WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has parted ways with his lead impeachment lawyers just over a week before his trial. That’s according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday. The change injects fresh uncertainty into the makeup and strategy of Trump’s defense team. The departing lawyers, Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier, have left the defense team in what one person described as a “mutual decision” that reflected a difference of opinion on the direction of the case. Trump is set to stand trial on the week of Feb. 8 on a charge that he incited the riot inside the U.S. Capitol.
Sporting Gijon defender Bernardo Espinosa is on the verge of joining Bournemouth.The 26-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has failed to agree a new deal.That means the Colombian can leave on a free at the end of the season and several clubs have shown an interest.Tottenham and Watford have been linked with Espinosa in the past but, according to Marca, the centre-back is set for Bournemouth.Manager Eddie Howe is keen to strengthen the heart of his defence this summer and scouts have been impressed with Espinosa.The former Sevilla man is now expected to travel to England in the coming weeks for talks with Bournemouth. 1 Bernardo Espinosa [right] in action for Sporting Gijon
Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, says by next week he will report to the country, “once and for all,” the way forward in relation to an alternative source of energy. Addressing students and energy stakeholders at a seminar on energy management at the University of Technology’s (UTech) Papine campus on January 31, Mr. Paulwell informed that Thursday, January 31 was the final day for the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) to “complete its process of determining and convincing the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) that it has a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) solution.” Mr. Paulwell said following its meeting with the JPS, the OUR is expected to meet with the Energy Ministry on Friday, February 1, to present its views on the power company’s plans. “And by next week we intend to signal to the country, once and for all, the way forward in relation to whether it’s going to be LNG or some other fuel,” he said. The Minister reiterated the Government’s commitment under the National Energy Policy, to reduce the cost of electricity to Jamaicans through the use of alternative sources, such as LNG. He noted that for many years, governments have failed to reach a decision on the matter to the detriment of the country and consumers. “For many years we have failed as a country to diversify our energy sources. And the governments have to bear a brunt of that embarrassing situation, because we have not been able to make timely decisions on transforming to various fuel sources,” he pointed out. Mr. Paulwell said for too long governments have been in “varying minds” in regard to the country’s plans for energy diversification. “At one time we were clear about coal being the best alternative fuel, then we got caught up with LNG and it preoccupied our minds for some time. In 2006, when I was Minister, we shifted to coal and I mandated coal, and if coal had come, today the prices would have been 50 per cent less,” he said. He pointed out that a change of government in 2007 saw the country going back to LNG “and last year we came back and inherited this LNG project.” Mr. Paulwell said if he had been given a clean sheet when the administration returned to power in 2011, “the policy would be that the government would play no role at all and that the market would determine, on a competitive, basis the best way forward.” The Government, last year, removed itself from the fuel source selection process of the LNG project, turning that responsibility over to the JPS, while it concentrated on creating the appropriate legislative and regulatory framework. The Minister further noted that as the government seeks to cut the cost of electricity to Jamaicans, other energy sources such as coal, nuclear and renewable energy are being considered. On the matter