Storm Eta kills at least 50 in Guatemala Dozens of people have lost their lives in landslides in Guatemala, following torrential rain and high winds caused by Storm Eta.It first hit Nicaragua as a Category Four hurricane with winds of 140mph (225km/h) before later being downgraded to a tropical storm.- Advertisement – Eta is believed to have killed more than 70 people across the Central American region, the Reuters news agency reports.Read more: – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Michael Ayittey Okine, alias Ayitey Powers, a professional Ghanaian boxer, was last Monday arraigned for allegedly taking money from two residents of Kumasi, the Ashanti regional capital, amounting to GH¢14,000 under the pretext of securing them visas.The suspect was put before a court presided over by Audrey Kocuvie- Tay and charged with defrauding by false pretence.He pleaded not guilty and has been granted a GH¢ 50,000 bail with two sureties, while the case has been adjourned to September 18, 2014.Presenting the facts of the case, the prosecutor, Chief Inspector Isaac Agbemehia, said the complainants were Nana Oppong Yaw of Asuoye- boah and Kofi Asante of Abrepoh Junction in Kumasi.According to him, in November 2013, the suspect purportedly took advantage of his boxing career and claimed he could acquire visas for some Ghanaians to travel to Australia as part of his boxing team.He said some Ghanaians resident in Australia who heard about the supposed deal, went and saw the boxer and told him they wanted some family members to join them, adding that he (Powers) allegedly promised that he could assist them. The prosecutor stated that as a result of that, Nana Oppong paid to the suspect GH¢6,500 while Asante paid him GH¢7,500; and Ayitey took their passports with the aim of acquiring visas for them.Furthermore, the prosecutor noted that even though the complainants were not boxers, the suspect acquired boxers’ identification cards for them from the boxing authority which he forwarded to the Australian High Commission and showed evidence to the complainants on February 12, 2014.Explaining further, Chief Inspector Agbemehia said the complainants were not satisfied with the turn of events regarding their visa application and asked the boxer for a refund but he failed to do so.He observed that the victims reported the matter to the police and the boxer, recently defeated by Bukom Banku, another Ghanaian boxer, in a recent boxing bout, was consequently arraigned before the court.
Police in suburban Orange County are looking for two men who burst into an apartment, opened fire, and killed a recent college graduate.Dead: Chelsea DebidinAt a home in Walden, New York, a tight-knit family with roots in Guyana was receiving visitors Monday, and mourning a terrible loss.Chelsea Debidin, a 21-year-old dean’s list student and recent grad from SUNY-Orange County, was shot and killed while visiting her boyfriend at his family’s Knox Village apartment.“They kicked in the front door and basically opened fire on the residents there, in the apartment,” New Windsor Police Deputy Chief Michael Farbent said. The local Police are being assisted by state Police and the FBI in the search for the two men.A neighbour told CBS2’s Tony Aiello off-camera, he heard a bang, the sound of glass breaking, and then three rapid gunshots just after midnight early Saturday morning. At the site of the broken window on Monday, a bouquet of flowers was left in memory of the victim.“No criminal record, a college student, a good girl by all accounts,” Farbent said. “As far as the motive right now, we’re not 100 per cent certain”.Friends are posting social media tributes to Debidin, including the following ones:“My heart is so heavy. Not only did your beauty amaze so many, but your generosity and compassion changed many lives,” and “I’ll always remember that beautiful smile of yours”.Police want to hear from anyone with information, or who may have seen the gunmen fleeing the scene. Police said the victim’s boyfriend also was shot. He’s hospitalised and is expected to recover.