Accused knife-wielding thief remanded

first_imgAlleged knife-wielding thief Kevin Adams was on Wednesday remanded to prison by Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly on a robbery charge alleging that on September 3, 2018, at Houston Access Road, East Bank Demerara, he robbed Renard Khan of his mobile phone worth $40,000.It is also alleged that, during the robbery, Adams used a knife to attack the victim.Adams denied the allegation, but on the matter of antecedents, Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh, in his submission to the court, informed that Adams was previously convicted for a similar offence.The prosecutor also stated that Adams led the Police and the victim to a location where he had hidden the phone.After hearing the prosecutor’s submissions, the magistrate remanded Adams to prison, and set the case to continue on October 3.last_img

Govt terminates Investment Agreement with BaiShanLin

first_img…company now to repay .5B in tax waiversThe Guyana Government has terminated the Investment Agreement with controversial Chinese logging company BaiShanLin Forest Development Inc, and the entity is now being asked to repay the fiscal concessions it had been granted for the importation of machinery, equipment and vehicles to the tune of $1.5 billion.Commissioner General (ag) Ingrid GriffithGuyana Times has seen a copy of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) letter, which was inked by Commissioner General (ag) Ingrid Griffith and called on the company to make good on its payment within two weeks or face having its machinery, equipment and motor vehicles seized.This publication has since been informed that it was the failure of BaiShanLin to make its payments, which saw members of the law enforcement and investigative division of GRA descending on the entity’s Coomacka Linden operations Sunday last.According to the GRA missive addressed to Managing Director of BaiShanLin, Chu Hongbo, the Government’s premier revenue collection agency had launched an investigation to determine if the terms and conditions under which the tax exemptions were granted had been complied with.BSL breachThe GRA also investigated to ascertain if the activities of the project were undertaken in accordance with the business proposals that the Chinese logging company had issued to the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest) prior to the Investment Agreement.The GRA found that the company had breached the terms and conditions, under which tax exemptions were granted as outlined in the Investment Agreement.BaiShanLin Managing Director Chu HongboAccording to the Revenue Authority, BaiShanLin failed to undertake the activities of the project specified in the Investment Agreement with regard to the setting up of a modernised wood processing facility in Linden.The tax collection body also found that BaiShanLin had also failed to create and sustain employment for 150 persons over three years.“It should be noted that they also failed to employ citizens of Guyana with first preference being given to residents in the region where the project is located,” the GRA added.It found too that the company also failed to procure and provide all the investment and other financing required by the undertaking, in the estimated sum of US$150 million over a three-year period from the time of signing of the Investment Agreement.Value added, not log exportsIn its letter to BaiShanLin outlining the course of action to be taken, the GRA pointed out to the company that during an interview, the company’s accountant informed GRA investigators that the design of the wood processing facility was now being finalised in China and the company was in the process of seeking alternative sources of financing to continue with the project, which would now include value-added processing.In the letter, Griffith reminded BaiShanLin’s Managing Director, “As you are aware, the concessions were granted on the basis that activities of your company would be value-added processing and not the cutting, felling and exporting of logs.”Repay $1.5BIt was subsequently determined that BaiShanLin breached its covenant with Government in its Investment Agreement “for which the penalty is termination of the Agreement”.As such, “the residual Customs duty and taxes are now due and payable on machinery, equipment and motor vehicles” in the amount of just over $1.5 billion ($1,584,047,052).The company was also warned that failing to make good on its payments within the two-week timeframe would result in “the Law Enforcement and Investigation Division taking the necessary actions to seize the machinery, equipment and motor vehicles” in accordance with the Customs Act.Ranks of the GRA’s enforcement division seized several pieces of equipment belonging to the embattled Chinese logging company when they descended on its operations on Sunday.The move by GRA’s enforcement decision came just days after the Guyana Forestry Commission (GFC) terminated several local Joint Venture Agreements the company had in addition to revoking its State Forest Exploratory Permit.Joint venturesBased on documentation seen by this publication, on September 1, 2016, the GFC wrote to the five companies with whom BaiShanLin had entered into joint ventures, informing them that the arrangement had been terminated, since the Commission had not been informed ahead of time of a transfer of shares.Each of the companies was told to remove any equipment it had on the more than 400,000 hectares of forest within 90 days.The matter has since engaged the attention of the Chinese Embassy in Georgetown, since it was approached for assistance by BaiShanLin.According to letters issued to Haimorakabra Logging Co Inc, Kwebanna Wood Products Inc, Sherwood Forests Inc, Wood Association Industries Company and Puruni Woods, they had violated provisions in the Forestry Act when they failed to inform the Commission of a transfer of shares, hence the decision to terminate the arrangement.GFC owedIn making the announcement of repossession, the Commission said, “The decision came after the company failed to deliver on agreed actions to introduce investors to the Commission and having been given time to prove that it had an acceptable plan to clear an approximately GY$80 million debt.”BaiShanLin was incorporated locally in September 2006 under the Guyana Companies Act 1991 with the main objective of timber harvesting and establishing downstream wood processing operations in Linden.To date, however, the company has failed to fulfil many of its commitments to the Government of Guyana, reneging on the obligations it made, which were accepted in good faith, according to the GFC.last_img read more

Animal welfare added to ingredients

first_imgMany chefs at high-end restaurants, some smaller food-service chains and grocery chains like Whole Foods have refused to buy meat and eggs unless animals are raised under certain conditions. In 2000, McDonald’s became the first American food company to impose minimum animal welfare standards, like increasing cage size, on its egg producers. But Puck’s program goes much further than most corporate animal welfare policies, and he is the flashiest culinary name yet to join with animal rights groups in the movement to change farming practices. Puck’s ventures include 14 fine-dining restaurants mostly on the West Coast. The flagship is Spago in Los Angeles, which helped him become the nation’s first celebrity chef. He also runs more than 80 Gourmet Express restaurants, many of which are in airports, and sells frozen pizza, soups, kitchen cookware and cookbooks. Puck estimated his company’s value at $360 million. Since 2002, at least one animal-rights activist group has tried to persuade Puck to stop using foie gras from ducks that are force fed extra amounts of grain to fatten their livers and veal from calves chained to small crates and fed a liquid diet to keep their flesh white and tender. The group, Farm Sanctuary, protested in front of Spago and started a Web site called wolfgangpuckcruelty.org, which has since been taken down. Puck dismissed those efforts and said he decided to make the change as a result of a few trips to large-scale farms, discussions with the Humane Society and a desire to mark his 25 years in the business with something more significant than the kinds of big parties he is used to holding for the Oscars. “I have been telling people we have to stand for something for the next 25 years,” he said. “It’s time for us to make a statement and a time for us to see how we treat what we eat.” Puck said prices would increase only a few percentage points on some items. As many as 98 percent of all eggs come from chickens kept in banks of small cages to facilitate mass production, said Diane Storey, a spokeswoman for United Egg, which represents most major egg producers. She and Richard Lobb, a spokesman for the National Chicken Council, which represents major producers of chickens for meat, said their groups had science-based animal welfare certification programs that used humane and ethical guidelines. “We applaud the fact that he sells a whole lot of chickens,” Lobb said. “But we think our program is very progressive and he should look at ours before he goes off with the Humane Society.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Wolfgang Puck, the Los Angeles chef whose culinary empire ranges from celebrity dinners at Spago to a line of canned soups, said Wednesday that he would use eggs and meat only from animals raised under strict humane standards. With the announcement, Puck has joined a small group of top chefs around the country who refuse to serve foie gras, the fattened liver of ducks and geese. But Puck, working with the Humane Society of the United States, has taken his interest in animal welfare beyond ducks. He has directed his three companies, which together fed more than 10 million people in 2006, to buy eggs only from chickens not confined to small cages. Veal and pork will come from farms where animals are not confined in crates, and poultry meat will be bought from farmers using animal welfare standards higher than those put forth by the nation’s largest chicken and turkey producers. Puck has also vowed to use only seafood whose harvest does not endanger the environment or deplete stocks. “We decided about three months ago to be really much more socially responsible,” Puck said in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. “We feel the quality of the food is better, and our conscience feels better.” last_img read more

DODGERS NOTEBOOK Furcal hurting with bum back

first_imgControl problems Right-hander Esteban Loaiza is averaging 2.6 walks per nine innings over the course of his 13 seasons in the majors. But in his past two starts, his second and third since the Dodgers claimed him off waivers from Oakland on Aug. 29, he has uncharacteristically walked 11 batters in eight innings, only one of which was intentional. What that suggests isn’t entirely clear. “It could be any of several things,” pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. “For him, he isn’t a guy who has historically been wild. But he is kind of a spot pitcher who is basically missing his spots. That could be a matter of trying to do too much or trying to be a little bit too fine.” Loaiza will throw his regular session today and is scheduled to start Friday night at Arizona. As Little pointed out, there really are no alternatives. But the Dodgers are operating with a 16-man pitching staff for September, so Loaiza will be on a short leash. “That goes without saying,” Little said. “But that isn’t just for him. At this point in the season, that is pretty much everyone.” Honeycutt wondered aloud whether Loaiza might be going through a simple dead-arm period, a plausible theory given that Loaiza has made five starts since missing most of the season while recovering from knee surgery. Five starts into spring training is about the point when a lot of pitchers struggle with the same problem after not pitching all winter. Tough afternoon Right-hander Chad Billingsley suffered his first loss in more than a month in the opener, when he allowed just four hits over 51/3 innings. Although Billingsley was perfect through the first two innings and faced the minimum through three, he later said he never felt comfortable at any point. “I didn’t feel like I had my good fastball,” Billingsley said. “I was just trying to make good, quality pitches down in the zone and trying to get ground balls, but it just didn’t happen. I just went out there and battled to try to get outs as quickly as possible, but they laid off some good pitches and made me get deep in counts.” Playoff tickets Fans wishing to order National League Division Series single-game tickets for possible games at Dodger Stadium may do so only by registering at www.dodgers.com by Sept. 24. tony.jackson@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Tony Jackson STAFF WRITER DENVER – Shortstop Rafael Furcal left the opening game of Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader because of tightness in his lower back. He could not play in the second game and is listed as day-to-day. The injury also dealt another blow to the Dodgers’ fading playoff hopes. “It is that,” Manager Grady Little said. “He is a guy who has played through a lot of aches and pains, but this just got too bad for him there late in the game.” It also was merely the latest blow to Furcal, who has battled lingering pain all season in the left ankle he severely sprained in spring training. That injury isn’t expected to fully heal until after the season, when Furcal has time to rest it. Furcal has no history of back problems. Little said Furcal initially hurt himself sliding into a base over the weekend. Olmedo Saenz batted for Furcal in the seventh inning and hit his first home run since his walk-off shot against Toronto on June 8, providing the Dodgers’ only run in a 3-1 loss. Wilson Valdez played the rest of the game at shortstop, and Ramon Martinez started the nightcap at short. It marked just the 13th time this season that Furcal hasn’t been in the starting lineup, and nine of those came at the beginning of the season while Furcal was still on the disabled list with the ankle sprain. last_img read more

DUNLEAVY PUTS PEN TO PAPER AT CORK FOR ANOTHER SEASON

first_imgFormer Wolves star Johnny Dunleavy has resigned for Cork City.Johnny DunleavyThe 22 year old Ballybofey man has agreed to extend his stay with Cork City for another season, the club have confirmed.A Donegal native, Dunleavy joined the Leesiders in January 2012 and was a key figure for the club in 2013, making 25 league appearances. Speaking after signing a new deal, he said that he was “delighted” to remain at Turners Cross and believes that it is an “exciting time” to be at the club.“I’ve loved it in Cork since I’ve been here and I’m delighted to be back for another season,” Dunleavy told the club’s official website.“I think it is a massive opportunity for us all to push on and achieve something. It is a very exciting time for the club with John coming in as manager and so many signings being made.”Cork City manager John Caulfield paid tribute to the former Wolverhampton Wanderers youth player, insisting that he is “a real winner.” “He has been a fantastic player for us, he has a super attitude and he is another top quality player,” said Caulfield.“He is what we want in the squad, [he is] a real winner. He believes in the club and believes we can win trophies.” DUNLEAVY PUTS PEN TO PAPER AT CORK FOR ANOTHER SEASON was last modified: December 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:BallybofeyCork CityJohnny DunleavyWolveslast_img read more

LETTERKENNY QUARTET LINE OUT FOR NORTHERN IRELAND BASKETBALL TEAM

first_imgEben, Max and Luke.Three members of Letterkenny BLaze’s U14 team have lined out for the Northern Ireland team. Eben Grimes, Max Leadley and Luke Cassidy all Letterkenny Blaze & St Eunan’s College who debuted for Northern Ireland’s U 14 basketball in Basketball Scotland’s Summer Slam in Stirling.Northern Ireland with Luke as captain and Max as vice captain, faced teams from Scotland. & Denmark. Also playing for northern Irelands u 14 girls is Brennagh Regan also of Blaze & the Loreto Convent.Congrats to all.LETTERKENNY QUARTET LINE OUT FOR NORTHERN IRELAND BASKETBALL TEAM was last modified: June 18th, 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)last_img read more

CHAMPAGNE CORKS POP AS MOJO GOGO FINALLY SIGN RECORD DEAL

first_imgMusic bible Hot Press said they should be huge.Their live shows are famous and they’re picking up more fans with every passing week. They have supported many top bands including Ash and Horslips.Now Donegal rockers Mojo GoGo have just taken another step into the big time.The lads have just completed the signing of their record deal with Leverage Records in the UK.The group have been flooded with congratulations all day as details of the deal emerge. Now it’s straight into the studio to turn their live shows into a hot CD.Remember where you heard it first – Mojo GoGo are going to be big! CHAMPAGNE CORKS POP AS MOJO GOGO FINALLY SIGN RECORD DEAL was last modified: April 10th, 2012 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:Leverage RecordsMOJO GOGOlast_img read more

GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD

first_imgThere are four first round heats in The An-Cu Veterinary 525 on tonight’s greyhound racing card at Lifford Stadium.There is a total of 12 race down for decision, runners are (first race 8.00pm):Race 1 (350 yards): 1, Tydon Marquis; 2, Beahaven Kim; 3, Lacey Girl; 4, Corner Plane; 5, Mullrook No Cash; 6, Lixnaw Crest. Race 2 Buy a Buster 350 (350 yards): 1, Myre Willow; 2, Backdoor Bucko; 3, Amigan Bazz; 4, Hillcroft Lass; 5, Fridays Hondo; 6, Confident Zig.Race 3 The Booking Office 525 (525 yards): 1, Edenvale Maeve; 2, Deerpark Carol; 3, Varra Nifty; 4, Ballyhill Civic; 5, Lakeshore Lad; 6, Wilma.Race 4 The Lifford €10 Sizzler Deal (525 yards): 1, Shanmoyle Legend; 2, Smurfing Oddball; 3, Mullrook Dabhoyo; 4, Goodinthehood; 5, Local Whitesocks; 6, Psycho Bob.Race 5 The LIfford €15 Special 525 (525 yards): 1, Tahina Sabrina; 2, Do It Kim; 3, Drumsna Pearl; 4, Fridays Maybe; 5, Mongys Girl; 6, Leahs Sparky. Race 6 The An-Cu Veterinary 525 Round 1 Heat 1 (525 yards): 1, Mineola Fred; 2, Fridays Brett; 3, Quare Flame; 4, Drumbee Shadow; 5, Drumsna Canyon; 6, Gorey Misty.Race 7 The An-Cu Veterinary 525 Round 1 Heat 2 (525 yards): 1, Wrong Note; 2, Graysfield Dell; 3, Deerpark Youngin; 4, Hather If; 5, Quare Lemon; 6, Fridays Warsaw.Race 8 The An-Cu Veterinary 525 Round 1 Heat 3 (525 yards): 1, Rampant Razzle; 2, Turbine Tulip; 3, Smurfing Manx; 4, Culture Annie; 5, Tahina Sonya; 6, Drumsna Castle.Race 9 The An-Cu Veterinary 525 Round 1 Heat 4 (525 yards): 1, Tahina Keavey; 2, Sunrise Belle; 3, Townsend Panter; 4, Ballyhill Zest; 5, Icecream Charlie; 6, Crash the Party.Race 10 The Ultimate Dining Experience 350 (350 yards): 1, Mongys Flyer; 2, Lisnastrane Dude; 3, Tyrgal Charlie; 4, Moyola Yahoo; 5, Do It Ruso; 6, Mizen Magic. Race 11 “Like” Us on Facebook 575 (575 yards): 1, Pocket Girl; 2, Dynamo Millar; 3, Killacolla Babe; 4, Quare Sunset; 5, Canvas Picasso; 6, Collins.Race 12 The Getting Out 575 Bumper Stakes (575 yards): 1, Tommylees Buddy; 2, Blue Rhymer; 3, Lillie Mais Boy; 4, Rocky High; 5, Fernisky Quinn; 6, Ballybun Glen.GREYHOUND RACING: TONIGHT’S LIFFORD CARD was last modified: July 11th, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:greyhoundLiffordRacinglast_img read more

What Mario Ferraro, Pete DeBoer said about Dylan Gambrell’s first pro fight

first_imgSAN JOSE — Defenseman Mario Ferraro could be available to play Saturday, two days after a big hit from defenseman Matt Dumba knocked him out of the Sharks’ game against the Minnesota Wild.Ferraro said Friday he was “a little sore, but recovering” after he was injured by Dumba’s hit in the second period of the Sharks’ 6-5 win over the Wild.Ferraro was chasing after a loose puck in the corner to the right of the Sharks’ goal when he was hit shoulder first into the boards. Ferraro raised his …last_img

More than a one-sport wonder!

first_imgHe noted that CSA’s home international tours were governed by the International Cricket Council’s future tours programme. Received with open arms 13 January 2011 Many dignitaries were in attendance too, including President Jacob Zuma, who has suggested that an international cricket fixture should become an annual event at the stadium. Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium, with its iconic arch, painted a spectacular picture during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. More recently, the venue showed that it’s not just a one-sport wonder when the South African and Indian cricket teams met there in a Twenty20 international. His suggestion has been received with open arms by Cricket South Africa (CSA). On Wednesday, CSA CEO Gerald Majola said Zuma’s call for an annual event at the stadium was an excellent one. “First up, CSA would like to thank both President Zuma and the public for making Sunday’s match at Moses Mabhida Stadium such a spectacular success, heralding a new era for South African cricket and adding much value to the nation’s tourism profile,” Majola said. “We would also need the ICC’s permission to hold an extra match with international status, as happened for Sunday’s contest between South Africa and India.”center_img “Therefore, we [CSA] would have to have a close look at how we can repeat Sunday’s experience as an extra tour match in the future. Source: BuaNews The decision to use the stadium resulted in the largest crowd yet at a cricket match in South Africa, with 48 000 turning up for the game on Sunday, which also served as a farewell to Proteas star Makhaya Ntini. “The event was such a resounding success that CSA is confident it can persuade all stakeholders to consider President Zuma’s suggestion most favourably,” Majola said. The Department of Sport and Recreation, Arts and Culture and the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund Agency would also have to join forces with CSA to make the event an annual one. Permissionlast_img read more