• WICB retains lawyer as advisor on CARICOM proposals

    first_imgCASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC):In the clearest sign yet it intends to resist the recommendations of CARICOM’s Governance Review Panel, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) says it has retained the services of Dominican lawyer Anthony Astaphan.During its regular quarterly directors’ meeting in Rodney Bay Saturday, the WICB announced that Astaphan would serve as an “adviser to look at the recommendations for the CARICOM final report on governance of cricket”.Astaphan, a senior counsel and former president of the Bar Association of Dominica, delivered a presentation to directors during the morning session of the meeting on Saturday.A WICB release quoted Astaphan as saying that the way forward “will look at how both organisations can work together for the benefit of the improvement of cricket on and off the field”.”A full paper will be prepared and will be available for presentation to the prime ministers’ committee,” the WICB said.The move is a significant development, especially following on the heels of a meeting between CARICOM and the WICB in Grenada recently – the first between the two bodies following the release of the controversial Governance Report which has recommended the “immediate dissolution” of the WICB.The report also calls for “the appointment of an interim board whose structure and composition would be radically different from the now proven, obsolete governance framework”.Chairman of CARICOM’s Cricket Governance Committee, Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell, said last month he was confident the WICB would get on board with the recommendations.”Since they (WICB) were part of the process that agreed to set up this committee and to accept its recommendations and to implement it, I don’t see how they can afford to do otherwise,” Mitchell said at a press conference in St George’s to announce the recommendations of the report.WICB President Dave Cameron has since expressed concerns about the involvement of governments in the affairs of the regional cricket body, stressing that it was important for sporting bodies to remain autonomous.”We’re not saying we don’t want the governments to participate. We’re saying that the decisions of the organisations must not be influenced by governments,” the Jamaican said last month.The Governance Report Panel was chaired by University of the West Indies’ Cave Hill campus principal, Professor Eudine Barriteau, and also comprised Sir Dennis Byron, president of the Caribbean Court of Justice; West Indies cricket legend Deryck Murray; Warren Smith, president of the Caribbean Development Bank, and Dwain Gill, president of the Grenada Cricket Association.last_img read more

  • UMU Graduates 598

    first_imgPartial view of UMU graduating students.The United Methodist University (UMU) yesterday graduated 598 students during its 14th Commencement Convocation, while 69 others were honored for academic achievement.At yesterday’s ceremony held at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium (ATS) in Monrovia, Mr. Johnson N. Gwaikolo, the UMU president, said the students were vetted by the faculty senate following two weeks of vigorous deliberation on their performance and progress in their required fields of study.“There were 613 students that applied  or graduation, and 582 were approved, while the grades for 31 of them were still awaiting confirmation for possible addition to the list,” Gwaikolo said.Thereafter, he said the Dean of Admission, Joseph T. Giddings, confirmed 16 students that regularized their grades and were added to the initial 582 graduates, who were confirmed for yesterday’s graduation.The UMU was established in 1998 and officially began operations in January 2000 by the Methodist Administration. The 20-year old university is still engaged in developing the human resource capacity of the country including nursing, which Gwaikolo named as a national priority that the institution was contributing to in promoting a healthy nation.He said university authorities were grateful to the Board of Global Ministries for a grant of more than US$100,000 that is being used to facilitate the relocation of the campus to its new site along the ELWA/RIA highway, outside Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Motorcycle bandits captured in La Penitence

    first_img…1 identified as active Joint Services rankTwo motorcycle bandits, one identified as an active member of the Joint Services, who robbed a Providence resident of over $5 million were on Saturday night arrested by ranks of the Police A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara).According to reports, the men were apprehended at Middle Road, La Penitence, Georgetown around 23:30h.Details surrounding the arrest revealed that acting on information, lawmen swooped down on the La Penitence home of the rank.The man was, however, not at home at the time and a 67-year-old relative of his was taken into custody after an unlicensed pistol with nine live rounds, five cellular phones and a motorcycle were discovered at the premises.The rank was later handed over by his superiors and has since confessed to the crime. He also named his accomplice to Police and that person was later apprehended.The robbery was carried out on a 34-year-old woman of Perseverance, Providence, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Enquiries disclosed that the victim was visiting a location in Pere Street, Kitty, Georgetown when two identifiable males rode up on a motorcycle.The pillion rider reportedly dismounted and pointed a handgun towards the victim while ordering her to throw her brown leather bag, valued approximately $150,000, which contained $4.9 million in cash, one Samsung Galaxy S6 phone, her Identification Card, passport, bank cards, one gold band valued at $55,000 and one gold anklet valued at $100,000, among other valuables, towards him.Out of fear, the woman reportedly complied. The perpetrator then picked up the bag, hopped back on to the waiting motorcycle and escaped. (Kizzy Coleman)last_img read more

  • Judge, jury visit Agricola murder scene

    first_imgEx-GDF’s rank trialAs the High Court trial of former Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Private Abiola Jacobs continued, Justice James Bovell-Drakes, the presiding judge, and the jury on Monday visited the home of murdered housewife Donna Taylor, 55.On January 31, 2014, Taylor’s motionless body was found lying face up at her Lot 16-17 Agricola, Greater Georgetown home. Her throat was slit, her hands were behind her back, and her shirt was wrapped around her neck.The defendant, Jacobs, was placed at the scene of the attack. She has, however, denied the allegation of having murdered Taylor, and has been on trial for the last few weeks.Former GDF rank Abiola Jacobs being escorted from courtThe jury was recently told by Taylor’s daughter, Marcelle Collymore, that the accused, Abiola Jacobs, and her mother had had a fight on the day of her mother’s demise. This was also confirmed in the evidence of Police Superintendent Joel David, who testified that Jacobs informed him that she had spoken with Taylor on the day of her death. Superintendent David had also observed that survivor of the attack, Samantha Sabbatt, had placed Jacobs at the scene of the January 31, 2014 ordeal. Sabbatt was an overseas British guest of the Taylors at the time of the housewife’s demise, while Jacobs was the estranged girlfriend of Taylor’s son, Bertrum Taylor, Jr.It is believed that Jacobs killed her ex-boyfriend’s mother over the differences she shared with the woman’s son. According to reports, the murdered woman was attacked while in bed at some time after 23:00h. She was reportedly dragged to the back of the Agricola flat that she rented. Her body was discovered by a neighbor, who informed other relatives.Samatha Sabatt was injured after she jumped from the window of the two-storey house when persons invaded the Lot 16-17 Agricola property. Taylor’s cause of death has been given as shock and haemorrhage due to incised wounds compounded with blunt trauma to the head.Jacobs, of 55 Evans Phillips Park, Agricola, was arrested by Police just days after Taylor’s demise, and was subsequently charged with her murder.The accused woman is being represented by Defence Counsel Adrian Thompson, while Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Mandell Moore are representing the State. After Monday’s visit to the area, Justice Bovell-Drakes adjourned the matter to continue on Thursday.last_img read more

  • No accommodation for Opposition at flag-raising ceremony

    first_imgWhat was expected to be an exciting time for members of the parliamentary Opposition People’s ProgressiveDisappointed PPP members leaving D’Urban Park on Wednesday eveningParty/Civic (PPP/C), turned out to be very insulting and unpleasant event, as there were no seating arrangements for them when they turned up at D’Urban Park to witness the flag raising ceremony.The situation forced Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo to gather his MP’s and leave the celebration, in protest of what he said seemed to be an attempt to embarrass the PPP.When contacted on Wednesday evening, Jagdeo told Guyana Times that 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 holds 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 further related that the Party received a ruthless shock when members turned up, but had to stand for over 30 minutes. Jagdeo said, while himself and a few other senior members of the Party were already 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 former President said nothing was done, and his Party left some 45 minutes after arriving.last_img read more

  • Mohamed’s Enterprises opens US$3M laydown facility

    first_imgAs Guyana prepares for crude oil extraction, Mohamed’s Enterprises on Sunday officially opened the first-ever laydown facility at Mc Doom, Greater Georgetown.Businessman Nazar Mohamed addressing the gatheringThe facility, constructed on five acres of land, is estimated to cost US$3 million.At a grand ceremony on Sunday, Businessman Nazar Mohamed told the gathering that the facility is one that would be used as a holding area for ExxonMobil as that company prepares to extract oil in 2020. He expressed optimism that the project would be successful, and said there were many challenges that had to be overcome.The entrance to the 5-acre laydown facility at McDoom, Greater GeorgetownOne such challenge, the businessman highlighted, was the time it took to get approval from the relevant authorities for the commencement of the project.He noted that while businesses want to invest in Guyana, there have to be in place certain means and measures to fast-track the necessary approvals in a timely manner.He, nevertheless, thanked all the parties involved in making the facility a reality.The area was underdeveloped and required massive intervention to get to being one of the well-constructed facilities in modern times. A total of 7000 tons of crush and run, 500 loads of sand, and approximately 250 loads of red loam were used to construct the facility.A partner in the business venture, Marshall Mintz, co-owner of Falcon Logistics Inc., congratulated Mohamed’s Enterprises on its newest investment in Guyana. He noted that as the oil-and-gas sector takes off, facilities such as this one would be needed.He noted that as the various items of heavy machinery start to arrive, this facility would be the appropriate place to store them.He also noted that facilities such as the one launched by Mohamed’s Enterprise would contribute to the country’s economy, as well as serve as a local content owned and run by Guyanese.He noted that the oil-and-gas sector would come with lots of opportunities, and as such, he encouraged Guyanese to invest. On this, he noted that Mohamed’s Enterprises has taken the lead.Also speaking at the event was Head of the Georgetown Chambers of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Deodat Indar, who reiterated that the discovery of four billion barrels of crude oil will be much larger when extraction commences. He made reference to Trinidad and Tobago, a country that extracted 8.7 billion barrels of oil in 108 years.He noted that the extraction of oil is a long-term operation, and as such, there will be need for facilities such as the laydown project that has been initiated by Mohamed’s Enterprises. Since it is the first of its kind in Guyana, Indar is hoping that there will be many more.He also reiterated that the facility will be the ideal area to store heavy equipment and materials that will be needed to prepare for the oil extraction. On the other hand, he noted that there has to be a time when the old method of doing things is scrapped and the way is paved for approval for investment to be granted in a timely manner.He further stated that, since 2017, he has been calling for the need of local content and believes that Guyanese should benefit from the production of oil in the coming years. He also elaborated on the need for intergenerational equity — a process that will make way not only for this generation to benefit, but the generations that will follow as well.In closing, he assured the businessman that the GCCI is ready to support his venture.Lashing out at the Government for not being truthful to the nation, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said he believes the time has come for the Government to clarify several issues, including future oil and gas contacts, the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF), the newly established Energy Department and the soon to be established Petroleum Commission.He said he seeks clarity on those issues, since businessmen are not sure what will be in place in the future, because such a massive investment requires a long-term payback.While he added that these concerns cannot be addressed in the near future, he congratulated the businessman on the new initiative.Finally, congratulating the Mohamed family for their newest investments, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin expressed optimism that other businesses would follow suit and become part of the local content on the oil-and-gas sector.He noted that Government is ready and willing to work with investors in making sure they are in compliance with the necessary approvals and permits, even as he admitted that the process can be tedious.Meanwhile, also present at the ceremony were Former President Donald Ramotar, PPP MP Irfaan Ali, members of the business community, and other dignitaries.last_img read more

  • Taylor Curling Club to host registration night on October 17

    first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The Taylor Curling Club will be hosting a registration night on Thursday, October 17.Participants can sign up for the Wednesday Night Ladies League and the Thursday Night Mens League.The cost to register for a membership is $200.00 per adult, new members for $100.00 and $100.00 for seniors 60 plus and teens.- Advertisement -To register a team for the Wednesday Night Ladies League, you can call Jen Mathieson at 250-261-2478.To register a team for the Thursday Night Mens League, you can call Anthony Purchase at 250-793-9557.The Taylor Curling Club registration night is Thursday, October 17, at 7:00 p.m., at the Taylor Curling Club.Advertisement For more information, you can visit the Taylor Curling Club’s Facebook page.last_img read more

  • Joffrey Ballet co-founder to step down

    first_imgCHICAGO – Gerald Arpino plans to step down as artistic director of the Joffrey Ballet this summer – more than 50 years after he helped get the company started by touring the country in a station wagon. Arpino, 84, co-founded the troupe with its namesake, the late Robert Joffrey. He will take the title of artistic director emeritus July1 when the company, based in Chicago since 1995, wraps up a two-year celebration of its 50th anniversary. The change is to be officially announced today. “The Joffrey is an American dream come true,” Arpino said in a statement. “Bob and I created an American dance company that is known the world over.” Arpino has choreographed more than one-third of the repertoire of the company, known for commissioning groundbreaking young choreographers, performing socially relevant pieces, using nontraditional pop music and reconstructing “lost” ballets of the early 20th century. Arpino will play a significant role in the choice of a new artistic director, the Joffrey announced. “For the past 50 years, the Joffrey has been my home, and I am committed to spearheading the effort to continue the legacy,” he said. A severe back injury caused Arpino to focus on choreography. He became the company’s resident choreographer, then its associate artistic director, and, upon Joffrey’s death in 1988, its artistic director. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


    first_imgOne of Donegal’s best-known sportsmen is 40 not out today.Father or son? Danny with eldest son Keane.He may be celebrating four decades but Danny ‘Boy’ Ryan certainly lives up to his name.The well-known and much-loved Raphoe man has been an icon for young people for a number of years now. A former Irish senior middleweight champion, Danny also enjoyed a successful professional career before hanging up his gloves.Danny, who now lives in Letterkenny with wife Maria (Herrity) and family, later trained to become a psychiatric nurse.He now gives much of his free time into helping causes around the county including training boxers for the Lord of the Rings series.Danny still trains young people at Raphoe ABC along with his father Brendan and good friend Peter O’Donnell. Rumour has it that Danny has a very large cake with a lot of candles on it to blow out tonight.No wonder he’s down the gym doing a bit of training!Danny’s eldest son Keane also celebrates his 19th birthday today after being born on Danny’s 21st!Happy birthday from all your friends at Donegal Daily lads!DANNY ‘BOY’ IS STILL A KNOCKOUT AT 40! was last modified: March 6th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:40birthdayBOXERDanny RyanRaphoe ABClast_img read more


    first_imgA moneylender allegedly held a gun to the head of another man and told him he would kill him because he owed him just €70.The accused man KlucsakMiroslaw Klucsak appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court yesterday charged with making threats to kill and also demanding money with menace. The Polish man, who completely denies the charges, told the court that he runs a legitimate business paying for people’s grocery shopping and then charging them for the transport.He collects the money he is owed outside the local post office in Letterkenny every Wednesday and Thursday when the Polish community collected their welfare payments.However, Klucsak is charged with threatening to kill another man Leszek Majewski because he did not have the €70 he was owed.Judge John O’Hagan was told that on April 4th, 2013, Kluczak met Majewski outside the post office on Main Street and demanded his cash.The defendant, who borrowed €225 said he could not pay the balance of the cash as he had to transfer money back to his 18 year old son in Poland for schoolbooks.Later that morning, Klucsak is alleged to have visited the home of Leszek and his wife Barbar at their home at 20 Celtic Apartments in Letterkenny.Leszek claimed that the accused pulled a gun from beneath his coat and put it to his head.“He came in looked around and was nervous. He took a gun from inside his jacket – he grabbed me by my jacket and put a gun to my head. He said “Give me the money back or I will kill you.” He was swearing. I told him shoot me and he then put the gun hard into my head .“My wife ran out. He was trying to shake me but then when he realised she was gone and he pushed me on top of the fridge and he ran out,” said the defendant.Ms Majewski ran to a local clothing shop Wisteria and asked the proprietor to call the police saying her husband needed an ambulance and was covered in blood.Barrister for the accused, Peter Nolan, put it to Mr and Mrs Majewski that there never was any gun in the first place.He put it to them that after they collected their money from the post office they went to LIDL and bough vodka.They both denied this.Garda Darren Carter said he called to the home of the accused and asked about the alleged incident and if he had a weapon.He said the only evidence of any weapon was a cardboard box for a pellet gun.Kluczak, of 59 The Maples, Lismonaghan, Letterkenny, said it belonged to a friend who had moved to Dublin.He admitted that he sometimes loaned money to members of the Polish community to pay for bills saying he was not a monster and had compassion.He denied ever threatening the defendant with a gun and said he had simply asked for his money back.The case continues today.MAN ACCUSED OF PUTTING GUN TO OTHER MAN’S HEAD OVER €70 LOAN DEBT was last modified: January 29th, 2015 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:demanding money with menacedonegalgunMiroslaw KlucsakPOLANDthreats to killlast_img read more