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

PICTURE SPECIAL: WERE YOU IN THE CROWD IN BALLYSHANNON?

first_imgMartin, Kyna, Caoimhe, Marrion and Dinah at the game in Ballyshannon on Sunday.DONEGAL’S march towards promotion back to the Allianz Division One continued at Fr Tierney Park in Ballyshannon today.Here’s some snaps from the day from Brian McDaid of the Cristeph Gallery in Letterkenny.Crew from Mountcharles at the Donegal game in Ballyshannn on Sunday. Photo Brian McDaid/CristephMicheal, Michelle and Reaithin from Gweedore at the game in Ballyshannon on Sunday. Photo Brian McDaid  Jim Mc Guinness and Damien Diver in Ballyshannon on Sunday for the game. Photo Brian McDaid/CristephPole topping. Pat the cope Gallagher at work in Ballyshannon at the Donegal game. Photo Brian McDaid/CristephColm Anthony Mc Fadden battles well to hold on to this ball in Ballysannon on Sunday evening. Photo Brian McDaid Christy Toye and Leon Thompson go high to win this ball in the game in Ballyshannon on Sunday against Louth. Photo Brian McDaidPatrick Mc Brearty in control for Donegal in Ballyshannon against Louth. Photo Brian McDaid PICTURE SPECIAL: WERE YOU IN THE CROWD IN BALLYSHANNON? was last modified: March 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BallyshannonBrian McDaiddonegalLouthpicture speciallast_img read more

AmaZulu World to boost tourism

first_imgZulu king Goodwill Zwelithini and Ruwaaddevelopers at the launch of AmaZulu Worldin Dubai. (Image: The Mercury)Janine ErasmusDubai-based developer Ruwaad, a member of the Dubai 9 group of companies, has announced plans to build a mega-scale themed entertainment development on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Known as AmaZulu World, the development will be the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in Africa, according to the company.Making the announcement at the Cityscape 2008 real estate exhibition in Dubai in early October 2008, Ruwaad described the proposed R44-billion ($5-billion) project as a master-planned, uniquely African destination development which will cover about 16 500ha of land.Ruwaad chair Hanif Merchant said the company was very proud to be leading the development and bringing a world-class destination experience to African investors, residents and tourists alike.“AmaZulu World will have a perfect blend of development zones,” said Ruwaad group CEO Hayan Merchant, describing key elements of the development. In typical larger-than-life Dubai style, they include Africa’s first world-class internationally branded entertainment theme park, as well as the continent’s largest shopping destination, most comprehensive and advanced sports village development, largest lifestyle community and first dedicated education and health village.In addition, the development will have its very own Statue of Liberty in the form of a 106m-tall figure of iconic Zulu king Shaka, and will be a key cultural element of the development.The sports village will offer cricket, rugby and tennis facilities and, says Merchant, will be an ideal place for English and European teams to practice during their off-season.AmaZulu World is expected to become one of Africa’s premier destinations, an expectation supported by the forthcoming Fifa World Cup which South Africa hosts in 2010, and the corresponding investment in infrastructure upgrade and increase in foreign investment in telecommunications- and tourism-related projects.These factors, say Ruwaad, and others such as its excellent year-round climate and outstanding natural beauty, made the country a natural choice for the project. However the company is also impressed by political and economic developments in recent years in South Africa which are pushing it to the forefront of emerging world markets.A royal seal of approvalThe project has received endorsement from KZN premier Sibusiso Ndebele and Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, both of whom were on hand at the announcement in Dubai. “Ruwaad has demonstrated to our community its firm commitment to developing a destination that fits with our area’s unique natural, cultural and historical character,” said Zwelithini.“With confidence, the local community is hugely excited to welcome Ruwaad to our province, and we look forward to the future employment, and economic growth that will contribute to the sustainability of our area; for the inhabitants of today and those for generations to come.”The project is expected to create more than 200 000 new jobs and increase regional tourism by around 40%, according to initial research conducted by local consultancy Pam Golding Hospitality. AmaZulu World will be built in phases over 25 years, with completion of the first phase planned for 2012 to 2014.However, there are a few displeased local community members who are opposing the development as they do not wish to be relocated. The eMacambi clan, owners of some of the land where development will take place, say they will take the matter to court if necessary. A spokesman for Ndebele has said that government and the developers will consult with everyone involved and that all the required legal routes will be followed.A uniquely African destinationSituated just north of the Thukela River, which originates in the Drakensberg Mountains and meanders through the KZN Midlands before flowing into the Indian Ocean, AmaZulu World will straddle both sides of the national N2 highway, which connects the province’s capital Durban with Richards Bay and other developing areas in northern KZN.It will also lie conveniently close to the new R8.85-billion ($1-billion) King Shaka International Airport, currently under construction at La Mercy, 30km north of Durban. The new airport will replace Durban’s existing international airport and is expected to be operational by 2010.The eco-friendly tourist destination will be designed to have a minimal impact on the area’s natural surroundings and will incorporate entertainment, sport, leisure, hotel and residential destinations, boosting economic growth in the region.In addition to the theme park, shopping centre and sports village, tourists can expect to enjoy a wide range of activities and facilities, including hotels, resorts and spas, an agricultural village, and a marina. The development will also feature residential homes and offices as well as six golf courses, an equestrian estate, a nature reserve for those who seek more restful forms of leisure, and 22km of beachfront. Education, community, medical, emergency and security facilities will be available.AmaZulu World’s vision, according to Ruwaad, is to be African in identity and world-class in standing, in order to attract visitors and residents from around the world to the region.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus on janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Useful linksRuwaadThukela RiverKZN provincial governmentKing Goodwill Zwelethinilast_img read more

Amazon: Can It Stay King Of Cloud Computing Forever?

first_imgHow Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Tags:#Amazon#AWS#Azure#cloud computing#Cloud Providers#Google#IBM#Microsoft#OpenStack#Red Hat Matt Asay Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Related Posts center_img Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting IBM’s decision to throw its considerable weight behind OpenStack has some folks declaring victory for the open source cloud consortium. The hitch? Amazon already claims a considerable lead, with more than 70% of the market, according to Forrester’s James Staten, and as one prominent Amazon backer declares, the lead grows daily.Can Amazon Withstand Sustained Cloud Computing Competition?The question is whether Amazon can withstand a sustained, concerted attack by nearly everyone else in the cloud computing industry.So far, according to Adrian Cockroft, director of architecture for Netflix, Amazon Web Services’ biggest customer, the answer is an emphatic “Yes.” In a Twitter exchange last week, Infoworld’s Eric Knorr asked “Is the choice really between OpenStack and AWS? What about other cloud solutions?” Cockroft’s response was clear:When asked which features, in particular, AWS had that OpenStack couldn’t match, Cockroft insisted that there is “too much to list,” but “Availability Zones and Autoscale Groups” are two features that stand out. Furthermore, Cockroft indicated that OpenStack’s six-month release cycle cripples its ability to catch up with Amazon, which rolls out new features (and price drops) on a continuous basis.In other words, “Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.”Has Amazon Already Won? Yes and No.But has Amazon already won? If you look at the absolute number of jobs being created, relative to OpenStack or Cloudstack, the answer is yes. Ditto if you go off general interest, as measured by Web searches:But if you look at relative job growth, suddenly OpenStack has a fighting chance.Perhaps even more tellingly, a foray into the code contributions for OpenStack suggest a truly dynamic, growing entity, one that is no longer Rackspace’s pet project, but rather a true community effort. The most recent data I could find is a year old, but already shows growing influence by Red Hat and others.Does this matter? Absolutely.Big Players Will Make A Big DifferenceHowever, I suspect that OpenStack will gain prominence in tandem with a few of its primary supporters gaining outsized influence due to these code contributions. Linux took off as IBM invested $1 billion (and then much more) and Red Hat, in particular, invested armies of engineers to make it into an enterprise-grade operating system standard.The same will hold true of OpenStack. Right now it’s making waves by being the open, community standard. That’s nice, but insufficient and somewhat misleading, as Gartner’s Kyle Hilgendorf has established. Ultimately, enterprises don’t care about community and openness unless the product itself is rock solid.Which is one reason that Microsoft and Google also can’t be counted out. Microsoft holds sway with CIOs, and has been actively welcoming open-source technologies to its Azure cloud service. Google, for its part, was building clouds long before it was cool, and has so many hooks into developers with its various software and services, from Android to Maps to YouTube to Apps, that it cannot help but be a major player. Google Compute Engine’s performance compares well against Amazon, too, but it’s the ease developers will have tying into Google’s services that truly favor it.Has Amazon won Round 1 of the Public Cloud wars? No question. But some serious competitors are looming, each with attributes (Microsoft, enterprise fealty; OpenStack, community; Google, popular developer services) that give them a real chance to cut into Amazon’s significant lead.Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

Iyer-Mitra files affidavit before House panel

first_imgDefence analyst Abhijit Iyer-Mitra on Saturday filed an affidavit before a House Committee of the Odisha Assembly in connection with his alleged remarks amounting to breach of privilege of the State’s lawmakers.Leader of Opposition and Chairperson of the House Committee Narasingha Mishra told press persons that the Committee will review Mr. Iyer-Mitra’s statement and affidavit, and if required he will be asked to depose again.Mr. Mishra said that the House Committee would submit its report to the Speaker in the next session of the Assembly, which is scheduled to begin on November 16.Mr. Iyer-Mitra is in judicial custody at present following his arrest for his alleged derogatory and objectionable comments on art and culture of Odisha, Lord Jagannath and Odia community.last_img read more