Man found guilty of raping teen relative

first_imgEsmond Slowe was on Tuesday afternoon found guilty 11-1 by a jury of sexual activity with a female relative who was 14 at the time.Accused: Esmond SloweHe pleaded not guilty to the unlawful acts which occurred on December 16, 2016 in an area in Georgetown. His trial commenced after he entered a not-guilty plea.Slowe was represented by Attorney Maxwell McKay.Justice Jo Ann Barlow, who presided over the matter, summed up the trial evidence before the jury was allowed to deliberate.After two hours of consideration in the deliberation room, the panel returned with the majority guilty verdict, but the accused presented a stoic face to the court.His sentencing was delayed to December 14 to facilitate the presentation of a probation report that Attorney McKay requested. Prosecutor Seeta Bishundial led the State’s case.last_img read more

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Yucaipa falls to Murrieta Valley

first_img“I kind of got this feeling going into this match and after they scored the goals in the first quarter, I started to know it,” said Yucaipa senior Melissa Morris. “I knew we had to step it up, but we just couldn’t. They beat us with decent speed and their counter attack.” The match, a home game for Yucaipa, was played at Redlands East Valley High School because the T’birds do not have a pool in accordance with CIF guidelines. “We play and practice in a pond compared to this,” said Yucaipa coach Brian White. “It was not the reason for the loss.” White hopes his team learns from the experience. “It was kind of hard to tell exactly what Murrieta Valley did because they did whatever they wanted. I told our team not to quit.” Yucaipa (15-14) could not get by the Nighthawks’ defense until sophomore Kim Carr scored with three minutes left in the match. Murietta Valley took an 8-0 lead after all-CIF goalie Kristen Stragier heaved in a length-of-the-pool shot at the buzzer to end the half. REDLANDS – Yucaipa’s inexperienced girls water polo team was able to stop the Murrieta Valley scoring machine on its first four possessions, but couldn’t do much after that as the Thunderbords were routed 17-1 by the the Nighthawks in a CIF-Southern Section Division V quarterfinal match on Tuesday. Murrieta Valley (29-1), which holds D5’s top ranking, was led by all-Southwestern League players Sydney Sonoda and Torrey Kylander. Sonoda scored four goals and Kylander had three and three assists. center_img Yucaipa got to the quarterfinals after defeating Colony High School 9-3 in a first-round match last week. The Nighthawks scored on 17 of 26 shot attempts while Yucaipa mustered only one goal on 15 attempts. Murrieta Valley advances to play the Cathedral City-Corona Centennial winner in a semifinal match on Friday. 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

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Mourinho tells Abramovich he will not return – report

first_imgChelsea owner Roman Abramovich remains determined to take Jose Mourinho back to Stamford Bridge, according to the Daily Mail.It is claimed that the Russian billionaire is undeterred despite Mourinho insisting he intends to stay at Real Madrid.But the Daily Express report that Mourinho has told Abramovich that he will not be returning to the club.A source close to the Madrid boss is quoted as saying: “Jose will be staying in Spain.”Meanwhile, The Daily Telegraph say the Blues are considering a bid of between £14m and £15.5m for Bayer Leverkusen’s German international forward André Schürrle.The 21-year-old featured against Chelsea during this season’s Champions League.This page is regularly updated.Click here for the Chelsea v Liverpool quiz Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Boss Pardew praises Newcastle duo but is critical of Yanga-Mbiwa

first_imgNewcastle manager Alan Pardew singled Sammy Ameobi and Luuk de Jong out for praise following his team’s 3-0 defeat at Chelsea.The Blues were largely dominant at Stamford Bridge, where the outstanding Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick.But Chelsea keeper Petr Cech had to produce an important first-half save to deny Moussa Sissoko after the midfelder had been put through on goal.“For part of the first half I thought we played very well and we had a fantastic chance at 1-0 but unfortunately we missed it and then they went down the other end and scored again,” Pardew said;“There were a few positives. Sammy Ameobi did well and Luuk de Jong gave the type of performance that in the next 13 games I think will be important for us.”But Pardew was critical of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, whose needless foul on Samuel Eto’o led to the penalty from which Hazard made it 3-0.He said: “I’m a little bit disappointed. I don’t know why he’s grabbed him like that. It was a really soft goal.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Eureka native Josh Hanson continues to thrive on Humboldt State offensive line

first_imgARCATA >> Every so often, Humboldt State left guard Josh Hanson will indulge his 600-plus Twitter followers with a short video that shows off his skills on the electric guitar.Call it a bit of a break from the norm, if you will. It’s not like he can continue to create running lanes for Ja’Quan Gardner or protect Robert Webber all the time.Guitar skills, run blocking skills or pass protection skills, Hanson, a second-team all-conference pick at left guard in 2015, has fully entrenched himself …last_img

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Nelson Mandela: the world mourns

first_imgOn 9 May 1994, the day before Mandela’s inauguration as president of South Africa, Time magazine ran in-depth features on the “miracle” of the country’s democratic transformation. (Image: Time) Nelson Mandela in the 1960s. (Image: Historical Papers, University of the Witwatersrand) Nelson Mandela working in the Robben Island prison garden in 1977. The photograph, simply titled “A prisoner in the garden” by the National Archives, was taken by a media contingent sponsored by the apartheid government. (Image: National Archives, courtesy Nelson Mandela Foundation) Mandela with Graça Machel, his third wife and the widow of former Mozambican president Samora Machel, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu at a celebration of Tutu and his wife Leah’s 50th wedding anniversary. (Image: Hope Foundation) Expressions of grief and condolence have poured in from across the world after former president, Nobel Peace laureate and statesman Nelson Mandela, the world’s icon of reconciliation, compassion and goodwill, died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg on 5 December 2013. He was 95. Those 95 years were remarkable.After spending 27 years in apartheid’s prisons, Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994. He united a fraught and fearful country, bringing together blacks and whites when South Africa was living through violent and troubled times.His legacy is enormous. For 27 years he was South Africa’s icon of freedom, even though apartheid law made displaying his image illegal.At the end of his presidency he continued to work for a better South Africa, mainly through his many foundations. These include the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, and, in his home province of the Eastern Cape, the Nelson Mandela School of Science and Technology, which will open in early 2014. Mandela’s name – and prison number – are also used in the 46664 campaign, a worldwide concert fundraising programme to help victims and orphans of Aids.Troublemaker from the Eastern CapeNelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape province, the son of a chief of the Tembu clan of the Xhosa nation. At the age of seven he was enrolled in the local missionary school, where he was given the European name “Nelson” by a Methodist teacher who found his African name difficult to pronounce. That name, Rohlihlahla, means “troublemaker”.After his father was stripped of his chieftainship following a dispute with a local magistrate, Mandela and his mother moved to the small village of Qunu. In 1927, when Mandela was nine, his father died, and the boy became the ward of the Tembu regent, Jongintaba Dalindyebo. He was to be groomed to assume high office but, influenced by the cases that came before the chief’s court, decided to become a lawyer.In 1939, after he had matriculated from school, Mandela enrolled at the University College of Fort Hare for a bachelor of arts degree. But the following year, after being suspended from college for joining in a protest boycott and fleeing an arranged marriage, he moved to South Africa’s principal city, Johannesburg.Arriving in Alexandra township in the north of the city, he found work as a guard at one of Johannesburg’s many gold mines, and later as an articled clerk at a law firm. He completed his degree by correspondence at the University of South Africa, and began to study law at the University of the Witwatersrand.In 1942 Mandela entered politics by joining the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s major liberation movement and today the country’s ruling party. It was during this time that he and a small group of mainly young members of the ANC embarked on a mission to transform the party into a mass movement.In 1944 he, Anton Lembede and Mandela’s lifelong friends and comrades Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu founded the ANC Youth League (ANCYL). That year he also married his first wife, Evelyn Mase. In 1947 he was elected president of the ANCYL.The year 1948 was a dark one in South Africa, with the election of the racist National Party, voted into government by a white electorate on the platform of apartheid. In response, in 1949, the ANC adopted its Programme of Action, inspired by the Youth League, which advocated the weapons of boycott, strike, civil disobedience and non-cooperation with authority.The programme aimed at the attainment of full citizenship and direct parliamentary representation for all South Africans. In policy documents co-written by Mandela, the ANCYL paid special attention to the redistribution of the land, trade union rights, free and compulsory education for all children, and mass education for adults.During the Campaign for Defiance of Unjust Laws in 1952, Mandela was elected the ANC’s national volunteer-in-chief and travelled the country organising resistance to discriminatory laws. He was charged and brought to trial for his role in the campaign and given a suspended prison sentence.Mandela and Tambo attorneysIn recognition of his contribution to the defiance campaign, Mandela was elected president of both the Youth League and the Transvaal region of the ANC at the end of 1952. He subsequently became the deputy president of the ANC.Soon after the defiance campaign, Mandela passed his attorney’s admission examination and was admitted to the profession. In 1952 he and Oliver Tambo opened a law firm in downtown Johannesburg.Tambo, the chairperson of the ANC at the time of his death in April 1993, wrote of their practice: “To reach our desks each morning Nelson and I ran the gauntlet of patient queues of people overflowing from the chairs in the waiting room into the corridors … Our buff office files carried thousands of these stories and if, when we started our law partnership, we had not been rebels against apartheid, our experiences in our offices would have remedied the deficiency. We had risen to professional status in our community, but every case in court, every visit to the prisons to interview clients, reminded us of the humiliation and suffering burning into our people.”The 1950s turned out to be a time of strife and tribulation for Mandela – he was banned, arrested and imprisoned. His personal life was also in some turmoil, as he divorced Evelyn to marry Winnie Madikizela. He was also one of the accused in the historic Treason Trial that ended in 1961, with the state dropping all charges.The Black PimpernelIn 1960 police opened fire on a group of protesters in the township of Sharpeville, killing 69 people. The reaction was immediate, with demonstrations, protest marches, strikes and riots across South Africa. On March 30 1960, the government declared a state of emergency, detaining more than 18 000 people, and banning the ANC and other liberation movements.With the banning, the ANC leadership went underground and Mandela was forced to live away from his family. He was a master of disguise and managed to evade the police, a feat which earned him the nickname in the media as the Black Pimpernel.The banning also forced the ANC to move from nonviolent to violent means of opposing apartheid. Umkhonto we Sizwe, the movement’s armed wing, was formed in 1961, with Mandela as commander-in-chief. After travelling abroad for several months, he was arrested in 1962 on his return to South Africa for unlawfully exiting the country and for incitement to strike. Convicted, he was sentenced to five years on Robben Island, the notorious political prison off the coast near Cape Town.While serving this sentence, he was charged with sabotage in the infamous Rivonia Trial. In 1964 Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment.Eighteen of Mandela’s 27 years in jail were spent on Robben Island, where he carried out hard labour in a lime quarry. As a D-group prisoner, the lowest classification, he was allowed only one visitor and one letter every six months.While in prison Mandela studied by correspondence with the University of London, earning a Bachelor of Laws degree. In 1984 he was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, and in December of that year he was moved to Victor Verster Prison near Paarl in the Western Cape.President of South AfricaOver the years, South Africa slowly descended into near-chaos, with almost constant unrest inside the country, armed insurgency from without, and steadily increasing international pressure from the international community to end apartheid. On 2 February 1990 the country’s National Party president, FW de Klerk, made a remarkable announcement: a negotiated settlement would end apartheid, all liberation movements would be unbanned, and all political prisoners released – including Nelson Mandela.Nine days later Mandela walked out of Victor Verster prison, his wife Winnie on his arm and his fist raised in the liberation movement salute.In 1991, at the first national conference of the ANC held inside South Africa after its decades-long banning, Mandela was elected president of the party. His long-time friend, Tambo, became national chairperson. In 1993 he and FW de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their different roles in the peaceful end of apartheid.In 1994, after South Africa’s first democratic elections, Mandela became president of the Republic of South Africa. That year he published his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, which he started writing in prison.After serving a five-year term as president of the country, Mandela ceded the ANC presidency to Thabo Mbeki. He retired from public life in June 1999, though not from the public eye. He built himself a home in his birthplace in Qunu, which he would visit as often as he can.FriendshipsKnown affectionately by his clan name of Madiba, Mandela had friends across the world – Bill Clinton, Bono of U2, Naomi Campbell. Some of his friendships went back over 60 years, as with Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo and Ahmed Kathrada.In his autobiography Memoirs, Kathrada recounted that he and Mandela affectionately called one another madala, isiZulu for old man.“Charming and charismatic, he has both a magnetic personality and a commanding presence,” Kathrada wrote. “An uncommon amalgam of peasant and aristocrat, he is a living paradox: a democrat par excellence, with just a touch of the autocrat; at once proud but simple; soft yet tenacious; obstinate and flexible; vain one moment and humble the next; infinitely tolerant but also impatient.”Kathrada and Mandela spent 18 years together on Robben Island and a further seven in Pollsmoor Prison, along with Sisulu.“For all the public exposure and media attention Madiba remains an enigma to all but his most intimate circle,” Kathrada said.He recounted an incident with a terminally ill girl, Michelle Britz, that was typical of Mandela. She wanted to meet Madiba, and when she met Kathrada on Robben Island, he got to know of her wish. Kathrada passed on her wish to the then president, who sprang into action immediately.“The president of South Africa, a universally respected statesman with one of the busiest schedules on earth, flew to the Mpumalanga town of Secunda by helicopter, bearing gifts for a sick child.“The emotional meeting between Madiba and Michelle was shown on national television, and as she clasped her little arms around his neck and kissed him, the eyes of millions must have filled with tears, just as mine did.”In his honourNelson Mandela was given the freedom of 45 cities around the world, and honorary citizenship of 11 cities.In Johannesburg, his image was cast in a 6m-high bronze statue and stands preserved in his famous jive in Nelson Mandela Square.Speaking at the statue’s unveiling in April 2004, Ndileka Mandela, Madiba’s eldest granddaughter, said: “This is a very happy statue. The dancing stance pays tribute to the spirit of joy and celebration inherent in the people of South Africa.” The countless tributes to him around the world are without precedent. He had 23 schools, universities and institutions named after him; 25 halls, buildings, monuments and housing developments; 13 stadiums, squares, plazas, parks and gardens; 91 streets, roads, boulevards and parks; 32 bursaries and scholarships, foundations and lectures. Thirteen statues, sculptures and artworks carry his name.Madiba collected dozens of accolades from around the world: 18 sports-related honours and awards, and 115 other awards.He had a range of strange items named after him: a landfill site, a spider, a sea-slug, a protea, a tea, an orchid, a rescue dog, and a racehorse.Marriage, children and old age Mandela and Winnie divorced in 1996. In 1998 he married Graça Machel, widow of Samora Machel, the president of Mozambique until his death in 1986.Their wedding anniversary was the same date as his birthday – 18 July. In a 2008 interview with Mike Hanna on the Al Jazeera television network, Machel described how lonely Mandela was when she first met him.“After 27 years in jail, what he most longed for was not the glory of political life, but to have a family life,” she said. “It was a meeting of minds and a meeting of hearts.” Although she hadn’t wanted another marriage after Samora Machel’s death, she decided that her gift to Mandela on his 80th birthday would be to marry him.“Madiba has allowed me to continue to be myself. He has always respected my space. We have a deep sense of sharing, but at the same time we respect each other’s identities.“For a man of his age, a man who has gone through those kinds of experiences, he could have become extremely possessive. He’s not. Maybe that’s what love really means. We have found a balanced and respectful way of relating.”Mandela outlived three of his six children, and only three of his daughters are still alive: Makaziwe, Zenani and Zindzi. He had 18 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren, as well as four step-children from his marriage to Machel.Towards the end of his life he and Machel spent their time in Qunu or at their home in the upmarket suburb of Houghton, in Johannesburg. His greatest pleasure of his old age, he said, was watching the sun set, with the music of Handel or Tchaikovsky playing in the background.A short distance from the tranquil surrounds of Houghton, his famous words from the Rivonia Trial echo on the walls of the Drill Hall in central Johannesburg:“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live and to achieve. But if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”last_img read more

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Dr. Wheatley Looking to Increase Engagement with Diaspora in STI

first_img “I don’t think we have actively engaged this resource pool. I want to see this change, and I want our talented and experienced scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists to make a greater effort to contribute and engage us back on the rock. My Ministry will certainly keep the doors open, as we need your help in our quest to solve our national challenges with home-grown innovation,” he said. Story Highlights He was delivering the keynote address at the Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association of New York (JCOBA-NY) Third Annual Griffin Awards and Fundraiser at the SVA Theatre in New York City on June 9. Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Ministry is looking to increase engagement with the diaspora in the areas of science, technology and innovation (STI). Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says the Ministry is looking to increase engagement with the diaspora in the areas of science, technology and innovation (STI).“I don’t think we have actively engaged this resource pool. I want to see this change, and I want our talented and experienced scientists, engineers, mathematicians and technologists to make a greater effort to contribute and engage us back on the rock. My Ministry will certainly keep the doors open, as we need your help in our quest to solve our national challenges with home-grown innovation,” he said.He was delivering the keynote address at the Jamaica College Old Boys’ Association of New York (JCOBA-NY) Third Annual Griffin Awards and Fundraiser at the SVA Theatre in New York City on June 9.Dr. Wheatley said that the application of a culture of science and technology throughout the society will bring the greatest prosperity to citizens and make Jamaica more globally competitive.He told the large audience that STI “must be treated with the utmost priority in our country and Jamaica’s brilliant scientific minds, whether at home or in the diaspora, must be accommodated under the umbrella of a modern national policy and strategy”.He noted that the Ministry has crafted a National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy “to take Jamaica well into the future”, and the document will be submitted to Cabinet shortly.During the function, Minister Wheatley was presented with JCOBA’s Inaugural Science and Technology Leadership Award in recognition of his stellar work in driving Jamaica’s transition into a world-class society through innovation in science, energy and technology.The presentation was made by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks.The Distinguished Alumnus Award went to four past students – businessmen Gary “Butch” Hendrickson and Drs. William Foster, Paul Lindo and Dwight Williams.Dr. Robynne Chupkan and Vanessa Nole received the Woman of Distinction Award; while the Jamaica Brand Ambassador Award went to Wenford Patrick Simpson.last_img read more

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HBC should accept unsolicited 45B offer for German real estate investor

first_imgTORONTO – An activist investor wants Hudson’s Bay Co. to “seriously consider” a bid it values at $4.49 billion for the Canadian retailer’s German department store chain and other real estate assets — at a value about 40 per cent higher than its original purchase price.The unsolicited offer from European retail competitor Signa Holding for the Galeria Kaufhof chain and other properties is above HBC’s 2015 $3.2 billion purchase price and stated net asset value, Land & Buildings Investment Management said in a letter sent to shareholders Wednesday.“Selling properties at or above the company’s stated (net asset value) is likely the optimal and lowest cost option for raising capital — and further underscores the real estate value of the company,” the letter reads.Hudson’s Bay, which has not expressed interest in selling its German business, confirmed the unsolicited offer on Wednesday after trading of its shares (TSX:HBC) was temporarily suspended on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The company’s stock had been up about seven per cent on Wednesday prior to the halt and advanced $1.02, or 9.05 per cent, to $12.29 at the closing of markets.“As we’ve previously stated, our European business is an important element of the Company’s strategy,” the company said in a statement.“HBC remains focused on executing its strategy and plans for the upcoming holiday season.”In the letter, Land & Buildings also said it’s written to the Toronto Stock Exchange and the Ontario Securities Commission with concerns over the company issuing a convertible preferred security without the approval of minority shareholders.The move amounts to an agreement to sell a controlling interest in the company, the letter said, and the shareholders can vote as common shareholders once the transaction closes.They “are contractually bound to vote in favour of the Board’s director nominees for an undisclosed period of time,” the letter reads.The investor has pressured management for months and argues that HBC’s stock price is undervalued. Land & Buildings has previously threatened to seek the removal of company directors unless it unlocked the substantial value in its real estate holdings.After that threat, the retailer sold its storied Lord & Taylor property in the heart of New York City in October. As part of the $1.6 billion Lord & Taylor deal, Hudson’s Bay has said it would also lease out office space in its other locations, including floors of its downtown Toronto and Vancouver locations.Earlier this week, however, it said it may sell its Vancouver property.Former CEO Gerald Storch also announced last month that he was leaving the company to return to his consulting firm in November — less than two months after he helped bring the Canadian retail chain to an international market.Richard Baker, whom Storch succeeded in the top role and who has resumed the CEO’s duties on an interim basis, has been specifically targeted by Land & Buildings.The U.S. investment firm has said Storch’s departure would not solve the problem of HBC’s stock price, adding that Baker is the bigger problem as far as it is concerned.Hudson’s Bay has been struggling in a shifting retail landscape in which consumers are increasingly turning to online shopping. This summer, the company announced it was cutting 2,000 jobs.The company said it will not comment further about speculation surrounding its German business assets unless required by law.It acquired Galeria Kaufhof in 2015 as part of a $3.2-billion deal that included Belgian retailer Galeria Inno and other real estate assets. The takeover included more than 103 Galeria Kaufhof stores, 16 Sportarena stores and 16 Galeria Inno stores.-Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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Local dinosaur fossil included in Provincial fossil designation vote

first_imgBRITISH COLUMBIA – The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development is looking to designate a Provincial Fossil to the official symbols of B.C.A local fossil, found close to Pink Mountain called Shonisaurus Sikanniensis has been included in the list of seven possible candidates to represent B.C. as an official Provincial symbol.There are currently eight Provincial symbols including; a flag, flower – Pacific Dogwood, bird – Steller’s Jay, tree -Western Red Cedar, mammal – Spirit Bear, gemstone – Jade, fish – Pacific Salmon, and the tartan. For a fossil to receive an official designation is recognition that fossils have signifigant importance by representing important heritage resources and having scientific and educational value.The selection process was a public process with the partnership of the B.C. Paleontological Alliance; the following was the criteria used to chose the fossil contenders;Be well known and easily recognizable;be more or less unique to British Columbia;reflect the unique geography of British Columbia;have wide appeal to a general audience;serve as an educational vehicle through which the biology, ecology, and geology of the time it represents can be made clear; andbe amenable to designs for posters, displays and logos.To participate in the vote is online, the fossil with the most votes will be recommended for consideration as the provincial fossil emblemTo vote CLICK HEREVoting closes Friday, November 23rd, 2018last_img read more

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