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Wife fined for assaulting disabled husband

first_imgA couple who have been married for several years appeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Friday after the wife was fined for assaulting her husband, who is wheelchair bound.Stacy London admitted to the charge when it was read to her by Senior Magistrate Leron Daly.The court heard that on two different occasions, the woman assaulted her disabled husband, Ethan London.In her defence, Mrs London told the court that both incidents occurred while she was attempting to drive her vehicle out of their driveway when her husband tried to prevent her from doing same.“As I was about to back out of the yard, he rolled his wheelchair to block me from driving out, so I came out of the car and tried to remove him but instead he held on to my hands and started behaving in a disorderly manner”.Further, the woman stated that as a result, he fell out of the wheelchair.After listening to her explanation, Magistrate Daly told the woman that she was wrong to assault the man since he is disabled.Nevertheless, the woman was fined $10,000 on each charge.last_img read more

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South African tourism weighs up BRICS

first_imgMiller Matola and Kingsley Makhubela Moderator Richard Quest of CNN grills the panel Kingsley Makhubela and Thandiwe January-McLean Emerging markets and diversification were among the topics discussed at this year’s global media face-off at INDABA in Durban. With the rise of BRICS nations under the spotlight, South African Tourism chief executive Thandiwe January-McLean said the country must continue to diversify its tourism offerings and experiences, as well as its market focus, in order to achieve further success. “We have to think very creatively,” Ms January-McLean said, adding that tourism in South Africa was “evolving constantly”. “This new focus, supported by SA Tourism’s marketing strategies and campaigns for the next year, is of particular importance to the markets that showed exponential growth throughout 2010 – Brazil, India, China and African countries.” According to the International Marketing Council chief executive, Miller Matola, a burgeoning middle class in BRICS nations, as well as African countries, presented huge opportunities for the local leisure and business tourism industries. “Given South Africa’s prominence in the emerging global economy, following our recent integration into BRICS, the rise of the developing world’s share of global economic power is particularly relevant to future growth of the tourism industry,” said Matola. However, when asked whether South Africa was sufficiently ready to handle an anticipated influx of Chinese visitors in particular, National Department of Tourism director-general Kingsley Makhubela bluntly said the country was not, although it was beginning to address the issue by educating tour guides in Mandarin and Cantonese. Question marks were also raised over the affordability of South Africa as a long haul destination, with Board of Airline Representatives of South Africa chief executive Allan Moore saying flying to the republic was “absolutely” still expensive, thanks largely to increased labour costs.Defending the country’s affordability, Ms January-McLean said that when people arrived in the country “there was still a sense of value for money”. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: M.Hlast_img read more