SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (CMC): World champion Lewis Hamilton equalled the legendary Ayrton Senna with 80 podium finishes, as he cruised to victory in yesterday’s Belgian Grand Prix. The Brit, who started on pole, took the chequered flag in one hour, 23.40 minutes, to beat Mercedes teammate and main title rival Nico Rosberg into second and record his sixth win of the Formula One season and the 39th of an already stellar career. Lotus’ Romain Grosjean finished third for the troubled outfit’s first podium in two years. “It’s been incredible. The whole circuit just packed out with all you fans. So thank you all for coming. And for me, just an amazing weekend again,” a thrilled Hamilton said afterwards. “Incredible job done by the team throughout the pit stops, throughout the whole weekend, the guys back at the factory … . You know, today was a dream. The whole weekend, the car was fantastic. So thank you guys.” Starting on pole, Hamilton got away well, while Rosberg, second on the grid, struggled and fell behind Force India’s Sergio Perez and Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull. By the time he reclaimed second spot, Hamilton was nearly nine seconds clear and controlled the race to the end. “Nico had obviously good pace, but I was able to answer most of the time. So I was fairly relaxed at the front,” said Hamilton, whose paternal grandparents hail from Grenada. “The car, was feeling great, and it was really about looking after the tyres, particularly at the end when I saw that one of the tyres had blown on another car. I was being very cautious. So in the last two laps, Nico was allowed to close the gap.” With the win, Hamilton moved to 227 points, 28 clear of Rosberg.
Security Sector Reform ProgrammeHaving received the analysis of the needs assessment that was conducted by a United Kingdom mission earlier this year, President David Granger has outlined that the revived Security Sector Reform Programme (SSRP)President David Granger along with UK Minister of the Caribbean James Duddridge (right) and British High Commissioner to Guyana Gregory Quinn following the meeting on Tuesday eveningwill focus on enhancing the Guyana Police Force.Updating media operatives on a meeting he had with the British officials, the Guyanese Head of State noted that the analysis done examined the security needs of the country with a view of restoring some form of security cooperation before Guyana and the UK.However, Granger noted that strengthening the Police Force and policing activities on the whole was the main concern of his Administration, so the SSRP would be centred on this.“The main thrust of the SSRP would be improving the Police Force, improving law enforcement particularly in terms of interdicting the serious crimes such as gun running, narco trafficking and other forms of criminality such as murders, executions – and also looking at strengthening the CID (Criminal Investigations Department),” the President stated.The analysis report was handed over to the President by UK Minister of Africa, Caribbean and Overseas Territories, James Duddridge, who is currently on a familiarisation tour in the Caribbean as part of Britain’s renewed efforts to strengthen relations with the Caribbean Region.During a meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron in September last year, President Granger requested that the multimillion-dollar Reform Programme be revived. But, before the Programme can kick into effect, a new assessment had to be done since the security sector in Guyana has changed significantly since the last assessment was done.The assessment was completed in the first quarter of the year. The analysis that was prepared by the UK assessment mission focused on the current state of the local security sector and contains an action plan going forward as well as how the UK Government could assist in executing the plan.However, British High Commissioner to Guyana Gregory Quinn noted that the Guyana Government would consider the report and then say what areas it wanted the UK to help with.“This is not a case of us producing a report and saying ‘this is what you’re going to do and this is when you’re going to do it and this is how you’re going to do it’. It’s ‘here is the situation, we’re here to help you on this and we’ll come and to talk to you, after you digest the report, to see what the next steps are in terms of what we can do,” Quinn explained at a press briefing on Tuesday.Moreover, Minister Duddridge added that the UK stood ready to help the Guyanese Government to carry out some of the actions advised in the analysis and have expertise on hand to assist. Additionally, he pointed out that international partners were also there to help since the UK may not be readily available as it related to proximity and availability of resources among other areas.