Businessman remanded on $2M fraud charge

first_imgA businessman who is accused of defrauding $2 million from two persons and evading Police custody was on Monday remanded to prison when he made his first court appearance.Cliff Jacobs, 28, of Lot 264 Low Creek, Soesdyke Highway, appeared before Senior Magistrate Leron Daly in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The charge stated that on September 26, 2018, at Charlotte Street, Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he obtained the sum of $800,000 from Inshan Singh by falsely pretending that he is the owner of properties situated at Better Hope, East Coast Demerara, and that he was in a position to sell one of the properties.It was further alleged that on September 24, 2018, at Church Street, Georgetown, he incurred a debt of $1.1 million from Austin Munroe by the use of fraud.Jacobs was represented by Attorney-at-Law Paul Fung-A-Fat, who asked the court for his client to be released on reasonable bail.However, Police Prosecutor Shellon Daniels objected to bail on the grounds of him being a flight risk, since during the early stages of the investigation, Jacobs was released on his own recognisance and was ordered to report to the station every week, but he failed to comply.Daniels further indicated that Jacobs provided the police with a wrong name, stating that he is Joseph Troy Gomes and it was only recently that an officer saw him in a supermarket and arrested him.The Magistrate, after listening to the prosecutor’s grounds of objection, remanded Jacobs to prison. The case will continue on September 13, 2019.last_img read more

Registration date extended for Crystal Cup and Sid Davis Youth Memorial

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The registration date deadline is being extended until Friday for the Crystal Cup and Sid Davis Youth Memorial.Registrants, including sponsor team vouchers, are being asked to have packages into Ernie’s Sports Experts by 6:00 p.m. Friday for the adults, and the Hard Edge Sports in the Pomeroy for the youth.Organizers say spots are filling up fast in all divisions for both challenges, so be sure to get your registration package in quickly.- Advertisement -The deadline to register for the Crystal Cup and Sid Davis Youth Memorial is this Friday, February 15, at 6:00 p.m.To register and for information on the Crystal Cup, you can visit the Crystal Cup website.The Crystal Cup Pond Hockey Challenge is taking place on February 22 to the 24 at Charlie Lake.Advertisementlast_img read more

Swim with the Olympians Saturday at North Peace Leisure Pool

first_imgThe Inconnu Swim Club will hold its annual ‘Swim with the Olympian’ event this Saturday at the North Peace Leisure Pool.The Club is pleased to announce that swimmer Brent Hayden will be attending for a second time. Hayden is just coming off a double gold medal performance at the Commonwealth Games is New Delhi, India. Hayden won the golds in the 50 metre and 100 metre freestle swimming events.- Advertisement -Also attending will be Martha McCabe. McCabe specializes in the breastroke and finished fourth in the 200 metre event at the games in New Delhi.A free public swim with the Olympians will take place from 12 – 3 p.m. A barbeque will also be held at this time, by donation, to help support the Inconnu Swim Club.last_img read more

Huge database riddled with errors

first_imgThose problems point to a larger issue: The database set up to provide a window into how California spends billions of taxpayer dollars is badly flawed. The inventory of tens of thousands of contracts and purchases is littered with typographical errors and jargon, undercut by omissions and weakened by uncertainty over what gets listed, when and by whom, an investigation by The Associated Press has found. The General Services Department, which runs the giant system, acknowledged “gaps” in the records and said that after AP inquiries it is notifying all departments “to precisely follow the guidelines” for entering information and to report errors immediately. DGS “will continue to make improvements,” the statement said. Interim Director Will Bush declined an interview. The state Mental Health Department agreed to pay a Los Angeles hotel $877 million in 2005 to hold a two-day training conference, according to state records. $877 million? For a two-day conference? It’s wrong – not even close. The actual contract was $36,200 and the agency spent only about $21,000, invoices show. Inclusion of the dramatically higher amount in a vast computerized index of state contracts was an honest mistake, the result of a worker typing a billing code where the contract’s value should have been listed, officials say. An attempted fix created a duplicate listing, leading to confusion rather than clarity. The genesis for the database was a 2002 audit finding a $95 million software contract with Oracle Corp. – pitched as a way to save money – was in essence a $41 million rip-off. Several days after the no-bid contract was signed, Oracle gave a $25,000 campaign contribution to then-Gov. Gray Davis. After an outcry, the contract was dropped and Davis sought to make amends. “I am determined to ensure that taxpayers get their money’s worth and that all state contracts withstand scrutiny,” Davis said in announcing plans leading to the database. Dubbed the State Contract and Procurement Register System, the system was set up in 2003 as a way to record nearly every dollar the state spends on goods and services – a sort of giant balance sheet documenting everything from helicopter rentals and solar panels to eggs and body armor. “We really didn’t know what the state was buying,” said Clothilde Hewlett, a former interim director of the General Services Department. “Each department was like its own silo, and that didn’t bode well for transparency.” Today, the state still doesn’t have a complete picture of what it spends. “I don’t think there is a reliable number,” said state technology chief J. Clark Kelso. “Errors creep into all these things.” Indeed, big mistakes can occur with a missed keyboard stoke and there is no comprehensive way for General Services to find and correct them. The agency says the responsibility for accuracy rests with each state department, in what amounts to an “honor system.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Champions League final left Tottenham feeling ’empty’ – Pochettino

first_img0Shares0000Hard to take: Mauricio Pochettino admitted Tottenham’s Champions League final defeat to Liverpool left him feeling empty © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 25 – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino admitted on Friday it has taken his side time to recover from the hammer blow of losing the Champions League final to Liverpool.The two sides will meet for the first time since the Reds’ victory in Madrid at Anfield on Sunday after very different starts to the season. Liverpool are six points clear at the top of the Premier League as they look to end a 30-year wait to win the title, while Tottenham are 13 points further back in seventh.“It was tough. The last game of the season, the final of the Champions League is all or nothing and it was nothing in the end,” said Pochettino.“It means a lot for the club to reach the final of the Champions League but for the players or the coaching staff we felt empty after the game.“We’ve spoken a lot about my feelings after the Champions League final, but now we have full energy and we have recovered from that situation and now it’s the moment to build again our confidence and trust and start to show our real talent and potential.”Pochettino is hopeful that Tuesday’s 5-0 thrashing of Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League proves to be a turning point in Tottenham’s season after winning just three of their first 12 games in all competitions.Harry Kane and Son Heung-min were the stars of the show in midweek with two goals each, but there were also promising signs from club-record signing Tanguy Ndombele in midfield after a slow start to his Spurs career.Tottenham saw off stiff competition to land the French international midfielder from Lyon for 70 million euros ($79 million, £63 million) in July.“When you sign a player, despite the amount you pay, with the profile of Tanguy Ndombele or Giovani Lo Celso or Ryan Sessegnon you need minimum one year and a half, or two years,” added Pochettino.“Look at what happened with Son or (Moussa) Sissoko, they started to perform in year two, year three.“Today the market is the market, you cannot judge the player because you paid some kind of amount.“He played two years in Lyon and moved to England where everything is new, but the quality is there. They need time to show their real quality.”0Shares0000(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has taken a swipe at the county board in the wake of the horrific injury to star player Leo McLoone.The manager has said the board’s failure to postpone club fixtures has indirectly led to the injury which has left McLoone out of the Ulster Final in Clones on June 17th.The Glenties man had pleaded with the board to put off the games until after the Ulster Final but was over-ruled. Now in the wake of the brutal brawl between Glenswilly and Naomh Coniall, which resulted in McLoone receiving brutal eye injury, McGuinness has spoken out.IN his first interview since the brawl McGuinness fumed “That match was a knife edge after a draw. There was potential for something to happen.“It was well flagged up at the time and it is unfortunate. You want you top players available going into an Ulster final.“Rory Kavanagh and Kevin Rafferty have also picked up knocks and will not train this week. “It is not ideal preparation,” he said.McGuinness was at the game which resulted in McLoone suffering a double fracture of an eye socket in the fighting after the championship game.Reports suggested around 50 people were involved in the fracas which is being investigated by Donegal county officials.The Donegal County Board has not yet responded to McGuinness’ claims.Ends MCGUINNESS TAKES SWIPE AT COUNTY BOARD IN MCLOONE INJURY DEBACLE was last modified: July 5th, 2011 by StephenShare 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:Jim McGuinnessLeo McLooneUlster Finallast_img read more

Donegal School Closures: 19th January 2018

first_imgA number of primary and secondary schools around Donegal have decided to remain closed this morning due to the adverse weather.In the interest of the safety of students and staff, the following schools have confirmed closure today (Friday, 19th January 2018)Colaiste Ailigh, LetterkennyGairmscoil Chú Uladh, An ClochanLurgybrack NS, LetterkennySchool principals are asked to contact to notify of other closures. For event and service cancellations, please email Donegal School Closures: 19th January 2018 was last modified: January 19th, 2018 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:iceschool closuresnowlast_img read more

Interview: 7 Filmmaking Tips for Creating Retro ’80s Action

first_imgMeet the very talented filmmaker trying to recreate retro ’80s action in the ambitious and fun new project Commando Ninja.All images via Benjamin Combes.Benjamin Combes is not the first man to try to make a classic action movie. Many have tried (most notably, during the 1980s and ’90s when the genre was a hot box office draw). We’ve also seen other retro synthwave projects like Kung Fury. However, Combes’s own project, Commando Ninja, has been in the works for a while and is now coming to light.Combes, who has worked in film and video for several years as a director in Montpellier, France, has honed his chops producing trailers and projects in the video game industry for brands like Assassin’s Creed, Tom Clancy, and Mario. We chatted with Combes about his newest project and what advice he has for anyone looking to create retro ’80s action.1. Shoot Like They Did in the ’80sTo start this project, I went back and re-watched every ’80s action movie I could remember. What stood out was that the action was always very clear and you could always understand what was happening on-screen. Stunt work and choreography was key as the camera was almost always stable on a tripod with minimal dolly movements.First off, when diving into an homage project, it’s highly important that you do your research. When looking through source materials, Combes developed a game plan based on what his filmmaking predecessors had to work with. Camera moves in that era were an unnecessary luxury, as the filmmakers would rather let the stunts provide the entertainment.2. Use Real Locations (not Green Screens)Like I said above, our goal on this project was to shoot a movie as it could have been done in the 1980s. Green screen keying is a great way to digitally extend locations, but I really don’t like the idea of actors playing ‘make believe’ in a studio. I found that the actors were really more enthusiastic being on location and actually getting to roam around in riverbeds than safe in studio.As Combes points out, green screen technology is truly a powerful tool for filmmaking projects both big and small. Kung Fury, for example, made heavy use of green screens and CGI to create a digital world. However, each project needs to find its own authenticity, and Combes’s dedication to ’80s technology rules comes through true to form.3. Work with Era-Specific SFX on SetFor me, real squibs is a huge detail that always stood out to me from the classic ’80s movies. We were able to hire some professional stuntmen who could handle things like squibs, grenade explosions, and swordfights. We also made an effort to use awful-looking dummies and fake body parts as they would in the ’80s for any stunts where people are exploded or thrown from balconies. Likewise, real locations [and] practical SFX were also the best part of the shooting days, and actors loved that. I remember actor Philippe Allier was particularly excited to be chased by a full-scale velociraptor.On small-budget productions (Commando Ninja was principally shot with less than $5,000 — its Kickstarter is trying to raise the rest of the necessary funds), working with real SFX can get expensive quickly. However, because Combes and his team embraced the cheesier aspects of ’80s action, they could sacrifice verisimilitude for safety — which is always important for explosive shoots.4. Get that Film LookIf you want to look like an ’80s movie, the film look is maybe the most important thing. We shot digital on a Panasonic GH4, so we tried to set everything we could to match film quality. Of course that means thinking about lighting, depth of field, focal length, focus, and shooting at 24fps [with] shutter speed [at] 1/48 to get the right motion blur.As you can see in the picture of their color grade, Combes used the GH4’s “Native Cinelike D” before trying to match color grades by taking shot-for-shot references from some of his favorite ’80s classics. Then the filmmakers added grain and dust overlays and created some organic pops and scratches to create a unique blend for the end result.Here are some great grain overlays from Rocketstock to consider for your ’80s projects.5. Attention to Detail with Props, Costumes, Haircuts, etc.I think details in movies are really important. I love making costumes, and I’m kind of a gun freak, so we paid attention to use only ’80s props, costumes, weapons, haircuts, and vehicles. I spent a lot of time on eBay and in vintage clothing shops to find the pieces for the costumes, contacted a lot of old vehicle owners, and verified if props were from the [right] era.Some folks can just be sticklers for the details. In Combes’s case, that meant caring about every little thing — from the shoes on his actors’ feet to their standard army haircuts to every detail of their props and costumes. If you’re trying to recreate a world gone by, you have to truly inhabit it.6. Embrace Humor in Your Action’80s action movies were violent, sexy, and (most of all) fun! Commando, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, and RoboCop were all ’80s blockbusters that embraced a sense of humor. It’s a great way to defuse all the violence you sometimes witness with funny punchlines and tongue-in-cheek dialogue to help detach and enjoy all the blood and gore.Let’s face it: any retro ’80s action movie made today is going to get a few laughs. Combes, like those before him, has embraced the humor in the action by calling attention to over-the-top elements and tropes. It’s no coincidence either, as Combes points out (after reading Arnold Schwarzenegger’s biography Total Recall) that comedy writers were often brought in to punch up one-liners.7. ’80s Era Lighting SetupsWhen you think of the ’80s, you think of neons and pastel colors like pink. Action movies from the ’80s were no different, and we worked hard to bring retro lighting setups to life. Of course, we didn’t want to abuse it, but we tried to bring back some nostalgia with colored gels for dark and night scenes and bright neons when we could.Today, it seems the trend in cinematic lighting is a heavy mix of orange and blue — and finding creative ways to use darkness and shadows. In the ’80s, shadows were big, but bright colors and neons were also popular. Combes admits that he was very lucky to work with a retro-style photographer for lighting setups and gel choices to get a look that was both ’80s and practical.For more info on Commando Ninja check out their Kickstarter here. For more retro filmmaking tips and tricks, check out these resources.Give Your Project a Retro-Creepy Vibe With 80s Synth MusicUse Film Grain Overlays to Add a Cinematic Look to Your Footage329 Free Action Elements for Video EditorsDetonate: 40 FREE Explosion SFX and VFX ElementsHow To Create Action Titles With Glitch Effects + Free Glitch Elementslast_img read more

Sanitisation operation at Dera comes to an end

first_imgThe three-day mammoth exercise to carry out “sanitisation” of the sprawling Dera Sacha Sauda sect headquarters premises here ended on Sunday evening, officials said.Security forces and various government departments had launched a coordinated effort to carry out the exercise on September 8.“Various teams engaged in this operation have submitted their report to the court commissioner, who will now submit his report to the Punjab and Haryana High Court,” an official said.A member of the State body of the Dera had been arrested for allegedly inciting violence on August 25 in Panchkula. Meanwhile, efforts continued to trace Dera chief’s adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan, against whom a lookout notice was issued earlier.Meanwhile, efforts continued to trace the Dera chief’s adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan, against whom a lookout notice was issued earlier.Searh on for functionaryPanchkula Police Commissioner A.S. Chawla said the police were also looking for another key functionary Aditya Insan.“We are at the job and hopeful of nabbing them soon,” he said. “We are conducting raids at various places and our teams have gone to different areas to trace them.” Mr. Chawla said the police needs to question Honeypreet regarding the disclosures made by some of the arrested persons.last_img read more

4.5-magnitude earthquake hits India-Nepal border

first_imgA 4.5-magnitude earthquake hit the Indo-Nepal border in Uttar Pradesh on Friday afternoon, the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) said. There were no immediate reports of casualties. The NCS, which works under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, said the quake was reported at 12.45 pm at a depth of 33 km.last_img