Sisters, boyfriend to face jury for killing father

first_imgThe two teenage girls, who allegedly planned and executed the murder of their father, 64-year-old Roger Manikam, with reported assistance from a boyfriend and another man, were all committed to stand trial at the next sitting of the High Court.The four – a 13-year-old along with her adopted sister and biological daughter of the dead man, 18-year-old Nalanie Manikam; her boyfriend, 24-year-old Veeran Lall, called “Adam Dias”; and his friend, Devon Browne, all appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrates’ Courts.The charge against them alleged that on April 2, 2016, at Coldingen Railway Embankment, East Coast Demerara (ECD), they conspired among themselves to murder Manikam.The four reportedly carried out the heinous act on the evening of April 2 and reportedly confessed to the murder when interrogated by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) ranks.Manikam’s body was discovered wrapped in construction plastic and dumped on the Railway Embankment at Coldingen, ECD the morning after he was brutally murdered.Murdered: Roger ManikamHis daughters allegedly lured him into the kitchen of their Non Pariel home where one of them reportedly chopped him with an axe.Lall reportedly helped the two girls wrap the body of their father in construction plastic and his friend, Brown, assisted in transporting the body from Manikam’s residence.Nalanie ManikamThey then dumped the body on the Railway Embankment at Coldingen.The two girls told Police that their father, who they claim was a drunkard, sexually molested them which prompted them to carry out the act.However, family members of Manikam defended him and claimed that the teenagers killed him for money he obtained from the sale of a lumber yard he previously owned.Veeran Lall and Devon BrowneWhen the man’s body was found and investigations commenced into the matter, the two daughters had initially claimed that their father might have been killed after being robbed.Then they suggested that he might have been returning home from one of his drinking sessions and that his girlfriend should be questioned about it.However, the involvement of the girls in the man’s murder came to light  after Police ranks who were investigating the incident found a piece of rope at the Non Pariel home of the man, which appeared to have been a part of the rope that had been used to tie the dead man up. During questioning sometime after, the two girls reportedly confessed to planning and executing the murder.last_img read more

Suspected aircraft part surfaces in Corentyne River

first_imgPolice in Berbice are investigating the discovery of what is suspected to be part of an aircraft that was pulled out of the Corentyne River by a fishing crew on Friday afternoon.The part of the aircraft that was found in the Corentyne RiverAccording to reports, boat Captain Roshan Haniff and his crew of four were returning to the Corentyne Coast after a fishing expedition when they saw the object floating in the river.Upon closer examination, the men observed that the object appeared to be the top of an aircraft. As such, they pulled it ashore.The object measures about eight feet by eighteen feet. It had the words “Space Group” on the outer side of the object, while there were several other markings on the object. On the inner side, there was the inscription: ‘E410436-005’ and ‘262541/8404’.The Corentyne River borders Guyana and Suriname.The discovery of the object has since been reported to the Police and an investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Wenger ‘open’ to more signings but insists Arsenal are NOT in for Porto star

first_imgArsene Wenger says he is ‘open’ to making more signings this summer, but has denied reports linking Arsenal with a move for Juan Quintero.The Gunners have completed deals for Alexis Sanchez,  Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers in recent weeks, but Wenger does not appear to be finished yet.“I’m very happy because I did what I wanted, and I am still open to do more,” said the Frenchman.“Let’s not forget that we are at August 1 today, and the transfer window closes on the 31st. For years, it’s a long time I didn’t sit with you here on the first of August having done quite a lot.“We are a bit ahead of what we usually do, because the availability on the market was bigger and earlier than before.”According to reports in Colombia, Quintero is set to be the next arrival at the Emirates, with the winger claimed to be closing in on a £16million move from Porto.But that was denied by Wenger, who said: “That’s wrong. I don’t want to give you names but at the moment we are not especially after anyone.”Ruling out a swoop Quintero looks to have enhanced Joel Campbell’s chances of breaking through.The Costa Rican has been linked with a loan move away from the Emirates, with AC Milan said to be among a host of clubs keen on securing his services.But Wenger wants to keep the 22-year-old after his impressive performances at the World Cup in Brazil.“Joel Campbell is part of my plans, he might play tomorrow against Benfica,” said Wenger. Juan Quintero 1last_img read more

All the ‘big and smart clubs’ want Pogba, claims agent

first_img Paul Pogba 1 Paul Pogba’s agent has confirmed ‘all the big and smart clubs’ are chasing his client – amid talk of offers from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.The former Manchester United man is currently the hottest property in world football, with several sides fighting for his signature.Barcelona and Real Madrid have been linked with world record bids, while Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain are also said to have the cash necessary to secure the 22-year-old.And with talk of a summer move growing, Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola has revealed all the big clubs are after the France international.“It’s a very delicate moment,” Raiola told Premium Sport.“I prefer not to talk about Paul. I can only say that my client is liked by all the big and smart clubs.“Even Real Madrid? I repeat, he appeals to all the big and smart clubs.”last_img read more

Flood warning falls on county’s deaf ears

first_img“Restrictions in the stream bed under the Simi Valley Freeway overpass will cause flood waters to spread and … flow outside the channel through schools and homes downstream of the channel inlet.” Smith says he just wants the county to fully investigate the dam’s potential to flood homes, schools and businesses, and take whatever action is necessary if there is a problem. “Frankly, he doesn’t want to leave his heirs to deal with this,” Holzer said, adding that his client is also worried about being remembered as the guy whose dam caused a terrible flood. The vast divide between Charles Smith’s alarm-sounding and the county’s hunkered-down brush off begs some objective expertise. “If they built the flood control channel expecting that dam to hold back upstream debris, then there’s a problem if debris overtops,” explained Terry Hogue, a flood-plane expert who teaches at UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. “Dams are very expensive and the dam-building era in the United States is basically over because dams are generally viewed as the least desirable way to control flooding. If a dam was seen as necessary, there must have been a good reason.” Hogue says the significance of Smith’s warning hinges on two questions: Does the flood control channel rely on Smith’s dam to hold back debris? And, how have problems that would have been solved by a new dam been addressed? But DPW public information officer Gary H. Boz insists there is no threat to public safety in relation to Brown’s Creek. “Each year, we remove the vegetation from the channel and ensure it is ready for the upcoming storm season. … When the area experienced near record rains from the 2004-2005 storm season, the facilities worked as expected and there were no reports of flooding.” But that does not address the scenario of debris flowing over the dam’s top. Furthermore, ’04-’05 didn’t bring the 50-year flood. Experts say it’s overdue – and that’s not just Charles Smith’s problem. Thom Senzee is managing editor of the North Valley Community News.160Want 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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champYet his client contends the system does indeed depend on his dam to hold back debris. He insists the next 50-year flood will cause the dam to let loose a load of tree stumps and other debris that has stacked to the top of his dam through the years. It’s his dam. It’s his problem. Talk to our attorney. That’s the message from the county. But are those officials so certain that Smith’s concerns have no merit that they are willing to do nothing? Apparently so, because they have stated there are no plans to investigate his claim that flooding is assured if something isn’t done. Yet three decades of Department of Public Works’ memos reveal an increasing level of concern among engineers and supervisors about the threat of flooding downstream from Smith’s dam. In the early 1970s, the county seriously considered building an 85-foot dam across Brown’s Creek just north of what is now the SR-118 Ronald Reagan Freeway. But by 1974, environmental concerns quashed plans to build the new dam. Fears grew. A 1981 memo issued an ominous warning: A 91-year-old landowner is warning county officials that a dam on his property north of Chatsworth poses a major flood threat to neighborhoods downstream from his Brown’s Canyon spread. But county officials say that’s his problem. “Over the years, the crater behind his dam has served as a debris basin,” said Stephen Holzer, an attorney representing landowner Charles Smith. Holzer says Smith’s nearly century-old stone, earth and railroad-tie dam traversing a watershed called Brown’s Creek was never intended to be a debris-mitigating component of the local flood-control system. last_img read more

LIGHTS OUT! ONE IN FIVE LIGHTS ACROSS DONEGAL OUT THROUGH STORMS

first_imgA staggering one in five street lights across Donegal was knocked out through recent storms. Donegal experienced a 21% increase in public lighting faults in the last number of weeks.Airtricity Utility Solutions (AUS) who are contracted by Donegal County Council to maintain public lighting facilities in the county believe these figures are likely to be compounded as a result of damage from flood waters and supply faults and that high water levels have caused significant issues. Donegal County Council says all reasonable measures to minimise the effect in the county has been undertaken with AUS staff being reallocated to address issues where required.Despite these efforts it is likely that there will be areas where public lighting assets will be out for longer periods of time.AUS and Donegal County Council are urging members of the public to report faults by calling AUS at 1850 372 772 or online at www.airtricitysolutions.com.Alternatively members of the public can also report a fault by contacting Donegal County Council at 074 91 53900 or online at www.donegalcoco.ie . LIGHTS OUT! ONE IN FIVE LIGHTS ACROSS DONEGAL OUT THROUGH STORMS was last modified: January 15th, 2016 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)last_img read more

SISTER OF SHAY’S DEAD PAL GARY PAYS TRIBUTE TO HER ‘INSPIRATION’

first_imgTHE sister of soccer star Gary Speed has paid tribute to him.Speed, 42, a close friend of Ireland keeper and Donegal man Shay Given, took his own life at the weekend.The Lifford man is said to be still in shock over the death. Mr Speed’s sister Lesley Haylock described the Wales manager, found hanged in the garage of his home on Sunday, as her “inspiration”.She wrote on Twitter: “I have lost my brother, my friend, my inspiration.“I hope you are at peace now Gary. I miss you so much.”Lesley added in another post: “Still trying to come to terms with it all.” Last night Leeds United fans paid tribute to the star before their game with Notts Forest.SISTER OF SHAY’S DEAD PAL GARY PAYS TRIBUTE TO HER ‘INSPIRATION’ was last modified: November 30th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:donegalGary SpeedShay Givenlast_img read more

Archimedes’ sun death ray not likely

first_img “Who can say whether Archimedes did it or not?” he said. “He’s one of the great mathematical minds in history. I wouldn’t want to underestimate his intelligence or ability.” Historical text describes Archimedes defeating a Roman fleet using the ray. In “Epitome ton Istorion,” John Zonaras wrote: “At last in an incredible manner he burned up the whole Roman fleet. For by tilting a kind of mirror toward the sun he concentrated the sun’s beam upon it; and owing to the thickness and smoothness of the mirror he ignited the air from this beam and kindled a great flame, the whole of which he directed upon the ships that lay at anchor in the path of the fire, until he consumed them all.” “MythBusters” also tried to re-create the ray last year, and after failing declared the story a myth. “If this weapon had worked, it would have been the equivalent of a nuclear weapon in the ancient world,” Rees said. 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The MIT team’s first attempt with their contraption made of 300 square feet of bronze and glass failed to ignite a fire from 150 feet away. It produced smoldering on the boat’s wooden surface but no open flame. A second attempt from about 75 feet away lit only a small fire that burned itself out. Mike Bushroe of the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory tried a mirrored system shaped like flower petals, but it failed to produce either smoke or flames. Peter Rees, executive producer of “MythBusters,” said the experiment showed Archimedes’ death ray was most likely a myth. “We’re not saying it can’t be done,” Rees said. “We’re just saying it’s extremely impractical as a weapon of war.” The experiment showed it may be technically possible, but didn’t answer whether Archimedes used it to destroy enemy ships, MIT professor David Wallace said. SAN FRANCISCO – It wasn’t exactly the ancient siege of Syracuse, but rather a curious quest for scientific validation. According to sparse historical writings, the Greek mathematician Archimedes torched a fleet of invading Roman ships by reflecting the sun’s powerful rays with a mirrored device made of glass or bronze. More than 2,000 years later, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Arizona set out to re-create Archimedes’ fabled death ray Saturday in an experiment sponsored by the Discovery Channel program “MythBusters.” Their attempts to set fire to an 80-year-old fishing boat using their own versions of the device, however, failed to either prove or dispel the myth of the solar death ray. last_img read more

Exploring SA’s unique Winescape

first_img7 April 2004Winescape is a new quarterly magazine that aims to entice international visitors to the country’s winelands by capturing – in stories and photographs by top travel journalists – the unique flavour of wine travel in South Africa.The quarterly publication seeks “to capture the flavour of wine travel in South Africa, to make coming here an irresistible option”, said Judy Brower, the advertising director of the magazine. “It is a showcase of our winelands and our wines, of our restaurants and cafes, our hotels and bed and breakfasts, for all ages and all incomes.”Winescape will be distributed internationally by Wines of South Africa (WOSA).The publication features superb pictures by photographers such as Graeme Robinson, Geoff Spiby, Alain Proust, Keith Phillips, Craig Foster and Emma Borg. The text is courtesy of editor and travel editor Lesley Beake, food editor Jos Baker and wine editor Neil Pendock.“Wine is one of our fastest-growing exports and is a nugget of excellence in our agricultural economy”, Proudly South African chief executive Martin Feinstein said at the launch in Constantia, Cape Town last month. “This liquid gold creates jobs, grows our economy and attracts tourists.“Winescape is an important new publication because it will highlight quality in the industry and direct visitors and locals alike to our estates and the many tourist attractions around them.”Winescape will release 10 000 copies through WOSA offices in the UK, US, Canada, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany and Japan, and at international wine shows.Virgin Wines will send 15 000 copies out to their customers in the UK, while a further 5 000 will be available locally through selected tourism offices, hotels and subscriptions.The publication is a joint venture between Lesley Beake and Judy Brower, both of whom have been involved in promoting South African wine for the past eight years.For more information and subscriptions, visit Winescape.Source: Proudly South Africanlast_img read more

Charlton Athletic’s SA connection

first_img15 October 2004English Premier League club Charlton Athletic is home to two of South African football’s most loved exports, Mark Fish and Shaun Bartlett. The club’s South African connection goes further than that, though, extending all the way to Alexandra township in Johannesburg.Members of the Charlton Football in the Community scheme and the club’s community liaison department jetted into South Africa this week to follow up on work that began in the township in 2003.One of three projects initiated by the club was the training of 18 youth workers, police officers and teachers to be qualified football coaches – the first time the English Football Association’s Level One coaching course had ever been carried out outside England.According to Matt Wright, writing on Charlton Athletic’s website, those new coaches have been holding football sessions in Alexandra schools and youth clubs over the past 12 months.During the club’s latest trip, a further 20 students will complete the coaching course under the guidance of community scheme officers. Once they have qualified, they will be able to start and run community-based football clubs and leagues.Then there is a youth development programme that sees the Metropolitan Police teaming up with the South African Police Service and Bristol’s John Cabot Technical College from Bristol in bringing it to Alexandra. The course focuses on citizenship, health education and information technology.John Cabot looks after the third part of the programme. The college, as part of its ongoing charity work in conjunction with British Airways and Unicef, is working to empower township dwellers in literacy, computer technology, sewing and textiles.Charlton Athletic chairman Martin Simons, speaking from South Africa on Tuesday, said: “It’s another week of extremely hard work. We have got the first lot of 200 kids coming this afternoon, and in total we expect to see 1 000 youngsters this week.“When we left last year we were really hoping that things would take off in this township , and that’s exactly what has happened”, Simons said. “The coaches that we trained have seen more than 4 000 kids since we were last there, and it’s important to remember that they’re carrying out all of this work voluntarily – they’re not getting paid.“One of the big considerations in everything we do is whether or not the work is sustainable”, Simons said. “It seems so so far, and we want to be able to come back in five years’ time and discover that hundreds of thousands of children have received football coaching.”British Bank Barclays, whose chairman, Matt Barrett, is also visiting the country this week, is to host a special presentation event on Friday. According to Charlton’s website, “discussions are taking place to see if the company wants to become involved with the project, possibly as a sponsor”.Barclays is bidding to buy a majority stake in SA banking group Absa.Charlton Athletic’s Alexandra connection is part of the club’s “Red, White and Black” campaign that is into its second decade and targets racism.On 8 November 2003, Charlton celebrated its South African connection when the club tackled Fulham at The Valley on a day the club called South Africa Day.Speaking on the day, former Bafana Bafana player Mark Fish said that since joining Charlton, “I have been amazed at the extent of the club’s work in its community, and I am proud to support that work, both locally and back in my homeland.“It’s something that is very important to me because of the historical links between the club and South Africa and the community work that the club’s been doing over there.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more