Barbadian family and attorney conduct own investigation into fatal police shooting!

first_img Share Tweet Share 183 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img NewsRegional Barbadian family and attorney conduct own investigation into fatal police shooting! by: – May 16, 2012 Share Lawyer and social activist David Comissiong pleaded for anyone who might have seen or heard anything related to the matter on the night of Tuesday April 03 to contact him.BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Wednesday May 16, 2012 – In a landmark move in Barbados, a bereaved family and an attorney-at-law are conducting their own investigation into the death of a man fatally shot by a police officer.In a public announcement, lawyer and social activist David Comissiong and the mother of 27-year-old Jamar Maynard, shot by police on April 3, said they no longer had confidence in the Royal Barbados Police Force investigating its officers, since no such case had ever led to an officer standing trial.They also reported the evidence was clear that Maynard had been shot from behind, which was enough to demand that the shooter account for his or her action in court.Accompanied by Maynard’s mother Deborah Maynard and Marguerita Maloney, mother of I’Akobi Maloney, who died following an incident involving police four years ago, Comissiong told the media that an independent investigation seemed prudent.“Faced with a situation of the Royal Barbados Police Force investigating itself, we felt it prudent that Jamar’s family should seek to carry out their own independent investigation, and so we have taken it upon ourselves to try to ferret out eyewitnesses and to get statements from persons who might have seen anything related to the shooting of Jamar,” he said.The attorney pleaded for anyone who might have seen or heard anything related to the matter on the night of Tuesday April 03 to contact him.“We are appealing to you to make contact with us, come in to see me at my law office on Crumpton Street and give us a statement.  We assure you that any statement given will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and will be sent directly to the Director of Public Prosecutions,” he said.Stating that Maynard had been shot in his upper arm and had run from the scene, Comissiong said so far he had interviewed two eyewitnesses who said the man was shot while running away.“We also witnessed the autopsy and I can tell you that the wound I saw on Jamar Maynard’s body suggests that he was shot from the rear,” he added.“We are of the opinion that once there is sufficient evidence to suggest that Jamar Maynard was shot while he was running away, that the person who did that shooting should be called upon to account for his or her actions before a judge and jury in a court of law,” Comissiong continued.“Our police force is a small and intimate institution where everybody knows everybody else.  So that clearly is not the most healthy situation, and I’m not seeking to cast aspersions on the persons running the Jamar Maynard investigation.  I’m not personalizing it.“I’m simply saying the system that obtains of having the police investigate themselves is flawed,” said Comissiong, an attorney for over two decades.Caribbean 360 Newslast_img read more

Bruce rues lack of killer touch

first_img “We had to make two changes at half-time and we’re already a bit makeshift. “We struggled in the second half and it looked like it had all caught up with us.” Bruce added: “I don’t want to make excuses. In the first half it didn’t really matter. In the second half we gifted horrible goals which isn’t like us. “The one thing we’ve prided ourselves on in the last couple of years is if you’re going to score against us, you’ll have to earn it. “In the second half we simply weren’t good enough and we have to accept that.” Bruce confirmed he is on the lookout for a new assistant but denied the Tigers had made a bid for Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede. “I have never made a bid,” Bruce said. “We had a conversation with them – apparently an agent made a bid on our behalf which is news to me and the owner. “I don’t know where all the nonsense has come from, I can confirm there’s no way we have bid £4.5million and we won’t be doing so.” On his search for a new coach, Bruce added: “I wouldn’t say I’m close but I’ve got two or three people to see this week. “My plan was always to get to these couple of weeks where I can concentrate on getting someone in to give me a hand. “We should know more about that by the end of next week.” The victory means West Ham climb above Liverpool into seventh in the table, four points off fourth place. The Hammers were booed off by their own fans at half-time and manager Sam Allardyce admits he told his team to be more direct in the second period. “All this tippy-tappy stuff – everybody keeps on going about the right way to play football – is all a load of b******s sometimes,” Allardyce said. “Getting the ball into the opposition box as quickly as you can with quality is definitely sometimes the best way forward and that’s what we did in the second half and that’s why we won the game.” Allardyce had no complaints with the crowd venting their frustration but believes Tuesday’s penalty shoot-out win over Everton in the FA Cup may have had an effect on his players. “We weren’t good (in the first half),” Allardyce said. “When you’ve had an exciting game like Tuesday night, it was disappointing for the fans to see how poorly we played in the first half, they didn’t expect it. “I haven’t seen us pass so poorly this entire season as we passed in the first half. “That can only be a legacy of the efforts they put in on Tuesday night.” “The way we played in the first half delighted all of us connected with Hull but in my experience you have to score,” Bruce said. “For all the good work we did, it unravelled really. You can’t let them off the hook like that. “You come away from home, play against a good team like West Ham and have two or three good opportunities to score and we didn’t. “That’s the disappointment and frustration for us all.” Hull were without their three top scorers this season as Nikica Jelavic, Mohamed Diame and Abel Hernandez were all injured. There was more bad news for the Tigers too as Alex Bruce went off with a thigh strain and James Chester was taken to hospital with a dislocated shoulder. “We invested heavily in strikers and unfortunately they’re not there to take the chances that we created today,” Bruce said. “Of course they’re all bitterly disappointed and you look round and see so many players injured. Press Association Hull manager Steve Bruce admits his side paid the price for not taking their chances after the Tigers were beaten 3-0 at West Ham in the Barclays Premier League. Hull dominated the first half at Upton Park but failed to score, Sone Aluko the main culprit, and Andy Carroll, Morgan Amalfitano and Stewart Downing all found the net for the Hammers in the second period. Defeat means Hull are 18th in the table and now have won just twice in 15 league matches. last_img read more

Nigel Evans to become England Golf President in 2015

first_img Nigel Evans, current Board Chairman of England Golf, has accepted the nomination to become President Elect of the England Golf for 2014 with a view to becoming President in 2015. The 67 year old, who has been involved in amateur golf administration since 1980, says he is delighted and surprised to be considered and is looking forward to the next two years. “I feel highly honoured and delighted to have been chosen,” he says. “My life has been in golf and golf administration for over 30 years and I feel this is also an honour for my club, Sandiway, and my home county of Cheshire.” Cheshire born and bred, Nigel began his working life with the National Westminster Bank as a 16 year old and retired in 1998 after 37 years with the bank, most of the time spent in the centres of Liverpool and Manchester. His final post was as Business Director in Chester. A member of Sandiway for almost 50 years and now an honorary member, in that time Nigel has held the posts of Captain and Chairman and been Club Champion. He has also represented Cheshire at junior, colts, first team and senior levels. On the administration side, Nigel was a member of the Cheshire County Executive from 1980 – 2005 and is a past Chairman of the Finance, Junior and Selection committees. He was Cheshire President in 1995. He was also a member of the English Golf Union’s Northern Group Committee from 1998 – 2005 and Northern Boys Secretary from 2001 – 2004. Further involvement with the EGU saw Nigel on the Executive Committee and Finance Committee from 2002 – 05, serving as Chairman of the latter in 2004 – 05 and was a member of the Management Committee in 2005. During the period to 2005, he also served on the Presidents Advisory, Championship, National Coaching, Budget and Remuneration Committees. He was an EGU Board member from 2005 – 2011 and its Chairman from 2009 and still holds that position with England Golf following the merger with the English Women’s Golf Association and is due to retire next year. Nigel played a major role in the merger, being Chairman of the EGU steering group from 2009 – 2011. Prior to the merger, he was the Board member responsible for National Coaching and Elite Performance from 2005 – 2011, while he has been the tournament referee for the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship since 2002. He is also a past captain of the Hittite Golfing Society and a member of the Senior Golfers Society. Nigel is married to Judith, a keen golfer at Runcorn Golf Club, and they have a son Robert, a pilot with easyJet, and a daughter Elizabeth, a specialist physiotherapist. “I am looking forward hugely to 2015, which is a Walker Cup year, and travelling with Judith to all our major championships throughout the Country” Nigel adds. “Being President is a huge job but I know what is ahead.” There have been at least six previous EGU Presidents from Cheshire, the most recent being Elwyn Ellis in 2010. 5 Apr 2013 Nigel Evans to become England Golf President in 2015 last_img read more

Thurston Economic Development Council Receives USDA Food Hub Grant

first_imgFacebook29Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston Economic Development CouncilThe U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the Thurston Economic Development Council (EDC), the Washington State University (WSU) Thurston County Extension and the Northwest Agriculture Business Center (NABC) a Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) Planning Grant to develop a Southwest Washington Food Hub.LFPP offers grant funds to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets.“A food hub helps multiple local food producers aggregate their products in such a way as to make it easier for large purchasers like hospitals and colleges to buy more locally produced food. Establishing a Food Hub in our region will open markets to local food producers, increasing overall food production and increase local food options for consumers,” said Aslan Meade, Director of Strategic Alliances at the Thurston EDC.Meade explained that when economic development agencies in Spokane established the LINC food hub, Gonzaga University committed to participate as an initial buyer. This first guaranteed buyer allowed for the hub to establish and grow.  LINC is now a worker and farmer-owned cooperative with more than 50 local food producers selling their wares to multiple buyers throughout their region.In the planning phase of the Food Hub, any farmer or processor within Lewis, Thurston, Grays Harbor or Peirce counties, interested in selling into the hub should contact Aslan Meade at [email protected]last_img read more

Survived as writer by being practical Ruskin

first_imgAuthor Ruskin Bond, who has been enthralling readers for 60 long years with over a hundred novellas, short story collections, non-fiction and poetry books, thinks that he has survived as a writer by being a being a practical person. “When I write, I do it for myself. I just enjoy the business of writing any story or trying to please the imaginary reader who might be an extension of my own personality,” Bond said at the Penguin Fever, an event organised by the Penguin Random House India to mark its 30th year in publishing. The 83-year-old author, who now lives in Uttarakhand’s Landour, believes his writing can be enjoyed by people aged between six to 60.”I am a compulsive writer and even at times when my writings weren’t getting published very much, I continued writing because it was just a natural thing to do,” Bond said. The author who has been conferred the Sahitya Akademi Award, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan, went on to talk about moments he was left disappointed or when his books did not do well. But that did not stop him from writing.”I never wanted to give up writing because I knew that would have been fatal. Once you give up, it is very difficult to start again. If you have confidence in yourself you must not give up. Never despair and if you despair, work on it in despair,” he added. Asked whether he ever considered becoming a football player, something he loved in his younger days, Bond said that his decision of becoming an author has been the right one.”I think I did the wise thing by sticking to writing because here I am in my 80s still writing stories, whereas it wouldn’t have been possible for me to run after a football at this age. “There’s always something on my writing desk, be it an essay, short story or may be another memoir. I am like a grasshopper, jumping from one story to the another,” Bond chuckled. The author, whose autobiography “Lone Fox Dancing” was released earlier this year, said that he is ready with another book titled “Till The Clouds Rolled By” a sequel of his earlier book “Looking For The Rainbow”.”Till The Clouds Rolled By”, which talks about his days in Delhi and his mother and step father, will be released this month.last_img read more

Guide to survive the sweaty summer

first_imgWith summer comes melting makeup, smeared eyeliner, and super-sticky hair hence it is important to give proper hydration and relaxation to your skin and hair to be easy breezy as the temperature soars up.Sushma Khan, National Creative Director-Makeup, Lakmé Salon and TIGI Educator Audrey D’Souza have listed the summer switch that must be made your regime to make your makeup last long and hair stay strong.For make-up Go light: Through the summer ‘less is more’ should be your mantra. The lesser the products you use, the lighter your skin will feel and make-up will not feel heavy. The summer is known to make your skin sweaty and layering more make-up on the face will add to it. Hence, it is highly recommended to use products with anti-bacterial properties. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfReplace your foundation with a concealer to hide imperfections and feel light. Products with SPF of 30++ at least are a must. BB Creams are also a great option as it is an emulation of moisturizer and tinted foundation. Use more of light water-based products to make it feel light during summer, heat and sweating. Cut down your make up products to less than half and use the bare minimum.Multitask with your makeup : Invest in a product that does it all – for the lips, lids, and cheeks. It would cut down your routine to half and help keep your bag light. Simply choose from a range of summery bright or light lip and cheek tints as it will add a healthy glow with minimalistic colour. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSwitch to waterproof: Invest in waterproof eyelines, mascaras and eye pencils. With the temperatures rising high, one tends to rub and wipe of the face regularly. This might, at times, end up in either smudging or fading. Choose between a highly or lightly pigmented waterproof eye products so that the look is as fresh as it was in the morning.For hair:Cocktail of products: Prepare your hair using a cocktail of smoothening and anti-frizz serums to smoothen your hair and get rid of any frizz at the same time. 4Shortcut to volume: Wash and condition your hair with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner to combat the limp and sticky hair. Prep your hair with volumizing lotion before the blow dry to give your hair volume for days. Brush backwards and say hello to 3x more volume!Beach waves for days: Boho-inspired beachy waves are the ultimate summer hair-do. Apply curling mousse on wet hair and scrunch it up in a bun. Use tongs to achieve the wavy look.last_img read more

Beating the heat Poll candidates reveal ways of braving the scorching sun

first_imgKolkata: With the election fever having reached its peak, candidates are literally sweating it out in the Sun, as they make their last-ditch effort to woo the electorate. Even as the opposing parties cross words on the battleground, one issue that has served as a unifying factor for the candidates is the travails of canvassing under the scorching sun. Nothing, however, can bog them down at this last-minute as they continue to brave the heat with summer-friendly clothes and a balanced diet. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataFor Saugata Roy, TMCs Dum Dum constituency candidate, a wet towel and insulin injections are a part of his every day campaign kit. “I usually place a wet towel on my head and drink electrolyte water when campaigning in the sun. I have to eat outside on most days, which is not a very healthy thing to do. At times, I even forget to take my insulin injections,” he sighed. Basu, however, warned candidates with diabetes against drinking too much water. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Candidates often get stressed, when addressing a rally or participating in a debate. It can have a direct impact on sugar levels. It is best to avoid drinking too much water, while sipping watermelon juice instead, once in a while,” he added. Trinamool Congress MLA Mahua Maitra, who is party supremo Mamata Banerjee’s pick for the Krishnanagar Lok Sabha seat, makes it a point to apply sunscreen lotion and wear sunglasses when she leaves home for campaigning. The ruling party nominee also eats less when out in the heat, but drinks water every now and then to stay hydrated. “I usually eat vegetable-based dishes and fruits for lunch. Also, I wear full-sleeve muslin shirts and cotton saris to avoid heat exposure. A strong sunscreen lotion and sunglasses are a must during the peak hours,” she maintained. Union minister and BJP candidate Babul Supriyo, who hits the campaign trail around 9 in the morning, usually carries home-cooked food with him. During lunch break, he visits a party karyakarta’s home, sharing food with his supporters. “I thrive on a sugar-free and gluten-free diet to keep going. There are times, however, when people offer me a sweet or a sherbet which I cannot refuse. Apart from that, music keeps me upbeat under the blazing Sun. I keep humming songs, it helps me maintain my cool,” the singer-turned-politician said. Quite like Supriyo, BJP’s Krishnanagar candidate Kalyan Chowbey loads his vehicle with fruits, coconut water and curd. “My day starts at 7.30 am. I first visit the local market, talk to people before taking to the streets with my team. My day ends sometime around midnight, or even extends beyond that. Only the other day, I participated in a night-long cricket tournament. The love and the adulation you receive from people are your stress-busters in this heat,” Chowbey said. Chowbey is also particular about his choice of clothes for padyatra and roadshows. “During the day, I stick to linen clothes and drink lots of coconut water to stay hydrated. As I am a vegetarian, my diet usually consists of chapatti, dal and sabzi (veggies),” he added. According to preventive medicine specialist Dr Debasish Basu, it is important to have fluids and oil-free food to avoid dehydration under the Sun. “Political candidates or any person for that matter should avoid caffeine and fizzy drinks when out in the Sun for long hours. The sugar in the cold drink gives an immediate kick, but the phosphoric acid in it dehydrates the body. It is important to drink room-temperature water and stick to fruit juices and less-oily food to get going,” he said. Basu also insisted that candidates should wear cotton and linen clothes to stay comfortable. “Cool and breezy clothes help us stay comfortable under the scorching Sun. I would suggest cotton, linen and other breathable fabrics, which allows better air flow, to beat the summer heat,” he added. Unlike Chowbey or Moitra, CPI(M)s Raiganj candidate Mohammed Salim claimed that he does not adopt any particular measure to beat the heat during canvassing as meeting people and party workers in the day is “part of his everyday routine”. “I usually eat less oily food, all round the year. When I am out campaigning, I halt at a local resident’s house for lunch. There are tubewells installed across the constituency. When I am thirsty, I drink water from a tube well,” the 61-year-old leader and sitting MP from Raiganj added.last_img read more