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Posted by: | Posted on: January 14, 2020

‘State Security Officers are Traumatized’

first_imgFormer Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan, has said that national security officers, especially those assigned at various point of entry that compromised the interest of the country by allowing harmful narcotic substances to enter the country, are traumatized and should be offered psychosocial counseling services.The high level of narcotic substances that have entered Liberia with the connivance of some national security officers, Ngafuan said are harming the country’s youths.He described illegal drug abuse as the newest national threat that must be tackled now before it becomes too late for the country. “This new threat that has to do with the use of narcotic substances has permeated the entire Liberian society and we must address it now,” he said.The former minister spoke at the graduation ceremony of 290 Renewed Energy Serving Humanity (RESH) volunteers who completed intensive eight-week psychosocial counseling courses in Paynesville.He noted that officers of national security apparatus, especially those that have the statutory mandate to man the various ports of entry to the country are putting the future of Liberia at stake, because they neglect their responsibilities.“These narcotic substances that are destroying our brothers and sisters are coming through airports, sea ports and other points of entry into our country and we have men and women who have pledged to defend our country, supposed to be or are at these points… but what are they doing? Are they compromising the interests of the land? I think they too are traumatized and they need rehabilitation or psychosocial counseling,” Ngafuan said. Ngafuan acknowledged that the fight against illegal drug trafficking would be a herculean task, given the fragility of the Liberian state, especially when security officers, who are supposed to be protecting the interest of the state, are the ones who are compromising the future of the nation’s youth.He noted that the graduates have a huge task at hand, which has to do with rehabilitating thousands of Liberians who are currently undergoing some mental pressures. The young people, many of who have fallen in the grips of narcotic substances, made up the bulk of this number Ngafuan said, adding, “Knowledge is nothing without its application, therefore the new skills acquired must be used to help Liberia.”“It is your duty to rescue your brothers and sisters and return them to their various families. You have gained this knowledge to have an impact and I’m of the strongest conviction that you will,” he told the graduates.He told the volunteers that by doing this, they would save Liberia, whose future—in spite of surviving all the odds of recent years, is being dented by the impact of illegal drug traffickers.He called on the state security to get more robust and tackle drug trafficking in the country. “It now appears that every community in Liberia has a little ghetto somewhere and we must fight to bring these to their knees,” he said.He frowned on Liberians, especially women who know the pain of child bearing but are trading in these substances. “You are contributing to the destruction of your country more,” he said, “Those who make profit at the expense of others are also armed robbers because they are making armed robbers by what they sell.”It may be recalled that in 2013, the Commander of the Presidential Motorcade, Perry Dolo was arrested while conveying drugs in one of the president’s convoy vehicles with the inscription “ESCORT ONE on behalf of an unnamed notorious Nigerian illegal drug peddler.Arrested along with Dolo at the time were another LNP Officer Cyrus Slewion, an unnamed Sierra Leonean, a Guinean national and another Liberian.Dolo, together with four other men were charged with drug trafficking and criminal facilitation—helping to import 10bags of narcotics valued nearly LD$3.7 million about US$50,000 into the country and was found guilty on all counts by a jury on Friday, August 8. Dolo was subsequently sentenced but was granted executive clemency by President Sirleaf after a little over two years later.Some of these drugs barons are shielded by people in high places in the various security agencies of the country and other governmental agencies, according to informed sources. Top government officials, according to information, are highly protective of traffickers who are arrested by lower ranking LNP and BIN officers.In 2015, while using undercover agents, the United States DEA in collaboration with the National Security Agency (NSA) nabbed some notorious drug traffickers in Liberia with Mr. Fomba Sirleaf, son of President Sirleaf at the center of this operation.Sirleaf nabbed Chigbo Umeh, a Nigerian who was working on behalf of a Colombian drug cartel, and wanted 700kg of the cocaine arrive in Monrovia en route to Accra, Ghana—a deal they promised to pay the NSA Director and his team US$200,000. The DEA and NSA had been trying to bring down this cocaine trafficking ring in Liberia since 2009 but finally got the men and had them sent to the United States.Many illegal drug dealers consider Liberia as a safe transit point to convey their illegal drugs to Western Europe and North America.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 14, 2020

The Killer Pothole

first_imgA few months ago, a popular doctor from Redemption hospital lost his only son, Michael, after he collided with a speeding vehicle trying to dodge one of the most deadly potholes in Caldwell. During 2016, four people lost their lives and many others were severely injured as a result of this pothole.Witnesses have confirmed that all of the accidents that occurred at the pothole were caused by drivers trying to dodge it. In Michael’s case, he died on the spot.“The driver even ran away, but was later apprehended after he turned himself in,” stated an LNP officer who asked not to be named.Community residents say that the surface of the road gradually grew worse due to activities they blamed on the Water and Sewer Corporation after the bridge was paved.“They dug a deep hole in the sidewalk and later in the street for the water to flow. They covered it back with dirt and broken cement but never repaved the place and just left it like that. During the rainy season, people died and got hurt. But after Michael’s death, we all said it has to stop. Let them come and fix this hole and pave the place back,” stated Pa John of New Georgia Junction.Also last year, a popular police veteran named Mamudu lost all feelings in his legs after colliding with an approaching vehicle as he tried to by-pass the pothole. Sadly, his passenger did not survive the ordeal that crushed Mamudu’s legs. The police veteran of seven years has not been able to walk or return to work as a result. A father of two, he finds it difficult to even provide food for his family and his children are at home, unable to further their education.“The government needs to do something fast. The presidents’ convoy during the opening ceremony for the Hydro was seen dodging the same road surface going into Caldwell, and when leaving. Madam President needs to know that this pothole has killed plenty people before,” Pa John added.The community dwellers have asked that the hole be repaired and the section of the road repaved in memory of the late Michael and all those that have lost their lives trying to by-pass the ‘killer pothole.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 11, 2020

Whole Foods’ Burbank plan voted down

first_imgBut the council did not include the provision in its vote. Davies will now have to wait at least a year before resubmitting the project on the site. In a 3-2 decision last month, the council rejected a 52,340-square-foot version of the store. Davies had said the market couldn’t be any smaller, but Councilman David Golonski suggested paring the building down to 40,000 square feet. Golonski eventually voted against it anyway. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Councilman Jef Vander Borght was the lone dissenter. “I feel we lost an opportunity in what I consider my neighborhood to do something that is very special,” he said. The end came amid yet another last-minute twist. Opponents were bracing for another fight with the project’s Westlake Village-based developer, who had offered to reduce the store’s size to 40,000 square feet from the original 60,000. But Davies was a no-show Tuesday night. In a letter, he asked the council to uphold its earlier denial. The letter said project proponents “have not been able to create a scenario that works on the Alameda & Main parcel or any parcel in Burbank at this point in time.” He also requested the council reject the project “without prejudice,” which would have left the door open for the builder to resubmit the project without the need to undergo extensive review, as required for new projects. BURBANK – Once and for all, the Burbank City Council has rejected a plan to build a Whole Foods market in the city’s equestrian district, and the project can’t come back before the council for a year. Early Wednesday, the council voted 4-1 to deny developer Tom Davies’ proposal to build the natural foods grocery at 901 W. Alameda Ave. The council also encouraged city staff to work directly with the Austin, Texas-based grocer to find another site in the city for the store. “It makes sense to protect horse property,” said Mayor Todd Campbell, who voted to deny the development. He had previously voted in support of the project. “(But) I think that a Whole Foods Market will be extremely valued.” last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 11, 2020

Spector expert removed evidence

first_imgHer body was found with a gunshot wound through the mouth. She was sitting in a chair in the foyer of Spector’s mansion. Spector is best known for creating the “Wall of Sound” recording technique and producing music for Bruce Springsteen, The Ronettes and The Beatles. Clarkson starred in Roger Corman’s 1985 cult film “Barbarian Queen.” The prosecution has contended the fingernail could prove Clarkson resisted having a gun put in her mouth. Part of Clarkson’s acrylic right thumbnail was missing when police found her. The defense says the actress shot herself. While the judge’s ruling was a substantial victory for the prosecution, Fidler denied prosecutors’ requests to instruct the jury that Lee was not a credible witness. LOS ANGELES – A judge in the Phil Spector murder trial stopped short of holding renowned forensic investigator Henry Lee in contempt of court after determining Lee removed a small, white object the prosecution believes was part of the victim’s thumbnail from the scene of the Feb. 3, 2003, shooting. Outside of the jury’s presence Wednesday, Fidler ruled in favor of the prosecution, saying he believed attorney Sara Caplan’s testimony that she saw Lee pick up a “white object with a rough edge” and place it in a vial during the search of Spector’s Alhambra mansion at the scene of the shooting. “An object was taken and put into a vial by Dr. Lee, and nobody has it at this point,” Fidler said, defying Lee’s testimony from earlier in the morning that Caplan was mistaken and no such evidence existed. “If Dr. Lee has this object, he is to produce it forthwith.” Spector, 67, is accused of murdering actress Lana Clarkson, 40, whom he met the night before her death while she was working as a hostess in the West Hollywood’s House of Blues’ elite Foundation Room. Fidler said such an action would be “inappropriate” and he did not want to “project himself too far into the case.” Fidler will, however, allowed the prosecution to present all the evidence regarding the missing and still-undefined object to the jury if the defense decides to let Lee testify. Fidler likened the situation Wednesday morning to the 1950 Japanese crime drama “Rash mon.” In the movie, a woman is raped and her husband killed, and the film provides four different points of view of the crime without letting the audience know which one is “true.” “\ parties are telling the same story from different perspectives,” Fidler said of Wednesday’s testimony. When the jury returned after lunch, they listened to an Alhambra paramedic and detective testify while viewing numerous pictures with different angles of Clarkson’s dead body, which have been shown throughout the trial. David Riggs, an Alhambra Fire Department paramedic and firefighter, told Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson that he determined Clarkson was dead at 6:25 a.m. Feb. 3, 2003, after performing several tests on her. Alhambra police Detective Esther Rodriguez explained her role of testing the hands of Spector’s driver, Adriano De Souza, for gunshot residue. In cross-examination, defense attorney Linda Kenney-Baden attempted to prove that both witnesses seemed to have preconceived ideas that this was a “crime scene” and Clarkson was a “victim,” rather than considering the possibility that Clarkson could have shot herself. Testimony will continue at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. The Associated Press contributed to this story. molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: January 11, 2020

Attempted murder with hammer in Chetwynd

first_imgThe subsequent investigation found he had been struck several times and stitches were required to close his head wounds. The suspect, an unidentified Chetwynd resident, was at last report still in police custody awaiting his first court appearance. – Advertisement –last_img

Posted by: | Posted on: January 11, 2020

Zombie apocalypse in Fort St. John tomorrow

first_imgOrganizer Kim Large says that while a zombie walk is fun to attend and watch, it’s also held with a cause in mind. “It typically is to raise funds for a charity,” she explains. “Most of them it’s a food bank, because it’s kind of funny to have zombies getting food for the food bank. So basically it’s to raise non-perishables for your local food bank, and just to have fun!” Non-perishable food donations will be collected when the walk begins at 4 p.m. in Centennial Park, as well as through a drop box in front of Dollarama in the Totem Mall. Food items will also be accepted as admission for the two zombie movies that will be shown after the walk at Aurora Cinema around 5 p.m. ParaNorman will be playing for the kids, while the remake of The Evil Dead is the Rated R option. Large expects there to be plenty of little zombies running around, as in the past more than half of participants have been families. – Advertisement -“People that are really, really into this genre… there are a lot of people that are into zombies and horror, and then there’s people that are really necessarily into it at all,” she says. “They just thought it was something kind of cool to do. The parents come with the kids and it’s really cool.” Leaving from Centennial Park, the risen will make their way to the Totem Mall. Spectators are welcomed with open arms, but the safety of brains is not guaranteed.Advertisementlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 30, 2019

Man City captain hails club’s Champions League qualification

first_img The club have not had the best form in the group stages in previous years, but this time they have qualified with two games to spare 1 Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany breathed a sigh of relief as his side ‘finally’ stepped up to the plate in Europe.Two goals in the opening 11 minutes gave Manuel Pellegrini’s side the perfect platform to see out a vital 3-1 victory in Sevilla, with strikes from Raheem Sterling, Fernando and Wilfried Bony put them to the top of Group D, qualifying for the next stage with two games to spare.While progressing from the group stage has been a major hurdle for City in the past, last season they made it through only to face Barcelona in the first knock-out stage and duly made a swift exit.With that in mind, Kompany is keen for them to build on their progress so far and top the group in the hope of an easier draw.“The first feeling is ‘Finally’,” he said on BT Sport 2 as City could enjoy a truly special performance in Europe.“It’s a difficult group and for us to qualify with two games to go is an incredible achievement.“We need to go on. It would be a first for us to finish first in our group and that’s important because we have been unlucky in the draws before.”They are now one point ahead of group rivals Juventus, who drew at Borussia Monchengladbach in the other Group D contest. Manager Manuel Pellegrini changed his team’s shape by leaving out De Bruyne in order to feature Fernando, Fernandinho and Toure together in midfield, and enjoyed the results after revealing he had not been impressed with some of City’s recent displays.Pellegrini said: “I’m happy with the way we played, we scored three goals, missed three of four clear chances to score and we defended well.“I was not happy with the way we were playing in the previous games, so I’m happy with our form in this game.“The three midfielders – Yaya Toure, Fernandinho and Fernando – played well, pressed higher and our attack was really prepared. We played with one touch and moved into space, that was the reason we created so many chances.”last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 26, 2019

DONEGAL SHOPPING BOOST AS STERLING GAINS AGAINST EURO

first_imgTHE crisis over the euro has pushed it down against sterling – giving a jobs boost to Donegal.It will make shopping north of the Border, where prices are steadily rising, less attractive for consumers.And it will bring more northern shoppers back across the Border – especially to Letterkenny. It will also help hotels sell beds to northerners who are getting closer to €1.20 for the £1.Sterling rose to a one-month high against the euro yesterday and could to rise to its strongest in nine months as investors sold the single currency, annoyed at the growing debt crisis.The euro fell as low as 84.96 pence yesterday. Further falls today would take it below 84.86, its March weakest.Already northern shoppers are returning, particularly at weekends. Mark McCloskey of Evolve Menswear in Letterkenny said sterling takings are way up on previous years as weekend shoppers from Belfast, Derry and even Newry come to Donegal to shop.Chamber of Commerce boss Toni Forrester revealed that sales of Shop LK vouchers are up 20% on last year.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldaily Follow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comDONEGAL SHOPPING BOOST AS STERLING GAINS AGAINST EURO was last modified: December 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 25, 2019

DONEGAL WILL NOT COPY CLARE COUNCIL’S ‘BULLYING’ OF STUDENTS, SAYS SINN FEIN

first_imgInishowen Sinn Féin councillor Jack Murray has said that the “disgraceful actions” of Clare County Council, which recently admitted to sending letters to third-level grant applicants asking for proof that they have paid the Household Charge before processing their requests, will not be replicated in Donegal.Cllr Murray described the action as a “bullying” tactic which targets the children of those who are making a stand against an unfair tax.“I was shocked to learn that Clare County Council had written to third-level grant applicants asking for proof that they have paid the Household Charge before processing their request. In other words – as the vast majority of applicants are teenagers and young adults who do not own their own home – the council is targetingthe children of those who are refusing to pay an unjust tax. They are threatening to block their access to education in order to bully their parents into paying. “This will not happen in Donegal.“Sinn Féin is currently seeking advice on the legality of this action. We hope to reverse the decision in Clare and prevent it from happening anywhere else in the state.“I have written to the Manager of Donegal County Council expressing my opposition to this action, stating that is not the way our council should operate.”“I am confident that the targeting of students is not a course of action that would be considered by the manager, the staff or members of Donegal County Council.”  DONEGAL WILL NOT COPY CLARE COUNCIL’S ‘BULLYING’ OF STUDENTS, SAYS SINN FEIN was last modified: September 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DONEGAL WILL NOT COPY CLARE COUNCIL’S ‘BULLYING’ OF STUDENTSSAYS SINN FEINlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 28, 2019

ACL or not, Obiena hunts for SEA Games pole vault gold

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I told the father (and coach Emerson Obiena) we’re thinking of the long term here. We have the Asian Games, the Olympics and World Championships. SEA Games gold is good but if he aggravates his injury we don’t want it,” said Juico.READ: PH gold medal bet Obiena injures ACL, out of SEA GamesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe 22-year-old, 6-foot-2 Obiena hurt his ACL and was even reported by Juico as needing surgery last Friday, one day before the team departed for this city.But Juico said EJ and his father insisted that the young pole vaulter is healthy enough to hunt for a gold in the event where he bagged a silver two years ago in Singapore. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul SEA Games: PH stays unscathed at 2-0 in ice hockey Obiena, who has been training in Formia, Italy, has a personal best of 5.61 meters, which is deemed good for the SEA Games gold medal.The standing SEA Games record is only 5.30 meters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim EJ Obiena has broken the national record 14 times and, at 21, looks very capable of raising the bar well beyond the 5.55 meters he achieved in a recent athletics meet in Singapore (photo).KUALA LUMPUR—Ernest John Obiena is set to compete in pole vault on Thursday despite fears that he injured his left ACL last week during training in Manila.This was confirmed by athletics chief Philip Ella Juico, who said Obiena will fly here in the morning just in time for the event in the afternoon at Bukit Jalil National Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more