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Espanyol breaks the hex of the blue and white shirt

first_imgFor talisman and hex lovers, He had not won the Espanyol in this League or a single match with the blue and white shirt until he did it last Sunday, in Cornellà-El Prat, against Mallorca (1-0). It is not that the parakeet group has a winning streak this course, but curiously in its previous triumphs it always looked elastic substitutes: the pink, black and white against Eibar (1-2) and Levante (0-1) and, more recently, the green with a white stripe the day that already with Abelardo Fernández added the three points against Villarreal (1-2).On the contrary, and in addition to all the days he has been able to wear with his home colors because he does not match color with the local team he had counted for defeats or draws his clashes the Espanyol at home. Y the first of them all occurred precisely against Sevila, a 0-2 with goals from Sergio Reguilón and Manuel Agudo ‘Nolito’ which meant the kick off to a truculent course. The Espanyol may see Blanquiazul on Sunday at Sánchez Pizjuán. Everything will depend on Adrián Cordero Vega, the referee of the match. Last season, for example, he was allowed to do so, despite Sevilla wearing a nuclear target. Y It is not a minor detail.last_img read more

SMC toasts big year

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Reality bites in PBA Draft; road to pros not always easy View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Over the din of the music and celebration, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero screamed into the microphone: “I hope there are more events like this in the future!”ADVERTISEMENT While waiting for top rookie pick Christian Standhardinger, the San Miguel Beermen topped the PBA Philippine Cup (against the Hotshots). Standhardinger was still playing for Hong Kong Eastern in the Asean Basketball League and joined the Beermen in the Commissioner’s Cup, which was eventually ruled by Barangay Ginebra (against the Beermen).The team that went on to capture the Asean crown? Alab Pilipinas, which was backed by SMC and whose imports eventually went on to play for the Beermen (Renaldo Balkman) and the Gin Kings (Justin Brownlee) in the PBA.The triumphs of San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra, Magnolia, Petron and Alab Pilipinas were hardly coincidental, said SMC sports director Alfrancis Chua, who credits the strong support system laid out for the different teams by SMC big boss Ramon S. Ang.“Whatever the teams need, we try to give them,” said Chua.“We’re like family. We treat each other like family, that’s why we’re like this,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT That was Friday night, when the Hotshots partied at the San Miguel Corp. headquarters to toast the franchise’s 14th PBA crown, the season-ending Governors’ Cup.The day before, Petron’s Blaze Spikers ruled the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino conference for that franchise’s second crown this year. Petron’s volleybelles had earlier captured the Grand Prix.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMagnolia’s crown came on Wednesday when the Hotshots scored the first 12 points and coasted to the title in Game 6 of the Finals series.The back-to-back wins by squads under the SMC group underscored the comglomerate’s dominance in the country’s sporting landscape. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “[This] just shows that San Miguel, especially Boss Ramon S. Ang, is focused—not only on the business side of it all. He’s hands-on with everything.”And Victolero may get his wish for more parties like this. The SMC group doesn’t look like it is slowing down any time soon.“We’re not going to stop now. 2019, 2020, we have to find ways to make us competitive,” Chua vowed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomlast_img read more

Acarous Gray Denies ‘Phone Theft’

first_imgOfficers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) are said to be investigating Representative Acarous Moses Gray on allegation of “theft and physical assault”,  according to a communication obtained by Daily Observer.The Montserrado County lawmaker is under investigation based on a formal complaint addressed to Police Director Col. Chris Massaquoi by one Musa K. Sackor, station manager at Voice FM, Monrovia.In a letter dated April 30, 2014, Sackor alleged that Rep. Gray ordered his bodyguards to physically assault him at a bar in Crystal Oceanview Hotel in Mamba Point. In the process of the assault on him, Sackor claimed his iphone, valued US$600, and other personal belongings were stolen.Said event took place on April 28, 2014 at about 3:30 a.m., the letter indicated.“It all started when Rep. Gray entered into a fight with some group of guys outside of the bar that morning. They claimed that he nearly hit them with his official vehicle marked ‘HOR 32’ while trying to back [out]. When we heard the noise, we all rushed on the scene to find out what was going on. It was at that point when Gray identified me as a media collaborator and supporter of Mr. Benoni Urey. He felt insecure and claimed I would have used his misconduct against him on the radio. In that vein, he ordered his bodyguards to assault me and they made away with everything I had to avoid me using recordings against him.“I left the scene and immediately reported the case to the Central Police Station. Regrettably, officers on duty that early morning informed me that ‘the individual in question is a Representative and he couldn’t be questioned by them,’” the letter said.In a quest to follow up the story, Sackor told our reporter over the weekend: “I didn’t stop there, I wrote a formal complaint to Director Massaquoi and copied Deputy Director for Operations Abraham Kromah. My complaint is still before the police and I’m yet to get a redress.”According to him, the police announced that it had started investigation into the matter, but added: “I can’t get my phone, and my number with all my contacts remain off.”When contacted, Rep. Gray debunked the information asserting that, “This is a scheme.”“In your right mind, I will take somebody’s phone? What purpose will make me engage into that?” Gray asked.When first contacted on Saturday afternoon, Gray declined to comment, adding; “I’m eating; I will call you back.”However, Gray did not call as promised until late Saturday evening when our reporter managed to get thru after several attempts.Sackor’s allegation against Rep. Gray, who is a senior official of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) political party, is reminiscent of the case involving another CDC’s stalwart. The CDC deputy chairman for operations, Mr. Mulbah Morlu was accused by former Transport Minister Willie Russell of allegedly stealing his (Russell’s) phone while they were having political discussions in Sky FM Building on Broad Street.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

So who murdered Lallbachan Bachan?

first_imgDear Editor,The abuse of prisoners while in Police custody is a violation of human rights, which is escalating in Guyana.Recently, Mr Lallbachan Bachan, a young taxi driver who was incarcerated at the Suddie Police Station on DUI charges became a statistic to these problems.Mr Bachan was found dead in his prison cell in which he was singly housed. An autopsy report revealed that Mr Bachan died from asphyxiation and his voice box fractured. So who murdered Mr Bachan? Was it the police?However, in a cover-up attempt, the police claimed that Mr Bachan died from a fall which fractured his voice box. But drawing from a bit of anatomy, it is obvious that the police are into fake news because the voice box is a vital cartilaginous structure which spans a short length of only about 25 millimetres along the upper respiratory tract. Given this, the tiny voice box is quite easily fractured through direct trauma such as squeezing on it in the neck region.Therefore, it can be reasoned that the police fractured Mr Bachan’s voice box by deliberately choking him and sealing off his airway, thereby blocking the vital flow and exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide essential in sustaining his life. Editor, this knowledge is necessary in helping to zero in on how Mr Bachan died. Also, a motive behind Mr Bachan’s murder needs to be calculated based on information that he failed to come up with the hefty $100,000 which the police allegedly demanded.Further, the fact that Mr Bachan was singly housed rules out the possibility that he was murdered by persons other than the police. Of course, the police needs to be held accountable given the dynamics in this case.Convincingly, the murdering of Guyanese who are perceived to be PPP/C supporters is on the rise under the illegal coalition Government because people like Dr David Hinds have encouraged hostility against PPP/C supporters. How can anyone forget when Dr Hinds callously urged the flushing out of PPP/C moles? These are the reasons why citizens like Mr Bachan, who are perceived as PPP/C supporters, are singled out and taken advantage of and murdered. Well, the police have responded to Dr Hinds by flushing out Mr Bachan from society. Dr Hinds has been bullying PPP/C supporters for years as a WPA executive.Mr Bachan’s family will now suffer the consequences to this kind of bullying. Mr Bachan was the main breadwinner for his family and his murder will no doubt plunge his young wife and his four young children into undue economic hardship in a country unable to provide them with any kind of social safety net.Also, in an unrelated case, about six months ago, Mr Kalicharran Sawak became another statistic of grave human rights abuse while he was in Police custody at the Sparendaam Police Station, where he sustained a fractured skull and a slew of physical injuries which caused him to haemorrhage and die. To date, nothing came out of this case which can easily be cracked with whistleblowers.Further, it needs to be clear also that no matter if the police murdered Mr Bachan or Mr Sawak, they need to be held accountable because these men were in their custody when their human rights were violated.The ordeal of these two men is reminiscent of my very own experience with the GPF. Several years ago, a certain police constable unsuccessfully attempted to extort money from me. I was obviously selected as his victim because the police routinely targets Indo-Guyanese who are also perceived to be PPP/C supporters.And so he retaliated by enlisting a van load of officers who were brandishing huge rifles as if they were in combat with drug lords. The brainless officers heard that I was visiting from New York and they reflexively raced over to get me based on an erroneous calculation that I was loaded with money. This experience made me realise how the police prey on innocent citizens like criminals.The cowardly police even forcefully took me over to the East Ruimveldt Outpost. I was no doubt traumatised. And I knew that the extortioner would frame me and have me detained. I also feared that the police were going to beat me and murder me in a dark cell.As predicted, the extortioner fabricated silly lies about me but he failed to sell them to the corporal and he was booted from the outpost. The corporal was the one who stepped in and did the right thing in saving my life. It was obvious that all of the officers were of a certain race/ethnicity, except for the corporal. It was this experience that caused me to realise that racial/ethnic diversity is needed in the police force to protect innocent citizens and to give them a fair chance. Guyana’s diversity needs to be valued, not trampled. But Dr Hinds endorses the unfair racial/ethnic imbalance seen in the workplace. On Globespan 24X7, he argued that Indo-Guyanese are rich and thus they do not deserve to be in the workforce. This is stereotyping and deception to cheat Indo-Guyanese of what they deserve. I know that the majority of Indians in Guyana are poor. I also hailed from the ranks of a poor Indo-Guyanese family. Dr Hinds has been pushing for ethnic dominance which compromises our welfare and destroys our country. Dr Hinds can’t be of any good for Guyana if he does not stand up for diversity.Moreover, I was absolutely shocked to see drunken officers on the job at the outpost. Some of them were pointing to great big ledgers and mumbling that I must deposit money in them but I pretended not to understand what they wanted and so I asked the corporal for clarification. The corporal responded with a wide smile. The GPF can’t be trusted. The GPF is dysfunctional, dangerous, corrupt, abusive and lawless. The GPF can’t be of benefit to Guyanese given its lawlessness.However, I am convinced that the GPF can shed its problems through education which emphasises respect for human life. And this will allow only good things to fall into place for the benefit of every Guyanese.Sincerely,Dr Annie Baliram (PhD)last_img read more

Justice Minister Didn’t Transgress Any Law

first_imgRecently, attorney Kate Chang wrote an article in response to the contempt charges levied by the Supreme Court of Liberia against Justice Minister Christiana Tah for the compassionate leave of Mr. Rodney Sieh.  In essence, attorney Chang appears to be making the case that the Supreme Court is acting outside of its judicial powers and encroaching on the bounds of separation of powers as the statute in question specifically granted/vested sole authority to administer the rules and regulations concerning compassionate leave in the minister.  I would like to make the following six salient points in response to said article by attorney Kate Chang pertaining to the aforementioned.   1) §34.20(1) of the Liberian Criminal Procedure Code states the following:1) “The Minister of Justice shall formulate rules or regulations governing compassionate leave from institutions and, in accordance with such rules and regulations, may permit any prisoner to leave his institution for short periods of time, either by himself or in the custody of an officer, to visit a close relative who is seriously ill, to attend the funeral of a close relative, to return to his home during what appears to be his own last illness, or to return to his home for other compelling reasons which strongly appeal to compassion. The rules or regulations shall provide for the manner in which compassionate leave shall be granted, for its duration, and for the custody, transportation, and care of the prisoner during his leave. They shall also provide for the manner in which the expense connected with such leave shall be borne, and may allow the prisoner, or anyone in his behalf, to reimburse the State for such expense.” (emphasis added)The Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, Chapter III, Article 11(c) and Article 20 (a) respectively state that “[a]ll persons are equal before the law and are therefore entitled to the equal protection of the law” and “[n]o person shall be deprived of life, liberty, security of the person, property, privilege or any other right except as the outcome of a hearing judgment consistent with the provisions laid down in this Constitution and in  accordance with due process of law.” (emphasis added).   Furthermore, the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia Chapter III, Article 21 (d) states that “[e]xcessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor excessive punishment inflicted.”  (emphasis added).   Generally-speaking, a high court usually and/or customarily affirms with and agrees with the legal tenet that the bar of a citizen’s constitutional rights should be the ceiling, i.e., the more rights and freedoms granted/afforded the citizen, the more in conformity such action is within the metes and bounds of the constitution.  Thus, the fact that Mr. Sieh was granted compassionate leave as opposed to denied compassionate leave would be considered an expansion of his constitutional rights as opposed to a restriction of same.  Moreover, said compassionate leave is consistent with and in conformity with the exhaustion of due process and equal protection for all citizens as guaranteed under the Constitution of Liberia.2) While the plain language of  §34.20(1) and legislative intent appears to have exclusively granted the minister the right to establish administrative rules and regulations including granting or refusal to grant compassionate leave, in carrying out said duties, it is not unheard of that the minister’s actions still be subjected to judicial oversight and review but such intervention is usually/typically in instances to ensure equal protection and due process for the citizen as opposed to stepping in and rendering a holding which effectively restricts and limits the constitutional rights of the citizen.  However, as it does not appear to be the case that §34.20(1) or any other rule, law or statute granted any authority to the Supreme Court to make a final determination as to whether or not a particular citizen should be granted compassionate leave or not, the Supreme Court of Liberia should be relegated to its more typical role, i.e., judicial oversight and review of purportedly unjustly applied laws and/or unconstitutional application of the law.  That is, the Supreme Court of Liberia ought to only intervene in such cases where for example there is an issue of arbitrary application of the law and/or uneven application of the law which has the propensity to negatively impact due process and equal protection (i.e., a reduction of constitutional rights (race to the floor) as opposed to an expansion of constitutional rights (race to the ceiling).3) I Liberian Code of Law Revised, Subchapter C §44.71(2)(e), Subchapter C §44.71(2)(e), provides:§ 44.71. Methods of enforcement.   2. Judgments enforceable by imprisonment if execution not satisfied. Judgments in any of the following actions shall be enforceable by execution, but if the judgment debtor cannot or will not pay the full amount of the judgment together with interest and costs, the sheriff shall arrest him and the court shall order him imprisoned for a period sufficiently long to liquidate the full amount of the judgment, interest, and costs at the rate of twenty-five dollars per month:(a) Adultery;(b) Seduction of wife or child;(c) Illegally taking away or harboring a wife or child or ward under twenty-one years of age;(d) Enticing an incompetent away from his legally appointed trustee or guardian; or(e) Injury to the reputation when the words spoken or written are actionable per se. (emphasis added).  This seemingly archaic civil law statute effectively allows the potential long-term imprisonment as punishment for failure to satisfy a monetary judgment.  In theory such monetary judgment has the potential to impose imprisonment-in-perpetuity and/or until death if one cannot satisfy the judgment.   Although imprisonment in civil cases may be imposed for failure to pay monies such as sometimes in child support cases for example in the USA, imprisonment is often much more associated with criminal proceedings as most/many debtor courts have become relics of the past.  Thus, although the Sieh case was that of civil proceedings, one can proffer a strong argument that the highly probable long-term imprisonment of Sieh (as it does not appear that he had sufficient assets to satisfy the judgment) morphed into and became tantamount to and/or equivalent to a criminal punishment.  In my opinion, because of the above, Minister Tah was well within her rights to make a determination as to whether or not to grant compassionate leave of Mr. Sieh under 34.20(1) of the Liberian Criminal Procedure Code.  Based on the aforementioned set of circumstances, in keeping with its more cherished /critical/fundamental role as guardians of equal protection and due process for all, the Supreme Court of Liberia should not have held the minister in contempt of the Court.4) Moreover, though not a “perfect” argument (no argument ever really is to some extent), I am generally in agreement with attorney Chang that “[t]he Supreme Court lacks jurisdiction to punish the Minister of Justice for contempt in a matter independent of any actual proceeding before it.  Sieh’s petition to the Minister, as a representative of the Executive, was extrajudicial to the extent that it was made independent from an active legal proceeding before the court. In the same vein, the Minister’s concession of leave was not as an adjunct of the Judiciary but as an autonomous agent of the Executive, outside the purview of the courts even if relating to an issue which arose out of an act of the Judiciary.”  The only caveat I would add is that even said so-called “extrajudicial” proceedings are still subject to the overall review of the Supreme Court primarily for purposes of ensuring equal protection and due process.5) Furthermore, in my humble opinion, the Supreme Court’s holding of contempt against Minister Tah is unconstitutional as it has no basis in law for rendering its holding of contempt especially when viewed within the larger and more fundamental context/prism that the Minister’s action actually expanded the civil and constitutional rights (equal protection and due process) of Mr. Sieh as opposed to restricting it.   Potentially holding Mr. Sieh in prison for possibly for the duration of his natural life for failure to satisfy a monetary judgment is both cruel and unjust. None of the amicus briefs submitted in the relevant contempt hearing proceedings negates the fact that Minister Tah’s compassionate leave of Mr. Sieh is in conformity with the most important tenet/principle of the Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, i.e. securing equal protection and due process of the citizen including a respite from the application of cruel and unjustly harsh laws, inhumane treatment and freedom of expression[1].  6) Instead of being preoccupied with and laser-focused on levying contempt charges against Justice Minister Tah, acting on its own volition, i.e. sua sponte, the Supreme Court of Liberia was duty-bound to address the inherent (implied) and explicit unconstitutionality of I Liberian Code of Law Revised, Subchapter C §44.71(2)(e), especially in view of Liberia’s sordid history of political subjugation, intimidation and marginalization, repression of freedom of the press and the endemic abuse of powers and lack of transparency and accountability by those in positions of authority and public trust.   Like the Supreme Court of Liberia in a ruling concerning an appellant-defendant seeking release from prison after his failure to satisfy a judgment debt warning “[c]ounselors of the Supreme Court not to use the Court system as a tool of manipulation to frustrate the rights of parties’ litigants and thereby render the entire system ineffective thereby bringing it to disrepute and Supreme Court ended its ruling by imposing a fine of L$2,500.00 on counsel for the appellant”[2], the current Supreme Court of Liberia in the Toe v. FrontPage Africa likewise missed a golden opportunity to substantively address the inherent (implied) and explicit unconstitutionality of I Liberian Code of Law Revised, Subchapter C §44.71(2)(e).  The Court’s failure to address the aforementioned more critical and fundamental issues effectively perpetuates the possibility that said relevant statute will be further utilized to unjustly silence and intimidate members of the press, political opposition and commentators including the general public.  Even still, these archaic civil laws/statutes with the potential to impose imprisonment-for-perpetuity and/or until death, must be done away with by the legislative body in Liberia to prevent civil monetary penalties from transforming into the realm of criminal punishment, i.e., potentially long-term imprisonment.  Should the legislative body in Liberia fail to remedy this situation, it will undoubtedly repeat itself as some will seek to harass and intimidate the press, political opponents and commentators including the ordinary citizen seeking to expose improprieties, corruption and the misrule-of law and lack of transparency and accountability, into silence and oblivion by bringing more civil lawsuits asserting injury to reputation or even adultery or seduction of child or wife with the ultimate goal of securing the long-term imprisonment for failure to satisfy huge monetary judgments.   Brief Bio The author, Dr. Harven V. DeShield, Esq., is an intellectual property attorney who resides and works in Chicago, Illinois.  The scope of his legal practice encompasses litigation and counseling encompassing pharmaceutical, biomedical, chemical and life sciences.  Dr. DeShield received a Ph. D. in Biochemistry, a Master of Science in Biological Sciences and a Juris Doctor (equivalent to a Bachelor of Law degree) with a concentration in intellectual property and technology law from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  He received his B.S. degree, with honors, from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  He is currently employed with Rackozy Molino Mazzochi Siwik, LLP. Disclaimer The opinions and analysis expressed in this article are solely the views of Dr. Harven V. DeShield, Esq. and does not reflect the views and opinions of anyone else or any other entity including Rackozy Molino Mazzochi Siwik, LLP or the Daily Observer. Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, Chapter III, Article 11; Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, Chapter III, Article 20; Constitution of the Republic of Liberia, Chapter III, Article 15; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, Article 19; African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Article 9.Houssenini v Jawhary [2005] LRSC 44 (16 September 2005) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UNDP Boss Calls for Honesty in Procurement

first_imgThe Country Director of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Liberia has called for ‘honesty’ among procurement officers in Liberia, a press release said yesterday.Dr. Pa Lamin Beyai said anyone who sees procurement as a money-making profession to earn extra money outside of their salaries must immediately leave the sector.He was speaking recently at the opening of a set of back to back CIPS levels 2 and 3 training for public procurement officers.The trainings were organized by the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) with support from UNDP for beginners and mid-level procurement personnel from Line Ministries, Agencies, Commissions and UNDP.About 60 trainees formed part of a batch of staff who have either successfully completed previous levels of the CIPS trainings or are beginners.This initiative seeks to qualify public sector procurement practitioners for certificates in public procurement and subsequent accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS), based in UK.“You are being trained to make savings for the government without losing sight of the quality that you are looking for…. Procurement is not for money making. If you’re here to make more money, then I think you’re in the wrong place….” Dr. Beyai said at the opening of the exercise.He told procurement officers that the purpose of the trainings is to ensure that they do their best in making sure that funds are saved for government without compromising quality.“You can make effective use of this training without being a roving thief in the streets of Monrovia, but be efficient procurement persons to support the efforts of the government…. This country needs a lot; and I think for us to get to where we want to go, we need people like you,” Dr. Beyai stated.The Executive Director of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), James Dorbor Jallah, said the training for the group of thirty (30) persons was the third group of CIPS level three for this year, while the other was for CIPS 2.“The first two CIPS 3 trainings were conducted early February and late March where a total of 70 procurement personnel benefitted. By the end of this batch, Liberia may have trained, at level three, up to one-hundred people which is a good thing,” Mr. Jallah said.He said it is hoped that by the end of the year when level four should have commenced, a significant number of procurement officers would have been trained.The PPCC Director thanked UNDP for the partnership and support to the PPCC and the Government over the years.Sidiki Quasia of the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) also lauded efforts by the PPCC with support from UNDP for the strides being made to build trust, efficiency and effectiveness among procurement staff to help promote accountability and transparency.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –last_img read more

AFC Leopards set to re-sign striker Aswani

first_img0Shares0000Nakumatt FC striker Kepha Aswani celebrates after scoring hjis second goal during the team’s 2-0 win over Posta Rangers at the Ruaraka Complex on September 9, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 5- GOtv Shield champions AFC Leopards are in talks with striker Kepha Aswani with a view of re-signing him from Nakumatt FC, one and a half years after offloading him on ‘disciplinary grounds’.Team manager Gilbert Selebwa has confirmed to Capital Sport they are holding talks with the forward as well as Western Stima’s Robert Achema, two players who they hope will better their attack line. “He is a player we would really like to have because of what he has shown and hopefully we can complete the talks soon,” Selebwa said.Aswani scored 13 goals last season while Ugandan Achema scored seven for Western Stima who have been relegated from the top tier.Meanwhile the team has confirmed the signing of the Ugandan duo scouted by head coach Robert Matano. Robert Kibiringo from Nkumba University and Baker Alukoya from Soana FC have both penned two year deals at the club.Kepha Aswani celebrates his goal from the penalty spot against Ushuru during a Kenyan Premier League match in 2016. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAlso roped in is former Western Stima man Ezekiel Otuoma who worked with Matano during his stint at Ulinzi Stars, striker Ezekiel Odera from Nairobi City Stars, goalkeeper Ezekiel Owade from Nakumatt and Western Stima’s speedy winger Brian Marita.At the same time, Ugandan midfielder Mudde Musa is set to leave the club after being released. Marcelus Ingotsi Lewis Wanami and Harun Nyakha will be loaned out to get playing time, according to Selebwa.Elsewhere, winger Allan Katerega might not return to the club despite re-discovering his form since being loaned out to Kampala City Council Authority in June. Katerega’s form earned him a call up to the Uganda Cranes for the CECAFA Championship where he made his debut against Burundi on Monday.Speaking to Capital Sport, Katerega says he is pleased having improved back in his home town and says he might extend his stay with the Ugandan champions.Uganda Cranes winger Allan Katterega vies for the ball against Burundi’s Laudit mavugo during a CECAFA Senior Challenge clash at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on December 4, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe also notes he bears no hard feelings or grudges against coach Matano with whom he fell out with during his time at AFC Leopards.“We are men and in life you will always differ with people. But you can’t keep that in your heart for long. That is in the past and if I meet him today I will stop and greet him,” Katerega said.On his future; “I am exploring options available now that my contract at AFC has ended. I have improved here because I found a good environment for me and working like the coach wants. Let’s see what the future holds,” said the dreadlocked winger, nicknamed ‘dancing rasta’.He was also pleased making his Uganda Cranes debut and hopes to make the cut even in the senior team.“It was great for me to make my debut. Though we did not win, I feel we played very well and hopefully we can pick up and go on to defend the title,” Katerega said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

JOHN DOWNEY: JUDGE SAID HE HAD GUARANTEE

first_imgFOLLOWING his clearance in London today, the judge in the John Downey case ruled that so-called ‘On The Runs’ had been given a guarantee by the British government that they would not face prosecution.It was part of a deal between the British and Sinn Fein during the peace process.Mr Justice Sweeney said: “When the defendant received his [2007 assurance] letter he was entitled to and did believe that it was the product of careful and competent further work, and that there had been a genuine and correct change of mind about him – particularly given that he was a supporter of the peace process. “However, that assurance was wholly wrong… thus, as the prosecution conceded, the defendant was wholly misled.“Clearly, and notwithstanding [the Good Friday Agreement], the public interest in ensuring that those who are accused of serious crime should be tried is a very strong one with the plight of the victims and their families firmly in mind.“However, in the very particular circumstances of this case it seems to me that it is very significantly outweighed in the balancing exercise by the overlapping public interests in ensuring that executive misconduct does not undermine public confidence in the criminal justice system and bring it into disrepute, and the public interest in holding officials of the state to promises they have made in full understanding of what is involved in the bargain.“Hence I have concluded that this is one of those rare cases in which, in the particular circumstances, it offends the court’s sense of justice and propriety to be asked to try the defendant.”The Hyde Park attack is one of the most significant unsolved IRA bombings of The Troubles. One other person was convicted in relation to the deaths before being later cleared on appeal.The bomb that Mr Downey was accused of planting was the first of two that day in London and he was allegedly linked to the attack by fingerprints found on a parking ticket bought for the car used to transport the bomb.In the second explosion, less than two hours later, seven Royal Green Jackets bandsmen in a Regent’s Park bandstand were killed.JOHN DOWNEY: JUDGE SAID HE HAD GUARANTEE was last modified: February 25th, 2014 by John2Share 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:John Downeyjudgementlast_img read more

ROSSES AC ATHLETE NOEL DIVER PERFORMS WELL AT DUATHLON IN GAOTH DOBHAIR

first_imgRosses AC News:It is busy season in terms of events happening locally and over the past week or so there was been many athletes busy in many of the events. The club had a strong showing at the Burtonport 5k which was expertly run by our club vice chairman Owenie Bonner. Wednesday evening saw club athletes involved in the duathlon in the estate in Gweedore with Noel Diver putting in a very strong bike performance to hold off the challengers and won here.Saturday saw a group head to Milford for the Lough Fern Adventure race with many fine performances and it was great to see club athlete’s support and encourage each other at various stages.Good luck to the Mullaghduff band and all the club members involved with that as they head to parade in Euro Disney in Paris – should be a great experience for all.The marathon group is up and running with individuals working on their own programs during the week and then group session at the weekend. Great to see for the group being mainly people who are looking to do their first marathon or run close to 4 hours.The plan is based around a 17 week program. There are a number of more experienced marathoners who also have Dublin in their sights and are kicking off training.Anybody looking to be part of this group is very welcome – contact Paul McGee on 0879256528.This weekend sees more activity with Dunlewey 5k on Thursday, Maghery Adventure race Saturday and 15k in Letterkenny on Sunday.Any information for notes please email Michael.logue@pramerica.ie or text on 0866003527. ROSSES AC ATHLETE NOEL DIVER PERFORMS WELL AT DUATHLON IN GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: July 28th, 2015 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:Sportlast_img read more

ATHLETICS: DISAPPOINTMENT FOR MOONEY IN PRAGUE

first_imgThere was disappointment for Letterkenny athlete Danny Mooney who failed to make it to the final of the 1,500 metres final.The Letterkenny AC man finished 6th in his heat this morning.His team-mate John Travers did qualify for the final as a fastest loser with a PB of 3.41.37. ATHLETICS: DISAPPOINTMENT FOR MOONEY IN PRAGUE was last modified: March 7th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more