Commissioner Says Coke’s Case Should Start in 48 Hours

first_imgRelatedCommissioner Says Coke’s Case Should Start in 48 Hours Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Commissioner of Police, Owen Ellington, said this evening (June 22) that legal proceedings against captured fugitive, Christopher Coke, should commence within 48 hours.“The legal proceedings will commence immediately; once we are able to settle on the issue of legal representation and reach an agreement with the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) on where the hearings will be held a court date will be set, and we anticipate that we can achieve that within 48 hours,” Commissioner Ellington told a press briefing at his office, Hope Road, Kingston, some two hours after Mr. Coke’s capture.He also stated that the security threat level for members of the security forces has been raised to the level that they were on May 21 this year, three days before the security forces entered the Tivoli Gardens community in West Kingston in an effort to capture the fugitive.“This means that our members have been alerted to the possibility of attacks on their persons or patrols on the road and our facilities, and we are urging members to raise their level of anticipation and alertness and remain professional while executing their duties,” the Commissioner explained.He said that Mr. Coke, in respect of whom the police are holding a warrant of arrest for the commencement of extradition proceedings to the United States on drug and gun running charges, was arrested at 4:00 p.m. by a party of policemen manning a vehicle checkpoint along the Mandela Highway, which runs between Kingston and St. Catherine, acting on intelligence.“Coke is being held now in a secure facility and the security forces are taking every step possible to ensure his safety and wellbeing, while he is in our custody,” Mr. Ellington assured.“I would like to appeal to the families, friends and sympathisers of Christopher Coke to remain calm and to allow the law to take its course. I also [would] like to assure the citizens of Jamaica that the situation remains normal, there is no need for alarm and they can get about their normal businesses in the usual way,” the Commissioner said.“We would also like to reassure the country that we will continue our efforts to defeat organised crime and to restore law and order in this country while, at the same time, turning around the crime and security situation,” he concluded. RelatedCommissioner Says Coke’s Case Should Start in 48 Hourscenter_img Commissioner Says Coke’s Case Should Start in 48 Hours National SecurityJune 23, 2010 RelatedCommissioner Says Coke’s Case Should Start in 48 Hourslast_img read more

City of Rutland, local manufacturer propose solar project for City Hall

first_imgAllEarth Renewables, Inc.,Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras announced today a proposal developed by AllEarth Renewables, a Williston solar manufacturer, for a 150kW solar farm located at the old poor farm off of Woodstock Avenue.  The proposed solar farm in the City of Rutland would bring both clean energy and taxpayer savings to the City, Louras said.Under the project proposal, the City will both receive the solar energy and a 5 percent savings — approximately $2,050 annually — on its electric bill for the power the installation produces. The proposed farm will produce an average 205,000 kWh per year using the Vermont-made AllSun Tracker and is expected to produce enough energy to supply City Hall, the Cityâ s Jeffords Amtrak Station, and a portion of Giorgetti Arena.  The 26 solar trackers would occupy approximately 1.5 acres.â This is a win-win-win for the City.  Taxpayers save immediately on the Cityâ s electric bill, the City gets the benefit of clean, locally produced energy, and we are able to kick-start a very promising Solar City initiative. This initiative helps transition Rutland into the 21st Century,’said Louras.Rutland is poised to see significant growth in solar investment and energy innovation, as Green Mountain Power has committed to making Rutland Vermontâ s â Solar City,’as part of its merger with CVPS.â This proposal dovetails perfectly with our vision and plans for Rutland,’said Mary Powell, president and chief executive officer of Green Mountain Power. â We are thrilled to see the start of a new era of investment and innovation in Rutland, and are enthusiastic about our ability to work along with others to make it happen.âAllEarth Renewables has initiated several successful municipal projects with the towns of Hinesburg and Starksboro, as well as recent projects with the University of Vermont, Middlebury College, and Vermont Electric Coop.  The Vermont manufactured technology uses innovative GPS and wireless to follow the sun throughout the day to boost solar energy production.â We are excited to be working with the City of Rutland on this innovative proposal.  This proposed project is a great example of using solar to both produce local clean energy and deliver energy savings to customers,’said David Blittersdorf, CEO of AllEarth Renewables.The project will also serve as an education tool, said Mayor Louras.  â We think this project will help support positioning Rutland as a center for energy innovation and provide a great local educational tool for our Cityâ s students and residents.ââ This is a great example of a public-private partnership that brings renewable energy into the forefront.  It is just one more way that Rutland is moving forward in a positive direction,’Sustainable Rutlandâ s Carol Tashie said.  â We believe renewable energy must be a part of any communityâ s sustainability plan and this project offers the City of Rutland the opportunity to be a real leader in these efforts.âAllEarth Renewables, named Vermontâ s fastest growing company in 2010 and 2011 and Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce “2012 Business of the Year” has designed, manufactured, and installed over 1,000 grid-connected solar tracker systems.  The AllSun Tracker was selected as a top-10 green product for 2012 by BuildingGreen magazine. Rutland, VT ‘April 16, 2012last_img read more

Title gives Ueda Olympic berth

first_imgKiyomi Niwata followed Ueda with a time of 2:04:26 and Juri Ide finished third in 2:05:20. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Ai Ueda led a Japanese podium sweep in the women’s race of the Asian triathlon championships in Guangzhou, China on Saturday to clinch a spot in the Beijing Olympics, Japanese triathlon officials said.Asian Games silver medalist Ueda, 24, came back from a 75-second deficit she faced after the swim and bike legs to secure her first Olympic appearance with a strong performance in the run leg, crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 3 minutes, 18 seconds.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img

Raptors, 76ers shoot for Eastern Conference final berth

first_imgA wildly unpredictable Eastern Conference semifinal series will conclude the only way that seems fitting tonight when the Philadelphia 76ers visit the Toronto Raptors for a decisive Game 7. Each team has taken turns being dominant or inept, depending on one’s perspective, with the latest twist coming in Game 6 Thursday when the 76ers completely controlled the game after being humiliated in Game 5 at Toronto.The winner meets the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals. If Game 7 experience means something, then the edge goes to the Raptors, whose players have a combined 21 games of experience in a Game 7 compared to nine combined games by 76ers’ players.“It’s not unlike where we have been a couple of times already in this series,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse told reporters. “They are critical games. They are all critical. We’ve got to play with great physicality, great speed, connected on the defensive end. I think we have to play one of our best defensive games of the year and play with some gusto on offense.” Sixers coach Brett Brown said a Game 7 provides a different experience. “They’re very unique,” he said. “They’re special, they’re a life-lesson opportunity.”The first six games of the series have been won by the team with the higher field-goal shooting percentage. Game 1, thoroughly dominated by the Raptors, was the only one won by the team that had the inferior shooting percentage from 3-point range while still having the better overall field-goal percentage.The Raptors have leaned heavily on Kawhi Leonard and the supporting cast has not always backed him up. “We win the last game, that’s all that matters,” Leonard said. “We lost some games playing their way, so it doesn’t matter. I’m going to try to win.”The shooting has varied widely from game to game. Toronto shot 40 percent (16-for-40) from 3-point range in Game 5 when Leonard received strong support from his teammates in a 125-89 win. Toronto shot 48.8 percent overall in that game, while the Sixers shot 25 percent (6-for-24) on 3-pointers and 41.8 percent overall.In Game 6, however, the Raptors shot 25 percent (9-for-36) from 3-point range with Leonard 0-for-4, Marc Gasol 0-for-3, Serge Ibaka 0-for-3 and Danny Green 2-for-8. Meanwhile, the Sixers made 35.7 percent (10-for-28) of their 3-point attempts and had a 46.1 to 43.2 percent advantage in field-goal shooting.“I feel like we messed up sometimes on transition and defense,” said Leonard, who had 29 points and 12 rebounds Thursday. “We didn’t knock down open shots early, you know, and they played well. They came with pace and knocked down their open shots early on, and we tried to dig ourselves out of the hole.”With enigmatic Joel Embiid battling illness and inconsistency and Ben Simmons not producing until Game 6, Jimmy Butler has been the main force for the Sixers. Butler led the Sixers with 25 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals on Thursday.Simmons had 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists and committed no turnovers on Thursday.Embiid also was a big factor in Game 6 after playing so poorly in the previous game. He had 17 points and 12 rebounds with two blocked shots and was a presence beyond those numbers.“He’s got an incredible defensive impact on a game,” Brown said. “Pick ‘em, Kawhi, Kyle Lowry, whatever — if you see (Embiid) you’re probably going to think a little bit more about what you want to do, what’s your plan? “His importance to our team is obvious. (Thursday) you saw a healthier Joel Embiid and for that example, situation, him and his health, he comes out and has a plus-40. It’s a huge number. It’s a huge plus-minus number in a playoff game. His significance is felt all over the place.”—Field Level Medialast_img read more