Ffriend guilty again, will appeal

first_imgJamaican basketball player Kimani Ffriend was once again found guilty of vehicular manslaughter in a Serbian Court yesterday. Ffriend, now 36, was being retried on the charge of being responsible for the death of Nevena Dragutinovic, a 30-year-old account executive, on November 3, 2012. He was first found guilty of the charge in September 2014 for the woman’s death and sentenced to serve three years in prison. However, an appeals court ordered a retrial, citing several mistakes made by the presiding judge. Ffriend, who has five months left on his sentence, will once again appeal the verdict, and this time, the appellate court’s decision will be the final verdict in the case. He will remain free until the appellate court makes its decision. FINAL APPEAL A date for the final appeal will be determined once the judge submits a written verdict explaining her latest decision, including why she chose to ignore the court-appointed expert’s testimony that, having reconstructed the scene of the incident, that the Jamaican’s explanation was plausible and that it was possible that he was not guilty. The judge had based her initial guilty verdict on the expert witness’ testimony, but this time chose to ignore it. “It’s just sad, man. It feels like somebody just took the air out of me,” said Ffriend in reaction to the verdict. However, he remains hopeful, as his lawyers have said that they now have a stronger case to take to the appeals court. During the first appeal, the court ruled that there were six mistakes that needed to be addressed during the retrial, and even suggested that the scene of the incident be reconstructed. During the retrial, the scene of the incident was reconstructed, during which Ffriend testified about what occurred on that fateful night three years ago. The court-appointed expert testified on his new findings, which corroborated with the Jamaican’s testimony, but the judge chose to ignore the new information he provided to the court. She claimed that she would not accept the verdict of the expert, as he had changed portions of his testimony from the first trial and that she was not obligated to accept his findings. In her opinion, Ffriend was guilty. – Leighton Levylast_img read more

March Madness: Top 32 PH high school teams battle it out in 11th NBTC season

first_imgIn Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown After that, a single-round knockout tournament will be observed, with the first round victors advancing deeper in the Division 1 tournament. The first round losers, meanwhile, will be demoted to the Division 2 tournament.All games will be played at Mall of Asia Arena and Cuneta Astrodome.“If there’s anything about the SM NBTC tournament that I want to stress and point out, it is growth,” shared Altamirano. “We started this as a program to grow the sport of basketball and help the kids grow. After all, we also like to say that we are building leaders and communities. We at NBTC closely mirror that as well. We have grown from a few cities to a nationwide program, and now, an international one as well.”The action-packed week will culminate on March 23 at the Mall of Asia Arena with the All-Star Games and the championship game for the two divisions.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters The Pingris effect: Hotshots draw inspiration from injured teammate Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAlso qualified in the first round are the top eight regional champions from last year’s NBTC tournament, which are seeded from spots 17 to 24.But the international teams from the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand which are occupying seeds 9 to 12, the NCR wildcard teams which are slotted at 13 to 16, and the remaining eight regional champions which occupy places 25 to 32, will all first go through the seeding round on March 18 at One E-Com Center in the Mall of Asia Complex to determine their first round assignments for the next day. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism High school champions, regional crews, and international groups test each other’s mettle when the 2018 Exped SM SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) National Finals rolls on from March 18 to March 23.After 835 teams across 76 cities nationwide which featured over 12,000 players battled it out the last few months, the 32 best teams remain as they dispute the right to be called as the best high school team in the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “This is our 11th year, and it is extremely gratifying that we have become a top event in the Philippine sports landscape,” said NBTC program director head Eric Altamirano.UAAP champion Ateneo, NCAA titlist La Salle Greenhills, MMBL kings Chiang Kai Shek, and NBTC-Cebu lords University of Visayas banner the top slots as they, together with their bridesmaids, are already seeded in the top eight slots in the first round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

Buxton Pump Station construction is a failure

first_imgDear Editor,In a news article which appeared in Guyana Times on May 23, Engineer Charles Ceres during an address at the opening of the University of Guyana’s School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation Inaugural Conference held at the Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel, stated that the recently constructed $240 million pump station at Buxton on the East Coast of Demerara is an “engineering failure” since too much money was spent to build it with no instrumental benefits to residents.The newly constructed pump station has not technically proven a failure as yet in its operation as its objective is to alleviate the flooding of Buxton and its environs which is yet to be proven. It seems, however, that Engineer Ceres’ grouse is that the pump station has been over-designed with a piled foundation although in his opinion the soil which was removed to grade was heavier than the structure placed on it and therefore the underlying soil layer could have supported the pump station complex handily without additional expensive piling to reinforce the foundation of the pump structure against any anticipated settlement.I presume the design engineer for this pump station had carried out a site investigation to determine the soil characteristics for its foundation design and found it to be silty clay with low shear strength at 20 foot depth as this was the soil type I had observed at this location during the years I spent building the adjoining sea defences.Silty clay soils with a high-water content have complex consolidation/settlement characteristics whose load-bearing capacities are difficult to predict and design for. Therefore, any experienced design engineer out of an abundance of caution will use piling as a foundation for structures housing machinery on this type of soil since any settlement could cause misalignment of the pump and its motor with serious consequences. Further, vibration of the machinery during operation could cause consolidation of its clay foundation resting on an RC [reinforced concrete] slab.Engineering is not an exact science and therefore education, training, experience and good judgement are important traits of a competent design engineer. Hence what has appeared as an over-design by Engineer Ceres was in reality necessary to take care of unknowns and this is not uncommon in the engineering profession.Engineers are fully aware that if structures are not designed to generally accepted standards and they fail during their warranty period, they could be fined/jailed for negligence and be barred from practicing their profession. Therefore, no engineer should take chances to prepare sloppy designs nor to cut corners to reduce costs just because they are hungry. The recent collapse of the Palmyra Monument on the Corentyne Coast clearly bears this out.Finally, Engineer Ceres informed attendees that the Buxton Pump Station was equipped with a 70.6 cubic foot/second discharge capacity pump, but he did not state at what differential head. He would have observed from the pump’s characteristics that its discharge capacity could have been greater at the same rotational speed had the differential head been reduced since the existing layout (allows for this) is wasting a lot of energy and hence incurring additional operating costs to lift flood water to a higher elevation from the drainage channel onto the foreshore.Yours truly,Charles Sohanlast_img read more

Former coach gets 17 years for molesting 9 school boys

first_img molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – A judge sentenced a former part-time Rio Hondo Preparatory School coach to 17 years in state prison Thursday for molesting nine middle-school boys and attempting to molest another in 2005. As part of a negotiated settlement to avoid trial, Jonathan Robert Poyner, 21, of Glendora, pleaded guilty on April 12 to eight counts of lewd acts upon a child, one count of a forcible lewd act upon a child and one count of an attempted lewd act upon a child. The crimes occurred between June and December 2005 during school activities. Police have said the victims were all 13 years old at the time. Poyner was arrested in December 2005. He has remained in custody in lieu of $1 million bond. Thursday afternoon, Pasadena Superior Court Judge Leslie E. Brown’s courtroom was packed with about 60 people including the victims, their parents, Poyner’s family and his supporters. Poyner was dressed in a blue jumpsuit, looking tired and pale. Several cried as two of the boys and their parents spoke to Poyner, expressing their anger. “Jon, you killed me inside,” one of the victims said from a podium in the courtroom. “My soul’s gone. You touched me inappropriately, and that’s wrong.” Poyner’s aunt, mother and sister also spoke, maintaining his innocence and saying he only took the plea agreement to avoid life in jail. “I know you have never hurt anybody and would never hurt a child,” said his mother Mary as her son wiped tears from his face. last_img read more

Donegal Garda banned for drink-driving

first_imgA retired Donegal Garda has been banned for drink-driving.William Vincent Burke, of Donegal Road, Ballybofey appeared at Dungannon Magistrates Court. The 65 year old was stopped by the PSNI in Ballygawley on November 1st last and was found to be 61 mcgs per mls of breath over the legal limit of 35mcgs when tested.Burke pleaded guilty with excess alcohol and was fined £150 (€175) for drink driving.Donegal Garda banned for drink-driving was last modified: November 29th, 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) Tags:donegaldrink drivingGardaNOrthern Irelandlast_img read more


first_imgDDTV VIDEO: DONEGAL manager Jim McGuinness is officially fed up with Rory Gallagher – the singer that is, not his No2 coach.At least that’s the impression he gives in this tongue-in-cheek video for the RTE Sports Awards! Neither Rory Gallagher nor Rory Gallagher were available for comment.But it’s good to see Corkman Brendan O’Connor know the words to the best GAA song ever……Click to Play.VIDEO SHOCKER: WHEN JIM McGUINNESS GOT FED UP WITH ‘JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES’ was last modified: December 12th, 2012 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:VIDEO SHOCKER: WHEN JIM McGUINNESS GOT FED UP WITH ‘JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES’last_img read more


first_imgLifford AC’s Ann Marie McGlynn was in superb form yesterday, winning the Ladies Race in the Waterside Half Marathon in Derry.Ann-Marie Mc Glynn of Liford AC. Pic Gary Foy.McGlynn is making a name for herself as one of the county’s premier female athletes both on the track and on the road.With national senior medals both indoor and outdoor, Ann Marie has extended these performances to the roads, winning the Tullamore Half Marathon only two weeks ago. The Waterside Half Marathon win, in a special year for Derry City, is another prestigious title added to the many accolades already collected this year.While McGlynn was collecting the Ladies prize, her fellow club athletes were also out in force in yesterday’s race, with over 30 athletes taking part.In the Mens 45 category, Bill Duncan was in fine form finishing in second place, while Danny Burns was also to the fore finishing second in the Mens 65 category. For some of the club’s more experienced athletes, there were personal best performances to enjoy at this stage of the season.Many club athletes were also taking part in their first Half Marathon, which for most was only a distant dream a few short months ago. The ability to get both to the start and finish lines is a credit to the stewardship of Danny Burns of an incredibly successful Fit4Life group. With over 100 such runners in the club, there is an old saying in athletics, you’ve got to walk before you can run. It is this philosophy of working each and every athlete step by step towards the best of his/her ability that has marked the Lifford club as one of the premier athletic clubs in the county.Around the course, there was a huge Lifford AC support, cheering each and every athlete towards home. Such support is invaluable, plays a big part in performances, and a big part of the journey home for every athlete.A few sore legs today but mixed with great sense of satisfaction from all the finishers. Well done to all.LIFFORD ACs McGLYNN WINS WATERSIDE HALF MARATHON was last modified: September 9th, 2013 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:Ann Marie McGlynnWaterside Half-Marathonlast_img read more


first_imgA man killed by a drunk-driver had pleaded with him to slow down just minutes before he was killed.Stephen McElwaine, 34, died after the car being driven by his friend Barry McFadden, 34, crashed near Stranorlar in June last year.The friends had been working plastering all day and McFadden had decided to go for a drink. McFadden, of Drumkeen, admitted being drunk, causing death by dangerous driving, and a number of other motoring offences.Another friend in the car, Jason Ward, later told officers that McFadden was speeding and that Mr McElwaine had pleaded for his to slow down.Sgt Kevin Lynch said none of the three had been wearing seatbelts and McElwaine was trapped under the van when Gardai arrived at the crash in Ballynaglack.He was taken to Letterkenny General Hospital but he died there on June 18.Forensic experts found the van was travelling at 104km/hr in an 80 kph zone with a bald tyre.Members of Mr McElwaine’s family sat in the court but refused to give evidence.“They wish to keep their grief private,” said Patricia McLaughlin, prosecuting.Defence counsel Brian Walsh said the incident had “blown” two families apart.The court heard McFadden accepted full responsibility for the death of his friend and was deeply remorseful.Judge John O’Hagan said he accepted that McFadden had shown genuine remorse.“He has sentenced himself. Every waking day for the rest of his life he is going to have to live with this. He is going to have that sense of guilt and remorse forever.”The judge jailed McFadden for four years for causing death by dangerous driving but suspended the last year.He was also given two concurrent six month jail terms for drink-driving and driving whilst disqualified and banned him for driving for ten yearsMcElwaine’s family wept as the sentence was passed.MAN PLEADED WITH DRUNK DRIVER TO SLOW DOWN MOMENTS BEFORE DEATH CRASH was last modified: November 7th, 2013 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:Barry McFaddendeathdrink drivingLetterkenny Circuit CourtStephen McElwainelast_img read more

Virgin Australia rebadges economy legroom seats

first_imgVIRGIN Australia has rebadged its Extra Legroom product as Economy Space + and added new options to make it more enticing to passengers.Passengers who shell out as little $10 one-way for the new product on domestic flights will receive priority boarding, at least 25 per cent more legroom in exit or first row seats along with “preferred” overhead lockers.A spokeswoman said the preferred lockers would likely be badged but customers taking the new option would also get early access because of the priority boarding.Choosing the option on short-haul international flights gets access to dedicated check-in facilities and  a more expansive flagship package on the airline’s long-haul Boeing 777-300ERs starts at $50 one-way.In addition to exit rows, the long-haul product is available in five rows of Economy Space + seating in a secluded cabin area behind premium economy. It also includes premium noise cancelling headphones and a guaranteed first meal choice.The price will vary by route, market, fare type and time of purchase with the long-haul option costing as much as $165 one way for last minute travellers booking within six days of departure. The option will appear as an extra during the booking process and will be cheaper for those booking further ahead. Passengers can also use Velocity points.The move follows overseas trends to boost revenue by offering passengers extras for which they are willing to pay and comes as Virgin is changing its fare structure.Virgin is expanding its ticket options from September 7 in a new “Fares For You’’ structure but unlike US airlines, it is not remove existing domestic flight entitlements such as complimentary baggage, food and entertainment.“We believe Economy Space+ provides great value and will be very popular with travellers in the main cabin,” said Virgin Australia chief commercial officer Judith Crompton.last_img read more

PE’s King’s Beach gets a facelift

first_imgPort Elizabeth’s biggest beachfront area is undergoing a long-overdue upgrade, at an estimated cost of R42-million. (Image: pe.org.za) Excavation of water features has begun. (Image: Emily van Rijswijck) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chuma Myoli  Mandela Bay Development Agency  +27 21 464 1144 • Nicole Klukow  Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber  +27 41 373 1122RELATED ARTICLES • Impressive growth at SA’s Ngqura port • R200m factory opens in Port Elizabeth • Putting PE on national property map • Life’s a beach in South AfricaEmily van RijswijckThe King’s Beach area in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is being revamped, and residents and visitors will be able to enjoy new landscaped gardens and water features there from March 2012.The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) has kicked off with its latest project to upgrade the neglected and run-down area at a cost of R42-million (US$5.4-million). The MBDA is responsible for inner city regeneration on behalf of the municipality and will manage the entire project.“It is the city’s premier beach and therefore plays a major role in the tourism package offered by the city. The area has been identified for a much-needed facelift and refurbishment. It needs to be revitalised,” says MBDA chief operations officer Pierre Voges.The development, taking place in phases, will include the redevelopment of the skate park and improved parking facilities. The entire project is scheduled for completion by February 2013, provided there are no budget constraints.The upgrade has been welcomed by the business chamber in the city.“This kind of local government investment in infrastructure and basic services, like cleaning and security, is necessary to support tourism. The work of the MBDA has proven that this kind of investment acts as a catalyst for further private sector investment and confidence,” says CEO of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber Kevin Hustler.Better security, lightingThe King’s Beach area stretches from the super tubes at Humewood to the McArthur Swimming Pool.The plan for King’s Beach is to retain much of its former character, but improve the security, lighting and landscaping in the area.“It is hoped that the end result will bring about the recreation of one of the jewels in the city’s tourism crown, attracting not only the spending power of outside visitors, but drawing the city’s own residents to enjoy and appreciate the area again,” says MBDA.Once completed, residents and visitors will be able to walk along a 5km route covering the entire beachfront area of Port Elizabeth, from Humewood in the northwest to the beach at Pipe and Flat Rocks in the south and beyond.Starting just after this stretch of beach is Cape Recife Nature Reserve, a coastal reserve which offers more hiking opportunities.Water featuresOne of the main components of the upgrade will be water features. The waterways will be fed by water from an old spring located in the basement of The Beaches apartment building and from storm water run-off.Voges notes that this will be the first time that water from the spring will be put to good use, instead of just being pumped into the sea as was done in the past. The water in the pools will be circulated and cleaned thorough filters and reed beds.In the early 1980s the then city engineers department commissioned a Beachfront Structure Plan to guide development of the beachfront areas from King’s Beach to Cape Recife.The plan identified seven nodes for development between the harbour and Cape Recife: King’s Beach, Humewood Beach, Shark Rock, Pollok Beach, the Beacon, Flat Rocks and Winterstrand.However, only Shark Rock, which includes Hobie Beach and a small portion of King’s Beach, were ever redeveloped according to this plan. After that, the city’s budget was re-prioritised and no more funding was allocated to development of the southern beachfront.Over the years the greater King’s Beach area has become run-down and unattractive, with visitors preferring to spend time at the more attractive Shark Rock Pier and Hobie Beach areas.There’s been little use of the magnificent stretch of unbroken beach area and surrounding property of King’s Beach.Taking it in phasesThe MBDA will handle the development in two phases, with phase two comprising of two stages due to budget limitations.Phase one, set to be completed by March 2012, will cost R10-million ($1.3-million) and will include the development of the water features and all associated infrastructure, pathways, grassing and fencing of the pool areas.Phase 2A, at a cost of R3-million ($384 394), will build on the existing work, adding more paving and greening.The most expensive development will be done during Phase 2B with the planned expansion to the skateboard facility and the redevelopment of the existing King’s Beach car park at a cost of R29-million ($3.7-million). The parking area will have to be re-levelled due to complications with storm water run-off.A later phase of the King’s Beach development will see Marine Drive downgraded from the current high-speed thoroughfare to a road where slower speeds will be encouraged.Traffic will be redirected toward Strandfontein Road to make way for more parking areas along the southbound carriageway.Phase two is expected to start in July 2012.“The construction of phase two will depend largely on the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s budget allocations in the next financial year,” says Voges.Completed projectsThe MBDA launched its latest project, the Donkin Reserve upgrade and Route 67, during Heritage weekend in September 2011. The development includes the extensive use of public art and was done in the form of a walk, taking the visitor from the Campanile at the bottom of Strand Street, to the Donkin Reserve located on Donkin hill in Central.Route 67 pays tribute to the public life of Nelson Mandela and the country’s road to democracy.Close by, the Athenaeum Building in Belmont Terrace has also been restored to its former glory and will now be used as an arts and crafts hub.The Athenaeum and Donkin Reserve upgrade forms part of the agency’s overall inner city regeneration efforts of which the Govan Mbeki Avenue and Parliament Street upgrades were the first. The idea behind these efforts is to draw residents, businesses and tourists back into the heart of the city.There has been renewed business interest in the inner city as a result of the municipality’s regeneration efforts, says Hustler. The Govan Mbeki Avenue upgrade has created a bustling shopping area, but he says there are still some areas of concern with run-down buildings and security.Businesses are also showing interest in the area, with upgrading that has started on the Donkin Terrace houses and plans for this to become a “creative quarter”.The renovation of the old Grand Hotel is in progress and the renovation of the Port Elizabeth St George’s Club building in Bird Street for offices and advocates’ chambers is now complete.Parliament Street, its surrounding streets and the Richmond Hill area are also attracting more business, as a range of new restaurants and coffee shops have opened there.last_img read more