Murder accused found guilty in Berbice Assizes

first_imgMurder accused Shazam Khalil, also called “Rabbit”, was on Thursday found guilty of murder by a mixed jury in the Berbice Assizes.The 23-year-old cane harvester of 53 Shieldstown, West Bank Berbice, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), murdered Shazina Mohamed, of Edinburgh Housing Scheme, East Bank Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Shazam Khalil was found guilty of murderCorentyne) on January 17, 2015, in front of the Yang Yi Chinese Restaurant, at Rosignol.The State’s case is that Khalil and the 19-year-old girl were former lovers. On the day in question, she was with friends at Rosignol Village when the accused attacked and stabbed her. She was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries.An autopsy conducted on the body of Mohamed revealed that the teen died as a result of shock and hemorrhage due to multiple stab wounds.Attorney Stacy Goodings proved to the jury that Khalil killed the teenager out of jealousy.In a confession statement which the court accepted and was read to the jury, the defendant said, “Officer a love Shaniza bad and she hurt me bad and she hurt my feelings when I see she with a man. I had tattoo she name on me stomach. I does give Shazina whatever she wants.”Following the verdict by the jury, defence Attorney Tajenarine Ramroop asked the court for a probation report on the defendant.Justice Jo-Ann Barlow delayed sentencing for two weeks, when a probation report on Khalil is expected to be presented to the court.Meanwhile, Guyana Times had reported that Mohamed left home to collect a cellphone from a friend at Rosignol. She later went to a restaurant with a friend and his sister and while the sister was eating inside, Mohamed and the friend stayed at a table outside of the restaurant. Her friend said he left her at the table for only a few seconds, when he heard Mohamed scream and saw her holding her stomach, as blood soaked through her clothing. The suspect was seen running away.According to the report carried in this newspaper, Kaili was later arrested and what is believed to be the murder weapon was recovered at his home. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Enoch Dogolea Finally Laid to Rest

first_imgThe remains of the late Vice President of Liberia, Hon Enoch Dogolea, was last Saturday laid to rest in his home town Beatuo in Kparblee District, Nimba County.The late Dogolea served as first vice president of Liberia under the regime of former President Charles G. Taylor after the National Patriotic Party won the controversial 1997elections.He died in 2002 after a brief illness and was buried near the Liberia Broadcasting System (LBS). His remains were recently exhumed and reburied in his hometown.The late Dogolea was the first son of Nimba to ascent to such a high position since Liberia declared its independence over one hundred years ago.There was sadness among many Nimbaians who lined the streets of Ganta to bid him a final farewell as the coffin bearing his remains passed on its way to its final burial.There was a brief ceremony at the main street of Ganta upon the arrival of the coffin on March 6 where the chief elder of Ganta, Nyan Taylor Goanue thanked those who facilitated the return of the late VP to his county of birth.The act of exhuming the late vice president’s remains was a surprise to many here who turned out in their numbers to view the coffin.Although the death of VP Dogolea had long been forgotten by many, in his home village people were seen weeping upon the body’s arrival.There were no local government officials present or members of the 53rd Legislative Caucus of Nimba who were expected to have accompanied the body, which many here described as an indication of ‘don’t care attitude.’However, the body was escorted to Nimba by scores of National Patriotic Party officials and supporters, including former first lady and Senior Senator of Bong County Jewel Howard Taylor, business man Benoni W. Urey, and former House Speaker under Taylor Nyundue Monkomanna, former RIA Manager Mr. Randolph Cooper, among others.Senator Taylor extended condolences once again to the family, as well as the citizens of Nimba for the loss of their son, on behalf of her imprisoned husband former President Charles G. Taylor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Process to select Guyana’s next Top Cop initiated – Harmon

first_img…candidates to be given equal opportunityBy Shemuel FanfairOne month after former Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud retired from the Guyana Police Force, his replacement will soon be determined as measures are afoot to facilitate the process.In an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Minister of State Joseph Harmon confirmed that the process to find a substantive replacement has begun.“For the question of appointing a Commissioner of Police… I will say yes theActing Police Commissioner David Ramnarineprocess has been kick-started and that work is going on in that regard,” the Minister disclosed.When questioned if acting Police Commissioner David Ramnarine is being considered for the post of most senior Police Officer, Harmon by his response hinted that others may be in the running to head the law-enforcement body.“There is a process and it will basically give others an equal opportunity,” he stressed.However, Section 210 of Chapter 1:01 of the Constitution of Guyana outlines that there must be meaningful consultations with the Opposition Leader and Chairperson of the PSC.“The Commissioner of Police and every Deputy Commissioner of Police shall be appointed by the President acting after meaningful consultation with the Leader of the Opposition and Chairperson of the Police Service Commission after the Chairperson has consulted with the other members of the Commission,” the relevant section of the Constitution read.Legal minds have interpreted that this section signals that the President is notMinister of State, Joseph Harmonbound by the Opposition Leader or the PSC’s input; suggesting that the President could “hand-pick” a Joint Services rank of his choice.“If the office of Commissioner of Police is vacant or if the holder thereof is for any reason unable to perform the functions of his or her office, a person may be appointed to act in that office and the provisions of the preceding paragraph shall apply to such an appointment as they apply to the appointment of a person to hold that office…” the supreme law of Guyana further noted.While it is still unclear as to who will take up the top post, Minister Harmon hinted last year at the possibility that a female could assume the position of Commissioner of Police. When he had been asked whether Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Williams was likely to take up the mantle, the Minister of State had observed that female officers are also to be considered when deciding on a Police Commissioner.“You don’t just look at the male ranks in the Police Force, we have female officers as well. And therefore, if it is that a female officer is to be the person, then so be it.”last_img read more

New Totem Archery Club finds new indoor location

first_imgThe new facility also solves the issue of size regulations, as the Club had been looking at various building in the city, none of which large enough to accommodate the archery programs. At Monday’s City Council meeting, Council authorized the signing of a lease agreement between the City of Fort St. John and the New Totem Archery Club for a five year term from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2018 at the Club’s already existing outdoor facility in the Jones sub-division.With the agreement, the Club is now allowed to place a non-permanent structure on property leased to them by the City of Fort St. John.The New Totem Archery Club will now be placing a building on its already existing outdoor site at the Jones sub-division location, which will be used accommodate an indoor space following the termination of their previous lease inside the Co-op mall due to the sale of the property.- Advertisement -A few factors were discussed prior to the agreement, including that the Totem Archery Club has been good tenants in the past, they are fully responsible for the maintenance of the facility, they do not require the City to provide services to them and their operations have been self supporting financially.In response, the New Totem Archery Club is not requesting or expecting any funding from the City and say they have been looking for a more permanent facility to hold their indoor archery activities in for years rather than leasing a space.A variety of ideas are being discussed for the new structure, including a quonset hut or a steel building on skids.Advertisementlast_img read more

Neuer, Mueller deny Ozil’s claims of racism within Germany set-up

first_imgAfter Ozil and Gundogan, who were born in Germany to Turkish parents, were booed by German fans in pre-World Cup friendlies, the latter said the meeting was not politically motivated.The 29-year-old Ozil refused to comment, only breaking his silence following Germany’s shock early exit from the finals in Russia when he quit the national team on July 22 and accused DFB president Reinhard Grindel of racism with his parting shot.However, Neuer, who is captain of both Bayern Munich and Germany, denied any claims of racism within the national team.“We’ve always tried to integrate all the players and we’ve also done everything for our teammates to make them feel good going into games,” said Neuer at Bayern’s pre-season training camp in southern Bavaria.The goalkeeper admitted Ozil’s comments have affected those who still play for Germany.– ‘Very stressful’ –“There has been a lot of back and forth with much written and said about it. Of course, it was very stressful for those who read about it,” he said.Only a handful of players have spoken about the scandal and head coach Joachim Loew is yet to comment.Mesut Ozil, who scored for Arsenal against Paris Saint Germain in a friendly last weekend in Singapore, quit the German team last month after a disastrous World Cup saying he was being made a scapegoat for racist reasons. © AFP / ROSLAN RAHMAN“In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters, I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” wrote Ozil in an explosive three-part statement a fortnight ago, sparking a racism storm in Germany and triggering fierce debate about integration.The Arsenal midfielder was singled out by some corners of the German media as a reason for the World Cup debacle, but Grindel, who has refused calls to resign, later refuted the racism allegations.On Friday, Neuer’s Bayern team-mate Mueller also insisted “there is no question of racism within the national team”, but accepted the saga was damaging for all protagonists.“The debate was fueled from the outside and the protagonists didn’t come out with any credit, neither on the side of the association nor the players themselves,” he said.Mueller described the saga as a “hypocritical discussion, which is supported by the media” and finds it alarming “that we spread such a topic… with relish and then we wonder why society is divided”.“We should all look at ourselves before we criticise others,” he added.– ‘Need for change’ –Thomas Mueller sees the integration debate, sparked in Germany by Mesut Ozil’s retirement from international football, as a ‘hypocritical discussion’ fuelled by the German media. © AFP / Odd ANDERSENFollowing the Ozil furore and Germany’s woeful World Cup group-stage displays, Neuer has called for a fresh start, especially for their next game against new world champions France in Munich on September 6.“It is the task of those in charge at the DFB to restructure the team and to give it a new face,” said Neuer, with Loew already promising an overhaul of the national squad.“We need to have new players, who are really proud to play for the national team and want to give everything to play for their country.“I think that there is a lot going on within the national team and the DFB. We will have to wait and see how things shape up.“The fact is that some things need to be changed.“We also have big goals in the national team and of course we want to show a different face again.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has denied Mesut Ozil’s claims of racism within the German Football Association (DFB). © AFP / Christof STACHEBERLIN, Germany, Aug 3 – Germany stars Manuel Neuer and Thomas Mueller have denied that Mesut Ozil was the victim of racism within the German FA (DFB), but admitted the fiasco has taken a toll on the players.Ozil retired from international football last month amid the furore sparked in May when he and fellow midfielder Ilkay Gundogan met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which raised questions about the pair’s loyalty to Germany.last_img read more

Ranking county sheriff’s officer charged with DUI

first_imgAranda, a 40-year department veteran, was placed on paid administrative leave two weeks ago after Sheriff Lee Baca learned that the Department of Motor Vehicles had suspended his driver’s license. Aranda has since agreed to resign. Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said Aranda will remain on paid leave until he leaves the job Oct.16. California Highway Patrol officers were on the lookout for Aranda’s county-issued Chevrolet Impala after a witness called 911 and reported that the car was being driven erratically. Aranda was off duty at the time of the arrest. By The Associated Press A Los Angeles County sheriff’s executive has been charged with drunken driving two months after being pulled over in his county-issued car. Prosecutors filed misdemeanor charges Friday against Division Chief Michael Aranda, 62, who was arrested June 12 after a late-night traffic stop on the 14 Freeway near Acton. He will be arraigned Oct. 10. The CHP, Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office all refused to disclose the results of Aranda’s blood-alcohol test. As chief of the department’s Technical Services Division, Aranda supervised the crime lab and computer systems.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

VIDEO: Dogs are Alexis Sanchez’s best friends! Arsenal star chills out with pets

first_img1 The dogs have been let out….but will Alexis Sanchez?With a disappointing season wrapped up, Arsenal’s contract rebel returned to Spain to enjoy some well-earned rest with his beloved pets Atom and Humber.Sanchez took to social media to post a picture of his canine friends relaxing on the deck of a boat, with one even wearing a pair of sunglasses.The 28-year-old continues to be linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium, but Gunners fans will be hoping their star player is a good boy and STAYS.Watch Atom and Humber enjoying their time in Chile…. Atom and Humber certainly live the high life center_img Alexis Sanchez (and Atom & Humber) cut his holiday short in Spain and landed in Santiago this morning ahead of Chile’s match v Burkina Faso.— Matias Grez (@matias_grez) June 2, 2017// read more

Arsonist who put dozens of people in danger is jailed for 5 years

first_imgA man who put the lives of dozens of people in danger when he set fire to cars beneath an apartment complex has been jailed for five years.Paul McGinley deliberately put a gas cylinder inside a car at an underground car park at Rosemount Lane, in Letterkenny on September 29th, 2015. The car caught fire and spread to eight other cars before spreading to an upstairs apartment block and two businesses.Dozens of people became trapped by the blaze and had to be rescued by the fire service.McGinley pleaded guilty to arson and reckless endangerment when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court.Paul McGinley of Gortahork who is charged in connection with a massive fire in Letterkenny. Pic by Northwest Newspix.The court heard that McGinley’s co-accused, Owen McFadden, of Cavanconnor, Gortahork, has since died.The pair set fire to two cars at the car park at Rosemount in Letterkenny before it spread to buildings causing €500,000 of damage.Garda Brendan McCann told the court that on the evening of September 29th, 2016, McGinley and the other man, Owen McFadden, of Cavanconnor, Falcarragh, tried to steal a car from the car park of the building just before 1.30am.It had no petrol so they stole some from a nearby shed but then poured the petrol on one of the cars which quickly spread to a total of nine vehicles.The fire then spread upwards to other buildings sending panic amongst residents.A total of 17 apartments were filled with smoke as 30 residents including ten children tried to flee.Some of the residents became trapped o the upper floors of the apartment block and had to be rescued by the fire service.Luckily there were no serious injuries but some did suffer smoke inhalation.Two well-known local businesses, Watson’s Menswear and O’Hehir’s Bakery were badly damaged as a result of the fire and had to close for some time afterwards.The residents were evacuated to nearby Dillon’s Hotel where they were looked after by staff.However, for several weeks afterwards some of the residents had to be rehoused by the council while others stayed in the hotel.Although both businesses were covered by insurance, many of the residents were at a loss for personal items and did not have adequate insurance.McGinley, aged 32, and McFadden were arrested after Gardai studied CCTV footage in and around the building and both admitted starting the blaze.The barrister for the accused, Richard Lyons said his client has a history of mental illness and had been admitted to psychiatric services on ten occasions.He said something sparked his history of mental health problems when he was just 17 but that he has never spoken about it.He has six previous convictions ranging from public order, to burglary to drugs offences.Mr Lyons said “He is not a well man and that can be seen. He is wholly irrational and he endangered lives.”Passing sentence Judge John Aylmer said it was “miraculous” that there were not more serious casualties following the blaze.He added that while some people had suffered smoke inhalation, many of those were not insured and suffered serious financial hardship as a result of the fire.He put the crime at the upper end of the scale for such crimes and one which merited a 10 year jail sentence for the arson and six years for the reckless endangerment.However, he said it was obvious that the accused had suffered long-term mental health issues and had also pleaded guilty at an early stage.He reduced that sentence by fifty per cent and jailed McGinley for a total of five years and ordered that he receive all the necessary psychiatric treatment he can be afforded.Arsonist who put dozens of people in danger is jailed for 5 years was last modified: May 4th, 2018 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:apartment blockarsoncourtdonegalletterkennyPaul McGinleylast_img read more


first_imgGaeil Fhánada GAA NotesGaeil Fhánada Lotto ResultsNo jackpot winner. Lotto numbers were 03, 09, 12, 15, 16, bonus 20. €50 winner Shaun McElwaine, €100 Margaret Friel, Corry, Portsalon. Jackpot next week €2,700. This Sunday in Gaelic Park, Bundoran – Realt na Mara G.F.C v Gaeil Fhánada Senior ResLeague Div 2 Round 7 at 1:30p.m. Referee: Niall Mc CreadyRealt na Mara G.F.C v Gaeil Fhánada Senior League Div 2 Round 3p.m. Referee: Andrew MullanGaeil Fhánada Reserves 2:19 v Na Dúnaibh Reserves 1:04A great team performance, best for reserves were Ken Dempsey, Johnny Nanny Friel & Shaun McGovern. Gaeil Fhánada: Brendan ‘Nanny’ Friel, Paul Martin, Ken Dempsey, Michael Heraghty, Aidan Heraghty 0:01, Paul ‘Doogie’ Coyle 0:02, Conor McGonigle, Brendan Callaghan 0:01, Colm‘ Turkey’McGonigle, Jerry ‘Diver’ Friel 0:01, Brian ‘Teddy’ McVeigh 0:02, Charlie Crerand, Shaun McGovern 0:10, Stephen McGonigle, Johnny ‘Nanny’ Friel 2:02. Referee: James ConnorsGaeil Fhánada 2-12 v Downings 0-7Gaeil Fhánada Seniors enjoyed a solid home performance that saw them power past neighbours Na Dúnaibh in Portsalon.A good start by the home side with a point from Seami ‘Nanny’ Friel. Na Dúnaibh threw many men behind the ball, then Bryan McGinley (no8) was black carded just 5 mins into game, but it did little to stop a relentless Gaeil Fhánada side who kept the pressure on throughout.Seami ‘Nanny’ Friel racked up an impressive personal tally of 1:05. Ronan McAteer got our other goal in a clinical performance with points coming from throughout the squad with great scores from play from Patrick McConigley and Fergal Friel. The home team running out comfortable winners.Gaeil Fhánada: Mark McConigley, Joe Blaney, Fergal Friel (0-1), Cathal Martin, Ronan McAteer (1-0), Patrick McConigley (0-1), Jimmy Coyle (0-1), Ryan McGonigle, Michael Sweeney, Aidan McAteer, Seami ‘Nanny’ Friel (1-5, 4fs), Martin McAteer (0-1), Oisin Shiels (0-1), Mark Friel (0-1), Seimi Friel (0-1). Subs: Frank Sweeney for J Coyle 45 mins, Johnny Friel for S ‘Coshia’ Friel 47 mins, Brian McVeigh for O Shiels 53 mins, Ken Dempsey and Paul Coyle for R McAteer and P McConigley 55 mins, Shaun McGovern for A McAteer 59 mins. Referee: Enda McFeely.Doire v Dún na nGall in Celtic ParkAnyone wishing to put their name in for tickets for the Derry v Donegal game should do so immediately as I have to send in my order tonight. We only have 100 in total. Those who had their names in by the deadline are guaranteed tickets, however there may be a draw for anyone now applying.Cóineartú / ConfirmationsBest wishes to all the boys and girls making their Confirmation this Saturday May 17th. Enjoy your day! GAA NEWS: GAEIL FHÁNADA POWER PAST LOCAL RIVALS DOWNINGS was last modified: May 13th, 2014 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:GAAGaeil FhanadaNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgSenator Jimmy Harte has met with Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan TD in relation to progressing a new retrofitting programme for local authority housing.He believes that a new scheme is necessary and he has pushed that one be introduced by this Government.He said “I recently met with Minister O’Sullivan and argued very strongly that she should consider a new retrofit scheme to insulate local authority houses. “I have met with many families who could really do with this work on their houses and I have demonstrated this to Minister O’Sullivan. Such a scheme will help many families, elderly individuals and couples to live in a warmer, more comfortable home.“It would also create thousands of jobs and help stimulate business in towns across the country. Following on from our discussion I am confident that Minister O’Sullivan will consider such a scheme into the future.” HARTE BELIEVES NEW RETROFIT PROGRAMME NEEDED FOR DONEGAL HOMES was last modified: May 29th, 2013 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:housingRetrofit sceheSenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more