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first_imgProsecutors have begun presenting evidence against those they believe were behind the trafficking of ten Liberian girls to Lebanon.  The girls have recently been repatriated.The hearing started yesterday at the Temple of Justice. Some of the girls, who may serve as state witnesses, were spotted entering the office of the grand jury at Criminal Court ‘A,’ to provide evidence against the suspects for a possible indictment.An indictment is a formal written charge issued by a grand jury in a criminal case.The girls were individually escorted to the jury’s office by Montserrado County Attorney, Daku Mulbah, who is one of government’s lead lawyers.It has not been established whether those accused of trafficking the girls are in the country or if they have been arrested.The decision to have the girls present their testimonies yesterday is in accordance with the Liberian government’s vow to prosecute those responsible for trafficking them.According to a judicial expert, the jury will determine whether enough evidence exists to charge the suspects with a criminal offense.The Liberian government recently announced that it would bring human trafficking charges against the suspects.It is not clear whether other charges will be added as the prime witnesses produce their testimonies.The expert also divulged that the grand jury proceedings will be confidential. Apparently, it was to protect their privacy that the girls were secretly escorted to the office of the grand jury.The suspects and their lawyers cannot be present at that hearing, according to our legal expert.If the grand jury determines that the case may be brought to trial, the jury will issue a “true bill” decision, and the suspects are formally charged with the alleged crime, our expert stated.On the contrary, if a “no true bill” decision is issued, it means there is insufficient evidence for a criminal trial, the expert pointed out. He added that the grand jury indictment itself is usually drafted by the prosecutor and simply approved by the jury.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgGospel singer Kanvee Adams.Award-winning gospel singer and songwriter, Kanvee Adams, has trashed rumors of a beef between she and cultural ambassador Julie Endee.In a lengthy Facebook post, Mrs. Adams added she doesn’t have any problem with Amb. Endee and that such speculation is being instigated by haters.“I do not have any issues with the cultural ambassador and I have no reason to try to fight her. She is a person I admire so much for her innovation and strength. The ambassador knows that I’m a very bold person that will not hesitate to express my dissatisfaction to her if I have any,” Kanvee said.The “Carry My Load” crooner blames her fellow gospel artists, who she considers unpopular, for spreading such a rumor.“Let me be very clear here; your manipulation against me, your envy and strife towards me has reached the point where I must go public,” she continued. “From the time I came to the gospel ministry in Liberia you have had no rest in trying to bring me down; unfortunately, you have not and will not succeed because I did not call myself; rather, God called me to this ministry.”Mrs. Adams alleged that over the last several years her colleagues in the gospel music industry have run a smear campaign to disgrace and discredit her hard work.“You ran a smear campaign when I brought Agatha Moses to Liberia and out of jealousy, you made her to take me to a police station because you wanted her to disgrace me publicly,” Kanvee said.Mrs. Adams noted: “You went ahead to campaign against me that I’m very proud just because I did not follow you in your immoral and diabolical deeds; deeds which, if care is not taken, I’m going to expose you to the Liberian people. You have tried these and many other ways to bring me down but failed; now you want to pit Amb. Endee against me; you will fail again and in a very disgraceful manner.”Although Mrs. Adams did not name the artists, she has promised to do so very soon as she has now become tired with their cowardly manipulation.“No one forced you to be a gospel artist; If you don’t have the calling, find somewhere else and discover yourselves and stop trying to pull me down. I’m not in your way,” she 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


first_imgNeighbors complained for weeks that the dog – named Socks – appeared to be starving inside a gated area on Artest’s $1.85 million estate in rural Loomis, according to a county report. On Jan. 30, animal services officers visited Artest’s home and issued a “pre-seizure” notice, warning him that the female Great Dane would be taken into custody if the animal care didn’t improve. Placer County animal services officers returned to Artest’s home Monday and removed Socks. Artest has 10 days to request a hearing, a county spokeswoman said. The episode has so upset neighbors in Artest’s gated community that the homeowners’ association plans to vote next week on guidelines that would require members to properly care for their animals. Amaechi comes out The small, exclusive club of openly gay professional male athletes has a new member. Former NBA center John Amaechi, who spent five seasons with four teams, became the first NBA player to publicly come out. Amaechi will appear on ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Sunday, and his autobiography “Man in the Middle,” will be released Feb. 14. Holdsclaw re-signs Chamique Holdsclaw, who ranks among the WNBA’s career scoring and rebounding leaders, re-signed with the Sparks. Ayana Walker, selected in the Charlotte Sting dispersal draft last month, also signed a contract for the upcoming season, the Sparks announced. Landis insistent Vowing to fight the “lack of leadership at the top of cycling and at the top of the anti-doping agencies,” Floyd Landis insisted at a fundraising rally in New York he’s innocent of doping. Landis could be banned from racing in France for the next two years if the country’s anti-doping agency issues a maximum penalty today for his positive doping test at last year’s Tour de France. Instead of attending the hearing, where he will be represented by his lawyers, he spoke to more than 200 supporters of his Floyd Fairness Fund. International ends The International, known for its unique scoring system on a Castle Pines golf course held in the mile-high air outside Denver, will no longer be on the PGA Tour schedule effective immediately, a tour official said. The absence of a corporate sponsor was mostly responsible for canceling the 21-year-old tournament, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision had not formally been announced. The cancellation leaves a hole in the PGA Tour schedule on July 5-8, but tour officials have been working on a contingency plan over the last month and are expected to announce a replacement by April. The leading candidate is Washington, the largest U.S. market without a PGA Tour event. Real Madrid tops Spain has the two soccer clubs that earned the highest revenue during the 2005-06 season, with Real Madrid leading Barcelona in an independent report. Real Madrid ($373 million) kept its spot atop the “Football Money League,” a report based on the 2005-06 season released by business advisory firm Deloitte. Barcelona ($331 million) jumped four places to second, with Italy’s Juventus ($321 million) in third. England’s Manchester United ($310 million) – which had been No. 1 for the first nine years of the report until it was overtaken by Real Madrid last year – was fourth, largely because of a poor season. First win this year Justine Henin-Hardenne won in her first match of the year, rallying past Emilie Loit of France 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Gaz de France tournament in Paris. Henin-Hardenne withdrew from the Australian Open citing personal reasons, then announced she was divorcing her husband of more than four years, Pierre-Yves. Briefly Mike Tyson has checked himself into an inpatient treatment program in Phoenix for “various addictions” while awaiting trial on drug charges, his lawyer said Wednesday. Indianapolis Colts assistant coach Jim Caldwell became the 10th and likely last candidate to interview with Dallas owner and general manager Jerry Jones in the search to replace Bill Parcells, who retired Jan. 22. San Diego Chargers safety Terrence Kiel pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor drug charges for shipping codeine-based cough syrup to Texas, part of a plea bargain that could allow him to avoid jail time. The San Francisco 49ers said they will have a comprehensive stadium plan for Santa Clara officials by early April. A little more than four months after playing his last game in the major leagues, Vinny Castilla, 39, officially retired from baseball. High schools would have to report the number of male and female students in athletic programs and the amount of money spent on each team under a bill introduced in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Gators also were picked as the top class by SuperPrep, Rivals.com and National Blue Chips, beating out USC, SEC rivals Tennessee and LSU, and Texas. The Trojans closed strong, adding top running backs Joe McKnight from Louisiana and Broderick Green from Arkansas to a class that already included another top back in Marc Tyler; defensive end Everson Griffen, SuperPrep’s No. 1 overall player; the nation’s No. 1 receiver, Ronald Johnson from Michigan; and blue chip linebacker Chris Galippo from Servite. Florida won the recruiting crown in nearly as dominating fashion as the national championship. The Gators capitalized on last month’s national title win over Ohio State and down years from Sunshine State rivals Florida State and Miami to bring in the top recruiting class in the country Wednesday. center_img Pacers implicated Indiana Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley and teammates Marquis Daniels and Keith McLeod were involved in a fight with a bar manager after a home loss to Golden State, police said. No one was immediately arrested or charged after the Tuesday fight. Police said it would take several days to complete the investigation to determine if charges would be filed. The Indianapolis police report said the bar manager of the 8 Seconds Saloon might have a fractured jaw and severed earlobe. He told officers that Tinsley had threatened to kill him, the report said. Witnesses told officers that McLeod had shoved people during the scuffle that happened about 2:15 a.m. at the club on the city’s west side. Animal services officers seized a Great Dane from the mansion of Sacramento Kings star Ron Artest, saying the dog was underfed. last_img read more


first_imgThe world’s “next big idea” could be a cure-all for male halitosis. A Drink Daddy caddy for macho elbow tippers. Or a Dry Pedicure sander for calloused feet. Nearly 2,000 tinkerers lined up in Los Angeles on Monday for a 1-in-5,000 shot at peddling the “next big idea” gadget on QVC TV. Or for a chance at entering the top 10 gizmo showdown on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” “These are breath mints, bro – when your breath is broke, fix it,” declared Eddy Rubin, 39, of Los Angeles, who hopes to sell his tool-shape Stench Wrenches at hardware stores and NASCAR races. “This is the world’s next big idea … the men’s official breath mint.” From one-piece toddler tuxes to Christian-theme handbags, nearly 5,000 entrepreneurs hoping to make a killing on QVC are auditioning their wares in Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. The top 10 finalists will air on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” this spring for a winner-take-all vote by viewers in 126 countries. The “big idea” gadget will then go on QVC this fall for sale in 90 million homes. “We are mining the best minds of America,” said Marilyn Montrose, director of vender relations for QVC, Inc., a $7 billion cable-TV network based in West Chester, Pa. “This is really a cross between `American Idol’ and the `Antiques Roadshow.’ … This is the embodiment of the American dream.” Dreaming big Throughout the day Monday, 1,800 dreamers filed through the Westin Bonaventure Hotel downtown, dragging every type of tote bag, suitcase and box for auditions with QVC judges. Despite a city wrapped in fog, each would-be winner wore the sunny glow of discovery. Except, perhaps, for Dan Milano in his abominable-snowman suit. “It’s a full-on suit, which I will be wearing on Oprah, if I get a chance,” said Milano, 22, of Playa del Rey, marketing a “The Abominable Snowman” interactive DVD. “The world will see our awesome idea.” Need a cowboy hat with a hole cut for a Texas-size pony tail? Try the Pony Up Hat Co. by Chris Wuensche of Dallas. Need some pop-up party cup holders with table for a cutting board and cheese? Try the Drink Daddy caddy by Dirk and Gwen Dawkins. “I think this’ll bring world peace,” joked Dirk Dawkins, 45, of Los Gatos, whose $250 pop-up table boasted five corner cup holders and wine glass slots. “A few good friends and Drink Daddy allows you to take the fun outside.” For Kellee White and Deirdre Hade, the next big idea – My Angel Pillow – was the making of a dream. White had a nightmare, grabbed her pillow and pretended it was an angel. The next day, she visited her friend Hade, an artist painting angels in the City of Angels. The result: soft pastel pillows embossed with a host of protective angels. “Comfort and security,” said White of Los Angeles. “You can never have enough angels.” Cesar and Maria Puentes grew tired of squeezing limes into Coronas. So they invented a Limonator device to tap in piles of lime-flavor salt. “Let me get my pose,” said Cesar Puentes of Livermore, leering through a lime-color mask before his eight-minute spiel with the judges across the room. “I’m gonna wrestle the competition.” Looking to explode For Tasesa Akeripa, future riches meant a Utah Jazz blow-up “rowdy hat” with a cardinal-like crest. “It’s for all the rowdy fans around the country,” said Akeripa, 35, of Salt Lake City, who also hedged his bets by pitching an automatic slot machine puller and “Ice Melt” shaker for the driveway. “You can wear it anywhere.” Bryan Devorss said he’s got so many marketable ideas he can’t sleep at night. There was a snap-together BodyGym for on-the-road workouts. There was Faces of Words art depicting Martin Luther King Jr. with the letters of his “Dream” speech. “This is the best thing since Leonardo da Vinci’s `David,”‘ said creator Nick Montgomery, 21, of Fresno. And a grandmother’s cobbler made by Debra Nixon of Florida. “You’ll be begging for another bowl,” said Nixon of Fort Lauderdale For Verla Kinsey, only her handheld electric Dash Dry Pedicure would do. The gadget, replete with color sandpaper, is the perfect solution to calloused feet. “I got the QVC woman to sit down and let me sand her feet,” said Kinsey, 52, of McKinney, Texas, offering to demonstrate her product in the Bonaventure lobby. “I was the bomb.” dana.bartholomew@ dailynews.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgAn annual training exercise that puts oil and gas industry workers to the test of containing an oil spill had a positive outcome, says a representative from Western Canada Spill Services.“They did very well. They were able to achieve containment within 45 minutes working together as a team,” said WCSS Communications and Training Co-ordinator Shannon Jarrell. “During the debrief, everyone felt much more prepared – that was the general feeling.”She said the participants responded positively when asked if they would know what to do should an event like this happen for real.- Advertisement –containment mapThe exercise took place yesterday morning on the Beatton River at 8:30, and crews wrapped up at 2:30 PM. Out of 100 expected attendees, 99 were present for the exercise.Beatton River was chosen because it is an ideal control point, with a large area for equipment, as Jarrell says.The exercise starts with overview of WCSS for attendees, where they describe equipment available in the area.Advertisement Then there is typically presentation from the regulator, who is a representative from oil and gas commission or ministry of environment – or can be both.A demonstration is conducted on dry land, and then volunteers form and plan and deploy the equipment.WCSS is not a response organization – they’re a co-op that maintain the equipment, and provide training for member companies.WCSS has 18 co-op areas, and this one covers Northeastern BC, in Fort Nelson and Fort St. John.Advertisement Fort Nelson workers participated in a tank truck rollover simulation on July 8th.last_img read more


first_img0Shares0000LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers said the opening game against the Golden State Warriors was “one of the toughest losses I’ve had in my career” © GETTY/AFP / Thearon W. HendersonOAKLAND, United States, Jun 3 – Cleveland’s LeBron James, known for bouncing back stronger from playoff losses, promises such heroics Sunday in the NBA Finals after what he calls one of the toughest defeats of his career.Defending champion Golden State opened the best-of-seven championship series with a 124-114 over-time home victory Thursday after the Cavaliers led in the final seconds. Referees reversed a charging foul on Warriors forward Kevin Durant on video review into a blocking foul on James in the final minute of regulation time and Cleveland’s J.R. Smith squandered a last shot chance in the fourth quarter apparently unaware the score was level.“It’s one of the toughest losses I’ve had in my career,” James said Saturday. “Because of everything that kind of went on with the game and the way we played.“It was a tough 24 hours… for our whole ballclub because we put ourselves in a great position to be successful.”James scored 51 points, grabbed eight rebounds and passed off eight assists, his scoring total the most in an NBA Finals game since 1993 and the most ever in a losing cause.But far from demoralized, James said he is re-energized by the chance to level the series before the scene changes to Cleveland next week in the fourth consecutive finals between the two clubs.Stephen Curry (L), who led the Warriors with 29 points in the opener, says his team will be more aggressive in keeping LeBron James (R) from comfortable situations © GETTY/AFP / Thearon W. Henderson“You should feel excited about the opportunity to be better and be great and move forward,” James said. “I woke up feeling excited about the opportunity that presents itself tomorrow.“I expect us to come and play with the same grit we had in game one. And we made a lot of mistakes in game one. I expect us to be better.”Improvements after defeats have become a James trademark in the playoffs. Four times after producing fewer than 27 points in a post-season loss this year, James has scored 42 or more in the following contest.But where do you go from 51 points?“That means he has to score 60 now, right?” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said of James. “Well, got to score 60 tomorrow then I guess.“After a loss, it’s tough. But I think he always comes out and leads by example and sets the tone early. I think, offensively, we need him to do that, especially on this floor with their crowd and the way they play. We need him to set the tone early in all the games.”– ‘Animosity and edginess’ –Stephen Curry, who led the Warriors with 29 points in the opener, says his team will be more aggressive in keeping James from comfortable situations.“We’ve got to be a little bit more aggressive,” Curry said. “It just means doing things a little bit faster, a little bit more physical, and trying to make not just him but everybody else more uncomfortable out there to start the game. I think we can do that.”Draymond Green poked James in the right eye during a drive to the basket that the Cavs playmaker says looks worse than it hurts.“There is going to be a little animosity and a little edginess,” Curry said. “We’re enjoying the competitive environment.”– Big Cavs effort expected –A victory Sunday would put the Warriors halfway to their third crown in four seasons, the other denied when Cleveland rallied from 3-1 down in the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history.JR Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers rebounds the ball after a free throw in the closing seconds against the Golden State Warriors apparently unaware the score was level © GETTY/AFP/File / Lachlan Cunningham“They might have been deflated, and they came back and won. So we’re expecting another great effort from them,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.“We’ve been through this too many times. All we’ve done is win one, and we’re on to the next one.“We’re right where we want to be and we’re all very confident that we’re going to get better from here.”Kerr, who said Warriors forward Andre Iguodala remains doubtful for game two with a left leg injury, said limiting James would be a priority.“I didn’t think we made him work hard enough. I thought everything was smooth sailing for him,” Kerr said. “We’ve got to put more pressure on him. We can’t just sit back and let him pick us apart.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgFormer Chelsea defender Filipe Luis saw red for Atletico Madrid for this horror challenge on Lionel Messi.The left back raked his studs down the knee of the Ballon d’Or winner at the Camp Nou as Atletico trailed 2-1 as half time approaches.Fortunately Messi managed to get up and carry on as the La Liga champions looked to pull three points clear at the top of the table.Check out the video below and let us know what you think! Felipe Luis 1last_img


first_imgDonegal 3-12 Monaghan 0-13Donegal NY’s claim on the NY GAA Intermediate crown was clearly staked Sunday with a 3-12 to 0-13 dismantling of Monaghan.Pat McGill’s lads now take on Rangers for the silverware and promotion back to Senior ranks just two years after leaving the top table to focus on the middle ground on foot of seizing the Junior crown.Giving up the opening two points to the Farneymen, Donegal quickly equalized and spurted ahead, never looking back or really being closely followed. A rocketed James Moynagh goal gave Donegal a lead that never narrowed and had them up by six at the interval.The loss of Ardara’s Peter McNelis to a freak heel bang just before the half was ably filled from an ample bench and he got a welcome cheer from the squad on return from hospital for the after-match meal.Fairly earning “Man of the Match” honor, Moynagh netted another goal in the second stanza and a successor by teammate Justin Burke put icing on the cake.Two splendid saves by Goalkeeper Brian Cullinan, off a penalty awarded to Monaghan and then off a rebound, closed the door firmly on any hope for Tir Chonaill’s Ulster neighbors.Donegal NY Cathaoirleach Laurence McGrath and all the “Hills” folk of the Big Apple are now in hope of a September “Double:” NY Intermediate on the 9th and the Sam on the 23rd. GAA: DONEGAL NEW YORK DISMANTLE MONAGHAN was last modified: September 3rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: DONEGAL NEW YORK DISMANTLE MONAGHANlast_img read more


first_img Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland TOP WORK Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January IN DEMAND RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Transfer News LIVING THE DREAM targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Schalke midfielder Max Meyer is in talks with Marseille after both Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly ended their interest in signing him.The 22-year-old’s current contract runs out at the weekend, when he will be able to walk away from Schalke as a free agent.center_img LATEST targets A move to the Premier League had looked likely with both Arsenal and Liverpool keeping close tabs on his contractual situation.However it has been reported that wage demands dampened both sides’ interest with an annual salary of around £4m wanted by the youngster. Arsenal and Liverpool were put off by Meyer’s wage demands Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ And now, according to Bild, the midfielder has opened talks with Marseille about a move to France.Meyer, who broke into the Schalke first team during the 2012/12 season, has racked up 146 Bundesliga appearances for the club but now looks set for a new challenge. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father REVEALED 1 three-way race Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing moving on last_img read more


first_img Tags: Etincelles FCgeorge best nsimbeJackson Mayanjakansai plasconKinondoni Municipal Counci FCKyetume FCMoses KamyaNdejje University FCNorman Ojikpolice fcStephen AtegekatopWakiso Giants Mayanja (Right) poses for a photo after signing with KMC FC. (PHOTOS/AGENCIES)Journeyman Jackson Mayanja is on the move again!Just over a month after guiding Kyetume FC to promotion to the StarTimes Uganda Premier League (SUPL), Mayanja has completed a switch to Tanzanian side Kinondoni Municipal Council (KMC) FC.The Uganda Cranes and Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) FC legend, replaces Etienne Ndayiragije who joined Azam FC after leading KMC to a 5th place finish in the Tanzanian top flight, last season.Mayanja is understood to have signed a one-year deal that will see him at KMC until the close on the 2019/2020 season.The tactician who replaced George Best Nsimbe at Kyetume oversaw the 4-1 defeat of Kansai Plascon to ensure the Mukono based side join the top flight for the very first time in their history.Mayanja’s record as a coach emits loud volumes having previously served at URA FC, Kiyovu, Vipers SC, KCCA FC, Kololo SS.He also managed at other Tanzanian clubs including Kagera Sugar, Coastal Union and Simba SC.The Ugandan legend also served as an assistant coach on the National team for a period of six years.During his playing career, he featured at KCCA FC, Al Masry (Egypt ), Esperance ( Tunisia) and Lowi FC ( Oman).In related news, Ugandan striker Norman Ogik has completed a move to Rwandese side Etincelles FC.Ojik joins from Wakiso Giants where he spent the second half of last season on loan, helping the Purple Sharks attain promotion to the SUPL.The former Police FC striker signed a two-year deal at Etincelles who feature in the top flight of Rwandese football.Ojick (right) signs his two-year deal at Etincelles FC.Ojik has previously featured at Kansai Plascon) and Police FC.The other Ugandan who will be joining Ojik at Etincelles is former Ndejje FC player, Stephen Ategeka.Ategeka is also a former Tooro United player and was at Ndejje University FC as they suffered relegation back to the FUFA Big League at the first time of asking.The two will become the first Ugandans to play for the Rwanda topflight side since defender Moses Kamya did so back in the 2016-17 season.Last season, Etincelles FC finished 8th on the Rwanda National Football league with 37 points. The Flames host their games at Rubavu Stadium.Comments last_img read more