A 33-year-old miner was on Monday remanded to prison by the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan, after he was charged and taken to court for the capital offence of murder.Paul Charles of Foulmouth Village, Essequibo River, was not required to plead to the indictable charge. It is alleged that on February 7, 2019, at Foulmouth Village, he murdered his drinking partner, Cedric James. He was remanded to prison and the case will continue on February 21 at the Bartica Magistrate’s Court.Reports are the Essequibo River man was allegedly stabbed to death by Charles after the two had an argument over an incident that occurred almost ten years ago.Investigations revealed that the suspect and the deceased were imbibing at the landing when an argument ensued between the two over an incident that occurred in 2009.Due to the disagreement, it is alleged that the suspect became annoyed, armed himself with a knife and stabbed the labourer to the neck several times before fleeing the scene.The now dead man was rushed to the Bartica Regional Hospital by public-spirited persons but was pronounced dead on arrival.
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail By Adrianna PitrelliTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — A new voice with a southern drawl will lead the House Democrats in the 2018 legislative session.“I’m speechless and [the caucus] laughed at me and said, ‘You’ve never been speechless,’” said Rep. Terry Goodin after being elected as the new leader of Democrats in the Indiana House of Representatives.Rep. Terry Goodin, D-Austin, is the new House minority leader. Goodin will fill the position after Rep. Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, stepped down earlier in the month. Photo by Lesley Weidenbener, The Statehouse FileThe 30-member caucus elected the Austin Democrat Monday to fill the position of House minority leader, which was formerly held by Scott Pelath, who announced earlier in the month he would step down from leadership. Pelath, of Michigan City, said the decision was made partly so he and his family could spend more time together.“Immediately after the past election, I confided to many of you that I was not going to do this forever,” Pelath said in a letter to the caucus. “And after several months of repressed doubts, soul-searching, and discussions with my family that time has come – as it does for most of us.”Pelath and his wife recently had a baby.As leader of the House Democrats, Goodin said he will focus on bettering lives of the constituents by listening to their concerns.“We’re going to be very focused as we move forward because the constituents that we represent have been very clear with us, ‘Here’s what we’d like the state of Indiana to become to make our lives easier and more importantly allow our children to have better lives than what we have,’” Goodin said.As the legislative session draws near, Goodin said the House Democrats will work through their top priorities. One of those priorities is expected to be gerrymandering as Goodin has echoed the message that voters should be able to choose their lawmakers, rather than lawmakers choosing the voters.“That’s got to be the message that goes across the state,” Goodin said. “It is a real issue, not just in Indiana, but nationwide.”A 2014 study by the Social Science Research Network said Indiana’s House districts are some of the most gerrymandered in the country. The districts are redrawn every 10 years by whichever party holds the majority, allowing them to draw the lines in a way that reduces competitive elections and often guarantees incumbents victory.The Republicans control the House of Representatives 70-30, but Goodin said he is ready to work across the aisle.“We will be able to reach across the aisle, shake hands and disagree when we disagree and when we agree, we will move forward,” he said.Goodin is more socially conservative compared to most of his Democratic colleagues.He voted to ban same-sex marriage in 2011, and when the issue came up again in 2014, he was excused and didn’t vote on the bill. He also recently encouraged drug testing for people receiving welfare and coauthored a law that allows victims of domestic violence to carry a gun without a permit, which most Democrats didn’t support.Goodin, 50, has represented portions of the southeastern part of the state since 2000. He is also superintendent of Crothersville Community Schools and raises cattle on his family farm. Goodin will continue to serve at superintendent of the school system, which has fewer than 1,000 students.Meanwhile, Goodin said he is looking forward to the upcoming session and helping Hoosiers.“This could be a very eventful session and I hope it is because the more events that happen, the better off the people of Indiana are going to be,” Goodin said.FOOTNOTE: Adrianna Pitrelli is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. November 27, 2017
Volunteering in South Africa is a richlyrewarding experience.(Image: Aviva) Volunteering is an increasingly popular form of responsible tourism, otherwise known as voluntourism, and in South Africa opportunities abound for those who wish to do good while they enjoy the local sights and sounds.Volunteering in South Africa falls into two main categories: community- or conservation-based. There is an abundance of worthwhile projects located across the country.Organisations such as Aviva, All Africa Volunteers, Cross-Cultural Solutions and i-to-i, to name a few, facilitate volunteering trips to the country. Most are based locally. Some run their own programmes, while others merely suggest volunteering options – either way, with projects already screened and selected, it could not be easier.Invaluable experienceVolunteering not only gives tourists an opportunity to experience the country as a useful member of the community, but offers a host of other priceless benefits: self-growth, tolerance and understanding of other people and other cultures, new skills and new friends.Many travellers have been able to settle on a career through insight gained while working as a volunteer.“When I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2004 I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life,” wrote Hallie Stover of her South African experience with Willing Workers in South Africa (WWISA). “When I found the WWISA website I knew that this place [South Africa] would change my life.”After her return home, Stover was inspired to go back to university, where she submitted a thesis based on her experience with HIV/Aids youth prevention programmes. She now has a Master’s degree in International Politics and Human Rights.Stephen Thornburgh of Ireland, 23, spent his time with Aviva’s six-week penguin rehabilitation project. He described it, in a testimonial, as a “unique experience”.“With the project itself you get to do pretty much everything from cleaning and feeding to giving medication and learning about penguins and other coastal birds … it was the greatest time of my life which was really made by the people you meet and the activities you can do, like safari and shark cage diving.”Volunteers leave a legacy in indirect ways too – as they explore the country outside of their project, their support of local businesses, crafters and tourism operators results in upliftment for families and the community.Volunteer organisations agree that pitching in to do something tangible is a far better approach than merely donating money, which can lead to reliance on aid, corruption and financial instability. Volunteers, by donating their time and energy, help to set up a sustainable solution that outlasts the short-term effects of financial donations.Nuts and boltsVolunteer fees vary between organisations. The average price is around US$528 to $660 (R4 000 to R5 000) per week, but this is an inclusive fee which covers all programme-related costs such as airport transfers, accommodation, meals and transport.In most cases, once the host organisation has deducted their expenses, the rest of the fee goes to a local charity.The duration also differs from project to project, but most offer a stay of between two weeks and three months. Individuals as well as groups can be accommodated. Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own travel documentation, but host organisations provide all the information required.WWISA oversees a number of short- (two weeks) and medium-term (three weeks or more) projects. Short-term projects range from building new houses and renovating old ones, to children’s camps and environmental programmes.Medium-term projects include teaching at a nearby primary school, assisting at a daycare facility, teaching English as a second language, and microorganic farming in community gardens.All Africa Volunteers, based in the Eastern Cape province, has a wider range of projects covering wildlife, marine, sport, community and cultural issues. A wildlife sanctuary, great white shark and dolphin research, penguin rescue, a community surfing school and a pre-school are just some of the choices on offer.The Volunteer Centre in Cape Town takes volunteers into the townships, where they work amongst impoverished communities. The organisation also arranges six-month youth exchange programmes in partnership with Mozambique-based Ajude and Canada World Youth.UK-based i-to-i offers a variety of volunteer tours, mostly involving community and wildlife work. These include teaching children to read or working in a children’s hospital, animal rescue, and helping raise lion cubs.A number of travel organisations offer their own programmes, such as Backpack and Africa Travel Centre, which runs a football coaching and teaching volunteer project, or Dyer Island Cruises which gives volunteers the chance to learn about shark conservation.These are just a sample of the rewarding tours on offer for those willing to devote a slice of their time to uplifting the lives of humans or animals.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today renewed its appeal for $4 million for emergency agricultural aid to tackle the food crisis in Niger, where 3.5 million people in the world’s second poorest country are suffering the effects of drought and the worst invasion of crop-devouring locusts in 15 years. The appeal for the funds, urgently needed for veterinary services and to feed livestock which play a key role in the livelihoods and food security of many of the most vulnerable households, follows an earlier request in May, for which FAO has so far only received $650,000 from Sweden for cereal and pulse seeds planting. “Livestock are crucial to agro-pastoralist families in Niger, for income as well as food,” the Chief of FAO’s Emergency Operations Service, Fernanda Guerrieri, said. “The sale of livestock is often a measure of last resort, after families have already consumed all of their cereal stocks and require cash to buy food for the lean period before the next harvest. “A loss of livestock or decrease in their market value can have a devastating impact on these families’ food security,” she added. Livestock aid is needed for more than 10,000 families who have lost their animals. Funds are also required to provide seeds for the next planting season in October to help some 95,000 vulnerable households get back on their feet. Without this assistance, the crisis could worsen and more food aid would be needed. UN agencies are already rushing in food and other aid to the country, where 2.5 million people, including 800,000 children are most immediately threatened. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received some 1.7 tons of essential drugs and other life-saving supplies from the French Government. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) is this week starting food distributions through its non-governmental partners to areas most affected by the crisis such as Maradi and Zinder. For its part, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) said that 3.5 million people, more than a third of the population, are experiencing a “dramatic crisis” as a result of the food shortage. “People who are malnourished won’t necessarily die from starvation, but because their immune systems are weak, they are at much greater risk of suffering from communicable diseases,” it warned in its latest update on the crisis today. “The incidence of many communicable diseases will increase in the next few weeks as a result of the onset of the rains and – where people have moved in search of food – overcrowding, shortage of water and poor hygiene,” it added, citing malaria, diarrhoea, cholera, hepatitis and measles among the specific risks.