Public Security Ministry office assistant charged for robbery

first_imgAn office assistant attached to the Public Security Ministry was on Monday slapped with a robbery charge and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts where he was remanded to prison.Shaquille Duncan denied that on February 5, 2019, at Mandela Avenue, Georgetown, while being in the company of others and armed with a gun, he robbed Steve Munroe called “Pablo” of a gold chain valued $360,000.The 25-year-old of Lot 1917 Willemstad Road, Festival City, Georgetown, stood before Principal Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus.Prosecutor Quinn Harris objected to bail on the ground of the seriousness and prevalence of the offence. The prosecutor also pointed out that a gun was used in the commission of the robbery.According to the prosecutor, the defendant and the Virtual Complainant had a scuffle after he grabbed the chain by which time public-spirited citizens were able to assist the victim.During the botched robbery, Duncan was allegedly shot by his accomplice.Reports are, Duncan was shot to his left arm by his partner, who fired several shots as public-spirited persons helped the VC. The accomplice managed to escape, leaving Duncan and the gun at the scene.In court on Monday, the Prosecution contended that on February 5, at about 16:35h, the VC was hanging out on Mandela Avenue and Plaza Bridge when two men who were armed with a gun approached him and snatched his gold chain.After listening to the prosecution’s facts, the Magistrate remanded Duncan to prison. The case will continue on March 4, 2019.last_img read more

Vacancy rates rise in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek

first_imgThat’s up 2.8 per cent last spring, which dropped drastically from 10.2 per cent in 2011 and 21.6 per cent in 2010. Similarly, Dawson Creek’s vacancy rate continues to rise to 5.4 per cent from 3.2 per cent in 2012. That was another big drop for the Mile 0 City, which had a rate of 9.5 per cent in 2011 after rising from 3.9 per cent in 2010. Overall, the vacancy rate in British Columbia remained relatively unchanged at 3.5 per cent in April 2013, with vacancy rates by bedroom type also stable compared to last spring. – Advertisement -Rent in both northern cities continues to increase over the $900, from an average of $864 a month in 2012 to $907 in Fort St. John and $860 to $905 a month in Dawson Creek. The biggest increase came from 1 bedroom apartments in Dawson Creek, which jumped 6.7 per cent from $744 to $806 a month. Comparably, an apartment of the same size in Fort St. John rose 4.1 per cent to $774 from $747. Bachelor and 2 bedroom apartments also rose in Fort St. John, by 3.4 and 4.8 per cent respectively. It now costs an average of $643 to rent a bachelor apartment in the Energetic City, up from $630 last year, and 2 bedroom apartments have reached the $1,000 mark. Rent in Dawson Creek is still slightly higher, with $683 a month for a bachelor, up from $632 last year, while a 2 bedroom costs $1058 a month in the Mile 0 City.Advertisementlast_img read more

Palmdale fire contained, 150 acres charred

first_imgPALMDALE – A brush fire blackened 150 acres and threatened several outbuildings before firefighters had it fully contained tonight, authorities said. The fire, which began at North 47th Street East and Mount Emma Road just after 3 p.m., was completely contained as of 10:10 p.m., said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Jason Hurd. Winds out of the southwest were pushing the fire east at about 10 mph in 95-degree heat, and it jumped from 25 to 50 acres in a slightly more than an hour, a county fire dispatcher said. The blaze was threatening some structures, but according to ABC7, there were only a few outbuildings in the area and no homes. No injuries were reported. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! More than 250 firefighters attacked the blaze, assisted by four helicopters and two fixed wing aircraft. last_img read more

Strong closing surge rescues holiday sales

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonHe expects total holiday sales will meet NRF’s growth forecast of 4 percent. That’s still below the 4.6 percent growth last year and the 4.8 percent average over the past decade. The figure excludes business at auto dealers, gas stations and restaurants. The results also exclude online sales, which according to research firm comScore Inc. were up 19 percent for the season overall. That’s in line with its 20 percent forecast. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Just weeks ago, the holiday shopping season seemed headed for disaster. But in the waning hours before Christmas, the nation’s retailers got their wish – a last-minute surge of shopping that helped meet their modest sales goals, according to data released late Monday. Research firm ShopperTrak RCT Corp. said total sales Saturday reached $9.36 billion, up a robust 7.6 percent from $8.7 billion on the same day a year ago. That surge will put stores on track to at least meet its forecast of a 3.6 percent sales gain for the season, according to ShopperTrak. For the Friday-Sunday period, total retail sales soared 18.7 percent from the year-earlier period, though that was inflated because Christmas Eve fell on a Sunday a year ago, according to ShopperTrak. Dollar figures were not available for this past weekend. Scott Krugman, a spokesman at National Retail Federation, noted that the season is turning out as expected: The final days before Christmas and the week after Christmas “determine the holiday season.” last_img read more

`Tookie’ asks to reopen case

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Stanley “Tookie” Williams, a founder of the Crips street gang, is trying to head off a Dec. 13 execution by asking the California Supreme Court to reopen his case, his attorneys said Friday. Among other things, Williams’ representatives say forensic testing may have falsely sent him to Death Row. Williams’ lawyer wants California’s justices to allow the re-examination of evidence that showed a shotgun registered to Williams was used to kill three people during a motel robbery in 1979. They said conclusions that a shell casing found at the scene matched the shotgun were based on “junk science.” “The shotgun evidence isn’t reliable,” Pasadena attorney Verna Wefald said Friday. “There isn’t any question about this.” He claims, among other things, that fabricated testimony sent him to Death Row in 1981. He also says Los Angeles County prosecutors violated his rights when they dismissed all African-American potential jurors from his case. Williams is seeking clemency from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. While in San Quentin State Prison, Williams has been nominated five times for a Nobel Peace Prize and four times for the Nobel Prize for literature.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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week They also want records about a witness who secured Williams’ conviction of a fourth and final murder. That witness, now imprisoned in Canada for murder, testified that he and Williams robbed a convenience store in Whittier and that Williams killed the clerk, Albert Owens, 22, of Whittier. Defense lawyers say his credibility is questionable. Nathan Barankin, a spokesman for Attorney General Bill Lockyer, said the government would oppose reopening the case. The justices Thursday gave Lockyer’s office until Friday of next week to formally respond to the discovery motion. “He has been rejected by every state and federal court that has heard Williams’ prior appeals,” Barankin said. “What they all determined was Williams was guilty.” The California Supreme Court, the federal trial and appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court have already ruled against him. Williams, 51, is in line to become one of three California condemned inmates to be executed within months. last_img read more

McElhinneys give fans a special chance to meet Daniel before Christmas

first_imgMcElhinneys of Ballybofey are looking forward to welcoming a VIP guest to the store next Saturday:Here at McElhinney’s we believe in spreading the McElhinneys Magic at the most wonderful time of the year – and gosh we have a great surprise for you!Donegal’s favourite – or should we say Ireland’s favourite – son, Daniel O’Donnell will be visiting McElhinneys on Saturday the 23rd December, from 12pm – 2pm, where he will be visiting our very own Women’s Department on the 2nd floor! The event is free for all the family, so come on down so Daniel can wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year. Customers will be in with a chance of winning 2 Tickets to Daniels Summer Tour – so grab your friends and family, put on your lippy and come on down to bag yourself a chat, a photograph or two, and a chance to win a very special early Christmas present!  While you’re in town be sure to check out the McElhinneys amazing festive Christmas window – this years’ highly anticipated theme was ‘The Nutcracker’ and drew in huge crowds the evening of the unveiling on the 19th of November.Daniel’s Coming to Town, and of course that means he’s coming to McElhinneys! McElhinneys give fans a special chance to meet Daniel before Christmas was last modified: December 15th, 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’donnellMCELHINNEYSlast_img read more

Doherty hits out at planned cuts to disability and elderly services

first_imgNewly-revealed plans by the HSE to make cuts to disabilities, older persons and acute hospital services have been met with strong criticism.Freedom of Information requests by Sinn Féin have revealed that a HSE budget oversight group was exploring ways to ‘break even’ in the areas of Disabilities, Older Persons and Acute Hospitals.There have been calls for the full saving measures to be made public. Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty said: “The HSE recently revealed that it had set up a budget oversight group with officials from the Departments of Health and Public Expenditure & Reform to control health spending and staffing levels in response to recent overruns.“In response to an FOI request made by Sinn Féin for all records relating to this new oversight group, we received monthly minutes of meetings between HSE and department officials.“The documents reveal that the Government plans to control spending by making cuts to essential services.“At a meeting held on 27 May, officials stated that there were further ‘saving actions’ required with respect to ‘Disabilities, Older Persons and Acute Hospitals in order to break even’.” The Sinn Féin FOI request was denied certain parts of information on the budget oversight group’s plans.Pearse Doherty is now calling for full transparency on the cost-cutting measures:“It is clear from the documents we received that these saving measures include the ‘low hanging fruit’ of disability and older person services, such as the training allowance for school-leavers with disabilities that is due to be axed in September,” Deputy Doherty said.He added that it should be the taxpayer’s right to know how the health service’s money is being spent and what cost-saving exercises are being taken.“I am appealing this decision and call on the Government to release these documents immediately in the public interest.” Doherty hits out at planned cuts to disability and elderly services was last modified: August 6th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:foihealth serviceHSEPearse Doherty TDlast_img read more

The Biggest Headlines from IBC 2015

first_imgThe International Broadcast Convention in Amsterdam has come to an end. Here are the big headlines from IBC 2015.Tons of new cameras, 8K televisions, portable RAID hard drives, and more. Here are a few of the biggest headlines to come from IBC 2015.Sony Introduces the FS5 and Updates on the FS7 and a7s IIImage via SonySony made some of the biggest announcements at their Missing Link presentation. They opened with updates on the Sony FS7 and a7S II. However, the show stealer was the reveal of the Sony FS5.The FS5 is smaller than the FS7. It fits in the palm of your hand, and does not include the handle extension the Sony FS7 had. For more on the FS5, check out this video from Cinema5d.Read more about the presentation or more about the FS5 on Cinema5dDJI Releases a Drone Optimized Micro 4/3 Camera – Zenmuse X5The Zenmuse X5 is a Micro Four Thirds camera upgrade built specifically for the Inspire 1 aerial platform. It has the ability to record 4K video at 30 fps, as well as capture 16MP still images.Check out more on the DJI Zenmuse X5 over at AbelCine.Teradek Announces Vidiu Pro, Bolt Sidekick Wireless Video Receiver, and MoreVidiu Pro offers the ability for users to stream live anywhere.Broadcast your events on the most popular, natively integrated, streaming platforms like Ustream, Livestream, Twitch and YouTube Live or as manual RTMP address to services like Wowza Streaming Server. VidiU Pro is compatible with virtually every streaming platform, so you can choose where you go live, whenever you like, wherever you like.Image via TeradekThe Bolt Sidekick is an easy-to-use compact wireless video receiver for directors or AC monitors.Bolt Sidekick is a lightweight, short range companion receiver to all Teradek Bolt Pro transmission systems. At only 9oz, Bolt Sidekick is the ideal solution for 1st AC’s and Director’s handheld monitors since it will work with any existing Bolt Pro up to 300 feet from the transmitter without affecting its performance. Available in HDMI or 3G-SDI flavors, the Sidekick receiver is the perfect companion for existing systems.Read more about the Vidiu Pro and Teradek’s other announcements.NHK Showcases 8K TelevisionImage via GizmagJapan’s public broadcasting company, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (NHK), demonstrated a Super Hi-Vision (SHV) television that broadcasts 8K footage. NHK aims to begin broadcasting 8K content via satellite in 2020, the year Tokyo hosts the Olympics.More on the NHK 8K television from IBC.House of Cards Creator Talks About the Future of Web BroadcastingDuring a keynote presentation, House of Cards writer Michael Dobbs commented that many industry experts believe “the future isn’t feature films, but the Golden Age of television.”The idea of the traditional broadcaster is gone. The BBC is already moving to the web,” he said, noting that he’s amazed at the new services he gets from the British broadcaster. “One of the criticisms of the BBC is that they having thrown themselves into [new platforms such as] the iPlayer. But the BBC needs to find new sources of revenue — they should take advantage of [these platforms], not just creatively but economically.Read more of the interview at The Hollywood Reporter.Sony Portable RAID Hard DrivesImage via Studio DailyOn top of all the camera news, Sony also announced a series of Professional RAID portable hard disk arrays. The 4TB and 6TB units will have USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt 2. The RAID uses the Sony Memory Media Utility to show the disc status, capacity, free space, and formatting options.Read more about the Sony RAID at Studio DailyGot any IBC news that we missed? Share the goods in the comments below!last_img read more

Women’s commission seeks fair probe into ‘stalking’ case

first_img“Unfortunately, the police and the judicial system come under a lot of pressure from the so-called VVIPs and that is not correct.”Ms. Kumaramangalam also described as “regrettable and unfortunate” the reported remarks by Chandigarh BJP vice-president Ramveer Bhatti that girls and women should not be going out alone during midnight. He, however, has denied making such comments. “What I meant to convey is that it is the responsibility of parents to watch over their children and their activities. It is a general statement and not one directed at the victim,” he said.Father’s standIn a Facebook post, the woman’s father said that he would move court if the charges against the duo were “diluted”.He, however, asserted that the family would not interfere with the investigation. “We will not interfere with the investigation or the prosecution, just as we do not want the accused to influence the investigation in any way. The police and prosecution should be allowed to do their job. We will join the investigation whenever required by the police. We will contest in the court if we feel the charges are diluted or inadequately framed,” he said.’We will Not to back out’He promised the people who were supporting his family that, “We shall not, ever, back out or stand out, irrespective of hardships or pressures.”He said the accused were law students and hence fully aware of the consequences of their action. “Our target is to ensure that the guilty are brought to book,” he said.Swamy seeks CBI probeBJP MP Subramanian Swamy has accused the police of doing a “somersault” on the case. He said he would file a public interest litigation petition in the Punjab and Haryana High Court for a court-monitored CBI probe into the stalking incident. “With my associate lawyer A.P. Jagga , I will file a PIL,” he tweeted. The National Commission for Women (NCW) has sought a free and fair investigation into the alleged stalking of a woman in Chandigarh by Vikas Barala, son of Subhash Barala, president of the Haryana State unit, while the victim’s father, an IAS officer, sought “maximum punishment” for the accused.The commission has asked for regular updates, NCW chairperson Lalitha Kumaramangalam said. “In the letter [to the police], we have asked them to conduct a quick, immediate, fair and free investigation in the case and let us know what is happening in every stage,” she said.Vikas, 23, and his friend, Ashish Kumar, 27, were arrested and released on bail. The two were charged with bailable sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Motor Vehicles Act.Congress’s chargeMs. Kumaramangalam’s comments came amid allegations by the Congress that the Union government and the BJP were conspiring to hush up the case.“I have always said that who these people are should not matter … they could be rich, poor, political, religious, doesn’t matter. Crime against women is crime against women,” she said.last_img read more

(Reopens LGD26)

first_imgBhartis wife said “I do not want to get pregnant anymore as my husband is not faithful to me. I do not think anything will work after reconciliation.” The SPP contended that the petitioner, after getting indulgence from this court, had deliberately lodged a media hype and tried to intimidate the complainant. “Showing scant regard to this court, the petitioner has been openly discussing merits of this case and trying to elicit some response from the complainant which could be used to his benefit. “The accused not only tried to intimidate the complainant but also tried to pressurise the officers involved in the investigation of this case by making numerous calls, recording the same and playing it before media,” he said. He said “the accused person walked into police station at 2 am and threatened the officers present there to record his presence. He was evading his presence so far and misused the indulgence granted by this court.” The SPP opposed grant of any interim protection to Bharti saying said he was an influential person due to which no one was coming forward to depose against him. The court then asked the AAP MLAs counsel why did he go to the police station at late night. “Call him to the court tomorrow, and if he loves going to police station, then I will send him from here. … once you (Bharti) got relief, you act like a lion and go here and there,” the judge remarked. In his bail plea, Bharti has claimed that the offence under section 307 (attempt to murder) was not made out, as even the allegations made, did not show he had any intention of committing the offence. “Hence, the invocation of section 307 IPC is merely a ploy to harass the applicant,” the petition said. Countering his claim, the police said the act of strangulation and dragging her when she was pregnant attracts more serious offence than 307 of IPC. Lipika had filed a complaint of domestic violence with Delhi Commission for Women on June 10 alleging that her husband had been abusing her since their marriage in 2010. She had also given a complaint to the police in this regard. Delhi Police then registered an FIR against Bharti under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 498A (cruelty towards partner in marriage), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 313 read with 511 (attempt to cause miscarriage without womans consent), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC. PTI PPS HMP ARClast_img read more