SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf August 09, 2016 Economy, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Moody’s Investor Service has revised Pennsylvania’s outlook to stable from negative. This follows the final enactment of the commonwealth’s 2016-17 budget that is balanced and includes sustainable, recurring revenue.“The 2016-17 budget was an important step forward, and Moody’s revision of Pennsylvania’s outlook to stable from negative reflects that fact,” said Governor Wolf. “Working with Republicans and Democrats in the legislature, we completed a budget that is balanced and includes sustainable, recurring revenue. When I came into office, following years of unbalanced budgets, the commonwealth faced a structural deficit of more than $2 billion. Now, we have made significant progress in reducing the deficit, but we still have more to do and I look forward to continuing to work with the legislature to fix the commonwealth’s deficit.”Moody’s said the following:“Moody’s Investors Service has revised the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s outlook to stable from negative… Still, the 2017 budget fight represents some improvement: the legislature and governor agreed on a budget, and a government that had been unable to pass new revenues in 2016 was able to do so in 2017.”For the entire report from Moody’s, see below: After Balanced Budget with Sustainable Revenues, Moody’s Revises Commonwealth Outlook to Stable
Sunman, In. — The Sunman Chamber of Commerce recently recognized community members at their Annual Appreciation Dinner.Sunman American Legion post #337 was named Business of the Year. Shirley Campbell has recognized as the Citizen of the Year. Stephanie Schomber was named Teacher of the Year and Tom Beck earned Bus Driver of the Year.Congratulations to all!!!
Tags: Cazenoviagirls hockey Back in November, Cazenovia High School freshman Briana Rockwood joined 21 others from several area high schools to start a new season with the girls hockey team that is centered in Clinton.Now Rockwood is a state champion.Completing a 13-2-3 campaign, the Clinton Warriors, already the Section III champions, went to Lake Placid on the weekend of Feb. 8-9 and added the state title. Prior to 2019-20, Clinton had never won even a sectional championship in its brief history, with area girls hockey mostly dominated by Skaneateles.But with the Lakers having graduated several stars from its 2018-19 state finalist squad, Clinton had an opportunity to move up, and helped by Rockwood, who played forward, the Warriors didn’t squander that chance.First, though, Clinton had to endure a 2-2-1 start that included losses to Beekmantown and Ithaca, though impressive shutouts over Oswego (5-0) and Alexandria Bay (3-0) hinted at the team’s quality. Of the Warriors’ next six games, three of them ended in ties, but amid that run included a first match-up with Sknaeateles on Jan. 6 at Allyn Arena that went 4-0 in Clinton’s favor as Rockwood got an assist against the Lakers.Then, starting with a 3-0 win in the rematch with Skaneateles Jan. 17 at Clinton Arena that included a goal from Rockwood, the Warriors would not suffer another blemish.Rockwood peaked with two goals and one assist in Clinton’s 6-0 romp over Massena Jan. 18, and would tack on another goal and assist in back-to-back 5-2 wins over Canton and Alexandria Bay to close the regular season.Entering the sectional playoffs, Clinton blanked 2-0 in the semifinals, then learned that Skaneateles had ousted Ithaca in the other semifinal – a big deal, since the Warriors had not beaten the Little Red in either of their earlier games.On Jan. 30 at Cicero Twin Rinks, the sectional final was decisive in Clinton’s favor. Led by Ella Greico’s pair of goals, the Warriors topped Skaneateles 4-1 and was a sectional champion for the first time.Now it was on to the state “Frozen Four”, contested in the same Herb Brooks Arena at Lake Placid where, 40 years earlier, Brooks coached the United States’ “Miracle on Ice” team to a gold medal.The Feb. 8 semifinal pitted Clinton against undefeated Salmon River. Abigail Kurdziolek’s second-period goal, assisted by Drew Kopek, was enough for a 1-0 victory as the Warriors’ defense held the Shamrocks to just nine shots.This set up the Feb. 9 final between Clinton and defending state champion Williamsville, and for two periods it remained 0-0, largely due to the work of Warriors goalie Hailey Billington, who would finish with 24 saves.With 8:32 left, Clinton, on the power play, inched in front when Lopata, off a feed from Kurdziolek, sent a slap shot into the net. The Warriors’ defense did the rest and, in another 1-0 decision, clinched the state title.For the season, Rockwood picked up four goals and earned five assists. She could be be a key player in 2020-21 as Clinton seeks to defend its sectional and state crowns.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story
WEEK 4 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerLISTEN TO THE SN FANTASY WEEK 4 PREVIEW PODCAST BELOWFantasy Football Week 4 Start ‘Em: QuarterbacksRegular startsPatrick Mahomes, Chiefs (at DET), Deshaun Watson, Texans (vs. CAR), Carson Wentz, Eagles (at GB), Russell Wilson, Seahawks (at ARI), Tom Brady, Patriots (at BUF), Lamar Jackson, Ravens (vs. CLE)Stronger startsAaron Rodgers, Packers (vs. PHI). OK, he’s been majorly disappointing as a highly drafted QB1 through Week 3, but that’s what happens when Green Bay’s defense shuts down shaky offenses and its offense randomly runs for multiple scores. Now there’s Carson Wentz on the other side to create a passing duel while Rodgers operates against a bad secondary in Lambeau on Thursday.Dak Prescott, Cowboys (at NO). He’s just outside the regular-week considerations because of a tougher second-half slate, but he should continue to smash a favorable opening schedule against the Saints’ overmatched pass defense on Sunday night.Philip Rivers, Chargers (at MIA). He’s playing the Dolphins and should be able to do whatever he wants throwing like Lamar Jackson, Tom Brady and Dak Prescott all did before him.Jared Goff, Rams (vs. TB). He’s back at home and is capable of shredding the Bucs, given they will key on stopping the run first.Kyler Murray, Cardinals (vs. SEA). The Seahawks’ defense is mostly mediocre, and he should have his best game yet trading big pass plays and calculated runs with Wilson.Daniel Jones, Giants (vs. WAS). They trusted him to throw a ton without Saquon Barkley, and his arm and legs can go to work on the Redskins’ defense well with high volume.DFS bargainsCase Keenum, Redskins (at NYG, $4,900 on DraftKings, $7,200 on FanDuel). The results aren’t always pretty, but he’s a gunslinger for a team with two good downfield receivers and a limited running game facing a team that can’t cover either.Kyle Allen, Panthers (at HOU, $5,200 on DraftKings, $6,800 on FanDuel). The Texans’ pass rush can disrupt him a little, but they can’t cover all of his diverse weapons while the Panthers try to keep up with Deshaun Watson. This also is another “home” away game back where he played in college after doing well as a native Arizonan last week.Deep streamersJacoby Brissett, Colts (vs. OAK), Matthew Stafford, Lions (vs. KC)WEEK 4: Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap countsFantasy Football Week 4 Sit ‘Em: QuarterbacksWeaker startsMatt Ryan, Falcons (vs. TEN). The Titans’ pass defense gave up only limited returns to Minshew, Brissett and Mayfield, and it matches up well overall with Atlanta’s passing game.Baker Mayfield, Browns (at BAL). The Ravens’ defense isn’t all that anymore and has given up some passing numbers to Kyle Murray and Patrick Mahomes, but it’s hard to trust Mayfield because he simply isn’t playing well.Josh Allen, Bills (vs. NE). The Patriots have yet to allow an offensive touchdown and have a pass defense that can pressure Allen and take away his downfield shots. There are plenty of better options this week.Jameis Winston, Buccaneers (at LAR). Winston used the Giants at home to explode last week, but he’s back on the road facing the swarm of Aaron Donald and the coverage of Aqib Tailb. That screams to be one of his mistake-filled disappointments.Andy Dalton, Bengals (at PIT). This is a trap, too. The volume is nice for Dalton, but the desperate Steelers’ defense will overachieve with their pass rush and secondary with the extra Monday night emotion.Mason Rudolph, Steelers (vs. CIN). He was saved by two big plays by his receivers last week and didn’t look good overall. Pittsburgh should overcorrect with a heavy dose of the running game against a reeling Cincy front.Deep trapsDerek Carr, Raiders (at IND), Gardner Minshew, Jaguars (at DEN)WEEK 4 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endFantasy Football Week 4 Start ‘Em: Running backsRegular startsAlvin Kamara, Saints (vs. DAL), Christian McCaffrey, Panthers (at HOU), Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys (at NO), David Johnson, Cardinals (vs. SEA), Le’Veon Bell, Jets (bye), Dalvin Cook, Vikings (at CHI), Todd Gurley, Rams (vs. TB), Nick Chubb, Browns (at BAL), Joe Mixon, Bengals (at PIT), Kerryon Johnson, Lions (vs. KC), Leonard Fournette, Jaguars (at DEN), Derrick Henry, Titans (at ATL), Marlon Mack, Colts (vs. OAK), Mark Ingram, Ravens (vs. CLE), Chris Carson, Seahawks (at ARI), Austin Ekeler, Chargers (at MIA)Stronger startsJosh Jacobs, Raiders (at IND). They want to get him more involved in the passing game in a contest they will likely trail, and the Colts have been leaky with their run defense early, too.James Conner, Steelers (vs. CIN). He rebounds at home against a Bengals’ run defense that wilted against the 49ers and Bills in consecutive weeks.LeSean McCoy, Chiefs (at DET). If he plays through the ankle injury, he should be in there for you. Should Shady miss the game, pivot to Darrel Williams, assuming Damien Williams is out again.Miles Sanders, Eagles (at GB). The rookie got it going with his rushing and receiving juice on the Lions, and the Packers are much stronger against the pass than run.James White, Patriots (at BUF). With Julian Edelman banged up, the Bills’ defense is good at covering the downfield pass and solid against the power run, so this feels like a busy week for White from Brady.Carlos Hyde, Texans (vs. CAR). He’s looked very good again as a power back, and the Panthers are vulnerable to backs in the red zone.Frank Gore, Bills (vs. NE). The Patriots will be more concerned with taking away Allen’s running and deep balls, so should Devin Singletary miss again, Gore can scratch out 80-90 scrimmage yards.Justin Jackson, Chargers (at MIA). The Dolphins are bad enough to give up production to supplemental backs (see Gus Edwards and Tony Pollard).DFS bargainsChris Thompson, Redskins (at NYG, $4,500 on DraftKings, $5,300 on FanDuel). He’s a Jay Gruden favorite, Keenum is getting him the ball everywhere, and they’re trusting him with some key carries, too. The Giants just made the Bucs’ committee look good, too.Kenyan Drake, Dolphins (vs. LAC, $4,200 on DraftKings, $5,300 on FanDuel). What the? Yep, we do love the Drake this week as a tournament play because he will get good volume against a Chargers defense that has all-around trouble with backs, and he should score a garbage TD instead of fumbling this week.WEEK 4 DFS LINEUPS:DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPP | Y! cash | Y! GPPFantasy Football Week 4 Sit ‘Em: Running backsWeaker startsDevonta Freeman, Falcons (vs. TEN). Freeman looked better pounding out the yardage on the Colts, but even with Ito Smith concussed, it’s hard to trust him at home against a stout Titans’ run defense.David Montgomery, Bears (vs. MIN). His touches and snaps are solid now, but the Vikings aren’t the easiest spot for backs, especially with Mitchell Trubisky going back to struggling.Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, Broncos (vs. JAX). They did excellent damage together against the Packers, but the Jaguars are stingier against the run, and this should be one of the week’s lowest-scoring games.Aaron Jones, Packers (vs. PHI). He lucked out with two short TDs while being out-touched by Jamaal Williams last week, and the Eagles have proved to be futile to run against much. He also has a new injury to his shoulder.Sony Michel, Patriots (at BUF). Rex Burkhead and Brandon Bolden aren’t going away, but lead-blocking fullback James Develin has for the rest of the season with a neck injury. As we mentioned above, this is a White-type game.Ronald Jones, Buccaneers (at LAR). He looked good last week, and the Rams have some holes against the run. But that means Peyton Barber could very well be the lead dog for the Bucs.Wayne Gallman, Giants (at WAS). The Redskins actually are built well to stop the run, forcing high volume from Jones.Adrian Peterson, Redskins (at NYG). You’re hoping he will somehow fall forward into the end zone for his production, and that’s not good enough.MORE WEEK 4 DFS: Top values | Stacks | Lineup BuilderFantasy Football Week 4 Start ‘Em: Wide receiversRegular startsDeAndre Hopkins, Texans (vs. CAR), Davante Adams, Packers (vs. PHI), Julio Jones, Falcons (vs. TEN), Michael Thomas, Saints (vs. DAL), Odell Beckham Jr., Browns (at BAL), Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, Buccaneers (at LAR), JuJu Smith-Schuster, Steelers (vs. CIN), Amari Cooper, Cowboys (at NO), Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs, Vikings (at CHI), Julian Edelman, Patriots (at MIA), Keenan Allen, Chargers (vs. MIA), Tyler Lockett, Seahawks (at ARI), Brandin Cooks, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, Rams (vs. TB), Tyler Boyd, Bengals (at PIT), T.Y. Hilton, Colts (if he plays, vs OAK), Kenny Golladay, Lions (vs. KC), Terry McLaurin, Redskins (at NYG)Stronger startsSammy Watkins, Chiefs (at DET). It’s bound to come back around to him for big production, and Darius Slay is hurting. Stay exposed to Mahomes with him, Demarcus Robinson, and Mecole Hardman.Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk, Cardinals (vs. SEA). They are almost becoming regulars given Murray is getting the ball to them with volume.D.J. Moore and Curtis Samuel, Panthers (at HOU). They are almost becoming regulars given Allen is now accurately getting the ball to them.Marvin Jones, Lions (vs. KC). He will stay hot to help Kenny Golladay against the Chiefs’ secondary.Mike Williams, Chargers (at MIA). We should hope he finally gets going against this defense after a monster game from Keenan Allen.Tyrell Williams, Raiders (at IND). He’s their go-to wideout, and garbage-time production should be in the works late.Emmanuel Sanders, Broncos (vs. JAX). He can avoid the tough matchups of the Jaguars’ cornerbacks unlike Courtland Sutton, and he tends to be a much better producer at home.Jarvis Landry, Browns (at BAL). The Ravens are weak in covering the slot without Tavon Young, and he should get busy again in this offense to help Mayfield.Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Packers (vs. PHI). He’s looking good as the outside No. 2 and can keep it up against the Eagles’ secondary.DFS BargainsSterling Shepard, Giants (vs. WAS, $5,800 on DraftKings, $6,500 on FanDuel). He’s rolling as Jones’ go-to guy and comes in at a nice price against a woeful secondary.Paul Richardson, Redskins (at NYG, $3,700 on DraftKings, $4,700 on FanDuel). He’s super cheap as a tournament play, as the Giants have struggled to cover guys like him outside, and he just came through for Keenum vs. the Bears.Parris Campbell, Colts (vs. OAK, $4,900 on DraftKings, $5,600 on FanDuel). He’s a tournament special, as he figures to be the most likely recevier to break out for a big game in their committee to potentially replace Hilton (quad) this week.Fantasy Football Week 4 Sit ‘Em: Wide receiversWeaker startsCalvin Ridley, Falcons (vs. TEN). He disappeared from the game plan against the Colts, and that could happen again here against a defense that’s weaker in the slot and vs. the tight end.Allen Robinson, Bears (vs. MIN). He didn’t do anything against Xavier Rhodes last season.Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor, Eagles (at GB). The Packers are working shutdown style with Jaire Alexander and also can take away the slot.Josh Gordon, Patriots (at BUF). He’s bound to get Tre’Davious White, and the Patriots won’t force the issue downfield.John Brown, Bills (vs. NE). He’s bound to get Stephon Gilmore in the same game.Will Fuller, Texans (vs. CAR). The Panthers’ cornerbacks are starting to ball out as expected.DJ Chark, Jaguars (at DEN). He will see most of Chris Harris Jr.Marquise Brown, Ravens (vs. CLE). He could see a healthy Denzel Ward return to slow him down this week.John Ross, Bengals (at PIT). The Steelers should be focused on taking away the big play from Dalton.Fantasy Football Week 4 Start ‘Em: Tight endsRegular startsTravis Kelce, Chiefs (at DET), George Kittle, 49ers (bye), Zach Ertz, Eagles (at GB), Evan Engram, Giants (vs. WAS), Delanie Walker, Titans (at ATL), Greg Olsen, Panthers (at HOU).Stronger startsDarren Waller, Raiders (at IND). He’s locked in with Carr, and the Colts don’t have Malik Hooker in coverage.Austin Hooper, Falcons (vs. TEN). He can have a similar involvement as he did in his big game against the Colts.T.J. Hockenson, Lions (vs. KC). He is getting chances to do work, and they should turn back into production in a more favorable matchup this week, a la Week 1.Jared Cook, Saints (vs. DAL). This would seem like a great time to get him going against Jeff Heath.Eric Ebron and Jack Doyle, Colts (vs. OAK). Should Hilton sit, they should get some more love, especially in the red zone.Vernon Davis, Redskins (at NYG). This game is a bonanza for all main pass-catchers involved.DFS BargainWill Dissly, Seahawks (at ARI, $3,600 on DraftKings, $5,400 on FanDuel). The Cardinals are getting destroyed by tight ends all over the field through the end zone. Dissly has been good all over the field through the end zone. Boom.Fantasy Football Week 4 Sit ‘Em: Tight endsWeaker startsO.J. Howard, Buccaneers (at LAR). He’ll go back to being irrelevant against this defense.Mark Andrews, Ravens (vs. CLE). The Browns let Walker walk over them for TDs in Week 1 but have been solid against the tight end otherwise.Jason Witten, Cowboys (at NO). The Saints will go back to not allowing much to a tight end.Jimmy Graham, Packers (vs. PHI). You can’t possibly go here trying to chase Week 1 on Thursday night.Jordan Akins, Texans (vs. CAR). He’s talented, but don’t chase his random big game in a tough matchup.Dawson Knox, Bills (vs. NE). He can be a big factor at some point, but not here.WEEK 4 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerFantasy Football Week 4 Start ‘Em: DefensesRegular startsBears (vs. MIN), Patriots (at BUF)Stronger startsChargers (at MIA), Rams (vs. TB), Vikings (at CHI), Jaguars (at DEN), Texans (vs. CAR), Ravens (vs. CLE), Steelers (vs. CIN)DFS Bargains It’s another tough week for fantasy football owners, as the start ’em, sit ’em decisions just don’t get any easier. Will Baker Mayfield continue to struggle? Can Daniel Jones keep it going? Should Saquon Barkley injury-replacement Wayne Gallman be started? Sporting News NFL writer Vinnie Iyer is here to help with Week 4 lineup advice and NFL DFS picks.Always always, injuries will have a big say in the final value of some of the players listed below, so make sure to keep an eye on updates for LeSean McCoy, T.Y. Hilton, Damien Williams, and Devin Singletary, among others. For more start-or-sit advice and all the latest fantasy football news and updates, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. Titans (at ATL, $2,600 on DraftKings, $3,500 on FanDuel), Broncos (vs. JAX, $2,900 on DraftKings, $4,100 on FanDuel)Fantasy Football Week 4 Sit ‘Em: DefensesWeaker startsCowboys (at NO), Bills (vs. NE), Packers (vs. PHI), Colts (vs. OAK), Seahawks (at ARI), Falcons (vs. TEN), Chiefs (at DET)
DES MOINES — Republicans in the Iowa House have voted to make changes in the state-regulated medical marijuana program — changes the governor has said she’ll accept. Representative Jarad Klein of Keota was the Republican assigned to lead the debate.“We base a lot of this on the advice of very smart medical professionals because in the State of Iowa we have a medical program, not a recreational program masquerading as a medical program,” Klein said, “and that’s the way we’re going to keep it.”The bill would limit patients to four-and-a-half grams of the chemical THC in the cannabis products they purchase over a 90-day period.Representative Mary Gaskill, a Democrat from Ottumwa, said that’s not enough for many Iowa patients, including her daughter.“To those who do not know what it is like to have a loved one suffering from the pain of MS, you have no idea how concerned I am tonight about reducing the allowed grams over 90 days,” Gaskill said.Klein said the limit is based on the recommendation of the state board that oversees the program.“I am not a physician. I never pretend to be, but I do listen to them on this topic,” Klein said, “because it’s very important for them to do the homework and report back to us their professional advice.”Klein added that the bill provides a waiver if a doctor believes a patient would benefit from a higher amount of THC “to allow individuals to be treated on a case-to-case basis.”Representative John Forbes, a Democrat from Urbandale, is a pharmacist who said most doctors are already reluctant to recommend cannabis products to their patients.“You know we’re going to have about 2300 patients in this state who are going to have to cut their dose down,” Forbes said, “considerably.”Representative Wes Breckenridge, a Democrat from Newton, said it’s unfair to patients currently in the system who’ve successfully switched from opioids to cannabis.“Those that have finally found relief, have a dosage amount, a system in place where they are truly getting the care they need,” Breckenridge said, “now they’re going to have to try and jump back through hoops and hope, just hope that their practitioner will allow them and give them the dosage that they’re currently on.”Other provisions in the bill would let patients get a doctor’s recommendation for medical marijuana as treatment for more conditions — for PTSD and autism as well as for patients with self-harming behavior.Last year, Governor Reynolds surprised lawmakers by vetoing an expansion of the state’s medical marijuana program, but she’s made it clear she’ll sign this one. Key Senators still would like to allow patients to buy up a 90-day supply of cannabis products with up to 25 grams of THC. That means it’s unclear how this year’s medical marijuana debate may be resolved as it shifts to the senate.
SOUTHERN CRUISE, who was third in the St Leger as a three-year-old in 2015, should give Super-6 players a flying start when he runs in the opening race (restricted allowance III) over 1400 metres, to be contested by seven starters.Trained by Anthony Nunes, SOUTHERN CRUISE is easily the most accomplished in the field, and following his close second to TARANIS in the recent New Year’s Day Trophy over 1300 metres, the 4-y-o son of Western Cruise cannot be opposed with champion jockey Shane Ellis aboard. Stable companion BALLON D’OR should follow him home.The second race over the round-five course for maiden four-year-olds up has attracted 10 starters, and indications are it will come down to a straight fight between IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST (Robert Halledeen up) and SIR LEYLAND HALL (Ryan Nelson), both of whom have shown promise.The Paul Hylton-trained SIR LEYLAND HALL finished second to TRADITIONAL STORM over 1200 metres when last raced in September 2015, while the Burt Tomlinson-trained IAMALLABOUTHEBEST showed good speed when finishing fourth to LAGUNA POINT over the straight on January 1.With Lasix administered for the first time, IAMALLABOUTHEBEST (working fairly well) is preferred to SIR LEYLAND HALL, who has not been seen at exercise and is apparently training at sea.The second banker in the first Super-6 comes in the third race over 1500 metres in the form of NUCLEAR AFFAIR, who was caught on the line by FUTURE KING in the SVL 2-Y-O Stakes over a mile last Boxing Day.Trained by Gary Subratie, the 3-y-o daughter of Nuclear Wayne reports in fine fettle (working well) and with three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson having secured the ride, should account for old rival ANOTHER FURY under Wesley Henry.EL CLIENTE, now dropped in class for the fourth race over 1200 metres for $180,000 claimers, will prove hard to deny from the convenient mark of 54.0kg due to apprentice Odean Edwards’ 3.0kg claiming allowance. The six-year-old gelding has run some good races against better horses in recent months, and despite the sound claims of the recent winner EUSEBIA and super-fit ENHANCE PROSDPERITY, the choice has to be EL CLIENTE.The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by TURBO MACHINE CAT (knocking at the door) and the well-forward first-time runner MEGATRON (Shane Ellis up) in the sixth, division one of the Mercury Sprint for native bred maiden three-year-old colts and geldings. Their respective dangers are MAN IN BLUE and newcomer BOLD SYMPHONY (working fairly well).FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES(1) SOUTHERN CRUISE(2) IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST(3) NUCLEAR AFFAIR(4) EL CLIENTE/EUSEBIA(5) TURBO MACHINE CAT(6) MEGATRON/BOLDSYMPHONY- O.C.
In order to overcome the language barrier that affects police officers when dealing with hinterland issues, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) has commenced dialogue with Toshaos to have them assist in finding more indigenous recruits.Deputy Police Commissioner with responsibility for the GPF’s administration, Paul WilliamsAccording to Deputy Commissioner of Police Paul Williams, who is responsible for the Force’s administration which encompasses recruitment, the talks are proving to be fruitful.In an interview with Guyana Times on Saturday, he stated that the initiation of a process of having Toshaos from various hinterland communities help identify appropriate indigenous folks who can help the GPF ranks carry out their duties effectively and efficiently in the hinterland and riverine communities has already begun.“Indeed, we have made the call and there are positive responses and even last week myself, the Police Commissioner and the senior administrative team had an engagement with the Toshaos because they were out here. I think they came out for a meeting or a conference. We spoke to them about the same aspect in terms of having the indigenous languages being imparted to the police.”But Williams also pointed out that it is more than just having indigenous people help the police ranks to understand and learn the various indigenous languages. He explained that the Force is in need of more indigenous men and women and this was communicated to all Toshaos across the country.“And then also we asked them, [Toshaos] in terms of their assistance, in locating persons within the communities who are of good character, in good standing, who we can employ into the GPF as rural constables. People who can assist the police when they go in those engagement to deal with reports and who are very versed in the languages. This is so they can help us to communicate with the community.”The Deputy Police Commissioner had previously stated in 2018 that in the expansion drive of the Force as it relates to numbers, heavy emphasis is placed on capacity-building and cultural diversity, given the new frontiers of law enforcement and the many different areas of housing development and communities which are opening where the police will have to be present in the execution of their duties of ensuring law and order.He told this publication that in this regard, the GPF is progressing.“So we are making strides on that. And also we are looking now, the Toshaos, they have made the pledge or the commitment where they are going to assist in terms of having our ranks being trained in that aspect,” Williams added. (Kristen Macklingam)