Glenroy Joyce of 39 Public Road, Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo was on Thursday arraigned before Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman on a charge alleging that he had embezzled $2,650,000 from his employer, John Fernandes Limited, while he served as a clerk/cashier during the period July/August 2017.Represented by Attorney Dexter Todd, the 34-year-old pleaded not guilty as charged.It was detailed to the court that during his tenure at the shipping company, Joyce had allegedly taken the money into his possession at the company’s operations at Mandela Avenue, Georgetown. However, the court did not hear how Joyce had disposed of the embezzled money.Defence attorney Dexter Todd told the court that his client, who is unemployed at the moment, had given an oral statement to a representative of the shipping company, and had already partially refunded the company; but his arraignment in court was occasioned because he had failed to make a payment to the company on time last month.Todd said his client is willing to keep his end of the deal: fully reimbursing the company the sum in question.Joyce has been placed on bail in the sum of $100,000, and is scheduled to return to court on April 6.
Commissioner Trevor BennOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is challenging Commissioner of the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC) Trevor Benn to bring in the Police over recent revelations of documents that show massive giveaways of prime lands across the country.Last week, Jagdeo made several disclosures at his weekly press conference by producing several maps to show allocations of prime lands to persons with connections to the Government.The following day, however, Benn indicated that he will be calling in the Police to probe how those documents got into the hands of the Opposition Leader.Jagdeo, picking up on the threat, told the media on Thursday that he welcomed the investigation but warned that the tables will turn.“If the Police have to investigate anything, they should be investigating Trevor Benn and how many files he has taken of individuals personally, and the staff knows (about it). I will get some of the staff to go to Court to speak about it because they know what’s going on. They’re upset and many of them are resigning. I’m daring him to do this,” the Opposition Leader stated.According to Jagdeo, Benn never sought to dispute the land giveaways but seemed to be more concerned about how the documents were released.“So effectively, he’s saying that those maps are public property, you can walk in and buy them from Lands and Surveys but Jagdeo got them so they’re stolen. That’s the big concern of his, not whether the maps are fake…where did they refute us,” the Opposition Leader questioned.Furthermore, Jagdeo went on to dismiss claims by the GL&SC Head that he is in possession of thousands of acres of leased land. He pointed out that it is ridiculous that Benn would make such a claim, noting that since the CEO has access to all the information, then he should produce the evidence of this.“I would like Benn to do what I did and released all the maps of the thousands of acres I own. Everything that I own, it gets declared to the Integrity Commission and I’ve done so from 2000 until I left office and then from recently again… If this Government finds one bit of anything that is not declared there, they can charge me and I go to jail for a year… So let Benn, the onus is on him since he made the charge, he should do that too; it’s at his disposal,” Jagdeo contended.Responding to comments made following his revelations last week that it was a racist attack, the Opposition Leader explained that the is not about race but cronyism. He noted that President David Granger is constantly given a free pass in every corruption matter that his administration is involved and this recent issue is a clear indication of that.Jagdeo pointed out that four top officials within the Ministry of the Presidency, which falls under the preview of the Head of State, are beneficiaries of large-scale tracts of prime properties and as such, the President must answer to this.According to the Opposition Leader, the racism issue was only raised in a failed attempt to cover up this large-scale corruption. In fact, he noted that over the years, the PPP has consistently been outspoken against acts of corruption by many “cronies” of the coalition Government who are of Indian descent but there were never any such racism accusations raised.“So how come it was not about race at that time when we pointed out there were big cronies, of different races, who were benefiting from this Government… But suddenly because we mentioned four persons who are working close to the office of the President, and they are beneficiaries of land and because they are Afro-Guyanese, we become racist.“But this is not about race, this is about cronyism. Regardless of your race, there are people connected… I mentioned those connected to Granger’s office because there’s a pattern of behaviour… It’s important that we deal with the illegality whether it’s happening under the PPP or APNU…. That’s why we said we don’t have any problems with the investigation,” the Opposition Leader noted.Meanwhile, when asked about the lands that were leased by the PPP administration, the Opposition Leader admitted that indeed persons sympathetic to the PPP administration got lands but he noted so did persons from the then PNC-led opposition as well. He explained that apart from the fact that there was not a No-Confidence Motion lingering over the former regime, his party, during its tenure, managed to develop over 100,000 new house lots from scratch to distribute. The coalition Government, he noted on the other hand, has not developed a single land.Furthermore, Jagdeo outlined too that while lands were given out by the PPP, never in the 23 years in office were any prime lands, such as proposed location for the deep-water harbour projects, handed out.“You check if we’ve given out to political people, these prime locations for deep water harbours. We never give the river to any PPP person, the whole river you give out; up to the middle of the Demerara River. So any time your boat drifts past the middle of the river to the western bank, you’re in private property… This is obscene, you take the prime location just as you’re in a situation where you’re about to lose power and then you hand it out to people who’re connected directly to the politicians,” he asserted.At last week’s press conference, however, the GL&SC Head failed to address the giveaway of prime lands at strategic locations where there lies possibility to develop shore base facilities. Jagdeo had disclosed that some 50 acres along the western foreshore of the Demerara River, as well as 40 acres in the river itself— also toward the western side— were given away.Nevertheless, the Opposition Leader went on to disclose that he was told that a lot of these persons who collected these large tracts of lands are just front persons and that the assets are being stashed for after elections for politicians in the coalition. Additionally, he revealed that since these disclosures last week, several businessmen have contacted persons close to him to get him to drop the issue. But Jagdeo is advising those persons to refrain from doing so.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo
The People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has begun the process of electing a prime ministerial candidate, and according to the Party’s General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo, three persons have so far been nominated.Opposition LeaderBharrat JagdeoThis was revealed during a press conference at the Opposition Leader’s Church Street, Georgetown office on Monday. When asked for an update on the selection process, Jagdeo confirmed that the process has since started.“The discussions will start today (Monday),” Jagdeo said. “Last week I mentioned we’ll trigger the process. So, I arranged that. The discussions on the candidates, we’re going to be getting nominations in and start discussing names.“The process is Members of Parliament (MP) and subsequently, the Executive and Central Committee. I have a meeting planned today (Monday) with both the Members of Parliament and the executives of the Party.”He also explained that so far, at least three persons have been nominated for the position. He was also optimistic that a candidate would be selected in time for Nomination Day. According to Jagdeo, this is in sharp contrast to A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) and the seeming foot-dragging to name an official candidate despite AFC leader Khemraj Ramjattan being chosen by his own party months ago.“If we finish the issue before the end, definitely. But we are going to select a Prime Ministerial Candidate, unlike the other side. People are going to know who the person is before elections… if we conclude by Friday, by Sunday definitely. We have persons who are nominees already,” Jagdeo said.It has already been reported that several figures from the Civic component of the Party have been nominated as potential PM candidates. These include former Junior Finance Minister, Bishop Juan Edghill, and former Army Chief-of-Staff, retired Brigadier Mark Phillips. A third nominee, University of Guyana lecturer Hugh Todd, is also believed to have been nominated.Phillips served as Chief-of-Staff of the GDF from 2013 to 2016. He previously attended the Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst in the United Kingdom and was Guyana’s non-resident military attaché to Venezuela. Phillips is also the holder of a Master’s Degree in Public Sector Management.Meanwhile, Bishop Edghill served as Junior Finance Minister from 2011 to 2015. Before that, he served as Chairman of the Guyana Post Office Corporation (GPOC) and Chairman of the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC). Edghill is currently a PPP/C MP, focused on public procurement issues.The Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) had previously announced in notices published in the media that Nomination Day for the upcoming General and Regional Elections is January 10, 2020.In the notice, GECOM had called for all political parties contesting the 2020 General and Regional Elections to submit their symbol for approval. In the notice, GECOM had said that the approval of the symbols has to be done before Nomination Day. The deadline for the submission was December 13, 2019.After weeks of persons questioning why he was not dissolving Parliament in accordance with the timeframe set out in the Constitution, President David Granger issued the proclamation for the December 30th dissolution of Parliament, on Friday last.
Another former senior People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Government official has been arrested and questioned by officials of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).Former Finance Minister Saisnarine KowlessarFormer Finance Minister and now religious leader, Saisnarine Kowlessar, was on Monday taken in for questioning at SOCU’s Kingston, Georgetown head office, and was interrogated for close to five hours before being released on bail.Opposition Member of Parliament and PPP/C executive, Anil Nandlall, confirmed on Monday that Kowlessar was released on $200,000 station bail.Nandall said Kowlessar, accompanied by his attorney, Mark Conway, was questioned in relation to matters pertaining to several transactions conducted by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) during his tenure as minister.Reports are that Kowlessar was first approached by SOCU officials a few days ago, and was asked to report to the SOCU office, but the former minister never showed up, and this led to the agency deciding to arrest him.A former Attorney General, Nandall calls Kowlessar’s arrest another indication of abuse of people’s rights, and abuse of the criminal justice system to persecute officials of the past administration. He argued that there is a principle of law which prevents such abuses, whereby transactions, especially financial ones, which require detail, you don’t pursue them after a protected period.“Simple, because persons cannot recollect the details of those transactions. What you have here is Mr. Kowlessar was questioned about transactions that occurred 20 years ago,” he explained.Kowlessar served as Minister of Finance under the PPP/C Administration between 2002 and 2006.“If Mr Kowlessar (were) to be charged for any offence relating to those transactions, the first problem he would have would be (his being) unable to defend those charges because of lack of memory, and witnesses who would have been present and who can aid in his defense may no longer be available,” Nandlall asserted.The Opposition MP said the principle likewise applies to former Finance Minister Dr Ashni Singh and former NICIL CEO Winston Brassington, who are each facing three charges of misconduct in public office.“The offence for which they are being charged occurred over 10 years ago. The entire prosecutorial arm of (the) state is contaminated with politics and prejudice,” Nandlall added.Based on the outcome of Monday’s decision by the High Court’s Justice Franklin Holder to block the Magistrates’ Courts from hearing the charges of misconduct in public office against the duo, Nandall said he believes that once these matters are treated fairly, they would not stand up in court.Many political and social commentators, even those in the legal fraternity, have argued that the charges against the two former Government officials may be unconstitutional on the basis that they are not “public officers” in accordance with the Constitution.Former President Bharrat Jagdeo has declared that all three charges against Singh and Brassington are frivolous, and all three matters were approved by the Cabinet. Former President Donald Ramotar has also come out strongly in defence of Singh and Brassington.The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) is yet to respond to a written request by Nandlall to review the charges against Singh and Brassington. Yet, similar charges instituted by the PPP against five sitting Government Ministers have, on the other hand, been thrown out by the DPP.
The above times were all raced in Olympic Style. The competition took place all day Saturday, featuring racers from a variety of divisions, who raced in both the Olympic and Mass Start formats.Richard Stickel of the Fort St. John Elk Speed Skating Club, said that regardless of the results, the main focus was improvement for those racing in the event.11 year-old Fort St. John speed skater Renee Kalkman finished the 500 metre event with a time of 54.67 and the 2400 metre at 5:06.12. Eryn Stickel finished the same events with times of 1:01.3 and 5:39.82.- Advertisement -Raistlin Vanspronsen raced in the men’s Junior category, finishing the 500 metre event with a time of 1:01.13 and the 2400 metre event at 5:34.49.Mikayla Guenther, a 13 year-old Elk member, finished the 500 metre with a time of 1:03.24 and the 2400 metre at 6:07.96.Last but not least, Kierra Brule finished the 500 metre with her fellow 12 year-olds with a time of 1:14.3 and the 2400 metre at 5:52.10.Advertisement
The motorist, who appeared to be uninjured, was later detained by Whittier police officials who reported to the scene. Whittier Police Department spokeswoman Diana Salazar said authorities are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the accident. Salazar could not give further details, citing the investigation. Local residents hope Friday’s accident draws attention to the need for increased traffic safety in the neighborhood. “We’re afraid they’re going to drive through our house someday,” Sanches said. “Now that this has happened, there’s plenty of neighbors here that are willing to say something about it.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A neighbor who witnessed the accident said a woman traveling eastbound along Second Street appeared to be speeding before she barreled into Ruff’s back yard. Randy Sanches, 39, said accidents aren’t uncommon in his neighborhood, but Friday’s incident was more dramatic than most. The motorist, in her 30s, had plowed down a 20-foot palm tree near his home, then rammed into a parked truck and pushed into a nearby driveway before veering off into Ruff’s back yard, according to Sanches. “It was loud,” he said, adding he helped the motorist out of her truck. “She was really groggy. Everybody was making comments that she couldn’t stand up straight,” Sanches added. WHITTIER – An 86-year-old woman was left uninjured Friday after a motorist, allegedly drunk, plowed through her backyard, past her bedroom and literally stopped at her back door. Barbara Ruff of Whittier said the accident, which occurred at 7 a.m. in the 14100 block of Second Street, left vehicle scraps, mangled shrubs and other debris in her back yard. It also bent a screen door. “The noise was horrendous. I thought it was a small plane,” Ruff said. “I walked to the back door and saw nothing but twisted metal.” Ruff said she never saw the motorist, but believes she may have been driving under the influence.
Chelsea were handed a two-window transfer ban by world governing body FIFA in February over the recruitment of foreign youngsters with the club’s appeal against the sanction set to be heard on April 11.Sarri told his pre-match press conference on Friday that he was not concerned even if the appeal is not successful and that he was “very confident in my players”.“We have a lot of very good young players who are improving,” he said. “If they are able to improve we will be a better team in the future. I am not worried about the market. I am confident in my players.”Manchester City and Liverpool are virtually assured of Champions League places for next season but Spurs, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are separated by just three points as they target the two remaining places.However, Chelsea could also secure Champions League qualification by winning the Europa League and they face Slavia Prague in the last eight.Sarri said the final weeks of the season would be tough, with away league games looming against Liverpool and United on top of their European commitments, and wants to keep his players as fresh as possible for the run-in.“The last part of the season will be very difficult for every team,” he said. “We only have to fight and think about our matches. We have to fight until the last minute of the last match, but without looking at the other results.“We go on the pitch with the same target, at home and away, to win. We have to play very difficult matches, especially away in the last part of the season but we only have to do our best and play to win. Then we will see.”Sarri also revealed he wants to keep striker Gonzalo Higuain at the club next season, even though the transfer ban may block the club turning his loan from Juventus into a permanent move.Higuain has struggled since arriving at Stamford Bridge in January, scoring just three goals in 11 appearances, all of which came against already relegated Huddersfield and Fulham.Asked if he wants to keep Higuain, Sarri said: “Yes of course, but it depends on the club, it depends on Juventus, it’s not clear the situation at the moment.“I think that he has to improve, physically, mentally. But I think also that he will be able to be very useful for us in the last part of the season.“You know very well that it’s not easy in the first months to play in the Premier League, it was a problem also for (Luis) Suarez in the first season at Liverpool.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri © AFP/File / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 5 – Maurizio Sarri says he is not worried about Chelsea’s looming transfer embargo, insisting he has confidence in his squad as he targets a top-four finish in the Premier League.The Stamford Bridge club, who host London rivals West Ham on Monday, are fifth in the table, level on 63 points with fourth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand.
A woman claims a man put his hand between her legs in a fast-food takeaway and told her “I’m going to do you.”The woman’s claim was made at Letterkenny Circuit Court today when a man went on trial for alleged sexual assault. The man has pleaded not guilty to the single charge which allegedly took place on October 10th, 2015.The woman, who is from Derry, gave evidence of how she was staying with her sister in Letterkenny on the night.They had some drinks and at 2am, they decided to go to Letterkenny to have more drinks.In the Downtown bar, the woman said she had a cocktail, a baby Guinness and a Gin and Tonic along with the two glasses of wine she had in her sister’s house earlier.The woman told the court they then went for something to eat in a fast-food restaurant and then decided to leave there to go for a cigarette.CCTV footage played to the court of the incident showed the woman leaving the restaurant and the man, aged 45, reaching out to touch the woman on her behind.The woman recalled “I could feel a hand touch me between my legs, it’s embarrassing. I could feel a hand touching my crotch area. It was very quick. I was completely disgusted.“It’s the last thing I expected on a night out. I felt violated and disgusted.”The woman said she punched the man because she was annoyed and disgusted by his alleged actions.She also claimed that the accused videod her with his phone and then told her “I’m going to do you.”The accused man’s statement to Gardai was also read out in court.He said he was in Letterkenny for a 40th birthday and had visited five bars and had an average of two drinks in each bar.He said he had no direct recollection of the incident but does remember “ending up waking up at home with a very angry wife.”Having viewed the CCTV footage later, he said he felt it did not reflect what the woman claimed in her statement had happened.Barrister for the accused, Mr Damian Crawford put it to the woman that the contact between them was minimal.The woman replied that all she could say was that she felt the man touch her and that she still felt it the next day.Mr Crawford replied “That’s not what happened at all. He did not grab you forcefully by the crotch.”The case, before a jury of eight men and three women, continues before Judge John Aylmer.Woman claims she was sexually assaulted and then filmed in fast-food takeaway was last modified: January 26th, 2018 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:courtdonegalletterkennysexual assaulttakeaway
DONEGAL farmers are suffering real hardship with a series of Government policies making life even worse for many of them, a local TD has claimed.Speaking after a meeting with representatives of the Irish Farmer’s Association in Donegal Town Deputy Pearse Doherty said: “The farmers raised the concerns they have in relation to key issues such as the future structuring of the Single Farm Payment, the non replacement of the AEOS scheme and the delays in payments for those on existing schemes, changes to stocking levels introduced in the December Budget and the impact this is having on existing farmers.“Members at the meeting also expressed concern at the real possibility that Capital Assets would be used for assessment for student grant purposes in the future and the lack of any retirement scheme for farmers, which would encourage young farmers into the sector. “While I was aware of these issues and have been raising them with the Department for Agriculture and the Minister for some time, the meeting this evening provided me with a first hand account of the real hardship faced by some farmers in the County.”He claimed the Minister was hiding for cover behind national reports, which state that Farming Incomes have increased in 2011 but the account he received from farmers in Co Donegal tells a different story.“With the high percentage of disadvantaged land, farmers in Donegal consistently earn a fraction of the national average in terms of farming income. The Government must respond to this if we are to see the farming sector in Donegal thrive into the future,” said Doherty.“There is a real need for the Minister for Agriculture to recognise that a ‘one size fits all’ approach to farming policy, which fails to take account of all the relevant factors, is not going to assist small farmers in this county, struggling to make ends meet. “I will continue to highlight the issues discussed last night with the Minister for Agriculture at every opportunity to ensure the difficulties faced by farmers in this County are not ignored by policy makers.” DONEGAL FARMERS FACING REAL HARDSHIP – DOHERTY was last modified: July 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)
A NEW set of storms will hit Donegal next week bringing more misery for families across the county.Met Eireann, BBC in the North and online sites say we’re not out of the woods yet.And there are more wind storms on the way – with one potentially coming from the North West, and bringing snow, possible by next weekend. Today will see any overnight sleet changing to rain, then it will become quite mild again with strong southerly winds 70-110 km/hr.“This is not as likely to become a severe event, although windy enough,” said Peter O’Donnell from Irish Weather Online.He says Monday and Tuesday will remain unsettled with falling temperatures, near 8 C by mid-day Monday and 6 C on Tuesday (New Year’s Eve). By midnight NYE the conditions may be quite bracing and wintry or mixed showers are possible.New Year’s Day will be chilly and showery with potential for some wintry showers mixed in, temperatures in the 1-5 C range. Said O’Donnell: “The outlook remains uncertain as model guidance gets rather scattered, one theme is a continual parade of windy fronts and near normal temperatures, another is for gradual cooling as northern blocking develops.“Probably the outcome will be some mixture of these with increasing chances of snow into mid-January. I don’t think we are necessarily out of the woods in terms of further windstorms either, but the next one (which could develop some time around 2-4 Jan) is likely to come at Ireland from the west-north-west and involve a windshift from WSW to NNW winds.“That could open up different areas of the north to strong winds, and result in wintry showers during the windstorm.” BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES AGAIN AS NEW WEEK OF STORMS ON THE WAY was last modified: December 29th, 2013 by John2Share 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:BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES AGAIN AS NEW WEEK OF STORMS ON THE WAYdonegalstormstormsweather