Ex-GDF rank shot Kitty man with friend’s service weapon – jury hears

first_imgFormer Guyana Defence Force (GDF) rank Jonathon Williams on Monday took the stand at the High Court, where he admitted that the service pistol he has uplifted from GDF’s Camp Ayanganna headquarters was used to shoot Devon Howell.Williams, of West Coast Berbice, was a friend of former GDF rank Alistair Woolford, who stands accused of killing Howell.Alistair Woolford as he appeared in 2014Woolford’s trial commenced before Justice Sandil Kissoon and a 12-member mixed jury. He is facing a manslaughter charge as it is contended that he discharged a loaded firearm at Howell with intent to murder him. Howell was shot on November 21, 2014 at D’Andrade Street, Kitty, Georgetown. He was hospitalised after the incident, and succumbed to his injuries three weeks later on December 8, 2014.At Monday’s hearing, Williams testified that armed with his weapon, he visited Woolford’s Kitty residence and requested to use the toilet. His story was that as he was in there, he heard the gun go off and he immediately fled the toilet and saw Woolford attempting to apply first aid to Howell, who was still alive at that point. In the midst of several audible breaths, the witness pointed out that Woolford was his squaddie as they trained together in the army.Deceased electrician: Devon HowellEarlier during court proceedings, another friend, Daniel Fletchman recalled witnessing Woolford aim an apparently silver gun towards Howell and it went off. He said Howell spun around before falling to the ground.In an opening address to the jury, State Prosecutor Mandell Moore said that on the day in question, Woolford, armed with a gun, shot and killed his friend. Howell reportedly received injuries to his upper spinal cord, and died without regaining consciousness. Woolford is represented by Attorneys Compton Richardson and Hewley Griffith. He was previously released on bail prior to his matter being called up in the High Court.last_img read more

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Region 5 farmers sue Govt over revoked land leases

first_imgA group of West Coast Berbice rice farmers has filed another lawsuit, this time against Government after it was recently announced that President David Granger has ordered the cancellation of their land leases.The Region Five rice farmers who filed the lawsuitLast year farmers Phillip Johnson, Rupert Blackman and Rawle Miller had filed legal action against the Mahaica Mahaicony Abary/Agricultural Development Authority (MMA/ADA), challenging the cancellation of State Land Leases in Rear of Seafield, West Coast Berbice. The farmers claimed that the leases were granted by former President Donald Ramotar and only the Head of State has the right to make such a cancellation.After months of hearing, former Chief Justice Ian Chang in February quashed the cancellation of the leases in favour of the farmers.However, the farmers said they were subsequently informed by General Manager of MMA/ADA Aubrey Charles that President Granger has cancelled their leases. They referred to a notice that was published in Stabroek News on 18 March under the heading “Cancellation of State Land Leases Seafield and No. 40 Villages, West Coast Berbice”.The publication stated: “Notice is hereby given that His Excellency, the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana has cancelled all State land leases as described in the Schedules.” According to the three farmers, their leases were among those published in the two schedules.This caused Johnson, Blackman and Miller to file another Motion, this time challenging the President’s revocation of their leases. The court action was filed in the Constitutional and Administrative Division of the High Court on Wednesday and names the Attorney General and MMA/ADA respondents in the matter.A date is yet to be fixed for hearing of the matter.In the Motion, the farmers are asking the court to grant a series of orders by declaring that the cancellation of the leases of “State Land for Agriculture Purpose issued under Section 3(b) of the State Lands Act, Chapter 62:01, and in accordance with the Mahaica/Mahaicony Abary Agricultural Development Authority Act No. 27 of 1977… is contrary to and in violation of Article 142 of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, is unlawful, null, void and of no effect”.They are also requesting the court to declare that, “the decision of the President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana cancelling Lease of State Land for Agriculture Purpose… amounts to the compulsorily acquisition of the Applicant’s leasehold interest thereof without the prompt payment of any or adequate compensation as is guaranteed by Article 142 of the Constitution of Guyana”.Additionally, the farmers are seeking damages in excess of $5,000,000 for breach of the Applicant’s fundamental rights and freedoms as guaranteed by Articles 142 and 153 of the Constitution of Guyana.They are also seeking exemplary damages and special damages. Johnson is asking for special damages in the sum of $692,500 and continuing for every rice crop; while Blackman is seeking $619,000 and continuing for every rice crop and Miller, $346,500 and continuing for every rice crop.The three farmers are further seeking a Conservatory Order from the court prohibiting servants and/or agents of the MMA/ADA from entering upon, remaining, occupying or in any manner whatsoever interfering with the Applicants’ quiet and peaceful possession, occupation and enjoyment of their leases, as well as any other such Orders or such Writs and such directions as the Court may consider appropriate for the purpose of enforcing or securing the enforcement of Article 142 of the Constitution of Guyana.last_img read more

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B.C. community awards reach Peace Region

first_imgOn Wednesday, 36 British Columbians were honoured with community awards at the eighth annual B.C. Community Achievement Awards ceremony, held at Government House in Victoria. Of the 36 winners, one resides in Tumbler Ridge, the other in Fort St. John. Lieutenant Governor Steven Point and Deputy Premier Kevin Falcon presented each winner with the award, a medallion and certificate on behalf of the B.C. Achievement Foundation. Falcon also discussed the recipients, saying “they have a passion for the people and places where they live and a strong commitment to making a difference. They inspire us all.” – Advertisement – Local Peace River residents have been recognized for their hard work within their communities. Fort St. John resident Lori Slater was also honoured Wednesday for her contributions to goals and inclusions in Fort St. John. She is the chair of Mayor Lantz’s Disability Advisory Committee and she also serves as the chair for the Aging with Disabilities Committee. Lori was also community liaison for the Measuring up the North Initiative. Although she was unable to attend the actual ceremony, Slater had told Energeticcity.ca that she was very happy to be recognized. Rose Colledge was honoured for her work in Tumbler Ridge. Over the past 17 years, she has committed her time to her community in a variety of ways. Colledge is currently the women’s outreach co-ordinator, has served as an elected councilor and is president of the Tumbler Ridge Museum. She is also a volunteer and board member of the Tumbler Ridge Community Arts Council. Chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation Keith Mitchell, talked about the award recipients, saying “they are dedicated individuals who share the most valuable of today’s commodities; time and compassion.”last_img read more

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Joe Hart puts trust in Manchester City chief’s ‘big plans’

first_imgManchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart expects the club’s owners to keep their word and return the team to their former glory after last season’s slump.City crashed out of the Champions League earlier than expected and were left trailing in Chelsea’s wake in the Premier League title race.The shortcomings led to suspicions that manager Manuel Pellegrini could be replaced but his position appears safe with the club set to back him with a wave of summer signings.Chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said this week that the club is aiming to bring in “high-quality individuals” over the summer to re-establish them as a domestic and European powerhouse.And City and England No1 Hart, speaking on International duty with England, said he has no reason to doubt the club’s leader after the input he has had.“He’s a very, very good chairman,” Hart said.“He has big plans. That is who we are as a club. That is why I signed for Manchester City.“They are a fantastic club, a fantastic business, and we are going in the right direction. I’ve got a lot of trust in what they are doing.”last_img read more

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Teachers picket for pay raise

first_imgPEARBLOSSOM – About 150 people picketed outside the Keppel Union School District board meeting to protest a contract offered to teachers and a stalemate in negotiations. Joined by teachers from other school districts, Keppel instructors held signs and chanted, “There is no pride in 2.5” and “We can’t survive on 2.5,” referring to the district’s offer of a maximum 2.5 percent salary increase. “We wanted to let the board members know that we are here and willing to do what it takes to get what we deserve, which is a fair compensation package,” teacher Cyndi Denning said. The protest took place before the board’s meeting Thursday. Teachers came from Eastside Union, Palmdale and Southern Kern Unified school districts to help out. Keppel has about 145 teachers. “We will now be actively involved in upcoming school board elections,” Denning said. “We feel at this point there’s no check in the checks and balances.” Denning said a child had a picket sign that said, “I want to be my mom’s second job.” Denning said some teachers have to work two jobs to make ends meet. “That really tells you a lot when fully college-educated people are having to carry two or three jobs,” Denning said. Keppel instructors have not had a raise in four years, union officials said. They say the district annually loses about one-third of its teachers to other districts with more attractive compensation packages. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The district has offered the union a 2.5 percent increase that could be taken either as a pay hike or applied toward paying for health benefits. The teachers are seeking a 4 percent raise and a $1,000 increase to the maximum the district pays annually for health insurance. An impasse was declared in contract talks in January and both sides will meet with a state mediator. District officials Friday declined to comment. “At this time we are not prepared to make any statement but at some point we will,” Assistant Superintendent Steve Doyle said. Denning said the Keppel Union Teachers Association has formed a political action committee that will field candidates for Keppel school board elections. last_img read more

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CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED PLAY ‘THE STATE OF THE NATION’ HITS THE BALOR ARTS CENTRE

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: What would Michael Collins make of it all if he were alive today? What would Jim Larkin have to say about water charges? Would Charlie Haughey have handled austerity differently? Would Thomas Davis – the father of modern Irish nationalism – approve? Find out this weekend at the premiere of brand new political satire The State Of The Nation at The Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey. Weighing in with their opinions in a post show discussion that promises to be every bit as fascinating as the show itself will be, among others, Brendan Ogle of the Right2Water campaign and former political editor of The Irish Independent John Drennan.Commissioned by Donegal County Council as part of it’s 1916/2016 commemorative programme the premise of the play is a game of poker in the afterlife between four giants of Irish political history – Thomas Davis, Jim Larkin, Michael Collins and Charlie Haughey – during which they discuss the current state of the nation.Over the course of forty minutes they discuss 1916, the civil war fallout, and modern day issues of homelessness, hospital waiting lists, the water charges and the formation of the new government.It’s a satire so there’s plenty of  humour mixed in with cutting political commentary on the current State Of The Nation. There’s plenty of local connections – the play is written by Balor Arts Centre manage Conor Malone and seasoned professional actor/director Charlie Bonner returns to his home town to direct the show.The cast features well known local comedian Conal Gallen in the role of Charlie Haughey with Cillain O Gairmhi (Michael Collins), Peter Byrne (James Larkin) and James LAwne (Thomas Davis) rounding out the cast.As a curtain raiser the Butt Drama Circle will perform a rehearsed reading of Conor Malone’s radio play The Fund which was broadcast on RTE Drama On One last July. And following the full stage performance of  The State Of The Nation broadcaster and journalist Frank Galligan will  chair a discussion Ireland Today v The 1916 Proclamation – How Do We Measure Up?There are some household names on the panel for what should be a fascinating discussion including Brendan Ogle of UNITE Trade Union and Right2Water, writer and journalist John Drennan (former political editor of The Irish Independent and economist Terrence MacDonough from  NUIG.The running order for the event is as follows: 7pm – the Fund (Rehearsed Reading)8pm – The State Of The Nation9pm – Ireland today vs The 1916 Proclamtion – How Do We Measure Up?Tickets for The State Of The Nation (Saturday June 4th @ 7pm) are just€10 and are available from The Balor Box Office on 0749131840 or online at www.balorartscentre.comCRITICALLY ACCLAIMED PLAY ‘THE STATE OF THE NATION’ HITS THE BALOR ARTS CENTRE was last modified: May 31st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:ACCLAIMEDEntertainmentFeaturesnewsPlayPoliticsState of the Nationlast_img read more

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Volleyball Travels To JMU

first_imgThe Bulldogs are currently ranked 11th in the nation for total digs with 275 and 14th for total attacks with 599. Live Stats Fresh off winning the Cal State Fullerton Titan Tournament title, the Drake University volleyball team continues its 2017 season at the James Madison Invitational this weekend. The Bulldogs begin play Friday at 3:30 p.m. CDT against Hampton followed by a 9 a.m. matchup on Saturday against Cornell and conclude the tournament at 6:30 p.m. against host, James Madison.  Following the James Madison Invitational, the Bulldogs will host the Drake Invitational from Sept. 7-9 at the Knapp Center. Drake opens the tournament with their home opener on Sept. 7 against Omaha at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs will also face Southeast Missouri State and San Jose State on Sept. 8 at 3 and 7 p.m., respectively before concluding the tournament Sept. 9 against Montana at 3:30 p.m. Print Friendly Version Drake will be challenged by host, James Madison who is coming off an undefeated performance at the JMU Classic last weekend as well as an appearance in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Story Links Drake (3-1) opened its 2017 season last weekend with a trio of victories against Bryant, Fairleigh Dickson and host, Cal State Fullerton. Freshman Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) made an immediate impact in her debut as a Bulldog, finishing the tournament with 44 kills and 11 blocks while hitting .305. Plock’s outstanding performance earned her MVC Freshman of the Week honors and tournament co-MVP. Paige Aspinwall (Dayton, Minn.) earned a spot on the all-tournament team after racking up 111 assists in four matches.last_img read more

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DONEGAL IS ‘SWEET’ ON POTATOES!

first_imgNew research shows strong regional preferences when it comes to buying fruit and vegetables with Donegal consumers have a slightly unusual preference.Tesco carried out the surveyBananas top the charts in most counties, and berries, tomatoes, potatoes and oranges are also in the top five, according to a study by Tesco of the bestsellers in its stores nationwide.But Donegal has a longing for – sweet potatoes! The supermarket chain said it sells 70 million bananas a year, making them the number one seller, but fresh berries take the number one spot in Clare, Donegal, Galway, Kildare and Mayo.Dubliners appear to buy into food trends more than other counties, buying far more kale and avocado than elsewhere.And Donegal consumers are particularly keen on sweet potato, while Sligo natives buy a larger share of chillies and fDONEGAL IS ‘SWEET’ ON POTATOES! was last modified: March 27th, 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)last_img read more

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Chart topper Daniel’s profits top €2.73 million

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell’s entertainment firm amassed a cash pile of over €1.1million last year as profits fell slightly to a cool €2.73m.The Donegal singer’s lucrative company DOD Promotions Ltd has recorded a slight fall of €123,343 in accumulated profits in 2016. The company’s finance reports, as revealed in the Irish Mirror, show that pension payments rose significantly to €180,000. Pension payments were not previously included in the 2015 company books, which is why total remuneration payments to the three directors soared to €275,000.The company’s three directors – Daniel, his wife Majella and niece Patricia Swan – took home wages of €95,000 last year, down from €120,000 in 2015.Daniel’s firm has recorded financial assets of €500,000 up to October last year.The superstar singer is home in Kincasslagh this week after finishing up a Canadian tour. Daniel and Majella are also beginning consultations with celebrity architect Dermot Bannon ahead of their Room to Improve episode on RTE. The couple will be footing the bill of the major refit in the popular property series. Chart topper Daniel’s profits top €2.73 million was last modified: October 5th, 2017 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:daniel o’donnelllast_img read more

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Birmingham v Brentford line-ups: Liverpool man returns, Jota out, Blues trio injured

first_imgLiverpool loanee Sergi Canos returns to the Brentford starting line-up after his outstanding winner at Reading on Monday.Josh McEachran is the man to miss out, in the only change Bees head coach Dean Smith has made for the trip to Birmingham.The former Chelsea man is among the substitutes, alongside Philipp Hofmann and Andy Gogia, who could make his first appearance since October.Jota, however, is not included in the squad.Birmingham are unchanged from the side that beat MK Dons 1-0 on Monday, which means former Brentford players Clayton Donaldson and Jon Toral line up against their old club.Midfielder Koby Arthur, defender Neal Eardley and winger David Cotterill all miss out with injuries, while Demarai Gray is absent as he is in talks over a move to Premier League Leicester City.Birmingham City: Kuszczak; Caddis, Morrison, Robinson, Grounds; Gleeson, Kieftenbeld; Solomon-Otabor, Toral, Maghoma; Donaldson. Subs: Legzdins, Spector, Lowry, Shinnie, Davis, Vaughan, Brock-Madsen.Brentford: Button; Colin, Dean, Tarkowski, Bidwell; Diagouraga, Woods; Canos, Judge, Swift; Vibe. Subs: Bonham, Yennaris, O’Connell, McEachran, Saunders, Gogia, Hofmann.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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