Third Georgetown Grand Prix set for this evening

first_imgTHE third edition of the highly anticipated Georgetown Grand Prix will take place at the GT Motorsports track on Thomas Lands this evening.Several of Guyana’s top junior and senior drivers have been dusting the cobwebs off over the last week to get themselves ready for the event.The X30 juniors are expected to be the pinnacle of the event with a two-point difference between leader Zachary Persaud and Nathan Rahaman.With Zack at 111 and Nathan at 109, the battle could go either side with both youngsters understanding that the winner of the overall championship at the end of the year gets a MOTUL-sponsored seat at a U.S. event.They can also not underestimate the rest of the pack, as one good day for Rayden Persaud (82) or Paige Mendonca could jeopardise their championship hopes.With every point being important, the two points awarded for fastest lap in qualifying will be where the fun starts for these young daredevils.The X30 Senior class has its own fireworks with former junior champion Mikhail Persaud returning to action after missing the first two rounds because of academics.At the moment, it is Matthew Phang who leads with 103 points over Steven Nobrega (98) and John Phang (91) but things could go topsy-turvy with the right kind of action from any of those guys today.Elan Rahaman is in the mix as well, with 73 points and can cause some serious upsets.In the X30 Masters class, Shan Seejattan leads with 77 points ahead of Mahendra Boodhoo (51) and Vishal Sawh (48) but the addition of Raymond Seebarran, a former four-stroke champion could make things difficult for the trio.In the Easy Cup division, Naresh Alves leads after two rounds with 111 points ahead of Ackeem Thomas (99) and Rylie Ramroop (84).In the 60CC Kids Cup, Justin Ten-Pow holds a commanding 154-point lead over Nicholas Sawh and Ben Phang who are tied for second place on 90 points.Today’s event begins at 18:00hrslast_img read more

Jamaican murder convict faces second deportation after caught trying to re-enter…

first_imgJamaican national Horace Tajah is facing asecond deportation after spending four years behind bars after he was caught trying to re-enter the United States.Convicted in a New York City gang case in 2010, Tajah was sentenced to prison and eventually deported back to Jamaica and barred from the United States for life.Prosecutors point to the drug, gun and murder convictions on his record to suggest that his motivation in trying to re-enter the United States was to commit more violent crime.On Monday, a federal judge set the stage for Tajah’s second deportation back to Jamaica by sentencing him to time served – he’s been in custody since his arrest four years ago – and three years of probation.Just months after his removal, he tried to re-enter the United States by crossing the Peace Bridge on a commercial tour bus. He was caught, and so was his wife, who later admitted to lying about her husband’s identity during the illegal border crossing.“I wasn’t coming here to commit any crimes,” Tajah told U.S. District Judge Lawrence J.Vilardo . “I committed a lot of crimes when I was younger, but I’m older now.”Unlike most illegal re-entry cases, Tajah’s prosecution attracted attention because of his previous criminal record in New York City, where he was convicted on multiple federal charges in 2010.The charges included drug dealing, weapons possession and conspiracy to commit murder. He was sentenced to six years in prison and eventually deported to Jamaica.“While in Jamaica, he received various threats and attempted to relocate to Canada where he still didn’t feel safe,” said defense lawyer John P. Pieri.Pieri said the threats stem from Tajah’s cooperation with federal prosecutors in the 2010 gang case and that, even now, his client fears a return to Jamaica.LaTanya N. Notice, Tajah’s wife, who is also a non-citizen from Jamaica, had previously pleaded guilty to making a false statement and will face a recommended sentence of up to six months in prison when she is sentenced by Vilardo. She also will face possible deportation, a punishment she hopes to avoid. Jamaican murder convict faces second deportation after caught trying to re-enter the USlast_img read more