Oscar Pistorius’ sentence increased to 13 years, 5 months

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steenkamp’s parents were “emotional” as they watched the court proceedings live on television at home, family lawyer Tania Koen said.“They feel there has been justice for Reeva. She can now rest in peace,” Koen told The Associated Press. “But at the same time, people must realize that people think this is the end of the road for them … the fact is they still live with Reeva’s loss every day.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the thronePistorius killed Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine’s Day 2013 after shooting four times through a closed toilet cubicle door with his 9mm pistol. He claimed he mistook the 29-year-old model and reality TV star for an intruder and was initially convicted of manslaughter by trial judge Thokozile Masipa. That conviction was overturned and replaced with a murder conviction by the Supreme Court in 2015. He was then sentenced to six years for murder by Masipa, a decision also now rejected by the Supreme Court.Prosecutors called the six-year sentence much too lenient and the Supreme Court agreed, saying in a full written ruling released later that “the sentence of six years’ imprisonment is shockingly lenient to a point where it has the effect of trivialising this serious offence.” Terrence Romeo insists injury is main reason for Gilas absence FILE – In this July 6, 2016, file photo, Oscar Pistorius, center, arrives at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, for a sentencing hearing for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home on Valentine’s Day 2013. Pistorius has had his prison sentence extended to 13 years and 5 months in the High Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein Friday, Nov. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Shiraaz Mohamed, File)SOMERSET WEST, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius’ prison sentence was increased to 13 years and five months by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday, more than doubling the Olympic runner’s jail term for the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.In an announcement that took a matter of minutes, Supreme Court Justice Willie Seriti said the Supreme Court upheld an appeal by prosecutors against Pistorius’ original six-year sentence for shooting Steenkamp multiple times in his home in 2013.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Supreme Court said that Pistorius “displays a lack of remorse, and does not appreciate the gravity ofhis actions.”Pistorius’ brother, Carl, wrote on Twitter: “Shattered. Heartbroken. Gutted.” A spokesman for the Pistorius family didn’t answer calls from the AP.Pistorius should have been sentenced to the prescribed minimum of 15 years for murder, Seriti said, as he delivered the verdict of a panel of five judges at the Supreme Court in the central city of Bloemfontein. There is no death penalty in South Africa.The new sentence of 13 years and five months took into account the one year and seven months Pistorius served in prison and under house arrest after his initial manslaughter conviction.The new sentence was backdated to start on the day he began his murder sentence, on July 6 last year.The decision by the five judges was unanimous, Seriti said.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s rare for the Supreme Court to change the sentences handed down by trial judges so dramatically.“I did not expect the Supreme Court of Appeal to hand down such a lengthy sentence of imprisonment,” legalanalyst Ulrich Roux said on the eNCA news channel. “But, if one looks at what the law states, and given the fact that murder does carry the minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, I think the decision could be vindicated.”Pistorius must serve at least half of the 13 years and five months — nearly seven years — before he can be considered for parole. He has served a year and five months of his murder sentence.Pistorius, who turned 31 on Wednesday, is being held at the Atteridgeville Correctional Centre on the outskirts of the South African capital, Pretoria.Friday’s Supreme Court decision also has possible consequences for where he is held for the remainder of his sentence. Pistorius was moved from the high security Kgosi Mampuru II Prison in central Pretoria to Atteridgeville, which houses prisoners sentenced to six years or less. Pistorius might now be moved back to a higher security facility.The ruling could also bring an end to a near five-year legal saga surrounding the double-amputee athlete, a multiple Paralympic champion and record-breaker who was the first amputee to run at the Olympics and one of the most celebrated sportsmen in the world.Pistorius’ lawyers have just one avenue open to them if they want to challenge the new sentence handed down by the Supreme Court, and that is to appeal to the Constitutional Court, the highest court in South Africa.Pistorius failed with an appeal to the Constitutional Court last year to challenge his murder conviction.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

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On Mont. District #13 Weekend Fracas: CENTAL Wants Independent Investigation

first_imgThis supporter of Cornelia Krua-Togba alleged that he was beaten by CDCians during Saturday’s meleePolice: ‘No one died in violent clash’By David S. Menjor & Alvin WorziThe Center for Transparency and Accountability in Liberia (CENTAL) has condemned the November 17, 2018 riot in Montserrado County, District #13, in which several persons were reported wounded, and called on the government to set up an independent body to investigate and prosecute all those responsible for the violence.CENTAL is a civil society organization involved with advocacy for transparency and accountability in public and private sectors’ service in the country.The Liberia National Police (LNP) in a release yesterday said that “no one died as a result of the violence in District #13 by-election campaign rallies on Saturday.” According to the LNP, “the situation left four persons, three males and one female injured. The injured victims were immediately rushed to the Kevin Clinic in Bassa Town, New Georgia and the John F. Kennedy Medical Hospital respectively for treatment after which they were discharged.”It can be recalled that partisans of the former ruling Unity Party (UP) supporting the Representative bid of Mrs. Cornelia Kruah-Togba and partisans of the ruling Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) in support of John Weah clashed during the close of their respective political campaigns.In its press statement released yesterday, the civil society organization expressed deep concern over reports of the violence in the New Georgia neighborhood of District #13 and said the incident, among other things, should not be taken for granted.“CENTAL frowns on such acts of violence, as they have the propensity to derail the peace we have enjoyed in the short while, as well as to undermine the gains made in enhancing democratic participation and sustainability in Liberia,” the press statement signed by the management, said.The release added that the Liberia National Police (LNP) should take the lead in the investigation and should give serious attention to allegations linking Monrovia City Mayor, Jefferson T. Koijee to the fracas.“And findings of such investigation must be timely published and all those implicated impartially prosecuted, in keeping with the law,” the press statement advised.CENTAL urged all candidates, their supporters and others, directly or indirectly associated with the upcoming District #13 Elections, to remain civil, peaceful and tolerant as they engage the electoral process.The grounds of the New Georgia road and Estate turned chaotic around 4 p.m. Saturday, November 17, when partisans of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC), headed by its Youth League chair Jefferson Koijee and partisans of the opposition alliance comprising Unity Party (UP), Liberty Party (LP) and the Alternative National Congress (ANC) clashed, leaving several injured and at least one allegedly killed.The situation occurred while the two sides were simultaneously conducting their political rallies, anticipating the pending by-elections, scheduled for today, Tuesday, November 20. According to eyewitnesses, the situation became tense when Jefferson at the head of a group of men wielding machetes, according to eyewitness accounts, marched from Iron Factory to the New Georgia Housing Estate where a rally for Ms. Kruah was being held by her supporters. They allegedly  disrupted the program and physically assaulted Kruah’s supporters.The CDC was campaigning for its candidate John J. Weah, while UP, LP and ANC jointly campaigned for their endorsed candidate, Cornelia Kruah-Togba. The two candidates are among the four leading candidates that are tipped to win the by-election in District #13, Montserrado County. Another candidate, Edward Flomo, also considered a staunch member of the CDC, is contesting as an independent candidate.Several people however sustained injuries with one death(unconfirmed) reported so far. One of the injured persons told the Daily Observer that Koijee, who is also the current Mayor of Monrovia, along with his militants, used pepper-spray on his opponents.While these figures are yet to be confirmed, both sides have made scathing accusations against each other, with social media rife with multiple versions of what happened. This situation led to the deployment of officers of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) within the New Georgia area.In a statement issued on Sunday, November 18, 2018 under the signature of acting communications director, Prince Dunbar, NEC cautioned all political parties and their supporters to conduct their political activities in a peaceful manner within the confines of the Constitution, the electoral laws, regulations and guidelines to ensure that the political campaign period ends peacefully.The National Elections Commission (NEC) has well-established guidelines on the expected conduct of political campaigns and rallies.Among these guidelines, NEC states that: “Political Parties shall not carry and /or display arms and offensive weapons at political and related activities and gatherings; shall not engage, recruit or deploy any individual (s) for the purpose of violence, intimidation or harassment; shall in good faith coordinate their campaign activities in such a way that no two Political Parties shall hold public meetings or rallies at the same venue and/or locality on the same day, if such meetings or rallies are likely to be at venues so close to each other that a possibility of conflict arises. Where dates, venues, and timing for any of the above activities conflict, representatives of the affected Political Parties shall, in collaboration with the local authorities, meet in a cordial manner to resolve issues without resorting to violence.”The Daily Observer sent text messages to the Monrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee and Cornelia Kruah-Togba about whether either party officially informed the NEC about their campaign rally arrangements. Neither party has since responded to our inquiries.However, Dunbar from NEC confirmed to this newspaper that each candidate (or their campaign team) was supposed to submit to the NEC their plan of action, including date and venue of their rally. However, according to him, “no one officially informed the NEC” about their rally plans for Saturday, Nov. 17.In her personal statement posted via a Facebook Live video, however, Cornelia Kruah-Togba said her campaign team officially informed the NEC of their planned rally. But the NEC communications officer, Prince Dunbar said he could not confirm this and said the pending investigation would bring to light the real facts.According to the NEC statement, the Commission is collaborating with State Security to ascertain full details about the violence in the Gardnesville area in district # 13, Montserrado County.The NEC has strongly warned all political parties and their supporters that it will not hesitate to take action in keeping with the laws of Liberia to punish any political party or political supporter engaging in acts of violence during the conduct of the By-Election in district #13.Candidate Cornelia Kruah-Togba in a statement issued after the clash said they gathered peacefully to climax her campaign for the upcoming by-election, but met their unfortunate attack by CDC, thereby leaving some of her campaigners injured.“We were also cognizant of the possibility of other candidates climaxing their campaigns and, as per NEC’s permission, we agreed to use different fields in the District to assemble. Sadly, it turned to a bloodbath where many of my supporters were brutally wounded with machetes, stones, sticks, and other weapons and pepper-sprayed by supporters of the ruling party, the CDC,” Mrs. Kruah-Togba said.According to candidate Kruah-Togba, the CDC group was led by its youth chair, Mr. Koijee. She said the CDC supporters left their assembly point in Iron Factory and marched into New Georgia.Mrs. Kruah-Togba said she, along with the Liberty Party’s Political Leader, Senator Nyonblee Karnga Lawrence, had to be whisked to safety immediately following the attack, describing it as a violation of their constitutional rights and the elections laws.“This is worrisome because it is proving now that the elections will most likely be rigged by the ruling party (CDC) in favor of its candidate as they now seem intent on violently taking over the leadership of our District. The attack on us today is a clear case of electoral violence meant to intimidate and instill fear in our supporters,” she said.Mrs. Kruah-Togba said “My heart goes out to those who were wounded and hurt by this brutality and assault. We are highly disappointed by today’s events. I saw firsthand the brutality against peaceful citizens and partisans of the tripartite opposition alliance led by officials of government and senior members of the ruling party.”“My life and that of my family, as well as the lives of members of my campaign team, and supporters are at risk,” she said. “I have left my home tonight and relocated to a safe location due to the attacks on my life and threats of burning my house tonight. I am also very deeply saddened by reports of the death of two of our supporters who were stabbed today, among many others.”Meanwhile, the LNP has launched an active investigation to ensure that perpetrators of such violence are made to face the full weight of the law. Members of the general public are urged to cooperate with the Police in ensuring that those who perpetrated such acts are penalized.As residents of District 13 go to the polls on Tuesday, November, 20, 2018, voters are advised to comport themselves in an orderly and peaceful manner in order to avoid further violence, LNP said, promising to “deploy greater police presence in District #13 to ensure a peaceful conduct of elections.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Scott Rea wins eighth class A gold panning championship

first_imgThe 43rd annual World’s Invitational Gold Panning Championships were held in Taylor over the weekend, and at the event’s conclusion there was a familiar name at the top. Scott Rea of Quesnel won the A class panning, the eighth time that he has done so.Rea had the fastest time in the speed round as he found the gold nugget in his pan in a time of 12.78 seconds.While time is needed to sharpen your skills, Rea admitted that a big part of being a successful gold panner comes down to being lucky.- Advertisement -“Practice and luck. That’s the truth. It’s a lot of practice and hoping that when you go real fast that it stays in there. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t. It worked out good today.”Rea has been involved in gold panning for 26 years and picked up the hobby while in Barkerville with family.In the overall standings Chris Totusek was second place, and taking third was Dave Coupland.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Local girl wins in world’s largest science fair

first_imgA Fort St. John student is coming home a winner, from the world’s largest science fair, in Reno, Nevada.Tanielle Johnson, from the North Peace Secondary School, came in fourth place in the Cellular and Molecular Biology Category. Johnson received 500 dollars for her victory.The 16 year-old’s project was entitled “Defining Functional Interactions in Naturally Occurring Telomerase Mutants.” Telomerase is an enzyme found in DNA.- Advertisement -Earlier this month, Johnson was one of 16 students chosen to represent Canada at the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.Nine awards in total were handed out to Team Canada. The winners from Team Canada have been recognized for their achievements from among 1,563 high school students from more than 56 countries.last_img read more

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Jagdeo urges GECOM Chair to ‘walk the talk’, act decisively

first_imgImpending election date…says Chair should have long removed Granger’s excuses by advising himGuyana Elections Commission (GECOM) Chair retired Justice Claudette Singh has previously been reported as telling the parliamentary Opposition that she is hopeful of carrying out elections by this year end.Opposition LeaderBharrat JagdeoGECOM Chair Retired Justice Claudette SinghAccording to the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo, it is now time for the Chair to ‘walk the talk’. This is even as she is expected to advise President David Granger today on a timeframe for holding elections.Justice Singh “needs to act now, consistent with our Constitution, the ruling of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and her statement to both Government and Opposition parties that she is working to have elections before the end of the year,” he said in a statement on Wednesday evening.According to Jagdeo, September 18, 2019 was a “red line” day for Guyana, by which time, as referenced by the CCJ, General and Regional Elections should have been held.The Opposition Leader pointed out that the GECOM Chair should have long removed President Granger’s excuse for avoiding naming a date for elections while he waited for GECOM’s advice, by writing him to advise about their readiness to hold elections before the end of the year.“She has not done so thus far. To my surprise at this late hour in the evening of the 18th of September, another biased press release is sent out by GECOM seeking to blame an Opposition Commissioner for not submitting a timeline for elections at today’s meeting and saying that the Chair will make a decision tomorrow on the basis of a proposal submitted by Mr Corbin”.The Commissioners representing the Opposition, he added, made a conscious decision not to submit another proposal at this time which would have invariably triggered another round of protracted discussion designed to delay a decision being made when the primary purpose of the meeting was to authorise the Chair to write the caretaker President before the end of the day.Jagdeo went on to question exactly what GECOM was doing for the past few weeks if not settling on a timeframe for elections. He pointed out that there are previous proposals which, if adjusted for time, can deliver elections by year end.“The Chairwoman must act decisively now. She must end the prevarication of the Secretariat – which had advised the CCJ that even with a full House-to-House Registration exercise they would’ve been ready to hold elections before the end of the year – and stop the delaying tactics of the APNU/AFC,” the Party said.After receiving proposals from the Government and Opposition side, it was announced that Justice Singh will make a final decision on the timeframe for elections today and communicate same to President Granger.This was announced by both Opposition and Government-nominated Commissioners at the conclusion of a meeting on Wednesday. While the opposition has insisted elections could be held this year, the government commissioners have been pushing for elections next year.President Granger has repeatedly said that he was awaiting the advice of GECOM before he can set an election date. This was repeated in an address to the nation on Monday following a meeting with Carter Center representatives… a meeting during which he promised the organisation not to delay but to act swiftly once GECOM advises him.During the address, President Granger repeated the substance of previous statements; that GECOM is an independent agency and that he has to await advice from GECOM before he can name an election date.The constitutional deadline for holding elections, as set out by the CCJ, has meanwhile expired as of Wednesday. When it made its July 18 ruling on the no confidence cases, the CCJ had said that the effect of the No-Confidence Motion was on pause while the cases were being litigated.That process, CCJ President Adrian Saunders had clearly said, was no longer on pause following the court’s June 18, 2019 ruling, which upheld the validity of the No-Confidence Motion and, thus, triggered the need for fresh elections.In keeping with the constitutional three-month provision once a No-Confidence Motion is passed, this would mean that General and Regional Elections should have been held on or before September 18, 2019.last_img read more

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Budget for L.A. is lean

first_img The mayor said his budget includes money for employee raises, but he refused to say how much. If the budget is approved by the City Council, the Los Angeles Police Department will get the largest increase, with an additional $52 million generated from higher trash fees designed to fund the hiring of 780 new officers. The trash fee, which applies to single-family homes and small apartments served by the Bureau of Sanitation, will jump to $22 per month beginning July 1. Because the LAPD was able to hire 80 more officers than planned last year, the city moved up the third phase of the trash fee increase to Jan. 1, when customers will pay $26 per month. “By the end of the year, we will have the highest number of LAPD in the department’s history,” said Villaraigosa. With roughly 9,500 officers on the force now, the recruitment drive this year and next will raise the force to 10,000 officers – after retirements and departures. The mayor also boosted the LAPD’s overtime budget by $11 million – addressing a long-standing complaint by Chief William Bratton that the city consistently under-funds the sworn overtime budget, forcing the department to scramble for money. “In terms of what we have to work with, this is a good-news budget for the Los Angeles Police Department,” Bratton said. Reducing deficit The mayor also proposes putting $187 million in the city’s reserve fund and cutting the city’s $231 million deficit to $93 million. And the mayor is devoting $168 million to gang intervention and prevention programs – a 10 percent increase over last year. Still in the midst of a building boom, the Planning Department will see a $4 million spending increase under Villaraigosa’s plan, and the Building and Safety Department a $3 million increase. The funding will help cover the cost of additional inspectors and planners to review projects. But some fees will increase. Hillside homeowners, for example, would see a 200 percent hike in fees paid to city crews for brush clearance. Developers also would see a hike in entitlement-processing fees. Some other departments face cuts, including a 1 percent trim at the Transportation Department and a 4 percent slicing at the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, which effectively means neighborhood councils will have to spend their own money for printing and photocopying expenses. Some key city services would take heftier hits, particularly the Bureau of Street Services, which would lose $18 million, or nearly 11 percent of its budget. With the cuts, the city will resurface 25 fewer miles of street compared with last year but will cover an extra 100 miles with slurry seal that is designed to extend the life of a street by five years. Tree-trimming hit The department also will trim fewer street trees next year, pushing back the tree-trim schedule. Currently, most trees get pruned once every nine years; the cutback will push the it back to once every 10 years. Street Services General Manager William Robertson said he worked with the Mayor’s Office on the budget and is prepared to cut this year in anticipation of next year, when the city gets more gas tax and state bond money for roads. “We’re in this preservation mode – save what we can until next year,” Robertson said. “The reality is that we have major problems with our street system and with our sidewalks. If we want to reduce the backlog for sidewalk repair from 83 to 10 years, it’s going to take big bucks. “The city is never going to have that money. That’s the reality.” Last year, City Council members Greig Smith and Tony Cardenas proposed a $1 billion bond to pave the backlog of damaged streets, but the measure was pushed back because of a crowded November ballot. Smith said Thursday that he was disappointed the street-services budget was cut because streets, trees and sidewalks are the services requested most by his North Valley constituents. Still, he supported the mayor’s decision to trim the budget because it includes increased funding for gang-intervention and prevention programs. “I think all of us would agree right now that that’s more important than probably street maintenance,” said Smith. “There are critical moments in history where we either give up or we fight them, and we’re at that moment now.” The City Council will begin considering the budget next week in a series of hearings with department heads. The mayor is expected to sign the final budget next month. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We only grew spending by 2 percent. We haven’t done that very often. This is a tough budget year. We would like to have done more but we have to face the reality of tough budgets.” The budget reflects officials’ concerns that a cooling real-estate market will result in reduced revenue from property and documentary transfer taxes. Budget officials also worry that court decisions could force the city to rescind a utility-user tax worth $275 million and a DWP water revenue transfer worth $32 million. In addition, negotiations are beginning with the powerful labor unions that represent 13,000 city workers. Daylong walkouts by one of the unions last year sparked concern that labor unrest could spread if demands for a pay hike are unmet. More police Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa unveiled a $6.78 billion city budget Thursday that boosts funding for police officers and gang programs but cuts or maintains street resurfacing, tree trimming and other key services. The second fiscal plan since Villaraigosa became mayor includes no new taxes or job cuts, but it includes few new or expanded programs. In fact, most of the city’s 39 departments will see their budgets increase by less than 5 percent. By raising fees and squeezing out as much as $50 million in savings, Villaraigosa said, he was able to maintain most services while narrowing the deficit and banking more money for a rainy day. “For the first time, we’re living like grown-ups,” he said in an interview. last_img read more

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Hard fighting Thika hold leaders Gor Mahia

first_imgMost would have expected Gor who have scored seven goals in two matches to come in and exert their dominance over the relegation threatened Thika United, but the home side came in full throttle, showing that they can also contest by taking K’Ogalo head on.Gor had the first chance of the game with Meddie Kagere getting an opportunity at close range from a Timothy Otieno cross, but the ball took an awkward bounce infront of him bumping on his knee and chest before going wide.K’Ogalo continued to put in the early pressure with Karim Nizigiyimana’s shot from the edge of the area blocked for a corner by the resilient Thika defense.Thika were cool, calm and composed in their approach and they passed the ball beautifully with Saad Musa and Said Tsuma combining well in midfield, Eugene Mukangala and Shami Kibwana providing the options upfront.The hosts thought they had grabbed the lead in the 25th minute when Kibwana tapped away from Boniface Oluoch from way out after a swift counter attack from a corner, but the first assistant referee’s flag was up for offside.Thika United goalkeeper Allan Owiny in action against Gor Mahia. Photo/ RAYMOND MAKHAYAAfter the restart, Gor threw bodies upfront and a foul from 30 yards out saw Kenneth Muguna get a chance from a freekick but the set piece flew straight into Thika keeper Allan Owiny’s arms.Nicholas Muyoti’s men continued knocking the ball beautifully around the field, trying to open up the Gor defense. They succeeded in the 28th minute when Saad released Mukangala who was isolated on the right, but the latter’s attempt at beating Boniface Oluoch at his near post was weak.The game turned out into a full contest especially in the centre of the pack where they two sides sought dominance. It was a beautiful display from the two sides and no one at first sight would judge Thika as a side fighting relegation.At the stroke of halftime, Gor had the ball inside the net when Meddie Kagere connected to a Timothy Otieno cross but the goal was ruled out for offside.In the second half, Gor dropped down their levels, fatigue clearly stepping on their toes having played three games in a week all on travels.Timothy Otieno had Gor’s first and best chance of the second half but his shot from the edge of the box after being teed up by Muguna with a clever little backheel went wide.On the counter in the 58th minute, Thika should have gone into the lead but Kibwana with only Musa Mohammed to beat took too many touches on the ball, allowing the backtracking Gor players to come in for cover.Gor Mahia George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo against Thika United’s Francis Muturi. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAGor Mahia boss Dylan Kerr made changes, pulling out Ernest Wendo for Oliver Maloba while Otieno came off for Jacques Tuyisenge. With the change, Gor went up with two strikers, Tuyisenge teaming up wit Kagere while Maloba went wide.Kenneth Muguna who had been deployed as a number 10 dropped back to the creative midfield slot while Philemon Otieno took over the role of defensive midfielder. Later, Francis Kahata was introduced for George Odhiambo as Kerr sought keys to unlock the Thika defense.Again, it was the hosts who had another chance of breaking the deadlock, again Mwinyi finding himself in space after intercepting Boniface Oluoch’s low clearance but he could not get a shot on target.In the final 10 minutes of the game, Gor piled pressure in search of the winner with Tuyisenge seeing two of his close range efforts well saved by Thika keeper Owiny.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia forward Timothy Otieno is closely guarded by Thika United’s Christopher Oruchum during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Thika Stadium on September 17, 2017THIKA, Kenya, Sep 17- A hard fighting Thika United got an important point to aid their relegation fight after holding Kenyan Premier League leaders Gor Mahia to a 0-0 draw in a competitive encounter at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on Sunday evening.Gor would have gone 12 points clear at the top of the standings had they won but the point still gives them a safe buffer, sitting a cool 9 points clear of second placed Sofapaka and with a match in hand.last_img read more

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50% OFF ALL FOOD AND DRINK EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE MILLBRIDGE BAR

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: Your weekend now starts on a Thursday at the Millbridge Bar!Management at the popular bar have decided to reward their loyal patrons by giving 50% off all food and drink in the Ivy restaurant EVERY Thursday night. There is also a superb line-up of entertainment for the weekend at The Millbridge Bar.Friday night jukebox in the bar.Saturday night DJ Shaun T Friel is in the Millbridge Bar and he is sure to keep the place rocking!!On Sunday we have Kilmacrennan’s very own trad band Ciorcal Iomlan playing in the snug from 6pm to 9 pm, always a lively evening.On Sunday we also have our special “Back to School Sunday carvery were all under 12’s eat for free! So why not take them out one last time before school starts on us!!Live premiership matches shown ALL weekend.3 pints for €10 (Mon-Fri)Loyalty cards also available offering 10% off all good and drinkSteak nite special on Tuesday’sKeep an eye out on our Facebook page and donegal daily for our Christmas party nights specials For any more info check out our Facebook book or contact us on 074 91 39800.50% OFF ALL FOOD AND DRINK EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT AT THE MILLBRIDGE BAR was last modified: August 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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Five things Barcelona need to do to hit back at Real Madrid

first_img Barcelona have fallen behind Real Madrid 1 Real Madrid’s third Champions League title in four years, and their first LaLiga title in five years, has cemented Los Blancos as top dogs.Barcelona – the team that previously revered as the world’s best – have seen their standards drop lately.Last season was a disappointing campaign and, while they secured victory in the Copa Del Rey, missing out on the league title and watching Real lift a second successive European Cup will have hurt.It’s all change in the Barcelona coaching department this summer, with Luis Enrique leaving and Ernesto Valverde coming in, and that is sure to shake things up inside the Nou Camp dressing room.However, we take a look at the five things Barcelona need to do if they are going to hit back at Real Madrid and reclaim glory.center_img 1. Buy a right-backThis is perhaps the most obvious item on Barcelona’s to-do list after hiring Valverde as manager.Dani Alves’ performances for Juventus this season highlight the grave mistake Barca may have made in letting the Brazilian leave last summer for free.The Catalan club have had problems filling the gap at right-back with Sergi Roberto being preferred in the position under Luis Enrique.Aleix Vidal has failed to make the position his own after signing from Sevilla in 2015 and it is an issue the club need to address.Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin is high on the wanted list at the Nou Camp, having been a part of the club’s youth system until he was 16, and a deal could happen this summer.Another man under consideration is Benfica’s Nelson Semedo. Both players would be a great solution to fill Barcelona’s problem position.2. Valverde must hit the ground runningAnother obvious statement is brand new head coach Valverde must get to grips with the Barcelona hot seat quickly.The 53-year-old is experienced after his time with Athletic Bilbao, as well as Valencia, Villarreal and Espanyol in Spain’s top flight, and he must win the dressing room and have a clear playing philosophy for the players to get on board with.With Real Madrid in such a dominant position, and with a strong squad, Barcelona can’t afford to have a slow start if they want to reclaim the LaLiga title.3. Improve Paco Alcacer and Andre GomesBoth players arrived last summer from Valencia for a combined fee of £69million and it’s fair to say the pair haven’t performed as expected.While Alcacer did enjoy scoring in the Copa Del Rey final it was just his eighth in all competitions this season whereas Gomes’ midfield performances failed to inspire.The club are expected to retain both players but will fully expect them to improve and add to the strength in depth of the squad.They’ve had a season to bed in – there are no excuses now not to perform.4. Find Xavi’s replacementThe legendary midfielder left the club for Qatar in 2015 and Barcelona haven’t managed to find a like-for-like replacement.Ivan Rakitic and Gomes have had chances to step in and fill the void but both are a different type of player to the pass master.Obviously it is difficult to find a player to match the quality Xavi offered but, with Andres Iniesta’s performances dipping, a new midfield passer is needed more than ever.Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti could be that man if Barcelona can convince the French side to sell the Italian.5. Reignite La MasiaUnder Pep Guardiola Barcelona’s famed academy was a shining light and was a perfect example of how to grow and develop players into a team of world-beaters.However, the production line has stagnated somewhat with Sergi Roberto the only graduate to really establish himself in the first team since Guardiola left.Players such as Sergi Samper and Jordi Mboula could be ready soon but to guarantee the long-term success of the club emphasis must be put back into bringing players through the La Masia ranks.last_img read more

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TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR GENTLEMAN AND LEGEND MARK FARREN

first_imgRIP Mark Farren.The footballing fraternity in the North-West and beyond – are today paying their tributes to Mark Farren who sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning.The footballing community in the North-West has been left numb at the devastating news this morning.Derry City’s all-time leading goalscorer had sadly lost his battle to overcome a brain tumour and died aged just 33. Tributes from all over Ireland and the UK with former teammates taking to social media to pay tribute to a man they called a legend, a gentleman and a great, great friend.Finn Harps captain Kevin McHugh played with Farren during Derry’s epic UEFA Cup in 2006 and he took to Facebook to express his sadness at the passing of his close friend.McHugh posted, “The news nobody wanted to hear, we have lost one of the finest personalities and footballer’s on and off the pitch today.“My heart goes out to Terri Louise Farren, Holmes family and the Farren family, they could not have done anymore for Mark. “His legendary status within football in this country and beyond is unquestionable. Hard to put into words how much of a gentleman Mark was.“RIP Farnzo, you wee LEGEND!”Current Southend United  player Stephen McLaughlin, who played with Farren at Derry City said, ” Advertisement “Such sad news this morning hearing that Mark Farren has passed away. “Was a pleasure to play alongside him. Thinking on Teri and the family, R.I.P Mark.”James McLean took to Twitter to express his condolences and said, “Gutted to hear news of the death of my former teammate Mark Farren, great player, even better man, prayers are with his family, RIP buddy!”Finn Harps player Packie Mailey posted, “Thoughts and Prayers with Mark Farren’s family, absolute gentlemen who showed the same fight and determination that made him one of the top strikers. RIP Farrenso.” His first club Greencastle FC posted a beautiful tribute to their hometown hero.“Mark we miss you the last couple of years you have been a warrior and an inspiration to all young and old, our thoughts are with your Terry, your Mum and Dad Kathleen and Micky, your sisters Bridget and Catriona and brother Philip, your in laws Artie and Linda and all your family circle.”“Lay your head down and rest lad no one could have fought so hard we are so proud of you. RIP Mark Farren.” TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR GENTLEMAN AND LEGEND MARK FARREN was last modified: February 3rd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:deathFacebookMark Farrensocial mediatributesTwitterlast_img read more

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