Logging Company Dragged Into PUP US$6M Fraud Trial

first_imgThe ongoing US$6M Private Use Permit (PUP) case involving four former senior managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) and a senior surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy has taken a dramatic turn, after a logging company, Universal Forest Corporation, was accused of paying a bribe to get the permit.The company is expected to appear before Judge Peter W. Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C’ today to provide the original copy of the receipt allegedly obtained from one of the defendants, John Kantor, former FDA technical manager for commercial service.Kantor, along with other senior management officials  of the FDA, including the  dismissed Managing Director Moses Wogbeh, are on trial for their individual roles in facilitating the wrongful and illegal issuance of sixty-one PUPs that authorized commercial logging operation on the 2.5 million hectares of farm land, in which Universal is implicated for bribery.The decision to cite Universal Forest Corporation came immediately following the testimony by a state witness, James Dorbor Jallah, who chaired the Presidential Special Independent Investigation Body (SIIB).  His testimony linked the logging company for having paid a bribe for the performance of services they were required to do under the PUP.In his testimony, Jallah further alleged, “John Kantor was one of those members of the senior management team of the FDA on whom we found evidence indicating that he (Kantor) had received money from logging companies as was provided in the report.”He further testified, “I do not remember all of the names but their names are listed in the report that was marked in evidence yesterday.”When Jallah was asked by prosecution during his testimony to identify a photocopy of the alleged receipt issued by defendant Kantor to the logging company, he replied, “ I recognized this instrument (receipt) to be the one submitted to us during the investigation by the Universal Forest Corporation, based upon our request for all individuals, companies, communities and organizations to submit any and all documents that were in their possession relating to the issuance and operation of the PUP.”Again asked where was the original?  The state witness said, “The copy that was received by our committee were photocopies of the originals. The company did not submit the original copy of that document.” It was following that testimony that the state lawyers asked Judge Gbeneweleh to mandate the logging company to produce the original copy of the receipt they received from defendant Kantor.In their request to the court, prosecution said, “At this stage counsel for the prosecution requests your Honor for the issuance of an order (subpoena) on the management of Universal Forest Corporation to produce the original copy of the instrument (receipt) same being a cash receipt issued the said company by Mr. John Kantor dated October 20, 2011 on the stationary of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA).”Accepting prosecution’s request, Judge Gbeneweleh declared that “Submission is hereby granted. The clerk of this court is hereby ordered to issue the Subpoena and place same in the hand of sheriff commanding the Subpoena entity to produce the original copy of the instrument (receipt) herein named before this Honorable court on Thursday, April 9, 2014, at 9  a.m.  It is hereby so ordered.” The crimes for which the four former senior managers of the FDA and a senior surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy are being tried include economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, forgery or counterfeiting, obtaining and issuing deceptive writings and obstruction of government functions by public servants.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Another community centre commissioned in Linden

first_img– as part of New Horizons 2019 initiativeAs part of the exercises conducted by the United States Armed Forces Southern Command, New Horizons Exercise 2019, another community centre was commissioned at Blueberry Hill, Wismar, Linden, in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) on Thursday.The newly commissioned community centre in LindenThis was in addition to a playground at Block 22, Wismar. The exercises were marked by official opening ceremonies attended by personnel from both the local and foreign Armed Forces, officials and residents.Speaking on behalf of President David Granger, Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency, Joseph Harmon noted that the project is yet another outstanding representation of the excellent relations which exist between the United States of America and Guyana, as he pointed to the importance of community centres in bringing development to communities.“The Government of Guyana holds that relationship which has existed since August of 1966 in the highest regard. Throughout this relationship, our counties have cultivated strong, stable and sound relations. Guyana and the United States of America are bounded by geography, history and friendship that are premised on the principles of mutual respect, cooperation, respect for international laws and treaties and the maintenance of international peace and security. The United States of America continues to be one of Guyana’s most significant trade and investment partners and we truly appreciate the many programmes which have contributed to our national development and to positive social change in our society”, Harmon explained.Harmon further noted that assiduous work will ensure future activities in 2020 as he pointed out that conversations in this area are very important in bridging the gap between the length of time in which such projects are executed.“…we are also looking at some of the things that our President holds very dear to him and that is the way in which we connect our people on the coast and our people in the hinterland…with the completion of three community centres, one at Yarrowkabra, Linden-Soesdyke Highway… and two in Linden…also completing a shelter for women…the Government of Guyana is committed to building resilient communities…”, he said.Harmon also noted that community centres will contribute to the objective in providing a base in which the community can organise and educate.This, he noted, will lead to the improvement in the quality of life of residents within the communities. Additionally, he said the project will make an indelible mark on communities where the centres are located.The construction of the women’s shelter, which is located in Linden, he stated, should also be commended as he noted that it will aid in the protection, education, empowerment as well as serve a refuge for women. He noted that community centres should be used to promote development, entrepreneurship and enterprises as well as hubs for social, economic and cultural activities.The centres, Harmon said, must also be properly managed and maintained in accordance with the vision of the Green State economy. He also thanked all involved in the initiatives.Chief of Staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Brigadier Patrick West in his remarks also extended gratitude to the United States military for improved bilateral relations, positing that the New Horizons 2019 team was able to achieve more through cooperation and coordination between militaries. He said the community centre building would have a huge impact on members of the society, more so for victims of abuse and domestic violence as he also extended gratitude to the Guyana Defence Force.“Projects such as these benefit a wide cross-section of our society…many thanks to the Guyana Defence Force for its continued support and guidance…I want to say, from all perspectives, our Force will continue to benefit from shared interactions…and tangible manifestations and goodwill… I look forward to continued and deeper bilateral military relations to the benefit of both Forces and nations”, he noted.Mayor of Linden, Waneka Arindell also pointed to the importance of the projects in the community as she underscored the impacts and benefits which they bring to the lives of the people in the community.last_img read more

Officials confiscate $6 million in marijuana plants at house

first_imgWires hung from the ceiling and dozens of electrical outlets were attached to the wall. As in the other houses, the wires that fed powerful, 1,000-watt grow lights, fans and generators had been rigged to bypass Southern California Edison meters. Though the windows of the home were covered by curtains or plastic tarpaulins to block the view from the outside, Whitten pointed to a light that had been placed under a window that was timed to turn on and give the appearance of someone being inside the vacant home. Kathleen Nolan said the fact that this occurred across the street from her house came as a shock, especially with two police officers who live in the area. “You just never would have guessed it,” Nolan said. Bill Dennis, who has lived on Farben Street for five years, said the three young men who moved into the home in fall of 2005, and whom Dennis helped install the garage door, were excellent neighbors. Plants and shrubs were regularly maintained and the house’s exterior was repainted last week, he said. Other neighbors said that they rarely saw anyone home. “I came around trying to sell candy in October. Nobody answered and it smelled a little weird,” said Elyse Goin, 12, who lives nearby. Her friend, Imani Butler, 12, said she never saw anyone go in or out of the house. “It always looked kind of abandoned or vacant,” said her mother, Michelle Butler. “It’s just odd. This is a pretty family-oriented neighborhood. Pretty much everyone talks to each other. But we didn’t really know who they were.” bethania.palma@sgvn.com caroline.an@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2393, 2108 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DIAMOND BAR – Narcotics officers discovered hundreds of marijuana plants Monday inside a house in a residential neighborhood. The find was similar to several others previously made in Rowland Heights, Diamond Bar, Chino Hills and Pomona. As in those cases, the house on Farben Drive had been gutted to make room for the indoor farm, and no one lived inside. Los Angeles sheriff’s narcotics authorities raided the home at 742 Farben Drive about 2 p.m. and found 985 high-potency plants valued at nearly $6 million. Authorities arrested Ken Ho, 26, and Chuan Zhou, 42 at the scene on suspicion of cultivating marijuana. Sheriff’s Lt. James Whitten said investigators were tipped off by a neighbor “within the last week.” He said authorities are looking into whether the house “is connected to the others we’ve been investigating.” This is the eighth indoor pot bust locally in less than a month. Since March 21, authorities have found two houses in Diamond Bar, three in Rowland Heights, one in Chino Hills and one in Pomona. Many neighbors in the quiet, hilly neighborhood said the house has changed hands numerous times in recent years, but nothing of the yellow-and-white, two-story home alerted them to illegal activity. The sprinklers and lights were on a timer, and a gardener came every Saturday afternoon, they said. Inside the house, a pungent smell of marijuana plants hung in the air, even though investigators had removed the plants hours earlier. last_img read more

FASHION – THINGS ARE HOTTING UP FOR DONEGAL MEN!

first_imgTHE MAN HAS STYLE…With the climate outside just starting to catch up to the clothes inside shops right now, it’s time to start planning your warm…(er) weather wardrobe with Evolve Menswear in the Letterkenny Retail Park. From floral prints to the many shades of blue, here are a few classy men’s trends to get your inspirational juices flowing for spring/summer 2014. Rory Kavanagh goes casualModelling a small selection of 2014 Spring Summer trends for men are Donegal’s Rory Kavanagh, Eamon McGee and Michael Murphy.Something blueEamon McGeeBlue is the colour of the season. You’ll find blue in everything from shirts to shoes and blazers to suits, in every label and at every price point. It’s endlessly versatile, flattering on everyone and generally is an instant classic.Go Floral (if you dare) The man with great confidence and style will love the energy of fashion-forward florals. You will see them popping up everywhere – in shirts or just part of a garment, like a pocket or on the sleeves. Be warned: Wear only one floral piece at a time, or you risk looking like the whole bouquet.Spring jacketsWe’re not blessed with the greatest climate here in Ireland, so a smart jacket is a Spring must-have.Suits you Mr Murphy!FootwearFor all you men that are interested in fashion, footwear does matter; in fact every inch of your outfit can create an everlasting first impression, so for spring/summer let’s make it a good one! Brogues to canvas trainers to loafers are all a go for the season.Whether you require lightweight knitwear, a sharp summer suit, or a whole new Spring wardrobe, look no further than the sophisticated, style-forward SS14 collections now available at Evolve Menswear. You will find all the top fashion brands including Jack & Jones, Tommy Hilfiger, Lyle & Scott, Levi’s Adidas Originals, Tommy Bowe, Vans, Dubarry, G-Star, Remus, Daniel Grahame, Fred Perry and many more. FASHION – THINGS ARE HOTTING UP FOR DONEGAL MEN! was last modified: March 28th, 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:donegalEvolveFashionmenswearlast_img read more

Pius Wangi stars as SC Villa scrap to victory over Paidha Black Angels

first_imgVilla are now 10th on the standings (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League SC Villa – Paidha Black Angels Mandela National Stadium, NambooleTuesday, 12-02-2019NAMBOOLE – Pius Wangi struck a brace as SC Villa defeated Paidha Black Angels 2-1 in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League.In one of the six games played on Tuesday, the former Vipers winger scored two first half goals and despite Paidha pulling one back in the second half, the jogoos held on to win back to back games for the first time this season.Paidha seemed to be up to the task at the start, throwing numbers into the Villa half but they were made to pay at the other end as Pius Wangi lashed onto a through ball, found himself one on one with John Kalumba and slotted into the net for 1-0.Moments later Bashir Mutanda thought he had scored his 12 goal of the season when he turned the ball in off Douglas Owori’s through ball but he was judged to have been in an offside position.At the other end, Paidha had their first real opportunity but Dickens Okwir headed straight at the woodwork with Saidi Keni in the Villa goal beaten for dead.On 9 minutes, Kalumba tried to dribble past Charles Lwanga who robbed him of the ball but the custodian was relived to see the ball go out for a goal-kick.With just 17 minutes of the game played, Villa made it 2-0. Wangi who scored the first goal was at it again, turning in Lwanga’s low cross from the right with Kalumba beaten. Villa could have added another instantly after the restart but this time Kalumba foiled Owori from close range after he was played in by a delicious through ball off Mutanda’s deadly right foot.The wave after wave of Villa attacks looked to have been halted as the Jogoos decided to control the game. In response, Paidha started manufacturing several half chances and Keni had to be called in action on several occasions.With 6 minutes to half time, Lwanga wasted a glorious opportunity to put day light between his side and the visitors when he failed to convert one on one with Kalumba after he was played in expertly by Emma Kalyowa.By sound of the first half whistle, Villa was in charge of proceedings, holding a healthy 2-0 lead.Just like it was the case in the win over Vipers last Saturday, Joseph Ssemuju replaced Pius Wangi at the start of the second half.Paidah made their first substitution on 52 minutes with Pate Wanox replaces Hassan Patib.Moments later, Okwir pulled a goal bavk for the visitors, pouncing onto a Derrick Ndahiro poor clearance and striking past Keni from a tight angle. Replays shown the ball deflected off Asuman Alishe’s foot and wrong footed Keni.Villa looked to have woken up and Bashir Mutanda again found the back of the net off Kalyoowa’s through ball but was once again judged to have been offside.At the hour mark, Villa made their second substitution with Habib Kavuma replacing the booked Adriko at Center-half.Kasirye Muhammad become the second player to be booked on 62 minutes for a foul on Lwanga.35′ Okwir pounces onto poor clearance by Derrick Ndahiro and shoots at goal.Four minutes later James Wambade missed a good chance to pull the visitors level, blasting over Okwir’s well cautioned header inside the Villa area.Paidha pressed for an equalizer but were always suspect on the counter and on 72 minutes, they were only saved bu Kalumba who raced off the line to foil Mutanda who was through on goal. In the process, the custodian hurt himself and did seek for medical attention.With Kalumba getting medical attention, Villa made their final substitution, sending on Lincoln Mukisa in place of Lwanga.Moments later, Kalumba signaled that he desired to be taken off and was replaced by Pius Dibala.With the game approaching its climax, Kavuma whipped in a cross from the left which was controlled by Mutanda who in turn teed up Owori but the midfielder blasted over from just outside the box.Dickson Galabuzi was booked with 4 minutes to play for tagging back Mutanda.On 87 minutes, Paidha sent on Andrew Kidega to replace Wambade in an effort to find a second goal.With just a minute to normal time, Kidega squandered a glorious opportunity to score a second for the visitors, striking first time a cross from the right but his weak effort was comfortably dealt with by Keni.Villa who defeated Vipers 3-1 on Saturday now move onto 21 points and into 10th position on the standings.For Paidha, they remain rooted at the bottom of the log having gathered only 9 points so far.Comments Tags: paidha black anglesPius WangiSC VillaStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetoplast_img read more

5 Great Viral Variations On The Marriage Equality Meme

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos 3. Bacon Equality From the webcomic geniuses over at The Oatmeal, we present you with a call for equal rights for bacon. Who wouldn’t get behind that? Unless you were under social media blackout yesterday, you couldn’t have missed the Internet rising up to support marriage equality via the sharing of a pink-on-red “equal sign” icon. It also didn’t take long for wags across the Web to begin sharing variations on that theme.The original image — a brainchild of activists at the Human Rights Campaign — aimed to rally support on the first day of Supreme Court oral arguments over California’s Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state when voters approved it in 2008. The campaign began simply, with many people adopted the image as their social media profile pictures.Soon enough though, the Internet meme machine kicked into gear, producing some hilarious — and occasionally powerful and inspiring — variations on what now feels like an iconic image. Here are five of the best.1. Ring Me, MaybeFrom Facebook user Terri Allison, who shared the image on the page of social media maven and gay rights activist George Takei. The Star Trek actor had a field day yesterday sharing viral iterations of the equal sign with abandon.  4. Grumpy Cat Says “Yes”It takes a lot to get Grumpy Cat to throw her weight behind a cause. Fun fact: Grumpy Cat’s real name is Tardar Sauce, and Catster’s Amy Vernon got to meet her in person at this year’s SXSW.   Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit nick stattcenter_img Tags:#Activism#Meme 2. Weigh In, He MustWitness this apt Star Wars line from the galaxy’s inverse syntactical proverb master, Master Yoda.  Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification 5. The Circle Of Life The moment Rafiki holds up Simba in The Lion King is about as iconic as it gets. It’s a nice Photoshop job that makes a simple point. last_img read more

London Olympics: Mahe Drysdale wins gold in single sculls rowing

first_imgFive-time world champion rower Mahe Drysdale of New Zealand powered to gold in the single sculls event at the London Olympics on Friday. Drysdale won by a length to clock six minutes, 57.82 seconds ahead of Czech rower Ondreij Synek, the silver medallist in Beijing, who was 1.5 seconds back.Britain’s Alan Campbell won the bronze in 7:03.28, pushing Lassi Karonen of Sweden into fourth.last_img

Australia out of Champions Trophy,Australia out of Champions Trophy

first_imgAustralia were knocked out of the Champions Trophy. Australia’s Aaron Finch and Steve Smith (right) look dejected   –  Reuters Australia were knocked out of the Champions Trophy. Australia’s Aaron Finch and Steve Smith (right) look dejected   –  Reuters COMMENT Australia were knocked out of the Champions Trophy without winning a game after Ben Stokes’ stunning century guided England to an impressive 40-run Duckworth-Lewis victory on Saturday.Australia, whose two previous games against New Zealand and Bangladesh were rained off, scored 277-9 from 50 overs, with Mark Wood and Adil Rashid taking four wickets apiece, and had reduced England to 35-3 in response. But, after a brief rain break, Eoin Morgan (87) and Stokes (102 not out) dismantled the Australian attack, scoring freely in a partnership of 159 before Morgan was run out when closing in on his century.But Stokes brought up his hundred with a cut through the covers, and he and Jos Buttler (29 not out) carried England home with the hosts comfortably ahead on Duckworth-Lewis at 240-4 off 40.2 overs. They are joined in the semi-finals by unfancied Bangladesh, who beat New Zealand in Group A on Friday.Bad weather affected all three Australian matches but captain Steve Smith was unwilling to use that as an excuse. “We’ve got some quality cricketers, but we didn’t turn up,” he told the BBC. “It’s been disappointing to have not got a complete game in, but you can’t make excuses like this.”England’s captain Morgan said his side were close to their best in beating the reigning 50-over world champions. “This is a tournament you need to be at your best to win games of cricket,” he said.Having been put in to bat, Australia set about building an imposing score. After David Warner was dismissed for 21, Aaron Finch and Smith scored freely to race past 100. Finch struck eight boundaries in his 68 when Morgan took a superb catch off the bowling of Stokes, before Rashid had Moises Henriques (17) caught with Australia 161-3.Smith (56) fell to Wood, while Jason Roy sensationally caught Glenn Maxwell (20). He scooped the ball on the boundary, off-balanced, before throwing it in the air and catching it again as he ran back into the field of play. The impressive Rashid dismissed Matthew Wade (2) and Mitchell Starc (0) in one over, and Pat Cummins (4) in his next as England finished superbly. After Wood claimed his fourth wicket, bowling Adam Zampa for a duck, Travis Head (71 not out) smashed two late sixes as Australia finished on 277-9.England’s response got off to a terrible start with out-of-form Roy (4), Alex Hales (0) and Joe Root (15) gone inside six overs as England slumped to 35-3 before the first rain break. The break helped England as the swashbuckling duo of Morgan and Stokes both completed confident fifties with a series of lusty blows to bring up their 100 partnership.The onslaught continued and a century beckoned for Morgan but he was run out by Zampa.However, any thought of an Australia fightback was ended by Stokes, who struck 13 boundaries and two sixes, and Buttler who marshalled England until heavy rain ended the game. 2/2 England’s Ben Stokes celebrates his century.   –  Reuters 1/2 June 10, 2017 × SHARE SHARE EMAILcenter_img cricket Australia were knocked out of the Champions Trophy. Australia’s Aaron Finch and Steve Smith (right) look dejected   –  Reuters SHARE Bad weather affected all three Australian matches but captain Steve Smith was unwilling to use that as an excuse. England’s Ben Stokes celebrates his century.   –  Reuters England’s Ben Stokes celebrates his century.   –  Reuters Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

SPORT-JHAJHARIA 3LAST

first_imgJhajharia lauded the Sports Ministry for its Jhajharia lauded the Sports Ministry for its unprecedented support for the para athletes in the build-up to the Rio Paralympics. “The ministry spent a lot of money this time for the Paralympians. This was unprecedented. I was under Target Olympic Podium scheme and I trained for three months in Finland before the Rio Olympics,” he said. “The gold I won in Rio was due to the Finland training. The conditions and facilities there was fantastic and that made a difference to my preparation. I thank sports ministry for sending me to Finland,” said Jhajharia who trained in Finland with his personal coach Sunil Tanwar. “The Indian contingent did very well in Rio Paralympics. If the ministry continue to support para athletes like this, our performance in international events will keep on improving. I think we will do even better in 2020 Tokyo Paralympics,” he said. Asked about his future plans, Jhajharia said he will take rest for a few months before the start of IPC World Athletics Championships next year in London. “It has been a hectic training schedule before Rio Paralympics and then the Paralympics itself. So, it has been hectic four-five months. I will take rest for a while and start training for IPC World Championships in London next year. That is the biggest event coming up and on my radar,” he added. Jhajharia met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday at his official residence and the para athlete said it was one of his most cherished moments. “The Prime Minister told me my achievements will inspire the nation in seeking sporting excellence and he told me to continue to bring laurels for the country. “I have met three Prime Ministers so far and among them he (PM Modi) is the most knowledgeable about sports and to me he is a man of action with a lot of zeal. I feel under him, Indian sport can move ahead fast,” he added. PTI PDS SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more