Prosecution closes case, “Smallie” says “doesn’t know” about “Mango Man” murder

first_imgA verdict will soon be handed down for Mark Royden “Smallie” Williams and Sherwin Nero called “Catty” in the August 30, 2007, Kumar Singh “Mango Man” murder case after the prosecution and defence closed their cases on Monday. “Smallie” took the stand and recounted a story in which he implicated Inspector Suraj Singh and other ranks of torturing him. He told the jury that upon his 2008 arrest, he was handcuffed, beaten and shocked into signing the police caution statement which he claimed was not freely given.Mark Royden “Smallie” Williams and Sherwin Nero called “Catty” denied committing the murder“They shock me up; handcuff meh hand; they start beating me up and I keep telling them: ‘I don’t know about these things’,” he claimed.He said on the second day of interrogation the ranks took him to the Brickdam Police Station in Georgetown where he said he continued to deny having knowledge of the robbery/murder.He said Inspector Singh told him that if he signed the paper, the things being done to him would stop.“The next day, they handcuff me to a post, beat me again [while] shocking me and Inspector Singh told me: ‘If you sign this paper, these things will stop’,” Williams added.“They throw a substance in me mouth, I didn’t know what it was – I keep spitting it out…then they carry me to Georgetown Magistrates’ Court where they remand me to prison,” the accused killer further detailed.Prosecutor Tamika Clarke and Attorney for the co-defendants Nigel Hughes will both try to convince the jury to return a verdict in favour of either the State or the defence on Tuesday when closing addresses are presented before Justice James Bovell-Drakes.Last week, the jury heard that an ex-Police rank transported the duo from Kumar Singh’s Cove and John, East Coast Demerara home via horse cart which the defence views as implausible. Singh was killed after gunmen stormed his premises and allegedly made off with cash and jewellery while his relatives were visiting from Suriname.Deceased: Kumar Singh called “Mango Man”During the testimonies of Singh’s wife and daughter, it was explained that the bandits fired several shots when the family home was invaded. Indroutie Singh, the wife, told the jury that her Surinamese relatives were drinking a few shots of rum on the night of the attack when she suddenly heard a gunshot, and someone said: “Pass what y’all get.” She had recalled being in the lower flat of their two-storied home when she reportedly saw two men standing in front of her sister-in-law’s husband and her own husband whom she claimed was wearing several gold rings at the time. When the gunmen left, they made off with those very rings, the woman had observed last week.Their daughter, Deoranie Singh, who had testified to hearing “terrible gunshots” detailed that the bandits asked for jewellery and the $7 million the family was keeping. “We keep telling them ‘no, we don’t have money’ and they keep insisting that ‘yes we have it’.”She said their wardrobe upstairs was shot at and a male had lashed her causing her nose to bleed. It was after the men fled that she ran to her father, held him and screamed. The testimonies of these witnesses did not face cross-examination.last_img read more

New legislation to guard against rogue operations – Gaskin

first_imgScrap metal trade– database system among measures to trace metal transactionsBy Jarryl BryanLegislation intended to facilitate the full reopening of the scrap metal trade have been submitted to, and approved by, cabinet. Their now having been sent to the Attorney General’s Chambers, Business Minister Dominic Gaskin is confident that the draft laws would allow for a more regularised trade.Scrap metalIn an interview with Guyana Times, Minister Gaskin explained that the draft laws contain provisions intended to guard against vandalism of metal, theft, and rogue scrap metal operations.“The regulations have been completed…,” Gaskin related. “The draft legislation provides for the establishment of the Scrap Metal Unit within the Ministry of Business. It provides for oversight of the Unit by a board of directors,” he detailed.“It stipulates what licences scrap metal dealers are allowed, and what criteria they need to meet to be licensed. It distinguishes between exporters and collectors of scrap metal, as well as special conditions for salvage operators,” he explained.Gaskin also related that the law will cover the transportation and compacting of scrap metal. Theft of scrap metal, and especially metal that cannot yet be considered scrap, are legitimate concerns for many businesses. This concern also extends to decommissioned Government equipment which are not safe from rogue operators.According to Gaskin, the law will stipulate a time frame within which dealers must keep scrap metal, in order to prevent the disposal of someone else’s property and enhance the traceability of metal through a system. He related that dealers will be required to enter details of their transactions into a software system.“It (the draft) speaks to issues like a timeframe between when you purchase scrap metal and when you dispose of it; so that if metal has been stolen and you’ve identified the source, you can go to the dealer and he can check his stock to see if he has indeed purchased stolen scrap metals. It’s done in other jurisdictions.“The most important thing is that, as a dealer, you must have an approved scrap metal yard. It must be a yard that is properly approved and inspected by the Scrap Metal Unit, to ensure business is not being conducted on the parapets or streets. All your business has to be done inside the yard, so we don’t have these unsightly heaps of scrap metal (lying around on the streets),” he declared.OutdatedIn 2016, an audit carried out by Ram and McRae accounting firm into the Scrap Metal Unit had found that the laws governing the scrap metal trade needed to be completely revamped. The report had cited a number of irregularities and uncertainties surrounding the trade, including the fact that the laws governing the operations are severely outdated.The unit has its origin in the Old Metal Dealers Act, Cap. 91:08, first promulgated in 1900. Supervisory responsibility for the unit has been transferred from the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce to the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) by virtue of a 2012 Cabinet Paper dated January 31, 2012.The CH&PA was conferred with specific statutory powers and duties, but those do not include regulation of the business of dealers in Old Metals, as described in the long title of the Old Metal Dealers Act 91:08.The report has recommended that there be widespread consultation with key stakeholders before any concrete decisions are taken on the way forward in relation to the operations.The document also pointed out that interim measures must be put in place, since the trade is currently at a standstill, and exports are temporarily banned. The auditors also noted that there is no consistent policy towards the trade, with Government opening and closing the trade at will.Noted also is that there is seemingly a total lack of coordination between and among the four agencies involved: the Guyana Police Force, the Ministry of Business, the Scrap Metal Unit, and the Guyana Revenue Authority.The report said it is unclear why responsibility for the trade was transferred to the CH&PA, and why no Export Duty is paid under the Customs Act.The scrap metal trade was banned under the previous administration, and this trend had continued intermittently. The ban on the scrap metal trade came about following persistent complaints about vandalism. There were also issues regarding management of the trade.There have been intermissions, such as the three-month reopening of the trade last year. It is understood that, as of last month, the trade has been reopened, but only on a limited basis.At the launch of the Guyana Metal Dealers and General Exporters Association (GMD&GEA) earlier this year, executives had been heavily critical of the trade being banned and Government turning a deaf ear to the plight of would-be traders. The association had been explicit that the status quo of ‘Peter pay for all’ cannot continue.last_img read more

‘High on Ice’ gets helping hand from elementary students as the city prepares the festival

first_imgRogers also speaks to the benefit of children playing an active role in the annual event.“Snow sculpting is an art form, as is the ice sculpting, so it’s a way to start getting kids interested in something different while they’re young, and it’s a way to get them participating in High on Ice, and producing something that kind of beatifies that little section of the city.”Mayor Lori Ackerman seems excited to participate in the annual event as well.“This event is the highlight of my year,” Mayor Ackerman says. “The whole community coming together to have some fun and fully embrace winter is really what living in the north is all about.”Advertisement High on Ice begins with the ice carving on February 6 2015, 4:00 p.m., at Centennial Park at concludes February 9, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.Opening Ceremonies begin at 6:00 p.m. and will include the City Council Slide Off, a complementary hot chocolate bar provided by the Canadian Grind, music and a bon fire. “This year’s program includes popular events at Centennial Park such as free ice slides, sleigh rides, as well as some fun community races,” Communications Coordinator Julie Rogers said. “There will be great events at Toboggan Hill Park like toboggan races, snowshoe races and mountain bike races facilitated by the local Cadets.”Rogers adds, “There are six professional ice carvers attending from Canada, United States, Russia and Argentina.”The professional ice carvers will begin creating their art during the first week of February – with a set-up in Centennial Park on Friday February 6, running 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. for the public to watch them work.- Advertisement -New to the event this year is the creation of snow sculptures by local students from Ecole Central Elementary and other international students – as they attended a workshop on January 14 and 15, 2015 at the empy lot at 100 Avenue and 100 Street to carve 10 snow figures.These figures will be on display throughout the festival.“This way we have the sculptures up for the next few weeks – I’m just hoping the weather freezes-up a little bit – and it will get people to start thinking about High on Ice,” says Rogers.Advertisementlast_img read more

Bayern sack Carlo Ancelotti after PSG defeat

first_img0Shares0000Pressure had already been building on Ancelotti with Bayern enduring an inconsistent start to the season before their 3-0 defeat to PSG in Paris on Wednesday © AFP/File / John MACDOUGALLBERLIN, Germany, Sep 28 – Bayern Munich have sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti in the wake of their Champions League defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain, the club announced on Thursday.“FC Bayern Munich have parted company with head coach Carlo Ancelotti as a result of internal discussions following the 3-0 defeat in the Champions League group stage match at Paris Saint-Germain,” Bayern said in a statement on their website. Former player Willy Sagnol, the ex-France international who had been serving as an assistant to Ancelotti, has been named interim coach. The 40-year-old has previously coached Bordeaux in his homeland.But Bayern have also parted company with four Italian members of Ancelotti’s backroom staff, including his son Davide.Pressure had already been building on Ancelotti, 58, with Bayern enduring an inconsistent start to the season before losing 3-0 to PSG in the French capital on Wednesday.After that game the Italian was questioned by German media about his tactics and team selection, following his decision to leave Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Mats Hummels on the bench at kick-off.“The performance of our team since the start of the season did not meet the expectations we put to them,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.“The game in Paris clearly showed that we had to draw consequences. (Sporting director) Hasan Salihamidzic and I had an open and serious discussion with Carlo today and informed him of our decision.“Carlo is my friend and will remain so, but we had to make a professional decision in the interests of FC Bayern. I now expect the team to have a positive development and top performance, so we can reach our goals for this season.”The defeat in Paris was Bayern’s heaviest since losing 3-0 away to Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first leg in May 2015.It was also their heaviest loss in a group game in the competition since a 3-0 reverse in Lyon in March 2001.Bayern are currently third in the Bundesliga table after six games, three points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, before visiting Hertha Berlin on Sunday.They have not been so far off the pace at the top of the Bundesliga so early in a season since 2010/11, when Dortmund went on to win the title and Bayern finished third.Ancelotti led Bayern to a fifth consecutive Bundesliga title last season in his first campaign in charge after succeeding Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena.However, the Bavarians lost to Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and to Dortmund in the semi-finals of the German Cup.Ancelotti has also coached Parma, Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid, winning the Champions League three times in his career.Among the potential replacements being mentioned is Thomas Tuchel, currently a free agent after leaving Dortmund at the end of last season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Exclusive – Silva’s injury could be a blessing for Man City, claims Murphy

first_imgDanny Murphy believes an injury to David Silva could be a blessing for Manchester City.The Spaniard limped out of City’s League Cup defeat to Newcastle in the opening minutes after suffering a knee injury, and he is now a doubt for Sunday’s crucial Manchester derby.But former Liverpool ace Murhpy feels his absence could actually help Manuel Pellegrini’s side.He said: “I’m a bit worried about their form, and here’s why. [Manuel] Pellgrini has been playing with two up front for most of the season and seems determined to stick with that, but what’s happening in the bigger games against good quality opposition is they’re getting outnumbered in midfield.“They’ve been playing with an ineffective Yaya Toure, who for a number of weeks now has been way off his best. He’s still a talented player, but he’s not playing that well and they’re carrying him, and that’s a problem in a midfield four.“The other problem is David Silva. If he plays wide in a four, defensively you’re lacking, because he doesn’t want to run back and defend. He tries, but it’s a token gesture.“In the bigger games, it’s in this midfield area where they’re so lacking and it is something he [Pellegrini] won’t change.“Coming up, City have got some big games. They’ve got Man United at the weekend, and the next two games in the Champions League, against CSKA Moscow and Roma, are crucial. They are must-win games. And the way Chelsea are playing, the weekend’s game is probably must-win as well.“And I’m going to say, and this is something Man City fans will probably be in uproar about, that Silva’s injury could be a blessing.“He’s a wonderful footballer when played in his best position, but he doesn’t play in that position often enough for Manchester City. When he plays wide in a midfield four I don’t think you get the best out of him. To qualify that, the most goals he’s ever scored in a season for Man City is seven. I’m sorry, but for a player of his quality that’s not good enough. He might get assists and contribute in other ways, but he’s a creative player and he needs to score more.“So what I’m suggesting in the games coming up is why not play three midfielders? So you could play Yaya Toure in front of Fernando and Fernandinho for example, then you can play with the wide men and one striker, which would be Aguero.“That looks more solid. And of course it would be because you’ve got three midfielders instead of a No.10 luxury [player], then two wide men of say Nasri, Milner, Navas, take your pick. I think that could make them much more solid and give them a better foundation in games.”last_img read more

North West in ‘red zone’ as Aussie flu outbreak continues to spread

first_imgStatistics released by the HSE shows that the ‘Aussie flu’ has spread to all parts of Ireland, with the East of the country being the worst affected.The maps, which reflect figures collected between week 51 and 52 of 2017, illustrates the rampant spread of the illness.According to the HSE’s influenza surveillance report, the Aussie flu is currently categorised as having “localised activity” in Donegal. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has warned that the flu will continue to spread for the next four to six weeks, with Influenza A (H3N2, or the Aussie Flu) and B currently the predominant viruses circulating in the community.The Department of Education is urging parents to keep ill children at home in an attempt to curb the outbreak.The HPSC is urging everyone, particularly those in high-risk groups, to get their flu vaccine.The influenza vaccine is available free of charge from GPs for all people in at-risk groups, and from pharmacists for everyone in at-risk groups aged 18 years and over. An administration charge may apply to people who don’t hold medical cards or GP visit cards. What are the symptoms?According to the HSE, the symptoms of influenza usually develop over a matter of a few hours and include a high temperature, sore muscles, dry cough, headache and sore throat.This is different from the common cold, which tends to come on more gradually and usually includes a runny nose and a normal temperature.What to do if you become illThe HPSC says that the number one thing to do if you begin to feel under the weather is to remain at home. Children should be kept home from school and adults shouldn’t try to “tough it out” and go to work as this will lead to a further spread of the flu.“Anyone who gets flu should stay at home, rest, drink plenty of fluids and use over-the-counter remedies like paracetamol to ease symptoms,” a spokesperson advises.Those in high-risk categories should visit their GP if they begin to develop influenza symptoms. GPs may wish to prescribe antivirals to those in high-risk groups. “If you need to visit your GP or the Emergency Department, please phone first to explain that you might have flu.”Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough and sneeze (catch it), disposing of the tissue as soon as possible (bin it) and cleaning your hands as soon as you can (kill it) are important measures in helping prevent the spread of germs and reducing the risk of transmission.Donegal Daily‘s Medical Matters columnist Dr Ciaran Roarty of Scally McDaid Medical Practice Letterkenny says that our immune system will take care of fighting the virus if you are outside of the high-risk categories.“Once again we depend on our immune system to clear the flu virus. Treatment is really aimed at easing the symptoms until this happens. The good news is that in the vast majority of cases we can treat ourselves. “Paracetamol and/or ibuprofen eases aches and pains and helps lower high temperatures. Fluids are particularly important when running a temperature in order to prevent dehydration which makes us feel worse. Decongestant drops, throat lozenges and saline nasal sprays are also helpful.“The actual influenza virus makes us feel worse than the other viruses which cause flu-like illnesses. Even the young and healthy often have to go to bed.“Symptoms of the flu come on quite quickly, are worst for the first few days and then ease gradually. The cough may persist for longer. Most people recover after a week or so.”Advice, tips, information and videos on getting over flu and other common illnesses are available at a new HSE website, www.undertheweather.ieWho’s included in the ‘high-risk category’?The HPSC says that those in the high-risk category could be the most vulnerable to influenza. These include the following groups:All those aged 65 years and olderPeople including children with chronic illness requiring regular medical follow-up such as chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, chronic neurological disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders and diabetesThose with lower immunity due to disease or treatment and all cancer patientsAll pregnant women. The vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy.Those with morbid obesity i.e. Body Mass Index ≥ 40Residents of nursing homes, old people’s homes and other long stay facilitiesHealth care workers and carers of those in at-risk groups.Vaccination remains the most effective means of preventing infection by seasonal influenza viruses and can reduce severe disease that can lead to hospitalisation and death. The vaccine takes two weeks to take effect once received.Ninety-four confirmed influenza hospitalised cases were notified to HPSC during weeks 51 and 52 2017, bringing the season total to 169.These hospitalisations were associated with a mix of influenza A(H3N2), A(H1N1)pdm09 and influenza B, with an increased proportion of influenza B cases reported during weeks 51 and 52 of 2017.Twelve confirmed influenza cases were admitted to critical care units since the outbreak began. “Less than ten” deaths have been attributed to the Aussie flu in 2017.Medical Matters: Everything you need to know about fluNorth West in ‘red zone’ as Aussie flu outbreak continues to spread was last modified: January 11th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Aussie fludonegalH3N2last_img read more

H-DNL football: Fortuna wrecks Eureka’s homecoming, downs Loggers 22-14

first_imgWith nine seconds to play in a tie ball-game Daedan Taylor found Max Hough for a 10-yard touchdown pass on third-and-goal, stunning the homecoming crowd assembled at Albee Stadium as Fortuna High shocked Eureka in a 22-14 Big 4 Conference win for the ages Saturday night.The win counts as Fortuna’s (3-5, 1-0) first Big 4 win since the conference began play under its current format in 2018. For Eureka (3-5, 0-1), which for the second straight week turned to Hayden Bode under center in the …last_img read more

Haryana Congress to launch bus yatra

first_imgThe Congress on Monday claimed that the party unit in Haryana is united and its top leaderships will undertake a bus yatra to launch its election campaign in the State.Congress general secretary in-charge of Haryana, Ghulam Nabi Azad, made these remarks just two days after the party had done a flip-flop over a coordination committee.After announcing the coordination committee, to be headed by former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the party had withdrawn it, leading to speculation that resentment had forced the party to withdraw the list.“There was no major reason to withdraw the coordination committee list. We thought since there are many other committees like the manifesto committee, campaign committee, publicity committee also have to be formed, we should announce all of it together,” said Mr. Azad. Committee meetingThe committee, however, will meet on Tuesday with Mr. Hooda presiding over the meeting. On the agenda is deciding the date for the launch of the ‘bus yatra’ as part of its Lok Sabha poll campaign in the State where polling to the 10 seats will be held on May 12.The bus yatra would also mark the start of the party’s campaign for the Assembly elections scheduled later this year, Mr. Azad said.“We will now follow the Andhra-Karnataka model, which I had started about two decades back, to put all the leaders in one bus and take them around,” he said.The Congress did it in Karnataka in 1999-2000 and in Andhra Pradesh in 2003-2004. “They are different before entering the bus, but when they come out of the bus after a few weeks, they are one. Twenty leaders become one,” explained Mr. Azad, adding, “When they speak from one stage, when they eat from the same plate, they become one. So, we are working out this plan for a bus tour”.The Congress in-charge said the party intends to cover all the Assembly seats over the next six to eight months.Apart from Mr. Hooda, other prominent panel members include Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar, legislature party leader Kiran Chaudhary, former Union Minister Kumari Selja and Congress communications in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala, former Minister Kuldeep Bishnoi, Rohtak MP Deepender Hooda and former MP Naveen Jindal.”Hopefully, tomorrow we will have a meeting of the coordination committee and we will discuss the plan of touring the entire State. Of course, I will accompany them. That goes without saying,” Mr. Azad said.last_img read more

Mansukh L Mandaviya takes charge as MoS Min of Road Transport

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 11 (PTI) Mansukh Lal Mandaviya today took charge as the Minister of State (MoS) in Ministry of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping.A BJP MP in Rajya Sabha from Gujarat, Mandaviya has been a member of various Parliamentary Committees like Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas, Chemicals and Fertilisers, Select Committee of Rajya Sabha on Real Estate Bill and National Welfare Board for Seafarers, an official statement said.Earlier, he was Member, Gujarat Legislative Assembly from 2002-2007 and Chairman of Gujarat Agro Industries Corporation from January 2011 to March 2012, it added.He also took charge as Minister of State (MoS) in Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers today.Speaking to reporters after assuming charge, Mandaviya said in the last two years there has been a dramatic improvement in the socio-economic conditions in the country.Mandaviya, who hails from Bhavnagar district in Gujarat, is a businessman, agriculturist, political and social worker. PTI RNK SBT ABKlast_img read more