Lone gunman robs IT technician of laptop, phone

first_imgA Ruby, East Bank Demerara (EBD) man is now in a traumatised state and left counting his losses after he was robbed by a lone gunman on Monday night.John Charles, 27, was attacked by the unmasked bandit around 22:35h, a street away from his home.Guyana Times> was informed that Charles was making his way home after exiting a minibus when he was attacked.The man recounted that he was confronted by the lone gunman, who had been hiding in a bushy area alongside the road, as he was walking by.“He jump out of the bush and he had the gun out already, so he point it at me and he tell me that I should give he all that I got,” Charles related.The man further related that he refused to comply and it was at this time that the bandit placed the gun to his head.“The man run up in me face and tell me that he ain’t joking; he put the gun to my forehead and he said ‘I seh give me all that you got’. When I watch he – ‘cause I get a good look at he and, I ain’t know, is not somebody from the area – I see that he mean what he said so I seh wah and I take off my bag and I give he,” the victim told this publication.According to Charles, who is an IT technician, his bag contained a number of valuable items including an Apple laptop computer, an iPhone, connection cords and over $50,000.“Those things were very expensive. I recently invested in the laptop; it was brand new, but I glad to be alive. The man seem like a mad man to me; wah, I was shaking after the thing, bai,” Charles revealed.The matter was reported to the Police and an investigation was launched.last_img read more

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Favourable decision for Guyana still has weight

first_imgVenezuela refusal to face ICJ– former Foreign Affairs MinisterNow that Venezuela has made known its intention not to participate in the matter before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding the border controversy with Guyana, the Government of Guyana has also announced its intention to proceed with the case and is requesting that it rule in its favour.Former Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Henry JeffreyAs a matter of fact, the Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Monday evening that under Article 53 of the Statute of the Court, “whenever one of the parties does not appear before the Court, or fails to defend its case, the other Party may call upon the Court to decide in favour of its claim.” Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr Henry Jeffrey said while this may not be a binding agreement even if the ICJ rules in Guyana’s favour, the decision could still be useful for many reasons. He said it will give Guyana some standing, especially since the decision would come from the highest world court. “If for instance there is a problem and Venezuela tries to invade and have to end up at the United Nations (UN) Security Council, I suppose the outcome of this would have some bearing. But I don’t think Venezuela will agree to any decision that is made,” Jeffrey told Guyana Times on Tuesday. The Venezuelan Government issued a statement on Monday outlining its decision not to participate in the United Nations Secretary General-chosen procedure regarding its claim over the Essequibo region. This announcement followed several months after the decision was made by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to refer the matter to the ICJ as a means of resolving the ongoing controversy.“It would be useful in the sense that if the court give you a positive decision it would be useful in terms of future discourses maybe at the UN and partners…If they try to invade Guyana or anything this might be a useful decision at the UN Security Council and it would have bearing on the UN,” he added.However, the former Minister reasoned that there is nothing in international rule to compel Venezuela to participate in the court matter, and as such, he believes Guyana should maintain a cordial relationship with their Spanish-speaking neighbour, in an effort to avoid an escalation of the issue.Another observation made by Dr Jeffrey is the fact that Venezuela has made its intention know even before the matter was taken to the ICJ. “Venezuela said long ago that they wanted nothing to do with it, but they (Guyana) went ahead. But there was always a 90 percent chance that they would have gone to the ICJ. They (Guyana) knew that Venezuela would not have gone to the ICJ,” he added.Registrar of the International Court of Justice, Philippe Couvreur and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl GreenidgeThe former Foreign Minister has long argued that Guyana should not stop bilateral talks with Venezuela and shouldn’t use the border controversy to develop any bad blood with the neighbouring country. “The Guyanese and Venezuelans will live together for the longest while, regardless (of) where the border is. Guyana has a position on the border, so there will always be discourse,” he opined.Revisiting his suggestion that talks between Guyana and Venezuela continue, the former Minister said talks should never cease because Venezuela has already made its position clear that it will not accept the decision of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on the border controversy. Within that context, he said, Guyana must still find a way to continue to exist within the same space that borders the two countries.On March 29, 2018, Guyana filed an application requesting the World Court to confirm the legal validity and binding effect of the 1899 Arbitral Award regarding its boundary with Venezuela.This application follows a decision by the UN Secretary General earlier this year in choosing the ICJ as the next means of resolving the controversy that arose as a result of the Venezuelan contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899 about the frontier between British Guiana and Venezuela was null and void.According to Guyana’s application to the World Court, for more than 60 years Venezuela has consistently recognised and respected the validity of the binding force of the 1899 Award and the 1905 Map agreed by both sides in furtherance of the Award.The UN Secretary General’s authority to choose the ICJ as the means for resolving the controversy is rooted in the Geneva Agreement of 1966, negotiated just before Guyana attained independence.On January 30, 2018, Secretary General Guterres concluded that the Good Offices Process – which the parties had engaged in for almost 30 years, but failed to achieve a solution to the controversy – and chose the ICJ as the next means of settlement, for which Guyana has long been advocating. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

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Thin line of defense

first_img• Photo Gallery: Operation Safe StreetsPICO RIVERA – As dusk turned to night one recent evening, two lone Sheriff’s Department gang investigators cruised the city’s streets, shouldering a nearly overwhelming responsibility. Sgt. Eric Giambalvo and Detective John Clark were the 8-square-mile city’s main defense that night against hundreds of violent gang members responsible for much of Pico Rivera’s crime. But luckily for the city’s 64,000 or so residents, the investigators assigned to the department’s Operation Safe Streets are part of an elite unit that, in spite of myriad obstacles, are able to identify gang leaders on sight, OSS Capt. Mike Ford said. In addition, they must also be ready to conduct early-morning search warrants as needed. It’s a tall order for a staff that is already stretched thin, with only 67 gang investigators for the entire county. While sheriff’s officials said they expect to add 30 new OSS investigators, they have not said when that will happen. For now, “detectives will have to adjust,” said Ford. “We have to maintain some level of flexibility.” Investigators will log overtime when appearing in court during the day or performing other daytime duties, he added. Pico Rivera has four OSS investigators and one sergeant – Giambalvo, who is also responsible for the Norwalk Station’s OSS team. On a recent Wednesday, he put in more than 16 hours on a single shift. As night fell, he and Clark drove between Whittier, Norwalk and Pico Rivera, responding to call after call involving gangs. They stopped to talk to residents who lived near a home where a suspected gang-related shooting occurred earlier in the week in unincorporated West Whittier. A group of men gathered around their unmarked car. Giambalvo fired off the usual questions: Did they hear anything about the shooting? Are gangsters bothering them? Do they see gang member driving through the neighborhood at night? Then it was on to Norwalk to assist OSS investigators there in a probation-compliance search. Investigators wanted to search an 18-year-old on probation, who they believed recently witnessed a shooting and might know the gunman. They were in the midst of searching the man’s Norwalk home when Giambalvo and Clark received a call about a man in Pico Rivera who had just been assaulted by a group of suspected gangsters. The two investigators rushed to the scene. Even as they drove, they worked. They discussed other cases they were working on while scanning the streets in search of a vehicle described in a recent shooting. Arriving in Pico Rivera, the two partners set about interviewing witnesses and deputies, who had arrived earlier. “We back patrol,” said Clark, referring to the deputies. “They don’t know if Rivera 13 is at war with Canta Ranas. A regular patrol guy is not going to know if a Canta Ranas member just got shot near here. But we know.” By 9 p.m., he and Giambalvo were ready to go back to their offices, where more work was waiting. There were reports to complete and calls to make on yet more cases. “I have eight open cases on my desk,” said Clark. Giambalvo believes working more nights will help OSS’ enforcement efforts. But the unit badly need more investigators, he added. “The issue now is the amount of personnel,” said Giambalovo. “If we had a full-complement team, we wouldn’t be going back and forth.” sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Our gang detectives know all the major players in our gangs. They know gang territories, rivalries and the criminal business they’re occupied in,” he said. “Investigating gang crime is a real specialty. Not only do suspects not want to talk to you, frequently witnesses and victims do not talk to you. Investigators must have the ability to gather informants, talk to people. Having people develop trust in you is paramount to a gang investigator,” Ford added. Sheriff Lee Baca recently announced sweeping changes in the OSS unit. Baca transferred the gang unit out of the Sheriff’s Department’s Detective Division and into the Region II Bureau, which covers such high-crime areas as Compton and Lennox. Baca said he was concerned that gang investigators were spending too much time behind their desks and not enough hours out in the field. For the OSS investigators, the change has mostly meant working more night shifts and spending more time patrolling. But investigators still are responsible for filing court cases, a job that requires working days. And they must still appear in court when their cases are in trial. last_img read more

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Water Main Break In Fort St. John’s East End

first_imgThe City of Fort St. John says water has been turned off to homes and businesses on 100th and 101st Avenues between 108th and 112th Streets.Crews were called out at about 1am, however, there’s still no indication how long the water might be turned off or the progress of the crews.- Advertisement –last_img

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WATCH! Denmark ace downs fan’s pint after scoring last-gasp equaliser

first_imgDenmark international Nicki Bille scored a 94th minute equaliser for Esbjerg in their league clash with Hobro and celebrated in style by downing a supporter’s pint!last_img

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TRANSFER FIGHT! AC Milan battling with Tottenham to land Serie A ace

first_img1 AC Milan are ready to fight Tottenham for Franco Vazquez.The 27-year-old Palermo playmaker, who scored eight goals and provided seven assists in 36 Serie A appearances last season, is ready leave the club this summer.Tottenham are keen on the attacking midfielder and manager Mauricio Pochettino believes he would be a perfect fit for his Spurs team.But, according to Tuttosport, Milan are trying to hijack any deal by offering Vazquez the chance to stay in Italy.The Serie A side know they cannot compete with the money on offer in England, but they are hoping that they player will prefer to stay in his homeland rather than move abroad. Franco Vazquez in action for Palermo last_img read more

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THE DONEGAL LANDROVER THAT’S ALL AT SEA!

first_imgLes O’Donnell and Denis Ferry on there maiden vogue in there amphibious Landrover in Gartan Lake. Photo Clive WassonWe’re not quite sure what to make of it either!Is it a car or is it a boat?Les O’Donnell and Denis Ferry will tell you it’s both. The two lads took their amphibious Landcover for its main voyage on Gartan Lake yesterday and guess what – it worked.The lads turned heads in all sort of directions as they took to the lake in their James Bond-style machine.The good news is that it didn’t sink and now the lads are thinking of putting it into mass production.They just wanted to float the idea past a few people first. Les O’Donnell gives Denis Ferry out of the lake after there maiden vogue in there amphibious Landrover in Gartan Lake. Photo Clive WassonTHE DONEGAL LANDROVER THAT’S ALL AT SEA! was last modified: August 25th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGartan LakeLandroverlast_img read more

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CORA’S COFFEE KOUTURE COULD BE OUR CUP OF TEA!

first_imgCora’s ‘Coffee Queen’ dress.A Letterkenny girl’s love of coffee has seen her reach the last stages of a top fashion competition.Cora Bond, from Loreto Convent in Letterkenny, has made it through to the Bank of Ireland Regional Final of Junk Kouture 2016 which will take place in The Millennium Forum, Derry with her design ‘Coffee Queen.’Cora designed and created a fabulous dress made from used coffee pods. You can vote for Cora’s dress once a day on the BOI student Facebook page.Here is the link : http://junkkouture2016.ourcontest.io/SgzDpg/km6gc?w=44990180&e=119549598CORA’S COFFEE KOUTURE COULD BE OUR CUP OF TEA! was last modified: February 23rd, 2016 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:Coffee QueenCora BonddonegalJunk Kouturelast_img read more

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IT’S DO OR DIE TIME FOR HARPS AS THEY FACE WEXFORD YOUTHS

first_imgFinn Harps Manager Peter Hutton knows his side has to get back to winning away again if they are to get themselves back into the promotion race.Friday’s game against Wexford Youths at Finn Park (kick-off 8.00pm) gives his side the ideal opportunity to do this – against a side who have lost all of their last four games.Harps, of course, don’t exactly go into the game in a rich view of form themselves. They can only point to two points returned from the last seven league games and last week fell to their heaviest defeat of the season when losing 4-0 against Mervue United at Fahy’s Field. “I was disappointed to say the least with the outcome of the game in Mervue,” said Hutton. “We were a bit buoyed after the performance the previous week against Longford but unfortunately we didn’t do anything to the same level against Mervue – the performance was very lacklustre.”While Hutton agrees that Mervue were well worth their four goal victory, he said that his own side helped them in that regard.“Mervue certainly deserved their win but I haven’t seen us play as badly in a long, long time and that contributed to their victory. We were very lacklustre, particularly in the first half and we played like we were strangers and hadn’t played together before.”Despite all the doom and gloom that goes with a winless run like Harps are on at present, Hutton feels that a victory against Wexford on Friday night could be the catalyst to kick-start the season again for his troops. “Although people look at the league table and see us seven or eight points behind the play-off spots, there is still everything left to play for. There are a lot of games still to go this season and plenty of points to be won. At one stage we were 12 points behind Longford in top spot but a run of good results seen us move up to second and get to within touching distance of them.”“It’s imperative that we go on another run now and given the fact that it’s such a small league in terms of the number of teams and clubs are playing each other very frequently, things can change again very quickly. If we could manage to get a couple of wins under our belt, it will certainly push us back up the table again very quickly.”Harps will look to get that first vital victory on Friday evening against Wexford Youths. In the previous two league games between the sides this season, Wexford hold the upper hand with a home win and a draw at Finn Park in the opening weeks of the season. However, Harps did defeat the Youths in the FAI Cup by the odd goal in three at the end of May.“Of late the performances have been very patchy and inconsistent,” continues Hutton. “We got a decent performance two weeks ago against Longford but it was the complete opposite in Meruve and that was very disappointing and we just weren’t at the races.“If we are realistic about trying to get one of the play-off spots, it is imperative that we string a few wins together and we have got to the stage now where pretty much games are a must-win – starting this evening against Wexford Youths.” TEAM NEWSSuspended: NoneDoubtful: NoneInjured: Damien McNulty (foot), Thomas McMonagle (foot) Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: L-L-L-D-D-L (2 pts)Mervue United: L-W-L-L-L-L (3 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last six home games against Wexford Youths24-Sep-10 – Finn Harps 1-1 Wexford Youths (First Division)06-May-11 – Finn Harps 0-1 Wexford Youths (First Division)22-Oct-11 – Finn Harps 4-1 Wexford Youths (First Division)24-Mar-12 – Finn Harps 0-1 Wexford Youths (First Division)21-Jul-12 – Finn Harps 3-3 Wexford Youths (First Division)05-Apr-13 – Finn Harps 0-0 Wexford Youths (First Division)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Goalscorers 2013Sean McCarron – 8 (1 in FAI Cup)Kevin McHugh – 6Michael Funston – 3Keith Cowan – 3 (1 in FAI Cup)Thomas McMonagle – 2Thomas McBride – 1 (in League Cup)Matt Harkin – 1 (in League Cup)James Doherty – 1 (in League Cup)Marc Brolly – 1 (in League Cup)Aaron O’Hagan – 1 (in League Cup)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Results 2013 (Harps goalscorers in brackets)19-Jul-2013 – AL – Mervue United 4-0 Finn Harps12-Jul-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 0-0 Longford Town28-Jun-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 2-2 Cobh Ramblers (Funston, Cowan)28-Jun-2013 – AL – Waterford United 3-0 Finn Harps14-Jun-2013 – AL – Salthill Devon 2-1 Finn Harps (Funston)08-Jun-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 2-3 Athlone Town (Funston, Cowan)31-May-2013 – FAI – Finn Harps 2-1 Wexford Youths (Cowan, McCarron)24-May-2013 – AL – Wexford Youths 2-1 Finn Harps (McCarron)20-May-2013 – LC – Finn Harps 1-1 Derry City (O’Hagan) – Derry win 6-5 on penalties17-May-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Mervue United (McCarron)11-May-2013 – AL – Longford Town 2-3 Finn Harps (McCarron, McHugh, McDonagh og.)04-May-2013 – AL – Cobh Ramblers 2-2 Finn Harps (McHugh, McCarron)26-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 0-1 Waterford United19-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Salthill Devon (McMonagle)12-Apr-2013 – AL – Athlone Town 1-0 Finn Harps05-Apr-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 0-0 Wexford Youths29-Mar-2013 – AL – Mervue United 2-2 Finn Harps (McMonagle, McHugh)23-Mar-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 1-0 Longford Town (McHugh)15-Mar-2013 – AL – Finn Harps 4-1 Cobh Ramblers (McCarron 2, McHugh 2)08-Mar-2013 – AL – Waterford United 1-1 Finn Harps (McCarron)03-Mar-2013 – LC – Mayo League 1-4 Finn Harps (Harkin, Doherty, Brolly, McBride)IT’S DO OR DIE TIME FOR HARPS AS THEY FACE WEXFORD YOUTHS was last modified: July 25th, 2013 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:finn harpswexford youthslast_img read more

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DDTV: VIDEO OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS OVER DONEGAL

first_imgDDTV: ALL the weather forecasts of recent days haven’t been that accurate, but it looks the one for midweek might be finally right and rain and cloud will ruin any further chances of seeing the Northern Lights.So for now enjoy this video of the Northern Lights over Co Donegal earlier this week. DDTV: VIDEO OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS OVER DONEGAL was last modified: April 24th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: VIDEO OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS OVER DONEGALlast_img read more

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