PEI police arrest nine men tied to Torontoarea Hells Angels chapter

first_imgCHARLOTTETOWN – Nine men affiliated with a Toronto-area Hells Angels chapter have been arrested by a new police task force targeting P.E.I.’s growing outlaw motorcycle gang presence.Police say the nine — reportedly aged 19 to 63 — are “hangarounds” with the Hells Angels in Woodbridge, Ont.They face charges relating to involvement in a criminal organization as well as lottery and gaming counts.They were arrested early Thursday by the P.E.I. Organized Crime Task Force — a joint group including municipal forces and the RCMP.Members affiliated with the Hells Angels chapter set up shop on Prince Edward Island last December.The Angels were without a beachhead in the Maritimes since police disbanded the former Halifax chapter in 2001.But the gang has begun to reassert itself, strengthening its presence mainly through affiliate or so called “puppet clubs” in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I.last_img read more

Elton John Condemns Georgia Rep Betty Price For Suggesting People Living With

first_imgLast week, Georgia State Representative Betty Price, who is married to the former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, asked the head of the Georgia Department of Public Health’s HIV epidemiology section what officials are “legally able to do” to limit the spread of HIV throughout the state. She went on to suggest that people living with HIV should be quarantined as a solution for stopping the spread of the virus which causes AIDS.In response to her comments, Elton John, founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, issued the following statement:“Rep. Betty Price’s comments about people living with HIV are horrific, discriminatory, and astonishingly ill-informed. As a doctor and elected official from a state where people are still contracting HIV at an alarming rate, Mrs. Price should know better than to demonize people and perpetuate myths that stigmatize people living with HIV.“Her words smack of a dark time when there was little or no information about HIV and people were afraid of each other. Today, thanks to scientific advancements, growing acceptance and love, people living with HIV are living longer, healthier lives. We also know people living with HIV pose no public threat.“We at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, along with several of our partners, are aggressively working in Georgia and across the South to expand access to universal testing and treatment, particularly in rural areas. We also are working to dismantle the structural barriers including poverty, inadequate education, persistent HIV stigma, racism, homophobia and transphobia that impede progress. Instead of perpetuating fear and bias, Mrs. Price should educate herself about HIV and use her position of power to provide support, resources and compassion to her constituents. Love is the cure. Not quarantines.”last_img read more

UN footing the bill for AFN to attend climate gathering in Paris

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsThe United Nations is paying for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) to attend one of the most anticipated environmental conferences in history.Through the UN Development Programme, National Chief Perry Bellegarde and AFN NWT Regional Chief Bill Erasmus are confirmed to attend the COP 21 gathering in Paris.For months the AFN has been preparing to contribute to international talks on climate change.According to a statement from the AFN, the organization has been involved in a number of activities leading up to COP21,“And we will be there (in Paris) to raise our voices to ensure there is a real commitment to action and an approach that protects our lands and respects our rights.”There are just 34 days left until the start of the gathering in Paris where world leaders will come together to develop a strategy to combat the threat of climate change.According to COP21 officials, “for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate.”Last July the AFN adopted a resolution specifically referencing COP21 that called on Canada and Member States along with UN agencies, funds and programmes to support Indigenous representation in Paris.According to the Liberal party, Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau plans to invite Indigenous leaders to join the Canadian delegation to Paris, however it’s not clear when the invitation will be sent out or who will be invited.Canada is scrambling to develop a strategy of its own to participate in the event.Green Party Leader Elizabeth May told APTN National News that Canada is not ready.She said the former Harper Conservative government allowed the issue to fall on the back burner.May said the last draft she saw of Canada’s negotiations for Paris were “awful, weak and not nearly enough of anything to deliver what the world needs.”May flew to Ottawa last week for a meeting with Trudeau.He has since invited Canada’s premiers and environmental leaders to join the Canadian delegation going to Paris as well as committing to a meeting with provincial leaders within 90 days of the UN event to follow up.The new Liberal government has said it plans to begin working on building a nation to nation relationship with Canada’s First Nations as well as adopting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).According to UNDRIP, industrial development activities that threaten the livelihood of Indigenous Peoples is a violation of Aboriginal and Treaty rights.Bellegarde said First Nations must be taken seriously on the issue of climate change.“First Nations must be part of dialogue and decision-making on climate change at all levels. Indigenous peoples are often the first to feel the effects of climate change and we have traditional knowledge that should inform the discussions and Indigenous rights must be respected in any plans and agreements.”bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

SDMC hosts Asia Pacific forum on sustainable urbanisation

first_imgNew Delhi: South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Monday kicked off the fourth Asia Pacific Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation-Resilient Cities 2019 in New Delhi hosted in association with the United Nations. The three-day event is being hosted in India for the first time with 31 participating countries.While inaugurating the forum, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu said that with climate change reaching new heights by the day, green solutions are not just welcome but necessary to combat the adverse impact brought on by this, specifically in Asia. “Our cities are battling the consequences of climate change on a daily basis,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe added that with the massive number of migrants moving to cities and the rapid surge of urbanisation, problems caused by climate change need to be addressed. “More than 60% of the world’s population resides in Asia and nearly half of this resides in cities and towns. It is extremely crucial to link every aspect of urbanization with sustainability. Cities account for 2/3rd of global energy demand and 70% of carbon emissions. The new urban infrastructure should be low carbon, green and climate resilient,” Vice-President Naidu said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsIn his inaugural address, SDMC Commissioner, Puneet Kumar Goel said that climate change is a “global challenge and its impacts are serious, urgent and growing”. Saying that the mantle for tackling these issues must not be passed on to future generations, he said that if sustainable approaches to climate change are not adopted soon, the coming generations will be “consigned to irreversible catastrophes”. Citing SDMC projects that have taken proactive steps to adopt green solutions to problems related to rapid urbanisation, Commissioner Goel said the municipality has shaved of millions of dollars just by using energy-efficient LED lights in streets. He also mentioned that electric cars and solar power used in MCD buildings are valuable steps in proceeding towards sustainable urbanisation. “The SDMC is also taking result-oriented steps for management of solid waste. Our waste to energy plant has been one of the steps to convert waste to electricity,” Commissioner Goel said. SDMC Mayor Narendra Chawla was also at the event, where he said that Delhi is facing the brunt of problems that come as a result of converging urbanisation and climate change, adding that a “dialogue such as this one is the need of the hour”.last_img read more

UNbacked alliance tackles helping millions of children orphaned by AIDS

A two-day workshop last week in Johannesburg, South Africa, hosted by the United Nations and Partners’ Alliance – comprising UN agencies, Governments and non-governmental organization (NGOs) – brought together delegates from Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe to confer on policies for orphaned and vulnerable children.“There is a critical need for scaling up the response. In South Africa alone, there are more than 2 million children from the country’s 18.5 million that have lost one or both parents to AIDS,” said Josee Koch, emergency food security and HIV and AIDS officer for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).“Immediate and appropriate mechanisms are needed urgently to stop the spread of HIV and ensure that children are supported on their way to realize their full potential for a better future,” she added.Without the confidence and skills necessary to build their futures, young people become more vulnerable to contracting HIV, according to a press release issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Without options, children could potentially be pushed into activities that put them and others at high risk of becoming infected with the disease.Participants recognized the crucial assistance to support these children furnished by the Australian Government. Funding comes from the AUSAID, the Government’s aid agency, and is being used for programmes run by the FAO and other organizations that have adopted a livelihoods based approach, including teaching pivotal life skills which will enable children to grow into economically active and productive young adults. 24 April 2007With more than 18 million children expected to have lost one or both parents to AIDS by 2010, a United Nations-backed alliance has met to discuss the looming crisis of how millions of children orphaned or made vulnerable by the epidemic can build their futures and remain free from infection. read more

UN chief calls on all nations to join International Criminal Court

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on every nation to become a party to the Rome Statute that set up the International Criminal Court (ICC), stressing the vital role played by the institution in ending impunity for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.“Only once every State has ratified the Rome Statute, and taken the necessary steps to make it enforceable at the national level, will there truly be no safe haven for those responsible for the most egregious crimes that can be committed against the core values of humankind,” Mr. Ban said in remarks at a panel discussion held at UN Headquarters.“The ICC is the centrepiece of our system of international criminal justice,” he added. “To be successful, this system requires full support from the international community.”Mr. Ban noted that universal ratification of the Rome Statute is one of the main challenges faced by the ICC, an independent, permanent court based in The Hague.In this connection, he commended Slovakia on the role it is playing as facilitator for the plan of action for achieving universality and full implementation of the Rome Statute, as well as ICC President Judge Song Sang-Hyun for his outreach campaign. With last month’s ratification of the Rome Statute by Bangladesh, this effort is now bearing fruit, the Secretary-General noted.Mr. Ban said he will echo his call for universal ratification of the Rome Statute next month in Kampala, Uganda, when States parties meet to take stock of the Court’s achievements and to reflect on its future.He pledged to do everything in his power to help the Review Conference produce a meaningful outcome, noting that the UN’s efforts to promote peace, development and human rights are closely linked to the work of the ICC.“We need and want the Court to succeed,” he stated. “Our partnership is expanding, for example in the pursuit of justice in post-conflict societies. I am determined to push forward further still in our common fight to end impunity and strengthen accountability.” 30 April 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on every nation to become a party to the Rome Statute that set up the International Criminal Court (ICC), stressing the vital role played by the institution in ending impunity for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. read more

TSX manages modest advance US markets soar as interest rate worries recede

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market posted a modest advance Thursday while American markets enjoyed a big bounce a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve surprised many by taking a more dovish stance than expected on interest rates.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 37.66 points at 14,770.64, held back largely by the heavily weighted financial and energy sectors. The loonie was up 0.06 of a U.S. cent at 81.79 cents.On commodity markets, the July crude contract rose 53 cents to US$60.45 a barrel, but the energy sector was mired in negative territory, down 0.53 per cent. The financial sector was also a weight, down 0.14 per cent.Meanwhile, gold issues advanced more than one per cent as August bullion shot up $25.20 to US$1,202 an ounce.U.S. markets were sharply higher following word from the Fed that it was cutting its forecast for economic growth, a move that could also delay an increase in historically low interest rates.The Fed’s benchmark rate, which has sat near zero since 2008, is seen as a significant factor in fuelling strength in stock markets since the Great Recession.In New York, the tech-heavy Nasdaq soared 68.07 points to an all-time high close of 5,132.95, while the widely watched Dow Jones industrial average posted a 180.1-point gain to 18,115.84. And the S&P 500 surged 20.80 points to 2,121.24, not far off its record close of 2,130.82 back in May.The rally on Wall Street partly reflected relief among investors after the Fed’s latest policy update on Wednesday.“Particularly in the U.S., but also in Canada, I think its almost all Fed-driven,” said Benjamin Jang, portfolio manager at Nicola Wealth Management.“(In Canada) you can see it in the commodity space. Oil is up and . . . you see gold is up as well.”Jang described the dovish nature of the comments from the U.S. central bank as “a little bit surprising,” indicating that a rate hike is likely to come “slightly” later in the year.“But more importantly, the pace of the rate hike is (likely) slower. So I think the pace is probably more important for the long-term market.”Apart from the Fed, Jang said improvements in the U.S. economy give reason for markets to drive higher.“The concern that I have is that when you have a market that is so macro-driven . . . we’re just pushing out volatility until we see that initial hike in interest rates,” he said.“But it’s really up to the Fed to ensure that they do that (raise rates) soon enough that we don’t create this asset price bubble and kind of burst that bubble.”In other economic news, an index designed to predict the future health of the U.S. economy posted another strong increase in May, indicating the economy should gain strength in the second half of this year.The Conference Board said its index of leading U.S. indicators rose 0.7 per cent in May, matching the gain in April. Both months represented the strongest increase since a one per cent rise last July. read more

TPC submits proposals on political solution to Wigneswaran

The proposals were compiled after a TPC committee met for several weeks and discussed a solution for the National issue and also obtained submissions from others.Proposals are also to be sought from the Tamil diaspora before a final set of proposals are compiled and submitted to the public for their approval. (Colombo Gazette) The Tamil People’s Council (TPC) has submitted a set of proposals on a political solution to Northern Province Chief Minister and TPC chairman C V Wigneswaran.According to reports, the proposals were handed over today and Wigneswaran is expected to make it public on Saturday. read more

Education Minister says sexed will address some modern issues

Ontario’s Education Minister says September’s sex-ed curriculum will prepare them for the realities of modern life.“We are going to be preparing our students and supporting them for the realities of 2018 and we’re going to be embracing what was taught in 2014,” said Lisa Thompson.“But we are going to be taking a look at specifically a campaign promise that we made to review and consult on the sex ed component of the overall curriculum.”In a media scrum at Queen’s Park, Thompson told reporters that the portion of the curriculum being replaced deals with “developing sexual relations.”When asked for specifics, she said a backgrounder with information would be provided later.The province’s new Progressive Conservative government announced last week that teachers would use the 1998 version of the sex-ed curriculum this fall.This as consultations were to be carried out for a new document.Many parents, teachers and groups were critical of the move, arguing that the old curriculum did not include many realities of today, including same-sex marriage, consent and online bullying. read more

Parched manufacturing city in India brings in water by rail

JOLARPET, India — Amid the green Yelagiri hills of southern India, the train inches along the tracks, carrying what has become precious cargo: drinking water bound for Chennai, India’s parched Motor City.Demand for water in the manufacturing and IT hub on the Bay of Bengal far outstrips supply, forcing authorities to take extreme and costly measures to serve the city’s 10 million people. And so, every day, the train sets out on a four-hour, 216-kilometre (134-mile) journey, its 50 tank cars carrying 2.5 million litres (660,000 gallons) of water drawn from a dam on the Cauvery River.The train is classic Indian “jugaad,” the Hindi word for a makeshift solution to a complicated problem.Emily Schmall, The Associated Press read more

UN expert decries assassination by hunger of millions of children

The world’s agricultural production should be able to feed 12 billion people, but globally, 852 million are consistently undernourished, 100,000 people die of hunger every day, and a child under 10 years of age dies every 5 seconds, Mr. Ziegler told a press conference. He called this a daily massacre of human beings through malnutrition.The tragedy is most intense in Africa, where bad harvests have destroyed the lives of millions of people in the Sahel, especially in Niger, where only 430 tons of millet have been harvested this year instead of the usual 1.6 million. With one third of the population on the verge of destruction, international organizations, and the majority of Member States, have not responded adequately, said Mr. Ziegler, who is an unpaid expert serving in an independent personal capacity. He received his mandate from the UN Commission on Human Rights and regularly reports back to it.Other parts of Africa are also suffering, such as the 400,000 people living in refugee camps in the United Republic of Tanzania who receive only 1,400 calories a day, practically half the daily minimum of 2,400 calories recommended by the World Food Programme (WFP), he said. Yet, as the crisis is worsening, the resources available to international organizations are declining, Mr. Ziegler noted. In 2003 for example, WFP had 10 million tons of food to use for distribution, but today it only has 7 million tonnes. Despite this growing crisis, Member States, particularly those of the Western World, are increasingly indifferent to the plight of the hungry, he said.In Liberia, over 18 per cent of the population and more than 50 per cent of children below 10 years in age were gravely and permanently undernourished, a destruction that could not be recuperated, he noted. read more

Brock University expands cider certificate course offerings

Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI) continues to lead the way for the booming cider industry with the launch of the Advanced Certificate in Cider and Perry Production.The advanced-level courses were unveiled Thursday, Feb. 7 by the Cider Institute of North America (CINA) at CiderCon, an annual industry conference being held in Chicago. Brock University joined other CINA program providers, including Cornell and Washington State universities, in making presentations.The addition of the advanced courses builds on Brock’s offering of CINA’s Foundation Certificate in Cider and Perry Production offered each year by CCOVI.“Brock University is thrilled to bring the CINA program to the Canadian market and be a key player in driving the industry forward,” said Barb Tatarnic, CCOVI’s Manager of Continuing Education and Outreach. “As a program provider of the Foundation and now the Advanced level of certification, this is a critical step in setting widespread industry standards for the rapidly growing cider and perry industry.”In addition to being the only Canadian provider of the CINA courses, CCOVI also provides analytical testing services to help cider makers deliver the best product possible.“Brock played an instrumental role in developing the courses of the Advanced Certificate program, which is the first educational accreditation for cider makers in North America,” said Steven Trussler, the CINA-certified instructor in CCOVI’s cider program. “It builds upon the foundation certificate with a comprehensive program that is intended to take about three years to complete.”To date, around 100 students have earned the Foundation Certificate in Cider and Perry Production through CCOVI.“CINA’s curriculum development team represents leaders in the cider industry and partner academic institutions,” said CINA Executive Director Brighid O’Keane. “We’re pleased to announce training opportunities for cider makers to develop their technical skills and gain industry-recognized qualifications in cider and perry production.”Brock University will offer the following advanced-level courses: Science and Practice of Cider and Perry Production; GMP, Safety and Sanitation of Cider and Perry Production; Essential Sensory Analysis of Cider and Perry; and Essential Laboratory Testing of Cider and Perry.To find out more about CCOVI and upcoming courses, visit read more

Football Austin Mack probable for Saturdays game against Army

Wide receiver Austin Mack comes down with a 31-yard reception in the third quarter against Oklahoma. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAfter exiting Ohio State’s 31-16 loss to Oklahoma in the second half with an injury, sophomore wide receiver Austin Mack is “probable” for the team’s game against Army Saturday, coach Urban Meyer said in his press conference.Mack made a leaping catch in the third quarter of the Oklahoma game and brought down the 31-yard pass, but hit his head when he landed and was forced to leave the game.“He’s just feeling much better today,” Meyer said. “So they’re very cautious about it. We’ll know more tomorrow. But I put him as probable for the game.”The second-year wideout has two receptions for 37 yards this season. The two receptions matches his total from a year ago, and the 37 yards eclipse last season’s total of 15. He has been listed every week as one of Ohio State’s starting wide receivers. Kickoff for Ohio State’s game against Army is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in Ohio Stadium. read more

Linden house destroyed by fire 8 homeless

A fire of unknown origin today destroyed a house at Amelia’s Ward, Mackenzie in Linden, Region Ten, leaving eight persons homeless.The house reportedly went up in flames around 10:00hrs; none of the occupants were at home at the time of the incident.Speaking with Inews, one of the occupants noted that he was at work and learnt of the fire after receiving a telephone call. The family were unable to save anything from the house since by the time they arrived, the building was already engulfed in flames.When this news entity arrived on the scene, firemen attached to the Linden Fire Station were present and had the blaze under control. “We just see the fire so the only thing we could of do was just wait for the fire service to come. We couldn’t get out any stuff because the fire was already covering the house”, one of the neighbours recalled.Reports are that the Fire Service responded approximately half an hour after neighbours observed  the house engulfed in flames.An investigation has been launched into the incident. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related4 homeless as fire guts Princes Street homeJune 12, 2017In “latest news”UPDATE: Investigation launched to determine cause of Plaisance fireFebruary 24, 2018In “Crime”Fire of unknown origin destroys EBD homeFebruary 8, 2017In “latest news” read more

China hits back in trade war with US

(BBC) China has said it will impose tariffs on $60bn (£46bn) of US goods from 1 June, extending a bilateral trade war.The move comes three days after the US more than doubled tariffs on $200bn of Chinese imports.Earlier, US President Donald Trump denied that US consumers would pay for higher tariffs on Chinese imports and warned China not to follow suit.But Beijing said it would not swallow any “bitter fruit” that harmed its interests.China has raised tariffs on more than 5,000 US products, with the new rates ranging from 5% to 25%.Items affected include beef, lamb and pork products, as well as various varieties of vegetables, fruit juice, cooking oil, tea and coffee.The move was announced in a statement by the Tariff Policy Commission of China’s cabinet, the State Council.Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a news briefing in Beijing that China would “never surrender to external pressure”.US markets reacted badly to the move. Within minutes of opening, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down more than 460 points, or 1.8%, while the broad-based S&P 500 also fell 1.8% and the Nasdaq shed 2.3%.Markets in Europe were also depressed by latest round of tit-for-tat tariffs, with London’s FTSE 100 down about 0.5%, while the main indexes in Frankfurt and Paris were more than 1% lower.“China should not retaliate – will only get worse!” Mr Trump tweeted shortly before news of the Chinese decision came.Mr Trump also said China had “taken so advantage of the US for so many years”.He added that US consumers could avoid the tariffs by buying the same products from other sources.“Many tariffed companies will be leaving China for Vietnam and other such countries in Asia. That’s why China wants to make a deal so badly!” he said.The US argues that China’s trade surplus with the US is the result of unfair practices, including state support for domestic companies. It also accuses China of stealing intellectual property from US firms.The latest round of US-Chinese trade negotiations ended in Washington on Friday without a deal.Mr Trump’s approach in the dispute has put him at odds with his own top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, who has said “both sides will suffer”. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

GMSA urges speedy resolution to political situation

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLETTER: GECOM Chair should not have affiliation to any partyJuly 23, 2019In “latest news”President requests meeting with Opposition Leader on CCJ rulingJune 23, 2019In “latest news”American Chamber, GCCI add voice for Govt to respect CCJ rulingJuly 22, 2019In “latest news” The Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association in a missive to the press stated that it welcomes the ruling on the consequential orders given down by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and more so, the commitment by all of the political players to abide by the said ruling and have a speedy resolution to the unprecedented situation faced by Guyana.President of Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association, Clinton Williams“We are cognizant of the importance placed by the Court with respect to the need for a functioning Elections Commission in order for credible Elections to be held as soon as possible.  In this context we exhort the Leaders of the two Political Parties to be fully engaged on a continuous and meaningful basis until a consequential solution is arrived at”, the release added.As such, it also exhorts the political leaders to abide by the Constitutional requirements and conditionalities as it relates to the criteria for the selection of nominees of Chairman who should not have known affiliation or allegiance to any party.“We do so given the grave consequences that could result in other Local, Regional and International judicial matters”, the GMSA added. read more

Bricks of cocaine wash up on Florida beaches from Hurricane Dorian

[NBC] More than a dozen bricks of cocaine washed up on two Florida beaches Tuesday from waves churned up by Hurricane Dorian, police said.At around 8 a.m., a Melbourne police officer on foot patrol at Paradise Beach Park was alerted by a beachgoer that something suspicious appeared to have washed ashore.When the officer checked it out, he found a package “wrapped in a way that was consistent with narcotics,” a Melbourne police spokeswoman said.The brick was tested and was determined to be a kilo of cocaine, the spokeswoman said, adding that it will be destroyed.On the outside of the brick appeared to be the beginning of a word but the only letters visible are “D-I-A-M-A-N-T.” Melbourne police declined to comment on what was written on the brick, citing its investigation.Over in Cocoa Beach about 20 miles north, police were alerted to a duffel bag that had washed ashore and found 15 bricks of cocaine inside, Sergeant Manny Hernandez said.In the Orlando area, one kilo of cocaine is estimated to be worth $20,000 to $30,000, he said. The bag has since been turned over to the U.S. Custom and Border Protection, he said.Dorian, now a Category 2, began lashing the east coast of central Florida Tuesday night, prompting hurricane warnings for coastal Florida areas as well as warnings in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related£50m cocaine haul found on British beachesFebruary 10, 2017In “latest news”Canadian authorities seize ‘hot’ cargo from TrinidadJuly 13, 2016In “Crime”Four arrested in Suriname drug bust after discovery of body at 63 BeachJanuary 15, 2019In “Crime” read more

I was actually in jail Mayhem in Dáil as FG TD links

first_img Dec 7th 2016, 5:57 PM FINE GAEL TD Alan Farrell used Dáil privilege to call for Sinn Féin TDs Martin Ferris and Dessie Ellis to make a statement about the 1983 murder of prison officer Brian Stack.In heated scenes in the Dáil following a statement by Gerry Adams TD, Farrell said that he wanted to raise a “point of order”.Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl said that there was to be no “point of order at this stage” but allowed Farrell make a comment “very briefly”. Source: Explainer: The conflicting words between Gerry Adams and the son of a murdered prison officer >   Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 5:57 PM I think it appropriate given that Deputy Adams has been afforded the opportunity to explain to the house his involvement and/or his discussions with individuals relating to this case, that the other individuals who are members of this house who he himself has named and which are already in the public domain, that deputies Ellis and Ferris be given an opportunity to address this house.The Ceann Comhairle then cut him off and asked him to resume his seat before Dessie Ellis TD stood up to respond.“I’m not going to have people put my name out there on something that I have nothing to do with,” the Dublin North-West TD said.I refute any allegations. For the information, the man in question claims to be a solicitor, I was actually in jail for the period. In Portlaoise and before that in America so you should check your facts. You’re a disgrace. Gerry AdamsIn his speech, Gerry Adams repeated his earlier assertion that the names he provided to the Garda Commissioner in relation to the case were given to him by Austin Stack, the son of the murdered prison guard.Adams said he never described these people as “suspects” and that Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin “misled the Dáil” in saying he did.Adams also said that the meeting he arranged between Stack and a former senior IRA leader was done ‘on the basis of confidentiality’.Stack has recently called on Adams to provide gardai with information about that former senior IRA leader. Source:“I told the Stack brothers that I could only help on the basis of confidentiality,” Adams said in his speech this afternoon.This was the same basis on which I had been able to assist other families. Both Austin and Oliver agreed to respect the confidential nature of the process we were going to try to put in place. Without that commitment I could never have pursued the meeting they were seeking which took place later that summer.Adams said that such confidentiality is “an essential part of any conflict resolution process”. Source: cited the decommissioning process as an example of times when IRA members met with independent observers on a confidential basis.“If the Taoiseach and Micheál Martin are interested in healing the legacy of the past for all families, including the Stacks, the Finucane’s, the families of the Dublin Monaghan bombs and hundreds more, then they could begin by putting in place an International based independent truth recovery process,” Adams said.Read: Gerry Adams says he asked a Sinn Féin member about Brian Stack’s murder >Read: Gerry Adams: I’ve been given the names of Brian Stack’s alleged killers > Subscribe for more videos 44,667 Views Sinn Féin’s Dessie Ellis.Sinn Fein’s Kerry TD Martin Ferris, the other man named by Farrell, then stood up to respond:On the record of this house. In 2013 I met with gardaí at their request regarding the death of Brian Stack, I co-operated fully with them and I have nothing to answer for, and it’s a disgrace what you have come in here naming. You should be ashamed of yourself. ‘I was actually in jail’ – Mayhem in Dáil as FG TD links SF deputies to Brian Stack murder Alan Farrell says that Dessie Ellis and Martin Ferris should make a statement on the matter. 239 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Fine Gael TD said: Share399 Tweet Email By Rónán Duffy Short URLlast_img read more

It would be good for Dublin and Jim Gavins legacy to just

first_img Short URL ‘No coaching sessions’: Jim McGuinness coy on his involvement with Donegal this season Follow us: 66 Comments Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 8:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 36,498 Views Jun 27th 2018, 7:06 AM JIM MCGUINNESS BELIEVES Dublin should insist on playing just one Super 8s game in Croke Park for the benefit of their legacy. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOThe reigning All-Ireland champions look set to play two of their three Super 8s games at headquarters next month – one will count as a home match and the other as a neutral one.Every other county is guaranteed one home game, another in Croke Park and an away game.And McGuinness says allowing the Dubs play twice at Croke Park gives them “an unfair advantage” in the competition.“They haven’t lost a game in four years,” McGuinness said. “They’re a top, top team. Are we seriously trying to suggest they’re going to lose two games now in a month if they haven’t lost one in Croke Park in four years?“If they’ve two home games in the Super 8s, then Dublin are through. This isn’t even a conversation. I think it would be good for Dublin, good for their legacy and good for Jim Gavin’s legacy to just say, ‘We don’t want to play in Croke Park. We’ll play in a neutral venue, wherever that game is we’ll put our hand up and play it.’ And they’re good enough to go and beat anybody anyway.“I think it would take that negativity away from that dynamic and will create this…’Okay, that’s fine let’s do that and we will see them in Clones, Castlebar, Breffni or wherever it is.’“I think that would be great for the championship. If you’re the other 31 counties well you can’t knock that, you can’t fault that. It’s too easy for all the other counties now to go, ‘Ah hold on a second, we’re back to square one here.’“So I think even if they have said it there’s still room to change that if Dublin put their hand up and say, ‘No, we want to go with what all the other teams are experiencing. We want to experience that as well and when we win the All-Ireland this year nobody can say anything about it.”‘McGuinness also paid tribute to Donegal’s star forward Paddy McBrearty, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season after tearing his ACL at the weekend.McBrearty left the fray in Sunday’s Ulster final win over Fermanagh in the 38th minute due to a knee problem and subsequent scans revealed he had suffered the dreaded injury.“I think it will be very difficult for Paddy and knowing him the way I do know him he is so passionate about it,” McGuinness said.“He’s grown into such a great person, a great leader and a great footballer. Of course, it is going to be difficult for him. You’ve just had all your dreams ripped away from you mid-season. You just won the provincial final and looking forward to a new format against the big teams.“For all of that to be taken away because a doctor is going to say, ‘Listen, something has popped up on a scan here.’ That will be hard to take. It’s just up to everybody to get around him now and support him as best we can. Make that transition back to full health as smooth as possible and hopefully that will be the case.”At 24 years-old, McBrearty had become the central figure in the Donegal attack and scored 0-53 in nine league and championship games so far this season.McGuinnes continued: “He is a special player and I suppose a lot of Declan’s thoughts and the management was, ‘How do we get Patrick on the ball? How do we facilitate him?’“A lot of the scores came on the loop they were hanging him the ball in pockets of space if you like. I thought the team did that brilliantly over the course of the National League and during the championship. In terms of finding him and the way they played the ball and ran the ball all filters into that.” Jim McGuinness will join the Sky Sports analysis team for this weekend’s games between Cavan vs Tyrone and Kildare vs Mayo live on streaming service NOW TV and Sky Sports Arena. Only NOW TV lets you watch live pay TV, on-demand shows, Box Sets as well as the latest movies and exclusive live sports without a contract through a selection of NOW TV Passes. For more information and to sign up for a free 14 day trial, go to Source: Sam Barnes/SPORTSFILEMcGuinness believes the loss of McBrearty will mean Declan Bonner may have to tweak his game-plan heading into the Super 8s.“How that pans out for them now moving forward, will it be different people who will be rotated into the forward line? Do you go for a younger guy? It is very hard to know.“These are the conundrums that Declan will be faced with over the next couple of weeks.“It is disappointing for everybody, like Diarmuid Connolly, you want to see the best players in the country play in the game and now all of a sudden we’ve lost one of the most exciting forwards in the country and that is disappointing for the championship and devastating for everybody in Donegal.“Not having him now, as that reference point, how does that facilitate how does the game plan facilitate that, we’ll have to wait and see. I don’t have the answer for that at the moment. Can the continuity be there or do they have to go with a different kind of player?” McGuinness and McBrearty celebrate beating Cork in the 2012 All-Ireladns semi-final Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOMcGuinness introduced McBrearty to the senior set-up while he was still minor and believes the Kilcar ace can still play a positive role around Declan Bonner’s squad this season.“A lot of this will come down to the recovery from the player’s point of view. A lot will come down to how Patrick recovers and if he can be strong and be positive and almost see beyond himself which is an incredibly difficult thing to do in the circumstances but I think he is well capable of doing that, Patrick.“Then I think he could have a really important role to play in the squad. The most important thing now is he gets the best person possible to do the job and then he gets the best treatment after that. Immediately that is the most important thing for him. That he gets on that path to full health as quickly possible.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! By Kevin O’Brien Share146 Tweet Email ‘It would be good for Dublin and Jim Gavin’s legacy to just say, ‘We don’t want to play in Croke Park” Jim McGuinness says the All-Ireland champions should insist on playing just one Super 8s game at headquarters.last_img read more

High roller fights in High Court

first_imgGold Coast businessman Harry Kakavas could see some of his $1.5 billion lost at Melbourne Crown Casino as he takes his case to the High Court. The high roller claims Crown knew he was a pathological gambler but lured him back to take advantage of his “special disability”. Between June 2005 and August 2006, Mr Kakavas spent $1.479 billion at Crown, winning and losing vast sums, often on hands of baccarat that took just seconds to play. During May 2006, Mr Kakavas spent a staggering $164 million in just five and a half hours. The case was rejected in the Supreme Court in May last year, and if successful in the High Court, it could set a new precedent. Allan Myers QC, representing Mr Kakavas, said his client had been clinically diagnosed as a pathological gambler with a severely impaired ability to make rational decisions at the betting table. He always played the highest amounts possible, borrowed millions from banks, friends and family and even served a brief jail sentence for stealing $286,000 to keep up his habit. Mr Kakavas also gambled in Las Vegas and once flew a jet on a whim to Macau where he lost as much as US$4 million in just a day, the court heard. “What the evidence demonstrates … (is) that this was a man who did not and could not control his urge to gamble and Crown knew it,” Mr Myers said. Mr Kakavas did seek therapy and had himself barred from casinos in attempt to control his addiction. But Mr Myers said Crown made concessions, allowing the high roller to bet $300,000 per hand on baccarat and driving him to the bank to withdraw more money after he lost $1 million. Mr Kakavas declined to comment outside the courtroom when asked about the case, saying he’d wait until a verdict was handed down. The case continues. Source: The Age. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more