Police question PGS guards following foiled robbery

first_imgDetectives are now questioning the three guards injured during a shootout with a group of armed men at Demerara Bank, Camp Street and South Road, Georgetown, that occurred on Sunday evening. Police are of the belief that the robbery was staged and that someone might have alerted the gunmen of the late night deposit. A source close to the investigations revealed that they are looking at every possible lead in the case that already has a lot of loopholes.He noted that based on statements gathered, the three guards could not identify any of the people but claimed that after coming under attack, they adopted tactical positions and returned fire, thus foiling the robbery.Despite this, one of them identified as Micheal De Clou was shot to his thigh while a bullet grazed that arm of the female rank and the other male rank was shot to the foot.However, while no arrests were made, the Police have recovered the car used by the suspects at D’Urban Backlands, which was riddled with bullet holes.In addition, several spent shells were found inside of the vehicle. However, a quantity of spent shells and five live rounds of.38 ammunition were collected at the scene.It was reported that the guards collected a deposit from the Royal Castle restaurant on Sheriff Street and were heading to Demerara Bank when it was realised that they were being trailed by a car. Nevertheless, they drove to Camp Street and again saw the vehicle behind them.Instead of driving off the scene, they armed themselves and opened the door of the armored vehicle. As they exited one of the guards reportedly discharged a round with the intension of scaring off the people in the car but they were greeting with a hail of bullets.None of the guards could give the Police a description of the vehicle, claiming that their priority was to report the matter.The Police are continuing investigations into the robbery.last_img read more

Still no explanation from Govt

first_imgMistreatment of Opposition at flag raising ceremony– MPs vent on social mediaAlmost 24 hours after they were left to stand embarrassingly at the flag-raising ceremony to mark Guyana’sOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo expressing his displeasure on Wednesday night at D’Urban Park50th Independence anniversary Wednesday night, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) are yet to receive an explanation from the Minister responsible for staging the event, Nicolette Henry.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, when contacted on Thursday, said his party has received no response from Henry or any other government official on the issue.Wednesday night opposition MPs walked out of D’Urban Park after they turned up and found that the promised seating arrangements were not available.Jagdeo told Guyana Times his Party had signalled its intention of attending the event, since it wanted to participate in the activities to mark the country’s significant milestone. He said contact was also made with Junior Education Minister Nicolette Henry, who had responsibility for the event, concerning the seating arrangement. He said assurance was given that this was taken care of. In fact, he said she related that there were some 1000 VIP seats.Jagdeo said while himself and a few other senior members of the Party were seated, the majority of party members were left standing, while other persons, many of whom were dressed inappropriately, passed by and were allowed seats. He said he asked Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams to address the matter and warned that if it was not, then he would be left with no choice but to leave in solidarity with his colleagues who were left unseated. The group left some 45 minutes after arrivingMeanwhile, several MPs took to social media to vent over the situation.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall said, “they may deny us seats at the Flag Raising Ceremony. They may refuse to recognize but cannot deny the role which Cheddie Jagan and many other leaders of PPP played in the struggle for Independence from 1943-1966. Not only did we play a leading part in that struggle, but the 23 years (out of 50), after independence, that is from 1992-2015, that we governed this country were the best period of our country’s developmental trajectory. It’s too much to recite here but even detractors, if they want to be credible, will agree.Member of Parliament Priya Manickchand said, “unfortunately, when we got to the event, happy to be there with feelings of deep patriotic pride, the Govt provided no seats for the opposition MPs except for five seats given to the Leader of the Opposition, Sam Hinds and three other MPs. While the rest of us were standing there in the passageway for no less than 25 minutes.”The MP went on to say that, “this shameless and infantile” behaviour was designed to embarrass the Opposition and is unacceptable as it is petty, disrespectful and destructive. “Hey, Executive. You can’t stop us. We are elected office holders. We represent hundreds of thousands of persons. We celebrate Guyana’s Independence,” Manickchand added.Also venting disappointment was former Housing Minister and now shadow Finance Minister Irfaan Ali: “The talk of unity and coming together was all fluff. Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected the Government to stoop to this level of disregard and disrespect for the opposition. Despite assuring the opposition that accommodation would be made for Opposition MPs this was not the case. On arrival at the Jubilee Park we were shocked to learn that neither seats nor accommodation was made for us. After standing for almost 30 minutes waiting to be seated whilst numerous persons were seated, the humiliation was enough and as a team we left… The former Presidents and General Secretary left with the MPs in solidarity. This is the unity the President alluded to” Meanwhile, former President Donald Ramotar who also attended the flag raising ceremony and was seated said that he also walked out of the proceedings in support of his colleagues when he heard about the incident, .Efforts to contact Minister Henry on the issue proved futile.last_img read more

Brazil Back On Course

first_imgBrazil’s President Michel Temer gestures as he speaks during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland January 24, 2018 REUTERS/Denis BalibouseBy Michel Temer, President of the Federative Republic of BrazilOn this Wednesday, I will set out on my first 2018 international activity. I will be participating in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It will enable me to address a global audience comprising political leaders, business men and women, opinion makers, at various points during the Forum. Once again, I will be speaking about the reform program which has been transforming Brazil.We have turned the page of the economic crisis because we were able to say no to populism and acted responsibly, moved by a long-term vision, our government has been building, through a permanent dialogue with the National Congress and the society, the foundations of an efficient state which provides its citizens with quality services within a balanced budget. These also constitute the foundations for sustainable growth, indispensable to advance the development of Brazil and effectively remove millions of Brazilians from poverty.In a little less than a year and a half of management, in practical terms we have corroborated our commitment to fiscal balance. The results are here. Inflation has fallen and it is once again under control. The exchange rate has been stabilized.  The interest rates have shrunk to their lowest historical levels.  It was with achievements and not voluntarism that we succeeded in restoring the confidence in the Brazilian economy – confidence which has already been reflected upon the increasing industrial activity, the vitality of foreign trade and renewed job creation.The investor who observes Brazil today is able to see a government working with precise diagnostic, applying solutions which actually work. They will note that it is an administration engaged in making the business environment ever more dynamic.  Everywhere, we have been removing bureaucratic obstacles, which used to obstruct the pathways for entrepreneurs – it has become easier to start a business, import and export.The modernization of employment law, which has already come into force, is a particularly relevant milestone in our efforts to tune Brazil into the realities of the current economy, without affecting workers’ rights. On our horizon, a tax simplification is still to come in order to make tax payments swift and rational.  In all of those actions, what the trend heralds is a Brazil where there is an ever increasing economic freedom.Public accounts in good order and a competitive private sector are essential for sustainable growth as much as is quality infrastructure, consonant with the vast economic potential of our country. That is why, in Davos, I will be presenting the various opportunities of the Advancing Partnerships Program (‘Avançar, Parcerias’), comprising Federal Government concessions and privatizations.The model which we have instituted offers clearly defined and stable rules, assuring legal security. It is not by chance that it has been attracting attention throughout the world.  To date, we have completed over 70 projects including roads, ports, airports, power transmission lines, gas and oil fields. Investments have been estimated at R$ 142 billion. In 2018, there will be another 75 project proposals, which also include railways, likely to attract over R$ 130 billion.The reform will strengthen the credibility of the economy, enabling it to join in an enduring growth cycle.The changes which Brazil has been undergoing, which have indeed better prepared it for the 21st century challenges, are not exhausted at the domestic level. In the foreign area, we have acted in the spirit of openness, considering that it is fallacious to think that there can be development in an environment of a closed economy in the current world.Our endeavor in achieving more and better integration begins in our region, in the Mercosul: jointly with all of the other partners, Brazil has been setting in motion a program, which advances free markets as one of its key pillars. In addition to removing inter-block trade barriers, we have been fostering a rapprochement with the countries of the Pacific Alliance.For the first time in twenty years, we have a realistic perspective to conclude the Mercosul-European Union trade agreement – an agreement which we wish to be wide-ranging and balanced, and which is truly able to cater for the interests of the Brazilian society. In addition, we have been opening new negotiation fronts with partners from a variety of quarters.An undeniable fact for those who keep a sense of objectivity is that Brazil has already traveled a long way under our government, and at speed. We have achieved a great deal, always on the basis of dialogue, the raw material of democracy; with a genuine disposition too, aimed at bringing alignments closer together and articulating efficient solutions for the needs of the country.The challenge which remains now, and to which we are fully committed, is the Social Security reform. At Davos, I will ratify my commitment to a fair and sustainable social security system able to correlate with the demographic evolution of our population. This is a commitment which I renew, firstly, before the Brazilian people, and particularly the less privileged; after all, the system as it is, transfers income from those who have less to those who need it the least.The reform will abolish privileges and will ensure the payments of all current and future pensions.  It will reinforce the credibility of the Brazilian economy enabling it to join in a lasting growth cycle.Bravely and with renewed resolve, we have been facing the issues with which the historical juncture presents the whole nation. I am left without any doubt whatsoever, that once again, the challenges will be overcome and common good prevail.Brazil is great country which garners assets of all sorts. It is a consumer market with over 200 million people, with abundant natural resources.  Our people are creative and hard-working. We have got a diversified industry, a highly productive agriculture. Our energy matrix is one of the cleanest in the world.We are a country with continental dimensions, located far from geopolitical tensions. These are the reasons which have always made Brazil an attractive destination for investors. In recent times, the problem was that the country had somewhat lost its bearings.Well then, what our government did again was to bring Brazil back on course. From the outset, we were clear about the course which we ought to follow: the course of responsibility, of openness, of freedoms. And we will not divert from such a course; neither will we divert ourselves from it.This is the message which I have conveyed to the Brazilian people and which I am taking to Davos.Editor’s note:  This article is a speech presented by Brazilian President Temer at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and is published in the Daily Observer in order to provide cues that leaders can use in their economic reform programs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PONY League to pay $30,000 in death

first_imgWhile they stood in line at the snack bar, Rourke teased Harris, then 13, about losing a game and pushed him, witnesses said. Harris hit Rourke in the knee with an aluminum bat, then seconds later hit him on the neck, severing an artery. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Palmdale PONY League’s insurance company will pay $30,000 to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Jeremy Rourke, the 15-year-old killed when another boy hit him in the head with a baseball bat after a game. The league admitted no wrongdoing under the settlement, the league’s attorney said. “The small amount of money that the plaintiffs ultimately accepted confirms that Palmdale PONY had no liability in this case,” attorney Philip Weiss said. Settlement talks started after Weiss filed a motion to dismiss the case that was set to be heard Tuesday. The case was dismissed March 29. The attorney for Brian and Angela Rourke did not respond to requests for comment. Last fall, the Rourkes settled out of court with the parents of Greg Harris Jr., the boy convicted in Jeremy’s killing. The attorney for the Harris family said it involved a small financial payment. The Rourkes initially sued the city of Palmdale and the Antelope Valley Union High School District, too, but they were dismissed from the case. A state appeals court in January reduced Harris’ second-degree murder conviction to voluntary manslaughter and ordered him resentenced. He was sentenced in July 2005 to the California Youth Authority until he is 25. The appellate court found that Harris, 14, did not harbor an intent to kill. The appellate decision noted Juvenile Court Judge Richard Naranjo’s statement about Harris’ emotional state – that he was upset, angered and “in the heat of passion.” Rourke, a Highland High School freshman described by family and friends as an avid athlete who enjoyed being a junior umpire, died within hours of being hit in the head April 12, 2005, at the Palmdale PONY League baseball complex, where he was a spectator. last_img read more

Andy Goldstein Sports Bar daily podcast – Friday, July 7

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein and Darren Lewis for the best bits of Friday’s Sports Bar show.The discuss whether it is amateur hour for whoever doesn’t sign Romelu Lukaku, the detrimental domino effect this could have on Chelsea and Antonio Conte and whether the Belgian is actually world class.Plus, Catch Cundy gets a makeover as new feature ‘Go Fact Yourself’ and there’s another special appearances from Taylor, the Sports Bar’s resident poet!Listen above or click here to subscribe and download from iTunes.last_img read more

Spurs to play Champions League opener at Wembley and could move Carabao Cup clash

first_img 2 whoops England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion smart causal silverware How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings Spurs’ statement continued: “As a further update, should we be drawn at home in round three of the Carabao Cup (week commencing 24 September), then we can apply for special dispensation from the EFL board to reverse the fixture or play at a neutral venue as both our new stadium and Wembley are unavailable during this week.”Tottenham were originally set to play their first match at their new stadium on September 15, when Liverpool visit, but the opening has been delayed due to “issues with the critical safety systems”. changes predicted SORRY latest Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham’s new stadium has been delayed center_img Tottenham will play their opening Champions League group game at Wembley and have the option of moving their Carabao Cup third-round tie if drawn at home, it has been confirmed.Spurs have been forced to push back the opening of their new ground, with Premier League matches against Liverpool and Cardiff moved to Wembley after originally set to be played at the ‘Tottenham Hotspur Stadium’. gameday cracker revealed Spurs have been forced to return to Wembley, which was their temporary home last season Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Most read in Premier League possible standings Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? The north Londoners’ first home European fixture of 2018/19 is scheduled to be played between those two matches –  in either the week of September 17 or October 1 – and it has been announced that Spurs have come to an agreement with UEFA to host that tie at England’s national stadium“We have agreed with UEFA that the first home match day of this season’s Champions League group stage, scheduled on either match day one (week commencing September 17) or match day two (week commencing October 1), will be staged at Wembley Stadium,” a statement read. “Both match days are due to take place between our two Premier League home fixtures against Liverpool (Saturday 15 September) and Cardiff City (Saturday 6 October), which we confirmed last week had been switched to Wembley.” The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 2 GETTY Furthermore, the English Football League and Spurs have also confirmed the north London club will have the option to move their Carabao Cup third-round tie, if drawn at home.Spurs could reverse the fixture, or opt to host at a neutral venue, with Wembley unavailable in the week commencing September 24.last_img read more

OBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – JUNE 30TH

first_imgWARDThe death has taken place of Michael Ward, Rathmore Ballyshannon. Reposing at his late residence until 6pm this Thursday evening. House private thereafter. Removal this Thursday evening to St. Joseph’s Church, The Rock, Ballyshannon, arriving at 8pm. Requiem Mass on Friday at 12 noon. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.MYTHEN The sudden death has taken place of Claire Mythen, Leck Cottages, Letterkenny.She is reposing at her late residence.Funeral mass will take place in St Eunans Cathedral tomorrow morning (Fri) at 10 clock followed by burial in Leck cemetery.Ends OBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – JUNE 30TH was last modified: June 30th, 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)last_img read more

FAILTE IRELAND TO PUSH DONEGAL FOR REMAINING WEEKS OF SUMMER SEASON

first_imgThe head of the tourism industry for the North West has promised that Donegal will receive a huge push in the coming weeks.It follows reports that the county’s tourism industry is suffering a very poor season.However Paul McLoone, Head of Operations for Failte Ireland in the North West, says the season has been similar to other years. “We will push Donegal for the next three weeks on both national radio and on television to let people see what we have to offer.“This season is no different to last season and the figures are more or less the same.“It is a very difficult market considering the economic conditions but those within the tourism industry are working very hard at attracting visitors to the area,” he said.Ends FAILTE IRELAND TO PUSH DONEGAL FOR REMAINING WEEKS OF SUMMER SEASON was last modified: August 18th, 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)last_img read more

Express draw Bright Stars in Uganda cup semis

first_imgExpress last won the Uganda Cup in 2007 (file photo)Stanbic Uganda Cup 2019Semi-finals-Kyetume Vs Proline – Nakisunga Ssaza Play ground-Bright Stars Vs Express– Champions Stadium, MwereweSemi-finals (1st Leg): 24th – 28th AprilSemi-finals (2nd Leg): 5th – 9th May    MENGO – Express FC will have to negotiate past fellow StarTimes Uganda Premier League side, Bright Stars if they are to play in the 2019 Uganda Cup finals.This was confirmed on Wednesday, April 10th, at the semi finals’ draw conducted at FUFA House in Mengo.Express who have not won the Cup since beating KCCA FC on penalties back in 2007 are craving for silverware especially after changing top management last year.The last time they won something was in 2012 when they won the Uganda Premier League, but 7 years down the road, it feels like ages ago.To get to this stage, Express eliminated Paidha (Bye), Police (penalties), Water (2-1) and Bul (1-0).It will not be the draw Express hoped for as Bright Stars is the only remaining top tier side with the other two (Kyetume and Proline), playing in the Big League.It is expected to be a tough tie for both sides as Bright Stars who have already eliminated Kazo Excel, URA FC, Bumate and Nebbi Central, are also eyeing a first ever Uganda Cup crown.The first leg of the tie will be played at the Betway Mutessa II Stadium in Wankulukuku between 24th and 28th of April while the return leg happens a week later in Mwerere.The other semifinal sees Kyetume take on fellow Big League side Proline.Kyetume will host Proline at Nakisunga Ssaza play ground in the first leg.Proline head coach Shafik Bisaso and Kyetume CEO Henry Kayondo were present to witness the draw first hand.“The draw is fair, said Bisaso after the draw.“Like the rules suggest, the winner with most goals will progress to the finals.“We shall give our best over the two legs.To get here, Kyetume eliminated Wakiso Giants on penalties while Proline defeated Vipers 2-1 at Lugogo.The venue for final of this year’s Stanbic Uganda Cup has been confirmed as Masaka Recreational Stadium, hosted by Buganda Region.Comments Tags: bright starsExpress FCKyetume FCproline fcShafick BisasotopUganda Cuplast_img read more

Is a person you know drinking too much?

first_imgAre you worried about the drinking habits of someone in your life?Whether it is you, a family member, a friend or a work colleague, then come along to our Public Information Meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous in the Pastoral Centre, Monastery Drive, Letterkenny, on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at 7.30pm.There will be speakers in attendance from Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon and the HSE. Refreshments will be served afterwards. Professionals such as doctors, nurses, teachers, the Gardai and the clergy are also invited to attend as they will find the meeting extremely informative.They see first-hand the damage that alcohol can cause in the family and the community as a whole.Is a person you know drinking too much? was last modified: March 20th, 2018 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:alcoholdrinkLetterkenny Pastoral CentrePublic meetinglast_img read more