Month: September 2019

The Carolina Panthers Fought The Stats — And Won

A Super Bowl statistics special from our sports podcast Hot Takedown. Listen above, or subscribe on iTunes. It may be a distant memory now, in the wake of a 17-1 record and an NFC championship, but at midseason the Carolina Panthers were a litmus test for the depth of a football fan’s sabermetric beliefs. Sure, the Panthers were undefeated, and they looked like a solid team. But there was nothing about their underlying numbers that made them seem like a steamroller hellbent for the Bay Area come early February. If anything, their impressive record seemed liable to regress toward the mean as the season went on.Instead of backsliding toward their “fundamentals,” like many fast-starting teams have over the years, the Panthers did something remarkable: They actually improved their core metrics to match their record, and kept right on winning. Since midseason, Carolina truly has played like the best team in football, culminating in some of the most impressive early blowout wins in playoff history.How rare was Carolina’s victory over the fundamentals? Since 1978 (the advent of the 16-game schedule), a shade under half of all NFL teams have improved their schedule-adjusted1Using our Elo ratings to measure the difficulty of each opponent at the time of the game. Pythagorean winning percentage between the first and second halves of the schedule. Of those teams, a little more than half again saw the improvement move in the direction of the team’s midseason winning percentage. In other words, their actual record was better than their Pythagorean percentage at mid-year, and their Pythagorean percentage over the rest of the season improved toward their record. According to rest-of-season Pythagorean percentage, the 2015 Panthers finished as the 11th-best team of that group, which also includes the 1985 Bears, 1984 49ers and 2014 Seahawks — pretty heady company.But what makes the Panthers’ improvement even more special is the degree to which their actual and Pythagorean records differed halfway through the season. At midyear, they were 8-0 but had the point differential of a 5.3-win team — the second-biggest disagreement of any team in our sample.2The 2005 Packers were 1-8 with the point differential of a 4.3-win team midway through the season. When a team’s actual and Pythagorean records disagree that much, the Pythagorean number is right more often than not,3Specifically, among the upper quartile of “disagreements,” Pythagorean record is the better predictor of rest-of-season form 52 percent of the time after properly regressing first-half winning percentage and Pythagorean percentage to the mean for predictive purposes. though to be fair it’s close to a coin flip. But in Carolina’s case, their winning percentage was right on the money — only five other teams since 1978 saw their second-half Pythagorean improvement predicted more accurately by their first-half winning percentage. And all of those other cases featured teams floating around .500 with subpar point differentials — Carolina is the only team in modern history to post a stellar first-half record with solid fundamentals, then turn into a Pythagorean behemoth down the stretch.Without a doubt, it was offensive improvement that drove Carolina’s overall uptick in performance, and practically all of that change has come in the passing game. According to expected points, the Panthers’ special teams only marginally improved in the second half, and their defense, while great, stayed pretty much the same all season.Back in November, when I infamously described the unbeaten Panthers as the worst team ever to start 11-0, I also wrote that Cam Newton was having a “decent, but not great” season, and that “quarterback play probably isn’t the main driving force behind the Panthers’ success.” That may have been true at the time, but it surely isn’t the case now. Since midseason, Newton has been the second-most valuable QB in football according to combined passing and rushing value over average,4Trailing only Seattle’s Russell Wilson. and his rate statistics have undergone a particularly remarkable metamorphosis.At midseason, Newton’s numbers looked much the same as in years past: His rates of completions, interceptions and sacks were subpar, and his yards and touchdowns per attempt were only average. He had one of the league’s highest rates of off-target throws5Pass attempts judged by ESPN’s Stats and Information group to have fallen incomplete only because Newton missed his intended target, whether because of an overthrow or underthrow., with the only mitigating factor being that he also ranked among the game’s most frequent deep passers. (Deep passes are more valuable but harder to complete; Newton was inaccurate even if we adjust for this.) The majority of his value added was with his legs, as the game’s most prolific running QB. It was pretty much the same Cam we’ve seen the last few years.But to say Newton has improved his passing since then is like saying he only slightly enjoys dancing in everyone’s mug. Since Week 10, he suddenly ranks among the league’s most accurate passers, with a drastically reduced rate of off-target throws. He hasn’t cut back on the deep tosses, either — his air yards per attempt have dipped only marginally in the second half of the season. He’s slinging the ball for significantly more yards and touchdowns per attempt, and he’s hardly ever giving it away; his TD-INT ratio is 21-1 over his last 8 games.The changes to Newton’s game have come with a few tradeoffs: His sack rate is up and his rushing output slightly down since his midseason transformation began. But his value added per game has increased by a factor of nearly six over the season’s back stretch. That gives him the sixth-biggest second-half improvement of any Super Bowl starting QB since 1978. Few QBs in history have gone into a Super Bowl on a better roll than Newton is on right now.Now, quarterback play is unquestionably the main driving force behind the Panthers’ success. The only remaining question is whether Newton can keep up his newfound passing production against one of the toughest defenses he’s ever faced. Given the remarkable way he and the Panthers overcame the odds and molded their fundamentals into those of a championship squad, I wouldn’t bet against them finishing the job on Sunday.Check out our live coverage of Super Bowl 50. read more

Buckeyes derail Boilermakers with secondhalf resurgence

Evan Turner and Robbie Hummel have more in common than a history of back injuries. Hummel tied a Purdue record by nailing eight 3-pointers in the first half, but Turner torched the Boilermakers down the stretch, fueling the Buckeyes to a 70-66 win Tuesday at Mackey Arena.Down 12 at halftime, the Buckeyes rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final four minutes, as Turner scored 14 consecutive OSU points to push the Bucks ahead, 66-64.Turner finished the game with 32 points —23 in the second half — and nine rebounds. Hummel finished with 35 points — 29 in the first half — and 10 rebounds, hitting 11 of 19 field goals, including 8 of 13 from beyond the arc.Still, despite the forward’s refusal to misfire, Ohio State kept close for much of the game, thanks in part to a feisty defensive press and, of course, Turner’s dominant play.“We just kept fighting and coach [Thad Matta] really stressed toughness,” Turner said.Ohio State (12-5, 2-3) plays host to Wisconsin at home Saturday. read more

Leader of alleged secret International Sex Cult charged with child porn

[BuzzFeed] The co-founder of NXIVM, the self-help group that was allegedly used as a front of a secret sex cult, now faces child pornography charges.Federal prosecutors, who announced the charges Wednesday, allege Keith Raniere took photos of two underage girls, one of whom he made a “slave.”Authorities in New York arrested Raniere last year, busting open the bizarre operation of the self-help group that prosecutors say recruited women into a type of pyramid scheme, then brainwashing and manipulating them into becoming sex slaves while following strict diets and performing manual labor.Several women, including former Smallville star Allison Mack and Seagram liquor heir Clare Bronfman, allegedly helped run the operation and are awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.Read more: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/briannasacks/nxivm-group-founder-child-porn-charges Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCops finally nab sex ring mastermind in TrinidadFebruary 22, 2019In “latest news”La Luz del Mundo church leader charged with child rape in USJune 5, 2019Similar postHorrifying details emerge as mom who used teen daughters as ‘sex slaves’ remains in custodyAugust 13, 2019In “Crime” read more

1 dead 2 injured after motorcar slams into bus shed

A father of one was killed while two others were injured after the car in which they were travelling slammed into a bus shed at No. 43 Village, Corentyne Berbice in the wee hours of Thursday.Dead is Kenrick Matheson of No. 43 Village. The identities of the two injured men are yet to be released.Dead Kennrick MathesonBased on information received, the now dead man along with his cousin and a friend were returning home at about 2:00h when the accident took place.INews understands that Matheson handed over the car to his cousin to drive after he insisted.However, as they journeyed home, the cousin who was reportedly under the influence of alcohol lost control of the car crashed into a bus shed. Matheson who was reportedly the front seat passenger sustained injuries and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Skeldon Hospital.The driver along with the back seat passenger remains hospitalized as police continue their investigations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related12-Y-0, cousin die in horrific Essequibo accidentAugust 13, 2015In “Crime”UPDATE:1 dead, several injured in WBD accidentFebruary 3, 2018In “Crime”Women killed after car slams into bus shedDecember 30, 2018In “latest news” read more

Man feared drowned at Splashmins Resort

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBody of WBD man recovered at Splashmin’s Fun ParkMarch 25, 2019In “latest news”Pomeroon man feared drowned – after boat hits Ballahoo he was travelling inApril 27, 2016In “Local News”Norton Street teen drowns at resortJuly 15, 2018In “Local News” The search is on for 25-year-old Dinesh Ramdas of Coglan Dam, West Bank Demerara who reportedly feared drowned at the Splashmin’s Fun Park, Soesdyke/Linden Highway on Sunday.Dinesh RamdasWhile information remains sketchy, <<>> understands that the young man and his family were outside of the resort when a ball accidentally went inside the compound.In an attempt to get the ball, the man reportedly attempted to crawl under the fence. After some time has passed and Ramdas did not return, the family frantically started to search for him.Up to late Sunday evening, his body was not yet discovered. An investigation has been launched into the incident. read more

Teen miner fatally stabbed by drunk employer

A teenager is now dead after he was allegedly murdered by his employer, who happened to be a close relative.Dead is 19-year-old Dave Boyal, a miner of Batavia, Cuyuni River. He was reportedly killed on Friday March 22, 2019 around 22:00h in the vicinity of Blackwater Island Backdam, Cuyuni River.Reports are that Boyal and other miners were in their hammocks when the alleged perpetrator, who appeared intoxicated, entered the mining camp. He then proceeded to cut down the hammocks that the miners, including Boyal, had tied.According to the police, Boyal tried to persuade his relative to desist from doing so, and it was during this intervention, that the suspect picked up an arrow and fatally stabbed the teenager in the abdomen.The 30-year-old suspect, who also hailed from Batavia Island, Cuyuni River, was subsequently arrested and is currently in police custody where is said to be assisting with the investigation.Boyal’s body is presently at the Bartica Hospital mortuary awaiting a post mortem examination (PME).Meanwhile, police are still conducting investigations into the circumstances surrounding the youth’s death. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMiner charged for murder of cousinMarch 26, 2019In “Court”Police investigating Puruni Landing murder of porknockerNovember 12, 2018In “Crime”Miner stabbed to death during argumentJanuary 7, 2015In “Crime” read more

21yearold miner stabbed to death during row over hammock

A 21-year-old miner who was stabbed during a row over a hammock at 111 Miles Mahdia, Region Eight on Tuesday last succumbed to his injuries while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Hubert Willi, of Campbelltown Village, Mahdia reportedly took his last breath earlier today.Based on information received, the now dead young man and the suspect were under the influence of alcohol when the stabbing incident took place.According to the police, on the day in question, Willi was walking along the Mahdia roadway when he saw the suspect and confronted him about a hammock belonging to him.An argument ensued between them and it was at this time, the perpetrator became annoyed and dealt the victim several stabs to his body before escaping.The injured man was picked up and transported to the Mahdia District Hospital but due to the seriousness of the injuries, he was referred and transported to the GPHC to seek further medical attention.Willi was a patient at the medical institution until his demise at about 10:00h today. A post mortem is expected to be performed on Monday.The suspect was arrested and has subsequently confessed to wounding the now dead man. He is expected to be arraigned with murder when he makes his first court appearance. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAnother miner murdered, police arrest twoApril 5, 2017In “Crime”Miner fatally stabbed after refusing to give attacker alcoholMay 10, 2019In “Crime”Miner killed after assaulting man for throwing squibs in his yardJanuary 1, 2015In “Crime” read more

Cops to use body cameras during traffic stops arrest situations

As part of the reformation process for a more modernised and efficient Guyana Police Force, 40 ranks from within ‘D’ Division were trained to use Portable Video Recording kits (Body Cameras).The purpose of the training was to allow ranks to be able to operate the equipment to capture digital audio and video evidence for criminal, civil and traffic related offences, which will also assist ranks with recalling facts and other details captured by the equipment that would accurately relate a chain of events when writing reports, Police Headquarters said in a statement. The ranks will be required to wear the Body Cameras during their shift at all times and should activate it when it is absolutely necessary in situations such as: traffic stops, priority responses, vehicle pursuits, arrest situations, vehicle searches, physical confrontations and crimes in progress etc.The training was conducted at the Leonora Police Station Recreational Hall on March 27 by Constable 24148 Callace Isaacs and Constable 24606 Leon Joseph of the Information Technology Department (IT) of the Guyana Police Force. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRanks not allowed to confiscate documents – Traffic ChiefJune 6, 2016In “latest news”In excess of $2.3M being repaid by ranks for damaging GPF vehicles in 2018- Top CopJuly 18, 2018In “Crime”Two policemen busted with large quantity of ganjaDecember 21, 2016In “Crime” read more

Major improvements for Everest Cricket Club

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRajesh Singh returns to helm of Everest for 3rd termFebruary 28, 2016In “Sports”GECOM’s Chairman accused of colluding with OppositionAugust 6, 2014In “Politics”Ramkarran discredits Nadir’s interpretation of vote on No Confidence motionSeptember 7, 2014In “Politics” Manzoor NadirArguably one of the best local cricket venues, the Everest Cricket Club (ECC) is aiming to outdo their competitors by improving their facilities.The recently-elected executive body already has a number of ventures in mind, which it hopes to embark on in the near future.“Our 2019 Executive has a very ambitious plan, a plan that costs about $25 million. And we’re looking to implement that plan for the years 2019 and 2020,” stated Manzoor Nadir, the new president.Among the projects planned is the expansion of their sport base. Nadir explained that the number one-ranked tennis player in Guyana, Anthony Downes will be part of the resuscitation of the Lawn Tennis Club.Additionally, hockey and squash will also be introduced.The Club has also been building their portfolio of equipment and facilities. The Cricket Club currently boasts a batting facility, dirt wickets, all-weather wickets, a five-ton roller and industrial grass cutter for pitch and field maintenance, and will soon have an up and running bowling machine.Citing reasons for the expansion, Nadir noted that the executives were keen on producing better sportsmen and women.“The thinking behind Everest for the next two years is even if we don’t have the best talents in the area of sport, let us make Everest the place with the best facilities and the place with the best facilities will eventually produce the greatest talents. And that’s what’s going to drive Everest in the next two years,” Nadir explained.In addition, the largest project that will be undertaken by the Club will ensure that they become one of, if not the best, spots for local and regional cricket. read more

LETTER The APNUAFC circus continues

Dear Editor:Both Ministers in the Ministry of Public Health ventured away from their air-conditioned, plush  offices on Brickdam and traveled to Region 6 last week, pretending they were there to commission significant upgrading of the health sector. In the aftermath of the December 21st No-Confidence Motion, APNU+AFC has embarked on a desperate charade, a “circus”, to demonstrate they care for the people. After four years of total neglect, after four years of bourgeoisie-style and elitist  government, the NCM woke them up. Just a few days ago, they stepped out of their castles into their front lawn at the Square of the Revolution, a mere one to two minutes walk, for a circus deemed “bringing government to the people”, never mind the people had to travel to see the Ministers in the Ministers’ front lawn. After that circus failed, the Ministers are desperately seeking some other way, any other way, to fool the people.It is this desperation that brought the two Ministers in the Ministry of Public Health to Region 6. If the Square of the Revolution fiasco was the “biggest circus ever” in Guyana, the foolishness of this rare Region 6 visit by the Ministers was, simultaneously, farcical, disgusting and insulting. While the Ministers were present in Region 6, the whole area from Fyrish Village to Bloomfield was out of any potable water service from GWI. Thousands of families were exposed to major inconvenience, facing a serious public health threat. Neither Minister showed any concern, providing no evidence they care an iota for these Guyanese sisters and brothers, for the thousands of Guyanese children living there. Sadly, a young woman in Williamburg, a small community about 5 minutes drive from the Port Mourant Hospital, was brutally murdered by her husband and neither Minister found it necessary to visit the family or address the out-of-control domestic violence against women and girls. Even as that tragedy was playing out, workers from the Albion Sugar Estates were on strike, their families further burdened, but neither Minister engaged them.While savoring the idea of an appreciation dinner in their honor, the two Ministers went to New Amsterdam Hospital, totally ignoring the shame that the mortuary at New Amsterdam Hospital is closed and families who are already traumatized by the death of their family members must pay to use private mortuary services. The Ministers ignored also that just within the last two weeks, residents in Region 6 have been protesting poor services at the Hospital and the high-handed behavior of the present CEO. The Ministers pretended that nothing was wrong at the hospital, ignoring questions surrounding maternal and child deaths at the hospital and the chronic medicine and medical supplies shortages. But the Ministers were gleeful that there was an appreciation dinner on their behalf.Besides the local health officials prostrating themselves on the feet of the Ministers at their appreciation dinner, the two Ministers, pretending they brought profound new and improved health services, went and commissioned a refurbished kitchen at the New Amsterdam Hospital. After neglecting maintenance for the kitchen and after millions of dollars of questionable spending at the hospital, two ministers showed up to boast of a refurbished kitchen as a big health achievement for APNU+AFC and as an important upgrade of the health sector for Regions 6 and 5. The kitchen, of course, is important for the hospital. But the refurbishment would not have been necessary had they maintained the kitchen, rather than the total neglect since May 2015. In the meanwhile, the Ministers ignored that a High-Dependency Unit was constructed, but remained unused because it was constructed in the wrong place. It is a shame, an absolute disgrace.The Ministers went to Port Mourant Hospital to re-commission the Port Mourant Ophthalmology Hospital. This important hospital has been dormant, literally closed soon after the May 2015 elections. After four years of ignoring the Ophthalmology Hospital, the Ministers, like Knights in Shining Armors, showed up to re-commission the hospital. They failed to announce that the hospital still will not resume its main function, provide eye surgeries, like cataract surgeries. They did announce an outreach eye care team from the US military will be using the facility to perform some eye surgeries. This US military medical outreach has existed for almost two decades, it is an important and successful outreach program, but this does not solve the problem of a once successful hospital being virtually closed for almost four years now. What were they commissioning?This kind of comedic behavior is shameful. It is disgusting that taxpayers money is being used in such a wasteful manner, for a show. The Ministers’ outreach insult has not escaped the people. They see it for what it is – a farce, disgusting and insulting. The people are not fooled. Their eyes are wide open and they are waiting impatiently for the elections because more than 80% of Region 6 cannot wait to register their rejection of these Ministers and APNU+AFC. The Ministers may be able to parade, in a charade of power, but the people have a simple X that is far more powerful than anything APNU+AFC has.Dr. Leslie Ramsammy Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOp-Ed: Govt breaching labour laws by not paying sugar workers their full severanceJanuary 11, 2018In “Opinion”OP-ED: Govt’s secret health insurance deal must be investigated- RamsammySeptember 12, 2017In “Opinion”Ramsammy accuses Harmon of trying to insult intelligence of GuyaneseMarch 12, 2017In “Opinion” read more

Highflying Shikhar Dhawan fires Delhi Capitals into the top four

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedShikhar Dhawan ruled out of World Cup, Rishabh Pant confirmed as replacementJune 19, 2019In “latest news”IPL: Pant’s epic ton in vain as Sunrisers reach playoffsMay 10, 2018In “Sports”Brathwaite shines with ball as Delhi win to keep hopes aliveMay 21, 2016In “latest news” Shikhar Dhawan acknowledges the applause as Rishabh Pant looks on (BCCI)Delhi Capitals 180 for 3 (Dhawan 97*, Pant 46) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 178 for 7 (Gill 65, Russell 45, Morris 2-38, Rabada 2-42) by seven wicketsShikhar Dhawan was denied a maiden T20 century, but Delhi Capitals would gladly take the two points that took them to their fourth win of the season. That he missed out on the landmark was because Colin Ingram decided to launch Piyush Chawla over long-on with Capitals needing five off eight deliveries.Kolkata Knight Riders, who slumped to their second straight defeat, should’ve ended with a bigger score than their 178 for 7. Promoted to open in place of the missing Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill notched up his second IPL half-century, a 39-ball 65, to set it up for the box-office boy Andre Russell.The Jamaican posted his sixth 40-plus score, making 45 off 21, but a slowdown in between, partly because of Nitish Rana’s struggles against spin, played a hand in the final total. It was soon after this stifle that Capitals carefully used Kagiso Rabada, and unleashed him later against Russell, who had his revenge this time around. Yet, there was a lingering feeling that Capitals would’ve gladly taken a chase of 179.Then in the chase, Dhawan, who has been sluggish so far in the tournament, pottering around in the Powerplay to put immense pressure on the middle order, came out flying high and swatting short deliveries to the square boundaries. He was helped in no small measure by Rishabh Pant as they won by seven wickets.Gill’s setup for late flourishJoe Denly fell first ball to an Ishant Sharma peach, an inducker sneaking through the gap to flatten off stump. This had little effect on Gill, whose balance and poise left an indelible mark. He added 63 with vice-captain Robin Uthappa, during the course of which they played some classical shots.Uthappa, who slapped a Keemo Paul free-hit over long-on for the Capitals’ first six, made 28 before being caught magnificently by a leaping Pant off Rabada’s bouncer in the ninth over. Gill however kept up the pressure on the Capitals, reaching his first fifty of the season off 34 balls. He fell in the 16th over when he picked out short fine-leg off Paul.But Russell can’t take it deepRussell had more than seven overs to give the Knight Riders a great finish. He waited for stability before teeing off. He launched Rabada for three off his four sixes – two of which were swatted disdainfully to the square leg boundary off quick bouncers. But Chris Morris removed him with ten balls to spare, and with Carlos Brathwaite failing to make the most of it, the Knight Riders had to settle for a middling total.Shaw shows the wayIt may go unnoticed, but Prithvi Shaw’s two sixes off Lockie Ferguson in the second over had a multiplier effect on the chase. The first of those was smacked over the cover fence, while the second was more of a mishit off a top-edged pull. This start, however, got Dhawan going in the opening partnership that was terminated in the third over when Dinesh Karthik plucked an outstanding catch diving full length to his right. (ESPNCricinfo) read more

Police arrest prime suspect in Canje armed robberies

As investigations continue into the armed robbery at Canje, Berbice, the Police were successful in apprehending the prime suspect who has since confessed to two other armed robberies in the area.Upon his arrest, the suspect who is from East Canje has also provided information with regards to the members of a notorious gang that is targeting persons.Kumarie Bhagwandin<<>> was also told that the Police are also looking for another suspect who hails from the same area and who was recently charged for an armed robbery.On Thursday last, 63-year-old Kumarie Bhagwandin was thrown off her roof and then dragged under house after gunmen invaded her property.It was reported that four men, armed with guns and cutlasses, broke a window to the bottom flat of the woman’s home to gain access.The man then threaten the woman who lives with her bedridden husband. In addition, it was reported that during the robbery, the woman’s 9-year-old granddaughter was staying with them but she was unharmed.The bandits escaped with a sum of money, jewellery and a quantity of phone cards. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCorentyne home invasion: Prime suspect hunted, caught – WilliamsAugust 10, 2017In “Crime”‘Bandit’ turns self in after robbing, shooting minerSeptember 7, 2017In “Crime”Armed teen bandit shot by off duty police rankSeptember 28, 2016In “Crime” read more

Perus exPresident Alan García shoots himself before arrest

Mr García denies the allegations against him (Reuters)(BBC) Peru’s former President Alan García has shot himself as police came to arrest him.Casimiro Ulloa hospital in the capital, Lima, said he was in surgery where he was being treated for “a bullet wound to his head”.Mr García is accused of taking bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht – claims he has repeatedly denied.Officers had been sent to arrest him in connection with the allegations.Luis Gonzales Posada, leader of Mr García’s Peruvian Aprista Party, said his condition is “extremely serious”, while the former president’s lawyer Erasmo Reyna reportedly described his state of health as “delicate”.“Let’s pray to God to give him strength,” he told journalists at the hospital.Mr García served as president from 1985 to 1990 and again from 2006 to 2011.Investigators say he took kickbacks from Odebrecht during his second term in office, linked to a metro line building project in the capital.Odebrecht has admitted paying almost $30m (£23m) in bribes in Peru since 2004.But Mr García says he is the victim of political persecution, writing in a tweet on Tuesday that there is “no clue or evidence” against him.What is the Odebrecht scandal?Odebrecht is a Brazilian construction giant behind major infrastructure projects around the world, including venues for the 2016 Olympics and 2014 World Cup in its home country.But under the glare of anti-corruption investigators the company admitted paying bribes in more than half of the countries in Latin America, as well as in Angola and Mozambique in Africa.Investigators say Odebrecht bribed officials or electoral candidates in exchange for lucrative building contracts.The corruption scandal has brought down politicians throughout Latin America.How is Peru affected?Peru’s four most recent presidents are all being investigated for alleged corruption, with a fifth – Alberto Fujimori – serving a prison sentence for corruption and human rights abuses.Ex-leader Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was hospitalised with high blood pressure on Wednesday just days after his own arrest in connection with Odebrecht charges.And the current leader of the opposition, Keiko Fujimori, is also in pre-trial detention on charges of taking $1.2m (£940,000) in bribes from Odebrecht.In October, an opinion poll by Datum showed 94% of Peruvians believed the level of corruption was either high or very high in their country. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAntigua PM prematurely revokes tourism minister’s appointment after arrestOctober 24, 2017In “latest news”Texas step-dad accused of killing pregnant teen was also baby’s fatherApril 10, 2017In “latest news”Nobel Prize-Winning Author Gabriel García Márquez Dies at 87April 17, 2014In “World” read more

Canjie businesswoman robbed of cash by three armed men

A businesswoman is now traumatised after being robbed by three armed men early this morning (Saturday, April 27, 2019) at her residence in East Canefield, East Canje, Berbice.Reports are that the robbery took place around 09:20h. All three bandits were said to be armed with a small handgun each.INews understands that the men managed to escape with GYD $180,000. Police are presently investigating the matter. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBetter Hope Businesswoman robbed, beaten by gunmenOctober 24, 2015In “Crime”Naamryck business couple robbed by bandits pretending to be customersJune 27, 2018In “Crime”Soesdyke family beaten, robbed by gunmenSeptember 12, 2017In “Crime” read more

13M Sexual Offences Court opens in Berbice

A $13 million Sexual Offences Court was on Tuesday opened at the Berbice High Court in New Amsterdam, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).It was funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and it follows the opening of the Sexual Offences Court in Georgetown in November 2017.The new facility is expected to provide protection for victims of sexual offences as the formal courtroom can be a harrowing place for victims.While judicial proceedings are essential in restoring a sense of safety and confidence in the survivor, inadvertently, survivors are re-victimised when trying to seek justice.Consequently, victims are oftentimes hesitant to come forward and report sexual violence cases due to the procedure.The new facility is expected to put an end to such a practice and make the courtroom more comfortable for victims.Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards while speaking at the opening, said it is aimed at providing protection for men, women and children, who are victims of sexual violence which is a criminal offence and a violation of one’s rights. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSexual Offences Court launchedNovember 14, 2017In “Court”Sexual Offences Court launched in BerbiceMay 8, 2019In “latest news”Children’s Court to be established after passage of new Juvenile Offences Bill – Acting ChancellorFebruary 21, 2018In “latest news” read more

Son of businessman gunned down at Bagotstown

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related1 confesses to killing “White Boy”May 20, 2019In “Crime”No arrests yet in murder of ‘White Boy’May 11, 2019In “Crime”Shooting of wanted man sparks arson in Bagotstown; children rescued from houseNovember 11, 2015In “Crime” The son of the owner of C&F Meat Centre was on Thursday evening shot and killed at Norton Street Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara.Dead is 23-year-old Patrick Matthew Fraser.Inews understands that the young man was shot twice to his body in the yard of a burnt house.He was picked up and rushed to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, where he succumbed while receiving medical attention.At the scene, persons were tightlipped and did not reveal any information. However, it is believed that the now dead young man was liming with a group of friends when an argument broke out.It was during this time that one of his drinking buddies whipped out a gun and discharged two rounds, hitting Fraser. At the scene, a blood stained hat belonging to the young man was seen along with a piece of cloth and a pair of slippers.From reports gathered, the young man had frequented the area, and had been seen liming at the location on numerous occasions. Persons have confirmed that they heard the sound of the gunshots, and as they rushed to the scene, they saw the young man lying on the ground with blood oozing from his stomach.At the hospital, the relatives did not speak with the media. The Police are continuing their investigations. read more

Timehri logger acquitted for 2014 murder

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDrama at High Court as “Whistle” freed of Cool Square murderFebruary 12, 2016In “latest news”EBD man to stand trial for murder of co-workerMay 14, 2019In “Court”Convicted murder accused freed of murder chargeDecember 7, 2018In “Court” Family members of 50-year-old Rajesh Roopnarine, called “Popo”, erupted in tears of joy on Thursday as a 12-member jury was directed by Justice Navindra Singh to return a formal not guilty verdict, thus acquitting the accused of a murder charge. He was accused of setting David Campbell alight back in 2014.The trial had commenced and concluded on Thursday after a number of witnesses testified during the first session.Roopnarine earlier this week had pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.He was represented by Attorneys Nigel Hughes and Ronald Daniels, while the State was represented by Prosecutors Teriq Mohammed, in association with Tuanna Hardy and Abigail Gibbs.On conclusion of the series of testimonies on Thursday, Justice Singh had ruled that the poor police investigations had produced insufficient evidence in order to convict Roopnarine on the charge, thus he instructed the empanelled jurors to return the not guilty verdict.On informing Roopnarine that he is now a free man, Justice Singh told him that he hopes he had learnt his lesson, while advising him to stay clear of future incidents of this nature.“I hope you learnt your lesson, I can only hope that you live a proper law-abiding life,” Justice Singh stated.According to reports, at about 17:30h, Roopnarine along with other employees, including Campbell, were imbibing at their work site, when shortly after it is alleged that he set alight a mining camp with four occupants.While three persons managed to escape, Campbell was trapped in his hammock and sustained third-degree burns. A badly burnt Campbell died seven days after he was reportedly set alight in the mining camp.The now dead man was employed as a chainsaw operator at the said logging concession. Steve Campbell, brother of the deceased, is said to have witnessed the scene of his brother being burnt but did not make attempts to put the flame out. read more

Carpenter arraigned for murder of reputed wife

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCorentyne man arraigned for wife’s murderOctober 20, 2016In “Court”Husband, hitman further remanded for Babita Sarjou’s brutal murderJune 22, 2016In “Court”Court grants 72 hours extension to detain husband, accompliceMay 23, 2016In “Crime” Devenand Narine, a saw operator was earlier today arraigned for the brutal murder of his reputed wife, Farida Khayum who was stabbed at their Anna Regina Essequibo Coast home.The 50-year-old man was not required to plead to the indictable charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court. The police stated that on May 16, 2019 Narine murdered Khayum.The accused was represented by attorney, Bernard Da Silva who stated that on the day in question, his client was under the influence of alcohol and upon arriving at home, he saw another man in the house.As he enquired about the individual, he was told that he was a friend of his reputed wife.This however, the lawyer told the court led to an argument.  The lawyer claimed that his client was attacked by the now dead woman along with the friend and her two sons.It was during the commotion; the suspect told his attorney that Khayum’s son held him down and threw a poisonous substance in his mouth.  At this time, the lawyer stated that his client was taken to the Suddie Public Hospital.At no point in time did the lawyer mentioned that the woman was killed. On that note, prosecutor, Gordon Mansfield told the court that investigations revealed that the suspect and the now dead woman were in the kitchen area when an argument broke out.The argument, Mansfield added quickly turned into a scuffle and it was this time, the suspect armed himself with a knife and stabbed the woman several times to the body. After committing the act, he reportedly consumed a poisonous substance.The Police prosecutor also refuted claimed that the now dead woman had a male companion in the house. Narine was remanded to prison and the case was transferred to the Anna Regina Magistrate’s court for a later date. read more

Crime Chief wants witnesses in execution of murder suspect to come

Crime Chief Lyndon Alves is urging persons who witnessed the murder of 45-year-old Collin Hooper, aka “Gun Youth”, to come forward for information that could lead to the arrest of the culpable individuals.Hooper, who was wanted in relation to the recent killing of a money changer on High Street, Georgetown, was gunned down a short distance from his East La Penitence home on Monday last.Police have been unable to arrest suspects.“There are persons of interest that the police are looking for. Their names were touted so the police are looking for some persons of interest to interview them…but also, so far we are not able to get anyone to come forward to say if and what they saw or know about this shooting/murder incident,” the Crime Chief told INews.He accepted that people are not very willing to come forward to the police with information about crimes in their communities due to fear or victimisation or even being physical harm in some form.“Persons will not want to put their lives at risk, feeling that if you come forward that it would be disclosed, which is far from the truth. They may be fearful of who they give the information to,” he acknowledged.However, he is calling on witnesses in Hooper’s murder to step forward.“If persons have information, they can contact me, the Crime Chief, directly. If they have concerns about their safety and security and the leaking of the information, they can contact me. They can call me on my cellphone which is 608-2278,” the Crime Chief said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMajor cases for 2016 solved says Crime ChiefNovember 15, 2016In “Crime”Crime Chief confident Caricom’s ‘Arrest Warrant Treaty’ will boost local crime fighting effortsJuly 14, 2016In “Crime”Hunt continues for killer of Delicious Chinese Restaurant CashierOctober 21, 2014In “Crime” read more

Man charged with murder of drinking buddy

A 37-year-old man was Tuesday charged for the murder of his drinking buddy, Eric Nurse, 24, of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Dexroy Garraway, known as “Bam Bam”, of Lower Enterprise, Pomeroon in Region Two was not required to plea to the indictable charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus at the Georgetown Magistrate’s Court.The court heard that on May 22, 2019, Garraway murdered Nurse at Takutu Landing, Puruni Road.Prosecutor Shellon Daniels said on the day in question, the accused was drinking at a shop in the presence of the now dead man.Garraway subsequently went into a room that was occupied by a female. Moments later, the woman began to cry for help.Reports are that Nurse rushed to render assistance. Nurse approached the accused and dragged him out of the room, when a scuffle occurred.The woman, upon exiting the room, found Nurse lying face down in a pool of blood.He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Garraway was subsequently arrested and questioned, during which he confessed to stabbing Nurse eight times.The court further heard that the accused was recently released from prison, after serving a two years sentence for wounding.Garraway will be making his next court appearance at the Bartica Magistrates’ Courts on June 5, 2019. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan accused of murdering drinking buddy remandedMarch 28, 2018In “Court”Man accused of stealing $4,000 remanded to prisonJuly 22, 2013In “Crime”Man gets 18 months jail for rum shop brawlJune 18, 2017In “Court” read more

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