Tourists are main targets at Bourda, Stabroek Markets – Chief Constable

first_imgAs the City Constabulary has branded the Stabroek and Bourda Markets as two criminal hotspots, they are now seen as key areas for tourists and foreigners to be robbed on a daily basis.This is according to the Chief Constable, Andrew Foo, who told Guyana Times during an interview, that many tourists do not report these incidents and as such, the robbers continue plying their trade.“Stabroek and the Bourda are two areas that continue to be prime areas for criminal elements to operate. Based on the fact that you have economic activities for persons who are selling and who are buying. Persons are conducting their trade and in keeping with that, you have key elements every day.”“There’s a trend emerging where I would say what is termed to be ‘soft targets’. They tend to look at persons who may be possibly foreigners or tourists, because, in most cases, when they’re robbed, some don’t make official or formal Police reports. They tend to just leave the country,” he said.Foo noted that while these persons – mostly Cubans and Venezuelans — are the main targets, there are citizens who are marked by these criminals at key locations which are busy throughout the day. He stated that for these incidents to decrease, those who are mugged or robbed must report the offence.“We have information where you have small networks that are operating. We tend to focus on those persons. Sometimes, there are persons who are robbed. Those persons don’t want to pursue matters.”Meanwhile, the Chief Constable also related that the network of robbers usually operated in gangs, using cellphones as the main medium of communication.“They have networks that I believe that they’re utilising because we’re in the age of technology. There are times when these persons are using their cellphones to communicate with each other,” he said.While systems were put in place to monitor these occurrences at all costs, the city lacks Police ranks to carry out these patrols and other functions. Some measures have also been taken to address these issues.“We have a responsibility of ensuring that those areas are kept safe. It’s my desire for there to be an increase in our numbers, so as to ensure that we have effective public safety and security around the municipal locations,” the Chief Constable said.“We’ve been having reports in relation to those activities. Again, in keeping with what we have, we’ve been implementing measures to treat these reports, to have a presence where necessary to arrest and prosecute those persons who are responsible,” he added.last_img read more

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Who is Mino Raiola? The super-agent with a number of star studded clients

first_imgGianluigi DonnarumaHenrikh MkhitaryanHirving LozanoMario BalotelliGiacomo BonaventuraJustin KluivertLuciano NarsinghSergio RomeroIgnazio AbateMaxwellWhy is Raiola in the news?He clearly knows how to get a great deal for himself and his clients but this can come at a cost of frustrating a number of top clubs.Most recently, Raiola responded to criticism from United legend Paul Scholes on Pogba following the Red Devils’ loss to Brighton last weekend. Mino Raiola is no longer just another suit in the increasingly commercialised game, he is one of the most powerful super-agents in football.With clients including Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, he has been involved in some of the most high profile transfers of all time. 4 He was not good enough to make it as a footballer himself but was appointed FC Haarlem’s sporting director at the ripe old age of 19 after the club were impressed by his entrepreneurial skills.Raiola then moved onto an agency which looked after Dutch footballers and was involved in the deal which saw Dennis Bergkamp move from Ajax to Inter Milan in 1993.Which players does Raiola look after?Raiola has since built himself up to super-agent status with over 60 footballers on his books.The likes of Pogba, Lukaku, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Blaise Matuidi are just a few players who are represented by Raiola.He was involved in the deal to bring Pogba back to Manchester United for a world record fee at the time of £86million in 2016, reportedly pocketing £41.4m in the deal. He also played his part in Lukaku’s £75m move to Old Trafford the following summer.Below you can see a list of some of his other clients. Raiola responded to Scholes’ comments questioning Pogba’s leadership skills 4 4 Raiola has been in the headlines recently, however, getting into a dispute with Manchester United legend Paul Scholes over the long-running issue of Pogba’s future at Old Trafford.But what else do we know about Raiola? Below you can see how the Italian-born agent rose up the ranks in football and which other star-studded clients are on his books.How did Raiola get into football?Although he was born in Salerno, Italy in 1967, Raiola grew up in the Netherlands, having moved to Haarlem at the age of one. He played an instrumental role in expanding his parents’ restaurant making pizza due to his dazzling sales patter. Raiola is far from friends with ex-United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who claimed he did not trust him from the moment he was the agent. 4 Raiola’s big break came when he was involved in Dennis Bergkamp’s move from Ajax to Inter Milan Raiola is involved with the former Manchester United striker Raiola reportedly pocketed £41.4million when Paul Pogba re-signed for Manchester united in 2016 last_img read more

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