Armed bandits storms Sisters Village shop

first_imgA quiet evening in the West Bank Demerara village of Sisters became unsettled after two armed gunmen stormed a roadside business place, which operates as a shop and bar. Late Wednesday evening, Guyana Times was told that the two bandits forced several persons to lie face down while they relived them of their belongings.Reports are that around 09:10 hrs, the bandits approached the shop, seemingly as though they wanted to purchase items but quickly revealed their true intentions soon after. A victim of the attack, who was still shaken up and preferred to remain anonymous, told this publication, that he was at the shop buying phone cards, when the bandits came up and whipped out a hand gun and forced him to the ground. He related that his mobile phone and money was stolen.Guyana Times was further told that as one of the gunmen held up persons in the shop, the other reportedly ransacked the home of the shop’s owner. Up to press time, Police ranks were patrolling and conducting active investigations to get to bottom of the brazen crime. Guyana Times was told that after the ordeal, villagers gathered and comforted the victims who suffered from the reported attack. Investigations are continuing.last_img read more

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LP Chides Gov’t for ‘Lawlessness, Bad Economy, High Unemployment’

first_imgSenator Stephen Zargo flanked by LP Secretary General Jacob Smith (left) and UP chairman Wilmot Paye (right) at yesterday’s press conference. — Supports June 7 planned protestOpposition Liberty Party (LP) is on the back of President George Weah for “his government’s disregard for the rule of Law, the economic growth that has declined to below 0 per cent and the worsening unemployment rate.LP meanwhile says it supports the June 7 ‘peaceful protest’ to remind the CDC-led government of the growing wave of economic hardship, uncontrollable corruption, flagrant constitutional violations, mob violence and clamp down on non-adherents.On Tuesday, April 24, LP Chairman Stephen Zargo, said with just a little over one year of the CDC-led government, “the country continues to experience rapid decline in nearly all sectors of our governance framework, including sharp decline in the performance of the economy, as well as widespread acts of lawlessness and mysterious deaths of prominent citizens with elusive promises of police investigation or none at all.LP said the party supports the June 7 planned peaceful protest to remind the government of the growing wave of economic hardship, uncontrollable corruption, flagrant constitutional violations, mob violence, clamp down on non-adherents across the country. According to Sen. Zargo, the planned protest is a fundamental tenet of democracy for the people to freely assemble and petition their government when it is so required.“Our decision is further informed by the demonstrated indifference the President and officials continue to show in the face of the bruising economic hardship.“As a party that is acclaimed for adherence to the rule of law, and given the sad history of recent violent protests organized by the CDC, while in opposition, and during the recent Montserrado County by-elections in district #13, we urge the organizers of the protest to remain peaceful and act in keeping with laws. On the Strength of the 1986 Constitution, it is the rights of the people to, at any and all times, assemble and express themselves on issues affecting their wellbeing,” Zargo said.“During the course of the planning and implementation of the planned protest, the CDC-led Government must also take cognizance of its constitutional mandate to provide security for the protesters and constructively advert any plan by surrogates of the government to provoke violence as was done by Mayor Jefferson Koijee and his supporters in District 13.”Chairman Zargo, who is also a Senator of Lofa County, said there are several incompetent people appointed by President Weah to strategic positions in the public sector, and it is conspicuous that the health care delivery system portrays a life-threatening decline as a result of the lack of basic medical supplies to major health centers.“The civil service is overcrowded by political surrogates of the CDC, without a corresponding and practical alignment with the size of the national envelop, accountability, a cardinal part of good governance, is grossly lacking, as is also a clear demonstration of political will to punish people culpable of corruption,” the LP Chairman stated.Sen. Zargo: “It is therefore no surprise that there is a rapid and astounding erosion of public confidence in the CDC-led Government.”Flanked by the Unity Party (UP) chairman Wilmot Paye and LP’s Secretary General Jacob Smith, Zargo said when the CDC-led Government assumed state authority in 2018, the strength of the economy stood at over 2% growth rate, but as it is, economic growth has declined 0% to the extent that inflation has increased to more than 25%.He pointed out that unemployment is worsening due to a growing wave of layoff exercises at major investments, and to complicate this economic nightmare, the US$25 million, which was intended to stabilize the exchange rate (currently at US$1 to L$175) was mismanaged, while some of the prime culprits, including Finance Minister Samuel Tweah and Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Executive Governor Nathaniel Patray walk around scout-free.The LP has meanwhile pleaded with the UN, EU, AU, ECOWAS and all foreign partners, who invested so much in the country’s peace process to keep eyes on the trend of events unfolding in our country; particularly the regrouping of former rebel commanders with government assistance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Teen arraigned with gun, ammo possession

first_imgA Charlestown, Georgetown teenager was on Thursday arraigned with two gun related charges by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan after he appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Seventeen-year-old Colin Denny of Lot 41 Charles and Howes Streets, Charlestown, denied both of the charges after it was read to him.The court heard that on June 13, 2018, while in the vicinity of Howes Street, he had in his possession .32 pistol and one matching round without being the holder of a firearm licence.Denny’s defence Attorney Keshia Chase in her bail application told the court that on the day in question; her client was in the company of six other males when Police visited the area.She noted that upon seeing the officers, the other males fled the scene leaving Denny behind. Chase further told the court that the weapon was not found in her client’s possession but rather on the roadway.However, Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that the weapon was indeed concealed in Denny’s crotch. Bail was denied and he was remanded to prison until July 4.last_img read more

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Life sentence for cop killer

first_imgSouth Ruimveldt, Georgetown resident Delon Abrams, who shot and killed Guyana Police Force (GPF) rank Silburn Elias was on Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole by Judge Sandil Kissoon at the High Court after he pleaded guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter.Convicted: Delon AbramsAbrams killed Elias on January 6, 2014 when the rank was attempting to re-arrest him after he had escaped from the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was under Police guard.It was reported that Abrams was caught and beaten by residents of Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown after he broke into someone’s home in the area.As such, he had to be rushed to the Hospital for medical attention. The previously convicted felon escaped from the Hospital stealing a Police Officer’s .38 calibre service pistol in the process.When pursued and confronted in Fourth Street, Alberttown, Georgetown by other ranks including an unarmed Elias, Abrams shot him twice, once to his chest and once to his left side.In handing down the sentence, Judge Kissoon told the accused that the penalty for killing a law enforcement officer is death; however, owing to his early plea, he was sentencing him to life imprisonment.Presenting the case for the State were Prosecutors Mandel Moore and Abigail Gibbs. Attorney-at-Law Maxwell McKay represented Abrams.last_img read more

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UCLA falls against Florida

first_imgATLANTA (AP) – Billyball lives on for at least one more game at Florida. After what felt like a Final Four instant replay, UCLA has certainly had its fill. The Gators and their in-demand coach, Billy Donovan, moved one win away from a second straight national championship Saturday night, defeating the Bruins 76-66 behind 19 points from Corey Brewer, 16 from Chris Richard and 14 more from Lee Humphrey. Donovan got the best of Ben Howland and Florida got the best of UCLA for the second straight year at the Final Four, adding this semifinal win to a 73-57 rout in last year’s title game. “This is what it’s all about,” Gators forward Joakim Noah said. “We know it’s not over yet. We’re happy, but we’re not satisfied.” This victory for the Gators (34-5) set up another sort of rematch. They’ll play Ohio State on Monday in the final, hoping for the same kind of result as their 27-point victory in the championship football game earlier this year. The Buckeyes beat Georgetown 67-60 in the first semifinal Saturday. The football coaches, OSU’s Jim Tressel and Florida’s Urban Meyer, were on the sidelines for this one, too, but only as spectators. The real stars were Brewer, Humphrey (three 3-pointers in the second half), Noah and, of course, Donovan, who the Gator faithful hope will rebuff a possible offer from Kentucky come season’s end to keep building on the small dynasty he’s created in Gainesville. That drama will have to wait at least a couple more days, thanks to a wear-’em-down kind of effort that looked pretty much like what the Gators did to the Bruins last year. The entire starting lineup came back for a repeat and with one more win, Florida will become the first team to go back-to-back since Duke in 1992 and the first ever to do it with the same starting five. UCLA (30-6), still stuck on 11 titles, thought it brought a more experienced, better team to Atlanta, and that might have been true. But Bruins guard Arron Afflalo sat on the bench for almost the entire first half with foul trouble and center Lorenzo Mata joined him. That took a bite out of UCLA’s early tenacious defensive effort, and when Brewer started going off – swishing two 3-pointers in consecutive trips down the floor – the Gators were running to a 26-16 lead and UCLA never much threatened after that. As impressive as Brewer looked on offense, it was a pair of defensive sequences during that stretch that told the bigger story. Once, UCLA had a fast break and some decent numbers, but 6-foot-10 forward Al Horford simply stood under the basket and swatted away Alfred Aboya’s shot for one stop. A moment later, Noah got in the way of Luc Richard Mbah a Boute in his attempt to go up strong in the paint. Mbah a Boute’s head fake shook Noah, but Brewer simply came from behind to swat the shot. There was plenty more of that. Led by Horford’s 17 rebounds, Florida outboarded UCLA 43-26, blocked six shots and altered countless more. Noah, supposedly Florida’s best player, finished with only eight points but had 11 rebounds and four blocks – typical of the star player on a team that hasn’t seemed to care who gets the credit this season. In fact, all five Florida starters average in double figures this season yet not one of them averages more than 10 shots a game. On this day, it was Brewer and Humphrey’s turn to score. Brewer did the damage in the first half, making all eight shots he took – three from 3, four free throws and one layup. Humphrey put the dagger in late, making three 3-pointers in an early second-half run similar to the one he fashioned to put George Mason away in last year’s semis. As for UCLA – well, what really is there to say after a loss in which the final, 10-point margin belied the actual game? The Bruins rolled through the Pac-10 again this season and looked like championship material in dispatching Kansas and Howland’s old team, Pittsburgh, on their way to the Final Four. But they were overmatched again, and getting their best players in foul trouble early certainly didn’t help. Afflalo finished with 17 points, but they all came after the game was out of reach. Mata, not a big scorer, was no factor anywhere on the court, finishing with six points and two rebounds before he fouled out. Mbah a Boute was at least willing to take the ball up in the paint despite constant rejections. His night ended when he picked up his fifth foul with 9:02 left after scoring four points. Josh Shipp, absent last year and thought to be a possible difference-maker in this matchup, led the Bruins with 18 points, but he couldn’t do it on his own. In the leadup to this game, many of the Bruins said they thought Florida celebrated a little too hard at their expense last year in Indianapolis. The Gators didn’t hold back this time, either. Noah tugged on his jersey and thumped his chest a couple of times. Brewer pointed at the crowd, shouted and mugged for the camera. Of course, who wouldn’t be pumped watching the kind of tomahawk jams Horford and Richard put back when noboby boxed them out after their teammates missed shots? The meeting against the Buckeyes will be a rematch of a regular-season game in Gainesville that Florida won 86-60. Ohio State was a much different team then, mainly because freshman center Greg Oden was just coming back from a torn ligament in his right wrist and hadn’t rounded into form.last_img read more

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Pico Rivera city attorney quits

first_imgBeilke acknowledged he met with Casso and discussed “going in a different direction.” “It’s not meant as a reflection in any way on Jamie’s job,” Beilke said. “We had some issues about how our costs for his services have been escalating. “Last month we had to transfer $381,000 from the general fund to the city attorney budget to make it through the year,” Beilke added. “Plus, with our two new council members, we’re looking for a fresh start.” Casso refused to confirm or deny that he was pressured out. He said only that it was his own decision to leave. “I am grateful to the City Council in 2001 who wanted me to provide their legal services, and I truly hope they succeed in their endeavors,” said Casso. Casso also serves as city attorney and redevelopment attorney in La Puente and is the redevelopment counsel for South El Monte. He said his law firm is trying to land another contract for city attorney services in another city, but he declined to disclose which city. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Pico Rivera City Attorney James M. Casso has resigned the position he held since 2001, saying Wednesday that he wants to pursue “new opportunities.” In a surprise to some City Council members, Casso submitted his letter of resignation Tuesday, prior to the council’s regular meeting. But was it a forced resignation? On Wednesday, Councilman Gregory Salcido said the council’s agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting included a closed-door meeting in which Casso’s contract was to be discussed. The agenda lists a closed session in which council members were to discuss an “employee discipline dismissal, or release.” Salcido said he learned that Casso’s job was in jeopardy after he received his copy of the staff report – just days prior to Tuesday’s meeting – stating that Casso’s termination would be discussed in closed session. “The way I see it is Mr. Casso saw the writing on the wall,” Salcido said. “He would rather cut ties to the city on his own terms” than be fired, he said. Salcido said the firing was “based on the politics of certain members of City Council,” including Mayor Ron Beilke, who met with Casso in private last week. “I am concerned the mayor can unilaterally call a meeting with the city attorney to inform him of his termination, when the City Council as a whole has never taken the matter under consideration,” said Salcido. last_img read more

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Blackburn complete second signing of the day

first_img Elliott Ward 1 Blackburn have signed defender Elliott Ward from Bournemouth.The 31-year-old, who has put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal, follows Danny Graham to Ewood Park after the Sunderland striker joined on loan until the end of the season earlier on Wednesday.Ward is reunited with Blackburn manager boss Paul Lambert, who signed him during his spell in charge of Norwich.“It has been a busy few days to try and get it done, but I’m really pleased and I can’t wait to get started training and crack on,” Ward told the club’s official website.“I’m looking forward to putting on the shirt and hopefully being involved.“Paul Lambert demands standards and he definitely brought mine up a few notches at Norwich and that’s something I want to get back to on a regular basis.”Ward progressed through West Ham’s academy and after a loan spell at Plymouth joined Coventry for £1million in 2006.He joined up with Lambert at Norwich following a free transfer in the summer of 2010 and had a six-month loan spell at Nottingham Forest before joining Bournemouth in a permanent deal in 2013.last_img read more

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Gifts for cyclists

first_imgThe wireless Edge 305 measures pedaling cadence, heart rate, speed, distance, time, calories burned, altitude, climb and descent, plus more. Edge has a Courses feature that lets you race against a recorded course and match previously set speeds at every point. Or, try the Virtual Partner feature and race against a virtual competitor. $399.99 http://www.coloradocyclist.com (Look under Featured Items) Cateye Compact Opticube Black bicycle light The Compact Opticube light sets a new standard in size, brightness and versatility. With batteries, it weighs only 78 grams, and it’s only 9.3 centimeters long. Three ultra-bright LED lights are magnified with Cateye’s Opticube lens and reflector to produce more than 180 candlepower. $39.99 on http://www.coloradocyclist.com (Look at lighting systems in the Accessories category) Gore Windstopper Leg Warmers These leg warmers keep cold air at bay and the warmth in with moisture management and flexibility as a bonus! Gore WindStopper eliminates windchill, yet is breathable and dissipates excess moisture quickly so you stay warm and dry. Gripping elastic at upper hem opening keeps leg warmers snug and side-seam ankle zippers with reflective piping and locking tab allow easy on/off, even over shoes. $60 on http://www.rei.com (Go to the clothing category under Cycling and look for warmers)160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Saris Guardian three-bicycle rack With the Guardian rack, it’s easy to take a couple of friends and up to three bikes anywhere thanks to a narrow arm design engineered to carry most bikes, including juvenile and BMX models. The bumper-mount rack features Saris’ pivoting anti-sway bars with rubber hold-downs to keep your bikes secure. $114.99 on http://www.treksandiego.com (Look at the Car Racks category under Hottest Deals) AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champCycleOps Magneto trainer CycleOps’ Magneto is an innovative training tool to keep you fit and ready to ride no matter what the weather is like outside! It offers progressive resistance, which means the faster you go, the quicker the resistance ramps up, just like the real world. $249.99 on http://www.treksandiego.com (Look at the Trainers/Rollers category under Hottest Deals) Garmin Edge 305 Heart Rate/Cadence monitor last_img read more

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Ex-Spurs boss expects Levy to ‘pull a rabbit out the hat’ before transfer window shuts

first_img punished Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ALTERED Cullen made it clear Levy was not preventing Mauricio Pochettino, the Tottenham manager, from spending money, before going on to reassure fans that Pochettino is relaxed heading into the business end of the transfer window.Levy is notorious for his tough stance on negotiations, and he is known to leave signings as late as possible to ensure Spurs get the best deal possible.This approach has worried some of the Lilywhites faithful, especially as they have seen each of Tottenham’s top six rivals strengthen over the past few weeks.But, in the view of former Spurs manager Redknapp, there is no need to be worried. 2 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade REVEALED 2 Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Harry Redknapp has backed Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, to ‘pull a rabbit out the hat’ before the transfer window closes next week.Spurs have entered the final week of the open market without having signed a single player, and the club’s executive director Donna-Maria Cullen had to defend Levy over the lack of spending this summer. possible standings gameday cracker Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday targets REVEALED Levy has been criticised for his lack of spending this summer Having worked under Levy in north London, Redknapp knows just what makes Spurs’ chairman tick, and he believes Tottenham fans could be in for a surprise or two before the transfer window shuts on Thursday, August 9.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Redknapp said: “He [Pochettino] seems happy enough with the way it’s all going. He has a great relationship with Daniel, obviously. no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Latest Tottenham news Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures smart causal Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Pochettino’s side visit Newcastle on the opening day of the Premier League season “Daniel tends to move at the very last minute; he’ll have a two-for-one deal, a buy-one-get-one-free or something.“He does those deals sometimes.“But he pulls off great deals, and I’m sure he’ll have one or two rabbits in the hat he’s waiting to pull out at the last minute.”last_img read more

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PARENTS TO HOLD PROTEST OVER CLOSURE OF CRECHE

first_imgMembers of a crèche threatened with closure are to hold a protest outside the Udaras na Gaeltachta offices in Gaoth Dobhair.Members of Udaras are due to hold a meeting at the Gaoth Dobhair Business Park.Parents from the Gaoth Dobhair crèche are understood to be seeking a meeting with members over the planned closure of the crèche which caters for 30 children. The parents are seeking to meet with members to establish if any progress has been made on securing the creche’s future. PARENTS TO HOLD PROTEST OVER CLOSURE OF CRECHE was last modified: May 3rd, 2013 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

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