Another act of mob violence – or vigilante justice, some call it – is compelling the Liberia National Police to take yet another drastic action against commercial motorcyclists as the fear of ‘ritualistic activity’ instigated the burning of a car that the LNP has said was innocent of the allegation. The incident took place last Friday in Barnesville when angry commercial motorcyclists claimed a woman had been kidnapped by a man in the community and as a result they attempted to lynch him. When they failed, they moved on his vehicle and set it ablaze. Now the LNP has announced temporary suspension of all motorcycles plying the routes between Barnesville Estate and Barnesville Junction, and has warned of drastic action against any violators. The Liberia National Police in a release yesterday said the decision is due to the continuous unruly and violent behavior of motorcyclists generally and particularly the incident on Friday, November 21 that resulted in the burning of the official vehicle of the Sinoe County Representative, Jeremiah McCauley. The motorcyclists chased and burned the vehicle on allegation that the operator was a “heartman” following a reported fuss between the operator and his fiancée, the LNP investigation said. The LNP said preliminary investigation has established that the vehicle was operated by the son of Representative McCauley and his fiancée when they were rescued by police assigned at the Johnsonville Police Depot. The motorcyclists threw stones at the depot and demanded officers on shift to turn the vehicle operator over to them before setting Representative McCauley’s vehicle ablaze. The police have arrested six persons in connection with the Friday night violence in Johnsonville. Police Inspector General, Col. C. Clarence Massaquoi, said the ban on the movement of the motorcyclists in the affected areas will remain in place until a comprehensive investigation is conducted. The LNP has meanwhile erected three checkpoints on the main road linking Barnesville Estate to Barnesville Junction to enforce this restriction. The brutal murder of a commercial motorcyclist recently in Ganta, Nimba County, caused violent response by motorcyclists that destroyed properties with a local businessman’s house and hotel being set ablaze. The riot caused the Liberian government to issue a ban on commercial motorcyclists who later issued an apology with promises that they would abide by the law, and avoid violence action in the future. With 2017 presidential elections looming and the number of deaths, particularly among civilians increased, officials have predicted violent responses whenever any death happens in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The graduatesBy William Q. HarmonThe St. Joseph Campus of the Stella Maris Polytechnic (SMP), a Catholic run tertiary institution in Monrovia, was last Friday a scene of jubilation when degrees in various academic disciplines were conferred on 452 students who had completed their prescribed courses.The excitement of parents, friends, family and students attending the convocation in the school’s huge, unfinished gymnasium was so intense that it spread outside to the crowds which jam packed the campus. The gym, which is still under construction, will be a state-of the art basketball court.Guest Speaker, the Chair of the Liberia Telecommunications Authority, Angelique WeeksShe described education as the foundation for everything, but said it must go along with the fear of God, patience, dedication and good work ethics. “This is the only way you are going to succeed in life,” she admonished the graduates.
Guyana’s cross-dressing case– says it may set precedence for entire commonwealthHuman rights activist Vidyaratha Kissoon is urging Government to take heed of the recent ruling handed down by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) which declared the cross-dressing law unconstitutional in Guyana following a case filed by the transgender community.Vidyaratha KissoonKissoon said the transgender community has welcomed the ruling, reminding that one of the applicants in the case, Gulliver (Quincy) McEwan, has always noted that laws alone are not needed to change hearts and minds, and that other things need to be in place.“Guyana now has to ensure that the duty bearers – public servants, Government, employers, landlords, minibus drives, Police, others recognise what Justice Adrian Saunders wrote, that “difference is as natural as breathing. Infinite varieties exist of everything under the sun.”The CCJ President also wrote in his ruling that civilised society has a duty to accommodate suitably differences among human beings. He said only in this manner can people give due respect to everyone’s humanity.“No one should have his or her dignity trampled upon, or human rights denied, merely on account of a difference, especially one that poses no threat to public safety or public order. It is these simple verities on which this case is premised.”Kissoon told Guyana Times that this recognition of difference is not only about transgender identities, it is about all other differences which are present in Guyana.He therefore recommended that Government make moves to strike down the law. He said too that the Police should engage the transgender community about accountability mechanisms to stop the harassment of transgender citizens.“The Judiciary and the magistracy should take note of the comments made in the ruling about the behaviour of the Magistrate who wanted to use religion as a ground for discrimination,” he said, while calling on the Social Protection Ministry and the Labour Department to ensure that there is no discrimination against transgender persons in employment.PromisesFurther, the human rights activist is also advising that the Prevention of Discrimination Act should be updated to outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.He reminded that political parties in their 2015 manifestos had said they were committed to ending discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. As such, he is calling on these parties to act on those promises.While Guyana is the only country in the Caribbean with the laws against cross-dressing, Kissoon feels the judgement will definitely set a precedent for the Caribbean, but not only the Caribbean, the rest of the Commonwealth and any other jurisdiction which has to deal with discrimination against LGBT citizens.“There are judgements in Belize and Trinidad and Tobago against the sodomy laws, which show that there are Caribbean courts that are moving to deal with the homophobia left over from the colonial masters,” he added.The CCJ has ruled in favour of striking down Guyana’s laws against cross-dressing, saying that the colonial-era law was unconstitutional. After gaining independence from Britain in 1966, Guyana adopted many colonial-era laws, including the 1893 Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act that effectively banned men or women from wearing clothing conventionally worn by the opposite gender for “improper purposes”.This section was never clearly defined, leaving the door open for constitutional challenges which appellants Quincy “Gulliver” McEwan, Seon “Angel” Clarke, Joseph “Peaches” Fraser and Seyon “Isabella” Persaud mounted against their February 9, 2009 arrest, detention and conviction in Georgetown.After they appealed the law banning their mode of dress, former acting Chief Justice Ian Chang in September 2013 said while the act of cross-dressing was not a crime in itself, when for an “improper purpose”, it constitutes an offence. That ruling was also appealed at Guyana’s Appeal Court, but their case was similarly dismissed in 2017.The four persons who were born male and later opted for a transgendered way of life took their case all the way to the CCJ, citing their treatment was discriminatory, based on their position that the law violated their constitutional rights to equality and non-discrimination and freedom of expression.The Justices of the Trinidad-based authority agreed with the applicants. They, therefore, declared the 1893 law unconstitutional and ordered that it must be struck from the laws of Guyana, a decision which could unsettle many in religious circles.The Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), which was initially struck out of the case by CCJ, has nevertheless been fully behind the legal change.
0Shares0000Neymar leaves the pitch with an apparent foot injury in PSG’s win over Strasbourg in the French Cup © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Jan 23 – Holders Paris Saint-Germain advanced to the last 16 of the French Cup with a 2-0 win over Strasbourg on Wednesday, but their evening was marred by the sight of Neymar going off injured.Edinson Cavani and Angel di Maria got the goals on a bitterly cold night at the Parc des Princes, while in between Neymar limped off with an apparent foot injury. The Brazilian covered his eyes as he went off to be replaced by Moussa Diaby just after the hour mark, a worrying sign for the PSG camp with the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United less than three weeks away.Coach Thomas Tuchel had already chosen to rest Kylian Mbappe for this game, with Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting handed a rare start in place of the superstar France forward.The Cameroon international set up Cavani for the fourth-minute opener, before Di Maria — who had earlier hit the post — finished into the roof of the net 10 minutes from time as PSG stay on track to win the French Cup for the fifth season running.Before kick-off, fans applauded and chanted the name of Emiliano Sala, the former Nantes striker who is feared dead after the plane he was travelling in disappeared over the Channel Islands on Monday as he was on his way to join his new club Cardiff City.– ‘Deeply affected’ –Edinson Cavani (C) celebrates with after giving Paris Saint-Germain the lead in their French Cup win over Strasbourg © AFP / FRANCK FIFENantes’ own Cup tie away at third-tier Entente Sannois Saint-Gratien has been postponed until Sunday, with their players still in a state of shock over Sala’s disappearance.Elsewhere, Caen ended the run of plucky sixth-tier amateurs Viry-Chatillon in a 6-0 rout, with Yacine Bammou setting the Ligue 1 club on their way.An emotional Bammou raised his hands towards the sky after his early goal, in tribute to Sala, with whom he played at Nantes last season.Caen coach Fabien Mercadal said Bammou had made clear his desire to be involved despite the tragic turn of events.“We talked about it. What happened is not fair. He was a friend to Yacine, he was deeply affected. The worst thing for him would have been to not play,” said Mercadal.A group of Caen supporters, for whom Sala spent the second half of the 2014-15 season on loan, also fastened a banner that read “Emiliano” to a fence surrounding the pitch.Elsewhere, Naim Sliti scored a hat-trick as relegation-threatened Dijon claimed a stunning 6-3 win away at Saint-Etienne for their first victory under new coach Antoine Kombouare, while Rennes overcame fourth-division Saint-Pryve 2-0.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Have you seen Ben?Pet owners and the public have been asked to be on the lookout for a chocolate Labrador who has gone missing in the Buncrana area.The dog, who answers to the name of Ben, was last seen on Thursday.He has a red collar and is a very friendly dog. Anybody who comes across Ben or may have seen him can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will pass the information on to his owner. HAVE YOU SEEN BEN THE CHOCOLATE LABRADOR? was last modified: November 23rd, 2013 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:Benbuncranachocolate Labrador
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Luc Richard Mbah a Moute provided a shocking ending to Adam Morrison’s amazing season. Mbah a Moute scored underneath with 10 seconds left and the second-seeded Bruins scored the final 11 points of the game to knock out Morrison and third-seeded Gonzaga 73-71 Thursday night to advance to the regional final. Morrison, Gonzaga’s shaggy-haired star, made two free throws with 3:26 to go, giving him 24 on the night and the Bulldogs (29-4) a 71-62 lead. But the Bruins (30-6) didn’t wilt. Mbah a Moute scored six of the final 11 points and got a key steal in the final seconds to seal the win and send UCLA to its first regional final since 1997. The Bruins will play Saturday against Memphis (33-3), which beat Bradley 80-64 in the first semifinal of the Oakland regional. The Tigers beat the Bruins 88-80 in November. Morrison put his hands on his head and leaned over, overcome with emotion, Mbah a Moute stole the ball from Derek Raivio with 2.6 seconds left, fighting tears in what was probably his final game in a Zags uniform. He is expected to turn pro. J.P. Batista missed a desperation 15-footer at the buzzer and fell into the Zags’ bench, where coach Mark Few helped him up. When the buzzer sounded, UCLA senior Cedric Bozeman ran around the court with the ball in his hands – Ryan Hollins right with him. Hollins and Afflalo went to help up Morrison, who was spread on the floor at midcourt. Few then came to hug the crying Morrison.
A Donegal man who had sex with a 14-year-old girl has been given a 10-year sentence at the Central Criminal Court.Garda John Lavery said the man, who was known to the family, had arrived from Donegal to the home of the complainant and her mother to celebrate his birthday.The 53-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to defilement of the girl on May 20, 2007 at her home.“The girl’s mother went out to the shops and left the accused and her daughter in the house when the offence took place,” said Gda Lavery Defence barrister Mr Bernard Condon SC, said the man, who was married at the time, had spent the weekend socialising and drinking in pubs and in the home of the complainant.“He was going through a difficult time with his wife as their marriage was in the process of breaking down,” said Mr Condon.“He has now separated from his wife and has apologised for the offence. He has shown a significant degree of remorse with his guilty plea,” said Mr Condon.Mr Justice Paul Carney declared the man a sex offender and suspended the final four years of the sentence with strict conditions including staying away from the victim and undergoing five years post-release supervision.EndsDONEGAL MAN GETS 10 YEARS JAIL FOR SEX WITH 14 YEAR OLD was last modified: December 22nd, 2010 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)
All roads lead to Carndonagh this Sunday for the Donegal Senior Cross Country.DetailsDonegal Senior Cross Country 2013 Date 3rd NovemberVenue Tulnaree, Carndonagh (The Show Fields )Time/ Distance Senior Women 12.00 – 5kSenior Men 12.30 – 10k This event is being hosted by Inishowen Athletic Club.Please find attached map of Sunday’s course showing the laps.• The main parking will be at the course.• Registration and Payment will be at the Course from 11am on Sunday morning.• Showers/ tea and refreshments/ presentations/ at the nearby Gaa Clubhouse . This is an open championship race. Open all athletes that are registered with an Athletics Ireland/ Athletics Northern Ireland clubContact Niall @ Pat @ 0868468050Course Map https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.377363942395182&type=1CARNDONAGH HOSTS DONEGAL SENIOR CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: November 2nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:CarndonaghCross Country Championships
A FUNDRAISING drive for former members of the Defence Forces experiencing difficulties in Co Donegal has been launched.A fuchsia badge, costing €2, will be on sale this month, with the proceeds going to the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women (One) which provides accommodation and assistance for former members at a centre in Letterkenny.The national fundraiser will also help run centres in Dublin city and Athlone. The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Lt-Gen Sean McCann, launched ONE’s Fuchsia Appeal 2012. The funds raised will be used by O.N.E. to assist former members of the Defence Forces who have fallen on hard times. Since 1994, when O.N.E. built its first facility at Queens St, Dublin; over 550 former ex-servicemen have been provided with a place to stay and many others have been assisted in various ways.O.N.E. needs over €600,000 annually to run its current facilities for former members in Dublin, Athlone and Letterkenny The organisation is currently providing accommodation for up to 40 former Defence Force members.O.N.E.’s overall objective is to ensure the welfare of ex-servicemen and women. Some are homeless, some with disability and many are elderly. We also promote a spirit of comradeship between serving and retired members, as well as providing information on pensions, social welfare and other entitlements.Ollie O Connor, Chief Executive of O.N.E. said today, “The Fuchsia appeal is of critical importance to the organisation. It enables us to help former colleagues who are having a difficult time and without a home. Many of these people gave outstanding service to the State and to the United Nations and for one reason or another have not been able to make ends meet, since leaving the service. “The three homes do not just provide accommodation, but also an opportunity to meet and socialise with others who had served. This we feel is important. Most of the people who spend time with us move on to independent living, after a period of time with support and comradeship”The Fuchsia was chosen as the emblem, as part of the launch of the first appeal in 2007. It was chosen, as it is grown throughout Ireland and was seen as a reminder of home when seen overseas. The Fuchsia badge is sold as part of the fundraising initiative and under the emblem is stamped the word ‘Cuimhnímis’,(let us remember) in remembrance of those have served and the many who have given their lives while serving.The O.N.E., with the support of Limerick City Council, is currently in the process of refurbishing a premises in Limerick City which will be used as a drop in centre, where veterans can go for advice, to meet former comrades or just to have a cup of tea in a friendly environment. This project will act as a prototype for further service provision to ex-service personnel.The Fuchsia 2012 appeal will run throughout July and further details can be found on www.oneconnect.ie .FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO HELP EX-SOLDIERS IN DONEGAL was last modified: July 3rd, 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:FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO HELP EX-SOLDIERS IN DONEGALONE
The Sunday Times’ latest Rich List reveals that Donegal artists Enya and Daniel O’Donnell are amongst the 20 richest entertainers in Ireland. Coming in at number 6, Gweedore native Enya has netted €118 million, an increase of €1 million from last year.At number 20, Kincasslagh crooner Daniel O’Donnell sits comfortably with a fortune of €31 million. Topping the list is U2, who have amassed a massive €647 million, up €2 million from last year.Derry native Roma Downey and husband Mark Burnett also made the list, with a tidy sum of €443 million to their names.Niall Horan is the youngest person to make the richlist with an impressive €52 million put away at just 24 years old.The full 2018 Sunday Times Rich List will be published this weekend, covering a vast range of categories including; technology, business, construction and sport. It will also be published online here. Rich List: Here’s how wealthy Enya and Daniel O’Donnell are was last modified: March 24th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:daniel o donnelldonegalEnyaRich ListSunday Times