US$30K Heroin Makes a ‘No-Show’ in Court

first_imgThe packed courtroom of Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice was a scene of disbelief and shock when government lawyers failed to give account of 1.2 kilogram of heroin valued at US$30,000, allegedly arrested from a 24-year-old Ugandan woman, Shirat Nelwadda.Prosecution had indicted her with multiple crimes including unlawful possession, trafficking, and distribution of a narcotic drug.She, however, denied all of the charges read to her in open court by the clerk of court.At the hearing on Tuesday, March 25, while the Court remained seated and silent, Judge Blamo Dixon asked the government lawyers where the heroin, the fruit of the crime (foc) could be found, as it was not in Court where it belonged.  The Prosecution responded:  “The heroin is with the court and we will soon bring it.”That statement elicited this reaction from Judge Dixon: “Tell the people that the drugs are not with this Court.”State prosecutor and judge did not name the court in possession of the 1.2 kilogram of narcotic drugs.Legal experts, however, suggested to the Daily Observer that the drugs were at the Monrovia City Court, which had heard the matter before the defendant had been indicted by the Montserrado County Grand Jury.Before Judge Dixon’s request for the fruit of the crime, prosecution had earlier presented pieces of evidence to the court, leaving behind the 1.2 kilogram of heroin, which was at the center of the trial.The prosecution’s first witness, Special Agent Albert Hare of the Drug Enforcement Agency, (DEA) was also on the stand testifying in the matter.Hare is believed to be the DEA officer who investigated defendant Nelwadda when she was charged.Testifying under cross examination, when asked who had arrested Defendant Nelwadda, Hare responded, “It was officers of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Roberts International Airport’s (RIA) security assigned at the Airport that did the arrest. We were not at the RIA when she was arrested and it is not the DEA that carried out the arrest. It was done by joint security assigned at the Airport including the NSA and RIA. We only came into the picture when she was turned over to us by the NSA. You know we are an agency of government, responsible to investigate drug-related cases. That was why they placed her in our custody,” Hare explained about his agency’s involvement.”That means you never arrested the defendant?” Judge Dixon asked. Hare replied: “Yes, we did not arrest the suspect.”Asked whether the defendant was investigated by the NSA, Hare again responded: “No, NSA did not conduct any investigation.”Also, testifying on the direct, Agent Hare alleged Nelwadda was charged following a preliminary investigation and a laboratory test done on the drugs, by the DEA.Surprisingly, when he was asked by defense counsel whether Nelwadda had a lawyer when she was investigated according to the law, Hare replied: “We accorded the defendant all of her legal rights under the law, including her right to a lawyer and the right to remain silent else any statement made would be used against her in a Court of competent jurisdiction. She agreed, and that was how we went ahead with the investigation.”The case continues.  However, details of the document that brought Nelwadda under the jurisdiction of the Criminal Court — a copy of which is in the possession of this paper— said, on November 30, 2013 she was arrested with 1.2 kilogram of heroin valued at US$30,000 by joint security assigned at the RIA.The document further quoted police as saying: “the drugs were in a black suitcase that she was traveling with.”It continued: “During the investigation, the defendant said she was traveling to Liberia for the first time to meet a “boyfriend” called Ekina, whom she does not know. She had also been told she would be met by Nalutarya Laila, her girlfriend in Zama, Kampala, the capital of Uganda.”The document further alleged that “upon her arrival at RIA and subsequent arrest with the drugs, defendant Nelwadda could neither give the contact address or telephone number of the so-called boyfriend she claimed is the owner of the drugs she was carrying.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

National Park receives light upgrade

first_imgPatrons of the National Park in Georgetown will now benefit from the facility’s much needed $8 million upgrade in lights.With the assistance of the British High Commission, the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) oversaw the installation of 45 integrated stand-alone solar powered 80w Light Emitted Diode (LED) street lights at the Guyana National Park.The particulars of the project involved replacing the incompetent 250-watt mercury vapour lamps with the more efficient 80-watt solar powered lights.The Integrated solar powered street lights use renewable energy from the sun to charge the batteries, which provide lighting at nights using energy efficient LEDOne of the 45 energy efficient lights that were installed in the National Parklights. Total cost of the project, which was financed by the British High Commission in Georgetown through the UK’s Prosperity Fund, is Gy$8,158,288. GEA’s Energy Engineer Brian Constantine explained that the supply and installation cost translates into a unit cost of $178,500 per light.After a thorough evaluation of the project and the target area, the GEA determined that it would be suitable to place the new lights on the poles that had been there before, to avoid additional costing. The GEA expressed that the lights will not only conserve financially, but energy consumption and carbon emission will also be cut down. 49,275kWh of energy and 29,565kg of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions annually will be avoided/saved through this investment. This translates to over G$2,800,000 yearly in savings in electricity costs.Meanwhile, in a statement, British High Commissioner Greg Quinn noted: “It is incumbent on us all to do what we can to mitigate our impact on the environment, and to improve energy efficiency. The High Commission therefore welcomed the opportunity to work with the GEA to install these lights.”last_img read more

GT Beer ‘Keep Your Five Alive’ Futsal starts today

first_imgThe sixth edition of the GT Beer ‘Keep Your Five Alive’ Indoor Competition is anticipated to provide riveting action from today (Saturday), when the tournament kicks off at the National Gymnasium.Eager and determined teams are expected from Georgetown, Linden, Berbice, and from both west and east coasts and banks of the Demerara county.Organiser Kevin Adonis, in an invited comment, said this year’s edition is expected to surpass last year’s in terms of excitement and fan support. He is urging teams to bring out their supporters to ensure that their hopes of ‘keeping their five alive’ are increased by the turnout of fans.“The concept is one that I like. It allows a team only one opportunity to play for the prizes; and because of this, all the teams come well prepared to play at a high level, and so the fans are the real winners,” Adonis explained.He added that thirty-two of the best teams in the country have been assembled, including defending champions West Front Road’s ‘Gold is Money’ and beaten finalist Future Stars.Among the other teams making the shortlist are: Sparta Boss, Bent Street, Leopold Street, and most of the zone champions of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ competition.In opening night action: Rhythm Stars (Mocha) tackle recently-crowned Berbice Guinness champions Trafalgar, and this encounter will be followed by the clash between Agricola and Broad Street.Kingston then square off against Swag Entertainment out of Linden, before another mining community team, NK Ballers, take on Sophia.In the final game of the night, Leopold Street play host to East Coast Melanie Damishana.The fixtures for the next two playing days are seen below.On Thursday, July 12, Buxton Diamond engage West Demerara Showstoppers, while the young Uprising team from East Coast Demerara go up against Linden’s Silver Bullets.ESPN then collide with East Coast BV, before Ann’s Grove and North East La Penitence take to the court.The rejuvenated Tiger Bay unit then faces California Square, before Sparta Boss and Tucville bring the curtains down on the evening’s proceedings.On Saturday, July 14, Albouystown and Upsetters get things going, before Future Stars and Alpha Warriors square off.Back Circle then tackle Kitty Hustlers, before Linden’s Dave & Celena All Stars go up against Bent Street.The reigning champs, West Front Road, then close the night with a clash against Alexander Village.Insert: GT Beerlast_img read more

Daytona 500 nears after a chaotic week

first_imgThe crew chiefs for 2003 series champion Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Scott Riggs and Elliott Sadler all were kicked out Tuesday, and NASCAR took the unprecedented step of docking the drivers points before the season even started. The next day, the sanctioning body turned its attention to two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, whose Toyota team violated the code of the Nextel Cup garage by tampering with its fuel. It led to indefinite suspensions for two of Waltrip’s top employees and a $100,000 fine – the largest in NASCAR history. It was so embarrassing Waltrip almost packed up his car and left. Instead, Waltrip will make his 21st start in the race. There’s been mixed reaction to his situation, with many rivals believing he got off too easy and should have been suspended. Waltrip still has supporters, though, including two-time series champion Tony Stewart. “Nobody wants him to go away by any means,” Stewart said. “He’ll rebound from all this. I mean, it’s a huge bump in the road … but he’s got a lot of friends in this garage area, and I’m sure when it’s all said and done, everything will be fine.” It may never be fine for Toyota officials, who were humiliated by Waltrip’s team in the Japanese automaker’s highly anticipated Nextel Cup debut. Waltrip took pains to distance the incident from Toyota. “I just hope people are able to understand and separate Michael Waltrip Racing from Toyota in this instance, because their integrity and the way they go about things is totally opposite of the position I’ve put them in,” Waltrip said. Toyota could only hope that when racing began Sunday, the focus would shift to on-track performance. Four Camrys are in the field, including Waltrip’s entire organization. They’ll be hard-pressed to compete with the likes of Gordon, Stewart and Dale Earnhardt Jr., the three drivers who have established themselves as the ones to beat in the Super Bowl of Racing. Whoever wins will get an extra five points, just one of the changes this season. The win also will be good for bonuses when the Chase begins – for every victory scored during the “regular-season,” a driver will get a 10-point cushion to be used in seeding the playoff field. A win for Stewart would just about complete his NASCAR resume. The 500 is the only big race missing from a resume that includes wins on all but four Nextel Cup tracks. After winning two exhibition races leading up to the 500, Stewart liked his chances. “I feel like this is the best opportunity we’ve had so far to win the 500,” he said. The wild card is Montoya, the Formula One defector embarking on his first full NASCAR season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Daytona 500 was supposed to be a celebration of all that’s right with NASCAR – the debut of Toyota and much-heralded rookie Juan Pablo Montoya, and a new format that emphasizes winning. Instead, this version of the Great American Race has been all about a cheating scandal that forced NASCAR to throw six people out of the garage long before Sunday’s race. That seemed true for almost everyone in the Nextel Cup garage. It was a chaotic Speedweeks, with twists and turns, allegations, bombshell announcements, emotion and apologies. “This week has been mindboggling,” said three-time winner Jeff Gordon. “I’ve been glued to the TV as much as anybody else waiting to see what’s going to happen. Between that and Anna Nicole Smith, I just can’t seem to get myself away from the TV.” The words were barely out of his mouth when Gordon learned the spotlight had shifted to him: The car he drove to victory in a Thursday qualifying race had failed inspection, making him the sixth driver to fall on the wrong side of NASCAR law. But before the label “cheater” could be stitched to Gordon’s name, NASCAR said the problem with his Chevrolet was unintentional and simply stripped him of his starting position – sending him back to the 42nd spot for Sunday’s season-opening race. It was a relative slap on the wrist for the four-time series champion, especially in light of NASCAR’s weeklong crackdown on rule-breakers. center_img It’s a drama that generated the mainstream attention NASCAR desperately covets – but for all the wrong reasons. “I think it gave the sport a black eye, (and) we’ve got to recover from that,” said driver Joe Nemechek. “I know this is the most stressful Daytona 500 I’ve ever been in.” last_img read more

Egypt did not want to ‘risk’ Salah, says coach Cuper

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah had to settle for a place on the bench as Egypt look to ease him back in after his injury. Photo/APYEKATERINBURG, Russia, June 15 – Mohamed Salah was kept on the bench in Egypt’s opening World Cup defeat against Uruguay on Friday because the team did not want to risk further injury to the Liverpool star.Salah, who turned 26 on Friday, injured his shoulder three weeks ago in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid. On the eve of the Uruguay match in Yekaterinburg, which the South Americans won 1-0, Egypt coach Hector Cuper said Salah was fit, raising the Pharoahs’ hopes that he would start the Group A clash.“He’s certainly important, nobody can deny that, but you need a good team too — and we are a good team,” said Cuper. “If Mo had been on the pitch it may have been different but we can’t know that.”“He did not play today because we wanted to avoid risk or danger but I think that he will be fine for the next match,” said the coach.“Yesterday we were quite certain that he would play. At the end of training he was examined in depth and there was some doubt if he fell or was hit by another player.“We thought perhaps he might get another injury and we want to avoid that so we decided not to take that risk.“We want him on top form for Saudi Arabia and Russia.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Watch: New TV advert to showcase the coolest place on the planet!

first_imgA new advertisement is set to air on TV3, 3be and 3e for one week in the lead into the Easter holiday period. The 30-second advert will be the second of its kind to air by Donegal Tourism promoting Donegal as a number one choice for a holiday in Ireland, highlighting Donegal’s as recently winning the Coolest Place in the World to visit by National Geographic traveller. The TV ad is part of extensive marketing initiative, which has been devised to promote the county nationally and internationally through a significant campaign.This campaign will include further national radio competitions set to take place along with a campaign in Belfast, Derry airport, Donegal airport, Knock Airport and TV screens in Connolly Station, Pearse St Station and Busaras in Dublin.An international campaign is also kicking off in Germany and France and Donegal Tourism have created a bilingual video in French and German which will be advertised to these markets in the coming weeks.Donegal will also feature extensively on the TV national events guide and a brand will be promotion Donegal on a number of trade events. The Go Visit Donegal website was officially launched in 2014 and has been promoting Donegal as a must see tourism destination since then with an extensive marketing and communication achieves approximately 250,000 visitors per annum and is supported by a full social media campaign and offline PR communications.The brand also hosts a free smart phone app, both the app and the website offer all businesses in Donegal a free opportunity for listing and hosts a free event guide listing for all festival and event organisers.Watch: New TV advert to showcase the coolest place on the planet! was last modified: March 9th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:advertcoolest placedonegaltourismTV3last_img read more

Challengers losing to sheriff, others

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2And Molina, 58, seeking a fifth term, was ahead of Andrew “Andres Jason” Ahlering, Carlos Alberto Leyva and David Sanchez in a district including Pomona and East Los Angeles. Assessor Auerbach, 57, seeking a second term, was ahead of John “Lower Taxes” Loew, a deputy county assessor. (213) 974-8985 Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Assessor Rick Auerbach and Supervisors Zev Yaroslavsky and Gloria Molina jumped to commanding early leads Tuesday in their re-election bids. Baca, 64, thanked voters for trusting him to address the departmental problems he’s faced the last three years. He noted that the Board of Supervisors has allocated an additional $160 million for jail capital projects and an extra $90 million to hire deputies. Baca said he will restore staffing, reopen jails and eventually get to a point where inmates serve their full sentences. “It’s a very major, aggressive funding opportunity for the Sheriff’s Department,” he said. Campaigning against Baca, retired sheriff’s Capt. Ken Masse, sheriff’s Capt. Ray Leyva, sheriff’s Sgt. Paul L. Jernigan Jr. and Glendale Police Department Lt. Don Meredith said he has mismanaged his budget, let the department become short-staffed and released thousands of inmates early. In the supervisors’ races, Yaroslavsky, 57, seeking a fourth term in his district including the western portion of the San Fernando Valley, Hollywood and Malibu, was far ahead of two challengers, Valley activist David Hernandez and sheriff’s Sgt. Randy Springer. 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

Nurse attacked by pensioner as she helped him outside Letterkenny hospital

first_imgA pensioner assaulted a nurse after she came to his aid after he collapsed outside a hospital.Charles Lynagh appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged with assaulting nurse Amanda Sweeney. Lynagh, aged 69, was found lying unconscious outside Letterkenny University Hospital at 1.10pm on June 20th, 2017.Nurse Sweeney tried to lift Lynagh and as she did so he struck out and struck her in the face.CCTV footage fo the attack was shown to Judge Paul Kelly in court.She had to see a hospital consultant and leave work after being bruised above her left eye.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client was drunk and he had no recollection of the attack.He paid tribute to nurse Sweeney who was back in work the day after the attack.“This was a very traumatic incident for nurse Sweeney but it is a testament of the character of the nurses in Letterkenny that she was back in the work the next day,” he said.The court heard that Lynagh, of Tirlaughlin, Carrigart, had 30 previous convictions, many of which for public order.Judge Kelly asked if Lynagh had apologised to nurse Sweeney and if he planned to make recompense to her.Mr Gallagher said his client had not apologised yet and that he was a man of very little means who had succumbed to alcohol in his life.Judge Kelly adjourned the case until January 7th for a community service and probation report.He thanked nurse Sweeney for coming to court and for her “approach to the matter.”Nurse attacked by pensioner as she helped him outside Letterkenny hospital was last modified: November 1st, 2018 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:assaultCharles LynaghdonegalhospitalNURSElast_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S U-21 footballers staged a stunning comeback against Cavan in the Ulster final in Enniskillen tonight – but just failed to claw back enough to win.Playing under the floodlights at Brewster Park, Cavan raced into a good lead.But Donegal, with Paddy McBrearty in stunning form, began to claw in the deficit in the second half. However it wasn’t enough to secure the title.Darach O’Connor and McBrearty scored Donegal’s only points of the first half, Cavan leading 0-07 to 0-02 at the break.Donegal suffered an early blow when Ryan McHugh limped off.Donegal then began their comeback with Willie Gillespie netting to reduce the deficit and with McBrearty playing superbly Donegal pulled it back to a two-point game. But just as Donegal closed in Cavan pulled ahead again, finally winning by 0-13 to 1-06 – a four point winning margin.Congratulations to Cavan on securing the Ulster title. U-21 ULSTER FINAL: STUNNING DONEGAL COMEBACK BUT NOT ENOUGH TO BEAT CAVAN was last modified: April 10th, 2013 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)last_img read more

Stewart’s remarkable run

first_img Not that it means much at this point. Unless you’re Jimmie Johnson. There remain four races before the Chase begins, the next race coming Sunday at Michigan International Speedway. Stewart, for the time being, is enjoying a stretch few drivers ever get to experience. Jeff Gordon had a similar run in his Cup championship year of 1998, and Johnson had a similar streak to finish up the 2004 season. Tony Stewart showed the rest of the NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers what it takes to move from 10th to first in the points standings. Seven races ago, Stewart was 10th in points, on the bubble, and wondering what he had to do to win a race. Then he won at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, proceeded to rattle off five wins in the past seven races and moved into first place. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I’ll be honest, I’ve had zones where I’ve finished in the top three when I was in Midgets and sprint cars, where I could go week-in and week-out and not fall out of the top three,” said Stewart, driver of the No. 20 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for Joe Gibbs Racing. “But to win five out of the last seven and be in the top five for the last eight weeks is a pretty good record.” No doubt. But no matter how much of a lead Stewart has, if he still has it when the Chase begins, it will be reduced to five points over the second-place driver and 45 points over the 10th-place driver once the green flag drops Sept. 18 at New Hampshire International Speedway. Although Stewart has the edge, however insignificant, with a month to go before the Chase begins, Johnson said he would gladly change places. Johnson has led the Cup points race most of the year. He lost his lead two weeks ago, when Stewart won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Stewart has a 115-point lead, but that would all but disappear if the Chase started Sunday. Johnson wants to be on top, or at least near it, when the Chase begins. center_img “I would love to be leading, but more importantly, we need to have our team performing and hitting our stride as we go into Loudon (N.H.),” Johnson said. “That’s more important to me.” Falling short of winning the inaugural Chase for the Championship is still fresh in Johnson’s mind. He won four of the last 10 races, then stumbled through the first three in the Chase, and it cost him at the end. “Last year, we were near the top and lost the momentum,” Johnson said. “We didn’t lead the points going into it, and the reason was that we weren’t where we needed to be at that point. We were doing everything we could, but we really hit our stride four or five races in.” No driver has been as good as Stewart over the past two months. Johnson said he is confident his team can be just as strong as Stewart’s at Michigan. Johnson had a strong car at Michigan in the June race, but handling problems ruined his chances near the end, and he finished 19th. “We had a good race up there last time,” Johnson said. “We were fair and just didn’t get the finish we wanted at the end of the day. After our run at Indy even though it looked bad from the outside, with the crash and going to the back of the pack and all we had a very good race car and passed a lot of cars. We started to sort some stuff out, and I’m really excited about Michigan.” Stewart was second to Greg Biffle in the June Michigan race, in which he led a race-high 97 laps. Stewart said it launched his current stretch. “I’m really excited,” Stewart said. “That’s where this run really started. It’s just one of those tracks in a string of tracks where we started running well. I can’t think of a better place to go back to a second time after the run we had there in the spring.” Tim Haddock covers motor sports for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3715 or NASCAR NEXTEL CUP SERIES GFS Marketplace 400 Site: Brooklyn, Mich. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (TNT, 10 a.m.); Sunday, race (TNT, 11 a.m.). Track: Michigan International Speedway; D-shaped oval, 2 miles, 18 degrees banking in turns. Race distance: 400 miles, 200 laps. Next race: Sharpie 500, Aug. 27, Bristol, Tenn. On the Net: NASCAR BUSCH SERIES Domino’s Pizza 250 Site: Brooklyn, Mich. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 7 a.m.), race (TNT, noon). Track: Michigan International Speedway; D-shaped oval, 2 miles, 18 degrees banking in turns. Race distance: 250 miles, 125 laps. Next race: Food City 250, Aug. 26, Bristol, Tenn. FORMULA ONE Turkish Grand Prix Site: Istanbul, Turkey. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying (Speed Channel, 3 a.m.); Sunday, race (Speed Channel, 4:30 a.m.). Track: Istanbul Park; road course, 3.342 miles, 14 turns. Race distance: 192.451 miles, 57 laps. Next race: Italian Grand Prix, Sept. 4, Monza, Italy. On the Net: INDY RACING LEAGUE Honda Indy 225 Site: Fountain, Colo. Schedule: Saturday, qualifying, 3 p.m.; Sunday, race (Ch. 7, 12:30 p.m.). Track: Pikes Peak International Raceway; D-shaped oval, 1 mile, 10 degrees banking in turns. Race distance: 225 miles, 225 laps. Next event: Argent Mortgage Indy Grand Prix, Aug. 28, Sonoma. On the Net: NHRA O’Reilly Mid-South Nationals Site: Memphis, Tenn. Schedule: Friday, qualifying, 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, qualifying, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN2, 5 p.m., tape); Sunday, eliminations, 1 p.m. (ESPN2, 7 p.m., tape). Track: Memphis Motorsports Park. Next event: Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Sept. 5, Indianapolis. On the Net: 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