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Ex-Police prosecutor slapped with fraud charges

first_imgAn ex-Police prosecutor was on Friday slapped with fraud charges after he reportedly collected money with the aim of attempting to have a firearm possession charged dropped against a defendant.Terry Bostwick of Pike Street, Kitty, denied the charges which were read by Magistrate Leron Daly.The first charge against him alleged that he collected $100,000 from the mother of Tyrone Kennedy at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts in December 2016 by falsely claiming that he was in a position to have a charge against him dropped.The 34-year-old man allegedly collected $100,000 in January 2017 at East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, from Moreine Kalli with the same claim of being able to have the matter against her son dropped. The final charge stated that on January 31, 2017, he collected $100,000 from the sister of the accused for the same purpose.Bostwick was represented by Attorneys-at-law Bernard DaSilva and George Thomas who both made a successful bail application. He was released on $75,000 bail for each charge and the case will continue on March 20, 2019.Bostwick was reportedly assigned as the prosecutor in Kennedy’s case. He reportedly contacted the family of the accused and told them to pay him $300,000 and he would get the charges dropped.They complied but Kennedy was subsequently jailed for the offence. The matter was reported to the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) and the prosecutor was transferred and later dismissed from his job.last_img read more

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GBTI records $603M profit

first_imgMid-year Financial Report… crime continues to dampen struggling economic growth – ChairmanAfter-tax profit made by the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry Limited (GBTI) and its subsidiaries between January and June 2017 stands at $603 million, down from the $961 million recorded for the same period in 2016.Chairman of GBTI, Robin StobyThe GBTI Mid-Year (Interim) Financial Report has detailed that the company earned just over $902 million net profit after tax from its operations conducted during the first half (Jan/June) of 2016; but has recorded $599 million net profit after tax for the comparative period in 2017.Moreover, a slight change in the company and group’s asset holdings has seen its worth decrease by some $2 billion for the first half of 2017, but the company’s cash resources have moved from $19 billion in 2016 to $22 billion in 2017.This financial performance was, no doubt, due in part to the fraud perpetrated on the bank earlier this year, and partially because of economic issues facing the local financial sector, it has been said.Chairman of the GBTI Board, Robin Stoby, said in his report that the local economy experienced significant disruptions in the first quarter of the year due to cyclical fluctuations in the foreign currency market.“The (GBTI) if happy to report that it has been able to resume significant correspondent banking relationships, which have relieved the pressure on the delivery of foreign exchange supplies,” he explained.The Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry Limited head officeThe chairman noted that crime continues to dampen both the struggling economic growth and the investment climate. He referred to local banks, including GBTI, being faced with rising levels of non-performing loans, and slower credit with growth in the private sector.Disclosing that the GBTI has provided for the fraud perpetrated on it, Stoby declared, “We remain optimistic that the legal process will be completed before the end of the year.”Stoby had, in May 2017, told GBTI shareholders that the bank would recover the $941 million lost in a fraudulent transaction allegedly conducted by gold dealer Saddiqi Rasul. He had said that while, in the short term, the bank would have to make provisions for the loss, affecting earnings for the year, the board’s intention was to make an insurance claim for the money, in addition to conducting civil proceedings in an attempt to recover as much of the funds as possible.The former Chief Justice, Senior Counsel Ian Chang, has been contracted as a special prosecutor in the case, as the board was “not satisfied with progress on the matter.” Chang has been authorised to pursue the bank’s interest in an urgent manner, and prosecute the case to finality with the help of the Guyana Police Force and the Director of Public Prosecutions.Rasul, owner of SSS Minerals Trading, was on April 3rd charged with six counts of fraud, wherein it was alleged that between March 21 and March 22, at Bartica, with intent to defraud, he obtained from GBTI $96 million, $290 million, $89 million, $45 million, $298 million and $138 million by falsely pretending that he had cash in a Citizens Bank account to honour cheques that he had written. Rasul has denied the charges, and has been placed on a total of $3million bail.last_img read more

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Fort St. John meets January 3rd snowfall and precipitation records

first_imgOnce we added 4.2 centimetres and 3.2 millimetres on Sunday we had totals for the first five days of the month of 11.7 centimetres and 10.6 millimetres. So that meant with less than 20 per cent of the month gone the airport station had already recorded slightly more than one third of the January snowfall average and slightly more than 40 per cent of the January precipitation norm. However, there doesn’t seem to be a great deal more forecast for the rest of the week, and in addition, it is going to warm up considerably with highs through Saturday running anywhere from three to six degrees above the early January regional norm of minus 10.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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GAA: FANAD GAELS GAA CLUB NEWS

first_imgLotto Results:Numbers drawn were 4, 14, 16, 18, 20 Bonus 13. No jackpot winner. €100 John Shiels, Fanavolty. €50 Mary Shiels, Ballylar. Jackpot now stands at €6850. Donegal v Tyrone:At the time of going to press we had no guidance from the County Board re ticket allocation, however anyone interested in securing tickets should text or phone their order to Fiona by Sunday next May 12th. Your order does not guarantee your ticket as we have no idea how many tickets the club will get.Fiona can be contacted on 085-1555645 Foundation Coaching CourseThere are still a few places left, please contact Fiona if interested. Would those who have already signed up please contact her also.Gaeltacht:Congratulations to our senior team who win the Junior Gaeltacht County Title on Monday afternoon. We now go to the All Ireland Gaeltacht in June. Well done to all involved.Under 16’s:Under 16 training will start this Saturday 11th at 10.30am in Trialough. Please bring €2, your own water bottle and gumshield. All new players welcome.Under 8’s and 10’s: Our under 8’s and 10’s have games in Downings this Thursday evening the 9th at 6.45pm. All players to be in Downings at 6.30pm sharp. Martin will be in contact with all the boys and girls due to play in the games. PLEASE NOTE; There will be no training for our under 6’s for a few weeks due to under 8 and 10 blitzs. Please check our club notes, website or Facebook page for all info. For further information, contact Martin on 9163472.Congratulations:Congratulations to all our young members who made their First Holy Communion last Saturday.100 Club Draw: Gaeil Fhánada have launched a 100 club draw on. Tickets are €20 Monthly or €240 for the year with €13,000 in prizes.Cúl Camp:This years Cúl Camp will take place from 15th to 19th July. The pricesare as they were last year. One child €55, 2nd child €45, 3rd andsubsequent children €40. We are advertising the cúl camp early so asto give parents/guardians the oppurtunity to pay in instalments. Ifyou wish to do so then please contact Fiona on 0851555645.Votes of Sympathy:Votes of sympathy were passed at the clubs committee meeting with the families of Harry Blaney, Sarah Martin, Francie Friel and George Kyle on their recent deaths. May they Rest In Peace.GAA: FANAD GAELS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: May 7th, 2013 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:GAA: FANAD GAELS GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

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Jan Vertonghen reveals Lucas Moura is a ‘nightmare’ even in training

first_img gameday REVEALED 1 The £25million star, 26, punished the Red Devils’ frail backline with his pace, pressing, dribbling, and surprising aerial prowess.And team-mate Vertonghen has admitted his team-mate is just as tough up against his own team-mates between games. huge blow England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Tottenham Hotspur sensation Lucas Moura How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures He told the London Evening Standard: “He is a nightmare to play against. We play against him every day in training and he’s just a nightmare. He works hard, he has goals in him — left foot, right foot — and so much pace. He’s a great player and an even better guy, so everyone is very happy.“Obviously, he missed pre-season last year and that’s very important to understand the style of play and having the fitness to cope with what the attackers have to do because they run so much.“He had a great pre-season this time from what I’ve heard. He’s an unbelievable guy, everyone in the dressing room is so happy for him. I think you could see that. Everyone was hugging him.“He had a couple of tough years in Paris and last year he didn’t play as much as he wanted. This year, he’s here and he’s an unbelievable player.” silverware Latest Premier League Newscenter_img Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings REVEALED no dice Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener shining gameday cracker smart causal Tottenham Hotspur star Jan Vertonghen has revealed Lucas Moura is just as much of a nightmare in training as he is his for Premier League opponents.After promising performances since joining from Paris Saint-Germain in January the Brazil star had his first breakout performance in a two-goal Man of the Match display against Manchester United.last_img read more

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CREESLOUGH GETS VITAL CASH FOR ITS MAIN STREET

first_imgCreeslough has been given a welcome boost with funding of €372,392 for the upgrading of its Main Street.The cash injection has been approved by the Donegal Local Development Company to Creeslough’s Tidy Town’s Committee.The funding has been welcomed by Senator Brian O’Domhnaill. “I have been lobbying the Department and the Minister to make sure the approval was given as quickly as possible so that the work can be carried out without further delay.”“This funding was approved under the Rural Development Programme (LEADER) by Donegal Local Development Company in July and is co-financed by the European Union at a rate of 55%.”“This funding is in addition to funding of €560,000 approved by the National Roads Authority which brings the total allocation available to the Creeslough Tidy Towns Committee to €932,392,” he said.The tender process for the project has been completed and a contractor has been selected but not yet appointed. “I understand that the Contractor will be appointed in the next fortnight the Contractor will then officially sign the contract and work is due to commence at the end of October.“This is a crucially important and carefully planned project and I wish to take this opportunity in commending the Creeslough Tidy Towns Committee, Donegal County Council, National Road Authority and DLDC with their commitment and funding towards this project,” added Seantor O’Domhnaill.EndsCREESLOUGH GETS VITAL CASH FOR ITS MAIN STREET was last modified: September 23rd, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CreesloughSenator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more

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FREE HEALTH CHECKS TO BE GIVEN AT DONEGAL’S HOMEGROWN FOOD FESTIVAL!

first_imgThe HSE will be undertaking free health checks at the Health and Wellbeing area of Donegal’s much-anticipated HomeGrown Food Festival.Health checks will be carried out at the Homegrown Food Festival.In conjunction with the HSE, the Health and Wellbeing section will also provide information on healthy eating with demonstrations, informational talks, displays and more.Along with the Health and Wellbeing area there will also be an extensive Food Village featuring the best local and national produce. Accompanied by a stellar line up of Celebrity Chefs including Rachel Allen, Paul Rankin, Brian McDermott, Gary O’Hanlon, Ian Orr, Martin Anderson and many more undertaking live cooking demonstrations throughout the two day event. The HomeGrown food festival takes place at the Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny on the 12th-13th July.Early bird tickets are on sale now online at www.homegrownfoodfestival.ieYou can also like it on Facebook or follow on twitter.  FREE HEALTH CHECKS TO BE GIVEN AT DONEGAL’S HOMEGROWN FOOD FESTIVAL! was last modified: June 16th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalHOMEGROWN FOOD FESTIVALHSEletterkennylast_img read more

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The night we tamed The Pogues – Donal Reid tells it like it was!

first_imgFormer Donegal GAA star Donal Reid will launch his autobiography ‘Confessions Of A Gaelic Footballer’ in then Abbey Hotel on Saturday, October 22nd next at 8pm.Never one to mince his words, Donal’s book is a super read, not just for football fans but for readers of life and everyday situations.All proceeds from the book will go to Pieta House. In this exclusive extract, Donal reveals how he (and several bouncers) dealt with some rowdy fans of The Pogues during a concert in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny.________________________________________________________________My relationship never deteriorated with Brian (McEniff) after my departure from the Great Northern Hotel. The hotel manager and I also were on good terms and remain friends today. I was back playing for Red Hugh’s and spent a lot more time at home in The Cross. I trained as hard and as often as ever. I was also afforded much more time to the football because my responsibilities were somewhat diminished compared to my previous employment. The Mount Errigal Hotel was undergoing some dramatic changes while I was there; both in terms of personnel and furnishings. We reopened the ballroom rehashing it into a trendy Night Club with all modern sound and lighting equipment. We named it Scorpio. It was a huge success after some initial teething problems. It opened most nights of the week but weekends were particularly busy.England and Ireland were playing a soccer match on a particular Wednesday evening. Terry, Gabriel (Terry’s brother) and I settled down in our house in Ballyraine to watch the game. Just as the match started the house ‘phone rang. I answered. It was one of the hotel receptionists. “Donal you need to come down right away, the lounge is full of noisy people going to a gig in Scorpio.” I informed the lads and we all rushed down to the hotel. We were greeted by mayhem. Three Ulster busses were parked up in the hotel car park as groups of young people wandered round slugging beer from cans. The foyer was crammed with hippy like people who sat back on the chairs with their feet on the tables. Two bar men were trying to attend to their orders. A non-descript band called The Pogues were booked in to play that night. They were in their infancy then and practically unheard of. I rang a few bouncers for assistance and went behind the bar to help. I was immediately grabbed by my tie by one of the louts. I was well able to handle myself and managed to push him off. I tried to placate him and his friends by telling them to be patient and soon everyone would be served. They did not want regular beer though. They wanted ‘slops’. We used to have a few 10 gallon drums to the rear of the kitchen which held ‘Slops’ for a local farmer who fed the mixture to his pigs. We lined the pint glasses on the floor and filled them from stainless steel buckets with slops. Soon the situation was under control and they all disappeared into the Night Club. By the time Shane McGowan had started we had an army of bouncers on patrol. To be perfectly honest they caused little trouble and leaped about the floor like jumping hyenas.As the night came to a close and the revellers departed we started the clean-up job. Shane McGowan was sprawled in front of the bar on the floor still demanding drink. He got a quick shift. The night was over and we headed home.Two years later I was in London on a St. Patrick’s weekend with Marty Carlin for a football match. We came up the steps out of a tube station when I saw a flyer on the ground. I picked it up and looked at the writing on it. The Pogues were performing in the Hammersmith Odeon. I was shocked. They played three nights in the Odeon to full houses. Do you ever know? The night we tamed The Pogues – Donal Reid tells it like it was! was last modified: October 14th, 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

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Calculate your carbon footprint

first_img27 October 2008Global conservation organisation WWF has partnered with messaging solutions company BulkSMS to launch MyCO2Print, South Africa’s first mobile carbon footprint calculator.WWF spokesperson Carolyn Cramer explained that MyCO2Print was primarily an awareness tool.“It is far simpler than the carbon footprint calculators available on the web,” she said in a statement earlier this month.“We wanted a tool which would enable South Africans to measure their carbon footprint in terms of travel and energy use, and to try to improve it on a monthly basis.”MyCO2Print provides users with an approximate rand value of carbon emissions they are producing, with the calculation based on figures derived from the Stern Review.According to online encyclopedia Wikipedia, the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change is a 700-page report released in October 2006 by economist Lord Stern of Brentford for the British government. It discusses the effect of climate change and global warming on the world economy.“Although not the first economic report on global warming, it is significant as the largest and most widely known and discussed report of its kind,” the Wikipedia entry says.The tool also records users’ data and allows for a comparison of results on a monthly basis.Youth focusWhile MyCO2Print will be useful to everyone, Cramer says the organisation is particularly hopeful that it will be relevant to the “younger generation”.“We envisage school teachers using it as an innovative tool in the classroom to educate [students] on climate change and the environment.”To try out the MyCO2Print mobile carbon footprint calculator, sms the word “CO2” to 34017 using a WAP-enabled cellphone. The SMSs are charged at R2.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Guy Scott: Zambia’s impolitic white leader

first_img“The period of national mourning started today. We will miss our beloved president and commander. Elections for the office of president will take place within 90 days. In the interim, I am the acting president,” Guy Scott told Zambia in a radio address. (Image: Patriotic Front) • My Africa Is … not what you think • Zambia’s ancient rivers of history • Seven reasons to be optimistic about Africa • How Africa tweets • CNN’s Richard Quest examines the rise of Africa Sulaiman PhilipFor the next three months an African country will be run by a white man, the first since Paul Berenger became prime minister of Mauritius in 2003. The death of President Michael Sata in a London hospital on 28 October has elevated his deputy, 70-year-old Dr Guy Scott, to the most powerful office in Zambia. In a country of 13 million, a white farmer will be the leader, at least for the next three months.For Scott, a Cambridge educated economist, the strangest thing about his day is his motorcade, or the “truckloads of guys following me on motorbikes”. And the helicopter – for travel to the sylvan hinterlands of Zambia. As he told The Spectator magazine: “I am enjoying the toys, I must say.”Coverage of his ascendancy in the media outside Zambia has focused on the colour of Scott’s skin. Some commentators talk of it as evidence of Africa’s post-colonial rebirth. In Zambia, though, there has been nary a comment on his race.Most of the country’s white farming community are refugees from Zimbabwe, farmers who were forced off the land by Zimbabwe’s Africanisation policies. Belonging to this 40 000-strong white minority, his ascendency is a result of Zambia’s stability and tolerance, Scott says.Speaking to The Spectator in 2012 after he was named deputy to Sata, he explained: “I don’t think I would be nearly as welcome in South Africa, for example. Or West Africa… I get the suspicion they are pretty dubious, wondering what a white man is doing there. But for some reason, I’m very popular here.” King Cobra Michael Sata led Zambia from 2011 until his death in a London hospital this week.(Image credit: Patriotic Front) The white population is not his constituency; he represents a district of Lusaka. His position allows him to amuse himself at their expense. The sirens of his motorcade are rarely used, he has claimed, except when he visits his own constituency. “Then they are put on full blast, in defiance of all those who thought I couldn’t make it – mainly my fellow whites.”Scott has been called “a scaly old dude” by George W Bush and “a sick old man” by members of the opposition. No one, however, can say that he is not Zambian. Born in Livingstone, the son of a Scottish father and English mother, Scott’s presidency will run for just 90 days. Constitutionally, only Zambians whose parents are Zambian born can be president. Not that he couldn’t win a presidential election – as agriculture minister the plain-spoken and boisterous Scott was credited with saving Zambia from a drought-caused famine in 1992/93.When Sata made him vice-president in 2011, Scott was just a heartbeat away from the highest office in Zambia, but no one questioned the decision. He became, Scott says in his self-deprecating manner, a good luck charm for African politics. “I don’t think Michael thought it was a racial thing, he just thought it was a good idea. I’ve been involved in politics here for a long time. As a schoolboy I was involved in the liberation movement,” he told The Telegraph in 2012.“Michael knows about political symbolism. It’s one in the eye for his critics who say he’s a tribalist. Obviously, he’s not.”University of Zambia political scientist Lee Habasonda says that Scott’s elevation was smart politics on the part of Sata. Scott was a major funder of the Patriotic Front and helped it to gain power in 2011 for the first time, but he is also the link between Zambia and foreign powers. “Mr Scott was a farmer, and sufficiently endowed with financial resources. Mr Sata gave him the deputy presidency out of appreciation. It is not a powerful post,” Habasonda told the BBC.Dr Alec Scott, the president’s father, moved to what was then Northern Rhodesia in 1927 to work on Cecil John Rhodes’ railway. He went on to study law, publish a newspaper (today’s Zambia Daily Mail) and became a politician allied to African nationalists.Scott considers himself an African nationalist. His political education began when he was at school in Zimbabwe and having to contend with the racism of fellow pupils and their parents. “It was a whites-only school; they tried to introduce an Indian and he was hounded out at the instigation of the parents of the boys. It was like being in the Hitler Youth: the theories about black inferiority and this kind of stuff.”By the time Scott returned from Cambridge – he also read cognitive science and robotics – he was able to say of Zambia: “I have long suspected Zambia is moving from a post-colonial to a cosmopolitan condition. People’s minds are changing: they are no longer sitting back and dwelling on what was wrong about colonialism.”South Africa’s introduction to the impolitic opinions of Scott came in 2010 when, during an interview with The Guardian newspaper, he dismissed South Africans as “backward”. What he actually said in the interview was that he hated South Africans, before backtracking. “I dislike South Africa for the same reason that Latin Americans dislike the United States, I think. It’s just too big and too unsubtle.”Generous with both praise and criticism, the charismatic Scott has said he is not interested in becoming president beyond this interim period. At his age he has his own health concerns. His right hand trembles and he may have cancer: “It’s possibly Parkinson’s, I haven’t had it diagnosed yet. In my age group, there are on average six things wrong with you at any one time.”Scott is respected in Zambia, but not loved, especially not by opposition parties. The Patriotic Front has been accused of dragging Zambia towards authoritarianism. Scott’s sarcastic response: “Our opponents would complain to the Commonwealth, then the UN and, if still unsuccessful, the Klingon empire.”last_img read more