Qualified for Rio! – But Jamaica’s first internationally certified badminton umpire needs money for history-making trip

first_img His son, Joshua, is accredited at Level One, and that means they are the first father-son umpires in the history of the sport. Clarke said he has approached individuals and organisations for assistance, but with time running out, he is yet to get any money. “I have to find money for airfare and visa to China and Brazil at a cost of approximately US$5,000. The organisers will provide accommodation. I have approached some people and organisations, but no confirmation as yet,” Clarke explained. “It is important to secure bookings by month end.” FATHER-SON UMPIRES He has been working hard on raising the standard of the sport in Jamaica and formed the National Association of Badminton Umpires and Court Officials in November 1997, after he returned from Guatemala. Two months before, he had earned Pan Am accreditation status as an umpire, thus becoming Jamaica’s first internationally certified umpire. In 1999, he became the nation’s first Pan Am-certified umpire, then three years later, he became Jamaica’s first and the Caribbean’s second-ever BWF-accredited umpire. He is a founding member of Racketeers Badminton Club that hosts an annual tournament here, and is currently a JBA vice-president. He is a past president of the local body as well as past president of the regional body, CAREBACO. Also, he once served as first vice-president of the Central American and Caribbean Badminton Association. Clarke said he would be disappointed if things did not work out for him to travel to China and ultimately the Rio Games. “It is a big thing to officiate at the Olympics. They (organisers) want global representation, so this is Jamaica’s chance. If we are to miss out, Trevor McCain is the closest to me in ranking. He is a Pan Am-certified umpire, but that is only the second of four levels needed,” he noted. “I’m trying to raise the money for both events, but nothing confirmed. However, I remain hopeful of securing the necessary funds to make both trips,” Clarke stressed. Jamaica’s first and only Badminton World Federation (BWF) umpire, Joseph Clarke, is in need of US$5,000 (approximately $600,000) to officiate at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Clarke said that to become Jamaica’s first badminton umpire at the Olympic Games, he must officiate at the Thomas and Huber World Championship in China this year. “I have two assignments this year. First one is the Thomas and Huber World Championships in China in May. This would be a first for a Jamaican in the final. It is a prerequisite to get to the Olympics,” Clarke told The Gleaner. “If I don’t make it, it could be another 10 years for another Jamaican,” he reasoned. He has been involved in the sport for more than 35 years as a player, coach, administrator and official. RAISING THE STANDARD OF THE SPORTlast_img read more

9 months agoMonaco boss Henry targets reunion with Chelsea striker Batshuayi

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Monaco boss Henry targets reunion with Chelsea striker Batshuayiby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMonaco have joined the race to sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi.The Belgian’s loan with Valencia was cut short on Thursday.He scored just once in 15 appearances for Los Che, but that hasn’t stopped a number of teams expressing an interest in his services.Everton and Marseille have been linked, and L’Equipe claims that a reunion with his former Belgium coach Thierry Henry could eventuate for Batshuayi.Henry is working hard to revamp his squad for the second-half of the season and could use an experienced goalscorer like Batshuayi. last_img read more

Archbishop Desmond Tutu Launches Petition Against Climate Change

first_imgArchbishop Desmond Tutu has launched a petition calling for British prime minister David Cameron and Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon to respond urgently to climate change by setting a renewable energy target of 100% by 2050.“Climate change is one of the greatest moral challenges of our time,” wrote Tutu. “It threatens the health of our planet and people; especially the poorest and most vulnerable. It threatens our children’s future and everything we hold dear. It is time for all of us to wake up and take action together — in our local communities, nationally and globally, as well as in our daily lives.“As citizens motivated by faith and other moral traditions, we recognize that there is a grave obligation to act on climate change.“We call on you as leaders to respond urgently to the threats of climate change and set a renewable energy target of 100% by 2050. We need bold action like this to keep global temperature rise below the unacceptably dangerous tipping point of two degrees, to phase out carbon pollution to zero, and to invest resources in sustainable development pathways to build a more flourishing, inclusive and balanced world.“We pledge to do our own part by embracing the moral responsibility to care for our world and for each other and by seeking to live better and more sustainable lives in greater joy and harmony.“Let us act now, boldly and together, to build a better life for all!”To sign the petition, click here.last_img read more

Colorado lawsuit could ripple through US cannabis industry

first_imgDENVER – A federal trial in Colorado could have far-reaching effects on the United States’ budding marijuana industry if a jury sides with a couple who say having a cannabis business as a neighbour hurts their property’s value.The trial set to begin Monday in Denver is the first time a jury will consider a lawsuit using federal anti-racketeering law to target cannabis companies. But the marijuana industry has closely watched the case since 2015, when attorneys with a Washington, D.C.-based firm first filed their sweeping complaint on behalf of Hope and Michael Reilly.One of the couple’s lawyers, Brian Barnes, said they bought the southern Colorado land for its views of Pikes Peak and have since built a house on the rural property. They also hike and ride horses there.But they claim “pungent, foul odours” from a neighbouring indoor marijuana grow have hurt the property’s value and their ability to use and enjoy it.“That’s just not right,” Barnes said. “It’s not right to have people in violation of federal law injuring others.”An attorney for the business targeted by the suit plans to argue the couple’s property has not been damaged, relying in part on the county’s tax valuations of the Reillys’ land ticking up over time.Vulnerability to similar lawsuits is among the many risks facing marijuana businesses licensed by states but still violating federal law. Suits using the same strategy have been filed in California, Massachusetts and Oregon.Mirroring the Reilly complaint, several claim the smell of marijuana damages neighbouring owners’ ability to enjoy their land or harms their property value.The question now is whether jurors accept the argument.“They can claim a $1 million drop in property value, but if a jury does not agree and says $5,000, that’s not that big of a deal,” said Rob Mikos, a Vanderbilt University law professor who specializes in drug law. “That’s why there are a lot of eyes on the case.”Congress created the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act — better known as RICO — to target the Mafia in the 1970s, allowing prosecutors to argue leaders of a criminal enterprise should pay a price along with lower-level defendants.But the anti-racketeering law also allows private parties to file lawsuits claiming their business or property has been damaged by a criminal enterprise. Those who prove it can be financially compensated for damages times three, plus attorneys’ expenses.Starting in 2015, opponents of the marijuana industry decided to use the strategy against companies producing or selling marijuana products, along with investors, insurers, state regulators and other players. Cannabis companies immediately saw the danger of high legal fees or court-ordered payouts.That concern only grew when a Denver-based federal appeals court ruled in 2017 that the Reillys could use anti-racketeering law to sue the licensed cannabis grower neighbouring their property. Insurance companies and other entities originally named in the Reillys’ suit have gradually been removed, some after reaching financial settlements out of court.The case focuses on property in Pueblo County, where local officials saw marijuana as an opportunity to boost an area left behind by the steel industry. Most Colorado counties ban outdoor grows, forcing pot cultivators to find expensive warehouse space.Pueblo officials positioned their sunny, flat plains as the alternative. They created financial incentives in hopes of drawing growers to outdoor fields or cavernous buildings left vacant by other industries.Parker Walton was among the early comers, buying 40 acres in the rural town of Rye in 2014.Barnes said the Reillys made three separate land purchases between 2011 and 2014, gradually reaching more than 100 acres. They learned about plans for the marijuana business bordering their final purchase four months after completing the sale, he said.Walton put up a 5,000-square-foot (465-square-meter) building to grow and harvest marijuana plants indoors. The Reillys filed their lawsuit in early 2015. A year later, Walton announced the company’s first harvest via Instagram, snapping a photo of a strain dubbed “Purple Trainwreck” hanging to cure in a dim room.Fewer than five people including Walton work for the company, which sells its products to retail stores, his attorney, Matthew Buck said.Buck said he’s confident jurors will decide the Reillys’ property has not been harmed. Buck warned, though, that defending against a similar lawsuit comes at a high cost for marijuana businesses while plaintiffs with support from a large law firm have little to lose.Cooper & Kirk, the firm handling the couple’s suit, has a conservative reputation, including a founding partner who worked for the U.S. Justice Department during the Reagan administration. Barnes said members of the firm were “troubled” as states began legalizing the adult use of marijuana because of the inherent conflict with federal law, and they brainstormed legal strategies.Walton created a website this month to raise money for his defence. He wrote that a loss could jeopardize “all legal cannabis operations in all states.”But some lawyers who have defended companies in similar lawsuits said those fears are overhyped.Adam Wolf, a California attorney, said he believes the suits are primarily intended to scare third-party companies into cutting ties with marijuana firms or persuading cannabis companies to shut down. But long-term, Wolf said the U.S. Supreme Court has curtailed lawsuits making civil racketeering claims against other industries.Courts could apply the same logic to cannabis, he argued.“What the plaintiffs seemed to be saying is anybody who touched, in any matter, any marijuana business is potentially liable,” Wolf said. “And that is a soundly rejected argument by the courts.”Barnes, though, said the number of racketeering lawsuits awaiting action suggests attorneys with no ties to his firm believe in the strategy.___Kathleen Foody is a member of AP’s marijuana beat team. Follow her at twitter.com/katiefoodyFind complete AP marijuana coverage here:apnews.com/tag/LegalMarijuanalast_img read more

Travelling lawyers bringing legal services to Northeast BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Two Vancouver-based lawyers will be hitting the road in a 24-foot RV to bring legal services to residents in Northern BC over the next few weeks.Two of the three founders of Reach Legal, which was launched last month, will be clocking more than 2,500 kilometres over 10 days this month to bring much-needed legal services to residents of underserved communities. Reach Legal operates on a web-based platform to offer individuals and businesses across the province convenience, flexibility, and options when choosing a new lawyer.“We believe that all BC residents should have access to specialized legal services, regardless of the size or location of their community,” said Erin Brandt, one of the lawyers behind Reach Legal, and the official route planner for the RV trip. Lawyers Erin Brandt, left, and Paula Krawus are travelling Northern B.C. in The Law Bus. Supplied photo.The “Law Bus” journey will visit communities from Williams Lake to Fort Nelson, including: Quesnel, Mackenzie, Tumbler Ridge, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Chetwynd.“In smaller communities it can be a real challenge for residents to find expert legal representation. In some cases, it’s practically impossible,” said Simon Kent, another of Reach Legal’s founders.Kent cites examples of cases where a community may not have two lawyers available for a divorce case, leaving one spouse without representation. Reach Legal hopes to fill this gap with its innovative plan to offer legal services via video conferencing and other mobile options. The legal team said it will travel as needed for court appearances, and is also planning to provide support for their fellow lawyers already practising across B.C.“Lawyers in smaller communities are often asked to take on complex cases that require specialized knowledge outside their primary practice area, simply because there are no other local options,” said Brandt. “We hope to act as a bridge for these lawyers, connecting them with legal professionals who can consult on specific cases and specialized areas of law. The idea is to build a stronger community of legal professionals in these regions, by supporting what is already working.” The Reach Legal RV’s itinerary is as follows: Tuesday, May 8: QuesnelWednesday, May 9: MackenzieThursday, May 10: Tumbler RidgeThursday, May 10: Dawson CreekFriday, May 11: Fort St. JohnSunday, May 13 – Tuesday, May 15: Fort NelsonTuesday, May 15  Thursday, May 17: Fort St. JohnThursday, May 17: Chetwynd (tentative)last_img read more

Big Ten aiming to dethrone SEC

NEW ORLEANS — Even before the suspensions of six players last week, Ohio State was going to be faced with questions about its 0-9 bowl record against the SEC when it arrived in New Orleans. Now, the Buckeyes will attempt to diffuse the controversy surrounding Tattoo-gate in addition to their winless streak against the SEC. The streak has taken on a life of its own, mainly because of OSU’s recent national title game debacles against Florida and LSU. Senior defensive back Jermale Hines said the Buckeyes’ struggles against the SEC stay with them no matter how much they would like to forget about their past. “It’s always something in the back of our minds because it’s real,” Hines said. “The last couple outings we got destroyed by SEC teams.” Offensive guard Bryant Browning takes a different approach when it comes to the streak: ignorance. “I really haven’t watched too much of that kind of stuff” in the media, Browning said. “You can’t really worry about what people say. We’ve got to focus on ourselves.” Tonight OSU will face off against Arkansas in the 77th Allstate Sugar Bowl, nearly 32 years to the day that the Buckeyes were handed their first bowl game defeat at the hands of an SEC team. On Jan. 2, 1978, Paul “Bear” Bryant’s Alabama Crimson Tide destroyed the Woody Hayes-led Scarlet and Gray, 35-6. The players, including Browning, have echoed the sentiments of OSU coach Jim Tressel, who has implored them to remain focused on the task at hand. “We know if we go in and play any team in the nation and we play our best game, then we’ll come out on top,” Browning said. “We’re just working hard to try to do whatever it takes so that when Jan. 4 comes around we’re at our best.” That may be easier said than done against an Arkansas passing offense ranked third in the nation. Junior quarterback Ryan Mallett has led the Razorback attack, throwing for 30 touchdowns and 3,500 yards in back-to-back years. Although the Arkansas offense will be pass-heavy, it can also run the ball effectively with sophomore running back Knile Davis. When OSU faced Florida in 2007 and LSU in 2008, it went up against balanced offenses and gave up a combined 79 points. The winless streak against the SEC may be very real, but at least one OSU player doesn’t believe in the “SEC speed” theory, which fans and pundits alike claim gives the SEC the ultimate advantage on the playing field. “As far as the speed thing goes, I never have thought that that was the difference-maker,” said senior wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher. “People don’t just get slower when they come to the Big Ten.” Senior kicker Devin Barclay is looking forward to the opportunity to disprove the doubters, and reminds everyone that OSU is playing Arkansas, not the ghosts of SEC past. “We’ve really got to focus in on doing our thing. Obviously the games in 2006 and 2007 … we remember those games — they sting still, and they were against SEC teams. (But) they weren’t against Arkansas,” Barclay said. “There’s always been the press saying that we can’t compete against these SEC teams. It’s going to feel good to prove them wrong.” read more

Homelessness in San Diego

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Homelessness FacebookTwitter January 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Homelessness in San Diego KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAlthough many steps have been taken to try and improve the homeless issue in San Diego, it continues to be a topic of concern.KUSI was joined by founder of Homelessness News San Diego, Michael McConnell, with more on the problem the city is facing. Posted: January 9, 2018last_img read more

City officials break ground on new library in San Ysidro

first_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — City officials broke ground Friday on a library in San Ysidro, following more than two decades of discussion and planning.The 15,000-square-foot library will be built at Seaward Avenue and Beyer Boulevard at a cost of $13.5 million. It will replace the existing branch library in the city’s southernmost neighborhood. At nearly a century old, the existing library is the city’s oldest, according to the mayor’s office.“This is all about opening doors to opportunity and a brighter future,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “This new branch library has been a long time coming for the San Ysidro community and represents One San Diego in action. It’s going to be more than just a place to check out a book. It’s going to be a place where the community gathers and where neighborhood children can learn and grow.”The building will be LEED Silver certified and feature amenities such as an outdoor reading patio and movie screen, public art, a teen center, study areas, computer lab, multi-purpose room and accommodations for those with disabilities.Councilman David Alvarez, who represents San Ysidro, spearheaded fundraising efforts for the library, which is expected to open in 2019, the mayor said.Alvarez said building a new library was one of his top priorities upon being elected.“I was proud to work with the community to secure the site and funding for this long-awaited project,” he said.The city purchased land for the library in 2015 and will contribute $12 million to the project. The San Diego Library Foundation has launched a campaign to raise $250,000 for the project and philanthropists and former San Ysidro residents Lloyd and Caroline de Llamas contributed $1.5 million, according to the mayor’s office. KUSI Newsroom City officials break ground on new library in San Ysidro Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: January 12, 2018 January 12, 2018last_img read more

India flood victim gives birth after helicopter rescue

first_imgThis handout photograph released by the Indian Navy on 18 August 2018 shows Sajita Jabeel, 25, with her newborn boy in a hospital in Kochi, after she was rescued while heavily pregnant from a roof in a flood affected area of Kochi in the southern state of Kerala. Photo: AFPA heavily pregnant woman stranded by floods in the Indian state of Kerala gave birth just after being airlifted to safety, an Indian Navy spokesman said, as the military stepped up rescue operations on Saturday.Dozens of navy helicopters have embarked on high-risk missions to save people from rooftops and isolated land as the southern state battles a flood crisis that has left at least 324 people dead.Sajita Jabeel, 25, was winched up by Commander Vijay Verma, who has been widely praised for leading the rescue in the Aluva district of the state’s main city Kochi.”The lady was in labour, her water had broken,” Verma told News18 television.He called the relief mission “very challenging” and said his team had rushed to find the family after receiving an emergency call.”We took a doctor along, we winched her up, it took some time though because we had to winch down two people to help her.”Jabeel gave birth to a healthy baby boy after being rushed to hospital.People are airlifted by the Indian Navy soldiers during a rescue operation at a flooded area in the southern state of Kerala, India on 17 August 2018. Photo: ReutersKerala, popular among international tourists for its tropical hills and beaches, has been battered by record monsoon rainfall this year.About 60 military and coast guard helicopters and hundreds of boats are scouring the flood zones across the state for trapped victims.The military said that tens of thousands have been rescued in the past week, but thousands more are feared trapped.Another pilot winched 26 people up from a rooftop in Kochi on Friday while hovering between trees and other houses just two days after receiving a medal for saving a fisherman last year.A video of P. Rajkumar’s Sea King helicopter pulling up the victims has been widely shared on social media. He ended up with 32 people on board.”It was a life-threatening mission but it’s an unprecedented situation. We can’t leave behind our people,” Indian Navy spokesman DK Sharma told AFP.Rajkumar was given the Shaurya Chakra medal for bravery this week after lifting a fisherman from the sea when cyclone Ockhi hit India last year.last_img read more

Park street gangrape 3 get 10 years rigorous imprisonment

first_imgPronouncing the quantum of punishment during in-camera proceedings, Additional Sessions Judge Chiranjib Bhattacharya also slapped fines of Rs.1 lakh each on the three accused – Ruman Khan, Naser Khan and Sumit Bajaj.”The judge after considering all aspects and hearing the accused persons on the quantum of sentence, sent them to 10 years of rigrorous imrpisonment, with fine of Rs.1 lakh each under section 376 (2)(g) (of the Indian Penal Code) dealing with gangrape. In default, they would have to serve another six months of rigorous imprisonment,” said a lawyer associated with the case. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damIf the fine amount is realised, that would go to the legal heir of the woman, who died on March 13 this year.On Thursday, the judge had pronounced all three guilty of gangrape.While all three were found guilty of gangapre, Naser and Ruman were also convicted under various sections dealing with criminal conspiracy, voluntarily causing hurt, criminal intimidation and common intention.The woman then 40 years old, a divorcee and mother of two was beaten up and gang-raped by five men at gun-point inside a moving car and then thrown off the vehicle near a city intersection on the night of February 5, 2012, after she had come out of a night club on fashionable Park Street. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probePrime accused Kader Khan and co-accused Mohammed Ali were still absconding.Both Naser and Ruan were also sentenced to three simultaneous sentences of six months, six months and four months under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and section 506 (criminal intimidation) respectively. The duo was also fined Rs.10,000, Rs.10,000 and Rs.5,000 respectively under the three IPC sections.”The fines, if realised, would have to be paid to the victim’s legal heirs,” a lawyer said. All the sentences would run concurrently. Relatives of each of the accused said they would move an appeal in a higher court.Ten years rigorous imprisonment is the minimum punishment given to a person convicted under section 376 (2)(g).The judge earlier in the day asked each of the accused youth what they had to say about their possible quantum of punishment. All three pleaded their innocence and prayed for minimum punishment considering their age and family situation.last_img read more