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Accused arsonist refuses State-assigned lawyer

first_imgMurder accused: Gavin GrahamJustice Navindra Singh on Wednesday was forced to further postpone the commencement of a 2015 murder trial of 52-year-old Gavin Graham, who is the accused.This action was taken by Justice Singh after the accused refused to be represented by State-assigned attorney George Thomas. This has proven to be a repetitive action. On April 16, 2019, the accused also refused the legal representation of three other lawyers.Graham’s trial was, therefore, set to commence on May 13, 2019, at the Demerara High Court and whether or not he has a lawyer, a jury will be empanelled before Justice Singh as was noted.The accused is being indicted for the murders of his ex-lover, Tabola Abrams, and her 68-year-old stepfather, Clifford Sampson, who died following injuries sustained in a fire that the accused allegedly set to their home at Lot 636 C Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown.According to reports, after Abrams ended her relationship with the accused, he set the two-storey building alight which was at the time occupied by the victims and other persons, to get revenge for being rejected.Sampson perished in the fire and Abrams died while receiving treatment at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Graham was arrested moments after he committed the act.Before granting the extended time, Justice Singh reminded Graham that the court doesn’t operate at the pace of the accused and as such he should be able to choose one of the last two attorneys that will be sent to visit him in prison.Prosecutors Teriq Mohammed, Tuanna Hardy and Abigail Gibbs are presenting the case on the State’s behalf in the matter.last_img read more

Peace Region residents could remain without power until Thursday or Friday night

first_img“It is simply just the sheer volume of outages and when we put out an initial estimate, it is subject to change,” explains B.C. Hydro’s Bob Gammer. “As we look at the number of outages and where we are, we revise the estimate.” 3,700 customers in Fort St. John and more than 3,000 in Dawson Creek are still out. Three additional crews have been brought up from the lower mainland to Fort St. John to help Hydro’s regular and contract workers. In Fort Nelson, 728 customers should expect to have power back by before midnight tonight once B.C. Hydro completes a pole replacement. – Advertisement -“It’s a broken pole that’s in a key location,” Gammer explains. “A lot of customers will be back on once that pole’s fixed. A warming centre in the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality has been opened at the Recreational Centre with refreshment, a phone charging station, and WiFi. However, there are no sleeping facilities. Advertisement Gammer advises northeast B.C. residents without power should prepare for another night or two without, but there is still the possibility of earlier restoration. Help on what to do during long term outages is available at read more

Calm down Man United fans! Bryan Robson insists squad does not need overhaul

first_imgBryan Robson believes Louis van Gaal needs just a couple of top-class additions to turn Manchester United into Premier League title contenders.The lack of transfer activity this summer has frustrated United fans and the opening day defeat to Swansea has increased calls for chief executive Ed Woodward to open the chequebook and bring in a host of big-name signings.Sir Ferguson’s former right-hand man Rene Meulensteen is among those calling for United to splash the cash, with the Dutch coach claiming Van Gaal needs to make at least four top-quality signings before the window closes.But Robson disagrees, with the former captain insisting there is already plenty of quality within the club and only a few new additions are needed.“As far as I’m concerned, I think if United just sign a couple more top-class players we will be up there challenging with the best,” the Old Trafford great said, speaking on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show.“With people like Danny Welbeck, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, if I was a manager in the Premier League, I wouldn’t change those three for anybody in any other club.“That’s the sort of quality they have got within the club and it’s a matter of building on top of those type of players.”Many so-called experts are writing off United’s chances of finishing in the top four after the defeat to Swansea.Robson admits failure to qualify for the Champions League for a second straight season would see United struggle to attract top names to Old Trafford but believes, with Van Gaal at the helm, that scenario is unlikely.After meeting the Dutchman on United’s pre-season tour of America, Robson said: “He is an impressive guy.“He knows what he wants and he will stick by that. He will change things for the better. I’m sure he will do a good job for Manchester United.”last_img read more

Sheehan’s candidacy won’t help California

first_imgNowhere has it ever been written in stone or in law that just because a politician climbs the ladder and becomes speaker of the House of Representatives, he or she is immune from a challenge by another local citizen. Tom Foley, the last Democratic speaker before San Francisco’s Nancy Pelosi, found that out the hard way, when he was upset by a little-known local Republican in his supposedly safe Spokane, Wash., district during the Republican sweep of 1994. Now Pelosi is about to face her first challenge since winning the seat essentially bequeathed to her by Phil Burton and his widow, Sala, who also held it for a few terms. It’s an ultra-liberal district that has not gone Republican in modern memory. But this challenge does not come from a local citizen or a Republican. Rather, it comes from anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, best known for her 26-day vigil outside the gates of President Bush’s Texas ranch in August 2005, just one year after her 24-year-old son Casey was killed on the edge of the hostile Sadr City district of Baghdad. Since his death, Sheehan, who reared her son in Vacaville and more recently has lived in Sacramento, crusaded vocally, visibly and almost non-stop to end the war. She’s running against Pelosi essentially because Pelosi has been unable to end the war by herself, despite what sounded like election-time pledges last year to do so if voters gave Democrats a congressional majority. Democrats gained majorities in both houses of Congress, but are consistently outmaneuvered by Bush, who continues to conduct the war in Iraq pretty much as he likes. This infuriates Sheehan, who warned Pelosi in early July that if there were no move to impeach Bush by about Aug. 1, she would challenge for Pelosi’s seat. Never mind that she’d never lived anywhere near that district. Pelosi didn’t bite, knowing that a) she doesn’t have the votes to impeach Bush, and b) impeaching Bush would make Vice President Dick Cheney president and a possible 2008 Republican candidate for a full term. Not something the Democrats desire. Sheehan responded by getting herself arrested while protesting the lack of action and by insisting she will oppose Pelosi in next June’s primary election. In a strongly liberal, passionately anti-war area like the San Francisco-centered 8th District, she will certainly get some votes, carpetbagger or not. Carpetbagging has never been a serious California no-no, as Republican Robert Dornan proved while running successfully from disparate districts in Los Angeles and Orange counties, his locale decided by wherever reapportionment gave his style of ultra-conservative politics its best shot. If Sheehan should by some odd circumstance manage to knock Pelosi off – stranger things have happened in politics, especially in times of unpopular wars – it would be a disaster for California. Pelosi’s hold on some levers of power is for the first time in decades beginning to redress the “ABC” (Anywhere But California) attitude that has long dominated Congress and led to this state getting back fewer of its federal tax dollars than all but 11 other states. She forced colleagues to give California farmers a larger share than ever before of agricultural subsidies in the newest farm bill; she won California a larger share than ever before of anti-terror homeland security funding; she knocked off a bid to cancel out the state’s anti-greenhouse gas law before it could get rolling seriously. And many more items good for California but not harmful to other parts of America. Put Sheehan in the House and she might make a lot of noise, but she likely would get no more done than she’s actually accomplished toward ending the war in Iraq, which likely won’t begin to wind down as long as a Republican occupies the White House. All of which means Sheehan’s announced run is really about her ego, but could harm California while not doing perceptible good anywhere else, either. Tom Elias is author of The Burzynski Breakthrough: The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It, now available in an updated third edition. His e-mail address is 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgHave you an idea that you think will come the next Snapchat of Facebook?If so, you need to attend a unique business seminar which takes place in Co Donegal next month. The Gaeltech Business Conference event takes place in the Áislann Centre in Ghaoth Dobhair on Friday and Saturday, 4th and 5th September.The two day event features some of the world’s leading experts in social media experts, business people and motivational speakers.Simply click on the video to learn more about this great conference.DDTV: DONEGAL BUSINESS SEMINAR SEEKING THE NEXT SNAPCHAT OR FACEBOOK IDEA was last modified: August 24th, 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:DDTVdonegalGAELTECHGaoth Dobhairlast_img read more


first_imgA TOP Donegal hotel is celebrating – after picking up a Food Oscar at the annual awards of the Restaurant Association of Ireland.Harvey’s Point was named Best Hotel Restaurant in Ulster at the glittering ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Dublin where 900 people gathered for the awards last night.The award is a testament to chef Colin McKee, who runs the 2AA Rosette Restaurant at the four-star hotel overlooking Lough Eske, and his gifted team. There was another provincial winner at the awards.The Aroma Coffee shop won best Ulster cafe at the glittering ceremony.The cafe in Donegal Town craft village is famous for its home-baking.  HARVEY’S POINT HOTEL PICKS UP FOOD OSCAR AS BEST RESTAURANT IN ULSTER was last modified: May 17th, 2016 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:Aroma CafedonegalDonegal Townharvey’s pointRestaurant Awards Irelandlast_img read more

Softball Nabs Two More Wins Saturday at UNI Dome Classic

first_imgDrake (3-0) opened its season Friday night with an 11-0 five-inning win over Green Bay (1-3) before defeating them again this afternoon by a score of 6-0. The Bulldogs then closed out the night with a 10-2 six-inning victory over South Dakota State (1-3) PDF Box Score South Dakota State Drake senior Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) went 3-for-6 on the day with two runs scored and three runs batted in. Freshman Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) recorded four hits and two runs in the win versus South Dakota State. Against South Dakota State, Drake pounded 17 hits and jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. A four-run second inning was enough to secure the Bulldogs victory. Drake opened the frame with back-to-back walks and a single from Johnson to load the bases. Hits by Wright and Maddox brought in three runs before a groundout allowed Wright to score. Drake added another two runs in the fourth and one in the sixth to close out the game.  Preview The Bulldogs extended their lead in the fifth inning, starting with a ground-rule double from sophomore Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.). A single by sophomore Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) brought in Buie before Johnson reached first base on a walk. Another double from Wright scored Roemmich, followed by a wild pitch scoring Johnson. Maddox then closed out the inning with a RBI single to score Wright for the sixth run. Live Stats Full Schedule Roster CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University softball team continued its strong start in their opening weekend with a pair of victories over Green Bay and South Dakota State on Saturday. Green Bay PDF Box Score Senior pitcher Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) made her season debut against Green Bay. Smith (1-0) pitched a complete game and allowed only four hits, striking out two batters and giving up one walk. Freshman pitcher Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) made her first career start in a Drake uniform, earning the win against South Dakota State. Timmons (1-0) pitched six innings and allowed two runs on four hits with four walks and strikeouts. Next Game: vs. Southeast Missouri State 2/11/2018 – 11:45 AM Drake entered the fourth inning against Green Bay with the game scoreless. Junior Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) opened the inning with a single up the middle before stealing second. Wright then cracked a double, scoring Frank. Back-to-back walks for Smith and sophomore Sarah Maddox (Henderson, Nev.) loaded the bases setting up a sac fly from senior Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) for a 2-0 Drake lead. Story Links South Dakota State scored its two runs in the fourth inning. With two outs and one runner on Julia Andersen singled up the middle followed by a walk, loading the bases. Ali Herdliska singled bringing in two runners. Drake closes out the tournament Sunday with games against Southeast Missouri State and UMKC at 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Bernard Agele seals move to Malaysian side Uitm FC

first_img Tags: Bernard AgeleExpress FCpaidah black angelsUitm FC Agele (right) with a Uitm official on Monday (Agency Photo)MALAYSIA – Defender Bernard Agele has completed a move to Malaysian side, Universiti Teknologi Mara (Uitm) Football Club.Agele, born in Uganda to South Sudanese parents, signed a two year deal as a free agent after a brief stint at Uganda Premier League side, Paidha Black Angels.The rock solid center half is excited having excelled in the trials as well as the medicals to be deemed fit for a slot in the Malaysian side.“Glory goes to the Lord for this job, said Agele after signing.“I will keep focused and work hard as well for all my time at Uitm Football Club.“I will do my best for the best performances alongside my other teammates.Last season Uitm completed the season in 9th place.Agele’s debut at  Uitm is expected to come on Friday, 1st February 2019 they travel to Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) at the Majlis Perbandaran Stadium, Selayang during the opening match of the 2019 Malayisa Premier League, a second tier in the country.Previously, Agele has played at Sports Club Victoria University (SCVU), Express and recently Paidha Black Angels. He is capped 15 times for the South Sudan national team.Comments last_img read more

Job creation in Donegal up 4% in 2017 by Enterprise Ireland backed companies

first_imgEnterprise Ireland has reported strong job creation by its client companies in Donegal, with a 4% increase in the number of jobs created. A total of 3,552 people are now employed by companies supported by the agency, the Government agency responsible for developing Irish business globally in Donegal.A total of 19,332 new jobs were created by companies supported by Enterprise Ireland in 2017. 209,388 people are now employed in companies supported by the agency. This is the highest total employment achieved in the history of the agency.This represents a net increase of 10,309 jobs for 2017, taking account of job losses. In line with total employment levels, the net increase in jobs, is the highest on record with Enterprise Ireland.The job creation figures are up on 2016, showing strong consistent year on year growth, despite the uncertainty that Irish businesses faced in 2017 in the context of Brexit.Job creation was evenly spread across the country, with every county seeing job increases. Two thirds (64%) of the new jobs created were outside of Dublin. The West, Mid-West and North West saw the largest level of increases at 7% in 2017. Enterprise Ireland attributes this strong performance by Irish businesses to the continuing growth of an entrepreneurial climate for start-ups, allied to strong jobs growth in the Construction (8% increase), Engineering (8% increase), Lifesciences (8% increase), Digital Technology (6% increase), Electronics (6% increase), Food (4% increase) and ICT sectors (5% increase).Making the announcement today at the headquarters of Enterprise Ireland client technology company Ding, Enterprise Ireland Chief Executive Julie Sinnamon said:“Today’s figures represent another year of strong performance by our client companies who now employ over 209,000 people and are a barometer of the robust health of Irish businesses. Despite the challenge and uncertainty created by Brexit, Irish companies have continued to grow their global exports, supporting strong job creation across all of the regions of Ireland.“At Enterprise Ireland, our Strategy – Build Scale, Expand Reach 2017 – 2020 is focused on transforming the innovation and competitive capabilities of Irish enterprise, to expand the global reach of ambitious Irish companies into diversified export markets and we are pleased with the results of the first year of our new strategy. It is imperative, however, that Irish businesses continue to build on the strength of their 2017 performance and implement robust plans to prepare for the impact of Brexit.”Discussing the results, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD said today’s results are consistent with the strong employment performance across the economy. “I am very pleased to see this strong level of job creation delivered for Donegal by Enterprise Ireland backed companies.“The priority of my Department, through Enterprise Ireland is to support companies in Donegal and right across the country to continue to build on this strong job creation performance. Whatever the outcome of the complex Brexit negotiations that lie ahead, it is vital that as a country we are ready and the Government continues to take initiatives to bolster the capacity of our enterprise agencies to drive exports and support investment.“In recent months, Enterprise Ireland, through funding from my Department, has launched new measures to strengthen the rural and regional economy, and to provide quicker access to innovation funding for exporting companies.“Overall, my Department’s eight Regional Action Plans for Jobs, which will be a key focus of my work in the coming period, are now embedded across the country. They are excellent examples of government agencies like Enterprise Ireland, local authorities, the Local Enterprise Offices and businesses working together to tackle regional issues. These results mark another step in the right direction for our regional plans.” Today, Enterprise Ireland also announced the launch of a new Market Discovery Fund to support Enterprise Ireland backed companies to diversify into new markets and promote new products to existing markets. There are three levels of funding available to companies; up to €35,000, up to €75,000 and up to €150,000.Announcing details of the new Fund, Julie Sinnamon said: “In the context of Brexit, consolidating exports to the UK, while expanding the Irish export footprint in markets beyond the UK is a key priority for Enterprise Ireland. The new Market Discovery Fund, along with our intensive international programme of export focused trade missions, and our recently introduced Agile Innovation Fund, are key supports which will be instrumental to helping even more companies grow and reach new export markets. The new Fund, further underpins our goal of increasing exports by €5bn by 2020.”Today’s announcements were made at the offices of the Enterprise Ireland backed company Ding, the world’s most popular mobile top-up platform, used by hundreds of thousands of people every day in over 100 countries.In 2018, Ding are on course for a significant programme of investment and growth with plans to add another 50 people to their team worldwide to bring total employment to 250, as they seek to achieve revenue targets of $1 billion, in the coming years.Job creation in Donegal up 4% in 2017 by Enterprise Ireland backed companies was last modified: January 5th, 2018 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:donegalEnterprise IrelandJob creationlast_img read more

Drivers urged to slow down and use lights as fog continues

first_imgGardai are warning motorists to continue to exercise caution as a thick blanket of fog continues to cover many parts of the county.Fog developed in many parts yesterday and has lingered through the night making driving conditions particularly difficult in some places.Gardai are encouraging drivers to slow down and to use the fog lights. Drivers urged to slow down and use lights as fog continues was last modified: January 11th, 2018 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:donegalDRIVERSfogGardailast_img read more