Burden of proof – Russell’s lawyer says JADCO must establish negligence

first_imgIn advancing a case on behalf of West Indies cricketer Andre Russell, Queen’s Counsel Patrick Foster said his client has an obligation to prove he was not negligent in violation of the whereabouts rule, contending that the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) will be forced to prove negligence from the evidence given. The cricketer’s anti-doping disciplinary hearing got under way at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston yesterday, following a preliminary hearing in July at The Courtleigh Hotel in New Kingston. The case against the Jamaican is further arguing that Russell was fully aware of all the violations and that the cricketer had received all correspondence and was in possession of all documents relating to his alleged filing failures. “The thrust of our case is that the doping authority, JADCO, must prove negligence that has to emerge in the context of the evidence as it is given, so that is, essentially, our position. The burden of proof is on JADCO,” Foster told The Gleaner. “I don’t want to comment too much on the details of the evidence in the midst of cross-examining the witness, but a good portion of the cross-examination relates to the July to September quarter, where JADCO recorded two filing failures, so in cross-examination, I am just questioning the basis which they arrived at two filing failures for the same quarter,” Foster continued. Foster has claimed that Russell only received correspondence for two periods – January to March 2015 and July to September 2015 – for allegedly missing the out-of-competition doping tests. However, JADCO’s lawyer, Lackston Robinson, contended yesterday the dates of Russell’s three whereabouts filing failures were committed between January 1, July 1 and July 25 last year. It was revealed by JADCO that director Carey Brown, who was also named as a witness, was absent because he was being involved in a motor vehicle accident last week and is currently recuperating. He is expected to take the stand in about three weeks. Foster said while Russell would prefer to be playing cricket right now, he will be looking to prove innocence. “Mr Russell prefers to be playing cricket right now, but he has an obligation to be here. I am just going to advance the case on behalf of my client and explore the evidence given by JADCO,” he added. The lawyer argued that the whearebouts rule does not permit the fixing of an immediate deadline and questioned the witness on what basis JADCO had arrived on its fixed deadline dates. The hearing will continue with cross-examination of Russell on September 28 at 10 a.m. at the same venue. Russell’s lawyer said his client will be giving a statement or take the stand “if it reaches that point”.last_img read more

Mental health training in the GPF, GDF

first_imgDear Editor,The Caribbean Voice (TCV) has been in the forefront of calling for mental health training for all Police Officers which would not only make them better prepared to handle cases involving mental health issues such as child abuse, domestic violence and suicide, but will also make them more aware of mental health issues affecting their colleagues. This issue was also raised in a recent meeting with the personal assistant to Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.Also, TCV recalls being contacted by the GDF, a few years ago, to conduct suicide prevention workshops for members of the GDF. Our follow-up attempts to finalise arrangements for the workshops elicited no responses from the source that had made initial contact with us. However, the issue of mental health workshops for the GDF members was also raised with Minister Ramjattan’s personal assistant in that recent meeting.In an article in 2016, the US magazine, “Psychology Today” pointed out that: “Almost a quarter of (US) military members have symptoms of at least one mental health condition.” In fact, research indicates that soldiers and Police in general are more susceptible to mental health dysfunction than the general population. And Guyana would be no exception to this reality. Thus, whether through TCV, or any other entity or combination of entities, all members of the GPF and the GDF should be provided with urgent mental health training on the one hand and enough psychologists (one psychologist centrally located would be woefully inadequate) to ensure a proactive approach to diagnosing and addressing mental health issues.Referencing Captain Orwain Sandy, one letter writer asked whether there are more ‘ticking time bombs’. The Caribbean Voice urges the establishment of a mechanism, in both the GPF and the GDF, to detect and defuse all such time bombs before further harm results.Sincerely,The Caribbean Voicelast_img read more

7-year-old dies in Capoey Lake accident

first_imgAn accident at Capoey Lake, Essequibo Coast has claimed the life of seven-year-old Wesley Benn and injured others.The car in which Benn and others were travelling took a nose dive off a bridge and into the lake at approximately 16:00hrs on Saturday.According to reports, the child’s fellow travellers were able to exit the vehicle but the boy was not so fortunate. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Suddie Public Hospital. An investigation has been launched.The GPF had recorded 26 fatalities for the first quarter of 2017. This is a decrease from the 2016 figure, when 29 fatalities occurred in the first three months of the year.The police say that serious, minor and damage accidents have been reduced by 23.3%, 36% and 37% respectively.Of the 26 persons who lost their lives, seven were drivers, six were pedestrians, five were pedal cyclists, four were motor cyclists, and four were occupants of the vehicles in which they were travelling.Private cars accounted for most of the vehicles involved, standing at 12, while there were four pedal cycles, three minibuses, four motor lorries, four hire cars, one motor pickup, and four motor cycles.last_img read more

‘If Robbie Savage is on Match of the Day, I switch it off!’ reveals Scholes

first_img1 This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad app from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on twitter @sportmagukWhat’s your first sporting memory?“Going to watch Oldham. My dad was an Oldham fan, so I remember going to watch them. I think it was a 4-3 game against Wolves, and a player called Rodger Wylde scored a hat-trick.”Do you have a favourite goal?“Probably Barcelona in the semi-final of the Champions League [2007/08]. It probably wasn’t the best goal I scored, but it was definitely the most important for timing and for the tension around the game.”What about a favourite pass?“I can remember one actually, for Ruud van Nistelrooy – or it might have been for Louis Saha – against Southampton. It wasn’t a big game or anything, but just a long pass that was perfect and they managed to score.”If you could be a professional in any other sport, which would you choose?“Probably golf or cricket. I played a lot of cricket when I was a kid for my local teams, and I enjoyed playing cricket. I’ve started playing a bit more golf now as well. So, if it was now, I’d probably be a golfer.”Your Manchester United squad would make a pretty decent cricket team?“Yeah, I’ve never actually seen Phil and Gary [Neville] play, but I believe they were good. Phil could probably have played for England, he was that good. Quite a few of the lads like it – Michael Carrick likes it, Giggsy likes a bit of cricket too, so we could have been decent.”Which actor would you like to play you in a film of your life?“F**k knows. I don’t want one!”What’s the hardest obstacle you had to overcome during your career?“Coming back from seasons where you didn’t win a league title. We had a spell of three years when we didn’t win anything, and to bounce back from that was tough.”Who is the best player you have ever played with?“Ryan Giggs. Incredible. The way he lights up a football pitch when he goes on to it, the way he beats people, how quick he does it. And then, later in his career, the way he controlled games from midfield. He could do absolutely everything.”Who did you admire growing up?“I like Bryan Robson. I never tried to play like him or anyone else; he was just someone that I watched all the time and I loved watching.”Who is your favourite athlete who isn’t a footballer?“Rory McIlroy at the minute. He’s brilliant. Is he an athlete, though – a golfer? He looks like an athlete, actually, doesn’t he?”If you had to be stuck in a lift with one of your ex-teammates, who would be best?“Gary Neville.”And the worst?“Robbie Savage. He’s just annoying, isn’t he? And loud.”So if you switch on Match of the Day and he’s on the panel…?“Yeah, I’m switching it off. Definitely.” Robbie Savage last_img read more


first_imgIN his regular weekend column, fitness guru Michael Black continues his superb A to Z of fitness – sponsored by Optimal Fitness.His guide comes complete with calorie-burning information!You can see his previous two articles at the bottom of this latest installment. Kettlebell training Detail: Kettlebells are simply large dumbbells with handles that allow you to perform dynamic, multi-joint, total-body moves with speed and a fluid motion, working all the major muscle groups. The kettlebell was first discovered and used by soviet athletes, it builds fast-twitch muscle fibres, used for explosive bouts of strength or speed, and develops strong forearms, deltoids (shoulders) and glutes (buttocks).Calories burned: 450-550 per hour. Weight loss: 8/10Strength building: 7/10Toning: 8/10Lactate threshold trainingDetail: Training at threshold involves performing cardiovascular exercises like cycling, running or rowing to the intensity where fatigue sets in, then maintaining this level as lactic acid accumulates in your muscles (what makes muscles feel tired). This type of training can be hugely challenging for the quads and hamstrings, and is anaerobic (when your muscles use oxygen faster than you can replace it).Calories burned: 600-1000 per hour. Weight loss: 9/10Strength building: 4/10Toning: 7/10Marathon training Detail: Training for a marathon 26.2 miles can take anywhere from 3 months to a full year, so is a great way to get, and rid of a few unwanted pounds, build calves, quads and glutes of steel. This type of prolonged training will also make you an aerobic monster. Not for those with musculoskeletal or heart problems. Try it here: Letterkenny A/C. Tuesday/Thursday evening @6:30, Danny McDaid Track, Aura Leisure Centre.Calories burned: Up to 600 per hour.Weight loss: 8/10Strength building: 2/10Toning: 7/10 Military fitness/ Urban GymDetail: These park-based classes involve exercises like shuttle runs, which boost your heart and lungs, and bodyweight exercises like pull-ups, press-ups and crunches, which can be as effective as weight-training. Great for a full-body, fat-burning workout and especially suitable for group exercise fans. Try it here: Urban Gym from Optimal Fitness. New classes starting in June. Keep an eye on Donegal Daily for more details.Calories burned: Up to 600 per hour.Weight loss: 8/10Strength building: 4/10Toning: 8/10Mountain bikingDetail: Flying down muddy hills, dodging trees, jumping over tracks and getting mucked to your neck might not sound too much fun but mountain biking is a fantastic and powerful overall body workout. You’ll burn plenty of calories and give your calves, quads, hamstrings and glutes a thorough workout, too.Calories burned: 400-600 per hour.Weight loss: 7/10Strength building: 4/10Toning: 7/10Nordic walking Detail: A walking exercise involving poles that tones both the upper and lower body, burns more calories than regular walking, and provides an effective cross-training technique for endurance conditioning, building slow-twitch muscle. Good for those with joint problems.Calories burned: 300 per hourWeight loss: 5/10Muscle building: 1/10Strength building: 2/10Toning: 5/10Orienteering Detail: This involves map-reading, rambling around the country, and a certain amount of swearing when lost. We have  fantastic natural resources and beautiful countryside to make this activity even more enjoyable. Participants run or walk – if the former, provides a moderate cardio workout. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Calories burned: 300-600 per hourWeight loss: 5/10Strength building: 2/10Toning: 5/10Power Plate Detail: Ok so I can admit that I was very skeptical about this when I first saw it and maybe I still am but some research suggests it works so who am I to question the science geeks. The power plate device uses a vibrating plate to stimulate the muscles to contract and relax, making exercises like squats much harder than on solid ground.A Belgian study found that overweight people who regularly undertook Power Plate exercise (in conjunction with a healthy diet) were more successful at long-term weight loss and shedding visceral fat (around the belly) than those doing a conventional fitness routine.Calories burned: 300-400 per hour.Weight loss: 5/10Muscle building: 5/10Strength building: 6/10Toning: 6/10PilatesDetail: This one I would prefer to the above. Originally a form of rehab, Pilates has become hugely popular across the globe. Strengthens the core muscles (those that stabilise the spine and pelvis, running the entire length of our torso) and helps stave off back pain. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.Calories burned: 200-400 per hour.Weight loss: 4/10Muscle building: 1/10Strength building: 3/10Toning: 4/10Plyometrics Detail: Muscle training designed to improve power and enhance performance. A lot of sports people especially track and field athletes would use this type of training. It involves explosive movements like jumping, hopping and throwing, developing fast-twitch muscle fibres used for bursts of strength or speed. Not for new exercisers, but a great way to build lower-body strength and power in the quads and hamstrings. It doesn’t feel so hard at the time but give it a day or two and your muscles will be screaming for you to never do that again.Calories burned: 300 per hour.Weight loss: 5/10Muscle building: 5/10Strength building: 9/10Toning: 7/10Personal Trainer &Sports Coachmichael@optimalfitness.iewww.optimalfitness.ie Tel: 087-6603090Personal Fitness & Sports CoachingHigh Performance Sports Coachingyou can read part one and part two by clicking the links below:https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/06/michael-blacks-a-to-z-of-exercise-part-one/https://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/14/michael-blacks-a-to-z-of-exercise-part-2-sponsored-by-optimal-fitness/MICHAEL BLACK’S A TO Z OF EXERCISE – PART 3 – SPONSORED BY OPTIMAL FITNESS was last modified: May 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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

Wenger’s Alexis news, red carpet for Mbappe plus goal machine ‘loves the club’

first_img Joel Campbell – still there! – Perez now holds the 28 shirt – formerly Campbell’s number. The Costa Rican international has not been given a squad number, according to Metro, which surely mean his days as an Arsenal player are limited. He spent last season on loan at Sporting Lisbon, scoring just three and assisting four in all competitions and he is extremely unlikely to get a look in next term with Arsenal’s attacking options. Galatasaray are said to be interested in signing the 25-year-old winger. 7 Thomas Lemar (Monaco) – ‘a player we’ve looked at’ – The 21-year-old winger impressed as he helped Monaco win the Ligue 1 title and reach the Champions League semi-finals last term, scoring 14 goals and assisting 17 in 55 appearances in all competitions. Arsenal have been strongly linked with his signing, apparently submitting two bids of around 40m-45m Euros, which have subsequently been rejected. According to reports in France, he has told Monaco that he wants to join Arsenal and work under Wenger next season. But his father is said to want him to sign a new contract at the principality club, further boosting his international chances ahead of the World Cup next summer. On Lemar, Wenger said: “He’s a player that we have looked at, but the rest is only speculation. That’s all speculation at the moment, there is nothing really concrete about any signing.” Alexis Sanchez – won’t sell to a Premier League rival – Reports on Tuesday claim the Chilean wants to link up with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola again at Manchester City. The 28-year-old has 12 months remaining on his current contract in north London and is said to be demanding a significant increase on his current (approximately) £130,000-a-week wage packet. When asked if Sanchez has told him he wants to leave, Wenger said: “No. Nobody knows today if Sanchez will be in the final year of his contract next season, because he can as well extend his contract with us at the start of the season or during the season, so it’s not necessarily the last year of his contract with Arsenal.” Should Sanchez choose to leave the Emirates, Wenger insists the club will not sell to a Premier League rival, after reported interest from City and Chelsea. Kylian Mbappe (Monaco) – red carpet rolled out – One of the most in-demand footballers in the world, Wenger has refused to rule out signing 18-year-old Kylian Mbappe, who took Ligue 1 and the Champions League by storm last term. Despite signing forward Alexandre Lacazette for £52.7m, Wenger maintains his admiration for Mbappe. He said: “He’s a player who, when he gets up in the morning, can choose where he wants to go. There are not many players with that kind of luck because he’s 18 years of age and all of Europe has a red carpet open for him. Nobody can say he is not interested in a player of that calibre, all the clubs are interested in him.” Also a target for Real Madrid, Mbappe is valued at over £100m. Lucas Perez – pushed out – Perez has lost his number nine shirt number to Alexandre Lacazette – he now occupies the number 28 at Arsenal. As reported on talkSPORT.com on Monday, Perez is not part of Arsenal’s travelling squad to Australia for pre-season and he has been targeted by Turkish giants Fenerbahce, while Deportivo La Coruna’s president says their chances of re-signing the 28-year-old are ‘remote’. Perez, who cost Arsenal £17m last summer, made just 11 Premier League appearances in 2016/17 and will see his chances reduced further after the addition of Lacazette. 7 7 Arsene Wenger has been speaking about current players’ futures and possible targets at a press conference… – Click the right arrow, above, to see the latest transfer news regarding Arsenal. 7 Olivier Giroud – ‘loves the club’ – Alexandre Lacazette’s big-money arrival has put Giroud further down the pecking order, but Wenger insists he is ‘very determined to stay’. Giroud understandably wants regular first-team football ahead of the World Cup next year and he is said to be attracting the interest of Everton, West Ham and Marseille. But, according to The Telegraph, Wenger is refusing to sell Giroud until the futures of Sanchez and Lemar have been settled. The French boss said: “We extended his contract last year so our resolution is clear. He has great value to the squad and I think as well he is a great lover of the club. He loves the club and has always been very determined to stay.” 7 7 7 Arsenal may have spent big to bring Alexandre Lacazette to the club, but they are not finished on the transfer front yet.Arsene Wenger smashed the Gunners’ transfer record to bring the Lyon forward to the club in a deal worth around £52.7m.Now they are being linked with further additions, with a couple of possible exits too, and Wenger has been discussing some of these deals at his press conference in Sydney.The north Londoners touched down in Australia ahead of their pre-season tour and they will be looking to hit the ground running in their preparations ahead of the Premier League season.Click the right arrow, above, to see what the latest is on transfers at Arsenal, including Alexis Sanchez and Kylian Mbappe…last_img read more


first_imgFianna Fáil Spokesperson on Education and Skills Charlie McConalogue TD has said that Minister Quinn is yet again making the same mistakes with the education budget as he did last year.Deputy McConalogue said Minister Quinn has clearly learned nothing from the mistakes he made over the decision to cut DEIS schools last year.“Last year, he partially reversed a decision to cut 428 DEIS posts after he was forced to admit it was mistake and put forward the bizarre excuse that he was “out of practice”. “We said at the time that this simply wasn’t good enough, and that in future, impact assessments should be carried out prior to making changes to staffing schedules.“However, this year we see the very same thing happening again. Minister Quinn announced in budget 2013 that the PTR for PLC schools will increase by two points, a measure that will result in the loss of up to 500 posts across a sector that provides educational opportunities for the most disadvantaged students. After two weeks of trying to highlight the true scale of this cut, Minister Quinn has finally said that he will contact all the VECs to ask them to carry out an impact assessment.The Inishowen TD says that while he welcome an impact assessment, this once again raises questions around the Minister’s “let’s wait and see” approach to decision making.He then asks why wasn’t an impact assessment carried out prior to announcing the increase in the PTR? “The colleges of further education are now being left with this savage cut hanging over them just as the DEIS schools were last year. this isn’t fair on the teachers or the students.“In response to the Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin raising Leaders’ Questions in the Dáil today, the Taoiseach simply dismissed this as a measure to bring PLCs in line with second level schools. This is a completely false comparison and displays a fundamental lack of understanding around how further education and training operates.“Minister Quinn must ensure that each VEC carries out an impact assessment on the number of places that will be lost, the number of teachers that will be lost and the courses that will be affected due to the loss of key skills. These details must be published no later than the end January 2013.”  QUINN FAILS TO LEARN LESSONS ON EDUCATION CUTS – McCONALOGUE was last modified: December 19th, 2012 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:deputy charlie mcconalogueeducation cutsruairi quinnlast_img read more

Donegal butcher brings home the bacon (and pork roulade!) in Australia

first_imgA Donegal butcher finished runner-up at an international competition in Australia at the weekend.Keith Walsh was awarded a gold medal and finished second overall at the Lifeline Young Butchers International Cutting and Cooking Competition in Perth, Australia on Sunday.Walsh (30), works in the family business, Eddie Walsh & Sons craft butchers in Donegal town. He was also a member of the Irish team that triumphed in the World Butchers’ Challenge when it was staged in Belfast last month.There were 12 nations in contention at the Belfast event, and following his strong showing in the young butcher division there,Walsh received a last-minute invitation to compete in Perth.At the competition in Australia, he had three hours to prepare a display of pork, beef and lamb, as well as cook a beef dish and present it for judging. Walsh’s display included pork roulade, lamb and pea meatballs, pork and apple burgers, slow roast stuffed belly of lamb, pork and mushroom en croute, picanha steak, sirloin steak burgers and a variety of lamb, pork and steak stir-fries.The butchery display that won Keith Walsh, from Donegal, a gold medal in Perth, Australia, on Sunday.The butchery display that won Keith Walsh, from Donegal, a gold medal in Perth, Australia, on Sunday.“It was an amazing experience going up against the best in the world and to leave with a gold medal and overall runner-up is amazing,” Walsh said.“It has been a whirlwind week and a half since I got the call to go to Perth, but it is an experience that I will remember forever. To get the opportunity to represent my country twice in the space of a month is a fantastic honour.” While acknowledging the “good standard” of Australian lamb, Walshe said “Irish beef is far superior in quality to anything I saw in Australia”.Teams from New Zealand and Australia filled second and third places. The competition also attracted entries from Brazil, Bulgaria, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Italy, South Africa and the US.Donegal butcher brings home the bacon (and pork roulade!) in Australia was last modified: April 25th, 2018 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)last_img read more

INPT to file writ petition in SC for NRC in Tripura: Debbarma

first_imgIndigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT), a tribal party in Tripura, is contemplating to file a writ petition in the Supreme Court for implementation of National Register of Citizens in the state, a top party leader said on Friday.INPT general secretary Jagadish Debbarma told PTI that the party is also considering to organise ‘dharna’ in Delhi in November on the issues like NRC, more autonomy to the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council, implementation of inner line permit in TTAADC areas and inclusion of Kokbarak language of the state in the eight schedule of the Constitution.“Tripura is a bordering state and we are facing the problem of infiltration. So we are contemplating to file writ petition in the apex court for implementation of the NRC. We are likely to file the petition in November,” Mr. Debbarma said.The INPT general secretary said the party was facing fund crunch and was trying to raise funds for going to Delhi to organise the dharna. Mr. Debbarma also demanded repeal of the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016.He said the party would organise movement in the hilly areas for permanent solution of the drinking water crisis and improvement of health care system in the tribal council areas. The TTAADC constitutes two third of the state’s territory.last_img read more

Ganguly writing book on mind games

first_imgKolkata, Nov 1 (PTI) Former India captain Sourav Ganguly is penning a book on mind games in sport even as he considers authoring books nightmarish, something which has also discouraged him from writing his autobiography. “To sit and write, dictate someone, then correct it and make sure its on time with the publisher, its a nightmare,” Ganguly said here during a book release function. “I was chased for a long time but Im not a great writer. Ive been asked to write a book on mind games in sport,” he said about his upcoming book. “Its a book on how the players mindset is important to develop the sport and I found that pretty boring actually,” he confessed. One of the most successful Indian captains and in the backdrop of his controversy with Greg Chappell makes Ganguly a perfect autobiography material. “I have not started thinking about my autobiography. Honestly I dont have time and patience to write about what Ive done for 15-20 years.” Not an avid book reader, Ganguly said: “When I became captain a lot of people asked me have you read The Art of Captaincy by Mike Brearley or the book by Sunil Gavaskar… I said yes only the front page.” PTI TAP AT ATlast_img read more