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Date: 24 May 17 10:14am
(New York Times) On a chilly Tuesday morning in Jamaica, Queens, hundreds of police officers gathered near a towering church. Florists delivered ornate bouquets. Every stoplight, streetlamp and tree nearby hadThe coffin of Officer Randolph Holder was carried into the聽Greater Allen African Methodist Church Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens, on Tuesday morning.been adorned with a blue ribbon.A New York City police officer had been killed gunned down last week in East Harlem. Officer Randolph Holder was the fourth officer fatally shot in the line of duty in 10 months. And on Tuesday, just after 8 a.m., eight fellow officers carried his coffin into the Greater Allen African Methodist Episcopal Cathedral of New York.Outside, many had assembled to pay their respects, with a viewing scheduled to stretch into the afternoon, before his funeral today at the church and his burial on Saturday in Guyana, his homeland, where his father and grandfather had served as police officers.Officer Holder was the first in his family to serve in the New York Police Department, its green, blue and white flag draping his coffin.Pat Cabell sobbed as she watched the procession from the sidewalk. She said she had lost her own son eight years ago in a shooting in Florida.鈥淚 felt I had to be here; it鈥檚 somebody鈥檚 son, 鈥� she said. 鈥淭his is another example of a black man being felled by violence.鈥漈he moon still hung in the sky as officers and others began arriving at the church. Some had hats in hand and white gloves strapped beneath shoulder epaulets as they walked inside.It has become a sadly familiar ritual: Four times since Dec. 20, when two police officers were shot at point-blank range in an ambush in Brooklyn, New York City police officers have stretched black mourning bands across their shields, put American flags at half-staff and adorned their precinct station houses with black and purple bunting.Mourners outside of the church.鈥淭hey鈥 ;檙e very saddened, 鈥� said the Rev. Wilfredo Mojica, a pastor at an East Harlem church and a chaplain for Police Service Area 5, where Officer Holder worked. 鈥淣o matter how many times they do this it鈥檚 the same pain all over again.鈥漈he earlier killings occurred during a time of heightened tension in the city, coming not long after the death of Eric Garner while he was in police custody. Mayor Bill de Blasio became the target for much of the anger of rank-and-file police officers, with some of them turning their backs on him as he eulogized the officers at their funerals.Since then, some of the friction has eased. The mayor is expected to visit the viewing for Officer Holder on Tuesday afternoon.Still, not all the tension has dissipated. The Rev. Al Sharpton, who had accepted an invitation from the family and their pastor to eulogize Officer Holder, has said he will no longer speak. In a letter addressed to Officer Holder鈥檚 father, Cheap NFL Jerseys China, also named Randolph Holder, Mr. Sharpton cited recent public criticism of his relationship with the police as his reason for declining.Mr. Sharpton, a long聽 vocal critic of the police, stressed that his efforts were aimed at brutality by officers and not meant as an attack on law enforcement.鈥淚 thought my coming might give a sense of unity in the city, 鈥� he wrote in the letter, which was disseminated Tuesday by the National Action Network, the civil rights organization Mr. Sharpton leads.He said that he hoped to demonstrate that 鈥渨e can disagree on cases and on policies, but that we are united that the senseless and ruthless killing of officers like your son must be denounced and we must as a city come together and mourn that loss.鈥�
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Date: 24 May 17 10:14am
…hopes for improved relationship with new administration As the new board of the Transparency Institute Guyana Inc. (TIGI) sets about to commence its work, the body hopes that the relationship with the new government will be better than the one shared with the PPP administration.TIGI President, Calvin BernardDuring a recent interview with Kaieteur News, recently inducted President of TIGI Calvin Bernard explained that the body was looking for new ways to expand its horizons. He explained that the key areas of focus would be institutional building by broadening the group’s membership, along with finding financial sustainability.He explained that corporate membership will also be critical and was an area in which the institute’s Trinidadian counterpart had successfully incorporated which significantly contributed to that group’s financial sustainability.According to Bernard, TIGI currently has somewhere around 50 members, a figure he opined was much too low.“Broadening our own base is something that is critical for us because it helps to raise awareness to other persons involved, ” he said.Though he noted that TIGI was only about 5-years-old, he believes that membership could have been much improved had the group functioned under a less repressive administration.“TIGI started under a regime that was oppressive to any such an organisation, ” Bernard said. He continued, “You couldn’t come up with a transparency type organisation or anything to suggest that there is corruption out there and get by easily under the previous government because they pretty much attacked anyone that was there to say something was wrong.”He explained that these attacks deterred people from joining the group for fear of being targeted. “We had people who were concerned about what it would mean if it comes out that they had contributed something to the organisation; what it would mean to them being able to compete or operate in Guyana, ” he added.When questioned on the group’s main challenges, Bernard stated that most of the challenges were as a result of the tenuous relationship between TIGI and the then PPP/C Government.“If we consider the kind of mode of operating or relating to the administration the institute was forced into, I think that significantly impacted things and caused other things to happen, ” he said. He went on, “You’d expect any young organisation would have teething problems in being able to source sustainable funds but when you add… that it’s being vilified by the government, then that would have impacted the organisation in being able to attain its financial sustainability.”  He further said that when valid criticisms of the previous administration had been raised, the government, instead of critically analyzing what was said, Cheap Jerseys Free, would take to attacking the institution and the persons within.He explained that, due to financial constraints, the TIGI’s 9-member board of directors was not paid. He noted that, ideally, the group would want a director who is more administrative and who is paid and works full time, “but you need finances to secure someone of that nature so financial stability is something we’ve been grappling with”.Meanwhile, Bernard said that most of the group’s membership is based within Georgetown, a situation which the TIGI will be working to amend in the coming year. He said the watchdog group will aim to improve its public and press relations and will look towards developing in the near future better strategies to engage the general public.Similarly, he said, a strategic approach is needed for the body to execute its mandate of eliminating corruption through transparency and accountability. Bernard noted that the mandate was somewhat “pie in the sky” and “Utopic” but he said that the group will nonetheless aim for it.“There is already a strategic plan to guide us through to next year so to pin down projects is something the directors are engaging now, ” he shared. “We do recognize the fact that it needs to link back to the plan and it’ll certainly be based on what was there in the strategic plan. We’re going through the plan and looking at our own personal strengths to address some of those issues in our projects.”Furthermore, Bernard expressed hope that the relationship with the government is something that will change with the new dispensation. He explained that TIGI was recently invited by the Ministry of Social Cohesion for a discussion on the workings of the ministry. “Ordinarily, TIGI would not be welcomed in any government type of thing, ” Bernard noted before continuing, “So that opening of the door by the ministry to work with the TIGI is something that we’ll be looking more into. We haven’t quite defined our approach to the government but as it is we are open to dialogue. If the government sees it fit, before we make an approach and they want to approach us on particular issues, then definitely we’re willing to work with them once we can have agreeable terms.”He said too that TIGI will devise a plan to foster a more cooperative relationship rather than an antagonistic one since the former will benefit all.“That way we can work on having systems that are free of corruption so that you can clearly see that there is accountability, ” Bernard said.
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Date: 24 May 17 10:14am
The New Opportunity Corps (NOC), located on the Essequibo Coast, yesterdayStudents and officers during NOC’s health walk yesterday.held a health walk to showcase their services.The walk started from Golden Fleece and ended at the NOC compound, Onderneeming.Students and officers attached to the institution showcased a variety of services offered by the institution as well as what students are involved in.Speaking to this newspaper, Senior Trainer at the institution, China Jerseys Cheap, Brian King, said that the health walk was organized through the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports with the aim of sensitizing Essequibo of the work of NOC.King said students were placed in various groups with placards displaying critical topics including personal hygiene, juices, water, whole grain food, green and yellow vegetable and physical fitness.Under the physical fitness, students were attired in the different sporting disciplines.Students also displayed trophies which the institution received for outstanding performances.NOC is a holding facility for delinquents who are under 17 years.
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Date: 24 May 17 10:14am
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