A deportee from the United States was on Monday morning beaten to death during a drinking spree with his pal at his Industry Front, East Coast Demerara home. A deportee from the United States was on Monday morning beaten to death during a drinking spree with his pal at his Industry Front, East Coast Demerara home. The dead man has been identified as 44-year-old Bhagwan Ramadhar, also called ‘Alan Bhagwandin’, of Lot 50 Industry, East Coast Demerara. The Guyana Times understands that the two men had been in the habit of consuming alcohol, and on the day in question, they were engaged in a heated argument.During theMurder suspect Mahase Dhanrajargument, the suspect, Mahase Dhanraj, also called “Crusher,” picked up a piece of wood and dealt Ramadhar one blow to the head. Although the victim fell to the ground in an unconscious state, the suspect continued to hit him to the head. From reports received, Ramadhar’s face was battered.It is not clear whatprompted the argument, but persons in the area, including the suspect’s sister, related that the two men had been ‘drinking buddies’, and would become embroiled in heated arguments from time to time; but this was the first time an argument had become so violent. At the scene, the suspect’s sister, Sumintra Sugrim, told media operatives that the now dead man had lived alone, and her brother would frequently visit his home to consume alcohol. She explained that Monday morning was no different. Her brother went over to the dead man’s house, and the drinking spree began.However, whilst she was attending to her plants at the back of her yard, she heard the argument between the two men, but rather than enquiring, she continued doing her chores. This, she noted, was because the men would argue whenever they were “drinking rum”. Nevertheless, as sheThe body of Bhagwan Ramadhar being taken away by undertakersreached to the front of the yard, she saw her brother in a drunken state and he was trembling. Soon after, she heard her neighbours calling out to her, relating that Ramadhar was lying under the house in a pool of blood. She did not attempt to ask her brother what had transpired, but instead the police were summoned. The incident, she added, came as a shock not only to her, but to the residents. The suspect was arrested and has confessed to the murder. The piece of wood suspected to be the murder weapon was collected by investigators to be lodged as evidence. Meanwhile, Guyana Times understands that the now dead man had been deported from the US a few years ago, and had lived alone at his Industry, ECD home, where he plied his trade. His drunken state had persuaded persons not to give him work. As a result, he had resorted to doing odd jobs for people in the area. The murder suspect is expected to make his first court appearance shortly.
Residents on the outskirts of Letterkenny say they are terrified a serious accident will take place after a road partially collapsed yesterday.The massive hole where the road has collapsed outside Letterkenny.Motorists traveling through the Glenhaugh area are being asked to drive carefully after the road subsided close to a bridge.Locals say the hole is so deep it could cause a serious accident if a car ends up in it. Residents contacted the county council at 9am yesterday but repairs have ye to be carried out.They say this is the third time in a space of about a year on a one mile stretch of road that this has happened. RESIDENTS EXPRESS CONCERN AFTER ROAD SUBSIDES OUTSIDE LETTERKENNY was last modified: September 2nd, 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:Donegal County CouncilGlenhaughholeletterkennyroad read more
26 July 2006The head of the visiting African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) country review team, Adebayo Adedeji of Nigeria, has praised the manner in which South Africa handled the peer review process, saying other countries could learn from it.For the past two weeks, the 25-member team has been holding consultations South Africa’s APRM governing council, government, parliamentarians, political parties, business, trade unions, civil society and faith-based organisations.This followed South Africa’s submission of its country self-assessment report and programme of action to the APRM secretariat.Helping Africa help itselfA voluntary self-monitoring tool adopted by the African Union in 2003, the APRM aims to promote the adoption of laws, policies and practices that lead to political stability, economic growth, sustainable development and the economic integration of Africa.The mechanism also seeks to improve the accountability of Africa’s leaders and to deepen the levels of trust and cooperation between governments and citizens and among different countries on the continent.Countries are expected to conduct self-assessments in line with APRM guidelines, with South Africa one of 24 countries that have submitted to the scrutiny. First to be reviewed were Rwanda and Ghana, which released their self-assessment reports in June.Once the reports are complete, countries are expected to produce a programme of action to address shortcomings revealed in the self-assessment process, and report on progress every three to five years.According to Public Service Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, the chairperson of SA’s ARPM council, the goal of the APRM is “to help Africans help themselves. To show ourselves and the world that we are not part of those whose mindset assumes that we need external assistance in order to grow.”SA praised for participationSpeaking to journalists in Pretoria on Tuesday after meeting with President Thabo Mbeki, Adedeji emphasised that the peer review process was a review of the country as a whole and not merely of the government.Adedeji said he was impressed that the scepticism about the process that was evident when he visited South Africa in November was “not there anymore.” He also commended South Africans for their level of participation in the process.“The process has the potential for government and the people to reach a consensus on many issues,” Adedeji said.“There is also a clear understanding that the peer review was not here to judge the government but to facilitate a process where all stakeholders sit down and ask: Where are we [as a country]? Where do we want to go? And how do we get there?”Adedeji emphasised that the process did not end with the country report, but that this was followed by the implementation of a national programme of action.Adedeji said his team’s report on South Africa would be finalised and presented by the end of September.‘We need to take it forward’Fraser-Moleketi said the process of creating the country’s self-assessment report and programme of action was credible “and the participatory process in South Africa is good – we need to take it forward.”Handing SA’s self-assessment report to the review team in Pretoria two weeks ago, Fraser-Moleketi said the report “notes the emergence of an enabling political and economic environment conducive to improving social cohesion and economic growth, transformation and empowerment.The report, she said, also draws attention to the important role of the developmental state, South Africa’s Constitution, and the value of having a people’s contract that unites citizens and civil society with the government and its elected representatives.“Poverty, unemployment and underdevelopment are still the three primary challenges facing our country,” Fraser-Moleketi said.“Improving access to rights and using them properly is a major area of agreement that needs to be taken forward in practical ways so that justice is really taken to the people.”President Thabo Mbeki, who witnessed the handing over of the report, said South Africa had been “hard on itself,” as the majority wanted to see a better country in all respects.“Some progress has been made to change the country for the better,” Mbeki told the review team. “However … we look forward to the [review team’s country] report and to what our peers will say about us, and what we need to do to improve ourselves.”SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material read more
If India’s medals tally at the London Olympics so far wasn’t enough of an indication, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has admitted, in response to Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), that it would take another 10 to 12 years of regular training to reach world standards in sports like cycling, squash, shooting (full bore) and swimming (synchronised and diving).This was in response to question No.17 asked by the PAC to SAI as to how they would like to rectify the issue of training setbacks during the Commonwealth Games.The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), in its vetting response, added that this response has to be seen in view of the inadequate training and medical facilities. It also added that there was substantial shortfall in conduct of training camps in the above-mentioned sports.The sports ministry also had an explanation for not setting any medal targets for sportsmen competing in these sports in the CWG 2010. “The objective of these sports was to get creditable performance before the home crowds and prepare platforms for future progress in these sports, which was achieved.”To this, the vetting response of the CAG read: “The reply of the department is not accepted as 1 to 2 medals in cycling, 2 to 4 medals in squash and 30 to 35 medals in shooting disciplines were targetted as per the scheme.”The lackadaisical approach of the SAI revealed itself when the PAC inquired as to what were the reasons for nonengagement of an experienced nutritionist at its Bangalore centre for badminton, shooting, athletics, boxing, squash and cycling camps. The sports ministry reply won it no plaudits from the CAG. The reply stated that food supplements were provided to sportspersons in various disciplines as per the recommendation of the expert committee and there was no requirement of appointing a nutritionist.advertisementCAG found the reply untenable as one of the main objectives of the scheme was to provide the dietary supplements under the supervision of nutritionists and sports doctors. Moreover, providing food supplements to core probables merely on the basis of recommendations of the expert committee was no substitute for an expert nutritionist’s direct supervision on a day-to-day basis.The CAG added in its vetting comment that the implementation of the scheme was marred with delay in construction of infrastructure, provision of equipment, finalisation of core probables, appointment of coaches and under-utilisation of funds, indicating that the facilities intended to be provided were not fully extended to the core probables. read more
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zoomImage Courtesy: Falmouth Coastguard Rescue Team Russian cargo ship Kuzma Minin, that grounded off Falmouth, England in December 2018, was not insured, according to a report by UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).The vessel grounded after dragging its anchor in Falmouth Bay in strong winds on December 18. Kuzma Minin was refloated on the next high water. A subsequent inspection showed that the ship, owned by Murmansk Shipping Company, suffered shell plate deformation and breached tanks below the waterline.Although the movement towards shore was quickly detected by the bridge watchkeeper, the actions taken to proceed to sea were interrupted by the anchor becoming fouled by a discarded length of anchor chain, MAIB explained.As focus was turned to clearing the anchor, Kuzma Minin was blown towards the shore at a speed of over 2 knots.Falmouth’s harbourmaster used local resources to refloat the vessel, but concerns over Kuzma Minin’s lack of P&I insurance cover, and its owner’s lack of co-operation in appointing a salvor, “caused unexpected pressures”.Namely, the financial situation of the Murmansk Shipping Company meant that Kuzma Minin’s master was unable to replenish bunkers and lube oil which influenced his decision to remain at anchor on a lee shore when strong winds were forecast.Additionally, the ship’s lack of P&I insurance led to concerns over responsibility for salvage payment which hindered the appointment of experts and the ability to secure the services of an additional tug that was on passage nearby.MAIB issued a recommendation to Murmansk Shipping Company to take steps to ensure that its vessels are adequately resourced to operate safely and in accordance with international conventions, taking into account the potential consequences of vessels having insufficient fuel and oils, and the statutory requirement to maintain P&I insurance.Following the accident, Falmouth Harbour Commission strengthened existing measures to check, where required, visiting vessels have protection and indemnity insurance, and to improve the safety of vessels at anchor in Falmouth Bay. read more