Chopping to death of Mahaica farmer– no chance of parole until 2041By Ahreefa BacchusDhupaul Singh, called “Tailor Man”, of Helena Number Two, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara, who was on trial before Justice Jo-Ann Barlow and a mixed 12-member jury for murdering a Mahaica farmer, was on Monday sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole until 2041.The trial commenced last Wednesday and both the prosecution and defence closed their cases on Friday. On Monday, after almost two hours of deliberation, the jury delivered a unanimous verdict of guilty. After the verdict was delivered, the Judge handed down the life sentence, telling the defendant that he had no chance of parole until he had served 25 years in prison.The charge had alleged that on September 2, 2014, at Helena Number Two, the defendant murdered Balkissoon, also known as “Balkay”. The accused was represented by Attorney Madan Kissoon, while the State was represented by Attorneys Siand Dhurjon and Shawnette Austin.During the Preliminary Inquiry at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court, it was revealed that Singh, a known drug addict, reportedly confessed to chopping the 52-year-old farmer of Lot 107 Helena Number Two on his neck. The man succumbed to his injuries shortly after the incident. Investigators thought that it was premeditated murder, since earlier in the day, the farmer warned the suspect to leave his premises. Singh reportedly left but staked out the man’s farm.Balkissoon later reportedly left for lunch and it was while he was on his way back to the farm, he was attacked and killed. Moments before the chopping incident, the suspect was also chased from another farm. On Thursday, two Police witnesses gave their testimonies at the High Court, and the key witness testified to seeing the entire incident. Satesh Ramdhani, a friend of the victim’s son, related that on the day of the incident, he was on the farm where the chopping incident took place. He gave a detailed account of what transpired. Additionally, the dead man’s sons, Ravi and Hemchand Balkissoon, gave testimony along with three Police Witnesses.On Friday, the defence presented and closed their case. The defendant, in his statement to the court claimed self-defence, saying “He fire a chop on me and I fire one back on he”. Defence Attorney Kissoon, in his closing address to the jury, pointed out several inconsistencies in witnesses’ testimonies. He suggested that the dead man’s sons and the eyewitness corroborated their stories so as to exact revenge on the defendant. He also stated that his client acted in self-defence after he was attacked by Balkissoon. However, Prosecutor Dhurjon refuted this, saying that the Defence Counsel was pointing out these alleged inconsistencies to distract the jury from the heart of the matter, that is, Singh brutally murdered Balkissoon. He highlighted the defendant’s statement where he said he and Balkissoon never had any disputes or altercations, but on that day he was acting in self-defence after the now dead man attacked him.
The Liberia Football Association has with immediate effect reduced the fees charged for yellow and red cards during league matches.The LFA in a release said the decision to reduce the cost of yellow and red cards followed close consultations between the Competitions Committee and the President of the LFA.The consultations were a result of an appeal by clubs taking part in the ongoing Cellcom National League that the fees were high and having an impact on their expenditure.According to the release, the fee for yellow card has been reduced from L$1,000 to L$750, the fee for red card which is the second caution has been reduced from L$2,000 to L$1,500. The fee for straight red card which has to do with violent or abusive conduct among others is from L$10,000.00 to L$5,000.00.The Chairman of the Competitions Committee of the Liberia Football Association Ansu V.S. Dulleh said the initial amount of cards payment was not intended to take money from clubs but to instill some discipline in players. Mr. Dulleh is now urging clubs to encourage their players to desist from irregularity and indiscipline acts during and after league matches. He warned that if such acts continue the LFA will be left with no other alternative but to reverse its decision.Meanwhile, the LFA Competition Committee is reminding clubs that red and yellow cards already issued and in the possession of the LFA still carry the old costs; except for new cards issued as of May 9.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Manchester United 1 Aston Villa v Manchester United is LIVE and exclusive on talkSPORT at 7.45pm on Friday 14 August.Manchester United will look to give a more convincing account of themselves when they face Aston Villa this evening.Despite winning against Tottenham on the opening day of the season, the Red Devils looked shaky for large periods of the game as Louis van Gaal’s new signings tried to gel together for the first time in a competitive game.However, United have a terrific record in this fixture, winning eight of the last 10 games between the sides, with Villa not picking up three points since 2009.The big news is that David De Gea will not be involved again, after Van Gaal said he asked not to be picked against Spurs, while Phil Jones also remains out with mild thrombosis. Bastian Schweinsteiger is nearing full match fitness but is likely again start from the bench.Possible Man United XI v Aston Villa: Goalkeeper:In his Thursday press conference, Van Gaal confirmed Sergio Romero would continue to deputise for the ‘distracted’ De Gea. Sam Johnstone will likely continue as back-up ahead of Anders Lindegaard.Defence:Matteo Darmian was perhaps United’s most impressive player during the season opener and will surely keep his place, with Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling also certainties to start.Van Gaal is unlikely to abandon his centre-back experiment with Daley Blind, especially after the latter insisted he was clever enough for the role. He will have his hands full trying to cope with the physical threat of Rudy Gestede, however.Midfield:Again, it is likely to be unchanged with Morgan Schneiderlin injecting the much-needed energy to an ailing midfield.Michael Carrick will start alongside the Frenchman with Schweinsteiger still unable to complete 90 minutes and more likely to replace the vice-captain during the second half.Ander Herrera will join the World Cup winner on the bench as Van Gaal continues his reluctance to start arguably United’s best outfield player last season.Attack:Wayne Rooney will continue as the central striker as his manager reiterating his belief the Englishman will score more than 20 goals this season.There could be a reshuffle with Juan Mata and Memphis Depay as the latter struggled to make an impact from the number 10 role. However, having played there throughout pre-season, it is unlikely Van Gaal will alter his forward line so early in the new season.Ashley Young will retain his place for now but is likely to be the fall-guy should Pedro finally arrive from Barcelona. 1
Jamie Carragher and Dennis Bergkamp 3 3 The Gunners’ skilful attacker has been arguably the best player in this campaign, most notably by chalking up 16 assists in 18 games, but when Carragher heard Ozil’s stats being compared with those of Arsenal great Dennis Bergkamp, he took exception.In his regular Daily Mail column, Carra claimed that ‘Ozil needs to win the Premier League to be at the level of Bergkamp‘, and when he tweeted this view a US-based Arsenal and Ozil fan immediately penned a furious response. Carragher then engaged in a debate with the Arsenal fan in question, and you can see the exchange here…Who do you agree with on the subject of Ozil? Comment below. Jamie Carragher has had his fair share of run-ins with Arsenal fans down the years and little has changed since he retired as a player.The former Liverpool defender – who was once banned for ‘returning’ a coin that had been thrown at him by Arsenal fans – has been debating the relative merits of Mesut Ozil’s performances so far this season. 3
The road beside Magee’s farm at Dunwiley, Stranorlar which was flooded again yesterday.A farmer in Stranorlar has pleaded with the local authority to help him after parts of his farm was flooded for the tenth year in succession yesterday.Jonathan Magee from Magee’s Farm in Dunwiley, Stranorlar issued an urgent appeal for upgrades to the area after another deluge of rainfall caused severe flooding.He said the council and national roads authority have been contacted on several occasions by local residents but nothing has been done. In an impassioned contact to Donegal Daily, he pleaded for a practical approach to be taken saying the problem could easily be solved.He says the problem seems to have started when the road subsided at the point a main drain from coming upper Dunwiley crosses underneath the N13 from his farm into Tircallan.“When the subsided portion of the road was repaired the pipe underneath the road has never been able to take the water since and this has always led to winter and spring flooding on a stretch of road which has witnessed 9 fatalities and over 200 accidents since 1970.“Vehicles are approaching the flood from Magee’s corner at speed since darkness has fallen and this is an accident waiting to happen. “Local farmers have also suffered consequential losses to crops due to this unnecessary flooding in an area of fairly high ground. Two large box culverts across the main N13 would cure this problem once and for all.“It would involve closing one carriageway at a time whilst the repair is carried out. This could be implemented easily,” he said.Farmer Jonathon Magee says the road has flooded for the tenth year in succession.FARMER PLEADS FOR HELP AS HE IS FLOODED FOR TENTH YEAR IN SUCCESSION was last modified: December 5th, 2015 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:donegalfloodStorm DesmondStranorlar
Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has accused Taoiseach Enda Kenny of going back on a promise to reform the Seanad – not close it down.He said Mr Kenny, when in opposition, had told the MacGill summer school in Glenties in 2009 that he envisaged a reformed Seanad playing a greater role in Irish society.“At a Fine Gael dinner or gig later that year, he engaged in a finger-licking exercise to see which way the wind was blowing,” Ó Domhnaill said. “Politicians are sometimes accused of doing this.”The Gortahork politician was speaking on a debate to shut the Seanad down – putting the decision to the people at a referendum.The Senator, quoting Gandi, said “the spirit of democracy is not a mechanical thing to be adjusted by abolition of forms but requires change of heart.”Ó Domhnaill remarked that the Taoiseach clearly had decided the “abolition of democracy was the answer.” TAOISEACH RENEGED ON DONEGAL PROMISE OVER SEANAD – Ó DOMHNAILL was last modified: July 5th, 2013 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)
“Ain’t no Shaqs … (CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)Klay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON – In this age of small ball, Draymond Green has seemingly infinite responsibilities. Green won’t complain about the hefty workload. Instead, he sounded aware what life could be like if he played in the NBA when dominant big men ruled the league.
8 June 2009Volkswagen South Africa has opened three new state-of-the-art production training centres as part of the Production Academy at its Uitenhage plant, as the automaker intensifies its efforts to establish itself as a learning organisation.In 2006, the company made a commitment to spend more than R400-million on training and skills development between now and 2010, a move that is seen as key to improving customer service, market leadership, global cost competitiveness and quality and schedule adherence amongst others.Volkswagen South Africa MD David Powels explained that the company’s intentions on becoming the benchmark auto manufacturer in the country and a competitive global player depended on the skills development of its employees.“The reality is that the critical skills required to carry out this plan are scarce in South Africa,” he said in a statement last month. “We have intensified our efforts to develop these skills within our own people and embed a culture of continuous learning within the organisation.”He pointed out that through improving itself, the company would secure its future as a vehicle manufacturer with over 5 000 employees in the country.Five academiesFive training academies have been implemented, namely production, leadership, technical, commercial and sales and marketing.“This is the route taken by an employee to build his or her knowledge progressively through a range of blended learning activities, which include workshops, simulated exercises, e-learning and on-the-job training,” Powels explained.The majority of the training modules are aligned to South African Qualifications Authority requirements, ensuring that skills gained provide employees with some form of a nationally recognised qualification, or credits towards the qualification.E-learningEach and every Volkswagen employee, from shop floor to executive level, will soon be able to access training online when e-learning – currently in a pilot phase – is rolled out to the rest of the organisation.“In addition to providing a secure medium of measurement, e-learning allows employees to complete online modules, view their personalised learner path and book workshops from any computer with internet access 24/7,” Powels added.The sales and marketing and commercial academies are geared toward achieving key business goals by equipping support staff with the knowledge and skills they need to deliver to this strategy.The leadership academy supports people in executive roles to develop their leadership skills and competencies in line with the Volkswagen SA leadership brand, and also assesses employees for leadership potential, as well as for functional roles within the company“These five academies will create a learning environment which is vibrant, active and dynamic; in which all employees can learn and grow, and contribute towards Volkswagen South Africa achieving its aim of becoming a true learning organisation,” Powels said.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – July 13, 2011July 13, 2011In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”520 Bellevue TB hotel – Geocache of the WeekApril 18, 2018In “Community”Four tips for hiding quality geocachesFebruary 19, 2019In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter” View from near the cache locationThere are few locations on earth where the nearest geocache is more than one hundred kilometers away. You’re looking at one of those rare locations.Tsaagan Subarga (GC1DPJV) is cradled in the heart of the Gobi Desert. It’s reachable by reliable vehicle or on the back of a camel or horse. The cache is named after the striking location. It’s known for the red, pink, yellow, and white stripes in the rock formations.Wild Boy hid the cache in 2008 and has arranged for a local cache guardian to perform maintenance when he’s not in Mongolia. The difficulty 1, terrain 1.5 cache still has fewer than ten finds.Four geocachers discovered the cache in 2011. One writes, ” I found it with my tour group on our 6th day in the Gobi desert. Our cook and driver were impressed to find this in the desert!! The cache is still in good shape and there’s a lot of places in the logbook.”FTF on “Tsaagna Subarga”Looks like there’s room for your name on the Tsagaan Subarga logbook. Have you ever claimed a smiley for a geocache in the desert before?Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to email@example.com.Share with your Friends:More
Ahead of the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s BJP bhagao, Desh bachao (oust BJP, save country) rally scheduled to be held on Sunday, Patna has turned green with party flags, banners, posters, hoardings and huge welcome arches. Hundred of thousands of party workers and district- level leaders have already trooped into the city . The district administration has made elaborate arrangement for the proposed mega rally at the iconic Gandhi Maidan here.The huge billboards and posters depicting the RJD leader and his son and former Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav as Bahubali have been put up at prominent thoroughfares and intersections on the roads leading to the rally ground. In other hoardings and banners, other members of Mr. Prasad’s family have been projected as deities and historical figures. In one poster, Mr. Prasad’s eldest daughter and party’s Rajya Sabha member, Misa Bharti, is shown as legendary warrior queen Rani Lakshmi Bai. In others, Tej PratapYadav is shown as Lord Krishna and his brother Tejashwi as Arjun. From a corner their parents Lalu Prasad and Rabri Devi are seen blessing them. Other posters take a dig at Prime Minster Narendra Modi, BJP national president Amit Shah and others for the “demonetisation scam”.The Gandhi Maidan has been decked up with huge green marquees and platforms. Massive welcome arches with the names of veteran socialist leaders such as Karpoori Thakur have been put up at the gates. The venue has two stages — one for the visiting leaders from other parties and the other for the RJD’s 80 MLAs.Hosting the cadreAll 80 RJD MLAs and other party leaders have made elaborate arrangements to host party cadre and workers. Huge tents have been erected on the lawns of MLAs’ residences and cooks have been hired to feed them. Rebel JD(U) leaders and Rajya Sabha members Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar have arrived in Patna to participate in the RJD rally. The RJD has also released a list of 21 leaders, including West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, former U.P. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and C.P. Joshi, CPI leaders Sudhakar Reddy and D. Raja, participating in the rally.Members of the State’s ruling coalition, the JD(U) and the BJP, have taken a dig at the RJD for organising a rally “when the State is facing flood fury”. “It’s the height of insensitivity of RJD chief Lalu Prasad to call a rally when entire north Bihar is reeling under severe flood,” senior State BJP leader and Minister Nand Kishore Yadav said. The district administration has made security arrangements. “Over 20 CCTV cameras have been installed in and around the rally venue and 4,000 police personnel have been deployed,” Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said.