Businessman on trial for attempting to kill neighbour, uncle

first_imgBusinessman Derek Jaisingh appeared before Justice Sandhill Kissoon on Wednesday in relation to allegations that he fired multiple gunshots at 54-year-old Welton Edwards and his nephew, Sherwin Hamilton, 44, at Land of Canaan, East Bank Demerara on November 2, 2014.Derek JaisinghA 12-member jury was on Wednesday empanelled to hear the High Court case after Jaisingh denied two counts of attempted murder when the indictments were presented at his arraignment.The account of Edwards and Hamilton was that they sought to enquire from Jaisingh why he assaulted Sherwin’s brother, Raymond Hamilton, allegedly using on chair on the night of November 2, 2014. Sherwin Hamilton claimed that when they approached Jaisingh, he drew a firearm and later assaulted him with his weapon before firing shots at him and his uncle.Hamilton was shot nine times while Edwards was shot twice, and the duo was hospitalised for several days. According to reports in 2014, Jaisingh claimed that he defended himself after believing that the men were attempting to rob him.Under cross-examination by the businessman’s Attorney, Nigel Hughes on Wednesday, Raymond Hamilton denied that he was “cooking up” a story when he said Jaisingh beat him with a chair, which led him to contact his relatives who were eventually shot. He earlier told the court that they had no problems with Jaisingh prior to the incident and that they had known the accused from seeing him in the village of Land of Canaan.Raymond, who is a minibus conductor recalled that on the night of the incident, he and Jaisingh had a fight sometime after 22:00h when he was on his way to purchase beer at a Chinese restaurant. He said after he was assaulted with the chair, he screamed for help as Jaisingh was on top of him. He added that sometime after, the accused and his brother “had a talking” and he escaped because he was scared.Hamilton said he heard gunshots roughly 30 minutes later and after he came out to see what was happening, he saw Welton Edwards lying on the public road in a pool of blood. His brother, Sherwin, called “Nasty Man” told the jury that he was sleeping in his shop at Land of Canaan when he heard screaming outside. He said he climbed up and looked out of his window and then realised that the screams were that of his brother’s.“I went over the road and I saw this man sitting on my brother hitting him with a gun. I went out and pull off my brother by holding [Jaisingh] on his shoulder. After that, he get up and snatch my jersey and dealt a lash to me with his gun to my head,” he said.It was after this that Sherwin Hamilton went and called his uncle, Welton to the scene. In court, he identified Jaisingh as the attacker. Prosecutors Orinthia Schmidt and Lisa Cave are presenting the State’s case.last_img read more

GRDB unable to bring paddy bug infestation under control – farmers

first_imgRice farmer Dhaniram Persaud estimates the infestation will cost him an additional $2MDespite assurances from the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) that the current paddy bug infestation is being adequately addressed on the ground, this is a different reality for farmers.Some rice farmers who reached out to this publication are calling for aerial spraying to be allowed, claiming that if not, losses will be worse than last crop.The GRBD recently announced that it’s expanding its paddy bug campaigns with intent to completely eradicate the issue.Last crop, in the 52-72 area and Crabwood Creek, 17 farmers were forced to dump their paddy, after mills refused them because of the damage as a result of the paddy bug infestation.According to the GRDB, it has now adopted the strategy of using trained and experienced personnel to conduct spraying.The new approach will see the GRDB not only spraying the fields, but also the perimeter to avoid the bugs getting to the actual rice crop, GRDB’s Allison Peters had stated.However, Extension Officer Ramglan Singh is of the view that the GRDB is making a mockery of the issue.He explained that the GRDB has only contracted two motor blowers to the entire Region Six. The project commenced in the Number 52-74 rice cultivation area only.“It has approximately 300 miles access dams, irrigation dams and drainage dams and two motor blowers will take them several months to complete just 52-74,” the Extension Officer revealed.However, that does not include the Black Bush Polder, Crabwood Creek, Lower Corentyne, both East and West Canje and East Bank Berbice, where rice is also being cultivated.In two weeks of work, the GRDB motor blowers have treated about ten miles of the more than 300 miles of dams in the 52-74 area.Both the 52-74 and Crabwood Creek Water Users Associations are willing to step in, Singh said.“Unfortunately, one of the extension officers informed me that a chemical supplied by the GRDB is finished and with only two motor blowers being supplied to the entire region… several months to complete that kind of exercise. We are waiting on the GRDB to coordinate this activity from the level of the Water Users Association and the Farmers’ Organisation so that it can be expedited … this most important activity to eradicate the paddy bugs”.However, farmers are calling on Government to allow aerial spraying, noting that the paddy bugs are in the savannah and field, and dam spraying will not eradicate the insects.“We are urging the Head of the Extension Services of the GRDB to take a more serious step and to collaborate with the local authorities in order to move the exercise faster because in one week from now some of the rice will start flowering. In fact, some has already begun to flower but there are reports of massive paddy bug infestation in fields,” Singh said.Meanwhile, one farmer, Dhaniram Persaud, who cultivates 308 acres of rice at Crabwood Creek, told Guyana Times that 210 acres of rice are about to bare. Currently he is applying insecticides for the bugs.According to Persaud, it cost him about $75,000 in labour and a further $75,000 in chemicals for each application, which cost him about $200,000 in total. He has to apply the chemicals once every 3 days and estimates that an additional $2M will be spent in trying to eradicate the pest. According to Persaud, even with that, he might still not get the quality of rice expected because of the attack by bugs.The GRDB has been engaging in several seminars to better educate both farmers and rice mill employees in the areas of rice grading, checking for dockage, and moisture. She noted that they have already conducted three workshops in Region 5 and 6, and would soon move to Region 3 to continue in that direction.Extension Officer Ramglan Singhlast_img read more

Chelsea striker returns for QPR clash

first_img Diego Costa 1 Diego Costa will return for Chelsea against QPR on Saturday and Jose Mourinho says he is powerless to prevent the striker going on international duty with Spain as his row with the forward’s national team intensifies.Mourinho is furious after Costa returned from international duty unfit, with the Spaniard missing Chelsea’s last four games as a result.And Mourinho has made a veiled dig at Spain, claiming he will put Costa on ‘a programme’ to protect his fitness, suggesting the national team do not.“Diego is available. It is good for us,” he said. “It is difficult only with one striker available. When you have two the situation improves.“The only thing I can say is what everyone knows, which is the time he was having problems in Chelsea and the way we managed to keep him playing, and after the national team we lost him for four matches.“He is again available but he needs to be again under special care. We are going to do that. That is all we can do, nothing else.“Will I stop him playing for Spain? That’s not my call and decision. I am supportive of players playing for their countries when players are in position to do it and when players in the national team follow the same kind of programme to recover from the problems they have.“I am nobody to stand in the way of national teams. I cannot stop him to go.”last_img read more

Inter join Arsenal and Man United in transfer race for midfield star

first_img1 Arsenal and Manchester United will have to move fast if they want to sign Geoffrey Kondogbia, after reports in Italy claimed Inter Milan are making moves to sign the Monaco midfielder.Both Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal are believed to be big admirers of the 22-year-old, who was outstanding during the recent Champions League game at Emirates Stadium where he helped the French side come away with a convincing 3-1 victory.Reports in England on Tuesday suggested Monaco are prepared to listen to offers for Kondogbia during the summer and value him at £14.5m.But there could now be a third club entering the running to sign him after FCInterNews claimed the Italian giants are looking to take him to the San Siro at the end of the season.Roberto Mancini is desperate to see his side challenge at the top of Serie A and hopes to sign several new faces to help them compete for silverware once again. Geoffrey Kondogbia last_img read more

Wayne Rooney says he will NEVER quit on England

first_img Wayne Rooney England captain Wayne Rooney insists he will never retire from international football.Rooney has another chance to rewrite the history books on Tuesday when Wembley hosts England’s latest Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland.The England skipper equalled Sir Bobby Charlton’s scoring record with his 49th goal against San Marino on Saturday and given that he has scored nine in his last 11 games for England, there is a good chance he will bring up his 50 against the Swiss.Eleven years after he opened his England scoring account with a strike against Macedonia, Rooney still has just as much enthusiasm about playing for his country.And for that reason, he does not have any plans when it comes to ending his England career – he will leave that to someone else.“I won’t be one to say I’m not available for selection,” the Manchester United forward said.“I’m sure it’ll probably be the manager’s choice more than mine. It’s a huge honour to play for England.”With England now qualified for Euro 2016, Rooney will feature for the Three Lions at his sixth major tournament next summer although there is no reason to believe he will carry on playing beyond the World Cup that follows in Russia two years later.He said: “I feel I’m capable of going to Russia. After that, it may be a realistic time to see how I feel and if I feel it’s not right for England or myself, I’ll have a decision to make.“Or the manager would have a decision to make. If I feel I can carry on, I’ll try. But if the manager says he doesn’t feel I’m in his plans for the next tournament, it’s probably better I don’t play in the qualifying games because I won’t be going to the tournament.”Rooney’s wife Coleen travelled to Serravalle to watch her husband play 58 minutes of the 6-0 win and the couple’s five-year-old son Kai was there too.The latter will not be there on Tuesday – and neither will Charlton – but the tape of the former Everton striker breaking the record will be watched again and again over the coming years in the Rooney household regardless of where it happens.“My eldest lad Kai is starting to get into football a lot and he is wanting to go to a lot of games. Unfortunately he can’t go (tonight) because of school,” Rooney said.“It would mean a lot to them, to my wife and my parents and for my children when they have grown up to see my achievements.”A point will be enough for England to win the group with two matches to spare.Michael Carrick pulled out of the squad on Monday with a calf problem.England manager Roy Hodgson said: ”We don’t believe it’s that serious. It’s quite strange. It came out of nowhere, almost.”It was at the start of a warm-up in San Marino. He felt something very, very small, very, very slight.”He had a preliminary type of scan with our doctors and they decided there’s something there.” 1last_img read more

Kick Off: Premier League Special

first_imgMark Saggers was joined in the studio by the Racing Post’s Mark Langdon and the Telegraph’s Jim White to preview the return of the Premier League.Among things discussed were Tim Sherwood’s situation at Aston Villa and Jurgen Klopp’s first game as Liverpool manager.last_img

Everton latest: Roberto Martinez defends under-fire John Stones – ‘He’s not the finished article’

first_img1 Everton manager Roberto Martinez has come to the defence of John Stones after the England youngster faced a fan backlash for his performance against Swansea on Sunday.The Three Lions defender has impressed with his natural ball playing ability in recent seasons, but was criticised after his sloppy backpass led to the Swans’ opening goal in a 2-1 victory at Goodison Park.It was the latest in a string of bad results for the Toffees, as they drop into the bottom half of the table after a run of just one win from their last ten Premier League games.Martinez has often excused his side’s performances on the basis his young team still have plenty to learn, and he has no doubts Stones, in particular, will prove his critics wrong in the long run.“John is 21 and has played 68 games in the Premier League. I would never judge a player until he plays 100 starts in any league,” he added.“John is the first one to know when he plays well and plays badly. You have to learn from those situations.“Some of his performances this season have been magnificent. Is he the finished article? Clearly not because he is 21 and has played only 68 games.“Whatever the judgement and criticism from outside we accept it but I think John Stones is in the perfect environment to fulfil his potential and become one of the greatest players England has ever seen.”Martinez was speaking ahead of Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City, with Everton taking a slender 2-1 advantage to the Etihad Stadium .A Merseyside derby final with Liverpool – if the Reds beat Stoke on Tuesday night – could be on the cards with a victory, and Martinez is confident his young side have what it take to secure their place at Wembley, despite their recent struggles in the league.“You want every player to show the mentality of being ready and that the team can rely on that individual and every player has to have that mentality,” the manager added.“Disappointments are painful at the moment because results have not been fair in reflecting the efforts and football we have played.“Psychologically you have to go through experiences in order to create that resilience to create that winning mentality.“When things are going well they [younger players] will get a lot of attention, but in the same way when results are not going well they have to get used to that scrutiny.“I never manage in a blame culture, I manage in an aspirational manner.“There are situations you need that [psychological] support but at the moment I wouldn’t say that is needed in this team.“Getting a big achievement and reach something quite special could help to that positive outlook in our games.“It will be an enormous landmark for the club if we can reach the final of the League Cup.“I don’t think we have anything to lose. Everyone expects Man City to win and to get into the final.” Everton defender John Stones last_img read more

My Donegal… with musician Rory & The Island

first_imgKilcar native Rory Gallagher is a musician living in Lanzorote where he is the co-owner and resident musician in the Island Bar, Old Town (which has been named the number one bar in Lanzorote)!Rory played the bass guitar and was the voice for The Revs. The Revs released several hit singles and albums,  playing at Oxygen, Slane Castle, and touring the world with bands such as the Kaiser Chiefs, Foo Fighters and Muse. Rory launched his solo career in 2008 with the release of “God Bless the Big Bang” and regularly uploads his original songs to his Youtube channel. His videos get thousands of views, with his most popular song being the 2012 classic ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ which has over a million views!This is Rory’s Donegal… What is your favourite place in Donegal and why?Kilcar, I might be biased because it is my hometown, but apart from that the coastal scenery is stunning and the people are good craic.If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The fact that I am not living there!Who is the one person that you look up to and why?There are so many people in Donegal in all the different communities who work with the youth and the elderly for next nor no pay just to make the place better. Men who will train an under 12s team on a cold rainy evening in February, or nurses in the hospices, those kind of people, the heroes who fly under the radar!What’s your happiest memory in Donegal?We went to see Boyzone when they mimed in the Limelight in Glenties in 1994 and my friend hit Ronan Keating with an ice cube, Ronan saw him from the stage and slapped him in the face, that made me very happy indeed.What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?To see Seamus Coleman from Killybegs Captain the Rep. of Ireland team in the Euros in June was quite exceptional.2012 GAA was good craic as well!If you had a million euro to improve something in Donegal what would it be?Cancer treatment options, always having to travel so far is tough on familiesWhat is your favourite Donegal-made product?I have a clock with Daniel O Donnell’s face on it, I love it. Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?The actor Sean McGinley always comes across as a real educated gentleman whenever I see him on TV being interviewed, and we forget the amount of Hollywood blockbusters he was actually in! He always mentions Donegal with great fondnessWhat has been the biggest compliment you’ve ever received?U2 tipped my former band “The Revs” as the only young Irish band worth talking about in a press conference in 2001, that was pretty overwhelming.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?Growing up it was the likes of Martin McHugh or Packie Bonner, in recent times it would be Jim McGuinness, Seamie Coleman and Jason Quigley to name a few. I find it hard to just name one!What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Mammy’s kitchen! What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“He was in tight shape”What is the biggest challenge facing the people of Donegal today?Speaking from my own experience it would be “not moving away”! I think the recession is ending slower in rural areas like Donegal , so that is tough on young people.What is your favourite food that you associate with Donegal?Freshly caught mackerel straight into the grill, I used to love that in the summers.Is there anything that really annoys you about Donegal or its people?The recent fascination with bad country music is a bit worrying haha … but I suppose it’s a lot better than having young people drive around listening to gangster rap stabbing each other! lolDo you have a favourite local band? I really like the music Little Hours released last year, I like the Lock-ins, and if my brother Sean ever forms a band it will be awesome!Where’s the most unusual place you’ve logged on to Donegal Daily?From a market place in Jamaica, that was a bit odd.What is the biggest thing you miss about home?My family and friends.Is there anything about Donegal that you are very proud of?The fact that Donegal was always a bit of an overlooked county but the people were so hard working that when they moved abroad to places like New York, Chicago, London etc they normally ended up running massive businesses, with little or no business training or university education, this is a phenomenal achievement.It goes to show what drive, willpower, hard work and a bit of Donegal charm can get you in this life if you want it!Rory with his family – we’re sure his little man will be a musical prodigy with his dad to teach him!To keep up with Rory you can find him on Youtube, Facebook, or his website!My Donegal… with musician Rory & The Island was last modified: September 25th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:interviewkilcarlanzoroteMY DONEGALrory and the islandRory Gallagherthe revslast_img read more

Students young and old win degrees despite hardship

first_imgIt took Patty Esquivel more than two decades to finish, but on Wednesday she finally received her associate’s degree from Los Angeles Mission College – an achievement she started but failed to complete in Mexico, her homeland. Esquivel, 47, of Pacoima, was one of thousands of community college students who were honored Wednesday at commencement ceremonies at Mission, Los Angeles Valley and Pierce Colleges. “In order to succeed in life, you need to have an education,” said Esquivel, adding that her purpose in continuing her schooling was to serve as an example to her children. The mother of three first enrolled in the Sylmar school in 1986, but repeatedly put her studies on hold to raise her kids while her husband worked two jobs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2But her determination paid off: Her 20-year-old daughter, Patricia, also got her associate’s degree, in psychology, at Mission, and plans to follow her mother by attending California State University, Northridge, in the fall. “It’s a very emotional day for us,” said Patricia Esquivel, who seemed prouder of her mother’s accomplishment than her own. “After all this time, my mom finally was able to get her A.A. (degree). She’s been at it for some time. “She was an inspiration to us. Whenever she would bring home her report card, she would say, `If I can get an A and still take care of you, you can get an A.’ She always pushed us to do the best we could in everything.” Keynote speaker Thomas Brown, an educator, emphasized that despite Mission College’s year of turmoil – marked by faculty infighting – the faculty and staff never lost sight of what was important: the students’ education. “This has not been an easy year,” he said. “It’s been a year full of controversy. … But the heart and soul of Mission College is to help students succeed.” At Los Angeles Valley College in Valley Glen, Alex Cuevas, 38, of North Hollywood, who was graduating Thursday as a registered nurse, said LAVC helped him get one step closer to his dream. “I wanted to be a doctor, but – impatient – I settled for the next-best thing,” Cuevas said, jokingly. Unable to afford medical school, he worked as a pharmacy manager and took classes at LAVC to become a nurse, noting as he did so the shortage of nursing instructors. Eventually, he plans to get his master’s degree so he can become a nursing instructor and help train the next generation of nurses. Los Angeles City Controller Laura Chick, who attended LAVC in the 1980s, told the LAVC graduates she hoped they have fulfilling lives ahead of them, and urged them to keep learning and to own their decisions. At Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine noted that his long career, first in law enforcment and later in politics, began at a community college. “If you don’t care about your future, no one else will care to help you achieve your goals,” Zine said. “You are the only one who can stop you from succeeding and achieving your goals.” lisa.sodders@dailynews.com (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Coleman back in action, but Everton lose at Watford

first_imgSEAMUS COLEMAN recovered from his brush with Zlatan Ibrahimovic to play for Everton today – but the Toffees were beaten 3-2 by Watford at Vicarage Road.Coleman had to come off during Everton’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday, the Killybegs man suffering as a result of a clash with Ibrahimovic.Coleman was back in the starting XI today for Ronald Koeman’s team today, but they fell to a narrow defeat. The loss means the Blues have now won only once in 11 games.Stefano Okaka’s brace either side of a powerfully-headed goal by Sebastian Prodl secured the win for Watford.Romelu Lukaku struck twice for Everton, but his second goal, on 86 minutes, was a case of too little, too late.Lukaku had given Everon the lead, but Okaka levelled with a fine volley at the near post. And Prodl’s header rose to brilliantly head home before Okaka made it 3-1 just past the hour.Coleman back in action, but Everton lose at Watford was last modified: December 10th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:evertonseamus colemanlast_img read more