A Liberian man who blamed his family for forcing him to plead guilty reluctantly admitted sexually assaulting his 16-year-old stepdaughter in 2015.Family members were not in court Friday supporting Leon Nimley, 54, when he placed his hand on a bible in court and repeatedly asked it to “forgive” him, as if the religious book was animate, for pleading guilty “against my will” to a single count of sexual assault. He is expected to spend five years in state prison, under terms of a negotiated plea agreement with prosecutors, and must serve four years and three months under the state’s No Early Release Act before he is eligible for parole.Nimley admitted he knew the girl since she was an infant and she was under his care at the time of the sexual assault. He broke down crying while Judge Robert Billmeier went over the guilty plea with him.Counts of endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact, brought against Nimley when his stepdaughter told police he repeatedly violated her, are being dismissed. Billmeier on multiple occasions asked Nimley’s attorney to relay what his client said because of Nimley’s heavy accent. Nimley must register as a sex offender as part of his agreement with prosecutors.After he finishes serving his state prison bid, Nimley will be deported to Liberia, where his attorney Thomas Numbar said his client fears being “injected with chemicals that will make him crazy.”Nimbley is scheduled for sentencing on May 13. (Source: The Trentonian newspaper of Trenton, NJ).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Williamson said she hadn’t seen the detailed plans, but she hoped some land could be set aside for youth sports and a permanent home for Simi Valley Days. “What is Waste Management going to do for the residents of Simi Valley?” she said. “Are they going to put in soccer fields? Are they going to put in baseball fields?” As for Alamos Canyon, Misty Herrin, a spokeswoman for the Nature Conservancy in Los Angeles, said her organization has been concerned for years about preserving the open land west of the landfill. “We are talking with (Waste Management) about preserving a big chunk of this canyon. It’s a really crucial wildlife corridor,” she said. “This is one of the great examples of an area that is beautiful and ecologically important. Our number one mission is to protect biodiversity. In terms of native plant and animal habitat, (Alamos Canyon) is really critical.” One reason Alamos Canyon is important, officials say, is because it feeds into an underpass and a tunnel under the 118 Freeway that can be used by animals moving between the Los Padres National Forest and the Santa Monica Mountains. Mountain lions, among other animals, have been tracked there. SIMI VALLEY – When Waste Management Inc. announced Wednesday that it was applying to Ventura County to double the size of the Simi Valley Landfill, company officials said they wanted to set aside 516 acres around the landfill as a buffer area and wildlife habitat. And they also said they were in discussions with the Nature Conservancy to preserve Alamos Canyon, an open area of more than 700 acres between the landfill and Moorpark College and north of the Ronald Reagan Freeway. But news of the potential expansion heightened concerns by some critics that there would be increasing dump-truck traffic in the area, more opportunities for filling up the landfill with trash from outside Ventura County and the possible disappearance of cherished open space. “Alamos Canyon is so visible, people would have an absolute fit if they tried to touch it,” said Simi Valley City Councilwoman Barbra Williamson, who was in the process of forming a citizens committee on the landfill when the expansion plans were announced. Waste Management filed its request for expanding the landfill with the county Wednesday, proposing to double the area where the trash is actually dumped from 185 acres to 371 acres. Without the expansion, company officials said, Ventura County’s two landfills will reach capacity in about 20 years. And under current dumping permits, the county would be generating more trash than it is permitted to receive in three to five years. Mike Smith, market area general manager for Waste Management, said his company is encouraging residents to take tours of the landfill to get a clear idea of where it is, how it operates and what the expansion would involve. “We deeply value the relationship we have with our customers and we encourage anyone with questions to contact us,” he said. The ultimate decision on the landfill permit is up to the county Board of Supervisors. Williamson said there should be time to review all proposals carefully, and there is no need to rush to judgment. “The people of Simi Valley are going to be more affected by this than anybody,” she said, promising to go forward with her efforts to get the community involved in the decision process through the committee she is forming. The Simi Valley Landfill and the Toland Road Landfill, between Santa Paula and Fillmore, are the county’s two main disposal sites, with the Simi Valley Landfill meeting about 60 percent of the county’s disposal needs. In 2004, Waste Management purchased 2,800 acres adjacent to the landfill from the Unocal Corp. and announced at that time its plan to double the size of the dump. But it wasn’t until Wednesday that Waste Management filed a formal expansion plan with the county. The landfill is located in the hills at the northwestern end of Simi Valley, north of Madera Road and the 118. Although there are panoramic views of Alamos Canyon from the freeway, the landfill area is mostly hidden, and many local residents don’t know exactly where it is. Under the plans, the dump area would be expanded directly north and remain about the same distance as it is now from homes, officials said. The landfill operators would continue to maintain the 9,250-ton limit currently placed on the amount of trash brought into the landfill each day, but the ratio of trash to recyclable items placed in the dump would change. The plan involves doubling the amount of trash deposited there each day from 3,000 tons to 6,000 tons, with the remaining 3,250 reserved for recyclables. The old G.I. Rubbish hauling operations at 195 W. Los Angeles Ave. in Simi Valley would be moved to the landfill site to reduce truck traffic on city streets. This would involve moving 200 employees and would increase traffic at the landfill, which is accessed directly from the freeway at Madera. Overall, Waste Management officials estimate, the number of daily vehicle round trips would increase to 1,297, or 475 more than the current landfill permit allows. The number of vehicles crossing landfill scales for disposal would increase from the currently permitted 822 to 897 per day, said company officials, who noted that the county will conduct its own traffic analysis. The company also would build an environmental collection center and other upgrades designed to improve the landfill’s recycling capabilities and help keep out hazardous waste and consumer electronics. Waste Management is asking the county to permit the recycling of construction and demolition waste, which would help businesses recover reusable commodities. The landfill’s gas-to-energy program, which collects methane from the landfill to generate electricity, would produce enough electricity to power 6,250 homes, instead of the current 2,500. In response to critics concerned about filling the landfill with trash from other counties, Waste Management officials said about 75 percent of the trash deposited at the landfill comes from Ventura County, with the remainder coming from Santa Barbara County and parts of Los Angeles County, including Malibu, Calabasas, Woodland Hills and Agoura Hills. Some trash generated in Ventura County winds up in other counties, including hazardous waste, used oil, medical waste, sewage sludge and recyclable materials. The landfill is regulated by government agencies, including Ventura County Environmental Health, the Ventura County Air Pollution Control District, the California Integrated Waste Management Board, the state Regional Water Resources Control Board and the federal Environmental Protection Agency. firstname.lastname@example.org (805) 583-7602 Information For more information about Waste Management Inc.’s proposed expansion of the Simi Valley Landfill, call (805)579-7267, Ext. 239, or visit www.keepingventuracountyclean.com. The Web site has links to expansion plan details and a map. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Louis Van Gaal hailed Manchester United’s 4-2 win over derby rivals Manchester City as the best he has seen at Old Trafford in his tenure as manager.Goals from Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Chris Smalling helped a commanding Manchester United cruise past an out of form City side and give the Red Devils a four point gap over their noisy neighbours.The United boss had nothing but praise for his side after a dominating second half performance, while he also paid tribute to fans, claiming the result was payback for their continued support throughout his debut season in charge.Asked if it was his side’s best home performance of the season, the Dutchman said: “Yes, I think so, because the result was fantastic.“I am very happy for the fans as I have seen what it means for them. They are always supporting us, even when the results were not so good, so I am very happy for them.The Red Devils have now won their last four league matches – against Tottenham, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Man City – since their FA Cup exit at the hands of Arsenal.And Van Gaal hailed his side’s consistency, with a top-four and Champions League qualification spot now looks within their grasp.“We have made big steps in the last six games but the defeat to Arsenal was very difficult for my team to stand up and maintain our confidence in the philosophy,” the boss said.“But all credit to the players because they have to do it under the expectation of the fans.“We started very badly and we were not the Manchester United we have seen in the last matches.“I don’t know why we were nervous but we could not get pressure on the ball in the beginning, but then we scored and from that moment there was more confidence in my team.“We started to develop our pace and game plan and the second half was much better than the first half, and until the moment Michael goes off the pitch we were fantastic.”
“Mr. Copeland kind of volunteered to do it. They are a couple. My client has been employed in the real estate industry and restaurant industry. A felony would have been more problematic for her in regards to her employment and licensing,” Nadler said. “He stood up and said, I will take this if Ms. Pena can have the misdemeanor. It was a remarkable thing he did. It’s a rare thing for someone to step up and take the more serious penalty.” Nadler said Copeland works in construction. Copeland’s attorney could not be reached for comment. “The big reason I think the deal was made was both defendants had absolutely no prior criminal record of any kind. I told the judge this was a very tragic accident. They are very sorry for the woman who suffered injuries from the dog bites,” Nadler said. The attack occurred about 7 p.m. as Beatrice was in front of her home in the 4700 block of West Avenue L-14, described as a normally quiet street lined with homes with large lots. At Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills, the surgeon who operated on Beatrice’s badly mauled right arm said he had never seen such injuries in 20 years of practice. Deputy District Attorney Kelly Cromer said. email@example.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A Quartz Hill couple whose dog was shot to death as it mauled a neighbor have been placed on probation after they each pleaded no contest to charges of failing to control the pit bull-retriever mix. Shane Copeland, 26, and Raquel Pena, 23, also were ordered to do 60 hours of either counseling or community service in an animal shelter or animal rescue and were banned from owning dogs during a three-year probationary period. “This wasn’t a deliberate act, like where someone would sic a dog on someone else,” “It was criminal negligence, but not intentional. Both defendants really had no prior record, and the victim in this case didn’t want them to spend a lot of time in custody. “The victim is very forgiving. She wanted to make sure nothing like this happened again.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Copeland and Pena were each charged with one count of having a mischievous animal that caused injury in connection with the March 21, 2005, attack on 47-year-old Kimberly Beatrice. Before sheriff’s deputies shot the dog to death, it bit Beatrice on both arms and her neck. It was still biting the woman’s arm when it was hit by the first bullets, fired at close range, deputies said. Copeland pleaded no contest to a felony version of the charge, while Pena entered a no-contest plea to a misdemeanor. Cromer said the reason for the different pleas was that Copeland appeared to be the main caretaker of the dog, although he was at work at the time of the attack and Pena was home alone with the dog. Pena’s attorney, Robert Nadler, said Copeland offered to plead to the felony for his girlfriend.
Liverpool could be set to steal a march on Tottenham in the race for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy frets over the player’s price tag.Levy reportedly values Grealish at half of what Villa want for the playmaker, who is a top target for Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino this summer. moving on RANKED Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 1 TOP WORK Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing Grealish, 22, was a shining light for Villa in their 2017/18 season, which ended with defeat in the Championship play-off final against Fulham.According to The Sun, his club have put a £40million price tag on him, but Levy wants to use Villa’s financial difficulties as leverage to get them to sell for just £20m.Now that negotiations have stalled, Liverpool have now swooped in, a genuine threat to Spurs’ chase as they can also offer Champions League football, while other reported suitors Leicester and Everton cannot.Jurgen Klopp‘s desire to add depth to his fearsome Liverpool frontline is evident this summer, having been hours from signing Nabil Fekir before medical issues forced the deal to collapse, while also reportedly looking at PSV’s Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech. Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer LATEST TRANSFER NEWS ON TALKSPORT.COM targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST targets Grealish scored three goals in 31 appearances for Villa last season IN DEMAND three-way race Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LIVING THE DREAM
Moses Basena (second left) conducting a training session at Namboole. Photo by Shaban Lubega.FOOTBALL–With just over a week to the World Cup qualifier against Congo Brazzaville, Uganda Cranes are already intensifying preps for the game.The Cranes held their second training session at Mandela National stadium on Thursday morning attended by 21 players.“Our preparations have been greatly affected by the ongoing Azam Uganda Premier League,” said interim coach Moses Basena. Asked about why he choose to call several foreign based players yet there is no chance of qualification and the CHAN tournament around the corner, Basena said:“Yes I know that the CHAN tournament is just over two months away and a cannot qualify for the World Cup so everyone expects that I use a team that will play in Morocco come January,” he said.“The reason why i invited the likes of Onyango(Denis) and Okwi (Emmanuel) is because I think that they form the core of our national side,” he added.Moses Basena who is one of the many applicants who wish to become the next substantive coach of the Uganda Cranes also said the ongoing vetting did not disorganise him.“Yes, I submitted my application for the job (Cranes head coach) and I will be waiting to see if I get the node,” he said.Cranes will go into the Brazzaville game four points behind group E leaders Egypt who already qualified for the football show piece in Russo come June next year.The players who attended the Thursday Uganda Cranes morning training session at NambooleTom Ikara (GK), Saidi Keni (GK), Bernard Muwanga, Savio Kabugo, Timothy Awanyi, Joseph Nsubuga, Ibrahim Kiyemba, Isaac Muleme, Dumba Sadala, David Owori, Pius Obuya, Muzamir Mutyaba, Allan Kyambade, Albert Mugisa, Daniel Isiagi, Paul Mucureezi, Shafik Kagimu, Hood Kaweesa, Derrick Nsibambi , Milton Karisa & Nelson Senkatuka. Comments
23 January 2013“BRICS and Africa – partnerships for integration and industrialisation” will be the theme of the fifth BRICS summit taking place in Durban in March, Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration Collins Chabane said on Thursday.Chabane was speaking in Polokwane, Limpopo province on Wednesday in the first of a series of provincial roadshows aimed at engaging and consulting on the upcoming summit with local government, business and civil society representatives countrywide.South Africa was admitted to the grouping of powerful emerging economies, which includes Brazil, Russia, India and China, at the third annual summit of the bloc’s leaders in China in 2011.Chabane said the fifth summit – taking place at Durban’s International Convention Centre from 25 to 27 March – would have four key focus areas, namely the promotion of African infrastructure development, and the establishment of a BRICS-led development bank, a BRICS think-tank and a BRICS business council.Context of Africa’s development challengesThe minister said South Africa’s membership of BRICS should be understood in the context of the country’s aim to tackle the developmental challenges faced by Africa as a whole, and its strategic focus on infrastructure as a key vehicle for creating jobs, boosting Africa’s overall competitiveness, and promoting regional integration on the continent.“We wish to align [BRICS member countries’] interests in supporting the integration agenda in Africa, and not just focusing on access to our resources,” Chabane said.He noted that BRICS leaders, at the third BRICS summit in Sanya, China in 2011, had declared their support for African infrastructure development and industrialisation within the framework of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad).And at the fourth BRICS summit, in New Delhi in India in March-April 2012, South African President Jacob Zuma met with BRICS captains of industry, inviting them “to join hands with South Africa in the development of the African continent”.Unlocking Africa’s potentialSouth Africa’s accession to the BRICS grouping was in large part premised on the country’s role as a financial and logistical gateway to sub-Saharan Africa, and on the continent’s huge economic potential.“Africa is the fastest growing power after Asia and offers the highest returns on investments of any region,” Chabane told his audience on Wednesday.“The African continent constitutes 60% of the world’s unused arable agricultural land. In 2010, six of the world’s fastest growing economies emanated from Africa, and Africa’s output is expected to expand by 50% over the next four years. Economic growth is expected to expand by an average of 5.5% annually in the next five years.”Towards a more equitable global orderIt was this potential, combined with the economic power of Brazil, Russia, India and China, that would enable the BRICS grouping to pave the way for “a new global pattern focusing on South-South relations … overriding previous East-West and North-South constructs and divisions,” Chabane said.This was in line with the underlying principle for South Africa’s partnership with BRICS, that of advancing the role of emerging economies in international relations, ultimately to help fashion a more equitable global political and financial architecture.“With South Africa’s unique history and independent foreign policy, we bring our own experience and perspective to the BRICS collaboration,” Chabane said, urging South Africans to come together and support it, and the upcoming Durban summit, “as it brings development not just for us but for the whole African continent”.SAinfo reporter
Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “I actually didn’t want him to shoot the last shot, but Jayson will be Jayson,” said his head coach Nash Racela. “He was really born for those moments.”The 30-year-old Castro has hit countless of big shots throughout his career and his latest serves only reminded everyone of his status as one of the country’s best players today.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCastro finished with just four points but had six assists and was a plus-13 despite his offensive struggles.The national team mainstay said he’s concentrated on his duties as a playmaker unlike before when he’s used to score a lot for TNT to win. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? PBA IMAGESJayson Castro only had one field goal but it was the biggest basket on Sunday night.Castro was 0-of-9 before swishing the game-clinching triple with 12.2 seconds left in TNT’s 100-94 win over Barangay Ginebra in Game 1 of their best-of-five semifinals series in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Limiting TNT import Smith top priority for GInebra ahead of Game 2, says Brownlee Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ “The defense was focused on me and this conference, I’ve always said that I beed to be a facilitator and involve all my teammates so the defense won’t be just focused on me,” he said.“Also, the good thing is that we gave a big man like Josh (Smith) who can dominate the paint and when he’s being double-teamed, he can also see his wide open teammates.”Racela, however, expects Castro to flash his lethal offense in Game 2.“Actually, that’s good today,” Racela said when asked about Castro’s struggles. “Because next game he’s going to explode.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire
England can look forward to further “aggressive” cricket in the second test in Adelaide, Australia captain Steve Smith said, after his team found their mean streak to rout the tourists by 10 wickets at the Gabba on Monday.Australia were matched by England for three days, with the unusually slow Gabba pitch blunting their bowlers’ pace and their batsmen struggling in the first innings barring a magnificent, unbeaten 141 by the skipper.The hosts hit back on day four, however, as their pacemen grabbed seven wickets in a furious short-pitched assault to skittle England for 195.Openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft then mowed down 170 for victory before lunch on day five to give Australia a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.”Really pleased with the way we played this test match. It’s great to go up 1-0 in this Ashes series,” said man-of-the-match Smith.”We’re going to continue to play the same way we have, nice and aggressively.”We’ve played some really good cricket we had to fight after the first couple of days to get the result we’re after.”No doubt there will continue to be some good, hard, aggressive cricket throughout the series.”A small media storm was generated by England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow’s “headbutt” greeting of Bancroft at a bar in Perth in the leadup, an incident both teams played down.Smith revealed his team had used the incident as ammunition to throw Bairstow off his game when he was batting on the field and believed the tactic had worked when the wicketkeeper was dismissed softly for 42 when he hit straight to third man.advertisementThe incident had proved to be a distraction to the England camp, with their coach Trevor Bayliss saying staff would meet with players to potentially discuss tighter curfews.Smith shrugged when asked whether Australia’s exploitation of the incident might fuel animosity between the teams.”It’s always played hard out on the field. There’s a line you’re not to cross. I don’t think it makes any real difference,” he said.Adelaide Oval will offer a different challenge for both teams, with the pink ball likely to move far more in the first day-night Ashes Test than at the Gabba.England’s veteran pacemen Stuart Broad and James Anderson may be best placed to exploit the conditions but Smith was also excited what his pacemen might do under lights.”The Adelaide wicket might bring some of their bowlers into the game a little bit but having said that, it’s probably one of the quickest wickets in the country at night,” he said.”We saw how effective our bowlers could be wen this wicket quickened up a little bit. so it’s exciting.”