Joelinton gives Toon shock lead after Spurs have penalty claim denied

first_img79.8% – Tottenham had 79.8% possession in their 0-1 defeat to Newcastle; the second-highest figure for a losing side in the Premier League since 2003-04, behind only Liverpool’s 80.4% against Burnley in August 2016. Nullified.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 25, 2019Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:49 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLE Spurs striker Son-Heung min has claimed that his side should have got a result against the Magpies.He said: “The goals were missing today. We had plenty of chances but we were not clinical enough. “It’s always hard against teams that play deep, it makes it more difficult. I think we had chances to score, we should have got something out of this game.“We have only played three games, there is a long way to go. This was not the best result but we have to stay positive and go again.”Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:46 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLEFormer Spurs and Newcastle midfielder has praised the Magpies on a fantastic performance.Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: ” They had no ideas on how to break down Newcastle. When you are so dominant in possession, they should not be losing the game. “But fair play to Newcastle, that was a fantastic performance, they thoroughly deserved their 1-0 win, they were superb. It is huge for Steve Bruce. “This man really understands the football club. As much as he is proud of the players, he has a calm and experienced head on his shoulders. He knows it’s a huge step in the right direction. Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:41 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLESean Longstaff on the result: “That is massive, it is a massive three points. We are buzzing to get the result and now it’s time to push on.“In Newcastle everything gets blown out of proportion a bit. “There has been a lot of complaints about us as a team and the management but today’s result just shows what sort of team we are and the commitment we have going forwards.“It’s a tough time but you can see that the away ends are always packed, you see how many people are there and they are a massive part of the club.”Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:32 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLE Should #THFC have had a penalty?Lo Celso puts Kane through and Lascelles appears to tumble, cutting across the path of the forward!📺 Watch on Sky Sports Premier League📱 Follow #TOTNEW here:📲 Download the @SkySports app!— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 25, 2019Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:16 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLE88: Newcastle play the corner shirt, but it goes off for a goal kick.Change!Ben Davies makes his first appearance of the season since having groin surgery in the summer as he comes on for Rose.Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:15 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLE87: So nearly a second for Newcastle!Almiron brilliantly breaks, before playing a one-two with Joelinton, before striking an effort that is deflected just over.Change!Muto comes on for Joelinton.Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:13 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLE85: Newcastle continue to clear away crosses from the hosts and are still looking to hit Spurs on the counter.Much has been said of Steve Bruce’s side, but judging by this display, they will not be going down.Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:10 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLE83: Corner for Newcastle!Ritchie’s delivery is cleared away by Sanchez.Newcastle come back and Joelinton finds Atsu running down on goal, but the winger’s touch is awfulChance wasted.Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:09 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLE81: Change!Lascelles can’t shake off his niggle, and Federico Fernandez comes in for him.The England man has been crucial for the Magpies today.Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:08 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLE80: Lascelles is still off the pitch as he receives treatment.HOW HAS LUCAS MISSED???It’s another open goal for the Brazilian as he hits over from eight yards out after being found by Moussa Sissoko.Newcastle are living dangerously.Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:07 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLE79: PENALTY NOT GIVEN!Lascelles fell down inside the box and Kane tripped up over him.Huge let off for the visitors!Load more entries… Most away PL wins for @NUFC, by opponent:10 v Tottenham8 v Aston Villa, West Ham6 v Leeds, Middlesbrough— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) August 25, 2019Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:27 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLESteve Bruce will breathe a huge sigh of relief as he gets his first win in charge of his boyhood club.Joelinton netted his first goal for Newcastle and the travelling fans continue to sign away!A special goes to Paul Dummett who was simply superb.Spurs had 80 per cent of possession, but had just two shots on target.They face Arsenal next Sunday, and could be without Kyle Walker-Peters after he went off with a suspected hamstring injury.Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:24 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLE90+6: Longstaff goes down in the corner and Spurs break.Lucas shots at goal, but once again Newcastle throw their bodies in the line and block.And there’s the whistle!FULL-TIME!What a result for Newcastle, and it’s fully deserved!Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:23 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLE90+5: Almiron wins a free-kick by Spurs’ corner flag.All they need to do is keep the ball in the corner.Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:22 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLE90+4: Kane has a brilliant chance but he fluffs up his shot!The ball came to him so quickly and he can’t sort out his feet.Atsu is down on the ground with cramp.He’s put in a brilliant shift today.Win, lose or draw, Newcastle have been excellent.Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:21 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLE90+3: Spurs are bringing everyone forward and get another corner after Dummett heads away from a corner.He’s been immense.Spurs go short, and Newcastle clear.Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:19 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLE90+1: Eriksen’s cross-shot takes a nick and goes inches away from tucking inside the post.It takes a nick and goes out fort a corner.Dubravka punches the ball away.Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:18 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLE90: Kane looks to find Son, but his touch goes out for a goal kick.Cheers ring out from the Newcastle fans.There will be SIX minutes of added time.Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:17 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLE89: Sanchez looks to bring down Muto as he races clear, but no free-kick is given.Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:16 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLEShould Spurs have had a penalty here? SPURS welcome Newcastle to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium looking to continue their unbeaten start to the season.Mauricio Pochettino’s men picked up a valuable point from the champions last time out and welcome a Magpies side who look woefully out of form.Steve Bruce’s team were walloped at Norwich last weekend and will have to put in a much better showing if they’re to escape with anything from this one.Tottenham take on Newcastle at 4.30pm today.You can catch this game live on Sky Sports Main Event, Premier League and Ultra HD.Part of Sky’s Super Sunday programme, Sky customers can watch on the move by downloading Sky Go.Those who don’t have a package can stream by grabbing a NOW TV pass from just £8.99.Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 7:09 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLEMauricio Pochettino has claimed he is disappointed by his side’s performance.He said: “I don’t want to be critical with the team. We didn’t perform as we expect. It was a very cheap goal, like against Aston Villa.“We didn’t create – we had possession but we didn’t create enough chances. We didn’t find the capacity to break down their defensive line. They were very organised and defended deep.“I’m very disappointed with the performance and with the result.“Sometimes it’s not about possession – it’s about individual actions and today we didn’t show the type of quality we needed.”Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 7:04 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLESteve Bruce has expressed his joy at his teams performance.He said: “I am delighted for my staff and the players. We have responded in the right way from last week’s game. “We can talk tactics but they have to go out and perform. All-in-all I thought we thoroughly deserved the three points. “We have had a tough week so we have had to respond in the right way and thankfully the players have. I think everyone is shattered not just for the game – we had the cricket on in the run up to the game! “It took over in the dressing room for half an hour.”Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:57 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLE ⭐️ Man of the Match, @NUFC’s Paul Dummett28 touches12 clearances – only Tyrone Mings (17, also at Tottenham) has made more in a PL game this season2 interceptions Won all 4 duels— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) August 25, 2019Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:55 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLEPaul Dummett has stressed that there is still a long way to go for the Magpies.He said: “We had to work hard as a team and we did that from the start. Everyone has worked hard from the team.“It’s a difficult place to come but we have had to dig in together. Everyone stuck together, we put in a top performance. “Hopefully we can push forward now. It’s only three points, there is still a long road to go but it’s a start.” Jake Lambourne26 Aug 2019, 6:51 pmTOTTENHAM 0-1 NEWCASTLElast_img read more

Rep wins set to spark Panthers’ season

first_imgEmotion. That was the first word used to describe the experience for the Panthers prop-forward, who scored a double against Fiji including the match-winner with two minutes left on the clock.Lined up behind another Tongan debutant in Manu Vatuvei, an emotional Latu admitted the occasion got the best of him before taking to the field.”Everything felt like a blur, it all went so quick. Before we walked out I was standing behind Manu and could see that he was teary so I started as well and couldn’t control it,” Latu told of the experience.”I tried so hard to stop crying but when you sing the anthem for the first time, emotions run wild and our coach (Kristian Woolf) just told us to control that and put it into the game.”We got together the night before the game and everyone heard each other talk about what it meant to play in a Tongan jersey, it really brought out a vulnerable side to everyone and we took that out onto the field.”Despite a two-win and seven-loss record to start the season, Penrith were happy to release as many players as possible for the weekend across all five games.Australian international Trent Merrin was solid against the Kiwis in a 48-minute effort, while New Zealand pair Dallin Watene-Zelezniak and Dean Whare fought hard in the 18-point loss to the Kangaroos in Canberra.Panthers trio Matt Moylan, Bryce Cartwright and James Tamou all found form in the final City-Country game and back-rower Viliame Kikau was among Fiji’s best in a beaten side with a four-pointer and try assist of his own.”I’m sure I can speak for everyone by saying that everyone was glad our coach (Anthony Griffin) gave us the OK to play in the representative round,” Latu said.”He knew how important it was for each individual that did get picked that they could gain some confident and experience out of the week. “Hopefully now every individual can take what they’ve learned back to the club and put our best foot forward for Penrith.”It will be another special occasion for Latu in Saturday afternoon’s clash against the Warriors with the National Rugby League embracing Indigenous Round across all eight games.With a proud indigenous heritage, Latu’s emotion could yet again be on display at Pepper Stadium.last_img read more

IAAF dismisses Athletics Kenya CEO’s challenge

first_imgNAIROBI, Kenya (AP):The IAAF’s ethics board yesterday rejected an appeal from the CEO of Kenya’s track and field federation against his provisional suspension for allegedly soliciting bribes from two athletes.Isaac Mwangi was provisionally suspended in February after The Associated Press first reported the allegations from runners Joy Sakari and Francisca Koki Manunga.Mwangi challenged that decision in March.In a statement, the ethics board said it has dismissed his challenge.Sakari and Manunga are serving four-year bans for doping at the 2015 world championships. In an AP interview, they said Athletics Kenya CEO Mwangi asked them each for a US$24,000 bribe to reduce their suspensions. They said he asked for the payment in an October 16 meeting, but that they could not raise the money. They then were informed of their four-year bans in a November 27 email, but never filed a criminal complaint because, they said, they had no proof to back up their bribery accusation and also feared repercussions.The ethics board said the athletes – who are both serving police officers – have since reiterated their allegations in signed written statements.”They state that the accounts that they gave The Associated Press, and the content of The Associated Press article dated 10 February 2016, are true,” the ethics board said.Mwangi’s challenge countered that the athletes are “cheats” and “liars” and that “their evidence should not be trusted”, the ethics board said.Yesterday, Mwangi told the AP that he now wanted a public hearing “so that we can meet these accusers”.NO ALIBIWhen presented with the allegations in February, Mwangi denied meeting the athletes. In its decision, the IAAF’s ethics board said he provided no alibi. The board also said his defence that he could not have influenced their doping cases was “not wholly convincing”.The board said Mwangi has not “identified anything” that sufficiently undermines the probe for his 180-day provisional suspension to be lifted.Sakari and Manunga told AP the alleged October 16 meeting took place at AK’s headquarters in Nairobi.The ethics board said Mwangi “accepts that both he and the athletes were indeed present in the Athletics Kenya offices in Riadha House on the day in question”, but says he could not have met them because his schedule was “very tight”.The board said the probe should continue.The ethics board’s decision to reject the appeal now frees up the IAAF investigator in Kenya, Sharad Rao, to begin a formal investigation of Mwangi, Rao said.Rao is a former director of public prosecutions in Kenya and a member of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The IAAF ethics board, through Rao, is also investigating three other senior executives from the Kenyan federation for alleged corruption.last_img read more

1,900 Beach Workers Frustrated

first_imgAt least, the nearly 1,900 workers of the Beach and Waterways Project saw their expectation shattered after President Sirleaf’s one-week’s appeal to settle some of their four-month arrears failed to materialize.And the only word fit to describe the workers’ disappointment is: frustration.“I cannot believe that four months will go by and we are yet to receive any pay,” a 45-year-old mother told the Daily Observer during a follow-up visit to West Point Beach last Saturday.The woman, who had worked on the project for the last five years, added, “The letter from the President made us to feel that at long last all would be fine,” which did not happen.During a tour of the beaches that are included in the Waterways Project, the Daily Observer encountered workers who were so worried about their future.At the New Kru Town Beach, the workers told the this paper that since President Sirleaf’s letter assuring them of paying some of their arrears has not materialized, “We don’t know what to do.”The minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Edward B. McClain, Jr., in a letter dated April 23, 2014, appealed to the workers to “be a little bit more patient and give us a week…to make settlement of a portion of the arrears.”“It is a little over a week, and we have not heard any information from the president’s office. This is very troubling,” the workers’ spokesman said.  A presidential source told the Daily Observer Monday that President Sirleaf is concerned about the arrears’ payment. As such, she was reportedly making “frantic efforts” to settle “some” of the arrears.However, what is disturbing is, “the silence from authorities concerned,” particularly those who initiated the Beaches & Waterways Project to reclaim Liberian beaches from neglect.The project is part of government’s effort to boost tourism, gravely affected during the years of war.The Beaches & Waterways Project, according to interviews conducted in New Kru Town and West Point, has helped the communities to avoid many diseases that could have claimed lives, particularly of children.“Today our beaches are more beautiful and we now go there with our families,” said a resident of New Kru Town.Many inhabitants told this reporter that the project has ensured that residents in the various communities recognize their contributions to keep the beaches healthy as they are now.“In any case,” said a disgruntled worker, “paying us is one way to encourage those of us who work at the beaches.”The Beaches & Waterways project includes those in New Kru Town, West Point, Mamba Point and ELWA, with a total of nearly 1,900 workers, including students.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Singh hunts 5th first-class ton

first_imgGuyanese batsman, Vishaul Singh, who is currently touring Sri Lanka with West Indies A team says he will be pushing for his fifth first class century when play resume on the second day against Sri Lanka A at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.Speaking to Guyana Times Sport via social media, the petite 27 year old said he will look to get going again and continue in the same manner he has done since landing in Sri Lanka.In the first match the Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) player top scored in both innings for his side with 96 in the first innings and 46 in the second. In this match he has already scored 81 not out on the first day and is insight of his fifth first class century. He has adapted quickly and is so far the most consistent batsman in his side.According to him the conditions are similar to the Caribbean so it is just a matter of making little adjustments at the different stadiums.Prior to the series Singh set himself a goal to achieve at least 300 runs with a century and two fifties. He is definitely on track to achieve the 300 runs but must score 19 runs on the second day to get his first century for West Indies A.In their second match of the series the West Indies ended their first day on 331-5 with wicket keeper batsman Jahmar Hamilton leading the way with 99 before being run out. While Singh, who remains unbeaten and Rajendra Chandrika 51 retired hurt have also scored fifties. West Indies under-19 captain Shimron Hetmyer fell two runs short of a half century.According to Singh the team has batted well as a group, they had a good start and partnerships throughout the day’s play. “The guys applied themselves well and got stuck in,” said Singh.Yesterday’s batting performance was West Indies A best so far in three innings and there are three more days remaining in this match, the second of a three match series. West Indies will be looking to level the series at the end of this match to set up a pulsating final encounter.last_img read more

The Case of the Crying Wolf

first_imgA fawn-colored light streaked here and there with tints of deepest orange. It was like a multicolored weather that appeared when there was a visit of rainbow.Inside the courtroom, a fever of enthusiasm filled defense lawyer Jason Doe when he said, “You definitely want justice for the victim, don’t you?”“Yes,” the victim’s father, Johnson Kollie said with a grin. “Have you thought about the possibility that this man, Leslie Solo, the defendant might not be the one who is responsible for the crime he is being accused of?” “I don’t have to think about that.” “But you want justice for your son?” “Absolutely!” “And your son was not living with you before his death?” “Yes.” “And it was not because he wanted to live by himself, but because you did not want him to live with you?” “That was our family matter.” The prosecutor rose to object, but changed his mind and frowned. “You asked him to leave your house and that particular night you threw his belongings out of the house?”  Prosecutor Rufus Teah shouted, “Your Honor, this is too much. What has that got to do with his son’s murder?”   Leaning closer with his arms on the bench, Judge William A. K. Jeboh glared at Jason Doe and said, “Will counsel justify his line of cross-examination?”  Jason Doe smiled, and turning swiftly to the judge said, “I am trying to reveal the entire circumstances that in desperation caused the tragic death at his own hands.  “I am also trying to show how culpable the father is in the events that led to, unfortunately the young man’s death.”  “Very well,” Judge Jeboh said, “you may continue.”  “Thank you, Your Honor,” Jason Doe said, and turning to the witness in the box, said, “You loved your son like any good father would?”  “Yes I loved him.”  “And because you loved him,” Jason Doe said, “you were prepared to do as much as you could in his interest.”  “Yes.”  “And even though there have been witnesses who have testified that you are an excellent father, they never told the Court about your periodic fights at your house with him, along with the woman who lives with you?”  “Families have problems here and there.”  “While that is true, those witnesses did not know that despite their claim of your love for him,” the lawyer said, “you were constraint to throw your son’s things, including his clothes out of a house you have given him and had resided for the last five years.”  “It was a poor judgment on my part.”  “You did not tell the prosecutor that when you asked him to leave the house, after you threw his things out of the house,” the lawyer said, “neighbors were good enough to steal everything you threw out, did they not?”  “I don’t think so.”  “You don’t think about what?”  “I..I..I..,” the witness fumbled and shifted his position.  “Please remember you are under oath to tell the truth.”  “Yes.”  “All the things that belonged to your son were stolen by neighbors while you stood there, did you not?”  “Yes.”  “What was the reason you asked him to leave and did not give him at least a month to leave the house?”  “Mr. Doe,”’ the witness said, “my son has been murdered by that man,” he pointed his finger at defendant Leslie Solo, the Good Samaritan who took the victim in, after he was thrown out of his house, “and I’m sure the law will give me justice.”  “That’s the objective of this Court,” the lawyer reminded him, “but at the same time, circumstances that led to your son’s death indicate your own negligence about the son you claimed you love and on whose untimely death you are here accusing a man who rescued him.”  “Parents can have disagreements with their children.”  “You were one of the first persons to be at the remains of your son’s body?”  “Yes.”  “What was in the hands of the decedent?”  “The decedent held firmly in his folded arms several sheets of paper.”  “And the sheets were from a book that you owned, is it not?”  “Yes.”  “And you told the police that the decedent had apparently stolen from a neighbor?”  “Yes.”  “Who did you have in mind as the one that your son might have apparently stolen from?”  “I am not sure I can remember what I said.”  “But you told the police your son you claimed you loved had stolen from someone?”  “I think…” “No, don’t think,” the lawyer interrupted him, “just tell me what you told the police.”  “I had always kept money in that particular book,” the witness said, “and someone stole the book from my house.”  “So was it the fact that your son allegedly stole from a neighbor as you indicated to the police?”  “I was simply confused.”  “And you told a lie to incriminate your son?”  The prosecutor was on his feet, “This is not proper cross-examination, not sufficient background laid.”  “Sustained!” the judge declared.  Jason Doe smiled and rephrased his question.  “The truth was that your son did not steal anything from you?”  “I had the impression that he did.”  “Tell the Court about your intention to provide such negative about your son?”  The witness shifted his position again and all the spectators stared at him.  “It was pure assumption.”  “And you assumed that your son stole from you, and also from someone?”  “I was simply confused and not to myself,” the witness said, “though he was one of the few that visited the house.”  “And the torn book belonged to you and not to a neighbor as you told the police?”  “Yes,” he responded, lamely, and a titter among the spectators dealt a lasting blow to the witness claim. The lawyer allowed his answer to sip through the Court and then walked to the defense table, and pawed through some papers and, returning to the witness said, “Did your son have the habit of stealing things from you?”  “No.”  “Was there any evidence that he stole the book?” “He was indebted to someone in a mount of US$1, 000, and therefore, when the book and the money disappeared, I assumed that he was the one.” “How much money was hidden in the book?” “About US$3, 000.” “But he denied it?” “What else could he have said?” “But he denied it,” the lawyer repeated,   “is your answer yes or no?”  “Yes,” the witness said, embarrassed. Jason Doe allowed the witness answer to sip through the spectators and then change his way of questioning.  “Are you presently married, Mr. Kollie?” “I am a bachelor.” “But you have a live-in girlfriend?” “Does it have anything to do with his?”“Is that your answer?” “Well,” the witness said, “I have a live-in girlfriend.” “Felicia Zoe is her name?” “Yes.” “Is she still in Monrovia?” “She has traveled abroad to buy goods.” “And that means she took along a considerable amount of money for the trip.”  “Yes.” “Will you please tell the Court the feud that erupted between you and your live-in girlfriend a week before your son’s death?” The witness lowered his head and began to fret with his hands. The brief silence was filled with the echoes of ceiling and standing fans rattling on their hinges, as they swept to and fro across the room.  With a frown, Jason Doe went for the kill, when he said, “Is it not a fact that on March 22, you accused your live-in girlfriend of ‘stealing’ your money for a young man that you suspected she was going out with?” “Yes.”  “On March 30, just before her trip to Nigeria, did you not find concealed in her bag an amount of US$3,000 along with a note or a letter allegedly written by her lover requesting for money, as she had promised him?”  “Something like that.” “Is it yes or no, Mr. Kollie?”  “Uhuh.”“Could that money not be the missing US$3, 000?”  “It could be the money or not the money.”  “On the night of your son’s death,” the lawyer continued, “which was on April 4, did you not shadow your live-in girlfriend when she reportedly visited her lover, who happened to live in the same vicinity of your son, that is in Sinkor around 14th Street.”  “Uhuh.” “Is that yes or no?” “Yes, I was trying to find evidence against her.” A ripple of laughter filled the room.  But suddenly, the witness began to perspire. The lawyer was not done with him and moved to burst the case wide open.  “Isn’t it true that due to your intense jealousy when you hid around your live-in girlfriend lover’s house which was about 11:30p.m, you by accident encountered this man who you thought was your girlfriend’s lover, but incidentally was your son?” “It was fate,” the witness said, and covered his face with his two hands.   Jason Doe said, “Perhaps it was a chance meeting, but you assumed it was the man who was going out with your girlfriend, and as a result you assaulted him by knocking him dead.”  “Oh Your Honor,” the prosecutor whined, “this is getting too much,” but the judge raised his right hand to silence him, urging the witness to answer the question.    “I was not to myself.”   “So jealousy consumed you to the point that you were prepared to kill another?”  “I had intended to only find out the information and then leave her.”  “But you could not control your emotion after you found the information and allowed your jealousy to dictate to you to kill your son.”  “I did not know it was him.”  “You did not know it was who?”  “My son.” The lawyer grinned and said, “So instead of doing the reasonable thing by leaving your girlfriend, you chose to kill that incidentally turned out to be your son.”  Tears filled the witness eyes, and he fought them back with a white handkerchief.  “Please help me,” he said, as his face darkened, and his eyes narrowed slightly.  “And still unaware that the victim was your son, a book he had taken from your house to do research for a project he had initiated, and assuming that his attacker wanted the book, he had held it till you bashed him to death?”  “Please tell him to stop, because I am losing my mind.”Jason Doe’s forehead knitted into a perplexed frown as he turned swiftly and smiled, before strolling to his table. He grinned at the defendant, whose spirits had apparently been elevated by the blistering evidence that had vindicated him. Judge Jeboh, also grinning, said, “It is shocking the level a man can go to vent his jealous anger and concoct a plot to involve the innocent.  “This case has underscored one of man’s inherent deficiencies in his affair with the opposite sex, and while this case is horrible, the Court is pleased that an innocent man was not prepared to face a trial that would have exhausted his joy as a free man. “The Court appreciates the forthrightness of defense lawyer Jason Doe, and now stipulates that the witness must now be held since there is a probable cause to begin his trial for crying wolf in his attempt to let someone carry his load.  “At the same time,” Judge Jeboh went on, “the Court orders the defendant released.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prosecution’s star witness identifies 7 accused as robbery planners

first_imgMeten-Meer-Zorg murder trialBy Shemuel FanfairThe High Court trial regarding the killing of 20-year-old Zulfikar Namdar who was left in a pool of blood during the course or furtherance of a robbery in September 2013 continued on Tuesday with Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara (WCD) native Nick Skeete testifying before the 12-member jury.He was deported to Guyana in 2012 and was initially charged with the September 10, 2013 crime but those charges have since been dropped. He testified on behalf of the Prosecution, having identified the seven accused as being part of the crime-planning operation, claiming that he was acquainted with all of them.They are: Allan Dorsett called “Baird”; Delwayne Croft; Esan Lawrence, called “Muscle”; Jermaine Williams, called “Yankee”; Andrew Chandler, called “Sonic”; Samuel Bacchus, called “Kirk”; and Cassandra Singh-Dorsett who all denied murdering Namdar.The self-coined drug pusher during his evidence in chief had also claimed that he had a good relationship with his cousin who would buy marijuana from him. He said too that Jermaine Williams also bought narcotics from him, adding that he grew up with another accused, Andrew Chandler who was the dead man’s childhood friend.The star witness said he knew Samuel Bacchus through his cousin. Skeete added that his cousin Allan had a black vehicle and few financial problems. Skeete testified that he sold narcotics and lived 200 yards from the Namdars, adding that his cousin is the number one-accused Allan Dorsett, while Williams is his wife’s cousin. He said too that on September 3, 2013, the men bought “some weed” from him and smoked at a tree in his backyard when he supposedly heard them discussing their robbery plan.Led by Prosecutor Tuana Hardy, Skeete outlined that on the night of September 10, 2013, the men were brandishing weapons, noting that Croft had a long firearm and the others had smaller guns. About 5 minutes after they left, he heard gunshots; later learning of young Namdar’s demise.He was arrested six days after the incident. However, Chandler, Croft and Dorsett out-rightly denied robbing anyone during the police interview. He told the jury that he was not forced to give his statement to Police.Dorsett’s lawyer, Nigel Hughes suggested Skeete planned the attack and crafted a story after the two getaway cars were seen outside of his home in a bid to have his charges dropped.He denied this but later admitted to asking one of the store’s workers if his boss man stored money at home, claiming he had no reason for asking this.Police Inspector Nolan Burnett was earlier in the day grilled by Attorneys Hughes, Adrian Thompson and George Thomas over his conduct in carrying out investigations. He was accused of being present when Croft and Chandler were beaten, shocked, tortured and allegedly forced to give confession statements which he denied.Burnett testified that he could not recall if fingerprints were lifted from the crime scene. The senior police rank took the caution statement of Allan Dorsett. Under cross-examination by Attorney Thompson, Burnett denied that he was present when water was thrown on Croft.As the gruelling cross-examination continued by George Thomas, Inspector Burnett then denied that Chandler was placed in a room to kneel down when Inspector Singh threw water on the accused.“You dropped his pants; you shocked him on his penis,” Thomas suggested.“Sir, I never did that, I wasn’t there,” the policeman quipped.He further noted that he never interviewed Namdar’s relatives. Thereafter, Thomas suggested that Burnett’s investigation was poor to which the witness did not agree. Thomas even suggested that Police offered another suspect, Chris Jagdeo, a promise to not prosecute if he gave a statement but Burnett stressed that he did not know anything about that.It was on Monday that the jury heard that Mrs Dorsett allegedly gave the men head ties to cover their faces. Hughes, Ashley Henry and Jed Vasconcellos are representing the number one accused Dorsett while Thompson is representing Williams, Chandler and Bacchus. Meanwhile, Thomas is appearing for Croft, Lawrence and Singh-Dorsett. Attorneys Tuanna Hardy, Abigail Gibbs and Teriq Mohammed are prosecuting the case presided over by Justice Navindra Singh.last_img read more

Pillion rider critical following motorcycle accident

first_imgThe pillion rider is in a critical state at the Georgetown Public Hospital following a motorcycle accident along the Enmore Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD).The injured woman has been identified as 25-year-old Kimberley James of Nabaclis, Sideline Dam, ECD.Guyana Times understands that the driver of cycle CH 923 was proceeding at a fast rate when he lost control. As a result, the motorcycle reportedly crashed.James received injuries and was rushed to the hospital where she was admitted in a serious state. The driver of the motorcycle has since gone into hiding.The police have launched a manhunt for him. Investigations are ongoing.last_img

Author of ‘451’ coming to town

first_img“Fahrenheit 451” tells the story of futuristic firefighter Guy Montag, whose job is not to put out fires but to start them to burn books, which are illegal contraband. The public, addicted to wall-size TV screens, tiny earphones and drugs, makes little protest over the destruction of reading material since most people stopped reading long ago. Bradbury may have been writing 50 years ago, but many of the technological devices described in “Fahrenheit 451” are similar to products in use today. And a 2004 endowment study titled “Reading at Risk” showed that literary reading in the United States is in steep decline. To encourage more reading amid the variety of diversions, Bradbury recommends teachers try to instill a love for reading when children are young. “One of the problems is that we’re so bombarded with all this information from all kinds of devices. How can we combat that? It’s up to the teachers because during the last 30 years or so, we haven’t prepared children to read and write soon enough,” he said. “We should begin the process when they’re 4 or 5 years old, so that by the time they reach the first grade they know how to read and write.” Bradbury will discuss this issue and others during his visit. He also plans to emphasize the importance of libraries. “When you meet a great lover like me, you meet someone who has loved libraries all of his life,” he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Author Ray Bradbury will appear in Santa Clarita on Sunday as part of local libraries’ participation in a National Endowment for the Arts program designed to encourage reading. Bradbury’s 1953 novel “Fahrenheit 451” has been selected for inclusion in the endowment’s “The Big Read” program, which encourages reading of literature by asking communities to come together to read and discuss a book. In an e-mail sent from his home in Los Angeles, the 86-year-old Bradbury said he was excited to learn “Fahrenheit 451” had been selected and was looking forward to visiting Santa Clarita. “I was tremendously excited, of course, because over the years most authors, including myself, do not get that many reviews. But to have this acknowledged by the people in Washington is wonderful,” Bradbury said. “You can imagine that I was very excited, and this excitement continues with my trip to Santa Clarita.” last_img read more

Dry weather brings up wildfire concerns

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Half way through the month of April, the local airport weather station has posted only 8.3 millimetres of precipitation. This area is, once again, on pace to record yet another below average month.The April norm is twenty millimetres. If the region doesn’t get there, this will be the ninth month out of the last twelve with a below average recorded total.The only exceptions were last December when the airport station post matched the monthly norm of 22 millimetres. Last month and last September, when the station recorded 37.1 and 74.9 millimetres respectively, the latter was the highest monthly total of the past year.- Advertisement -Thus we’ve entered a new wildfire season, just two weeks removed from a twelve month total of 340 millimetres, and that’s more than 100 millimetres less, than the annual area norm, of 444.7.Needless to say that’s raised concern at the Prince George Fire Centre: the largest of the six fire centres in the province. It covers nearly 32 million hectares, more than ten times the size of Vancouver Island.However, Information Officer Amanda Reynolds is not ready yet to start ringing alarm bells.Advertisement The province is coming off a major and costly wildlife season last year, with above average totals for both the number of wildfires and the burn area.The estimated fire-fighting cost was $290 million and there were 1,836 fires recorded with a burn area of 280,465 hectares.The most notable fire in the Prince George Centre was the Little Bobtail Lake blaze discovered early in the season on May 9th southwest of Prince George.It grew to cover more than 25,000 hectares and resulted in both evacuation alerts and orders.Advertisement The most notable one in this area had a total burn area of about 8,200 hectares. The Big Beaver Creek fire on July 5 at about Mile 250 of the Alaska Highway briefly closed it.last_img read more