Accused faces 3rd trial

first_imgVictoria double murderDouble murder accused Cyon “Picture Boy” Collier is once again on trial at the High Court on charges in relation to the murder of two brothers.Double murder accused Cyon “Picture Boy” CollierCollier is before Justice Priya Beharry-Sewnarine and a mixed Demerara Assizes jury charged with the murder of brothers Ray Walcott and Carl Andrews, who were fatally shot on September 23, 2006, at Victoria Four Corner, East Coast Demerara. The trial commenced on Tuesday, and continues today.This is the third trial the accused is facing for the double murder after the previous trials ended with the jury being unable to arrive at a unanimous verdict.In his previous trials, Collier was called upon to lead his defence and he offered unsworn statements from the dock, claiming that he was “innocent of this crime”. The accused claimed that he was in Linden when the two brothers were killed.He reiterated his claims that he was kicked repeatedly to his scrotum, causing him to suffer from hydrocele, and forced to confess to the crime which he knew nothing about.Collier also faced another murder trial in 2014 and was found not guilty of the murder of Chandrapaul Persaud, 34, who was fatally shot in an armed robbery at Nonpareil, East Coast Demerara, on September 30, 2006.Persaud had just exited his vehicle at his residence when he was attacked. He was shot by one of three gunmen.In that trial, the Court heard that around 18:50h three men entered Persaud’s premises armed with guns and robbed his family of jewellery and money.One of the men then shot him dead. The wife of the deceased later identified the shooter as Collier.last_img read more

Billions in bonds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “We have the demand for school construction and need a plan to make sure our kids are in adequate facilities,” he said. Runner authored the bill as part of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Strategic Growth Plan introduced during this month’s State of the State address that focuses on improvements for transportation, water, public safety, public service infrastructure and education. The bill applies to construction of elementary, middle and high schools, community colleges, higher education, vocational education and charter school facilities. Bonds would pay for bricks and mortar building projects and still require a one-half match from school districts applying for the funds. Locally, the Newhall and Castaic Union school districts are preparing to build up to five elementary schools to accommodate the proposed 21,000-home Newhall Ranch project. About $1 billion in the bill was set aside specifically for vocational and technical schools to build more auto shops, computer design schools and the like for students who are not pursuing college. That aspect of the bill is likely to win over some Santa Clarita parents who recently urged William S. Hart Union High School District officials to better prepare students pursuing vocational careers. Residents said that there’s not enough being done in local high schools to help these students and that too much of the district’s curriculum focuses on preparing those who are college-bound. Money has also been set aside within the school construction bond to build smaller high schools and charter schools. Community colleges would also be relieved of the Field Act, an extra layer of building earthquake inspections. Runner said the act doesn’t apply to schools in the California State University and University of California systems and shouldn’t apply to community colleges either. He said that, in the end, it could save community colleges with some construction costs. Regulations such as the Field Act hold up construction for new school facilities, said Dianne Van Hook, superintendent and president of College of the Canyons. “Community colleges pride themselves on responding quickly to the emerging needs of students and local business and industry,” she said. “However, we are often hampered by cumbersome regulations like the Field Act that are barriers to carrying out our mission.” If the bill passes, the proposed 10-year schedule voters would see at the polls is: $12.4 billion in 2006; $4.2 billion in 2008; $7.7 billion in 2010; $8.7 billion in 2012 and $5 billion in 2014. Sue Doyle,(661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – An education bill making its way through Sacramento could ultimately ask voters to approve $38 billion worth of funding over the next 10 years to build new California schools and update old ones. If the bill eventually is approved, residents every two years would vote on five different school construction bonds and could find the first on their ballots as early as this year, when they’ll be asked to approve a $12.4 billion bond, the largest one proposed. Hearings for the School Construction Bond started Wednesday and come at a time when money is running thin from previously passed school bonds, state Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, said Thursday. Runner’s district covers much of the Santa Clarita Valley. Runner said funds for modernization projects will be exhausted this spring, while dollars for new school construction will be depleted in about a year and a half. last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter A joint venture revenu

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterA joint venture revenue-sharing agreement has been formed between United Airlines and Air New Zealand. The agreement strengthens the partnership netween the two carriers who are both members of Star Alliance.Closer coordination of sales and marketing will be carried out under the new agreement, with the aim to offer their mutual customers enhanced travel options throughout the airlines’ route networks, and particularly those routes between the U.S and New Zealand.“This joint venture will allow us to work more closely with Air New Zealand to optimize our trans-Pacific schedules and offer more convenient flight choices to our customers in both the U.S. and New Zealand,” said Jim Compton, United’s vice chairman and chief revenue officer.“We look forward to continuing to work with Air New Zealand, an industry innovator and leader, to further grow our business in ways that will benefit our mutual customers.”The arrangement will begin on 1 July 2016 when United Airlines launches its nonstop service between San Francisco and Auckland, subject to government approval.“Air New Zealand is delighted to be working even more closely with our long standing partner to further grow the potential of the U.S. market,” said Christopher Luxon, Air New Zealand’s Chief Executive Officer.“We know that New Zealand is a popular destination for American leisure travelers. By working more closely with such a strong home market carrier as United we look forward to welcoming even more American visitors to enjoy our unique Kiwi tourism experience.”Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more