I LOST A FRIEND

first_imgMaybe the arrow from Cupid bow poisoned meMaybe the power to flirt shielded the moral edgeMaybe the unseen force of attract overwhelmedMaybe yin and yang penetrated the Cosmo aboutMaybe the spell of the single hoovers maliciouslyMaybe it is best to just let it float away to VenusI Lost A FriendMaybe the odds are just too rife to keep ignoringMaybe the free talkers make sense of their truthsMaybe the staid posture builds a finer self-esteemMaybe this gun was fired longed before a provokeMaybe the sweetly sea winds sang it all in my earsMaybe bitter pills taken there tingles my taste tooMaybe a sail away to the deep blue will cleanse meI Lost A FriendShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

No Case Against Keita

first_imgGrand Gedeh County District#2 Rep. Morais Waylee at the center of the alleged rape of a 13-year old childLawmaker backs off By Abednego Davis The Monrovia City Court yesterday dropped criminal coercion charges brought against child rights activist Abraham M. Keita by Grand Gedeh County District #2 Representative Morais Waylee.Keita was charged with criminal coercion after Rep. Waylee claimed the child rights advocate organized a protest at the Capitol Building where he called on lawmakers to have Waylee investigated on allegations that he raped and impregnated a 13-year old girl.Waylee had earlier sworn that he would pursue the criminal coercion case to prove his innocence.Criminal coercion involves making threats or using force with the purpose of unlawfully restricting someone else’s freedom to engage in or refrain from engaging in a certain act.Meanwhile, dismissing Waylee’s criminal coercion lawsuit, Magistrate Kennedy Peabody said the lawmaker admitted that he was finding it difficult to prove his case against the child rights activist, and declared it “nolle prosequi” in Keita’s favor.“The statement is an admission that the charges cannot be proven. Because of this, we are discharging defendant Keita from further answering to the charges,” Peabody declared yesterday, and issued a Clerk Certificate to Keita declaring his innocence.“Nolle prosequi” means “we shall no longer prosecute,” which is a declaration made to a judge by a prosecutor in a criminal case (or by a plaintiff in a civil lawsuit) either before or during trial, meaning the case against the defendant is being dropped.“This was not because of any lack of effort on the side of the prosecutors in developing a case against Keita, but there was no physical evidence from Waylee’s testimony for us to pursue the lawsuit against the child rights activist,” said a state lawyer.By law, the prosecution of criminal cases falls in the purview of the government, of which criminal coercion is no exception.It can be recalled that at a press conference, Keita challenged Rep. Waylee to prove his allegation against him, because he (Keita) had “done nothing wrong.”“What I find unfathomable and unthinkable is the charge of criminal coercion against me for calling for his recusal, arrest and investigation of rape allegations,” Keita said in a press release.“If the lawmaker thinks and feels that a lawsuit will stop or intimidate me from standing up and speaking out for the rights of women and girls and against rape, he is wrong,” he said, while vowing to fight injustices.“I will continue to be a voice for justice and to champion the rule of law…the lawmaker will not be allowed to use the justice system or our courts to frighten me and other advocates.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

West Ham forward Zarate joins QPR on loan

first_img Mauro Zarate in action for West Ham 1 West Ham forward Mauro Zarate has joined Queens Park Rangers on loan.The Argentine failed to make any major impact under Sam Allardyce, following his move to Upton Park last summer, and has fallen down the pecking order behind Andy Carroll, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho.The forward was the top scorer for Vélez Sársfield last season with 13 goals in 19 appearances and is keen to get back among the goals.And having struggled to break into the first-team at West Ham, Zarate knows this is the perfect chance for him to showcase his talents under Harry Redknapp at Loftus Road after he put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the season.Zarate said: “I am happy. I need this, I need to play and Queens Park Rangers have given me this chance to show what I can do.“The Premier League is the best in the world at this moment. Does my style suit the Premier League? Maybe. We will see!“When I met the manager he told me he wanted to sign me for Portsmouth before, but in that moment I went to Lazio. But now I am here and will play for him.“I will try to do different things with the ball, some skills to make the difference for the team, for me and for the other players. I am fit and I hope I can be involved on Saturday.”Redknapp says he been a big fan of Zarate since he played at Birmingham and is thrilled to have clinched his signature.Redknapp said: “We’re really pleased to bring Mauro in. He’s a good footballer, someone with great ability who can play as a number 10.“I first saw him when he was on loan at Birmingham quite a few years back and I actually tried to take him to Portsmouth back then.“He’s a more-than capable player, he’s already shown that, and hopefully he can come in here and do well for us.”last_img read more

Chap Dee crowned #KOT5Aside Mombasa champs

first_imgChapa Dee Received Prize money worth Sh100,000 courtesy of Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom and Odibets while Iscos received Sh60,000 with Samba getting Sh40,000 after finishing third.Tournament Founder Alex Muange said he was impressed with the turn out and support.“The turnout was amazing, I was really impressed, all the teams showed us some great skills but there can only be one winner, it was a dream come true to have the tournament in Mombasa and we look forward to visiting more towns in the future,” he stated.0Shares0000(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chap Dee celebrating their victoryMOMBASA, Kenya, Dec 18 – Chap Dee Boys were on Saturday crowned #KOT5Aside Mombasa Edition champions after beating home side Isco FC 2-0 in a hotly contested final.Chap Dee who were runners up from the last edition held at Ligi Ndogo Grounds eased to the final after overcoming Samba from Mombasa while Isco got the better of defending champions Unfit FC.last_img read more

Home sales in Valley drop 55.5%

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“The impact of the credit crunch spread throughout all tiers of the market in September,” said Leslie Appleton-Young, vice president and chief economist at the Los Angeles-based California Association of Realtors. In the San Fernando Valley market, from Toluca Lake to Calabasas, 362 previously-owned single-family houses changed owners, 452 fewer than in September a year ago, said the Southland Regional Association of Realtors. That’s the fewest monthly sales in the association’s database, which dates back to April 1984. “There are plenty of sellers out there who understand the market, have already listed their house at a highly competitive price and are prepared to do whatever it takes to complete a sale,” said Jim Link, the executive vice president with the association. “But sellers need offers to make it happen.” San Fernando Valley home sales plunged an annual 55.5 percent in September – a record low – as the market slide accelerated across the region, state and nation, reports released Wednesday showed. The September swoon at all levels is being blamed on the credit crisis that erupted with surprising swiftness in mid-August and paralyzed residential real estate markets. “It’s pretty dismal, isn’t it,” said Nima Nattagh, a principal at market tracker Geostat Advisory. “And it’s not going to get any better anytime soon.” Nattagh said that problems in the mortgage sector still have to be resolved and the market should brace for a wave of foreclosures and homeowners falling behind in their mortgages. Still, the median price, the point at which half the homes cost more and half less, increased an annual 4.8 percent to $623,700. Prices continue to rise because the credit crunch has basically shut down activity at the lower-priced end of the market. The condominium sector showed the same trend. Last month condo sales plunged 48.2 percent with 155 transactions. That’s the fewest sales since 155 condos sold in May of 1995. The condominium median price increased 2.6 percent to $390,000. The association speculates that many prospective buyers are waiting for more foreclosures to come on the market and push down prices. Others are likely locked out of the market for now because lenders have tightened credit standards. Slower sales pushed the inventory to 7,772 properties at the end of September, up an annual 13.6 percent. But new listings fell 17.9 percent. That number of properties equals a 14.4-month supply, the highest level since March 1993. The record is a 23-month supply in February, 1993. In the Santa Clarita Valley home sales fell an annual 51.8 percent to 105 transactions and the median price fell 4.3 percent to $560,000. Condo sales fell 52.3 percent to 52 transactions and the median price fell 3.9 percent to $370,000. Meanwhile, the state association reported that home sales plunged 38.9 percent across the state and the median price fell 4.7 percent from a year ago to $530,830. It’s the first annual decline in more than 10 years. Prices typically fall from August to September but the monthly decline of 9.9 percent is a record, the association said. “I think over the next month or so we will see more of the same thing,” Appleton-Young said. “There is no urgency in the housing market now for buyers.” If the market matches September’s pace all year there will be 271,590 sales, the association said. “California’s sales fell more steeply than those of the U.S. as a whole because of its heavy reliance on jumbo loans – those above the conforming loan limit of $417,000,” said association President Colleen Badagliacco. She said that this speaks to the need to raise the conforming loan limit in higher-cost states like California to more accurately reflect the cost of housing. Appleton-Young noted that while the entry-level portion of the market has been adversely affected by the subprime situation and tighter underwriting standards for much of this year, the high end of the market also saw a decline in sales. In Los Angeles County sales fell an annual 38.4 percent and the median price declined 2.8 percent to $569,390. In Ventura County sales fell an annual 47.3 percent the the median price slipped 0.7 percent to $681,820. In the High Desert, which includes the Antelope Valley, sales plunged 62.7 percent and the median price jumped an annual 17.4 percent to $271,940. During September, 30-year fixed-mortgage interest rates averaged 6.38 percent compared with 6.40 percent in September 2006, according to Freddie Mac. Adjustable-mortgage interest rates averaged 5.66 percent in September 2007 compared with 5.56 percent in September 2006. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Euro 2016: Spain 3-0 Turkey: Dominant La Roja ease to Round of 16

first_img Nolito is congratulated by his teammates following a wonderful solo performance A dominating performance by Spain saw them run out 3-0 winners over a lacklustre Turkey side in Nice.The victors became the first side to score more than two goals in the tournament, and in doing so, secured their qualification to the Round of 16.Despite the first goal not coming until 34 minutes into the game, it was clear from the opening stages that Vicente del Bosque’s men were in complete control of proceedings.Andres Iniesta once again dictated proceedings, leading to chances for Nolito and Alvaro Morata – both which missed the target.However, Turkey couldn’t hold out for long, and it was Juventus forward Morata who grabbed the opener with a perfectly weighted header from Nolito’s inswinging cross.It was no more than La Roja deserved, and the lead was doubled just three minutes later, with provider turning goalscorer.Cesc Fabregas had possession just outside the area, and he sent a lovely ball dipping into the area. Mehmet Topal was there to clear from danger, but he misjudged his header, and saw it bounce backwards off his head to land perfectly for Nolito to finish past Volkan Babacan in the Turkish goal.The Spaniards were toying with their opponents, Nolito and Iniesta at the heart of some great attack play, and Hakan Balta prevented Gerard Pique adding a third from Morata’s cross – with the Barcelona centre-back deciding to play in attack for a time.Turkey must have been grateful when the half-time whistle was blown, as they could recuperate in the break, but they came out and were back under pressure almost immediately.Just three minutes into the second period, Iniesta sent a perfect pass into the path of full-back Jordi Alba, who cut the ball across the face of goal for Morata to tap home.It was Spain’s third goal, and his second, and the 23-year-old was unlucky to not complete his hat-trick less than a minute later – but he failed to direct Iniesta’s lofted ball towards goal.Burak Yilmaz registered a rare chance for Turkey, turning Pique well before firing high and wide when it looked easier to hit the target. It just about summed up the performance put in by Fatih Terim’s men.Spain had no need to play with any intensity, and so were content passing the ball around in a methodic rhythm; the game came to replicate a training match.As a result, Turkey never had the ball so could never launch any of their own attacks, their motivation fading with every completed Spanish pass.The game drew to a close with nothing of note happening in the dying stages, with a place in the last 16 booked for an emphatic Spain team. 1last_img read more

Officials apprehend alleged drug dealer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Martinez was booked for a warrant charging him with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a stolen gun from the November search at his home, deputies said. He was also booked on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of a concealed firearm and other drug and firearm offenses from Friday’s arrest, deputies said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A suspected drug dealer was arrested after two months of eluding sheriff’s deputies. Luis Martinez, 23, had been sought since deputies found a stolen gun and drugs during a search in November of his Lasker Avenue home, said Sgt. Kyle Bistline, leader of Palmdale’s Partners Against Crime unit. “He wasn’t there, but found at the location was a large amount of methamphetamine and a gun. When we found him this time, once again he had a large amount of methamphetamine and a gun,” Bistline said. Martinez, an ex-convict and reputed gang member, was arrested Friday afternoon in Lancaster in a car deputies stopped near Avenue L and 20th Street West, after getting a tip he would be in the area. last_img read more

Everton manager praises ‘outstanding’ Seamus Coleman

first_imgEverton manager Ronald Koeman has praised Seamus Coleman for a number of exceptional displays since his return from injury. Coleman missed the start of the season after picking up an ankle injury in pre-season.However, he has been in sparkling form since his return from injury, and delivered another superb display yesterday afternoon. Everton defeated West Ham United 2-0 at Goodison Park, and Coleman was heavily involved in the first goal.He rasping effort was spilled by West Ham goalkeeper Adrian, and Lukaku was on the hand to give the toffees the lead.Ross Barkley extended their advantage later in the second-half, but Koeman was full of praise for Coleman afterwards.Koeman said, “Seamus has been terrific for us, he is brilliant going forward and caused them problems all afternoon. “I was also delighted with his defensive work, and he made a terrific block in the first-half which prevented a goal.“He’s been in great form and I thought he was outstanding today.”Everton manager praises ‘outstanding’ Seamus Coleman was last modified: October 31st, 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)last_img read more

Gardai arrest drug driver in Ballybofey

first_imgA Donegal motorist was arrested last night for driving while under the influence of drugs.Gardai stopped a vehicle in Ballybofey when they observed it being driven erratically.The driver was arrested having tested positive for cocaine and will now face court. Gardai Ballybofey stop vehicle.Motorist driving erratically. Arrested for drug driving. Court to follow pic.twitter.com/AdAhZxeCGy— An Garda Síochána (@GardaTraffic) October 13, 2017 Gardai arrest drug driver in Ballybofey was last modified: October 13th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:BallybofeyDrug drivingGardailast_img read more

Venus Williams’ Wimbledon Exit Poses Questions About Her Future

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesFive-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams was dumped out of Wimbledon this year by 15-year-old Cori Gauff leading to question marks about the former world number one’s future in the sport.“She [Venus Williams] said congratulations.”“I told her thank you for everything that you did. I wouldn’t be here without you. I always wanted to tell her that.”– @CocoGauff #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/lGUYiGnq3Q— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 1, 2019It is the first time Williams has failed to win her first round match at Wimbledon since 2012, while it brings up her second consecutive Grand Slam that she has been eliminated in her opening game as she also went out of the French Open at the opening stage after losing to Elina Svitolina at Roland-Garros back in May.The older of the two Williams sisters is 39 years old now and has been playing as a professional since October 1994. She won her first Grand Slam singles title in 2000 when she landed Wimbledon, beating Lindsay Davenport in straight sets.The majority of Williams’ success throughout her career has come at Wimbledon where she has felt so comfortable on the grass surface. She defended her crown in 2001 when getting the better of Justine Henin in three sets. Three more titles at SW19 followed in 2005, 2007 and 2008, the latter in which she beat her sister Serena in the final.There was resurgence in Williams’ form in 2017 as she reached the final of two Grand Slam events. At the start of the year she made it through to the final of the Australian Open in Melbourne where she picked up wins over Garbine Muguruza and CoCo Vandeweghe. Unfortunately for the American, she went down in straight sets to her sister Serena.Williams rolled back the years again at Wimbledon two years later to make her ninth final there. Victories against Naomi Osaka, Jelena Ostapenko and Johanna Konta gave her the opportunity to play for the title again. It was Muguruza who proved too strong for her though, winning 7-5 6-0.At the start of the year, Williams was outside the top 50 in the world rankings for the first time since the early stages of her career. She is currently positioned 44 but the defeat to Gauff puts her under pressure again to stay in the top 50. The 39-year-old is a long way off world number one Ashleigh Barty who was the favourite in the women’s odds at Wimbledon this year before the tournament began.After 11 years, @VenusesWilliams parts ways with coach David Witt: https://t.co/vsiGqFOLeC pic.twitter.com/moNXYpeqjt— Tennis Channel (@TennisChannel) December 10, 2018Williams opted to part ways from her long-term coach David Witt at the end of 2018. She is currently working with her father, Richard Williams, and mother, Oracene Price. She will be now preparing to try and peak for the US Open in August, a tournament she has been successful twice at during her career.If things don’t work out at Flushing Meadows though, Williams may have a tough decision to make at the end of the year on whether she continues on the singles tour in 2020. If she doesn’t return, she can look back on her career and safely say, she has been one of the best female players of the modern era to play the sport and one which has inspired so many, including her recent opponent, Gauff, to take up the sport. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youAspireAbove.comRemember Pauley Perrette? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowAspireAbove.comUndoLifestly.com25 Celebs You Didn’t Realize Are Gay – No. 8 Will Surprise WomenLifestly.comUndoUsed Cars | Search AdsUsed Cars in Tuen Mun Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkUsed Cars | Search AdsUndoTopCars15 Ugliest Cars Ever MadeTopCarsUndoFood World Magazine15 Fruits that Burn Fat Like CrazyFood World MagazineUndoHappyTricks.comHer House Always Smells Amazing – Try her Unique Trick!HappyTricks.comUndoezzin.com20 Breathtaking Places to See Before You Dieezzin.comUndoDrhealth35 Foods That Should Never Be Placed in the RefrigeratorDrhealthUndolast_img read more