2 teens, mother charged for killing Berbice security guard

first_imgTwo teenagers, along with the mother of one of them, were on Friday remanded to prison for the murder of a Corentyne, Berbice security guard.Carlos Ballers, 19, of Williamsburg; and Yuvraj Singh, 17, of Guava Bush, Albion Front, Berbice, appeared before Magistrate Renita Singh at the Albion Magistrate’s Court. The two were jointly charged. Also charged was Lalita Ballers of Section E, Port Mourant. However, she was charged separately also for murder.The three are accused of killing Munisperen Iyasammy Monien of Lot 45 Clifton, Port Mourant, Corentyne, during the course of a robbery on March 31. They wereDead: Munisperen Iyasammy Monienall remanded and the case will continue on April 23.Reports are Monien’s body was discovered in a pool of blood in a storeroom at Sukhsram General Store at Lot 13 Public Road, Rose Hall.The 53-year-old provided security services for two years for the store which sells agricultural products; working a 12-hour shift, which commenced at 17:00h.Following the discovery of the body, it was also discovered that money which was being kept in the store was missing.It was also reported that when the store was closed on Saturday afternoon, $1.5 million was locked in a draw inside. The money is reportedly missing.Police later arrested all of the employees following a theory that the robbery/murder was an inside job.Two days after, Ballers reportedly confessed toCharged: Lalita Ballers, mother of murder accused Carlos Ballersplotting the robbery and also implicated Singh, who later also allegedly confessed.As the Police continued to probe, Ballers allegedly took them to a house at Port Mourant where his mother lives. The woman reportedly went to a section of the yard and dug up some money, which was buried.Her son also reportedly showed the investigators where he had hidden the murderweapon.Meanwhile, the Police are searching for another suspect.last_img read more

More debt for Americans is ‘normal’

first_imgAmericans spent 1 in 7 of their take-home dollars on debt payments last year, up from 1 in 9 in 1980. Experts say few consumers are able to calculate the true costs of such payments. Behind closed doors, the decisions that families like the Moellerings make about their debt – when to pay it off, when to shuffle it to lower-interest sources and when to let it revolve and build – can determine how much their salaries are worth. Like many others, the Moellerings have run up avoidable penalties and occasionally spent themselves into more debt or higher interest rates, even as they have tried to juggle other balances to bring down their monthly payments. This spring, they allowed a reporter to see how they struggled with these choices. Christine Moellering’s laundry basket recently included more unwelcome news: $2,693 due on a Visa card through her credit union, including finance charges of $25, and $13,680 on a CashBuilder Elite Visa, including a monthly finance charge of $200. Their credit card debt came to $22,228, including $380 in monthly finance charges. Interest varied from 12.1 percent to 32.24 percent. The Moellerings also have a mortgage of $93,000 and a home equity loan balance of $68,574, at 8 percent interest. “We have friends in the same position,” said Christine Moellering, who earns $30,000 a year as an administrative assistant. “One was off his insurance for a couple weeks and he broke his arm, and they’re out $25,000 or $30,000. We’ve talked to them about it. It doesn’t matter what you do, you always have that credit card debt.” YPSILANTI, Mich. – On a recent evening, Christine Moellering, 40, sorted through the plastic laundry basket where she keeps the family bills, statements and coupons. “The Sears one is 32.24 percent,” Moellering said, reading a credit card statement with a balance of $5,955, including $155 in monthly finance charges. The high interest rate took her by surprise. “That’s nice,” she said sarcastically. Shuffle credit cards Moellering and her husband, Mark, 39, earn average salaries for their age (together about $66,000 a year), live in an average-priced home and have an average cost of living. But like many other households these days, they have found that their day-to-day economic life has come to depend not just on how much they earn or spend, but also on how well they shuffle what they owe among a broad array of credit cards, home equity loans and other lines of credit. Credit widespread Just a generation ago, financial profiles like the Moellerings’ would have been unusual. But changes in federal regulations since the 1980s, along with consolidation in the banking industry and changed consumer attitudes toward borrowing and saving, have made credit more widespread, more heavily marketed and more confusing, with offers of more credit – at low rates – extending to even the least reliable risk. In 2006, the industry mailed out nearly 8 billion credit card offers, up from 3.5 billion in 2000. Credit card debt, less than $8 billion in 1968 (in current dollars), now exceeds $880 billion, more than tripling since 1988, adjusting for inflation, according to the Federal Reserve Bank. Penalty fees alone cost consumers $17.1 billion in 2006 – up from $12.8 billion in 2003, adjusted for inflation, according to R.K. Hammer, a bank card advisory firm. At the same time, as banks have moved from fixed interest rates to variable rates, the ability of borrowers like the Moellerings to move balances from one card to another, or from credit cards to lower-interest home equity loans, can have as much impact on their finances as whether they get a raise or trim household expenses, said Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com. Especially since 2001, McBride said, as home values have increased and interest rates have dropped, home equity loans have enabled families to carry more debt – to buy more things – at lower cost. “It’s a whole change in what we consider normal now,” said Vanessa G. Perry, an assistant professor of marketing at the George Washington University School of Business. “Not only has the total amount people borrow increased, but the number of instruments we borrow on has increased. An average family has a mortgage, home equity loan, various credit cards, a car loan, maybe a student loan.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Motorcyclist seriously injured after accident on Alaska Highway

first_imgThe single male occupant of the motorcycle was seriously injured in the accident and taken to hospital. He is expected to be airlifted out of Fort St. John for further treatment.RCMP, along with a collision reconstructionalist remain at the scene of the collision as the investigation is ongoing.Southbound traffic on the Alaska Highway between 86th Street and Swanson Lumber Road is restricted to a single lane, while the highway remains closed to northbound traffic. Northbound vehicles are currently being redirected onto Swanson Lumber Road.- Advertisement -Single lane, alternating traffic is expected to begin this evening, but restrictions will remain in place well into the night.More details and updates on the traffic situation will be released as it becomes available.last_img read more

First Nations push for massive conservation area in northern British Columbia

first_imgFederal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has been supportive, said Crampton.“But she’s drawing her reins in a little bit because of the complacency of the provincial government, at this point, to make any kind of move at all,” he said.The provincial and federal governments did not immediately respond to requests for comment.The plan has been more than two decades in the making. Horgan was a cabinet minister in B.C.’s New Democrat government in the 1990s, which worked with the Kaska to create what was then one of the largest protected areas in the world, the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area.Advertisement The proposed new conservation area includes part of the Muskwa-Kechika.The new area covers a vast, roadless area stretching to the Yukon border in the north, the slopes of the Rockies in the east, the Cassiar Mountains on the west, and to the Rocky Mountain Trench, between the Rockies and the Cassiar, in the south.Crampton said the proposal was carefully designed to avoid forestry and other resource extraction areas. It lies between natural gas deposits and the Site C dam project in the east, and mining and other resource projects in the west.In the most recent round of letters sent to various ministers, the Kaska Dena Council explained why the conservation area would not conflict with natural resource development, said Crampton.The council wrote to Forests Minister Doug Donaldson on May 3, saying it had come to their attention that “there is a major concern within your ministry regarding possible tensions and conflict around forestry” in the proposed protected area.Advertisement “We believe this is based on misinformation and a serious lack of understanding of our proposal in spite of our best efforts to keep both you and your officials well-informed and well-briefed,” the letter says.“We are worried that these concerns, never shared with us directly, are having a negative impact on your perception of our proposal.”The Kaska controls logging in the forests surrounding the conservation area and there isn’t any opportunity for forestry inside it, Crampton said.As for mining, Teck Resources holds a permit that covers a southeast corner of the conservation area, but it only actively operates outside the area, Crampton said.Teck said in a statement that it has not been contacted by the Kaska about a conservation area and would be open to discussions about their proposed plans.Advertisement The Kaska have applied for federal help from a $175-million fund designated for projects that help Canada meet a biodiversity target of protecting 17 percent of land and inland water by 2020.The institute completed a 78-page conservation analysis, which detailed how the area is home to seven herds of northern woodland caribou, 10 major watersheds and 13 distinct ecosystems, said Corrine Porter, executive director of the Dena Kayeh Institute.Supporters also say the conservation area would create jobs for Kaska members, who could work as guides or Indigenous guardians who patrol the land.“We want to protect it for our cultural well-being,” added Porter. “It’s just a really special area that we’d like to protect for future generations.” LOWER POST, B.C. – First Nations in northern British Columbia are calling on the provincial government to endorse an ambitious proposal for a 40,000-square-kilometre conservation area to protect major watersheds and sensitive species.The proposal would cover the ancestral areas of three Kaska Dena First Nations and would be larger than Vancouver Island, taking up a massive section of north-central B.C.Premier John Horgan’s government hasn’t said whether it supports or opposes the idea after seven months of phone calls, letters and meetings with officials from various ministries, say the project’s proponents.- Advertisement -“They’ve never said No, but they’ve never said Yes, and they’ve never said they would sit down and negotiate what it would look like. That’s all we’re asking at this point,” said David Crampton of the Dena Kayeh Institute, which is spearheading the project.“We’re not sure why. We have no idea really what’s going on in the background of all this.”The First Nations have applied for $4 million in federal government funding for the project, known as the Kaska Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area, and now fear it won’t receive funding because B.C. hasn’t signed on.Advertisementlast_img read more

Carlo Ancelotti reveals 16-YEAR-OLD in line for Real Madrid debut

first_img1 Teen sensation Martin Odegaard is in line to make his Real Madrid debut on Wednesday.The 16-year-old moved to the Santiago Bernabeu in January after the European champions beat off the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool for his signature.Since then the attacking midfielder has only turned out for Real Madrid’s B Team, which is coached by France legend Zinedine Zidane.But, with injuries hitting the Real Madrid first-team, manager Carlo Ancelotti has now revealed Odegaard is in line to appear against Almeria on Wednesday.“Tomorrow in the squad there will be three youth-team players,” Ancelotti said.“Odegaard, (Borja) Mayoral and Diego Llorente. I think two of the three will be on the bench and they could get an opportunity to play.” Martin Odegaard last_img read more