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Use funds seized from criminals to fund fight against crime

first_imgDear Editor,Members of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) are doing wonderful work by apprehending drug dealers and smugglers at Guyana’s official ports of exit and entry, especially airports.I compliment them for doing great service to our country, and I urge them to pay the same attention to other well-known hot spots for smuggling, such as stellings and landings along rivers and creeks.I believe the huge amounts of cash and valuables seized from drug dealers and smugglers should be used to find new ways to reach the heart of criminal operations. I strongly suggest that a significant portion of seized assets should be used as reward money, or to pay informers and engage private investigators to help in CANU crackdowns with extremely secure confidentiality.Every citizen knows the names of the ‘Big Bosses’ linked to drug dealing and smuggling inside and outside Guyana. Find ways to recruit undercover agents or informers; pay them well, and ensure they are not identified. Residents in every area know who are the drug users, dealers and smugglers living among them. Follow the users to the dealers; follow the dealers to the smugglers; and so on, until you get to the ‘Big Bosses’.Further, when persons are convicted, the authorities can consider using them as informers to track the bigger dealers and suppliers in exchange for reduced sentences or forgiveness, provided that the information provided is useful and leads to further arrests.It hurts me terribly to see the negative impact the drug trade has on crime, and the way it destroys the lives of my people, their families and communities. Many youths start with excessive use of marijuana, then get addicted to cocaine. When they become addicts, they would steal, hurt, and even kill over and over again to get drugs. Some have even murdered their own parents and burned down family homes. Drug dealers also would do anything to secure their business and profits, and do whatever it takes to protect themselves and their interests.The criminals who do these things get exposed sooner or later. Even the ‘big bosses’ eventually lose their honour, dignity, respect, and even their lives just for piles of dirty money. Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar was once the biggest drug boss in the world, but he was shot down like an animal, and died in disgrace as a sick scoundrel. After his death, his family wanted to go into exile, but no country wanted them.Escobar was called “The King of Cocaine,” and some foolish Guyanese used to admire him. He had billions of US dollars, and he used to run Colombia through bribery and murder. Such criminals lose their humanity by hurting others severely, and this curses them and they end up dying in prison or being killed cruelly. Escobar ended up running and hiding, but he was cornered and shot dead without mercy.The illegal drug trade is one of the greatest evils ever inflicted upon humanity. It destroys persons caught up in it, the societies that gets overrun by it, and it infects the core of civilisation. Drugs do horrendous damage to the body and soul. Users are not only killing themselves with drugs, they are also murderers or potential murderers, because they would do anything to satisfy their craving.I respect the work of CANU for bringing constant pain to those trying to get rich quick through smuggling and drugs. I want CANU to continue to go after these criminals relentlessly, and continue to bring great grief upon those who want to enjoy a big life by poisoning people and destroying society for generations.Alcohol is a legal drug that I think should be illegal. For their own profit, big companies encourage excessive consumption of alcohol, despite clear evidence that alcohol abuse is causing enormous destruction. Lives have been lost, serious injuries have been suffered, and countless families have been destroyed as a result of crimes committed by persons under the influence of alcohol.Punishment for serious crimes is too mild in Guyana. When major drug dealers are convicted, too many of them get off with a slap on the wrist. I think 20 years’ imprisonment should be the minimum penalty for serious drug offences, and fines should be triple the value of the drugs involved, with long jail sentences to be applied immediately if the fines are not paid.I believe the properties and assets of persons convicted of serious drug crimes should be confiscated immediately upon their conviction. The authorities should scrutinise their estates; and if it can be proved that they transferred any financial or property assets obtained through crime to their relatives, friends, associates or companies, those should be confiscated also.Large-scale smuggling and drug dealing have expanded and diversified into a number of fake businesses around the country. These criminals have become very vicious, because their money gives them the power to penetrate the highest levels of law enforcement agencies, the legal system, political parties, civic organisations, and even Government.Criminals get enormously wealthy from crime, and they use it to form companies and corporations to make it easier for them to do crime on an even bigger scale, and pass it off as legitimate business while laundering money at the same time. This is what drives the constant smuggling of items in the country, including drugs, while foreign currency goes out of the country.I support CANU every step of the way as they fight against these vagabonds. Use funds seized from criminals to fund CANU’s fight against crime. When the big criminals are caught, jail them for life, because their criminal activities have given so many others a life sentence of pain and misery.Sincerely,Roshan Khan, Snrlast_img read more

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Man accused of raping a minor to stand trial in High Court

first_imgThirty-year-old Mario Heywood, of East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, was committed to stand trial in the High Court for raping a minor.Alleged child rapist, Mario HeywoodThe Preliminary Inquiry (PI) completed at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday before Magistrate Leron Daly ruled that the prosecution was able to present sufficient evidence against Heywood, and as such, he will face trial.Police stated that between October 1, 2018, and November 20, 2018, at East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he engaged in sexual penetration with a child under the age of 16.According to information, the child is known to the defendant. During the period, the child was reportedly left in his care.It is alleged that Haywood committed the act during that period. Upon the child’s parent’s return, the child confided in her mother and the matter was reported to the Police.An investigation was conducted and Heywood was arrested and charged.The Magistrate after listening to the prosecution’s facts earlier in the year, released the man on $250,000 bail.last_img read more

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Duo acquitted of Brazilian gold miner’s murder

first_imgMurder accused: Roberto Miggins (left) and Quasi BenjaminRoberto Miggins called “Hot Skull” and his accomplice Quasi Benjamin called “Rambo”, exited the courtroom of Justice Navindra Singh on Tuesday as free men, following a formal not guilty verdict which was delivered by the empanelled 12-member jury.The trial, which commenced on Monday, was set for continuation on Tuesday, however, the state was not able to secure the court attendance of the key witness in the matter and thus had to close their case.Since this was so, defence attorneys for their respective clients made no-case submissions to the court, which were later upheld by the trial Judge who further instructed the jury to return a formal not guilty verdict, thus acquitting both accused of the murder charge.Both Miggins and Benjamin denied the murder charge which had detailed that between October 12 and 13, 2016, they murdered Mario Pozzer, also called “Gaucho”, in the course of/or furtherance of a robbery.“Hot Skull” was represented by Attorney Adrian Thompson, while “Rambo” was represented by Attorneys Ashley Henry in association with Nigel Hughes. On the other hand, the state’s case was led by Prosecutor Sarah Martin in association with Teriq Mohammed and Tuanna Hardy.The trial revealed that the lifeless body of Pozzer was found lying next to his All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) that was used to exit the location of his mining business. According to the evidence, Pozzer’s employees were the ones who found his body with a wound to the head and belongings missing, inclusive of raw gold.Investigations conducted led to the arrest of the two accused, who were charged for the said offence in 2016.last_img read more

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Rwanda becomes Arsenal’s official tourism partner

first_img0Shares0000Rwanda becomes Arsenal’s official tourism partner. Photo/COURTESYKIGALI, Rwanda, May 23 – Rwanda has become the official tourism partner of English football club Arsenal FC, whose players will sport a “Visit Rwanda” logo on their sleeves, the club announced Wednesday.The tiny country’s leader, President Paul Kagame, is an ardent Arsenal fan and often expresses his opinions about the club’s performances during summits and on social media. The three-year deal with Arsenal is the latest bid by Kigali to draw tourists and investors to the country, burnishing its reputation as a safe, sought-after destination.Ever since the devastating 1994 genocide in which 800,000 mainly Tutsis were killed, the country has been praised for a swift economic turnaround.“The country has been transformed in recent years and Arsenal’s huge following will bring Rwanda into people’s minds in a new and dynamic way,” Arsenal’s chief commercial officer, Vinai Venkatesham, said in a statement.“The Arsenal shirt is seen 35 million times a day around the world and we are one of the most viewed teams around the world.”As the club’s first-ever sleeve partner, the “Visit Rwanda” logo will appear on the shirt of all first team, under-23 and Arsenal Women’s players from the new season this August, the club has announced.Rwanda Development Board CEO, Clare Akamanzi, said that the sponsorship deal will highlight the country’s tourism offers, but would not be drawn on how much it had cost.“While we cannot disclose the amount, the partnership cost is part of our marketing budget to promote Rwanda and attract investors and tourists,” she said.Rwanda is one of only three countries, including the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, where one can see mountain gorillas.The country has in recent years re-introduced lions and rhino to its Akagera National Park — which had gone extinct due to poor conservation — to become a Big Five safari destination.“In addition, we are telling investors to Visit Rwanda and discover why we are the second fastest growing economy in Africa, growing at 7.3 percent per annum,” said Akamanzi.She added that Arsenal players from the men’s and women’s teams will visit Rwanda and club coaches will host coaching camps to support the development of football in the country.Rwanda received 1.3 million visitor arrivals in 2017 and tourism is Rwanda’s largest foreign exchange earner, government statistics show.The country has decided to focus on high-end low-impact tourism, and last year doubled the price of a gorilla permit to $1,500 (1,300 euros).Kagame is revered in some quarters for stopping Rwanda’s genocide and engineering what admirers see as an economic miracle, but rights groups accuse him of crushing all opposition and ruling through fear.The 60-year-old won a third-term in office last year after the constitution was changed to allow him to potentially stay in power for another two decades.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Yeovil clinch loan deal for Coventry defender

first_img1 Jordan Clarke Coventry City defender Jordan Clarke has signed for League One side Yeovil Town on a short-term loan deal.The 22-year-old is due to remain with Gary Johnson’s side at Huish Park until January.Clarke has featured regularly for the Sky Blues this term, making 12 first-team appearances, and will be available to play in Yeovil’s away clash at Chesterfield this weekend.City manager Steven Pressley said: “I spoke with Jordan about his recent limited opportunities in the first team and obviously he is somebody that wants regular football.“We came to a mutual agreement that the best option for both parties would be for him to go out on loan to give him a better opportunity to get that.”last_img

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Premier League managers can exploit VAR: analyst

first_img0Shares0000VAR will be used in the Premier League from the 2019/2020 season © AFP/File / OSCAR DEL POZOLONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 26 – Canny Premier League managers should be seeking to “manipulate” VAR technology to their advantage when it is introduced next season, according to analyst Rory Campbell.VAR (the video assistant referee system) was largely deemed a success at last year’s World Cup in Russia and is being used in many domestic leagues including Spain, Italy and Germany. But England-based players have had a slow introduction to VAR, which has been used in the Champions League knockout phase and some FA Cup games this season but will be rolled out in the Premier League in the 2019/20 season.Campbell, who has worked with West Ham in the area of technical analysis, said managers should take the time to find out how the technology will impact the game and how they can stay on top of changes.“If I were a manager I would be putting in huge resources as to how we are actually going to manipulate VAR — how we can understand how to use it to our benefit,” Campbell said at last week’s Betting on Football conference in London.Campbell, owner of consultancy firm C&N Sporting Risk, said managers could learn a lot if they get to sit down with referees before the new season starts.“The clubs presumably will be at the briefing for referees,” said Campbell. “That would be the most important meeting for every EPL (English Premier League) manager to understand — how each individual referee might handle VAR or be told how to handle it.“VAR is bigger than anything they are doing at the moment.“There is so much they can do to give themselves an edge over their rivals and manipulate a game. It sounds a bad word but there is a rule set and enough flexibility within them to exploit it.”Video technology has long been in use in the NFL © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Jonathan BachmanWarren Llambias, managing director of RedZone.bet, a bookmaker specialising in American sports such as NFL, baseball and basketball, agrees with Campbell.However, he concedes even after two decades of video assistance in the NFL, howlers can be made and says it can take teams four weeks at the start of a new season to get used to the tweaking of the system.– ‘Drama’ –“Coaches that are very good at managing set-pieces and exploiting rule changes regarding discipline in the box will see an uplift in their teams and there will be opportunities there,” said Llambias.“Like in NFL, teams that are well-structured and well-organised will adapt the quickest. The best coaches will make it work to their advantage.”Llambias also said the introduction of VAR could erode perceived home advantage as pressure on referees will ease.Rugby embraced video technology years before football © AFP/File / Peter PARKS“He (the VAR referee) will not be in the middle of the pitch being called names by 50,000 people so home advantage may no longer count,” said Llambias, who cited how in the NFL decisions are referred to an office in New York.“He is not as influenced by the crowd as he is away from the boos and the cries so he can make a more informed decision based on information, not the emotion of the crowd.”There has been some frustration expressed by fans at the length of time it takes for VAR decisions to be made and Lee Richardson, CEO of Gaming Economics, said football could learn lessons from rugby.“In rugby you know what you are waiting for, you are listening in, seeing re-runs. It adds to the drama,” said Richardson. I feel football is handling it particularly badly.”Jeevan Jeyaratnam, head of compilation at Abelson Odds, said the different nature of the two sports made this tricky.“Football is a hard game to do it for, rugby is more stop-start,” he said. “But clearly there needs to be some indication in the stadium as to what issue is being considered.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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DONEGAL HEROES SHOW WINNING ULSTER IS A REAL FAMILY AFFAIR

first_imgRYAN BRADLEY AND HIS WEE BROTHER BENBEHIND every great player is a great family.There’s the football families of course in the parishes and clubs of County Donegal.And then there are the real families; the mums and dads – the brothers and sister – the children who help to make victory taste all the more sweeter. Ryan Bradley posted this picture above with “my wee brother Ben” during the celebrations in Donegal Town.Then there’s the back room team – the men and women who make the management tick.Like Donal Reid physical therapist – pictured below with Donna and Roisin.DONAL REID WITH DONNA AND ROISINThen there’s the proud mum – Anne McGee. She is pictured below with her sons – proud as any mother could be.Then there’s the fan family.The players and management were a credit to themselves and the county in Donegal Town on Sunday night.They patiently posed for pictures with fans.And they must have signed a thousand jerseys through it all. We don’t think Jim McGuinness stopped smiling!Makes you proud.THE 3 MCGEES AND MUMPADDY MCBREARTY WITH FANS FIONA MCGINLEY AND LYNDA CURRANDONEGAL HEROES SHOW WINNING ULSTER IS A REAL FAMILY AFFAIR was last modified: July 24th, 2012 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)last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE U16 GIRLS FACE DOWNINGS TONIGHT

first_imgNaomh Muire GAA News:The second Naomh Muire Summer camp will take place Tuesday August 4th – Friday 7th August 10am- 2pm each day for ages 6-13. Those attending will receive a leather ball and a County player will attend on one of the days. There will be as usual, lots of activities and good healthy movement for all age groups. The cost for this camp is a reduced €35 per child. Registration is by texting Gary on 086 354 6193. It is important to register in advance so that the correct number of coaches can be organised.The Senior ladies are out on Sunday the 9th Aug at 11am in the Junior A Semi finals with the 1st leg match v Buncrana.Naomh Muire U16 Girls play Downings in Downings on Tues 4th August at 7pm.The minor girls are out on Thursday 6th August  v Milford in Milford at 7pm.Donegal ladies Gaelic football Association are holding a Golf classic on Friday 14th Aug. in Ballybofey/Stranorlor golf course.Timesheet in operation anyone wanting to enter a team can do so by contacting 0749131093. Entry fee is €100 per team of 4. Any Sponsor who would like to support the Donegal ladies can sponsor a Tee @€100 or make a donation to help to Keep Donegal ladies football to the fore in Ulster and Ireland, All contributions will be acknowledged. This has been a very successful year for Donegal ladies football association having won the Ulster Senior ladies title for the first time and facing the winners of Armagh/West meath tie in the next round of the TG4 All Ireland series  and narrowly losing out on an All Ireland U14 title to Tipperary in a replay with a team which had our own Saoirse Bonner playing for them. Success comes at a cost and Donegal ladies are looking to the Great Donegal public for Support. Contact Dónal Sharkey 0863189331 is you can offer any help.Is iad 6, 15, 16 agus 24 uimhreacha lotto na seachtaine seo. Níor bhain duine ar bith an pota óir. Bhí trí uimhir acu seo leanas: Lawrence Coyle, Dobhar. Rosha Coyle,Cúl a Chnoic. Nellie Herron, Rann na Feirste agus Dara McShane, Cál Chéim. Beidh €1400 sa phota an tseachtain seo chugainn.100+Club Draw for July.€500 Mary Boyle,Anagaire Thiar. €200 ShaunRodgers, Cál Chéim.€100 each: Tom Marry,Shaun J Boyle, Séamus Grant€50 each: Phil Ward, Michael McGarvey, Kevin White, Declan Martin, Danny Gillespie, Lorraine Boyle, Nancy Sharkey and Mary Sweeney.GAA NEWS: NAOMH MUIRE U16 GIRLS FACE DOWNINGS TONIGHT was last modified: August 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANoticesSportlast_img read more

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BANDA-MANIA AS BJ FIRES FINN HARPS INTO PREMIER LEAGUE HEAVEN!

first_imgThere’s a new legend at Finn Park! BJ Banda is swamped by Finn Harps fans after the game. PIC BY GERALDINE DIVER.A WONDERFUL header by substitute BJ Banda three minutes from the end of the second period of extra time has sent Finn Harps into the Premier LeagueA super goal by the super sub made it 2-0 to Harps on the night – and 2-1 on aggregate – and takes the Donegal soccer sensations back to the top tier of the national league.Limerick pressed for a late late equaliser – but it never came! Harps had levelled the tie in the 37th minute when Michael Funston and Ramond Foy’s joint pressure paid off.Patrick Kanyuka tried to play a back pass under pressure from Foy and Funston and it appeared to heading wide but Funston somehow hooked it into the net.Limerick tried to clear but the ball was over the line.The massive Harps following among the 3,200 crowd erupted in celebration – the goal had tied the game. Both sides had chances to win in the 90 minutes….but it was BJ what won it! The teen star, still in secondary school, has taken Harps back tot eh top flight.And yes, there was Banda-monium as the final whistle went.Well done Ollie!Not bad for two seasons in the job and a shoestring budget. BANDA-MANIA AS BJ FIRES FINN HARPS INTO PREMIER LEAGUE HEAVEN! was last modified: November 8th, 2015 by John2Share 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:finn harpsLimericklast_img read more

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Andy Duffy memorial day a great success for Tir Chonaill Gaels

first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels Notes – 7th November 2016 Andy Duffy Memorial Day Thanks to everyone who turned out to remember Andy on Saturday, all the members of the different clubs that attended reflected the esteem in which Andy was held, a special thank you to Fr TJ Plower for the service.On the playing field, the Juniors attempted to earn the end of year bragging rights over the seniors, the bookies odds shortened on the seniors when JP O Donnell was spotted in the car park with his kit bag. He didn’t let the side down with the Juniors unable to cope with the aerial bombardment of high ball into the old fella.Paul Coggins was introduced to try and stem the tide and raised the white flag but the seniors did enough to keep the young bucks quiet for another year!!Thanks to the players and to Maurice for refereeing.  CongratulationsCongratulations to our Minor board chairman Michael Cunningham who has been awarded ‘Donegal Person of the Year’ by the Donegal Association of London. Michael gives his time unselfishly and in abundance and we hope he and his family enjoy the award. Dublin County FinalCongrats to former players Joe Feeney (Armagh) of St Vincent’s and Peter Sherry (Fermanagh) of Castleknock who contested the Dublin Senior final with their adopted clubs on Saturday. Joe and St Vincent’s came out on top with Joe getting on the score sheet himself.  Andy Duffy memorial day a great success for Tir Chonaill Gaels was last modified: November 7th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAASportTir Chonaill Gaelslast_img read more

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