Auto dealer slapped with manslaughter charge, released on $500,000 bail

first_imgGSA ‘accidental’ shootingAn auto dealer charged for allegedly shooting his acquaintance was on Monday released on $500,000 bail when he made his appearance at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court.Sean Stoll, 36, was not required to plea to the indictable charge which alleged that on April 29, at Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara, he unlawfully killed Nafasie Edghill.Sean StollAccording to the prosecution’s case, on the day in question, the accused, Edghill and three other men were in a car when they reportedly went to the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) compound to locate another man who owed one of them money.It was reported that Edghill and Stoll began tantalising each other and later got involved in a playful scuffle. During the scuffle, a round went off and Edghill fell to the ground, clutching his abdomen.The 29-year-old gold miner of Castello Housing Scheme, Georgetown, succumbed while receiving treatment at a private city hospital.Stoll was represented by Attorney Nigel Hughes who asked for his client to be released on bail because he is not a flight risk. He added that Stoll has an unblemished record and has since provided the Police with a statement.Hughes told the court that the circumstances surrounding Edghill’s demise are very unfortunate. The lawyer said that his client and the now dead man had been close friends for over a decade.Hughes stated that on the fatal evening, the two friends were travelling to NAREI when they became involved in a scuffle. According to Hughes, Edghill grabbed his client and in the process was injured when his own gun went off.The Attorney related that both men are licensed firearm holders.However, Hughes’s bail application was met with objection from Police Prosecutor, Sergeant Althea Solomon. Solomon asked the court to deny the accused his pre-trial liberty citing the prevalence and nature of the offence.He also pointed out that should the accused be released on bail, there is a likelihood that he might tamper with the prosecution’s witnesses. The Prosecutor indicated that Police investigations are still ongoing in the matter.But Solomon’s objections were overruled by Magistrate Zamilla Ally-Seepaul who granted Stoll bail with conditions attached. The accused was ordered to lodge his passport and report to the Sparendaam Police Station every Friday.The matter was adjourned until June 23.last_img read more

Overnight fatal stabbing in Rowland Heights

first_img 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROWLAND HEIGHTS – A man was stabbed to death at about 1:45 a.m. this morning in an unincorporated part of Rowland Heights. The victim, described as an Asian adult, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Deputy Ed Hernandez at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarters. The stabbing took place on Sirius Drive near the cross street of Joel Drive. The police are not making any other information on the crime public at this time. http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime last_img

Stars’ sentences spark outrage

first_imgCOURTS: Lindsay Lohan will serve one day in jail while Nicole Richie stays 82 minutes. By Tony Castro STAFF WRITER Controversy swirled again Thursday over special treatment of celebrities after Hollywood bad girl Lindsay Lohan got off with a one-day jail sentence and Nicole Richie served just 82 minutes behind bars. Under a plea agreement, Lohan avoided felony charges – including cocaine possession – that might have led to a tougher sentence after being arrested on drunken driving charges. Richie had received a four-day sentence for DUI, but wound up serving just 1.4 percent of the time. “Hollywood couldn’t have scripted it any more absurd or ridiculous,” screenwriter Teo Davis said of Lohan’s one-day plea bargain and Richie’s 82-minute jail stay, both on Thursday. “It obviously pays to be the bold and the beautiful.” Tabloid media outlets were quick to hype the latest news on the celebrities’ offenses. “Lindsay could theoretically walk into jail at 11:30 one night and leave first thing in the morning,” celebrity Web site TMZ.com reported, calling her deal “one of the biggest legal feats in recent memory.” “Mega-lawyer Blair Berk was able to negotiate with the D.A.,” the Web site noted, “and literally turn Lindsay’s jail sentence into a revolving door.” Richie beat even that. The 25-year-old daughter of Grammy-winning recording artist Lionel Richie and the co-star of “The Simple Life” reality TV show turned herself in for what was supposed to have been a four-day sentence in county jail on drunken driving charges. She served a total of 82 minutes – spending just 35 minutes of that in an actual cell. Richie, who is four months pregnant, was processed and released according to normal operating rules, authorities said. Lohan, the 21-year-old star of “The Parent Trap” and “Mean Girls,” is in rehab at the Cirque Lodge program in Utah and did not appear in court. “It is clear to me that my life has become completely unmanageable because I am addicted to alcohol and drugs,” she said in a statement. “Recently, I relapsed and did things for which I am ashamed. I broke the law, and today I took responsibility by pleading guilty to the charges in my case. “No matter what I said when I was under the influence on the day I was arrested, I am not blaming anyone else for my conduct other than myself. I thank God I did not injure others. I easily could have.” The latest Lohan-Richie news hit the tabloids on the heels of Paris Hilton’s in-again-out-again jail melodrama that played out this summer.Richie’s reality show co-star and hotel heiress was released from jail early, which outraged the public and ultimately brought the wrath of a judge and city attorney who sent her back to jail for 23days for alcohol-related reckless driving charges. That same kind of outrage surfaced anew after news broke of Lohan’s light sentence – which also includes 10 days of community service and 36 months’ probation. The deal was worked out in the chambers of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge H. Chester Horn Jr. “I think the sentence is outrageous because ? no one else that age and on those charges could have gotten that deal,” said comedian and social commentator Jerome Cleary. But Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers defended the plea deal: “She’s getting what everyone else would get.” Lohan was arrested on drunken driving charges on May 26 in Beverly Hills and on July 24 in Santa Monica, only days after being released from a substance abuse treatment facility. In both instances, the amount of cocaine tested was below the .05 grams required for felony charges, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors said that if Lohan is convicted of another drunken driving charge, she will receive a mandatory 120-day jail sentence. “Clearly, celebrity justice can still be bought,” said Hollywood club promoter Brian Quintana. “It again shows that it’s who you know and that if you hire the right lawyer, you can get off. “But unlike Paris, Lindsay has been very contrite and clearly that went a long way.” tony.castro@dailynews.com160Want 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

Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, May 2

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Chelsea will offer striker Loic Remy, 28, and £15m for Lyon’s 23-year-old striker Alexandre Lacazette. (The Sun) Liverpool will allow the contract of winger Raheem Sterling to run down, rather than sell the 20-year-old. (Independent) And Sterling will forfeit millions of pounds in wages if his contract battle with the Reds continues into next season. (The Times) West Ham will not look to keep hold of midfielder Alex Song, 27, when his loan from Barcelona expires, and captain Kevin Nolan, 32, will also be offloaded. (Daily Mirror) Manchester City are favourites to sign highly-rated Charlton defender Joe Gomez but the Addicks want £8m for the 17-year-old. (Daily Mail) Burnley defender Ben Mee wants boss Sean Dyche to stay with the Clarets, regardless of whether they are relegated. (Daily Star) Aston Villa are ready to battle with Newcastle United for the signing of 18-year-old Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook. (Daily Telegraph) Scotland midfielder Darren Fletcher says it was not difficult to quit Manchester United to sign for West Brom in January. (Daily Express) And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Reports: Valencia starlet signs new long-term contract to quash Chelsea transfer talkTottenham target Italian international defender Angelo OgbonnaTottenham ready to battle Roma for Andre AyewBarcelona target Manchester United midfielder HerreraMan City plotting sensational Paul Pogba offer to beat off interest from PSGCome and join me! Inter boss Roberto Mancini makes personal call to Arsenal target Paulo DybalaMemphis Depay will be huge hit for Liverpool or Man United, claims former Chelsea chiefExclusive: Manchester United expected to win race for Burnley star Danny Ings Transfer rumours and paper review 1last_img read more

Bale to return? Real Madrid Champions League predicted XI to face Wolfsburg

first_img 19. Luka Modric (centre midfield) 15. Dani Carvajal (right back) 11 11 7. Cristiano Ronaldo (left forward) 11 4. Sergio Ramos (centre back) 3. Pepe (centre back) 11 9. Karim Benzema (centre forward) 11 11 Real Madrid take on VfL Wolfsburg at the Bernabeu in the Champions League quarter-final second leg, kick off 7:45pm, and you can listen to live commentary on talkSPORT 2.Real Madrid face an uphill task if they are to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for the sixth consecutive year following their shock 2-0 defeat to Wolfsburg in the first leg.Ricardo Rodriguez and Max Arnold both scored for Wolfsburg to stun the ten-time champions in what was their first ever Champions League quarter-final.Recent history is against Los Blancos too, with Madrid failing to overturn a first-leg deficit on any of the last five occasions.Boss Zinedine Zidane has a full squad to choose from with Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane shaking off knocks but Casemiro, Danilo and Sergio Ramos will miss their next game if they pick up another yellow card this evening.If Zidane fails to get past Wolfsburg tonight, it would well bring his tenure as head coach to a premature end, with few Real Madrid managers surviving Champions League failure.Click the arrow above, right, to see the predicted line-up for Real Madrid’s crunch game tonight. 11 11 11 11 1. Keylor Navas (goalkeeper) – Click the arrow, right, to see the predicted Real Madrid XI in squad number order 14. Casemiro (centre midfield) 12. Marcelo (left back) 11 8. Toni Kroos (centre midfield) 11. Gareth Bale (right forward) last_img read more

Breaking up LAUSD

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmatesSo Villaraigosa, recognizing the fairness of this complaint and the political necessity of appeasing the smaller cities, has agreed to offer these communities the same power. Which is great — for them. But what about the rest of us?Under AB 1381, the vast majority of LAUSD schools would still remain largely under control of the remote and out-of-touch district bureaucracy. And even the L.A. schools that would fall under the mayor’s control would be led from City Hall, and not from within the local community.But if local control is the answer to our schools’ woes — and most everyone, from the mayor to the teachers unions to the Presidents’ Joint Commission on LAUSD Governance agrees that it is — why not extend it far and wide?This is why the San Fernando Valley tried, in vain, to break apart from the LAUSD: To give local parents, teachers and community leaders more say in their kids’ education. But breakup never got a fair hearing, with the education and political establishments, as always, standing firmly against community empowerment in the Valley.Villaraigosa has shaken up that power structure with his school-takeover plan and his intention to make the LAUSD superintendent an education czar. With the lone exception of the entrenched LAUSD bureaucracy, everyone who has examined the keys to successful public schools found the formula rests on local control: teachers, principals, parents and communities that feel ownership of their schools.The mayor knows that too. It is part of his plan. It’s what he’s prepared to give smaller cities. It’s what the people in the Valley and every other community in the area want.Let the cry from the neighborhoods be this: Give us back our schools.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! HARD at work to rally support for his education-reform plan, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has offered a sweet enticement to the southeastern cities that are part of the LAUSD: Local control over some of their worst schools.It’s the right idea, and it ought to be applied throughout Los Angeles Unified — breakup without breaking apart the entire district.Under the existing terms of Assembly Bill 1381, Villaraigosa would assume control over three clusters of underperforming schools within city limits.Naturally, that left the neighboring cities that are part of the LAUSD feeling short-changed. If L.A.’s mayor can take charge of some of his city’s worst schools, why can’t they do the same?last_img read more

‘I don’t know whether to laugh or cry’ after United defeat says boss

first_img“We should have won two or three matches with the chances we had,” he said. “Of course it crosses your mind that those missed opportunities will cost us but you hope we create more, and why not?“Because the first half our passing, composure on the ball was there. The second half we were too hasty in possession, eyes closed, smashing the ball.“We stopped playing, simple as that. I don’t know why because we were in total command at half-time.“Yes, Partick Thistle players probably got a roasting and were fired up for the second half. Even more important then to keep composure and pass round them and let them run like headless chickens like they did in the first half. Dundee United boss Mixu Paatelainen has admitted he didn’t know whether to laugh or cry after his side were defeated by Partick Thistle on Tuesday.Kris Doolan’s second-half strike at Firhill sunk the Tannadice club who were looking to close the gap at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership table to just two points.Despite dominating the opening period, rock-bottom United were unable to capitalise and eventually paid the price 19 minutes from the end.The head coach said he couldn’t process the lack of composure shown by his players after the break and felt they should have had the victory wrapped up before then. “But if you don’t score, you don’t deserve anything. What is the point creating those chances and playing well if you don’t score?”“If you don’t capitalise on an opportunity like tonight, especially after that first-half performance, it is so disappointing. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.”“We had no composure. We can only blame ourselves because we were in total command.”The defeat keeps Paatelainen’s side still five points behind 11th placed Kilmarnock with six games remaining.Next up for his players is a home clash with Inverness Caley Thistle on Saturday and the boss is confident they can turn around their inconsistent form.“Of course you look at positives and negatives,” he continued. “When you lose a match you are spitting bullets. But although we got beaten today all is not lost. We still have a chance.“That was a great opportunity missed though. I’ve said all along that Kilmarnock will win because they’ve got quality in their side.”last_img read more

Watch the Cheltenham Festival live on STV and STV Player

first_imgAnd they’re off! Tune into STV or the STV Player as racing presenter Ed Chamberlin, legendary former jockey AP McCoy and expert Luke Harvey present live coverage of the Cheltenham Festival.It is the biggest event in the National Hunt calendar, the equivalent of football’s World Cup for jump racing, and you can enjoy every moment of the action on STV.We have already seen a thrilling Champion Hurdle, won by Buveur D’Air, and Friday will bring the Cheltenham Gold Cup, known as the Blue Riband of jump racing and the most valuable non-handicap chase in Britain.Saddle up and watch live coverage from each day from 1pm till Friday, March 17, on STV and STV Player.last_img

South Africa is a leader in many fields

first_imgLeaders of the Brics countries holding hands and showing unity. (Image: Brics) • African integration on Brics agenda • BRICS in a nutshell • Brics development bank underway? • South Africa is ‘Country of the Future’ • Slow but steady: South Africa’s economy on the upward path  Ray MaotaSouth Africa was formally inducted into the Bric group of emerging powers in 2011, following an invitation to join in December 2010. Its induction turned the group into Brics – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.Brand South Africa helped to facilitate its membership. At the time, South Africa’s inclusion was criticised, with some saying Nigeria should have been taken its place.According to Brand South Africa’s research manager, Petrus de Kock, that criticism was largely based on South Africa’s market size. “We’ve got just over 50 million people and when you compare that to other Brics nations there is no comparison in terms of population size,” he explained.But he asserted that South Africa ranked higher than the other Brics nations in most of the categories of the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business index.The fifth Brics summit took place in Durban, from 25 to 27 March 2013. On the eve of the leaders’ gathering, De Kock said: “For me, one of the hopeful outcomes of the summit is business leadership, civil society and political leadership that come to the country to just have that direct exposure, and for Brand South Africa to take that opportunity to not only build our reputation but to actively build on previous experiences and mistakes.”South Africa’s value to BricsAt that meeting, the strategic advantages South Africa brought to the coalition were tabled. They included:● South Africa’s comparative advantage within Brics pertains to the country’s considerable non-energy in situ mineral wealth. In a report commissioned by the US’s Citigroup bank, South Africa was ranked as the world’s richest country in terms of its mineral reserves, worth an estimated $2.5-trillion. The country is the world’s largest producer of platinum, chrome, vanadium and manganese and the third-largest gold-miner, and it offers highly sophisticated mining-related professional services, contributing significantly to the Brics resource pool.● South Africa is investing R300-billion ($35.6-billion) in expanding and improving its railways, ports and fuel pipelines as a catalyst to help unlock that vast mineral wealth. Africa will also continue to be buoyed by the exploding global demand for oil, metals, minerals, food and other natural resources. Likewise, the continent, which is arguably the world’s largest unexplored resource basin, has an abundance of riches, including 10% of the world’s oil reserves, 40% of its gold ore and 95% of platinum.● South Africa’s financial market development and sophistication, and the country as a source of exceptionally sophisticated professional services and financial expertise, is globally recognised. The World Economic Forum’s 2011/12 Global Competitiveness Index displayed a high level of confidence in South Africa’s financial market development, ranking the country in fourth place globally.● The regulation of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange was ranked number one in the world, as was the strength of South Africa’s auditing and reporting standards. Additionally, the nation was ranked second for both the soundness of its banks and the efficacy of its corporate boards.● South Africa’s excellence in science, technology and innovation is also recognised. For example, it was awarded the majority stake in hosting the Square Kilometre Array. Brics countries supported South Africa in obtaining the majority stake in this massive international project.● South Africa is seen as a dedicated and committed global and regional player. Its constructive role in global governance structures as well as its position in organisations of the South, notably the African Union; the Group of G77 plus China, of which South Africa is the chair in 2015; and the Non-Aligned Movement is appreciated by Brics and other like-minded partners. South Africa is also the only African country represented in the Group of 20, which has become an important institution regarding the reform of the financial and economic global governance architecture.New Development BankAt the conclusion of the Durban summit – Brics’ fifth – the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa agreed to establish a Brics development bank to help finance infrastructure programmes and sustainable development in member nations and other developing countries.A deal to create the $100-billion development bank and an emergency reserve fund was signed. The bank will have its headquarters in Shanghai, China and the first president will come from India. All countries will contribute equal capital; South Africa’s initial contribution was set at $150-million.After the deal was signed, President Jacob Zuma said: “The capital contribution to the new bank will come from the fiscus. These capital contributions are similar to the ones we make to other multilateral institutions, such as the African Development Bank and the World Bank, [of which] we are members.”last_img read more

How to Grow Your Own Army of Citizen Scientists

first_imgIn 2007, astronomer Chris Lintott and colleagues were drowning under a data deluge—1 million images of galaxies to characterize and only one graduate student to do it. His student characterized 50,000 in a week “before telling me where to stick the other 950,000 galaxies,” Lintott explained during a presentation last weekend at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. So Lintott, who works at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, Illinois, and his collaborators set up a Web site in hopes of attracting some volunteers. The goal was a few thousand helpers. But after some favorable news coverage, the site they dubbed Galaxy Zoo “went viral,” says Lintott. The current count is 200 million classifications by 375,000 people working from the comfort of their own homes. More than 20 astronomical papers have come out of the project, including the discovery of two astronomical phenomena. (The data come from this project.) Now Lintott’s team has expanded its citizen-science efforts to other projects, including studies of the moon and an analysis of old ship logs for climate data. 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People can sense when they are being given busywork, he adds, but the interface must be straightforward. Galaxy Zoo, for example, offers volunteers a few simple options per galaxy on type or orientation. Although the site has attracted both astronomy buffs and students completing a homework assignment, Lintott said, “The motivation for most people [is] contributing to research.” As one user wrote, “Astronomy, the oldest science, is one of the few that still has ample room for citizen scientists. We can’t all build particle accelerators or experiment with gene splicing, but anyone can participate here.” Provide tools and data for advanced users. Galaxy Zoo’s most passionate citizen astronomers can delve deep into the data. And this can lead to real discoveries. In 2007, as the astronomers behind Galaxy Zoo were still dealing with the deluge of users, a small group of Zooites, as they call themselves, puzzled over galaxy images that looked like little green spheres. Calling themselves the Peas Corps, the team downloaded spectral and other data on the objects, set up a special Web site to analyze them, hired a programmer, and presented a full analysis of the objects to the pros. “All we had to do was write the conclusion,” says Lintott. Several were included on the paper which announced the discovery of the objects, which turn out to be some of the most active star-producing galaxies astronomers have ever seen. Ranking users can backfire. The database calculates which users are doing a better job at classifying galaxies by comparing their classifications. Early on, the system gave users a score to encourage better performance. But under that system, the users ranked as the best classifiers ended up stopping their work after achieving that distinction. “They felt they had won the video game,” said Lintott. Computers and humans need each other. Multiple citizen scientists do a better job than one exhausted graduate student, and computer classifications have an error rate of 20% to 30%. Human classifications help train computers to reduce that error. With better telescopes finding millions more galaxies, the number of required classifications will simply overwhelm the human army. And with so much information available, scientists will weed out the objects easiest to classify first. That leaves the toughest challenges for the volunteers. But machines aren’t curious. In 2007, Dutch school teacher and Galaxy Zoo hobbyist Hanny van Arkel wondered about a greenish unidentified object appearing in images adjacent to galaxies. The object became known as “Hanny’s Voorwerp” and astronomers took up the hunt to identify the new phenomenon. “People are now chasing it with some of the best telescopes on the planet,” said Lintott. “Computers will slowly get better at classifying galaxies, but looking at an image and asking, ‘What’s that odd thing?’ remains uniquely human,” the Galaxy Zoo site explains.last_img read more