3 women jailed for embezzling $48M

first_imgThree women were on Tuesday jailed for four years each after they were found guilty of fraudulently converting in excess of million from Telecom Solutions (Guyana) Inc.Initially, the women – Melissa Naughton, 39, of Robert Street, Better Hope, East Coast Demerara; Candacie Marshall, 26, of North Ruimveldt, Georgetown; and Oladara Christian, 28, of Shell Road, Kitty, Georgetown; had all pleaded not guilty to the charge.In a packed court room before City Magistrate Leron Daly, the sentence was handed down to the three tearful women while the Magistrate noted that the women of mature ages were fully aware of their actions and continued.The charge stated that between June 25, 2008 and November 23, 2009, they conspired together with other persons to embezzle in excess of $48 million in credit from Telecom Solutions Inc.The Magistrate stated that the court and society condemns the exploitation of employees towards employers.Defence Attorney Glen Hanoman who represented Naughton and Christian requested that the court grant his clients non-custodial sentences based on President David Granger’s remark that “there is no place for women in prison.”The trio was found guilty by Magistrate Daly on August 31, 2016, after it was found that the prosecution had proven its case against the women beyond reasonable doubt.The women’s lawyers at the previous court hearing – Adrian Thompson, Ronald Burch-Smith and Everton Singh Lammy – had requested probation reports on the women after they were found guilty of the offence.In 2011, the women were employees of the company where Naughton and Christian served in the capacities of cashiers, which they were responsible for selling large amounts of Digicel credit via a computerised system.It was reported that Marshall was the person who, from time to time, solicited the customers.According to reports, the two cashiers had invalidated several transactions which were written off, after which they would revalidate those transactions and sell them to persons and receive the proceeds for themselves.last_img read more

Redlands dominates Norco in first round of playoffs

first_imgREDLANDS – It wasn’t really a walk in the park for the Redlands girls water polo team. It was more like a leisurely swim in the lake. “We were able to play a lot of different people and work on some things,” Redlands coach Matt Fry said. “But we didn’t get exactly what we wanted. We weren’t executing our front-court offense. All of our goals were coming in transition.” Brooke Vessey led Redlands (21-7) with six goals, Sharon Dyer had five, Doris Tran four and Emily Haws three. Also chipping in for the Terriers were Danielle Adams, Ariel Lovett and Carly Miller with two goals each and Stacey Triche with one. Celestina Hudson scored Norco’s only goal. It was going to be a tough challenge for Norco regardless of the situation, but things really didn’t fall into place for the Cougars under sunny skies at Redlands East Valley High School. To begin with, coach Cindy Robinson was attending a funeral and could not make the match, assistant coach Charlie Holderman said. Also, the Cougars were elevated from D6 to D5 just last year and have just one returning senior, Bethie Conlan, on their roster. The Terriers overwhelmed Norco 25-1 on Thursday in a CIF-Southern Section Division V playoff opener. As far as the Terriers were concerned, it was a decent tune-up, one to work on a few fundamentals and strategies before the real challenges arise. center_img “It was a tough match,” Holderman said. “Redlands is really good. I think they’re going to do well in CIF.” The Terriers are ranked third in CIF, behind Murrieta Valley and Corona Santiago. The Citrus Belt League champs have played Santiago twice, splitting the matches. “I think we have a good shot at making the finals,” Fry said. Redlands will play the winner of Thursday’s Temescal Canyon vs. Montclair match on Tuesday in the quarterfinals. DIVISION III Chino Hills 6, Downey 5 Amy Moore and Bryce Winton each scored two goals as the Huskies (26-5) slipped past the Cougars in the first round. Chino Hills advances to the second round for the first time since 2004. Senior Nicole Concialdi had seven saves in the victory for Chino Hills, which plays host to Arlington on Tuesday at Ayala. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Stars beat Sharks to spoil Joe Thornton’s 1,500th game

first_imgDALLAS — On a night when Joe Thornton reached a major milestone, and Brent Burns recorded his 400th NHL assist, the Dallas Stars found a way to spoil the party by earning a 4-3 win over the Sharks on Thursday night.Thornton, 39, became the 19th player to reach the 1,500 game plateau, a list led by Gordie Howe (1,767), Mark Messier (1,756) and Jaromir Jagr (1733). Among active players, only Patrick Marleau (1,590), Thornton’s teammate for 12 years, has played more games.Joe Thornton became the …last_img read more

Children roar to save white lions

first_imgThere are just 12 white lions remaining in the wild. This is the reason the Global White Lion Protection Trust is enlisting the help of children to be the voice of the big cats and ensure their survival. (Images: Varuna Jina) If you want to know what it’s like to be a lion in today’s world, don’t conjure feelings of predatory awesomeness or regal might. Instead, picture yourself being held captive or hunted for sport. Imagine being forced to breed and have your babies taken away from you, never to be seen again.These are the concerns driving the The Global White Lion Protection Trust’s StarLion Programme, which educates the Shangaan community in the Timbavati region about protecting the famed white lions found in the area.The trust, which is situated about 20 kilometres from Hoedspruit in Limpopo, also launched the One United Roar campaign that is getting youth and adults from the commnity to be the voice for the lions, especially when speaking to policymakers.The white lions of the Timbavati are of great significance to the Shangaan. They believe the kings and queens of the past were reborn as the felines.One United Roar is set against the backdrop of the 17th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES CoP17) that will be held in Johannesburg from 24 September to 5 October. South Africa is looking to change the status of the African lion from endangered to a species not under threat.Africa lions, Panthera leo, are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. Animals classified as vulnerable means they are considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild and are likely to become endangered unless the circumstances threatening their survival and reproduction improve.They are split listed on the CITES appendices, at Appendix I and II, which means some populations of a species are on one appendix, while some are on another. Appendix I means the species is threatened with extinction and may be affected by trade; trade in wild-caught species is illegal. Appendix II means the species is not necessarily threatened with extinction, but may become so unless trade in them is restricted. An export permit is required for trade in these species.There are just 12 white lions remaining in the wild, while hundreds are in captivity. They would be deemed critically endangered if they were classified as a subspecies of lion. But CITES groups them among the tawny African lion population.Children from the StartLion Programme tell the audience why they feel lions should be protected.Linda Tucker, the founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust, said the campaign recognised that all the policies governing wildlife did not represent the animals’ perspective. “We thought ‘how do we get lions as the silent stakeholders in human policies, to have a voice and a vote?’ We thought the only way to do that was for people to go into the position of the lion. And the best way to do that was through kids because they were much less indoctrinated than we were and they could feel from a lion’s perspective what it was like.”The campaign is aimed at children from as young as five years old to young adults aged 21. It asks them to speak from the position of the lion and to tell policymakers what they need to hear. “It’s a heart activation,” said Tucker. “It’s not intended to rationalise and get into the detail of the policy. It’s intentionally emotive so that people get emotional about their heritage.”One United Roar is inspired by indigenous knowledge systems as well as the ecological crisis of our day, explained Tucker. “In an indigenous environment, if there’s a council or a policymaker sitting to decide an aspect of nature, you’ll always have an empty chair because… who will speak for the wolf or who will speak for the lion? You actually invite nature into the discussion. So we’re saying to the policymakers, ‘Shut up and listen for the first time. What are the lions saying about your decisions?’”Girls from the StarLion Programme prepare for a traditional Shangaan ceremony that honours the white lions.MESSAGES THROUGH VIDEOPart of the campaign was to get children from the community to create a video that could be uploaded on to the trust’s website, said Berry Gargan, one of the facilitators of One United Roar.Audiences around the world would then be able to review and like the videos.Out of these, 24 videos with the most likes would be assessed by an international panel of judges who would then choose six winners that most embodied what the lions wanted to say. “We will bring them from wherever they are to the white lion territory and give them the opportunity to really make a difference and have the policymakers hear them,” said Gargan.TACKLING ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES FROM THE HEARTOver the 14 years that Tucker has been running the trust, she has had to influence policy, which she said could make one battle weary.She has presented her case on behalf of lions in South Africa’s Parliament and even at Westminster Abbey. But with One United Roar, she wants to take the cause out of politics. “We want to step out of that whole forum and just hear nature calling to us and the best way we can do that is [through] kids representing nature from the heart.“The most dangerous thing about the times we live in is that people are totally detached from the issues. Hearts are shut down. They’re working overtime here (points to her head) but their hearts not really connected to nature any longer.”Children from the StarLion Programme told the story of the white lion through song and dance. White lions are sacred to the Shangaan in Timbavati. The lions played a big part in determining the health of the ecosystem, said Daréll Lourens, a filmmaker involved in marketing the campaign. “If the lions are flourishing, everything else below them falls into place. By focusing on lions it tells us that that we are screwing up nature by not giving it the place it deserves.”Changing the lions’ status to species not under threat means that the captive breeding industry can be regulated. But for Tucker, the risk will be higher as it would make it acceptable to industrialise lions, or in other words, captive breed them purely for hunting. “Once that happens from a legislation point of view, it’s really the end of everything, the end of ecosystems.”last_img read more

Cartoon: Everyone Has an Opinion

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Jr. NBA team back from china training

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The players aged 13 and 14 years were among the initial 33,000 aspirants who participated in regional training selection camps, led by Alaska Milk and NBA Philippines, throughout the country.The top 37 advanced to the National Training Camp where the final 16 was selected.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn Shanghai, the Filipinos trained with other players from Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore. —VANESSA B. HIDALGO LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Sixteen young cagers return to the country on Monday carrying with them a wealth of memories after participating in the Jr. NBA/WNBA Experience in Shanghai last week.The highlight of the four-day trip of Team Philippines, composed of eight boys, eight girls and coaches Catrina June Biongcog of Xavier-Cagayan and Jed Cabellon of Southwestern Cebu, was watching the Golden State Warriors-Minnesota Timberwolves preseason match live at Mercedes-Benz Arena on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Mordido seizes Shell youth chess lead Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Georgia Drops Cool “Battle Hymn Of The Bulldog Nation” Hype Video

first_imggeorgia vs. vanderbilt predictiongeorgia new battle hymn hype videoGeorgia’s 2016 season is less than three months away, and fans are already amped for the start of the Kirby Smart era. Tuesday, the school released a short hype video dedicated to the tradition of the program, set to the school’s fight song, Glory, Glory. If you’re craving UGA content this offseason, it’s a good holdover. #TuesdayTradition || The Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation #GloryGlory#CommitToTheGhttps://t.co/25z0D2CANq— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) June 8, 2016Georgia takes on North Carolina on Saturday, September 3.last_img read more

Ohio State field hockey to take on two top3 teams

Junior back Emma Royce (27) plays defense during a game against Ball State on Sept. 14 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won, 3-2, in overtime.Credit: Melissa Prax / Lantern photographerOhio State field hockey is set to embark into unknown territory.OSU (3-6, 0-2) is scheduled to begin a three-game road trip Friday at 3:30 p.m. in College Park, Md., against the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins before a matchup with another top-three team on Sunday.OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she’s excited about going on the road with her young team and bonding with her athletes.“I’m looking forward to it actually,” Wilkinson said Sunday. “I’m looking forward to getting on the road with this team.”Maryland (7-2, 2-1) has been ranked in the top five of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Coaches’ Poll in 16 consecutive weeks dating back to 2013. And Maryland has appeared in the top five nationally in 158 of 163 rankings since 1999, according to a Maryland release.The Terrapins bring an elite level of field hockey to the Big Ten in their first season in the conference.“I am really excited to have Maryland in the Big Ten,” junior forward Peanut Johnson said in an email. “They are an excellent program and I think they will make the conference stronger and more competitive.”Maryland is coming off back-to-back conference wins last weekend against Michigan and Michigan State. Senior midfielder Maxine Fluharty — who is tied for second on the team in points — led the way Sunday in East Lansing, Mich., with two goals in Maryland’s 4-2 victory against Michigan State.Maryland freshman forward Moira Putsch tallied three points on a goal and an assist over the weekend and was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Tuesday.After its matchup with Maryland, OSU is scheduled to travel to Charlottesville, Va., to face the No. 3 Virginia Cavaliers. In all, the Buckeyes have played, or are scheduled to play 11 ranked opponents in 2014.The schedule could seem daunting, but junior back Emma Royce said OSU takes pride in playing the best teams in the country day in and day out.“It is not easy playing ranked teams consistently, however we take it is as a positive challenge,” Royce said via email. “Every battle we face, we know we are improving. The team goal is to use all these challenges to help us peak for the Big Ten Tournament.”Midfielder Tara Vittese was the first Virginia freshman to earn preseason All-ACC honors and has tallied 31 points in 11 games this season.The Buckeyes’ defense must be ready for a high-powered group with four players scoring eight or more goals on the season.“The defensive mindset will be one of strength,” Royce said. “It is crucial that we play with more physicality and that we are decisive in our defensive strategy.“Commitment to a strong defense will make or break us against the best teams.”OSU’s matchup with Virginia is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Sunday. The Buckeyes are scheduled for one more road game after the weekend, against Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J., on Oct. 10, before playing at home again against Kent State Oct. 12. read more

Ferdinand wants to end RonaldoMessi debate Theyre ridiculous talents

first_imgRio Ferdinand reckons it’s a blessing to live in the era of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who he believes have long since booked their spots as one of football’s all-time greats.The iconic duo have been the ruling forces in world football for over a decade now following record-breaking careers, which has seen them both collect five Ballon d’Ors and reach feats that were previously unimaginable.Although the long-held debate as to who is the best out of the pair has continued to generate many arguments among players, coaches, pundits, and even fans.Messi himself gave a very revealing interview on his relationship with Ronaldo at the end of last month, where he confessed that his respect towards the Portuguese and expressed his belief they both remain the world’s best.But Ferdinand, who was teammates with a young Ronaldo in his early days at Manchester United, believes people should stop comparing the pair and instead simply relish what they’re witnessing.“We are blessed that we are in the presence of these two amazing footballers and it doesn’t matter if you think one is better than the other at this stage,” the ex-defender told Goal.“They are both just ridiculous talents and what puts them so far ahead of everyone else is their mental strength. That area of their game never ceases to amaze me and separates them from everyone else. It is something I marvel at, definitely.“To consistently want to do what they have done at that level for so long is not something many people have and, when you throw in their talent, it’s an incredible combination.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“The joy for us as viewers is watching this incredible battle between two great players who are clearly being driven on by the fact they are playing in the same era of the game.ROME, ITALY – MAY 27: Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Manchester United FC and Lionel Messi of Barcelona during the UEFA Champions League Final match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Stadio Olimpico on May 27, 2009 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)“If Ronaldo scores a hat-trick one night in the Champions League, you just know Messi will follow up the next night with a hat-trick of his own or some kind of crazy goal that only he can score.“It’s great TV and we should relish it. I think these two have definitely been driven on by each other and we have seen examples of how this works in other sports as well.“Rodger Federer and Rafael Nadal are examples of two incredible sporting talents that have had to go to the next level and the next level because they are pushing each other on.“It was the same when (John) McEnroe and (Bjorn) Borg were at the top of tennis. They have always had someone to compete with. Muhammad Ali with Joe Frazer and George Foreman pushing him is another example.“What Ronaldo and Messi are doing is just amazing, but I’m not surprised to see Cristiano at this level. From the moment we saw him at United, all of us in the dressing room said he was going to be the best player in the world and that is what he became.“What’s amazing with these two is they have not just been the best player in the world for one or two years, which was the norm up to this point. They have been the best players in the world for 10 and 12 years, which is ridiculous.”MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 23: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid greets Lionel Messi of Barcelona prior to the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 23, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)MADRID, SPAIN – DECEMBER 23: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid greets Lionel Messi of Barcelona prior to the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on December 23, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)last_img read more