– October session opens with 141 casesThe criminal backlog has been reduced by 29 cases that were disposed of during the June 2016 Criminal Assizes, which wrapped up on Friday last following a gaol delivery done by Justice James Bovell-Drakes.The June session commenced with Justice Navindra Singh, Justice Jo-Ann Barlow and Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry. Justice Bovell-Drakes joined Justice Singh and Justice Beharry from July until the end of session.During that Assizes 116 cases were listed to be heard, 29 of which were disposed of. However, only 15 cases received attention in the High Court of Demerara, while the other 14 matters were nolle prosequi by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).Of the 15 matters that were presented in court, there were eight formal verdicts of not guilty, three not guilty verdicts by jury, one guilty plea, two guilty verdicts and one hung jury.The June Assizes saw Justice Singh disposing of five cases. In a murder case, the judge upheld a no case submission and directed the jury to return a not guilty verdict. The same was done in a Carnal Knowledge of Girl Under 15 Years and Abduction matter after the complainant testified that she did not wish to proceed with the trial.The accused in two rape cases were also acquitted after the jury was directed to return verdicts of not guilty following testimonies by both complainants who did not want to proceed with the matters.Meanwhile, the accused in a Rape of A Child Under 16 Years case was acquitted after the jury returned a not guilty verdict.During June, Justice Barlow completed four cases, one of which saw the accused, who was indicted with three counts for murder, pleading guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter and was sentenced to life imprisonment with a chance of parole after 30 years.A matter of Carnal Knowledge of Girl Under 15 Years resulted in the accused being acquitted after the complainant testified that she did not wish to proceed with the matter.Another case for the combined offences of Buggery and Indecent Assault in which three accused were indicted together, the jury found the number one accused unanimously guilty of buggery and indecent assault. He was sentenced to a total of 29 years imprisonment.The Number Two accused was found guilty by a majority verdict for the offence of indecent assault and was sentenced to four years imprisonment. While the number three accused was acquitted on all three charges.Moreover, a jury panel returned not guilty verdicts against an accused indicted with two counts of rape of a child under 16 years.On the other hand, Justice Beharry disposed of three matters, including a murder case, in which the accused was indicted on two counts and was found unanimously guilty on both, resulting in a death sentence.Additionally, in two separate cases of Carnal Knowledge of A Girl Under 15 Years and Rape of A Child Under 16 Years, both complainants failed to attend court and as such, both juries were directed to return verdicts of not guilty.Meanwhile, Justice Bovell-Drakes also completed three matters, one of which saw a murder accused sent back to prison to await a new trial after the jury failed to reach a verdict.The other two matters were for the offence of Rape of A Child Under 16 Years and one of the accused was acquitted after the jury returned a majority verdict of not guilty, while the complainant failed to attend Court thus the jury was directed to return a verdict of not guilty for the accused.nolle prosequiFurthermore, during the June Session a total of 14 cases were nolle prosequi by the DPP. These include 10 matters for sexual offences, one for the offence of Unlawful Wounding, another one for Causing Grievous Bodily Harm with Intent, and two matters of Manslaughter.In addition, the DPP appeared in eleven matters in the Court of Appeal during June to August.Four Appellants had their applications withdrawn; of these four, two were for Bail and the other two were for Extension of Time to File Notices of Appeal. Three other Applications for Bail were refused while one Application for Bail was granted by the Court.In one other matter, the Appellant who is serving time had his appeal against conviction and sentence dismissed. Two Appellants were granted their Applications for Extensions of Time to File Grounds of Appeal Within 7 days.Moreover, the Demerara Full Court heard one matter in September which saw counsel for the Appellant, who is serving a four-year, two month sentence for Possession of Narcotics for the Purpose of Trafficking, informing the Court that a Notice of Withdrawal to Appeal was filed.The Demerara October 2016 Criminal Assizes will commence on Tuesday with 141 cases listed. Justice Bovell-Drakes, Justice Barlow and Justice Roxane George will preside during this session.
Oil bonusA decision was taken by Cabinet to set aside US$15 million from the signing bonus that Government received from US oil giant ExxonMobil to be used towards the border controversy case with Venezuela.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl GreenidgeThis disclosure was made by Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge on Tuesday during a press conference at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, South Road, Georgetown office.While Government had initially received the US$18 million bonus, Greenidge said it was decided that part of the bonus could be used for the legal challenge, while the remaining US$3 million was set aside for training.In that same breath, the Minister said there may be a need for more monies to assist with the legal case as the US$15 million may be inadequate. “It is not possible for me to say what it will cost, the lawyers themselves don’t know,” he explained to media operatives when asked to state how much more would be needed.Greenidge did, however, state that other needs may arise for additional skills and research, and this would require supplementary funds. He again stated, “The US$15 million may not be adequate.”He also reminded that it was Government’s intention to have portions of the signing bonus transferred to the Consolidated Fund whenever there was a need for finances relating to this matter.“So, for 2018, the Minister of Finance (Winston Jordan) will, down the road, come for supplementary funding, and it will be indicated at that time,” Greenidge explained to the media.Meanwhile, while Government has already started legal proceedings at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the Minister explained that the ICJ will determine whether it has jurisdiction to address the matter.“That’s a routine, all of them do that. Having looked at the case and determined where they can look…, what is within their powers, they will say to the two parties ‘we will begin’ in which case, Guyana will be required to submit a full document of its case,” he said.When asked to provide the names of the members of the legal team that will represent Guyana at the ICJ, the Minister said it was too early to divulge such information and promised to do that at the appropriate time. There are, however, reports that Sir Shridath Ramphal will lead the Guyanese legal team.The Foreign Affairs Minister said whether or not Venezuela chose to participate in the case, at the end of the day, the ICJ’s ruling would be binding.This process, the Minister said, could require oral hearings and written submissions from both countries.The ICJ is now awaiting a response from Venezuela following the submission of the case by Guyana.Greenidge also used the opportunity to warn that the ICJ could use several grounds to ‘walk away’ from the case. As such, he urged the media and the public to be cautious in what they say and report on this sensitive matter. He said these things could interfere with the case.Some two months after United Nations Secretary General António Guterres had handed over the Guyana-Venezuela border controversy case to the ICJ for final settlement, formal proceedings were filed on March 30, asking the World Court to confirm the legal validity and binding effect of the 1899 Arbitral Award. Guyana’s application was submitted to the ICJ by Second Vice President and Foreign Affairs Minister Greenidge.Secretary General Guterres earlier this year chose the ICJ as the next means of resolving the controversy, which arose as a result of Venezuela’s contention that the Arbitral Award of 1899 with regard to the frontier between British Guiana and Venezuela was null and void.According to Guyana’s application to the ICJ, Venezuela had, for more than 60 years, consistently recognised and respected the validity of the binding force of the 1899 Award and the 1905 Map agreed by both sides in furtherance of the Award.Guyana maintains that the 1899 Arbitral Award that settled the boundary between Guyana and Venezuela was full and final, but Venezuela has, for several decades, registered its diplomatic and military objection to Guyana’s development of its natural resources onshore and offshore the Essequibo.
Willian had the best chance of a cagey first 20 minutes at Stamford Bridge.The Brazilian latched on to a ball played into the right channel and advanced on goal but his shot was blocked by Everton keeper Tim Howard.Ross Barkley has twice had shots blocked – once by John Terry, another by Kurt Zouma – and the second one dropped to Bryan Oviedo, but he sidefooted just wide.Chelsea made one change from the side which drew 2-2 against West Bromwich Albion, with Nemanja Matic replacing Oscar in the starting line-up.Cesc Fabregas started in Oscar’s more advanced role, with Matic and John Obi Mikel providing the base in midfield.Pedro kept his place, despite being taken off at half-time against the Baggies, with Kenedy, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Loic Remy among the substitutes.Everton have made three changes, with Oviedo coming in at right-back and one-time Chelsea target John Stones reverting to centre-half.Kevin Mirallas and Aaron Lennon are also back, while Ramiro Funes Mori, Leon Osman and Gerard Deulofeu drop to the bench.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Mikel, Matic; Willian, Fabregas, Pedro; Costa. Subs: Begovic, Baba, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Oscar, Remy.Everton: Howard; Baines, Stones, Jagielka, Oviedo; Besic, Barry; Mirallas, Barkley, Lennon; Lukaku.Subs: Robles, Funes Mori, Cleverley, Osman, Deulofeu, Pienaar, Kone.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
21 January 2013 Unemployed people or those earning less than R5 500 a month will now have more information on how to access state-sponsored legal advice and representation when charged with a crime, facing an eviction, or needing legal help with family, contract or other matters. This is according to newly appointed regional operations executive for Legal Aid South Africa in Mpumalanga and Limpopo, Mpho Kgabi, who took over the reins at the beginning of 2013. “As the two provinces are mainly rural, my main goal is to bring justice centres closer to the communities, as most of the people lack information on legal representation,” Kgabi told African Eye News Service. “Our team will liaise with ward councillors and mostly traditional authorities to ensure expansion in rural areas by supplying pamphlets through poster distribution so everyone has access to information to understand the services we offer.” Kgabi said her work would include keeping her Justice Centre staff motivated to serve communities at all times. She said her team would also liaise with the National Prosecuting Authority, the justice department, NGOs and community-based organisations.For the poor and unemployed She warned that chance takers who did not deserve legal aid would not be serviced. “Legal aid is, in a nutshell, for the unemployed or persons earning R5 500 or less per month. Because we get tax money to spend on legal assistance for the poor, we must make sure the person applying for legal aid really qualifies. “We ask a person who needs help to tell how much money he or she gets every month as wages or a salary, and what they own, like a car or house. We then give them a form to fill in all this information, and a Legal Aid official is always available to help with this,” Kgabi said. A person who gets any state grant or a state old pension automatically qualifies for legal aid, but he or she will be asked to show official documents that proves this. “In criminal cases, children always get legal aid and do not have to do a Means Test, but in civil cases the family will have to meet the Means Test requirements,” she said.Types of cases handled Kgabi said Legal Aid SA does not provide help for cases involving traffic fines, small offences where jail time is less than 3 months, claims for money owed that is less than R12 000, civil cases that do not have merits for success, as well as other cases excluded in the Legal Aid Guide. The organisation has delivered 90% and more of its business plan annually and has received 10 consecutive unqualified audits from the Auditor-General. Legal Aid SA has assisted more than 400 000 people per annum across South Africa. “This high performance is a result of strong vision and strategic planning translated into clear business and implementation plans and effective monitoring, tracking of performance, commitment, dedication and passion for justice from the Legal Aid South Africa staff,” said Kgabi. She condemned legal practitioners who took advantage of individuals facing criminal charges and illegally charged them for Legal Aid services. “We have a strong policy on dishonest behaviour. One practitioner was fired following a case brought to our attention in Middelburg in December 2011, after he illegally charged an individual,” she said.Justice centres, satellite centres Kgabi said the organisation delivers the bulk of its services through nine Justice Centres and 16 satellite centres in Limpopo in areas such as Makhado, Modimolle, Thohoyandou, Polokwane and Tzaneen, and four in Mpumalanga, which are Ermelo, Middelburg, Mbombela and Emalahleni. Legal Aid SA regional spokesman Isaac Dhludhlu said their organisational mandate in terms of the Bill of Rights was to protect, respect and defend the rights of children, women, the landless, evicted persons and farmworkers. “All accused persons who face prison sentences of more than three months without the option of a fine and who cannot afford their own lawyers, prisoners who have to stay in jail until their case is heard, or those who are already in prison who wish to bring an appeal, will receive our assistance,” said Dhludhlu. Source: SANews.gov.za
dan lyons Slowly but surely, Google keeps building out its Google+ social network and becoming a stronger rival to Facebook. Today the company is announcing the ability to let people sign in on websites with their Google+ credentials instead of creating a unique user name and password.At first glance this seems like no big deal. After all, you can already do the same thing with your Facebook and Twitter IDs. So in a way, Google is just playing catch-up. And for now there are only 10 developers committed to using Google+ sign-ins. They include Shazam, Fitbit and Fancy, plus the Guardian newspaper and USA Today.But Google claims its system is better than what other social networks offer. “In many ways it’s a leapfrog technology,” says David Glazer, Google+ engineering director.There are typical Google goodies like two-step verification. But another cool thing Google has done is create a seamless connection between the desktop and mobile. Sign up for Fancy on your desktop Web browser, for example, and you’ll be asked if you’d also like the Fancy app on your Android smartphone. Say yes, and without taking your phone out of your pocket the Fancy app gets downloaded and installed onto your Android phone. Next time you take out your phone, there’s the app. “It’s kind of a wow moment,” Glazer says. “It feels like magic.”More ControlAlso, while Facebook and Twitter basically just authenticate someone’s identity, Google+ sign-ins give users better control of how their activities are shared.Find a new song that you like, and you can share that information with just one of your Google+ circles, or even with just one individual, or with no one at all. That way you’re not constantly spamming all of your friends with an announcement about every story you’ve read or song you’ve listened to.You can also just create a list of things you’ve liked on your profile, so people can find those things but only if they actively go looking through your profile to see what you’ve been up to lately.That should be a better experience for users, but it’s also potentially better (and more valuable) for advertisers. Let’s say I’m looking for new music, and I know my neighbor Tony always finds cool stuff. There are two ways I might find recommendations from him. One is that he might single me out and send me a recommendation for a particular song that he thinks I’ll like. Another is that I might go to his profile and check out what songs he’s discovered lately.In either scenario I’m much more likely to buy something (and thus much more valuable to advertisers) than if I was just one of hundreds of Tony’s friends who get randomly sprayed with every song that Tony listens to.Microsoft’s PlaybookIn a way the Google of 2013 is taking a page from the Microsoft “close follower” playbook of the 1990s.Google wasn’t the first company to do search, or maps, or smartphone operating systems, or email or social. What Google has done, over and over, is let others go into a market first and make mistakes. Then Google goes in, figures out which features people like and which things they wish could be different, and then tries to build a better version of what others have built.Like Microsoft of old, Google often gets derided when it first enters a market, but it keeps on iterating and getting better. In 2008, Android was a joke. By 2010 it was catching up with Apple. By the end of 2012 Android was on 75% of smartphones being sold worldwide, versus 15% for Apple. Why? Because Google did for smartphones what Microsoft did for personal computers, by creating an operating system and licensing it to dozens of hardware companies.Ghost Town?Google+ has taken its share of abuse. Back in November 2011 Farhad Manjoo of Slate declared Google+ was dead. A blogger at Forbes said the same thing. Then in 2012 came the articles about Google+ being a ghost town.But Google kept chugging away, and by the end of 2012 claimed to have 500 million members on Google+.People can and do quibble with Google’s numbers, arguing that most of the users it claims aren’t very active. Many don’t even go to Google+ itself, but just interact with it via other Gooogle sites.Google counters by saying that the real goal of Google+ is to gather social information to make Google’s core search product more effective.Sign-ins are just another part of this. It’s unclear whether developers will view Google+ as important enough to merit adding Google+ sign-ins to their apps. But it seems clear that Google is not giving up on its “ghost town” just yet.Here’s a video Google created to explain the sign-in feature: Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Tags:#Google Image courtesy of Reuters. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts
Easily create muzzle flashes with built-in tools in Final Cut Pro X.Though overused and often lazily placed into YouTube videos, muzzle flashes are still awesome when used appropriately. Anyone with a hundred dollars and a basic understanding of Final Cut Pro can put VideoCopilot’s Action Essentials into their videos. It’s an awesome product (with loads of action effects)…but in this post we’ll do one better and show you how to create a muzzle flash effect for free!The following FCPX muzzle flash video tutorials cover:Shape LayersDirectional BlursColorizing ShapesCreating Light FalloffCompositing Elements For your next project instead of creating the VFX in post try creating effects on-set. For inspiration try checking out our post on the top 10 practical effects of all time.This video series was first shared on Dan Allen’s Youtube Channel. Thanks for sharing Dan!Have any tips for creating muzzle flashes in FCPX? Share in the comments below.
As many as 18 government employees were placed under suspension for unauthorised absence from duty in Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir, an official spokesperson said on Sunday. The District Development Commissioner of Doda, Bhawani Rakwal, issued the suspension orders of the officials of different departments after they were found absent during an inspection yesterday, he said. He said Mr. Rakwal ordered an inquiry against the suspended officials and also directed the officers concerned to keep their salaries on hold with immediate effect till further orders. The District Development Commissioner issued directions to all the offices to install biometric attendance system by the end of this month, failing which the salaries of those staff who did not get registered to the new system would be kept on hold, the spokesperson said.
A large number people marched down the busy Link Road No. 1 in Bhopal , waving rainbow flags and holding placards that read “ I am me, no excuses, no regrets”, celebrating the LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) community.The event on Sunday was the pride march in which the LGBTQI community members participated in bright-coloured clothes. Spectators lined the parade route from Amer Bakery Hut (a busy eating joint right at the centre of the State capital) to Shourya Smarak, a war memorial.“I am joining the parade to support the LGBTQI community which has failed to get acceptance in our society… They become objects of disgust,” Jhanvi Chouhan said. Her friend Hashita C said, “This is a boost to so many who have had to hide. They [LGBTQI] are also human beings who should get positive energy in our society.” The event was joined by social activists and educationists. Some men sported rainbow paints on their cheeks while others turned out in traditional ghagra-choli dress.Dr. Rahul Sharma, clinical psychologist, National Health Mission (M.P.), supports the LGBTQI and the organisations working among them, but felt that the community members and activists should play a larger role among other sections of society. The community members are demanding freedom for the Queer community without being subject to prejudice and violence.
Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nursing an LCL injury, Jalalon was stuck in the sidelines doing therapy with the Hotshots PTs, watching helplessly as coach Chito Victolero laid down the groundwork in the team’s first week of practices.But the former Arellano guard’s frustrations isn’t limited on Star alone with the injury also ruling him out of Gilas Pilipinas in the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers later this month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m already out. I really want to join them, but the doctors advised me to not to,” said Jalalon, who is will continue therapy for the next two weeks before the doctors could give him the green light to finally rejoin the Hotshots.With the chance to don the national colors out of the picture, Jalalon is now looking at the next task ahead, and that is to be in full strength once Star opens its campaign this upcoming 2017-2018 PBA season. “I’m just strengthening my knee and following what the PTs tell. I’ll continue doing therapy and I’m preparing to play in the opening,” he said.As an observer, Jalalon also liked what he saw from the Hotshots after this first week of training.“I could really see that we play well in our practices and I feel that this will be the timewe’ll really be contending for the title.”ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Timberwolves overwhelm Jazz for 109-98 win MOST READ LATEST STORIES CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESSophomore playmaker Jio Jalalon couldn’t hide his frustrations as he was limited to a spectator in Star’s morning practice at Ronac Art Center on Tuesday.“I’m not used to this, that I’m not practicing. I’m jealous,” he admitted.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101
Wolves winger Adama Traore hails spirit for Besiktas shockby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves winger Adama Traore says their last-gasp Europa League win at Besiktas typifies the spirit with the group.For the third time already this season, Wolves bagged a game-changing goal in injury time.Traore told the club’s website: “I think the whole team worked so hard through the game. It’s been tough, of course, I’m happy for the result, of course. It’s important to win, our first win, and after we have to keep working.“We keep going, we keep moving and we keep pushing, that is important. We keep showing the last games that we have to fight until the end, and we do that. This is the spirit and I’m so happy for the work of the team.“Before in previous games we showed a spirit, it doesn’t matter how the game goes, or how difficult it is, we will fight, we will keep pushing until the end, so I like the spirit of the team, this is my spirit as well, so I’m so happy and will have to keep working.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say