Gaming Authority taken to court over failure to issue casino licence

first_imgThe proprietor of Sleepin International Hotel and Casino Inc, Clifton Bacchus, has filed legal proceedings against the Gaming Authority after the company was not granted a Casino Operator’s Licence or a Casino Premises Licence by the agency even after the submission of all requisite documents and materials since 2016.Legal documents seen by this newspaper revealed that Bacchus is asking the court to grant an order or writ of mandamus directing the authority to process, consider and determine in accordance with law, the applicant’s applications for a Casino Premises Licence and a Casino Operator’s Licence made on or about April 5, 2017, with all convenient speed; costs and such further or other orders that the Honorable Court may deem just.Sleepin International Hotel and Casino IncThese claims are being made on the grounds that the respondent (Gaming Authority) is a statutory corporation created under the Regulations to the Gambling Prevention Act, Chapter 79:02 and that is therefore tasked with the responsibility of issuing casino premises licences and casino operator’s licences in accordance with the Gambling Prevention Act and the Regulations made thereunder. This is together with a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the businessman and the Government of Guyana, signed in 2015, which guarantees him a licence to operate a casino once he is able to complete construction in line with several specifications, including the construction of a minimum of one hundred and fifty-five (155) rooms at its hotel.Further, it is stated that upon making an application for the licence, the company paid an application fee for the said licences in the sum of $9 million, which was refused to be granted three months after the application was made.The documents also revealed that after almost two years since the required documents were submitted, the licence was not yet granted. According to the legal proceedings filed, Attorney-at-Law for the company, Anil Nandlall wrote to Chairman of the Gaming Authority, Roysdale Forde, enquiring as to why the issuing of the said licence was delayed.In response, the Chairman pointed out that the agency is awaiting the completion of certain investigations being conducted by the Guyana Police Force in respect of the applicant and its principals, but according to the claims, Bacchus was never contacted in relation to such investigations.In July of this year, the attorney sought clarity in the matter in a letter addressed to the Commissioner of Police, Leslie James, but to date, no response was received.Since the opening of the state-of-the-art casino, Bacchus disclosed plans to reapply for a licence in 2017 after he was denied permission in 2016 after failing to provide proof of “its financial soundness and capability,” which was critical for approval.As such, the court hearings for the parties is set to commence on November 13 at the Demerara High Court.last_img read more

Hand-in-Hand assists GTTA with 2018 Caribbean Pre-Cadet C/ships participation

first_imgOnce again the Hand-in-Hand Mutual Fire Insurance Company Ltd showed why it is the leading insurance company that supports the talent of young sportsmen and women.Table tennis sensation Thuraia Thomas receives the sponsorship cheque from Hand-in-Hand’s Marketing Coordinator Shafeena JumanOn Tuesday last, the company continued its support of the Guyana Table Tennis Association (GTTA) by sponsoring Guyana’s 2018 National Girls’ 13 and 15 years Champion, Thuraia Thomas.Thomas will be representing Guyana at the Caribbean Pre-Cadet Table Tennis Championships scheduled for August 24 to September 1, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The Caribbean Cadet and Junior Championships feature girls and boys between the ages of 11 and 13 years and under in the Caribbean Region and form the basis for regional table tennis supremacy.It is the incubator for the development of young emerging table tennis talents and a platform from which all regional table tennis stars commence their journey.Thomas is also the winner of the US Open and Caribbean titles and is under the tutelage of Coach Dwain Dick, Colin France and Linden Johnson.In a simple presentation at the company’s head office, Marketing Coordinator Shafeena Juman proudly handed over sponsorship to Thomas.Juman expressed delight in once again being able to support the bright and talented athlete, and assured that the company will always continue to support the development of sports, especially in the future generation. She also wished Thomas success at the event.In return, Thomas thanked the company for its longstanding support and promised to bring home the prize.last_img read more

Palm Court, Electronics City join list of sponsors

first_imgKing of the Strip 3…Once again, Palm Court has thrown its support behind motor racing locally, this time as one of the major sponsors for the upcoming “King of the Strip” (KOTS) 3 international drag racing event, which will speed off at the South Dakota Circuit, Timehri on August 26.GMR&SC President Rameez MohamedAlso signing on to the premier drag race meet, which is organised by the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) are cellular phone retailer Electronics City and Trans Pacific Auto Sales and Spares.GMR&SC President Rameez Mohamed iterated the companies’ usual willingness to support motor sports locally.“Palm Court, Electronics City and Trans Pacific are companies that are always ready to rally behind motor racing. They usually help in whatever way they can and this time around, it’s a big effort from both of them.”“Their support will go directly into plans for the August 26th event, some of which will feature work on the launch pad which commenced last week and is expected to be completed before race day,” Mohamed further noted.Meanwhile, the GMR&SC President contended that this was what the Club has been working on from the beginning of this year – getting international competition. He noted, “Earlier this year, I went to a drag meet in Trinidad to try and solicit competition for our local guys to foster a better drag meet and also put on a better show for Guyanese”, and that move has now resulted in several Trinidadian competitors, Barbadians, Surinamese and now even Grenadians showing keen interest in the much- buzzed-about KOTS drag series.last_img read more

Slush-fund shame

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEMBERS of the U.S. Congress made a lot of noise while they eagerly adopted tighter rules over lobbyist gifts last month. Yes, it would sting to stop taking all the gifts and entertainment that lobbyists lavish upon them. But it was only right to clean up politics in a time of shamed lawmakers such as Randy “Duke” Cunningham, who was so thoroughly compromised by lobbyist graft that he lost his job and went to jail. Or at least it was right to seem as though the pols were cleaning up politics. But it took them almost no time to get around tighter laws by creating slush funds, paid for by lobbyists, that buy them the same perks. It’s hard to say what’s worse: that politicians were revealed as just as corrupt as suspected, or that they thought the public might not notice.last_img read more

Cycling case challenges suit shield

first_imgThe paved bikeway ends at a gate at Victory Boulevard, but there’s a narrow portal for cyclists or pedestrians to enter and exit. The pavement is printed with large block letters directing riders to “walk bike” through the gateway, but like many cyclists, Prokop attempted to ride through the portal. He lost control, crashed into a fence and needed more than 100 stitches for a gash in his forehead. He sued the city for his medical expenses, alleging the narrow bike exit was poorly designed and unsafe. But a Los Angeles Superior Court judge threw out his case, citing previous court rulings that the city is not liable under state law for injuries people get from riding on a trail. And a bike path is considered a trail. Prokop appealed. He would not comment on the case, but supporters said the suit is about giving cyclists the same protections as drivers. If a driver crashes a car because of an unsafe or faulty highway condition, he or she can sue the state. But bicyclists hurt on a poorly built bike path can’t, said Amanda Eichstaedt, president of the League of American Bicyclists board. “In this day and age, with global warming and trying to reduce dependency on oil, as we encourage people to ride their bikes to get around, they should be afforded the same rights and responsibilities as people in their automobiles,” Eichstaedt said. Matt Benjamin with the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition said bike paths are built with public transportation money to be used for bicycle commuting. “If there’s an unsafe situation there, it needs to be remedied, and if they’re not liable in these cases, there is going to be little incentive to fix the situation,” he said. But the city has argued that immunity helps keep paths open to the public. In court briefs, Deputy City Attorney Blithe Bock cited previous court rulings explaining why cities are not held liable for bike paths: “In today’s litigious society, it does not take a very large crystal ball to foresee the plethora of litigation cities or counties might face over bicycle paths, which are used by a variety of people … all going at different speeds. “The actual cost of litigation, or even the specter of it, might well cause cities or counties to reconsider allowing operation of a bicycle path, which, after all, produces no revenue.” The case will be heard at the Court of Appeals on Feb. 28. (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With a lawsuit filed by a North Hollywood man who was injured on the L.A. River bike path, cycling advocates are hoping to overturn a state law that prevents riders from suing cities when they’ve had crashes on public bikeways. Bicycling groups say David Prokop’s case could force cities to take legal responsibility for bike paths and lead to safer, better-designed routes. But it could also mean high-priced lawsuits for Los Angeles and could slow the development of new bike paths. The case began in November 2002 when Prokop – a longtime cyclist, athlete and editor of Runner’s World and Muscle and Fitness magazines – was riding along the Los Angeles River near Griffith Park. last_img read more

Valley Glen fights gangs

first_imgVALLEY GLEN – Reacting to recent gang violence, about 250 people packed into Grant High School’s auditorium Wednesday to discuss ways of preventing and fighting crime in their neighborhood. Organized by Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, the town-hall meeting included speakers that included Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief Michel Moore and Los Angeles Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Jim Morris, who advised residents to keep an eye out for graffiti, often an early warning sign for gang violence. “They (gangs) start to go to war with each other, at first with paint cans, then with guns,” Moore told residents. “Graffiti vandalism is not an art. It’s a gate to a life of destruction.” Vowing to fight back, Greuel said recent escalating gang violence threatens the Valley’s quality of life. “These gangs intend to make us feel unwelcomed and unwanted in our own neighborhoods. They prey on our fears,” she said. (818) 713-3329160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Defined by the neighborhood council, Valley Glen is roughly bordered east to west by Hazeltine Avenue and the 170 Freeway and north and south by Vanowen Street and Burbank Boulevard. Greuel emphasized the importance of police Chief William Bratton’s “broken window” approach to fighting crime. “It’s predicated on the belief that stopping larger crimes means focusing on smaller crimes, such as graffiti, illegal dumping, truancy, you name it,” she said. “Those are some things that can truly change a neighborhood.” Greuel said she’s organizing a “graffiti weekend,” during which community members can paint over graffiti. She also wants people to call the city’s 311 city service line to report graffiti. She said graffiti proliferation, in which taggers and gang members often write cryptic messages to each other, can lead to deadly consequences. “In North Hollywood in February, two taggers kept crossing out (each others monikers),” Greuel said. “That led to one of the taggers getting killed. They’re interrelated, graffiti and gangs.” Before the meeting, several dozen Valley Glen residents marched and circulated a petition advocating gang injunctions, allowing property owners to evict known gang members, an increase in Gang Unit patrols by the LAPD and support for hiring additional officers. “It doesn’t mean we want gang violence in other neighborhoods – we don’t,” said Terry Anderson, Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council vice president. “But at the very least, let’s hold the fort and protect the areas where the gangs haven’t taken over … These incursions into Valley Glen are new.” last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgNORWALK – The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District board of education will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. today to discuss environmental documentation for new construction at John Glenn High School. The board meets at the district office, 12820 S. Pioneer Blvd. The district is proposing to build a new classroom building, renovate the existing library/media center and expand the administration building. College celebrating writers in April WHITTIER – Rio Hondo College’s Division of Arts & Cultural Programs will present “Writers of Spring” from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 2 and 3 at the Putnam Center, 3600 Workman Mill Road. The annual two-day event celebrates writers and writing. Admission is free. For more information, call (562) 692-0921, Ext. 3865. Trumpeter to play with symphony LA MIRADA – Paul Puccinelli, a professional trumpet player, will be featured in the final concert for the 2006-07 season of the La Mirada Symphony. He performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. Under the direction of David Stenske, Puccinelli will play “Concerto for Trumpet, F Minor, Op. 18.” For more information, call (714) 521-0774, or (562)941-5779. Author, veteran to speak at meeting WHITTIER – Charles “Norm” Stevens, author of “An Innocent at Polebrook: Memoir of an 8th Air Force Bombardier,” will be the speaker at the Whittier Branch of the American Association of University Women meeting at 11 a.m. April 14 at the Whittier Depot, 7333 Greenleaf Ave. Based in Polebrook, England, during the summer and fall of 1944, he flew 34 bombing missions over Germany, France, Belgium and Holland. Price is $14. Reservations should be made by April 7 by calling (562) 698-8626, or online at Dentist discounts benefit charities WHITTIER – Local dentist Dr. June Kaneoka will do teeth whitening services at reduced prices from now through June as part of the Crown Council’s Smiles for Life Campaign. Proceeds from the campaign are donated to children’s charities in communities across North America. Kaneoka Dental Group is at 15725 E. Whittier Blvd., Suite D. – From staff reports WHITTIER – The City Council at its 6:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting will take up fireworks sales, the police station and Steve’s BBQ. The council also will honor Whittier Union High School District Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson, Whittier High Principal Loring Davies and Ronnie Mayer, the state classified employee of the year from the Lowell Joint School District. Water district plans hearing CARSON – The Central Basin Municipal Water District’s board of directors will hold a public hearing at 1 p.m. Tuesday on two $10 per parcel assessments. The board meets at 17140 S. Avalon Blvd. One of the assessments helps pay for a recycled water system. The second assessment pays for a readiness-to-serve obligation from Metropolitan Water District. School district to discuss Glenn High last_img read more

Illegal criminals

first_imgThe Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI have begun using an important tool in the fight against gang violence — immigration laws. The Los Angeles Police Department ought to follow suit. The idea is to use immigration violations to arrest or deport gangbangers who are in the country illegally. It seems like a no-brainer — like busting Al Capone on tax evasion. We should use every weapon we have against gangs that terrorize city streets. The LAPD should be able to do the same. It already maintains lists of known gang members, for purposes of its injunctions, and has court-ordered sanctions on many of them. So why not screen those lists for illegal immigrants — and deport any gang member who’s in the country illegally? The practice would make L.A. safer for all law-abiding Angelenos, native and immigrant alike, and weaken the power of gangs over the neighborhoods. 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

Intruder kills dad of three in Lancaster

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A Lancaster man was killed early Wednesday morning in a home-invasion robbery, authorities said. Coroner’s investigators identified the victim as 39-year-old Melvin Lee Bright. Bright was shot to death in his home in the 2000 block of West Avenue H-7 shortly after midnight, authorities said. Homicide detectives said Bright’s wife and three children were unharmed. They were asleep when Bright apparently was awakened by a noise downstairs in the family’s home, and he was killed when he went to investigate, authorities said. Sheriff’s deputies said it was not immediately known if any money or property was stolen from the home. (661) 267-7802last_img read more

No charges filed in North Hollywood homicide

first_imgNo charges were filed against two teenagers arrested in connection with the shooting death of an Armenian man in North Hollywood last month because there wasn’t enough evidence to successfully prosecute them, police said this morning. A 17-year-old boy has been released from jail after he was booked Monday on suspicion of murder in the death of Marat Manukyan, who was shot in a gunbattle after a fight broke out among a group of Armenian males at a North Hollywood Starbucks. Arsen Vardanyan, 18, has also been released from custody after he was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the fight that led to the shooting, said Los Angeles Police Detective Martin Pinner, of the North Hollywood Division. “There wasn’t enough evidence,” Pinner said. “We continue with the investigation to see if any witnesses come forward, or find additional witnesses. We believe that we’ve identified the shooter, we just don’t have enough evidence to prosecute him. We had enough evidence to arrest him but there was not enough evidence on either of the suspects to successfully prosecute them.” Plainclothes officers arrested the juvenile suspect without incident Monday night at Universal Citywalk, after a couple of attempts to find him at his house were unsuccessful, said Los Angeles Police Detective Richard Wheeler, the homicide supervisor at the North Hollywood Division. Last week, police questioned several other unidentified males, ages 17-22, about their possible roles in the shooting, which occurred in the 13100 block of Raymer Street, said Los Angeles police Lt. Andy Neiman, who supervises North Hollywood detectives. Members of the Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force – composed of federal, state and local investigators – were called to assist North Hollywood detectives with translation and contacts in the Armenian community, said LAPD Detective Martin Pinner, of the North Hollywood Division. Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite Metro unit fanned out in predawn raids May 17 to serve search warrants at six locations in connection with the case, stretching from Van Nuys to Glendale. The warrants were served three weeks after Manukyan was killed. The shooting stemmed from a fight Manukyan and several acquaintances had earlier with another group in which a chair was thrown at Starbucks on Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Victory Boulevard in North Hollywood, police said. The 18-year-old man was arrested in connection with the chair-throwing incident, police said. The group had been arguing after someone from the group showed “disrespect” to the other group, Pinner said. Although the case is not officially classified as gang-related, at least one member from the group is reputed to be a member of Armenian Power, Pinner said. The group continued its dispute later along a dark and isolated spot near railroad tracks. A gunbattle ensued and Manukyan was hit in the back, police said. The suspects fled and Manukyan was taken to a local hospital, where he died.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