Road closure announced in Decatur County

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Decatur County Road 180 East between U.S. 421 and County Road 300 South will be closed until August 14 for bridge repair.last_img

Juventus linked with ambitious bid for Barca star

first_imgThe two clubs have been linked with a host of player exchange deals in recent weeks, with Arthur Melo, Arturo Vidal, Nelson Semedo, Miralem Pjanic and Mattia De Sciglio all linked with trading places.Spanish international Alba is now the latest name to appear on the Serie A giants radar, according to reports from Calciomercato.it.Juventus are rumoured to be expecting summer offers from the Premier League for Brazilian left back Alex Sandro, and Alba would be an ideal replacement.Read Also: La Liga: Spanish Prime Minister confirms restart dateThe 31-year old has won 11 major honours since his return to the Camp Nou from Valencia in 2012, with over 300 appearances in all competitions.Barcelona are unlikely to be open to a sale, with Alba under contract in Catalonia until 2024, and a high profile player exchange the only potential chance for a deal between the two parties. Promoted Content8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now9 Celebrities Who Look Older Than They Really AreTop 10 Most Famous Female Racers Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best Car Manufacturers In The World13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootThe Best Cars Of All Time Loading… Serie A giants Juventus have been linked with a shock summer move for Barcelona defender Jordi Alba. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Doyle Ison

first_imgDoyle Ison, 82, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Saturday March 9, 2019 in Milan, Indiana.He was born February 12, 1937 in Oskaloosa, KY, son of the late Dewey Ison and Minalee (Brown) IsonHe worked for Anchor Glass, retiring after over 41 years of service. Doyle belonged to the Thatcher Glass Retiree Club. He enjoyed tinkering around on cars, and carpentry work. He loved spending time with his family especially the grandchildren. He will be missed by all who knew him.Doyle is survived by his sons, William Michael “Mike” (Rhonda) Ison of Moores Hill, IN and John Randall “Randy” (Sheryl) Ison of Milan, IN; grandchildren, Travis Ison, Tyler (Shaina) Ison, Jenna Ison, Ryan (Courtney) Ison, & Adam Ison; great granddaughter, Parker Mae Ison; siblings, William “Bill” Ison of Moores Hill, IN, Bettena (Charlie) Ison of Elrod, IN.He was preceded in death by his wife of almost 60 years, Betty Sue (Hamilton) Ison, siblings, Lenville, Wayne, Deamer & Atha Ison, Father, Dewey Ison, Mother, Minalee (Brown) Ison.Friends will be received from 10:00 – 1:00, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the Rullman Hunger Funeral HomeServices will be held at 1:00, Tuesday, immediately following visitation.Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association . If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Edo to Host 2020 National Sports Festival as Delta Wins 19th Edition…

first_imgBy Duro IkhazuagbeDefending champions of the National Sports Festival, Delta State made good its promise to win the 19th edition which ended yesterday in Abuja with a total haul of 352 medals. It is Delta’s sixth NSF title.A breakdown of the silverware won by the ‘Big Heart’ state showed the run-away champions harvest 163 gold, 88 silver and 101 bronze medals to retain the title it won in the last edition in Lagos in 2012. The closest state to Delta on the medals table was Rivers State who hosted and won the 2011 edition in Port Harcourt. Rivers won 69 gold, 58 silver and 67 bronze medals while the next host of the festival in Benin in 2020, Edo State picked 47 gold, 41 silver and 53 bronze medal to place third in the standing.Delta repeated its winning streak at Bauch 2000, Abuja 2004, Gateway 2006, Kada 2009 and Eko 2012 to remain the leading sports inclined state in the country. The state is reaping its heavy investment is sports infrastructure and human capacity development.Lagos, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, FCT, Kano, Oyo and Ondo occupied the top 10 spot of the 19th edition of the festival hosted by the FCT after six years of wait.Cross River State was awarded the right to host the 19th edition but failed to put its facilities in order to meet the expectations of the National Council on Sports. FCT stepped in as last minute hosts with a budget of over N1.5billion approved by the Presidency for the festival.FINAL MEDALS TABLESTATES Gold Silver Bronze Total1 Delta 163 88 101 3522 Rivers 69 58 67 1943 Edo 47 41 53 1414 Lagos 36 37 73 1465 Bayelsa 32 56 48 1366 Akwa-Ibom 32 26 34 927 FCT 21 9 24 548 Kano 18 27 24 699 Oyo 16 35 44 9510 Ondo 15 9 23 4711 Abia 9 6 29 4412 Ogun 7 15 41 6313 Osun 7 8 20 3514 Plateau 6 18 28 5215 Bauchi 6 12 9 2716 Anambra 5 11 13 2917 Cross-River 5 9 7 2118 Imo 5 3 13 2119 Kebbi 5 3 4 1220 Kaduna 4 7 8 1921 Niger 4 6 6 1622 Kogi 2 2 8 1223 Kwara 1 6 5 1224 Nasarawa 1 5 8 1425 Jigawa 1 3 1 526 Benue 1 2 7 1027 Yobe 1 2 6 928 Enugu 1 2 2 529 Gombe 0 4 7 1130 Borno 0 2 5 731 Ekiti 0 2 4 632 Zamfara 0 1 1 233 Adamawa 0 1 0 134 Sokoto 0 0 5 535 Taraba 0 0 4 436 Ebonyi 0 0 0 037 Katsina 0 0 0 0TOTAL 520 516 732 1768Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Walton-Moss shines at Cabrini while improving as student, father

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Three years ago, Aaron Walton-Moss’ future in basketball had all but flatlined. His play at Camden (N.J.) High School had turned heads, but his grades turned away Division I coaches and scholarship offers.All he wanted was another chance.“Camden is known for bad stuff that goes on, but there’s also a lot of people that made it out and did great things,” Walton-Moss said. “It’s an opportunity to do something positive with yourself.”Now, he’s doing exactly that at Division III Cabrini College.The 6-foot-1 guard has been the centerpiece for the No. 6 Cavaliers (21-1), who currently sit atop the Colonial States Athletic Conference standings. He ranks fifth in the country with 24.7 points per game and has also hauled in 10.7 rebounds per contest.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut more impressive than his performance on the court has been his turnaround in the classroom and at home. Now the father of a 3-year-old daughter, Walton-Moss is committed to ensuring his own well-being and her long-term success.“I don’t want to sit here and do good for one semester, then fall off for nothing,” he said. “Now, I’ve just got to make sure I stay on that right track“For a long time, getting there wasn’t easy.Growing up in Camden posed its own set of challenges. Hearing the periodic interlude of gunshots was commonplace and many kids struggled to escape life on the streets.When his older brother passed away from cancer, Walton-Moss was actually thankful that his brother didn’t meet a more violent fate.“I rather it be him dying from that than getting gunned down in the street,” he said. “We knew it was coming.”Walton-Moss knew that life wasn’t for him, and basketball could be his ticket to something better.In terms of talent, he was set. He earned second-team all-state honors as a senior in 2009 and averaged a double-double. Cabrini guard Vinny Walls, who played with Walton-Moss at Camden, said his in-game mental awareness was nearly flawless.“His I.Q. was very high on the court,” Walls said. “Nobody’s perfect, but in that sense, he always tries to make the right choice in game situations.”But the classroom was a different story.Coming out of middle school, Walton-Moss said he focused solely on basketball. He finally realized by his junior year that he couldn’t play without the grades, so he tried to pick up the slack.By that point, it was too late. Temple and other schools stopped pursuing him. He didn’t play at all during the next two years.Instead, he had a daughter to worry about.Ariyiania was born in 2010 and his focus immediately shifted to her. He took jobs at Wal-Mart and the Camden Bureau of Recreation for financial stability before the Cabrini opportunity presented itself.It started in 2011, thanks to the NBA lockout. Walton-Moss was working-out with Sacramento Kings forward Jason Thompson when he was introduced to Marcus Kahn, Cabrini’s head coach. Kahn talked to him about his situation and the possibility of playing in Radnor (Pa.), but he never expected the skilled Walton-Moss to even apply.He did, and then Kahn received another surprise.“Two weeks later, he’s coming in with an acceptance letter,” Kahn said. “I thought, ‘OK, well I guess this is getting real now.’”Once on the team, Walton-Moss accepted the role of sixth man and made his presence known immediately. He averaged 11.5 points in 19 games and proved to Kahn he was serious about rebuilding his basketball career.He then needed to overcome one final academic hurdle, as he missed the first semester of the 2012-2013 season due to poor grades. Since that point, though, Walton-Moss said his GPA has progressively risen.That doesn’t surprise Kahn, who said his work ethic is second to none.“He’s taken that same mindset over this last year off the floor,” Kahn said. “Basketball can go away, so he’s gotta learn to have a backup plan.”In an ideal situation, Walton-Moss said he would like a chance to play professionally. He wants to pay for Ariyiania’s college tuition well ahead of time. Now that she can understand the sport, she’s arguably Walton-Moss’ biggest fan. She attends Cabrini home games and often brings a smile to his face with her candid commentary.“The TV can come on, and she points at it and says, ‘That’s my dad playing,’” he said. “I would love to try to get my foot in the door of the NBA or the D-League so she can really see it up close.”If playing basketball won’t accomplish that task, he is hoping to either coach or break into sports radio.After all that he’s been through, his future is bright. He was given the chance he so desperately wanted, and now he isn’t looking back.“It doesn’t matter because talent is going to show wherever you’re at,” Walton-Moss said. “As long as you do what you’re going to do and handle your business…that’s all that really matters.” Comments Published on February 19, 2014 at 12:16 am Contact Tyler: tfpiccot@syr.edulast_img read more

MLB trade deadline: With Yankees’ recent pitching woes, where do they go for help?

first_imgNoah Syndergaard, MetsWhy him: Who knows what the Mets are doing? Not me. The Mets and Yankees haven’t completed a significant deal in more than a decade, but Syndergaard is the type of pitcher worth chasing, even if it means paying a tiny bit more than the Yankees would like. His issues this year seem more like an aberration than his new normal. Robbie Ray, DiamondbacksWhy him: Ray would be a bit of a gamble, no doubt. He’s a lefty who can rack up the strikeouts — he’s averaged at least 12.0 per nine each of the past three seasons — but his inability to find the plate at times is a bit disconcerting; he’s averaged 4.3 walks per nine those three years. He’s lasted at least six full innings in 10 of his past 11 starts, which is big. Ray has one year of arbitration remaining, and the Diamondbacks would be willing to move him in the right deal. Trevor Bauer, IndiansWhy him: Because the incident in Kansas City doesn’t mean Bauer will melt down in the pressure of a New York postseason. And like the Giants, the Indians could use a promising outfielder (and, yeah, they’re pretty familiar with Frazier). Here’s the thing though: Even though every single Cleveland fan should be upset that Bauer is reportedly available despite the team holding a playoff spot and a legit shot of advancing in October, would the front office really trade Bauer to a team they could very well face in the postseason? No way, right? Right? And now, suddenly, the pitching staff can’t stop teams from scoring. MORE: Watch live MLB games all season long on fuboTV (7-day free trial)In their past eight games — three wins, five losses — Yankees pitchers have allowed 79 runs, easily the most in the majors. The next-worst team in that stretch? Oakland, at 50 runs allowed. Heck, the Mariners, Indians and Astros combined to allow just 74 runs, total, for 23 games, in that same span. And, yes — small sample size alert, of course. But if there are certain times in a baseball season when small sample sizes are more impactful in a team’s decision-making process, the two weeks leading up to the only trade deadline of the 2019 season probably sit atop that list. The pitching woes spread all through the staff, but have been especially pointed in the rotation. Masahiro Tanaka made one start in the stretch, allowing 12 runs in 3 1/3 innings. J.A. Happ made one start, too, and lasted just 3 1/3 innings, too, giving up six runs. The other three guys in the rotation each made two starts, and here are their ERAs in those games: Domingo German (11.00), CC Sabathia (11.88) and James Paxton (13.50). Yikes. Heck, even the two guys at the back end of the bullpen, Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman, combined to allow eight walks, five hits and four earned runs in five innings. The Rays are now just 8.5 back and the Red Sox — who scored 44 runs in taking three of four from the Yankees in Fenway Park — are nine back. So what should the Yankees do? They’re not going to panic like the playoffs are in danger, of course. They’re still pretty safe (the Rays own the second wild card spot at the moment). But this isn’t a year the Yankees will be satisfied with just reaching October. Nine full seasons have passed since the last time the Yankees reached the World Series, and while that might not seem like a lot for most franchises, it’s the third-longest drought since Babe Ruth joined the team. Yeah. And this is a team with otherwise legitimate World Series aspirations, but it’s hard to imagine a rotation that just went through that disaster rolling through the American League playoffs, right? Trading for a fourth or fifth starter probably isn’t going to cut it if they want to improve their playoff prospects. Sabathia, in his final year in the bigs, just went on the IL for the second time this year. He’ll be back at some point, but GM Brian Cashman is a big fan of building quality depth, as he’s shown many times through the years and even earlier this season when he traded for Edwin Encarnacion without a permanent lineup spot to give him.With Marcus Stroman — an All-Star this year — off the trade block, having moved from the Blue Jays to the Mets, let’s look at the four starters the Yankees should pursue. Madison Bumgarner, GiantsWhy him: Because the goal is to win in October, right? Bumgarner, who is a free agent after the season, is one of the best ever in October, and though it feels like he’s been around forever, he only turns 30 on his next birthday, which just happens to be the day after the trade deadline. And, yes, the Giants’ recent surge has them back in the NL wild card picture, but they’re a couple of games back with the Phillies, Brewers, Nationals, Cubs and Cardinals ahead of them in the wild card race. Build a package around Clint Frazier — the Giants have needed an outfielder with a bit of pop for years — and make it happen.  The Yankees opened the second half of their season by winning seven of their first nine games and stretched their AL East lead to double-digits, with the Rays (10 back) and the Red Sox (11 back) as the only teams within dreaming distance. Life in the Bronx was good. The seemingly charmed season was writing another chapter en route to a destiny-laden October. Sure, the team had been forced to deal with a cavalcade of injuries most of the year, but day after day the replacements stepped up and performed as well or better than the regulars on the injured list. There were no excuses, only winning for a team a very impressive 31 games over the .500 mark. last_img read more

Vanessa Bryant reveals one final letter Kobe wrote to her before his death

first_imgView this post on Instagram As she mentioned in her post, she waited a day to open it as it “gave me something to look forward to” on her birthday.MORE: Vanessa Bryant reacts to Kobe Bryant joining 2020 Basketball Hall of Fame class Yesterday I found an envelope labeled To: The Love of my Life. From, Tu Papi ❤️I waited to open one more letter on my birthday. It gave me something to look forward to today.❤️The irony is that Kobe had a photo of me drawn with an Angel holding me up by an artist on the cover. Missing the Love of my Life and my sweet little Mamacita- my fellow Taurus. Grateful to wake up to my 3 sweet girls today. Wish we were all together. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️#MyBirthdayWishA post shared by Vanessa Bryant 🦋 (@vanessabryant) on May 5, 2020 at 9:15am PDTHere’s hoping the letter provides comfort to Vanessa Bryant and her children in what are surely difficult times.center_img Kobe Bryant gave one final birthday present to his widow on Tuesday.Vanessa Bryant, in a Tuesday Instagram post, revealed that she had found an unopened letter from her late husband on Monday — the last one he wrote her before he, their daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash in January.last_img read more

Tuesday October 15th Local Sports

first_imgRIVERSIDE – The NIACC men’s golf team tied for fifth with a 333 at the Region XI preview meet Monday at the Blue Top Ridge Golf Course.DMACC was the preview champion with a 306 and Kirkwood was second with a 308. Iowa Central tied NIACC for fifth with a 333.NIACC was led by sophomores Austin Eckenrod (41-40 – 81) and Jackson Hamlin (36-45 – 81). Also for the Trojans, Zach Martin shot 39-44 – 83, Matthew Heinemann shot 43-45 – 88, Beau Thompson shot 47-44 – 91.NIACC golfers playing as individuals were Jackson French (39-41 – 80), Charles Lorenz (47-43 – 90) and Peter Stadheim (47-49 – 96).Monday’s regional preview tournament wrapped up the fall season for the Trojans. Eight-man1. Don Bosco (7-0), LW #1 @ North Iowa2. Turkey Valley (7-0), LW #2 vs #5 Easton Valley3. Remsen St. Mary’s (7-0), LW #3 vs Newell-Fonda4. Audubon (7-1), LW #4 @ Glidden-Ralston5. Easton Valley (7-0), LW #5 @ #2 Turkey Valley6. CAM (7-0), LW #6 vs #7 Coon Rapids-Bayard7. Coon Rapids-Bayard (6-1), LW #7 @ #6 CAM8. Harris-Lake Park (6-1), LW #10 vs Siouxland Christian9. AGWSR (6-1), LW #9 @ Gladbrook-Reinbeck10.Lenox (7-1), LW (X) @ @ Lamoni MASON CITY — Despite splitting four matches at the Iowa Central tournament over the weekend, the NIACC volleyball team remains ranked 20th in the latest junior college Division II rankings. Parkland of Illinois is ranked first, followed by Coffeyville of Kansas and Glendale of Arizona. Iowa Central is the only other Iowa Community College Athletic Conference team that is ranked this week, dropping three spots to 14th. Kirkwood was ranked 19th in last week’s poll but dropped out of this week’s rankings. NIACC is scheduled to travel to Iowa Falls Wednesday night to face Ellsworth Class 2A1. Waukon (7-0), LW #1 vs Anamosa2. Clear Lake (7-0), LW #2 @ New Hampton3. Algona (7-0), LW #3 @ Spirit Lake4. Greene County (7-0), LW #6 vs Red Oak5. Des Moines Christian (7-0), LW #5 @ Chariton6. OABCIG (7-0), LW #7 vs Carroll Kuemper7. Waterloo Columbus (6-1), LW #4 vs North Fayette Valley8. Benton (6-1), LW #9 @ #10 West Marshall9. Sioux Center (5-2), LW (X) vs Central Lyon10.West Marshall (5-2), LW (X) vs #8 BentonClass 1A1. Dike-New Hartford (7-0), LW #1 @ South Hardin2. Van Meter (7-0), LW #2 @ Mount Ayr3. West Branch (7-0), LW #3 @ Cascade4. Western Christian (7-0), LW #5 vs Emmetsburg5. South Central Calhoun (7-0), LW #5 vs Eagle Grove6. West Sioux (6-1), LW #7 vs Unity Christian7. West Lyon (6-1), LW #4 @ Sibley-Ocheyedan8. Iowa City Regina (6-1), LW #8 vs Jesup9. Treynor (7-0), LW #9 @MVAOCOU10.Sigourney-Keota (7-0), LW (X) @ Wapello DES MOINES — Radio Iowa sports broadcasters high school football pollClass 4A1. WDM Valley (7-0), LW #1 @ Ames2. Dowling Catholic (6-1), LW #2vs DSM Hoover3. Cedar Falls (7-0), LW #3 @ Dubuque Senior4. Cedar Rapids Kennedy (6-1), LW #5 @ Davenport Central5. Ankeny Centennial (6-1), LW #6 vs #10 Roosevelt6. Southeast Polk (5-2), LW #7 @ Marshalltown7. Bettendorf (5-2), LW #4 vs Davenport West8. Ankeny (4-3), LW #8 @ Sioux City North9. Waukee (4-3), LW #9 vs Indianola10.Des Moines Roosevelt (6-1), LW #10 @ #5 Centennial Class 3A1. Western Dubuque (7-0), LW #1 @ Marion2. Solon (7-0), LW #2 vs Keokuk3. Cedar Rapids Xavier (6-1), LW #3 vs Center Point-Urbana4. Dallas Center-Grimes (6-1), LW #5 @ Webster City5. North Scott (6-1), LW #6 vs Clear Creek-Amana6. Lewis Central (6-1), LW #4 @ #10 Glenwood7. Sergeant Bluff-Luton (6-1), LW #7 @ Denison-Schleswig8. Independence (7-0), LW #8 @ Waverly-Shell Rock9. Norwalk (6-1), LW #9 vs Ballard10.Glenwood (6-1) vs #6 Lewis Centralcenter_img LUBBOCK, TEXAS — Texas Tech coach Matt Wells says Iowa State is very similar to the Baylor team the Red Raiders lost to in overtime this past weekend. Tech is 3-3 and will host the Cyclones in Lubbock.Wells says the Red Raiders expect to see a lot of Cyclone running back Breece Hall. The freshman piled up 132 yards in a win at West Virginia.Kickoff in Lubbock on Saturday is scheduled for 11 o’clock. Class A1. West Hancock (7-0), LW #1 @ Graettinger-Terril2. Saint Ansgar (7-0), LW #2 vs Mason City Newman3. North Tama (7-0), LW #3 @ Postville4. Grundy Center (6-1), LW #5 vs Hudson5. MFL MarMac (7-0), LW #6 vs #7 Edgewood-Colesburg6. Earlham (6-1), LW #8 @ Oakland Riverside7. Edgewood-Colesburg (6-1), LW #9 @ #5 MFL MarMac8. Woodbury Central (6-1), LW #10 vs Lawton-Bronson9. BGM (Brooklyn) (6-1), LW (X) vs Durant10.South O’Brien (6-1), LW #4 vs Akron-Westfield FOREST CITY — Newman captured both the girls and boys team crowns at the Forest City Invitational cross country meet. On the girls side, Newman had four runners in the top 11, winning with 40 points. Forest City was second with 82, Osage third with 87. Abby Christians of Garner-Hayfield-Ventura won the girls race in 19:22. Lindsey Davidson of Northwood-Kensett was second in 20:35. Newman’s best runner was Olivia Schissel, who finished fifth in 21:38. On the boys side, Newman had three runners in the top nine to win with 59 points. St. Ansgar had the top two runners but finished second with 68, while Forest City was third with 91. Seth Hershey and Riley Witt of St. Ansgar were the top two runners, finishing with times of 16:32 and 16:37. Braden Petree, Joey Ringo and Ryan Kelly has Newman’s best finishes, placing seventh, eighth and ninth in times of 17:43 for Petree and 18:07 for Ringo and Kelly. You can see the full results of the Forest City Invitational by clicking here.  All the teams involved on Monday will run on Thursday in the Top of Iowa Conference meet in Mason City on the NIACC campus. OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Alex Stalock stopped all 26 shots he faced and the Minnesota Wild picked up their first win of the season with a 2-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Victor Rask and Zach Parise scored third-period goals for the Wild.last_img read more

Tuesday July 7th KGLO Morning News

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Co-Defendant Testifies Against FDA Managers

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Torwan T. Yantay, the man charged with the same crimes as those for which the dismissed Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Managing Director  Moses   Wogbeh and  three  other mangers and a senior surveyor at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME)  are currently being tried, testified against his colleagues.Yantay served as acting manager for GIS and Remote Sensing of the FDA responsible to conduct field validation of communities where logging companies were operating with the Private Use Permits (PUPs).Prosecution is alleging that Yantay’s testimonies can prove that the defendants,  without following the regulations of the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PCCP),  issued  sixty-one PUP licenses, which authorized commercial logging operations on the 2.5 million hectares of farmland in five of the fifteen counties in the country by the FDA. Yantay will not be charged again for any crime related to the testimony he has provided.  In his testimony, he alleged that in 2010 FDA’s management appointed him to serve as acting GIS manager after his former boss, Augustine Johnson, wen on annual leave.   But Yantay said during his interim period, the institution was carrying out PUP validation reports. In December 2010, after Johnson had left, his team was sent to the Tienpo Gbapo Chiefdom in River Gee County for field validation of the Gedeh land.According to him, in early April 2011, a team from his division was sent into the field to validate PUP areas and the team returned with its reports for signature.   Yantay said, “My boss, John B. Kantor, then technical manager of the FDA and co-defendant, informed me that the company and the regional staff of the FDA visited the area for the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), so he signed and I also signed the three reports.”  According to him, in July of that same year, the management of the FDA had a meeting with donors to carry out the project called ‘Expand’ in the Grand Kru- Rivergee Counties’ proposed protected areas. He said, “When I did the overlay of the shape, it was noticed that a greater portion of the areas had been given as PUPs to the people of Jiah community in the area.”  He said he informed Mr. Kantor and one Theo Freeman about the overlap and they were asked to find the validation report.  Yantay further explained that the validation report in the contract showed that the portion of the Grand Kru-Rivergee proposed protected area had already been given under the PUP, and Kantor instructed his division to check for all other areas that were overlapped.“At that time there were only three areas that were overlapped,” he claimed.Yantay will not be charged again with any crime related to the testimony he has provided.   Prosecution is claiming that Yantay’s testimonies can prove that the defendants allegedly issued the sixty-one PUP licenses, which authorized commercial logging operation on the 2.5 million hectares of farmland in five of the fifteen counties by the FDA.At Thursday’s hearing, Yantay appeared calm throughout his testimony that lasted for almost three hours, before Presiding Judge Peter W, Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C,’ suspended the matter for an hour.   The defendants are being tried on the commission of the crimes, which include economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, forgery or counterfeiting, obtaining and issuing deceptive writings and obstruction of government functions by public servants.last_img read more