Jury finds taxi driver guilty of 2017 rape charge

first_imgAnother convicted rapist is expected to remain on remand for the next month until his sentencing date, which is scheduled for August 26, 2019 at the Sexual Offences Court of the Demerara High Court.Remanded: Morris JohnsonAfter almost two hours of deliberation at the High Court on Tuesday, a 12-member jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict against Morris Johnson, who was accused of the offence of rape.The charge against the taxi driver stated that between August 12 and August 13, 2017 in the county of Demerara, he engaged in sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 16.Johnson was represented by Attorney-at-Law Ronald Burch-Smith, who, in an address to Justice Brassington Reynolds, requested that a probation report be prepared before the sentence is handed down. The application was granted. In addition, a victim impact statement was also ordered prepared, and is expected to be presented on August 26 when Johnson will be sentenced. Prosecutors Abigail Gibbs and Seeta Bishundial represented the State.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 Prepare for The Last War

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 episode 1 review Daenerys TargaryenGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 “The Long Night” aired earlier today and fans witnessed the great war between the army of the dead with the army of living. HBO has now released the promo of episode 4 rumoured title, “The Last War” and it finally brings Cersei Lannister back in the game.Major spoilers for Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3 and episode 4:In the last two episodes, we didn’t see Cersei Lannister as the entire focus was on the Night King. Now since Arya Stark has finally killed him with her Valyrian steel, Daenerys Targaryen has fulfilled her promise of helping Jon Snow. She now wants to go to the North and rule the Seven Kingdoms.The released promo began by showing the aftermath of the Great War that happened between the living and the dead. We see Sansa Stark, Arya Stark, and Jon Snow standing together and from the voiceover, we hear Daenerys speaking to her men.”We have won the Great War, says Daenerys Targaryen to the room full of her allies. “Now, we will win the last war.” Cersei Lannister’s look in season 8.Twitter/Official Game of Thrones pageDaenerys Targaryen’s dragon is also shown in the promo but he comes only for a second and as of now, we are not sure whether he is wounded or perfectly fine.After the fight, Arya Stark again gets intimate with Gendry as she is shown leaning towards him to plant a kiss on his lips. Given the outrage fans had after seeing Maisie Williams naked, we are not sure how everyone will react after Arya will again get intimate with Gendry.As the music intensifies, we see Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Grey Worm, and others coming to together to burn the bodies of the dead. Even though the Night King is wiped out from Westeros, Northerners wouldn’t want to risk anything.At the end of the promo, we see Cersei Lannister waiting with her Lannister army and the Golden company along with Euron Greyjoy for Daenerys to come and fight her.”We’ll rip her out root and stem,” says Daenerys.From the released promo, it didn’t feel that Jon Snow wishes to sit on the Iron Throne. More will be revealed when Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “The Last War” will air next Sunday on HBO.last_img read more

Gandhi remains bright light of hope Shringla

first_imgMahatma Gandhi and Indira Gandhi. Photo: CollectedIndian High Commissioner in Dhaka Harsh Vardhan Shringla on Tuesday said Mahatma Gandhi remains as bright light of hope for billions of people in the world, reports UNB.He made the remarks while addressing a function to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi at the chancery building in the city jointly organised by the Indian High Commission in Dhaka and Gandhi Ashram Trust. Journalist and Gandhi Ashram Trust Swadesh Roy also spoke.The Indian envoy appreciated the leadership of Gandhi for his peaceful and non-violencc approach in the freedom struggle of India.As part of the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi, artistes from over 124 countries have contributed musically to paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi through his favourite bhajan ‘Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye, according to Indian Ministry of External Affairs.On Gandhi Jayanti, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi launched a medley version of the famous bhajan by artistes from over 40 countries, during the closing ceremony of the Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Conference in the presence of the secretary general of the United Nations Antonio Guterres, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, minister of drinking water and sanitation Uma Bharti and other prominent personalities.The famous Gujarati hymn was penned by the 15th century poet Narsimha Mehta and was one of the favourite bhajans of Mahatma Gandhi who included it into the roster of prayers routinely sung before his meetings.All Indian Missions abroad identified a local artiste or group to record the bhajan in the run-up to Gandhi Jayanti.On Monday, industries minister Amir Hossain Amu highlighted Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals of peace and non-violence as well as his immense contributions saying his role would ever remain as the source of inspiration for all.”Mahatma Gandhi was a symbol of humanity,” said the minister while speaking as the chief guest at a seminar in the city.Amu said Mahatma Gandhi’s name comes first if anybody talks about world peace. “He remained uncompromising in terms of non-violence ideologies and truth.”Veteran writer Abul Maksud addressed the programme as a special guest. Political secretary at the Indian High Commission in Dhaka Novonita Chakravorty and Society General Secretary Subir Kushari also spoke on the occasion.In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2 October as the International Day of Non-Violence.last_img read more

California fire death toll rises to 38

first_imgWildfire creeps through the forest, down the south side of Dry Creek Canyon, at the Partrick Fire on 12 October 2017 west of Napa, California. Thousands of homes have burned, at least 31 people confirmed killed with hundreds still missing as California wildfires continue to spread out of control.The death toll from California’s raging wildfires rose to 38 on Saturday, with more than 10,000 firefighters battling 16 large blazes and 100,000 people evacuated, the state’s fire service said.Around 335 square miles (864 square kilometers) of residential neighborhoods, forests and other property have been burned since Sunday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).”These fires have been extremely destructive, with 5,700 structures estimated to have been destroyed,” the service said in a statement.Cal Fire later announced on its Twitter account that the death toll had risen from 35 in the morning to 38, with 20 of the fatalities occurring in Sonoma County alone, where more than 200 people are still missing.Pre-dawn winds in Santa Rosa have complicated the effort, pushing a blaze known as the Nuns Fire in two separate directions and forcing thousands to evacuate their homes near Oakmont and northeast of the city of Sonoma, Cal Fire said.Numerous churches across the region — in Santa Rosa, Napa, Sonoma, Petaluma and Novato — were housing victims of the wildfires and serving as resting places for firefighters, according to the Sacramento Bee newspaper.California Governor Jerry Brown announced the White House had approved a request for direct aid for families in four counties, adding to emergency funds promised to the devastated winemaking areas of Napa and Sonoma.- ‘The horror’ -Brown and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris met community leaders and emergency management officials in Santa Rosa later Saturday, with nine counties still under a state of emergency.”Nothing has been this bad that I’ve ever seen in this state,” Brown was quoted as saying by the Bee.”The devastation, the horror, the displacement, is truly something that none of us will ever forget.”Firefighters working 24 hours on, 24 hours off, have come in from around the western United States and even as far as the Carolinas to provide fresh legs for the battle.In Redwood Valley, a small town around 70 miles north of the Sonoma County fires that threatened world-renowned wineries, officials have been struggling with the gruesome task of naming victims.At least nine people were killed late Sunday by a wildfire that “swept through the area so fast it engulfed moving cars,” the Bee reported, but several remain unidentified.The settlement’s 2,300 residents have been begging for information about missing friends and relatives as rescuers scour the charred remains of dozens of homes.- ‘Hell on Earth’ -“This is hell on earth,” Sheriff Tom Allman told the newspaper as he confirmed the ninth death, an 86-year-old widow found in the ashes of her Redwood Valley house.”This is such an all encompassing tragedy — you lose a 14-year-old boy whose grandfather was a friend of mine, an elderly woman and her caretaker, a grandma and grandpa who died together.”The last week has been the deadliest for wildfires in California’s history, according to officials.The Griffith Park fire in Los Angeles County in 1933 killed at least 29 people, and 25 people died in the 1991 Oakland Hills fire.Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano said Friday his department was continuing to track down people reported missing by family or friends.The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department had received 1,308 missing persons reports so far and 1,052 people have been located, Giordano said.Evacuation orders were in place for several towns in Napa and Sonoma, where hundreds of people have already lost their homes to the fast-moving infernos.Many residents took to social media to berate President Donald Trump for his silence over the tragedy on his Twitter account.Trump’s tweets and retweets on Saturday were largely limited to observations on health care and his son Eric’s upcoming appearance on Fox News, with nothing about California.”Still no comments from Trump about devastating fires in California & the lives lost. Is it ’cause millions of CA voted for Hillary? How petty,” read one tweet, echoing much of the criticism.last_img read more

Customs official arrested with bribe money

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday arrested an official of Chattogram Customs House reportedly with Tk 0.6 million of bribe money, reports UNB.On information, an ACC team conducted a drive at the customs house around 6:30pm and arrested Nazim Uddin, a revenue officer, and seized Tk 0.6 million of bribe money from his possession, said Mahbub Alam, deputy director of ACC Chattogram Zone.Chattogram Customs House commissioner AKM Nuruzzaman said Nazim Uddin was suspended following his arrest with the bribe money.He also said a probe body was formed to look into the matter.last_img read more

BJPs Operation Bengal focuses on Assembly polls

first_imgBJPWith eyes firmly fixed on the next Assembly polls due in two years, an ambitious Bharatiya Janata Party is now going all out to strengthen the party at booth level in all the 294 West Bengal constituencies by leveraging its ongoing membership drive.”We are concentrating on the booths. Our membership drive is on. We are using it to strengthen the party at the booth level. Our organisation will become strong only if we have a strong booth level presence across the state,” BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha told IANS.The BJP had come up with a spectacular show in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, bagging an unprecedented 18 of the 42 seats in the state, where it had got only two seats in 2014.However, the party leaders have had little hesitation in admitting in private conversations that the success came more due to a negative vote against the Trinamool “misrule” than to any organisational miracle on the BJP’s part.In fact, in some of the seats like Hooghly where the party won, the results left even the top state leaders surprised, as the BJP hardly had a strong organisational set-up in those areas.It is in this backdrop that the party is trying to recruit at least 40 thousand vistaraks (full time workers) who would go beyond their own areas and carry out a door-to-door campaign to enrol members from booth to booth.”The booth to booth drive has started from July 23. Last time we had 42 lakh members. This time we are targeting a member count of over one crore in West Bengal.”This is our one-point programme now. Intense training is on, and the entire party from top to bottom is engaged in the job,” state BJP president Dilip Ghosh told IANS.Once the membership drive is complete, the party would begin its organisational election and complete the enire process by December.Since the Lok Sabha elections, a host of leaders and public representatives, mainly from the Trinamool Congress and a few from the Congress and the CPI-M, have crossed over to the BJP.But on the other side, some of them have already made the return journey back to the Trinamool. Besides, the inclusion of controversial characters like Trinamool MLA Monirul Islam has triggered deep resentment among BJP old-timers.To save the party from any further embarrassment, the BJP top leadership has decided that Ghosh would from now on vet every proposal to join its fold.Ghosh said lot of applications has been received.”Even now, lot of people wants to join. I have told them to be sure about their decision, and tell us when they are ready to join. We are making it clear to them that they would have to cope with lot of intimidation and threats from the administration if they come to our fold,” he said.Taking a dig at Trinamool, he said those in the state’s ruing party had become “too overweight” to fight under tough situations.”On the other hand, lakhs of our workers are working in such adverse situation. They are being beaten up, and imprisoned,” said Ghosh, now a Lok Sabha member from Midnapore.In the wake of a substantial number of municipal councillors returning to Trinamool less than two months after they joined the BJP, Ghosh made a veiled criticism of his party leaders who have been vigorously trying to engineer defections from other parties.”Such politics doesn’t yield dividends. We won so many parliamentary seats without any of these defectors. After that some people in our party felt these people should be taken. But there are various problems. Not everybody can adjust to an ideology based party like ours, and our strict disciplinary standards.”I have no idea why these people have joined, and why those in our party got these people to join us. I also have no idea about the talks that preceded their joining. I don’t even know these people,” he said.At the same breath, Ghosh alleged that the Trinamool was using the police to harass and threaten many of those who joined his party.”Some people are going back because there is pressure on them. The police are trying to intimidate them, their houses are being damaged, cases have been filed against them. Not everybody can withstand such pressure,” said the 54 year old leader.Iterating his party was on the right track as far as its plans in the state are concerned, Ghosh gloated over the recent victory of the Trinamool led panel in the Calcutta High Court Bar Association elections.”It shows that the intelligentsia and all sections of the society want BJP to win,” he added.last_img read more