Gordon, you don’t know what you’re doing…

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Berahino in drink-driving probe

first_img Press Association The West Brom and England striker was stopped for travelling at “high speed” on the M6 motorway in the early hours of the morning. And when officers spoke to Berahino, he was then arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. The 21-year-old was interviewed and bailed and must go back to a police station to speak again with officers next month following his arrest near Lymm in Cheshire last month. A spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said: “At around 03.39am on the morning of Wednesday 22nd October, a patrol stopped a car travelling at high speed southbound on the M6 near J20. “A 21-year old man was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, interviewed and was subsequently bailed and is due to appear at a Cheshire custody suite early in December.” Rising star Berahino escaped his war-torn African homeland of Burundi at the age of 10 to start a new life with his refugee mother in Birmingham and was called up to the England squad by Roy Hodgson earlier this month, but did not play in the Euro 2016 clash with Slovenia or the friendly against Scotland. center_img Premier League football star Saido Berahino is to be interviewed by police after being arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.last_img read more

Taiwan temporarily suspends project to building electricity grid in Haiti

first_imgPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan says plans to  construct an electricity grid have been suspended for now due to the socio-political unrest that the country has been experiencing since February 7.Alexander Yu, the Director General of the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, told a press conference on Tuesday that –  “As anti-government protests continue in Haiti,  the construction of the electricity grid planned for Port-au-Prince would only begin after the political situation has been resolved.”“We have signed a contract for the loan and construction of the project and must wait for Parliament’s approval for construction to begin.”He said the project, which aims to help alleviate the energy supply problems of the capital, includes the construction and renovation of substations and transmission towers including training for local staff maintenance and is financed to the tune of US $145.89 million by a Taiwanese bank in the form of a commercial loan to the Haitian government The project will be  undertaken by Taiwan’s Overseas Engineering and Construction Co. and could take about two year.On the weekend, Taiwan issued a second  travel warning – of “orange” for Haiti due to the unrest.The Ministry  of Foreign Affairs urged Taiwanese citizens to avoid unnecessary displacement in Haiti adding that those who must absolutely move, must to exercise extreme caution.The Ministry uses red, orange, yellow and gray codes to indicate alert levels for people traveling abroad, with red being the highest alert level and gray the lowest.last_img read more

Cam Newton difference ‘like night and day’ with new throwing motion

first_imgA post shared by Cam Newton (@cameron1newton) on Aug 7, 2019 at 9:18am PDTIn the second half of last season, Newton was obviously unable to push the football downfield. Secondaries pushed closer to the line of scrimmage and Carolina was forced to insert backup Kyle Allen on plays that required a desperation heave into the end zone.According to Stats Perform data, Newton finished 20th in the NFL with only 22 big play passes that went for 25 yards or more.That shouldn’t be the case as the team has made it a point to post one Newton deep ball after another on social media throughout camp.Curtis Samuel doing Curtis Samuel things 🙌 pic.twitter.com/qlnu8X7w6Y— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) August 13, 2019Quarterbacks coach Scott Turner has described Newton’s new motion as more compact, closed off and efficient. What that means for how Newton approaches the game is still unclear.Speaking to NBC Sports last month, Newton wouldn’t say if he’s lost a chunk of velocity, but he doesn’t think that really matters entering his ninth season. “To see him come back like he’s doing, I expect big things from him.” Bills running back Christian Wade hopes to hinge hype to roster spot While Newton will not make his preseason debut Friday against the Bills as many had expected, according to a report from The Athletic, the 2015 NFL MVP has been sharp through training camp.“It’s like night and day,” Bills defensive back Captain Munnerlyn (and member of the Panthers in 2018) told reporters this week after a joint practice (via The Charlotte Observer). “[Newton’s] arm looks a whole lot better now. Man, to see him come back from that injury, I know it’s been tough on him. Related News Philip Rivers: Tom Brady, other elite QBs can’t be judged solely by Super Bowl winscenter_img It feels like ages since Cam Newton last took a snap with defenders scratching and crawling to get to him in the pocket.Since being shut down for the season last December, Newton has undergone a second surgery on his throwing shoulder and re-invented his throwing motion to cope. His first tosses and minicamp in June gained a live broadcast by the Panthers on Facebook that’s been watched more the 160,000 times. View this post on Instagram “When you get old, you have to change certain things,” he said. “It kind of keeps you young. I actually look forward to it. I embrace this whole process because it’s made me feel like a rookie again. Learning certain things, learning new mechanics, focusing on the little nuances of playing a quarterback position and trying to master it. So at this point in my career, it’s not about velocity. It’s not about throwing a ball 70 yards. It’s about efficient football that’s gonna win football games.”That’s a mature approach from Newton, regardless of whether or not he was forced into it. Now we wait to see if there’s a payoff.last_img read more

A gag order in Blansett case serves no purpose

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (19) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down voodoo child · 291 weeks ago Gag orders are great for tv dramas but thats about it. From what I have read most don’t float in court. Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +6 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 291 weeks ago When is Nancy Grace going to be in Wellington to put us on the map? Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Juror #10 · 291 weeks ago The main purpose may be to guarantee the case be tried in court with properly presented evidence. Try finding a fair and impartial jury in Sumner County after the media has put forth a lot of information, some of which may not be admissible in Court. This is particularly true when the media does not necessarily strive for accuracy, in lieu of selling ad space. You can not have a fair and impartial trial in the media. Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 291 weeks ago Generally speaking, media influencing public opinion is rampant. More now than at any time in history – because of the web. (Look no farther than the past two presidential elections.) The noble notion of gag orders is to ensure a defendant gets a fair trial. All reporters want readers, and all reporters want to be the “first” with something. I hope it is gagged, for the victim’s sake. Kudos to Mr. Brown. A gossip hungry public does not outweigh jurisprudence. Report Reply 1 reply · active 291 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down no perry mason · 291 weeks ago Gag it…the media can report during the trial….someone just likes to be in front of the camera a little to much Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest · 291 weeks ago A gag order will not prevent the buzz and/or rumors already all over town. Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 291 weeks ago How can they release the redacted (amended) affidavit without blacking out the name of the individual that she stayed with the night before??? Poor guy… Report Reply 0 replies · active 291 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 291 weeks ago My problem with the whole thing is why did it take until 1:33 am too read her (her) miranda rights? Won’t that be grounds to dismiss any and all evidence collected up to that point, seems that would have been one of the first things the police should have done in this case to assure all evidence and statements were protected? There where a lot of things said that can be thrown out between 23:45 pm when 911 was called and police first arrived and started conversing with the individual and Bobby Wilson reading her Miranda at 1:33 am. Heck everyone should be read their Miranda first and foremost for any case. Report Reply 2 replies · active 291 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Nobody · 291 weeks ago Her 911 call pretty much said it all… Report Reply 4 replies · active 291 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 291 weeks ago The purpose of a gag order is so she gets a fair trial. I know every citizen is entitled to a fair and speedy trial. This particular defendant and her lawyer have an incredible defense. The violation of her 6th Amendment right. In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an IMPARTIAL JURY of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense. Although all of this evidence clearly leads to her guiltiness and even her signed statements and the phone call, the media at large gave her a solid defense and the possibility of walking. I am very much interested in law and if she pushes it she can prove mental instability and the violation of her 6th Amendment right. Is she guilty? Of course! Will she walk? Possibly. Report Reply 1 reply · active 291 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Effectiveness of a gag orderI’ve been thinking about the amount of information that has already been released with the Blansett case here. Since this awful tragedy occurred, the Sumner County court complaint was released with the significant detail of how this young boy was murdered.A 911 tape has already been publicly released. The Wichita media, in a move I have publicly disagreed with, has released the number of times Blansett has visited with social workers through the Kansas Department of Children and Families.The murder investigation’s affidavit was released, although redacted (amended), that contains more details.While I understand there is information that is sensitive in nature and no court case should be tried in the court of public opinion, I wonder just how much more unreleased details can possibly  “taint” a potential jury anymore than it already has.When the alleged murder took place, this site received over 35,000 hits on the day the arrest was made and the first degree murder charge took place. It more than doubled the number of hits of Sumner Newscow’s previous daily hit record. In a county with a 2013 census population of 23,591 people, it seems like a pretty good assumption that the likelihood of Sumner County people, who don’t know about this case is somewhere between extremely few to none at all.Can we get a collection of jurors who aren’t “tainted” in someway by the news coverage surrounding this case in this county? I’m not so sure I can answer that.Spencer was asked Friday whether there is a possibility of a change of venue because of the high profile nature of this case. Spencer said he would be against it because this case has received not only statewide but nationwide attention. Does something like this go unnoticed by even the most clueless, obtuse resident in Sumner County?Even if the Sumner County judge issues the strictest of gag orders, and nothing is said about this case publicly through the media from now until jury selection — which could be years from now, can you still find an “untainted” jury?Will there be a trial?And then there is a very strong possibility that this will never reach jury trial in the first place, but will result in a plea bargain deal.I asked a few longtime lawyers and reporters around the Sumner County courthouse when there has been a jury murder trial in Wellington. Many speculated that there hasn’t been one here since the Billy Reid case in which he was convicted of murdering Michelle Tate, a teenage girl in the mid 1990s. That was over 20 years ago.About all other Sumner County murder case trials are decided before a jury is ever assembled – due to either the alleged murderer or the prosecutor eager to broker a deal in a no-win situation.Spencer said Blansett is looking at the possibility of spending more than 25 years in prison. I don’t think it’s appropriate to speculate here how much time she may serve since she has yet to see her day in court. The only reason I bring this up is it raises the possibility of a plea bargain.So I ask you. If this case could possibly be headed for a plea bargain, why issue a gag order for the prevention of tainting a jury, if such a jury may never be assembled? Our conclusion…A gag order not only prevents the freedom of speech, does little to prevent the dissemination of sensitive and relevant information, but may be inconsequential.However, a gag order will do one thing. It halts the free flow of communication from the attorneys and those of us in the media, whose responsibility it is to convey accurate information to the public at large. In an age of social media and speculative disinformation, this can’t be overemphasized.We plead, we beg, we implore to the judge presiding over this hearing. Please deny the gag order request of defense attorney Mr. Brown.A gag order serves no purpose.Follow us on Twitter. Why have gag orders?When I heard that Brown had filed for a gag order, my first inclination was to see if such a gag order is common in a murder case such as this.So I went to where all seasoned investigators start their searches. I googled it.At the top of the “gag order” news list was a story written in the Daily Oklahoman concerning an Oklahoma judge who has issued a gag order on prosecutors, judges, police and investigators concerning a triple homicide case in Duncan, Okla.Alan HrubyAlan Hruby, a 19-year-old University of Oklahoma student, has been charged with murdering his parents and younger sister in October. He allegedly came home from school on a weekday when class was in session, and allegedly shot his family. Allegedly, Hruby was a self proclaimed shopaholic hoping to cash in on the family’s insurance claim in order to pay off a loan shark for whom he owed $3,000. He later confessed to the crime.It’s an interesting story to say the least (see story here) and has generated plenty of national headlines.In the Daily Oklahoman story, Stephens County Special Judge Jerry Herberger issued the so-called “gag” order in an effort to “assure a fair trial in this matter.”“The court finds that there is a reasonable likelihood of prejudice to both the state’s and defendant’s right to a fair trial without a gag order in place,” the order states.I decided to call Nolan Clay, a senior reporter of The Daily Oklahoman, who wrote the story. He has worked as a reporter for newspaper since 1985 and has covered the Oklahoma City bombing trail and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh’s execution.In his biography he states.“His investigative reports have brought down public officials, exposed shysters and resulted in reforms in such areas as day care oversights and workers’ compensation court. He is a proud father and longtime fan of the University of Oklahoma football. His wedding in 2001 was on the 50-yard line of OU’s football field.”How cool is that? Getting married on the 50-yard-line of a college football field.Anyway, I asked Clay whether gag orders are common. He said not entirely. They usually are only associated with high profile cases and they all have one thing in common.“They don’t work,” he said.Clay said if attorneys wants to get around it and get out a message they want to the press, they can do so through legal briefings or other measures.Ultimately, he said, gag orders come after the horse is out of the barn. Much of the details of a high-profile case have already been made public before a gag order is issued. If the jury selection is going to be tainted, it probably has already done so. Commentary by Tracy McCue — Lindsey Nicole Blansett defense attorney Mike Brown has filed for a gag order in Sumner County District Court. The hearing is scheduled for Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at the courthouse.Mike BrownA Sumner County judge will determine whether or not to issue a gag order and to what extent those attorneys, police detectives and others working the case can communicate with the media and the public at large. Blansett is a Wellington mom accused of murdering her 10 year old son at her home on Dec. 14, 2014.Kerwin SpencerSumner County Attorney Kerwin Spencer said at a press conference Friday he is against the gag order motion.I, too, am against the gag order for obvious reasons.At its heart, this a First Amendment rights issue, and a gag order is a prevention of free speech and a direct violation of the U.S. Constitution.Is one to say that an attorney does not have a right to speak on a subject that is of great public interest?But there are other reasons why this gag order should not be issued.It doesn’t really serve a purpose. last_img read more

Gritty minnows Iceland hold Ronaldo’s Portugal

first_imgHungary 2 Austia 0Iceland 1 Portugal 1Saint-Étienne, France | AFP |Minnows Iceland earned a 1-1 draw with Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal on their European championship debut as the superstar forward failed to score as he equalled his country’s apparence record.A superb finish by Nani gave Portugal the lead before Iceland’s industrious midfielder Birkir Bjarnason levelled for the Scandinavians in Saint Etienne.Ronaldo equalled Luis Figo’s record number of caps with both the Portugal legends now on 127 appearances. It was a bitter pill for Iceland who had shown plenty of energy with the flowing locks of FC Basel’s Bjarnason a menace in midfield.It stayed 1-0 at the break, but Iceland pulled themselves level within five minutes of the restart thanks to a superbly worked goal finished off by Bjarnason.Iceland’s first goal at a major tournament came when Charlton Athletic’s Johan Gudmundsson’s towering cross found Bjarnason unmarked.The midfielder volleyed his shot past Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio to the delight of the Iceland bench. Shots on goal#POR 25#ISL 4#EURO2016 #PORISL pic.twitter.com/hCjb65pDV7— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) June 14, 2016However, it was a quiet night for the Real Madrid forward, who failed to become the first man to score in four European Championships, as he was frustrated by Iceland’s dogged defence and a great display from goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.Iceland, the tiny North Atlantic island nation of 330,000 people, is the smallest country by population ever to feature at a Euro finals.Their small band of supporters ensured one corner of the Stade Geoffrey Guichard was a sea of blue shirts and exploded in celebration after Bjarnason’s equaliser.There was no place in the starting line-up for former Chelsea and Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen, 37, who was on the bench having come out of international retirement to play in France.Ronaldo had a few early chances, while a bullet-header from Nani crashed off the boots of Iceland shot-stopper Halldorsson.But the Fenerbahce forward was not to be denied on 31 minutes when Andre Gomes’s cross from the right fell into Nani’s path and he slotted coolly past Halldorsson at the near post to register the 600th goal ever scored at the European championships. Iceland has a population of 323,002 and they’re all happy tonight. Bjarnason earns them a precious point! #EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/oTomH29iSB— UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) June 14, 2016 The silence of the Portugal fans behind their own goal was juxtaposed by the sheer delight of the Iceland fans as they celebrated a historic moment.Having surrendered their lead, Portugal laid siege to the Iceland goal as Halldorsson was kept busy.Ronaldo’s moment looked to have come five moments from time when he was picked out perfectly by Vierinha’s cross only to head straight at Halldorsson.And the three-time World Player of the Year smashed a free-kick from a dangerous position straight into the Iceland wall with the last kick of the game as the referee’s full-time whistle was met with delight by the Iceland players and fans alike.A draw means it is all to play for in Group F after Hungary shocked Austria 2-0 earlier in Bordeaux to register their first win at a major finals for 30 years.Portugal face the highly-touted Austrians next in Paris, whilst Iceland take on pool leaders Hungary in Marseille on Saturday.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 3last_img read more

English pair win 9-hole title at Carnoustie

first_img Tags: 9 Hole, R&A, The Open Caption (l-r): Christopher Cudahy and Andrew Sabin of Tadmarton Heath won The R&A’s 9 Hole Championship final. English club golfers Christopher Cudahy and Andrew Sabin won The R&A’s 9 Hole Championship on the eve of The Open at Carnoustie.The final was contested over the first four and last five holes of the Championship Course at the famous Angus links.Cudahy and Sabin, from Tadmarton Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire, were crowned champions with a winning nett aggregate score of 41.“To play Carnoustie in its best condition just before The Open was a real privilege and it was exciting, thrilling golf”, said Cudahy. “It feels brilliant to have won the final and it was a great experience.“We were playing just ahead of Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy, who were practising on the course, so we felt like we were really part of The Open. The R&A have done a great job and I am sure the nine hole event will go from strength to strength.”Sabin added, “When you stand on the 1st tee and they call your name out, with all the grandstands around you, it raises the hairs on the back of your neck. It’s a nerve-wracking but fantastic experience. I will remember it for years to come.”Champion Golfer Paul Lawrie, together with Bruce Mitchell, Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, presented the prizes to the leading teams.Dunblane New in Scotland, represented by Gary Aitken and Richard McLuckie, finished runners-up, ahead of 10-year-old Evan Taylor and Andy Drees from Foxhills, England.Over 15,000 golfers entered nine hole qualifying events held at clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland; more than double the number who played in 2017.The R&A 9 Hole Championship is central to the organisation’s drive to promote this form of golf as an ideal way to enjoy playing the sport in less time, either recreationally or competitively for handicap purposes.Duncan Weir, Executive Director – Golf Development at The R&A said, “The finalists have had a great experience today and they revelled in the challenge of playing one of the world’s most famous courses.“We are already looking forward to repeating this exercise at Royal Portrush in 2019.”Please visit www.randa.org/9HoleChampionship for more information.center_img 17 Jul 2018 English pair win 9-hole title at Carnoustie last_img read more