LONDON, England (AP):Son Heung-min grabbed a hat trick as he seamlessly filled the void left by Harry Kane’s injury-enforced early departure, powering Tottenham into the FA Cup semifinals with a 6-0 rout of third-tier Millwall yesterday.The South Korean made it six goals in four English FA Cup games this season and he even set up fellow forward Vincent Janssen to end a seven-month wait for a goal from open play since joining Tottenham.Christian Eriksen, who replaced Kane after 10 minutes, provided the cross for Son’s third after scoring the opener and also set up Dele Alli’s second-half strike.But the joy at sealing Tottenham’s trip to the semi finals for the first time in five years was tempered by Kane’s ankle injury. Tottenham’s top scorer missed 10 games after twisting the same right ankle in September and manager Mauricio Pochettino fears the worst again after he left in a protective boot.”We cannot cry, we have to try to be positive,” Pochettino said. “We have enough players to replace him.”Son can never be sure of a starting spot but he has netted 13 goals this season.”Son can play like a striker,” Pochettino said. “If you remember one of our best performances was a game against Manchester City here and he was the striker here when Harry was injured (and set up Alli’s goal).Son was also the target of abuse from some Millwall fans when he touched the ball in the first half at White Hart Lane, with chants of “DVD” and “selling three for a fiver” aimed at him. Millwall manager Neil Harris was asked in the post-match news conference about such chants being racially offensive Asian stereotypes.WRONG IN FOOTBALL”I’m sure it will be investigated and left to the authorities,” Harris said. “We want people dealt with harshly. … It’s wrong in football and wrong in society.”Herman Ouseley, the Millwall-supporting chairman of anti-racism group Kick It Out, was unaware of the offensive interpretation of the “DVD”-related chants.”If complaints are made they will have to be looked at to see if they have any validity to see if it stirs up racial hatred,” Ouseley told The Associated Press.Tottenham joins north London rival Arsenal and Manchester City in a strong semi final line up that will be completed after Chelsea hosts Manchester United today.
– contradicts president’s statement on insufficient evidencePublic Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said Monday that moves to prosecute persons who were said to be culpable of financial transgressions discovered by audits is being slowed by fearful witnesses, a statement which starkly contradicts previous utterances of President David Granger, who had declared that the audits provided insufficient evidence to support prosecution, according to the Government information Agency (GINA).Ramjattan, made the comment on Monday at the Golden Jubilee, National Symposia Series, underway at the Arthur Chung International Convention Centre (ACICC), after he was asked about the apparent lack of prosecutions and sloth in prosecuting errant public officials named in the audits.However, he assured that government was profound on bringing those responsible for impropriety to justice:“Minister (Jennifer) Westford has been charged and that’s pending. The trial is going on as I understand. There is somebody with her who has been charged. The fellow from GPL, Aeshwar Deonarine has been charged and Mr Carvil Duncan has been charged, prosecution is going on there. We have asked the Canadian Royal Mounted Police to find Mr Aeshwar Deonarine (former Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Administration), they are going to find him soon and he is going to be sent back here,” the GINA quoted Ramjattan as saying.Ramjattan stated that a number of the audits made recommendations that there should be police investigations, however the absence of a witness protection programme locally is confounding the prosecution’s efforts.“A lot of the witnesses that gave their evidence to the auditors are scared like hell to give their evidence to the police now, knowing that those fellows that they might bring to court, know that they can suffer at their hands,” he stated.Ramjattan said while government will not force persons to testify in court, he made clear government’s position on the audits: “This administration will never allow stolen monies to remain with those who have stolen those monies. We are going to get them back, and that is why we have set up this SARU (State Assets Recovery Unit).”ContradictionHowever, the vice president’s comments conflict President Granger’s previous pronouncements that there is insufficient evidence for prosecution.President Granger, during his weekly telecast, “The Public Interest” on Friday said that despite several of the audits point to corrupt practices, prosecution will be difficult since the evidence may be lacking or the persons culpable may have already left the jurisdiction or are citizens of other countries, making the process an arduous one.The President said the main function of some of these reports is to prevent recurrence or the continuation of any improper or corrupt practice: “Where the evidence is available, we will do prosecutions in the court, but we don’t want to use those audits as a sort of tool for witch-hunting.”The government spent a whopping $113 million on these audits and was confident it will unearth evidence of mass corruption and siphoning of state funds by the previous People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration. However, the PPP/C has always maintained there is no evidence to suggest that persons were engaging in corruption.????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
It was a scene yesterday in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County when hundreds of students stormed the administrative building where Vice President Joseph Boakai, ministers, lawmakers and international partners were launching the first County Services Center. The students said they were there to request for the return of their school fees from officials present.Students held up signs and chanted anti-government slogans, saying, “No promotion, we want our school fees. Let justice be done to all. Some were heard chanting “We’re sick and tired of the inconsistency of this government. We will fight and die for our rights.”According to the president of the Grand Bassa Student Union, Trokon S. Kangar, who led the protest, they were dissatisfied with the government’s recent decision to close schools across the country.“This government doesn’t have love for the common Liberian people, so it does anything at anytime. Our parents are selling, some are making farms just to have us educated but this government is not looking at their struggles. The issue of a messy education has turned into a double mess due to the current Minister.“But as struggling students, we will not leave the street, even when it causes us to make our way to Monrovia to block the streets so that our cries can be heard, we will do it,” student Kangar said.Kangar noted that the recent pronouncement by the Ministry of Education to promote students in other classes with the exception of 9th and 12th grades is unacceptable and will not be given credence. They want students to be treated equally.While they were protesting Rep. Gabriel Buchanan Smith (Grand Bassa) called on the students to remain calm and promised that he would work along with his colleagues and the Ministry of Education to fine solutions to their request.Also receiving the petition from the protesting students, Vice President Joseph Boakai urged the students to return to their various homes and also promised to work with President Sirleaf and the Minister of Education upon his return to Monrovia.VP Boakai asserted that when the government sees that the youth are disappointed it must take its time to address their issues. He praised the students for the level of their patience in expressing their disappointment.“This is the way we believe our country should go – peaceful demonstration when you have a problem. We’ve received the petition and I want to assure you that whatever we do has to be in the interest of our youth because you are the future leaders of this country so we will do all we can to respond to your problems as government,” Vice President Boakai assured.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Liberia’s former Ambassador to the United States of America, Charles A. Minor, is this year’s Independence Day orator, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced.Amb. Minor is the Chairman of the Board of Tax Appeals.He is the son of the late Methodist Pastor and Mrs. E.B. Minor of Greenville, Sinoe County. He served as the Human Resource and Management Development Director of the African Management Services Company (AMSCO) in The Netherlands, where he spent 10 years.The theme of this year’s Independence Day is “Celebrating Our Community as A Strong Foundation for Accelerated Development.”As part of the 168th anniversary, the Golden Image Awards and Dinner will be held at the Monrovia, City Hall on Thursday, July 16, at 6 p.m.The following day, Friday, at 4 p.m. is the Investiture Ceremony, which will be held in the C. Cecil Dennis Auditorium at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It will be followed by a reception for the honorees hosted by President Sirleaf.On Friday July 24, a Thanksgiving and Intercessory Prayer will be held by the Islamic Community and will be coordinated by the National Muslim Council of Liberia in Greenville, Sinoe.The Liberia Council of Churches will on Sunday, July 26, host a Thanksgiving and Intercessory Service in the Barclayville City Hall in Grand Kru County.The guest preacher for the Sunday service is expected to be Reverend Foday E. Karpeh, founder and president of the OASIS and senior pastor, Life Center Church.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
City Mall attempted murder, robberyAs the trial of Marisco George and her alleged accomplice, John Caesar, continued at the High Court, Police investigator at the time Cedric Gravesande testified on Monday that both of the accused persons admitted guilt under caution by Police. However, these revelations seemed to ignite an animated Caesar who sprang to his feet as the Policeman continued testifying. This was after he appeared to mouth at least one obscenity to Gravesande.Accused: Marisco George“This man is very Pythagoras, Judge,” Caesar told presiding Judge Sandil Kissoon in reference to Gravesande.This comment prompted light laughter, but it was not too clear what he actually meant as Pythagoras was an ancient Greek philosopher. Moreover, Pythagoras Theorem is a principle in Mathematics. The Judge told the defendant to relay his objections through his attorney, Brandon De Santos.Caesar and George are both accused of attempting to murder businesswoman Dhanmatee Phulchand in the course of a violent robbery committed at Reshma’s Collection Store in the City Mall in Georgetown on July 4, 2009. Earlier in the trial, Phulchand identified the duo as her attackers, having recognised both of them as they used to hang out at the Mall.At Monday’s hearing, the Police witness told the 12-member jury that he was present when number one accused George gave her statement to Police at the Brickdam Police Station as well as when Caesar gave his one year later in June 2010 at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Headquarters.According to Gravesande, George willingly gave her statement and elected Corporal Da Silva to write it for her. It was disclosed that she appeared to read it after the questioning was over. Gravesande added that at no time did they use force or threats on the accused young woman. The witness told the jury that George said to Da Silva: “Officer is me and a boy; me and he all right.”He further explained that he cautioned Caesar with other ranks present and upheld his rights as a prisoner. He said the accused man selected him to write his confession for him. Gravesande related Caesar saying in 2010 that it was he and George who carried out the attack.“Officer about a year ago Marisco friend, a man, tell me fo’ beat a lady in de Mall ‘cause he didn’t like her. I had a piece of wood and I lash she for about three minutes. I see Marisco with money in she hand and I tell she that it robbery. She gave me $60,000 and I hid the material. The lady know me ‘cause I used to go to the Mall,” his caution statement read.Attorneys De Santos and Damien Da Silva, the latter who is representing George, both cross-examined the Police witness. State Counsels Abigail Gibbs and Narissa Leander appeared for the State. The matter continues before Justice Kissoon at the High Court.
“It was loud,” Sanches said, adding he helped pull Osuna out of her truck. “She was really groggy.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Authorities said Osuna was suspected of driving under the influence, although it was unknown whether she was under the influence of “something other than alcohol,” Salazar said. Osuna’s truck plowed through Ruff’s backyard fence, then continued past Ruff’s bedroom before coming to rest just outside her back door. Vehicle debris, bricks and mangled shrubs littered the back yard. Randy Sanches, 39, a neighbor who witnessed the crash, said the truck was driving east on Second Street, and it appeared to Sanches that it was speeding before barreling into Ruff’s back yard. He said the truck first knocked down a palm tree near his home, then rammed into a parked truck, pushing that vehicle up a nearby driveway before veering into Ruff’s yard. WHITTIER – A driver crashed her pickup truck through the brick wall of a Whittier home Friday, but the 86-year-old resident escaped without injury. “The noise was horrendous,” said resident Barbara Ruff. “I thought it was a small plane. I walked to the back door and saw nothing but twisted metal.” The crash occurred at about 7 a.m. in the 14100 block of Second Street. Whittier Police Department spokeswoman Diana Salazar said officials arrested Wendy Osuna, 30, of Whittier, the driver of the pickup.
The New York Cosmos have announced the signing of former Real Madrid striker Raul.The club, which plays in the North American Soccer League beneath Major League Soccer, said the 37-year-old Spaniard had signed a multi-year contract, starting from the 2015 season, and would also serve as a technical advisor for the club’s new academy, which is due to open next year.“Everyone throughout the soccer world knows the Cosmos name and the legacy of the players that played for this team previously,” Raul said on the club’s website.“They helped establish soccer in America and I’m honoured to follow in their footsteps. I believe in this club’s vision and I’m excited to be a part of that.”The Cosmos made their name in the original version of the North American Soccer League when the likes of Pele, Franz Beckenbauer and Carlos Alberto signed up to play in the fledgling league.Pele now serves as the honorary president of the current Cosmos, a club reborn in 2010 with the intention of securing a place in Major League Soccer.However, in one of the most recent rounds of MLS expansion they were trumped by the newly formed New York City FC – a team backed by Manchester City and the New York Yankees that is due to begin play next year with another Spanish striker, David Villa, spearheading their attack.But that has not dented the ambitions of the Cosmos owners, as the addition of Raul is intended to demonstrate.“We’re obviously thrilled to add a player of his quality to the team,” head coach Giovanni Savarese said. “Raul’s skill and ability is world renowned. He’s a world-class player and he adds a whole new dimension to our attack.“He also brings immense passion and knowledge that he can share with our team and with the next generation of Cosmos players in our youth academy. He’ll help set the academy training curriculum, structure and establish our player development pyramid.”Raul’s deal with the Cosmos allows for him to take over the running of the club’s academy after his retirement from playing.Raul spent 16 years with Real Madrid, winning six La Liga titles, four Spanish Super Cups, and three Champions League crowns before moving on to Schalke and most recently Al-Sadd Sports Club. He remains the all-time leading scorer in the Champions League with 71 goals.“Raul’s long list of accolades speaks for itself,” Cosmos chief operating officer Erik Stover said. “He’s recognized worldwide as one of the greatest players of his generation and we are now thrilled to welcome him to New York.” 1 Former Real Madrid striker Raul
DES MOINES, Iowa – The 44th-ranked Drake University men’s tennis team hosts No. 39 Purdue on Friday at 5 p.m. and No. 40 Denver on Saturday at noon at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center. The Bulldogs are happy to return to the friendly confines of the Roger Knapp Tennis Center after a tough road trip to Louisiana last weekend. Drake fell to No. 37 LSU and No. 33 Tulane and defeated Louisiana between the two setbacks. Drake is led by a pair of Scotch natives, freshman Vinny Gillespie and sophomore Calum MacGeoch, who have each recorded a team-best six singles dual match victories. Gillespie is on a four match winning streak, while MacGeoch has won is past two appearances. The Boilermakers come to Des Moines with an eight-match winning streak and have risen in the polls to 39th after starting the season unranked. Purdue is led by Gergely Madarasz, who is ranked 58th in singles with a 9-1 record. The Pioneers will play at Iowa prior to taking on the Bulldogs and enters the weekend with a 7-2 record and have won their last five matches. Henry Craig and Alex Gasson are ranked 20th in doubles with a 4-4 record. Gasson leads UD in singles with a 7-2 record, followed by David Fox with a 6-2 mark. The Bulldogs continue their eight-match homestand on March 4 when they host No. 43 Iowa.Print Friendly Version
Soccer star Seamus Coleman is celebrating the New Year early after proposing to childhood sweetheart Rachel Cunningham.Seamus Coleman and Rachel Cunningham have announced their engagement.The Republic of Ireland and Everton player asked Rachel to marry him earlier today.The couple have been dating for nine years. Rachel, who is also from Killybegs, told her friends her wonderful news on twitter.And Rachel, who studied at Dublin City University, said she just couldn’t stop crying when Seamus, 25, popped the question.She tweeted “Special news..Seamie jst proposed to me after 9 years. Cant believe it in so much shock and can’t stop crying! Happiest girl in the world x.”Friends of Rachel and Seamus have been flooding their social media pages with messages of congratulations. Seamus has been on fire for his club Everton scoring five goals already this season.He is already the subject of lots of speculation linking him to his former manager David Moyes at Manchester United. SOCCER STAR SEAMUS CELEBRATES NEW YEAR BY POPPING THE QUESTION! was last modified: December 30th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:engagementevertonKillybegsRachel Cunninghamseamus coleman