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Remi Garde arrives at Aston Villa – the talking points

first_img Villa’s flawed recruitment policy saw them bring in 13 players in the summer as Randy Lerner gave the green light for Tim Sherwood to spend after keeping a tight eye on the finances under Paul Lambert. Ex-boss Sherwood wanted Aaron Lennon and Emmanuel Adebayor but the club opted to go with younger foreign imports with Idrissa Gana, Jordan Amavi and Jordan Ayew arriving. Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott were the only arrivals to have serious top flight experience and that has cost Villa dearly in the opening months of the season with even the former Manchester City pair struggling for form. Gana, Amavi and Ayew have shown flashes of quality but nothing consistent to suggest they have got to grips in the Barclays Premier League. Adama Traore arrived from Barcelona for £7million – Villa trumping Stoke with a higher offer and bigger wages – but he has barely been seen while Liverpool loanee Tiago Ilori has failed to even make an appearance. CAN REMI RELY ON THE OLD GUARD? Not only does Garde need to look at the summer transfers, he must also study whether some who have been at the club for a while can still save Villa. Gabby Agbonlahor was handed the captaincy for Monday’s 3-1 defeat at Tottenham with Richards suspended but was taken off at half time having only managed eight touches. That two of those came from the kick-off after Villa had conceded underlined how ineffective the forward was. He has failed to score this season and netted just six times last year as Villa barely beat the drop. Press Association Leandro Bacuna and Ciaran Clark were both handed five-year deals under Sherwood but neither have shown the form this season to suggest they deserve them while Ashley Westwood has struggled to find the form which made him an automatic choice under Lambert. Even the usually dependable Brad Guzan has come in for criticism. DO VILLA NEED MORE MIDFIELD KNOW-HOW? Garde and Villa need an influx of quality in January, players who know the league and who are prepared to dig them out of a widening hole. Carlos Sanchez and Westwood have battled well but neither have given the midfield protection the side so desperately needs. Jack Grealish cannot be expected to be an enforcer – although he needs to start impacting on games more – and while Carles Gil remains a crowd favourite he must produce to justify the praise. Villa need midfield players in the mould of Danny Drinkwater and N’Golo Kante at Leicester, who are the unsung heroes of the Foxes’ season. The pair have shielded the back four and provided the steel for Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy to run amok and claim the plaudits. HOW CAN VILLA COPE WITHOUT CHRISTIAN BENTEKE? Villa have failed to score enough goals and fill the massive void left by Christian Benteke’s £32.5million summer switch to Liverpool. Rudy Gestede arrived but has netted just three times in the league – including the winner in their only league victory at Bournemouth on the opening day. Ayew has not been given a consistent run in the side while Agbonlahor has never been prolific during almost a decade in the first team at Villa. Scott Sinclair is looking to revive his career and has six goals this term – just two in the league – but cannot be relied on to score enough to guarantee Villa survival. Garde must look to beef up Villa’s attack with serious firepower in January. The club smashed their transfer record to bring Darren Bent in from Sunderland for £24million in 2011 when it looked like they could go down. He scored nine goals in 16 games to ease their worries and Villa need someone to make a similar impact. Randy Lerner allowed Sherwood to spend in the summer and with the new TV deal coming into force next season he cannot afford to not splash the cash for Garde in January. He faces Manchester City in his first game in charge on Sunday and has just days to get them prepare for the visit of the league leaders to Villa Park. Press Association Sport looks at the key talking points as the new Villa manager has several issues to contend with. HOW HAVE THE NEW ARRIVALS FARED? Remi Garde inherits a struggling squad at Aston Villa with the side rock bottom of the Barclays Premier League and confidence low after seven straight defeats. last_img read more

WLAX : Kempney dominates draw controls to help Syracuse win 2 weekend games

first_imgKailah Kempney did what she does best. After two quick Loyola (Md.) goals just three minutes apart, Kempney needed to slow the Greyhounds’ run.So with seemingly little effort, Kempney flipped the ball up over her head and reached up for her eighth draw control of the game. For a moment, the Loyola comeback was stalled.‘She’s outstanding,’ Syracuse head coach Gary Gait said. ‘… Rules have changed in draw controls that allows for a person that can draw to themselves to be successful and she’s one of those players, so she’s taking advantage of those rules and doing a great job.’The No. 14 Greyhounds (11-5, 7-1 Big East) did score three more times in the final 10 minutes, but their comeback ultimately fell short as the No. 2 Orange (15-2, 8-0) held on for a 13-12 victory Friday thanks to Kempney’s success in the circle. The freshman’s eight draw controls were her most since she controlled 10 in her collegiate debut against then-No. 13 Boston College and allowed her to set the record for draw controls in a single season by an SU player. The attack padded those numbers in an 18-3 victory over Villanova (4-12, 2-6) on Sunday by gathering another four draw controls to give her 67 this season.‘It’s awesome, being a freshman, but I definitely give it to my team in practice,’ Kempney said. ‘We work on draws a lot, and they really push us on it, our coaches and stuff, so have to thank all my teammates for that one.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn a pair of weekend games, Syracuse combined for 38 draw controls. Though Kempney led the Orange in each game, she routinely set up her teammates for draw controls. In both games, SU defender Becca Block controlled at least three draws, despite never taking a draw herself.Block, along with Caz-Marie Norwich and Bridget Daley, are players that Kempney says can basically ‘read her mind,’ helping the trio combine for 65 draw controls of its own.‘Communication on the circle definitely helps,’ Kempney said. ‘I communicate with the other two people on the circle, and we have all our little things we do. We pretty much just read each other’s minds on the circle. If they go one way, I know where. We’re just comfortable with each other.’But relying on getting balls to her teammates sometimes backfired. After Kempney won her eighth draw control, SU failed to win another over the final 12 minutes of the game.By winning the final three draws of the game, the Greyhounds were able to mount the final stages of their comeback. But Daley deflected blame away from herself and Kempney, instead insisting that the late struggles in the circle were a team effort.‘I think we just lost focus, honestly,’ Daley said. ‘We were trying to do a little too much and we weren’t taking it play by play. We were getting ahead of ourselves, and we just have to zero in.’While the late struggles in the circle nearly cost Syracuse the game, Kempney’s first 50 minutes in the circle were perhaps the ultimate factor in guiding the Orange to victory.As SU nursed a 13-7 lead with less than 17 minutes remaining in the game, every minute of possession became crucial.Loyola scored just under two minutes later to end Syracuse’s 5-0 run, but on the ensuing draw, Kempney drew a penalty to come away with the draw control. Though the Orange was unable to score on the next possession, it was able to run a precious three minutes off the clock.Running out the clock like SU did Friday is something that would have been impossible a season ago. In 2011, Syracuse won just 47 percent of its draws.For Syracuse attack Michelle Tumolo, who witnessed the struggles of the past, the difference Kempney has made from last season to now is ‘night and day.’‘I think that’s why we won the game,’ Tumolo said of Kempney’s prowess on draws. ‘Because she was winning the draws and doing so well at that, so I think that’s really our key to our success this year.’dbwilson@syr.edu Published on April 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: dbwilson@syr.edu | @DBWilson2 Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Aggressive defense turns swag on

first_imgDespite losing several key players from a year ago, there remained plenty of reasons to talk up the Wisconsin football team’s offense.Just a few include returning backs Montee Ball, James White, another sure-to-be solid offensive line and two rising wide receivers.However, in Saturday’s spring football game at Camp Randall Stadium, the defense stole the show with the aggressive mindset defensive coordinator Chris Ash has been preaching all spring. “There’s definitely a new swag, a new mentality to just to out there and feel like you’re going to win, you’re going to dominate,” linebacker A.J. Fenton said. “That’s the confidence they want in us, and I think you saw that today.”The White team (defense) topped the Cardinal team (offense), 29-27, and never conceded a touchdown.The White team allowed just 376 yards on 113 plays – an average of about 3.3 yards per play.“I felt a lot of people made production today,” defensive end Louis Nzegwu said. “A lot of people took strides, even from the last practice. I think we’re light years ahead of where we were on day one, and I think a lot of people stood out.”In the defensive domination, the White team forced four turnovers (three interceptions and one fumble) and recorded eight tackles for loss (five of which were sacks) to set the offense back a total of 30 yards.The White team allowed just 2.6 yards per play against the Cardinal’s much-hyped run game. Although running backs James White (5.9 yards per carry) and Montee Ball (4.1) finished with solid yards-per-carry averages, it didn’t come easy.Members of all three defensive units made stops on the run. Among the defensive line and linebacking corps, David Gilbert, Conor O’Neill, Michael Trotter and Brendan Kelly led the way with six tackles apiece.Gilbert and Nzegwu each had a sack and another tackle for loss while Trotter, who filled in at middle linebacker for the injured Chris Borland, also played well. The redshirt freshman pressured the quarterback often, forcing one fumble on Jon Budmayr and took Ball head-on on a draw play and stopped the back for two yards.Head coach Bret Bielema came away impressed with the production of his defensive line in its ability to stop the run and force the quarterbacks to scramble often.“I think Brendan Kelly, Louis and David can give us some really nice rotation there at defensive end, and I thought (defensive line coach) Charlie’s (Partridge) done a nice job of getting our guys to convert from run to pass really well in the inside position,” Bielema said. “That was showing up today in making guys get out of the pocket.”The linebackers’ strong play also extended into the pass game as well. O’Neill broke up at least two passes and nicely wrapped up running back Jeffrey Lewis in a solo effort outside the tackles.Redshirt freshman Ben Ruechel picked off a pass, as did Fenton, who in the first quarter tipped a pass by Joel Stave high in the air and managed to spin around and catch the ball before it hit the ground.UW’s defensive backs also impressed Bielema, especially at the safety position. Throughout camp, Shelton Johnson and Dezmen Southward have battled for playing time at strong safety opposite Aaron Henry at free safety. And heading into the spring, Bielema said he worried about filling in that spot.But after Saturday’s game, the play of Johnson and Southward has reassured the head coach.“I was really worried, concerned, about the safety position, but Shelton Johnson, Aaron Henry and Dezmen Southward, I think, are three guys that can really give us some ability there that I didn’t know was going to be there,” Bielema said.Southward started the first half, recording four tackles and, on two occasions, displayed an adeptness at filling in the gaps on rushing plays.On the first series, he blitzed from the strong side and did well to clog up the running back’s avenue. Later in the first half, he shot through the clutter and wrapped up the running back near the line of scrimmage.Johnson started the second half and also recorded four tackles. He deflected a pass from Joe Brennan to Isiah Williams that would have landed the Cardinal team with a first down in the red zone.Later, after Budmayr hit wide receiver Jared Abbrederis in the middle of the field for a first down, Johnson immediately popped the wideout with a hard hit from his shoulder, although Abbrederis did hang on.Elswhere in the secondary, Devin Smith picked off an underthrown pass from Budmayr near the red zone and Peniel Jean lead the defense with nine tackles.The Cardinal team did allow at least four plays over 20 yards, but allowing only one scoring drive the entire day added confidence to the already confident group.last_img read more

Boakye Yiadom starts for Ghana against Sudan

first_imgGhana coach Kwesi Appiah has named his starting line-up for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Sudan.Defender Jonathan Mensah has returned to the Black Stars starting line-up as he will partner John Boye at the heart of the defense.Kick off time is 17:00GMT at the Al-Merreikh Stadium in Omdurman.Striker Richmond Boakye Yiadom will partner Asamoah Gyan in attack while Albert Adomah and Mubarak Wakaso will play in the right and left wing positions respectively.Sulley Muntari will partner Rabiu Mohammed in the centre of midfield while Richard Kissi Boateng and Harrison Afful will play at the right and left-back respectively.Ghana starting line-up: Fatau Dauda, Harrison Afful, Richard Kissi Boateng, Jonathan Mensah, John Boye, Rabiu Mohammed, Albert Adomah, Sulley Muntari, Asamoah Gyan, Richmond Boakye Yiadom, Mubarak Wakaso.last_img read more

Video: Ronaldo earns controversial yellow card for diving at Rayo

first_imgReal Madrid beat Rayo Vallecano 2-0 in a high tempo, hugely controversial game at the Campo De Vallecas, Wednesday to keep the title chase still on.The game was heated and barren in the first half. The second half was a different story.The highlight of that game, however, would certainly be the controversial yellow card shown to Christiano Ronaldo ostensibly for diving.Despite a contact from a sliding tackle which saw the Real Madrid lynchpin tumbling down in the vital area, the referee decided Ronaldo needed a yellow card more than he needed a penalty.Real have appealed that decision which is likely to rule him out of the home game against Eibar. Watch the video for that controversial decision.last_img

Caldwell boys and girls, Argonia girls off to state; more tourney news

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Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down Bluejay Fan · 335 weeks ago Congratulations Caldwell boys and girls basketball teams/coaches/parents. Good luck at state! And thank you Cueball for covering the sports for the schools surrounding Wellington, as well as Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Caldwell boys and girls basketball teams and the Argonia girls will be representing Sumner County in the state basketball tournaments this week.Argonia girls have advanced to the Class 1A-DII state tournament at Fort Hays State University after winning the Chetopa tournament. Argonia (19-4) as the No. 4 seed is slated to play Dighton (17-5), a No. 5 seed on Thursday at 8:15 p.m. See tournament brackets here: http://www.kshsaa.org/The Caldwell boys will be playing in the Class 1A Div. 1 tournament at White Auditorium in Emporia. Caldwell, the No. 4 seed, will be playing No. 5 seed Spearville (16-7) on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m.The Caldwell girls will be playing the next day in the same auditorium. Caldwell girls (17-6), the No. 6 seed, will be playing St. Paul (21-2) at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday.••••Oxford boys lose in 2A sub-state championshipOxford boys ended their season with a 49-32 loss to Pittsburg Colgan. Colgan led 17-11 at the end of the first quarter and held a 31-18 advantage at the half, en route to victory.“Colgan is a very good ball club,” said Kyle Green, Oxford head boys basketball coach. “They run their stuff well and they play solid defense.”Colgan’s 49 points against Oxford was one of the lowest point outputs of the year.“It would have been lower, but we fouled at the end to put them on the line,” Green said. “The calling card of our team this year has been defense and our boys showed tonight that we have a championship caliber defense. We just didn’t get enough shots to get over the hump.”Oxford was led by Derek Williams with 13, Dexter Norris 8, Colter Silhan 2, Timmie Catlin 5, Tyler Eckstein 2, and Kurt Sloan 2.Oxford will lose Norris, Carson Crian and Kurt Sloan and one key bench player, Eckstein, to graduation.“We are going to miss those kids,” Green said. “But we return several key pieces next year and I’m excited for the future.”Green said defeating Udall at home during the regular season was a high for a season full of highs, as was the West Elk win in the sub-state semifinals.Oxford finished the season 17-6 overall.“I love this bunch and I’m so very blessed to have been able to coach them all year,” Green said.•••••In other state tournament news:•Mulvane girls beat Wellington 46-41 in the Rose Hill sub-state championship. And what are the Wildcats reward for doing so? They play No. 1 ranked Wamego (22-0) in the first round of Class 4A Div. I tournament at the Bicentennial Center in Salina on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.•Winfield boys (14-8) won the Rose Hill sub-state. The Vikings will go in as the No. 5 seed and will battle Paola (16-6) which is a No. 4 seed. McPherson is the top seed at 20-1. El Dorado, a team Wellington beat during the regular season, is a No. 6 seed at 13-9.•No one from the girls side in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV emerged as a state tournament participant. But Collegiate boys (16-7) toppled 20-0 Eureka in its sub-state in Class 3A. Collegiate plays No. 1 seed Hesston (23-0) in the first round which could determine the state championship.•Andale boys (20-2) qualified for the state tournament and will play Iola (10-12) in the first round of the Class 4A-Div. II in Hartman Arena in Wichita. Scott City (19-3), home of WSU guard Brett Baker, is the No. 2 seed. Many are predicting an Andale vs. Scott City showdown in the state championship.last_img read more

“This is war and when it ends it will be like a post-war”

first_imgEverton’s coach Carlo Ancelotti is confined to England with his wife and daughter-in-law while controlling the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, he has given his point of view in an interview to L’Equipe about all the problems that the virus can cause in the world of soccer.Confined to England: “Everything is going well. I am in Liverpool, with my wife and daughter-in-law. My daughter and her husband, my son and his wife are also in England. We have the right to go out once a day, but I try not to do it too much. I stay at home as much as possible. I follow the government’s instructions. I also see what is happening in Italy and I do not want to take any risk, neither for myself nor for those around me. “Your day to day: “You do things that you’ve never done before. It’s kind of weird to me but I have to do it, I have to adjust. I focus on a few more personal goals. For example, I have to put my knee back in place, so I do a A little bit of cycling A little bit of diet too … not bad for losing weight Later, I watch some of my team’s games on video I also keep in touch with the players I don’t call them regularly along with the coaching staff we send out a training program that we update to keep them in good physical shape. “No one on the roster is infected and no one left England: “The entire group stayed. The Premier League is suspended until May 3. None of our players tested positive for Covid-19.Resume Premier League: “There is a Premier League meeting on Friday. We will see what comes of it. One of the important aspects is that all the clubs resume training at the same time, that there are no disparities, that none of them has an advantage over the others. Later , no matter the interruption time. Today’s players can physically respond in fifteen days. “The biggest break in the history of contemporary football: “It is a lot, but a player has no problem playing a match after seven or eight weeks off. Obviously, he will not be 100% from the restart but he has the capacity, there is no doubt. All the teams will be equal conditions. We train while we play. “Play behind closed doors: “It does not matter when the Premier League resumes. Before resuming you must be sure that everyone is protected. The players, of course, but also the people who work in a match, such as journalists, security … So play on goal Closed is not the best for football, but if it is necessary to guarantee everyone’s safety, this may be an option. “The coronavirus in Italy: “I have many friends confined to their homes. We often talk on the phone, but they are fine. And I have the impression that the situation is improving a little, day after day, now that we have reached the peak. Of course, I am still concerned that the The virus continues to kill more than 600 people a day. It is very painful to hear that many of my compatriots die every day. “The measures in Italy to stop the virus: “I think Italy has done a good job in a very difficult context, never seen before. The government has been strict and has taken action on the matter.”England is not late: “No, I don’t think so. When the epidemic began in Europe, there were few cases in England. And when the coronavirus began to accelerate in the country, the English government was very reactive, both in the dissemination of information and in the precautions to be taken Apparently there are several cases of contamination in London, but here in Liverpool the situation is under control. “ Italy, more affected than Germany: “Italy was the first affected country in Europe, it should not be forgotten. And perhaps Germany could have anticipated the problems by seeing what was happening there. Later, I don’t know …”He understands that Liverpool may find it unfair not to resume the Premier League: “Yes, I understand that, but what matters today is that the health of all people is assured. We just have to think about it. It is for this reason that we must follow the government’s advice to the letter and stay at home. This it’s the priority. Only the government can make the decisions. “Salary cuts: “I think when we reboot, and we will reboot, the clubs will experience financial problems. I don’t know if they will be able to receive all the intended television rights, but let’s wait to resume before planning for the future. I think the players and coaches will agree to discuss their salaries again, but let’s wait until the situation is on the agenda before responding. “The world is changing: “Of course the world is changing. It will never be the same for everyone again. It is like a war right now. And then it will be like a post war.”Football is united and aware: “There are many generous players who donate. After that, it depends on the personality of each one, but yes, I think soccer is united and that it perfectly realizes what is happening around them. Soccer has never been closed for more than eight weeks. Never. Suddenly everyone understands the situation very well. At Everton, for example, the club reacted very quickly to help people who may have been infected. Everyone is concerned. “In Corriere dello Sport , He said that Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp told you that ‘playing Liverpool-Atlético was criminal’: “Not true. I speak to Klopp but I did not speak to him about this.”Was it good to play the Atlaanta – Valencia ?: “Considering what happened next, it’s easy to say it wasn’t a good thing, but at the time, I don’t think anyone understood what was going on. It was difficult to make a decision and avoid the game. There was not as much contamination as now. It was the beginning of the epidemic, but it’s kind of easy to say that now. “In China it started earlier: Yes it’s correct. But if we look closely at the case of Europe, until the end of February there was not much pollution.You are not concerned about the future: “No, I’m calm. We have to wait. Then we will have to change our way of life a little. It is unfortunate to have to see so many deaths, but this crisis will lead society to other types of relationships, more humane. We are realizing that it is important that a daughter and her father or that a husband and a wife communicate with each other, communicate more. We found the pleasure to chat and not only that of having the nose on the phone. Nature warned us and we have to stop a bit. We spend our time running and it feels good to take a break. I also think this situation will help make all health systems even more efficient. “You have to learn from what happened: “I don’t know what will happen next, but I hope so. What is happening to us is a lesson for us, a good lesson to learn, and I hope it improves us for the future.”He misses soccer: “Of course I miss soccer. I like to train, I like to watch games, it’s normal. However, soccer is not my priority right now. In fact, I don’t care if we will resume in June, July or August.”last_img read more

Wednesday Is Decoration Day

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has issued a proclamation declaring March 12, 2014, as National Decoration Day. It is to be observed as a national holiday throughout Liberia.According to a Foreign Ministry press release, the Proclamation is in consonance with an Act passed on October 24, 1916, by the National Legislature declaring the second Wednesday in March of each year to be known as Decoration Day; to be observed throughout Liberia as National Holiday.The release notes that the observance is in recognition of the nation’s past heroes and heroines who have lived and died in the interest of their country.The Proclamation stated: “It is befitting that a day be set aside to celebrate the memory of those blessed dead who have lived and died in the interest of their country, thereby keeping alive their deeds and invaluable contributions made to society and the state for the onward march to progress.”The proclamation further ordered that the National Ensign be flown at half –mast from all public buildings, military camps, and private residences from 12:01 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.Introduced in the Republic of Liberia in 1916, Decoration Day was a national festival that enjoyed popular support among the people inhabiting the interior of Liberia, also known as the “country people,” who are never adverse to honoring their ancestors and to spending a day communing with their spirits.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

James Lamin Korboi Remanded in Custody

first_imgDefendant Korboi, a Sierra Leonean is remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison because he could not secure a bond.James Larmin Korboi, a Sierra Leonean national who was said to have held a series of confidential discussions with authorities of both the ministries of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) and State for Presidential Affairs (MSFA) that led to his alleged attempt to withdraw US$32,835,654.14 from the account of the Manna World Holding Trust Funds to Liberia was remanded in custody at the Monrovia Central Prison on Monday, December 17, 2018.The Manna World Holding Trust to Liberia is a company that holds Liberia’s development and road construction fund. A document obtained from the Monrovia City Court about the Trust Fund claimed that it had in its possession over US$5,914 billion for road construction and development initiatives in the country.It was out of that money that Korboi allegedly conspired with several other defendants to dupe the government of US$32,835,654.14. The document failed to give further details and ownership of Manna World Holding Trust.Instead, it alleged that Korboi, shortly after he failed to convince the ministries to withdraw US$32, 835,654.14, with wicked and criminal intent organized several discussions, this time with the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning, to withdraw US$5,914 billion from Manna World Holding Trust, following which police arrested him.Court records claimed that the Liberia National Police arrested Korboi on December 5, 2018, at the offices of Minister Samuel Tweah where he had gone to hold a meeting with the minister.It was not disclosed yesterday as to what prompted Korboi’s arrest, but details from the court’s record said Korboi had earlier introduced himself as an executive of Maga Strategic Partners Limited, a construction company, to senior staffs of both ministries. He Said he had come to the country with an unspecified amount of money to help support President George Weah’s Pro-poor Agenda, especially in the areas of road construction and other development initiatives.It was due to an alleged introduction of his company’s intent to invest in the country that afforded him the opportunity to hold discussions with senior staffs at the two ministries.Despite holding discussions with both ministries, the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), according to the document, claimed that Maga Strategic Partners Limited did not exist. As such, it was a “bogus construction company.”Korboi was sent to the Monrovia Central Prison yesterday, shortly after he appeared in court for the first time because he could not afford a bond.However, his crimes, which included criminal conspiracy and criminal facilitation, impersonation of officials, forgery and attempted theft of property, qualify him (Korboi) for a bail.It was also reported that in early 2018, Korboi conspired with his cohorts to defraud the Liberian government of US$32,835,654.14 intended for road construction and development initiative.The record claimed that out of deception, Korboi allegedly manipulated the system through electronic means and requested 13 transactions of transfer amounting to US$32,835,654.14 from several accounts belonging to the government and which were placed in local banking institutions outside of the country.“The defendant criminally attempted to deprive the country of that money but was aborted,” the court records noted on the first attempt by Korboi to allegedly withdraw from the Road Construction Trust Funds.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Case against vendor in $1M gold heist dismissed

first_imgGeorgetown Magistrate Dylon Bess on Monday dismissed a robbery charge against Leonard Farley, a vendor implicated in a $1 million gold heist after the prosecutor failed to provide sufficient evidence in the case.Leonard FarleyThe 31-year-old man of Lot 3 Grove Public Road, East Bank Demerara (EBD), had denied the charge when it was read to him by Magistrate Judy Latchman on his first court appearance.it was reported that on September 29, 2018, at Black and White Bridge, Tucville, East La Penitence, while being armed with a knife, he robbed Wayne Brakes of several gold chains, rings and hand bands. The total value of the items was reported at over $1.4 million.After being remanded to prison by Judge Latchman on the first occasion, he was subsequently granted bail in the sum of $150,000. Several persons had testified during the trial.last_img read more