Guyoil Chairman yet to respond to illegal fuel racket reports – Harmon

first_imgGovernment is yet to receive a response from Guyoil Chairman Winston Cosbert, more than one month after receiving the Board of Inquiry (BoI) report into allegations of fuel smuggling at the State-owned oil company.Prompted for an update on the reports of an illegal fuel racket, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon disclosed that the BoI report was handed over to the Guyoil Chairman for pronouncements.“It is a fact-finding report, because there were some allegations made in the media about fuel and the fact that fuel was purchased by some company and all of that. So there is a thorough investigation into all of it and the report was handed over and we expect that some pronouncements will be made,” Harmon stated during a post-Cabinet press briefing on Wednesday.Reports have been surfacing of massive corruption in the fuel sector, costing Guyana at least 0 million in taxes weekly.According to information in the local media, this countrywide fuel-smuggling racket has been occurring under the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), with prominent figures involved.Reports are that fishing trawlers from Venezuela have been arriving with the stated intention of doing business with local companies here.It was reported that while some of them are legitimate, bringing fish or buying fish and other groceries to take back to Venezuela, a number of the vessels are really here to sell fuel.Reports indicate that many of them have modified their tanks, with some having the capacity to fetch up to 25,000 gallons at any one time. An average of 60 to 70 of these ‘fishing’ vessels are said to be visiting areas along the Demerara River weekly.Only recently, the High Court had granted an injunction after several local businessmen move to the court following accusations of inducment to smuggle fuel from Venezuela.last_img read more

Sky Insurance Manager Risks Arrest

first_imgAfter several court appearances without the seven defendants it bailed out of jail, the management of Sky Insurance Company was yesterday threatened with imprisonment by Judge Peter Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C,’ if the insurance company failed to produce them by Friday, June 5.Judge Gbeneweleh also ordered the seven defendants to be re-arrested and brought under the jurisdiction of the court.“If they are arrested after 6:00 p.m. they should be detained at the nearest police station,” the Judge said.The company in 2013 secured over US$1.2m bail bond that compelled the court to release the defendants from further detention, and to have them appear whenever called upon to answer to their charges.They were accused of stealing US$1.2m from the First International Bank (FIB) FIB where they were employed.Unfortunately, the company is yet to bring the defendants to answer to their multiple charges ranging from money laundering, theft of property, criminal conspiracy and facilitation and forgery despite several attempts to locate and have them appear in court.Surprisingly, it was when Sky management appeared yesterday, again without the defendants, that their lawyers admitted failing to find the defendants saying all efforts had failed thereby embarrassing their insurance company without any justifiable cause.Their admission prompted Judge Gbeneweleh in his ruling to declare that he was giving the management of Sky Insurance Company up to Friday, June 5, to produce before this court the seven co-defendants on whose behalf it filed the bond.He reiterated that “these co-defendants should be produced before the court at the hour of 9:00 a.m. failing which the managing director or his deputies would be detained for 30 days.The Judge did not say whether or not the court would force the insurance company, if they again did not present the defendants before him to pay back the US$1.2 million allegedly stolen from the bank.Instead, he went ahead to quote Section 13.8 of the Criminal Procedural Law which states, “It provides that the surety is under obligation to surrender defendants before a court of competent jurisdiction where the matter was first handled.”“In this instance it is the responsibility of the management of the Sky Insurance Company to produce before this court, the co-defendants in whose favor the bail bond was signed.”Judge Gbeneweleh’s statement came after Sky Insurance lawyers argued that it was the defendants’ individual lawyers, who asked them to secure the bail which they did not do on their own. They appealed to the court to also charge the defendants’ lawyers with criminal contempt to show why their clients cannot be produced before this court.Judge Gbeneweleh clarified in his ruling that, “our law did not provide that a counsel for a defendant is obliged to produce his client before the court, when said legal counsel is not a surety of that client, instead, he or she was representing the legal interest of said client.”He said the request by the lawyer of the surety, insurance company, to hold the legal counsels of the defendants in contempt of court was not supported by law.In addition, Judge Gbeneweleh emphasized that “it is provocative and confrontational and indeed warrant the court to imprison its managing director.”“I am taken aback for a legal counsel who is voice of the law to ask the court to hold his colleague liable for their clients’ non- appearance, when they are not the sureties,” he responded.Before, Judge Gbeneweleh’s decision, prosecution in counter argument said, it may be true that lawyers represented the defendants in securing the bond from the Sky Insurance Company.They contended that it was the company that entered into a contract with the defendants and not the lawyers.“As such, it remains the responsibility of Sky Insurance Company to produce the defendants, if and when said, demand arises,” they said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

John Bestman Acquires 2 ‘New’ Boats for Fishery Business

first_imgOne of the fishing boats purchased by Mr. John BestmanAlthough retired from public service, Mr. John Bestman, former Minister of Finance during the Charles Taylor administration, is not tired. He has redirected his energy and resources to the country’s fishing industry.Bestman saw the need to fetch his retirement benefits from fisheries by obtaining two large fishing boats in Marshall City, Margibi County.The 78-year-old, who spoke to the Daily Observer over the weekend, invited Tibelrosa S. Tarponweh, current lawmaker of the county’s electoral District 1, the superintendent Jerry Varnie to a dedication ceremony of the boats in an effort to draw the county’s leadership and the national government’s attention to challenges the fishery sector faces.“I know that fishing is the principal source of income in Marshall; therefore, I could not disconnect myself from improving the sector in my retirement,” Bestman said.He said dedicating the boats, which cost about US$3,500 and US$4,500 respectively, is a blessing and an opportunity to provide jobs for some of the locals.“We have abundant resources with a small population to match them, but evil minds have changed the story from prosperity to complete backwardness,” he said, adding that Marshall has a rich and vast land but the residents lack the capacity to invest in it.Despite Mr. Bestman’s establishment, he has encouraged other investors to come and tap into the resources of Marshall, so as to change the living condition of the inhabitants.Representative Tilbelrosa Tarponweh said that the interest of his people is about friendship. As such, he strives to bring relief to the residents’ current “deplorable living conditions.”Superintendent Jerry Varnie, who thanked Mr. Bestman for the investment, also expressed the hope that Margibi under his administration will experience a great deal of development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Driver in Linden fatal accident on $400,000 bail

first_imgMichael Stewart, who allegedly struck down motorcyclist Florenda Benjamin resulting in his death on Tuesday last, was granted bail in the sum of $400,000 when he appeared before Linden Magistrate Clive Nurse to answer a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.It is alleged that the 31-year-old Stewart of Amelia’s Ward Mackenzie, Linden caused the death of 37-year-old Benjamin of Block 22, Wismar, Linden due to careless driving committed on April 17 last.As a condition of bail, Stewart has to report to the Mackenzie Police Station every Friday until the conclusion of the case. He is scheduled to return to court on May 21.Reports are that Benjamin, who was riding motorcycle CJ 1644, died at Sir David Rose Avenue, Mackenzie after allegedly being struck by motorcar HC 6299, being driven by Stewart.At least three other persons were injured in that accident: Leinani Ally, 31, of 26 Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward; Emily Ally, 11 months old, of the same address; and Mary Fraser, 16, of 24 Cinderella City, Amelia’s Ward.The accident occurred at about 16:30h when Stewart, who was proceeding north, reportedly overtook another car and in the process hit Benjamin, who was proceeding south along the eastern side of the road. The deceased and the injured were rushed to the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC), where Benjamin was pronounced dead on arrival and the injured were treated and sent away.last_img read more

Rotary Mega Lottery kicks off with weekly $100 prizes

first_imgOther mega prizes include a trip to Disneyland, iMac computer, home theatre system, among others.Here is a complete list of places to buy your mega lottery tickets. Full rules and regulations can be found here. From now until the end of December, the Rotary Club will be drawing weekly prizes and Early Bird draws.The first prize of many has been awarded in the weekly $100 giveaway to Jordana Gardner.The next draw will be this Thursday, September 17th.- Advertisement -Tickets for the early bird draws will be still be available up until 17 hours before the draws – The $10,000 draw is on October 15th at 2 PM, and the $15,000 draw is on November 26th at 2 PM. Both will be at the Totem Mall.The 50/50 Play draw, and the Mega Prize Final draw, will both be on December 27th – The 50/50 draw first, at 3:15 PM, and the Mega Prize at 3:30 PM.The Grand Prize this year is a 2015 Chevy Camaro Convertible, or the opportunity to take home $40,000 in cash.Advertisementlast_img read more

Mourinho in hot water for ‘improper’ rant

first_img0Shares0000Jose MourinhoLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 16 – The English FA have charged Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho for ‘improper’ remarks he made into a camera after his side’s 3-2 win over Newcastle United.Mourinho came into the game under immense pressure with some newspaper outlets claiming that he would be sacked after the encounter, regardless of the result at Old Trafford. United were trailing Newcastle 2-0 at half-time but fought back to eventually clinch a 3-2 win in a dramatic turnaround for the hosts.Mourinho was allegedly caught on camera at the end of the game using some unacceptable language, and has until October 19 to respond to the FA’s charge.“Jose Mourinho has been charged following Manchester United’s game against Newcastle United on October 6, 2018,” read an FA statement.“It is alleged that his language at the end of the fixture, as captured by the broadcast footage, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘Benzema is so overrated!’ – Arsenal fans hit back after transfer snub

first_imgIt was never going to end well.Arsenal fans have had their hearts broken as Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema quashed links with the club in one tweet.Alongside a picture of him by his current shirt, he said: “For all those clowns who want to make believe things at my fans. Here this is my home !” [sic]And Gooners went into meltdown believing the player could do a u-turn like Fabian Delph or just hurling insults at the France international.You can see how they reacted below… 1 Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema last_img read more

Wires: Davis given five game suspension

first_img Lemieux and team president Ken Sawyer wouldn’t identify the interested parties. Most of the prospective buyers approached them before Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. offered last month to pay $290 million for a new arena, if the gambling firm gets a license to operate a slot machine parlor in Pittsburgh. Klitschko for mayor Former WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko is running for mayor. The boxer ended months of speculation Thursday by announcing plans to run for mayor of Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. “I love my native city Kiev and want to make life better there,” Klitschko said. Slutskaya wins title Irina Slutskaya never dreamed of topping Sonja Henie or Katarina Witt. Now the Russian stands above both greats. Slutskaya won her record seventh title at the European figure skating championships Thursday, breaking the mark she’d shared with Henie and Witt. Slutskaya finished with an overall score of 193.24 points, easily beating fellow Russian Elena Sokolova. She clapped her hands on seeing the scores, and said “Seven, seven, seven,” into TV cameras. Briefly Tom Nugent, a College Football Hall of Famer who was credited with developing the I formation at Virginia Military Institute and later coached at Florida State and Maryland, died Thursday. He was 92. Nugent died of congestive heart failure at a local nursing home, his family said. U.S. captain Claudio Reyna signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester City in England’s Premier League. The 32-year-old midfielder has scored four times in 53 appearances since joining Manchester City from Sunderland in August 2003. Indiana freshman forward Lee Nguyen signed a 3 ½-year contract with PSV Eindhoven. The 19-year-old was the 2004 national boys soccer player of the year and was on the U.S. roster for last year’s FIFA World Youth Championship for under-20 teams. A former Carolina Panthers cheerleader received six months probation for her role in a bathroom brawl sparked by accusations that she was having sex with another cheerleader. Angela Keathley, 26, pleaded guilty Wednesday to disorderly conduct and obstructing a police officer during the Nov. 6 fight, which broke out when women in line to use the bathroom made the allegations about Keathley and fellow cheerleader Victoria Renee Thomas. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Golden State Warriors guard Baron Davis was suspended one game without pay by the NBA on Thursday for hitting Seattle’s Luke Ridnour in the chest. Chicago Bulls general manager John Paxson was fined $15,000 by the NBA for verbally abusing referees after a loss to Denver. New York Knicks forward Antonio Davis was suspended five games by the NBA on Thursday for entering the stands during a game at Chicago to confront a fan he thought was harassing his wife. While the ruling by NBA vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson showed the league accepted Davis’ argument that he believed his wife was in trouble during Wednesday’s game, it also made clear that entering the stands would not be tolerated, no matter the circumstances. “We have made it plain to our players and our fans that players may not enter the spectator stands, no matter the provocation, and that violations of this policy will be treated with the utmost seriousness,” Jackson said in a statement. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Flip Saunders of the Detroit Pistons will coach the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star game Feb. 19 in Houston. Coaches for the East and West squads are determined based on teams with the best winning percentage in each conference after the games of Feb. 5. The coach of the West squad has not been determined. Charlotte Bobcats forward Sean May had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, likely bringing his rookie season to an end. Pens for sale The Penguins are considering several offers to buy the team, and keeping it in Pittsburgh will remain a priority but is not guaranteed. A recent offer by a casino firm to build a new arena, an influx of young talent and the NHL’s new collective bargaining agreement have made the time right to consider selling, Penguins owner-player Mario Lemieux said Thursday. last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Boxing Club have claimed five Ulster titles in a stunning week for the club.On Friday, 3rd of October, Cillan Boyce lifted his first Ulster title in Belfast when he defeated Micheal Mc Menamin from the Twin Towns Boxing Club.On Sunday the 12th of October in Banbridge, Dylan Browne, Micheal Connors, Patrick McShane, and Micheal oDonnell all claimed Ulster Juvenile Titles. The club hope to have fifteen boxers in action next Sunday 19th of October in the Novice Donegal Champioships which are taking place in the Letterkenny boxing gym and on Sunday the 26th of October the club hope to have six boxers fighting for the Donegal boxing team in Manorhamilton were Donegal is taking on a Leitrim/Sligo select.The club is hosting its first show of the season when a Letterkenny /Donegal select take on a Mayo select on sunday the 2nd of November in their clubhouse first bout 630pm doors opened at 530pm.The club will also have five boxers in the ulster intermediate champioships in Belfast starting on 27th of October.Best of luck to all those fighting. BOXING NEWS: LETTERKENNY BOXING CLUB LAND FIVE ULSTER TITLES was last modified: October 14th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:boxingletterkennyNoticesSportlast_img read more

SA teen set for women’s surfing elite

first_img1 October 2012 “I feel great!” Buitendag said about her results. “I started really badly in Australia this year, so when I went to Peru it was kind of no pressure and I got a win there. It was just way beyond my expectations and getting two wins in one year is just plain crazy, so I’m stoked!” “I’m super tired and sore,” she said after achieving the result she needed. “I surfed six times today, but at the same time I am so happy to requalify.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘I didn’t surf five heats for nothing’ “When I got into the final, I was just like ‘I didn’t surf five heats for nothing’, and I just wanted to do my best for 20 more minutes!” “I’m looking forward to all events next year, I’d say maybe Snappers the most because I’ve watched it several years in a row, and it’s definitely amazing. At the end of the Women’s World Tour season, the Top Six qualifiers, who secured places on the WCT were:Sage Erickson (USA) – 12 720 pointsBianca Buitendag (RSA) – 12 200Pauline Ado (Fra) – 8 880Rebecca Woods (Aus) – 8 840Alana Blanchard (Haw) – 8 760Sofia Mulanovich (Per) – 8640 South Africa’s Bianca Buitendag won the ASP six-star Sata Airlines Azores Pro on Saturday. Her victory was the latest in a string of fine performances this year, which had already ensured her qualification for the 2013 ASP World Championship Tour (WCT), the pinnacle of women’s surfing competition. “It’s the most heats I’ve surfed in a day for sure, I think six since 7:30 this morning,” Buitendag said afterwards. “My mom’s been feeding me all day – orange juice, chocolate, everything she could find that helped! “I don’t know what to expect. I’ve watched a couple of WCT events, but I’ve never participated in one. I’m just going to learn from each event, and I’ll see what I can do. If I can create some upsets I’ll be happy.center_img “Obviously I wish I had won, but Bianca surfed really good and I’m super stoked!” she added. SAinfo reporter The 18-year-old from George in the southern Cape was on fire all day, and started her Azorean campaign with an incredible 9.5 out of 10 in the very first heat of the event. Six rounds later, she defeated France’s Pauline Ado to lift the title. QualifiedRunner-up Pauline Ado qualified for the WCT again by finishing runner-up to Buitendag. The 21-year-old Frenchwoman from Anglet entered the Azores event ranked sixth and needed to better a quarter-final result to improve her situation. With two event wins, the other being in Peru, a third place and two fifth places counting in her five-best results of 2012, the rising South African star has shown consistency in the major events and will be a force to be reckoned with next year amongst the Top 17 on the elite WCT. “I have one more event to go next week, the World Juniors in Bali,” Buitendag concluded. “All of my friends are going and it’s going to be a really good time with great waves. It should be amazing.” Buitendag’s title-winning performance put an exclamation mark on a superb season. ‘An honour’Looking ahead to competing on the WCT, she added: “It’s such an honour to be seen as a Top 17 woman in the world.last_img read more