Two Men Drown in St. John River After ‘Rogue’ Alarm

first_imgThe two bodies at the bank of St. John River at the Liberian border with Guinea, in Ganta.Two men have drowned in the St. John River at the Ganta Main Border near Guinea in Nimba County, after the alarm of ‘rogue, rogue’ was blown on one of the victims, who was suspected to have stolen huge sums of Liberian dollars from Grand Gedeh, but was reportedly enroute to Guinea.The other victim was allegedly running after the suspect when both of them plunged into the river and subsequently drowned.According to officers of the Liberia National Police in Ganta, a Mandingo Governor, Fatuma Bility, who resides in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, reported to the police on February 17, 2019, that one Amadou Karbah had burglarized his home and made away with L$450,000, twenty grams of gold and some unspecified amount of foreign currencies.Bility informed the police that on February 17, Karbah allegedly went to his house in Zwedru during the morning hour, but asked for permission to stay and then pass a night before making his journey the next day.“As their governor,” Mr. Bility added, “I left the man in the house by 10:00 a.m. to attend a meeting, but when I returned within an hour’s time, I noticed that my room door was broken into and that my money and other valuables were stolen. My neighbors said they saw the man with a bag getting on a motorbike,” the police quoted Mr. Bility as saying.Community members at the spot where the bodies of Kollie and Karbah were retrieved from the St. John River in Ganta.“Mr. Bility made a follow up to Ganta, where he informed the police at the border in the early hours of Monday, February 18, 2019. While waiting, the alleged suspect appeared with a bag tied on the motorbike,” according to police.The police explained that when the complainant saw the suspect, he wasted no time, but raised alarm by shouting “rogue, rogue,” and immediately suspect Amadou left the bag containing the money on the bike and fled with heavy speed straight to the waterside, where he jumped into the river in an effort to cross to Guinea.The “rogue, rogue” alarm drew the attention of a crowd at the border to the extent that Richard Kollie, alias “OPS”, ran after Amadou into the river with an attempt to grab him when both of them disappeared until they were discovered dead down the river on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.The police meanwhile have retrieved US$1,400.00, CFA 10,000 and L$1,000 from the pocket of suspect Karbah after his body was taken from the river.Richard Kollie was said to be a family man with several children.Liberians came in their numbers to see the two dead bodies shortly after they were retrieved from the water.Both Karbah and Kollie have been buried.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

29 cases disposed of in April 2019 Criminal Assizes in Demerara

first_img…June session to commence with 301 casesThe April 2019 Criminal Assizes in Demerara came to an end last Thursday with the Gaol Delivery being done by Justice Navindra Singh at the Supreme Court in Georgetown.This session began on April 2, with Justices Singh, Roxane George, James Bovell-Drakes and Brassington Reynold presiding. During this session of the Assizes, a total of 259 cases were listed to be heard and a mere 29 were disposed of during the two-month period.Of these 29 matters, only 25 were heard in the High Court, while four were nolle prosequi (not prosecuted) by the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). The cases that engaged the court’s attention resulted in 10 guilty pleas, six convictions, three not guilty verdicts and four formal verdicts of not guilty.Justice Singh heard and completed 13 murder cases and two manslaughter cases that were presented by State Counsels Tuanna Hardy, Abigail Glbbs and Teriq Mohammed and Sarah Martin.Of the 13 murder cases, nine of the accused pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter. Three of these accused were each sentenced to 12 years imprisonment, another two to 14 years each and the others were respectively sentenced to 15 years; 10 years; nine years; and 16 years, 8 months.In another three murder cases, the accused were all found guilty by jury verdicts. In one of these cases, there were two accused – one of whom was sentenced to 65 years imprisonment, while his co-accused was found guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years imprisonment. In the other two cases, one accused was sentenced to 75 years imprisonment while the other accused is awaiting sentencing.The other murder case saw the trial Judge upholding a no-case submission and directed the jury to return a formal verdict of not guilty. The same was done in one of the two trials for the offence of manslaughter. In the other case, the jury returned a guilty verdict for the accused, who is awaiting sentencing.Additionally, eight matters were presented by State Counsels Lisa Cave, Seeta Bishundial and Sarah Martin before Justice Brassington Reynolds in the Sexual Offences Court. In one of these cases, the accused was found guilty by the jury on all four counts he was indicted with and was sentenced to 29 years imprisonment. In the other three cases, the accused were acquitted by the jury; while in the two remaining trials, the trial Judge directed the juries to return formal verdicts of not guilty. Justice Reynolds upheld a no-case submission in one case while in the other, the Virtual Complainant (VC) testified she did not wish to proceed with the evidence. Two other matters are in progress before Justice ReynoldsOn the other hand, Justice James Bovell-Drakes completed two murder cases presented by State Counsels Tiffini Lyken and Sarah Martin. In one case, the jury returned a unanimous verdict of guilty for the accused who was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment; while the other accused pleaded guilty to the lesser offence of manslaughter and will be sentenced on June 3.Meanwhile, the four matters nolle prosequi by the DPP were for sexual offences in which the VCs submitted written statements they did not wish to proceed with their mattens.In Berbice, the February Criminal Assizes was in progress with Justice Reynolds first presiding, before Justice Franklin Holder took over the session, which commenced on February 3. A total 61 cases have been listed to be heard during this Assizes, which will continue on June 15.Of this, 17 cases received the attention of the court during the past four months (February to May).The Demerara June 2019 Criminal Assizes will commence on Tuesday, June 4, with Justice Simone Morris-Ramlall, Justice Reynolds and Justice Bovell-Drakes presiding over the session.A total of 301 cases have been listed to be heard.last_img read more

Road closures during sitting of National Assembly negatively affected business – Clifford Reis

first_imgChairman of Banks DIH Limited, Clifford Reis has disclosed that the road closures during the sitting of the National Assembly have negatively impacted the operations of its Stabroek Branch of the Demico House franchise.Reis made this disclosure on Saturday during the company’s 63rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) at Thirst Park, which was held under the theme “The Winning Team; Celebrating People, Inspiring Greatness”.At the time, he was responding to questions from shareholders before adopting the financial statements of Banks DIH Limited for the year ending September 30, 2018, and the reports of the Directors and Auditors.One shareholder, in a written question, asked the extent of the effects the road closures during sittings of the National Assembly has on the operation of Demico. In response, the Chairman posited that this issue continues to be a challenge for the company. He noted that several attempts to address the matter have yielded no success.“As a result of the closure of the roads around Parliament square, the movement of vehicles is restricted, which negatively impacts the transaction of business especially at our Retail Liquor Store and Dry Cleaners,” he stated.According to the Chairman, the company suffered losses especially in December, which is considered to be the most profitable season for businesses, during the Budget Debates and Consideration of Estimates.“Business activity, especially during the first two weeks of December, was restricted, resulting in a loss revenues and earnings for that department of Demico House,” Reis told shareholders on Saturday.Back in June 2017, Government began closing off main roads in the vicinity of Parliament Building to facilitate parliamentary sessions, resulting in major traffic jams across the city as well as inconvenience to not only commuters but businesses as well.Furthermore, these road closures were and continue to be a security concern as it paves the way for petty robberies and other crimes in the evening hours since persons would have to use other streets which are isolated or unlit.Meanwhile, at the AGM on Saturday, another shareholder, who is also an employee of Banks, raised the issue of the company’s long-touted plans of building another housing scheme.Banks DIH Limited had developed some 50 acres of land at Houston, Greater Georgetown, to provide housing for employees and their families. D’Aguiar’s Park, Houston, is the fourth such Housing Scheme established by the company, which has since been trying to develop a fifth.Chairman of Banks DIH Limited addressing shareholders at the 63rd Annual General Meeting on Saturday evening at the company’s main branch, Thirst Park, GeorgetownAccording to the Chairman on Saturday, this plan is still very much in the cards. He explained that they had even attempted, on several occasions, to purchase a few acres of land from the competent authorities to establish another employees’ housing scheme to no avail.“I’m certain that while this request has not been able to move forward, it’s certainly not for the want of efforts from our part. We will continue this request to the Government agencies… We hope in 2019, to have some success to be able to satisfy this request for our employees,” Reis asserted.On the other hand, the shareholders also probed the Chairman on plans outlined in his 2018 report including the new car parking facility at the Demerara Park Area, Thirst Park.Reis said this facility is expected to bring much-needed relief to car parking problems which currently exists at Thirst Park. He noted that with more employees driving to work, the need for additional parking has multiplied.“A proposed multi-storage parking facility will see parking spaces for additional 400 vehicles. Also included in that new construction is space for future development resulting from the planned diversification of the company’s current business model,” he told shareholders.Moreover, the Chairman, also touched on its ongoing solar energy programme which has seen operations at the OMG on Sheriff Street and Main Street Quick Serve benefitting.“These departments are now partially powered by solar-generated electrical energy. This has resulted in considerable savings in our electrical power charges. We intend, in the current financial year, to accelerate this programme at our New Amsterdam and Essequibo branches and also to commence the installation of solar panels at selected production plants at Thirst Park. We will continue with this programme until all the departments across this company are fully powered by alternative energy sources,” he posited.In its 2018 financial report, the local beverage giant recorded a whopping $4.085 billion profit after tax, compared to $3.584 billion in the previous year. This represents an increase of $501 million or 14 per cent.last_img read more

Trackers get win in front of packed North Peace Arena

first_imgIn the second period, both teams looked impressive in what would turn out to be an incredibly close game. Just under twelve minutes into the frame, Connor Bowie scored an unassisted goal to get his thirteenth of the season to give the Trackers a 2-1 lead. In the third period, Craig-Steele then fired in his second of the game on a drop pass from Joel Bourgeois just 28 seconds after the puck dropped. Keenan Halverson got the second assist on the Trackers’ third goal as the initial playmaker. The Trackers looked sharp, but later in the third South Side started to increase their pressure. Brandon Clark made a series of phenomenal saves late in the frame as Edmonton pulled their goaltender for the extra attacker. Despite being shorthanded in a sense, the Trackers managed to shut the door and get the win 3-1.Head coach David Johnston says that despite the initial nerves of playing in front of such a large crowd, the team put in an excellent effort for the entire game. “That’s two back-to-back weekends, probably our best two sixty minute efforts of the year. Like I said to the guys here post-game, this is a tough time of year to stay focused. It’s a real grind time for elite hockey, with the work that they’ve done up to this point and with the distraction of Christmas a short time away. It’s a really tough time of year to keep your players focused and our kids have just done an exceptional job of staying focused. We were just a real good team today.”Advertisement The Trackers are back in action next week for a pair of makeup games against the Whitecourt Wolverines. The Trackers take to the ice next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., and again at 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. Both games will be streamed live on the Trackers’ Ustream page: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nebctrackers. Joel Bourgeois gets some encouragement from the crowd. Photo by Chris Newton – Advertisement -South Side struck first near the midway mark of the first period with a garbage goal. The Trackers however managed to get a bit of a garbage goal of their own three seconds later. Aiden Craig-Steele put the puck into the back of the net after Cooper Beamish made the initial shot to even the score at one apiece. Photo by Tracy Hammond. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers got another game in the win column in front of a packed house at the North Peace Arena this afternoon.Hundreds of students from North Peace Secondary and other area schools got the afternoon off their last day of school before Christmas holidays to see their fellow students take to the ice against the Edmonton South Side Athletic Club. Both teams looked a bit nervous early in the game, as nearly all of them had never played in front of such a large crowd before. Captain Joel Bourgeois explained after the game that, “It’s just unreal, I’ve never experienced anything like it, and it just gives everybody a lot of energy.”center_img Connor Bowie scoring the game winning goal in the Trackers’ noon game last year. Photo by Tracy Hammond Aiden Craig-Steele scoring a goal. Photo by Tracy Hammond Brandon Clark takes a quick breather in the third period. Photo by Tracy Hammond File photo by Tracy Hammond. Photo by Chris Newtonlast_img read more

Lone Wolf Golf Club’s driving range set to open Tuesday

first_imgThe Club will also host their annual Icebreaker Tournament on May 5th. The entrance fee for the 18 hole tournament is $30 for members and $50 dollars for non-members. Dinner and Prizes are included in the tournament.The driving range opens Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Taylor, B.C. – After a long winter season, Lone Wolf Golf Club is set to open its driving range on Tuesday.After Tuesday, the driving range will be open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The club’s restaurant will also be open during the same hours.Lone Wolf opened last year on April 7th. They stayed open for one week but had to close down for ten days due to a big dump of snow over Easter.- Advertisement -Lone Wolf would have opened on Monday as the snow was starting to leave, but flooding caused the range to remain closed. Marketing and Events Coordinator L.J. Lawson hopes that the golf course itself will open in the next week.“It’s going to be good, its like any year. When we normally see water, we’ve seen water. its just got to melt and we’ll have the maintenance crew get out there and get ready to open.” Lawson said about the condition of the course.Part of Lone Wolf’s plans for the summer include offering a new golf pass called the Dew Sleeper Pass. The pass costs $500 and gives you unlimited golf with a golf cart as long as you tee of before noon on a weekday. Lawson explained the pass was created for residents who work during the evenings but would still like to get on the course.Advertisementlast_img read more

Pico Rivera mayor gets recall notice in group’s third attempt

first_imgOn April 3, the group served Beilke with a second notice of intent to circulate a recall petition. But in a single-sentence letter sent to the City Clerk’s Office last Friday, C-TIP said it intended to halt the recall attempt. Murga said he uncovered a “technical deficiency” in the recall document that forced his group to drop the effort. He said he had referred to Beilke as mayor pro tem instead of mayor in the petition. Beilke claimed Tuesday that the group could not even gather 500 signatures. “I don’t know of anyone who even saw the petition,” he said. But Murga said his group simply ran out of time. He blasted Beilke’s estimate of the number of signatures C-TIP was able to collect. “We have never stated how many signatures we gathered,” he said. “That goes to show his arrogance.” Beilke, who has been on the council for two years, said he believes C-TIP now has 120 days to collect the needed signatures. As part of the recall process, he said he was allowed to write up a rebuttal. He said he would not do so. “Let’s put it this way, I have seven days to put my response in to be published. I didn’t even bother responding before and I won’t bother responding this time,” he said. “I have city business to attend to.” sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! C-TIP claims the mayor should be removed for abuse of power and fiscal malfeasance. Murga said his group takes issue with Beilke over his support for newly rehired City Manager Chuck Fuentes and the City Council’s decision last year to close the Pico Rivera Stables. Beilke said he did not know why he was being recalled. “I don’t truly know what their reasons are, but whatever their reasons are are bogus and unfounded,” he said. It was C-TIP’s third recall attempt against the mayor. The first came to an anti-climatic end March 16, when C-TIP announced it had failed to collect the needed 5,109 voter signatures to force a special recall election. PICO RIVERA – A local political group has served Pico Rivera Mayor Ron Beilke for the third time with notice they plan to circulate a recall petition against him. Raul Murga, executive director of Pico Rivera Community for Truth in Politics – also known as C-TIP, said he served Beilke with the papers after Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The mayor showed no signs of worry Tuesday night. “It’s a waste of time like the previous two times were,” he said. “The residents absolutely ignore these people and they are happy with the progress we have been making and are more than willing to give this new council a chance. But these people \ have nothing better to do in life.” last_img read more

FOUR DONEGAL GROUPS TO ENTER THE JUNIOR DRAGON’S DEN TODAY!

first_imgFour junior enterprises from Donegal will make their pitches at the national final of Junior Dragon’s Den today Saturday in a bid to secure a spot on the 2013 RTE programme.Donegal Pens brothers Rónán and Conor Mc Garvey from Loughanure, Niall Mc Closkey from Letterkenny, Niall Foody from Letterkenny and a group of five girl students from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair will face challenges from dozens of other enterprises from all over Ireland.Pen brothers Rónán and Conor Mc Garvey will showcase their range of wooden pens, while Letterkenny lad Niall Mc Closkey, from St Columba’s College, Stranorlar will show his ‘Easy Grower’ system for planting fruit and vegetables. Errigal College student Niall Foody will demonstrate his invention of a luminous keyhole assistant, a great little invention that makes it easier for you to see the keyhole or lock on your door in the dark.Students Caoimhe Nic Phaidin Ni Dhonaill, Neasa Bheaid, Maria Ni Fhearraigh, Emma Nic Uidhir and Laura Nic Lochlainn from Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair have produced a set of ‘Cool Cards’, play cards featuring GAA players similar to the once famous ‘Match Attack’ soccer cards.The national final takes place in the Gibson Hotel at the Point Village all day and the successful participants who will feature on the TV show in 2013 will be revealed next week.  FOUR DONEGAL GROUPS TO ENTER THE JUNIOR DRAGON’S DEN TODAY! was last modified: December 8th, 2012 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:Junior Dragon’s Denlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S ‘IMMENSELY PROUD’ OF MAXI AND TEAM

first_imgThe St Eunan’s U13 Girls who lifted the County A ChampionshipClub Notes – Naomh Adhamhnáin – In Association with Letterkenny Shopping CentreThe Seniors bowed out of the Ulster Championship on Sunday at the hands of Omagh St. Enda’s on a score of 1-08 to 0-08. The tired legs of 8 weeks football on the trot finally got the better of them. Nevertheless we are immensely proud of their efforts this year in bringing the Dr. Maguire back to O’Donnell Park once again. Thanks to Maxi and all the players for giving us a brilliant year.Well done to Dowdsy and the Reserves on Saturday, they showed great composure in the final replay to bring the trophy to O’Donnell Park after a 6 year gap. After a couple of near misses during his first spell in charge, it was a great reward for manager Paul O’Dowd, Noel and all the players. Not to be outdone, the U13 girls turned in a great display against Moville in their county final on Saturday at the splendid Coláiste Ailigh pitch to run out winners by 6-04 to 2-07. The girls led by 9 at half-time and maintained that advantage at the final whistle. Every time the Moville girls got a score in the 2nd half, the girls marched up the field and answered with a score of their own.The Minor boys are back in championship action this Sunday (23rd) when they meet Gaoth Dobhair in the Northern Championship Final in Glenswilly at 12:30pm. Please get out to support the boys.There will be a meeting of all underage football coaches this Thursday (Nov. 20th) in the Clubhouse at 7pm. This meeting will be used to review our current structures with a view to putting plans into place, sharing knowledge and developing ideas. If you hope to be involved with a team in future, it is vital you attend. If you want anything added to the agenda for this meeting, please contact Pauric Daly on 087-126 8535.The Minor Board AGM will now take place on Thursday, December 11th in the Clubhouse at 7pm. Nomination and motions papers will be sent by club e-mail shortly. The Friday evening Hurling & Camogie Academy has returned after a short break. The U10’s – U14’s (boys) are outside on the astro at Aura between 6:30pm and 7:30pm. The U6’s and U8’s (boys and girls) begins this Friday (14th) indoors in the hall at Aura. Cost is €3 per child. Hurls and helmets are available and new members are welcome. Contact Eunan O’Donnell with any queries on 087-677 5637.We are hosting a night in the theatre for Bugsy Malone, directed by Kieran Kelly on Thursday, December 4th, tickets €20 with all proceeds going to refurbish the Clubhouse. Keep an eye on social media and notes for details in the coming weeks. GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S ‘IMMENSELY PROUD’ OF MAXI AND TEAM was last modified: November 18th, 2014 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:St Eunan’s GAA club noteslast_img read more

Real Madrid release statement denying Sergio Ramos failed doping test

first_img scrap Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ BEST OF revealed The Real Madrid captain celebrates with goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo The report claimed Ramos’ positive test was subsequently ruled to be an ‘administrative mistake’ by UEFA, with the Real Madrid club doctor said to have made an error on the paperwork after the report was filed.Real, however, have quickly moved to insist there was no breach of rules.A statement from the Spanish giants read: “In relation to the information published by Der Spiegel referring to our captain Sergio Ramos, the club states the following:“1. Sergio Ramos has never breached the anti-doping control regulations. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion “2. UEFA requested timely information and closed the matter immediately, as is usual in these cases, after verification by the experts themselves of the World Anti-Doping Agency, AMA, and of UEFA itself.“3. Regarding the rest of the content of the aforementioned publication, the club does not pronounce itself before the evidence of its insubstantial nature.”UEFA said: “All UEFA doping control cases are conducted in full compliance with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code.“UEFA has informed both Wada and Fifa of all such cases as required by the Wada Code and UEFA has provided all detailed information, expert reports and evidence during the handling of such cases.” gameday cracker Most Read Football Stories Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos 2 In April of this year, Ramos is also reported to have refused to provide a urine sample after a game against Malaga. The Spanish side have publicly backed their skipper LATEST The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions SORRY latest 2 Real Madrid have denied claims Sergio Ramos failed a doping test after the 2017 Champions League final.The German news magazine Der Spiegel alleged that the Spain and Real captain tested positive for anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone. Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update What is dexamethasone? Dexamethasone is a cortisone preparation with an anti-inflammatory effect in addition to relieving pain.It also increases cognition and concentration and can have a euphoric effect, meaning it is on the list kept by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) of substances that are prohibited in competition.last_img read more

Softball Recognized by NFCA for Academic Success

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. – The 2018 Drake University softball team had eight members earn Easton National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Scholar-Athlete honors for the 2017-18 academic year, the association announced Tuesday, Oct. 3.Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa), Laura Anderson (Boone, Iowa), Ashlie Chambers (Ankeny, Iowa), Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.), Gabbie Jonas (Omaha, Neb.), Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.), Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) and Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) were each were recognized individually for their outstanding work in the classroom.The 2018 team, which captured the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament titles and qualified for the NCAA Tournament, finished with a team grade point average of 3.480 to place 36th on the Easton NFCA Academic Team rankings.The rankings and honors recognize the academic prowess of softball teams across the Association’s membership categories. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more