Missing woman found in shallow grave behind estranged husband’s home

first_imgThe home behind which the body was found.In a grim atmosphere and with tears flowing down their cheeks, the children of 37-year old Zaila Sugrim looked on as undertakers removed the body of their mother from a shallow grave behind the Crane, West Coast Demerara (WCD) yard in which they lived.Zaila Sugrim was last seen by her sister at the Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling on Saturday when she entered the motorcar of her estranged husband.Guyana Times was told that on Saturday last at about 13:00h, Sugrim left her brother’s Diamond, East Bank Demerara (EBD) house where she had been living for the last eight months, to be picked up by her estranged husband to visit the businessman’s home where she was expected to celebrate the birthday of her eldest child.However, the 14-year-old child reported that she did not see nor hear from her mother. By nightfall the family became worried since it was very unusual for her not to call if she was out for long periods.Her brother, Ahmad Haniff, grew worried and called her cellphone but the phone was turned off.“In the afternoon like around six o’clock I get worried because she does normally call me and she and I coming home lil late or I might not come home… so when I see six o’clock, I calling she phone, she phone turn off, I call me sista, me brother them and so, father, everybody saying that no, them aint hear from she… at around 10, 11 the night, I keep calling no response,” Haniff told this publication.On Sunday morning, the worried man visited the Diamond Police Station where he filled a missing persons’ report. In the company of several Police Officers, a visit was made to his sister’s estranged husband’s home, where the man was uncooperative, but nonetheless informed Haniff and the Police that he did not see Zaila nor does he want anything to do with her.“So I seh bai, Zaila left to come by you, and we get footage to show that you pick she up Saturday 02:30h; he said no, he nah left the place and the children them know that he nah left the place,” the grieving brother related.After realising that something was amiss, the suspect’s children reportedly inspected CCTV footage of the home but a particular time period was deleted.This was reported to Sugrim’s relatives, who in turn informed Police ranks. This led to ranks swooping down on the suspect’s La Grange, West Bank Demerara (WBD) property where a search was carried out, however, nothing was found.After relatives made additional reports on Monday at the Diamond Police Station, another group of ranks swooped down on the suspect’s Crane home.After a search of the suspect’s motorcar, it was then that the Police received a break in the case after blood was spotted in the car’s trunk. This prompted Police to arrest the suspect and impound the car.After much interrogation, the suspect finally broke down and confessed that he indeed killed his estranged wife and led Police to where he buried the body, which was buried in a shallow grave behind his Crane home.When this publication visited the scene, the stench of Sugrim’s decomposed body was strong and a large group of onlookers were gathered. All her personal belongings which included her purse, shoes, jewellery and other items were found in the shallow grave. The woman’s remains were placed in a hearse and taken away as her children, family, friends and residents watched in disbelief.Years of severe abuseIn 2004, after graduating from the University of Guyana, where the couple met, the suspect and Zaila tied the knot in what was described as a happy, grand ceremony.Shortly after though, things changed for the worst when a disagreement between the couple led to the suspect allegedly chopping Kalam Ahmad, his wife’s father to his head.The situation intensified which saw the suspect banning his wife’s family from visiting her. Overwhelmed with emotions, Ahmad revealed that following the chopping incident, his family did not see nor did they hear from his daughter for 15 years.Guyana Times was told that the couple was married and their union brought forth five children. Upon delivering her first child, the man, according to an aunt, filed for divorce unknowing to her.Nevertheless, things reportedly changed and the couple got back together but the abuse continued.Meanwhile, Haniff recounted that when he heard his sister’s voice after 15 years in 2018, he did not recognise it. “She contacted we by phone and we didn’t even know it was her, we had to ask she certain questions and then we realise that it was her,” the man relayed.The now dead woman had made contact with her family from a hospital bed where she was hospitalised after she was severely beaten. That incident occurred on December 14, 2018. Her relatives related that she was restrained by duct tape before she was beaten. The matter was reported to the Police and her husband was arrested and charged. He was taken before the Leonora Magistrate’s Court after he was charged for unlawfully and maliciously causing grievous bodily harm to Sugrim.The woman who was present at the hearing had expressed fear for her life. However, in a bail application at the time, the suspect’s attorney informed the court that he was the sole breadwinner for his five children and he was granted bail on the condition that he stays 100 feet away from Sugrim.Following the incident, the woman had moved in with her brother. Not being able to provide for her children, she gave up custody to the suspect. She was however allowed to visit her children.Her attorney, Priya Manickchand, who was seen comforting the victim’s children at the scene on Tuesday, told the media that her client was making every attempt to untie herself from the suspect.“She was really trying to get out of this abusive relationship, that was abusive for many years that she had allegedly against the person they have in custody right now, which was her husband and that is where I was representing her,” the Attorney revealed.D Division (West Bank Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) Commander Edmond Cooper confirmed that the interrogation of the suspect led to the discovery of Sugrim’s body and informed that the man is assisting with investigations.In November 2010, Babita Sarjou had left her mother’s Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD) residence to meet her estranged husband and son – who was four years old at that time – to view the annual Diwali motorcade at the Kitty Seawall, Georgetown.She was never seen again and despite repeated telephone calls to both of Sarjou’s cellular phones on that night and after, every attempt to contact her proved futile.A report was made at the Timehri Police Station, EBD, and then another at the Kitty Police Station about the woman’s disappearance.Shortly before the woman’s disappearance she had filed a harassment case against her husband, Sharadanand Narine, called “Anand”, but the case was later dismissed.Narine was accused of pasting numerous copies of a nude photo of her on the walls and fence of her workplace at BK International, Soesdyke, EBD.However, six years later, Darell Punton, called “Yankee”, confessed to helping Narine murder Sarjou and burying her body in the backyard of Narine’s Lot 51 Seaforth Street, Campbellville, Georgetown property.The accomplice allegedly took investigators to where the skeletal remains were buried and upon unearthing the bones, Police ranks arrested the duo for the crime. (Kizzy Coleman and Bhisham Mohamed)Dead: Zaila SugrimResidents at the scene on TuesdayPolice at the scene of the crimelast_img read more

DeGale return is “make or break” – Warren

first_imgPromoter Frank Warren has warned that James DeGale’s European title challenge against Poland’s Piotr Wilczewski is a “make or break fight” for the former Olympic champion.DeGale will face Wilczewski next month in his first bout since losing the British super-middleweight crown – and his unbeaten record – to fellow west Londoner George Groves.Wilczewski, who won the vacant European and WBO Intercontinental titles in March, has lost only once in 30 fights.DeGale’s defeat against Groves – a bitter rival from the pair’s amateur days – means he badly needs to a victory to get his pursuit of a world title back on track.“This is a make or break fight for James,” Warren declared.“He’s now got a big opportunity in front of him and has to go out there and deliver the goods, and show the fans what he can do.”Since losing to Groves on a split decision, DeGale has insisted he has no plans to replace trainer Jim McDonnell and is set to sign a new three-year deal with Warren.“He (Warren) brought Amir Khan back from a devastating knockout to a world title in only three fights, so I know he can do it for me,” said DeGale.last_img read more

Welcome To The Post-Operating System World

first_imgTags:#App Economy#desktop#smartphones#tablets 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… The days of the desktop wars are waning, and not because desktop hardware sales are still shrinking. Now we are seeing a new type of competition coming to the fore: app wars.But thanks to the rise of the smartphone, consumer attention is now firmly riveted on the application layer, not the operating system layer, so that is where business will need to be fought for. It won’t be as hard-fought as the desktop wars, if only because there won’t be multi-million dollar marketing budgets being used to lob fear, uncertainty and doubt at the latest version of Windows, OS X or Linux. In fact, it may not be a war at all for most applications, but rather a war fought on a different battlefield altogether. What An App-Centric World Looks LikeThe approach of a typical user could be highlighted by a recent day I had, when I had to manage to get my kids to the dentist, my cat to the vet and still put in time here at ReadWrite, my consultancy and in class preparation for the new semester.This is by no means a typical day for me, but it was certainly the most mobile in a while, and so really hammered home how I depend on apps—far more than I depend on operating systems.To write articles, I was using iA Writer (on my iMac, Macbook and iPad when I could not find a Wi-Fi cloud). Hootsuite was managing my social media accounts. Feedly was pulling in the news. Skype to talk to my colleagues. Gmail to do the mail.All of this was done while hopping from machine to machine—and the only thing I really cared about was the apps. The platforms being used (in this case OS X and iOS) mattered not one whit.At this point, you could argue that since I happened to be firmly ensconced in Apple land, then platforms do matter. To some degree that is true: because I like iA Writer as a Markdown tool, I am sort of tied to the Apple platforms.But I could have just as easily used Office 365 if I wanted to live in Windows world, or be completely platform agnostic and used Google Docs. Since Markdown is way more useful to me than those rich document tools, I probably could have used Dillinger on any device.This is the nature of the app wars: for every app I find that really works for me on a given operating system, you can probably find an app that will work just as well on another platform or all of the platforms, if the app is a Web-based service.I can count on one hand the number of apps that I don’t want to give up that have no good cross-platform equivalent. Eventually, that number will dwindle to zero, and on that day—for me—the desktop wars will end.On The Silicon BattlefieldYou may already be in that position. If you are, it’s kind of a nice place to be, with the capability to hop between devices and use the apps you want and have your creations and information at your disposal wherever there’s a connection to the Internet.See also Windows 8 Still In Awkward AdolescenceFor operating system vendors like Microsoft and Apple, it’s a bit of a nightmare. Especially for Microsoft, since Windows default position of dominant computing device operating system for so many years meant that it hasn’t had to worry about apps being developed for Windows. But when you hear Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer touting Flipboard, Facebook and NFL Fantasy Football as native apps for Windows 8.1, you know there’s trouble.Apple has a similar problem in the mobile sector: for every service that has an iOS and Android version, it has a tougher time justifying the features and prices of its mobile devices. Because the operating system doesn’t matter as much as the apps do.See also Nokia Performing The Impossible: Making Windows Phone Cool and Nokia Lumia 1020: The Best Damn Smartphone Camera Money Can BuyNokia has realized that if the operating system is no longer what consumers care about, then by God Nokia is going to differentiate on what they can. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is certainly a strong example of how such differentiation will look.This will be the coming trend on all platforms, be it desktop, tablet or smartphone. The apps will be the great equalizer, nullifying the importance of the operating systems. Sure, there will be cool differences between the operating systems that will draw some customers in, no matter what. But it will be the apps that they use that will be the true heart of customer loyalty.Therefore, a renewed push on hardware will begin to dominate the marketing campaigns. Better cameras, lighter devices, faster processors—because you will want the best device to run your apps, whether native or Web-based.The desktop wars were fought with applications. The app wars will be fought with hardware.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair brian proffittlast_img read more

Vehicle used in Kishtwar attack seized

first_imgThe police have seized the car used in the Kishtwar terror attack in which a senior RSS functionary and his PSO were killed, an officer said on Sunday. The vehicle was recovered from an area in Kishtwar district, he said. Police have released a photograph of the owner of the vehicle, Zahid Hussain, who had been absconding since the attack, the officer said. “We have identified and tracked down a vehicle (used in the terror attack). We have identified its owner also,” IGP, Jammu Zone, M.K. Sinha said. Hussain has reportedly joined terror outfit Hizb-ul-Mujahideen. According to sources, the car had a false number plate and had changed hands four times.last_img

Barcelona has ‘doubts’ about Neymar’s future amid PSG rumors

first_imgNeymar of Barcelona reacts during their International Champions Cup football match at Hard Rock Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Miami, Florida. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR RETAMALBARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona is worried, very worried, that Neymar might be headed to Paris-Saint Germain.The Brazil striker is expected to be at practice on Wednesday, but no one seems to know if he’ll accept a world record transfer or show up for training. Just in case, Barcelona is making moves to protect 26 million euros ($30.7 million) that would be paid to Neymar if he stays in Spain, according to a club official.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Neymar also remained mum about his future while playing for Barcelona during its preseason tour in the United States before heading off to Shanghai to boost his brand as a fashion icon.Last year, Neymar signed a contract extension with Barcelona through 2021, with his buyout clause increasing to the current 222 million euros and 250 million ($288 million) by 2018. The bonus Barcelona is now trying to protect is from that deal.If PSG does sign Neymar, the cost of the transfer would more than double the 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid a year ago for France midfielder Paul Pogba.PSG starts its season on Saturday, while Barcelona has until Aug. 13.Two weeks ago, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu told The AP that Neymar “is not on the market.” He then told ESPN that if Neymar “wants to go then they will have to pay the clause, right down to the last euro.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Beyoncé considering purchase of Houston Rockets ownership stake—report Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The official, who spoke on customary condition of anonymity, said “given doubts concerning the future of the player and while the situation is resolved” the money is being held from Neymar.“What the club does with the money, it does not know yet, given the uncertainty of the future,” the official told The Associated Press.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 25-year-old Neymar would be due the money now as per his contract renewal last year. But the amount is tiny compared to the 222 million euros ($262 million) that PSG would have to pay Barcelona to trigger the release clause included in Neymar’s contract.Neymar arrived to Barcelona on Tuesday night after some publicity events in China — both personal and for Barcelona. Catalan television channel TV3 showed images of Neymar walking quickly through Barcelona’s airport while wearing large headphones. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Neymar is scheduled to return to training at Barcelona’s training grounds just outside the city on Wednesday.There are growing rumors that Neymar, who has had four seasons of winning trophies and scoring spectacular goals at Barcelona, will bolt for PSG.Part of the gossip surrounding the possible transfer is that Neymar was to meet with doctors in Qatar for a medical. PSG is owned by a Qatari company.But the Barcelona official said the “club is not aware of any medical exam of the player with PSG.”Neymar’s father, who acts as his agent and is also named Neymar, arrived in Barcelona on Monday. He was swarmed by journalists at the airport but revealed nothing about his son’s intentions.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more

Tim Reed reigns anew, completes Cebu Ironman 70.3 three-peat

first_imgNGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Pacio admits being too aggressive in loss to Suzuki Fisher finished third with his time of 4:00:20, while closely behind him were Tim van Berkel at four (4:02:31) and Brent McMahon at five (4:05:24).Rounding out the top 10 for the male elite category are Callum Millward at sixth (4:10:20), Brad Williams at seventh (4:19:55), Eric Watson at eighth (4:23:30), Jakub Langhammer at ninth (4:32:27), and Iain Alexandridis at 10th (4:35:12).Amelia Watkinson claimed her first victory of the year as she topped the female elite category.The Kiwi also won her field handily, finishing the race in 4:29:17, almost seven minutes away from her closest foe.Jacqueline Thistleton was at distant second with her 4:29:17 clocking, followed by Kerry Morris at third (4:39:11), Kirra Seidel at fourth (4:39:26), and Anna Eberhardt at fifth (4:49:51).ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Banjo Norte reigned supreme in the Asian male elite as he clocked in 4:35:51, while Leanne Szeto of Hong Kong was the lone finisher in the Asian female elite, completing the course in 5:16:01.INQUIRER news editor Jun Engracia also participated in the Ironman 70.3 race, wrapping up the course in eight hours, 33 minutes, and 37 seconds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Tim Reed. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Solidifying his stronghold in Cebu, Tim Reed once again came out on top as he conquered the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Sunday morning at Shangri-La Mactan here.With a tough field out to dethrone him, the Aussie shrugged off the opposition and finished the grueling swim-bike-run course in 3:54:07.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Reed pulled away from the pack in the bike course, leaving them all in the dust as he established a 2:39 gap coming into the second transition. He would hold the cushion up until the end as he ran through the tape at the finish line.Reed extended his dynasty here to three years, winning the 2015 tilt as well as last year’s Asia-Pacific Championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMeanwhile, Mauricio Mendez staged a huge rally in the end as he fought his way to a second place finish with his time of 3:56:46.The Mexican stunner made up for the three-and-a-half minute differential between him and Ryan Fisher after the bike course and sprinted past the pack to end up as runner-up. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more

PDM says they have brought CHANGE will give report on One Year

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 21, 2017 – Providenciales – When the PDM Administration met with the media last week… which happened to be on the one year anniversary of the official launch of their election campaign ahead of the December 16 polls, we asked them if they believe – one year later – that they have brought the change people were looking for.    The Party’s Leader and Premier, Sharlene Robinson said her administration has brought a lot of change.“For me, there are things that persons do not wish to acknowledge that we would have done because they prefer other persons being there, but at the end of the day there are certain ways that you address promises.   Some people would like for me to deliver the 77 promises in one year, I would love to be able to, but there are certain things that you have to do, of which we will explain on the 20th as to how many of these promises we have realized and how many we are working on.”On December 20, media is told specific changes and accomplishments of the PDM Government will be laid bare in a press conference which will reflect on the Robinson Administration’s first 12 months in office.last_img read more

Around Town Milcon Spending Bill Goes to Full Committee Michigan Lawmaker Added

first_imgThe House Military Construction-VA Appropriations Subcommittee approved a $97 billion fiscal 2019 spending bill on a voice vote Thursday, advancing the measure to a full committee markup expected on May 8, reported CQ. The legislation provides $10.3 billion for military construction, a $241 million increase above the current level, and funds 147 milcon projects around the globe, according to a bill summary. … Rep. Paul Mitchell (R-Mich.) has joined the House Armed Services Committee to replace Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) who recently left Congress after gaining Senate confirmation to serve as NASA administrator. Mitchell’s district includes Selfridge Air National Guard Base, home of the 127th Wing, which maintains and flies the A-10 Thunderbolt and the KC-135T Stratotanker. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Education specialists argue that ILSA scores should not be used to conduct

first_img As the authors note, ILSAs such as PISA and TIMSS have, in recent years, become a tool for nationalistic bragging among those with high scores—those with lower scores are more often scorned. But, they note, using ILSA scores in such a way offers little in the way of educational improvement, which is the generally accepted purpose of testing students. They also note that there is a danger in over-interpreting such scores because it can have a dramatic negative impact on education policy. There is a problem, they point out, when journalists and politicians use ILSA test scores as means to serve their own ends rather than to champion the goals of educating the world’s children—it can skew how people view their country’s education system.Ranking ILSA score results by country, the authors note, is quite misleading—instead of offering a fair assessment of academic abilities, such lists instead offer little except headlines or web clicks. They also note that the rankings do not always give an accurate portrayal of academic achievement—some countries jump around on the list from year to year, for example, without making any changes. Others skew their own results by hiding low-scoring students. They note also that there are vast differences in how hard students try to do well on such tests—for many students in places like Korea or Japan, scoring high on an ILSA is so important that parents spend hours helping them prepare, or spend thousands on tutors. Meanwhile, in places like the U.S., students see little advantage in preparing at all.The authors suggest that all countries view results on ILSAs as a means of learning more about their own system and in so doing discover ways that their own educational systems can be improved. How expectations impact actual exam scores This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Journal information: Science © 2018 Phys.orgcenter_img Citation: Education specialists argue that ILSA scores should not be used to conduct educational policy (2018, April 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-specialists-ilsa-scores-policy.html Explore further A pair of education specialists, one from Harvard, the other Boston College, have published a Policy Forum piece in the journal Science decrying the use of international large-scale education assessments (ILSAs) as tools for educational policymaking. In their paper, Judith Singer and Henry Braun point out problems with comparing ILSA results between countries and suggest they could be put to better use by local entities looking to improve their education systems. More information: Judith D. Singer et al. Testing international education assessments, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aar4952SummaryNews stories on international large-scale education assessments (ILSAs) tend to highlight the performance of the media outlet’s home country in comparison with the highest-scoring nations (in recent years, typically located in East Asia). Low (or declining) rankings can be so alarming that policy-makers leap to remedies—often ill-founded—on the basis of what they conclude is the “secret sauce” behind the top performers’ scores. As statisticians studying the methods and policy uses of ILSAs (1), we believe the obsession with rankings—and the inevitable attempts to mimic specific features of the top performing systems—not only misleads, it diverts attention from more constructive uses of ILSA data. We highlight below the perils of drawing strong policy inferences from such highly aggregated data, illustrate benefits of conducting more nuanced analyses of ILSA data both within and across countries, and offer concrete suggestions for improving future ILSAs.last_img read more