A forty-seven-year-old man found himself before Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, slapped with two counts of forgery.Mohamed Abid Haniff denied both of the charges.It is alleged that on March 26, 2018, at Camp Street, Georgetown, with intent to defraud a customs officer at the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), he forged an import licence, in favour of Dhanram Satrohan, a person trading as Ghanhi’s Sales and Investment, purporting to show that the same was issued by the Business Ministry.It was also alleged that on the same day, at Camp Street, Georgetown with intent to defraud, Mohamed Haniff forged an import licence, purporting to show that same was issued by the Business Ministry.Prosecutor Sanj Singh made no objection to bail being granted but asked that conditions be attached. Bail was granted in the sum of $100,000 and the matter will continue on July 13.
Erica Bougard, of the United States, clears the bar during the high jump in the women’s heptathlon at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)DOHA, Qatar — American heptathlete Erica Bougard says she wasn’t trying to make an international political statement against Qatar’s anti-LGBTQ policies. She was just wearing her favorite high jump shoes.She has worn the shoes, with a rainbow flap across one foot to symbolize gay pride, all season. She didn’t consider how that would be taken in Qatar, a conservative Muslim nation, where homosexual acts are illegal.ADVERTISEMENT If anything does happen, “I’ll be on the first flight out.”British race walker Tom Bosworth, who came out publicly in 2015 and proposed to his boyfriend at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, has been critical of the anti-LGBTQ laws in Qatar. He put out a statement last week saying he would respect the laws of the host country and make no political statements while he was there to compete. He races Friday.Bougard started dating her girlfriend about a year ago and wants to be an advocate for people struggling with sexual identity.“I feel like we have a voice, us as athletes, because more people look at us to perform,” said the 26-year-old who competed at Mississippi State. “It’s important because I feel like people hate people for loving who they love. Some people don’t believe in it, which is totally fine. I wanted to show my side and put the symbol on my shoe.”Bougard wasn’t concerned about any sort of fallout after completing the first four of seven heptathlon events in a competition spread out over two days. In fourth place going into Day 2 on Thursday, she’s in striking distance of a medal as she trails teammate Kendell Williams by two points. The long jump, javelin and 800-meter run remain.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Becoming his own man DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ By slipping on the high-jump shoes Wednesday night, she stepped into a touchy subject that organizers for the track world championships and the 2022 World Cup here have tried to avoid.IAAF president Sebastian Coe ducked the issue when asked about anti-LGBTQ laws on the eve of the championships. Dahlan Al Hammad, the head of the local organizing committee, said Qatar would comply with international laws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Bougard said she didn’t know all the background.“But I’m not afraid of the consequences,” Bougard said. “I feel like I’m well protected.” MOST READ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? “Hopefully I do get a lot of praise (on social media),” Bougard said. “I hope I don’t get bashed a lot.”She’s glad people took notice.“I honestly didn’t think about it because it was already on my shoe,” she said. “I put the flag on my shoe and people noticed it, I guess.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Liverpool, Barcelona dig out wins in Champions League Car show raises almost P1M in scholarships for 20 students PLAY LIST 02:10Car show raises almost P1M in scholarships for 20 students04:18LGBT rights supporters rally at SC amid same-sex marriage debate02:31INQUIRER Sports Top 7 stories of 201802:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments LATEST STORIES