Police urge prison escapees to surrender

Posted On Jan 13 2020 by

first_img…solicit assistance of public to provide informationThe manhunt has intensified to apprehend the four prisoners who escaped from the Camp Street and Lusignan prisons respectively on July 9 and 24, and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) is urging them to surrender, in order to avoid any serious confrontation that would result in the use of force.This call was made on Wednesday as the Guyana Police Force issued new wanted bulletins for the four fugitive convicts — Uree Varswyck, also called “Malcolm Gordon”; Mark Royden Durant, also called “Royden Williams” and “Smallie”; Cobena Stephens, also known as “OJ”; and Paul Goriah.Eleven of the inmates who escaped from the Lusignan Prison have so far been recaptured; but one, Clive Forde, was killed during a violent gun battle with members of the Joint Services on Sunday last in East La Penitence, Georgetown.Stafrie Alexander Hopkinson, one of the four who escaped from the Camp Street Penitentiary, was arrested in Berbice on Saturday evening.The GPF is urging members of the public and relatives and friends of these four wanted men to provide the police with any relevant information regarding their whereabouts, so they can be recaptured and returned to prison.Seven of the recaptured escapees have since been arraigned before Cove and John Magistrate Peter Hugh. During the arraignment, 22-year-old Jamal Forde, Jamal Joseph, and 19-year-old Winston Long pleaded guilty as charged and were each sentenced to a year’s imprisonment.Teshawn McKenzie, Royan Jones, Jason Howard, and Odel Roberts pleaded not guilty as charged, and were remanded until their case is called again, in August, at the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court. The arraigned escapees told the court that they had escaped from a pasture, and not a prison. They argued that the only reason they had so done was because of the conditions in which they were forced to stay.Those escapees who have not yet been arraigned before a magistrate are expected to so do during the week.Camp Street Penitentiary escapee Uree Varswyck has been identified as the person who had shot and killed Prison Officer Odinga Wickham and had injured at least four other officers, one of whom has claimed that he had to “play dead” in order to survive the attack. Varswyck is an ex-police rank who has been charged with the 2014 murder of a security guard at the Sterling Products Limited during a robbery.He has also been fingered as the one who had suggested that 22-year-old taxi driver Matthew Shivtahal be put to death, after holding the taxi driver hostage for more than 24 hours.Mark Royden Durant, on the other hand, has been identified as the one who had allowed the taxi driver to go free after the driver had pleaded for his life. A seemingly more dangerous “Smallie” has been sentenced to death for his involvement in the Bartica Massacre which claimed the lives of 12 persons in 2008.Cobena Stephens and Paul Goriah were each charged and remanded for separate murders.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan only recently told media operatives that although 11 of the Lusignan Prison escapees have been arrested, along with an escapee from Camp Street, a lot more still needs to be done to bring the security situation in the country back to normalcy.He accordingly is encouraging the public to continue collaborating with the lawmen as the manhunt continues to apprehend the four criminals who remain on the run, and he has cautioned that they should be considered dangerous.Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of these four men is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 225-6411, 225-8196, 911, or the nearest police station.The Police Force has assured that all information will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.last_img read more

Simiyu to captain ‘Kenya A’ against Hong Kong

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_imgSimiyu, 33, made a return to the national team this year after a long absence and played part in the African Cup matches against Zimbabwe, Namibia and at home to Uganda.Speaking to Capital Sport, Simiyu who has captained the Simbas before says he is elated at the opportunity of leading out the side on Tuesday, revealing his biggest aim will be to impart some of his experience to the young boys in the squad.“It feels great to be named captain. It’s a great honor bestowed on me to lead the team. The biggest contribution I can give now is leadership, having been part of the Kenyan team for many years. Having played for the national team for 15 years, I can impact some knowledge on the young guys and hopefully come out with a win,” Simiyu told Capital Sport.Simbas team manager Wangila Simiyu adds he is confident in Simiyu’s ability to successfully lead the Kenya A side that is mainly composed of young players, close to half of them pulling on the Kenyan jersey for the first time.“I have confidence in Innocent because he has been my captain before. Coming back for him has not been easy and he has worked his way back. Has shown confidence by coming back to the team and we want to reward him by handing him the role to captain the team and hopefully that flair of leadership is displayed in the team tomorrow,” Simiyu said.Ten new players have been named in the team that also includes regulars Patrice Agunda, Dan Sikuta, Cyprian Kuto and Michael Agevi.Simiyu says the biggest focus right now is to build a strong team that will enable Kenya qualify for the 2019 World Cup in Japan with the qualifiers starting off next year.“We are looking to blend youth and experienced players and nurturing a squad for the future. A squad that will see us qualify for the World Cup in 2019 and beyond. At the moment, the structures are working, the systems are working and we have to ensure the boys keep together for a long period. We have to keep consistency, not picking and dropping players every time,” he noted.The team expects a very tough match against Hong Kong with both the team manager and captain sounding positive of a win under the Impala floodlights.“We look at tomorrow’s match as an international game. We will take it with the seriousness it deserves. We will give our best and put our best feet forward and hopefully we can come up with a win because we have a very good squad of players,” skipper Simiyu said.Wangila adds; “It’s not a team that’s here for holidays. They are here for a job. It is a great honor not only for Kenya but for Africa for Hong Kong to come to African soil and play their first test in Kenya. It tells you the confidence and the hard work Kenya 15s have done to make sure World Rugby has recognized and if we perform well we are yet to see many more test series matches,” Simiyu added.Hong Kong is placed 22nd on the World Rugby rankings and if Kenya manages to win the full test match on Saturday, then they stand a chance of pulling up to 23rd.Simiyu has intimated to Capital Sport they will only tweak the squad a bit, depending on performance for Saturday’s match where most of the regulars are set to be involved.Squad for Hong Kong matchOscar Simiyu*, Phillip Ikambili*, Dennis Karani, George Nyambua*, Eric Kerrre, Martin Owila, Dan Sikuta, Edwin Machanje, Kelvin Masai, Innocent Simiyu, Cyprian Kuto, Patrice Agunda, Peter Kilonzo*, Enock Makinga*, Michael AgeviReplacements George Asin*, Stephen Juma*, Hillary Mwajilwa*, Charlton Mokua*, Tyson Okoth*, Leonard Mugaisi Dennis Muhanji, Samson Onsomu*New players0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenya’s Innocent ‘Namcos’ Simiyu wades off a challenge from Uganda’s Michael Okarach during the Elgon Cup last month. PHOTO/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 22- Experienced Impala centre Innocent Simiyu will skipper the ‘Kenya A’ team that will take on visiting Hong Kong in a test match on Tuesday evening at the Impala grounds with head coach Jerome Paarwater going for a relatively young squad.This will be one of two matches Kenya will play against Hong Kong, with the second, a full test match being staged on Saturday at the RFUEA Ground.last_img read more

Sanjaya new ‘Idol’ for Jordin

Posted On Jan 10 2020 by

first_imgUntil now, when asked her favorite male singers, Jordin Sparks topped her list with John Mayer and Justin Timberlake. But, the new “American Idol” champ said she’s got another name to add: Sanjaya Malakar. “He had so much guts,” said the 17-year-old “American Idol” winner. “He had so much strength. He got a lot of criticism, but for him to go out on that stage and hold his head high … I really look up to him for that. He’s just an amazing kid.” The lanky Malakar made a strong impression during the Fox competition, transforming from shy guy to media superstar in a span of weeks. Sparks said “the point of the show … is to keep who you like, who you want to see the next week. Sanjaya gave that to the people.” – Associated Press Grisham’s latest veers from court 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! John Grisham is taking a vacation, an Italian vacation, from the courtroom thriller. The author of such million-selling classics as “The Firm” and “The Client” is setting his next book in Italy. “Playing for Pizza,” the story of an American quarterback trying his luck in Italy, will come out in September, publisher Doubleday announced Thursday. “One of the many joys of working with John is the element of surprise,” Doubleday said in a statement. – Associated Presslast_img read more

$500,000 in items taken in burglaries

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_imgWALNUT – Two young men arrested in a string of area burglaries stole more than $500,000 worth of property, authorities said. Eddie Velasquez, 20, of Upland and Matthew Giambalvo, 19, of Ontario were booked Wednesday on suspicion of residential burglary and possession of stolen property. Velasquez and Giambalvo were arrested after a sheriff’s deputy noticed that their dark blue BMW matched a suspect vehicle description in previous burglaries, said sheriff’s Detective Keith Clark. “They were acting real nervous,” said Deputy William Gonzales, who stopped the pair in Diamond Bar. He said the suspects looked for vacant homes in upscale neighborhoods that did not have alarm systems, and wore gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints at the scene. Usually, Maxey said, they entered by breaking windows, prying or kicking open doors. Authorities said the suspects’ alleged burglaries hit a peak in June in Diamond Bar. “We believe they’ve also done burglaries in Brea and Walnut,” Maxey said. Anyone who believes they may have been a victim is asked to call their local law enforcement agency. Giambalvo and Velasquez are set to be arraigned Tuesday. bethania.palma@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2236160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In the car, Gonzales said he found jewelry, laptops, cash, gloves, screwdrivers and other items that implicated them in the burglaries. Detectives said they believe the pair is responsible for at least 30 burglaries in Upland, Chino, Diamond Bar and other cities. They said the suspects have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of personal belongings, mainly jewelry, cash, valuable coins and laptops. Sheriff’s Lt. Joe Maxey said most of the valuable metals were allegedly taken to a buyer in Montclair. “While trying to recover jewelry from the business, we were told all the jewelry had been smelted down,” Maxey said. An investigation on the Montclair dealer is under way, he added. Authorities are looking for a third suspect, who has not yet been identified, Maxey said. last_img read more

‘Mignolet man of the match!’ Liverpool fans ecstatic after 6-0 win at Aston Villa

Posted On Dec 30 2019 by

first_img ‘We finally got a clean sheet!’ Liverpool fans ecstatic after Reds hit Aston Villa for six 1 Liverpool fans took to Twitter to celebrate the Reds’ 6-0 victory over Aston Villa. Remi Garde’s side were atrocious as they conceded four goals in 13 second-half minutes at Villa Park. It was the club’s first Premier League clean sheet of 2016 and boy did they enjoy it. They had six different scorers on the day: the returning Daniel Sturridge, Former Villan James Milner, Emre Can, Divock Origi, Nathaniel Clyne and Kolo Toure. See some of the best reaction, below!last_img read more

Man trying to avoid coyote crashes into Studio City home

Posted On Dec 29 2019 by

first_imgA man trying to avoid striking a coyote sent his SUV through the backyard wall of a Studio City home and came within feet of plunging into a pool but emerged from the crash unscathed, authorities said today. The crash at 11572 Dona Pepita Place occurred around 11:20 p.m. yesterday, said an officer at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division. The Toyota 4Runner was on Dona Pepita Avenue when a coyote ran out in front of it, the officer said, adding that the driver swerved to avoid the animal, lost control and crashed into the wall of a home’s backyard, the officer said. The vehicle stopped just a couple of feet from the pool, the officer said, adding that a four- foot pole on the sidewalk slowed down it’s momentum. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champNo one was injured in the accident, he said. 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

Stratford girls basketball pulls away from Crandon in WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal

Posted On Dec 20 2019 by

first_imgStratford plays regional final at Marathon on Saturday nightBy Steve PilzSports ReporterSTRATFORD — The Stratford girls basketball team overcame a few shooting woes Friday night, including some trouble at the free throw line.It all worked out in the end as the Tigers shook off a halftime tie and cruised to a 55-41 win over the Crandon Cardinals in a WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal at Stratford High School.Stratford had beaten the stubborn Cards in overtime at the Lakeland Holiday tournament in late December, so Tigers coach Tammie Christopherson was not completely surprised by the first half.“We played Crandon over Christmas, and we won in overtime,” Christopherson said. “We knew we’d have a game on our hands. Erdmann (Amira) is a pretty amazing player for them. Sammy Griesbach guarded the heck out of her. Sammy got her to the point where she didn’t know where to go.“We picked up some early fouls, and that hurt us. I played some kids up from the JV and told them to just maintain, and we did that. Despite our free throw trouble, we managed to make enough in the second half, keep our defense tight, and run the offense.”It was definitely a good thing the Tigers made some second-half free throws because they were 0-for-7 in the first half and just 9-for-39 from the field. They squandered an early 10-point lead and went to the half tied at 21-21.Macie Frueh had 11 points in the first half, including three 3-pointers, while Griesbach chipped in with six.One wild card the Tigers had up their sleeve showed up again in the second half in the person of Chelsey Gliniecki. Gliniecki made 5 of 10 free throws in the second half after missing all four of her attempts in the first 16 minutes, but her play around the basket was key. She made 3 of 6 shots and cleared the boards 11 times, including nine offensive rebounds.“Gliniecki had the game of her sophomore season,” Christopherson said. “She played really well.”As the Tigers steadily pulled away, Crandon began to run out of players as three Cardinals fouled out late. The Tigers righted the ship a bit at the foul line, cashing in on 13 of 28 free throws in the second half.Stratford has not had much luck this season with Saturday’s opponent. Top-seed Marathon (20-3), the Marawood South tri-champion, beat the Tigers by 20 in January and by 28 about a month later. The Tigers will play at Marathon in a regional final at 7 p.m.“Marathon is the best team we’ve played this year,” Christopherson said. “We played Assumption and Auburndale tough, but I told the girls that we can be a Cinderella story. The pressure’s on them, not us.”Tigers 55, Cardinals 41Crandon 21 20 – 41Stratford 21 34 – 55CRANDON (41): Alexa Neilitz 3-10 4-9 9, Sarah Kalkofen 1-5 1-2 4, Erin Howerton 1-2 0-3 2, Katelynn Houle 1-1 0-0 2, Amira Erdmann 5-14 1-2 12, Kayla Littleton 1-5 2-5 4, Mikenzie Flannery 0-2 2-4 2, Anike Sulaimon 2-5 2-4 6. FG: 14-43. FT: 10-24. 3-pointers: 3-10. (Erdmann 1, Neilitz 1, Kalkofen 1). Rebounds 30 (Erdmann 8). Turnovers: 18. Fouls: 22. Fouled out: Whitney Conn, Neilitz, Howerton. Record: 18-6.STRATFORD (55): Savannah Schillinger 2-12 5-7 10, Sammy Griesbach 5-9 0-3 10, Macie Frueh 5-17 1-2 14, Chelsey Gliniecki 3-6 5-14 11, Kaylee Hollatz 3-4 0-0 6, Andie Zuelke 1-8 2-8 4, Blaire Lindner 0-1 0-0 0, Olivia Burrows 0-3 0-0 0. FG: 19-64 FT: 13-34. 3-pointers: 4-21 (Frueh 3, Schillinger 1). Rebounds: 32 (Gliniecki 11). Turnovers: 15. Fouls: 19. Fouled out: none. Record: 17-6.last_img read more

Stratford volleyball continues bid for state

Posted On Dec 20 2019 by

first_imgBy City Times staffMARSHFIELD – The Stratford Tigers volleyball team continues the run for WIAA Division 3 state finals, beating Fall Creek Oct. 25 at Neillsville High School.Stratford took the first two games of the sectional semifinal 25-16 and 25-21, before losing the third game 22-25. The Tigers then came back and claimed the final game 25-21 and finished with a 3-1 evening to claim the right to advance.The Tigers will now face St. Mary Catholic in Neenah on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. The winner of that match will head to state finals in Green Bay Nov. 1-3.last_img read more

SAA named world’s most on-time airline

Posted On Dec 18 2019 by

first_img16 July 2013 South African Airways (SAA) is the most on-time airline in the world, according to the June 2013 Airline and Airport On-time Performance Report by global flight and airport information services company FlightStats. According to the report, which covers major international airlines and airports in north America, Europe and Asia, the big international airlines on average delivered 75.85% of their flights to the arrival gate within 15 minutes of schedule in June, down from 80.70% in May. Only six major international carriers delivered over 90% of their flights on time, with SAA topping the list at 93.33%, outperforming several reputable carriers from across the world. SAA has achieved over 90% on-time performance for the last five months running, topping the list of most on-time airlines three times during this period. “This speaks volumes about the commitment and determination that our staff put into their duties in order to consistently provide a professional and reliable service,’ Zuks Ramasia, SAA’s general manager for operations, said in a statement on Monday. South Africa’s national carrier, the most awarded airline in Africa, operates direct flights to six of the world’s seven continents. With its current fleet of 54 aircraft, the airline operates 53 000 flights per annum, ferrying 7-million passengers to over 1 300 destinations in 194 countries, both through its own network and partnerships with other airlines. “SAA will remain indebted to its workforce who, despite all the challenges the airline is currently facing, have chosen to focus on the work at hand, which is to bring the world to Africa, and take Africa to the world,” Ramasia said. “With close to 30 different accolades collected between 2012 and this month, our staff are clearly doing something right. Nonetheless, we are cognisant of the fact that there is room for improvement.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

StumbleUpon Releases 2.0 of iOS App Ahead of iPhone Announcement

Posted On Dec 16 2019 by

first_imgRelated Posts We reported last month that StumbleUpon delivers half of U.S. social media traffic, so it’s an increasingly important channel for Web publishers. This update to the iOS app comes in advance of tomorrow’s iPhone event at the Apple headquarters, which is expected to herald a major boost to iOS’ market share. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos jon mitchell Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img Serendipitous Web discovery engine StumbleUpon has released version 2.0 of its iOS app. The update adds the Explore Box, a search box that suggests new topics to stumble, and faster page loading. The iPhone app also received a significant interface overhaul, adding side-to-side page swiping and less cluttered navigation.We already found StumbleUpon for iPad to be like a magic carpet ride for your brain, and the addition of the Explore Box will make discovery even faster. The Explore Box launched for the StumbleUpon Web version in August. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Follow ReadWriteWeb on StumbleUponDo you use StumbleUpon on your iOS device? Tags:#Social Web#web last_img read more