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first_imgAnderson to missfourth TestBIRMINGHAM, England (AP):England fast bowler James Anderson will miss the rest of the third Ashes Test and all of the fourth at Trent Bridge with a left-side strain.The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) made the announcement yesterday, a day after England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker walked off the pitch hurt in mid-over at Edgbaston in the last session of the second day.The ECB statement adds “his availability for the final Test in the series will be determined in due course.” The fifth Test starts on August, 20 at The Oval.Anderson took 6-47 in Australia’s first innings at Edgbaston, and has 413 Test wickets overall.Pakistan win T20COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP):Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 29 runs in the first Twenty20 at R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday:Pakistan 175-5 in 20 overs (Shoaib Malik 46 not out, Ahmed Shehzad 46, Umar Akmal 46; Thisara Perera 2-30), defeated Sri Lanka 146-7 in 20 overs (Milinda Siriwardana 35, Dhananjaya de Silva 31; Sohail Tanvir 3-29, Anwar Ali 2-27) by 29 runs.Nadal in Hamburg semisHAMBURG, Germany (AP):Top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the semi-finals of the Hamburg Open by beating fifth-seeded Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2 yesterday.Nadal’s semi-final opponent will be Andreas Seppi, who reached the last four without having to play. His opponent, Simone Bolleli, withdrew with a stomach ailment.Nadal is looking to extend his streak of having won at least one European clay-court title every year since 2004. The former top-ranked player has dropped to No. 10 in the world.Qualifier Lucas Pouille upset Benoit Paire 6-3, 6-2 to set up a semi-final encounter against eighth-seeded and 2013 Hamburg winner Fabio Fognini, who beat Aljaz Bedene 6-4, 7-5.Pouille reached his second semi-final of the year by ending Paire’s seven-match winning run that included his maiden title in Bastad, Sweden.Pavlyuchenkova, Knapp in Baku semisBAKU, Azerbaijan (AP):To take their seeded place in the Baku Cup final, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia and Karin Knapp of Italy will have to beat two first-time semi-finalists on the WTA tour.No. 1-seeded Pavlyuchenkova defeated Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-1, 6-3 in the quarter-finals yesterday, saving all four break chances she faced, while No. 2-seeded Knapp beat Alexandra Panova of Russia 6-2, 7-6 (4) to even their head-to-head at 2-2.Pavlyuchenkova will meet Patricia Maria Tig of Romania, who stymied the only break chance Donna Vekic had, and beat the Croatian 6-3, 6-2.Knapp faces Margarita Gasparyan, who won an all-Russian quarter-final with Evgeniya Rodina 6-3, 6-2. Gasparyan is one of Russia’s biggest hopes, and has come on this year with four ITF circuit titles in France, Russia, and Slovakia, and qualified for her first French Open and Wimbledon.last_img read more

‘ECOWAS Will Come After Trouble Makers’

first_imgMr. Osunlalu,representative of ECOWAS Ambassador to Liberia. — Assures Representative of ECOWAS Ambassador to LiberiaA representative of the Ambassador of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to Liberia on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, assured national security personnel in Monrovia of organization’s preparedness to go after anyone who would make an attempt to destabilize the country’s peace.Ambassador Lola Osunlalu’s warning came barley a day after the scheduled dialogue between President George Weah and organizers of the planned June 7 “peaceful protest” ended in a situation of misaligned expectations.Although Amb. Osunlalu did not identify any group as the would-be troublemakers, he assured the officers that ECOWAS is prepared to come after anyone that would want to destabilize Liberia’s peace.He gave the assurance when he proxied for the Ambassador Babatunde Olanrewaju Ajisomo at the 25th anniversary of the Liberia National Law Enforcement Association (LINLEA), held at the Monrovia Christian Fellowship Church in Monrovia.Osunlalu also cautioned the law enforcement officers not to engage in any activity that would tend to undermine the peace Liberia is enjoying. “Countries in the sub-region are not willing to accept any more refugees,” he noted, “so do not join anything that will take Liberia back to war.”He then called on them to promptly inform ECOWAS about anyone wanting to participate any act that could undermine the country’ hard earned peace.“Do not listen to them, but please let us know of anyone that would wants to use you to destabilize your own country’s peace and security. Let us know their plan. Do not join them, but do expose their plan to us,” Osunlalu said.Also, the president of LINLEA, Cecil B. Griffiths reminded his audience that those political leaders and the managers of the country’s resources need to promote peace, social justice, human rights and accountability.Griffiths, himself a former police officer, said that impunity undermines democracy to the extent that the economy will continue to decline if the government does not take serious actions to combat corruption.“And you can imagine warlords, ex-rebel generals demanding a seating lawmaker to report to them. This is what impunity does,” Griffith told the cheering officers.LINLEA is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization established in March 1994 to represent the interests of Liberian law enforcement personnel, both current and retired officers from immigration, fire service and other related security personnel and private security guards to provide a national platform for the exchange of information, analysis and recommendations on the security sector governance.Through its core program, LINLEA promotes and enhances professionalism in Liberia’s security sector, monitors compliance with accepted standards related to professional conduct and respect for human rights, advocates for improved working environments for security sector and protects the rights of Liberian enforcement officers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bandit gets 25 years for traffic light murder

first_imgWeeks after a 12-member jury found him guilty of manslaughter, Travis McDougal was on Monday sentenced to 25 years’ imprisonment for his involvement in the shooting death of 43-year-old dredge owner Ashok Raghu.The businessman was killed outside the Botanical Gardens on Vlissengen Road in August 2014, during the course of a robbery committed by two bandits.Defence Attorney Nigel Hughes said his client had no run-ins with Police prior to Raghu’s killing, stressing that McDougal did not know that his accomplice had intentions of attacking anyone. Hughes, in appealing for a lesser sentence, said that his client stayed on the “straight and narrow” path for most of his life, except for his association with his accomplice, Jermaine Otto, called “Fungus”, a porkknocker. In July 2015, McDougal was committed to stand trial with the porkknocker, but Otto was one of the prisoners, who died in the deadly Camp Street Prison fire, following riots in March 2016.At Monday’s sentencing, McDougal maintained his innocence and begged for the Judge’s mercy. He noted that while incarcerated, he enrolled in church programmes and was even chosen as prisoner in charge of taking care of his dormitory.State Prosecutor Tuanna Hardy stressed that McDougal’s actions put the public in danger as a gun was used in “broad daylight”.After hearing addresses by both sides, trial judge Navindra Singh admitted that he came to the bench with a sentence in mind, but reasoned that McDougal could still contribute meaningfully to society as he was only in his 20s.“I think I am a very fair judge,” Justice Singh expressed, telling the court that he was “deeply criticised” by family members of both the accused and deceased when sentences are imposed. Justice Singh then stressed that he took into consideration that the jury found McDougal guilty of manslaughter rather than murder – the charge for which he was originally indicted. The Judge, however, maintained that it was very hard to be flexible in this instance. As such, he sentenced McDougal to 25 years, ordering deductions for time spent on remand.After being sentenced, the accused, clinging to a Bible, was in tears as Police led him away to the prisoner’s holding cell.Police had contended that one of the two bandits had grabbed a haversack containing $4 million, but Raghu’s wife, Shyrazadi, held onto the haversack before she too was shot. She had testified to seeing McDougal on the night in question. The businessman died from a perforated lung due to a gunshot.The jury had heard that McDougal knew “Fungus” from the time they attended Lodge Secondary School together. Otto was said to have asked the accused to drop him in Kitty, Georgetown, because McDougal had a driver’s licence. During the trial, McDougal had recounted that when the two were on the motorcycle and had reached the traffic light at Regent and Vlissengen Roads, Otto jumped off and proceeded to a car.“All I hear is shots,” the accused was quoted in an alleged confession to Police. Otto then contacted him and reportedly said: “I hope my name ain’t get call.”The State’s case was assisted by Prosecutor Siand Dhurjon.last_img read more