Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) chief of investigation, who testified on Wednesday, alleged that nine of the 10 bags of marijuana held as evidence were destroyed by the agency.The drug was allegedly seized from the former commander of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s convoy, in Grand Cape Mount County.Col. Augustine Doe further testified that they had delivered the balance one bag to the Magisterial Court in Grand Cape Mount County.The 10 bags, according to the DEA, weighed 315 kilograms and valued at L$330,750,000. DEA is an institution that is responsible to enforce the country’s drug laws, as well as, consolidate and coordinate the government’s drug control activities.Testifying as prosecutors’ fourth witness, Doe told the court that pieces of evidence relating to Perry Dolo being involved with the drugs were destroyed.Dolo pleaded not guilty when charges were read to him; he was subsequently denied bail.Defending their action, Doe said the reason was that they feared the marijuana would have gone missing in the process.“We submitted the nine bags marijuana for destruction, after we have documented and photographed them, because we never wanted them to go missing,” Doe further alleged.The state’s key witness added that the “United Nations Commission on Drug , the Liberia National Police (LNP), the DEA and state holders were all part of the public burning exercise of the drugs.”Doe’s testimony came in a trial involving Perry Dolo, a former presidential convoy chief, who is charged alone with four other defendants with unlawful possession of narcotic drug and criminal facilitation by the Grand Jury for Grand Cape Mount County.The prosecutors witness said, though the defendants were not represented by a counsel during their investigation, they admitted about their involvement in the commission of the crime.Defendant Perry T. Dolo, together with four other persons; Sekou Rogers, Augustine Saah, Cyrus Slewion and Mohammed Bah, were arrested on November 9, 2013, at a joint security check point in Teini, Grand Cape Mount County, in a plan to smuggle the drugs into Liberia from Sierra Leone.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Dear Editor,For over 10 days, I have seen a GPHC patient’s husband looking very sad in the ward. His wife was diagnosed with obstructive jaundice. A CT Scan was done, and referred that there was a tumor at the head of the pancreas.She was waiting for surgery for almost 10 days. During these days she felt more pain, and the jaundice became more severe due to bad medical conditions in Guyana.The first case of nerve blocking in end stage pancreatic cancer to treat pain at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC)I have arranged a team to come to GPHC because it is the best hospital in Guyana. However, if my team is on call the same day as we are operating, emergency cases take precedence over the patients for elective surgery, and attending to them is delayed and pushed back to another date.I researched this case and found that it was very complicated due to the location of the tumor, and that the tumor has invaded the common bile duct and mesenteric vein. Her jaundice was worsening, and protein levels were low. Her pain was so severe we could not sufficiently treat it with only medication. Due to the lack of resources, such as MRI, contrast CT, albumin and plasma, we are unable to assess the patient preoperatively; and postoperatively, we are unable to give sufficient nutrients to aid in the duration of treatment. I did not want to operate due to the high risk; however, because of the patient’s pain and her family’s hopefulness in the doctors, we proceeded.The night before the operation, my team and I planned and read articles in preparation for surgery. We discussed all the possible outcomes that may happen during the operation. I even got advice from my teacher back in China.On July 19, 2018, we began operating. We found that the situation was much worse than anticipated. The tumor was bigger, and had invaded the common bile duct and the mesenteric vein. Multiple lymph nodes were present, and organs were edematous; the liver had changed colour due to over-storage of bile. The decision was made to put in T-tube drainage and block the abdominal nerve with 95% pure alcohol, which has never been done in this hospital.It is dangerous to block this nerve because of its location. It is located next to the inferior vena cava and close to the aorta, which are the biggest vein and artery respectively. Also, if the alcohol goes into the patient’s blood stream, she could die immediately. Before injecting the alcohol, anesthesia was told to pay special attention to the patient’s vital signs. We located the correct point for injection of the alcohol, and proceeded. At first there was a complication with the injection, the nerve was then compressed and position readjusted. I advised anesthesia once more, and at last the operation was finished.Anesthesia told us that the vital signs were all normal. I knew I had succeeded. After I was finished, I found that my scrubs were wet from sweat.The next morning, even though it was only one day post-op, the patient told us she was feeling much better, and we knew the surgery was a success. All the doctors described the outcome as “Amazing!”My colleague, Dr. Motilall, told us there are many patients in similar condition, and this operation would be very useful for those patients. An operation like this had never previously been done in Guyana.Even though I was smiling at the time, I regretted in my heart that we could only relieve her symptoms and not cure her. Only thing we can do is to relieve her pain and help her live the rest of her life with respect. If these patients came to hospital earlier, and the medical condition is much better so that we can assess the patient’s situation correctly, we would have a chance to resect the tumor completely; and after operation, the patient can receive sufficient nutrition to sustain their life.It was perfect, and the smiling of the patient and her family will be with me forever. That’s all we want as doctors.SincerelyZhang BiaoChinese Medical Team
…unable to pay sugar workers weekly wagesBY Shemuel FanfairAs the financial challenges of the cash-strapped Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) abound, thousands of workers across the sugar belt were startled to discover that their salaries were not paid for the week ending September 14, 2018.Well-placed sources told Guyana Times that the entity simply ran out of money to meet its financial obligations; so much so that workers who were dependent on their Friday pay were left wondering when they will be able to provide for their families. It was explained that situation was similar for sugar workers across the Berbice Estates of Albion and Blairmont and at Uitvlugt which is the lone West Demerara Estate, since Wales ended operations nearly two years ago.“Some people when they turn up at the bank for salaries; they didn’t get pay… some people live from pay cheque to pay cheque,” a senior official in Berbice confirmed on Saturday.Information coming out of Uitvlugt suggested that workers there encountered similar circumstances as they expected their salaries to be paid on time.“No sugar worker get paid; everybody depending on it because they get pay on a weekly basis. We don’t know until further notice,” an Uitvlugt official disclosed.On Saturday, Guyana Times made several attempts to get official word from GuySuCo Finance Director, Paul Bhim, on when workers will be paid their salaries but all telephone calls to him went unanswered. However, another senior GuySuCo official claimed that the workers could be paid later in the new week.It is understood that sugar workers have been receiving their salaries at commercial banks rather than at pay offices to which they were accustomed in the past. GuySuCo effected the change in June 2018 but some workers raised concerns over inconvenience and fears of being robbed.GuySuCo has been undertaking several austerity measures to alleviate its cash-strapped status. After the closure of Wales in December 2016, the Rose Hall Estate in Berbice and the East Demerara (Enmore) Estate shuttered as official operations at those two entities ended by December 2017. These left thousands of workers jobless. The numbers revealed that 1851 workers were terminated from Skeldon while Rose Hall Estate accounted for 1181 workers being severed. There were also 1480 from the East Demerara Sugar Estate losing employment under the cost-cutting decisions.However, a small percentage of these workers were rehired under the Special Purposes Unit (SPU) as that entity kept the estates running in a bid to secure private investors. The SPU is a unit of the Finance Ministry that was crafted to oversee and manage the divestment of the nation’s “closed” Estates.While these cost-saving initiatives were viewed as necessary by Government from a fiscal perspective; the parliamentary Opposition in addition to other stakeholders and observers strongly condemned the move, having posited that the Administration should have first assessed the impact of closures.Patientia is a community in the Wales environs that continues to be affected by the Estate’s closure. Some of the dismissed sugar workers at that estate continue to survive without their severance payments as they refused to take up work at the Uitvlugt Estate, which is some 22 miles from their original place of employment. Meanwhile, many former sugar workers attached to the Skeldon, East Demerara and Rose Hall estates were only paid half of their half-year severance payments.Government had acquired $1.931 billion in an effort to provide 50 per cent of severance packages to the fired workers. President David Granger speaking in Berbice on Wednesday said his Administration has been forced to pump billions of Guyana dollars to bail out the sugar industry and has to expend more to pay the workers in full. Some $609 million was paid out to Skeldon workers while $705 million was paid to Rose Hall workers, while $815 million was paid to East Demerara workers and $150 million to the Wales workers.
Bowie is also expected to skate for the Winterhawks this afternoon at 4:00 p.m. for a game that would feature two Fort St. John natives. Playing defence for the Winterhawks’ opponent is none other than Jarrett Ralph, who is in his third season playing with the Victoria Royals. UPDATE: Connor Bowie is not skating with the Portland Winterhawks this evening. There’s a good chance that he’ll be playing with ‘Hawks on Sunday.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Yet another young hockey player from Fort St. John is going to be playing at the top level of Junior hockey this season.The Prince Albert Raiders announced last night that they have signed Fort St. John native Austin Crossley. Crossley has played 25 games with the BCHL’s Nanaimo Clippers this season, picking up a goal and an assist, along with 22 penalty minutes. He captained Team B.C. at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championship in Mississauga last May to an undefeated gold-medal performance. Crossley was named Most Valuable Defenceman for the tournament.- Advertisement -Last year, he played the bulk of his season with the Junior ‘B’ Kamloops Storm in the KIJHL, where he tallied nine points and 64 penalty minutes in forty games. He previously was invited to the Raiders’ training camp at the beginning of the 2014-15 season.Meanwhile, Connor Bowie will be back playing in the WHL tonight. The 15 year-old, who is currently has the second-most points with the Northeast BC/Yukon Trackers this season, was called up yesterday by the Portland Winterhawks. Connor’s mom Julia says that he will be in Portland for the next week, helping to fill slots in the team’s roster that have been caused by a number of players being injured. Bowie previously skated with the Winterhawks during training camp this season,Crossley will be lacing up for his first game with the Raiders tonight in Prince Albert for a game against the Medicine Hat Tigers at 6:00 p.m. MST.Advertisement
“He was one of the most underrated players in the history of the game, in my opinion, and one of the greatest Celtic acquisitions of all time,” said former Boston teammate Danny Ainge, now the Celtics’ executive director of basketball operations. “D.J. was a free spirit and a fun personality who loved to laugh and play the game. We had spoken at length just the other night about basketball and his excitement about coaching the Austin Toros. ” Johnson played Toros player Jamar Smith in a game of 1-on-1 after practice and everything seemed normal, player Anthony Fuqua said. “He was being Coach Johnson out there talking trash, playing basketball, dribbling around and shooting,” Fuqua said. “Everything seemed fine. We’re all in shock.” Toros spokeswoman Perri Travillion said she was talking with Johnson on the sidewalk outside the building when he collapsed. Johnson was joking about getting a parking ticket. AUSTIN, Texas – Dennis Johnson, the star NBA guard who was part of three championships and teamed with Larry Bird on one of the great postseason plays, died Thursday, collapsing after his developmental team’s practice. He was 52. Johnson, coach of the Austin Toros, was unconscious and in cardiac arrest when paramedics arrived at Austin Convention Center, said Warren Hassinger, spokesman for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him for 23 minutes before he was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead, Hassinger added. Mayra Freeman, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office, said there will be an autopsy. The Toros postponed home games today and Saturday nights, the NBA Development League said. “We were laughing,” she said. “He just collapsed.” Travillion said she called 911 and that Johnson never regained consciousness. She said Johnson did not appear to have overexerted himself at practice and didn’t complain of any discomfort before he collapsed. Johnson, a five-time All-Star and one of the top defensive guards, was part of the last Boston dynasty. He spent 14 seasons in the league and retired after the 1989-90 season. He played on title teams with the Celtics in 1984 and 1986 and with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979, when he was the NBA finals MVP. Johnson was born Sept. 18, 1954, in Compton and attended Dominguez High and Harbor College. He went on to play at Pepperdine and was drafted by Seattle in 1976. Johnson was traded to Phoenix in 1980 and Boston in 1983. He also was the Los Angeles Clippers’ interim coach at the end of the 2002-03 season, going 8-16. He is survived by his wife, Donna, sons Dwayne and Daniel, and a daughter, Denise. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
No, but experts differ on what constitutes a crash. “Typically, a crash, in my view, in my experience, has been a 10 percent drop in one day,” Frankle said. The Chinese market, which lost 9 percent of its value, almost crashed, but we did not, he said. Blake said a crash is when stock values drop between 30 percent and 40 percent, and it doesn’t usually happen in one day. Between 2000 and 2002, the market lost about 35 percent of its value. “But it took two years to really grind it out,” Blake said. “In ’87, the market dropped 23 percent in one day.” Should I sell risk-prone stocks and buy more stable bonds? “I recommend not doing anything that’s emotional-based,” Blunt said. Instead, check if the risk level of your investments are aligned with your retirement target. Do you plan to retire Tuesday but are fully invested in highly volatile stocks? It may be time to re-balance how your assets are allocated. Will I have to retire five years later? One day is probably not going to make a difference in your portfolio, said Robert Blunt, manager of Charles Schwab’s offices in Woodland Hills and Thousand Oaks. That could change if Tuesday’s downturn continues and becomes a broad decline. What should I look for when the market opens today? Drastic reductions in value and extremely high trading volume can indicate a weak market, Frankle said. “But one day, it’s just not enough. If you see two or three of those days … that would be a sign that maybe there has been a shift.” How did local stocks fare? Amgen, Thousand Oaks: down 2.95 percent to $64.25 Disney, Burbank: down 5.72 to $33.10 IHOP, Glendale: down 3.39 to $57.27 WellPoint Health Networks, Woodland Hills: down 3.98 to $77.90 Cheesecake Factory, Calabasas: down 3.16 to $27.27 K-Swiss Inc., Chatsworth: down 2.21 percent percent percent percent percent to $28.35160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! What will this do to my 401(k)? Probably nothing, unless you are going to retire tomorrow, Blake said. People who are looking to draw income from their investments in the short term will lose some appreciation overnight. “But even in a five-year horizon, this may not even affect them unless there is further downward movement.” How bad was the slide? “I would say this is a very big deal,” said Neal Frankle, who manages $85 million at Wealth Resources Group in Woodland Hills. But remember that the stock market has been really strong for the past 18 months. “People have been anticipating a correction and this might be it.” One day is not definitive or a trend, he said. “It’s definitely a big wake-up call, but I’m not selling tomorrow.” Did the market actually crash? Buy? Sell? Hold? Tuesday’s stock market fall prompted panicked questions from stockholders concerned about their 401(k) and investments. But before you sell off your entire portfolio and stash your cash under the mattress, three experts answer your questions about what happened and what it all means. Why do events in China affect me? “The markets have become really globalized,” said Daniel Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge. Foreign investors own stock in U.S. companies and vice versa. “With that globalization of markets, we become more interdependent.” An event overseas, in this case a massive sell-off of Chinese stock, can trigger short term changes in other markets.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Tomorrow, TransCanada Corporation is scheduled to refile its pre-merger notification for the planned acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group.The notification was first filed on April 4, with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. But the Calgary based company announced Wednesday it had been withdrawn and the refiling will set a new 30-day period for FTC review.A TransCanada news release says ‘Pull and Refile’ is a common procedure used by applicants to provide the Commission additional time to confirm information about a complex transaction.- Advertisement -TransCanada says it remains confident it will receive clearance to allow the merger transaction to close in the second half of this year.Recall back in March, TransCanada announced an agreement to acquire Columbia for $13US billion.The move which would allow the Calgary firm to invest in an extensive growing network of regulated natural gas pipeline and storage assets in what are described as, ‘the prolific Marcellus and Utica shale gas regions in the U.S. Northeast.’Advertisement Eight of the permits are related to the pipeline construction and the others to compressor and meter stations near Groundbirch and a meter station in Kitimat. The Marcellus Formation is said to be the largest natural gas field in the U.S. and it extends throughout much of the Appalachian Basin.The Utica Shale, in the same general area, lies under most of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia and it also extends under adjacent parts of Ontario, Quebec, Kentucky, Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia.Meantime, TransCanada has also announced this week it has received the last two of ten pipeline and facilities permits from the BC Oil and Gas Commission needed to start construction and operation of its’ proposed Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project from the South Peace to the Pacific Coast.It is now waiting for a final investment decision from the Shell-led LNG Canada consortium, which is expected late this year, before starting construction on the 650-kilometre pipeline.Advertisement
What’s going on with those Fightin’ Phils? This looks like April’s 4-11 start all over again. “We’re in a hole right now and we need to get out,” closer Brett Myers said. “But I think the guys in here are up for it.” Hey, they’ve been here before. Only in the regular season it was the spotty starting pitching or reconstructed bullpen that failed them. Not the sluggers. Not like this. All-Star second baseman Chase Utley is 2-for-9 with five strikeouts. Howard homered in Game 2 but was embarrassingly picked off first base and is 2-for-8. Pat Burrell is 2-for-7 and Aaron Rowand 1-for-8. “I still think we can get it going,” Howard said. “We’ve turned it on in a hurry before.” Manager Charlie Manuel might remind his team how an 0-2 deficit doesn’t necessarily guarantee an early playoff exit. Manuel was Cleveland’s hitting coach in 1999 when the Indians blew a 2-0 series lead in a best-of-5 against Pedro Martinez and the Boston Red Sox. “We took a big lead and Boston came back and caught us,” Manuel said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The latest flop, a 10-5 loss Thursday to the Colorado Rockies, put them behind, 2-0, in the best-of-5 series. “It’s really nothing new,” Ryan Howard said. “We just hope it turns around and we get up on them early.” Sure, both Kyles – Kendrick and Lohse – stunk up the mound. But it would have helped if the offense got some clutch hits and the bullpen did its job. The Phillies, the NL’s highest-scoring team, are batting just .203 after two games. Jimmy Rollins, who drove in four runs, is about the only Philadelphia player to pull his load. The Phillies look nothing like the team that used sharp pitching and booming bats in a September surge that returned them to the playoffs for the first time since 1993. No team had more comeback wins this year than Philadelphia (48). The Phillies overcame a seven-game deficit in September to overtake the New York Mets and win the NL East. But unlike the Mets – who just needed to be tipped over – Colorado has won 16 of 17 overall heading into Game 3 at Coors Field tonight. By Dan Gelston THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PHILADELPHIA – Back in a huge hole, the Philadelphia Phillies don’t have a month to pull off another comeback. And unless they start hitting soon, the next time they put on those red pinstripe uniforms will be in Clearwater next spring.
Defending champion Roger Federer continued his strong preparation for the Australian Open with a 6-3, 6-3 defeat of German Tommy Haas on Friday in Doha, Qatar. The top-ranked Swiss player will face Gael Monfils of France, who defeated Filippo Volandri of Italy in the second semifinal 6-3, 6-4. Federer won 11 of 12 finals last year, and his record 24-match win streak in finals ended at the 2005 season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai. He’ll face Monfils for the first time on Saturday. “Obviously he is one of the rising players and will be fired up for the big occasion,” Federer said. Monfils, the world’s No. 1 junior a year ago, won his first ATP title in Poland in August, and has reached a final for the fourth time in five months. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “Roger is such a great player and I can’t say how excited I am to be playing the final against him,” Monfils said. “Hopefully, I’ll be able to maintain my focus and not get overawed by the occasion.” After tougher earlier matches against Fabrice Santoro and Marcos Baghdatis, Federer appeared in a hurry on Friday. He broke Haas in the seventh and ninth game to seal the first set. Federer played an nifty backhand chip shot from the baseline that carried just over the net, leaving Haas at the back court. Federer broke through in the sixth game for a 4-2 lead, and finished off the match with an ace. “It was difficult to get winners because of the slow nature of the court, but I am happy to be in the final here again,” Federer said. “The crowd really got behind me, they really get emotionally involved when I am playing.” Monfils broke Volandri in the second game to help him win the first set. Volandri was broken in the first game of the second set but the Italian broke back twice to lead 4-2 before Monfils rallied by taking the last three games. Chennai Open Kristof Vliegen of Belgium upset fourth-seeded Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand 6-1, 6-2 to reach the semifinals in Madras, India. Vliegen next plays top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia, who beat fifth-seeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-1, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. Third-seeded Carlos Moya of Spain, who won the last two years, advanced by beating No. 7 Bjorn Phau of Germany 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. Second-seeded Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic stayed on course, defeating Thierry Ascione of France 6-3, 6-4 to make the semifinals. Former champion Paradorn failed to make the title round here for the first time in five years. Making the final every year since he first played here in 2002, Paradorn won in 2003 after being runner-up in 2002. In the past two years, he lost successive finals to Moya. Moya said he needs to play extremely well to take the title again. “You don’t expect to win a tournament easily,” he said. “I didn’t play very well in the first two sets, but am happy the way I finished it off.” Vliegen’s aggression and accurate service helped him avenge the loss to Paradorn in the quarterfinals here last year. “I had one thing on my mind before today’s match, that Paradorn had broken my first service in each set,” said Vliegen, ranked 93rd in the world. “I wanted to make sure it didn’t happen this time.” Hopman Cup Lisa Raymond and Taylor Dent won the deciding mixed doubles against the Netherlands, giving the United States its fourth Hopman Cup mixed teams tennis title in 18 years in Perth, Australia. Raymond and Dent beat Michaella Krajicek and Peter Wessels 4-6, 6-2 and 10-7 in the match tiebreaker to clinch the title. Dent gave Raymond most of the credit. “Lisa has been carrying me all through it so I’m just so impressed with her ability on the doubles court,” he said. The Americans have the most titles in the history of the event and have appeared in eight finals. Krajicek, the younger sister of former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, gave the Dutch, who had to qualify to get into the main draw, a 1-0 lead with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Raymond. But Dent evened the match with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Wessels. “I played very well today,” Dent said of his singles match. “I didn’t do too much wrong. Peter struggled a little bit in the first set with his first serve. I was able to capitalize. I just played a solid second set.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Gardai and the Revenue Commissioners have competed a major operation in Letterkenny.A number of vehicles were stopped a short time ago outside the LYIT on the town’s Port Road.A number of car owners were spoken to and at least one car was seized and transported away on the back of a carrier vehicle. No further details on the operation have been made available at this stage. GARDAI AND CUSTOMS CARRY OUT MAJOR OPERATION IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: June 13th, 2012 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:GardailetterkennyRevenue Commissioners