The criminal enterprise must be dismantled

first_imgDear Editor,I knew this was bound to happen as sure as I knew this was going to happen; that is, the family member pleading on behalf of the criminal.  She said he was in the “wrong place,” caught in the company of some guys who were on the wrong side of the law. “My husband is no criminal!  He was a professional who wanted to become a pilot, but due to family commitments changed his career path. He is an innocent family man”.If he was so innocent, just and good, what was he doing with a carload of criminals and crime paraphernalia?The answer to that question might very well be that he was just doing these guys “a favour” in giving them a lift, being totally oblivious of the fact that they were on a criminal mission.These excuses are so silly and ludicrous that they cross the line of crass stupidity. Was she not aware that her husband had been a bandit? She is just one of those dozens of family members who are now frantically putting some damage control measures in place, vainly trying to cover up the shame and embarrassment.She might also be pandering to Law Enforcement for a return of the vehicle used in this nefarious act. From information at hand, the vehicle is supposedly owned by the wife of the slain man, and she would like it returned to her.Now, this is the strategy used by criminals out there for some time now. Whenever the vehicle used in criminal exploits is impounded, the owner turns up later, claiming that they had no prior knowledge of the criminals’ plans, and that their vehicle was not used for the purpose it was intended — in this case, her husband supposedly giving “some guys” a lift, not knowing  of their planned intent. How could she be so wrong here? This writer has always advocated for the confiscation of all vehicles used in criminal pursuit, and for them to become properties of the state. This latest situation is a case in point, and the state must take immediate ownership of that vehicle, period! It is a sure way to put a permanent dent in the crime network in our country.Further, I would advise bank officials to put under surveillance the teller who did the transaction with the man the bandits were trailing. Those tellers to the immediate left and right should also come under surveillance. These robbers were acting on information they received from the inside of the bank. It is a sure way of knowing who to go after.The man who was trailed had obviously made a large transaction, and that information was passed on to the crime comrades outside. What I am saying is not something plucked out of thin air, this is solid evidence to support my claim. Only months ago we had a similar situation at another bank, where classified information was passed on to the criminal by an informant who was an employee of the said bank. So we have a wealth of experience to go on.Finally, we must dismantle the criminal network in Guyana piece by piece. From the “intellectual authors” at the top of the chain down to the common criminal, all have to atone for their evil, sadistic deeds. Our citizens as well as our foreign friends must feel safe again.Respectfully submittedNeil Adamslast_img read more

Car battery thief sentenced to community service

first_imgA vagrant was ordered to do community service after he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and admitted to a simple larceny charge.Jermain Josiah is accused of stealing one car battery valued $20,000; the property of Troy Samuels.The court heard that on May 7, 2018, while in the Stabroek area, Josiah, who is known to the Virtual Complainant was seen removing the battery from where Samuels usually operates a small business.The battery was used to light a bulb at a stall where Samuels plies his trade as a wholesale groceries vendor.After making inquiries about the missing battery, the VC later learnt that it was Josiah who took it into his possession.The matter was reported, and Josiah was subsequently arrested.The man pleaded guilty to the charge and was subsequently ordered to perform four weeks of community service. Failure to pay the fine will result in him serving four weeks in prison. He told the Magistrate that he will proceed with the community service.last_img read more

Welder killed in Berbice accident

first_imgIrshed Mamood became the latest road fatality when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a car on the Springlands Public Road in Upper Corentyne, East Berbice on Sunday at about 21:00h.The 20-year-old welder of Lot 51, Number 77 Housing Scheme, Corriverton had reportedly been hanging out with his girlfriend, Rishma Ramdatt, at the Sukhpaul Service Station in Springlands, but rode out to meet someone at the same time that motor car PNN 7736 attempted to turn into the gas station, thus the car and motorcycle collided. Mahmood, who had left his helmet on a bench at the gas station, was thrown into the air, and landed some 30 feet away.Dead: Irshed MamoodThis newspaper understands that the driver of the car abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene, but ranks of the Springlands Police Station intercepted a car along the Corentyne Highway on Monday morning and arrested the suspect. Investigators later found out that the car involved in the accident on Sunday belongs to a car rental company.The suspect, 31-year-old Jomeshwar Brijlall of Number 61 Village, Upper Corentyne, told investigators that he was on his way to the police station when they arrested him. Giving investigators details of the accident, he said he was turning the car into the gas station while another vehicle was passing, and as it passed he attempted to pull into the gas station when the collision occurred. Brijlall claimed that the vehicle which passed had prevented him from seeing what was behind.Rishma Ramdatt, said she was right there and saw her boyfriend die on the road. She said the car drove across the road and into the path of the motorcyclist, making it impossible for him to avoid the accident.However, an eyewitness told this publication that Mamood was speeding at the time.Ramdatt had moved in with Mamood six days prior to his death. The couple was expected to get married on April 30.The dead man’s mother, Violet Kanhai, said his neck might have been broken after he had been thrown through the air for 30 feet. The only mark on the body, she said, was on the neck.The motorbike was purchased three months ago. This is the second motorbike Mamood had owned. Police are investigating the accident, while the driver remains in custody.last_img read more

Wenger admits Alexis-Mkhitaryan swap is on

first_img0Shares0000Sanchez has long been linked with a move away from the Gunners, and was thought to be close to signing for Manchester City, only for negotiations between them and his agent to break down, leaving United as favourites to land the Chilean, whose contract runs out at the end of the season.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 18 – Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan of Manchester United could be set to swap sides after Arsene Wenger conceded that such a deal is “likely to happen”.Sanchez has long been linked with a move away from the Gunners, and was thought to be close to signing for Manchester City, only for negotiations between them and his agent to break down, leaving United as favourites to land the Chilean, whose contract runs out at the end of the season. Mkhitaryan, meanwhile, has been limited to just 15 Premier League appearances and one goal this season, making him surplus to requirement at Old Trafford and looking for a way out, making a swap deal a win-win solution.“I’ve worked on transfers for 30 years so it is likely to happen but any moment things can break down,” Wenger said.“That’s how the transfer market is so as long as it’s not over the line you have to accept that it can as well not happen. These kinds of things are never guaranteed.“My understanding is yes (Mkhitaryan will be involved in the Sanchez deal). The wages would not be a problem. If it’s a possibility it’s because I like the player.“We played many times against him when he was at Dortmund so he’s certainly appreciated the quality of our games and the way we play football so that’s why certainly he loves the club.“This would be an exchange of players and I think one would replace the other. Are we still on the transfer market after that? Yes.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Falcao, Cuadrado and Mina star as stylish Colombia break Polish hearts

first_imgThe disappointing Poland became the first European side eliminated from the tournament.“I’m very sorry and very sad about the result, but tomorrow’s another day and we have to come to terms with things,” said Poland coach Adam Nawalka.“Our players did their best until the end of the game. We lost to a very strong team and this is something we have to accept.“I extend my congratulations to Colombia.”The South Americans’ bid for a place in the last 16 will be determined by the results from their final game with Senegal, who drew 2-2 with Japan earlier in the day.Colombia’s march to the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago came thanks to James Rodriguez’s six-goal tally for Los Cafeteros.And days after a troublesome calf injury restricted him to a half-hour cameo role as 10-man Colombia stumbled to a 2-1 defeat against Japan, the Bayern Munich midfielder was back to his best.Starting alongside Juan Quintero and Cuadrado on the right, Colombia’s ultra-offensive starting line-up was a forewarning.After riding a tense start that forced Mina and then Wilmar Barrios to react quickly to thwart early threats from Robert Lewandowski, Colombia eventually got into their stride.– Cuadrado’s trickery –Cuadrado was wasteful on several occasions when finding space deep on the right flank.The Juventus winger’s trickery would eventually pay dividends, but it was Falcao — who has dreamed all his life of scoring a World Cup goal — who turned on the style, dancing through the Polish defence to win the corner that led to Colombia’s opener.Rodriguez’s short corner eventually found Quintero, whose smart through ball back to Rodriguez gave him time and space to curl a perfect left-footed cross that Mina rose to header powerfully past Szczesny on 40 minutes.Colombia resumed in positive fashion, Cuadrado holding up well to set up Falcao for a first-time drive that sailed over Szczesny’s crossbar.A Colombia counter saw Falcao’s drive from the edge of the area deflected out for a corner.Nawalka replaced Dawid Kownacki with the more experienced Kamil Grosicki and the switch almost paid dividends.Only the bravery of goalkeeper David Ospina saved Colombia from conceding what looked like the equaliser when he rushed out to block from Lewandowski after the Bayern Munich striker did well to get a shot away from a long ball from midfield.Poland threatened again, but when Lewandowski got his head to a cross into the area he was marked by both Mina and Davinson Sanchez.Colombia, however, were not to be denied.When right-back Sanitago Arias found Quintero, the midfielder sliced Poland’s defence apart with a low pass that found Falcao on the run before he beat Szczesny down low with the outside of his right boot.Five minutes later, Rodriguez produced arguably the assist of the night, drawing several Polish players on the left flank before somehow finding Cuadrado on the run with a superb cross-field pass that the pacey winger tucked away.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Falcao led Colombia back into World Cup contention© AFP Roman KruchininMOSCOW, Russia, June 25 – Radamel Falcao, Yerry Mina and Juan Cuadrado scored as stylish Colombia boosted their World Cup last 16 hopes with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Poland on Sunday.In a match destined to see the loser sent home after the group stages, Colombia overcame a nervous start against Adam Nawalka’s men to move up to third place in Group H, one point behind Japan and Senegal.last_img read more

RCMP on scene at a residence in Chetwynd

first_imgCHETWYND, B.C. – RCMP are currently at the scene of a residence in Chetwynd.According to Cpl. Madonna Saunderson, there is currently an unfolding event with a heavy police presence at a residence in Chetwynd.Saunderson says there are very little details on this incident at this time but she can say that the RCMP were called to the residence at 1:43 a.m. on Thursday morning and that the incident is believed to be isolated to the one specific residence.- Advertisement -RCMP will release further details when more information becomes available.last_img read more

Trojans dealing well with their issues

first_imgUSC returned from Sun Devil Stadium tanned, confident and undefeated following its narrow victory over Arizona State. But the No. 1-ranked Trojans were all those things back in training camp. What really has emerged from the first third of the season and what does it say about USC’s remaining eight games? “We have given ourselves reason to believe we’re not in trouble until we decide we call it off,” USC coach Pete Carroll said. “I’ve kind of felt our character in our program the past few years has been steady but that was a legitimate question before the season. “Is that character still in the makeup of our program? I think so.” It’s just one less question for Carroll a month into the season. Other seemingly important issues also quickly withered away. In July, Carroll’s biggest worry was middle linebacker. Is it a concern today? “Nope,” he said. Oscar Lua has emerged as a team leader and been more than adequate so far. He also has allowed USC to slowly groom freshman Rey Maualuga. Carroll is less concerned about the secondary, which continues to bleed yards (262.2 per game) but is a manageable situation. Masking a problem remains his specialty, and senior cornerback John Walker intercepted two passes last week despite being considered a major question mark. “The defense isn’t as good as last year,” Fouts said. “But they have the same coordinator (Carroll), and he’s just as good as he was.” Without those worries, what’s left? The offense, with tailbacks Reggie Bush and LenDale White running at will the past two games, has few issues. “Arizona State never really stopped them in the second half and they have such a lethal combo with Bush and White,” Fouts said. “They are so demoralizing for a defense because of White’s power and Bush’s speed.” Carroll found problems, of course, after thinking about it. He’s not quite as high on special teams and worries about road trips when he can take only 64 players. “I’m concerned about our depth at some spots and we still haven’t ironed out everything in our kicking game,” he said. “We didn’t cover a punt last week.” He also remains humble because he never has looked past the upcoming game and refuses to let the Trojans do so. “We’ve really zeroed in on stuff but can we handle the rigors of a season and focus on what issues are going to come up?” he said. “We’ll have to see.” USC also has learned something about its coaching staff. New offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin has been through a nailbiter in Tempe and proved his mettle in the fourth quarter, when the Trojans kept Arizona State off-balance by mixing runs with passes to fullback David Kirtman. “I never thought we were going to lose,” Kiffin said. “I can say that with 100 percent certainty. I didn’t feel we had to reach out and take our best shots. I knew we wouldn’t lose. “We were wearing them down.” Any problems the offense experienced through four games were due more to mistakes than opposing defenses, Kiffin said. “I don’t think it’s anything but beating ourselves,” Kiffin said. “We had nine penalties in the first half. That was us. When we’re executing, we’re fine.” And after last week’s emotional victory, even a wary Wyatt believes the past two games relieved the Trojans of any complacency that developed with slow starts. “It’s one of those things people understand now,” he said. “The team now realizes you have to play week in and week out. I already knew that because I’m always cautious. I don’t even go through yellow lights.” Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 THEN AND NOW Through four games, USC’s marquee offensive performers are ahead of last year’s pace: Matt Leinart YearPassing YdsTDsINT 20041,02382 20051,286102 Reggie Bush YearRushing YdsTDs 20043303 20054916 LenDale White YearRushing YdsTDs 20043355 20054376 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Those lazy starts demonstrated the Trojans (4-0) are far from perfect. “They can always lose to somebody, and they still have a couple tough ones, especially with games at Notre Dame and California,” said former NFL quarterback Dan Fouts, a college football analyst for ABC. “But they’re like a heavyweight champ who’s taken everyone’s best shot. I’m not sure they’re as good as Muhammad Ali, but they have a quick-strike punch.” If there’s a unique aspect to the Trojans, it’s the ability to coolly come back from double-digit deficits. “Every team has its own chemistry and that’s USC’s challenge,” Washington State coach Bill Doba said. “It changes from year to year.” It’s this area in which USC quickly established its identity. No matter what has happened the past two weeks, USC demonstrated the character to overcome adversity. center_img It’s already clear the Trojans are mortal, based on their slow starts against Oregon and Arizona State. Or maybe even a tad overconfident. “I’m pretty sure in the back of players’ heads, they thought teams would fall over after we beat Oregon,” cornerback Justin Wyatt said. “It’s kind of like some people go into things lackadaisical. People tend to relax. It’s not the way they talk, but it’s their demeanor.” last_img read more

Coins pay tribute to Mandela the lifelong learner

first_img18 July 2014The South African Mint Company, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, on Friday marked the first Mandela Day since Madiba’s passing by unveiling the second edition of its Protea Life of a Legend coin series.The three-coin series – 24-carat gold R25 (one-ounce) and R5 (one-tenth ounce) coins and a sterling silver R1 coin – are themed around Mandela’s dedication to lifelong learning.The first member of his family to attend school, education remained extremely important to Mandela throughout his life.The pure gold R25 coin displays the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape, where Mandela studied, a young Mandela wearing a double-breasted suit, and the Mandela quote: “Everywhere in the world it is accepted that students, as a thinking and independent-minded section of the population, have the right to freedom of thought and expression of opinion.”The sterling silver R1 coin depicts Mandela as a child practising how to write “Nelson” on a slate board, along with the Mandela quote: “The children of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and education is a very important weapon to prepare children for their future roles as leaders of the community.”The pure gold R5 coin carries his quote: “Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.”All three coins have the same obverse: South Africa’s national flower, the King Protea, in a half garland below Mandela in one of his trademark Madiba shirts.“The South African Mint Company is honoured to release the second Protea coin series on the first Mandela Day that he is not with us,” South African Mint Company MD Tumi Tsehlo said in a statement. “Making it more special is that it is dedicated to education, which was so close to his heart.”Nelson Mandela Foundation chief executive Sello Hatang said: “These beautiful coins, which commemorate the life and times of Madiba, continue to propagate his life and his beliefs, which we cherish as the Nelson Mandela Foundation. They are testament to a living legacy.”The 2014 Protea Life of a legend coin series is available for purchase at the SA Mint in Centurion.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

ChompStack Aims to Bring Restaurant Owners to the Mobile Web

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… If you carry a Web-enabled phone and you like to eat, chances are it’s happened to you. You’re out. You’re hungry. You want to check out a new restaurant nearby, or perhaps you’re visiting another city. You pull out your phone to search for a restaurant. Even if you use a fancy, location-based app like Yelp or UrbanSpoon, you still want to see what’s on the menu. So you click through to the restaurant’s site, and… nothing. Turns out, the restaurant owner paid some kid who knew Flash to built a slick website for them five years ago that has no chance of loading on the BlackBerrys and iPhones of today.EnterChompStack. Like other tools we’ve covered, ChompStack is a Web-based, WYSIWYG tool for building mobile websites, but one that was designed for restaurant owners specifically. Much like the desktop Web before it, the mobile Web continues to explode, but not every restaurateur has the resources to hire a developer to build them a mobile-friendly site.Recognizing these realities, ChompStack CEO Steven Wei set out to build a product he could market to restaurant owners and take the heavy lifting out of building mobile Websites for an industry that can’t afford to miss out on mobile opportunities. From one simple back-end interface, ChompStack customers can manage menus, pricing information, promotional deals, locations and other business details. Adding static pages, Google Maps directions and a click-to-call phone number is matter of a few clicks. The control panel also enables customization of branding and color scheme, as well as a site preview tool for those who may not have brand new iPhone 4, Droid X and BlackBerry Bold handsets laying around the kitchen. Crucially, CompStack integrates with social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, Yelp and OpenTable. The service starts at $15 per month for single-location restaurants, $30 for those with multiple locations or $45 for larger chains. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Tags:#biz#Reviews center_img john paul titlow Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more

Man City’s quadruple bid ends in shock FA Cup loss to Wigan

first_imgRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Wigan Athletic players celebrate at the end of the English FA Cup fifth round soccer match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester City at The DW Stadium, Wigan, England, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Wigan Athletic won the game 1-0. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City’s pursuit of a quadruple ended on Monday when it was surprisingly eliminated from the FA Cup by losing at third-division Wigan 1-0.Wigan beat City in the 2013 FA Cup final, but this was an even bigger shock. Will Grigg’s late goal was enough for the League One side to pull off the upset in the fifth round. They host Southampton in the quarterfinals next month.ADVERTISEMENT Aguero looked like opening the scoring after breaking into the box just before the interval, but Walton produced another fine save.Controversy then erupted when referee Anthony Taylor dismissed Delph following a sliding challenge on Power.Taylor initially had a yellow card in his hand, but eventually brandished the red one, sparking vociferous complaints from City players, who felt the decision was harsh.Guardiola was also angered and encroached on to the field, his arguments with Cook continuing for some time afterwards.City was further frustrated after the break and Grigg capitalized on a Kyle Walker error to win it for Wigan 11 minutes from time. The Northern Ireland international seized possession on halfway and charged upfield before slotting a fine shot past Bravo from the edge of the area.Wigan survived a nervy finish, with the final whistle prompting a pitch invasion.Television pictures appeared to show a home supporter and Aguero involved in a physical exchange.Aguero appeared to strike the supporter after the latter said something to the forward, who had to be held back by his City teammates.Guardiola and Cook said they did not see the post-match incidents because they were in the changing rooms. “Of course, we are sad and we want to go through because the FA Cup is a nice competition and you want to go to the quarterfinals. They score a goal, we were not able to. We congratulate Wigan for their victory.”While Delph’s red card led to Guardiola and Cook exchanging strong words on the touchline and in the tunnel at halftime, both managers said there wasn’t a problem.“From our point of view we’re trying to get every edge in everything we can,” Cook said.“We certainly wish them well fighting on all fronts because they represent English football so well.”City enjoyed 83 percent of possession and 29 shots to Wigan’s four, but could not take advantage. Sergio Aguero headed over early on and Ilkay Gundogan forced a good save from Christian Walton before miskicking from another good position.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lady Chiefs keep NCAA volley title NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We had to ride our luck with a couple of flashing crosses, but that’s what makes the FA Cup so special,” Wigan manager Paul Cook said. “Our lads deserve a lot of credit for the amount of work and the level of energy they put in. To beat a Man City team you have to do that.”City was forced to play the entire second half with 10 men after left back Fabian Delph was red-carded on the stroke of halftime for a strong challenge on Max Power.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCity manager Pep Guardiola accepted the referee’s decision and played down its significance.“We played good in the second half even with 10 so the influence in terms of the way we played wasn’t too much,” he said. “Of course, with 11 it’s easier. We conceded one shot on target in 90 minutes and we lost. Football is like this. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more