Man granted bail for causing death of Melanie woman

first_imgNarsigh Jagsar, of Supply, Mahaica, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was on Thursday released on $300,000 bail after he appeared before Magistrate Peter Hugh in the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court.Jagsar was remanded to prison on March 5, 2018 for causing the death of an elderly woman on the Melanie Public Road.Jagsar was represented by Bernard Da Silva, and is expected to return to court on April 5, 2018.Eighty-seven-year-old Lydia Rodriguez, called “Aunty Baby”, of Lot 51 North Melanie, was struck down around 06:00h, just 15 minutes after she left her home.Reports stated that minibus BKK 6714, which was being driven by Jagsar, was proceeding west along the southern lane of the said road while the pedestrian was standing on the northern side of the road.However, as the minibus approached, Rodriguez began to cross the road from north to south, ending up on the southern lane. As such, she was struck by the vehicle.Rodriguez, who sustained head injuries, was picked up by public-spirited persons in an unconscious state and rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival.A breathalyser test conducted on Jagsar showed no trace of alcohol in his system. He was taken into Police custody and was assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

Thousands turn out for strawberry festival

first_imgOXNARD – Carsten Holtfreter is only 10 months old, but he found something he liked when his mother took him to Oxnard today. “He eats strawberries all the time,” said Carsten’s mother, Barbara Lewis of Lancaster. “He’s having a great time,” she said as she watched her little boy in his stroller finishing off a huge berry at the 24th annual California Strawberry Festival. The festival, which continues Sunday, is expected to draw tens of thousands of people from throughout Southern California. Attendance at the festival last year was 59,000, but that was dampened by rain. Organizers expect more this year. Festival organizers were encouraging visitors to use the park-and-ride shuttle sites set up at various points off the Ventura Freeway to avoid traffic and parking problems. Jacquie Stewart of Alhambra said she took the Amtrak train from Union Station in downtown Los Angeles to Oxnard. “It was packed. Standing-room only,” she said. “Now that we’re here, the first thing we bought were the strawberry nachos. We’re off to a good start. I’m looking for everything strawberry.” Catherine and Geoff Augello came to the festival from Covina. “He’s a big strawberry-holic, so I surprised him today for his birthday,” Catherine Augello said as the two bit into strawberries, one covered in milk chocolate and the other covered in white chocolate. The event’s 50 food booths included strawberry crepes, strawberry pizza, strawberry wine, strawberry beer, strawberry champagne, strawberry margaritas, build-your-own strawberry shortcake and tons of fresh strawberries sold directly by Oxnard farmers. The sprawling festival also includes more than 300 arts and crafts booths, nonstop musical entertainment on two stages, children’s carnival rides like the “Berry Go Round,” and contests like the Berry Blast-off Recipe Challenge, the Strawberry Stomp, and a strawberry-pie-eating competition. Renee Pokorny, 37, of Ventura won the recipe contest – and a four-night cruise – with her strawberry mojito shrimp skewers over strawberry scallion rice. Cameron Sperling, 12, of Canoga Park was immediately enlisted to help around the Kaiser Permanente Strawberry Promenade, which was set up at the festival to emphasize healthy living, including the health benefits of strawberries. Since hula hoops were being used by Kaiser to demonstrate the importance of exercise, Sperling stepped up to show his skill, noting that he had caught on to the hula hoop last year and learned to do magic tricks at the same time. Students with the Oxnard High School band played at the festival to welcome visitors this morning. They were planning to go to their prom and after-parties until about 5:30 a.m. Sunday before returning to play some more at the festival. “It’s called coffee – caffeine and playing music with one eye open,” said Hovan Salibian, 18, a drum major who was looking forward to the long night ahead and coming back to play again Sunday. Since it started in the 1980s, the Strawberry Festival has raised more than $2.5 million for charity, as well as showcasing the state’s $1 billion-plus strawberry industry. “The strawberry festival is a big event for us,” said Oxnard High School band director Fundi Legohn. “It’s always a good time right before the Memorial Day weekend. Everybody likes strawberries.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Liverpool splutter without Salah in Everton stalemate

first_img0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool missed impressive Egypt winger Mohamed Salah in a goalless draw with Everton at Goodison Park© AFP Lindsey PARNABYLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 7 – Liverpool were rendered impotent without Mohamed Salah as they were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton in Saturday’s Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.Egypt winger Salah, the key figure in Liverpool’s impressive campaign, was left out due to a minor groin injury as Jurgen Klopp tried to give his main man a chance to be fit for their decisive Champions League clash against Manchester City on Tuesday. Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke looked rusty as they were given rare starts, with the latter failing to take either of two early chances.Roberto Firmino appeared as a late substitute in an attempt to find a winner, but third placed Liverpool had to settle for a point.They did, though, extend their unbeaten run in Merseyside derbies to 17 matches, as Seamus Coleman and Dominic Calvert-Lewin both failed to take late Everton chances.Klopp had a big decision to make regarding his team selection, with Liverpool three days away from the second leg of their quarter-final against City following Wednesday’s 3-0 victoryThe fact that he made five changes showed where his priorities lie at the moment.Ings was starting a league match for the first time since Klopp took charge two-and-a-half years ago, having fought back from two cruciate knee ligament injuries, while Solanke was making only his fourth league start for the club.In addition, Nathaniel Clyne began a match for the first time in 11 months after recovering from a serious back problem, while central defender Ragnar Klavan was pressed into service at left-back, having played just 11 minutes since New Year’s Day.Inevitably, given those changes, Liverpool did not click as they usually do.Solanke lacked the kind of sharpness that Salah and Firmino have made second nature.– Lack of spark –Presented with two good chances in the first 16 minutes, he took neither.First he glanced wide from James Milner’s angled delivery, and then, when Coleman made a mess of clearing Clyne’s cross on the run, the striker could only steer his first-time shot straight at Jordan Pickford.Pickford looks increasingly likely to be England’s goalkeeper at the World Cup later this year, having grown in confidence as the season has gone on.His shot-stopping has rarely been in question, and he produced a fine flying save late in the half to turn away a shot from Milner, who had cut in from the left.Liverpool enjoyed the bulk of possession despite their disjointed look, which was partly down to Everton’s lack of adventure.Sam Allardyce had written in his programme notes about derbies being occasions to be inspired by, but his team lacked spark until the final 10 minutes and gave away the ball too often.Even though Everton did enjoy bursts of pressure, Cenk Tosun was a frustrated figure up front for the most part.Yet Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius still needed to be alert, making perhaps the save of the first half when he tipped away Yannick Bolasie’s 25-yard curler, bound for the top corner.The home side might even have won the match at the end, as the Turkey forward headed Theo Walcott’s cross towards the far post, where Coleman just failed to turn the ball in.Calvert-Lewin then steered over with only Karius to beat.Liverpool were prepared to show aggression, with Ings involved in a confrontation with Coleman that needed the intervention of referee Michael Oliver and both captains to sort out.It got the crowd going, but they would not have a goal to cheer.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more