Co-Defendant, Turned State Witness, Fails to Testify

first_imgDrama unfolded in the ongoing mercenary case at Criminal Court ‘D’ when one of 18 defendants accused of being mercenaries, unexpectedly turned state witness, failed to show up on Friday, April 25, to testify against his colleagues.All 18 of the men on trial were alleged members of a defunct rebel faction, blamed for going on a violent, murderous rampage around the country, between 1990 and 2003.They were also accused of launching cross-border raids into neighboring La Côte d’Ivoire during 2010 to 2011. Several human rights violations were attributed to them, including the killing of seven members of a United Nations peacekeeping mission (UNOCL) in the same neighboring country.The human rights violations were linked to clashes between the Defense and Security Forces (FFS) militias and mercenaries of former Ivorien president Laurent Gbagbo, on one hand, and the Republican Forces of La Côte d’Ivoire (FRCI) and traditional hunters loyal to President Alassane Ouattara, on the other.They were arrested between 2010 and 2012, in Grand Gedeh County by a joint-security team. Grand Gedeh is a bordering county with La Côte d’Ivoire. One of the 18, Prince Barclay, was later exonerated and freed, reportedly after agreeing to turn state-witness.In court on Friday, state-witness Barclay was expected to appear and testify against the other 17 defendants; but when the appointed time came, Barclay could not be found anywhere in the courtroom.Barclay’s absence prompted a request to the court to suspend hearing on that day, (Friday) stating that prosecution’s witness had suffered a severe bout of diarrhea. They did not say which hospital had treated him, or show any medical reports related to Barclay’s sudden illness.One of the lawyers for the defense prayed that the court denied the request, arguing that it was an attempt to delay the case, and prolong his clients’ detention.Cllr. Dempster Brown argued that prosecution’s failure to produce its witness’ medical records, clearly demonstrated the prosecution’s un-readiness to continue the trial.After arguments, however, Judge Emery Paye granted the prosecution’s request to suspend the hearing until Monday, April 28.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ex-Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha turns his professionalism to cinema

first_imgNnamdi Asomugha made a name for himself in the Bay Area. First with Cal’s football team, then with the Raiders, and finally with a cameo with the 49ers.He was a shutdown corner who didn’t get a lot of traffic in his prime, so reluctant were opposing quarterbacks to throw his way. Respected, cerebral, professional and above all that, talented. A first-round pick by the Raiders in 2003, Asomugha was twice voted All-Pro in his eight seasons in Oakland. His departure in 2011 was a huge blow to …last_img read more

Petrol price to rise, diesel unchanged

first_img5 September 2011 The wholesale price of illuminating paraffin will drop by two cents a litre. The average Rand/US Dollar exchange rate, however, weakened when compared to the previous period. The price of diesel with a 0.05 percent sulphur content and the price of diesel with a 0.005 percent sulphur content will both remain unchanged. The single maximum national retail price for illuminating paraffin will decrease by three cents a litre. The retail price of all grades of petrol will increase by nine cents a litre on Wednesday, the Department of Energy said on Friday.center_img During the period 29 July 2011 to 1 September 2011, the average international product prices of petrol, diesel and illuminating paraffin decreased, the Department added. “The average Rand/US Dollar exchange rate for the period 29 July 2011 to 2 September 2011 was 7.0590 compared to 6.8353 during the previous period. “The deterioration of the rand against the US dollar increased the contribution to the basic fuel price by about 20 cents a litre,” the Department said. Sapalast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino willing to accept no January signings

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino willing to accept no January signingsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he’s prepared to go through the January market without any new additions.Spurs have signed only Lucas Moura in the past 15 months.”No, not disappointed,” Pochettino said when asked how he would feel if they failed to land a new player.”I know that January is always difficult. If you find some player, look what has happened to different players who arrive in January. It takes time to understand and to perform, to fit with the team. Sometimes it’s better not to sign if you don’t find the right player.” last_img read more

Can Katie Ledecky Break The 8Minute Barrier

Ledecky tends to pace herself about a half-second faster (per 50 meters) in the 400. She swam the middle lengths of her pre-Olympics 400 record in an average of 30.2 seconds, compared with 30.7 in her 800-meter record. If she follows a similar pattern this time, she’ll need to approximately match that 30.2 — which she can do by essentially swimming exactly her 400-meter race, plus an extra 400 meters in the middle at around 30.4 seconds — barely slower than her worst split in that event of 30.3.This is a tall order, indeed. But there are reasons to think it’s not impossible. Ledecky improved her best time in the 200 meters by 0.68 seconds, and in the 400 meters by 1.91 seconds. Let’s compare those improvements to what she needs for eight minutes: First, a note on how fast eight minutes would be: Since the ban on body-length and non-textile swimsuits in 2009, no woman other than Ledecky has managed to swim under four minutes in the 400-meter freestyle. So eight minutes would literally mean swimming 800 meters faster than anyone else can swim half the distance. But while that sounds crazy, it’s not out of character: Ledecky already swims the 1,500 meters at a faster pace than any other woman swims the 800 meters, and her present 800-meter time would already put her in the 10 fastest women in the 400 meters in the textile era.So can she do it? Perhaps even now?It would definitely take an incredible effort, great even among her great efforts. Using her splits from these Olympics and from her previous best times at each distance, I’ve constructed what this hypothetical 7:59.99 swim would look like, and it doesn’t look easy: We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics.So far in these Olympics, the 19-year-old freestyle swimming sensation Katie Ledecky has won four medals for the U.S., three of them gold, and shattered the 400-meter world record in stunning fashion. She has just one event left in these games, and it’s the one that rocketed her to prominence in 2012: the 800-meter freestyle. She swam a leisurely 8:12.86 in her qualifying heat on Thursday, which is both an Olympic record and faster than any other woman has ever swum this distance. A repeat swim in the final would assure her a gold medal.Ledecky’s world record in this event — set somewhat unexpectedly at the Arena Pro Swim Series in January in Austin — is 8:06.68. Even before these Olympics began, people have started to wonder whether she might — someday — be able to achieve the unthinkable: A per-lap improvement over 800 similar to what she has done in the 200 and 400 would put her within a few seconds of eight minutes.Does her preliminary time tell us anything? A time of 8:12.86 is a far cry from 8:00, and many of the best world records set in these games have been preceded by near-misses in the earlier rounds. But as a distance event, and as close to guaranteed of advancing as is possible, Ledecky’s time doesn’t tell us much. She was in a comparable situation in the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia, when she put up 8:19.42 in her preliminary heat, a full 8.42 slower than her then-world record of 8:11. And here’s how that turned out: She went on to break her record by 3.61 seconds (shattering what was then an 8:10 barrier in the process).A similar 12.08-second improvement on her leisure heat this year would be 5.9 seconds faster than her record, and would put her at 8:00.78. While a jump that large isn’t necessarily implied by the fact that she has done it before, it at least suggests that such an improvement — which would only be slightly larger than what her times and trends already suggest — is credible. And when you’re that close to such a milestone, who knows. A slightly faster reaction time here, a slightly longer sprint at the end there — plus it will be her last race of the games so she should hold nothing back — and the impossible looks a lot more plausible. read more

Volleyball team sweeps away pair of Big Ten rivals

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team swept a pair of Big Ten rivals, Purdue and Indiana, this weekend.      In the first set against the Boilermakers, it was unclear which team had the stronger game. After just two errors, the Buckeyes established their rhythm. Playing an aggressive defense, the Buckeyes forced Purdue to commit six errors. The Buckeyes took the first set, 25-19, with an ace serve from Chelsea Noble and a kill from Kristen Dozier.  The Buckeyes fell, 25-23, in the second set but quickly rebounded in a nail-biting third set. With 17 ties and nine lead changes, the Buckeyes came out victorious after a Dozier kill for a 25-24 lead and a kill from Katie Dull to end the set, 26-24.  The Buckeyes took the fourth set with an early lead, finishing 25-18 to win the match 3-1.  Dull had a co-match high of 17.5 points.     Carrying the momentum into Saturday night, the Buckeyes faced the Hoosiers.  The Buckeyes came out strong, taking the first two sets, 25-19 and 25-22.  The Buckeyes fell, 25-23, in the third set after seven consecutive Hoosier points. Kills from both Dull and Ashley Hughes brought the set to 20-16. A Hoosier time out gave them the chance to regroup and take the set.  The Buckeyes fired back in the fourth with a Noble ace serve. A final kill from Emily Danks won the set, 25-23, and secured the match, 3-1.The separation between these three teams has certainly been set. The Buckeyes are now 5-5 in Big Ten play.      If the Buckeyes can maintain this momentum, they have the opportunity to knock off No. 1 Penn State on the road. The match will be televised 7 p.m. Wednesday on the Big Ten Network. read more

Mens Basketball What you should know about Ohio States new assistant coaches

Ohio State assistant coach Ryan Pedon speaks to the media on June 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorAt a press conference to announce the firing of former men’s basketball head coach Thad Matta on June 2, Ohio State Athletics Director Gene Smith said that all three assistant coaches – Chris Jent, Greg Paulus and Dave Dickerson – were on staff and would still be doing their jobs unless they found new opportunities.Ten days later, the Buckeyes announced that Butler’s three assistant coaches – Terry Johnson, Ryan Pedon and Mike Schrage – would be joining their recently-departed boss, Ohio State men’s basketball head coach Chris Holtmann, in Columbus.None of the three assistants have spent more than three years coaching with Holtmann, but each brings at least nine seasons of experience coaching at the collegiate level to Ohio State.Ryan PedonPedon, a native of Columbus, grew up a 10-15 minute drive from Ohio State’s campus. Since then, Pedon said, he had become less connected to the area due to his professional life taking him out of the city. But since he grew up in the shadows of Ohio State, Pedon said his familiarity remains strong.The new Buckeyes assistant said no Ohio State coach had defined regions in which to recruit, but he noted that since he has roots in Ohio, he believes it is ultimately important to keep local prospects in the state.“I think you have to look at when this program was at its best, different time periods throughout the past 30, 40, 50 years, why was it? And the common denominator is that kids from this state have been Buckeyes,” Pedon said.Pedon, who played college basketball at the College of Wooster, began his coaching career as an assistant at Miami (Ohio) in 2005. He stayed until 2010, then headed north to be an assistant coach and work as the recruiting coordinator at Toledo. After winning just four games in Pedon’s first season, the Rockets took off in year two, winning 19 games.After his third year in Toledo, the charismatic Pedon departed for Illinois, where he was assistant to the head coach. Then in 2015, Pedon was hired by Holtmann as an assistant coach at Butler where he spent the past two years.When he learned of Ohio State’s interest in Holtmann, he had just one thought swimming through his mind.“I hope he takes the damn job. I hope he takes the job because it’s a hell of a job, to be honest with you,” Pedon said.Since he decided to join Holtmann in Columbus, Pedon hasn’t focused on any long-term goals. He said he’s just focused on the process and improving each day.“We’re not necessarily focused on the prize that awaits us two weeks from now or three weeks from now or five months from now, we’re more focused on the day-to-day,” Pedon said. “And we just feel like if you stack enough good days upon each other over and over and over and over, you do the right thing over and over and over and over, we believe great things will happen.”He learned that philosophy from three-time Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Walsh’s book, ‘The Score Takes Care of Itself,’ which former Butler coach Brad Stevens introduced to him.Ohio State assistant coach Terry Johnson answers questions from the media on June 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorTerry JohnsonFor the first time in over a decade, Johnson was forced to picked his family up and moved out of Indiana. Johnson also worked at Butler as director of basketball operations from 2004-2006. He left to continue his coaching career as an assistant coach at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne, where he spent one season before returning to Butler. The former longest-tenured member of Butler’s coaching staff began his stint as an assistant in Indianapolis, in 2007 when now-Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens hired him. After Stevens left for the NBA in 2013, Johnson remained on the staff when Brandon Miller was hired as the replacement and stayed when Holtmann replaced Miller a year later.“My time at Butler was great. Couldn’t nothing replace those memories,” Johnson said Thursday while meeting with the media for the first time since his hiring. “I was there, like you said, for a decade. My wife is a Butler graduate. I lost my last high school game at Butler. The morning of my wedding, I was hooping at Butler. My twins took my first few steps on Hinkle (Fieldhouse). There’s so much there at Hinkle that nothing could replace that.”But when Holtmann presented Johnson with the opportunity to coach at Ohio State, the longtime Butler assistant knew the moment had come to leave.“The opportunity just presented itself to me,” Johnson said. “I really never know what’s in store for me, but some feeling inside of me was like, ‘it was time.’ Wherever it came from, I believe in my faith, and I just kind of followed it.”Johnson served as the defensive coordinator at Butler, but said he and the staff don’t have defined coaching role yet. Before the staff looks toward the fall, it will be working tirelessly on the recruiting trails, a point Johnson reiterated constantly.Ohio State assistant coach discusses the upcoming season on June 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorMike SchrageSome coaches are lucky enough to learn their craft from a living legend. Schrage worked with a pair: Indiana’s Bob Knight and Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who he called two of the best, if not the best.Schrage spent four seasons – from 1994-98 – working as a student manager for the Hoosiers, then was Duke’s academic and recruiting coordinator from 1999-2002 and director of basketball operations from 2002-08.“I learned a lot of basketball from coach Knight. For that to be my foundation, who I thought was an encyclopedia of X and Os and basketball, I took in so much,” Schrage said. “Then nine years of (Krzyzewski), you learn so much about basketball. But communication with players, teambuilding, he is so good along those lines.”Though it’s almost unfair to level this type of comparison on a Holtmann who was leading Gardner-Webb just four years ago, Schrage believes Holtmann compares favorably to Krzyzewski.“His ability to communicate, connect with guys remind me of (Krzyzewski). It reminds me of coach K who I worked for at Duke,” said Schrage, who mentioned he would’ve followed Holtmann anywhere.Schrage continued, praising Holtmann’s ability to get every player, from star to walk-on, to buy into the team vision. read more

Luciano Spalletti relishing Inters late winner

first_imgLuciano Spalletti is proud of his side after they left it late to snatch a dramatic victory over Sampdoria.Spalletti disclosed he didn’t insult the officials but enjoyed the manner they won the game saying “We must always live on the edge.”Three goals were disallowed at Marassi two for Inter, one for the hosts. However, Marcelo Brozovic fired in at the 94th minute to ensure three points for Inter.Spalletti screamed into a television camera and was then sent off for dissent.“I turned towards the television camera to shout goal and the fourth official told me I had done so with excessive impetus,” Spalletti explained to DAZN.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“I had turned towards the camera because it was an important goal, but they interpreted it as an excessively emotional reaction.”The Serie A giants enjoyed their second last-gasp victory in a week after leaving it late to beat Spurs from behind in the Champions League.“This way of winning shows the character of this team, which keeps fighting for every ball and stays in the game. It might mean taking a few risks, but we are Inter and we must always live on the edge to get a victory.“Seeing this passion gives me greater strength to go forward and I’m glad that element is here rather than the tactics, as those will come with time.“We took this issue of character to each and every player individually to make sure it was absorbed the right way.”last_img read more