The FBI is confirming that Ghislaine Maxwell, the long time friend and confidante of the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested and the charges sealed.Maxwell’s arrest is welcome news for many alleged Epstein victims living in Palm Beach County. Media reports say the alleged madam was taken into custody for her alleged involvement in Epstein’s sex crimes against underage girls.The FBI took Maxwell into custody this morning in New Hampshire. Maxwell dated Epstein and remained close to him for decades.Epstein committed suicide in his Manhattan jail cell last summer after being charged with exploiting underage girls.
English football is on hold until April 30, although the measure is expected to extend beyond that date. Footballers and coaches can do little other than stay fit and ready for when he resumes. On a social level, many of them are becoming involved at various levels in the battle against the coronavirus. This is the case of Pep Guardiola. The Spanish coach of Manchester City has collaborated with the donation of a million euros to support the fight against the pandemic. Today he has addressed his fans through Manchester City social networks to urge them to follow medical recommendations. “We miss football, we miss the life we had until a few days ago, but now is the time to follow and listen to the recommendations of our scientists and our doctors”, Explain. Guardiola has wanted to be close to the people who are confined at home. “We are a family and we will do everything we can to make you feel better. We will come back from this stronger, better, friendlier and … a little fatter ”, The coach commented before concluding, they are the motto “stay home, stay safe”. The City tries to liven up its own with videos of personal training sessions for its staff, as well as challenges and even explanations of the favorite recipes of its footballers.
Six months after being slapped with fraud charges alongside his mother and fiancée, 26-year-old Dexter Thompson was again hurled before the court for allegedly using forged United States money to a flower merchant.Alleged fraudster Dexter ThompsonThe clothes vendor, of La Parfaite Harmonie, West Bank Demerara (WBD), appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he pleaded not guilty to the charge which read that on January 26, 2019, at Alberttown, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, uttered to Marie Sampson US$650 knowing same to be forged.Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that on the day in question, the repeat offender visited Sampson’s shop and purchased flowers. The defendant then paid for the purchase with US$50 while proceeding to exchange some other US notes.However, upon examining the foreign currency, the victim noticed that it was counterfeit. A report was made and Thompson was later arrested at the city Magistrates’ Courts while attending court for a similar matter.Prosecutor Mansfield objected to bail on the grounds that the defendant was previously charged for a similar offence.Chief Magistrate upheld the prosecution’s submission and remanded Thompson to prison until January 17, 2020.
City Hall financial woes…as council scrambles to avoid embarrassment…Oscar Clarke suggests laying off workersWorkers attached to the Mayor & Councillors of the City of Georgetown (M&CC) are keeping their fingers crossed in hope of being paid before the Christmas holiday, as the Municipality’s administration battles to scrape funds to make the payroll.FLASHBACK: Workers protesting in front of City HallOn Monday a circular was sent to all Heads of Department, informing them that wages and salaries would be paid late for the month of December. However, the late payment of wages and salaries has, over the years, become a norm for the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown, and would precipitate quite a spectacle, as the workers would usually picket the administration.The workers were out on Regent Street, Georgetown last November, protesting for the payment of their wages and salaries while Mayor Patricia Chase-Green and Town Clerk Royston King were in China.On Monday, during a telephone interview, Chase-Green informed Guyana Times that it is customary to inform the departmental heads of the late payment of wages and salaries, so they can inform the staff members. The mayor said she had met with the administrative staff and assured them that they would be paid before the holidays.“We are expected to start making payments before the week is ended, and we are hopeful to finish those payments before the holiday,” Chase-Green said.Downsizing workforceAt an Extraordinary Statutory Meeting on November 14, Chairman of the Finance Committee, Oscar Clarke, suggested that the municipality consider downsizing the number of staff members, since salaries account for 68 per cent of the council’s revenue.Clarke disclosed that at the start of 2017, it was agreed that workers would be paid between the 25th and 27th of every month, and would be given a multi-year salary increase from 2016 to 2018. However, the council was unable to meet its obligation last month due to lack of funds.The chairman suggested that as the New Year approaches, the Council should begin looking to reduce its 800-member staff complement. He noted that the current financial state would remain unchanged if the council continues to pay 68 percent of its revenue for staffing. He noted that the Mayor and City Council would have to undertake a review of the entire staff structure in 2018, and this has been communicated to the union. He added that the workers of the council are paid higher rates than those in the public service.“We will have to discuss with them (union) the way forward in terms of reducing the number of people we have on staff… It’s not that we don’t think the council needs the workers; the council needs the workers, but the council got to get money to pay the workers…I can make reference to a couple of positions; for example, an Office Assistant here gets $74,000 per month, the Government pays about $60,000 now…Clerk 2 General is $90,266 per month, the accountant gets $184, 966, as opposed to what the accountant in the public service gets — maybe $109/$110,000,” he informed.In addition to high salaries, Clarke told the councillors that City Hall has about 260 pensioners, and that number is rapidly increasing, since every year workers are going into retirement.However, Mayor Patricia Chase-Green has said the City is not in the habit of putting families on the breadline, and a number of councillors agreed with her.To cover salaries for the November-December period, City Hall has offered defaulting taxpayers the option of amnesty in hope of them paying their arrears taxes.Meanwhile, contradicting the Mayor, acting Treasurer, John Douglas said that the Council has commenced payments to all staff and will complete the process by Wednesday.For quite a while now, the Mayor & City Council (M&CC) has been deemed cash strapped; and on multiple occasions, work around the city has had to be halted, since the Municipality was unable to pay workers.The City’s major garbage contractors, Cevons Waste Disposal and Puran Bros Disposal Service, were forced to withdraw their services after the administration was unable to pay them more than $300 million that they were owed. This resulted in Cevons laying off a number of its employees and Central Government stepping in to pick up the more than $300 million tab.In the face of this, employees continue to protest over the non-payment of their salaries, but that does not deter Mayor Chase-Green and Town Clerk Royston King from making regular overseas trips to attend various conferences. The duo have been heavily criticized by concerned citizens.
By The Associated Press WASHINGTON – Arguing it is unfair to continue to pass the cost of the war in Iraq to future generations, three House Democrats on Tuesday offered a long-shot plan to raise taxes to pay for the $150billion bill for the war in 2008. One of them, Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said he would delay action on the White House’s war request for next year, saying he refuses “to continue the status quo.” The tax plan, unveiled by Obey and Reps. John Murtha, D-Pa., and Jim McGovern, D-Mass., would require low- and middle-income taxpayers to add 2 percent to their tax bill. Wealthier people would add a 12 percent to 15 percent surcharge, Obey said. Democrats hope their chances of winning a battle with Bush on the war will be better next year, as the election season heats up and if public support for Bush’s war stance continues to fall.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sponsors of the plan appeared more interested in making a point – getting people to focus on the cost of the war – than offering it as a serious proposal. Top Democrats shot down the idea, and it came under scathing assault from Republicans for linking funding for U.S. troops overseas with tax increases. “Just as I have opposed the war from the outset ? I am opposed to a war surtax,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. The move to defer action on President Bush’s $189 billion war funding request until next year, also announced by Obey, appears to reflect frustration over Democrats’ inability to force Bush to roll back the U.S. mission in Iraq. The war in Iraq is costing about $10 billion a month, with Afghanistan and other missions running about $2 billion a month.
QPR midfielder Sandro has no regrets about joining the club and is happy at Loftus Road – despite the Rs staring relegation in the face.The Brazilian moved across London in the summer from Spurs, where he was regularly chasing Champions League football, only to miss a large part of the season with a knee injury.Now he finds himself fully fit, but the team is second from bottom and four points from safety with trips to Liverpool and Manchester City next up.“I am really enjoying my time here,” he said. “The fans can see on the pitch that I am happy now. I feel that the real Sandro is here now. And I feel very happy that my relationship with the fans is growing with every game that we play.“I’m becoming closer to them and that excites me. I want to say thank you to all the fans for your support.“I know you’ve seen us lose quite a few homes games recently but I think we’ve shown passion.” QPR star Sandro 1
FOUR men who rescued a family from an overturned car were Defence Forces soldiers returning home from Finner Camp, it has emerged.The reluctant heroes went to help the Faulkner family as they returned from a holiday in the county last weekend.Yesterday mum Laura asked Donegal Daily readers to help to find the mystery men who stopped at the side of the road near Ballybofey – to help Laura, her husband Neil and their three young children – aged 3 months, 18 months and 4 – escape. Thanks to you – our readers – Laura was able to contact two of the soldiers to thank them personally for what they did last Sunday.The family had been on holidays here and were travelling home having spent the night in the popular The Gap Lodge B&B in Barnesmore.Said Laura: “The men who came to help us rescued my world, because my children are my world.“They are real heroes as far as we are concerned. We were in a ditch, our car was upside down and the doors were locked. I want to thank them again from the bottom of my heart.” FOUND THEM! HEROES WHO RESCUED FAMILY FROM CRASH ARE SOLDIERS was last modified: April 11th, 2014 by John2Share 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:AntrimBallyclareBarnesmore GapdonegalFaulkner familyFinner CampLaura FaulknerrescuesoldiersThe Gap
St Eunan’s have already beaten Glenswilly in the finalGAA headquarters has agreed to review an appeal lodged by Naomh Conaill over their senior championship semi-final against Glenswilly, Donegal Daily has learned.The Glenties-based club has appealed against a decision of the Ulster Council which decided not to review its appeal because the club’s paperwork was deemed not to be in order.Croke Park’s National Central Appeals Committee will meet on Friday and decide whether the case should go back to the Ulster Council for review. If they say it should, then the Ulster Council must meet before St Eunan’s – who beat Glenswilly in the county final last Sunday – play Roslea in the Ulster club championship this Sunday.In a statement Naomh Conaill said players and officials felt aggrieved at how both the Donegal County Board and the Ulster Council of the GAA had dealt with the case.If the Ulster Council – with paperwork presumably correct this time around – were to rule in Naomh Conaill’s favour it would, it would throw the Donegal and Ulster club championships into chaos.Naomh Conaill’s grievance stemmed from a black-card incident involving Ciaran Bonner. He had already been yellow-carded and should have been sent off. Instead he was replaced by substitute Oisin Crawford who went on to score. CHAOS FEAR AS CROKE PARK AGREE TO REVIEW NAOMH CONAILL’S APPEAL AGAINST SEMI-FINAL RESULT was last modified: November 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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:glenswillyNaomh ConaillSt Eunans
Gareth Harkin made his first appearance of the season for Finn Harps tonight since injuring his elbow in training.French striker Wilfried Tagbo scored the only goal for Finn Harps tonight as they recorded a pre-season friendly win over a well organised Inishowen League side at Maginn Park tonight.Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan may well have discovered a free-scoring forward that Harps fans have been crying out for ahead of the forthcoming First Division campaign which kicks-off next month.Parisian striker Tagbo scored the winner for Harps against Cork City ten days ago in another 1-0 friendly victory. He’s expected to remain with the squad over the next few weeks and will feature against Galway on Friday night.Tago must be close to earning a contract with Harps for the coming season and a free-scoring French striker would certainly capture the public’s imagination.Gareth Harkin made his first appearance of the season after sustaining an elbow injury in pre-season training.The influential playmaker played 70 minutes of tonight’s match and will feature again at Terryland Park on Friday. The Inishowen League side performed well throughout and played a neat brand of passing football.However, they’ll be disappointed they never really threatened Ciaran Gallagher who had a comfortable evening.Cockhill Celtic midfielder Malachy McDermott appeared as second-half substitute.Finn Harps team: Ciaran Gallagher, Josh Mailey, Tommy McMonagle, Keith Cowan, Ciaran Coll, Gareth Harkin, Raymond Foy, Matthew Crossan, Michael Funston, Kevin McHugh, Garbhan Friel.FRENCH TRIALIST SCORES AGAIN AS HARPS DEFEAT INISHOWEN LEAGUE IN PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY was last modified: February 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Finn Harps FCFrenchnewssoccerSportWilfried Tagbo
The trial at the Special Criminal Court of prominent republican Thomas “Slab” Murphy for alleged tax evasion has heard evidence of cheques from a Donegal company being lodged in a bank account in his name.It is the prosecution’s case that, although Mr Murphy conducted significant dealings in relation to cattle and land, and received farming grants from the Department of Agriculture, he failed to make any returns to revenue.Mr Murphy, 66, of Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, has pleaded not guilty to nine charges alleging that he failed to furnish a return of his income, profits or gains or the source of his income, profits or gains to the Collector General or the Inspector of Taxes for the years 1996/97 to 2004. Mr Murphy is being prosecuted on foot of an investigation by the Criminal Assets Bureau.Charles McCarthy, former manager of Irish Life and Permanent PLC’s money-laundering reporting service, told the court that, in 2006, records of financial transactions conducted by Thomas Murphy, with an address at Ballybinaby, Hackballscross, Co Louth, were handed over to gardaí.The account is based at Permanent TSB, Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, the court heard.The non-jury court heard evidence in relation to cheques drawn from the account between December 2003 and January 2006.Copies of the cheques were shown to the three-judge court, which heard that cheques were paid from the bank account to Elphin, Ballyjamesduff and Kingscourt livestock marts.Mr McCarthy told Paul Burns SC, prosecuting, that the cheques were signed by T Murphy.The court also heard evidence of a series of cheques, with a total value of over £41,000, paid into the account in 2000.The cheques, made payable to Thomas Murphy, were lodged by Donegal Meat Processors and the Paymaster General, the court heard.John Kearney QC, defending, told the court that his client, Mr Murphy, was “not in control” of the bank account and that the accused’s brother, Patrick Murphy, controlled the account.Mr Kearney put it to Mr McCarthy that: “Not on a single, solitary occasion did Thomas Murphy set foot in the Clanbrassil Street branch of PTSB Dundalk.”Mr McCarthy replied: “I never met the man, so I don’t know.”Records relating to Patrick Murphy’s bank account, also at TSB, Clanbrassil Street, Dundalk, were shown to the court.Referring to those records, and to the records of Thomas Murphy’s bank account, Mr McCarthy agreed with Mr Kearney that, on 9 December 1996, sums of £500 were lodged into both accounts.Mr McCarthy further agreed with Mr Kearney that, on 1 April and 25 June 1997, sums of the same amount, £500 and £1,000 respectively, were lodged in both accounts.“Do you agree with me that it’s consistent with one man lodging to both accounts on the same day?” Mr Kearney asked the witness.“It’s quite possible,” Mr McCarthy replied.Mr Kearney suggested to the witness that Patrick Murphy used the account to carry out farming activity.“I can only say that it’s possible,” Mr McCarthy said.The trial continues.TRIAL OF THOMAS ‘SLAB’ MURPHY FOR TAX EVASION HEARS OF DONEGAL CHEQUES was last modified: October 22nd, 2015 by John2Share 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)