first_imgGuyana’s economy recorded real economic growth of 3.3 percent for 2016, while projected growth for 2017 is set at 3.5 percent, according to the IMF Country Report on Guyana, which was recently concluded.A point of interest to note is that the projected growth set by the IMF cited that macroeconomic outlook for 2017 is positive in the medium term. In essence, this validates the arguments I presented last week, wherein I alluded to the short-sighted policies pursued by the current administration and said they will inevitably cost the economy long-term economic development deprivation.While the IMF set a decent projection of 3.5 growth for 2017, the Economic Policy Analysis Unit of the Ministry of Finance set an ambitious target growth of 3.8 percent, which is expected to be driven by growth in the mining, quarrying and services sectors.What is economic growth?Economic growth is defined as the rate of increase in economic output. It must also be noted that when we speak of economic growth, this is further broken down into two dimensions – potential growth and actual growth. Potential growth is simply the percentage annual increase in the economy’s capacity to produce, or the rate at which the economy could grow. Actual growth refers to the percentage annual increase in national output, or GDP (Gross Domestic Product). An efficient, skilled and competent government therefore, against this premise, needs to configure macroeconomic policies to articulately achieve maximum output, or growth potentials within the framework of the national economy’s capacity to grow. Capacity in Guyana’s context means, the resources at our disposal; for example, natural resources such as gold, bauxite, arable land (agriculture), institutional capacity, human capital and so on.With this in mind, Guyana’s economy constitutes several productive sectors; namely, Agriculture (rice & sugar); forestry; Mining and Quarrying (bauxite & gold); Manufacturing, and the Services Sector which includes the financial sector. As at the first quarter of 2017, the economy registered uneven growth in sectorial output relative to the corresponding period last year (BoG quarterly report, 2017). The Agriculture sector recorded 51.5 percent increased production in rice, while sugar contracted by 33.8 percent on account of operational constraints, closure of Wales estate, and lower market prices.Making sense of the economy’s overall performance, it must be noted that while the economy grew on average by some 3 percent, by the end of the third quarter, projected growth will have to be revised downwards, especially if the Government proceed with their touted plans to close more estates. This is in light of the recent IMF report on Guyana’s economy, which was recently released in the press. And I therefore need not regurgitate the findings and concerns highlighted therein.Instead, I shall examine the efficacy of Government’s fiscal policies – that should be developed to influence national economic growth. In this respect, it is imperative that I briefly revert to a recently concluded topic this column dealt with extensively – i.e. the sugar industry and GuySuCo. I recently read the Agriculture Minister stating that there is no need to advance further debate on sugar, wherein he posited that the Government expended billion annually to keep GuySuCo afloat, and also boldly stated that the money could have gone to increase public servants’ salaries.(Permit me to divert a bit here, this article featured in Guyana Times dated July 7, 2017 the figure of billion quoted by the Minister, might I mention respectfully, is incorrect. It would appear that ministers of Government have adopted a new habit of misleading the nation by quoting, on key economic matters, exorbitantly high figures manufactured out of the sky. The realistic figure of Government’s injection into GuyuCo is estimated at about billion annually, and not billion).Against the backdrop of the extensive work I just concluded in this column, and critiquing the White Paper (akin to a high school pupil’s essay), I find this position ridiculously hilarious. The 0M spent annually on unnecessary presidential advisors could be used for increases in public servants’ salaries.Now, a government’s responsibility should not be based on a business model – meaning the approach taken on the GuySuCo fiasco, basing it on profit and loss. How do you define profit and loss in this context is what is important. The cost on the economy – social and economic impacts — should be the focus for governments. Governments need to understand that their fundamental role is to manage the economy; and in doing so, they need to create policies that would enable the environment and fuel economic growth. Heavy taxation and taking away thousands of jobs are the reverse of such an objective. When we look at our neighbour Trinidad & Tobago, for example, the Trinidad/Tobago Government have injected billions of dollars into Caribbean Airlines — an estimated TT billion — between the periods 2011-2015 (equivalent to Gy billion, or US8M). This is a state-owned entity, but Government injected the funds just to keep it going. LIAT is another airline that benefits form government subsidies for the same reasons. Why did they find this necessary? Because they have recognised its role as having national importance to their countries. Hence every effort needs to be undertaken to keep it going. Likewise, GuySuCo and sugar is of national importance to Guyana, and a similar approach is imperative.Further, if Government wishes to increase public servants’ salaries, here are some decent suggestions: Government officials have accorded to themselves increases in benefits and allowances that will cost the nation in excess of 0M annually, the Durban Park Project came up close to B dollars, and the subsidies given for the supply of electricity to Linden amount to hundreds of millions also. These are classic examples of expenditure that are truly bleeding the nation.(For comments, questions and responses on articles featured in this column, readers can reach the author at read more

first_imgBefore midnight last Friday the world was alarmed by the massacre of over 123 people as a result of a spate of indiscriminate shootings and suicide bomb blasts in the center of France’s glittering capital, Paris.As people enjoyed a casual Friday evening witnessing a concert and having dinner and drinks in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, gunmen and women, who claimed to be Islamists, with deadly automatic weapons, stormed the Bataclan Theatre and neighboring cafes, shooting people at random. In the end, 123 people were counted dead and over 352 people wound, 99 of whom are in critical condition.As predicted by most political and security watchers, the Islamic State (IS), whose trademark is ruthless kidnapping, killing and indiscriminate destruction, immediately claimed responsibility for the massacre.How long can the world be expected to put up with this Islamic State which, since it declared itself a caliphate in June 2014 after acquiring huge tracts of land in Syria and Iraq, has been noted for barbarity, mass killings, abductions and beheadings?But before tackling this question, we must ask another: how did the Middle East become so terribly destabilized? Without claiming to be experts in international affairs, we can say without fear of contradiction that the root of the problem has been the shortsighted policies of some Western governments, notably the United States, which perennially and blindly backed some of the most oppressive Islamic regimes, such as Iran. The USA’s backing of the Shah of Iran for so long because of oil, led to the popular Iranian Revolution in 1979 and the invasion of the US embassy in November of that year, the taking over 60 hostages, leading to the fall of the Carter administration.The second major American mistake was President George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq, against the better judgment of many other nations and tens of millions of his own fellow Americans. But no, GW had to invade Iraq, to avenge the alleged attempt by Saddam Hussein to kill young Bush’s father. And GW carried out his ruthless invasion under a false pretext, that Saddam had a stockpile of “weapons of mass destruction.”One of the most painful consequences of that invasion was what happened to the Christian churches in many parts of the Middle East, especially Iraq and Syria. These churches had existed since the time of Peter and the other early Christian fathers. Remember, Saul, who later became the eminent Apostle Paul, was, shortly following the crucifixion of Christ, on his way to Damascus, the Syrian capital, to kill Christians. Saul was suddenly struck down by a voice from Heaven asking the very serious question, “Saul, Saul, why persecuteth thou me?”The rest is history. Saul was led to a man named Ananias, who restored Saul’s sight, renamed him Paul – who went on to become the church’s greatest Apostle. Christians have had a presence in the Middle East ever since.Say what you may of Saddam Hussein, but though himself a Muslim, he was committed to religious tolerance and vigorously protected the Christians in Iraq. Today the Christians have been run out of Iraq, and Syria, by the Islamic State. Does this make George W. Bush look like the anti Christ? Only history will tell.Another problem that has caused the Middle East to be destabilized is America’s blind support of Israel and its ruthless atrocities inflicted upon the Palestinians. This is one of the primary causes of the hate and resentment Washington experiences throughout the Middle East and the Islamic world. Heaven knows when this will end, for America seems to believe that Israel can do no wrong. Washington has done nothing to stop the Israelis from occupying Palestinian land.Perhaps the most serious cause of instability in the Middle East is Syrian President Assad who, because of his lust for power, has effectively destroyed his country and caused his own people so much pain, distress and anguish. It is he more than anyone else that has given rise to the ruthless and bloodthirsty Islamic caliphate.Finally, we lay a lot of the blame for the power that IS now has at the feet of President Barrack Obama and his timid approach to the Syrian crisis. Surely the USA is the world’s most powerful nation and leader of the also powerful Western alliance. We firmly believe that Obama, backed his committed partners, Britain, France, Germany, the EU, could have nipped IS in the bud from its very beginning. But oh! The problem of indecisiveness and the terrible consequences it is now wreaking.How long will indecisiveness cause innocent people to suffer and die?France and all other European nations, the USA and Russia must mount a joint response to terrorism from wherever it comes. Evil can be defeated, and defeated it must be. But also, America and its allies MUST be more sincere and more proactive and decisive in their dealing with the Palestinian issue. There can be no real peace in the Middle East—or anywhere else—until the Palestinian problem is fully and decisively resolved.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgThe United Nations Children’s Fund in partnership with the Government of Japan and the Ministry of Education (MOE) has handed over the first senior high school built in Nyehn Town Community, Todee Electoral District#1, Montserrado County.The school built at a price tag of US$116,000 is expected to promote quality higher education in the area.The handover ceremony of the Nyehn Town Primary School campus was held on Thursday, August 21, in Nyehn Town.The Nyehn Town Primary School was established in 1943 by William Siaka Freeman, under the name William Siaka Freeman Memorial Institute. The school started as a pre-elementary school with classes from kindergarten to 3rd grade.At the turn over ceremony, UNICEF Country Representative to Liberia, Sheldon Yett, expressed the entity gratefulness to have partnered with the MOE and the Government of Japan to construct and now unveil the new school building for the children of Nyehn Town.The newly constructed seven classrooms contains other department such as teachers’ lounge, principal’s office, storeroom, toilets for boys and girls, hand pump for clean safe drinking water, hand washing facilities and furniture for students and teachers.Mr. Yett said it is the fulfillment of the Government of Japan and UNICEF to ensure that Nyehn Town gets better education for their children.“As you know, the school has not had adequate space for all the students, but the new buildings and the facilities will therefore help ensure that there are adequate spaces to accommodate all the students.The school caters to over 660 students with half of them being boys, while girls from 13 other towns and nearby villages in the district have also enrolled. For that, Mr. Yett described it an encouraging sign that an equal number of girls and boys would continue their academic sojourn and remain happy.The UNICEF Representative said as part of their commitment to help put in place the right infrastructure that would create a safe child-friendly learning environment, which as the first step towards improving education in the community.He added that the success of school will depend on the students, parents and the community itself.Mr. Yett used the occasion and called on parents to commit their children to start school at the right age. He also challenges them to take the responsibility as parents to make sure their children receive the education they deserved.For his part the Minister of Education George Werner, thanked UNICEF and the Japanese Government for the support to the Government and people of LiberiaFollowing the minister’s observation of the student’s spelling bee competition, he disclosed that from the level of their performance showed that the students are very bright.Minister Werner disclosed that between 500-600 schools in the country are yet to be reconditioned to provide the needy environment for learning.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgCalifornians sweltering in the third day of a summer hot spell were told that the quake did not affect any transmission lines or power generation at the two nuclear generating units operated by Southern California Edison at San Onofre, about 25 miles from the epicenter. A strong shock was felt in Riverside, about 25miles northeast of the epicenter. The quake was also felt as far away as Marina del Rey and Porter Ranch in the north San Fernando Valley. The epicenter is near, and about 1.6 miles beneath, the summit of Santiago Peak, the largest peak in the Santa Ana Mountains range east of Orange County. Ten aftershocks ranging from magnitude 1.6 to 2.5 rattled the mountain range in the two hours following the main shock, which hit at 10:29 a.m. “There were no injuries reported to us at this time, ” said Jody Hagemann, spokeswoman for the Riverside County Fire Department. “When there’s an earthquake over 4.3, we send out an order to all of the stations so firefighters take all of their apparatus out of the basement until we are sure that everything is cleared.” “We haven’t heard about any injuries related to the earthquake at this time,” said Sgt. Denver Saucier of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. He also did not receive reports of any damage. The Orange County sheriff’s office had no initial reports of damage. The quake’s epicenter was near the Riverside-Orange County line in an uninhabited wilderness area of the Cleveland National Forest. Santiago Peak is a major radio relay site for public services, but there were no reports of damage there. Police dispatchers at several agencies in northern San Diego County said they did not feel the earthquake and did not get any calls about it until a reporter called. An Escondido police dispatcher said, “It just felt like a low rumble.” But people in Corona, about 10 miles north of the epicenter, said they felt a strong jolt.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMBLOR: Epicenter was under Santa Ana Mountains, but the shock extended as far as Marina del Rey. By City News Service LAKE ELSINORE – A magnitude 4.7 earthquake rattled southern California at 10:29a.m. Sunday, and was centered under the Santa Ana mountain range about 50 miles southeast of the Los Angeles Civic Center. Geologists confirmed preliminary automated reports that the earthquake’s epicenter was eight miles west-northwest of the Riverside County city of Lake Elsinore. last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office said it couldn’t judge how long ago those victims – tentatively identified as three men and a woman – died. “They could have been out there a while,” said Paul Parker, a medical examiner’s spokesman. The area was burned by the Harris Fire, the same blaze that killed a 52-year-old man who refused to leave his house in nearby Tecate Sunday. About 24,000 homes remained threatened Thursday, as several major fires were no more than 30 percent contained in San Diego County and the Lake Arrowhead mountain resort area. Still, tens of thousands of people evacuated earlier were allowed home. Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted for most residential areas of San Diego. Evacuees responded by abandoning emergency shelters. Qualcomm Stadium, which had housed as many as 10,000 people, would be closed as an evacuation center today, San Diego’s mayor said. SAN DIEGO – On a day when firefighters methodically beat back several of the wildfires menacing Southern California and thousands of evacuees were allowed home, authorities said Thursday they had found the bodies of six people burned by the flames. The discoveries in the ashes of two fires that ravaged the San Diego area highlighted the contrasts: While shelters were emptying and threatened homes were spared, the full extent of destruction is still being tallied and several new areas were evacuated ahead of blazes that firefighters hadn’t corralled. Sheriff’s deputies found the bodies of a couple in their hilltop home in suburban Escondido. Later in a day that included a visit from President George W. Bush, Border Patrol agents found four charred bodies in what was believed to be a migrant camp east of San Diego, near the Mexican border. A mandatory evacuation order was lifted for Ramona, where 10,000 homes had been evacuated, after homeowners pressured officials, reasoning that the danger had passed. The concern had been an insufficient water supply, said San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – fleeing residents had left on their sprinklers and hoses, draining a local reservoir. During a visit to one of the hardest hit areas, Bush put his arm around Kendra Jeffcoat, one of the many people who had lost their homes. “We want to let you know that the American people care for people like you who are suffering,” he said as Jeffcoat fought back tears. “We appreciate your spirit, we really do. I think all of us who met you were very impressed by your determination to deal with this tough moment in your life and rebuild your lives.” As Bush spoke in San Diego County’s suburban Rancho Bernardo area, firefighters aided by calmer winds and cooler temperatures continued to fight fires that have raced over 487,000 acres – about 761 square miles – since they began breaking out late Saturday. Firefighters already have contained several large Los Angeles County blazes. Meanwhile, some areas remained off limits. And evacuation orders were being issued, including in an area south of San Diego where rural communities on the Mexican border were under threat. At their height, this week’s fires forced more than 500,000 people to flee, the largest mass evacuation in California history. In the Lake Arrowhead resort area, where two wildfires had destroyed more than 300 homes, fire officials said 16,000 homes were still threatened Thursday. Both fires remained out of control, but were being bombarded by aerial tankers and helicopters. The bodies of John Christopher Bain, 58, and his 55-year-old wife, Victoria Fox, were discovered hours apart, on Wednesday and Thursday, in the rubble of their Escondido home. Neighbors told officials they last saw the couple around midnight Monday when they told them to evacuate.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgThree years after withdrawing its pain medication Vioxx from the market, Merck has agreed to pay $4.85 billion to settle 45,000 lawsuits by people who claim they or their family members suffered injury or died after taking the drug, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. The settlement, one of the largest ever in civil litigation, comes after nearly two dozen trials in states from New Jersey to California. After losing a $253 million verdict in the first case, Merck has won most of the rest of the cases that reached juries. The settlement does not end the government investigations that Merck faces, which include both federal and state inquiries. But the settlement will put to rest any fears that Vioxx lawsuits might bankrupt the company, which has already spent almost $2 billion defending itself, or even have a significant financial impact. While eye-popping, the settlement payment represents less than one year’s profits for the company, the third-largest American drug maker. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre For plaintiffs, the settlement will provide a measure of vindication and financial relief. But the amount is far smaller than Wall Street analysts and lawyers predicted when Merck withdrew Vioxx, and especially after the verdict in the first case. Merck withdrew Vioxx in September 2004, after a clinical trial proved that it increased the risks of heart attacks and strokes. But internal company documents showed that Merck’s scientists were concerned about the risks of Vioxx several years earlier. The settlement vindicates Merck’s risky decision to take cases to trial rather than agree to a quick, early settlement. By aggressively defending itself, Merck exposed the weaknesses in many plaintiffs’ cases. Some plaintiffs could not prove they had taken the drug, and others had many other risk factors for heart attacks. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgFrancis Diver from Derrybeg, Co. Donegal won €37,000 on the National Lottery Winning Streak Game Show on RTE, on Saturday 11 January 2014. Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were, from left to right: Sinead Kennedy, game show co-host; Francis Diver, the winning player; Peter Plunkett, Head of IT, The National Lottery and Marty Whelan, game show co-host. The winning ticket was bought from Spar, Derrybeg, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyA Derrybeg man has scooped €37,000 on the National Lottery’s Winng Streak Gameshow and now plans to replace his ‘banger’ with a new car!Frances Diver, of Carrickataskin, Derrybeg, wa delighted with his win.Frances was born and reared in Carrickataskin. He and his wife Brid have been married for the past 45 years. They have four sons. Their son Kieran is married to Ann Frances and they live in Philadelphia. They have four granddaughters and one grandson.Frances is a pensioner. In addition to working he played music all his life, first in a Céilí band in the 50s and later in the show bands. He played bass guitar with the band called Margo and The Keynotes.He purchased the Scratch Card and never misses the show.He couldn’t move when he heard his name read out – he just sat there dumbfounded! Nowadays Francis is interested in playing golf and indoor bowls.He feels like he is fairly lucky and definitely not unlucky. He is not bothered with any lucky charms.He plans to treat himself to a new car as he is driving a banger at the moment! He also plans to give some of the winnings to his wife Brid.   DONEGAL MAN WHO SCOOPED €37K ON WINNING STREAK PLANS TO BUY NEW CAR was last modified: January 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:carFrances DiverWinning Streaklast_img read more

first_imgMurray arrived in Glasgow with little in the tank and those reserves were depleted significantly by a defeat to Juan Martin del Potro on day one that lasted five hour and seven minutes.He added another two hours and 55 minutes in partnering brother Jamie to a doubles victory on Saturday to keep the defending champions in the tie.But the weary Murray that Pella no doubt hoped to be facing was nowhere to be seen as the 29-year-old fizzed a backhand into the corner to break for 3-1.He wrapped up the opening set with an ace and then broke serve again to start the second.Pella battled to save six break points in the third game, at one point shrugging his shoulders in the direction of captain Daniel Orsanic.But no answers were forthcoming and Murray broke again to win the set.Murray’s physical state became apparent early in the third set when he started to stretch out his legs, and after the third game he left the court for treatment from physio Shane Annun.He jogged back on several minutes later to the relief of the 8,000-strong crowd and Pella gave his opponent a helping hand with a poor game as he was broken once again.There was no way back for the Argentinian and Murray took victory on his first match point when Pella netted a forehand. World number 49 Pella had been impressive in defeating Kyle Edmund on day one to give the visitors a 2-0 lead but Murray ruthlessly exploited his lack of weapons.The victory, which took two hours and 11 minutes, meant Britain’s hopes of a second successive Davis Cup final rested on the shoulders of Dan Evans.Murray said: “It’s obviously great. We were in a lot of trouble a couple of days ago but this was the best we could have hoped for and now Dan’s got a chance to get the job done.”On his injury, the 29-year-old said: “I just have a lot of pain in my right quad. I need a rest. I’ve played so much tennis this summer.” Andy Murray battled through the pain barrier to beat Guido Pella and send Great Britain’s Davis Cup semi-final against Argentina to a deciding fifth rubber.After more than eight hours of tennis already in this tie and on the back of a gruelling summer, it was amazing the world number two even had the energy to drag himself onto the court at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.But, with the atmosphere having stepped up yet another notch, he did a lot more than that and raced to a 6-3 6-2 6-3 victory over an outclassed Pella.On the face of it, it was straightforward, but Murray spent much of the third set wincing and needed an off-court injury time-out.last_img read more

first_imgSt Johnstone manager Tommy Wright has said that referee Andrew Dallas’ decision to send off David Wotherspoon in his side’s 1-0 loss at Hearts was “ridiculous” and criticised the official’s overall handling of the game.Wotherspoon was shown two yellow cards in the space of just seven second-half minutes and left his side a man down for the final half hour of the match at Tynecastle.Wright said Hearts captain Christophe Berra received more lenient status and implied that the players international factor made a difference.However, despite having criticised Dallas previously, he won’t be taking the matter up with Scottish FA head of refereeing John Fleming. Wright was also unhappy at seeing a penalty claim denied in the first half when Berra appeared to block a header with his arm.“I don’t mind the penalty not being given if the decision was that it wasn’t intentional,” added Wright. “But Andrew Dallas clearly pointed to his shoulder when everyone could see it was a handball.” “Christophe Berra got away with fouls all day and doesn’t get talked to,” said Wright. “Then he sends David off when we thought it was a foul by the Hearts player [Adao]. But Berra plays for Scotland and David doesn’t. “I don’t want to make it ‘the Andrew Dallas show’ because he made enough of that out there. “I’m certainly not going to be phoning John Fleming about him because I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been on to him about Andrew Dallas. Luckily he’s not in charge for either of our next two games. “Even after the ridiculous decision to send David off, we responded well and still should have got something out of the game.” last_img read more

first_imgAdditional inventory of the vehicle revealed another loaded 20-gauge shotgun, .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, marijuana, and other drug paraphernalia.  Jacobs was incarcerated, and additional criminal charges are pending. Indiana Conservation Officers arrested a man yesterday in rural Crawford County while investigating an illegal hunting complaint. Peter Jacobs (36) of English, was charged with Possession of a Firearm by Serious Violent Felon, Possession of Handgun by Domestic Batterer, Carrying Handgun without License, and Possession of Marijuana.     The following day, Indiana Conservation Officer Dennis Talley observed Jacobs driving the same vehicle with false and fictitious plates on Oak Hill Road near Eckerty, and initiated a traffic stop.  Jacobs was taken into custody, and a male passenger was found to have a loaded 12-gauge shotgun between his legs.  Indiana Conservation Officers encourage citizens to report illegal hunting activity by calling ICO Central Dispatch at 812-837-9536, or their anonymous tip line at 1-800-TIPIDNR (monetary rewards offered).center_img All charges are merely accusations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. Just after 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, ICO Dispatch received a report of illegal deer hunting involving shots fired from a blue Dodge Dakota in the Mitchell Creek area of the Hoosier National Forest, outside of Eckerty. The caller identified the suspect as Peter Jacobs.last_img read more