Royal Australian Navy to Re-establish Naval Presence on Thursday Island

first_img View post tag: presence View post tag: Royal View post tag: Australian Royal Australian Navy to Re-establish Naval Presence on Thursday Island THE Royal Australian Navy should urgently re-establish a naval presence on Thursday Island off Cape York or risk a major border security bre…By Mark Dodd (theaustralian)[mappress]Source: theaustralian, June  27, 2011; Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Australian Navy to Re-establish Naval Presence on Thursday Island View post tag: Re-establish June 27, 2011 View post tag: Thursday View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Island Share this articlelast_img read more

Magistrate denies four men bail for gun related charges

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Magistrate denies four men bail for gun related charges by: – December 23, 2011 Alton Eusebe of La PlaineFour men will spend another week at the State’s Prison as their application for bail was denied by Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste. Twenty-six years old Alton Eusebe of La Plaine, Twenty-one years old Sharmane Peter of Goodwill, Twenty-five years old Marvin Roberts of Mahaut and twenty-six years old Mandella Gordon of Goodwill were on Friday jointly charged for six charges related to possession of firearm and controlled drug.The charges read to the accused men by the Clerk of Court were for; possession of certain ammunition namely eleven live rounds of twelve gauge ammunition without being the holder of a valid license, possession of a prohibited weapon namely one sawed off twelve gauge shotgun, possession of eleven rounds of ammunition in a public place, possession of a twelve gauge shotgun without a valid license, possession of a controlled drug namely Cannabis and one twelve gauge shotgun in public place.Sharmane Peter of GoodwillMandella Gordon pleaded guilty to possession of the 12 gauge shot gun and possession of a prohibited weapon without a valid license while Alton Eusebe pleaded guilty to possession of Cannabis.Police Prosecutor Inspector Claude Weekes told Magistrate Baptiste that while he is aware of the presumption of innocence until proven guilty and that bail is merely the assurance of the accused attendance at Court, based on the nature and severity of the offenses as well as the severity of the punishment if they are convicted, the prosecution strongly opposes that the accused be granted bail.He argued further that the police officers are still conducting their investigations with a view to recover more firearms and the accused men are persons of interest in these investigations. He also explained that the prosecution fears that if the accused men are granted bail that “they could interfere with, derail or shatter the police efforts to recover the firearms which are in circulation”.Marvin Roberts of MahautInspector Weekes impressed upon the Court how lethal these firearms are and the duty of the police to remove them from circulation. Although he admitted that he could not divulge all the facts in the matter which are in his possession, he recommended to the Court that bail be denied as a matter of national security so as to prevent the accused from interfering with the police investigations or intimidating any witnesses.Mr. David Bruney who represented Alton Eusebe and Marvin Roberts told the Court that his clients had been in custody since Sunday and that the police did their job, that one man pleaded guilty to the possession of firearm and another to the possession of controlled drug and the prosecution’s objective for denying bail was to keep his clients incarcerated during the Christmas holidays.He further argued that the prosecutor had not presented sufficient evidence to convince the Court that his clients should be denied bail. He said, “Their absence from the public will not lead you to the firearms and the day that we deny people bail without sufficient evidence is the day the justice system breaks down.” He told the Court that the prosecutor could have suggested a curfew be imposed upon his clients and they be instructed not to interfere with the witnesses.Mandella Gordon of GoodwillMeantime Defense Counsel Wayne Norde who represented Sharmane Peter told the Court that he wishes to “echo” Mr Bruney’s arguments and point out that the accused are before the Court on specific charges not speculative charges.Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste told the accused that her decision is to deny them bail so as to allow the investigating officers “extra days “to carry out their investigations into the matter.They have been remanded at the Dominica State’s Prison until the 30th of December, 2011 when their bail application will be revisited.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 328 Views   one comment Share Tweetlast_img read more

Los Angeles Lakers will have to hit bottom before reaching the top again

first_imgIf it makes their frustrated fans feel any better, the Lakers are looking at 50-1 odds to win the NBA Championship, yet are still among the most talked-about teams in the league.Even when the Lakers are terrible, they still push the needle like no other.So there is that, at least.But there are great stories all over the NBA. So why fret over a club that needs everything to go perfectly just to have a chance to claim the last playoff spot in the Western Conference?Yet you turn on the radio or TV and it’s all about Kobe Bryant.He’s single-handedly ruining the Lakers (he isn’t).Other players are afraid to play with him (they aren’t).Jeanie Buss should make like Michael Corleone and put brother Jimmy Buss into a boat and send him out on the lake for some fishing (don’t get on that boat, Jim).The way people are trying to uncover outlandish reasons for the obvious and demanding a detailed plan for recovery, you’d think the Lakers are the only great franchise to ever undergo a rebuilding phase.As if constructing an NBA power is as easy as convincing the best free agents to leave millions upon millions of dollars to get in on the ground floor of a reformation.That plan unfolded once in our lifetimes, and only because the Miami Heat had an in-his-prime Dwyane Wade and enough cap space to lure two coveted free agents — and James and Chris Bosh happened to be two of his closest friends — to South Beach four years ago.Other than that, the great teams of recent times were built the hard way.They lost for an extended period of time and hit on enough good young draft picks to either build a powerful core from within or trade younger assets for veteran help — like the Boston Celtics did when they traded for Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen and teamed them with Paul Pierce.The Lakers find themselves in a similar predicament. So are the Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. And when Tim Duncan hangs them up, perhaps so will the San Antonio Spurs.The Oklahoma City Thunder were terrible for years, and they ended up with top-five picks Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden to build a contender.The Warriors stunk for a decade, but finally got it right with lottery picks Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.The Chicago Bulls built a deep roster off a series of lottery picks. So did the Indiana Pacers.The up-and-coming Portland Trail Blazers and Washington Wizards are following the same blueprint.Even the Cavaliers benefited by being bad. That’s how they ended up with three straight No. 1 overall picks and accumulated enough young talent to lure James back to northeast Ohio and trade for Minnesota’s Kevin Love.And do we really need to mention the Clippers, who finally hit it big with top pick Blake Griffin, then used former lottery picks Eric Gordon, center Chris Kaman and forward Al-Farouq Aminu to acquire Chris Paul?Point is, the only reason the Clippers got Griffin and Paul is because they were pitiful for a really long time.Even the Spurs needed plenty of bad to ensure years of greatness.The Spurs do not win five NBA titles if they had the second pick in the 1997 draft rather than the first and and ended up with Keith Van Horn rather than Tim Duncan.Sometimes it pays to be bad.And that brings us back to the Lakers, and the demand for a clear, no-fail plan.Sorry, folks, it’s not that easy.This isn’t baseball, where the Lakers can just unload whatever money they want on whoever they want whenever they want.With the salary-cap rules decidedly against them, they have to respect the process.This is going to be a minimum three-year ordeal dependent on enough high picks panning out to either build around or use as trade chips, and convincing one or two of the coveted free agents from the 2015 and 2016 free-agent classes to sign with them.And it will rely on the luck of the draw in the lottery — beginning after this season when the Lakers need a top-five finish to keep possession of their first-round pick. Otherwise, it is ticketed for Phoenix to complete the Steve Nash trade.If you really want a plan spelled out, just look around the NBA.It’s all there, clear as day, when you watch the Thunder, Clippers, Warriors, Pacers and Bulls.As for Bryant and the contract extension he signed that runs through next season, it didn’t impede the Lakers from trying to sign a top free agent last summer, and it won’t deny them the opportunity next summer.In fact, a strong season from Bryant this year will likely enhance the Lakers’ chances of landing one of coveted free agents next July.If he doesn’t bounce back in a big way, all is not lost.In the NBA these days, it pays to be bad.If you really want a plan spelled out for you, there it is. LeBron James is back home in Cleveland.Phil Jackson is running the show in the Big Apple.Derrick Rose is healthy again in Chicago.The Golden State Warriors look absolutely lethal.And it’s the dawning of a new day for the Clippers.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more