Eighteen-year-old Sunil Ramdeo of Lot 10 Anna Regina Housing Scheme, Essequibo Coast, was fined on Wednesday for simple larceny when he appeared before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Anna Regina Magistrate’s Court.The prosecution contended that between March 30 and April 1, 2016, Ramdeo broke into Reshma Lall’s parked minibus and stole a 12-volt amplifier. He admitted to the offence and told the Court he wanted an amplifier. The Court also heard that he returned the amplifier to Lall’s mother.After Ramdeo returned the amplifier, a report was made to the Anna Regina Police Station where he was subsequently arrested.The unrepresented teenager told the Court he lived with his grandmother and it was the first time he had stolen anything. He admitted that he knew if he wanted something, he had to work for it. Magistrate Scarce fined the defendant ,000. Failure to pay the fine will result in an 18-month prison sentence.
Prolonged pretrial detentions, the huge backlog of court cases and other shortcomings are impeding the effective dispensing of justice in Liberia, Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh has said. Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Eighth Judicial Circuit Court in Sanniquellie, the Justice Minister pointed out that the current laws in Liberia are inadequate to address injustices and “therefore the Executive and the Judiciary branches of the government must find a solution.”Quoting a famous American lawyer, Howard Taff, the Minister said “‘Frequently, nations are faced with situations that those who make the laws never took into consideration while formulating the laws.’ That is the situation currently facing the Liberian state,” he said.He advised that it may be necessary for the courts to supplement the laws, statutes, and concerns because they are already inadequate and incomplete, and do not have all the details to address the challenges that confront the courts. “We have to [find] ingenious ways to have a practical approach to the law,” he said, and suggested the plea bargaining process to reduce the backlog of cases. “Some may say it may be an exercise of legislative power. Some may also say it is part of the exercise of sound discussion by the court, which is one of its highest functions, to be able to use the law to consolidate peace,” he added. But he noted that one way to find a reasonable approach to solving the problem would be the adoption of what he termed as a plea bargaining process or procedure. “When I talk about the problems that we have, one thing that comes to my mind is plea bargaining,” the Minister said. “Last week the Solicitor General reported to me that her office has obtained indictments in 150 cases for the criminal court in Monrovia. The most we can do in one term is to try maybe two or maximum three cases. So it means for those 150 cases in a year we will try no more than six to eight cases. So for 150 cases it will take the government twenty years,” he revealed. Minister Sannoh said that there are four criminal court terms a year for the Lower Courts while the Supreme Court has only two.He said not all cases go to trial in many countries around the world, adding, “Some cases go through a plea bargaining process that will help to reduce the backlog of cases. And so we in the Executive would like to work with the Chief Justice and the Associate Justices and the whole Judiciary to see how we can begin to look in this direction.”Minister Sannoh congratulated Chief Justice Francis Korkpor for the idea to construct a judicial complex in Nimba County and said that “when court houses are provided they enhance access to justice. Having court houses in different parts of the country will enable people to resolve their disputes without taking the law into their hands, which is part of government’s peace consolidation strategy.” Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh welcomed the Justice Minister’s suggestions and said that the Judiciary is always willing to work in ways that will enhance the process of dispensing justice in the country. He further noted that the collaboration should also involve the transferring of cases from courts that have huge backlogs of cases to courts where there are fewer cases.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ The editorial was headlined “Chinese fans’ love for Man City goes unreciprocated on home soil” and accused the club of visiting China only to “win wallets, not hearts and minds.”It also said City had “an attitude of arrogance” and that while the other clubs involved in the event won “a new-found respect and new fans,” City would “leave China with neither.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHowever, Guardiola said those claims were simply “false.”“To make a statement like this they have to know exactly what happened here in our club,” Guardiola said during a news conference in Hong Kong, where his team will play another friendly on Wednesday. “We had an incredible time in Shanghai. We were committed to the co-operation you have to do here in China. The people from the hotel, all the people, were asking us to do things and we were ready to do that. To come to Asia and experience the culture, the restaurants — it’s amazing to get to know other people. That’s why I can’t understand what people are saying. Maybe one journalist is a bit upset, I don’t know why — but it’s far away from the reality.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Benefits of township living LATEST STORIES City arrived late in Shanghai after its flight was delayed by two days, then traveled by train by Nanjing for a game against West Ham, before playing Wolverhampton in Shanghai last Saturday.It will play Kitchee in Hong Kong on Wednesday before wrapping up its Asian tour with a game in Tokyo on Saturday.City winger Raheem Sterling also insisted the team had a positive experience in China.“Every time we got back from training to the hotel we embraced the fans, we signed signatures, we said our goodbyes. I thought there was a really good connection,” Sterling said. “We came a little bit later than we expected to China, the turnaround was a bit faster and a few of us struggled with sleep but I thought China was a great experience. You ask the boys, they all loved it.”ADVERTISEMENT Manchester City’s David Silva leaps for the ball in the final of the Premier League Asia Trophy in Shanghai, China, Saturday, July 20, 2019. Wolverhampton Wanderers beat Manchester City in the final by 3-2 in the penalty shoot-out. (Chinatopix Via AP) CHINA OUTHONG KONG — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has rejected claims that the Premier League champions were arrogant and disrespectful during their preseason visit to China last week.China’s state-run news agency Xinhua published an editorial in English that criticized the conduct of the team during the Premier League Asia Trophy in Nanjing and Shanghai.ADVERTISEMENT Storm sponsor 3-on-3 team to help US qualify for Olympics MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian ‘Marawi hero’ is new commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists View comments
Dear Editor,The continued reference by the Mayor of Georgetown and the Town Clerk to the jumbled tent city type shantytown arrangement south of Public Building at Hadfield and Lombard Streets where the vendors have been crammed into by the Council as ‘Parliament View Mall’ is pure and simple disrespect and disregard for the vendors and shoppers in our capital city.These two individuals have been travelling all over the world and know what a shopping mall looks like, which is a large retail complex containing a variety of stores and often restaurants and other business establishments housed in a series of connected or adjacent buildings or in a single large building. Apart from the average mall being simply a place to do some shopping, grab a snack and catch a movie, some malls, such as Giftland Mall, offer a spectacular selection of shopping, entertainment and dining options. To refer to these rows of flimsy and porous tents, most of which are already damaged, under which there are pallets, rickety tables and chairs made from old bits and pieces of wood strapped with scraps of tarpaulin and sling rope with insufficient facilities and conveniences such as poor drainage, non-existent lighting, potable water, and few toilets as a shopping mall is just depraved.It suggests that they are of the view that Guyanese are unaware of what a shopping mall is, or that we should all pretend that this facility is an acceptable part of the landscape of the city. Do these individuals or their families shop there? I’ll bet not. They will more likely than not shop at the upmarket malls when they frequently travel, and when compelled to purchase items locally go to the real malls with a retinue of bodyguards and other support staff in tow.It is time for the Mayor and Town Clerk to stop trying to fool the vendors who were forced to occupy that area that they have their best interest at heart, when they don’t, it is time for them to stop coming up with these foolish and impossible pie-in-the-sky ideas of installing a double-deck at the Bourda Green and extending the Stabroek Market to accommodate these vendors, as they have not the financial resources to do either, but most of all they should stop making these ridiculous pronouncements that they are trying to organise the city that will make it comparable to modern cities and which would allow it to stand shoulder to shoulder with the great cities of the world, which is an insult to the intellect of Guyanese. City Hall with its present human and other resources cannot make good on such a promise. Lacking within the Georgetown Municipality is the technical and political capacity to provide even the most basic of cultural, environmental, social and sustainable living needs for present and future citizens of Georgetown. Especially when one checks on the background of the Mayor and her Town Clerk.Sincerely,Debra Gibson
A 51-year-old man was on Monday arrested by Police ranks in F Division (Interior regions) after being found in possession of a small calibre firearm with one live round. Detained is Leroy Benjamin, a boat operator who is a resident of Grant, Pomeroon in the Essequibo River.According to reports reaching Guyana Times, ranks attached to the Issano Police Station were at the time on river patrol at Barakat Landing, Puruni River when they noticed Benjamin acting in a suspicious manner. As such, a search was conducted on his person, after which an unlicensed 0.32 semi-automatic pistol and one magazine containing a matching round of ammunition were retrieved from his possession.The gun and ammunition retrievedAs a result, the suspect was taken into Police custody and is currently being processed for court. Benjamin is set to make his first appearance today.This report came just days after a couple in Georgetown was arrested for the possession of two firearms and several live rounds of ammunition.
BUTTE, Mont. – Two inmates, including one who was once accused of plotting to kidnap David Letterman’s son, escaped Friday in a truck while working at a state prison ranch. Kelly A. Frank, 45, and convicted burglar William J. Willcutt, 22, were assigned to a crew that moves irrigation pipe at the prison ranch, jail officials said. Frank was arrested in March 2005 on allegations that he had devised a plan to kidnap Letterman’s son, lied to investigators and overcharged Letterman for painting work at his ranch. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Deborah McNaughton and Melinda Weinstein want us to face a simple truth: Many people consume too many calories and their unhealthy eating is costing them a piece of prosperity. “Life would be a whole lot easier if our bank accounts grew and our waistlines stayed in the lower-digit range,” McNaughton and Weinstein write in their new book, Rich and Thin: Slim Down, Shrink Debt & Turn Calories Into Cash. This mother-and-daughter team has come up with an interesting twist on the typical personal finance book. The two provide a guide to building wealth by battling the bulge. I like this approach to saving money and it’s why I’m recommending Rich and Thin (McGraw Hill, $16.95) as the September selection for the Color of Money Book Club. McNaughton and Weinstein founded the Financial Victory Institute, which specializes in credit and financial education. We know many adults are battling preventable illnesses because of their eating habits and lack of exercise. For example, an increasing number of Americans are developing Type 2 diabetes. About 40 percent of adults ages 40 to 74 – or 54 million people – have pre-diabetes, a condition that raises a person’s risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease or stroke, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control. African-Americans are twice as likely as whites of similar age to develop diabetes, the CDC says. Hispanic-Americans, American Indians, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islander Americans are also at particularly high risk of Type 2 diabetes. The fact is that all that weight is crushing people’s bank accounts. There’s a cost to being unhealthy. You often pay more for insurance. But keep within a healthy weight range and you save. For example, starting in 2009 Indiana-based Clarian Health Partners plans to give employees a discount off their health insurance premiums for, among other things, not being overweight. McNaughton and Weinstein’s book contains a “Money Calorie Counter,” which details how much you can save by investing the money not spent on foods that are unhealthy. For example, let’s say you give up the expensive mocha latte you get five days a week. At about $3.35 a cup (with whipped cream), you would save $871 and 104,000 calories per year. If you get a 69-cent doughnut, add another $179.40 a year and 46,800 calories. All told, that’s $1,050.40 a year. If you were to put the money just from the latte in an investment each month that yields a 10 percent return over five years, you would have $5,620.64; in 10 years your money pot would grow to $14,868.33, and in 20 years you could have $55,117.52 “Think about the debt that could be paid off,” the women say in their book. The book contains several pages that show the cost, the pounds you pack on, and the money consumers spend on a variety of fast-food items, sandwiches, sweets and drinks. “Our Money Calorie Counter is not meant to deprive you of ever eating a chocolate bar, or having the latte you are craving,” McNaughton and Weinstein write. “It is meant to make you aware of what you are spending your money on, and how you can cut back to save and build wealth.” Along with calorie-counting tips, you get the usual personal finance advice. The women cover budgeting, getting rid of debt and homebuying. This is a slim book, but with a lot of good financial advice. To become a member of the Color of Money Book Club, all you have to do is read the recommended book. I also invite you to join me online to chat with the authors. If you are interested in discussing this month’s book selection, join me online at www.washingtonpost.com on Sept. 27 at 9 a.m. Pacific time. McNaughton and Weinstein will be available to take your questions on how to turn passed-up calories into cash. In addition, every month I randomly select readers to receive a copy of the book, donated by the publisher. For a chance to win a copy of Rich and Thin, send an e-mail to colorofmoney@ washpost.com. Please include your name and an address so we can send you a book if you win. Listen to Michelle Singletary discuss personal finance every Tuesday on NPR’s “Day to Day.” To hear her reports online go to www.npr.org. She can be reached at The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. N.W., Washington, DC 20071, or at email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Their book could easily be dismissed because of its “let’s all be healthy, wealthy and wise” shtick. But it’s a fact that an increasing percentage of Americans are overweight. 66 percent of U.S. adults were overweight or obese in 2003 and 2004, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Center for Human Nutrition. Women aged 20 to 34 had the fastest rate of increase in obesity and being overweight. Eighty percent of black women aged 40 or over are overweight and 50 percent are obese. Minorities and low-income folks are disproportionately affected. The researchers said if the rates continue at their current pace, 75 percent of adults and nearly 24 percent of U.S. children and adolescents will be overweight or obese by 2015.
Manchester City have been put on red alert by reports claiming Pep Guardiola is set to announce his decision to leave Bayern Munich.The former Barcelona coach’s contract at Bayern expires at the end of the season and he has been strongly linked with the Premier League club, as questioned continue to be asked of Manuel Pellegrini’s leadership at the Etihad Stadium.On Wednesday Spanish newspaper Marca reported the 44-year-old has already informed the Bundesliga champions he is ready to seek out a new opportunity.It was also claimed Guardiola is prepared to reject a €20million-per-season offer to continue at the Allianz Arena.The Catalan has twice guided Bayern to the German title but the Champions League trophy has eluded him, with Real Madrid and then Barcelona eliminating the Bavarians in 2014 and 2015.Manuel Pellegrini remains in charge of City, but with doubts still surrounding his tactical expertise, the two-time Premier League champions could be tempted to move quickly and secure Guardiola’s services should he make himself available in the new year.Manchester United and Chelsea have also been linked with the former Spain midfielder, although City are likely to be able to trump their rivals with a huge contract offer. 1 Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola
11 It was a brilliant summer of transfer activity in the Premier League.Some clubs from England’s top flight broke records to seal their priority target, while others sealed deals for classy talent from the bargain bin.And, seven games into the new season, we’ve been treated to an array of top performances from players taking to the stage at their new club.So we’ve decided to put together an XI made up of the best summer signings, in a 3-5-2 formation.Check out the line up by viewing the slideshow above. Agree or disagree with the players to have made the cut? Let us know by leaving a comment below!POWER RANKING THE 18 BEST SUMMER TRANSFER SIGNINGS SO FARPREMIER LEAGUE TEAM OF THE SEASON BASED ON STATS 1. Goalkeeper: Steve Mandanda (signed for Crystal Palace on 1 July 2016 for £1.5m from Marseille) – click the arrow above, right, to check out the full XI featuring the best summer signings in the Premier League – Palace are yet to suffer defeat with new goalkeeper Mandanda in between the posts, and this can be no coincidence. The Eagles look a much more confident side with the Frenchman taking the place of the often nervy Wayne Hennessey. Hes made a number of vital saves this season, and his confidence with his feet could encourage Alan Pardew to transfer his teams style of play. 5. Right midfield: Sadio Mane (signed for Liverpool on 28 June 2016 from Southampton for £34m) – Despite his influence at St Marys prior to his arrival, some have been left a little surprised at just how good Mane really is. Hes transformed a Reds attack that already featured Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana, establishing himself as one of the first names on Jurgen Klopps team-sheet. So far, the 24-year-old looks a bargain at £34m. 11 11 3. Centre back: Ashley Williams (signed for Everton on 10 August 2016 from Swansea City for £15m) – Nervous in defence last season, Williams has instilled new confidence to the Toffees back-line. Its not only his ability that has restored solidity to Everton defensively, but his authoritative voice bellowing instructions at his team-mates. The Welshman could be crucial at Goodison Park for the next few years. 11 7. Centre midfield: Victor Wanyama (signed for Tottenham Hotspur on 23 June 2016 from Southampton for £11m) – Wanyama has settled with ease at White Hart Lane. He was one of the best players on the pitch as Spurs inflicted a first defeat of the season to Manchester City last weekend. With Wanyama joining Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele in midfield, a title charge cannot be ruled out for Mauricio Pochettinos side. 11 11 11 11. Centre forward: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (signed for Manchester United on 1 July 2016 from Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer) – It had to be Jose Mourinho to seal the signature of this summers biggest free signing. Ibrahimovic scored four goals in his opening four games, and while the goals have dried up on the domestic stage of late, it surely wont be long until the striker is regularly hitting the back of the net again. Hell be targeting the Golden Boot. 11 11 10. Centre forward: Christian Benteke (signed for Crystal Palace on 20 August 2016 from Liverpool for £27m) – Benteke has shown no signs of carrying a hangover from his forgettable spell at Liverpool, quickly settling into life at Selhurst Park. The Belgian has three goals to his name, winning the Eagles four points already. The striker didnt come cheap for Alan Pardew, but he looks to be worth every penny. 6. Centre midfield: Idrissa Gueye (signed for Everton on 2 August 2016 from Aston Villa for £7.1m) – Seven games into his debut campaign at Goodison Park and hes already a favourite with the clubs fans. Similar in style to NGolo Kante, with arguably a little more quality on the ball, plenty believe Gueye could go on to become one of the Premier Leagues great midfielders. No player, in any position, has average more tackles per game (5.1) than the Senegal international this season. 2. Centre back: Shkodran Mustafi (signed for Arsenal on 30 August 2016 from Valencia, in a fee reported to be in excess of £35m) – Mustafi, having been signed at the end of August, missed the Gunners pre-season and the start of the Premier League campaign, but that doesnt seem to have affected his ability to adapt at his new club. Arsenal finally seem to have an excellent centre back partnership at their disposal. Gabriel Paulista and Per Mertesacker have quickly become forgotten figures in north London. 9. Left midfield: Nolito (signed for Manchester City on 1 July 2016 from Celta Vigo for £14m) – A summer signing that perhaps slipped under the radar before the start of the new season, Nolito has exceeded expectations at the Etihad. With the Spaniard on the left flank and Raheem Sterling on the right, City are strongly balanced in attack. The forward is expected to finish the campaign as one of Pep Guardiolas top scorers. 4. Centre back: Eric Bailly (signed for Manchester United on 8 June 2016 from Villarreal for £30m) – At £30m, Jose Mourinho clearly thought highly of the centre back and hes left his boss satisfied, having been one of the Red Devils most consistent performers. The Ivorian can be a little reckless in knowing when to challenge for the ball and when to stand his ground, but his determination to regain possession will sit well with the Old Trafford faithful. 11 11 8. Centre midfield: Leroy Fer (signed for Swansea City on 6 July 2016 from QPR for £4.75m) – Fer has been hitting the headlines for his goalscoring form at new club Swansea. The recently sacked Francesco Guidolin was let down by his forward options, but the clubs new midfield signing hasn’t hidden from the pressure. It looks as though the Dutchman will be key to the Swans Premier League survival.
Romelu Lukaku’s agent, Mino Raiola, has confirmed to talkSPORT that his client is on the verge of signing a new and improved contract with Everton.Speaking to Jim White on Wednesday morning, Raiola revealed talks with the club were progressing well and he expects a deal to be done.“With Everton, we have 99.9 per cent reached terms,” he said.“We are talking to the club in a good spirit so we are very hopeful.“There are no problems on the way that I foresee.“I don’t see any big problems. It is a question of putting the details on the paper.”Raiola, however, says the new deal will offer no guarantees that Lukaku will stay at Goodison Park beyond this season.The Belgian, who joined Everton from Chelsea for a club-record £28million in 2014, has a host of admirers and his former club have been linked with a big-money bid to take him back to Stamford Bridge.“If Romelu is good enough, strong enough, to move in the next year then we will talk to Everton about it,” said Raiola. “It is a very good relationship at the moment. We know what both parties want.“Everton is going through a transition from a club that was maybe aiming for Europa League and now they are more ambitious and maybe in the near future will go into the Champions League or maybe even win the Premier League at a certain stage. For sure, it is an interesting club in England.“In football, you can’t look too much in front. You need to take it one transfer window at a time. “For now, we are agreeing terms and then we will see in the summer what happens and how the situation is.“If there is an interest from both parties to move on, then we will talk with the club, but at this point we only have one objective and that is to perform as well as possible for Everton.”