November 17, 2020

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Kumasi hosts best-ever squash players

first_imgAn array of best squash players in Ghana are expected to participate in the Masters championship at the 4 Garrison Officers Mess Squash Club in Kumasi.The one day event which comes off on Friday December 2, 2016 is open only to the best squash players drawn from various clubs across the country.The competition, last held in 2006 is being sponsored by Movie House Productions, an adult entertainment enterprise.Captain of the Officers Mess Squash club, Lawyer Francis Coffie says the leadership of the club decided to bring back the Masters tournament after 10 year break to revive interest in the sport and also recognize best squash players in the country. Unfortunately, Captain Coffie is not qualified to take part. “We realized that for some time we have not been able to organize it so we took it upon ourselves to make it happen especially after the renovation of the courts this year.  It is about the topmost players in the country so though I’m the captain of the club I don’t qualify to play,” he told Luv Sports.Winners will receive trophies and cash prizes from sponsors, Movie House Productions.last_img read more

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GRA commissions container scanner

first_imgThe Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has commissioned a new container scanner facility at the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) wharf. This scanner will enable the country to meet international standards and detect illegal trading activities.The scanner at the new facilityCompleted via public-private partnership between the GRA and the GNIC, and with a scanner presented by the People’s Republic of China, the facility was commissioned on Monday in presence of GRA Commissioner General Godfrey Statia, who noted that efforts to establish the much-awaited scanning facility have finally been realised, and this development would, in turn, advance trade with international agents andboost the revenue-collection system in Guyana.“It is a known fact that the scanning facility will not only provide reduced trade transactions, cost and time in both imports and exports, but (would cater) also for the collection of increased revenues,” Statia said.It was related that because such a security facility had been absent in the past, the country was on the verge of losing markets in the trades which it plied with international importers and exporters.“Additionally, many countries to which Guyana (trades) requires scanning at source, and Guyana was in danger of losing these markets for lack thereof — of our failure (to meet) certain national trade guidelines for trade facilitation,” he said.A number of wharf owners have, since 2016, been engaged by the GRA in relation to containers not being scanned, and also to find an effective solution. Owners of new wharves have been instructed to ensure that they equip their facilities with scanners, and owners of the old established facilities have been admonished to take the necessary steps to procure scanning equipment.Finance Minister Winston Jordan has reiterated that the scanning facilities will protect Guyana’s revenues from potential scams. Scanners are also considered essential equipment to reduce the amount of illegal drugs entering the country by illegal means, among other issues.“Indeed, this scanner is important and very welcome at this time. It forms a crucial coin in our anti-money laundering efforts to fight against illegal drugs and other activities,” Minister Jordan has said.“There are drugs that are coming into the country for which I believe we haven’t paid careful attention, and these are potentially legal drugs which come from either illegal sources or don’t meet the minimum standards required for use,” Jordan explained.He also commented on the good relationship the country has, over the years, shared with the People’s Republic of China.“The relationship has stood the test of time, and it is equipment like these that give us hope that our relationship will continue to endure and flourish,” Minister Jordan said.Along with this present scanner, the facility will, by the end of this year, also house a mobile scanner which is also donated by the People’s Republic of China.last_img read more

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Founding partner of law firm Milberg Weiss pleads not guilty to federal kickback charges

first_imgHe is charged with conspiracy, racketeering, obstruction of justice and making false declarations under oath. Weiss made an initial court appearance in a brief hearing Friday afternoon before Eick, who ordered him to hand over his passport. Following the hearing, he issued a statement saying he looks forward “to clearing my name and returning to a practice to which I have devoted my professional life, one that has given access to the courts to millions of Americans who would not otherwise have been able to achieve justice.” Prosecutors allege the secret payments were made through various intermediary law firms and lawyers selected by the plaintiffs. The lawsuits resulted in $250 million in attorneys’ fees to the law firm. If convicted on all charges, Weiss faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in federal prison, prosecutors said. Other participants in the scheme have pleaded guilty, including David Bershad, a former managing partner at the New York-based Milberg Weiss and Steven Schulman, an ex-name partner at the firm, prosecutors said. Last month, another former name partner, William Lerach, agreed to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge. He is expected to enter his plea at a hearing scheduled for Oct. 29. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s not necessary, thank you,” Weiss said. Also entering pleas of not guilty were alleged paid plaintiff Seymour Lazar — whose attorney was present on his behalf — and attorney Paul Selzer, who prosecutors claim was one of the intermediary lawyers who laundered illegal kickback payments for Lazar’s benefit. Attorneys representing the law firm itself entered a not guilty plea. The New York-based Milberg Weiss is a named defendant in a federal grand jury indictment returned last month. Weiss, Selzer and attorneys representing Lazar and the firm are due back in court later this morning for a hearing on the case. On Sept. 20, a federal grand jury indicted Weiss for allegedly conspiring to pay $11.3 million in illegal kickbacks to named plaintiffs in class action lawsuits. The founding partner of the once-powerful law firm Milberg Weiss, accused of conspiracy in a $250 million plaintiff-kickback scheme, pleaded not guilty to federal charges today in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. Melvyn Weiss, 72, is accused of participating in a scheme in which his firm’s clients were secretly paid kickbacks for serving as named plaintiffs in more than 150 class-action lawsuits over 25 years. By signing up plaintiffs quickly, the law firm was able to become lead counsel on class-action lawsuits, resulting in higher attorneys’ fees, prosecutors said. Weiss is free on a $1.5 million bond. Weiss said little during the hearing before U.S. District Magistrate Charles Eick, only confirming his name and declining to have his indictment read to him in court. last_img read more

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first_imgST EUNAN’S GAA NEWS:The Under 14 Boys Football Team make the headlines once again this week after clinching the All County Div.1 League title on Sunday.The boys turned in a fantastic team performance to overcome Urris on a scoreline of 8-17 to 4-03.  Well done to Joe, John, Pauric and all the players on securing their third title of the season.Well done to our two Under 16 players who played for the Ulster Academy teams last week.  Aaron Deeney lined out for the Footballers in a challenge against Dublin while Ryan Hilferty hurled against Galway.  A great achievement by both players. The Senior Hurlers are away to Buncrana in the Championship this Saturday, throwing in at 7.30pm.The Senior Footballers drew with Four Masters at the weekend 1-11 to 3-05 with Lee McMonagle getting the goal from the penalty spot.The Junior Footballers are home to Glenswilly in Div. 5 this Saturday at 7pm.Hard luck to our Senior Ladies who were defeated by Termon in the County Semi Final on Sunday past. Well done to the Minor Boys Football team who defeated Glenswilly in the Northern Championship on Monday evening, winning by 4-14 to 2-04.The U-16 Footballers are away to Letterkenny Gaels next Monday in the Championship at 7.30pm.  The Dev. team host Naomh Colmcille, also at 7.30pm.The U-16 hurlers had a fine win away at Aodh Ruadh last weekend and are away to Carndonagh this week.The U-14 Boys footballers host Convoy in the Championship this Friday at while the Dev. team are away to Fanad Gaels, both games at 7pm.The U-12 hurlers had a bye last week and are home to Carndonagh this Thursday. U-16 hurling training continues on Tuesdays at 5pm and U-12 training is also on Tuesdays, at 5.30pm.  New hurlers always welcome to come along and try out the world’s fastest outdoor game.Hard luck to our representatives on the Donegal Senior Football and Under 21 Hurling teams who both suffered Championship defeats over the weekend.Please note theHurling Academy is currently on a break and will re-commence on Friday, August 21st.The Century Cinemas Football Academy is on Sundays at 11am.  New members are always welcome to both academies.  For more information, please contact Ciaran Maguire, 087 4133372, Eugene Duffy, 086 8430240 or Eunan O’Donnell 087 6775637. The Clubhouse at O’Donnell Park is now available to book for parties, functions, etc.  Contact Niall on 086-3062893 for further information/bookings.Northern Board football fixtures/results are available via the links on the Club website homepage.  Any amendments to fixtures etc. will be noted on the club Facebook Page as soon as confirmation is received.Anyone wishing to include an item in the club notes can email before 9pm on Monday evenings.This week’s winning lotto numbers are 1,17,23,24There were 3 x match 3 numbers, each getting €35Barry Meehan, Glendale ManorCaoimhe Wherity, ConwalAbove direct debit.Eugene McKeever, Woodpark.Above sold by Mr Lotto – Adrian ShieldsNext week’s jackpot is €1525.GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S WIN U14 DIVISION ONE LEAGUE TITLE AFTER SUPERB PERFORMANCE OVER URRIS was last modified: August 11th, 2015 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:Sportlast_img read more