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  • Powell, Williams lead Ja charge at World Indoors

    first_imgPORTLAND, USA: Outdoor sprint hurdles champion Danielle Williams and former world record holder Asafa Powell – the headliners on this team – will also headline Jamaica’s start of competition at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Centre today. Powell, the former 100m world record holder, will compete in the men’s 60m at 4:40 p.m. Jamaica time, while Williams lines up in the 60m hurdles a little over an hour later. The men’s 60m also features Kevaughn Rattray and Odean Skeen, while Williams will be the lone flag bearer in the hurdles. New Mexico Highlands University student Salcia Slack opens up competition for the Jamaicans at 1:15 p.m. in the 60m hurdles pentathlon, where she will face competition from the reigning World silver medallist Brianne Thiesen-Eaton of Canada. Slack is recovering from a bout of pneumonia, which she was only diagnosed with a week ago, but said she doesn’t have a physical injury. “I have no major injuries. I heard a lot of things going around that I have different things. There is nothing like that,” she told The Gleaner. Slack will compete in all five events – 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, and 800m – today. The 400m for both male and female will be the next event for local athletes. Ricardo Chambers and Fitzroy Dunkley will compete in the men’s event at 1:45 p.m., while Chris-Ann Gordon, Patricia Hall-Pritchett, and Stephenie-Ann McPherson will be in action in the women’s equivalent immediately after. University of Arkansas student Kemoy Campbell lines up in the men’s 3000m at 3:05 p.m. Team coach Maurice Westney had a few ideas on athletes he thought may medal this weekend. “I am not a great predictor, but it looks as if we will get a few medals; our relay teams, Asafa (Powell), Omar (McLeod) and Kemoy Campbell. I don’t know how he will fit in, but I am looking for something from him,” he told The Gleaner. Technical leader Fitz Coleman was more reserved in his predictions. “I think it puts a bit of price on our heads when we talk about expectations. What we want to know is that they’re physically and mentally ready to compete, and they are,” he said. He added: “The athletes were in pretty good stead. They’re looking forward for competition and were just hoping for competition to start to put our Jamaican stamp on it.” Schedule (Jamaicans) 1:15 p.m. W 60m hurdles Pentathlon 1:45 p.m. M 400m heats 2:15 p.m. W high jump pentathlon 2:25 p.m. W 400m heats 3:05 p.m. M 3000m heats 4:20 p.m. M 60m heats 4:25 p.m. W shot put pentathlon 7:15 p.m. W long jump pentathlon 7:35 p.m. W 60m hurdles heats 8 p.m. M 60m semi-final 9:25 p.m. W 400m semi-final 9:45 p.m. M 400m semi-final 10:10 p.m. W 800m pentathlon 10:30 p.m. W 60m hurdles final 10:40 p.m. M 60m finallast_img read more

  • Appeal court overturns sex assault convictions of HIVpositive man

    first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s highest court has overturned the sexual assault convictions of an HIV-positive former boxer who slept with two women, saying their consent wasn’t diminished by the man not disclosing his condition.Claude Thompson was found guilty of sexual assault causing bodily harm of two women in Antigonish, N.S., and sentenced to 30 months in jail.In a written ruling released Thursday, the Appeal Court of Nova Scotia acquitted him.“The sole issue in this case is whether psychological harm said to have been caused by non-disclosure of HIV status vitiates consent to sexual activity. The short answer is no, it does not,” Justice Duncan Beveridge wrote for the three-judge panel.The appeal court quoted one expert who said HIV is no longer lethal, and another who said it’s now much easier to manage than diabetes.“Failure by a sexual partner to disclose that he or she has a sexually transmitted disease is morally reprehensible, but it is not usually a crime. Most STDs can be cured with appropriate treatment or do not constitute a serious health threat,” wrote Beveridge.The appeal attracted national interest: HIV/AIDS groups from Ontario and Quebec, as well as the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, had intervener status.The appeal court said the groups backed Thompson’s claim of legal error, “and fear the potential implications of the trial judge’s ruling on people living with HIV.”The case dates back to December 2011. Thompson, who had moved to Antigonish from Ontario, had testified that he told both women he had HIV and used a condom, but the trial judge, Justice Suzanne Hood, wasn’t convinced.Still, she found that HIV transmission was unlikely because of the specific circumstances of the two cases, and neither woman did contract HIV.Hood acquitted Thompson of the more serious charges of aggravated sexual assault.But she found the women had suffered psychological harm from not knowing whether the virus had been transmitted, which amounted to bodily harm and, coupled with his deception, ultimately “vitiated” their consent. She convicted him of the lesser charge of sexual assault causing bodily harm.But the appeal court disagreed.“Stress from being lied to, however despicable the deception may be, is simply not sufficient to vitiate consent for the purposes of the criminal law,” Beveridge wrote.“Worry, stress, anger are natural emotions on learning of unwittingly being exposed to HIV. But absent a significant risk of serious bodily harm, satisfied by actual transmission or a realistic possibility of transmission, consent is not vitiated.”The appeal panel’s decision Thursday details the reasons for its Sept. 19, 2017, ruling it acknowledged was “unusual.” That ruling quashed the charges after the Crown had conceded five days earlier that the judge had erred and Thompson should be acquitted.last_img read more

  • Rally calls for end to incarcerated Cree womans seclusion

    first_imgAPTN National NewsA small group rallied together to speak out against the treatment of a 44-year-old Cree woman from Onion Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan.The woman is currently being held in seclusion at a mental health centre.APTN’s Annette Francis has this story.last_img

  • Remaining protesters at Regina camp arrested and teepee will come down

    first_imgPhoto courtesy: CTVThe Canadian PressPolice have arrested protesters who remained at a camp on the lawn outside the Saskatchewan legislature but said they would allow a sacred fire to burn down before removing a teepee from the site.Demonstrators at the “Justice for our Stolen Children” camp had been protesting racial injustice and the disproportionate number of Indigenous children apprehended by child-welfare workers.Police and government officials evicted most of the camp on Friday morning and the remaining people were supposed to have left the site by noon Sunday.Supt. Darcy Koch says an agreement was made with the campers that the teepee would be taken down, but it wasn’t, so police were there to “assist with that.”Members of the camp have said that they want to talk to government officials about their concerns, but so far the two groups have not been able to come together for such a meeting.Justice Minister Don Morgan says he wants to reach out to the campers in the coming days but will wait until emotions aren’t as high.“You don’t need to have a tent up in Wascana to have a meeting and reach out to government,” Morgan said.Photo courtesy: CTVPolice arrived on scene at the camp around 2 p.m. on Monday and took five protesters into custody for obstruction. No charges have been laid.The camp was set up in late February in response to the acquittal of Gerald Stanley in the 2016 death of Colten Boushie, as well as the acquittal of Raymond Cormier in the death of Manitoba teen Tina Fontaine.Stanley, a farmer, was found not guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death Boushie, a member of the Red Pheasant First Nation.Fontaine was a 15-year-old Indigenous girl whose body was found in a Winnipeg river in 2014.Jim Billington, a spokesman for Premier Scott Moe, said last week the government respects everyone’s right to peaceful protest but that the camp violated a ban on overnight camping, burning wood and putting up signs in the park surrounding the legislature.He said the protesters had been told several times since March that they were breaking the law and were given an eviction notice on June 5.Morgan said he didn’t want the removal of the camp to be a setback in the government’s relationship with First Nations in Saskatchewan. He said he will be reaching out to Bobby Cameron, chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, in the coming days, and has plans to travel to Red Pheasant First [email protected]@aptnnewslast_img read more

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