Man, 75, dies while collecting pension

first_imgSOUTH AFRICA – Cape Town – 19 July 2019 – Stock – Vangate Mall – Lovely and vibrant little mall in Athlone. Entire Food court is halaal. Main shops are spar, pick n pay, Edgars, Woolworths. Free parking and conveniently close to Cape Town CBD and Cape Town International Airport. Front facade. Picture: Tracey Adams/African News Agency (ANA) A pensioner collapsed and died while walking to Vangate Mall to collect his pension last Monday. Police are now urging seniors not to exert themselves during the coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown. The 75-year-old man was going to the mall to collect his pension and do some shopping when he collapsed and died, according to Athone police spokeswoman Sergeant Zita Norman. An inquest docket was opened. “We urge pensioners to take care during this time; it is very stressful so if they have someone who can collect their grants for them or drive them to where they need to be it would help. Pensioners must try to not exhaust themselves during this time,” she said. Meanwhile, pensioners queued outside the mall in the cold from as early as 5am last Monday after the Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said pensions would be available from March 30 to 31 to alleviate overcrowding. All other social grants were to be paid, as per schedule, on April 1.Mia May accompanied her 63-year-old aunt, Avril May, to Vangate Mall Pick * Pay to collect her pension. She said the queue had snaked into the parking lot as pensioners had seized the chance to collect their grants earlier and do some shopping. Mia said her efforts to help her aunt had been in vain as a manager had stopped her going inside with aunt as she wasn’t a senior.“I told him that I am accompanying my aunt like I usually do every month as she cannot carry her groceries, and he said no I have to wait outside. Pensioners were getting so annoyed as they were standing in the cold for hours.”Then, after two hours, staff had brought trolleys for the seniors to lean against as their legs were getting tired and sore from standing, she said.“They knew pensioners were coming so why were they not prepared for this? I hope that as this lockdown continues that they come up with a better plan.”Vangate Mall did not respond to questions by the time this edition went to print.last_img read more

Swedish testing

first_imgINTERFLEET Technology is carrying out testing of Alstom X40 and X60 trains being supplied to Sweden.During June three weeks of dynamic testing were carried out on X40 double-deck EMUs for SJ inter-regional services, using instrumented wheelsets with accelerometers to assess the behaviour of a moving train. ’We go all over Sweden to find representative sections of track so that we can replicate all the situations the train might be exposed to’, said Interfleet’s test centre manager, Martin Bäfverfeldt.Interfleet is carrying out pre-delivery testing in Germany of X60 suburban trains for Stockholm Transport. Acceptance testing will take place in Sweden during October and November, and the first of the trains will enter service in autumn 2005.last_img

OECS Court of Appeal Rules Dominican Passport Holder, Dr. Denzil Douglas Must Demit National Assembly

first_imgThe Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s Court of Appeal has rebuked former Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis and current Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Denzil Douglas for intentionally disregarding his constitutional obligation as a Member of Parliament.The Court of Appeal ruled today, March 12 th, 2020, that Dr. Denzil Douglas, who was elected on February 16 th, 2015 as the member of the National Assembly representing the Constituency of St. Christopher No. 6, is required to vacate his seat with immediate effect as a penalty for ignoring the law set out in the Constitution in relation to qualifications for being a Member of Parliament.The Court of Appeal’s bombshell judgment, which indicates the gravity of Dr. Douglas’ offence, was made by reason of his own act of acknowledging allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state, namely the Commonwealth of Dominica.What Dr. Douglas did is strictly prohibited in the Constitution in Section 28(1)(a) and in the National Assembly Elections Act in Section 6(1)(a).The Government’s appeal was heard by Chief Justice the Hon. Dame Janice M. Pereira, DBE, as well as Justice of Appeal the Hon. Mde. Gertel Thom and Justice of Appeal [Ag.] the Hon. Mr. Paul Webster.“The main issue for this Court’s determination is whether Dr. Douglas, by his application for, receipt and use of a Dominican diplomatic passport, is under an acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience or adherence to a foreign power or state, in terms of section 28(1)(a) of the Constitution, and is therefore required to vacate his seat in the National Assembly in accordance with section 31(3)(c) of the Constitution,” the Chief Justice noted before giving a ruling on the case.The Chief Justice stated, in part: “The cumulative effect of my conclusions is that Dr. Douglas, by his application for, receipt and use of a Dominican diplomatic passport, placed him in clear breach of section 28(1)(a) of the Constitution.  As a matter of law, the consequence in the terms of section 33(3)(c) follows.  That consequence is that, Dr. Douglas is required to vacate his seat in the National Assembly in Saint Christopher and Nevis.”  Hon. Thom and Hon. Webster both concurred.On July 30th, 2015, the Commonwealth of Dominica issued a diplomatic passport to Dr. Denzil Douglas, who subsequently travelled to at least five countries on it.  The diplomatic passport, which records Dr. Douglas as being a citizen of Dominica, has an expiry date of July 29 th, 2020.In 2017,  speaking in the Honourable House of Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 14, Attorney General the Honourable Vincent Byron Jr. announced that the government of St. Kitts and Nevis was preparing to go before the court with regard to the foreign diplomatic passport matter embroiling Dr. Denzil Douglas. The attorney general said then “Mr. Speaker, this government is deeply concerned that we should have someone who sits in our Parliament who is in a position to be disqualified.”Accordingly, the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s Court of Appeal ruled today that Dr. Denzil Douglas has reached his expiry date as a Parliamentary Representative in St. Kitts and Nevis, as he must therefore step down from the National Assembly with immediate effect.According to Section 36(7) of St. Kitts and Nevis’ Constitution, the Court of Appeal is the final court that can rule on questions of membership in the National Assembly.  This is therefore the final decision on the matter of Dr. Douglas’ divided loyalty and his sworn allegiance to Dominica.Link to Release I will contest the upcoming general elections from constituency number 6,” says Dr Douglas(WIC News)Eastern Caribbean Appeal Court in St Lucia gave a ruling today to uphold the appeal made several months ago related to the possession of diplomatic passport seeking leader of opposition Dr Denzil Douglas to vacate constituency number 6 as a parliamentarian. LocalNewsPoliticsRegional OECS Court of Appeal Rules Dominican Passport Holder, Dr. Denzil Douglas Must Demit National Assembly by: – March 12, 2020 Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Former St Kitts & Nevis prime minister, Dr Denzil Douglas Share 380 Views   no discussions During a press briefing, Dr Douglas said “We are very surprised, and we disagree with the judgment and to the questions asked and answers given by my team, however, we accept the judgment. Which ends the legal process and we now start in the political process of this judgment.”Douglas also asserted that there would be no appeal in the higher court as he already vacated his seat of constituency number 6. “There is no appeal for the higher court; I no longer will serve the people of constituency 6 for this term, which is already ended. In result, I will not be sitting in the parliament for the next 2-3 days or weeks.Related to his participation in the upcoming general elections, leader of opposition said that he would contest the next general elections from the constituency number 6 whenever the elections are called.“The judgment does not preclude me in any way from seeking the election by the people of constituency number 6.”Addressing another point, Dr Douglas emphasized on people not to get fooled by the current government. “Let us not be fooled, as current government will attempt to try to use this judgment to further delay the elections by giving you an impression of calling by-election first,” he added.It is evident in the election history that whenever the elections are on the peak, the by-election is not an alternative for that. Most of the times, by-elections do not take place if the general elections are due any near in upcoming weeks or months.Further, Dr Denzil L Douglas clarified that even before the first trial diplomatic passport was not in his possession as it was already returned to the government and people of Commonwealth of Dominica. “I do not hold the passport now, did not even hold it when the trial was on.”In clear reply to a question related to his position asked in the press conference, Dr Douglas said: “I will remain the leader of St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party.”“Although, I must emphasis, I do not intend to hold on to Prime Minister’s position until I die, succession planning will be in place and soon be executed, so we move on to the next level.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_img WHITTIER – Proposed changes to improve the Whittier Transit fixed-route bus service will be discussed by the Whittier Parking and Transportation Commission at its 6:30 p.m. meeting Thursday in the City Council chambers at City Hall, 13230 Penn St. A study of the system is required as part of the contract with Norwalk Transit Systems, the current operator of Whittier Transit, said Fran Shields, director of community services. A consultant recently conducted an on-board passenger survey, gathering information on such items as service quality and on-time performance. For more information, call (562) 464-3360. Lecture to center on skin wounds WHITTIER – Dr. Mark Odou, from the Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital wound healing center, will provide information on the prevention and healing of skin wounds from 2 to 3 p.m. May 16 in the hospital’s Flo & Frank L. Scott Conference Center, 12401 Washington Blvd. The discussion will include basic skin care, the causes of wounds and the latest treatments available. To make reservations or for more information, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2444. Children’s Bureau seeks foster parents WHITTIER – Children’s Bureau, a licensed private foster care and adoption agency, is seeking individuals and families who are willing to bring a child into their home. An informational meeting for prospective parents will be held in Spanish from 10:30 a.m.-noon May 13 at the Whittwood Library, 10537 Santa Gertrudes Ave. For more information, call (562) 946-2881, Ext. 200. Donations sought for abuse victims WHITTIER – As part of her California High School senior project, Mayra Diaz is seeking donations of items for a thrift store that benefits women and children who are victims of domestic abuse. The Sheepfold Thrift Store, 335 E. Grove Ave. in Orange, accepts a variety of household items that are clean and in good condition. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call (714) 637-1132. Pet vaccinations at Regional Park LA MIRADA – The city and the County Department of Animal Care and Control will conduct a pet vaccination and licensing clinic from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 10 at La Mirada Regional Park, 13701 Adelfa Drive. Rabies vaccinations will be $6. Pet licenses and pet license renewal will be available. For more information, call (562) 902-2960. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The Planning Commission will take up medical marijuana dispensaries and razor wire at its 6:30 p.m. Monday meeting. The commission will consider amending the existing zoning code that regulates medical marijuana dispensaries by requiring any in areas where they’re not permitted to close within two years. In addition, the commission will consider a ban on razor wire in the city. Safety fair set in La Mirada AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event LA MIRADA – La Mirada’s Public Safety Department will hold its annual public safety fair from 4-8 p.m. May 17 in the La Mirada Civic Center parking lot, 13700 La Mirada Blvd. The free event will include bicycle safety inspections, first aid information, refreshments, a moon bounce and face painting. Demonstrations will be presented by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol. For more information, call (562) 902-2960. Bus routes topic of meeting last_img read more