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first_imgTwenty-eight-year-old Shellyann Pompey, who was jointly charged with trafficking 27.318 kilograms (60 pounds) of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking, had the matter dismissed against her on Thursday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.When the matter was called before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan, Police Prosecutor Neville Jeffers made an application to have the charge against Pompey withdrawn based upon advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).Pompey had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge at her first court appearance and maintained that she was not involved and had no knowledge of the cannabis.Pompey and Errol Brown, both of Lot 74 First Street, Craig, East Bank Demerara (EBD), were jointly charged for the offence.Shellyann Pompey escorted by a Police OfficerThe charge stated that on August 19, 2019, at Lot 125 BB Eccles, EBD, they both had 27.318 kilograms of cannabis in their possession for the purpose of trafficking.However, Brown was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in August, after admitting ownership of the cannabis. He further told the court that Pompey was just a house guest, and she did not know anything about the illicit substance.According to information received, on the day in question, at approximately 11:00h, ranks from the Narcotics Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), received a tip-off and acted on same.The ranks went to the Eccles home of Brown, where they met with him and asked to carry out a search, to which he offered no objection.The ranks discovered a large green travelling bag and a large plastic bag, containing several parcels of leaves, seeds, and stems suspected to be cannabis.The items were then shown to Brown and Pompey, who were cautioned and escorted to CID headquarters’ Narcotics Branch where they were interrogated and the charge later instituted.last_img read more

first_imgMandatory Article 106 90-day due electionsAs Government persists in its reluctance to respect Article 106 of the Constitution and call elections, many are of the view that if a date is not set for elections soon, the nation could descend into chaos.One such person who holds this view is outspoken political commentator and economist Ramon Gaskin, who said that the time has come for the Government to obey the rule of law.He told Guyana Times on Sunday that “Guyana could be heading into dangerous waters.”The former advisor to late President, Dr Cheddi Jagan said it was clear based on acting Chief Justice Roxane George’s ruling that after March 19, the Government would be illegal. He believes if President David Granger does not set a date for elections before that time, it will lead to pandemonium.“After March 19, the Government will be illegal. So, we are heading in real serious waters. If they don’t resign and call elections, it will not help quell this rising situation in Guyana. But it doesn’t appear to me that Government is in any mood to call elections,” Gaskin stated.He thinks that Guyanese are already tense about the situation, and businesses are confused by what is taking place. Gaskin, therefore, believes that if there is no clear path to an election, it could lead to a possible unstable political and economic situation in Guyana.According to him, this could also lead to Guyana being blacklisted by international agencies, Governments and other major groupings. He pointed to the case in neighbouring Venezuela, where President Nicolás Maduro has been accused of violating the Constitution of that country.Gaskin said this was no different from the situation taking place here, except that the violations were blatant and being played out for every major country in the world to bear witness to. “But for the good of our country, Guyana, the President and the Opposition Leader must meet and work this out,” he added.DisrespectThe political commentator told this newspaper that from all indications elections were possible this year, but the various delaying tactics being applied to the situation were just meant to frustrate the people. Gaskin concluded, therefore, that this boiled down to blatant disrespect towards the Chief Justice’s ruling.“They (Government) are dragging it out to campaign longer and make plans if they win or lose… They carrying on as if nothing has happened, and as if there was no no-confidence motion, no ruling by the Speaker of the National Assembly (Dr Barton Scotland), and the CJ didn’t rule.”Gaskin said while Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has stated that he was not interested in extending the date, they may need to extend the date, because since the passage of the no-confidence motion, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has not started any preparation.He said, “I think they need six to eight weeks to get their acts together, but 148 days is absolutely ridiculous. They should work round the clock to get it done. That is what they are being paid to do…But this Government is now dragging out this issue by appealing the matter, which will carry you until year end and GECOM is waiting on the decision of the court…”Jagdeo has indicated that should GECOM continue to delay its election preparations, seeking legal remedies to compel such preparations are a possibility.“We believe GECOM could be ready in the timeframe by March 19. Because if they have to have 50 days for Nomination Day and two weeks to notify the parties, they still have 50 days remaining.“And simultaneously, they can proceed with the procurement of material and all the other logistics, including training on an accelerated basis. We see this whole issue of house-to-house registration, which will take six months to a year, as a red herring.”GECOM successfully ran the Local Government Elections in November 2018, less than three months ago. The President of Guyana, according to the Constitution, has to dissolve Parliament and issue a date for elections.last_img read more

first_img In girls goat tying, she improved her time by over four seconds from 21.743 in the first round to 17.513 in the second, and her ranking by twenty places from 105th to 85th, to finish in 81st place with an average of 39.256 seconds. Baldonnel’s Derek Hadland also competed in boys goat tying, improving his time between rounds as well, from 25.179 seconds to 22.561 in the second, gaining him 89th overall with an average of 47.74 seconds. Rounding out the northern B.C. competitors was Jenna Hiebert from Montney. She place 87th overall in the pole bending competition with an average of 51.61 seconds. The 2012 National High School Finals Rodeo will take place July 15 to 21 in Rock Springs, Wyoming.Advertisement She was 41st after the second round with a time of 16.714 seconds, down from 17.302 in the first round, and left the competition in 58th place with an average of 34.016 seconds. The only person to place higher than Wolsey was Tommi-Sue Little from Groundbirch, who placed 50th overall in the barrel racing competition with an average of 33.86 seconds, just ahead of teammate Wolsey. She stayed steady, placing 61st in both the first and second round, scoring a slightly slower time of 16.953 seconds in the second round, compared to her 16.907 in the first. Little also competed with her ribbon roping partner Dexter Keith of Dawson Creek. The two placed 112th overall with an average of 23.608 seconds, only competing in the first round.- Advertisement – Keith saw further success on his own, placing 73rd in the boys breakaway roping competition, with an average of 5.08 seconds, his time from the first round. He also competed in both rounds of the boys goat tying competition, placing 88th with an average of 47.605 seconds. His first round time of 21.437 seconds kept him in the game, as his second round time of 26.168 seconds dropped him slightly in the rankings. Keatton Collett, who is from Beaverlodge, Alberta but races on the B.C. team, also competed in both breakaway roping and goat tying. Her best finish came in the girls breakaway roping competition, where her time of 4.903 seconds in the first round earned her 78th place overall.Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgA Fort St. John man has received a seven month jail term, after pleading guilty this week to trafficking in cocaine.Jarret Munch was arrested last Thursday, in Fort St. John, where police say he was selling drugs.He was apprehended less than a month after his November 14th release, from Prince George Institution.- Advertisement -Police say he has a history of drug trafficking and, possession of a controlled substance.last_img

first_img“I was watching the DVD of the Super Bowl, and I just looked at myself on the sideline and I said, `We got a problem here,’ ” Weis testified on the second day of the trial in Suffolk Superior Court. He thought his weight, about 336 pounds at the time, was thwarting his career. William J. Dailey Jr., a lawyer for the doctors, suggested under cross examination of Weis that the surgery was successful because it helped Weis achieve his stated goals: He lost nearly 90 pounds and landed his dream job at Notre Dame. Dailey also asked Weis about his prior history of health problems, including sleep apnea and hemochromatosis, an iron overload in the body, and asked if he fully realized all the risks of bypass surgery. Five to 10 percent of patients suffer major complications, Dailey said, and about one in 200 die. Weis said he did know about the potential complications. “Yes sir, (Dr. Ferguson) definitely told me there were other risks,” he said. Dailey also pointed out the doctors waived the normal counseling period before the operation – at Weis’ request – so he could be healthy in time for the following football season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The foremost concern was that I was going to drop dead,” Weis said when his lawyer asked about his motivation for the surgery. Weis claims in his suit that Massachusetts General Hospital physicians Charles Ferguson and Richard Hodin acted negligently by failing to recognize life-threatening internal bleeding and infection two days after the surgery. Defense lawyers have said the doctors cared for Weis properly and he experienced one of the known complications of the surgery. Weis spent more than a month in the hospital after the surgery, lost feeling in his feet and has had mobility problems since then. He still needs a golf cart to get around practice at Notre Dame, and standing for up to five hours in a row during games causes him severe foot pain. Weis, the former offensive coordinator of the New England Patriots, decided to have the surgery shortly after the Patriots’ February 2002 Super Bowl victory over the St. Louis Rams. BOSTON – Despite the potential risks, Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis decided to have gastric bypass surgery because he was afraid he would one day “drop dead” if he didn’t lose weight. Weis, who suffered life-threatening complications and almost died after the June 2002 surgery, testified Wednesday in his medical malpractice case against two surgeons that he has struggled with his weight all his life. center_img “I’ve probably been on every diet known to mankind,” he said in response to questions from his lawyer, Michael Mone. Weis, whose father died of a heart attack at 56, said he worried he wouldn’t be able to see his two children grow up or reach his goal of becoming a head coach. last_img

first_img0Shares0000Mighty Gor’s coronation set for MachakosNAIROBI, Kenya, May 23 – The coronation for record 18-time Kenyan Premier League Champions Gor Mahia will take place at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday in their last home match against Posta Rangers.K’Ogalo sealed their 18th domestic title on Wednesday at the same Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos after drawing 1-1 with Vihiga United FC a result that also saw them win a third consecutive national title. “I am excited about the unprecedented 18th championship title of the Kenyan Premier League and more so the fact that we are keeping it for good having won three times in a row, a milestone in the league’s history. I just want to thank my sponsor SportPesa for the support,” Gor chairman Ambrose Rachier said.The trophy handover event, to be conducted after Gor Mahia’s match with Posta that is scheduled to kick-off at 4:15PM, is expected to be a huge celebration for the passionate Green Army who will have enjoyed a dream week that started with their victory over arch-rival, AFC Leopards SC last Sunday in Nairobi.Gor Mahia are eight points clear at the top with Bandari FC (62 points) coming second with two matches remaining to end the 2018/2019 campaign.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgSuresh Raina will look to get some batting practice ahead of the upcoming South Africa series along with some of the other fringe players as India A take on full-strength Bangladesh A in a three-match one day series, starting tomorrow.Some of the other players, who will be aiming to impress the selectors are Karun Nair, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Dhawal Kulkarni and Karn Sharma to name a few.Jadhav and Pandey had in fact played well in India’s last limited overs series in Zimbabwe and are in the 30-member probables lost announced for the South Africa series.Also read: Current Indian pacers lack skill and discipline, says Thomson With all the senior players set to be available provided they are injury free, at the most couple of slots will be up for grabs, when Sandeep Patil led selection committee sit down to pick squads for the three T20 Internationals and five ODIs against the Proteas starting next month.On Wednesday, all eyes will be on Raina, who will be returning to competitive cricket after a three-month break having last played during India’s disastrous tour of Bangladesh.No longer in the scheme of things as far as longer format is concerned, Raina would like to quickly hit the straps against a quality Bangladesh side where all but one player (Saqlain Sajib) had made their international debut.Raina can expect some quality pace bowling with senior team trio of Taskin Ahmed, Al Amin Hossain and Rubel Hossain expected to be in action at the Chinnaswamy Stadium tomorrow.advertisementWhile Raina’s tormentor during the Bangladesh series Mustafizur Rahaman is not a part of the attack, the neighbouring country will be hoping that the players do well before their home series against Australia kicks off.Apart from Raina, Jadhav and Pandey, it will also be a test of character for young India A captain Unmukt Chand, who had a good tri-series in Chennai recently scoring three half-centuries along with Karnataka opener Mayank Agarwal whose had scores of 130, 61 and 176 against the South Africa A and Australia A sides.last_img read more

first_imgMost athletes his age would shudder at the prospect of competing against an Olympian, but high jumper Tejaswin Shankar, 17, is an exception. Taking part in his first senior-level event at the recent South Asian Games, he didn’t let his inexperience come in the way of winning a silver medal.He was competing against a much more experienced field that included Sri Lankan Olympian Manjula Kumara, who grabbed the gold medal. Though Shankar and Kumara were tied at 2.17m, a foul committed by the Indian in his first jump meant he had to settle for second place.”Although it was my first senior-level event, I knew I would win a medal. The only thing that I was not sure of was its colour,” Shankar, a class XI student at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, Lodhi Road, told Mail Today.Shankar took up high jump at the insistence of his physical education teacher just three years back and has taken giant strides since then. During 2014-15, Shankar created ripples in the athletics fraternity by winning seven of the nine events he took part in, including a gold medal at the World School Games. He also broke six domestic age-group records in the same period.His 2.14m jump at the Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Youth Games was enough for the top spot on the podium, and in the process he broke the games record (2.13m) set by another Indian Hari Shankar Roy 12 years ago.Shankar is by no means an average 17-year-old. At 6 foot four inches, he could be easily mistaken for a college student.advertisement”I have always had good physique and tried to make the most of it. I am glad with the progress I have made in such a short while,” says Shankar.”I have lost count of the number of medals I have won in the last few years,” he says in a lighter veinA walk with the youngster in his school premises reveals he has attained celebrity status.”Everyone in school knows me, especially after taking part in an exhibition event where Kapil Dev had come. A lot of my juniors ask me about athletics and that really gives me a lot of joy. When they see that someone among them is doing so well it is bound to encourage them to try their hand in this discipline,” he says.On the basis of his SAG performance, Shankar has qualified for the Asian Junior Athletics Championships and the IAAF World U20 Championships slated for June and July respectively this year. “I have gained a lot of confidence after taking part in the SAG. I have more faith in my ability now,” he says.The credit for introducing the youngster to athletics goes to his PT teacher Sunil Kumar, who spotted Shankar while playing cricket in the school grounds.”When I saw him, I was really impressed with his physique and fitness. I introduced him to high jump but won’t take credit for all the success he has achieved. He is a natural athlete,” Kumar said.Shankar currently trains under DDA’s sports scheme, and according to officials, he will be soon sent to the United States for a training stint.last_img read more

first_imgBest Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities for friendship, employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), is pleased to announce that the 18th Annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port, presented by Pepsi-Cola, Shaw’s Foundation and Star Market Foundation, will take place June 2-3.More than 2,500 people are expected to participate in the Challenge – a charity walk, run and ride to benefit Best Buddies International.Tom Brady, New England Patriots Quarterback and Best Buddies Global Ambassador, will serve as Honorary Co-Chair, along with Celebrity Chef Guy Fieri and Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy III. During the Challenge, Event Chair Ted English, Executive Chairman of Bob’s Discount Furniture, will help honor Retired CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management John Hailer with the Spirit of Friendship award for the incredible work he has done to promote Best Buddies’ mission of friendship and inclusion.“Best Buddies is a fantastic organization with a great message to spread, and I am so proud to support their work,” said Best Buddies Global Ambassador Tom Brady. “I hope my role as Honorary Co-Chair will continue to bring attention to the organization’s mission of friendship and inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the world.”“We are delighted to be returning to Massachusetts for our 18th Annual Hyannis Port Challenge and we are thrilled that Tom Brady, Guy Fieri and Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy, III will join us as Honorary Chairmen of this event,” said Anthony Kennedy Shriver, Founder and Chairman of Best Buddies International. “We are also honored to have Pepsi-Cola, Shaw’s Foundation and Star Market Foundation as this year’s Presenting Sponsors. Their dedication to the Best Buddies mission of inclusion – along with that of all Challenge participants – has helped bring an even greater awareness to the infinite abilities people with intellectual and developmental disabilities possess.”Several New England Patriots players, past and present including Julian Edelman, James White, Dion Lewis, Jimmy Garoppollo, Chris Hogan, Rob Ninkovich, Scott Zolak, Christian Fauria, and Dan Koppen are expected to attend the Tom Brady Football Challenge at Harvard Stadium.Other celebrities, professional athletes and special guests expected to participate in the Challenge weekend, includes: Olympian and Best Buddies Global Ambassador Carl Lewis, Actors Olivia Culpo, Jason Lewis and Charlotte McKinney; Miss USA 2017 Kára McCullough, Miss Teen USA 2016 Karlie Hay, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and First Lady Lauren Baker, and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.Guests can expect to be entertained once again this year as Foxwoods Resort Casino returns to deliver adrenaline-pumping excitement during the Tom Brady Football Challenge halftime show. Foxwoods President and CEO Felix Rappaport and Chairman Rodney Butler of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation will be joined by five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady to help announce the initial phase of a significant, unparalleled new development this summer at Foxwoods – at 60 miles per hour!Also returning this year is the Guy Cooking with Best Buddies Celebrity Chef Food and Wine Festival, presented by Pepsi-Cola, Shaw’s Foundation and Star Market Foundation. This culinary festival will feature over 30 chefs from top local restaurants providing delectable food tastings and a variety of complimentary wine and beer options, all for a great cause. Steve DiFillippo, founder of the renowned Davio’s Restaurant Group and inductee to the Massachusetts Restaurant Hall of Fame, and Chef Allen Campbell will serve as the Special Chef Vice-Chairs of the event.On Saturday, June 3, hundreds of cyclists, including professional cyclists George Hincapie and Christian Vande Velde – will take the starting line at Santander Bank on Columbia Point in Dorchester for the picturesque 100-mile ride portion of the Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port, from Boston to Hyannis Port. The Challenge is open to participants of all ages and abilities and is designed to showcase the Best Buddies mission in action. It also features alternative 50 and 20-mile cycling routes, as well as the Carl Lewis Challenge, a 5K run or walk.The Challenge will be capped off by a New England-style clambake and private concert by the legendary Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, which all participants and special guests are invited to attend.This year’s Challenge sponsors include: Presenting Sponsors Pepsi-Cola, The Official Beverage of the Best Buddies Challenges, and Shaw’s Foundation and Star Market Foundation; Hyannis Port Club Sponsors Bob’s Discount Furniture, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Greenberg Traurig, Hublot, Seyfarth Shaw, Santander Bank, The TJX Companies, Inc; Cape Club Sponsors Chobani, CVS Health, The GEO Group Foundation, John Hancock, Klingman & Associates, Natixis Global Asset Management; Craigville Beach Club Sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, BNY Mellon, Celebrity Cruises, Cold Stone Creamery, Cooking with Kids Foundation, Crescent Capital Group, Eaton Vance Management, Makarov Foundation, Mark Edward Partners, MidState Auto, Pilot Freight Services, RAI Services Company, Joe Shay, Jr., Teddie Peanut Butter, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Volvo, Wells Fargo, BMC, and Media Sponsors Boston Business Journal, CBS Radio/98.5 The Sports Hub, WHDH/Channel 7 and 90.9 WBUR.last_img read more