Carlton Baugh Jr stroked an unbeaten 54 on yesterday’s second and final day of the Jamaica Scorpians fourth WICB Professional League trial match at Kensington Park.The diminutive wicketkeeper, who was dropped towards the latter part of last season after a series of poor scores, was the top scorer for Paul Palmer’s XI who played to a draw with Brandon King’s XI.Palmer’s XI ended on 183 for seven in their second innings after dismissing King’s XI for 238 in their first innings early yesterday.Palmer’s XI made 169 in their first innings.Other leading scorers for Palmer’s XI were Andre McCarthy, 37, pacer Sheldon Cottrell, 20, and leg-spinner Damion Jacobs, 17.Recent West Indies Under-19 captain, Ramaal Lewis, four for 35, led the way for King’s XI with fast bowlers Nicholson Gordon, Brian Buchanan and John Campbell claiming a wicket each.Earlier, Palmer’s XI, who resumed on 125 for three, were restricted by young pacer Rovman Powell, who finished with four for 40.Fast bowlers Marquino Mindley and Keno Wallace ended with two wickets apiece.The fifth and penultimate trial match, a three-day encounter, is set for Sabina Park starting next Wednesday.
Following claims and counter claims over government lawyers influencing members of a jury to bring down a verdict in their favor, defense lawyers are gradually avoiding their cases from being decided by jurors.Juror tampering is a criminal offense characterized by attempts to influence members of a jury by means other than evidence and arguments presented in court, according to a legal expert.“This act should be a considerable concern for the legal system,” the expert warned, adding, “The goal of holding a trial is to provide people with a fair, honest and complete hearing with a jury that decides the case on the basis of information presented in court.” To make their decision interesting, last Monday, lawyers representing four former employees of the Liberia Coco-Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC) accused of stealing over US$1.8 million openly informed Judge Peter Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C’ that they waved their clients rights under the law to be tried by a jury.At Monday’s hearing, Judge Gbeneweleh granted the defense team’s request after a member of the prosecution team, Cllr. Theophilus Gould, gave no objection.Another instance is the ongoing US$6 million Private Use Permit case, at the same Criminal Court ‘C,” where lawyers representing four dismissed senior managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), and a senior surveyor at the Ministry of Land, Mines and Energy (MLME) avoided jury trial.Meanwhile the court had recruited several individuals to serve as jurors, who will be paid by taxpayers’ money even if they did not hear a single case for the 42 days for which they were selected to serve as jurors.According to the expert, the result of jury tampering is a false verdict or mistrial both of which, he said, “are costly for the legal system and delay justice in the case at hand.”He indicated that there were numerous ways that people can try to influence jurors. “These include bribes threats, and unauthorized communications.”He added, “Juror tampering can come from attorneys, defendants, plaintiffs, and members of the public with an interest in the case.” He also advised that if a juror is approached by someone, who is attempting to engage in juror tampering or has reason to believe that another juror is involved in tampering, it must be reported.“If jurors are tampered with, and this is not identified in time, this could have an influence on the verdict that would result in a miscarriage of justice,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
AS a public school teacher at the elementary level, I have followed with interest the recent court proceedings surrounding the Dover, Pa., intelligent design debate and the also-thwarted attempt in Lebec, Calif., to include intelligent design in its school curriculum as a short-term, elective class. America’s public schools have always been a testing ground for many of the major issues that torment society. This is due both to the public nature of our school system and to the inevitable multiculturalism that results from that public nature. How does the debate over evolution and intelligent design affect me and my second-grade students on a daily level? At the outset, let me say that I am a Christian who believes in the biblical creator God. I chose to teach at the second-grade level specifically so that I would not be required to teach evolution, since that topic does not readily come up in second grade. I have never taught any of my Christian beliefs to my students, but I always feel as though I am withholding a large part of who I am from them. In an era when there is a large push to encourage some subgroups to come out of their closets, there seems to be in public-school classrooms an equally large push to drive Christian students into one. Christian children are required to leave large portions of their inner selves and their home lives outside the classroom door. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant For example, I teach English language development for second-language learners from a state adopted textbook series called Avenues, published by Hampton-Brown. Unit Four is a multicultural social-studies unit titled, “Celebrate!” It opens with a big-book selection, “Day of the Dead,” a charmingly illustrated story about a holiday celebrated in Mexico. The student book continues with an excellently written piece called, “This Next New Year,” about a Chinese-American boy’s hopes that his family’s New Year’s celebration will bring him the luck he needs to turn his life around. It brings tears to my eyes when I read it each year with my class. After that is a poem about the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana, another poem about Kwanzaa and a third poem titled, “Mawlid Al-Nabi” by Karam Sperling. This poem ends with the lines, “We sing the praises of the Prophet Muhammad because it’s his birthday.” The unit ends with a poem and a story about July 4 and the Declaration of Independence. That is all. Now, most of my students are either Catholic or evangelical. Where are their Christian beliefs and experiences reflected in this unit? I couldn’t find them. Being ignored by a wall of silence is a form of discrimination. What does this have to do with intelligent design? I won’t address whether or not I.D. belongs in a science classroom (although I believe it does have a place there), but I do feel that there is plenty of room to teach it in a social studies or philosophy setting. The great value of teaching I.D. would be to leave a public door of discussion open for those hundreds of thousands of American students who believe in God. It would encourage students to compare data and conclusions drawn from those data, to apply logic to their consideration of data, to think for themselves and to formulate their thinking into words that could effectively communicate with others. The teaching of intelligent design in American classrooms would encourage discussion, debate, open-mindedness and cultural tolerance for others. Isn’t this traditionally what American public education has always been about? Christina Wilson teaches second grade in Fillmore.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!