Comic Relief Joins With Twitch For Gameraisers

first_imgFor the first time ever, Comic Relief is teaming up with social video platform Twitch, to pit celebrities against legendary gamers.Comic Relief and TwitchFor one week only, celebrities including TV star Jamie Laing, Olympian Louis Smith, England footballers Dele Alli and Alex Scott, TV comedian Rob Beckett and Soccer AM favourite Adam Smith will play against some of the best gamers in the country.The GAMERAISERS pairings will be battling head to head on their favourite games to raise cash for issues like youth homelessness, before handing the gaming baton over to the Twitch community to stream their own games whilst raising life changing funds.“I’m a huge gamer and I’m really looking forward to taking on some of the pros and showing them what I’ve got,” Louis Smith said, “If you think you can take me on, put your money where your mouth is – it’s for a good cause after all.”Over the course of a week, the pairings will compete trying to raise the most money they can. They’ll do whatever it takes to prove why viewers should donate to help people living incredibly tough lives in the UK and across Africa, and losers will face a host of live forfeits and dares.The battle doesn’t stop there either – any gamer can get involved themselves by signing up to join the Comic Relief x Twitch campaign in the coming months. They can get a heads-up on any new unmissable action, download a host of content for use on their channel and on social media and enter some epic prize-draws.Find out more at read more

Morocco to Bring Home Bodies of 2 Moroccans Killed in Spain

Rabat – The Ministry in charge of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration has said it will transfer the bodies of two Moroccans who died in an illegal firework warehouse blast in the Spanish province of Pontevedra.The ministry said in a statement yesterday that the man and his wife died on May 23 and will be transferred in coordination with Morocco’s consulate general in Bilbao, Spain.The ministry decided to conduct the operation following the identification of the two victims as Abdelkhalek El Bouabi and his wife Zahra Bouadel, conducted by Spanish authorities. The ministry has mobilized two ambulances to transfer the bodies from Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport to the city of Khouribga, where they will be buried.The funerals will take place on Saturday in the presence of a delegation of the ministry in charge of Moroccans Living Abroad and Migration Affairs.According to Spanish website ThinkSpain, the couple had been living in Spain for 11 years and had two young sons, aged 13 and 9, now orphaned.The incident caused major consequences, damaging nearly 50 houses. No major injuries were sustained among other residents as they managed to escape houses, which crumbled to dust.ThinkSpain also reported that the owner of the firework stash was arrested and charged with negligent homicide, but was released on bail. read more

Suspect arrested with firearm near Hulftsdorp Court

A suspect has been arrested with a firearm near the Hulftsdorp Court, the Police said.The Police said that the suspect was arrested by officers of the Keselwatte Police Station. He had in his possession a locally-manufactured gun and bullets.Investigations are underway.

Wood products producer StellaJones says CEO Brian McManus to step down

Companies in this story: (TSX:SJ) The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Wood-products producer Stella Jones Inc. says company president and CEO Brian McManus will step down later this year after 18 years at the company.The company’s share price was down almost seven per cent in midday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after announcing the news.Stella-Jones says McManus will leave his post on October 11 and will work with management on the leadership transition.The Montreal-based company says senior vice-president and chief financial officer Eric Vachon, who’s been with the company for 12 years, will serve as interim CEO until a permanent replacement is found.The company, which did not state a reason for McManus’ departure, reaffirmed its guidance for the year.Stella-Jones, which has some 2,000 employees and more than 35 plants, is a major producer of a range of pressure-treated wood products including railway ties and utility poles. read more

UN in TimorLeste arrests 17 people after coming under attack in the

A large group of people allegedly threw rocks and darts at the police station on Tuesday evening, UN Police (UNPOL) spokeswoman Monica Rodrigues said in a press release, adding that when the officers tried to determine the reason for the attack they were also allegedly threatened with machetes and sling shots with metal balls.UNPOL, with help from a New Zealand Defence Force Unit, pursued the alleged offenders, arresting 17 people and confiscating 21 weapons, the release said. The attack appeared to be motivated by an earlier arrest of a group member, who has since been charged with possessing a gas grenade and a baton in connection with a gang rivalry.A judge in the capital’s District Court remanded the 17 in custody until their trial on a date yet to be announced. UNPOL has been stepping up its patrols and increasing its numbers in the tiny South-East Asian nation since the UN Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT) was created in August to help restore order after deadly violence broke out in April and May, causing the deaths of at least 37 people and forcing about 155,000 people – or 15 per cent of the population – to flee their homes.Last week, the UN signed an agreement with the Government giving it prime responsibility for policing throughout the country, which the world body shepherded to independence from Indonesia just four years ago. August’s Security Council resolution calls for a police presence of up to 1,608 qualified UNPOL officers from various nations to help Timor-Leste improve all aspects of policing operations including leadership, community-policing, investigations, traffic, public order and administration. There are currently 966 UNPOL officers in the country.Also in Timor-Leste, the first batch of UN Volunteers (UNV), out of a planned total of 250 to be brought in to help with next year’s elections, today showed off their Tetum skills after attending an intensive 3-week course to learn the local language.“The purpose of the course is to give the participants a basic command of Tetum to make it possible for them to communicate with the Timorese population in the districts and to perform their duties more effectively and with increased cultural sensitivity,” said UNV Tetum Language Coordinator Bodil Knudsen. read more

After 20 years UN commission on sustainable development holds final session

“The Commission’s seminal work both gave us a working definition of sustainable development and inspired the very first international conference to address both the environment and economic development simultaneously, the Rio Earth Summit,” said General Assembly President John W. Ashe in a statement delivered by his Deputy Chef-de-Cabinet, Noel Sinclair.The UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was formed after the 1992 Summit and helped to generate action on a range of issues that led to international agreements or treaties on energy, oceans, sustainable consumption and production, and others.Its work also led to the establishment of the UN Forum on Forests, which has advanced progress on sustainable forestry through the adoption of the non-legally binding instrument on all types of forests in 2007.Mr. Ashe, a former President of one of the CSD sessions and a national of Antigua and Barbuda, said the Commission also gave the world’s small island developing States, and other countries in special circumstances, a “voice in this all-important conversation.” According to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s report on the lessons learned from the Commission, the contributions achieved by the CSD were also accompanied by a number of shortcomings, including the failure to fully integrate the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. The Commission, the report found, was also weak on its review and impact on the implementation of sustainable development. In June, the UN General Assembly established the High-level Political Forum, which will be launched on Tuesday at the high-level General Assembly debate in New York.The meeting is due to chart the course for implementing outcomes of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20, as well as accelerate progress on the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and define a new development agenda post-2015. The creation of the Forum emerged from Rio+20’s outcome document “The Future We Want,” to ensure that sustainable development tops the agenda of the highest levels of Government and is embraced by all actors.“Rio+20 overhauled UN institutions for sustainable development,” Bektas Mukhamedzhanov, Kazakhstan Vice-Minister of Environment Protection, said. “We must effectively use the new High-Level Political Forum to ensure that sustainable development continues to be implemented and is integrated into the heart of the post-2015 development agenda.”The Forum is due to convene annually at the ministerial level under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and it will, every four years, bring together heads of State to provide added momentum for sustainable development. “One distinct benefit of the new forum is that it is designed to attract participation from representatives of all three dimensions of sustainable development, rather than chiefly from members of the environmental community,” Mr. Ashe said in today’s statement.In an event marking the closure, the head of the United Nations environment agency (UNEP), Achim Steiner, said while the closing feels melancholy, it should be an occasion to celebrate.“It’s an affirmation of evolution,” Mr. Steiner said, not the equivalent of extinction, as CSD is replaced by its next articulation. Also addressing the participants, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo said the transition starts a new period in history. “There is a realization that sustainable development—the integration of policies and actions that promote economic and social well-being that also protect the environment—have to have a prominent place on the international agenda at the highest levels,” Mr. Hongbo said. read more

Brock hosts Relay for Life Friday

Luminaries will be lit at the Relay for in honour of those affected by cancerHundreds of people will be bringing the fight against cancer to Brock’s campus on Friday.They’ll be doing battle by lacing up their running shoes and taking part in the St. Catharines Relay for Life, a 12-hour, continuous passing of the baton from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.Though prime sleeping hours for most, Hilary Canviet said there’s symbolism to walking around the campus’s main traffic circle overnight. After all, cancer never sleeps. The transition between light and dark is also symbolic of what a cancer patient goes through physically and emotionally during treatment.“It adds to the emotions of the event and the feel of the event,” said Canviet, volunteer and event management student co-ordinator with Student Life and Community Experience. “You go from it being sunny to sunset to dark and dreary to that morning glory. It’s that fighting back and coming through.”Canviet, a Relay for Life veteran who has participated since she was in high school, admitted the event is exhausting despite teams tailoring their walking schedules. But the biology student, who has spent some of her time at Brock learning about cancer cells and the work on a cure, remains unfazed by the feat, given the money benefits the cancer research she has learned so much about.“To me, that we’re getting close to conquering cancer – anything that we can do to push us over that final border is exciting and I’m happy to help out,” Canviet said.Brock’s team in last year’s Relay for Life.Even though the event is Friday, there’s still time for others join those efforts. So far about 700 people spread over 86 teams have registered. Last year, 1,500 people took part.The registration fee is $10, which covers snacks and meals, and Canviet is encouraging participants to raise at least $50 to $100. Pledges can be made online.This year’s event also has a board game theme with participants urged to dress up like game pieces or characters and decorate their tents – a team’s home base for the night. Canviet will be sporting beige gear and a solitary black letter as an homage to her team’s Scrabble theme.“It’s a lot of fun when you’re able to put that twist on it,” she said.But it’s also a night filled with poignant moments, including the lighting of luminaries in honour of those affected by cancer. There are plenty of others, too.“There’s a lot of emotion,” Canviet said. “There’s a survivor lap and a lap at the end of the night when everyone is on the track so you have thousands of people walking together. It’s very powerful.”Team registration is open until Friday at 7 p.m. To take part, visit the Relay for Life website. read more

Devout Catholic who used wrong pronoun to describe transgender girl to be

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mrs Farrow, a mother of five with strong religious views, allegedly used the wrong pronoun when referring to Ms Green’s transgender daughter. When Caroline Farrow, a Catholic commentator, and transgender rights campaigner Susie Green, agreed to take part in a television debate about a controversial Girl Guides policy, producers would have expected differences of opinion. Ms Green was so angered by what she described as a “distressing and spiteful” attack that she lodged a formal complaint with Surrey police…. But while the conversation on screen was certainly heated, it was what happened off-air when the pair continued the debate on Twitter that resulted in a six-month-long police investigation. read more

Duke and Duchess of Sussex skip Queens traditional Balmoral  summer holiday

But insiders confirmed they were no plans for them to visit this year, pointing out that the trio are able to see the Queen regularly by virtue of living on the Windsor Castle estate.  A source said the Duke and Duchess had only taken a short summer break, working on future projects and plans for their tour into August and returning this week for the Duke’s eco-tourism launch and the Duchess’s SmartWorks collaboration.In 2018, the Duke and Duchess stayed with the Prince of Wales at his Scottish residence of Birkhall and the Castle of Mey, but have never yet been spotted at Balmoral.Sign up for our free newsletter,  Your Royal Appointment, for exclusive insight from Camilla Tominey and Hannah Furness. Later this month, he will travel to South Africa with his parents for his first overseas tour. Royal-watchers had expected to see the Sussexes join the Queen in Balmoral for a short trip, after a difficult summer in which they faced heavy criticism over their use of private jets. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have not visited the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral this summer, as they and baby Archie skip the Royal Family’s traditional retreat.The Sussexes, who have instead taken a holiday to Ibiza and stayed in the south of France with Sir Elton John, have no plans to join their family in the Scottish countryside this year, it is understood. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their three children were seen flying on a budget airline for a weekend at Balmoral, with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall also joining the Queen on her Sunday visit to church. The Duke of York, Earl and Countess of Wessex and their two children, Princess Anne and Sir Timothy Laurence and Peter and Autumn Phillips have also been seen at the estate, where the family come and go annually to spend time with the Queen and Duke. The Sun reported the Sussex’s “snub” to the Queen, with sources claiming they declined an invitation because four-month-old Archie Mountbatten-Windsor was too young for the visit.  The Queen and Duchess of Cambridge in Balmoral in AugustCredit:Getty The Queen and Duchess of Cambridge in Balmoral in August The Balmoral summer holiday is a Royal Family favourite Credit:Getty The Balmoral summer holiday is a Royal Family favourite  read more

Boy 12 hit by brick thrown through his bedroom window

first_imgA 12-YEAR-old boy was asleep in bed last night when a brick was thrown through his window, hitting him in the face.Police in Ballymena are now appealing for information following the incident, which occurred in the Kilmakevit Square area of Cullybackey shortly before 1.30am today.They said that it was reported that the 12-year-old boy was asleep in bed when a brick was thrown through his bedroom window.He was hit in the face by the brick and suffered swelling above his eye, as well as being left badly shaken by his ordeal.The boy’s mother, who was also in the house at the time, was not injured. A number of other windows in the house were also smashed during the incident.Police say a motive for the attack on the house has yet to be established.The PSNI is appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident or who saw anyone in the area of Kilmakevit Square in the early hours of this morning to contact them at Ballymena Police Station on 0845 600 8000.Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.last_img read more

Fake Bad Piggies app lures 80000 Chrome users into installing malware

first_imgWant to play Bad Piggies in your browser? Well, you can’t. And if someone claims to offer you an installer that does let you get in on the contraption-building fun, you’re being smoked — just like 80,000+ Google Chrome users were. Worse still, they didn’t have to travel to some untrusted third-party website to find the malicious Bad Piggies apps. They were easy to find on the Chrome Web Store just a few days ago.It seems as though the Store is becoming a popular destination for fraudsters. It’s been less than a month since a number of malicious Facebook Timeline extensions popped up, snaring even more unsuspecting Chrome users. Just like last month, it was Barracuda Networks that once again spotted the malicious apps. Barracuda located at least 7 malicious extensions trying to push themselves using Bad Piggies keywording, and just like last time Google has already responded to the report and taken down the offenders.These outbreaks are a bit unsettling considering Google promised to crack down on malicious extensions just this summer. New mechanisms were put in place that were supposed to monitor freshly-submitted extensions for malicious behaviors, but clearly some underhanded developers have found ways around those additional checks.Granted, in terms of Chrome’s total user base 170,000 users isn’t all that many. With a total user base of more than 300 million, this is a drop in the bucket. There’s also a decent chance for plenty of overlap between the Bad Piggies victims and the 90,000 who bit on the Facebook Timeline hoax.Nevertheless, it should be easy enough to prevent this sort of malicious opportunism. Keeping tabs on glaring trademark violations, for example, might be helpful. And Google certainly knows plenty about scanning its data for copyright and trademark violations.More at Barracuda Networkslast_img read more

Fine Gael senator who got €30k after losing his Dáil seat has

first_img By Christina Finn Monday 13 Feb 2017, 6:10 AM Ray Butler during the 2016 general election Fine Gael senator who got €30k after losing his Dáil seat has only repaid €2k Six members of the Dáil and Seanad received termination payments last year. 24,276 Views 29 Comments A FINE GAEL Senator has repaid just €2,000 of the large allowance he received after he lost his Dáil seat in the general electionLast month, revealed the senator had not fully repaid the large allowance amounting to over €30,904.He is the only one of the six members of the Dáil or Seanad who has not repaid the money in full.Senator Ray Butler received the payment, which is called a termination payment, last year. It is paid to departing TDs and senators who lose their seats to help them while they look for a new job, and is usually worth approximately two months’ salary.Formerly a TD for Meath West, the Trim-based Senator lost his seat in the sixth count during the last election in February 2016.He was subsequently nominated by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in May 2016 to the Seanad as part of the eleven nominations Kenny is allowed make to the Upper House.Under the law, a TD receiving the payment must give an undertaking that they do not propose to seek election as a Senator or give consent to be nominated as a Senator.Termination payments Figures revealed under the Freedom of Information show that in March 2016, Butler received a lump sum payment worth almost €14,543.In addition to the lump sum payment, a series of monthly payments are also payable to politicians, depending on how long they served as a TD.Butler was a sitting TD for five years and was therefore entitled to an additional three monthly payments at 75% of his monthly salary. Three payments of €5,454 were made in March and May 2016. In total, the three payments came to €16,362, giving him a total of €30,904 which should have been paid back.The figures mentioned are gross figures and do not include deductions for tax or PRSI.TDs who lose their seat, but who are then appointed or elected to the Seanad are expected to return the termination reported in January that an issue arose between Butler and the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission, which looks after the salaries and payments for all Oireachtas staff, over the return of the money.In a statement to this publication, the Trim-based senator confirmed that his payment had not been repaid in full: Ray Butler during the 2016 general election Image: Feb 13th 2017, 6:10 AM Share381 Tweet Email I commenced repayment of the Termination Allowance last year and I have a payment plan in place with the Houses of the Oireachtas.RepaymentsDocuments released under the Freedom on Information show that Butler has made two repayments to the Houses of the Oireachtas: one payment in November 2016, and another last month, January 2017.It is noted that a repayment arrangement with the senator has now been arranged.It’s understood that Butler has agreed to pay €1,000 per month from his salary until the money is repaid. If he ceases to remain a senator, the full amount will be due.Not all TDs and senators who lost their seats would have received a payment, however the documents did reveal the names of all former TDs and senators (who took a seat in the Seanad last year) who received a termination payment.Fine Gael’s Paudie Coffey lost his seat in Waterford during the general election. He received a total termination payment of €17,864. Coffey repaid this in full, making two payments in June and August of last year.The former Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, Gabrielle McFadden also received a payment amounting to €14,543. She repaid the amount in full in May 2016.Michelle Mulherin, former Mayo TD, now senator, received a lump sum termination payment of €14,543. She received three additional payments which amounted to €16,362. In total Mulherin received €30,904. She made three repayments in September, October and November of last year. The amount has now been repaid in full.Cavan/Monaghan’s Joe O’Reilly received a lump sum payment of €12,992 and another payment of €4,872, totalling €17,864 in March 2016. The Fine Gael Seanad spokesperson on foreign affairs and trade paid the full amount back in June 2016.Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell, who was reappointed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to fill one of his 11 seats, also received a termination payment. In total, O’Donnell received €14,896. She repaid the full amount in June 2016.Read: A Fine Gael politician has not fully repaid the large allowance he was given after losing his Dáil seat>Read: ‘No exceptions’: Drink drivers to get automatic ban instead of penalty points> Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: last_img read more

Draft law on fireravaged regions of Attiki unveiled

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A draft law unveiled by the ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change last week seeks to guarantee that unauthorised construction and development will not take place in areas of east Attiki ravaged by the fires in August 2009. The primary measures to be introduced by the proposed bill include a temporary suspension of all construction work, even in areas where building is allowed, and the establishment of a three-member committee on demolitions to eradicate the widespread phenomenon of unauthorised construction in burnt regions. The draft law also provides the inclusion of all fire-ravaged land in the land registry process if not registered yet, and suspends implementation of current regulations for differentiating land as defined as forest from that of ‘a forested area’. Construction will be suspended in areas where building is currently allowed but are within a region considered under reforestation. The suspension will last until maps of forestland have been finalised.Legally built structures and those with legitimate building licenses issued before the wildfires are exempted from the ban, once they have been exempted by the special committee.A special committee on demolitions will be set up to eradicate unauthorised building in burnt regions, with technical support from the Hellenic Land Registry Office (OKXE). Moreover, land registry procedures will begin immediately in the regions that have not been registered with OKXE yet and a forest map will be drawn up immediately. The draft law also provides for the suspension of the Greek legislation that defines the criteria based on which an area is characterised as a forest or forest land.last_img read more

State vehicle emission tests to end

first_imgAside from a trip to the Department of Licensing, there are few rituals associated with owning a car that people probably enjoy less than getting their vehicle’s emissions tested.Vancouver drivers can rejoice, but not too much. In just a few years, the program is going away entirely. But until then, getting your older car tested in Vancouver is going to get a little less convenient.The Washington State Vehicle Emission Inspection station in Salmon Creek opened in 1993, the same year smog testing came to Clark County. It’s scheduled to close permanently on June 3. Its operations are being transferred to the state’s other testing station on Northeast 136th Avenue in east Vancouver.The facility’s parking lot and four bays sat empty, save the vehicles that trickled in one at a time, on Wednesday afternoon.Only about 140 cars per day come to this station, with more rolling in at the end of the month just before registration tabs are renewed, said Anne Hagerty of Applus+ Technologies Inc., the company that operates the testing stations.“And every year, we test fewer cars,” she said, referencing the fact that once a car reaches a certain age, it no longer needs to be tested.last_img read more

Man found safe in Provo

first_img Related Items:ashwood forbes jr., found. missing Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Jul 2015 – A scary situation ended well today as a Provo family launched a search for a missing loved one this morning and then found him. Twenty-seven year old Ashwood Forbes Jr was found safe and sound after being out of touch with relatives since last night. There was no information on where he was last seen and no information on where Forbes, son of prominent attorney and former 2012 General Election candidate Ashwood Forbes was held up. Police were alerted when Forbes was first suspected as missing.last_img read more

Man hurt when truck rolls on remote road

first_imgA man was injured after his 1-ton Dodge flatbed truck rolled over an embankment Friday afternoon on the L-1500 Road a few miles east of Larch Corrections Center near Yacolt.At 2:42 p.m., six firefighters from East County Fire & Rescue and two from the Camas-Washougal Fire Department responded to a report of the accident, said Capt. Wes Long with East County.They found the truck 50 to 60 feet down an embankment over the side of the narrow gravel road. The vehicle had rolled several times and, because the area had been logged, no trees stopped it, Long said.Rescuers crawled down the embankment and placed the man on a backboard. Using a rope and pulley system, fire units pulled the man up the embankment.He was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.Officers from the Department of Natural Resources and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office were also on scene and used their radio systems to help navigate fire crews to the area.last_img read more

Stevenson man pleads guilty to blowing up dog

first_imgSTEVENSON (AP) — A Stevenson man accused of killing his dog by strapping a bomb to it has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and possessing explosives without a license.KPTV reports that Christopher Dillingham changed his plea Thursday.Court documents say the man told officers he killed the dog in August because he believed his ex-girlfriend had “put the devil in it.” Officers responded after the blast alarmed neighbors.He reportedly also said he was preparing for “the rapture” and added that “the world is going to end” due to a nuclear strike.Investigators believe Dillingham used black powder from fireworks to make the bomb that killed the animal.He was sentenced to about a year in jail, with credit for time already served.last_img read more

Sharing a plate of food leads to more successful negotiations

first_imgShrimp cocktail, grilled sirloin with pear kimchi and chocolate lava cake. Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un had the same food brought to them on individual plates during their summit on February 27th. Psychologists think a meal like this is a good first step towards improving relations. But new work suggests there might have been a more positive outcome with a different serving arrangement. As Kaitlin Woolley of Cornell University and Ayelet Fishbach of the University of Chicago report in Psychological Science, a meal taken “family-style” from a central platter can greatly improve the outcome of subsequent negotiations. Read the whole story: The Economistlast_img read more

Costa Rica appeal of Patton not guilty verdict would have little to

first_imgHours after a three-judge panel in Pérez Zeledón found U.S. expat Ann Patton not guilty on Monday of murdering her husband, the prosecutor said the government would appeal the verdict — for the second time. If the prosecutor’s appeal were to be successful it would lead to Patton’s fourth trial for the same crime.“This isn’t over,” Prosecutor Edgar Ramírez told The Tico Times.But some criminal lawyers doubt that Patton will face another trial in the 2010 shooting death of her late husband John Bender.A 2014 ruling by the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, precludes another trial for Patton now that she has been found not guilty twice by different courts, according to criminal lawyer and University of Costa Rica law professor Javier Llobet. Costa Rica does not have a prohibition against double jeopardy, but Llobet said there are limits on the state’s ability to continue appealing a case.A 2006 reform to the criminal code included an article prohibiting the Prosecutor’s Office from appealing a second acquittal. In 2010, a law was passed that struck that article from the criminal code. But in 2014, Sala IV ruled that the 2010 law was unconstitutional.Sala IV then reconstituted the 2006 language limiting prosecutor appeals. Sala IV justices said there should be a “reasonable limit” on the state’s ability to continue pursuing appeals with which it does not agree. Without these limits, the justices wrote, defendants could not be guaranteed their right to a speedy trial and would be left in perpetual legal limbo that also could become disproportionately expensive.“The state cannot act as a persecutor ad infinitum,” the justices wrote in their resolution.Former prosecutor Steven Ferris — who is a Tico Times board member — said that Ramírez’s pledge to appeal the ruling in the Patton case before the full verdict had been released was a “bold” move. After three trials and two acquittals, Ferris said a fourth was not possible.Ramírez said his office would review the full sentence — expected on Sept. 14 — before crafting the government’s appeal. He said the Prosecutor’s Office would not be satisfied “until justice is done for John Bender’s death.”The initial verdict released Monday afternoon by the court in Pérez Zeledón found Patton not guilty of murder charges in the 2010 shooting death of her husband. Patton has always maintained her innocence and said that her husband, John Felix Bender, shot himself.Patton told The Tico Times after her acquittal Monday that she hoped “the verdict will be strong enough so that an appeal cannot be written or won’t be accepted and that it can end now and John can finally rest.” Facebook Comments Related posts:U.S. expat Ann Patton to face fourth murder trial Ann Patton on her new trial: ‘It is my opportunity to finally, hopefully, get true justice’ US expat Ann Patton faces third murder trial in Costa Rica  Ann Patton in new battle with Costa Rican government over $7 million in seized gemslast_img read more

Tiger recruits former Qantas pilot

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J An ex-Qantas pilot has been recruited to manage and advise grounded carrier, Tiger Airways on airline safety.Industry veteran Captain Chris Manning has been appointed to the role of Safety Advisor today, to ensure the carrier is following the highest levels of operational safety management across the company.The move comes after the Civil Aviation Authority of Australia (CASA) deemed the carrier “a serious and imminent risk to air safety” and forced the airline to suspend its operations in Australia earlier this month.Tiger chief executive Tony Davis said Captain Manning’s expertise would continue to ensure the carrier focuses its operations on achieving the “highest levels of safety”. “Today’s appointment is another step towards reassuring the industry and the public that Tiger Airways is committed to a safe, viable, and long term future in Australia,” Mr Davis said. Captain Manning takes the role effective immediately and according to the carrier, he began his career in the industry as a cadet pilot with Qantas in 1970.According to a CASA statement released early this month, Tiger will remain grounded until 1 August this year.last_img read more