Case dismissed against immigration officers


first_imgConspiracy to traffic drugsThree immigration officers and a security guard were on Wednesday freed from a conspiracy to traffic drugs charge.The four were charged following the discovery in 2016 of $1.3 million worth of cocaine on a Dynamic Airways flight, which left Georgetown for JFK International Airport.Immigration officers Oral David, 31; Orin Parris, 26; Raduskie Wright, 26; and security guard Diane Jackson, 33, were on trial before Magistrate Leron Daly for the offence.The Magistrate on Wednesday ruled that the prosecution failed to prove its case, as there was a lack of evidence to substantiate the charge. As such, the Magistrate dismissed the case against the defendants.It was alleged that on February 2, 2016, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri, the defendants conspired with each other and other persons to traffic the narcotics.The defendants were represented by Attorneys-at-Law George Thomas and Sandil Kissoon.According to reports, a package of cocaine was discovered in the baggage hold of the Dynamic Airways flight after it landed at JFK on February 2, 2016.Reports are that the cocaine was placed into the baggage hold by a local handler and was found by handling staff while they were clearing luggage from the aircraft upon its arrival in the USA.After the discovery, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) launched an investigation, which led to the arrest of the three immigration officers and the security guard.last_img read more

Bealtaine Arts Festival celebrating “life in your years”


first_img“It’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years”, was the message at the launch of the Bealtaine Festival which took place on the 8th of May at the Donegal Waterbus on the Donegal Town Pier.Bealtaine Festival which is in its 22nd year celebrates art and creativity. It is a unique collaboration across generations and features older people as artists, performers, organisers and audience members.“Be our guest” is the theme for this year’s festival and this was certainly on show at the launch as the audience enjoyed the scenery of Donegal bay from the Donegal Waterbus and were entertained by the comedy storytelling of the Makey Uppers. Waiting to set sail on the Donegal Waterbus for the launch of Bealtaine Art Festival on Wednesday 8th May.The ‘Makey Uppers’ entertaining the audience on the Donegal Waterbus during the launch of the 2019 Bealtaine Art Festival on Wednesday evening.When speaking about Bealtaine, Festival co-ordinator Rita Chapman said “The events taking place throughout the county during May will have something for everybody including; Image therapy in Central library; a showing of the film “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” at the Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny; Artist Workshops with artist Ann Quinn at Habinteg Housing Association in Lifford and a drumming and percussion workshop in Milford Library”.The festival is also highlighting getting active this year by partnering with Ballyshannon, Aura and Finn Valley leisure centres to give discounted activities to the over 55’s.Donegal County Council’s Library staff with Pauric Kennedy at the launch of the 2019 Bealtaine Arts Festival on Wednesday evening on the Donegal Waterbus. Photo includes Kevin McCaul, Rita Chapman, Donna Cavanagh, Frances Crampsie and Rory Gallagher.“The Donegal Bealtaine festival is proudly organised by Donegal County Council Culture Division and is one of our most important events of the year. It’s just one part of our ongoing work towards providing an Age Friendly service to this growing section of our community” said County Librarian Eileen Burgess at the launch.This year’s festival has 95 events taking place all over the county and brochures are available from local libraries, Theatres and cultural venues. For more information or to book a place at an event contact your local library at 074 91 53900 or go to www.donegalibrary.ie for more details.  Bealtaine Arts Festival celebrating “life in your years” was last modified: May 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:Bealtainelast_img read more

Brad Hogg wants Perth Scorchers to stun big guns in CLT20


first_imgScorchers will face an uphill battle against Kolkata Knight Riders in their next gameObserving that the ongoing Champions League T20 tournament would be a great learning experience for the Perth Scorchers, senior player Brad Hogg on Tuesday said his team is hoping to put its best foot forward and pull off some upsets in the event.”Our ambition is to try and win; last year we came over with an inexperienced team. We were not expecting too much. We came over (this year) here with the goal of getting experience for our younger players; we have injuries; we have players going to IPL teams. We could not get overseas players. Wish we got a pretty strong team; we are expecting to upset the competition; we want to upset a few teams,” he said ahead of Perth Scorchers’ match against Kolkata Knight Riders tomorrow.Hogg said that the match with a reigning IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders would be a great experience for the young players in the team.”We are coming up against, probably, an international team; there are known international players with vastness and experience that is a good learning experience,” he said.The Scorchers are looking to produce international cricketers with the experience of playing in the Champions League, he said.Replying to a query, he said the pitch looked good and might turn later on as the match progressed.last_img read more