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“I used the money to buy things” – security guard tells court

first_img…jailed for 56 monthsSeveral months after being released from prison, having served 36 months for fraud, security guard Ronald Saunders again found himself arraigned before a Georgetown Magistrate on Monday to answer to a charge of fraud.The unrepresented Saunders admitted that on August 6, 2018, while being solely entrusted by Lancelot Bacchus with the sum of $2.7 million to purchase two tractor engines, he fraudulently converted the cash to his own use and benefit.The prosecution’s case is that the 48-year-old Saunders was employed as a security guard at the virtual complainant’s business place, and was given the money to purchase the engines, but never returned with either the engines or the money. The Police were called in, and Saunders was arrested and charged with the offence of fraud.Saunders told the court on Monday that he used the money to buy “things”.“I am sorry for what I did, but I can’t turn back the hands of time. I bought things; phones and other things,” he told the magistrate in a plea of mitigation.After considering the guilty plea, Senior Magistrate Judy Latchman sentenced Saunders to 56 months’ imprisonment.PrecedentSaunders had previously been charged in June 2016 for a similar offence. He had then been solely entrusted by Clint McKenzie with 12 ounces of raw gold, valued $2,760,000, to sell and bring the proceeds to McKenzie; but he had fraudulently converted the money to his own use and benefit. On that occasion, he was jailed for 36 months.last_img read more

GWI to add 15,000 more water meters in 2019

first_img…business persons involved in illegal connections – GWI HeadAs US$14 billion of potable water is wasted worldwide, Managing Director of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI), Dr Richard Van West-Charles has said that the authority will be working to curb Guyana’s addition to this figure by increasing the amount of metered customers and reducing illegal connections.Speaking at his end-of-year press conference at GWI’s Headquarters in Vlissengen Road, Georgetown, Van West-Charles revealed on Monday that certain business owners and affluent persons are also involved in illegal water connections.“This we have found straddled the socio-economic strata of this country and many people who really can afford were also sometimes found having illegal connections and going forward in 2019, we’re not going to waste any time in taking the necessary steps to address it,” he noted.Van West-Charles would not identify the defaulters or their locations by name when probed by the media but rather, he focused on the authority’s plans for reducing water wastage and revenue losses from this year. He noted that some 15,000 additional meters will be procured through an Islamic Development Bank loan to ensure more customers are monitored. This is in addition to 15,000 meters that were already obtained under a loan with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).He revealed that Georgetown in its entirety will be covered as a matter of priority, which will increase the number of metered consumers across the country. Metered connections across the country stands at 52 per cent. It was explained that this is the first time that metered customers outnumber the unmetered section of society.Smart metersAccording to officials, the increase in the contingent of meters comes as many unmetered consumers are using water indiscriminately by not turning off taps and leaving water tanks to overflow at nights.The body will be using more smart meters to improve its data recording. These are Automated Meter Reading (AMR) systems which will be installed in 2019. Van West-Charles observed that meter readers will soon be going around with tablets to input the readings which are geared at reducing errors on the billing system.These errors have proved to be quite challenging for GWI. In fact, it was disclosed that there was an ‘inflexible and inefficient customer information and billing system. More than that, access to customers’ premises to read meters was an issue. Other problems included untimely payment of bills where in some cases; it was found that 40 per cent of customers waited 90 days to pay their bills which affected efficiency.Vandalism, geographic access to potable water, unreliable power supply, poor quality of materials available and procurement constraints were some of the issues observed last year. Despite losses in 2018, GWI was able to secure over $4 billion in revenue for 2018 which was a 10 per cent increase from 2017. Van West-Charles encouraged the public to continue reporting leakages as GWI seeks to improve its efficiency.last_img read more

Govt threatens to shut down RUSAL

first_imgFiring of striking workersAfter a series of protests by various stakeholders in Guyana against the recent actions of Bauxite Company of Guyana Inc (BCGI), which is owned by Russian Aluminum company, RUSAL, where 61 striking employees were fired, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman on Friday said Government is geared at taking action against the company, even if it means having the company shut down its operations in Guyana.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman“What I can say is that I have ordered the GGMC (Guyana Geology and Mines Commission) to conduct a technical and legal assessment of all of RUSAL’s operations. I am hoping that I can get that report for presentation to his Excellency (President David Granger) and other Ministers on Tuesday. And we are looking at all of the legal and other consequences, either them closing or we closing them. We just can’t have the status quo continue as is,” said the Minister on Friday, on the sidelines of a tour of the bauxite operations in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).He said the lawyers representing the Government have advised that an assessment needs to be completed before further comments surrounding the issue can be made.ConciliationMeanwhile, in a release to the media on Friday, Chief Labour Officer Charles Ogle stated that he has invited the management the company along with the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers’ Union (GB&GWU) to a meeting on Monday at the Labour Department.The Chief Labour Officer is optimistic that at Monday’s meeting, he would be able to convince management of the Russian-based company that in the interest of all stakeholders’ normalcy be returned without further delay.The 61 workers were fired by the Russian owned company after they protested a one per cent salary increase, which they said were agreed to by Government. Following a meeting with Government, RUSAL refused to reinstate the workers and subsequently dismissed 30 more persons from the department in order to temporarily close it as a result of the strike actions.On Thursday, union leaders in Guyana took to the streets to stage a picketing exercise in front of RUSAL’s headquarters in Queenstown, Georgetown. The leaders called on Government to take action against the foreign enterprise, citing that it had violated laws of Guyana and the rights of workers.GB&GWU President Lincoln Lewis, during the protest, told the media that the protest attracted the leaders of all trade unions operating in Guyana because they are cognisant that over the last decade RUSAL has been operating in a manner without impunity resulting in the citizens of Guyana suffering.Sugar workers’ callMeanwhile, sugar workers, particularly those fired following the closure of several estates, are now calling for similar representation in the wake of the unions’ collective response to RUSAL’s termination of over 90 bauxite workers.Over the past three years, Government has closed four sugar estates – Skeldon, Wales, Enmore and Rose Hall – putting more than 7000 workers on the breadline. The rights of some of these workers were trampled upon after they were forced to wait for more than one year to receive their severance packages from the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo).As such, in light of Thursday’s protest by the trade unions of Guyana outside RUSAL’s headquarters, the sugars workers believe a similar approach would be beneficial to their cause.BCGI positionDuring a meeting at the Labour Department last week, the BCGI representatives said the company does not recognise the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union.“We have no relation with this union,” the Russian company’s representative had said. “It happened before I came to Guyana to work … it was an alternative poll. This poll took place on October 3, 2017. It was won by Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union.Only a few weeks after, we got information that the Judge in (a case decided) this board was constituted with some breaches and could be considered illegal. It meant former worker was considered by decision of Judge illegal. I think many people knew the board was illegal. But nobody said to us such a (poll) could be considered nil and void,” the company’s representative said.This is a reference to the judgement issued in the case of the Trade Union Recognition and Certification Board (TURCB) versus the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Guyana (FITUG).FITUG General Secretary Carvil Duncan had claimed that TURCB unilaterally appointed a chairman in 2015 without consulting them, and only recognised the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC).In the written judgement issued by the High Court on November 8, 2017, it said FITUG was not consulted prior to the appointment of a chair in 2015. This was found to be in violation of the Trade Union Recognition Act, especially as it relates to the selection of a chairman of the organisation.last_img read more

Everton in for Celta Vigo star

first_imgEverton will have to fork out £8m to land Celta Vigo hitman Nolito, who struck a quickfire hat-trick against the Toffees earlier this week.The Spaniard, who can play up front and on the wing, caught the eye of Everton boss Roberto Martinez on Wednesday when he struck three times inside the space of 16 minutes to fire Celta to a 3-1 friendly win against the Premier League side.The player’s camp are aware of interest from Everton but Spanish newspaper Marca claim the Toffees have not yet produced a formal offer for the 27-year-old.Celta are confident of holding on to the former Barcelona attacker and will refuse to entertain any offers below his £8m minimum release clause fee.Nolito, who is under contract until 2017, scored 14 times in 35 La Liga outings last term. 1 Nolito last_img

Job Vacancy: Magees Pharmacy seeking Full-Time Pharmacist

first_imgMagees Pharmacy in Letterkenny is recruiting for a full-time Pharmacist to join their experienced dispensary team.Magees is a well-established and experienced dispensary with two pharmacists and five technicians.Management are currently seeking a Qualified and PSI Registered Pharmacist to join the team. Benefits of this role include an attractive salary, staff incentives, pleasant working environment, no Sunday work and occasional Saturday working, and flexible working arrangements.If you think this job role is suitable for you or if you know of anyone that would be interested in working in a busy pharmacy, please send all CVs to careers@magees.ieJob Vacancy: Magees Pharmacy seeking Full-Time Pharmacist was last modified: July 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Job VacancyjobsMagee’s PharmacyPharmacistlast_img read more

LETTER FROM INDIA: HELPING TO BUILD HOPE IN A COMMUNITY

first_imgChildren at teaching seasonA group from LYIT has travelled to India with Habitat for Humanity to build homes for those less well off than ourselves.Those who arrived in India yesterday are lecturer Mary Dunnion, lecturer Dr Kevin O’Brien and students Tony Mc Gilloway, Shaun Gallagher, Elaine Coleman, Siobhan Carty, Niamh Fleming and Fiona Sammon. All the students travelling are part of the nursing degree programme at LYIT.Tony McGilloway is sending regular letters from India on their work. Here’s his first dispatch. Hi Folks,Yesterday was a good day, we were joined by two other Habitat teams, one from the Netherlands the other from Northern Irelands Queens University, one of their team is a Donegal woman from, Cranford, Clenagh Harkin. It took every member of all three teams to get the concrete roof finished, there was a small cement mixer there but everything else was done by hand. The family that were taking ownership of the house helped and they were delighted to get this part of their house completed as according to the group leaders the roof cost about a third of the complete house because it has to be reinforced to protect the family from as mentioned in the last letter, cyclones, floods and earthquakes. Shaun, Mary and myself, want to thank all those who sponsored us, especially those from our individual communities of Dungloe, Castlefinn and Dunfanaghy for their help as it would not have been possible for us to be here without their help.Today we spent the day with village school children. Charly, our Habitat coordinator felt that because our team specialise in health, that the children would benefit from health education. So we presented a lesson based on hygiene, fitness and diet. The girls on the team took the girls of the school and the boys took the boys. We had interpreters who translated our lesson. The children were very attentive and seemed to really enjoy the lesson. One thing that we all found interesting was that the children had in many of their pencil cases cut-outs of the graphic warnings of cigarette smoking that are on tobacco products and they traded them. When we allowed them to ask us a few questions, we were amazed by their scientific knowledge and rather than ask us about Ireland, they seemed more concerned about the health of their parents. They wanted to know things like what the bad effects of working at night time are and how they could help their parents stop smoking. So all in all, today was a very good day and we hope that we provided the children with knowledge that may empower them into making healthy choices. Tomorrow we are back on the building site; let’s hope the heat drops slightly from the relentless 40 degrees we have experienced so far.Shaun and Tony Pondicherry, India. Jason, Tony Mc Gilloway, Kevin O’Brien and Shaun Gallagher at Teaching season.Tony from The LYIT team along with some of Habitats N. Ireland teamHard at work on the roof    LETTER FROM INDIA: HELPING TO BUILD HOPE IN A COMMUNITY was last modified: July 1st, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:LETTER FROM INDIA: HELPING TO BUILD HOPE IN A COMMUNITYlast_img read more

BUSTER’S SUPER CHRISTMAS SURPRISE FOR CHARITIES

first_imgDanny O Carroll (From Mrs Brown’s Boys) pictured at the presentation of nearly €10,915 which was raised at his Fundraising Party at the Mt Errigal Hotel. Pictured from left are Evelyn Smith representing the Children Pediatric Comfort Fund Letterkenny General Hospital . Laura Jackson, events manager at the Mt Errigal Hotel.Photo By Brian McDaidACTOR and comedian Danny O’Carroll brought some Christmas cheer to two deserving local charities today – when he handed over cheques worth more than €21k.The money was raised at his incredible celebrity bash at the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny earlier this month.Today he handed over the proceeds of the night to the Children’s Unit at Letterkenny General Hospital where the €10,195 will help make the unit better. And he handed over another €10,195 to the autistic unit at Lurgybrack National School.Stars from sport and screen had attended the charity dinner – serving food to delighted fans.They included many of the stars from the show in which Danny stars as ‘Buster’ – Mrs Brown’s Boys.Danny told Donegal Daily: “I’d like to thank everyone who supported our night out, from all those who came from near and far, to those who supported the auction and raffle. “These are two very deserving causes and it made my Christmas to be able to hand over this money to them today.”He’s now hoping the Christmas charity dinner will be an annual event.“I’m already drawing up a list of people to come along,” he added.Super soccer stars Ronnie Whelan and Ray Houghton  joined stars from Mrs Brown’s Boys, Adam (Ian Beale from Eastenders), rugby legend Shane Byrne and ex-world champ Bernard Dunne for the superb charity night.Danny O Carroll (From Mrs Brown’s Boys) pictured at the presentation of  €10,915 which was raised at his Fundraising Party at the Mt Errigal Hotel. Pictured Laura Jackson, events manager at the Mt Errigal Hotel. and Ann Fox School Principal, representing Lurgybrack National School Photo By Brian McDaidBUSTER’S SUPER CHRISTMAS SURPRISE FOR CHARITIES was last modified: December 23rd, 2014 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:charityDanny O’CarrollfundraiserMrs Brown’s Boyslast_img read more

DONEGAL REPORTER TO TAKE PART IN TV3 WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT

first_imgTV3’s Ciara Doherty form Donegal.Letterkenny’s well-known TV3 reporter, Ciara Doherty, will join her colleagues to help break a Guinness World Record today.Every day this year in Ireland at least two families lost their home and became homeless. To help combat the crisis, TV3 and Focus Ireland are teaming up for a major fundraising campaign to raise awareness and funds.TV3 presenters and well-known faces are getting behind the campaign in order to raise money and achieve a potential Guinness World Record! The campaign also encourages people to show their ‘Hand4Homelessness’ along with a text donation of €2 to Focus Ireland.Some of TV3’s most popular stars, including Xposè’s Glenda Gilson, Karen Koster, Peter O’Riordan, Lisa Cannon and the cast of TV3’s hit soap Red Rock, including Denise McCormack, Cathy Belton, David Crowley, Pandora McCormick, Valerie O’Connor, Adam Weafer, India Mullen, Jack Nolan, Darren Cahill, Roisin O’Donovan and Andrea Irvine will all be at Bank Of Ireland, College Green this Monday (21st December) to attempt to break a Guinness World Record and lend their support for TV3 and Focus Ireland’s ‘#Hand4Homelessness’ campaign.TV3 is also inviting the general public to take part in this major fundraising initiative, which will be broadcast on all TV3 live shows throughout the day, kicking off with Ireland AM and followed by Midday, The 12:30, The 5:30, Xposé and The Seven O’Clock Show. From 9.45am to 5.45pm on Monday, a giant mural will be erected outside the piazza in front of Bank of Ireland on College Green in Dublin.People are invited to come along and leave a handprint on the giant mural to show their hand of support for homelessness. If TV3 succeed in collecting over 3,000 handprints, it will mean a guaranteed €6,000 (€2 per handprint) in donations to Focus Ireland and a new Guinness World Record! An adjudicator from Guinness World Records UK will be present at the event. Other familiar faces who will be showing up to, quite literally, lend a hand at the initiative throughout the day include Irish rugby legend Shane Byrne, retired Irish footballer Paddy Mulligan, model Teodora Sutra, Cocoa Brown’s Marissa Carter, Ireland AM’s Ciara Doherty, Deric Hartigan and a host of Midday and Ireland AM contributors.Over an eight hour period TV3 will attempt to break the current Guinness Record of 3,000 hand prints on a canvas. The image that we will be recreating will be a familiar one to most of us, the Dublin Skyline. Artist Holly Keating is designing the picture.For those who can’t make it into College Green for the fundraising initiative, you can show your hand of support by taking a short video or picture showing your unique ‘Hand4Homelessness’ and texting “HAND” to 50300 to donate €2.Family homelessness is now at a crisis not seen in recent times in Ireland. More than 1500 children and their 800 families are currently homeless living in unsuitable emergency accommodation in B&B’s and hotel rooms, with whole families often confined to a single room without adequate cooking facilities or somewhere safe for children to play. Living in these circumstances puts a lot of stress on any family. Often it impacts on children the most. It can cause anxiety, health and nutrition problems. It also sees some children falling behind in school and makes it almost impossible for the wider family to continue as normal in daily life.Focus Ireland’s family team works to provide vital support for families and children who are homeless in these terrible situations, and this work helps up to 20 families who are homeless to secure a home each month and move on. However, at the same time 70 to 80 new families are still becoming homeless every month along with many single people and Focus Ireland need public support to make sure their services can meet this rising need. For more information on how you can take part simply log onto www.TV3.ie/hand4homelessness, or join the campaign socially by texting “HAND”, alongside a pic of you or someone you love showing your ‘hand of support’ to 50300. Each text will automatically donate €2 to Focus Ireland.*Remember to pass your nomination on to your friends and family to encourage them to also show their ‘Hand4Homelessness’ by taking a video or pic and texting “HAND” to 50300 to donate €2 to Focus Ireland.DONEGAL REPORTER TO TAKE PART IN TV3 WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT was last modified: December 20th, 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)last_img read more

PUNTERS IN ONE DONEGAL BAR ARE PRAYING FOR A MANCHESTER UNITED DEFEAT!

first_imgFREE shots in this popular bar tonight if Manchester United lose to CSKA Moscow.A popular Donegal bar are giving away FREE shots if Manchester United lose their Champions League match against CSKA Moscow tonight.Management at Casadh An TSúgáin are offering patrons a FREE shot if Manchester United lose against their Russian opponents in tonight’s crunch clash in Moscow.Casadh An TSúgáin is located in the heart of Loughanure and is renowned for its fantastic coverage of all sports – and is usually packed for Champions League matches. However, a few more may put their head through the door tonight – especially if Manchester United are hurtling towards defeat against CSKA Moscow.The man responsible for the promotional offer Ruairí White – who is a massive Liverpool fan told Donegal Daily, “We giving all patrons a FREE shot if Manchester United lose tonight.“If tonight’s defeat resulted in their exit from the competition – we would give customers a FREE pint and a FREE shot.“However, it’s too early for that yet, but that offer WILL be available later in either the group stages, or the KO stages of the Champions League! It’s safe to say the owners of the bar and employees aren’t fond of Louis Van Gaal’s side.Supporters of Manchester United in the locality may avoid the bar tonight!The bar is owned by former Donegal player Stephen Cassidy, who is the elder brother of  two-time All-Star Kevin Cassidy.Both are massive Celtic supporters and we doubt a similar offer will be available tomorrow night if Celtic fail to beat Molde FC in Norway in the Europa League!Ruairí also quipped, “There’s no point in running the same promotional offer for Liverpool’s Europa League match tomorrow – as Liverpool will win with ease in Jurgen Klopp’s first game at Anfield!” PUNTERS IN ONE DONEGAL BAR ARE PRAYING FOR A MANCHESTER UNITED DEFEAT! was last modified: October 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:FeaturesnewsSportlast_img read more

Champions League draw: Which groups have Premier League clubs been drawn in?

first_img impact Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday silverware Getty highlights 1 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Four teams have made it to this stage from the Premier League, with Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs all learning their fate.Champions League groups in fullGroup A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Club BruggeGroup B: Barcelona, Tottenham Hotspur, PSV Eindhoven, Inter MilanGroup C: Paris Saint-Germain, Napoli, Liverpool, Crvena zvezdaGroup D: Lokomotiv Moskva, Porto, Schalke, GalatasarayGroup E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK AthensGroup F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, HoffenheimGroup G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria PlzenGroup H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys smart causal Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more The draw for the 2018/19 Champions League has been made in the Monaco.Europe’s cream of the crop went into the hat at the lavish ceremony and have now been divided into their eight groups for this seasons competition. The Champions League draw has been made in Monaco England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures FOOTBALL LATEST possible standings Champions League 2018/19 scheduleSeptember 18-19: Group stage, matchday oneOctober 2-3: Group stage, matchday twoOctober 23-24: Group stage, matchday threeNovember 6-7: Group stage, matchday fourNovember 27-28: Group stage, matchday fiveDecember 11-12: Group stage, matchday sixDecember 17: Round of 16 drawFebruary 12-13 & 19-20: Round of 16, first legMarch 5-6 & 12-13: Round of 16, second legMarch 15: Quarter-final & semi-final drawApril 9-10: Quarter-finals, first legApril 16-17: Quarter-finals, second legApril 30 – May 1: Semi-finals, first legMay 7-8: Semi-finals, second legSaturday June 1: Final at the Estadio Metropolitano, Madridlast_img read more