Jurors say arrogance and compelling evidence brought down Stanford

first_imgJurors in the recent trial of convicted Texas financier Allen Stanford say his arrogance and greed as well as compelling evidence by his former chief financial officer were primarily responsible for his conviction and the forfeiture of US $330 million in assets.The eight men and four women jury on March 6 found Stanford guilty on 13 of 14 counts. Two days later, the same jury decided that Stanford must forfeit US$330 million in assets in 29 bank accounts seized by the US government.Stanford was convicted of masterminding a “massive” US$7 billion Ponzi scheme by bilking tens of thousands of investors of high-yield certificates of deposit at his Antigua-owned Stanford International Bank (SIB).“The jury returned unanimous verdicts, and we think they speak for themselves,” Jury foreman John Wojciak, an environmental engineer, told reporters.Bruce Forrest, a 47, an alternate juror and optician, said prosecutors presented “overwhelming evidence” that resulted in Stanford’s conviction.He said the testimony of James Davis, Stanford’s ex-finance chief, was the most compelling.Davis, who made a plea deal with the US government, testified against his former boss for five days during the six-week trial.Forrest also recalled testimony from Sohil Merchant, Stanford’s information technology chief, who testified to having to repeatedly fly in laptops to replace ones the tycoon had smashed against walls or dropped into water.“There’s an arrogance that goes with that,” Forrest said, adding “and to find out he used other people’s money in order to accomplish all this. Along with arrogance comes greed”.Je, however, lamented that Stanford did not take the stand on his own behalf.“He might regret that now,” Forrest said. “It’s always nice to hear from him”.But another juror, Carlos Anez, 27, an industrial engineer, said it would not have made any difference if Stanford had personally testified, given the overwhelming evidence against him.“It was a lot,” he said, disclosing that the jury had briefly deadlocked on one count, the allegation that Stanford had bribed Antiguan banking regulator Leroy King with tickets for the National Football League’s final, “The Super Bowl”.King has also been indicted in the scheme and faces extradition from his native Antigua.Anez said jurors were unsure about the rules were in Antigua. Stanford was acquitted on that count.Stanford’s lawyers had unsuccessfully asked Judge David Hitter, who presided over the case, to delay the trial, claiming that their client was suicidal and might never sufficiently recover from a 2009 jail house beating by another inmate, to face a jury.In addition, defence lawyers claimed that Stanford was addicted to prescription anti-anxiety drugs and had spent almost nine months in a US federal prison hospital in North Carolina in a detoxification program.But Hittner ruled that Stanford was legally competent to stand trial.“That will be an issue,” said Ali Fazel, one of Stanford’s lawyers. “It will be a lengthy appeal.”Antigua Observer NewsRegional Jurors say arrogance and compelling evidence brought down Stanford by: – March 13, 2012 Tweet 14 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Liverpool close to signing Bayern Munich star

first_img Loading… It is said that the clubs are in advanced negotiations for a deal which will cost in the region of €35m (£31.5m) with the talks focus around the structure of the payment rather than the amount.The 29-year-old’s deal in Bavaria is set to expire in the summer of 2021 and despite the club keen to renew his deal, the player has backed off and looks set to end his seven-year stay at Munich.Last week, a report in German outlet Sport Bild claimed the Spain international is expecting to leave the Bundesliga champions this summer and had been the first to report of interest from the Reds. Read Also: Zidane wants Messi to stay in Spain despite Barcelona exit claimsAs highlighted by transfermarkt.de, the central midfielder has a market valuation of €48m and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is said to be a huge fan of his technical ability and would love to add him to his midfield ranks this summer.Thiago joined Bayern in 2013 after they activated his €25m release clause at Barcelona and whilst he has been linked with a return to the Camp Nou at several points in his career since, no move has ever come to fruition and now appears unlikely due to the Blaugrana’s options in the position.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeThe Best Cars Of All Time11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top Liverpool are ‘very close’ to completing the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, as per a report in Diario Sport.Advertisementlast_img read more

Zamora deserves warm welcome – Redknapp

first_img Press Association He continued: “I went to watch them play Juventus that night (in the Europa League). That was one of the best footballing nights I have ever been to. Fulham went 1-0 down and they were something like 4-1 down on aggregate (but came back to win 4-1 on the night) and Bobby ripped them to pieces. “What a night of football, I loved every minute of it. Years ago people would go back to their old club and they would get a lovely ovation. Dear oh Lord, what has happened?” After starting the season with a bang, scoring four times in his first five matches, Zamora has only found the net once since last September. But Redknapp believes his return to fitness after overcoming an ankle injury and a dose of the flu is vital to QPR’s chances of Premier League survival. “He is important to us. He holds the ball up, he knows what he is doing and he knows how to play. Going back to Fulham will be interesting for him,” Redknapp said. QPR are off the bottom of the table, courtesy of Reading’s 4-1 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday, but they still head to Craven Cottage seven points adrift of safety. “Back-to-back wins for us could put us right back in the picture again,” Redknapp said. “Everyone has written us off but we are still right in there in my opinion. “I am confident. When I am not confident I will be struggling to come into work in the morning.” QPR manager Harry Redknapp has told Fulham fans that Bobby Zamora deserves a hero’s welcome on his return to Craven Cottage for Monday’s Barclays Premier League London derby.center_img Zamora’s goals helped fire Fulham into the 2010 Europa League final and he spent four years at the club before moving to QPR in January 2010. Redknapp despairs at the way modern-day football supporters abuse the players they once cheered – and he hopes Zamora gets the reception he deserves. “I don’t know why you should get stick when you go back to a club where you have done so fantastically well,” Redknapp said. “Why do you abuse someone when they have given you good service and been a good player?” last_img read more

Early Voting Begins Today in Palm Beach County

first_imgEarly voting begins today in Palm Beach County for the upcoming Primary Election on August 18th.According to Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link, “We have more Early Voting locations than ever before and longer hours to better serve our community.”Early Voting will occur between Monday, August 3 – Sunday, August 16. There are 18 locations across the county and polls are open from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. To find the closest and most convenient location for you click here. To ensure safety during voting, election officials have implemented a COVID-19 voter safety guide at all our polling locations.You can read more about the safety procedures we put in place to keep you safe while voting here. When you go vote, please bring your photo ID. Remember, you can vote at any Early Voting location in the county. If you have a Vote-by-Mail ballot, you can drop it off at any Early Voting location also.last_img read more

USC to kick off fall tournament play

first_imgIt would be a stretch to call last season’s performance by the USC women’s tennis team a disappointment.  The Women of Troy finished the season ranked No. 19 in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings and had several players perform well enough to advance deep into the postseason.Serves up · Junior Danielle Lao, ranked No. 16 in singles this year, registered a 26-13 overall record in singles play last year as a sophomore. – Daily Trojan file photoBut given the recent history of success the team has experienced under USC coach Richard Gallien, it’s no surprise that this year’s squad is looking for more.“To stay in the top 20 in the country was certainly not our goal, but considering how few people we had ready [last season], I think we did quite well,” said Gallien, now in his 17th season with the Women of Troy.Prior to the 2009-2010 season, USC had finished ranked no worse than No. 11 in the nation this century. The 2009-2010 season’s final rankings saw the team at No. 20, followed by last season’s finish at No. 19.Last year’s squad was hampered by mid-season injuries to key players, and the lack of depth affected the team’s performance.  This year the Women of Troy face another huge obstacle before the season has even started in replacing senior Maria Sanchez, who graduated last spring after finishing the season No. 3 in the nation.But the Women of Troy have plenty of returners to make up for Sanchez’s departure, including junior Danielle Lao, who finished last season ranked No. 23 in the ITA rankings and was named second team All-Pac 10.Lao believes the team is in a good position to move forward without Sanchez.“You can’t replace a player like Maria Sanchez,” Lao said.  “But we’ve got a lot of strong freshmen coming in who are eager and hungry, so we’re looking forward to a good season.”That group of freshmen, ranked as the second best recruiting class in the country according to TennisRecruiting.com, consists of Gabrielle, DeSimone, Giuliana Olmos, Sabrina Santamaria and Zoe Scandalis.Gallien expressed his excitement about this group of new players.“Although we lost Maria [Sanchez], we also gain one of the top recruiting classes in the country and I expect all four [freshmen] to play and contribute,” Gallien said.Though this new batch of freshmen will be relied on this season, a former highly touted recruit is also expected to be a top contributor:  sophomore Kaitlyn Christian.In her first season playing Division I tennis, Christian teamed with the aforementioned Sanchez to form one of the top doubles teams in the country. The pair advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA doubles championships, the farthest any USC women’s doubles team has ever been. This year, however, Christian is looking to top that mark.“The big goal would be to win the Pac-12 and NCAA championship,” Christian said. “But right now we’re just focused on working hard.”Christian credits Sanchez as a key contributor to her own personal success.  She looks to experience some of that same success the two experienced last year with a new partner this season.“Maria taught me a lot,” Christian said.  “She’s probably one of the best players I’ve ever played with, so hopefully I can carry some of that success into this year.”Christian is listed at No. 60 in the preseason ITA rankings of individual players after finishing last season at No. 90. Lao currently sits at No. 16.Teamed with other returners, such as Valeria Pulido and Allison Ramos, Gallien is looking to return to past success.“With the players we have coming in and the returners, I really do think we should be back in the top 10 and make a solid run at a championship.”The Women of Troy open the season this weekend at the Nike Invitational at California.last_img read more

Swedish tax dispute sees Tristan Sjöberg depart Betsson governance

first_imgShare Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Andy McCue returns to betting with Betsson AB June 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Tristan SjöbergStockholm-listed online gambling group Betsson AB has today announced that Tristan Sjöberg has resigned from its Board of Directors.Issuing a short corporate update, Betsson cites that Sjöberg has resigned due to his ongoing dispute with the Swedish Tax Authority related to personal tax liabilities.The announcement sees Sjöberg end his six-month tenure as a Betsson AB corporate director and governance advisor.A seasoned executive in industry finance and enterprise strategy, Sjöberg is the current Executive Chairman of gambling equipment manufacturer TCSJOHNHUXLEY.Furthermore, Sjöberg is the Co-Founder and Director of Scandinavian investment fund Knutsson Holdings AB, a private equity firm with significant holdings in NetEnt, Catena Media and Betsson AB.This September Betsson governance announced the departure of Kaaren Hilsen as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), confirming that the executive would return to Telenor Sweden, following less than a year spent in the leadership position.Further to its governance announcement, Betsson AB confirms that it will publish its Q3 2018 results on 24 October 2018. Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

Boxer Patrick Allotey handcuffed, in police custody after beating up Kotoko fan

first_imgBoxer Patrick Allotey, who was recently summoned by the Ghana Boxing Association (GBA) over his assault of a Kumasi Asante Kotoko fan last Sunday, is in even more trouble.Allotey turned himself in to the police, accompanied by his manager, on Friday morning after a warrant was issued for his arrest for the incident.He has since been transferred to the Accra Regional Police Command as investigations proceed.Pictures have since emerged of Allotey in handcuffs and have gone viral on social media.This development comes hours after Allotey, who is the current WBO Africa Super Welterweight Champion, was summoned by the GBA to explain his actions.Patrick Allotey draws back his fist preparing to hit the fanHe could face sanctions for assaulting the fan, an action which falls foul of the ethics of the profession.Patrick Allotey in handcuffs – Photo: Hot FMDerby knockoutThe video of Allotey punching Mr Siaw multiple times in the face in the stands at the Accra Sports Stadium has been shared widely.Allotey appeared agitated by Siaw’s antics, as the Kotoko fan was gyrating right in front of him and took out his anger on him.He has, however, since apologised for his actions, and added that he and his representatives have reached out to Michael Siaw.Mr. Siaw, the fan who was assaulted by Patrick AlloteySiaw, whose pictures, depicting his injuries, have gone viral, has denied that he provoked Allotey, stating that he was just celebrating Kotoko’s goal.last_img read more

Kroos looks out over the cliff

first_imgSince then Kroos walks on the wire. His statements contrary to the drop in wages that was planned for the white squad due to the coronavirus crisis (of 10% if, as it seems, the championship resumes), put him back on the run. “Lowering the salary is a lost fund or donation to the club,” he said, later clarifying that it was a failure in the translation of the interview. After his last renovation Kroos was sincere: “I am the first who has not played at his level. I have no problem saying it. I really want to be more consistent, like before, in the previous four years. In this I have played wrong, but I’m sure I’ll have three or four more years to go, “he said. Now, with the shadow of Pogba and Camavinga (and of Valverde himself) on the horizon of that football with more muscle and back and forth than Zidane prefers, Kroos is in a crucial moment of his career in Madrid. And more with the resumption of the season … He was very surprised that Zidane left him on the bench that time being the player with the most influence in the game of Madrid: he is the footballer who distributes the most passes, 2,439, ahead of Casemiro (2,224) and that has played 400 minutes less than the Brazilian. The answer may lie in the occasional lack of involvement in defense of Kroos himself. The German, so decisive in Madrid’s triumphs (four Champions in five years) It was very marked last season in which Madrid ran out of options to win any title in March. 64% of the fans asked not to continue in a macrosondeo elaborated by this newspaper at the end of the campaign. Its renewal was not understood. Perhaps he was weighed down by his failure on Ajax’s first goal in the disastrous 1-4 of the Champions League and his alarmingly low physical condition. At Real Madrid, the line that separates being idolized by the hobby of systematic booing is very thin. Tall soccer players know this well Velázquez, Zidane or Guti in the past or Benzema and Bale in a more recent time. Kroos (30 years old) is the next White House player to look out over that cliff. After his last and recent contract renewal (signed until 2023, he will end up 33 years old), the German has taken several false steps that placed him in the trigger just before the break due to the coronavirus health crisis.Something that has not yet transpired has happened between the German footballer and Zidane. It didn’t even help Kroos to be the most successful midfielder in the LaLiga pass (94%), and with a lot of difference in Madrid (Modric stays in 89%, Valverde in 88% and Casemiro in 83%) to play in the first leg of the second round against City. After the painful defeat (1-2) there was an image that hurt a lot in Real Madrid. That of Kroos himself and Guardiola whispering in the bowels of the Bernabéu. “When I didn’t see you at eleven I couldn’t believe it,” Guardiola seemed to say to the player, while the television cameras stole that intimate conversation between them. The Catalan was the coach of Bayern when he let him go to Madrid for 25 million euros, a historical error although, at least, Guardiola himself asked him to stay. But that image of the two talking may weigh on German in the future …DAILY AS & nbsp; (DAILY AS) ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>DAILY AS (DAILY AS)last_img read more

Spurs’ star Kawhi Leonard won’t be ready to start the season

first_imgMOST READ Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs stands on the court during Game One of the NBA Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on May 14, 2017 in Oakland, California. ages License Agreement. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — Kawhi Leonard still isn’t ready to play.San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said the All-Star forward needs more time to get his injured thigh muscle right, meaning he won’t be out there when the Spurs open their regular season on Wednesday against Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Harrison Barnes scored 24 for visiting Dallas (4-2).MAVERICKS: Dennis Smith Jr. closed his preseason with 10 points and nine assists. … Dirk Nowitzki had 14 points and J.J. Barea added 13.HORNETS: Dwight Howard grabbed 12 rebounds, helping Charlotte win that battle 50-37. … Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon each scored 14.CAVALIERS 113, MAGIC 106Playing without LeBron James, Cleveland got 18 points from Jose Calderon and 15 from Dwyane Wade to beatOrlando.James missed his fourth preseason game with a bad ankle, and Kevin Love also didn’t play for the visiting Cavaliers (1-4). Aaron Gordon had 21 points for the Magic (3-3).CAVALIERS: Kyle Korver took five 2-point attempts, something he did in only six games all last season. … Wade and Derrick Rose didn’t play in the second half. … JR Smith came off the bench to further acclimate to his new role, now that Wade is the starting shooting guard.MAGIC: Orlando allowed 36 points in the third quarter. … Jonathon Simmons started again in place of the injured Terrence Ross (hamstring). … Simmons had 12 points and Elfrid Payton had 11 on 4-for-4 shooting.WIZARDS 110, KNICKS 103Bradley Beal scored 24 points in his best game of the preseason, helping Washington (4-1) send the Knicks to a winless exhibition slate. Tim Hardaway Jr. had 23 points as the host Knicks finished 0-5.WIZARDS: All-Star John Wall sat out the finale. … Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 21 points. … Former Knicks forward Jason Smith had 17 points.KNICKS: Kristaps Porzingis (sore right hip) and Frank Ntilikina (bruised right knee) were held out again. Ntilikina, the Knicks’ first-round pick, appeared in just one preseason game. He said he expects to fully practice Saturday. … Doug McDermott scored 21 points off the bench. He had 12 in his first five minutes.RAPTORS 125, BULLS 104Toronto outscored Chicago 38-17 in the fourth quarter to turn what was a tie game into a blowout.CJ Miles scored 27 points for visiting Toronto (3-2), which got 17 from Kyle Lowry and 16 from Norman Powell. Justin Holiday scored 17 for Chicago (3-3).RAPTORS: Jonas Valanciunas had 11 points and 10 rebounds. … The Raptors were 19 of 48 from 3-point range.BULLS: Lauri Markkanen scored 13 and Bobby Portis added 12. … Chicago had 28 assists on 38 field goals.SPURS 106, ROCKETS 97LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio (3-2).Rudy Gay scored 14 points and Kyle Anderson added 13 for the Spurs. Eric Gordon led the host Rockets (4-1) with 27 points, and James Harden added 15 points and 11 assists — but shot a mere 5 for 17.SPURS: Danny Green had 11 points and seven assists. … The Spurs outscored Houston 60-38 in the paint.ROCKETS: Houston took 53 shots from 3-point range, making 15. … Trevor Ariza and Ryan Anderson combined for 27 points, but shot 5 for 20 from behind the arc. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ GRIZZLIES 142, PELICANS 101New Orleans’ Tony Allen — who will have his jersey retired by the Grizzlies when his career ends — got a huge ovation from fans in Memphis in his first trip back as an opponent. He didn’t play, and the Pelicans got routed.Jarrell Martin scored 20 points and Marc Gasol finished with 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for Memphis (3-2). Jordan Crawford scored 19 for New Orleans (1-3).PELICANS: Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins both shot 2 for 5, combining for 16 points. … New Orleans trailed by as many as 49.GRIZZLIES: Memphis got to the 100-point mark with 4:17 left in the third quarter. … Mike Conley scored 19.BUCKS 107, PISTONS 103Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out six assists as Milwaukee (1-3) avoided a winless preseason.Avery Bradley and Andre Drummond were brilliant for visiting Detroit (2-3). Bradley scored 26 points on 11-for-17 shooting, and Drummond finished with 18 points, 22 rebounds and seven assists.PISTONS: Tobias Harris scored 13 points and Boban Marjanovic added 10. … Detroit got outscored 48-27 from 3-point range.BUCKS: Khris Middleton and Mirza Teletovic each scored 14. … Milwaukee used 14 players — 13 of them scored (rookie of the year Malcolm Brogdon was the exception) and all 14 got at least one rebound. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Some other injuries from training camp and preseason action are far more significant, like the ones endured by Charlotte’s Nic Batum (elbow ligament tear), Miami’s Rodney McGruder (stress fracture in left leg), Indiana’s Glenn Robinson III (high ankle sprain followed by surgery to repair ligaments Friday), Washington’s Markieff Morris (sports hernia), New Orleans’ Rajon Rondo (sports hernia) and Utah’s Dante Exum (shoulder).They are looking at weeks — or in many cases, months — before they’ll play again.So the preseason is over. Some teams will be feeling the effects of it for a while longer.Here’s a look at Friday’s preseason finales:HORNETS 111, MAVERICKS 96Kemba Walker scored 17 points and Johnny O’Bryant III had all 15 of his points in the fourth quarter for Charlotte.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 76ERS 119, HEAT 95Ben Simmons and J.J. Redick each scored 19 for Philadelphia (2-3), with Redick going 5 for 6 from 3-point range.Bam Adebayo, James Johnson and Dion Waiters had 13 apiece for Miami (3-3).HEAT: Hassan Whiteside picked up three fouls by the midpoint of the first quarter, with Joel Embiid drawingthem all. … Jordan Mickey had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Justise Winslow scored 10.76ERS: Philadelphia “hosted” the game in Kansas City, Missouri. … The 76ers shot 14 for 39 from beyond the arc, while holding Miami to a 4 for 30 performance from long range.WARRIORS 117, KINGS 106Stephen Curry had 18 points in 19 minutes as Golden State made a successful return home after its two-game China trip.David Stockton had 23 points and eight assists for the Kings (1-5).KINGS: Veteran summer acquisitions Zach Randolph, Vince Carter and George Hill all were sidelined. … Rookie Frank Mason started and had 10 points. … Rookies De’Aaron Fox and Bogdan Bogdanovic missed the game with injuries.WARRIORS: Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala didn’t play. … Patrick McCaw scored 17 points and Nick Young made five 3-pointers for 15. … Rookie Jordan Bell started and finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.LAKERS 111, CLIPPERS 104 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brook Lopez scored 16 points for the Lakers (2-4), and the Los Angeles teams tuned up against each other before they meet in their season openers on Thursday.Tyrone Wallace had 23 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Clippers (2-3).LAKERS: Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle each scored 15 points. … Rookie Kyle Kuzma struggled to a 1-for-8 night, scoring eight points. … Lonzo Ball sat again after hurting his ankle earlier in the preseason.CLIPPERS: Rookie Jawun Evans had 22 points and eight assists. … Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Danilo Gallinari, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic all sat.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “He’s still rehabbing and when he’s ready, he’ll be ready,” Popovich told reporters in Houston before San Antonio’s preseason finale.Leonard didn’t play at all in camp or preseason, after a year where he averaged 25.5 points — raising his scoring average for the fifth consecutive season — and finished behind only Russell Westbrook and James Harden in the MVP race.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Spurs aren’t alone when it comes to injury woes heading into the season.Many are minor, like Cleveland’s LeBron James nursing a sprained ankle and Golden State’s Andre Iguodala dealing with a bad back — issues that might keep them out of their respective opening nights. Kevin Durant (virus) and Draymond Green (back) also missed Golden State’s preseason finale on Friday, though neither situation is thought to be serious. Nor is the Rockets’ Chris Paul sitting out Friday with a sore knee, after missing a game earlier this week with a sore shoulder. Source: Cavs trading Jefferson, Felder to Hawks Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

17 Guyanese awarded Chevening scholarships

first_img…298 persons appliedBy Jarryl BryanOut of a staggering 298 applications, 17 Chevening scholarship recipients were chosen and will depart these shores for higher education opportunities in the United Kingdom and the chance to meaningfully contribute to Guyana upon their return.The 2018/2019 Chevening scholarship recipientsThe students were on Friday evening treated to a reception at the British High Commissioner’s residence. There, they also mingled with past scholars. Jermaine Grant, who at one time studied in the areas of International Diplomacy and Security, spoke about the experience.“The scholarship has allowed me to develop professionally and academically,” he related. “So based on my areas of study, which is international security and diplomacy, I currently work with an international organisation.”“My area of education has afforded me the opportunity to apply my knowledge in day-to-day policy development, helping governments develop policies and capacity development in the areas of development and sustainable work in their day-to-day activities in bettering the lives of people.”Dr Quincy Jones, meanwhile, puts what he learnt to use in delivering health care to the people of Region Four. He is the Regional Health Officer (RHO) for Demerara/Mahaica with oversight of dozens of health facilities and a former recipient of the Chevening Scholarship.Dr Jones revealed that even as a child he wanted to study in the UK. Noting that the experience was “more than he hoped for”, the RHO promised that he would pull on his experience to improve the Guyanese experience.“I plan on taking every bit I learnt at LSE from being just a resident in the UK for that one year and experiencing their health system first hand to just fulfil article 24 and 25 of the Constitution, which in summary states that health care and social services is a right to all Guyanese and each citizen should do their part to fulfil that mandate,” Jones said.National developmentSpeaking on the awarding of the scholarships earlier on Friday, UK High Commissioner Greg Quinn spoke of the growth of the programme from the time he arrived to take up his post in 2015.“When I arrived here in 2015, we awarded two scholarships. And we’re now up to 17. So, the number of scholarships has gone up. But the competitiveness of those scholarships has also gone up, in terms of the number of applications but also the quality.”“To get a scholarship now, you really have to be at the top of that 300 odd people. It’s a difficult process. I know its nerve wrecking for people to be interviewed for it. I think the benefits are worth it. But along with the numbers, the quality of applications has really gone up.”He also laid out the expectations for those who complete their studies; that is to return and contribute to Guyana. While Quinn noted that the majority of recipients do come back, he expressed regret that there is a minority who chose personal job opportunities abroad over developing their countries.Asked whether they are considering tightening up to ensure everyone comes back, the High Commissioner noted that it is unrealistic when it comes to enforcement. According to Quinn, much reliance is placed on the interview process to screen out self-serving applicants.“There are some who haven’t come back or have come back and then left, which is unfortunate. The whole purpose of us spending this money is for people to come back to their countries of origins and develop them. We’re not paying for someone to get a Masters (Degree) to then get a high paying job in London or Washington.”This year’s beneficiaries are Mikhail Amsterdam, Kemptorne Daly, Zylenna Darson, Cilandell Glen, Makini Hackett, Gregory Harris, Nichole Haynes, Sonya Lord, Maria Paul, Gavinash Persaud, Yolander Persaud, Nicholas Peters, Sachin Ramsarran, Dave Saran, Deron Saul, Stacy Weaver, Monique Williams and Adoniyah Benjamin.The scholarship is a fully funded one, which the UK Government extends to several countries. Awardees spend a year in some of the UK’s most prestigious universities, completing a post graduate master’s programme. The total cost for the 17 scholarships is $128 million.last_img read more