Former EZjet boss to be extradited to Florida

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Following arrest in New York, low-budget Guyana airline founder Sonny Ramdeo now set to face Florida court.GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Thursday, December 27, 2012 – Embattled former EZjet founder and chief executive officer Sonny Ramdeo is expected to be extradited to Florida early in the new year to face wire fraud charges in connection with a US$20 million federal payroll tax fraud scheme that he is accused of perpetrating against his former employers.Initially facing a civil suit launched by his former employers Promise Healthcare Inc. and Success Healthcare Group for allegedly embezzling at least US$5 million from them while employed as their payroll supervisor, the matter has now escalated to a criminal case after he was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in New York on December 11 following his indictment on December 6. Ramdeo, 35, a Guyana-born, United States citizen entered a non-guilty plea at his New York Federal Court appearance on December 17 and opted to reserved his bail application until he is extradited to Florida, where he is a resident of Sunrise in South Florida.According to the United States Attorney’s Office website for the Southern District of Florida, defendant Ramdeo, who had been working for the two companies that owned and operated hospital facilities throughout the United States, was responsible for overseeing the payment of bi-weekly wages and related payroll taxes for more than 3,500 employees.To execute his scheme, Ramdeo allegedly incorporated PayServ Tax Inc. and thereafter represented to officers and employees of Promise Healthcare that PayServ Tax would handle the transfer of local, state, and federal payroll taxes to the proper agencies on behalf of Promise Healthcare and Success Healthcare. The indictment alleges that from September 2003 until October of this year, Ramdeo wired money into his accounts that was to have been used to cover payroll taxes for Promise Healthcare’s workers. However, prosecutors said he formed two companies, Payserv Tax and EZjet GT, to receive the money. According to the indictment, in 2011 and 2012 Ramdeo made two transfers, totalling US$363,700, to his account that was to be used for payroll taxes at a hospital in East Los Angeles. In October, he diverted US$100,828 that was to cover payroll taxes for employees of a hospital in Gonzales, La.It was alleged by Promise Healthcare Inc. and Success Healthcare Group in their October civil suit that Ramdeo had siphoned more than US$5 million off to use to start up low-cost airline EZjet that began its Guyana to New York direct route earlier this year and later expanded to Toronto. The airline, however, was closed after suspension of service by the U.S. Department of Transport in November and allegations of embezzlement by the company’s founder and chief executive officer.Guyana Transport Minister Robeson Benn says the government will be refunding EZjet passengers who purchased tickets in Guyana using the US$200,000 bond that the now-suspended airline had to lodge.Ramdeo faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of the charges.Caribbean 360 Share LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel Former EZjet boss to be extradited to Florida by: – December 27, 2012center_img Share 51 Views   no discussions Tweetlast_img read more

Government’s social assistance programs highlighted

first_imgLocalNews Government’s social assistance programs highlighted by: – April 17, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! 82 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Share Emmanuel Nanthan. Photo credit: digicelcricket.comOne of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit’s advisors has highlighted the importance of several of the government’s social assistance program which were implemented to assist the less fortunate on the island.Emmanuel Nanthan told the Next Level Radio Program at the weekend that there are 27 programs under which the government assists citizens in various areas including education and health. One of the more famous social assistance programs, dubbed the “Red Clinic’ is an initiative of Prime Minister Skerrit where citizens can meet with him to discuss issues affecting them and or assistance required. The Opposition United Workers Party is among several who have been very vocal in criticizing the “Red Clinic”, claiming that it is not in the best interest of the people as it will create a culture of begging.However, Nathan explained that there are 27 social assistance programs other than the Public Assistance Program (Red Clinic) which will continue as the government is committed to caring for its people.He listed several programs including; the Small Business and Employment Agency, Basic Needs Trust Fund, Dominica Youth Business Trust, Education Trust Fund, Child Welfare Program, Small Business and Support Agency, Agricultural Investment Unit, CHANCES, the Yes We Care Program which he said is responsible for “caring for elderly, the sick and shut in, in Bataca, Boetica, Penville and in Roseau and all around Dominica”.The Primary Health Care program is responsible for providing “free medical care for children who are 16 years and under and 65 years and over” as well as “assistance for overseas medical care”.He explained that Shernel Prince; a teenager of Wesley who recently died and there was a public outcry claiming that the government did not assist her enough, was assisted by the government on two occasions for medical assistance.“A number of people have benefited from the overseas medical care program. In the last few weeks you had all the talk about this girl from Wesley whose parents did not have the wherewithal and finances to go out and the government extended an arm. The child went out to Trinidad and was being taken care of and the parents said our backs are against the wall and there is another situation. The government extended another arm and then they came out again a third time”.The government also provides assistance to cancer patients, the National HIV/AIDS Response Program, Adult Education Division, Educational Enhancement Program and Workshop for the Blind.He emphasized on the School Feeding Programs within the rural communities, “where people that are less fortunate cannot provide their children with the food that they need; the basic nutrients that they need to go to school”.According to him, the government has not been “on the mountain tops with microphones talking about” and although the programs are not being spoken about; many people have benefitted from them.“We are conscious of the fact that these things are being done for the less fortunate, these are being done because the people have the wherewithal you know; they cannot, they do not have means and the ways and therefore we try to help them.”He suggested that instead of criticizing the program, more people should “take some of their energies and try and reflect and see how best they can come together to add value” to these 27 programs. Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Rio+20 kicks off with call to action

first_img Share Share Tweet NewsRegional Rio+20 kicks off with call to action by: – June 21, 2012 Sharing is caring!center_img 9 Views   no discussions Share RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — More than 100 heads of state and government on Wednesday gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the start of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), which seeks to shape new policies to promote global prosperity, reduce poverty and advance social equity and environmental protection.“We are now in sight of a historic agreement,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his address to Rio+20’s opening session on Wednesday morning. “Let us not waste this opportunity. The world is watching to see if words will translate into action, as we know they must.”After intensive and protracted informal negotiations on how to accelerate the implementation of sustainable development, 191 countries reached agreement on Tuesday on the conference’s outcome document. The text will now be put forward for adoption by heads of state at the conclusion of Rio+20 on Friday.“I am pleased that negotiations have reached a successful conclusion and I commend the presidency of Brazil for facilitating this resolution,” Ban said.More than 40,000 people – including parliamentarians, mayors, UN officials, chief executive officers and civil society leaders – are attending Rio+20 from 20-22 June. The event follows on from the Earth Summit in 1992, also held in Rio de Janeiro, during which countries adopted Agenda 21 – a blueprint to rethink economic growth, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection.“We have been given a second chance,” Ban said, adding that since the Earth Summit twenty years ago progress has been too slow, and much more needs to be done. “Rio+20 is not an end but a beginning. It is time for all of us to think globally and locally.”Rio+20’s outcome document, entitled “The Future We Want,” calls for a wide range of actions. These include: beginning the process to establish sustainable development goals; detailing how the green economy can be used as a tool to achieve sustainable development; strengthening the UN Environment Programme (UNEP); promoting corporate sustainability reporting measures; taking steps to go beyond gross domestic product to assess the well-being of a country; developing a strategy for sustainable development financing; and, adopting a framework for tackling sustainable consumption and production.It also focuses on improving gender equity; recognizing the importance of voluntary commitments on sustainable development; and stressing the need to engage civil society and incorporate science into policy; among other points.“We think the text contains a lot of action, and if this action is implemented, and if follow-up measures are taken, it will indeed make a tremendous difference in generating positive global change,” Rio+20’s secretary-general, Sha Zukang, said after the conclusion of the outcome document negotiations on Tuesday.In addition to the outcome document, there have been nearly 500 voluntary commitments on sustainable development activities by civil society groups, businesses, governments and universities. In addition, the UN’s Global Compact initiative, which concluded its Corporate Sustainability Forum on Tuesday, announced more than 200 commitments to sustainable development by businesses.Speaking at Rio+20’s ceremonial opening, on Wednesday afternoon, Ban thanked Brazil for hosting the conference, and expanded on the opportunity it presented to the world.“We recognize that the old model for economic development and social advancement is broken,” he said. “Rio+20 has given us a unique chance to set it right, to create a new model, to set a new course that truly balances the imperatives of robust growth and economic development with the social and environmental dimensions of sustainable prosperity and human well-being.”“But, we need to keep our eyes on the prize. We need to act with vision and commitment, commitment and vision in the largest sense,” the UN chief added. “Let us not forget the scarcest resource of all: Time. We are running out of time. We no longer have the luxury to defer difficult decisions. We have a common responsibility to act in common cause, to set aside narrow national interests in the name of the global public good and the betterment of all.”In his remarks to the same ceremonial opening – at which Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, also spoke, the president of the General Assembly, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, said Rio+20 is the “opportunity of a generation.”“It is our chance to transform ideas and aspirations into bold actions and everyday realities. It is the moment to take steps to shape the future for generations to come –. ‘The future we want,’” Al-Nasser said.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Dakar: Portuguese rider Goncalves killed after crash

first_img Goncalves was competing in his 13th edition of the Dakar. He made his debut in 2006, and took second to Marc Coma in 2015. The Honda rider only made it to this year’s first Dakar staged in Saudi Arabia after recovering from a fractured spleen in a crash in his native Portugal in December. Read Also: Dakar: Peterhansel takes stage but Sainz retains lead After recovering from surgery in time he said before the rally got underway: “It’s a victory for me to be here at the start.” Goncalves was placed 46th in the overall bike standings after Friday’s sixth stage. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Portuguese motorbike rider Paulo Goncalves has died after a crash during Sunday’s Dakar Rally seventh stage, organisers announced. The 40-year-old suffered the fatal accident after 276 kilometres of the day’s ride from Riyadh to Wadi Al Dawasir. Paulo Goncalves suffered a fatal crash in the Dakar Rally’s seventh stage “The organisers received an alert at 10:08 (0708 GMT) and dispatched a medical helicopter that reached the biker at 10:16 and found him unconscious after going into cardiac arrest,” a statement on the rally’s official website reported. “Following resuscitation efforts in situ, the competitor was taken by helicopter to Layla Hospital, where he was sadly pronounced dead,” it added.Advertisement Loading… center_img Promoted Content10 Actors Who Are Happy With The Type Of Roles They Got Hired For5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role Models7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchHow Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!last_img read more

Yastremska downs Sabalenka to reach Adelaide finals

first_imgUkraine’s Dayana Yastremska defeated her third top 20 opponent in a row to make the Adelaide International finals with a 6-4, 7-6 (7⁄4) win over Aryna Sabalenka on Friday. Dayana Yastremska has defeated her third top 20 opponent in a row The 19-year-old’s blitzed world number 20 Donna Vekic in the quarter-finals of the Memorial Drive tournament and was a set up against former Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber when the German retired from their final 16 match with back pain. Yastremska, ranked 24th, will play for the fourth title of her career on Saturday against either Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty or American Danielle Collins. “I’m pretty happy, this new season is off to a good start,” Yastremska said after defeating Sabalenka of Belarus for their third match in as many meetings. “I’m just doing my job on court, playing my game. I do what I can on court. “I feel confidence heading to the Australian Open.” Yastremska broke once per set while losing her own service once in the 106-minute showdown. She finished on a third match point in the tiebreaker as Sabalenka hit the net on a return. Loading… Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBOBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Daycenter_img Yastremska claimed two WTA trophies last season at Strasbourg and Hua Hin, Thailand. In the men’s competition, South African Lloyd Harris knocked out fellow qualifier Tommy Paul 6-4, 6-7 (3⁄7), 6-3 after coming through on his third match point. The 22-year-old will play his first ATP career final against either second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime or number three Andrey Rublev. “To be honest, it doesn’t seem real now,” Harris said. “It was a tough match for both of us, we were both nervous. Read Also: Serena Williams, back in the wins, aims to end long Slam record quest “I’m really, really happy with the win. I had to go for it when I was serving for the match, he was ready to make me play,” he added. “I knew it would be tough to serve it out, I had to put everything I had into the end.” Harris needed two hours and 11 minutes to advance over the American, firing 13 aces and breaking four times while losing his own serve twice. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Man United goalie crashes £170,000 Lamborghini on the way to training

first_img The incident happened near the club’s Carrington training ground on a very cold and potentially icy morning in Manchester, with the number two goalkeeper’s car ending up underneath a roadside barrier. He’s done very well to come away from the incident without any injuries and according to BBC Sports reporter Simon Stone he still managed to make it into training. Romero has played nine times in all competitions this season, playing in the Europa League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, and kept seven clean sheets in those games with United winning all but two, both of which were draws. The 32-year-old signed for the Premier League in 2015 as back up for David de Gea and he’s been considered the best back up keeper in football throughout that time, stepping in brilliantly whenever needed. Read Also:Sniffer dogs check Man United coach ahead of Liverpool clash The former AZ Alkmaar goalie was on the bench on Sunday and had to watch as United lost 2-0 to to fierce rivals Liverpool, who took yet another step towards winning the league. Jurgen Klopp’s side were much the better team and could have been far further ahead, especially with a controversial disallowed goal after a foul on De Gea, and Mo Salah only wrapped up the points in injury time. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero was unhurt after crashing his car on the way to training on Monday morning. Pictures and video of the wreckage of Romero’s £170,000 Lamborghini after the crash started doing the rounds on social media this morning, fortunately the Argentine remained unhurt from the incident. pic.twitter.com/GR5myWjslF— UNITED (@unitedaaaaw) January 20, 2020center_img How has Romero managed this? pic.twitter.com/LSpXZEBh2n— J (@UTFRJ) January 20, 2020 Loading… Promoted ContentWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more

Fans banned from Barca v Napoli UCL tie over coronavirus

first_imgRead Also: Barcelona vs Napoli: Fixture may hold behind closed doorsThe decision was taken following a meeting between club officials and Catalan medical staff earlier Tuesday.“The decision was taken on medical grounds,” Catalonia’s health chief Joan Graux said following the meeting.Napoli, meanwhile, were forced to deny press reports that they had asked for the match to be postponed.“Napoli abides by decisions taken by the Italian government and UEFA.” the club tweeted, describing the reports as fake news. Loading… “The Champions League match scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, between FC Barcelona and Napoli, will be played at Camp Nou behind closed doors,” the Spanish giants said on Twitter.Two other Champions League matches – Tuesday’s tie between Valencia and Atalanta in Spain, and Wednesday’s Paris Saint-Germain v Borussia Dortmund match – are scheduled to be played in empty stadiums in efforts to curb the spread of the killer virus.PSG’s match at the Parc des Princes was forced behind closed doors after the French government announced a ban on all gatherings of more than 1,000 people in a country where 1,412 cases of COVID-19 infections have been recorded and 25 deaths.The announcement was closely followed by the postponement of the Six Nations rugby match between France and Ireland scheduled for Saturday in Paris.Spanish club Valencia’s match against Atalanta was considered high risk and ordered behind closed doors because the Italian side come from Bergamo in the Lombardy region, one of the areas of Italy most affected by the virus.Italy, Europe’s worst-hit country with 9,172 cases and 463 deaths, on Monday banned all sporting events until April 3, suspending all Serie A football fixtures.Barcelona said the match would be played without spectators in line with recommendations from the regional Catalan government. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Barcelona’s Champions League round of 16 return match against Napoli on March 18 has been ordered to be played behind closed doors because of the coronavirus outbreak, both clubs announced Tuesday.Advertisement Promoted Content6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Here Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Bollywood Celeb Weight Loss Transformations That Will Stun You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?last_img read more

UEFA plot four-team mini tournaments

first_img That will get teams to the final four, which is when the mini-tournaments will come in. The idea is that the four semi-finalists in the Champions League will travel to Istanbul, with the four Europa League sides going to the scheduled final city of Gdansk. Both tournaments would be played to a finish over four days in successive weeks, with two one-off semi-finals played back to back and the final between the winners. Uefa feels that such a concept, while far from ideal, would provide a winner and be acceptable to broadcasters while also freeing dates for the remaining domestic league games to be played out. Issues such as whether fans will be allowed in to the venues will be determined in the coming weeks if the proposed play-off scheme is agreed after Tuesday’s discussions. Read AlsoUEFA to discuss coronavirus in Tuesday meeting But with nobody able to provide any certainty on when sport will be able to resume, Uefa recognises all these ideas could be rendered redundant by events outside football’s control. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… UEFA chiefs are planning four-team mini-tournaments to settle the Champions League and Europa League. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin European football chiefs will hold a series of teleconferences on Tuesday to confirm their response to the coronavirus. Uefa has already called off this week’s planned European games and is certain to take the decision to postpone Euro 2020 for 12 months. That will provide space in June and July for domestic leagues to be played to a finish if the virus is sufficiently contained for football to resume. But with Uefa hoping to be able to play next season as near to normal as possible, president Aleksander Ceferin is ready to give the green light to the plan to find a novel way of determining this term’s winners. The Uefa plan foresees the remaining last 16 ties being played as normal once football is allowed to return. Then the last eight ties will be drawn as one-off games, either with the team drawn first having the home advantage or on neutral soil.center_img Promoted Content11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It Appeared11 Movies That Changed The Way We Think Of CGI ForeverYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growthlast_img read more

Rape charge sends Murcia local to jail

first_imgEspanola was detained in the lockup cell ofthe Murcia police station.  The 36-year-old resident Ramero Espanola, whohad been hiding from the police for about five years, was caught on thestrength of an arrest warrant around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, a police reportshowed.  Officers of the municipal police stationserved the warrant issued by Judge Philadelfa Pagapomg-Agraviador of theRegional Trial Court Branch 43 in this city dated May 21, 2014. BACOLOD City – Charged with rape, a man wasarrested in Barangay Talotog, Murcia, Negros Occidental. The court recommended a P120,000 bail bond forthe suspect’s temporary liberty./PNlast_img read more

100-day countdown to Dinagyang 2020 begins

first_img“Their short performance will give everyone an idea what a360-degree performance is going to be during the Dinagyang 2020,” saidDivinagracia yesterday. Guests from Manila attending the MICE event such as Sen. FranklinDrilon, Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and former senator Bam Aquinowill also witness the kick-off of the Dinagyang countdown, according to CityTourism Office head Junel Divinagracia. Peñaflorida said the tribes’ choreography mush be such that theirperformances should face not only the grandstand but also the river. Dinagyang is the Hiligaynon word for revelry or merrymaking. Thefestival is Iloilo City’s version of the Ati-atihan celebrations widelyobserved not only in Panay Island but also in other parts of the country. Itmay not be as ancient as the one in Kalibo, Aklan but it is known more for itsparticipants’ impressive choreography and striking costumes that reflect theingenuity, craftsmanship and artistry of the Ilonggos. Each tribe will get a subsidy of P1.4 million. “We will take advantage of the river, a potential area foradditional seats from where more spectators could watch the presentations. Thejudges will be posted in all angles,” said Peñaflorida. A ceremony led by Mayor Jerry Treñas will be held at Festive WalkMall, Iloilo Business Park in Mandurriao district after the 10 a.m. officiallaunching of the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibits) campaignat the Iloilo Convention Center. Eight tribes have so far confirmed to join the Dinagyang tribescompetition on Jan. 26, 2020. These competing groups are the following:* Tribu Panayanon of Iloilo City National High School (NHS)* Tribu Barriohanon of Bo. Obrero NHS* Tribu Dagatnon of Ramon Avanceña Memorial NHS* Tribu Salognon of Jaro NHS* Tribu Ilonganon of Jalandoni NHS* Tribu Paghidaet of La Paz NHS* Tribu Binhi of Melchor L. Nava NHS* Tribu Hugponganon of Tiu Cho Teg-Ana Ros Foundation Integrated School ILOILO City – Today starts the 100-day countdown to DinagyangFestival 2020. center_img DINAGYANG 2020 will be more experiential, according to the Iloilo City government. The festival is the city’s version of Ati-atihan celebrations widely observed not only in Panay Island but also in other parts of the country. It may not be as ancient as the one in Kalibo, Aklan but it is known more for its participants’ impressive choreography. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN The main performance area is the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand onMuelle Loney Street facing the Iloilo River. Contesting tribes would be required to choreograph theirpresentations in such a way that the dancers face the spectators from allangles during their performances. He also said tribe subsidies would be released by the citygovernment beginning this month. Dinagyang Festival 2020’s theme is “Perfect Vision: Celebratingthe Ilonggo Spirit in Honor of Senior Sto. Niño.”/PN IFFI president Atty. Joebert Peñaflorida said more tribes arewelcome to participate. Three winning tribes from this year’s edition of the festival(Ilonganon, Paghidaet and Panayanon) will perform at the countdown kick-off ceremony.last_img read more