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first_imgJOCKEY QUOTESKENT DESORMEAUX, MAXIM RATE, WINNER: “I watched the tape of her last race (Grade III Providencia Stakes on April 6) and you could see she was very unlucky to lose. Simon called me up before we ran and told me she was delightful, that she would do whatever I asked, he thought she would be best with a target, so I asked him who that was going to be. There was absolutely no pace but I was super-pleased to see Rafael, (Bejarano aboard Ladymidtown) lead with some aggression and set me up with a target. When Joe, (Talamo aboard Miss Flawless) came to her at the eighth pole she had to find two more gears. I think the pressure factor from the neighbors helped her progress. Just trying to win with the horses coming behind her on the backside, they pushed her; I had my hands full.”TRAINER QUOTESSIMON CALLAGHAN, MAXIM RATE, WINNER, AND HOSTESS, FOURTH (reached by phone in Kentucky, where yesterday he saddled favored Bellafina in the Kentucky Oaks): “I watched the race (Senorita) here and it was very exciting. I thought she’d be hard to beat after her last race (second by a nose in the Grade III Providencia at 1 1/8 miles when she bobbled at the start). She got the trip we expected today and cutting back to a mile wasn’t a concern.”OWNER QUOTESRYAN COSATO, MAXIM RATE, WINNER: “It was a tough one to take last time. She ran awfully good – too good to lose. But we figured we’d re-group and cut her back to a mile in distance. Unfortunately, Flavien didn’t ride her today because he’s out of town for the Derby, but it never hurts when you replace him with a Hall of Famer like Kent. Things worked out.“With it being a short field, the race looked to have a lack of speed, so that was nice because I think our filly can place herself in a close position. I thought she would sit in a nice stalking position, and the race unfolded that way. Fortunately she had enough left in the tank to hold off Lady Prancealot.”NOTES: The winning owner is Nick Cosato of Slam Dunk Racing.last_img read more

Alli and Son sensational while Aurier can make right-back spot his own

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO got off to the perfect start as Tottenham ended their away day hoodoo to cruise past their London rivals.Son Heung-min opened the scoring before assisting Lucas Moura to double their advantage before half time.3 Jose Mourinho is off to a winning start as Tottenham bossCredit: PA:Press AssociationHarry Kane then put the game beyond doubt with a superb header from a Serge Aurier cross.The likes of Eric Dier and Moura have been offered a clean slate under the new gaffer and SunSport’s Richard Forrester casts his players ratings after Spurs’ 3-2 win.GAZZANIGA 7Could have pulled up a deckchair and smoked a cigar if he really wanted until the 70th minute when West Ham started to put on some pressure.Couldn’t do anything about Antonio or Ogbonna’s goal as West Ham made a late surge.AURIER 8Question marks over his positioning on occasions but one of his best games in a Tottenham shirt.He looked solid in the first half with a number of strong challenges and played in a super delivery for Kane to head in the third.That right-back spot has been an issue for Spurs but Aurier has the potential to make it his own now.ALDERWEIRELD 6A player Mourinho was desperate to sign at Manchester United so is bound to be a big player under the Portuguese boss.Was assured at the back but was turned by Antonio before the Hammers striker fired the hosts back into the contest.Didn’t look unfazed as West Ham put some late pressure on and wasn’t at fault for the second.3 Eric Dier has the chance to rejuvenate himself under MourinhoCredit: Getty Images – GettySANCHEZ 6If he can avoid injuries then the Colombian should be a mainstay in Tottenham’s side.He barely had anything to do until the last 20 minutes but question marks over his defending for West Ham’s second when he lost his marker Ogbonna.DAVIES 7Kept Rose out of the starting XI and looked untroubled by a poor West Ham side.Didn’t need to bomb forward with the game already out of sight at half-time and barely put a foot wrong until the 70th minute when he was booked for bringing down Antonio.Came off with an injury although didn’t appear too serious.DIER 7Another player handed a fresh opportunity after making just his third league start of the season.Lost possession once or twice but grew into the contest and ended up nullifying West Ham’s midfield alongside Winks.Mourinho will be more than encouraged by his performance as he kept it simple in the middle of the park.WINKS 8It’s all to play for in midfield as competition hots up but Winks made a statement that he’s not willing to roll over.He didn’t produce much as an attacking threat but he didn’t need to with the four forwards causing all the trouble.Instead Winks kept his discipline and sprayed the ball about to maintain possession.3 Dele Alli was sensational to help fire Spurs top three pointsCredit: AP:Associated PressLUCAS 7Handed a big opportunity to impress his new boss and grasped it with both hands.Started slowly which is understandble given his lack of football but grew in confidence and grabbed his second league goal of the campaign when he latched onto Son’s cross.Missed an absolute sitter in the second but should have cemented his starting role in Spurs’ next outing.ALLI 9A brilliant first half performance as West Ham struggled to pick him up as he drifted into space and caused havoc.Assisted Son for the opener and played a massive part in Spurs’ second by releasing the South Korean down the left.A lot of talk has been made about how Mourinho’s biggest task is to get the best out of the England international who appeared to lose his way under Mauricio Pochettino.The early signs suggest he’s definitely on the right path. Was subbed for Eriksen on 78 minutes.SON 9Terrific again after opening the scoring with a smart finish past the hopeless Roberto.Then produced a sensational cross for Lucas to double Spurs’ advantage.Was quieter in the second half but was full of running until the final whistle to stretch West Ham’s defence.KANE 8Showed some nice touches in the first half and linked up well with Alli before eventually making his mark in the second half.His header from Aurier’s cross was excellent and put the game to put to become Spurs’ third highest all-time scorer with 175.Lost his cool a little when he received a booking for a strong challenge on Snodgrass but Mourinho would have loved his defensive contribution.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big onemost read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’NICE RONCristiano Ronaldo goes on family bike ride with partner Georgina Rodriguez & kidsSUBSRose (75) – 6Left-back replaced injured Davies but barely had time to make an impact.Eriksen (78) – 5Given 12 minutes at the end and struggled to make an impact as West Ham attempted to push forward to get a foothold in the game. Will be interesting to see if he can force his way into Mourinho’s side.Sissoko (82) – 6Run around a lot and tried to throw himself about. Has fierce competition in midfield.Jose Mourinho admits he wasn’t happy at Man Utd ahead of his first game for Spurslast_img read more

Barras set 250 for Kenya to chase

first_imgThe Barras batted first and lost both openers – Lega Siaka (0) and Assad Vala (13) – cheaply.The next two batsmen in Vani Vagi Morea (102) and Sese Bau (66) put the home side back on track, punishing the Kenyan bowling attack with a solid batting partnership.The dismissal of Bau in the 32nd over brought to the crease birthday boy Mahuru Dai.But Dai was soon back in the sheds after being dismissed for 8 by Collins Obuya.The quick loss of 3 more wickets did nothing to stop Morea, who went on to finish unbeaten on 102.His knock included 8 fours and 1 six.He was assisted late in the innings by a handy 43 from John Reva.The Barras finished at 6/249.Kenya’s top bowler was Obuya who finished with 4/42 off 8 overs.Kenya requires 250 for victory.last_img

In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgDunbeholden clobber Johnson Hill in INSPORTS Community LeagueRicardo Douglas (12th, 35th), Kavion Smickle (24th), Jeffery Wheeler (34th), Ricardo Boothe (47th) and Patrick King (57th) scored for Dunbeholden in the hefty win.Meanwhile, a double strike from Fabian Murray carried East West Strikers to a 2-1 win over Reid’s Pen. Murray scored in the 43rd and 60th minutes, while Reid’s Pen’s consolation goal was scored by Oneil Malcolm in the 78th.In another game, Greater Portmore Strikers drew 1-1 with Christian Gardens. Nicholas Steele scored for Greater Portmore Strikers in the 50th minute and Alrick Isaac equalised for Christian Gardens in the 55th minute.Fort cool Spit FyahVeteran club Fort International created a big upset as they inflicted a 300-294 defeat of previously undefeated Spit Fyah in the City of Kingston Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League at Passagefort Drive last Sunday.Fort led 155-152 at half-time. However, Spit Fyah overhaul Fort and led by as much as 23 points, but Fort, playing on their home ground, rallied to win by six points in a sensational countdown.In another game, Right Stuff defeated Passagefort United 300-281. The competition continues tomorrow.Braeton, Racing in KO clashBraeton United are looking to qualify for their second final of the season, as they clash with Racing United in the feature match of a semi-final double-header of the Portmore Division Two Knockout football competition at the Cedar Grove Sports Complex, starting at 3 p.m. Braeton United are the midseason champions.In the other semi-final game, Cedar Grove Estate, who are searching for their first title in club history, face off against Edgewater.In first round action, Braeton United outshot Edgewater 4-3, Racing United eliminated Daytona 1-0, Cedar Grove had a similar 1-0 win over Waterford, while Cumberland booted out Southborough 7-6 on penalties, after the players were unable to break a 2-2 deadlock in extra-time.Cumberland secure final semi-final spotCumberland FC cut down Daytona 4-1 to snatch the fourth and final semi-final spot in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football league last week Sunday.With the win, Cumberland move1 p.m. 11 points and fourth place. Cedar Grove placed joint second with Edgewater (13 points), after the former played to a 0-0 draw with top seed Braeton United (17 points).The semi-final pairings pit Braeton against Cumberland at 1 pm andCedar Grove tackling Edgewater at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 28, both games at the Cedar Grove Sports Complex.Jamalco maintain lead in ClarendonDefending Major League champions of Clarendon, Jamalco, continue to lead the way in the 2016 season of the Clarendon Football Association (CFA)/Captain’s Bakery & Grill Major League. They have been the most impressive of the three preliminary round group leaders, which includes former Premier League campaigners Sporting Central Academy and Kemps Hill.Jamalco sit pretty in Zone B with 16 points, compiled from five wins and a draw. Their latest win was a 2-0 home effort against New Bowens, the second time they have beaten this team.Even with four games to go in Group B, they could seal their second round berth with victory away to Lionel Town today. Nearest rivals New Bowens are on 10 points, while third-placed Lionel Town are on five.In the first game, they ran circles around Lionel Town 5-0. Ironically, Jamalco have only dropped points this season against Threadlight, the lowest-placed team in their zone.Sporting Central, with a record of three wins and two draws, lead Group C under way points, one point clear of the chasing pair of Moores United and Original Hazard. Their away clash againstKemps Hill are the leaders in Zone A with 12 points, two more than York Town. Comfort are next on nine points.Los Perfectos back in Manchester footballFollowing a near 15-year hiatus, multiple Manchester parish champions, Los Perfectos, are back competing in a Manchester Football Association (MFA)-run football competition.Los Perfectos have over the years fielded a team in the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Women’s league.However, they made a resounding start to a new campaign in the parish as a male outfit when they defeated Epping Forrest 6-0 earlier this week in the Jamalco-sponsored MFA Division One.The 2016 season of the Division One competition got underway last weekend at the Kirkvine Sports Club with a dress parade involving the 12 teams that will compete in two preliminary zones of six teams each.Awards were made to the three top teams. Hanbury FC captured the top spot, followed by Northern Caribbean University (NCU) President’s Xl, with Trinity United FC taking third spot.In the opening matches, NCU President’s Xl and Star Zone Academy drew 2-2, Plowden FC drew 1-1 with Mandeville United FC, 360deg Club won 2-0 against Starz Academy, while Technical Strikers outscored Clandon Strikers 3-1.Hillstars secure semis spot earlyDefending champions Hillstars became the first qualifier to the semi-final stages of the MFA Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League, when they defeated Georges Valley 2-0 earlier this week.With just four matches to go in the return phase of the preliminary round, Hillstars are the overall leaders with 29 points, one more than Zone Two leaders Downs. However, they are supreme in Zone One where they have a nine-point lead over Mile Gully. Georges Valley are a further four points adrift.Zone Two is far more competitive and far from being decided. Following their recent 7-1 demolition of Porus, Downs lead a tight pack with 28 points. Ricam are second on 24 points, one ahead of Alligator Pond (23). Only two teams from each zone will make the cut.In other Major League matches, Mile Gully and Comfort drew 0-0, Old England lost at home 1-2 to Greenvale and Alligator Pond had a 2-0 win over Villa United.Black Star win mid-season titleBlack Star FC were crowned mid-season champions of the St Elizabeth Magnum Major League after defeating Real Treasure Beach FC 5-4 on penalties.In the finals played at St Elizabeth Technical High School, the two teams had battled to 1-1 draw in full and extra time.In an earlier zonal match, Black Stars had easily defeated Real Treasure Beach 3-1. However, the champions were surprised when Jovaughn Williams scored for Real Treasure Beach FC in the 77th minute. The 1-0 lead lasted 10 minutes as Dwayne Brown minimised the scare to score for Black Star FC two minutes from time. No further goals were scored throughout extra-time.The chase for the league title resumes today with three games and two tomorrow.Today’s games:n Haughton United vs Real Treasure Beach FC at Elimn Holland PYC vs Vineyardn Tafari Lions vs Super ActionTomorrow:n Newell vs St Bess at Hounslown Black Stars vs Appletonn Rum Bar Rum National Darts LeagueWith a game against lowly Shooting STARS, leaders Central Strikers look set to maintain their position in the Rum-Bar Rum National Darts League, which will continue tomorrow with fourth round matches at the Upper Level Sports Bar in Mandeville.The matches are: Central Miners vs Shooting STARS at 11 am, Chelsea Precision vs Dynasty MoBay at 11 am, BOJ Gators vs MoBay Darters at 2 pm, Guy’s Darters vs Dynasty MoBay at 2 pm.Central Miners lead with six points, followed by Chelsea Precision (five), Dynasty MoBay (four), Guy’s Darters (three), BOJ Gators (two), Portmore Stimulus (two), Portmore Contenders (one), Shooting STARS (one) and MoBay Darters (0).last_img read more

Wolmer’s lift FLOW Super Cup

first_imgThe ISSA-FLOW Super Cup will stay in Kingston for the third-consecutive year.Wolmer’s Boys won their first hold on schoolboy football’s most coveted trophy with a stoppage time (91st minute) winner by striker Alphanso Gooden that was enough to beat a resolute Cornwall College at Sabina Park last night.Two minutes into injury time, Andrew Daley, who had a very lively game, drove into the Cornwall College 18-yard box and took advantage of some hesitant defending, to take control of the ball, before sending a pass to Gooden. The big forward was given a lot of space in the Cornwall area and he picked his spot and sent a thunderous shot into the back of the net.It was the sixth goal for Gooden this season, and his most important, so far.”It feels very wonderful to score and win the FLOW Super Cup for the very first time for my school,” he said.”I am happy, as the team looked up to me to score and get the win. It was tough, but we gave everything to beat them,” Gooden told The Sunday Gleaner.BEAMING MOTHERHe was joined by his beaming mother, Karen Hinds, who praised her son.”I feel very good. Watching my son all season has made me very happy. He wanted this moment for a very long time (and) it finally came through. I love him,” she said.Wolmer’s principal Dr Walton Small was ecstatic.”We are going to win the other trophies,” he saidCoach Vassell Reynolds said his guys were brimming with confidence prior to the game.”Prior to the game, I had never seen my players so confident. We knew it was going to be a tough game and we were very solid in defence … we also countered well tonight.”Wolmer’s came back strong in the second half after the dangerous Jourdaine Fletcher had tormented them for long periods. He had two very good free kicks, which were saved by goalkeeper Shamar Jamieson.The first half was fairly even, and both teams created chances, but could not find the net.It was the Montego Bay-based Cornwall’s first loss in all competitions this season.Coach Dr Dean Weatherly called it a ‘painful defeat’ but backed his team to rebound and challenge for the rest of the trophies this season.last_img read more

FEU guns its way to Street Dance title, UST takes high school plum

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ The Street Alliance broke the duopoly of the competition joining De La Salle and University of the Philippines, both of which won three titles apiece, as the top mobs of the competition.FEU scored a total of 85.75 points, more than six points to De La Salle’s score of 79.50, to win the title and the P70,000 cash prize for the champions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRandell San Gregorio, the head coach of both the Street Alliance and the FEU Cheering Squad, said they had less than three months to prepare for the competition since they completed their lineup just in January.“It feels so surreal… and we wanted to show something new from FEU,” said San Gregorio who had to hold auditions for FEU students who wanted to join his team. LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Far Eastern University channeled the spirit of Al Capone and outgunned the competition in the UAAP Season 80 Street Dance Competition Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT And with such a new group in his hands, the title wasn’t even in their best of expectations.“We just wanted to put on a good show, although on the backs of our minds we wanted to win. We just weren’t expecting that we would win because you can’t expect something that big if the other teams are good performers as well.”San Gregorio said he had to stick with the gangster theme since all he had were mere weeks to prepare for the competition and he couldn’t afford to overhaul his program.The Street Alliance danced to the tune of an instrumental song that resembled the anime Lupin III’s opening theme and ended it with new school hop-hop music.University of the Philippines rounded out the top three with 78.60 points to take home P30,000 while the La Salle Dance Company won P40,000.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Oscar Valdez wins decision in brutal bout with Scott Quigg University of Santo Tomas won the inaugural high school street dance competition and took the title by a country mile.The Galvanize owned every aspect of the competition winning in all of the four judges’ scorecards for a total of 82.30 points, 10.80 points more than silver finishers FEU Baby Tamaraws Dance Company.UST head coach Matthew Almodovar said the routine wasn’t his input alone as he allowed his dancers to pitch in their ideas.“It worked out for me because I wanted to know what my students wanted in the choreography so we settled for what we can do best,” said Almodovar in Filipino. “I don’t mind putting their ideas because I wanted them to enjoy the routine.”The Galvanize won P70,000 while the Baby Tamaraws Dance Company had P40,000 while third-placer University of the East got P30,000.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH PLAY LIST 01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Grateful to Ramsahoye and Bashir in freedom struggle

first_imgDear Editor,I write to pay to tribute to two political heroes of Guyana, Isahak Bashir and Sir Fenton Ramsahoye, who recently passed away. Both played significant roles in the independence movement and the struggle for the restoration of democracy. Unfortunately, both were victims of local politics. Grave injustices were committed upon them. They were denied (well-deserved) pension entitlements for serving the nation with honour and integrity.Sir Fenton and I collaborated in the pro-democracy movement. Following the rigged elections of 1968, Ramsahoye migrated but never accepted citizenship of another country. He revealed to me, difficulties of travelling on a Guyana passport. From abroad, he joined the struggle for free and fair elections in Guyana. It was this struggle that led to a working relationship with him in Trinidad, Barbados, Antigua, and London requiring me to travel there to meet and discuss strategies and tactics to help return democracy to our homeland. In addition, I had the distinguished honour of hosting him for several days during which time we interacted, along with fellow pro-democracy activists Ravi Dev, Baytroam Ramharack, Vassan Ram-racha, Hassan Rahaman, Rennie Ramracha, among others. It was at one of these meetings at my home that the idea of a World Union of Guyanese was conceived to unite the diaspora to lobby for free and fair elections in Guyana.Ramsahoye agreed to be its International Coordinator and patron. The World Union of Guyanese (WUG) was subsequently launched at a gathering of community and political activists, business persons, and religious leaders. After some resistance from ACG (PPP support group) members questioning Ramsahoye’s motive for launching the WUG, a loose executive body was established to organise activities. Weeks later, a group of us from America flew to Trinidad where we were hosted at the Hilton by Ramsahoye for follow up meetings over a couple of days. Lindley Geborde of New Jersey, Roy Narine of Chicago, Hassan Rahaman of NY and Ravi Dev were also there. A programme of activities was agreed upon. Then we all flew to Guyana where we met Cheddi Jagan and leaders of other political parties to apprise them of WUG and the plans from New York and Trinidad. I met Jagan in private and he queried Ramsahoye’s motive in launching WUG and whether it was intended to canvass for him to be a presidential consensus candidate for elections. Ramsahoye had no intention of rejoining active politics or serving as Attorney General. He did, however, offer his legal services for free to Jagan and other political parties that were involved in the struggle for free and fair elections. Thereafter, Ramsahoye lobbied leaders in the Caribbean to help put pressure on the Hoyte dictatorship to return the country to a liberal economy and democratic governance. Ramsahoye also met and or wrote politicians and or Governments in the UK and America in addition to other countries. A letter was also dispatched to the Carter Centre and other human rights groups. We all know free and fair elections were held in October 1992 and democracy was restored. Ramsahoye was never recognised for the role he played in ending the dictatorship and returning democratic governance.Ramsahoye complained to me that he was denied his pension benefit by the dictator Burnham. Ramsahoye revealed once that he was asked to submit a form (I believe it was 1977) to attest he was alive in order to get his pension. He duly complied only to get a response that he did not submit forms that he was alive in preceding years. I approached several officials to address the matter of Ramsahoye’s pension as I also did with regards to Balram Singh Rai and Isahak Bashir. These were not addressed.Moses Nagamootoo and Khemraj Ramjattan, as AFC opposition MPs, promised to raise this matter. But it never came up in Parliament, not even during their tenure as Prime Minister and Security Affairs Minister respectively.Bashir was given a reduced pension because he dared to challenge the Burnham dictatorship and more specifically the Speaker of the House. He was suspended from Parliament and the suspension period was not counted in the calculation of his benefits. He was cheated. It remains uncorrected to this day even though Ramjattan and Nagamootoo know grave injustice was committed against Bashir (who may very well have supported them in the 2011 and 2015 elections).The Guyanese nation should be grateful for the vital roles Bashir and Ramsahoye played in liberating our nation twice (from the colonial rulers and from Burnhamism).Yours truly,Dr Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

MOH Driver Found Guilty of Killing Market Woman

first_imgDefendant Miller Komeh, the former driver at the Ministry of Health (MOH) assigned with the Kolahum Hospital in Lofa County, was yesterday found guilty by the jury at Criminal Court ‘A’ of murdering a businesswoman identified as Yassah Mulbah Zumo.Yassah Zumo’s lifeless body was found on the roadside near the Todee junction on the Kakata-Monrovia Highway on June 4 of this year.The jury reached the unanimous verdict when they returned from their deliberations, after several hours of oral and documentary evidences produced by both prosecution and defense lawyers, during the month long trial.Immediately after the jury’s verdict, Judge Roosevelt Willie announced that his final judgment and sentence would be on Friday, December 23.The case began on June 3 when defendant Komeh, then driver of the hospital’s Land Cruiser Jeep with plate number LB-1121, on his way to Monrovia from Kolahum picked up his victim, along with other marketers.Yassah, the document said, was picked up in Fissebu, a town in Lofa County, along with eleven (11) tins of palm oil and other goods she had purchased for re-sale in Monrovia.During the transaction, Komeh charged Yassah and her goods L$2,500.Unfortunately, when they arrived in Kakata, by then it was about 9pm and other passengers disembarked and left Yassah alone with the defendant to continue their journey.In Kakata, Yassah contacted her husband Kelevah Zumo, who was in Monrovia, about the situation. He advised her to spend the night in Kakata. According to court records, she agreed to spend the night with one of her nieces, only identified as Mamie.Mamie lives in the German Community near the Booker Washington Institute’s staff-quarters in Kakata.During the telephone conversation with her husband, Mr. Zumo agreed for Yassah to take L$2, 500 from Mamie to pay her transport fare.According to court documents, when the defendant and the victim arrived at Mamie’s house she was nowhere to be found; so, Yassah again contacted her husband to explain the new development.Yassa then informed her husband that she was not comfortable being with the driver and told him she was taking a risk to drive with defendant Komeh to Monrovia, to which her husband agreed, according to records.That was the last conversation Mr. Zumo held with his wife before her lifeless body was discovered on the roadside near the Todee junction on the Kakata-Monrovia Highway.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CDC Recruits Hundreds in Bassa, Rivercess

first_imgPeople of Grand Bassa queue to registered as CDC partisans.The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) has stormed Grand Bassa and Rivercess counties as part of its nationwide membership recruitment drive to win at the polls in October.The CDC’s mobilization team said it is continuing its recruitment from Margibi, Bong and Grand Bassa. As the team sweeps across the targeted communities, hundreds patiently wait their turn to be registered.The mobilization team is reportedly targeting five hundred thousand (500,000) members before October, and the latest move is gaining momentum.Many of the recruits interviewed told the Daily Observer that they are getting their membership to “Make Weah President in the first round” of the vote in October.“We are thrilled by the zeal of these people, especially for their support for Senator Weah,” said Mulbah Morly, co-chair of operations, CDC.“Despite our cautioning them against tribal politics, they have defied every word of caution, shouting back, ‘Weah da dey real Bassa man in the race and da him we want; no second round,’” he recounted.A young CDCian said, “Upon hearing news of their arrival the people came out jubilating at every major intersection, waving victory leaves to welcome the members of the recruitment team.”The sight of people rushing to form long queues has become routine for the CDC recruitment team as it moves from town to town and village to village, an official said.“At a recent membership rally,” said Musa Konneh, chairman of the mobilization team, “I attempted to lighten the mood by quoting a line from the Big Fish Party playbook, and I asked the people of Buchanan whether it is true that ‘Grand Bassa da Brumskine county.’“There were not only thunderous cheers but loud shouts of ‘Weah da dey real Bassa man in the race’ while others chanted, ‘We Want Weah, We Want Weah.’”He added: “I was thrilled and shocked because people here are determined to elect Weah/Taylor in the first round.”The CDC recently launched its membership drive in Margibi and Bong counties where hundreds of citizens obtained membership forms to join the party.Party officials said another mobilization team is currently in voter rich Nimba County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana Forestry Mission, FDA, Exchange Notes on VPA Processes

first_imgFDA staff and their visiting guests from Guyana— Pledge future collaborative efforts to enhance trade agreementThe visiting Guyana Forestry Mission and the Libera Forestry Development Authority (FDA), have held series of fruitful exchanges, thereby mutually sharing each other’s experiences, and examples in the conduct of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA).The VPA is a legally binding trade agreement between the EU, and a timber-exporting country outside the EU.It aims to ensure that all timber and timber products destined for the EU market from a partner country are processed within the frame work of laws of that country.In addition to promoting trade in legal timber, the VPA addresses the causes of illegality by improving forest governance and law enforcement.AS for trade, the VPA considers vital development, and environmental issues.According to an FDA release, Liberia is one of six tropical countries that have ratified and are implementing the VPA.During their two-day encounter, the both sides (FDA and the Guyana Forestry Mission) respectively discussed each other’s experiences in terms of challenges, and the methods used to drive the VPA consistent with its terms and agreement.Based on the comprehensive overview on the Legality Verification Department (LVD) by Simulu Karmara, technical manager of the department, the Forestry Mission of Guyana had the opportunity to learn the history and structure of the LVD, Libertrace system, Chain of Custody (CoC /wood tracking system from the FDA side.The team, the release said, also learned from the FDA side how the legality verification system works in terms of compliance and management system, such as tax collection, and how it feeds legally into forest community benefit sharing.Another lesson learned was the function of the newly created Liberia Licensing Department (LLD), which is responsible to issue export permit and final checks.Similarly, the Guyanese Forestry Mission shared its experience with its FDA counterpart, including how and where they began the process, and what it caused them to arrive at where they are today, including the success gained thus far with the VPA process.The acquaintance visit also witnessed a frank exchange between the VPA secretariat, and its Guyana counterpart; the FLEGT secretariat where they mutually compared notes on their respective functions.Subsequently, the VPA Support Unit where they learned about the role of the European Union in the implementation phase of the VPA, and the VPA capacity building support to the FDA.They also visited the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), and shared the process on how LRA works with FDA, including invoicing, customs and tax collection and LRA’s role in the field.Similarly, the team unveiled the role of Guyana Revenue Authority in the forest sector, and current systems.On November 20, 2019 the team took a field trip to FMC ‘K”/ ICC timber yard Buchanan to acquaint themselves with the LVD/COC process; ICC sawmill to verify traceable implications, and how saw mill and log yards are managed in Liberia.They also visited the Port of Buchanan, and learned shipment procedures.On November 21, 2019 they departed for a concession visit to acquaint themselves with block information cells survey lines arrangement, tree tagging, and block pre-harvesting inspection procedures.In his earlier welcome remarks, FDA Managing Director C. Mike Doryen, lauded the Guyanese delegation for the visit, which he described as mutually benefiting.Doryen said Liberia, through the FDA, is prepared to take any positive step forward that could provide long term security, and protection for the remaining the country’s forest.He said Liberia’s position on the culture of conservation remains unaltered, and that that Liberia was contemplating on value addition to our round logs. He wished them well in their mission.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more