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Date: 23 Jun 18 12:20pm
– claimed his attorney/client relationship with Roger Khan was invaded(New York Law Journal) Robert Simels failed to persuade a federal appeals court to overturn his convictions for conspiracy, attempted obstruction of justice and bribery, thus ensuring that the criminal defense attorney will serve a 14-year prison term for conspiring to intimidate and corrupt witnesses against his drug smuggling client.The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit yesterday upheld 10 of 12 felony convictions secured in 2009 by prosecutors in the Eastern District U.S. Attorney’s Office who proved that Simels tried to prevent potential witnesses from testifying against his client, Guyanese drug smuggler Shaheed “Roger” Khan.Robert SimelsSingle counts of importation of electronic surveillance equipment and possession of electronic surveillance equipment were vacated by Judges Jon O. Newman, Guido Calabresi and Peter W. Hall, who heard oral arguments in United States v. Simels on April 29.Khan was arrested in Suriname in 2006 and brought to the United States for trial as the accused leader of a criminal enterprise importing large amounts of cocaine. He hired the brash Simels for a retainer of $1.4 million, but ultimately pleaded guilty in the drug conspiracy.Prosecutors went after Simels using a cooperating witness and Drug Enforcement Administration informant, Selwyn Vaughn.At trial, the government presented five recorded conversations between Vaughn and Simels in the attorney’s office between May and September 2008. In the conversations, NBA Jerseys China, Simels could be heard proposing to bribe and threaten potential witnesses against Khan.The government also produced incriminating conversations between Simels and Khan in the attorney visiting room at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.Simels, who testified at his 10-day trial, was convicted on one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, eight counts of attempted obstruction of justice, a single count of bribery and the two surveillance equipment counts before Eastern District Judge John Gleeson. He was acquitted of a single count of making a false statement at a prison.An associate of Simels, Arienne Irving, was also convicted of six felonies, but those convictions were later thrown out by Judge Gleeson, who found Irving was not present for interactions between Simels and Vaughn.Last year, the Eastern District U.S. Attorney’s Office announced without explanation that it was withdrawing its appeal of Judge Gleeson’s ruling.On appeal, Simels argued the government invaded his attorney-client relationship with Khan, that evidence on five counts was insufficient, and that several of Judge Gleeson’s rulings deprived him of a fair trial, including his decision allowing a suppressed recorded conversation between Simels and Khan that the judge allowed as impeachment evidence against Simels.But he prevailed only on the electronic surveillance equipment counts which concerned a “base” that allegedly could be used to surreptitiously intercept radio signals between phones and cell towers as well as two laptop computers.The laptops, Simels testified, were given to Mr. Khan by Guyanese government officials to store intercepted conversations, and one of them contained a conversation involving David Clarke, a potential witness against Khan.Writing for the Second Circuit, Judge Newman said the evidence showed the equipment was inoperable.With respect to electronic devices, Judge Newman said, “Congress covered only those ‘which can be used’ to intercept communications and added, as a mens rea requirement, that the device be known to have been designed for the purpose of surreptitious interception.”The ruling was of little help to Simels, however, because Judge Gleeson had sentenced him on the surveillance equipment counts to time served and no supervised release, making it unnecessary for the court to resentence him.Simels, a 1974 graduate of New York Law School, began his career as a special assistant attorney general investigating public corruption. He eventually became one of New York’s more prominent defense attorneys, representing such clients as Henry Hill, the gangster made famous by the film “Goodfellas”; drug-trafficker Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff; and former New York Jet Mark Gastineau.Simels was represented at trial by Gerald Shargel, and on appeal by Barry Bohrer of Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello & Bohrer, along with Elkan Abramowitz and James R. Stovall of that firm.Handling the prosecution’s case at trial were Eastern District Assistant U.S. Attorneys Steven D’Alessandro and Morris Fodeman, now in private practice, and Daniel Brownell. Brownell also handled the appeal.
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Date: 23 Jun 18 12:20pm
With the 2009 Guyana Fashion Weekend (GFW) set for August 22 at the Princess Hotel, (formerly Buddy’s International) organisers Sonia Noel and Artistic Director/Producer, Richard Younge, are fervently soliciting sponsorship to make the event the phenomenal feature they intend to showcase this year.At a recent press conference, Younge emphasised the need for endorsement which he noted is perhaps the most important element to make such an event successful. He explained that he is more than pleased with the assistance from the Tourism Ministry which has always been eager to assist in developing the fashion industry.Younge appealed to other potential sponsors to come on board as the event would provide local and international recognition for Guyana’s fashion industry. He said that fashion adds a new and intriguing event to the cultural and entertainment calendar and an opportunity for Guyana’s fashion products to be branded. Guyana Fashion Weekend is one of the signature events on the August events calendar, according to Younge.He explained that the organisers want to move away from the ‘begging idea’ which kills the significance of the venture. He added that while branding is important it can only be made possible with proper endorsement.Noel explained that the Guyana Fashion Weekend has been a dream of hers for many years and concluded that she is more than willing to work along with practically anyone with positive ideas and concepts.Guyana Fashion Weekend (GFW) has not only established itself as the platform for local fashion designers to exhibit their creativity, fostering a new wave of Guyanese buying their locally designed and created outfits, but has also reached a plateau for international recognition, which heralds a new flavour of tourism propelled by world renowned celebrities.Last year, Hollywood actress Anna Maria Horsford, star of ‘The Wayan Bros’ and ‘Amen’ television shows plus some 60 other television shows and movies, was their special guest.Other Hollywood actresses including Tamara Tunie (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit; As The World Turns; NYPD Blue; Sex and the City) and Jackee (Sister-Sister, Cheap Authentic Jerseys, 227; Designing Women) are now interested in coming to Guyana for Guyana Fashion Weekend.Mrs. Janice Combs, a renowned fashion plate and mother of music and fashion mogul Sean John.P. Diddy Combs, is already excited about being a part of Guyana Fashion Weekend.June Haynes, a Guyanese by birth who is now the Vice President of Global Retail of Valentino, one of the most influential fashion labels in the world has expressed an interest in coming for GFW.
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Date: 23 Jun 18 12:19pm
Cash-strapped City Hall is now investigating all transactions conducted by acting Chairman of theActing Chairman of Finance Committee, Junior GarrettGeorgetown Municipality’s Finance Committee, Junior Garrett, since he approved the purchase of a laptop from “a non-existent company”.Mayor Hamilton Green made this decision, yesterday, following the disclosure that Garrett approved the purchase of a Dell Latitude D800, laptop computer – to the tune of $120, 000 – from a non-existent company, in February.Meanwhile, Garrett is lashing back claiming that he cannot inspect every detail on a payment voucher that staff present to him for his signature. He stressed that for similar reasons, he recommended in City Hall’s budget 2012 that a Procurement Commission be established.“This incident is only a drop in the ocean. There are many discrepancies that require immediate intervention by the Auditor General. However, the Mayor is dragging his feet on these matters, ” Garrett asserted.In February, Garrett’s lone signature appeared on the payment voucher approving the purchase of the computer for the City Treasurer’s Department from a fictitious company. The computer was rented from an individual by City Hall to prepare its budget document and now that that project is over, the computer was purchased.Apparently, officials called the number listed as the company’s on the payment voucher, and discovered it was a private residence. The processing of the payment for the computer was halted.According to Mayor Green, the revelation of this transaction has raised concerns that similar businesses could have been done within the past months and therefore the Town Clerk, Yonette Pluck, needs to conduct a thorough investigation into all transactions in which Garrett was involved.Green related that Pluck would have to launch an investigation into the apparent breaches in the procedures to acquire the computer, and to ascertain if other staffers are involved in this transaction.Depending on the findings of the investigation, the Auditor General could be called in. Green added that the citizens of Georgetown should not be robbed of taxes that should be used to beautify Georgetown.City Mayor Hamilton GreenHe emphasised that it is surprising that a Councillor, particularly Garrett, “who always seems punctilious” would possibly be involved in such a misdeed. The Mayor stressed that it is questionable why Garrett would sign a payment voucher without checking the validity of the company.Garrett in his defence claimed that City Hall’s Information Technology Officer presented documents for the purchase of the computer. The Councillor noted that he signed the payment voucher along with several other documents, and as such, NFL Jerseys Cheap, time did not permit him to call the company to verify its existence.He noted that in the past, the same Information Technology Officer recommended that Council purchase software for about $14M when similar software could have been obtained free of cost.Garrett asserted that this and a booklet of financial discrepancies were brought to the Mayor’s attention, but to date nothing has been done. He stressed that it is beyond him, why the Mayor would have vital information about the misappropriation of funds and refuse to take action.He noted that if the Mayor was serious about stamping out corruption from City Hall he would have already confronted the officers and even engaged the Auditor General for assistance.“For instance, some staff are receiving daily incentives at a time, when the Council is cash-strapped, to carry out basic daily functions, ” Garrett claimed.
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Date: 23 Jun 18 12:19pm
Gizmos and Gadgets opened its new superstore at 13 North Road and Wellington Streeton Monday, culminating a US$3 million investment that would provide employment for more than 50 persons.The new store also replaces the previous Gizmos and Gadgets location at Robb and Wellington Streets.The superstore will be introducing a new concept —matching prices with those quoted on products in stores overseas. Additionally, customers will have the option of ordering online through the company.Minister of Tourism, Manniram Prashad, officially opened the new Superstore which was elaborately decorated. He said that the building added value and ambience to the city and such investments show vision. He said that seven new malls have opened throughout the country and developments are continuous. Everyone should be encouraged to go after dreams and aspirations in business and endeavour for success.According to Marketing Director of GT&T, Wystan Robertson, the Gizmos and Gadgets building represents a First World concept. GT&T has grown together with the entity to promote the development of telecommunication along with various other business entities, he added.According to the proprietor, Ravi Mangar, ten years ago his wife, Gaitri Sharma, Jerseys NFL Wholesale, joined with him in the cell phone business. Initially, they sold strictly cell phones and accessories.However, in 2001 with the help of both his wife’s parents and his they developed and opened a store in the Chandra Narine Sharma (CNS) building and began dealing with quality electronics and customer-demanded variety.He added that the second level of the store will be opened next year April and a variety of products will be offered.The Superstore will also introduce new departments for customers. There will be Glamour, which will stock designer brand accessories, sunglasses, watches, makeup, perfumes, and handbags.Wth over $1M in introductory giveaways, customers will enjoy slashed phone prices, gifts with every purchase and a free DVD player with every combined purchase of $100, 000.(Rabindra Rooplall)
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While most people are busy cleaning their homes, preparing for the Christmas holidays, Ann Waldrond and her eight children are thanking their saviour for sparing their lives after their two-bedroom wooden house at Nabaclis came crashing down on Friday night.The entire family, including a six-month old twin, was at home when the disaster struck and although only a few of them sustained minor injuries, their livelihood has been completely shattered.But thanks to the help of some neighbours, further injuries were avoided. Except for a television set, everything that Waldrond owned was destroyed.Speaking with this newspaper shortly after the incident, Waldrond recalled that when she arrived home from work on Friday afternoon, she was informed that the house she had been occupying for the past year and a half was leaning.She was warned to be very careful since heavy rains and high winds were expected later that night.Waldrond even warned her children not to run or walk too heavy in the house.“With that we went down in prayer and we started to ask God to guide we during the night, ” Waldrond told this newspaper.She said that she then sent one of her sons to purchase some ice and the first signs of disaster surfaced as he walked down the stairs.“All I hear is crack! Crack! And the house start leaning back fuh this side. I drop though de floor and de stove fall on me, ” Waldrond told Kaieteur News.She said that it was her son who came to her rescue by pulling the lighted stove from her before the flames could ignite anything.“He come and say, ‘Mommy don’t cry fuh confuse youself’. He then tek me hand and pull me out. When I come out, I started to holler fuh me children dem, ” the single parent mother related.She said that neighbours rushed into the yard and they helped get the rest of the family to safety.Waldrond sustained minor burns about her body, while her eldest daughter suffered bruises and another sibling is nursing a blow to the head.Miraculously, the twin babies who were being held by one of their older sisters were spared. Waldrond and her family could only salvage a few pieces of clothing and had to spend the night which saw torrential rains at a neighbour.She is appealing desperately for some help and since it is the season of giving, she is hopeful for any kind of assistance.Head of the Benschop Foundation, Mark Benschop, who learnt of the incident, has pledged to make a donation of clothing, Cheap Soccer Jerseys For Sale, cash and other supplies to the family.He is calling on other kind-hearted citizens to chip in and help out the family who are in dire need, especially at this time of the year.
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