Scorpions drop Palmer

first_imgFirst-time Jamaica Scorpions captain, Paul Palmer Jr has been relieved of his duties and dropped from the squad for their seventh round WICB First-Class League encounter fixture against the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, starting today at Sabina Park.Opener Palmer, who has been experiencing a wretched run of the form with the bat, has been replaced by fellow opener and vice-captain, John Campbell.The new vice-captain is Barbados-born batsman, Kirk Edwards.The 24-year-old Palmer, a former Jamaica youth captain, has passed 50 just once in 12 innings, and has been one of several Scorpions batsmen who has failed to produce since the start of the season.Campbell led the Jamaica team in the recent WICB Super50 one-day tournament in January. Edwards is a former West Indies vice-captain.Palmer’s removal is one of three changes made by the Wavell Hinds-led national selection panel to a squad which lost to the Leeward Islands Hurricanes by 82 runs in Antigua last weekend.The other players omitted are experienced campaigners, wicketkeeper Carlton Baugh Jr, and all-rounder David Bernard Jr.They have been replaced by wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, who makes a return from studies, batsman Brandon King, and fast bowler Nicholson Gordon.The selection panel is completed by Wayne Lewis, Robert Haynes, Delroy Morgan, and Cleveland Davidson.Fourth and fifth place finishers over the past two seasons, the Scorpions, with just three wins and as many losses, are all but out of the championship race with four rounds of matches to go.They are third on 52 points, 30 behind second-place Barbados Pride, with runaway leaders and title-holders Guyana Jaguars on 101 points.UNCHANGED SQUADTrinidad, in the meantime, who are fourth in the standings with 40 points and are out of the running for the top prize, have named an unchanged squad for the game.The Jason Mohammed-captained unit, without their most established players, will look to batsman Narsingh Deonarine, all-rounder Rayad Emrit, and young off-spinning standout Jon-Ross Jagessar to lead their charge.They have recorded a win, three defeats, and two draws record to date.Jamaica Scorpions (from): John Campbell (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Sheldon Cottrell, Kirk Edwards, Nicholson Gordon, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Andre McCarthy, Nikita Miller, Marquino Mindley, Devon Thomas, Shacaya Thomas, Chadwick Walton.Trinidad and Tobago Red Force (from): Jason Mohammed (captain), Yannic Cariah, Narsingh Deonarine, Rayad Emrit, Kyle Hope, Akeal Hosein, Jon-Russ Jagessar, Steven Katwaroo, Imran Khan, Evin Lewis, Yannick Ottley, Marlon Richards, Jeremy Solozano.last_img read more

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Guyana signs on to ratify Caricom Arrest Warrant Treaty

first_imgGuyana has ratified the Caricom (Caribbean Community) Arrest Warrant Treaty, paving the way for Member States to arrest and hand over criminals to authorities in other participating countries where the crime was committed.At the post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon explained that this move by Guyana, along with two other Member States, would allow for the ratification of the Treaty.“The Treaty requires three Member States to sign for its entry into force and Guyana, having received the approval of Cabinet, will be the signatory of that treaty to bring it into force,” he stated.The objective of the Caricom Arrest Warrant Treaty is to “…establish, within the Caribbean Community, a system of arrest and surrender of requested persons forMinister of State, Joseph Harmonthe purposes of conducting a criminal prosecution for an applicable offence; or executing a custodial sentence where the requested persons have fled from justice after being sentenced…”According to the Treaty document, it will enter into force 60 days after the deposit of the third instrument of ratification. Barbados and The Bahamas are said to be the other two countries to effect the ratification.During the 38th Regular Meeting of CARICOM Heads of State in July last year in Grenada, not all Member States, including Guyana, had formally signed onto the Treaty. The others were Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, and St Lucia.At the conclusion of the regional meeting, then Caricom Chairman, Grenadian Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell was reported confirming that not all 15 Member States had signed onto the Treaty. He went on to explain that this was largely owing to internal issues regarding the laws within the respective Member States.These countries were allowed to make the necessary changes to conform to the requirements of the CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty.Member States have often recognised major issues in relation to security throughout the Region and this treaty was one of the instruments formulated to enhance cooperation in this area. This was in light of the difficulties experienced with the extradition process.The Treaty recognises that “… the current extradition framework among Member States is complex, costly and limited, and does not allow for a system of surrender of persons between judicial authorities of Member States; [and] recognising also that a system of surrender between the judicial authorities of Member States is desirable in the context of the integration objectives of the Caribbean Community for its economic and social development…”It is expected that the Treaty will remove the complexity, costs and potential for delay, while establishing a more efficient system of surrender among participating Member States.last_img read more

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Bantam ‘B’ Flyers play tournament in Jasper

first_imgThe Fort St. John Flint Energy Bantam “B” Flyers travelled to Jasper, Alberta over the weekend to participate in an invitational exhibition tournament hosted by Prince George Minor Hockey.The Flyer’s team, more accustomed to the physical play of its rivals in the All Peace League, found themselves at the mercy of the officials who weren’t as supportive of their “style” of hockey. Head Coach Troy Lang, and Asst. Coach Chris Whitford encouraged the young squad to play their game, and utilized the opportunity to work on specialty teams.- Advertisement -Game 1 – Friday night 10 pm. The Flyers played the Edson Bantam “A” team. The Flyers played the majority of the match shorthanded serving 60 minutes in minor penalties and one game misconduct which resulted in a 4 – 3 loss. Goaltenders Evan O’Neill and Garret Whitford were outstanding in net facing a total of 65 shots combined. Brandon Howard, Alexander Breunig, and Jarod Lang scored for Fort St. John.Game 2 – Saturday Noon. The Flyers played the Host Team, Prince George. The Flyers battled back from a 3 – 0 deficit late in the second period, to tie the game 4-4 until Prince George scored the eventual game winner with 8 minutes left in regulation. Kameron Furlong, Bruenig, Emerson Loewen, and Lang scored goals for Fort St. John while Kyle Johnson (2), Bruenig, Matthew Hiebert, Tyrell Loewen, Tyler Wood, and Devon Swanson assisted. Fort St. John served 20 minutes in minor penalties. Final Score PG – 5, Flyers – 4.Game 3 – Saturday 6pm. The Flyers met the Edson squad for the second time. Fort St. John’s Lang, assisted by Wood, scored the first goal of the game 2 minutes into the second period. Edson responded less than a minute later to tie it up, then banged in 3 more unanswered goals in less than 4 minutes to take a commanding 4 -1 lead. Edson added 2 more goals in the third, before Lang got his second of the game, assisted by Wood to complete the scoring. Fort St. John served 22 minutes in minor penalties. Final Score Edson – 6, Fort St. John – 2.Game 4 – Saturday 8pm. The Flyers closed out the round robin against the Prince George team. This back and forth battle seen both teams register points in each period, with Fort St. John tying the game at 5 with 30 seconds remaining in regulation time. Fort St. John’s Aiden Harris, Lang, Wood (assisted by Braden Rouble), Hiebert (assisted by Furlong), and Howard (assisted by Lang) were the point getters for the Flyers. Fort St. John received 10 minor penalties and 1 Game Misconduct in the match. Final Score PG – 5, Flyers – 5.Advertisement Game 5 – Sunday 10am. Due to a scheduling change, Fort St. John faced the Home Team, Jasper Bearcats, to close out the weekend. Jasper scored once in the second, and once in the third resulting in a 2 – 0 final score.The All Peace League schedule has been released and regular season play will commence next week.last_img read more

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U.S. help sought in drug war

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Mexican President Felipe Calderon said Saturday that drug traffickers’ threats against his government would not stop a military crackdown against them, and he demanded that the United States do more to fight the sale and consumption of drugs domestically. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press aboard his presidential plane, Calderon said he would push President George W. Bush to respect migrant rights and do more against drugs in the U.S. when the two meet Tuesday in the colonial city of Merida, Mexico. “We are, at the end of the day, putting our lives on the line in this battle, and the United States has to come up with something that is more than symbolic gestures, much more,” Calderon said. “Mexico can’t diminish the availability of drugs while the U.S. hasn’t reduced its demand. It’s an elemental equation.” Calderon said members of the federal government have received threats from drug traffickers. “There have been a lot of threats – whether they have been false or real – but they won’t stop us from taking action,” he said during his return from a visit to southern Chiapas state, where he marked his first 100 days in office. Hoping to end a bloody turf war between cartels, Calderon has sent thousands of troops and federal police to areas controlled by drug traffickers, including Mexican cities along the U.S. border, his home state of Michoacan, and the Pacific Coast resort of Acapulco. He also began extraditing drug lords to face justice north of the border, something that the United States had urged Mexico to do for years. The Mexican leader criticized the U.S. decision to extend walls along its southern border and called for U.S. assistance in improving Mexico’s economy. “Mexico should be prosperous and not require its people to leave,” he said. But he said nothing could completely stem the flow of Mexicans northward. “No amount of jobs or investment can stop it completely,” he said. 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

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Lawyer agrees to plead guilty to conspiracy

first_imgBy The Associated Press Pioneering class-action attorney William S. Lerach has agreed to plead guilty to a federal conspiracy charge involving a kickback scheme, prosecutors said Tuesday. The deal came after a seven-year federal investigation into allegations that Lerach’s former law firm paid people to sign on as plaintiffs in more than 150 lawsuits against major corporations. Prosecutors said the firm netted more than $200 million in fees during a 20-year period. Prosecutors accuse the firm of secretly paying more than $11 million in kickbacks to get people to take part in shareholder lawsuits, allowing its lawyers to be among the first to file litigation on behalf of shareholders and secure the lucrative position as lead plaintiffs’ counsel. “These client-buying guilty pleas in the securities litigation area pull back the curtain and give the public a good view of a system that’s become of, by, and for the lawyers,” said John Sullivan, president of the Civil Justice Association of California, a group that advocates legal reforms.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Lerach agreed to plead guilty to conspiring to obstruct justice and making false statements under oath, according to a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles. He will forfeit $7.75 million to the government, pay a $250,000 fine and accept a sentence ranging from one year to two years in federal prison, the prosecutors’ statement said. An arraignment will be held at a later date. “I have always fought for my clients aggressively and vigorously in order to hold powerful corporations responsible when their actions harmed people; however, I regrettably crossed a line and pushed too far,” Lerach said in a statement. “For my actions, I apologize and accept full responsibility for my conduct.” The case against Lerach is part of an ongoing federal probe that led to last year’s indictment against New York law firm Milberg Weiss Bershad & Schulman and two of its partners. last_img read more

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State facing $10 billion shortfall

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The problems are driven by a combination of declining revenues caused primarily by the weak housing market, a growth in spending for pay raises, a $500 million pension lawsuit, and $174 million to fight the Southern California wildfires. Hill said the state has already used up all its quickest fixes to deal with budget shortfalls because of long-term deficits that have lingered since the dot-com collapse earlier in the decade. Future budget-balancing measures, she predicted, will be more and more painful. “The key thing to remember is all the easy solutions are gone,” Hill said. “To get revenue and spending lines into balance will require some really tough choices.” Schwarzenegger has already reportedly instructed state agencies to prepare cutting up to 10percent in next year’s budget. Schwarzenegger has consistently opposed new taxes since he was elected, and Finance Department spokesman H.D. Palmer said the administration’s focus now is on looking at ways to cut spending, rather than raise taxes. “Knowing the challenges that we face, throughout the fall, my administration has been examining a variety of options to close next year’s budget gap,” Schwarz- enegger said in a written statement released Wednesday. A slowing economy – led by the weak housing market – has opened up a potential $10 billion state budget shortfall over the next two years, just 20 months after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was plotting how to spend an unanticipated multibillion windfall in tax revenues. The state Legislative Analyst’s Office report Wednesday gives yet another indication of how quickly California’s fiscal fortunes have turned and how volatile the state’s revenue stream can be. The sharp fiscal crunch puts new pressure on Schwarzenegger and lawmakers to consider sharp spending cuts and possibly tax increases at a time when state leaders are in the midst of tackling one big-ticket reform measure – universal health care – and about to begin work next year on another, potentially more expensive overhaul of public education. The projection from Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill comes less than three months after the Legislature passed what was believed to be a balanced budget for 2007-08 that had a $4 billion reserve. Now, the state is likely to face a $2 billion shortfall in the current fiscal year – a swing of $6 billion – and another $8billion gap next year. “I have not made any final decisions yet, but it’s clear that the decisions that will be involved will be tough. I have a constitutional requirement to submit a balanced budget to the Legislature in January and I will fulfill that responsibility.” The report landed on the same day that Schwarzenegger’s predecessor, Gray Davis – recalled by voters amid his own budget crisis – happened to be speaking in Sacramento. When asked for a solution to California’s chronic economic fluctuations, Davis reached for a page straight out of a conservative playbook: a constitutional amendment to cap spending. “The only way to avoid this roller-coaster ride is to have a constitutional amendment in place that requires that you put aside 3 to 4 percent of the budget and only draw down on that when the economy is weakening,” said Davis, addressing the Sacramento Press Club. “I hope that as a byproduct of dealing with this budget challenge that the governor and the Legislature deal with this larger question of putting a spending limit before the voters so we’ll have some stability.” Davis said the key is convincing interest groups – including education, which has a guaranteed funding formula approved by voters – that no one is insulated from the ups and downs of the economy. “It’s not realistic for groups to say we have our money locked in no matter what happens,” said Davis, now an attorney for a Los Angeles law firm, Loeb & Loeb. “It’s important for people to accept that reality.” Davis said he takes no pleasure in watching the state head toward a fiscal morass under the man who ousted him in the 2003 recall – and after overseeing one of the worst budget crises in California history. Schwarzenegger inherited a deficit of $16.5 billion. “Life is like a relay race,” Davis said. “When you have a baton you run as hard as you can and hope the next guy doesn’t run in a different direction. I’m glad the governor has not run in a different direction.” The governor’s office said it could not comment on Davis’ suggestion without knowing more details, but the governor pushed for a different balanced-budget initiative in 2005 that was rejected by voters. Conservatives lauded Davis for embracing what has been their siren call. “In concept, we applaud the suggestion that we’ve been pushing for 30 years,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer Association. “When you have someone like Gray Davis, who was burned by overspending, say this, it’s like a reformed alcoholic. This church is big enough for all sinners.” Schwarzenegger must submit his proposed budget in January, and Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, wasted no time Wednesday insisting that the Legislature will not accept a budget balanced on the backs of the poor. sharmon@cctimes.com (916) 441-2101 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

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BLOW AS 29 JOBS AXED AT ABBOTT DIAGNOSTICS

first_imgHealthcare company Abbott is to axed 29 jobs at its Sligo plant. There are currently more than 400 people employed in the diagnostics facility there.Today’s announcement does not affect staff at its Donegal business.The company says there is over-capacity in the manufacturing area of its Finisklin plant and is seeking the voluntary redundancies in both the manufacturing area and support roles. Abbott employs almost 4,000 people in 13 sites in eight counties including at Donegal Town, but says the announcement regarding the Finisklin plant in Sligo does not impact on any of its other sites. BLOW AS 29 JOBS AXED AT ABBOTT DIAGNOSTICS was last modified: June 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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HOW CAN WE STOP THE SPREAD OF DONEGAL’S MOST DANGEROUS FLOWER?

first_imgRhododendronsThey may look nice and people like them for their large pink flowers but rhododendrons are taking over the hills in west Donegal. Well known local gardener and horticulturalist Dónall Ó Cnáimhsí will be giving a talk on controlling invasive species such as Rhododendrons, Japanese Knotweed and Gunnera in the Ionad Pobal, Dunlewey on Tuesday 5th April at 8pm.The recent mild winters have contributed to an explosion in these unwelcome visitors to our neighbourhoods and roadsides. Entitled “Managaing our Landscape” Dónall’s talk will focus on how to control these species and how early intervention is key.Anyone with an interest in this subject is welcome to attend. There will also be a Q & A session on the night to answer any specific questions you might have.HOW CAN WE STOP THE SPREAD OF DONEGAL’S MOST DANGEROUS FLOWER? was last modified: April 4th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalDunleweyRhododendronslast_img read more

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Groves’ trainer reveals he had reservations about fight referee

first_imgGeorge Groves’ trainer Paddy Fitzpatrick reveals he had pre-fight reservations about the appointment of Howard Foster prior to the referee’s controversial stoppage of the previously unbeaten challenger in his world title clash with Carl Froch.Video courtesy of iFL TVSee also:Relaxed Groves unfazed by Froch – trainerHeartbreak for Groves in world title clashFroch insists ref was right to stop fightGroves: I’ll bounce back and be championGutted Groves says he proved he belongs at the top levelPromoter predicts Froch-Groves rematchFroch claims Groves rejected rematch offerFroch ordered to face Groves in rematchGroves to face Froch in rematch on 31 MayFroch-Groves rematch will be at WembleyGroves vows to avenge ‘stonewall robbery’Groves: My left hook will finish 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Warriors-Pelicans cheatsheet: Will DeMarcus Cousins be bitter? Will Anthony Davis play?

first_imgHow the Pelicans are doing: New Orleans comes into Oakland on a two-game losing streak two nights after falling to the Denver Nuggets 116-111.The Pelicans’ losing streak … The Warriors (7-1) will look to earn their fifth straight victory Wednesday night against the Pelicans (4-2).Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup…When/Where: Oracle Arena, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSBA)Projected Pelicans starters: Nikola Mirotic, Solomon Hill, Jahlil Okafor, Jrue Holiday, Eton Moore.last_img

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