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first_imgA mother who said she did not want her infant appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Magistrate Faith McGusty charged with endangering the child’s life.Jewel CoatesJewel Coates, 35, of West Ruimveldt, Georgetown, is accused of wilfully contributing to her three-week-old child being in need of protective intervention on September 30, 2016 at West Ruimveldt.In court on Monday, Coates said that the father of her child took away the baby’s belongings and went on a drinking spree. She further explained that as such, she left the child for a few hours and went to an aunt’s home.However, upon her return, she did not find the child, but was told that she was taken to the home of an older sister. Later in the day, she visited the baby, but was not permitted to breastfeed her. In court, she told the Magistrate that she did not want the child.She was remanded to prison, but would return today for a report.last_img read more

first_imgThe US$4 million theft case involving ten former employees of the First International Bank (FIBank) will resume today at the Criminal Court C.The hearing will be the first time for the defendants to listen to their indictment (charges) which include money laundering, theft of property, criminal facilitation, and conspiracy among others.Court documents indicated that, between January 2012 to February 2013, the defendants allegedly used withdrawal slips filled in, approved, signed and in some instances not signed and without the knowledge and participation of the customers diverted an amount of US$1,220,028.54 from the bank.It further alleged that co-defendants Jermaine Tegil and Africanus Freeman, without any authorization, fraudulently used the bank’s manager’s checks account to withdraw the total amount of US$1,102,859.21.According to the documents, co-defendant Africanus Freeman, who served as cash officer, posted an amount to the system in excess of amounts actually paid to MoneyGram and Western Union’s customers, and thereafter, converted the amount fraudulently posted. The bank lost US$1,269,102.75.Co-defendants Robert Cummings, Jermaine Tegli, and Africanus Freeman converted to their own use and benefit the amount of US$8,924.29, which was in the custody of co-defendant Cummings as a teller and was illegally withdrawn and paid out to co-defendant Freeman and Tegli upon their request on the basis of “I Owe You” (IOU).Also on March 21, 2013, while counting money collected on March 21, 2013 in the vault, the defendants allegedly took US$248,309 and L$40,349,285 (equivalent to US$576,418.36 at the rate of L$70).The case has been marred with controversial issues, because almost all of the ten defendants have never appeared before the court, though they were enjoying a single bail bond filed on their behalf by the Sky Insurance Company.Some of them, who noticed the danger of jumping bail, managed to voluntarily surrender themselves to the jurisdiction of the court after they were declared “wanted persons” by the government.Only five of the ten accused have appeared in court. In today’s hearing, Judge Gbeneweleh will decide the merit and demerit of US$10,000 bail filed on behalf of three of the ten co-defendants Africanus Freeman, Jerman S. Tegli and Robert Cummings.Initially, they were part of the ten defendants whose bond was filed by the Sky Insurance Company, but the company informed the court that it was no more interested to continue with the bond because the defendants failed to pay their bond fees which amounted to over US$50,000.It was due to that the three co-defendants secured another bond with the Family Dollar Insurance Company.Almost all of the defendants are represented by separate law firms making it difficult and expensive for the bank to try them separately.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img Fort St. John residences lined up in the NPLP parking lot hoping to buy a flowering crab tree as part of Arbour Day. Picture: Amber DavyLong line-up of Fort St. John citizens wanting to purchase a tree in the NPLP parking lot.                                                                                                                               Picture: Amber Davy – Advertisement –Staff and trades students at the Northern Lights College enjoy a free barbeque.  Picture: Amber DavyCIBC holding a barbeque outside their building to raise money for the Childerns Hospital Foundation.                                                                                                                               Picture: Amber DavyNorth Peace High School Volleyball Team preparing a barbeque outside the high school.                                                                                                                               Picture: Amber DavyAdvertisement Northern Lights College cooking burgers and hot dogs for the staff and the students from the Trades Program.  Picture: Amber Davylast_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – Most parts of the country saw modest economic growth in the past month, although there were pockets of sluggishness as businesses continued to cope with fallout from the troubled housing and automotive industries. Information in the new snapshot, released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve, was collected before last week’s gut-wrenching nosedive in worldwide financial markets, which in part reflected investors’ worries about the health of the U.S. and Chinese economies. Nonetheless, the survey is consistent with Fed chairman Ben Bernanke’s view – repeated anew after the market meltdown – that the central bank continues to foresee “moderate growth going forward.” Information from the survey will figure into discussions at the central bank’s next meeting on March 20-21. Many economists expect the Fed will continue to hold interest rates steady, which it has done since August. Before that, the Fed had steadily boosted rates for two years to fend off inflation. For instance, the New York region said that although growth is “well maintained” there were a “few signs of deceleration.” The St. Louis district said activity “increased more slowly.” The Boston district reported some “softening” in economic activity and the Dallas region said business activity “continued to decelerate,” the Fed said. A separate survey by the Business Roundtable found that corporate leaders are mostly positive about business conditions – including sales, capital investment and hiring – in the coming months. The recent stock market swoon hasn’t changed that view, said the group’s chairman, Harold McGraw III, chief of The McGraw-Hill Cos. “The CEOs feel quite comfortable that we have a solid economy for the next six months in terms of which to operate,” he said. The Fed survey found that overall manufacturing activity held steady or expanded even as some factories cut back on production due to problems in the auto and home-building sectors. “Most districts reported that manufacturing activity related to residential real estate remained sluggish, especially for production of household appliances, furniture and building materials,” the Fed report said. The majority of Fed regions reported steady growth in retail sales, but auto sales remained lackluster. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Fed’s goal is to slow the economy sufficiently to curb inflation, but not so much as to cripple economic growth. T.J. Marta, fixed income strategist at RBC Capital Markets, said the survey suggests “the Fed is generally getting the moderation it wants” in terms of economic growth, reason enough to leave rates alone. The survey suggested that the price climate during the last month has been fairly steady, with most of the Fed’s 12 regional districts characterizing “price pressures as little changed.” And, even with the job market staying healthy in most parts of the country, workers’ pay increases “generally remained moderate.” Both observations in the Fed survey offered hopeful signs that inflation isn’t flaring up. The survey is based on information supplied by the Fed’s 12 regional banks and collected on or before Feb. 26. On the economic growth front, the survey said that “most Federal Reserve districts reported modest expansion in economic activity” over the past month but “several districts noted some slowing.” last_img read more

first_img“Real Madrid C.F. and Isco have agreed to extend the player’s contract, which will see him remain at the club until June 30, 2022,” Real said in a statement.Isco’s previous deal was set to run out at the end of this season, but the Spanish international’s extension will end any rumours of a possible summer move.The former Malaga man has made 22 international appearances, scoring twice in the World Cup qualifying win over Italy earlier this month.The news comes one day after Brazilian left-back Marcelo also signed a new deal that will keep him at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2022.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid midfielder Isco scored 11 goals in all competitions last season as the club won the Champions League and La Liga titles © AFP/File / Dimitar DILKOFFMADRID, Spain, Sep 14 – Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco has signed a four-year contract extension which will keep him with the European champions until 2022, the La Liga club announced on Thursday.The 25-year-old has become a key part of Zinedine Zidane’s side in recent months, scoring 11 goals in all competitions last season as Real won the Champions League and La Liga titles.last_img read more

first_imgIt is the first time since the inception of the monthly awards that a coach and player from the same club have been awarded as the best with striker Ezekiel Odera having received the player of the month gong for March.“I am really grateful for this award and it is a great way for me to sign off. I thank the players and my fellow coaches for the cooperation they gave me because it is very hard for a coach to come in when the team has been performing poorly and win,” the coach noted.Kitambi will leave the country tomorrow where he will travel to Bangladesh to join his former boss Stewart Hall as his assistant atop tier side Saif Sporting Club.Outgoing AFC Leopards coach Dennis Kitambi receives his March coach of the month award from Fidelity Insurance Marketing Boss Nicholas Malesi. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaOver the last two weeks he has been working in a transition phase with new head coach Radolfo Zapata who joined the 13-time Kenyan Premier League champions from Botswana top side Gaborone United.“I am confident that I leave AFC Leopards in good hands. We have worked with Zapata over the last two weeks and I am optimistic that he will continue with the good work. I didn’t want to leave the club but at times, when you get a huge opportunity for exposure you can’t let it pass,”“There are some opportunities that money can’t buy and when you have a chance to learn in a different country, you cannot simply let it go,” the tactician added.The Tanzanian coach who arrived in the country in November 2016 with Hall took charge of the team on interim basis after former coach Robert Matano was fired and he went on to lead them to a run of four consecutive wins though the streak has dried down.Outgoing AFC Leopards coach Dennis Kitambi is applauded by his players after receiving his March coach of the month award. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHe noted that the results and performance of the team came as a result of hard work and belief and remains confident that he leaves the club in good hands.“I insisted that we had to get someone with the same ideologies and I am glad that they have. We have worked with him over the last two weeks and I am confident that he can guide the club to success because we have so many good players,” the Tanzanian further stated.Meanwhile, Zapata says he won’t change much of what Kitambi already did at the club, noting he will only add in the finer details to take the club back to the top.“Dennis has done a very good job at the club and I am happy he got the coach of the month award because he deserves it. We will continue with what he has been doing because we can’t disrupt the rhythm now. What he has done is great for the team,” the Argentine coach noted.Kitambi departs on Tuesday for Bangladesh and he is optimistic the AFC squad he leaves behind will vie for the title.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000AFC Leopards coach Dennis Kitambi receives the March SJAK/Fidelity Insurance coach of the month award. PHOTO/CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, May 7- Departing AFC Leopards coach Dennis Kitambi received a befitting send off earning the March Fidelity Insurance/Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) coach of the month award having led Ingwe to consecutive wins.Kitambi won all four of AFC’s matches that month and received a unanimous vote from the SJAK football committee, winding up a wonderful month for the club.last_img read more

first_imgTAOISEACH Enda Kenny has defended his Government’s decision to close down Anglo Irish Bank, saying a deal with Europe would help Ireland into the future.Under the plans the banking debts will become sovereign debts and be paid off by Irish taxpayers over the next 40 years through Government bonds.Mr Kenny however said the disappearance of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide from the Irish financial landscape was “long overdue”. He said they had become emblems of cronyism in the country and “a dent in our national pride.”The suffering of the Irish people has been made much worse by the debt of the likes of Anglo Irish Bank, said Mr KennyHe pointed out that without banking costs, Ireland’s sovereign debt levels would now be below Germany’s.Enda Kenny said there was now an opportunity for the ECB to act to help Ireland’s economic recovery. He said the end of IBRC would mark the end of a dark chapter in Irish political history.Tánaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore said the legislation will do what should have been done on the night of the bank guarantee.The Government believes that the deal will spread debts over a longer period of time, making budgets less harsh in the years ahead. DAIL DEBATE: TAOISEACH SAYS EUROBANK DEAL ENDS ‘DARK CHAPTER’ IN OUR HISTORY was last modified: February 7th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DAIL DEBATE: TAOISEACH SAYS EUROBANK DEAL ENDS ‘DARK CHAPTER’ IN OUR HISTORYlast_img read more

first_imgCorning >> Both the Anderson and Corning high football teams were locked in a scoreless tie up until seconds before halftime. But a missed extra point in the fourth quarter was the difference in a defensive battle as sixth-seeded Anderson upset No. 3 seeded Corning 14-13 Thursday night at Cardinal Stadium.The Cubs (6-5) move on to the Northern Section Division III semifinals against No. 2 seed Lassen. Lassen defeated Wheatland 48-0 on Thursday. The Cardinals defense stopped the Cubs with 30 …last_img read more

first_imgAirAsia A320 The multinational search team looking for Indonesia Air Asia flight QZ8501 which disappeared Sunday with 162 aboard has found debris and bodies in the Java Sea.Search teams found the debris trail for the plane 10km from its last known position, south-east of Belitung Island in the Java Sea. Altogether 12 helicopters, 11 planes, and 32 ships from Indonesia Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and the US are involved.There were 162 passengers and crew aboard doomed flight, including 16 children and one baby. AirAsia confirmed there were 154 Indonesians, three South Koreans, two French nationals, one Singaporean, one Malaysian and one Briton on the plane. The first hint that the plane had been found came mid-afternoon but the evidence was far from convincing with photographed debris resembling timber floating in the water. Shortly after officials announced objects resembling an aircraft emergency slide, plane door and dozens of smaller white items had been spotted.Any doubts however doubts were quickly dispelled when an Indonesian Air Force official identified a human body in the sea. A search plane also saw a “shadow” on the seabed believed to be of the missing Flight QZ8501, National Search and Rescue Agency chief Bambang Soelistyo told a news conference in Jakarta.The Indonesian warship Bung Tomo has retrieved 3 bodies.Indonesian officials have asked relatives of passengers for DNA samples to help identify the victims.WORLD’S SAFEST AIRLINESMH370: MALAYSIA REJECTED EVIDENCEFlight QZ8501 was operating between Surabya and Singapore on Sunday morning when it disappeared in bad weather just 45 minutes after take-off.Severe weather impact is thought to be responsible for the apparent loss of the six year old aircraft. A leaked radar screenshot from AirNav Indonesia, the air traffic controller, obtained by shows that the A320 had critically lost 200km/hour in airspeed and it could no longer sustain flight at the altitude it was flying.Air traffic controllers lost contact with the A320 just five minutes after crew requested a deviation of their flight route to avoid storms. ATC denied the pilot’s request to climb from 32,000ft to 38,000ft but agreed to 34,000ft but just minutes later the ATC radar plot shows the A320 at 36,300ft and climbing.One former A320 pilot who spoke to said the A320 was flying far too slow when it disappeared and it “may have been in a stall.”“Flying slow at high altitude is very dangerous,” said the pilot. Just after the radar plot was taken the transponder signals disappeared indicating a catastrophic failure. The former A320 pilot said that the crew may have been deceived by the aircraft’s radar, which was not the latest model available and may have flown into the centre of a thunderstorm and been hit by a massive updraft. The latest radars are called multiscan and automatically detect thunderstorms.However the plane’s commander Captain Iriyanto was a 20,537 veteran of which 6100 hours was with Indonesia Air Asia. The co-pilot was Rémi Emmanuel Plesel, who had a total of 2,275 flying hours with AirAsia Indonesia.Divers are expected to examine the fuselage which lies at a depth of 45m on Wednesday December 31 and the recovery of the black boxes is expected to be swift.last_img read more

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday conducted an aerial survey of Puri and Khurdha districts to get first hand information about the devastation caused by extremely severe cyclonic storm Fani.Expressing shock over the magnitude of damage during a review at Biju Patnaik International Airport, Mr. Modi offered all possible helps to the State to tide over the crisis and wanted the Odisha government to share its disaster management skills so that other States could be apprised on this.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Union Petroleum and Natural Gas minister Dharmendra Pradhan were present at the meeting. Odisha government sought immediate release of ₹1,000 crore as adhoc assistance. A detail memorandum will be submitted after assessment of the damage. Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at Biju Patnaik airport in Bhubaneswar on Monday.  | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement  Seeking central assistance for building disaster resilient infrastructure, Mr. Patnaik laid emphasis on power sector. The coastal Odisha need a fund amounting ₹10,000 crore for disaster resilient infrastructure, he said.Similarly, provision of five lakh disaster resilient affordable houses which would require ₹7,000 crore was sought on behalf of the State government at the review meeting. Odisha government demanded special allotment under Prime Minister Awas Yojna with 90:10 funding ratio.Special interventions such as permission for FCRA clearance for contribution to Chief Minister Relief Fund and contribution of corporates to CMRF should be recognized as corporate social responsibility as allowed in case of PMNRF were sought in the meeting.Taking this opportunity, Mr. Patnaik said the State deserved special category status for being the most disaster prone State in the country. Since 2013, the State government has witnessed disaster of different kinds almost every year.In 2013, the State was hit by cyclone Phailin which was followed by flood, next year in 2014 cyclone Hudhud had caused extensive damage and in 2015, 2016 and 2017, droughts and heavy rain had triggered massive damage. Cyclone Titli in 2018 and Fani this year have impacted the State’s economy badly.Meanwhile, the death toll due to Fani rose 35. Puri is worst affected district leading the table with 21 deaths, according to Special Relief Commissioners office. “The extent of damage could be gauged from the fact that 5030 km of 33 kv lines, 38613 km of 11 kv lines and 11077 number of distribution transformers and 79485 km of low tension lines were damaged,” said Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi.last_img read more