Cuba rejects US claims over health of imprisoned American citizen

first_img Tweet HealthLifestyle Cuba rejects US claims over health of imprisoned American citizen by: – December 7, 2012 Sharing is caring! Alan Gross. Photo credit: thewashingtonnote.comHAVANA, Cuba — Cuba has rejected what it described as manipulations by the US government with regard to the case of US citizen Allan Gross, 63, who was convicted and imprisoned in Cuba three years ago for trying to subvert the government after he was arrested for bringing banned satellite communications equipment into the country.Over the last few days, statements and reports by Washington officials in relation to Gross have intensified, particularly on the reported deterioration of his health, Josefina Vidal, the Cuban Foreign Ministry’s Director for US Affairs, said in Havana.The official claimed that the US government is lying to public opinion once again, by asserting that Gross has cancer and is not receiving adequate medical care.These lies have not stopped, continued Vidal, even after the results of the biopsy to the lesion on his back were sent to his family and US authorities, which leave no doubt that it is not cancer, said the official at a press conference.Vidal also claimed that Washington is lying about Gross’s prison conditions and his regime of phone calls and visits. The Director for US Affairs stated that Washington has never taken Gross’s case seriously, and has just reiterated the unsustainable stance that it has nothing to negotiate with Cuba to find a solution.Caribbean News Now 15 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

UWP formally withdraws election petitions from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court

first_imgGoefrey Letang. Photo credit: Dominica Central Newspaper.The two election petitions which were brought against five candidates of the Dominica Labour Party have been formerly withdrawn from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.Lack of access to the state media and bribery were among matters brought before the court following the 2009 general elections but these matters were struck off.The petitions were appealed and expected to be heard at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court on Monday.Lawyer representing the United Workers Party Jeffery Letang said the appeal would not have been successful.“When you look at the constitution which provides for appeal, it does not provide for appeal as it relates to election petition matters. The constitution provides that if you have to appeal a decision from the high court, an election petition matter, that decision should be a final one. We are of the view that the applications that were heard before Justice Errol Thomas when he allowed that the dual citizenship to proceed and the others were struck off, it was not a final decision of the court of appeal, and so it does not fall within the ambit of the Constitution which provides for an appeal hence therefore it was necessary to withdraw the appeal,” he said.Click here for audio: Letang dismissed suggestions that there was insufficient evidence to successfully prosecute the appeal, “but because we were barred by the constitution,” he said.Dominica Vibes News 29 Views   no discussions Share Share LocalNews UWP formally withdraws election petitions from the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court by: – April 11, 2011center_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

2nd Annual Gavin’s Ride to be held Saturday

first_imgMILAN, Ind. — The 2nd Annual Gavin’s Ride will be held on Saturday with a breakfast starting at 9:00 AM.Ride registration will be held from 10 – 11:30, with the ride leaving at noon.The cost is $20 for individuals, $25 if you have a rider and both include dinner.If you are interested in dinner, but don’t want to ride, the cost for the dinner only is $8.WRBI’s Brent Lee will be broadcasting live and on location from 11 AM – 1 PM.Gavin’s Ride is a memorial ride and fundraiser in honor of Gavin Lee to support local athletes in the Ripley County Area.last_img

Tree City Fall Festival royalty introduced

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Emily Tallent, daughter of Tina Tallent, was named Miss Tree City and Miss Congeniality. As Miss Tree City 2017, Ashley DeArmand passed the crown on her boyfriend proposed to her.First runner-up was Kierston Hess and the second runner-up was Danielle Smith.Tyce Robbins was the inaugural Junior Miss Tree City.  First runner-up in the junior class was Kaylie Smith and the second runner-up was Caroline Koehne.Little Mr. and little Miss Tree City were Lana Wall and Preston Hart. Preston was also named Mr. Personality. Chloe Kramer was named Miss Congeniality.last_img

School resource officer arrests man with two guns

first_imgColumbus, IN — A Columbus Police Department (CPD) school resource officer assigned to a Columbus middle school arrested a man with two concealed firearms Wednesday after he was spotted by the officer on school property. Columbus Chief of Police, Michael Richardson stated, “I would like to commend the officer for his swift actions today. This is just one example of why we have veteran law enforcement officers in our Columbus schools. By being proactive, rather than reactive, Officer Ross was able to investigate and confront a potential threat to student safety and arrest the suspect without incident.”Around 11:15 am, CPD School Resource Officer Greg Ross observed a man, later identified as Michael K. Jones, 38, of Columbus, acting suspiciously around vehicles in the Central Middle School staff parking area. Ross made contact with Jones and took him into custody after determining that he was in possession of two handguns that were loaded and concealed on his person. Jones was transported to the Bartholomew County Jail where he was charged on an allegation of Possession of a Firearm on School Property.Detectives from the Columbus Police Department are assisting with this ongoing investigation.last_img read more

Ten-man Ireland U21s salvage draw

first_img Press Association Ireland were left facing a major test after defender Sean McGinty was dismissed for a foul on Youssef Toutouh early in the second half. However, they managed to hold out to claim a morale-boosting share of the spoils in Fredericia. In a game played in blistering heat, Ireland created a handful of chances on the break despite their numerical disadvantage against a side King always believed would give them just the kind of test they needed ahead of the start of the new European Championship qualifying campaign in August. Blackburn defender Anthony O’Connor went close with a 60th-minute header from Sean Murray’s free-kick, while Aston Villa midfielder Samir Carruthers almost snatched victory 12 minutes from time. He homed in on substitute Michael Harriman’s dangerous low cross but was unable to connect in front of goal. However, keeper Sean McDermott, who replaced Aaron McCarey at the break, had to make two late saves from Bassel Jradi to deny the Danes a win in a rousing conclusion to the game. Ireland, who finished third behind Italy and Turkey in qualification for this summer’s finals in Israel, open their new campaign in the Faroe Islands on August 14 and then face Germany at home the following month. center_img Noel King’s Ireland Under-21s claimed a battling 0-0 friendly draw in Denmark despite having to play for 40 minutes with only 10 men.last_img read more

UW in thin air for opener

first_imgAfter two tune-up exhibition games, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team will finally get to test its young team as the Badgers travel to the thin air of Colorado to take on the Air Force Falcons.”It’s not only our first road game but our first official game,” UW head coach Lisa Stone said. “I treated these exhibition games like normal games. The difference is that we’re on the road. This one goes in the record book, and we’re hoping we can get off to a great start.”The 19-point, come-from-behind win against UW-Steven’s Point and the 50-point rout of Winona State in exhibition gave Stone and her squad some early signs of how this young team will gel together, as well as what needs to be improved.”I’d say right now we need to concentrate on two main areas,” Stone said. “One is rebounding, [doing] a better job on clearing the glass and getting better position on the boards. The other is free-throw shooting. Our first two exhibition games, we only shot 62 percent. That’s something we need to do a better job of.”Friday’s contest will mark the first time the Badgers have faced the Falcons, who finished the preseason 1-1, and will be the first road game for Wisconsin’s seven freshmen.”Obviously going on the first away game, there’s going to be some jitters for them, but eventually they’ll get through them,” junior guard Jolene Anderson said. “I think they took their [nervousness] out early by playing on the Kohl Center floor. I think they’re more calm.””I think having a couple games — even though they were exhibition — under our belt is going to help us with our jitters a lot just because we’ve played in front of people, and we’ve played against different opponents,” sophomore forward Caitlin Gibson said. “I think we’re a lot more prepared because of the exhibition games.”While the team’s main objective on the trip is to come back to Madison with its first regular season win of the year, the Badgers will also get the opportunity to do a little sightseeing as well.”We have three words that we use a lot this year, and [those are] ‘fun,’ ‘focus’ and ‘freedom,'” Stone said. “We’ll have some fun on the trip. We’ll tour the Air Force Academy. It has a tremendous history and reputation. The focus part certainly will come when we lace them up and go on that court, and when we practice hard and prepare for a great team. The freedom [means having] freedom to play. You’re going to learn from your mistakes. We need to grow.””It’s going to be really exciting because for the eight new people, it’s their first road trip,” Gibson said. “Air Force has a lot of history. Everyone’s excited to go there.”Since the Air Force Academy is located more than 7,000 feet above sea level in the Rocky Mountains, the change in altitude will definitely be a factor in Friday’s game, but the team hopes it will not present itself as a distraction.”We’ve just got to go there [and not] worry about the altitude,” Anderson said. “Obviously, that’s everybody’s main concern, but if you go up there thinking like that, then it’s going to affect you. We just have to go in there and play our game, and hopefully we’ll come out with a W.”On the defensive side of the ball, the Badgers hope to carry over their strong play from the first two exhibition games. In the team’s game against Winona State, they were able to force 34 turnovers while limiting the Warriors to just 15 first-half points.”Defensively, I think that’s certainly the bread and butter right now,” Stone said. “It’s something that we’re going to have to continue to buy into and understand, that your best offense is your best defense. To take the turnovers, if we can turn those into points, capitalize on those turnovers, that’s what we’re looking for as well. I really like the energy we came out with on Sunday, and we need to make sure that we can try to revisit that on Friday.”Though young, Stone and her players feel ready for the regular season’s tip-off against Air Force.”Right now, I love this team,” Stone said. “I think they’re terrific young women, and they’re fun to be around. Hopefully, this will be the start of a great season ahead.”last_img read more

Men’s hockey: UW hosts unranked team from East, St. Lawrence

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team will play unranked St. Lawrence this weekend, marking the start of a four-game homestead. The non-conference matchup will be played at the Kohl Center Friday and Saturday.The Badgers settled for a draw last weekend against Northern Michigan, with a 4-5 overtime loss in the first game and a decisive 4-0 win in the second game. Despite the split, the Badgers (5-2-0) have moved up to the 5th rank in the USCHO poll.The Saints (0-6-0) have yet to win a game this season. They simply lack offensive depth and cannot keep up with their ranked opponents in the ECAC.Over six games, the leading point producer Jacob Pritchard only had one goal, three assists and four points. In addition, their starting goaltender Author Brey is abysmal, with a .861 save percentage and allowing, on average, four goals per game. But considering the Saints are determined to have a first win of the season, expect them to be ambitious at the start of the first period.Three keys to the series:Kyle HaytonKyle Hayton played a subpar game in Friday’s matchup against Northern Michigan, letting in five out of 20 shots. But expect Hayton to bounce back after Jack Berry’s outstanding performance of allowing zero out of eleven shots. Hayton will likely be determined to play a strong game against his former team.Keep the offense upWisconsin’s main strength is that they can put a lot of pucks in the net. Wisconsin has scored 25 goals over the course of seven games. Trent Fredric, Tarek Baker and Linus Weissbach are having a phenomenal seasons so far. Furthermore, Wisconsin boasts secondary scoring from Seamus Malone and Will Johnson.Defense needs to stay strongJunior defenseman Peter Tischke suffered a head injury early in Saturday’s game, resulting in Wisconsin having only seven defensemen, three of them freshmen. But the defense was strong, allowing no goals. If they can maintain their performance this weekend Wisconsin will easily win both games.Friday’s game starts at 7 p.m. and will be aired on FOX Sports Wisconsin. Saturday’s game will start at 7 p.m. and can be heard on WIBA 1310.last_img read more

Tour de France resumes after rest day

first_imgNicolas Roche is 33rd overall.Today’s stage features only two 4th category climbs before the likely sprint finish into Bergerac. Today’s 10th stage around the Dordogne will cover 178 kilometres.Chris Froome holds an 18-second advantage over Fabio Aru in the battle for the yellow jersey.Dan Martin starts sixth, nearly two-minutes down on Froome following his crashes on Sunday.last_img

At the Finish Line…Where Only the Truth Matters

first_imgBILL NEAL• NOBODY…NO-BODY…I mean NO-BOD-Y could have sold you on the Pirates only being two games out of first place at this point in the season with the way they started. Come on, tell the truth…it’s all the matters!• Ray Rice, running back for the Baltimore Ravens only got a slap on the wrist for the slap to the head he gave his now wife. What a joke from the commissioner. But you hit Terrelle Pryor with six games for getting paid for selling his own shirt. Listen fellas, you never, never, ever hit a woman unless you’re both wearing boxing gloves standing in a ring. Or unless it’s Serena Williams. To which you save yourself an ass whoopin’!• Your Pittsburgh Steelers go to camp…NOW!!!• Ok, tell me the San Antonio Spurs aren’t being treated like a step child from Afghanistan, I mean not one exceptional montage about their superior championship run. Right now you couldn’t tell me who the MVP was to save your life.• If you know anything about the Highland Park Tennis Club and their weekly free Tennis Clinics, you know that the wrap up party is Sunday at 9:30 a.m. (rain or shine). Be there to tell them and show them a job well done.• The Armon “The Hammer” Gilliam Memorial “Hard Work” Basketball Camp still has 18 spots to fill. Saturday and Sunday, Aug 2-3—Penn Hills YMCA—9 a.m.-4 p.m.—Coach Jay Latimer, camp director—Legends Coach Karen Hall and Jennifer Bruce, guest speakers—Former CBA Slam Dunk Champion and NBA Minnesota Timber Wolf Myron Brown, guest instructor—Lunch—T-shirts—Certificate—Supervision—Instruction—Skills and Drills all for $25—Call 412-628-4856 for information.• :01—Achieving Greatness and The United Rays Corvette Club present The First Friday Fantasy, Friday, Aug. 1, at the Center for the Arts at Fifth and Shady Avenues, 8 p.m.-1 a.m.-Free Parking-$20 at the door-Soul Food by Gibsons-Corvette Car Show-Cash Bar-50/50-Sandy Green-Sly Jock-Tuby Daniels Band- call 412-628-4856.(You Have Just Crossed the Finish Line)last_img read more