Ex-soldier died from gunshot wounds – autopsy

first_imgThe finding of the autopsy done on the body of Marlon Rodney, the ex-soldier who was shot at the junction of Durban Street and Mandela Avenue in Georgetown during a heated argument with two men, is that he died as a result of gunshot wounds.Rodney was shot at least four times on April 25, 2019 during a heated argument over money owed to one of his assailants. During the incident, 20-year-old Shaquille Dion of Durban Street, Georgetown, who was passing at the time, also sustained gunshot injury, but has since been discharged from the hospital.Guyana Times was told that the shooting occurred at about 09:30h, and stemmed from a disagreement Rodney had had with one of the gunmen. According to reports, Rodney and one of the men reportedly had had a heated argument over money owed to him by Rodney when the suspect left and returned with two others.Following another headed argument, the trio, who were reportedly brandishing guns, opened fire on Rodney. Following the shooting, the suspects escaped.An investigation has since been launched.last_img read more

Latest slow-moving traffic experience: video roadshows

first_imgWhile law enforcement officials condemn the activities as dangerous – and often illegal – experts say people are turning to video as they search for answers to the madness on the roads. “Los Angeles has some of the worst traffic in the world,” said James David Ballard, a sociology professor at California State University, Northridge. “It’s in response to that particular reality. It’s people coming to grips with their circumstances.” Encountering a bottleneck on the Sepulveda Pass, for instance, Eric Swiss pulled out his camera and recorded the scene around him. He called it the quintessential Los Angeles movie – one that goes on for miles. “If you get frustrated about it, it’s going to get you,” said Swiss, 32. “It’s part of life in L.A. You might as well turn it into something useful.” Given that nearly everyone in Los Angeles is an aspiring filmmaker, it’s not surprising that self-expression comes in the form of clever camera work. Video after video shows life on the jam-packed Ventura, San Diego and Hollywood freeways, along with a commentary about dealing with it. In a weird juxtaposition of L.A.’s notorious traffic and its legendary filmmakers, hundreds of motorists are videotaping their experiences on the region’s roadways and posting them online. In one video posted on YouTube.com, two buddies duel with toy swords as their cars sit side by side in a jam on the 405 Freeway. Another motorist created a two-minute monologue comparing the experience of sitting in traffic to the five stages of grief. One motorist’s frustration is palpable as she holds up her camera cell phone while driving, creating a six-second clip and saying, “Los Angeles traffic, it’s as bad as you ever heard.” In one short, a guy gets up on the hood of his car and dances. In another, two hipsters with long dangling earrings ignore the traffic whizzing by on the Ventura Freeway as they sing and shimmy in their seats to a popular tune. Making the videos is a healthy way to alleviate stress, particularly the type that develops in traffic jams, where motorists have no way to deal with pumping adrenaline, said Martha Beck, a Phoenix-based life coach, adding that tension levels drop if drivers can focus on something else. “It’s not the traffic that’s causing the frustration so much as your interpretation of it,” she said. “Your mind is telling you, `I’m going to be late.’ “If you can shift that storytelling of the mind – such as making a YouTube movie – immediately your stress level will go down.” Still, while some are busy making these videos, there’s also a solid audience watching, responding and connecting to them. They are armchair critics of an experience they know all too well. Beck said viewers are drawn to the videos because traffic remains an unsolved problem for them. Attention is naturally drawn to situations that are not resolved, because people are looking for answers. “Traffic is a problem people don’t feel capable of solving on their own,” Beck said. “They want to commiserate and pay attention to it wherever they see it.” sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Rowling’s Christian critics miss the mark

first_imgTHERE are some Christian factions that love to criticize J.K. Rowling and her Harry Potter books. References to witchcraft, paganism, curses and hexes make the books easy targets for the defenders of righteousness. It turns out these factions of Christianity miss their mark. Instead of focusing on how things like witchcraft and paganism are anti-Christian themes, they should have been criticizing Rowling’s interpretation of life after death. During her book tour visit to the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Monday, a reporter asked Rowling to explain the last time she wrote about Albus Dumbledore, the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Dumbledore dies in the sixth book, but meets Harry in limbo, somewhere between life and death, near the end of “The Deathly Hallows.” Before leaving Harry, Dumbledore is seen crying in grief and shame as he says good-bye and returns to being dead, while Harry goes on living. The reporter wanted to know if Dumbledore spends eternity crying and in pain. Rowling said no, that Dumbledore has a wonderful afterlife, despite the mistakes he made during his life. Then Rowling proceeded to explain her thoughts on the afterlife. “On any given moment, if you asked me (if) I believe in life after death, I think if you polled me regularly through the week, I think I would come down on the side of yes – that I do believe in life after death,” Rowling said. “It’s something that I wrestle with a lot. It preoccupies me a lot, and I think that’s very obvious within the books.” This is what Rowling’s Christian critics should really be angry about. For Rowling, the afterlife is more than a promise. It exists. Without Christ. She has created a world where the dead walk among the living, where the afterlife is for everyone; and in some regards it’s a better place than the living world. Death is not that horrible of an option. For many Christians, accepting Jesus Christ as savior is the only path to an afterlife. Those who don’t are lost, sent to hell, or purgatory, or someplace other than heaven. Rowling doesn’t need Christ. Not in her wizard world. Not in her afterlife. Not anywhere near Harry Potter. That is the reason Christians should be upset with Rowling – not because her child characters perform spells and curses and delve into witchcraft, but because they do not need Christ to have an afterlife. None of us do, in Rowling’s views. In the world of Harry Potter, dying is not something that needs to be feared. Those who are afraid of dying become corrupted, misguided, lost and alone. Dumbledore is the best example of what happens to Rowling’s characters who embrace the thought of an afterlife. They take chances. They challenge authority. Most importantly, they aren’t afraid to fail. Dumbledore turns out to be a failure in many ways, but it doesn’t affect his place in the afterlife. He may have regrets, but he would not trade his afterlife for a chance to return among the living. Harry gets to make that choice – to be dead or alive. In that sense, he is much luckier than any of us will ever be. That moment when Harry gets to decide if he wants to live or die best illustrates Rowling’s struggle with the concept of life after death. “The truth is that, like Graham Greene, my faith is sometimes that my faith will return,” Rowling said. “It’s something I struggle with a lot.” Tim Haddock writes for the Daily News’ Harry Potter blog, Portkey to Hogwarts, www.insidesocal.com/harrypotter.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more