‘ISIS’ bomb threatener gets 3 years in prison

first_imgTerrence Mclean, 34, who claimed he is attached to ISIS after attempting to rob the Guyana Bank for Trade andTerrence McleanIndustry (GBTI), was today sentenced to three years imprisonment by Magistrate Judy Latchman after pleading guilty to the charge of demanding $10 million from the officer in charge of the card centre, Dahana Ramjist, with the intent to steal.The prosecution’s facts stated that on Tuesday, June 28, Mclean entered the GBTI, Regent Street, Georgetown branch at 09:20h and requested to speak with the Manager and handed over a note stating, “ISIS, there is a bomb in the bag, give us $10 million or you will all die.” The accused then demanded $10 million.An alarm was raised which summoned Police ranks. Upon the arrival of the Police, Mclean dropped the haversack he was carrying and shouted “Allah Akbar.”The accused was subsequently arrested and the bag was searched, revealing documents and a knife. No evidence of a bomb was found.Magistrate Latchman sentenced Mclean to the maximum imprisonment for the charge given the seriousness of the crime and the effect it can have on the commercial bank.Mclean was unrepresented in court and prior to his sentencing,he told the court, “They should have given me the money because they will all die the next time.” He further added that procedures that were taken to arrest him “were all flawed.”McLean is said to be of unsound mind and underwent psychiatric evaluation at Dr Bhiro Harry’s clinic. It was confirmed by Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum that McLean is a deportee who was also charged in 2007 for the possession of a gun and ammunition.last_img read more

Encamped footballers benefit from capacity training

first_imgA batch of young footballers has benefited from some much-needed capacity-building sessions, which are sure to improve their game play.Two players go through an exercise administered by GFF PRO Debra Francis while their teammates watch onThe participants of the sessions were the male and female youth teams, which recently wrapped up national encampment at the Leonora Track and Field facility. The interactive sessions, which were held over the course of July 11 and July 12, were facilitated by Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Head of Refereeing Department, Stanley Lancaster and Communications and Public Relations Officer (PRO) Debra Francis, and were focused on the laws of the game and interacting with the media.According to Lancaster, the laws of the game discussion focused on explaining same in an age-appropriate manner to the group. Emphasis was placed on the laws applicable to the age group: “We explained Laws 4-12, which address a cross-section of issues, including player kit; ball in and out of play; determining the outcome of the match; the principle governing offside, fouls and misconduct; the importance of discipline on the pitch, and procedure for kicks from the penalty mark. The law relative to the functions of the goalkeeper was also explained.”Francis, in her interactive session, addressed areas relative to being a guest on a media interview: how to introduce oneself, the art of the handshake, dress, responding to questions, posture and concluding the interview. She underscored the importance of national players having the skill to effectively engage the media. “As national players, you will be required to engage the media in the form of an in-studio or field interview and it is the Federation’s responsibility to ensure we equip you with the essential skills to effectively represent yourself, Club, Association, Federation and, by extension, the country. These skills are transferable and thus can be used for public speaking and/or interaction,” Francis stressed.The youngsters are currently in preparation for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Boys U-14 Challenge Trophy from August 2-12 in Curaçao and the CONCACAF Girls U-15 Championship from August 6-13 at the IMG Academy, Florida, USA respectively.Guyana are one of five countries placed in Group C of the CFU Boys U-14 Challenge Trophy along with Curaçao, Bonaire, Trinidad and Tobago and Aruba while the U-15 Girls have been placed in Group E with The Bahamas, Cayman Islands and St Lucia.Guyana are scheduled to play their first match in the U-15 Championship against St Lucia on August 6 at 11:00h, followed by Cayman Islands on August 7 at 09:00h and The Bahamas on August 9 at 11:00h. The play-offs will begin on August 10, following the group qualifiers, with the finals set for August 13 at 11:00h.In the meantime, the participants are awaiting the shortlisting of the squads that will be encamped from July 22-26 and July 29-August 1.last_img read more

Everton star Howard: ‘We go again!’

first_imgEverton goalkeeper Tim Howard insists the side will not dwell on their disappointing 2-1 defeat to Tottenham, and will put all their focus on getting back to winning ways against Hull City on Wednesday.Roberto Martinez’s men took an early lead following an explosive start at White Hart Lane in Sunday’s Premier League clash, Kevin Mirallas finding the net with a stunning curling strike.But the visitors failed to build on their supremacy, as Spurs went in front before the break through goals from Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado and held on in the second-half to secure victory.The result ended Everton’s run of eight games unbeaten in all competitions, but Howard has assured fans the team will not allow the defeat to affect them over a hectic festive period, starting with their midweek Tigers tie.“We were expected to win I think, so we’re disappointed from our point of view,” said the USA international.“Spurs are a good team, there’s no question how talented they are going forward, we tried to expose them a little bit but we just didn’t do that enough.“But we’re not a team, and our manager isn’t a manager, who dwells on results, we’re just looking forward to the Hull game now.“We’re at home, it’ll be an opportunity for us to get three points and we are confident we can do that, so we go again.“It’ll be good to be back at Goodison Park to get that feeling again of getting out there in front of our own supporters and have them roar us on.“This doesn’t knock us. It’s unfortunate we lost, but we’ll go again and I’ll tell you what, if come Thursday morning we’ve got three points in the bag we’ll feel on top of the world again.”last_img read more

Torrance burglars to be retried for 1 of 2 hung counts

first_imgTorrance Superior Court Judge James Brandlin decided prosecutors could not proceed on the charge that resulted in the 8-4 vote for not guilty, but said they can retry the trio on the other hung count. He also left open the possibility that they can present evidence that the crimes were gang-related, according to Deputy District Attorney Steve Schreiner. The defendants are to appear in court again today for a scheduling conference, but Brandlin sent the case to another judge without explanation, Schreiner said. Citing time constraints at the end of the three-week trial, Brandlin made a deal with the defendants that, in exchange for their admitting their prior criminal records without a hearing, he would drop allegations that the crimes benefitted a street gang. Prosecutors protested, arguing that the state Legislature had the community’s safety in mind when it enacted the law that calls for an additional five years in prison for gang-related crimes. Stephens, 21, was sentenced to 13 years in state prison and White, 26, got six years. The conviction was a third strike for Farmer, 26, who received 30 years to life in prison. After the three were sentenced Aug. 21, Brandlin indicated he favored dismissing the two hung counts. Schreiner argued they should stand trial for the attempted burglaries, calling them “hard-core criminals” who should face as much time in prison as possible. The three men were spotted driving slowly through Torrance on May 23, 2005. The car stopped and one, identified by a witness as Stephens, got out of the car and approached a home on Dorman Avenue. Then he returned to the car. A witness followed the group and later saw a man he identified as White repeat the same action at a home on Manhattan Avenue. Those were the two attempted burglaries that the jury deadlocked on 11-1 in favor of guilt and 8-4 in favor of acquittal. Police later pulled the men over and found two guns, jewelry, gloves, money and a pillowcase inside their rental car. denise.nix@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Denise Nix STAFF WRITER A judge who prohibited prosecutors from seeking gang convictions against three Torrance burglars said Wednesday he will allow a retrial for one of two unsettled attempted burglary counts. Rodney Stephens, Andre White and Kenneth Farmer were convicted in June of burglary, but the jury hung 8-4 in favor of acquittal and 11-1 in favor of guilt on the attempted burglary charges. last_img read more

David Beckham’s team acquires stadium site

first_img1 David Beckham’s team of investors has acquired a site in Miami to build a new stadium for Major League Soccer franchise Miami Beckham United.Beckham’s team, which has spent over a year trying to find a home for his franchise in the Floridian city, has secured land in Miami’s Overtown neighbourhood and plans to develop the site subject to MLS approval.“Miami Beckham United has secured a stadium development site at 650 Northwest 8th Street in the City of Miami’s historic Overtown neighborhood,” the team said in a statement published by the Miami Herald.“We intend to create an assemblage of private and county-controlled land totalling approximately nine acres in Miami’s urban core, within walking distance of multiple public transit options and the up-and-coming Miami River District.“The private properties, which comprise the majority of the land, are under contract and we intend to purchase the County land at fair market value pending approval of our site by the MLS Board of Governors.”The statement added: “Construction of our venue will be privately financed and we will work with Miami-Dade County Public Schools to establish our club as an educational resource for the community.“We will also engage nearby businesses and residents as we develop our stadium design and take steps to enhance the neighbourhood.”Beckham’s advisers inserted a clause into his contract when he signed for Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 that would allow him to create his own MLS franchise.The former Manchester United midfielder hopes to turn Miami Beckham United into a super-club with the financial clout of Manchester City and Paris St-Germain and aims to attract the world’s top players.The deal was announced one day before a meeting of the MLS board of governors and is the Beckham team’s fourth attempt to buy a suitable site in Miami. David Beckham (centre) last_img read more

COMPETITION TIME: THE WINNERS OF THE GLENCAR CENTRA BBQ IS………..

first_imgCOMPETITION: The winners of the super BBQ competition run by Centra Glencar in conjunction with Donegal Daily have been officially announced. The lucky winners are Dylan Elliott McLaughin, Mollie McCann and Michelle Reynolds. Well done guys and congratulations on the BBQ prizes.However, management at the popular store aren’t done with competitions yet, and they’re now giving away a FREE case of Budweiser to celebrate EURO 2016.All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this competition is by simply liking and sharing this post.For more details check out their Facebook page see the link below: (https://www.facebook.com/gormleyscentraletterkenny/?fref=ts)The winner of their latest competition will be announced on Monday 13th June, just in time before Ireland play Sweden in their opening game of EURO 2016.Keep updated with our Facebook page to be in with a chance to win more competitions.COMPETITION TIME: THE WINNERS OF THE GLENCAR CENTRA BBQ IS……….. was last modified: June 10th, 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:BusinesscompetitionGlencar Centranewslast_img read more

Denys Reitz joins UK-based law firm

first_img5 January 2011South African law firm Denys Reitz is to join multinational law firm the Norton Rose Group from June this year, in a move aimed at expanding its client base and increasing its access to international skills and resources.Norton Rose, with its headquarters in London, is an international legal practice offering full business law services, with a strong presence in the fields of financial institutions, energy, commodities, infrastructure, transport and technology.Ogilvy Renault, a leading Canadian law firm, will also be joining the new group. Also joining the expanded group will be Africa Legal, a division of Denys Reitz that focuses on providing legal services across the African continent.The expanded group will be led by Peter Martyr, currently the CEO of the Norton Rose Group, while Denys Reitz deputy chairman Rob Otty will join the expanded firm’s board.Top 10 global practiceAccording to Denys Reitz, the move will turn the expanded group into one of the top 10 global practices by number of lawyers, with more than 2 500 practitioners in 38 offices worldwide.“This is a major strategic step for our practice, which already operates in three cities across South Africa and has a large footprint across the African continent,” Denys Reitz said in a recent statement.“We firmly believe that Africa and the rest of the globe will become increasingly important to our clients in the years to come, and by combining the practice it will provide us with a depth of international resources from which we can continue to build our already significant network of offices.”According to Denys Reitz, there will be strong business and client synergies in the combined practice, particularly in Africa, Europe, UK, the Asia Pacific region and in the Middle East.“We are confident that the increased strength and depth of coverage will improve the group’s service to clients worldwide,” the law firm said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Bengal serial killer who murdered 7 women held

first_imgThe West Bengal police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested an alleged serial killer who has confessed to killing seven middle-aged women in the rural areas of Bardhaman and Hooghly districts.“Earlier this week, we arrested Kamaruzzaman Sarkar in connected with a murder. The accused has confessed to killing six more women,” said Bhaskar Mukherjee, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Bardhaman. He said all the murders were committed between October 2018 and May 2019. According to the police, the accused sexually assaulted the victims after injuring them with heavy, blunt objects. Most of the victims were targeted when they were alone at home. The accused entered the house on the pretext of taking electricity meter readings. Initial cluesThe police got initial clues after the the murder of a woman from Gaora village in Bardhaman district. CCTV footage of the suspect wearing a red helmet and riding a red motorbike was obtained and all police stations were alerted. Sarkar, 42, was arrested on Sunday and has been remanded in police custody for 12 days. The police are also taking the help of a psychiatrist to assess the mental state of the accused.last_img read more

Magic hand Spurs 4th straight loss

first_imgEthel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? UST ends UAAP women’s basketball finals drought, ousts FEU Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Rice industry paralysis Ross had 10 of his season-high 20 points in the fourth quarter to help the Magic win consecutive games for the first time this season.“That’s what T-Ross does, time and time again, when we win games,” said Aaron Gordon, who had 14 points and eight rebounds. “He steps up and makes big shots. We needed them tonight badly.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceFournier’s 3-pointer with 1:15 remaining put the Magic ahead to stay. He shot 5 of 6 from behind the arc in his highest-scoring game of the season.“When T-Ross and I both make shots, it just spreads the floor and it gives us more opportunity,” Fournier said. “Then the paint is open for Vuc (Nikola Vucevic). It’s the lineup we mostly ended games with last year and it’s the lineup we are comfortable with.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue DeMar DeRozan scored 21 for the Spurs, who shot 50.6 percent from the field but gave up 64 points in the second half and were outrebounded 48-41.“I think the difference in the game was we gave up too many offensive rebounds (14),” DeRozan said. “We couldn’t get the rebounds when it counted and they did. They executed on those, and other than that it was a one-possession game.”A flagrant foul call helped the Magic maintain their lead in the final seconds.After Trey Lyles’ 3-pointer cut Orlando’s advantage to 107-106 with 18 seconds left, Gordon drew a foul on DeRozan with 13.9 seconds remaining that was upgraded to a flagrant after a replay review. Gordon made the free throws and the Magic kept the ball, enabling Vucevic to add another foul shot for a four-point edge.A 3-pointer by Bryn Forbes with 4:17 left in the second quarter put San Antonio up 50-34, the largest lead for either team.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross goes up to shoot in front of San Antonio Spurs center Trey Lyles (41) and forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Florida — When Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross hit shots with the game on the line, the Orlando Magic are a much different team.Fournier scored 26 points, including a couple of late 3-pointers, and the Magic beat San Antonio 111-109 on Friday night to hand the Spurs their fourth straight defeat.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The Spurs shot 53 percent in the first half and led 56-47 at halftime.Orlando ran off 12 straight points early in the third quarter and took a 69-66 lead on a 3 by Fournier.Patty Mills and Jakob Poeltl provided points off the bench to pull the Spurs back ahead. They went up 99-92 when LaMarcus Aldridge hit a 3 with 4:42 left.TIP-INSSpurs: Dejounte Murray played 21 minutes but will sit out Saturday night against Portland, part of the plan for his recovery from knee surgery a year ago. … Aldridge missed all six of his shots in the first half. … The Spurs have given up 122 points per game during their losing streak.Magic: F Jonathan Isaac did not play after rolling his right ankle Thursday night during the unveiling of the Magic’s City-Edition uniforms at Disney World. “We were taking pictures, just shooting around and I got a little careless,” said Isaac, the first Orlando starter to miss a game this season. He hopes to play Sunday against Washington. … F Al-Farouq Aminu grabbed 13 rebounds in his first start for the Magic. … G Michael Carter-Williams was called for three fouls in 13 seconds late in the first quarter. … Vucevic shot 4 for 16.INJURIES HAPPENMagic coach Steve Clifford on Isaac’s bizarre injury: “People always say I shouldn’t leave guys in at the end of the game when we have a 12-point lead because somebody might get hurt. Hey, somebody could get hurt walking down the hall. It happens all the time.”UP NEXTSpurs: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.Magic: Host the Washington Wizards on Sunday night. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politicslast_img read more

Paralympians faster than Olympic Gold medallist: Why the blind can run better

first_imgThe Paralympics in Rio have given us some fine stories to cherish. But four athletes in the 1500m race became part of sporting folklore forever after bettering the time set by the Olympic Gold medallist in the same event this year. The top four finishers, all of them blind, in the 1500m final ran so fast that they all bettered the time registered by American Matthew Centrowitz, who won 1500m Gold at the Summer Olympics in Rio last month. Alegerian athlete Abdellatif Baka clinched the T13 1500m Paralympic Gold with a record time of 3:48.29 while Tamiru Demisse of Ethiopia took the Silver with a time of 3:48.49, Kenya’s Henry Kirwa came third after clocking 3:49.59 while Baka’s brother Fouad Baka finished fourth with 3:49.84.Algeria’s Abdellatif Baka finishes first to win gold ahead of Ethiopia’s Tamiru Demisse in the 1500m final at Rio Paralympics. (AP Photo) Centrowitz had taken 3:50.00 to clinch Gold at the Olympics. It was a sensational race. They were all fluid and ran like the wind. They could not see the thousands who had congregated to watch history unfolding but their chants and roar were loud and crystal clear. (Rio Paralympic Gold medallist quicker than Rio Olympic Gold medallist in 1500m race) Abdellatif was trailing somewhere down the line before he caught up and eventually won. The applause that followed was deafening. A new fairytale was born in the midst of struggles and hardships, thanks to the indomitable human spirit. But what set these four blind men to run like there was no tomorrow? What drove them to run with such gay abandon? What made them better an Olympic Gold medallist, who at the peak of his career, must surely be among the best athletes in the world? The answer perhaps lies in the antics and rhetoric that the Olympians indulge in. Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the planet and perhaps the biggest showman in the world of sports, is a prime example. Like him, his 100m and 200m rivals soak in the public adulation and spend minutes trying to fire up the crowd before their sprints. (Asked to choose between paralysis and death, Deepa Malik delivers Paralympics Silver) Bolt, in fact, has been pictured, looking back at his opponents with a wide grin on his face, after creating enough gap between him and them for broad daylight to pass through. There is colour in the Olympics and those blessed with vision, cannot resist the temptation to play to the gallery. The blind have no such privilege. They cannot see the pretty girls fawning over them, they cannot see the media jostling for interviews and they cannot see the thousands, who watch with abated breath. Not form them, the luxury of going back to their hotel rooms and reliving their moments of glory, thanks to the several highlights packages on television. The blind are more focussed. Their determination is single-minded and it often borders on the obsessive. That is what the four runners showed on Monday in the Brazilian capital. The world is their stage.advertisementlast_img read more