… Magistrate refuses to obligeCity Magistrate Judy Latchman on Tuesday refused the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) request to commit Regan “Grey Boy” Rodrigues to stand trial in the High Court for the murder of Courtney Crum Ewing.Magistrate Latchman on Monday threw out the case due to insufficient evidence and one day after the Office of the DPP, through Special Prosecutor Nigel Hughes, made the request to have her commit Rodrigues to stand trial in the High Court. However, the Magistrate stood her ground and informed Hughes that her court will not bow since she had already discharged the case. One of the roles of the DPP is to ensure that no citizen is charged unjustly. However, according to legal minds, this very instance is a clear violation of that role and further deteriorates the public confidence in the office of the DPP. It is noted that while the DPP has the power to order a Magistrate to commit a case to stand trial in the High Court, she must be able to provide extraordinary grounds for doing so. However, requesting a Magistrate to commit someone who has already been cleared by the courts is a clear violation of that person’s right to a fair trial, according to a senior attorney. On Monday, Rodrigues was set free for a second time after the prosecution failed to provide sufficient evidence to link him to the murder of political activist Courtney Crum-Ewing.In making her ruling, the Magistrate considered all of the facts presented to her. She highlighted evidence given by Crime Scene Analyst, Delicia Brown, whose submission to the court revealed that the .32 pistol and five .32 bullets found at the accused’s home was indeed the said gun used in the execution of Crum-Ewing.However, she stated that no actual evidence was presented to the court to prove that Rodrigues pulled the trigger, thus committing the heinous act, even though 14 witness statements alleged such. She also alluded to the facts that the oral statements given by Rodrigues during the course of the investigation did not implicate him in the killing, and as such he had no case to answer to.Upon hearing the decision, Rodrigues burst into tears and as he was being led back into the lock-ups, he screamed, “Freedom! Freedom!”Crum-Ewing was gunned down on March 10, 2015, as he was urging residents of Diamond, East Bank Demerara, to cast their ballots in the May 2015 General elections. Months after, Rodrigues was arrested and charged with the murder but was freed in September 2016.However, in April 2017, he was re-arrested after the DPP ordered that the case be reopened. According to the DPP, “The sole purpose of this remit is to take further evidence from Police witnesses and to rule on the voluntariness of all oral statements of the accused.”
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Louis Van Gaal is dealing with an injury crisis ahead of the Red Devils’ trip to Arsenal tomorrow. 1 Louis Van Gaal is dealing with an injury crisis ahead of the Red Devils’ trip to Arsenal tomorrow, which is live on talkSPORT, Saturday, from 5pm.As many as 12 first-team players were on the treatment table earlier this week as players returned from the international break with knocks, but the Dutchman has been boosted by returns to training for David De Gea, Angel Di Maria, Michael Carrick and Luke Shaw.United travel to the Emirates one point and one place behind their London rivals and a further two points adrift of 4th place West Ham United in the battle for Champions League qualification.Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind will certainly be out, while Chris Smalling could be recalled following his red card at Manchester City, but Van Gaal will definitely be without Radamel Falcao who suffered a calf injury in training ruling him out for a further two weeks.Here’s how Man United could line up against Arsenal:GoalkeeperDavid De Gea suffered a disclocated finger on international duty with Spain and was considered a major doubt for the clash at the Emirates.But Van Gaal revealed the Spaniard has recovered from the injury and should start against Arsene Wenger’s barring any recurrence of the problem. Dane Anders Lindegaard is on hand to deputise.DefenceDaley Blind’s knee injury in the Netherlands’ 6-0 win over Latvia is expected to keep the Dutchman out until the new year, creating a problem for United’s midfield and defence.The versatile ex-Ajax man replaced the injured Marcos Rojo in defence for United’s previous league game against Crystal Palace and Smalling could deputise after a solid performance for England midweek.Van Gaal has been reluctant to play two right footers together so Tyler Blackett could partner the Englishman, although Paddy McNair is in form and deserves to keep his place.MidfieldCarrick withdrew from the England squad after a groin problem but returned to training yesterday. Spaniard Ander Herrera could be recalled in his absence, while Marouane Fellani is set to continue following a string of impressive performances.Angel Di Maria was also a doubt after United loanee Nani’s strong tackle on the Argentine during Portugal’s 1-0 midweek win, but he should be fit to play after scans revealed only bruising.AttackArsenal’s defence is vulnerable so Van Gaal will rely on in form captain Wayne Rooney and former Gunner Robin Van Persie to provide the goals.Monaco loanee Radamel Falcao has been hit by a new injury setback as the Colombian striker injured his calf and will be out for another two weeks, causing many to question his long-term fitness.Juan Mata’s super-sub winner in United’s narrow win against Palace last time out should see the Spaniard get the nod ahead of Adnan Januzaj, but he may have to play out wide and not in his preferred number 10 role, if Van Gaal continues with the 4-2-3-1 system.Man Utd fans, how do you think you’ll line up against Arsenal? Comment below…
West Ham captain Kevin Nolan has left the club by mutual consent, the Premier League side have confirmed.The 33-year-old midfielder is now free to join a new club after the Hammers resolved his contract.Nolan stated earlier in the season that he had no intention of remaining at the club under Slaven Bilic if he wasn’t going to be a first-team regular.And it was confirmed on Thursday morning that the man who led the east London side to promotion to the top flight in 2012 has departed after four years, and 31 goals in 157 games, at Upton Park.A statement on the club’s official website read: West Ham United would like to thank Kevin for his considerable effort and commitment over the past four seasons and wish him all the very best for the future, on and off the football pitch.On his exit, Nolan – the club’s top scorer in the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons, added: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at West Ham United and will take some great memories with me.“I’m now looking forward to the next challenge playing for a new club.”It is believed West Ham have performed a U-turn over their decision not to sign Joey Barton and are lining up the former Queens Park Rangers man as Nolan’s replacement. 1 Kevin Nolan
Flying with Bush to Brazil, where the presidential party landed shortly after nightfall, national security adviser Stephen Hadley denied that the process was deadlocked and said Bush’s “view is what’s important is the exchange among the leaders.” “His approach is not to try and dominate, but to participate as one of equals and listen and that’s what he did,” said Hadley. “At a critical time, he made his views clear.” He added that “there is nothing in stone that says every time leaders get together they have to have a summit communique.” “Free trade hasn’t done anything for these people and Washington just doesn’t get it,” Riordan Roett, director of Latin American studies at Johns Hopkins University, said Saturday, pointing to high unemployment and poverty throughout the region. “The White House will call it a success, but without major players like Argentina and Brazil, you don’t have a free-trade zone.” Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said talks to lift trade barriers from Canada to Chile must wait until after the World Trade Organization hosts key negotiations in Hong Kong next month. “There’s no consensus on how to move forward,” said Michael Shifter, a Latin American expert at the Inter-American Dialogue research group in Washington. Chavez, who came to the summit vowing to “bury FTAA,” says the trading bloc will enslave Latin American workers. Bush kept a low profile at the meeting. He did not speak at all publicly on Saturday. On Friday, he listened with his lips pursed to Chavez’s rant against the United States. He avoided an encounter with Chavez, his biggest foe in the region, at the leaders’ group photo. “It could have been worse if Bush had been embarrassed, or humiliated,” Shifter said. Bush’s chilly, yet civil, reception contrasted to the way he talked about Latin America when he first came into office. Today, some Latin American leaders are seeking distance, preferring to carve images as independent players on the international stage. That was reflected in remarks by Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, the host of the summit. Issuing stern words against the United States, he said U.S. meddling in Latin America would no longer be tolerated. “By showing up, Bush maintains a superficial camaraderie with … presidents of Latin American and that’s positive,” Roett said. But, he added: “The U.S. is really out-of-sync with the region.” Bush makes this Latin America tour in a weakened political position. His standing in the polls have dropped to their lowest levels of his presidency, weighted down by ongoing violence in Iraq, his failed Supreme Court nomination of Harriet Miers and the indictment of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, former chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, in connection with the CIA leak investigation. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina – President Bush left the Summit of the Americas on Saturday with no more than he expected: a cold shoulder from some Latin American leaders, no consensus on a free trading bloc for the hemisphere and biting criticism from anti-U.S. protesters and Venezuela’s leftist President Hugo Chavez. It amounted to a nothing-lost-and-little-gained two days for the president. He may have made progress on setting up a Free Trade Area of the Americas that would stretch from Alaska to Argentina. After hours of talks, 29 of the 34 summit nations expressed a desire to keep negotiations alive but adjourned the meeting without agreement. Bush avoided a potentially embarrassing confrontation with Chavez, whose speeches were a rallying call for thousands of protesters opposed to the trade area and Bush policies. After those demonstrations Friday, hundreds of protesters broke storefronts and set fire to businesses in this seaside resort city. Saturday was calm. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The Bush administration didn’t travel to the summit with high hopes. The White House viewed the stop as important, if only to reaffirm U.S. commitment to the Americas in the face of the widespread impression that his administration’s interest in the region has been on the back burner since the 2001 terrorist attacks. The president also had sought to revive negotiations for a vast proposed Western Hemisphere free trade area. Bush argues that such a pact is the best way to help raise the standard of living for Latin Americans, including the estimated 220 million who live in poverty. By late afternoon Saturday, the closing day of the summit, Bush departed the summit for Brazil on schedule as negotiators extended their sessions and continued talking. Mexico, the United States and 27 other nations support setting an April deadline for new talks on creating the vast new trade zone, but five key countries – Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela – are opposed and may not commit to more talks at all. That was about as much as Bush could hope for. Even before he left Washington, he acknowledged the FTAA was “stalled.” There was talk here of moving forward on a free-trade zone that would exclude the five nations.
Is Apple taking a bigger bite of its profits?Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the expected announcement tomorrow by the EU Commission that it is to launch a formal investigation is a result of the government adopting a “head in the sand” attitude to Ireland’s Corporation Tax dealings with Apple.The Donegal TD said his efforts to find out how Apple avoided major taxes in this country were blocked by Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fail.“I welcome this expected announcement by the Commission that it will investigate formally Ireland’s tax deal with Apple. The EU Commission will appear before the Finance Committee’s sub-committee on Global Taxation tomorrow where I will question them further on what has caught their attention,” he said. “Time after time when I have raised this issue the government have dismissed me and others.“The Finance Committee agreed, on my proposal, to set up a sub-committee to look at the issues involved but the government parties and Fianna Fáil refused to allow the Committee call representatives of Apple and other multinationals.“Now, it seems the EU Commission have decided there is a case to answer on grounds of possible breaches of State Aid regulations. The government has done only the bare minimum at a time when international opinion is moving towards a more transparent way of taxing multinationals. The time has come to get our house in order.“Minister Noonan has stressed that reputation is important in attracting multinational companies. Because of his lack of action and his head in the sand approach Ireland’s reputation as a fair and transparent country to do business in is under pressure.” GOVERNMENT AND FIANNA FAIL BLOCKED MY PROBE INTO APPLE TAXES SCANDAL – DOHERTY was last modified: June 10th, 2014 by John2Share 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:AppleIrelandPearse Dohertytaxes
The European Consumer Centre (ECC) Ireland is advising consumers looking to make travel visa applications online to make sure they are using official websites.The warning comes following a number of complaints received by ECC Ireland about websites offering to process visa for travel to the United States (ESTA visas), Canada (eTA visas), and other countries.The consumers believe they have booked through official channels but then discover that they have been charged far more than they had expected due to additional administration costs being applied per visa. ECC Ireland spokesperson, Martina Nee, said: “We strongly advise consumers to be prudent when looking online for visas or when applying for other official documents. ECC Ireland has received complaints about third-party websites that, at first glance, look very similar to official sites but which charge much higher fees. Watch out for ‘copycat’ sites that may appear as sponsored ads at the top of a search engine result. These often appear more prominently than official websites and so it’s very easy to click on these first.“Read the terms and conditions thoroughly, paying particular attention to any reference to management or other fees being applied on top of the cost for the visa itself – an official site would not charge extra for the processing of an application.“There have also been cases where the total price to be paid has not be been made sufficiently clear. Make sure to verify the final payment amount before confirming the transaction.“Take your time, do your research, know who are dealing with and only use a secure method of payment, such as a credit or debit card, so that you may be able to avail of chargeback if something goes wrong.” Consumers advised to watch out for copycat visa application websites was last modified: October 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)
[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/05/01/bang_cee74be4-3b15-4238-9cf4-b9c8d3e30236″]DENVER — Logan Couture scored the go-ahead goal with just over seven minutes left in regulation time and completed his first career playoff hat trick with 29.5 seconds to go to lead the Sharks to a wild 4-2 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series.Just 65 seconds after Colorado’s Matt Nieto tied the game 2-2 off a redirection in front of the Sharks’ net, Couture took …
Who’s to blame?From what I hear, it was a manufacturer of low-end equipment that first walked through the loophole and starting making dry-ship R-22 units. When the EPA didn’t step in to close the loophole, the race was on. Both the EPA and the HVAC industry share the blame.The makers of higher-end equipment don’t want to give up market share to those on the lower end who can exploit a bigger price difference. The dealers and the contractors, likewise, have to compete, and the EPA has forced their hand by allowing this situation to continue.Both sides are to blame, but one is more to blame than the other. Yes, the HVAC industry is exploiting the loophole, but the EPA has the power to close it and has not. The EPA could have shut this down as soon as it became apparent.Carrier has even petitioned the EPA to close the loophole. John Mandyke of Carrier, in an interview with ContractingBusiness.com, explained it this way: “As an industry, we were prepared for the R-22 transition — manufacturers had invested in the new technology and contractors had invested in technician training, as well as in helping consumers prepare for this transition. The loophole threw all that up in the air.”As long as the manufacturers keep making the dry-ship R-22 units, though, the downstream companies — dealers and contractors — feel the pressure to play the game, too. Not all of them, however. I know of one contracting company that, out of the more than 2,000 condensers they’ve installed since this came up, only about 10 have been dry-ship R-22 units. Why you should ask for R-410AIf you’re a builder or contractor installing new HVAC systems or a homeowner in the market for a new air conditioner or heat pump, you really should make sure that you don’t get a new system that has what should be an illegal refrigerant. Here’s why dry-ship R-22 units are a problem:R-22 destroys more ozone than R-410A.R-22 will get more and more expensive as we approach the end of its production in 2020.Once production of R-22 ends, homeowners may end up having to by a new air conditioner sooner than if they’d bought the R-410A system.The presence of so many dry-ship R-22 units has stalled the full-scale adoption of R-410A systems.Even if you don’t believe or care about the ozone hole and skin cancer, this loophole is going to cost people more money when they’re being promised savings. Consider this: A contractor installs a dry-ship R-22 air conditioner for a customer this year. In 2020, manufacturers will stop making R-22. In 2021, it may be more cost-effective to replace the customer’s air conditioner than fix it because of the exorbitant cost of R-22. The customer gets 9 years of use from an air conditioner that should last 15.This whole dry-ship R-22 unit game has been a dirty little secret of the EPA and the HVAC industry with plenty of folks in the industry and government willing to justify jumping through the loophole. Yes, there are some folks with admirable ethics and good motivations, but those of us who are buyers need to be aware of this issue. A contractor may make a compelling case to you about why the loophole is a good thing. Don’t follow them through that hole; the footing isn’t all that steady on the other side. Holes are generally bad things. Those of us who teach building science spend a lot of time showing people how to measure the effects of holes, how to seal them up, and why they’re bad in the first place. That’s not universally true, of course. Some holes we do want, but we also want to be able to control what happens in those holes, as with a door or window.The story I’m about to relay to you involves two holes. One of them was discovered decades ago. The other just appeared in the past two years. These two holes are connected. The fate of the older hole, which we’d like to see get smaller, is now bound up to a degree with the presence of the newer hole, which the EPA could close up completely but hasn’t.This is a dirty little secret of the EPA and the HVAC industry. It involves the environment, the costs that homeowners pay to buy and maintain air conditioners and heat pumps, and a legal loophole that’s starting to look as big as the ozone hole. It’s the story of what’s come to be called the “dry-ship R-22 unit.” If you’re hearing about this for the first time, you’re not alone. I just found out about it myself. Yeah, but how many are really doing it?As it turns out, a surprisingly high percentage of new systems are in the “dry-ship R-22” category. Recently I was speaking with an HVAC supply house executive who told me that these loophole escapees make up about 30% of the units they sell. The author of an article on dry ship R-22 units on the Contracting Business website interviewed his local suppliers and found the following: “One supplier told me it was about even. Several more said they sell slightly more dry units than R-410a systems. One supplier told me they sell four to five times as many dry units as complete systems.”Yes, some of these might actually be used as they’re intended — as replacement components in existing systems — but I think most people in the industry know that the majority of these dry-ship R-22 units are new installs. Can air conditioning make you go blind?My connection to the world of heating and air conditioning contractors goes way back. My grandfather (Allison Sr., whom I called Pappaw) had a heating, AC, plumbing, and electrical business (Bailes Electric) in Leesville, Louisiana, and I used to spend my teenage summers going out on calls with him and my uncle. (The photo of the measuring cup below, which sits on my desk, is from an earlier business he had with his brother, Russell.)One of the things we often did on calls was put the gauges on air conditioners to check the refrigerant charge. Often, Pappaw or my uncle would prepare to fix a hole in the system by emptying all of the refrigerant first. Back in the ’70s, there were no refrigerant capture systems or regulations, so we sprayed a lot of refrigerant out of the hole at the end of the hose on the gauges. The refrigerants of choice at the time were the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which usually went by their trade name, Freon.Remember that stuff? I did a science fair project on CFCs and their effect on our atmosphere in 1978. It turns out that the stuff migrated up to the stratosphere, where it has a tremendous appetite for the three-atom form of oxygen, called ozone. That’s bad. Ozone in the stratosphere has a tremendous appetite for ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. That’s good. UV radiation, you’re probably aware, has a tremendous appetite for skin cells, causing cancer when we get too much of it. That’s bad.The bottom line: CFCs destroy ozone, which leads to more UV radiation, which leads to more cancer.The amount of ozone in the lower stratosphere has decreased about 4% per decade since we discovered this effect in 1974. In addition, a huge ‘hole’ in the ozone layer develops in the polar regions every spring, and scientists have documented the changes in the ozone hole since discovering it in the 1980s. The ozone levels in the hole are running about half what they were 1980. (See graph below.)You also may have heard reports of sheep going blind in Chile because of the extra UV. It turned out to be a local infection rather than the additional UV radiation coming in through the ozone hole. Still, CFCs destroy ozone, which leads to more cancer and other problems. The science is pretty solid here.In 1987, the Montreal Protocol began the phase-out of CFCs with a plan to move to less harmful refrigerants. In the early ’90s, CFCs were phased out and replaced with the HCFC R-22 in air conditioning systems. Its use was to be temporary, as the 1993 decision to move to more ozone-friendly refrigerants would end the use of new R-22 HVACR systems (the R is for refrigeration) at the end of 2009. The more benign HFC R-410A became the replacement, and it was set to become the only game in town for new systems manufactured starting in 2010. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a RESNET-accredited energy consultant, trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard blog. You can follow him on Twitter at @EnergyVanguard. A loophole the size of the ozone holeThe US EPA gave manufacturers and contractors some wiggle room, naturally. They couldn’t just tell the manufacturers they had to destroy all their unsold units in 2010. They also couldn’t just strand all the people out there who already had R-22 in their air conditioners. As a result, manufacturers could sell their stock of R-22 units until depleted, continue to make parts to maintain the existing systems, and keep making R-22 refrigerant until 2020.If you go to the EPA’s website to read about the phase-out of R-22, you’ll find this statement: “[H]eating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system manufacturers may not produce new air conditioners and heat pumps containing R-22.”Do you see the loophole? As long as they ship the units “dry,” manufacturers concluded, they could continue to make and sell air conditioners and heat pumps designed to use R-22. Hence the term “dry-ship R-22 unit.” Rather than charging them with R-22 at the factory, they fill them with nitrogen and let the contractors add the R-22.Clearly, this violates the intent of the regulation phasing out R-22 when these dry-ship R-22 units are used as new installs. There’s your loophole the size of the ozone hole.
By Barbara O’NeillWhat advice should Personal Finance Management Program (PFMP) staff provide about the Savings Deposit Program (SDP)?Families facing a deployment may contribute savings to a SDP plan.The Savings Deposit Program (SDP) is a special savings program for deployed service members. It guarantees 10% annual interest during a deployment and for up to three months after they return. Service members should consult with Personal Finance Management Program (PFMP) staff to find out what information is required to sign up because they can’t officially enroll in the program until they are actually deployed.Also, it is a good idea to set up an account and start saving money before the deployment so there is an account standing by to transfer future SDP savings from during the period of deployment. PFMP staff should encourage service members to take advantage of the SDP because a guaranteed 10% return is an exceptional rate of return compared to the very low current interest rates offered on civilian savings accounts.Browse more military personal finance webinars and blog posts by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on February 25, 2013.