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January 13, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAs the trial continues into Babita Sarjou’s murder, Police Inspector Suraj Singh attached to Major Crimes Unit, Criminal Investigations Department took the witness box on Thursday to give evidence against Sarjou’s ex-spouse, Sharnandand Naraine, called ‘Anand’ of Lot 51 Seaforth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown; and Darel Pronton called ‘Yankee’ of Lot 54 Broad Street, Charlestown.Inspector Singh in his evidence reiterated that no inducement was offered for Pronton’s oral statements nor was he assaulted at any time in his presence. Singh disclosed that he never received any complaints of assault from Pronton, neither did he see his body bearing marks of violence, in fact , he stated that Pronton looked comfortable.Babita SarjouSharnandand NaraineMurder accused: Darel ProntonSingh continued that Pronton’s statement to the police was given voluntarily despite many cautions administered to him.Prontons’ attorney Nigel Hughes in cross-examination of Singh contended that his client’s statement was not voluntary. Hughes suggested to Singh that his client give statements to the police on the premise that he will not be charged.Naraine’s attorney, Peter Hugh was not present in court for the hearing.The trail continued on Friday along with a Voir Dire (trial within a trial) to ascertain whether statements made by Pronton were willingly or involuntarily given. It will also determine if the statements can be admitted as evidence in the PI.The case was reopened by Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum and his team of detectives who were able to crack the case on May 22, after they spent over five hours digging up a site at Naraine’s Seaforth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, home where they believed Sarjou’s body was buried. They recovered skeletal remains, however they are still awaiting confirmation from DNA samples sent for overseas testing.Meanwhile it was reported that Sarjou had left her home to go to the Diwali motorcade on the eve of November 4, 2010 with Naraine who had called her. He reportedly picked her up in his car and while she was sitting in the front passenger seat she was strangled by Pronton who was reportedly seated in the back-seat of the car.Sarjou’s lifeless body was allegedly transported to Naraine’s house where he had allegedly dug her grave two days before she was killed.last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgExpectations grow. The hype builds. And remarkably enough, the 6-foot-7 junior wing manages to take everything in stride. Renaldo grew up with his mother, Pat, who is divorced, older brother, Zach, and sister, Tiana. Renaldo occasionally visits Orlando, who lives in Texas, during summer and spring breaks. Following in his father’s footsteps has always been the plan for the 16-year-old. “Playing basketball is my genes,” Woolridge said. “Having someone around that’s been there, someone who’s played at the highest level, is great. My dad helps me out with my game. I have a long road to go if I’m going to play in the NBA.” Life has changed drastically for Woolridge ever since he enrolled at Harvard-Westlake as a 6-1 freshman. He was familiar with the program’s tradition because, the year before, Zach joined forces with Taylor and Stepheson to help guide the Wolverines to a third consecutive Southern Section Div. III-A title in 2004. Renaldo didn’t catch the eye of the Hilliard and the rest of the coaching staff until the summer before his sophomore season, when he grew three inches and was promoted to varsity. “My mom is tall, 6-1, and I can remember telling her every morning that I was getting closer and closer to catching up with her and passing her,” Woolridge said. Despite the growth spurt, he still found himself buried on the bench last year behind seniors Kieran Ramsey, Jon Jaques, Corey Kelly and Stepheson as the Wolverines advanced to the Southern Section Div. III-A title game at the Pond in Anaheim and to Div. III State final at the L.A. Sports Arena. Woolridge averaged less than fiveminutes per game a season ago. “At times, I was frustrated because I wanted to play, but I understood that we were really talented and I was inexperienced,” Woolridge said. “I knew I would get my chance. I knew my time would come.” He’s taken full advantage of his opportunity as a starter. Woolridge had a breakout game against Rio Mesa of Oxnard in the first week, scoring 28 points and adding 16rebounds. Ten days later, he had 21points and 11 rebounds against Ocean View of Huntington Park. He’s had a double-double in four of the past five league games to help the Wolverines (18-5, 9-2) move into a firstplace tie with Crespi of Encino (14-10, 9-2) with three games remaining in the regular season. “Renaldo has made some dramatic improvements,” said Dinos Trigonis, editor-in-chief of Fullcourt Press recruiting service. “He brings a lot to the table. He’s strong with the ball, has a good handle and solid perimeter game, plays defense and can get up off the floor and rebound. “What people must remember is, this is essentially his first year playing with the big boys and he’s showing great improvement. He’s one of the fastest rising junior prospects in the country. His upside is tremendous.” Woolridge has been contacted by several Pac-10 Conference programs, including UCLA, Arizona and Washington. Pepperdine, Illinois, Miami and Tulsa have also expressed interest, though he’s in no hurry to make a decision about his future. First things first, and that’s realizing his potential and creating his own identity. He can’t possibly be expected to make people forget about the Collins’ brothers, who attended Stanford before moving onto the NBA – or Taylor and Stepheson, currently playing at Oregon and North Carolina, respectively. That would be unreasonable. However, Woolridge does have the chance to leave a legacy of his own. “Not everyone gets the opportunity Renaldo has before him,” Hilliard said. “The casual fan may observe him and determine that he’s not a finished, not a polished product. He will be soon. Very soon. He could end up being one of the best to ever play here.” Only time will tell. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Just to be mentioned in the same sentence as the Collins brothers and Bryce and Alex is an honor. It’s humbling,” Woolridge said. “I guess there’s talk of me being the next superstar here, but I’m not trying to replace anyone. My goal is to work hard and let things happen.” Woolridge is shooting more than 50percent from the field and averaging a team-best 19.1 points and 7.9 rebounds for the Wolverines heading into tonight’s home game against long-time Mission League rival Loyola of Los Angeles at 7p.m. “There’s been some very accomplished players to come through this school over the years,” Harvard-Westlake coach Greg Hilliard said. “We think Renaldo can be the next in line to take the mantle and run with it.” “Sure, that might be a lot to ask of him, but he’s a tremendous athlete and is already recognized as one of our best players. He’s handling the transition of becoming our go-to-guy amazingly well.” Woolridge is no stranger when it comes to dealing with life while living in anothers shadow. His dad is Orlando Woolridge, a 13-year NBA veteran who played for the Lakers from 1989-1990. center_img Each time Renaldo Woolridge sets foot inside the gym at Harvard-Westlake of Studio City, he can’t help but notice the retired jerseys of former Wolverines standouts Jason and Jarron Collins, Bryce Taylor and Alex Stepheson hanging from the wall. The pressure on Woolridge to develop into the next great player to come out of the program continues to mount. last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgAfter a swaggering 6-0 rout of Lyon on Saturday, this was a more prosaic performance from the hosts, but there was still plenty to encourage Gunners boss Wenger ahead of their Premier League opener against West Ham on August 9.Former Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, the only major signing made by Wenger since the end of last season, marked his home debut with the kind of composed display that was so often missing during Arsenal’s goalkeeping woes in recent years.After starting last season’s FA Cup final win against Aston Villa in the central striker’s role he has coveted for much of his career, Walcott’s cool finish provided further evidence the winger might be ready to make a permanent transition this season.There was also a tantalising glimpse into Arsenal’s future as 17-year-old French midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide made an eye-catching start 24 hours after an equally effervescent performance from fellow teenager Alex Iwobi.And, having already secured the Asia Trophy earlier this month, the Gunners can now clinch a hat-trick of pre-season trophies if they defeat Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley next Sunday.“Our technical level was good, but it was maybe less spectacular than yesterday because our final ball wasn’t at the top level,” Wenger said.“We gave them many more problems in the second half because we pushed up more and overall it was two good days.”Despite his long spell with bitter rivals Chelsea, Cech was given a warm welcome by the Arsenal fans in his second appearance for the club.Relieved to see Wenger finally sign a world-class ‘keeper, fans greeted 33-year-old Czech’s first touch, comfortably holding a Kevin De Bruyne cross, with a standing ovation.Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hecking says the Bundesliga runners-up have been destabilised by speculation that Manchester City are about to make a £50 million ($77.5 million) bid for Belgium playmaker De Bruyne.But they still dominated much of the first half, working opportunities for De Bruyne, who shot well over, then former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, who narrowly failed to convert a De Bruyne cross.– Something special –Arsenal were unable to recapture the scintillating form that destroyed Lyon and Walcott wasted one of their few first half chances when he shot straight at goalkeeper Diego Benaglio from a tight angle.Wolfsburg were presented with a golden opportunity to take the lead when Timm Klose, unmarked 10 yards from goal, lashed wildly over from a deflected Andre Schurrle corner.In the end, it took a moment of inspiration from Reine-Adelaide to break the deadlock.Signed from the Lens academy last month after helping France win the European Under-17 Championships, Reine-Adelaide has been hailed by Wenger as “something special” and he showed why with a quality contribution to Walcott’s 50th minute goal.A deft first touch and nimble turn took the youngster away from his marker and he advanced quickly towards the penalty area before slipping a clever pass through to Walcott, who calmly slotted past Benaglio.Aware of his potential move to rivals City, De Bruyne drew mocking jeers from the Arsenal fans when he miscued a woeful effort well over with his last contribution before being substituted.There was still time for Cech to underline why Wenger paid £11 million to prise him away from Chelsea as he blocked Ricardo Rodriguez’s low drive, then got down smartly to keep out Josuha Guilavogui’s effort.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal’s Theo Walcott celebrates after scoring during an Emirates Cup soccer match between Arsenal and VFL Wolfsburg at the Emirates Stadium in London, Britain, 26 July 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, July 26- Arsenal stepped up their impressive preparations for the new season by winning the Emirates Cup for the first time since 2010 as Theo Walcott’s strike clinched a 1-0 win over Wolfsburg on Sunday.Walcott’s second half goal ensured Arsene Wenger’s side took the silverware as they finished above Villarreal, who also won both their matches but had an inferior goals scored record, in the four-team pre-season tournament at their Emirates Stadium.last_img read more

January 10, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Elections BC announced on Saturday that they have accepted two recount requests but denied four others.In Coquitlam-Burke Mountain, where the BC Liberal candidate, Joan Issacs won by 268 votes over BC NDP candidate Jodie Wickens, who requested the recount, was denied.BC Liberal candidate Jim Benninger requested a recount in the Courtney-Comox riding where he lost to BC NDP candidate Ronna-Rae Leonard. He lost by only nine votes and his recount request was accepted.- Advertisement -BC NDP candidate Aman Singh requested a recount in the Richmond-Queensborough riding where he lost to BC Liberal candidate Jas Johal. Singh’s request was denied by Elections BC.In the Vancouver-False Creek riding where BC Liberal Sam Sullivan defeated BC NDP candidate Morgane Oger is the second riding that will have a recount. The initial recount request by Oger was denied by Elections BC but a second request from BC Citizens First Party candidate Phillip James was accepted. Elections BC explained the reason in a release.“Phillip James Ryan’s request for a recount in Vancouver-False Creek was accepted because an advance voting ballot account records 403 votes for one candidate, and the tally sheet and parcel envelope containing ballots for that candidate lists 399.”Advertisement Maple Ridge-Mission was another riding that Elections BC has denied a recount for.“Recount requests were not accepted if they did not meet the requirements of the Election Act. In cases where the difference between the top two candidates is greater than 100 votes, recount requests must include factual basis that ballots were not correctly accepted or rejected, or that a ballot account does not accurately record the number of votes for a candidate.”Recount requests are accepted if:the difference between the top two candidates is close (defined in the Election Act as 100 votes or fewer); orvotes were not correctly accepted or ballots were not correctly rejected, or a ballot account does not accurately record the number of votes for a candidateThere are still close to 180,000 absentee votes that need to be counted. Christy Clark and the BC Liberals currently hold 43 seats, one off the amount needed to have a majority government. The BC NDP sit with 41 while the BC Green Party sits with 3.Advertisementlast_img read more

January 6, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgPOMONA – A Rowland Heights man arrested for the kidnapping and burglary of a Hacienda Heights woman in 2005 Friday was found not mentally competent to stand trial. Pomona Superior Court Commissioner Wade Olson ordered Brandon Lee Escalante, 26, to Department of Health custody at Patton State Hospital. He is due back in court Sept. 13 for a progress report hearing. Escalante was charged with kidnapping for ransom, attempted forcible rape, assault with intent to commit sexual assault, battery by restraint, carjacking, first- degree burglary and assault with a deadly weapon. Escalante allegedly was burglarizing a home in Hacienda Heights in August 2005 when the woman and her 3- and 6-year-old children interrupted him. He then tied up the children, forced the woman into his car, and called her husband and demanded a $5,000 ransom. The husband called police, who traced the phone calls and found Escalante near the victim’s house three hours later. Deputies shot at him when he jumped out of the car with a gun after taking off and crashing the car near Surrey and Coach places, officials said. Authorities at the time said they were puzzled that Escalante would go to such extreme measures for a small ransom amount. “We think he could have been trying to support a drug habit,” Industry Station Lt. Tim Murakami said. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105 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

January 6, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFor just more than a year, the Federal Reserve has held a key interest rate at 5.25percent, providing a period of stability to borrowers. Before that, the Fed had boosted rates for two years to fend off inflation. Bernanke took pains Wednesday to hedge the Fed’s bets and outline risks to the economy. One risk is that energy and commodity prices could continue to rise sharply, boosting the prices of lots of other goods and services and thus spreading inflation through the economy. The Fed “has consistently stated that upside risks to inflation are its predominant” concern, he said. The panel’s chairman, Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said that finding “troubles me.” In Frank’s view, the biggest problem is the growing gap between low-wage and high-wage workers. The economy barely budged in the first quarter, growing at pace of just 0.7percent, the worst in more than four years. The housing market was the main culprit. WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress on Wednesday that the economy has emerged from its anemic spell, but overall growth for the year will be lower than expected. Inflation remains the chief concern, he said. Delivering a midyear Fed economic report to Capitol Hill, Bernanke struck a somewhat cautious tone. He suggested that the economy appears likely to expand “at a moderate pace” over the second half. Still, the Fed chief told the House Financial Services Committee that growth this year will be slower than the Fed projected in February. Growth, however, should strengthen a bit next year, he said. The inflation forecast wasn’t changed. It calls for prices other than food and energy to edge lower. Against this backdrop, the Fed is likely to leave interest rates where they are through the rest of this year. “They aren’t moving,” said Stuart Hoffman, chief economist at PNC Financial Services Group. 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

January 6, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img“The country has moved steadily and at lightning speed toward equality,” he said. “Divisive wedge politics in terms of gay issues is not what it was before and that’s indicative of the type of questions these candidates are being asked. “No longer are we discussing a federal marriage amendment, but we’re actually talking about ways we can progress toward equality.” Organizers initially hoped to also have a forum for Republican candidates, inviting the top three in the polls — former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Arizona Sen. John McCain. But only Romney responded, and he rejected the invitation, Luna said. Questionnaires “on some top issues dealing with equal rights” were earlier sent to all the Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns, and no Republican candidate responded, Luna said. The two-hour forum will be televised live by the Logo cable channel and on, a Logo-affiliated Web site devoted to politics. Questioning the candidates will be Washington Post editorial writer Jonathan Capehart, singer Melissa Etheridge, and Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese. Bloomberg News columnist Margaret Carlson will be the moderator.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Even before the forum was held, the author of a proposed initiative that would enshrine California’s same-sex marriage ban in the state constitution called the field of Democratic presidential candidates “strong advocates of the transsexual-bisexual-homosexual agenda, which is blatantly attacking marriage for a man and a woman.” “It’s obvious that these politicians cannot be trusted to protect what’s good and right as an example for impressionable children,” Randy Thomasson said. “California voters must rise up to override these pandering politicians on the ballot in order to protect marriage rights for one man and one woman, once and for all.” But Luna said there is no political risk to the candidates involved in today’s forum. The year “2008 is not 2004,” Luna said. Six of the eight Democratic presidential candidates are scheduled to participate in a forum tonight on issues affecting the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans. The candidates will appear separately in alphabetical order, each answering questions for 15 minutes at a Hollywood television studio. Topics are expected to include same-sex marriage, the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring openly gay and lesbian individuals from serving in the armed forces, hostility and discrimination in the workplace, and partners’ health care and inheritance rights. The only Democratic presidential candidates who will not participate are Sens. Joseph Biden, D-Del., and Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., who cited scheduling conflicts, said Brad Luna, director of communications for the Human Rights Campaign. His group, the nation’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality, is the forum organizer. last_img read more

January 3, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img1 Gerard Deulofeu Everton have agreed a €6million deal with Barcelona for Gerard Deulofeu.The young Spaniard will re-join the Toffees on July 1, agreeing a three-year contract at Goodison Park with an option for a fourth.Everton manager Roberto Martinez said: “Gerard considers Everton as home and we are getting an even more mature player now than he was a couple of seasons ago.“Gerard needs no introduction to anyone here at Everton. We are all well aware of his incredible footballing talent.”Deulofeu spent last season on loan at La Liga side Sevilla, where he played 28 times and helped the Spanish outfit win the Europa League for a second year in a row.last_img read more

December 30, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMarian is presented with her award at the GRAM awards in Dublin.A well-known Letterkenny service station has won a key category in an awards ceremony aimed at recognising the best management in the Irish retail sector.The well recognised Shelf Life GRAM awards took place last week in the Royal Marine hotel in Dublin.The superb deli at TobinsThe GRAMs, now in its ninth year, is the first and only national management awards scheme devoted exclusively to recognising the best managers in the Irish retail, wholesale and off-licence sectors. Competition was very tough for these awards but Tobin’s Service Station had a key winner on the night.Marian McGarrigle won the Delicatessen/Food to Go Manager award for 2014, the second time that she has one this prestigious award.Congratulations Marian who always treats customers with a smile!MARIAN SERVES UP TOP AWARD FOR TOBINS! was last modified: June 6th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:donegalGRAMsletterkennyMarian McGarrigleretail sectorTobin’s Service Stationlast_img read more

December 27, 2019 | | Post a Comment

first_imgFrom Scotty’s to Irene’s to Rod’s to Otto’s to Wallie’s Hideout, the ramshackle place bore many names atop its weathered roof. It grew outward, piece by piece, with walls scarred by wayward darts and beers sloshed from their bottles. No one got drunk and punched each other, and though discussions grew heated, they rarely got ugly. “This is the Cheers of Simi Valley, and I’m Norm,” said Dan Dow, 37, a movie tech who’s been a regular for the past few months. “No, everybody’s Norm.” He sat, nursing a foamy glass of Guinness as P.J. Stover tended bar. He has long hair, black boots and a shirt with a flaming skull design. She’s pretty, smokes cigarettes outside and pals around with the customers. “Other bars, I’d go to them because they’ve got hot chicks or I want to watch the game,” Dow continued. “There’s no hot chicks here.” With that, Stover casually rolled her bar towel into a long tail and cracked it against his head, and Dow continued a long defense of the cantina’s virtues. Two stools down, Ron Shaw sipped a 7-Up and remembered at least one attractive lady who’d come in 41 years before. “I was in here with a friend of mine, sitting just one stool over,” he said, picking up his drink. “This girl came in looking for her sister, and we got to talking, danced a few times and went on our merry ways. I was kinda sorry that I didn’t ask for her phone number.” That was back when he managed Crazy Perkins and The Old Southernaires, and the hills weren’t covered in homes and a mall. He came back a few more times and eventually got that girl named Carrie’s phone number. They dated, married and stayed together for 36 years. She died three years ago, but he still has the memory and, for the moment, the same seat where he can reminisce. Bands would play slow songs for the sweethearts, and the camaraderie ran as thick as the Guinness. For the Super Bowl, everyone brought their own food for a pot luck and on rainy days, you could sit and drink coffee. The times still felt so good. If she hadn’t seen someone in a few days, Stover would call them at home and demand that they get themselves in there. And they usually would. “We’re all staring at Rod, hoping we can will it into him to keep it open,” said Gary Stuart, a four-year regular who’s 46 and works installing fiber-optics. “And we’ve been playing the lottery like mad. I’d lose money to keep a place like this open.” (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system “It’s like going into your living room and hanging out with your friends here,” said Tom Picard, a 20-year regular. “This is the neutral ground. You get a high-end professional and a guy who pounds nails for a living. The common ground we all stand on is this floor. This is our bar.” Since he bought it four years ago, Rod Montanio has not drawn a paycheck or made any money to keep the bar running. While he can pack in 200 people on a Friday night on the patio in the summer, the winter months are so lean that he slides back into the red. This year, not enough patrons came out to keep him going through the slow period. He blames the crunch on zoning laws that won’t allow him to expand the bandstand, put in a decent kitchen or obtain a full liquor license. Without any of them, he can’t make the money he needs to survive, so he hopes for a last-minute exemption or a wealthy buyer to swoop in and keep it open as a hobby. Arnold Schwarzenegger filmed scenes from a “Terminator” movie in the parking lot. Now the owner dreams the governor will ride back in on his Harley to save the old-time watering hole. “It’s been a fun run,” said Montanio, 43, who lives nearby and also runs a hospital design firm to pay the bills. “I’ve met a lot of great people, but it’s time to go. It’s just a shame it had to end.” SIMI VALLEY – From the front porch of the Santa Susana Cantina, a man could stretch out with a beer and watch the sunset paint the hills in gorgeous shades of cantaloupe-orange. Inside the old place on Santa Susana Pass Road, he found lively debate, loud music and cold drinks. The jukebox played Zeppelin and Dire Straits, and the conversation tended toward good times, country tunes and that damn fool who tried to blow himself up on TV. A scarred wanted poster bearing Osama bin Laden’s glowering face topped the bar. This is the place where John Wayne and the old-time movie cowboys partied, where bikers parked their hogs and cut loose after a good ride. Legend has it cult leader Charles Manson once stopped in for a drink. Nighttime talk show host Jay Leno motored into its dusty lot, the hitching post off to one side, in his wild, old cars. Next Sunday, after 73 years in business, the Simi Valley landmark will close its doors. Unless a rich investor comes along to keep the storied bar alive in the next three months, it will never open again. last_img read more