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first_imgArmstrong Tony Campbell in brown jacket with co-defendant in blue long sleeves behind Cllr. Johnny MomohBy Abednego DavisThe Registrar General of Liberia Business Registry (LBR) yesterday testified at the Criminal Court ‘C’ that the Shea K. Brown Building Materials Incorporated at the center of the importation of seven alleged stolen vehicles from the United States is not a registered business in Liberia.Abu Kamara’s testimony was due to a subpoena (order) by the court to testify as to whether or not Shea K. Brown Building Materials Incorporated existed in August to October 2016, when the vehicles were shipped to Liberia.The prosecution claimed that the vehicles were shipped to Liberia by defendant Armstrong Tony Campbell (who resides in the USA) through a fictitious company named Shea K. Brown Building Materials Incorporated.Co-defendant Shea K. Brown presented himself as the General Manager.Campbell and Brown are charged with theft of property, economic sabotage, smuggling, criminal conspiracy and facilitation in connecting with the alleged stolen vehicles.In his testimony, Kamara claimed that the search for the existence of Shea K. Brown Building Materials Incorporated was at the request of Solicitor General Betty Lamin Blamo.Kamara explained that Cllr. Blamo’s request was to support the Government’s investigation to determine whether Shea K. Brown Building Materials Incorporated was a duly registered business in Liberia.“We established that there was no certificate of registration in the name of that company and also our database does not show any document on the legality of Shea K. Brown Building Materials Incorporated,” Kamara alleged.Before his testimony, Police Chief Investigator, Alvin James told the court that it was the Interpol (in the United States) that communicated to its counterpart in Liberia about the alleged stolen vehicles.“We conducted our own investigation and got to know that Shea K. Brown Building Materials Incorporated does not exist in Liberia,” James claimed.Responding to a question as to whether he visited the US from where the vehicles were allegedly stolen, James said he did not travel to that country to verify the allegation.“We trusted the US Interpol investigation and so there was no need for us to go there to verify the crimes by directly interacting with the victims,” the police chief investigator responded.When he was asked by what medium the US government communicated with him, James said the US Interpol informed its Liberian counterparts “through the US Embassy in Monrovia.”The prosecution alleged that from July 2016 up to October 2016, Co-defendant Campbell, Lasudo along with others yet to be identified, whilst in the United States, conspired with Co-defendant Brown to steal, take, convert, ship, receive and retain in Liberia seven stolen vehicles belonging to persons in the USA.To conceal the identity of the vehicles, the prosecution said co-defendant Campbell provided false information about the vehicles to the shipping lines which was placed on the Packing List, Invoice, Bill of Lading and the Request for Inspection Form which was submitted to BIVAC and customs officials in Liberia.Co-defendants Campbell and Brown, the prosecution said, caused their broker, New Millennium Cargo Handling, to falsely declare in the LRA Asycuda System misleading information about the year, model, the VIN numbers and the mileage of the vehicles.The misleading information resulted in the understatement of the true value of the vehicles, with the intent to conceal the identities of the vehicles and defraud the Government of Liberia of its required taxes, even though the vehicles’ models were recent and in the category of luxury vehicles, (i.e 2016, 2015, etc.)The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgLess than a week after a man was beaten to death in Rose Hall Town, Berbice, his sister is now critical after she was stabbed during his wake on Wednesday evening.The injured woman has been identified as Maureen Sundarsingh of Lot 316 Fifth Street, Rose Hall Town. She was reportedly attacked and stabbed during an argument with another woman, who, Guyana Times understands, is related to the man who allegedly killed Sundarsingh’s brother.The injured woman is battling for her life at the New Amsterdam Hospital. Her brother, Wayne Sundarsingh, called “Wino”, was allegedly beaten unconscious during a drinking spree at Bulletwood Street last Saturday, but died a few hours later.Meanwhile, Police have arrested three persons in relation to the stabbing incident on Wednesday. Up to press time, Maureen was listed as critical at the Intensive Care Unit of the New Amsterdam Hospital.last_img read more

first_imgIt was a more of an offensive game in the second period, as both teams managed to make it on the scoreboard. The Generals added to their lead just 5:04 into the period, then extended that lead to 3-0 at 11:58.However, the Flyers managed to get themselves on the board with 4:32 left in the second, scoring their first goal of the game on the power-play. Unfortunately, the two goal deficit didn’t last long, with the Generals scoring with just 57 seconds remaining in the middle frame to conclude the second leading 4-1.The third period was a strong one for Fort St. John, who allowed no goals scored for the first time in the two games played, while scoring twice on the power play. Todd Alexander scored his second of the weekend at 5:39 into the third, followed by a Luke Middleton power play marker with 1:22 remaining in the game. Unfortunately, there were no late game-tying heroics, as the Generals completed the weekend sweep 4-3.After their first taste of AAA hockey of the season, the Senior Flyers will return to NPHL AA play, until the clash with the Generals again in another double-header series, this time being played in Fort St. John.Advertisement Game one began with the Generals striking first, scoring the opening goal at 1:06 into the game. The Flyers evened the score up at 1-1, thanks to a Todd Alexander goal at 9:38 of the first, only to see Bentley retake a 2-1 lead just 22 seconds later.The Generals took control of the game in the middle period, as the home team scored three goals on Flyers goalie Troy Hunt, compared to the single goal produced by Fort St. John’s Jeff Fast, concluding the second with the Generals leading 5-2.Bentley’s offensive outburst wasn’t done, as the home team scored another three goals in the third, versus two by the Flyers from Matt Shuya and Rick Cleaver.- Advertisement -Game one of the double-header wrapped up with the Generals emerging victorious 8-4.The second meeting between the two clubs produced a much closer tilt, but unfortunately saw the same results, with a 4-3 Generals victory.Game two began much like the first meeting, with Bentley scoring first, as the Generals scored the lone goal of the first period at the 14:56 marker, wrapping up the period leading 1-0.Advertisement The next meeting between the two squads will take place January 5 and 6, being played at the North Peace Arena.last_img read more

first_imgBy Adam ReaburnOnly 2,000 customers are without power following a freak snow storm on Friday.At the height of the power outage, over 7,000 customers were without power and there were over 100 separate outages.  Hydro hopes to connect the remainder of the people today or at the very latest by Monday.- Advertisement -The hardest hit area is in the South Peace and the Progress and Groundbirch regions.  The majority of the 2,000 customers without power are in this region and according to BC Hydro’s Dan Von Hollen, they hope to have power restored to as many customers as possible, but they won’t have them all back today.  Hydro expects a large number will still be without power until at least Monday. A number of critical services in the Dawson Creek area were hit hard and needed to be fixed in the interest of public safety.  Power was out at the sewer facility in Dawson Creek along with vital communication towers.In the Fort St. John area there are only about 29 customers without power in the Cecil Lake and Baldonnel communities.  Hydro hopes to have all of those restored by 4pm this afternoon.Advertisement Shaw Cable has also been affected by the outage.  Even with the power on in many homes in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John there is still an outage with Shaw Cable.  At this time they are working to resolve the issue but do not have a definitive time when services will be restored.Extra crews from Vancouver and Kelowna will assist local staff as they arrived late Sunday night.  For many the lights went out Friday night or early Saturday.  Hydro is encouraging people to always be prepared in the case of an outage.  Purchase supplies like food, water, batteries and a battery operated radio.  You can find out more on BC Hydro’s website.In Fort St. John over 14 cm of snow fell on Saturday adding to the 4 cm on Friday.  In the South Peace, over 44 mm of precipitation fell on Friday and Saturday.  Environment Canada doesn’t keep track of snowfall in the South Peace.Advertisement For a complete list of the outages, click here.  You can also call BC Hydro at 1-888-769-3766 or 1-888-POWERON.last_img read more

first_imgLoren Fancy offered Thirkettle the opportunity to race one of his cars. Thirkettle agreed and the L&R Racing team was formed. The L&R stands for Loren and Roseann, Cory’s parents and the owners of his race team. They have been the owners of all his race teams, from when he was 11 years old racing go-karts against A.J. Allmendinger and Scott Speed to his stint in the NASCAR Grand American Modified division and Super Trucks at Irwindale Speedway. The Fancys will also be the owners of Thirkettle’s car, but Thirkettle is the one who will be maintaining and setting it up from race to race. The hope is that the alliance will benefit both drivers. Cory Fancy, who lives in Canyon Country and is a Palmdale High graduate, will have a championship-caliber driver and teammate to share information and ideas. Thirkettle will get a chance to test his racing abilities in the top division at Irwindale Speedway. When Loren Fancy wanted to move his son Cory into the NASCAR Super Late Model division at Irwindale Speedway, he figured he would need two cars. One was to race week to week and one he would keep as a backup. Then Loren Fancy started adding up the bills to maintain two cars and decided he didn’t need a second. In stepped Travis Thirkettle, the NASCAR Late Model champion at Irwindale Speedway, who was looking for a car to race at the Super Late Model level. “It’s an underfunded deal. Not like a dream ride,” said Thirkettle, who lives in Newhall. “I’m not going to own the car. It’s pretty easier on me. They’re great people. They love racing. I felt bad for them last year. I don’t expect to dominate.” Last year was Cory Fancy’s first year in the Super Late Model class, the highest division that races regularly at Irwindale Speedway. The 22-year-old Cory Fancy struggled, but his parents, his backers, were loyal to his pursuits. Now they have teamed with the Thirkettles, who have a deep championship history racing late models throughout Southern California, from Bakersfield to Saugus to Irwindale. Travis Thirkettle won his first track championship last year. His dad, Jim Thirkettle, won seven track championships at Mesa Marin Raceway in Bakersfield. Jim Thirkettle helps Travis build and maintain his cars now. “Racing’s very expensive,” Loren Fancy said. “Travis has limited funds. They’ll pit together. They’ll have a common asset: his dad. He’s a genius when it comes to race cars.” The NASCAR Super Late Model season will open March 24 at Irwindale Speedway. It could be one of the most competitive seasons in the track’s history. NASCAR Southwest Series champion Rip Michels, the winningest driver at Irwindale Speedway, is returning to the Super Late Model division. The division attracts drivers from Las Vegas, Phoenix, Minden, Nev., and Tucson, Ariz. Last year’s Super Late Model champion was Van Knill, who lists Tucson as his hometown. Loren Fancy knows the competition will be tough. “If both of them won a race,” Loren Fancy said, “that would be a good season.” Thirkettle said he can’t wait to test his skills against the top drivers and teams at Irwindale Speedway. “It’s a great challenge,” Thirkettle said, “and I strive for that.” Indy Racing League: Honda has designed a bigger, more powerful engine for the Indy Racing League teams in the IndyCar Series. Marco Andretti, driver for Andretti Green Racing, said it will take some time for him get accustomed to the new cars. He did not have any complaints about the new engines, but his recent tests gave him little indication of how they will race. “It’s hard for me to compare. I was out of the Indy car seat for about five months in the off-season, which is a ton for a driver,” Andretti said. “When I got back, it was at a road course at Daytona. It just felt like a bit more torque, bottom end. Of course, we were quicker, top end.” Honda is the sole engine provider for the IRL IndyCar Series teams. Andretti said Honda would welcome any challenge from a competing engine manufacturer. “I think Honda would put themselves up against anyone, and I would, too,” Andretti said. “I wouldn’t change Honda for the world.” A competing engine would only make Honda better, Andretti said. “I think definitely a bit better if they’re able to compete,” Andretti said. “Then it just pushes them to be better also, where now they’re just racing themselves.” timothy.haddock@dailynews.com (818) 713-3715160Want 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

first_imgIn November, city officials caused an uproar when they declined to allow advertising for the film “The Nativity Story” to be shown during the annual German Christkindlmarket in Daley Plaza. Officials initially said they didn’t want to appear to endorse one religion over another and potentially offend non-Christians. Then they explained that the film display would be too commercial for the market because the movie studio sponsored it. The studio’s sponsorship deal was later dropped, and the film’s trailer was shown with city approval. CHICAGO – A 19-foot cedar cross commemorating the Crucifixion was set up in the city’s downtown for Easter, just months after city officials said they didn’t want to offend non-Christians at a holiday fair held in the same location. City officials approved a permit for the cross, which was erected in Daley Plaza on Good Friday and left in place for a sunrise prayer service on Easter Sunday. Attorney Thomas Brejcha, one of the planners of the cross display, said there is legal precedent for allowing religious expression in the plaza. “The idea we want to get across is that Daley Plaza is a public forum where people can express ideas, and if they can do that for political ideas, they should be able to do it for religion, too,” Brejcha said. 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

first_imgValere Germain slotted home the third in the 89th minute before Florent Thauvin added the fourth in injury time to secure a comfortable three points on a night which saw the World Cup trophy shown off to the crowd who also warmly welcomed back their world champion players Adil Rami and Steeve Mandanda.“We can say that it is a perfect evening even if we can always do better,” said Marseille coach Rudi Garcia.“Four goals without conceding, all scored by the attackers and in a full Velodrome — it was very good.”The VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system had debuted at the World Cup in Russia and it made its entrance in the French top flight on Friday just before the half-time whistle.Referee Ruddy Buquet had originally signalled for a corner after a header from Germain had come off the arms of Toulouse defender Kelvin Amian.However, after a VAR consultation, the offcial awarded a penalty instead and captain Payet stepped up to beat goalkeeper Baptiste Reynet from the spot.Payet hit a spectacular second after 62 minutes with a volley which dipped under the crossbar before he was eventually replaced to a standing ovation by another World Cup winner Thauvin in the 83rd minute.Germain tucked away the third goal after being set up by Morgan Sanson before Thauvin completed the rout.“The World Cup win has given us wings, strength and confidence,” said Thauvin.Toulouse coach Alain Casanova said that the scoreline flattered Marseille although he welcome the addition of the VAR.“Two days ago, I said I was for VAR. I will not deny what I said, even if it was against us tonight,” said Casanova. “It will be important in the future.”Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain, with Neymar and French World Cup star Kylian Mbappe in tandem, begin their campaign on Sunday against Caen at the Parc des Princes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Up and running: Marseille’s Dimitri Payet celebrates scoring the first goal of the new Ligue 1 season © AFP / Boris HORVATMARSEILLE, France, Aug 11 – Mercurial star Dimitri Payet scored twice, including a penalty courtesy of VAR, as Marseille opened the new French Ligue 1 season with a 4-0 demolition of Toulouse on Friday.Payet, who missed France’s World Cup triumph through injury, opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time and added his second just after the hour mark at the Stade Velodrome.last_img read more

first_img1 Karim, Benzema, Mario Mandzukic and Harry Kane have all been linked with a transfer to Man United.Clearly the club are after a new striker and now Everton ace Romelu Lukaku is reportedly on the Old Trafford transfer shortlist.The big Belgium international joined the Toffees permanently in a £28m deal from Chelsea in 2014 having scored scored 15 Premier League goals in a season-long loan in the 2013/14 season. Last term he scored 10 times in 36 league games and there has been some mixed reaction from Man United fans to the transfer rumour. Everton striker Romelu Lukaku is a Man United transfer target last_img read more

first_img Arsene Wenger 1 Arsenal director Lord Harris says Arsene Wenger has the funds at his disposal to sign almost any player in the world.The Carpetright founder has revealed that the financial hangover from building the Emirates Stadium is now over and that the Gunners now have the capabilities to compete for the very best players on the market.“Money was tight when we moved to the Emirates but it’s a lot freer now,” he told the Daily Mail.“We could go into the market and probably buy any player in the world, apart from half a dozen who are unbuyable. In the accounts, there’s over £200million in the bank. You could say to Arsene we’ve got no money and he wouldn’t worry, or you could give him £100m and he might not spend it.”Wenger broke the club’s transfer record when he swooped for Mesut Ozil for £42.4m in September 2013 and last summer Arsenal splashed out £35m on Alexis Sanchez.And Harris says the Frenchman is free to smash the club’s transfer record again this summer if he wishes to do so.He added: “We would back him to break the club’s transfer record. If he wanted the man, he could have him. Apart from Messi and Ronaldo, he could have any player.”Although he said “at the moment there are no plans to sign anyone”, Lord Harris also teased that the Arsenal boss has an eye on reinforcements up front and the north London club will have to spend big to get his target.“We get a list of the players that Wenger wants,” he said. “On the list is a centre forward, but I’m not going to tell you who he is.“You’ve got to get the other team to want to sell him, but I think he wants to come. It basically comes down to whether the other team can find a superstar to replace him, because they don’t have to sell.”last_img read more