2016 with a bangDefending Clarendon knockout champions Jamalco opened up their campaign for the 2015-2016 Noel Arscott Knockout competition with a resounding 6-1 win over Treadlight.Dwayne Dunk opened the scoring in the 21st minute with a well-taken shot and was again on target in the 36th minute. Andrew ‘Joysie’ Isaacs scored on the stroke of half-time to give Jamalco a 3-0 lead at the interval. Joysie secured his brace in the 49th minute to send Jamalco further ahead.Treadlight reduced the margin in the 57th minute, but Renoir ‘Woody’ Elliott scored in the 73rd minute and Erron ‘Sir B’ Brown in the 79th minute (directly from a corner kick) to extend the margin of victory.Henriques starts rally next monthHorizon Park Primary School will make a second attempt to host its netball rally, which is scheduled for next month on the school grounds, starting at 8 a.m. The organisers said that they had to postpone the initial staging because of matters beyond their control. They also promised that the event would be “unique, thanks to the special arrangements and efforts of their sponsors”.There will also be special awards for the most disciplined team and leading goalscorer. Cedar for fivePortmore United, the guest team in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two football league, continued their assault when they hit five goals past title contenders Cedar Grove Estate FC last Sunday.In other games, Cumberland defeated Southborough 2-1, Braeton United clipped Waterford 1-0, and Racing United drew 2-2 with Edgewater.The competition continues this weekend, with Southborough tackling Portmore United today. Tomorrow, it’s Braeton United vs Racing, Cedar Grove vs Waterford, and Daytona vs Edgewater. Portmore United have been using this league to keep their under-21 and reserve players active. They are currently the leaders in the Jamaica Football Federation Red Stripe Premier League.Spit Fyah outlast Waterhouse UnitedTitle favourites Spit Fyah Domino Club had to draw on all their experiences to stave off a strong challenge from a spirited Waterhouse United to scratch out a close 300-290 victory in the third round of games in the Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore Domino League last Sunday.In other games, Highlight Strikers beat Memory Lane 300-274; Fort International eased past Correctional Services 300-283; Right Stuff downed Garveymeade 300-282; Ken’s Wildflower rushed past Felluchi Strikers 300-285; Masterpiece stunned Unity Strikers 300-282; Spring Village overcame Passagefort United 300-290; and Naggo Head cut down Soursop Tree 300-265. The competition continues tomorrow.PFM netball rally New Year on highOrville Henriques threw down the gauntlet in a ruthless performance to win the year’s first competitive title at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club’s January match at the Lincoln range in Mandeville.Henriques, who had to settle for the No. 3 rating in Jamaica owing to consistent losses to new No. 1 Junior Brown and No. 2 Andy Yapp in 2015, seemed bent on stretching the gap between himself and others in the central belt.Henriques won seven of the eight stages, with no competitor gaining more than 88 per cent. In fact, on Stage Three – which valued 125 points – he pushed down second-placed competitor on this stage Evon Grant to 68 per cent. His only stage loss came on Stage Five, where he logged 99 per cent to its winner, Sue Ann Henriques.In total, Orville logged 649 points to beat overall second-place finisher Sue Ann at 483 at 74 per cent. Owen Campbell grabbed his best podium finish in months, finishing third at 72 per cent, with Ellsworth Dixon, Thomas Jones, and Grant rounding out the top six.The upcoming Florida International tournament, which normally features the highest number of Jamaican competitors, will be the acid test of Henriques’ local performance.Edwin Allen impress at PUMA/JAAA Development meetIf last weekend’s PUMA/JAAA Development track event at Kirkvine is anything to go by, the primary battle in female long-distance running – at least in the central Jamaica region – seem centred around Edwin Allen High, Spaldings High, and G.C. Foster College.The Open female 3,000 metres revealed this battle after the three dominated the first 20 places, with most competitors running hard to the finish line and the big crowd, which was applauding.Edwin Allen were undoubtedly the best, claiming three of the top-five finishers as well as seven overall in the top 10 and a further three in the top 20. Edwin Allen’s Teresha Jacobs won in a time of 11:04.31, with Spalding High’s 13-year-old Kimara Austin putting in an amazing performance to gain second in 11:21.81.G.C. Foster’s Danielle James, who featured strongly in a number of local events last year, could only manage sixth place.Braeton lift mid-season crownBraeton United scored two first-half goals and held on to defeat Cedar Grove 2-1 in the York Pharmacy-sponsored mid-season final at Cedar Grove Sports Complex in Portmore, St Catherine, recently.Caven Genius and Jermaine Morgan scored for Braeton United, while Ronnae-Kaye Brown scored Cedar Grove’s consolation goal in the second half. Following the Christmas break, the teams will now turn their attention to the League, which resumes tomorrow.Westchester, High Mountain road Mega Angels finalWestchester netball team and Mega Angels earned the right to meet each other in the final of the inaugural South East St Catherine Netball League after impressive semi-final wins last weekend.In semi-final one, Westchester defeated Passagefort Strikers 30-16, while in the other semi, Mega Angels blew away Pro Santos B 74-12 in a history-making performance. Passagefort strikers and Pro-Santos B will do battle in the third-place play-off before Mega Angels play Westchester in the championship game on a date to be decided.Portmore hit race in high gearBased on the traffic of athletes on central Manchester roads in the morning as well as after noon, training appears in high gear for the High Mountain 10K, Jamaica’s longest-running road race, which is held each year on the last Sunday of January. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, January 31.Last weekend’s Puma/JAAA Development meet held at Kirkvine, which is close to the traditional route of the road race, also featured its highest number of competitors in the 3,000m and 5,000m events.In addition to the most popular event, the 10K, there will be competition in the 5K run and 5K walk.The Mandeville Regional Hospital will be the main beneficiary of proceeds from the race, which is chiefly organised by the High Mountain Coffee brand and its chairman, Jackie Minott.The race is held in Williamsfield each year, with its main route taking participants up the Winston Jones Highway, then through Kendal, around Kirkvine, before ending at the Williamsfield community park. The race also features specially invited international competitors.Wint gains four-year term limit as MFA presidentManchester FA President Dalton Wint had much to be happy about after he was installed for another four years. A special resolution by the majority of clubs in Manchester saw Wint and his executive voted in en bloc.A Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) mandate, which came out of their election last December, declared that all associations must conduct a new election for a four-year term of office within a 90-day period.Last summer, Wint won a fourth two-year term as Manchester FA president over challenger Damion James. An extraordinary general meeting was held at the SDC office in Mandeville; however, the clubs indicated they would prefer ratifying the results of the earlier election than conduct a fresh one.Joining Wint for the four-year stint will be first vice-president, Baron Watson; second vice-president, Douglas Powell; long-serving treasurer Janice Grant; and general secretary, Clarence Jackson. The five additional committee members are Brian Sterling, Cranston Kelly, Donovan Senior, Omar Robinson, and Derick Reid.St Catherine has announced. It will hold new elections on Saturday, February 6. Word has yet to emerge from Clarendon and St Elizabeth, the other members of the South Central Confederation.Black Star unbeaten in St Elizabeth Major LeagueAfter five rounds, the Black River-based Black Star remains the only unbeaten team in the Magnum/Charley JB St Elizabeth Major League with maximum 15 points. Black Star’s latest win came in the top-of-the-table clash against the surprise team of the competition, Real Treasure Beach, which was previously unbeaten.It is remarkable that Black Star travelled for the encounter and won 3-1. The loss for Treasure Beach pushed them back to third place on 10 points as Super Action gained higher ground after recording the biggest win of the round, a 7-2 rout of Newell.The round was also remarkable for Appleton Estate, outscored Vineyard 3-2 to end a disappointing spell where they had lost 2-1 to Super Action before the embarrassment of giving up three points to Black Stars after failing to field enough players for a home encounter.In other notable results, newcomers St Bess United defeated Tafari Lions 2-0 in a Lacovia derby, while in the only drawn result of the round, Haughton and Holland Police Youth Club ended 2-2.Jamalco start set for February 6The Power of Faith Ministries (PFM) sports department will host a netball rally on Saturday, February 6, at the PFM Sports Complex, 10C Dawkins Drive, Portmore Town Centre. The rally this year will not be open to church teams only, but also to teams from the surrounding communities.Mark Williamson, the chief organiser of the rally, said that his committee would cater to 16-20 teams. There will be prizes and cash incentives for the champions, as well as the second- and third-place teams.Former Holmwood track star Le-Roy honouredMultiple 4x400m national relay medallist Anastasia Le-Roy was among the special honorees at last weekend’s PUMA/JAAA Development meet at Kirkvine. Patron and chairman of the meet Patrick Anderson said that the committee honoured Le-Roy for her consistent hard work and interest in making herself available to represent Jamaica’s athletic teams, even if she did not make it to run individual events.Her accolades include being part of gold and repeated silver-medal teams in major games like the World Championships and the Olympics. A graduate of the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, Le-Roy was also a track star at Holmwood Technical High School and part of several teams that helped establish that school’s dominance under coach Maurice Wilson between 2003 and 2011.She has also trained at and performed in track meets held on the Kirkvine grass track.Jamaica Badminton Association club leagueThe opening ceremony of the Jamaica Badminton Association (JBA) club league 2016 is set for today at the Constant Spring Golf Club, beginning at 10 a.m.The league will serve off with matches in the D division between defending champions Ingleside Pandaz and the young Shuttle Smashers, while in the C division, the Ingleside Pandaz will face off against the resurgent University of Technology (UTech).Other clubs in the JBA club league include Racketeers, Tastee, and newcomers Western Sports, competing in the D division. In the C division, Racketeers, UTech, Shuttle Smashers, and Ingleside Pandaz will be competing for the title, while in B Division, defending champions Racketeers will try to stave off competition from Falcons and Ingleside Pandaz.With an absent Mandeville Rangers from the A division, YMCA, Ingleside Pandaz, and Racketeers will all be striving to take the top place and the winning trophy.Horizon Park netball
ENGLANDJ Roy c Holder b Joseph 17A Hales c Nurse b Joseph 110J Root c C Brathwaite b Joseph 101+J Buttler b Holder 7*E Morgan b Nurse 11B Stokes c K Brathwaite b Holder 34M Ali c & b Joseph 0C Woakes c Bishoo b Holder 13L Plunkett run out 11A Rashid run out 9S Finn not out 2Extras (b1, lb3, w8, nb1) 13TOTAL (all out, 50 overs) 328Fall of wickets: 1-27 (Roy, 5.5 overs), 2-219 (Hales, 36.2), 3-232 (Buttler, 37.4), 4-249 (Morgan, 41.1), 5-263 (Root, 42.4), 6-264 (Ali, 43), 7-304 (Woakes, 47.3), 8-304 (Stokes, 47.4), 9-317 (Rashid, 49.2), 10-328 (Plunkett, 50).Bowling: Holder 10-1-41-3 (w2), Joseph 10-0-76-4 (w2, nb1), Bishoo 5-0-44-0 (w1), C Brathwaite 10-0-56-0 (w3), Nurse 8-0-57-1, Carter 4-0-28-0, K Brathwaite 3-0-22-0.WEST INDIESK Powell c Hales b Finn 6E Lewis c & b Woakes 0K Brathwaite c Hales b Woakes 5+S Hope c Root b Plunkett 16J Mohammed b Plunkett 10J Carter c Stokes b Finn 46*J Holder c wkp Buttler b Plunkett 0C Brathwaite lbw b Stokes 7A Nurse c Plunkett b Woakes 6D Bishoo c Roy b Rashid 10A Joseph not out 22Extras (b4, lb1, w9) 14TOTAL (all out, 39.2 overs) 142Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Powell, 0.3 overs), 2-8 (Lewis, 1.3), 3-13 (K Brathwaite, 3.4), 4-32 (Mohammed, 12.1), 5-45 (Hope, 16.2), 6-45 (Holder, 16.3), 7-75 (C Brathwaite, 25.1), 8-87 (Nurse, 28.2), 9-113 (Carter, 35.3), 10-142 (Bishoo, 39.2)Bowling: Finn 10-1-35-2 (w2), Woakes 8-1-16-3 (w2), Stokes 7-2-27-1 (w4), Plunkett 8-2-27-3 (w1), Moeen Ali 5-0-27-0, Rashid 1.2-0-5-1.Result: England won by 186 runs.Series: England won three-match series 3-0.Man-of-the-Match: Alex Hales.Man-of-the-Series: Chris Woakes. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC):An inept West Indies suffered their heaviest one-day international defeat to England, when they crashed to a 186-run loss in a lopsided series finale here yesterday.Reserving their worst performance of the three-match series for the historic Kensington Oval, the hosts batted and bowled with equal indifference, as England pulled off their first-ever clean sweep of an ODI series in the Caribbean.Sent in, England equaled their highest-ever total against the West Indies and the highest ever at the venue with 328 all out off their 50 overs, with fit-again opener Alex Hales gathering 110 and Joe Root, 101.The pair dominated the West Indies bowling, adding 192 for the second wicket to pull their side around from the early loss of Jason Roy for 17 in the sixth over with 27 runs on the board.Twenty-year-old fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, playing his first game of the series in place of the injured Shannon Gabriel, claimed four for 76, while captain and fellow seamer Jason Holder picked up three for 41.SUCCESSFUL CHASEHaving never successfully chased a total in excess of 300 to win an ODI, West Indies buckled under the weight of history and collapsed for 142 all out off 39.2 overs – narrowly avoiding their lowest-ever venue total of 141, 23 years ago.Only left-hander Jonathan Carter with 46 showed any enterprise, but he was the sole batsman to pass 20 and one of just three to reach double figures.West Indies were tormented by seamers Chris Woakes (3-16) and Liam Plunkett (3-27) who finished with three wickets apiece while Steven Finn claimed two for 35.Once the hosts collapsed to 45 for six in the 17th over, the mission became one of avoiding embarrassment, and they needed Joseph’s entertaining unbeaten 22 off 13 balls at number 11, to avert total disaster.SCOREBOARD
Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Cavani’s cushioned header from left back Yuri Berchiche’s cross caused confusion and Nice center half Dante turned the ball into his own net in the 52nd — under pressure from Di Maria and right back Dani Alves.Defending champion Monaco has a tough match away to Bordeaux on Saturday and must cope without Radamel Falcao, the league’s top scorer with 13 goals in nine games. The Colombia striker has muscle fatigue.Keita Balde, who joined from Lazio and scored his first Monaco goal last weekend, is expected to lead the attack.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ But this current side is bereft of confidence, and this loss was Nice’s seventh so far — four more than all last season.Apart from one snapshot from striker Mario Balotelli, Nice made no impact at all in Paris.While Favre’s side is drifting toward the relegation zone, PSG’s win moved it seven points clear of second-placed Monaco.Nice goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale pulled out before kickoff and was replaced by Argentine Walter Benitez, who conceded after only three minutes. Di Maria whipped in a free kick from the left and Cavani met it with a diving header that Benitez fumbled at the near post.Benitez made another mistake when he mistimed his run off his line as he tried to intercept Di Maria’s quick pass over the top, and Cavani poked the ball around him before tapping home.ADVERTISEMENT Bulls exercise options on Portis, 4 other players Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Having netted a career-high 49 goals in all competitions last season, Cavani already has 11 league goals in 10 games and 15 in 13 overall.PSG coach Unai Emery recalled Argentina winger Angel Di Maria and he set up Cavani’s goals, the second witha clever pass over the top of a static defense that is leaking goals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCoach Lucien Favre’s side was the last team to beat PSG in the league, winning 3-1 at home on April 30, and also drew 2-2 away.Nice finished third last season. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSG’s Edinson Cavani celebrates the opening goal during a French League One soccer match Paris-Saint-Germain against Nice at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — Edinson Cavani continued his remarkable scoring form with two goals as unbeaten league leader Paris Saint-Germain beat lackluster Nice 3-0 on Friday.Brazil star Neymar was suspended after being sent off in last Sunday’s 2-2 draw away to Marseille. It made little difference, especially with Cavani further underlining his importance.ADVERTISEMENT
Dear Editor,It cannot be denied that the decision to commence House-to-House Registration activities by Keith Lowenfield, CEO of GECOM’s Secretariat, is outright irrational and consummate illegality, as it runs counter to the conduct of the constitutionally instructive position of the institution conducting elections within three months of the passing of the No-Confidence Motion. Aside from the welcoming pronouncements on the matter by the Leader of the Opposition, reports have confirmed that many citizens on their own accord have refused to cooperate in the orchestrated conundrum that advances a breach of the Constitution.It is the view of this column that GECOM cannot successfully prosecute any citizen in this stead, given the published threats caused to be published by Lowenfield. The deliberate and pervasive nature of this orchestrated illegality must be condemned from its biased intent to every glaringly abusive strand in its futile attempt to justify and cover-up. There has been conjured up falsified reports regarding the success of the ongoing illegal House-to-House activities, which is nothing but a proliferated smothering of fraudulent spending at the GECOM Secretariat level that would be very revealing with a forensic audit and the devious players must be held accountable.The Government-controlled Chronicle Newspaper in particular recently reported the completion of in excess of 150,000 registrations. This high propaganda mouthpiece of the Government has been most vocal in putting a spin regarding the flawed success of the activities. Essentially, the reports attempt to influence the considerations of the Judge in the ongoing court challenge, which seeks to halt the unnecessary process by arguing that GECOM cannot complete the activities in time to support the holding of Regional and National Elections by “three months” (September 18, 2019 timeline, after the instructive rulings of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).Politically, the results of these ongoing ‘flam’ registration activities cannot stand up to scrutiny and should not be accepted by the Opposition or any other civil stakeholder affected by the process. While the registration forms include signature areas for countersigning validation by Opposition Scrutineers, only the PNC/APNU Scrutineers are signing. This is because administratively, the GECOM Secretariat did not inform and request from the PPP Chief Scrutineer the Opposition list of Scrutineers to work during the House-to-House Registration. At the same time, in several areas, the PNC scrutineers are directing the chosen GECOM enumerators to homes of known PNC supporters and bypassing those of perceived PPP/C supporters.This column gives acknowledgement of space for performance to the new GECOM Chairwoman Justice Claudette Singh, in light of the recent appointment and unenviable task of addressing all relevant matters and immediate priorities of the institution. However, the public view of GECOM itself emphasises the need for sanitation of its Secretariat as many of the operators within contaminates.With a focus on holding of elections at the earliest date, the Honourable Chairwoman Justice Singh will have to address and remedy several priorities over time. Included is the fact that it is the Commission which has the sole responsibility to hire staff for GECOM and the abuse of the delegated approach drives the need for urgent review. It is very serious that deals relating to the procurement of the necessities/equipment for the House-to-House Registration were secretly worked out and manipulated at a public city hotel and bar, and invariance with the procurement laws. Reliable information regarding the already leaked details clearly exposed what and who was in the hotel and bar.Further, the present House-to-House Registration is a farce, as the training for enumerators was inadequate. They all complained bitterly that the training received was without the ink kit and the cameras. The cheap cameras are not performing well resulting in a poor level of work. Enumerators are forced to repeat transactions several times and as a result, registrants are complaining that they do not have time to waste. Further, the cheap ink kit is causing serious fudging, and the enumerators are forced to return and repeat the taking of fingerprints.Enumerators can be seen liming at shop corners for hours and speaking to friends because they are only interested in prolonging the work to stay on the job as long as possible. Enumerators are of the opinion that with poor work, they will have to be a longer period for remedial work and they will benefit financially. There is also evidence of enumerators taking registrants’ photos with their cell phone cameras. Many of the homes are bypassed by certain enumerators, which will suggest that they have an agenda of registering certain persons only.A better system than this to pay an eighty thousand dollars tax-free monthly, was to pay the enumerators per transactions. Paying for the properly completed forms would have ensured quality work and the desperation to register everybody so both GECOM and the enumerators will benefit. Very laughable is the fact that the enumerators are asked to walk with cardboards to put as a backdrop when taking the registrants’ photographs.One enumerator confessed that she was told to go to a certain house and do the transactions. The residents were reluctant to speak or give any information. All they do was to bring out their ‘brand new stiff birth certificate. These persons were not willing to sign their names and they said, “you go no sign”. It is a clear indication that these are people who are non-Guyanese and are not accustomed to the given name on the birth certificates. Enumerators are also worried about the risk of their contribution to working against the CCJ ruling which makes it clear that this House-to-House Registration is illegal.The Honorable Chief Justice Roxane George will rule on the House-to-House challenges on August 14, 2019. While this nation awaits her ruling, tensions are getting sky high and people from all walks of life are talking about the arrogance of the APNU/AFC. More and more Guyanese are condemning the delaying and dodging of National and Regional Elections by the Government. It is clear that our people want to get out of all this uncertainty as instability looms over our country and the coalition Government continues with all manner of corruption.It is significant that GECOM’s Chief Election Officer Keith Lowenfield, Public Relations Officer Yolanda Ward and Legal Officer Excellence Dazzell, had all said after the passing of the No-Confidence Motion, that GECOM is ready for National and Regional Elections. The Chief Elections Officer only recently disclosed to the media that the currently expired voters’ list could be updated and cleansed to conduct credible elections by a Continuous Registration cycle followed by a Claims and Objections exercise, which would be used to include new registrants and delete the deceased. GECOM is ready for elections and it is imperative that they give the green light to the President for immediate elections.This present House-to-House Registration is riddled with corruption, confusion, deregistration and ultimate disenfranchisement of many Guyanese. The current untrained enumerators are not competent enough to be efficient and should not be blamed. It is known that they did request a refresher training course, but they were catapulted into a process to justify corruption of prolonging and agony. The time is most opportune for all those in authority to uphold our Constitution!!Sincerely,Neil Kumar
Though the approval for the printing of the L$5 billion new banknotes was granted by the Legislature on May 17, 2016, that co-defendant Charles Sirleaf (pictured) had earlier executed and entered into a contract with co-defendant Crane on May 6, 2016, eleven days before the Legislature approved the request for the printing.Yesterday March 4, 2019 was a very short hearing at the Monrovia City Court that could have found the legal basis for lawyers representing three detained senior employees of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).Deputy Governor Charles E. Sirleaf, former Executive Governor Milton Weeks and Director of Banking, Dorbor Hagba, could have been freed from further detention on bond in connection to the unaccounted-for L$2.645 billion Liberian dollar banknotes. However, it could not yield any fruitful result as anticipated by the defendants’ legal team.There was no time for the defense team to prepare themselves to secure the required bond, during Magistrate Kennedy Peabody’s short deliberation, which took less than an hour, instead of at least three hours or more to acquaint the defendants.Sirleaf and Hagba were arrested on the night of Thursday, February 28, 2019, at different locations, while Weeks surrendered to the Liberia National Police (LNP) the following morning.They have been charged with multiple criminal offenses that include economic sabotage, misuse of public money, property or records and illegal disbursement and expenditure of public money as well as criminal conspiracy and criminal facilitation.The drama ensued when LNP officers, believed to have acted on the 48-hour as provided by the Constitution for an investigation of an accused, later made it their duty to turn over the defendants from their cell, where they have been since their arrest and subsequently transferred to the Monrovia City Court, where the defense team believed was the right place to send the case.The three men, Sirleaf, Weeks and Hagba, were handcuffed and escorted by heavily armed officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) from the Police Headquarters to the Monrovia City Court. Besides the armed officers, there were many civilians also at the court’s premises chanting “rouge, rouge,” behind the trio as they were escorted to the Monrovia Central Prison at South Beach.When the accused were for the first time arraigned before the court, Magistrate Peabody appeared uneasy to sit and hear the case. He was seen on numerous occasions moving outside and inside the courtroom.Later, Peabody commenced the hearing, though it lasted for less than three hours, as opposed to several other criminal cases that took over six hours to allow the lawyers to address bond for the accused.But in the case of Sirleaf, Weeks and Hagba, while their legal team arranged for their bond, Peabody authorized in no time that the clerk prepare their commitment letter to have them remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison, pending the filing of their bond.However, a defense lawyer confided in the Daily Observer that they have already secured the bond, and they would be presenting it to the court today, March 5, 2019.In the court’s writ of arrest, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, the prosecutors claimed that during the period of January 2016, up to and including February, 2018, co-defendant Charles Sirleaf, while serving as Acting Central Bank Governor, “purposely with wicked and criminal intent, connived with other officials of the bank, and intentionally printed excess of Liberian dollars banknotes to the amount of L$146,250,000 for which the amount of US$401,469.58 was paid to Crane Currency by the CBL.”Milton Weeks and Dorbor Hagba also enroute to their new cell at the Monrovia Central PriosonOn the L$5 billion, the court record alleged that they used the amount of US$433,898.14 for the excess to print L$3.59 million.About the 10 billion transactions, the document claimed that the defendants failed to account for L$2.645 million, which the defendants on criminally converted to their personal use and benefits with the intent to deprive the government and its citizens.“The actions on the part of the defendants have the propensity to cause serious economic instability and undermine the government, and cause its citizens to rise up against it,” the record alleged.Richard Walker now becomes of the suspects.Meanwhile, latest report this newspaper obtained shortly before going to press last night, said one of CBL’s employees Richard Walker, was arrested by LNP officers and subsequently detained at the police headquarters on Capitol Hill. Walker arrest brings to four, the number of suspects arrested so far in connection to the ongoing ‘missing’ L$16 billion saga.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Society for the Blind (GSB) had recorded a 100 per cent pass rate at the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.Among the seven students who would have sat this year’s examination from the organisation, they all secured passes ranging from Grades Ones to Three.Executive member of the organisation, Ganesh Singh gave a brief overview of their performance, noting that it has been exceptional.“It was extremely good because we got 100 per cent pass. In total, they wrote 16 subjects and they passed all. We cater for persons with other disabilities as well because we know that there are limited opportunities out there relating to education,” Singh stated.The top student was Shimona Sugrim from Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne),Top performer Shimona Sugrim receiving her award for her performancewho secured five Grade Twos, followed by Dawn Benjamin with four Grade Twos and Shondy Thomas who acquired three Grade Twos and two Grade Threes.Sugrim told Guyana Times, “When I started, I didn’t think I would’ve achieved this so I’m very happy about it. It’s definitely a great achievement for me.”Most of the students indicated that they wish to give back to the blind community by teaching students with similar disabilities.Meanwhile, one of the teachers responsible for preparing the students for the examination, Rosemary Ramitt, highlighted her experience throughout the programme and also explained that this achievement will enable the students to pursue a career in the future.To the students, she said, “What you have done now will just be the stepping stone for what you want to do later.”Despite this achievement, it was indicated that there are some limiting factors which can be challenging at times.One of the main setbacks is the number of teachers and also the fact that students are coming to the intuition from other regions. At times, they would have to use social media to organise video chats so that persons can access the information which is being taught.
Parking meter burden…different approach by City Council could have avoided troubles – PresidentAs the controversy surrounding the paid parking system continues to mount, Government has now come out saying it is not satisfied with the deal between thePresident David GrangerGeorgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and Smart City Solutions Incorporated (SCSI).This pronouncement was made by President David Granger on the weekly televised programme – ‘The Public Interest’ – which aired on Friday evening. The declaration came on the heels of City Council returning to the discussion table; firstly, to iron out issues and concerns of civil society and secondly, to have renewed arrangements with SCS, the company contracted to implement the paid parking system in the country.“Let me say that the Government of Guyana is not satisfied with the general provisions of the Parking Meter Project. The Government engaged with the municipality to have another look at the project and engage with civil society and the business community with a view of arriving at an outcome which is acceptable to both sides,” the President said to reporters during the programme.There has been widespread public outcry against the Parking Meter Project over the past months with a movement staging protest actions against the “draconian” costs and penalties of the project. This cry for help from Central Government prompted a meeting between the President and M&CC last week. Following that meeting, it was announced on Friday that the clamping of vehicles and institution of fines will be placed on hold pending talks to revise the parking fees as well as discussions with civil society.According to the Head of State during the televised programme, his Administration believes that the rates are high and that there should have been certain parking exemptions from the inception, issues which he said have largely contributed to the troubles the project is facing.At the same time, he sought to address the concerns of businesses who are claiming that since the operation of the paid parking system in the city they have been experiencing a dip in their business activities. The President outlined that while he understands the predicament of the businesses, the City Council needs to generate revenues.“Nobody likes paying taxes but how will the city run… One of the leading protesters, I would even say an instigator, has actually wrote the City Council for waivers of taxes which are due. You are saying there must be no Parking Meter Project and on the other hand, you want waivers… Pay your taxes and let the city run properly and we won’t have to resort to these measures,” he stated.However, Government had initially maintained that it was not going to intervene into the matter as it was giving the M&CC its independence to run the city.Governance Minister Raphael Trotman at a recent post-Cabinet press conference had said “No,” when asked if Government is likely to intervene, given the rejection and huge outcry by citizens on parking meters.Closely guarded contractSince the signing of the contract, the document has been closely guarded with Council members only allowed viewing. After concerns were raised, Cabinet directed that the contract was reviewed by the Finance Ministry and the Attorney General Chambers during which it was found that most of the terms are overwhelmingly in favour of Smart City Solutions and contains a ‘terror clause’.It was reported that the review highlighted that if the City unilaterally terminates the agreement, it would be bound to “pay the concessionaire a lump sum payment equivalent to the total direct and indirect, hard and soft cost cumulative gross investment of the concessionaire in the project”.Asked whether M&CC erred in handpicking the Mexican-based company as oppose to following proper procedures and going to tender, President Granger posited that he has not “double guess” the nature of the contract but thought these controversies could have been avoided had there been more consultations with stakeholders by the City Council before venture into the agreement.“We do feel that the contract is burdensome and we feel that there was simply was enough communications with the other partners and civil society. We feel that was injurious to the character of the final contract. I believe if a procedure had been followed in which there was wider advertising, there could have been a different outcome but as I said, we have not double guessed the work of the Council and it’s a matter for the Council to decide. I don’t think that any law was broken but at the same time I fell that the approach of the City Council could have been different,” Granger pointed out.Impose solutionNevertheless, the Head of State noted that despite its dissatisfaction with the deal, Government is not going to impose a solution on the municipality and instead, will await the outcome of talks between the City Hall and civil society.Against this backdrop, Granger sought to reiterate that he is not against a paid parking system in Georgetown since the city is in dire need of revenues to meet its daily needs.“Government regards the parking meters as a legitimate means of getting taxes to run the city’s affairs. We use the roads, we see the canals, we enjoy certain facilities and these things have to be paid for,” he noted.The Guyanese leader added that having a consensual Parking Meter Project would have served to address the traffic congestion in the city.“It’s the national capital and it is felt that by the use of parking meters in certain areas, the congestion would be reduced so Government is not against the notion of a Parking Meter Project but… we felt that there needs to be more consultation and more communication and the arrival at a more consensual solution,” Granger asserted.
The lifeless and muddied body of a pensioner was on Tuesday afternoon found pinned under a tractor at a ranch in New Forest, East Canje, Berbice.The dead man has been identified as 64-year-old Hackim Khan of Cumberland, East Canje, Berbice.Based on reports received, the man’s body was discovered at about 14:30h on Tuesday by persons who were traversing the area.While information about the unfortunate incident was not forthcoming, Guyana Times was told the man left his home at about 08:00h to visit a friend’s farm to check on the workers. The farm, this publication understands, is located some distance from the main road.The body of 64-year-old Hackim Khan and the tractor involved in the accident (Royan Abrams photo)When contacted, Police Commander of B Division (Berbice), Ian Amsterdam told this newspaper that based on initial investigations, the man was reportedly ploughing in the rice field aback Canje when the tractor toppled and pinned him in the process.The Commander added that the Police will continue their investigations to determine whether or not any foul play was involved but as it is presently, the matter is being treated as an accident. A post-mortem is expected to be performed on the man’s body on Friday.Attempts to contact the dead man’s relatives proved futile.
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A lahar that tore down the same volcano in 1953 killed 151 people when it washed away a rail bridge, plunging a passenger train into the raging torrent of liquid mud. On Sunday, millions of gallons of acidic water breached the naturally occurring wall of volcanic ash and sand known as tephra, regional council chairman Gary Murfitt said. More than 130 feet of the tephra’s wall was washed away – a dozen years after it had built up in Ruapehu’s 1995 eruption, said Dr. Harry Keys, a lahar expert with the Conservation Department. There were no immediate reports of damage, apart from flooding on some farmland near the base of the mountain. There was also no threat to human life. WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A mix of mud, acidic water and rocks tore down the slope of a volcano in New Zealand on Sunday, bursting through a 23-foot wall of volcanic ash and sand built up in an eruption 12 years ago. The mud flow – also known as a lahar – broke through the rubble wall atop Mount Ruapehu’s crater lake Sunday morning, triggering an early warning alarm, local authorities said. Police and civil defense workers immediately closed roads and the nation’s main trunk rail near the southern base of the mountain on New Zealand’s North Island. The island’s main north-south highway, some 30 miles from the mountain’s base, also was closed and two passenger trains with 200 people on board were halted some distance from the mountain. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!