Rockets escape Warriors to even Western Conference Finals at 2-2

first_imgHouston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) celebrates next to Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, May 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, Calif. — James Harden scored 30 points, Chris Paul had 27 and the Houston Rockets sustained the latest second-half flurry by Stephen Curry, evening the Western Conference finals at two games apiece with a 95-92 victory Tuesday night.Curry scored 28 points and Kevin Durant added 27 points and 12 rebounds but the defending champions missed their final six shots from the floor and their NBA-record postseason winning streak at home ended at 16 games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The Rockets shook off a 12-0 deficit to start the game and another big run by the Warriors in the third, then won it with defense down the stretch.Paul rebounded Klay Thompson’s miss just before the final buzzer sounded for the first time and pounded the ball down in delight. A replay review ensued and it was determined Shaun Livingston fouled Paul before the game ended, so Paul made a free throw with 0.5 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCurry couldn’t get off a final attempt before the buzzer.“I thought this is the highest level we’ve ever played defensively, without a doubt,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said, “because we’re talking about the best offensive team ever.” TIP-INSRockets: The Rockets were outrebounded 49-41. … Houston scored just 19 first-quarter points, its fifth straight period failing to score more than 24 before scoring 34 in the second. … After saying the pressure was on the Warriors, D’Antoni cracked pregame, “That really worked out well, didn’t it?”Warriors: Curry picked up his third foul at the 5:06 mark of the second quarter and took a seat and Golden State was limited to 18 points in the period. He pumped his right arm so hard after a basket in the first he nearly hit official Mike Callahan. … Curry made his signature pregame tunnel shot on the fourth try. … Golden State dropped to 32-7 in the postseason since 2015 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 points. … Looney started for just the ninth time in his three-year NBA career.IGUODALA OUTWithout 2015 NBA Finals MVP Iguodala, the Warriors were down one of their top defenders and playmakers.Iguodala’s status for Game 5 was still unclear. Since 2014-15, Golden State is 14-4 in postseason games started by Iguodala.“If it was close, he would play,” coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s injured so he’s not playing. So we’ll see what happens in the next couple of days.”D’Antoni knew the Warriors would respond.“They only have four All-Stars instead of five. It really puts a crimp in their style,” he said.TECHNICAL STANDS Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Warriors spoke to the NBA about Green’s double-technical in Game 3 with Trevor Ariza issued at the 6:49 mark of the fourth quarter when Ariza shoved Green as they traded words.“They’re not rescinding it,” Kerr said. “Those conversations are always private, so we respect their decision and move on.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green wound up with 11 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists while going at it with Paul all night in Game 4 — the first nail-biter so far in a series that had featured only lopsided results.Curry knocked down three straight 3-pointers during a key third-quarter sequence in which he scored 11 consecutive points before Thompson’s 3.Down 53-46 at halftime two days after a franchise playoff-record, 41-point victory in Sunday’s 126-85 win, Curry shined in the second half once more. He scored 17 in all during the third-quarter flurry.Curry came out and hit a 3 from the top and seemed on his way to another spectacular finish until the late misses on a night both Western Conference powers shot just 39 percent.His 3-pointer from 29 feet out at the 5:43 mark of the third got Golden State back within 62-60 then he knocked down another moments later on the Warriors’ next possession for the lead. Then, another from the baseline before a driving layup to the left.Harden scored 15 points in the second quarter as Houston used a 25-7 run to take command.Much-improved Warriors big man Kevon Looney, who shed 30 pounds last offseason, earned his first career postseason start in place of injured Andre Iguodala and had four points and six rebounds.Iguodala, who banged his left knee during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s win, was upgraded from doubtful to questionable after an MRI exam earlier Tuesday on the knee revealed no structural damage.The Warriors got another scare when Thompson briefly went to the locker room in the second quarter with a left knee strain then returned and hit baseline 3-pointers from both sides and wound up with 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting.The Rockets missed their first eight field-goal tries and committed two turnovers before Harden’s layup with 6:42 left in the first. D’Antoni called timeout at the 7:06 mark of the first with his team trailing 12-0. Game 5 is Thursday night at Houston. Golden State will play its longest playoff round after closing out its first two series in five games.Golden State got the ball with 1:27 to play down 94-91 and Thompson and Curry each missed contested 3-pointers.The Warriors got another chance with 42.5 seconds left following Houston’s shot-clock violation. Curry missed a driving layup and Draymond Green pulled down the offensive rebound and was fouled by Paul, but Green converted only one free throw.The Rockets went ahead 85-84 with 6:03 remaining on Trevor Ariza’s 3-pointer from the baseline after a beautiful bounce pass from the opposite corner by Paul.Golden State trailed 91-86 with 3:30 left following a pair of free throws by Eric Gordon, then Curry converted a three-point play moments later.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil PBA All-Star show on LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

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Asian Games: Philippines sweeps Hong Kong for first volleyball win

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal FILE – Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago of PH women’s volleyball team celebrate during their first game in the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta. PHOTO/PSCThe Philippines snapped its three-game losing skid and dumped Hong Kong, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22, in the women’s volleyball event of the 2018 Asian Games Thursday at GOR Bulungan in Jakarta.The win gave the Filipinos another glimmer of hope to reach the quarterfinals as they sit at the fourth spot of Pool A with a 1-3 card.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Forget Messi, China’s ‘Nine-Goal Diva’ Wang Shanshan is world’s hottest striker Jaja Santiago’s ace gave the Philippines the 24-21 match point but her service error awarded Hong Kong another point.Kianna Dy, though, finished things off for the Filipinos who sit behind host Indonesia, 2-1, in the pool.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Alyssa Valdez led the Philippines with 14 points while Santiago and Mika Reyes added a combined 20 points.Yeung Sau Mei had 15 points to lead Hong Kong that has yet to win a game after two outings. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Asian Games: Philippines nears 5th place, routs Japan

first_imgThe Philippines moved closer to a fifth-place finish in men’s basketball after dumping Japan, 113-80, in the classification phase Friday of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christie wins host Indonesia’s signature gold at Asian Games Despite missing out on the podium, the Filipinos are assured of a better finish in this year’s edition of the continental meet after wounding up at seventh, the worst in history, in the 2014 Incheon Games.They battle for the fifth place on Friday with the opponent yet to be determined.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Nationals broke the game wide open in the third, turning a slim three-point advantage into a 21-point lead after an 18-to-nothing run.Christian Standhardinger poured 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Philippines while Jordan Clarkson added 22 points, six rebounds and nine assists.center_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View commentslast_img read more

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Rockets ‘parting ways’ with 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony

first_img“In the summer we tried to hit a home run and it didn’t work out,” D’Antoni said. “He tried everything he could. He was great while he was here. It just didn’t work out for whatever reason. I just thank him for his professionalism. It was good. He tried everything he could to make it work and it just didn’t work out.”The third overall pick in the 2003 draft has averaged 24 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3 assists in a career that also included stints with the Denver Nuggets and the New York Knicks.Anthony sat out Houston’s last three games with what the team called an illness. His last appearance for Houston came in a blowout loss to Oklahoma City on Nov. 8 when he had two points and five rebounds.D’Antoni expects the rest of the Rockets to handle this professionally, but knows that the move will be tough on them.“I’m sure they hate it,” D’Antoni said. “There’s some good friends in there and there will be friendships. But above all this is a business.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Narrow escape FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 file photo, Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris guards Houston Rockets forward Carmelo Anthony (7) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New York. Carmelo Anthony is done in Houston. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey released a statement Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018 saying the team is “parting ways” with Anthony and “working toward a resolution.” (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)HOUSTON — Carmelo Anthony is done in Houston.Rockets general manager Daryl Morey released a statement Thursday saying the team is “parting ways” with Anthony and “working toward a resolution.”ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Read Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum In the end the Rockets decided it would be better to move on than to force Anthony to do that.“We just had to see how things worked out,” D’Antoni said. “And the way we play probably wasn’t conducive to his game and he was trying to make the necessary sacrifices and it wasn’t fair to him as a Hall of Fame player to play in a way that wasn’t good for him, wasn’t good for us. It just wasn’t a fit.”The 34-year-old Anthony is a 10-time All-Star who has had a tough time over the last two seasons. He averaged a career-low 16.2 points in 78 starts in a tumultuous season for the Thunder last season before coming to Houston — and accepting a reserve role for the first time in his 16-year career.Eight of Anthony’s 10 appearances for the Rockets came off the bench after he had started all 1,054 games he’d played in his first 15 NBA seasons.D’Antoni said he feels for Anthony that things ended this way and made it clear that it wasn’t a matter of Anthony not having the right attitude in Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Anthony played just 10 games for Houston after signing a one-year, $2.4 million deal during the offseason.Morey added that: “Carmelo had a tremendous approach during his time with the Rockets and accepted every role head coach Mike D’Antoni gave him. The fit we envisioned when Carmelo chose to sign with the Rockets has not materialized, therefore we thought it was best to move on as any other outcome would have been unfair to him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAnthony was traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Atlanta Hawks in July before the Hawks released him to clear the way for him to sign with the Rockets.Houston thought he could be the piece it needed to finally get past Golden State and win its first championship since back-to-back titles in 1994-95. Instead the Rockets limped out to a 6-7 start and the emergence of undrafted rookie Gary Clark made it appear that Anthony would have to take a reduced role. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Several Azkals without clubs after national team stint

first_imgMOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Silva, who has played in Spain, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Vietnam and most recently, Malaysia, said he remained focused on the Azkals and would decide on his future only after the team’s stint was finished here.Phil and James Younghusband are also without clubs after Davao Aguilas decided it won’t field a professional team next season. Another teammate of the Younghusband brothers at Davao, Adam Reed, is also here with the national team and came on as a sub against South Korea.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I want to focus on the team because we still need to win and reach the knockout stage,” said the 34-year-old Silva, who was set to start for coach Sven-Goran Eriksson against Kyryzstan in the Azkals’ final group C match at Rashid Stadium here.A strong physical presence with the ability to read danger before it happens, Silva is one of the primary reasons why the Azkals held South Korea for long periods, before conceding a goal in the second half in a 0-1 defeat. The Philippine Azkals were readying for a key match against Kyrgyzstan at press time. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/DENNIS MALLARIDUBAI—It’s not just Phil and James Younghusband whose club careers were uncertain before they joined the national team in the AFC Asian Cup here.Defensive stalwart Alvaro Silva is also playing for the Azkals without even knowing where he will continue his club career next season.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Pacquiao larger than life for Broner Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerscenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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Panamanian world champion boxer Eusebio Pedroza dead at 62

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Pedroza, nicknamed the “Scorpion,” successfully defended his title 19 times between 1978 and 1985.Panama’s President Juan Carlos Varela expressed his condolences via Twitter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPanamanian boxing researcher Nicolas Espinosa says Pedroza’s “punches, launched like killer harpoons, felled many instantly.”Pedroza’s reign ended in London at the hands of Ireland’s Barry McGuigan in 1985. On Friday, McGuigan said via Twitter it was a sad day. He says “it was a pleasure to share the ring with him.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Roger Federer into Dubai final, 1 win from 100th career title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history FILE – In this Aug. 21, 2008 file photo, boxing champion Eusebio Pedroza attends a celebration ceremony flanked by Olympic athlete Irving Saladino and Ruben Blades, in Panama City. The Panamanian ex-featherweight champ died on Friday, March 1, 2019. He was 62. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco, File)PANAMA CITY — Former world champion Panamanian boxer Eusebio Pedroza, who defended the featherweight title more times than any other, has died at age 62.The World Boxing Association said Friday that Pedroza had been hospitalized recently while battling pancreatic cancer.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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‘Live in Harmony’

first_imgA Catholic Priest has urged married couples in the country to maintain there marital vows by living in harmony with each other.Rev. Fr. Francis Johnson, priest of St. Anthony Parish in Gardnerville, outside Monrovia made the statement recently when he performed the wedding ceremony of Ms. Famatta Cole Dukuly and Mr. Francis Boakai Curley as husband and wife.The wedding program was attended by officials of government and the couples’ families and friends.According to Rev. Fr. Johnson, “God gives married couples the grace they need to live together as a family,” he adding that, it is a Biblical duty for husband and wife to fulfill the promise of God for the family.He warned the couples and all others that marriage was not an institution to fondle with; stressing: “When you are not ready please go and sit down.”The Catholic priest also admonished the couple to be faithful to each other and put God first in everything that they do because with God all things are possible.Rev. Johnson also called on mothers and fathers to advise their children on marriage, instead of leaving them to make wrong decisions on their own.“Over the past years, love has vanished, marriage has faltered, and children have been harmed by other so-called “foster” parents,” said Fr. Johnson.Meanwhile, Mr. Francis Boakai Curley, Human Resources Officer of the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) assigned in Kenya and groom, urged youths to be careful in selecting their partners for life.“Behind every successful man, there is a strong woman,” he said.Mr. Curley acknowledged his wife by saying she is everything to him and that he is proud of her one-hundred percent.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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My Father, Mentor, Friend and Gentle Hero

first_imgIndividuals at different times in their lives choose to celebrate a year, a month or a day… this is primarily because that period has a significant meaning to that person. 2003 may not be the only period in the history of Liberia, but 2003 was the period that would determine Liberia’s fate in the comity of nations. If 2003 had not been done properly many of the milestones we celebrate as a nation and people would not have happened.In my life 2003 is special period that would begin with his curiosity about what we intended to accomplish – would later morph into a father-daughter relationship. I praise God that I got to know Chair B or my pa (as I would affectionately call him) in 2 categories (a politician and a father).As a politician I would put him in a class with the late Mandela; Nelson Mandela is celebrated globally for his generosity of spirit-the ability to forgive even after great wrong has been done.Chair B’s generosity of spirit was what Liberia needed in 2003-In his online tribute to Chairman Bryant Chief Cyril Allen called him “Even Tempered”, I believe without a doubt that God knew this was what Liberia needed to come  out of the abyss of war.As a politician he would validate the work of ordinary women-never playing the class or social status card. Even when we accused him and/or disagreed on policies and the handling of affairs he never tried to divide us. He would listen patiently, seek clarity and calmly explain his prospective. Today, Liberian women can brag globally about their role in the peace proves because he give us the visibility; we can brag globally about having a rape law, because of his belief in a woman’s right to life, justice and empowerment.At the personal level I got to know a keen listener, a God-fearing man and a father who believed in, and cared about, my life, my work and my children (asking specific questions about their welfare, especially after my sister’s death) and always wanted time with them. I would get to know a man who had no space in his heart for grudges.After his release from prison, I remember sitting with him talking about his detention and subsequent release-he sat quietly with a smile on his face allowing me to talk and then finally said; “Leymah my joy is that God vindicated me and I have no bitterness. Leymah sometimes you need to learn to ‘let go”…Little did I know that the ultimate test of your lesson on letting go would be at this moment, the time of your death.Tonight, I have come full circle in my friendship and interaction with you. I thank you for loving me like your own child, I thank you for the times you honestly advised me about life; I thank you for your patience with my childish questions and ranting. I thank you for opening your heart and home to my children and I.Our last conversation was April 12, you called to check on me and made me promise as usual to take of myself, the children and stop talking big big things in the people’s business. I promise to take care of myself and the children; I will do my best not to talk big, big things in the people’s business.Rest in Peace Pappy, Rest in Peace Chair B. Rest in Peace, the biggest Barca fan I knew; rest in Peace my gentle hero. You did your work, you finished your course… it is not the length of your days that I count, but the quality of your earthly journey.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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Defendant in UNMIL’s Fiancée Murder Case Get 17- Year Prison Term

first_imgCriminal Court ‘A,’ Monday, June 30, handed down a 17-year prison sentence to a private security guard convicted of killing his boss lady, Antoinette Nettie Peters.Convicted Jefferson Dahn, 24, was sentenced, after Judge Blamo Dixon confirmed and affirmed the jury’s unanimous guilty verdict brought against him, on June 23, 2014.Delivering the Court’s final judgment, Judge Dixon declared that the main issue before the court was whether or not Dahn committed the crime of murder.“In the minds of the court yes, he committed the crime of murder.”Also, supporting his decision, Judge Dixon explained that “during his testimony, defendant Dahn admitted that he was arrested on the crime scene with the dead body in the compound of the UNMIL’s Ugandan Staff, Bonfree Adelee’s 12th Street residence.“Dahn also presented to the joint security the knife used to murder the victim,” the Criminal Court Judge added.He concluded by saying, “The unanimous guilty verdict of the jury is hereby confirmed and affirmed. The defendant is also sentenced to 17 years in prison with a hard labor.”Following Judge Dixon’s final judgment, the defense team who represented the defendant throughout the trial quickly took exception of Judge Blamo’s sentenced and the conviction.They also announced an appeal to the Supreme Court of Liberia.Before Monday’s ruling, Judge Dixon denied an appeal from the defense team, praying for a new trial. In their complaint, the lawyers alleged that Judge Dixon’s charge informing the jurors’ legal facts leading to handing down a verdict influenced the jury’s decision.They quoted Judge Dixon’s instruction to the jury as saying; “You don’t need to be a law school graduate to know the facts in this case. The facts were clearly implicating the defendant to the crime of murder. I don’t think you people will stay long in bringing a verdict. But, I leave it with you people.  If you want to set the defendant free, all is left with you. I am going to wash my hands from any decision that would exonerate the defendant of the commission of the crime murder.”The government in March 2014 indicted defendant Jefferson Dahn of murdering his boss, Bonfree Adelee’s fiancée, Antoinette Peters, at his 12th Street, Sinkor compound on January 3, 2013.When the indictment was read to him in open court, Dahn denied.  This compelled the government prosecutors to prove their case against the defendant.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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