Boyfriend charged for killing US-based Guyanese teen

first_imgHours after the man accused of fatally shooting 16-year-old Shemel Mecurius in a Brooklyn apartment turned himself into law enforcement, he was arraigned for her murder. Taariq Stephens, 24, appeared at the 67thMurder suspectTaariq StephensThe relatives of the dead teenager at the Precinct stationhouse on FridayPrecinct stationhouse in Brooklyn on Friday morning.The murder suspect surrendered moments after his photograph and surveillance video were released by authorities in the US.The now dead teen was babysitting her cousin when she was shot three times by the suspect and died while receiving medical attention. Her aunt said she lived long enough to identify her killer.However, at the court on Friday morning, relatives of the murdered teen turned up in their numbers to get a glimpse of the man who took the life of the teenager.Based on news reports in the United States, her grandfather, Harold Mercurius said “You see the pictures on the TV… in articles on your phone… I just wanted to see him for myself.”Mercurius’ father, Dexter Mercurius, wanted to see if he recogniSed his daughter’s killer. “I know this person used to live right in the neighboUrhood, and I wanted to see if I knew this guy – but honestly, I never knew this guy,” he said. “My daughter’s 16 and he’s 24. I would like to know why he did this. It’s still hard for me right now.”A motive for the killing was not immediately disclosed. Stephens said nothing as detectives escorted him to a waiting unmarked squad car.The 24-year-old, who has more than a dozen arrests under his belt, was charged with murder and weapons possession.The dead teenager moved to New York from Guyana three years ago and lived with her aunt, who was her primary caregiver. The teen, who attended Edward R Murrow High School, often cared for her young cousin and wanted to become a nurse.last_img read more

EPA to have offices in every region by end of 2020

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will soon have offices countrywide. This was disclosed by its Executive Director, Dr Vincent Adams. He made the announcement at the close of the EPA workshops that targeted Community Forest Operators (CFOs).Executive Director of EPA, Dr Vincent Adams and Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams surrounded by senior officers of the EPA, EU, GFC and the FAOAccording to the Department of Public Information, the workshops were aimed at enlightening CFOs on the need to have an Environmental Authorisation before any forest activity. This was done in collaboration with the European Union/ Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EU/FLEGT) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).During the exercise, 12 workshops were held in eight regions, except Regions 5 and 8, as these do not have any registered CFOs. 319 participants represented 48 of 69 registered CFOs.While the workshops were deemed a success, Dr Adams said that many persons are limited from applying for an Environmental Authorisation owing to Guyana’s geographic set-up. To address the issue, he said that the EPA is taking a two-pronged approach to access to the EPA.“The Agency will approach EU and the FAO for the second phase of this project to allow the Agency to meet operators and provide similar services offered at the central office in Georgetown for them to become authorised. So, instead of operators coming to the Agency, the Agency will go to them… For the longer and sustainable term, the Agency will continue to aggressively pursue its goal of establishing an office presence in every region of the country by the end of 2020,” he is quoted by DPI as saying.Dr Adams added that as a result of the workshops, “the Agency received applications for an environmental permit from five CFOs. A clear indication that this project has resulted in CFOs now willing to apply for Environmental Authorisation after their capacities were built through this training”.Minister of State, Dawn Hastings-Williams said that Guyana has recognised that its forests must be protected and effectively managed. This, she noted, can only be achieved if everyone is in compliance with the Environment Authorisation.According to the Minister, economic diversification is critical. She challenged the forest operators to be innovative and creative.last_img read more

PSG make offer to double Buffon’s salary

first_imgTransfers PSG make offer to double Buffon’s salary Sabrina Belalmi Paris Saint-Germain Correspondent 21:55 5/18/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Gianluigi Buffon Juventus Getty Images Transfers PSG Juventus Serie A Ligue 1 The Italy international goalkeeper is set to play his final match for Juventus on Saturday but could then swap Turin for the French capital Paris Saint-Germain have made an offer to sign Gianluigi Buffon on a free transfer when he leaves Juventus, Goal can confirm.Buffon is set to take to the field in a Juventus shirt for the final time against Hellas Verona on Saturday, bringing down the curtain on a trophy-laden 17-year spell in Turin.And PSG have taken the first steps in trying to entice the 40-year-old to France, with the Ligue 1 champions having made an offer of €8 million-per-year (£7m/$9.4m), almost double his current salary at Juventus. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Les Parisiens are willing to make such an offer as they are keen to make marquee signings this summer all while navigating the Financial Fair Play constraints under which they are currently operating.Thomas Tuchel’s side will again target the Champions League as their main goal next season having fallen at the Round of 16 stage in 2017-18, as they lost 5-2 on aggregate to Real Madrid.The club feels that the addition of a veteran goalkeeper such as Buffon will improve their chances of European success, as well as add a respected name to the dressing room.Alphonse Areola, who made 43 appearances in all competitions in 2017-18, is currently negotiating a new contract at the club, while second-choice stopper Kevin Trapp is reportedly expendable.It has been suggested that Buffon will be expected to mentor Areola, whom PSG see as a potentially world-class goalkeeper.Reports suggest that Liverpool and Manchester City are also interested in acquiring Buffon’s signature, but it is not known if either club has yet to table an offer.Buffon has made 33 appearances for Juventus thus far this season, though his final Champions League fixture ended in ignominy, as he was sent off against Real Madrid as the Serie A giants crashed out of the competition at the quarter-final stage.Speaking at a press conference on Thursday he claimed a decision on his future would be made in the coming days, with a potential role on the staff at Juventus one of the rumoured offers he has received.last_img read more