first_img– accuses Govt of illegalities, wanton criminality The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has condemned a move by the State to institute fraud charges against Registrar of the Deeds Registry, Azeena Baksh, who was placed before the courts on Tuesday on a charge of btaining money by false pretence.Deeds Registrar Azeena BakshThe State is alleging that between May 1, 2014 and January 31, 2017, the 33-year-old pregnant woman procured valuable securities in the total sum of $4.5 million while pretending she was an employee at the Deeds and Commercial Registries. She was placed on $250,000 bail after pleading not guilty to the charge.However, the PPP in a statement on Tuesday evening said that there is an intensification of the “political witch-hunting” by the coalition Government with the latest victim being Baksh, “a young professional Guyanese and attorney-at-law, who decided not to venture into lucrative private practice but who choose instead to serve the State and work for a fixed salary.”The Registrar’s father is former Minister Ali Baksh, and the party believes this is a contributing factor to the attacks on her since he is also a PPP leader.According to the Opposition Party, this new practice by Government has reportedly not been going down well with law enforcers.“Those who are being instructed to draft and institute these charges are either rebelling silently or have abandoned their professional training because the charges are beginning to move from frivolous to ludicrous,” the missive outlined.The Party went on to outline that even the legal minds who have looked at the charges filed so far, have expressed the public view that the charges will never be supported by evidence and are all bound to fail. “More significantly, all these charges either relate to some contrived and concocted factual scenario fabricated simply to form the basis of the charge, as in the ‘law books’ case and Azeena Baksh’s case or, they concern the omission to perform some clerical function, which is not part of the functional responsibility of the person who is charged, for example the Guyana Rice Development Board of Directors,” the PPP noted.On the other hand, the Opposition is alleging that every day the nation is witnessing the commission of major irregularities, grave illegalities and wanton criminality committed by Ministers of this Government, Permanent Secretaries and other senior functionaries, which are bleeding the Treasury of billions of dollars, yet these people are neither investigated nor charged.Among these atrocities named by the PPP are: the 50 per cent increase in salaries; the D’Urban Park Development Project and the involvement of a company owned by a Minister and cronies of this Government; write-off of debts owed to the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) by DDL and many other companies, and write-offs by the APNU/AFC dominated Georgetown Municipal Council to many companies for millions of dollars owed in rates and taxes.The Opposition also mentioned Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan violating the statutes governing the local government system by appointing Mayors and Deputy Mayors; the controversial Parking Meter Project and no public tendering of the contract; and the drug bond contract between the Public Health Ministry of and the Linden Holding Company was not tendered and costing the Treasury $14 million per month to store condoms and lubricants.The missive further highlighted the scholarships to Ministers costing the Treasury millions of dollars; rental of houses for Ministers costing the Treasury thousands of US dollars per month; billions of dollars of contracts being awarded to friends, cronies and financiers without any form of public bidding; abuse of the Contingency Fund by the Ministry of the Presidency for the purchase of luxury vehicles for the Prime Minister, and Public Health Minister Volda Lawerence violating procurement procedures in respect of the purchase of $2.2 billion in drugs.The PPP said it hopes the nation, the diplomatic community and the world takes notice of the pace at which Guyana is sliding into lawlessness.last_img read more

first_imgBusinessmen as well as passengers utilising the ferry service in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are concerned over the variation of the ferry schedule. Passengers who spoke with Guyana Times expressed their dissatisfaction with the unreliable service.One passenger explained that the timing for the departure of the ferry varies, and no one from the relevant authority is explaining what the problem is. The passenger explained that often times when passengers show up for a specific time – as advertised by the advisory issued by the Public Infrastructure Ministry – they are told that the boat already left or they have to wait an extra hour. The frustrated passenger explained that the inefficient system causes great inconveniences, as many persons utilising the ferry service often have appointments.Bus operators have also echoed similar sentiments, explaining that whenever they carry passengers to the stelling, sometimes the boat would have already departed, leaving passengers either stranded or having to return home.“If they have the boat leaving 17:00 hours let it leave then. Why leave earlier or one hour after, it’s great inconvenience when you condition yourself to suit a time and then everything changes,” a passenger related.A businessman related to this publication that he had a truck loaded with plucked chicken enroute for the North West District and the boat was delayed, resulting into him having to pay hotel fee for the driver as well as to purchase ice for the chicken.Residents as well as businesspersons are therefore calling on Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson to intervene, as many persons depend on the ferries to conduct their business, since it is more affordable and a safer option to speed boats.last_img read more

first_img“Our Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program will result in new roads to help industry access resource areas while also supporting pipeline construction to move B.C.’s natural gas out of the field and to the marketplace,” says Minister Coleman. “We have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to develop and prosper from an entirely new export industry and this program is helping us build the capacity we need to make it happen.” This year’s credits will go towards building 21 new infrastructure projects in northeast B.C., creating over 1,650 direct jobs. Like in past years, energy companies will fund the entire cost of a selected infrastructure project, and will then be able to recover up to 50 per cent of an approved project’s cost through royalty reductions. This round of royalty credits is expected to generate approximately $260 million in new industry capital spending in B.C.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img“I believe that BC Hydro should be able to defend the project, and that’s what I’m asking them to do. I want BC Hydro to explain to the people that pay their bills, you and I and your listeners, how it is that they’re going to make this work without increasing rates beyond what is manageable by regular people. And if they can’t do that, then we’ll deal with it at that time. This is an important issue for BC Hydro, its an important issue for the people of your region, but its an important issue for all British Columbians. I believe all British Columbians deserve answers from BC Hydro in an open process, not behind closed cabinet doors, not because BC Liberals on the BC Hydro board say so, but because it makes good sense.”The full interview can be found here: FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — B.C. Premier-designate John Horgan said today that he supports the province’s oil and gas industry, and the creation of a liquified natural gas industry, provided that the industry meets conditions.Speaking with Energeticcity.ca, Horgan said that he is well aware of the challenges that face him after his party toppled the BC Liberal government of Christy Clark in a confidence motion on Thursday, which led to him being asked by Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon to form a government. He explained that one major challenge will be to bridge the gap between the desires of urban and rural voters, but that he is looking forward to working with residents across the province to solving these issues.“Of course, British Columbia’s economy has been for decades dependant on commodities prices, whether its in our mining sector, in forestry, or in oil and gas,” said Horgan. “I’ve been the Energy spokesperson for the Opposition for over a decade before I became leader. I understand the sector very well. I support oil and gas development. I worked on the creation of the Oil and Gas Commission. I support LNG, provided conditions are met. And I believe there’s a bright future for the Peace Country. And I want to work with not just elected representatives like Mayor Ackerman and Council, but working people, and those who have been making a life for themselves in the Peace Country for generations.”- Advertisement -When asked about how his conditions are different from those of her predecessor, Horgan stated that the former Premier spoke incorrectly about both his views and those of the NDP on the oil and gas industry. He gave the example of Shell Canada’s proposed LNG Canada project. “It has all of its permits in place, has social license from First Nations in the region, has the support of the community, and is waiting for economic conditions to turn around, and that project will proceed,” said Horgan.On the topic of Pacific NorthWest LNG, Horgan said that First Nations participation needs to be complete, not passive. He explained that while there is a large amount of opposition to the facility being located next to Flora Bank, a habitat for juvenile salmon at the mouth of the Skeena River. “I know they’re working on trying to find a way around that. I think working together with the community, with First Nations, and investors we can find a better location. I want people to be embracing these economic opportunities across the board, and not just piecemeal.”On the topic of Site C, Horgan is steadfast about sending the project to the B.C. Utilities Commission for a review. He says that BC Hydro needs to publicly defend the project, which the Crown Corporation has had to do with every other project in the last 40 years.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgLOS ANGELES – An Azusa man who faced a possible federal prison term of 101 years for an Internet scam targeting AOL users received a much lighter sentence Monday of 70 months, officials said. Jeffrey Brett Goodin, 47, was the first person convicted under the Can-Spam Act of 2003. A federal jury convicted him of sending “phishing” e-mails that looked as if they came from America Online’s billing department. Goodin was also ordered to pay more than $1 million in restitution, officials said. “This prosecution should send a strong message to cyber criminals that the government will vigorously investigate and prosecute such offenses,” said Michael Zweiback, chief of the Cyber & IP prosecution unit of the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. “The judge’s sentence demonstrates the seriousness with which such crimes are viewed,” Zweibeck said. “A sentence of almost six years sends a message to other phishers and online scammers that we will go after people who commit these crimes,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Rozella Oliver told Information Week in an interview Wednesday. Ten other counts made up the indictment, including wire fraud, use of a stolen credit card, possession of more than 15 stolen credit cards, misuse of the AOL trademark, attempted witness harassment, aggravated identity theft and failure to appear in court. Goodin became the target of a federal probe after officers in Ontario began investigating reports of a stolen credit card being used at a local motel. The investigation led them to a Diamond Bar motel and ultimately to Goodin’s home in the 600 block of Lee Place in Azusa. At woman who answered the phone at Goodin’s home Wednesday refused to discuss the case. Prosecutors said Goodin found a way to send fake e-mails to AOL subscribers in California, Virginia and Georgia. The e-mails asked for updated personal information like Social Security and credit card numbers and addresses. Goodin then used the information to rent hotel rooms, drain money from bank accounts and make on-line purchases, officials said. Although Goodin could have served 101 years in federal prison, he was given 70 months because of several mitigating circumstances, including a limited criminal history, officials said. frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811 Ext. 2717 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_imgCould Aaron Ramsey be heading to LaLiga?The Sun reported on Friday that Spanish giants Real Madrid could be lining up a move for the Arsenal midfielder.Months after starring for Wales at Euro 2016, it would see the 25-year-old team up with compatriot Gareth Bale at the Bernabeu.Ramsey was named in the team of the tournament as Chris Coleman’s Dragons reached the semi-finals in France and he has emerged as a top target for Zinedine Zidane.Real, who are currently in the process of appealing a transfer ban [until 2018], are keen on Ramsey, a versatile and talented midfielder who can score plenty of goals.The start of his campaign has been disrupted by injuries, with Arsene Wenger preferring the likes of Francis Coquelin and Alex Iwobi, making just four appearances for the north Londoners.According to The Sun, Real are still owed around £11m from Mesut Ozil’s 2013 transfer to the Emirates and they could use this as part of the negotiations.His current deal expires in 2018 and fans have been discussing the story on Twitter – see below… 1 Could Gareth Bale (left) and Aaron Ramsey (right) be about to team up at Real Madrid? last_img read more

first_img REVEALED Yaya Toure was on Monday Night Football tonight as his former club Manchester City beat Wolves 3-0 in the Premier League.Toure won three top-flight titles in more than 300 appearances for City but his Etihad career came to a sorry end once Pep Guardiola arrived. Latest Premier League News Seluk on Toure joining another club for £1-a-week to get away from Guardiola“Yaya has many offers from different countries, where they are ready to pay a lot of money, but we decided to dedicate the next season to Guardiola. And to prove and show the fans of Manchester City that Yaya has not finished with football.“He is full of energy and wants to play this season in England.“At a time when huge sums are being spent in England for the purchase of football players, I officially declare that Yaya is ready to move as a free agent to any English club of the top six with a salary of one-pound-a-week, but with a bonus system based on certain successes“I believe that a player like Yaya would not reject Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool. Yaya is a winner.“And never before has a top footballer with leadership qualities rejected any club, especially when they don’t have to pay for it.” Man City great Yaya Toure clashed with Pep Guardiola REVEALED REAL DEAL Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars “For me, Zidane is bigger because he has fewer requirements and shows great respect for all his players. Pep, he wants to be considered a genius. He loves it. But there is a lot of comedy behind all this, it’s a bit of anything. He creates a character.“When I see him scratching his head in full match to show that he thinks thoroughly, it makes me laugh. It’s comedy.”Guardiola responded a week later“It’s a lie and he knows it. We were together for two years and now this is when he says it. He never told me face-to-face.”Seluk on Guardiola“You know, Guardiola cannot be called a dog. Because a dog is a good and kind creature, man’s best friend. But Guardiola, by his very nature, is man’s worst enemy.“Many may say that it is Guardiola’s style, that he plays spectacular football.“But when you buy up all the best players in the world, this is much easier than, say, it was for Ranieri, whose Leicester side won the Premier League. The papers write a lot about Guardiola, although he as a person is not worthy of this attention. And yet we hear so little about Zidane, who has won the Champions League three times in a row. huge blow whoops tense Guardiola, who sold Toure to City while the pair were together at Barcelona in 2010, gave the Ivorian great just a handful of starts in his final season at the club before offloading him to Olympiakos last summer.And the 35-year-old’s illustrious career in England came to a bitter end as he and his controversial agent Dimitri Seluk launched a string of incredible rants at the Spaniard.talkSPORT has had a look at some of the best (or worst) of what was said between the trio. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? deals gameday cracker Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star 6 no dice Toure accuses Guardiola of ‘having problems with Africans’ in June 2018 rant“Pep likes to dominate and wants to have obedient players who lick his hands. I do not like this kind of relationship.“I respect my coach but I am not his thing. Like all players, I have bickered with my coaches. But at a certain point, men who do not understand each other reconcile. This is not possible with Pep, who is very rigid.“The other players will never admit it publicly but some have already told me that they ended up hating him. Because he manipulates and plays a lot with your head.“He was cruel to me. Do you really think Barcelona could have done that with Iniesta? I came to wonder if it was not because of my colour.“I am not the first to talk about these differences in treatment. In Barca, some have also asked the question. Maybe we Africans are not always treated by some in the same way as others. Pep Guardiola’s Man City take on Wolves tonight Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT center_img Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card “When we realise that he often has problems with Africans wherever he goes, I ask myself questions…“When the day comes that he picks a team featuring five Africans – and not naturalised Africans – I promise I will send him a cake!“When he arrived at City, he told me right away that he needed me to coach the youth. Even if I had some options to leave, I thought that I would be able to enter the legend of the Citizens. The same thing last summer when he asked me to stay.“Maybe he was afraid of losing control of the dressing room if I left because he knew what I was representing for the group? But after the transfer window closed, I saw that I was removed from the team.“I think I was dealing with someone who just wanted revenge on me.“I do not know why but I have the impression that he was jealous of me, that he took me for a rival. There you have it. Man City great Yaya Toure clashed with Pep Guardiola Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Yaya Toure wants to return to the Premier League “This testifies to the importance of personality. And when people say that Guardiola is the best manager, I must reply: Guardiola is far from winning three consecutive Champions Leagues. And furthermore, I am ready to bet that he never wins it at Manchester City.“And I don’t think he will ever win the Champions League again.”Seluk on Toure’s comments about African players under Guardiola“God sees everything. As a man who acted with Yaya, the legend of the club, which under different pretexts did not give the opportunity to go on the field.“He turned all Africa against himself, many African fans turned away from Manchester City. And I’m sure that many African shamans in the future will not allow Guardiola to win the Champions League.“This will be for Guardiola an African curse. Life will show whether I am right or not.” shining Man City great Yaya Toure clashed with Pep Guardiola Man City great Yaya Toure clashed with Pep Guardiola 6 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won getty 6 6 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January “We always looked at each other weirdly. He was spinning around me without saying anything, watching me, gauging me, but not talking to me. Yet he knows that I speak Catalan, Spanish and English.“It should be enough to communicate both. But apparently no … Every time we passed each other, he seemed embarrassed. As if I made him a little self-conscious. As if, also, he had understood that I knew him perfectly.”“I want to be the one who breaks the Guardiola myth a bit. Barcelona, he did not invent it. He just had the intelligence to adapt what Cruyff had set up.“Then, at Bayern and City, he tried to reproduce the same patterns but with this requirement: working with his players and with almost unlimited means. It would not work at Crystal Palace or Watford. 6 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 6last_img read more

first_img Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested getty 2 FAREWELL Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LATEST REVEALED Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Dembele, who moved to Guangzhou R&F in January 2018 and played alongside Bale at Spurs for a year between 2012 to 2013, said his former team-mate is an ‘unbelievable player’.“Gareth will do very well here and it’s a league where he’ll fit in,” Dembele told BBC Sport.“He is an unbelievable player. In China they want people who create something from nothing. If you’re a stable player who just passes sideways they don’t really make the difference because they can only have three [overseas] players on the pitch.” Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS targets 2 Mousa Dembele was a fans’ favourite at Spurs before moving to China New job Bale is on the verge of heading to China Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update TROPHY deals The Belgian star also spoke of how important it was to take in the experience and surroundings, not just arrive for the money.“Money is a thing in moving here, of course,” said Dembele.“People who come here earn good money but it depends. If you come here only for the money and you don’t enjoy the experience and lock yourself away in your hotel then it’s bad.“If you earn good money and you enjoy the culture then it’s a good experience. getty Former Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has told Gareth Bale to embrace Chinese culture as his move to Jiangsu Suning edges closerAccording to reports, the Wales international is in the final stages of negotiations ahead of his switch to the Far East, bringing his difficult spell with Real Madrid to an end.Bale will double his current £600,000-a-week wages in Spain to more than £1million-a-week. latest “Gareth can beat three players and shoot, so for him it will be easy.”Bale still has three years left on his current deal at Real Madrid but manager Zinedine Zidane has made it clear he wants the player to leave the club.Despite coming off the substitutes bench and scoring against Arsenal, Zidane then gave Bale the silent treatment, choosing not to try to explain the situation with him personally or find out what the player wanted.In six years at Madrid, Bale has collected four Champions League winners medals and a LaLiga title – justifying his world record £86m fee and making him the most successful British export in football.last_img read more

first_imgDeclan Rice feels West Ham can achieve at top six finish this season.The Hammers started the season well as they picked up 11 points in their first six games, including a 2-0 win against Manchester United.They are without a win in their last five, though, and slipped down to 13th in the Premier League table. Midfielder Rice still feels that finishing in the European places is a realistic aim.When asked if he felt a top-six finish was still achievable this season, Rice told Sky Sports: “100 per cent. I think if you look from fifth to about 13th, there’s about four points between six or seven teams. on target 1 statement LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS latest Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship update Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman rookie error Getty Images – Getty Declan Rice has set lofty ambitions for West Ham this season Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ “So you just have to keep working hard. If we beat Burnley on the weekend you’re back up to seventh or eighth, so it’s not too far away.“Our minds are focused on winning games at home. We have to win games here, this is our home stadium. When teams come here they must know they are in for a game.“When we go away, we haven’t done that badly so far, so we need to continue that form.”Rice admitted that West Ham were in the middle of a blip in form after disappointing results, including a 3-2 defeat at home to Newcastle on Saturday. stalemate Lazio vs Celtic (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTNottingham Forest vs Derby (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Leicester vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTCardiff vs Bristol City (Sunday, 12pm) – talkSPORT 2 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta LIVE on talkSPORT Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets appointed “It’s been very frustrating,” Rice added. “I think every player is feeling the same, the manager is feeling the same.“Our confidence was so high at the start of the season. We’re going through a little blip now, it happens to every team. It’s about how we get out of it.“We need to be more confident on the pitch, we need to be more defensively structured and we need to take our chances because in games we’ve had chances to kill the game off.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT as we bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our networklast_img read more