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Farmer remanded for rape of 9-year-old

first_imgA 59-year-old farmer was on Thursday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on an allegation that he raped a nine-year-old girl.Clarence Marques of Port Kaituma, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini) was not required to plead to the indictable charge, which stated that during March 2018, at Port Kaituma, he engaged in sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16.Clarence MarquesThe prosecution is contending that the mother of the nine-year-old had sent the child to collect an item from the accused when the man allegedly offered her a cup of porridge, and while waiting for the porridge to cool, he reportedly took her into a fowl pen and placed his finger in her vagina.Upon her return home, the child was dealt several lashes by her mother for taking long on the errand, and the child then ran away and went back to Marques’s house, where she spent the night.The prosecution is contending that Marques placed the child on a bed, where he engaged in sexual penetration of her.The following day, when the child returned home, she told her mother what had transpired. The matter was then reported to the Police station, an investigation was carried out, and Marques was arrested for the offence.In court on Thursday, the Prosecutor objected to Marques being placed on bail, citing the serious nature of the allegation and the fact that the child had trusted the defendant.Marques was remanded to prison, and the case will continue on April 25.last_img read more

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Ex-Whittier College chief faces charges

first_img — Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 A search of the vehicle netted a suitcase containing many hypodermic needles and a plastic bag containing more than 5 grams of suspected meth, investigators said. Ash is on probation for a July 2003 arrest that prompted the end of his career at the Incline Village college, Nevada’s only private four-year college. That arrest came after police found a bag of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a room registered to him at the Western Village Inn and Casino in Sparks, Nev. He received probation in exchange for his guilty plea to a felony count of possession of a controlled substance. Ash was president of Whittier College for 12 years, from 1989 to 1999, when he stepped down. At the time of his resignation, he explained that he had accomplished all of his goals at Whittier College and wanted to pursue other opportunities. RENO, Nev. — Former Whittier College president James Ash Jr. has been arrested again on drug charges, officers said. Ash, 60, of Fallon, Nev., who also is the former president of Sierra Nevada College, was booked into the Washoe County Jail on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and violating probation. He had been free on bail awaiting sentencing in Washoe District Court for possessing a trafficking amount of meth, police said. The latest arrest was made Tuesday outside a Reno fast-food restaurant where police said he had been parked in his pickup truck from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.last_img read more

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QPR v Burton line-ups: Holloway makes changes, Fulham man starts for Burton

first_imgQPR boss Ian Holloway has made two changes to his side for the game at Loftus Road.On-loan winger Kazenga LuaLua makes his first start and there is also a place in the team for Michael Doughty. Ryan Manning and Jamie Mackie are on the bench.Lasse Vigen Christensen starts for Burton and Cauley Woodrow is among their substitutes. Both players were signed on loan from Fulham this week.QPR: Smithies, Furlong, Onuoha, Lynch, Bidwell, Wszolek, Doughty, Hall, Luongo, LuaLua, Sylla, Subs: Ingram, Mackie, Washington, Perch, Shodipo, Eze, Manning.Burton: McLaughlin, Flanagan, Brayford, Turner, Sordell, Dyer, McCrory, Palmer. Christensen, Murphy, Irvine. Subs: Bywater, Mousinho, Williamson, Atkins, Woodrow, Miller, Barker.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Paying it forward with goat farming

first_imgJulia Ngwana went from being an unemployed single mother to a successful goat farmer, which has earned her enough money to send her children to schooland university. (Image: Heifer International South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Magdalena Wos   Heifer International South Africa   +27 31 777 1374RELATED ARTICLES • Farming to fight child malnutrition • SA wine farms invest in biodiversity • Mega development for central Africa • Not just a fluffy face Wilma den HartighJulia Ngwana went from being an unemployed single mother to a successful goat farmer, thanks to the help of Heifer International South Africa, a community development organisation.After starting off small with two goats, Ngwana grew her venture over time and raised enough money to give her children a quality education. Her daughter Dakalo is now in her third year of a BSc degree at the University of Venda.Living on the breadline“My husband left us when my first born was doing grade four and I did not know what to do because I wanted my children to go to school,” she says. Suddenly, Ngwana was left without any means to support her four children.As an interim measure, a social worker was able to arrange for the family to receive a monthly 5kg package of food, as well as soap. The food parcel made a big difference to the family’s situation, but it was not enough to feed five people for the month.She also had to walk 30km every month, from Tshitavha to Thenowa villages in Limpopo province, to collect the food parcels.Without an income Ngwana was unable to pay her children’s school fees, and her first born daughter, Livhuwani, had to stop going to school. Even a letter from the chief of her area, explaining the circumstances, did not help.Paying it forwardBut things started to change when Ngwana began working with Heifer International South Africa.The organisation works with communities in an effort to end hunger and poverty in the country.Magdalena Wos, resource development officer at Heifer, says the project’s goal is to help vulnerable people in society, particularly single-parent families and women. However, male beneficiaries are not excluded.The project provides families in need with livestock and training in animal management to ensure the animals remain healthy and productive.The organisation has a unique development approach that focuses on “Passing on the Gift” – a practical way of sharing and caring, Wos explains.Every family that receives livestock agrees to pass on the first female offspring, training and skills they have acquired to another needy family, as identified by the original beneficiary.This is exactly what Ngwana did when she started working with Heifer International as part of the Saambandou Project in Limpopo in 2007. Through the project, she received training and two goats.Soon after the goats arrived, the doe gave birth to twins. Ngwana immediately passed on the “gift” to another needy family, fulfilling her commitment to Heifer International.“I looked after the goats very well and then they again gave birth to twins. I was able to sell six goats for my daughter to register with the University of Venda,” she says.Since receiving the first two goats, she has raised 12 goats. Every so often she sells a few more to generate additional income to support her family and keep her children in school. She also grows vegetables in her garden, from which she earns about R350 (US$42) per month.The family is now self-sustainable and no longer relies on handouts.Ngwana’s daughter also wants to get involved with the Heifer project. When she finishes her studies, she wants to buy four goats, two for her mother and another two for the Saambandou project, to help another poor family.“There are many fascinating stories that show how Heifer International has empowered people with tools and knowledge to build their own businesses,” Wos says.Heifer has helped more than 3 000 households in South African communities affected by high levels of unemployment, malnutrition and a degraded environment.Project manager Elizabeth Lefoka speaks highly of Ngwana: “She was struggling a lot, but she was very dedicated and she raised the goats very well,” Lefoka says.Although she has already met her commitments to the Heifer initiative, she is still passing on knowledge, skills and a positive attitude to other families in Tshitavha.last_img read more