Media ruckus over court hearings in Turks and Caicos

first_img Share Chal Misick, appeared to face various charges of bribery, corruption and money laundering Chal Misick. Phtoo credit: tcinewsnow.comPROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos islands — Reporting restrictions on the proceedings at a preliminary or “sufficiency” hearing in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) this week in the prosecutions of former Progressive National Party (PNP) ministers, their attorneys and relatives resulted in the arrest of one prominent media personality and public complaints from another.The hearing in Providenciales, held to determine if there is sufficient evidence to commit each individual charged to the Supreme Court for trial, was open to the public but cameras and recording devices were excluded, as is customary in the TCI. Also, the media has been cautioned not to report the events as they unfold as this may prejudice the proceedings. However, the restrictions have been extended to prohibit media from taking photos of those being charged as they enter or exit the building. This has prompted the publisher/editor of the TCI Weekly News, Bythe Duncanson, to take to local television to complain that the restrictions have gone too far and are not appropriate in a free democratic country.Former CEO of now defunct Blaze Radio, Devon Williams, was caught operating a recording device in the packed courtroom and when he reportedly defied instructions to discontinue its use, he was removed from the room and handcuffed.He was subsequently arrested and charged, although he later apologised to the court.This incident is not Williams’ first brush with the law in defiance of authority. He was arrested at last year’s airport road protest demonstration, which was staged by PNP activists, including former premier Michael Misick.Also reported to have attended Monday’s hearing was another former PNP premier, Galmo Williams, and the last chairman of the board of directors of the failed TCI Bank, Norman Hamilton.Appearing to face various charges of bribery, corruption and money laundering were Michael Misick’s brother Chal Misick, an attorney; former finance minister and deputy premier, Floyd Hall, his wife Lisa and brother Quinton; former environment minister McAlister Hanchell; former minister of works Jeffrey Hall and his former attorney Melbourne Wilson; former education and health minister Lillian Boyce and her brother Earlson; and Boyce’s former husband Samuel Been. Also due to answer charges were Seven Stars resort developer Jak Civre, and Third Turtle developer Richard Padgett, along with former Speaker of the House and now PNP leader, Clayton Greene.All those accused have had their travel documents confiscated and are currently free on bail, the largest such surety reportedly being $30 million for Civre. Chal Misick has the second highest bail amount, reported to be $3 million.Former premier Michael Misick himself remains a fugitive from justice following the issue of an arrest warrant in the TCI and a corresponding “Red Notice” issued by Interpol.By Caribbean News Now contributor 45 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share LocalNews Media ruckus over court hearings in Turks and Caicos by: – April 21, 2012last_img read more

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Justice Brothers/Gillund awards go to pole starters in IMCA Dirt Knights Tour

first_imgEDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Justice Brothers and Gillund Enterprises make every driver starting on the pole a winner throughout the 2018 Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour.The Eden Prairie, Minn., company gives car care packages to drivers taking the initial green flag from inside row one at each of the eight IMCA Modified tour events, beginning with opening night May 28 at Benton County Speedway.The tour is at 141 Speedway on June 21-22, at Farley Speedway on June 29, at Knoxville Raceway on July 19, at Park Jefferson Speedway on July 23, at Hancock County Speedway on July 24, at Buena Vista Raceway on July 25 and at Clay County Speedway on Aug. 6.Pole starters will receive their JB/Gillund car care packages each race night.“We are proud to be a sponsor of the Dirt Knights Tour. Justice Brothers Products has helped many racers get into the winner circle through the years,” said Paul Gillund, “and we are again proud to sponsor IMCA racing, the true grassroots racing program in America.”Gillund Enterprises distributes Justice Brothers Car Care products manufactured for high-performance, com­mercial vehicles, agricultural and industrial applications.Justice Brothers products are sold at Theisen’s Home Farm Auto, Norby’s Farm Fleet, Bomgaars, Mills Fleet Farm, at select Arnold Motor Supply stores throughout the Midwest and online.Information about the JB brand is available at the www.justicebrothers.com website and on Facebook.JB/Gillund is in its 22nd year as an IMCA sponsor.“Gillund Enterprises has been a supporter of IMCA for over two decades and their support of the Arnold Motor Supply Dirt Knights Tour falls on the heels of many years of support for the Deery Brothers Summer Series,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “We are proud to continue their tradition of providing products to the pole starter and look forward to a great year.”last_img read more

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COVID-19 cases over 90,000 now across the state

first_imgStatewide — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has reported that 1,164 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 on Thursday.  A total of 90,504 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 1,034,746 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.7% positive rate and 6 new deaths were reported for a total of 3,047 Hoosier deaths.Dearborn County has a total of 564 cases and 28 deaths reported (up 5 new cases), Decatur County has a total of 389 positive cases and 34 deaths (up 9 new cases), Franklin County has 270 positive cases and 24 deaths (up 5 new cases and 1 new death), and Ripley County has 241 positive cases and 8 deaths (up 4 new cases). Locally, this is an increase of 23 new positive cases and 1 new death.last_img

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New freshman class most competitive

first_imgThe USC Office of Admission has declared the class of 2014 the university’s best class to date.Officials said the pool of students applying for college is growing more competitive each year, which — combined with USC’s active recruitment — molded the class of 2014.“We have been moving the university’s academic profile consistently and getting more and more competitive,” said Tim Brunold, dean of admissions. “We have been able to successfully recruit the most sought after students in the country.”The average SAT score for the class of 2014 increased 10 points, placing the average score in the 96th percentile.“While the demographics of the [freshman] class are very similar [to previous years], the quality certainly continues to increase, and that is a long-term trend,” Brunold said.Though the 24 percent acceptance rate is similar to last year, the size of the freshman class increased by about 100 students to 2,963.Forty-six percent of the freshmen are male and 54 percent are female, which generally does not change from year to year, Brunold said.“We’re not as out of balance for the freshman class as some of our competitors,” he said.Yet, the gender statistic supports the national trend of more women attending college than men. Although this is of great concern, Brunold said, overall USC has almost an exact gender balance university-wide.“We want to make sure that USC’s student body reflects the diversity out in the world,” Brunold said. “USC is continuing to work on increasing the diversity of students from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds and make strides in ethnic diversity.”Typically, underrepresented racial groups increased their presence in the freshman class this year: 7.3 percent of students are African-American, which increased from 7 percent last year; and 13.3 percent of students are Latino, which increased from 12.8 percent.Though there are about 300 freshmen students from outside the United States, the international population of the freshman class decreased from 11 percent to 10 percent this year. Of those students, 40 countries are represented, with most students originating from China, Canada and South Korea.Demographic diversity within the United States is increasing, however, with most out-of-state freshmen students hailing from Texas, Illinois, New York and Washington. The class of 2014 represents 48 of the 50 states; no freshmen students hail from Mississippi or North Dakota.As the out-of-state freshmen population increases, the percentage of incoming students who went to high school in California has steadily decreased over the past five years. This year, 52 percent of the class is from California.The admission center plans to continue recruiting students by increasing its number of high school visits next year, Brunold said. Representatives from the Office of Admission visited 1,400 high schools while recruiting the class of 2014 — about a 50 percent increase from the previous year.Though the statistics of the class of 2014 will not become official until the third week of classes, Brunold said the numbers are not expected to vary greatly.last_img read more

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MLB wrap: Mike Trout steals show in Angels’ win over Rangers

first_imgLos Angeles picked up a 7-2 win Sunday as Trout completed one of the best four-game series of all-time.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNHe continued to be a home run machine, tying his career-best streak of four consecutive games with homers. Trout also became just the fifth player in history to hit five home runs across his team’s first four home games of the season. 4️⃣ straight games with a [email protected] is on 🔥. #MLBTwitterHitter pic.twitter.com/DR7FsQcY5s— MLB (@MLB) April 7, 2019But, what’s more impressive is his numbers from these few games alone. In 18 plate appearances against Texas, Trout reached base 13 times and is now hitting .391/.581/1.000 with 11 total walks.He was 6 for 11 at the plate with a 2.631 OPS, which is the third-highest ever in a four-game series (minimum of 15 plate appearances). He joined the company of Babe Ruth (3.111) and Mickey Mantle (2.850).The Angles moved to 4-6 with the victory.Studs of the NightGary Sanchez reached a Yankee milestone Sunday while also becoming the American League home run leader. He was the first Yankees player with a three home run, six RBI game since Alex Rodriguez completed the feat on April 26, 2005. Sanchez helped New York to a 15-3 win against Baltimore.In 3 swings, @ElGarySanchez has become the American League home run leader. pic.twitter.com/hlgJ44Dvdf— MLB (@MLB) April 7, 2019Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright pitched six innings in the team’s 4-1 victory against the Padres. He allowed five hits while striking out nine and was awarded his first win of the season.The Red Sox have Mitch Moreland to thank for their narrow 1-0 win over the Diamondbacks. He hit a home run in the seventh inning in the pitchers’ duel.Dud of the NightThe Giants weren’t good Sunday. The team pieced together only five hits in their 3-0 shutout loss to the Rays. Leadoff hitter Steven Duggar had the worst game, going 0 for 4 at the plate. HighlightsHello 100. Christian Yelich reached the triple-digit home run mark for his career with this blast in the Brewers’ 4-2 win over the Cubs.No. 💯 for @ChristianYelich. pic.twitter.com/TG9BYJANWr— MLB (@MLB) April 7, 2019The benches cleared during the Reds’ matchup with the Pirates. Pittsburgh went on to win 7-5.Benches clear in Pittsburgh during Reds – Pirates game. pic.twitter.com/Dm6SSnvUNP— MLB (@MLB) April 7, 2019What’s Next?Athletics (6-7) at Orioles (4-5), 7:05 p.m. ET — The Athletics or Orioles will move to .500 by the end of Monday. Oakland will send Marco Estrada to the mound. The A’s have ended up losing all three games the righty has started, although his record remains clean (0-0). The veteran is hoping to break that streak in the first game of the four-game series. Andrew Cashner (1-1) will start for the Orioles. Mike Trout is earning his keep, and then some.The Angels star, who signed a 12-year, $430 million extension last month, had an impressive showing in the team’s home series against the Rangers. last_img read more

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Ernst says Trump made right now in ‘ratcheting up’ tariffs on China

first_imgSTORM LAKE — Republican Senator Joni Ernst says President Trump has taken the right approach in trade talks with China. Ernst and Trump spoke by phone shortly after Trump threatened to impose more tariffs on Chinese imports.“He called on Mother’s Day…He was upset about China and the fact that they had basically pulled back on items that they had already agreed to,” Ernst said this weekend in Le Mars. “So, while I am upset. I am not a ‘tariff person.’ I don’t appreciate the tariffs, but in this instance I think the president did the right thing by ratcheting up the tariffs on China.”Ernst said after many months of negotiations, it’s time for a deal that will address China’s theft of intellectual property and other bad trade practices.“I’m normally not a tariff person and that’s basically how the president started our conversation. He’s like: ‘Joni, I know you don’t like tariffs.’ But he said: ‘I’m a tariff guy and China can’t get away with this anymore,’” Ernst said. “And so we’ve got to keep pushing China to come to the table. We really want to be good trade partners with them, but the question is: ‘Does China want to be a good trade partner with us?’”On another trade-related issue, Ernst is predicting the “U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement” will easily win passage in the U.S. Senate.“We are ready and raring to take the bill up and get it on to the president,” Ernst said. “But Speaker Pelosi had laid down a marker. She said those tariffs need to come off and that has been agreed to, so pressure on Speaker Pelosi now to actually move the USMCA through the House.”On Friday, President Trump lifted tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico. Leaders in the two countries hailed the move as a step toward ratification of the deal that will replace the North American Free Trade Agreement. Ernst made her comments about trade during a weekend stop in Le Mars.During a Saturday morning town hall meeting in Storm Lake, Ernst was asked about the immigration plan President Trump unveiled last week. She called it a “great step forward.”“We don’t know the details of the plan and, really, that’ll largely be up to congress to decide what package they want to put together and how to move forward,” Ernst said, “but what it is is a clear indication from the president that he does support moving on immigration and we’ve got to find a path forward.”Ernst, though, said the plan must address labor shortages in agriculture, as she’s hearing concerns from farmers.“We don’t need someone that has necessarily a certificate in welding or is a nurse or a doctor, we just need folks who will come in and work on our farms,” she said, “and so we’ve got to figure out how we can get that piece into this package and make sure we’re supporting all different types of industry in our economy.”Last Thursday, President Trump outlined a “merit-based” immigration plan, with the goal of reducing the flow of immigrants into the country who would take low-wage jobs. It would limit the number of people who could get green cards by seeking asylum or based on family ties to U.S. citizens or legal residents.last_img read more

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