Police destroys ganja farms

first_img…over 100 kg cannabis found in 2 campsOver four acres of cultivated cannabis plants were destroyed by ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) in Berbice.One of the farms with cannabis plantsThe fields were discovered by the ranks in DeVeldt and Tabali, Berbice during a drug eradication operation being carried out in the Ancient County.The plants ranged in heights from one foot to five feet. All have been destroyed by fire along with two camps and in excess of 100 kilograms of dried cannabis.However, no arrest has been made as ranks launch an investigation to track the owners of the lands.last_img

Brazil’s 2014 World Cup legacy left little to celebrate

first_imgThe optimistic view seemed credible when the hosting rights were awarded to Brazil in 2007. The economy was booming and two years later Rio would be named to host the 2016 Olympics.But things turned out differently — and not just because the home side went out in a humiliating 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany.The original budget of 17 billion reais ballooned to 27 billion reais (about $11.5 billion at that time). And of the 8.3 billion reais spent on building 12 stadiums, only seven percent came from private investors.“Spending went greatly over projections, with a lot less being completed than had been promised,” said Paulo Henrique Azevedo at Gesporte, which studies sports management at the University of Brasilia.“In numerous cities, transport infrastructure projects were not only unfinished but totally abandoned, despite having already cost millions of reais,” he said.The 2014 World Cup stadium in Manaus in the Amazon was used for soccer matches at the 2016 Olympics but mostly sits empty © AFP / RAPHAEL ALVESThis included airports, tram lines and dozens of other projects that, according to a study by Folha de S.Paulo newspaper, would eventually have brought benefits to 2.5 million people.Rio de Janeiro was the one city that saw all its projects completed, but only in time for the Olympics rather than the World Cup.The mayor at the time, Eduardo Paes, said the World Cup legacy was marked by “white elephants and feeble private investment.” His own management of the Olympic legacy would later receive equally harsh criticism.Azevedo said the basic error committed in Brazil for the World Cup was “building too many stadiums for political reasons.”Some of the 12 stadiums built, like in Manaus, Cuiaba and Brasilia, were in cities with no big team to take over the facilities once the tournament was over.– Corruption –For Brazil’s notoriously corrupt local and federal politicians, the spending spree was a bonanza in overbilling, skimming and pay-to-play schemes with contractors.Brazil defender David Luiz was distraught after Germany hammered the host nation 7-1 in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup © AFP / PEDRO UGARTEFor example, organizers paid three times the market rate for concrete during renovations at the famous Maracana stadium in Rio, which hosted the World Cup final and later the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.In 2012, former Brazilian star striker Romario, who is now a senator, was predicting that the World Cup would be “the biggest robbery in history.”For ordinary Brazilians, the Germany defeat was probably the bitterest part of the experience.“In the collective memory, that 7-1 humiliation looms larger than all the mistakes committed by Brazil,” wrote sports journalist Rodrigo Mattos in his 2016 book “Ladroes de Bola,” or “Thieves of the ball.”On the plus side, the actual tournament passed off smoothly, an experience that paved the way for the equally successful hosting of the Olympics — despite the behind-the-scenes infrastructure and corruption problems.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar left the 2014 World Cup quarter-final between Brazil and Colombia on a stretcher and was ruled out of the rest of the tournament with a back injury © POOL/AFP / FABRIZIO BENSCHRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Jul 6 – When Brazil hosted the World Cup in 2014 the country dreamt of glory, but the beloved national team was thrashed and the tournament left a legacy of unfinished works, huge debts and missing funds.Brazil were hoping to add a sixth trophy to their record five World Cup triumphs, while officials promised that private finance would spare taxpayers the budgetary pain.last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: The fantastic Rockhill Ramblers will be playing LIVE TONIGHT in Sister Sara’s as part of their St Patrick’s Day celebrations.Sister Sara’s has provided top-class entertainment all weekend to get revellers in the mood for St Patrick’s Day. TONIGHT Rockhill Ramblers will provide the entertainment and it promises to be a gig not to be missed!The band has earned plaudits nationwide and is renowned for its distinctive sound and style.Click on the video above to hear the brilliant Rockhill Ramblers perform.DDTV: ROCKHILL RAMBLERS SET TO ROCK SISTER SARA’S TONIGHT was last modified: March 16th, 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

CCTV takes on ‘monstrous persona’ and leaves accused ‘all at sea’

first_imgCCTV has taken on a ‘monstrous persona’ in the case of a Ballybofey man charged with public order offences.Daniel Merritt (30), of 11 Barnes Court, Ballybofey, is charged with threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour and of being intoxicated in a public place at Chestnut Road, Ballybofey, on January 7, 2017. A witness in the case was out of the county when it was before Letterkenny District Court.The court heard that CCTV in the case had ‘gone missing’.“Gardai seem to be of the view that the system had been changed, but now we’re told that the footage was viewed,” Solicitor for Merritt, Mr Frank Dorrian said.“CCTV has taken on a monstrous persona.“Mr Merritt is now left at see. If we are to proceed and he is convicted, how can he get a fair shake.“There is an obligation to seek out any relevant evidence.“There has been a signal failure or a reluctance on the part of the state to pick up the CCTV. That CCTV will prove his innocence and he knows whats on it.”Mr Dorrian said there were ‘dozens of civilians’ present at the time of the alleged incident and said: “If Gardai felt compromised, there was nothing to stop them from identifying other people who were the source of the complaint.“Mr Merritt says he has been wrongly accused.“The basis of the search was also dubious. Sometime tried to film and a phone was taken from the person on the basis that they weren’t allowed to film. That footage was on YouTube for a while and now we have different reasons that the CCTV is not available.”Footage from the cameras concerned was gone when the technician attempted to download it.There were also differing accounts on when Merritt, through Mr Dorrian’s office, had first sought the CCTV.Merritt was remanded on continuing bail to appear at Letterkenny District Court this Friday, September 15.CCTV takes on ‘monstrous persona’ and leaves accused ‘all at sea’ was last modified: September 16th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Daniel MerrittJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more


first_imgA man who was almost struck by a drunk-driver after coming out of church with his children drove after the woman before pulling the keys out of her car.Majella McCrory was disqualified from driving for four years. Pic by Northwest News Pics.The man, Winston Kee, had come out of church with his two children in Carnone, Raphoe when the incident happened. Mr Kee was driving home around 11am on September 14th last when a black Seat Ibiza came around a bend on the wrong side of the road forcing Mr Kee to swerve to avoid a collision.He performed a u-turn and drove after the car and eventually pulled out in front of it forcing it to stop.Behind the wheel was Ms Majella McCrory who admitted having drink taken.However, Ms McCrory of Alt, Castlefin, ran from the scene but was apprehended 300 metres from the scene by Gardai who had been alerted to the incident.Gardai said they got a strong smell of alcohol from Ms McCrory and she was taken to Letterkenny Garda station.Defense solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client had been employed in accountancy-type work but had ben laid off recently after more than six years.He said she would have been better staying home that morning but she had decided to travel to see a friend and chat about her situation.The court heard the mother-of-two also had a conviction for a similar offense in Strabane.Judge Paul Kelly fined Ms McCrory €200 and disqualified her from driving for four years.And he added “I presume she is aware she will have to do something with her alcohol issue.”MAN DROVE AFTER DRUNK-DRIVER AFTER ALMOST BEING HIT WHILE COMING OUT OF CHURCH was last modified: November 4th, 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:castlefincourtdonegaldrunkJudge Paul KellyMajella McCroryRaphoelast_img read more

Maxson gets ball rolling for new AD

first_imgAlthough he’s retiring and although his successor figures to be in place by November and although it would be quite understandable if he didn’t do anything more compelling during his final days than exchange high-fives and handshakes with students, professors and other campus inhabitants, Dr. Robert (Fightin’ Bob) Maxson still is tending seriously to his presidential duties at Long Beach State. In fact, he has spent a considerable amount of time in recent weeks forming a search committee to screen applicants for the 49ers’ athletic director job recently vacated by the storied Bill (Mr. Nice Guy) Shumard, who departed to take charge of the Southern California Special Olympics. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I think it’s good now we get the ball rolling, and have some top candidates in place for the new president to make a choice,” says Maxson. Naturally, the august body Bob Maxson has put together is an eclectic coalition of individuals, representing various factions. In it, you have three people who have made multi-million dollar donations to both academics and athletics at Long Beach State: Dr. Mike Walter, a professor of business who has given so much money to the school that the Pyramid is now named after him; Dr. Mick Ukleja, a one-time 49er football player; and Glen Bickerstaff, a wealthy local businessman. You also have the 49ers’ terrific tennis coach, Jenny Hilt-Costello; the school’s director of intramural sports and former 49er basketball star, Glenn McDonald; the men’s volleyball player, Kevin Cape; the long-time athletic staff member, Pat West; the Dirtbags’ coach, Mike Weathers; the professor of education and faculty athletic rep, Dr. Jana Echevarria; and the interim AD, Cindy Masner. The committee will be chaired by one of the school’s vice presidents. Dr. Doug Robinson, a one-time football star at Iowa State. Now Fightin’ Bob didn’t have to get involved in the process at all and could have waited to let the new Prez select such a group, just as he’s going to let the new Prez make the final decision on who will succeed Shumard. But had he taken such an uninvolved course, a new AD might not have assumed control until next summer, which in Maxson’s view was too long for an athletic department to be without a permanent boss. center_img “This is a true blue ribbon committee,” says Maxson. I’m sure it is, and will not make the miscalculations of its less than enlightening predecessors who offered up stirring endorsements for such disappointments as Wayne Morgan and Larry Reynolds, neither of whom is destined for the College Basketball Hall of Fame, much less the 49er Athletic Hall of Fame. Those forever will be known to me as the Pabst Blue Ribbon committees, for the recommendations they wound up making made about as much sense as those beer-guzzlers do in barroom conversations. Bob Maxson figures about 50 candidates eventually will wind up applying, and that the search committee will pare the number to four finalists by perhaps late November, at which time Maxson will turn the list over to the new president for him to make a final verdict. Who will it be? I’m hoping it’s Brian Gimmillaro, the 49ers’ successful women’s volleyball coach who hasn’t officially announced his candidacy but is intrigued about the AD job. Gimmillaro is bright, strong and charismatic and has a lot of devoted followers in the community. I have no idea who eventually will wind up with the job, but at least Bob Maxson has seen to it that it should be filled by the end of the year. … I was far more shocked when the Sparks announced they had hired Henry Bibby than when they announced they were parting company with him. … I have no idea how the UCLA Bruins will do this football season, but I’m willing to bet anyone a guy with the surname Olson will be their starting quarterback. … I’m not sure even Arnold Palmer’s famous Arnie’s Army ever gave their hero the voluble support that those golf fans in New Jersey did last week to Phil Michelson at the PGA Open. … On those rare occasions when I summon up the courage to look into a mirror, I’m horrified at what I see, because the person staring back has absolutely no resemblance to the one I fondly remember. … That well-known international traveler, Phil Trani, is back from a two-week trip to Italy with his four children, including a visit to his parents’ birthplace, Ischia, a small island in the Bay of Naples near Capri. … The standings insist that the Boston Red Sox, four and a half games ahead of the New York Yankees in the AL East Division going into Thursday night’s match against the Los Angeles Angels, don’t miss Pedro Martinez. And maybe they don’t now. But, oh, will they miss Martinez’s wizardry during the postseason. … Is there a division-leading team in baseball that has endured more gut-wrenching losses than the Angels, who proved those two late-inning meltdowns against the Yankees weren’t flukes by coming right back and doing the same recently against the Oakland A’s? … Stunning purse bid victory by Bob Arum over Don King for the right to stage a Nov. 12 heavyweight match between champion Vitali Klitschko and Hasim Rahman. Arum put up $12 million and probably unwittingly did King a huge financial favor. I wouldn’t put up 12 cents to watch these two counterfeits embarrass their sport. … If the Dodgers go on to win the NL Worst Division, then I’m sure Paul DePodesta would receive a few Executive of the Year votes from those playing it for laughs. … Mike (The Hammer) DiMarzo is wondering why Long Beach’s zaniest character, Dr. Dickie (2Fast2Furious/Count Dracula) Babian, wasn’t given star billing for appearing in “March Of The Penguins.” … I still find one of the most entertaining summer getaways in Southern California to be a leisurely afternoon betting the ponies at picturesque Del Mar. … Tom Lasorda will be honored next Thursday night by the Armada before their game with the Samurai Bears, the latest of many positive marketing moves by the team. Barry Stockhamer continues to do a terrific job running the Armada. … That rising XTRA Sports 570 radio personality, David Vassegh, is making quite a name for himself on the local sports talk circuit with his resourceful work, as just this past week he did live interviews at the Raiders camp in Napa and the Chargers camp in San Diego, to go with his Laker, Dodger and Angel duties. … A Cat’s Tale: She is my Constant House Companion, a seven-year-old, eight-pound Calico with black, orange and white markings. Actually, she was selected at a cat rescue mission by my late wife Gillian, and we named her Orphie, as in orphan. She is adored by everyone on Huntdale, is warm and friendly, is not skittish around strangers, is quite animated and adores the few hours I allow her outside each day. But early this week, she, uncharacteristically, became quite lifeless, which worried me because two other cats I had a long time ago showed similar symptoms before being diagnosed with feline leukemia, which resulted in their deaths. In a near panic, I took Orphie to Los Altos Animal Clinic on Tuesday afternoon at Woodruff and Los Coyotes, but was told by a receptionist that there was only one veterinarian on duty, that I couldn’t get an appointment until Thursday and that she’d kindly give me the number of another place to take my cat. Somehow, I kept my temper in check after all, there was only one other customer in the room and explained that my cat was quite ill, needed immediate attention, and that I had been a regular customer for 30 years. A few moments later I was told my cat would be given a check by the vet, and she was taken in her cage to a back room without my being asked to come along, which I found to be a strange development. Apparently, it was a most cursory check, because the aide who brought the cat back to me said her vital signs were fine and that there didn’t appear to be anything seriously wrong with her. I felt an immediate sense of relief, and made a Thursday appointment, which I’m glad to say I failed to keep because it turned out there was something seriously wrong. You see, by Wednesday, my cat had reached a moribund state she was barely moving at all and a friend recommended I take her to the Community Pet Hospital at Spring and Los Coyotes, which I did, much to my relief and that of my cat. A smiling, personable, empathic receptionist named Wendy Weiss got me right in to see the vet, Dr. Sheree Stern, a passionate animal lover who discovered that Orphie had become infected from serious bite wounds from another cat. She performed minor surgery on Orphie to draw out the pus from her abscess, and gave me antibiotics and a syringe to inject fluids twice a day for Orphie’s condition, and said my cat should make a full recovery within 10 days. One of the many benefits of our American capitalistic system is that we have alternatives, and my cat probably is alive today because we do. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Republican fundraising email features darkened Kaepernick image, report says

first_imgIt has been more than 2 1/2 years since Colin Kaepernick suited up for an NFL game, yet it appears there are people still trying play defense against him.On Wednesday, the National Republican Congressional Committee distributed a fundraising email. On Thursday, Yahoo reported that an image of Kaepernick in the email appeared side-by-side with President Trump, and that the Kaepernick image seemed to have been altered to make Kaepernick’s skin tone appear darker.The email asked respondents who …last_img

No resolution any time soon in dope cases

first_imgWith a number of cases already pending before the anti-doping disciplinary panel, those involving six top quarter-milers of the country seem to be heading for another long battle after Wednesday’s hearing was adjourned for October 5.Defence counsel R K Anand sought reports on the second test of one of the athletes from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) due to which the hearing had to be adjourned.Ashwini Akkunji, Sini Jose, Mandeep Kaur, Jauna Murmu, Priyanka Panwar and Tiana Mary Thomas appeared for their second hearing in the dope cases but there were hardly any arguments exchanged.The defence had sought the documentation package of all the athletes from NADA in the previous hearing. The packages of all the athletes were furnished but it came to light that Tiana tested positive for anabolic steroids in two different tests conducted by NADA – at the inter-state championships in June and an out-of competition test in Patiala.That gave Anand an opportunity to ask for the documentation package of the second test and the hearing had to be adjourned even as the prosecution lawyer asked for it to go ahead with the available documents on other athletes. But chairman of the disciplinary panel Dinesh Dayal allowed Anand another long period to prepare his case.According to the NADA rules, the hearing has to be completed within three months but often the cases have dragged on for months and in some cases, for more than a year. In fact, a few months back, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) also pulled up NADA and asked it to hasten the hearing process. It was only then that NADA woke up to ask the disciplinary panels, which are independent bodies, to pick up the pace in the hearing processes.advertisementOn Wednesday, a three-member panel headed by Dayal also adjourned the hearing in the cases of 11 sports persons who tested positive for methylhexaneamine (MHA) last year.The MHA cases have been going on for close to a year, if not more than that, but the disciplinary panel hasn’t been able to come out with a verdict due to various delays at the pretext of some missing documents or the other.As the case dragged on, NADA stepped in and requested the panel to accelerate proceedings. A time-bound schedule for the hearings was proposed this week, but the hearing has now been adjourned till October 7.Seized or provided?The tests on the food supplements provided by the quartermilers have returned positive but it throws a serious question on what can be tested at the National Drug Testing Laboratory (NDTL) and what not.Besides, there is no clarity on whether the food supplements that were tested there were seized or voluntarily provided by the athletes.It has been reliably learnt that NADA never collected the food supplements from the athletes. It was the Sports Authority of India (SAI) which collected the samples at the behest the Mudgal committee, which is looking into the dope cases in athletics, and passed them on to the NDTL. However, as per the rules, NDTL cannot conduct tests except if the request comes from NADA or from any other national sports federation.Another question that arises is whether the supplements that have returned positive tests are the same as those substance found in the samples provided by the athletes.The banned substance, which has been found in the supplements, is ginseng and if brought to the notice of the panel, it may help the athletes to get a reduced sanction on the basis of “No fault or negligence clause,” mentioned in the NADA code.But for that, the hearing process will have to come to some conclusion which does not seem likely in the near future.Panel head pleads for more staffThe anti-doping disciplinary panelists, who decide the fate of India’s top athletes caught in the drug mess, are finding it hard to carry out their work in the absence of the required facilities.Justice CK Mahajan on Wednesday was once again critical of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for the lack of staff for him and other panelists. “I have been asking for a dedicated staff for hearing proceedings for a long time but I have got nothing,” said Mahajan as he got ready to dictate his order to a NADA official.It is just one official who has been designated to help the anti-doping disciplinary and appeals panel with its daily proceedings. Besides, the official also goes out for sample collection to various places outside the Capital and then has to maintain all the legal and laboratory records of the athletes which are to be provided to the panelists.advertisementAlso, he has to double up as a stenographer as well when the anti-doping panel dictates its order. On Wednesday, when another official came to take the order on a laptop, Mahajan made his displeasure clear.”It will take three days to dictate the order,” he said. Following his comments, one of the lawyers came in to take down the order.last_img read more