Final submissions in Russell’s hearing today

first_imgThe final submissions in the whereabouts hearing of West Indies cricketer Andre Russell will be delivered today at the Jamaica Conference Centre, starting at 10.a.m.The hearing, which commenced on September 19, has overrun its course due to unforeseen delays; however, both parties were able to sufficiently submit their cases over the five-days hearing (although day three was postponed due to the absence of a panel member), and after what has been considered lengthy inquiry, Russell’s lead counsel, Patrick Foster and his Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) counterpart, Laxton Robinson, will submit their final arguments to the three man panel of Hugh Faulkner, Dr Majorie Vassell and Dixeth Palmer.JADCO is accusing Russell of failing to file his whereabouts on three occasions during a 12-month period. However, over the course of the hearing Russell’s team insisted that his busy international schedule made it difficult for him to fulfil his obligation with the anti-doping agency and maintained that the player did all he could to try and meet the requirements and deadlines.FILING FAILURESRussell lawyers’ main argument has been based on the last two of the cricketer’s three filing failures, both of which came in the July – September quarter. The alleged filing failures are for January 1, 2015, July 1, 2015, and July 25, 2015.Robinson has argued that the 28-year-old was tardy and negligent in submitting his whereabouts information to the national anti-doping body, and that JADCO readily provides assistance to those that need it; claiming also that the all-rounder made no attempt to access this information.The hearing also heard testimonies from JADCO’s executive director Carey Brown, Nadia Vassell and Tajae Smith, as well as Judith Lue and Russell himself.Russell faces a two-year ban from cricket if found guilty.- L.S.last_img read more

President urges dispensation of mercy by new Parole Board

first_imgPresident David Granger has urged a new five-member Advisory Council of the Prerogative of Mercy to usePresident David Granger and Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Basil Williams with the new members of the Boardtheir culture, values and religious persuasion to exercise compassion to incarcerated persons.The President offered the admonition Wednesday afternoon, after swearing in the five members of the Advisory Council on the Prerogative of Mercy board at the Ministry of the Presidency.The Council, guided by the Constitution, will be allowed the opportunity to grant pardon to a convicted prisoner, conditionally or otherwise, or grant a respite of the execution of the punishment imposed. The Council is to advise the President on such matters.According to President David Granger, Guyana currently needs a quality of mercy that will transform the political culture from what he said has become a “dog eat dog” way of life.“In Guyana, we need that quality of mercy. We need to transform the political culture. We need to be more compassionate and more merciful. Because if you have a President that is not compassionate and is not capable of extending mercy, what sort of country do you want our children to grow up?He said the simple ceremony was a representation of the kind of Country Guyanese must live in and the types of relationship each citizen must haveHe thanked the group for coming forward, urging them to be fearless despite the inevitable criticisms.“You must be prepared to bring your culture, your values, your religious faith, your beliefs, your spirit of compassion into the functioning of this Advisory Council. Let those values permeate society. Let the youngsters in school understand that they can be friendly with teachers. Let political parties know that they do not have to be fighting with each other.”The five-member team includes Carl Hanoman, Justice Duke Pollard, Yvonne Heywood Benn, Merle Mendonca and Justice James Patterson.Article 188 of the Constitution empowers the President to grant to convicted persons a State pardon – the very act establishes an Advisory Council on the prerogative which is expected to advise the President.The Prerogative of Mercy is exercised in instances of petition, usually from a convicted person or persons acting on their behalf.last_img read more

Senate Fails to Gain Needed Signatures for Extension

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s request for the return of the Legislature to enact several bills in order to keep the economy on an even keel may not be possible as reports reaching the Daily Observer say the Senate is yet to obtain the required signatures to concur with the House of Representatives to produce a “Receipt of Certificate for Extension” to legitimize their second extraordinary session.For the past two days, the chambers of both Houses have remained empty with the Senators in smaller groups holding secret meetings, while a few of the Representatives were seen in their offices doing absolutely nothing.According to reports, the Representatives, although they were reportedly doing nothing, had two days of lobbying and gathered over 19 signatures which constitute one quarter of the required number in accordance with the Constitution. Article 32b of the 1986 Constitution states, “The President on his own initiative or upon receipt of a certificate signed by at least one-fourth of the total membership of each House, and by Proclamation, extend a regular session of the Legislature beyond the date for adjournment or call a special or extraordinary session of that body to discuss or act upon matters of national emergency and concern.”The persistent delay of the Senate to concur with the House of Representatives to acquire the signatures of at least eight Senators means that there will be no ‘Receipt of Certificate of Extension’ to allow the President to issue a proclamation to legitimize their stay.Legal minds on Capitol Hill are arguing that even if the Legislature does not produce a Receipt of Certificate of Extension, Article 32b also gives the President the authority to use her ‘Executive Power’ to issue a proclamation without a certificate, but will compel and legitimize an extraordinary session. However, there has been no official reason for the failure of the Senate to sign the Receipt of Certificate and unconfirmed reports in the corridors of the Legislature say the Senators’ refusal to sign is owing to dissatisfaction over their ‘just benefits’ from the President. Traditionally, lawmakers are paid their monthly salaries, allowances, and other benefits as per the months they work and receive their monthly benefits if they work for 15 days. Constitutionally the Legislature goes for an annual agricultural break at the end of August or early September, but this year, they were asked by the President to stay up to October 15 for the first extraordinary session wherein they were given two months benefits. Accordingly, at this second extraordinary session the lawmakers are expected to cut short their constituency (agricultural) break for the second time, and their return to Capitol Hill is expected to address several proposed legislations that are relevant to the country’s economy. Some of the bills to be addressed, according to our sources, include the ratification of four oil blocks, proposals from the Constitutional Review Committee (CRC) as well as the Land Act. It may be recalled that on November 9, President Sirleaf wrote House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, and Senate President Pro Tempore, Armah Z. Jallah, urging for additional stay by the Lawmakers to conclude several bills and other matters important to keeping the economy stable. The President’s letter was written 25 days later as a ‘follow-up’ to her appeal after a decisive and secret meeting with the Legislature’s leadership on Wednesday, October 14, in the House’s first floor conference room.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NPSS wraps up sports season with athletic banquet

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The North Peace Secondary School sports season wrapped up last week with their annual athletic banquet.Some notable awards at the banquet included the Most Outstanding Athletic Performances of the Season, as well as Athlete of the Year.McKenzie Jibrin and Tea Brown were the recipients for the Most Outstanding Athletic Performances. Jibrin won for an outstanding basketball performance that included scoring 32 points and grabbing 28 rebounds in a single game, while Brown won for outstanding defensive play in both volleyball and soccer throughout the season.- Advertisement -Natthan Wideman and Jaime McPherson were both awarded the Athlete of the Year award. Wideman was given the award after strong soccer and basketball seasons, while McPherson was honoured thanks to her efforts in Cross country, Basketball, and Soccer.last_img read more

Peace River nuclear site on temp. hold

first_imgPlans for a nuclear powerplant in the Alberta Peace have been put on hold.The Edmonton Journal is reporting that the company behind the plan, Bruce Power, has temporarily withdrawn its application for the plant, citing concerns about an aquifer near the first site, which was to be located on the northeast shore of Lac Cardinal, about 30 kilometres west of Peace River.The Ontario-based company is now reportedly looking into a second site, about 30 kilometres north of town.Bruce Power says it will complete its site evaluation, and announce its preferred site sometime in early 2009.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Daily News endorsements to date

first_imgMarch 6 primary election Los Angeles City Council District 7 Monica Rodriguez LAUSD school board Nury Martinez, Steve Veres and Ruben Sandoval Jr.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! District 1: Johnathan Williams District 3: Tamar Galatzan District 5: Yolie Flores Aguilar District 7: Richard Vladovic San Fernando City Council last_img

Raikkonen stays cool despite ending drought

first_img0Shares0000Kimi Raikkonen celebrates his victory on Sunday © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Mark ThompsonAUSTIN, United States, Oct 22 – Kimi Raikkonen lived up to expectations Sunday when he refused to change his customary laconic style after claiming his first Formula One win for more than five years.But the 39-year-old Finn, who triumphed for the first time in 113 races dating back to the 2013 Australian Grand Prix, could not resist an ultra-dry riposte at the expense of Lewis Hamilton. Sitting in the green pre-podium room after the race, he leaned across to speak to the Briton, who was frustrated in his bid to clinch a fifth title and finished third.“So, did you win the championship today?” asked the Ferrari man, who will be leaving for Sauber next year.The delivery was so deadpan that the Mercedes driver was caught off-guard and muttered only a brief response.It was a classic addition to Raikkonen’s collected quotations, a list that included his radio response to a Renault engineer: “Leave me alone, I know what I am doing.”Raikkonen and Hamilton may both have been unaware of it, but Sunday’s race came exactly 11 years after the Finn’s victory and drivers’ title triumph for Ferrari in Brazil in Hamilton’s 2007 debut season.That race ended the Englishman’s title dream for that season.Typically, Raikkonen played down his success on Sunday while all around him dashed around in celebration.“It’s not going to change my life,” he said. “The champagne tastes the same. It’s no different to the last time on the podium.“We always come to the weekend to do our best and if we do our best then we expect to be up there to fight for the win. We did it today. I felt confident and it worked out.“I never really made such a big thing out of it. I’ve won races and a championship so it’s not like I’ve never done it before.“One more would never have changed my life. Maybe others would looked at me differently, but it’s not everything. It’s nice for sure but it’s not everything. It’s not really life is it?”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThe superb facilities at Lurgybrack Open Farm re-opens this weekend and is expected to draw a huge crowd over the Easter holidays.Lurgybrack is back this SATURDAY the 28th of March and will be open until September.The century-old farm is hugely popular with children of all ages and is the perfect venue for a family day out. Lurgybrack has so many activities for both the children and adults to enjoy, and with the farm being located just two miles from Letterkenny the central location is ideal for many families.The farm has a whole range of animals that will fascinate the children with Deer, Emu’s, Ponies, Goats, Ducks, Boar Pigs, Hens, Rabbits and Birds all happily located on the farm.There is ample space for the children to play safely and it’s a tranquil place for adults to relax with their kids after a stressful day or week at work.The farm is also wheelchair accessible and has a large playground and tractor ride area. If you haven’t packed a picnic with you, there’s no panic you can get tasty snacks from the tearoom on site. LURGYBRACK FARM SPRINGS BACK INTO ACTION AS IT RE-OPENS was last modified: March 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FeaturesLurgybrack Open FarmnewsNoticeslast_img read more


first_imgThis August Bank Holiday period the Donegal Road Safety Working Group is appealing to all road users to take extra care when using the roads.People assume that there are more risks in the wintertime because of the poor weather, poor road conditions and more hours of darkness. But summertime is more dangerous.Since 2010, 256 people have died in June, July and August as a result of road traffic collisions. There have been 89 deaths on our roads so far in 2015 with 17 road fatalities to date in July. Speed has been identified as a key risk factor in road traffic injuries, influencing both the risk of a road crash as well as the severity of the injuries that result from crashes.Bank holiday weekends are notoriously dangerousBank holiday weekends are notoriously dangerous periods for all road users as the number of people travelling on roads nationwide increases dramatically. We appeal to each and every one of you to play your part in reducing the tragedy that road fatalities and serious injury collisions bring upon families in Donegal.  Please be conscious that road safety is everyone’s responsibility.Remember – stay safe, wear the appropriate safety clothing at all times when cycling and walking, slow down, never drive having consumed alcohol or drugs. Be aware of the warning signs of driver fatigue, know the risks and keep yourself and your family safe. Always wear your seatbelt and never use your mobile phone while driving. Fixed Charge Notices, January – March 2015Speeding = 47,077 Seatbelts = 2,377 Mobile Phones = 6,737Supervise young driversWe are also pleading with parents to become more assertive in supervising their young drivers, be satisfied that the car they are driving is roadworthy and spend time supervising their learning to drive. Look out for the signs of high risk behaviour. Do they return home with a damaged vehicle? Do they wear out tyres regularly? Do they drive unaccompanied or in overcrowded vehicles?If your son or daughter is travelling as a passenger, be satisfied that the driver is fully qualified and responsible. An uncomfortable conversation with your son or daughter today may well prevent guilt and heartbreak for many years.Let us continue to strive to ensure that 2015 is a safer year on the roads in Donegal.COUNCIL ISSUES BANK HOLIDAY ROAD SAFETY PLEA was last modified: July 28th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgMore than 800 runners and walkers took part in today’s Donegal Marathon in what proved to be a fantastic occasion in Letterkenny.The organising committee pulled out all the stops to help start what could now be an annual event. From the serious runner to the first timer, everyone got something from today’s event.Pockets of spectators lined the 26.2 mile route and encouraged participants throughout.And awaiting at the Aura Leisure Centre was a welcome worthy of any marathon finish.With thanks to DonegalTV for an excellent round-up of today’s event. Simply click to play. DDTV – RELIVE THE SUCCESS OF THE WONDERFUL DONEGAL MARATHON was last modified: August 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL MARATHONDonegalTVlast_img read more