18 Jan

Belgium eliminates Brazil from World Cup, wins 2-1

first_imgView comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil France advances to World Cup semifinals, beats Uruguay 2-0 Brazil’s Neymar reacts during the quarterfinal match between Brazil and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena, in Kazan, Russia, Friday, July 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)KAZAN, Russia — Belgium reached the World Cup semifinals for the first time in 32 years by holding off five-time champion Brazil 2-1 Friday, sending Neymar home without living up to the expectations of being soccer’s most expensive player.Kevin De Bruyne put Belgium up 2-0 by completing a counterattack led by Romelu Lukaku in the 31st minute.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West The opener came after a bit of good fortune. Fernandinho’s trailing arm inadvertently helped Belgium captain Vincent Kompany’s header land in his own net in the 13th.As Belgium lost cohesiveness in the second half and Brazil’s changes stirred the team, substitute Renato Augusto reduced the deficit with a header in the 76th.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne, 2nd right, scores his side’s second goal during the quarterfinal match between Brazil and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kazan Arena, in Kazan, Russia, Friday, July 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)But it was too late for Brazil to muster an equalizer as efforts to force the game into extra time were thwarted by Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Belgium will face France in the semifinals on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

18 Jan

Del Potro calls knee fracture a ‘hard blow’

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tests on Saturday showed the fracture, Del Potro’s spokesman Jorge Viale tweeted Sunday.“In the coming days, the doctors will evaluate the recovery process needed to return,” Viale said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina watches his shot as he plays against Borna Coric of Croatia in the men’s singles match of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Juan Martin del Potro has fractured his right patella bone in what the Argentine called “a hard blow that leaves me without strength.”Del Potro retired Thursday against Borna Coric at the Shanghai Masters after injuring his knee. Third-seeded Del Potro fell near the end of the first set. The U.S. Open finalist had the knee wrapped but called it quits after losing the first set 7-5.ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix’s Abueva fined for obscene gesture Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

18 Jan

Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury ready to rumble in LA showdown

first_imgCarpio 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Even now, three years into his reign as champion, he is sometimes mistaken for NBA superstar LeBron James.That could change on Saturday when the 6ft 7in Wilder faces off against Fury, the trash-talking “Gypsy King” who is also unbeaten, with 27 wins from 27 fights, 19 inside the distance.For Wilder, Saturday’s fight at the Staples Center is an opportunity to announce himself to a significant audience.It is the first time he is the feature attraction on a pay-per-view television card. An explosive display against Fury will burnish his box-office appeal. ‘The baddest man’ ADVERTISEMENT Sonny Liston, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, Joe Frazier and Mike Tyson head the who’s who of Wilder’s predecessors, evoking an era when heavyweight boxing was an integral part of the US sporting landscape.Yet as Wilder prepares for the eighth defense of a title he has held since 2015, he remains a virtual unknown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAt the age of 33, Wilder has compiled an impressive record which includes 40 victories, no defeats, with 39 knockouts.But his unblemished record and undeniable punching power have yet to capture the imagination of American sports fans. Whether those two fights are adequate preparation for the challenge of Wilder remains to be seen.While former heavyweight champions such as Lennox Lewis, Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson believe Fury has the skill and power to overcome Wilder, other fighters fear the bout has come too early in his comeback.“I’m always going to be rooting for the Union Jack,” said British heavyweight Dereck Chisora. “But I believe Fury has taken the fight too early…when he gets hit by Wilder, it’s goodnight.”Fury, true to form, is having none of it.“I’m going to box his face off,” Fury said. “On Saturday night, Deontay Wilder is going to be known as the guy who got knocked out by Tyson Fury,” added the Briton, gleefully mocking Wilder for his relatively low profile amongst US sports fans.“He needs me. He’s made seven defenses but he’s still unknown in this country. I went down the street yesterday and asked 50 people if they knew who Deontay Wilder was and only two said they did, and they were boxing fans.”Lewis and Holyfield, meanwhile, believe Fury’s chances of victory will hinge on his ability to take the fight into the later rounds while evading Wilder’s right hand.Wilder, however, demonstrated he is more than capable of lasting over the distance with a gutsy 10th round knockout of the dangerous Cuban Luis Ortiz in March.The American, who looked authentically angered by Fury in Wednesday’s face off, promised a brutal finish.“I’m gonna beat his ass and then knock him out,” Wilder said. “I promise you this, he will go down. I don’t know when it’s coming. But it’s coming.” Kawhi Leonard, Raptors outlast Warriors in thrilling OT win View comments “America has a mighty man in me,” Wilder boasted at an ill-tempered press conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday. “America has the baddest man on the planet.“I put in the hard work to make it here. I’ve grinded and worked. There’s no way I’m going to let a man come from another country and take what I’ve been building.”Victory for Wilder or Fury will thrust them to the front of the queue to face Britain’s Anthony Joshua, holder of the International Boxing Federation, World Boxing Association and World Boxing Organization heavyweight belts.While several obstacles would need to be overcome before a money-spinning Joshua fight can happen, the clamour for a unification bout could become irresistible.For Joshua’s eventual challenger to be Wilder, he must overcome the imposing 6ft 9in frame of Fury, a man on a mission who returned to the ring in April after a two-year absence following a battle with depression, drink and drug abuse.Three years ago, Fury stunned the boxing world after defeating champion Wladimir Klitschko to claim the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO and lineal titles.The high of that victory however was to be followed by a descent into despair. Fury, who was subsequently stripped of those belts amid two failed drug tests, recently revealed he had tried to commit suicide.“I just wanted to die so bad, I gave up on life,” Fury said.But with his demons overcome, and his license restored, Fury returned earlier this year, stopping Albanian journeyman Sefer Seferi after four rounds in April before outpointing little-known Francesco Pianeta in August. Comeback too soon? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Boxers Deontay Wilder, left, and Tyson Fury exchange words as they face each other at a news conference in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. The pair are slated to fight Saturday night for Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Deontay Wilder will aim to rekindle America’s love affair with heavyweight boxing on Saturday when he faces Britain’s Tyson Fury in a high-stakes showdown of undefeated fighters.As the reigning World Boxing Council champion, Wilder is the latest custodian of a belt which has been worn by some of the heavyweight division’s most iconic names stretching back over more than 50 years.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img read more

18 Jan

Health Workers Stay on Strike, Demand MOU, Withdrawal of Dismissal Letters…

first_imgStalwarts of the Liberian Senate, including Pro Tempore Gbehzohngar Findley, John Ballout and Oscar Cooper, stooped to the lowest and almost broke down in tears in the Joint Chambers of the Legislature Thursday, February 20, evening, as they unsuccessfully appealed to the striking health workers to end their indefinite strike and go back to work while that body worked with the Executive to ensure that their demands are met to the letter.“We know we have not paid the needed attention to your plight as we should have, and that is wrong; we are appealing to you as those who take care of our mothers, fathers and children to see reason and help us put a halt to the suffering of our ailing citizens,” Margibi County Senator Cooper, almost in tears,  repeated. But the health workers represented by Messrs Joseph Tamba, President, and George Williams, Secretary General, remained resolute and vowed in equally pathetic tones that they have given the Legislature sufficient time since February, 2013, to address the salaries and other needs of health workers, but they (Senators) failed to take them seriously.“What do you want us to do? Health Minister Walter Gwenigale does not have any respect for us and as a result, has failed to address our plight; instead he has gone ahead and dismissed 22 of our colleagues, who are from the leadership of the health workers. We are willing to go to work if Minister Gwenigale signs a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that he will not threaten our colleagues and will reinstate those he has already dismissed, “Secretary Williams declared.The workers’ secretary general continued: “Honorable Senators, we took your message and appealed for calm. We told health and social welfare workers your preparedness to work with them in making Senator Jallah’s recommendations a reality. They have agreed in principle to return to work, however, they will have me to inform you that given what they do know about the current Health and Social Welfare Ministry authorities, that certain the following be observed: that an MOU be signed that will protect and guaranteed them all; that the Ministry of Health makes a media- pronouncement—both electronic and print—of the withdrawal of dismissal letters, and the release of their January and February incentives and salaries; and that there be a timeline of Senator Jallah’s committee recommendations provided that will give us vivid indications of when and how we can see that these things are being done. We thank you for your kind intervention.” Immediately following the reading of that statement, the eight Senators present informed the over 30-man delegation of health workers that everything was already put in place for a speedy implementation of their demands, but that they (workers) need to call on their colleagues in the various counties to cut off the strike while another meeting that will include the Senators and Ministry of Health, and health workers are held this morning.The health workers refused to bulge and maintained that as much as they have respect for the Legislators and their willingness to help resolve the impasse, the same can’t be said for Minister Gwenigale and his deputies; hence, they vowed to stick to their demands.Some of the workers told our reporter that the situation now calls for the intervention of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf who is said to be winding up a three-day visit to Lofa County. Others think that members of the House of Representatives, who have larger constituencies and have direct dealings with electorates, will now take over from where the Senate left off.Complaints by health workers about their plight came to the knowledge of the Senate in February 2013, and a committee headed by Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Jallah was mandated to investigate and make recommendations to plenary (all members in attendance).But as one of the Senators said on Tuesday, when news of the health workers reached the floor of the Senate: “We did not make appropriations for the health workers, but were more concerned about ourselves.”BONG COUNTYMeanwhile, for the fifth day running, health workers in Bong County have resolved not to return to work until their demands are adequately addressed by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and the Government of Liberia. At a mass meeting at the Dolokelen Gboveh High School in Gbarnga on Thursday, February 20, the health workers through their vice president of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia Bong County Chapter, Viakandeya Forkpa, vividly stated that their concerns are not limited to salary increment and improved working conditions, but the reinstatement of their dismissed colleagues and the resignation of Health Minister Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale along with two of his principal deputies, including Dr. Bernice Dahn and Cllr. Vivian Cherue.Mr. Forkpa in an interview with this paper said they have not received any communications from their national leadership in Monrovia to call on them to cut off their strike action.The Bong County health workers in their meeting strongly warned their colleagues, who they termed as “cowards or charlatans,” not to return to work despite government’s persistent threat to dismiss those who will not go back to work.“We will not go back to work until the Ministry of Health and the Government of Liberia can see reason to address our concerns. We pity the conditions of our kinsmen but let us receive our just benefits that belong to us” Mr. Forkpa emphasized.Government Health Workers in Bong County on Monday February 17, joined their colleagues across the country to institute an indefinite strike action.The health workers are demanding for employment, improved salary as well as better working conditions and the resignation of the trio.The meeting was attended by Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy, the Catholic Justice and Peace Regional Coordinator Jesse Cole, Civil Society Organizations, the National Teacher Association of Liberia Bong County Branch and some members of the traditional elders.In a brief statement, Bong County Superintendent Selena Polson Mappy appealed to the strikers to go back to their places of assignment as government is doing everything to address their demands if not all.The Bong County Superintendent reminded the aggrieved health practitioners to always remain constructive in their engagement but not to follow the path of violence as a course of resolving problems.Superintendent Mappy encouraged the health workers to for all times open their doors for dialogue with the Government of Liberia.In an interview with this paper via mobile phone from Monrovia on Thursday February 20, the newly elected Chairman of the Bong County Legislative Caucus, Senator Henry W. Yallah, said the Senate along with representatives of the strikers and the Ministry of Health agreed on Wednesday February 19, in a special session of the Senate to return to work while negotiations are being concluded.Senator Yallah informed this paper that both parties concurred that the dismissed health workers be reinstated and the US$55 deducted from the health workers be placed in their accounts.Health Minister Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale recently dismissed about 22 health workers in the wake of the on-going strike action instituted by aggrieved health workers across the country and promised to fire all the little over 4000 health workers as of Friday February 21, 2014 if they remain defiance to return to work.Hospitals in Bong County still remain closed. However, few medical doctors are attending to critical patients.  Discussions continue…Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

18 Jan

Illegal Border Crossings on the Rise in Nimba

first_imgIllegal border crossings at the Liberia-Guinea border is becoming alarming and state security appear to be unable to control it.The illegal crossings intensified due to the closure of the Liberia-Guinea border since the Ebola outbreak began to escalate in the Mano River countries in July 2014.Even though the main border points are said to still be closed, there are many smaller crossing points especially beginning from Ganta to Yekepa that are still active.Around the Ganta main border, there are about four illegal border points with active traffic, including the daily smuggling of goods taking place.Gasoline, rice and other commodities are said to be smuggled into Guinea in huge quantities, while at the same time the smugglers bring in cotton and other agricultural produce to Liberia.During a visit by this reporter to one of the illegal crossing points around the Ganta Community called Glanyeelu on 17th January, there was a lot of cross-border activity on the Liberian side of the border while on the Guinean side, illegal traders, including some Guinean security, were seen with goods such as petroleum products, crossing them over from Liberia.The actual controllers of these crossing points are yet to be identified, but upon the visit of this reporter to the crossing points, several youth were seen in work clothes close to the crossing points, which nearby residents noticed as the youth involved in crossing smugglers with the consent of the security assigned in Ganta.Even though the youth couldn’t tell me what really they were doing there at that time, one of them said, “Presently, we are not doing anything so every day we come here to do our hustle.”The City of Ganta extends as far as the border with Guinea, which makes it hard for the security to track down the smuggling and the illegal crossings.Every day containers of gasoline, rice and other commodities from Ganta are seen in large quantities on vehicles or motorcycles heading for the Guinea border, but how they can get to the border without the consent of the security is yet to be established.On 23rd January, the Immigration, with support from the Gbarnga Hub, raided several illegal crossing points around Ganta and seized huge quantities of goods (agriculture produce) from smugglers.The next day the goods were turned over to the Customs authorities at the Ganta main border for duty payment, something the custom authorities had been carrying on whenever goods from Guinea are seized by security operatives working in Ganta since the government closed the border.However, the head of the joint security in Ganta, Maj. Betty Benson, has said that those who operate crossing points were the locals and they were doing so illegally without any regard for authority.She said whenever they raid them and destroy their rafts, the next day they would open another area and begin crossing people again at their own will.Illegal crossings since the closure of the border, led to the recent spill over of Ebola to Yekepa in December last year where the two main victims subsequently succumbed to the deadly disease at the Ganta ETU.Since the closure of the border, illegal border crossing has been ongoing along the Liberia – Guinea border daily.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 Jan

Cotton Tree fire leaves 6 homeless

first_imgSix persons are now homeless after a fire completely destroyed their two-bedroom, two-storey home at Lot 28 Cotton Tree, West Coast Berbice on Monday.Reports are that, at about 00:30h, family members were awakened from asleep to find their home filled with smoke. At the time, those in the building were Rajwattie Persaud, 45; her husband Jairam, 49; Kumarie Jairam, 19; Nafeeza Nazam, 12; Christopher Jairam, 11; and Kishan Habibullah, two years old.Fire flattened this two-storey building Jairam told Guyana Times that after an alarm was raised, he got the family together and tried to get everyone out of the burning building, but they were trapped as they were all barefooted, and received burns to their feet.“The heat coming up from the bottom and we get burn!” he explained.As initial efforts to exit the building proved futile, he went back into his room. After a while, he broke a window on the upper flat and jumped to safety. Four of the other family members did likewise, while his wife had to take her baby with her when she jumped to safety.Residents, meanwhile formed a bucket brigade to fight the flames, but it failed to save the building.All six family members were taken to the Fort Wellington Hospital suffering from burns. Persaud and Kumarie were admitted as patients while the others were treated and sent away.Swift action by the Guyana Fire Service, however, prevented two nearby houses from burning. Deputy Fire Officer for Berbice, Clive McDonald, said that upon receiving the report, the Fire Service responded promptly.Mc Donald referred to the escape as an act of bravery, noting that Persaud jumped from the burning building with her two-year-old toddler.Jairam and one of the children who was in the building at the time of the fire“The first thing was to stop the fire from spreading. The fire was contained to one building,” Mc Donald said.Damage to a building being less than ten feet away was limited to its outer rafters, while the building on the next lot received damage to the plastic guttering along one side of its roof.“The 400 gallons of water (the GFS) came with could not be sufficient. Is immediately they went to the source, and it is there to prove, the other buildings still standing,” he added.Residents were high in their praise for the work done by the firefighters.Meanwhile, Jairam is now counting his losses, saying he had suffered a broken leg last year and has since not been able to work.“Is everything ah loss! Me na get nothing! Me picknin, me wife, nobody na get nothing!” he said in his native creole dialect.Lying in a hammock when this publication visited him, the injured man explained that he has been out of a job for the past eight months following an injury in the cane field which resulted in him suffering a broken leg.His wife has been the family’s breadwinner, working as a part-time domestic. “Now she get burn an in hospital,” Jairam lamented.Persons who may wish to provide urgently needed assistance to this family can contact Jairam on telephone number 619-6113. The Fire Service has launched an investigation into the fire.  (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

12 Jan

Opposition calls for resignation of SOCU advisor

first_img…as parliamentary forum on corruption hostedMembers of Parliament (MPs) representing the Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) took a jab at British fraud expert and advisor to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), Dr Sam Sittlington asking him to resign for turning a blind eye to the many instances of Government corruption.This call was made at an anti-bribery and corruption forum organised for members of the National Assembly on Wednesday that was held in the Parliament Chambers. The event was attended by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, among others.Leading the Opposition charge was MP Harry Gill, who took offence to Sittlington’s speech which focused entirely on corruption practices. The MP told the British fraud expert that focus should be placed on matters here instead.“You have turned a blind eye to reports of corruption right here in the Government,” Gill said. He made reference to the controversial Sussex Street drugSam Sittlingtonbond and the construction of D’Urban Park.When the MP asked Sittlington why none of these cases had been investigated, he said none of the cases have been referred to SOCU and the Unit cannot go out on its own to conduct these investigations.“None of the cases you mentioned were referred to SOCU or the Police Commissioner. As an investigator, I welcome any case that comes to SOCU,” the British expert said.On that note, Gill said the fact that Sittlington was employed by the State posed a conflict of interest problem for him to investigate acts of corruption by State agencies.The Prime Minister and Ramjattan both defended the UK expert, stating that the Opposition MPs came with a motive to disparage Sittlington, describing them as a “lynch gang with a clear intention”.In his defence, Sittlington advised that SOCU can only investigate matters that are referred to the Police or cases referred by the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit, the Financial Intelligence Unit, or the Fraud Squad.Further, he said progress has been made which is important to Guyana’s international image. He added good governance is an effective way of tempering business exploitation while reflecting good management.“The importance of showing leadership and responsibility in this regard will give confidence to foreign governments and commercial entities that you are a nation that could do more business with and provide further investment,” he added.Sittlington’s presentation was centred around five of the principles under the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). Guyana ratified the UNCAC in 2008.He explained that bribery and corruption range from petty to grand, and stressed that strong anti-corrupt internal systems that reinforce partiality, transparency, zero tolerance and communication with the public can be developed to counter negative perceptions.Despite previous complaints from the PPP, the UK white-collar crime expert returned to Guyana in January for another stint working with SOCU.Following Sittlington’s initial appointment, SOCU, in a bold move on March 7, 2017, had arrested and questioned a number of top officials from the previous Government. Among those arrested and questioned were former President Bharrat Jagdeo, and former Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon.Other former Government officials questioned included former Prime Minister and former President, Samuel Hinds; former Ministers Priya Manickchand, Irfaan Ali, Clement Rohee, Robert Persaud and Dr Jennifer Westford. One commonality in their questioning was in relation to property purchased at the Sparendaam seawall area on the East Coast that is commonly known as “Pradoville 2”.While the current Administration contends that the transaction is a criminal act because of the belief that the land was sold below market value, the PPP has argued that subsidised housing has always been a part of the legacy of the Party, and countless Guyanese have benefited from lands sold below market value.No further action was ever pursued against these former officials, and the arrests prompted resounding cries that the Executive has been giving orders to SOCU to attack former Government officials as part of a witch-hunting exercise.A glass of wineTwo days after these events, Ramjattan, along with SOCU Head Sydney James and Sittlington, had a rendezvous at a popular city café, and were seen clinking glasses in an extremely celebratory atmosphere in the dimly lit establishment.Ramjattan later confirmed to <<>> that he and the SOCU officials had been having some drinks at the popular spot, which usually is not open to the public after dark. According to Ramjattan, he had gone to “have a glass of wine” with the SOCU officials as they celebrated Dr Sittlington’s work here in Guyana, since the expert had been due to leave soon.MotiveAt a subsequent press conference, Jagdeo had questioned the motive behind the gathering, noting that “to drink wine immediately after arrests were made warrants a full-fledged investigation”.According to the Opposition Leader, given that the coalition Government has launched several Commissions of Inquiry, President David Granger should do the same with regard to this matter, since it threatened the country’s independence and dignity.last_img read more

12 Jan

5 nabbed with grenades, weapons, drugs

first_imgRanks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) in F Division (Interior Locations) have arrested five persons following the discovery of grenades, several weapons, and a quantity of narcotics in separate interceptions.These exercises were carried out by ranks conducting patrols in the Blackwater Creek, Cuyuni River, Essequibo on Wednesday and Thursday. Among the five persons arrested were three Venezuelans and two Guyanese.The first exercise was on Wednesday, when the ranks intercepted a boat aboutPolice set fire to a camp in which a quantity of ganja was found13:30h and conducted a search of its occupants. During the search, ranks unearthed a live 12-gauge cartridge and 271 grams of cannabis in the possession of the 26-year-old Guyanese Captain of Eteringbang Landing.Meanwhile, about 15:30h on Thursday, the ranks intercepted another boat at Mode Hole, Cuyuni River, and two of the 17 occupants were found in possession of a live grenade each.Later in the day, a third vessel was intercepted around 17:30h and during a search, one of the two occupants who resides at Enterprise on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD) was found in possession of an unlicensed pistol with 11 live matching rounds.Then, later on Thursday, about 23:30h, the ranks searched a boat at Eteringbang Landing, and found in possession of the 27-year-old Venezuelan Captain, five live rounds of ammunition.On the other hand, Police ranks in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani), acting on information received, went to a location at Wismar, Linden, and found two and a half acres of cannabis with about 1100 plants measuring six inches to a foot in height, along with a nursery containing about 500 seedlings and a makeshift camp.The plants and camp were photographed and destroyed by fire, the Police said.last_img read more

3 Jan

Crystal Palace boss Pardew hails two-goal unsung hero Murray

first_imgAlan Pardew praised Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray after his brace led the Eagles to a 3-1 Premier League victory over West Ham on Saturday afternoon.The 31-year-old struggled for game time under former boss Neil Warnock but starred in a convincing win at Upton Park with two headers either side of a Scott Dann goal.He was later sent off for two bookable offences, but with fellow forwards Fraizer Campbell, Yaya Sanogo and Marouane Chamakh all out injured, Pardew was full of praise for deputising Murray.“He’s got that nous as a number nine to find that space and be in the right place at the crucial time,” said the manager.“He could have had a hat-trick in the first half and, I hope he doesn’t feel I’m insulting him, but he isn’t the quickest.“Teddy [Sheringham] coaches here at West Ham and I had him as a player. He’s a bit like that in creating room and chances for himself without pace. He’s clever.”Murray spent time out on loan earlier in the season as former boss Warnock deemed him surplus to requirements at Selhurst Park – but Pardew had other ideas.“We had four Championship teams that felt they had a chance of him on loan – Reading the most prominent as he has been there,” he added.“But I gave him a new contract and said ‘you’re going to stay here and help us get out of this situation’.“He’s been unfortunate as Fraizer came in and did brilliantly for us – so he’s had to be patient but he’s rewarded me in this game and I can’t thank him enough – he was terrific.“I felt sorry for him that he was sent off. It was probably my fault – I should have got Shola [Ameobi] on earlier. But it was too late.”Murray, who will now miss Tuesday’s clash with Southampton through suspension, said he was guilty of a number of “stupid fouls” in the lead up to his dismissal by referee Mike Dean.“Obviously it’s great to get a couple of goals but I’m disappointed to get sent off, it was just a reaction and I think the referee was almost waiting to send me off after a few stupid fouls,” he told Sky Sports.“I gave him that option and he took it. We spoke about it at half-time – ‘don’t make a challenge’ – and I managed not to outside the box but it was just a reaction inside the box unfortunately.“He just said there’d been a few niggly little fouls and he’d kept having to stop the game so he’d said: ‘no more’.”last_img read more

30 Dec

Man pleads not guilty to false medal claim

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsAt the meeting, Alvarez said he was wounded multiple times while serving as a Marine during the Vietnam War. He later admitted that he never served in the military. Alvarez declined to comment after Monday’s hearing. His appointed public defender, Brianna Fuller, also declined to comment. Bob Kuhn, president of the Three Valleys board, said he believes Alvarez is guilty of the medal charge, a misdemeanor. “I heard the tape, and I heard the introduction, and it was very clear to me,” Kuhn said. “There’s no question in my mind that he’s guilty of putting himself out there as a Medal of Honor winner.” LOS ANGELES – The Pomona water board member charged with falsely claiming to have won the Medal of Honor pleaded not guilty Monday during an arraignment in a federal court downtown. Xavier Alvarez, who represents south Pomona on the governing board of the Three Valleys Municipal Water District, was charged by federal authorities in September. The trial was set for Jan. 22. A public defender was appointed for Alvarez. He was tape-recorded making the medal claim during the July 23 meeting of the Walnut Valley Water District, where he spoke to the board after being introduced as a guest. Kuhn and other local officials, including Pomona Mayor Norma Torres, have called for Alvarez to resign from his seat on the Three Valleys board. Alvarez can be removed from office only if he is found guilty of a felony, or if he is unable to perform his district duties for 90 days, Kuhn said. Kuhn said he didn’t expect Alvarez to receive a jail sentence if he is found guilty of the medal charge, predicting instead that Alvarez will be asked to do “good deeds” such as community service. Fred Lantz, vice president of the Three Valleys board, said of Alvarez’s plea: “Either he doesn’t understand the gravity of the charge, or he doesn’t understand that he’s on tape saying those statements.” Alvarez was censured by the Three Valleys board Oct. 26 for illegally funneling spousal health benefits to a woman who divorced him in 2002. Three Valleys officials have forwarded a complaint regarding Alvarez’s apparent misappropriation of public funds to the Public Integrity Division of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. David Demerjian, head deputy of the division, said the matter was “still in the review phase. We haven’t decided what we’re doing yet.” Several additional claims that Alvarez, a 49-year-old Pomona native, has made about his past appear to be untrue. He has claimed he earned an engineering degree from Cal Poly Pomona, though the school has no record of him ever attending. He listed his occupation on last November’s ballot as “engineer.” He has refused to publicly disclose where he works or even if he is employed. will.bigham@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-8553160Want 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