AG’s Chambers ordered to produce $54M in missing diamonds

first_imgJustice Fidela Corbin-Lincoln has given the Attorney General’s Chambers two weeks to locate some $54 million in missing diamonds, which vanished from Police hands sometime after a 1994 robbery investigation.Former Police Commissioner Floyd McDonaldAt a hearing before this High Court Judge on Monday, lawyers for the AG’s Chambers claimed being unable to contact several Police officers connected to the probe. This revelation comes in the wake of retired Police Commissioner Floyd McDonald breaking his silence by denying that he had handled the missing diamonds.The case has garnered increased attention following the AG publishing notices in the press calling for several Police ranks to make contact with his chambers. Some of those called for are now elderly men.The matter stems from a civil suit that businessman Ronald Khan brought against the State in 2011, seeking to recoup his uncut diamonds that went missing.In court documents seen by this publication, the Statement of Claim contends that Khan’s Ewang Creek Mining Camp in Region Eight was robbed of the diamonds in 1994. However, the precious merchandise was recovered by Guyana Police Force ranks and taken to the Mahdia Police Station, where it was inspected and the quantity was verified. The stones where then transported to Police in “E” and “F” Division.Attorney General Basil WilliamsThe suit also indicated that Khan was disallowed from having the property returned to him, which he says was his “at all material times.”“The plaintiff was informed that the said diamonds were required as exhibits in the criminal trial of the persons charged with the armed robbery of the plaintiff’s camp. Despite the passage of several years, the Guyana Police Force was unable to conclude the prosecution of the alleged defendants, as some have [sic] escaped and others (have) subsequently died,” an excerpt of the writ highlighted.According to court documents, Khan even wrote the late Police Commissioner Henry Greene in 2010, requesting the return of his diamonds. The businessman said that while his letter was acknowledged, he failed to have his property returned.As the matter continued at the High Court on Monday, Justice Corbin-Lincoln told both sides that the case will not be dragging on, and she gave Joan Edghill-Stuart of the Attorney General’s Chambers until May 22 to update the court on the status of the criminal case involving the 1994 robbery, and to locate the missing diamonds.Edghill-Stuart has, however, stressed that the AG has been unable to contact various parties involved in the case. She even noted that their names have been published in official notices in the daily newspapers. Earlier in the day’s proceedings, this attorney had told the court that she is not in receipt of information pertaining to the status of the criminal matter or the diamonds.This revelation prompted the Judge to query the merit of ascertaining this information. In response, Kezia Williams, a lawyer who appeared in the place of Khan’s attorney, Nigel Hughes, told Justice Corbin-Lincoln that the plaintiff is willing to settle once the State returns his diamonds. Nevertheless, he is seeking in excess of $100,000 in damages, interests and court costs.In the notices published in the daily newspapers, former Police Commissioner Floyd McDonald, who served as Crime Chief in 1994, was named, but on Sunday he responded to an article in the State newspaper, denying he had ever received, seen, examined, or sent to examine, any diamonds in relation to Ronald Khan.McDonald, who retired in 2004, was also quoted as saying that he was not in the Force when the diamonds supposedly went missing. Also, that the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters did not keep exhibits. His disclosure contradicts claims that diamonds were handed over to him after inspection by a diamond dealer.Aside from McDonald, those whom the AG asked to make urgent contact are: Harley Davidson, Deputy Crime Chief; Eon Sandy, who had been stationed at the Supreme Criminal Court’s Police Outpost; and Alwyn Wilson, who was stationed at then ‘E’ and ‘F’ Division headquarters at Eve Leary.Notices were also sent out for Terrence Semple, who was last stationed at Mahdia Police Station; Courtney Ramsey and Desmond Leitch, both last stationed at the CID; Constable Fraser (Reg Number: 10881), and ex-Detective Sergeant Carl Wilson (Reg Number: 7797).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

The Premier League transfer SPENDING table updated – Who is number one now?

first_imgTottenham Hotspur currently sit on top of the Premier League table after two games, but how would it look according to TRANSFER EXPENDITURE?Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Man United have once again all spent big, but who is number one?It has been another summer of eye-watering amounts spent by Premier League clubs on players, with an estimated figure of around £700m lavished on new talent – a figure that is expected to rise even more by the time the window closes at the end of the month.Money talks in football and talkSPORT has ranked the clubs in order of NET SPEND to calculate the true figure of their investments.Click the arrow to see who is the biggest spender in the Premier League.All figures from transfermarkt.co.uk, correct up to and including 26 August 2014. 15. Stoke City – £2.5m NET SPEND (Spent: £4m; Received: £1.5m) – Click the arrow for more – Mark Hughes is another manager to take advantage of the free transfer list, but his most eyebrow-raising acquisition has been Bojan Krkic of Barcelona. 20 16. Tottenham Hotspur – £2m NET SPEND (Spent: £22.5m; Received: £20.5m) – Following their expensive summer in 2013, this year was always going to be quiet in comparison for Spurs. However, they have made some acquisitions, recruiting four players including young defender Eric Dier from Sporting Lisbon. 9. Newcastle United – £16m NET SPEND (Spent: £29m; Received: £13m) – Click the arrow for more – Another team to have bought smart have been Newcastle. The signing of Jack Colback on a free transfer could prove to be a stroke of genius, while the capture of Emmanuel Riviere looks to be an excellent piece of business at around £8.8m. 20 19. Chelsea – £2m PROFIT (Spent: £82m; Received: £84m) – Click the arrow for more – The Blues have once again been one of the biggest spenders, but they have arguably been the smartest, recruiting some of the most recognisable faces in European football. The biggest arrivals have been Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas, while the club also bid farewell to David Luiz who joined Paris Saint-Germain and Romelu Lukaku who joined Everton. 20 20. Southampton – £46m PROFIT (Spent: £50m; Received: £96m) – Click the arrow for more – It has been a difficult summer for Southampton. The Saints have seen their ranks plundered by Premier League sides, with five first team players sold for sizable amounts, but that hasn’t stopped boss Ronald Koeman spending, with the Dutchman having lavished a calculated £50m on five arrivals. 20 20 6. West Ham – £23.5m NET SPEND (Spent: £23.5m; Received: £0m) – Click the arrow for more – Despite the consternation over Sam Allardyce’s position as manager, the Hammers have certainly given him money to spend this summer. 20 20 5. Manchester City – £30m NET SPEND (Spent: £54m; Received: £24m) – Click the arrow for more – Financial restrictions looked to be limiting Man City’s movements in the transfer market, but the sale of Jack Rodwell and Javi Garcia ensured the reigning champions were able to splash out a reported £32m (rising to £34m) on Eliaquim Mangala. 20 8. QPR – £17.5m NET SPEND (Spent: £21m; Received: £3.5m) – Click the arrow for more – QPR chairman Tony Fernandes insists he has learned valuable lessons from the Rs’ last foray into the top flight and as such has taken a more pragmatic approach to transfers this time around. The free transfer of Rio Ferdinand has impressed most, but the club have splashed a sizable sum on the recruitment of Steven Caulker, Jordon Mutch and Leroy Fer. 20 20 20 2. Liverpool – £55m NET SPEND (Spent: £130m; Received: £75m) – Click the arrow for more – The Merseysiders have dominated the transfer window for most of the summer, with boss Brendan Rodgers making no fewer than eight signings (although Divock Origi has returned to Lille on loan). The club have seen a number of big name arrivals following the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, the latest of whom has been Mario Balotelli from AC Milan. 20 20 14. Burnley – £4.25m NET SPEND (Spent: £4.25m; Received: £0m) – Click the arrow for more – It has been a case of make do and mend for Burnley who are embarking on their return to the top flight. Boss Sean Dyche has brought in six players, three of whom were out of contract, with the most expensive being the arrival of Lukas Jutkiewicz for a reported £2.25m. 20 20 11. Leicester City – £8.5m NET SPEND (Spent: £8.5m; Received: £0m) – Click the arrow for more – The Premier League new boys may not have the endless resources the rest of the top-flight boasts, but they have spent when necessary. The Foxes biggest signing has been Leonardo Ulloa from Brighton. 20 20 7. Hull City – £19.75m NET SPEND (Spent: £19.75m; Received: £0m) – Click the arrow for more – Steve Bruce has made it clear he wants Hull City to progress this season, and he’s ensured they have the perfect opportunity to by securing five players, including the permanent signing of Jake Livermore and the signings of Robert Snodgrass and Tom Ince. 20 4. Everton – £32m NET SPEND (Spent: £32m; Received: £0m) – Click the arrow for more – Everton’s lack of sizable funds is something that has hindered the club for a number of years, but those days look to be behind them. The Toffees sanctioned a gigantic £28m move for Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea, to add to the free transfer for Gareth Barry and the signing of Muhamed Besic. 13. Aston Villa – £7.2m NET SPEND (Spent: £7.5m; Received: £0.3m) – Click the arrow for more – The uncertainty surrounding the future of Aston Villa has naturally had a knock on effect to the club’s summer spending. Manager Paul Lambert has been restricted in recruiting players, the most expensive being Carlos Sanchez from Elche for around £5m. 18. Swansea City – £2m PROFIT (Spent: £23m; Received: £25m) – Click the arrow for more – The Swans have been particularly busy this summer – bringing in seven players and shedding their squad of nine. The biggest signing for boss Garry Monk has been that of Gylfi Sigurdsson, while he has seen both Michel Vorm and Ben Davies move to Tottenham. 20 10. West Brom – £11.5m NET SPEND (Spent: £11.5m; Received: £0m) – Click the arrow for more – West Brom have taken full advantage of the free transfer list, bringing in three out of contract players, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t spent money. The Baggies have paid a reported £11.5m on players, with the most expensive being Dynamo Kiev’s Brown Ideye. 3. Arsenal – £47.5m NET SPEND (Spent: £66m; Received: £18.5m) – Click the arrow for more – In a complete contrast to last summer, the Gunners have been busy this year, recruiting no fewer than four first team players – the pick of the bunch being Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona, who arrived for an estimated £35m. They have also been willing to let players go, with Thomas Vermaelen the most high-profile departure for a reported £15m. 17. Crystal Palace – £1m NET SPEND (Spent: £2.5m; Received: £1.5m) – Click the arrow for more – Crystal Palace have quickly gone from having a promising season to a team in flux following the departure of Tony Pulis. The club have spent just £2.5m on players, with former Liverpool defender Martin Kelly their costliest acquisition. 1. Manchester United – £126.5m NET SPEND (Spent: £135m; Received: £8.5m) – The future of Man United initially looked bright under Louis van Gaal, but his apparent squad limitations have forced the Dutchman to spend an eye-watering £135m on players so far, with that figure expected to rise further. The signings of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw have been followed by the arrivals of Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria – the latter for a reported £60m. 12. Sunderland – £7.5m NET SPEND (Spent: £15m; Received: £7.5m) – Click the arrow for more – The Black Cats started the summer in rather prudent fashion, but soon kick started the spending, with Jack Rodwell their biggest signing so far. 20last_img read more

CONFIRMED! Chelsea’s official 25-man Premier League squad and U21 list

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho has named his 25-man Premier League squad for the 2014/15 season.Premier League clubs had a deadline of 5pm on 3 September to submit a squad list containing no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the “Home Grown Player” status. The remainder of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be home grown.According to the Premier League, a Home Grown Player means a player who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).Changes to the squad list may be made during the next transfer window. Under-21 players are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad.Chelsea – Premier League squad listPlayer (‘Home Grown’ status in brackets)1 Cesar Azpilicueta Tanco (No)2 Willian Borges Da Silva (No)3 Gary James Cahill (Yes)4 Petr Cech (No)5 Thibaut Courtois (No)6 Diego Da Silva Costa (No)7 Oscar Dos Santos Emboaba Junior (No)8 Didier Drogba (No)9 Francesc Fabregas Soler (Yes)10 Eden Hazard (No)11 Branislav Ivanovic (No)12 Filipe Luis Kasmirski (No)13 Nemanja Matic (No)14 John Obi Mikel (No)15 Loic Remy (No)16 Mohamed Salah (No)17 Ramires Santos Do Nascimento (No)18 Andre Schurrle (No)19 Mark Schwarzer (No)20 John George Terry (Yes)Chelsea – Under 21 players (Contract and Scholars)1 Abraham, Tammy2 Aina, Temitayo Olufisayo Olaoluwa3 Ake, Nathan Benjamin4 Ali, Mukhtar Abdullahi5 Baker, Lewis Renard6 Bamford, Patrick James7 Beeney, Mitchell Ryan8 Blackman, Jamal Clint-Ross9 Boga, Jeremie10 Bolkiah, Faiq Jefri11 Brady, George12 Brown, Isiah Jay13 Chalobah, Nathaniel Nyakie14 Christensen, Andreas Bodtker15 Christie-Davies, Isaac David16 Clarke-Salter, Jake-Liam17 Colkett, Charlie18 Collins, Bradley Ray19 Conroy, Dion John20 Cuevas Jara, Cristian Alejandro21 Dabo, Sheik Mohamed Fankaty22 Dasilva, Jay Rhys23 Davey, Alex James24 Feruz, Islam25 Hazard, Thorgen Ganael Francis26 Houghton, Jordan27 Kalas, Tomas28 Kane, Todd Arthur Lucien29 Kiwomya, Andrew Alexander30 Loftus Cheek, Ruben31 McEachran, Joshua Mark32 Mitchell, Reece Steven33 Muheim, Miro Max Maria34 Musonda, Charles35 Musonda, Tika Kafusha36 Oliveira Dos Santos, Wallace37 Omeruo, Kenneth38 Palmer, Kasey Remel39 Pasalic, Mario40 Perica, Stipe41 Piazon, Lucas Domingues42 Rodriguez Gonzalez, Jhoao Leandro43 Sammut, Ruben44 Scott, Kyle45 Solanke-Mitchell, Dominic AyodelePremier League – Squad List 2014/1546 Swift, John David47 Tomori, Fikayo48 Traore, Bertrand49 Wakefield, Charlie Mark50 Wright, Kevin51 Zouma, Kurt Happy 1last_img read more

SOCCER: INISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE RESULTS

first_imgFAI Junior CupFour Inishowen teams advance to open drawLifford Celtic 1-4 Aileach FC: Moville Celtic 2-1 DrumoghillBuncrana 4-1 Coothill: QPS 3-0 CastlefinUlster Junior Cup Reports 24/11/2013Redcastle advance in Ulster Junior CupBallybofey United 0-1 Redcastle UnitedJackie Crossan Premier Division Reports 24/11/2013Carn move clear at the topClonmany 3-1 Culdaff: Glengad 0-2 CarnStrand Hotel First Division Reports 24/11/2013Top two draw blankGreencastle 5-1 Carrowmena: Cockhill 5-0 GleneelyRasheney 0-0 IlliesInishowen Engineering Reserve Premier Division Reports 24/11/2013Glengad overtake Buncrana at the topCuldaff Res 1-1 Moville Res: Cockhill Res 1-2 Clonmany ResBuncrana Res 1-4 Glengad Res: Redcastle Res 2-0 Aileach Res: Rasheney Res 1-3 QPS ResInishowen Engineering Reserve First Division Reports 24/11/2013Leaders held at homeMoville Youths 4-2 Rasheney Rovers: Carn 2-4 GreencastleDunree 2-1 Illies: Sea Rovers 1-1 Cockhill ColtsSOCCER: INISHOWEN FOOTBALL LEAGUE RESULTS was last modified: November 24th, 2013 by John2Share 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