Queens Counsel Appointments Announced

first_img David Muise, Sydney Ian MacLean, Pictou Rollie Thompson, Halifax Cathy Dalziel, Halifax Fae Shaw, Halifax Judith Ann McPhee, Halifax Lynn Connors, Kentville Karen Leslie Hudson, Halifax Darrell Dexter, Dartmouth Roderick (Rory) Rogers, Halifax Timothy Daley, New Glasgow Sean Layden, Dartmouth Dianne Lynn McGrath, Sydney Shawna Yvonne Hoyte, Halifax “I congratulate all recipients on this special designation,” said Mr. Landry. “An independent committee has recognized these individuals for their commitment to serving the justice system, their communities and all Nova Scotians.” Queen’s Counsel appointment criteria includes a minimum of 15 years as a member of the bar of Nova Scotia, demonstration of professional integrity, good character and outstanding contributions to the practice of law. The Queen’s Counsel Advisory Committee is chaired by Chief Justice Michael MacDonald. Other members of the committee include Alice Almond, Janice Beaton, Robert Dickson, Ronald MacDonald, Harvey McPhee, Harry Munro, Terry Roane, William Ryan, Kimberley Turner, and John W. Traves. Justice Minister and Attorney General Ross Landry announced today, Feb. 25, the Queen’s Counsel Advisory Committee recommendation for the appointment of 14 lawyers as recipients of the prestigious Queen’s Counsel designation. The appointees are: last_img read more

Hammouchi Places Moroccan Security Services on High Alert

Rabat –Moroccan security services are placed on high alert to avert thwart terrorist attacks on Moroccan soil.Director of Morocco’s intelligence services – General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST) and General Directorate for National Security (DGSN) – Abdellatif Hammouchi called for the mobilization of all Moroccan security services and raised the country’s security alert level.Hammouchi met with all branches of national security following the police raid in Saint-Denis, northern Paris, on November 18 that resulted in the death of three terrorists, including the alleged mastermind of the November 13 Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud. “Hammouchi placed security services on high alert after Saint-Denis anti-terrorist operation”, Moroccan daily Al-Massae reported in its weekend issue.“Strict orders were issued by the DGSN to various security services on Thursday, November 19, in order to raise the security alert to its highest level,” where all security personnel is to be armed and ready at all times.“The alert was decided to ward off any attack likely to come from ISIS sympathizers, especially after Moroccan intelligence services succeeded to decipher the enigma of Paris bombings and provided their French counterparts with valuable information that enabled them to abort new attacks that targeted at La Défense and the business district in Paris,” the daily said.Several arrests have been made in Morocco of suspects linked to the so-called Islamic State. A French national was detained in Marrakech on Thursday and police investigate possible terrorist cells in Béni Mellal and Nador.According to the same source, the national security mobilization is prepared to thwart any act of terrorism aimed at Morocco.Armed unites of “Hadar” have been dispatched to protect the Kingdom’s most vulnerable and possibly targeted areas, including state institutions, public places, and tourism areas.Moroccan intelligence services played a central role in preventing another terrorist attack in the French capital.On Wednesday, based on the information provided by Moroccan intelligence services, French authorities were able to locate the whereabouts of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, alleged mastermind of the Paris terrorist attacks.In a meeting on Friday in Paris, French President Francois Hollande thanked King Mohammed VI for Morocco’s effective assistance following last Friday’s carnage. read more

Quebec boxer Adonis Stevenson in critical condition after knockout

Canadian boxer Adonis Stevenson is reported to be in critical condition after being knocked out Saturday night in his light heavyweight title fight in Quebec City.The report comes from boxing promoter Yvon Michel, who tweeted early Sunday morning that Stevenson was in intensive care and that family members have asked that his privacy be respected.“They wish to inform friends and supporters that Adonis is currently in critical condition in the intensive care at the hospital, following his fight against Oleksander Gvozdyk,” the promoter wrote.“They appreciate the concern and support of everyone for Adonis.”A report in the Journal de Montreal says Adonis has been placed in an artificial coma as a precautionary measure due to a possible brain hemorrhage.Oleksandr Gvozdyk stopped Stevenson with a violent knockout at 2:49 of the 11th round to take his World Boxing Council light heavyweight title.The 41-year-old Stevenson was put on a stretcher after the bout and left Videotron Centre in an ambulance.The Montreal-based fighter was making his 10th title defence since winning the belt against Chad Dawson in 2013 and was ahead on two of the judges’ cards and tied on the third when he was stopped.The 31-year-old Gvozdyk, from the Ukraine, improved to 16-0.Gvozdyk landed several strong blows at the beginning the round which left Stevenson faltering in the corners.Stevenson appeared to recover, but a second volley of blows from Gvozdyk appeared to shift the momentum entirely in the Ukrainian’s favour.Referee Michael Griffin stopped the fight after a third push, in which Gvozdyk landed a dozen or so blows without Stevenson being able to stop a single one.Stevenson stayed down for several minutes before being able to sit up on a stool brought to the ring, and needed assistance to return to the dressing room.Late Saturday, Michel said he’d spoken to the boxer immediately after the match and he appeared to be regaining his spirits.However, Stevenson’s condition worsened after leaving the shower, and he was taken to the l’Enfant-Jesus de Quebec hospital, which specializes in neurosurgery and head trauma.A person who was present in the dressing room, who did want wish to be named, said Stevenson could no longer stand at the time the decision was taken.In a press conference late Saturday, Michel said Stevenson seemed disoriented and confused when he arrived at the hospital.“We fear a concussion,” he said. “This is very worrying.” BROWSE Adonis Stevenson read more