Driver jailed for 2 years

first_img2014 Christmas Eve vehicular death…can’t pay compensation and get off – presiding MagistrateBY SHEMUEL FANFAIRA West Bank Demerara man has been sentenced to jail for causing the 2014 Christmas Eve death ofDead: Khemawattie MohabirKhemawattie Mohabir.In a packed Wales Magistrate’s Court courtroom on Thursday, Magistrate Clive Nurse sentenced Kalim Mohamed to two years imprisonment for causing the death of Khemawattie Mohabir on December 24, 2014 by dangerous driving.Magistrate Nurse in reading out the sentence to the defendant noted that the court “pondered the scenario” of the $600,000 compensation that Mohamed gave the woman’s family. However, it was noted that the court was not satisfied as a life was lost. Nurse reasoned that the court cannot allow an impression to prevail that drivers can operate dangerously on the roadways, pay compensation and get off “scotch free”.“The wrong message is sent to society [if] you can drive dangerously on the road; pay a couple hundred thousand dollars and get of off free,” the Magistrate noted.The defendant’s lawyer requested that a jail term be suspended on the grounds that the $600,000 compensation had been paid. The Magistrate however maintained that once people are killed on the roadway, the perpetrators must “spend some time” behind bars, adding that sentencing will serve as a “deterrent” to future occurrences. Nevertheless, the compensation Mohamed paid was taken into consideration in relation to the amount of time the defendant would spend behind bars.Magistrate Nurse then outlined that the offence carries three to five years in jail but the defendant’s term was reduced. In the midst of light murmuring and mild gasps from those present in the courtroom, Mohamed was taken away into Police custody and will serve two years in prison.Khemawattie Mohabir, a 27-year-old mother of two, resided Lot 70 Vriesland, West Bank Demerara, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) at the time of her death. She died after she was struck while walking along a roadway near her home. Reports indicate that Mohabir suffered injuries to her neck and skull. It was also reported that Mohamed’s vehicle dragged the mother of two some 60 feet before it stopped.last_img read more

Continue reading

Prolonged floodwaters at Mibicuri affecting cattle, cash crop farmers

first_imgProlonged flooding at Mibicuri in the Black Bush Polder, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) is having a negative effect on both cattle and cash crop farmers.The Polder has been inundated for the past week.Heavy rainfall last week caused extensive flooding in the Polder. Farms are no longer productive, in fact, many residents who are involved in small-scale farming have given up their means of a livelihood.The blocked canal to the Eversham outfall channelOne resident, Bibi Nazima, said that poor drainage has caused the current flooding at Mibicuri.“You see if the channel open the water will get to go away, and you wouldn’t get flooding in Black Bush but when the channel block up, you gotta expect the flood. You can’t plant garden and that is what we depend on for a daily bread. In Black Bush, we don’t have employment; it is just a lil bit rice and garden [cash crop]. Now when you can’t plant the garden and the rice taking about four months to cut, what will we eat? How we would live? The children have to be sent to school,” the woman told Guyana Times.According to Nazima, floodwaters were seen three weeks ago but over the past two weeks, it worsened.The canal, which drains the Polder to the Eversham outfall channel, is clogged. In fact, vegetation covers the entire canal.Water levels in other parts of the Polder remain high as there is no way for it to be released.Indrawattie Rooplall, a poultry and cash crop farmer, has lost all of her crops and many of her livestock have been affected by the floodwaters.“The water raise Saturday night and I had twenty-seven fowl hens and all dead. Six ducks dead; a drake and five hens,” she related.Rooplall said she recently bought twenty-one chickens, costing $10,000, and only seven remain, the others died as a result of the floodwaters.“The sheep drop and the baby died. The goat drop and the baby died; this water too much and on to now it not moving,” she lamented.The current situation at Mibicuri has resulted in many residents migrating, leaving their houses abandoned.Meanwhile, a further downpour on Saturday afternoon sent the water levels even higher.This flooding comes just months after the Polders of Johanna and Yakusari were inundated after hours of heavy rainfall back in May.The floods lasted some two weeks, threatening the lives of residents and farmers as they struggled against the flooded waters and health hazards.Residents had blamed the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), saying that the Yakusari Main Drainage Canal, which also drains the Polder of Johanna, has not been cleaned for the year. The NDIA had responsibility for cleaning the canal.In addition to the heavy overgrowth in the canal, the outfall channel was also blocked and there was limited access at the sluice which was also silted.last_img read more

Continue reading

Kevin Shaw wins the Rocky Road Race

first_imgComing up:Thursday night Baldonnel time trial at 6:30 pm and Sunday is a Beatton –Montney Store loop road race. It starts at Humpty’s at 1 pm. **SubmittedKevin Shaw won the Rocky Road Race, Sunday, in a close sprint over Pat Ferris. Their time for the Pineview gravel classic and Stage 8 of the Spring Stage Race was 1:22:41 hours for the 38 km distance. George Gamble was third at 1:30:39 and Les Elliott 4th at 1:30:47. Jolea Bilodeau won the first ever Rocky Road Women’s Trophy with 48:20 for the 19 km distance.Thanks to Barb Polehoykie for timing!- Advertisement -Pat Ferris won the 25th Spring Stage Race for the 7th time with 32 points. George Gamble was close behind at 29 and Les Elliott third at 24. Kevin Shaw was 4th at 13 points and Bob Andrews had 8.Jolea Bilodeau won the Women’s Spring Stage Race trophy with 34 points. Six times defending Champion Barb Polehoykie was second with 13 points.Thanks to Bob Andrews for organizing this years’ Spring Stage Race Series.Advertisementlast_img read more

Continue reading

Dubai firm dumps deal

first_img “DP World will transfer fully the U.S. operations … to a United States entity,” H. Edward Bilkey, the company’s top executive, said in the surprise announcement that seemed to spread relief throughout the Capitol and the White House. It was unclear which American business might get the port operations. Just hours earlier, Republican House and Senate leaders privately informed the president that Congress was all but certain to block DP World’s plans. Under pressure from a disapproving public, a House committee overwhelmingly voted against it Wednesday. The leaders told Bush the Senate would do the same – despite his pointed threat to veto any legislation blocking the deal. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, said he opposed turning over the ports to the Dubai company and blamed the White House for “a terrible mishandling of the situation.” “It was a no-win situation,” Schiff said, “both because there are very real security issues that were raised with the deal and because you have an unfortunate situation of further alienating one of our allies.” Schiff added that Congress should now focus on tightening security at the ports by dramatically increasing the number of cargo containers that are inspected. The company’s announcement gives Bush an out. He now doesn’t have to back down from his staunch support of the United Arab Emirates-based company or further divide his party on a terrorism-related issue by following through with his threats to veto any legislation relating to the ports issue. The White House expressed satisfaction with the outcome. “It does provide a way forward and resolve the matter,” said Scott McClellan, the White House press secretary. “We have a strong relationship with the UAE and a good partnership in the global war on terrorism, and I think their decision reflects the importance of our broader relationship.” Rep. David Dreier, R-Glendora, did not say how he would have voted had the legislation to block the deal gone through. But in a prepared statement, he signaled his relief that the deal is off. “This deal did raise serious questions about port security,” Dreier said. “Now that DPW has moved to transfer the U.S. portion of this deal to a U.S. entity, I am committed to a continued focus on enhanced port security.” After weeks of controversy the end came unexpectedly and quickly. Hours after congressional leaders delivered their warning, Sen. John Warner, R-Va., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, read the company’s announcement on the Senate floor. It said that Sheik Mohammed Al Maktoum, prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, “advised the company … that this action is the appropriate course to take.” It was unclear how the company would manage its planned divestiture, and Bilkey’s statement said its announcement was “based on an understanding that DP World will not suffer economic loss.” Even critics of the deal expressed cautious optimism that DP World’s move would quell the controversy surrounding DP World’s plan to take over terminal leases at six major U.S. ports held by the London-based company it was purchasing. Congress, typically a slow-moving operation, moved at lightning speed to try blocking the deal, underscoring the deep concern over it and the anger about the White House’s unwillingness to listen. “This should make the issue go away,” said Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn. Added Warner, “To me, that statement put an end to all of this.” The two senior senators backed the Bush administration on the issue and, Republican officials said on condition of anonymity, they had been privately urging the company to give up its quest. “The devil is in the details,” said Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada, echoing other lawmakers in Congress. Rep. Peter King, applauded the decision but said he and others would wait to see the details. “It would have to be an American company with no links to DP World, and that would be a tremendous victory and very gratifying,” said the New York Republican, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee. White House officials said the decision was the result of conversations between Congress and the company and that senior administration officials were not directly involved in the talks. But Warner said the result was work by “upper levels of both governments.” The company finalized its $6.8 billion purchase Thursday of Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Co., the British firm that through a U.S. subsidiary runs important port operations in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia. It also plays a lesser role in dockside activities at 16 other American ports. The plans were disclosed last month, setting off a political storm in the United States even though the company’s U.S. operations were only a small part of the global transaction. DP World valued its rival’s American operations at less than 10 percent of the nearly $7billion total purchase. Republicans denounced it, furious that they learned of the plan from news reports instead of the administration. They cited concerns over a company run by a foreign government overseeing operations at U.S. ports already vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Democrats also pledged to halt the takeover and clamored for a vote in the Senate. They sought political advantage from the issue by trying to narrow a polling gap with the GOP on issues of national security. After the company’s withdrawal, the Senate indefinitely postponed a vote on a Democratic move to block the deal. Staff Writer Gary Scott contributed to this story. • AP VIDEO: Dubai Ports company to give up management of U.S. ports. For More Info AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A Dubai-owned company abruptly abandoned its plans for managing U.S. ports Thursday, defusing an election-year showdown between President Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress over an issue that had become a political landmine for the GOP. last_img read more

Continue reading

WOMAN STOLE PURSE AFTER IT WAS LEFT ON SHOP COUNTER

first_imgLetterkenny Court.A woman who stole a purse left on a shop counter by another customer has appeared in court.Katarzyna Lupinska appeared at Letterkenny District Court charged with theft at McMahon’s Xtra Store at Main Street in Milford on October 21st last year.Lupinska, a 47 year old mum of two said she didn’t know what came over her and just decided to take the purse when she saw it siting there. The court heard how CCTV footage showed Lupinska of Lough Road in Milford, taking the purse from beside a till before putting it in her pocket.The purse contained €20 in cash a bank card.Solicitor Kieran Dillon said his client was very embarrassed by the incident and said she simply didn’t know what had come over her.Judge Paul Kelly was told that the purse and the money was later recovered.He applied the probation act.WOMAN STOLE PURSE AFTER IT WAS LEFT ON SHOP COUNTER was last modified: November 10th, 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) Tags:counterLetterkenny CourtMilfordpursesoplast_img read more

Continue reading

ATHLETICS: DONEGAL’S U-12s WIN NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY RELAY TITLE

first_imgBY PATSY McGONAGLE: Donegal under 12 relay teams excelled in Tullamore at national inter-county cross country relays on Sunday – with the boys winning the title.They hit the front early and a sweet team victory was to ensue, led out by Buncrana’s Adam McCrudden, Killygordon’s Jack Gillespie and national champion from Burnfoot Shane McMonagle –  all Finn Valley AC –  with Cranford’s Conor Black on board.The under 12 girls led out by Amy Boyle Carr and supported by Lauren Mc Daid and Aoife Mc Grath all Finn Valley plus Letterkenny’s Karen Gallagher collected bronze while the 14 boys just missed out in 4th spot * Entries for Race 2 in the Finn Valley 5k Series to finnvalley1@gmail.com at the earliest. It’s again an 11 am start.ATHLETICS: DONEGAL’S U-12s WIN NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY RELAY TITLE was last modified: February 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:ATHLETICS: DONEGAL’S U-12s WIN NATIONAL CROSS COUNTRY RELAY TITLElast_img read more

Continue reading

EMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: BELIEVING AND ACHIEVING

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Everyone has dreams that they want to achieve.These dreams could be large or they could be small. The size of the dream is irrelevant if the person doesn’t try and make their dreams a reality.Self-doubt is probably the biggest setback for most people when setting goals for themselves. Self-doubt is that little voice in your head that will tell you that the dream is too big, or the path to achieving the dream is too hard, or you don’t have enough time to prepare properly, or it will be too expensive, or that if you fail, everyone will be waiting to gloat and judge you.Trust me, I get it.In the last 5 months I have sold a house, moved house, am building a house, quit my job and set up a business.The few months leading up to quitting my job were probably the most stressful due to the amount of things I had going on in my personal life. I had every opportunity to stay where I was and be comfortable and safe.My self-doubt was on overdrive.We were building a house, so surely I couldn’t quit a job where I had a steady wage coming in each week.If I started up my own business, would anyone come to the classes I set up? 

Would I be able to keep my personal training clients with moving premises?Would I be able to attract new clients to work with? Could I make a living out of personal training in Donegal?What if I failed?I could have stayed put and no one would have thought any less of me.But I didn’t. In fact except for my wife, no one knew I was leaving my job until I handed in my notice, not even my parents.Why not?It was simple.Once I had weighed up all the good and bad points of staying or going and I had my mind made up, I didn’t want anyone to put any doubt into my head.Self-doubt is bad; when others are putting their fears on top of that it can stop you before you even get started.No one likes change.It makes everyone feel uncomfortable, and so it should.There is a popular quote that always shows up online;‘If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough’This is 100% correct.If you have something that you want to achieve lay out all the pros and cons, weigh up the odds of winning or losing and if everything points in the right direction GO FOR IT.Don’t let anyone talk you out of it. Don’t listen to any negativity. Believe 100% in yourself and what you are doing.On Saturday past I took members of my Better Bodies Challenge group up Mt. Errigal.For some of you this isn’t a challenge.For some of the members who have done it multiple times before, it wasn’t a huge challenge and that’s fine.For the members who climbed it despite having a fear of heights it was.For the people of the group who struggled from half way up, had to stop multiple times and thought they would never reach the peak, it was a challenge.They could have given up at any point and no one would have thought any less of them.But they didn’t.The sense of achievement that they felt when they reached the summit and saw the views of our breath-taking county’s scenery made it worth every single step.To achieve your dreams you will have to go through some sort of discomfort; be it in the gym, in your head or in your personal life.But to achieve even a small dream makes every bit of discomfort worthwhile.In the words of Eleanor Roosevelt, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”#TrainSmartFor further information on Personal Training or The Better Bodies Challenge, please contact me through the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118 

* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE’S FITNESS COLUMN: BELIEVING AND ACHIEVING was last modified: October 12th, 2014 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:achievingbelievingemmet rushefitness columninspirationlast_img read more

Continue reading

Pixelpipe Announces 50 New Mobile Apps for Android, iPhone, and Nokia

first_imgfrederic lardinois Pixelpipe, a great service that allows its users to distribute documents and media files to over 100 social media services, just released over 50 new single-purpose applications through the Android Market. The company also submitted the same number of apps to the iPhone App Store and the Nokia Ovi Store. Why so many apps? As Pixelpipe’s CEO and founder Brett Butterfield tells us, the company realized that about half of Pixelpipe’s users only used the service to forward files to one service.In order to serve this market better and to link its name closer to the brand names of the services it supports, the company decided to release co-branded versions of its mobile app for 50 of the 100 services it currently supports. Pixelpipe will sell these co-branded versions of its app for $0.99 and a pro version with support for all the 100 services that Pixelpipe currently works with will sell for $1.99.The iPhone apps still have to go through Apple’s approval process, which can take a while, but the Android apps will be available today and the Nokia apps should be available in about one week.Pixelpipe’s App FactoryAs Butterfield told us, the company has automated most of the app development process, so whenever Pixelpipe adds a new service, a new mobile app can also be created with very little effort. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#mobile#news#web What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … App Store SEOOverall, this seems like a very smart move. The company started to experiment with co-branded Android apps for a few services like Facebook, Twitter, and Photobucket a few days ago. As these apps actually include the name of the service in their titles (“Twitter for Pixelpipe”), they are much easier to find for consumers who would otherwise never have heard of Pixelpipe. After all, as we pointed out earlier today, most users rely on Top 10 lists and browsing through categories to find interesting new mobile apps. As Pixelpipe told us, these apps are already outselling the company’s own app by a significant margin and Pixelpipe has heard from a number of services who would like to partner with the company and promote the apps.We think this is an interesting story, as it points out some of the problems developers face when trying to market their apps. Also, while social media mavens love the fact that Pixelpipe Pro can send documents, audio, video, and pictures to 100 other social media services, for most users, this is simply overkill and just generates confusion. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Continue reading

Weekly Poll: Android Apps on PlayBook – Brilliant Idea or Big Mistake?

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez As had been rumored, RIM officially announced yesterday that it will allow Android applications to run on its upcoming tablet computer, the PlayBook, when it launches on April 19th. The tablet will offer two optional “app players” which will provide run-time environments for BlackBerry Java apps and Android 2.3 apps, the company said. These players will be available from BlackBerry App World as free downloads and will be placed in a secure “sandbox” on the tablet computer. For developers, RIM promises an easy process of repackaging apps, code signing and re-submitting those apps to BlackBerry App World. By doing so, they will then have access to a new distribution channel – not only the PlayBook, but also the future RIM smartphones due out next year that will run the PlayBook’s same QNX-based platform.Initially, the decision to open up the PlayBook to running a competing platform’s apps seems like a great idea for developers and consumers alike. But after more consideration, you have to wonder – what does this move say about RIM and its confidence in its own platform? Did it just lose any hope of attracting developers to build native apps? Did the PlayBook just become a “Frankentablet,” as many are now saying? Let us know what you think in this week’s ReadWriteMobile poll. On the consumer side of the equation, knowing that the PlayBook runs Android apps – at least those where the developer has taken the extra effort to port the apps over – there’s a major benefit: choice. Non-iPad buying consumers can now purchase a tablet computer based on things like the hardware and specs, the user interface and design, and personal preference, without having to worry so much about the applications the tablet will or won’t run.Android, Java, Web, Flash, AIR…is There Anything RIM Won’t Support?In fact, RIM isn’t stopping at just supporting Android and Java apps on the PlayBook. It will also support apps built with Adobe Flash, Adobe AIR and those built using standard Web technologies via a solution called WebWorks. This is in addition to, of course, the native BlackBerry applications built for the tablet computer.With so many options, there are questions raised too. How will RIM be able to support so many different applications on one tablet, and in the coming months, on the QNX-based smartphones it has in development? If RIM at launch is already conceding that Android has beaten it here on the applications front, what hope does RIM have for attracting developers who would then build the native (and therefore, better) BlackBerry apps the tablet needs to really stand out?Native Apps are Better, Says RIM CEOIndependent mobile analyst Horace Dediu of asymco interpreted RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie’s remarks about the move from yesterday’s quarterly earnings call with a little insight, and a lot of snark.When Balsillie said “at the end of the day, people are going to want performance,” what he meant was “many [Android] apps will not run smoothly,” wrote Dediu. When Balsillie said “you’re just not going to get things like gaming and multimedia, you’re not going to get the speed going through a VM interface,” what he meant was “games and graphics will not run well through emulation,” Dediu explained. And when Balsillie said “there’s no compromise here. You’ve got the tonnage of apps. And you’ve got the performance,” what he meant was “by supporting emulation of Android apps we can offer a large catalog of so-so apps while having a small portfolio of high quality native apps.”Your Turn: Brilliant Move or Major Mistake?Many out there agree with Dediu’s (who tends to be pro-Apple) take. And others still, again typically Apple supporters, are now calling the RIM tablet the “Frankentablet.”But listening only to those who publicly post their opinions on blogs and Twitter can sometimes give a biased view of a situation. Do these highly vocal opinions represent the opinions of the larger audience? Or are they just the ones shouting the largest?Let’s find out.Today, you, silent ReadWriteMobile lurker, can offer your insight, too. Vote in the poll below to indicate what you think about this move. Is RIM’s decision brilliant or disastrous? Related Posts Tags:#Android#apps#mobile#news#Poll#RIM center_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Continue reading