35 employees of the Central Bank of Liberia have been brought under the jurisdiction of the court and prohibited from leaving the country until the investigation into the alleged missing L$16 billion is concluded.The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has described as unfounded and misleading reports published by a local daily that alleged that the CBL gave US$300,000 to each of its governors as car loans.A press statement signed Cyrus Wleh Badio, CBL head of communications, denied the allegation and classified it as “unfounded, misleading and a calculated attempt… to tarnish the reputation of the CBL and its Governors.”The Central Bank of Liberia, he said, “has in place a car loan scheme/policy which began in 2013 for its senior staff to buy their own cars with repayment over a maximum five-year period.”Badio said the scheme has been a cost-effective measure to mitigate the high maintenance cost of assigned bank vehicles.The Central Bank of Liberia challenged the New Dawn, the newspaper that published the report, to produce evidence to support “its wild and fictitious claim” and meanwhile cautioned news houses to ascertain facts and avoid publishing falsehoods.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh and former Chief Executive Officer of NICIL, Winston Brassington, this morning voluntarily went into Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU) office in company of their lawyers.Speaking with media briefly, Attorney, Anil Nandlall said that the two are going through 10 cases with SOCU officers.More details in Thursday, May 10, 2018 edition of the Guyana Times.Former Finance Minister, Dr Ashni Singh chatting with his lawyers Anil Nandlall and Sase Gunraj in SOCU’s compound
In light of the recent killing of three Guyanese nationals at a mining camp in neighbour Venezuela, and the series of robbery attacks on local mining camps, Guyana’s Joint Services have beefed up security, not only along the country’s borders, but at strategic interior locations as well.On Saturday, the Guyana Defence Force released on its website pictures showing soldiers patrolling communities near the country’s border with Venezuela in Region One. The GDF said on its Facebook page on Saturday that operations have been beefed up over the past week.“Joint Services patrols were launched last Monday to deter criminal elements operating near the Guyana-Venezuela borders,” the army said.Meanwhile, speaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan assured that every possible effort is being undertaken to ensure strengthening of those border areas. In fact, he pointed out, the ‘F’ Division Commander is ensuring that those efforts are realised.“These efforts include communicating with the people overseas, and of course moving some of the policemen from the stations to that area, where we understand that there is increased activity from these robbers that are there. We have to ask the mining community there also that when they spot these people, to give the information to the police. That is as much as we can do, because it is rough terrain,” he stated.Military officers braving the harsh hinterland conditions to comb the areaRamjattan added that catching these criminals is going to be difficult, and will pose a challenge. However, he said, the Guyana Police Force is trying its best.“They know those areas and they’re trying their best to confront these criminals (who are) are making life difficult for the miners. We’ve been getting these reports for some time now — of these groups of masked and high-powered armed men robbing the miners, and then they move off to other places; so it’s a challenge all the time to catch them, because it’s a jungle area and not open that can probably make it easier for you to catch them. It’s going to be difficult,” the Public Security Minister stressed.The minister was also asked about Monday’s incident in Venezuela, where 55-year-old Vernon Eudoxie; 23-year-old Cologne Solomon, both of Fitzburg, Port Kaituma; and Samuel Moses, 19 years, of Four Miles Oronoque, Port Kaituma were shot and killed in their sleep after a group of armed men stormed the mining camp at Imataca, Venezuela, where they were working. He said that not much can be done, since the incident occurred within Venezuelan territory.Nevertheless, he noted that the Police are working on gathering as much information as possible from the survivors and others in the area, to build profiles on the perpetrators so that those can be sent to the authorities across the border for the relevant actions to be taken.Another Guyanese, 22-year-old Joel Paton of Supenaam Creek Head Mission, Essequibo River was also injured during the shooting. He and seven other miners had taken cover during the shooting. The young man is currently in a serious but stable condition at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC), nursing several suspected gunshot wounds about his body.Collective effort“The leadership of the Police Force is working out strategies that can help them better catch these criminals, and we’re gonna ask for support from other joint services in those areas, like the army. There are, in certain areas, other law enforcements for GRA and other agencies; Also and we will definitely make a united effort. The members of the mining community will also have to come on-board; there is going to be a collective effort,” the Minister posited.Furthermore, the Public Security Minister opted not to get into actions taken by the military to heighten its presence at the borders. “I prefer not to speak on the military issue, but I’m more informed about it by my policemen and the Commander in ‘F’ Division, as what they are doing,” he asserted.Of recent, there have been several cases in which local mining camps have been attacked and robbed, reportedly by nationals crossing over from both Venezuela and Brazil.In fact, only Monday last, a group of six heavily armed men terrorised and robbed a mining camp at Kartuni, Cuyuni River in Region Seven, of an undisclosed quantity of raw gold along with a shotgun and a 9mm pistol.There were also reports of another camp owned by a popular Bartica businessman being raided and robbed on Tuesday morning. Again, the bandits made off with a quantity of raw gold.The bandits were reportedly speaking fluent Portuguese and Spanish, which suggested that they are not Guyanese.However, Minister Ramjattan told this newspaper that local law enforcement officials have not received any information or evidence to prove that these were foreign nationals carrying out the attacks. In fact, he noted that they could very well be Guyanese who are bilingual, having lived in the neighbouring countries or close to the borders.
…4 homelessA family of four was forced to make alternative living arrangements after a fire of unknown origin destroyed their Morocot, East La Penitence, Georgetown home. Among the four persons are two minors and two pensioners.The fire reportedly started in one of the bedrooms of the Lot 31 “A” Morocot Square two-storey house at around 13:30h on Friday.Reports are the owner of the house, 69-year-old Kennette Herbert, a security officer, was asleep at the time of the fire while his two grandchildren, ages 12 and eight, were left playing in the house.The burnt houseThe fire was detected by a neighbour who was passing at the time. The woman recalled that as she walked through the yard, she saw thick black smoke billowing from one of the rooms and quickly raised an alarm.In doing so, she called out to the child to inform their grandfather but did not realise that the elderly man was asleep. The elderly man told media operatives that after his grandchildren woke him, he realised one of the bedrooms was on fire.Without hesitation, he attempted to extinguish the blaze but it rapidly spread, and as such, he had to retreat. He frantically looked for his two grandchildren and could not find them but soon after realised they were in the yard, he exited that building.He along with his two grandchildren stood in anguish as the house went up in flames.The fire service was summoned but by the time firemen arrived, the house was consumed by fire leaving no chance for family members to save any household items or even personal belongings.Soon after, the wife of the elderly man arrived at the scene but upon realising that her house was destroyed, she fainted and had to be consoled by neighbours. After some time, she told media operatives that this is the second tragedy for the family in two years.Only two years ago, one of the elderly couple’s sons was shot and killed. Meanwhile, it unclear how the fire started but an investigation launched by the fire officials.
AFC ChairmanKhemraj RamjattanThe probe into the bribery allegations and movement of gold against former Alliance For Change Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud is at a standstill as investigators have not obtained substantial evidence in the matter.This disclosure was made by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan on Wednesday when he told reporters that the police have failed to obtain a statement from Persaud and there is not enough evidence for him to be extradited to Guyana.“Charrandas left and the investigators were supposed to, I think, ask him some questions and they’re not getting him. Whatever was the status for the past couple of months, it is just stuck there,” Ramjattan said.Persaud is being investigated for reportedly taking a bribe to vote in favour of the No-Confidence Motion brought against the APNU/AFC Government on December 21, 2018.Ramjattan, in responding to questions posed by media operatives on the status of the investigations, stated that police were acting on suspicion. “Police were acting on information and suspicions whether someone else paid him to do what he did. All of that will be technical legal issues,” he said.Ramjattan, however, maintained that the matter remains of national importance while noting that some investigations are stalled for years and reopens when new evidence emerges.Questioned further on whether the police will consider using a diplomatic channel to get in contact with the former MP, Ramjattan said he doubts that will be the case “For Canada, you have to have evidence of a crime being committed before you can bring back somebody. Solid evidence of a crime especially against a citizen of Canada. I don’t know if we have managed to accumulate that,” the Security Minister said.The investigation was launched in January after a report was made of a plan by Charrandas Persaud to purchase gold. A number of gold miners have since been questioned by police as part of an ongoing probe into the bribery allegations.Police say Persaud was in talks with players of the gold industry to purchase a large quality of gold…almost US$1 million.At least one gold dealer was reportedly asked to provide a statement. Despite speculations by the PPP and some members of the public that the investigation was “politically motivated” and launched as a result of directions by the Public Security Minister, Police Commissioner Leslie James has maintained that he was not instructed to do so.“Something was brought to my attention by the Minister and based on that, an investigation ensued. I don’t receive instructions…political instructions. I must make that very clear,” James stated.Persaud, who is also a Canadian citizen, sided with the Opposition and voted for the motion which was declared passed by House Speaker Dr Barton Scotland, resulting in the toppling of the Government on December 21, 2018. He flew to Canada hours after, where he remains to date.The legality of his vote was challenged by the APNU/AFC Government taking into consideration his dual citizenship. In addition, the Government also challenged the number of votes needed for a No-Confidence Motion to be validly passed.They are contending that 34 is needed for an absolute majority to pass such a motion but the Opposition held out that the Constitution of Guyana referred to 33 as majority and that no part of the law mentioned “absolute majority”.The matter was heard by Chief Justice, Roxanne George, who ruled that the vote was validly passed and that 33 was deemed a majority. The Chief Justice’s ruling was challenged once again by the Government in the Appeal Court. After deliberations and submissions, two of the Judges in the Appeal Court ruled that the vote was not valid while one ruled in favour of the passage.As such, the Opposition approached the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) to determine the validity of the vote.The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is expected to give the final ruling on Tuesday as to whether or not the motion of no-confidence against the APNU/AFC Government was validly passed.Police Commissioner Leslie JamesFormer Alliance For Change Member of Parliament CharrandasPublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan
DIVISION II-AA Chaffey 56, Senior Zach Von Pertz scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the Rebels (18-10) upset the host Warriors in first-round play. DIVISION II-A San Dimas 49, San Luis Obispo 40 Saints standout Jon Joe scored 18 points, but they couldn’t shake their opponent until the final minute. San Dimas (19-9) will play either Corona Centennial or Saddleback in Tuesday’s second round. DIVISION III-A Serrano 76, La Puente Nogales 54 Forward Durrell Norman had 20 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks to lead the top-seeded Diamondbacks (25-3) to a home victory over the Nobles. Serrano hosts Hemet West Valley on Tuesday. DIVISION IV-A Sherman Oaks Buckley 75, Big Bear 64 Richie Polan scored 30 points as Sherman Oaks Buckley defeated visiting Big Bear. DIVISION IV-AA Ontario Christian 55, Newport Beach Sage Hill 38 Justus Jones scored 23 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Knights (21-5) to the second round with a victory over the Lightning (14-13). Bloomington 56, Aquinas 53 Alex Martin scored 23 points to advance Bloomington (12-15) to the second round. Niko Walters scored 27 for the Falcons. DIVISION V-A Bishop Union 66, Packinghouse Christian 62 Senior forward Spencer Hirsch scored 26 points, but it wasn’t enough as the host Bears (13-10) lost in the second round. GIRLS DIVISION II-A Ayala 86, Anaheim Katella 22 Rebecca Gardner had 24 points and eight rebounds and Jasmine Holliday had 20 points and 11 rebounds as the top-seeded Bulldogs (25-3) advanced to the second round. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Martin Thompson’s game-winning layup with 28 seconds to play lifted Cajon over Saugus 57-56 in a CIF-Southern Section Division II-AA boys basketball game Friday night. Marquis Green led the Cowboys (18-9) with 17 points. Kevin Hughley had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Vista Murrieta 49 Davie Champagnie and Mauricio Aldaba each scored 17 points to pace the Tigers (18-6) past the Broncos. Chaffey faces top-seeded Pasadena on Tuesday. Burbank Burroughs 74, Diamond Ranch 61 Sophomore Chris Cunningham scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Miramonte League champions ended their season Friday at the hands of the Indians. Miller 57, Fullerton Troy 52
Jabarri Reynolds scored 17 points, including five 3-pointers, and David Knowles had 14 points and eight rebounds to lead Pomona-Pitzer to a 61-47 win over Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference rival Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Monday. Mani Maceira led CMS with 15 points, but he was just 6-for-28 from the field. LA VERNE MEN’S BASKETBALL The visiting Leopards were no match for Occidental (18-5, 11-2 SCIAC) in an 85-54 defeat. The game scheduled for Monday was rained out and was rescheduled for 2 p.m. Wednesday at Citrus College. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Robert Hughes and Brendan Hallinan led the Leos (5-19, 4-9) with 11 points apiece. CAL POLY POMONA WOMEN’S TENNIS Jenny Tsai took an easy win at No. 1 singles to lead the Broncos (1-3, 1-2) to a 9-0 California Collegiate Athletic Association win over Cal State Bakersfield (1-1, 1-1). Renee Paquillo, Annika You, Mallory Brady, Kara Fisher and Kelley Wong all won their singles matches in straight games. The Broncos will play a nonconference match at San Jose State on Friday. MT. SAC/CITRUS BASEBALL
Use of the software at LAX began in August and expects to continue the test on car searches for about six months in all, said James Butts, deputy executive director of law enforcement for Los Angeles World Airports, the agency that operates LAX. The program might be expanded to patrols of bomb-sniffing dogs. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. A new computer program to keep potential terrorists and criminals constantly uncertain about where, when and how often vehicles will be searched at entrances will be tried at Los Angeles International Airport. The software is based on the thesis of 26-year-old Praveen Paruchuri, who earned his doctorate in May. Paruchuri said he’s surprised and delighted that his game-theory research on random timing of police patrols and its effects on crimes such as home burglaries has so quickly been utilized. High-tech assistance won’t solve all the issues of terrorism, but “in the hands of the police can be very powerful tools and make the process a little more efficient,” said Paruchuri, who was born and raised in India and is now working at an artificial intelligence research company in Maryland. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Football statistics experts WhoScored.com take a look at a superstar talent linked with a move to Arsenal. For more Arsenal stats, check out WhoScored.com…Arsenal are seemingly always one piece short of completing the puzzle. Every time the Gunners look as though they can mount a serious title challenge, they falter in one way or another, leaving supporters to ponder ‘what if?’ The opening weekend defeat to West Ham ran the risk of doing just that, but Arsenal quickly righted their wrongs, securing a commendable 2-1 win at Crystal Palace on Sunday.Arsene Wenger’s side must now build on the victory at Selhurst Park in their quest to re-announce themselves as England’s finest. The club have been linked with a host of players to strengthen in their bid to secure domestic glory, though have signed only goalkeeper Petr Cech this summer. Karim Benzema has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates, but with reports that any potential move is dead in the water, the latest to be mooted with a potential switch to north London is Bayern Munich’s Mario Götze. Despite a supposedly underwhelming campaign last season, the German still gained a commendable WhoScored.com rating of 7.20 for the Bavarian giants.While that was a considerable drop from his debut campaign with Bayern (7.72), it was still a notable return for the 23-year-old, who is yet to really hit the heights of his Borussia Dortmund displays following his switch to the Allianz Arena two years ago. Manager Pep Guardiola is insistent that Götze will not be leaving the Bundesliga champions this summer, but the arrivals of Douglas Costa and Arturo Vidal suggest that the attackers days at Bayern could well be numbered. Juventus had been credited with an interest in the youngster, though it’s Arsenal who now seem to be most keen on securing his services.However, it’s questionable whether Arsenal need Götze. Yes, when a player of the German’s ilk becomes available, one does not simply turn down the opportunity to sign him, but given the attacking options at Wenger’s disposal, he should be investing elsewhere in the squad. Granted, Götze is capable of playing as a centre forward, but has started in the role just four times in the last two Bundesliga seasons, netting just the one goal. He is better suited in one of the offensive roles behind the frontman, though Wenger has numerous options in these positions.If Arsenal indeed pursue their interest in Götze, chances are he would compete with compatriot Mesut Özil for the central spot in the starting XI behind the striker. The duo have built their respective reputations on playing in the number 10 role throughout their career, though it’s fair to say the former Real Madrid star is more accustomed to the position than the current Bayern ace. Given his creative qualities and vision in the final third, Özil is unlikely to be dropped in favour of Götze, especially with the former beginning to rediscover his best form in North London this season.Indeed, injury limited Özil’s impact last term, but even then he was directly involved in 9 league goals following his return to action. Götze may have been directly involved in more goals (11) for Bayern last season, but having made notably more appearances – 32 to Özil’s 22 – it does not make for good reading for the young attacker.Granted, Götze would be a great signing for any team given his ability to both find the back of the net and create for teammates, but he is not what Arsenal need right now. Wenger would be better suited using the funds available to him to either strengthen the midfield or bring in another striker to ease the burden on Olivier Giroud before the close of the transfer window.For more stats on reported Arsenal target Mario Götze, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page Mario Gotze has been linked with a transfer to Arsenal 1
1 Getty FIFA’s crisis has caused a serious financial blow for the organisation which has suffered a £67million financial loss in 2015, it can be revealed.A drop in income after sponsors – and huge legal bills following the corruption scandal – has seen the world governing body hit hard in the pocket. FIFA’s executive committee members were told on Wednesday the losses for the year totalled 103m Swiss francs, according to insiders. It is the first time the body has reported a loss since 2001.FIFA has so far been unable to replace top tier partners Emirates and Sony – plus second tier sponsors Castrol, Continental, Johnson & Johnson – due to its toxic brand.The revelation of the deficit will put pressure on FIFA’s ExCo members to vote for proposed reforms at its meeting on Thursday in order to attract new sponsors. The organisation has already made significant savings to reduce the level of the deficit.FIFA’s income always drops in the year after World Cups but it has always previously managed to make a surplus – in 2011 it made a £24million profit which was added to its reserves which currently total around £1billion.The legal bills are also significant – suspended president Sepp Blatter brought in a team of American lawyers after the US justice department announced its indictments of 18 officials on football-related corruption charges in May. Blatter and other senior FIFA executives are also believed to be under investigation by the FBI.FIFA’s last annual deficit came in 2001 when the bankruptcy of its marketing partner ISL saw the world governing body end the year in the red and forced to take out a £118million bridging loan.The proposed reforms to be voted on at FIFA’s ExCo meeting on Thursday include 12-year term limits for the president and ExCo members, financial transparency including the salary paid to the president and senior officials, plus some independent members sitting on the ruling committee.Michel D’Hooghe, the Belgian who is the FIFA ExCo’s longest-serving member, said that the future of the organisation depended on the reforms being passed.D’Hooghe said: “Don’t think that FIFA is dead. I have the assurance that if FIFA and the Congress can accept the reforms then FIFA has a good future. But we must know that this is a deep crisis, we must accept that and approach that with great humility.“This is a difficult moment financially but the expectations are good I’m sure in the longer term FIFA will overcome that.”