved in the business” said Brian Sweeney, MD Swilly Group.The closing date for this year’s Enterprising Donegal Business Awards 2012 is Tuesday 7th February. To nominate your company, please contact Donegal County Enterprise Board on 074 9160735 or email info@donegalenterprise.ie. Alternatively, you can visit the Donegal County Enterprise Board’s website at www.donegalenterprise.ie to download an entry form.Ends. NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR ENTERPRISING DONEGAL BUSINESS AWARDS was last modified: January 27th, 2012 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:DONEGAL ENTERPRISING BUSINESS AWARDSlast_img read more