Mother, 19, charged with Baby’s Death

first_imgThe mother of an eight month old baby boy who died as the result of drinking a “dangerous liquid substance” believed to be acid water, has been formally charged with murder and sent to the Monrovia City Court for prosecution.Defendant Decontee Garley was charged by the Liberia National Police (LNP) following days of intense investigation over the unexplained death of baby Devine Moore at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital.The incident happened on December 21, 2016 at her Jallah Town residence in Sinkor, Monrovia, according to court records.At Friday’s brief hearing, Magistrate Kennedy Peabody did not waste any time sending Decontee to prison because the crime of murder with which she has been charged does not entitle her to bail.Decontee will remain in detention while awaiting her indictment and subsequent prosecution. Mrs. Sienneh Juah, a social worker assigned at the JFK Medical Center where little Moore was treated before he was pronounced dead, alleged that the baby boy might have swallowed a “dangerous substance” leading to his death.Police, however, alleged that when Decontee was investigated she explained that on Wednesday, December 21, she received L$20 from her mother Victoria Garley, which she used to buy a doughnut for her child.Court records quoted Decontee as saying that after she bought the doughnut for the child, they proceeded to her bedroom to have him bathed.Decontee is alleged to have left the child alone in her room and went to her mother’s (Victoria) room nearby, where she collected a small bottle containing a liquid substance believed to be acid water, which she gave her son to drink, according to court records.After the infant drank the liquid substance, Decontee is alleged to have been so shocked by how profusely the child started to defecate and vomit that she immediately ran outside with the baby to her mother, Victoria, and her other sisters, who discovered that the child’s mouth was peeling.The defendant claimed that she rushed baby Devine to a nearby clinic in Jallah Town, but nurses there referred her to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital, where the boy was later pronounced dead.A medical report on the incident established that little Devine Moore died of cardiopulmonary complication of Toxic Ingestion, for which police charged defendant Decontee with murder in violation of section 14.1 of the Penal Law of Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Clinton warns of poverty

first_imgIf there’s one lesson from globalization, it’s that those in wealthy countries must work to empower people in poorer nations, Bill Clinton said Friday in a speech to a forum of philanthropists gathered at Google. And he warned, unless people want their grandchildren “to live in a bubble” insulated from a warming earth, diminishing resources and exploding population growth, “you don’t have anything better to do.” Clinton, speaking to global charity executives, gave a blunt assessment of a growing divide in the world that threatens to increase poverty and health problems at the same time climate change could wreak havoc on the world’s ability to feed an exploding population. Clinton noted that globalization is not all bad. Answering a question, he told the Google audience “There is a huge sea change now in American attitudes. This coming election is going to be the only one in my lifetime where Americans will actually be influenced in their voting by what is necessary to restore our country’s standing in the world.” And asked what he would do as “first man” that he failed to do as president, he laughed, “If I were to do it again, first of all I wouldn’t be making the decisions.” Then, he launched into an agenda that would include sending more U.S. aid to help poorer countries build their infrastructure. Clinton described how his eyes have been opened after leaving the presidency to the powers of the marketplace, citing examples of how bringing order to inefficient markets can help people’s lives. He described how his foundation has worked with governments to drive down the cost of drugs to treat HIV/AIDS and children’s diseases and now is looking for ways to organize the market of selling carbon emission limits. But he warned climate change is only one of several global problems threatening the quality of life around the world. “It is completely unsustainable, not only because of climate change but of a related condition that is likely to bite us more severely, even before the worst implications of climate change, that is the accumulated combinations of resource depletion and population explosion.” But he said never before has the private sector, combined with technological tools, been in a stronger position to be a force for change. “Private citizens have more power to do public good than ever before,” Clinton said. “The rise of fortunes, unprecedented number of people quite wealthy at an earlier and earlier period in their lives, the rise of the Internet as a giving tool has enabled people of modest means to move the world, if they decide to, at the same time.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In fact, referring to his hosts Google founders Larry Page and Sergei Brin, he said it is hard to criticize it “if you’ve had the life that Larry and Sergei have built and all these employees at Google.” But, he added, “half of the world’s people aren’t part of this, they’re still living on less $2 a day.” While mostly avoiding politics, Clinton did take a swipe at the Iraq war, saying he doesn’t support expansion of troops. “The single most expensive thing you can do in a modern society is fight,” he said. Whether one supports or opposes the conflict, “just think about the money,” he added. “In Iraq we are soon going to hit the $500 billion mark. There are 26 million people there. What about the other 6.5 billion people in the world?” Clinton is making several Bay Area appearances this week, though none are open to the public. Today, he is meeting with philanthropists under 40 to encourage them to get more involved. On Sunday, he will appear at a breakfast fundraiser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and give a speech to the National School Boards Association. All the events are in San Francisco. But he didn’t steer entirely away from politics on Friday. last_img read more

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SA ‘improving investment climate’: Zuma

first_img6 August 2012 South Africa will continue to create an environment that encourages investment in the country’s economy, President Jacob Zuma said in Pretoria on Friday. “We are already doing a lot to achieve this. We are changing regulations to make it easy for the private sector to do business,” Zuma said during a meeting with diplomats stationed in South Africa. More than 120 ambassadors and high commissioners attended the meeting at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House. “Departments have been instructed to grant approvals for licences on time. They must pay suppliers on time and generally remove hassles and make it easier for investors to start their business,” he said. He noted that South Africa was currently investing in a massive infrastructure programme which he said would further attract investors to do business in the country. The National Treasury has allocated more than R77-billion over the next three years to help several infrastructure programmes get off the ground. “While changing the landscape of the country, we also intend to create more job opportunities,” Zuma said, adding that the success of the country’s economy depended on its performance in education. While the government was pleased with some achievements recorded in this sector, more needed to be done to improve education outcomes. “One of our preoccupations currently is to improve the quality of learning and teaching in schools … The role of teachers is critical, and we will continue to invest in producing more teachers who can teach mathematics, science and African languages.” The government had also realised that the target of producing more than 40 000 teachers by 2014 was not sufficient to meet the future demand for teachers, particularly in the foundation phase. To address this, institutions offering foundation teacher education would be increased from 13 to 21 in the next four years. Source: read more

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Smriti Mandhana promises to give away player-of-the-match award to India’s bowlers

first_imgSmriti Mandhana played a match-winning innings once again in the second ODI against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui as India beat them by 8 wickets to take an unassailanle 2-0 lead in the 3-match series. However, Mandhana said upon receiving the player-of-the-match that she would give it away to the bowlers in the team instead.Indian bowlers were on fire on Tuesday as Jhulan Goswami picked up 3 for 23 while Ekta Bisht, Deepti Sharma and Poonam Yadav picked two wickets apiece to dismiss the White Ferns for just 161 runs. With a target of 162, India eased towards the victory as Mandhana (90 not out) and Mithali Raj (63 not out) combined to take the team over the line.Mandhana felt the total of 162 was easy to chase and it is the bowlers that deserve credit for restrict the White Ferns to such a low total.”162 was a very easy total to chase. I will be giving this award to all the bowlers in the team. They deserve it for restricting New Zealand to 161 on such a good wicket,” Mandhana said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Yet another day and yet another half century for @mandhana_smriti, her eighth in the last 10 innings.India cross the 100-run mark. Women (@BCCIWomen) January 29, 2019Mandhana said she felt like she was batting on an Indian wicket on Tuesday but credited the BCCI for arranging for them to have a 10-day camp in Napier ahead of the series.”I thought today was an Indian wicket more than the New Zealand conditions. We had a camp before the first one-day for 10 days. BCCI has done really good to give us 10 days camp at Napier and we could get acclimatised to the conditions.”advertisementOn being asked if smiling while batting helps her on the field, Mandhana cracked up saying she doesn’t know why she ends up smiling all the time.”I don’t know why I end up smiling. All the teammates make fun of me, they are always trying to mock me saying I always smile whenever I get a short ball. I think I’d love to figure out how to make a serious face,” Mandhana laughingly said.Since August 1, 2017, Smriti Mandhana is the leading run-scorer in ODIs having made 864 runs at an average of 78.54. New Zealand’s Sophie Devine is second on the list with 735 runs at an average of 73.50.Since 1 Aug 2017.. in Women’s ODILeading run-getters864 – Smriti Mandhana (Ind) (ave 78.54)735 – Sophie Devine (NZ) (73.50)565 – Lizelle Lee (SAf) (47.08)558 – Tammy Beaumont (Eng) (50.72)547 – Suzie Bates (NZ) (49.72)500 – Dane van Niekerk (SAf) (55.55)Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 29, 2019On the other hand, captain Mithali was happy to have the series in the bag and praised the effort from the entire team in getting the victory.”I am happy with the series win in New Zealand and I’m happy the way the team is shaping because even the bowlers are doing their job. There are batters like the first game, we had the openers doing the job for us and this time around, my partnership with Smriti. So overall, the team looks good,” Mithali said in the post match presentation.Mithali conceded that the wicket in Mount Maunganui was on the slower side and she was just looking to play a supporting role to Mandhana, who is in a cracking form.”Well, I have always enjoyed batting in challenging conditions. I knew that today’s wicket is on the slower side and will help the spinners and it’s not going to be easy. It’s not a wicket where the ball is coming on to the bat and it requires patience. Smriti is in good form, someone has to give her the support on the other end,” Mithali further said.India captain @M_Raj03, who holds the record for most fifties, has just got her 52nd half-century.India now 26 runs away from making it 2-0. #NZvIND Women (@BCCIWomen) January 29, 2019Team India will now look to sweep the series against the White Ferns in away conditions and look to continue with their good performance.”When you have a good run, you would want to continue it. We are definitely looking for 3-0,” Mithali said.With the series win, India have moved to the second spot in the ICC Women’s Championship and are now just four points behind the leaders Australia.India have accumulated 12 points after 11 ODIs while Australia have bagged 16 points from 9 games. New Zealand have the same points as India but an inferior NRR means they are at the third spot. England complete the top four with 10 points from 9 games.advertisementAlso Read | Watched a bit of the men’s ODI and decided to keep things simple: Smriti Mandhanalast_img read more

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Oklahoma State Rocking Black-White-Black for Sugar Bowl

first_imgIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Oklahoma State is rocking the black-white-back look for the Sugar Bowl. Not what I thought, but it’s a great look and contrasts Ole Miss’ blue-red-gray quite well.#OKstate #SugarBowl— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) January 2, 2016last_img read more

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first_imgAfter a massive day one at the 2006 National Touch League, the players were back for another big day of competition in Coffs Harbour. After the drama and upsets from the first day, it was anyone’s guess as to what would unfold on day two.Read this story for the full results and match of the round summaries from day two, this will be updated regularly throughout the day…All draws, results, ladders and statistics can also be viewed at the TFA Sporting Pulse website which can be accessed using this link: TFA SPORTING PULSE WEBSITEDay 2:9:00amMens Open: Suns (15) def Crusaders (1)Mens Open: Rustlers (13) def Eagles (2)Mens Open: Hornets (6) def Barbarians (4)Mixed Open: Mets (8) def Cyclones (2)Mixed Open: Suns (6) def Rustlers (3)Mens 20’s: Eagles (8) def Barbarians (3)Mens 20’s: Sharks (7) def Hornets (2)Both the Suns and the Rustlers performed well in the opening round of day two of the Mens Open division, recording convincing wins and finding crossing the scoreline a relatively easy task. The Mets continued their winning ways in the Mixed Open division, defeating the Cyclones 8-2. The Eagles continue to hold sway in the Mens 20’s with their 8-3 win over the Barbarians keeping them near the top of the ladder. 9:50amMixed Open: Scorpions (12) def Barbarians (4)Mixed Open: Cobras (10) def Rebels (5)Mens 20’s: Mets (7) def Cyclones (4)Mens Open: Cobras (12) def ACT (0)Mens Open: Mets (12) def Cyclones (4)Mens Open: Sharks (13) def Rebels (2)Both the Scorpions and the Cobras showed the Mets that they consider themselves serious finals contenders after showing they also have a significant arsenal of scoring power. The Scorpions recorded a 12-4 win over Barbarians, and the Cobras defeated the Rebels, 10-5.Pool A in the Mens Open division remains tight with Cobras, Mets and Sharks all excelling in their round three games today.10:40amMens 20’s: Rustlers (7) def Crusaders (1)Mens 20’s: Cobras (9) def ACT (2)Womens 20’s: Sharks (18) def Scorpions (0)Womens Open: Sharks (7) def Eagles (3)Womens Open: Hornets (7) def Scorpions (2)Womens Open: Rustlers (6) def Rebels (2)The Sharks Womens 20’s have restored their confidence after yesterday’s loss, with an 18-0 win over Scorpions.In the Mens 20’s division, Rustlers defeated Crusaders, 7-1 and Cobras beat ACT, 9-2. Alyce Hulbert and Toni Eltherington are leading the way as the Sharks top scorers.There have been no surprises in the Womens Open division with Sharks and Rustlers remaining undefeated on day two so far.11:30amWomens 20’s: Suns (8) def Rebels (2)Womens 20’s: Hornets (3) def Cyclones (1)Womens 20’s: ACT (7) def Mets (1)Womens Open: Crusaders (4) def Cyclones (2)Womens Open: Mets (10) def ACT (1)Womens Open: Suns (4) def Barbarians (3)ACT is looking good in the Womens 20’s division after a convincing 7-1 win over Mets.An encouraging win for the Crusaders, who defeated Cyclones 4-2. in the Womens Open’s. A good win also for the Suns, who fought a tough battle with Barbarians.12:20pmMens Open: Scorpions (8) def Rustlers (5)Mens Open: Hornets (11) def Eagles (3)Mens Open: Barbarians (11) def Crusaders (5)Womens 20’s: Eagles (7) def Crusaders (1)Mixed Open: Rustlers (7) def Cyclones (5)Mixed Open: Scorpions (7) v Rebels (4)Womens 20’s: Cobras (6) def Rustlers (1)In what promised to be one of the closest matches of the day, Scorpions defeated Rustlers in the Mens Open division. It was tense at half time, with both teams going into the break with four touchdowns. Scorpions lifted in the second half to eventually win, 8-5.Also in the Mens Open division, Hornets are looking dangerous after a 11-3 victory over Eagles.1:10pmMens Open: Sharks (5) def Cobras (2)Mens Open: Cyclones (7) def ACT (6)Mens Open: Mets (13) def Rebels (2)Mixed Open: Sharks (9) def Mets (5)Mixed Open: Suns (9) def Barbarians (0)Mens 20’s: Eagles (4) def Suns (2)Mens 20’s: Mets (11) def Crusaders (4)The crowd at Coffs Harbour didn’t know which ‘Hot Match of the Round’ to watch this timeslot, with exciting matches being played between Sharks and Cobras in the Mens Open and in Mixed Open, a 2005 NTL Grand Final replay between Mets and Sharks. Sharks were victorious in both games, with players from all teams providing thrilling entertainment for the crowd.In Mens 20’s, the Eagles recorded an impressive win over Suns, 4-2.2:00pmWomens Open: Sharks (3) def Cobras (1)Womens Open: Rustlers (7) v Eagles (0)Womens Open: Scorpions (4) def Rebels (2)Mens 20’s: Sharks (12) def Barbarians (2)Mens 20’s: Cyclones (10) def ACT (3)Mens 20’s: Rustlers (4) drew Hornets (4)In the Womens Open division, Scorpions played well to record their first win of the tournament, defeating Rebels 4-2.Also in Womens Open, the ‘Hot Match of the Round’ was a fast and skillful game between some of the best players Queensland has to offer. Sharks were victorious over Cobras, 3-1.Sharks had an impressive 12-2 win over the Barbarians in the Mens 20’s competition. Sharks player Ashley Shepherd is currently the top touchdown scorer in the Mens 20’s with a total of eight touchdowns.2:50pmWomens Open: Mets (14) def Barbarians (4)Womens Open: Suns (7) def Crusaders (4)Womens Open: Cyclones (5) def ACT (4)Womens 20’s: Hornets (16) def Scorpions (0)Womens 20’s: ACT (8) def Crusaders (2)Womens 20’s: Rebels (5) def Cyclones (4)In the Womens Open division, defending Champs, Mets continue to dominate their pool after defeating Barbarians 14-4.Also in Womens Open, the Suns are still a team to watch after defeating Crusaders, 7-4.Hornets outshone the Scorpions in Womens 20’s, winning 16-0 and the Rebels defeated Cyclones 5-4 in a close match.3:40pmWomens 20’s: Cobras (4) def Eagles (2)Womens 20’s: Mets (6) def Rustlers (2)Womens 20’s: Sharks (5) def Suns (2)Mixed Open: Cobras (7) def Rustlers (3)Mixed Open: Mets (6) def Suns (2)Mixed Open: Scorpions (9) def Cyclones (6)In the Womens 20’s division, the Sharks are still looking strong, after defeating Suns 5-2.In the Mixed Open division, Cobras defeated Rustlers 7-3 and Mets and Scorpions also recorded good wins. 4:30pmMens 20’s: Cyclones (5) def Hornets (2)Mens 20’s: Suns (8) def Crusaders (3)Mens 20’s: Sharks (3) def ACT (1)Mens Open: Suns (13) def Barbarians (8)Mens Open: Rustlers (12) def Crusaders (0)Mens Open: Scorpions (10) def Hornets (3)Mixed Open: Sharks (8) def Barbarians (1)In the Mens Open division, Scorpions and Suns continue to dominate Pool B, with Scorpions beating Hornets 10-3 and the Suns were too good for Barbarians, winning 13-8 in what was a high scoring game.In the Mens 20’s Cyclones proved they are a team to watch also, beating Hornets 5-2.5:20pmWomens Open: Hornets (4) def Rebels (1)Womens Open: Sharks (8) def Scorpions (3)Womens Open: Cobras (3) def Rustlers (2)Mens 20’s: Mets (4) def Rustlers (2)Mens 20’s: Cobras (10) def Barbarians (2)The last round of the day saw Cobras and Mets both record convincing wins in the Mens 20’s division.In Womens Open, Pool B continues to be dominated by the Sharks after their 8-3 win over Scorpions. 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Gaming Licences to be Renewed by March 31

first_img The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) is calling for all owners and operators of gaming machines to renew their licences by March 31. Story Highlights The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) is calling for all owners and operators of gaming machines to renew their licences by March 31.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on January 30, Director of Licensing at the BGLC, Maurice Thompson, said that sanctions for non-compliance will kick in on April 1 attracting a penalty of up to 60 per cent of the fees.He said that the Commission will be accepting documents for renewal of licenses along with the required fees at tax offices across the island between February 11 and March 19.The BGLC will be at the tax office in Spanish Town on February 25 and 26; Montego Bay on February 11and 12 and March 4 and 5; Mandeville, February 18 and 19; Port Antonio, February 25 and 26; May Pen, March 4 and 5; Portmore, March 11 and 12; St. Ann’s Bay, March 11 and 12; and Savanna-la-Mar on February 11 and 12 and March 18 and 19.For the renewal process, licensees are required to pay levies to Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ) for each machine and each premises, as well as corresponding fees to the BGLC. The TAJ receipt must be presented at the time of payment of the BGLC fees.Licensees can pay the Commission fee using their debit or credit card, and so they no longer need to do so through the bank.Chief Executive Officer at the BGLC, Vitus Evans, said that the Commission is finalising arrangements for Paymaster and Bill Express to accept payments.Mr. Evans is imploring persons to make their payments on time. “If you are not licensed then you are an illegal operator, and we will have to take action, and your machines can be seized,” he warned.Operators of locally made machines will pay $5,000 to the TAJ and $5,000 for licensing and disc fees per gaming machine to the BGLC. Owners of premises housing machines are required to pay $2,500 per premises to the TAJ and $1,000 for each premises to the BGLC.The BGLC is also reminding all new premises owners or machine operators that they are required to pay a due diligence fee of $5,000.The BGLC is the Government body that licenses, regulates and monitors the local gaming industry, facilitates its growth and development and protects the public from unfair, unscrupulous and illegal activities.The Commission is a major revenue source for the Government, earning $6.5 billion in 2018. He said that the Commission will be accepting documents for renewal of licenses along with the required fees at tax offices across the island between February 11 and March 19. Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on January 30, Director of Licensing at the BGLC, Maurice Thompson, said that sanctions for non-compliance will kick in on April 1 attracting a penalty of up to 60 per cent of the fees.last_img read more

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Better Spot Rates Help Odfjell Shrink Loss

first_imgzoomIllustration; Source: Pixabay Norway-based tanker and terminal operator Odfjell has continued the trend of reducing its quarterly loss amid improved spot rates and lower bunker costs.The company’s net loss stood at USD 10.1 million in the second quarter of 2019, shrinking from a loss of USD 15.4 million reported in the previous quarter.Revenues improved to USD 243.2 million from USD 238.3 million in the preceding three-month period. Similarly, EBITDA marked a rise in the three-month period reaching USD 56.8 million, compared to USD 47.2 million in the first quarter of 2019.“The improvement in both spot and COA rates are still modest, but we continue to believe that we are in the early stage in the recovery of the chemical tanker market,” Kristian Mørch, CEO Odfjell SE, commented.Several vessels on time charters redelivered in 2019 were replaced by vessels at more favorable terms, contributing to the improved Odfjell Tankers EBITDA this quarter, that was at USD 50 million, up from USD 40 million seen in the previous quarter.The decreased Odfjell Terminals EBITDA of USD 6 million in the second quarter was attributed to a USD 1.6 million impairment related to the Ethylene project in Houston, after this project did not materialize.“We expect next quarter to be slightly affected by the seasonal slowdown in the chemical tanker market, but we still expect to report figures in line with the second quarter.”In the quarter ended June 30, Odfjell expanded its fleet with two vessels, a super-segregator was taken on long term bareboat charter, that was previously on commercial management to Odfjell Tankers, and one coated MR. The company is scheduled to take delivery of its first “super-segregator” newbuilding (49,000 dwt) from Hudong in August. The second newbuilding is expected to be handed over in October 2019, while the third vessel from the batch would join the fleet in January 2020.The two vessels from Fukuoka Shipbuilding are scheduled to be delivered in the first half of 2020 on long-term bareboat contracts.The quarter also saw the company shed its stake in Odfjell Terminals Jiangyin (OTJ), China. The divestment is part of the company’s strategy to grow and focus on chemical terminals in locations where it can harvest synergies between its tanker and terminal branches.Odfjell further revealed that it was preparing for the new 2020 sulfur requirements by including new bunker adjustment clauses taking IMO 2020 into account into renewed contracts. Some contracts also include clauses where there is optionality to exit from the contract if an agreement on reference price can not be reached, the company said.last_img read more

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