Earth Angels, Blanco for FA Cup Finals

first_imgBlanco FC and Earth Angels FC are set for the FA Cup finals at a date to be announced by the Liberia Football Association.In the home and away two-leg encounters, Earth Angels defeated Sr. Pro 4-1 in their first leg and completed their qualification with a 2-1 win in the second leg last week at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Blanco FC defeated Determine Girls 1-0 in their first encounter and completed their qualification with a 2-0 victory in their second match last week also at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.Earth Angels and Blanco are now set for the finals to determine the FA Cup Champion of Liberia in 2014.Meanwhile selected female players are presently undergoing training for an impending friendly soccer match in Sierra Leone. The trip is slated for March 8.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Reckless and belligerent behaviour by few Chief Justice of India

first_imgGuwahati: Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi on Sunday expressed concern over “belligerent and reckless behaviour” by some individuals and groups and hoped the country’s institutions will overcome such “wayward” elements.The CJI, who was speaking after laying the foundation stone of an auditorium of the Gauhati High Court here, however, did not elaborate on his remarks and refrained from naming any individuals or groups. “It is unfortunate that the present times are witnessing belligerent and reckless behaviour by a few individuals and some groups. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”I am hopeful that such incidents turn out to be exceptions and the strong traditions and ethos of our institution shall always assist our stakeholders to display resilience to overcome the belligerence of such wayward constituents,” Gogoi said. He said that unlike offices or government establishments, courts are unique, with multiple stakeholders converging every day to facilitate and make the wheels of justice move forward, though they may not be bound by any single hierarchy of commands. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”It is therefore important, for each stakeholder functioning in a court complex, to learn and accept that the institutional traditions and practices are the greatest gifts that we inherit in our respective journeys even as we associate with the process of justice dispensation in various capacities,” Gogoi said.The CJI said that judges and judicial officers must remember that judgments and court orders have a bearing on public faith. “Today, I feel compelled to assert that judges and judicial officers must remember that public faith and confidence, on which our institution lives and survives, is largely built based on orders and judgements passed by us,” Gogoi said. The CJI also said that getting selected as a judicial functionary is an opportunity to serve the hallowed institution, whose value is always immeasurably more than what can be reasonably visualised. “The right to adjudicate the affairs of fellow human beings and citizens has an element of divinity to it and this privilege by itself must fill us with humility and a profound sense of duty towards the people, whom we serve,” he said. Gogoi emphasised that the connect, behaviour and ways of interaction of every judicial officer and staff member of a subordinate court with fellow citizens signify the way the judiciary would like to serve the aspirations of the people. “Every subordinate court is the interface that Indian judiciary has with the constituents of our republic, whom we serve,” he said. Assam is blessed with nature’s bounty and is the abode of people and communities, having rich but immensely diverse traditions, he said. “It is such diversities of race, religion, culture that present unique challenges before the high court as well as the subordinate courts serving these areas,” the CJI said.last_img read more

Nurse surprised by complainants injuries sailors sexual assault trial told

first_imgHALIFAX – A nurse who examined a young Halifax woman after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by British sailors has testified she was surprised by some of her injuries, describing the case as one of the more “significant” she has handled.Paula Nickerson, who was working as a sexual assault nurse at the time of the alleged incident at a Halifax-area military base in April 2015, said she found a number of bruises and injuries on the woman.Testifying in Nova Scotia Supreme Court at the trial of U.K. sailor Darren Smalley, Nickerson said there were certain injuries on the complainant’s genitals that surprised her because they were not injuries she had commonly found before on sexual assault complainants.“The variety of injuries and also the amount… during the time I was practising as a sexual assault nurse, this would have been one of the more significant cases,” said Nickerson, who was a sexual assault nurse for eight years.She testified that certain injuries were consistent with non-consensual sexual activity, but conceded under cross-examination by defence lawyer Ian Hutchison that there were other possible causes.Smalley, 38, is charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a sexual assault involving one or more people in the barracks of 12 Wing Shearwater.The complainant has testified that she was gang raped by at least three men.The case once involved four accused, but charges against two other sailors were dropped, while charges against another man were stayed earlier in the trial because of illness.The trial also heard from a forensic DNA specialist from an RCMP lab in Ottawa on Thursday.Florence Celestin, an expert qualified to give opinion evidence at the trial, said she oversaw the DNA file in this case.She said human semen was discovered on the complainant’s underwear.Celestin testified that two DNA profiles were discovered on certain areas of the underwear: the woman’s and a male.She later received a request from military police to examine samples from the four men who were originally accused in the case.Celestin said the DNA profile of the male noted in the original report matched a DNA profile taken from the one of the suspects.She did not name the suspect, however Smalley’s lawyer noted that it was his client’s DNA profile.“You would be aware that the defendant in this case is charged with what’s known as being a group sexual assault?” said Hutchison, and the witness replied that she believes she remembers seeing that on the subpoena.“Out of the four DNA profiles that were provide — the male profiles that were provided — there was only one hit, and that was more Mr. Smalley, is that correct?”“Correct,” she said.Celestin conceded the DNA could have been transferred from elsewhere, such as the blanket or chair.She said no bed sheets were sent for examination, nor were any male underwear.The British sailors were in the Halifax area participating in a naval hockey tournament.The complainant was at the barracks on the night in question because her friend had invited her on a double date after meeting a British sailor on Tinder.Testimony at the trial continues Friday.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.last_img read more