Urgent national concerted campaign needed to tackle domestic violence

first_imgDear Editor,In a recent ruling, Magistrate Peter Hugh of the New Amsterdam Magistrate’s Court levied a fine of $200,000 with an alternative of one year in jail to Troyden Evans called “Tuckey”, 42, who pleaded guilty to a charge of inflicting grievous bodily harm on Rhonda McGarrell with a baton. What message is the justice system sending to abusers by such a slap on the wrist?The victim in this particular case was subjected to persistent abuse over a period of time at the hands of her abuser. In fact, he was charged in the past with assault, wounding and other offences against the victim. On this occasion, he broke her arm! He beat her mercilessly! He threatened her life; not for the first time!How does the justice system see this? Imagine being told your life is worth $200,000! Is this some kind of joke? A clear message of zero tolerance to abuse must be sent to abusers.In fact, while this letter was being written, The Caribbean Voice learnt of a mother of three fighting for her life after being stabbed seven times by her ex-husband. We must not wait until another life is lost before we institutionalise penalties to match the crime in domestic violence cases. Also, we once again call for an urgent national concerted campaign to tackle this scourge. The Caribbean Voice would be willing to be part of such a campaign. We are in the process of finalising a campaign of our own but we strongly believe that multi-stakeholders’ collaboration can get more done for less thereby maximising resource usage and expanding the reach of the campaign.Sincerely,The CaribbeanVoice Inclast_img read more

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West Ham must spend big to break into Premier League top six, insists Noble

first_img1 West Ham midfielder Mark Noble is hoping the club’s owners will continue to splash the cash and give them every chance of securing a top six finish when they move into the new Olympic Stadium.The east London club have enjoyed a successful start to the season and are playing a new brand of football following the summer arrivals of Enner Valencia, Diafra Sakho, Morgan Amalfitano, Cheikhou Kouyate and Alex Song.Both David Gold and David Sullivan stuck to their word of wanting a more entertaining team this season and gave Sam Allardyce the funds to bring in nine new signings.Noble is hoping the squad will continue to get stronger over the next two years and they will be able to compete with the best teams in the Premier League as they look to secure a European spot.Noble, speaking on West Ham TV, said: “As someone who has been here for many years, I can say that the start of the season has been one of my most enjoyable periods at West Ham United.“The brand of football we’ve played and the performances we have put in have made it very enjoyable to be part of.“It was all well and good for the Joint-Chairman to say in the summer that he wanted us to play more entertaining football, but he then went out and put his hand in his pocket to bring good players into the squad.“We’re all talking about going to the new Stadium and being in the top six in the Barclays Premier League, but if you don’t invest in the squad, that won’t be the case.“It is encouraging for everyone that we are doing that. We have brought in some very good, hungry players who want to play, want to learn and want to score goals, and it has boosted the whole place.“I’ve said in the past that it’s important that we continually improve the squad and it seems like we have done that.” West Ham midfielder Mark Noble last_img read more

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‘Wilshere MUST start at Euro 2016… he’s the only player who keeps the ball’

first_imgJack Wilshere must start for England at Euro 2016, according to Paul Merson.The injury-hit Arsenal midfielder has only recently returned to action after a ten-month lay-off.But Merson feels Roy Hodgson has little choice but to put his faith in 24-year-old – as he offers the Three Lions something no other player in the squad does.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast ahead of Saturday’s Group B opener against Russia, the ex-England and Arsenal star said: “Jack Wilshere has got to play.“He is the only one who doesn’t give the ball away. He is the only one who looks forward all the time. He goes forward and has got that guile around the box.“These games are all going to be very, very tight and you need someone who is going to put the ball through the eye of the needle.”Wilshere played just 141 minutes for Arsenal in the recently-completed season.But he has featured in all of England’s three Euro 2016 warm-up friendlies, and Merson insists a lack of fitness won’t be an issue for him in France.“He can do something out of the ordinary and that is what you need,” he added.“This is not Premier League football we are going to be playing over there. This is tournament football and it is not played anywhere near the same pace as Premier League football.”last_img read more

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‘Ricky Bobby” takes the checkered flag in the weekend’s box office race

first_img “Pirates” has earned $380 million after five weeks in North America theaters.. “Miami Vice” earned $9.7 million in its second week of release to slip to No. 4, “The Descent” earned $8.8 million for fifth, “John Tucker Must Die” was sixth with $6.05 million in its second week, “Monster House” was No. 7. with $6 million and “Ant Bully” was eighth with $3.9 million.. Rounding out the Top 10 were “The Night Listener” and “You, Me and Dupree,” placing ninth and 10th with a too-close-to-call $3.6 million apiece.. Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations. Final figures will be released later today.. 1. “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” $47 million.. 2. “Barnyard: The Original Party Animals,” $16 million.. 3. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” $11 million.. 4. “Miami Vice,” $9.7 million.. 5. “The Descent,” $8.8 million.. 6. “John Tucker Must Die,” $6.05 million.. 7. “Monster House,” $6 million.. 8. “The Ant Bully,” $3.9 million.. 9. “The Night Listener,” $3.6 million.. 10. “You, Me and Dupree,” $3.6 million.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles We’re thrilled,” said Don Harris, executive vice president for distribution at Paramount Pictures, noting recent soft openings for the animated movies “Monster House” and “Ant Bully.”. Overall, box office revenue for the top dozen films was up 17 percent over the same week last year, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc., which tracks box office performance.. “Hollywood’s on a roll. Last year at this time it was all gloom and doom. Eighteen of the past 20 weekends have been up over last year. This is a terrific summer,” Dergarabedian said.. As for “Talladega Nights,” he said: “It’s reinvigorated the box office. Everybody loves Will Ferrell. You know you are going to have a good time and NASCAR is an utterly American sport.”. Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” earned another $11 million to place third with attendance dropping 46 percent over the previous week. . Will Ferrell’s NASCAR spoof “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” enjoyed life in the fast lane with a No. 1 finish in the weekend box office race, taking in $47 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. “It’s one of those movies pardon the pun firing on all cylinders. When you have Will Ferrell and NASCAR, you just know you are going to have a crowd pleaser. . But this was way beyond expectations,” said Rory Bruer, president of distribution for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Also entering the box office race with a surprising debut was the animated movie “Barnyard: The Original Party Animals,” placing second with $16 million.. “It was at the high end of anybody’s expectations. .last_img read more

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Worrying reports for Liverpool fans with Barca ‘confident of £90m Coutinho deal’

first_imgLiverpool appear to be facing a big battle to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho this summer.The Brazilian playmaker has reportedly been identified by Barcelona as the ideal replacement for his international teammate Neymar.Neymar left the Spanish giants last week to join Paris Saint-Germain for a staggering world record fee of 222m euros (£200m).It has left Barca in need of a new attacking star and Coutinho – a player they have long tracked – is understood to be their top target.The 25-year-old signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool earlier this year and Jurgen Klopp is adamant his star man is going nowhere this summer.However, according to The Sun, Barcelona have stepped up their interest in Coutinho and are confident of sealing a £90million deal.Liverpool are under no obligation to sell but Coutinho is reportedly eager to make the move to the Nou Camp and it could be done as soon as this week. Philippe Coutinho could be on his way out of Liverpool 1last_img read more

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Sam Allardyce holds no grudges towards Mike Ashley ahead of Newcastle clash

first_img The Former England boss spent just eight months in charge at St. James’ Park Everton manager Sam Allardyce insists he bears no grudge against Newcastle or owner Mike Ashley for the way he was treated during his brief spell in charge at St James’ Park.And he insists he has nothing but respect for former adversary Rafael Benitez after a previously difficult relationship with the now-Magpies boss.Allardyce spent just eight months in charge at Newcastle before being sacked by Ashley nearly 10 years ago, a decision the billionaire retail entrepreneur has recently admitted was hasty.The new Everton manager insists it is all water under the bridge, with even his relationship with Benitez on a different footing after their tussles when at Bolton and Liverpool respectively.“It was difficult circumstances for me with the change of ownership. In the end it was chosen that I wasn’t to be and moved on,” Allardyce said.“For the first time in my entire life as a manager I actually heard an owner of a football club say it was a mistake he let me go.“I was grateful in all honesty when Mike came out (and said that) not so recently.“It got settled and life is too short for grudges.”On the state of his relationship with Benitez Allardyce added: “Past history wasn’t great. Recent history is OK. Certainly there hasn’t been any animosity recently.“It was a good battle at the time. It was me trying to make my way in the Premier League, Rafa just coming in at Liverpool and we managed to beat them by the way we played and he didn’t like it and expressed his opinion.“At that particular time Liverpool were not supposed to lose against Bolton. What happened was people didn’t really know how brilliant the Bolton team was.”Allardyce’s reputation for upsetting Liverpool managers returned on Sunday when his defensive tactics frustrated the Reds long enough for Wayne Rooney to snatch a late equaliser from the penalty spot.Jurgen Klopp’s post-match interviews were the most tetchy since he arrived in England but Allardyce excused him.“As a manager I have every respect for Jurgen, who is an outstanding manager,” he added.“We can all be on the edge sometimes when the right question from you lads (media) triggers us.“But I think in the end, for all concerned when you actually see it it was the right decision, the penalty.”The Everton manager made no excuses, however, for his negative tactics at Anfield.‘Liverpool had scored 12 goals in the last two games and my responsibilities were to frustrate – I make no apologies for that,” he said.‘The best way for us to get something out of the game was to stop them scoring.“Liverpool haven’t been scoring one or two, they have scored five or seven. Liverpool play a high press and it is very difficult to play against.‘The thing at the end was the result. Tactically we were sound.“We didn’t create as much as I would have liked. Even Man United came and did that. Rarely do teams who open up against Liverpool get any points.” 1last_img read more

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Too few desks, too many students

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleWatanabe confirmed Wednesday that classrooms are overcrowded. He said two full-time substitute teachers have been brought into the school and said additional steps will be taken to correct the situation by Friday. “First grade and kindergarten classes are not full so by the end of the week some of those classes will be combined and teachers will be moved up to seventh and eighth grades,” Watanabe said. Some parents, like Lupe Dunoguez, said while the district tries to come up with ways to handle the overcrowding some students are spending time without textbooks and chairs. Watanabe said he had only heard concerns from a couple of parents and did not hear anything about lack of books or inappropriate assignments. “I haven’t heard about many of these things the students are saying until now. Edgewood Academy is a very good school. They improved 33 points on their API scores, their score is now at 748 and they are five points away from being a distinguished school,” Watanabe said. Mark Newell, Edgewood Academy’s principal, said parents should be assured all students have textbooks and chairs. He said all students are given language arts and math assignments when they are sent to other classrooms. Officials vowed to have the problems at Edgewood Academy under control by the end of the week, but some students said the time they have already spent in substitute classrooms will likely take a toll on their grades. “When we are moved to the other classrooms we are missing out on the things the kids are learning in our regular classroom,” Benjamin Ortega, 12, said. “Then when we take our tests and we don’t know the material we lose points. It’s not fair.” Some students said Bassett High School also is experiencing overcrowding. “When too many kids are in the classes they tell you to take a seat on the floor,” said Shannon Fleming, 16, a senior at Bassett. Principal Carolyn Pruitt said some elective classrooms have standing room only but said no students sit on the floor. “I have not heard anything about students sitting on the floors,” Pruitt said. “The classes are crowded. There are about five to 10 people still registering every day, but no child is to sit on the floor. Even if they want to we discourage them from doing so.” Watanabe said many school districts see overcrowding at the beginning of the academic year. He called problem “routine.” nisha.gutierrez@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA PUENTE – Some students at Edgewood Academy say overcrowded classrooms are getting in the way of their education. “When our regular classrooms are too crowded they make some of us move to other classes,” said Araceli Rodriguez, 12, a seventh-grader at Edgewood Academy. “The teacher just gives us crossword puzzles to do and we miss out on what we are really supposed to be doing.” Since school started on Sept. 6, some students and parents said they have voiced their concerns about overcrowding to Bassett Unified School District officials, but nothing has been done to fix the problems. “Several parents have spoken to the superintendent \ about this and I mentioned it to him at the PTA meeting and he was very non-chalant and sidestepped it,” said Millie Fleming, whose granddaughter attends Edgewood Academy. “This has to be taken care of right away because our kids are not learning in those classrooms.” last_img read more

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Story-idea fights lead to suits

first_img“Pirates of the Caribbean.” “The Matrix.” “The Last Samurai.” “Broken Flowers.” “Amistad.” Success isn’t all these films have in common. Each was also challenged by a lawsuit claiming “idea theft” – a common Hollywood problem that lawyers say is likely to continue as long as huge movie studios wield enormous power. “It’s like having your soul ripped out,” said 37-year-old Cleveland resident Jeff Grosso, who paid his way through film school by playing Texas Hold ‘Em, wrote a screenplay about it, then sued Miramax over its poker movie “Rounders.” “All they would have had to do was give me a `story-by’ credit,” Grosso said. “They could have gotten me for nothing. I could have gone and used that credit to get other work. All I ever wanted to do was write movies.” Part of the problem is the law. Ideas are not subject to federal copyright protection and, until recently, that was the only legal avenue for relief. Federal law says only the expression of ideas – actual screenplays or treatments – are copyrightable. Therefore a writer would have to prove that a finished film or television show was almost identical to his original screenplay. A studio can get around that by simply tweaking a few details. But a 2004 decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals held that when a writer pitches an idea to a production company, an “implied in-fact contract” is created, meaning the writer has a reasonable expectation that he will be paid if the company turns his idea into a product. Marder won the 9th Circuit decision in a case brought by Grosso, who studied screenwriting at Malibu’s Pepperdine University and spent all of 1995 writing a screenplay called “Shell Game.” He mailed the manuscript to “anyone who would take it,” including a company that claimed to have a first-look deal with Disney subsidiary Miramax (meaning the studio would have the first opportunity to buy or pass on the project). Four years later, Grosso sued Miramax, saying it “mined (his) script for the main characters and main story” of the 1998 hit “Rounders.” A judge finally dismissed Grosso’s claim in July, saying no contract ever existed with Miramax. Grosso, who published his first novel in February, is appealing. “I’ll never get over it,” he said. A writer has to prove that a studio actually saw his screenplay, which can be tougher than it sounds. In an effort to get their work into Hollywood’s hands, unconnected writers often generously pass their screenplays around in search of that elusive “in.” Maybe they e-mail their script to their cousin who works at a studio, or give it to a friend’s brother who’s an agent. Before long, the trail of bread crumbs disappears. Reed Martin toiled for 10 years on his screenplay “Heart Copy” while teaching movie marketing at Columbia and New York universities. He was a regular at film festivals and traveled often to Los Angeles hoping to make the right contacts. Finally, a talent-agent friend agreed to help him. A year later, Martin learned his movie was being made. Only he wasn’t in on the deal. He sued Focus Features and filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, claiming that “Broken Flowers” – which won the grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2005 – was based on his work. “There’s so many coincidences that are impossible,” said Martin, 37, now a research associate at Harvard Business School. Martin says he registered every version of his script with the U.S. Copyright Office and the Writer’s Guild of America. “I didn’t realize that copyright registration doesn’t protect you from being ripped off,” he said. “It only gives you standing to sue.” Marder took Martin’s case, one of “a hundred or so” brought each year to his firm, Manning and Marder. “The other 99 we don’t represent and no one represents them,” Marder said. “Attorneys can’t afford to finance them and studios will spend a lot of money, chilling people from bringing lawsuits.” Martin is set to be deposed next month, but he says no amount of relief would be enough. “It’s not like Jim Jarmusch stole my hobby,” he said. “I have wrecked my life following this dream.” A representative for Jarmusch would not comment on the case. Most cases never reach a jury’s ears, says attorney Aaron Moss, who specializes in creative-rights law. “The vast, vast, vast majority of these cases tend to settle. There’s never an admission of liability. It’s settled quietly outside of court.” Usually with a confidentiality clause, Marder notes. Marder says the Grosso decision and the additional protection it provides for writers will inspire a “fundamental change” in how studios operate, but Black isn’t so optimistic. “I don’t really see any end to this,” he said. “As long as people in this marketplace are pitching ideas and as long as studios and networks are hearing ideas, there are going to be instances where people feel ripped off.” Root of the problem Access to the work Protecting their work Writers can protect themselves by coming up with “code names” for their projects and not revealing too many details, Black says. They should retain an agent or a lawyer and make their pitches with that person present. “That keeps people honest,” he said. But it doesn’t always work. Donald Hughes got an agent to represent his autobiographical tale, “Echoes from Clay County,” which detailed how he helped his wrongly convicted brother break out of jail. Last month, Hughes sued Fox Broadcasting Co., claiming that after rejecting his manuscript, the company used the idea for its hit series “Prison Break.” (Fox had no comment.) 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’But why would movie studios, with every resource at their disposal, steal stories? Are these writers just cranks, frustrated wannabes with delusions of creativity? No, says attorney John Marder, who specializes in representing aggrieved writers. Many are victims of a system that favors studios and networks and offers little protection for writers and ideas. “It’s a small group of people that have all the juice, and if you’re not in that crowd, you’re really at their mercy,” he said. “There’s a real lack of moral compass on the issue in Hollywood. And there’s an ego-driven arrogance about it, like how dare you challenge this producer, this director, this studio? They’ll spend $10 million fighting a case where the demand is $100,000.” Attorney Daniel H. Black, a veteran of Hollywood studios and intellectual-property litigation, acknowledges that studios “have a tremendous amount of leverage.” Are ideas actually stolen? “I guess that’s possible,” he said, “as (it’s) possible that plaintiffs are bringing actions they have no grounds to bring.” last_img

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Liverpool plot Sancho swoop, Arsenal eye Sevilla star, Chelsea’s striker blow

first_img Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of 18-year-old Jadon Sancho 3 moving on Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 3 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and biggest football gossip from Tuesday’s papers and online… Newcastle midfielder Mo Diame is close to triggering a contract extension at St James’ Park. (Chronicle)Wolves are also close to agreeing a new deal with Morocco midfielder Romain Saiss. (Daily Telegraph)Real Madrid are leading the race to sign 21-year-old Brazilian defender Eder Militao from Porto for around £44m. (Marca)Spanish champions Barcelona are also finalising the signing of 19-year-old Brazilian centre-back Vitao from Palmeiras. (Marca) The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Juventus ace Miralem Pjanic could have joined Manchester United last summer, but decided to stay in Turin. (Il Gironale)Juventus have asked Inter Milan about Mauro Icardi’s future, but have not had talks with the Argentina striker or his agent. (Four Four Two)Barcelona are favourites to sign Benfica striker Luka Jovic, who is on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt and is the Bundesliga’s top scorer. Real Madrid, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are also interested in the 21-year-old Serbia international. (Goal)Stoke will try to sell striker Saido Berahino as soon as the summer transfer window opens, after the 25-year-old was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. (Daily Mail) targets IN DEMAND targets LATEST 3 getty LATEST TRANSFER NEWS ON talkSPORT.COM Luka Jovic is the top scorer in Germany with 14 goals for Frankfurt so far this season Liverpool have been linked with another move for 18-year-old Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho, having missed out on him when he was at Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)Arsenal are also set to make another attempt to sign Sevilla and Argentina midfielder Ever Banega in the summer. (Daily Mirror)Arsene Wenger has suggested Arsenal’s out-of-favour midfielder Mesut Ozil may be in a “comfort zone” after signing a big-money contract last year. (Daily Mail) Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED RANKED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM last_img read more

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