Manitoba Appeal Court told mans conviction in drug dealers death cannot stand

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Manitoba man imprisoned for 23 years for first-degree murder before spending the last nine years on probation is on the verge of having his name cleared.Lawyers for the Crown and defence told the Manitoba Court of Appeal on Monday that they agree Frank Ostrowski’s 1987 conviction in the shooting death of a drug dealer was a miscarriage of justice and cannot stand.“His trial was unfair,” Crown attorney Randy Schwartz told the three judges hearing the case.“The parties agree that this case should be terminated permanently.”The Crown is asking for a judicial stay of proceedings, which would put an end to the case. The defence wants the court to go a step further and formally acquit Ostrowski, now in his late 60s.Ostrowski was found guilty of ordering the shooting of a fellow drug dealer and was convicted largely on the testimony of a key witness — Matthew Lovelace — who had separate charges of cocaine possession stayed in exchange.Ostrowski’s lawyers and the jury were never told about the deal and Lovelace told the trial he did not receive any favours in exchange for his testimony.Ostrowski’s lawyer told the Appeal Court that the Crown attorney in the original trial, George Dangerfield, crossed a line by not correcting Lovelace when he testified he did not receive a deal.“He was trying not to cross it. But the reality is he did … by not interrupting and saying, ‘Hang on a sec. Lovelace isn’t telling the truth,’” James Lockyer said.Ostrowski maintained his innocence throughout his incarceration and, in 2009, a Court of Queen’s bench judge cited serious concerns with the conviction and released Ostrowski on bail. In 2014, then-federal justice minister Peter MacKay ruled the case a likely miscarriage of justice and ordered the Manitoba Court of Appeal to review it.Schwartz said Monday that while it was wrong to not reveal Lovelace’s testimony deal, it is not clear whether the Crown at the time knew about the deal or whether police had withheld that information.Schwartz also said there was other evidence that might cause a jury to link Ostrowski to the killing — mainly other witness testimony about his fear that the victim was going to tell police about Ostrowski’s drug activities.For that reason, Schwartz said, Ostrowski does not meet the legal criteria for a full acquittal.The Appeal Court judges reserved their decision to an undetermined date. Ostrowski remains under bail conditions for now.His case is one of a few high-profile wrongful murder convictions that have come to light in Manitoba.James Driskell was convicted of killing a friend in Winnipeg in 1990. The verdict was based partly on testimony from a witness who was given tens of thousands of dollars in expense payments as well as immunity on an arson charge. The trial was not told about the deal. Driskell’s conviction was quashed in 2006.Kyle Unger was convicted, based partly on hair samples found at the scene, of killing a teenage girl at a rock festival in 1990. DNA tests years later showed the hair did not belong to him.Thomas Sophonow was found guilty of killing a waitress in 1981. That was based largely on the testimony of a witness who contradicted in court what she had told police. The defence was not told about the contradiction and Sophonow spent four years in prison before he was freed.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly referred to Crown attorney Randy Schwartz as Schultz in later paragraphslast_img read more

In the news today June 5

first_imgFive stories in the news for Tuesday, June 5———PM TO MEET INDIGENOUS PIPELINE SUPPORTERSThe prime minister is expected to meet with Indigenous leaders in British Columbia today, including a First Nations chief who has been a vocal supporter of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Justin Trudeau will be in the Fraser Valley where he’ll speak with the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee, a group that monitors existing pipelines and the construction of the Trans Mountain’s expansion project.———ONTARIO BUS CRASH INJURES 24Provincial police in eastern Ontario are seeking the cause of a bus crash that sent at least 24 people to hospital, including four with life-threatening injuries. Const. Suzanne Runciman says the bus carrying Chinese tourists crashed into a rock cut Monday afternoon between Brockville and Prescott. She said the bus carried about 37 people, including the driver and a tour guide, when it went off the highway.———DOUG FORD’S SISTER-IN-LAW FILES LAWSUITOntario Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford denies allegations that he mishandled the estate of his late brother Rob Ford, causing financial harm to the late mayor’s widow and two children. The allegations, which have not been proven in court, are in a lawsuit filed by Renata Ford and her two children just days before the Ontario election.———WETTLAUFER INQUIRY TO START TODAYA public inquiry examining the circumstances that allowed a long-term care nurse to kill elderly patients in her care is set to get underway in St. Thomas, Ont., today. The inquiry will examine the systemic factors that allowed Elizabeth Wettlaufer to inject more than a dozen patients with overdoses of insulin while working at long-term care homes and private residences in southwestern Ontario for nearly a decade.———REPORT: STROKE AFFECTS WOMEN DIFFERENTLY THAN MENThe Heart and Stroke Foundation has issued a report showing how stroke can affect women differently than men. It says one-third more women die from having a stroke than do males, and women are 60 per cent less likely to regain their independence afterwards, with a worse prognosis for recovery than men. Less than half of stroke patients who participate in rehabilitation programs are female. Women are also less likely to return home after being treated: twice as many women as men go into long-term care following a stroke.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to visit the Kinder Morgan Edmonton Terminal South.— Annual Canada 2020 Conference in Ottawa. Former FBI director James Comey delivers keynote address.— Finance Minister Bill Morneau will appear before the Senate national finance committee.— Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan will hold a media teleconference following his visit to Vietnam.— Statistics Canada will release labour data for the first quarter.— Gov. Gen. Julie Payette will honour 43 recipients with various awards.— The Calgary Stampede will announce the 50 new Midway foods for 2018.last_img read more

Closing arguments in trial of man accused of killing missing Manitoba woman

first_imgWINNIPEG — A Crown prosecutor says a Winnipeg man on trial for killing an Indigenous woman committed a ghastly crime, while the defence says he did not mean to cause her harm.Brett Overby, who is 32, has admitted to causing the death of 21-year-old Christine Wood, but says he did not intend to kill her.Overby has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder but his lawyers are asking a jury for a manslaughter verdict, arguing that he reacted after Wood came at him with a knife.During closing arguments, the Crown says Wood was slaughtered.Prosecutors pointed to evidence that her throat was cut, she was stabbed multiple times and her blood was all over Overby’s basement.Wood was reported missing after she travelled to Winnipeg from Oxford House First Nation in northern Manitoba in the summer of 2016.Her body was found 10 months later in a ditch near a farmer’s field just outside the city.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Magic Johnson Joins Jackie Robinson Foundation Board Of Directors

first_imgThe Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF) chairman, Gregg Gonsalves, and president and CEO, Della Britton Baeza, announced today that Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Mark Roesler have been elected to the Foundation’s board of directors.Mr. Johnson and Mr. Roesler join a 33-member board overseeing the Foundation that perpetuates the legacy of Jackie Robinson through administering one of the nation’s premier college scholarship programs for minority students and, more recently, with the creation of the Jackie Robinson Museum.“Even bigger than the barriers that Jackie Robinson broke on the field of play is his legacy of working for equal opportunity for all people,” said Mr. Johnson. “I am proud to pay homage to Jackie Robinson by being part of JRF’s important mission of educating and inspiring young people.”In addition to his role as Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, Mr. Johnson’s co-ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers, one of Major League Baseball’s most renowned franchises, speaks to Jackie Robinson’s wish, verbalized in his last public appearance in 1972, that there would be diversity not only on the field but throughout the ranks of professional baseball organizations. Mr. Johnson was honored by the Jackie Robinson Foundation in 2002, receiving its prestigious “ROBIE Humanitarian Award.”“We are thrilled about attracting two very dynamic people to the Foundation board,” said Mr. Gonsalves. “They bring a wealth of talent and real commitment and add to our presence and resources on the west coast.” Ms. Britton added that “Magic, himself, broke barriers and stereotypes within professional sports. And he and Cookie Johnson have supported the Foundation for years as part of our extended family. We are thrilled that he has joined us in a more formal capacity.”Mark Roesler, Chairman and CEO of CMG Worldwide, a marketing and management firm for over 300 of the world’s most recognizable celebrities, brings tremendous legal, strategic planning and branding expertise to the JRF Board. A longtime JRF supporter, Mr. Roesler, who is lauded for his role in creating laws that protect the image and likeness of celebrities, represents the Estate of Jackie Robinson.“It is an honor to be part of preserving and protecting Jackie Robinson’s legacy,” said Mr. Roesler. “As a member of the Board, I look forward to expanding my involvement in ensuring that his name and heroic achievements continue to inspire all of us and many generations to come.”“Mr. Roesler has vast knowledge and experience in areas that will be vitally important as we move towards opening the Jackie Robinson Museum. He brings indispensable expertise to our efforts,” said Ms. Britton.last_img read more

Duke Of Cambridge Visits Centrepoint Hostel In London

first_imgThe Duke of Cambridge, Patron of Centrepoint, the leading youth homelessness charity for 16-25 year-olds, recently visited a hostel in London.Prince William at CentrepointCredit/Copyright: Royal.UKThe Duke spent time meeting young people who rely on the charity to help them turn their lives around.As well as providing homeless young people with a safe place to stay, the work of Centrepoint focuses on providing young people with help to tackle physical and mental health problems and support in accessing education and work.On his visit to a Centrepoint hostel, The Duke of Cambridge observed some of the Centrepoint sessions designed for young people, and took the opportunity to hear about the personal experiences of those attending the programme.The support of Centrepoint can make a huge difference to the future of homeless young people, who are four times more likely to not be in education, employment or training than non-homeless peers. Centrepoint offers a wide range of support to help young people enter the world of work, particularly through Workwise, a four-week programme which has been specifically designed to help homeless young people overcome barriers to finding and keeping a job.The Duke spent time with staff who run the hostel, and colleagues from Centrepoint’s Learning Team who provide workshops and training sessions.Centrepoint supports 9,000 young people directly in London, Yorkshire and the North East, and through its partner charities across the UK. Young people typically stay with Centrepoint for around two years, with 90 per cent moving on positively.Centrepoint aims to help all young people find a job and a home, so they can leave homelessness behind for good. For more information about Centrepoint visit their website.Source:Royal.UKlast_img read more

Fort St John RCMP investigating possible domestic dispute

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are investigating a possible domestic dispute that happened on August 5, 2019.The RCMP have just released information about an incident on August 5, 2019, at 12:45 p.m.  The RCMP received a call of a possible domestic dispute in progress near the intersection of Highway 97 and 86 street in Fort St. John.The 911 report said that a man in a gold coloured SUV was parked on the side of the southbound lane of Highway 97 north.  The man exited the vehicle, went around to the passenger side, was yelling at and appeared to be striking a female passenger then trying to pull her out of the vehicle.  The man then got back into the SUV and drove southbound on Highway 97, in the direction of Taylor, B.C. The man is described as:caucasian,tall and skinny,scruffy blonde hair,wearing a t-shirt and blue jeans.The passenger is described as:female,caucasian,dark curly hair.The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are requesting any witnesses or persons who may have dashcam video, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.last_img read more

EC calls for FIR against Babul Supriyo

first_imgKolkata: The fourth phase of elections in eight Lok Sabha constituencies of Bengal concluded peacefully on Monday, with a few stray incidents reported from some parts.The Election Commission has instructed the District Election Officer (DEO) of West Burdwan to lodge an FIR against BJP candidate Babul Supriyo, for threatening the presiding officer and a Trinamool Congress polling agent inside booth number 199 of Barabani. Meanwhile, incidents of firing by Central Force jawans have been reported from Birbhum’s Parui and Dubrajpur. The Election Commission has asked to register an FIR in this connection. Trinamool Congress has lodged a specific complaint with the Election Commission in this regard, whereas a separate complaint was lodged by the Central Force officials. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab said that an altercation broke out in both the areas over the use of mobile phones by the voters, following which a Central Force jawan in each area fired a blank round. The ceiling of a polling booth at Dubrajpur was damaged as the Central Force jawan fired inside the booth. Supriyo is contesting the election from Asansol on the saffron party’s ticket and has been pitted against Trinamool Congress heavyweight Moon Moon Sen. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySupriyo lost his cool inside the polling booth and threatened the presiding officer and a TMC agent in a fit of rage. He had stormed into the booth with his bodyguard, without prior permission from the presiding officer. However, he clarified the issue by saying that he had stepped into the booth after hearing about an untoward incident. The Election Commission has sought a report in connection with the incident. Supriyo subsequently had to face the wrath of some Trinamool Congress activists, who staged a demonstration in front of him at Barabani and Pandabeswar. An irate mob also ransacked his vehicle. The overall polling percentage in the eight constituencies remained at 76.44 till 5 pm. Berhampore recorded 76.16 percent, with 76.55 in Krishnanagar, 78.33 in Ranaghat (SC), 76.92 in Burdwan East, 75.31 in Burdwan-Durgapur, 73.64 in Asansol, 77.95 in Bolpur (SC) and 76.69 in Birbhum. Two presiding officers from Ketugram in East Burdwan and Mayureswar in Birbhum were removed by the Commission as some allegations of booth jamming surfaced in the two areas. The Commission has sought a report from the district administrations in this regard. A total 6 FIRs were registered by the Commission and five persons have been arrested for creating trouble on Monday. Special Observer Ajay Nayak told media persons that the election was peaceful. He, however, assured that if there is any specific complaint, it will be looked into.last_img read more

Othman Benjelloun to Launch Maritime Company

Rabat – Moroccan billionaire Othman Benjelloun is expected to launch a maritime transportation company after three months of negotiations between the Ministry of Transportation and Benjelloun’s BMCE bank of Africa, according to the Huffington Post Maghreb.The official launch of the company is expected shortly, after the signing of the establishing agreement between Othman Benjelloun and Minister of Transportation Aziz Rabbah.According to the same source, the company will deploy nine brand new ships with a minimum capacity of 1000 passengers and between 200 and 400 automobiles. The new national company will cover seven lines among the most popular destinations. BMCE bank and another foreign ship owner will hold the capital. The budget of the project, which is expected to be very large, is still not yet known. However, the necessary details about the budget will be made public following the signature of the agreement between Aziz Rabbah and Othman Benjelloun.Currently, after the group Comarit-Comanav and IMTC went bankrupt and after the closing of Navline, Intershipping is the only national company still operating, using several lines including TangerMed-Algeciras and Tanger-Ville Tarifa. Intershipping will henceforth work together with the newcomer. read more

UN relief agency for Palestine refugees faces continuous restrictions official says

Just back from three weeks in the region, Rene Aquarone, Chief of UNRWA’s Liaison Office in Geneva, told reporters that there had been little improvement in the occupied territories since the major military operations launched in April, and what used to be an emergency and crisis situation had now settled into a routine.UNRWA’s staff and drivers continue to face enormous problems, he said, noting that curfews were continuing, with cities like Nablus under 24-hour curfew for most of the past two months. The Agency lost 72,000 teacher-work days during the 2001-2002 academic year because of movement restrictions imposed on its staff. It also lost 11,000 staff workdays at its health clinics during the first eight months of this year.At the same time, UNRWA faces severe financial difficulties, including a regular budget deficit of $16.7 million for this year, Mr. Aquarone said. Out of the Agency’s $173 million emergency appeal, only $87.5 million had been pledged, and under $ 47 million had been received.The lack of adequate funds could force UNRWA to curtail its emergency aid quite considerably, he noted, adding that the Agency is seeking the support of donors to close the gap. read more

Annan condemns terror attacks in Istanbul

The Secretary-General is “appalled at the loss of life,” a UN spokesman in New York said in a statement.Mr. Annan urged that “all measures be taken to bring those responsible for these heinous acts to justice.”Through his spokesman, the Secretary-General also extended condolences to the Government of Turkey and to the families of the victims.

An insight into Jaguar Land Rover Robotics

4 OctoberA group of 30 students aged 9-10 will participate in a factory tour and will learn about how robots in Body Construction weld panels together to make car bodies. The students will then programme miniature robots during classroom activities so they can complete simple lifting and manipulation tasks, emulating the real production line.Our Education Business Partnership Centres run all year round and offer bespoke, innovative, curriculum based sessions in a real business environment. Our support includes programmes for all ages, abilities and qualifications. Please contact us for more information.VenueJaguar Land Rover Solihull Advanced Manufacturing Centre, Lode Lane,West Midlands, B92 8NWOrganiserJane Harman, Education OfficerSolihull Education Business Partnership Centre0121 700 3035Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Old Man Michael Vick Beats LeSean McCoy in Sprint

Michael Vick might be old in NFL football years, but he can still run like a track star. Just ask speedy Philadelphia Eagle teammate LeSean McCoy.Vick beat the running back in a 40-yard dash at practice after the running back had been calling him “old.”Vick, who will turn 33 next month, outran the 24-year-old McCoy and then tweeted about it after several teammates posted about the race on Twitter.“So today at the field 1 of my teammates called me old,” he wrote, adding that the teammate begged him to race the 40-yard dash. “Anybody want to guess which player?”“Beat him by a few yards too lol,” he wrote, adding #SpeedKILLS to the tweet.ProFootballTalk.com, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reported that McCoy had been giving Vick a hard time for weeks, calling him “old man” and challenging him to a race. Vick reportedly had laughingly dismissed McCoy’s challenges until Thursday.According to the report, Vick asked Chip Kelly whether he would allow the two to race, and the coach granted them permission.Eagles teammates buzzed about the race through their own Twitter accounts.Tight end Clay Harbor wrote: “The rumors are true… Vick dusted McCoy in the 40yd dash.”Defensive end Clifton Geathers marveled at Vick’s win and took the opportunity to inform some of his former Cowboys teammates about the result. He tweeted: “Never seen a QB beat a runner back by 4yards until today Vick is a fast as mug @JayRat90 [Jay Ratliff] @hatcher97 [Jason Hatcher] @Fast_Teddy [Teddy Williams].McCoy took the loss in stride, joking on Twitter that Vick “cheated.”He gave Vick credit, however, writing that Vick was “Top 3 fastest man on the TEAM.”Vick made sure to let McCoy and his followers know there are no hard feelings between the two players.“Love you Lil bro @CutonDime25,” he wrote. read more

Germany Flamed Out In Spectacular Historic Fashion

The loss had a major ripple effect on the rest of the World Cup. With Germany — which we rated as the team most likely to make the Round of 16 going into the tournament (oops!) — on the sidelines, Brazil added 3.5 percentage points to its odds of winning the World Cup. That’s the most of any team — Brazil might have faced the Germans in the next round had they advanced — but England and Belgium were the next-biggest gainers (other than Sweden, which punched its ticket to the knockouts by beating Mexico) because of their own potential proximity to Germany in the bracket.Now there’s one fewer powerhouse for the top teams to contend with — and one more defending champion to toss onto the pile of recent disappointments.Jay Boice contributed research. Expected Goals UnderdogFavoriteWinner’s Pregame Probabilities 6/18/2014SpainChile2.00-2.0 Biggest upsets of the 2018 World CupFor match winners, according to pregame Soccer Power Index odds Say goodbye to another defending World Cup champion: Germany, the team that won it all four years ago, is officially out of the 2018 tournament. Despite ultimately only needing a win over South Korea — the fourth-worst team in the field, according to our pre-tournament soccer power index ratings — to advance to the knockout round, the Germans were upended 2-0 on Wednesday in what was easily the biggest upset of the World Cup thus far. (Going into the match, our model only gave South Korea a 5 percent probability of winning.) Source: ESPN Stats & Info Source: ESPN Stats & Info 6/18/2006CroatiaJapan2.00-2.0 The World Cup’s most disappointing games since 1966Biggest single-match gaps between actual and expected goals, 1966-2018 6/17/2014BrazilMexico1.80-1.8 Jun. 27South Korea2Germany05%14%81% 6/14/1978PolandArgentina2.10-2.1 Jun. 25Saudi Arabia2Egypt1232849 Perhaps more surprising than the fact that another defending champ fell was just how Germany managed to let its chance slip away. It peppered South Korean goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-Woo with scoring attempts, out-shooting the Koreans 26-11 and holding possession for 70 percent of the match. According to ESPN’s expected goals model, we would predict that a team with Germany’s opportunities would net 2.9 goals — instead, it scored zero.It was the sixth-most expected goals that any team has had during this World Cup; the five teams above Germany averaged 3.6 actual goals per game. But Germany was unable to break through when even one goal potentially would have been enough to propel it to the next phase of the tournament. (South Korea’s late goals were essentially the product of Germany playing an all-out offensive strategy, knowing it needed to win outright because of Sweden’s lead over Mexico in the other group game happening at the same time.) According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, Germany’s 2.9-goal shortfall was the worst in any World Cup match since 1966: DateTeamOpponentExpectedActualDiff. Jun. 22Nigeria2Iceland0343036 6/25/2014FranceEcuador1.80-1.8 7/1/2014SwitzerlandArgentina2.10-2.1 7/19/1966ItalyNorth Korea1.90-1.9 6/27/2018GermanySouth Korea2.90-2.9 6/30/2014GermanyAlgeria4.52-2.5 6/19/1974NetherlandsSweden2.00-2.0 DateTeamScoreTeamScoreWinDrawLose read more

Ambitious Hetmyer eyeing World Cup as breakout moment

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana’s Hetmeyer keeps feet on the ground; eyes on CWC19 prizeMay 31, 2019In “latest news”I nearly cried, says heartbroken HetmyerJune 24, 2019In “latest news”Hetmyer will be the ‘man’ for Windies – Dwayne SmithDecember 20, 2018In “Sports” Shimron HetmyerSOUTHAMPTON, England (CMC) — Big-hitting left-hander Shimron Hetmyer hopes to use the World Cup to make an indelible mark on the international stage, but says his main priority will be helping West Indies win the ICC showpiece.The 22-year-old was one of seven players who joined the Windies camp last Saturday, after seeing out their full contract in the lucrative Indian Premier League.“Thus far it has been a fantastic ride for me. Actually being a part of the West Indies team for about three years now has been just fantastic. I’m just trying to go from strength to strength in whatever way I possibly can,” Hetmyer said.“I’m just trying to play the situation and play for my team as much as possible and in whatever way possible I can make West Indies come out on top in whatever way I could, I’ll just try to do that.”Hetmyer has been a settled member of the Windies ODI squad in recent times and has made the most of the opportunities, averaging nearly 41 from 25 appearances.He struck a sparkling unbeaten 104 against England earlier this year in Bridgetown, the last of his four ODI hundreds that have come in relatively quick time.Hetmyer said he was pleased with his career to date, but was aware he also needed to capitalise on opportunities to make bigger scores.“Thus far it’s been alright. I’ve missed out on a couple of centuries also — I missed out on one against India in India last year and even against England, I only got one,” Hetmyer said.“In my career so far it’s been a fantastic ride for me because of the guys and everyone around me, just supporting me in whatever way possible. It gives me the freedom to go out and do what I do best and play my shots and execute as well as I possibly can.”West Indies went down by seven wickets on Wednesday in a practice match against Australia at the Rose Bowl here, with Hetmyer managing only 11.The Caribbean side will further their preparation when they take on South Africa on Sunday in the first of two official warm-up matches in Bristol. They play New Zealand two days later. read more

IAC urges Govt to respect Constitution call date for elections

The valid passage of the NCM also automatically triggered Article 106 (7) of the Constitution which states: “Notwithstanding its defeat, the Government shall remain in office and shall hold an election within three (3) months, or such period as the National Assembly shall by resolution, supported by not less than two-thirds of the votes of all the elected members of the National Assembly. The IAC also recognizes that constitutional three-month timeframe for the holding of elections after the NCM, elapsed as of March 21, 2019, a period during which the Coalition Government’s approached the courts.The IAC, in light of the decisions and consequential orders of the CCJ, is of the firm opinion that the government, in a caretaker capacity, has failed to act within the confines as directed to have the elections held by September 18, 2019; three-month timeline following the June 2019 ruling that quashed the Appeal court’s decision.With no constitutional two-thirds majority Parliamentary approval to extend that deadline, with the elections appearing nowhere closer to be held and with Parliament yet to be dissolved on or before September 18, 2019, the legitimacy of the APNU/AFC coalition government after that date, therefore becomes questionable and its continuance in office deemed unconstitutional.The IAC remains firm that if the APNU/AFC caretaker government continues to disregard the constitution thereby bringing our country into disrepute, it will join with other civil society organizations to bring attention internationally in the defense of our hard-fought democracy.The IAC is not unmindful of APNU/AFC coalition caretaker government’s abdication of its responsibility of setting an election date to the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), whose Secretariat proposed a timeline of March 2020; a year and three months after the passage of the NCM and a year after the constitutional period expired.The IAC therefore urges the APNU/AFC coalition government that, in the interest of democracy, to discontinue its disregard for constitutional provisions and to announce a date for these overdue elections. It also urges GECOM to begin preparations for the holding of free and fair elections which must be held within the shortest possible time.The IAC is also mindful of the effects the prevailing uncertainty and how it continues to impact Guyana and Guyanese. Given our country’s troubled history of past elections, any prolonging of the announcement of an election date, more especially when the government is deemed unconstitutional, is not in the best interest of this country and its people.The IAC remains hopeful that our hard-won democracy will be safeguarded, the constitution adhered to, and the current situation be resolved expeditiously.The IAC also calls upon all Guyanese citizen, political parties, the religious bodies, NGOs, trade unions, civil society and the independent media to raise their voices in the call for the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to be respected in the context of peace, harmony, justice, and national unity. That the valid passing NCM automatically triggered Article 106 (6) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana which states: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.” The Indian Action Committee (IAC) today (Tuesday), urged the APNU/AFC coalition government that, in the interest of democracy, to discontinue its “disregard for constitutional provisions” and to announce a date for the long overdue General and Regional Elections following the passage of the No-confidence motion on December 21, 2018.The IAC in a press release, moments ago, stated that, in light of the decisions and consequential orders of the CCJ, it is of the firm opinion that the government, in a caretaker capacity, has failed to act within the confines as directed to have the elections held by September 18, 2019; three-month timeline following the June 2019 ruling that quashed the Appeal court’s decision on the no-confidence vote.“With no constitutional two-thirds majority Parliamentary approval to extend that deadline, with the elections appearing nowhere closer to be held and with Parliament yet to be dissolved on or before September 18, 2019, the legitimacy of the APNU/AFC coalition government after that date, therefore becomes questionable and its continuance in office deemed unconstitutional”, the statement added.The IAC said it remains hopeful that “our hard-won democracy will be safeguarded, the constitution adhered to, and the current situation be resolved expeditiously”.Following is the full statement by the IAC The Indian Action Committee (IAC) remains cognizant of the following: –The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), Guyana’s highest arbitrary court, in June 2019, upheld the validity of the December 21, 2018, No-Confidence Motion (NCM), thus reversing the split decision of the Appeal Court. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCarl Greenidge concedes to CCJ’s September 2019 elections date deadlineAugust 4, 2019In “latest news”OPINION: The ship of Guyana is sinkingJuly 19, 2019In “latest news”Pres. Granger must name a date for elections now – PPP/C protestsAugust 13, 2019In “latest news” read more

Burnleys manager wants more fire from team

first_imgThe team hasn’t had a good Premier League start, with one tie and one defeat in the firs two matchs of the 2018-2019 seasonBurnley has not had the greatest start. The team has tied one match and lost the second one this season.But for their manager Sean Dyche, there is a lot of room to improve.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“We’ve got to have more fire to go and score a goal because we got in some top-class positions and dominated large parts of the play,” he told The Sports Mole.“Of course people want to score a goal but it’s (about) sprinting into the box, the intention that nothing is going to get in the way, that willingness and demand to arrive early and to read the play better.”“That moment…that little killer moment is what we’re still trying to find as a group,” he added.last_img read more

OBITUARY Americo R Rulli 87

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Americo R. Rulli, of Danvers and a former longtime resident of Wilmington passed away peacefully, February 4, 2018. He was 87 years of age. Americo was the beloved husband of the late Antonina (Lauria) Rulli. Born in Boston he was one of seven children of the late Antonio and Domenica (DeMeis) Rulli.Americo was raised and attended school in Medford. He was a decorated United States Army Veteran of the Korean War honorably serving from 1952 to 1954. Americo worked for a number of years as an Engine Cleaner at Conrail freight yard in Allston. He also worked for many years prior to his retirement as a self-employed interior painter. Very talented with his hands, Americo enjoyed wood crafting and spending time tending to his garden. He also enjoyed horse racing, traveling and vacations in Maine. However, his greatest joy was his family and nothing made him happier than to spend time with his children and grandson. He will be greatly missed.In addition to his late wife and parents, Americo is sadly predeceased by his sisters, Viola Rulli, Mary Gifun, and Josephine DeFasio.He is survived by his children, Anthony Rulli and his wife Kimberly of Billerica, Diane Toomey and her husband Richard of Danvers. He was the loving grandfather of Richard J. Toomey of Methuen. Brother of Helen Cahill of Illinois, Hilda Cara and Anthony Rulli, both of Burlington.Family and friends are respectfully invited to gather at the Dello Russo Family Funeral Home, 374 Main St., WILMINGTON, Thursday, February 7th, at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral Mass celebrated in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington, at 10 a.m. Services will conclude with Military Honors and burial at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. It has been requested that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made in Americo’s memory to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942 or Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan St., Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.Americo R. Rulli(NOTE: The above obituary is from Dello Russo Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Thomas F. Connolly, 86In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Paul L. D’Eon, 83In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: William J. “Bill” Wolfe, 75In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Microsoft says its Windows 10 October 2018 update is now ready

first_img $143 Abt Electronics Review • Windows 10 review: Microsoft gets it right CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Microsoft tech teaches children who are blind how to… Microsoft Windows 10 Mentioned Above Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (OEM) Getty Images Microsoft’s Windows 10 October 2018 update is finally ready… in 2019. After a long, bumpy road, Win 10 version 1809 is launching next month, Microsoft says. “Based on the data and the feedback we’ve received from consumers, [manufacturers], [software vendors], partners and commercial customers, Windows 10 version 1809 has transitioned to broad deployment,” the company said in a blog post Thursday. Version 1809 was first announced last August during IFA 2018. The update was meant to replace version 1803. The free update boasted an improved screenshot experience, the Your Phone app, the SwiftKey keyboard for touch, and more. The rollout screeched to a halt in October after users began reporting missing files after the update. Microsoft patched the bug and attempted another rollout later that month, but only to Windows Insiders. Most recently, the company tried to make running its OS easier by automatically uninstalling a failed Windows 10 update.  See It Now playing: Watch this: $169 See It 4:33 See it Amazon Microsoft Windows 10 See It Tags $145 Share your voice 0 Post a comment $179 Internet Best Buylast_img read more

Donald Trump says Iran playing with fire after breach of

first_imgWASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has warned that Iran is “playing with fire” after Tehran announced that it has exceeded the limit on enriched uranium reserves under the 2015 nuclear deal from which the US walked out last year. His statement came as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a strongly-worded statement, asked Tehran to halt enrichment of uranium. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Monday marked the first time Iran is known to have breached the terms of the deal. The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed Iran had exceeded the limit that the deal imposed on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium. Trump told reporters at the White House that Iran is “playing with fire” as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a strongly worded statement asked Tehran to halt enrichment of uranium. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us “The Iranian regime, armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the region and to the world. “The United States is committed to negotiating a new and comprehensive deal with the Iranian regime to resolve its threats to international peace and security,” Pompeo said. As long as Iran continues to reject diplomacy and expand its nuclear programme, the economic pressure and diplomatic isolation will intensify, he said. Advertise With Us Alleging that the Iranian regime has taken new steps to advance its nuclear ambitions, Pompeo said that the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism continues to use its nuclear programme to extort the international community and threaten regional security. “No nuclear deal should ever allow the Iranian regime to enrich uranium at any level. Starting in 2006, the United Nations Security Council passed six resolutions requiring the regime to suspend all enrichment and reprocessing activity. It was the right standard then; it is the right standard now. “The Trump administration calls on the international community to restore the longstanding nonproliferation standard of no enrichment for Iran’s nuclear programme. “Iran has the uncontested ability to pursue peaceful nuclear energy without domestic enrichment,” Pompeo said. Trump told reporters at the White House that he has no message for Iran, but they should know that they are playing with fire. “No message to Iran. They know what they’re doing. They know what they’re playing with. And I think they’re playing with fire. So, no message to Iran whatsoever,” said the US President in response to a question. In a separate statement, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said that the Iranian regime took action to increase its uranium enrichment. “It was a mistake under the Iran nuclear deal to allow Iran to enrich uranium at any level. There is little doubt that even before the deal’s existence, Iran was violating its terms. “We must restore the longstanding nonproliferation standard of no enrichment for Iran. The United States and its allies will never allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons,” she said. “Maximum pressure on the Iranian regime will continue until its leaders alter their course of action. The regime must end its nuclear ambitions and its malign behaviour,” Grisham added. Under the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran had agreed to cap its stockpile of low-enriched uranium at 300 kilograms, one of the several restrictions on its nuclear activities, in exchange for the lifting of almost all international sanctions. Iranian officials, however, said that they are violating the terms of the deal because the US withdrew and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.last_img read more

Trump accuses Obama of tapping his phone

first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump on Saturday accused Barack Obama of “tapping” his phone during last year’s White House campaign, without providing evidence of the explosive charge, in his most virulent attack yet on his predecessor.“I’d bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!” Trump wrote on Twitter.“How low has President Obama gone to tapp (sic) my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” he wrote in another tweet, referring to the political scandal that toppled president Richard Nixon in 1974.Top Obama advisor Ben Rhodes issued a searing response on Twitter.“No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you,” Rhodes wrote.A spokesman for Obama did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.Trump leveled the charges in a flurry of tweets shortly after dawn, as his administration remains mired in controversy over communications between Russian officials and some of his senior aides, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions.Trump and Obama frequently traded barbs on the campaign trail, and the Republican real estate magnate was a driving force behind the so-called “birther” movement that questioned whether Obama was born on US soil and eligible to be president.The two men initially adopted a cordial tone as Trump took office, though the president has stepped up accusations against Obama in recent weeks, blaming his predecessor for being behind damaging leaks to journalists.‘Witch hunt’ -Since US intelligence took the unprecedented step of publicly accusing Russia of trying to swing the November election in Trump’s favor, questions have swirled about whether some in Trump’s campaign colluded with Moscow.A slew of associates, including Sessions and already fired national security advisor Michael Flynn met Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before Trump took office.The businessman-turned-politician, who has accused his political foes of conducting “a total witch hunt,” on Saturday directed his Twitter tirade at his Democratic predecessor.“Terrible! Just found out that Obama had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found,” Trump wrote a day after departing Washington for a weekend getaway at his Mar-a-Lago Florida resort for the fourth time in five weeks.The president compared the alleged action to Senator Joe McCarthy’s campaign in the 1950s to root out alleged Communists and sympathizers, which was marked by improper investigative techniques.“Is it legal for a sitting President to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for president prior to an election? Turned down by court earlier. A NEW LOW!” Trump said, again providing no proof of Obama’s efforts to seek a court order to spy on the then-candidate.Leaks -Trump delivered a well-received address to Congress late Wednesday, but the White House was plunged back into turmoil the following morning after it confirmed a news report that Sessions failed to disclose two meetings with ambassador Kislyak during last year’s election campaign.Trump has repeatedly denied having any personal ties to the Kremlin, and his aides have denied or downplayed contacts with Russian officials.But the accusations have continued amid almost daily leaks revealing new details about connections between Moscow and senior Trump officials.One such revelation in the Washington Post about a meeting between Sessions and Kislyak prompted the Republican former US senator to recuse himself from any investigations into the presidential election campaign.Sessions had told a Senate committee under oath that he “did not have communications with the Russians,” but reporters found that he had actually met the Russian ambassador twice in the months before taking up his post as attorney general, the top US law enforcement officer.Trump has expressed his displeasure over the charges and the leaks that led to them. On Friday he lashed out in tweets directed at the top Democrats in the Republican-led Congress, Senator Chuck Schumer and Representative Nancy Pelosi.last_img read more