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Business travelers increase Uganda’s tourism

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first_imgIncoming tourist traffic to Uganda has risen by 9.9% on an annual basis. Uganda’s tourism board says that’s largely down to a steady rise in business travelers.However, as Isabel Nakirya reports, there are fewer leisure traveler coming into Uganda due to a perceived threat of terrorism in the East Africa.last_img

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St Kitts-Nevis citizenship program to finance new resort

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first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet NewsRegional St Kitts-Nevis citizenship program to finance new resort by: – July 12, 2012center_img 40 Views   one comment St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas speaking at a press conference in Dubai on TuesdayDUBAI, UAE — An agreement was signed on Tuesday between Range Developments, an affiliate of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and Kiawah Partners to build and operate, contingent upon final financing, an ultra-luxury Park Hyatt hotel at Christophe Harbour on the eastern Caribbean island of St Kitts. The project will be financed under the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program through the sale of individual investment shares for US$400,000. Set within the residential resort community of Christophe Harbour, which calls for world class amenities such as a super-yacht marina, Tom Fazio golf course, and private beach club, Park Hyatt St Kitts will encompass 200 hotel rooms and 50 branded residential condominiums, that will be constructed in three phases. The first phase will be comprised of 125 rooms and all the amenities and support facilities to service the resort at full build-out. The amenities planne d for the hotel include multiple dining venues, private beach access, pool, spa and meeting facilities. Ownership of an investment share (limited partnership interest) in the hotel project grants investors the right to become eligible for citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis, a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. The key advantages of St Kitts and Nevis citizenship include visa-free travel access to 139 countries across the world, including United Kingdom, Schengen European countries, and most British Commonwealth member countries. Also included are Canada, France, Germany and Switzerland. Citizens of St Kitts and Nevis enjoy tax-free income and an exemption from paying taxes on capital gains, gifts, wealth and inheritance. Other benefits include dual citizenship for all nationalities without renouncing the citizenship of one’s home country, citizenship for life with an unlimited number of eligible dependents passed down through generations, and ability to obtain citizenship within 90 days without a residency requirement.During the launch, St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas said, “We are extremely pleased to welcome the prestigious Park Hyatt brand and Range Developments to the island of St Kitts. This project will further advance our government’s economic transformation of St Kitts following the closure of the sugar industry in 2005. When completed, I am sure that guests of Park Hyatt St Kitts will find the very best in amenities and the highest standards in service, support facilities and island activities.”Park Hyatt St Kitts will form an integral part of the Christophe Harbour community. Range Developments and Kiawah Partners will develop the project and adhere to the company’s development philosophy to protect the land and sea in ways both sensitive and harmonious to the environment while providing places for man to live enjoyably within a range of natural settings.Pat McCudden, senior vice president, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts, remarked: “Park Hyatt St Kitts will continue our company’s tradition of delivering an unprecedented level of luxury and unrivalled hospitality experience. Park Hyatt St Kitts will be designed to provide an intimate, contemporary resort environment, with touches of the local culture – a perfect sanctuary for our discerning guests.”Munaf Ali, chief executive officer Range Developments, said: “We are pleased to launch a major development project on the beautiful island of St Kitts where investors are offered a unique opportunity of citizenship through investment. St Kitts is one of the most tranquil locations in the Caribbean and investing in the Park Hyatt hotel project will entitle you and your family to apply for citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis. This opportunity provides second citizenship to eligible individuals in 90 days and opens visa-free travel to more than 139 countries across the world.”Established in 1984, the St Kitts and Nevis Citizenship by Investment Program is the oldest and most respected economic citizenship program of its kind. Individuals may become eligible for citizenship of St Kitts and Nevis by making a qualifying investment in the country. The program allows dual citizenship and is strictly governed by state laws and regulations. Douglas said on Tuesday the construction and eventual opening of the Park Hyatt St Kitts will create job opportunities for the advancement of the people of the twin-island Federation.“We have determined that Range Developments and Kiawah partners and Christophe Harbour in St. Kitts have partnered with Park Hyatt St Kitts. These are precisely the type of investors and investment that we want in this country. And so we look forward to collaborating to transform The Park Hyatt St Kitts from a detailed, well thought-out plan to its eventual reality. And I wish to make a point this afternoon of saying how very pleased we are for us to have Range Developments and Park Hyatt on board in this important project,” Douglas said at a press conference in Dubai.During the news conference, Douglas pointed out that his government has embarked on a major programme of infrastructural expansion vis-à-vis air and sea ports, telecommunications, roads, airlift and so on, all with the specific goal of positioning the Federation to attract the type of investors, and the type of investments, that government determined would best serve the interests of the country and the people.“And we are here in Dubai today because we are very pleased to announce the creation of opportunities for the advancement of our people,” said Douglas.Caribbean News Now Sharelast_img read more

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Herath tears through Aussies with hat-trick

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first_img… Tourists chase 413 after 21-wicket day(REUTERS) – Rangana Herath claimed his maiden Test hat-trick as 21 wickets tumbled on a frantic second day with hosts Sri Lanka closing in on a series-clinching victory against Australia in the second Test in Galle yesterday.The dramatic day began with Australia resuming on 54-2 before being 106 all out to concede a 175-run first-innings lead.Three Sri Lankan batsmen were also dismissed in the 11-wicket morning session but the hosts recovered to post 237 all out, setting Australia a daunting 413-run victory target to stay alive in the three-Test series.Australia’s struggle against spin was obvious in the second innings as well, as the tourists slumped to 25-3 at stumps.David Warner was batting on 22 at the break, while skipper Steve Smith was on one after coming out to bat for the second time in the day with Australia staring at an embarrassing defeat inside three days.Herath had tormented Australia in the first Test at Pallekele, exposing their vulnerability against spin bowling and claiming nine wickets in Sri Lanka’s 106-run victory.The 38-year-old left-arm spinner haunted them again yesterday, castling Smith for five runs with the first delivery of his third over.He ripped the heart out of Australia’s batting in his seventh over, getting Adam Voges caught at extra cover with his fourth delivery and trapping Peter Nevill plumb in front with an arm ball.He struck Mitchell Starc’s pad with his next delivery and home captain Angelo Mathews successfully reviewed the original not-out decision as Herath (4-35) became only the second Sri Lankan cricketer to get a Test hat-trick.Former paceman Nuwan Zoysa was the first Sri Lankan to achieve the feat, against Zimbabwe in a 1999 match in Harare.Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera polished off the tail to finish with 4-29 as Australia folded inside 34 overs.Sri Lanka got off to a shaky start and, for the second time in the match, Kusal Mendis walked out to bat with his team reeling at nine for two.The architect of Sri Lanka’s Pallekele win and their top-scorer in the first innings, however, made only seven runs before Starc (6-50) sent him back.The left-arm paceman claimed a match-haul of 11 wickets but a half-century from Dilruwan Perera (64) and handy knocks from Kusal Perera (35), Mathews (47) and Dhananjaya de Silva (34) extended Sri Lanka’s lead.SRI LANKA 1st innings 281 (K. Mendis 86, A. Mathews 54; M. Starc 5-44)AUSTRALIA 1st innings (overnight 54-2)J. Burns c D. Perera b V. Fernando 0D. Warner c Mathews b D. Perera 42U. Khawaja b D. Perera 11S. Smith b Herath 5A. Voges c Karunaratne b Herath 8M. Marsh c Karunaratne b Sandakan 27P. Nevill lbw b Herath 0M. Starc lbw b Herath 0N. Lyon c K. Mendis b D. Perera 4J. Hazlewood c Mathews b D. Perera 0J. Holland not out 3Extras: (b-5, lb-1) 6Total: (all out, 33.2 overs) 106Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-54, 3-59, 4-59, 5-80, 6-80l, 7-80, 8-85 N. Lyon, 9-89.Bowling: V. Fernando 2-0-16-1, R. Herath 11-2-35-4, D. Perera 15-4-29-4, A. Mathews 3-1-13-0, D. de Silva 2-1-7-0, L. Sandakan 0.2-0-0-1.SRI LANKA 2nd inningsK. Silva c Smith b Hazlewood 2D. Karunaratne c M. Marsh b Starc 7 K. Perera b Lyon 35K. Mendis c Nevill b Starc 7A. Mathews b Lyon 47D. Chandimal c Nevill b Starc 13D. de Silva c Nevill b Starc 34D. Perera b Starc 64R. Herath b Holland 26L. Sandakan not out 0V. Fernando c Voges b Starc 0Extras: (lb-1, w-1) 2Total: (all out, 59.3 overs) 237Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-9, 3-31, 4-79, 5-98, 6-121, 7-172, 8-233, 9-237.Bowling: M. Starc 12.3-1-50-6, J. Hazlewood 9-3-13-1 (w-1), N. Lyon 19-2-80-2, J. Holland 10-1-69-1, A. Voges 1-0-4-0, M. Marsh 4-1-7-0, S. Smith 4-0-13-0,AUSTRALIA 2nd innings (Target: 413 runs)D. Warner not out 22J. Burns c D. de Silva b Herath 2N. Lyon c K. Silva b D. Perera 0U. Khawaja b D. Perera 0S. Smith not out 1Extras: 0Total: (for 3 wickets, 6 overs) 25Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-10, 3-10.Bowling: R. Herath 3-1-16-1, D. Perera 3-0-9-2.last_img read more

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Ibrahimovic under Pressure as Sweden, Ireland Clash

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first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic said he was under pressure to perform well in Sweden’s opening Euro 2016 game against Ireland at the Stade de France on Monday but that the greatest pressure came from himself.Flanked by Sweden coach Erik Hamren, the 34-year-old captain fielded the lion’s share of the questions atSunday’s media conference and said he was looking forward to getting involved in the tournament.“I have the greatest share of the pressure, and it comes from myself,” he told reporters. “The others can sit back, they can go on to the field and do their best. I am going to take the pressure off them.”Drawn with Belgium and Italy in Group E, the Swedes will be looking for a win in their opening game against the Irish which would give them a good chance of qualifying for the knockout stages.“We are not here to see others play football; we are going to do all we can to qualify,” he told reporters.Hamren said that his side had no injury worries ahead of the clash and that the full squad had taken part in all the training sessions since arriving in France last Wednesday.Set to leave Paris on a free transfer this summer after four trophy-laden years at Paris Saint Germain, Ibrahimovic arrived in the French capital on Sunday hoping to help the Swedes do better than they did at Euro 2012, when they went home after the group stage.“We want a good start and a good result tomorrow,” Ibrahimovic said. “My goal is to enjoy it and do as well as I can.“I feel strong, I have a good season behind me and hopefully I can take that with me (into the tournament).”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Student recognized for bravery in helping car accident victim

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first_imgPhoto courtesy of Hollie BowersTo the rescue · Hollie Bowers says that she acted on instinct to help the victim of an accident. She will be honored for her actions on Friday.On Jan. 5, 2015, Hollie Bowers was driving home from school on State Route 91 when she spotted a driver who appeared to be drunk coming up behind her. Just as she began to dial 911, she had to swerve into another lane to avoid being hit. A few moments later, she watched as the driver hit a motorcyclist and sent him flying into the air. Bowers slammed on her brakes to avoid running the man over. Rather than continuing to drive or simply being a witness, Bowers decided to assist the man until the paramedics arrived. Bowers’ actions that day earned her the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Courageous Citizen Award, which District Attorney Jackie Lacey presents to her in a ceremony later today. Bowers, a senior majoring in public relations, is among four Southern California residents to be honored for their acts of selflessness this year, who are nominated by deputy district attorneys and selected by a committee. “Ms. Bowers was chosen for her immediate response to someone in need,” said Sarah Ardalani, a public information officer for the DA’s office. “She remained with the victim during the whole incident, was willing to testify in court and served as a support for the victim’s wife from the time of the crime to the sentencing hearing.”For Bowers, however, her actions that day were not motivated by a desire to appear heroic. “[Helping him] was my first instinct,” Bowers said. “I didn’t think twice about it. My first instinct was to be with him and talk to him because I wouldn’t want to be alone.” When the motorcyclist, Jerry Frey, was hit, Bowers ran to him and started asking him questions to keep him awake until the paramedics arrived. She called his wife to inform her of the accident and to ask questions about his insurance.“I told him over and over that I would not leave him,” Bowers said. “I held his hand and he squeezed mine out of pain.” When the paramedics arrived, Bowers made sure to stay with Frey until he was taken to the hospital. However, 17 days after the accident, Frey passed away — a fact that Bowers said was difficult to process.“Hearing that he passed away made my heart ache for his family,” Bowers said, “[The award] is bittersweet but it is an honor.”Bianca McCovy, Bowers’ boss at Icon Plaza, said that Bowers exhibits courage not just in high-profile cases such as the accident that she witnessed, but in her everyday life.“When she found a resident passed out in an elevator room, Hollie immediately contacted the proper authorities and stayed with the resident until the authorities arrived,” McCovy said. “The resident later stated how glad she was that Hollie had acted so quickly and calmly during that situation. Hollie is a person that our residents and staff count on to do the right thing.”Despite these assessments by those who know her, however, Bowers continued to insist that she was simply doing what was necessary — but that now, she places a greater value on the meaning of courage when making decisions.“I never thought about what I did as courageous,” Bowers said. “I thought it was just something that should be done. Reflecting on this award and what it means in my life, I think it has redefined the word ‘courage’ for me and made it something that is of huge value.”last_img read more

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No. 21 Trojans head to Oregon in conference clash

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first_imgThe Trojans traveled into a deafening Pauley Pavilion last Wednesday night and trounced the UCLA Bruins 89-75 for their first win versus UCLA since 2013.Now, the Men of Troy are ranked 21st in the nation and are looking to extend their current 4-1 Pac-12 record on the road against the Oregon Ducks, a team which the Trojans have not defeated on the road since 2009.As it stands, the Men of Troy have the all-time advantage, defeating the Ducks 60 of out the 112 times the teams have met, however, Oregon has downed USC in 10 straight conference contests and holds home court advantage.USC head coach Andy Enfield and his Trojans are preparing for a challenging road test against a high-powered Ducks offense.“Oregon is as talented as any team in the league offensively,” Enfield said. “They have a great home court advantage.”This season, the Ducks are undefeated at home, sporting an 11-0 record against the likes of Cal, Stanford, Valparaiso and No. 13 Baylor.Thanks in part to Chris Boucher’s 3.3 blocks per game (ranked second-best in the nation), Oregon has allowed an average of 76.3 points per game, ranked 61st in the nation.Boucher, a 6-foot-10, 190-pound senior forward, has been instrumental in Oregon’s big front court which features three players 6-foot-9 or taller. USC, on the other hand, has six players who are 6 foot 8 or taller.Not to mention, it’s not just the low-post players who have height, but Oregon’s top six scorers average 6 foot 6 inches.Oregon’s roster features four players who average in double digits, including leading scorer Dillon Brooks who has scored 19 points or more in eight games, with just three games in single digits.In terms of their other offensive weapons, freshman guard Tyler Dorsey has been exceptional shooting the ball in 2015, connecting on 45.8 percent of his three-point attempts, while averaging 14.2 points per game off of 47.2 percent shooting from the floor.Where Dorsey is really potent, though, is from the free-throw line as he has been able to sink 71.6 percent of his free-throws this year off of 81 shots.The two main distributors on the Ducks’ offense are guard Casey Benson and forward Dillon Brooks, who combined for 6.3 assists per game.Considering those offensive weapons and averaging 76.3 points per game, USC will certainly have its hands full on the road.And while Oregon’s offense has some high-flying players, USC has also impressed on the offensive side of the ball, averaging 84.6 points per game through 18 games, ranking 9th in the country.Defensively, though, the Ducks can hurt the Trojans by running their press defense, forcing USC to turn the ball over as they have done 13 times per game this season.Freshman forward Chimezie Metu commented on the difficult nature of trying to score on Oregon’s defense.“[Oregon] likes to press and like to speed people up,” Metu said. “We’ve had some problems with turnovers the past few games, so we just have to try and be disciplined and try to come out with a win.”This year the Trojans’ only road loss came at the hands of Washington when USC blew a 22-point lead and turned the ball over 21 times in their two-point loss to the Huskies.Nevertheless, the 15-3 Trojans are ranked in the top 25 for the first time since 2008 with their best overall record through 18 games since the 1991-1992 season.Head coach Andy Enfield respects where the Trojans are in the season but understands the severity of this Pac-12 contest.“We respect what we’ve done so far, and we are glad that we’re ranked,” Enfield said. “We’ve never lost perspective, every game means the same thing in the Pac-12, it’s a win or a loss.”Freshman forward Chimezie Metu also commented on the Trojans’ recent success and the team’s mental game plan coming into tonight’s battle.“We’re just trying to come into practice everyday and stay focused and try to listen to our coaches,” Metu said. “We have to be ready to work every day and know that all this can be taken away in a matter of seconds, and you have to come to appreciate what we’ve done and all the work that we’ve put in, and just have fun in the process.”The Trojans and Ducks are set to play at Matt Arena at 6 p.m.last_img read more

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Creedon has “mixed emotions” about League campaign

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first_imgHe says while that’s disappointing they’ve added to their pool of talent. The match against Wexford throws-in at 3 o’clock on Sunday in Clonmel and Tipp FM will have full live coverage in association with Bob Fitzgerald Hardware Clonmel. The Premier County will take on Wexford this Sunday in their final round League game and are determined to secure a fifth win from seven matches. Wexford are playing for pride after defeat to Fermanagh last weekend meant they were relegated to Division 4 for next season.Tipp’s Creedon has made seven changes for the match this weekend after losing out on one of the promotion spots. last_img

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Lakshya Sen continues winning streak as he lifts the Scottish Open title

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first_imgLast Updated: 25th November, 2019 14:07 IST Lakshya Sen Continues Winning Streak As He Lifts The Scottish Open Title 18-year-old Lakshya Sen wins the Scottish Open to continue his end-of-the-year winning run. He has reportedly won four titles in just the last three months. COMMENT 9 months ago Labour Party’s Jeremy Corbyn says he will be ‘neutral’ in another Brexit vote Lakshya Sen won the Scottish Open title on Sunday evening, on November 24, adding yet another feather to his name. Sen defeated Brazil’s Ygor Coelho 18-21, 21-18, 21-19 in 56 minutes to lift the title.READ: Saina Nehwal Pulls Out Of Premier Badminton League Owing To InjuriesFourth title in three monthsThe 18-year-old has had a very good end to the year, winning a series of titles, which has also given a boost to his world rankings. Sen is currently ranked 41 in the world rankings, having won the Dutch Open, SaarLorLux Open in Germany, the Belgian International, and the Scottish Open is now the fourth title for the youngster in the last three months.  SUBSCRIBE TO US (With inputs from PTI)READ: Sindhu’s Recent Lean Run Down To Hectic Scheduling: Gopichand 9 months ago Bala’s ‘Ranger’s trial’ in Glasgow – a huge deal: Bembem Devi First Published: 25th November, 2019 14:07 IST WE RECOMMEND Written Bycenter_img Sen began his campaign with a straight-game win over Austria’s Luka Wraber, before defeating compatriot Kiran George to reach the quarterfinals. The world no.41 Indian then recorded another straight-game win over sixth-seed Brian Yang before seeing off France’s Christo Popov in the semifinals. After this win, Lakshya will break into the top-40 in the BWF rankings and inch closer to a direct qualification in the top grade 2 events.READ: Pullela Gopichand Turns 46: Twitterati Gathers In Massive Numbers To Wish Badminton LegendLakshya thus joined fellow Indians Anand Pawar (2010 and 2012), Arvind Bhatt (2004) and Pullela Gopichand (1999) in winning the Scottish Open title.During the final, Lakshya had fallen behind in the opening game but he managed to turn the tables and grab a 10-8 lead. Coelho, however, reeled off six straight points to move to a 14-10 lead. The Indian kept breathing down his opponent’s neck but Coelho ensured he had the bragging rights after the opening game. Lakshya will now play at the Syed Modi International Super 300 tournament at Lucknow starting November 26. READ: 250 Players In Fray For India International ChallengeIn other badminton news, Sain Nehwalhas decided to withdraw her participation from the upcoming Premier Badminton League in order to prepare for the international season. In a tweet on Sunday, Nehwal said that the past year has not been great for year because of various injuries and health issues and she wants to take time off. She also added that she hopes to be a part of the next season of BPL.   10 months ago Lakshya Sen: All about India’s new 18-year-old badminton sensation WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Devarshi mankad FOLLOW US 10 months ago Scottish woman claims her dog went blind from fright of firecrackers 9 months ago David Tennant to play serial killer Dennis Nilsen in ‘Des’last_img read more

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Barcelona receive PSG money to free up Neymar

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first_imgParis, France | AFP | Neymar is free to make his Paris Saint-Germain debut at Guingamp on Sunday after Barcelona confirmed on Friday the 222 million-euro ($261 million) cheque used to pay his buyout clause had cleared.“The cheque has cleared and therefore puts in motion the process of the transfer,” said a Barcelona club source.The French Football Federation (FFF) and French league (LFP) confirmed to AFP on Friday that the player’s transfer certificate had been received from the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).That will allow him to be registered for the game at the Stade du Roudourou.“Neymar’s contract will be ratified during the afternoon. He will be able to play on Sunday,” said the LFP. Neymar’s move to the French giants that smashed the world record transfer fee was announced on August 3.However, he had to watch last weekend’s 2-0 win over Amiens from the stands as the administrative formalities of the deal were not completed in time.FFF president Noel Le Graet had earlier stated his confidence that Neymar would be able to make his bow in Brittany.“There is no reason for this hold-up to continue,” he told French sports daily L’Equipe.“I do not doubt that this will be quickly solved.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Drunken teen injured in Diamond accident

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first_imgA teenager is nursing serious injuries he sustained after losing control of the car he was driving at about 04:30h on Saturday and ending up in a trench along the Diamond Public Road, East Bank Demerara.Conclusively proven to be under the influence, the teenager was reportedly heading to his Land of Canaan, EBD home after partying with friends in Georgetown.It is surmised that he had fallen asleep while driving, and slammed into the curb in the middle of the roadway. Upon impact, motorcar PVV 2702 toppled several times before coming to a halt in a nearby trench.Public-spirited citizens who had witnessed the accident immediately pulled him from the wrecked vehicle and rushed him to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, from where he was transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital for further medical attention.His condition is regarded as stable. Hospital officials, while confirming that his injuries are not life threatening, note that he sustained lacerations to his body and a concussion to the head.The breathalyser test Police conducted on the teenager proved he had consumed more than the legal limit of alcohol.The Police have so far taken a statement from the teenager as they continue investigating the accident.last_img read more

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