Sam Seghers sets personal best at World Champs

first_imgSeghers clocked 51.35 seconds.This is an improvement from his time of 51.53 seconds set at the Pacific Games last month in the same event.“It’s pretty surreal. I’ve never done a comp this big in my life. It’s intimidating at times but it’s a great experience. The atmosphere is amazing, especially with a Russian in your heat,” said Seghers.His first 50m then saw a time of 24.93 registered before a quick second 50m of 26.42. The result was a new personal best of 51.35.Seghers said he his second half of the race was much improved and he felt good about it.“The first 50m felt too controlled but I ended up with a Personal Best. The Second 50 went really well and my dive felt really good”. “It’s one step closer to an Olympic Qualifying time and I’m pretty happy with that,” said Seghers.last_img read more

D-League: Gamboa-St. Clare topples Zark’s-Lyceum in OT

first_imgPBA IMAGESGamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare played superb basketball in the overtime period but needed one lucky break to stun Zark’s Burger-Lyceum, 107-106, Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Trevis Jackson nailed the game-clinching foul shot for the Coffee Lovers with 0.9 seconds remaining after the Jawbreakers were charged for a technical foul for calling excessive timeouts as Jaycee Marcelino tried to sue for time following Aris Dionisio’s miss.ADVERTISEMENT Marcelino had a chance to avenge himself in the endgame, but his desperation shot in the extra period just rolled out of the ring.“We’re happy that Trevis was able to shoot that free throw,” said coach Jinino Manansala.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJackson embodied the role of a hero for Gamboa-St. Clare as he was responsible for forcing the overtime period after he drilled the huge trey with 9.5 seconds left in regulation that knotted the score at 93.The Fil-Am guard finished with 29 points on a 6-of-11 shooting from downtown, six rebounds, and four assists to help the Coffee Lovers rise to 4-3. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Dionisio tallied a double-double of 25 markers, 10 boards, and four blocks, while Mohammed Pare got 23 points, 18 rebounds, four steals, and three blocks for Gamboa-St. Clare, which survived despite squandering a five-point lead, 106-101, in the final minute of overtime.CJ Perez poured seven of his 20 points in extra time to tie the score at 106 with 9.5 ticks left before Marcelino’s endgame boo-boo.He also had seven rebounds and eight assists, but his efforts couldn’t halt Zark’s-Lyceum’s third straight defeat to fall to 4-4.Mike Nzeusseu also had 20 markers and 12 rebounds, while Spencer Pretta went 4-of-8 from threes to notch 17 points.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GAMBOA COFFEE MIX-ST. CLARE 107 — Jackson 29, Dionisio 25, Pare 23, Bitoon 10, Acuno 4, Rebugio 4, Rubio 4, Alcober 3, Fontanilla 3, Ambuludto 2, Hallare 0.ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 106 — Nzeusseu 20, Perez 20, Pretta 17, Ayaay 15, Ibañez 7, Caduyac 6, Jc. Marcelino 6, Santos 6, Jv. Marcelino 4, Tansingco 3, Serrano 2, Baltazar 0, Yong 0.Quarters: 22-33, 50-53, 67-69, 93-93, 107-106.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UST nears upset of Adamson, takes Game 1 of UAAP softball Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

4 years later, graft taints 10 Brazilian World Cup stadiums

first_imgBarbosa said he and other prominent members received the kickbacks. The stadium is still unfinished. Cuiaba has no professional teams and stadium officials have tried to attract teams from other states.ARENA AMAZONIAFormer executives of Odebrecht said in plea bargains that the stadium in Manaus had its costs inflated as well. A federal audit court said the cost of the arena had its prices overcharged by $25 million.Since the World Cup, the stadium has accumulated a deficit of at least $6 million. It is being so little used that a judge suggested it could work as a temporary prison.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The stadium was redesigned again for the 2016 Olympics. In 2017, Rio teams avoided using the Maracana amid a dispute between the state government and the companies that run the stadium, including Odebrecht. The stalemate added to a debt of about $45 million the stadium administrators had with authorities.The administrators say they were not allowed to demolish nearby areas to build bars, parking lots and other facilities, and they went to court to stop running the historic venue. This year, local teams decided to make the Maracana manageable at least on the days they play there.ARENA CORINTHIANSThe 49,000-seat stadium that staged the opening World Cup match in Sao Paulo is under investigation in the sprawling Car Wash corruption probe, which has led to the imprisonment of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and many other politicians across Latin America.Odebrecht owner Emilio Odebrecht said the stadium was a “gift” to Lula, a staunch supporter of Corinthians.ADVERTISEMENT View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls BEIRA-RIOThe firm Andrade Gutierrez, deeply implicated in Brazil’s Car Wash corruption probe, is trying to sell its 50 percent stake in the 51,000-seat stadium in Porto Alegre.Chairman Ricardo Sena said he wants to avoid projects in Brazil, but it has a contract with soccer club Internacional for the next 16 years.The Porto Alegre club, which just returned to Brazil’s top flight, has drawn its best attendances in recent years.ARENA DA BAIXADAThe multiple blind spots in the 42,000-seat stadium in Curitiba weren’t fixed after the World Cup, but they are not its biggest problem.An attorney for Atletico Paranaense, the arena’s owner, said the venue will be auctioned if the local government insists on charging debts of about $58 million, coming from government-sponsored loans to finish the stadium.Attendance in the Arena da Baixada has also been below par since the World Cup.ARENA PANTANALFormer governor Silval Barbosa said in plea bargain testimony that constructor Mendes Junior paid bribes amounting to three percent of the total value of the work, which rose from $90 million in 2010 to $170 million. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Here is an update on each of the stadiums used at the 2014 World Cup:MARACANA STADIUMFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFormer governor Sergio Cabral has been arrested for embezzling public funds originally designated for construction. One of those was the renovation of the 79,000-seat stadium in Rio de Janeiro used for the World Cup final.A businessman told prosecutors he paid bribes to Cabral on behalf of constructor Odebrecht. A luxury ring worth an estimated $300,000 was allegedly a first installment of kickbacks for the renovation. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations The stadium’s parking lot has been used by buses since the World Cup. On Thursday, the stadium had its best attendance in Brazil this year when 6,000 watched Flamengo beat Fluminense 2-0 in the Brazilian championship.FONTE NOVAThe 50,000-seat Fonte Nova in Salvador, where the Netherlands beat Spain 5-1, had a budget allegedly inflated by more than $35 million.Brazil’s federal police say many crimes could be detected in the reconstruction of the stadium, including fraud, embezzlement of public money and money laundering. An ongoing probe accused former governor Jaques Wagner of being involved, which he denies.After the original stadium was demolished, police said construction costs for the Fonte Nova were overcharged by an estimated $130 million, most of it used in political campaigns.Local team Bahia, playing in Brazil’s top division, fills 60 percent of the stadium on average per game.ARENA PERNAMBUCOBrazil’s federal police say the 46,000-seat stadium in Recife had its cost inflated by more than $25 million.A former executive said Odebrecht sought to build the new stadium one year before tenure was offered. A local audit court said in 2016 there were 21 irregularities in the stadium’s contract for construction.The 26 kilometers (17 miles) separating Recife from tiny Sao Lourenco da Mata, where the stadium is, means few fans want to travel that far. ARENA CASTELAOIn 2017, a Brazilian Supreme Court Justice told prosecutors to investigate “the deal between companies of the Grupo Odebrecht and Carioca Engenharia” for construction work at the 67,000-seat Arena Castelao in Fortaleza.Justice Luiz Edson Fachin said the agreement allowed companies to defraud the bidding process. The two companies denied any wrongdoing.The total cost of the stadium was estimated at $160 million. Local clubs, none of which are in Brazil’s top division, struggle to pay seven percent of their attendance revenue each time they rent the venue.Matches in Fortaleza usually don’t attract more than 10,000 spectators, so clubs prefer to use a smaller venue downtown instead of going to the Castelao on the outskirts.ARENA DAS DUNASA former speaker of Brazil’s Lower House and Natal’s tourism secretary were jailed because of corruption involving the 32,000-seat stadium in Natal.Henrique Eduardo Alves was accused of receiving bribes worth as much as $22 million that were used in political campaigns.To do it they were helped, police say, by another former speaker who was already in jail, Eduardo Cunha. The investigation says Alves and Cunha blackmailed the two construction companies involved in the project.The stadium cost about $130 million. Two years ago, its deficit was $10 million. Natal has no teams in Brazil’s top division and the Arena das Dunas sits mostly empty. LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this July 13, 2014 file photo, fireworks explode over the Maracana Stadium after the World Cup final match between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Four years after the World Cup, Brazil’s massive corruption probes have cleared only two of the 12 stadiums. Former governor Sergio Cabral has been arrested for embezzling public funds originally designated for construction. One of those was the renovation of the 79,000-seat stadium in Rio de Janeiro used for the World Cup final. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)RIO DE JANEIRO — Four years after the World Cup, Brazil’s massive corruption probes have cleared only two of the 12 stadiums.The privately owned arenas in Curitiba and Porto Alegre have gone through other problems, though, along with management disagreements.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The final cost of the stadium has yet to be determined, with the club and Odebrecht at odds over who will pick up the tab. It could be up to $400 million. Corinthians chairman Andres Sanchez, who is also under investigation, says he wants a deal so Odebrecht can leave without charging a hefty sum because of unfinished work at the stadium.Corinthians matches are frequently the most highly attended, rarely with fewer than 30,000 in the arena.MINEIRAOExecutives of meat-packing company JBS said the reconstruction work at the 62,000-seat venue in Belo Horizonte was used to pay bribes of about $8 million to political campaigns of state Gov. Fernando Pimentel, who has had a shaky time in office due to corruption allegations that he denies.The stadium is where Brazil lost to Germany 7-1 in the World Cup semifinals.The Mineirao is the main stage for local giants Cruzeiro and Atletico Mineiro, but the latter has pushed forward with the construction of a stadium on the outskirts of the city, which could affect the arena’s worth.MANE GARRINCHALast May, two former governors of Distrito Federal were jailed in connection with the renovation of the state-of-the-art and rarely crowded 72,000-seat Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia.Agnelo Queiroz and Jose Roberto Arruda were accused by a former executive of constructor Andrade Gutierrez of receiving kickbacks for the construction.A local audit court said the stadium’s cost was inflated by more than $30 million in the construction material alone. The final cost of the venue, which also hosts several Brasilia administration bodies and only a few soccer matches, goes beyond $450 million. Colon notches 2,500th career strikeout vs Dodgerslast_img read more

Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe Solves: The Case of the Blurred Vision

first_imgThe woman seemed agitated. Her gaze centered on Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe and in the next second she turned her face slowly away from him. The courtroom remained quiet and feeling of uneasiness filled the room.“I’m going to ask you a question,” the lawyer said, a grin on his face, “Mrs. April Dolley, did that man, and you can look at him, did he rape you?”The woman followed the lawyer’s instructions and removing her glasses, replaced them, and squeezed her face in an agitated sense of concern and replied, “Yes,” she said, and mopped her face with her handkerchief.“You told the Court that the person who attacked you on the night of your birthday was about five feet seven?”“Yes.”“But the man who you have accused, the man whom I told you to look carefully a while ago is about five feet two.“Does that mean that you are mistaken in your identification?”“No, I am not.”“Two persons cannot have two different heights at the same time and therefore you apparently have replaced an innocent man as the real culprit?”“No.”“You also testified that the accused weighed about 200 pounds and in reality the man who is accused weighs about 150lbs and this suggests another flaw in your testimony, Mrs. Dolley?”Prosecutor Willie Job said, “Your Honor the trauma of being a rape victim is a humiliating experience for any woman and therefore Counsel must understand the woman’s testimony.”Counselor Doe gave the prosecutor’s comment some thoughts before he said, “It does not suggest that any man must be accused of the crime, does it?”“The victim is suffering from a blurred vision as far as the event of January 8, 2014 is concerned,” the prosecutor said.Turning to the judge, Jason Doe said, “Having admitted that the victim is suffering from a blurred vision, does it not follow that the defendant may be innocent and he is being tried for a heinous crime he never committed?”The prosecutor was about to respond when Judge Theresa Kollie said, “Gentlemen, while this case deals with a woman’s honor, the Court finds it interesting however that the prosecutor would admit a deficiency on the part of the victim.“The question that deserves to be examined with all urgency is whether the victim’s blurred vision, admitted by counsel, is a result of the experience on January 8, 2014, when she organized a party with her friends.”The prosecutor said, “Thank you, Your Honor, it seems likely that such a deficiency was something she was born with.”“But,” the judge went on, “if that is the case, this must be backed by evidence from a professional and I should not think that the DA rushed a case for pretrial without much preparation.”“That’s not the case, Your Honor.”“This is a serious case and our laws are determined to stamp out such attempts on women, it makes a whole of sense for the DA’s office to ensure that an accused enjoys all the right of innocence till the resolution of the case,” the judge explained at length. The echo of uncertainty whipped in the courtroom and the judge allowed some seconds to pass before she continued.“Admitting that the Court’s opinion concerning the lack of preparation in the case was wrong, the Court will go ahead with the pretrial and entertain the defense to continue with the cross-examination.“The Court,” she said, “will over-rule the prosecution’s objection to the victim’s past,” and turning to Counselor Doe, said, “you may continue with your cross-examination.”“Thank you, Your Honor,” the prosecutor said, and remained in his seat. The blow as a result of the judge’s reaction was felt in the courtroom.The witness, who stood surprised at the exchanges, stared moodily at the ceiling and began play with her fingers.Jason Doe walked towards the defense table and deliberately examined some papers in an attempt to buy some time.Perhaps he was enjoying the negative effects of the shadow-boxing between the judge and the prosecutor, and Jason Doe not being the type to celebrate in the agony of another, allowed a couple of seconds to pass to give the witness a chance to recollect herself.Though Jason Doe regretted the woman’s experience he was very much interested to ensure that the real culprit was caught and prosecuted.He was, however, convinced that his client, Robert Solo, was innocent till he was proven guilty. No matter the situation on hand, Jason Doe would not suffer any victim to suffer any injustice and at the same would also not allow the innocent to suffer injustice as well.Now turning around swiftly he took wide steps to the witness in the stand, and met the pleading eyes of a woman, a mother who had been a victim of one man’s callousness. “Mrs. April Dolley,” he said, “how long have you been using glasses?”“Since I was five years of age.”“And you are thirty five years?”“Yes.”“How well do you see without your glasses?”“Let me be honest with you, sometimes I can see well but other times I can’t see.”“How well do you see objects closer to you?”“Besides certain colors, I can see closer objects including people as well as the colors of clothes.”“Besides ‘certain colors,’ what does that expression mean, Mrs. Dolley?”“It means I can see with the glasses on as much as I can see without them.”The lawyer considered her response and said: “According to Doctor James Boley, an oncologist, his report about you indicates that you have problems distinguishing one color from another?”“Objected to as improper cross-examination,” the prosecutor said.The judge said from her bench, “Overruled and the Court will be interested to hear her answer.”“To the extent that I can see the colors so close to me.”“You don’t assume the doctor will be incorrect in his professional analysis of your case, did you?”“No,” she responded, her eyes downcast, “but sometimes a professional report can be faulty because I know I am talking to you and I can see every bit of the color of your clothes.”“When you were at age 18, you mistakenly accused a young man, whose shirt’s color was white, as red for abusing you, though the case was thrown out of court, due to wrong identification?”Prosecutor Willie Job was on his feet.“Oh, Your Honor, is this line of questioning necessary? What happened to her in the past should have no bearing on what this man did to her.”Judge Theresa Kollie looked at the prosecutor, with a grin.“The prosecutor should be aware that rape in Liberia is a serious crime and an accused is not bail-able. The Court is interested in this issue and will allow the defense to continue his line of questioning.”“Thank you, Your Honor,” the prosecutor said, “I just did not want her background of many years ago use in this case prominently.”Jason Doe smiled, and walking towards the witness said, “You will not object to any demonstration to measure how well you are able to identify colors, will you?”“Objected to as improper cross-examination, not proper foundation laid,” the prosecutor shouted.“Overruled,” the judge responded swiftly.With a frown, Jason Doe kept his eyes locked with the witness, and said, “I want an experiment to give you the best chance to demonstrate how well you are able to see objects.”The prosecutor wanted to announce another objection but when he met the eyes of the judge, he held his peace.Jason Doe, feet planted apart, shrugged his shoulders and made a signal to his private secretary Janet Lovebird, who strolled to the lawyer and handed him several blouses in various colors and sizes.Lifting a red blouse with a black collar, Counselor Doe said, “I want the witness to tell the Court the color of this blouse, first without your glasses.”The witness gave a mild laughter. She adjusted her glasses on her face and her eyes brightened up and straining as she grabbed the red blouse from the lawyer.Several seconds had gone by as the witness kept turning the dress and gazing at it.The lawyer moved in to rescue the situation when he said, “Mrs. April, what is the color of the dress in your hands?”The courtroom was silent as all attention was directed at the witness.“This is not a difficult color to identify,” she said with a smile.“What color is it?” the lawyer pressed on.“This is a white dress,” as spectators gasped in utter surprise.Jason Doe said, “Are you sure the color of the dress that you are holding is white?”“Yes,” the witness said. “I hope you are rather not blind more than me.”Judge Kollie leaned forward on her desk and said, “My young woman, did you just say the color of the dress you are holding in your hand is white?”“Yes,” she responded, “I just told the lawyer, Your Honor, and you can see that this dress,” she raised it up further to make sure that the judge followed her direction, “this dress’s color is white.”Prosecutor Job’s face changed suddenly, and he lifted his two hands to grab his head, in disbelief. It was like a dream to the packed audience.Jason Doe saw the opening in the confusion and said, “Mrs. Dolley, you described the man who attacked you on January 8, 2014, as ‘a man who had on a white cap. Do you still stand on the testimony that this defendant had on a white cap with the color like the one in your hand?”“Yes,” she said.Jason Doe smiled, and directing his attention to the prosecutor, said, “Is it not a fact that when the defendant was arrested, police investigators seized several items, including a black cap, not red which she testified to and was accepted as Exhibit A.” It was realized that the witness deficiency made her to identify all colors as red.The prosecutor, with difficulty said, “The record indicates that it was a white cap.”“Therefore,” Jason Doe continued, “it is clear that the victim has a deficiency that intrudes in her ability to make distinct identification of even colors of people.”Nodding her approval, Judge Kollie said, “It goes without saying that the witness miss-identified her attacker as it is evident in her identification of the color of this dress in her hands.“The Court finds this case interesting and therefore stipulates a vigorous search for the criminal and meanwhile orders the defendant released from further detention.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Prisoners’ to Vote in October Elections

first_imgMembers of the House of Representatives have unanimously voted to allow the National Elections Commission (NEC) and the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to grant the constitutional rights of pre-trial detainees to vote in the ensuing 2017 elections.The House’s Plenary took the decision on Tuesday, February 14, following a recommendation from its Joint Committee on Judiciary and Election based on expert opinions from the Liberia National Bar Association and the Carter Center. Pretrial detainees are accused persons in a criminal case that are held by law before trial, either because of failure to post bail or due to the denial of release under a pre-trial status.According to the Committees’ findings from the legal and electoral experts, all pre-trial detainees have a vested constitutional right to vote based on the cornerstone of the legal system, where one is assumed to be innocent until proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.“That all prisoners who are not serving sentences for the commission of an infamous crime have a vested constitutional right to vote; that the Plenary informs the National Elections Commission that the interpretation of the law indicates that all prisoners have the right to vote except those serving sentences for the commission of an infamous crime as stated in Section 5.1 of the New Elections Law of Liberia.“That this right of the prisoners to vote is granted by the Constitution in Article 77(b) and further defined by Section 5.1 of the New Elections Law be followed by creating the means and procedure for the registration and voting of the prisoners as per the category supra,” the report said.“Who may vote; except one who has been judicially declared to be incompetent or of unsound mind, or who has been barred from voting as result of his or her conviction and imprisonment for an infamous crime which disenfranchised him as a voter and has not been restored to full citizenship…,” the report further said.The House’s Judiciary Chairman, Rep. Worlea Saywah-Dunah, said in the New Elections Law, Chapter 5, Section 1, only those who committed “infamous crimes” cannot be allowed to vote.The Joint Committee said the Liberia National Bar Association was represented by its President, Cllr. G. Moses Paegar and Cllr. Albert Sims, two prominent constitutional lawyers; and the Carter Center was represented by Cllr. Robert N. Gbarbea and Ms. Barbara, electoral experts.“In their presentations, the Bar President, Cllr. Paegar, and his team said pre-trial prisoners have the right under the law to participate in the decision making process. Cllr. Gbarbea and his colleague also concurred with the Bar Association.”The public hearing was held on January 25, 2017.The investigation of the voting right of pre-trial detainees was due to a letter to Bong County District # 3 Representative George S. Mulbah, the Chairman on the House’s Defense Committee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jury to decide fate of accused in Atlantic Gardens murder

first_imgDefence Attorney Mark Waldron and Prosecutors Tiffini Lyken, Narissa Leander and Seeta Bishundial have presented closing arguments in the Richard Stanton murder trial and it is now up to the 12-member jury to determine whether the defendant is innocent or guilty.Stanton is accused of executing Patricia Sanasie three years ago in front of her Atlantic Gardens, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home.Presiding Judge Brassington Reynolds will this morning sum up the case before handing it over to the jury for deliberation. On Wednesday last, the prosecution closed its case and on Friday, Justice Reynolds overruled the defence’s no-caseAccused: Richard Stantonsubmission.During a one hour presentation to the jury on Monday, Stanton led his own defence via an unsworn statement from the prisoner’s dock.He professed that he was not a killer and that he was not born to kill anyone. He said that he was working at his sister’s establishment, the Dynasty Night Club, at the time Police first picked him up in January 2015 and when they re-arrested and charged him in April 2015.Stanton told the Court that he grew up watching his mother being abused by males and because of this, he did not have it in him to hurt anyone.He was picked out of an identification (ID) parade (as Number 3) by the late woman’s daughter, Ramona Sanasie who was driving the car the night her mother was killed. Stanton disputed Police saying that some of the persons in the line-up were not similar in features to him.Sanasie was killed as she exited her vehicle and was about to open her gate at her home. A year prior to the woman’s death, a similar attempt was made on her husband’s life, and she and her brother were implicated.One of the investigators, Detective Constable Samuel Headley testified last weekDeceased: Patricia SanasieTuesday that several of the exhibits which he had lodged at the Sparendaam Police Station after he had given evidence during the Preliminary Inquiry at the Magistrate’s Court had gone missing. The jury was told that the ballistics report and two warheads which were removed from Sanasie’s body during a post-mortem examination cannot be located.Ramona Sanasie told investigators that a “big built” man exited a silver Toyota Raum, and she saw him twice as he passed and looked at her. Her mother was reportedly shot to her chest, abdomen and neck, among other areas, and was pronounced dead on arrival at the Georgetown Public Hospital.last_img read more

Griffith wins Fort St. John cash spiel

first_imgGrande Prairie’s Colin Griffith was the big winner, at this weekend’s Pomeroy Inn & Suites Peace Curling Tour event at the Fort St. John Curling Club. The Tour’s second leg, the Rhyason Contracting/Tidy Trucking Cash Spiel, saw Griffith’s rink beat Greg Pasichnuk of Manning, Alberta 5-3, in the Sun Life Financial Competitive Division.  With the win, Griffith moves into first place in the tour standings. In the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines Challenge Division, Fort St. John’s Glen Godberson defeated Grande Prairie’s Jaclyn Huitt, in a game that came down to last rock.  Godberson’s team now sits in a five-way tie for first in the tour’s Challenge Division. – Advertisement -The next event on the Peace Curling Tour is the Mile Zero cash spiel in Dawson Creek November 27 – 29.  The Dawson Creek event will determine final tour standings.  The top teams will earn births in the season ending championships in Sexsmith, Alberta January 22-24th, 2010.last_img read more

Treaty 8 First Nations challenge Site C decision in court

first_imgThe group believes the proposed project will have significant adverse effects on the environment and on the traditional land use of the Treaty 8 First Nations, the federal government nevertheless wants the project to proceed.They believe the government’s decision disregarded relevant findings of the Panel and did not adequately consider the infringement of the First Nations’ Treaty rights that will result if the project proceeds.The First Nations will also be filing a judicial review in British Columbia Supreme Court of the provincial decision to issue an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the Project.- Advertisement -Doig River First Nation Chief Norman Davis says they cannot support the destruction of the Peace River Valley.  Chief Lynette Tsakoza of Prophet River First Nation points to the consequences of the project to the region’s First Nations, the “Peace River region is undergoing enormous stress from resource development. The cumulative effects of the developments in our territory are making it difficult for us to meaningfully exercise our Treaty rights. Site C will make it difficult, if not impossible, for our members to meaningfully carry out their fishing activities.”In October both the Federal and Provincial Environmental Assessment Agencies approved the project.  The final decision on the project is now in the hand of the Provincial Government who will make a decision by Christmas.last_img read more

La Liga chases Asian cash with early Clasico kick-off

first_img0Shares0000Last year Barcelona signed a club record shirt sponsorship deal worth a minimum of 220 million euros ($258 million) over four years with Japanese online retailer Rakuten © AFP/File / JAVIER SORIANOMADRID, Spain, Dec 19 – For the first time, Spanish football’s showpiece event, El Clasico between giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, has been scheduled for a lunchtime kick-off (3pm) on Saturday as La Liga seeks to capture Asia’s attention and its cash.“We are keen to provide our fans in Asia the opportunity to watch Real Madrid and Barcelona face off at a time that is convenient to them,” La Liga’s Chief Communications Officer Joris Evers told AFP. With a potential television audience of 650 million people, according to La Liga, El Clasico is the most watched club match around the world thanks to its unique mixture of star protagonists and a fierce rivalry fostered over decades both on the field and off it by the distinct cultural differences between Catalonia and Madrid.“It is the ideal shop window, the marquee match to show to people Spanish football,” Jose Maria Gay de Liebana, professor of economics at Barcelona University and an expert in Spanish football finances, said to AFP.However, it is not just a boom in lucrative television rights that La Liga and its two biggest clubs are seeking with an early start this weekend, but a showcase for all of their lucrative sponsorship contracts.Last year Barcelona signed a club record shirt sponsorship deal worth a minimum of Sh26.8bn ($258 mn) over four years with Japanese online retailer Rakuten.With a potential television audience of 650 million, according to La Liga, El Clasico between giants Real Madrid and Barcelona is the most watched club match around the world © AFP/File / JOSEP LAGO“They want to sell their products to international markets, above all in Asia,” added Gay de Liebana.According to a study carried out by consumer analytics specialists Nielsen Sports, last season’s corresponding first La Liga Clasico of the season generated more than Sh4.4bn ($42.5 million) in media value for sponsors.“The kick-off of the next El Clasico on December 23 is at 1300 Madrid time, 2000 in Shanghai, 1900 in Jakarta and 1730 in New Delhi,” continued Evers.“These are all locations where we know there are many La Liga fans and where we will be hosting events to celebrate El Clasico.“Additional events are being held in various locations around Asia. Through this and other initiatives we want to make existing fans even bigger La Liga supporters and, of course, we want to attract new supporters as well.”– La Liga lagging behind –Such events are a sign of La Liga’s awareness of how the Spanish top flight lags behind England’s cash rich Premier League in the battle for Asian based fans.For the first time, Spanish football’s showpiece event, El Clasico between Real Madrid and Barcelona, has been scheduled for a lunchtime kick-off as La Liga seeks to capture Asia’s attention and its cash © AFP/File / MARK RALSTONThe Premier League’s estimated $3.9 billion income from domestic and international TV rights a season dwarfs La Liga’s $1.9 billion revenue.Moreover, whilst Asia is the Premier League’s biggest international market, it trails behind the Americas and the rest of Europe in La Liga’s rights deals.“We have changed kick-off schedules so that they can be seen at reasonable times here in Asia and we will continue to take steps to ensure that this part of the world can enjoy La Liga as much as possible,” La Liga president Javier Tebas said at the opening of the league’s new Singapore office earlier this year, just one of a series of new La Liga bases across the world.Tebas is acutely aware that Spain’s privileged position at the top of the European game is coming under threat from the Premier League’s economic power.He has repeatedly warned the Premier League could become the NBA of European football, capable of poaching Barca and Madrid’s stars like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the same way Barca were powerless to stop Qatar-backed Paris Saint Germain paying a world record 222 million euros for Neymar in August.Madrid and Barca have combined to win the Champions League in seven of the past 12 years. However, for the first time ever England will have five of the last 16 of the competition in 2018.However, Gay de Liebana believes La Liga’s focus shouldn’t rest solely on Asia, but take advantage of the cultural and linguistic advantages they have in Latin American markets, from where many of its current stars like Messi and Uruguay’s Luis Suarez hail.“They have to gamble and look towards South and Latin America. They are emerging countries where there is a rising middle class and greater spending power,” he added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Atletico draw to leave Barcelona even closer to title

Atletico remain second but with four games left they are 11 points behind unbeaten La Liga leaders Barcelona, who can clinch the title next weekend when they go to Deportivo.Barcelona won the Copa del Rey at Atletico’s Wanda Metropolitano with a 5-0 rout of Sevilla on Saturday, but there was decidedly less drama at the same stadium 24 hours later.Saul Niguez struck the woodwork for Atletico in the second half, not long after Cristian Tello had hit the post for Betis at the other end.Griezmann came off the bench just after the hour mark, but Simeone’s side could not get the breakthrough and they are four points clear of third-placed Real Madrid, who have a game in hand having not played this weekend.Atletico head to London for their Europa League semi-final first leg against Arsenal on Thursday.Betis, meanwhile, consolidate their hold on fifth place after extending their unbeaten run to seven games. European football seems a certainty now for them next season.Elsewhere on Sunday, Las Palmas had their relegation from La Liga confirmed following an emphatic 4-0 defeat at home to Alaves.The club from Gran Canaria needed a win to keep alive their slim hopes of staying in Spain’s top flight for a fourth straight season.However, they suffered a fifth successive defeat in front of a sparse crowd on a wet Sunday in the Canary Islands, with Barcelona loanee Munir El Haddadi’s second-half brace having Alaves in control before Alvaro Medran and Ruben Sobrino added late goals.They are the second team to be relegated from La Liga after bottom club Malaga’s fate was sealed in midweek.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000It was a frustrating night for Fernando Torres (L) and Atletico Madrid against Betis © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOMADRID, Spain, Apr 22 – Atletico Madrid warmed up for their Europa League clash with Arsenal by playing out a 0-0 draw with in-form Betis in La Liga on Sunday, a result that left Barcelona closer still to the Spanish title.Antoine Griezmann was left out of the starting line-up by coach Diego Simeone and Atletico drew a second blank in four days, following their 3-0 defeat away at Real Sociedad on Thursday. read more