3 in custody for Corentyne businessman’s robbery

first_imgPolice have confirmed that three persons have been arrested in connection with the robbery at Chill GroceryInjured: Mandeshwal “Chill” KamalallInjured: Dharma Kamalalland Parlour, located at Nigg South, Corentyne, Berbice.Divisional Commander Ian Amsterdam told Guyana Times that the police are very interested in stories told by two of the suspects in custody.He noted that one of the suspects had in his possession a stolen motorbike when arrested. However Amsterdam said that the investigation is ongoing.On Wednesday evening five men, three of them armed with guns and two with cutlasses, went to Chill’s Grocery and Parlour and attacked Mandeshwal “Chill” Kamalall and his family just as he was about to close for the day.Kamalall said he was assaulted with a cutlass and put to lie on the ground, while two bandits stood guard and the others went into the shop where his wife Dharma Kamalall was with their two children ages 3 and 12.“…they put the gun pon me and knock me in me head and in me face. And then they start demand fo money, an Ah tell them Ah gon give you” the businessman’s wife related.She said that her three-year-old daughter was assaulted and ‘chucked’ and threats were made to kill the child if she did not co-operate and take them into the upper flat of the building.The businesswoman noted that it was at that stage that her 12-year-old daughter pleaded with the masked men not to hurt her baby sister or kill her mother. The bandits did not pursue their request to enter the residential section of the two-storey building, and escaped on bicycles with the day’s sales, $60,000; $35,000 which Kamalall had in his pockets, two cellular phones valued $85,000; $30,000 in phone cards and $35,000 worth of cigarettes.Kamalall said shortly after the men fled, he contacted the Albion Police Station, but was told no vehicle was available to respond to his report; however Police arrived some 30 minutes later.Kamalall sustained injuries to his back and face, while his wife had injuries to her head from being gun-butted.(Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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Mandela: the name that will live on

first_imgFrom fossils to flowers, money to museums, and statues to streets, Nelson Mandela’s name lives on in various ways throughout the world. Nelson Mandela’s statue in Nelson Mandela Square, in the northern Johannesburg suburb of Sandton, is the central focus of the plaza. (Image: Pixabay) Priya PitamberThe name of Nelson Mandela evokes many emotions; words such as inspirational, motivational and iconic spring to mind. There is no doubt his name and legacy will live on in many ways.Statues and monuments have been erected in his honour, his face etched on to the South African currency and his name has been revered in discoveries in science, nature and palaeontology.But how did the name come about?On 18 July 1918, Rolihlahla Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa, into the Madiba clan. “He attended primary school where his teacher gave him the name Nelson, in accordance with the custom to give all school children ‘Christian’ names,” reads the biography on the Nelson Mandela Foundation site.And so he received the name that would become recognisable to the hearts and on the tongues of people across the globe.In scienceDuring the 1970s, a team of scientists discovered a new sub-nuclear particle, which they named the Mandela Particle.“I was also interested in politics and so when it appeared that data I had found indicated that we might have found a new sub-nuclear particle from Cosmic Ray interactions, I suggested that it might be called Mandela after Nelson and Winnie Mandela,” said Dr John Baruch in his profile on the Bradford University website.In later years, however, the finding was found to be an error, caused by defective equipment. “But it’s the thought that counts,” stated the British newspaper, The Telegraph.Roads, streets, highways and moreThere are more than 85 roads around the world that bear the Mandela name, says the foundation. Countries where roads have been named for the leader include Tunisia, England, Senegal and Mauritius. In Glasgow, Scotland, the street on which the South African Consulate is located has been renamed after Mandela. There are many streets across the world that are named after Nelson Mandela. (Image: Kidbrooke Kite)In South Africa, every one of the nine provinces has multiple street names that proudly bear the Mandela name. It is testament to the reverence South Africans have for him.His name bloomsIn 1994, when Mandela was elected the first democratic president, the National Botanical Institute at Kirstenbosch, Cape Town introduced the Strelitzia reginae, given the common name Mandela’s Gold, to horticulture. As the name suggests, its flowers are yellow. Mandela’s Gold is the common name for the Strelitzia reginae. (Image: Neelix, Wikipedia)Another flower, the Protea cyneroides, a deep red king protea, is fondly known as the Madiba protea.Across the world, in Singapore, an orchid was named the Paravanda Nelson Mandela after he paid a visit to the National Botanical Garden.RandelaIn November 2012, the South African Reserve Bank issued new bank notes featuring Mandela’s face on the front. The currency was quickly and colloquially renamed the “randela” after the rand. The South African Reserve Bank revealed new bank notes in 2012, with a smiling Mandela on them. (Image: AFP, Saudi Gazette)At the time, the bank governor, Gill Marcus, said Mandela was delighted with the designs. “This is our way to pay tribute to him. Madiba does represent something special, not only in South Africa. He is really an extraordinary human being,” she said.Statues and sculpturesStand in Sandton Square, in the largest business district in Johannesburg; a 6m-high bronze statue of Mandela stares down at you. The square was renamed Nelson Mandela Square after the unveiling. There is a statue of Madiba in Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton, Johannesburg. (Image: Pixabay)At the other end of the world, in Dublin, Ireland, there is a sculpture by Elisabeth Frink of the late leader in a city park. In London’s Parliament Square in Westminster a Mandela statue stands alongside monuments dedicated to Winston Churchill, Sir Robert Peel, Benjamin Disraeli, and Field Marshal Jan Smuts, another South African.There is also a bust of Mandela, sculpted by Ian Walters, placed outside the Royal Festival Hall in the UK capital in 1985.Places of learningIn Canada’s largest city, Toronto, Park Public School was renamed Nelson Mandela Park Public School in 2001.“We were here in 1998; it was one of the most of unforgettable occasions, because we met thousands of children who inspired us a great deal,” Mandela said when he attended the renaming ceremony.“We now know there are children all over the world as young as you are, that these children in other countries are very poor and need help, and we are pleased to know that the children of this school have identified themselves with the children of South Africa and have raised funds and continue to raise funds in order to help our children.”He added: “Now we are here today to launch your new school name, and it is a great privilege for me and my wife to do so.”After Mandela visited Gabon in 1999, the then president, Omar Bongo Ondimba, renamed a school in Libreville Nelson Mandela High School.And an amalgamation of three tertiary institutions in the coastal town of Port Elizabeth, South Africa resulted in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2005.And a fossil tooOn 18 July 2012, the palaeontology world added another tribute to Mandela: a prehistoric woodpecker fossil was named after the former president: Australopicus nelsonmandelai. French and German scientists named the fossil of a woodpecker after Nelson Mandela. (Image: Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)It was discovered by French and German scientists at the Langebaanweg fossil site on South Africa’s southwest coast. It was the oldest type of woodpecker ever found on the African continent, they said.“We have named the new species after Nelson Mandela – a sort of scientific present for his 94th birthday,” Albrecht Manegold, from the Senckenberg Research Institute in Frankfurt, told media at the time.His noble name“The invisible thing called a Good Name is made up of the breath of numbers that speak well of you,” said British politician, Edward F Halifax. And through these many honorary namings, the Mandela name will continue to inspire and motivate.last_img read more

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Brand South Africa partners with BARSA Aviation Summit

first_imgCollaborate – Innovate – Disrupt: Propel to 2020. This was the dialogue that buzzed among aviation professionals at the 2019 Board of Airline Representative of South Africa (BARSA) Aviation Summit on Thursday 28 February 2019.The one-day BARSA Aviation Summit sees high-level government and private sector representatives across aviation, business and tourism come together for collaborative discussions on advancing the aviation industry. Approximately 100 delegates participated in the Summit that took place at Inanda Club in Sandton, Johannesburg.A major theme in conversations on the ground and on social media was technology and its disruption of the industry. There is an unrelenting need to develop and upskill citizens in order to stay abreast of the advancements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.Brand South Africa’s GM for Research, Dr. Petrus De Kock presented a session on aviation as an enabler of the Nation Brand that helps to shape the reputation and competitiveness of the country.BARSA Chief Executive Officer, Ms. June Crawford told Brand South Africa that this year, BARSA is largely focused on collaborating with the greater tourism industry. “International and local airlines help to promote South Africa and to raise brand awareness”, said Crawford.The day was broken into various thought-leadership sessions, led by industry experts and cabinet ministers. One of the sessions welcome a panel discussion on “Strengthening Partnerships Between Airlines and the Travel Industry in order to Embrace New Technologies for Continuous Industry Improvement”.Delegates could also download the official event app, BARSA Summit, on their mobile phones for live interaction while the event was running.The aviation industry is a vital contributor to the South African economy and society which adds significant value to the overall Nation Brand reputation.last_img read more

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Relatively low turnout in rain-hit Hamirpur

first_imgThe Hamirpur Assembly Seat in Bundelkhand recorded a relatively low turnout of 45% till 5 p.m. on Monday even as voters had to endure incessant rainfall conditions. In the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls, Hamirpur had recorded a turnout of 63.62%.It was among the 325 Seats out of 403 that the BJP and its allies won in the State that year.Voting for bypoll on the Seat was held on Monday after the incumbent BJP MLA Ashok Kumar Singh Chandel, along with nine others linked to him, was sentenced to life imprisonment for his involvement in the sensational murder of five people of a political rival’s family in 1997.The Allahabad High Court in April reversed the decision of a sessions judge in Hamirpur in 2002 which had acquitted all 10 accused.Mr. Chandel had secured over 1.10 lakh votes, defeating Manoj Prajapati of the Samajwadi Party, which contested in alliance with the Congress, by a margin of over 48,000 votes. The BSP stood a close third, losing to the BJP by a little over 50,000 votes.Mr. Chandel has been a turncoat, winning Assembly polls with both the SP and the BJP, and the Lok Sabha polls from Hamipur as a BSP candidate in 1999, two years after the murder incident in which he was sentenced in April.Over 4 lakh voters will decide the fate of nine candidates who contested the bypoll. But it is essentially a four-way contest, with no alliances formed by any Party.In place of the disqualified Mr. Chandel, the BJP fielded another Thakur, Yuvraj Singh, also a habitual turncoat. He was the Congress MLA from Maudaha in 1989 and an SP MLC till 2010 before joining the BJP in 2015. Mr. Singh hails from a politically influential family and his father Brijraj Singh was also a two-time MLA.The SP candidate Mr. Prajapati, an OBC, was fielded again. The son of Shiv Charan Prajapati, who won the seat in 1991, 1996 and 2002, he is also relying on legacy.The BSP fielded Naushad Ali, a Muslim former MLC who has been the Party’s Bundelkhand coordinator in the past. The Congress is also in the first with a most-backward caste candidate, Hardeep Nishad.While the SP, the BSP and the Congress left the campaigning to their local units, the BJP deputed its senior ministers and leaders to the constituency as it hopes to continue it’s winning record in the State. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, whose reputation is at stake, himself addressed a rally in favour of the BJP candidate on September 19.While the result in Hamirpur will hardly alter the perception of the BJP government, it could set the stage for the upcoming bypolls on 11 Assembly Seats, 10 of which were vacated after the incumbents won the Lok Sabha polls.While Rampur and Jalalpur Assembly Seats were vacated by the SP and the BSP legislators, respectively, the remaining nine constituencies were won by the BJP. These are Gangoh, Iglas, Lucknow Cantonment, Govindnagar, Pratapgarh Sadar, Balha, Zaidpur and Manikpur. Bypolls in Ghosi were necessitated after the incumbent BJP MLA Phagu Chauhan was appointed Governor of Bihar.Unlike the 2019 Lok Sabha election, in which the SP and the BSP joined hands to come up against the BJP, in Hamirpur, and likely in the other 11 Seats too, the non-BJP parties are expected to go it alone.Overall, the voting was peaceful but locals in Ramna village and Karara boycotted voting over their demands pertaining to building of roads. District Magistrate Abhishek Prakash, however, said the administration sorted out the matter.”We have spoken to them as well. And voting is being done at all places,” he told journalists.last_img read more

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Bhupinder Hooda, Motilal Vora granted regular bail by ED court in AJL plot allotment case

first_imgA special Enforcement Directorate court in Panchkula granted regular bail to Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and Congress leader Motilal Vora in the Associated Journals Limited (AJL) land allotment case on November 6. Special Judge Jagdeep Singh fixed December 10 as the next date of hearing in the case, according to an advocate representing Mr. Hooda. He said the two Congress leaders were present in the court. During the previous hearing on October 30, the court had granted them interim bail till November 6. The Enforcement Directorate had in August 2019 filed its first charge sheet indicting Mr. Vora and Mr. Hooda for alleged irregularities in the allotment of land to AJL in Panchkula. A prosecution complaint was filed before a special court for the cases under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in Panchkula near Chandigarh, the federal probe agency had said earlier. The agency, in its first charge sheet, named Mr. Vora, Mr. Hooda and AJL charging that they were “directly involved in the process and activity connected with the acquisition and possession of the proceeds of the crime“.Mr. Vora, a Rajya Sabha member, is a Congress general secretary. Mr. Hooda has been Haryana chief minister for two terms between 2005 and 2014.The money laundering case pertains to the alleged irregularities in the re-allotment of a plot, located in Panchkula, to AJL by the then Hooda government.Under the provisions of the Prevention of Money laundering Act, the ED has already attached the plot with estimated value of Rs 64.93 crore.“Hooda favoured AJL by granting them three undue extensions for construction on the said plot from May 2008 to May 10, 2012 and then until AJL completed the construction in the year 2014,” the ED had said in a statement earlier. The agency had charged that Mr. Hooda allotted the pot to AJL by “blatantly misusing his official position“.The former Haryana chief minister, it was alleged, “dishonestly allotted the said plot afresh in the guise of re-allotment to the AJL at original rates plus interest in violation of necessary conditions and policy of HUDA (Haryana Urban Development Authority) vide order dated August 28, 2005.” The ED filed a criminal complaint of money laundering in this case in 2016 based on a CBI FIR, which had taken over the investigation into the case at the request of the BJP government in Haryana. The Central Bureau of Investigation has already filed a charge sheet against Mr. Hooda and others in this case.The plot was allotted to AJL first in 1982. But the allotment was revoked by the estate officer of the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) by an October 1992 order because AJL had failed to comply with the conditions of the allotment letter, the ED had said. The agency had questioned the two Congress leaders in the case.last_img read more

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In England, Sachin talks about his weakness ‘vada-pav’

first_imgAn acknowledged gourmet in his friend circle, master batsman Sachin Tendulkar still relishes a spicy ‘vada-pav’, a Maharashtrian invention modelled on burger.”I and my son (Arjun) love to eat vada-pav at Shivaji Park Gymkhana (Shivaji Park is where Sachin played and trained as a budding cricketer) and there is nothing that can beat this snack, laced with ‘chatni’,” he told a Marathi news channel in an interview from England.”The taste of vada-pav continues to linger in the mouth,” said Sachin, flanked by cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar, while talking about his favourite dishes.Vinay Yedekar, a childhood friend of Sachin, said, “Vada-pav is his ‘weak point’. When he scored his 28th century, a party was organised, and close friend Vinod Kambli landed up with a parcel of 28 vada pavs to celebrate the occasion!”In a recent interview in India, Sachin had talked about how hard it was, during his Shivaji Park years, to overcome the temptation to bunk a practise session and have a go at vada-pav.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Mavericks’ Luka Doncic fined $10,000 for kicking ball into stands

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic leaves the game after being called for his second technical foul, during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. The Pacers won 111-99. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)DALLAS — Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic has been fined $10,000 for kicking the ball into the stands, which led to his ejection from a game against Indiana.Doncic kicked the ball after a basket by the Pacers late in the third quarter of their 111-99 victory over the Mavericks on Saturday night. The NBA announced the fine Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The 19-year-old rookie sensation from Slovenia said he didn’t intentionally kick the ball into the stands. The ball ricocheted off the back of the backboard into the first couple of rows of seats. Because Doncic had received a technical earlier in the game, his second technical resulted in the first ejection of his career.In the next game, Doncic became the second-youngest player to record a triple-double, notching 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 116-106 loss to the Bucks. He leads the Mavericks in scoring at 20 points per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ South Korea will face Qatar in Asian Cup quarterfinals View commentslast_img read more

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Erika deadly heading to Turks Caicos and The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Aug 2015 – Tropical Storm Erika has done the worst; the storm is blamed now for as many as four deaths in Dominica where severe drought followed by the rainy system were too much for the steep terrain; it is reported that eight inches of rain fell in mere hours spawning landslides; 20 people are still missing, 80% of islanders there have no power. Erika had been described as poorly organized when she pummeled Dominica; next is Puerto Rico and Hispaniola where forecasters believe the mountains will shred the system which has grown tremendously to having winds extending 140 miles from the center and with gusts at 45mph.By tonight, the TCI will be experiencing the storm… Disaster Management and Emergencies has advised that there will be lots of wind in Provo. You can find the emergency shelter list and flood prone areas for your review posted at MagneticMediaTV.com or our social media. The TCI remains under Tropical Storm Warning as Erika moves west at 17mph and the center of the storm will move near the TCI according to the Bahamas Department of Meteorology. We are also warned that the amount of rainfall expected with Erika will likely bring moderate to severe flooding. Recommended for you Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Related Items:bahamas, Dominica, hispanola, puerto rico, tropical storm erika, turks and caicos Post Maria: Dominica will rebuild with concretelast_img read more

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Alien origin gave Jesus the power of resurrection claims Ufologist

first_imgPixabaySeveral conspiracy theorists have long been alleging that aliens have visited earth regularly during the ancient days, and even now, they used to pay us a visit to monitor human activities. Adding heat to this theory, Dr Barry Downing, a popular Ufologist has now claimed that Jesus Christ is actually an alien from deep space.As per Downing, several incidents depicted in the Bible indicates that aliens used to visit the earth in the ancient days. Downing argues that the world’s purportedly oldest UFO sighting is mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel. He also revealed to Express.co.uk reports that evidence of extraterrestrial activity can be seen in the Gospel of St Matthew in the New Testament.Downing also believes that the embryo of Jesus Christ was planted in the womb of Mary by aliens using advanced technologies. Certain other people argue that Mary was inseminated with an alien sperm, and Jesus is actually an alien-human hybrid who possessed magical capabilities.The Ufologist claims that the resurrection of Jesus Christ is an irrefutable proof that substantiates the alien origin. Downing believes that Jesus Christ’s ascension from the earth is actually the return to his distant alien home planet.A few months ago, Giorgio Tsoukalos, the television host known for presenting ‘Ancient Aliens’ in History Channel had claimed that humans have misunderstood alien visitors as Gods. Tsoukalos made these remarks while talking about the origin of religion in the earth at the annual ‘Contact in the Desert’ UFO conference in Indiana Wells, California last year.As per Tsoukalos, ancient humans misrepresented alien visitors as deities and their advanced technology was interpreted as divine power. It should also be noted that several conspiracy theorists in the past had claimed that ancient gods, especially in the Hindu and Greek mythology, are interstellar aliens from deep space.last_img read more

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