Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cayman islands, mckeeva bush Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp(Cayman News Service):As the former premier’s slot machine gambling appeared to intensify in the early months of 2010, the crown said McKeeva Bush ran up a debt of over $33,000 withdrawing cash on his Cayman Islands Government credit card to play in casinos in the US and the Bahamas. During a week’s trip to Vegas in February, Bush was gambling hard and withdrew over $12,000 cash on the card and just a few weeks later on a short official trip to the Bahamas and Miami he touched the card for more than $17,000, the court heard Tuesday as Bush’s trial continued. These amounts were on top of an existing and mounting cash debt already on the card. At that time, the crown said, Bush hadn’t made any payments back to government since December 2009 leaving the public purse to carry the debt burden.During the second day of the leader of the opposition’s trial for corruption and misconduct offences the jury heard that Bush’s efforts to get cash intensified, in 2010 as did his hours at the slots as well as his lossesCounsel representing the crown, Duncan Penny QC, told the jury that while Bush paid back some of the $33,000 several weeks after his gambling trips there was a sum of more than $10,000 outstanding which remained that way for more than two and a half years. It was not until the premier learned that his credit card statements were being investigated by police that he paid back the remaining debt, Penny told the court, as he began to wrap up his opening statement describing the crown’s case relating to the abuse of Bush’s government corporate credit card.Penny detailed the major withdrawals during two trips in 2010 where Bush’s use of his government card across the casinos grew as he accessed much larger amounts including his single largest cash withdrawal on the corporate card in Florida in March when he cashed $4000 on the casino floor.Having lost over $57,000 in Vegas, during a week-long personal trip which he had combined with a brief official appearance at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where he also gambled, Bush lost a further $45,000 in Florida a month later. He also was said to have lost an unknown amount in the Bahamas, where he was drawing money from various casinos. All of this was adding to his own personal credit card debts as well as the mounting personal bill on his CIG card.Describing the acceleration in the credit card debt, as he completed the summary of the crown’s case, Penny explained that Bush had begun to use the cashier system on the casino floors and sign for the credit card cash advances rather than use the ATMs. The lawyer said this was because Bush was able to access more cash that way than via the teller machines which limited his daily cash amounts.“The defendant became wise to the fact that the credit card was limited at the ATM to just $1000 per day,” he said, explaining that Bush began using the cashier services where he could sign for cash. Having started the previous July taking $500 here and $100 there on the government card Bush was now making withdrawals in the $1000s.The lawyers said that the money Bush was “so keen to get his hands on was going back into the hungry machines” as he added to his loses.Following the loss of more than a quarter of a million dollars since July 09 of his own money as well as that he had borrowed from the public purse, the court heard that Bush appeared to be in no hurry to pay back what he owed when he returned from the March trip.On his return from the Bahamas and Florida, having taken well over $17,000 in cash on the casino floors or from ATMs during the four day trip, which was for tourism related business, he made no immediate payments when he was sent the reconciliation memo as usual in the immediate wake of the official travel. Despite knowing, the crown’s attorney claimed, that the money he had taken on that card was not for any legitimate business purpose, Bush made no effort to make prompt payment to return the public money.However, some six weeks later he made the first of three random payments.The first was for CI$9,000 on 1 April then three weeks later a second cheque was written for US$13,000 and shortly after one for a CI$1000. A further trip after that in which he drew just $1000 in cash from a Florida Casino while playing the slots, according to the loyalty card, left an estimated debt of just over CI$10,000 which remained that way for about two and a half years.Despite efforts being made by some civil servants to press Bush to reconcile his credit card either with receipts or a written explanation or to pay back outstanding personal sums there was no money forthcoming from the premier until the matter was under investigation by the police.In early November 2012, the police issued a production order to the deputy governor for the premier’s credit card statements which were handed over to the investigating officers. Bush appears to have heard about the investigation into his cards and called Franz Manderson, the deputy governor, to ask him if his statements had been given to the police, which the top civil servant confirmed was correct. It was then that Bush said he had not known about the outstanding balance and made another payment of some $9000 to the government coffers.As he summarized the crown’s case against him Penny told the jury that Bush had breached his duty as a premier when he abused the card and allowed the public purse to carry a growing debt burden which was down to the then premier’s risky and addictive gambling habit. He said Bush began treating the government card like his own personal card as soon as it was given to him and his using the card for gambling was an affront to his high office.He said Bush had shown a disregard for the public trust when he used that card in casinos to get cash for gambling and then made no effort to pay it back before government began to carry the debt. “He allowed government to carry the burden to the tune of $10,000 for two and a half years and only paid it back when he was aware of the investigation,” the lawyer said.Penny closed his opening statement to the jury at around 11-30am on Tuesday morning.Bush has persistently denied the allegations against him, which include 11 counts of breach of trust and misconduct in public office, all of which relate to cash withdrawals at casinos made on a government credit card during his first year in office after he was re-elected in 2009 as the country’s leader. Bush has described the charges as a political witch-hunt to discredit him and the Cayman Islands by the FCO.The case continues in Grand Court One on Wednesday at 10am with the crown’s first witness, the financial secretary Kenneth Jefferson. Recommended for you Minister Presents Budget Culture & Heritage Policy/Plan Survey UK Governors of the Caribbean meet in Miami
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Stileet, DMAC & many more to perform for GB Independence Recommended for you Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Independence Festival coming to Taino Beach Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Jul 2015 – The 70 member Bahamas National Children’s Choir will perform in Grand Turk tomorrow as a part of their summer trek through the Caribbean by cruise liner. The group, in celebrating 42 years of Bahamian independence and their own 25th anniversary as a group will give a show at the Grand Turk Cruise Center at 10am and Salem Baptist Church, also in the capital at noon. Among the other stops for the choir is Aruba and the Dominican Republic. Related Items:bahamas independence, Bahamas National Children’s Choir, grand turk, perform
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:abused spouse, immigration bill Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – The House of Assembly will soon have the opportunity to consider an amendment to the Immigration Bill which should protect abused spouses of Turks and Caicos Islanders. It has long been an issue that these multi-national marriages, which end in chaos, can lead to alleged unfair treatment of the foreign partner. It seems the PNP Administration is moving to level the playing field with a change that would make it perfectly legally for a foreign partner to remain in the country. Those Cabinet minutes explained: “The effect of this Bill is to amend the definition of “gainful occupation” and to make provision for the foreign spouses of TCI Status-holders to continue to work in the Islands in circumstances where they are no longer living together with their spouse because said spouse have treated them cruelly, causing them hardships.” Nearly 1000 Participate in Immigration Bill Consultations More pathways to Citizenship in TCI to enlarge franchise Immigration Bill passes through House
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 20, 2017 – Nassau – Arrival in Nassau at Lynden Pindling International Airport of the Queen’s Baton on July 18, 2017 for the Commonwealth Youth Games 2017 scheduled to officially open later that evening. From left are: Wellington Miller, President of the Bahamas Olympic Committee; Commonwealth Games Federation Regional Vice-President for the Americas K.A. Juman-Yassin; and Commonwealth Games Federation Honourary Legal Advisor Sharon Osborne, QC.(BIS Photos/Raymond A. Bethel, Sr.) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Mateo Kovacic is happy at Chelsea right now and insists that his future is not the priority for the time beingThe 24-year-old midfielder is on a season-long loan deal at Chelsea after struggling to earn regular opportunities at parent club Real Madrid.Kovacic has since enjoyed an impressive start to life at Stamford Bridge with rumours indicating that a permanent deal may come to fruition in the summer.But the Croatia international plans to remain focused on the present rather than what his future could hold.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I wanted to be happy and at Chelsea I am,” Kovacic told Marca.“I just wanted to be happy and play matches, feel a responsibility within the team and I’ve found that at Chelsea.“This is not the time to talk about anything other than playing and enjoying. I don’t want to think about what will happen and do want to be happy doing what I like, which is to play football every week.”Kovacic has made 15 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions this season.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum insists they are focusing on themselves and not on Manchester City’s results ahead of tonight’s game at WolvesAfter 17 games, Jurgen Klopp’s side remains unbeaten with a one-point advantage over City at the top of the Premier League.But Wijnaldum, who impressed in last Sunday’s 3-1 win against Manchester United, says Liverpool are only keeping focus on themselves.And the Dutchman expects a stern challenge from Wolves, who defeated Chelsea 2-1 earlier this month at home.“This season we didn’t think about getting close to City,” Wijnaldum told the club website.Report: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“When we were in the future situations [playing after them], or in this case to go four points ahead.“We don’t really think about that, we just want to play the game and try to win the game and then we will see what will happen at the end of the week. We just have to make sure we win our game, that’s the only thing we have to do.“I think Wolves have shown already against the ‘big’ teams that they are a good playing side, especially at home, so it’s going to be a really, really tough game.“We know we have to be 100 per cent concentrated to win that game.”A win tonight at Molineux will move Liverpool four points clear over City, who face Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The new Atletico Madrid striker is yet to score after he already played three games with his boyhood club.Alvaro Morata grew up in the Atletico Madrid youth system.And now he’s been loaned for six months from English Premier League side Chelsea to the Spanish La Liga club.After three matches played for the Spanish team, he is yet to score, something he hopes will change tomorrow when they play against Italian Lega Serie A club Juventus in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.“I would celebrate my first goal here with these supporters… for all the Atletico fans,” Morata was quoted by Marca.“There are the same people [here] as when I left [as a child].”“Here I am again; only in my head have I played with this shirt,” he added.“It is a dream.”Morata suffered to gain the support of Los Colchoneros’ fans at first because he played with Real Madrid from 2010 to 2014.But he hopes a goal against Juventus will change their mind.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“We have to make the Wanda a fortress,” he added.“What is ours is ours and we cannot let anyone take anything away [from here].”“The key? Cristiano [Ronado] is key. And [Antoine] Griezmann for us,” he explained.“We’re going to do everything to stop [Ronaldo], we are going to neutralize him.”“It could be a final,” he continued.“Last year he made a save [when I was] with Chelsea,” said Morata about goalkeeper Jan Oblak.“I asked him [how he did it] and he said that it’s instinct. He’s the best goalkeeper in the world.”Muy feliz por la victoria de ayer!!! Y ahora… llega la Champions!!! #AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/gKsa1T7bgL— Álvaro Morata (@AlvaroMorata) February 17, 2019
Three people killed in series of early morning crashes around San Diego Posted: June 30, 2018 June 30, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Three people were killed in crashes on San Diego-area freeways early Saturday morning.The first crash was reported at 12:36 a.m. on state Route 52 at Convoy Street in the Kearny Mesa area. One person died, but no details were immediately available.At 4:21 a.m., California Highway Patrol officers responded to a crash on northbound Interstate 5 near the Cockleburr Road overpass, a couple miles north of the Oceanside Harbor Drive exit. One person was killed in that crash, according to the CHP.Another person died in a three-vehicle accident on eastbound state Route 94 near Federal Boulevard in Oak Park a little before 3:30 a.m., the CHP said. The crash involved a Honda Civic, a Hyundai Sonata and a motorcycle.That crash was under investigation for much of the morning, and only one lane was left open as authorities investigated the accident, snarling traffic back to the Interstate 805 interchange. All lanes were re-opened by 10:20 a.m. Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 4:38 PM
Posted: September 18, 2018 Sasha Foo, September 18, 2018 Sasha Foo Updated: 7:57 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego’s City Council approved $8.4 million in new funding for the three homeless bridge shelters. Close to 700 men, women and children have been sheltered in the large industrial tents for the last nine months.Acting as the Housing Authority, the city council agreed Tuesday to terms of a 9 month contract extension with Alpha Project, Father Joe’s Villages, and Veterans Village. There are two big changes in the new contract. Spending increased by nearly $1 million in the new contract to pay for 14 additional full time positions. In recommendations from a third party evaluator called Focus Strategies, the evaluator said more case managers and housing specialists could help people make a faster transition from the tents to stable, more permanent housing.The contract also includes a revised goal for those who are in need of more permanent housing. In the previous contract, the target was to move 65% of shelter occupants into housing. The new agreement knocks that goal down to 30% which the evaluator considered more realistic. Mayor Kevin Faulconer conceded that the city does not have enough low cost housing, but he said the city has been successful in helping more than 330 people find housing since the tents opened. City approves extended contract for homeless bridge shelters Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a reported armed robbery at a Hazel Dell retailer Saturday.The robbery occurred about 5 p.m. at Discount Tobacco & Beverage, 6301 N.E. Highway 99, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.The suspect, who brandished but did not fire a handgun, demanded money and then ordered the employee to lay on the ground. He was last seen running from the business and heading east.He was described as a white man in his 20s of average height and thin build, with dark clothing. He wore a ski mask over his face with holes cut out for eyes and his mouth. The robber was last seen running from the business and heading east.No injuries were reported.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The number of houses destroyed by a wildfire near Colorado Springs could grow to around 100, and authorities fear it’s possible that some people who stayed behind might have died.Authorities initially estimated that between 40 and 60 houses were destroyed in Black Forest, a heavily wooded residential area northeast of Colorado Springs, but they are still surveying the damage. El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said Wednesday he believes around 80 have been lost and he wouldn’t be surprised if the figure reaches or tops 100.Maketa said there are no reports of anyone missing in the fire, however he fears for those who chose to ignore evacuation orders and stay behind.“One of my worst fears is that people took their chances and it may have cost them their life,” he said.Maketa said gusty winds expected later in the day could cause the fire to spread unpredictably.The fire was one of several that broke out along Colorado’s Front Range Tuesday and quickly spread in high winds and record heat. The fire has burned about 12 square miles and forced the evacuation of more than 7,000 people in an area over 47 square miles. The area is not far from last summer’s devastating Waldo Canyon Fire that destroyed 346 homes and killed two.“Everywhere you looked, you saw scattered fires, almost like there was a huge convention of campfires everywhere, and periodically you’d see trees just pop into a fireball,” Maketa said.
The weather was great this weekend. Check on how the upcoming week looks here.Weekend’s top stories and news you may have missed:Columbia River Crossing shutdown continuesAs the shutdown of the Columbia River Crossing accelerates, dozens of workers packed up and left the project’s downtown Vancouver office for the final time Friday.Their departure marked the first significant wave of CRC staff to be relieved of their duties. More will follow in the coming weeks. The closeout will conclude by Sept. 1, state Transportation Secretary Lynn Peterson wrote in an email to lawmakers on Friday.By then, only pending public records requests — already deferred to the Washington State Department of Transportation — and contractual obligations will remain, Peterson said.“There won’t be a lot of activity,” CRC spokeswoman Mandy Putney said Friday. “Already the office is quite changed.”The Sept. 1 shutdown date is much sooner than initially estimated. CRC officials earlier indicated the process may last until the end of the year.Read the full story here.Affordable Care Act will have broad reachFor more information on the Affordable Care Act, visitwww.hhs.gov/healthcareSee the first story in The Columbian’s ongoing coverage: ‘Health homes’: Effort aims to improve care for Medicaid clients, save money
Fine summer weather continues in the great Northwest and will do so all week. It will get into the hot category Wednesday as we sizzle just over the 90-degree mark.Friday and over the weekend we drop back down to near 80 degrees with possible morning clouds; still no big rainstorms heading our way. Thunderstorms will creep up the Cascades as the week wears on.The wildfire on Government Island just goes to show you how dry things are even in the middle of the Columbia River. Fire danger will only rise more this week. And with prospects of lightning over and east of the mountains it will become dangerous.I took a jaunt down to the Long Beach area over the weekend and I can say the ocean water was very nice. Not that toe-numbing ordeal one usually goes through. Clear sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s at Cape Disappointment area. And yes, I took my own advice and flew my kite.I don’t know if you want to hear this, but there are inklings of a La Niña forming that may influence our winter down the road. It’s mild at this point, but bears watching. At least we end up with nice snowpacks in the mountains and we often have a good chance of snow here at city levels in a La Niña winter.
The Vancouver Farmers Market has decided to close the market for the weekend of September 28th, 2013. The Market prides itself on being open rain or shine to its customers, but with forecasted winds from 15-20 MPH and gusts up to 40 MPH it is only prudent for the safety of the customers and vendors that we shut down for this weekend. Under heavy wind conditions, tents become very unstable and may blow into the market causing injury to customers and damaging vendor products. Our first priority is customer and vendors safety and we want to make sure we have taken every step possible to ensure that. The Vancouver Farmers Market will continue its season next Saturday from 9:00 – 3:00 and Sunday from 10:00 – 3:00 and will remain open through the final weekend in October. More information can be found at www.vancouverfarmersmarket.com or by emailing email@example.com. For up to the minute information refer to the markets facebook page at www.facebook.com/vancouverfarmersmarket
OAKLAND, Calif. — Wes Matthews had a pretty good seat for Portland’s 10th straight win. It just happened to be in the Trail Blazers’ locker room.One of three players ejected in the third quarter following a scuffle with Golden State, Matthews spent the final 15 minutes watching the game on TV with teammate Mo Williams after both players were tossed.The two players saw yet another dramatic comeback by one of the biggest surprise teams in the Western Conference.LaMarcus Aldridge had 30 points and 21 rebounds and the Trail Blazers beat the Warriors 113-101 on Saturday.“That inspired us,” said Matthews of the altercation that resulted in six technical fouls in addition to the ejections. “We got better from it, we got stronger from it. Mo and I were continuing to cheer. They couldn’t hear us, but we were continuing to cheer.”One night after rallying from 21 down to beat the Chicago Bulls 98-95, Portland again had to play from behind, but rode a big fourth quarter from Aldridge to keep the winning streak going.Aldridge made 11 free throws in the fourth quarter to highlight his sixth double-double this season. Matthews had 23 points while Bay Area native Damian Lillard added 20 points and nine assists for the Blazers.“We rode LaMarcus in the second half,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “He took it inside, got to the free throw line, made his free throws, offensive rebounds. He did it all and we rode him.”
Three days before she was supposed to graduate high school, an 18-year-old Vancouver woman was killed after being struck by a bus in downtown Portland. Monserrat Hernandez-Garcia was identified Monday as the pedestrian killed in the collision Sunday afternoon. She was a senior at Hudson’s Bay High School, which is celebrating graduation Wednesday.Hernandez-Garcia was struck by an Amtrak charter bus at the intersection of Northwest Sixth Avenue and Northwest Glisan Street, according to the Portland Police Bureau. The preliminary information showed the bus was traveling west on Glisan Street and turned north onto Sixth Avenue, striking Hernandez-Garcia. The intersection is two blocks from Portland Union Station, the Amtrak train and bus station.Police say the driver of the bus, Charles Atarashi, 68, of Portland, was not impaired and has cooperated with investigators. No citations or charges have been issued in the case, though it remains under investigation, police said.Portland police Sgt. Pete Simpson said that details, including whether Hernandez-Garcia was in a crosswalk, are part of the investigation.Grief counselors are at Hudson’s Bay High School this week to talk with students and staff, said Amanda Richter, a spokeswoman for Vancouver Public Schools. A photo taken from Monserrat Garcia’s Facebook page.
Osaka Governor planning to start operator recruitment process this year Las Vegas Sands reaches new SG$4 billion loan agreements for Marina Bay Sands expansion RelatedPosts JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Load More Las Vegas Sands has settled with Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen for an undisclosed amount, bringing to an end a lengthy legal battle that had lasted more than a decade.The settlement was announced at the start of proceedings on day two of a civil suit hearing to determine how much LVS should pay Suen for services rendered in Macau. Suen sued the gaming giant for breach of contract, claiming he played a key role in helping the company win its highly lucrative Macau gaming concession in 2002. Juries had twice previously found in favor of Suen, to the tune of US$44 million in 2008 and US$70 million five years later, but LVS appealed on both occasions. Day one of last week’s civil hearing had seen Suen’s lawyers ask for a massive US$347 million payout.Although details of the settlement remain a secret for now, Suen’s attorney John O’Malley told US-based gaming industry news outlet CDC Gaming Reports, “We’re very pleased to have this case finally resolved after 15 years. We can’t talk about the amount. This settlement completely resolves the litigation.”
HALLANDALE BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two people, including a Hallandale Beach Police officer, were taken to the hospital after, officials said, their vehicles collided.According to the Hallandale Beach Fire Department, the accident between the cruiser and another vehicle took place near Northwest Sixth Avenue and Hallandale Beach Boulevard, Thursday evening.The female officer and the other driver were both transported to the hospital in unknown condition. Officials said the civilian was transported as a trauma alert.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.