A 40-year-old mother of two, who resides at Lot 436 Cowis Street, East La Penitence, Georgetown, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to answer to charges of illegal possession of a firearm and possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.It is alleged that on Friday, September 16, 2016, at Lot 4 Cowis Street, Alexis Phillips had in her possession 51.350 kilograms of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Alexis PhillipsIt is further alleged that on the same day, Phillips had in her possession a .38 revolver and two matching rounds of ammunition without being the holder of a firearm licence.Phillips pleaded not guilty to the charges.Attorney Mark Waldron, who represented the defendant, made an application for disclosure of statements.The defendant was placed on remand. She will return to court on October 4, 2016 for report.
Since 2014, the government is yet to prosecute a single business institution accused of tax evasion, leaving prosecutors and Judge Mozart Chesson of the Tax Court at the Temple of Justice to engage in a blame-game, a judicial source hinted to the Daily Observer.According to the source, the failure to bring tax evaders to book has denied government from collecting millions of United States dollars.However, in a swift clarification, the clerk of the Tax Court, Obed M. McCarthy admitted that prosecution for over two court terms, (each term lasts four months), refused to bring tax evasion cases before Judge Chesson due to the failure of government lawyers to follow simple, fundamental procedures of law.“Their negligence is causing government to not prosecute those it accused of evading taxes and is responsible for people not putting money into government’s revenue,” McCarthy further alleged.“It is very serious because our court is not hearing cases anymore and it is a specialized court responsible to deal only with tax related cases,” he charged. “The only thing is that the prosecutor has been complaining about Judge Chesson to the Supreme Court, and he has won all of the cases that have appeared before the High Court.”He quoted Judge Chesson as saying, “Under the law, prosecution can’t bring tax evasion cases directly to the court, they are to first take the matter to the Board of Tax Appeal (BOTA) before taking it to court.”“But, they don’t want to follow that simple procedure, and if the judge tries to educate the alleged tax evader about the procedure they get annoyed and walk out of the case,” the court clerk added. “They have chosen not to bring cases here again.”Reacting to the clerk’s allegation, a government lawyer, who pleaded anonymity, denied that they were intentionally delaying hearing tax cases, instead pointing at Judge Chesson as the one prolonging the hearing of tax cases and as a result denying government from collecting lawful taxes.“That’s why we’ve not been able to bring tax cases before Judge Chesson because his procedure of handling tax cases shows that he is not well schooled in that area, unlike his predecessor Judge Eva Morgan-Mappy under whose jurisdiction government was able to raise thousands of United States dollars,” the senior lawyer further alleged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…Armogan says contract was breachedThe supplier of the controversial bulldozer to the Region Six Administration will have to retake ownership of the equipment, since the Region will not accept it.Region Six Chairman David Armogan said the supplier has been informed of the decision by the Region.According to Armogan, Regional Executive Officer (REO) of Region Six (EastRegion Six Chairman David ArmoganBerbice/Corentyne), Kim Williams-Stephen, informed the supplier on Thursday that it was a D4 bulldozer which was requested, but a D3 bulldozer was supplied.“There will be no compromise. The money will have to be refunded,” he said.At a RDC meeting held last week, concerns were raised over the bulldozer. Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) Councillor Zamal Hussain called on the administration to explain why a used machine was purchased instead of a new one.Initially, the REO had said the machine was not paid for, but later admitted thatThe bulldozer in the Regional Office compoundalmost $15 million had been given to the supplier as full payment.An investigation was ordered.According to Armogan, the investigation revealed that the contractor had breached the contract.The Region Six Administration was called upon to investigate the purchase of the bulldozer, which is different from what is documented in the regional records.The bulldozer was taken to the regional compound last Wednesday with mud and other debris on it.In its 2017 budget proposal, the administration had proposed the purchase of a bulldozer to shape dams in the rice cultivation area and to assist cash crop farmers. As such, $20 million were proposed for the purchase of the bulldozer, and this sum was approved in the 2017 National Budget.On Thursday last, Councillor Hussain had called on the administration to explain what was purchased, as he lamented that the bulldozer that was purchased appeared to be a “large Christmas toy,” and not the piece of equipment which the region needed.Weighing in on his observations, Regional Chairman Armogan had noted that the equipment appeared to be a D3 Caterpillar bulldozer, which was repainted and had a D4 sticker placed on it. The disputed bulldozer was reputed to have been purchased at a cost of $15 million.According to the Regional Chairman, based on its obvious level of deterioration, a further $6 million would soon have had to be spent on the bulldozer.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Senior Flyers have qualified for the NPHL finals.With Grande Prairie’s 7-6 win over Dawson Creek Saturday night, both teams are now eliminated from the NPHL West Division playoffs.The Flyers will get ready for the NPHL Finals against either the Falher Pirates or the High Prairie Regals. The Pirates lead that series 2-0. The first game will be played March 3 in Fort St. John at the North Peace area.- Advertisement -Since there were only three teams left in the western division of the NPHL, the Flyers, Canucks and A’s, played a round-robin series with each team playing up to eight games. The top team would advance to the NPHL final.Here is the rest of the NPHL Final schedule:Saturday, March 3 – Game 1 – East Champ at FSJ FlyersTuesday, March 6 – Game 2 – FSJ Flyers at East ChampThursday, March 8 – Game 3 – East Champ at FSJ FlyersSaturday, March 10 – Game 4 – FSJ Flyers at East Champ*Tuesday, March 13 – Game 5 – East Champ at FSJ Flyers*Thursday, March 15 – Game 6 – FSJ Flyers at East Champ* Saturday, March 17 – Game 7 – East Champ at FSJ Flyers(*) if necessaryAdvertisement
By John Wilen THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK – Oil prices reached record highs for the seventh straight session Wednesday after refineries in El Segundo and Texas said they had new outages and the government reported surprisingly large declines in oil inventories. While oil futures jumped to a new trading high of $82.51 a barrel in the moments after the inventory report was released in the morning, they spent much of the day alternating between gains and losses before reports of refinery outages led to late-session buying. Meanwhile, analysts said Wednesday’s report from the Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration was mixed. Crude inventories fell last week, but much of that decline appears to be because Hurricane Humberto disrupted shipping and refinery operations along the Gulf Coast, said Tim Evans, an analyst at Citigroup Inc. Crude inventories fell by 3.8 million barrels during the week ended Sept. 14, the EIA said, more than double the 1.5-million-barrel decline that analysts surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires, on average, had expected. However, crude inventories remain at the upper end of their average range for this time of year, the EIA said. Crude supplies dropped much more along the Gulf than at the key commodities market delivery point of Cushing, Okla. “It’s perhaps less of a support to the market than it might appear at first glance,” Evans said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Light, sweet crude for October delivery rose 42 cents to settle at a record $81.93 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Dow Jones Newswires reported that ExxonMobil Corp. shut down a crude processing unit at its 348,000-barrel-a-day refinery in Beaumont, Texas, and that a piece of gasoline-making equipment at Chevron’s 266,000 barrel-a-day refinery in El Segundo had been shut down. The effects on production were unclear. Gasoline on the mercantile exchange rose 3.31 cents to settle at $2.0934 a gallon.
Raphoe Town FC are to host a Family Fun Day this Sunday at Deele College between 1pm and 6pm.The day will include football games, face painting, a bouncy castle, music, a barbecue and much more!Admission only costs €2, or €5 for families. Raphoe Town FC to host Family Fun Day on Sunday was last modified: September 16th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:deele collegeFamily Fun DayRaphoe Town FC
The Jamie Toner Memorial U12 Gaelic Football tournament was held in Termon on Sat 12th April, and featured both A and Shield Teams from Termon, St Eunans, Steelstown and St Marys, Sligo.Termon were victors over St Eunans in the A Final, with the Letterkenny Shield team winning out in their section. The presentations by members of the Toner Family.A great day was had by all and Jamie and his family were in the thoughts of all involved.Photos by Patrick Murray GREAT DAY HAD BY ALL AT JAMIE TONER MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT was last modified: April 13th, 2014 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:donegalJamie Toner Memorial TournamentTermon
THE County U-13 girls gaelic football county championship got underway at the weekend with 24 clubs competing in this year’s thriving competition.Here are the results from the 4 Groups – with next week’s fixtures for each team. Clubs can send team pix from upcoming games to email@example.com. Clubs should also note that games scheduled for September 26 (All-Ireland Ladies Final Weekend) will now go ahead the following Saturday, October 3.Group 1 August 29:N Padraig Muff defeated BuncranaMoville defeated N Colmcille Newtown (played Monday)Urris defeated Carndonagh Next up in Group 1 – September 5N Colmcille v BuncranaCarndonagh v N Padraig MuffUrris v MovilleGroup 2 August 29Na Dunaibh defeated St Mary’s ConvoySt Eunan’s defeated GlenswillyTermon defeated Red Hughs (played Sunday) Next up in Group 2 September 5St Mary’s Convoy v St Eunan’sTermon v Na DunaibhRed Hughs v GlenswillyGroup 3 August 29N Conaill defeated Aodh RuadhSt Naul’s defeated KillybegsFour Masters defeated N ColumbaNext up in Group 3 – September 5Killybegs v Aodh RuadhFour Masters v N ConaillN Columba v St Naul’sGroup 4 August 29Dungloe defeated Termon BMac Cumhaills defeated Gaoth DobhairGlenfin defeated CloughaneelyNext up in Group 4 – September 5Mac Cumhaills v DungloeCloughaneely v Termon BGlenfin v Gaoth DobhairLADIES FOOTBALL: COUNTY U13 CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: August 31st, 2015 by John2Share 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:donegalLadies FootballLGFAU13s
Octovia Kebareng Maditse taking an HIVtest at the World Aids Day event inPretoria on 1 December.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)South Africa entered a new era in the fight against HIV/Aids on 1 December, as President Jacob Zuma introduced a radical plan to boost protection of affected individuals and prevent further infections.Zuma’s announcement at a World Aids Day event in Pretoria focused on fast-tracking the distribution of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) in the country – a move praised by the Treatment Action Campaign lobby group and the South African National Aids Council, which makes HIV/Aids policy recommendations to government.Under the new plan, ARVs will be made available to HIV-positive South Africans with a CD4 cell count of 350, as opposed to the current qualifier of a CD4 count of 200 or less. Experts say that by starting treatment earlier, chances of success are higher and people can live longer.A CD4 cell count indicates the strength of a person’s immune system, and helps determine how advanced the HIV infection is and predict the risk of complications.Normal CD4 counts in adults range from 500 to 1 200, but when a person has HIV his or her count slowly decreases. ARVs help the body build up its CD4 count which, in turn, help fight against opportunist infections.Zuma also said that tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/Aids “will now be treated under one roof” instead of patients having to travel to different centres, and those with both illnesses will receive ARVs when their CD4 count is 350, not 200.“This policy change will address early reported deaths arising from undetected TB infection among those who are infected with HIV,” the president said at the event, which was attended by thousands of South Africans and many international dignitaries.TB is a prime example of opportunistic disease and government’s new approach is significant because the co-infection rate among affected South Africans is as high as 73%, Zuma added.The plan also focuses on curbing mortality among infants who test positive for HIV at birth. Zuma announced that all such babies under one year of age will now receive ARV treatment.In this case “initiating treatment will not be determined by the level of CD4 cells,” he said. “This decision will contribute significantly towards the reduction of infant mortality over time.”HIV-positive pregnant women will also now be eligible for ARVs when their CD4 count is 350 or when they start showing symptoms. Presently such women can only access treatment if their CD4 count is 200 or less, Zuma said.In addition, symptom-free HIV-positive pregnant with a CD4 count above 350 will be put on treatment at 14 weeks to reduce the chance of mother-to-child transmission. “In the past treatment was only started during the last term of pregnancy,” he added.At the event US Ambassador to South Africa Donald Gips announced that his country will donate R900-million (about US$123-million) to broaden access to ARVs in South Africa over the next two years.Dramatic shiftDuring his address Zuma emphasised the shift in government’s HIV/Aids policies from those of his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki.After Mbeki became president in 1999 he increasingly argued that HIV was not the cause of Aids and that ARVs were not an effective treatment option, which caused an uproar locally and abroad.His approach was supported by then Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, who also incurred international condemnation for promoting herbal remedies as a viable alternative to ARVs. This had a severe impact on the national treatment programme and roll-out of ARV drugs.Government’s stance changed dramatically when Kgalema Motlanthe replaced Mbeki as an interim president in 2008, and Barbara Hogan became the new minister of health, immediately prioritising HIV/Aids by launching a comprehensive treatment and prevention campaign.When Zuma became president in May 2009 and Aaron Motsoaledi replaced Hogan, this positive trend continued.On 1 December Zuma called for the “depoliticisation” of the HIV/Aids debate. “Let there be no more shame, no more blame, no more discrimination and no more stigma,” he said. “Let the politicisation and endless debates about HIV and Aids stop.”Government’s new plan will be effective from April 2010 and it will work towards increasing the number of treatment centres across the country.“Institutions are hard at work to ensure that systems are in place by the 31st of March,” the president said.The policy shifts mean that “we will be treating significantly larger numbers of HIV-positive patients. It means that people will live longer and more fulfilling lives,” Zuma said. “But it does not mean that we should be irresponsible in our sexual practices.“It does not mean that people do not have to practice safer sex. It does not mean that people should not use condoms consistently and correctly during every sexual encounter.”A campaign for changeGovernment also launched the “I am responsible” campaign at the event. Motsoaledi described it as a “massive” drive that will spread awareness about the epidemic, which has resulted in the death of more than 2.5-million South Africans over the last decade.The campaign’s main goal is to encourage as many South Africans as possible to get tested for HIV. “Every South African should know his or her HIV status,” Zuma said.The president announced that he’s made plans to be tested for HIV as part of the new campaign, even though he was tested recently. “I urge you to start planning for your own tests,” he said. Results are always confidential.“All South Africans should take steps to ensure that they do not become infected, that they do not infect others and that they know their status.”Zuma urged young people to be more responsible, saying the future belongs to them. “Be responsible and do not expose yourself to risks. We can eliminate the scourge of HIV if all South Africans take responsibility for their actions.”Encouraging responseThe South Africa National Aids Council (Sanac) commended government’s commitment. “We can change behaviour if we reach out to every person in South Africa,” said Sanac deputy chairperson Mark Heywood. “I believe that starting from today, with the leadership of government, we will defeat HIV.”The Treatment Action Campaign also welcomed government’s announcement. “The changes to the treatment guidelines are all based on strong medical evidence and will significantly reduce mortality,” it said in a statement.Hundreds of young people queued up to be tested at the event. New Start, one of the centres, tested more than 50 people within six hours, according to programme manager Ncamsile Nhlabathi.“People will respond positively to this new campaign. It shows that they do want to get tested,” she said.Octovia Kebareng Maditse from Pretoria was among those who got tested. “I wanted to know my status. I feel free now that I know,” she said.
“I really believe our local guys can do super well at the World Champs this year, possibly even having four riders finish in the top 20!” predicted Croeser. Apart from seeking a top personal performance Croeser, is hopeful and confident that the rest of the South African under-23 competitors will have a solid outing on race day as many of the locals look to burst into the cut-throat environment of elite racing in the next year or two. “The fact that the event is being held at Cascades is also a huge benefit to us locals. We can go up there and train on the course whenever we like and we race there all the time. PlansDetailing his plans in the lead-up to the event, Croeser said: “I will also get myself a place up in Maritzburg for the week before the race. I’ll stay up there and just make sure that I’m as comfy as possible, don’t have to travel too far, and try to take out as many of the little stresses as possible. “I really know the course at Cascades and for some reason it just seems to suit my style of riding. I don’t know what it is, but I just feel good on that course, which really helps you prepare mentally,” he reckoned. Croeser will look to make full use of his wealth of international racing experience, as well as the advantage of racing at home. “Just last week I was up there twice in five days, riding sections over and over again, and in the next 10 weeks building up to the World Champs I will complete over 60 laps of the course in World Champs’ specific training, which can only be a good thing,” added the Orange Monkey competitor, who competes in the colours of Kargo MTB Pro team locally. Vital roleFamiliarity with the route and surroundings, the comfort of being close to home and the support of the local crowd are all small elements on their own. However, when added together, Croeser believes they play a vital role in developing a smooth routine in the period just before race day, which is a huge advantage he will have over those travelling from abroad. ‘High hopes’“I have really high hopes for the World Champs,” he said. “I’ve been to the Worlds since I was a junior and this will be my fifth World Champs I’ve competed in, so I now know what to expect and I’m really looking forward to this year’s event. Having grown up in Empangeni in KwaZulu-Natal’s (KZN) Zululand region, Croeser was fortunate to then spend two years living and competing in Europe, which is something he feels has helped his riding immensely. Leading South African under-23 cross country mountain biker Rourke Croeser has set his sights on a top performance at the 2013 UCI MTB & Trials World Championships, to be held at the Cascades MTB Park in Pietermaritzburg from 26 August to 1 September. SAinfo reporter “Having done as many laps as I would have by the time the Worlds get here also gives me huge confidence. I’ll know beforehand what sort of tyre choices, tyre pressures, gears and the rest of the setup works best for me in almost all conditions. He now calls Ballito on KZN’s north coast home and with regular training trips to Cascades and having competed in countless races at the venue, Croeser is relishing the opportunity August’s global spectacle presents. 4 July 2013 “James (Reid) knows how to do well in Maritzburg, Brendon (Davids), if he gets it right on the day, can do really nicely and a couple of the others are going really well, so hopefully it all just comes together for all of us on the day of the race. “It’s those little comforts that all add up and make a big difference and when you look at the margins that we’re dealing with, that little bit really counts at this level,” he added.