Senior’s weakness for scams may be warning sign of dementia

first_imgFILE – In this May 19, 2015, file photo, a doctor points to PET scan results that are part of a study on Alzheimer’s disease at a hospital in Washington. Scientists know that long before the memory problems of Alzheimer’s become obvious, people experience more subtle changes in their thinking and judgment. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)WASHINGTON | Does an older friend or relative have a hard time hanging up on telemarketers? Or get excited about a “You’ve won a prize” voicemail? New research suggests seniors who aren’t on guard against scams also might be at risk for eventually developing Alzheimer’s disease.Elder fraud is a huge problem, and Monday’s study doesn’t mean that people who fall prey to a con artist have some sort of dementia brewing.But scientists know that long before the memory problems of Alzheimer’s become obvious, people experience more subtle changes in their thinking and judgment. Neuropsychologist Patricia Boyle of Rush University’s Alzheimer’s disease center wondered if one of the warning signs might be the type of judgment missteps that can leave someone susceptible to scams.“When a con artist approaches an older person, they’re looking for a social vulnerability — someone who is open to having a conversation with a complete stranger,” said Boyle. Then the older person must interpret that stranger’s intentions and emotions, with little else to go on, in deciding whether to believe what they’re peddling, she explained.Boyle turned to data from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, which operates a fraud “risk meter,” to determine behaviors that could signal scam vulnerability — things such as answering the phone when you don’t recognize the number, listening to telemarketers, finding it difficult to end unsolicited calls, being open to potentially risky investments and not realizing that seniors often face financial exploitation.Boyle studied 935 seniors, mostly in their 70s and 80s, with no known brain problems who were enrolled in a long-running memory and aging project in Chicago. They took a scam awareness questionnaire and then took yearly brain tests for an average of six years.During the study, 151 seniors were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and another 255 with mild cognitive impairment, sometimes a precursor for Alzheimer’s. The participants who’d had what Boyle calls low scam awareness at the study’s start were more likely to have developed each of those conditions than seniors who were more aware of scam vulnerability.For a closer look, the 264 participants who died during the study underwent brain autopsies. Sure enough, the lower the scam awareness at the study’s start, the more people had a buildup of sticky plaque in their brains that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s, Boyle reported in Annals of Internal Medicine.The study can’t prove a link between low scam awareness and impending decline in thinking and memory, cautioned Dr. Jason Karlawish of the University of Pennsylvania in an accompanying editorial.Karlawish described one of his own patients who confessed to a grandson, “I think I’ve been had” by a lottery scam that persuaded him to pay taxes up-front so he could receive his purported winnings. It was just too hard to hang up on the polite caller. Three years later, that patient shows no sign of cognitive impairment, said Karlawish, who said he’s flummoxed by how the clever crooks managed to rob the man.Still, the study results “should be a call to action to health care systems, the financial services industry and their regulators,” Karlawish wrote, urging further research into what he called “notable findings.”The possible scam link isn’t surprising, agreed Alzheimer’s Association vice president Beth Kallmyer, who also said it needs more research. In fact, she said seniors may be reluctant to report fraud for fear family members might suspect they were sucked in because of health problems.Dementia concerns or not, she advises seniors simply to not answer unsolicited calls or emails from people they don’t recognize, making it harder for them to be targeted.Previous research has suggested that seniors can begin to have trouble managing their finances even with aging’s normal cognitive slowing.And the rise in elder fraud has reached such a level that investment firms now are supposed to ask customers for the contact information of a “trusted person” they can alert if they suspect a case of financial exploitation. Just last week, federal agents broke up a Medicare scam that sold unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors. And every tax season the government warns people not to fall for phone calls from IRS impostors — that agency won’t call for payment.“As older people start making mistakes in financial, health care and other types of complex decisions, we do need to raise awareness and start asking, ‘Do they need some help?’” Boyle said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean someone is going to go on to develop dementia. But we should become more aware.”The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content.last_img read more

Indian Football: ISL Transfer News, Indian Arrows get their second win, and much more!!!

first_imgAdvertisement lxsnNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2zWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ervaa( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ieqWould you ever consider trying this?😱giaCan your students do this? 🌚9tchRoller skating! Powered by Firework Welcome to another installment of our Indian football news roundup. In this section, you will find all the news pertaining to Indian football that happened today. Today, we will talk about ISL transfer news and Indian Arrows’ second victory in the Hero I-League.Advertisement In the I-League, Indian Arrows registered their second win of the campaign. Furthermore, the referees’ list that will officiate in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup is also out. Surprisingly, no Indian referee figures in the list.In case you missed out our yesterday’s edition of the Indian football news roundup, you can check it out here.Advertisement Indian Arrows pip Gokulam FC to get their second win in Hero I-LeagueIndian Arrows registered their second win of the 2018-19 Hero I-LeagueIndian Arrows registered their second win of the 2018-19 Hero I-League by pipping Gokulam FC 1-0 at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. This win takes the Blue Colts to the ninth position on the table. The Malabarians, on the other hand, remains on the eighth spot.The match started on a cagey affair with the defenders winning the duel in the final third. Apart from Rahim Ali’s shot in the 30th minute which kissed the woodwork, no other promising chance was created in the first half.Advertisement Gokulam FC coach Bino George made a blunder by taking out Christian Sabah and PA Nasar, two midfielders, and bringing in two forwards, S Rajesh and Suhair VP. The Indian Arrows got the upper hand in the midfield and were rewarded in the hour mark when Guilherme Castro shoved down Vikram Pratap Singh inside the box.The referee pointed towards the spot and, Amarjit Singh Kiyam converted the penalty to give Indian Arrows a slender 1-0 lead. The AIFF Developmental side would cling onto it and grab all the three points.AFC Asian Cup 2019: No Indian referees to officiate in the tournamentNot a single Indian referee will officiate in the 2019 AFC Asian CupAsian Football Confederation, the highest governing body of football in Asia, released a list of 30 referees and 30 assistant referees for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. The list includes referees from countries like Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Singapore but not India, who are ranked ahead of them.India has six FIFA referees and eight FIFA assistant referees, who are allowed to take charge in official tournaments like the AFC Asian Cup. However, none of them even made it to the standby list.ISL Transfer news: Nongdamba Naorem pens the deal with Kerala BlastersNongdamba Naorem will play for Kerala Blasters from the next seasonMoving on to the ISL transfer news, Kerala Blasters has made their first signing since the sacking of their previous manager David James. According to Sportskeeda, Nongadamba Naorem, famously known for scoring a wonder-goal against Shillong Lajong in 2017, has signed a deal with the Kerala side.However, he will only join the Yellow Army after the 2018-19 ISL season is over. Kerala Blasters paid its parent club Minerva Punjab 10 lakhs as a transfer fee. As a part of the deal, Nongdamba Naorem will be a part of the Kerala Blasters family until the 2021-22 season.ISL Transfer news: Pritam Kotal signs with ATKPritam Kotal is back with ATKAccording to Goal.com, Indian international footballer Pritam Kotal has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with two-time ISL champions ATK. The Kolkata-based side has paid Delhi Dynamos a transfer fee of more than 15 lakhs to pen the deal.The 25-year-old will earn more than a crore each in every year as a part of the deal. Pritam Kotal is currently training with the Indian football team in UAE as part of their preparation for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. Once, the tournament is over, he will join the ATK setup.ISL Transfer news: Cavin Lobo to stay at ATKCavin Lobo is not moving to Quess East BengalDespite rumors being rife that Cavin Lobo will move to East Bengal to bolster their midfield prospects, the man has himself clarified that he will stay with ATK.In an exclusive chat with TalkSports 24×7, the 30-year-old told that it is not true. Cavin Lobo plans to stay with ATK and is working hard to break into the first team. Advertisementlast_img read more

The Wickers are on song

first_imgOUTER EAST FOOTBALL PREMIER DIVISION REVIEW – ROUND 13 On the surface, a 34-point win doesn’t appear to be anything…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription. By Nick Creely last_img

Club recognition at awards ceremony

first_imgCardinia Club has been recognised as one of the best community clubs in the state at a dazzling black-tie awards…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Rejuvenated Real face Atletico derby test

first_imgReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has weathered the storm after last week’s humiliating Champions League defeat at Paris St Germain by taking his team to the top of La Liga, but he faces another test in Saturday’s local derby at Atletico Madrid.The Frenchman came in for heavy criticism following their limp 3-0 surrender to an under-strength PSG but Real showed character to respond with a 1-0 win at early leaders Sevilla four days later.He then made eight changes to his starting lineup against Osasuna on Wednesday but still saw his side earn a 2-0 win, recalling the sweeping rotations he routinely made when Real went on to win a La Liga and Champions League double in 2016/17.Making so many alterations with the team still looking fragile was a risky move, but his first-choice players will be feeling fresher for the derby while he also has a welcome selection dilemma for the short trip to the Wanda Metropolitano.Uruguayan youngster Federico Valverde and goalscoring debutant Rodrygo Goes, 18, were among the top performers against Osasuna and their youthful energy could come in handy against Atletico, especially after more experienced players like Toni Kroos were criticised for showing a lack of intensity against PSG.Zidane was typically tight-lipped when asked what had changed in the week since the thrashing in France and stressed the uplift in results did not mean his side had ironed out all their problems.“This is just the start and we weren’t so bad last week and we’re not so good now. We just have to try and keep on this path, play with aggression and defend when we need to,” he said.“We just have to believe in what we do, because we’re going to have difficult moments again.”Atletico are one point behind Real after earning a bittersweet 2-0 win at Real Mallorca in which Diego Costa ended a six-month goal drought but his strike partner Alvaro Morata was sent off.Morata is now suspended for the derby against his former club, while Luka Modric will be missing for Real due to injury.Also on Saturday, champions Barcelona visit Getafe looking to snap a worrying run of seven away games without a win and are set to be without all-time top scorer Lionel Messi, who hurt his thigh in Tuesday’s nervy 2-1 win at home to Villarreal.last_img read more

Who Gains from Sports Commission Rentals?

first_imgIf the Sports Commission on Broad Street, first expanded for the development of Liberian basketball by Cletus S. Wortoson, will fulfill its major objective, then somebody somewhere at the Ministry of Youth & Sports should be speaking.And fast, too.For since unsuccessful attempts to secure leaders for the Liberia Basketball Federation, the outgoing administration has continued to rent the Commission and no one is speaking about what is being done with the money.That was the position of a group of aggrieved basketball stakeholders who granted an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday.“We are supposed to develop basketball,” a spokesman told the Daily Observer, “and since the Ministry of Youth & Sports has remained mute on what should happen to basketball, someone is doing business with the Sports Commission.”He said, “And no one is asking questions.”A source at the Liberia Basketball Association told the Daily Observer that the outgoing administration, under Rufus Anderson is handling all business transactions with interested performers and churches.“The current program is from March 23-28,” posters printed by the church reported to save souls for Christ.“We are supposed to play basketball at the Sports Commission and since we are unable to reach a common ground and the Ministry of Sports is also not helping the process, basketball must suffer,” said an angry basketball player.He said the Ministry of Youth & Sports must set out clear instructions to all those interested to develop basketball without fear or favor.“If the outgoing officials don’t seem to agree with aggrieved stakeholders on the way forward and vice versa,” he said, “the Ministry must look into it and make the right decision for basketball.”So while the leadership crisis is lingering, the LBA administration continues to rent the Sports Commission, and aggrieved stakeholders are asking, “What is happening to the money?”Though no official source could confirm what was being done with the money, a young man who refused to identify himself yesterday informed the Daily Observer that “Everything is being done by Mr. Anderson and his team.”“All I know is that Mr. Anderson is handling matters concerning the Sports Commission’s rentals,” he added. Though with the inactive action of the Ministry of Youth & Sports to make it happen, many observers are wondering how long the fate of basketball will be allowed to hang in a balance.Someone yesterday suggested churches having programs at the Sports Commission must pray to redeem basketball.A telephone contact to the Ministry of Youth responded, “The Ministry is not overlooking the basketball situation and will come down with a decision very soon.”But how soon, is what many observers may want to know to get basketball into the hands of those who are prepared to die for its development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Big league ballparks broil as heat wave in US grips much of majors

first_imgMRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station On Friday night, All-Star pitcher Jake Odorizzi struggled with the A’s lineup and the humid setting.“It was only like pitching in a rain forest,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Fans use umbrella hats to protect themselves from the sun during the sixth inning of a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Colorado Rockies Saturday, July 20, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)At Wrigley Field, misters in the back of the bleachers tried to cool the crowd. At Yankee Stadium, only one player took batting practice on the field. In Cleveland, rules were relaxed on what fans could bring into the park.Even for a sport that promotes high heat, Saturday was a scorcher across the majors. The National Weather Service said it was part of “a dangerous heat wave” gripping much of the country.ADVERTISEMENT Benefits of township living MOST READ ‘An inspiration to Filipinos’: AFP, PNP laud Pacquiao for win vs Thurman Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summercenter_img All over, portal bench coolers helped teams in hot spots, while umpires ducked off the field between innings to stay fresh.At Comerica Park, where the scoreboard showed 94 degrees about an hour before Detroit hosted Toronto, there was a message on the markerboard in the Tigers clubhouse saying the team would do its work indoors because of the heat.“We’re not going to be silly. Just let them hit in the cages, and hopefully we’ll be ready to play the game. I think we hit enough. We take enough groundballs,” Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said.By the fourth inning, it had cooled off a bit, with heavy rain causing a delay.At Progressive Field, the Cleveland Indians eased the regulations on what fans could carry into the ballpark. Empty thermos bottles were permitted for the game against Kansas City.“They didn’t have Gatorade when I played,” Royals manager Ned Yost recalled. “No, we didn’t have the knowledge about hydration back then. It was take a couple salt pills and drink a little bit of water. We didn’t know anything about hydrating.”The Red Sox didn’t take batting practice Friday or Saturday, and planned to skip the session Sunday in Baltimore.“You’ve got to be smart in the way you spend your energy,” manager Alex Cora said. “It’s that part of the schedule. We knew we were going to run into something like this. And we did.”The weather began to break in some spots.A day after it was 94 when Minnesota hosted Oakland — the second-hottest start in Target Field’s 10-year history — it was about 20 degrees cooler in the Twin Cities. For those sitting in the stands with no cover, it was hard to take.Jaclyn Jendrisak, 31, was in town from St. Louis for a bachelor/bachelorette party. Fortunately for her group, the Cubs created a cooling station in right field.“Standing in the shade, have some air conditioning blowing on us. We’re sticking to water and not having beer. It’s helping a little bit,” she said.The thermometer read 94 in New York, too, the hottest for a Yankees game this season.The Yankees set up supplemental hydration stadiums in all three decks and the bleachers, and made announcements over the public address system reminding fans to keep drinking water.Chris Del Vecchio, 33, from Verona, New Jersey, and his pal Bruna Silva walked around the ballpark with bags of ice on their neck and shoulders as the Yankees topped Colorado 11-5.“Sitting in the bleachers is where our seats are and we made it about two innings, they scored about six runs, so it kind of extended those innings and made it seem a little longer. But, it’s pretty brutal out there,” Del Vecchio said.Injured Yankees outfielder Cameron Maybin was the only player who took BP on the field. In the steamy conditions, Colorado’s Tony Wolters had the bat accidentally slip from his hands on a swing and sail into the Yankees dugout.Rockies star third baseman Nolan Arenado exited in the late innings with a leg cramp, presumably caused by the weather.“It was fine when we were walking on the grass, but as soon as you got to the plate it was like a cone of heat. It was awful,” Yankees catcher Austin Romine said. “It was a struggle out there.” Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ “I told Chance, I don’t want him hustling on and off the field. I want to see him walking,” Hyde said. “When you’re a catcher in these type of games, it’s not easy. After the eighth inning, his face was beet red.”It was 97 degrees for the first pitch and no relief in sight, either. The temperature was forecast to top 100 for Sunday afternoon’s series finale.At Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, where it was a sizzling 94 as the Reds played St. Louis, the stadium PA system got in the swing, sort of. The pregame songs? “Let It Snow” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” among others with winter-sounding titles.In Chicago, where it also was 94 when the Cubs started against San Diego, there was a big ovation in the seventh inning — for the weather.That’s when the wind suddenly shifted and began blowing in. The temperature immediately dropped and many in the crowd of 40,314 cheered the wind in the Windy City.ADVERTISEMENT From the Northeast through the Midwest, no player, manager or umpire was spared as temperatures soared near triple digits in big league broilers.Hours before Baltimore played Boston at sweltering Camden Yards, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde pulled aside starting catcher Chance Sisco and issued a stiff directive.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I told Chance, ‘Do not go outside until the game starts,’” Hyde said.Sisco went all nine innings Friday night and was in the lineup again while backup Pedro Severino recovers from an illness. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Long knives…

first_img…at Foreign AffairsA decade ago, who would have thought that Guyana would be getting top billing in the media of every developed country in the world? The massive oil finds by Exxon did the job, and while we rightfully scrutinise Raphael Trotman’s role in the giving away of the store on the “negotiations”, we have to admit we’re getting some really good publicity as the world now beats a path to our door.But just as we’re becoming known in the world for something other than Jonestown and its 900+ suicides, the caretaker PNC government has decided to shake up the entire edifice of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Now, why would they want to go down this road, when the interests of our country in the international arena demand heightened protection?? Didn’t Trotman himself give the excuse of the Venezuelan border controversy as the reason he didn’t look at the fine print?? And isn’t the World Court going to decide in March as to whether they have the jurisdiction to hear the very case??The PNC’s reason for sacking the Director General is that they’ve decided to do away with the position and replace it with a Permanent Secretary!! This excuse is even lamer than the one given by Trotman for his blunder on the oil contract!! Why couldn’t the incumbent Director General be given the new designation?? Why had they at first denied that her contract wasn’t being renewed?? Then there’s the decision to recall and replace 5 ambassadors to top drawer countries like Canada and China etc.Knowing the beast we’re dealing with, we can be sure there’s more in the mortar than the pestle – and the PNC’s pestle has always been nothing to sneeze at!! So what is it since right off the bat, the PNC Government is breaking all the conventions of what a caretaker Government is supposed to do – which is just to mind the store. Not fire all the staff to rehire God knows who. But this is par for the PNC, which is willing to flout the LETTER of the Constitution, much less its spirit!!The reason for the shakeup in the Foreign Service is that, knowing they’ll be booted out come next March, they’re gonna promote some stalwarts into the now vacant positions, then cry “racism” or “witch-hunting” when the PPP has to revamp the staffing to deal with the demands of our heightened new role in the foreign arena. Remember the brouhaha when the PPP had to retool the same Ministry after the 1992 elections?? Multiply that by 1000 because of their chagrin at not getting their grubby little hands on the oil funds.The move’s a land mine for the PPP!!…in the coalitionIf you’re getting the feeling that a lot of folks in the coalition are lying low since they aren’t popping up in the dailies as you’d expect them to do with elections in the air, well, take a bow!! But why the low profile?? And the answer is that the long knives we see being wielded in Foreign Affairs are also busy at work weeding out some old faces who the PNC feels haven’t been pulling their weight.Right off the bat we know if the AFC has to throw some bodies under the bus after their renegotiated (imposed?) Accord, then imagine what folks like JFAP, NDF, NFA and WPA have to do!! Does anyone really think Jaipal Sharma’s gonna be back when it was bandied about he was about to do a Charrandas? Think about why he offered to do a Hara-Kiri! Or what about Keith Scott and his foot-in-mouth tendency?? Does anyone even KNOW what the NDA is??And we’re only talking about the fringe elements!!…against WPAJust when you thought the age of magic was long gone with Harry Potter and Hogwarts, we had the Rodney sign magically reappear at the National Archives!!Or, with Christmas in the air, is it a miracle? By a “big stick”??last_img read more

Father holds hospital culpable

first_imgDiamond hospital’s maternal deathThe father of Carol Chuniram, who died at the Diamond Diagnostic Centre (East Demerara Regional Hospital)Carol Suniramon Tuesday, during surgery to remove a dead foetus that she was carrying inside her womb for five days, is holding the hospital responsible for her death.“Which hospital would send home a woman with a dead baby inside her for five days…that is unacceptable. I don’t trust what the doctor is telling us,” Chuniram’s grieving father, Danraj Beharry told Guyana Times on Wednesday.He remarked that over the weekend his daughter started complaining about pains in her chest and numbness in her feet. “These were all signs that something was wrong, but they did nothing…when she asked if she could go to the Georgetown hospital, the doctor told her they would send her back right here…they are lying,” he lamented.Chuniram, of Cinema Street, Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, had suffered a miscarriage last Friday and was prescribed pills by a doctor at the hospital to pass out the foetus.On Wednesday, Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton stated that Chuniram, who was a mother of four, had 10 pregnancies. He stated that when she went to the hospital on Friday, the doctor noticed that the foetus was dead and so he ordered medication for her to force a delivery.Dr Norton stated that she was asked to return to the hospital on Tuesday for surgery. “During the procedure, she had a cardiac arrest…they might have succeeded in resuscitating her once, but she eventually died,” he related.The Health Minister stated that Chuniram’s death was regrettable. “Our goal is to reduce maternal deaths from last year’s figure. But we are into half of the year…and with an extra death reaching that goal does not appear favourable,” he said, adding that the sector is worried about the September-October period when the maternity wards would be filled.Only on Monday, the Minister had said Guyana’s maternal mortality rate was declining. Recently, a United Nations report disclosed that Guyana was among five countries in the Region with the highest maternal mortality rate, and among six nations where the incidence had amplified notably between 1990 and 2013.Chuniram’s death would mark Guyana’s seventh maternal mortality for the year.last_img read more

CoI hears Top Cop ordered release of alleged mastermind

first_imgAssassination claim…”did not see reason for bail” – DetectiveThe Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the alleged plot to assassinate President David Granger was told on Monday that Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud ordered the release of businessman Nizam Khan – the accused plotter; his brother, Imran Khan, and the complainant – Andrif Gillard on the night of MarchCrime Chief Wendell Blanhum29, 2017.Earlier this year, Gillard had alleged that Nizam Khan asked him to kill President Granger sometime in 2015, an allegation Khan has denied. According to Gillard, he had approached Khan to loan him $6 million, but Khan instead offered him $7 million, noting that he would not have to repay the money if he killed the President.Inspector Prem Narine, attached to the Criminal Investigation Department’s Major Crimes Unit, told the Commission that on March 29, he received a call around 19:00h from Detective Sergeant Komal Petamber informing him of a situation at the CID Headquarters, Eve Leary.Petamber was investigating the allegations made by Gillard and had brought both Gillard and Nizam Khan to CID Headquarters for a confrontation. During the confrontation, Nizam’s brother, Imran Khan, arrived and alleged that Gillard threatened to kill him at the station. He was adamant that a report be made, but was informed that the CID was not equipped to take the report, but a message would be sent to the Brickdam Police Station and they would do the necessary. This incensed the man and he became aggressive towards the Police Officers, and he was subsequently taken into custody. Imran Khan was processed and he had a licensed firearm in his possession, which was confiscated and lodged.Inspector Narine related that after he received the call about the incident, he madeInspector Prem Narinehis way to Eve Leary and upon arrival, he cautioned Imran Khan who calmed down. “Later, I can’t recall the exact time, I received a call from Commissioner of Police, Mr Seelall Persaud; he asked me what was happening in relation to the matter and I told him there was Imran Khan at the station behaving in a certain manner. I told him that we have his brother, Nizam Khan in custody in relation to the allegation of Mr Gillard,” he related.“I told him also that there were allegations by Imran Khan, Nizam Khan and Mr Gillard they were threatened by each other and as a result, everyone was in custody at that time because of the report of the threats. He then instructed that I send Mr Imran Khan on his own recognisance and place the other persons on bail,” Narine added.The Inspector told the CoI that following the Top Cop’s instructions he released Imran Khan and placed Gillard and Nizam Khan on bail, which they subsequently posted. He further revealed that Police Commissioner Persaud had also instructed him to return the Khan brothers’ licensed firearms to them and he complied.CoI Commissioner Paul Slowe asked Narine if he felt the Police Commissioner’s instructions were inappropriate, to which he admitted they were “a little” inappropriate.Not my responsibilityCrime Chief Wendell Blanhum also appeared before the Commissioners and he said that on March 29, he received a call from the Public Security Ministry informing him of the alleged plot. The caller, a female, told him that Gillard was at the Ministry making the accusations. He related that he immediately made contact with Divisional Commander Clifton Hicken.“I explained to him (Hicken) the story that was being told to me and I also requested, based on the serious nature of the allegation, I requested none other than the Divisional Detective Officer in charge of crime, A Division Superintendent Michael Kingston,” he explained.He further stated that he summoned head of the Major Crimes Unit, Mitchell Caesar, and the interviewee, Gillard who related the alleged plot and an investigation was subsequently launched. A 17-page statement was taken from Gillard and investigations progressed.Blanhum related that because of the nature of the allegation, a decision was taken to have the Major Crimes Unit investigate the matter, and he added that he received several reports of Gillard frustrating the investigation.He said the Police’s Legal Adviser, retired Justice Claudette Singh, SC, did not recommend any charges be made in the matter because the evidence was tenuous and there was simply nothing to charge anyone with.As his testimony continued, the Crime Chief clashed with Commissioner Slowe when he was asked whether he checked to ensure that a record was made of the incident in the A Division log. Blanhum said that he was not responsible for finding out whether proper records were documented, explaining that he functioned at the executive level of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) and there were supervisors and other ranks below him who were tasked with those responsibilities.He also related that he did not find it strange that the men were released less than 24 hours following the commencement of the investigation. Slowe and Blanhum clashed once more when the CoI Commissioner asked the Crime Chief why the matter was not being treated as treason, but he explained that the offence was treated as incitement to commit murder although the President was involved, citing that he relied on facts and not feelings.In June, President Granger decided to launch a CoI into the alleged plot to assassinate him and named former Police Commissioner Paul Slowe as Chairman of the Commission.last_img read more