Judge Denies Nouman Raja New Trial, Sentencing Next Week

first_imgFormer Palm Beach Gardens Police officer Nouman Raja is set to be sentenced next week for killing Corey Jones.A Palm Beach County judge rejected his latest request for a new trial on Tuesday.Raja’s attorneys argued the guilty verdict is “contrary to the law or the weight of the evidence.”Raja also claimed the court gave erroneous instructions to the jury which found him guilty of manslaughter while armed with a firearm and attempted first degree murder.The former officer faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on April 25.last_img

Heyliger retains place in Canada senior men’s team

first_img… Montfort placed on reserve listBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada – Guyanese Dilon Heyliger has retained his place in the Canada senior men’s squad, set to vie for supremacy in the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cricket League Division 2 tournament to be held in Namibia, April 20-27. Another Guyanese, Mark Montfort, who is currently with the Canadian squad in South Africa, has been named as one of two reserve players.Before journeying to South Africa, Canada played a series of practice matches in Sri Lanka leading up to the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 tournament.Canada will start their campaign against Hong Kong on the opening day. Other teams in contention are Namibia, Oman, New Guinea and USA. According to the world’s governing body, the tournament will have important ramifications for qualification for the ICC men’s Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2023.Dilon HeyligerThe top four teams will join Scotland, Nepal, and the United Arab Emirates in the ICC CWC League Two 2019-21, and play 36 One-Day Internationals each over a two-and-a-half year period in 21 tri-series.The top three in this table will qualify for the CWC Qualifier, from which the top two sides will qualify for the CWC 2023.The ICC further pointed out that for the bottom two sides this won’t be the end of their CWC dream. They will enter the CWC Qualifier Challenge League A and B, from which the winner of each will progress to the CWC Qualifier play-off.The top two sides in the CWCQ play-off, which will also contain the bottom four sides from CWC League 2, will enter CWC Qualifier 2022.Both Heyliger, a former Guyana T20 player who also represented his homeland at both the Under-15 and U-19 levels, and Montfort turned out for Brampton Masters in last season’s Toronto District Cricket Association (TDCA) Super 9 tournament.The Canadians are being led by former South African player David Jacobs while the recently-appointed coach is Monty Desai.Squad: David Jacobs (captain), Bhavindu Adhihetty, Navneet Dhaliwal, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Srimantha Wijeyeratne, Nikhil Dutta, Dilon Heyliger, Cecil Pervez, Hiral Patel, Romesh Das, Saad Bin Zafar, Navneet Dhaliwal, Rodrigo Thomas and Ravindapal Singh . Head coach – Monty Desai, assistant coach/analyst – Daulat Khan, bowling coach – Henry Osinde, The reserves are Mark Montfort and Varun Sahdev.last_img read more

Whicker: The helium hasn’t run out on Will Smith’s high ride

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers got a compensatory first-round pick because they lost Greinke. That player turned out to be Smith, the 32nd player and third Cardinal in that draft.Who would you rather have now? Greinke has pitched admirably and is now with Houston, but he turns 36 in October.This is why you don’t trade players reflexively before their contracts expire. The Dodgers invested a lot in Greinke and used every drop, just as Cleveland is getting every kilowatt from shortstop Francisco Lindor.Now you hear desk-bound experts say the Indians should trade Lindor because his deal runs out in two years. Repeat, two years. Two years of All-Star play and leadership and maybe two playoff years as well.You heard the same unfathomable logic before the Angels gave Mike Trout his contract for life. When a star gets to the end and signs elsewhere, you also hear people say, “What a shame. They got nothing for him.” It was Dec. 4, 2015, and a short, chilly sunset. As darkness fell, the Arizona Diamondbacks triumphantly signed Zack Greinke to a six-year, $206 million contract and threw the Dodgers into reverse.Meanwhile, Will Smith was hitting caged baseballs and blocking bad pitches at the University of Louisville facility.He was a great-field, mediocre-hit catcher, heading into his junior draft year, hoping to pick up the slipstream from all the future pros in his clubhouse.It’s amazing how we long-jump to conclusions, and miss the pit.center_img That’s not true. When Mark Teixeira left the Angels, they got a draft pick that became Trout, plus they picked up budget room. Early returns indicate that Smith will be throwing out runners and getting conclusive hits long after Greinke has joined someone’s front office.Smith has 26 RBIs and nine home runs in his first 23 major-league games, both franchise records, and has been an errorless catcher in 19 starts. He was not drafted in high school, even though he had an 0.78 ERA pitching for Kentucky Country Day in Louisville, and hit 11 home runs his senior year. He was an infielder then, and the story is that KCD coach Joe Maione wanted to save Smith from the catching wear-and-tear until college.“I liked throwing guys out,” Smith said. “At Louisville they had a couple of veteran catchers, but I still played 10-15 games my freshman year because they were trying to get me ready. The biggest adjustment was learning to block balls, and we had a catching instructor, and we had a 20 minute period every day where we worked on stuff like that.”Marty Lamb, the Dodgers area scout, did not see Smith in high school but visited Louisville often to see the likes of Corey Ray, Zack Burdi, Brandon McKay and Kyle Funkhouser. He noticed  that a .242-hitting sophomore had become a .382-hitting junior. He saw Smith’s long home run against Wake Forest in the ACC tournament.“It’s the old scouting saying,” Lamb said. “If you see a guy do it once, you know it’s in there. He could always catch. I remember him picking a pitch off the ground and throwing out a guy at second, from his knees. A lot of scouts went in there to see other players, but Will was making himself noticed.”“I just had to break some bad habits,” Smith said. “I had to learn how to time the fastball better, not miss it when I got a chance. I’d had some highs and lows, and the lows were lasting too long. But I still felt like I was a good hitter, with a good feel for the strike zone.”Smith said he heard he might go in the “10th to the 20th round” when the year started, then the fifth to 10th, then second to third, and finally better than that. They call it “draft helium.” Sometimes it’s not to be trusted. Sometimes it finds a new horizon.The parents, Mark and Julie, are on the same high ride. They were at Dodger Stadium when Smith’s homer caused a win over Philadelphia.As Rick Bozich of WDRB.com told it, Julie spent part of her visit in an L.A. laundromat, washing Will’s clothes. The Smiths also recalled Will’s diligence, and the day when he caught 299 consecutive balls off a pitch-back device. But he dropped No. 300. Which meant he went back to No. 1.“He’s just a mature guy,” Lamb said. “He was up briefly in 2018, just so he could see what the major leagues were like, and after a while Justin Turner went up to (manager) Dave Roberts and said, ‘This guy gets it.’’’Another thing about jumpy conclusions: They’re not always wrong.RELATED:Will Smith leads Dodgers’ home run barrage in MiamiHow Dodgers catcher Will Smith emerged as two-way player after offseason workWhy Dodgers rookie Will Smith walked up to the ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ theme songlast_img read more

GAOTH DOBHAIR BALLAD AN DRAMA GROUPS THROUGH TO ULSTER SCOR FINAL

first_imgTHEY’RE a talented bunch in CLG Ghaoth Dobhair – and we’re not just talking about the McGee brothers!The ballad group have won the county Scor na nOg title and are now through to the Ulster final.Aisteoiri Gaoth Dobhair also proceed to the final with their drama “samhlaiocht” written and directed by Eoghan Mac Ghiolla Bhride – with the cast Liam O Cnamhsi, Cliona ni Ghallachoir, Grainne ni Ghallachoir, Etain Haiceid, Maire nic Ghairbhith, Clionagh Nic Suibhne and Aoife Ni Fhearraigh. They have been working extremely hard to make it this far with very little practice. The Ulster final that will be competing in will take place a week this Saturday, and if successful on to the all Ireland….GAOTH DOBHAIR BALLAD AN DRAMA GROUPS THROUGH TO ULSTER SCOR FINAL was last modified: November 30th, 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:Gaoth DobhairScor na nOglast_img read more