first_imgAfter a last-minute change of plea, Sophia, Georgetown resident Kwame Bourne was on Wednesday sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by Justice Navindra Singh for beating his father, Rickford Bourne to death in May 2016. The 39-year-old father of two was accused of inflicting the injuries on the 71-year-old man with a metal pipe on May 19, 2016 at ‘D’ Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown. During Wednesday’s proceedings, the prosecution closed its case and Justice Singh was set to sum up the evidence for the jury to deliberate on innocence or guilt.Kwame BourneHowever, in a twist of events, Bourne consulted with his attorney Maxwell McKay and elected to plead guilty to the lesser count of manslaughter. Bourne when asked to address the court said he realised that “certain things happened” and noted that he will try to be a better person.Reports were that while being heavily intoxicated, Bourne allegedly struck his 71-year-old father to his head with the metal pipe after the man reportedly refused to give him money to support his smoking habit. After beating his father to the head, Bourne went to his neighbor and revealed what he had done. His sister, Aisha Bourne testified only Tuesday that after hearing about the incident, she rushed to her father’s home which is one street away from hers and saw him with wounds to his head. She told the jury that she rushed her father to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) and he died four days later.The court ordered that the prison service deduct the time Rickford Bourne spent awaiting trial. Earlier Wednesday, Government Pathologist Dr Nehaul Singh informed the court that the cause of death was brain haemorrhage as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. Police Detective Constable Corwin Osbourne had earlier testified that when the accused was taken into custody and cautioned, he admitted to the offence. “My father came home from work. He walked past me; IDeceased: Rickford Bournewas watching TV. I took out an iron pipe and I lash he,” Bourne allegedly told police. When called upon to lead a defence, the defendant opted to remain silent and the prosecution at that point was subsequently disallowed from making closing arguments as the defence observed that there would be no closing address. It was after these events that the jury was recalled early and was formally directed by the trial judge to return a guilty verdict for manslaughter. Justice Singh in considering the 20-year sentence noted that the offender never denied hitting the deceased man. He also surmised that the offender was remorseful. Tuanna Hardy led the State’s case.last_img read more

first_imgWhile it is relatively cheap to get a web startup off the ground these days, other industries aren’t as lucky. Take green-tech or medical technology for instance; at TED this year Bill Gates said that the minimum investment the world needs to create sustainable eco-friendly renewable energy is “only” in the range of hundreds of millions of dollars – and that’s just to get started. It’s industries like these that require Angel and VC investments at the early-stage level to get significant innovations off the ground, and a government tax credit proposed for angels in Minnestoa could encourage them to dole out more cash for high-tech ventures.Earlier this month in St. Paul, “witness after witness” spoke in support of a bill that would create $32 million in tax credits available to angel investors, writes Thomas Lee of MedCity News. “Entrepreneurs, investors, university officials, industry groups warned lawmakers that the lack of early stage capital meant innovative start-ups in Minnesota would either die or move to another state,” Lee adds.With a growing community of medical innovation, Minnesota is attempting to play catch-up with its neighbor state Wisconsin whose similar tax credit has provided rocket fuel for innovation. Lee quotes a report from the Wisconsin Angel Network which says that angel investments and number of deals tripled in the first three years of the state’s program. He adds that three bio-tech spin-offs from the University of Wisconsin were bought for more money in the last three years than in the last 25 years of Minnesota-based university spin-offs.“VitalMedix Inc., a promising drug company from the University of Minnesota, recently moved to Hudson, [Wisconsin]” Lee says. Hudson is just across the Minnesota/Wisconsin border less than 20 miles from St. Paul. “Miromatrix Inc., based on the work of Dr. Doris Taylor, warn they will leave the state if they can’t find angel financing.”One reason for the success of similar credits in other states is that it acts as an insurance for angels when they make risky investments. Most innovation is a risky investment because it’s an unproven model, and providing a tax credit safety net for the angels could provide the much-needed investment dollars to the companies with tomorrow’s innovations. Should state governments be putting aside money to backup their local angel investors? Or are there better, cheaper ways to boost innovation? Will we ever see anything like this for Internet startups? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Tags:#start#startups Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… chris cameron 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

first_imgIndian opener Rohit Sharma is expected to play a pivotal role in India’s campaign in the World Cup beginning Thursday in England and Wales.And as the team prepares for the showpiece event, Sharma has revealed some interesting facts about Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He said Pandya is the one, amongst the Indian cricketers, who is most obsessed with selfies and is also the worst dancer.In a 90-second video posted by the official Twitter handle of International Cricket Council (ICC), the Indian opener was questioned about his teammates, to which he replied quite candidly.Rohit Sharma dishes the dirt on his teammates.They don’t call him The Hitman for nothing (@ICC) May 27, 2019Some of the questions asked about the players were:Obsessed with selfies: Hardik PandyaWorst dancer: Hardik PandyaAsks for a flight upgrade: EveryoneEnjoys romantic comedies: Bhuvneshwar KumarWorst roommate: Shikhar DhawanGiggles the most: Hardik PandyaAlways in the gym: Virat KohliBiggest coffee snob: Rohit SharmaGrumpiest in the morning: Rohit SharmaAlways on his phone: Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik PandyaTouted as one of the favourites, India faced a crushing six-wicket defeat in their first warm-up game against New Zealand on May 25. The two-time champion will now take on Bangladesh in the second practice match before beginning their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5.Also Read | Virat Kohli has plenty of options: Ian Chappell praises India’s bowling unit in World Cup 2019Also watch:advertisementlast_img read more