St Vincent pastor, wife and daughter to serve 4 years after scalding man in ‘spiritual warfare’

first_img Tweet Share FaithLifestyleNewsRegional St Vincent pastor, wife and daughter to serve 4 years after scalding man in ‘spiritual warfare’ by: – April 30, 2018 Share 270 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Cuthbert “Mafia” Victory following the attack in 2016. (Photo: CMC)KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – A magistrate Monday sentenced a pastor, his wife and daughter to four years in prison after they were found guilty of pouring hot liquid on a man following what they described as a “spiritual warfare” two years ago.Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett imposed the sentence on Nigel Morgan, his wife Althia, and their 23-year-old daughter, Crystal, following the assault on Cuthbert “Mafia” Victory, which left him with burns to his back, shoulders, chest and face.Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche had argued that the trio had planned the assault on Victory on April 9, 2016.A video of the incident, which was widely circulated on social media, showed the older Morgans holding Victory while their daughter pours on him what was later revealed to be a hot liquid. The video was not tendered in evidence, reportedly because police did not secure a deposition from the person who did the recording.In her defence, Crystal Morgan told the court that she was feeling ill and was about to make a cup of tea when she heard noises that suggested that her parents were under attack.“I felt as if my soul left my body,” she told the Kingstown Magistrate Court even as she acknowledged that she could not recall how she left the kitchen on the upper floor of their two-storey house, to the street, where she poured the hot water on the man.She told the court that even up to the point of giving evidence she did not know who it was that she had hurt.In their defence, the older Morgans presented themselves as having been under attack by Victory, a 39-year-old construction worker, who had gone to visit a friend who was the Morgans’ neighbour.However, they admitted in court that they had attempted to use olive oil on the man while, praying for him even though he had not requested any spiritual help.But the state’s main witness, Clint Antoine, who was the Morgans’ neighbour at the time of the incident, told the court that the pastor and his wife, had been engaged in an exchange of words with Victory.He said during the fracas. Morgan placed his hand on the bottle then placed it above Victory’s forehead. The witness said Victory swung his hand and Mrs. Morgan held on to him and they began fighting.Antoine told the court that the trio continued fighting before Victory was subdued by the Morgans and the daughter then poured the contents of a black and silver kettle on him.On their last court appearance on April 13, the Morgans hired their own camera crew to photograph and videotape reporters covering the court case.last_img read more

10 months ago​Tottenham boss Pochettino: Everyone wants to beat us

first_img​Tottenham boss Pochettino: Everyone wants to beat usby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino believes his team is the one everyone wants to beat!Spurs are the outside bet for the title, sitting six points behind leaders Liverpool in third place.But Pochettino is proud of his team’s showing this season and insists they are often seen as the biggest scalp in the league.”We’re the team to beat,” Pochettino told Standard Sport ahead of tonight’s FA Cup third-round tie at Tranmere. “It’s not arrogant, it’s realistic. “[People say], ‘How are Tottenham there?’ — a club like Chelsea can spend big money on a transfer [Christian Pulisic] and then send him on loan. “Do you think Tottenham can do this? No. But in the last few years, Tottenham are fighting with this type of club. “That’s why no-one likes Tottenham much, that’s why everyone wants to challenge us. “It’s a massive game for us every time. Wolves beat us and they behaved like they won the Premier League. Then on Wednesday they lost to Crystal Palace. It’s because Tottenham have created something special — and now we are a target. “When we fought with Leicester, everyone wanted to kill us! For many people we’re not very successful because we haven’t won a trophy [but] people respect the way we’re doing it.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoPortimonense president Sampaio waiting on offers for Man Utd, Southampton target Nakajima

first_imgPortimonense president Sampaio waiting on offers for Man Utd, Southampton target Nakajimaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePortimonense president Rodiney Sampaio insists they’re still waiting on offers for Shoya Nakajima.The Japan international has been watched by Manchester United and Southampton, while he also attracted an enquiry from Leicester City.However, speaking with O Jogo, Sampaio says “no concrete offers” have arrived for the midfielder.Nakajima has returned to Portugal after being injured while with Japan at the Asian Cup.Sampaio added: “It is annoying for the player and the club, but Nakajima is calm and now there is little to do but to recover.”Very quickly, he will be back on the pitch and in our team.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Gov’t Focused on Building Resilience of Agriculture Sector

first_img Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is focused on protecting the agriculture sector against the devastating effects of natural disasters. “Agriculture is so important to our national economic strategy. The fastest way to grow our economy is to grow the agriculture sector,” the Prime Minister noted. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the Government is focused on protecting the agriculture sector against the devastating effects of natural disasters.He noted that agriculture is a key growth industry, and damage to the sector due to heavy rains and flooding resulted in slow gross domestic product (GDP) growth for 2017/2018.“Agriculture is so important to our national economic strategy. The fastest way to grow our economy is to grow the agriculture sector,” the Prime Minister noted.He informed that he has instructed the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda “to do the necessary work and develop the necessary policies around (building the resilience)” of the sector.The Prime Minister was responding to a question raised on the development of agriculture during a social media town hall meeting held at Jamaica House on March 21.Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of the Economic Growth Council (EGC), Dr. Nigel Clarke, underscored the importance of agriculture to the economic growth of the country.He explained that out of a suggestion that came from the EGC, the Government is looking to “incentivise or to actually undertake the installation or production of storage facilities that can be used cooperatively by farmers to store excess produce”.Some products, he pointed out, because of their nature, will need to be placed in cold storage.He added that such provision would “even out the fluctuations in supply allowing for more stable (market) prices and reducing the risk premiums, which will make it more attractive to farmers”.Dr. Clarke noted that there is also significant scope to increase the pre-clearance facility space for produce destined for the United States.“That pre-clearance facility is not used very much, and one of the reasons for that is that the way in which production is organised in silos, coordination doesn’t exist. From an EGC perspective, we’ll be recommending to the Government to ensure that there is greater coordination and make use of the infrastructure that we have here,” he said. Story Highlights He informed that he has instructed the Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Karl Samuda “to do the necessary work and develop the necessary policies around (building the resilience)” of the sector. last_img read more

Technology adopted by Oriental Bank prevents ATM theft

first_imgGurugram: At a time when Gurugram is being faced with an increased number of ATM thefts, superior technology adopted by Oriental Bank of Commerce prevented a major theft in one of its ATMs.On Friday between 1:40 am & 2:45 am, a robbery attempt was made by some miscreants at an ATM at Garhi Bolni Road near Huda Chowk Rewari. The robbers broke open the ATM shutter and tried to open ATM. Due to sophisticated surveillance technology adopted by the Bank, the incident was monitored and immediately reported to the police. The police authorities reacted instantly resulting in arrests of culprits at the site. Thus due to technology by Bank, close cooperation and active participation of Police authorities, a grave crime was averted.last_img

CEAA starts assessments of Innergexs proposed runofriver projects in Alberta

first_imgCALGARY – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency says it will look at the potential impacts of two renewable power projects that Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. (TSX:INE) has proposed to build on the Athabasca River.The Longueuil, Que.-based company wants to build two 135-megawatt hydroelectric projects called Sundog and Pelican roughly 130 and 180 kilometres upstream of Fort McMurray, Alta.The run-of-river projects, which involve diverting some of the flow of the river through a tunnel and turbine, require spillways to increase the water level in the river as well as powerhouses, embankments, boat launches and other infrastructure, but do not involve a full dam or reservoir.The projects southwest of the oilsands heartland would also require new 240 kilovolt transmission lines and access roads.The federal agency has invited the public and Indigenous groups to comment by Feb. 9 on what should be examined during the assessment, which it will take into consideration when finalizing the guidelines for assessments of both projects.Innergex runs renewable energy operations in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia as well as in France and the U.S., and announced last October that it would be taking over Alterra Power Corp. in a $1.1-billion cash and share deal.last_img read more

SpaceX launches Air Forces best GPS yet ends banner year

first_imgCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX has launched the U.S. Air Force’s most powerful GPS satellite ever built.A Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Sunday, hoisting the satellite toward orbit.The satellite was supposed to soar Tuesday but rocket concerns and then weather delayed the flight.Heather Wilson, secretary of the Air Force, says this next-generation GPS satellite is three times more accurate than previous versions and eight times better at anti-jamming. It’s the first in a series and nicknamed Vespucci after the 15th-century Italian explorer who calculated Earth’s circumference to within 50 miles (80 kilometres).It was SpaceX’s 21st and final launch of the year, a company record.The Associated Presslast_img

Snow in the Balkans disrupts traffic closes down schools

first_imgBELGRADE, Serbia — Heavy snowfall this week in the Balkans has closed down schools, left remote villages cut off and disrupted traffic and power supplies in many areas in the region.Serbia’s state TV said Friday that four municipalities in the southwest of the country have introduced emergency measures, warning of snow piling up on the roads and sealing off mountain villages. Most schools there have closed down and emergency crews have distributed supplies to some residents.In Montenegro, three towns on the Adriatic coast remain without electricity after a snowstorm on Thursday hit a key power distribution line. Meteorologists say the first 10 days of January have been the coldest in the country in years.In the central Bosnian municipality of Kladanj, the snow has disrupted power supplies and cut phone lines.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Obesity speeds up puberty onset in boys

first_imgBoys with obesity, or excess belly fat, enter puberty at an earlier age than average, scientists have found. Researchers from the University of Chile conducted the study on 527 Chilean boys ages four to seven years. They found that both total body obesity and central obesity, or excess belly fat, were associated with greater odds of starting puberty before age nine. “With the increase in childhood obesity worldwide, there has been an advance in the age at which puberty begins in girls,” said Maria Veronica Mericq, the lead investigator of the study. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”However, in boys the evidence has been controversial,” said Mericq. Some studies have found that obesity delayed puberty, whereas another study showed that only overweight but not obesity induced earlier puberty in boys. Early puberty — called precocious puberty — is linked to possible problems including stunted growth and emotional-social problems, researchers said. The team found that the prevalence of total obesity increased with age, from 22 per cent of boys ages 6 to 7 years to 28.6 per cent at 11.4 years, the average age at onset of puberty for this group. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardCentral obesity also increased in that timeframe, from 11.8 per cent to 17.4 per cent. Precocious puberty reportedly occurred in 45 boys, or nine per cent. Total obesity and central obesity from ages four to seven raised the odds of early puberty compared with having a healthy weight. For instance, among boys age five or six, those with obesity had nearly 2.7 times the odds of starting puberty early, and those with central obesity had almost 6.4 higher odds of puberty before age nine, Mericq said. She explained that central obesity more closely relates to fat mass, because a higher BMI may reflect increased muscle, especially in athletes. “Early puberty might increase the risk of behaviour problems and in boys could be related to a higher incidence of testicular cancer in adulthood,” Mericq said.last_img read more

IGNCA welcomes Indian New Year with musical evening

first_imgIndira Gandhi National Center for the Arts welcomed ‘Nav Samvatsar 2076’ with power packed performance by Pandit Gajadhar Pathak, Hindustani classical singing by Vidushi Rita Dev, violin playing by Viduasi Apuapriya Devtale and Haryanavi Ragini singing by famous folklorist Palaram.The program started with Saraswati Veena Vadan and Shankha Nada by Pandit Gajadhar Pathak, who along with his team from Mathura enthralled the audience. After this, Dr Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA lighted the lamp and gave best wishes for the Indian New Year ‘Nav Samvatasar 2076’. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHe said that ‘Indian New Year’ is a day to celebrate as it is believed that four Vedas were composed on the same day. He further explained that it is important to for us to introduce younger generation to our culture and beliefs, and make them aware of Indian heritage and traditions. “As a part of this effort, IGNCA is organising ‘Welcome Nav Samvatsar’. Let’s start by celebrating our traditional New Year, and gradually our younger generation will understand its importance and will participate in it,” he added Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardAfter this, Vidushi Rita Dev presented the Bhakti Geet in the Hindustani classical style. She started her performance with ‘Mero Man Ram Ram Rate ….’ in Raga Aheer Bhairava. She was accompanied by Vinay Mishra on harmonium, Uma Prasanna on flute, Gautam Majumdar on tabla and Ustad Ahsan Ali on Sarangi. Later, Vidushi Apurapia Devtale caught all the attention for her remarkable performance. She presented the Raga Mukhari, Madhya laya, Druta Teen Taala on the violin. At the end of the program, Paley Ram presented the popular Folk Music Ragini along with his team.last_img read more