Ex-GRA personnel charged for collecting bribe from night club owner

first_imgThirty-three-year-old Siresti Bascom, a former employee of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), was on Friday slapped with a charge of corrupt transaction when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Remanded: Siresti BascomBascom, who is now a security guard, denied that on December 4, 2018, at the Rio Night Club, while being an agent of the GRA, he corruptly obtained $1 million from Paul Daby as a reward or inducement to not seize and remove uncustomed alcoholic beverages found at the nightclub, an act in relation to his principal affairs.The court heard that on the day in question, the defendant was given instructions to go and seize a quantity of illegal alcoholic beverages at the nightclub, but failed to do same and instead collected the cash listed in the charge.A report was later made against Bascom regarding his actions. An investigation was launched into the matter and upon completion, the present charge was instituted against him.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh made no objections to bail being granted and as such, Magistrate Leron Daly granted Bascom his pre-trial liberty in the sum of $80,000.Bascom will make his next court appearance on September 20, 2019.last_img read more

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ECD man shot, robbed by lone gunman in Sophia

first_imgAn East Coast Demerara (ECD) resident is now being treated for a gunshot wound to his leg at the Georgetown Public Hospital after he was attacked and robbed by an armed gunman on Thursday. Based on reports, Gavin Ramlall, 22, of Chateau Margot, ECD, was in the vicinity of C Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, at about 16:15h when he was approached by a lone gunman who demanded that he hand over his personal belongings and money he had in his possession.Ramlall reportedly put up a fight but in retaliation, the gunman discharged a round hitting him to one of his legs. The bandit then relieved the man of an undisclosed sum of money, mobile phone and the keys to his car.Upon hearing gunshots residents in the area rushed to the man’s assistance; he was taken to the hospital where he was admitted.The police have launched an investigation into the matter. No one has been arrested.last_img read more

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Carifesta XIII kicks off with grand display

first_img… Guyana steals spotlight on opening nightFollowing an unfortunate delay in the commencement of the Caribbean’s major festival as a result of the passage of Tropical Storm Harvey, Barbados on Sunday came to life as Carifesta XIII kicked off with a grand display of culture and talent from across the Region.The Queens Park in Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados was ignited by a colourful parade as participating countries in the 13th edition of Carifesta, took to the regional stage to displayed their cultural traditions while adorned in costumes of their national colours.Education Minister Nicolette Henry leading the Guyanese procession at Carifesta XIIIAttending the opening ceremony of Carifesta XIII were the hosting Prime Minister Freundel Stuart of Barbados; along with the Secretary General of the Caribbean Community (Caricom), Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, as well as Government members and other officials of each of the participating countries.While taking to the stage to raise the curtains on this highly anticipated regional celebration, Barbadian Culture Minister Stephon Lashley, posited that Carifesta XIII will be remembered as a turning point in the Region’s quest to further economic diversity and a time for deepening cultural ties within the Region.Representatives from each country take to the streets of Barbados to showcase their national colours at the opening parade of Carifesta XIIIAdding to that, Lashley in a reminder to the gathering highlighted that the festival was birthed by Caribbean Literary Artists who advocated for the event becoming a reality years prior. On that note, he relayed, “Guyana hosted the first event and we salute Mr Forbes Burnham for leading the way as the first host. Guyana has always been a strong representative at the event and they must be celebrated.”Echoing the sentiments of the Minister was the Caricom Secretary General who told the opening ceremony that the arts is a cornerstone of the regional integration movement, and a force that binds, inspires us, and defines Caricom in a unique way.As such, he noted, Carifesta aids in promoting a regional identity while strengthening ties among the countries.Moreover, Ambassador LaRocque said Barbados’ hosting of Carifesta XIII demonstrated in a tangible way, the country’s recognition of the significant contribution that culture and the creative industries can make to economic and social development of member states. He continued by saying it reaffirms the country’s commitment to Caricom and to regional integration.“The cultural flagship, Carifesta is a highly-valued Caricom event that is near and dear to our hearts. Since its inception in 1972 in Guyana, it has given us a regional platform where we can share and exchange, showcase our talents.” the Secretary General expressed.This is the second time that this mega cultural festival is being hosted in the ‘Land of the Flying Fish’ as Barbados also took on the festivities for CARIFESTA IV in 1981.CARIFESTA XIII is expected to run for 10 days but is off to a late start due to the tropical storm.Nevertheless, a delegation of about 60 Guyanese have journey to the island and have bee representing Guyana with outstanding performances at this edition of the biannual regional platform.Tabled on the official agenda for Carifesta XIII is a list of over 500 events to be hosted at 25 venues throughout the island of Barbados. The celebrations will reflect the theme for this; the 13th observance of the Caribbean festival, which has been established as, “Assert Our Culture and Celebrate Ourselves.”last_img read more

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Dundas, Parks relish opportunity to stretch horizons

first_imgThey consider themselves privileged to be part of this historical “Train and Play” Camp that has been organised by the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) for the core of its young players and some senior players, ahead of what is anticipated to be an intense four-year cycle of foundation football.Franklyn ParkThe 22-year-old duo of defenders: Kevin Dundas, who plays with Den Amstel Football Club, and St Ignatius Football Club’s Franklyn Parks, a midfielder, have both expressed delight at being chosen to participate in what they have described as the commencement of a journey of a lifetime.Dundas, who commenced his playing career in his home village team, Den Amstel on the West Coast of Demerara, had also plied his trade with Buxton United FC for two years, and with the Guyana Defence Force for one year, before returning to his village team.Speaking with GFF media, Dundas said he feels blessed to have been given this chance, since he has been working hard over the years; and he said he would be grabbing this first-time chance with hands and feet.Kevin Dundas“To get this opportunity, I am really grateful to God and my coaches for creating the pathway for this, so that I can become a better player and improve. So it’s a really great opportunity to learn and go forward in the game. The coaches here have widened my horizons on how football is structured, and the way forward with the game.”Having previously been called to a number of trials, Dundas revealed, this is his first tour; and it couldn’t come at a better time, since it has boosted his morale and passion for the game.“Most of the time I am working and not (being) selected; you feel like you’re not really going anywhere. So this is a major boost to my game, and I’m learning something new every day from the coaches, as they are very experienced and this is the way forward,” he explained.Dundas is confident he would be one of the main pillars in the team when things get underway with the ultimate aim of Guyana qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2026, and along the way, qualification for the CONCACAF Gold Cup next year.“With this coaching staff it’s really possible, because they have widened our horizons with the thought process, and not just the game itself; to see the game from a different angle as we prepare ourselves to stay in the game,” he explained.Dundas has pledged to continue working hard even after this “Train and Play” Camp would have concluded here in Rio.“The coaches have said that they would provide steps to try and make us the best, but we would have to strive to be the best. We have to also take individual responsibility; so I see myself doing that to help push my club and myself to a high level, by staying fit and following the structured diet,” he disclosed.The solid defender also shared that he has learnt a whole lot more in the area of dieting, which is very important to be at the top of one’s game.“If you don’t put out the work and make the sacrifices, you can’t go (anywhere); so, basically, sticking with the diet and keeping hydrated is my responsibility,” he divulged.He also shared some advice with his fellow young colleagues here in Rio: “I think this is a great opportunity for the youngsters here to appreciate that we have a way forward; you just have to stick with the programme, believe, and work hard. It’s not an easy game, it’s not an easy way forward, but work hard and stick to your programme and you will get there,” he advised.Parks, who has come from a football family, saw his other brothers — Terrence, Brandon, Peter, Anthony and Daxton — play the game. So, as he puts it, it’s in his DNA. He started playing the game at age 10 in his home village of St. Ignatius, in the Rupununi.Like Dundas, Parks has said he feels privileged to be part of the “Train and Play” Camp, and is so far comfortable with the way things have been progressing.“I’ve been learning new things, training with new drills now, as well as different levels of intensity,” he disclosed.The young midfielder also disclosed that he has been learning to focus more on his aim as a player, and to set goals. “I see myself being a part of the GFF’s long term programme, because I am a person who pushes to be successful,” he declared.He notes that this exposure would motivate his fellow villagers to believe that they, too, can do it.“It would show them more that we can come out here to take ourselves to a different level; we can perform and get better and play our part in developing the game nationally,” he disclosed.last_img read more

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Dirtbags stick it to Longhorns late

first_imgEspinosa enjoyed the mobbing he took. “I was going nuts,” he said. “I loved it.” Indeed, emotions were running high. But perhaps none higher than those of McMurray. He had not played the past two seasons because of shoulder surgery. Batting for DH Chris Lopez with the bases full and two out, he ripped a line drive into right field, the tying runs coming home in the names of Matt Cline and Robert Perry. “It means a lot,” McMurray said. “I have been waiting a real long time to get my opportunity again. I didn’t know if I was going to play again. It’s just nice to get out on the field and get a shot.” LONG BEACH – Texas had Long Beach State right where it wanted. The Longhorns had received two long home runs from Kyle Russell and Joseph Krebs had pitched splendidly in long relief on the way to a two-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth inning. But the Dirtbags (3-1) rallied, chased Krebs and got a two-run pinch single from Bobby McMurray to tie the score, then Danny Espinosa hit a game-winning single to right field to score pinch-runner T.J. Mittelstaedt as LBSU came back to defeat the No. 7-ranked Longhorns, 7-6, before 2,015 delirious fans at Blair Field. After his clutch hit, Espinosa was mobbed by his teammates between first and second base. “I wanted to be up there,” said Espinosa, a sophomore shortstop. “I was telling the guys in the dugout, `Put me up there. I want to be up there.’ And just to be able to do that, pump my teammates up and know that we’re the best team.” center_img McMurray wasn’t surprised his team rallied for the win. “This team has a lot of character,” he said. “I think more so this year than most years. We just have really good team chemistry and it shows a lot.” As for Krebs, he came in with a 1.42 ERA in two appearances. He entered the ninth having pitched 4 1/3 innings of relief, giving up just one run. But he gave up a one-out infield single to Cline and hit Perry with a pitch. Krebs was relieved by Adrian Alaniz (1-1), who hit Brandon Godfrey with a pitch to load the bases. Jason Corder then flied out for the second out before McMurray came through with his hit. Austin Wood relieved Alaniz and gave up the game-winner to Espinosa. Dustin Rasco (1-0) picked up the win for the Dirtbags with three innings of solid relief. He gave up one earned run on one hit. Texas (2-3) drew first blood. With Bradley Suttle on first via a leadoff single in the second inning, Russell hit his first HR, a long two-out, two-run shot over the 400-foot sign in dead center off of Vance Worley. The game went back and forth from there. LBSU got one back in the bottom of the inning and took a 3-2 lead in the third only to have Texas tie it in the fourth. The Dirtbags went back ahead 4-3, but the Longhorns rallied for a 6-4 lead. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Milner and Hart to sign new Manchester City deals, confirms Pellegrini

first_imgJames Milner is poised to sign a new Manchester City contract, manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed.The England international, who joined City from Aston Villa for £26million in 2010, is in the final year of his current deal.Milner has played a prominent role for the Premier League champions in the first half of the season, featuring in all but two of their 24 games in all competitions.The 28-year-old’s future had been the subject of speculation due to his lack of starts last season, but his prominence this term – starting 13 times – appears to have changed that.The development comes after goalkeeper Joe Hart admitted this week he was also ready to sign fresh terms.Pellegrini said: “Milner, I hope that he will sign also. We will see, same as Joe, in the next days.“I don’t know how many days before we can have this as official news but I suppose that also he will sign and continue here because he also wants to stay.”Pellegrini first revealed that a deal with Hart was close a week ago but he could not confirm when anything would be finalised.The Chilean, speaking at a press conference to preview this weekend’s game at Leicester, said: “It is very close, I suppose.“As you know, Joe wants to stay here. We also want him to be our goalkeeper so I hope it will be ready as soon as possible. I don’t think that we are going to have any problems.”Pellegrini also had no news on a possible new deal for Frank Lampard, whose loan deal from sister club New York City expires at the end of the month.The former England midfielder has proved a success in his short stint at City, leading to speculation his stay could be prolonged to cover Yaya Toure’s involvement in the African Nations Cup.But, once again, Pellegrini would say nothing beyond the fact the matter would be looked at sometime in December.He said: “I said during December. For the moment, no [news].” 1 Manchester City duo Joe Hart and James Milner last_img read more

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50 mph winds, with gusts higher, hit AV area

first_imgLANCASTER – Wind gusts topped 50 mph Friday in the Antelope Valley, and forecasters predicted continued wind today. Wind gusts were measured at 52 mph Friday afternoon at Lake Palmdale and at 49 mph at Fox Field in Lancaster, the National Weather Service said. Gusts were clocked at 46 mph in Mojave and 30 mph at Edwards Air Force Base. The wind kicked up dust enough to reduce visibility at the Lancaster airport in early afternoon to a quarter-mile, compared to 45 miles from Edwards, officials said. The California Highway Patrol issued a weather advisory at midafternoon Friday recommending that campers, trailers and big rigs avoid the Antelope Valley, said CHP Officer Dave Porter in the Los Angeles Traffic Management Center. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Officials said they received no reports of damage from wind. The National Weather Service forecast winds in the Antelope Valley this afternoon and evening of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts even stronger. Today’s high temperature is expected to be about 69 degrees. Winds are expected to slacken Sunday, when the afternoon temperature is expected to be about 76 degrees. Memorial Day’s high temperature is expected to reach about 82 degrees. Friday’s wind was produced by high atmospheric pressure over the Pacific Ocean and low pressure over the Great Basin, which make air move through Soledad Pass and Tehachapi Pass into the Antelope Valley. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Teacher’s actions debated

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals El Monte police and Mountain View School District officials have been investigating allegations a Maxson teacher, whom parents and students identified as Jonathan Santamaria, restrained three third-graders with computer cords earlier this week. School officials said the teacher has been placed on paid leave during the investigation, which should be complete next week. Efforts to reach Santamaria or his attorney were unsuccessful. El Monte police Detective Eric Youngquist said Santamaria is expected to make a statement to police early next week. Then, Youngquist said, he can submit his report to the District Attorney’s Office. Third-grader Carolina Maciel, 8, said the teacher first tied Ramirez to a chair after he and another boy were playing on a table and then jumped off. A third student, a girl, said to the teacher, “Tie me! Tie me!” Maciel said the teacher then tied the girl to the chair, but the second boy tied himself. The two restrained boys often disturb the class, said third-grader Anthony Angel, 8. “Sometimes (Santamaria) gets a little mad when they don’t listen or they do something bad or when they lie,” Angel said. Ramirez’s mother, Nancy, said she’s not mad at the teacher, nor has she heard complaints about him. She hopes he returns to the classroom. esther.chou@sgvn.com 626-962-8811, Ext. 2513160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL MONTE – An 8-year-old boy said Friday he thought it was funny when his teacher tied him to his chair. When it comes to discipline, Ivan Ramirez, a third-grade student at Maxson Elementary School, said his teacher is too nice to him. Ramirez said his teacher tied him at the waist to the chair because “I keep standing up and he wants me to sit down.” But the two other students – a boy and a girl – who were allegedly tied up by the same teacher didn’t think it was as amusing, according to Ramirez. “They were like sad. They were too embarrassed,” Ramirez said. last_img read more

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Tributes pour in as woman found dead in Milford is named locally

first_imgGardai are still awaiting the results of a post mortem before deciding the direction of their investigation into a woman’s death in Milford.The body of Julie Harvey was found at her home in the village in the early hours of Saturday morning.Ms Harvey, who was in her 40s, was married and was a mother and grandmother. Her husband Anthony and extended family are being comforted by neighbours and friends.Ms Harvey, who was a housewife, was well-known in the locality and was a keen bingo player.Her body was found in an upstairs room of her home near Lough Lane at around 7am on Saturday morning.It is not know how exactly she died. However, Garda sources say Ms Harvey had some injuries on her body.They are hoping an autopsy will determine if she died as a result of these injuries or if her death was from natural causes.Gardai immediately sealed off the area following the discovery of Ms Harvey’s body.A full forensic examination of the scene was then carried out by Gardai.Tributes have flowed in on social media for Ms Harvey who also had family connections in both Letterkenny and Raphoe. Friend Alexander Hutchinson wrote “RIP to the nicest person you will ever meet you were there for everyone when they needed you u will be missed.”It is expected her post mortem will take place at Letterkenny University Hospital tomorrow (Mon).Tributes pour in as woman found dead in Milford is named locally was last modified: May 14th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:deathdonegalGardaiinvestigationJulie HarveyMilfordlast_img read more

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Tourist precinct for Cape Agulhas

first_img21 August 2013South African National Parks (SANParks) has opened a kilometre-long boardwalk linking the Cape Agulhas lighthouse with the southernmost tip of Africa – the point in the Western Cape where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet.The R2.25-million pathway is the first phase of a project to create a Cape Agulhas lighthouse precinct comprising a lighthouse museum, heritage centre, restaurant, vendor stalls and information services. Cape Agulhas is a about a two-and-a-half hour drive from Cape Town.Funded by the Western Cape Economic Development and Tourism Department, the project has so far created 36 jobs.“The construction method of the boardwalk provided an opportunity to employ unskilled people from in and around the Agulhas area,” SANParks said in a statement on Monday.The boardwalk will protect the sensitive area around the southern tip from walking damage while making the Agulhas National Park more accessible to visitors.“This is just the beginning. We all know that tourism plays a vital role in the economy of South Africa because of the number of jobs it can create in the absence of other large industry in the area,” said SANParks conservation and tourism committee chairperson, Gerald Swan.‘Unlocking the precinct’s full potential’“In order to unlock the precinct’s full tourism potential, as well as focusing attention on the sensitive natural environment, we have to improve the area to international standards.”Funding of almost R22-million has been secured from the Department of Environmental Affairs and the Western Cape Economic Development and Tourism Department, and planning and design of the precinct has started.Building is expected to begin in late 2014.The Department of Tourism has also confirmed funding of R12-million for the construction of a southern tip iconic structure.“We will be unlocking and celebrating the superb views with appropriate viewing decks with minimal blockage, and we will be paying attention to the significant space between the lighthouse and the point,” Swan said.A hiking trail will take in the Agulhas village, ancient tidal fish traps, the lighthouse precinct, the peninsula’s southernmost point, and a shipwreck along the coastline.“A further R17-million will be invested in the park for the restoration of the historic Ratelrivier Homestead that acknowledges the deep history embedded in the area,” SANParks said.“It will become the tourism hub at the Western entrance, and the aim is to build the longest boardwalk in Africa from the lighthouse along the Agulhas coast.“Underpinning all of these developments will be to conserve the indigenous fauna and flora that makes Agulhas National Park so unique.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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