“We need Ebola Treatment Centers and other anti-Ebola equipment, including ambulances, food and other basic health materials to save Nimbanians from contracting the deadly Ebola virus disease,” Dr. Collins Boah has said. Dr. Collins, who is the County Health Officer for Nimba, made the passionate appeal to the Liberian government and other prominent citizens of the county during the fund raising dinner program in support of the Ebola prevention and Interventions.The Fund Raising Dinner program, held at the Monrovia City Hall last Saturday, brought together government officials, prominent citizens of Nimba County and supporters.According to Dr. Collins, it is sad that majority of the Nimbanians are dying in numbers everyday from the deadly Ebola Virus disease.He said it cost US$225 per vehicle daily to fuel ambulances bringing patients to Monrovia ETUs and testing centers.Ebola Virus is a very expensive disease, he observed, stressing the need for the government and the citizens of Nimba to involve themselves actively in the fight against the virus.“Everyday day and night we have dead bodies in the streets and in homes, even while our people are keeping sick people in their houses. So we need to see how best to get ETUs and ambulances to help carry out contact tracing .”Dr.Collins indicated that if the support is not given to the health workers in the county, he fears that Ganta will be locked down and health workers will stop work because of the dangers they face.He used the ceremony to call on the Nimba Caucus to get to various towns and villages in Nimba to educate the people both in English and the local languages, Gio, Mano and Mandingo, about the disease. He urged the citizens not to hide any sick or effected persons in their homes.Dr. Collins also complained that the citizens throw stones at the burial teams and health workers in the county which had led to three health workers being injured and the damage of two ambulances in the county.“If the people of Nimba don’t put stop to rioting the health workers, an if there is no protective gear, food and medication for our people, we are sorry that the nurses will stop work and we will not hold them responsible because they are humans and needs to be protected,” Dr.Collins warned.At the same the Executive Director of Liberia Crusaders for Peace(LCP) Ambassador Juli Endee joined Dr.Collins to appealed to the Government and Nimba citizens to help support the health workers by making sure the county have ETUs,protective gears,food,medications and useful items to save the lives of our children, women and citizens in the county.Cultural Ambassador Endee, treasurer of the Nimba County Anti-Ebola Resource Mobilization Committee (NCACRCM), educated the audience on the danger of the deadly Ebola virus and how it is destroying the lives of the Liberian people. “Ebola can kill but most importantly it can be eradicated from our counties and country, we are appealing to everyone to help us get treatment centers in Nimba and save the lives of our children, women and citizens,”Amb. Endee pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
LOS ANGELES – A mistrial was declared Wednesday in the murder case against legendary music producer Phil Spector when the jury reported that it was deadlocked 10-2 in favor of convicting him of killing actress Lana Clarkson at his mansion more than 4 years ago. The District Attorney’s Office announced it will seek to retry Spector. “I know the inability to reach a decision is controversial to most,” the jury foreman said later. “Even on the jury there’s deep regret that we were unable to reach a unanimous verdict.” The foreman would not say which way he voted. He was among three jurors who agreed to speak to reporters at the courthouse but did not give their names. The other two said they voted for guilt. The mistrial came after months of trial that left jurors having to decide who pulled the trigger of a revolver – with no fingerprints – that went off in Clarkson’s mouth about 5 a.m. on Feb. 3, 2003. The 10-2 split represented movement from a week earlier when the foreman reported a 7-5 split, but the jurors said there were other votes including one in which four voted guilty, five voted for acquittal and three were undecided. One of the jurors said the holdouts were arguing over whether Clarkson was suicidal, and he said the entire jury would have liked to see a psychological profile of Clarkson. Another juror was troubled by what Spector, who did not call 911, did in the 40 minutes between the death and the time police arrived. “He acted like a guilty man,” the juror said. The jury had met for about 44 hours over 12 days since getting the case Sept. 10. After the initial deadlock, the judge withdrew one instruction that he decided misstated the law and he gave a controversial new one that gave examples of inferences the jury could draw from the evidence, including the possibility that Spector forced Clarkson to place the gun in her own mouth and it went off. Superior Court Judge Larry Paul Fidler polled the jury and each member agreed that a unanimous decision was not possible. “At this time, I will find that the jury is unable to arrive at a verdict and declare a mistrial in this matter,” the judge said. Spector’s attorneys met with the jury afterward. “We thank the people of Los Angeles for keeping an open mind and the jury for their very hard work and their willingness to share their thoughts with us,” defense attorney Linda Kenney-Baden following the meeting. District Attorney Steve Cooley said prosecutors were disappointed. “We will seek the court’s permission to retry the case and begin immediately to prepare for a retrial,” Cooley said in a statement. A hearing was set for Wednesday. “We will not rest until justice is done,” said John C. Taylor, a lawyer for Clarkson’s family. Spector and his wife, Rachelle, left the courthouse shortly after the mistrial. Prosecutors charged Spector under an implied-malice, second-degree murder theory that did not require premeditation or intent. They called women from his past who claimed he threatened them with guns when they tried to leave his presence, and a chauffeur who testified that on the fateful morning Spector came out of his home with a gun in hand and said, “I think I killed somebody,” while Clarkson’s body sat slumped in a foyer chair behind him. The defense countered with a scientific case, suggesting Spector did not fire the gun and offering forensic evidence that she killed herself either intentionally or by accident. Gunshot residue on her hands, blood spatter on his coat and the trajectory of the bullet were the subjects of weeks of testimony from experts. Spector, 67, rose to fame in the 1960s with the “Wall of Sound” recording technique that changed pop music. Clarkson was best known for her role in Roger Corman’s 1985 cult film “Barbarian Queen.” Their life stories reflected opposite sides of the pop culture landscape. The breadth of Spector’s contributions to popular music in the 1960s and early 1970s was astounding. Early in his career, he produced hits like “He’s a Rebel” and “Be My Baby” that made pop stars of such groups as the Crystals and the Ronettes. Later, after the Beatles shelved the tapes from some of their last recording sessions, he turned them into their final album, 1970’s “Let it Be.” From there, he went on to produce critically acclaimed solo albums by the former Beatles John Lennon and George Harrison. He also co-wrote and produced the Ben E. King standard “Spanish Harlem” and the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” cited by BMI as the most played song in the history of American radio. But by the time he met Clarkson, the music industry wunderkind who struck it rich in his teens and changed the face of pop music had aged into an eccentric millionaire recluse with a castle home in the suburbs. Clarkson, 40, was an ambitious dreamer, a statuesque beauty who idolized Marilyn Monroe., chased fame but was beaten down by rejection. Friends testified that Clarkson, 40, was at the end of her rope financially and humiliated by having to take the House of Blues hostess job where she met Spector. Jurors heard of Clarkson’s decision to go home with Spector for a drink after the club closed at 2 a.m. Little more than three hours later, she was dead. What happened in those three hours was never clear. Spector did not testify and prosecutors stated no motive for him to kill her other than her apparent decision to leave the house. No prosecution forensic expert was able to place the gun in Spector’s hands. But blood spatter on his coat and in his pants pockets were analyzed by prosecution experts to suggest it showed he was the shooter. Defense experts said he stood too far away to have shot her. Blood spatter, they said, can travel up to six feet. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita“We looked at basically the Olympic selection criteria we’re dealing with … and we had a healthy discussion,” said Bob Horen, chairman of the International Committee that made the decision. “Based on her petition to us, Michelle has offered to have a monitoring session that we will conduct prior to the 27th of January … and we will determine whether she’s ready to compete.” If a five-member committee decides Kwan isn’t healthy or fit enough to skate, she could be replaced by either Hughes or Taylor. “I thought just standing on the podium at nationals was such a great feeling for me to be third,” Hughes, the little sister of 2002 Olympic champion Sarah, said before the decision was announced. Cohen didn’t need any help from the selection committee. She earned it all on her own with her very first national title. She finished with 199.18 points, more than 28 points ahead of Meissner. ST. LOUIS – Without ever putting her blades on the ice, Michelle Kwan made the U.S. figure skating team heading to the Turin Olympics – with conditions. While Sasha Cohen and Kimmie Meissner grabbed the other two slots with a 1-2 finish at the national championships Saturday night, Kwan will have to prove she’s fully recovered from a groin injury and capable of competing before she gets final clearance. ST. LOUIS – For the first time since 1976, the United States will send three newcomers to figure skating’s biggest event: Johnny Weir, Evan Lysacek and Matt Savoie. After winning his third straight U.S. Figure Skating Championship men’s title, the 21-year-old Weir took notice. “It is odd to think back to the last Olympics and think it was Tim (Goebel) and Michael (Weiss) and Todd (Eldredge), and now none of them are here,” Weir said Saturday. “It’s a little weird and two of them are still skating.” Those two, Weiss and Goebel, faltered in the free skate, where Weir wasn’t a world-beater, either, finishing third. But he won the short program and was good enough to join long program winner Lysacek, 20, and the surprising Savoie, 25, on the Olympic squad. The champion automatically gets an Olympic spot. Lysacek and Savoie were selected by an international committee from U.S. Figure Skating. WENGEN, Switzerland – Daron Rahlves became the first American in more than a decade to win a downhill race on the Lauberhorn course. Rahlves finished in 2 minutes, 30.54 seconds. Michael Walchhofer, the reigning World Cup downhill champion, was .40 seconds behind. Bode Miller, who spent part of this week apologizing for comments he made about skiing “wasted,” finished 11th – 2.41 seconds back – after a couple of mistakes. BAD KLEINKIRCHHEIM, Austria – Janica Kostelic won her first World Cup downhill, building her lead in the overall standings. Lindsey Kildow of the United States finished 18th and lost the lead in the World Cup downhill standings to Michaela Dorfmeister, who was third. The Austrian has 312 points to Kildow’s 287. PLAN DE CORONES, Italy – Jason Smith of the United States beat Switzerland’s Marco Hauser and American teammate Jayson Hale to win a World Cup snowboard cross race in northern Italy. Sandra Frei of Switzerland took the women’s cross event. VAL DI FIEMME, Italy – Tobias Angerer of Germany and Katerina Neumannova of the Czech Republic won mass start World Cup cross-country races. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Kwan was picked after petitioning U.S. Figure Skating. And by a vote of 20-3, a selection committee gave the nine-time U.S. and five-time world champion a medical bye. That put Kwan on the team ahead of third-place finisher Emily Hughes, who was designated an alternate along with Katy Taylor.
features Diamonds suffer upset loss to Ferns, Dragons crash out of NRL finals race and more: sportwatch – as it happened Reuse this content After 26 compelling, vexed, hyper-physical and quite tiring rounds of this National Rugby League, the ultimate octet has been decided: the Storm, Roosters, Broncos, Eels, Sharks, Sea Eagles, Panthers and Cowboys remain in the hunt for the 2017 Provan-Summons Trophy. Of those there’d be realistically four, five at a pinch, still a-hunting, so let’s just say five hunters and three hunted. We also know this: following the Dragons is more painful than a huge needle (see also: Canberra Raiders), and the competition’s alpha buck male is the mighty Melbourne Storm.There is some chance the punters know that; at this time of year there remain few secrets. All teams know what opposition centre has a left-foot step, what prop has a right-arm carry. Everyone’s been sweating up a treat since pre-season pre-Christmas, and it’s effectively come down to this: who’s fit, and who’s still standing, literally. The question is who the coach can put onto the field, knowing they are able play at their very best and play to a plan so many months in the making. Share on WhatsApp Contrastingly, The Eels have emerged from their annus ridiculous of 2016 to smoke into fourth spot, knocking over the Rabbitohs on Friday night in (channel your best Ray Warren) a dead-set bogey game. The Bunnies will spend Mad Monday doing skinfold tests (or something) but played care-free like Kimba the white lion to run the Eels close. Parra showed plenty to knock them over, in tight and out wide. In Semi Radradra they have the game’s premier wing man – a Fijian flier equal parts monster truck and jet boat. Mitchell Moses and Corey Norman are talented, skilful, self-possessed halves, and Michael Jennings still has plenty of gas in his old jet shoes. Kenny Edwards has the nark in him, Nathan Brown equal parts skill and mongrel. Manu Ma’u is, as Ivan Drago said of Rocky Balboa, a piece of iron. And Beau Scott is back. Like the Bronx, nothing soft comes out of Beau Scott. In sum, you do like the Eels. But Melbourne Storm is going to beat them on Saturday at 4:10pm, before they beat everyone else and win the 2017 premiership. They are fit and firing, have the best players and best coach, and will be saying goodbye to Cooper Cronk. They are definitely the best team in the National Rugby League. They know it, and you know it. And that’s all she wrote. Australia sport Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn NRL Topics Rugby league Share on Messenger Read more Read more Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on Facebook ‘A lonely sea of blue seats’: why ANZ stadium is nobody’s home ground Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. It might be about who’s cooking, but it’s also about who’s cooked. The Panthers, for instance, are cooked. They’ve limped into the play-offs like Cliff Young in the car park of Frankston Westfield. The fabled chocolate soldiers are beaten up and busted. Their best player and captain, Matt Moylan, is a week-to-week proposition, and apparently disaffected. Trent Merrin’s only just back, ditto Peter Wallace. Halfback Nathan Cleary is a running gun and there’s a lot to like about Tyrone Peachey and the bearded buccaneer on the wing, Josh Mansour. But Penrith is cooked: charcoal toast. At Brookvale on a splendid Saturday evening Manly verily ripped into the big black cats from Blue Mountains base camp, tearing out to a 28-nil lead after 58 minutes of hot, powerful footy action. Panthers’ props James Tamou and Reagan Campbell-Gillard were set upon like pig-dogs being savaged by another pack of angrier pig-dogs. Call it the “engine room”, call it “the middle”, call it Martin Taupau’s crack house, it’s where Manly rag-dolled Penrith. Taupau, Brenton Lawrence, Darcy Lussick and the indomitable Jake Trbojevic (30 tackles, one line break, four tackle breaks, one try, one try assist in 80 minutes) fairly bludgeoned Penrith. And on the back of that Tom Trbojevic (272m, one try, one try assist, two line breaks, seven tackle breaks, for surely a 2018 Origin jumper), centre Brian Kelly and the narky, nippy, lippy Dylan Walker made much so hay. And in front of their baying Brookie Hill faithful Manly played a top game of team footy at a tres-convenient time of the year. These very teams will play again at Allianz on Saturday evening and you’d be hard pressed to plump for any other result than the one we saw here. Manly fans can enjoy happy feelings, because Penrith is cooked. The Cowboys, too, are cooked. They’ve run eighth and were good and brave and so on. They’ve gone further than you’d credit a mob so banged up could go. But they are gone, gone like Gone Girl, and their best back isn’t playing, just like their best forward isn’t playing. Gavin Cooper’s a lot of footballer and Jason Taumololo can truck it up for Australia (or in his case New Zealand), but, ultimately, they’re cooked: done like a dinner. And what of Brisbane? They looked super-fine and skilful against the legless Cows and, again, Broncos fans can make of that what they will. But it’s been hard to get a handle on where Brisbane’s at; it wasn’t two weeks ago that Parramatta put fifty on them. The Broncos have finished third on the ladder, and just played hot footy in a very Australian derby between teams separated by 1336km of Bruce Highway. You’d rather follow them than New Zealand Warriors, who couldn’t win a one ticket raffle, but the Broncos remain only next-best on the line of premiership betting. It’s similar for the Roosters who took the Titans lightly and didn’t know they did. They were trying just as hard. It’s a funny thing, the human brain, capable of so much nuance and of not trying as much as it might if it is perceived that the challenge is not as great as it could be. German psychologists would surely have a word for it. Yet, the Roosters got home strongly against the tough Titans and remain well in this conversation. They’ll take on the Broncos in Sydney on Friday night. They’re fit and they’re here, which is as much as you can ask.That leaves the Sharks, who have a crackerjack squad on paper. But they look cooked. They look old, and they are old. They are our reigning premiers but they won’t go into the finals smoking, even with a win over wooden spooners the Newcastle Knights. Let’s call it now: Cronulla is cooked. Cronulla is battered flake from your fish-and-chipper. Since you’re here…