Ninety-seven judges in Jamaica have called on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to retract statements he made recently regarding the appointment of a Chief Justice and to publicly acknowledge that the head of the judiciary is not answerable to him.Register grace concernThe judges from the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and Parish Courts said it was “necessary to publicly register our grave concern regarding some statements made by the Honorable Prime Minister, following the appointment of the Honorable Mr. Justice Bryan Sykes to act as Chief Justice of Jamaica as of February 1, 2018.”Holness is quoted as saying that “actions that brings results will determine the assumption of the role of chief justice,”But the judges said “by his unfortunate comments the Honorable Prime Minister, the head of the Executive branch of Government and a member of the Legislature, has sought to place the head of the judiciary, a separate and equal arm of Government, under his supervision, direction and control, and subject to a process of evaluation by him.Breach of separation of powers“This is clearly inappropriate and in breach of the fundamental doctrine of the separation of powers. We ask the Prime Minister to retract his statements and to publicly acknowledge that the Chief Justice is not answerable to him,” the judges said in their lengthy statement. Our concern is heightened as this is against a background of previous statements made by other members of the executive that have crossed the line of the separation of powers and have had the effect of undermining the independence of the judiciary.”The judges said they wanted to make it clear “we do not speak on behalf of the acting Chief Justice, and are acting independently of him and without his concurrence in indicating our disquiet.” They also said it should be clearly recognized that the safeguards of separation of powers and independence of the judiciary are not intended for the benefit of the judges who are the office holders.“Rather they are intended for the benefit and protection of Jamaican citizens and all others who come within our jurisdiction. For that reason, judges must be free to enforce the laws of the land, “without fear or favor, affection or ill-will”, which they are sworn to do.“For the judiciary to adequately and appropriately perform its constitutional functions and maintain its authority and legitimacy, judicial independence must be zealously safeguarded and preserved.”
Tua Tagovailoa is saying aloha to Alabama and aloha to the NFL.The Crimson Tide quarterback who had an untimely end to his college career is staring down a lengthy NFL stint, and it starts in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday night. 6. Los Angeles ChargersTagovailoa could be a perfect fit out west, replacing the now-departed Philip Rivers to become the next great Chargers passer. Lots of mock drafts think that’s a very likely scenario, too:What they’re saying:Mel Kiper, ESPN: “With Herbert going to Miami in this scenario, Tagovailoa is there for the Chargers, and he’d create some much-needed buzz around a team that is competing with the Rams in a huge market.”Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: “The Chargers have a talented roster and now they have a point guard to distribute the ball for the next decade-plus.”Peter Schraeger, NFL.com: “Tagovailoa to Los Angeles at No. 6 would be a good fit for all parties involved. Tyrod Taylor for a year; Tua from there. But this is a guess. I repeat — a guess.Nate Davis, USA Today: “Hard to imagine a better destination than a Hollywood team seeking star power – and one that wants a mobile quarterback to guide a relatively balanced offense. The presence of veteran QB Tyrod Taylor would permit Tagovailoa any time he needs to mentally and, more important, physically settle in.”Josh Shrock, NBC Sports: “A guy who was projected to go No. 1 overall five months ago falls into the Bolts’ lap. Take him and run.”Chad Reuter, NFL.com: “The Chargers get a steal here. Tua should lead this team to success for a long time — IF his injury history was more fluke than trend.”Albert Breer, Sports Illustrated: “The Chargers have a lot of brewing contract situations with established veterans, and too good a roster to count on being bad again, so having a high-end QB on a rookie deal would solve a lot of problems, and it’s worth the risk.”Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports: “The Chargers simply cannot pass on Tagovailoa here. And with Tyrod Taylor on the roster, there won’t be a major need to rush Tagovailoa onto the field in 2020.”Michael Middlehurst-Scwhartz: “So long as the Chargers are comfortable with his medical outlook, Tagovailoa gives the franchise the rare opportunity to transition from one mainstay behind center to potentially another.”9. Jacksonville JaguarsConsidering Gardner Minshew’s promising first year in Jacksonville, selecting a QB seems not to be a priority for Jacksonville. But that won’t stop the mocks from getting to it when the Jaguars pick at No. 9.What they’re saying: Bucky Brooks, NFL.com: “The Alabama standout is a significant upgrade over Gardner Minshew and gives the team a long-term option at QB1.”13. New England Patriots (trade)At least one mock draft has the Patriots jumping up to select a falling Tagovailoa.Peter King, NBC Sports: “Tough call for a franchise, but when would the Patriots ever get a shot at a potential superstar quarterback? Even if they had to throw in next year’s first-rounder, I think this would be a risk worth taking for the Patriots.” There are few storylines more exciting than seeing where the lefty signal caller is going to land, and mock drafts have been very open about that fact; the countless, endless, limitless amount of mock drafts have been open about that fact.That, in turn, means that the countless, endless, limitless amount of mock drafts have Tua going to all 32 teams (and even some CFL teams!). OK, maybe that’s hyperbolic, but there are lots of potential landing spots according to educated guesses from all corners of NFL media.So, where will Tua land? Here’s what some of the industry insiders are saying about Tua’s NFL future.MORE NFL DRAFT 2020:Latest news | SN’s 7-round mock | Top 100 big board5. Miami DolphinsWhat first seemed like a slam-dunk, no-doubt-about it pick for Miami has since been turned on its head, with reports swirling that the Fish might be more inclined to take Oregon QB Justin Herbert over Tagovailoa. Though Herbert may be an option, some are still picking Tua to bring his talents to South Beach.What they’re saying:Todd McShay, ESPN: “When he is healthy, he’s special. In a best-case scenario, the Dolphins get their franchise quarterback without having to move up and then build out the rest of their roster with a boatload of picks.”RJ White, CBS Sports: “To me, (the Herbert rumors) seems like a play to avoid trading up to get their guy, and it could be successful this year in a way it might not be in any other, with most teams possibly hesitant to trade a lot of draft capital for one player after not getting to do a full work-up during a stay-at-home predraft process.”Josh Edwards, CBS Sports: “If teams are truly calling Washington to potentially move up, then there is interest in the quarterbacks. I still believe Tagovailoa is the better prospect.”Charles Davis, NFL.com: “There has been a lot of chatter that Oregon QB Justin Herbert will be the ‘safe’ pick for the Dolphins. Instead, they choose the bold route and welcome the ‘Lefty Drew Brees’ to Miami.”Walter Cherepinsky, WalterFootball.com: “I’ve said that I heard the Dolphins prefer Justin Herbert over Tua Tagovailoa, but that was information I gathered in early March. I’ve since heard differently.”Will Brinson, CBS Sports: “It is my belief the Dolphins are smokescreening right now to land Tua at No. 5. And you know what? It’s been hilariously transparent but I think it’s working!”Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: “Tagovailoa is an accurate, mobile, deep-ball throwing QB with the upside of Russell Wilson, only throwing with his left arm.”MORE: All the potential Tua scenarios for the 2020 NFL Draft (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/1c/62/tua-tagovailoa-110719-getty-ftrjpg_13hbd1dmz4dzp1dfg6yw7fxqxc.jpg?t=1194375326&w=500&quality=80
MORE: NASCAR ratings get a boost after Confederate flag is banned from races Alvin Kamara will be supporting Bubba Wallace in Miami on Sunday, having become a NASCAR fan following its decision to ban the Confederate flag this week.The Confederate flag — which is viewed by many as a symbol of racism and slavery — was banned from all NASCAR races and properties in a decision made prior to Wednesday’s race at Martinsville Speedway. Its banishment came amid a renewed focus on the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minnesota on May 25. NASCAR’s decision was praised by many sports stars, including New Orleans Saints running back Kamara, who watched Wednesday’s race with interest and tweeted the division to ask when the next race was.On Saturday, the three-time Pro Bowler tweeted a picture of some merchandise of Wallace, NASCAR’s only black driver, confirming he would attend the Cup Series’ latest race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.Wallace is a fan of the University of Tennessee, where Kamara played two seasons of college football prior to entering the NFL in 2017.
FOREST CITY — A plea change hearing has been scheduled for a Forest City man accused of attacking his next door neighbor and later not cooperating with authorities.33-year-old James Vaden is accused of entering the home of his next door neighbor in the 100 block of Wilson Way in Forest City on the evening of April 24th, where he allegedly assaulted a man, then went back to his home. Vaden was later arrested and is accused of kicking out a rear passenger and driver’s side window in the Forest City police car he was being transported in.Vaden faced up to 16 years in prison after being charged with second-degree burglary, a Class C felony; second-degree criminal mischief, a Class D felony; and assault causing bodily injury, a serious misdemeanor.Vaden’s trial was scheduled to start on July 10th, but online court records show Judge Karen Salic on Wednesday issued an order setting a plea change and sentencing hearing for July 17th.
BRILL, CARRESSA, KEEPER OFTHE STARS & SUPER PATRIOT ALL PROMINENT IN MONDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 MEGAHERTZ STAKES AT ONE MILE ON TURF ARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2020)–A recent stakes winner over the course, OXO Equine’s Brill heads a solid field of eight fillies and mares going one mile on turf in Monday’s Grade III, $100,000 Megahertz Stakes at Santa Anita.Trained by Don Chatlos, Brill sped to an impressive gate to wire victory in the one mile turf Lady of Shamrock Stakes on opening day, Dec. 28, which was her first-ever try on grass.In a very competitive lineup, trainer John Shirreffs’ Carressa, a lightly raced 4-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo, has been idle since daylighting allowance foes at one mile on dirt Nov. 22 and appears ready for her first stakes assignment, which will also be her first try on turf.Runner-up as the 6-5 favorite to Brill in the Lady of Shamrock, Keeper Ofthe Stars, a winner of the Grade III Autumn Miss Stakes over the course three starts back rates a huge chance for trainer Jonathon Wong and California-bred Super Patriot, who comes off a nose defeat in the one mile turf Kathryn Crosby Stakes Nov. 8 at Del Mar, rates a big chance as well.BRILLOwner: OXO Equine, LLCTrainer: Don ChatlosA $1 million 2-year-old in training sale purchase in 2017, Brill, although twice graded stakes placed, appears poised to garner her first graded victory in what will be her ninth career start. Off at 7-2 in the eight-horse Lady of Shamrock, Brill bounded to early lead when ridden for the first time by Mike Smith and won well within herself. Her biggest concern early could be Carressa, who employed similar tactics in her allowance win on dirt.CARRESSAOwner: Mercedes Stables, LLC & West Point ThoroughbredsTrainer: John ShirreffsWell beaten in a pair of main track sprints this past spring, she resurfaced on Aug. 22, 2019 at Del Mar and was a galloping 4 ¼ length maiden winner at odds of 5-1 in what was her third career start. Second in her next start, a one mile allowance her Oct. 6, Carressa then pressed the pace and took charge heading down the backside en route to a smashing 8 ¼ length one mile allowance tally on Nov. 22 at Del Mar. With a Megahertz-best last out Beyer Speed figure of 90 in hand, Carressa, who will be making her sixth career start, could be extremely tough in her first try on turf.KEEPER OFTHE STARSOwner: Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, LLCTrainer: Jonathan WongAttentive to the pace throughout, Keeper ofthe Stars was second, beaten 1 ¾ lengths by Brill on opening day with no apparent excuses as the favorite. Favored in three out of her last four races and a winner of two of them, the 4-year-old filly by Midnight Lute has proven most effective when she’s allowed to ramble on the front end, which could prove problematic with several front-running fillies engaged.SUPER PATRIOTOwner: Little Red Feather Racing, Peskoff or Salvatore, et alTrainer: Richard BaltasA 5-year-old California-bred daughter of Unusual Heat, she comes off a desperate nose defeat in the one mile turf Kathryn Crosby Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 8, a race in which she rallied from far off the early pace. Claimed five starts back for $35,000 on June 8, Super Patriot, who will be making her first graded stakes start, could be the beneficiary of rapid early pace on Monday.THE GRADE III MEGAHERTZ STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 7 of 8 Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTCarressa–Victor Espinoza–120Take These Chains–Umberto Rispoli–120Keeper ofthe Stars–Abel Cedillo–124Tonahutu–Andrea Atzeni–120Streak of Luck–Jose Valdivia, Jr.–120Brill–Mike Smith–122La Sardane–Flavien Prat–120Super Patriot–Joel Rosario–120 First post time for an eight-race card on Monday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.
Sergio Camello, Óscar Clemente and Rodrigo Riquelme, attackers of the subsidiary of Atlético de Madrid, complete the Diego Simeone’s call for Saturday’s game against Eibar, with the well-known casualties of Diego Costa, Koke Resurrección, Thomas Lemar, Kieran Trippier and José María Giménez.Trippier he added on Friday, for a pubalgia, to the list of absences for the duel in Ipurua that already formed Diego Costa, operated at the end of November of a cervical disc herniation; Gimenez, due to muscular edema in the left leg; Koke, for a myotendinous lesion; and Lemar, for a muscular ailment. Nor do they travel Sime Vrsaljko, already in the final part of its commissioning of the operation on the knee to which it was submitted 11 months ago, nor Ivan Saponjic, again ruled out by technical decision, even again with strikers of the subsidiary cited by Simeone.The call consists of 18 players: goalkeepers Jan Oblak and Antonio Adam; the defenders Santiago Arias, Renan Lodi, Stefan Savic, Mario Hermoso and Felipe Monteiro; midfielders Marcos Llorente, Saúl Ñíguez, Thomas Partey, Héctor Herrera and Víctor Machín, ‘Vitolo’; and the strikers Alvaro Morata, Angel Correa and Joao Félix, as well as Camello, Oscar Clemente and Rodrigo Riquelme.
John-Ross Campbell’s century has put Melbourne in pole position to beat the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) in their Jamaica Cricket Association Senior Cup quarter-final clash at Up Park Camp.Sent to bat, Melbourne capitalised on a flat wicket by posting 423 for seven before declaring early in the post-tea session on yesterday’s first day.The JDF, back-to-back defending champions, thereafter closed the day on 45 for one, 388 runs behind.The hard-hitting Campbell, batting in the unfamiliar position of number seven as a result of what coach Robert Samuels said was a team decision, scored an unbeaten 115. His knock included seven fours and a six.Fellow Jamaica batsman, Andre McCarthy, 67; Sadiki Bolt – the brother of sprint icon Usain Bolt – 63; and opener Trevon Griffith of Guyana, 46, also scored well for Melbourne.There was also 40 from United States batsman Steven Taylor, who was playing in his second game for Melbourne.RETURNINGFROMINJURYNational left-arm spinner Dennis Bulli, with four for 90, led the bowling for the army men, with Sheldon Cottrell, returning from a knee injury, ending with none for 51 off five overs.National opener Jermaine Harrison, 21, is the batsman to be dismissed so far for the soldiers.Joseph Palmer, 21, and Rasheed Outar, 12, will resume batting on today’s second and final day.”I think we are ahead in the game as we have a good amount of runs,” said Melbourne’s captain Nikita Miller. “But we can’t just sit back on our laurels. We need to go out there and get the balls in the right areas and get the required wickets.”JDF’s captain Damion Grey said they intend to put up a fight.”They have the upper hand as 400-odd runs is a lot of runs,” he said. “But we have a long batting and tend to bat deep, so the aim is to try and bat out the day and see if we can get the runs.”Meanwhile, at the Goodyear Oval, the other semi-final between St Thomas CA and St Ann CA had the latter leading on first innings.St Thomas first made 201, then St Ann replied with 226. Batting a second time, St Thomas closed on 19 for two.
Teng said he goes to the Aces’ practice at Gatorade Hoops Center when he gets the chance to show his support for his team, which currently sits with a 7-3 record at the second place in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“I feel better, I’m recovering well and now I come here to practice but of course I still can’t practice with the team but I go here to show my support for them,” said Teng in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Once in a while I come here, and just watch them at practice.”Teng had surgery a day after the incident and needed a month to go through his first phase of recovery before returning to the hospital for reassessment. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View comments Maradona says he’s well after being treated at World Cup LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan “Actually my stab wounds are still restricted and I’m not that mobile yet,” said Teng. “I’m just following the doctors’ orders.”“I’m just focusing on my recovery and at the same time show support to my teammates, be there even though I’m not practicing but just being there for support.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jeron Teng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSlowly but surely, Jeron Teng is on his way to recovery.More than three weeks after getting into a stabbing incident in Bonifacio Global City, the Alaska rookie is back with the team and although he still can’t participate in basketball drills he’s doing what he can to get back to playing shape.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Nomination Day 2018It was all high praises for the Returning Officer in the La Grange/Nismes Electoral District for ensuring that process of submitting the lists of candidates contesting the November 12 Local Government Elections (LGE) was one that was thorough and smooth.At 14:00h on Friday, the nomination process closed with the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) contesting the seven constituencies in the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC). The PPP representatives said they are all confident of a clean sweep in the six constituencies they are contesting.Heading the PPP delegation was Anjanie Narine who said the nomination process was the same as last LGE; however, one concern was the number of representatives allowed to hand over the list of candidates.“The last election they had allowed the contingent of all the candidates that areThe PPP candidates and supporters at the La Grange/Nismes NDC Office prior to submitting their list of candidatescontesting to witness the presentation of the list and this year they did not allow that but a few of us alone. That’s one thing and that’s a concern actually and we need to sort that out at GECOM,” she said.The PPP’s list was accepted with no difficulties as well as APNU’s. The La Grange/Nismes NDC district had some nine constituencies but because of the recent downsizing by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan, the number was reduced to seven. The APNU are contesting four of those constituencies while the PPP is aiming for six.“We are expecting a clean sweep. We are expecting to win the two Bagotville and Nismes constituencies because we have had favourable responses from theAnjanie Narine presenting the PPP’s list of candidates to the Returning Officerresidents there and we have contested those and lost it last Local Government Elections. Two of the constituencies are unopposed and APNU is contesting two but we are certain of winning them,” Narine said.Narine related that they have already begun campaigning and are expected to intensify the house-to-house campaigning. She said the main focus is to ensure their constituents are educated about the importance of local governance.APNU was the first party to present their list of candidates but their representative declined to offer a comment to the media. They were followed by the PPP and the United Republic Party (URP) but the URP bowed out of the race at the last moment.
…as EBD Nomination Day goes smoothly By Vahnu ManikchandTired of promises from political parties, some frustrated residents from the Grove and Diamond communities on the East Bank of Demerara decided to take matters into their own hands and have formed the People’s Village Movement (PVM) to contest the upcoming Local Government Elections (LGE).On Friday, political parties and independent groups as well as individuals across the country flocked the offices of the Returning Officer within their Local Authority Areas to submit their lists of candidates for the November 12 Local Government polls. On the East Bank of Demerara, the process went fairly smoothly at the various locations.The newly formed PVM members as they head into to submit their lists of candidates for the upcoming LGEsPrior to submitting the list for his newly formed “movement”, PVM leader, Gerald Forde, told Guyana Times that the group is learning from the mistakes of larger political parties and is aiming to take a hands-on approach to tackle issues affecting the communities. In fact, he said the Movement has already had a community cleaning-up exercise.According to Forde, while it is generally believed that Local Government is just about cleaning drains and parapets, the PVM will be focusing on other aspects of Local Government such as employment creation, taking care of vulnerable people, tackling crime and turning the area into a hub.APNU candidates were satisfied with the process after submitting their list for the Eccles/Ramsburg Local Authority AreaMoreover, the PVM leader posited that they have also been working on getting youth involved in the movement. Being 28-year-old himself, Forde explained the importance of this since the youths are considered the leaders of tomorrow.However, he did point out that it is proving to be a challenge to get young people involved.Of the nine constituencies under this Local Government Authority, the PVM is contesting in five of them. They were the last to submit their list to the Returning Officer at the New Grove Primary School on Friday morning.PPP submissionMeanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) turned up with an entourage at the location and was the first to submit their list, which was accepted after vetting by the Returning Officer.Heman Ramphal told Guyana Times that they were generally satisfied with the process, which took about 20 minutes. According to the current Grove/Diamond NDC Councillor, the party is confident about regaining majority seats at this year’s Local Government polls. In fact, he posited that they are expecting to win at least 15 of the 18 seats compared to 12 seats won at the 2016 LGEs.Unlike the PPP, the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU’s) list for that area was submitted by two representatives.EcclesMeanwhile, at the Eccles/Ramsburg Local Authority Area, the APNU list was presented to the Returning Officer at the Peter’s Hall Primary School just before midday and included in that team was Attorney James Bond, who related that the process there was also satisfactory. However, Bond did recommend for the Elections Commission to go paperless, saying that there was unnecessary wastage of paper.“It is a complete waste of paper, time, energy, ink and resources. It will be easier for both us the parties as well as GECOM if we can just bring the photos on a flashdrive… We need to go paperless and we have get modernised in this country, it’s not too late,” he insisted.