High Court finds sufficient evidence to extradite Troy Thomas to US

first_imgJustice Navindra Singh on Thursday ruled that there is sufficient evidence against Troy Thomas to warrant his extradition to the United States of America, where he is wanted in connection with two criminal matters. In addition, Thomas was ordered to pay $450,000 in court costs.Troy Anthony ThomasJustice Singh has accordingly dismissed an application by Thomas, a prisoner, in which he sought to challenge his “illegal” confinement.Thomas has been accused of murdering Keith Frank, 20, a Guyanese who was shot and killed on December 11, 2011 outside a Richmond Hill, New York party. He has also been accused of inflicting injuries upon Dr. Katherine Maloney.Following a hearing in 2018, Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus had ordered Thomas extradited to the USA to face the charges levelled against him.In committing Thomas for extradition, the Magistrate, among other things, ruled that she believed the fugitive was Troy Thomas, although he insisted that his name was Marvin Williams. In June 2012, a US judge issued a warrant for his arrest in the name of Troy Thomas.Since 2012, authorities in the United States had issued a wanted bulletin for the murder suspect.In an affidavit sworn to by Thomas, he is arguing that his confinement is illegal; that he is being unlawfully detained and subjected to legal processes unsupported by any legal basis or foundation.In court documents, Thomas said he is applying to the court for leave to issue a Writ of Habeas Corpus, directing the Commissioner of Police to show cause why he should not be immediately released.In early 2018, before High Court Justice Jo-Ann Barlow, lawyers for Thomas, including Nigel Hughes, Bernard Da Silva and Darren Wade, had mounted a challenge against the Extradition Treaty between the United States of America and Guyana.On June 15, 2018, Justice Barlow ruled that the Magistrates’ Courts had jurisdiction to hear the extradition proceedings.The Judge further ruled that there is an Extradition Treaty between the United States of America and Guyana. The Judge had noted that the Extradition Act 1870 to 1935 and the 1931 Treaty were incorporated into domestic legislation in Guyana.Further in the affidavit, Thomas said, “I am advised by my Attorney-at-Law, and verily believe, that the treaty which was entered into between the United Kingdom and the United States of America on December 22, 1931, when Guyana was a colony of the United Kingdom, was never incorporated into the domestic laws of Guyana.”last_img read more

Flyers to hold annual Teddy Bear Toss at tonights game

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers are hosting their annual Teddy Bear Toss at their game tonight when they play the Manning Comets.In support of the Salvation Army, hockey fans are asked to bring a teddy bear that has been wrapped in plastic or in a shopping bag to keep it from damage from ice or water. When the Flyers score their first goal fans can throw their teddy bears onto the ice.”The Salvation Army provides such a valuable service for the less fortunate in our community,” said President Paul Van Nostrand. “Normally we get around ten bags of teddy bears each year. Please help us support their efforts to brighten Christmas for needy local youngsters.”- Advertisement -Saturday night’s game takes place at the North Peace Arena with the puck drop at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

Charlie Lake Conservation Society plans discussion around the uprising of weeds

first_imgDirector on the Board of the Charlie Lake Conservation Society, Bruce Kosugi says these plants were sent to the Ministry of Environment weed expert, Dennis Einarson, in Kamloops to test whether they’re invasive or native.Einarson reported that these plants were native species and identified them as Robbins Pond Weed (Potamogeton robbinsii), Small Pond Weed (Potamogeton berchtoldi), vernal water starwort (Callitriche pulustris) and white stemmed pondweed (Potamogeton praelongus). Kosugi continues to says residents are complaining these plants are getting tangled inside the motor of their boats, a problem until recently, hasn’t been seen since the water levels were raised on the south end of the lake.- Advertisement -“I think now, the lake is coming back into equilibrium and those weeds are re-establishing themselves,” explains Kosugi.There will also be a discussion facilitated around boat safety and other methods of protecting the lake.The forum is being held in basement of the Charlie Lake Community Church, Thursday June 26, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.Advertisementlast_img read more

Injured Ronaldo returns to Turin for tests

first_img0Shares0000“I’m not worried” said Cristiano Ronaldo after picking up a thigh injury in Portugal’s Euro 2020 qualifier draw with Serbia © AFP / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRAMILAN, Italy, Mar 28 – Cristiano Ronaldo will undergo further tests in Turin on Thursday as he battles to be fit for Juventus’s Champions League double header against Ajax after picking up a thigh injury on international duty for Portugal.The 34-year-old pulled up injured after half an hour into European champions Portugal’s 1-1 Euro 2020 qualifier draw against Serbia. Juventus said initial tests in Portugal had shown “a minor injury” to Ronaldo’s right thigh, with their Champions League quarter-final first leg tie against Ajax on April 10.Ronaldo flew to Barcelona for personal business on Wednesday, and not for a consultation, with the Portuguese star later posting a photo of himself on social media.Italian media reported the five-time Ballon d’Or had returned by private jet to Turin late on Wednesday with tests scheduled with Juventus medical staff on Thursday morning.But Ronaldo will likely miss the champions next three Serie A games, against Empoli on Saturday, Cagliari on April 2, and AC Milan four days later.“I’m not worried. I know my body. I believe that in no more than two weeks I’ll be fine,” Ronaldo told reporters after the game against Serbia.Juventus’s contingent of international players return to training on Thursday as the champions push towards an eighth consecutive league title.Juventus lead Napoli by 15 points despite losing their last game before the international break 2-0 to Genoa, with Ronaldo rested for the first time this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Mohamed Salah nominated for UEFA Men’s Player of the Year award

first_img Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury 2 shining RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade smart causal silverware latest Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Salah was injured in the first-half of the Champions League final Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade gameday cracker England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Mohamed Salah is on the three-man shortlist to be named UEFA Men’s Player of the Year for 2017/18.Salah, the Liverpool forward, caught the eye with brilliant performance after brilliant performance last season, following his move to Anfield from Roma of Italy. Salah netted 11 times in 15 European matches last season Luka Modric and Cristiano Ronaldo, both of whom played for Los Blancos in the May showpiece, make up the rest of the shortlist.Salah, Modric and Ronaldo – who left Real for Juventus earlier this summer – received the highest number of votes from a jury composed of 80 coaches and 55 journalists, with the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe just missing out on a place in the final three. He netted 32 goals in 36 Premier League matches to win the Golden Boot and the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award, while he also struck 11 times in 15 Champions League matches to help guide Liverpool to the final of Europe’s premier cup competition.Salah’s final was brought to a premature, tearful end, following a challenge with Sergio Ramos, and Liverpool were beaten by Real Madrid courtesy of goals from Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. Latest Liverpool news 2 huge blow Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update possible standings REVEALED REVEALED The award will be presented to the winner in Monaco on August 30, during the group stage draw for the 2018/19 Champions League.last_img read more


first_imgAs schools both primary and secondary return to the challenge of yet another school year, they will soon be getting their invitation at cross country events at Finn Valley.These events now well established through the years and welcomed by both sectors of education provide an ideal opportunity for students to come along and have a go – basically to come along and try it without any great pressure.The primary sector have their event on September 26th catering for under 9,11,13 age divisions while the secondary sector go to the line the following day September 27th . This project led by Irish athletics team manager Patsy Mc Gonagle and a capable experienced support crew has built year on year in terms of the response it has generated. In 2011 74 primary schools and 29 secondary schools accepted the invitation so we look forward to an enthuiastic turnout late September. Details below or on www.finnvalleyac.com or indeed www.facebook.com/ finnvalley acCumann Luthcleas na mBunscoil12th Annual Primary Schools 2012 Cross-CountryVenue:   Finn Valley A.C. Stranorlar Date:  26th September 2012Time:  1st event U-9 Girls @11.15am start.  Event complete @ 12.15pmPresentation: 12.30pmEntry Fee:  €3.00 per child payable at registration on the day.Teachers / Adults in charge can help by collecting entry fee on journey to the event.  Prize Structure:1st 20 in each race1st 3 teams plus 1st small school, 1st medium school in each raceOverall schools category to include:a)             Large School          (200-300)b)            Medium School       (100-200)c)             Small School          (0-100) Age Categories:Under 9       (born 2004/2005) – 600mUnder 11     (born 2002/2003) – 800mUnder 13     (born 2000/2001) – 1000mProgramme:U-9    Girls U-9    BoysU-11  GirlsU-11  BoysU-13  GirlsU-13  BoysTeams are evaluated on their top 4 athletes in each particular race. Each school is encouraged to bring along as many athletes as they wish, in other words: you may run as many as you wish in each race…. Please note: there is sufficient indoor cover / changing in the case of inclement weather, although it is advisable to caution to bring a change of clothes should it be a “bad” day!12th Secondary Level Schools Cross CountryYour school is invited to participate at the 12th Secondary Schools Level Cross Country event which is taking place on the 27th September 2012. This was a most successful event in recent years.Venue :   Finn Valley A.C. Stranorlar, Co DonegalDate:                   27 September 2012Time:  1st event @11.30am start.  Event complete @ 12.30pmPresentation: 1.00pmEntry Fee:  €3.00 per athlete payable at registration on the day.Teachers / Adults in charge can help by collecting entry fee on journey to the event. Prize Structure:Prizes individual 1 – 12Teams 1,2,3 (Scoring 3) Programme: 1st Year Girls                         800m1st Year Boys                       1000m2nd Year Girls                       1000m2nd Year Boys                      1200m3rd Year Girls                        1200m3rd Year Boys                       1500m4th/5th/ 6th year girls              1500m4th/5th/6th boys                             2000m Each school is encouraged to bring along as many athletes as they wish, in other words: you may run as many as you choose in each race….Maximum entry fee per school: €60 / £50DATES REVEALED FOR SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS AT FINN VALLEY was last modified: August 30th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

Football Set To Open Season Against Quincy On Saturday

first_img Live Stream Live Audio Story Links Live Stats Quincy Scouting Report Drake Game Notes The Drake University football team opens the 2016 season against NCAA Division II member Quincy on Saturday evening at Drake Stadium. Saturday’s contest will be the eighth all-time meeting between Drake and Quincy. The Bulldogs hold a 7-0 all-time series record.Third-year head coach Rick Fox and his Bulldogs were picked to finish third in the PFL Coaches Preseason Poll as they return three all-PFL performers and 19 student-athletes that started at least one contest in 2015.The most hotly contested position battle in fall camp for the Bulldogs was at quarterback, where fifth-year senior Cody Thibault, senior Andrew Clifford and junior Grant Kraemer were all vying for the starting job. Early last week, Fox named Thibault as the starter for the season opener. Thibault made three starts last year and threw for 563 yards and led the Bulldogs to a win over PFL-foe Stetson.Thibault will have plenty options at his disposal with Drake’s top three receivers, Eric Saubert, Keegan Gallery and Zach Zlabis, and leading rusher Conley Wilkins returning. Saubert, who was named a preseason All-American by two different organization, caught 55 passes to lead the nation’s tight ends and ranked in the top-three among tight ends with 506 yards and nine touchdowns. Gallery recorded 44 receptions for 536 yards, while Zlabis caught 29 passes for 313 yards. Wilkins rushed for 834 yards in nine games and tallied nine touchdowns. On defense, the Bulldogs’ top returning tacklers are senior defensive lineman Mack Marrin and safety Caz Zyks. Marrin earned preseason All-PFL honors after being named first-team All-PFL as he led the conference with 8.5 sacks and finished the 2015 season with 49 tackles. Zyks tallied 45 stops, including 30 solo tackles.Quincy finished the 2015 season tied for sixth-place in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with a 3-7 record and was picked to finish sixth in 2016 by the league coaches. The Hawks bring back 18 starters, including nine All-GLVC players. Senior Eric Poindexter is QU’s top returning offensive player as he recorded 930 yards receiving on 57 catches and 11 touchdowns last fall. Defensively, the Hawks welcome back their top tackler from a season ago, T.J. Daniels, who tallied 73 stops. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Walls Named MVC Women’s Soccer Newcomer of the Week for Second Time

first_imgWalls and her teammates host Illinois State Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. Print Friendly Version ST. LOUIS – Freshman Alison Walls (Kansas City, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s soccer team has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Soccer Newcomer of the Week for the second time, the MVC office announced Monday, Sept. 24. This season, Walls has played in all 11 matches and leads the Bulldogs in assists with two and is tied for the team lead in goals with two. She was previously named the MVC Newcomer of the Week on Aug. 20.center_img Walls tallied the assist on Shelley Lyjak’s golden goal against Valparaiso Sunday in Drake’s MVC opener. Walls had her shot blocked but got the ball back and passed it sideways to Lyjak who scored from 15 yards out for a 1-0 victory.last_img read more


first_imgThe unusual mural which has appeared in Carrigart.Locals have been flocking to see an usual mural which has appeared in Carrigart.The mural, which depicts a woman with flowing hair, was drawn on a old farmhouse wall stead overnight last week close to Glen in Carrigart?The artist remains unknown.  HAS A CELTIC BANKSY ARRIVED IN DONEGAL? was last modified: September 22nd, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Carrigartfarmhouseglenmurallast_img read more

Astrobiology: 0 Steps Forward, 3 Steps Back

first_imgAstrobiology, the science in search of a subject, has major hurdles to overcome in its quest to explain everything from hydrogen to high technology.  Despite being one of the most active interdisciplinary research projects around the world (see 01/07/2005 entry), a leading researcher this week conceded that several promising leads of the past are now considered unlikely.  Because the biochemicals we know (proteins and nucleic acids) are so advanced and improbable under prebiotic conditions, attempts to generate them or build living systems based on them have proved fruitless.  Astrobiologists are having to imagine simpler, hypothetical precursor molecules as stepping stones.  If square one was the Miller experiment in the 1950s, this puts them behind square one.    Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund leads a team of astrobiologists at Leiden University in the Netherlands.  In the third presentation in a “Life Detection” seminar series at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (see 12/03/2004 and 11/05/2004 entries for first two), Dr. Ehrenfreund, a specialist in complex molecules in space, who described herself as an experimentalist rather than a theorist, first put astrobiology into the larger context cosmology and astrophysics.  Prebiotic molecules either had to be formed in situ on the early earth, or had to be delivered via comets, asteroids, or interstellar dust.  She listed 137 molecules that have been identified in space (see Astrochemistry.net), including a number of complex carbon compounds such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH).  Also of interest are some 80 varieties of amino acids identified in meteorites (living things only use 22 of them).  So far, this is all chemistry, not biochemistry; but if such molecules could arrive on earth by extraterrestrial special delivery, presumably they could contribute to the “prebiotic soup,” she speculated.    Most of the talk consisted of typical astrobiology scenarios and the details of carbon chemistry and interstellar clouds.  What really got interesting were the results of her team’s own specific laboratory experiments.  They put thin films of amino acids (glycine and D-alanine) into a chamber made to simulate a Martian environment, complete with the UV radiation expected at the surface.  The goal was to determine, even if such molecules could form in early Martian lakes, whether they could survive long enough to contribute to prebiotic chemistry.  The answer was depressing: the amino acids had a half-life of only eight hours under those conditions.  They repeated the experiment ten times with the same results.  “We have to implement that knowledge into models of regolith mixing,” she said, “to understand what kind of results that would give, and how long amino acids can survive….”  She quickly changed the subject to future Mars missions, but other problematical facts came to light during the presentation and the Q&A session following:Mars:  Dr. Ehrenfreund agreed that the Martian Meteorite that sparked the modern astrobiology movement did not contain signs of life.  It was useful in retrospect for arousing interest in astrobiology, she said, but the consensus of scientists is that the alleged biogenic markers were produced by purely physical processes.Water:  The primary source of water in our oceans was probably not comets, she agreed, but outgassing or water-rich planetesimals from 2-3 AU (see 03/02/2002 entry).Chirality:  She agreed that polypeptides have to be 100% one-handed to function, and suggested that maybe adsorption on minerals provided the sorting of otherwise mixed-handed molecules; she conceded, however, that minerals are often heterogeneous.Dilution:  The concentration of amino acids in meteorites is exceedingly low; they would have been hopelessly diluted if a meteorite landed in the oceans.Fellowship:  She admitted that molecules delivered from space would have to collect somehow in small areas where they could “meet” one another.  She suggested small basins or rock layers, but failed to explain how a rapidly-moving meteorite could protect its precious cargo, or how the molecules, once delivered, could be protected from the same UV radiation that her experiments showed were rapidly destructive.Real vs. Virtual:  She agreed with Benner (see 11/05/2004 entry) that ribose is very unstable in all conditions, and so are phosphates, the essential backbones of nucleic acids.  This forced her to suggest that the biomolecules with which we are familiar were not involved in the origin of life, and that astrobiologists must seek simpler, more stable, more abundant, more primitive building blocks to get life started.  Even PNA, a popular alternative to RNA, is already fairly “evolved” and therefore unlikely to be the first, she said.  What these more primitive, more abundant molecules must have been to produce something that could be considered alive, she did not specify.Takeover:  When confronted with Benner’s argument that you cannot invoke so many ad hoc “genetic takeovers” in an origin-of-life scenario, she dismissed it by claiming Benner is a theorist, not an experimentalist.  (Yet Benner’s team had tried hundreds of alternatives to ribose, and all the popular alternatives to RNA, and said they don’t work.)During the Q&A, this reporter mentioned that Benner (11/05/2004) had suggested a desert environment was necessary to stabilize ribose, yet Russell (12/03/2004) countered that was the worst environment because of the radiation, which her experiments seemed to confirm.  What was her take on these mutually exclusive scenarios?  All she could offer were vague suggestions that comets or meteorites might deliver simpler materials to concentrated areas somehow, perhaps in environments alternating hot and cold between impacts.  Most of her answer discussed problems #4, 5 and 6, above.    The audience was polite and receptive to Dr. Ehrenfreud, who, given the challenge of the subject matter, was knowledgeable and personable.  If they were expecting encouraging laboratory evidence, however, to support astrobiology’s contention that life can originate spontaneously on a planet, most of what they got was, “more work needs to be done.”    The entire presentation can be viewed in streaming video from JPL Multimedia.  As a footnote, Huygens scientists announced this week that the methane found on Titan was not produced by life, in case anyone was hoping.  See the story on Space.com.Astrobiology is a totally bogus science built on the assumptions of Darwinism and naturalistic philosophy.  Its only bright side is to motivate more experimental work in chemistry, physics, geology and astronomy – which is good, but assumes no other motive would do so.  And its track record is abysmal.  Of the biomolecules we know, Dr. Ehrenfreund said, “I wouldn’t really fix on this modern biochemistry thing, and on one component [like ribose or RNA]; we have done that for 50 years, and we didn’t succeed to go any step further with that; so I think you have to think a little bit in a new way.”  So 50 years after Stanley Miller proudly announced the formation of amino acids in a laboratory flask, we now know all that was irrelevant hype.  Today, the wizards of chemistry are into visualization.  They ask us to envision hypothetical simpler entities, yet to be discovered, that might self-organize into self-reproducing machines.    So what do you think?  Is the “useful lie” tactic the only way to get funding for science?  (see 05/02/2003 entry).  The Miller experiment used it.  The Mars Meteorite used it.  Both are now defunct.  Is astrobiology a welfare program for scientists who ought to be studying the real world, not hypothetical sci-fi landscapes where primitive molecules “get together” and start living?  What if Wall Street acted this way?  Would you continue patronizing a financial adviser who, after 50 years, admits that you have lost money on every investment he tried, and said that now you need to think of new, unspecified, unknown, untested investments?(Visited 19 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more