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Prison for Letterkenny man involved in ‘ridiculous and silly situations’

first_imgA LETTERKENNY man has been given a prison sentence after appearing on court on charged connected with two separate incidents.Boyle was before the Court charged with criminal damage and of theft. Keith Boyle (22) of 11 Derryveagh Avenue, Letterkenny appeared at a sitting of Letterkenny District Court over an incident at 13 Burnside, Letterkenny on October 16, 2017.Sergeant Jim Collins said Gardaí received report of criminal damage at Burnside. Boyle refused to leave the apartment and the woman was ‘distressed and crying’.Boyle, the court heard had called the woman  ‘a rat’ and punched the 42-inch television, smashing the screen.Boyle was also charged over an incident on August 13, 2018.Staff at the Glencar Inn reported that Boyle had entered the off licence at the premises and stole a case of Bulmers and a bottle of Druids cider. After a member of staff attempted to stop Boyle, he dropped the Bulmers and left in a taxi. Last week, Boyle was given a two-and-a-half year sentence, with the last year suspended, at Letterkenny Circuit Court, where he appeared on charges of assault causing harm and making off without payment. Mr Kieran O’Gorman, solicitor for Boyle, said his client allowed himself to be involved in ‘the most ridiculous and silly situations’.“Every problem has been related to drink, but he wants to try and move forward,” Mr O’Gorman said.Judge Paul Kelly imposed a total of four months imprisonment on Boyle.Prison for Letterkenny man involved in ‘ridiculous and silly situations’ was last modified: November 6th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:Keith BoyleKIeran O’GormanletterkennyLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more

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Some clarification on the Syngenta lawsuit

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Many of you have been contacted by attorneys regarding a class action filed by farmers against Syngenta. Here is some clarification.April 1, 2017 is the deadline to opt out of the class action filed by farmers against Syngenta that is pending in federal court in Kansas City, Kansas, if a corn producer wishes to proceed against the company directly. Ohio farmers may qualify for two classes of the nine established by the federal judge overseeing the action — a nationwide class and an Ohio class. While there are other class actions against Syngenta pending in other jurisdictions and hundreds of other individual lawsuits, the Kansas City case seems to be the primary action.At the risk of sounding like a lawyer, please do not consider this column legal advice. If you are interested in more information, please speak with an attorney directly about your individual situation. It appears that there will be many legal professionals, suddenly interested in corn production and marketing, happy to assist you. Identify the differences between the legal exposure and costs as well as benefits associated with being a class member and an individual plaintiff.The trouble allegedly all began when Syngenta Seeds, Inc., owned by Syngenta AG, a Swiss-based agri-business that owns several American agricultural technology companies, developed MIR 162, an insecticidal trait that addressed “true armyworm” issues in Agrisure Viptera in 2010. The U.S. approved this advancement, as did most U.S. trading partners, including Canada, Japan, Argentina, and the European Union. China, however, did not.At the same time, the Chinese market for corn exploded. In 2010-2011, the Chinese purchased 979,000 metric tons. One year later, the total was 5.2 million metric tons. In November 2013, China began rejecting U.S. corn shipments stating that the shipments contained traces of Agrisure Viptera. At the same time, the U.S. corn and soybean markets began a sharp decline. Some assert that China’s rejection of inappropriate GM corn was an important factor.In 2014, farmers filed suit in federal court in Kansas City, requesting certification as a class. The primary claims were (1) Syngenta violated the Lanham Act by misleading its stakeholders, the public and the government, about the status of its GM corn and its action in releasing it to the market. (2) Syngenta breached its duty of care to Plaintiffs by prematurely commercializing the GM corn trait, without reasonable safeguards and by instituting a careless and ineffective “stewardship” program which insured contamination of the U.S. corn supply.The case has progressed with farmer friendly results so far. On Sept. 26, 2016, the federal judge certified the class action. The Tenth District Court of Appeals denied Syngenta’s appeal of the class certification in December, 2016. Trials are scheduled to begin this summer.Attorneys love class actions because this is one of the few scenarios in the American legal system where their fees are paid by the defendant, should the Plaintiffs prevail at trial. Civil litigators love class actions because oftentimes the claims that exist for the class can also be made by individual plaintiffs in cases outside the class action, so long as the plaintiff opts out of the class. This phenomenon has led to an excessive amount of fancy written solicitations appearing in our mailbox, and my husband has not sold corn for at least 40 years. I even received an inappropriate phone solicitation from a lawyer who should know better. He was confused when I explained that yes we raised corn but no we did not sell it. What does he think we feed our cows? My parents have not raised corn in decades, but they received fancy offers as well.I do not have a dog in this hunt. While I am sympathetic to farmers who are angered about lowered commodity prices, I am also concerned that the allegations in the class action mirror much anti-GMO sentiment. What if these lawsuits have a negative impact on GMO development?This case also raises many other issues. Should a country, such as China, wield regulatory power over the products companies can sell in America? Is compliance with U.S. law sufficient or can foreign countries dictate product requirements? What if these production requirements are rooted in pure economic interest (as is likely to be the case with China)? Who should bear the risk in a global marketplace?Also, what happens if the hundreds of lawsuits Syngenta is now facing cause the company to go bankrupt? And was China’s refusal of U.S. corn alleging traces of Syngenta technology somehow part of ChemChina, a state-owned enterprise, and their acquisition of Syngenta AG that is currently underway?I have many questions, but no easy answers. I also wonder how the plaintiffs in any case regarding Syngenta plan to prove proximate cause. This is a huge stumbling block in many civil suits. Proximate cause is a legal term that means an event is efficiently related to a legally recognizable injury to be held to be the cause of that injury. Given all the factors that impact the corn market, how do you prove that China’s actions were the proximate cause of the corn market decline? Especially when the soybean market was also dropping?After spending time Googling and reading up on Syngenta, I realize my feelings about the matter are similar to my reaction to the last major league baseball strike (and I love baseball). This is millionaires arguing with billionaires over money. I just hope that all of the lawyers chasing farmers for representation against Syngenta will be similarly motivated should farmers need help with debt reorganization and actions against creditors.Let justice prevail.last_img read more

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Roundtable Wednesday: Where Does OSU’s Season Go From Here?

first_imgHere at Pistols Firing, we use Slack to communicate back and forth. Sometimes this is constructive. Other times we riff for 20 minutes on Mike Gundy’s golf game. We’re going to try and do an informal roundtable every Wednesday about whatever is going on this week and post it here.It’s going to be pretty slangy and GIF-y and not meant to be anything serious. We’re just here to talk about OSU the way we all do in real life. If you need to brush up on any of the contributors, you can do so here.Porter (publisher): Where does OSU’s season go from here?Caleb (intern): This.Just kidding. I think it solidifies the team and *hopefully* causes them to realize how tough his season will be. I see them bouncing back well against Pitt and things settling down before Big 12 play starts.Sam (head of hoops): Depends on how involved Robert Allen gets.Max (baseball): I don’t anticipate Mason having two bad games in a row. Hopefully we’ll rebound this week, but I don’t see us taking down Baylor on the road at this point.Caleb: Is there a way we could get another round of OKC Dave’s survey about our chances to win each game? Or a Twitter poll for 7, 8, 9, or 10 wins? I think the fanbase is having a bigger reaction than the team itself.Carson (podcasts): It’s easy to forget amid the chaos that was Hail Chippy OSU led the game 14-0. The defense was solid except on third downs. Offense ran the ball well when they tried. Mason had a howler. All of which seems correctable vs. Pitt. #FreeJusticePorter: I agree. I still think we are going 9-3. I realize that sounds completely insane, but CMU might be good. This weekend is really big. For this season and the program as a whole. We are overvaluing last week’s outcome and undervaluing this week’s. #freejustice is awesome by the way.Boone (head of recruiting): If OSU had won on Saturday, it would have been all about the “cardiac cowboys” surviving a threat against a veteran MAC team. It doesn’t change expectations for me. I think the team responds by coming out with more purpose and intensity this week and will help build momentum and confidence as they prepare for conference play.Porter: Let’s say it goes poorly. Yurcich or Spencer more on the hot seat?Thomas (Xs and Os): Ideally YurcichCarson: How warm does the equipment trunk get with a Mulleted man sitting atop it with a clipboard?Boone: Because it’s OSU and they have unrealistic expectations on offense: Yurcich. But the guy who plays it ultra-conservative and makes the final call on the game plan on both sides of the ball is the one who should…Caleb: I think public opinion would say Yurcich. Gundy and Spencer are both so loved by the people it would take a lot for them to feel the heat. Yurcich never quite locked in like the others and seems to have had trouble winning over fans (See: Ford, Travis)Sam: Definitely Yurcich, it was egregious how quickly he abandoned the run last week. Also #FreeJusticeThomas: I feel that Gundy does have a hold on the offense but if he were to hire a true spread OC the offense would still improve play-calling wise.Caleb: All i can think of with that #FreeJustice hashtag is Arrested Development.blind_justicePorter: Haha, that’s awesome. I just can’t bring myself to believe that either coach is truly going to be on the hot seat this year barring OSU going like 2-10 (which isn’t happening). The silver lining in all of this is that if it does go south, it will go south because Rudolph plays more games like he did on Saturday which means at least we get another year of him.Sam: Yeah what was up with all the overthrows?Porter: I was more concerned with the deep underthrows. He looked, ahem, Walsh-y on some of those deep sideline balls.Sam: More ammo for Todd McShayBoone: At least he got his Texas game out of the way early this year.Carson: “One does not simply make sideline throws…”Porter: Last question: Would you rather have Walsh back on the team the rest of the year or Ateman back?Boone: This.Carson: Considering how bad third down & red zone offense looked? Give me the Brigadier General.screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-3-33-22-pmSam: General Walsh please.screen-shot-2016-09-14-at-3-33-30-pmIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Northeast BC unemployment percentage rises to 74 for July

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Stats Canada released their July unemployment numbers today which saw Northeast B.C. on top of the list.According to the survey, Northeast B.C. has a 7.4 percent unemployment rate, 1.4 percent higher than the next closest, the Thompson Okanagan.The survey stated that Northeast B.C. has an estimated labour force of 43,500 workers, 3,200 of which are unemployed. This time last year the regions unemployment rate was at 6.6 percent with 40,800 people in the workforce. Last month the workforce saw an increase of 600 workers while the number of unemployed also rose by 200.The unemployment percentages for all of B.C. is shown below:Northeast B.C.: 7.4 percentThompson-Okanagan: 6.0 percentKootneys: 6.0 percentNorth Coast and Nechako: 5.8 percentVancouver Island: 4.6 percentLower Mainland: 4.5 percentFor information on the national statistics visit StatsCanada.ca.last_img read more

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Health Canada is seeking public consultation on regulating other cannabis forms

first_imgOTTAWA, ON – Health Canada is launching a public consultation on draft regulations governing the production and sale of edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals.Health Canada is launching a 60-day public consultation on draft regulations addressing additional cannabis products, namely edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals to better protect the health and safety of Canadians, through strict regulatory controls and to enable the legal industry to displace the illegal market.Canadians and interested stakeholders are invited to share their views on the proposed regulations until February 20, 2019. Health Canada welcomes written submissions or input provided online. Canadians may request a copy of the draft regulations from Health Canada at [email protected] or view the draft regulations for edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on December 22, 2018.“These proposed regulations under the Cannabis Act support our overarching goal of keeping cannabis out of the hands of youth and protecting public health and safety. We look forward to hearing the views of Canadians from across the country.” said The Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas TaylorOctober 17, 2018, The Government of Canada implemented a new framework that legalizes, strictly regulates and restricts access to cannabis. The next recommendation from the expert Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation was to permit the legal sale of other cannabis-based products and that these products must be subject to strict regulatory controls.“The Government of Canada’s top priority is the health and safety of Canadians. By establishing a strict regulatory framework for these new cannabis products we are keeping profits away from criminals and organized crime. I encourage all interested Canadians to share their views on the proposed regulations.” said The Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair.For more information on the draft regulations addressing additional cannabis products, namely edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals CLICK HERElast_img read more

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When cultural heritage is under attack human rights are under attack –

“It is impossible to separate a people’s cultural heritage from the people itself and their rights,” Karima Bennoune, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on cultural rights, said in a press statement. “Clearly, we must now understand that when cultural heritage is under attack, it is also the people and their fundamental human rights that are under attack.”On 1 March, a pre-trial procedure, known as a confirmation of charges hearing, was opened in The Hague by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for a case related to alleged cultural destruction in Timbuktu, Mali.While stressing that she does not want to prejudge the ongoing individual case before the ICC, Ms. Bennoune said that the destruction of cultural heritage by States and non-State actors must be urgently addressed by the international community.“When mausoleums – as well as ancient Islamic manuscripts – were being destroyed by armed groups during their 2012 occupation of Northern Mali, various forms of cultural practice were also under attack, including music and religious practices,” she said.The UN expert welcomed the decision of the ICC Prosecutor’s Office, for the first time, to charge the destruction of cultural and religious sites, as well as historical monuments, as a stand-alone war crime.In a report to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday 10 March, the expert will address further the links between destruction of cultural heritage and violations of cultural rights. She will also make key recommendations, including for international cooperation and technical assistance.She said that cultural heritage professionals on the frontlines of the struggle against destruction must be provided with the conditions necessary to complete their work, and asylum when necessary.“We must not wait to rally to the cause of at-risk cultural heritage defenders until we are mourning their deaths,” the human rights expert said, while honouring the memory of Syrian archaeologist Khaled al-Asaad, retired chief of antiquities for Palmyra, killed in 2015.Moreover, tribute should be paid to ordinary people who step forward to defend cultural heritage, like those in Northern Mali who reportedly hid manuscripts beneath the floorboards of their homes to protect them or those in Libya who tried to peacefully protest destruction of Sufi sites, Ms. Bennoune said.The Special Rapporteurs are part of what is known as the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Independent human rights experts, appointed by the Council, address either specific country situations or thematic issues in all parts of the world. They are not UN staff and are independent from any government or organization. They serve in their individual capacity and do not receive a salary for their work. read more

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Election for staff representative to the Board of Trustees

Brock University’s Board of Trustees is seeking one new ongoing staff representative to serve a three-year term on the Board.The general bylaws of the Board of Trustees specify that the Board shall include two ongoing staff members, elected by the ongoing staff of the University, serving staggered three-year terms.As of July 1, 2017, there will be one ongoing staff vacancy on the Board.The University Secretariat will hold elections in May to select one representative from the ongoing staff for a three-year term commencing July 1, 2017.All ongoing staff of the University are eligible to serve, except those who report directly to the President or to a Vice-President. Nomination forms are available on the University Secretariat election website.The nomination form must be signed by at least three members of the ongoing staff and the nominee. The nomination form must be submitted in person, by interoffice mail or by e-mail to [email protected], no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 28. The Office of the University Secretariat is located in ST1107.The election will be done by electronic voting, with the exception of those without an active e-mail address, who will receive a paper ballot.Voting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 10 and will close at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24.All eligible voters will receive an e-mail to their Brock e-mail account with a link to a secure electronic ballot. Those without an active e-mail account will receive a paper ballot which must be returned to the Office of the University Secretariat. Each voter may vote for one candidate as there is only one vacancy.  The candidate leading the poll will be declared elected to the three-year term.Contact Chabriol Colebatch, Secretary to the University, at ext. 3335 if you have any questions. read more

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Legendary singer will sing from the heart

The legendary Mavis Staples is coming to the Centre for the Arts.She’s won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She’s been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And at 72, Mavis Staples just keeps on going.With a career spanning more than five decades, the venerable rhythm and blues singer has released 13 albums and 16 singles. It’s a serviceable resume for any musician, but Staples, a gospel and blues legend, is not about to quit.“I’m dedicated to singing,” she says in a phone interview from her Chicago home. “My voice is a God-given gift, and I can’t abuse a blessing.”Staples will appear at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre on Jan. 25 in one of about eight Canadian stops. Ten days earlier, she’ll perform in Oakland, Calif. for a 10th annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.The constant touring is a joy for Staples. She’s been playing gigs largely non-stop since her latest album You Are Not Alone was released in 2010, fitting in appearances on shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman.“Earlier this year, we were coming home for two days, changing luggage and leaving again,” she said. “We’ve never traveled that much in one year.”Staples started singing professionally in 1952 with her family group, the Staples Singers. Doing songs that ranged from gospel to mainstream pop, the group released albums on a number of labels, including Epic and Stax Records. Their hits included “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There.”Staples has received multiple accolades since then. She’s been named one of Rolling Stone’s greatest singers of all time. June 19, 2007 was officially Mavis Staples Day in Illinois in honour of her career and lifelong dedication to civil rights. June 12, 2005 was Mavis Staples Day in Chicago. She’s done a duet with Bob Dylan (2003’s Grammy-nominated “Gotta Change My Way of Thinking”). Last year, she won a Grammy for best Americana album.Staples never grows bored of her career. She continues to be inspired by new audiences and new artists, she says. Her most recent favourite is British singer Adele, who she met recently in the UK. The young singer, couldn’t believe the gospel legend had heard of her.“My sister had to tell her, ‘Mavis never goes out and buys a CD, but she went out and bought yours,’” she says.Staples’ philosophy is to be as joyous as possible. She hopes Centre for the Arts patrons at her show feel uplifted.“So many people are having a really hard time today,” she says. “I want to make them feel so good, they feel it for the next six months.”She recalls at time performing as a young singer in New York City and following a group that had worn costumes and jumped around. When Staples took the stage, she tried to emulate them.“My father took me aside and said, ‘What are you doing?’” she recalls. “‘You’re singing God’s music. You don’t need gimmicks. What comes from the heart goes to the heart. Sing from the heart and you’ll get through to people.’ And every time I go onstage now, that’s what I do.”When: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m.Where: Sean O’Sullivan TheatreCost: $55To order: 905-688-5550 x3257 read more

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Niagara rides Towns Tate to 7167 upset over Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — Keleaf Tate scored 17 points, James Towns added 12 points and a career-high nine assists and Niagara stunned Pittsburgh 71-70 on Monday night.Dominic Robb, a Pittsburgh native and the nation’s leader in blocked shots, finished with 12 points, five rebounds and four blocks for the Purple Eagles (3-4), who built a 12-point second-half lead and then fended off a late rally by the Panthers.Xavier Johnson led Pitt (7-2) with 19 points but his layup just before the buzzer rolled out. The ball was batted to midcourt as time expired and Niagara’s bench poured onto the court. Au’Diese Toney added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Panthers, but Pitt was outrebounded 38-31 and let Niagara shoot 48 per cent (27 of 56) from the field.The Purple Eagles, picked to finish ninth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, won despite playing their fourth straight game without leading scorer and rebounder Marvin Prochet, who sat out his fourth straight game with a toe injury.No matter. The Panthers couldn’t contain Towns, who got into the lane to set up teammates when he wasn’t knocking down shots. A step back 3-pointer by Towns gave the Purple Eagles a 58-48 lead with just over nine minutes to go and Niagara did not wilt when the Panthers turned up the pressure.The Panthers came in off perhaps their best 10 minutes of the season in the second half of a 74-53 victory over Duquesne in the City Game last Friday. Pitt used a late 15-0 run to put away their crosstown rivals, relying heavily on a defence that has proven physical and disruptive early in head coach Jeff Capel’s first season.Yet Niagara hardly played the role of pushover, using a 10-2 burst at the end of the first half to take a 34-33 lead at the break, just the second time this season the Panthers have trailed after 20 minutes. It wasn’t a fluke.BIG PICTURENiagara: The Purple Eagles may have a chance to exceed their modest preseason expectations once Prochet returns. They played with confidence against the bigger, more athletic Panthers.Pitt: Capel worried about his team coming out flat against Duquesne after a tough one-point loss on the road at Iowa. It wasn’t an issue against the Dukes, and for all the enthusiasm around the program since Capel’s arrival, the roster isn’t talented enough yet to take any opponent for granted.UP NEXTNiagara: Welcomes New Hampshire to the “Taps” Gallagher Center on Sunday.Pitt: Will look for its first win at the WVU Coliseum since Jan. 30, 2012 when both schools were in the Big East.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25Will Graves, The Associated Press read more

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Cameron CWI working on model for senior players

President of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Dave Cameron says that one of the main challenges facing West Indies cricket at the moment is the non-availability of senior players but the board is working on models to address the situation.Dave CameronCameron made the disclosure during an address at a Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) luncheon for dozens of its members and the media at Kensington Oval on Friday night.The Jamaican acknowledged that one of the main challenges facing West Indies cricket was that it was tough having the best team available when most of the times some of the leading players were making the T20 leagues around the world such as the IPL and the Big Bash, their main priority.“Four of our players, and rightly so, have decided not to play for us in the ICC World Cup Qualifier, because they are making way more than we can pay them. That is the reality we are dealing with. The ICC is saying that that is a matter not for them, but a matter to be discussed in Australia, India, etc and not for world cricket.“You can understand the dilemma that we face. We are living in a small area of about five million not so rich people, and our players would like to earn at the same level as players in India, Pakistan, Australia. That is our challenge and we are facing that challenge front on, and going forward we are looking at different ways and models to ensure that our players are given the opportunity to earn the maximum while making West Indies cricket great again,” he said.CWI has been the board most crippled due to these T20 leagues around the world as many players from the different Test playing countries have been leaving leagues and going back to represent their national team. This has not been the case with the West Indies players even though the board recently improved their pay packet. CWI is expected to present many different models to the players with the hope that they buy into one. This year they will have no issue with the IPL, as it has been given a window by the ICC.Last month Cameron said that it would be difficult moving forward to incorporate – Darren Bravo, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and Keiron Pollard – into the future of Windies cricket after they opted to miss the qualifiers in Zimbabwe, instead choosing the PSL. This remark created a level of controversy among his Board members, players (both active and retired), head of the players’ representative body (WIPA) and members of the general public from across the Caribbean region with views split as to whether he was right or wrong to express such an opinion as head of the organisation. (Trinidad Guardian)  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCameron, Holder optimistic about future of Windies cricketFebruary 27, 2019In “latest news”ICC turns down April meeting, says Cameron must be presentMarch 28, 2018In “latest news”Will David Cameron’s six-year reign over West Indies cricket end soon?March 8, 2019In “latest news” read more

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