Cuban remanded for forging visa after being turned down

first_imgA Cuban citizen on Thursday appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts slapped with three counts of fraud.Lazaro Pereira Alanzo denied the charges when they were read to him by Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs–Marcus, through an interpreter.The first charge against the 52-year-old man stated that on December 17, 2018, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he uttered to Ayana Harris, a General Clerk at the Ministry of the Presidency, Department of Citizenship one visa appointment confirmation letter, dated January 11, 2019, in favour of himself, purporting to show that same was issued by the Mexican Embassy.The second charge read that between September 29, 2018 and December 17, 2018, at Georgetown, with intent to defraud, he forged one visa appointment letter dated January 11, 2019, in favour of himself purporting to show that same was issued by the Mexican Embassy.The Police further stated that between January 1, 2019 and January 8, 2019, at Georgetown, he failed to comply with conditions subject to a permit via which he was granted permission to stay from the period September 29, 2018 and September 31, 2018, but overstayed.In his defence, Alanzo told the court: “I am not guilty of the offences and I was tricked by the person who filled out the form for me and that bail should be granted to me.”However, Police Prosecutor Adoni Innis objected to bail being granted to the foreigner, citing the prevalence of the offence and the fact he had no ties to Guyana.The Prosecutor further stated that while the defendant was in Guyana, he applied for a visa at the Mexican Embassy, but his request was turned down.The discovery of the forgery was made days later when he went to the Ministry. It was reported that the confirmation letter issued to the Ministry did not originate from the Mexican Embassy in Guyana.The Police Prosecutor’s submission was upheld by the Magistrate, who remanded Alanzo to prison until January 14, 2019.last_img read more

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Whey to go: New kind of coffeehouse will open in Torrance

first_img“We saw a bag of coffee in her office and we said, `What’s this?”‘ recalled Andrew Genato, 43. “And she told us about the company and asked us if we wanted to be investors.” Genato liked the idea. So did his wife. The company opened its first store in June in West Hollywood. The Torrance coffeeshop, which the Genatos are licensing from the corporation, will be the second. Thirty-eight stores are “in line to open,” with eight to 10 planned for next year, said Mrs. Genato, also 43. Each store will require $300,000 to $500,000 to open, Genato said. The healthy concept is not new, said Bruce Milletto, who advises gourmet coffee retailers through his Portland, Ore.-based Bellissimo Coffee InfoGroup. Several years ago, an investment group in Oregon started a company to market nutrient-rich coffee. But the effort failed, possibly because the investors, who were lawyers, did not have experience in the food industry, Milletto said. “It seemed to me at the time that it could be a very plausible idea,” Milletto said. Most gourmet coffee drinkers are “fairly” health conscious, highly educated and with disposable income, Milletto said. “People do a lot of different things to coffee,” Milletto said. “A lot of independents right now are basically looking for specific niches, and this could be a good one. I don’t know.” While the Healthy Bean headquarters is in Los Angeles, company President Ray Basa is developing new coffee flavors as well as a line of “healthy” teas and “healthier” baked goods from a Downey warehouse. The teas and baked goods will be introduced in about a month, Basa said. Basa also is developing Healthy Bean bottled water fortified with nutrients. “We’re basically a coffee company, but we’re coming out with a lot of products, not just coffee,” said Basa, who spent most of his career in food technology, developing nutritional supplements. Basa and his main partner Violeta Cristobal founded the company in 2003. Genato, who runs care homes for the elderly, will act as manager of the Torrance store for the first few months. He wants to be there to get all the kinks out of the system as the store begins operations. The Genatos said that they chose their Torrance location because there are no other coffee retailers within walking distance. But other Healthy Beans may be closer to the competition. That does not seem to bother Genato. “We want to go against Starbucks,” he said. muhammed.el-hasan@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe Healthy Bean will have its soft opening this week, offering coffee infused with antioxidants and whey protein. “As a medical doctor, this all made sense to me,” said Sharon Genato, a local internist and half of the husband-wife team behind the Torrance store on Hawthorne Boulevard near Lomita Boulevard. The Torrance opening may serve as a prelude to another Healthy Bean planned for Redondo Beach or Manhattan Beach possibly next year. The Genatos hope the concept will draw health-conscious coffee lovers in an already crowded industry dominated by Starbucks and other large chains. A year ago, the Torrance couple learned about Healthy Bean during a visit to their accountant, who served as the company’s chief financial officer. A wall covered with green bamboo awaits a trickle-down fountain to be installed just inside the front entrance. Abstract paintings are going up on vermilion walls. An empty glass case will soon boast baked goods. And as early as Wednesday, the aroma of hot coffee will waft out of Torrance’s newest coffeehouse. last_img
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Saunders unable to take the fifth

first_imgSEATTLE — The Angels hoped Joe Saunders would be the answer for filling the fifth spot in the starting rotation with left-hander Jarrod Washburn on the shelf with forearm tendinitis. That answer turned out to be incorrect as Saunders was rocked by the Seattle Mariners for six runs in just two innings on Wednesday, which helped put the Angels in a 6-0 hole before the sun could even break through the morning cloud cover. If the Angels skip the fifth spot and ace Bartolo Colon remains on his normal four days’ rest, he’ll pitch Tuesday against Texas. But that would also put him in line to miss the following critical four-game series against Oakland. “There’s a lot between now and that Oakland series, but if we have to juggle, we’ll get him in that series somewhere,” Scioscia said. Colon is scheduled to pitch today against Detroit when he can become the first Angel since Nolan Ryan in 1974 to win 20 games. Colon won a combined 20 games during stops in Cleveland and Montreal in 2002. – The Angels were also the beneficiaries of the Seattle rotation. Despite playing the Mariners nine times in three different three-game series over the past month, the Angels never had to face 19-year-old rookie phenom Felix Hernandez. Hernandez is 3-3 with a 2.33 ERA in eight starts this season. He has struck out 55 batters in 58 innings and is allowing opponents a .187 batting average. “We’re going to have to face him (eventually), we don’t look at it as catching a break,” Scioscia said. “There’s no denying he’s a special pitcher, but the last couple nights (Joel) Pineiro and (Ryan) Franklin have pitched as well as anyone.” — Keven Chavez can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239, or by e-mail at keven.chavez@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The search for the answer will continue as Angels manager Mike Scioscia suggested Washburn’s injury isn’t likely to be a quick fix. “(Washburn) is feeling better but it could be more than one start (missed),” Scioscia said. “He’ll pitch when he’s at a level that he can go out there and compete and not be at risk.” The other possibility for Wednesday’s start was Kelvim Escobar, but Scioscia elected to keep him in the bullpen. That didn’t work out either as Escobar was touched up for four hits and two runs in two innings of relief. “On the mound we weren’t very good today,” Scioscia said. “It obviously wasn’t what we anticipated.” – The Angels might take advantage of Monday’s off-day to either skip the fifth spot or juggle the rotation entirely. center_img It certainly wasn’t for lack of strength. Saunders hadn’t pitched since Sept. 1 with Triple-A Salt Lake. “My arm felt good, probably too good,” the 24-year-old rookie said. “I just didn’t have the stuff today. Two weeks off and I didn’t have the command.” last_img read more

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