Justice for Tymar Crawford! Momentum escalates in Pensacola

first_imgFamily, friends and supporters of Tymar Crawford held two actions Aug. 5 and Aug. 8 that escalated the struggle to win “Justice for Tymar!” Crawford was an unarmed 28-year-old Black man killed in front of his fiancee, Kimberly Henderson, and children on July 5 by the Pensacola Police Department. The coalition that organized the actions included Dream Defenders-Pensacola, Party for Socialism & Liberation, Pensacola Women’s March and Workers World Party.Tymar CrawfordCrawford’s family is demanding the following: the names of all officers involved be released; the immediate termination of all officers involved; the city of Pensacola legislate and work to establish an all-civilian oversight structure that includes a police commission as well as a civilian complaint office, by July 5, 2020; deprioritization of enforcement on activities such as marijuana possession, loitering, disorderly conduct and random stops in high crime areas; required quarterly police training after consultation with local agencies and organizations to conduct training, which includes implicit bias, community interaction that is specific to communities of color and those of lower socioeconomic status,  de-escalation and minimizing use of force; and restitution for the family that covers funeral costs and long-term trauma-specific therapy. Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson IV claimed in a press conference that some of the demands would be met immediately, such as reducing arrests based on petty marijuana possession and loitering. However, just days later, behind the backs of Crawford’s family and concerned working-class people of Pensacola, Mayor Robinson announced he would be bringing in a federal task force to crack down on gun violence. In other words, Mayor Robinson’s solution to police brutality against Black people is … more police.City officials confronted …On Aug. 5 the organizing groups, along with Crawford’s family and friends, showed up at Pensacola City Hall unannounced to confront the city for withholding information and to challenge Mayor Robinson’s erroneous decision to bring in more police to oppressed communities. Dream Defenders-Pensacola Organizing Lead Jamil Davis spoke about the disappointment and anger felt by Crawford’s family at the lack of care shown by the city. City Councilmember Jewel Cannada-Wynn attempted to deflect the outrage by claiming the meeting wasn’t a regular agenda meeting. Dream Defenders Transformative Justice Coordinator Hale Morrissette stood up and cut Councilwoman Cannada-Wynn off, confronting the City Council as well as Mayor Robinson, who had his back to the crowd. This resulted in an immediate end to the first half of the meeting in which family and organizers directly challenged Mayor Robinson about his lack of transparency.After the mayor claimed that he had met with the family — though he had not — he eventually admitted that though he had been on Crawford’s street after his death, talking to community members, he couldn’t remember which house was Crawford’s. He then claimed that the family was receiving counseling; they have not. Mayor Robinson also brought up Elizabeth Harris, a 20-year-old Black woman shot and killed in a random driveby shooting outside a Pensacola nightclub in May, implying that local, mainly Black, organizers were not giving that case adequate attention. Random gun violence, while a pressing issue, is not the same as police violence; the two have completely different power dynamics. Elizabeth Harris did not deserve to be murdered, but Tymar Crawford, murdered by the capitalist, white supremacist state, did not deserve to be killed either.… and confronted againOn Aug. 8 between 30 and 50 members of the community showed up again at City Hall, specifically for the regular agenda meeting, and demanded to be heard. A single script was written because Pensacola City Council allows only three minutes per speaker. So the script was read in order and passed off to a different person every three minutes.This disciplined act took up well over half an hour, with each speaker reemphasizing that Tymar Crawford did not deserve his death and calling the city out for underfunding Black communities while money is poured into building a new jail in West Pensacola.Another statement was read outlining the racist history of the police. It was no coincidence that there was increased police presence at this meeting. At one point, activists read the Assata Shakur chant aloud and issued a warning that until all demands from the family are met — including the new demand for calling off the federal task force — civil unrest will continue. Until the city meets the demands, organizers vow the escalation of resistance will continue. Revolutionary discipline continues to grow in Pensacola and the struggle shows no signs of slowing down. The people say: Justice for Tymar Crawford!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Magazine publisher released on bail

first_img News December 22, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Magazine publisher released on bail IndiaAsia – Pacific RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 At the same time, two opposition MPs were arrested for allegedly stealing with Gopal a ransom put together in 2000 to win the release of a film star Veerappan had kidnapped. The accusations were recently repeated in a book by a former Tamil Nadu police chief.Gopal, who is being prosecuted in half a dozen cases, has been frequently interrogated by police. A warrant for his arrest was issued in February in connected with his supposed involvement in two killings attributed to Veerappan. Last month, the Chennai High Court granted him conditional bail. Nakkheeran notably exposed scandals during chief minister Jayalalithaa’s first government in the early 1990s. News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Follow the news on India News News India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media to go further Organisation RSF_en Magazine publisher RR Gopal, of the Tamil-language publication Nakkheeran, was freed on bail on 20 December on the order of the Tamil Nadu High Court.Gopal, who has been held in Chennai Central prison for more than eight months, remains accused of conspiracy “to separate Tamil Nadu from the Indian State” and possession of a firearm.He was charged on 11 April 2003 under the Prevention of Terrorism Acts (POTA).The journalist described his release as a “first blow” against this “autocratic law”.———————————————————Editor of Nakkheeran harassed in detentionR.R.Gopal, editor of the Tamil-language magazine Nakkheeran, has been harassed by police since he was arrested on 11 April, according to his lawyers. One of his colleagues, A. Kamaraj, said Gopal had been interrogated in only his underwear for several hours at the police station in Chintadripet after his arrest. He was then taken to Satyamangalam Forest, where the notorious bandit Veerappan is said to be hiding, so as to fabricate evidence of his ties with the bandit. They forced him to pose for a police photographer and threatened to kill him if he did not. Kamaraj said all this confirmed fears that the editor’s life was in danger.When he was formally charged by a court in Chennai, Gopal told the judge he was afraid police would kill him when they tried to make him say that several prominent figures, including former Tamil Nadu state chief minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi, were involved in corruption in the hunt for Veerappan. He said he was also interrogated about the disappearance of a police informer they said had been captured by the Veerappan gang. ————————————-04.17.2003 Editor charged under anti-terrorism actR.R. Gopal, editor of the Tamil magazine Nakkheeran, was sent to prison in Poonnamalle, near Chennai, after being formally charged by Judge L.Rajendran under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) of conspiring to promote the secession of Tamil Nadu state and possessing a firearm. It was the first time a journalist had been charged under the controversial Act. Police said they found the weapon on him, along with leaflets put out by aTamil separtist movement. His colleagues and family said the charges, which were repeated to the media by the state’s chief minister, were false. Gopal’s father said he feared for his son’s life.————————————-04.14.2003 Editor of Nakkheeran arrested in Tamil NaduReporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) today denounced the arrest of R. R. Gopal, editor of the biweekly Tamil magazine Nakkheeran, for supposed “illegal possession of firearms” and “sedition,” calling it an attempt by police to hide their inability to find Veerapan, one of India’s most notorious bandits.It said Gopal and other journalists in the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu were being made into scapegoats and called on the state’s chief minister, Selvi J. Jayalalithaa, to free him at once and drop the charges against him.His arrest on 11 April was the latest twist in a long-standing effort to intimidate Gopal and his journalists for their reporting on Veerappan and his gang, who security forces have been trying to capture for several years. Nakkheeran journalist Siva Subramanian has been in prison in neighbouring Karnataka state since November 2001 accused of being in league with the bandits.Plainclothes police arrested Gopal in the town of Chennai on 11 April as he was leaving his office. They said they found a gun on him as well as leaflets put out by the banned separatist Tamil Nadu Liberation Army. He was interrogated throughout the night, dozens of journalists were barred from the police building and police refused to speak to them. The next day, a court ordered him to be held at the town’s main prison until 25 April. Help by sharing this information June 10, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts IndiaAsia – Pacific March 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Swilly Ferry officially sets sail for summer season!

first_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Google+ Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook By News Highland – July 2, 2020 center_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews Previous articleSurvey reveals Donegal as second favourite staycation destinationNext articleNo ‘one size fits all’ for social distancing in schools – INTO News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter The Swilly Ferry has officially set sail this week and has been described as a lifeline for tourism in Donegal for the remainder of the summer season.The ferry, which runs between Rathmullan and Buncrana has a number of crossings dailyMeanwhile, the Foyle Ferry is to resume services in the coming weeks.Local Cllr Jack Murray says the service will play a vital role in making staycations even more attractive for holidaymakers:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/jadsfsdfsdfsdckferry.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Swilly Ferry officially sets sail for summer season!last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY MAY 1, 2015

first_imgFINISH LINES: Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer on the status of Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief, currently recovering at Golden Gate Fields from an injury suffered in the Charles Town Classic on April 18: “He has no surgical issues whatsoever. He tweaked his right hind leg coming out of the gate so it’s going to take some time to heal, but hopefully not a lot of time. I would expect him to be 100 percent recovered.” . . . Agent Vic Lipton is two-for-two with his new rider, Alex Solis, who captured Thursday’s fourth race for trainer John Shirreffs aboard Smart Transition by 2 ¼ lengths at a $3.40 win payoff. Solis is named on five horses Saturday . . . Jockey Saul Arias has been suspended three racing days (May 10, 14 and 15) for failing to maintain a straight course on Bella Breeze in Sunday’s second race. KENTUCKY DERBY GALA AT SANTA ANITA SATURDAY            The countdown is closing in on zero for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby but you don’t have to be among the more than 100,000 at Churchill Downs to enjoy the extravaganza.Fans can join the biggest Derby party west of Kentucky at Santa Anita on an afternoon filled with world-class racing, hat contests, mint juleps and live racing.Festivities include an Infield Beer-fest with live music from Seedless, and a party in the Premium Gallop Out in the Club House East. Fans can purchase a Trackside Package for a prime seat and their first drink in a commemorative cup featuring Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, plus all the fun and excitement of racing’s best 3-year-olds in the Kentucky Derby.First post time Saturday is 11:30 a.m. Gates open at 7:15 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at santaanita.com. HORSEMEN: IT’S ALL ABOUT THAT BAFFERT IN DERBYSATURDAY IS PARTY TIME AT SANTA ANITA FOR DERBYO’NEILL HOPES TO LEARN WHAT MAKES ‘SAMMY’ RUNPRIZE EXHIBIT READY FOR HONEYMOON ON SUNDAY SOLIS APPOINTED TO CHRB SEAT VACATED BY BO DEREKGovernor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has announced the appointment of Hall of Fame jockey Alex Solis to the California Horse Racing Board. This followed the resignation of Bo Derek, who served nearly seven years on the Board, most recently as 1st Vice Chair.CHRB Chairman Chuck Winner expressed high praise for both.“I’m very pleased that the Governor appointed Alex to the Board. Having a rider will bring a new dimension to our process that has been missing,” Winner said. “I’ve known Alex since he began riding in California. He’s a terrific jockey and a man of integrity, who is well respected throughout the industry.”“I’m looking forward to adding another perspective to the Board,” said Solis. “I have 34 years of experience in the racing industry. I’ve been on top of horses and I’ve been in the backside. I’ve associated with many great horsemen. I feel that I have a good understanding of the industry.”Chairman Winner continued, “Vice Chair Bo Derek has been an outstanding commissioner. She has worked tirelessly as a leading advocate for the health and safety of the horse and the rider. I personally learned a great deal from working with Bo on the Board and as a member of her committee that dealt with equine medication and track safety. There can be no doubt that the horses, the riders, and the industry are much the better because of the work of Bo Derek.”As a commissioner since July 15, 2008, and chair of the Medication and Track Safety Committee, Ms. Derek helped insure the health, safety and welfare of horses and riders by leading efforts to improve the construction and use of riding crops; require riders to wear improved safety helmets and safety vests; greatly restrict the use of a wide range of medications, such as anabolic steroids; implement the process for voiding claims (purchases) of horses that demonstrate unsoundness following their races; and insure that every racetrack and approved training facility has immediate access to ambulances and paramedic services.“I’m grateful for the opportunity to have been able to work on welfare and safety issues from the inside of the sport I love,” she said. “And I’m thrilled that Alex Solis is joining the Board. He has so much to offer.” HORSEMEN PREFER BAFFERT DUO IN KENTUCKY DERBYThe Kentucky Derby is front and center Saturday for the 141st time, bringing forthrandom opinions from whizzes to washouts.With Bob Baffert training the two morning line choices, American Pharoah and unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, this year’s Run for the Roses has a dominant Southern California panache, since both 3-year-olds are stabled at Santa Anita.Following are thoughts from local horsemen:Barry Abrams: American Pharoah. He’s the best horse.Rafael Becerra: American Pharoah. I think he’s the real deal.Ray Bell: The best value for the money is Firing Line, but I’ve never seen a Derby with more depth in my lifetime around horses, and that’s since 1975.David Bernstein: Dortmund.Jack Carava: American Pharoah. He’s the best horse.Vladimir Cerin: The best horse since Secretariat is running–American Pharoah.Keith Desormeaux: I’ve been impressed with what American Pharoah has done and it’s going to be interesting to see if he can control that speed in a 20-horse field.Phil D’Amato: Firing Line. He’s done nothing wrong, he’s coming in fresh, he’s got a Hall of Famer aboard (Gary Stevens), and I’ve seen Gary out here in the mornings getting on him a lot and schooling him, so I think he’s a good contender.”Caesar Dominguez: Dortmund, Mubtaahij, American Pharoah and Firing Line.Neil Drysdale: American Pharaoh. I was super-impressed with him.Peter Eurton: I’m rooting for Firing Line. I’d like to see (trainer) Simon (Callaghan) have some fun, but American Pharoah is in a position to stalk if he breaks clean.Ron Ellis: There’s strength in California for sure, with Firing Line. American Pharoah and Dortmund.Neil French: There’s quite a lot of speed in the race. American Pharoah does things so easy, it’s hard to say, but I’m leaning towards him.Mark Glatt: It’s hard to go against American Pharoah, although the best horse doesn’t always win the Derby, but he’s the best horse by a long way.Dan Hendricks: I’m going for the horse from Dubai (Mubtaahij).Bruce Headley: Dortmund. He’s made for a mile and a quarter and he has a good post.Karen Headley: Mubtaahij.Jerry Hollendorfer: It looks like a tough race. I’d like to see a California horse win it, so I guess I’d have to root for the best chance Bob Baffert has. It looks like there are several horses that have a chance, but I like Bob’s horses.Eric Kruljac: It looks like there’s a lot of pace in the race, but American Pharoah got a good post and should be in a good stalking position.Craig Lewis: Either Baffert horse, whoever has the best trip. Both are very talented.Mike Machowsky: It’s got to be Pharoah. He looks too damn good.Ron McAnally: American Pharoah.Sean McCarthy: American Pharaoh, but that’s subject to change in the post parade.Steve Miyadi: Frosted. I liked his race in the Wood and I like his breeding.Henry Moreno: I’m pulling for Pletcher. His parents sent him to live with me before he went to work for Wayne Lukas. Todd was the nicest young man I’ve ever been around in the racing business.George Papaprodromou: American Pharoah wins by five. No, make it 10.Jorge Periban: American Pharoah.Mike Puype: I like the two Baffert horses but American Pharoah is a bit risky as a favorite. Anything can happen in a 20-horse field like the Kentucky Derby.Gary Sherlock: Dortmund. He’s done nothing wrong.Gary Stute: American Pharoah. I bet Corey Nakatani $100 horse for horse, and he’s got Dortmund.Eddie Truman: Dortmund.Dan Ward: I hope it’s California one-two-three, and in the Oaks, too. Dortmund’s already won on the Churchill Downs track.Ted H. West: American Pharoah. He could be the next super horse.Howard Zucker: American Pharoah is one of the most impressive winners I’ve seen. Watching him in the mornings, the way he gets around, he seems like a calm Seattle Slew. SAMMY MANDEVILLE OUT TO MAKE AMENDS IN PRECISIONIST            Sammy Mandeville was impressive winning an overnight race by 6 ½ lengths at Santa Anita on March 6, then fired a dud finishing ninth and last in the Grade II Oaklawn Handicap on April 11. Now the bay son of 2005 Santa Anita Handicap winner Rock Hard Ten is back in three weeks for Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Precisionist Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at a mile and 1/16.“He never got a hold of the track,” trainer Doug O’Neill said of the 4-year-old colt owned by Glenn Sorgenstein and Josh Kaplan, who campaign as W.C. Racing.“He’s kind of a hot-minded horse and shipping him we knew was kind of a challenge. Kent (Desormeaux) said he never got a hold of the track, was slipping and sliding all the way, so we’re putting a line through the race.“He worked with Alex Solis the other day, Alex got along with him great, so we’re looking to rebound here.”Meanwhile, trainer Ted H. West is hoping for further dividends in the Precisionist from recent $40,000 claim Motown Men, who won by 7 ½ lengths in his first start for his new connections on April 10.“He couldn’t be going into the race any better,” West said. “His last two works were exceptional. He was training pretty well before his last race and that was a pretty tough field. After handicapping that race, I didn’t think we could win it, even though the horse was doing so well, but he sure did.”Asked why he claimed the 6-year-old Decarchy gelding: “He seemed consistent, he was hitting pretty hard at that level. I thought maybe he’d like the dirt a bit more than the turf.”The field for the Precisionist, race 10 of 11: Sammy Mandeville, Alex Solis, 6-1; Fury Kapcori, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Rousing Sermon, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; Appealing Tale, Edwin Maldonado, 15-1; Catch a Flight, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Mystery Train, Santiago Gonzalez, 8-1; Blue Chip, Abel Cedillo, 3-1; Magic Mark, Fernando Perez, 15-1; and Motown Men, Tyler Baze, 6-1. CASSIDY HOPES HONEYMOON NOT OVER FOR PRIZE EXHIBITTrainer Jim Cassidy is hoping for smooth sailing when Prize Exhibit runs in Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Honeymoon Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf.The English-bred daughter of Showcasing owned by Don Pearson of Valencia, who campaigns as DP Racing LLC, had a very troubled outing finishing fourth in the Grade III Providencia Stakes on April 4.“She was just everywhere,” Cassidy said in summing up the eventful excursion, in which she was beaten only three lengths despite steadying twice through the stretch.“The distance is good for her,” Cassidy said. “She’s doing fine now.”Prize Exhibit won an overnight race by three-quarters of a length in her U.S. debut on Jan. 25 despite being forced out and going wide in a one-mile grass test under Mike Smith, who regains the mount Sunday.The field for the Honeymoon, the final of eight races: Screaming Skylar, Victor Espinoza, 20-1; Spanish Queen, Brice Blanc, 3-1; Havanna Belle, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Lutine Belle, Corey Nakatani, 15-1; Sharla Rae, Drayden Van Dyke, 15-1; Prize Exhibit, Mike Smith, 7-2; Star Via Strada, Tiago Pereira, 20-1; Entrechat, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Spirit of Xian, Joe Talamo, 7-2; and Singing Kitty, Tyler Baze, 8-1.last_img read more

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Eureka looks to take control of Big 5

first_imgThrough the incessant rain, which left them out of sight and out of mind for much of the season as their counterparts surged to the top of the standings, and through a still yet-to-be-explained firing, which saw them gain a new coach as quickly as they lost one, the Loggers keep rolling.Winners of eight straight, including Thursday’s 3-0 win over Arcata High, the Eureka High baseball team has shown no signs of being affected by the whirlwinds — both literal and figurative — which have …last_img

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CNBC Africa launches in SA

first_img29 May 2007Sub-Saharan Africa’s first international business news channel, CNBC Africa, starts broadcasting from Johannesburg on 1 June, with an hour-long interview with South African President Thabo Mbeki as its first programme.The Saturday Star reported on the weekend that the interview, scheduled for 7pm, will feature 70 audience members who will ask the questions.According to the paper, prominent South African journalists – Bronwyn Nielsen, Leigh Roberts, Lerato Mbele, Nikiwe Bikitsha, Mandlakazi Mpahlwa and Peter Ndoro among them – have joined the business news channel.CNBC’s Cape Town bureau chief, Debbie Sharwood, told Saturday Star that the channel would broadcast nine hours of local business programming, while cutting across to its international affiliates throughout the day for market updates and breaking news.The channel will broadcast using feeds from bureaux in Abuja, Cape Town, Lagos, London and Nairobi. According to the paper, the channel required about US$20-million in start-up costs and has state-of-the-art equipment.Sherwood said the focus would be on business and finance, but that there would also be interactive debates as well as lifestyle programming looking at real estate, personal finance, business leaders, entertainment and sport.“We will be looking at some of the more positive stories making headlines in Africa, without painting a rose-tinted picture,” she told Saturday Star.According to the paper, CNBC Africa is a franchise of NBC Universal, which is majority owned by US conglomerate General Electric. The channel will be available to DStv subscribers on channel 54, as well as free-to-air across Africa on the Sentech “Vivid” platform.A milestone in African TVSpeaking to journalists in Johannesburg in November, CNBC Africa chairman Zafar Siddiqi described the launch as “a milestone in African television broadcasting”.“CNBC Africa will bring African business closer to the decision-makers of other parts of the world,” Siddiqi said.“By focusing on the financial, business and economic news of the region, we aim to provide a platform to an ongoing inter-African discussion on globalisation, employment, career, business and investment opportunities, living standards, infrastructure development and other relevant issues.”Evening viewers will be given something “appealing, lighter and exciting” related to education and entertainment. Later at night, the channel will cross live to New York, Tokyo and Singapore before returning to Africa in the early hours of the morning.Also speaking at the launch in November, Gauteng premier Mbhazima Shilowa said that CNBC was following in the steps of “a host of other multi-national corporations” who had chosen the province as a home for their corporate headquarters.“The political stability we have experienced in the province since 1994 counts among the reasons why big companies are choosing to relocate their continental head offices here,” Shilowa said.Gauteng, he said, was also a crucial air transportation hub in the southern African region, and a “major determinant and contributor of economic and social development in the continent.“It is classified as Africa’s fourth largest economy – after South Africa, Egypt and Algeria – and as the economic hub of the sub-continent.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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10 months agoDONE DEAL: Leicester midfielder Iborra says ‘right time’ to join Villarreal

first_imgDONE DEAL: Leicester midfielder Iborra says ‘right time’ to join Villarrealby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester midfielder Vicente Iborra has joined Spanish side Villarreal for an undisclosed fee.The 30-year-old Spaniard joined the Foxes from Sevilla in July 2017 after winning the Europa League three times.Iborra made 37 appearances, scoring four goals, but started only three league games this season. “We feel that it’s time to come back home,” he said. “I’ve felt privileged for wearing this jersey and playing beside these great supporters. “You made me feel one of yours, thanks from my heart for your unconditional support.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Newly Renovated Chapelton Family Court Opened

first_img The newly upgraded court will offer a range of legal and support services relating to: adoption, child care and protection, counselling, custody and maintenance, domestic violence, guardianship, and youth delinquency. Meanwhile, the Chief Justice thanked the EU and Canadian Government for supporting Jamaica’s judicial system over the years, and assured that the newly refurbished family court in Chapelton will be optimally utilized to ensure the delivery of timely outcomes on matters brought before that tribunal. Residents of Chapelton and neighbouring communities in Clarendon, now have a newly renovated Family Court, which was refurbished with funds provided by the European Union (EU) and Government of Canada. Story Highlights Residents of Chapelton and neighbouring communities in Clarendon, now have a newly renovated Family Court, which was refurbished with funds provided by the European Union (EU) and Government of Canada.The facility, which is located at the Chapelton courthouse, was officially opened by Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, and Chief Justice, Hon. Bryan Sykes, on April 5.The newly upgraded court will offer a range of legal and support services relating to: adoption, child care and protection, counselling, custody and maintenance, domestic violence, guardianship, and youth delinquency.Mr. Chuck, who thanked the EU and Canadian Government for facilitating the court’s renovation, said the facility’s infrastructure will serve as the standard by which others are either built or upgraded.Noting that over $700 million has been spent to repair facilities in the justice sector over the last fiscal year, the Minister expressed the hope that “within the next two years, all courts will (be of) first world standard.”Meanwhile, Mr. Chuck advised that steps are being taken to further increase citizens’ access to legal and judicial services.These, he informed, include: the acquisition of two additional mobile legal aid clinics that have been promised by one of Jamaica’s multilateral development partners, and which will increase the fleet to three; and the establishment of 14 justice centres – one in each parish – to deal with matters related to mediation, trial diversion, and restorative justice.The Minister indicated that two justice centres have, to date, been established, one of which is located in St. Ann and the other in Portland.He advised that another four justice centres are slated to be opened by the end of April in Manchester, Westmoreland, Trelawny and St. Mary, while expressing the hope that the remaining eight will be established during the 2018/19 fiscal year.Mr. Chuck said these engagements are indicative of the Government’s commitment to provide the requisite resources to boost the judiciary’s service delivery.In his remarks, Mr. Sykes noted that Government support for the judicial system has been “very tangible” and has, among other things, facilitated an increase in the staff complement at the courts.“We have received 22 additional judicial clerks which will bring the complement to 43, and now almost every judge will have a judicial clerk. This will eliminate one of the reasons given for the delay in a timely delivery of justice,” he noted.Mr. Sykes further advised that three additional judges will be appointed to serve in the Court of Appeal to expedite the delivery of justice there, while the posts for 10 parish court judges have been approved.Meanwhile, the Chief Justice thanked the EU and Canadian Government for supporting Jamaica’s judicial system over the years, and assured that the newly refurbished family court in Chapelton will be optimally utilized to ensure the delivery of timely outcomes on matters brought before that tribunal.Head of the EU Delegation in Jamaica, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewaska, said the Chapelton family court represents the outcome of efforts to ensure fair access to justice for all, particularly vulnerable groups such as women and children.“From a rights-based approach, (refurbishing of) the (Chapelton family) court demonstrates the commitment of the EU to the people of Jamaica in assisting the Government to improve quality of legal services to its people, regardless of their physical location (or status),” she said.Ambassador Wasilewska said this involves budgetary commitments incorporating work to be done in supporting civil society groups and the community, thereby making it possible for the Government to hear the voices of the communities, as the plans unfold.She further advised that the EU will be assisting the Government to establish or upgrade a number of courts, particularly in rural communities.Ambassador Wasilewska indicated that four of these are expected by 2020, to bring to nine the total number that have so far been built with EU support.last_img read more

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Kansas to audit water park where boy decapitated

first_imgTOPEKA, Kan. – A Kansas agency plans to conduct a full audit of a water park’s inspection records before it reopens this spring, a state official said Wednesday, after criminal charges were filed over the decapitation of a 10-year-old boy on the world’s tallest waterslide there in 2016.The state Department of Labor said it will review reports from daily inspections of rides by park staff at the Schlitterbahn park in Kansas City, Kansas, before it is scheduled to reopen May 25 for its annual season. A state law enacted last year after Caleb Schwab’s death requires amusement parks to keep daily reports on their rides and to give them annual inspections.A grand jury has issued indictments with multiple criminal charges against the park; the construction company that built the giant waterslide; former park operations director Tyler Austin Miles; the ride’s co-designer, John Timothy Schooley, and a co-owner of Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts, Jeffrey Wayne Henry.Henry, Schooley and the construction company face one felony count of second-degree murder and Miles and the park, one count of involuntary manslaughter, over Caleb’s death. The raft the boy was riding on the 17-story Verruckt ride went airborne and hit an overhead loop.State law allows parks to have their own staff do daily inspections and to have private inspectors do the annual inspections, rather than state inspectors. The inspectors doing the annual reviews must be either licensed engineers with two years’ experience with amusement rides, have five years’ experience in inspecting rides or have been certified by one of three industry groups.Hersh said the audit will show whether the park has been conducting the required inspections and maintaining proper records on them as it prepares to reopen for the sesason.“They will have a notebook full of inspections,” she said.Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said in a statement Tuesday that the latest indictment against Henry, Schooley and the construction company “is filled with information that we fully dispute.”The company also posted a statement on its website that all park attractions are “thoroughly inspected daily” by supervisors and managers.Also, it said, before the park opens for the season, each ride has a thorough internal review and an inspection from “an independent third party.” The statement said the park’s insurance provider also conducts annual inspections.Henry, Schooley and the construction company are charged with second-degree murder in connection with Caleb’s death, and Miles and the park are charged with involuntary manslaughter over it. All are charged with multiple counts of aggravated battery and aggravated endangering a child in connection with injuries to other riders on the 17-story waterslide.Miles was arrested last week and released from a Kansas jail on bond. jail in Wyandotte County, Kansas, on $50,000 bond. Henry was arrested Monday in Cameron County, Texas, and waived extradition to Kansas during a court hearing Wednesday.As for Schooley, family attorney Kit Yam, of Houston, said he was travelling in Asia. Yam said Schooley is in the process of hiring a Kansas City-area attorney.“He is out of the country at this point on a business trip,” Yam said.___Associated Press writers Heather Hollingsworth in Kansas City, Missouri; Tim Talley in Oklahoma City, and David Warren and Terry Wallace in Dallas also contributed to this report.___Follow John Hanna on Twitter: https://twitter.com/apjdhanna .last_img read more

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