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
Donegal ETB’s Chairperson, Cllr Martin Harley has wished all Leaving and Junior Certificate students in Donegal ETB schools and centres the very best of luck in their forthcoming exams.Cllr Harley, who chairs the largest education and training authority in the county, acknowledged the hard work of the students over the last two years.Cllr Harley, said, “On behalf of Donegal ETB, I would like to wish all the Junior and Leaving Certificate students across our fifteen schools and our adult learners in our Letterkenny Further Education and Training (FET) centre, the very best of luck as they prepare to sit their exams in the weeks ahead. They’ve put in a huge effort over the last two years and now is their chance to show the examiners what they are capable of.” ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh echoed the Chairperson’s wordsShe said “We understand that students can be quite anxious as they sit their exams over the next few weeks but it’s important they stay calm and focus on the questions the paper asks.“We acknowledge that all our students and learners have put in a tremendous effort, as well as their parents, families and teachers who have supported them and helped them over the last two years. I wish them all the best of luck.”ETB chairman wishes students good luck in their exams was last modified: June 1st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants are so hot coming off a 40-run outburst during a four-game road winning streak they benched a hitter with a 10-game hitting streak Friday night.Donovan Solano, who stepped in at shortstop while Brandon Crawford recovered from a hamstring strain, hit .375 on the just concluded road trip and his 14-for-39 in his last 10 games — with at least one hit in each.With Crawford back in the lineup, Solano was back in his familiar utility role, backing up at both short and …
8 November 2016Kenya’s matatu buses are 12- and 14-seater urban transport vehicles – a little bigger than the average South African minibus taxi – that have become a permeating part of Kenyan commuter culture since they were first used for urban and long-haul public transport in the late 1960s. Variations of the matatu can be found in Uganda and Nigeria.#KitengelaMatatuAwards MAYBACH & BROOKLYN pic.twitter.com/r8EXTSuRb6— MatwanaMatatuCulture (@matwana_culture) October 31, 2016Matatus are built around a stripped chassis of a conventional one- or two-ton transport truck, with welded frames and steel panels giving them their bus shape.The buses are painted vibrant colours and designs, often featuring hand-painted portraits of prominent Kenyan and global cultural figures, pop stars and politicians, and spray-painted slogans. The buses also play loud, local music to drum up business around bustling terminals in Nairobi and other cities.Matatu culture: Documenting Nairobi’s ‘museums on wheels’ – CNN International https://t.co/MWYudlafDT pic.twitter.com/Mq5BFIb1Gs— Culture World (@CultureWrld) October 28, 2016Drivers often spend up to $20,000 (about R267,000) and a lot of time customising their buses, ensuring they outclass their rivals and appeal to riders. With increasing competition from improved municipal transport systems, metered taxis and a burgeoning Uber presence, and even the smaller, more conventional minibus taxi, the matatu has to fight hard to stand out and attract business.Since the ban on matatu artwork was lifted in 2015, drivers have been pimping their rides with abandon: https://t.co/BFhednK8dG pic.twitter.com/7xDOlCE9pX— CNN Africa (@CNNAfrica) October 30, 2016Government regulation is also threatening to curtail the matatu tradition, out of concern for public safety and in an effort to curtail air and noise pollution. In 2006, a law that banned the buses’ art and music was implemented, to much public outcry. The law lead to a dramatic drop in the number of bus operators in Kenya.That law was eventually lifted in 2015, but drivers and fans of the buses are concerned that a proposed new regulation to ban the larger, 14-seater buses may begin to wipe out the cultural tradition of the matatu, and more importantly, the operators’ livelihood.Nairobi resident Brian Wanyama began the Matwana Matatu Culture website to document the vibrant traditions of the buses and to protect the heritage of what they represented. He told CNN in October 2016 that the buses were Kenya’s “museums on wheels”.Wanyama’s venture has expanded to incorporate social media and an online video channel, all highlighting Kenyan youth culture within the context of the matatu buses. “It’s something that’s in (the youth’s) blood,” he told the news agency. “When you see the matatus and the art, you really understand Nairobi.”One of the more popular matatus seen on the website is The Flash, with its meticulously painted tribute to the comic book hero on the exterior and high-tech lighting, free on-board wi-fi and the latest audio-visual equipment on the inside.Using his various online channels, Wanyama and his team evaluate buses and artworks, interview drivers and artists, as well as keep fans up to date about new music and youth culture in the city.Above all, his mission is to safeguard matatu culture for future generations, saying that “without it we wouldn’t have a way of expressing ourselves”.”The culture needs to have a sense of belonging,” he explains. “If we do nothing about it, it might really come to an end.”Source: AFKInsider SouthAfrica.info reporter Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SouthAfrica.info material
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas leaned on Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee anew to escape CLS Knights, 80-73, Sunday for their 7th straight win in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League at GOR CLS Kertajaya in Indonesia.Balkman, the Puerto Rican reinforcement, scored seven of the Philippine side’s last nine points, punctuating the victory with a thunderous slam in the last minute as Alab improved its standing to 10-4.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The Scores:SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 80 — Balkman 26, Parks 17, Brownlee 16, Domingo 8, Urbiztondo 3, Alabanza 0, Celiz 0, Hontiveros 0, Javelona 0, Raymundo 0, Sumalinog 0.CLS KNIGHTS 73 — Williams 24, Edwards 17, Wuysang 13, Jensen 12, Lish 5, Enguio 2, Hidayat 0, Kurniawan 0, Nugroho 0.Quarters: 25-19, 47-43, 59-60, 80-73.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:48Balkman puts negativity behind ahead of 2nd PBA stint with San Miguel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forum Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Jaja, Lady Bulldogs go back to coach Castillo’s mantra in win over UE Balkman exploded for 36 points on top of 10 rebounds and three blocks while Brownlee had a near triple-double effort with 16 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists to keep Alab in third place.Bobby Ray Parks Jr. provided local support with 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists in a game where the Filipinos’ starters did much of the heavy lifting.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrian Williams carried CLS with 24 points, 17 rebounds, and three assists, but his efforts weren’t enough to halt the Knights from falling to 3-10.Shane Edwards added 17 markers and five boards, while Mario Wuysang had 13 points, six assists, and three rebounds in the defeat. View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.