Jamaican businessman convicted of murdering girlfriend and five family members

first_imgA 50-year-old businessman will be sentenced on April 12 after he was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend and five members of her family, including four children, 12 years ago.On Tuesday, Justice Bertram Morrison turned down a request from attorney Carlton Colman that his client, Michael McLean wanted to forego the mitigation hearing and head straight to sentencing.“The court doesn’t operate like that,” the judge said following the unanimous verdict that was handed down in the Home Circuit Court.McLean was found guilty of murdering his former girlfriend Terry-Ann Mohammed; her son, Jessie O’Gilvie; as well as her niece, Patrice Martin-McCool and her children, Lloyd McCool, Jihad McCool and Sean Chin in 2006.Throats slashedFive of the victims’ throats were slashed while the sixth, who was a six-year-old girl, was smothered and buried in a shallow grave.The seven-member jury deliberated for nearly four hours before reaching the unanimous verdict in the trial that lasted five weeks. During the trial, the accused maintained his innocence, claiming that the six people had been killed by gunmen.Claims attacked by gunmenIn his unsworn testimony, he admitted that he left his restaurant on February 25 with Mohammed and Jihad, but claimed when he reached Mohammed’s home he was attacked by gunmen who killed her and forced him to take them to another location where he and Mohammed had reportedly hidden drugs and cash and the men buried the child there in a shallow grave.According to McLean, the gunmen killed Mohammed because they were after one of her relatives who had stolen guns and drugs.One of worst cases prosecutedDirector of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Paula Llewellyn, later described the trial as one of worst cases she has prosecuted in her 30 years on the job.“I think it is a very, very tragic case. It is the sort of case that caused sleepless nights for [the] prosecution [team] and I, and think I can speak for defense counsel, it would have caused him sleepless nights [too],” she added.But she praised the law enforcement and investigators for their work given the fact that “McLean was able to benefit from the fact that [the] system has to make sure that, at all material times, he is given benefit of the doubt.last_img read more

Your Cellphone Is A Prime Transmitter of COVID-19

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – With a world population of close to eight billion people (7,621,018,958 at the last official count) coupled with a cellphone penetration which far outstrips it—in excess of 300,000 (7,950,000,000)—this every-day communication device is in pole position, as potentially one of the main transmitters of the deadly COVID-19 virus.This fact is further underscored by a recent study published by the New England Journal of Medicine and authored by Carolyn Machamer, a professor in cell biology from the John Hopkins School of Medicine who specializes in coronaviruses. It found out that SARS-2-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, can live on different surfaces for varying periods of time, ranging from 72 hours on plastic, 48 hours on stainless steel, 24 hours on cardboard, four hours on copper and is also detectable in the air for up to three hours.However, she was quick to point out that “what is most important is the amount of virus that remains, is less than 0.1 percent of the starting (initial) viral material…therefore infection is theoretically possible but unlikely at the levels [transmittable] after a few days.”A kind of “cold comfort”, if you may, are the professor’s words that describe the billions of people who see their cellphone—this ubiquitous communication tool—as a virtual extension of themselves and the sober but stark realization, that the majority of the external make-up of this device are plastic and glass.Additionally, it has been proven that cellphones accumulate approximately 10 times more micro-organism than if you were in a health institution. Beginning with the fact that the average person, in a day, uses his phone more than 50 times, with the same set of hands that previously were used to touch the doorknob, exchange money, hold on to the handrails in public transportation, and the list goes on—all done in public spaces.If that was not enough, consider the following scenario: you are talking on the phone as an asymptomatic person who also is, unknowingly, a carrier of COVID-19 virus. In your conversation, a lot of ‘spraying’ and droplets of the virus settles on your phone. On the completion of your call, you lend it to a friend or being ‘good neighborly’ to someone who asks you for a call. She then hands you back the phone and sometime later uses those same fingertips to put in her face. Boom, there goes another case of COVID-19 transmission! And, the roles could have been the reverse, as there are so many different instances where our cellphones are involved in our day-to-day activities.So what are some of the steps that we can take to not only to sanitize our cellphone but other electronic devices such as tablets, laptops, desktop computers, keyboards, and mouse as transmitters of the dreaded COVID-19 virus?The first step is to turn off the instrument, then get a soft piece of cloth, like the kind used to clean eyeglasses. We do not recommend paper towels or napkins as they can scratch the face of your device. Prepare a solution of warm, soapy water that you use to dampen (not too wet) the cloth that will allow it to run into ports and other areas critical to the operation of the device.The soap solution should not be sprayed onto the devices but gently rubbed with the cloth. A word on the soap and water, it’s not that it’s the be-all and end-all, the proverbial silver bullet of COVID-19, but this particular virus has a thin membrane which is destroyed by soap and water solution.Regarding your keyboard and laptop computer, please use a cotton swab to clean the ports and between the keys as damp cloth can pose a problem. The mouse should also not be overlooked in the sanitization process.Finally with the current global death toll in excess of 20,000 and confirmed cases numbering 454,000  with the United States contributing 890 deaths and 64,000 confirmed cases respectively to this deadly pandemic, any step that slows down this carnage in human lives, should be embraced.last_img read more

Florida Non-Profit Asks Dads to Honor The Memory of George Floyd…

first_imgWhy:  “Thank you in advance for your contribution to a better world for ALL our children. Knowledge is Power! and Employment! in today’s information/knowledge-based economy, “ said Robinson. READ MORE! KNOW MORE! LOVE MORE! EARN MORE! Read to a child/children for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in Celebration of Father’s Day June 21, 2020 and in Honor of George Floyd. “We want to spread the word that reading together is not only fundamental, but it also helps create a strong parental bond,” says Georgia Robinson, President of Reading Pays More. “And it is especially important for parents to read with their young boys,” she said. Georgia works in one of the lowest income communities in Broward County, Florida, and sees first hand how low reading skills negatively affect the residents. RPM is part of Georgia’s vision to foster a culture of reading in every community and ensure that every child is reading and comprehending above grade-level regardless of the status of her or his biological parents. She believes that through RPM children will not only build a better future for themselves but will become caring, kind, compassionate, confident and self-sufficient adults who will continue to share their knowledge and love of words by paying it forward. RPM is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that markets the financial and other benefits of reading. Their MISSION is to help nurture a culture of reading so that every child is reading and comprehending above AGE- level. @Readingpaysmore. Take a picture or video of yourself reading with the child/children before or on Father’s Day and post it on all your social media with our Hashtag Father and Father Figures Step Up & Take the Challenge!center_img ReadingPaysMore (RPM) was founded Georgia D.N. Robinson, who serves her community as a reading ambassador. She has a passion for education but found that the fundamental skill of reading and comprehension, above all, was being neglected. Georgia also speaks on the topics of student motivation and entrepreneurship. The Father’s Day Challenge aims to honor the memory of George Floyd, encourage the bond between Fathers and Father Figures with children and nurture a love of reading and help with the “Coronavirus learning slide.” The “coronavirus-learning slide” is akin to the “summer slide” which represents the learning deficit in reading skills that children usually experience during the summer months. Page https://www.facebook.com/ReadingPaysMore/ or our Instagram Page In the past for Father’s Day, the Non-Profit Organization Reading Pays More highlighted the importance of parents reading with their children via a social media campaign called #lovereadingwithdad. The group encourages dads, granddads and uncles of all ages to share a picture of themselves reading a book with a child using the hashtag #lovereadingwithdad. #lovereadingwithdad. You can also post it to our Facebook How:  This year the ask of Fathers is even more relevant in light of the George Floyd tragedy. “We often mark and honor solemn events with a moment of silence. This Father’s Day, June 21, 2020, our organization is committed to honoring the 8 minutes and 46 seconds in which Mr. George Floyd tragically lost his life, through a positive call to action. We are asking Dads and father figures across the globe to share the experience of reading with a young person to encourage the love of reading,” said Robinson. For more information about ReadingPaysMore, please email info@readingpaysmore.com and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @readingpaysmore.last_img read more

AUDIO: We’re Not Yet In The Title Race – Dogo

first_imgTechnical Adviser of Nasarawa United Kabiru Dogo has said the ‘Solid Miners’ are not yet in the title race despite beating Sunshine Stars 1-0 away from home to move within touching distance of continental spot on the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) standings.Forward Bashir Abdulrahman scored in the first half to hand Nasarawa United their first away win of the season on Sunday at Ijebu-Ode.The Lafia-based outfit are now placed 9th on the log with 41 points from 29 matches, five points behind 3rd-placed Akwa United, who occupy the last continental spot on the league table.Reacting to the win over Sunshine Stars, the former ABS handler praised his team for their effort.“It’s a very big victory for us and I say congratulations for my side,” said Dogo.“It is something we’ve been looking for, for long, but thank God our efforts have paid off today (Sunday). It’s a big day for us.“Anybody that watched the game will know that, definitely, the team has improved well and the team is playing good football. So we thank God for what we achieved today (Sunday).”On the title race, Dogo maintained that it is still open and added that Nasarawa United are on course to push for it.He added that his team won’t be carried away by the away win against Sunshine Stars.“Not yet but we are on course because I know that nobody has been declared winner of the league (NPFL) or relegated. Everybody is still fighting and I know that, definitely, if we (Nasarawa United) continue to fight like this, I know that we are going to achieve more of these points.“This result is something we have to be very careful with because the last time a team (Sunshine Stars) won an away game, they lost at home.“So we are going to learn a lesson from this victory against Sunshine Stars so that we can work on our next home game against a title-chasing team, El kanemi Warriors.“We have a target we have set for ourselves and by God’s grace, we are going to achieve that target,” he stated.Nasrawa United will next face El Kanemi Warriors at home in lafia as the NPFL enters Match Day 30 this midweek.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/DOGO-JULY-17.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedAUDIO: The League Is Still Open – DogoJuly 11, 2017In “Nigeria”NPFL MATCH DAY 34 WRAP: Plateau United inch closer to maiden NPFL title…August 14, 2017In “Nigeria”Sasere Targets Double Figures, Banks On God For Move Abroad (Audio)January 15, 2019In “NFF”last_img read more

Sydney Sam Surplus To Requirement At Schalke

first_imgRelated German forward, Sydney Sam, has indicated that he is no longer needed at Schalke, as the new manager, Domenico Tedesco begins his reigns with Die Königsblauen.The 29-year-old striker told Kicker: ” the coach wants to train with the players he aims to work with for the season. I have accepted the wish of the coach and I am concentrating on finding another club.”Sam was left out of Schalke’s pre-season training camp in Austria, as he was sent out on loan to Darmstadt last season.last_img read more

Nigeria draw bye in 2018 Women’s AFCON qualifiers

first_imgWomen’s AFCON Qualifiers (Full Fixtures)FIRST ROUND (First and Second leg: 26th February 2018 to 6th March 2018)Senegal vs AlgeriaLibya vs EthiopiaMorocco vs Ivory CoastSierra Leone vs MaliBurkina Faso vs GambiaCongo vs Central AfricaKenya vs UgandaLesotho vs SwazilandTanzania vs ZambiaNamibia vs ZimbabweSECOND ROUND (First leg & Second leg: 2nd to 10th April 2018)Senegal/Algeria vs Libya/EthiopiaMorocco/Ivory Coast vs Sierra Leone/MaliBurkina Faso/Gambia vs NigeriaCongo/Central Africa vs CameroonKenya/Uganda vs Equatorial GuineaLesotho/Swaziland vs South AfricaTanzania/Zambia vs Namibia/ZimbabweRelated2020 AWCON: Super Falcons Await Niger/Togo in Expanded QualifiersDecember 7, 2019In “Africa”CAF Reinstates Equatorial Quinea To Play In AWCON 2018November 8, 2018In “AWCON”AWCON : Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia Battle for Semi-Final SpotNovember 24, 2018In “AWCON” The Super Falcons of Nigeria will have just one hurdle to cross as they look to qualify for next year’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations scheduled to take place in Ghana from 17 November to 1 December.Having been drawn bye into the second round of qualifying, the reigning African Champions will wait for the winners of the first round tie between Burkina Faso and Gamibia.The eight-time winners are one of four teams that have no part to play in the first round of qualifying. Others are; Cameroon, South Africa and two-time champions Equatorial Guinea.It is however surprising that Equatorial Guinea are being mentioned after they were banned from the 2018 and 2020 editions for fielding a player using fraudulent documents. They were disqualified from the 2016 edition for the same reason (HERE)In any case, Equatorial Guinea did appeal CAF’s decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sports in March this year (HERE). However, no further news have emerged to that effect.Twenty four teams have entered for the Women’s AFCON qualifiers which commences on the 26th of February, 2018. One more than in the last qualifiers that led to the 2016 edition. But most notably is the fact that Egypt, North Africa’s sole representatives in Cameroon, are missing in action this time.By the end of the qualification series, seven teams will join hosts Ghana in the final tournament.The 11th Women’s Africa Cup of Nations would also serve as qualifiers for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and will see the top three teams heading to France.last_img read more

‘Enviable Domain’…Mansion rebrands Casino.com

first_img Related Articles Share Mansion orders Playtech sports betting upgrade for casino properties June 5, 2020 Mansion Group announces raft of C-Level appointments August 1, 2019 StumbleUpon Share SBTech confident of resuming full client operations following cyberattack March 31, 2020 Submit Gibraltar-based gambling group Mansion Group (Mansion) has this week unveiled the rebrand of its flagship online casino brand, Casino.comCasino.com one of the industry’s oldest online casinos will feature a new website and logo forming part of Mansion’s wider group marketing strategy of re-communicating its subsidiaries and assets.Mansion marketing detailed that Casino.com had been repositioned with a new user-friendly interface built with ‘best practice inspiration from leading ecommerce giants outside of the industry’.Company management further stated that it was pleased by the strength of the rebrand, which would highlight Mansion’s ‘enviable domain’Shelly Suter-Hadad, COO and Managing Director at Mansion, commented on the Casino.com rebrand: “At Mansion, we continue to ensure we are offering players the ultimate and most up-to-date gaming experience through regular product innovation and improvements.”“We are delighted to lift the veil on the brand new Casino.com, a long awaited and much anticipated milestone.  We’re already receiving rave reviews from our customers and we expect a marked increase in new acquisitions in our key markets.”last_img read more

Paddy Power – Boris delivers at conference but still faces the sack

first_img Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles Share StumbleUpon BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme August 11, 2020 Submit UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson pledged his loyalty to Theresa May as Prime Minister and leader of the Tories, during a 30-minute speech at the ‘2017 Conservative Party Conference’ in Manchester.A number of political commentators believe that Johnson may have stolen PM May’s spotlight yet again, as later today she will deliver the conference’s closing speech ‘Building a Country that Works for Everyone’Despite Johnson’s pleas of the Tory party being in complete support of May, UK media still speculates that ‘Boris will mount a leadership challenge’ in the near future.Updating its UK political markets, Paddy Power reacted by cutting the odds of the Prime Minister resigning within a year (Evens).However, Paddy Power makes Johnson far more likely to be removed from his current role as Foreign Secretary (1/2) than he is to become PM in the next year (8/1), though he is the clear favourite to be the Party’s next leader (4/1).Paddy PowerPaddy Power further details that with Brexit Chief Negotiator David Davis hinting at retirement, and Johnson’s evident desire to move on too, it’s 100/1 that every member of May’s cabinet changes within a year.Political Spokesman Paddy Power commented on the market: “Johnson has to Bo-Go after his latest statement of intent, else Theresa May really is a sitting duck.“The embattled PM can’t even survive a Tory conference, where she is supposed to be queen of the castle, without being overshadowed by Boris’s massive ego. But, of course, he totally behind her – ready to stab her in the back.”last_img read more

Executive shake-up sees William Hill appoint Ulrik Bengtsson as Group Digital Chief

first_img Submit StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Related Articles Share Further to publishing its full-year 2017 results, FTSE-listed William Hill Plc has today confirmed the appointment of former Betsson AB Group President & CEO Ulrik Bengtsson to the newly created role of Group Chief Digital Officer.Bengtsson is expected to join the group’s leadership team this April and will report directly to William Hill CEO Philip Bowcock as a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.Last September, Bengtsson ended his six-year tenure as leader of Stockholm-listed European online gambling group Betsson AB.A seasoned industry leader, Bengtsson will gain full group oversight on global data, brand, marketing and customer service for William Hill’s digital operations.The executive appointment sees Crispin Nieboer current William Hill Online MD, take on the newly created role of Group Corporate Development Director, which will primarily focus on William Hill’s international growth initiatives.Appointing Nieboer as group international lead, William Hill governance further details that US market opportunities will be made an immediate priority for the FTSE bookmaker’s long-term growth strategy.The executive restructure will see Ulrik Bengtsson further supported by Grant Williams current Chief Operating Officer for digital operations, who will assume the position of MD of William Hill Online.last_img read more

GambleAware appoints John McCracken as treatment lead

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Share Former Head of Drugs Policy at the Department of Health, John McCracken has been appointed by GambleAware as the Director of Commissioning (Treatment Services) as of 3 April 2018.The role will involve leading, developing and evaluating services within the context of a public health approach, including engagement with the NHS and with primary care and social care. Furthermore, GambleAware has outlined its ambition with the appointment to deliver a commissioned, efficient system to ensuring the maximum number of problem gamblers receive the correct level of intensity of treatment for their problem, and to promote best outcomes and system efficiency.In his previous role, the new Director of Commissioning was responsible for the treatment of dependence on drugs, and for working with other Government Departments to develop the range of services available to meet individuals’ needs for wider support. His earlier roles at the Department of Health included being Head of Child and Adolescent Mental Health. During two periods of secondment to the NHS, John was responsible for commissioning services for people with complex needs. He takes over from Dr Jane Rigbye, who has been appointed GambleAware’s Director of Education, a newly-created role.Marc Etches, Chief Executive, commented: “John is an experienced, tenacious and collaborative senior leader with a proven track-record of delivering successful needs assessment, service planning and outcomes reporting that will enable us to adopt best practice commissioning effective treatment services. I am delighted with his appointment to the GambleAware team.” StumbleUpon YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020last_img read more