An elderly voter narrowly escaped arrest after she was involved in an altercation with election day workers at a polling division in the St Andrew, south-eastern constituency. According to election day workers at a polling station housed at the Jaycee’s headquarters on Altamont Crescent in New Kingston, the woman cast her vote and proceeded to tear-off the counter seal on the ballot; a job, which should have been done exclusively by election day workers. As a consequence, the woman was informed her vote had been voided. She asked if she could take the ballot from the polling station home, however, this was refused. This was when the altercation started and the police were called. As a result, the woman, who wishes to be anonymous was unable to vote. The Jaycee’s polling station on Altamont Crescent was among the least visited by voters within that constituency.
Mark Greaves, who was on trial for Owen Fredericks’ December 25, 2015 murder, will spend his holiday weekend as a free man following the court’s determination that there insufficient evidence to proceed with the matter. This decision was handed down by Justice Navindra Singh at the High Court in Georgetown on Thursday after Graves’ Attorney, George Thomas, presented a no-case submission in the absence of the 12-member jury, as is customary.Mark Greaves became a free man after two days of trialJust after lunch, the jury was recalled and the Judge informed the panel of the prosecution’s insufficient evidence. As such, he ordered Justice Singh to return a formal not guilty verdict. Thereafter, Singh told the former accused that he was free to go and Greaves, all smiles, departed the court and walked to freedom.The prosecution had contended that Fredericks was murdered at James Street Albouystown, Georgetown and Government Pathologist, Dr Vivekanand Brijmohan had given his cause of death as shock and haemorrhage via a cut to the artery from stab wound. The jury was told that Fredericks would have suffered “extensive” blood loss. When State Prosecutor Abigail Gibbs presented the opening address on Wednesday, she indicated that the deceased did odd jobs and noted that the Fredericks and Greaves had a verbal exchange which, according to her, led to the stabbing. Gibbs had also told the jury that the deceased died as a result of injuries. It was reported that Fredericks was pronounced dead at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.A medical report was tendered into evidence on Wednesday after the Judge overruled the prosecution’s objection which contended that the exhibit did not form part of its case. It was under cross-examination by the defendant’s lawyer that former Police Constable Xavier Vasconselos indicated from the report that the deceased was stabbed to the chest.Prosecutor Shawnette Austin also appeared for the State, while Attorney Nekeisha Persaud assisted Defence Counsel Thomas.Greaves is the second murder-accused in just weeks to have been freed by a Judge’s determination as opposed to the matter being handed to the jury. On February 8, Edward “Pretty Boy” Skeete and Nabadingi Gobin, called “Dangles”, were freed of Ryan Clementson’s murder at the Turning Point Tucville Snackette murder by Justice Navindra Singh on the contention that there was insufficient evidence to continue with trial. This came after no-case submissions were made and upheld. In this case, it was however reported that the Director of Public Prosecutions has appealed the acquittal on grounds that the dying declaration should have been admitted into evidence. The duo’s lawyers were Nigel Hughes and Mark Waldron. (Shemuel Fanfair)
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DEVELOPMENT: Preliminary plans call for an 18-story tower at Harbor and Fifth. Residents express concerns. By Donna Littlejohn STAFF WRITER Despite a persistent real estate slump, developers want to build yet another condominium high-rise in San Pedro. “I’m worried it will overshadow the city hall,” said Sue Castillo, chairwoman of the planning and land use subcommittee for the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council. “Building this huge, glitzy thing next to a historic building will be such a contrast in urban design that it would be jarring.” The new project would feature lots of glass, Cienfuegos said. The likelihood of blocked views for two other condominium towers behind the Grinder also is prompting some consternation. Castillo said efforts should be made to plan Harbor Boulevard as a whole. During waterfront redevelopment workshops, many residents said they didn’t want any buildings over five stories. About a block behind the site, Galaxy also is building the 16-story Vue condominium at Fifth and Palos Verdes streets. And another 18-story project, the Palos Verdes Urban Village, is proposed for property right behind the Grinder corner. “It is in front of the Vue, so there will be some views that will be impacted,” Cienfuegos said. But he added that the new development would be positioned to minimize any loss of views. Cienfuegos stressed that the new project, a rectangular building with 158 market-rate condominiums dubbed “G8” by the developer for now, is still in a very preliminary stage. The site is 33,400 square feet and sits just north of the Sunrise Motel at 525 S. Harbor Blvd. on the same block. Several residents said the Grinder also will be missed should it be demolished to make way for the development. Lorraine Ornelas, a volunteer at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum across the street, said she was “crushed” when she heard the restaurant, built in 1979, might be demolished. “That’s where my family and I have gone for Mother’s Day breakfasts for years,” she said. Plans for the condominiums are only conceptual, Cienfuegos said. “We’re still going through the entitlement process and planning approvals,” he said. “This is purely preliminary and conceptual at this time. We don’t have specific (plans).” He envisions the retail space on the corner including possibly a steakhouse at the street level. Cienfuegos showed a rendering of the G8 building Thursday night at a meeting of the residents panel overseeing downtown San Pedro redevelopment. It all came as a surprise to panel members and those in the audience who asked that the developer return with drawings showing neighboring buildings to give the community more of an overall perspective. “I need to see how it fits in with what’s already there,” said Diana Nave, a member of the Northwest San Pedro Neighborhood Council, who attended the meeting. “Nothing surprises me in terms of development in San Pedro anymore.” Several members of the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council requested that they be given a full report by the developer when they meet in November. “I’m excited about all of these great projects but would like to see it come before the community,” said neighborhood council President Joe Gatlin. “We’re concerned about the height, the density,” he said. “We’re trying to build a San Pedro we’re all going to be proud of.” Galaxy was also interested earlier this year in buying an adjacent parcel being planned for the Palos Verdes Urban Village, which would be between the Vue and G8. For now, that remains in the hands of Omninet Capital of Beverly Hills, which is planning to move forward with the proposal for an 18-story, $110 million condominium development at 550 S. Palos Verdes St. Cienfuegos said he had no comment about whether Galaxy was still interested in purchasing that project site as well. “Galaxy has a commitment to San Pedro,” he said. “We see it as an exciting growth opportunity. We want to open that area up for more pedestrian use.” San Pedro, he said, “is an exciting place to live and work. We just want to provide housing.” email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityGalaxy Commercial Holding is in escrow for the corner property at Harbor Boulevard and Fifth Street, where the popular Grinder restaurant now sits. Galaxy developers this week unveiled their preliminary plans to build an 18-story, very narrow condominium tower with underground parking and retail on the ground floor. “We think San Pedro is a unique market,” said Steve Cienfuegos, vice president of construction for Galaxy Commercial Holding. “It’s got a lot of appeal because of the Ports O’ Call area and it’s on the water.” Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn has asked the developer to spend more time meeting with the community and neighborhood council about the project. “Galaxy is playing a big role in our downtown San Pedro revitalization and more market-rate housing is welcome,” she said. But Hahn said she also expects to see community input “reflected in the final project.” Concern already has been raised about how the contemporary structure would blend – or not – with the community’s historic, 10-story city hall built in the early 1900s and only a block away at Sixth Street and Harbor Boulevard.
Bratton suggested he would use the blog to respond to news stories, and he said a model might be a site his son helped create for the Boston Police Department. The Boston page resembles blogs run by the Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, which primarily post news releases. City Council President Eric Garcetti, one of the earliest city bloggers, offers more commentary on his site, including links to other blogs that discuss activities and news in his Silver Lake-area district. New Los Angeles Animal Services General Manager Ed Boks has also started a blog with a distinct voice, creating a stir this week with a 2,600-word post responding to criticisms by some animal activists. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The site, which can also be accessed through the revamped main page, www.lapdonline.org, also includes ways for users to contact their local community liaison cops, known as senior lead officers. There will also be new electronic mailing lists to keep residents apprised of local crimes. “It’s going to give the senior lead officers a quicker response to questions,” said Officer Tony Valadez. As a senior lead officer in the west San Fernando Valley, Valadez said he hears almost daily from residents and business owners asking about crime in their neighborhood. Bratton also became the latest Los Angeles official to take a step into the burgeoning blogosphere, saying he has been talking with his staff about starting an online journal in the next several months. Los Angeles residents can search crime maps for their neighborhoods on a Web site launched Thursday by the Los Angeles Police Department that also might include an official blog. Chief William Bratton called the new site and the future Web log efficient ways to communicate with residents of a 467-square-mile city. “We are trying to be truly interactive,” he said. “This is an evolutionary process. There’s more to come.” Funded by a $382,000 donation from the nonprofit Los Angeles Police Foundation, www.lapdcrimemaps.org allows people to enter an address to view the locations of all serious crimes that happened nearby within the previous week.
TSA and Coast Guard officials have refused to discuss details of the plan before it is unveiled, which could be as early as next week. “We are the first to admit that we need to finish the job,” the agency said in a statement. “This is an initiative that has languished for too long.” Since the Sept. 11 attacks the federal government has spent many billions of dollars increasing airport security but less has been done at ports. Only a small percentage of cargo is inspected and many workers undergo little or no scrutiny for possible criminal records. Port security is a sensitive area. Earlier this year, the Bush administration was forced to scrap plans to allow a Dubai-based company to assume oversight at major U.S. harbors after critics in both major political parties voiced strong opposition. “The openness of our ports … is one of the tremendous marks of success in this global economy, but it also provides an opportunity for terror,” said Rep. Dan Lungren, R-Calif., who is sponsoring port security legislation with Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif. “We ought to limit (access) to people who are here legally. We ought to limit it to people who would not jeopardize that security.” A federal maritime security law passed in 2002 mandated a worker credential that relies on “biometrics” – fingerprints and other distinguishing characteristics – and background checks. The ID system has undergone testing at sites in California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The TSA proposal is expected to include rules similar to those for truck drivers who ferry hazardous materials, according to Carroll; Lisa Himber, who serves on a federal advisory board for maritime security; and Mike Mitre, the longshoremen union’s port security director. They are among industry officials who have discussed the plan with government authorities and confirmed details of the proposal. The proposal would bar anyone who is on a terror watch list, entered the country illegally or has certain criminal convictions. Among the disqualifying crimes would be offenses related to espionage, terrorism, explosives or “a transportation security incident.” In some cases, workers could be excluded for assault with intent to murder, kidnapping, rape, drug offenses, extortion, robbery and fraud. It’s unclear how many workers fall into those categories, though it’s generally acknowledged that illegal immigrants and felons work at the ports.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“You’d have the same number of boxes but fewer people to move them, and that could mean major congestion.” Steve Stallone, spokesman for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, said a conviction shouldn’t automatically preclude someone from working. “Just because a guy got into a bar fight does not make him a terrorist,” said Stallone, whose union represents nearly 14,000 West Coast longshoremen and clerks. “Terrorist acts are one thing. But that you beat up your next-door neighbor? I don’t think so.” The issue in question is the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program, a post-Sept. 11 security measure that seeks to better control access to harbors, rail yards, airports and other cargo transit areas terrorists might target. It could affect as many as 6 million people. Cargo industry officials are worried that a federal ID system aimed at boosting security could cost many port workers their jobs, something that would bottle up the flow of goods destined for virtually every U.S. community. Details of the program – more than three years in the making – are still being worked out. But according to industry officials who have discussed it with the Transportation Security Administration and Coast Guard, illegal immigrants and people convicted of certain crimes might be barred from the positions they now hold. At ports, that could mean thousands of people will be out of jobs, including dock workers and truck drivers. “Of course there are concerns,” said Chuck Carroll, executive director of the National Association of Waterfront Employers, a trade group for terminal operators.
Legislation can be designed to allow the partner of a terminally ill woman to assist her suicide, the Irish Supreme Court has heard.A lawyer for Marie Fleming, 59, who is originally from Lifford, said she was being adversely affected to create a benchmark to prevent others breaking the law.The former lecturer was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1986. Last month she failed to establish her partner’s legal right to help her die.Three judges at the High Court in Dublin ruled in January they could not support allowing a third party to bring about the death of another.Suicide was decriminalised in Ireland in 1993. But the ban on assisting another person to commit suicide remains in force and a jail sentence of up to 14 years may be imposed for that offence.Ms Fleming, who has two adult children, is cared for by her partner, Tom Curran.The court has previously heard that Ms Fleming, who is not attending the three-day hearing, is confined to a wheelchair, physically helpless, lives in constant pain, cannot swallow and suffers choking sessions which wear her out.She wants to be allowed die peacefully with dignity at home, when she chooses, in the arms of her long-term partner, Tom Curran, without him facing the threat of jail.The BBC reports that Brian Murray, senior counsel, told seven judges hearing the appeal in Dublin on Wednesday that his client was being denied what she seeks for fear that without an absolute ban on assisted suicide there could be more relaxed practices by doctors.“It is our position that it is possible to design legislation that facilitates the plaintiff in a way that does not present any risk to the involuntary death of others,” he said.Mr Murray said it may be legitimate government policy to discourage people from choosing death over life, but he argued it was not a proper basis for telling people what decision they can make about their lives.Without proof of actual risk to others there was insufficient justification for impairing the constitutional rights of Ms Fleming, he said.He maintained there are concerns to avoid circumstances in which persons who are not acting of their own free will, or are not competent, are induced to do something they would not otherwise do.But there were people who should be entitled to give reality to their decision and execute their decision, he argued.“The fact that other people might break the law and cause involuntarily deaths is not in itself good constitutional justification,” Mr Murray said.Ms Fleming is challenging the constitutionality of the Criminal Law Suicide Act 1993, alleging it discriminates between able-bodied and disabled people.In December, Ms Fleming told a three judge division of the High Court court the ban on assisted suicide was forcing her to live against her will in a life of pain and indignity.The former lecturer is almost completely physically incapable and would need help to take her own life.The appeal was fast-tracked through the legal system after the ruling in the High Court last month.Although the High Court judges agreed a competent adult had the right to refuse medical treatment even if it led to death, they ruled the taking of active steps by a third party to bring about the death of another was entirely a different matter.They said if the court could tailor-make a solution that would affect Ms Fleming only without implications for third parties there might be a good deal to be said for her case. But the court ruled it could not be so satisfied.MARIE FLEMING’S LAWYERS SAY NEW LAWS CAN ASSIST HER TO DIE was last modified: February 27th, 2013 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:MARIE FLEMINGright to die
moving on REVEALED LATEST targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM Leeds have signed Barry Douglas from Wolves, the Championship club has confirmed.Douglas, 28, joins the club for an undisclosed fee and has signed a three-year deal at Elland Road. IN DEMAND targets LATEST TRANSFER NEWS The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January ✍ | Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of defender @barrydouglas03 on a three-year deal— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 28, 2018The left-back was one of Wolves’ star performers last season, providing a joint league high 14 assists.Douglas moved to Wolves from Turkish side Konyaspor for a fee of £1million last year.He signed a two-year deal at the time and it is thought the Leeds fee ranges between £3m and £5m.He becomes Leeds’ first permanent signing of the summer, following the loan arrivals of Jamal Blackman and Lewis Baker, as new boss Marcelo Bielsa shapes his squad ahead of a potential tilt at promotion. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti RANKED
Last year’s Raphoe Fatstock Mart was a huge successOne of the highlights of the farming calendar, the Raphoe Livestock Mart Annual Fatstock Show & Sale, will be held tomorrow, Friday 7th December.There will be a total of 9 Classes at this ‘not to be missed mart’, with a total of 123 top quality cattle on offer. All animals are ready for the Christmas market.This is a highlight of the farming community calendar in Donegal with many buyers supporting the event from local butchers to factory agents and is one which attracts attention from all over Ireland.An animal has also been donated for auction for the charity Bothar. Hundreds of bidders as well as onlookers are expected at the Raphoe mart for what is an extremely enjoyable day.Also the Christmas Lamb Show & Sale will be held on Monday 10th December with many local butchers purchasing their Christmas lamb at this sale. Both shows will help to promote the high quality local prime beef and lamb for the Christmas market. RAPHOE FATSTOCK MART TO BE HIGHLIGHT OF LIVESTOCK AUCTION CALENDAR was last modified: December 6th, 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:auctionRaphoe Fatstock Mart
CRASH LATEST: Gardai have arrested a man in relation to an incident last night in which a jeep was driven through the front door of the dole office in Buncrana.The jeep which crashed into the dole office in Buncrana last night.It has now also emerged that the jeep also crashed into a pub in Ture, Muff at 10.30pm.The male suspect, who is 40 years old, was arrested just after 11pm at McCarter Road in Buncrana and is being questioned under the Criminal Justice Act. It is not known if the man was being pursued at the time.Nobody was hurt during either incident although considerable damage was caused.A clean-up operation is underway today.Local Buncrana Town Councillor Ciaran McLaughlin said people in the area are shocked at the events. “Like everyone else I am shocked at the chain of events. There is obviously a Garda investigation so it would not be appropriate to comment.“I think everyone is just relieved that nobody was hurt during the incidents,” he said. MAN ARRESTED AFTER JEEP RAMS INTO DOLE OFFICE AND PUB was last modified: December 28th, 2013 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:buncranacrashdole officejeepmuffpub