Political manoeuvrings and the CCJ

first_imgDear Editor,It seems to me that no other country will join the Appellate Division of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) before the retirement of the second President, Sir Denis Byron in July next year. The first President, Michael de la Bastide and three other Judges have retired since the court was established in 2005, and we were only fortunate to see four countries on board.I am very disappointed at the attitude of the Governments of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and a few of the Eastern Caribbean states who are still to join. Only Belize and Dominica took steps to join Guyana and Barbados by abolishing appeals to the Privy Council, thus making the CCJ the final court.St Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada failed to get the mandate from their electorates because the referenda to pave the way failed, but I am of the view that the referenda were not successful because they were loaded with other aspects, like removing the Queen as head and giving more powers to the politicians. The Jamaicans are reluctant, claiming that the CCJ was in favour of the death penalty, Trinidad and Tobago has numerous excuses and is flip-flopping. Antigua and Barbuda is awaiting the outcome of a referendum which has been postponed in order to sensitive the electorates of the move. This seems like a lame excuse.Meanwhile, the CCJ has made tremendous strides since its 12 years existence. It has top class video conference equipment which can be used by attorneys in various jurisdictions. There is no need for lawyers to travel to Port of Spain to argue their cases; they can do so from Georgetown, Belize City, Bridgetown or Roseau. The court has dealt with several controversial cases and made a landmark decision in the Shanique Myrie case when it awarded substantial damages against the Barbados Government for denying a Jamaican woman entry in Bridgetown. The Judges found that the Immigration officers breached the Treaty of Chaguaramas by denying a Caribbean Community (Caricom) citizen entry.I should emphasise that the CCJ is not fearful to rule against governments and has done so in numerous occasions against Belize and also the Cooperative Republic. A very important issue will soon come up for hearing. The “term limit” case in which the court will decide whether former President of Guyana, Bharrat Jagdeo can again serve as President having completed his two consecutive terms as Head of State. The matter will come up for case management on February 6, 2018.Although only four countries have abolished appeals to the Privy Council, the CCJ hears a large number of cases in its original jurisdiction. In fact, the Myrie’s case originated from Jamaica which is not a member of the appellate jurisdiction. I am baffled why so many jurisdictions have not yet severed ties with the Privy Council. Unfortunately, it seems as if the whole process gets so caught up in political manoeuvrings that most countries are still tied to the apron strings of the London-based Privy Council.Sincerely,Oscar Ramjeetlast_img read more

BLUES DROP PRE-SEASON OPENER TO MCGILL

first_imgStory Links The University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s basketball team fell 76-70 to McGill University in pre-season action on Friday, October 4 at Goldring Centre for High Performance SportHOW IT HAPPENED: McGill outscored the Blues 30-23 in the fourth quarter to seal the victory, despite Toronto having led at the end of the first and third quarters. Third-year guard Evan Shadkami led the Blues scoring with 24 points. UC-Riverside transfer Eric Rwahwire led Toronto’s rebounding with 11, while sophomore Iñaki Alvarez led the team in assists with three on the night.UP NEXT: The Blues are back in action on Sunday, October 6 as they take on the UQAM Citadins in St. Catherines. Tip off is set for 2 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Tiger leaps into early lead at PGA’s BMW Championship

first_imgIt was the low round of the season for Woods, two shots under his closing 64 at last month’s PGA Championship, and his lowest round in any PGA event since a 61 in the second round of the 2013 WGC Bridgestone Invitational — his most recent triumph.Woods had not fired a better opening round in a PGA event since a 61 at the 1999 Byron Nelson Classic.The 42-year-old American has made progress all season in his recovery from nagging back pain, leading in the final round of July’s British Open before settling for a share of sixth and taking second in last month’s PGA Championship.Woods, whose 79 PGA titles are three shy of Sam Snead’s record, began on the back nine and opened with a 20-foot birdie putt at the par-4 10th hole, then added back-to-back birdie putts from 13 feet at 12 and 10 feet at the 13th hole.At the par-5 16th, Woods landed the ball five feet from the cup on his second shot and rolled in the eagle putt, then pulled off another back-to-back birdie run at the 18th and first holes, the latter from 13 feet.Former world number one Woods, now ranked 26th, dropped his approach inches from the hole at the par-4 seventh and tapped in for birdie, but missed the green and took bogey at the par-3 eighth then answered with a seven-foot birdie putt at 18.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tiger WoodsPHILADELPHIA, United States, Sep 6 – Tiger Woods, seeking his first victory in five years, fired his lowest PGA opening round since 1999 — a eight-under-par 62 — to seize the clubhouse lead Thursday at the BMW Championship.The 14-time major champion, nearing the end of his comeback campaign from spinal fusion surgery, made seven birdies and an eagle against a lone bogey to stand atop the early leaderboard at Aronimink Golf Club near Philadelphia.last_img read more

Madrid fall again, Barca, Atletico win

first_imgLeague leaders Atletico Madrid now lead Real by three points and have a better head-to-head record against Los Blancos as they beat Granada 1-0.Barcelona moved into second place, a point behind Atletico, with a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou thanks to a double from Neymar.But it was a bittersweet night for the Catalans as goalkeeper Victor Valdes may have played his last game for the club after suffering cruciate ligament damage that will rule him out of the World Cup.Real were looking to react from a first defeat in 32 games on Sunday as they lost a thrilling El Clasico 4-3 to Barcelona and they started brightly with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema going close inside the first 10 minutes.Ronaldo did open the scoring 14 minutes in as his free-kick cannoned off Ivan Rakitic to leave Sevilla goalkeeper Beto helpless.The lead lasted only four minutes as Bacca finished off a fine move by converting Jose Antonio Reyes’ pass from close range.Reyes could then have put his side in front as Bacca returned the favour, but the former Arsenal man dragged his shot just wide.However, Sevilla were grateful to Beto six minutes before the break as he brilliantly turned Ronaldo’s piledriver over the bar.Ronaldo was somehow denied his second of the night moments later as this time he lifted the ball over Beto, but the ball struck the inside of the post and rolled across the line before being cleared by a Sevilla defender.Madrid continued to press after the break, but were struck on the counter-attack 18 minutes from time when wonderful play by Rakitic took him past Pepe and the Croatian played in Bacca to fire home his second of the night.Beto was called into action once more to deny Ronaldo moments later, but for all their possession Madrid failed to carve out another clear opening and their hopes of salvaging anything from the game disappeared when Bale’s free-kick flew over in the final minute.And Real boss Carlo Ancelotti lamented his side’s inability to deal with Sevilla on the counter-attack.“In one sense the defeat could be deserved because we didn’t prepare well for the counter-attack which Sevilla had and they scored two goals,” he said.“We conceded two goals in the same way on the counter-attack when we needed more balance.”However, the Italian still believes his side have a chance to redeem themsevles in the final eight games of the season.“We need to concentrate on our own games, it is true we have lost two games in a row and that is not good at this point in the season.“We need to believe that we can win it still. We are three points behind Atletico and two behind Barcelona, everything is still possible.”– Destiny in Barca’s hands –Barcelona now have the destiny of the title in their own hands as they host Atletico on the final day of the season.However, their joy was tempered by Valdes’ injury that will keep him out of the World Cup for Spain.Valdes collapsed to the ground holding his right knee whilst making a routine save and was in tears as he was stretchered from the field.“Victor Valdes has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee that will require surgery,” the club confirmed via its official Twitter account.“It is very bad luck and a very costly injury, too much for a game that means just three points,” Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta told Barca TV.And midfielder Andres Iniesta admitted it was difficult for the Barca players to concentrate on the game after the injury.“It was an uncomfortable situation on the pitch. The players weren’t the same, the fans weren’t the same. Everything seemed a bit strange.“The important thing now is that he recovers well.”Neymar had already put the hosts in front before Valdes’ injury as he tapped home Alexis Sanchez’s cross.Lionel Messi continued his fine run of form to make it 2-0 from a wonderful Iniesta pass on the half hour before Neymar rounded off the scoring 23 minutes from time.It was a quieter evening at the Vicente Calderon as Atletico continued to demonstrate their title credentials with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Granada.In a game short on clear-cut chances, it was once again Diego Costa who made the difference for Diego Simeone’s men as he headed home Jose Sosa’s corner 27 minutes from time to register his 32nd goal of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000MADRID, March 26- Real Madrid suffered a huge blow to their La Liga title hopes as a 2-1 win for Sevilla sent them crashing to a second defeat in four days on Wednesday.Colombian striker Carlos Bacca struck twice to give the hosts a sixth consecutive league win after Cristiano Ronaldo had opened the scoring.last_img read more

Smith puts on show against Chicago

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaThe league’s Co-Comeback Player of the Year struck quickly and didn’t stop. He finished with 12 catches for a career-high 218 yards, the fourth-highest yardage total in playoff history. Eric Moulds had 240 yards for Buffalo in a wild-card game at Miami in 1999. “He’s a special player. We say that every week,” Panthers quarterback Jake Delhomme said. “When they needed a play, he made it,” Bears star linebacker Brian Urlacher said. “He’s the best offensive player in the league.” Not that Smith’s performance came as a surprise to the Bears. When the two teams played in November, Chicago couldn’t contain Smith – he had 14 catches for 169 yards – but that time the Bears won 13-3. The only thing Smith didn’t do that day was score a touchdown and he took care of that right away Sunday. “I was motivated,” he said. “We were ready for whatever they threw at us. We had routes to counterpunch and we did,” Smith said. “I’m just really utilizing my talents. They throw me the ball, my job is to catch it. If I don’t catch the ball, they will get somebody in here who will.” That meant a long day for Chicago’s vaunted defense. “We talked about not giving up the big play and trying to keep Steve Smith contained and we weren’t able to do that,” Bears coach Lovie Smith said. “You can double-cover him and you can play deep and make him catch balls in front of you. A couple of those plays, that’s what we were supposed to have been doing, playing deeper and forcing him to catch the ball in front of us.” Now Smith and the Panthers are on their way to Seattle, looking for a return trip to the Super Bowl. “We have good confidence. But we can’t let it overwhelm us like we just won the Super Bowl, because we haven’t,” Smith said. Smith broke his leg in the 2004 season opener. Now he and the Panthers are two victories away from a championship, and he is a major reason why. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img CHICAGO – Steve Smith was everywhere: cutting across the middle to catch a key pass, taking quick screens and using his speed, outjumping Charles Tillman to set up a field goal and twice getting behind a fallen defender for touchdowns. Smith showed why he was the NFL’s top receiver this season. He also showed the way Sunday as the Carolina Panthers beat the Chicago Bears, 29-21, in the NFC divisional round. last_img read more

RE/MAX sued by tiny rival over name

first_imgA tiny real estate company has sued one of the industry’s biggest players and 1,700 of its agents in Los Angeles over trademark infringement, according to court documents. After Manhattan Beach-based RE/MAX All Cities Realty Inc. refused to drop the All Cities part of the company name, All Cities Realty Inc. of Costa Mesa sued the company, as well as some of its current and former agents, in Los Angeles Superior Court. “This is costing me a ton of money,” said Joseph Miner, who started All Cities Realty in 1996 and is one of two employees. “And it was never about money. We asked them many times for a couple of years to quit using the name.” He does business throughout Southern California. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesMiner’s suit claims that this RE/MAX office’s use of the name All Cities Realty, starting in 2002, has caused him financial damage of a least $100,000 per defendant. Miner said that about 830 agents have been served. His attorney, Jeffrey F. Sax, said that the vast majority will eventually be served. “They have to maintain a current address with the state so it’s not hard to find them. If we don’t get all of them we’ll get 95 to 98 percent,” he said. Miner has also sued RE/MAX All Cities in federal court. The Superior Court action was necessary because during a federal court proceeding, RE/MAX claimed not to share in revenue from agent commissions, Sax said. RE/MAX attorney David B. Sandelands disputes Sax’s view of why a filing was made in Superior Court. “That’s an incorrect statement,” he said. “That’s as far as I’m willing to go on that matter. He has filed a motion to put the Superior Court case on hold while the federal action proceeds and a hearing has been set for Sept. 26. The federal court case is scheduled to start next April. “We believe the claims lack merit. If this case were to proceed to trial, we believe RE/MAX All Cities will prevail,” Sandelands said. He said that the phrase “All Cities Realty” is just a combination of generic words. RE/MAX All Cities Realty has 14 offices in Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, including a commercial brokerage office in Woodland Hills. Its Web site says the company now has 700 agents. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! read more

Program puts focus on fingerprints

first_img“We ran a set of prints to see how long it would take and to determine the fee,” West Covina police Cmdr. Mark Tedesco said. The first set of prints entered into the system were traced back to Francisco Lopez Jr., 19, of La Puente, who was arrested Monday by the West Covina police on suspicion of grand theft auto, Tedesco said. The fast results have excited the officers at the Walnut/Diamond Bar Station. “The fingerprint recovery program is a wonderful addition to Diamond Bar and the ongoing crime prevention and neighborhood watch program,” Clarke said. Before the program began, the Walnut/Diamond Bar Station had its fingerprints analyzed by the county sheriff. But due to the large number of prints dropped off at the station each day, certain crimes such as car burglaries were lower priority compared to rape and murder, Tedesco said. “It may take three to four months because they are serving such a large area,” Tedesco said. “With the new program, prints can be processed within a week as compared to months.” Maxey is encouraged by the early progress. “It is a successful program,” he said. “It’s great and it just shows that the city of Diamond Bar always stays on the cutting edge of enhancing public safety.” ambrosia.sarabia@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2303160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! DIAMOND BAR – The sheriff’s Walnut/Diamond Bar Station has started a new program to get fingerprints faster from crime scenes and to get a head start on catching culprits. A technician trained in print recovery can now respond immediately to various crimes. In the past, the sheriff’s crime laboratory was sent to recover fingerprints, and response time could take days, officials said. And the station is working out a deal in which they can take the fingerprints to the West Covina Police Department and get them processed quicker, rather than take them to the sheriff’s crime lab. While details have not yet been finalized, officials said they are encouraged by early results. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.“Within the first week \, we have arrested someone on prints,” sheriff’s Lt. Joe Maxey said. “This is wonderful for the city,” said Sandy Clarke, law enforcement technician for the Walnut/Diamond Bar Station. “I think this is one of the best things they could have done to help catch people and deter others from committing crimes.” Clarke was transferred from her position in crime prevention to law enforcement technician after undergoing three weeks of training at the the sheriff’s crime lab. She is responsible for lifting prints at crime scenes and having them analyzed. On July 31, Clarke took a variety of prints to the West Covina police to have them analyzed and to help establish the terms of the contract. last_img read more

Point-blank Valley killings appear to be motiveless

first_imgNORTH HOLLYWOOD – There was intent behind the bullets that pierced the windows of a parked BMW at point-blank range, killing two 19-year-old cousins inside. But police were still trying Monday to determine why Joel Cortez Alonzo and Alejandro Perez Lopez were targeted as they sat Sunday night in the parked car outside a Lankershim Boulevard Laundromat. Alonzo’s pregnant girlfriend, who was behind the wheel of the parked car, was shot in the thigh, and a bullet grazed her abdomen. Rocio Calliz, 20, and her unborn baby are expected to recover, police said. “The windows were up, so there were no verbal exchanges. If nothing more, there wasn’t even the typical gang question of `Where you from?”‘ said Los Angeles Police Department Detective Mike Coffey. Valleywide, aggravated assaults are 8 percent lower so far this year than in the same period of 2005, according to statistics provided by the LAPD. But homicides are up by almost 10 percent in the Valley. There had been 57 slayings by Sept. 2 this year, compared with 52 by the same date in 2005. Over the Labor Day weekend, seven Angelenos were victims of homicide. LAPD Deputy Chief Michel Moore, the Valley’s commanding officer, said many victims have been in their late teens and early 20s, the ages most common in violent gangs. Moore and others emphasized not all shootings or aggravated assaults are gang-related, and they said no gangs are actively feuding in the Valley. “But what is concerning is these individuals will shoot at the drop of a hat,” Moore said about gang gunmen. Police are still requesting the public’s help in solving recent shootings and assaults, which include: Angelo Bolla, 17, was gunned down in broad daylight Aug. 27 in front of shocked residents in the courtyard of a Pacoima apartment complex. Shadminder Singh, 19, of North Hollywood was fatally shot as he stood on a sidewalk in the 11900 block of Hart Street. Police said a light-blue Nissan Sentra or Toyota Cressida approached the man and a passenger stepped out, spoke to Singh and then shot him several times. The LAPD said two African-American men – a 40-year-old security guard and a 19-year-old partygoer – survived what may have been a race-related shooting about 1:20 a.m. Sept. 3 outside a community center at Gault and Eton streets in Canoga Park. Police said three Latinos in a car fired six shots at the victims with a .45-caliber handgun. An LAPD sergeant was wounded Saturday when he was attacked by two men armed with a bottle and a knife in a Ventura Freeway pedestrian underpass in Woodland Hills. Moore said police believe recruiting among gangs has been on the rise, and anti-gang officers work on what they call the “10 percent” problem of recidivists who commit 50 percent of all crimes. “Our gang officers are working across the Valley seven days a week, focusing on those 10 percenters who have a propensity for reoffending,” Moore said. susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possible“The victims don’t remotely resemble gang members. These are victims that should not be victims.” Standing in the parking lot where her cousins were killed, Cynthia Alonzo said one worked as a tree trimmer and the other in maintenance – and that neither was in a gang. In the nearby Laundromat, an employee described hearing five or six shots and seeing the chaos that followed. “It happened so fast,” said Manuel Otella. “The girl (Calliz) was trying to give CPR to her husband or boyfriend. She was desperate.” As police sought clues to the slayings, they called the incident a troubling one in a recent series of brazen shootings in the San Fernando Valley and throughout Los Angeles. last_img

Frist out of race for White House

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The roster of potential candidates in both parties is long in the first White House campaign since 1928 in which neither an incumbent president nor vice president is in the early mix of candidates. Frist’s brief statement did not specify a reason for dropping out of a race he had eyed for more than a year, and had included trips to the key early states of Iowa and New Hampshire. His decision capped a 12-year career in politics marked by a speedy rise but an uncertain tenure at the peak of Senate power. He won his Senate seat in 1994 and pledged to serve no longer than two six-year terms. His launching pad to national power was the chairmanship of the Senate GOP campaign committee, which gained seats under his direction in 2002. That, in turn, positioned him to become majority leader when Mississippi Sen. Trent Lott made racially insensitive comments after the election and was forced to step aside. WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist renounced a bid for the White House in 2008 on Wednesday, an early dropout from the most wide-open presidential race in decades. “In the Bible, God tells us for everything there is a season, and for me, for now, this season of being an elected official has come to a close,” said the Tennessee Republican, a surgeon before he entered politics in 1994. While the first national convention delegates won’t be chosen for more than a year, jockeying among potential presidential contenders is well under way. Frist made his announcement as several potential GOP hopefuls were descending on Miami for the annual meeting of the Republican Governors’ Association. Among them were Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, outgoing head of the group, and Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., planned private meetings with governors today followed by a reception. As majority leader, Frist worked to implement President George W. Bush’s agenda, from passage of tax cuts to confirmation of conservative judges. He played a significant role in legislation that overhauled Medicare and created a prescription drug benefit. His politics and his medical training collided in 2005 in the case of Terri Schiavo, and he was widely criticized for pandering to religious conservatives by injecting himself into the debate over the brain-damaged woman. Doctors in the case said she was in a persistent vegetative state. Frist, in his office in the Capitol, viewed a videotape of her, then publicly questioned the diagnosis. An autopsy later confirmed their judgment, not his. Frist also remains under investigation by the Securities and Exchange Commission on insider-trading charges in connection with the sale of shares in HCA Inc. Frist’s father and brother founded the firm and it formed the foundation of the senator’s considerable personal wealth. He has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, although his hopes for a speedy end to the investigation have not materialized. Apart from McCain, Huckabee and Romney, other potential GOP contenders for the White House include Sens. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, Gov. George Pataki of New York; Rep. Duncan Hunter of California; former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson; and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Democratic Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois are the best known nationally; outgoing Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack will be first to formally declare his candidacy, today in his home state. Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh and former Sen. John Edwards are expected to run, and Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico may, as well.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

See Kilmarnock stumble against Ross County in 2-0 defeat

first_imgWatch highlights of Ross County hitting Kilmarnock’s survival hopes with a sucker punch as they defeated the Rugby Park side 2-0. Goals from Alex Schalk and Brian Graham secured the points for the travelling Highlanders to get them back to winning ways after losing to Dundee United at the weekend. The result leaves Kilmarnock second from the bottom of the table, eight points ahead of Dundee United but having played two games more. Up next for Ross County is another meeting with the Tannadice club, this time in the Scottish Cup, while Lee Clark’s side have a weekend off. They play Aberdeen a week on Saturday.last_img read more