Samukai under Probe in US?

first_imgReports reaching the Daily Observer say that the Pentagon, Headquarters of United States Defense establishment, is investigating Liberia’s Defense Minister Brownie Samukai over the recent shooting in West Point, Monrovia, of unarmed civilians by the US-trained Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).US-trained AFL soldiers, while performing her first public engagement since its restructuring had an altercation with defenseless civilians on August 20, 2014, killing one and wounding two others. According to sources close to the Defense Ministry, Washington is extremely angry about the “unfortunate” situation in Liberia, and called for an immediate probe.The US is outraged over the shooting because the world’s only real superpower feels that  training and procuring of  weaponry for the Liberian army was provided by the US people and government, our sources said.“For about a week now, Minister Samukai had been facing questioning relating to the shooting. He has been answering questions ranging from why such excessive force was used in dislodging the crowd, who gave the order to shoot, why did Samukai give conflicting accounts about the incident from the onset, why was the army deployed in a civilian matter and why the Township was quarantined in the first place.“He has been facing US investigators about the incident for few days now and is expected back in the country on or after Monday September  8, 2014. Washington is highly disappointed in the army because the army was trained by the US and weapons used in the standoff were provided to Liberia by Washington from the West African state of Senegal.Assistant Defense Minister for Public Affairs David Dahn  declined to comment on issues raised when our reporter placed a call to him yesterday afternoon.“I have no knowledge on when the Minister left Liberia and I don’t know the intent of his trip. You can come to my office tomorrow and I will give you the information, but I don’t know now,” Dahn declared.When contacted for in further  inquiry, the Information Assistant in the Public Affairs Section of the US Embassy near Monrovia, Robert P. Clarke, Jr., declined to comment.“The Embassy is closed right now and you can’t get anybody to speak to your concerns.  Everybody is off office and no official will take calls on that issue, if even I give you numbers,” Clarke asserted.The Chairman on the House Committee on Defense and Intelligence, George S. Mulbah, said his Committee is not aware of the information.“But,” he added, “Liberia is a sovereign state and our army will be investigated by ourselves,” ignoring Washington’s overwhelming support to the army over the years.“Armies around the world, including the US, are not perfect and when things happen the government concerned takes up the issues. US soldiers that committed crimes in Iraq were prosecuted in the US and not in any other country,” Representative Mulbah pointed out.The Bong County lawmaker condemned the shooting, adding; “My Committee has communicated with Defense Ministry authorities, calling for a conference as part of the House’s own way of investigating the standoff.”He noted that the army would investigate and prosecute those liable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).The West Point incident is the army’s first interaction with the public amidst the drawdown process of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, UNMIL.Before this situation, some AFL soldiers have had personal outbursts with the citizens leading to serious commotion.In 2012, AFL officer Mccquinson Emmanuel stabbed Perry Togba, a motorcyclist, for demanding a balance LD$10 transport fare after the cyclist had dropped him and his fiancée.That situation led Gbarnga City, Bong County to experience a very “chaotic scene on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, when officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and some “pen-pen” riders( motorcyclists) clashed.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Irate weeder on $20,000 bail

first_imgA man of Lot 171 One Mile, Wismar, Linden, was granted ,000 bail when he appeared before Magistrate Judy Latchman at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer a threatening behaviour charge.Marvin Luthon, 41, is accused of using threatening behaviour towards Lotoya Tocabo. It is alleged that on August 24, 2016, at Phase One B of Wisroc Housing Scheme, Wismar, Linden, he made use of threatening behaviour towards Tocabo, resulting in a breach of the peace.The weeder, who was hesitant to make a plea, explained to the court that on the day in question, he was weeding a yard, noting that he was expecting food from his girlfriend – an Amerindian girl who recently began residing in the community. But after she did not arrive after some time, he began hearing arguments at her home, where she and the virtual complainant (VC) reside. It was then that he decided to enquire of the situation.Marvin LuthonHe noted that he walked across to her home with his cutlass in his hand, which he was using to weed the yard, and began calling for her, but instead he overheard conversations in the house. The defendant claimed that after he got no response, he decided to go back to his job.The prosecution’s case contended that the defendant went screaming for the VC instead and was knocking his cutlass on her fence which got her scared and so she called for the Police.Luthon initially pleaded guilty to the charge, but based on his explanation to the court a not guilty plea was entered by Magistrate Latchman.The unrepresented defendant will return to court on September 6.last_img read more

Duala Sellers Want Help For Unidentified Man

first_imgAn older man who witnesses say sleeps at a particular location every day, come rain or shine, but needs help from authorities in Monrovia to get medical attention and to help locate his relatives.The man, who was sound asleep during our reporter’s visit yesterday morning in Duala, would not respond to repeated calls for him to wake-up and respond to questions about his name, his condition and what assistance he would need.“This old man sleeps here every day,” said a young man who sells cellphones in a four-door vehicle nearby, saying, “people offer him water and food, but he sleeps here whether it is raining or the sun is shining.”Though the young man could not identify the mystery man, he only said, “I know he is a Sierra Leonean national who has no one to help him.” The Daily Observer could not locate any one that knows the man’s relatives.As our reporter was trying to get assistance to identify him, he noticed that the man was oblivious to vehicles and three-wheelers driving past him, because he continued in his sleep. “This man is not dead,” another marketer said, “he is simply sleeping; and we hope someone could come and get him to a hospital to see what is wrong with him.”Monrovia City Corporation sanitation workers who were later contacted by this newspaper could not exactly say what should be done for the mystery man. “We can ask him to wake up and go away from here,” one of the workers remarked. And until that order is issued, the mystery man would continue to sleep on, whether in the rain or on the sun.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Venezuelan remanded for stabbing Region 1 man

first_imgA Venezuelan man was on Tuesday remanded to prison by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan when he appeared before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged for unlawful wounding.Alpidio Gozman, 50, is accused of stabbing Jose Dia during an altercation, which occurred on September 22, 2018.Gozman was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that on September 22, 2018 at Port Morawhana, North West District, Region One (Barima-Waini) he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Jose Dia with intent to maim, disfigure, and cause grievously bodily harm.According to the prosecutor, Gozman and the Virtual Complainant (VC) were involved in a heated argument when the defendant armed himself with a knife and dealt the VC several stabs about his body, including to his abdomen. The VC was rushed to the Mabaruma Regional Hospital where he received medical attention. The matter was reported to the Mabaruma Police Station and the Venezuelan was arrested and charged.Chief Magistrate McLennan remanded Gozman to prison until November 19, 2018. The case was transferred to the Mabaruma Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

CJIA moves to tackle sexual harassment in workplace

first_imgDespite being mum on the allegations of sexual harassment by one of its staff members, the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) has moved to tackle the issue of sexual harassment and assault in the workplace.The Cheddi Jagan International AirportA section of the CJIA management team at the consultation sessionIn a statement to the media on Tuesday, the CJIA said the exercise, which commenced on Friday last, is in keeping with the commitment made by its board of directors.At Friday’s meeting, the administration of the CJIA said its board of directors took steps to immediately tackle the workplace culture, to ensure that the CJIA, as a workplace, is safe for all, especially for women and other vulnerable social groups.This decision came in the wake of public allegations of sexual misconduct taking place at the airport. The management team of the CJIA participated in the first consultation session with the two consultants who have been contracted to review all policies, protocols, regulations, and practices that govern conduct and engagements in the workplace, and to conduct workshops with the employees.The CJIA board has retained the services of Social Work Educator and Behaviour Change Consultant Paulette Henry, and Human Resource Management Specialist Donna Tucker, the statement said.“The board remains committed to making all necessary and recommended changes, to ensure that the workplace at CJIA is transformed, both for the safety of all employees and to reflect contemporary best,” the statement added.The CJIA Board has said the interventions reflected its deep concern about the allegations of sexual misconduct recently published in the news media.“The CJIA Board condemns any behaviour which creates an unsafe environment for staff, concessionaires, contractors, suppliers, and passengers using CJIA. The Board is fully committed to ensuring that the CJIA is a safe workplace for all, especially (for) women and other vulnerable social groups,” the board said in a statement last week.As such, the Board has called for an immediate review of all policies, protocols, regulations, and practices that govern conduct and engagements in the workplace, and has taken steps to hire external consultants and specialists to conduct the reviews.In addition, training will be provided for all persons who work at the Airport, including staff at all levels and persons working at the Airport on behalf of other agencies and companies.“The Board wishes to assure the public that all allegations of improper conduct will be taken seriously, and there will be prompt investigation. The Board will ensure that there is follow-through on any investigations that are conducted, and any allegation that is found to be credible will result in the immediate appropriate action (being taken),” the entity noted.Meanwhile, the CJIA Board expects to have the external human resources management and gender affairs consultants in place by month end.It was reported that the sexual assault incident occurred in the office of the Deputy Chief Executive Officer on July 30, 2018 while the duty-free staff was in a meeting with him.The victim claimed that she was hugged inappropriately, and kissed on her lips by the senior official. In her complaint letter tendered the day after the incident, which was seen by this newspaper, the woman explained that she went to the Deputy Chief Executive Officer to have an issue with her boss’s vehicle resolved.Following the accusation, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer was sent on one week’s leave to facilitate an investigation.A Police source confirmed that the official has been placed on $20,000 station bail as they continue to investigate the matter.last_img read more

Trojans send Arkansas packing

first_imgSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Taj Gibson did much of his best work this season after most of America had gone to sleep, gaga over those other multitalented freshmen who dominated college hoops. There was no overlooking Southern California’s newest star Friday night. On the big stage of the NCAA tournament, Gibson finished with 18 points and eight rebounds to lift the fifth-seeded Trojans to a 77-60 victory over Arkansas. Nick Young scored 20 points for the Trojans (24-11), who won in their first appearance in the tournament since 2002. Ducking, pivoting, swatting three shots and altering a handful more, Gibson was the best player on the court for most of this one. His highlight-reel moment was a rim-rattling dunk early in the second half that drew a technical foul, but might have been worth it just for the show. Up next is for Gibson and USC is a tantalizing second-round meeting in the East Regional – against Texas and its more-heralded star freshman, Kevin Durant. Should be interesting watching these two work against each other on Sunday. The 12th-seeded Razorbacks (21-14) got 15 points from their own star freshman, guard Patrick Beverley, but saw their second straight season end unhappily in the first round of the tournament. This was their chance to build more job security for embattled coach Stan Heath and prove they really did belong in the tournament after being picked as one of the final bubble teams in a decision that enraged fans at Syracuse, Drexel and elsewhere. They failed on both measures, getting off to a quick start and outhustling USC for the first couple minutes, but falling behind by double digits after 15 minutes and never making a serious run after that. And they certainly didn’t have any answers for Gibson, who came to the Left Coast from Brooklyn, joining second-year coach Tim Floyd in an attempt to build something and give all those USC football fans something to cheer for in the winter. Gibson is the same height, 6-foot-9, as Durant and even skinnier. He wasn’t as dominant this season as Durant or another freshman, Greg Oden of Ohio State. That, plus the fact that he plays in California at a school not known for basketball – at least not yet – made him easy to overlook. But he was front and center while USC was taking the lead for good in this one – with a 16-footer, a dunk, a layup and a couple free throws during an early 10-0 run. He finished 7-for-10 from the floor. His presence, plus a couple of high-profile recruits coming next year, could make things tough on Young, the junior swingman who led USC in scoring this season and was thought to be seriously considering leaving when it’s over. Young scored 11 points in the second half and had an answer to almost every attempt by Arkansas to climb back in the game. His dunk and free throw for a three-point play put USC up 57-43 with 8 1/2 minutes left and the rest of the game was just a matter of playing out the string. Gabe Pruitt, another junior who might test the NBA waters, had 11 points and four assists. Sonny Weems had 13 points for Arkansas and teammate Charles Thomas, who came off the bench after spraining his ankle in the Southeastern Conference tournament, had 10. Arkansas was widely considered one of the last at-large bubble teams to make the tournament, along with Stanford. Those two lost by a combined margin of 37 points. 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

Co-founder of Greenpeace offers pipeline defense

first_imgMoore said he left Greenpeace because “it took a sharp turn to the political left and evolved into an organization of extremism and politically motivated agendas”. However, given his background as an environmental activist from 1971 – 1986, Moore has offered a somewhat fresh position on why he believes some environmentalists are off course.He begins his pipeline defense where many other supporters begin, noting Canada depends on its natural resources for much of its economic prosperity.However, he also says no nation in the world has any better environmental standards than this one and he suggests as proposed, this project does nothing to challenge them.- Advertisement -“I don’t think the environmental movement should be in charge of our national energy intrigue policy, they should be critiquing the technology, making sure it’s built as well as it should be,” Moore said. “You know, they’re putting it though mountains so it won’t be susceptible to land slides. There’s no point along this very long pipeline where it’s above ground.”Moore has a PhD in Ecology and a Bachelor of Science in Forest Biology.He notes the goal of environmental movement to end the world wide use of fossil fuels would ultimately result in the death of half the world’s population.Advertisementlast_img read more

Uruguay kept waiting after Venezuela stalemate

first_imgVenezuela, however, were in no mood to make things easy for the visitors and frustrated the two-time world champions with a dogged defensive display.Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani squandered a golden chance after being set up by substitute Giorgian de Arrascaeta in the 83rd minute.De Arrascaeta’s deft chip sent Cavani racing through the middle but the PSG man blasted wide with only Venezuela goalkeeper Wuilker Farinez to beat.Barcelona star Luis Suarez also went close late on, but his desperate diving header rolled just wide.Uruguay, who are second in the standings with 28 points, will now face Bolivia in their final qualifier in Montevideo next Tuesday, where a draw or win will guarantee their place at the finals.The top four teams from South America’s qualification campaign qualify automatically for the World Cup, with the fifth placed side advancing to a playoff.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani gestures on the ground during their 2018 World Cup qualifier football match against Venezuela in San Cristobal, Venezuela, on October 5, 2017 © AFP / Federico PARRASAN CRISTOBAL, Venezuela, Oct 6 – Uruguay were left waiting to confirm their 2018 World Cup qualification on Thursday after being held to a 0-0 by Venezuela.The Uruguayans could have booked their ticket to Russia with victory over a Venezuelan side who had already been eliminated from contention.last_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps Co-Operative Society Limited wish to inform all Shareholders that a Special General Meeting will be held in Jackson’s Hotel, Ballybofey on Sunday 16th December at 7.30pm.The Board of Finn Harps would welcome new members to join the Board of Directors. Nominations for the Board should be with the Secretary no later than close of business on Friday 14th December.Nominations should be signed by the nominee and be proposed and seconded by two existing shareholders.  FINN HARPS CO-OP TO HOLD SPECIAL MEETING was last modified: December 4th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:FINN HARPS CO-OPmeetinglast_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: A young German tourist was saved by the light on her mobile phone after she went missing on Slieve League last night.The tourist, 24, went missing around after going to take photographs in an area known as the Pilgrims Path.The young woman had been camping in the area with her partner and had arranged to meet at a local car park in Bunglass. However when she failed to turn up as darkness fell, the young man alerted the Donegal Mountain Rescue Services around 9pm.Other rescue personnel including the Sligo Mountain Rescue team and the Killybegs Coastguard also joined in the search.The young woman was eventually found by the Killybegs Coastguard around 12.30am and very wet, cold and disorientated after wrapping herself in her sleeping bag.Brian Murray of the Donegal Mountain Rescue said the woman was very lucky indeed. “There was no mobile phone signal in the area and she was lucky that the coastguard service managed to see the light from her phone.“She was very cold and wet and she was also carrying a slight ankle injury which she had picked up.“She had been heading for the lights of Teelin and just became disorientated. She had no torch with her and was completely in the dark.“It was a very wert night although it was mild and thankfully the Killybegs Castguard managed to spot the light from her phone,” he said.The woman and her partner were reunited and, after being treated by members of the 40 strong rescue personnel, did not require any hospital treatment. EndsTOURIST RESCUED AFTER SEARCH PARTY SPOT HER MOBILE PHONE LIGHT was last modified: October 2nd, 2011 by StephenShare 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 Mountain RescueKillybegs CoastguardrescueSlieve Leaguelast_img read more