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Gun-toting bandits rob Laing Avenue man

first_img…escape with jewellery At about 20:15h on Friday last, Laing Avenue Georgetown resident Desmond Gordon was crossing the West Ruimveldt bridge between Front Road and Laing Avenue when two masked men armed with handguns confronted him from the opposite direction and relieved him of three gold chains valued $210,000 and two gold rings valued $70,000.The 52-year-old a vendor said he was wearing his jewellery on Friday evening as he proceeded north in the direction of downtown Georgetown when the bandits approached him from the opposite direction, and both men pulled out handguns from their front pants waist. They held him at gunpoint, and one of them relieved him of his jewellery.Both perpetrators then made good their escape in a southerly direction, joining a silver coloured Toyota Spacio motorcar which had no number plate as it sped away in a westerly direction.The matter was reported to the Police, and persons in the area were questioned, but no useful information was received.The area was also checked for CCTV cameras, but none seen. Nevertheless, investigations are in progress.last_img read more

$8B in financial crimes reported to FIU for 2018

first_imgThe Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has submitted its annual report to the Finance Minister, even as the Unit has revealed that financial crimes involving over $8 billion worth of illicit money were reported to it for the 2018 fiscal year.This was according to FIU Director, Matthew Langevine in his comments during the handing over of the report on Monday at the Ministry of Finance. According to Langevine, many of these reports centred on money laundering.“We’ve done a lot of work in sharing information [with] the Special Organised Crime Unit and the other stakeholders like the central bank, about some of the suspicious transactions we’re seeing in the sector,” Langevine said during the handing over of the report.He added that reports were also received about suspected money laundering from the money transfer sector. “But we’ve also seen suspicious transactions related to tax evasion, drug trafficking, corruption in public office, suspected terrorist financing and insider trading.”According to Langevine, they would have examined all these reports and shared information where applicable. Besides SOCU, Langevine revealed that they have also been sharing info with the State Assets Recovery Agency and the Guyana Revenue Authority.Meanwhile, Finance Minister Winston Jordan noted that this is the first report from the FIU that he has received. Despite the passage of a No-Confidence Motion against the Government, Jordan was optimistic of having the report tabled in Parliament.The Minister was also optimistic that the FIU will be preparing similar reports on an annual basis.The FIU is an autonomous agency that investigates financial crimes. It operates under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Act. The Unit has to work closely with other agencies, including the Guyana Revenue Authority and the Gaming Authority.But while the FIU has been walking the straight and narrow, its sister agency, SOCU, has been beleaguered with problems since an audit into its operations was carried out by the Guyana Police Force.The audit into SOCU, an arm of the police, was first ordered by Police Commissioner Leslie James in February following claims of grave mismanagement which included the misuse of its operational fund.The audit of the financial records of SOCU subsequently uncovered serious irregularities, including the falsification of records, and it has recommended immediate transfers and a fraud investigation of several of the discrepancies, sources say.It has resulted in Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan announcing in May of this year that several SOCU ranks would be transferred or even have their services terminated based on the findings.Added to this, SOCU has had several of its cases tossed out of the window by the courts, including a number of charges against former Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) executives and Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Directors.last_img read more

GPHC restocks on Malaria treatment – PRO

first_imgGPHC’s PRO, Terrence EsseboomOne day after the Guyana Times published that there was a shortage of malaria drugs at the Georgetown Public Hospital, the medical facility has confirmed that it has restocked on specific drugs to treat the illness.The institution’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Terrance Esseboom explained that in the specific case that was reported, the patient might have needed a specific type of malaria drug which the pharmacy did not have at the time, but such was uplifted the following day from Vector Control Services.“The hospital is not out of stock of malaria drugs but this guy apparently had to have a specific drug which I understand targets all classes of malaria. The pharmacy has three other kinds of malaria drugs but they didn’t have that one yesterday, they have it today. They collected it this morning I would assume that he would have gotten his dosage,” he explained.On Tuesday last, the unavailability of the drug at GPHC’s main pharmacy was confirmed by Esseboom.The confirmation of the shortage of malaria medication was made after this newspaper contacted the Ministry regarding a patient who was diagnosed with malaria but was not given any medication at the health facility.When this publication visited the health institution, the patient, who has been shivering with high fever for the past four days, revealed that the doctors informed him that the hospital does not have any medication to treat him for malaria.The male patient said he is being treated with injections to control his fever; however, he does not know when he will be able to leave the hospital. The man added that he longs to be at home, reunited with his family. Guyana Times observed that the patient’s lips were cracked and pale as he complained of feeling weak.In this regard, Esseboom informed this publication that he was in shock after learning that the Hospital was without this drug, given that the Vector Control Services, which is a mere stone’s throw away from the Hospital is equipped with the medication.In an almost annoyed tone, the Public Health PR said, “They collected the drugs from Vector Control (on Wednesday) if they had asked yesterday (Tuesday) they would have gotten it because it is there”.GPHC has been accused many times of not only offering bad service, but delivering slow and inefficient ones as well.This latest case highlights one of the Hospital’s flaws in treating patients.Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease which can lead to death. The disease is transmitted through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito.Due to the fact that the malaria parasite is found in red blood cells of an infected person, malaria can also be transmitted through blood transfusion, organ transplant, or the shared use of needles or syringes contaminated with blood.Malaria can be cured once treated with the right drugs. Affected persons will experience shaking, high fever, profuse sweating, headaches, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhoea among others.last_img read more

BC Government stands firm on conditions for pipelines to be built despite NEB recommendation

first_imgPolak said that she is glad to see that some of the NEB’s conditions match British Columbia’s conditions for the process to move forward. Polak also noted the project does require a provincial environmental assessment certificate.- Advertisement -The Province also says they must be satisfied that Kinder Morgan has met it’s constitutional duty to consult with First Nations. Polak said it won’t be that easy for the requirements to be met.“Meeting all 5 conditions certainly will be a challenge. We have set the bar high for a reason.” World-leading marine oil-spill response, prevention and recovery systems for B.C.’s coastline and ocean to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy-oil pipelines and shipments. British Columbia receives a fair share of the fiscal and economic benefits of a proposed heavy-oil project that reflects the level, degree and nature of the risk borne by the government, the environment and taxpayers. World-leading practices for land oil-spill prevention, response and recovery systems to manage and mitigate the risks and costs of heavy-oil pipelines. VICTORIA, B.C.- The Government of British Columbia is standing firm on the 5 conditions that need to be met before any heavy oil pipelines are built in B.C., despite the National Energy Boards recommendation today that the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project be built.Environment Minister Mary Polak reinforced the conditions today in a teleconference call. Those conditions are as follows: Successful completion of the environmental review process. In the case of the Northern Gateway Pipeline, that means a recommendation by the National Energy Board Joint Review Panel that the project proceed. Legal requirements regarding Aboriginal and treaty rights are addressed, and First Nations are provided with the opportunities, information and resources necessary to participate in and benefit from a heavy-oil project.last_img read more

Wenger’s constant gardener a novel experience

first_imgWenger is obliged to sit with the home supporters at Stamford Bridge, although he will be protected by two security guards.However, Wenger received an unexpectedly warm welcome when he took his seat beside the corporate area in February last year and was offered a handshake by a Gunners supporter.“I said ‘Good afternoon’ and he replied, ‘I’m your gardener at your house’,” Wenger was quoted as saying in The Times.“I didn’t even know him. I do have a big garden,” added Wenger.That was as good as it got for Wenger as his side slumped to a 3-1 defeat to the eventual champions, leading to taunting from gloating Chelsea fans sitting with him.“I must tell you that was a bad experience,” said Wenger.“Very uncomfortable. I felt awkward, yes.“It was not a pleasant experience.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000However, Wenger received an unexpectedly warm welcome when he took his seat beside the corporate area in February last year and was offered a handshake by a Gunners supporter.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 10 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will sit among the Chelsea fans for Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final first-leg clash but he will be fortunate to be sitting beside his gardener as he did last season — although he admitted he did not recognise him.The cerebral 68-year-old Frenchman, whose side will bid to bounce back after crashing out of the FA Cup to second-tier Nottingham Forest, is serving another touchline ban just as he did last February when the two sides met in the league.last_img read more

Aston Villa announce appointment of former FA executive

first_img1 Adrian Bevington Former Football Association executive Adrian Bevington has taken on a new role at Aston Villa, the Barclays Premier League club have announced.Bevington will work with new Villa director and former FA chairman David Bernstein and the board in conducting the review into bottom-placed Villa’s season, which is set to end in relegation.“Adrian has a wealth of experience with over 20 years working at the highest level of football,” Bernstein said.“He was the managing director of club England and worked with many managers and coaches during his 17 years at The FA.“More recently he has worked with several clubs and the Welsh FA, and I’m convinced his experience, contacts and understanding of football will be a tremendous asset to Aston Villa.”Former FA chairman Bernstein is one of several new faces in the Villa boardroom along with Sir Mervyn King and former Villa boss Brian Little.Villa are bottom of the table and 12 points from safety, placing the future of manager Remi Garde in doubt.last_img read more

BURT CROWNED ULSTER JUNIOR HURLING CHAMPS!

first_imgFROM NEIL MCCANN IN ARMAGH: Burt were today crowned Ulster Junior Hurling Champions after a three point win over Antrim junior champions Kickhams Creggan in a replay in Armagh today.The Donegal men eventually ran out 2-10 to 0-13 winners in a great game at the Morgan Athletic grounds in Armagh.All-Ireland Lory Meagher winner Niall Campbell fired the Donegal men in front and Ronan McDermott and Kieran Boyle added to the tally in a tight start which saw the Antrim men pull four back in return. Campbell then set up McDermott for the first goal of the game just before half-time but any thoughts of pushing further ahead were quickly forgotten when Ardal McDermott was shown a straight red for dangerous play – leaving the Burt men ahead 1-6 to 0-7 at half-time but with one less player.Needless to say the Antrim side hit a couple of quick points at the re-start and began to use the extra man to their advantage.But just as it seemed they would push on for the Ulster title, brilliant work by Ronan McDermott saw the Burt men add another goal to their tally.Creggan keeper Stephen Colgan was attempting to clear the slitter when McDermott got in a block and somehow it trickled over the line. It gave the Donegal side a huge lift and McDermott and Campbell added more points to seal victory.Burt has a proud history in hurling going back more than a century – and today’s victory adds once again to that.There was a good crowd for the game and the Burt team and their supporters can now pack their bags for the next game – a clash in Manchester with British champions Fullen Gaels!BURT CROWNED ULSTER JUNIOR HURLING CHAMPS! was last modified: November 20th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BURT GAAHURLINGULSTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSlast_img read more

BIG CROWD EXPECTED TO ATTEND DARTS COMPETITION THIS WEEKEND AT TIR NA NOG BAR

first_imgA large crowd of darting fanatics are expected to descend on the Tír na nÓg Bar this weekend for an afternoon of big scores, high checkout’s and ‘tonnes’ of 180’s!The Tír na nÓg Bar singles Darts competition takes place this weekend and it promises to be a superb afternoon of entertainment. There will FOUR boards in operation on the day and that will ensure a steady flow to proceedings.The first games are scheduled to start at 4pm with registration taking place from 2pm.There will be a ‘Money In/Money Out’ policy with money also being added from the bar.There will be trophies and cash prizes for those who perform at the tournament and there will be a minimum prize fund of €300 for the winner. It’s only €10 to enter the competition.As we all know The Boys in Green are playing a crucial EURO 2016 qualifier against Scotland at the Aviva on Saturday evening, but the action will be screened on all FOUR of the bars TV’s.So anybody taking part in the competition will not miss any of the action during Ireland’s crucial clash with Gordon Strachan’s Tartan Army.Finger food will be served throughout and Martin Barr from ‘Darts 4 U’ will have his stall on display for anybody wants to get any darts accessories.It should be a cracking afternoon’s entertainment, anybody can enter, and even if you’re not successful on the oche, you’ll have a great days craic. BIG CROWD EXPECTED TO ATTEND DARTS COMPETITION THIS WEEKEND AT TIR NA NOG BAR was last modified: June 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:competitionDartsNoticesSinglesSportTír Na Nóg Bar€10last_img read more

Gardai say no further information on Letterkenny murder investigation

first_imgAlmost a month after a man was brutally murder in Letterkenny, Gardai say their investigations are ongoing.A spokesperson for the Garda Press office told Donegal Daily that they have no further information on the probe into the death of Sebastian Adamowicz.No arrests have yet been made in the case despite an extensive investigation. A Garda spokesman confirmed “We have no further information at this time and investigations are ongoing.”The injured man was pronounced dead on Thursday 2nd November 2017 after being found injured in a house at Sylvian Park on November 1st.Gardai initially suspected the victim had fallen down the stairs at the home he shared with four others.On Sunday November 5th, Gardai launched a murder investigation following the death of the 36-year-old Polish man. Detective Inspector Pat O’ Donnell has previously appealed to any person who may have information in relation to this investigation or to any person who visited Sylvian Park between 8am and 6pm on Wednesday 1/11/17 to contact the incident room at Letterkenny Garda Station on 074 91 67100, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Gardai say no further information on Letterkenny murder investigation was last modified: November 28th, 2017 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:GardailetterkennymurderSebastian Adamowiczlast_img read more

Wedding award success for Radisson Blu Letterkenny

first_imgCelebrations are underway as Radisson Blu Letterkenny have been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Best Bridal Venue’ in the 2019 North West Brides’ Awards for the second consecutive year! 2019 marks over 15 years of weddings at the Radisson Blu Letterkenny, and a substantial refurbishment has been carried out throughout the hotel in the past year. The hotel’s ballroom has received a complete décor update, as well as the new look reception area – Both providing the perfect backdrop for beautiful wedding photos and enhancing the already welcoming ambience for guests. Carnegie Ballroom at – Radisson Blu LetterkennyIn celebration of the award the hotel has a fantastic offer for couples on the lookout for a Dream Wedding Venue: Book your 2020/2021 wedding by 31st August 2019 and avail of the hotel’s wedding packages at a discounted rate – Save up to €1000* on your wedding day!– €43 Lace Package, reduced to €40pp (save €3 per guest)– €54 Satin Package, reduced to €50pp (save €4 per guest)– €65 Silk Package, reduced to €60pp (save €5 per guest) Weddings at Radisson Blu LetterkennyThe hotel specialises in offering a variety of wedding packages that are completely tailorable to suit each wedding couples’ bespoke tastes.  For further information or to begin your #SomethingBlu journey today, contact our experienced Wedding Coordinator, Jonathon, on 074 91 94444 or email Jonathon.officer@radissonblu.comFor information on our next Wedding Open Days taking place 19th-21st July, visit the hotel Facebook page here – www.facebook.com/RadissonBluHotelLetterkenny/* T&Cs apply. Valid for wedding bookings up to April 2021. New bookings only. Max of 200 guests can avail of the discounted price (room capacity 320). Wedding award success for Radisson Blu Letterkenny was last modified: May 21st, 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)last_img read more