SROsgood, In. — Kindergarten registration at the South Ripley Elementary School will be Wednesday and Thursday (April 10 ,11). Each appointment will take about 30-minutes and registration is required.Please bring original copies of immunization records, birth certificate and custodial information if required.Parents and children will meet teachers, see classrooms and have the opportunity to ask questions. Online registration is available here.
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Businesswoman, sons’ murder caseBY KIZZY COLEMANConfessed killer, Abishai CaesarThe alleged killer, who over the weekend confessed to murdering an Anna Catherina businesswoman and her two young sons in 2012, was on Tuesday remanded when he appeared at the Leonora Magistrate’s Court on the West Coast Demerara (WCD).Abishai Caesar, 31, of Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo (EBE) was slapped with three charges – murder, assault and threatening language.The first charge alleged that on September 24, 2012, at Anna Catherina, WCD, he murdered 41-year-old Jennifer Persaud and her sons Afridi Bacchus, age six; and Jadon Persaud, 18 months old.He was not required to plea to the indictable charge.According to reports, on the night of September 24, 2012, the dead woman, who was an owner of a liquor store and bar, along with her two sons were discovered at around 20:10h with their throats slit.Her body was found on a bed with Afridi on top of her and Jadon on the floor next to the bed. Their bodies were said to be already in a state of decomposition, indicating that they were murdered about a day before the gruesome discovery was made.With the exception of the wardrobe that was out of order in the woman’s home, the remainder of the house was untouched.Meanwhile, Caesar pleaded not guilty to the second charge which alleged that on April 2, 2016, at Tuschen Housing Scheme, he assaulted Zoey Phillips with the intent to cause actual bodily harm.The third charge alleged that on April 22, 2016, at Tuschen Housing Scheme, he used threatening language and behaviour against Zoey Phillip.The prosecution’s case stated that on the day in question, at around 03:00h the accused went home and an argument ensued between him and his reputed wife Zoey Phillips.As the disagreement spiralled out of control, the accused threatened the Virtual Complainant (VC) to cut off her neck. He reportedly forced the VC to take off her clothing, threatening to beat her.The woman was able to escape and the matter was reported to a Police outpost in the area. Caesar was subsequently arrested.On the third charge, the accused denied the allegation openly in court after which the Magistrate entered him into a not guilty plea.Reports are that on the morning of April 22, 2016, after Phillips was able to escape the accused, she sought help from a Police outpost and was subsequently taken to the Leonora Police Station where she told Police Officers of the years of abuse that she endured at the hands of Caesar.But what she disclosed next would bring to light the person that was responsible for the deaths of the businesswoman and her sons; a case which had gone cold.Jennifer Persaud, 41, who was the owner of a liquor store and bar at Anna Catherina; and her sons Afridi Bacchus, six; and Jadon Persaud, who was 18 months old at the timeShe told Police Officers that they should question Caesar for that murder. When further questioned by Police, the woman divulged the gruesome details of that night.She disclosed that on the night in question, Caesar left their home in Anna Catherina where they were living at that time and that she reportedly saw him heading up to the businesswoman’s house after which she allegedly heard screams.She claimed that moments after, the man went back to his home and reportedly confessed to her what he had downe. She related that he allegedly explained that he had gone to rob the woman but she awoke and saw him. Because she would be able to identify him, he was forced to attack her, killing her in the process.The couple continued living next door to the dead woman for a while before they moved. Phillips stated that she was forced to keep quiet about the incident.The case will continue on May 31.
Formula One takes a step into the unknown this weekend with its first grand prix in Azerbaijan but triple world champion Lewis Hamilton hopes the race will take him back to familiar territory.A win in Baku would not only complete a hat-trick of victories for the Briton but could also see him overtake Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg at the top of the standings for the first time this year. After winning the last two races in Monaco and Montreal, while championship leader Rosberg finished off the podium, Hamilton slashed the gap between them from 43 points to nine.If Hamilton makes it three in a row by winning a race billed as the ‘European Grand Prix’, Rosberg must finish second to avoid falling behind his rival, who has beaten him to the championship for the last two years.”We need to try to keep on a roll if possible,” Hamilton said after winning in Canada on Sunday for the fifth time. “Onwards and upwards, hopefully.” (ALSO READ: Lewis Hamilton wins Canadian Grand Prix, dedicates it to Muhammad Ali)Rosberg, winner of the first four races of the season as well as the last three of 2015, needs to hit back in Baku.He won last season’s ‘new’ race, the Mexican Grand Prix that was returning for the first time since 1992, but Hamilton had just won his third title and taken his foot off the gas.”Canada unfortunately didn’t work out as planned. But that’s how things go when you’re pushing the limits and I’m not going to change my approach or start backing down,” said the German after making a quick getaway from Montreal.advertisement”I’m in this championship battle to win it, not to settle for second best.”CLOSING THE GAPWhile the spotlight remains on the fierce duel between the two Mercedes drivers, who have clashed on the opening lap twice in the last three races, the champions are no longer in a battle of their own.Ferrari and Red Bull have closed the performance gap and could be a real threat in Baku with its long straight and tight turns around the old city, a UNESCO world heritage site.”The speed of both the Ferrari and Red Bull is pretty much where we are now,” commented Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff after Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel made a lightning start in Canada and finished second.”We are seeing the convergence of performance between teams that naturally comes with stable regulations, and that has made the competition tougher than ever.”Formula One teams began setting up on Tuesday for a race that, despite campaigners calling for the sport to take a stance on human rights issues, has created a buzz throughout the paddock.”It looks spectacular when you see what they have built up in downtown Baku, going through the old city,” said Ferrari’s track operations head Jock Clear.”It looks a very exciting circuit. The stuff weve done on simulators and the photographs weve seen, it looks like its going to be a great place to race. I think both drivers are really up for that kind of street circuit.”