Fishermen charged for stealing GRA boat

first_imgThree fishermen who reportedly stole a boat belonging to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) found themselves before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Taijram Roopnarine, 38, and Hemchan Kenswain, 21, both of Lot 67 Annandale Market Road, ECD, and Nazim Khan, 44, of Lot 265 Narine Street, Annandale were not required to plead to the indictable charge. An alleged accomplice, Shameer Mohamed, was also charged, but did not make an appearance in court.The prosecution is alleging that while the vessel was in the vicinity of a wharf at Ruimveldt, Georgetown on July 2, the men stole the vessel, valued at $2.5 million and belonging to the Guyana Revenue Authority.According to facts presented to the court, on July 2, law enforcement officers of the GRA carried out a search exercise in the same area where they seized a 55-foot wooden vessel and docked same at the Ruimveldt wharf.However, at about 02:15h the same day, the vessel went missing. A search was carried out, and the vessel was allegedly seen being towed by a smaller boat being operated by Kenswain.The men were subsequently arrested. Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield did not object to the men being placed on bail, but asked that they each lodge their travel documents and report to the Ruimveldt Police Station every Friday.The men were each placed on $350,000 bail. The matter will continue of July 20.last_img read more

Duo charged for forging documents

first_imgA duo, who was on Thursday charged for supplying and uttering forged identification documents, appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Twenty-eight-year-old Benvolio Valenski, also known, as Roy Anthony Sewnarine of Better Hope, East Coast Demerara and 38-year-old Ganesh Singh of Herstelling, East Bank Demerara, appeared before Magistrate Clive Nurse and pleaded not guilty to the charges.The first charge stated that between February 1, 2019 and September 2, 2019, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud, Singh conspired with Valenski to forge one Republic of Guyana Driver’s Licence in favour of Roy Anthony, purporting to show that same was issued by the Guyana Revenue Authority.The second charge stated that between February 1, 2019 and September 2, 2019, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud, Singh conspired with Valenski to forge one Guyana National Identification Card in favour of Roy Anthony Sewnarine, purporting to show that same was issued by the Guyana Elections Commission.It was further alleged that on September 2, 2019, at Central Immigration and Passport Office, Camp Street, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, Valenski uttered to an Immigration Officer one forged Guyana national identification card #101263701 in favour of himself, purporting to show that same was issued by the Guyana Election Commission, knowing same to be false.The last charge stated that on September 2, 2019, at Central Immigration and Passport Office, Georgetown, for the purpose of procuring a new passport, Valenski made a false statement, that is to say, he signed a written declaration that he was Roy Anthony, knowing same to be false.They were both represented by Attorney-at-law Adrian Thompson who asked that his clients be released on reasonable bail. According to information, the men are known to each other.Valenski, who resides in the United States of America, returned to Guyana in January 2019 and made contact with Singh and allegedly told him that he needed a birth certificate, identification card and a driver’s licence.The duo made arrangements where Valenski paid Singh a large sum of money to provide the documents, which resulted with Singh handing over the forged documents to Valenski a few days later.On September 2, 2019, Valenski went to the Central Immigration Office where he used the forged documents to apply for a passport; however, the documents were examined by Immigration Officers and were found to be forged. He was subsequently taken into Police custody.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield had no objections to bail being granted to the defendants but he asked that conditions be applied.The Magistrate, after listening to the facts, released both men on $300,000 bail each and instructed both men to lodge their passports with the court and report every Friday at Criminal Investigation Department (CID) Headquarters.The construction workers are slated to make their next court appearance on September 11, when they will appear before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for reassignment.last_img read more

Superbowl Classic tourney this w/e at Maxx’s

first_imgMaxx’s Gym hosts its annual Superbowl Classic Squash and Racquetball tournament this weekend.Starting on Friday afternoon and running through Sunday, the event offers games for all skill levels all weekend long, plus food from Boston Pizza on Friday.On Saturday, participants can watch UFC action while enjoying a steak supper.- Advertisement -Sunday’s finals and competition prizes will wrap up in time for the Superbowl, with door prizes, draws for Maxx’s memberships and trips, and the annual chili cook-off.For more information, contact Maxx’s Gym, at 785-FITT.last_img

Last gasp Chadli goal breaks Japan hearts

first_imgThe Red Devils will face five-time champions Brazil in Kazan on Friday after scoring three second-half goals without reply to break Japan’s dogged resistance.Goals by Genki Haraguchi and Takashi Inui in four devastating minutes had put Japan 2-0 up early in the second half to leave Belgium reeling.However, the Red Devils responded with quick goals of their own as Jan Vertonghen, at fault for Haraguchi’s goal, and Marouane Fellaini both scored headers before Chadli’s dramatic winner in Rostov.Relieved Belgium manager Roberto Martinez saluted his side’s resolve.“No negatives today, it was about getting through,” Martinez said. “It is a day to be very proud of these players.“Keep believing in Belgium. In the World Cup you want to be perfect but it’s about getting through, it’s about winning.”Having also exited the last 16 in both 2002 and 2010, Japan suffered knock-out stage heartbreak for the third time.From the start, the Blue Samurai’s tactics were clear – harass and hurry their opponents every time they were on the ball, while living off scraps.It almost paid off.Japan defender Maya Yoshida tries to make a gy,nastic clearance as Belgium’s Marouane Fellaini watches on. PHOTO/FIFAA long-range shot from Eden Hazard was Belgium’s brightest chance in the first 45 minutes as Japan kept close tabs on Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku.After a goalless first-half, the game exploded into life after the break.Japan took the lead when they won possession deep in their own half.The ball was moved downfield quickly and when Vertonghen failed to intercept the final pass, Haraguchi sprinted clear.He placed his shot just past Thibaut Courtois’ despairing glove and inside the far post on 48 minutes to delight Japanese fans.Falling behind rattled the Belgians as Hazard clattered the post moments later.Japan doubled their lead on 52 minutes when Inui unleashed a thunderbolt shot off his right boot which flew past the despairing Courtois.Desperate for a goal to get them back in the game, Lukaku headed wide with an hour approaching.Confidence grew in the Japanese ranks with attacking midfielder Kagawa calling the shots.Belgium’s Axel Witsel vies for the ball with Japan’s Shinji Kagawa during their World Cup last 16 game at Rostov on Don. PHOTO/FIFAWith 25 minutes left, Martinez swapped Fellaini and Chadli for Dries Mertens and Yannick Carrasco, which sparked the Belgium response.Vertonghen made amends for his mistake in the build-up to Japan’s opening goal when his speculative header from out wide looped over Eiji Kawashima’s grasp on 69 minutes.Then Belgium drew level when Hazard’s pin-point ball found Fellaini in the middle and the Manchester United midfielder unleashed an unstoppable header on 74 minutes.It was end-to-end stuff for the final quarter of an hour.As his defence started to tire, goalkeeper Kawashima kept Japan in the game his side with two saves in quick succession to deny Chadli and Lukaku.At the other end, Courtois saved Keisuke Honda’s wickedly curling free shot which led to the winning goal.The Belgium goalkeeper cleared the ball, Kevin de Bruyne spotted Thomas Meunier unmarked out wide and the Paris Saint-Germain winger whipped in a superb cross.Lukaku, who was marked, left it for Chadli to tap home and cap Belgium’s stunning win right before the final whistle.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nacer Chadli wheels away in celebration after scoring a last gasp winner against Japan in the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup. PHOTO/FIFAROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia, Jul 2- Nacer Chadli scored a stunning injury-time winner as Belgium fought back from 2-0 down to defeat Japan 3-2 and advance to a World Cup quarter-final showdown with Brazil here Monday.Chadli’s superbly worked goal in the fourth minute of stoppage time was the final act of an epic last-16 battle that saw Belgium become the first team in 48 years to successfully overturn a 2-0 deficit in a World Cup knockout game.last_img read more

Fort St. John RCMP looking to return stolen property to owners

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are looking to return stolen property to its rightful owners.According to RCMP, on February 5, 2019, they recovered a stolen pickup truck. Located in the truck were some pieces of property that were also believed to have been stolen.Recovered items include:a Cellebrite machine,a cordless framing nailer,a Garmin GPS, anda chop saw.- Advertisement -If you believe that any of these items are yours, you can attend the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 10648 100th Street.Owners will need to provide the file number (2019-1022) and provide any means you have to identify that the item as yours such as serial numbers, brand name and colour along with any other possible unique markings.last_img

In case you haven’t seen Joe Hart saving an Ibrahimovic penalty then watch here

first_img1 Despite this fantastic Joe Hart penalty save, Man City still threw away their lead in Paris, drawing 2-2 with PSG in the Champions League quarter-final.David Luiz was tripped by Bacary Sagna for the spot-kick, but England goalkeeper Hart got down superbly to keep Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s effort out.Shortly before half-time Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring but a mistake by Fernando on the edge of his own box, allowed Ibrahimovic to finally get the ball past Hart.VIDEO: FERNANDO ERROR LEADS TO PSG EQUALISERThe second leg will take place on 12 April. Watch Joe Hart saving Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s penalty last_img

Never count out the Yankees

first_imgANAHEIM Yeah, they’re back. Looking all that. You’re going to have to deal with this. Did you seriously believe they were just going to fade away, act like that $200 million was fool’s money, that they were ready to walk among baseball mortality? These are the Yankees, the most hated and loved team in all of American sport. Mostly, they are beloved by New Yorkers and ex-New Yorkers, which is apparently about half the continental United States. And despised by everyone else. It’s all that winning. All that money spent. All that attitude. All that George Steinbrenner. Sorry lover/haters of the Lakers, Notre Dame football, the Raiders but it is the Yankees who inspire more passion than any team in any sport that calls America home. Either wear pin-striped undies or burn Steinbrenner in effigy, the Yankees inspire a reaction. So those tired of all things Yankees had to be feeling pretty good when George’s Boys got off to a surprisingly dismal start, falling to 11-19 and nine games behind the Red Sox in the American League East. There was even that brief moment of unmitigated joy when the Yankees fell into last place behind the Tampa Bay Somekinda Rays, and George was having emergency meetings back in Florida. Get this: They were playing with you, toying with you, just plain teasing you. An inside joke on you. A 10-game win streak here, a six-game win streak there, and they were back in the game. Then they showed up at Angel Stadium Thursday having won 14 of their past 19 to pull within a half-game of the Red Sox in the ultra-competitive AL East. “We think pretty highly of ourselves right now,” said Yankees manager Joe Torre. And the world is round. The Yankees have managed most of this turnaround while three-fourths of their rotation has been on the disabled list. Managed it while leading the majors in runs scored. Of course, when you have a record $200 million payroll, you should be able to do something well. No one in baseball history has done more right than the Yankees, who have won a record 26 World Series. Which, truth be told, would be the main reason everyone East of New Jersey would rather get a call from the IRS than suffer through another Yankees world championship. On the road, they are a remarkably consistent draw. Yankee fans are traditionally almost as vocal in Anaheim as Angels fans. If fans aren’t cheering them, they’re mentioning something unpleasant about a family member. Yankees always hear something. “I enjoy it,” said shortstop Derek Jeter. “You see it when you’re at home, and the people love you. And when you’re on the road, you can feel people don’t like you.” Sometimes at “the cathedral” the fans can be so enamored with the local heroes as to make it difficult even for others in pinstripes. Angels broadcaster Rex Hudler, Steinbrenner’s first bonus baby, remembers the devotion Yankees fans had for second baseman Willie Randolph. When Hudler, also a second baseman, was called up and first walked into Yankee Stadium, he was greeted by a fan who screamed: “Hey, Hudler, you bum, you’ll never take Willie’s job.” Alex Rodriguez, generally considered the best overall player in the game, had a strong first season with the Yankees last year (.286, 36, 106). Yet he owns a record $252 million contract, and because his season wasn’t absolutely staggering, he heard his share of New York criticism. Some whispered the greatest of insults, that he wasn’t a true Yankee. That Yankees’ love/hate thing? “I fit right in,” Rodriguez said. “I think my contract was great preparation for anything.” This season he leads the AL in home runs (27), is third in RBI (78) and sixth in batting average (.311). This is far from a perfect Yankees team. Starter Carl Pavano remains out, starter Jaret Wright could be out for the year and ex-Dodger Happy Boy Kevin Brown is back but struggling (4-6, 5.91 ERA). Middle relief, as witnessed in the Angels’ 6-5 comeback Thursday, looms as a potential Achilles’ heel. But it should be painfully clear to the haters that the Yankees also one game back of the Twins for the AL wild card are not going to suddenly roll over and become the Kansas City Royals. Those struggles from the beginning of the season are becoming smaller in the rear-view mirror. “When you have high-profile players, like we do, they’re used to performing well,” Torre said. “You nudge them along. We had more meetings in the first few months than we’ve had in most entire seasons.” Abhor them or adore them, with the Yankees, it seems you can never simply dismiss them. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. He can be reached at 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

Free tertiary study on the cards

first_imgSouth Africa could well be on its way toproviding free education for financiallyneedy students. President Jacob Zuma has announcedmajor changes in NSFAS loan allocations.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Bonny FeldmanCommunicationsNational Student Financial Aid Scheme+27 21 763 3200Bongani NkosiThe South African government will take steps towards providing free tertiary education to financially strapped students, the ruling African National Congress announced in its annual statement on 8 January 2011.President Jacob Zuma said that undergraduate students using the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will be exempt from having to make loan repayments for their final year of study – if they complete the year successfully.While the scheme will at first only benefit final-year students, the overriding aim is to apply it to all years of tertiary study. “This model will be phased in over the next few years to include students in earlier years of study,” Zuma said.“We are committed to progressively introducing free education up to undergraduate level,” he added.NSFAS spokesperson Bonnie Feldman explained that additional funds will be injected into the loan scheme to settle students’ accounts for their final year, but they will still have to reimburse students for their first two years of study – she said the government will allocate an additional R750-million (US$109-million) to NSFAS for this.“This is to make sure that the students are able to graduate without much of a burden,” she said.The existing loan scheme currently converts 40% of loan repayments into bursaries for students at all levels of study who complete their courses successfully, but this settlement will now be upped to 100% for final year studies.NSFAS will now be liable for 60% of the fees of students who perform well. The funding covers tuition fees, accommodation and food expenses.Zuma explained that final-year students will “receive a loan equivalent to the full cost of study and necessary living expenses”.“If these students graduate at the end of the year, the loan for the final year will be converted into a full bursary. They will not have to repay the amount,” said Zuma.NSFAS exclusively provides funds for university students who cannot afford the fees.The ANC, which has been in government since 1994, committed to introduce free tertiary education in 2007 – this was one of its many resolutions adopted at it its 52nd national conference.The ANC Youth League welcomed the “gradual introduction of free education for the poor until undergraduate level,” Floyd Shivambu, the organisation’s spokesperson, said in a statement.“We welcome these interventions and hope that other measures will be introduced to ensure that free education is provided until undergraduate level for all academically deserving, yet poor students at all levels,” added Shivambu.Free education at public collegesEducation at Further Education and Training (FET) colleges will be completely free for students who qualify for financial assistance.FETs, which are popular among cash-strapped youngsters, are spread across the country with various campuses in some rural areas and townships.The government wants to attract more students to FETs, which churn out a significant number of professional artisans each year.The Department of Higher Education and Training is hoping to see at least 1-million students enrol at FETs every year from 2015.“We have to prioritise further education and training, and provide resources including expanding bursary schemes for supporting attendance at FET institutions,” Zuma said.The government spent about R1.9-billion ($276-million) on improving infrastructure and curriculums at FETs between 2006 and 2009.last_img read more

Online poetry competition to help youth deal with HIV/Aids

first_imgYoung people will be able to voice-out their sexual expreiences or lack thereof through the DFL Lover + Another competition. (Image: DFL Lover + Another Facebook)A performance poetry competition encouraging young people to talk openly and creatively about relationships, intimacy, sex, HIV/Aids is calling on aspiring poets to enter.Drama for Life (DFL), an independent academic, research and community engagement programme based at the Wits School of Arts, under the theme Lover + Another, has been hosting regional and national poetry competition slams and workshops for about four years, educating the youth about HIV/Aids through poetry.With this year’s theme of “Human Connection”, it is calling on aspiring poets to record their performance poetry on their mobile devices and load them on the Love + Another platforms on Vimeo, Facebook and Twitter, or via email.According to Drama for Life, in the age of HIV and Aids issues of trust, intimacy, touch, lust, passion, sex, sensual pleasure, the erotic, betrayal, hurt, broken relationships, gender violence, sexual identities, discrimination, broken promises and love all demand attention, and are potent subjects for poetry.DFL adds that through the project’s use of the spoken-word culture, young people are able to directly address the risks and cultural factors affecting their sexual behaviour in terms of values and attitudes towards sex, relationships and HIV/Aids. The project is designed to be accessible to all youth in higher education institutions nationally, and those in townships and suburb communities across the range.Every entrant is allowed only one poem in the competition so they should send in their best work. The competition closes on 15 November 2014.The performance poetry community was launched in 2008. Through applied drama, Drama for Life engages future leaders in the field to become artists who understand the ethical and contextual issues related to drama that is used as a learning method, drama that shapes research and drama that can be used to bring about social behaviour change.DFL’s Lover + Another has been growing yearly since 2010 when only University of the Witwatersrand and University of KwaZulu-Natal were involved.In 2011 it was hosted in in five cities across the country: Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Cape Town, Grahamstown and Johannesburg.Due to the enormous response by the audience, the DFL Lover + Another Performance Poetry Challenge expanded its competition in 2012, working together with 23 universities in South Africa to create a national performance poetry challenge.last_img read more

Seminal South African theatre returns to stage

first_img24 June 2015Celebrating Athol Fugard’s 83rd birthday and commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of Barney Simon are two classics of South African theatre – The Island and Woza Albert!, both featuring at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown from 2 to 12 July.The creatively reworked versions starring up-and-coming new talents Mpilo Nzimande and TQ Zondi are presented by the Hexagon Theatre Company.The IslandThe hardhitting play by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona is reworked for a new audience.The play revolves around John and Winston, two prisoners on Robben Island who are bound by ideology, proximity, shackles and a deep affection. As they rehearse Antigone for the prison concert, John learns that his release is imminent; Winston is a lifer. This classic South African play by balances hope and despair as it exposes the depths of cruelty and inhumanity while affirming the dignity and courage of the human spirit.“But just remember this, brother, nobody laughs forever! There’ll come a time when they’ll stop laughing, and that will be the time when our Antigone hits them with her words.”Woza Albert!Woza Albert! is one of the plays for which South African theatre is best known internationally. Its style of storytelling has inspired and influenced theatre companies around the world, and it remains one of the most vibrant examples of satirical anti-apartheid South African theatre.It demonstrates innovation and creativity during a seminal period of theatre in this country.This classic of South African theatre asks what would happen if Christ (Morena) came back to 1980s apartheid South Africa. The show is primarily a satire that highlights the absurdities of apartheid and displays the talents of two dextrous actors, who play a range of ordinary characters on the street.Directed by Peter Mitchell, the production is a high-energy explosion of creativity and humour with a dark edge as Morena’s life is relived in an apartheid context.Bringing Woza Albert! to the stage honours the creative genius of Simon as South Africa celebrates 21 years of democracy, reminding us of the tragic lunacy that was apartheid, as well as the continued search for compassionate, intelligent and humane leadership. This production looks back from a new perspective at what changed the face of Poor Theatre worldwide.Source: National Arts Festivallast_img read more