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#JaVotes2016: JLP supporters injured in car crash

first_img The accident took place along the 10 Miles Main Road, Bull Bay. The route 97 JUTC bus was headed to 11 Miles, Bull Bay, with the car heading in the opposite direction. According to Detective Inspector Neville Graham of the St Thomas police division, the driver and his lone passenger suffered what he deemed to be minor injuries. Blood, however, could be seen on the side of the roadway which onlookers said were that of the victims. The driver of the JUTC bus was unharmed. Two Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) supporters had to be rushed to the Kingston Public Hospital after the car they were travelling in collided with a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus.last_img read more

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History in 38 mins

first_imgTwenty-four-year-old shuttler PV Sindhu took India up another very significant notch to glory with her latest accomplishment and became the first Indian ever to clinch a gold medal at Badminton World Championships on August 25. A historic day indeed, she beat Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a lop-sided final held in Switzerland. This was Sindhu’s 5th World Championships medal after the four medals she bagged: bronze in 2013 and 2014, and silver in 2017 and 2018. She has earlier won a silver medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016. In this year, she appeared in the final of the Indonesia Open where she lost to Akane Yamaguchi. Sindhu’s historic win is a major accomplishment globally as she is the only player to be a defending women’s singles medallist at the Olympics, Worlds, Asian Games, and Commonwealth Games at the same time. She bloomed under the tutelage of Pullela Gopichand, winning her first Grand Prix gold in the Malaysian Open in May 2013. Adding to her glory, she is also a recipient of Padma Shri. With her Silver at Rio in 2016, she became the first Indian to reach athe badminton singles final at the Olympics. But notwithstanding the tales of glorious achievements, whisking it all aside and lessening it before numerous defeats that lead up to the victory is an unfortunates tendency that still persists in the Indian society at large. Sindhu’s gold medal at the world championship also came with some utterly unnecessary criticisms for losing two World Championship finals in 2018 and early 2019. The history she has written at Badminton World Championship is a loud and clear answer to all those doubting voices. Women in sports in India have never had it easy. Sports is not an easy choice of career and very few indeed are in a position to consider this option. And matters are just harder for women. Both of Sindhu’s parents are former volleyball players. This does not diminish her hard work by any means but sheds light on the reason for her rise that came in the form of support from her parents. Keeping up with her ambition, her next target is the Olympic gold. Her accomplishment and some much-needed change in attitude in society will eventually promote and encourage sports as a respectable career.last_img read more

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Heavy secrecy surrounds hearing into possible lawyer misconduct

first_imgBy Kathleen MartensAPTN National NewsVANCOUVER —Another serious breach within the residential schools settlement process could be resolved sooner rather than later.That’s because the judge hearing the case Wednesday told the parties to try and work things out on their own.Justice Brenda Brown of the Vancouver Supreme Court took this unusual step at the beginning of a three-day hearing into allegations of extortion involving a convicted killer and the Vancouver lawyer who allegedly hired him.This is an “excellent opportunity for the parties to discuss what can be done,” Brown told Lou Zivot, the lawyer for the court monitor that oversees the compensation process. “I think this is the time to try.”Court was adjourned till the afternoon when the parties were asked to report back on their progress.The last time a violation emerged involving a lawyer and the compensation process was November 2011. Brown ordered an extensive investigation that took many months and wound up costing an estimated $3.5 million.Brown cited the timing and cost of another investigation in sending Zivot and Mark Andrews, who represents the lawyer involved this time, to try and reach a resolution.The murderer has been identified as Ivan Johnny, 62. But the lawyer’s name and evidence connected to the case are protected by a court order.“We’ve made some progress,” Zivot told Brown when court reconvened in the afternoon. He then asked for more time to meet with Andrews.Brown said, “Alright. Sounds good to me. As long as you’re making progress.”APTN Investigates obtained parole documents, which are not covered by the publication ban, to learn more about the case.The documents reveal Johnny’s full parole was revoked Jan. 23 after two members of a parole board heard the new allegations against him: that Johnny worked for a lawyer distributing and collecting compensation application forms from former residential school students, that he persuaded some students to drop their existing lawyers in favour of the one he worked for, that he coached them to exaggerate claims to obtain more financial compensation, and that he threatened and intimidated them for “substantial sums of money” when their compensation arrived.Johnny denies the accusations and has not been charged with a crime in connection with the case. He did confirm, however, that the lawyer bought him a truck to do his work. Parole documents also say Johnny was involved with 275 claims.The compensation is paid through a program called the Independent Assessment Process. It is money for former students who suffered serious physical and sexual abuse in the notorious schools they were forced to attend when they were children.Johnny’s alleged victims are described as “vulnerable” and, in some cases, “cognitively deficient” in the parole documents.The IAP was established as part of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. It ran for five years, expiring in September 2012. Due to the complicated and historic nature of the claims, many of them take up to nine months, and are still working their way through the process.The lawyer involved spoke to APTN outside court today but declined to say anything on the record at this time.Other parties at the hearing also declined to comment publicly citing the strict publication ban and the sensitive nature of potential resolution discussions; they are all parties to the original settlement agreement, and include the Indian Residential Schools Adjudication Secretariat.The Secretariat has posted a warning about Johnny on its website. It says Johnny has now been kicked out of the IAP (by Justice Brown on Jan. 18) and that anyone who dealt with Johnny doesn’t have to pay him or anyone trying to collect on his behalf.Johnny was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder from May 1985, after shooting a man he fought with in a Kamloops bar.Meanwhile, one notable absence before the judge yesterday was the Assembly of First Nations. It is a key party to the settlement agreement, having filed the original class-action lawsuit on behalf of survivors.Any steps taken to deal with breaches must be approved by all the parties to the agreement.kmartens@aptn.calast_img read more

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