Bartician jailed, fined $16M for narco trafficking

first_imgTroy Van Doimen (red shirt)Troy Van Doimen, of Lot 51 Fifth Avenue, Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), was on Monday afternoon sentenced to four years in prison and fined $16 million after he pleaded guilty to a charge of narcotics trafficking when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The 46-year-old man appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, where he admitted that on October 22, he was found to be in possession of 14.61 kilograms of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking.The prosecution revealed that on the day in question, Police Officers acting on information received, searched the man’s home where several bags containing leaves, seeds and stems were found. They were later identified as the illegal substance.The discovery was brought to the defendant’s attention, he was told of the offence and cautioned, at which point he admitted to ownership of the drug.The items were weighed and turned out to be 14.61 kg of cannabis.In court, Doimen told Magistrate McLennan that he did not wish to waste the court’s time and as such, he wanted to plead guilty. However, he did request a minimum sentence.He also told the Magistrate that the marijuana did not belong to him, but was given to him for safekeeping.However, the Police revealed that the defendant admitted ownership of the drug when he was being taken to the Bartica Police Station on the day of the incident.As such, McLennan handed down the sentence.last_img read more

Jason Mraz Reduces Bottled Water Waste On Tour

first_imgJason Mraz has long avoided single-use plastic water bottles. Now, the Grammy-winning artist is using his North American tour to encourage others to do the same.Mraz is partnering with Brita and its FilterForGood Music Project to encourage music fans to reduce their bottled water waste during his “Tour is a Four Letter Word” tour. The 37-stop tour started Aug. 9, and runs through Oct 7.As part of his long-standing commitment to environmental preservation, Mraz invited the Brita FilterForGood Music Project to join the tour and help artists, fans and backstage crews reduce their bottled water waste. As a cornerstone to the tour’s greening efforts led by non-profit group REVERB, Brita will provide free filtered water stations so all concert-goers can ditch bottled water at the show and instead use reusable bottles or a Brita Bottle with a built-in water filter. The free filtered water will be a centerpiece of an entire Eco-Village that fans can visit at each show to get involved with local environmental organizations and volunteer for community service projects.“Each and every one of us is responsible for leaving the planet in a better condition than how we found it. One simple but powerful action we can all take is eliminating our disposable water bottle usage. We’re challenging our fans to ask themselves ‘do I need to purchase a bottle of water or can I use a reusable bottle instead?’” said Jason Mraz. “By working with Brita, we are able to provide our fans with an accessible alternative to bottled water that will keep an estimated 35,000 disposable bottles out of landfills and oceans by the end of the tour.”Concert-goers can visit the Brita FilterForGood tent to win prizes, take the Brita FilterForGood pledge and learn more about the Brita FilterForGood movement. Fans can also bring their own reusable bottle to fill up at Brita Hydration Stations by Haws Corporation at the venue to stay cool and hydrated. Special Jason Mraz edition Brita FilterForGood Nalgene bottles will also be available for purchase at merchandise booths on site.last_img read more

Wilfully and recklessly Human rights tribunal awards compensation for First Nation children

first_imgAPTN NewsThe Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ordered Canada to pay compensation to First Nation children, youth and families who were taken from their homes on reserve and put in care of the state.“This ruling is dedicated to all the First Nations children, their families and communities who were harmed by the unnecessary removal of children from your homes and communities,” the ruling says.In the ruling issued Friday, the tribunal awarded $40,000 to each child who was taken from their parents for reasons other than sexual, physical or psychological abuse.Under the Human Rights Act, the tribunal panel of chair Sophie Marchildon and Edward Lustig were allowed to award a maximum of $20,000 per victim.They could add another $20,000 if the discrimination was found to be wilful and reckless.“The Panel finds that it has sufficient evidence to find that Canada’s conduct was wilful and reckless resulting in what we have referred to as the worst-case scenario under our Act,” the ruling says.“This case of racial discrimination is one of the worst possible cases warranting the maximum awards.”According to the report, there are between 40,000 and 80,000 on reserve children who were made wards of the state between 2006 and 2017.Each child would receive compensation – along with their parents or grandparents – at a figure yet to be fully determined.The total compensation package, unless challenged by Canada, will reach into the billions of dollars.“The Tribunal’s finding that Canada wilfully and recklessly discriminated against First Nations children demonstrates how little Canada learned from the residential school and the 60’s scoop apologies and class actions,” said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society (FNCFCS).“They knew better and did not do better resulting in tragedy for another generation of First Nations children, families and Nations.”According to the ruling, a number of factors play into who is eligible for compensation.Children living on reserve or in the Yukon, and taken into care unnecessarily, were removed from their homes on reserve due to abuse but were placed outside their extended families or communities and thus did not benefit from least disruptive measures, or as a result of a gap, delay and/or denial of services, and was placed in care outside of their home, family and community in order to receive those services.The panel is also ordering full compensation for parents and grandparents who were caring for a child who was unnecessarily removed.“No amount of compensation can ever recover what you have lost, the scars that are left on your souls or the suffering that you have gone through as a result of racism, colonial practices and discrimination,” wrote the tribunal. “This is the truth.”The case against the government was filed with the Tribunal in 2007 by the FNCFCS and Assembly of First Nations (AFN).The two groups argued that Canada discriminated against First Nation children in care by not funding child welfare services to the same level as children living off reserve.In 2016 the Tribunal agreed and ordered Canada to stop it’s discriminatory practices and followed up with several warnings.The issue of compensation was fought by government lawyers who argued, among other things, that the tribunal didn’t evidence from any victims in order to gauge the amount of harm done in order to put a price on that harm.The government says it’s reviewing the ruling.“We want to ensure that, first and foremost, we continue to place the best interests of the child at the forefront,” Kevin Deagle, policy advisor for Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan, said in an email.“Our government is committed to seeing the unmet and longstanding needs of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis children met.“Our government is committed to closing socioeconomic gaps, and that’s why we’ve invested $21.4 billion in Indigenous housing, education, healthcare, infrastructure, and clean water– all key elements in improving the lives of Indigenous children.”The government also outlined in the email it has put investments into First Nations child welfare including $1.2 billion since 2016, and introduced Bill C-92 – a law that, while flawed, will revamp the First Nations, Metis and Inuit child welfare system.Canada has 30 days to appeal the ruling.But the tribunal’s ruling has more to do with what the government hasn’t done over time, rather than what it’s doing today.“In British Columbia, I have witnessed the harm to First Nations children and families caused by removing children when supports in their homes, families and communities should have been considered or improved,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, in a statement to media.“The Tribunal found massive systemic discrimination and said it was willful and reckless on the part of the Government of Canada. This is something we have known in our own families and communities for a long time.”The government, FNCFCS and the AFN have until Dec. 10 to work out a process to identify, and then distribute the compensation to those who are read more

90 Shibir men sued over explosive recovery

first_imgPolice filed a case accusing 90 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra Shibir, student wing of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, hours after the alleged recovery of crude bombs and other explosives from its office in Chattogram city’s Chandanpura on Friday.Sub-inspector Anisur Rahman filed the case with Chakbazar police station early Sunday.The case was filed accusing 52 named, including city unit Shibir president Abdul Jabbar, general secretary ASM Rayhan and treasurer Hamed Hasan Elahi, along with 38 unnamed people, said SI Anisur.last_img read more

Vetiver grass plantation achieves stellar success

first_imgKolkata: The plantation of Vetiver grass to prevent soil erosion, an initiative taken by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, has achieved great success with Nadia district administration planting the grass along the banks of six rivers, covering an area of 210 km in 2017-18. Banerjee has named the project Sabujayan. In 2018-19, steps have been taken to plant Vetiver along the river bank, covering another 120 km. The grass will be planted along river banks, covering a total area of 743 km in Nadia. The six rivers that flow through the district are Ichamati, Churni, Mathabhanga, Jalangi, Bhagirathi and Padma. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsTaking cue from the success of Sabujayan in Nadia, several other districts have started planting Vetiver to prevent soil erosion along river banks. These districts are East Midnapore, East Burdwan, Hooghly, Cooch Behar, Murshidabad, Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar.Vetiver grass is primarily available in Tamil Nadu. To curtail the cost of bringing Vetiver saplings from there, 76 nurseries have been set up in Nadia. Experts from Tamil Nadu and US had visited the nurseries and expressed their satisfaction over their functioning. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe district administration in Nadia has set up six handicraft centres, two each in Nakashipara, Tehatta and Ranaghat, where several items for room decoration, curtains etc. are being manufactured from Vetiver. The room decoration items in particular, are in high demand. Vetiver grass is now being planted along the banks of waterbodies to stop soil erosion. It is also used to purify water. It also helps stop erosion of soil along roads. The farmers are given training about how they should be planted and maintained. “The plantation of the grass to prevent soil erosion, both along river banks and roads, has been highly effective. Also, home decoration items made from Vetiver have helped the artisans to earn money,” said a senior official.last_img read more

No single supplement on select ACV sun packages booked by March 25

first_imgTags: Air Canada Vacations Share << Previous PostNext Post >> No single supplement on select ACV sun packages booked by March 25 Travelweek Group center_img Posted by Friday, March 16, 2018 MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations is waiving the single supplement for June packages at a long list of resorts across Mexico and the Caribbean.The booking deadline is March 25.Participating resort chains include Be Live Hotels, Memories Resorts & Spa, Starfish Hotels & Resorts, Hideaways Resorts, Bahia Principe All-inclusive Resorts, Grand Velas Resorts and more. Groups can take advantage of the offer as well.ACV also reminds agents that they can book clients on Trafalgar and Contiki trips with ACV by April 1, 2018 for departures April 1 – Oct. 31, 2018 and save an extra $200 per booking.The deal is valid on air-inclusive packages to Europe, with a seven night minimum. This offer is not applicable to group bookings.last_img read more

November 9 2009 Participants of the Oct 4

first_imgNovember 9, 2009 Participants of the Oct. 4. 2009 workshop program graduated last Friday. Congratulations to: Rachel Hirshey, James [Jimmy] Carnazza, Juan Felipe Mantanez, Joseph Burton, Paolo Vozzella and Sophie Nichols. [photo & text: hsk]last_img

Jeff will be part of both the Road Scholars prog

first_imgJeff will be part of both the “Road Scholars” program, which connects experts to an inquiring public in communities throughout Arizona, and the “Speakers in the Schools” program that provides lecturers for free to K-12 curricula throughout the state. January 24, 2014Cosanti Foundation president Jeff Stein has been named to the Arizona Humanities Speaker’s Bureau.Arizona Humanities is an arm of the National Endowment for the Humanities that supports scholars and discussions of cultures, peoples and histories of the state, and now, discussions of Arcosanti and Arcology.last_img read more

AE Networks has appointed 20th Century Foxs Euro

first_imgA+E Networks has appointed 20th Century Fox’s European vice-president of sales for its TV distribution group, Denis Cantin, as VP and head of content sales for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).Cantin, who is due to take up his new role in the first quarter of 2014, will manage A+E Networks’ London-based EMEA content sales team, overseeing sales of A+E Networks’ catalogue throughout the region.He will report into Marielle Zuccarelli, managing director, international content distribution and Dean Possenniskie, managing director, Europe.“Denis has a solid track record of building successful partnerships with key broadcasters in the EMEA territories.  We’re looking forward to working with him, and continuing to deliver top-quality content to our clients,” said Possenniskie, commenting on the hire.last_img read more

Netflix has launched in Switzerland – the fourth E

first_imgNetflix has launched in Switzerland – the fourth European country in which the service has debuted this week, following launches in France, Germany and Austria.The subscription video-on-demand provider has adopted a variegated pricing model in Switzerland, with the standard-definition version of the service available for CHF11.90 (€9.83). Access via two displays with HD streaming costs CHF12.90, while access via four devices with HD or UHD streaming costs CHF17.90.The service is available via tablets, smartphones, game consoles and computers, offering a mix of Hollywood movies, TV series, documentaries, independent movies, comedy and kids programming.Series available at launch include Netflix originals Orange is the New Black and Bojack Horseman. Other series include Fargo, Penny Dreadful and From Dusk Till Dawn. Titles expected soon include Marco Polo, Daredevil and Sense8.Netflix Switzerland will also show the first two seasons of House of Cards as well as new seasons of Netflix original Hemlock Grove and the fourth season of The Killing. German series to be shown include Stromberg, Pastewka and Tatortreiniger. The streaming video service will also show German language films including Keinohrhasen and its sequel Zweiohrkueken and the forthcoming film version of Stromberg.last_img read more