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Government decides to act promptly to resolve situation of Africans held in police cells.

first_img Share In photo: court gavel. Photo credit: lazytechguys.comAt a hearing at the High Court yesterday, Government gave a solemn undertaking to act quickly to resolve the situation of an African held in the police cell in Roseau. Tommy Ogunleye of Lagos, Nigeria has been in the cell awaiting deportation since April 8th of this year. Mr. Ogunleye entered the country as a prohibited immigrant some time in 2009 and was arrested in January 2011 for entering the country on a false Botswana Passport.He was charged and sent to Stock Farm Prison.  But on 8th April he pleaded guilty and was transferred to the police cell awaiting deportation where he remains to this day.The public will recall how the plight of this man and two other Africans was discovered at the beginning of June when Mr. Bernard Wiltshire, former Attorney General of Dominica was himself thrown in the same cell on what many people regard an abuse of police power.  But it was that fortuitous and unfortunate event that led to the public discovery of the situation of the Africans.Following this discovery an application for a Writ of  Habeas Corpus, whereby a person wrongly imprisoned can be released, was made on behalf of Mr. Ogunleye by these Chambers and heard by the High Court on 18th July 2011. The judge declined to release Mr. Ogunleye, in light of an undertaking by the government given to the Court that the government would make a travel ticket immediately available and had already applied to the governments of Trinidad, Curacoa and Holland for transit visas to facilitate his passage to Nigeria for which the Nigerian High Commission in Trinidad would provide the necessary travel documents.One of the Africans had already left through the intervention of the French authorities and the other would already have left, but for the same visa problems with visas.None of this would have happened so soon, but for the intervention of the public and these Chambers, and I would like to congratulate the Dominican public who have shown in the last few weeks a commendable quality to see that our country adheres to proper standards of human rights. I must also say that in the course of my preparations for the case, I obtained evidence of the most outstanding instance of humanity by a Dominican to a stranger in need who lent a helping hand, not knowing of course the circumstances which led that unfortunate man to our shores.Having said all this, there remains yet one unacceptable scandal of the squalor and horror of our detention cells, not only in the police station, but in the Magistrates court also which are reminiscent of the days when the Baracoon building was used as a holding area for African slaves wrenched from their African motherland by exceptionally evil human beings of a completely different race.Bernard WiltshireBala-Congoree Chambers Tweet LocalNews Government decides to act promptly to resolve situation of Africans held in police cells. by: – July 20, 2011 Sharecenter_img 20 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Kobe Bryant: Three of the nine victims’ bodies recovered from crash site

first_img Loading… Read Also: Kobe Bryant: Feds probe helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Audio of the pilot’s interactions with air traffic controllers show he intended on following the 101 highway towards Thousand Oaks – where the basketball academy was – when he veered off path and ended up crashing into the hill. It is possible he had become disoriented because of the poor visibility and thick fog and clouds. The pilot had been qualified to fly in foggy conditions and he was even given special clearance to fly on Sunday. The recovery effort is ongoing. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Three bodies have been recovered from the wreckage of Kobe Bryant’s helicopter, but police will not say who they belong to. Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna, 13, died when their helicopter crashed into the side of a hill in Calabasasa, California, on Sunday morning. Emergency teams at the debris-strewn crash site on Monday. Three bodies have been recovered but another six have not There were another seven people on board who also died; two of Gianna’s basketball teammates, their parents, a coach and the pilot. Where the helicopter crashed is on a patch of ‘rough’ terrain which emergency teams had trouble accessing throughout the afternoon on Sunday. They had to suspend their efforts on Sunday night and started again on Monday morning once it was light. It is unclear what kind of condition the bodies are in. Investigators continue to work at the scene of the crash on Monday. They are having trouble reaching the victims’ bodies Upon impact, the helicopter caught fire. Sheriff Alex Villlanueva said on Sunday: ‘It’s a logistical nightmare in a sense, because the crash site itself is not easily accessible. ‘They cannot access the crash site, it is a very rough terrain, dangerous even in daylight. We just want people to stay away.’ He said the terrain was ‘rough’ and that there was debris for 100 yards in every direction of the crash. What caused it remains unconfirmed. The NTSB will continue its investigation into the crash. Promoted ContentWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This7 Reasons You Have Trouble Getting Things DoneTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueCristiano Ronaldo Turns His Hotels Into Coronavirus Hospitals?9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different ActorsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

Donnelly addresses Decatur County Democrats

first_imgCo-Democrats of the Year Kenny Owens and Greg AllenGreensburg, In. — Decatur County Democrats gathered for their “Kickin’ Blue Dinner”, formerly known as the Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, over the weekend and welcomed incumbent U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly. Donnelly told the crowd, We have to stand up for America this November, stand for what’s right.”Four-term Decatur County councilman, Kenny Owens, and outgoing sheriff, Greg Allen, were named Co-Democrat of the Year.In addition to Donnelly, guests heard speeches from congressional candidate Jeannine Lee Lake, state representative candidates Corrine Westerfeld and Del Feuston, candidate for sheriff, David Durant, county clerk candidate, Karen Higginbotham, Marion Township trustee candidate, Ben Tylka, and Washington Township Advisory Board candidate, Terrah Nunley.last_img read more

Howard Memorial this weekend at Cottage Grove

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – One of the crown jewel events of Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified rac­ing in the Pacific Northwest will take place on Friday, July 10 and Saturday, July 11.The Cottage Grove Speedway Modified Nationals will be run in honor of Mark Howard, who was a very inspirational person to many people in the pit area and a driving mentor to several CGS driv­ers.Many of the best IMCA Modified drivers in the region will be in town for the two nights of action. Saturday’s main event is a fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier, paying $2,600 to win and a minimum of $100 to start.The driver entry fee is $100. Pit passes are the regular $30.00 each.Returning for the third straight year will be the Race Of Champions, which will be held on Friday and feature past champions and 2015 Modified feature winners. Drivers must call CGS General Manager Heather Boyce at 541 729-8666 and pay a $20 entry fee.The 2015 Howard Memorial format will be a point system where the top 10 in the qualifying fea­ture, heat race and qualifying points from Friday are locked into Saturday’s main event.The rest of the drivers will re-qualify through heats on the second night and start behind the locked-in cars.The main event payout is: 1. $2,600; 2. $1,500; 3. $1,000; 4. $600; 5. $500; 6. $400; 7. $300; 8. $250; 9. $200; 10. $150; 11.-back, $100.Admission prices both nights are adults $13, juniors, seniors and military $10, youth ages 6-12 are $5 and five and under are free. Pit gates open at 2 p.m., the front gates open at 4 p.m., qualify­ing is at 5:30 p.m. and racing begins at approximately 6:45 p.m.An entry form and information about format and rules are posted on the  track website, www.cottagegrovespeedway.com.last_img read more

Black Cats accept McClean offer

first_imgSunderland have accepted an undisclosed bid from Wigan for winger James McClean, Press Association Sport understands. Should a deal now be done for the 24-year-old to drop down to the Sky Bet Championship, it will bring to an end a colourful stay on Wearside. McClean was signed by former manager Martin O’Neill from Derry City in 2011 and made an immediate impact when thrown into the Sunderland first team. International honours soon followed, although with the Republic of Ireland rather than his native Northern Ireland. He courted controversy when he opted not to wear a poppy on his shirt during a game against Everton which fell on Remembrance weekend, while he was also involved in a number of controversies on Twitter which led to O’Neill criticising him for using the social networking site. Republic manager Giovanni Trapattoni took a liking to him, though, and selected him for Euro 2012, but new Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio does not seem to be as big a fan and is willing to allow him to leave. The Italian has made sweeping changes at the club this summer, signing nine new players, and McClean, along with the already-departed Titus Bramble and Matthew Kilgallon, appears to be a victim of the new regime. McClean made 70 appearances for Sunderland scoring 11 goals. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Van Persie: I’m happy at United

first_img Press Association There have been rumours the Dutch international is unhappy at Old Trafford. However, Van Persie has claimed he would be happy to sign a new deal with United. His current contract runs until summer 2016. Robin van Persie has moved to end speculation that he wants to leave Manchester United. The striker told United Review, the club’s official programme: “I don’t mind if my performances get dissected and people criticise what I’ve done on the pitch. They can talk about my game 24/7 for all I care… and a lot of those opinions and criticisms may actually be right. So I don’t mind that. “What I need to address are the situations when people are taking it upon themselves to think for me, make assumptions, or interpret things as if they are me. “Last time I checked my head was still attached to my body, so I’m the only one who knows exactly what I’m feeling and that is not what I or the fans have been reading. “The truth is I’m very happy here at this club. I signed for four years and I’d be delighted to stay even longer, beyond the next two years I have left on my contract. “This is how I feel, although it’s not what has been suggested in the media.” Van Persie signed a four-year contract following his £24million move from Arsenal in 2012 but stoked speculation over his future last month when he complained that his team-mates had been getting in his way during United’s 2-0 defeat to Olympiacos in the Champions League. The 30-year-old then cut a frustrated figure when being substituted against West Brom last weekend, having failed to add to his tally of 14 goals in 20 games this season. That impressive strike-rate masks what has nevertheless been a largely troubled campaign marred by niggling injuries and a number of poor results under new manager David Moyes. Moyes’ arrival on the back of Sir Alex Ferguson’s surprise exit at the end of last season has also been held up by some sections of the media as a source of Van Persie’s apparent discontent, but the player insists he is thriving under the new system. “The sessions we have on the training ground are fantastic and I’m learning a lot from them every day,” said Van Persie, whose 26 league goals in an ever-present campaign were the cornerstone of United’s title triumph last season. “I’ve been a professional footballer for 12 years now and there’s no doubt I’m learning new things and progressing with David Moyes. “Over the last few years, I’ve started to look more closely at the way coaches work to learn from them – not just here at the club, but with the international team as well. “I’ve worked with some brilliant coaches and I’ve taken a real interest in all the methods they use and the choices they make. And Moyes’ sessions and the things he says in his team meetings are spot on. “I really enjoy working under him and I’m absolutely convinced things will pick up and we’ll turn it around. He really wants things to work here at Manchester United and I want the same, just like the other players. We’re all working hard to make this work.” Reflecting on the recent speculation over his future, Van Persie added: ” Like I said, talk about my performances or talk about a tackle that was too late. I don’t mind. But it goes too far when people start suggesting, amongst other things, that I have a bad understanding with the manager. That’s not true at all.” last_img read more

Cricket News ICC threatens to slash BCCI’s annual revenue share, 2021 and 2023 events in India under cloud

first_imghighlights New Delhi: The BCCI is set to seek advice from an English law firm after the ICC threatened to deduct a part of the Indian cricket board’s annual revenue share in a continuing tussle on tax exemptions for events held in India. The Shashank Manohar-led International Cricket Council (ICC) wants complete tax exemption for all global events happening in India and is still awaiting waiver for the 2016 World T20 held in the country. According to the latest documentation of the July 6 Committee of Administrators (CoA) meeting here, the ICC wants to recover the tax burden for the 2016 event by slashing the BCCI annual share from the ICC revenue.     The BCCI legal team has informed the CoA that the Board “ensured all efforts to make tax exemptions to ICC. Prior to this event (2016), these events have always received tax exemptions.”     In the recorded minutes uploaded on the BCCI’s website, it is stated that the ICC wants to slash the BCCI’s annual revenue and recover the amount.     “For the 2016 event, tax authorities directed that 10 per cent of the amount payable by ICC’s broadcaster (Star Sports) to ICC under media rights agreement (MRA) should be withheld. The CoA was informed that ICC is now attempting to recover the same amount by deducting the same amounts payable by ICC to BCCI,” it stated.     The CoA has asked the BCCI legal team to contact an “English law firm” since the “agreement between BCCI and the ICC in relation to the hosting of the 2016 World T20 is governed by English law.”     When contacted, a senior BCCI official said that if ICC has its way, the annual revenue of USD 405 million earmarked for the richest cricket board could be slashed by USD 40.5 million (10 per cent).     “The BCCI can’t change the existing government tax laws. We have time and again intimated this to the ICC,” the official told PTI on Thursday. He agreed that unless the current tax law structure is changed or the government of the day agrees on a waiver, there could be problems in hosting of the next two big events in India — the 2021 World T20 and the 2023 50-over World Cup.     “Normally ICC seeks exemption on excise duties for importing TV production equipment. But in this case Star (Sports) which also has the BCCI’s home match rights has a set up in India,” the BCCI official pointed out.     “So why does BCCI need to carry their burden? In any case, we can’t violate government laws and the ICC chairman should be the first one to know that as he has also been BCCI president,” the official said.      Deadlock on Azharuddin’s payments to continue     In other decisions, the BCCI will not clear the payments pending towards former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin after he was banned on match-fixing charges in 2000.     While Azharuddin’s name is not mentioned in the minutes of the July 6 meeting, it states about CoA, having discussed “payments being not made to a certain retired senior cricketer.”     “After some discussions, the CoA decided that no further decision is to be taken in this matter.”     The senior official said that the player in question is Azharuddin.          Orders by Ethics Officer on Conflict cases not to be on the website         The CoA has decided that there is no provision in the new constitution that requires the orders passed by the Ethics Officer to be published on the board’s website and henceforth only a summarised report will be made public.     Also in the minutes of the June 29 meeting, it was decided by the Vinod Rai-led committee that from now on, any complaint filed against BCCI office-bearers or officials will have to be accompanied with a sworn statement from the complainant that he takes “responsibility and ownership of the contents of the complaints.”          Pune and Ranchi swap Tests due to Durga Puja             Pune will now host the second Test between India and South Africa from October 10 to 14 instead of Ranchi which has been handed the third and final Test from October 19-23.     The decision was taken at a CoA meeting on June 29 after the Jharkhand State Cricket Association expressed its inability to host on earlier dates as they are clashing with Durga Puja. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Pune to host the second Test between India and South Africa, Ranchi third.ICC has requested the government of the day to agree on a waiver.Annual revenue of the BCCI could be slashed by 10 per cent.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua Vows to Stop Tyson Fury in Round Six

first_img“I have a lot of respect for the man, he’s a good family man and a good fighter, but on the other hand, I want to break his head,” Joshua said curtly while appearing on Sky One’s A League Of Their Own.The unified champion then made a forthright prediction about Fury’s fate.‘First six rounds, I think, well I know I’m going to take him out then,’ he said.‘I have had a shorter career, so I’m fresher.‘I’ve been in the deep end longer so I can handle the pressure and I believe I’m going to take him out.‘Fury drew the first and then rejigged his game plan and took Wilder out and schooled him really but I think I’m faster than Wilder anyway, call it what you want, I believe I’m better.’Fury is set to defend the world title he stripped Wilder of back in February, either at the back end of this year or early in 2021, and has been cleared by the WBC to take whatever fight he wants to should he come through victorious.Joshua, meanwhile, is scheduled to take on Kubrat Pulev and is hoping to face Fury afterwards to decide the first undisputed heavyweight champion since the early 2000s.Joshua holds the WBA, IBF, WBO, and IBO heavyweight title belts.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Anthony Joshua Anthony Joshua has warned Tyson Fury he wants to ‘break his head’ ahead of their prospective heavyweight Battle of Britain.The rivals have agreed financial terms on a two-fight deal, which has one less hurdle to overcome after Dillian Whyte was removed as the mandatory challenger to Fury’s WBC belt following his knockout defeat by Alexander Povetkin.Both Fury and Joshua are otherwise engaged and must first deal with Deontay Wilder and Kubrat Pulev before settling the argument over who is the greatest heavyweight of their generation, but already AJ is firing the warning shots.last_img read more

UW men’s cross country team looks to defend Roy Griak title

first_imgThe UW men’s cross country team looks to continue its strong start by going for its record-setting 12th Griak Gold title at Saturday’s Roy Griak Invitational. Competing alongside Wisconsin at the Griak are a number of other ranked team including No. 4 Brigham Young, No. 8 Cal Poly, No. 11 Arizona State, No. 13 Ohio State, No. 15 Butler, No. 17 Iowa, No. 24 Providence and No. 25 Minnesota. In total, 60 NCAA Division I teams, 25 of which will be competing against Wisconsin for the Gold title, will compete at the Invitational.Wisconsin has taken home the Gold each of the past two years and eight times in the past 11, losing only to Providence (1998 and 2000) and Oregon (2002).Reflecting on the incredible run the team had last year, finishing first in the Big Ten for the sixth consecutive year, first in the Region for the third consecutive year and the fifth time in six years, and second in the NCAA Championship for the third straight year, winning has become sort of second nature.But winning this invitational will not be a walk in the park. BYU took the Cascade Golf Course Autumn Classic in Orem, Utah, two weeks ago with the strong running of its one-two punch of sophomore Dustin Bybee, who won the meet, and Chandler Goodwin, who finished second. Both look to continue their dominating starts at this weekend’s Griak without the assistance of junior Josh Rohatinsky, who will not participate this weekend.Cal Poly, led by senior Brandon Collins, Arizona State, led by junior All-American Aaron Aguayo, who finished fourth at last year’s Griak, Ohio State, led by last year’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year John Ealy and teammate Glenn Collins, look to flex their muscles and give Wisconsin a run for the title.Pacing 15th-ranked Butler is freshman Phillip Schwein, who took first in his first meet, the Ball State invitational. Also running for Butler is Phil Hawley, Steve Smith, and Adam Hill. Their top runner, Scott Overall, who led his team to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, will be held out.The Hawkeyes will be sending their top four finishers from the Iowa Invitational: Eric MacTaggart, Dan Haut, Jeff Kent, and Adam Roche. Making up the roster of the two-time Griak winners, Providence, are senior Martin Fagan, who won the Fordham invitational on Sept. 10, and senior Joe Dionne. The Golden Gophers look for sophomore runner Justin Grunewald to place after his strong performance at Brigham Young’s Cascade open, where he finished third overall. True freshman and New London, Wis., native Chris Rombough finished an impressive sixth. Minnesota also looks forward to the return of captain Erik Grumstrup and Antonio Vega, who missed the Cascade open due to injury.As for Wisconsin, the only question that remains for Saturday is: Can anyone say 12?last_img read more

Badgers get big sweep to end 1st half

first_imgCraig Smith had the game-winner in UW’s 3-2 come-from-behind win over Bemidji St. Friday night.[/media-credit]November wasn’t kind to Wisconsin, but entering the mid-season break, the men’s hockey team finally has a bit of momentum again.The Badgers swept WCHA foe Bemidji State at the Kohl Center, winning 2-0 and 3-2 games to pick up four important points in the standings. Wisconsin owns a three game winning streak now, matching its best stretch since sweeping Michigan Tech and winning a game at Minnesota as October turned to November.Saturday’s 2-0 win and Friday’s 3-2 victory were both tightly contested, but in game two, the Badgers did the one thing that has seemed to elude them all season: start strong.UW has been prone all season to slow starts, especially at home, but came out Saturday with energy, skating hard and finishing checks.“We were really solid in the first period,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “That was as good a solid start as you can get – maybe not flying up and down the ice, but we did the things we needed.”The Badgers weren’t rewarded for their work until the first period was almost over, though.With under a minute to play, freshman winger Michael Mersch made a move around a BSU defenseman and entered the offensive zone. With fellow freshman Tyler Barnes flying up the other wing, Mersch had an open look from the left circle, but elected to drop the puck to defenseman Justin Schultz in the high slot. Schultz fired the puck right back to Mersch right outside the crease, who redirected the puck for an easy goal.“When you give Justin the puck, good things happen,” Mersch said. “I saw him out of the corner of my eye, and he gave it back to me. It was a great play.”UW held its 1-0 lead through a scoreless second period.At 13:08 of the third, senior Podge Turnbull – who was moved to center for this game – won a faceoff in the Bemidji State zone, dropping the puck to defenseman Frankie Simonelli. Simonelli shot the puck on goal and Turnbull managed to get a stick on the shot, causing the puck to skip past BSU goaltender Dan Bakala go give UW a 2-0 lead.The Badgers would withstand the Beavers’ last ditch efforts with their goaltender pulled to preserve the win and give goaltender Scott Gudmandson a shutout.Gudmandson, who had a shaky start to Friday’s game, was excellent for 117 and a half minutes of the series, controlling rebounds and playing the puck with confidence.“I think I’ve been playing pretty well the last few games here,” he said of his play. “I’ve got to give a lot of credit to the guys playing around me.”Gudmandson was partly bailed out by Craig Smith Friday night, as the sophomore scored the game-winning goal early in the third period to give UW a 3-2 win.With Wisconsin on the power play due to a check from behind by BSU’s Shea Walters, Mark Zengerle found Smith in the slot, and the center fired home a shot to complete the UW comeback. Gudmandson weathered almost a minute and a half of 6-on-5 play to end the game and made up for a rough start to the game.Those two and a half minutes of poor play almost ruined game one for the Badgers. By the 2:30 mark of the first period Friday, BSU already had a 2-0 lead.On a delayed interference penalty to Jordy Murray, Bemidji State pulled Bakala for the extra attacker and scored when Radoslav Illo managed to poke a puck over Gudmandson’s shoulder to give BSU a 1-0 lead.On the resultant power play, it took just 29 seconds for the Beavers to strike again, as Ian Lowe fired a cross-ice pass to Jordan George at the bottom of the right circle. George hammered the puck home to give the Beavers the early two-goal advantage.“It was probably as disappointing a start as we’ve had this year,” Eaves said.Smith would pull the Badgers to within one at 12:16 of the first period, taking a pass from Barnes in transition and making a move on Bakala one-on-one to make it a 2-1 game.Just over halfway through the second period, Turnbull scored after firing a shot from the BSU blue line that knuckled and managed to get past Bakala and tie the game.“Good things happen when you shoot the puck, especially when you get it on net,” Turnbull said. “I can’t say too much about the shot or anything.”The two wins give the Badgers something to build off of as they take a three-week break. Eaves has consistently said he would wait until the winter layoff to reassess where the team is at. Saturday’s gutsy win at least gives him a good feeling to end the first half of the season.“Satisfying would be a word,” he said. “We told the boys, I hope this is a satisfying win for you.”last_img read more