The late Matthew Innis, Deputy Director for Micro-finance in the CBL Regulation and Supervision DepartmentAs investigations into the mysterious death of Matthew Innis, Deputy Director for Micro-finance in the Regulation and Supervision Department (at the Central Bank of Liberia) continues, two eye-witnesses have emerged with previously unknown details leading up to, and immediately after Innis was injured, before he died.The two eye-witnesses told the Daily Observer that they watched from a distance, and one claiming to have seen a taxi pass not long before Mr. Innis was discovered lying on the ground. The other eye-witness also claimed that Mr. Innis was hit by a speeding car.“I was patrolling after 1:00 a.m. and saw a white Jeep parked across with its lights on and doors halfway opened. I decided not to inquire because I thought maybe it was a husband and wife. After a while, I saw this taxi coming from the other side with heavy speed, and then I heard a heavy ‘thud’ sound, like someone closing the door. I never went to check to see what was happening,” the first eye-witness, a security guard in the vicinity, stated.The security guard (name withheld) also revealed that after a while, he decided to check on what was happening and discovered that Mr. Innis was hurt, lying on the ground behind his white jeep and the driver’s door slightly opened as he gasped for air. While trying to figure out what had happened, a taxi driver approached, curious as well as to what had happened to the CBL official.“He said he was going to call the police for us, and left only to return not long after with three police officers,” the eye-witness stated.The taxi driver, whose name is withheld because he is helping the police with the investigation, told the Daily Observer via phone that he remembered passing the scene where Innis lay dying and noticed a security guard pacing back and forth, which heightened his curiosity as to what was going on.Similarly, he told the Daily Observer via phone that he drove past the 72nd community on Saturday morning (after 1:00 a.m.), to pick up a client, in Sinkor.“When I was going to town, I did not take any notice of anything. No other car was on the road at that time, and the road was very dark because no electricity was on at the time. On my way back, I picked up my girlfriend and, passing again through 72nd, we both ran into the situation. Even though she did not want me to stop, I told her that I had to report the case to the police and we did,” he added.According to the taxi driver, he was not sure as to what had hurt Innis, because there was no sign of another vehicle, but he noticed that a security guard was pacing up and down as the victim struggled to breathe.The section of the SKD Boulevard where the suspected vehicle reportedly hit Matthew Innis“I got there and met him lying down and I did not know how long he had been lying there. I went to call police officers at Jacob Town around 2:30-3:00 (a.m.) and, on my way there, I saw three police officers at the checkpoint and told them what I had seen, and they got in my car and we went back to where Innis was lying down,” he said.The driver remembered that the police officers placed Innis in his white jeep and rushed him to Peace Home Clinic on Peace Island in Congo Town.“A clinic attendant told us there was no bed for him, and so I decided to leave them there and went home. In the morning, I checked at the police station and they told me that he had died,” he said.On the other hand, a source very close to the family stated that after leaving Peace Home Clinic, the officers who were driving Innis’ vehicle proceeded to the ELWA Hospital. However, they missed the road and, when they finally arrived there they were told by a Physician Assistant (PA) on the shift that Innis was already dead.“They checked his pulse while he was still laid in his car and said he was gone. But there was an unidentified jeep, bearing ‘foreign’ plates, that followed behind the police, and tried entering with them,” the family source said.The family says they are looking into who may have been in the vehicle, and ask that anyone knowing further facts must work with the Liberian National Police to seek justice for the late Innis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has warned the public to be on the lookout as persons are impersonating officers attached to the organisation.In a notice published in Guyana Times on Saturday, the tax agency said these activities are more frequent in the Essequibo and Berbice areas.The Guyana Revenue Authority’s headquarters on Camp Street, GeorgetownGRA cautioned that if persons are approached by someone under the guise of an officer attached to the organisation, proof of identification should be requested. This is to avoid any form of deception.Once provided, persons must take note of the name of the individual and identification number to make a report.In addition to this, the GRA informed that its employees are not authorised to collect monies on its behalf. “Officers of the GRA are not authorised to collect monies from taxpayers. All payments for licenses or taxes should only be made to cashiers at the GRA headquarter or any of its Integrated Regional Tax Offices, located across the country where an official receipt will be issued,” the notice read.On another note, the tax agency reminded that the issuance of specific licenses such as malt, wine and liquor as well as trade and miscellaneous can only be done at its offices.Guyana Times was reliably informed that persons have been acquiring monies under the guise of GRA employees to forge such documents. It is unclear whether actual staffers of the agency are involved in this skulduggery.Persons who suspect anyone of conducting illegal business on behalf of the GRA can call 227-6060 extension 3201-3208 or 4105-6, where an officer’s identity can be verified.In January of this year, Commissioner General of the GRA, Godfrey Statia had dismissed several staffers allegedly linked to corruption at the entity.Statia attributed this to the need for revamping the authority’s organisational chart, as the entity tries to enhance its efficiency.According to reports in sections of the media, investigations were being conducted since last year into these sacked officers.It is understood that investigators had found instances of collusion, including the sidestepping of protocol when it comes to clearing goods. This was not the first time reports of a shake-up at the entity emerged.Last year, there was a reshuffling of several senior personnel in the GRA – a reshuffling that touched some major departments including Customs, Excise and Trade Operations, General Services and the Integrated Regional Tax Office.
Three persons are now homeless after fire destroyed two D’Urban Street, Wortmanville homes on Monday.According to reports, the fire started around 09:30h in the upper flat of the Lot 74 D’Urban Street house, which is located between Haley Street and Cemetery Road, Georgetown.The fire quickly engulfed the D’Urban Street house before spreading to the nearby building (Dexter Ceres photo)The two-storey wooden building was owned and occupied by 66-year-old Lennox Smith and his grandson, a clerk attached to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC).According to the elderly man, he left home about 06:00h for a doctor’s appointment, while his grandson left about an hour later. Smith told Guyana Times that he was later informed about the fire and rushed home.He related that upon arriving home, he saw the entire house was already engulfed in flames.Sixty-six-year-old Lennox Smith and his grandson standing in disbelief, attempting to figure out their next moveIn shock, Smith said that his losses amounted to millions.At the scene, eyewitness complained that they contacted the Guyana Fire Service and it took some time before arriving. Meanwhile, the house next door to Smith also caught fire. The upper flat of the building was destroyed. That house is occupied by an elderly woman.An investigation has since been launched to determine the origin of the fire. (Shemuel Fanfair)
Wim Kok biking in a 200 kilometre solo race. Photo by the Blizzard Bike Club Facebook page. Up next for the Blizzard Bike Club is a 50 kilometre race at Cecil Lake. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Blizzard Bike Club was in action on Sunday competing in the Montney-Upper Pine Loop. The race course was 60 kilometres and also featured a short course that was 40 kilometres.The Montney-Upper Pine Loop had eight racers in the event, six in the 60 kilometre race and two in the short course race. These are the results for the 60 kilometre race:Matt Ellis – 01:50:00Robert Sapp – 02:06:00Pat Ferris – 02:07:00Josh Telizyn – 02:11:00Richard Wood – 02:11:00Davide Loro – 2:29:00Gary Hilderman finished the short course with a time of 01:09:00 while Sam Keats finished with a time of 02:01:00.- Advertisement -Other events the team took part in last week were the 16 kilometre time trial from Baldonnel on Thursday, and the Peace Randonneur 200 kilometre on Saturday.Josh Telizyn held the best time at Baldonnel finishing with an impressive 27:38. The racers times are listed below:Josh Telizyn – 27:38Richard Wood – 31:01Robert Sapp – 33:32Pat Ferris – 33:40Sam Keats – 34:33David Loro – 35:29Rick Newlove – 43:24Wim Kok was the only biker who took part in the Peace Randonneur 200 kilometre and finished with a time of 10:42:00.Advertisement
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Registration is now open for the Adult Ball Hockey League.The City of Fort St. John Recreation is encouraging teams of up to 10 players to sign up for this year’s season of ball hockey.Teams will have a chance to play in the league up to two times a week with games on Monday and Wednesday nights.- Advertisement -Registration is open until the starting day of April 29, 2019.The 2019 season will run from April 29 to June 19, with the final tournament on June 22.Registration is $250.00 per team if you choose to play once a week, or $500 if you commit to playing twice a week.Advertisement Team Captains can register and pay for the team at the Visitor’s Centre in the Pomeroy Sport Centre.The City would like to note that single registrations will be put on a list placed on teams with lower roster numbers.Registrants must be 16 years of age or older and must bring a pair of clean indoor shoes.For more information, you can call 250-785-4592 or email email@example.com.Advertisement
The Donegal Daily group of websites – Donegal Daily, Donegal Woman, Donegal Sport Hub and Derry Daily – are seeking a Trainee Journalist to join our expanding team.The successful candidate will strengthen the editorial department of Donegal’s biggest media outlet and will get a chance to thrive in a cutting-edge newsroom.We are looking for someone who can work swiftly and accurately under pressure and who will be creative and willing to learn. The successful candidate will have a good eye for stories, interviews and content will be relevant to our readers and will be able to work off their own initiative to keep content fresh and regular.The candidate will be required to contribute to all of our sites and will have a keen interest in and knowledge of sports. The candidate will be required to cover weekend sports markings. A journalism qualification is preferable but not essential as training will be given to the successful candidate.However, an excellent knowledge of social media is essential. To apply for the position, send a CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and mark your email with the subject ‘Trainee Journalist’Job Vacancy: Donegal Daily group seeks Trainee Journalist was last modified: July 19th, 2018 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:Donegal Daily Groupjournalist
Murdered: Arlene ArkinsonPOLICE files linked child killer Robert Howard to the burial of victim Arlene Arkinson in a forest near Pettigo, an inquest has heard.Fifteen-year-old Arlene Arkinson, from Castlederg, never returned home after a night out in Bundoran in August 1994. Patricia Quinn, a former partner of the paedophile, was visibly upset when the Pettigo link was put to her at the hearing in Belfast.There were angry scenes when allegations were put to Ms Quinn that she and Howard had been seen in a forest with a spade and a bag in the days after Arlene’s disappearance.According to a partially blanked out police intelligence document, a taxi driver was overheard talking about dropping the pair off at a forest near Pettigo two to three days after Arlene’s disappearance.A visibly agitated Ms Quinn hit out: “Get that taxi driver here and make him prove it; then come back to me.“I was never in no taxi. Everybody is on at me about this taxi. I never went fishing with him. I don’t like worms.”She also told the court she had instigated police searches in the Pettigo area, adding: “If I had done anything to that cutty (Arlene) would I be getting places searched? No, I don’t think so.”Earlier Ms Quinn claimed she was kidnapped by Howard and she only managed to escape from his flat in Scotland after slipping sleeping tablets into his tea.Describing Howard as an evil, manipulative charmer, Ms Quinn said she could have been his next victim.The mother of three told Belfast Coroner’s Court: “For two days he kept me locked in. He kept the keys down the front of his trousers.“Only he fell asleep, I could have been the next one.”It was Ms Quinn’s second appearance in the witness box, having been previously been excused over claims that the stress of the case had made her contemplate suicide.She said she deeply regrets lying to police to provide an alibi for Howard on the night Arlene vanished in August 1994 and hopes her body will soon be recovered.She joined Howard in Scotland following the public outcry after Arlene’s disappearance in the hope he might divulge some details about his crimes but, he kept quiet, the court heard.“He said ‘people have secrets and I am keeping them secret’ – that’s all he said,” she added. “That man would not give anything away.”Although there was some dispute over the length of time she stayed, Ms Quinn said there was an argument and she was assaulted and held against her will at the flat in Glasgow.“For two days I was closed in,” she said. “I couldn’t get out. Only I kept my cool, I could have been his next victim.”Ms Quinn claimed police in the North were informed about her ordeal but did not take it seriously.“You know what they told me,” she said. “They said you were lucky he didn’t tie you up.”It later emerged that Howard was expelled from Glasgow after developing an unhealthy interest in a nine year old girl and watching schoolchildren in a playground.Ms Quinn provided a bail address for Howard when he was accused of drugging, raping and imprisoning a teenage girl in Castlederg in 1993.She has also admitted lying to police investigating Arlene’s disappearance, adding that she did not know that Howard was a violent abuser.“I did not know what kind of person he was until I went to Scotland and then I found out,” she said.When asked by the Arkinson family barrister if she had considered the “real consequences” of her lies, Ms Quinn replied that she felt guilty but was not responsible.She said: “It was a white lie. Maybe it ended up a complicated lie, but at the time I thought it was only a wee white lie.”During a previous appearance in the witness box, Ms Quinn alleged that Howard had been a police informant.When asked whether this was “nonsense”, she replied: “I’ll say to the day I die he was an informer. Ask anybody about Castlederg and they will tell you the same thing – he was an informer and that’s it.”However, when pressed further by a barrister representing the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Ms Quinn conceded she had no evidence to back up her claim.Ms Quinn has also repeatedly denied being in a relationship with Howard, insisting they were just friends.But she accepted that a statement made to police in 2002 detailed that they had been intimate.Henry Toner QC, representing the Arkinson family, said: “What’s described there is quite substantially more than kissing and cuddling.”Although he was a Jekyll and Hyde-type character, Howard had been good to her when no one else cared, the court was told.Ms Quinn said: “He was a bad, evil, manipulating man.“He would have charmed his way anywhere. Ask anybody in Castlederg. Everybody thought he was a great man, which I thought he was, until I realised the truth.”Arlene was last seen in a car with Howard, who was acquitted of her murder in 2005 by a jury that was not made aware of his conviction for murdering 14-year-old Hannah Williams from South London several years earlier.Her body has never been found.Howard remained the prime suspect until his death in Maghaberry prison in Co Anrim last year aged 71.ARLENE ARKINSON: POLICE FILE LINKS BURIAL SITE TO PETTIGO was last modified: March 15th, 2016 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:Arlene ArkinsoninquestPettigo
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Tottenham are expecting lose Danny Rose this summer – with Manchester United favourites to get him. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is eyeing potential replacements with Doncaster-born Rose believed to be interested in moving back up north. That has alerted United boss Jose Mourinho, who has made a new left back one of his main priorities this summer. (Daily Mirror)Ander Herrera will rebuff any advances from Barcelona by committing his future to Manchester United. Herrera is on the radar of the new Barcelona coach, Ernesto Valverde, but it is understood Herrera has no interest in leaving Old Trafford this summer and wants instead to extend his stay at the club. (Daily Telegraph)Roy Hodgson wants the chance to succeed Sam Allardyce as Crystal Palace manager. Hodgson has been out of work since quitting England after their 2-1 defeat against Iceland at Euro 2016 last summer and wants one last job in the game. (The Sun)Jerome Boateng is on Chelsea’s radar. The Bayern Munich defender has come into the picture as the Blues seek alternatives to Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk. (The Sun)Sevilla have joined Deportivo La Coruna in the race to sign Arsenal’s wantaway striker Lucas Perez. (The Sun)Rafa Benitez has opened the door to Pepe Reina becoming Newcastle’s No?1 next season. Former Liverpool keeper Reina, 34, is reportedly unsettled at Italians Napoli. (The Sun)Wes Brown is wanted by League Two side Crewe. The former England and Manchester United centre-back, 37, has not been offered new terms by Blackburn and will be released on June 30. (The Sun)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Manchester City FC transfer news: Benfica goalkeeper Ederson set to sign for world-record £35m feeFrench trio ready to beat Newcastle and Watford to the signing of Nicolas PepeInter Milan determined to beat Chelsea and Manchester United in battle for Lazio star Keita BaldeNewcastle United set to start bidding for Manchester United target Nelson SemedoArsenal FC news: Wojciech Szczesny ready to STAY in Serie A and sign three-year Napoli deal