— to be sentenced todayThe woman who was intercepted at the Eugene F. Corriea International Airport with cocaine strapped to her body on Wednesday last pleaded guilty to the offence of trafficking when she appeared at the Sparendaam Magistrate’s Court on Monday.Angelica Forde and her husband James Forde appeared before Magistrate Zamina Ally-Seepaul. They were both charge with trafficking in narcotics.It was alleged that on June 15, 2016 at the Eugene F. Corriea International Airport, Ogle, they had in their possession three kilograms of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking.However husband James Ford pleaded not guilty.The woman told the court that her husband was not involved as he was unaware of what she was doing.Despite her claims her husband was still refused bail and is to return to court on July 25, 2016.The woman returns to court today for sentencing.According to reports, the woman was scheduled to board a LIAT flight for Barbados and then another to travel to the United State.The woman was seen acting in a suspicious manner and upon inspection was found with the narcotic on her person.However, investigators believe that the woman’s husband, who is a taxi driver, was instrumental in encouraging her to carry the drugs.
Judge Ceaineh Clinton Johnson has admitted releasing on bail two Lebanese rape convicts and two others suspected of the same crime, despite media reports putting the number higher.Rape is a non-bailable offense under the new law, but Judge Johnson, who is one of the few female judges in the country, yesterday defended her decision, blaming it on the Liberian government.According to her, the prosecution informed her that government was not interested in continuing with the cases.A Lebanese national Jaafar Bashir, 44, who was charged for raping young Liberian children within the age range of 7 and 15, was released on a US$25,000 bail by Judge Johnson.Another Lebanese, Ali Saksouk, 21, was accused of raping a 13-year old child, but he was also released on bail by Judge Johnson.Two Lebanese rape convicts, Anthony Kassabli and his father, Dib Edmond Kassabli were convicted of gang rape, but also released by Judge Johnson on bail. Anthony was released for health reasons, while his father was given executive clemency by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.However, in her charge to lawyers, judges, prospective jury and party litigants yesterday at the August 2015 opening of Criminal Courts A, B, C, D and E, Judge Johnson in a strongly worded statement said, “the press published that Lebanese nationals were the only ones who were granted bail in Court ‘E,’ but from the records of the court, out of the forty-two bails granted, only three were Lebanese nationals.”Criminal Court ‘E’ is solely responsible to hear and decide rape cases.Judge Johnson clarified that the three Lebanese were freed based upon a state application to ‘nolle prosequi’ (to waive the case), “but the news was that the court was just freeing criminals.”‘Nolle prosequi’ is an admission made by prosecution that they cannot prove the charges against the defendants, because available evidence demonstrates that an accused is innocent.The declaration can be made either before or after the start of a trial, meaning the case against the defendant will then be dropped.Further, in her charge Judge Johnson said the Criminal Court E’s decision was also based on what she considered as “change of venue.”“When a change of venue was requested and granted, newspapers reported that they will be watching the judge, who transferred the case. If they were to verify the news they would have presented the truth to the general public on the case,” she averred.She also used the occasion to advise media institutions, saying, “We know that we now have the Freedom of Information Act, but the dignity of the court will, and must at all times be respected. Any reporting that has the tendency to compromise any side of a case is prejudicial to the safety of our land.”Judge Johnson continued, “We expect you to carefully check your information, balance and or verify them from the court before reporting to the general public.”Throughout her deliberation, the female Judge did not mention the name of a particular media institution.Cautioning lawyers earlier, Judge Johnson said they, too, have a responsibility to ensure that respect is given to the courts; therefore, they should avoid unjust causes of unmeritorious reporting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
He cited Gimble’s findings that Feith’s office was, despite doubts expressed by the intelligence community, pushing conclusions that Sept. 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta had met an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague five months before the attack, and that there were “multiple areas of cooperation” between Iraq and al-Qaida, including shared pursuit of weapons of mass destruction. “That was the argument that was used to make the sale to the American people about the need to go to war,” Levin said in an interview Thursday. He said the Pentagon’s work, “which was wrong, which was distorted, which was inappropriate … is something which is highly disturbing.” Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said Friday that the report “clearly shows that Doug Feith and others in that office exercised extremely poor judgment for which our nation, and our service members in particular, are paying a terrible price.” Republicans on the panel disagreed. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said the “probing questions” raised by Feith’s policy group improved the intelligence process. “I’m trying to figure out why we are here,” said Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., saying the office was doing its job of analyzing intelligence that had been gathered by the CIA and other intelligence agencies. WASHINGTON – Pentagon officials undercut the intelligence community in the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq by insisting in briefings to the White House that there was a clear relationship between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida, the Defense Department’s inspector general said Friday. Acting Inspector General Thomas F. Gimble told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the office headed by former Pentagon policy chief Douglas J. Feith took “inappropriate” actions in advancing conclusions on al-Qaida connections not backed up by the nation’s intelligence agencies. Gimble said while the actions of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy “were not illegal or unauthorized,” they “did not provide the most accurate analysis of intelligence to senior decision makers” at a time when the White House was moving toward war with Iraq. “I can’t think of a more devastating commentary,” said Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich. Gimble responded that at issue was that the information supplied by Feith’s office in briefings to the National Security Council and the office of Vice President Dick Cheney was “provided without caveats” that there were varying opinions on its reliability. Gimble’s report said Feith’s office had made assertions “that were inconsistent with the consensus of the intelligence community.” At the White House, spokesman Dana Perino said President George W. Bush has revamped the U.S. spy community to try avoiding a repeat of flawed intelligence affecting policy decisions by creating a director of national intelligence and making other changes.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000German referee Bibiana Steinhaus gestures during the FIFA Women’s Football World Cup final match Japan vs USA on July 17, 2011 in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany © AFP/File / JOHANNES EISELEBERLIN, Germany, Aug 16 – Germany’s Bibiana Steinhaus insists she is no feminist trailblazer as she prepares to become the first female ref in Europe’s top leagues having already tamed Bayern Munich’s stars.The 38-year-old is on the official list of Bundesliga referees for the 2017/18 season, which starts Friday, meaning she will become the first female ref in the top flight of Germany, England, Spain, France or Italy. Steinhaus’ first Bundesliga match has yet to be announced, but she oversaw Bayern Munich’s 5-0 win at minnows Chemnitz last Saturday in the first-round of the German Cup and proved she can handle star players.She gave Bayern’s Franck Ribery a playful punch on the arm after the French winger cheekily untied her boot laces before a free-kick.“She’s strong, she has a lot of power,” said Ribery.“It was funny, she played along and was in good spirits.“You can have fun with referees, but it’s also important that there’s mutual respect.”Steinhaus says her promotion to the Bundesliga is a “great incentive” and reward for her hard work, but shuns her role as a trailblazer.“I never planned, and still don’t today, to break new grounds of emancipation,” she said at a referee’s training camp in July.“I am only doing what I love.”Steinhaus has taken charge of around 80 German second division matches since 2011, refereeing the women’s final at the London Olympic Games tournament and this year’s women’s Champions League final.She has already acted as the fourth official in Germany’s top tier and shrugged off Pep Guardiola’s attempt to put his arm around her shoulders when the then-Bayern coach remonstrated with her on the touchlines in 2014.Unfortunately, the 1.81m Steinhaus has already experienced direct sexism on the pitch.During a second division match in 2015, she sent off Hoffenheim’s Germany international Kerem Demirbay, then playing for Fortuna Duesseldorf, who told her women had no place in football.The remark led to him receiving a five-match ban by the German FA.Steinhaus, who works with a fitness coach, acknowledges that refereeing in the Bundesliga will challenge her both on and off the pitch.“I like to say that the Bundesliga is another step up, I have worked intensively and the speed is different,” said Steinhaus.“Certainly, as a female referee, I will be under special scrutiny from the start of the season, especially from the media.“I don’t seek public attention and my colleagues know me well enough to know that.”Steinhaus is a policewoman and in a relationship with English former top ref Howard Webb.She can expect to have her decisions scrutinised by fans in football-mad Germany.Claudia Neumann, Germany’s first female commentator, experienced a sexist backlash on social media when she took the microphone for state broadcaster ZDF during last year’s European championships.“In football, which is the favourite child of German men, changes are about as welcome as an annoying bout of diarrhoea,” Neumann told SID, an AFP subsidiary.A survey by Loughborough University has found only 3.7 percent of senior positions in European football are occupied by women.Even in women’s football, 10 of the 12 teams in Germany’s top flight are coached by men.Nevertheless, Steinhaus is relishing her chance to make history by blowing her whistle in the Bundesliga.“It has always been my dream and I am delighted that it will come true,” she said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
But two goals in three first-half minutes from in-form Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling gave them valuable breathing space at half-time and ultimately paved the way to a victory that ended Watford’s perfect record.Rocked by United’s strong finish to the first half, Watford pulled a goal back midway through the second period through Andre Gray but failed to find an equaliser despite a strong finish.Mourinho opted for power rather than guile at Vicarage Road with a physically imposing midfield trio of Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini and Nemanja Matic.Former Watford player Ashley Young came in at left-back to replace Luke Shaw, who suffered a head injury while on England duty last week.The first half an hour was even as the two sides tested each other out –- United probed but the home side looked dangerous on the break, confidence coursing through the players on the back of four straight wins.Watford went close to breaking the deadlock when Troy Deeney forced David de Gea to tip over just after the quarter-hour mark.Midway through the half Alexis Sanchez had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside, and minutes later the Chilean forced a fine save from Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster following a jinking run.United, backed by their vocal travelling fans, who regularly chanted the name of Mourinho, were establishing a foothold in the game and made their pressure count in the 35th minute.Watford failed to clear a free-kick and when the ball came back in, Lukaku was on hand to bundle the ball in off his midriff to score his seventh goal as many games for club and country this season.Foster then kept out a powerful Pogba drive but United were two up in the 38th minute when Smalling controlled a Fellaini header following a corner, and smashed the ball home.Buoyant United then nearly grabbed a third but Foster saved well from Pogba as Watford kept the score at 2-0 at the break.But Javi Gracia’s side came right back into the game in the 65th minute when Abdoulaye Doucoure picked out Gray, who smashed home, giving De Gea no chance.That goal infused the team and the fans with renewed belief and United suddenly looked nervy.Doucoure saw a late left-foot shot from outside the box saved at the near post as time ran out.Matic was sent off for a second yellow card but Watford did not have time to make their extra man count, with De Gea pulling off an outstanding save to tip away a Christian Kabasele header in the dying seconds.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Romelu Lukaku continued his excellent run of form with the opening goal© AFP OLLY GREENWOODWATFORD, United Kingdom, Sep 15 – Manchester United punctured Watford’s bubble on Saturday, withstanding late pressure from the surprise early Premier League pacesetters to win 2-1 and relieve the pressure on beleaguered manager Jose Mourinho.United have endured a miserable start to the season, losing two of their first four matches and slipping well off the searing pace set by Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford themselves.
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Stewart and Barry give the thumbs up to being in Donegal!A plan hatched over a couple of pints in Australia has seen a Burt man travel almost 18,000 kms to compete in this weekend’s Donegal Rally.And not only that but Barry Callaghan has spent almost €20,000 bringing his own rally car with him.Barry, 29, has lived in Perth for three years and takes part in rallies across Australia Now he has spent the last nine months planning the trip along with his boss Stewart Liddle, 55.Dad-of-one Barry revealed “Like most things it kind of happened over a couple of pints one night and we couldn’t go back on it.“Myself and Stewart rally back in Australia and I am always telling him about Donegal and how brilliant the Donegal Rally is.“So we decided last October that we would just go for it and here we are,” he said. Barry’s 2006 Subaru Imprenza left Australia in March and only arrived in Ireland on Monday last.But while Barry didn’t leave his car behind, the same can’t be said about his heavily pregnant wife Keara (nee Barr) and son Matthew, 5.“Keara is due our second child in July and I told her that if she goes into labour not to call me.“Hopefully she can hold on until I get back but could you imagine having to fly back to Australia having spent all this money,” he laughed.Navigator Barry, who is a panel-beater with local Australian company Signhere Signs, admits that most people think he is mad spending so much cash on a rally. “Most people think I have a screw loose in my helmet.“But the reality is that the nearest rally to us in Australia is 3,000 kms away.“This is a little bit further and it’s going to cost a lot more but it’s a once in a lifetime thing – hopefully,” he laughed.Barry said he is also delighted to be able to get back to Donegal and see his friends and family in the village of Burt close to the border with Derry. “I’ve told Stewart to take it easy at the start of the race. I don’t want us going out on the first bend after all the time and money we have spent on our dream,” he added.Meanwhile another Donegal man, Glenn Alcorn, has also traveled from Australia to take part in this weekend’s event.BURT MAN TRAVELS 18,000 KM TO TAKE PART IN DONEGAL RALLY! was last modified: June 20th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Barry CallaghanBURTdonegal rallyStewart Liddle
The scene of this morning’s crash. Pic North West News PixANOTHER family is in mourning as a result of a death on Donegal’s roads after a 19-year-old girl was killed this morning.She was the front seat passenger in the car – the 19-year-old male driver received minor injuries. Gardaí at Ballybofey say they are investigating the single vehicle fatal road traffic collision which occurred at Dreenan. Ballybofey at approximately 4.25am this morningA Garda spokesman said: “A 19 year old female front seat passenger was fatally injured when the car she was travelling in hit a ditch, the 19 year old male driver was injured.“He is believed to have minor injuries. No other persons were involved.”The spokesman added: “The road is now closed to facilitate Garda Forensic Collision Investigators and diversions are in place. “Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was travelling in the area who may have information about the incident to contact them at Ballybofey Garda Station on 074-9137740, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.” HEARTACHE AS GIRL (19) KILLED IN EARLY MORNING CRASH was last modified: October 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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:BallybofeydonegalDreenanfatalroad crash
Here is a short preview of the fantastic Donegal expedition team, driving on the death road in Bolivia, and scaling a volcano to 17,551ft, 351ft higher than the boys on Top Gear!It must have been a nervy journey, well done lads. 🙂 Just click on the video above to play and watch the remarkable feats achieved by the Donegal lads.DDTV: WATCH DONEGAL MEN SCALE VOLCANO AND DRIVE ON WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS ROAD was last modified: June 7th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:Featuresnews
Mr MuratPortuguese police investigating the disappearance of Madeleine McCann are to question former suspect Robert Murat, the BBC is reporting.A source close to the case has told the BBC that Mr Murat, one of 11 people being interviewed by officers in Portugal, will be treated as a witness.He has always denied any involvement in the disappearance and said that his conscience “is clear”. Madeleine was three when she went missing in Praia da Luz in May 2007. She had visited Donegal relatives here with her parents three weeks earlier.Mr Murat was the first person to be declared a suspect or ‘arguido’ in the investigation and was later cleared by police in Portugal.Madeleine in Donegal, pictured second from left in April 2007. She disappeared in Portugal two weeks later.He later won substantial damages from various media organisations and has always denied any involvement in Madeleine’s disappearance.Speaking to the BBC from the Algarve this afternoon, Mr Murat said neither he nor his lawyer had received a formal request to appear, but said he “would do so freely”. He said: “My conscience is clear and I have no problem speaking to the police again.”Mr Murat’s wife has also been listed as one of the four witnesses the Metropolitan Police wish to have questioned regarding Madeleine’s disappearance.Four of the 11 speaking to police are being interviewed as witnesses and seven as ‘arguidos’ – a status in the Portuguese judicial system referring to individuals whom police may reasonably suspect are linked to a crime. MADELEINE McCANN: PORTUGESE POLICE TO SPEAK TO FORMER SUSPECT AGAIN was last modified: November 19th, 2014 by John2Share 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:donegalinvestigationmadeleine mccannmissing