Cocaine missing from CID headquarters

first_img…several ranks under close arrestSeveral members of the Police Narcotics Branch are now under close arrest following the disappearance of close to two kilograms of cocaine from the CriminalCocaine mule: Travis MendoncaInvestigations Department (CID), Police Headquarters, Eve Leary.The cocaine was tendered as evidence against 31-year-old Travis Mendonca, who was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to a trafficking in narcotics charge.Acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine has confirmed that an investigation was launched by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).He also told media operatives that the cocaine was discovered missing on Tuesday evening, but did not go into details. The acting Top Cop was reluctant toWanted: Delvor Bunburydivulge any additional information other than an investigation was underway.<<>> understands that while the State won the case against Mendonca, investigations were ongoing to determine who else might have been involved in attempting to smuggle the illegal substance out of Guyana, since the Police had issued a wanted bulletin for another person.Following the bust, Police had issued a wanted bulletin for 27-year-old Delvor Bunbury of Lot 37 Victoria Road, Plaisance, East Coast Demerara. His name was reportedly called during the investigation.Bunbury was implicated in a similar incident back in March. He, along with another person, was charged for narco possession. A police officer, Louie Dublin, was also charged in connection with the matter.Two Mondays ago, Police intercepted Mendonca, who was travelling to the United States. Police stated that during a search of the suitcase belonging to Mendonca, 1828 grams of cocaine was earthed.The suspect, of Kara Kara, Linden and Ozone Park in Queens, New York, was taken into custody and narcotics trafficking charges were instituted. He was arraigned for narco possession and sentenced after he pleaded guilty.last_img read more

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Mohamed’s Enterprise 2018 top gold declarer, exporter

first_imgWith a declaration exceeding 127,000 ounces of gold, local mining and trading company Mohamed’s Enterprise has been named the country’s number one declarer and exporter for the year 2018.This was confirmed by Chairman of the Guyana Gold Board, Gabreil Lall who told Guyana Times on Thursday that El Dorado Trading copped the second spot behind the top performer.While he could not provide the actual figures at the time, the Chairman of the Gold Board pointed out that Mohamed’s declared approximately 4000 ounces of gold more than El Dorado Trading.This publication understands that in 2018, Mohamed’s Enterprise declared in excess of 127,000 ounces of gold. This is compared to the more than 123,000 ounces declared in 2017.The company is said to be a top performer in the gold mining industry for the past 10 years and currently employs approximately 200 persons.An official from Mohamed’s Enterprise told this newspaper that the company’s success can be credited due to the support and cooperation from its customers and various Government agencies, including the Guyana Gold Board, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC), the Natural Resources Ministry and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), among others.Nevertheless, the senior official called for steps to be taken to improve the operations of local miners such as the provision of better roads and infrastructure.He also urged that the granting of shop and trading licenses be expedited in a timely manner.In addition, a call was made for more patrols in the Cuyuni Area, since of recent, there have been a number of attacks on mining camps where hundreds of ounces of gold are stolen and in some cases, lives are lost.On the other hand, the company called for the capping of licences being granted to Brazilian miners, saying that it affects the operations of local operators.Finally, the company reiterated the need for duty-free concessions for heavy-duty mining equipment and machinery.Last year, the Finance Ministry had said that since 2015 the local mining industry has been benefiting from a number of initiatives taken, such as tax concessions on machinery, equipment, fuel and vehicles for small and medium-scale miners; a lowering of the Tributors Tax from 20 per cent to 10 per cent and a sliding scale percentage based on the price of gold, which replaced the two per cent of gross proceeds.last_img read more

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Attendance at Valencia park drops

first_img“Now that they’re going to stay and they’re going to become more family-friendly, I think they can probably reverse that trend,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. The attendance estimates were compiled by Economics Research Associates and a group called TEA, based on information from operators, historical trends, the investment banking community and other sources. The report says Disneyland, which last year celebrated its 50th anniversary and opened an improved Pirates of the Caribbean ride, had 14.73 million visitors, an increase of 1.2 percent. Disney’s California Adventure, which opened Monsters Inc., had 5.95 million visitors, an increase of 2.1 percent, according to the report. Attendance stayed flat at Universal Studios Hollywood, with 4.7 million visitors, according to the report. Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park had 3.67million visitors, an increase of 2 percent, the report stated. Most Southern California theme parks saw an increase in attendance in 2006, but Magic Mountain in Valencia saw a 10percent dip, an industry report issued Thursday says. Six Flags California’s Magic Mountain had 2.55 million visitors, putting it 20th on the list of top North American parks, according to estimates published by InPark Magazine. Magic Mountain, which is owned by Six Flags Inc., declined to comment on the attendance estimates. But in December, Six Flags CEO Mark Shapiro said Magic Mountain attendance dropped during the second half of last year. Shapiro blamed the decline on customer uncertainty from the park being temporarily up for sale, an offer that has since been withdrawn. In Southern California’s competitive theme park industry, Knott’s gets customers from being so close to Disneyland, and Universal Studios benefits from being in tourist-heavy Los Angeles, analysts said. “The reality is, about every two years you have to have a major new attraction to call attention to yourself,” Kyser said. Magic Mountain, which opened the Tatsu roller coaster in May, draws plenty of Southern California residents, Kyser said. An annual pass at Magic Mountain is cheaper than passes offered at Disneyland, Knott’s or Universal Studios. “I think that one of the things that they have to their benefit are those Warner Brothers characters, the Bugs Bunny and Wiley Coyote and all those other characters,” said Martin Palicki, editor-in-chief of InPark Magazine. “I think those are incredibly valuable; they’re certainly more valuable than any brand that Universal has.” Attendance was up 1.5 percent at North America’s top 20 theme parks last year, with nearly 120million total visitors, according to the report. alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want 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

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Telus showcasing home of the future in Fort St. John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Telus is bringing a hint of technology that could be found in homes of the future to the Energetic City this weekend.The Telus Future Home is a showcase of the company’s PureFibre ™ technology, which is being rolled out  in stages to customers in the Fort St. John and Charlie Lake areas. The home demonstrates innovative concepts in communications technology that could change the way we live and interact.The home has several technology features, some that are currently available and others that are purely demonstrative, including:Facial recognition software with a biometric security system that allows keyless entry to the home.A smart fridge and smart cooktop that can plan meals, provide step-by-step cooking instructions, and calculate the nutritional value of a meal.A home office with an interactive touch table allowing you to virtually connect to your doctor’s office and a home gym that brings the trainer, virtually to you.Home monitoring sensors and cameras that can remotely check on the home’s occupants, as well as even plants with a smartphone.A health monitor which conducts full body medical assessments, review vitals, and share key information with their medical professionals from the comfort of home.A home entertainment system that features 4K Ultra HD Optik TV displayed on a 78” Samsung Curved UHD TV.- Advertisement -Telus recently announced that it is investing $18 million in Fort St. John and a further $10 million in Dawson Creek to connect local homes and businesses in the region to their PureFibre ™ network.Acting Mayor Gord Klassen and Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer both made announcements praising the infrastructure upgrades that Telus are making in the North Peace, saying that not only does the improved internet connectivity provide a quality of life increase for residents, it is also a huge boost for medical and education facilities in the city. Klassen said that the city is excited about the possibilities that the fibre optic internet can bring to area schools for kids to learn. He also says that area businesses stand to benefit immensely from the improved reliability and bandwidth that the faster internet will bring to the area.The Telus Future Home is open to the public between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. until Sunday. The home is set up in the Petron Cellular parking lot, located at 11315 Alaska Rd. South, before heading to Dawson Creek next Thursday.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Exclusive – Man United legend surprised by Di Maria capture: ‘We need more defenders!’

first_imgManchester United legend Lou Macari has told talkSPORT he was surprised by the Red Devils’ pursuit and eventual capture of Real Madrid star Angel di Maria, saying the club should have focussed on bringing more defensive steel to the squad.United have endured a shocking start to the new season under new boss Louis van Gaal, losing and drawing their first two Premier League fixtures and then suffering a shock 4-0 defeat to MK Dons, the League One outfit dumping their top flight opponents out of the League Cup second round.The British record arrival of Di Maria, who signed a five-year deal on Tuesday for £60million, is sure to be a boost for the struggling side, but Macari believes they should have instead tried to strengthen the squad’s limited defensive options.United did complete the signing of Argentina full-back Marcos Rojos last week, but missed out on Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona and failed to land primary target, Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels.“We’re all hoping Di Maria will be a great signing,” Macari told Drivetime when asked about the forward’s arrival at Old Trafford.“I hope has enough in him to help turn things around for Man United.“But the club have plenty of players in the midfield and up front who can do the damage and that why I thought more defenders would be coming in as a priority.“I was a little bit surprised when it was Di Maria who they announced. However, nowadays there aren’t many world class players going around, so if you have the opportunity to sign one, and Di Maria undoubtedly is one, then you have to take it.”last_img read more

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Koeman takes on tough job as latest Dutch coach

first_img0Shares0000Thirty years after playing on the Dutch team that won the Euros, Ronald Koeman has returned as manager of a struggling team © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLZEIST, Netherlands, Feb 6 – Dutch former star player Ronald Koeman was Tuesday anointed coach of the national team, given the Herculean task of restoring the country’s pride after a series of humiliating defeats.The Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) said in a statement that it had “reached an agreement with Ronald Koeman over his appointment as the Dutch national coach.” Koeman has “just signed a contract which ties him to Oranje with immediate effect up to and including the 2022 World Cup” in Qatar, it added.Nic-Jan Hoogma, currently with Heracles, was also named a top sports director by the KNVB.The new chance for glory for 54-year-old Koeman, comes after he was sacked by Premier League team Everton in October following a string of defeats which saw the Toffees fall into the relegation zone.Koeman takes up the national reins at the Netherlands from Dick Advocaat, who had been one in a raft of unsuccessful appointments for the Oranje since 2014.Advocaat arrived in May for a third stint as national coach, but stepped down seven months later after failing to steer the struggling European heavyweights into the World Cup finals in Russia.It was a massive humiliation for the football-mad Dutch, causing much soul-searching, and an added blow to national pride after the team also missed Euro 2016.For Koeman, the return home sees him come full circle, back to the nation where he first laced up football boots.He had already been earmarked in 2014 to replace Louis van Gaal, who left to join Manchester United after taking the Dutch squad to third place in the World Cup in Brazil.Instead, the Royal Dutch Football Federation (KNVB) appointed another stalwart Guus Hiddink, who was then replaced by Danny Blind, followed by Advocaat — all in just over three-and-a-half years.During that time the national team slumped from one disappointment to another.An attack-minded central defender, Koeman picked up 78 Dutch caps as a player between 1982-94, scoring 14 goals. He represented his country in the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, and helped his team to victory for the first time in the 1988 UEFA European championships.– Football in the genes –Tuesday’s announcement marks Koeman’s 10th managerial post since starting his coaching career at Vitesse in 2000, having already served as Hiddink’s assistant with the Dutch national team at the 1998 World Cup.He was also an assistant coach to Van Gaal.The younger brother of former international team-mate Erwin Koeman, and the son of ex-Dutch international Martin Koeman, he made his debut at 17 playing for FC Groningen in 1980.He later transferred to Ajax, where he became known for his powerful right-foot. Stints at other Dutch clubs followed including PSV Eindhoven as well as Feyenoord.In between, he played as part of the so-called “Dream Team” at Barcelona from 1990-1995 scoring the winning goal in the 1992 Champions League final.“Koeman’s sacking at Everton came as a gift from heaven for the KNVB,” the popular De Telegraaf said.Ronald Koeman played for the Netherlands at two World Cups and scored a crucial penalty against West Germany in the semis of the 1988 Euros and started as the Dutch beat the Soviet Union in the final © ANP/AFP/File / STAFFBut a tough baptism awaits, with friendlies lined up against two teams heading to the World Cup: England on March 23 in Amsterdam, and Portugal three days later.The Dutch will then face world champions Germany and France in the new UEFA Nations League in September and October.Koeman will be carrying a nation’s hopes that he can turn their football fortunes around.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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England Euro 2016 song: Four Lions

first_imgWith no official England song to accompany this summer’s Euro 2016 tournament, the stage is clear for other contenders to soundtrack the summer.Step forward the Four Lions.Shaun Ryder, Paul Oakenfold, Kermit and Goldie have joined forces to release ‘We Are England’, which kicks off with evocative 90’s rave keyboard stabs.The video features all four ‘Lions’ as well as Happy Mondays legend Bez and even a Scotsman, in the shape of Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh.Check it out, above.last_img

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NO HIDING PLACE FOR LINDA AS MARATHON DAY ARRIVES!

first_imgBack in February Linda Martin could barely run the length of herself.Now the Letterkenny-based teacher who hails from Dungloe is preparing for the Dublin Marathon tomorrow.Linda was chosen by Spar to be one of a team of runners, one from each county, to raise funds and prove to themselves that they could do the grueling 26.2 mile course. This is Linda’s last update before she crosses the line to do the business. We’re al behind you Linda! “This is it! After all the months of running and all the hard work the main event is upon me. Only a day to go!!!I went for a nice easy run this morning in Downings. This was my last run before the big one tomorrow. After missing 23 days training due to a bad chest infection I worried that I might not be fit enough or recover in time for the big day.Thanks to Teresa McDaid the fantastic experienced coach who trains Letterkenny AC I will be running the marathon on Monday. After missing so much training I thought I would have to walk the marathon.But due to her help, guidance, nutritional advice and enthusiasm I am back running again and managed 18 miles last Saturday. I know I will finish the marathon now.I would like to thank Teresa and everyone from Letterkenny AC for their help and support and I hope all the athletes doing the marathon get on well on Monday. They have been great to train with and I will continue to train with them this winter.They meet at the Aura every Tuesday and Thursday night so if you want to meet a friendly encouraging crowd of runners and get expert advice there is no better place for you to go. It is for all runners at all levels and its great fun!Thank you to everyone who sponsored me in aid of MS Donegal branch and the North West Cancer Group. Yesterday I lodged €1300 and I still have to collect the sponsor cards people took and the collection boxes from Tobins so thank you to everyone for their generosity!you can still sponsor me by emailing me at lindabrennan21@yahoo.ie and I will let you know where your nearest card is. I would also like to thank the third class I teach in Woodland National School. I am very lucky to be teaching such lovely boys and girls. They made me lovely good luck cards and they made posters for all the other Spartans yesterday.Fingers crossed all goes well on Monday. I am really really looking forward to it. Initially I was aiming to run the marathon in sub 5 hours but after being sick I think it will take me closer to 6 hours. Time is irrelevant to me now I just can’t wait to cross that finish line and get that medal and join the 0.01% of people on the planet who have completed a marathon!”NO HIDING PLACE FOR LINDA AS MARATHON DAY ARRIVES! was last modified: October 28th, 2012 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:DUBLIN MARATHONLINDA BRENNANSpartan Challengelast_img read more

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ST CONALL’S BELL NOW ON DISPLAY AT COUNTY MUSEUM

first_imgThe historic St Conall’s Bell and Shrine, unveiled by Joe McHugh, is now on display at the County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny.This priceless artefact, which is on loan from the British Museum, was last seen in Donegal in 1845 before it crossed the sea to England and eventually ended up in the museum.A sacred and iconic link to Donegal’s early Christian history, the objects will be on display in Letterkenny until Saturday, July 11 and for one day in Kilclooney until July 13. Donegal County Museum Curator, Judith McCarthy outlined the journey the Bell and Shrine had taken from its beginnings on Inishkeel Island back in the Sixth Century to its return to Donegal thanks mainly to the dedication and passion of the late Malachy Mahon and his wife Brenda, the staff at Donegal County Museum and the British Museum where it was now based.Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District, Cllr Gerry McMonagle spoke of the great achievement it was for the museum and for Donegal in general to have such splendid artefacts in the county and hoped everyone would make an effort to come along to see them.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Ciaran Brogan congratulated all involved in this project adding he was delighted the Council continues to invest and facilitate in cultural services.“I know it has been difficult over the last few years but we as a Council do recognise the importance of out history and culture here in Donegal and it’s something that is very close to our hearts,” he said. Chief Executive of Donegal County Council, Seamus Neely said the provision of cultural services is a core function of Donegal County Council and one that was central to work programmes that were put in place for successive years.“We are committed to protecting and promoting our unique indigenous heritage and culture and the display of the St Conall’s Bell and Shrine is a key and important aspect of this work. Our past, present and future culture is a valuable resource and through projects such as this the Council will continue to work in partnership with organisations and most importantly of all, communities, in order to preserve and promote the importance of our cultural heritage and inheritance“ he said.Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Joe McHugh officially unveiled the iconic relics saying since his appointment he had re-immersed himself in our language, heritage and culture.“The significance of that is very, very important. What I’ve seen on the ground is a whole new appetite and enthusiasm for learning our history and since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998 we have a whole new protected space where people can share their history.”He said he also wanted to acknowledge the community in and around the Inishkeel, Kilclooney and Glenties areas for their enormous effort in bringing this project to fruition. He added this was reflective of what is happening through this county, an appetite on the ground to mark historic events such as those in Rossnowlagh, Rathmullan, Gweedore and he hoped with changes to the new Junior Cert curriculum which offered more autonomy; they could find out and learn more about local history.“We as legislators and public service providers have to respond to that,” he said.The unveiling ceremony by Minister McHugh was followed by refreshments and photographs, discussions among guests and tours of the museum for all present.St Conall’s Bell and Shrine is on display at the Donegal County Museum until Saturday, July 11. It will then travel to the Dolmen Centre in Kilclooney on Monday, July 13 for a day of celebrations before making its way back to the British Museum in London.ST CONALL’S BELL NOW ON DISPLAY AT COUNTY MUSEUM was last modified: June 22nd, 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)last_img read more

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Amazing ‘selfie’ video with drone camera in Kilcar

first_imgThe Sky High Photographer uploaded this stunning video of him taking a selfie with his drone yesterday.The video begins near him sitting on a rock, but gradually the drone backs away to reveal the stunning cliffs of Muckross in Kilcar. Could this innovative idea revolutionise the selfie? We’ll just have to wait and see…Amazing ‘selfie’ video with drone camera in Kilcar was last modified: September 2nd, 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:dronekicarSelfiesky high photographervideolast_img read more

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