Bandits jailed for 16 years in Land Court Judge robbery case

first_imgThe three young men who were last week found guilty of robbing and battering Land Court Judge Nicola Pierre and her spouse, MohamedWarren MckenzieChand, have each been sentenced to 16 years for the crimes they committed against the couple.Magistrate Zamilla Ally-Seepaul handed down the sentence Thursday at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court despite the trio’s pleas for leniency and denial of involvement in the above-mentioned crimes.Damion Millington and Warren Mckenzie, both 22 years, along with 18-year-old Nicholas Narine, 22, were found guilty of two counts ofDamion Millingtonrobbery under arms and two counts of felonious wounding.Each young man was sentenced to four years and it was ordered that the time run consecutively.In explaining why this sentence was derived at for each young man, Magistrate Ally-Seepaul stated that this was because of the serious nature of the crimes which resulted in the severe injuries suffered by both the Land Court Judge and her husband as well as the fact that a weapon (a firearm) was used in the robbery and attack. The value of the items which were stolen had also been taken into consideration.Pierre got a broken jaw during her mercilessly beating while the bandits were executing their robbery. Meanwhile, her husband had to undergo surgery to have one of his eyes removed.Nicholas NarineOn July 9 last year at Montrose, East Coast Demerara, the perpetrators armed with a firearm, assaulted and robbed Pierre of a quantity of gold and diamond jewellery, a nugget of gold, and a quantity of gem stones, among other items, including several Nintendo games, a total value of $1 million.Additionally, Pierre’s husband, Chand, was robbed of five wrist watches, a Samsung Galaxy S5 cellular phone, US$8000, a wedding ring, four ‘Oakley’ sunglasses and one brown leather wallet, a total value of $2.6M.Initially, five men were charged for the crimes but two of them were found not guilty.last_img read more

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Dzyuba hits Nations League winner as Russia down Turkey

first_imgStanislav Cherchesov’s men were intent on taking up where they had left off and the visitors looked well on their way when Valencia winger Denis Cheryshev opened the scoring with a well-struck volley after just 13 minutes.Serdar Aziz gave Turkey a lifeline when he levelled four minutes before the interval with a fine strike from just inside the area as Russia failed to clear.But only eight minutes later slack defending saw Yuri Gazinski’s short pass find Dzyuba unmarked on the right side, the captain finishing with calm to stun the hosts.Turkey should have levelled in the dying seconds when Hakan Calhanoglu pounced on a fortuitous rebound inside the area but Russia ‘keeper Andrei Lunev did well to get down quick and thwart his low snap shot.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Artem Dzyuba celebrates scoring Russia’s winner in a 2-1 Nations League victory over Turkey. © AFP / OZAN KOSETRABZON, Turkey, Sep 8 – Artem Dzyuba hit a second-half winner as World Cup quarter-finalists Russia opened their Nations League campaign with a 2-1 away win over Turkey on Friday.Hosts Russia were one of the surprises of the summer’s World Cup, when they came close to booking a place in the last four before exiting the competition 4-3 on penalties to Croatia.last_img read more

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Steph Curry joins Barack Obama at ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ event

first_imgFormer President Barack Obama, left, gestures as Golden State Warriors basketball player Stephen Curry laughs while speaking at the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance Summit in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, California — Former President Barack Obama and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry told a roomful of minority boys on Tuesday that they matter and urged them to make the world a better place.Obama was in Oakland, California, to mark the fifth anniversary of My Brother’s Keeper, an initiative he launched after the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The death of the African-American teen sparked protests over racial profiling.ADVERTISEMENT 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 AdSparc The initiative was a call to communities to close opportunity gaps for minority boys, especially African-American, Latino and Native American boys, Obama said to roughly 100 boys attending the alliance’s first national gathering. The My Brother’s Keeper Alliance is part of the Obama Foundation.“We had to be able to say to them, ‘you matter, we care about you, we believe in you and we are going to make sure that you have the opportunities and chances to move forward just like everybody else’,” Obama said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesObama, who left office in 2017, was joined by basketball star Curry. The men spoke for about an hour, answering questions from the audience and joking around. They talked about lacking confidence or being aimless as teens.Obama praised single mothers, including his own. He advised the boys to look for a mentor, and to find opportunities to guide others. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war View comments MOST READ Curry joined the former president in praising the value of team-work.“What we do on the court and the joy that comes out of that is second to none,” he said, “because nothing great is done by yourself.”The former president cracked up the audience, and Curry, when asked a question about being a man. He said that being a man is about being a good person, someone who is responsible, reliable, hard-working and compassionate. Being a man, he said, is not about life as portrayed in some rap or hip-hop music.“If you are very confident about your sexuality, you don’t have to have eight women around you twerking,” he said to applause. “‘Cause I’ve got one woman who I’m very happy with. And she’s a strong woman.”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Batang Gilas gets tough group with Greece, Argentina, Russia in Fiba U19 World Cup Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chieflast_img read more

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Missing Man is Wanted Man Grand Turk holds weekend search

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Missing Teen home safe, not talking Related Items:kevino smith, missing, ptv, wanted Recommended for you Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online Memories of two TCI men lost on March 4 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Mar 2015 – A missing man is also a wanted man; 25 year old Kevino Smith has been out of touch with family since early this month. A PTV report reveals that Smith has not been in touch with his relatives since March 4th… and that Police have been looking to interview him since March 4th. A search for Smith on the weekend involved a horseback hunt, marine division and even off of the island of Grand Turk, where he was last seen. It is said the search will continue and broaden to include all of TCI, even with the use of aircraft. Kevino Smith was last seen wearing a black short sleeved shirt, long black Dickies pants and sports a braided hair style and is about 6ft tall and of medium build. Police are not revealing why they want to speak to Smith. last_img read more

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The Nawab of schools

Nawab Ali with students of Danishnagar High School. Photo: Prothom AloIt was back in 1968. Nawab Ali was shocked when his mother Khadeja Begum told him that when people in their village were afflicted with cholera and smallpox, the others fled in fear, rather than staying back to help them. It was just a matter of ignorance.Khadeja Begum and her son Nawab Ali tended to the villagers with food and medicine. They also asked others to help the ailing villagers instead of fleeing. But they were mocked.Khadeja said to her son, “Only education can dispel this ignorance.”Nawab pondered on this for long. Then one day he decided to set up schools so the local children could study grow up as educated persons with sound principles.Nawab Ali is from the village Hajipur in Chaitrakol of Pirganj upazila, Rangpur. He has established four schools and a madrasa in the area and helped directly in establishing three more educational institutions. He has donated land for these institutions, and helped students. He has deliberately avoided giving jobs to any of his relations in these institutions. Local people know him to be an ‘education-crazy’ man.Nawab Ali struggled to studyThe 82-year-old Nawab Ali’s village is some 30 kms away from Pirganj. He uses a walking stick and sleeps in a mud house, though he has a brick one. Despite his old age, he visits at least one educational institution every day.On 7 September, two correspondents of Prothom Alo went to Hajipur village to talk to him. Nawab Ali informed them he had to stop his studies twice since there were no schools within three to four miles in those days. There were only jungles all around. “We had to walk on foot to go anywhere.”“I studied up to class V at Bhendabari Government Primary School. The school was five miles away. Later, I passed my matriculation exam in 1954 from Balua High School in the neighbouring Mithapukur upazila.”Establishing schoolsNawab Ali, along with the villagers, founded a primary school in 1974. He donated 33 decimals of land to the school.“Teachers started working hard for the school. Villagers also helped me construct the school building. The education officer also helped us. Students got books and a brick building. We named it Hajipur Government Primary School.”Assistant teacher of the school Amjad said, “Nawab Ali is a unique person. Even at this age, he inspects our activities twice a week. His enthusiasm for education revitalizes us. He hasn’t even taken paan to appoint me.”Danishnagar High School was founded in 1994. Nawab Ali donated Tk 50,000 by selling 20 decimals of his land and gave 1.50 acres of land for the school.Teachers of Danishnagar High School said that due lack of funds they could not hire a cleaner for the school before it was included in the MPO (Monthly Pay Order) list of the government. Nawab Ali himself took the responsibility.Head teacher of the high school, Moksedur Rahman, said, “Nawab Ali has been the president of the school committee for the last 22 years. The guardians always elect him.”The people of Shalti village, some three kilometers from Hajipur, were not being able to set up a school for the lack of land. It was Nawab Ali, who donated 51 decimals land adjacent to the road. Following his example, other villagers donated corrugated iron sheets, bamboo, wood and money. The school was established in 1995 and named Shalti Shamsdighi High School.First president of the managing committee of the school, Afsar Ali, said, “I couldn’t imagine Nawab Ali would donate his land for the school. He asked me to be the president of the school committee. Such sacrifice is rare among the people of this level of our society in these days.”Besides, he founded Danishnagar Primary School in 1992 and Hajipur Dakhil Madarasa in 1998. He donated money and land for these two institutions and encouraged local people to give donations. He also contributed directly for the establishment of Pirerhat Rahman Fajil Madarasa, Anantarampur Girls High School and Jharbishla Hayatul Ulum Alim Madrasa, informed the teachers.Children’s HavenPirerhat Rahman Fajil Madarasa governing body president and former chairman of Chaitrakol union parishad, Deldar Hossain, said to Prothom Alo that Nawab Ali not only has founded the educational institutions, he built roads for the students also.A class IX student of Hajipur Dakhil Madrasa, Asia Khatun, said, “Nawab Dadu (grandfather) has given me this school bag. He also has organised free private tuition for me.”Danishnagar Government Primary School’s head teacher, Abdul Matin said, “Nawab Ali chacha (uncle) is a haven for children. He comes to school, talks to them, buys books and notebooks for them. Sometimes he cleans the classrooms in himself.”Students said their Nawab Ali Dadu goes to their houses if they skip school for one day.Benevolent and modest Nawab AliNawab Ali’s son Manzurul Haq said people of the area elected his father six times as their representative as he remains busy for others and with educational institutions.However, Nawab Ali, who inherited 33 acres of land, said he could not do much for people. “I would have tried more to do something if I were a bit healthier.”Chaitrakol UP member, Mofazzal Hossain, said they are proud of Nawab Ali.Upazila teachers’ association president Anwarul Islam said a person like Nawab Ali is rare in the society.*This piece, originally published in the Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza read more

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