Otis “Otiesha” Pearson was on Friday arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Leron Daly on a charge of engaging in sexual activity with a child under the age of 16 years. This incident allegedly occurred on December 24, 2017.The 40-year-old Pearson, of Lot 61 Station Street, Kitty Georgetown, was not required to plea to the indictable charge. He was placed on bail in the sum ofOtis “Otiesha” Pearson$300,000, and is expected to return to court on June 19.RECAPOtis Pearson was arrested by Police on March 6, 2018 after the Child Care and Protection Agency (CCPA) had closed its investigation into the alleged rape of a child in February.According to CCPA Head Ann Greene, the Agency had gathered statements from a number of persons, including the child in the middle of the controversy.The investigation was launched when Pearson was reportedly heard in an interview reporting that he has “a little boy for every day of the week.”The statement quickly became a serious matter when a photo of Pearson hugging a lad was leaked on Facebook.Investigations revealed that the lad was indeed below the age of 16, and was being bullied after the photos were leaked.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champTwo girls were taken to St. Mary Medical Center while the other was taken to Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Duree said, adding that all three were in critical condition when they were transported. One girl died at 2:47 a.m. and a short time later one of her sisters succumbed to her injuries, he said. The surviving 7-year-old victim was in critical condition and relocated to to the Pediatric Critical Care Unit at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, Duree said. A woman and man, believed to be the victims’ parents, arrived on the scene during the investigation and were meeting with a grief counselor, he said. The victims’ 17-year-old sister was babysitting her siblings when the fire started. She alerted neighbors, who called for help, Duree said, adding that the girl was not hurt. It appeared the fire started in a general living room area of the garage apartment, he said. There was no Christmas tree in the home. The cause of the fire was under investigation by the Long Beach fire and police departments. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONG BEACH – A fire broke out in Long Beach today in a garage converted into an apartment, leaving two young girls dead and one of their sisters in critical condition, authorities said. The fire at 1052 1/2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, near East 11th Street, was reported shortly after 2 a.m. and knocked down within five minutes by 20 firefighters, said Capt. Mike Duree, a Long Beach Fire Department spokesman. Arriving firefighters confronted heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of a property consisting of two small single-family homes and a garage converted into an apartment, Duree said. The structures were not physically connected. While battling the blaze, which was confined to an area in the garage apartment, firefighters discovered three girls — ages 6, 7, and 10 — unconscious on the floor in a bedroom adjacent to a room engulfed in flames, he said.
Opportunity for marine tourism to benefit NZThe benefits of marine tourism must be recognised in plans to create marine protected areas around New Zealand, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.Establishing marine protected areas will help attract both international and domestic visitors, TIA Chief Executive Chris Roberts says. A network of marine protected areas would increase visitor numbers to adjoining regions, growing local economies.However, more consultation with the tourism industry is needed, particularly if a concessions system is introduced, Mr Roberts says.“Tourism operators such as whale watch operators, seal swimming operators, diving and snorkelling operators, kayak operators and recreational fishing charters have strong links and interest in marine protected areas. We are of the opinion that tourism and the sector’s interests are strongly under-represented in the proposal.”In its submission to the Ministry for the Environment, TIA says the proposal shows a lack of understanding of the potential impact on the tourism sector.Seafood exports are worth $1.38 billion a year to New Zealand but international tourism adds $11.8 billion to the economy.So it is vitally important that any legislation for Marine Protected Areas take the tourism industry into consideration, Mr Roberts says. It must also consider the needs of the cruise sector, which is worth $436 million a year to New Zealand’s economy.The benefits of marine reserves to communities has been proved, with Northland’s Poor Knights Islands being an excellent example, he says. Since the Poor Knights received Marine Reserve Status in 2008, there has been significant growth in dive/snorkel adventure tourism to the area.Dive! Tutukaka, a dive charter/eco-tourism operator on the Tutukaka Coast, estimates that the direct value of their tourism attraction to the local community over the last 20 years exceeds $50 million. During the height of the season, they directly employ over 60 people, all due to activities generated from having the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve.Research has shown that dive visitors to Tutukaka spend considerably more than other visitors. This success could be replicated elsewhere, Mr Roberts says.“The proposal to establish Marine Protected Areas could bring benefits to New Zealand for years to come and will support the tourism industry’s Tourism 2025 goal of growing total annual tourism revenue to $41 billion over the next decade,” Mr Roberts says. Tourism Industry Association New ZealandSource = Tourism Industry Association New Zealand