Party leader funds attack on MPs

first_imgNZ Herald 19 Feb 2013Conservative Party leader Colin Craig is using his personal wealth to make a nationwide drop of leaflets which criticise MPs who do not follow their electorate’s wishes. His office has published and distributed 200,000 leaflets at a cost of $55,000 – a figure which Mr Craig expects to double as he ramps up his party’s electioneering. The leaflets have accused MPs of ignoring their electorates in making changes against the wishes of the majority, such as the anti-smacking bill and asset sales. Mr Craig was especially critical of Prime Minister John Key for backing a bill to legalise same-sex marriage – a move he felt was out of tune with Mr Key’s Helensville electorate.…. The Conservative Party’s survey, which had a margin of error of 5 per cent, also found that a third of respondents did not know the same-sex marriage bill would also permit gay couples to adopt children. At present, gay individuals but not gay couples are able to adopt. Mr Craig felt that if it was widely known that adoption laws would be altered by the bill, public opposition to it would grow. “It’s one thing to be talking about what two people do in the privacy of their own home. It’s another thing when that becomes a discussion about parenting kids who need a family. “From looking at the debate overseas, that is one of the things that makes people more conservative rather than liberal on this issue.” read more

Angels vs. Mariners: Saturday game time, TV channel, starting pitchers

first_imgTHE PITCHERSANGELS RHP RICKY NOLASCO (6-15, 5.02)vs. Mariners: 2-5, 4.71At Angel Stadium: 7-10, 4.46Hates to face: Nelson Cruz, 12 for 26 (.462), 4 HRs MARINERS at ANGELSWhen: 6 p.m.Where: Angel StadiumTV: Fox Sports West Loves to face: Kyle Seager, 3 for 21 (.143)MARINERS RHP ANDREW MOORE (1-5, 5.34)vs. Angels: 0-0, 21.60At Angel Stadium: First gameHates to face: NoneLoves to face: Nonecenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

‘Insane’ Freddie Kissoon can face jail time for contempt of court

first_img… sub judice rule prohibits public discussion of ongoing casesInsane’ Freddie Kissoon could face up to one month jail time for contempt of court. This comes in light of Kissoon’s public discussion of a case, which is currently before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Freddie KissoonKissoon’s ramblings about the case in tabloid-like newspaper Kaieteur News constitutes sub judice, as the matter is under judicial consideration and, therefore, prohibited from public discussion. As such, his actions can now interfere with the administration of justice. The Magistrate also has discretion to make a gag order to avoid a trial by the press. Lord Justice Watkins in Peacock v London Weekend Television (1985) 150 J.P. 71 at p. 80, said: “In our land we do not allow trial by television or newspaper. Until the well-recognised institution of this country for the doing of justice, namely the courts, have worked their course, then the hand of the writer and the voice of the broadcaster must be still.”Kissoon’s sanity was questioned last week when he failed to demonstrate comprehension of basic questions by a defence attorney during a cross-examination in a case for which he was a witness. On several occasions, the presiding Magistrate in that case has to caution Kissoon after he kept ranting at every question asked. The lawyer experienced great difficulties securing direct answers from Kissoon, who opted to respond to every question philosophically. His responses seemed to entertain persons in the courtroom as there were chuckles every time he answered.As such, the lawyer in his submissions to the court questioned Kissoon’s sanity, pointing out to the court that his evidence should be withdrawn, since he has proven on several occasions that he was incompetent to stand trial. According to Section 49 of the Evidence Act, a witness is incompetent if in the opinion of the court if he is prevented by memory lapse from recollecting the matter on which he is supposed to testify, from understanding the questions put to him, from giving rational answers to those questions, or from knowing that he ought to speak the truth. Under cross-examination Kissoon repeatedly stated that he was unable to recollect certain important matters, he was unable to understand simple questions and instead of answering questions, went off on a tangent about philosophy and semantics.Importantly, when questioned about his knowing that he affirmed to tell the whole truth, he denied ever making such an affirmation. Guyana Times understands that legal luminaries have advised Kissoon to take his mediation on a regular basis.last_img read more

Oklahoma State releases 2014 football schedule

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIOklahoma State’s 2014 football schedule has been released. Here’s a look:Aug. 30 — vs. Florida State (Dallas)Sept. 6 — Missouri StateSept. 13 — UTSASept. 20 — OpenSept. 25 (Thursday) — Texas TechOct. 4 — Iowa StateOct. 11 — at KansasOct. 18 — at TCUOct. 25 — West VirginiaNov. 1 — at Kansas StateNov. 8 — OpenNov. 15 — TexasNov. 22 — at BaylorNov. 29 -or- Dec. 6 — at OklahomaTwo games against “Open” — hope they aren’t tough next year.That Florida State game is going to be about as much fun as tackling Julius Crosslin in a wind tunnel. Other than that though, the schedule is pretty nice. OSU doesn’t have a true road game until October 11th. That’s pretty crazy.Actually, with what’s left on the schedule this year OSU only has one true road game in the next 339 days (at Texas next week).Tech at home on a Thursday night (while perhaps silly) will be fun. At Kansas will be easy since Mason Rudolph will have taken over by then.The last four (like this year) are pretty killer. At KSU is never fun and Baylor and OU will be good again.Also love the “or” — did Gundy help make this thing, or what?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Gov’t Focused on Quality Health Care Delivery – Minister Ferguson

first_imgCouncillor Suzette Brown (2nd left) from the St. James Parish Council leads a group discussion at Sunday’s (June 23) public consultation on financing for the health sector, held at the Montego Bay Civic Centre, St. James. Councillors Homer Davis (3rd left); and Charles Sinclair (4th left); also participated in the session organised by the Ministry of Health. Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Fenton Ferguson, says that the Government is committed to maintaining high standards in healthcare delivery even as it deliberates on options for financing the sector.“It is not just creation of access; we have to also maintain quality and standards,” Dr. Ferguson stated on Sunday, June 23, as he addressed the fourth public consultation on health financing held at the Montego Bay Civic Centre in Sam Sharpe Square, St. James.Dr. Ferguson, who will speak on developments in the health sector, when he makes his Sectoral presentation on Tuesday, June 25, said that some “important recommendations” have come from the meetings held to date.“We have taken on board the many suggestions, some of which will be discussed, in our deliberations,” he informed.Among the recommendations, he said, is that the Ministry should look to “get something from the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), because in a real way, when our tourists come to the country, there is great expectations about the nature of our service, there is great expectations about or emergency response.” Stating that the issue of health financing has moved from just user fees, Dr. Ferguson informed that the role of insurance companies has also been put on the table.“When you have an accident and the client ends up in the hospital, what about the insurance companies? Those things have come to the table,” he stated.The Minister said the consultations have put him in a position to work with his team at the Ministry, and the wider Government to chart a way forward with clear understanding that the public is fully aware of the range of issues involved.Meanwhile, Technical Director at the Western Regional Health Authority (WRHA), Dr. Simone Spence, reported that a number of upgrading projects have taken place across the region to improve health facilities.“In progress, we currently have refurbishing of the dietary and kitchen area at Cornwall Regional Hospital, which is 99.9 per cent complete. Expansion of the Mount Salem Health Centre is almost complete as well. We have renovated a number of our health centres across the region, and there is construction of maternity, medical, and accident and emergency facilities at Savanna-la-Mar Hospital,” she outlined.Contact: Garfield Anguslast_img read more