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Extra pressure to be put on Courts Service to restore Carndonagh Courthouse

first_imgDonegal County Council has been asked to put extra pressure on the Minister for Justice and the Courts Service to fast track repairs on Carndonagh Courthouse.The courthouse was closed in March due to health and safety issues and all cases were transferred to Buncrana.But the move has had legal and economic implications on the town of Carndonagh, according to local Cllr Albert Doherty. Cllr Doherty told Donegal County Council that the legal service is eager to see refurbishment works carried at the earliest opportunity. He said that Carndonagh has been negatively impacted by the knock-on effect of the closure:“The businesses that serve food and look after the legal people – they value the benefits that a court day in Carndonagh can bring. It’s an economic day as well,” Cllr Doherty said.Cllr Doherty also questioned the spend on general maintenance works at the courthouse. He asked for the council to write to the Courts Service and the Minister for Justice to fast track the carrying out of a structural survey on the courthouse to allow for its restoration. Extra pressure to be put on Courts Service to restore Carndonagh Courthouse was last modified: October 2nd, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:carndonagh courthouselast_img read more

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3 UCLA players face punishment at home after China incident

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UCLA basketball player LiAngelo Ball keeps his head down as he leaves Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Los Angeles. Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES, California—Three UCLA basketball players detained in China on suspicion of shoplifting returned home, where they may be disciplined by the school as a result of the international scandal.Freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill and Cody Riley arrived at Los Angeles International Airport late Tuesday afternoon after a 12-hour flight from Shanghai. They ignored reporters’ shouted questions while making their way through a horde of media outside and getting into a van that took off from the departure level.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Aldridge has 32 points, Popovich gets milestone in Spurs win Read Next “I want to be clear that we take seriously any violations of the law,” he said in a statement. “In this particular case, both Athletics and the Office of Student Conduct will review this incident and guide any action with respect to the involved students. Such proceedings are confidential, which limits the specific information that can be shared.”There was no immediate word on the trio’s status for the team’s home opener Wednesday night against Central Arkansas.The school said the three players, along with coach Steve Alford and athletic director Dan Guerrero, will make their first public comments about the matter at a campus news conference Wednesday, but won’t take questions.Scott thanked President Donald Trump, the White House and the State Department for their efforts in resolving what he called “the incident with authorities in Hangzhou, China.” He indicated that UCLA made “significant efforts” on behalf of its athletes.It wasn’t clear under what terms the players were freed to return to the U.S.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said the matter “has been resolved to the satisfaction of the Chinese authorities.”The players were detained in Hangzhou for questioning following allegations of shoplifting last week before the 23rd-ranked Bruins beat Georgia Tech in their season-opening game in Shanghai as part of the Pac-12 China game. The rest of the UCLA team returned home last Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA person with knowledge of the Pac-12’s decision said any discipline involving the trio would be up to UCLA. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the conference doesn’t plan any sanctions.UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the school is weighing its options. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “We are all very pleased that these young men have been allowed to return home to their families and university,” Scott said.Trump said Tuesday he had a long conversation about the three players’ status with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.Ball, Hill and Riley were expected to have an immediate impact as part of UCLA’s highly touted recruiting class. Instead, they are being talked about solely for their actions off the court.Ball, a guard whose brother Lonzo is a rookie for the Los Angeles Lakers, averaged 33.8 points as a high school senior. The elder Ball played one season in Westwood and left early for the NBA draft.The Balls’ outspoken father, LaVar, was in China at the time of the incident. He spent some time promoting the family’s Big Baller Brand of athletic shoes with his youngest son, LaMelo, while his middle son was detained.Forwards Hill and Riley, both four-star recruits, figure to bolster 7-foot senior Thomas Welsh in the frontcourt.The Bruins traveled to China as part of the Pac-12’s global initiative that seeks to popularize the league’s athletic programs and universities overseas. The China Game is in its third year, and while the scandal was developing the league announced that California and Yale will play in next year’s edition.The game is sponsored by Alibaba Group, the Chinese commerce giant that both UCLA and Georgia Tech visited before the shoplifting incident occurred. View commentslast_img read more

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Wizards guard John Wall unsure if he’ll return next NBA season

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte With Wall and center Dwight Howard missing much of the season, and plenty of on-court problems with defense and other aspects, the Wizards went 32-50, their most losses since 2012-13.A five-time All-Star, Wall has dealt with a series of health issues in recent years, including having surgery on both of his knees.He was wearing a gray walking boot on his left foot and lower leg Tuesday.“John will be back,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said after his team’s 116-110 loss to the Boston Celtics. “He has a lot of work to do and he’s going to have some tough days. We’re all going to need to wrap our arms around him and make sure he can get through this.”Wall said he will rehab his Achilles in Miami during the offseason.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Wall is not entirely sure whether he will be able to play at all next season as he recovers from a torn left Achilles tendon that was operated on in February.“I have no idea just yet. That’s my goal. … That’s my mindset, where I’m pushing toward,” he said. “But whenever the doctors clear me and get to that point, then I will know.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWall appeared in only 32 games this season, averaging 20.7 points and 8.7 assists, before having surgery on his left heel in January. Then he ruptured his tendon in a fall at home, requiring an additional procedure.“I think it was finally at the point when it was weaker and it was going to give out,” Wall said, “so I’m glad it gave out then instead of me being four months ahead in rehabbing.” LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img DeMarcus Cousins leads Warriors past Pelicans; Stephen Curry leaves hurt PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Washington Wizards’ John Wall (2) sits on the bench during a timeout in the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Washington. The Celtics won 116-110. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON— John Wall would not be bothered if the Washington Wizards pick a point guard in the first round of the upcoming NBA draft.“You have to do what’s best for the team and make sure that we have pieces,” Wall told reporters Tuesday night at halftime of Washington’s regular-season finale, then added with a smile: “And when I come back, he can be a great backup to me.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It’s my job to get myself back to where I think I can be. No matter what any surgeon does, if I don’t attack rehab the right way or make sure I’m in the best shape, the right state of mind, it doesn’t matter,” he said. “Any time you come back from injury, if you’re going to be out there playing basketball and keep constantly thinking about it every time you’re out there, you’re never going to be the same.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more

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10 months agoHelsingborgs veteran Andreas Granqvist concedes Man Utd dream likely over

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Helsingborgs veteran Andreas Granqvist concedes Man Utd dream likely overby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveHelsingborgs veteran Andreas Granqvist admits a mooted move to Manchester United is now unlikely.The defender was linked with a free transfer to United earlier this season.But speaking to Fotboll Direkt, Granqvist said: “With 99.9 per cent certainty, we can kill the speculation here and now.“It would be quite sensational, but I don’t think it will happen. Then I do not know if I want to.”It’s with Helsinborgs I want to be.” last_img

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a month ago​Man Utd hero Ince: Solskjaer has nobody that excites

first_img​Man Utd hero Ince: Solskjaer has nobody that excitesby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United and Liverpool player Paul Ince believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not have enough exciting players in his squad.Ince, who has often served as a vocal critic of Solskjaer and the club’s management structure, believes the team does not have a squad good enough to challenge at the top end.United are struggling at the start of the season, losing their most recent Premier League game to West Ham United.”I said last year – and got ridiculed for it – that Ole shouldn’t have got the Manchester United job at the stage he did. I stand totally by that comment,” Ince told Paddy Power.”Everyone got sucked into the start he’d made, without looking at the fixtures they had. It’s a result-based business, and that’s fine, but you can’t ignore performances.”Now, though, having decided he’s the man, giving him a long-term project and buying into his vision, they have to stick with him.”Irrespective of whether they win or lose at the weekend, he’s their man. There are no two ways about it, they’ve made their bed, and right now they’re lying in it.”They can’t be sacking their manager and abandoning the strategy, based on a few results. United will win games, people will get excited again, then they’ll lose and it’ll be back to crisis mode.”They’re the biggest team in the world, they’ll be on the back pages no matter what. That’s what comes with being a Manchester United player or manager.”But they no longer have that presence in terms of intimidating opponents. Teams know they can get something from them now, even at Old Trafford. Right now, United are vulnerable.”Chelsea already have a clearer vision. I think of Ole in the same way as I do Frank Lampard. Two young managers lacking experience, who have been thrown into two massive clubs.”But, if you gave me the choice of who I’d rather be watching this season, it’d be Chelsea all day long – and that hurts me as a former United captain.”Can anybody tell me what United are trying to do? Because I have no idea”They’re so reliant on the young lad Daniel James – who is brilliant, but was in the Championship with Swansea last season – it’s crazy.”There’s nobody there that excites me.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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What The College Football Top 25 Poll Will Look Like At The End Of The Season

first_imgESPN College Football promotion.TennesseeTennessee will finish the 2016 regular season ranked No. 1 in the country, according to an acclaimed prediction model. McIllece Sports, which attempts to predict how the season will play out using 70,000 full season simulations, has released its top 25. This isn’t a preseason top 25, though. It’s a prediction of what the top 25 poll will look like at the end of the regular season. Here’s the top 10. Coming up! We’ll talk to the man behind this @mcillecesports poll that predicted Tennessee to finish the season #1 pic.twitter.com/jXCzhaKSSS— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) July 1, 2016Here’s the full top 25:1. Tennessee 2. Alabama 3. Washington 4. Ohio State 5. Michigan 6. Oklahoma 7. Nebraska 8. Florida State 9. Notre Dame 10. UCLA 11. Clemson 12. LSU 13. Louisville 14. West Virginia 15. North Carolina 16. Houston 17. San Diego State 18. Iowa 19. Boise State 20. Florida 21. USC 22. Ole Miss 23. Oregon 24. Texas 25. Pittsburgh—–Who do you think is going to finish the regular season ranked No. 1?[McIllese Sports]last_img read more

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The Tuesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Tuesday, June 27———LIBERALS INHERITED $18B BUDGET DEFICIT FLOOR, TRUDEAU SAYS: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is arguing that his government has been sticking to its spending vows after entering office with a budgetary starting point of negative $18 billion. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Trudeau said the Liberals were consistent with their election pledge to spend about $10 billion in 2016-17, their first full year in office. He says the Liberals came to power in late 2015 with a baseline deficit of $18 billion even though their Conservative predecessors had predicted a balanced budget. The Trudeau government has been criticized for its budgetary outlook that projects several years of deficits, including a $23-billion shortfall for 2016-17. Trudeau says the government is focusing on making investments to lift the economy and he vows to remain fiscally responsible when it comes to spending. The prime minister also once again sidestepped a question on when Ottawa would balance its books. The latest federal budget does not project when Ottawa will eliminate the deficit and predicts shortfalls across its outlook until 2021-22.———SOLITARY CONFINEMENT SUIT TO PROCEED WITHOUT DELAY: A civil liberties group says a judge has denied a request to delay a lawsuit that challenges the use of indefinite solitary confinement in federal prisons. The Attorney General of Canada asked the Supreme Court of British Columbia to adjourn the trial scheduled to begin next Tuesday after the federal government introduced legislation that would restrict the use of solitary confinement. But the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association says the court has decided the case should go ahead as scheduled. The association and the John Howard Society of Canada are co-plaintiffs in the case and argued the amendments introduced by Ottawa do not comply with the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Once passed, the bill would impose for the first time a so-called legislative framework establishing a time limit for what prison officials call administrative segregation. It was introduced after several high-profile solitary confinement cases, including the 2007 death of Ashley Smith of Moncton, N.B., an emotionally disturbed 19-year-old who died in custody after tying a strip of cloth around her neck.———TRUDEAU CONFIDENT CANADA WILL WIN ON SOFTWOOD: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will persist with its efforts to negotiate a new softwood lumber deal with the United States despite a second round of import tariffs slapped on Canadian wood by the U.S. this week. Late Monday, the U.S. Department of Commerce ruled Canadian softwood producers were dumping lumber into the U.S. at prices lower than market value in Canada and added another 6.87 per cent in import duties to most Canadian softwood. The decision — which is a preliminary figure awaiting final determination later this year — brings the average import duty to 26.75 per cent, when added to the countervailing duties the U.S. imposed at the end of April, arguing Canadian wood is unfairly subsidized. Trudeau says Canada has repeatedly emerged triumphant each time the U.S.-Canada softwood dispute lands in the courts, and expects the same outcome again. He said the introduction of both countervailing and anti-dumping duties is similar to what has happened in past softwood disputes. This is the fifth time the United States has imposed duties on softwood since 1981, and each time the two countries have eventually come to a negotiated settlement.———PENTAGON SAW ‘ACTIVE PREPARATIONS’ FOR SYRIAN CHEMICAL ATTACK: The Trump administration threatened Tuesday that Syria will pay “a heavy price” if it follows through on what the U.S. says are preparations for another chemical weapons attack — warning of action that could plunge America deeper into a civil war alongside the fight against Islamic State militants. The chemical threat and sudden White House warning illustrate the challenging complexities of the fighting in Syria, a country whose territory was used by ISIL to march into Iraq in 2014 and prompt a U.S. return to the Middle East’s battlefield. U.S. President Donald Trump has said he won’t stand for Syria’s use of chemical weapons, which are banned under international law and are particularly worrisome in the Arab country because they could fall into extremists’ hands. The Pentagon on Tuesday said it detected “active preparations” by Syria for a chemical attack from the same air base where Syrian aircraft embarked on a sarin gas strike on April 4, killing almost 90 people. Days later, Trump ordered a cruise missile attack against the base in retaliation. The Syrian government has denied it ever used banned chemicals, and it rejected Washington’s latest allegation Tuesday.———CYBERATTACK CAUSES MASS DSIRUPTION GLOBALLY: A new and highly virulent outbreak of malicious data-scrambling software appears to be causing mass disruption across the world, hitting companies and governments in Europe especially hard. Officials in Ukraine reported serious intrusions of the country’s power grid as well as at banks and government offices, where one senior executive posted a photo of a darkened computer screen and the words, “the whole network is down.” The prime minister cautioned that the country’s “vital systems” hadn’t been affected. Russia’s Rosneft oil company also reported falling victim to hacking and said it had narrowly avoided major damage, as did Danish shipping giant A.P. Moller-Maersk. The attack was confirmed to have spread beyond Europe when U.S. drugmaker Merck, based in New Jersey, said its systems had also been compromised. The number of companies and agencies reportedly affected by the ransomware campaign was piling up fast, and the electronic rampage appeared to be rapidly snowballing into a worldwide crisis. There’s very little information about what might be behind the disruption at each specific company, but cybersecurity experts rapidly zeroed in on a form of ransomware, the name given to programs that hold data hostage by scrambling it until a payment is made.———TRUDEAU DEFENDS CHINESE TAKEOVER OF NORSAT: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought Tuesday to assuage public fears and political complaints that the Liberal government’s decision to allow the Chinese takeover of a Canadian satellite technology company would compromise national security at home and abroad. Hytera Communications Co. Ltd. is set to take over Norsat International Inc., which manufactures radio transceivers and radio systems used by the American military and Canada’s NATO partners. The private Chinese firm first made a bid for the Vancouver-based technology company in 2016, triggering a review under federal law to ensure Canadian interests weren’t harmed in the foreign takeover. Trudeau insisted that his government would never approve any foreign takeover if there is even a hint of concern that it would harm national security. Opposition MPs have repeatedly raised concerns about the Norsat takeover and there is unease among congressional representatives in the United States about allowing the Chinese firm access to sensitive defence technology. A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defence said it is reviewing all its business dealings with Norsat as a result of the deal.———SNIPER SHOT SHOULD BE ‘CELEBRATED,’ TRUDEAU SAYS: The record-breaking kill shot by a Canadian sniper in Iraq should be “celebrated,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday, even as he insisted Canada’s mission in the battle-racked country remains a non-combat one. National Defence revealed last week that a member of Canada’s elite Joint Task Force 2 special forces unit was supporting Iraqi forces when he shot an ISIL fighter who was 3,540 metres away. That is more than a kilometre farther than the previous record, held by a British sniper who shot a Taliban fighter in Afghanistan in 2009. News of the shot sparked both accolades and disbelief around the world, but it also prompted NDP Leader Tom Mulcair to rekindle a long-standing debate about whether Canadian troops in Iraq are in combat. In an interview Tuesday, Mulcair said he was “more than surprised to hear the Canadian prime minister say that the killing of another human being is something that should be celebrated.” Mulcair repeated his demand that the prime minister come clean with Canadians on the fact the military is engaged in combat in Iraq, despite Liberal promises and statements to the contrary.———TRUMP NAME TO BE DROPPED FROM TORONTO TOWER: Toronto’s Trump International Hotel and Tower will soon no longer bear the Trump name, a change experts say is likely the result of the U.S. president alienating customers who disagree with his politics. JCF Capital, the new owner of the hotel and condominium tower, said Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with a unit of the Trump Organization to buy out management contracts for the property for an undisclosed amount. While U.S. President Donald Trump never owned the building, his Trump Organization licensed his name to and operated the property, which has struggled financially and been the focus of a long-running legal battle after opening in 2012. Representatives of both JCF and the Trump Organization said in a press release that their relationship has been good and they may work again together in the future. Both sides declined to comment further.———HALIFAX PORT TO WELCOME ITS BIGGEST SHIP YET: If the Zim Antwerp, a massive container ship that will call on Halifax on Thursday, were to stand on its stern, it would dwarf Atlantic Canada’s tallest building. At 349 metres long, the vessel is more than three times the height of Fenwick Tower, a 98-metre Halifax apartment building. The Zim Antwerp is about as long as Canada’s tallest office tower, Toronto’s First Canadian Place — if you include the skyscraper’s antenna. When the boat laboriously inches into berths 41 and 42 at Halifax’s Halterm Container Terminal on Thursday morning, the Zim Antwerp will break a record for the biggest ship yet to make Halifax a port of call. In shipping speak, its container capacity is 10,062 TEU, or 20-foot equivalent units. A combination of deep berths, long piers and the right yard equipment, including four super-post-Panamax cranes — the largest modern container cranes available — has put Halifax on the map of ultra-class container ships. The city has traditionally accepted vessels in the 4,000 to 6,000 TEU range.———A VERY SMALL WAY TO MARK CANADA 150: Scientists at the University of Alberta are celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday on a nanoscale. They believe they have created the world’s smallest sculpture of a maple leaf, measuring just 10 nanometres across. That’s 10,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair and 100 times smaller than the world’s smallest national flag, created by researchers at the University of Waterloo last year. The leaf is only visible with a million-dollar piece of equipment called a scanning tunnelling microscope. The Alberta researchers describe the silicon crystal wafer on which the leaf is built as bubble wrap where the bubbles are hydrogen atoms that can be popped to create patterns. It’s a technique that’s being used to create and study circuitry to make smaller and faster computer components. For the record, the world’s largest maple leaf was found by a family in Richmond, B.C., in 2010, measuring 53 centimetres wide by 52.2 centimetres long. Others have claimed to have found bigger leaves, but those weren’t verified by Guinness. The leaf created at the University of Alberta is 53 million times smaller than that.———last_img read more

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Quebec court sends Brazeau to rehab resort with private lake

first_img(Photo from www.melaric.ca)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsTroubled suspended Senator Patrick Brazeau is headed to a drug and alcohol rehabilitation “resort” set in a bucolic environment with its own private lake, a community garden, bed-and- breakfast-type bedrooms along with volleyball and softball fields.Brazeau was sent to the Melaric rehab centre, which is about 133 kilometres east of Ottawa, by a Quebec provincial judge Friday as a result of negotiations between Crown prosecutor Stephany Robitaille and Gerard Larocque, the defence lawyer for the fallen Algonquin politician. Brazeau was released on $5,000 bail which required no deposit and the rehab centre was among a list of imposed conditions.Brazeau was facing the prospect of remaining in jail until his next court appearance on June 17 as a result of his latest run in with the law involving alleged domestic assault. Brazeau was charged by Gatineau police with assault, uttering threats, cocaine possession and breach of conditions following an incident involving his current girlfriend and another man early Thursday morning.Brazeau has pleaded not guilty.Brazeau wore the same dark sports jacket he wore for his initial appearance. His faced appeared to be scarred and swollen. He did not look at the gallery which was full of reporters awaiting his appearance. Brazeau fixed his gaze on the judge, saying only, “Yes sir, No problem, yes.”Brazeau was given 72 hours to get himself into the Melaric, but he is restricted to visiting only two addresses in the interim, that of his father’s and a friend’s home. Aside from having to refrain from drugs and alcohol, he was also given curfew forcing him to stay inside between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Brazeau won’t be able to leave the rehab centre without permission, said Robitaille.Brazeau was also told to stay away from the woman he allegedly assaulted and Marc Lamontagne, the man he allegedly uttered threats against.Neither Robitaille nor Larocque would say how long Brazeau would remain in the rehab centre, which boasts hardwood floors, therapeutic baths and rooftop balconies overlooking a private lake. The self-described “resort,” also features a living room with a fireplace and at least one bedroom with a canopy over the bed, according to photos posted on Melaric’s website.Photo http://www.melaric.ca/It seemed Brazeau was fashioning a new life before everything shattered amid blue and red lights, shouting and white powder in the early morning hours Thursday.With his political career in shambles after he was suspended from the Senate, Brazeau seemed, on the surface, to have been reconstructing a new persona.He became involved with a woman he met a little over a year ago. Photos on their Facebook pages depicted a happy couple snuggling, gazing into each other’s eyes and showing off their arm tattoos. One photo featured Brazeau strumming a guitar and crooning to the woman.He had also landed a new job as the day manager of a strip bar in Ottawa’s trendy Market neighbourhood and seemed to relish the position. Brazeau was also preparing to referee a charity pro wrestling event in Smith Falls on May 10 featuring the famed Honky Tonk Man. In a video interview promoting the event, he even claimed that he threw his 2012 charity boxing match with Liberal leader Justin Trudeau to cash in on the three to one odds.Patrick Brazeau poses for a recent promotional for Great North Wrestling. Photo courtesy of Great North Wrestling.But that life ended up strewn on the snow in the backyard of the house owned by his latest love. His personal documents, photographs of his childhood, music CDs, letters, Senate business cards, a bag of marijuana and his sport jackets all were left piled in angry disorder.At the time of Thursday’s arrest, Brazeau was already on conditions from previous assault and sexual assault charges against another former partner. Brazeau was arrested by Gatineau police in February 2013 after police received two 911 calls from a woman.According to court documents, Brazeau choked and spat on the woman, grabbed her breasts and pushed her down the stairs. The documents also reveal that he pulled her pants down hard enough to snap a button and break a zipper.The allegations have not been tested in court.He was scheduled to appear Friday for a hearing to determine the trial date for those charges. That date was pushed to April 25.The trial for the February 2013 incident is expected to cross-pollinate with another set of charges laid by the RCMP in relation to a separate investigation into Senate expenses and housing allowance claims. Brazeau, along with retired Liberal Senator Mac Harb, were both charged with fraud and breach of trust this year following that investigation.Larocque, who is representing Brazeau in both Quebec cases, said he had obtained video of the RCMP’s interview of the victim from the February 2013 incident as part of a recent batch of disclosure. The woman was interviewed as part of the RCMP’s investigation into Brazeau’s housing allowance claims. Larocque hopes to use the video interview to test the woman’s credibility in the assault and sexual assault trial.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Pilot union says it wants to help reduce delays on American

first_imgDALLAS — Union leaders say pilots will push American Airlines for more pay and schedule changes they say will reduce flight delays.Daniel Carey, president of the Allied Pilots Association, said that pilots will seek industry-leading wages when their current contract is due for renewal in January 2020.They’re working under a 2015 contract that granted immediate 23 per cent raises plus 3 per cent each year. In 2017, American gave pilots and flight attendants additional pay raises that totalled close to $1 billion and angered some investors.Carey also wants American to reduce its practice of shifting on-duty pilots to fill in for others who call in sick, can’t legally handle a flight because of crew-rest requirements, or other reasons.American has the worst 2018 on-time record of the four largest U.S. airlines.David Koenig, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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SC asks EC Secy to appear on issue of denial of voting

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked the Election Commission of India secretary to appear before it on March 12 in connection with a PIL alleging that several categories of persons in Assam have been deprived of voting rights ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.The apex court sought the personal appearance of the secretary as despite the notice being issued on February 1 no one appeared to represent the Election Commission. The categories include some whose names figure in the draft NRC but not in the voters’ list. The matter came up before a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna. The PIL alleged that a category of persons whose names were deleted from the voter list were some whose names appeared in the draft NRC published on July 30, 2018. The petition claimed these people had voted in the last Lok Sabha election held in 2014. The plea also submitted that there were people whose names were not included in the complete draft NRC, but they subsequently filed claims for inclusion of their names in it. They had voted in the earlier Lok Sabha elections and were waiting for inclusion of their names. The third category of people were those who have been declared as foreigners by the foreigners’ tribunal as well as by the Guwahati High Court but the court’s order was stayed by the Supreme Court. The petition said it is the category of the persons whose names were appearing in the voters list from time to time. The petition said the fourth category of people were those who had already been declared foreigners by the foreigners’ tribunal and such declarations were set aside by the apex court. However, their names have been deleted from the voters list pursuant to the order of the foreigners’ tribunal, the petition said. The petition said the fifth category of persons are those whose names have not been included in the draft NRC, but other members of their families, including parents, are included in the NRC and they have filed their claim for the inclusion of their names.last_img read more

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