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NABEELAH MOHEDEENLloyb Wybrow feared for his life last Tuesday when 10 men armed with guns reportedly robbed commuters onboard the 6.50pm train from Cape Town to Retreat.Neither Metrorail, nor police, however, were aware of the incident when Athlone News contacted them last week.Mr Wybrow told Athlone News he boarded the third Metro Plus carriage of the train on the Cape Flats line, on his way to Wetton station.He said the 10 men boarded the train at Woodstock station, and robbed commuters between Hazendal and Athlone stations.Mr Wybrow said the men had entered through the interleading door between the second and third Metro Plus carriages.“I was sitting by the door which links the two carriages, I had my earphones in my ears. I saw people jumping up and when I took my earphones out I heard a lady saying ‘they’re robbing us, they’re robbing us’,” Mr Wybrow said.The men then ran back to the carriage Mr Wybrow was sitting in as the train pulled into Athlone station. “I saw two of them with guns. They ran back into the carriage I was in, right past me and just got out of the train and walked normally on the platform. The people they had robbed walked through into the carriage I was in and the one guy shouted out of the window ‘they have guns’ in case anyone tried to stop them,” he said.Mr Wybrow, who lives in Wetton, is originally from Durban. He moved to Cape Town in September last year and travels on the Cape Flats line into the city centre to work every day. But this is not the first time Metrorail commuters have been targeted by robbers. In July last year the Daily Voice reported that 20 commuters on a train bound for Fish Hoek were robbed of their cellphones and laptops just after 7pm. One of the victims, Lorenzo Darries, said between six and nine men had boarded the Metro Plus carriage at Retreat station.“As the train arrived at Retreat station some people got off. About six guys got in and they were talking to each other and swearing. I heard one of them ask, ‘Are we going to do this?’ But I didn’t know what they were talking about,” Mr Darries had said at the time. He said as the train was leaving the station, three more men entered the carriage from the side door.“A man who was sitting a few rows down had his laptop out but he put it away when he noticed the first group of guys,” he said.“Suddenly one of them pulled out a knife and said ‘give your phone’, and threatened to stab people. One pulled the passenger’s laptop away when he didn’t want to give it. Most of them had big knives, like kitchen cleavers. My phone was inside my pocket but when I saw what was happening I decided to just give them what they wanted. As soon as the train stopped at Steenberg, they got out and ran off,” Mr Darries said.Ottery resident Caryn Jacobs, who travels on the Cape Flats line train to work in the city centre every day, described to Athlone News what it’s like to travel by train. “On the Cape Flats line there are lots of people but most people get off at Athlone station and take a taxi from there, so the train is empty. Once we reach Lansdowne station the panic kicks in because the distances in between the stations are longer and it is known for people to get robbed. We need to be on the look-out just in case someone sneaks up on us,” Ms Jacobs said.When Athlone News contacted Metrorail’s stakeholder relations manager, Ziho Mihi, for comment, she said she had contacted the control centre, but the incident described by Mr Wybrow had not been reported. The Athlone News also contacted the Athlone and Lansdowne police stations, but they also had no record of the incident.
LocalNews Dominica PM wants more debate on marijuana issue by: Caribbean Media Corporation – March 11, 2015 Share ROSEAU, Dominica, (CMC) – Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says he is not completely sold on the idea of decriminalising small amounts of marijuana as regional countries debate the issue.Speaking on the state-owned DBS radio, Skerrit asked what would be done with the “excess’ if the authorities agree to enact legislation allowing for the use of small quantities of the illegal drug.“What do you do with the excess, and you don’t want to be encouraging the trafficking of this drug to other countries and what would be your relationship with the rest of the world?”He said, in Colorado in the United States where the drug has been decriminalised concerns are being raised by many other states “about the amount of marijuana coming from Colorado to their own states and is creating a problem for them.“I think it is important for us to have a discussion, there is nothing wrong in discussing, there is nothing wrong in having various views and approaches but I think it is important for us to have the discussion. All I would say is that when one makes a suggestion, when one makes a recommendation, one has to take many other things into consideration”.Prime Minister Skerrit said it is not just about legalising the drug, but “it is about having a serious discussion and allowing different views to contend and let us see what is the best way forward.“But I think it is important for us to look at taking small steps with regards to the marijuana issue,” he told radio listeners.Last month, Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart said that Caribbean leaders had established a committee to examine all issues of the marijuana debate since regional countries would not want to wake up one morning and have to be importing marijuana from the United States where the product has been decriminalized in some states.He acknowledged that the region was being spurred forward by the developments unfolding in North America.“For some time we have been lectured…about the illegality and the undesirability and all other negatives about marijuana. But then all of a sudden we are hearing from those same sources that there is nothing as wrong with it as they had first thought,” he said.Stuart, who will take over the chairmanship of the regional grouping in July, told reporters that “there has been a concern if we remain asleep too long, when we in fact wake up from our slumber we will be importing marijuana from the United States of America rather than making effective use of our own”.But Prime Minister Stuart was clear to indicate that “this is not to say that we [are] going to blindly rush into legalising marijuana”. Share Tweet 190 Views one comment Share Sharing is caring!
BY KEVIN TEME Fitness in sports plays a very important role in students’ lives. KPMG audit partner Herbert Maguma said this during the official announcement of the partnership between KPMG and Badihagwa Technical Secondary School today. While officially presenting some refurbished basketball courts structures to Badihagwa Technical Secondary School, he said, “We are accountants. We are auditors but one of the important aspects of what we do is we partner with community organisations and try to make a difference in whatever small way we can.” “This is another step in our partnership with Badihagwa. I know fitness in sports play a very important role in the student’s life. I, myself love sports but it does not show now,” Maguma said with a smile on his face. “I used to play basketball and represent my province so it’s an activity that I know brings together a team, bring together like minded individual and you know a healthy mind, a healthy body is a healthy student as well when you go into the classroom. So health and well being is the key focus of what we promote at KPMG,” Maguma said. He said his company started in 1966 and is a professional services firm with global reach, with a deep expertise in audit and assurance, tax and advisory. Maguma added: “One of the things which we’ve committed to doing things is supporting education in PNG, and Badihagwa School is very close to our hearts.” “You know we’ve got some of our employees in KPMG who have been here at Badihagwa. We’ve got some of our employees as well who live around this place so it’s a school close in proximity to our office and it’s a school that we want to support in various ways,” Maguma said. This is not the first time that KPMG has come to Badihagwa. Earlier this year KPMG donated some furniture for the classrooms and the teachers meeting rooms as well as donating Trukai Fun Run T shirts for the students and staff to participate in the annual Trukai Fun Run. Maguma thanked the Badihagwa community and the school principal for inviting KPMG and they hope to continue the partnership for a long time. “This is just a small token of our appreciation and us as an organisation we are excited to continue to work with you. We are happy to give back to the community,” Maguma said. Meanwhile school principal Maru Bala thanks KPMG for the timely gesture which will go a long way. “We are thankful for the timely gesture however we hope that this venue can be built into a multi sports stadium depending on what KPMG can offer,” the school principal said. Bala said Badihagwa has been struggling in terms of development in the school however for KPMG to come on board to support the school in their own ways was encouraging and he thanked KPMG and their staff for the support. Bala said in building multi sports complex, the school can also use the building to organise meetings and other things apart from hosting basketball. “Badihagwa as you know have set history in sports like our golden girl Dika Toua who once attended this school and we are happy to partner with KPMG and we thank you for the kind gesture given,” Bala said. Maguma in responding to the principal said, “I know Mr Bala have already put the seeds in our head but turning this place into a multipurpose facility so you know those are things we will be going with or take away with so on behalf of KPMG Nippon Paint, this was a joint initiative between the two companies and we now present this basketball court to you and I am sure Mr Ikupa Ovia (Sports head teacher) and your students to make good use of the court.” “On behalf of KPMG and Nippon we just want to say thank you,” Maguma said.