Over 50 Police officers from the Guyana Police Force’s A Division were on Tuesday recognised for their outstanding performance.Sergeant Clive Clarke, who is attached at the Brickdam Police Station, was awarded Best Cop for A Division.Sergeant Clive Clarke, Best Cop for A DivisionSpeaking at the event, which was hosted at the Brickdam Police Station on Tuesday, Police Commissioner Leslie James reflected on the various challenges Police ranks face on a daily basis in the execution of their duties.“I urge that you all remain steadfast and resolute in doing this work,” the Commissioner told the ranks, adding that when becoming a cop, officers have signed on and swore to provide world-class protection for all citizens and to remain steadfast and resolute as they execute their mandates.“This job must be dealt without fear, without affection, without malice, without ill will. You have the entire Force behind you and you must understand that. I am reminding you that the Guyana Police Force has a support mechanism, there is no need for you to extort [unassertiveness] while you execute your duties. It can be confusing when our citizens experience [unassertiveness] while you are executing your duties, so I urge while you engage the public you do so with much assertiveness,” James emphasised.Police Commissioner Leslie JamesIn addition, several officers were given on the spot promotion. The subordinate officer at the Stabroek Police Outpost, Corporal Hicks, was promoted to Sergeant. Woman Lance Corporal Rodney, who is attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Alberttown Police Station, was promoted to Corporal. Also promoted to Corporal are Lance Corporals Richard Trotz and Keyon Ward.Among the officers promoted to Lance Corporal were Woman Constables Erna Delicia and Tamesha Adams.Additionally, 43 other ranks received gifts for their outstanding performance.
CVS talking about acquiring Sav-on BOISE, Idaho – Drugstore chain CVS Corp. said Thursday it has been in discussions with Boise-based Albertson’s Inc. regarding the purchase of the supermarket chain’s Sav-on and Osco drugstores. But CVS, a Rhode Island-based company that operates more than 5,400 retail and specialty pharmacy stores nationwide, said no agreement on any transaction between the company and Albertson’s has been reached. It canceled a planned conference call with analysts Thursday morning after reports that the supermarket chain had ceased negotiating with bidders and was planning alternatives to selling the entire company. The New York Times cited unidentified sources Thursday in saying Albertson’s broke off negotiations Wednesday night with a group of investors that was bidding for the company. The newspaper said the company terminated talks with a group that had been the leading bidder in an auction to buy the supermarket chain for approximately $9.6 billion in cash and stock, or about $26 per share. Agency accepts energy-firm pact WASHINGTON – The U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Thursday it has accepted a $512 million settlement with Reliant Energy Inc., California utilities and commission staff to resolve claims stemming from the 2000-01 Western energy crisis. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Specifically, the settlement resolves claims that the Houston-based merchant generator charged unfairly high prices for electricity during the crisis. “This marks another significant milestone in bringing closure to the 2000-2001 energy crisis,” FERC Chairman Joseph T. Kelliher said. Reliant officials did not immediately return a call for comment. The commission has now accepted or helped secure settlements stemming from the energy crisis that total more than $6.3 billion, he said. Civil charges filed against managers WASHINGTON – The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday filed civil charges against two former San Francisco hedge-fund managers, accusing them of making thousands of illegal trades that cheated mutual funds out of $49 million between 2000 and 2003. Brent Federighi, 34, and Michael Hoffman, 42, were accused of making the trades on behalf of the $130 million Ilytat hedge fund, which they co-managed. Federighi was also charged with his trading in the $55 million Gage Capital hedge fund, which he managed after Ilytat closed. “We were disappointed that they decided to go ahead with the filing of the lawsuit,” said Bill Goodman, an attorney for Federighi. “It has utterly no merit whatsoever, and we’re convinced that we will prevail in court.” An attorney for Hoffman was out of the country and could not immediately be reached for comment. UPS pilots seek impasse in talks ATLANTA – UPS pilots will ask the National Mediation Board to declare contract talks at an impasse and start a countdown toward what would be their first strike, union officials said Thursday. “Our hand has been forced,” said Tom Nicholson, president of the Independent Pilots Union, which represents 2,400 UPS fliers. “We no longer believe UPS is serious about reaching an agreement.” But UPS spokesman Mark Giuffre said that the two sides were making meaningful progress in talks this week and that the company expects a negotiated settlement. UPS and its pilots have been negotiating for more than three years on a new labor agreement that would replace their current deal, with federal mediators overseeing recent talks. Nicholson said the two sides remain about $40 million apart.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!