Deadly prison riotBy Shemuel FanfairDeputy Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels is of the view that the loss of resale value from seized contraband items from the Camp Street Prison is responsible for the disdain inmates harbour against him. These comments were made on the sidelines of the Commission of Inquiry into the March prison riots.When questioned by media operatives on Wednesday, Deputy Director Samuels, who has 15 years’ experience in the Prison Service, revealed that at the Camp Street facility contraband was “basically a multimillion-dollar business”. He also explained that “for the last two years” since he has held the post of Officer in Charge, pounds of narcotics have been removed, causing inmates to incur significant losses.“The record is there to show that I would have removed pounds of marijuana during raids and thousands of packs of cigarettes were found…if you do the mathematics based on the resale value in prison, those prisoners would have lost significant amount of cash and all those are reasons why they would not like a person like me around,” the Deputy Director of Prisons expressed.“Many of them [prisoners] manage to maintain families, many of them manage to pay a lot of fees that are attached to their imprisonment while in there…I’m putting systems in place to prevent them from carrying out those businesses [and] more than likely, they’re gonna be affected,” Samuels further observed.In responding to assertions that he gave orders to lock the prison door, Samuels once again reiterated that he “was not there at the beginning of the exercise” on the day of the March 3 “big fire” which claimed the lives of 17 inmates.The Attorney representing the Guyana Prison Service and Guyana Police Force, Selwyn Pieters, who was also present when his witness was speaking to the media, noted that video evidence would reveal that it was a much lower-ranked prison officer who uttered statements that the door should be locked.Pieters explained, “There’s actually a video that exists, that shows when the door was locked, shows who locked the door, and showed who gave the order to lock the door and it was somebody way below Senior Superintendent Samuel’s rank – that was Assistant Superintendent of Prisons, Hudson, and at the point in time where that order was given.”The media was also told that at the time this order was supposedly given, prisoners were rioting and there was one “aggressive” prisoner “Shaka McKenzie” who was said to be “instigating prisoners” and the prisoners “rushed the door” with improvised weapons.When asked if he would “opt out” of his position after all of the controversy associated with the riots, Deputy Director Samuels offered no comment.Continuing his testimony on Wednesday, Samuels provided evidence to show that he travelled to Bartica on March 2 and returned early on March 3. Under cross-examination, Samuels also disclosed that only prisoners on remand were housed in the Capital A section of the prison.The Deputy Director told the Commission that it was he who told Acting Director of Prisons Carl Graham that the prisoners were trapped in the Capital A block. When asked about training in negotiations and crisis management, Samuels posited that “all officers are exposed to basic training”, but he could not speak to formal training.With regard to the door being eventually opened to release the prisoners, Samuels conceded that indeed 10 minutes was too long. When the cross-examination team attempted to corroborate the statements of witness Cleveland Hudson to that of Deputy Director Samuels, Attorney Pieters reminded Commissioners that Hudson’s testimony was done “in-camera” [away from the public].At the afternoon session, Joan Ward-Mars, the Attorney associated with the Linden Legal Aid Centre who is representing two inmates, petitioned the Commission to have Deputy Director Samuels be recalled in-camera so that he could speak to statements which Hudson had made. These statements are at the moment classified as members of the media were disallowed from observing some of testimonies of prison officers.
David E. Koitie, the director of Flash Point Consultancy media group, was yesterday arrested and held for questioning for allegedly failing to carry out a contract for which he had received US$12,600 payment from the Ministry of Public Works (MPW). He was however released yesterday on an insurance bond at the Criminal Court C.The contract number “MPW-SF-0008-06/10 was for the media group to engage, sensitize and confer with the general public to promote a better understanding of the ministry’s programs and activities, which the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) alleges was never done by the group.Defendant Koitie was said to have colluded with the MPW former director of Documentation and Communication, Jesefu Morris Keita, whose whereabouts as of yesterday were unknown. Koitie was picked up yesterday by officers (sheriffs) but was not handcuffed. He was brought to the court along with one of his legal counsels, who deposited the insurance bond.His release would give his legal team the opportunity to defend him at his trial for the commission of crimes, economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property and criminal conspiracy.At the court yesterday, Koitie was heard saying,” I will never go to jail in this country, because I never committed any crime.” That statement was also echoed by his lawyer, who was heard saying, “My client did not commit any crime. He did the work for which his institution was hired to do.”Shockingly, some of the officers who arrested Koitie were heard expressing frustration because the court’s writ of arrest was publicized before the action was executed.But, they said, “We are very grateful to the media and the public for supporting the court’s request. The order should under no circumstances be exposed while we are yet to arrest the suspect. That is because identification is an issue and publishing this man’s identity could cause us serious harm.”“It is risky for us who are enforcing the court’s mandate, because if the individual got to know that we are going to arrest him or her, apparently they would hire people to attack us,” one of the sheriffs said angrily.“Before we could go and arrest Koitie the information had already been leaked to the public through the traditional media and on social media platforms,” he added. “If it is the LACC that did it, it must desist from it. Let it be understood that leaking such information could put our lives in danger,” he warned.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
DISCLAIMER: Like David Moyes taking Manchester United from runaway champions to seventh in the Premier League, this is just a joke.Radamel Falcao signed for Man United on loan this week, making it his third move in a row in which he has left a club bound for the Champions League, in favour of a team not competing with Europe’s elite.It’s a remarkable statistic that the Colombian striker – undoubtedly one of the best forwards in world football – has not featured in the club game’s top competition since the 2009/10 season.Now, in our Sly Spoof News report in the video above, we may have the answer as to why Falcao remains missing from the Champions League.
0Shares0000Ice cool: Petr Cech has signed to play for an ice hockey club © AFP/File / Valery HACHELONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 9 – Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech on Wednesday said he was swapping football for ice hockey after signing to play for a British league team as a goaltender.The 37-year-old Czech, who retired from playing in the summer, said he was reigniting his passion for a sport he first played as a youngster by penning a deal with the Guildford Phoenix. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Phoenix to get the match experience,” Cech told the club’s website.“I hope I can help this young team to achieve their goals for the season and try to win as many games as possible when I have the chance to play.“After 20 years of professional football this is going to be a wonderful experience for me to play the game I loved to watch and play as a kid.”Guildford, who were founded in 2017 and based just south of London, are in the fourth tier of Britain’s ice hockey system.Cech won four Premier League titles, four FA Cups, three League Cups, the Champions League and the Europa League during his Chelsea career, with a further FA Cup success coming at Arsenal.0Shares0000(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)
Warning that residential neighborhoods are at risk of being overbuilt, Los Angeles city officials on Wednesday said they will seek to limit future development and bonuses to developers who provide affordable housing. The move comes after county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky sent a four-page letter to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa indicating his concern that protections approved by voters to limit the height of buildings are in jeopardy. Yaroslavsky said the density bonuses permitted under a 2005 state law are a “poorly thought-out effort” to increase affordable housing at the expense of residential areas. Villaraigosa said he shares many of the same concerns and believes differences can be worked out. “In certain projects where an existing apartment building would be demolished, more affordable housing units may be eliminated than actually would be built,” Yaroslavsky wrote. “In other words, the density-bonus ordinance … will likely reduce rather than increase the supply of affordable housing. It will also insure that expensive, market-rate units will be built at the expense of units that serve the city’s most economically vulnerable renters.” City planners have downplayed the expected impact of the measure, noting that density bonuses have been available for two years and have been granted in less than 5 percent of all development. email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And City Council President Eric Garcetti, who has been an ardent advocate of affordable housing, said he will be seeking changes. “We want this to make sense,” Garcetti said. “We have some unique residential neighborhoods that we have to protect. I plan to make sure we limit the height of new buildings so that they don’t place a cloud over residential areas.” Under the state measure, SB 1818, local jurisdictions are given permission to grant density bonuses that let developers build more than allowed under existing zoning laws if they also build more affordable housing. But Yaroslavsky said the proposal being developed by the city Planning Department allows much more development than the city can afford. And he questioned whether it would really increase affordable housing in the city.
A young boy with strong Donegal connections is set to be unveiled as a star in 3 Mobile’s TV campaign for Euro 2016 tonight.Luka Blondelle, age 9, of the Karen Gorman Academy of Speech and Drama & Casting Agency has been selected for the Irish teams main sponsor’s advertising campaign.Luka, whose mother is Fiona Rodgers from Garryharry, outside Letterkenny stars alongside Big Jack Charlton in the advert which is set to be unveiled during tonight’s Champion’s League semi-final coverage. Luka will be heard to famously say ‘The Irish are coming.’Luka is a member of the Karen Gorman Academy of Speech and Drama and Casting Agency.Simply click on the video to see Luka in action.DONEGAL LAD LUKA TO MAKE HIS EURO 2016 TV DEBUT TONIGHT! was last modified: April 27th, 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:donegalEuro 2016JACK CHARLTONLuka Blondelle
HIS book last year led to Kevin Cassidy’s controversial exit from the Donegal senior football squad.But Declan Bogue – journalist and author of ‘This Is Our Year’ – has made another altogether different contribution to the great Donegal GAA debate.Writing in the Belfast Telegraph Bogue heaps praise on the Donegal squad and their manager Jim McGuinness. “In an amateur game, Jim McGuinness has managed to cultivate his panel into a group of obsessives who crave hard word. It’s like having 30 Kieran McGeeneys in your squad and when you have that appetite and that drive, it surpasses reputations or the natural order of where Donegal should be,” he writes.He goes on later in his article: “Donegal can win an All-Ireland. Without a doubt. Whenever the pre-season rankings are listed, Kildare always weigh in without ever acquiring the habit of winning. They would kill for Donegal’s confidence right now.”You can read more of his article here:http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/columnists/declan-bogue/declan-bogue-donegalrsquos-craft-and-graft-a-joy-to-watch-16174924.html CONTROVERSIAL PUNDIT: DONEGAL’S CRAFT AND GRAFT A JOY TO WATCH was last modified: June 22nd, 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)
2 Celtic have now confirmed they will follow suit on Rangers’ plans to offer about 800 tickets to their Glasgow rivals but have called for dialogue on the matter involving the Scottish Professional Football League.A club statement read: “Celtic Football Club has confirmed that it will issue approximately 800 tickets to visiting supporters for the fixture against Rangers at Celtic Park on September 2. This mirrors the decision announced recently by Rangers.“This is not a development we welcome and it is unfortunate that the initial decision came without any form of discussion. The previous arrangements worked well for both sets of supporters as well as contributing to the status of the fixture as a sporting occasion.“Following the unilateral action by Rangers, we cannot allow our own supporters to be doubly penalised, by having access to the away fixture reduced so dramatically, while not being offered the opportunity to maximise our own support at Celtic Park. Simunovic walks off the pitch after seeing red against Alashkert The first Old Firm of the 2018/19 season will take place at Parkhead on September 2 SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP NEWS scrap Celtic have proposed the idea of opening talks between themselves, Rangers and Scottish league officials over a ticket row which looks set to dramatically change the atmosphere at their derby matches.The Hoops swiftly vowed to reciprocate Rangers’ sudden declaration to end the mutual agreement which allowed more than 7,000 away fans attend games at Ibrox and Parkhead respectively. “The rules of the SPFL call for ‘reasonable’ provision to be made for visiting supporters, without being specific on numbers. Within that context, we would welcome further discussions involving the two clubs and the SPFL.“Celtic’s decision relates, at this stage, to the match on September 2, 2018.“Meanwhile, Celtic will closely monitor the implications for crowd management and other factors surrounding these fixtures. We will at all times be guided by the interests of our own supporters and the reputation of Scottish football.”Elsewhere, Jozo Simunovic has been ruled out of Celtic’s second leg against Rosenborg after being handed an extra one-match suspension.The centre-back served an automatic ban in the 3-1 first-leg victory in the Champions League second qualifying round after being sent off against Alashkert in the previous round. Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos But UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body (CEDB) has decided his high challenge warranted further punishment.A UEFA statement read: “The CEDB has decided to suspend the Celtic player Simunovic Jozo for two UEFA competition matches. The player has already served one match and will therefore be suspended for the next match for which he would be otherwise eligible.” 2
CARSON — Marcelo Saragosa is in, Jovan Kirovski is out and Herculez Gomez is about to get rewarded. Those were the developments on Tuesday, when Galaxy officials announced they were bringing back Saragosa, trading Kirovski to the Colorado Rapids for a 2007 first-round draft choice and planning to sign Gomez to a new contract. In Saragosa, the Galaxy re-acquired a defensive midfielder who started 24 games last season but went back to his parent club Sao Paulo, which owned his rights, in the off-season after Galaxy officials balked at the transfer fee of reportedly about $1 million the Brazilian club had asked for. But team president and general manager Doug Hamilton said Saragosa, 23, is back with the club “with no strings attached” and is expected to help shore up a midfield that has allowed teams to score a number of late goals this season. He takes the roster spot vacated by defender Paul Broome, who was traded to Real Salt Lake on June 29. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “He comes to us at a very important time, with the playoffs looming and the U.S. Open Cup semifinals and finals ahead of us,” Hamilton said. “I think everyone recognizes Marcelo’s value last year, and we’re eager to get him back into the team. He’s ours now.” The deal for Kirovski apparently has been in the works for two months, but Galaxy officials held off until “all the pieces were in place,” Hamilton said. Kirovski, 29, had four goals and four assists this season. “We’re sorry to see him go,” coach Steve Sampson said. “Jovan goes to a club that will place a high importance on his play. Not that we haven’t or wouldn’t, but I could not commit to any consistent starting time for him given the level of competition on the team right now.” Kirovski’s spot in the starting lineup recently had been taken by Gomez, who made his first start on June 18 against Dallas and has teamed with Landon Donovan in a formidable scoring combination up front. Gomez, second on the team in goals with seven to Donovan’s 11, was signed as a developmental player in March and reportedly earns $16,000, but that figures to change considerably. “Without naming names,” Hamilton said, “this allows us to reward a player on the developmental squad who has proved his worth to this club. This sends a great message that you can come in, get the job done and we’ll find a way to reward you. “We’re thrilled to do that.” — Larry Morgan can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!