Photo by: Paul Barkley/ NRL Photos.Nathan Ross has signed a new deal with the Knights Ross, 28, has made 38 appearances for Newcastle since debuting for the club in 2015 and is the club’s leading try-scorer this season.”I am over the moon and this has been something the club and I have been working towards,” Ross said.”I love Newcastle… and consider myself a Novocastrian.”I really believe in the direction the club is heading… and there is no way I was going to miss out on it.”
A declaration that boxing fans will be able to see regular shows, by both professional and amateur boxers over the next 12-month period, was made by Boxing Board president Stephen Jones on Wednesday as he officially launched a Pro-Am Boxing card scheduled for Saturday, November 5, at the Barbican Beach Sports Complex on East Kings House Road. The card will have two professional bouts, with the feature being a six-rounder between Sakima Mullings, the Wray and Nephew 2014 Contender champion and Courtney McCleave from North Carolina. The other fight between two Americans will be announced early next week he said. The joint promoters of this section of the card will be I-Fight Promotions led by Chris Joy from the USA and Creative Sports led by Donald Lyeow from Jamaica. The Jamaica Boxing Board will be promoting the amateur section of the card, which will see five Jamaican boxers going up against boxers from the Cayman Islands. Speaking at the launch at the Usain Bolt Tracks and Records complex at Market Place in St. Andrew, Jones said that the boxing board now has a network of partners who have pledged to work with the board to foster both amateur and professional boxing. The two promoting companies he said, were firm in their promise to get that section of the sport moving once more, and the board was in touch with several sister overseas boxing associations, who have agreed to have home and away cards, so as to get their amateur boxers ready for competition. The Jamaica versus Cayman dual meet, he said, was preparation for a Caribbean tournament that will take place in Barbados in December. Solidifying the pledge, Junior Lincoln who represented I-Fight Promotions, pointed to the fact that his principal Chris Joy, had fallen in love with Jamaica’s boxing, and not only would he be bringing good boxers here, but he would be inviting celebrities such as members of the Floyd Mayweather camp to attend his shows as an added attraction. . Speaking for the sponsors, David Shirley, chairman of the KLE Group under which the Usain Bolt Tracks and Records fall, and who also has links with the Barbican Beach complex, said that his companies were pleased to be associated with the promotion. Boxing he said was one of the sports with which they wanted to be associated, and they would do everything to help it to move forward over the next 12-month period and beyond.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC):Opener Kraigg Brathwaite has ended 2016 as the West Indies’ highest-ranked batsman in Tests.The 24-year-old opener was 20th in the latest International Cricket Council rankings released on December 31, with fast bowler Kemar Roach, the highest-placed bowler at 28th in the rankings.Brathwaite tallied 613 runs in eight Tests last year, averaging 55 and scoring one century – a magnificent unbeaten 142 in the third Test against Pakistan in Sharjah last October, which West Indies won by five wickets.The Barbadian also scored 60 not out in the second innings to become the first opener to finish unbeaten in both innings of a Test.Left-hander Darren Bravo, currently in a stand-off with the West Indies Cricket Board after being sent home from the tour of Zimbabwe for disciplinary reasons, is the next highest-ranked Windies player at 30th, with Jermaine Blackwood lying 46th and veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels, 49th.Roach, meanwhile, has remained in the top 30 of the bowlers’ rankings despite having played just one Test in the last 12 months.BACK IN ACTIONThe right-armer has struggled with injury and loss of form, but recently returned to action for Barbados Pride in the West Indies first-class competition, and has taken 12 wickets in five outings.Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo, meanwhile, is ranked 29th after taking 23 wickets in six Tests last year, including a career-best eight for 49 against Pakistan in the day or night first Test in Dubai last October.Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, with 14 wickets in seven Tests last year, lies 40th, while captain and seamer Jason Holder is 50th.Australia captain Steve Smith starts 2017 in the same position he did last year – on top of the rankings – while India off-spinner Ravi Ashwin leads the bowling.In the One-Day International (ODI) rankings updated on New Year’s Day, Samuels was the highest-ranked West Indies batsman at 28th despite opting out of the Tri-Nations Series last November involving hosts Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka.Bravo is the only other batsman in the top 50 at 47th.In the ODI bowlers’ rankings, wily off-spinner Sunil Narine lies third, with Holder in at 16th. They are the only two West Indies players in the top 40.South Africa’s AB de Villiers sits on top the batting while New Zealander Trent Boult holds the number one slot in the bowling.
The maxim: “99 days for rogue, and one day for the master,” manifested itself over the weekend when the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), in collaboration with other Joint security officers at the Liberia/Sierra Leone border in Tienne, Grand Cape Mount County, busted a new drug cartel. The joint security team allegedly arrested the presidential motorcade commander with huge quantity of “compressed marijuana.”Marijuana (contra band in Liberia) is the dried leaves and flowing tops of pistsillate hemp plant that yields THC (toxic isomers) and is smoked in cigarettes for their intoxicating effect.According to security sources, the marijuana cache, which was compressed and secretly placed at the back seat of one of the vehicles used in the presidential motorcade of the President of Liberia, was intercepted and subsequently apprehended at Tienne, Grand Cape Mount County near the Liberia/Sierra Leone border. The police commander assigned to the presidential escort convoy at the Executive Mansion, Perry Dolo, is being held in connection with the importation of the drugs via the presidential motorcade from Sierra Leone to Liberia.Also arrested with Commander Dolo are one Sierra Leonean military personnel, a Guinean national and another Liberian. DEA Director Anthony K. Souh told the Daily Observer Sunday, November 10, via mobile phone that an investigation was on going. No charge has yet been made against the accused, Presidential Motorcade Commander Dolo and his alleged cohorts.According to Director Souh, Commander Dolo had constantly used one of the presidential escort vehicles, marked “Presidential Escort” to reportedly import illegal drugs from Sierra Leone into Liberia.However, our sources at the Tienne border informed this paper that the accused security officer has been in the constant habit of allegedly committing the act by bull-dozing his way through the Liberia/Sierra Leonean border, under the pretext of official assignment using a presidential escort vehicle.As it is often said, all the days are not equal, so it was over at the weekend, when a local resident only identified as Minneh mobilized other members of the Joint Security; set up Commander Dolo, and apprehended him when he reportedly returned with his cache (supply) of the marijuana on the presidential vehicle to Liberia.“The arrest of suspect Dolo was done in collaboration with Tienne community members, who were upset that a presidential motorcade commander could use a presidential escort vehicle to engage in this kind of criminal activity,” the DEA has observed.Dolo’s act, the DEA said, could clearly embarrass President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, because since her ascendency to power about eight years ago, she has been against the illegal entry of contra-bands and other harmful drugs into the country. Meanwhile, Commander Dolo and his three accomplices have not yet been charged, but are helping the security with the investigation.The Drug Enforcement AgencyThe DEA is an agency in the Government of Liberia charged with fighting drug-related crimes. Before its creation, fighting drug crimes was a responsibility of the Ministry of Defense. The DEA is charged with fighting drug trafficking at the country’s borders, arresting traffickers and dealers, and destroying illegal drugs. According to DEA boss Anthony K. Souh, the agency nevertheless suffers from substantial internal strife such like the lack of legislation to give to better teeth to bite. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A trial date has been set for the West Bank Demerara barber who is accused of issuing death threats to one of his neighbours. On Monday, Magistrate Clive Nurse set November 11, 2016 as the date for the trial of the defendant, Dereck Hunte, 22, who is charged with threatening Petal Odie of Lot 385 Onderneeming, WBD on August 11, 2016. The prosecution’s case detailed that the barber would constantly threaten to kill Odie, and on the day in question, Odie was at home when the defendant approached her and an argument ensued. Hunte was said to have uttered a series of expletives, and later stated: “I’m gonna kill her!”The defendant is currently on a bond to keep the peace for the duration of the court case.Dereck Hunte (centre) before his arraignment on August 16
Two persons convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for allegedly raping and strangulating a 13 –year- old girl, Angel Togba, to death were on Friday, August 15, set free by the Supreme Court of Liberia.The High Court action, according to Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, was based on the prosecutors’ failure to produce sufficient evidence to support their indictment drawn against the defendants, Hans Williams and Mardea Paykue.Chief Justice Korkpor also went on to explain that the lower court in its judgment, had ignored said lack of evidence and convicted the defendants of the crime murder.Criminal Court ‘B’ on March 19, 2010, found both Williams and Paykue guilty of murdering the Angel Togba and sentenced them to death by hanging.Little Angel was a relative of Paykue and until her death, had lived with the couple as a foster daughter.In the indictment, defendant Hans Williams was accused of sexually abusing the 13-year-old girl while his wife was accused of strangulating Angel to death after she (Mardea) had discovered the sexual relationship between her husband and Angel.But, reversing the lower court decision, on Friday, August 15, when he delivered the final opinion of the March 2014 Term of the Supreme Court, Chief Justice Korkpor stated “Even though the state produced 10 witnesses and five rebuttal witnesses, none of the witnesses linked anyone to the commission of the crime.”He continued, “They contradicted themselves when they testified during the trial.”In addition, Chief Justice Korkpor said, “none of the witnesses could identify which one of the defendants sexually abused Togba or who strangulated her to death, or who hung her. The court was in error to convict the defendants based on the insufficient evidences produced by prosecutors’ witnesses,” the Supreme Court head asserted.He went on to say that, “They did not produce a DNA test report to the court to link any of the defendants to the commission of the crime.”According to Liberian law, the Chief Justice argued, “a person can be convicted, if there is sufficient evidence produced during a trial, but in the instance case, prosecutors failed to produce the evidence to convict them of the crime.“Therefore, the ruling of the lower court is hereby reversed and the defendants are hereby immediately released from detention at the Monrovia Central Prison. All of their rights are hereby restored,” Chief Justice Korkpor ordered.Delving into the details of the case, the Chief Justice quoted the government witness as saying that “after Togba’s body was discovered, the State instituted a team of Liberian police investigators to investigate her death.“The investigators stated that their findings could not give any clue to link anyone to the crime,” he maintained.“Therefore, they, in consultation with Dr. Anthony Quaye, a Liberian medical doctor who also conducted an autopsy on the body of Angel Togba, concluded that Angel committed suicide,” the Supreme Court boss further quoted prosecutors witnesses.The state disregarded the report of the first investigative team from the LNP and commissioned a second investigation, according to the Chief Justice.“The second team was made up of Ghanaian homicide investigators from the Ghana Police Service who came along with a Cuban pathologist from the Police Hospital in Accra. The team, in consultation with the Cuban pathologist, concluded that Angel was strangulated to death.”According to them, “after thoroughly investigating the crime scene and taking the measurement of the alleged crime scene into consideration relative to the height of Angel, there was no way Angel could have hung herself.”Dr. Quaye testified in open court, according to the Chief Justice, “that even though his autopsy report stated that Angel died of suicide, he had been coerced by LNP officers to make that report.”He told the court that he knew Angel had died of asphyxia secondary to strangulation, the Chief said.A team of American pathologists were also invited from Nebraska Institute of Forensic Sciences in the United States of America (USA) by the defendants in 2008 to conduct autopsy on the remains of Angel Togba, according to Chief Justice Korkpor.“The American team, after their autopsy, concluded that Angel died of suicide. Dr. Thomas L. Bennett, a member of the team who testified to his findings, told the court that Angel died by non-total suspension.”He said, Dr. Bennett told the court that one could commit suicide even by lying on the floor. “Dr. Bennett said for strangulation to be determined, there should be a breakage in the hyoid bone which is located in the neck of every human being. He further stated that the hyoid bone does not break in the case of suicide.” According to Dr. Bennett, none of the previous pathologists made mention of the hyoid bone in their reports but concluded that Angel died of asphyxia secondary to strangulation.He disclosed that his team located the hyoid bone and took a microscopic look at it and realized that it was not broken, which indicated that Angel was not strangulated.The Chief Justice also said “The state however produced a rebuttal witness, Dr. Rituallo, a Philippino pathologist and head of the JFK Pathology Department, and a professor of Pathology at the University of Liberia.According to Dr. Rituallo, even though he did not conduct any autopsy on the remains of Angel Togba, he was given photos taken during previous autopsies of the deceased by the prosecution counsel for review.The JFK pathologist concluded that after a careful review of some of the photos, he could establish that Angel did not hang herself, according to the Chief Justice.He said, Dr. Rituallo, agreed with Dr. Bennett that the hyoid bone is often broken during strangulation, but, according to him, that is very uncommon in children.Hans Williams and Mardea Paykou were arrested in January 2008 by the Liberia National Police (LNP), after the death of 13-year-old Angel Togba, a relative of Mardea and who until her death, lived with the couple as a foster daughter.According to Defendants Hans Williams and Mardea Paykou, they discovered the body of Angel hanging from the curtain rail in their guest bathroom in November 2007, in the Old Road Community.They tried all they could to resuscitate her before rushing her to John F. Kennedy (JFK) Medical Center, but Angel was pronounced Dead on Arrival.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…accused of faking his own kidnapping in GuyanaThe 33-year-old Trinidadian who came to Guyana and allegedly attempted to fake his own kidnapping was on Tuesday granted bail in the sum of $1 million when he reappeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Sawak Maraj made his third appearance at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, where he was previously arraigned for giving false information to the Police and for conspiring with others to commit a felony.Sawak Maraj, the Trinidadian engineer who allegedly faked his kidnapping in GuyanaMaraj, who was also ordered to lodge his passport at the Courts, is expected to reappear on December 4, 2017.The prosecution’s case is that on October 27, 2017, at Madewini Resort, Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD), Maraj allegedly gave false information to the Police that he had been kidnapped and US$700,000 was demanded for his release.The Police, upon investigating, found that the claim was false.It is also alleged that on the same day at the same location, Maraj conspired with others to commit a felony, that is to say, he knowingly conspired to obtain US$700,000.However, Maraj maintains his innocence and his lawyer stated that his client is being made a victim twice – by his abductors and the Guyana Police Force (GPF).Reports indicate that Maraj arrived in Guyana and was scheduled to check in at the Ramada Princess Hotel at Providence, EBD, but never showed up.Maraj’s parents back in Trinidad were contacted by an unknown person, who revealed that their son was in unlawful custody in Guyana while demanding a large sum of money for his release.A photograph of the shirtless man with a cutlass to his neck was sent to his parents as evidence.However, Police investigators, acting on intelligence received, swooped down on the Madewini Resort and reportedly found the man vacationing with his alleged accomplices.On November 16, 2017 – when the case was last called – Chief Magistrate McLennan had reprimanded the investigating rank after he failed to show any substantial progress in the matter since it was brought before the courts two weeks prior.The previous session was scheduled for submission of statements by the prosecution.However, when the matter was called before the Chief Magistrate, Prosecutor Arvin Moore indicated to the court that he had no statements and was not ready to proceed to trial, as there were “a few more points to clear up”.According to Moore, the case had to be sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) for an Early Case Assessment Programme (ECAP) Prosecutor to be assigned. This, he said, has to be done before statements can be filed.The court also heard that the Prosecution sought advice of the Police Legal Advisor (PLA), who directed that the parents of the accused be contacted. However, the Police were unable to do so.Responding to the Prosecutor at the time, defence lawyer Senior Counsel Bernard De Santos bashed the prosecution for impeding the process of a fair and timely trial for the accused, who is not only a foreign national but is also incarcerated.“They (the parents) are not only here; they’ve been here for two weeks now,” De Santos had informed the court.The lawyer, in a renewed application for bail, informed the court that it was unfair to incarcerate his client in the inhumane conditions that exist at the Lusignan Prison.In addition, De Santos had argued that Maraj did not pose any flight risk, as the Police were in possession of his travel documents, and his parents have also entered into a contract to rent accommodations pending the outcome of the trial.Nonetheless, the Prosecutor had maintained a strong objection to bail being granted on the basis that the lodging of a travel document did not provide assurance that the defendant would not flee the jurisdiction.In strengthening his submission, the Prosecutor informed the court that the defendant had previously been involved in a case of similar nature, in which Interpol had become involved.
[brid video=”402364″ player=”15803″ title=”CAPP Presentation to FSJ City Council”] FORT. ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) made a presentation to Fort St. John City Council on the Natural Gas and Oil Industry.Chris Montgomery, Manager of exploration and production management, shared that their 60 associate members produce about 80 percent of Canada’s natural gas and crude oil and provide a wide range of services that support the upstream crude oil and natural gas industry.Montgomery shared that despite all the conversation to move to lower carbon energy around the world, which is necessary, all the credible predictions show more energy will be needed in all of its forms all around the world.- Advertisement -Natural gas is the quickest growing industry, shared Montgomery, and in Canada having the lowest emitting natural gas. CAPP feels the best way to get their liquified product to the world is by the liquified gas plant on the west coast.It has been a tough couple of years for the sector, shares Montgomery, as the industry struggles not being able to get their product to market. Canadian producers are being pushed out of traditional markets for producers in the U.S as they are closer to those markets and it is cheaper to get their product.CAPP wants to be an active participant in any conversation that applies to the oil and gas industry as they are open and committed to helping keep the industry preserved as they represent large and small producer member companies who explore for, develop and produce natural gas, natural gas liquids, crude oil, and oil sands throughout Canada.Advertisement
Fabio Borini feels he could still have a future at Liverpool, according to Luke Edwards, the Daily Telegraph’s north-east correspondent.The Merseyside club accepted an offer in the region of £14million from Sunderland for the striker, after he enjoyed a successful loan spell at the Stadium of Light last season.The Black Cats are still waiting on an answer from the Italian as to whether he wants to make the move permanent.Edwards, speaking on The Sports Bar, said: “I think Borini is under this idea that if he stays at Liverpool then he will end up getting a chance.“With the [Loic] Remy deal collapsing, it has probably stiffened Borini’s resolve that if he sticks around he will get football and he is going to play.”Edwards, however, believes Borini could still join the Black Cats this summer, if Liverpool land another forward before the transfer window closes.“My personal view is Borini will end up coming,” he said. “As it gets closer to the window closing, particularly if Liverpool sign another forward, which they are trying to do, maybe Fabio will think he doesn’t really want to sit on the bench and play in the Capital One Cup.”
Sepp Blatter has been re-elected for a fifth term as Fifa president after Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein withdrew from the second round of voting at the election in Zurich.The Swiss administrator, who has held the post for nearly 17 years, commandingly won the first round, but fell seven votes short of the 2/3 majority required to remain in charge.But, after the controversial 79-year-old recorded a 133-73 first count advantage over his Jordanian counterpart, Al Hussein surrendered his candidacy after recognising the extent of the defecit.Mr Blatter thanked Prince Ali for standing down as a contender despite his “very good result.”He told the election audience: “Thank you that you accepted me, that for the next four years I will be in command of this boat called Fifa, and we will bring it back, off shore, and back to the beach, we will bring it back, where finally football can be played, beach soccer can be played everywhere.“I take the responsibility to bring back Fifa, we can do it, and I’m convinced we can do it.”Blatter received a standing ovation at the end of a speech which he finished with: “Let’s go Fifa! Let’s go Fifa!”Fifa has been shrouded in allegations this week, with a number of representatives arrested after corruption revelations made by a US justice department.Blatter has consistently reiterated his desire to retain control, despite calls, including from UEFA president Michel Platini, to stand down.The result means Blatter will serve four more years at the helm. Sepp Blatter 1