BACKING JACK: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister stands by her embattled senior minister

first_img Sharing is caring! PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar Sunday night said she was standing by her embattled senior cabinet minister, Austin “Jack Warner, who was temporarily suspended by the International Football Federation (FIFA) while allegations of bribery against him are investigated. In a statement issued here, Persad Bissessar said that it is a fundamental tenet of the rule of law that a man is innocent until proven guilty. ““This right is enshrined in the constitution of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and is an important pillar in our system of justice. And so, the decision by FIFA to initiate a “provisional suspension” of its vice president Jack Warner, pending investigation is not a determination of guilt but part of a process that we trust will be fair and unprejudiced,” she said. Football’s world governing body on Sunday pledged to investigate bribery allegations against Warner, former presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam and two Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials, temporarily suspending them from activity connected with the game. Warner and Bin Hammam have been accused of offering US$40,000 to national associations of the CFU at a meeting on May 10 and 11 here, in return for their votes in the FIFA presidential election.Bin Hammam was to face incumbent FIFA president Sepp Blatter for the top post in the game in an election on June 1 in Zurich, Switzerland.CFU officials Debbie Minguell and Jason Sylvester were also suspended until a full investigation into bribery allegations against them was conducted. Warner, who is also the Minister of Works and Transport in the five-member coalition administration here, has already reacted bitterly to the suspension describing it “as an abuse of the process and achieves no real purpose as stated in the decision and again demonstrates the bias of their enquiry. “I intend to say a lot more on this matter shortly in the meantime I will vigorously defend my reputation as well as the reputation of the rest of the Caribbean members,” he added. Persad Bissessar said that a “provisional suspension” is not to be equated with a finding of guilt, far less a sentence based on a finding of wrong doing. “The process must now be allowed to go its full course since as I said, a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty. “ She said that FIFA is an international sport body that is not part of the government of Trinidad and Tobago, adding “we therefore have no knowledge about its procedures and the dynamics of its unique internal politics.  “It would be unfortunate if we made premature adverse judgement and pronouncement on a matter that is under investigation. This would be contrary to the spirit and letter of the laws of our land,” she said, adding “ I am fully aware that events like this involving a senior cabinet minister will be of immense concern to the people of Trinidad and Tobago.  She said she is also concerned about the allegations and expect Warner to provide an update when he returns to the country. “At this time, there is no reason for me to arrive at any conclusion regarding the allegations made against Mr. Warner,” she said, describing the her senior cabinet minister as “a son of our soil’ who served this nation faithfully at that very football organisation and who was instrumental in leading Trinidad and Tobago to its very first world cup qualification just a few years ago”. She said he must “be allowed every opportunity to present his case against the allegations made about him. “Consequently, at this time I will not prejudge the allegations against Minister Warner, and until there is evidence to the contrary, I stand by him,” she added. NewsRegional BACKING JACK: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister stands by her embattled senior minister by: – May 30, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img 13 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more

Diversified Machine Inc. makes winning pay off for IMCA Modifieds, Late Models, Sprints

first_imgLANCASTER, Pa. (May 23) – Diversified Machine Inc. makes a big award winner out of the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified driver making the most visits to victory lane this season.The new IMCA marketing partner gives a Bulldog CT-1 quick change rear end to the Modified driver with the most 40-point feature wins during the 2015 point season.Sixth through 10th place drivers in the national Modified, IMCA Late Model and IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car point standings each receive $100 product certificates from the Lancaster, Pa., manufacturer.“We’ve always been interested in IMCA, for a couple different reasons,” explained Sales Manager Dave Ely. “I’ve kept up with Super Nationals and racing in the Midwest. I’m as interested in what happens on race night at Spencer, Iowa, as I am what happens at the Knoxville Nationals.”“And I like the technical side of it,” added the veteran of 20 Sprint Car racing seasons. “I’m impressed when I see cars with eight inch tires, and the traction they create, racing three and four wide. That intrigues me.”Diversified Machine is owned by Jim and Tammy Haines, who started the business in 1991. DMI has expanded three times, most recently into a 66,000 square foot facility.The Bulldog Rear Ends line was introduced in 2004 and quickly became a favorite with Pennsylvania Sprint Series drivers. Research and development testing for Modified and Late Model rear ends began in 2009 and have been rolling off the production line ever since.“We really take pride that our products are made in the USA. We want people to know we’re the ‘Made In the USA Guys,’” Ely said. “It’s an important part of our philosophy. IMCA is also driven by people who have jobs in the USA.”Diversified Machine awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.The company’s growing dealership list includes fellow IMCA sponsors Allstar Performance, B & B Racing Chassis, Belleville Motorsports, Bob Harris Enterprises, Performance Bodies and Ricochet Race Components.“I whole heartedly believe racing is built around good people and this sport is filled with them,” Ely emphasized. “IMCA Modified, Late Model and Sprint Car drivers work hard all season. It’s cool to be part of this.”More information about DMI-made rear ends is available by calling 717 397-5347, on Facebook and at the website.“The Bulldog rear end is a high quality piece and a perfect quick change selection for our Modified, Late Model and Sprint Car drivers,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder observed. “The 2015 rule change has allowed us to develop this new relationship and help market the products of a great company like Diversified Machine.”last_img read more

Yarie, Arneson cash in at Outagamie Speedway

first_imgVan Straten stayed close but had to settle for second, Chas Van Ooyen was third, Jeremy Chris­tians took fourth and point leader Josh Mroczkoski rounded out the top five. The contest ran cau­tion-free.    SEYMOUR, Wis. (June 21) – Mark Schuenemann paced the opening laps of the $1,000 to win IMCA Modified feature Friday at Outagamie Speedway before defending track champion Mar­cus Yarie came to call.  By Edward Anschutz  Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Yarie won the green to checkered contest ahead of Schuenemann, Mike Mullen, Brian Mullen and Jerry Wilinski.   Yarie took the lead from Schuenemann and set sail, going unchallenged for his first local feature win of the season and pocketing the $1,000 payday.  Former national champion Travis Van Straten raced to the lead on lap one of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car headliner. After starting in row five, Eric Arneson worked to the runner-up position by lap five using the top groove.  Arneson set his sights on Van Straten, pulling even with him on lap eight. A lap later, Arneson took the lead and never looked back, earning his first feature win of the season.  Jayden Schmidt took the lead from John Rothmund on lap eight of the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod feature and never looked back, scoring a clean sweep on the night with his first feature win of the season. Rothmund had to settle for second, point leader Cody Schroeder was third, Cole Magnin was fourth and Ryan Schmidt had his best run of the season to place fifth.    Jake Peters made a last-lap pass on Brian Johnson to score his first-ever mach-1 Sport Compact fea­ture victory.last_img read more

Power restored following Sunday Decatur County crash

first_imgDecatur County, In. —A report from the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department says one person was injured in a Sunday crash that caused a power outage in the northern part of the county.Around 5 p.m. police began an investigation into a report of a reckless driver on U.S. 421 near the Honda plant. While en route, police learned the car struck a utility pole.When police arrived the unidentified driver was unconscious and the pole was broken.The driver was airlifted from the scene with unspecified injuries. Power to more than 300 Decatur County REMC customers was restored within about three hours.No names have been released. The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

Police: Daytona Man Wanted to Kill 100 People in Mass Shooting

first_imgA Daytona Beach man is in trouble for apparently sending his ex-girlfriend text messages claiming that he wanted to commit a mass shooting.According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, A 25-year-old Tristan Scott Wix was arrested on Friday.Deputies say that he sent the woman text messages that read, “A school is a weak be more likely to open fire on a large crowd of people from over 3 miles away… I’d wanna break a world record for longest confirmed kill ever.” Another message reportedly stated, “But a good 100 kills would be nice. I already have a location (laughing cry face emoji) is that bad?”The ex-girlfriend called deputies, who found Wix in a Winn-Dixie parking lot in Daytona Beach Shores and arrested him. He told the deputies he does not own any firearms, but that he is “fascinated” with mass shootings.Wix faces charges of making threats to commit a mass shooting. He is being held without bond at the Volusia County Jail.The incident comes nearly two weeks after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, that killed 31 people.last_img read more

FL Senator Seeks $2 Million in Taxpayer Money to Lure Back Film Industry

first_imgRepublican State Senator Joe Gruters, of Sarasota, wants the Sunshine State to once again make a splash on the big screen.He is calling for $2 million in rebates to lure the film industry back to Florida, just years after his fellow lawmakers ended a successful movie production incentive program.“It’s for the purpose of continuing to try to rebuild a program that has been decimated over the years because sunshine and low taxes aren’t enough for us to go out and capture some of these jobs,” says Gruters, who is also head of the Florida Republican Party.He named top 20 film schools at Florida State University and Ringling College of Art and Design, as well as at Full Sail University in Orlando, and says, “We are producing this top-tier talent, so there’s no reason for us to export our top talent right out of the state as they graduate. People want to film in Florida, but we have to make it so that there is a competitive environment for these studios to decide to choose us.”Gruters’ program would require film production companies to spend money upfront, and earn incentives for hiring veterans and local graduates. He adds that studies have shown an uptick in tourism when people see certain locations on television.However, Florida’s Republican-led Legislature slashed the budget of Visit Florida, the state’s tourism promotion organization, by $26 million last year, and required it to lay off 44 employees.An advocacy group called, “Americans for Prosperity Florida,” which opposes all corporate incentive programs, says past film programs in our state have not resulted in an efficient use of taxpayer dollars.A 2015 study by Florida’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research noted that the state only received $0.54 for every dollar that was spent on the Entertainment Sales Tax Exemption. Still, cities such as Miami, Tampa and Jacksonville have started their own film industry incentives.The state Legislature will consider the proposal during its 2020 session, which begins on Tuesday, January 14.last_img read more

Accused Tampa Twitter Hacker Arraigned on 30 Felony Counts Today

first_imgSome of the other accounts Clark is accused of hacking into are former are former Vice President Joe Biden and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.Since the hacker didn’t turn out to be a Russian or Chinese agent, maybe the FBI will offer Clark a job. (Tampa, FL) — A Florida teenager believed to be the mastermind behind a Twitter hack will be in court today to be arraigned on 30 felony counts related to last month’s incident. The 17-year-old Tampa teen is behind bars facing 30 felony charges for “scamming people across America,” according to Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren.The teen is among three people facing charges for their alleged roles in the July 15 Twitter hack of prominent Twitter accounts, including that of former President Barack Obama and SpaceX founder Elon Musk. Clark is accused of hacking into the high-profile accounts and directing their followers to donate Bitcoin to accounts linked to him. Bitcoin is a crypto-currency that is extremely difficult to track.Warren calls Graham Clark was the “mastermind” behind the hack and says he is being tried as an adult.Interesting: Twitter hacker is busted in Tampa, Florida today. I guess he was a bored 17 year old, not some Russian or Chinese hacker mastermind.— Kevin Mitnick (@kevinmitnick) July 31, 2020last_img read more

J-D, CBA girls basketball advances to Class A title showdown

first_imgThe top-seeded Brothers used defense and hot outside shooting to roll past no. 5 seed Whitesboro 61-33, while the no. 2 seed Red Rams had to sweat until the final minutes before a strong closing stretch put away no. 6 seed New Hartford 55-46.Going first in this semifinal doubleheader, CBA had reason to be wary of Whitesboro, who was quite impressive in ousting no. 4 seed Cortland 43-28 in the quarterfinals earlier in the week. And the Warriors did score the game’s first four points.But then the Brothers seized control with a 21-0 outburst that, in a span of five-plus minutes, gave CBA a big cushion and showcased the team’s vast array of skills and qualities. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story For 12 months, the Christian Brothers Academy used its close defeat to Jamesville-DeWitt as a spark toward a special 2019-20 season.Whether it turns into something even more memorable now depends on whether the Brothers can unseat the Red Rams from the Section III Class A throne that it has held for eight years.On the same floor at Onondaga Community College’s Allyn Hall where the sectional final will take place, CBA and J-D got through their respective sectional semifinals in wildly varying ways. Tags: CBAgirls basketballJ-D On the defensive side, the Brothers swarmed Whitesboro and forced a string of bad shots and turnovers. Then, on the other end, CBA rarely missed from beyond the arc, ultimately hitting on nine 3-pointers by game’s end.Brooke Jarvis, the program’s all-time leading scorer, netted 15 points by the middle of the second quarter, but even when she had to sit most of the rest of the way due to foul trouble, the Brothers continued to dominate.All game long, Maura Clare Conan brought the energy on defense and contributed 10 points. The sister duo of Tori and Emily Hall joined Conan in the effort, Tori Hall hitting on a pair of 3-pointers right before halftime to stretch the margin to 37-18.Then, as CBA’s defense held Whitesboro without a field goal for more than seven minutes, Leana Heittman took over on offense, earning 12 of her 17 points during the second half to prevent any Warriors comeback.With its spot in the sectional final secure, the Brothers now watched as J-D got challenged by a New Hartford side that beat CBA earlier this season, and would nearly put an end to the Red Rams’ long title run.That didn’t seem likely when, in the game’s first five minutes, the Spartans were shut out and J-D built an 11-0 margin, but the work of the Spartans’ superb sophomore guard, Kaia Henderson, erased her team’s deficit by the second quarter.Soon, a theme emerged. Henderson, with 17 first-half points, was carrying her team’s attack, but was doing so with three fouls. Then she got her fourth foul early in the third quarter, even as New Hartford led most of that period.Paige Keeler’s 3-pointer broke a 32-32 tie and put J-D back in front just before the fourth quarter, but with the Spartans diversifying its attack, it went back in front twice during the final minutes.It took five consecutive points from Riley LaTray to pull the Rams out of a 44-44 deadlock and give it the lead for good, yet things were still in doubt when Henderson, her team down 49-46, was whistled for her fifth foul with 2:17 left, taking her out of the game.Without Henderson, who finished with 27 points, New Hartford was shut out the rest of the way, and the Rams closed with baskets from Sydney Baker and Momo LaClair, plus free throws by LaTray.Baker had earned 11 of her 13 points in the second half, matching LaClair’s total as Keeler got 10 points and Andrea Sumida, playing through her own foul trouble, had seven points.So just like it did against Bishop Ludden in the quarterfinal round, J-D had struggled, but made it through. Only CBA now stands between the Red Rams and another sectional banner, the two sides squaring off next Saturday at 1 p.m. at OCC five hours before those two schools meet in the boys sectional Class A final.last_img read more

Men’s hockey to host 1st place UD

first_imgWith the potential to take first place and secure a home playoff series in the WCHA, the University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will host Denver for a two game series at the Kohl Center this weekend.The Badgers are just hoping it will go better than last time these two programs faced off. “That really hurt — going in already 0-2 — we lost those to make us 0-4,” sophomore defenseman Brendan Smith said. “Just knowing what that felt like when we couldn’t buy a win, and they scored a bunch of goals on us, we definitely have a huge revenge factor right now.”In sweeping the Badgers, the Pioneers were able to score 13 total goals, including six against Wisconsin’s No. 1 goaltender, senior Shane Connelly. However, with Connelly coming off one of the best series of his career against Minnesota, head coach Mike Eaves thinks his starting net minder will be better equipped to handle the Denver offensive attack.“Well [Connelly] was unbelievable in the first period (against Denver),” Eaves said. “A lot like Minnesota they fired a lot of shots, and he seemed to get tired. As a result, we weren’t that good in front of him, he got tired and the pucks started going in behind him. He is in better game condition now, he has gotten back in the flow of things, so those are things I think will help him out.”Denver comes to Wisconsin having scored a league-leading 82 goals for a 3.57 goals-per-game average, and boasts three players in Anthony Maiani, Rhett Rakhshani and Patrick Wiercioch who average over a point a game in conference play. With Wisconsin a close second in scoring in the conference, the red light may be flashing quite a bit this weekend.“They are a good skating team, they are a team that has transition, they play hard and they are well coached,” Eaves said of Denver. “And for some reason they seem to have success here in the Kohl Center. So we are concerned about all of those things.”To have success against the Pioneers, the Badgers hope to carry over the momentum from their recent sweep against Minnesota. Just coming off a bye week though, Eaves can’t be certain how the team will respond.“Are there concerns about coming out (slow) against Denver after a week off? Absolutely,” Eaves said. “We always talk about that first period after a week off. We have to monitor that and make sure … that we are back into game speed.”After missing the past eight games with a wrist injury, the Badgers will be aided by the return of Smith to the lineup. Despite missing nine total games on the season, Smith is second to only to Jamie McBain in points scored by a defenseman. An integral part of the Badgers league-leading power play, Smith will be thrown onto the first line once again.“I’m a little nervous, sure,” Smith said. “I have only had a week and a half really of stick handling and puck moving. I guess coming out I don’t want to make to many mistakes with the puck. So I guess I’m a little nervous.”Eaves’ team trails both Denver and North Dakota by a mere one point with six games remaining in the WCHA. Despite going 16-5-2 in their last 23 games, the team still finds itself ranked 15th in the PairWise Rankings — right on the bubble for the NCAA tournament.“We have talked about it,” Eaves said of the PairWise Rankings. “And the thing is as we look at that, the things that we can do to help ourselves is keep the focus where it has been. Just get points. If we get points which means we are winning or tying than we are doing good things.”last_img read more

Badgers put up 14 goals, dominate MTU

first_imgCelebrations were the norm during the weekend, as UW scored 14 goals.[/media-credit]Wisconsin men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves spoke all week at practice about the need to manufacture goals, and after this weekend’s series sweep of Michigan Tech, it is safe to say the Badgers did just that.It was a series that saw the Badgers collect an astounding 14 goals, while only allowing two scored against them.In Saturday night’s game, both teams struggled to generate scoring chances early on, but a five-minute major for checking from behind and subsequent game misconduct penalty on MTU forward Mikael Lickteig blew the game wide open. Lickteig was ejected and as he skated to the locker room, any chance for a Michigan Tech victory left with him.With 10 full minutes on the power play, the Badgers scored three goals as they took full advantage with the extra man.“That was a turning point in the game, and it took the wind out of their sails,” Eaves said. “Up until that point, the game was in the balance — which way the game was going to go. The major penalty — and then taking advantage of the major penalty — was the difference in the game.”Junior defenseman Brendan Smith finished with three points (two goals, one assist) and he started the scoring onslaught for UW after he snuck up from the blue line and fired a slap shot by Michigan Tech goalie Kevin Genoe.“I got open luckily, and Derek (Stepan) made good passes to me,” Smith said. “The first one was a magnificent pass, so I had an open net.”Less than a minute later, John Mitchell, who got an opportunity to play on the first line and power-play unit, doubled the Badgers’ lead.Mitchell has had his struggles this season, but the senior forward was given a chance to make an impact playing alongside some of UW’s more skilled players and he delivered.“I was able to skate with Blake (Geoffrion) and Craig (Smith), and they’re amazing players,” Mitchell said. “I was kind of nervous coming in and didn’t know if I had settled down with them, but I found my groove initially and it carried through the weekend.”Smith and Mitchell would each tally another power-play goal, as the Badgers never let up, en route to a dominating 6-0 victory.Lost in the shuffle was the shutout performance put forth by junior goaltender Scott Gudmandson, who stopped all 15 shots he faced.Gudmandson was pleased with his play, but he was quick to credit his defensemen, who allowed the Huskies to register only two shots on goal in the third period.“I didn’t really have a lot of work tonight. The defense was unbelievable,” Gudmandson said. “The defense did a good job and made it pretty easy for me.”Friday’s series opener had a similar outcome as the Badgers won by another six-goal margin. UW earned an 8-2 victory, but according to the coaching staff, despite jumping out to a 4-1 first period lead, it was a flawed performance in the early going.Patrick Johnson banged home a centering pass for the first goal of the night, Blake Geoffrion scored twice and Ryan McDonagh capped the scoring in the first period, but the players were not showered with praise when they skated off the ice.“Coach was a little upset with our performance in the first period. We didn’t come out ready to play; we needed to play better defensively and do the little things,” Smith, who had four assists on the night, said. “We were very lackadaisical and we were very fortunate to have that lead after the first period.”Eaves refocused his team in the locker room as the Badgers came out energized on the defensive end in the second period, only allowing three shots to reach goaltender Brett Bennett.Geoffrion also helped carry his team through, as he was the go-to-guy with the man advantage. The senior captain and team leader in goals scored again midway through the second period, giving him three power-play goals on the night to register his first career hat trick.“We take a lot of pride in our special teams, and coming into every game, we want to get at least one [power-play goal],” Geoffrion said. “And tonight that was the turning point in the game.”The Badgers put bodies in front of the net all night and scoring chances were relentlessly poured on the Michigan Tech goaltender as UW refused to get complacent with such a large lead.“Are you going to go out there and sit back, or are you going to go out there and play hard and play the way you need to play to be a good team?” Eaves said of his intermission speech. “That was what we wrote on the board and we went out and played to that.”last_img read more