Promoter jailed for cocaine trafficking

first_imgWyette AmsterdamA local party promoter, who was on remand for nine months for cocaine trafficking was on Tuesday sentenced to two years, three months’ imprisonment and fined $2.4 million.Wyette Amsterdam known as “Legacy” of Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara, was tried and found guilty of trafficking 1.160 kilograms of cocaine at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The sentence was handed down by Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus after Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) prosecutors provided sufficient evidence.The magistrate sentenced the man to three years’ imprisonment, however, since he spent nine months on remand, it was deducted from the sentence.The thirty-one-year-old man had initially denied the charge which stated that on October 17, 2018, at Stabroek Market Square, in the vicinity of Lodge Bus Park, he had in his possession 1.160 kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.According to CANU’s case, ranks acting on information were watching Amsterdam for one month and on the day in question, the ranks intercepted him in the vicinity of Stabroek Market. A search was carried out and the narcotics along with $600,000 was discovered in a haversack that was on his back. He was then arrested and taken into custody.last_img read more

admin

CH&PA must probe Minister’s husband’s multiple Govt contracts – Integrity Commission

first_imgThe Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) must immediately investigate what level of influence was exerted to allow the husband of its subject minister to cash in on millions of dollars’ worth of government contracts, says Chairman of the Integrity Commission, Kumar Doraisami.The Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC) Monday called for such a probe to be launched by the Integrity Commission, but that body is currently unable to carry out investigations because it is not staffed with investigators.Junior Minister of Communities with responsibility for the housing sector, Valerie Patterson-Yearwood is coming in for harsh criticisms over revelations that her husband, Godfrey Yearwood was given three contracts in 2017 to construct houses for the CH&PA.Minister Patterson-Yearwood has since insisted that she was unaware her husband was bidding for the projects and that she had no input in the process.But the Integrity Commission Chairman says the public cannot take her word for it.“The only way you can know the truth, you have to do an investigation within CHPA: those that looked at the contract, those who get to have a final say. I don’t know if the minister has any say…if it is that she has some say, then one could take it to mean that she would have known that her husband has a contract with them,” Doraisami told Guyana Times during an exclusive telephone interview.“Terrible thing”From newspaper reports, Doraisami believes that the issue is a clear conflict of interest and that there is enough reason to suspect that the minister knew her husband was bidding for the projects which fall under her watch.“There must be reasonable suspicion that she would have somehow known that he was getting this contract, she being married to him. It would appear that some form of bias would have influenced the giving of the contract, if that is the case, then it’s a terrible thing to happen,” Doraisami, a former land court judge, stated.CH&PA Director, Lelon Saul admitted that the issue is a conflict of interest. In brief comments to media operatives when the news first broke, Saul said “if the contractor in question is the spouse of the Minister, certainly it would be a conflict of interest.”While not providing much details, the CH&PA Head called for a review of the awarding process so that there is no reoccurrence of such a situation.“The award of contract is above my level. But I think the (CH&PA) Board should review that (awarding process) based on recommendations coming from the agency,” Saul asserted.Breach of Integrity Commission ActIn fact, he contended that if the mere fact that the husband of a minister received so many contracts from the agency which the same minister oversees, represents a case of conflict of interest, which is a breach of the Code of Conduct enshrined in Integrity Commission Act.Asked pointedly if the situation constitutes a breach of the Integrity Commission Act, Doraisami said “yes, conflict of interest is one of the Articles of the Code of Conduct.”Under that Article, it states that “a person in public life shall declare any conflict of interest in writing to the relevant authority as soon as possible after becoming aware of the conflict of interest.”It is unclear whether Minister Patterson-Yearwood did as mandated under the Integrity Commission Act.In fact, the issue was only brought to light by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo during one of his weekly press conferences.The Act further states that “a person in public life shall, in order to protect and uphold the public interest, take reasonable steps to avoid, resolve and disclose any material conflict of interest, financial or nonfinancial, that arises or is likely to arise between his or her personal interests and his or her official duties.”Furthermore, the Code of Conduct has ten guiding principles, three of which relate to integrity, responsibility and transparency.The codes state that “a person in public life and members of his family shall upon assumption of office declare their private interests relating to the duties of the public official, and assets…”It further states that “a person in public life shall have a basic responsibility to take decisions solely in the national interest without any benefit of personal gain, or material benefit for themselves, their family, friends and associates.”The code also states that “a person in public life shall exercise his or her public decisions and actions with full and frank disclosure and shall provide when demanded by the public an explanation for his or her actions and decisions.”From all indications, Minister Patterson-Yearwood is in breach.However, the Act is silent on penalties, and this was one of the main flaws raised by the Transparency Institute of Guyana Inc. (TIGI) before the government passed it in the National Assembly in 2017.Three contractsDays after it was revealed that her husband was awarded a contract by the CH&PA, the Minister remained silent on the matter.It was only on Monday, through a statement published on the website of the Department of Public Information, Minister Patterson-Yearwood admitted that her husband was given three contracts by the CH&PA in 2017.She admitted that one of these contracts is still outstanding, but is expected to be concluded in two weeks’ time.The Minister insists that her husband, Godfrey Yearwood, was subjected to the same rules and regulations as other bidders; there was no exemption.She also took care to note that the contracts had been awarded by the CH&PA Board of Directors, of which she is not a member.She, moreover, denied presiding over any contracts, though she did admit to being present during contract signings.InvestigatorsThe Integrity Commission could have investigated this matter but it is currently without the necessary staff to do so, even more than one year after it was established.The Chairman said the body is in the process of putting together a job description and it will soon be advertising the vacancies.The GTUC, in a statement Monday, had called for the Integrity Commission to investigate this matter. However, the Union recognised that the Commission lacks the capacity to do so, and has therefore called on the government to address this matter urgently.Noting that institutions cannot be put in place with no teeth to function, GTUC has called for a drive to fully staff not only the Integrity Commission, but other investigative arms of the State.last_img read more

admin

Brazil 1-7 Germany in ten incredible pictures

first_img 10 2) Neymar on their minds – Click the right arrow for more pictures 7) High five for the Germans – Click the right arrow for more pictures 1) Tears of a clown – Click the right arrow for more pictures 10 8) Schurrle slams home another goal – Click the right arrow for more pictures 10 10 10 9) Scolari sees Germany go seven up – Click the right arrow for more pictures 5) Kroos control – Click the right arrow for more pictures 10 10 Brazil’s World Cup stars left the pitch in tears in Belo Horizonte.Captain for the night, David Luiz, couldn’t hide his embarrassment as he and his team-mates were humbled 7-1 by a breathtaking Germany side.Chelsea midfielder Oscar, the scorer of Brazil’s consolation goal, was left sobbing in the arms of manager Luiz Felipe Scolari in the centre circle after the final whistle.At the other end, meanwhile, Germany players were dancing in front of their travelling fans who will have delighted in watching their side deliver such a thrashing in South America.Thomas Muller’s golden boot hunt continued, Miroslav Klose became a record breaker, Toni Kroos showed why Real Madrid are about to snaffle him up and Andre Schurrle produced a brilliant goal to top off an incredible evening.And you can relive the astonishing World Cup semi-final match by scrolling through our gallery of the game… 10 10 6) Brazil fans are dejected – Click the right arrow for more pictures 3) Muller time! – Click the right arrow for more pictures 10 4) Klose is a record-breaker – Click the right arrow for more pictures 10) Brazil fans – Click the right arrow for more pictureslast_img read more

admin

Video: Relive Arsenal’s FA Cup win over Tottenham

first_imgThe north London derby always promises plenty of drama and this Saturday’s match between Arsenal and Tottenham will be no different.The last encounter between the two sides at the Emirates was certainly action packed as the Gunners won 2-0 in in the FA Cup third round and Theo Walcott wrote his name into Gunners folklore by taunting the Spurs fans with the scoreline when he was carried off injured.Relive that fantastic match by checking out the video above, though Tottenham fans should be advised to cover their eyes.last_img read more

admin

DPP TO SERVE BOOK OF EVIDENCE ON MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER OF POPULAR POLISH MAN

first_imgThe Director of Public Prosecutions is ready to serve a book of evidence on a man charged with the murder of a popular Polish man in Letterkenny last year.Kryszstof Grezegorski leaving court.20-year-old Kryszstof Grezegorski had been remanded in custody charged with the murder of a popular Polish man found dead in his apartment a year ago. Grezegorski, from 35 Hazelbrook Crescent in Letterkenny, was charged with the murder on May 15 last year of Bogdan Michalkiawicz (41).Michalkiawicz was found dead at his Riverside apartment in Letterkenny. He had been last seen alive two days earlier.Grezegorski appeared by videolink from Castlerea Prison yesterday.Inspector Michael Harrison told Letterkenny District Court that the DPP has said a book of evidence can be served in person on the accused on June 23rd next.At a previous siting of the court, the dead man’s brother Tomasz sat in court during the hearing, holding a framed picture of him.Detective sergeant Michael Galvin told the court that Kryszstof Grezegorski made no reply when he was charged with murder.DPP TO SERVE BOOK OF EVIDENCE ON MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER OF POPULAR POLISH MAN was last modified: June 9th, 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:donegalGrezegorskiJudge Paul KellyletterkennymurderPOLISHlast_img read more

admin

Child awarded more than €30K after car rear-ended in icy conditions

first_imgA 12 year old child whose family car was rear-ended is icy conditions has been awarded more than €30,000 in damages.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard the accident happened in Letterkenny in November last year. The child, who is now in sixth class, was a backseat passenger in a car being driven by her mother when they were struck from behind.The child had pain in both her chest and neck and had to receive physio twice a week for a number of months after the accident.The child continued to complain of chest pain and her mother took her to a cardiologist in Lithuania but the child was given the all-clear.The child also suffered from bed wetting and anxiety after the crash.However Letterkenny Circuit Court was told the child has now come on “leaps and bounds” and enjoys plenty of hobbies and the family are happy with the offer.Judge John O’Hagan described the offer as “excellent” and recommended the settlement of €31,357 which includes €3,357 in special damages.He ordered the money be lodged with the accountant at the Four Courts until such time as the child reaches 18.Child awarded more than €30K after car rear-ended in icy conditions was last modified: December 19th, 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) Tags:awardChildcompcourtdonegallast_img read more

admin

Joey Barton ‘nervous’ as he says Liverpool could go ‘really close’ in title race

first_img SORRY Everton fan Joey Barton has admitted it’s ‘nervous times’ for the club’s supporters as he backs Liverpool to go close in the Premier League title race.The Reds have been on a summer spending spree, splurging £175million on four superstars to bolster their squad. gameday cracker BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Most Popular Premier League News Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas 1 Liverpool players celebrate scoring on their pre-season tour of the United States. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion changes Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update predicted Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings revealed Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT smart causal latest silverware Boss Jurgen Klopp has added Naby Keita, Fabinho, Alisson, and Xherdan Shaqiri to his group, which is already chock full of talent.And Barton, now manager of Fleetwood Town, a life-long Toffees fan believes their Merseyside rivals could be on the cusp of something very special at Anfield.He told talkSPORT: “When we look across Stanley Park, no matter what any of us say, and see the big German [Jurgen Klopp], the style they’re playing, and the way they have invested again – it’s nervous times for Evertonians.“I honestly think they could get really close to their first title in 20-odds years. It will be really close.” ALTERED The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 last_img read more

admin

School secretaries strike to go ahead on Friday over pay and conditions

first_imgMajor administrative disruption is expected tomorrow (Friday) as school secretaries begin a campaign of industrial action over pay and conditions.The staff represented by Fórsa say they have been victims of an “antiquated and discriminatory” two-tier pay system since 1978.The union says that some secretaries employed by school management boards can earn as little as €12,500 a year, and only have non-permanent contracts, leaving them obliged to sign-on over the summer when schools are closed. A meeting on Wednesday morning with the Department of Education ended without agreement.Fórsa said that school secretaries would engage in a brief one-hour work stoppage at the start of the school day on Friday.“Secretaries will protest outside their school, or may join with colleagues at another school protest for the duration of the stoppage.”“Protests will take place at 250 schools across the country, while up to a thousand schools are expected to be affected by the stoppage.” “Thereafter they will commence a significant work to rule.”The Department of Education described the planned industrial action as “premature and unwarranted”.It urged Fórsa to reconsider the stoppage and work-to-rule, adding that it remains fully open to having further dialogue once the accurate cost of the claim had been calculated.A spokesperson for the Department of Education said officials had met Fórsa representatives in late May, when the union had formally tabled a claim seeking public service pay scales, year-round working patterns and access to a public service pension scheme for secretaries and caretakers employed directly by schools, and whose salaries are funded from grants.He said these demands were tabled as a follow-on claim a 2016-2019 pay agreement, which provided for a 10% pay increase over that period, and a higher minimum hourly rate of €13. He noted that that deal does not expire until December.School secretaries strike to go ahead on Friday over pay and conditions was last modified: September 19th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

admin

SETI Researcher Thinks Big: Send Internet Smut to the Aliens

first_imgSeth Shostak (SETI Institute), in an article on Space.Com, answers the question, “What do you say to an extraterrestrial?”  He said we no longer need to limit ourselves to short messages like “What hath God wrought?”,* the phrase Samuel F. B. Morse sent with the first telegraph.  The bandwidth we have available now is huge, so why not beam the Google servers to space?  “Sure, the Web contains a lot of redundant information,” he says, “(and a lot of unsavory material, too, but after all, that’s part of the human condition).”    His idea is that even if the aliens don’t know our language, the wealth of data would allow them to figure it out.  “The difference between Samuel Morse’s first, terse telegraph message and the bit stream spewed by a modern telecommunications satellite is enormous…. if we’re really thinking about interstellar messages, we should think big.”We’ve come a long way.  What message do we want to send?  From a Bible verse to smut enough to make the angels blush.  Since the majority of internet traffic is pornography, the aliens would learn a lot about the human condition, all right: “Those earthlings are really sick.  Let’s beam them a copy of the Word of God, the message He has wrought for our salvation.”(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

admin

R70m Dutch, SA literacy project

first_img16 February 2007The Netherlands has contributed about R70-million towards a five-year research programme tackling the challenges of teaching language and numeracy in South Africa’s schools.Dutch ambassador to South Africa Frans Engering and Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) president Olive Shisana signed an agreement on the programme in Pretoria last month.“This agreement is a new and important part of the substantial contribution by the Netherlands government to promote education in South Africa, which has amounted to approximately R1.3-billion since 1994,” Engering said.The programme aims to help the Department of Education to identify and address the challenges impeding the provision of quality education to children, especially in poorer and rural areas.“To date there has not been much improvement in the quality of education, despite various efforts at improvement in the past decade,” Shisana said, referring to the 66.6% matric pass rate in 2006, down from 68% in 2005.The programme, to be led by the HSRC, will rope in JET Education Services, the Education Policy Consortium and the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in SA, the leading experts in literacy and numeracy research in the country.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

admin