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Emotions flare as ex-soldier jailed 15 years for killing friend

first_imgEx-Guyana Defence Force (GDF) officer, Alistair Woolford, was on Monday sentenced to 15 years in prison at the High Court for the shooting to death of his friend Devon Howell, who met his demise at the former soldier’s D’Anrade Street, Kitty, Georgetown residence. The sentence was handed down by Justice Sandhil Kissoon nearly one month after Woolford was found guilty by a 10-2 jury proportion. However, it was high drama as family members exchanged words after an emotional Woolford was escorted by Police ranks on Monday.Jailed: Alistair WoolfordPolice stationed at the court were called in to settle tensions as the two sides traded barbs; both outside the courtroom and on the court’s South Road entrance. During the trial, the 24-year old discharged soldier never denied that he killed Howell but instead claimed that he was only “joking around” on the day in question – November 12, 2014. It was believed to be a game of Russian roulette based on reports that Woolford, Howell and others were taking turns feeling the GDF service weapon that former soldier, Jonathon Williams obtained from Army headquarters at Camp Ayanganna.Deceased: Devon HowellJustice Sandil Kissoon, who handed down the sentence for the manslaughter charge, called the offender’s actions reprehensible, reckless and unbecoming of a trained GDF officer. The Judge opined that Woolford, by way of his conduct, failed his mother, society and himself. Howell died on December 8, 2014, just weeks after being shot. The Judge considered that Woolford is a father to one and is expecting another child. He was out on bail prior to being found guilty.The Judge started at a base of 25 years but subtracted six years for a favourable probation report and four years for his young age and other mitigating factors.“The death is indeed tragic and unfortunate. You were irresponsible and negligent,” Justice Kissoon observed.The probation report disclosed that Woolford’s father has been incarcerated for the last nine years. It also unearthed that even though the offender left school in Third Form, his fellow ranks described him as having to potential to go very far in the Army.Tensions flared when the two families exited the courtroomWoolford shed a few tears as he was being led away but his friend’s mother, Allison Howell told Guyana Times that she is extremely upset that Woolford or his relatives never apologised for her son’s demise. She made similar remarks when she took the stand at Monday’s sentencing. The still grieving woman told the court that she can never forgive Woolford for his actions.However, the jailed officer’s mother, Feona Edwards later on responded that she will continue to support her son as she maintained that the two males were good friends. In an unsworn statement to the court last month, her son said he was only joking around when he squeezed the trigger and the gun went off.Williams had however claimed that he was in the washroom at the time the weapon was fired. The prosecution’s case was that Woolford discharged the loaded firearm with intent to murder Howell. State Counsels Abigail Gibbs and Mandell Moore prosecuted the case. (Shemuel Fanfair)last_img read more

January 12, 2020 0

Portugal ‘stronger than Morocco’, says Andre Silva

first_img0Shares0000Andre Silva has been tipped as Portugal’s long-term replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo © AFP/File / Francisco LEONGKRATOVO, Russian Federation, Jun 18 – Portugal striker Andre Silva believes the European champions are well equipped to beat Morocco ahead of their upcoming World Cup group stage clash in Moscow.“I think we are stronger than Morocco if we compare the two teams, but I’m not saying the game will be easy for us,” Silva told reporters at Portugal’s team base on Monday. “We cannot underestimate them and must have respect for any opponent. Any game at the World Cup is difficult.”Silva came on as a late substitute in Portugal’s 3-3 draw against Spain in their opening game in Group B, while a late own goal condemned Morocco to a heartbreaking 1-0 defeat by Iran.“They lost their first game but it happens and now they will focus on winning and will try their best,” the AC Milan forward said.“They’re used to playing against European teams and will do their all to get this victory.”He added: “There are no favourites. Morocco have excellent players and the result of their game against Iran could have been different.”Cristiano Ronaldo has tipped the 22-year-old Silva, who moved to Milan from Porto last year, as his long-term successor in the Portugal team.“As I’ve said it’s a big honour to play with him, he’s the best footballer in the world,” said Silva, who has scored an impressive 12 goals in 24 international appearances.“I’m very happy to be on the same team with him.“When he needs me to do something I’m always where he needs me to be. And when I need him he’s always by my side. We always try to work together and in combination.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

January 10, 2020 0

How ebay gave us a new life in Donegal

first_imgA young family who moved to Arranmore Island on a whim are looking forward to their first summer on the island with many exciting plans.Sam McGowan, 30, and her partner Jamie Walker, 33, never expected to escape the city to move to rural Donegal, but since leaving their home outside London they have discovered a completely new pace of life.Sam and Jamie found their home in the most unlikely places – the online buy and sell site ebay. They were searching for land to ride motorbikes on when they stumbled across the house. It was the beautiful seaside location they fell in love with, and within months they had brought their children to Logan, aged 5, and Mia, aged 8 to the island. Sam, Mia and JamieIsland life has been idyllic for the family, but there is one missing element of the family picture, Sam tells Donegal Daily.“Our kids are blooming here, but we had to leave my step son in England. That has been the hardest thing for us since the move.”Jamie’s son, also named Jamie, is 12 years old and lives with his mother. The family are most looking forward to welcoming him to visit their new home during the summer holidays. It was for young Jamie that the couple were originally looking for the piece of land so he could ride his beloved motorbikes. JamieThe site just happened to have a two-story detached home with five bedrooms. The family came over to visit the property and simply didn’t want to leave. The house, Sam says, needed a lot of work and came with two unexpected add-ons. They have adopted two pups from the previous owner – Thor and Loki.“It was a state. One man lived here by himself with his dogs and never owned a hoover. It was disgusting. I’ve got OCD as well but I just had to look past the house and look out the window. It was all about the views.“We now have the house as we like it but we still have plenty of painting and decorating to do,” Sam said.Ever since leaving busy Kent the family have discovered a “completely different world, a fantastic world” in Arranmore where the children are happily flourishing. “Little Logan is speaking in Gaelic already – he’s even teaching us words! We have to learn some because we don’t want them speaking behind our backs,” Sam said.“The community is unreal, we’ve been so warmly welcomed. The difference between here and Kent is I didn’t know who was living three doors down. You couldn’t do to the supermarket without keeping a track of the kids. Now the kids are having tea at their friends’ houses and other kids are coming round to ours.“I’m Catholic as well and the church has really opened their arms to our family. Father Liam has been so kind to us. Their daughter Mia was out of school with a broken leg in England and missed her first Holy Communion. The parish was only too happy to help her receive the sacrament. “As soon as I came over here I mentioned it once to the school and she had made it in two weeks. That was a big turning point for us – there are too many kids in the schools in England.“Our kids love it here now. They won’t ever get on the boat to Burtonport in case we go anywhere else!”Sam cared for a disabled man in England, who was another difficult goodbye for her before the move. Her partner Jamie ran a slot machine business but now they are spending quality time with their kids as they complete the home renovations.“We moved for the family. We both worked really hard and never really had time for them back in Kent,” Sam said.Sam has now found herself on a personal journey and is slowly discovering other pieces of her own family picture.Sam’s great grandmother’s grave in DerryRight to the groom: Sam’s great grandparents, who were born in Derry“I don’t know why, but I’ve been drawn here for some reason,” she told Ryan Tubridy last week during his Wild Atlantic Way tour.“When I turned up here we went to the graveyard and the first grave we saw was a McGowan grave. We found more than 30 other McGowan graves.”Sam knew no other McGowans in England and is now discovering many links on the Irish mainland. When her grandfather passed away this year a family tree was found in the back of his bible, listing names such as Gallagher, McClean and McBride.Sam, Jamie, Mia and Sam’s great auntAnother of Sam’s summer plans is a mission to find her great grandmother’s grave in Derry. Sam’s 73-year-old great aunt (her grandfather’s sister) is travelling over for the search, and she said that if her aunt finds even one relative here she’d be happy. “I could have gone to anywhere in Ireland but we came here somehow. Jamie and I are a bit cranky, we want something and we just go for it. You only live once don’t you?”How ebay gave us a new life in Donegal was last modified: June 6th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)Tags:Arranmore IslandFeaturesinterviewpropertylast_img read more

December 28, 2019 0


first_imgMichael Murphy pictured his teamates at the Sandwich Company in Letterkenny on Wednesday after they popped in for a healthy breakfast! Back L-R: Collette Harold, Pat Shovlin, Michael Murphy, Peter Witherow, Siobhan Carr (Shop Manager) Front L-R: Rory Kavannagh, Karl Lacey, Michael Boyle, Colm McFadden.DONEGAL captain Michael Murphy has admitted there was huge cheering in his house when Mayo beat Dublin – because his dad is a Mayo native.But he thinks his dad will be backing him and Donegal in the All-Ireland final – although he’ll be a winner either way.“It was good fun, alright,” he told the Press Night in Ballybofey. “And I suppose with the father being from Mayo, and many of the relations being from down there too, there was loud shouting for Mayo on the day. But once the final whistle went I had to rush over and turn the green and gold towards the father.”Michael’s dad Mick, a retired Garda, is a Glenswilly stalwart.“There’s myself playing and having coached some of the other players on the team here at the moment, I suppose whatever way it goes he’ll come out a winner,” said the Donegal captain.“I don’t like to speak on his behalf, but I’d say he’ll be supporting Donegal. I hope he will!” The student says he wants fans to enjoy the build-up and the game; and the players are trying to mix their focus with enjoying the excitement as well.“It’s really trying to find a happy medium,” he said.“We’re trying not to get too caught up in all the hype, and at the same time I don’t think it’s right to cocoon yourself totally away from it – I wouldn’t think that would be healthy either.“So it’s just really trying to find a happy medium where you can go down the street and chat to people about it, and at the same time really focus on the job at hand.“I suppose it’s a difficult thing to try and strike all the time, but I think it’s important that we try and find it most of the time and find your own wee corner and own wee space to keep focused on the job at hand, as they say.” He also dismissed suggestions that Donegal are anywhere near the complete team, insisting Donegal will have to play better than they did against Cork to beat Mayo“I suppose like in the Kerry game in the quarter-final, too, the concession of late goal really had the backs to the walls for us and it’s something we’re not happy with,” he said.“That’s something that we’re really going to have to look at on the training ground in the lead-in to the game because we know that the performance we put in against Cork wouldn’t be good enough to overcome this Mayo side.”COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – CAPTAIN MURPHY HOPING MAYO DAD WILL BE BEHIND DONEGAL! was last modified: September 20th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)Tags:ALL-IRELAND FINALDonegal GAAMichael Murphylast_img read more

December 27, 2019 0

Win ties Johnson for Chase lead

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Johnson started 41st because his engine failed before qualifying. Then his alternator went mid-race. He cut a right rear tire. And then he had overtime. In the end, he proved that no one can beat him on the track his Lowe’s-sponsored team considers its own private playground. Johnson has won five of the past six events at the suburban Charlotte facility. “I can’t believe that we always end up somehow toward the front at the end of a race … this one in the closing laps after a long night of adversity,” Johnson said. “We changed batteries, the alternator had some troubles, flat tire, all kinds of crazy things.” He took the lead with nine laps to go and was pulling away until Rusty Wallace brought out the 15th caution of the race with one of the many, many tire problems. It forced the field to be bunched up for one final restart and Johnson held off Chase contenders Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle to lock up the victory. It moved Johnson up three spots in the standings and into a tie with Stewart – who finished 25th after crashing while leading earlier in the race – with five events remaining in the race for the Nextel Cup title. Biffle is third in the standings, 11 points out. CONCORD, N.C. – The alternator failed, the battery had to be switched mid-race and the entire electrical system was on the fritz. Add all that to a constant fear of having a tire explode at any second and even the most veteran driver would be rattled. Not Jimmie Johnson, and not at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Johnson’s win was the one bright spot in a race that was marred by tire problems for 16 drivers including five Chase competitors because Goodyear’s rubber could not stand up to the increased speeds on the smoothed track surface. It forced NASCAR to issue a mid-race mandate on the minimum air pressure used on right front tires, and led inspectors to police pit road with a threat of docking points to teams who disobeyed. Stewart, Kyle Busch, Elliott Sadler and Kasey Kahne all blew tires while leading, and many driver said the tire concerns left them too scared to push their cars to the limit so they instead chose to race at about 85 percent effort to prevent a possible tire failure. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Johnson overcame every problem thrown his way – including the tire troubles that turned Saturday night’s event into a laughingstock – to win his fourth consecutive race at Lowe’s and move into a tie with Tony Stewart in the Chase for the Championship. “I don’t have a clue what took place tonight,” Johnson said. “We had problem after problem. If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.” last_img read more

December 25, 2019 0

Switching drugs may help cancer patients survive

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The findings were reported Friday at a breast cancer conference in Texas. Tamoxifen has been a mainstay of breast cancer treatment for decades. Taking it for five years after cancer surgery cuts the risk of recurrence in half and improves survival. The drug blunts the effects of estrogen, a hormone that fuels the growth of most tumors that occur in women after menopause. Aromatase inhibitors keep estrogen from being made in the first place and do not raise the risk of blood clots and endometrial cancer as tamoxifen does. Three brands are available: AstraZeneca PLC’s Arimidex, Pfizer Inc.’s Aromasin and Novartis Pharmaceuticals’ Femara. Doctors already know that these drugs can cut the risk of recurrence, as tamoxifen does, but keeping women alive is the ultimate test any cancer treatment must pass. Researchers led by Dr. Walter Jonat of the University of Kiel in Germany combined information from three large European studies on Arimidex and found that women who were switched to it after several years of tamoxifen were 29 percent more likely to be alive 2 years later. SAN ANTONIO – Women have better odds of surviving early breast cancer if they are switched to a newer drug after two years or three years of tamoxifen, doctors are reporting. It is the first evidence that drugs called aromatase inhibitors can save lives, not just prevent cancer from coming back. Other new research suggests that the longer women take these drugs, the more they might benefit. “This is a first attempt to get a grip on duration” of treatment, said the leader of one of the studies, Dr. James Ingle of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “Longer is better.” About 4.5 percent of women who continued on tamoxifen died, compared with only 3.3 percent of those who switched to Arimidex. More than 3,800 women were included in the analysis, which was paid for by AstraZeneca, as were the individual studies. “This is the first time survival advantage has been shown,” said Jonat, who has no financial ties to the drug maker. Women who switched drugs also had a 41 percent lower risk of having cancer again. 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

December 25, 2019 0

KCCA FC’s CAF Champions League opponents already in Town

first_imgThe Township Rollers delegation arriving at Entebbe Airport on Thursday (Photo by Agency)CAF Champions League 2018KCCA FC vs Township RollersMandela National Stadium NambooleSaturday, 18-08-2018Botswana side, Township Rollers who will face off with KCCA FC in the CAF Champions League on Saturday are already in the country.The team arrived yesterday evening and will conduct their last training session at 04:00pm in Namboole on Friday.They however arrived without head coach Nikola Kavazovic who had to travel back to Europe to tend to a pressing family issue as confirmed by the club.“Our head coach Nikola Kavazovic has to attend a family matter and hence shall traveled back home to Serbia. He is scheduled to return back to Gaborone on the 27th August before the CAF Champions League game against Esperance Sportve De Tunis, a club statement read.In Kavazovic’s absence, goalkeeper coach Thabo Motang as well as the assistant coaches Leutlwetse Tshireletso, shall be at the helm of the team.The reigning Botswana Premier League champions have a former KCCA FC player in their ranks-Ivan Ntege who is delighted to be back home.“Uganda is my home and it feels a bit strange that am here to play for another team that is not Ugandan, said Ntege in a phone interview.“I love KCCA but i am a professional and i will give my all for my club side.KCCA and Township Rollers both have three points with the former rooted at the foot of the table by virtual of head to head.The Kasasiro Boys lost 1-0 to Township Rollers in the first encounter played in Gaborone.Tunisian side Esperance lead the group on 10 points and have already qualified to the quarter final stage, whilst Egypt’s Al Ahly have 7 points from four matches.The other group A games sees Esperance hosts Al Ahly at Stade Olympique De Rades in Tunis city on Friday night.The 18 Township Rollers’ players in Kampala:Wagarre Dikago, Ivan Ntege, Simisani Mathumo, Ditlhokwe, Monyake, Mosha Gaolaolwe, Maano Ditshupo, Edwin Moalosi, Motsholetsi Sikele, Boy Segolame, Joel Mogorosi, Mongba, Galabgwe Moyana, Boyo Lechaena, Gape Mohutsiwa, Tshepo Motlhabankwe, Jackson Lesole, Keegile KgosipulaOfficials:Goalkeeper coach: Thabo MotangAssistant coaches: Leutlwetse Tshireletso and Marko VasiljeviComments Tags: CAF Champions Leagueivan ntegeKCCA FCtownship rollerslast_img read more

December 22, 2019 0

Donegal’s World Wide Voices Group bring employment project to Galway

first_imgYoung people from the World Wide Voices Group at Donegal Youth Service recently went on a one night residential to Galway City.  The intercultural group have been working on an employment project since October. The project aims to bridge the gap between the young people and local employers.  It gives the young people an opportunity to meet people who currently work in the careers they are interested in. This gives them a unique insight into the reality of their chosen profession, and advice on how to achieve their career goals.  The group are also working on improving their job seeking skills, and looking for summer jobs locally.World Wide Voices Group Residential in GalwayWorld Wide Voices Group Residential in GalwayThe purpose of the residential was to decide which local employers they would like to invite to their workshops, to work on their interview skills, and as a team-building exercise as the current group has only been meeting since September. The group also got to experience the festive Galway Christmas Market on Eyre Square before returning to Donegal the following day.Preliminary evaluations have indicated strong learning around interview skills, and a high level of satisfaction with the project so far.  Two local employers have spoken to the group so far, with several more planned over the coming weeks.World Wide Voices Group Residential in GalwayWorld Wide Voices Group Residential Practice InterviewThe World Wide Voices group has been around for over 10 years.  Projects are decided by the participants, and previous years they have worked on the European wide No Hate Speech Movement, Show Racism the Red Card, other anti-prejudice campaigns, and immigration issues to name just a few.This project has been made possible thanks to funding from the Department of Justice and Equality Communities Integration Fund.  The World Wide Voices project meet weekly on Wednesday evenings in The Loft. For more information or to get involved contact The Loft @ Donegal Youth Service, 16-18 Port Road, (074) 91 29630, or find them on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.Donegal’s World Wide Voices Group bring employment project to Galway was last modified: December 11th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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) Tags:Donegal Youth Serviceworld wide voiceslast_img read more

December 22, 2019 0

Ticket turmoil as Donegal child left without bus seat before new term

first_imgA Donegal County Councillor has slammed Bus Eireann after a Donegal school was forced to tell parents that the bus operator had no capacity to take their child. It leaves the student’s family having to make alternative travel arrangements at the eleventh hour after their child was refused a concessionary ticket on the school bus this term.The student, who lives in Castlefinn, attends Deele College in Raphoe. Cllr Gary Doherty said the situation was ‘absolutely disgraceful’ and it was ‘no way to treat any child or parent ahead of the return to school’.He told Donegal Daily: “It leaves the parents in limbo now because some students have already started returning to school this weeks and it gives them a logistical nightmare.“It is not fair on any student to be treated in this way because the family were to be told that Bus Eireann didn’t have the capacity to take the child from Castlefinn to the school in Raphoe.“It is totally out of order and absolutely disgraceful,” he added. “I will be making contact with the School Transport Office today (Tues) and I will also be contacting the Minister for Education (Joe McHugh), who has overall responsibility for school transport and I will be outlining to him my utter disgust at this situation. “That mother had to contact me on Monday evening and no family, a family who are only trying to send their child to school, should ever be treated in this manner.“We must get to the bottom of this so it does not happen again.”Ticket turmoil as Donegal child left without bus seat before new term was last modified: August 26th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

December 21, 2019 0

Spurs ‘to throw everything’ at Mourinho

first_imgTottenham will ‘throw everything’ at Jose Mourinho in a bid to entice him to White Hart Lane if Harry Redknapp leaves, the Daily Mirror say.The former Chelsea boss is tipped to quit Real Madrid this summer and has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge.Paladini was at QPR for six years.Blues fans are desperate for him to take over, but the Mirror suggest Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is determined to appoint Mourinho at all costs if Redknapp becomes England manager.Meanwhile, controversial former QPR chairman Gianni Paladini has angrily insisted he was misrepresented in the popular behind-the-scenes film The Four Year Plan.In an interview with The Sun, he says the film made him look like “a madman” and that a number of scenes – including Flavio Briatore kicking him – were left out.It is claimed Paladini spent millions of his own money in order to save Rangers from bankruptcy and persuaded Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone to buy the club.Paladini said: “I have worked in football for many years and I am one of the longest-serving chairmen at QPR. It would not be possible to have achieved that had I behaved like that.“If it wasn’t for me there would have been no Flavio, Bernie, the Mittal family, Tony Fernandes or the Premier League.“I helped make all of that possible but the film did not recognise that. It made me look like an inbetweener — the man who Flavio sent to sack the managers.”Finally, The Sun say Chelsea are close to signing highly-rated midfielder Nick Powell, 17, from Crewe in a deal that could be worth up to £5m.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

December 21, 2019 0