Mason charged for stealing friend’s phone

first_imgA 21-year-old mason of Second Street, Alberttown, Georgetown, who is accused of stealing his friend’s phone was released on bail by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Isiah Daniels denied that on December 6, 2018, at King Street, Georgetown, he stole a Samsung cellphone valued $48,000; property of Jamal Barker.The prosecution is contending that Daniels asked to Virtual Complainant to borrow his phone to make a call but when he was given the device, he allegedly ran away with it.After the Chief Magistrate read the charge to the defendant she told him “you’re a young man and you should not be stealing anybody’s phone, I do not want to jail you.”Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield made no objections to bail, adding that although the phone was not recovered, the defendant has until the next court date to either fully reimburse the Virtual Complainant or pay at least half of the phone’s value; that is, $48,000.The Chief Magistrate while granting Daniels bail told him “don’t let this happen again”. He was released on $2000 bail. The case will continue later this month.last_img read more

Hunt intensifies for bandits as more Police flown to scene

first_imgCuyuni River murder/robbery As investigations continue into the murder of a Dominican Republic national and the subsequent robbery at a mining camp at Black Water, Cuyuni River, the Police have intensified their efforts to apprehend the three perpetrators.The Guyana Police Force confirmed that the owner of the mining camp has provided the much-needed aerial support and as such, members of the Tactical Service Unit (TSU) and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) were flown into the area.Commander, Senior Superintendent Kevin Adonis when contacted on Saturday, told Guyana Times that as of late Saturday afternoon, none of the masked and armed men were arrested but the Police ranks were combing the area. He is optimistic that the men will be apprehended and brought to justice.Fifty-five-year-old Pedro Pablo Rosario was shot and killed on Friday morning after a group of armed, masked bandits invaded the mining camp.According to information received, Rosario was at a location while four other workers, who were on duty. were some distance away. Rosario was reportedly relaxing in a hammock when one of the bandits confronted him and discharged a round fatally shooting him.The three suspects then went to the dredge area where they held the other workers at gunpoint and relieved them of two gold mats containing 100 ounces of gold from the sluice box after which they made good their escape.The body of the dead man was air-lifted to Georgetown and is presently at the Lyken’s Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem examination. The man’s relatives are expected to arrive in Guyana today.last_img read more

Canal No.2 still under flood waters

first_img…farmers incur millions in lossesBy Rupadai SeenaraineMore than one week after the Canal Number Two area was completely inundated by heavy rainfall, residents are complaining that the water has not receded and they are facing significant losses.Speaking with Guyana Times on Monday, residents voiced their plight, noting the impact the floodwaters have had on their livelihoods.One of the affected residents, Mark Itwaru, recalled that he noticed the rising water level last Monday after hours of continuous rainfall. However, after one week, residents’ premises and farmlands are still inundated.“Last week Monday, we had some terrible rainfall in the afternoon period and theOne of the farms that are currently under waterplace was flooded. Within one o’clock to five o’clock, the place was flooded and from then to now, water is still on the land.”He noted the water within the housing communities was receding very slowly, and the farms were facing tremendous losses since all of the produce was destroyed. Additionally, there was also damage to household items and appliances.“By the housing area, the water receding very, very slow. Like every two day, then the water move one inch, but in the farmland everything is destroyed, because the water is not moving at all. Everybody is counting losses, even myself at present. I have over 800 pine plant that was about to bear and all is under water. Now they can’t bear, because the water is not running off the land,” Itwaru said. Meanwhile, another resident who identified himself as Ishmael (only name given), indicated that he rears livestock for a living and has faced over $200,000 in losses so far. That figure continues to grow as the days progress. “I don’t have anywhere to put them (the livestock) so I had to left them in the water and they dead out,” he related.“I had three-acre banana and they look like they mightn’t make it ‘cause the water affecting roots and they falling down,” said another resident.Some also say that the trenches are overflowing, which is adding to the slow drainage of the water. They are also blasting the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) of the Canal Polder for failure to address their concerns and turning a blind eye to their calls.“The Canal Number Two trench full to its max and the RDC and not even the NDC is not budging. Nobody is coming forward to say anything about the flooding.”While the main cause of the flooding was the heavy rainfall, the residents said that they were unable to say whether or not there was another underlying cause for the inundation.“I don’t know if there’s any breach anywhere or by the conservancy, but I know that the rainfall was very heavy on last week Monday that can contribute to the flooding, but I don’t know if it was anything else,” said another resident.Persons from the community are asking for the trenches to be dug so that the water can drain off the land. So far, they are still counting their losses and are expecting to do so until the water retreats.last_img read more

Alaska Highway to fully open by late afternoon

first_imgThe Alaska Highway between Fort Nelson and Prophet River is expected to be open in both directions by 3 p.m. PST.Fort Nelson RCMP say the highway was closed after one semi tractor trailer rear ended another. Police say poor weather conditions, including blowing snow, were probably a factor in the crash.The truck that rear ended the other began to leak radiator fluid because of the damage to its engine.- Advertisement -The highway is currently open to alternating traffic as an environmental team is on scene cleaning up the spill.last_img

Local not-for-profit groups await outcome of gaming grant review

first_imgTomorrow, Fort St. John will host a forum via video conference between representatives from many of those affected organizations and Skip Triplett – a professional consultant with a broad background in board governance and strategic planning – who was appointed by Premier Christy Clark to chair the gaming grant review. The purpose of the review is to examine existing legislation governing community gaming grant funding – including criteria for eligibility, options for multi-year funding, and the process for applying – and come up with options for the future role of the provincial government in community gaming grants.One organization with a lot at stake is the Step Up ‘n’ Ride Society, which provides a transportation service for the elderly and disabled in Dawson Creek, and until recently, Pouce Coupe. Mona McNalley, supervisor for the society, said her organization expected a $55,000 grant to provide service this year, but has only received a quarter of that. She said as a result, they can no longer provide a subsidized service to residents of Pouce Coupe, only those who can afford to pay the full rates.McNally said she is not sure if the funding lost will ever be restored, but she hopes there will be some commitment from government to a more predictable, multi-year funding model.- Advertisement -“I plan to listen, but my hope is we will see gaming funds secured again for more than one year at a time,” she said about her expectations on the forum tomorrow. “I’m not sure I see our money being restored that we lost, but hopefully going forward we’ll see some sort of continuity from the government, so that we’re not sitting on pins and needles every year.”She said the government used to commit to three-year contracts, but now only provides year-to-year funding, which makes it difficult for them to budget.McNalley will be representing more than just Step Up ‘n’ Ride at the forum, as the president of the Northern Lights Community Charitable Gaming Association, made up of 26 service groups based in Dawson Creek. She said the concern about a more secure model of funding is one shared by the membership broadly, as well as restoring funding for adult sports and adult arts and culture that was cut for 2009/10.Advertisement Rick Le Gear will be attending the forum as the recording secretary for the local council of the Knights of Columbus – a fraternal, Catholic service club with about 55 members locally – and as the treasurer for the Northern Lights Community Charitable Gaming Association. He said while the grant to the Knights of Columbus was restored to $15,000 earlier this year after being cut in half last year, he is still concerned about the level and predictability of funding going forward.“With the downturn in the economy, we’re not even sure if we’re going to be getting full funding,” he said. “I’m hoping (Premier) Christy Clark will continue to fund us fully, but at the moment, they’ve restored funding but there was no guarantee that funding we used to get will continue.”He said that funding allows for donations to local food banks, sports teams, the local Boy Scouts and Catholic Social Services, for example.Le Gear said having to replay for gaming grants every year creates a great deal of additional paperwork, and returning to a three-year funding model would be welcomed. He said organizations that receive grants would still be required to submit annual summary reports of how that money is spent, and there would be mechanisms in place for the government to withdraw funding should an organization not be meeting its stated mandate, so he does not believe accountability is an issue.Advertisement In the interest of full disclosure, Mile 0 City notes its reporter, Matthew Bains, is a liaison to the Northern Lights Community Charitable Gaming Association (formerly the Northern Lights Bingo Association) for the board of the South Peace Community Resources Society.last_img read more

Fisherman stabbed to death during argument over “old grievance”

first_img… suspect is part of “gang” that terrorises persons – residentsA 22-year-old fisherman was on Sunday evening knifed to death in front of his home by a young man with whom he had an old grievance. Dead is Noel Singh of Lot 33 Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara (WCD).Dead fisherman Noel SinghReports are that around 20:00h on the night in question, Noel was returning home from a local bar where he and his friends had been consuming alcohol and as he arrived in front of his yard, he was confronted by the suspect.This led to a continuation of an argument the duo had some six days prior to the stabbing incident.The row, however, escalated and the suspect reportedly whipped out a knife from his waistband and stabbed Singh twice to the left side of his chest and once to his back. He then cut the fisherman along his left wrist.As a result, Singh collapsed and fell into a drain in front of his yard. He managed to climb out and was picked up by one of his friends who raised an alarm.The injured teen’s brother and others rushed him to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, West Coast Demerara (WCD), but he was pronounced dead on arrival at the medical facility.Reyaad Mohammed, the friend who found Singh bleeding, told Guyana Times that he had just returned home from work and was heading towards the shop to purchase an item when he noticed the perpetrator approaching him from the opposite direction.The area where the young fisherman met his demise“All I see is this boy running coming towards me and I try to run back home, because he had tried to attack me a lot of times already. So when he passed, then I came out back and saw my friend on the road laying there, panting for breath. I helped to take him to the hospital with a taxi. The person who stabbed my friend had beat up and cuff up my friend a few days ago before he stabbed him Sunday,” Mohammed related.He explained that the suspect, along with a few other young men from another section of the village, would usually frequent his street and terrorise villagers.“They are coming this side when they drink to make a problem, when they drink and walking late and they see anybody and so, they pick trouble with people, they pick on anyone. The suspect is troublesome. Sometimes it is five or six of them that comes at the back here, picking on my friend and even me, a lot of times they come and even try to chop me.”The dead teen’s father, Dennis Singh, who also spoke with this publication, stated that he was at home when the incident took place. He was later told that the suspect was lurking outside his yard, apparently waiting on his son to return home.“It is a lot of them; they does always have knives in their pockets, but he (Noel) must have thought that he did not have a weapon on him. They are always making problem. If I had known at that time, I would have gone out too, and he (the suspect) would not have ran the risk to stab my son,” the elder Singh said.Meanwhile, the teen’s mother, Nesha Singh, who resides at another house in the village, stated that she had just stepped out of the shower and was clad only in her towel when she received the devastating news.“All I could do was start to put on my clothing quickly, but by the time I reached there, my older son and others had rushed him to the Leonora Cottage hospital. When I got there at the hospital, he was dead already. He had died already by the time I got there,” the woman sobbed.She recalled seeing the suspect carrying a knife in his hands prior to her son’s death.The grieving mother, along with the dead fisherman’s other relatives and friends, is calling for justice to be served.Meanwhile, the Police are on the hunt for the suspect, who has been on the run since Sunday evening. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

Immigrant groups protest

first_imgPALMDALE – A newly formed immigrants-rights group Tuesday protested a new city ordinance that prohibits vehicles from stopping at east Palmdale’s Four Points intersection, where day laborers gather. The Antelope Valley Raza Rights Coalition also called on Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies to stop acting like immigration agents and called on the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale to become sanctuaries where people are not asked their immigration status. “Amid the pain and terror raids have already caused in the New Bedford community and beyond, we maintain the hope that both cities will do the right thing by responding positively to our demands,” said Anthony Topete, a 41-year-old Palmdale resident and member of the Brown Berets, a Chicano civil-rights organization that is one of the groups in the coalition. Topete was referring to an incident in New Bedford, Mass., where 361 people were detained in an immigration raid at a leather-goods factory. Most of the workers were women with children, setting off what the Democratic governor there called a “humanitarian crisis.” Topete said the coalition is protesting training of deputies to act like immigration agents to “detain people and deport them.” Sheriff’s officials said there is no such training. They said there is a pilot program in the jails in which the immigration status of people who have been convicted is determined, and that information is passed on to federal officials. “We do not detain or deport anybody on the streets,” said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for Sheriff Lee Baca. “After they are convicted, we then determine their status, if they are legally or illegally in our country, then we take the information and turn it over to federal authorities.” Palmdale Councilman Steve Hofbauer said he was not sympathetic to the coalition’s demands to repeal the new ordinance or for the city to become a sanctuary. He said the ordinance was approved in January to address issues of public safety and traffic hazards. The city had received numerous complaints about cars stopping suddenly at the Four Points intersection, Hofbauer said. Drivers parked their cars half on the road while they conducted job negotiations, Hofbauer said. “I’m not going to risk public funds and impair public safety because someone made a bad choice to stand in an area that is clearly hazardous and engage in hazardous activity. There’s a lot better way to do this, and that is not it,” Hofbauer said. Part of the Four Points intersection is state highway, meaning the state Transportation Department must approve any signs there, Hofbauer said. The Four Points intersection has been a focus of the Antelope Valley Independent Minutemen, a group against illegal immigration. The group’s first demonstration was in September at Four Points, where members protested loitering by day laborers, whom they presumed to be mostly, if not all, undocumented immigrants. They also protested the September 2005 death of off-duty paramedic Michael Sprinkles, whose motorcycle was hit by a compact car driven by an undocumented immigrant who had been deported in 1999 for crimes committed in the United States, but had a driver’s license under one of his many assumed names. The group’s members have also appeared before the Lancaster and Palmdale city councils, and members said their pressure was responsible for a Lancaster decision to reject Mexican matricular consular cards as identification for city business, and for Palmdale officials’ consideration of requiring companies with city contracts to verify that they are not employing people who are in the United States illegally. In November, the group demonstrated at a west Palmdale intersection where a young Palmdale man was fatally injured in a crash blamed on an unlicensed, uninsured, undocumented immigrant who tried to walk away after the collision. The protesters said local government officials should do more to deter illegal immigration, including turning over to federal authorities undocumented immigrants who have been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and similar crimes rather than releasing them to await trial. In a symbolic move, the Palmdale City Council in February passed a resolution calling on the federal government to enforce laws against illegal immigration and to reimburse local governments for expenses incurred providing services to undocumented immigrants.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A handful of people from the coalition gathered Tuesday on Sierra Highway across the street from the Palmdale sheriff’s station and held signs. Some read, “Families Are Separated and Communities Are Living in Fear and Terror,” “Aliens Don’t Exist” and “Stop the War Against Migrants.” Down the street was counterprotester James Hux, 55, of Lancaster, who held an American flag and a sign that read, “25 to 35 Americans Are Killed Daily by Illegal Aliens.” He said he and his friends have been victims of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants. “I’m here to protest their protest. Our immigration laws should be enforced and they are not being enforced,” said Hux, a disabled veteran. The immigrants coalition is made up of several groups, including the Brown Berets, Mexican American Political Association, Union Del Barrio and Sacred Heart Catholic Church Hispanic Ministries, Topete said. last_img read more

Extra Time: The Two Mikes – Monday, September 2

first_imgMike Parry joins his old sparring partner Mike Graham on Extra Time to debate a host of issues.last_img

McArthur signs new three-year Crystal Palace deal

first_img James McArthur 1 James McArthur has signed a new three-year deal at Crystal Palace.The Scotland international shone during his debut season at Selhurst Park, and will now stay at the south east London club until 2018.“I’m delighted. I had a fantastic time last year,” he said. “I think the club’s going in a great direction, everyone’s positive around the place and I’m really looking forward to the coming years.”“It was an easy decision. There was nothing really to consider,” he added. “I think there was a bit of general interest [in me], but Palace is where I want to be, I’m happy and that’s the main thing in football.“When you’re happy, you need to try to keep that and keep going with it. I think the club have got the potential to go places. We finished tenth last year and we’ll be looking to progress again. I’m really delighted.”Manager Alan Pardew said: “James is a very important player for this football club, he was key for me last season and he has impressed with every aspect of his play. Because of the quality that he brings and the attitude that he has, it was important to offer him this new deal.“I’ve been a fan of his for a long time and was impressed with his performances when he was playing for Wigan.”last_img read more

Smoky South Bay air making people sick

first_imgBy Melissa Evans STAFF WRITER The thick, dirty plume of air choking South Bay skies has sent more people to the emergency room for respiratory problems and prompted strenuous warnings from health officials Wednesday. Even healthy people without chronic conditions are at risk for asthmatic episodes, allergies, eye irritation and lung damage because the particles in the air caused by smoke are too small to be filtered by the body, doctors say. Children at most public schools have been kept indoors and restricted from exercise this week. State health officials called a press conference Wednesday to issue warnings to the public that outdoor and indoor physical activity should be restricted until further notice. “Even adults who are healthy ought to take it easy and stay in an air-conditioned location,” said Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board. The South Coast Air Quality Management District, which monitors pollutants in the South Bay and Harbor Area, also issued a warning Wednesday. The closest readings, taken in Long Beach, showed unhealthy levels of contaminants in the air most of the day, said Sam Atwood, a spokesman for the agency. The microscopic particles clogging the air have even reached significant levels inside homes, he said, adding that residents are advised to keep windows shut and use fans or air conditioning. The poor conditions are the result of a “perfect storm” of external pollutants, said Dr. Edward Bold, a pulmonologist from Torrance Memorial. The ash and smoke from the fires are irritating the sinuses, while the hot air from the Santa Ana winds is drying out the lungs. Because of rapidly changing weather patterns, this is typically the time of year when respiratory problems become more prevalent anyway, Bold said. “People need to be sure that they’re taking all of their inhalers with them when they go outside,” he said. Even if the fires are extinguished quickly, the orange sunrise and gray skies may be around for at least another week in the coastal areas because of wind patterns, Atwood said. The Santa Ana winds have blown the smoky air from the fires west, but eventually the ocean breeze will push it back inland. The Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, based in Los Angeles, was flooded with calls Wednesday, said Francene Lifson, executive director. “We are feeling the effects,” she said. “Watery eyes, coughing, wheezing, headaches, everything.” Several workers there who suffer from asthma and allergies had to call in sick because conditions were so bad, she added. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s a bad situation out there,” said Dr. Lee Weiss, who oversees emergency medical services at Centinela Freeman Medical Center. Weiss estimates the Inglewood hospital has seen about a 20 percent spike in respiratory-related emergency visits since Sunday, when fires began ravaging Southern California. Doctors at Torrance Memorial Medical Center and Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance have also received more calls and visits from patients, particularly the elderly and those with chronic illnesses. The harbor areas of San Pedro, Wilmington, and Long Beach were especially vulnerable because of wind patterns and warm temperatures, which are keeping the polluted air stagnant. “It’s not going to cause cancer or anything,” said Dr. David Campisi, a San Pedro pulmonologist, when asked about the danger. “But it certainly is going to be irritating to anybody.” last_img read more