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Police record whopping 25% increase in robberies

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first_img…76 illegal firearms seizedThe Guyana Police Force on Friday announced it has recorded a whopping 25 per cent increase in robberies at the end on July 2018 when compared to the same period in 2017.The Police also recorded a 17 per cent decrease in murder; a seven per cent increase in armed robberies where firearms were used; three per cent increase in rapes and a seven per cent increase in burglary. A seven per cent increase in robbery with violence was also recorded.Reductions were recorded in robbery under arms where instruments other than firearms were used; robbery with aggravation; larceny from a person and break and enter and larceny. All in all, the Police noted that it recorded a five per cent decrease in serious crimes.According to the Police statistics, 58 murders were committed at the end of July 2018 compared to 70 for the corresponding period last year. Of the 58 murders, 25 were as a result of disorderly behaviour, 16 were as a result od domestic dispute, 11 were committed during robberies and the reasons for six are yet to be determined.Twelve murders each were recorded in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) and C Division (East Coast Demerara); while 11 were committed in B Division (Berbice); nine in D Division (West Demerara-East Bank Essequibo); eight in F Division (Interior locations) and three each in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) and G Division (Essequibo Coast and Islands).The Police Force also noted that it seized a total of 76 illegal firearms at the end of July when compared to 81 in 2017 for the same period. The firearms seized include 44 pistols, 18 revolvers, eight shotguns, one submachine gun and five rifles.With respect to seizures, A Division topped the list with 34; followed by F Division with 15; and C Division with nine. B Division followed closely with seven; while five firearms were seized in D Division; three in E Division and two in G Division.TrafficThe traffic department saw a 7.4 per cent decrease in fatal accidents at the end of July 2018 when compared to the same period last year. It also recorded a decrease in serious, minor and damage accidents.A total of 57 persons were killed as a result of accidents up to July 2018, two less that the same period last year, which signals a 3.3 per cent decrease. Of the 57 persons killed, two were children.April was listed as the deadliest month with 11 deaths followed by February, March and May with nine deaths each. Seven deaths were recorded in June and six apiece for January and July.Speeding accounted for 26 of the 57 deaths, while failure to conform to sign were responsible for nine; pedestrians crossing in the path of approaching vehicles claimed eight lives and inattentiveness claimed another six.One person died as a result of driving under the influence of alcohol/speeding.In addition, between January and July 2018, the Police made out a total of 52,277 cases against errant drivers. Speeding topped the list with 12,401 cases.last_img read more

Feds turn eye to career college students in effort to collect more

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first_imgOTTAWA – Federal officials, as part of the government’s latest efforts to crack down on bad debts, are trying to figure out why graduates from private career colleges are more likely to have problems repaying their student loans.Roughly nine per cent of the almost half-million students who receive federal assistance each year through the Canada Student Loans program go to private schools, including career colleges.A federal research proposal from last year says these students are at a “higher risk of defaulting on their student loans” and face more problems making payments on time.The most recent statistical report on the loan program shows default rates for private college graduates were three times higher than for university graduates, even though private college graduates had on average about $5,000 less in debt.Explaining why that might be will be the focus of a project expected to start this summer that will create a detailed view of private career college students and feed into federal efforts to collect more of the billions in outstanding loans and avoid writing off debts that can’t be collected.Serge Buy, CEO of the National Association of Career Colleges, said career college students are usually older than community college and university graduates, more likely to have children, be newcomers, or face other “barriers to employment.” They may also be saddled with debt from previous schooling, he said.His association and the schools it represents want students to be equipped with the financial tools needed to repay loans, but privacy issues mean schools never know who is having repayment problems.“For us to try to help them, which we would love to, we can’t because we have no way to find out who is in default and who is facing challenges,” he said.The research proposal is among pages of documents obtained by The Canadian Press under the access-to-information law that outline efforts over the last two years to reduce write-offs of loans like the recently announced $203.5 million from 34,240 students in this fiscal year.Officials have put a particular emphasis on projects designed to see what does and doesn’t work when prodding, or nudging, borrowers to get on top of their repayments.For instance, Employment and Social Development Canada found career college graduates were more likely to use a repayment assistance program if they received a letter with a graphic outlining some repayment decisions. Another project found harshly worded, “more consequence-based” letters worked better than a gentler message at pushing borrowers to get their loans back into good standing.A third test yielded a 73 per cent, year-over-year, bump in on-time payments from a small group of borrowers simply by having Canada Revenue Agency collection agents mention the availability of a repayment assistance program on the phone.The rate at which borrowers miss their first payment was just under 15 per cent last year, raising questions about whether borrowers understand the repayment terms and the “consequences of those decisions,” according to a 2016 presentation on default rates.Many students don’t know they can qualify for reduced or delayed payments to make them more manageable, said Michael McDonald, executive director of the Canada Alliance of Student Associations.In their first budget, the Trudeau Liberals increased the minimum annual income required before payments are necessary, meaning graduates now start loan repayments once they earn over $25,000.McDonald said he was cautiously optimistic that default rates should decline with the extra repayment help the Liberals have provided.At an event on Tuesday in Vancouver, Finance Minister Bill Morneau argued the Liberals have “made some significant inroads” towards making post-secondary education more affordable, by providing more grants and loans to low- and middle-income students. He said the government would “keep thinking about how we can make a difference.”CASA and the Canadian Federation of Students say the Liberals could make a difference by eliminating interest on loans. CFS treasurer Peyton Veitch said interest-free loans would ease the financial burden on students from lower-income families.Veitch said if the Liberals gave an interest-free loan to aerospace giant Bombardier, the government could do the same for students.“It’s not right or justifiable that the government should be profiting on the interest paid by students on their loans and we think it’s high time for that practice to end,” he said.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

BtoB Publishers Say EMedia Sales Expenses To Increase the Most in 2011

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first_imgSeven percent of larger publishers invested $1 million or more in new technology last year (while the majority say they spent between $100,000 and $249,999). The majority of smaller publishers (39 percent) say they spent less than $10,000. For a full look at the 2011 FOLIO: B-to-B CEO Survey, click here. Spending on e-media infrastructure increased for both large and small b-to-b publishers in 2010 and will again in 2011, according to respondents to the 2011 FOLIO B-to-B CEO Survey. Larger publishers expect operating expenses to jump 6 percent in e-media, while smaller publishers expect a 5 percent increase. “We’re seeing an expansion of our business and that requires a revamping of software into delivery services,” says one respondent.  Larger publishers will see the smallest rise in operating expenses in circulation (followed by editorial), while smaller publishers will see the lowest increase in spending against distribution and production (2.9 percent for each). center_img In 2010, the majority of large publishers spent the bulk of their tech investment on websites while smaller publishers spent the most on computer hardware and software.last_img read more