Jamaican jailed for 3 years, fined $1.4 million

first_imgCocaine in deodorantThe Jamaican busted with cocaine concealed in a shipment of deodorant bottles was Monday sentenced to three years in prison.Easton Stapleton, 54, was also fined $1.4 million, the street value of the drugs, when he appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Stapleton was intercepted after he was observed by a Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) officer to be acting suspicious.According to CANU prosecutor Kunyo Thompson, on the day in questioned the defendant entered the Guyana Post Office with the intention of posting a package.He enquired whether the parcel would have to be examined by CANU and upon learning that it must, he left with the package.The officer who noticed his actions, followed and intercepted him in the vicinity of Fogarty’s Store.A search was conducted on the parcel and it was then that a whitish substance was found in the roll-on deodorant balls and paper markers.He was told of the offence, arrested and charged.last_img read more

Over $50M still unaccounted for in school feeding programme

first_imgAG report finds– cash was kept in personal possession of school treasurersFollowing the launch of a special investigation by the Auditor General Office into the controversial school feeding programme, the AG’s latest report revealed that $52.5 million was still unaccounted for.State auditors examined the records of 11 schools in Regions Seven and Nine. Some $73.6 million was allocated to the programme in those schools, which was supposed to go towards feeding 2189 students.But the 2017 AG report revealed that key documentation. such as bank reconciliation statements. was not presented to the auditors. As such, the AG could not even determine whether the sum, which was received by eight schools, was ever deposited into the bank in one lump sum.“The absence of this key control measure can lead to the perpetration of wrongdoing, without prompt detection,” the report notes, while adding that there was no evidence of supervisory checks of cash books by the management committee in three of the schools.“Supervisory checks were also absent in the stock ledgers and goods received book for six schools in Region Nine … the safeguarding of public funds was compromised. Moreover, cash was kept in the personal possession of the treasurers in eight schools. This unsatisfactory situation could lead to the perpetration of wrongdoing,” the report states.In its response, the Ministry acknowledged the AG’s findings. But it was pointed out that the programme itself was in the process of being transitioned from central management to community-based management.“As such, challenges will be encountered,” the Ministry said. “Notwithstanding this, the Ministry will seek to provide the necessary training to avoid reoccurrences of this nature. Further, better monitoring will be done.”But in the ‘follow up on the implementation of prior year recommendations’ table, the school feeding programme is the only issue within the Education Ministry that the AG described the recommendations as ‘not implemented’.Millions of dollars were injected into the initiative ($1.3 billion and $1.9 billion in the years 2016 and 2017 respectively) which was implemented in the 10 administrative regions following its re-launch in 2010 by former President and now Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo.But notwithstanding the original lofty aims of the programme, coordinators in the cited regions have reportedly since been abusing the responsibility and power vested in them.Particular scrutiny into the expenditures for each meal revealed outrageous costs attached to them, raising further queries as to whether the right procurement procedures were adhered to in the contract-awarding stage, among other issues.According to media reports, funds allocated to the feeding programme for the recently-opened Kato Secondary School were even diverted to other areas.last_img read more

Theatre festival set to take centre stage

first_imgLegge is currently an instructor at the Capilano University Theatre Program.Adult tickets for the festival are $15, $12 for students/ seniors and $8 for children. Festival passes can also be bought, which can be used to see all four productions. The price of those are $50 for adults, $40 for students/seniors and $30 for children.Tickets can be purchased at the North Peace Cultural Box Office at 250-785-1992 or through their website.For more information on the festival, contact Jim Peltier at 250-787-0342 and jpeltier@gmail.com or Sue Popesku at 250-785-6124 and spopesku@shaw.caAdvertisement The North Peace Cultural Centre is preparing for “the most fun you can have with the curtains open.”Taking place from May 11-15, the NPCC will be hosting the 2011 Peace River Zone Theatre Festival. The festival opens on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. with the Stage North adaptation of Jerod Blake’s “Fuel”. Fuel is a one man show, directed by Blair Scott, depicting the battles of addiction.- Advertisement -The festival’s second performance, Woody Allen’s “Death” will take place the following day on May 12. The performance will be put on by North Peace Players, a group of North Peace Secondary School drama students, and will be directed by grade 12 student Claire Temple.Friday, May 13, Stage North returns with Susan Coyne’s quirky and comedic autobiography titled “Kingfisher Days”, directed by Clarice Eckford.Concluding this year’s Festival on May 14 will be Erin Hanna’s self written and directed “Nodes and Ties.” The production will be preformed by the Grizzly Valley Players, a group of performers from the Tumbler Ridge community theatre program. The play takes a humorous look at three friends and their experiences with social networking.This year’s festival adjudicator will be Collin Legge, who will also be putting on a “Coffee Critique Workshops” the day after each production. The workshops are free to attend and will focus on the creative and technical processes involved in theatre production. Legge’s workshops will run from May 12-15, from 10 a.m. until noon and will be taking place at the North Peace Cultural Centre.Advertisementlast_img read more

TRANSFER ALERT! Besiktas make fresh move for Arsenal goalkeeper

first_imgBesiktas have rekindled their interest in Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina and are seeking talks with the Colombian.Ospina played second fiddle to Petr Cech at the Emirates last season and could slip further down the pecking order should the Gunners opt to keep Wojciech Szczesny next season.Besiktas have been impressed by Opsina’s form in the Copa America after he conceded just the one goal in regulation time during Colombia’s run to the last four.And now, according to Fotomac, Besiktas are planning on matching Arsenal’s £3m asking price having baulked at the fee earlier this month.Ospina signed for Arsenal from Nice in 2014 and established himself as the club’s No.1 in the second half of the 2014/15 campaign.But the 27-year-old lost his place to Cech last season and is now on the lookout for a new club. 1 David Ospina last_img read more

Man suspected of videotaping women in a restroom

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ On it, they discovered, several video clips of a female employee using the company restroom, police said. “It was being wireless transferred to this receiver,” Burnett said today. “It’s still early on. We don’t know how many people are in the video clips.” So far, police know of one particular woman who appeared to be targeted. Castillo, police said, attached sugar-cube sized cameras on drain pipes under the sinks in two restrooms, covering them with insulation. The cameras’ pinhole-sized lenses pointed at the toilets, which were across from the sinks. The bathrooms, used by both men and women, had one toilet and a sink, with no stall. Burnett said investigators do not know if Castillo was watching live. A couple of wires on the cameras transmitted to the receiver at his desk. Police confiscated his computer and are examining it for evidence. Officers booked Castillo at the Gardena jail on suspicion of unauthorized access to a computer network, which is a felony. He also was held on suspicion of observing a person in a restroom, a misdemeanor. He was released after posting $30,000 bail. Officials at Space-Lok are looking into what files Castillo allegedly hacked. They will provide that information to police, Burnett said. It was unclear what Castillo did at the company. A company official hung up when a reporter contacted him today at the business. larry.altman@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A worker at a Gardena aerospace parts manufacturer attached a tiny camera in a restroom and transmitted video of at least one woman to his desk as she used a toilet, police said today. Ryan Castillo, 29, was arrested Tuesday at his home in the unincorporated area between Harbor Gateway and Carson, Gardena police Lt. Ed Burnett said. At first, officials at Space-Lok Inc. at 13306 Halldale Ave. suspected that Castillo had hacked into files in the firm’s computer network and e-mail system. But when they began examining his computer Monday, they found something else on his desk – an iPod-sized receiver with a small video screen, Burnett said.last_img read more

ATHLETICS RESULTS: FINN VALLEY AC FLOODLIT MEETING

first_imgOn a cold yet dry crisp evening Finn Valley delivered an excellent track and field meeting in less than two hours last night (Wednesday).It was a well supported by 11 neighbouring clubs and the club will be back again on Feb 22nd with an even age programme.Last night 269 athletes registered and the following clubs turned out Finn Valley, Tirconnail, Sliabh Liagh, Strabane , St Cecilia’s, City Of Derry , Lifford, Cranford, Letterkennny, Rosses and Killybegs . A cold but dry evening and a particularly brilliant performance from Karl Griffin Tirconnaill  in 400m a sub  50 400mHere are all the resultsFINN VALLEY A.C. FLOODLIT OPEN TRACK & FIELD MEETING1st February  Under 11 Girls 60m1.         Lauren Callaghan, Finn Valley2.         Michaela Byrne, Killybegs3.         Kate Smyth, Lifford Under 11 Boys 60m1. Donal McBride, Rosses2. Eoin McMenamin, Finn Valley3. Gary McClafferty, Finn Valley  Under 13 Girls 60m 1. Sommer Lecky, Finn Valley2. Orla Coughlan, Tir Chonaill3. Amy Boyle Carr, Killybegs Under 13 Boys 60m1. Thomas Mullen, Lifford2. Aaron McGlynn, Finn Valley3. Pauric Harrold, Finn Valley Under 15 Girls 60m1. Janine Boyle, Finn Valley2. Chloe Massterson, Tirchonaill3. Niamh Farrell, Letterkenny Under 15 Boys 60m1. Adam Lynch, Finn Valley2. Calvin O’Brien, Finn Valley3. Alan McGinley, Lifford Over 15 Girls 60m 1. Ciara Armstrong, City of Derry2. Kelly McGroary, Tirchonaill3. Jenny O’Brien, City of Derry Over 15 Boys 60m1. Ryan McParland, City of Derry2. Jack McCloskey, City of Derry3. Ruaidhra O’Neill, City of Derry Under 11 Boys 600m1. Wilson Craig, Lifford2. Dylan Woods, Finn  Valley3. Eoghan DeBurca, Rosses  Under 15 Girls 800m1. Arlene Crossan, Letterkenny, 2.34.182. Ciara Finnegan, Letterkenny, 2.39.203. Amy Crossan, Finn Valley, 2.45.08 Under 15 Boys 800m1. Stefan McCrossan, Letterkenny, 2.26.822. Pauric Patton, Finn Valley, 2.27.973. Shane Thompson, Finn Valley, 2.37.62 Over 15 Girls 800m1. Amy McDaid, St. Cecelias, 2.34.502. Shannon McLaughlin, Finn Valley, 2.38.33 Over 15 Boys 800m1. Dominic Gallagher, Sliagh Liagh, 2.15.28 Over 15 Boys 400m1. Karl Griffin, Tirchonaill, 49.782. Shaun Woods, Finn Valley, 52.333. Ruaidhri O’Neill, City Of Derry 55.59 Over 15 Girls 400m1. Emma McCay, St. Cecelias, 67.69 Over 15 Girls 300m1. Jenny O’Brien, City of Derry 44.462. Natasha McArdle, Letterkenny 46.343. Ciara Armstrong, St. Cecelias 46.82 Under 11 Girls 600m1. Danielle Jansen, Finn Valley 2.12.692. Kelsey Doherty, Finn Valley 2.20.683. Cara McConnell, Finn Valley 2.31.25 Under 13 Boys 600m1. Aaron McGlynn, Finn Valley, 1.47.232. Samuel McClintock, Finn Valley, 1.55.793. Ronan Frain, Letterkenny 1.57.68 Under 13 Girls 600m1. Laura Crossan, Letterkenny2. Ciara Bonnar, Letterkenny3. Anna McFadden, Cranford 1000m Walk Girls1. Lisa Bradley, St. Cecelias, 5.52.932. Grace Carr, Letterkenny 5.57.203. Katie Toal, Letterkenny, 16.12.84 1000m Walk Boys1. Dylan Kearns, Killybegs 6.12.49 Senior Men 1000m Walk1.         Bernie O’Callaghan 6.21.33     Under 11 Girls Shot Putt1. Kate Carlin, Finn Valley2. Sarah Crawford, Strabane   Under 11 Boys Shot Putt1. Ryan Stewart, 5.93m Lifford2. Wilson Craig, 5.75m Lifford3. Ciaran Thompson, 4.96m Finn Valley Under 13 Girls Shot Putt1. Sinead Doherty, 5.47m Finn Valley2. Christina Patten, 4.68m Finn Valley3. Aoife Doherty, 4.42m Finn Valley Under 13 Boys Shot Putt1. James Kelly, 12.47m Finn Valley2. Conor McGranaghan, 6.92m Finn Valley3. Luke Gavigan, 6.42m Finn Valley Under 15 Girls Shot Putt1. Molly Donavan, 8.44m Sliagh Liagh2. Niamh McGranaghan, 8.41m Finn Valley3. Bridget Mcdwyer, 8.26m Rosses Under 15 Boys Shot Putt1. James Kelly, 11.01m Finn Valley2. John Gibbons, 9.65m Slieve Liagh3. Shane Thompson, 9.20m Finn Valley Over 15 Girls, Shot Putt1. Jade Leeper, 10.26m Finn Valley2. Lisa Gibson, 9.65m Letterkenny3. Megan Colhoun, 8.14m Lifford Over 15 Boys Shot Putt1. Gavin McLaughlin, 9.69 Finn Valley2. Peadar Conroy,9.15m Slieve Liagh3. Darragh Crawford, 8.40 Strabane  Under 11 Girls Long Jump1. Michaela Byrne, 3.82m Killybegs2. Danielle Jansen, 3.40m Finn Valley3. Kate Smith, 3.35m Lifford Under 11 Boys Long Jump1. 74 – Rosses – 3.15m2. 112 – Lifford – 3.03m3. 359 – Killybegs – 2.94m Under 13 Boys Long Jump1. 62 – Finn Valley – 4.01m2. 28 – Finn Valley -3.56m3. 69 – Finn Valley – 3.45m Under 15 Boys Long Jump1. 486 – Lifford – 4.73m2. 381 – Finn Valley – 4.17m3. 102 – Slieve Liagh -3.70m Over 15 Girls Long Jump1. Kate McGowan, Tirchonaill, 4.60m2. Megan Colhoun, Lifford, 4.44m3. Caoimhe McMenamin, Finn Valley, 4.35m Over 15 Boys Long Jump1. 348 – Finn Valley – 5.18m2. 460 – Tirchonaill – 5.10m3. 109 – Lifford – 4.98m Under 13 Girls Long Jump1. Sommer Lecky – Finn Valley – 4.17m2. Orla Coughlan – Tirchonaill – 3.72m3. Laura Crossan, Letterkenny 3.68m Under 11 Girls High Jump1. Lauren Callaghan, Finn Valley – 1.10m2. Aine Wilkinson, Finn Valley – 1.07m3. Caitlin McGonagle, Finn Valley – 1.01m Under 11 Boys High Jump1. Ciaran Thompson, Finn Valley – 1.07m Under 13 Girls High Jump1. Shannen Conwell, Lifford, 1.20m2. Kathy Bannigan, Finn Valley, 1.15m3. Claudia Cuskelly, Lifford, 1.10m  Under 13 Boys High Jump1. Ronan O’Donnell, Finn Valley, 1.20m2. Tomas Mullen, Lifford, 1.20m3. Jason Gallagher, Finn Valley, 1.10m Under 15 Girls High Jump1. Karen Kelly, Finn Valley, 1.43m2. Sasha Byrne, Finn Valley, 1.30m3. Nicole Cuskelly, Lifford 1.30m Under 15 Boys High Jump1. Jack McGeehan, Finn Valley 1.46m2. Conor Lynch, Lifford, 1.43m3. John Gibbons, Sliagh Liagh, 1.40m Over 15 Boys High Jump1. Peter Fryer, City of Derry, 1.60m2. Dominic Gallagher, Sliah Liagh, 1.50m3. Alan Porter, Lifford, 1.45m Over 15 Girls High Jump1. Blaithnaid Patton, Finn Valley, 1.45m2. Shannon Bonnar, Sliagh Liagh, 1.30m3. Simone Crawford, FinnValley, 1.30m Under 15 Girls Long Jump1. Sasha Byrne, Finn Valley, 4.50m2. Janine Boyle, Finn Valley, 4.48m3. Arlene Crossan, Letterkenny, 4.17m   ATHLETICS RESULTS: FINN VALLEY AC FLOODLIT MEETING was last modified: February 2nd, 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:ATHLETICS RESULTS: FINN VALLEY AC FLOODLIT MEETINGlast_img read more

DDTV: ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW VIDEO – KEEPER DURCAN ON DONEGAL’S HOPES

first_imgTHE official launch of the Ulster Championship took place in Belfast last night. Here’s a video of some of the players and managers looking ahead to a festival of gaelic games.Donegal goalkeeper Paul Durcan and Tyrone manager Mickey Harte both feature.Click Play to watch   DDTV: ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW VIDEO – KEEPER DURCAN ON DONEGAL’S HOPES was last modified: May 2nd, 2013 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: ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW VIDEO – KEEPER DURCAN ON DONEGAL’S HOPESlast_img read more

DONEGAL FAMILIES FACING DOUBLE BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLOW – MCCONALOGUE

first_imgDonegal families are facing an extremely difficult autumn as education costs soar and the Back to School Allowance is cut, according to Fianna Fáil’s Education Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue.The Donegal Deputy said many low-income families will suddenly be hit by the €50 cut in the Back to School Allowance this summer, while the latest inflation figures show a 5% increase in education costs over the past year.“It has slipped many people’s minds that the government slashed the Back to School Allowance in the Budget, and that the cuts will kick in this summer,” explained Deputy McConalogue. “The allowance is being cut by €50 per child for the new school year. It means the payment for children over the age of 12 will reduce from €250 to €200 this summer, while the payment for children between 4 and 11 will go down from €150 to €100.“The lead into the new school year is always an extremely difficult time financially for families. This year, low income families face another blow as the significant cuts to the Back to School Allowance kicks in. The allowance has always been a life-line for struggling families as they grapple with big bills for uniforms, sports gear, school books, stationery and other essential school equipment. There is no doubt that such a huge reduction in the allowance will come as a major blow to these families.“All of this comes at the same time as a spike in the overall cost of sending children to school and college. The latest inflation figures show costs in the education sector are up by approximately 5% since April last year. Parents are being expected to pay more for less, as frontline education services are being cut.“I am meeting families in Donegal every single day who feel they just can’t afford more bills, more increases in basic household costs and more cuts in supports for families. They are squeezed beyond capacity as it is. Young middle and low income families feel they are being hit from every angle at the moment and they just can’t take any more cuts,” Deputy McConalogue said.  DONEGAL FAMILIES FACING DOUBLE BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLOW – MCCONALOGUE was last modified: May 14th, 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)last_img read more

SADNESS AS MISSING PADDY IS FOUND DEAD

first_imgTHE family of a missing man thought to have been in Donegal has announced that he has been found dead.Paddy Douglas had been last seen in January in his native Dublin.It was thought that he could have been in Letterkenny a few days later after he was helped by a local man to find shelter for the night. Paddy was found dead in Howth at the weekend.His family has thanked all those around Ireland who had helped in their search for him. SADNESS AS MISSING PADDY IS FOUND DEAD was last modified: April 14th, 2014 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:deaddublinfoundletterkennyPaddy DouglasRIPlast_img read more

MONEYLENDER FOUND GUILTY OF THREATENING TO KILL MAN OVER €70 DEBT

first_imgA moneylender has been found guilty of threatening to kill another man – because he owed him just €70.Miroslaw Klucsak was found guilty of threatening to kill another man yesterday. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Miroslaw Klucsak put a gun to the head of his fellow Polish national Leszek Majewski when he burst into his apartment in Letterkenny. Gardai found Mr Majewski’s terrified wife trembling in fear when they arrived.Klucsak, 39, a former miner and security guard, said he ran a legitimate business paying for people’s grocery shopping and then charging them for the transport.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard he collected the money owed to him outside the local post office every Wednesday and Thursday when the Polish community collected their welfare payments.Judge John O’Hagan heard that on April 4th, 2013, Kluczak met Majewski and his wife outside the post office on Main Street and demanded his cash.Majewski had borrowed €200 for which he had to pay back €225.The defendant couldn’t pay the remaining €70 of the cash as he had to transfer money back to his 18 year old son in Poland for schoolbooks.Later that morning, Klucsak visited Leszek and his wife Barbar at their home at 20 Celtic Apartments near Domino’s Pizza.The accused pulled a gun from beneath his coat and put it to his head.“He came in looked around and was nervous. He took a gun from inside his jacket – he grabbed me by my jacket and put a gun to my head. He said “Give me the money back or I will kill you.” He was swearing. I told him shoot me and he then put the gun hard into my head .“My wife ran out. He was trying to shake me but then when he realised she was gone and he pushed me on top of the fridge and he ran out,” said the defendant.Ms Majewski ran to a local clothing shop Wisteria and asked the proprietor to call the police saying her husband needed an ambulance and was covered in blood.Garda Darren Carter said he met Barbar in a very frightened state when she called Gardai.“She was in such a state of panic. She was trembling. She was just beckoning us to follow her,” he said.Garda Carter called to the home of the accused and asked about the alleged incident and if he had a weapon.He said the only evidence of any weapon was a cardboard box for a pellet gun.Kluczak, of 59 The Maples, Lismonaghan, Letterkenny, said it belonged to a friend who had moved to Dublin.He said he did not mix with the Polish community as they drank too much and did not have a good reputation.He said he visited the gym daily and took out adverts in a local Polish contacts website to help his business and that he did not collect welfare benefits.Barrister Peter Nolan said his client had denied that any gun was ever used.He put it to Mr Majewski that himself and his wife drank too much vodka and their apartment was strewn with empty alcohol bottles.The couple completely denied this and Garda Carter said this had not been the situation he found at the couple’s apartment.Barrister for the state, Ms Patricia McLoughlin, described this as a “mean lie” and that it was simply not true.She said the defendants accepted that they owed money but said the evidence was there that they had been threatened.The jury took an hour to reach their decision and found Kluczak guilty of making threats to kill and demanding money with menace.Judge John O’Hagan adjourned sentencing until April 28 and ordered a probation and community service report.Kluczak was released on continuing bail.MONEYLENDER FOUND GUILTY OF THREATENING TO KILL MAN OVER €70 DEBT was last modified: January 30th, 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:donegalGardaigroceriesgunletterkennyMiroslaw KlucsakPOLISHpost officethreats to killlast_img read more