Jamaican basketball player Kimani Ffriend was once again found guilty of vehicular manslaughter in a Serbian Court yesterday. Ffriend, now 36, was being retried on the charge of being responsible for the death of Nevena Dragutinovic, a 30-year-old account executive, on November 3, 2012. He was first found guilty of the charge in September 2014 for the woman’s death and sentenced to serve three years in prison. However, an appeals court ordered a retrial, citing several mistakes made by the presiding judge. Ffriend, who has five months left on his sentence, will once again appeal the verdict, and this time, the appellate court’s decision will be the final verdict in the case. He will remain free until the appellate court makes its decision. FINAL APPEAL A date for the final appeal will be determined once the judge submits a written verdict explaining her latest decision, including why she chose to ignore the court-appointed expert’s testimony that, having reconstructed the scene of the incident, that the Jamaican’s explanation was plausible and that it was possible that he was not guilty. The judge had based her initial guilty verdict on the expert witness’ testimony, but this time chose to ignore it. “It’s just sad, man. It feels like somebody just took the air out of me,” said Ffriend in reaction to the verdict. However, he remains hopeful, as his lawyers have said that they now have a stronger case to take to the appeals court. During the first appeal, the court ruled that there were six mistakes that needed to be addressed during the retrial, and even suggested that the scene of the incident be reconstructed. During the retrial, the scene of the incident was reconstructed, during which Ffriend testified about what occurred on that fateful night three years ago. The court-appointed expert testified on his new findings, which corroborated with the Jamaican’s testimony, but the judge chose to ignore the new information he provided to the court. She claimed that she would not accept the verdict of the expert, as he had changed portions of his testimony from the first trial and that she was not obligated to accept his findings. In her opinion, Ffriend was guilty. – Leighton Levy
Kolkata, Nov 13 (PTI) A wholly owned subsidiary of Lux Industries acquired the manufacturing and marketing rights of premium innerwear category of Indian Cricket Team Captain Virat Kohlis brand One8.”We have just acquired the rights for brand One8 socks, innerwear and sleepwear but products will be introduced around March next year. In February, we will able to give some projections but we are very optimistic about it,” Lux Industries, senior vice president Saket Todi told PTI.Artimas fashion, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lux Industries is collaborating with Cornerstone Sport, the license owner of One8, to establish the brand as the most successful trendy innerwear brand for youth in the premium category.Asked whether exclusive stores could come up for One8, Todi said, “Initially, the products would be sold in multi-brand stores but in near future the possibility of exclusive stores is also not ruled out. But, nothing is firm in this regard.” “With One8 we intend to make a substantial inroad in men?s premium innerwear segment and I am glad to partner with Lux Industries as they have the right expertise to augment growth. One8 as a brand and now feel confident about establishing the brand and reaching out to the right audience in India and abroad,” Kohli commented, said a press release.Lux Industries was scouting for opportunities in production and marketing licensing for global brands for inorganic growth. The company is OEM vendor for UKs Byford and Polo of South Africa.Lux has established integrated manufacturing modern plant at a capex of Rs 105 crore which allows the company to harness its manufacturing strength.advertisementSpeaking about Kohlis brand, Todi said “Lux Industries coupled with the youth appeal of Virat Kohli will make One8 the most preferred brand in the premium category for the youth of India in a couple of years.”Lux will manufacture and market a unique collection of one8 branded socks, innerwear and sleepwear. PTI BSM RG
WINNIPEG – The Canadian Centre for Child Protection is warning parents of the dangers of an app popular with teens called Sarahah.The app allows users to send anonymous “constructive criticism” to friends and co-workers, but critics say it has turned into a platform for cyberbullying and harassment.The Winnipeg-based centre is encouraging parents to talk to their teens about the harm it can cause and limiting their use of the app.They also suggest teens who use the app to remove themselves from the search function and only share their usernames with people they know.