7 Defendants May Be Freed in Mercenary Case

first_imgSeven of the 18 persons accused of mercenary activities in neighboring La Côte d’Ivoire may be set free, if their  pleas are accepted by Criminal Court ‘D’ at the Temple of Justice.The 18 men were arrested between 2010 and 2012 in Grand Gedeh County by state security. They were subsequently indicted and charged in 2013 for alleged mercenary activities.In their 19-count “Motion for Judgment Acquittal,” lawyers for the defense argued that witnesses who have testified for prosecution have already admitted that the seven co-defendants knew nothing about fighting in La Côte d’Ivoire.They further argued that the co-defendants should be acquitted as a matter of law, stating that “The state failed to produce evidence against them.”The lawyers said state witnesses had failed to produce evidence showing that any of the co-defendants was arrested with arms, while returning from La Côte d’Ivoire to Liberia, where they were arrested.The defense team added that prosecution failed “miserably” to satisfy the “burden of proof” in the matter as required by law, alleging the evidence was insufficient to convict the men of the charge.They also argued that government failed during the trial to prove their indictments with clear and cogent evidences, as there were material variances (contradictions) in the testimonies of their witnesses.Therefore, the lawyers prayed that “This Honorable Court should accept the motion and discharge the co-defendants from further answering to the charge of mercenarism, and grant unto them such further  relief it may consider just and legal”.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gov’t Relocates Ma Juah Market

first_imgThe Government of Liberia through the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs is informing the entire public and all marketers that it has begun the relocation of marketers of the old Ma Juah Market in Vai Town.The market is being relocated in the old Liberia Tractor Company (LIBTRACO) building opposite the Georgia Pattern United Methodist Church on Water Street, UN Drive.According to an Executive Mansion statement, the new site has been refurbished to include everything expected of all modern markets that were previously lacking at the old Ma Juah Market in Vai Town. The new location will be dedicated later this week.The previously occupied premises will undergo a massive demolition exercise beginning tomorrow, the statement said.Meanwhile, all marketers who have not relocated to the new facilities at the old LIBTRACO building are asked to do so with immediate effect to avoid any hindrance to the exercise.Upon hearing of this development yesterday, our Business and Economy Desk conducted an interview with some marketers at the Ma Juah Market and this is what they told the Daily Observer:“We are disappointed over the process as well as the environment designated for the relocation. Already we are about 600 to 700 marketers occupying the vicinity given them temporarily in the Vai Town area, but the old LIBTRACO Building being processed for them can house only between 200- 250 marketers.” The marketers also complained of a “poor drainage system” in the new marketplace.Besides the drains being small, the marketers said that during heavy downpour of rain, people have to wear boots to enter the new premises.  It is also no secret that during prolonged rainfall, the river overflows and runs through pipes that are connected to the building, thereby causing serious flooding and chaos.Mr. Bai S. Won-kulah, supervisor of the Ma Juah Market, who spoke to our Business Desk, said they are not against the development, even though a relocation process carries its own pains, losses and benefits.  But if the process must be welcomed by the beneficiaries, somewhere better should be set aside, not that place –the old LIBTRACO Building—because the relocation has its own negative impact on business people.According to him, the gathering of marketers in the Vai Town vicinity is a long story which began initially on an Easter Sunday in 2006, when their market tables were broken down by the police under the directive of Madam Munah Sieh-Brown, then Police Director.The market supervisor said the current space used at Ma-Juah Market now was a space used by truckers and also a parking lot for vehicles transporting people to Maryland and Sinoe Counties.  Upon negotiations made by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, They were told that the venue would be used as a temporary market site.Being aware of the decision to allow them to use that space temporarily, said Mr. Won-kulah, it was difficult for the market administrators to carry out any major improvements.Since 2006, he added, it was on August 19, 2014 that he received a call to appear at the Executive Mansion for a meeting with the President and that meeting was attended by the Minister of Gender and Development and the Liberia Marketing Association president.  In that meeting, the President informed him that it was about time that the marketers leave the Vai Town location  since there was an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the country with Monrovia being the  epicenter.“I appealed to her to let the Ebola outbreak subside before finalizing her decision, taking into consideration that the majority of the marketers have taken loans from Access Bank and every loan has a timeframe attached for its repayment. I pleaded with her not to make the pronouncement soon so that it did not cause us more frustration,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

How to stop Sanchez? Tie him up, says Sevilla coach Montella

first_img“How do we stop him? I don’t know. We’ll have to tie him up!”Another player Montella knows from Serie A is Paul Pogba, although it is not certain the former Juventus midfielder will even start in the last 16, first leg at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan amid reports of an uneasy relationship with his manager Jose Mourinho.“He is a complete player, strong, technical and scores goals. He is fantastic,” Montella told reporters at Sevilla’s stadium on Tuesday.“He was the most expensive player in history before Neymar. I hope he doesn’t play!”Montella was appointed during Spain’s winter break following the controversial sacking of Argentine coach Eduardo Berizzo, who had just undergone surgery for prostate cancer.Sacked by AC Milan in November, Montella will be taking charge of only his second Champions League game when he comes up against United.He previously oversaw Roma’s defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk in the second leg of the last 16 in 2011, while Jose Mourinho has vast experience of the Champions League, a competition he has won with both FC Porto and Inter Milan.“He was a pioneer. I have read books about his style of coaching,” said Montella of Mourinho.“I don’t know how many Champions League matches he has managed. But against his experience we will need to not think about that and be brave.”Montella also said that winger Joaquin Correa had trained on Tuesday and could play after coming off in the first half of Saturday’s La Liga win at Las Palmas, while his fellow Argentine, playmaker Ever Banega, could also return.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella is wary of the threat of Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba in particular © AFP / Cristina QuiclerSEVILLE, Spain, Feb 20 – Sevilla coach Vincenzo Montella joked he might have to use a novel approach to dealing with the threat of Alexis Sanchez when his team come up against Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday.“Manchester have fantastic players and Sanchez has improved hugely over the course of his career,” said Italian Montella, who knows the Chilean from the time he spent in Serie A with Udinese.last_img read more

Salah reported over allegedly using mobile while driving

first_img“The club, after discussion with the player, have made Merseyside Police aware of the footage and the circumstances surrounding its capture,” said the spokesman cited on the BBC.“We have spoken to the player also and will deal with any follow-up internally.“Neither the club or player will be making any further comment on this matter.”Merseyside Police tweeted they had received the footage.“We have been made aware of a video believed to show a footballer using a mobile phone whilst driving. This has been passed to the relevant department. Thanks for letting us know,” they tweeted on their official account.Salah, who had a remarkable first season with Liverpool scoring 44 goals in all competitions and opened his account for this campaign with a goal in their opening 4-0 thrashing of West Ham on Sunday, could if found guilty of using his mobile face a fine of up to £1000 ($1300, 1100 euro) and points on his licence.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Egyptian star Mohamed Salah could be in hot water after Liverpool passed on video footage to police apparently showing him using his mobile phone whilst driving © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 14 – Egyptian star Mohamed Salah could be in trouble with police after his club Liverpool passed a video apparently showing him using his mobile phone while driving.A spokesman for last season’s Champions League finalists said they passed the video, which had circulated on social media, on to police after talking with Salah.last_img read more

Giggs plays down fears over Bale injury ahead of Spain clash

first_imgBut Wales boss Giggs is still hopeful that Bale will make the Nations League tie away to the Ireland on Tuesday, and predicted that he would be fit for Real’s next game against Levante.“Gareth has got a little bit of muscle fatigue and he won’t be involved against Spain,” Giggs said.“We don’t want to take any risks and we are monitoring it every day. I would say he is 50-50 at the minute for the Ireland game.“He feels good but we have to weigh up the risk whether he can be part of the game on Tuesday.”Bale, the all-time topscorer for Wales, scored three goals in his first three league appearances for Real this season.But the injuries that have become a common theme of his stay in Spain soon struck again, and Giggs said Bale had been scanned in Madrid a few weeks ago.“We rescanned it and have done everything we can to get as much information,” Giggs said at his pre-match press conference.“There was a little bit on both scans — but there’s always something.“We’re treating the symptoms but it’s nothing to worry about. Either way, I expect him to be fit for Madrid’s next game.”Former Manchester United winger Giggs said Spain, under new boss Luis Enrique, would be tough opponents.Spain, who had a disappointing World Cup, beat England 2-1 in their Nations League opener last month before thumping Croatia 6-0.“They’ve got a new manager and they were very impressive last month against both England and Croatia,” Giggs said.“To score six goals against the World Cup finalists Croatia is something special and gives the chance for our lads to play against some of the best players in the world.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Wales boss Ryan Giggs will be without star man Gareth Bale for their friendly against Spain © AFP/FileLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 10 – Ryan Giggs has played down fears over the fitness of Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale despite ruling the Wales forward out of Thursday’s friendly with Spain.Bale has been troubled by a groin injury in recent weeks and was forced off in the closing stages of Real’s defeat at Alaves on Saturday.last_img read more

$2 million for Lennon lyrics?

first_imgJohn Lennon sat down at his piano on Jan. 17, 1967, and used a black felt-tip marker to start writing the lyrics to a song called “A Day in the Life.” He revised the song on the same sheet of paper that afternoon with fellow Beatle Paul McCartney and it became the centerpiece of the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Now, nearly four decades later, the two-sided lyric sheet is expected to fetch more than $2 million at auction. “It’s absolutely the finest rock and roll artifact to survive the 20th century,” Martin Gammon, a book and manuscript analyst at Bonhams & Butterfields, said Thursday. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Bonhams is auctioning the Lennon lyrics along with manuscripts that include correspondence from Gandhi, checks signed by Marilyn Monroe and a letter from author John Steinbeck to Martin Luther King Jr. The lyrics and other rare books and manuscripts are on display in San Francisco through Feb. 12. San Francisco hippies were among the first Beatles fans to hear “A Day In the Life,” which trumpeted a new psychedelic sound and features Lennon’s memorable lyrics: “I read the news today, oh boy.” George Harrison brought an early demo tape of the song to California and played it on the radio during his much-publicized visit to Haight-Ashbury in 1967 during the so-called Summer of Love. The album was a radical step for the Fab Four and is now regarded as perhaps the most important rock album ever. Gammon said Beatles manuscripts, especially those from the often-reclusive Lennon, are increasingly rare finds. Many Beatles songs were written on paper bags or scraps of paper and most were thrown away, he said. “It’s a window in time. You can imagine him (Lennon) coming up with the musical ideas that everyone now knows,” Gammon said. The value of the manuscript has increased exponentially in a little more than a decade, Gammon said. An unidentified American collector purchased the lyrics for “A Day in the Life” in 1992 for roughly $100,000 – considerably less than the likely winning bid in 2006. They originally belonged to former Beatles road manager Mal Evans. Gammon concedes it’s ironic that the lyrics will sell for such a hefty price, considering that Lennon and Yoko Ono dropped off a closet full of possessions at a Salvation Army in 1977. Beatles fans can view the lyrics at Bonhams’ San Francisco office before they move to Los Angeles and New York. Final bids on the manuscript are due March 7.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgCAPPRY ROVERS NOTES  04/04/2016CAPPRY ROVERS U12’s CHAMPIONSWell done to our under 12’s who last Tuesday evening won the East Donegal U12 League with 2 games to spare. This was a great achievement considering that this is now their 4th consecutive League win after winning the U8, U10 and now two U12 League titles and have never lost a league game in the 4 years!!!They played Convoy Arsenal on Tuesday evening in Convoy and played great football, especially in the 1st half when they were immense. Even though they were so dominant, they went in at half time only 1-0 ahead through Mark Mbuli. In the 2nd half Convoy showed a little better but this Cappry team showed why they are champions by scoring 3 more goals. Luke McGlynn got the 2nd before Mark Mbuli got his 2nd and Cappry’s 3rd. Kevin McCormack wrapped things up for Cappry by scoring their 4th and sealing victory for the lads.They played their 2nd last League game on Saturday Morning in Cappry against Killea FC and ran out comfortable winners with a 6-0 scoreline. Mark Mbuli (3), Kevin McCormack, Shaun McMenamin and Andrew Murray scoring the goals. This was a good performance all round from the lads and they now have won 13 from 13 in the League.They have had a great season, Ulster champions, Last 32 in Ireland in the National Cup, League winners, Qualified for the Champions League and still have a cup final to play!!! Well done to all concerned.CAPPRY ROVERS LOTTOThe numbers drawn in this week’s draw were 4, 11, 14, 21.There was no jackpot winner.The winner of the €50 lucky ticket was Gerry Browne Tool Hire, Donegal Town Rd.Next weeks jackpot is €4800.Remember if you’re not in, you can’t win!!!CAPPRY ROVERSCappry had a free weekend due to the Donegal Oscar Traynor team playing in Clare on Sunday. Unfortunately Donegal who are captained by Cappry’s Brian Lafferty were defeated 3-1 in the semi-final of the competition. A great achievement to reach that far. Cappry are away next Sunday where they will look for a very important 3 points against Rathmullan Celtic. Kick off in Rathmullan will be 2pm.CAPPRY ROVERS RESERVESCappry started this game well and had an early chance when Kyle O’Meara raced clear and brought a fine save from the Donegal keeper. Cappry did take the lead in the 17th minute when Kyle O’Meara went through and finished well through the keeper’s legs. The game was very open and there were chances at both ends. Donegal did get level in the 30th when Gary Ward finished well. Straight from the kick off Conor Laverty went on a run and beat 3 Donegal defenders before firing into the bottom corner. Cappry started the 2nd half well and were 3-1 up when Darren Gibson’s effort was deflected past the Donegal keeper. Donegal came back into the game in the final 15 mins and got 1 back with 10 minutes to go when David Ted Bustard scored. Cappry were holding out well to the Donegal pressure but Donegal made 3-3 in the 89th when Adrian Ward finished following a scramble in the box. Two team performances.CAPPRY ROVERS U16’sCappry Rovers were in Champions League action on Saturday morning when they travelled through the Gap to face Donegal Town. Cappry played very well in the 1st half and controlled the game for large spells. The score was 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Joel Bradley Walsh and Jamie Keegan. At the start of the 2nd half Donegal got the perfect start when they scored in the 1st minute to pull the score back to 2-1. Things were tense after that but Cappry still looked comfortable with everything Donegal threw at them and were unlucky not to get another goal in the closing stages when Joel Bradley Walsh went one on one with the keeper only for the keeper to make a good save. Cappry were happy to come back with the 3 points. Team performance from the lads.They are back in action tomorrow night (Tuesday) in Cappry Park when they welcome Bonagee Utd in round 2 of the Champions League group stages. Kick off at 7.30pm.LAST MAN STANDINGWe are down to the last 17 in our Last Man Standing competition. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to see the weekly selections. Good Luck to all who remain. SOCCER: CAPPRY ROVERS U12’S WIN THE EAST DONEGAL LEAGUE TITLE was last modified: April 5th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Cappry Rovers FCsoccerSportlast_img read more

Watch Marseille’s incredible 2018/19 kit launch video, starring Maradona

first_imgFootball clubs are getting more thanks to the arrival of social media and Marseille have upped the ante while launching their new home kit.Serie A side Roma have lit up Twitter over the last year with their brilliant transfer announcements, which have all gone viral. 1 LIVING THE DREAM Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United ‘miss out’ on Minamino, West Ham scout Flamengo strikers, Auba wants out Came from the water 🌊. To set the fire 🔥. Here is the #NewMarseille. @PUMAfootball x @OlympiquedeMarseille. #NewLevels— Olympique Marseille (@OM_English) July 4, 2018 RANKED Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star ‘perfect fit” Zlatan Ibrahimovic in ‘advanced talks’ to complete Premier League comeback GOSSIP Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Marseille fans whip up an atmosphere heading off IN DEMAND center_img Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing But they may have been outdone as the French side unveil their new kits for the 2018/19 Ligue 1 season.Using Marseille’s history as port city and it’s heritage as one of the main gateways to France for foreign citizens, they have produced a stunning steam-punk styled film, starring Argentina legend Diego Maradona, who has had an interesting World Cup, with the tagline ‘Born in water, made for fire.’You can check out the brilliant video below and get a better look at the jerseys. Chelsea have watched Leeds ace ‘perfect for Premier League football’ regularly three-way race WHITE KNIGHT Arsenal ace heading for January exit as German club ready bid for midfielder Our new jersey for the 2018-19 season by @pumafootball ⚪⚫🔵#NewLevels#NewMarseille— Olympique Marseille (@OM_English) July 4, 2018 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland take zlat Latest transfer new REAL DEAL Euro expert explains why Liverpool should be so excited about Minamino talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™last_img read more

Sunni clerics intercede in hostage case

first_imgBAGHDAD, Iraq – An influential Sunni clerical group called Wednesday for the release of five Westerners taken hostage in a grim revival of the kidnappings that shook Iraq last year, saying they should be freed on humanitarian grounds. The Association of Muslim Scholars is believed to have contacts with some Sunni insurgent groups and has helped mediate the releases of other captives in Iraq. The five include four aid workers from the group Christian Peacemaker Teams – Tom Fox, 54, of Clearbrook, Va.; Norman Kember, 74, of London; and James Loney, 41, and Harmeet Singh Sooden, 32, of Canada – and German archaeologist Susanne Osthoff, 43. The association said freeing Osthoff would recognize Germany’s “positive” stand toward Iraq. Germany strongly opposed the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Osthoff and her Iraqi driver were seized Friday and were later pictured in a videotape blindfolded on a floor, with militants armed with a rocket-propelled grenade standing beside them. In the northern city of Mosul, the head of the regional antiquities department, Muzahem Mahmoud al-Zawbai, said he warned authorities Osthoff was not safe and that he could not be responsible for her security due to insurgent activity. It was unclear if the authorities relayed the warning to Osthoff, who was working to renovate a historic house. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Hxhome Women Ladies Multi-color Rainbow Cosplay Party Long Curly Full Wig – Great wig and good value

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