Limousine Services Have Very Little To Do With Driving!

Strange as it may sound, a chauffeur is not a driver. One of the many responsibilities of a chauffeur is to drive, but being a chauffeur is so much more. Drivers provide one thing; transportation from point A to point B. Drivers operate cabs, taxis, delivery trucks and tractor trailers. Chauffeurs provide complete service in every sense of the word. From the most luxurious limousine to the smart and humble town car service to the airport or other destination; every chauffeur knows that the experience must be flawless and without compare.

According to the all-knowing, great and powerful Oz (Wikipedia), the word chauffeur is derived from a French term meaning ‘stoker’. In the early 1900s, only the very wealthy were able to afford an automobile. Additionally, some of the very earliest automobiles were steam powered and required the firebox below the boiler to be stoked. These first automobile owners employed a chauffeur to heat-up the engine before a departing, chauffeur the owner around wherever they needed to go, and maintain the vehicle in the interim. The chauffeur was entrusted with the complete care of the automobile including learning how to fix it because of the frequent breakdowns. If the automobile was one of the first internal ‘explosion’ engines, the chauffeur was also given an allowance to make sure that they purchased enough essence from the local drug store. That’s right; essence, also known as good ‘ol gasoline or petrol, was first sold in drug stores along with cocaine cola and aluminum powder for “The remedy of any ailment under the sun!”.

Now as then, the chauffeur is someone to be trusted; a guardian of your pride after a little too much to drink, a trusted confidant on a long ride back from business, a good friend after years of repeat service. It doesn’t matter if you only use chauffeured service for your wedding limousine once in a lifetime, or you book corporate airport limo or sedan service twice a week! Every client is treasured and treated as the wealthiest landowner would have been more than a century ago at the advent of the chauffeur profession. Every chauffeur here at Sentinel Limousine knows that to provide the best limo service in Rhode Island and throughout the world we must know where we came from and who we really are. We are chauffeurs, and we are here to serve you.

Comedian Tracy Morgan discharged from hospital

Former 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan has been discharged from hospital, five weeks after being badly hurt in a car crash that left a fellow comedian dead.

The comedian will continue his recovery at home with an “aggressive outpatient program,” said spokesman Lewis Kay.

“He asked me to pass along his sincerest gratitude to everyone who has helped him get to this point.”

Morgan’s legs, nose and ribs were broken on 7 June when a Walmart truck crashed into his vehicle in New York.

The wreck killed comedian James McNair, who went by the stage name Jimmy Mack.

Morgan’s assistant, Jeffrey Millea and comedian Ardie Fuqua Jr were also injured in the crash.

Driver ‘was speeding’

On Thursday, Morgan’s lawyers sued Walmart for negligence, claiming the retailer should have known that its driver had been awake for more than 24 hours, and that a 700-mile commute from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was “unreasonable”.

“As a result of Wal-Mart’s gross, reckless, wilful, wanton, and intentional conduct, it should be appropriately punished with the imposition of punitive damages,” court papers said.

The truck driver has separately pleaded not guilty to charges of death by auto and assault by auto charges.

Prosecutors said Kevin Roper had not slept for more than 24 hours before the crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, when he swerved to avoid traffic that had slowed down, ploughing into Morgan’s limo bus.

A report by the National Transportation Safety Board, said Mr Roper had been driving at 65mph in a 45mph construction zone shortly before the crash.

He had been on the clock for 13-and-a-half hours at the time of the crash, the report concluded. Federal rules permit truck drivers to work up to 14 hours a day, with a maximum of 11 hours behind the wheel.

In a statement issued Saturday, Wal-Mart said it was “cooperating fully” in the ongoing investigation.

“We know it will take some time to resolve all of the remaining issues as a result of the accident, but we’re committed to doing the right thing for all involved,” the retailer said.

Morgan was a series regular on Saturday Night Live for seven years and earned an Emmy nomination for best supporting actor for his role in the sitcom 30 Rock, in which he starred alongside Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin.

He was returning from a stand-up performance in Delaware when the crash occurred last month.

Limo CEO, aides to plead guilty in Las Vegas racketeering conspiracy

Limousine company operator Charles Horky and two top aides have agreed to plead guilty in a multimillion-dollar racketeering conspiracy involving prostitution, drug trafficking and fraud.

“Mr. Horky has accepted responsibility for actions involving some financial activity at the company and is ready assume the consequences,” his defense attorney David Chesnoff said Wednesday. “He apologizes to those he disappointed, and we’re hopeful that the court accepts the negotiations.”

Horky, 53, the CEO of CLS Nevada, a limousine company that operated on the Strip for two decades, and eight others were charged in a federal racketeering indictment unsealed in December 2012. Additional defendants, including some of Horky’s limousine drivers, were charged with trafficking in cocaine, methamphetamine and Ecstasy in four separate indictments.

The four-year criminal conspiracy was uncovered by the FBI with the help of months of court-approved wiretaps that, among other things, provided an explicit look inside a prostitution ring authorities said Horky ran.

Horky is to plead guilty in Las Vegas before U.S. District Judge Robert C. Jones on Sept. 25, according to the electronic court docket.

Kimberly Flores, 43, the manager of CLS, and Archie Granata, 70, a financial adviser for the company, are to enter guilty pleas before Jones on July 7, the court record shows.

Details of the deals the three defendants have struck with federal prosecutors have not been publicly released. The plea agreements will be filed after Jones accepts their guilty pleas in court.

Other defendants also are working on plea deals.

Those indicted with Horky in the racketeering case included limousine drivers James Reda, 39, Clarence Adams, 39, Mikhail Maleev, 49, and Dawit Moszagi, 48. Two company associates accused of being drug suppliers, Solomon Zemedhun, 40, and Olive Toli, 49, also were charged.

One key target of the investigation, drug dealer Hani Dadis, killed himself weeks before the federal indictments were returned.

Dadis, 51, of Las Vegas, was accused in FBI affidavits of being the main supplier of the club drug Ecstasy, or MDMA, to limousine drivers and their high-rolling clients.

On Sept. 12, 2012, as pressure from FBI agents in the investigation mounted, Dadis put a gun to his head and shot himself to death in a hotel room at the South Point resort on the south Strip, according to court documents.

His death, ruled a suicide by Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy, came a week after agents raided an apartment Dadis had rented to stash the Ecstasy he was accused of distributing.

Horky’s company listed itself as a 24-hour chauffeur-driven service that had contracts with a dozen Strip resorts.

At the time of the indictment in 2012, a top local FBI agent said the lucrative scheme “negatively impacted the citizens, safety, and image of Las Vegas.”

The indictment charged the nine defendants with conspiring to participate in an enterprise through a pattern of racketeering activities, including wire fraud, access device fraud, bank fraud and distribution of controlled substances. It also charged them with using interstate commerce to promote, facilitate, and distribute the proceeds of prostitution.

The broad range of criminal activities was alleged to have taken place from September 2008 through November 2012.

Drivers sold cocaine and methamphetamine and promoted prostitution from their limousines, the indictment alleged.

Horky was accused of directing the criminal activities and requiring drivers to pay him a cut of the illicit money they were receiving.

Among the unlawful activities carried out was a scheme to defraud American Express and American Express card holders of more than $2.8 million through unauthorized charges, according to the indictment.

Horky led a $2.4 million check-kiting scheme that involved drawing checks on the company’s payroll account knowing that the account did not contain sufficient funds, the indictment alleged.

Since his indictment, Horky has been running the limousine service under the watchful eye of a court-appointed monitor, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Trustee Tim Cory.

On Wednesday, Cory said a scaled-back version of the company is still operating.

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Exciting new dance music festival coming to Carmarthen

AN exciting new dance music festival is set to come to Carmarthen next year.

The Together Festival will take place on the May 31, 2014, at the Carmarthen Showground site and will be the only dance music festival in Wales.

The event aims to give a new generation of Welsh clubbers the opportunity to be part of something new, as well as bringing all of Wales`s major clubbing brands together

Promotions director of the festival Jason Thomas said:

“The Together Festival will bring like minded people together for one special thing… music. We have a lot of musical talent in Wales and it’s about time we shared it with the World.”

Managing director of LMG (Live Management Group), organisers of the festival Nash Gooderham said: “We are really excited to have this opportunity to produce a new festival for Wales, working with Welsh clubbing brands and Welsh promoters. We’re hoping that the event will be a huge success and that we can develop the Festival into a larger two day event, in the future.”

The festival organisers are hoping to attract people from all over Wales and a limited number of camping pitches will be available to accommodate people who want to stay on site, on both the Friday and Saturday nights.

Welsh Limos bus smashed up with crowbar

THE owner of a Swansea limousine and bus company is appealing for information after one of his prized vehicles was vandalised.

Lee Pitson, of Welsh Limos based in Fabian Way, has been left furious after windows were smashed on one of his buses.

As well as the windows being smashed, an expletive was also scratched into the vehicle’s paint work — leaving Mr Pitson with a bill running into thousands of pounds.

He said: “It looks like a crowbar has done the job. I am angry about it.

“My business partner arrived for work and realised.

“Six windows have been done on our flagship bus.

“The word has been scratched into one of the doors and then a key had been scraped down the side.

“It is probably going to cost us between £2,500 and £3,000, unfortunately it is a lot of money for us.

“We are working hard to get back onto the road, our busiest days are Thursday, Friday Saturday and Sunday.

“We have a 10th birthday party tomorrow and then on Friday we have a hen party going to Blackpool.

“I am hoping by tomorrow evening it will be back on the road. We don’t want to let anyone down.

“We are offering a £500 reward if anyone knows anything.”

A spokesman for South Wales Police confirmed the incident and said with information should contact 101.