Dalling new CEO of Caymanas Track Ltd

first_imgShane Dalling, former councillor of the Westchester division of the Portmore municipality, was last Friday appointed CEO of Caymanas Track Limited at a meeting of the new board, replacing Cedric Stewart, whose contract was terminated. Dalling, who had previously served as a commissioner of the Jamaica Racing Commission up to 2012, was one of the eight members appointed to the new CTL board by finance minister Audley Shaw on April 17. Danville Walker, the former head of the Electoral Office of Jamaica and Jamaica Observer CEO, is chairman of the board, with Dalling as deputy chairman. Stewart, who was appointed CEO on March 1, 2013, still had a year left on his contract. However, the board of directors decided to part company with him, citing the $4 million award to Shane Ellis in his defamation suit against CTL, among other things. ‘EXIT CLAUSE’ Dalling said there was an “exit clause” provision in Stewart’s contract, which means that CTL is not obligated to pay him off for the remaining period of the contract. Friday’s meeting was the second convened by the full board, but Dalling disclosed that they had formed five working committees and had been having meetings with key members of staff and other stakeholders in just over a month. Although appointed for a period of three years by the minister, Dalling conceded that it will more than likely be an interim board that will prepare CTL for the privatisation of Caymanas Park by Supreme Ventures Limited, who some weeks ago was named the preferred bidder re the divestment process. Members of the new CTL board are: Danville Walker (chairman); Shane Dalling (deputy chairman), former Independence City Councillor, Keith Blake; veteran sports journalist, Ed Barnes; attorney-at-law, Andre Marriott-Blake; Councillor for the Bellevue division in the St Catherine Parish Council, Alvin Beckford, Ozane Bell; and Finance Ministry official, Robert Martin, who has been retained from the previous board.last_img read more

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Abel continues to embarrass coalition Govt

first_imgDear Editor,The Regional Agriculture and Commercial Exhibition (RACE) was officially launched on August 18th, 2018, and it was a resounding success, except for the rant and rave by an APNU/AFC Councillor from Region 5, Mr Abel Seetaram, who came with one intention: to curse everyone except the Regional Chairman.He claimed that he was sent by the Minister of Public Security, Mr Khemraj Ramjattan, to carry out that mission.I saw him following the Prime Minister’s Representative, Mr Gobin Harbhajan, as soon as he exited the stage, and Mr Seetaram could be heard hurling insults at him. He accused Mr Harbhajan of highlighting corruption, and attacked Mr Gladwin Abdulla, claiming that they do that because they ‘can’t get money they go public’ and are not part of the ‘game’, so they want ‘name’. He claimed that Mr Ramjattan told him that as well.If Mr Seetaram’s allegation about the Minister of Public Security is correct, then the Minister should resign immediately, since he is no better than his friend Abel.This APNU/AFC Councillor made disparaging remarks of several other persons in full view of the Regional Chairman, the REO, and the media personnel. It is beyond my wildest imagination that this convicted felon is allowed to continue to embarrass this Coalition Government. He should be removed as a Councillor immediately, and be dismissed from his job as a Community Development Officer.Mr Seetaram has a history of wrongdoings and criminal activities ranging from alleged fraud to indecent exposure, to verbal abuse, to driving under the influence of alcohol, to reckless driving, to damage to property and to felonious wounding. He was convicted and sentenced for felonious wounding, but is out on bail to continue his nefarious activities.The Prime Minister did the right and honourable thing when he dismissed him as his Representative in Region 5. As a member of the APNU, I am calling on my Government to get rid of this ticking time bomb. We should not allow this RDC Councillor to continue on his journey of ignominy, brining disrepute to this Government.Yours sincerely,Raj LakhramCouncillor, #52/74NDClast_img read more

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Known character jailed for assault, threatening language

first_imgA 24-year-old Norton and Chapel Streets, Georgetown resident, who is no stranger to the court since he was charged for murder, attempted murder and a series of armed robberies in 2018 and early in 2019, was once again charged, this time for assault and threatening language when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday.Jailed: Carlton BourneCarlton Bourne, who is currently on remand for robbery charges and discharging a loaded firearm, stood before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly and pleaded guilty to the charges which read that on October 15, 2019, at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, he unlawfully assaulted Sherryann Persaud. Another stated that on the same day and location, he made use of threatening language towards the said Virtual Complainant.In his address to the court, Prosecutor Christopher Morris highlighted that Persaud is also a victim in a robbery matter which Bourne is on trial for, before Senior Magistrate Dylon Bess.According to the facts presented, on the day in question, the VC was present at a trial hearing during which she was called. But whilst standing close to the prisoner’s dock, in which Bourne seated, the defendant suddenly stood up and spat on Persaud then proceeded to threaten to take her life.After listening to the facts, Magistrate Daly, without hesitation, sentenced Bourne to six months on each charge, which are expected to run concurrently.In August of this year, the said defendant was slapped with four armed robbery charges and discharging a firearm at one of the robbery victims.The first charge stated that on July 26, 2019, at Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown, while being in the company of others and armed with a knife, he robbed John Nedd of two phones and other items valued at $314,000.Another stated that on July 23, 2019, at Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown, while being armed with a gun, he robbed Nicholas Jones of a phone valued at $55,000, a ring valued at $100,000, and other items valued at $189,000.It is further alleged that on August 13, 2019, at Middle Road, La Penitence, he discharged a firearm at Sherryann Persaud with the intent to maim, disfigure, disable, or cause her grievous bodily harm.The fourth charge stated that on August 13, 2019, at Middle Road, La Penitence, while being armed with a gun, he robbed Sherryann Persaud of two phones valued at $343,000.The final allegation read that on August 2, at Lodge, Georgetown, while being armed with a gun, he robbed Jomo Paul of a chain valued at $250,000 and $220,000 in cash.last_img read more

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Update – Hudson’s Hope and Montney without phone service

first_img**At 9:05 a.m. TELUS restored landline phone services to about 1,400 customers in Hudson Hope, Montney and surrounding rural areas, near Fort St. John. Two cell towers affected by the outage were restored by 11:45 a.m. The communities lost service about 5:40 a.m. when electrical equipment in TELUS’ building in Fort St. John failed.Telus is working to restore service to about 1,400 customers in Hudson Hope, Montney and surrounding rural areas, near Fort St. John.Customers lost service about 5:40 a.m. when electrical equipment in Telus’ building in Fort St. John failed due to a power surge or other issue.  Technicians are onsite working to restore service as quickly as possible.- Advertisement -At this time we do not know when service will be restored and Telus will provide an update when services is restored.last_img read more

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Province proclaims November 15-22 ‘Restorative Justice Week’

first_imgLast week, as part of Crime Prevention Week, Suzanne Anton also announced that the 2015-16 civil forfeiture grant funding call would include a stream dedicated to restorative justice.“The benefits of restorative justice are many – and this week aims to highlight the important work underway by those committed to its success. I encourage you to learn more about restorative justice and the ways we can make BC safer, together,” Anton concluded in her statement. This week is Restorative Justice Week, recognizing the role it plays in the correctional system in BC.Miniser of Justice Suzanne Anton issued a statement about the proclamation, saying crimes are a ‘violation of law and a violation of people, relationships and peace in a community.’“While our criminal justice system can deal with those who break the law, restorative justice offers a parallel, voluntary process that seeks to address the needs of victims while holding offenders accountable,” she stated. “It provides offenders an opportunity to fulfill their obligations to society and to their victims in ways that can have a more meaningful and lasting impact than the traditional criminal justice process.”- Advertisement -Here in Fort St. John, the North Peace Justice Society operates restorative justice programs.“Restorative Justice is definitely an alternative to dealing with harms that has been done in the community,” said Candace Peever with the North Peace Justice Society.Not only does it appear to be an effective system, but restorative justice also takes the strain off of the government financially — compared to other correctional systems. According to Peever, it saves the BC government about $200,000 to $300,000 depending on the year.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Turner funeral draws crowd

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champRichard said that “Rocket 88,” Turner’s breakthrough rock ‘n’ roll hit, “shook my soul.” “I took that same introduction and made `Good Golly, Miss Molly,”‘ he said. “I took that same thing and made a huge hit.” Turner was responsible for a string of successful songs throughout his career, including 1959’s “A Fool in Love” and 1970’s “Take You Higher,” but his musical legacy was forever tarnished by his image as the drug-addicted, brutally abusive former husband of Tina Turner, who did not attend Friday’s funeral. When Ike Turner died, a spokeswoman for Tina said she hadn’t had contact with him in 35 years and would not comment. Ike Turner knew that his personal problems threatened to overshadow his musical accomplishments, said Rob Johnson, producer of Turner’s Grammy-winning 2001 album “Here and Now.” “He understood, as a very sensitive artist, the challenge that would be involved in stepping up and moving forward and reinitiating the contribution of his genius, of his music, and giving that gift that God gave him back to society,” he said. “How much courage that took for him. It could have been real simple to sit under a rock and let life go by, but he didn’t accept that.” Ike Turner’s funeral was part memorial service, part rock concert. The nearly three-hour remembrance Friday at Greater Bethany Community Church City of Refuge east of Gardena featured Turner’s eight-piece band, the Kings of Rhythm, which performed rollicking renditions of some of the musician’s greatest hits, including “Nutbush City Limits” and “Proud Mary.” The songs brought the crowd of hundreds to its feet. “Daddy wouldn’t want any of us crying,” said Turner’s daughter, Mia Turner. “He would want us to throw a party.” Among those eulogizing Turner, who died Dec. 13 at age 76, were music producer Phil Spector and rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Little Richard, who described his friend as “one of the greatest musicians I have ever met in my life.” Many speakers alluded to Turner’s personal woes, though none directly addressed his history of drug and domestic abuse. “Stop holding this mess – whatever it is – against this man. Even Jesus forgives,” said Richard, 75, who left the service early, aided by a walker and several assistants. Spector, who produced Turner’s hit “River Deep, Mountain High,” said, “There was only one Ike, and I learned more from Ike than any professors I know.” He went on to say that Turner was “demonized and vilified” by his ex-wife. He called the 1993 film “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” based on Tina Turner’s autobiography, a “piece-of-trash movie,” inspiring applause from some mourners. “Ike made Tina the jewel she was,” said Spector, who stood trial for murder earlier this year for the shooting death of actress Lana Clarkson. A judge declared a mistrial in September after jurors failed to reach a verdict. Spector also accused Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg of “demonizing” Turner on their talk shows. Of Turner’s 17 months in jail for a drug conviction in 1989, Spector said, “He was sent to prison for no other reason than he was a black man in America.” Each speech was punctuated with performances by Turner’s band, the crowd rising to its feet again and again to sing and dance along. Concert promoter Charlie Dutton, Turner’s friend and colleague for 40 years, called him “the most talented musical person to ever live on Earth.” “He doesn’t get his just dues for what he really did,” said Dutton, including among those contributions being “the first man to put sexuality in music with the Ikettes.” The service began with a photo montage from throughout Turner’s life set to his song “Jesus Loves Me,” which features the refrain “I’m a bad boy, but Jesus loves me anyway.” The service concluded with scores of mourners gathering near Turner’s casket, which sat beneath a guitar-shaped wreath made of white flowers. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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DD NOTICE: CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER FOR THOSE LIVING ON THEIR OWN BEING HELD IN CONWAL PARISH HALL

first_imgChristmas Day DinnerThe 9th Annual Christmas Day Dinner for people living on their own will be held in the Conwal Parish Hall, behind the Church of Ireland on Christmas Day from 1pm until 4pm.The purpose of the event is to help people who are living on their own to break through isolation and loneliness on the day, to provide company and celebration. Transport can be provided if required.If you wish to avail of a dinner or have any enquiries please contact Kathy on 0868676565. DD NOTICE: CHRISTMAS DAY DINNER FOR THOSE LIVING ON THEIR OWN BEING HELD IN CONWAL PARISH HALL was last modified: December 16th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Christmas Day DinnerDD NoticeFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

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GAA NOTES: URRIS

first_imgGAA Bingo every Thursday night in St Marys Hall Clonmany at 9pm.Club Meeting on Tuesday 26th July at 9pm all members welcome.Donegal v Kildare Quarter Final bus running to Croke Park for game Tickets will be distributed on Thursday in Straid at 7pm.Contact John 0860523550 or David 0860538537. Tickets on sale for County Training Fund from club officers first prize €5,000.Match & Win jackpot went unclaimed last week and will rise to €1,820 this week the numbers drawn were 7,8,10,21 the €15 consolation prizes went to Mary Duffy Urris, Alana & Kathleen Doherty Cloontagh, Shane Doherty Tiernasligo, Olivene Harkin Tullagh,John McCarron (Senior) Cleagh.Congratulations Under 12B Team on winning the cup in the Blitz in Carn on Saturday.Results: The Senior & Reserve Teams were narrowly beaten by Carn this week-end. ENDSGAA NOTES: URRIS was last modified: July 24th, 2011 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:URRIS GAA noteslast_img read more

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MAN ‘PEPPER-SPRAYED’ BY GARDAI DONATES MONEY TO BLIND CHARITY TO ESCAPE CONVICTION

first_imgA CO DONEGAL man who is planning to emigrate to Australia next month has escaped a conviction after making a €250 donation to a blind charity.Owen Gallagher, 22, from Derrybeg, Gaoth Dobhair, was so violent on Letterkenny Main Street on October 13th last, Gardai had to use pepper spray to restrain him.Inspector Michael Harrison told Letterkenny District Court that one of Gallagher’s friends had been badly beaten inside a local nightclub. Gallagher had then been approached by a man and local Gardai had to separate the two men, sending each of them in opposite directions to keep the peace.“But Owen Gallagher walked back up the street and while Gda McDaid was talking to some local youths outside the 4 Lanterns, one of them observed a fight,” said Inspector Harrison.“Gda McDaid found the defendant had the youth in a headlock and was trying to repeatedly strike him on the head.“Gda McDaid had no choice but to use pepper spray to get him away from the man being assaulted and effect the arrest.”A defence lawyer pleaded with Judge Paul Kelly for leniency saying that Gallagher was emigrating to Australia on November 6th.“He was extremely cooperative following the incident,” said the solicitor.Judge Paul Kelly told Gallagher that “summary justice on the street is unacceptable.”He agreed to allow Gallagher to make a €250 donation to a blind charity and leave him without conviction.It was Gallagher’s first appearance in court.He must produce a receipt for his donation in court on November 5th.MAN ‘PEPPER-SPRAYED’ BY GARDAI DONATES MONEY TO BLIND CHARITY TO ESCAPE CONVICTION was last modified: October 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) Tags:Gaoth DobhairGweedoreMAN PEPPER SPRAYED BY GARDAI DONATES MONEY TO BLIND CHARITY TO ESCAPE CONVICTIONlast_img read more

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JUDGE WANTS HSE TO REVIEW CASE OF TEENAGER WHO WENT ON CRIME SPREE

first_imgA young man went on a nine month rampage of deception and theft, robbing an old lady, seven petrol stations and even stealing a car from a man visiting his dying brother in hospital.Dean Wells, 19, began carrying out the crimes just after celebrating his 18th birthday.During that time he robbed seven petrol stations after driving off without paying for fuel. The petrol stations included Tobins Filling Station, Glencar Filling Station, Kelly’s Centra, Mountain Top, Maxol station on Main Street, Muff, Dry Arch Service Station, Kernan’s Centra, Moorfield, Ramelton and Kernan’s Newtowncunningham.On another occasion he called to the home of an 86 year old pensioner at Ballymacool, Letterkenny and claimed to be from the ESB.He deceived her into handing over her bank cards and her social security card.He tried to use the cards in a number of different outlets in Letterkenny before withdrawing €600 using the woman’s AIB banklink card at a local cash machine.He later revealed he came up with the plan after seeing a similar plotline on a television soap opera the night before.On April 1st last, Wells, with an address at 1 Cill A Oire, Killylastin, Letterkenny, was a patient at Sligo General Hospital.Wells managed to confuse a motorist who had arrived to see his dying brother who died just a few minutes later.He got the keys to the man’s green BMW and drove towards Letterkenny but was spotted by Gardai at Ballintra outside Donegal Town.A pursuit took place and Gardai in Ballybofey eventually managed to stop Wells using a stinger device in Ballybofey.A dog belonging to the owner of the stolen car was found in the passenger seat.When apprehended by Gardai, Wells suffered an epileptic fit.Barrister for Wells, Mr Damien Crawford, said many people had been working tirelessly to help the accused.He said his client suffered from a number of conditions including Aspergers Syndrome and has a child’s view of the world.He says he can take no responsibility for his actions and that his mother had done trojan work in trying to help him.He gave an example of one occasion when he used a stolen cheque to buy four lambs at a mart.“His grandfather was at the mart and he was mortified. What nineteen year old goes and buys four lambs at a mart?’ asked Mr Crawford.He said his client got the idea of robbing the pensioner posing as an ESB official from watching a soap opera the night before.He said his client, who is on remand in prison, cries when he has to go back after court appearances.He also revealed that on one occasion he had an eyebrow shaved off in his sleep while in prison.Mr Crawford said that with the help of his solicitor, Mr Gordon Curley, a place had been found in a live-in facility in Stranorlar.However, the HSE had dropped out of the plan at the last minute saying Wells was not entitled to it.Mr Crawford suggested that a representative from the HSE could come into court to explain the reasons why Wells had been precluded from the plan.Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case until Thursday to see if a representative from the HSE could come to court to progress the matter.“I would be very open to dealing with it in a creative way if we can find a place which would be appropriate. I share your view but it appears to be a bureaucratic issue,” said Judge Kelly.JUDGE WANTS HSE TO REVIEW CASE OF TEENAGER WHO WENT ON CRIME SPREE was last modified: November 5th, 2014 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:courtDean WellsdonegalJudge Paul Kellypetrol stationsrobberytheftlast_img read more

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