Michaella McCollum faces six-month investigation if guilty plea not accepted

first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Michaella McCollum faces six-month investigation if guilty plea not accepted Tyrone woman Michaella McCollum and Melissa Reid from Scotland could face a six-month investigation if their guilty pleas for drug smuggling are not accepted by prosecutors in Peru.The state’s lead prosecutor in the case made the comment after the pair appeared in court last night.He didn’t give details of the private hearing but suggested the women’s confessions haven’t yet satisfied prosecutors.The girls had hoped that their guilty plea would guarantee them a faster trial and a shorter jail term.Juan Mendoza made the comments after the women, both 20, made a second appearance before a judge.He did not give details of the private hearing but suggested the women’s confessions had not yet satisfied prosecutors.Last week McCollum, from Dungannon, Co Tyrone, and co-accused Reid, from Glasgow, pleaded guilty to drug smuggling. They had hoped the behind-closed-doors admission would be enough to secure a shorter sentence.But prosecutors have demanded more information before accepting their admissions of guilt which the women hope will bring their jail time down to six years and eight months.Mr Mendoza, speaking to The Associated Press, would not discuss whether the women had explained to them how they got the cocaine, or who it was from.McCollum and Reid initially claimed they were kidnapped, held at gunpoint and forced to board a flight from Lima to Spain with 24lb of cocaine in food packets hidden inside their luggage when they were arrested. 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Newscenter_img Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleJason Black scales new heights reaching the summit of Northern Europe’s highest mountainNext articleSeanad hears calls calls for the suspension of the granting of planning permissions for all wind farm developments News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Facebook By News Highland – October 2, 2013 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Western Conference leader Utah and Houston meet

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailHOUSTON (AP)-Utah Jazz (43-15, first in the Western Conference) vs. Houston Rockets (15-43, 14th in the Western Conference)Houston; Wednesday, 6 p.m. MDTBOTTOM LINE: The Western Conference-leading Utah Jazz take on the Houston Rockets.The Rockets have gone 10-23 against Western Conference opponents. Houston averages 42.4 rebounds per game and is 5-33 when outrebounded by opponents.The Jazz are 20-9 against Western Conference opponents. Utah has a 42-13 record when scoring 100 or more points.The two teams square off for the second time this season. The Jazz defeated the Rockets 114-99 in their last meeting on March 12. Donovan Mitchell led Utah with 28 points, and Kevin Porter Jr. paced Houston scoring 27 points.TOP PERFORMERS: Armoni Brooks is second on the Rockets averaging 2.2 made 3-pointers, and is scoring 8 points per game while shooting 40.6% from beyond the arc. Christian Wood is averaging 2.3 made 3-pointers and 20.9 points over the last 10 games for Houston.Jordan Clarkson is second on the Jazz averaging 17.4 points while adding 3.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. Joe Ingles is averaging 3.1 made 3-pointers and scoring 12.8 points over the last 10 games for Utah.LAST 10 GAMES: Rockets: 2-8, averaging 111.3 points, 43.8 rebounds, 25 assists, seven steals and 4.2 blocks per game while shooting 46.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 120.8 points on 48.7% shooting.Jazz: 6-4, averaging 117.5 points, 48.2 rebounds, 23.8 assists, 5.9 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 47.0% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 109 points on 43.8% shooting.INJURIES: Rockets: D.J. Augustin: out (ankle), Dante Exum: out (calf), David Nwaba: out (wrist), Sterling Brown: out (knee), Eric Gordon: out (groin), Danuel House: out (ankle).Jazz: Ersan Ilyasova: out (hamstring), Donovan Mitchell: out (ankle), Udoka Azubuike: out (ankle). April 21, 2021 /Sports News – Local Western Conference leader Utah and Houston meet Associated Presscenter_img Written bylast_img read more

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Crockery crooks at Magdalen

first_imgThe deans of Magdalen College have attempted to curtail thefts of college crockery by first years at Deans’ Din­ner, threatening to not hold the din­ner for future first years.A letter sent out to the JCR stated, “This evening saw the last Deans’ Dinner of the year. Over the past few months we have invited all first-year undergraduates to dine in the New Room as our guests. At each din­ner several decanters, stoppers, and other items of College property have been removed without permission.“We would be grateful if these items could now be returned. The same applies to any items removed in previous years. Often, as tonight, it has been obvious what has been happening, but we have turned a blind eye to those involved on the as­sumption that these items would be returned quickly and safely.”The letter added that stolen items could be left anonymously outside the door of the Senior Dean in a sort of amnesty programme. It conclud­ed, “If we do not receive the removed items we will have to consider wheth­er we should continue to hold these dinners next year.”JCR President Millie Ross implied that individuals could be punished as well, writing on the JCR Facebook group, “the staff often note who they spot with what (you’re less subtle than you think!) so I wouldn’t take the risk if I were you. It’s fine as a harmless prank of course, and it is a bit of a tradition now, but if the stuff isn’t returned they won’t be able to host them next year and that would be such a shame for the next cohort.”She later wrote, “The Deans have notified me that if they don’t have the items back from Deans’ Dinner TODAY then they will have to believe they were stolen (rather than taken as a prank) and act accordingly. They are even still missing big items like fruit bowls and decanters.”First year English student Frank Lawton quipped, “Other than the small matter of it technically being theft it seems to be to be a great and noble tradition. After all, I feel like I’ve been robbed every time I open my battels sheets, it’s only fair that we even up the score now and then. Furthermore, I thought University encouraged education and equip­ping us with the skills we’ll need for our careers? Personally I would like to be a bank robber or a high profile art thief.“Dean’s Dinner is essentially glori­fied fieldwork for such aspirants. The full dining set was an impressive ac­complishment, although I think try­ing to steal the Deans themselves was pushing it a bit too far. But I guess that’s all just part of the learning curve.”A first year historian commented, “I think traditions like this are great as long as they’re just a bit of fun and don’t end up costing the college or depriving others in the future. I myself, along with many others, removed a rather large number of items on Friday night, which I re­turned to the Deans over the week­end. I was impressed when returning my decanters to find an antique table and a silver tray had also been left there.”“I can understand why it was necessary to request that the items be returned but I very much enjoyed the dinner and hope they will be held in the future; and they wouldn’t be anywhere near as fun without the added thrill of everyone trying to subtly cram cutlery and tableware into their pockets!”In an email to the JCR on Monday, Ross reported, “the Deans are very pleased to see a large majority of the items returned and it’s unlikely they’ll have to take any further ac­tion!”last_img read more

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Resort-style home in Annandale is a family favourite

first_img5 Neale Court, Annandale, is on the market.WHEN Alna Kotzee first laid eyes on 5 Neale Court, Annandale, she knew she had found the perfect home for her family of five.Having moved to Townsville from Johannesburg, South Africa, just over three years ago, she said she quickly “fell in love” with the property.“We bought the house without my husband, Frederick, ever laying eyes on it,” the mother-of-three said. The outdoor entertaining area.“Being a large family, we needed space and this house provided enough bedrooms so each girl could have her own room, and they shared two bathrooms between the three of them which made for less fighting. It was just the perfect home for us as a family.”Married for 22 years, Mr and Mrs Kotzee and their daughters, 18-year-old triplets, are looking forward to their next adventure as a family.“It is time to move on; the girls have finished school and my husband and I are moving south to be closer to their universities,” Mrs Kotzee said. The large living room.,The property is set for an online auction on Tuesday at 6pm.With four bedrooms and three bathrooms, the house is set up for family living, according to Keyes & Co Property director, Damien Keyes.“It could suit either a family with younger children as well as teenagers as there is more than 400sq m under roof, so there is plenty of space,” he said. The house has been big enough to accomodate a family of five comfortably.Built about 10 years ago and set across 1286sq m of land, the residence comes with an expansive outdoor entertaining space that overlooks the resort-style in-ground concrete pool. Here the Kotzee family have shared in many memorable occasions that will last them a lifetime, including celebrating their triplets’ 18th birthdays.“It was the perfect venue; thank goodness for understanding neighbours,” Mrs Kotzee said.“We just loved seeing the kids having friends over and enjoying the pool and patio.” The exterior of the house towards the entrance.Back inside, the clever use of glass draws light inside, with an atrium-style living space made to feel all the more spacious thanks to an opulent cathedral ceiling.“It gives an open and airy feeling and almost a sense that you could be at a luxury resort,” Mr Keyes said.“If you have been dreaming of making the upgrade to that forever home, then you simply can’t go past this beautiful home.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Set across two distinct wings, the property’s configuration is also something Mr Keyes believes will be of interest to buyers. To the right of the property, the living and entertaining areas, including a large kitchen, are accessible via a galley. One of the bathrooms.“I love to cook and bake and the big, open-plan kitchen meant that I wasn’t isolated from the family whilst cooking,” Mrs Kotzee said, with a double oven allowing her to cook and bake simultaneously.The main bedroom is located in this wing, and features a full-length wardrobe, airconditioning and a deluxe ensuite with double vanity, separate toilet and double shower.To the left of the property are a further three bedrooms, study and bathroom, with the Kotzees having added an outdoor shower that can be accessed internally and via the pool area. The property is set for an online auction on Tuesday at 6pm.“It gives pool users the option of using the bathroom without having to run through the house in their wet swimmers,” Mrs Kotzee said, having also added airconditioning to the laundry, which she described as a Townsville “necessity”.Located in Annandale, Mr Keyes said the fact 5 Neale Court was a relatively young home, positioned in an older part of the suburb, would be a key selling point.“Annandale is famous for its convenience with plenty of quality schooling and also shopping centres,” he said, with a Stockland shopping precinct located nearby.“There are many different price points spread throughout the suburb giving home buyers plenty of options from your first home right up to your dream home, which is part of the reason that Annandale has stood the test of time as a popular suburb, and still remains right at the top of many homebuyers’ shopping lists.”last_img read more

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FSJ bicycle safety issues

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP says numerous complaints have been reported this spring concerning the behavior of cyclists. As a result police are reminding bike riders they must operate on the same side of the road, and adhere to the same driving rules, as drivers of other vehicles.- Advertisement -They’re also reminded again that cycling on sidewalks is prohibited in BC, and those who do so are subject to a $109 fine.In addition, all cyclists are subject to a fine of $29 for riding without a helmut, and in this regard police are encouraging parents to set a proper example for children.At the same time police are also reminding motorists to pay attention to cyclists, and to give them the same right-of-way they would give any other vehicle.All that noted police are encouraging cyclists to enjoy a safe summer, and to make use of the city bicycle paths.Advertisement However, in this regard, it’s important to remember those paths are also used by runners and walkers, and when they’re approached from behind by a cyclist, a verbal alert prior to passing, is also important for safety reasons.last_img read more

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Benni McCarthy hangs up his boots

first_img7 June 2013South African footballer Benni McCarthy announced his retirement on Wednesday after a successful career that took him from South Africa to the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and England before he returned home to finish his career with Orlando Pirates.McCarthy also earned 80 caps for Bafana Bafana during which he became South Africa’s all-time leading international goals scorer.He was at his best in the Africa Cup of Nations in 1998, making his mark with a four-goal performance against Namibia, with those four goals coming in the space of only 13 minutes. He finished the tournament with seven goals and was named in the team of the tournament as South Africa made it to the final where they were beaten 2-0 by Egypt.McCarthy was also a key player in the Bafana Bafana team that became the first South African side to play in the Fifa World Cup in 1998, and netted the team’s goal in a 1-1 draw with Denmark.‘Blessed’“I have been so blessed to have enjoyed a remarkable career that took me from the township fields of Nyanga Stadium, to winner’s medals in the Uefa Champions League and World Club Cup – the highest levels that a player can achieve in club football,” McCarthy said in a statement on Thursday.“I retire having represented my country at senior level 80 times and scored a record 31 goals. Two World Cup Finals, in France and Korea/Japan, an Olympic Games and a u-20 World Cup Finals will be memories that live in my heart forever.“And to have come home to South Africa for a final chapter, and to have won the treble with Orlando Pirates [in 2011/12] was the type of finale that only dreams are made of,” he said.Surpassed expectations“It has been a 17-year professional career that surpassed even my own expectations and I’ve been privileged to have played under many great coaches, including the very best, Jose Mourinho.”McCarthy’s most successful club years were spent in Portugal with Porto and in England with Blackburn Rovers, but before he played for those teams he turned out for Ajax Amsterdam and Spanish club Celta Vigo, having started his career with Seven Stars in Cape Town.In 2002, he starred for Porto, under Mourniho, while on loan from Celta Vigo, netting 12 times in 11 matches. When the Portuguese club sold fellow striker Helder Postiga to Tottenham Hotspur, Mourinho pounced and signed the South African striker to a permanent contract. McCarthy repaid that investment by topping the Portuguese League goal scoring charts the following season.Uefa Cup, Champions LeagueHe won the Uefa Cup with Porto in 2002-03 and the following season went on to lift the Champions League title with the Dragons. McCarthy played a crucial role in the team’s run, netting twice in a vital 2-1 victory over Manchester United in a round of 16 clash.Those two European successes turned Mourinho into the hottest property in coaching and he was soon signed by big spending English outfit Chelsea.McCarthy stayed on at Porto, scoring 34 goals in 74 matches, before being signed to a four-year contract by Blackburn Rovers in 2006.English Premier LeagueIt proved to be an inspired decision for the English club as McCarthy finished his first season as the second top scorer in the Premier League with 18 goals and 24 in all competitions. His league tally was bettered only by Didier Drogba and tied with Cristiano Ronaldo.An injury early the next season and the arrival of striker Roque Santa Cruz led to fewer playing opportunities for McCarthy.In February 2010, the South African signed with West Ham. Unfortunately, on his debut for the Hammers he suffered an injury that kept him out of action for six months. He ended up playing sparsely for the club and was released in early 2011.McCarthy then returned to action in South Africa with Orlando Pirates where he finished his career at the age of 35.He has indicated that he wishes to stay involved with football and will be working towards getting his coaching badges. He has previous experience working on television and hopes to do more TV work too.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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a month ago​Leicester likely to field fringe stars against Luton

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Leicester likely to field fringe stars against Lutonby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City will ring in the changes as they face off against Luton Town in the Carabao Cup.With the club chasing a high Premier League finish this season, it is understandable they are willing to rotate their squad for a cup game against a lower division side.Brendan Rodgers will give chances to several of his fringe players and youngsters.Players who could feature in the game include Danny Ward, James Justin, Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs and Demarai Gray.These players are either not in the squad for most Premier League games, or often find themselves on the bench. last_img read more

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SLB Reports Increase in Applications for Discounted Interest Rate Loans

first_img This move is part of the SLB’s undertaking to incentivise students’ selection of courses regarded as priority programmes, rather than those commonly chosen by their peers, which are reportedly often oversubscribed. The Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) is reporting a 47 per cent increase in loan applications for tertiary courses, for which the interest rate on repayments is significantly discounted. Executive Director, Monica Brown, told a recent JIS Think Tank, which was held at the Agency’s head office in Kingston, that the areas include agriculture studies, engineering, information technology, and maritime and logistics studies, for which the interest rate has decreased to six per cent since the start of the 2017/18 academic year. Story Highlights The Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) is reporting a 47 per cent increase in loan applications for tertiary courses, for which the interest rate on repayments is significantly discounted.Executive Director, Monica Brown, told a recent JIS Think Tank, which was held at the Agency’s head office in Kingston, that the areas include agriculture studies, engineering, information technology, and maritime and logistics studies, for which the interest rate has decreased to six per cent since the start of the 2017/18 academic year.She advised that all loans applications submitted, to date, have been approved.This move is part of the SLB’s undertaking to incentivise students’ selection of courses regarded as priority programmes, rather than those commonly chosen by their peers, which are reportedly often oversubscribed.State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, also encourages students to adequately research the status of courses in order to make the right choices.Mr. Green, who also addressed the Think Tank, noted that students pursuing programmes commonly chosen by their peers tend to encounter challenges securing employment after completing their studies.“It’s not just about doing what you feel like doing when you decide to pursue tertiary education… but you will have to see it as an ability to enable a better way of living. Therefore, I am imploring students to research the areas that are not saturated, (as) there are others not being pursued and need much more people,” he said.Meanwhile, Policy Analyst at the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (JTEC), Tracey-Ann Smith, said the JTEC will be embarking on several activities aimed at assisting students in making their choices.As part of its public education efforts, JTEC has staged a series of road shows with high-school students, explaining some of the affiliated costs for tertiary education. Additionally, they have established a programme tuition fee database on their website.According to Mrs. Smith, this database has a collation of over 200 degree programmes from various institutions, detailing the costs and comparing them by institutions, so that students may get the best value for money. The Commission has also distributed the findings from its annual survey of tertiary institutions looking at enrolment figures, retention and graduation rates, the number and types of degrees awarded, financial assistance to students, and areas of sustainable and strategic planning.“The JTEC’s mandate is to examine the cost of tertiary education as well as to look at the rate of return on investment. We are encouraging students to do proper planning and research as they prepare to pursue tertiary education,” Mrs. Smith said.last_img read more

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