Young, Sexton headline list of point guards in NBA draft

first_imgLATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced CONCERNS: Sexton is capable of hitting from outside, such as when he hit six 3-pointers against Auburn and had five other games with at least three made 3s. The trick now is becoming a more consistent threat after making just 34 percent (44 of 131) for the season.SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDERKentucky’s latest one-and-done talent wasn’t the Wildcats’ top recruit but thrived after becoming a full-time starter in January to make himself a possible lottery selection.STRENGTHS: He offers good size at the point after checking in at 6-6 at the combine with a nearly 7-foot wingspan. And he improved as the year went on, averaging 16.4 points, 5.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds after becoming the starter. He also shot 40 percent from 3-point range on the year.CONCERNS: He’ll need to add bulk to a lean 180-pound frame to handle physical play both on the perimeter and driving to the rim.OTHERS TO WATCH:— JALEN BRUNSON: The Associated Press national player of the year doesn’t have eye-popping athleticism, but he’s a steady and efficient performer who led Villanova to a second NCAA title in three seasons. The junior is a potential first-round pick.— JEVON CARTER: West Virginia’s floor leader and two-time Big 12 defensive player of the year could sneak into the first round.— TREVON DUVAL: After one year at Duke, he is likely a second-round pick with good athleticism (third at the combine in max vertical leap at 41.5 inches) but a suspect outside shot (29 percent on 3s).— AARON HOLIDAY: The UCLA junior is a first-round prospect and seems next up after the trio at the top. He was the Pac-12′s leading scorer (20.3 points) while averaging 5.8 assists, though he’s a bit undersized (6-1, 187). MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ STRENGTHS: The 6-foot-2, 178-pound Young averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists while putting up his share of eye-popping numbers, including four 40-point games and a Division I record-tying 22 assists against Northwestern State. He ranked fourth nationally in 3-pointers per game (3.69) and can score in bunches from anywhere, positioning him to thrive in the NBA’s free-flowing game.CONCERNS: All the offensive stats were often fairly empty down the stretch as Oklahoma lost 13 of 18 before squeaking into the NCAA Tournament for a first-round loss. Young wasn’t the most efficient scorer; he was in the top four nationally in both overall shots and 3-pointers attempted but the percentages weren’t great (.422 on field goals, .360 on 3s) while he also led the nation with 167 turnovers. He also had the smallest wingspan (6-3) of players at the combine and could stand to get stronger to handle physical pro defenders.COLLIN SEXTONSexton led Alabama back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.STRENGTHS: Athleticism — the 6-2, 183-pound freshman has plenty of it. He averaged 19.2 points while shooting nearly 45 percent, offering a quick first step and the aggressive edge needed to get to the rim. He had a solid floor game with 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. And while a similar height to Oklahoma’s Young, Sexton has a bigger wingspan (measuring a bit over 6-7 at the combine).ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Own-goal earns Iran 1-0 win over Morocco at World Cup Young is expected to be the first point guard chosen Thursday, while Sexton could join him as a top-10 pick.Here’s a look at the top prospects: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 crownTRAE YOUNGYoung’s scoring and playmaking ability drew comparisons to three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry. 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 awardcenter_img China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma guard Trae Young (11) heads up the court with a steal against Baylor during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla. Young is projected as a likely top-10 pick in next week’s NBA draft. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)There’s little question about where to start when looking at the top point guard prospects in the NBA draft: Trae Young and Collin Sexton.Young was the national leader in both scoring and assists with the Sooners as a freshman, while Sexton provided an aggressive presence at the helm of the Crimson Tide’s attack in his only year at Alabama.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Irving stays busy with knee to mend, movie to promote

first_imgBicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Indiana Pacers parting with guard Lance Stephenson FILE – In this June 12, 2018 file photo Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving takes questions from reporters during a news conference in Boston. Irving doesn’t have to worry about free agency until next summer, though he’s got plenty to keep him busy for now. There’s a movie to promote and a knee to mend. He hopes he’s good on screen, but wants to be better than ever on the court. “Now becomes the real climb to Mount Everest, back to the top,” Irving said Monday, June 25, 2018. “So I’m just taking my time.” (AP Photo/Steven Senne)NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving doesn’t have to worry about free agency until next summer, though he’s got plenty to keep him busy for now.There’s a movie to promote and a knee to mend. He hopes he’s good on screen, but wants to be better than ever on the court.ADVERTISEMENT And he’s excited for “Uncle Drew,” in which Irving rounds up his old teammates to play in a tournament at New York’s Rucker Park. Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Chris Webber and Nate Robinson star as his old running mates. They were on set with him when they started getting alerts that Irving had been traded.“Once it happened, the dancing just got a little better,” Irving said.Irving needed three hours of makeup daily to look like a senior citizen before the 14 hours a day of filming. He believes his love of basketball shows up through his role of wise old sage who hangs around the courts — though Irving himself hasn’t played on outdoor playgrounds in years.His game is indoors now, and he plans on being back there this summer before dealing with his own free agency next summer.“Not just the same way but also a lot better,” Irving said. “That’s where the focus has to be. If you leave any room for doubt or uncertainly, I mean you might as well get out of the game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 LATEST STORIES That was on Father’s Day in 2016, the night Irving nailed the 3-pointer that helped the Cavaliers beat the Warriors in Game 7 of the NBA Finals for the franchise’s first championship.“The history, it’s already captured, man,” Irving said. “I was on one of the best teams in NBA history in my opinion, just accomplishing something that was that much bigger than ourselves. A feat that was, we’re one of no other teams. We’re like 1 of 1, in history. So for me, I think the biggest thing was giving that jersey to my dad, and if that’s where the No. 2 legacy ends, then cool.”Though Irving asked to be traded — a request LeBron James hoped the Cavs wouldn’t honor — he looks back fondly on his time in what’s now Sexton’s number.“I gave a lot of commitment and sacrifice to being there from Day 1, so to have that six-year span of doing some unbelievable things, I’m definitely happy about it,” he said. “I never shy away from that in terms of Cleveland giving me the opportunity to a 19-year-old kid of wearing No. 2. Now, it’s just a transition in the league.“There’s no hard feelings from my end. But now he has to start from kind of the chopping block just like everyone else did, so I’m excited for him.”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 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan “Now becomes the real climb to Mount Everest, back to the top,” Irving said Monday. “So I’m just taking my time.”The Boston Celtics All-Star is hoping he can start playing again in a couple weeks. But he’s staying patient in his rehab from late-season surgery because of an infection in his knee, figuring the extra time can only help after he played deep into June the previous two years with the Cleveland Cavaliers.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 crownHe was traded to the Celtics last summer while filming “Uncle Drew.” The movie, in which he plays an old playground basketball legend who started as a character in Pepsi commercials, premieres in New York on Tuesday and opens nationwide Friday.The Cavaliers gave Irving’s former jersey number to Collin Sexton, drafted last week with the No. 8 pick that Cleveland acquired from Boston in the trade. But Irving wasn’t upset, saying he already gave away the only Cavs’ No. 2 that matters to him — the one he wore while hitting the biggest shot in the franchise’s history.last_img read more

Pogba scores 2 in Man United’s 3-0 win at Young Boys

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Messi a man on a mission in the Champions League MOST READ Also in Group H, Pogba’s former team Juventus won 2-0 at Valencia despite a first-half red card for Cristiano Ronaldo, the former United star.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, second left, scores with a penalty during the Champions League group H soccer match between Young Boys and Manchester United at the Stade de Suisse in Berne, Switzerland, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018. (Alessandro Della Valle/Keystone via AP)BERN, Switzerland — Game-winning displays like Paul Pogba’s in a 3-0 victory for Manchester United over Young Boys should help to improve his relations with coach Jose Mourinho.Pogba scored twice late in the first half Wednesday to get United off to a smooth start in the Champions League against the group-stage newcomer.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The penalty was awarded for a handball awarded against Young Boys defender Kevin Mbabu for blocking Luke Shaw’s cross.The result dispelled Mourinho’s doubts expressed to UEFA this month about playing Champions League games on artificial turf.Still, Mourinho said the surface should not be an excuse for his players who did have uneasy moments before Pogba stepped up.Making his United debut, 19-year-old right-back Diogo Dalot slipped on the plastic pitch to give winger Christian Fassnacht a shooting chance that was blocked.A loser on its two previous Champions League games in Switzerland, both at Basel, United next welcomes Valencia to Old Trafford on Oct. 2.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title A curling shot in the 35th minute and an assured penalty in the 44th — after a trademark slow-trot approach — showed Pogba at his most elegant.Pogba’s form cheered Mourinho on the touchline after an uneasy early season between them since the team’s signature player returned from winning the World Cup with France.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 ChrissUnited went three goals up in the 66th when Pogba surged through the midfield and teed up Anthony Martial, who also had tense pre-season exchanges with Mourinho. Martial’s shot took a deflection off defender Mohamed Ali Camara.Camara’s eventful evening included testing David De Gea with an early long-range strike, hitting a post with a second-half shot from a corner, and being beaten by Pogba’s quick feet that created space to score the opening goal. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

NBA: Celtics rout 76ers as Hayward, Irving return

first_imgBoston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward (20) drives past Philadelphia 76ers’ Dario Saric (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Jayson Tatum had 23 points and nine rebounds, and the Boston Celtics outlasted the Philadelphia 76ers 105-87 on Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams.Marcus Morris added 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench. Al Horford had nine points and five blocks.ADVERTISEMENT The Celtics survived a lethargic start and rough shooting night but rallied to lead by as many as 18 in the second half.Boston won despite shooting just 43 percent (42 of 97) from the field and 30 percent from the 3-point line (11 of 37). But the Celtics’ struggles didn’t dampen the mood inside TD Garden for the return to regular-season action for Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving.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 ChrissBoston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving looks to pass against Philadelphia 76ers’ Markelle Fultz (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Oct 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Ben Simmons finished with 19 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists.Hayward played in his first game since undergoing surgery and more than 10 months of rehabilitation for the gruesome left ankle injury he suffered five minutes into last year’s season opener. Asian MMA star slams ‘shocking’ Las Vegas brawl MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIEScenter_img Celtics: Visit the Raptors on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil He received an extended ovation from the home crowd during a pregame introduction that included a video montage of his rehab process.Irving was also back following a pair of surgeries on his left knee that caused him to miss the end of the regular season and playoffs.They shot a combined 6 for 26 for the game. Hayward finished with 10 points and five rebounds in 25 minutes. Irving had seven points and seven assists.Including the playoffs, Boston has now won 10 straight games at home over Philadelphia, which it defeated in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season.Boston got some distance in the second half thanks largely to its bench, which outscored its Philadelphia counterparts 44-26.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title After receiving loud ovations during pregame introductions, Irving and Hayward both had sluggish starts.Hayward missed his first four shots before making back-to-back jumpers. Irving missed his first nine attempts from the field. He didn’t score until finally connecting on a pair free throws early in the third quarter.Play was sloppy all around in the first half.The Celtics missed seven of their first 10 shots and the Sixers started just 4 for 11.The ball also pinballed around the floor at times, with both teams having trouble keeping possession. The Sixers were the most careless, committing 11 first-half turnovers that led to 10 Celtics’ points.TIP-INS76ers: Outscored the Celtics 50-34 in the paint. … Jerryd Bayless (left knee), Wilson Chandler (strained left hamstring), and Mike Muscala (sprained left ankle) all sat out.Celtics: Outrebounded the 76ers 55-47.UP NEXT76ers: Host the Bulls on Thursday.last_img read more

Stephen Curry’s moon theory leaves NASA baffled

first_img“Sorry, I don’t want to start conspiracies,” he added.Curry’s remarks drew a bemused response from a NASA spokesman, who invited the two-time NBA MVP to a tour of the agency’s facilities.“We’d love for Mr Curry to tour the lunar lab at our Johnson Space Center in Houston, perhaps the next time the Warriors are in town to play the Rockets,” NASA spokesman Allard Beutel told The New York Times.“We have hundreds of pounds of moon rocks stored there, and the Apollo mission control. During his visit, he can see firsthand what we did 50 years ago, as well as what we’re doing now to go back to the moon in the coming years, but this time to stay.”Retired US astronaut Scott Kelly, a veteran of four space flights and former commander of the International Space Station, meanwhile weighed in on Twitter.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “Steph, so much respect for you, but re the moon landing thing, let’s talk,” Kelly wrote. “DM me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 FILE – Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors plays against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena on December 01, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors ace Stephen Curry is no stranger to the occasional moon shot.But the NBA star’s suggestion that the lunar landings may have been an elaborate hoax has left NASA puzzled.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Curry raised eyebrows on Monday when he became the latest basketball player to advance a conspiracy theory, echoing Kyrie Irving’s assertion in 2017 that the Earth was flat.Speaking on “The Winging It” podcast, Curry said he had doubts about whether NASA had actually put a man on the Moon in 1969.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“We ever been to the moon?” Curry asked on the podcast, before several fellow guests replied: “Nope.”“They’re going to come get us,” Curry added after advancing the theory. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Sparring partner confident Manny Pacquiao can KO Adrian Broner Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Maria Sharapova campaign off to tough start in Shenzhen

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sharapova, who won the last of her five Slams at Roland Garros in 2014, has endured a disappointing return to the majors since the end of her drugs ban in April of 2017.She will next face 17-year-old Chinese wild card Wang Xinyu.Meanwhile, France’s Caroline Garcia lost in straight sets to Serbia’s Ivana Jorovic 6-4, 6-2.The tournament, which runs until Saturday, will see players battling for $750,000 in prize money.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum James Harden has Rockets rolling with visit to Warriors looming LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race PLAY LIST 01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 file photo, Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Carla Suarez Navarro, of Spain, during the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York. Maria Sharapova returned to competitive tennis with a 6-2, 7-6 (3) win against Timea Bacsinszky in the first round of Shenzhen Open on Monday, Dec. 31. Sharapova cut short her campaign in September to recover from shoulder complaint. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, file)Five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova had a tough start to her 2019 tennis season Monday at the Shenzhen Open, edging out Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 6-2, 7-6 (7/3).In a battle of former Top 10 players, Sharapova’s serve faltered early in the match but she regained composure to take the first set, cheered on by the spirited crowd at the Shenzhen Longgang Sports Center.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Bacsinszky put up a strong fight in the second set, claiming the first two games and forcing Sharapova to step up her game.The Russian powered through to take the match in one hour 42 minutes.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“It’s been a few months since I’ve been out of playing competitively,” Sharapova said in a post-match interview, calling Shenzhen a “warm-up tournament” for next month’s Australian Open.“Considering the opponent and everything I had to go through today I think it was a great practice for me.” ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Over US$500 Child Support, Lawyer, Pastor in Fistfight

first_imgDrama unfolded at the Temple of Justice on Tuesday, May 27 when Pastor Jensen Wallace, General Overseer of “Walking with God Ministry” and Cllr. Cooper Kruah entered into fistfight.The fighting ensued between the lawyer and the pastor over a US$500-child support that Cllr. Kruah was asking for for his client.It all started when a lady believed to be the mother of Pastor Wallace’s child complained to Cllr. Kruah that he, Wallace had refused to support his child.After Cllr. Kruah invited Pastor Wallace, he demanded him to pay US$500 monthly as child support.The demand was rejected by Wallace, and he informed Kruah that he was not working and so could not afford paying US$200 monthly.Not content with response from Wallace, Cllr. Kruah threatened to send him to jail, if he refuses to pay the US$500.Also annoyed by Kruah’s jail threat, Pastor Wallace physically attacked the lawyer.As the confusion ensued, Pastor Wallace was publicly heard saying, “If you think you have all the contacts to see me go to jail, I will take three-day dry fast and prayed that you suffer stroke.”Upon hearing the statement, Cllr. Kruah became terrified that he also stated, “I’m going to sue you for terroristic threat and criminal cohesion. And I will make sure that you go to jail, nobody would stop me from doing so.”However, the timely intervention of Judge Blamo Dixon of Criminal Court “D”   brought the situation under control.Following the fight and threatening statements from both parties, Pastor Wallace was arrested and forwarded to the Monrovia City Court for prosecution on the commission of the crime terroristic threat and criminal cohesion.A Writ of Arrest, copy of which is in possession of Daily Observer says in part that “Defendant Wallace threatened the life of Cllr. Kruah, stating that he would pray for him (Kruah) to suffer stroke, and that he was going to harm and kill him.”He was sent to the Monrovia Central Prison by the Court, but after a few minutes, Pastor Wallace was seen in the courtroom after his lawyer had filed US$3,000 property bond for him.Pastor Wallace is the owner of Miracle FM radio station that is located in New Georgia Community outside of Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Prosecutors Blunder in Presidential Convoy Chief Drug Case

first_imgSeveral photo copies of documentary evidence that could have been a legal stumbling block in the US$3.7 million drug case against former presidential convoy chief were yesterday, thrown out by Judge Yussif Kaba of Criminal Court ‘C,’ at the Temple of Justice.The court’s decision was made after lawyers representing Perry Dolo and four other defendants discovered that prosecutors had insereted the documents, claiming to be the voluntary statements of confession made by the defendants, during an investigation with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).In his ruling, Judge Kaba held that under the law, photo copy of pecies of evidence,  particularly alleged statements of confession, are  not admissible in a criminal case.He made it clear that prosecutors failed to produce the original statements, claiming that the statements presented were made by the defendants, during their investigation by the DEA.The rejected statements were some of the evidences prosecutors were relying on to prove their case against the defendants.Legal experts described the rejection of the documents as “a significant setback for prosecutors.”Dolo, together with Sekou Rogers, Augustine Saah, Cyrus Slewion and Mohammed Bah, were  indicted for being in possession of 10 bags of marijuana weighing 315kilograms and valued as LD$330,750,000.  They have denied the drug-related charge.The drugs were allegedly found in an escort police vehicle.The charge, which was  defined under the law as an act “eminently dangerous to human life,” carries a long prison term.Also, at Wednesday’s hearing, prosecutors’ fourth witnesses, Augustine Doe, chief investigator of the DEA, admitted that the defendants were not represented by a counsel when they were interrogated by his team. He quickly justified that the defendants chose to wave their rights to a legal counsel, as provided for under the law.He made the revelation during his testimony at the court.But, under the law anyone that is taken into custody needs to be acquainted with the following rights: the right to remain silent; that anything they say can and will be used against them in a court of law;  that they have the right to be represented by counsel; and that if they cannot afford an attorney, the state should appoint one for that person.In early November, 2013, a grand jury of Grand Cape Mount indicted Perry Dolo,  who was then commander of Presidential Convoy, and four others with the commission of the crime in the unlawful possession of narcotic drugs  and criminal facilitation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘I Never Fought War in Liberia’

first_imgOne of 13 persons on trial for staging mercenary activities in neighboring La Côte d’Ivoire on Thursday, May 22 denied any involvement.Testifying at Criminal Court ‘D’ defense’s team 12th witness, Isaac Taryon, who has become partly blinded in the eye told the court that “I did not fight any of the wars in Liberia, so why should they accuse me of fighting in La Côte d’Ivoire.”“I don’t know anything about war. Ask any of the warring factions’ heads whether they know me of being part of their groups,” the defense witness furthered. “I’m just a mere farmer, who is a victim just because I am a member of the Krahn tribe.”According to him, during the war in Liberia, he fled and sought refuge in La Côte d’Ivoire, but   later returned and resided in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County.Narrating about his arrest and subsequent indictment, Taryon told the jury that on July 12, 2012, at about 8 p.m., he drove some Ivorians on his motorbike to the PTP’s refugee camp.“When we got to the camp, it was around 8 p.m. and the security at the gate prevented us from entering,” defendant Taryon alleged.“They told us that they were advised by their bosses that nobody should enter the camp after that hour, because state security was arresting people who they claimed fought in La Côte d’Ivoire.”He said, after he was stopped from entering the PTP’s refugee camp he decided to go to a nearby shop to have some drinks.“When I entered the shop, I saw lot of Ivorian refuges there so I decided to offer them some drinks (alcohol). It was while we were drinking, my friends yelled and said the security officers are coming let us run from them,” he stated.“I told them that I was not going anywhere because I was not one of those they were in searching for.”“But, when they arrived at the shop without asking me any questions, they arrested me and charged me of being a rebel.  I am not a rebel and I never fought any war,” defendant Taryon protested his arrest.    The case continues…Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

State-sponsored human trafficking in Guyana?

first_imgDear Editor,Guyana, and in particular successive PPP/C administrations, have always had a friendly, open and liberal immigration policy. With a small population and limited skills base, PPPC was open to new skills and investments coming to Guyana. There has never been any quota system or differentiation — whether based on nationality, ethnicity, class, religion, or gender — of visitors or persons wishing to study, work, vacation, shop, or invest in our country.Guyana has prided itself, as a signatory to the CARICOM Treaty of Chaguaramas, in treating CARICOM nationals entering Guyana better than the treatment Guyanese have encountered in some CARICOM countries.However, the Minister of Citizenship, on July 27th and August 3rd, 2016, was questioned by the Parliamentary Sectoral Committee on Foreign Relations in regard to the reasons for the denial of entry to 168 CARICOM nationals to Guyana in the preceding 12 months. In light of the Freedom of Movement of People and Skills in CARICOM, this was of some concern to the Committee.The Minister, in responding, advised that those persons who were denied entry did not have “sufficient funds” to support themselves whilst in Guyana. His response and recommendations of the Committee were included in its Fourth Periodic Report, adopted in the National Assembly on February 9, 2017. None of those recommendations has thus far been implemented.Over the last eight months, the PPP has repeatedly referred, at various press conferences, to information it has been receiving in regard to the large numbers of Haitian nationals who are being met airside when they land at Cheddi Jagan International Airport and escorted through the immigration process to waiting vehicles. There are suspicions that Haitians are being trafficked through Guyana, but there appears to be an additional twist to the story. More information is surfacing: that in return for their “safe passage” through Guyana, they are required to obtain, and are facilitated in obtaining, Guyanese identity documents such as birth certificates, national identification cards with Guyanese names, which are then left in Guyana after they depart. For what purpose, one may wonder; and who is behind this?As a result, the PPP/C members of the same parliamentary committee raised concerns in regard to the Haitian arrivals and trafficking. The Committee then, in February 2018, sought information from Minister Felix about the number of Haitians entering and departing Guyana. The Minister, in his response to the Committee on May 23, 2018, provided information on the arrival and departure of Haitians and seven other nationalities entering annually for the years 2013 to 2018 (April).Of interest, the Minister did not provide figures for CARICOM nationals, nor other countries such as Nigeria, Ghana, USA, Canada, UK, etc., whose citizens also enter Guyana for work or study.When one analyses these figures, the following comparative breakdown makes the trends more visible:-These figures reveal that the years 2016 and 2017 show the highest upsurge in numbers of arrivals of several nationalities. Since the Minister did not provide any information on those who were denied entry, one assumes that these arrival figures are in fact persons who entered Guyana. In contrast to the years 2015-2016, wherein 168 CARICOM nationals were refused entry due to lack of “sufficient funds”, one has to ask if all of these people listed by Minister Felix arrived with “sufficient funds”?Unlike what has been popularly conveyed for years by the PNC, and then the APNU and AFC in opposition, and now in the APNU+AFC in Government: that Brazilians, Chinese, Indians, and more recently Venezuelans were flooding in and taking over, the truth is far different when one examines these figures for 2013-2015 and 2015-2018.True to form, Minister Henry, during the discussion in the committee in regard to these figures and links to human trafficking, pointed rather ridiculously to the high arrivals of Bangladeshis compared to the Haitians.However, we cannot find any evidence of the presence of such a large number of 5,485 Haitians, nor of 17,615 Cubans, in Guyana. Twenty-three thousand people who speak different languages in a small population such as ours would be easily discernible.Therefore something is going on. The most logical explanation is that Guyana is being used as a transshipment point for a large and well organised human trafficking ring, on a scale only possible with the collaboration of key officials within the Government. Based on these figures, these victims of human trafficking may not only include Haitians, but also other nationalities.However, the additional information that one of the nationalities, in this case Haitian, is being used to create new identities with Guyanese birth certificates is also of great significance, as our nation prepares for the 2018 Local Government and 2020 general and regional elections. If new identities are being created, then why are these documents not being used by the Haitians for their onward movement? Why are these documents being kept with their handlers based in Guyana? For what purpose? Is this to be used to register new voters? And whose identities are they using? Persons who have died or who have emigrated whose names are already on the national registration database and the voters lists?The champion of TIPs in Guyana, Minister Broomes, who received a US Presidential Award for her work in exposing cases of TIPs, appears to be rather quiet now. The Ministerial Task Force on TIPs 2017 records figures of cases of human trafficking being prosecuted, but all of the victims are Guyanese.However, the disinterest of the Government in addressing the concerns publicly expressed months ago by the Leader of the Opposition regarding human trafficking of Haitians may in itself be a telling indictment.Where there is smoke there is fire, and the information regarding the Haitians as possible victims of human trafficking linked to another agenda by Government officials cannot be ignored. This issue demands a full investigation.It is time for the international, including the relevant UN bodies and the IOM, as well as the diplomatic community to pay closer attention to this development. The annual US TIPs report placed Guyana on the watch list for two years in a row because there were too few cases of human trafficking in 2006-2013, I hope that the US officials will pay more interest to this unusual movement of unaccounted people through and in Guyana.I believe that any information concerning victims of human trafficking, whether Guyanese or any other nationality, must be treated seriously. And thus, the specific information regarding the movement of Haitians and their obligations to acquire Guyanese identity documents in order to have “safe passage”, must be investigated.Whilst the queries started with the Haitians, one cannot now not consider that other nationalities may also be victims of a human trafficking ring which could only function on this large scale with the collusion and collaboration of the state.Rspectfully,Gail Teixeira, MPlast_img read more