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Magistrate reluctantly obeys DPP’s orders

first_imgCrum-Ewing’s murder trial…maintains insufficient evidence presented to courtPrincipal Magistrate Judy Latchman on Monday reluctantly committed Regan “Grey Boy” Rodrigues to stand trial in the High Court for the 2015 murder of Courtney Crum-Ewing.In tears, Rodrigues stood as Magistrate Latchman disclosed to him that she was compelled by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to commit him to stand trial for the murder even as she maintained that there was insufficient evidence to do so.Regan “Grey Boy” RodriguesAccording to Latchman, based on orders from a High Court Judge after the DPP sought an intervention, she had to reluctantly comply having lost an appeal for a stay of execution, that is, a delay in carrying out a court order in the matter.Special Prosecutor in the case, Nigel Hughes spoke to Guyana Times following the committal and noted that the DPP has the power to direct a magistrate, in this case Latchman, on the matter.In 2017, following the Preliminary Inquiry (PI) into Crum-Ewing’s murder, Latchman had announced that the evidence presented to the court was not sufficient and a prima facie case was not made out against Rodrigues .She highlighted evidence given by the Crime Scene Analyst, Delicia Brown, whose submission to the court revealed that the .32 pistol, along with five .32 bullets, found at the accused’s home was indeed the gun used in the execution of Crum-Ewing.However, she stated that no actual evidence was presented to the court to prove that Rodrigues pulled the trigger, thus committing the heinous act.She also noted that the oral statements given by Rodrigues during the course of the investigation did not implicate him in the killing. As such, the Magistrate told the court that the accused has no case to answer to, as the evidence that the tribunal might request was not available.Upon hearing the decision, Rodrigues burst into tears and as he was being led back into the lock-ups, he screamed, “Freedom! Freedom!”However, the DPP subsequently issued a letter to the Magistrate instructing her to reverse her decision to commit Rodrigues to the High Court for trial.In part, the letter stated, “In accordance with section 72 (2) (ii) (a) of the Criminal Law (Procedure) Act, Chapter 10:01, I hereby … direct you to comply with Sections 65 and 66 of the Criminal Law (Procedure) Act, Chapter 10:01, with a view of committing the accused.”The letter was read to Rodrigues , who broke down in tears, falling to his knees and questioning why he was being faced with such “injustice”.Magistrate Latchman had refused to comply with the order and had told the accused that she would not be committing him as she was maintaining that the evidence presented to her was not sufficient for her to do so.Latchman’s ruling made it the third time Rodriquez would have been freed of the murder, the first time being in 2016.However, in April of 2017, he was rearrested after the DPP ordered that the case be reopened.According to the DPP, “The sole purpose of this remit is to take further evidence from Police witnesses and to rule on the voluntariness of all oral statements of the accused.”Crum-Ewing was gunned down as he was at the time urging residents of Diamond, East Coast Demerara, to cast their ballots in the May 2015 election.He was shot twice to the temple, once to the back of the head, and twice to the stomach. (Kizzy Coleman)last_img read more

Man Utd extend Young’s contract to 2019

first_imgYoung, who joined United back in 2011 from Aston Villa, has rejuvenated his career at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho as the former winger has made the vast majority of his 30 appearances this season at left full-back.Indeed so impressive has Young’s form been that he has been included in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for friendlies later this month against the Netherlands and Italy.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 12, 2017 Manchester United’s English midfielder Ashley Young applauds the fans following the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between Manchester United and Basel at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England on September 12, 2017.Manchester United triggered a one-year contract extension clause on March 19, 2018 to retain the services of Ashley Young until 2019. The 32-year-old’s deal was due to expire this summer, but United have confirmed they have taken up the option of an extra 12 months © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Mar 19 – Manchester United triggered a one-year contract extension clause on Monday to retain the services of utility man Ashley Young until 2019.The 32-year-old’s deal was due to expire this summer, but United have confirmed they have taken up the option of an extra 12 months.last_img read more

Kibera All Stars honored by pharmaceutical firm Sanofi

first_imgThe French Ambassador to Kenya, H.E Mrs. Aline Kuster Menager lauded the Kenya government for its efforts in fighting counterfeits in the market and called for punitive measures in order to protect the patients from unscrupulous traders.The two were speaking during a ceremony held at the French Embassy in Kenya in honour of National Super League team Kibera Black Stars who are partly sponsored by Sanofi.Sanofi has been working with the club to spread anti-counterfeit messages and promote safe drug use in their communities in their efforts to create awareness on the effects of buying fake drugs.Peter Munyasi said Sanofi is at the forefront of fighting counterfeit medicine from being distributed in the markets in order to protect patients.“With the World Health Organization (WHO) putting the number of deaths due to the use of fake medicine at more than 100,000 people annually in Sub-Sahara Africa, there is need to do more in creating awareness on counterfeits. This will ensure that the public is more vigilant and the trade will not thrive,” he noted.“In Africa, our strong network dedicated to this fight is on the front line. The Sanofi team is committed to conducting market surveys, investigations and support local law enforcement agencies with the ultimate goal of safeguarding our patients and products,” he added.The French Ambassador to Kenya, H.E Mrs. Aline Kuster Menager who hosted the team at the embassy in Nairobi said community football clubs have a potential of growing to national clubs with a huge following and joining top flight football to compete in the global arena. She encouraged the youth to join clubs in their communities as they will keep them occupied and keep them off bad company.“I am confident that with the support you are getting from the sponsors, the club will perform better in the next season and hopefully join the National Premier League,” she said.Kibera Black Stars Director Luc Lagouche thanked Sanofi for the support adding that the sponsorship will boost the players’ morale and improve the club’s performance in the second-tier football league.“It cannot have come at a better time like now. The players and technical bench have really been working hard to produce better results. We are working harder than before and hope we can now move to the National league for us to compete with other national clubs,” Lagouche said adding that, the players have promised to improve their performanceto yield results so as to get more bonuses and allowances.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sanofi GM and Country Chair Peter Munyasi signing a ball. Looking on is Genoulhac Jerome from Sanofi and HE Mrs Aline Kuster Menager Ambassador of French to Kenya.NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 29 – National Super League side Kibera All stars received honors from Sanofi a French pharmaceutical company with operations in Kenya calling for more stringent measures to stop the supply of falsified medicine in the market.Speaking during an event at the French Embassy in Kenya Sanofi Kenya Country Chair and General Manager East African Hub Peter Munyasi said although the government has stepped up the fight on counterfeits in the market, there is still penetration of fake medicine in some areas.last_img read more

Seahawks have a test in Panthers

first_img “Sometimes, you’ve got to learn the hard way.” Then there is the uncertain status of NFL MVP Shaun Alexander. Seattle expects him back from the concussion he sustained Saturday, but doctors have not yet cleared him to practice. The Panthers don’t need to hear about running back injuries. DeShaun Foster broke his leg in the win over the Bears, leaving third-stringer Nick Goings Carolina’s sixth running option in training camp to start Sunday. Three-time Pro Bowler Stephen Davis had already been placed on the injured-reserve list Dec. 17 with a lingering knee problem. But that just highlights another Seahawks challenge: containing receiver Steve Smith. Against the Bears he had 12 catches for a career-high 218 yards, the fourth-most in NFL playoff history. He will test perhaps the weakest part of an improving Seattle defense. Starting cornerback Andre Dyson was just coming back after being out for a month with a high sprain of his left ankle when he missed 1 ½ quarters of Saturday’s win with a right ankle injury. The Seahawks’ best cover man is opposite corner Marcus Trufant. He played his first game in three weeks Saturday after bruising his lower back. Now those defensive backs must face what Holmgren calls a “special player.” “He’s one of those guys that when you prepare for them, you better have a plan … to make it a little more difficult for him,” Holmgren said. “Otherwise, he can take over a game by himself.” But even with a backup running the ball for the Panthers, Holmgren said interim defensive coordinator John Marshall is not going to stack his defense solely against Smith. “I think you have to be careful of saying, ‘Now we can relax and we can look over there,” ” Holmgren said. “Every defensive coordinator I have ever met really focuses in on defending the run first, usually because if you can’t do that, you’re in for a long, long, long day.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Bless his heart,” Holmgren said. “So we did get a bit of a start on Carolina.” He’s glad they did. KIRKLAND, Wash. — Two weeks ago, Seahawks coach and former high school history teacher Mike Holmgren gave his assistants some homework for their playoff bye week start studying the other NFC postseason teams and compile preliminary scouting reports on each. Soon, the coaches were scribbling notes on large dry-erase boards in their offices. But when Washington became Seattle’s first-round foe, the assistants erased all of the other teams’ information. Thankfully for Holmgren, offensive quality-control coach Gary Reynolds copied the notes on the Panthers. center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita What Seattle’s assistants saw during their extra studies and what Holmgren saw on television was an staunch Panthers defense led by athletic 6-foot-7 defensive end Julius Peppers and former Seahawk Ken Lucas in the defensive backfield. It’s a unit that is sure to provide a stern challenge for Seattle’s offense, which led the league in points scored (452) this season. “Defensively, they are very well coached. I know we always say that, but it is really true this time,” Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said. “I think these guys are the best in the NFC.” Further complicating the Seahawks’ week: Starting right tackle Sean Locklear, who would be opposite Peppers for much of Sunday, was in jail into Tuesday on a charge of domestic violence stemming from an alleged altercation with a woman early Sunday in Seattle. His playing status is to be determined. Hasselbeck wasn’t thrilled that one of the men expected to keep Peppers from pounding him was locked up. “It’s really unfortunate,” he said. “Coach Holmgren is always talking to us about good decisions on and off the football field. I would say 99 percent of the time, we all listen. last_img read more

HARPS TRAVEL TO LIMERICK TO FACE FAVOURITES IN SEASON OPENER

first_imgThe new Airticity League season gets underway this weekend, and in terms of the First Division, Finn Harps have drawn the short straw having been given the toughest possible opening day fixture.Harps will make the long trip south on Friday (kick-off at Jackman Park at 7.45pm) to face Limerick, the red hot favourites to win this season’s First Division title.The has been plenty of comings and goings at Finn Park during the closed season as Manager Peter Hutton and Director of Football Felix Healy put together a squad which both hope will see a change in fortunes for Harps after three disappointing seasons. It will be a first full season in charge for the Derry duo. And while the likes of Marc Brolly, Packie Mailey and Mark Forker have departed, many new faces have been added to the squad. Adam Clarke (Limavady United), Ciarán Greene (Glencar Celtic), Hugh Carlin (Dergview), Thomas McMonagle (on loan from Derry City), Darragh Healy (Sligo Rovers), Paul McVeigh (Fanad United) and Thomas McBride (Institute) have arrived.With so many new faces arriving, Harps have had a mixed bag of results in friendlies in the lead up to the new campaign. “Pre-season has been fine,” said Harps Director of Football Felix Healy. “We’ve had the usual problems of training facilities available and pitches which are extremely heavy at this time of year. Although I have to say that everyone in the County has been tremendously helpful, particularly the good people at Glengad and Rathmullan. Their hospitality was first class.”So, what does Healy see as a target for Harps in 2012? “We haven’t really set any goals as such. Obviously we would like to achieve better results than last season but we will just take each game as it comes. I’m not sure how the eight team league will turn out, only time will tell. However, I do expect it to be very competitive indeed. The other proposals doing the rounds wouldn’t have represented good news for us at Harps.”“From our perspective, we have assembled a relatively young side. How they gel together and how quickly it can be done will be pivotal for Peter and I,” continues Healy. “Confidence is vital for any side. Therefore the quicker we can amass points the better we will perform this season.” Harps and Limerick also played the opening match of last season, although that game took place at Finn Park. Then, like now, Limerick were many people’s favourites to finish top of the pile. “We couldn’t have asked for a tougher examination in our first game but we will be going there hoping to make it extremely tough for them too,” says Healy. “Obviously, everyone expects Limerick to be the dominant force in the division this year and I wouldn’t disagree with that. As for everyone else, a number of clubs have appeared to have strengthened but only time will tell.”Harps will have to plan without the suspended Stephen O’Donnell on Friday, while Manager Peter Hutton will serve a one-match touchline ban.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TEAM NEWSSuspended: Stephen O’Donnell (1 Match). Doubtful: None.Injured: None.Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: W-L-L-W-L-L (6 pts) Limerick: W-W-W-W-W-W (18 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Previous away games against Limerck06/05/2007 – Limerick 37 1-1 Finn Harps (First Division)03/08/2007 – Limerick 37 1-3 Finn Harps (First Division)08/05/2009 – Limerick 1-1 Finn Harps (First Division)31/10/2009 – Limerick 3-0 Finn Harps (First Division)08/06/2010 – Limerick 2-1 Finn Harps (First Division)20/05/2011 – Limerick 1-0 Finn Harps (First Division)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Goalscorers Pre-Season 2012Blain Curtis – 2Kevin McHugh – 2Barry O’Mahony – 1~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Pre-Season Results 2012 (Harps goalscorers in brackets)24/01/2012 – Limavady United 1-0 Finn Harps07/02/2012 – Derry City 3-0 Finn Harps14/02/2012 – Crusaders 1-0 Finn Harps19/02/2012 – Dundalk 1-0 Finn Harps22/02/2012 – Dergview 0-1 Finn Harps (O’Mahony)24/02/2012 – Cockhill Celtic 2-2 Finn Harps (Curtis 2)26/02/2012 – Finn Harps 2-0 Buncrana Hearts (McHugh 2)HARPS TRAVEL TO LIMERICK TO FACE FAVOURITES IN SEASON OPENER was last modified: March 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Airtricity Leaguefinn harpsLimericklast_img read more

15C AND (MAINLY) GLORIOUS! THE DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL

first_imgDONEGAL Daily Weather Report, in association with The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.Today’s Weather: Very mild at dawn with temperatures starting the day at 8C, perhaps a couple of degrees lower along the coasts, where mist and fog may linger into the morning.Generally a dry day with bright sunny spells especially in the afternoon. Temperatures are 5C above average for this time of the year with Donegal seeing the warmest weather today of 15C, or even 16C at times, especially in the south of the county. The warmer weather will continue, according to Met Eireann, though BBC NI reckons it will be cooler for the rest of the week with wetter weather for the North West.IT’S FIFTY-50 Tuesday at Dexter’s at the Mount Errigal Hotel today. Enjoy a Dexter’s Sharing Platter for Two for just €29.50.2x4oz Irish Burger with Blue Cheese & Onion, Ribs, Breaded Prawns, Spicy Chicken Wings, 2 side orders & BBQ dip!The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Tel 07491 22700.  15C AND (MAINLY) GLORIOUS! THE DD WEATHER REPORT WITH THE MOUNT ERRIGAL HOTEL was last modified: April 1st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily weatherMount Errigal HotelTuesday deallast_img read more

Nestlé and the South African Mathematics Foundation Inspire Future Leaders

first_imgIn efforts to make improvements to society and contribute towards sustainable development in South Africa, the world’s largest food and beverage company, NESTLÉ partnered with the non-profit organisation, South African- Mathematics Foundation (SAMF). The partnership brings together stakeholders in education and nutrition sectors, both private and public, to find solutions aimed at boosting primary school learners’ mathematics performance.The collaboration focused on the launch of the NESTLÉ NESPRAY South African Mathematics Challenge, an annual competition for primary school learners organised by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF).The NESTLÉ NESPRAY South African Mathematics Challenge aims to empower learners to become independent, creative and critical thinkers who will be able to interpret and critically analyse everyday situations that will allow them to solve problems. It promotes teamwork, enthusiasm and helps to develop future leaders and influencers in science, engineering, and marketing sciences across all walks of life. By building an enticing platform for both parents and children, the objective of the NESTLÉ NESPRAY South African Mathematics Challenge is to support teachers and learners in making mathematics attractive and bringing it to the forefront as a subject needed to build a brighter future in South Africa.“We believe that Mathematics is a necessary enabler in the development of conceptual understanding, problem-solving skills, reasoning skills and the ability to apply knowledge in new situations. With decades of expertise in nutrition, NESTLÉ NESPRAY plays a supportive role in cognitive development and overall growth of our children. Together with our partner, the South African Mathematics Foundation; and our stakeholders, we are helping to address the critical situation of mathematics performance of our young children. By amplifying the platform, we aim to make mathematics attractive and to make a difference by giving our children the support and opportunity they need to multiply their potential,” says Adedoja Ekeruch, Business Executive Office, Dairy Nestlé South Africa.For more information visit www.nestle.com/nespray or http://www.samf.ac.za/en/sa-mathematics-challengelast_img read more

PM, Shah to launch BJP’s Rajasthan poll campaign

first_imgWith the two-month “Gaurav Yatra” of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje concluding in Ajmer on Saturday, the ruling BJP is set to launch its election campaign shortly, even before the announcement of the dates of the Assembly polls. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accompanied by BJP president Amit Shah, will address a meeting on the occasion.Mr. Modi will visit Rajasthan to address a series of public meetings in the run-up to the election. The BJP election management committee has proposed a schedule of rallies in seven districts, mainly covering the areas where the party is perceived to be weak.‘Historic one’ BJP State president Madan Lal Saini said the public meeting on the Kayad Vishram Sthali grounds in Ajmer would be a historic one. “The Prime Minister’s address will not only help build a favourable mood among the electorate but he will also guide the party workers for bringing victory to the BJP,” he said.Mr. Shah had flagged off Ms. Raje’s yatra from the Charbhujanath temple in Rajsamand district on August 4, in the presence of party workers and the public from the Mewar region. Ms. Raje used a modified bus as a “chariot” during the journey, covering more than 120 Assembly constituencies by spending 35 days on the road. Except Bharatpur, she covered all divisions in the State.The much-publicised yatra faced disruptions when some miscreants threw stones on the bus during Ms. Raje’s public meeting in Pipar town of Jodhpur district. Gujjars threatened to stop the march with the demand for reservation. A public interest litigation petition was filed in the Rajashan High Court alleging that public money was being spent on the yatra.The High Court directed the BJP on September 5 to stop organising government functions en route, and termed the holding of public functions during the march “abuse of power”. The issue of alleged misuse of public money was briefly raised in the Assembly.A proposed march of the protesting government employees, who have been on a strike for several days, to the Ajmer rally venue may create a difficult situation for the administration.Federation of Ministerial Staff president Manoj Saxena said the employees would stage a protest to draw Mr. Modi’s attention to their demands.last_img read more

I won’t return to Test cricket: Afridi

first_imgPakistan’s ODI cricket captain Shahid Afridi.Pakistan’s ODI captain Shahid Afridi has ruled out returning to play Test cricket despite being urged to lead the side in all three formats of the game by former skipper Imran Khan.Afridi decided to retire from Test cricket last year although he was named captain for the entire Test and one-day series against Australia and England.He retired from Tests after Pakistan lost to Australia under his captaincy and since then the flamboyant all-rounder has focused on playing just one-dayers and Twenty20 cricket.”I don’t think I am the sort of player who is ideal for Test cricket. So I have no plans to make a comeback to Test matches,” Afridi told reporters at a function hosted for the World Cup team.Afridi insisted that he enjoyed playing limited overs cricket and wanted to focus on these two formats and do justice to his captaincy.”I am thankful to those former players who believe that I should also lead the team in Test matches but I don’t think I am cut out for the five-day format,” he said.Imran has said that Afridi can return to Test matches primarily as a bowler.Afridi, however, said that he was keen to make up for his relative lack of success in batting.”I will focus a lot on my batting on the coming tour to the West Indies because I know people want to see me scoring runs. Now even my daughter has started saying ‘Baba Boom Boom out’,” Afridi said.advertisementThe experienced all-rounder, who has made 320 ODI appearances said he was confident of making his mark as a batsman in the West Indies.”Batting is one department I want to regain my form,” said Afridi who last year scored two hundreds in the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Mets Call Up Bobby Abreu, 40

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Bobby Abreu got a quick lesson in the Mets’ many uniform color combinations from an equipment guy, tried on a few belts in the clubhouse and then hugged new teammate Bartolo Colon.Always smart for 40-year-olds to stick together in the big leagues. “Good to be back,” Abreu said.The Mets called up Abreu from the minors, hoping the former star outfielder can still provide a few key hits. He wasn’t in New York’s starting lineup against the St. Louis Cardinals.Abreu hasn’t been in the majors since 2012, when he played a combined 100 games for the Dodgers and Angels. He began spring training this year with Philadelphia, was released in late March and signed a minor league deal a few days later with the Mets.Abreu hit .395 with one homer and nine RBIs in 15 games at Triple-A Las Vegas. He batted .322 with 28 RBIs in 50 games during winter league games last offseason in his native Venezuela.Even so, he wasn’t certain whether he’d get one more chance to play in the majors at age 40. “I was hoping,” he said.Abreu will mostly come off the bench as a left-handed pinch hitter. He’ll likely get some starts soon in the outfield to stay sharp, and could see designated hitter duty in games at AL parks. “That’s pretty much what it is,” he said.With the callup to the majors, Abreu’s salary increases from $108,000 to $800,000.A former two-time All-Star and Gold Glove winner, he is a .290 hitter since beginning his major league career with Houston in 1996. He has also played for the Phillies and Yankees, along with the Angels and Yankees.Abreu said he’s OK with the prospect of limited time. “They’ve got a lot of young outfielders here who will play,” he said. “I just want to be prepared, stay ready for my situations and contribute.”That would be fine with Mets manager Terry Collins. “Bobby certainly brings a quality major league at-bat,” he said. “He’s certainly been an outstanding hitter.”Abreu has hit 287 home runs in the majors, along with 565 doubles and 399 stolen bases. He also had a patient plan at the plate and keen knowledge of the strike zone, something the Mets are trying to teach their hitters throughout the organization.Abreu drew 100 or more walks for eight straight seasons in the middle of his career. “That’s the mold, the approach of what we want,” Collins said. “Work the count, get a good ball to hit.”Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was a major league catcher whose career overlapped Abreu’s time in the bigs. He recalled the days when Abreu was a star-caliber player. “Be interested to see how it looks now,” Matheny said.The Mets optioned outfielder Andrew Brown to Las Vegas. He hit .185 with one homer and five RBIs in 27 at-bats.(Ben Walker, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more