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“Criminal” remanded for piracy, hijacking

first_imgA Corentyne fisherman was on Wednesday arraigned at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts after facing hijacking and piracy charges.The Court was told that on February 19, 2018, 40-year-old Shameer Shariff, aka “Criminal”, who was armed with two firearms and a cutlass, pillaged a boat called “Ana Teresa” property of Vickash Balkisson.In the process of looting the boat, Shariff stole a 75-horsepower Yamaha outboard engine valued $2,000,000; 500 pounds of seine valued $2,000,000; two 24-volt Powermaster batteries valued $60,000, 11 45-gallon plastic drums of gasoline valued $450,000 and food stuff valued $150,000. The items that were stolen carried a value of $4,660,000 altogether and belonged to Vickash Balkisson.The Police Prosecutor objected to bail based on the seriousness of the man’s offence. His use of guns was highlighted along with the fact that Shariff has been implicated in several other investigations that were ongoing.As such, Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs Marcus refused bail and Shariff was remanded to prison. He will return to the Springlands Magistrate’s Court on March 20, 2018.last_img read more

Fishermen remanded on piracy charge

first_imgFour fishermen were on Monday remanded to prison by Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus on a charge of piracy.Sanjai Jangbir, 18; Vishnu Jangbir, 20; Rajendra Parsaram, 19, and Mahindra Sancharan, 25, were charged jointly with the offence.It was alleged that on February 9, 2018, while in the Cuyuni River, the men, armed with knives and guns, robbed the vessel of Anna Teresa of $4.6 million in items belonging to Vickash Balkissoon.Attorney Paul Fung-A-Fat, in a bail application, requested that his clients be released on reasonable bail, citing that his clients were beaten by the Police to confess to the allegations and to also sign a confession statement. However, Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield objected to bail on the grounds of the seriousness of the offence.The men were remanded to prison until March 27, 2018.last_img read more

Malteenoes Cricket Academy ready for rain – bowls off Monday

first_imgAs Malteenoes get ready for possible rain and an unplayable ground, contingency plans are in place for the staging off the Malteenoes Cricket Academy which starts on Monday.According to the club, if the rain continues and the ground can’t be used, the tarmac at the Transport Sports Club ground and the one in the National Park will be used for the outdoor sessions with taped balls being used until the ground dries.Meanwhile, as support for the Academy continues to grow, 59 year-old MSC youth Coach Oswald Waldron made a timely contribution to the club he called home for 17 years before he migrated.‘Ossie’ worked with the youth section in the 1990s when cricket in Demerara was still strong and said he was pleased to give back to a club he still loves and will never forget.The Coach who also worked with the Scotia Bank Kiddies cricket program made his contribution in US dollars.The Academy caters for both Girl and Boys from 6-18 years and registration fee is $3,000. Forms can be picked tomorrow from the Malteenoes’ caretaker.Girls are encouraged to join while the ‘Babies’ of the National Girls team just back from Jamaica has registered for the Academy on the recommendation of their Coach Bharat Mangru who is also an International Scorer and will conduct scoring sessions to the 13-18 age group.Essequibo Franchise Coach Ryan Hercules attended the very first Academy in 1999 and returned the next year. He went on to represent Essequibo at Senior Inter-County level.Minister of Social Cohesion with responsibility for Culture, Youth and Sports Dr George Norton will deliver the feature address on Monday.last_img read more

Five-goal Bayern thrash Dortmund to go top of Bundesliga

first_imgBayern began the day under immense pressure, having slipped two points behind Dortmund in the title race a week earlier. They ended it on cloud nine, after a masterful first-half performance left Dortmund in the dust and put Bayern on course for a seventh successive league title. The champions may be just a single point ahead of Dortmund in the title race, but the two teams were separated by a gargantuan gulf in quality at the Allianz Arena.“Bayern taught us a lesson today,” Dortmund coach Lucien Favre told Sky. “If we keep playing like that, then we will find it difficult to stay in the race.” Mahmoud Dahoud struck the post early on for the visitors, but two quick goals from former Dortmund players put a dominant Bayern firmly in the driving seat.Hummels landed the first blow on ten minutes, rising high at a corner to head in the opener for Bayern.Lewandowski then pounced on a mistake by Dortmund centre-back Dan-Axel Zagadou to double the lead.Having robbed Zagadou of possession, Lewandowski then looped the ball over goalkeeper Roman Buerki and scissor-kicked it into the open net. Buerki kept a furious Bayern at bay for a short while, denying Lewandowski, Hummels and Thomas Mueller with a series of saves.But the Dortmund keeper could do nothing to stop the Bavarians’ third, a blistering strike from the edge of the area from Javi Martinez.With their defence in disarray, Dortmund could only watch on as Serge Gnabry headed in Bayern’s fourth just before half-time. Lewandowski rubbed salt in the wound by netting his second goal just before full-time.“It’s not over yet, there are still six games to go and it is a difficult path ahead of us,” Lewandowski told television after the game.The win leaves the title race finely poised on paper, but with Dortmund in the doldrums and Bayern bouncing, Niko Kovac’s side are now firm favourites to finish first. RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt remain on course to take the remaining two Champions League spots after both won earlier on Saturday.Leipzig twice came from behind to claim a fourth consecutive victory in all competitions.Kai Havertz gave Leverkusen the lead with an early penalty, but Leipzig replied almost immediately when Marcel Sabitzer curled in a free-kick from the edge of the box.Havertz restored the lead with a superb half-volley. Yet an Emil Forsberg penalty and excellent finishes from Cunha and Timo Werner saw Leipzig come back to win the game. Fourth-placed Frankfurt, meanwhile, snatched a late 2-1 win at Schalke.Schalke’s Suat Serdar cancelled out Ante Rebic’s opener, but Frankfurt were awarded an injury-time penalty by VAR and Luka Jovic fired in the winner. Schalke remain five points clear of the bottom three after Nuremberg and Stuttgart shared the points in a relegation showdown. Matheus Pereira gave Nuremberg the lead, but Stuttgart’s Ozcan Kabak’s controversial equaliser was allowed by VAR despite an apparent offside in the build-up.The draw keeps Stuttgart four points ahead of Nuremberg in the relegation play-off place.Relegation seems all but certain for Hanover after a 3-1 defeat to local rivals Wolfsburg.Hanover took the lead through Henrik Weydandt, but Wolfsburg came from behind with goals from Renato Steffen and Jerome Roussillon. Elsewhere, a Marko Grujic goal was not enough for Hertha Berlin, as they lost 2-1 at home to Fortuna Duesseldorf thanks to a Benito Raman brace. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Robert Lewandowski scores against his old club as Bayern Munich humiliate Borussia Dortmund in a title race six-pointer on Saturday © dpa/AFP / Matthias BalkBerlin, Germany, Apr 6 – Robert Lewandowski humiliated his old club on Saturday as Bayern Munich obliterated Borussia Dortmund with a scintillating 5-0 win to reclaim their spot at the top of the Bundesliga.“We are so happy, everything went according to plan today,” Lewandowski told Sky. last_img read more

Borussia Dortmund charged by UEFA over treatment of Tottenham supporters

first_img1 Borussia Dortmund fans Borussia Dortmund have been charged by UEFA after 17 Tottenham fans were injured in a crush before last week’s Europa League first leg.Fans were hurt as they struggled to enter the Westfalenstadion before the last 16 game and UEFA has now opened disciplinary proceedings against the German club.UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body has charged Dortmund with blocking stairways at the ground, which would breach Article 38 of the safety and security regulations. The case will be heard on May 19.Spurs fans were treated with injuries caused by police pepper spray while another reportedly had to be carried away on a stretcher.The congestion developed as supporters were redirected towards a different entrance into the stadium shortly before kick-off.Martin Cloake, co-chairman of the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust, told Press Association Sport: ”I’ve been going to football since the late 70s and it’s one of the worst experiences I’ve had to get into a ground.”I was very surprised because you expect it to be well organised. It’s one of the largest stadiums in Europe.”A Tottenham spokesman said: ”The misdirection of our fans by police along with the closing of turnstiles created a potentially dangerous situation. The use of pepper sprays was completely unnecessary and unacceptable.”Dortmund Police said the late arrival of Spurs fans had created unexpected pressure on the entrances, which had to be temporarily closed.A statement read: ”In order to prevent an uncontrolled entrance of the followers of Tottenham, pepper spray and baton was used by the police, in which 17 English supporters were slightly injured due to eye irritation.”Furthermore, a police officer and five employees of the security service were wounded in the course of these measures.”Tottenham lost the last 16 match 3-0, with the second leg to be played at White Hart Lane on Thursday.last_img read more