Police Besiege Chronicle Newspaper

first_imgScores of police officers Thursday, August 14, barricaded the National Chronicle newspaper offices on Carey Street in pursuit of the paper’s managing editor, Philipbert Browne.Mr. Browne is being pursued for several articles the paper has been running of late, particularly relative to the alleged formation of an interim government to unseat President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.Without prior notice, sources close to the paper explained that officers of the Police Support Unit (PSU) placed a blockade at the entrance of the media house, warning users to “keep off or remain in their respective positions until the police operation is over.”According to an eye witness, police arrived on Carey Street opposite the Civil Service Agency around 6:15 p.m. demanding access to the paper’s offices, but were denied.“We saw the police moving in towards the newspaper shouting, ‘no one should move in there!’ They went up the stairs attempting to break into the building but could not because the newspaper workers had locked their iron gate from inside upon receiving the news of the police operation.“The police attempted shooting teargas from the onset but I don’t know as to whether that was done. We heard them (police) hitting the paper’s iron gate, a situation that created heavy noise and panic in the minds of many around the area,” an eyewitness, who did not give his name, asserted.One police truck, two pickups, and dozens of police officers blocked both entrances of the street, forcing a gathering of a huge crowd in support of the paper’s publisher, whose publications are often harshly critical of the government.It is not clear as to whether police entered the building or not, but Browne was seen walking out after several minutes of engagement with police authorities by media executives including the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Reporters Association of Liberia (RAL) and other journalists who had gathered to show solidarity.According to Saye Messah, a reporter at The Chronicle, police broke into their offices with weapons and demanded that all employees turn in their laptops and other devices.“We didn’t come to harm you people. We only came to close down the paper; and if you corporate, no one will harm you people,” Saye quoted police as having said.During that period, he explained, Browne and other employees were allowed to walk out of their office based on the intervention of Montserrado County Representative Solomon George.“We came out and walked towards the Heritage Newspaper offices up on Carey and Broad Streets. As we were walking, the police followed us and shot teargas canisters amongst us. We were terrified and fought for survival. Unfortunately, two of our colleagues Emmanuel Messah, editor, and Emmanuel Logan, web designer, were arrested and taken to an unknown destination. As we speak, we don’t know their whereabouts.”The incident created panic among many citizens in central Monrovia forcing very early exits from the streets, which had already become virtually empty since President Sirleaf declared the State of Emergency last week Wednesday.Rumors spread fast across the city that guns were being fired in the city. This situation caused serious fear in the minds of citizens already panicking from the spread of the deadly Ebola virus backed by the “State of Emergency” imposed by President Sirleaf.Meanwhile, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) late last night said it was disappointed and disgusted by the forceful and illegal closure of the National Chronicle Newspaper and the arrest of several staff of the paper including News Editor Emmanuel Mensah and IT Officer Emmanuel Logan, and the manhandling of Philibert S. Browne.“The Press Union sees these actions as a further expression of intolerance and an unwarranted attack on the free press, and calls upon President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to immediately denounce this action, release the staff and reopen the National Chronicle,” the PUL said its statement.The Union’s president, Abdullai Kamara, said this action, which is yet to be explained from the highest level of the Liberia National Police, “strengthens the distrust between the government and the media, undermines the rule of law and lays to waste the fruitful collaboration that has existed in the fight against the ebola virus.The Union is calling all of its members to a mass emergency meeting at 12 noon today, Friday, August 15, at its headquarters on Clay Street to chart further options.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LFA Ends Campaign against Ebola Stigma

first_imgThe Liberia Football Association (LFA) has announced the end of its one-month awareness and sensitization campaign “Stop the Stigma against Ebola Survivors and Ebola is still real.”The 1st vice president and secretary general Musa Shannon and Alphonso Armah in separate interviews said the anti-Ebola Stigma campaign ran from December 1, 2014 to January 15, 2015.The campaign, supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation valued about US$13,000.00.Armah said the campaign focused on stigmatizing survivors, ensuring tolerance, empathy and understanding.He said the campaign was successful through the support of former Lone Star players.Shannon added that the ‘Stop the Ebola Stigma against Survivors’ message was spread through interviews and radio talk shows, as well as in newspapers, banners on buildings and on bus stops, including football games, amongst others.He thanked the Ministry of Information for their partnership, which provided them the platform to speak to over 3, 000, 0000 Liberians through its regular ‘Ebola Hour.’He also hailed the media – radios, newspapers and internet users and bloggers for their coverage.The frontliners were former players of the George Weah 11, who are currently serving as coaches.They included former international players of Christopher Wreh, (Arsenal), James Salinsa Debbah, (A.S Monaco, Olympique Lyonnais, OGC Nice and Paris Saint-Germain) and Kervin Sebwe, who played in France, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates and Greece.The rest: Musa Shannon, (Tampa Bay Tunity and Carolina Dynamo in the US), Dionysius “Dion” Sebwe, (Park College and the Kansas City Wiz) and Oliver Markor, (Greece).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Energy Forum Discusses Closer China-Africa Energy Partnership

first_imgParticipants at a forum discussing Africa’s electrification challenges held in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa on Monday urged closer China-Africa energy partnership to help meet the continent’s energy needs.According to a dispatch from the Xinhua News Agency, the forum on, “Grid Connection Gearing Up Sustainable Africa” was organized by Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization (GEIDCO), a Chinese non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable development of energy worldwide.Kuang Weilin, Chinese ambassador to the AU, told attendees at the forum China is ready to work with the AU and its 55 member states to meet the needs of estimated 600 million Africans who lack electricity to undertake their daily activities.“African energy interconnection will enhance economic integration, improve African people’s living standards and unleash great potential for intra-Africa trade,” he said.Kuang said China has keenly followed AU’s efforts to electrify the continent through the AU’s Agenda 2063 declarations and is ready to help Africa in its electrification drive through various Chinese-led initiatives.Kuang said the Belt and Road (B&R) Initiative and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) are two Chinese-led initiatives that can incorporate China-Africa energy partnership in their frameworks.He said the September FOCAC summit will heavily focus on China-Africa partnership in renewable, clean energy sector, with many African countries seeing energy as a key driver of their development.Sileshi Bekele, the Ethiopian Minister of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, said his country’s electricity needs are growing by 20 percent with an annual 10 percent economic growth during the last 15 years.“Ethiopia is building with Chinese assistance 12 industrial parks, several agro-processing industrial parks and is creating a transport infrastructure, including railways that are dependent on electricity from renewable energy,” he told the forum.“Ethiopia is partnering with China on clean energy development as part of its climate resilient green economy strategy and contribute to creating a healthier earth by using clean and safe energy,” said Bekele.Bekele said Africa has only used 10 percent of its hydro power potential and even less from other energy sources.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Elderly persons left abandoned at GPHC

first_imgAs elderly persons continue to be abandoned at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) even after being discharged, the Chief Executive Officer of the Hospital Brigadier (Ret’d) George Lewis has reminded the children and loved ones of those elderly persons that the Hospital is not a geriatric home.The Georgetown Public HospitalIn an almost annoyed tone, the CEO said, while responding to questions posted by the media at the sidelines of an event, that the loved ones of those persons should be there to collect them as it continues to affect other patients who may be in dire need of care and moreover, a bed at the Hospital.“Another challenge that we had where patients are discharged but then the relatives and loved ones rate not coming quickly enough to take them home. It means the bed is occupied when we have a patient who can utilize that bed and at the same time in some cases particularly for the elderly, those patients being abandoned in the hospital,”Lewis pointed out that the Hospital’s policies does not permit the officials to just throw persons out of the Hospital so in those cases they are forced to contact the Social Services Department to find a placement for the individual, or in this case individuals.“The Georgetown Public Hospital is an institution where we try to make people better its not a geriatric home,” he signaled.In making that statement, the CEO further made an appeal for relatives to be more conscious of this grave inconvenience they are faced with and moreover that they would look after their love ones and not abandon them in the Hospital.Over the years and specifically over the past few months, the Hospital has recorded an increase in the number of persons being abandoned at the Hospital.In fact it was only back in March that this newspaper reported the increase while the CEO was appealing to family members to contact the Hospital.Lewis made the appeal while speaking at a Social Worker’s Day function. He said, “I would like to use this forum to ask relatives and family members of patients who have been abandoned at the Georgetown Hospital to please assist the administration by coming to the hospital and collecting your relatives and caring for them”.The CEO further noted that while the GPHC primarily functions as a medium for patients to receive medical treatment, undue advantage is taken by persons who desert their family members that are suffering from a communicable disease.“It is not fair to those children, who are abandoned in our wards. It is not fair to those aged persons. So please, help the administration of the Georgetown Hospital by collecting your relatives,” he added.last_img read more

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City picks spray park splash pad designer

first_imgSplash pad components are quoted at $245,000 in the project budget.The detailed design for the splash pad will be finalized and value-engineered to fit the budget and is a necessary item for the construction permit application for Northern Health.Construction of the $846,000 spray park will include the splash pad components, skating path, rubberized surface, lighting, seating, and shade structures. It is expected to be completed by October 15, 2016.The City will also apply for two grants in the amount of $30,000 each from the Tire Stewardship BC Community Grant Program, in order to offset construction costs for the Spray Park project.Advertisement The spray park project will include rubber surface — made of crumb rubber from recycled tires — for traction and safety over the new splash pad area, the existing playground, and the old splash pad area that is going to become a picnic are and plaza.“There is precedent for similar projects applying for and receiving more than one share of the funding based on available funding and number of requests and approvals,” an administrative report reads.One application will be made for the new splash pad area, and another for the existing playground area and the old splash pad area. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — City staff will be working with Urban Systems and Rec Tec Industries to develop a design for the spray park splash pad, based on their proposed design.Rec Tec Industries, based out of Delta, will be providing the design of the spray park. Other firms that sent in proposal included DB Perks and Associates out of North Vancouver Suttle Recreation from Burnaby, and Park N Pay Designs out of Rocky View County, A.B.Staff received four proposals from prospective spray park suppliers by February 18. According to an administration report presented to council on Monday, proponents were asked to submit proposals for a design, specifying their line of equipment, features, and components, plus supply an itemized list of those components and their costs.- Advertisement -Staff reviewed the proposals with consultants from Urban Systems. Rec Tec Industries scored the highest and offered the best average value per component for spray elements.“They offered a list of other elements (seating, shade structures) that fit the overall park concept – the grassland theme,” the report states.Two of the other proponents — DB Perks and Park N Play Designs — were only able to offer costs for splash pad elements in their proposals.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Costa finally making himself at home in Spain set-up

first_img“Spain adapt to Diego Costa” was the headline in Spanish daily El Pais on Saturday, with new coach Fernando Hierro rewarded for his decision to select the Atletico Madrid man up front.The Brazilian-born Costa twice replied to Cristiano Ronaldo goals to haul Spain back on level terms on a muggy evening by the Black Sea.His first was classic Costa, as he left Pepe on the floor — with more than a hint of a foul — before bursting into the area and taking his time to pick his spot low in the bottom corner.Costa’s second goal was a penalty-box effort at a set-piece, before he was taken off for the closing stages, replaced by Iago Aspas.Spain forward Diego Costa (centre) is congratulated by teammates after scoring against Spain © AFP / Jewel SAMADSpain had edged in front by that point thanks to Nacho’s sweet strike but Costa could only watch from the bench as Ronaldo’s free-kick completed his hat-trick and ensured a share of the spoils.Hierro’s decision to go with Costa in the starting line-up showed he was not departing from plans put in place by Julen Lopetegui prior to his shock sacking.Lopetegui was sensationally dismissed just 48 hours before La Roja’s World Cup bow after the announcement of his appointment by Real Madrid for next season.– Bruising –Hierro could have opted to start Aspas, the Celta Vigo forward who netted the winner in Spain’s final warm-up match against Tunisia.But he went with Costa, who provides the bruising element in the Spain side in front of the silky trio of Isco, David Silva and Andres Iniesta.“We felt this was a game in which Diego could really help us,” said Hierro. “He did a great job wearing out the opposition centre-backs.”Costa was a handful for Jose Fonte and for Pepe — another player born in the north-east of Brazil and now representing his adopted land.Things did not click for Costa in 2014. He was hauled off in Spain’s first two matches in Brazil, defeats against the Netherlands and Chile that precipitated a painful group-stage exit for the then reigning world champions.Vicente del Bosque did not take him to Euro 2016 but Lopetegui succeeded in finding a role for the former Chelsea man, who has now scored eight goals in his past 10 appearances for his country, going back to the start of the World Cup qualifying campaign.According to Diego Torres in El Pais, Costa appears to have succeeded “against the will of a very influential group in the dressing room, and perhaps, against the nature of the footballers who have defined Spain’s style”.The player himself appeared after the game, saying: “It is always important to score goals. Thanks to God I managed to but it was a shame because I thought we could have won.”Costa appears certain to keep his place for Spain’s second Group B game against Iran in Kazan on Wednesday.A win there will leave them on the brink of a place in the last 16, despite all the upheaval of the past week.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Diego Costa celebrates after scoring for Spain in Friday’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Portugal in Sochi © AFP / Nelson AlmeidaSOCHI, Russian Federation, Jun 16 – Diego Costa looked like a misfit at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014, where Spain’s inability to accommodate the burly centre-forward contributed to their disastrous campaign.But on Friday in Sochi, his physical presence and penalty-box prowess worked a treat for the Spanish as they ended a chaotic week with a thrilling 3-3 draw against Portugal, Costa scoring twice.last_img read more

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Donegal man’s historic letters set to fetch up to $100,000

first_imgA story of murder and intrigue lies in the letters of a Donegal man which are going to auction this week with a guide price of $70,000 to $100,000.John McMullen, from East Donegal, made his fortune in the New World in the early 1800s. Mystery still surrounds the murder of McMullen, who was slain in his home by an unknown assassin in 1853.McMullen’s personal belongings were auctioned off in the year of his death, but some items were left behind on the courthouse doorstep and deemed worthless – until now. A trunk full of letters dealing with the estate and family of McMullen are all that remains of the Irish Empresario. The 42 pieces will be auctioned tomorrow by Sotheby’s New York with a Euro guide price of 64,289 – 91,842.Image: Sotheby’s New YorkWithin the letters lies the story of the Donegal man and his business partner and stepson-in-law, James McGloin. Much of the story outside the found letters was pieced together by Rachel Bluntzer Hébert in her book – The Forgotten Colony, San Patricio de Hibernia.McMullen was born in Donegal in 1785 and moved to America as a young man. He settled in Georgia and married a widow, Esther Cummings in 1810. Esther had two children, and the couple also adopted a son. McMullen had much success as a merchant before he and his family moved to Mexico in the 1820s. He was granted an empresario contract by the Mexican government to colonise land in Texas. James McGloin and McMullen recruited Irish colonists arriving to America in New York and Philadelphia and brought 200 families to settle between the Nueces and Medina rivers. The town of San Patricio was also founded as part of the colony.The Texas Revolution in 1835-1836 was not kind to the people of the colonies. They suffered from food shortage and illness as the war waged around them. McMullen became an unpopular figure in the colony as San Patricio was ravaged by war. He sold his share to McGloin and moved to San Antonio de Bexar to pursue a life in politics and work as a merchant once more.He was elected as a member of the General Council during the foundation of a new Texan republic in 1836 and served as temporary President of the council for a period.Image: Sotheby’s New YorkThe murder of McMullen is shrouded in mystery, with dramatic accounts contained within the letters going to auction tomorrow. Records say he was set upon in his home, bound, gagged him had his throat slit. Edward Miles, the first administrator of McMullen’s estate, said the scene of the murder was worse than anything he had seen on the battlefield during the Texas Revolution.The Mayor offered a reward to find the murderer and it appeared that the culprit also robbed McMullen, but no one was ever charged.McMullen’s nephew and namesake, John McMullen, son of Neal, his late brother claimed the estate for himself and his siblings after the death. Nephew John McMullen became the administrator of the estate and it was split equally between the respective McMullen and McGloin heirs.The intriguing story is encapsulated within 105 pages of mostly autograph letters signed by Jacob Waelder, a lawyer and newspaper publisher in San Antonio, Texas. The letters dating from 12 December 1834 to 22 February 1869 are currently on exhibition in New York before they are sold tomorrow. Donegal man’s historic letters set to fetch up to $100,000 was last modified: June 14th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

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FAMILY OF TRAGIC PENSIONER GIVEN FURTHER ADJOURNMENT IN CRASH CASE

first_imgThe son and daughter of the late Mrs Maura Porter, Brendan and Davina Porter, leaving yesterday’s sitting of Carndonagh District Court. Pic by Northwest Newspix.The family of a woman killed in a road tragedy have pleaded with a Judge to allow the Director of Public Prosecutions more time to review the case against the man who knocked her down.Austin Stewart, 64, appeared at Carndonagh District Court charged with a number of motoring offences yesterday. Austin Stewart leaving court in Carndonagh yesterday. Pic by Northwest Newspix.Pensioner Maura Porter was killed when she was struck by Mr Stewart’s car while walking home from mass on December 30th, 2013.The case received widespread publicity after it took an ambulance more than 50 minutes to attend to the scene of the accident.Mr Stewart, of Ballinahone, Fahan, has been charged with not having an NCT, not displaying an NCT, having no front headlamp and also a bald tyre.However the family of Mrs Porter have sought a review of the case to the DPP.Garda Inspector David Murphy said the DPP had sought more time and were seeking to review the case.However solicitor for the accused, Mr Ciaran McLaughlin, said there was no reason why the current charges before the court could not be dealt with.Davina Porter, daughter of the dead woman of Churchtown, Carndonagh, addressed the court from the public gallery.She said “Just remember that my mother is dead and this vehicle collided with her.“We are completely devastated and it’s up to you to see that justice is carried out. I’m begging you to please give the DPP time to deal with this. I’m sorry for interrupting.”Solicitor for the accused, Mr Ciaran McLaughlin said this had been hanging over his client’s head for some time.He said he saw no reason why these charges could be dealt with and the DPP revisit any further issue at a later stage.Ms Porter replied that it will be hanging over their heads forever.Mr McLaughlin then revealed that his client had received threatening late-night phone calls and letters in the post telling him he had blood on his hands.Judge Kelly said he fully accepted what had happened to Ms Porter’s mother but that the court had found itself in a difficult situation.He asked Inspector Murphy to contact the DPP to determine how long it will take for the directions in the case.Inspector Murphy returned after lunch and said that he expected an adjournment of two months would be required.Judge Kelly said he appreciated there are very high emotions on both sides of the case but that he was granting an adjournment until June 16th.He also warned that if there were any further delays, it could result in the charges against Mr Stewart being reconsidered.“I’m not happy that it has dragged on in the way it has – it is placing everyone in a difficult situation,” he said.FAMILY OF TRAGIC PENSIONER GIVEN FURTHER ADJOURNMENT IN CRASH CASE was last modified: April 22nd, 2015 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:Austin StewartCarndonaghcourtcrashdonegalJudge Paul KellyMaura Portertragedylast_img read more

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GOLF NEWS: OTWAY MEMBERS IN FERGUSON CUP ACTION THIS WEEKEND

first_imgOtway Golf NewsWell the club’s golf year really has kicked off now that the Donegal League and Minor League teams have reached the half-way point of their first round matches, with everything still to play for, so good luck to all Otway participants. Before that, the qualifiers on Sunday 25th May for the Fanad Band competition to be held in Portsalon were Noel Kernan in first place with an amazing (for him) 46 pts, ever improving Francis McFadden in 2nd with 43 pts,Paul Murray in third with 42 and Shaun Sweeney next on 40. Best of luck to the team, and also to club members participating in the Ferguson Cup this Sunday 8th June, as we all need a bit of luck in any ‘stroke’ competition!GOLF NEWS: OTWAY MEMBERS IN FERGUSON CUP ACTION THIS WEEKEND was last modified: June 4th, 2014 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:golfNoticesOtwaySportlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S AGM ON TUESDAY EVENING

first_imgSt Eunan’s Minors who are through to the Ulster Final this FridaySt Eunan’s GAA Club News: In Association with Letterkenny Shopping Centre.Our Minor Boys Football team produced another heroic performance to qualify for the Ulster Club Championship Final, defeating Enniskillen Gaels 4-10 to 0-08.  Niall O’Donnell (2), Rory Carr and Dylan McGroary were the goalscorers in a brilliant team performance.  The boys will now face Crossmaglen Rangers in New Year’s Day’s Final at St. Paul’s GAC, Belfast.  We wish the players and management the very best in the final.Best wishes from everyone at the club on a speedy recovery to Rory Carr who sustained a nasty injury in the Minor semi final.  Thanks to Enniskillen Gaels and tournament hosts St. Paul’s, Belfast who sent their best wishes to Rory after the game. The Senior Board A.G.M. takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, December 29th at 6.30pm in the Clubhouse.Tickets are still available for the New Year’s Eve function in the Clubhouse.  Priced at only €10 which includes a drinks reception, finger food and a great night’s entertainment.  Contact Ollie Harvey 087 6643694, Aidan McGlynn 087 9208969,  Peter Curran 086 3852973 or Gareth McGlynn 087 7552975 to order your ticket now.GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S AGM ON TUESDAY EVENING was last modified: December 28th, 2015 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:st hunan’s club newslast_img read more

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