Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced the arrest of three suspects in connection with the murder of three friends during a fishing trip on Friday. Grady says they arrested Tony “TJ” Wiggins, 26, his girlfriend Mary Whittemore, 27, and Tony’s brother “Robert” Wiggins. 21, in relation to the murders.Grady Judd WigginsSheriff Judd is updating the media on the arrests of these 3 suspects in the July 17th triple homicide in #Frostproof: 26 yo Tony “TJ” Wiggins; 27 yo Mary Whittemore; and 21 yo William “Robert” Wiggins. We are live on Facebook https://t.co/rKNE28jFQl. Release to follow pic.twitter.com/1XxFHe2kFQ— Polk County Sheriff (@PolkCoSheriff) July 22, 2020 Sheriff Judd calls TJ Wiggins “pure evil in the flesh.” He has 230 previous felony charges with 15 convictions while his alleged accomplices have no rap sheet.Sheriff Judd said that TJ Wiggins was in possession of an arsenal of weapons, as a convicted felon. He lawyered up.Mary says she bought the ammunition and Sheriff Judd says there’s video to prove it. She lawyered up.The three friends were slain just moments after gathering at remote boat ramp at Lake Streety in Frostproof.Judd, who has worked at the agency since 1972 called the murder scene “horrific,” describing the deaths as a “massacre.” He said the victims, identified as Damion Tillman, 23; Keven Springfield, 30; and Brandon Rollins, 27, were beaten and shot. Judd says the motive was an alleged stolen truck.Investigators have pieced together what they believed happened, Judd said while adding that Tillman and TJ Wiggins appear to have had a conversation at a store before the incident took place.Judd added the trio of suspects drove to an undisclosed location where they stripped down the gun, took it apart, and threw it away before going to a nearby fast food restaurant to eat.
Officials in Hialeah are investigating after two children were reportedly shot while sitting in the backseat of their mother’s vehicle.The incident was reported on Tuesday afternoon along Northwest 19th Avenue and 60th Street.Authorities say the victims are 6-years-old and 8-years old and were driven to Jackson Memorial Hospital in a personal vehicle.They are both listed in stable condition.This is a developing story.
With the release of recommendations by the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the Public Service, Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) representative Maurice Butters is urging swift implementation, noting that workers continue to be adversely affected.The GPSU rep has for years been advocating for improvements in working conditions of the region’s public service employees. According to Butters, issues such as contract employees and their benefits, as well as non-payment of gratuity are still affecting workers. These issues were highlighted months ago at the CoI into the Public Service.Making particular reference, Butters said all employees at the Linden Hospital Complex (LHC) are contract workers, who to date are awaiting change so they can be made permanent, which would mean they would be eligible for all benefits.“We are still waiting on someone, in higher authority, to say something on these issues. All employees of the Linden Hospital Complex are contract employees, from the CEO right down. If a Doctor is employed by the LHC he is placed on contract”, the GPSU Representative stressed.He added that coming out of the CoI recommendations was for all contract employees to be made permanent, however, no move has since been made in this direction.Several issues regarding gratuity payments continue to plague employees, including nurses, and others, who have staged several protests over the issue, the GPSU Rep said.“We are trying to see how we can revive gratuity payments for female employees. The contract of those employees state that they will receive gratuity based on service. The then Minister of Health spent weeks in Linden trying to coerce employees to come over to the Ministry and promised to corporatize the hospital. The employees were asked to sign a one-year contract to safeguard their pension, and gratuity was paid in lieu of pension. The contract signed then was to safeguard pension for service provided”, Butters said.He added, however, that it was then changed, and gratuity was paid according to performance, instead of service. Additionally, Butters stated that there has been misinterpretation in the computing of gratuity payments since it is supposed to be calculated on a three-month basis, however he said payments are received every six months.“If that employee proceeds on maternity leave and that leave commences within the last months of the six-month period that they are paid for, then they lose an entire year of gratuity. Although the contract clearly states that they should be assessed within a three-month period. Nobody is looking at these issues affecting nurses”, he declared.Issues highlighted by the St John’s ambulatory staff attached to the LHC several months ago has also received no attention, the union Rep said, as he accused the institution’s board of not taking a stand on behalf of the affected workers.Those issues ranged from salary, to benefits and allowances. According to staff, the salary is presently minimum wage, since they are paid $18,000 fortnightly.Apart from that, it is alleged that employees do not receive double and time-and-a-half payments for working on Sundays and holidays in some instances. It was also highlighted that they are required to work eight hours for five consecutive days, followed by two days off.“We would have expected the board to do something but it is inactive. Apart from that, the board is being manipulated by a few people. Employees are asking why a Minister of the Government (Valerie Adams-Patterson), should be part of the board”, he said.Butters had testified at the CoI into the Public Service in Linden a few months ago.
Two taxi drivers who were each reportedly busted with one live round of .9mm ammunition were on Tuesday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on separate possession of ammunition charges.The drivers: 30-year-old Herishwar Veersammy of Lot 75 Herstelling New Scheme, East Bank Demerara, who is attached to the Frontline Taxi Service; and 21-year-old Devindra Sammy of Farm, East Bank Demerara, both denied the allegationHerishwar Veersammy and Devindra Sammywhen it was read to them.Each offence is alleged to have been committed on August 19, 2018, at Farm, East Bank Demerara.According to Defence Attorney George Thomas, his clients were not found with the unlicensed ammunition on their persons, but the ammunition was in their motor vehicles, PVV 1984 and PNN 9864 respectively, which are used to transport passengers daily.In his application for bail, the lawyer expressed his clients’ willingness to have their travel documents lodged as a condition to bail.The Police prosecutor has no objection to the defendants being placed on bail, and each man was placed on $50,000 bail. The case will continue on September 10.
The Guyana Defence Force’s medic on Friday assisted with the delivery of a baby on a vessel en route to Mabaruma in Region One (Barima-Waini).According to information from the GDF, the Transport and Harbours Department (T&HD) vessel registered as MV Barima was on its course to Mabaruma at about 01:30h when the mother, Aloma Roberts, went into labour.The mother and child with officers of the GDF after the delivery (GDF photo)By that time, the vessel was some several miles out into the Atlantic Ocean, which prompted the patrol’s medic, Lance Corporal Nickel Charles, to deliver a healthy baby girl.The coast guard was immediately called and after the delivery, both mother and child were transported to the Mabaruma Hospital via a GDF Coast Guard high-speed patrol craft which went to the T&HD vessel.Members of the patrol returned to the hospital later in the day to check on the newborn baby and the mother.In 2017, Guyana Defence Force (GDF) recorded its first known mid-air delivery when 18-year-old Susan Williams of Fairview, North Rupununi, gave birth to a beautiful baby girl midair.A medical student of the Texila American University played the heroic part in spearheading the delivery.The vessel, MV Barima, on which the baby was deliveredThe sequence of events began when Susan Williams developed complications during delivery and had to be air-dashed to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) for immediate attention.She had reportedly gone into labour and was told that the infant was in a breeched position and she would have to be air-lifted to the GPHC.Both mother and baby were healthy.
Oil and gas preparations…imperils immediate growth prospectsBy Jarryl BryanWith the prevailing uncertainty in Guyana regarding the elections date being fixed, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is warning that political uncertainty can have a significant impact on Guyana’s preparations for first oil and the overall economy.This warning is contained in the bank’s country economic review of Guyana for 2018, the year in which a Government toppled after the no-confidence vote was passed for the first time in Guyana’s history.“Commercial production is due to commence in 2020. This will increase economic growth and provide windfall revenues for the Government of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana,” the report states, adding that the proposed Natural Resources Fund (NRF) is expected to help manage the risks associated with the burgeoning oil and gas sector. The bank explained that this includes minimising negative impacts on other traditional sectors.In the report, it notes that Guyana’s economy grew by 3.4 per cent for 2018. However, the banking institution warned of the risks to Guyana’s progress in preparing for the oil and gas sector and indeed, the overall macro-economic outlook if political uncertainty continues.“Guyana is on the verge of a sharp increase in economic growth, but immediate prospects partly depend on ending political uncertainty,” the report states. “In the November 2018 budget speech, the Ministry of Finance was targeting 4.6 per cent (Gross Domestic Product) growth in 2019.”“However, increased political uncertainty in early 2019 may dampen this momentum,” the bank added. “The National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited bond issue will push total public and publicly guaranteed debt above 60 per cent of GDP in 2019, but that ratio is projected to decline sharply after 2020.”ReformsThe CDB also urged more reforms to the doing business environment. According to the bank, this is necessary to ensure that the traditional, non-oil industries can become more competitive.“Business reforms are needed to improve competitiveness and facilitate inclusive growth. Although efforts are being made to increase linkages between the oil industry and the rest of the domestic economy, there is a risk that oil production could dominate exports and lead to exchange rate appreciation, which in turn could harm the competitiveness of other sectors.”“The NRF can help to manage some of these risks,” the CDB continued. “But business sector reforms will also be necessary. Improvements are needed in reducing energy costs, the speed of getting construction permits and trading across borders.”Retired Justice James PattersonThe World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index is one of its most comprehensive studies. In its 2018 report, Guyana was shown to have dipped, placing 126th in the global rankings. In 2017, Guyana was ranked 124th, while in 2015 the nation ranked 140th. Guyana saw an increase in the cost of starting a business, dropping seven places, from 92 to 99.A drop of 13 places, from 123 to 136, was also recorded in the area of paying taxes. However, the country rose in the ranks in areas such as dealing with construction permits, getting credit and protecting minority investors.The country was also commended for decreasing the time to transfer property by allocating higher resources and personnel and the adoption of a new code of civil procedure which the report notes make enforcing contracts easier by regulating time standards for key court events.Political uncertaintyArticle 106 (6) of the Guyana Constitution states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence”.106 (7) goes on to state that, “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three months, or such longer period as the National Assembly shall by resolution supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly determine, and shall resign after the President takes the oath of office following the election”.Government was defeated by such a motion on December 21 (though Government is disputing this in the Appeal Court, after that very defeat was upheld by the High Court). That three-month stipulation is expected to expire next week, but there has been no agreement by the National Assembly to extend the timeline for holding elections, something stipulated by the Constitution.Since the passage of the no-confidence resolution on December 21, 2018, there have been calls from the international community and civil society for Government to respect the Constitution. This is something Government maintains it is doing but yet have not set a date for elections as is constitutionally mandated. President David Granger has claimed that he has to wait on the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to provide clarity on its readiness and timeline for holding elections, though he expressed a desire to have them held this year.GECOM, on the other hand, is divided on this very issue. On the one hand, Opposition nominated commissioners are pushing for a timeline where elections can be held by April 30, 2019, when the current voters’ list expires.On the other hand, Government Commissioners on GECOM are insisting that house-to-house verification must be done – an exercise that is expected to delay already delayed elections by months.There have been many criticisms of what the Opposition and civil society has called a delaying tactic by the David Granger-led Administration. Guyana will slip into a constitutional crisis after March 21, 2019, if a two-thirds majority of Parliament do not vote to extend the constitutionally mandated elections.
0Shares0000Here I come: Wayne Rooney arrives at Dulles International Airport on Thursday © AFP/File / ZACH GIBSONWASHINGTON, United States, Jun 28 – England record goalscorer Wayne Rooney left boyhood club Everton for D.C. United of Major League Soccer on Thursday, saying he hungers for American success to fulfill a career goal.The US club and English Premier League outfit announced the agreement on a permanent transfer as Rooney was on a flight to Washington. Rooney will complete his move when the MLS transfer window opens on July 10 and should be in the squad four days later when beleaguered United plays host to the Vancouver Whitecaps in the opening game at the US club’s new stadium.“It is fantastic to be joining D.C. United at such an exciting time in the club’s history with the new stadium opening in just a few weeks,” Rooney said in a statement.“Moving to America and MLS fulfills another career ambition for me. I have the hunger to be a success here and will give D.C. 100 percent — as I have always done for every team I have ever played for.”Rooney, 32, signed a three and a half year deal said to be worth $13 million. His 208 goals in 16 Premier League seasons ranks second on the all-time list.“When I visited earlier this summer I was really impressed with everyone I met connected with the club, and of course the new Audi Field,” Rooney said. “Now I can’t wait to get on the pitch in a United shirt and join my new teammates to bring success to this club.”The former Manchester United maestro posted a video on his Twitter account with him wearing a United jersey with him saying, “Hi DC, at work.”Upon his afternoon arrival at Dulles Airport, Rooney was greeted by a large crowd of supporters. With a DC United scarf around his neck, Rooney posed for selfies and signed autographs on jerseys.Rooney, wearing a grey baseball cap and accompanied by a small entourage, was later spotted at a beer garden in the city where fans watched Belgium’s 1-0 win over England in the World Cup.A chant of “Rooney, Rooney, Rooney” went up from the England fans, but the former England striker stayed only briefly before being hustled away.Rooney departed with the best wishes of his former club, the same Everton side where he began his career at age 16 in 2002.“From everyone at Everton, we thank Wayne for his service to the club and wish him every success in the next 3 1/2 years with DC United,” the club statement said.United couldn’t be happier to see Rooney, needing a big-name drawing card for its new stadium and a talent boost to revamp a club at the bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference.“This is a seminal moment for our fans and organization. Wayne is a global soccer icon and his presence at DC United will elevate our product on the pitch and soccer as a whole in our city and in this country,” said United chief executive Jason Levien.Welcome: Fans watch as Wayne Rooney arrives © AFP / ZACH GIBSON“Wayne has thrived when competing at the most elite levels of soccer and we’re thrilled to have his leadership as we enter this new era.”– Beckham says great move –David Beckham, who paved the way for aging European superstars to extend their careers in North American with his 2007 transfer to LA Galaxy, said Rooney’s move was the right one.“It’s great for Wayne and I also think it’s great for the league,” Beckham said. “It’s the right move for him. It’s exciting for fans. I think he’ll do really well. I think DC is the right club for him.”Rooney also follows in the footsteps of the likes of Thierry Henry, Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and fellow Merseyside native Steven Gerrard.England’s youngest-ever goalscorer, Rooney displayed a star turn at the 2004 European Championships and later that year joined another teen star, Cristiano Ronaldo, at Manchester United for the first of 13 seasons at the club, during which he racked up 253 goals in all competitions until returning to Everton last year.– ‘We’re beyond excited’ –Last August saw Rooney step down from international duties, with 119 England caps and 53 goals to his name.“Wayne is undoubtedly one of the best players in Premier League history and his goal scoring record for club and country speaks for itself,” United general manager Dave Kasper said.“He is a world-class player and he elevates those around him, both through his work-ethic and winning mentality. We’re beyond excited to add someone of Rooney’s caliber and we are thrilled to welcome him.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
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Right-back: James Tomkins – No right-backs particularly stood out but West Hams James Tomkins did well to expose the space left by Jordan Ayews red card. He should have had an assist for Enner Valencia with his fizzed cross but the Ecuadorian headed over. 11 11 Striker: Harry Kane – The race for a starting berth at the Euros for England is really hotting up, with Harry Kane also netting twice this week. He is forming a fantastic understanding with Alli which has driven Tottenham to above Arsenal in the Premier League table. Centre-back: Nicolas Otamendi – It was far from easy-going for Manchester City at Sunderland and they could have dropped points if not for Nicolas Otamendis injury-time goal line headed clearance. Centre-back: Scott Dann – Despite being on the losing side, Scott Dann put in the type of performance that was generating England buzz earlier in the season. Dann is also Crystal Palaces second top scorer in the Premier League and has scored four times as many goals as all of the Eagles strikers combined. Left-back: Cameron Borthwick-Jackson – Cameron Borthwich-Jackson was outstanding, along with the rest of his Manchester United teammates, against Stoke. The 19-year-old left-back was an attacking force throughout and his whipped cross for Jesse Lingards opening goal was the catalyst for a great Red Devils performance. 11 11 11 Centre midfield: Ross Barkley – Ross Barkley was back to his sparkling best on Wednesday night against Newcastle. Although his two goals were both penalties, he controlled the game and terrorised the Magpies defence as well as striking the crossbar with a thunderous strike. Could he and Alli be starting together at the Euros? 11 11 11 Was this the week where we will look back on at the end of the season and say ‘that is where Leicester won it’?Arsenal were typically Arsenal in their goalless draw with Southampton at the Emirates, while Manchester United were untypically thrilling in attack during their 3-0 victory over Stoke.Chelsea remain unbeaten under Guus Hiddink but it was yet another draw for the Blues and Manchester City managed to keep pace with league leaders Leicester with a hard-fought 1-0 win against Sunderland.England’s Euro 2016 hopefuls really put their hands up this week and it is highlighted with nine of the XI being English.But who were the standout performers of the week? To fit everyone in, we have gone with a modern and fashionable 4-2-3-1 formation. Click the arrow above, right, to see who made it into our Premier League team of the week! 11 Centre midfield: Dele Alli – Dele Alli has taken the Premier League by storm this season and scored another goal and claimed an assist in the 3-0 win over Norwich this week. Alli has now scored seven goals this season the same amount as Jack Wilshere has managed in eight years. 11 11 Goalkeeper: Fraser Forster – Click the right arrow above to see who else made our team… – Fraser Forster was in outstanding form this week, keeping out all 11 of Arsenals shots on target in Tuesdays goalless draw. Heurelho Gomes was outstanding against Chelsea but Forsters display which meant it was four straight clean sheets for the Saints was one of the performances of the week. Left wing: Anthony Martial – Like Rooney, Anthony Martial has been in terrific form this year and turned Stokes defence inside out. His goal was a fantastic finish after a brilliant move which started in the Red Devils own penalty area. Right wing: Jamie Vardy – Jamie Vardy looked like his goalscoring had tailed off of late but his stunning brace which included a goal-of-the-season contender has kept Leicester City firmly in the title picture as they sit pretty at the top of the tree. Striker: Wayne Rooney – Wayne Rooney has been in stunning form since the turn of 2016, having now scored five goals and provided two assists in five Premier League games. Rooney is hitting form just at the right time for both club and country, with Englands strike force looking very healthy at this moment.
Nicolas N’Koulou in action for Marseille Schalke are lining up a last-ditch attempt to lure Liverpool and Tottenham target Nicolas N’Koulou to Germany.The two English clubs are hoping to bring the 26-year-old to England when his Marseille contract finishes at the end of the month.Lazio are also trying hard to sign the Cameroonian defender on a free transfer while Sevilla hold a long-standing interest in him.But now sources in France have revealed that yet another club are trying to sign him in the form of Schalke.The German club finished fifth in the Bundesliga last term and are in the market for defensive reinforcements having shipped 49 goals in their 34 games last term.They reckon N’Koulou fits the bill and are now ready to challenge his long list of suitors for his signature. 1