Alleged sexual assault victim challenging 57-year murder sentence

first_imgConvicted felon Clive Knights, who murdered an insurance executive in what he said was his bid to ward off a sexual assault seven years ago, is challenging the 57-year prison sentence handed down by Justice Navindra Singh, contending that it was not only excessive but that the Judge did not properly direct the jury on the appearance of bloodstains.Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Yonette Cummings-Edwards and fellowConvicted murderer Clive KnightsAppellate Justices Rishi Persaud and Dawn Gregory continued hearing the arguments at the Appeal Court on Monday.Justice Singh handed down Knights’ prison sentence in 2015 for the May 14, 2012 murder of Phoenix Park, West Bank Demerara (WBD) resident Bert Whyte. The Guyana Trinidad Mutual Fire & Life Insurance Group (GTM) insurance executive died from two stab wounds to the chest, but Knights maintained he was defending himself against sexual assault that Whyte was reportedly perpetrating.However, Attorney Dexter Todd, who is appearing for Knights at the Appeal Court, told the senior Judges that Justice Singh misdirected the jury in relation to the evidence of Assistant Police Superintendent (ASP) David who testified that he observed what appeared to be bloodstains when he visited the scene at Palm Court, where Whyte went after being stabbed at Bentinck Street, South Cummingsburg.Todd argued that Justice Singh told the jury that ASP David saw blood as opposedMurdered insurance executive Bert Whyteto apparent blood, and further added that the State should have provided a forensic specialist to make this determination and to prove it was human blood and/or that of the deceased man. Whyte had been a personnel manager at the Georgetown Public Hospital for 10 years before taking up a post as GTM’s assistant company secretary when he met his demise at the age of 44.last_img read more

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Rose Hall residents, businesses fear economic collapse

first_imgClosure of sugar estatesHundreds of workers and businesses in Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) are fearful of an economic collapse following the announcement by Government of the closure of some sugar estates by year-end.Workers are in a dilemma with regard to their future, and those who operate businesses within the estate have already reported that sales have dropped by almost 50 per cent.Following the announcement made on Monday by Agriculture Minister Noel Holder about closing the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, that very day persons started to cut back on spending.Those who operate businesses in the vicinity of the estates have reported that regular customers are now cutting back on spending, while hire car operators report that commuters are forecasting doom.Some of the operators said they may be forced to operate in what would be more lucrative areas and nowhere will be profitable to operate their cars, but if the estate closes, most other businesses will have to downsize.Meanwhile, others who operate in East Canje have forecast hard times. Andy Rohan, who sells vegetables from a car, told Guyana Times on Wednesday, “Once the estate close, it means that me business done, because I depend on estate people.”But the impact is more real for the workers, who depend on the wages they receive weekly. According to Budram Narine, the disposition of factory workers has changed, with most workers demotivated.One businessman said, “We depend on the estate. Once the estate close, it means me business done, because I depend on the estate people. I don’t know what will happen.”Some argue that apart from the negative impact on the commercial sector, major retail businesses in the region will also feel the impact of the pending closure.Guyana Times also spoke with several sugar workers on Wednesday who collectively expressed melancholy over the announcement, stating that they would now have to begin looking for alternative jobs.One worker, Boodram Narine said he and his colleagues were not pleased with the plan to close the estate, because there were fewer job opportunities in Guyana owing to the slowing down of business.Having worked for many years within the industry, Narine said it was sad that the Government would make such a move that has the potential to affect the employment of thousands.Rose Hall Sugar EstateAsked to describe the situation on the ground, the sugar workers said, “They (workers) want know what they will do for a living and it will affect the business people, the community and the hire car.”Another worker who asked not to be named told this publication that he was hopeful that the Government would rescind its decision, given the severe challenges that could result from the closure.He said a protest was being organised, and he would urge not only workers, but Berbicians to come out in their numbers and support the protest, as he believes the closure would affect everyone in the community.“This is the most terrible thing right now for everybody, because when it close down the people who got plenty children, what will happen to them? Without the estate, the situation in Guyana will be bad.”Sugar workers attached to the Enmore Estate have also registered their distress over the financial challenges that they stand to face in the coming months.The National Assembly was told that by the end of 2017, the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) will have only three estates in operation: Blairmont on the West Bank Berbice, Albion-Rose Hall in East Berbice and the Uitvlugt-Wales estate in West Demerara.last_img read more

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WATCH: 2020 Seat sale event launched at DMG Motors

first_imgIt’s time to think ahead to 2020, and DMG Motors is ready for everyone who is dreaming about a brand new 201 SEAT car.Here, General Manager Stephen McCaul gives a look ahead to their exciting SEAT Sale Event: DMG Motors, the main dealers of SEAT, have a show-stopping range of new models for the New Year.  With unbeatable offers for the 201 Sale, it’s never been a better time to get all the extras.The SEAT sale event has:0% Finance across the entire SEAT range3 Year Service Plan only €299*Deposit contribution of up to €2,000 towards your new car dealWith exclusive 201 offers, you can get a discount voucher up to €2,000 on your 201 SEAT at www.dmgmotors.ie/new-car-offersThis is your time to see the stunning new SEAT Tarraco, Ateca, Arona, Ibiza and Leon. 201 SEAT Leon201 SEAT Ateca201 SEAT Tarraco To book a test drive call DMG Motors on 0749721396 or call into the showroom at Clar Road, Donegal Town.Visit: www.dmgmotors.ie  WATCH: 2020 Seat sale event launched at DMG Motors was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:201 car2020 carsclar roadDMG MOTORSDonegal Townmotoringnew carsSALEseatlast_img read more

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What’s in Your Username?

first_imgThe first rule for choosing a username – make sure it fits in a tiny logbook! The username is the geocacher’s calling card, signature, or tag.It’s as primeval a mark of territory as a bear scratching trees in the woods. It’s “I was here!” yelled at the top of the lungs on a steep mountainside at twilight next to a small Tupperware container.Like the superheros who grace the pages of dime store comic books, every username has an Origin Story. Some usernames are born great, some usernames achieve greatness, and some usernames have greatness thrust upon them.We asked geocachers in and around Geocaching HQ how they chose their usernames—or did the usernames choose them? Read them, then answer the question at the end. Some usernames are unexpected.Gunguy&fam – Is a forensic firearms examiner who started geocaching with his family.Sparkle Donkey – Is a fan of the Sparkle Donkey brand of Tequila (El Burro Esparkalo).Grillography – Was given a ‘Big Green Egg‘ Grill for his birthday and is also an avid photographer.Some usernames evoke personal memories.ThumbsGarcia – Had an intimate encounter with an X-Exacto knife that came abruptly and aggressively to life during a design project.Ursa_Minor – A personal nickname used fondly in conjunction with her close friend’s nickname, Ursa Major. Little Bear and Big Bear.SalemPirates – Started geocaching for the first time in Salem, Oregon, during a family member’s ‘Pirate’-themed 40th birthday party.Some usernames just work.Eliot Mechanism – Is a perfect anagram of this user’s real name.Moun10Bike  – When this user signed up in 1990, AOL only allowed 10 characters in a username, hence the shortening of the name. (His son’s username: Moun10Tyke)Prying Pandora – References the bit in The Phantom of the Opera when the Phantom calls Christine, “You Little Prying Pandora!” after she pulls his mask off. Pandora…Boxes…Geocaching. Voila!Love – “Is all you need.”The joy of seeing your name in the FTF spot: pricelessIt’s a requirement of Geocaching.com that every username be unique. But we think it’s more the story behind the alias rather than its characters that creates distinction.Now we ask you—what’s the story behind your username? Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img SharePrint RelatedHow to make the most of Planetary PursuitMarch 19, 2018In “News”Geocachers make history at Geowoodstock 2018June 29, 2018In “News”Dear Geocaching Diary: 31 Days of Adventure with Geocaching HQAugust 7, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

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Opera Opens Cross Platform Mobile App Store

first_imgRelated Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces mike melanson Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Opera Software, the Norway-based browser maker, announced the opening of its Mobile App Store today. The store, which the company launched in conjunction with Appia, the “largest open application marketplace in the world,” will provide apps to Opera’s mobile browser users across a number of platforms. According to the company, the store has already been a hit and its placement in its popular mobile browsers should ensure that it continues with this success.Both the Mobile and Mini versions of Opera, which have more than 100 million mobile users worldwide and run on a variety of feature and smartphones, will highlight the store as a “Speed Dial” link. This will put the store front and center, where users can choose from “a wide catalog of applications for phones with Java, Symbian, BlackBerry and Android operating systems.”The store is available in more than 200 countries and during its pre-launch phase it was accessed by 15 million users, hitting 700,000 downloads per day.Opera uses data compression to increase performance on slower phones and mobile networks, so much of its use is seen on feature phones. According to one recent report, the mobile phone market’s nearly 20% growth in the fourth quarter of 2010 was not solely a result of smartphone sales. Both Opera, and its Mobile App Store, could benefit from the continued growth in lower-cost feature phones in emerging markets.center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Tags:#mobile#news#web last_img read more

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Nuggets clinch first NBA playoff berth in 6 years after overcoming Celtics

first_imgBloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jeremy Lin leads Raptors in rout of Bulls, but Kyle Lowry injures ankle anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Irving started the game 1 for 9 from the field, but Horford picked up the scoring load for the Celtics, connecting on 5 of his 9 attempts from the field.THOMAS RETURNSIsaiah Thomas received lots of love from the Celtics during his latest return to the city he said still feels like home despite multiple stops the past two seasons.A video highlighting Thomas’ time in Boston was shown during a timeout in the first quarter and ended with an extended standing ovation from fans and players and coaches from both teams.Denver coach Michael Malone previously informed Thomas he was being dropped from the rotation in preparation for the playoffs. But he inserted the 5-foot-9 guard into the game with 2:42 left in the first quarter.Thomas started slowly missing two shots, stepping out bounds and fouling Daniel Theis on his way in for a dunk. He started the second quarter and played a total of seven minutes for the game, finishing with no points and two assists.A two-time All-Star in Boston, Thomas was blindsided by the trade that sent him to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of the deal that brought Kyrie Irving to the Celtics in the summer of 2017. He was dealt to the Lakers at the trade deadline that next season, before landing in Denver this past summer.He says the hip injury that slowed him during his final season in Boston is healed and that whatever happens he is going into free agency this summer with open eyes. That includes being open to a possible return to Boston.“You never know what could happen,” Thomas said. “My options are always open no matter what it is. If I end up back here at some point. That would make the story that much better.”UP NEXT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Denver Nuggets forward Mason Plumlee (24) dunks against the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, March 18, 2019. The Nuggets defeated the Celtics 114-105. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — The Denver Nuggets are headed back to the postseason after a six-year drought.Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 13 rebounds and the Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Boston Celtics 114-105 on Monday night and clinched their first playoff berth since 2012-13.ADVERTISEMENT Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgivingcenter_img “Yesss sir!” Jamal Murray beamed. “We’re just going to take this. We’re going to take a moment to realize how far we’ve come. It’s good to look ahead and enjoy the moment at the same time.”Kyrie Irving led the Celtics (43-28) with 30 points. Al Horford finished with 20 points, six rebounds and six assists.It was Boston’s second loss in seven games.“You gotta play well for 48 minutes against those guys,” Irving said. “They’ve come back from 18 down, 17 down. They keep firing.”The Celtics are fifth in the East, 1½ games behind fourth-place Indiana and 2½ games behind Philadelphia, whom they visit on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag The game felt like a matchup between two postseason-bound teams.It stayed tight at the start of the second half, with neither team holding more than a two-possession lead in the third quarter.But the Nuggets got some breathing room in the final period and took a 106-94 lead with 3:47 left in the game.Boston scored seven straight to get it within five, but Barton stopped the run with a layup. Following a missed 3-pointer by Horford on the other end, Paul Millsap all but sealed it with a four-point play that made it 112-101 with 31.3 seconds remaining.TIP-INSNuggets: Jokic recorded his 39th double-double of the season.Celtics: Played without Gordon Hayward (concussion protocol) and Robert Williams (illness).FAST HALFThe pace was rapid throughout the first half.The teams combined for 107 points in the opening 24 minutes. Nuggets held the 55-52 halftime lead, with Jokic and Barton scoring 13 points apiece. LATEST STORIES Nuggets: At Washington on Thursday.Celtics: Visit Philadelphia on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will Barton added 20 points for Denver, which has won four straight. The Nuggets (47-22) are tied with Golden State for the best record in the Western Conference.The Nuggets won 46 games last season, but missed the playoffs after losing in overtime to Minnesota on the final day of the regular season. This season their 47th victory proved to be their charm.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s a great feeling,” Denver coach Michael Malone said. “Four years in the making. Two years in a row coming up just shy, one game short. Using that as a motivation for tonight’s moment.”Smiles were everywhere in the Nuggets locker room afterward. Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Google Philippines names new country director View commentslast_img read more

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Gaganjeet Bhullar wins Indonesia Open for second time

first_imgIndian golfer Gaganjeet Bhullar won the weather-hit BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open for the second time in his career after closing with a four-under 68 for a three-stroke victory, while veteran compatriot Jeev Milkha Singh finished tied second on Monday.Bhullar, who also won the event in 2013, sealed his seventh victory on the Asian Tour and a second title this season with a 16-under 272 total at the Pondok Indah Golf Course.He returned to finish his remaining three holes on Monday morning after play was abandoned on Sunday due to bad weather.Jeev, a two-time Asian Tour number one, threatened briefly before settling for tied second place, his best result since 2012, after making bogey on the 17th hole to finish on 72.Thailand’s Danthai Boonma (67), Panuphol Pittayarat (68) and Tour rookie Johannes Veerman (69) of the United States took a share of second alongside Singh on 275s.The 28-year-old Bhullar made five birdies in seven holes on Sunday before returning to par his last three holes and clinch his second victory in two months.With his win at the BANK BRI-JCB Indonesia Open, Bhullar is now the fifth player after Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Frank Nobilo of New Zealand, Frankie Minoza of the Philippines and Lu Hsi-chuen of Chinese Taipei to win the event twice.”It is never easy in a Monday finish especially when you only have a two-shot lead. I slept at 7pm last night and woke up at 2am because there was so much adrenaline rush. I just couldn’t focus on anything,” Bhullar said in an Asian Tour release.advertisement”I was not focussed on sleeping. I just could not divert my mind anywhere else apart from the last few holes. At the end of the day I’m proud of myself and I’m glad I pulled it off,” added Bhullar, who got richer by $54,000 thanks to the triumph.”I was full of confidence from tee number one. I told myself that I will play aggressive golf and gave myself a lot of birdie chances. I putted really well and made single putts in the first seven holes.”Bhullar admitted that it was a huge test of patience as the weather suspensions made life difficult for the players.”The week was difficult, it was not easy at all. It was a test of patience but my past experience of winning here before helped. I’ve won before in stop and go week before. The experience really counted this week,” he said.Jeev, who has won 14 titles worldwide but not since 2012, admitted it was difficult to chase the dominant Bhullar.”I played well but Gaganjeet Bhullar started really well yesterday. I tried to push him but I finished second and I’ll take that result as it is my best finish of the year,” said the 44-year-old Singh.”I think I handled myself really well being in the last group for the first time since 2012! I could have done better but I feel this will give me a lot of confidence heading into the next few weeks. I’m working on a few things which I need to trust more under pressure.”The young Asian Tour stars have enjoyed huge success in the 2016 season but Jeev was determined to return to his best form.”It is great to see the depth of the Asian Tour. It is good to see these young kids hungry and they want to birdie every hole. That’s the way it should be. Gaganjeet is 28 years old and I think sky’s the limit for him,” said Jeev.”It is good to see these young kids doing well. Obviously I want to compete with them. In fact, they push me to do better. They hit good and long drives and I want to keep up with them. Don’t forget age is just a number,” he said.last_img read more

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