Politicians may be known for many things, but honesty isn’t normally one of them. So Obiter was intrigued by the disarming veracity of panel members at pro bono group LawWorks’ Question Time-style panel debate on legal aid last week. With Robin Knowles QC, LawWorks trustee, filling the David Dimbleby role, questions from the audience were answered by legal aid minister Lord Bach; Conservative shadow justice secretary Dominic Grieve; Liberal Democrat justice spokesman David Howarth; and Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson. Bach set the tone by responding to a question on the legal aid budget by admitting there would probably be cuts, saying: ‘There are moments when politicians have to tell the truth and this is one of them.’ While Obiter would naturally applaud his desire not to mislead on this occasion, the unavoidable implication of his remark is that there are other instances when politicians feel at liberty to be more ‘economical with the actualité’, as the late Alan Clark once said. Bach was not the only panellist who appeared to have been injected with truth serum. Explaining why it is hard to improve the legal aid system, Grieve piped up: ‘Because legal aid has been squeezed, fewer people benefit from it, so it has become less relevant to the public… It has little resonance over how people will vote and is the first thing that many people think we should cut.’ His message was clear – legal aid is not a vote winner, so it’s not really high on any party’s agenda. As the politicians fought it out for who could be the most ‘real’, the Law Society’s Hudson sat brandishing a huge pile of green Law Society literature. As he pointed out during the debate, he was in fact the only member of the panel with a manifesto.
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Share Tweet LocalNews Court orders psychiatric treament for inmate by: – November 14, 2013 Sharing is caring! Share Share 9 Views no discussions An inmate of the Dominica State Prison, who appealed his sentence at the Court of Appeal, was on Wednesday, November 13 ordered to receive psychiatric treatment while incarcerated.Roland Evans was sentenced by a magistrate after pleading guilty to wounding his uncle with a cutlass in October 2012. He was deemed unfit to plead when he appeared before the magistrate’s court twice before. However, he was allowed to enter a plea the third time after a psychiatric report stated that although he had a homicidal tendency, homicidal ideology and paranoid illusions he recounted the events surrounding the incident clearly.His psychosis, according to the psychiatrist, was substance induced.Justice of appeal Don Mitchell asked if it was the norm to sentence those who are declared unfit to take responsibility for their actions to be sent to prison. “This is not normal in this day and age,” he stated.He indicated however that the horror of the crime cannot be minimised as the victim was wounded “just short of death”.Evans used a cutlass to inflict injuries to his uncle’s head, left and right arm and face.“The question there is whether he was responsible for his actions,” Justice Mitchell posited.State attorney Sherma Dalrymple informed the court that it is their view that Evan’s sentence was not too harsh as the maximum penalty for such a crime is five years.“It was an unprovoked attack,” she said.Justice of Appeal Davidson Baptiste stated that what is missing is an order for Evans to receive treatment.“We see no basis to disturb the sentence imposed by the magistrate, however we will order that you shall undergo psychiatric treatment while incarcerated,” he ruled.Dominica Vibes News
Prime Minister Honorable Dr Roosevelt SkerritEffective immediately, payments of Dominica State College tuition fees will be discontinued. This was announced by Prime Minister, Honorable Dr. Roosevelt Skerrit on Monday 13th May 2019.Skerrit explained that this decision was relayed to Head of the Dominica State College, Dr. Donald Peters in an effort to continue greater access for students to the facility.“We have taken a decision to discontinue the payment of tuition fees so that our young people will have no more excuses as to why some prefer to be at home or on the blocks and not engaging themselves in taking advantage of the many opportunities that we have extended to them where education and training is concerned,” he said.Furthermore Skerrit confirmed that all outstanding payments owed to the facility by students, are also cancelled. Share Sharing is caring! 149 Views no discussions Share LocalNews Dominica State College Tuition Fees Discontinued by: – May 14, 2019 Share Tweet
Related TopicsCarlos CarrascoCarlos SantanaDetroit TigersFrancisco LindorIndiansJason KipnisJose RamirezLonnie ChisenhallMike NapoliRajai Davis CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Indians (51-32) continue to dismantle the Detroit Tigers (44-40) as they defeated the club once more with a final score of 12-1 on Tuesday night. The win gives the Tribe a perfect 11-0 record against the Tigers this season as they continue to build their lead in the Central.The Indians would score first in the 2nd inning after Jose Ramirez drew a one out walk, and Lonnie Chisenhall would single to give the Tribe first and second. Rajai Davis would score Ramirez with a deep double to left, moving Chisenhall to third for Tyler Naquin to bring him home on a ground-out to second. This gave the club a 2-0 lead.In the 4th Mike Napoli led off the inning with a walk, and Ramirez singled to right, moving Napoli to third. Chisenhall doubled to right scoring Napoli, and moved Ramirez to third. Davis hit a sac-fly to right to make it 4-0.Carlos Santana led off the 5th with a walk, but Jason Kipnis followed up by grounding into a fielder’s choice to second. Francisco Lindor came through with an RBI double, scoring Kipnis, and advancing to third on the throw. Napoli would walk once more before Buck Farmer would relieve Anibal Sanchez. Ramirez grounded out to second to score Lindor, and Chisenhall knocked in another run with a double to deep center to give the Indians the 7-0 edge.The Tigers scored their lone run in the 6th after Victor Martinez knocked in Ian Kinsler from second. Miguel Cabrera would be ejected that inning after arguing that a ball ruled fair went off his shin and should have continued his at bat.The Indians tacked on three more runs in 6th off Farmer to blow the game wide open. Tyler Naquin hit his seventh home run of the season to extend the Tribe lead to 8-1. Santana, Kipnis, and Lindor walked consecutively to allow Napoli to score Santana and Kipnis on a single, and Ramirez grounded into a fielder’s choice to second to make it 10-1.Santana added to the lead with a solo shot in the 8th off Mark Lowe to make it 11-1. Chisenhall knocked in the final run of the game, scoring Kipnis (double) to make the final 12-1. The Indians finished with 13 hits on the night (Chisenhall 4 for 5) to the Tigers 4.Carrasco (5-2) would get the win after going 6 innings giving up 3 hits, 1 run, 3 walks, and striking out 5.During the game it was announced Cleveland Indians SS Francisco Lindor and SP Danny Salazar were named to the AL All-Star team, as well as Miguel Cabrera for the Tigers.Indians and Tigers are back at it tomorrow for the final game of the series. First pitch – 12:10. Adrienne Goehler In Adrienne Goehler’s household, there was no escape becoming a Cleveland sports and Buckeyes fan growing up; that’s where her passion began. An athlete her whole life, Adrienne is channeling that competitive spirit for the game as a columnist for NEO Sports Insiders. She has a background working with web-based software for use by professionals in the broadcast industry, and experience involving major league sports.
2015 UWF Men’s Soccer Schedule2015 UWF Men’s Soccer Promotional Schedule PENSACOLA, Fla. – The 2015 University of West Florida men’s soccer schedule will feature a tough Gulf South Conference slate and several non-conference matchups that will test UWF men’s soccer head coach Bill Elliott’s squad this fall. “We had a very inexperienced team last fall and as a result were a bit inconsistent,” Elliot said. “Seemingly we grew a great deal in the spring but we are anxious to see if it will translate into better results this fall.” West Florida will open up the regular season at home as they face Sunshine State Conference opponent Tampa on Saturday, Sept. 5 at 7:30 p.m. CT. UWF will also face Great American Conference opponent Southern Nazarene on Monday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. CT to wrap up the two-game home stand. The Argonauts will travel to Winter Park, Florida on Friday, Sept. 11 to face SSC opponent Rollins before facing fellow SSC opponent Florida Southern on Sunday, Sept. 13 in Lakeland, Florida. UWF will open up Gulf South Conference play at home on Thursday, Sept. 17 against Spring Hill at 7:30 p.m. CT. West Florida will then face a trio of opponents on the road to wrap up the month of September. The Argonaut face Mobile on Sept. 21, before facing GSC opponents Union and Christian Brothers in Tennessee on Sept. 25 and 27, respectively. CBU ended the 2014 regular season with the best conference record (8-1) and finished the year ranked No. 18 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America NCAA DII National Poll. West Florida will face continue GSC play by facing a pair of conference opponents to open up the month of October. UWF will face Lee on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. CT before facing Shorter on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. CT. Lee won its first National Christian College Athletic Association National Championship last season with a 2-1 win over Bethel. The Argonauts will play host to United State Collegiate Athletic Association opponent Concordia College (Alabama) on Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. CT. The Argos will get back to GSC competition by facing a pair of conference opponents on the road in mid-October. UWF will travel to Huntsville, Alabama to face Alabama Huntsville on Friday, Oct. 16 before heading to Livingston, Alabama to face West Alabama on Sunday, Oct. 18. UWA won the GSC Tournament Championship last season with a 3-1 win over Shorter. West Florida will then play host to Delta State at home on Friday, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. CT during Homecoming Week. UWF will then wrap up the home stand later that weekend as the UWF men’s soccer senior class will be honored on Sunday, Oct. 25 before a match against Mississippi College at 12:30 p.m. CT. The Argonauts will face Spring Hill for the second time during the regular season in Mobile, Alabama to wrap up the regular season on Friday, Oct. 30. The Gulf South Conference Tournament Quarterfinals will be held on Nov. 3 and will be hosted by the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds. Six teams will compete in the GSC Tournament with the top two seeds earning automatic births into the semifinals. The GSC Tournament Semifinals and Championship will be held on Nov. 6 and 8 and will be hosted by the No. 1 seed. Mississippi College and Spring Hill will compete in the GSC this season but will not be eligible for the GSC Tournament during the reclassification process.The 2015 NCAA DII National Championships will be held in Pensacola, Florida this fall at Brosnaham Park. The men’s and women’s NCAA DII Semifinal will be held on Thursday, December 3 and the men’s and women’s NCAA DII National Championship will be held on Saturday, December 5. For information on all UWF athletics, visit www.GoArgos.com. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Version
Cricket, lovely cricket. The Windies have won the Wisden Trophy in no uncertain manner after demolishing England in the first two of three Test matches here in the Caribbean. Any West Indian cricket fan who “did know” that the margin of victory by the eighth-ranked ICC Test team over the third-ranked team would have been so decisive is either mendacious or a sorcerer. The ‘experts’ in England ALL gave us no chance, and the way the England team batted, bowled, and fielded in the two matches to date suggests that they too were on board with the hype. The Windies, fresh from a series beating by minnows Bangladesh, were ‘soft’, ‘mediocre’, and all they had to do is turn up and victory would be guaranteed. How surprised they were! Even the most diehard West Indian fan (me) expected an improved performance from a humiliated and wounded Test team from the country that invented the game. Praise for our captain and his band of steely (not merry) men is well deserved as they showed that the victory in the first Test was not a fluke! They really deserved to win! The batting of test recall Darren Bravo placed steel in the middle order as he braved hits, good balls, and balls that performed gymnastics on an uneven surface to hold the innings together until the magical and psychological 300 was reached. How we missed his determination and resolve during the time he was suspended from playing because of an ill-timed description of his boss. At the end of the match, a multiple Test-playing fast bowler with 1,000 wickets watched his final delivery of the second Test whacked over the boundary for six by a young cricketer playing in only his second Test. What a wonderful way to end a Test match! As we prepare for the third and final Test, our captain and man of the match has been suspended for his second supervision of a slow over rate in one year. The first was against Sri Lanka in Barbados in June 2018. Master statistician Zaheer Clarke informs us that the Windies have lost all four Test matches that they have played without their captain. The Windies are 141 runs worse off when the captain does not play, and they concede 78 runs less per 10 wickets. But those teams were not as fired up as this one is. Perfect foil Shannon Gabriel has put the fear of whoever their god is in the minds and hearts of the Englishmen as he delivers the ball. He is the perfect foil for Alzari Joseph and Kemar Roach, who exploited the fleeing batsmen with controlled in-line bowling. Also, the tragic news of the demise of Alzarri Joseph’s mother during the match apparently led him to bowl the best that I have seen from him since his introduction to Test cricket. The English team looked beaten and demoralised after the shellacking they received in the first Test. It is difficult to see them recovering sufficiently to defeat us in the third and final Test even though they have absolutely no chance of winning the series. But the game is cricket. Who knows? We can only wish our Windies all that is good. Yesterday at a press conference in St Kitts, Pete Russell, the chief operating officer of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), announced that the St Kitts Patriots, one of the many franchises in the CPL, was being sold to Sushil Kumar and his team of co-owners comprising K. Jayaram, Venkatesh Sridhar, Vaibhav Meha, and Naren Kunder. These men control five different sports teams and have an interest in Hong Kong cricket. They promise everything good for CPL cricket. While we welcome Kumar and his fellow co-owners, the question that arises is: How long can the CPL last if the owners who are putting up their cash and assets continue to see breaking even as a good thing while expecting a loss? The raw fact is that CPL cricket is not being supported in the islands by the fans and corporate bodies, who are the ones who are expected to assist in defraying expenses. In the case of the Jamaica Tallawahs, our Minister of Sport has stated that there is just not enough Government money to support all the teams that request and expect support. Therefore the threat of the Tallawahs playing more and more home games in Florida is real! At some stage, businesses, and to a lesser extent, fans have to decide how important sports is to the region. Can we continue to expect foreigners and expatriates to fund our sports while we only turn out if we are winning or have an excellent chance of success? I am of the opinion that sport is vital to the spiritual, mental, and physical well-being of a nation. Once there is agreement on this postulate, then we must all put our resources where our mouths are. Let us not sit by and watch the CPL wither and die. Let us all with one accord chip in and help! Turn out in your thousands when the CPL comes to your island.
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Defending champs Sunshine aiming to retain titleBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada — After suffering a setback in the Caribbean Sensation 10/10 final last Saturday, defending champions Sunshine will be aiming to make amends when they clash with Better Hope in the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL)-organised Norman Sue Bakery (NSB)-sponsored 15-over Conference A final, set for Saturday at the Ashtonbee number one ground, Scarborough.A new champion will be crowned in the B Conference when Good Success battle Carr Tec at Ashtonbee number two, since last year’s winner, Wakenaam, have been booted out of the knockout tournament.Rems will also be vying for their second consolation crown in as many weeks when they oppose Caribbean Sensation at the Ashtonbeen Reservoir number one ground while the B Conference consolation final features GTA Storm and Smashers on the Ashtonbee Reservoir number two field.In last year’s final played at the same venue, Sunshine inflicted a resounding nine-wicket victory over then defending champion, Dant. Chasing a modest 108 for victory, after limiting Dant to 107 for seven in their allotted 15 overs, Sunshine raced to 113 for one in a mere 11 overs, winning with four overs to spare.The victory was engineered by a fine unbeaten second-wicket stand of 71 between Azam Haniff (36 not out) and Anil Ramoutar (23 not out).While Sunshine were basking in glory in Conference A, Wakenaam were making light work of their opponents GTA Storm in a disappointing Conference B final, triumphing by seven wickets in a lopsided victory.Despite losing to archrivals Dant in last Saturday’s 10/10 final, Sunshine are hot favourites to get past Better Hope, who, however, should not be taken lightly. Last year’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Azam Haniff missed several games this season but showed glimpses of batting form versus Dant with a top score of 21.SUNIL RAMKISSOONSunshine will also be relying heavily on Hemnarine Chattergoon and Looknauth Ramsuchit who failed to impress last week while the likes of Imran Ali, Anil Ramoutar and Avinash Sookdeo are expected to play key roles. Led by Anil Mahadeo, they also include formidable all-rounder Mahendranauth ‘Bobby’ Parasnauth.While not possessing “big names,” Better Hope are not to be underrated, since they reached the final in 2016, losing to Dant in the process. Skipper Sunil Ramkissoon has been exuding an air of confidence in his players and feels they are capable of coming out victorious. Avinash Singh, Richard Narine, Nick Joseph and Anand Nirmal are among the players capable of scoring big. Last year’s MVP, Moin Khan, along with his brother Imran, Naveed Ali, Imtiaz Ali and Krishna Persaud are among the players Good Success will be banking on for success when they battle a wounded Carr Tec side which suffered a disappointing loss to Wakenaam in last week’s Conference B 10/10 final.Skipper Bharrat Lachman will, however, be hoping that Carr Tec bounce back from the lost and add the NSB title to their collection. The hard-hitting Ravendra Mandolall has the ability to change a game and his presence is a vital cog in Carr Tec’s lineup which also include the versatile Mahendra Monilall.
Vanderbilt forward Kristen Gaffney (24) reaches for the rebound as Vanderbilt guard Morgan Batey (25) and Connecticut forward Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis (23) look on during the first half Saturday in Estero, Fla.