Construction of new Camp Street Prison starts 2018

first_imgReconstruction of the Camp Street Prison is expected to begin in 2018 as Government has made a sizable allocation in the 2018 Budget towards this effort.Finance Minister Winston Jordan told the National Assembly during his Budget presentation on Monday that $30.7 billion has been allocated to implement several initiatives in the security sector.“Of that amount, our Prison Service will receive approximately $1.5 billion to address the expansion and rehabilitation of the prison infrastructure,” he explained.Jordan said this work would include the expansion of the Mazaruni Prison to accommodate 400 inmates, 61 per cent more than its current capacity. At present, the Prison is overcrowded.The Minister said this move was made based on the tragedy that occurred in July at the Georgetown Prison, which led to the penitentiary’s destruction.The Public Security Ministry had requested $756 million for the clean-up and refurbishment of the Camp Street Prison following its destruction in the July 9 fire. This sum assisted with the clean-up at the Camp Street Prison, and refurbishment of the dormitory, security system, medical centre and the capital block.The supplementary financing also made provision for the construction of temporary holding facilities at the Lusignan Prison compound. The Camp Street inmates were transferred to Lusignan and Mazaruni penitentiaries following the destructive prison fire.Minister Jordan noted that the wanton act of violence and mayhem threatened the country’s national security and highlighted the state of affairs in which the security services operate.Based on that incident, Jordan said Government had to undertake a comprehensive examination of the security sector, which resulted in the diversion of scarce resources to address both the immediate security and management concerns, as well as the judicial and other related systems.He recalled that the Joint Services had launched several operations in order to quickly address the immediate situation. But Government now wants to address the long-term needs of the security sector.“Over $150 million has also been allocated to purchase surveillance equipment, body scanners, and beds, among other items. Provisions have been made for the strengthening of the Prison Service‘s capacity for case management, as well as rehabilitation and reintegration,” he added.Additionally, in Budget 2018, $1.8 billion has been provided to cater for the Prison Service‘s operational costs, a 4.6 per cent increase over Budget 2017.Jordan said, “We will continue to modernise our Police Force in the coming year. Our 114 Police Stations across the country will benefit from increased vehicular access to support their response times to reported crimes. Further, team policing efforts are expected to deliver 24-hour patrol service.”Another six Police Stations will be targeted in 2018 for remodelling. In addition, Police Stations at Cove and John, Lethem, Springlands, Central (New Amsterdam), and Matthews Ridge are slated for rehabilitation, and a new police station would be constructed in Parfaite Harmonie to serve that area.“Another $200 million has been allocated for the purchasing of equipment for the Police Force; this will supplement the generous gift received from the Government of the People’s Republic of China, comprising of vehicles, riot gear and other equipment worth $500 million,” he stated.Jordan said this was to improve the capacity of the security services. However, youths will also be trained to create avenues for income generation and sustainable livelihoods as a preventative measure.Some 300 youths will be trained in 2018, in the areas of entrepreneurship, conflict resolution, and violence prevention, and parenting, as part of the citizen security initiative.“No person should ever feel like their only option is to pursue a life of crime in order to survive.”The Fire Service will receive its first fire boat in 2018, and a sum of $165 million has been budgeted to make the final payment. The boat will be fully equipped and will form part of a package of interventions to improve the capacity of the Service to respond to fires, both on waterways and bridges.An allocation of some $60 million will be used to expand the Fire Service coverage, to cater to residents of Melanie Damishana, Mabaruma and for the first time, Onverwagt.last_img read more

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Last of the street-fighters, Rooney departs an England great

first_imgThe 31-year-old’s 13-year England era featured glorious highs and shattering lows and left him as one of his country’s most polarising figures.From the boy who grew up on the rough Liverpool streets of Croxteth to the man who won five Premier League titles and the Champions League with Manchester United, Rooney’s rise remains almost too perfect to be true and the England chapter of his tale is well worth reliving.Rooney is England’s all-time leading scorer with 53 goals, more than Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Jimmy Greaves could muster, while his 119 appearances make him his country’s most capped out-field player ahead of the likes of Bobby Moore and David Beckham.The only blemish is his failure to transform England into a global force, but even Barcelona icon Lionel Messi has found replicating his sublime club form on the international scene harder than he might have imagined.Profile of Wayne Rooney, England and Manchester United’s record goalscorer, who is retiring from international football © AFP / Gal ROMAForever etched in the memory as the teak tough street-fighter who would crunch into a tackle with as much relish as he took from scoring with a 30-yard rocket, Rooney burst onto the England scene as a 17-year-old in 2003.His debut came in a 3-1 defeat against Australia at Upton Park and a first international goal followed against Macedonia.The sight of Rooney tormenting the Switzerland and Croatia defences in Euro 2004 promised a golden future for the player and his country, but foreshadowing the angst to come a broke bone in his foot proved fatal to Sven Goran Eriksson’s team as they lost to Portugal in the quarter-finals.Rooney went on to play in three World Cups and two further European Championships, showing boundless commitment to the England cause, even if his performances never hit the heights.– Agonising –At times that enthusiasm was to his detriment when he came back from injuries too quickly.He famously announced before the 2006 World Cup that “the big man is back” when he joined up with his England team-mates — only to flop as he played at less than 100 percent before being sent off for stamping on Portugal’s Ricardo Carvalho as Eriksson’s men suffered one of a series of agonising quarter-final exits.The 2010 World Cup in South Africa was supposed to be Rooney’s tournament after a fine campaign with United, but his most memorable contribution came at the end of a 0-0 draw against Algeria when he turned to the camera and criticised England supporters for booing their own side.England were dismal at the 2014 World Cup and his last tournament ended in misery when Roy Hodgson’s team were humiliated by Iceland at Euro 2016.Of Rooney’s seven goals at major tournaments, only one came at a World Cup, while four were when he was just 18.Captaining England 29 times, Rooney’s last appearance came in a win against Scotland in November.The great irony of Rooney’s decision to retire is it came at the moment when he looked capable of one last flourish after an impressive start for Everton following his close-season move back to his boyhood club.Southgate was convinced enough to offer him another chance.But Rooney, marching to his own drum until the end, preferred to focus on leading Everton to silverware instead.Few would deny that England’s loss is Everton’s gain.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wayne Rooney’s 13-year England era featured glorious highs and shattering lows and left him as one of his country’s most polarising figures © AFP/File / Ben STANSALL, Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – While Wayne Rooney will never silence the cynics who carp about his lack of silverware in an England shirt, the astonishing array of records set by the striker ensure his place as one of his country’s all-time greats.Rooney’s announcement of his retirement from the international stage on Wednesday brought the curtain down on an England career that began in a blaze of hyperbole and ended with the Everton star rejecting Gareth Southgate’s offer of a return to the fold.last_img read more

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