The legal mettle of Bernard De Santos

first_imgDear Editor,In 1982, at the age of 22, I prosecuted my first case at the DPP’s Chambers as State Counsel. It was a murder case, and I was “thrust into the deep to sink or swim,” as my then supervisors, Manny Ramao, SC, and George Jackman, SC, sympathised.The defence attorney was my very learned friend Bernard De Santos, SC, an advocate I have always admired. It was a baptism of fire for me. He was one of the lawyers most knowledgeable in criminal law, and he was also an adroit cross-examiner. He would confuse and wear the witnesses down, and get them to contradict the evidence from sheer frustration and tiredness when the case was going against him.To see Bernard De Santos at his best – exuding the guile, class and style, and morbid fear in the hearts of the witnesses, (and sometimes juries) – made you stop and admire a legal entertainer who could destroy any case. He was a showman, scholar and advocate all rolled into one. He knew the criminal law would explode into frequent objections and would never back down from a fight.They don’t make them like Bernard anymore. He belonged right up there with advocates like Doodnauth Singh, SC, Rex McKay, SC, Donald Robinson, SC, Miles Fitzpatrick, SC, Jailall Kissoon, JOF Haynes, QC, Fred Wills, QC, Sir Lionel Luckhoo, Peter Britton, SC, Charles Ramson, SC, and the other worthy legal luminaries Guyana has so proudly produced in criminal law; just as how distinguished colleagues like Sir Fenton Ramsahoye, QC, Honourable Mohamed Shahabuddeen, Sir Sonny Ramphal, Ashton Chase, SC, B O Adams, SC, Lloyd Luckhoo, SC, Clarence Hughes, SC, Miles Fitzpatrick, SC, Ralph Ramkarran, SC, and others have who adorned the civil bar.Soon after that initiation, I tried a case in which Bernard, Doodnauth and Rex were for the 3 accused in a single case. I had the privilege of seeing them up close and seeing how they can dissect a case. It was like facing Michael Holding, Andy Roberts and Malcolm Marshall at the same time. However, I repelled them like Gavaskar. To say I scored a century would be inappropriate, for prosecutors do not win or lose; they only serve justice. Their clients were all convicted. But it was more like facing Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier and Mike Tyson in the same ring. You had to roll with the punches and fight back, however bloodied.Of the 3, Bernard gave the best performance, which is saying a lot.I have also seen many advocates here in the USA and in other parts of the world. They hardly effuse that commanding presence and execute that withering assault on their clients’ cases like Bernard would. Nor do they have his track record of success. Indeed, they pale in comparison.Bernard De Santos was the quintessential advocate for the accused. This short tribute only deals with his skill as a practising lawyer. When you factor in his achievements as Guyana’s AG and a mentor to younger lawyers, his contribution to Guyana is even more remarkable.Sincerely,Albert BaldeoBaldeo Foundationand Justice Centrelast_img read more

Senators Defend Liberians’ Status in the U.S.

first_imgUnited States Senator Jack Reed along with fourteen others has asked President Barack Obama to extend the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians legally living in that country.According to a statement from Washington DC, Senator Jack Reed is joined by Senators Charles Schumer of New York, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Chris Coons of Delaware and Robert Menendez of New Jersey.Others are Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Dick Durbin of Illinois, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Al Franken of Minnesota. Also Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Kirsten Gillibrand of New York are part of the group championing the status of Liberians legally living in the United States.The current DED extension is set to expire on September 30, 2014, which could cause Liberians living there on temporary status to be deported.In their appeal, the Senators are of the view that Liberians have worked hard, played by the rules, paid U.S. taxes, and made positive contributions to the society and communities in which they are.According to them, Liberians legally went to America to escape the brutal civil war that was in Liberia and to seek a better life for their children, many of whom are American citizens. “Liberians have worked hard, played by the rules, paid U.S. taxes, and made positive contributions to our communities.  They legally came to America to escape a brutal civil war and seek a better life for their children, many of whom are American citizens,” the Senators said.Senator Reed’s Act under the title “Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act,” seeks to also provide Liberians the opportunity to apply for permanent residency and begin the process of becoming US citizens.“They are here legally and should be given the chance to stay.  Instead of threatening deportation and splitting up families, or forcing them to rely on short-term extensions, in the long term, we should provide eligible Liberians with the opportunity to apply for permanent residency and begin the process of becoming citizens,” said Senator Reed.Since 1991, Liberians have relied on short-term provisions of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or DED from Presidents of both political parties to extend their legal right to remain in the United States. These individuals, many of whom have been in the United States since fleeing Liberia in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, have retained a legal status that allows them to live, work, and pay taxes in the United States. On March 15, 2013, President Obama granted Liberians in the United States an 18-month extension of their legal immigration status, which is set to expire at the end of September. Additionally, last month, the Senate Appropriations Committee, on which Reed serves, unanimously approved the fiscal year 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations bill, which includes report language Reed requested that encourages the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to work with the White House and the U.S. Department of State to move expeditiously on considering this DED extension for Liberians.The senators wrote: “The current system of short-term DED renewals leaves Liberians and their families with perennial uncertainty about whether they will be able to remain members of the communities they have come to call home.  For this reason, while we urge you to grant a lengthy extension of at least two years and to make this announcement well in advance of the current DED expiration, we continue to call for comprehensive immigration reform that includes an adjustment to permanent resident status for qualifying Liberians and their families.”Initiative taken by Senator Reed and his colleague gives a high level of hope to hundreds of thousands of Liberians who fled from the war and political instability in Liberia and are now living in the United States.Many lost their parents during the war while a lot of them cannot afford to live in Liberia due to difficulties associated with finding job and high poverty rate.Deporting them under the DED to return would also add to difficulties some relatives living in Liberia are facing, and it would yield to unwanted criminal activities that are already rampant in the Liberian society.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nimba Top Group II

first_imgThe football and kickball teams of Nimba County have qualified for the quarter finals that will be held in Monrovia with seven and nine points respectively in Group II. The group includes hosts Montserrado, Sinoe and River Cess counties. Nimba thrashed Sinoe 3-0 yesterday in the last of the preliminary rounds at the Seh Floyd Tomah Sports Stadium. Nyan Dahn netted the opener in the 26th minute, and after recess, Mark Yallah’s brace were enough to send the hosts’ fans dangerously wide. In the opener on Sunday, Nimba drew 2-2 with Montserrado as well as with River Cess 0-0.Nimba’s hit man Mark Yallah has four goals, while teammate, Daniel Tuazama got two goals. The defending kickball champs earned nine (9) points from three games to top Group II. Nimba County stung Sinoe County 10-0. On Sunday, Nimba again defeated Montserrado 8-1 and on Tuesday, December 6, River Cess County bowed 23-0 to Nimba. Also, the football and kickball outfits of Montserrado County have qualified along with group leader Nimba County. Montserrado and River Cess settled to a 0-0 draw yesterday, to sit second on the table with 3 points. The upriver boys drew with Nimba, 2-2; as well as with Sinoe 0-0.In kickball Montserrado whipped River Cess 10-0 points. On Tuesday, December 6, Montserrado thrashed Sinoe 8-1 points, and in the opener on Sunday, December 4, Montserrado lost to Nimba 6-1.Sinoe and River Cess counties dropped in the preliminary rounds. In other fixture in Group IV, hosts Maryland County’s football and kickball teams qualified along with River Gee (football) and the kickball team of Grand Gedeh County. In Group I, Grand Cape Mount and defending football champions Grand Bassa qualified, while Grand Bassa and Gbarpolu are in for kickball. Group III’s status is still undecided, while the final games are scheduled for today. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Spartans denied in semis

first_imgUnfortunately for the Spartans, they were in for an uphill battle. Salesian scored three goals in the first half before coasting to a 4-1 victory over the Spartans at Salesian’s Keegan Stadium. LOS ANGELES – La Ca?ada High School’s boys soccer team, fresh off disposing of No. 2-seeded Colton on Saturday, was one win away from reaching the CIF-Southern Section Division V championship match. With the title game in their sights, the last thing the Spartans wanted Tuesday was a slow start against No. 3 Salesian. Carlos Alvarez had two goals while Luis Silva and Edgar Togo scored one apiece to send the Mustangs (19-2-1) to the Division V title game against Marshall, a 2-0 winner over Bassett. The Mustangs, armed with a solid midfield and defense as well as a strong wind at their backs, grabbed control of the game from the beginning. Salesian’s pressure paid dividends when Silva scored on a point-blank shot past La Ca ada goalkeeper Devin King to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute. “They applied so much pressure that it was tough to get into their half (of the field),” Jones said. “It was also tough having the wind in our face. It was like going uphill.” Toco knocked in a rebound off a shot by Alvarez in the 15th minute to make it 2-0. center_img Salesian continued to keep the action in the Spartans’ zone before Alvarez scored his first goal of the game in the 27th minute to give the Mustangs a commanding 3-0 lead which they took into halftime. “When it’s one- or two-zero, you’re hoping your guys wake up, so I really wanted to get that one before halftime,” Jones said. The Spartans (14-8-2) didn’t get anything going in the first half and were out-shot 17-2 in the contest, including 10-0 in the opening 40 minutes. “Our midfield played a strong game, and with our ability to maintain possession, we were able to finish,” Salesian coach Mark Johnson said. Salesian picked up where it left off to begin the second half and controlled the ball in the Spartans’ zone. Alvarez eventually maneuvered on goal and scored in the 49th minute for his second goal of the match. To its credit, La Ca ada continued to battle. After a Salesian penalty gave the Spartans a free kick from 30 yards, Dominic Baiocco squirted a shot just past Mustangs keeper Miguel Rodriguez to break the shutout. Salesian will attempt to take home its third title in school history when it faces Marshall. Two players, seniors Christian Alvizar and Geovanni Alvarez, played on the 2004 championship team. “If our defense and midfield play is solid, I like our chances,” Johnson said. scott.galetti@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Walusimbi set to miss SuperSport United tie

first_imgHead coach Dylan Kerr speaking to Capital Sport after the team’s training session on Thursday evening has confirmed that Walusimbi is not in his plans for the CAF Confederations Cup game against SuperSport United.“Walusimbi is definitely not in the plan for this weekend’s game because he hasn’t trained. I bumped into him yesterday and I was actually shocked I thought probably it’s a mirage. But at least it was good to see him back in Kenya,” Kerr explained.Gor Mahia head coach Dylan Kerr reacts during a training session at the Camp Toyoyo Ground in Jericho on April 5, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It has nothing to do with me; it has to do with the club. For me as a coach it is hard and it is hard for the players as well because they miss him. He has to sort it out with the club but we understand the situation the club is in right now so it’s a bit difficult for everybody,” the tactician added.Walusimbi is said to be owed a part of his sign-on fee agreed on with the club when he renewed his contract at the beginning of the season and he is frustrated that the management is not doing enough to offset the balance.Speaking previously to Capital Sport, Gor Mahia Chief Executive Officer Lordvick Aduda said that they would be offsetting some of the pending dues owed to players once the financial status of the club stabilizes.“First of all, we don’t know any salary arrears. We only owe a bit on sign-on fees and it is not only him (Walusimbi) we owe. At this moment the priority for us is to ensure that no one goes without a salary and with minimum finances off sponsorship, it is only logical for us to prioritize. But we will work to solve that issue,” Aduda commented.Kerr decried Walusimbi’s absence in their Champions League tie against Esperance in Tunis, saying he might have given them an edge and probably changed the outcome of the match. He however reckons he has to concentrate on the players he has in training.“For me, I have to concentrate on these lads who turn up here every day for training. I don’t think he will be part of the squad until he has his issues resolved. I don’t know when that is and it’s really a shame because he is a good lad,” Kerr further added.Apart from Walusimbi and the injured duo of Karim Nizigiyimana and Wellington Ochieng, Kerr will have a full squad to choose his best 18 for the SuperSport clash. Innocent Wafula will miss the tie as he wasn’t registered for the CAF assignments.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia left back Godfrey Walusimbi attempts to go past AFC Leopards’ Dennis Sikhayi during the Kenyan Premier League Super Cup at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on January 28, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 5- Left back Godfrey Walusimbi is set to miss a fourth consecutive Gor Mahia match on Sunday as a tussle between him and the club’s management over unpaid sign-on fee persists with the Ugandan choosing to stay away from training.Walusimbi stayed away from the club’s CAF Champions League match against Esperance in Tunisia and the subsequent two Kenyan Premier League clashes against Nzoia Sugar and Vihiga United.last_img read more

WATCH VIDEO WHICH SHOWS McBREARTY SHOT WAS A POINT

first_imgTHERE’S no more debate about it – Patrick McBrearty’s shot WAS a point.This clip from The Sunday Game clearly shows the ball go over the bar….and only tail off to the right AFTER it goes over the bar. That’s why Donegal fans behind the goal – and around Clones – celebrated what they thought was the score to tie the game.Click play to watch….what do you think? WATCH VIDEO WHICH SHOWS McBREARTY SHOT WAS A POINT was last modified: July 20th, 2015 by John2Share 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:patrick mcbreartypointscoreumpireslast_img read more

WILD ATLANTIC DRIVE: COUNCIL TO ADOPT NEW POLICY IN COUNTY PLAN

first_imgInishowen Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has welcomed council support for his proposal to include a policy which would promote the inclusion of The Inishowen 100 and Malin Head in the Wild Atlantic Drive tourism initiative.Cllr Murray said: “At the County Development Plan meeting in Lifford, I proposed that the draft plan include a policy which would promote the inclusion of The Inishowen 100 and Malin Head in The Wild Atlantic Drive.“The proposed scenic drive in the West of Ireland currently ends at Sliabh Liag in South Donegal. However, I feel that North and West Donegal should not be left out of this initiative. “Inishowen has much to offer potential visitors from America and Europe as we have picturesque beaches and coastal views which can rival any across the globe.“It is only natural that The Wild Atlantic Drive would continue through West Donegal, across Fanad before sweeping around Inishowen and finishing in Derry.“This would make the Donegal section of the route, one of the longest in the drive and would benefit restaurants, businesses and hotels across the county.”Cllr Murray concluded by stating that he was optimistic that the inclusion of such a policy in the County Development Plan would help secure the extension of the tourism route through Inishowen. The County Development Plan will go to public consultation in the coming days and is due to be accepted in June.* Of course Donegal already has an Atlantic Drive – where our picture above was taken by donegaldaily.com in November.LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law. Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comWILD ATLANTIC DRIVE: COUNCIL TO ADOPT NEW POLICY IN COUNTY PLAN was last modified: January 17th, 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)Tags:atlantic driveCllr Jack Murraydonegal tourisInishowenlast_img read more

SNOW FOR DONEGAL THIS WEEKEND, SAY FORECASTERS

first_imgTHE UK Met Office has issued an early warning for weekend snow across Ulster.And even Met Eireann is now saying that snow could be on its way.Both organisations say the ongoing battle between a cold easterly front and warmer Atlantic air will decide when the snow will arrive – but it is coming. Between 2cms and 5cms of snow will hit Donegal on Friday.And snow showers could continue until Sunday.“We have issued an early weather warning for this weekend but it’s too early to say how much snow there will be or precisely how much but at this stage we believe snow is coming,” said a UK Met Office spokesman.Met Eireann said: “During the weekend, winds are likely to turn easterly, increasing the risk of snow and severe frost at night.” Peter O’Donnell a qualified weather forecaster with meteotimes.net said snow will feature at higher levels all week but said Sunday was the most likely day for widespread snow.He said on his website: “A major storm system is currently indicated on several models and the details are uncertain, but the most likely outcome would be heavy rainfalls and strong east winds with temperatures in the 3-6 C range, also with heavy snow on higher summits.“It would not take much to change this outlook to mixed precipitation at low elevations or even all snow in some northern or central districts. The track of the low is close to the south coast on a trajectory from WNW to ESE, which would only need to shift 100 miles south to bring in enough cold air for a snowstorm.”He adds: “The models are loaded with active weather from this weekend to as far as they run, and my research model says a major push of very cold air is increasingly likely. That all together could mean a snowfall potential before the month is over but one or two days could turn out quite mild with strong westerly winds too. It promises to be a real “battleground” period.”Our picture was taken at the Letterkenny Polestar Roundabout in 2010. SNOW FOR DONEGAL THIS WEEKEND, SAY FORECASTERS was last modified: January 16th, 2013 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)Tags:donegal daily weatherMet EireannSAY FORECASTERSsnow donegalSNOW FOR DONEGAL THIS WEEKENDUK Met Officeweather latest donegallast_img read more

LOUGHS AGENCY SHUTS DOWN LOUGH FOYLE FISHERY TO PROTECT NATIVE OYSTER STOCKS

first_imgFishing of Native Oysters in Lough Foyle is to be banned in an attempt to halt the decline of the species in the Lough.The decision covers an area where Irish Water and Donegal County Council wants to pump treated sewage from a site outside Moville.The Loughs Agency has said as part of its “precautionary fishery management approach” it planned to close the fishery before 100% of oysters over 80 mm were “fished out.” The Agency said it planned to leave approximately 30% of the oysters over that size in the Lough.A spokesperson said it was hoped these oysters would breed successfully and would help to rebuild the population.The spokesperson explained there was a minimum size at which oysters can be legally fished and in Lough Foyle this was 80 mm.Oysters below this size are considered too small and must not be landed. The estimated biomass for 2014 of 280 tonnes includes oysters which can be legally fished as well as those considered too small.This means that, in fact, the estimated biomass of oysters which are available to the fishery for the 2014/15 season is just 130 – 160 tonnes.The spokesperson added: “The Agency hopes that by putting in place a fishery closure it will be able to conserve the native oyster in Lough Foyle for future seasons.”The spokesperson said Native Oyster numbers had been declining dramatically since the mid 1900s across most of the areas in Europe where the species is naturally found.The reduction in numbers, the spokesperson added, was mostly due to “intense fishing pressure” and as a result of disease such as Bonamia which is present in the oyster stock in Lough Foyle, poor habitat quality, invasive non native species and changes in environmental conditions. The spokesperson added: “The decline of the Native Oyster in Europe has been so significant that the species has been listed by OSPAR as a threatened and/or declining species.”The Loughs Agency has been regulating the Lough Foyle Native Oyster Fishery since September 2008.At present  approximately 50-60 fishermen are licensed to fish for Native Oysters in Lough Foyle annually.The fishery has landed approximately 100-220 tonnes of oysters during the fishing season since 2008. LOUGHS AGENCY SHUTS DOWN LOUGH FOYLE FISHERY TO PROTECT NATIVE OYSTER STOCKS was last modified: October 8th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalLoughs Agencymovilleoysterslast_img read more