‘Perfect’ Rabada destroys Lankans

first_imgCAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP):Young pace bowler Kagiso Rabada completed what his captain termed “the perfect performance” by South Africa after his 10-wicket haul for the match bowled them to a 282-run victory over Sri Lanka in the second Test yesterday.Rabada claimed four of the six wickets South Africa still required for victory on day four to take six for 55 and bowl Sri Lanka out for 224 in their second innings.In the process, he recorded figures of ten for 92 in the match as South Africa’s dominant victory gave them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.”It was pretty much a perfect performance. Everything was planned and everything worked out perfectly,” South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said.Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal had hinted that Sri Lanka could put up a fight in their second innings by batting out the final hour on day three, but they did not last long after resuming on 130 for four.Chandimal (30) was the first to go in the sixth over of the day when he chipped Rabada tamely to square leg, before the seamer’s next over claimed both Upul Tharanga and Mathews (49).When Suranga Lakmal edged through to the wicketkeeper soon after, Rabada had his second 10-wicket haul in just his 13th Test.The 21-year-old was then removed from the attack after a seven-over spell that brought four for 33, leaving Keshav Maharaj and Vernon Philander to grab the final two wickets of the match.REPEAT OF MISTAKES”It’s disappointing to repeat the same mistakes over two Test matches,” Mathews said.”You need long hours of concentration against a quality attack like South Africa. They give you a very rare loose ball, and if you try to score runs off the good balls, you end up nicking off to the slips or the keeper.”South Africa had set up the match on the opening two days.Opener Dean Elgar battled through seam-friendly conditions to score a century as South Africa reached 392 in their first innings, despite losing the toss and being asked to bat first.Rabada and Philander then took four wickets apiece to bowl Sri Lanka out for just 110, after which the result appeared a formality.The third and final Test gets under way in Johannesburg on January 12.last_img read more

100 Per Cent Case Disposal Rate at St. Catherine Parish Court

first_img Chief Justice, Bryan Sykes, is reporting a 100 per cent case disposal rate at the St. Catherine Parish Court. Story Highlights He noted that this is a significant improvement over the 81.2 per cent disposal rate in 2017.center_img Chief Justice, Bryan Sykes, is reporting a 100 per cent case disposal rate at the St. Catherine Parish Court.He noted that this is a significant improvement over the 81.2 per cent disposal rate in 2017.The Chief Justice, who was addressing a recent justice forum in the parish capital of Spanish Town, recently, credited the development to the leadership of the judges and the improve efficiency of staff at the court office.He noted, however, that hearing date certainty is at 78 per cent and requires a “change in culture and behaviour on the part of everyone in order to bring it to the required level.”He said that when cases are delayed, it causes witnesses to lose interest, noting that repeat visits also cause a financial burden.“The judges have to be prepared to begin the cases; the lawyers have to be prepared to begin the cases. When we do that, we create an environment of expectation where persons go to court and anticipate commencement of trials,” he argued.St. Catherine Parish Court is among the top three courts in Jamaica in terms of case disposal rates. It also has one of the highest loads of criminal cases.Turning to measures to address the backlog of cases before the courts, the Justice Minister said every year going forward for the next six years, every parish court has been charged to dispose of at least 135 cases, for every 100 new cases entering the system.The forum in Spanish Town brought together stakeholders in the justice and social services sectors to facilitate discussions on ways to best serve the legal and judicial needs of communities.To date, similar sessions have been held in six parishes.last_img read more

A look at the evidence the jury considered in the Gerald Stanley

first_imgBATTLEFORD, Sask. – Gerald Stanley, a 56-year-old white farmer, shot Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old Indigenous man, on Stanley’s property near Biggar, Sask., in the early evening of Aug. 9, 2016. Boushie died instantly from a single bullet to the back of the head as he sat in the driver’s seat of an SUV. A jury without any visibly Indigenous members acquitted Stanley last week of second-degree murder, which sparked angry protests alleging racism.Here’s a look at the evidence at trial:Boushie’s friends:Boushie, from the Red Pheasant First Nation, had spent most of the day with Eric Meechance, Cassidy Cross, Kiora Wuttunee and Belinda Jackson. An autopsy report showed Boushie had a blood- alcohol level more than three times the legal driving limit when he died.Meechance testified the group had been drinking and swimming in the South Saskatchewan River. They were in Wuttunee’s SUV, a grey Ford Escape, and heading back to the reserve when they got a leak in a tire. They stopped at a farm about 15 kilometres from Stanley’s property.Cross initially told police that the group was checking out a truck on the farm, but told court they were actually there to steal. He testified he used a rifle to break into the truck and, during the break-in, the stock of the gun broke off. The group left and Cross drove to Stanley’s farm. He said the group wanted to ask for help with the flat tire.Meechance testified that he and Cross were on an all-terrain vehicle in Stanley’s yard, but ran when someone started yelling. Back in their SUV, Meechance said Cross drove into a parked vehicle and a man then smashed their windshield. He and Cross got out and started running.Jackson testified that an older man came around to the passenger side of the SUV where Boushie was sitting and shot him twice in the head. She previously told police she thought a woman shot Boushie. Boushie was shot once and was seated in the driver’s seat.Wuttunee did not testify. Court heard she was sleeping in the SUV.Stanley’s son:Sheldon Stanley testified he was working on a fence with his father when they heard the ATV start and thought it was being stolen. They ran toward the SUV. He threw a hammer at the windshield, then ran into the house to grab his truck keys.He said he heard two shots while he was inside and a third shot as he came out. His father was holding a gun in one hand and a magazine in the other and told him “it just went off.”The son said two women in the back seat got out and started yelling. They pulled Boushie out of the SUV and a gun missing its stock fell out of the vehicle with the body. He said the women began hitting his mother, who had been mowing the lawn.He said he told the women to get back in the SUV and they did. He called 911.Gerald Stanley:Stanley told the jury the shooting was an accident.He testified that after he heard the ATV start, he and his son ran to the SUV. He kicked at a tail light, then grabbed a handgun normally used to scare off wildlife. He said he loaded the gun with two bullets and fired two shots in the air to scare the group away. He said he pulled the trigger several more times to make sure the gun was empty, then popped out the cartridge.Stanley said he next ran to the driver’s side of the SUV because he couldn’t see his wife and was concerned she had been run over. He reached inside to take the keys out of the ignition. He was still holding the gun with his other hand. “And — boom — this thing just went off.”He said he waited for police inside the house with his family. They drank coffee at their dining-room table.Gun evidence:Defence lawyer Scott Spencer argued the deadly shot was the result of a so-called hang fire, an unexpected delay between when a trigger is pulled and the discharge. Experts testified a hang fire could explain an unusual bulge found in the gun’s cartridge and that a hang fire is more likely to occur with old ammunition.Stanley testified the bullets he used were more than 60 years old and had been stored in an unheated shed.The experts also told court that hang fires are rare and usually last less than a second.The judge:Chief Justice Martel Popescul told jurors they had three choices. If they found beyond a reasonable doubt that Stanley intended to shoot Boushie, he was guilty of second-degree murder.If Stanley did not mean to shoot Boushie but his actions were careless — and he ought to have known someone could be hurt – he should be found guilty of the lesser, included offence of manslaughter.If Stanley’s actions were reasonable, the judge said, he must be acquitted.last_img read more

Eva Longoria Talks Charity Work And Her Hispanic Heritage

first_imgEva Longoria has spoken to ABullsEyeView.com about her charity work, her foundation and her Hispanic heritage.Can you tell us a little about your foundation and its mission?
The Eva Longoria Foundation helps Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families. We focus on education and entrepreneurship because both have the power to transform lives. Those are also areas where Latinas currently need more support so my foundation is working to fill that gap.What inspired you to create your foundation?
As a Mexican-American woman, I’ve always had a strong connection to the Latina community. I started my foundation because I realized that Latinas had amazing potential, but many lacked the resources to succeed. It seemed both unfair and wasteful, so I decided to do everything in my power to help Latinas unlock their potential.Is your Hispanic heritage an important part of your identity?
Yes, my Hispanic heritage is very important to who I am as a person. It’s been a major influence in my career, my philanthropy, and my personal life. I’m excited to be hosting my foundation event during Hispanic Heritage Month as a tribute to the Hispanic community and the important role we play in this country.To read the full interview, click here.last_img read more