Relatives identify clothing found in shallow grave

first_imgHours after the skeletal remains suspected to be those of missing Timehri, East Bank Demerara woman Babita Sarjou were found in a shallow grave behind her ex-husband’s house, her relatives on Monday positively identified the pieces of clothing also found as belonging to the mother of one.Babita SarjouChampa Seonarine, the mother of the dead woman, visited the Lyken Funeral Home where she confirmed that her daughter indeed left home wearing the pair of shoes found in the three-foot shallow grave. The grieving mother also identified a piece of clothing belonging to her daughter.Meanwhile, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Guyana Times that the Police have successfully applied for an extension to further detain the two suspects – the woman’s former husband, Shardanand Narine and his accomplice, Darel Pronton.Blanhum added that the case file would be completed and sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack today for legal advice. He noted that once the DPP advised in favour of the Police, the men would be passed through the court system as soon as possible.He further noted that they have already made a case against the two men based on their confession with respect to their involvement in the disappearance and ultimately murder of the young woman.The two men told investigators that on the night of November 4, 2010, they ‘collected’ the young woman in the vicinity of the National Cultural Centre.Pronton, who was paid $50,000 and promised a trip to Trinidad and Tobago for his aid, strangled the woman to death while she sat in the front seat of the vehicle.The body was then taken to Narine’s home where they waited after midnight before burying it in the grave which was reportedly dug two days prior. The motive for the murder was clear – Sarjou had made a court case against Narine, who had circulated nude photographs of her after he accused her of being unfaithful.After the woman’s disappearance, the murder suspect held out that he was in no way involved in the murder. The case that was made out against him was also thrown out of the High Court mere days before the gruesome discovery.On Sunday, both men confessed to the murder and gave a detailed account of the killing; more so, they led investigators to the area where they buried the woman.After digging for some five hours, detectives located the rib-cage of the woman. As they continued digging, they found a skull, several bones, a pair of high-heeled shoes, a brassiere, and bits of clothing.Sarjou’s ex-husband, who showed no remorse along with his accomplice, was escorted out of the yard and taken to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters where they were further grilled. At the scene, the mother of Sarjou gave a sound warning to the man’s wife urging her to be careful: “Once a killer is always a killer,” she shouted. “If he can kill he first wife, he can kill the others…I telling you to be careful.”Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awareness (CADVA) Director Dianne Madray, who was a key player in efforts to find Sarjou, was extremely upset as she recounted telling senior Police ranks to conduct a thorough search of the premises when she disappeared.“If they hadn’t taken my words for granted, we didn’t have to wait till six years later,” she added, while noting her concerns for the 10-year-old child of the now dead woman who had to endure the sight of his mother’s remains being dug up. Babita Sarjou’s remainslast_img read more

Speaker bemoans infrequent meetings of Parliament

first_imgSpeaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland believes that the Parliament, inclusive of the many committees – standing and select – can do much more in furthering the welfare of the people of this country if they were to meet more often to deal with the numerous items of business on the agenda.Dr Scotland made the scathing observation during a special session held with members of the local media corps, the Speaker and the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs.Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, flanked by Clerk Sherlock Isaacs and Public Relations Officer Oneika Alphonso, engages media operativesThe National Assembly, he reminded, is not full-time but rather only a part-time assembly, which essentially means that its members have other commitments.Parliament meets traditionally once per week – on Thursdays, whenever it does meet.In bemoaning the infrequency of Parliament, the Speaker said: “I think there is more work that can be done, even at a glance I could see at least two days (per week).”Speaking directly to the meetings of the special and standing committees – the forums through which most parliamentary work is done – Dr Scotland expressed the view that they also should be meeting more often.Ever since the resumption of the sittings of the National Assembly after its annual recess, there has been one session of the full House, while not one of the committees has met.The Speaker did disclose that there have been preliminary conversations with stakeholders looking to have more regular meetings of the Assembly.Dr Scotland did seek to point to some of the peculiarities of the Guyana Parliament, underscoring firstly “that our Parliament is a part-time Parliament” which, according to the Speaker, inherently comes with its own consequences.“It doesn’t matter that you may have work that would take you four days a week, four or five days sometimes, because it’s a part-time Parliament.”He said the simple fact that Guyana operated a part-time Parliament implied that its members have other matters to attend to, “when they are not in Parliament”.According to Dr Scotland, it is within this context that one has to view the sittings of the National Assembly.“Certainly, I can see the committees moving ahead rapidly with their exceptionally heavy workload that they all have,” she said.He suggested that adding another day for parliamentary sittings could in fact be very beneficial in getting the job done. “…I think one day is not adequate.”Pressed on his role as Speaker of the National Assembly in seeking to have more regular Committee meetings, Dr Scotland told media operatives “that is a matter which will have to be done, not only by the Speaker but discussed with the chairpersons of the committees too; you have to do that”.Dr Scotland explained that “it’s not a case where the Speaker hands down decisions”.“Anything you want in Parliament must have the cooperation of Members of Parliament… anything you want in Parliament affects and must involve the Parliament Office.”last_img read more

4 men arrested after takeover heist, pursuit

first_imgThe robbers dropped the rifles as they ran. “They started dropping stuff as soon as they left the store: gloves, beanies, phones, sweat shirts,” Jennings said. At a Taco Bell on Rancho Vista Boulevard, the robber who ran north tried to open the passenger door of a vehicle in the drive-through lane and shouted at the driver to unlock it. When deputies came up, the robber ran along the boulevard under the Antelope Valley Freeway and deputies caught him in the shopping center east of there. Meanwhile, the two who ran west were caught in a field after jumping the rear wall of the Amargosa Commons shopping center. Arrested were Erin Mauldin, 18, of Lancaster; Edward Mouton, 18, of Palmdale; and Dennis Elliott, 20, of Glendale. Mauldin and Mouton were booked on suspicion of robbery and other charges, deputies said. Elliott, who got out of prison April 28 after serving six months for vehicle theft, was booked on suspicion of robbery and a parole violation, records show. Joe Vonna Washington, 19, of Palmdale, who deputies said was the getaway-car driver, was arrested near the stolen Toyota Camry the robbers got out of in the Crossing Palms shopping center. The car had been stolen the previous day in Palmdale, Jennings said. Mauldin and Washington had been arrested in March in Lancaster on suspicion of burglary but were set free within days, records show. Mouton said he was a member of a local gang, deputies said. Detectives are investigating whether the suspects have any connection with a May 3 robbery of a cell-phone store a block away, though there is no evidence of a link other than the crimes’ similarity and proximity, deputies said. In the May 3 robbery, two armed men held up a Verizon Wireless store on Trade Center Drive as it opened and fled in an employee’s car. The car was found a little more than an hour later parked outside a Denny’s restaurant on Palmdale Boulevard. (661) 267-5742160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Private citizens helped identify the fleeing suspects and tell deputies which way they went during the chase, officials said. “It was great,” said Sgt. Kyle Bistline, leader of the Palmdale Partners Against Crime unit, whose deputies participated in the arrests. Armed with a .22 rifle and a .30-30 lever-action rifle, the robbers walked into the cell-phone store in the 800 block of Rancho Vista Boulevard about 7:50 p.m. Tuesday, pulled bandannas over their faces and herded the three employees and four customers into a back room, Jennings said. They made the manager lock the front door. After scooping up cash and phones, they ran out a side door, where they encountered deputies. Two robbers ran west across 10th Street West. The third ran north across Rancho Vista Boulevard. PALMDALE – A takeover robbery of a cell-phone store turned into a chase through four west Palmdale shopping centers after deputies surprised the masked robbers as they came out a side door. A 20-year-old ex-convict from Glendale was arrested after trying to carjack a vehicle from a woman waiting in a Taco Bell drive-through lane, and two Antelope Valley teenagers were caught in a field after jumping a shopping center wall. “They were detained while trying to stuff money down gopher holes out there,” Deputy Dave Jennings said. Deputies and a sheriff’s helicopter got to the Sprint store Tuesday while the robbers were inside after someone called 911 upon seeing the robbers get out of a car with two rifles, Jennings said. Almost simultaneously, the Palmdale sheriff’s station got a silent-alarm call from the store. last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL has a new political party.The Social Democrats is seeking to establish a branch in the Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Local spokesperson Fionán Lynch commented: “We’re very keen to get a student led branch up in running here in Donegal, very much reflecting the massive youth led involvement in the establishment of the party so far on a national level. “You only have to look at the most recent candidates announced by the Social Democrats, all five of whom are all under the age of 35. No other party can match what we have to offer in terms of youth representation and our progressive politics definitely reflect that.”“We’re hoping to attract people disaffected with politics and society as it currently stands, who cannot relate to any current party but still feel very passionate about improving and contributing to the progression of society. If you feel very strongly about issues of equality, sustainability, transparency and open government then you have a very unique opportunity now to influence the development of Ireland’s newest political party and by extension the country as a whole.”The Social Democrats were launched 8 weeks ago by 3 Independent TD’s Stephen Donnelly, Catherine Murphy and Roisin Shortall.During its launch the three TDs emphasised its support for the Nordic Model of social democracy, a repeal of the 8th amendment and the abolition of the Official Secrets Act to encourage transparency in government and is opposed to domestic water charges.  DONEGAL TO GET ANOTHER POLITICAL PARTY AS SOCIAL DEMOCRATS ARRIVE was last modified: September 10th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalLYITsocial democratslast_img read more

Loud cheers but no magic in Pablo Sandoval’s likely last cameo

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SAN FRANCISCO — There was no magical finish for Pablo Sandoval on Sunday, just as it appears there won’t be one for the Giants this season.Sandoval, three days before he’s scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery and a month before he enters free agency, got one final at-bat on a sunny afternoon at Oracle Park.The popular third baseman and one of the team’s final connections to their World Series glory days was sent …last_img read more

SA men get state pensions earlier

first_img16 July 2008Legislation which gradually lowers the age of eligibility for a state pension for men from the current 65 years to 60 years – similar to that required of women – has been signed into law, said Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya.“This is certainly welcome news as it will bring much needed relief to over 125 000 senior citizens,” he said in Pretoria last week.“It is especially good news in the context of rising food, petrol and others basic commodities.”As of this week, men aged 63 and 64 will be able to apply for a state pension through the amended Social Assistance Act. Men who turn 61 and 62 this year will be able to apply for the pension as from April 2009, and by 2010 the eligibility age will be equal between men and women.Around 450 000 men will benefit from the passing of this legislation, with approximately 121 000 coming on board this year alone.The value of the old age pension was now R940, said Skweyiya, adding that the government had set aside R800-million to extend the pensions to those who qualify as a result of the amended law.Vital source of incomePoverty and unemployment caused many families to rely on pensions for their survival especially, where social grants were the only source of income in a household.Pensioners were also instrumental in caring for the needs of their children, grandchildren and orphans as a result of the HIV/Aids, and the Department of Social Development said that the legislation was aimed at acknowledging the role pensioners played in society.Constitution stipulates equalityEarlier this year, Skweyiya reported that during the many public meetings he had attended, people had asked him why men were only eligible for the old age grant from the age of 65, while women received the grant from 60 years, especially if the country’s Constitution stipulated equality between men and women.This led to Skweyiya introducing the Social Assistance Amendment Bill in Parliament in March this year.“In terms of the implementation, it is all systems go and I encourage those who qualify to visit their nearest South African Social Security Agency’s offices,” he said.Independent tribunal for appealsThe second objective of the amended legislation was focused on ensuring that access to grants, which are handled by the South African Social Security Agency, occurred in a fair and equitable manner.Where the department previously had no say in the processing of grant applications, the amended legislation allowed for the minister to appoint an independent tribunal to consider all appeals against the decisions of the agency.An independent tribunal consisting of appeals officers, to develop policies, and enlisted panel members to adjudicate decisions is being piloted in KwaZulu-Natal.There would be two phases of adjudication – at the pre-adjudication phase a matter would be investigated by medical practitioners and attorneys, after which civil society would provide specific contexts like poor socio-economic conditions.The independent tribunal would serve as a mechanism allowing citizens the opportunity to appeal the rejection of their social grant applications without the need to undertake a costly legal process.Social security has expanded from a coverage rate of 2.5-million in 1994 to over 12.7-million in 2008.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Executing On Mary Meeker’s Vision For America: USA Inc.

first_imgUSA Inc. offers four recommendations to help spread its message:Create a deep, widely held perception of the problem’s reality and stakes involvedReassure citizens that there are practical solutionsDevelop support among key constituenciesDetermine the right time to deliver solutions.Meeker is clearly addressing No. 1 by shining a bright light on the topic whenever she can, but what about the other recommendations?Kleiner Perkins’ Investment StrategiesKPCB’s fund specialties include typical investment sectors: digital, green tech, life sciences and China. There was a Digital Growth Fund and a Green Growth Fund, but no “USA Growth Fund.”Among recently funded companies, KPCB’s digital list numbers 71 companies, excluding Chinese firms. There were also 33 companies in the green-tech portfolio and 18 in life sciences, both included below: Related Posts Tags:#education#Government#health#Venture Funding 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affair michael tchongcenter_img When “Queen of the Net” Mary Meeker landed at Kleiner Perkins she added a new initiative: Help people understand how certain trends were negatively impacting America. Her first report, USA Inc. contained a 468-slide presentation detailing these shifts. Meeker provided an update on October 24 in San Francisco, and it was yet another eye-opener.In true Meeker style, USA Inc. is a meticulously crafted, chart-heavy presentation. This one, though, paints a bleak picture. Most startling: America’s entitlement costs accounted for 56% of spending in fiscal 2011, 40 years ago it was just 25%. Here is more food for thought:Expenses have exceeded revenue in all but five of the past 47 years.1 in 50 Americans needed Medicaid when it was created in 1965. Today, 1 in 6 do.Unfunded and underfunded entitlement liabilities now total $66 trillion.Meeker joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in January 2011 and was put in charge of a new $1 billion Digital Growth Fund. On Feb. 25, she issued her first epic report, called USA Inc.: A Basic Summary of America’s Financial Statements Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cleantech is clearly a pro-future investment strategy. But when I examined company descriptions and compared them against Meeker’s recommendations, I found just one that indirectly addressed USA Inc.’s future needs: CodeAcademy, an education innovator.What Kleiner Perkins and Others Could Be DoingUSA Inc. recommends that the reality of America’s fiscal crisis be communicated to the public. There are a number of ways to address this objective, but a good tactic would be to start with the basics: clarity of data.While government agencies produce reams of raw information, access to it is not particularly easy. Many economists and analysts use a data front-end provided by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, called “FRED,” which features a wealth of information: 61,000 economic time series from 48 sources. But using FRED requires learning complicated database queries.Kleiner Perkins should identify entities that progress the human-machine interface to databases like FRED. A straightforward method would be to use a drop-down-menu interface, à la KISSmetrics Power Report (PDF).Another approach would be to provide a seamless connection to an intelligence platform like Tableau. The best interface would add a natural-language query layer like Siri.To reassure citizens that practical solutions exist would require new-age infomediaries that specialize in connecting problems to solutions. Perhaps Biz Stone and Ev Williams could be persuaded to dedicate a Medium content collection to USA Inc. in exchange for a strategic investment. Their crowdsourcing concept would help redistribute this massive content effort.Toward A “Healthy” EconomyAnother clear challenge arising from Meeker’s presentation is the soaring cost of entitlement spending, most of it due to escalating health-care costs. KPCB has invested in two life-sciences companies that could be of help.Essence Healthcare focuses on Medicare solutions and RedBrick Health aims to reduce avoidable health-care costs. More is needed, such as enterprise software that improves hospital management, given that most hospitals are poorly managed.Another practical problem solver would be a service that forces competition by finally bringing transparency to health care and its opaque pricing schemes, as Harvard professor Regina Herzlinger proposes with an Securities and Exchange Commission-like oversight entity. Is there a way to reverse-engineer that idea?With her thorough insights, Mary Meeker has done an outstanding job of circling the wagons around the digital and financial communities to signal that more needs to be done in order to preserve our pro-growth climate. I encourage everyone to give her a standing ovation and join in.How would you advise Mary Meeker to spend the half-billion dollars still left in her Digital Growth Fund? Sound off in the comments.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

BJP suspends nine new Zilla Parishad members

first_imgInternal strife took the sheen off the Bharatiya Janata Party’s unprecedented success in the recent Zilla Parishad elections in Odisha on Sunday when nine of the 13 elected ZP members were suspended in Sambalpur district.Radheshyam Barik, newly-elected ZP chairman of Sambalpur, was also suspended for going against party’s nominated candidate for ZP.Dissident groupSenior BJP leader and former Minister Jaynarayan Mishra, who was leading to the dissident group, and former district president of the party, Nauri Nayak, were suspended from the party.BJP State unit president Basant Panda announced suspension of 11 party members after party vice-president Sameer Mohanty, who had gone to Sambalpur as observer for nomination of ZP chairman, was attacked. Mr. Mohanty sustained injuries.“Eleven party members, including former Minister Mr. Mishra and former district president Nauri Nayak, were suspended for going against party’s decision. Besides, attack on Mr. Mohanty was another reason behind the suspension,” said Mr. Panda.Tension was simmering prior to election of ZP chairman at Sambalpur. Mr. Mishra-led fraction had already chosen Mr. Barik as ZP chairman on Sunday morning. But when Mr. Mohanty opened sealed envelope and announced that Pramod Sahu would be party’s candidate for chairmanship, all hell broke loose. Shoes were hurled at Mr Mohanty and he was also beaten up.Fissures in BJD tooRivalry within the party did not hurt the BJP only. The ruling Biju Janata Dal faced dissidence at Koraput where former MP Jayaram Pangi accused other party leaders of taking bribes in election of ZP chairman. Tension was prevailing in Jagatsinghpur district also during nomination of ZP chairman.last_img read more

Indian Women’s Football Team Ready to Bounce Back against Vietnam

first_imgHanoi: The Indian women’s football team will look to make a strong comeback when it takes on Vietnam in the second FIFA International friendly here on Wednesday.They lost the opening game 0-3 and visiting coach Maymol Rocky believed that her charges have learnt a lot from that defeat. “It was a difficult first game for us, but we have learnt a lot about ourselves and about our opponents in that defeat,” she said.Maymol has identified the areas where the team needs to put in more work.”We identified the areas where we need to work on and have been trying to improve on those departments over the last couple of days,” she added.The coach cited as example the team’s friendlies against Uzbekistan earlier this year, when India suffered a heavy loss in the first game, only to bounce back with a 1-1 draw in the second one.”The most important thing is that even when we lose, the players learn something from that. When we had played against Uzbekistan, we lost the first match 1-5 but then worked on our errors to bounce back in the next game. That is the kind of reaction we are looking for from the girls now,” said the coach. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. FIFAIndian women’s football teaminternational friendlyvietnam First Published: November 5, 2019, 3:12 PM ISTlast_img read more

Wilshere would still have been an Arsenal player…if only Arsene Wenger hadn’t left

first_img“He gave me the armband and respected me a lot. So, I had pretty much agreed to stay. And then he left and that changed things.“Arsene had said to me previously ‘stay and fight your way back into the team’. Because I knew Arsene and knew he had trust in me, I knew I could do that and fight my way into the team. “I knew that if I got myself fit and was training well that Arsene would put me in – and he did.“But things were changing at the club and they were going into a new era and maybe it was time for me to leave as well.” The 26 year old Englishman sensed that his position at the Emirates would not be the same under the management of the new manager Unai Emery. So, he decided to move to West Ham United in this summer transfer window as a free agent. The injuries have affected the career of Jack Wilshere badly. The English midfielder was only able to start in 12 Premier League matches in the previous season for the Gunners. So, naturally he was not in the World Cup squad of England. Under the management of Manuel Pellegrini, Jack Wilshere wished to have more gametime in this season. But the things are not going in his way in this season too as the midfielder is again suffering from an injury problem. Advertisementcenter_img AdvertisementJack Wilshere could have been still an Arsenal player if Arsene Wenger stayed as the manager of the Gunners. According to the Englishman, the departure of Arsene Wenger was the main reason behind his decision to leave Arsenal after 17 years of staying at the Emirates. In a recent interview, Jack Wilshere told, “If Arsene had stayed I would have stayed because of the influence he had in my career and the trust he had in me,”last_img read more