Driver in horrific Agricola accident to be charged

first_imgDanion Welcome, the driver of the truck in the horrific accident at Agricola Public Road, Greater Georgetown, that claimed the life of seven-year-old Ciara Benjamin back in June, will face the charge of death by dangerous driving.Dead: Ciara BenjaminGuyana Times was informed that after a long investigation, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack would have recommended for charges to be instated.As such, Welcome will make his court appearance in the new week.During that unfaithful Saturday afternoon, chaos broke loose at Agricola on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) when Benjamin was crushed to death by a truck, driven by Welcome.Based on reports received, the child was attempting to cross the road with her aunt, Samantha Barry, at about 16:45h in the vicinity of the Independence Arch at Agricola.During that time, a truck bearing registration number GWW 962 was heading to Georgetown when he allegedly swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle and ended up in the path of the pedestrians.Upon impact, the woman was flung some distance away while the truck remained fixed on the median with the child pinned underneath. A light pole was unearthed from the impact and collapsed on the roadway.Hundreds of people flocked the roadway and streets to witness the aftermath of the tragic incident. With the truck lodged in the middle of the roadway, Police officers made efforts to clear the streets to allow for the body to be removed.About one hour later, a forklift and crane were used to lift the vehicle and remove the child’s remains. Her body was completely severed in two.Welcome was, however, severely beaten by residents and then handed over to the Police.After the scene was cleared, another unexpected tragedy arose when the lorry was set alight, creating a towering inferno in the middle of the roadway.Laden with fuel, it burned for hours, blockading the flow of traffic.Pedestrians stood in disbelief as small explosions erupted from the fire. The Guyana Fire Service arrived sometime after and contained the blaze from spreading to nearby buildings.last_img read more

Southampton’s Victor Wanyama not punished by Ronald Koeman despite third red card

first_img Victor Wanyama 1 Southampton manager Ronald Koeman did not punish Victor Wanyama despite picking up a third red card of the season last weekend.The 24-year-old will miss Saturday’s trip to Swansea after being shown a straight red card for a challenge on West Ham’s Dimitri Payet.Wanyama will miss a further four matches as it was his third sending off this season – all of which have come since November – but Koeman believes the midfielder was unlucky to be dismissed this time.“We did (discipline him) after the second yellow card (in the 1-0 defeat to Norwich in January) but we did not this time,” he said. “I think Victor was a little bit unlucky.“In my opinion, that red card was totally different to the second yellow, for example, against Norwich. In my opinion, that was more of a stupid foul.“Now he was unlucky because his intention really was to play the ball. He missed the ball and the referee took a hard decision.“One day later I saw a tackle from (Mathieu) Flamini against Bournemouth and it was yellow. Maybe that tackle was more red than the tackle of Wanyama.”Wanyama was understandably disappointed and frustrated with a red card that Koeman believes the midfielder needs to learn from.“He was angry, he was disappointed because he knew about the five-match suspension,” he said“He was really showing to be disappointed and he said to me that he was unlucky because his intention was to play the ball.“I have sympathy for honest players and Victor is one of them.“His intention is to play the ball but it was his third one and he has to learn. If you don’t learn from this, then you never learn and he has to learn that sometimes you cannot take that risk.“We always tell defenders ‘stay on your feet, do not make that tackle’ and he is strong enough to use his body to win the battle.”Saints welcome Matt Targett and Steven Davis back from injury for their game with Swansea, but Koeman is frustrated that Wanyama will not be part of the side.“(I am) very disappointed,” he said.“First of all, for the player by himself and also for the team because he is an important, key player for the team, who is normally always in the line-up.“He is suspended for five games and it is a long time but we have to accept and, like in other positions in the team, we have enough competition to replace Victor.”last_img read more

Callum Wilson: ‘When I was injured my son wore everyone’s shirt but mine’

first_imgThe Stoke fans were booing me. It was poor, booing someone who was injured. I found that disrespectful Doing my second ACL was so beneficial. I knew anger wasn’t going to get me fit. That time I was doing so many things different Share on WhatsApp “As I was driving home I got upset,” the 25-year-old says. “I was punching the hell out of my car and everything. I got home. My wife wasn’t there and I threw my keys through this window and nearly cracked this door. I went upstairs, lay on the bed, got upset and fell asleep. I was sobbing. I was fuming. There were upset tears, tears for how long it was going to take.”Wilson is engaging company before Sunday’s home game against Arsenal. He is in good spirits, joking that he thought about cancelling this meeting given what happened after we met nearly two and a half years ago.Call it the interviewer’s curse. After Wilson fought to overcome a tough childhood and a no-frills start to his professional career, there was a buzz around him following Bournemouth’s promotion to the Premier League. He started the season with five goals in seven games and there was talk of an England call-up. The interview was published on 26 September 2015, the day Bournemouth travelled to Stoke City, the same day Wilson was caught by a late tackle from Philipp Wollscheid. The doubts crept in. He returned after six months and scored a few goals but his running style was no longer as symmetrical. His team-mates were sensitive enough not to question him when he failed to reach passes but Howe could see Wilson was struggling.When the second injury arrived, Wilson was no longer a regular. After it, he became more rational. He watched Josh King develop into a goalscorer and Bournemouth sign Jermain Defoe, but he had matured. He listened when new specialists told him to forget about playing again in six months.“I knew that anger wasn’t going to get me fit,” he says. “That time I was doing so many things different. I was squatting before I’d had my operation. Doing my second ACL was so beneficial. I went on three different holidays. I went to a rehab place in Qatar, then I ended up in Philadelphia. Every six weeks I was trying to have a change of scenery.” “It was nasty,” he says. “As I got up I asked if my leg was broken. They said it wasn’t so I thought: ‘No worries, get me up.’” The Stoke crowd suspected some amateur dramatics. “The fans were booing me. I ran on the second time, went down again and the fans were booing me again. It was poor, booing somebody who was injured. I found that disrespectful.“It felt like I was winded. I jogged back on and I think the damage was already done because the knee was unstable. It felt like someone had blown my kneecap up with a shotgun.”He remembers having to be calmed down by his team-mates when Wollscheid boarded Bournemouth’s coach to apologise – he made his peace with the Stoke defender in the end – and drugs masked the pain on the journey home. “Then I go and get my scan done. They tell me it’s my ACL and I was going to be out for six to nine months. I was numb. I’m usually lively but I was lost for words.” “I just felt angry,” Callum Wilson says as he remembers the moment when Bournemouth’s physio delivered the bad news in a hospital waiting room 11 months ago. Wilson had been hoping for the best without much conviction after feeling a familiar twinge in his left knee during a mundane training session but an MRI scan had confirmed the striker’s worst fears.At first he wondered whether it was a wind-up. Deep down, however, he knew what to expect. “I heard a little pop and I was just like: ‘Yeah,’” Wilson says. “I got it iced. After that it was throbbing. Straight away I was saying I’d done my ACL.”He took no pleasure from the accuracy of his self-diagnosis. To put it into context, some footballers never make it back from one ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. Wilson had suffered ACL injuries in both knees in the space of 16 months.His emotions bubbled to the surface. It takes a lot to wipe the smile off Wilson’s face and a conversation with him is peppered with little quips and playful boasts about his goalscoring ability. Shutting him up is usually not an easy task but the physio’s news left him in a daze. Reuse this content Share on Facebook Pinterest Read more Wilson, left, challenges Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu at Stamford Bridge last month. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson speeds up scoring after slowing down eating Share via Email Twitter Share on Pinterest Facebook Back for pre-season but no real break: how footballers’ summers changed interviews Share on LinkedIn Topics Bournemouth struggled without Wilson initially and they signed two strikers, Benik Afobe and Lewis Grabban, in January 2016. Wilson was desperate to make a swift return yet he underestimated the physical and spiritual demands of the recovery process, ignoring warning signs such as soreness in his knee and rejecting Eddie Howe’s offer of a holiday.“You know what it’s like when you get injured,” Wilson says. “Everyone’s going: ‘How are you, how are you?’ and I feel like you need to walk around with a sign on saying: ‘I’m OK.’ I wanted to be isolated. I knew I’d bring the lads down with my moodiness.“It was my first season in the Premier League and I wanted to get fit. The manager said: ‘Whenever you want time off just let me know.’ But I knew if I took two weeks off my return would be two weeks later. I put my heart and soul into my rehab, which is why I think I was mentally tired when I did get back. I hadn’t had one holiday to reflect on everything.”Two weeks is hardly a long time. “You’re right,” Wilson says. “Between the two injuries I was nowhere near the player I was. I just wasn’t Callum Wilson, you know?” Bournemouth Read more Share on Messenger After receiving a supportive message from Alan Shearer, Wilson vowed to prove people wrong. He also wanted his five-year-old son to believe his father is a footballer. “When I was injured he was wearing everyone else’s shirt but mine,” he says. “He liked Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He had Nathan Aké from Bournemouth. One day he said: ‘Daddy, I want a Josh King shirt.’”Wilson, who has scored six goals this season, bursts into laughter. “Now he wants to get my card in the Match Attax because he can’t get hold of them at all. He’s buying hundreds of packets and he can’t seem to find me.”It all seems like a valuable learning experience. Wilson knows more about his body – out of concern, he questions why Ibrahimovic returned so quickly from his ACL injury – and has discovered how to keep setbacks in perspective.He took it slowly, starting his coaching badges, regaining sharpness in under-21 games and accepting Howe’s decision not to risk him at first. He made his comeback in a Carabao Cup tie against Middlesbrough in October, scoring a penalty in a 3-1 win, and a month later his son told him to score four goals in a home game against Huddersfield Town.“I ended up scoring three and thought that would have to do,” Wilson says. “I felt like I was back. There were no more injuries, no more playing in the shadow of myself. I thought: ‘Callum’s back.’” Share on Twitterlast_img read more