High drama: NBS shuts down during 6-hour standoff with Police

first_img…as Marshals move to execute High Court order…Managers, security guards arrested…bank settles $59M paymentBy Jarryl BryanIt was high drama outside the New Building Society (NBS) as attempts to execute a High Court order on the entity’s properties resulted in a standoff between lawyers, bank officials and the Police.Lawyers for litigant Maurice Arjoon, accompanied by High Court Marshals, descended on New Building Society at noon on Tuesday to levy for a $59 million court awarded judgement. What followed after was a protracted standoff from out of a movie; a Police Officer, a court marshal and civilians were locked in the banking institution.A scene from outside the banking institutionThis situation necessitated the involvement of Deputy Commander of A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) and Senior Superintendent of Police, Wendell Blanhum, as well as other high-ranking Police ranks. According to Attorney Sanjeev Datadin, who is representing Arjoon, a number of NBS assets were seized leading up to the incident.Security guards being escorted by Police“They took away one of the vehicles… one of the vehicles has already been taken away. And then what happened, I think, the bank closed the doors with everyone that was inside and outside,” he related. “They’ve locked in a lawyer, they’ve locked in a (High Court) marshal, and they’ve locked in a Policeman. And the doors have not reopened; they haven’t allowed anyone in or out.”For more than four hours, the Police were held at bay. During this time, a number of other attorneys including Sase Gunraj and Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran arrived at the scene.While junior ranks formed a human cordon around the entrance of the bank, Police Officers managed to gain entry into the building and arrested two internal security officers of the bank for their alleged role in obstructing the order. During this time, a number of civilians remained in the bank, with the Police now able to take statements.Attorney-at-Law Sanjeev Datadin; NBS’s legal representative, Pauline Chase; Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran; and Deputy Commander of ‘A’ Division and Senior Superintendent of Police, Wendell Blanhum at the scene of the standoffLocked inAt about 16:45h, a number of NBS staff was allowed to leave the building. Though they all refused to comment, two workmen who were locked in the building related to media operatives that they were prevented from leaving.“The guard man locked the door. When we told him we wanted to (urinate), he said to (urinate) right in there,” one of the workers related. “All the customers and so talking to them and they ain’t want move. They ain’t want open the door,” another staff related.As the standoff wore on, NBS’s legal representative, Pauline Chase, was asked by media operatives about the bank’s actions. She explained that there was an application pending at the time to stay the judgement and as such, the litigants should have delayed their action.NBS acting General Manager Anil Beharry being taken into custodyHowever, after hours of standoff, a cheque to the tune of $59.3 million was made out to Maurice Arjoon; the bank’s dismissed former Chief Executive Officer who took them to court. Several of the bank’s Managers were subsequently arrested and whisked away by Police.The caseThe former CEO took NBS to court for his outstanding pension and other benefits in 2011. Arjoon had originally sued the lending agency for some $550 million in damages.High Court Judge, Justice Brassington Reynolds subsequently ruled in the dismissed CEO’s favour, awarding him more than $79 million in outstanding payments and benefits. The court also ruled that he should be paid a monthly pension of $372,498.The Judge further ordered that the former CEO should receive financial compensation for the damages he had suffered; and moreover, that he was entitled to his pension and severance benefits, in accordance with provisions stipulated in the laws of Guyana.last_img read more

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Zimmer introduces petition on gun magazine limits

first_imgFresh off the passing of federal Bill C-42, also known as the Common Sense Firearms Act, Prince George-Peace River Bob Zimmer introduced a petition in parliament today calling for further repeals to gun legislation.In a release, Zimmer said he introduced a petition from Canada’s National Firearms Association.The petition calls on the Minister of Public Safety, the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of Canada to remove magazine capacity limits from prohibited status, according to the release.- Advertisement -The limits are set under regulations set under the Criminal Code of Canada.“They request and call upon the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada To repeal Item 3 of Part 4 of the schedule to the regulations prescribing certain firearms and other weapons, components and parts of weapons, accessories, cartridge magazines, ammunition and projectiles as prohibited or restricted,” Zimmer said.Some 29,000 people reportedly signed the petition, according to Zimmer.Advertisement Bill C-42 was passed in the House of Commons last week. The bill calls for safety training for first time gun owners, proposes a streamlined licensing system, and would no longer require gun owners to carry a separate document to transport firearms to activities such as target practice or a shooting range competition.The bill will is now before the Senate as part of the legislative process.last_img read more

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Play Your Part to make SA better

first_img13 June 2011 Play Your Part is a national initiative by Brand South Africa, powered by the organisation forgood, to encourage all South Africans – from businesses to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, young and not so young – to contribute to positive change in the country, to become involved, to simply play a part. Through our unique South African spirit of ubuntu and our innate creativity, we hope to bring together like-minded individuals, communities and companies so that we may all become active citizens. Play your part in giving someone a helping hand, donating time and resources, providing the know-how to start a business or an opportunity to kick-start a career. We all have our part to play, big or small. With the 35th anniversary of the Soweto uprisings approaching on 16 June, celebrate what South African youth have achieved. In 1976 they were young, today they are heroes. Everyone needs a hero. You are young now, whose hero will you be one day? Play your part and become that hero … because even heroes have to start somewhere. Play your part today and let us drive this initiative forward into the bright, promising future of South Africa our land.What’s forgood all about? Forgood is a home-grown social network that combines purpose with fun and rewards. The forgood community is made up of friends, groups and activities. Members create groups and activities that other friends on forgood can join. Connect with others near you or those who share your cause. Offer whatever you can: time, money, skills or resources. Get your good on and earn recognition and good points in our Give/Get programme. Once you’e earned enough points, you can exchange them for real-life rewards. Give vouchers to a group or an NGO – get movie tickets and or other goodies for yourself. We make giving fun for everyone. If you’re already involved in a social outreach project, or even if you just love helping others, create a profile for yourself, then create your group and get others to join your cause. Everyone who shares your cause and lives within 50km of your group will be invited to join you. How about if you really want to do something worthwhile, but don’t know where to start looking? Once you sign up, groups and activities will come looking for you, based on where you live and what you’re passionate about. Forgood gives you a real-time map of social action in your community, showing you which groups and activities are working for good right now on your local map. In time, you will find recycling points, HIV clinics, schools and other helpful places in your area. You can also read inspiring stories of good news happening on your doorstep. Or share your good news with us. Source: Brand South Africalast_img read more

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Drive to make all cops tops

first_imgRay Maota The “Promote Professional Policing –reward a cop, report a cop” campaignaims to encourage citizens to report goodand bad behaviour by police officers.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free images, visit the image library) Andrew Faull, senior researcher at the ISS,is also author of Behind the Badge, anin-depth look at the lives of South Africanpolice, who tell about their experiencesin uniform.(Image: Books Live)MEDIA CONTACTS• Andrew FaullInstitute for Security Studies: SeniorResearcher+27 12 346 9500A recently launched initiative to promote professionalism in South Africa’s police force calls on the public to speak out about good and bad cop conduct.The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) launched the “Promote Professional Policing – reward a cop, report a cop” campaign in Johannesburg on 1 September 2011.The campaign aims to encourage citizens to report police involved in corruption, and recognise those who do well in their profession.It was brought about after the ISS’s Crime and Justice Programme (CJP) delved into the public’s perception of the police and the root of corruption among officers.The programme found that the majority of South Africans perceived the police as lazy and corrupt.CJP head Gareth Newham said: “Whilst there is no denying that some deserve that label, many police men and women want nothing more than to serve the public with pride.”Newham added that because there were police officers who were courageous, respectful and dignified; members of the public should encourage them by recognising their efforts.Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa said at the launch: “Understandably, members of the public often take the time to report complaints and negative experiences they have of the police, and we take these complaints and experiences very seriously.”Mthethwa also urged the public to support those officers who were professional and service-orientated.The minister said that the campaign was a platform for the public to voice their experiences with the police, be they good or bad.By showing recognition to those selfless police who strive to protect and serve, those who are corrupt will be isolated and the decline of it will be evident, said Newham.Rewarding and reportingMeasures have been put in place to help the public report on negative and positive policing.The Crime Hub website provides tips on how promote policing excellence, and a Facebook page called Professional-Policing has been set up where citizens can join a forum to share their experiences with others.There are also tips on the Facebook page for how people can reward good policing and report cases of bad police conduct.In addition, the public can follow @RewardaCop on Twitter for the latest news on good and bad policing.Creating a culture of better policingMpho Kwinika, president of the South African Police Union, said: “This campaign comes at an opportune time when police morale is very low. The best reward a cop can get is when communities work with the police to aid an arrest.”According to Andrew Faull, senior ISS researcher, studies have found that the public’s perception of police is not based on how effective they are in tackling crime, but rather how they treat civilians discourteously, abusively or with unnecessary force.Although the recently released crime statistics show that violent criminal acts are on the decline, police still need to work on their treatment of the public to bolster their reputation.Faull said: “What police must realise is that annual announcements of declining crime will only win police momentary legitimacy, what is far more important is that every encounter between a police official and a member of the public is based on procedural justice, fairness, and courtesy.”last_img read more

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John Hastings joins veterans in Aus World Cup squad

first_imgInjured batsman Mike Hussey and allrounder John Hastings will join veterans Ricky Ponting and paceman Brett Lee in the 15-man Australian cricket squad for the World Cup in February and March.Australia will be seeking a fourth World Cup title in the limited-overs tournament to be held in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.Victoria allrounder John Hastings (left). APChairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch said the squad, which also included Steve Smith and Tim Paine, had found the right balance of youth and experience.”One of the major decisions to be made in this squad was ensuring the balance was right in the squad to provide the best cover for all positions in the event of injury, illness or form issues that may arise,” Hilditch said on Tuesday. “It includes the experience of Ponting, Michael Clarke and Lee, and also some young talent like Steve Smith.”Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson and Brad Haddin were all also part of the victorious 2007 ICC cricket World Cup squad that went unbeaten in the Caribbean, so there is plenty of character in this group of Australian cricketers.”Hilditch said Nathan Hauritz was the selectors’ preferred spin option because he has a strong record in India.”He will be an important part of our bid for this fourth World Cup,” Hilditch added.Hussey suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday night’s one-day victory by Australia over England but is expected to recover in time for the tournament.Ponting, who struggled with his form during the recent Ashes test series against England, maintained Australia was still the team to beat at the World Cup.advertisement”It’s quite clear we are the number one ranked team in the world,” he said. “… Our World Cup record speaks for itself and we have a really good balance of youth and experience in the squad to succeed in the tournament.”Australia squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke, Doug Bollinger, Brad Haddin, John Hastings, Nathan Hauritz, David Hussey, Mike Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Tim Paine, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Cameron White.last_img read more

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Getting even, ahead

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PBA IMAGESTerrence Romeo swiftly quashed the thought of getting back at his former team, but his coach and his performance indicated otherwise in San Miguel’s gritty victory over TNT, 80-78, at the start of their PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinal series on Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.Romeo teamed up with Marcio Lassiter and June Mar Fajardo to help the reigning defending champions buck a shaky start, and gain the head start crucial in a race-to-two series.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES San Miguel 80—Lassiter 15, Fajardo 15, Romeo 15, Cabagnot 12, Santos 8, Ross 6, Standahrdinger 5, Rosser 2, Pessumal 2, Nabong 0TNT 78—Rosario 23, Pogoy 16, Trollano 11, Williams 9, Taha 8, Castro 8, Reyes 2, A. Semerad 1, Carey 0, Heruela 0, D. Semerad 0, Washington 0Quarters: 13-22, 39-46, 60-65, 80-78Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Tigresses, Lady Tams enhance semifinal chances MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “There was none,” the hotshot guard told reporters in Filipino when asked if he came into the game with extra motivation, having been ditched by TNT before finding his way to San Miguel.“I treated this like every playoff game I’ve played in,” he said after shooting 15 points in 22 minutes coming off the bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFajardo was also big, also finishing with 15 points despite the gung-ho double-teams he dealt with all game long.The reigning five-time MVP also hit the go-ahead putback in the dying seconds. Lassiter also had 15 points, all but two coming in the first half that enabled the Beermen to tug at the KaTropa’s coattails. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Romeo missed playing against his former team in the elimination round due to a sprained left foot.“I was excited to play them. But the goal wasn’t ‘Terrence versus TNT.’ It was ‘SMB versus TNT,’” added the spitfire guard, who shot 3-of-6 from rainbow territory and figured as the catalyst of the Beermen’s fightback in the middle quarters.RR Pogoy missed a desperation three-pointer inside the final 2.2 seconds which could have turned things around for the KaTropa.“Thank God Romeo is here,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said candidly.The scores:ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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GALVAN-HERNANDEZ SENTENCED TO UP TO 60 YEARS IN PRISON

first_imgOne of two men accused of killing and dismembering a northeast Nebraska man has been sentenced to up to 60 years in prison.19-year-old Brayan Galvan-Hernandez was sentenced to 35 to 40 years for attempted second degree murder and 15 to 20 years for being an accessory to a felony in Dakota County District Court.The terms are consecutive and Galvan-Hernandez must serve a minimum of 25 years in the plea agreement.Authorities say Galvan-Hernandez and 26-year-old Andres Surber, both of Wakefield, fatally shot 41-year-old Kraig Kubik, of Emerson, last November 1st.Kubik was shot in the back of the head and his dismembered body was found in a culvert in rural Cedar County four days after he was reported missing.In April, a judge ruled that Surber was not mentally competent to stand trial.last_img read more

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MISSED SOMETHING LATELY? HERE’S THE LATEST NEWS

first_imgTFA are running an online survey on the NTL package that was shown on Fox Sports. If you would like to participate in the survey (and put yourself in the running for a new pair of ESUS shoes) just subscribe to the TFA email database on the front page of the website. Once you subscribe the survey will be sent out via email at the end of this week. Entries for the survey close on June 17. Well, if you’ve been trying to keep up with the TFA website over the past few days you’ll know it’s been flowing thick and fast with information.As editor of the website I’m having trouble finding both the time to write everything and the space to put it on the website…so I thought I’d save myself and everyone else a bit of time and hassle and summarise all the latest news into one story…sort of like a mini mid-week Sixty Seconds in Touch… This Friday is the dual launch of the Queensland 2006 Touch Football State of Origin Campaign and the new Sandstorm Beach Touch competition in Brisbane. Make sure you’re down at the QSAC Venue at 11:00am. The day will include a demo match with some of Queensland’s leading Origin players and also Natalie Cook, Australian Olympic Beach Volleyball Gold Medallist and Director of the Sandstorm venue and competition, as well as plenty of opportunities for the media to promote the event. The Australian Senior Squads have been announced on the TFA website. The final teams to attend the World Cup will not be decided until later this year. Players may be brought into the squads at any point. For more info call 1800 654 951 and speak to Maree Curran. The online shop was recently opened (and then closed again as we try to work through several teething problems with the new system) but already orders have been starting to come through. The new set up is pretty simple; you hit ‘TFA Merchandise’ on the left hand side of the web page and then browse through the different categories and different items. If the shop is still closed when you want to place an order, just ring 1800 654 951 and place your order online with Rachel Grant.center_img The Australian Open squads have also recently been announced and we will be updating the team lists and profiles on the TFA website soon. NTL DVD’s are selling fast, for just $20 you can purchase the package that aired on Fox Sports. Many coaches, referees and players are also purchasing the second DVD, which contains all of the raw footage and also the referee’s commentary of the Open finals for just $30. This DVD is a great resource, while the Fox package is a great promotion of the sport and very well produced. To order your copies phone 1800 654 951 and speak to Rachel Grant or visit the TFA online shop. That’s it for now, make sure you keep an eye on the TFA website daily, as the information and news is going to keep coming quick and fast! ESUS Footwear (TFA’s new sponsor), are getting ready to sell their new range of Touch Shoes both online and also at upcoming events. ESUS representatives will be heading to the Queensland Junior State Cup, State of Origin and National Under 18 Championships, as well as selling their shoes through the TFA online shop and also retail outlets.last_img read more

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9 months agoSchar welcomes praise from Newcastle boss Benitez

first_imgSchar welcomes praise from Newcastle boss Benitezby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFabian Schar has welcomed praise from Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez.Now fully fit, the Swiss defender has impressed since his return.On Benitez’s praise, Schar told Blick: “It’s nice to hear that. He knew before my commitment what I am as a player. “I have my strengths in the game with the ball. I’m still trying to force myself to improve day after day.”Schar went down with Deportivo La Coruna last season.He added: “I do not think about that. Of course, in England, compared to Spain, you have seven to eight teams playing against relegation. That is already extreme.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoBenkovic insists Celtic perfect preparation for Leicester return

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Benkovic insists Celtic perfect preparation for Leicester returnby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFilip Benkovic says he will be ready for the Premier League after his loan stint with Celtic. The Leicester City defender has earned rave reviews for his performances in Scotland this season.And he thinks the experience will set him up perfectly for a return to the King Power.”In this period at Celtic, I feel I’ve improved as a player every day,” he told the Scottish Sun. “Here, I have to the scope to work on every aspect of my game.”That’s vital if I want to go on to play at the very top level. I feel good here and that I’m doing a good job.”Later in my career, when I look back, I want to say I did well at Celtic. I want to know that I worked hard and was very humble during my time in Scotland.”This will prepare me for the Premier League. Experience is so important for a player because it then makes it easier to deal with certain situations.”It makes you smarter. But nothing can happen without hard work because I think the Premier League is the No.1 in the world.”Here at Celtic, I play with pressure, which is good. But that’s normal for me – I came from a club in Croatia where it was the same.”I like that, I enjoy the pressure. To me that’s a positive, now and moving forward.”The last information I had from Leicester was that I am staying at Celtic until the end of the season.”I enjoy it here so that’s what I’m focusing on. After that, we will speak and see what’s for the best.”I’m having fun here and want more of it.” last_img read more

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