Fruit vendor slapped with ganja charge

first_imgA 37-year-old fruit vendor was arraigned with the possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking when he appeared before Principle Magistrate Leron Daly on Friday.Fitzroy Gibson of Alexander Street, Kitty, Georgetown denied the charge but admitted to ownership of the marijuana.The court was informed that the defendant was nabbed by Police in the wee hours of Tuesday morning with 5.8 kilograms (13 lbs) of cannabis after his mother, Donna McKenzie, of Colisack Street North Ruimveldt reported that he had brokenSome of the ganja that was found at the North Ruimveldt, Georgetown home on Tuesdayinto her yard and buried the narcotic.Police were taken to the address where she showed them two bulky transparent plastic parcels containing the illegal substance.According to Police facts, several parcels of the illicit drug was found hidden in a microwave. Another quantity was found buried in the backyard.As such, the vendor was taken into Police custody. The cannabis was weighted and amounted to 6kg 158g.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh opposed since there were no special reasons given for the accused to be given his pretrial liberty.Further, the court heard that the defendant provided several addresses to the police during their investigations. The prosecution’s submission was upheld by the Magistrate who remanded the man to prison.He will make his next court appearance on March 13, 2019.last_img read more

UEFA prepares to fight Infantino’s Club World Cup plan

first_img0Shares0000FIFA president Gianni Infantino handed Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo the Club World Cup trophy Abu Dhabi in December, but wants such encounters to be once every four years. © AFP/File / KARIM SAHIBLAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 15 – A united response to FIFA’s plans to enlarge the Club World Cup to 24 teams will be the subject of debate on Wednesday at a meeting of football power brokers organised by UEFA.Ahead of the Europa League final in Lyon, the governing body of European football is holding a meeting of its “Council of UEFA” and FIFA president Gianni Infantino’s plans are the main topic on the agenda. Many of those participating have already expressed hostility to the plan.The council, chaired by UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, brings together the European Club Association (ECA), the recently renamed European Leagues (EPFL) and the players’ union (FifPro).Infantino is pushing to revamp the Club World Cup, boosting it from seven clubs to 24 in a four-year format. At the moment it is played every year.At the same time, he hopes to launch a biennial league tournament for nations, the Global Nations League.Infantino says he has an offer of $25 billion over 12 years for the two competitions from a group of investors, which the Financial Times has identified as SoftBank from Japan and the governments of China and Saudi Arabia.That is allowing FIFA to dangle enormous amounts of cash in front of the biggest clubs.For the club competition alone the consortium “guarantees minimum revenues of $12 billion for the four editions from 2021 to 2033”, according to a document, which AFP has read, that FIFA presented to seven big European clubs including European Champions Real Madrid, Spanish champions Barcelona and German champions Bayern Munich.According to the document, 12 of the 24 teams in the competition would be European, four or five from South America, two each from the rest of the Americas, Asia and Africa, leaving the Oceania to battle for the last place with a South American team.The winners of the four previous Champions Leagues would be guaranteed places.The European participants could make between $50 million and $80 million each.Already some clubs have voiced their support.Barcelona’s board of directors said the tournament would be “exciting, dynamic, inclusive and prestigious.”They added that it would “create a global platform for clubs to contribute to the growth of their brands.”Emilio Butragueno, Real Madrid’s head of public relations, told his club’s TV station: “We think that for fans it could be a very interesting competition.”— 60-day deadline —Infantino says he needs agreement soon because the consortium gave FIFA a 60-day deadline and after that the money will vanish and hopes to get approval at the FIFA conference in Moscow in June ahead of the World Cup.Ceferin is not happy.“FIFA should not be meeting with only seven federations or clubs and discussing with them things that concern all of European football,” he said in a recent interview.“I know that at least three of the seven clubs don’t agree with the path that FIFA wants to take.”“They have invited only the clubs,” the Slovene said on Friday. “So they think only they count.”Infantino insists that the new format will reduce the number of games the “great players” would play in each four-year cycle, but the leagues are sceptical and object to cramming new competitions into the football calendars.“FIFA itself has highlighted the international match calendar’s congestion and lack of rest periods for players most in demand,” Premier League chief executive Richard Scumadore told“To be presented with FIFA’s ‘solution’ as a fait accompli and claim this to be consultation defies all definitions of best practice and good governance,” Scudamore told The Times in London.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Salah declared fit for Egypt clash against Russia

first_imgSalah has scored 44 goals in a sensational first season for Liverpool and is keen to make his debut after missing the Pharaohs’ 1-0 opening game loss to Uruguay with a shoulder injury.“Salah is fit,” Cuper said on Monday. “We always carry out a last physical test before naming the line-up.“Today we will have a test for him to see how he is. I hope he will be fit to play, I’m sure he will be able to play. He is a central piece in our team.”Cherchesov, however, says Russia have a plan to thwart Salah, even if he is available.“The level he will be playing at only he and his coach knows but we have a mission and we will accomplish the mission,” Cherchesov said.“I trust in my team, I believe in my players and I will give you a simple answer: we are ready to do this and we will do this.”The bold promise highlights a new swagger that had been missing from the host nation’s team for much of the past year.Russia’s convincing win over the Saudis was preceded by a seven-match winless streak and a spate of injuries that wiped out almost the entire defensive line.But the men in red are now on the cusp of making their first knockout stage of a World Cup in post-Soviet history.The achievement would be a huge relief for both players and Russians who worried about being humiliated on the world’s biggest sporting stage.Standing in their way could be Salah, but his availability has been a headache for Egypt ever since he injured his shoulder during a tussle with Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos during the Champions League final last month.Ramos was accused of deliberately hurting Salah and it has been suggested opponents could target him again, particularly if his shoulder is not fully healed.“I saw only that Ramos was holding the cup,” Cherchesov said. “He did not do this on purpose, this is a contact sport, and as I understand it nobody injures people from other teams on purpose.“Salah will get better and bring happiness to fans of Egypt. Players like him only make tournaments better.”Russia’s veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev said he would rather focus on winning than any particular opposing player.“Would I prefer to see Salah play or not? I do not even know how to respond,” said Akinfeev. “I would prefer to see my team win.”Meanwhile, Russia’s early success has seen the number of Russians who say they will follow football rise from 52 percent to 64 percent, according to one poll.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Russia’s coach Stanislav Cherchesov says he knows how to stop Mohamed Salah © AFP / Giuseppe CACACESAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Mohamed Salah has been declared fit ahead of Egypt’s crunch game against Russia on Tuesday and coach Hector Cuper is optimistic his star striker will play.But Russia boss Stanislav Cherchesov believes the World Cup hosts have figured out a way to rein Salah in when the two sides meet in Saint Petersburg.last_img read more

Harambee Stars depart for 16hr trip to Cairo

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi with his assistant Zedekiah Otieno (left) and goalkeeper trainer Lawrence Webo (right) before the team departed to Cairo, Egypt on November 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 10 – National football team Harambee Stars left Nairobi on Sunday night for a 16hr, 30 minutes trip to Cairo ahead of their first 2021 African Cup of Nations qualifier against the Pharaohs on Thursday at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria.Head coach Francis Kimanzi led a small group of players, mostly composed of local based players in leaving the capital, but he was distraught at the long trip the team has to endure before getting to Alexandria. “We have to take it as it has happened. We think it’s crazy, but we don’t have a choice. If you have 15-30hrs of return travel when you should be doing around 10, it’s a bit crazy. But if the ministry sees it workable that way, then there’s nothing we can do,” Kimanzi told Capital Sport at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Sunday.Stars left via an Emirates flight for a five and a half hour journey to Dubai where they are scheduled to have another seven hour, 15 minute lay over before taking a connecting flight to Cairo at noon, with an estimated flight time of two hours and 15 minutes.After arriving in Cairo, the team is still set to travel to the City of Alexandria which is a two and a half hour trip away from the capital, but there is an option for a short flight.Stars are still expected to travel back home using the same route after the game on Friday and will be getting back home Saturday afternoon with the second qualifier against Togo lurking on Monday.Kimanzi is afraid that the effects of fatigue due to the long hours of travel might curtail his team’s efforts, but says nothing will deter their spirit to start the quest to a second consecutive AFCON appearance on a high.The team started training last Thursday with the group of local based players joined by the Sweden based trio of Erick ‘Marcelo’ Ouma, Eric Johannah and defender Joseph Okumu. On Sunday night for the departure, they were joined by Nkana defender Harun Shakava.The rest of the foreign based players led by skipper Victor Wanyama are expected to link up with the team in Alexandria. Wanyama left London for Cairo on Sunday night as well.Kimanzi says his team is ready for the fight that awaits them in Egypt with the squad led by Liverpool forward Mo Salah thirsty to make up for their poor performance at this year’s AFCON on home soil.Harambee Stars players at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport before the team departed to Cairo, Egypt on November 10, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We have had some good few days of training though with a small squad. I appreciate the local sides who agreed to give us their players for a few days and then also we were joined by those from Scandinavia. It is a good start and of course we will have a few more in Egypt,” the coach noted.He says they are ready for the challenge against Egypt, and notes getting a good result away from home will be a brilliant way to get the campaign going. Also, with back to back qualifiers spaced four days in between, the tactician wants to have at least one win.“It is the first game and we can’t panic because we know we can do it. It is all about the character we put on the pitch. All of us have to back to back games and it depends on who is luckier. If we are lucky over the two matches, we could go to the break with at least an edge,” he stated.Kimanzi will have a squad of 25 players in Egypt and he will have an opportunity of further whittling down his squad after using the last two friendlies to try get his definite team.“We are still checking some players and when you have back to back games, it is important to have a huge squad because between now and Monday next week, a lot can change,” stated the tactician.Stars are expected to have their first training session in Alexandria on Tuesday, two days before the cracker.0Shares0000(Visited 297 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgA man charged with the attempted murder of a well-known Letterkenny man has been sent for trial at Derry Magistrate’s Court today.Paul Greatbanks, with an address at Maghaberry Prison, appeared at a preliminary enquiry.The 47 year old was charged with the murder of Patrick Harkin and the attempted murder of Co Donegal musician Paul Mythen (pictured) on February 20 last year. Greatbanks said he did not wish to call any witnesses or make any statement at this time.He was returned for trial to appear at Laganside court in Belfast on June 22.Mr Mythen suffered severe injuries in the incident and is still in hospital as a result.Paul Mythen is well-known in the alternative arts scene around Letterkenny and Derry where he was part of the movie company.He has starred in 16 of the group’s films and also played guitar.Formerly of Croagh Patrick Avenue, his sister Clare, who spend man weeks at his bedside in hospital, died suddenly last year.MAN SENT FOR TRIAL FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER OF LETTERKENNY MAN was last modified: May 31st, 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:Paul Mythenlast_img read more

‘Expect Emery Out banners by 5pm’ – Fans have no hope for Arsenal

first_img#COYG— Marco Williams (@MarcoWi78678310) June 14, 2018— ✨| حسن (@hn_mj) June 14, 2018 So we’re not going to be top on day one then— Ben Watson (@BenWatsonAFC) June 14, 2018 The 2018/19 Premier League fixtures were released today and for new Arsenal boss Unai Emery, it could not be a harder start to life with the Gunners.Emery’s men were handed a home clash against reigning champions Manchester City, who lost just twice last season on their way to a record 100 points.And it does not get any easier after that, with the fixture list pitting them against fierce rivals Chelsea in the second weekend of the season.It could be a sorry festive season for them, too, with a north London derby against Spurs and trips to both Old Trafford and Anfield in December.Arsenal fans have been reacting to the news with fear and trepidation since the fixtures were announced at 9am on Thursday morning.You can see what they said below: Man who?Loool. Expect the Emery Out banners by 5pm.— Mastermind (@Mastermind1808) June 14, 2018 What kind of season beginning is this?— MADNESS (@chainz_svage) June 14, 2018 Even the fixtures are laughing at ArsenalHAHAHA— Captain K (@Kianangih) June 14, 2018 0 points in August confirmed hahahahaha— Hell Wong (@ernestwhk) June 14, 2018 The agenda against is real— Nithin N (@Fabinthin04) June 14, 2018 Damn Man city and Chelsea we are dead— Siyanda (@SiyandaBengz) June 14, 2018 So our season is finished in August then— Oliver Marshall (@Ollymarshall_23) June 14, 2018last_img read more

Iraqi TV helps expats on vote

first_img A $250 satellite dish can pick up the station for free. Besides news, the station has Egyptian soap operas, sporting events and traditional Iraqi music. Iraqi TV was bankrolled by the Pentagon after Saddam Hussein’s ouster in 2003 but is now funded by Iraq’s finance ministry, said Ali Ahmed, the station’s Washington bureau chief. Editorial decisions are independent, he said, likening the arrangement to the BBC, the British government-financed news network. “All Iraqis have the right to appear on this station,” Ahmed said. All candidates or political parties were offered five minutes of free airtime in the last several weeks to explain their platforms, he said. Many viewers in Iraq see the station as a government mouthpiece slanted toward the governing Shiite majority. But even though many U.S. Iraqis also perceive it as Shiite-dominated, they say it’s still worth watching. “They call it the Iraqi channel but it’s not really the Iraqi channel,” said the Rev. Noel Gorgis, a Catholic priest in North Hollywood who fled Iraq before the first Gulf War in 1991. “It’s for the Shiites, but there are still good parts to see what is going on with elections.” Though the vote in the United States is largely symbolic – the more than 14 million eligible Iraqi voters worldwide dwarf the U.S. total – Iraqi expatriates consider their participation vital. “We didn’t have a free Iraqi television station under Saddam, there wasn’t any free press, even making a phone call was dangerous,” said Imam Mostafa Al-Qazwini, who fled Iraq in 1971 and leads prayer at the Islamic Educational Center of Orange County in Costa Mesa. “As expatriates, we are still waiting for peace and stability to go home.” Associated Press Writer Robert H. Reid contributed to this story from Baghdad. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – When Iraqi state television began transmitting internationally a few months ago, Zaid Altahan bought a satellite dish and got more than he expected: a news source that will help him decide how to vote. In preparation for this week’s parliamentary election, Altahan has been glued to Al Iraqiya, which carries debates among a dizzying number of candidates he’d never heard of. “It’s not like the States where you know a senator and vote for him,” said Altahan, 43, who fled Iraq 20 years ago to avoid persecution and is now a real estate investor in this Los Angeles suburb. “A lot of us don’t know these people running. Iraqi TV is doing a good job showing the new faces.” Iraqi vote organizers estimate about 240,000 Iraqis living in the United States are eligible to cast absentee ballots Tuesday-Thursday at polls in Pomona, San Francisco and San Diego; Nashville, Tenn.; Chicago; Dearborn and Farmington Hills, Mich.; and McLean, Va. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The expatriates will help elect the 275 members of the National Assembly, which will rule the country over the next four years. But there are more than 7,700 candidates, either running as independents or as members of political parties in 19 broad coalitions. “Now we have overkill,” said Talal Ibrahim, deputy coordinator for the U.S. Iraqi vote. Ibrahim, 53, a Shiite who fled Iraq before the Iran-Iraq war began in 1980 and now lives in Aliso Viejo, said that while most voters know who they’ll support, Iraqi TV is helping with last-minute decisions. “I have the station on 24 hours a day at my house,” he said. last_img read more

Donation makes wise gift

first_imgShoppers trampling and knocking down one another in their mad rush to the store. Employees blithely using office computers to shop online during work hours. Techno-addicts racking up credit card debt in pursuit of the hottest – or is it the coolest? – “must-have” electronic gadgets. None of this, of course, has anything to do with the spirit of the holiday season. But this does: making a donation, whatever you can afford comfortably, to a charity of your choice. The self-satisfaction of giving is its own reward, and reason enough for doing it. As a bonus, you can get a tax break that in some cases pays for a big part of your gift. Understanding the rules is important because tax savings are computed differently for different types of donations, explained Bob D. Scharin, senior analyst for RIA, a tax law information provider and part of The Thomson Corp. Car donations Under a new law effective this year, if the car’s fair market value is more than $500 and the charity sells it right away to raise cash, your donation is limited to the price the charity receives or $500, whichever amount is greater. (If the car’s fair market value is $500 or less, your donation is the fair market value). But if the charity actually uses the vehicle, such as to deliver meals for the homebound, your deduction is the car’s fair market value. Scharin’s suggestion: Check among charities to determine their arrangements if any for selling donated vehicles. Artwork donations Say you bought a painting for $100 years ago and now the artist has been “discovered” and the painting is worth $2,000. If you donate it to a museum to display, your deduction is $2,000, its current value. But if you donate it for the museum to auction off to raise funds, your deduction is only $100, what you paid for it. Thrift shop donations Your deduction is limited to what a buyer would pay for the item today (the price tag the thrift shop puts on it is a good indication). But you cannot deduct more than what you paid for the donated item. If you originally got it for free as a gift, no deduction is allowed. Gifts that give to you, too If you want to make a considerable gift and still have something left over, one way is to buy a charitable annuity, Scharin said. (You donate a lump sum to charity. Some is used to pay you an income for life and the charity keeps the rest. Your deduction is the value of the charitable gift minus the value of the lifetime payments you receive, calculated using Internal Revenue Service life expectancy tables.) “This can be a way to get a tax deduction and retirement income at the same time,” Scharin said. A charitable annuity can be funded with appreciated securities to also save on capital gains taxes. All the money saved on taxes can help fund a life insurance policy to replace, for your heirs, the money donated to charity. “It’s like giving away your money without giving away your money,” said Chase Adams, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla. attorney and planned-giving consultant. I’ll expand on this topic in a future column. — Humberto Cruz offers personal finance advice. Write him at local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Subject to limits based on income, charitable gifts made by Dec. 31 are deductible in your tax return for 2005 as long as you itemize deductions (but not if you take the standard deduction, although the law may change for 2006). If you use a credit card to make the donation in December, you can claim it for 2005 even if you don’t pay the credit card bill until next year. If you give or mail a check in 2005, it counts for this year even if it is not cashed until 2006. Now for some special considerations: Gifts of securities Say you bought shares of stock years ago for $1,000 and they are now worth $5,000. Donating the shares directly is better than selling the stock and donating the sales proceeds. If you donate the shares, you can still claim a $5,000 deduction based on their current market value. And you don’t have to pay taxes on the $4,000 gain as you would if you sold the shares first. That’s a savings of $600 at the maximum 15 percent rate for long-term capital gains. (The charity can sell the stock without paying any tax.) But if the stock is now worth less than $1,000, you are better off selling it first and then donating the proceeds. That way you can claim a capital loss on your tax return.last_img read more

What injury? Sharks’ Erik Karlsson steps up in win over Golden Knights

first_imgSAN JOSE — Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson took a pass from Gus Nyquist just inside the blue line and held onto the puck for a split second.Karlsson then fired a pass between the legs of Vegas Golden Knights center Paul Stastny toward the slot to a crossing Evander Kane, who redirected the puck past goalie Marc-Andre Fleury with just 17.1 seconds left in the second period, reestablishing a three-goal Sharks lead.It was a vintage play by Karlsson, who didn’t necessarily look like he was still …last_img

5 Tech Companies Investested in Today: Which Will Change the World?

first_imgTags:#web Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting leela cyd ross In today’s lineup of companies that earned venture capital funding, we’ve got a site to manage buying and selling tickets to a large or small event, a mobile network focused on growing in developing parts of the world and a video production system for editing HD and standard definition video, among several others. As usual, we’re curious about which company you think will impact our lives the most? And, read on to find out about Friday’s poll winner.Friday’s Poll winner was RadiumOne, garnering %14 of participating RWW readers’ vote. RadiumOne, a digital advertising network which uses social analytics and data to target consumers, raised $21m on Friday. Today’s Companies:Pittsburg-based event-ticketing company, ShowClix, raised $1.65m in a Series B round of funding today. The aim of this company is to provide a ticketing platform for mid to large size promoters, venues and organizers for sales and management.Altobridge, a mobile network focused on emerging markets in developing parts of the world,raised $12m. Broadcast Pix Inc., a Massachusetts-based video-production equipment manufacturer, raised $810,000, according to an SEC filing. Digitili provider of online storage, raised $1.2m today, according to an SEC filing. UpNext Wireless sells an array of mobile devices, with a focus on bringing telecommunication technology to the people of the Hawaiian Islands. UpNext Wireless raised $556,800, according to an SEC filing.We want to know which company you think will change the world, place your vote in the poll below.center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more