Grenada police arrest two officers in death of Canadian man

first_img 38 Views   one comment Share NewsRegional Grenada police arrest two officers in death of Canadian man by: – December 30, 2011 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Flag of Grenada. Photo credit: mapsofworld.comST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Two police officers involved in the alleged beating death of a Canadian man this week have been detained and questioned, Grenada’s police commissioner said on Thursday.Two “junior police officers” were being questioned by investigators to determine just what happened the night Oscar Bartholomew died, Commissioner Wilan Thompson told a news conference.He also said that the head of the police station where the incident took place has been reassigned, along with a number of other officers who were in the station at the time.Bartholomew, 39, died on Tuesday, and there are allegations that he was beaten by a group of police officers.“Everything has been done to quickly complete the investigation and I will be intimately involved,” Thompson said. “We are determined to unearth the truth and anyone found to be culpable will find that justice will take its course.”However, a lawyer for the family said on Thursday that having the police investigate their own raises concerns the investigation won’t be objective.Bartholomew, who is originally from Grenada but a permanent resident of Canada, had returned to his homeland for an annual family visit.The incident may have resulted from a case of mistaken identity outside the police station in St David’s, when Bartholomew is said to have mistaken a plainclothed police officer for an old family friend and didn’t realize the mistake until after he ran over, hugged and lifted the woman off the ground.Although Bartholomew reportedly put the woman down after realizing his mistake, other plainclothed officers considered it an assault on an officer, and took Bartholomew inside the police station. Family members allege that, once inside the station, officers severely beat Bartholomew.He succumbed to his injuries in hospital.The Royal Grenada Police Force said in a release this week that an investigation into the incident will be conducted with “alacrity, objectivity and an uncompromising desire to elicit the truth.” Prime Minister Tillman Thomas called for a probe into the death, and a cabinet minister suggested an independent inquiry should be set up.By Caribbean News Now contributorlast_img read more

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First ombudsman appointed in Cayman Islands

first_imgThe Cayman Islands will have a political ombudsman for the first time as of next month.On Wednesday, news emerged that Sandy Hermiston, a Canadian national, has been appointed to the position that was created under provisions of the Ombudsman Law, 2017.She was chosen from a short list of five candidates from the pool of 31 applicantsHermiston will serve as Complaints Commissioner and Information Commissioner, overseeing the areas of open records and maladministration complaints against the government that were previously handled by those offices.She will also oversee data protection and whistleblower legislation.Her duties will include investigating and resolving complaints made by the public against public bodies.Hermiston, who is currently general counsel for the Ombudsman and Public Interest Commissioner for Alberta, Canada, is expected to begin her new role on September 13.The ombudsman’s purview, under the provisions of the new Cayman law, will cover all government ministries, portfolios, departments and sections, statutory authorities and government companies.She will also act as the independent oversight body for the police by receiving and investigating complaints made by the public, pursuant to the Police (Complaints by the Public) Law, 2017.“I look forward to working on behalf of the people of the Cayman Islands to help make a positive difference in their lives,”Hermiston said in an official statement. “I embrace the opportunity to lead this office through a period of change and expansion of its remit.”last_img read more

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John Wall says he shouldn’t have played against Cavaliers after scoring just 1 point

first_imgBradley Beal helped lead the Wizards with a team-high 27 points, but he expressed frustration with how the team played. Washington had won three straight before losing to the Cavaliers and Beal called it “unacceptable.””This game was unacceptable on many fronts,” Beal said. “We’ve got to be disciplined. We didn’t come out with the same focus we had the last three games.”The Wizards (11-15) will have a day off before facing the Pacers (16-10) on the road Monday. NBA wrap: LeBron James flirts with triple-double as Lakers down Grizzlies Wall also indicated he didn’t look at his stats because he already knew he had struggled. “I didn’t have to look at it,” he said. “I already knew it without looking at it. First game of my life. One free throw. No field goals.” He told reporters after the game that he has been dealing with a bone spur in his left heel and shouldn’t have played Saturday because he couldn’t run around the court, according to the Associated Press.”I couldn’t move,” he said. “Couldn’t run. Probably shouldn’t have played. That’s my fault. … I’ve had it for a while.” Related Newscenter_img Wizards guard John Wall didn’t have a strong performance against the Cavaliers — and he knows it. Wall didn’t make much of an impact in Washington’s 116-101 loss to Cleveland on Saturday, scoring a career-low one point off a free throw and he didn’t complete any field goals or 3-pointers.  Why did LeBron James give a Grizzlies arena employee his game shoes?last_img read more

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Giants stay busy, another day of wheeling and dealing

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)OAKLAND – Continuing to make roster adjustments right up to the first official pitch of the 2019 season, the Giants acquired veteran catcher Erik Kratz from the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday prior to the first game of the annual Bay Bridge exhibition series against the A’s.The Giants sent minor league infielder C.J. Hinojosa to Milwaukee to obtain Kratz, who was a hitting hero for the Brewers in last year’s …last_img

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Medical centre impresses visitors

first_imgMinister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel talks about the impact of the National Development PlanJOURNALISTS from Brazil, Russia and China – all Brics member countries – were given a close up view of one of the best medical facilities in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 25 June when they visited the Donald Gordon Medical Centre at Wits University.They are in South Africa for a week-long infrastructure tour as guests of Brand South Africa. The purpose of the tour is to drive a positive perception change about the country and its people, taking an upbeat message to the international community, in line with the Brand South Africa international mandate.Miller Matola, Brand South Africa’s chief executive officer, said media tour would increase the presence of a South African voice by developing symbiotic partnerships with active markets, and deliver the nation’s brand to a foreign audience.Dr Liam Brannigan shows the journalists around the operating rooms at Wits University’s Donald Gordon Medical Centre“As an inspirational country with countless opportunities for both its citizens and the global community, South Africa is always looking for an opportunity to tell its story with a dynamic approach.”They were met at the Donald Gordon Medical Centre by the practice manager, Angela Nel, and Doctor Liam Brannigan, who showed them around the radiology unit, operating rooms and critical care unit.The journalists, who were impressed by the state-of-the-art facility, asked about the number of patients admitted to the facility each day and maintenance of the equipment.The medical centre is the first private academic hospital in the country, established in 2002 by the University of the Witwatersrand to create a facility in the private sector for the training of specialists and sub-specialists.Main specialties at the 190-bed facility are transplant surgery; oncology, both paediatric and adult; surgical gastroenterology; ophthalmology; ear, nose and throat; urology; nephrology; and orthopaedics. It is the largest solid organ transplant facility in South Africa, where adult and paediatric liver, kidney and pancreas transplants are performed.From the medical centre, the visitors proceeded to the Department of Trade and Industry campus in Tshwane, where they were welcomed by Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. He told the journalists about the government’s National Infrastructure Plan, developed in 2012. It would focus on building new rail systems, ports, fuel pipes, roads and transport, human settlements neglected by the apartheid government, and water and sanitation across the country.“The cost of the strategic infrastructure projects is estimated at about R4-trillion (about $400-billion) over the next 15 years. The bulk of the money will be guaranteed by the government and will be sourced from domestic and international markets,” said Patel, adding that there would be space for public and private partnership.More work needed to be done in rural areas that were neglected by the apartheid government, he added. “We are also looking at promoting agro-processing in rural areas by building new roads that will connect them to the major markets.”Lúcia de Camargo, from Brazil’s Diáario do Comércio newspaper, was impressed by the government’s efforts to improve the country. She described the tours as “informative and interesting”, adding: “I am trying to assimilate as much as possible and have no idea on what I should write.”The media tour will end on 27 June in Port Elizabeth, where the delegation will visit the port to view the state-of-the-art motor vehicle terminal that loads and offloads one vehicle every 30 seconds.last_img read more

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