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Guyana extradites murder accused to US

first_img…to appear in NYC court todayTwo weeks after a Guyanese, Troy Thomas, lost a High Court challenge to stop his extradition to the United States, where he is wanted for a 2011 murder, he was handed over to US authorities on Wednesday.Extradited murder accused: Troy ThomasThis was confirmed by Director of Prisons (ag) Gladwin Samuels, who would only say that he handed over Thomas, an inmate in the local prison, to be extradited.However, the US embassy in Guyana confirmed on Wednesday that Thomas was en route to the North American country to face the two criminal acts allegedly committed in New York over seven years ago.“[Wednesday] evening, he will be in the custody of the New York Police Department, and [Thursday] morning he will appear before an American judge in court to face charges. Thomas’s extradition reflects over one year of close coordination between the Government of Guyana and the US Embassy,” a press release from the embassy stated.The US Embassy thanked the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), the Police Force, the Guyana Prison Service, the Public Security Ministry and the staff at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport for their close cooperation and commitment to justice.“Corruption and criminal activity rob the Government and citizens of Guyana of money that could have been spent on education, healthcare, and important infrastructure work. Extraditions are an important law enforcement tool in fighting transnational criminal organisations. Today, a fugitive from justice is being extradited to the United States to stand trial, creating a new precedent,” the American Embassy noted.Furthermore, in recognition of this positive step forward, US Ambassador to Guyana, Sarah-Ann Lynch, said “The Government of Guyana’s actions over the past year clearly indicate its dedication to law and order and established norms of international criminal justice – Guyana is moving in the right direction. Establishing a roadmap for future extraditions, bringing a fugitive to justice, making Guyana a safer place for Guyanese citizens – this is the best example of rule of law existing in Guyana”.Attempts to stop extraditionThomas has been accused of murdering Keith Frank, 20, a Guyanese who was shot and killed on December 11, 2011, outside a Richmond Hill, New York party. He has also been accused of inflicting injuries upon Dr Katherine Maloney. He then fled to Guyana.Since 2012, authorities in the US had issued a wanted bulletin for the murder suspect. As such, in 2018, US Attorney General and Secretary of State sent an extradition request to the Guyana Government, which was served to the Foreign Affairs Ministry by the country’s Embassy here. As a result of the request, Thomas was apprehended by the Guyana Police Force last year and was being kept in custody at the Lusignan Prison.But Thomas attempted to use the local courts to stop his extradition. In fact, a hearing in the Magistrates’ Courts last year resulted in Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus ruling in December that Thomas be extradited to the US to face the charges levelled against him.In committing Thomas for extradition, the Magistrate, among other things, ruled that she believed the fugitive was Troy Thomas, although he insisted that his name was Marvin Williams.In June 2012, a US judge issued a warrant for his arrest in the name of Troy Thomas.However, Thomas moved to the High Court to further block his extradition. He challenged, among other things, his “illegal” confinement and argued in an affidavit that he is being unlawfully detained and subjected to legal processes unsupported by any legal basis or foundation.Thomas applied to the court for leave to issue a writ of habeas corpus, directing the Commissioner of Police to show cause why he should not be immediately released.However, High Court Judge, Justice Navindra Singh dismissed the application by the prisoner. He ruled on April 4, 2019, that there is sufficient evidence against Thomas to warrant his extradition to the US. In addition, Thomas was ordered to pay $450,000 in court costs.The extradition took effect on Wednesday after Thomas did not appeal the High Court ruling.Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan, explained to Guyana Times that because there was no appeal within the stipulated timeframe, he gave the order for the US fugitive to be handed over to authorities there.“He had a right to go to the Court of Appeal but he did not, his deadline for the appeal was [Tuesday, April 23, 2019] …we informed the Americans that his did not. The Americans then made arrangements to get him over [there]…The US Marshals came in today (Wednesday) and they took him out,” the Public Security Minister explained.According to Ramjattan, he ordered the Prisons Director to let the police escort Thomas to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), where he was handed over to US Marshals.While this extradition exercise is the first successful one in recent years between the two countries, former US Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway, late last year said that the path has been cleared now for the exchange of more fugitives between Guyana and the US.He believed that the extradition of Thomas and the impending extradition of US-based Guyanese, Marcus Bisram, who is wanted in Guyana for a 2016 murder, has paved the way for this.“I think once those two guys go back and forth, I think you will see more [extraditions] in both directions,” he had told reporters.last_img read more

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Huskies Fill the Bus sees 27,000 lbs. of food donated to Salvation Army

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies’ Fill the Bus fundraiser for the Salvation Army Food Bank has once again shown how generous residents are in the Energetic City.On Sunday the team, along with volunteers from around the North Peace, collected roughly 27,000 lbs. of food for the local food bank. Hockey players from both the Huskies and the Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers helped collect food by going door-to-door in the chilly weather, while other volunteers filled boxes at the arena as donations streamed in.Peace River Hydro Partners once again made a huge contribution by donating enough food to fill one of the 745C rock trucks that are used on the dam’s construction. The over $5,000 worth of food was jointly contributed by PRHP employees, who pitched in $2,200 that was matched by the consortium. Other Site C Contractors who donated food and money were ATCO Two Rivers Lodging, Saulteau Safety & Security and Kikinaw Energy Services.- Advertisement – The Huskies' bus during the team's Fill the Bus fundraiser in 2016. The bus had mechanical issues on Tuesday night, causing that night's game to be postponed. Photo by Chris Newton The Huskies’ bus during the team’s Fill the Bus fundraiser in 2016. The bus had mechanical issues on Tuesday night, causing that night’s game to be postponed. Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Photo by Chris Newton Students at Alwin Holland Elementary also pitched in with 1,168 items of food. Other organisations that made major donations included: Canadian Tire, Tim Hortons, Domino’s, Save On Foods, M&M Food Market, the Fort St. John Rotary Club, and BMO.Huskies executive and Fill the Bus organiser Alan Karasiuk said that the most poignant moment of the event came on Sunday evening when the completely full bus pulled up to the food bank. Karasiuk said that when they arrived, the shelves in the food bank’s storage room were practically bare. The donations were incredibly well-received by the Salvation Army, especially since the economy has been hard-hit in recent years.last_img read more

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Geoff McDonald wins the Snake Pit Road Race

first_imgComing up:-Tuesday: Final Duathlon of the season at 7 pm at the Baldonnel School.-Thursday Baldonnel time trial at 7 pm-Sunday Blizzard / Pheonix Trophy 15 Mile time trial on the Montney road at 10:00 am.www.ferrisfastcycles.com Photo:  Blaine ‘Cannonball’ Richter racing in the 70km road race – Submitted**Submitted- Advertisement -Geoff McDonald of GP edged out Blaine ‘Cannonball’ Richter and Stephen Ferris to win the Challenge Cup ‘Snake Pit road race, in Dawson Creek, Sunday. Their time for the 70 km road race was 1:57:58 hours. Peter King of the Bliz beat Kent Pedersen for 4th spot at 2:05:46. Pat Ferris out sprinted Trevor Kolkea for 6th at 2:07:50.Floyd Polehoykie of the Bliz won the 40 k over Richard Bouvier of DC with a time of 1:27:04. Bill Lindsay was third at 1:33:18. Brandon Joice and Larry Joice both had 1:44:25.The Blizzards won the day with 71 points to GP’s 23 and DC’s 12. The Blizzards are in the lead with 286 to GP’s 133 and DC’s 63.Blaine Richter and Stephen Ferris pulled away early with Geoff ‘Big Mac’ McDonald chasing after he had an ‘off road’ incident and had to chase for several km’s to catch up. He caught the duo and eventually won the sprint finish.Other 70 km times were Richard Wood, Barb Polehoykie and Gary Hilderman 2:21:10, Gord Harris and Kathryn Fairweather 2:25:13, Francis Plum 2:26:02, Rebecca Pimm 2:28:33, Ken Nix 2:32:06, Warren Miller 2:34:54 and Owen Giebelhaus 2:39:00.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Forest Week kicks off in Fort St. John

first_img[asset|aid=1890|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2fabb2faf0000160dbe625c0e2dc2797-Evans 2_1_Pub.mp3]Fort St. John was named 2009 Forest Capital of B.C. earlier this year by the Association of B.C. Forest Professionals. The local forest industry directly employs more than 700 people and contributes over $98 million per year to the local economy. Photo: City Manager Dianne Hunter (left) and Acting Mayor Larry Evans unveil the 2009 Forest Capital of BC Commemorative Rock on Monday morning – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caCity officials gathered at the Fish Creek Community Forest on Monday morning, to celebrate the first day of Forest Week.Acting Mayor Larry Evans and City Manager Dianne Hunter kicked the week off by unveiling the 2009 Forest Capital of BC Commemorative Rock.- Advertisement -Evans says the Forest Capital title is bringing recognition that Fort St. John isn’t only an oil and gas-based city.[asset|aid=1889|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=2fabb2faf0000160dbe625c0e2dc2797-Evans 1_3_Pub.mp3]The engraved boulder stands behind the Northern Lights College, at the base of the trailhead.Evans says the location was chosen to recognize the strong forestry industry in the region.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Independent Power could benefit the Peace

first_imgAccording to a PricewaterhouseCoopers study, to be released today in Vancouver, the independent power sector could inject more than 26 billion dollars, into the provincial economy by 2020.A Vancouver Sun story, by Scott Simpson, says the report commissioned by the Independent Power Producers Association of B.C., claims private sector electricity development could contribute 9 billion dollars to economic growth, over the next 11 years.It also says, governmnt revenues generated through the construction phase of potential IPP projects are estimated, at more than 1.5 billion dollars…and total employment impacts, at that level of development would reach 87 thousand person-years.- Advertisement -Geographically speaking, the report says the Central Interior would realize the greatest benefit from biomass projects. The Lower Mainland-South Coast is potentially the prime beneficiary, from run-of-river development. And, the Peace Region would realize the greatest benefits from development of wind energy.last_img read more

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Public skating begins at the Enerplex

first_imgPublic skating is now on offer, at Fort St. John’s Enerplex.There are four sessions per week of public skating, including Seniors Skating, Parent and Tot Skating, Family Skating and Teen Skating.Fees range from $7.50 for a family, to free for kids two years-old and younger.- Advertisement -For a complete list of times and fees, click on the attachment below.last_img

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RCMP search for missing Fort St. John man

first_imgYou can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go online to www.crimestoppersfsj.ca – Advertisement -The RCMP is requesting assistance from the public to locate Edward Alexander Jack.Jack last spoke with his family in Gold River, B.C., on August 8th, 2010 and has not been heard from since. It’s believed Jack has been living and working in the Fort St. John area.Jack is described as a 34 year-old First Nations male, 6’3” tall, weighing approximately 240lbs with long black hair, a mustache and goatee.Jack maybe driving a 1997 Honda Civic that is green and in colour and bearing B.C. license plate 855HWM.If you have any information on the whereabouts of Edward Alexander Jack, please call the RCMP at 250-787-8140.Advertisement  Photo:  Edward Alexander Jack in this undated photo – RCMPlast_img read more

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Contract awarded for final phase of Reclaimed Water Project

first_imgThe second contract awarded was for the replacement of seven overhead doors at the fire hall that had been in service for over 20 years and are deteriorating, causing heat loss and increased repair costs for the building. The contract was awarded to Dice Petroleum for just under $23,000.Lastly, a contract was awarded to complete the NAR (Northern Alberta Railways) Museum Foundation Stabilization Project. The project scope was divided into three stages with each stage encompassing roughly one third of the building, but due to the bids received for the project last year coming in to high only phase 2 and phase 3 were completed, leaving the east end of the building, where the museum and interpretive centre are located, incomplete. That phase of the project has been awarded to Hegge Construction, the firm responsible for completing the other two phases of the project, and the only company to bid on the last phase.Chute said with the exception of the Reclaimed Water Plant and truck fill station tender, the above mentioned tenders received only two, one or no bids.“This is unfortunately the environment we work in – we are lucky to get tenders for any of our work,” said Chute. “It has a negative, upward pressure on pricing when there are so few bidders.”Advertisement Mississauga-based firm Maple Reinders was the low bid received and was awarded the contract for the final phase of the Reclaimed Water Project – a joint initiative between the City of Dawson Creek and Shell Canada – at a cost of about $5.76 million. Under an agreement reached last year, Shell will reimburse the city for the cost of constructing the reclaimed water plant, while city taxpayers will cover the cost of building the truck fill station.The first phase of the Reclaimed Water Project involved the construction of three Submerged Attached Growth Reactors (SAGR) cells and associated facilities and site work. Chief administrative officer Jim Chute said the total project remains on budget and on time, providing the microbial community required for the SAGR cells is provided ample time and conditions to grow.In total, Shell will provide $9.75 million towards the cost of the project and the city will provide an estimated $1.5 million. In exchange, Shell retains the rights to the first 3,400 cubic metres per day of the reclaimed water over a 10-year period and the city has the rights to the next 1,100 cubic metres per day, with any additional product being evenly split between the two parties, with Shell paying for its share.- Advertisement -Council’s intent for the project was to reduce the demand from the oil and gas industry in the area on the city’s potable bulk water by offering the treated effluent as an alternative.Council also awarded two contracts related to fire protection in the city.The first was to upgrade a water supply line to a fire curtain – a structure designed to prevent fires from spreading to other buildings – inside the Memorial Arena in order to meet current BC Building Code standards. The tender for the work closed July 12 with no bids received, and as a result city staff secured a sole-source contract worth $35,500 from B3 Fire Protection. Staff reported that the bid meets the tender specifications and is within the project budget, and that the firm contracted id capable of completing all areas identified in the tender package.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Registration deadline for PM Cup 3 set for tomorrow

first_imgThe third edition of the annual Prime Minister’s Twenty/20 Softball Cup is drawing closer and teams are asked to finalise their participation for the November 1 to 3, 2019 showpiece on or before Friday, October 18.Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Social Cohesion Minister with responsibility for culture, youth and sport, Dr George Norton, along with organisers and sponsors of this tournamentThere is no registration fee for teams in any of the three categories: Legends Over-50 years old, Masters Over 45 years old and All-Stars, but teams must confirm their squads and pay a security deposit of $60,000 to indicate their participation. The draw to place teams in zones within their respective categories will be done on Sunday, October 20 at GNIC Sports Club at 14:00h.Teams are asked to contact the organisers – Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc for more information, and will collect the playing conditions and other critical information upon paying the security deposit.Teams are expected from Canada, USA and Guyana to compete for more than $2,000,000 in cash and other prizes over the weekend of exciting cricket. Preliminary and semi-final matches will be played at various venues in Georgetown while the finals of all three categories will be played at Everest Cricket Club on Sunday, November 3, 2019.last_img read more

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Kings fall to Hurricanes

first_imgThey managed just 10 shots in the first two periods. And when they got a scoring chance – like when Dustin Brown corralled a mishandled puck by Frantisek Kaberle along the boards for a breakaway chance – they couldn’t take advantage. “That’s why we’re in the predicament we’re in,” Kings coach Marc Crawford said. “We’re learning how to be a good team. When you’re a good team, you find a way to scrap, fight and claw away at good teams. “Carolina played well. They didn’t make a lot of mistakes. We didn’t play a spirited enough game.” Hurricanes goalkeeper Cam Ward had a solid bounceback performance after allowing three goals on eight shots against Minnesota on Saturday before being pulled for John Grahame. He gave up only Frolov’s redirection goal on a power play and stopped a clear shot from Derek Armstrong to preserve the lead in the final seconds. “I felt sharp,” Ward said. “I thought the guys played extremely well in front of me. Anytime you allow 10 shots through 10 periods, that’s saying something about team defense. That being said, it could be tough to keep yourself mentally into it. But I did the best I could to stay sharp and be ready for any scoring chances.” Scott Walker scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and David Tanabe had two assists to lead the Hurricanes to a 2-1 victory, giving Carolina a needed win as it enters a key stretch of the schedule. The Kings looked set for a good start when Carolina’s Justin Williams was given a 4-minute penalty for high-sticking Jamie Lundmark just 13 seconds in. But the Kings managed only one shot with the advantage, the beginning of an anemic offensive night. The Hurricanes led 1-0 when Rod Brind’Amour beat defenseman Rob Blake to the puck along the boards, then sent a pass from behind the net to Whitney for a short put-away with 1:10 left in the first. But the Kings tied it when Frolov deflected in a pass from Brent Sopel with the man advantage midway through the second period after Vasicek was called for roughing. The teams hadn’t met in Raleigh since Carolina’s 3-2 overtime win on Nov. 8, 2003. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img RALEIGH, N.C. – Considering their position in the Eastern Conference playoff race, the Carolina Hurricanes know they can’t let any points get away if they want to defend their Stanley Cup title. On Tuesday night, that meant avoiding a letdown against the Kings, the Western Conference’s last-place team. last_img read more