29 Aug

From Essien to Scholes: See the 10 ‘PL goals of the season’ all scored in December 2006 [VIDEO]

first_imgFootball fanatics across the globe will never forget the ten amazing goals scored in the month of December in the year 2006 during Manchester United’s title-winning season.From Ghana and Chelsea’s Michael Essien’s swerving thunderbolt to Paul Scholes’s ridiculous power strike, the Premier League, since its inception may never see so many stunners being scored in a single month.Usually, there may be a couple or more bangers, with a few decent efforts were thrown in to make up for the number but December 2006 was exceptional.December 2006’s Goal of the Month competition was 🔥 https://t.co/rN8ufXx1s1— Best of Football (@BestofFootball8) March 23, 2020Manchester United’s Paul Scholes might have won that contest but all other nominated goals would have won the Goal of The Month competition in any other month.The goal scored by the former England international against Aston Villa on December 23, 2006, is perhaps his best ever goal scored in his magnificent career at the Old Trafford. He caught the ball on a volley and smashed it beneath the bar, leaving Gábor Királ no chance, whatsoever.As football on a hiatus because of the spread of Coronavirus, let us relive the best month of goals in the English Premier League. Here are the goalscorers and the matches the scored the goals:10. Robin van Persie (Arsenal v Watford)A quality goal by all standards as the Netherlands striker handed Arsenal a 2-1 win but his goal is possibly not as spectacular as the nine other goals scored that month.9. Keith Gillespie (Sheffield United v Charlton)Similar to Manchester United’s Paul Scholes’s in many ways, but not quite as wonderful as the former. Keith Gillespie scored a beauty of a goal against Charlton Athletic.8. Morten Gamst Pedersen (Blackburn v Newcastle)An unbelievable strike from 25 yards left the Shay Given with no chance. Blackburn, however, lost that game 3-1.7. David Bentley (Blackburn v Reading)A stunning strike from Bentley after picking up the ball inside his own half handed Blackburn Rovers an all-important 3-points in the Premier League.6. Frank Lampard (Chelsea v Everton)One-touch out of his feet… BANG, Chelsea grabbed a late equalizer and went ahead to steal the game from the Merseyside club in a 5-goal thriller match.5. Didier Drogba (Chelsea v Everton)An absolutely stunning strike on the turn from the Chelsea striker handed The Blues a crucial win over Everton at the Goodison Park.4. Tom Huddlestone (Tottenham v Man City)Few players were able to hit a ball quite as cleanly as Tom Huddlestone. The England international showed why he was regarded as one of the Premier  League’s most technical strikers of the ball.3. Matt Taylor (Portsmouth v Everton)Matt Taylor grabbed the first goal of the game with a wonderful 45-yard volley as Portsmouth marched to a 2-0 win over Everton. You wouldn’t see many goals hit like this one.2. Michael Essien (Chelsea v Arsenal)The swerve on that strike is nothing short of ridiculous as Michael Essien a late equalizer for Chelsea against Arsenal on December 10, 2006.1. Paul Scholes (Man Utd v Aston Villa)The right decision was made. One of the best volleys of the Premier League era. The fact it cannoned into the net off the underside of the bar made it even more special.Take a look at the stunning goals below: The goal of the month nominations for December 2006 will NEVER be topped 😳 pic.twitter.com/LyFWRrwEdN— Ryan (@bernardooooV3) March 23, 2020last_img read more

4 Aug

Rancic Comes to Red Bank

first_imgBy Tom PaolellaEditor’ Note: The Two River Times™ is a 2012 sponsor of “Paint the Town Pink,” an initiative presented by Riverview Medical Center to encourage annual mammography. Each week through May 12, the TRT™ will feature stories and blogs provided by Riverview Medical Center to encourage women 40 and older to have their annual mammograms.As many of you are aware, the theme of this year’s Paint the Town Pink is “Men in Pink.” For 2012, the Pink communities have gotten to know several of the men who have supported Paint the Town Pink over the years such as Mark Arnone, the man behind the “Pink line” and Bob McKay, the man behind the “Pink lens.”Breast cancer is traditionally thought of as a “woman’s issue” – and, by and large, it is. Yet that doesn’t mean a breast cancer diagnosis only affects women. In reality, the disease also impacts men, whether it’s their spouse, sibling, relative, or friend who’s battling it. As supporters of Paint the Town Pink who promote the importance of annual mammography, thousands of men over the past five years have made it their mission to get the word out about annual mammography and help others support the women in their lives.Bill Rancic, author, entrepreneur and husband, will share his story of career, family and his wife’s breast cancer diagnosis.A new supporter of Paint the Town Pink for this year is Bill Rancic. You may remember him as the first winner on television’s “The Apprentice,” or maybe you have come to love him as one half of the Giuliana and Bill duo on the Style Network. Whichever the case, you won’t want to miss a Paint the Town Pink exclusive coming up in just a few short days. Meridian Cancer Care in conjunction with Paint the Town Pink is excited to host a special event titled “An Unplanned Plan: An Evening with Bill Rancic.”This will be an evening to remember at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 7 at the Count Basie Theatre in “Pink Bank” for an evening with Bill, author, entrepreneur, and husband. Bill will candidly share his story of his marriage and family, his career, and his wife’s recent breast cancer diagnosis, and all the unplanned things in life that happen when you are busy making other plans.There are still tickets for sale through the Count Basie Theatre Box Office. General admission tickets are only $39. Also don’t miss the special VIP premium tickets for $100, which includes premium seating at the event, a meet and greet cocktail reception with Bill Rancic immediately following the event, and a special Paint the Town Pink gift bag. Order your tickets online at www.CountBasie Theatre.org or by phone at 732-842-9000.Paint the Town Pink 2012 runs from May 4-12. For more information about Paint the Town Pink visit the website at www.PainttheTownPink.com and be sure to follow Paint the Town Pink on Facebook to see highlights of this year’s campaign and for a complete list of events and activities.last_img read more

4 Aug

About Town

first_imgRUMSONEdith Frankel, political scientist, professor and author, will speak at 11:15 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Congregation B’nai Israel. Frankel will be speaking about her new book, Old Lives and New: Soviet Immigrants in Israel and America. The book is the story of individuals who made the difficult and sometimes hazardous decision to leave their home, family and friends and start new lives in the U.S. and Israel. Their experiences – from their formative years in the Soviet Union to their decisions to leave and their struggles to receive permission to emigrate – illuminate the complex history of Soviet Jews.Frankel is a political scientist who has published widely on the Soviet Union and Soviet Jews. She is the author of Navy Mir: A case study of the politics of literature 1952-1958 as well as studies on the ethnic Germans of the Soviet Union, the Revolutions of 1917, the Soviet treatment of Jews and Soviet Jewish voting patterns in Israel. She has also taught at the Hebrew University of Jersuralem and Dartmouth College, Stanford University and University College London.Founded in 1922, Congre­gation B’nai Israel is affiliated with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. It is located at 171 Ridge Road.The program, cosponsored by the Adult Education and Ezra committees, is free and open to the public. Bagels and coffee will be served. Following the program, books will be available for sale and Frankel will have a book signing. ATLANTIC HIGHLANDSThe Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is celebrating its fifth anniversary in its new space with a new exhibit and a grand opening and reception.In 2013, the arts council will open its new office at the Finelines Building, 21 W. Lincoln St. The public is invited from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, to the free opening and reception with refreshments from Memphis Pig Out. An exhibition of painting by borough resident Claire Mittermann will be featured.The all-volunteer arts council brings a broad array of cultural activities to Atlantic Highlands. With strong community support, the arts council has for five years produced concerts, an arts camp for children, PaintOut!, artists lectures, exhibitions, FilmOneFest, and much more, all without employees or space.Additional information is available by visiting www.atlantichighlandsartscouncil.org or calling 732-737-7160. LONG BRANCHNJ Repertory is looking for volunteers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, help clean up the cottage at 311 Liberty St. The day will consist of taking down drywall, ripping up carpet and cleaning up yard debris left by Super Storm Sandy. Those who can help are asked to wear warm clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty, work-type shoes, heavy work gloves, hammers and crowbars if you have them.The more people who can help, the easier it will be to start restoring the cottage to its former self. Any time people can volunteer that day will be greatly appreciated. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Those who can help are asked to contact cleanup organizers to let them know how many to expect at: [email protected] FAIR HAVENProject Animal Worldwide (PAW) invites the community to a Sweet Beginning: Dessert Party and Wine Tasting from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Raven and the Peach, located at 740 River Road.The evening will feature light fare and scrumptious desserts, including a chocolate fountain to ring in the New Year, as well as more than 40 gift auction baskets, a jewelry bar from Barking Blue Jay and a wine tasting presented in the restaurant’s beautiful wine cellar.Admission is $30 per person. An additional fee of $15 is requested to participate in the wine tasting. Registration is requested by Jan. 11. Tickets may be purchased at www.projectanimal.org or by calling Ellen LaTorre at 732-979-6499.Event proceeds directly support the work of Project Animal Worldwide.“Please join us as we celebrate the beginning of a new year with new hopes for the future as PAW continues to focus on helping dogs and cats through humane education, rescue and the need for spay and neuter to prevent unwanted animal overpopulation,” said LaTorre, acting president, Project Animal Worldwide. “We were very proud to be able to carry out our mission this year in our own backyard, helping the feral kittens in Sea Bright, N.J., when Super Storm Sandy hit our shores. We hope that people will put aside the daily stress and treat themselves to the sweeter things in life for an evening, all in the name of helping animals.” TINTON FALLSThe Jersey Shore Rose Society, an affiliate of the American Rose Society, will hold a meeting on Jan. 26, in the community room at Kensington Court Assisted Living, 864 Shrewsbury Ave.The meeting will feature a beginner clinic from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. conducted by Consulting Rosarians. The main meeting will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The topic will be about the Heritage Rose District of New York City with speaker Stephen Scanniello, president, Heritage Rose Foundation.last_img read more

4 Aug

Tradition Thrives at Monmouth County Hunt Club Opening Day

first_imgLike the men and women on horseback, the hounds are athletes who revel in the sport for its excitement and camaraderie and their love for the great outdoors. On Sunday, Nov. 10, members of the Monmouth County Hunt will celebrate opening day of their annual foxhunting season at the 5,700-acre Assunpink Wildlife Management Area in western Monmouth County. In past generations, foxhunts took place on estates of wealthy aficionados of the sport. But at this club, the sport is in the chase; foxes are not harmed. The welfare of the hounds is overseen by the nonprofit Monmouth Hound Welfare for life. “We do believe in cradle-to-grave care for our hounds,” said Jen Donaldson of Fair Haven, one of four joint masters of the Monmouth County Hunt. “You’re working to build a very cohesive group of hounds that can work together,” Valnoski said, and the members’ commitment to the animals is lifelong. “I have two here at my farm that are retired.” Irish immigrant Robert Collier, founder of the Collier’s publishing empire, is credited with establishing regular hunt meets on his property in Marlboro in 1885. “We bless the houndsand toast to a great year,”Donaldson said. Doug Raynor of Robbinsville, in red jacket leading a group of enthusiastic riders, is a joint master of the Monmouth County Hunt Club.Photo courtesy Meghan Valnoski/ Megval Studio As tradition dictates, it will be an impressive sight and the public is welcome to watch. Spectators called “car-followers” often come out to the event to listen for the hounds and horns and watch for the riders to appear as they follow the hunt. Today, members of the Monmouth County Hunt follow the hounds at Assunpink, a wildlife habitat in Allentown with three lakes and trails for hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. There are about 40 canine members of the hunt club who are a mixture of three breeds of foxhounds, some of whom trace their bloodlines far back in time to the United Kingdom. Monmouth Hunt Club’s joint master Meg Valnoski from Allentown travels with hounds, along with professional staff Rebecca Brown.Photo courtesy Meghan Valnoski/ Megval Studio Donaldson and her fellow joint masters – Meghan Valnoski of Allentown, Doug Raynor of Robbinsville and Mary Jane Carey of Colts Neck – oversee the management and operations of the nonprofit club. “When you’re out thereyou feel like you’re in themiddle of a painting,” saidDonaldson, who began ridingas a “bucket list” item in herlate 30s. “It’s a very neat thingthat people in MonmouthCounty should be proud of.” Visit monmouthcountyhunt.com for more information on club membership and opening day events. The horses used in the foxhunt are frequently retired racehorses, but any horse that is comfortable with the demands of the sport is welcome. Members of the club also work with 4-H clubs to provide students with opportunities to ride. Although it’s called a fox-hunt, it’s more accurately a fox chase, Donaldson noted. “The fox is wild. It’s a wildlife management area.” On occasions like this coming Sunday, when members turn out in their formal attire, it’s a sight reminiscent of a scene from Downton Abbey. While people picture foxhunters in scarlet jackets, members of the Monmouth Hunt Club wear a variety of traditional attire, with staff members of the club wearing scarlet, women wearing blue or black coats and men wearing harrier green jackets, a fashion descended from the days of hare hunting in England. Dry weather can makeit difficult for the hounds topick up the scent of a fox.Some days the chase is afox-less pursuit. Like the horses and riders who follow them, the hounds enjoy the sport – particularly when the weather cooperates enough for them to pick up the scent of a fox and follow it to ground. “It’s really still a very vitalpart of the county,” Valnoskisaid. “We are trying to bringmore people into it. We’retrying to really make themaware of it and how muchfun they can have. It’s reallya wonderful way to get outand make new friends andjust enjoy the outdoors.” Another legendary local horseman, Amory Haskell, the first president of the Monmouth Park Jockey Club, reinvigorated the sport in 1932 with foxhunts held at the former Woodland Farm in Middletown, which was also the site of the annual steeplechase known as the Monmouth County Hunt, which ended in 1996. By Eileen Moon Members earn their colors and are awarded buttons bearing the symbol of the Monmouth County Hunt according to their years of participation and progress in the club. During the foxhuntingseason, which runs fromAugust to March, memberswill ride at Assunpink everyWednesday and Sunday. As they have done since 1885, club members will don their formal foxhunting attire and ride on horseback through the woods. “The goal of our sport isto chase foxes. It isn’t killingthe fox,” Valnoski said. Valnoski has been a member of the Monmouth County Hunt Club since 1982. During those years she has served the club in many capacities, including as a member of the board of directors and as club president. In recent years, she has been in charge of the kennels and the breeding and training of the hounds. Sunday’s opening dayfestivities will include ablessing of the hounds by alocal clergy person prior tothe hunt and a celebratorybreakfast after. Fortunately, the activityis a goal in itself. Club members are hoping for optimal weather for this Sunday’s event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Editor’s Note: The original date of this event was Sunday, Oct. 27. But due to predicted high winds, the event has not been rescheduled for Nov. 10. The story has been updated to reflect the date change. It’s a formal sport, with rules and traditions that govern everything from the buttons worn on jackets to the care of the hounds. “Riders are steeped in tradition,” said Donaldson. Though the hunt is canceled when the weather is foul and conditions are too slippery for a safe hunt, a misty rain or fresh snow is generally fine. “The hounds enjoy that. It’s like kids on the first day of snow.” last_img read more

3 Aug

Saints take to road looking for points against UVIC

first_img“They play with a lot of pride and now with a couple weeks off they’re going to be healthy and ready to go. These are going to be much tough games than a quick look at the standings would indicate.”The Saints will look to build off momentum gained in a lopsided 9-5 victory over the previously-unbeaten Clan when they take on a UVic squad that is still searching for their first win of the 2013/14 season. The Vikes currently sit in sixth place in the BCIHL standings with a 0-10 record. They’ve been coming closer and closer to breaking into the win column, however, as their most recent outings were a pair of one-goal losses on the road to TRU and SFU. Selkirk has had its fair share of success against the Vikes, including eight straight victories dating back to the team’s 2012/13 season opener. But only two of those wins have come in the uncomfortable confines of the Ian Stewart Complex, which houses the BCIHL’s smallest ice surface. “There isn’t a lot of time or space to make plays in their rink, so if you go into those games without a sense of urgency you’re not going to get a good result,” says Dubois.”Last season we put up some strong numbers on the road, but both games at UVic were one-goal margins and one of those was in overtime.” The Vikes’ primary trouble to date has been in the goal scoring department, as the squad has scored just 13 times in 10 games.But their roster does include a number of experienced BCIHL veterans, including 2012/13 league goals leader Shawn Mueller and a handful of proven point-per-game forwards in Eli Wiebe, Adam Klein and Evan Warner. Selkirk, meanwhile, has been hitting the back of the net with regularity in recent weeks, as the Saints lead all BCIHL teams with 59 goals.Cody Fidgett is coming off a five-point outing on Saturday against SFU and sits second in league scoring with 20 points, while linemate Logan Proulx sits just one point back and leads all BCIHL skaters in assists with 14.Not far behind are Connor McLaughlin, with 18 points, as well as Thomas Hardy (15), Jackson Garrett (14) and Darnell Dyck (13). Following this weekend in Victoria, the Saints will return home for their final game of 2013 against Eastern Washington University on Friday, November 29th. On the heels of a huge home ice win over Simon Fraser University on Saturday night, the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program will travel to Vancouver Island this weekend for a pair of B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League games against the University of Victoria at the Ian Stewart Complex.Both games are being streamed on live FastHockey.com. Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 12:30 p.m.”UVic is an honest, hard-working team that’s had some struggles early in the season, but their record to date isn’t a proper reflection of their talent level or competitiveness,” says Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.last_img read more

3 Aug

Cotter rink rolls into Page Playoff at 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships

first_imgEarlier in the day, Geall thrashed another Kootenay rink, Chris Ducharme of Creston 9-3 in seven ends.Geall now meets Johnson Friday morning in B event play.The winner plays in the B Final Friday at 2 p.m. against the survivor of the Glen Jackson/Jeff Richard contest and the two seed in the Page Playoff.Richard doubled Wes Craig of Victoria 6-3 Thursday evening while Jackson edged out Daniel Wenzek 6-4.Kootenay rinks Ducharme and Buchy now must look to qualify in the C event today.Ducharme, fresh from knocking out Will House of Richmond 7-4 Thursday night — the rink’s second win of the day — now waits for the winner of Wenzek and Jason Montgomery of Victoria.Buchy meets Neil Dangerfield of Victoria today at 9 a.m.The Page Playoffs begin Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. with Cotter facing the B-event winner.At 7 p.m. the final two qualifiers face off in the 3-4 contest for the right to meet the loser of the 1-2 Page Playoff Sunday morning at 11 a.m.The 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Final, matching the 1-2 Page Playoff winner against the semi final victor, is set for 4 p.m. at the Nelson Curling Rink.Both games Sunday will be televised live by Sportsnet.The overall winner of the event will represent B.C. at the Tim Hortons Brier in Ottawa March 5-13. Earlier in the week, Jim Cotter expressed that the goal of every team at the 2016 Canadian Direct Insurance BC Men’s Curling Championships was to “make the playoffs.”Cotter grabbed the top spot in the Page Playoff Thursday night, holding off Michael Johnson of New Westminster 5-4 in the A-Final at the Nelson Curling Club.The defending BC Men’s Champ took control of the game from the opening end, scoring the deuce in the first end.Cotter, third Ryan Kuhn, second Tyrel Griffiths and lead Rick Sawatsky, then took a commanding 4-1 lead after three ends with another pair in the end en route to the top prize in the triple-knockout elimination round.The Okanagan rink out curled their opponents during the contest 89 percent to 78 for Johnson, with Ryan Kuhn having a stellar game at the third position, finishing at 93 percent.Johnson came into the contest on a roll, with victories over pre-playdow favourite Dean Joanisse Wednesday 6-3 and Wes Craig 6-4 earlier Thursday.In other action Thursday, the next rink looking to book a spot in the Page Playoffs appears to be the Sean Geall rink of New Westminster.After arriving earlier in the day from Vancouver due to the birth of his child, Geall cruised to another dominating victory, this time a 10-3 pasting of Kimberley’s Tom Buchy in B-event action.Geall, third Andrew Bilesky, Steve Kopf and lead Mark Olsen broke open a close game by scoring eight points from ends three to six — including a fiver in the sixth.last_img read more

3 Aug

Hawks take stranglehold on Murdoch Division Final

first_imgNelson opened the scoring when a turnover at the Beaver Valley blueline gave the Leafs a two-on-one with Dale Howell and Sawyer Hunt.Howell slipped nice saucer pass Hunt ripped into the Beaver Valley nets past goalie Tallon Kramer.Beaver Valley struck twice in the second, two minutes apart to take a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes.Darren Kramer tied the game before Blake Sidoni put the Hawks ahead.Nelson scored the only goal of the third period to tie the game a few minutes into the frame when Howell converted his team high fourth goal of the playoffs.The shots were even at 29-29.BLUELINES: The game, attracting 780 fans, was the sixth time of the 2017 KIJHL playoffs the Leafs have been forced into overtime. Nelson is 3-3 during the playoffs. . . . Dale Howell led the Leafs with two points Friday. . . . Tallon Kramer, once again stellar between the pipes for the Hawks, was in goal to win his seventh straight playoff game. . . . A luck fan from Nelson split the $800 50-50 jackpot Friday. . . .There will be no five-peat for the Selkirk Saints. The Castlegar-based squad lost 6-1 Friday to Trinity Western Spartans in BCIHL playoff action. The Saints had won the past four BCIHL titles. Playing with a lead or coming from behind, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks know how to win.For the second game in a row the Hawks needed overtime to defeat the Nelson Leafs.Blake Sidoni beat Devin Allen in the Nelson nets at 9:33 in the second extra period to give Beaver Valley a 3-2 victory over the Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday night at the NDCC Arena.The Nitehawks take a 3-0 stranglehold on the best-of-seven Murdoch Final with Game four Saturday right back in Nelson.last_img read more

3 Aug

Stingy Defence keys Leafs early season success

first_imgStingy?That would be the understatement of this early Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.Call it, maybe, highway robbery as goalies Josh Williams and Quinn Yeager of the Nelson Leafs have almost single-handily lifted the Green and White to near the top of the KIJHL overall standings a month into the season.The tandem currently leads the league in goals allowed entering week four of the current Junior B Hockey campaign.“Our goaltending has been very good,” said Leaf GM Lance Morey.“(Josh) Williams is playing just the way I thought he would, and has been a real leader by example. He and Quinn Yeager are the two of the hardest workers every practice and their play reflects that.”Not since Garrett Beckwith and Peter Alexander backstopped the Leafs to a KIJHL Championship in 2009 has Nelson had such a strong goaltending combo.Williams, the KIJHL’s leading netminder with 1.00 goals against average, has started the season playing lights out hockey, registering three wins — two of the victories shutouts — as the Leaf coaching staff rotates the goalies.   Rookie Yeager has been just as impressive, with a 2.55 goals against average and a win and a tie in three games.Nelson travels to Grand Forks to face the Border Bruins in an early-season showdown in the Boundary City Friday.The Leafs trail Murdoch-leading Grand Forks by a single point in division standings. The Border Bruins have played one more game.Saturday, the Leafs return home following a three-game road trip to host the Creston Valley Thunder Cats.Nelson doubled Creston last week 6-3, thanks to a three-goal hat-trick by Jack Karran.Injury free to start seasonHeading into this weekend, Morey said Nelson is basically injury free.“Both Logan Wullum and Michael Bladon have been medically cleared to play,” he said.“It is likely Wullum will make his regular season debut Friday in Grand Forks while Bladon will likely make his first appearance on Saturday at home in the rematch of last weekend against Creston.”Team packed in at the topGrand Forks, Summerland and Princeton currently are locked in a three-way tie for top spot in the KIJHL.Nelson is fourth with nine points with Kimberley and Kelowna next with eight.last_img read more

14 Jan

Criminal Lawyer Jason Doe Solves: The Case of the Culpable Father

first_imgA fawn-colored light streaked here and there with tints of deepest orange. It was like multicolored weather that appeared when there was a visit of a rainbow.Inside the courtroom, a fever of enthusiasm filled defense lawyer Jason Doe when he said, “You definitely want justice for the victim, don’t you?”“Yes,” the victim’s father, Johnson Kollie said with a grin.“Have you thought about the possibility that this man, Leslie Solo, the defendant might not be the one who is responsible for the crime he is being accused of?”“I don’t have to think about that.”“But you want justice for your son?”“Absolutely.”“And your son was not living with you before his death?”“Yes.”“And it was not because he wanted to live by himself but because you did not want him to live with you?”“That was our family matter.” The prosecutor rose to object but changed his mind and frowned.“You asked him to leave your house and that particular night you threw his belongings out of the house?”Prosecutor Rufus Teah shouted, “Your Honor, this is too much. What has that got to do with his son’s murder?”Leaning closer with his arms on the bench, Judge William A. K. Jeboh glared at Jason Doe and said, “Will counsel justify his line of cross-examination?”Jason Doe smiled and turning swiftly to the judge said, “I am trying to reveal the entire circumstances that in desperation caused the tragic death at his own hands.“I am also trying to show how culpable the father is in the events that led to, unfortunately, the young man’s death.”“Very well,” Judge Jeboh said, “you may continue.”“Thank you, Your Honor,” Jason Doe said, and turning to the witness in the box, said, “You loved your son like any good father would?”“Yes, I loved him.”“And because you loved him,” Jason Doe said, “you were prepared to do as much as you could in his interest.”“Yes.”“And even though there have been witnesses who have testified that you are an excellent father, they never told the Court about your periodic fights at your house with him, along with the woman who lives with you?”“Families have problems here and there.”“While that is true, those witnesses did not know that despite their claim of your love for him,” the lawyer said, “you were FORCEDconstraint to throw your son’s things, including his clothes out of a house you have given him and had resided for the last five years.”“It was poor judgment on my part.”“You did not tell the prosecutor that when you asked him to leave the house after you threw his things out of the house,” the lawyer said, “neighbors were good enough to steal everything you threw out, did they not?”“I don’t think so.”“You don’t think about what?”“I…I…I…,” the witness stuttered and shifted his position.“Please remember you are under oath, to tell the truth.”“Yes.”“All the things that belonged to your son were stolen by neighbors while you stood there, did you not?”“Yes.”“What was the reason you asked him to leave and did not give him at least a month to leave the house?”“Mr. Doe,”’ the witness said, “my son has been murdered by that man,” he pointed his finger defendant Leslie Solo, the Good Samaritan who took the victim in, after he was thrown out of his house, “and I’m sure the law will give me justice.”“That’s the objective of this Court,” the lawyer reminded him, “but at the same time circumstances that led to your son’s death indicate your own negligence about the son you claimed you love and on whose untimely death you are here accusing a man who rescued your son.”“Parents can have disagreements with their children.”“You were one of the first persons to be at the remains of your son’s body?”“Yes.”“What was in the hands of the decedent?”“The decedent held firmly in his folded arms several sheets of paper.”“And the sheets were from a book that you owned, is it not?”“Yes.”“And you told the police that the decedent had apparently stolen from a neighbor?”“Yes.”“Who did you have in mind as the one that your son might have apparently stolen from?”“I am not sure I can remember what I said.”“But you told the police your son you claimed you loved had stolen from someone?”“I think…”“No, don’t think,” the lawyer interrupted him, “just tell me what you told the police.”“I had always kept money in that particular book,” the witness said, “and someone stole the book from my house.”“So was it the fact that your son allegedly stole from a neighbor as you indicated to the police?”“I was simply confused.”“And you told a lie to incriminate your son?”The prosecutor was on his feet, “This is not proper cross-examination, not sufficient background laid.”“Sustained,” the judge declared.Jason Doe smiled and rephrased his question.“The truth was that your son did not steal anything from you?”“I had the impression that he did.”“Tell the Court about your intention to provide such negative about your son?”The witness shifted his position again and all the spectators stared at him.“It was a pure assumption.”“And you assumed that your son stole from you and also from someone?”“I was simply confused and not to myself,” the witness said, “though he was one of the few that visited the house.”“And the torn book belonged to you and not to a neighbor as you told the police?”“Yes,” he responded, lamely, and a titter among the spectators dealt a lasting blow to the witness claim.The lawyer allowed his answer to sip through the Court and then walked to the defense table and pawed through some papers and, returning to the witness, said, “Did your son have the habit of stealing things from you?”“No.”“Was there any evidence that he stole the book?”“He was indebted to someone in the amount of USD1, 000.00 and therefore when the book and the money disappeared, I assumed that he was the one.”“How much money was hidden in the book?”“About USD3, 000.00.”“But he denied it?”“What else could he have said?”“But he denied it,” the lawyer repeated,   “is your answer yes or no?”“Yes,” the witness said, embarrassed.Jason Doe allowed the witness answer to sip through the spectators and then change his of questioning.“Are you presently married, Mr. Kollie?”“I am a bachelor.”“But you have a live-in girlfriend?”“Does it have anything to do with his?”“Is that your answer?”“Well,” the witness said, “I have a live-in girlfriend.”“Felicia Zoe is her name?”“Yes.”“Is she still in Monrovia?”“She has traveled abroad to buy goods.”“And that means she took along a considerable amount of money for the trip.”“Yes.”“Will you please tell the Court the feud that erupted between you and your live-in girlfriend a week before your son’s death?”The witness lowered his head and began to fret with his hands. The brief silence was filled with the echoes of the ceiling and standing fans rattling on their hinges, as they swept to and fro across the room.With a frown, Jason Doe went for the kill, when he said, “Is it not a fact that on March 22 you accused your live-in girlfriend of ‘stealing’ your money for a young man that you suspected she was going out with?”“Yes.”“On March 30 just before her trip to Nigeria, did you not find concealed in her bag an amount of USD3,000.00 along with a note or a letter allegedly written by her lover requesting for money, as she had promised him?”“Something like that.”“Is it yes or no, Mr. Kollie?”“Uhuh.”“Could that money not be the missing USD3, 000?”“It could be the money or not the money.”“On the night of your son’s death,” the lawyer continued, “which was on April 4, did you not shadow your live-in girlfriend when she reportedly visited her lover, who happened to live in the same vicinity of your son, that is in Sinkor around 14th Street.”“Uhuh.”“Is that yes or no?”“Yes, I was trying to find evidence against her.” A ripple of laughter filled the room.But suddenly, the witness began to perspire. The lawyer was not done with him and moved to burst the case wide open.“Isn’t it true that due to your intense jealousy when you hid around your live-in girlfriend’s lover’s house which was about 11:30 p.m you by accident encountered this man who you thought was your girlfriend’s lover but incidentally was your son?”“It was fate,” the witness said and covered his face with his two hands.Jason Doe said, “Perhaps it was a chance meeting but you assumed it was the man who was going out with your girlfriend and as a result, you assaulted him by knocking him dead.”“Oh Your Honor,” the prosecutor whined, “this is getting too much,” but the judge raised his right hand to silence him, urging the witness to answer the question.“I was not to myself.”“So jealousy consumed you to the point that you were prepared to kill another?”“I had intended to only find out the information and then leave her.”“But you could not control your emotion after you found the information and allowed your jealousy to dictate to you to kill your son.”“I did not know it was him.”“You did not know it was who?”“My son.”The lawyer grinned and said, “So instead of doing the reasonable thing by leaving your girlfriend, you chose to kill that incidentally turned out to be your son.”Tears filled the witness eyes, and he fought them back with a white handkerchief.“Please help me,” he said, as his face darkened and his eyes narrowed slightly.“And still unaware that the victim was your son, a book he had taken from your house to do research for a project he had initiated, and assuming that his attacker wanted the book, he had held it till you bashed him to death?”“Please tell him to stop because I am losing my mind.”Jason Doe’s forehead knitted into a perplexed frown as he turned swiftly and smiled, before strolling to his table. He grinned at the defendant, whose spirits had apparently been elevated by the blistering evidence that had vindicated him.Judge Jeboh, also grinning, said, “It is shocking the level a man can go to vent his jealous anger and concoct a plot to involve the innocent.“This case has underscored one of man’s inherent deficiencies in his affair with the opposite sex and while this case is horrible, the Court is pleased that an innocent man was not prepared to face a trial that would have exhausted his joy as a free man.“The court appreciates the forthrightness of defense lawyer Jason Doe and now stipulates that the witness must now be held since there is a probable cause to begin his trial for crying wolf in his attempt to let someone carry his load.“At the same time,” Judge Jeboh went on, “the Court orders the defendant released.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

29 Dec

Bradford 1-3 Millwall: Lions take two-goal advantage into second leg

first_img1 Millwall manager Neil Harris Millwall took a big step towards Wembley by coming from behind to win 3-1 at Bradford in the first leg of their Sky Bet League One play-off semi-final.First-half goals from Lee Gregory, Steve Morison and Joe Martin turned the tie in the Lions’ favour ahead of Friday’s return game after the Bantams had taken the lead through Tony McMahon’s early penalty.There was a raucous atmosphere inside Valley Parade all afternoon, although it was temporarily subdued ahead of kick-off by an emotional minute-long applause in memory of former Bantam Chris Mitchell, who died earlier this month at the age of 27.Spurred on by the vocal backing, the home side were given the perfect opportunity to seize the initiative when Lions left-back Martin handled in the box following Jamie Proctor’s header across goal.McMahon was perhaps lucky to still be on the pitch to take the penalty following a coming together with Millwall’s Chris Taylor as he waited to take the kick. Referee Dean Whitestone opted to book the Bradford player and he duly stepped up to send goalkeeper Jordan Archer the wrong way with 13 minutes played.The goal prompted the noise levels inside the stadium to increase further, but the City supporters were not smiling for long.Lions top-scorer Gregory, on his first start since April 19 following a double hernia, controlled Morison’s nod down in the area two minutes later and turned to fire his 26th goal of the season into the bottom left corner.Filipe Morais then flashed a volley wide for Bradford before the visitors turned the game on its head 11 minutes prior to the break.Shane Ferguson sent in an out-swinging corner from the left and captain Morison rose highest to head home off the underside of the crossbar.Millwall are aiming for an immediate return to the Championship following relegation last season, and full-back Martin atoned for his early error by extending their lead in the final minute of the half.Gregory was adjudged to have been fouled 25 yards from goal and Martin impressively curled the resulting free-kick past the dive of Bradford keeper Ben Williams and into the left corner.Portuguese midfielder Morais should have reduced the deficit eight minutes into the second period but he somehow shot wide with the goal gaping after Proctor had robbed Carlos Edwards and teed him up.Phil Parkinson’s side, who have not been in the second tier since 2004, dominated the second period and defender Nathan Clarke almost scrambled the ball home following a corner.Keeper Archer then had to be alert to tip over a header from Nathan Clarke, while Lee Evans curled narrowly wide from a free-kick from distance.The Londoners offered little attacking threat after the break but their dogged defending was enough to ensure they take a two-goal advantage back to The Den.last_img read more