Dataram’s ex-wife, 3 others trial postponed

first_imgWest Demerara drug bustThe trial of the ex-wife of self-confessed-drug lord Barry Dataram and the three other persons charged withSheleza Khanpossession of 76.910kg of narcotics was again postponed when they appeared at the Vreed-en-Hoop Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Christel Lambert.The trial was scheduled to commence Friday but was postponed as the file is yet to be completed.Another factor contributing to the delay is due to exhibits of the case being missing.Sheleza Khan, Dataram’s ex-wife, along with Balkhrison “Johnny” Ramdass, Felicia Laundry and Andrea Karan was charged with trafficking in narcotics.It is alleged that between June 7 and 9, 2016 at Lot 54 Almond Avenue, Roraima Housing Scheme, West Bank Demerara, they were in possession of 76. 910kg of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.According to the Prosecution’s case, Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit officers, acting on information swooped on the house where the drug was found.The case is now scheduled to continue on August 3.last_img read more

Rev. Menjor’s Urgent Plea: Stop Witchcraft, Promote Tolerance

first_imgThe Pentecostal prelate, Reverend Joseph Menjor, has urgently appealed to the nation for an end to witchcraft and for the encouragement of tolerance in the country.In a recent exclusive interview with our Senior Reporter, Edwin Fayia, Rev. Menjor decried the prevalence of witchcraft in Liberia, manifested particularly in secret killings, especially in this pre-election season, and the persistent discouragement of educational initiatives in many rural and semi-rural parts of Liberia.He called on all Liberian churches to unite to fight witchcraft. Churches, he stressed, should also encourage politicians and the government to stop political bickering and promote tolerance in the country.Let us first deal with witchcraft. This is a very serious and dangerous phenomenon that has from time immemorial stifled the development of a strong, enlightened, united and prosperous nation. How many Liberians know that right here in Montserrado County there are villages and towns in which NO schools and no churches are tolerated—why? Because these will “interfere” with their witchcraft activities. We know of one village not far from Monrovia, where the chief zoe has vowed that hair will grow in his palms before any school is ever built in that village! The village is dominated by witchcraft (devil business), liquor and drugs. Anyone who dares attempt to bring development and progress to that village is driven out with spiritual wickedness thrown at him or her.Rev. Menjor knows this. He also knows that the entire nation is dominated by witchcraft, zoe bushes and other demonic activities. Education and religion, especially Christianity, are discouraged in these places. Remember what happened in Malawu, Lofa County, two years ago? The town’s zoes chained two Christian pastors who had traveled two days to make peace with them. And that was after the zoes had put the country devil outside and confiscated the cross from the church! Then Internal Affairs Minister at the time, Morris Dukuly, capitulated to the zoes and advised the pastors to leave the town, effectively trampling upon their constitutional freedom of worship. But think about what is happening in the rest of the country, where ritualistic killings abound and are set to intensify, especially during this electoral season.We find it most unfortunate that the Episcopal Diocese of Liberia, at its biennial convention in New Kru Town last week, did not deal effectively with evangelism. And what did the Methodists and other mainline churches—like the Baptist, African Methodist, African Methodist Zion and Presbyterian churches say about evangelism during their last conventions?We call on these and all other churches to make EVANGELISM a national priority in their outreach. If they do not, Liberia will revert to heathenism and the whole nation will be covered with demonic activities that will seriously obstruct our march to educational advancement, a wholesome value system and modernity. In the interview, Rev. Menjor dealt also with the issue of the continuous political bickering within the government and between the government and the Liberian people. Look at what is happening between the Liberian Senate and the Finance Minister. With all the work Minister Konneh has to do in this time of economic crisis, the Senate can find nothing else to do but to pursue him in the Supreme Court? Our Legislative Correspondent Burgess Carter reported Wednesday that the entire Liberian Senate skipped session on Tuesday in order to proceed to the Supreme Court to pursue one man—Minister Konneh. How reprehensible (shameful, unacceptable)!Are they telling us that because they have the power of “contempt” they will close down the superior body in the whole national Legislature? That in itself is a contemptible act. Why? Because all the Senate has done is to allow itself to be held in contempt by the Liberian people. What do we mean? We mean what contempt means—disdain, disapproval, scorn. The Liberian people expect far more of their elected officials than that. Because they work for us—the people who put them there—the Senators should conduct themselves with forbearance (patience, restraint, moderation, mercy), temperance (soberness) and humility (unpretentiousness, humbleness, unassuming nature).If God Almighty used His almighty power against us human beings for every little offense we committed, what would happen to the human race?What tolerance did Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh exercise last week when he threatened the media with “prosecution”? In so doing, he pretended that the government had no faults or problems of its own—and he knows that is far from the truth. Were it not, would the government be so unpopular?Remember, Mr. Minister, that you, the Senate, the entire Legislature, all branches of government and ALL public officials are servants of the people. The sooner you all behave like that the sooner will peace, harmony, unity and nationalism will be created amongst us.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pensioner shot, robbed after leaving bank

first_imgA 70-year-old woman is now nursing a gunshot wound on her arm after she was shot during a robbery by motorbike bandits.The robbery occurred at about 13:15h on Laluni Street, Queenstown, Georgetown.According to reports, earlier in the day the victim and her husband went to a city bank where she withdrew a sum of cash. The couple then went on to make several stops in the city with their motorcar, which was driven by the elderly male.After some time, they proceeded to a location in Queenstown to purchase water and while there, the husband went into the facility and the victim remained in the vehicle. During this time, two men on a motorcycle rode up alongside the vehicle.Guyana Times understands that the pillion rider dismounted and grabbed the woman’s handbag, however she held onto it, resulting in the perpetrator whipping out a handgun and discharging a round at her. The shot hit the pensioner in her right arm.After gaining possession of the woman’s handbag, which contained her cellphone and a quantity of cash among other values, the two men escaped on the motorcycle.Meanwhile, the injured woman was rushed to a Georgetown medical facility, where she is currently admitted in a stable condition. Police have since launched an investigation.last_img read more

The Premier League’s highest-earning managers REVEALED!

first_imgThe issue of player wages is frequently used as stick to beat under-performing stars and preening prima donnas, but is hardly mentioned when in relation to a manager’s performance in the hot seat.Well, that could be about to change after the League Managers Association published a report on the state of coaching in English football, which revealed the various pay thresholds of bosses up and down the football pyramid.However, perhaps the most interesting figure surrounded top flight managers, who earn on average a mammoth £3m-a-year, but who are the highest individual earners?Click the arrow to see who the top five earning Premier League managers are. 3. Arsene Wenger – Arsenal – £6.89m-a-year – Click the arrow for more – The Premier League’s most experienced boss, Arsene Wenger changed the culture of football in England when he arrived at Arsenal in 1996 and has since become woven into the fabric of the club. That longevity has also resulted in bumper salary, although given his delivery of just one trophy over the past eight seasons asks questions of his high earnings. 5 5 5 5 5 4. Manuel Pellegrini – Man City – £3.47m-a-year – Click the arrow for more – When he arrived in Manchester last summer, Manuel Pellegrini did so with great pressure on his shoulders. That didn’t seem to worry the Chilean though, as he delivered City their second league title in three seasons and took them to their most advanced stage in the Champions League. His salary is modest in comparison to the remaining managers on this list, and seems well worth the outlay. 2. Louis van Gaal – Man United – £7m-a-year – Click the arrow for more – Man United appear to have learned from the mistake in appointing David Moyes as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor by opting for high-level experience in their latest appointment Louis van Gaal. However, such a managerial signing comes at a price, with the Red Devils lavishing a reported £7m-a-year for the Dutchman’s services. Only time will tell if it is money well spent. 5. Brendan Rodgers – Liverpool – £3.25m-a-year – Click the arrow to see which bosses earn more! – We kick off with Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers who earns just above the average for a top flight manager. During the Northern Irishman ‘s two years and four month reign at the club he has transformed the Redmen from eighth place to title contenders. 1. Jose Mourinho – Chelsea – £8.37m-a-year – Jose Mourinho’s track record for success makes him one of the world’s best managers and as one of the world’s best he is able to command astronomical money. Mourinho returned to Chelsea last summer following a five-year spell away from Stamford Bridge and while he did to mark his homecoming with silverware, the Blues look in good shape to do so this season.last_img read more

Arsenal put one foot in Europa League semis

first_img0Shares0000The Gunners took the lead inside nine minutes through Aaron Ramsey, but were pegged back not long after by a superb free-kick from Aleksandr Golovin.TEAMLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 5 – Arsenal took a commanding grip on their Europa League quarter-final tie against CSKA Moscow with a 4-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.The Gunners took the lead inside nine minutes through Aaron Ramsey, but were pegged back not long after by a superb free-kick from Aleksandr Golovin. However, parity would be short lived as a foul on Mesut Ozil gave Arsenal a spot kick, and Alexandre Lacazette calmly converted.Ramsey then added his second with an incredible mid-air backheel finish, and Lacazette bagged again before the break as Arsene Wenger’s side went in 4-1 up at half-time.More to follow…0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThe hugely-popular Martello Adventure Race will again take place once again in the scenic village of Maghery – four miles south-west of Dungloe.The waters around Maghery will be a challenge for the Martello Adventure Race.This is the third annual event which is part of the 2013 Mary from Dungloe International Festival.Coordinated by Dungloe GAA Club with the support of Donegal Sports Partnership, the event has become a popular event with local and visiting adventure athletes along the country roads of the Rosses area. The event which includes in this order a 5k run, 20k cycle and a 350 meter water obstacle on Maghery beach will cater for swimmers and non swimmers.This years event is sponsored by Top Shop, Dungloe and Bike It Bike Hire, Dungloe and will provide a physical and mental challenge for all abilities of athlete and will be run over some of the most scenic areas in west Donegal taking in along the route Clendra Hill (famous for the Mass Rock) Traigh Eanach Bay, Meenacross and Maghery Bay.This fun event is open to all abilities and will include age categories for adult men and women senior and over 40’s and is also open to teams of two or three participants to get together for the challenge.Preceding the Martello event will be the Mini Martello for under 12 and 16 boys and girls. In addition to the category prizes each finisher will also receive a specially designed medal and be provided with post event refreshments. Changing facilities are also availableRegistration will take place at Maghery Community Centre on the day from 12 pm for Mini event with the adult event due to commence at 2.30pm, pre registration can also be completed on the Run Ireland website, further info on our Facebook page ONLY THE BRAVE SIGN UP FOR MARTELLO ADVENTURE RACE! was last modified: July 31st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dungloeMartello Adventure Racelast_img read more

Heading off a Columbine

first_imgLANCASTER – Two high school students were arrested on suspicion they planned a Columbine-style attack next Valentine’s Day at Quartz Hill High School in retaliation for being teased for their “Goth” appearance. The boys, ages 15 and 17, who had been on probation in connection with a 2003 assault in which a 14-year-old boy was sodomized with a metal rod, had acquired bomb-making instructions off the Internet and detonated practice bombs in the desert, authorities said. “We believe this was a legitimate threat, that it was going to happen if everything came together for them,” Lancaster sheriff’s Capt. Carl Deeley said. “Fortunately, it did not.” The suspects had attended Quartz Hill High School but were transferred to other schools because of discipline problems this fall. The 15-year-old enrolled at Desert Sands Charter School and the older boy at Littlerock High School. On April 20, 1999, 12 students and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., were shot to death by two teenage gunmen who then killed themselves. Deputies said the girl reported being told by friends that the 15-year-old did not like her and was planning to kidnap and torture her and cut off her arms and legs. The information was passed on to school deputies at Quartz Hill and Littlerock high schools. A search of the 17-year-old’s house in Lancaster turned up ammunition, a knife and puzzles about murder and suicide, among other items, deputies said. Deputies recovered at the 15-year-old’s Quartz Hill residence a gas mask, carbon dioxide canisters, and pictures of Columbine shooters Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, Oklahoma City bombers Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, Charles Manson, and Lee Harvey Oswald. Deputies also found knives, anti-government and hate literature and printed instructions downloaded from the Internet on how to make bombs. The 15-year-old told detectives that the pair had been experimenting with – and had exploded – carbon-dioxide canister bombs, Molotov cocktails and light-bulb bombs. The boy showed investigators an injury, the result of a “propane-type pipe bomb” prematurely detonating and sending a screw through a finger. The boy said he was going to get guns through an unidentified friend from a pawn shop, detectives said. The boys, who dressed in the Goth style, characterized by black clothing, black makeup and nail polish and piercings, said they felt ostracized at Quartz Hill High, deputies said. “They were called names,” Detective Steve Owen said. “They didn’t like it and wanted to retaliate against them by killing them.” The arrests were announced at an afternoon press conference Friday at the Lancaster sheriff’s station, with Antelope Valley Union High School District and city officials in attendance. “We think it can’t happen in our schools, town or workplace,” Councilman Ed Sileo said. “The fact is it can and it does. We can’t stick our head in the sand. If you hear of these things, step up and tell someone what you heard.” Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 160Want 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 Both were arrested Thursday, the 17-year-old at Littlerock High and the younger teen at home, on suspicion of making criminal threats and conspiring to commit murder. Authorities said the 17-year-old admitted that the plan included shooting students and using improvised explosive devices. The 15-year-old said the plan was to “kill all of the students who have made fun of him at school and then commit suicide.” The attack was planned for Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, 2006, a date picked because of a song by shock rocker Marilyn Manson. Both boys, whose names were not released because of their ages, were being held at Sylmar Juvenile Hall and will appear in Juvenile Court next week. The purported plot came to light Wednesday when a girl contacted a Quartz Hill High vice principal and reported that the teens were planning a Columbine-type attack on the school. last_img read more

Drake vs. Murray State Postgame Notes

first_img D.J. Wilkins matched a season-high with four three-pointers and finished with 18 points, his second-highest output of the season. Tremell Murphy posted a season-high 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting. He and his brother, Anthony, combined for 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Anthony Murphy scored 13 points to mark his ninth double-figure scoring game in the last 11 outings. After being held to one assist against Northeastern, Roman Penn posted six assists against Murray State. He has had six or more assists in six games this season.  PLAYER NOTES SERIES NOTES Drake has won 19 of its last 24 games. Drake shot 44.2 percent in the win and 56 percent in the first half. The Bulldogs rebounded after shooting 31.9 percent (38-of-119) in its first two Gulf Coast Showcase games. Drake held Murray State to 32.1 percent shooting the lowest by a Drake opponent this season. Drake and Murray State tied at halftime at 36-36, marking the first time in the last two seasons Drake has gone into the locker room tied.  Drake was outrebounded by three, marking the first time this year Drake has won when being outrebounded and the seventh time in the last two years. Drake has held opponents below 60 points in all six of its wins this season. Opponents in Drake’s wins have averaged 55.6 points per game.center_img TEAM NOTES The win was Drake’s first against Murray State. Murray State had won the previous two meetings in 1935 and 2014. Drake is now 4-2 all-time in the Gulf Coast Showcase with wins over Western Kentucky (2015), Pepperdine (2015), Northeastern (2019) and Murray State (2019).Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more


first_imgA former Highland Radio DJ claims he was constructively dismissed from the station after the use of a company car and a sales position were taken from him.Former Higland Radio presenter Steven Lynch leaving the tribunal yesterday. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Steven Lynch was the second most popular radio host on Highland after presenting the lunchtime show for many years.However an Employment Appeals Tribunal heard claims yesterday that he was forced to leave his position because it made no financial sense to remain. The tribunal, held at the Silver Tassie Hotel, heard how Mr Lynch, 37, had been employed by the station since 2004 until before he left in May 2013.Mr Lynch, of Strath, Carndonagh, had worked at a doctor’s surgery until being head-hunted to join the station after he had been heard presenting a show on another local station.He quickly became a popular presenter on its afternoon show and his show’s listenership was second only to the flagship Shaun Doherty Morning Show.He earned a basic wage of €394 for presenting his show but also had the use of a company car from Monday until Friday and was also on 20% of any adverts he sold to a list of between 40 and 50 clients. The car was one of a pool of three cars which were sponsored by Inishowen Motors in return for €10,000 worth of advertising on the station each year.Station manager Mr Charlie Collins also used a car as well as the sports-team at the weekend.When the company was sold to the Rabbitt family in 2008, a series of cost-cutting measures were introduced.Former station manager Collins told the tribunal that the business had turnover of €2.5 million with a profit of €750,000 at the time.However, despite a turnover of €2 million in 2009, this was the year the recession started to bite and staff were asked to take a 10% pay cut. Mr Collins said he thought this was excessive as the station was still in a very healthy state.He added that during 2009, the company paid more than €700,000 in bank debt as well as €100,000 to agents for the sale of the station.Local auditors were also replaced by outside agencies leading to another substantial cost.In his evidence, former station manager Collins told how marketing manager John Clancy, who joined the company in 2012, was constantly raising the issue of Mr Lynch and how he had become “obsessed” with him. His client base on the Inishowen peninsula was eventually reduced to 15 and the use of the company car was taken from him and taken over by Mr Clancy.“The car was also taken off him. That decision was made because Mr Clancy who felt we were not getting value and it did not make sense to supply him with a car. At every meeting it seemed that he was obsessed with Steven and he would say it was not god enough. This went on and on and he decided to take it off him. I think it would be fair to say that he targeted him,” said Mr Collins.Mr Collins said he told the radio presenter to go and spend time with his father who was dying at the time saying “Highland Radio will still be here when you get back.”The tribunal was told that Mr Lynch was looking for an extra €200 to compensate him for the loss of both the car and his position within sales.Mr Collins took this to the board but they rejected it.Solicitor for Mr Lynch, Ciaran McLaughlin, asked Mr Collins if he would have paid his client the money.“I felt we should negotiate with him but the board felt it was too much. I would have paid him close to it as I felt the show was so important to station,” added Mr Collins.Solicitor McLaughlin said his client estimated he was at a loss of €67,294 since leaving the station in May 2013.The tribunal was told that Mr Lynch was immediately replaced by another presenter Gary Gamble who was still employed at the station.The tribunal will continue on July 7th next.HIGHLAND RADIO PRESENTER CLAIMS STATION BOSSES FORCED HIM TO LEAVE was last modified: April 18th, 2015 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:Claimconstructive dismissaldonegalHighland RadioJohn ClancyletterkennySteven Lynchlast_img read more

The science of finding dead bodies: Techniques to be revealed at fascinating talk

first_imgDonegal County Museum is set to host a talk on how geoforensics can assist in the investigation of murders and suspicious death.Geoforensics, including geography, geology, and hydrology and soil science, is a method forensic scientists use to help solve crimes.The fascinating talk will be held on Saturday, October 12th at 2pm with forensic geologist, Dr Alastair Ruffell. The talk will be based entirely upon real Irish cases from the bizarre to the shocking.Dr Alastair RuffellDr Ruffell is based in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Paleoecology at Queen’s University, Belfast.He works on Geoforensics, searching for toxic waste, human bodies or buried weapons, and geological aspects of climate change.He has been involved in over 170 cases of serious crime and humanitarian searches. This talk is admission free and has limited places with no admittance without prior booking.Bookings required to Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.Please note this talk is not suitable for all as it will show some graphic images from real cases and is strictly for those ages 18 +.You can find out more information by ringing 074 9124613 or emailing  The science of finding dead bodies: Techniques to be revealed at fascinating talk was last modified: October 6th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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