2 die after car plunges into trench

first_imgNineteen-year-old Varshni Khemraj, also called ‘Varsha’ and ‘Shelly,’ of Canefield Settlement, East Canje Berbice, and 27-year-old Satyanand Harripersaud, also called ‘Avin,’ of Lot 97 Sawah Village, Cane Grove, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara, lost their lives when the car in which they were travelling reportedly collided with another vehicle and ended up in a canal at Bee Hive, East Coast Demerara.This incident occurred on Sunday at about 22:15h, when the car Harripersaud was driving, PSS 9153, allegedly swerved into the path of motor car PTT 5270 and a collision resulted. Upon impact, Harripersaud reportedly lost control of his vehicle, and it ended up submerged in a nearby canal.After several minutes under water, the two persons were eventually extracted from the vehicle and were rushed to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital, where they were pronounced dead on arrival.The driver of the other car, who hails from Atlantic Gardens, East Coast Demerara, was unhurt, but is presently assisting Police with their investigations. A breathalyser test to which he was subjected found no trace on alcohol in his system.From L-R: Shanta Latchman, aunt of the late Varshni Khemraj; Gomattie Singh, mother of the late Satyanand Harripersaud, with his father Dilip HarripersaudWhen Guyana Times visited Harripersaud’s Mahaica residence on Monday, his mother, Gomattie Singh, said her son had left home at about 20:00h to go to the KK Service Station to lime with his friend; and at about 22:00h, she received the tragic news of the accident.She said she and other relatives immediately rushed to the Mahaicony Hospital, where they saw both her son and the young lady lying in the tray of a Police vehicle. She said she had initially thought the Police were waiting on the stretchers to take them into the hospital, but after some time had elapsed, she was informed that they were both dead.“I say, ‘Nah man! Them ain’t dead! Look them lying in the trunk of the van!’” she noted.The mangled car after it was pulled from the trenchShe said it took some convincing for her to believe that her son was gone; because, at the hospital, she did not see any injuries on his body, but she then learnt that they might have drowned.While she did not have the details about what had taken place, she noted that her son had returned from the United States only on Saturday last, to attend the marriage ceremony of one of his relatives, slated for this weekend.“On Sunday night he tell me that he going and reach up he friends… He doesn’t always go to KK when he in Guyana, but after he come back from US on Saturday, he say he want to see he friends,” she recounted.The dead man’s distraught father said he is waiting on thePolice to say what had actually transpired. He said his son had been a welder and a good son.Another relative told Guyana Times that as the young man was returning home, he swerved from hitting a car that was exiting a street, but this move turned out to be deadly.“After he swerved from hitting the car, the car that was coming from the opposite side clipped his rear wheel and caused him to lose control and end up in the trench”, the relative related.When Guyana Times visited the scene of the accident, tyre marks were evident on the roadway. A Bee Hive resident explained that she was at home when she heard the crashing sound, and as she peeped outside, she saw the car in the canal.She said her son and a few other men from the village ran to the scene, but the windows of the motorcar were up, and the men were thus forced to break it to get to the injured persons. By the time the duo were pulled from the canal, they were already in a motionless state.The area where the accident occurred on Sunday eveningHarripersaud had probably been drinking, since beer bottles were observed at the scene.Meanwhile, Shanta Latchman, an aunt of the late Varshni Khemraj, explained that her sister’s daughter was originally from Canje, Berbice, but was spending time with her. She recalled that, on Sunday night, her daughter and the now dead teen had left home to “take a walk’’ at the popular liming spot, KK Service Station; and after some time had elapsed, she received dreaded news of the accident by means of a telephone call.“My daughter say that Shelly and Avin left to go look for food and she stayed back at KK…” she stated.Latchman noted that after she received the telephone call, she went to the Mahaicony Cottage Hospital, where she saw the motionless bodies of the two young people.She noted that it was hard for her to inform her sister of the young woman’s demise, since her sister is ailing.The bodies of the two young people were taken to the Lyken’s Funeral Home to await a post mortem. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

Severe blow: Telugu Desam loses Himayatnagar by-election to BJP

first_imgRama Rao: Severe blowFor the fledgling Telugu Desam Ministry the loss of the Himayatnagar by-election last fortnight came as a severe blow.Though the party won the three other seats, the importance of the defeat in the heart of Hyderabad to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by a massive margin of,Rama Rao: Severe blowFor the fledgling Telugu Desam Ministry the loss of the Himayatnagar by-election last fortnight came as a severe blow.Though the party won the three other seats, the importance of the defeat in the heart of Hyderabad to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by a massive margin of 28,134 votes cannot be underestimated.The Telugu Desam candidate was P. Upendra, a close aide of Chief Minister N.T. Rama Rao. To ensure his victory the party had brought in the chief minister’s election agent from Gudivada and campaigning had been hectic. To make matters worse the ruling party had won this seat in January, though with a narrow margin.The victory brings the BJP’S strength in the 294-member Assembly to four. Said A. Narendra: “We are like four pillars to take the party to newer strength. After returning from giving thanks to Lord Venkateshwara at Tirupati, I will go around from door to door to thank the voters.”This personal touch was evident all through the campaign. The party organised 45-member committees for most of the 14 polling stations and organised for workers to personally meet voters at least three times. The campaign was successful and on election day the BJP assistance desks were crowded with supporters.The Telugu Desam’s defeat has been put down to several factors. The choice of an outside candidate against the BJP’S local one apparently worked against them. Also the alliance with the Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and particularly the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Maslimeen also turned voters away.advertisementSaid a BJP leader: “The Telugu Desam taking the open support of the communal Majlis and the communists made many votes swing our way. At one stage we had our fears as Rama Rao drew large crowds.”Allegations: Rama Rao, for his own part, minimised the defeat saying: “In Himayatnagar we have retained our strength as the votes polled are more than in the January election.” His party workers and members of the Congress(I) were, however, not so satisfied and levelled charges of rigging at the BJP.Said Congress(I) candidate, T. Lakshmi-kanthamma, who had lost her deposit: “We heard of the plans to have voters impersonate others and our fears were confirmed when counting began.With only five, six and seven votes for the Congress(I) in a box it was clear that the BJP had rigged the polls and so we left the counting centre in protest. Surely the Congress vote cannot drop from 12,000 in January to just 3,600 now.”Lakshmikanthamma also complained to the chief electoral officer and the election commission. The police arrested a few party workers as complaints of attempted impersonation were filed but released them when the presiding officers did not file written complaints.BJP General Secretary Bandaru Dattatreya dismissed both parties as “spoil sports” and added that “they could not take defeat gracefully”. At the personal level, however, candidates were more sporting: the’Telugu Desam’s Upendra visited Narendra in order to congratulate him.The Telugu Desam retained Tirupati and wrested Yemmiganur from the Congress(I). The Yemmiganur win was surprising as this was supposed to have been the pocket borough of former chief minister K. Vijayabhaskara Reddy who vacated the seat when he was inducted into the Central Cabinet.The victory of the Telugu Desam’s astrologer candidate B. V. Mohana Reddy must therefore have shaken the chief minister personally. In Madanapalli the Telugu Desam’s R. Narayana Reddi won with 10,500 votes.The Congress(I)’s dismal performance shows that it is yet to learn the lessons of January, Squabbles and petty rivalries surfaced again and even led to some degree of cross-voting. As usual immediately after the defeat, the resignation of the pradesh party chief G. Venkataswamy was demanded.Shot back Venkataswamy belligerently: “I have been president for only four months and before I resign I will make a statement as to who is responsible for the debacle.” And the time has surely come for members of the Congress(I) in Andhra Pradesh to stand up and be counted.last_img read more

NTL Referee Coach Appointments 2016-2017

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) has undertaken the process of Referee Coach Appointments for the 2016 and 2017 National Touch League. TFA concurrently have been undertaking a review and update of our Referee Coach pathway and education in alignment with the introduction of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) FTEM framework of athlete development – www.ausport.gov.au/ftem. TFA have aligned this framework in both our coach, referee and athlete development programs. This specifically commenced with the Foundation Referee Coach Course which was piloted late in October and December 2015, and will continue into the Talent, Elite and Mastery areas in 2016.The appointment process included and expression of interest and ranking assessment, followed by a suitability interview. The process highlighted the following findings: – The process unearthed new talent to support the direction of renewal in the referee coaching area.– The separate functions of Upgrade and Appointment are still relevant at the NTL, but the refereecoaching within those functions also need to mirror the requirement, and the expectations communicated to the referees in either category. – Clear and direct organisation communication promoting a unified message in relation to expectations is paramount to the success of the discipline.– An improved approach to coaching appointments is required and committed to by the coaching group. This will result in less games for coaches to improve quality of feedback, more resources to improve coverage and pathway of the coaching and/or coaching to suit the purpose/goals of the referees.– The behaviour and conduct, and expectations of all members of the contingent must be set to reflect that of a national event. – To supplement the requirements of referees and assist with self and peer analysis we will look to identify and allocate referee mentors (injured, retired, or international referees) to events.TFA congratulate the following individuals who have been appointed to the Referee Coaching Panel for the 2016 and 2017 National Touch League. Related Files2016-17_ntl_coach_appointment_-_roles_and_responsibilities-pdfRelated LinksNTL Referee Coacheslast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: We have to improve in pretty much everything

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: We have to improve in pretty much everythingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists his table leaders still have room for improvement.The Merseysiders host Arsenal today and look forward to their 2019 kicking off with a trip to Manchester City, which could see them land a major blow on their title rivals by extending the gap to them to as much as 10 points.And Klopp reckons the unbeaten leaders have yet to play to their full potential this season.He said: “There are a lot of really good parts but was there a game where I thought, ‘It is not possible that we can be better’? No. It was not there yet.“We have to improve in pretty much everything. There is a lot to come from the boys.” last_img read more

10 months agoBurnley boss Sean Dyche: January market unforgiving

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Sean Dyche: January market unforgivingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche admits they finding the January market ‘unforgiving’.Dyche admits the rising cost of players is making the transfer window difficult for Burnley.”It’s not like we are going to magic up £50m to go and sign who we want,” Dyche said. “I think predominantly the Championship is one of our markets.”It’s hard enough trying to get players out of the Championship for what I call ‘real money’, as in normal, sensible sort of money. So you try the Premier League, and as you can imagine, it’s very, very difficult.” last_img read more

25 days agoEx-Newcastle midfielder Vurnon Anita training with Ajax

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ex-Newcastle midfielder Vurnon Anita training with Ajaxby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Newcastle United midfielder Vurnon Anita is training with Ajax.The Holland international is a free agent after having his contract with Leeds United terminated by mutual consent this month.Anita has now popped up at Ajax, where he is training with Jong Ajax.He has been linked with Maccabi Haifa, though is keeping his options open.Anita spent last season in Holland on-loan with Willem II. last_img read more

Video: UNC’s Marcus Paige Delivers Incredible Speech After Senior Night Victory

first_imgMarcus Paige delivers a speech at midcourt.Marcus Paige SpeechNo. 8 UNC held off Syracuse 75-70 on Senior Night at the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill Monday. After the win, several Tar Heel seniors addressed the crowd but it was guard Marcus Paige who brought down the house with a tremendously heartfelt speech.An emotional Paige thanked his family, the fans, his teammates and coaches in what was a heck of a send-off. Paige also told fans that he and his teammates have more to accomplish this season. Talk about fighting back tears, man. Proud of this kid. @marcuspaige5 pic.twitter.com/1SgA7Ixwv6— Taylor Sharp (@tsharp94) March 1, 2016Paige choking up addressing RoyW: “You always believed in me … I can’t thank you enough for that.”— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) March 1, 2016Marcus to Brice: “I love you, man. You’re like the brother I’ve never had, and I’m going to cherish that the rest of my life.”— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) March 1, 2016Paige wraps up a lengthy and emotional senior day speech. “We’re not done, we’ve get something left to do.”— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) March 1, 2016A full video of the speech can be found here. It is definitely worth the watch, and if you don’t get chills or maybe even tear up a bit, check your pulse.last_img read more

Extreme cold to last at least through Monday

first_imgThe extreme cold warning also remains in place for the Alberta Peace and a number of areas in Northern Alberta.  For a full list of the current weather warnings, click here.Warnings9:46 AM PST Sunday 03 February 2019Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverA period of very cold wind chills continues.Cold Arctic air remains settled over the Peace region. The cold air combined with light winds will continue to produce wind chill values below minus 40 until warming slightly to the mid minus 30s by this afternoon. Wind chill values will dip below minus 40 again tonight.Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – An extreme cold warning remains in place across the B.C. Peace.The temperature should start to warm up in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John on Tuesday when the temperature should reach a high of minus 20.  Until then, the wind and cold temperature will make things feel more like minus 40 and colder.For Sunday night the temperature should drop to minus 32, but with the wind, it will feel more like minus 44.  Things should start to warm up on Monday to a high of minus 25, but the wind will continue to make it feel even colder near minus 33.last_img read more

Millionaires fleeing India in larger numbers Report

first_imgNew Delhi: All the chest thumping over a big leap forward in the ease of doing business index and the tag of the world’s fastest growing economy in the world may not be of much worth, as a new report suggests that Indians who have the means to quit the country are doing so and in increasing numbers. India saw the third highest outflow of wealthy individuals last year. Nearly 5,000 millionaires, or high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs), left the country, which is 2 per cent of the total number of HNWIs in India, says the Global Wealth Migration Review (GWMR) 2019 by AfrAsia Bank and research firm New World Wealth. The net outflow of HNWIs that India saw in 2018, was even faster than the UK, which is in the middle of a political turmoil owing to Brexit. The UK for the last three decades was ranked among the countries with the highest number of inflow of wealthy individuals but the trend reversed sharply in the last two years, thanks to Brexit. China topped the list, as its economy is starting to show the impact of the trade battle with the US. Things might worsen for the worlds’ second largest economy after the US slapped fresh tariffs on China last week. Russia occupied the second spot, ahead of India, as the Russian economy grapples with the impact of multiple embargoes. For the migrating millionaires, the US and Australia topped the list of the most soought after country destinations. The report also pointed out another critical problem with the Indian economy of the degree of inequality growing at an alarming rate. The HNWIs hold nearly half the total wealth in the country. While the worldwide average of this measure was 36 per cent, it was as high as 48 per cent in India. Nevertheless, India’s total wealth is set to grow at a handsome rate in the next 10 years. The GWMR notes that India will outperform the UK and Germany in terms of wealth generation to become the fourth largest wealth market in the world by 2028. Among the cities which will drive this growth in the next 10 years are Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Delhi would do so on the back of its well-diversified economy and strength in a number of key sectors, Bangalore on its prowess in the fields of IT and R&D, and Hyderabad on the base of its being the “Pharmaceutical Capital of India” and its many special economic zones, the report said. However, the report also went on to mention that the outflow of HNWIs from India and China “are not particularly concerning” as both the countries are still producing far more new HNWIs than they are losing. “Also, once the standard of living in these countries improves, we expect several wealthy people to move back,” the report noted.last_img read more

Football Ohio State finds depth at safety with White and Wade

Ohio State freshman cornerback Shaun Wade (24) runs downfield towards Indiana senior wide receiver J-Shun Harris II during the first quarter of the game on Oct. 6. Ohio State won 49-26. Credit: Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State safeties coach Alex Grinch did not know what would happen with Jordan Fuller on Saturday. But he did have a backup plan. With lack of depth coming into the Nebraska game at the safety position, and sophomore Isaiah Pryor out with a shoulder impingement, Grinch said he knew Thursday that sophomore Brendon White would be the next guy in. That he had earned the right to be the next player up if the secondary needed it. And the Ohio State secondary did need it: Fuller was ejected from the game in the second quarter after being called for targeting. White entered without much in-game defensive experience. But, like many other members of the secondary before him, he earned his spot with playing time on punt and kickoff returns. This was how White earned the trust of his position coach, enough trust to be placed in the spot he was in against the Cornhuskers. That being said, Grinch said many safeties have had similar opportunities this season, especially with no real secure hold on the other safety position. “It’s one thing to get the opportunity. It’s a whole other thing to take advantage of the opportunity,” Grinch said. “That has been a little of the frustration is several guys have had some opportunities and maybe haven’t risen to the occasion as much as we’d have liked them to.” White rose to the occasion, recording 13 tackles and two tackles for loss in Saturday’s 36-31 win over Nebraska on Saturday.  Now, with the majority of the secondary healthy, White has still vaulted himself into the conversation as the starting safety next to Fuller against Michigan State. But not with Pryor, with redshirt freshman Shaun Wade. This has been a transition season for Wade, moving from corner to nickel to a hybrid position in which he played a lot of safety. Grinch said it’s been a process trying to find the best fit for the redshirt freshman at this point in his career, and said, for now, it’s in the safety room. In Ohio State’s five-point win over the Cornhuskers, Wade recorded four tackles. For the safeties coach, it’s not deciding whether White or Wade will start and the other will never see the field. “We are certainly not opposed to playing more than just one or the other,” Grinch said. “That’s the message to them, keep competing and the more guys that play, the better.” Even with the pressure of a starting job resting on his performance in practice heading into the game against the Spartans, White said he’s not really looking to change much. “I’m going to keep doing what I have been doing, and that’s going hard every day, having that eager to want to be great and wanting my teammates great,” White said. In Tuesday’s Big Ten teleconference, head coach Urban Meyer said Pryor will be fighting for playing time as well, saying that he is healthy to play. Instead of talking about the safety position opposite Fuller like it is a weak spot in the secondary, the place for opposing offenses to attack, players and coaches alike are praising its depth. Despite no starter at the position at this point, the players know the team has the talent to find production no matter if its Wade or White. “When you got a lot of guys that can play, I know it’s hard for the coaches just deciding who is going to play, but like they said, they are just going to be battling it out,” redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette said. “We all know both of those guys are ballers and whatever decision they decide to make, it’s going to help us regardless.”  That’s the mindset White has moving forward. He’s going to continue to do what he always does: fight for the team’s success as a whole. “At the end of the day, whoever gets the starting job, the coaches made the right decision and I’m going to be there for it if it’s me or if it’s not me,” White said. “At the end of the day, I want the team to win. read more