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January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFormer Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) accountant Peter Ramcharran was slapped with 39 counts of fraud and remanded to prison on Wednesday.Ramcharran was hauled in by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), following his extradition from Canada. He arrived in the country early Wednesday and was taken to SOCU headquarters.Former GRDB accountant Peter Ramcharran being escorted by a Police Officer following his court appearance on WednesdayRamcharran, 39, of Goedverwagting, East Coast Demerara, later appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer charges for the alleged falsification of GRDB accounts from 2011 to 2015.The first five charges alleged that between the years 2011 and 2015, Ramcharran, while being the accountant of the GRDB, omitted to enter some $414 million in the GRDB ledger.He was also slapped with 17 charges for allegedly colluding with former General Manager and Deputy General Manager of the GRDB, Jagnarine Singh and Madanlall Ramraj for omitting entries in the entity’s ledger.The court heard that an arrest warrant was issued for Ramcharran since 2017 after he was contacted on June 5, 2017 via Facebook and WhatsApp.SOCU’s Head Sydney James had testified that he had contacted Ramcharran and disclosed that he told him that he was fearful to return to Guyana.An arrest warrant was then issued. But Ramcharran sought legal counsel and attempted to fight his extradition. He was unsuccessful when a Canadian court had denied an application.His attorney, Sase Gunraj said he was disappointed with the outcome of the matter, and has alleged that SOCU Head James lied to the court to get an arrest warrant for his client.Gunraj said his client has denied that James contacted him on May 31, 2018 to inform him of a court hearing on June 1.“He (James) said he made those contacts via WhatsApp and Facebook messenger. Those social media platforms have a method of confirmation of delivery. None of that was demonstrated in this honourable court and yet an arrest warrant was issued on the word of James,” the lawyer explained.Gunraj said this formed the basis for certain steps to be taken in Canada regarding the arrest of Ramcharran, who he claimed executed his legal right to challenge his extradition.“But it seems as though he is being penalised for exercising the legal options that were available to him by law,” Gunraj stated, calling it a double standard.Gunraj drew a nexus between his case and that of the Government, which said it has the right to explore all legal options concerning the no-confidence case. He noted that that avenue was being afforded to it.“Yet when my client Ramcharran exercised his right to use the legal options available to him in Canada…, that is being held against him,” he argued.Of the 39 charges, the Attorney said they included failure to account into a general ledger. He also pointed out that there were matters of a similar nature engaging the courts.According to the lawyer, based on his assessment, there has been “an abject failure by the prosecution to prove those matters.“With the absence of the person at SOCU who has had questionable qualifications, I wish them very good luck in prosecuting that case,” he added.Ramcharran was remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan. His next court date is March 25, 2019.A forensic audit of the GRDB revealed some “anomalies” including loans without proper paperwork or promissory notes. Six former officials, who were part of the Board, were later charged and released in relation to the same matters.The officials charged are: Singh; Ramraj; Rice Producers Association (RPA) General Secretary Dharamkumar Seeraj; former Amerindian Affairs Ministry Permanent Secretary Nigel Dharamlall, who was a member of the GRDB Board; former Guyana Oil Company General Manager Badrie Persaud and Agriculture Ministry Deputy Permanent Secretary (Finance) Prema Roopnarine.It is alleged that between 2011 and 2012, Singh and Ramraj omitted to enter, or to make true entries of, over $4.2 million in the company’s ledger, knowing that it was contrary to standard operational procedures.They face 17 other charges, which alleged that during the same time frame, they fraudulently took $5.1 million or applied the money for their own use and benefit or any use and purpose.last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWDFA Qualifier KO Tournament 2018…The Golden Warriors FC and Crane Rovers FC secured victories in the opening matches of the Guyana Football Federation/West Demerara Football Association (GFF/WDFA) Qualifier knockout tournament held at the Den Amstel Community Centre Ground.After the referee blew his whistle to commence the match, Golden Warriors pummelled Zeelugt 7-2 while the feature match between Crane Rovers FC and Vegae Boyz ended with Crane demolishing Vegae Boyz 9-0.Within the first seven minutes of the game, Zeelugt FC’s Andrew Gill found the back of the net giving his team an early lead, which did not last long as the Warriors’ Nigel Garraway equalised in the 13th minute. Three minutes later, Garraway’s teammate Anthony Harding converted his opportunity in the 16th minute and went on to score his second goal just before the end of the first half in the 44th minute taking the score to 3-1.Upon resumption of play, Harding booted in his third goal in the 49th minute, advancing the scoreline 4-1 as the dominance of possession continued for his side. But Harding wasn’t finished yet as he broke through the defence of Zeelugt in the 52nd minute making the score 5-1. Shaquale Baptist then got his shot past the Zeelugt custodian to increase the score to 6-1 in the 55th minute.Three minutes later, Shalon Williams placed his name on the score sheet. With the score now at a 7-1 margin, the Zeelugt players kept searching for goals. Zeelugt managed to slip one through when Clement Smith got his opportunity and made it worthwhile, scoring his team’s second goal in the 60th minute to have the scoreline read 7-2. That scoreline was to remain as the Golden Warriors defence was just too much for the Zeelugt players.After one intense match, the bar was raised as Crane Rovers proved too tough for the Boyz, who they trampled 9-0. Goals came from Quincy Graham in the 6th and 41st minutes, Adam Hoyte in the 11th minute with support from Clement Brown in the 43rd, Denford Williams in the 47th and 55th minutes, and Tyler Wharton in the 50th minute. Alonzo Bowman and Clifton Adams netted in the 58th and 33rd minutes respectively.Member Associations were mandated by the GFF to have the two top clubs represent the Association in the upcoming year-end football festival, which is set to commence in late November. Pouderoyen, Uitvlugt, Eagles and Wales United were seeded into the top four grouping while the other eight clubs will play off to meet the top clubs in the quarter-finals.The tournament will continue this weekend at the Wales Community Centre Ground and will see Jetty Gunners facing Beavers on Saturday at 14:00h. Additionally, Stewartville will match skills with De Kinderen at 16:00h.last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment
first_imgBut after taking office, his proposals to rein in spending met with mixed success: Voters approved one diluted measure in 2004, but failed to pass a stronger plan in 2005. Since then, Schwarzenegger has not proposed any other major long-term constitutional or structural budget reform. “It’s human nature to focus on long-term problems only when they’re hitting you in the face,” said Hodson. “It is shortsighted. It’s also very human.” `Surrender’ blamed State Sen. Tom McClintock, R-Thousand Oaks, one of California’s leading fiscal conservatives, said Schwarzenegger started his term with the right ideas but failed to pursue them amid Democratic opposition. “That’s his problem: He’ll surrender at the first sign of a fight,” McClintock said. “The four measures that he put to the voters in 2005 were important steps. … But at the first setback, he not only ran up the white flag, he joined the other side.” McClintock said he would like to see a restoration of the original Gann spending limit that restricted state spending increases based on population growth and inflation. And he said the entire budget process needs to be conducted in full public view, rather than through a “Big Five” process in which the governor and four legislative leaders meet behind closed doors to hammer out the most contentious budget issues. Mike Genest, the governor’s finance director, said the governor has not given up on budget reform but is taking a different approach this year. Rather than write his own proposal, he has challenged lawmakers to come up with a plan that could be then subject to negotiations. “He intentionally did not make a specific proposal, because of the experience with Proposition 76 (the 2005 ballot measure),” Genest said. “He thought it was wiser to ask the Legislature what their ideas were. That hasn’t really borne any fruit. “What he has said is what we have now are peaks and valleys, and we need to level it out so we have rolling hills. So when we have drops in revenue, it’s not devastating,” Genest said. Last year, he added, the governor proposed restoring his authority to make midyear cuts without Legislative approval, but lawmakers did not agree. Even without sweeping reforms, Schwarzenegger has made several improvements. Last year, he signed an on-time budget, the first in five years. He has also reduced the state’s long-term structural deficit from about $16 billion to a proposed $1 billion next year. His Proposition 58, approved by voters in 2004, put some limits on state spending and borrowing, though the measure was weakened in negotiations. But the state’s public employee unions opposed a broad slate of stronger reforms proposed in 2005, and all were defeated at the polls. “I think the governor’s 2005 failed Year of Reform probably caused a timeout on reform talks for a year or two,” said Assemblyman John Laird, D-Santa Cruz, chairman of the Assembly Budget Committee. “It’s too bad, because I think he had political sway. … They were reforms that were fair and balanced.” Democrats disagree Democrats acknowledge budget reforms are needed but have different ideas on how to achieve them. Laird said he would like to see reforms in the state tax system, rather than on the spending side. The state could broaden items that are subject to taxes while lowering the actual tax rate to keep the changes fiscally neutral, he said. Such a change would give the state a broader and more diverse tax base less subject to fluctuations in personal income and capital gains, he said. Ultimately, Bob Stern, president of the Los Angeles-based Center for Governmental Studies, said it may take another economic downturn for policymakers to act. “Crisis usually brings reform,” Stern said. “We’re not in a crisis right now, though we are in a dip. Clearly things are not as rosy as they were last year. If it gets much worse, you will see reform proposals, I’m sure.” “It takes a crisis to get anything done. That’s unfortunate, but it’s just human nature.” harrison.sheppard (916) 446-6723 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The stakes are high: At $146 billion, California’s budget total would be bigger than economic output. The general fund – which is most directly under the control of state policymakers – has more than doubled in the past decade to a proposed $103 billion next year. many countries’ Discretion limited But state officials say they actually have very little control over what ends up in the budget. The current administration estimates about 8 percent is discretionary, while the rest is predetermined by state and federal laws, ballot measures, court settlements, previously negotiated contracts and debt obligations. Still, when the state faced a massive budget deficit during the 2003 recall election, Schwarzenegger vowed fiscally conservative budget reform. SACRAMENTO – As negotiations ramp up over Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s proposed $146 billion state budget, some fear that reforms designed to avert a repeat of the financial meltdown California faced after the dot-com bust have been abandoned. While many note the economy is stronger now than it was five years ago, when the tech collapse sucked billions out of state coffers, analysts say ignoring budget reform leaves California vulnerable to another downturn. “The window of opportunity to reform the budget process was wide open when the budgets were continually late and very acrimonious,” said Tim Hodson, executive director of the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. “We’ve had two years of relatively on-time budgets and relatively collegial budget-making. That has taken the urgency away and closed the window.” last_img
December 28, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBuíon Ceoil Rann Na Feirsde are descending on the city of London this weekend for the annual St Patricks day festivities there.The band have previously represented the county through the Donegal Assosiation in New York, New Jersey, Manchester and Leeds.The band will return on Monday just in time for St Patrick day events in Annagry and Gweedore. While staying in Cricklewood they will gather in McGoverns tavern early on Saturday evening for some music and dance.The Parade on Sunday 15 and which attracts up to a 150,000 will commence in Green Park Station at 12 noon where the flamboyant line-up will thread its way up Piccadilly, along Lower Regent, the Mall, rounding Trafalgar Square and finishing up in Whitehall.Events will take place in Trafalgar square where The Commitments the Musical, Lord of the Dance amongst others will entertain while a St Patricks day dance will take place at Westminster Cathedral.As Dominic Behan once penned “The craic was good in Cricklewood and they wouldn’t leave the Crown with glasses flying and Biddy’s crying ’cause Paddy was going to town” I’m sure a few from Ranafast and surrounding areas will be spotted in the same Crown this weekend. RANAFAST BAND HEADING TO LONDON FOR ANNUAL ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADE was last modified: March 12th, 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:FeaturesLondonnewsNoticesRanafast BandSt Patrick’s Day Paradelast_img read more

December 25, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgHE’S hailed as one of the world’s greatest ever goalkeepers.And now Peter Shilton – 125 caps for England and two European Cups with Nottingham Forest – says Shay Given has quite a career ahead of him.In fact Shilton says that Given (aged 36) is a spring chicken. He was speaking an interview with about the Lifford man’s performances in Poland in Euro 2012.“Shay is a great goalkeeper and has great technique, but when a team is struggling that obviously doesn’t help as well,” Shilton said.“It’s fair to say he didn’t have the best of times, but it’s a team effort and you need to have players in front of you to perform as well.“I think he’s been a world-class keeper for a long time now…What age did you say he was again?” asks Shilton. “36…” said“Ah well, he’s still a spring chicken really! I played in Italia ’90 when I was almost 41! He’s quite a reasonable age for a ‘keeper so as long as he avoids injuries you’d think he’d be able to play on for a few more years yet.”Before retiring Shilton cautions Given against making any rash decisions based on the disappointment at what happened in Poland.“Obviously he’s thinking about the European Championships and that’s putting pressure on to decide if he retires or not, but I think he’s still young enough to play on for another couple of years,” he said. SHAY GIVEN RETIRE? ‘HE’S STILL A SPRING CHICKEN’ SAYS GOALIE GREAT SHILTON was last modified: June 26th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SHAY GIVEN RETIRE? ‘HE’S STILL A SPRING CHICKEN’ SAYS GOALIE GREAT SHILTONlast_img read more

December 22, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgA young Killybegs woman is competing for the Lady of Ireland title which will be held this Saturday, October 15th in Dublin.Chanel Morrow, 21, is hoping to bring home the title to DonegalChanel is no stranger to the stage as she has done pageants for the past couple of years and started of representing Donegal in the Miss Teen Ireland pageant back in 2014 and has been competing ever since. Chanel has also competed in Miss Irish Heart International which was run by the former Mrs Ireland Natalie Marie Quinn she has also competed in the Miss Donegal finals.Chanel has also recently been signed to North South Model Management.The competition will be split into four rounds*interview*fashionwear*irishwear*evening gownThere will also be an optional swimwear and natural beauty round. Each round will be judged equally on personality, beauty and brains are all key to winning the lady of Ireland crown.The winner will have an amazing year ahead of them as she represents the modern women of Ireland.Chanel has stated that none of this would of been made possible if it wasn’t for the brilliant help and support from her family and friends and amazing sponsors.Donegal woman reaches final of Lady of Ireland contest was last modified: October 11th, 2016 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)last_img read more

December 21, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgEureka >> Through its first three games of the 2017 season, the Eureka High football team’s offense has been one of the most efficient and highest scoring in all of Humboldt County.That didn’t slow down Friday night.Eureka started fast with a touchdown on its opening drive and never looked back, as the Loggers hit their season average for points in the first half and rolled to a 63-0 win over Balboa of San Francisco in their home opener at Albee Stadium.“We executed exactly the way we should …last_img read more

December 20, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgOAKLAND — A’s manager Bob Melvin was a catcher, and so was Ray Fosse, the team’s radio and TV analyst. And they both like 24-year-old Sean Murphy, who was making his major league debut Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Angels.“He hits, he hits for power, he takes his defense seriously — he’s a defense-first guy. He frames (pitches) really well, he’s got a really strong throwing arm, loves being the quarterback and leading the way,” Melvin said. “A lot to like.”Fosse, a former two-time …last_img read more

December 19, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgRisk of incidence and recurrence of colon cancer appears to be reduced with exercise, according to a report by the American Society of Clinical Oncology reported in EurekAlert.  Data now supports what was once just a good idea.Make exercise a part of your routine.  Your body needs it in more ways than one.  This is the best time of year for outdoor strolls, where you can improve both mental and physical health.(Visited 5 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img

December 18, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMalaysian crash investigators have now concluded that MH370 with 239 passengers and crew was hijacked last Saturday March 8.More details will follow shortly from a press conference in Kuala Lumpur.Both passengers and crew are under investigation according to Malaysia’s Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.In the latest twist it appears that the plane’s ACARS and transponders were shutdown at different times.ACARS, which sends limited data related to the plane’s engines and systems stopped operating at 1.07am and the transponders which send location and identity to air traffic control stopped at around 1.21am.The systems could have been shut down manually or may be part of a wider electrical failure. However they cannot be accidently shutdown and require knowledge of the 777 cockpit and systems to be turned off.While the ACARS was shut down the US military believes that they may have an “indication” that MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean near the Andaman Islands and have dispatched a ship to investigate.This relates to an hourly interrogation of the plane’s satellite transmitting antenna associated with the 777’s Health Management program. Apparently signals were received during the next four of five hourly checks. Inmarsat describes the signals as “routine” and “automated”. The information was passed to the airline.According to a report from ABC News, American military forces were moving the USS Kidd to the area to begin the search.White House press secretary Jay Carney acknowledged Thursday US time that there are yet-to-be conclusive claims about the plane being much further west off course than initially believed.“There are a number of possible scenarios that are being investigated as to what happened to the flight, and we are not in a position at this point to make conclusions about what happened, unfortunately,” Mr Carney said.When questioned about the “indication” regarding the Indian Ocean, Mr Carney said that the White House is “looking at information, pursuing possible leads [and] working within the investigation being led by the Malaysian government, and it is my understanding that one possible piece of information — or collection of pieces of information — has led to the possibility that a new area, a search area, may be opened in the Indian Ocean.”Indian aircraft are combing the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, made up of more than 500 mostly uninhabited islands, for signs of the missing plane.The search for MH370 has expanded dramatically in the past week and is now the largest search in aviation history.Satellite images released by China on Thursday that showed wreckage have been found to be false.The search for MH370 has been dogged by conflicting information and false leads drawing accusations that Malaysia has bungled the response.However, many of the false leads originated elsewhere.In all, 56 surface ships with 10 shipboard helicopters and 48 fixed-wing aircraft from 14 countries searching waters mainly between Malaysia and Vietnam.The engine fitted to flight MH370 was the subject of a directive from Europe’s aviation safety regulator which last month that warned of “fire related” failures if it wasn’t fixed.The European Aviation Safety Agency issued an airworthiness directive to airlines on February 4 relating to Rolls Royce Tent 800 engines, the model used on MH370.It told airlines to install software that would prevent one of the engine’s turbines going into an over speed (too fast) condition and warned of “fire related failure modes.”“This condition, if not corrected, could lead to uncontained multiple turbine blade failures” or far worse a “turbine disc burst, possibly resulting in damage to, and reduced control of, the aeroplane,” the directive said.The software fix was supposed to be installed within 14 days of the directive. It is unclear whether the engine on MH370 had been fixed by the time the plane left Kuala Lumpur on Friday night.Reports on Wednesday that Boeing 777s had been the subject of a separate service bulletin last year did not relate to MH370.Boeing issued service bulletins relating to 777s having cracks underneath the satellite communication antenna adapter on the top of the fuselage.But MH370 did not have the particular SATCOM antenna adapter and was not impacted by the AD.last_img read more