Police Accused of Murder

first_imgThomas Nimely, Commissioner for Intelligence and widely known as (PI), of the Liberian National Police (LNP), has been linked to the murder of an unknown civilian on the Old Road in Monrovia.According to eyewitnesses, PI, who goes by the Police code, 106, allegedly gunned down the unknown man believed to be in his early 30s at around 1 a.m. Wednesday.It all started when the unknown man was allegedly seen creeping around PI’s car that was parked close to the roadside, an eyewitness told the Daily Observer. “When a private security guard told PI that an unknown person was hanging around his car, he (PI) immediately started chasing him. The man ran towards the American School where he was later allegedly gunned down. PI is reported to have first fired three warning shots before shooting at the man. After PI realized the man was dead, PI allegedly removed the body from the scene to an undisclosed location. “You can see the victim’s blood right in front of the Nigerian shop,” eyewitnesses told this paper.Another eyewitness, Michael Pajibo, a resident of the community, confirmed the shooting and added: “We woke up and met the fresh blood in the community and were anxious to know whose blood it was, why the person was shot, and where the person was located.”Pajibo explained: “We immediately placed a blockade on the road and called the authorities. During that period, riot police officers arrived on the scene to calm the situation. It was at that time that we were informed that PI was the one who did the shooting. We demanded the victim’s body and PI said the victim was being processed by the police. He admitted to the shooting but said, ‘This guy met his own last night. He was shot by police, taken to JFK and was discharged and is now being processed through the justice system’. “We demanded the name of the victim but could not get it. According to my colleague who witnessed the incident, PI called the Ebola burial team and the body was sprayed and placed in a body bag and taken away,”Pajibo recounted.Asked what he knew about the allegation, PI told the Daily Observer, “I’m going to work right now so no comment.”Police spokesperson Sam Collins confirmed the shooting, but maintained that it was an armed robbery situation and the victim was undergoing treatment at a local clinic.Collins’ statement contradicts PI’s statement to community dwellers that “the man is being processed at the police station.”Meanwhile, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has condemned the incident and wants PI to be disrobed and prosecuted.According to CDC vice chairman for operations Mulbah Morlu, “PI is a criminal that has no place in a responsible civil society like Liberia,” adding, “President Johnson Sirleaf must take action now to avoid more deaths at the hands of hardcore criminals within the leadership of the police.”He noted that PI, a deportee who fought in former President Charles Taylor’s elite Anti-terrorist Unit (ATU), was not reintegrated into the Liberian society after the disarmament period, leaving him to operate just as he did in the past.This brings to two in one year, the persons that have been the target of PI’s bullets. Early this year, another victim identified as Gabriel, a suspected armed robber, was shot on Capitol Bypass by PI.  Police defended their action by saying that the criminal was on the run.It can be recalled that six police officers were recently suspended for time indefinite in connection to the brutal murder of another civilian at the ELWA Junction.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wilkins Leads Technology Evolution at LIBTELCO

first_img…Dedicates two e-centers soonDarren D. Wilkins, who recently appointed as LIBTELCO managing director has promised to introduce several other methods of technology at the corporation.He says technology is a critical economic and social tool that spurs growth, promotes innovation and supports societal integration.In Liberia, Mr. Wilkins observed that a renewed focus has now been made in the telecommunications and information technology sector to promote a knowledge-based economy. And the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (LIBTELCO) is taking the right step in ensuring that these objectives are realized in the conflict-scarred nation through the innovative Computer Labs for the Advancement of Science in Schools (CLASS) available at public high schools and IMAGINE HUB at universities and colleges as well as in high schools across the country.Driving this effort requires a unique skill-set and expertise combined by the passion to see technology taken to every stratum of the Liberian society.Mr. Wilkins, a product of Hodges University with a Master’s in Applied Computer Information Technology, brings to bear the missing link to get the vision realized.Darren, author of the book “A Digital Liberia,” was appointed by the Board of Directors of LIBTELCO as managing director following the resignation of Sebastian Muah to lead the government’s effort to take technology to the doorstep of every Liberian.An accomplished ICT Professional with more than 12 years of experience in the field of ICT, Darren describes the impact of information and communications technologies on the future of Liberia. Emerging from a 14-year civil war and more than 150 years of underdevelopment, poverty, and illiteracy, Liberia is at present behind the curve with respect to modern and emerging technologies.Even so, A Digital Liberia addresses six critical sectors in which ICT can play an important role: education, government, business, agriculture, security, and healthcare. Wilkins delineates strategies that will bring a paradigm shift in the Liberian society and identifies broadband through submarine fiber optic cables located in and around Africa, along with pointing out mobile technologies, open source software, cloud computing, and green IT as those technologies that will catalyze Liberia’s entry into the Digital Economy.A Digital Liberia, one of the most optimistic literatures on a developing country, represents an unprecedented effort by an African-born author to outline plans for economic development through ICTs.Darren will oversee the IMAGINE initiative, which is an innovative space created at colleges and universities to ignite creativity that will enhance the development and advancement of entrepreneurship for Liberians in the new global knowledge focus economy.According to corporate information gathered on CLASS, its focus is to support and complement institutions and other government programs. The project seeks to establish computer labs in every public high school in the country. This bold and forward thinking effort will boost students’ access to research materials, science and mathematics learning tools and computer science.In continuation of the implementation of CLASS and IMAGINE projects, LIBTELCO will dedicate two additional topnotch E-learning centers separately at the E. Jonathon Goodridge High School in Barnesville Estate and Gabriel Kpolleh High School in New Georgia.In remarks, the new Managing Director of LIBTELCO said he is upbeat about the opportunity to lead the technological revolution through “CLASS.” He indicated that the project intends to bring ICT to the underprivileged population of Liberia so as to bridge the digital divide and prepare the country’s future leaders for competition in the global economy.“LIBTELCO’s quest to establish CLASS E-learning centers at all public schools in Liberia remains intact. We will work with all public schools…We look forward to seeing the E-learning centers benefit our students in various communities where they are located. This project intends to allow students have access to the fiber submarine Internet that the government invested heavily in. It will enable them experience true high speed Internet,” the ICT guru intimated.LIBTELCO’s Project Manager, Ralph Nemenla Sonkarlay, said the resignation of former MD Sebastian Muah has no negative impact on the overall vision and objective of the institution, adding, “the appointment of Darren, who is a well versed ICT professional, will obviously increase our pace to achieve the targeted goals. He stated: “Anyone can provide computers, but not just anyone can provide the quality of Internet at these centers.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Dr. Darren Wilkins – Advertisement –last_img read more

Police yet to ID killers in former Linden footballer’s murder

first_imgOne week after former national footballer Romel Edison Gomes was brutally murdered in his Buck Hill, Linden shop during a robbery, police in ‘E’ Division (Linden-Kwakwani) are yet to identify his killers.Dead: Romel GomesDivisional Commander Anthony Vanderhyden told Guyana Times on Sunday that investigations are still continuing. He explained that investigators had taken in some persons in custody and did some profiling, but in the end came up empty-handed.According to Commander Vanderhyden, Police are still working on identifying the perpetrators. He added that the Police are depending on the assistance of persons in the community to get this done.The 32-year-old businessman, Gomes, was discovered unconscious in a pool of blood on Monday evening. He was at the time in his shop, which is attached to his Lot 53 Buck Hill, Wismar Housing Scheme, Linden home.Based on information received, Gomes was seen arguing with two males, one of whom was armed with a handgun, before a loud explosion was heard.The two men were then seen fleeing in the victim’s Nissan Bluebird motorcar, PVV 2057. Gomes was subsequently discovered with a suspected gunshot wound to the head, his throat slit, his hands bound, and mouth gagged.He was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Linden Hospital Complex, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Detectives have since retrieved a bloodstained kitchen knife and a spent shell from the scene. The victim’s bedroom was also ransacked, but the Police are unable to determine whether the motive was a robbery.Meanwhile, Gomes’s stolen motor car was found abandoned at One Mile Wismar on Tuesday morning. A post-mortem examination conducted the following day gave Gomes’s cause of death as gunshot injury to the head.last_img read more

SARU officials invade, seize computers from Enmore NDC

first_img– PPP says incident another flagrant abuse of authority– SARU’s CEO says operation was to retrieve systems NDC wanted to “get rid” ofAgents attached to the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) on Thursday afternoon went to the Enmore Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) office and confiscated several computer systems.A statement from the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) revealed that the incident took place around 14:00h. According to the Opposition, the group of SARU officials went to the NDC located at Station Road in Newtown, Enmore in the company of Councillor Deochan Singh, a representative of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition on the Council.The release further stated that the officials took away from the premises, without the permission of the NDC or the Community Resource Centre, 15 complete desktop computers and eight backup power-packs.“These equipment are owned by the Community Resource Centre, a Non-Governmental Organisation, established by the residents of Enmore that uses these equipment to hold classes for young people in the community. The equipment are stored and the classes are held in the upper flat of the NDC building with the permission of the said NDC,” the PPP said.Moreover, it was reported that when the acting Chairman of the NDC attempted to intervene, he was assaulted by Councillor Singh. A report of the incident was made to the Police Outpost at Enmore, the Opposition said in the statement.However, when contacted on Thursday evening, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SARU, Major (Rtd) Aubrey Heath-Retemyer denied that anyone was assaulted during the operation as claimed by the PPP. He further explained to <<>> that his agency had merely gone to render assistance to the e-governance department, which was going to retrieve the computer systems after it was informed by SARU that the NDC wanted to “get rid” of them.“We got information that these computers were there and that they were not in use and that some people on the NDC were about to get rid of them; whatever get rid of means – selling them or giving them away – I don’t know,” he stated.Heath-Retemyer went on to say that “we simply alerted E-governance who asked for us to accompany them, so some people went from my unit with E-governance, collect the computers and give them to E-governance, who has them.”According to the SARU Head, the systems were taken by E-governance so that in the future, the people of Enmore can access them.The Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) at Enmore, East Coast DemeraraAsked by this newspaper whether they had informed the NDC officials beforehand or tried to ascertain whether there were indeed efforts to “get rid “of the systems, Heath-Retemyer responded in the negative.He said, “I didn’t inform them and what we did is try to assist E-governance. I guess whoever went up there would have spoken to somebody (from the NDC). I don’t know the details because I was out of the office, so I can’t say exactly what transpired after then.”Meanwhile, the PPP, which won 16 of the 18 seats on the Enmore NDC in the March 2015 Local Government Elections (LGE), pointed out that this incident was another flagrant abuse of authority and another extreme authoritarian initiative of this Government, again using SARU, as a weapon against innocent citizens and their private property.“Currently, SARU has absolutely no law enforcement powers. The PPP emphasises that these abuses are taking place in broad daylight and without the SARA [State Assets Recovery Agency] Bill being enacted. One can only imagine the illegal rampages, which will take place when this Bill assumes the force of law,” the Party stated.To this end, the PPP calls upon the Commissioner of Police to immediately launch a full investigation into this matter. The Opposition wants the Police “…to institute criminal charges forthwith against those who were engaged in this clandestine, unconstitutional, authoritarian and criminal enterprise”.Moreover, the Party’s statement outlined that the Enmore NDC and the Community Resource Centre have also been advised to launch civil proceedings against the State claiming monetary compensation for trespass, constitutional violations and deprivation of private property. (Vahnu Manikchand)last_img read more

Win tickets to the Dixie Chicks in Dawson Creek

first_imgAll you have to do is head to Fort City Chrysler, On the Rocks Liquor Store on the Alaska Highway or the location next to the Hair Bin and enter your name to win.  You have until Friday October 25, 2013 to enter.  Then on Monday October 28 at 8:20 a.m., Ted Sloan will pick two lucky winners.  Each winner will win a pair of tickets to the show.The Dixie Chicks in Dawson Creek at the EnCana Events Centre Tuesday October 29, 2013.- Advertisement –last_img

Luca Toni announces retirement – Any excuse to listen to this song again!

first_imgItalian hero Luca Toni has announced his retirement from football, with Sunday’s game against former club Juventus set to be his last as a player.So it seems a perfect excuse to watch this hilarious tribute to the former Italy striker!Perhaps most well-known for his goals in an Italy shirt, the 2006 World Cup winner has had an extraordinary career. He has played for 13 different Italian clubs throughout his time as a player, from the lower divisions to the top flight and beyond with the national team.At 38, he become the oldest winner of the Serie A golden boot last season with 22 goals for current side Verona, while he was also the Bundesliga’s top scorer back in 2007-08 with Bayern Munich.In 2009, German comedian Matze Knop wrote a proof song [written by a German, in Italian] dedicated to the striker, and it became so popular it reached number 34 in the German music chants.But talkSPORT are firm believers that great music never dies, so, with the frontman set to hang up his boots, here’s the hit song in all its glory.Check it out in the video above!last_img read more

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, June 26

first_imgThis Sunday morning on Sportsday we react to Wales reaching the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 after beating Northern Ireland 1-0 while the Republic of Ireland gear up to take on hosts France.There is also reaction to England’s series whitewash down under against Australia as well as news from the other home nations in international rugby union action.All that plus Anthony Joshua successfully defends his IBF Heavyweight title against Dominic Breazeale at the O2 Arena.All brought to you by Lisa O’Sullivan and the team!last_img read more

Podcast: Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, June 28

first_imgThis Tuesday morning on Sportsday we react to England’s humiliating exit from Euro 2016 after a 2-1 defeat to Iceland. After the match Roy Hodgson announced his resignation as England manager, we bring you all the fallout from that. There is also reaction to yesterday’s other game at the European Championship as Italy knocked out holders Spain and we looked ahead to day two at Wimbledon.All brought to you by Jake Robson and the team.last_img

Job Vacancies: Deli Assistants sought for popular supermarket

first_imgJob Vacancy: Spar Glencar, an award-winning store in Letterkenny, is currently recruiting for deli assistants to join their hard-working, dynamic and friendly team.Management is seeking motivated individuals for full-time work at the popular convenience store.Experience is preferable but not essential as full training will be givenHave a flair for food and have good presentation skills.Be customer orientatedBe flexible in regard to working various shift times, including weekends.Unfortunately, these hours will not suit students as flexibility is a must 7 days a week. To apply for this role, please forward your CV to hrglencar@gmail.com Job Vacancies: Deli Assistants sought for popular supermarket was last modified: June 29th, 2018 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) Tags:delifull-time jobsJob Vacancyjobsletterkenny jobsSpar Glencarlast_img read more

RHUBARB AND BAGS OF SUGAR – GARDENING WITH GARETH

first_imgRhubarb is a plant that many of us will have a fond childhood memory of, if like me you spent many an afternoon with stalks of rhubarb and a bag of Tate & Lyle Sugar.Dip Bite….Dip Bite….repeat, ah bliss, and if I mind right it wasn’t even our own, we use to ‘borrow’ it from a neighbours back garden, we did have our own, mum had one precious crown but this wasn’t enough to satisfy the demand so we had to go foraging for more.If you have a Rhubarb crown in your garden you’ll be close to getting your first harvest, the anticipation of crumbles etc is building, but of course you could be enjoying a harvest already if you did a bit of ‘forcing’, although technical sounding it’s as easy as placing a big drum over the top of the plants. by GARETH AUSTINBlocking out the light completely like this makes the stems go perfectly straight, be tender and bright red…all for the want of a big bucket!Rhubarb have a great demand for water, those big leaves just love water, so they’re ideal for our gardens, however they dislike sitting in pools of water in the winter months, so we grow them along raised beds to get the crowns above the winter water table.What Rhubarb love is manure, those big leaves needs lots of fertility to get them to grow nice long stems, and if you’re wanting to harvest them you have to feed them up as not to exhaust them. The best feed you can give Rhubarb is a big mulch of Farmyard Manure in early spring, this good thick mulch will not only feed but also improve the soil as to improve its water holding capacity and its texture. Red stalks of Rhubarb plants are just divineThe big deep roots of Rhubarb allow the plant to reach fertility deep into the soil, so they can utilise nutrients that are outwith the reach of other garden plants, but good initial cultivation is important to get the roots down into the soil, so don’t scrimp with the spade at the start!Rhubarb need cold conditions to trigger spring growth, below 5C, so a generally tip is to dig up your crowns in late winter and leave them sitting on the surface of the soil for a few weeks to expose them to good cold weather, then just replant.When you plant a new Rhubarb plant it’s important that you don’t crop it at all in the first growing season, as you want the plant to utilise those big leaves to produce energy to create a bulky crown, so that in future you can enjoy better harvests. When you do start to harvest its best to ‘pull’ rather than cut stems, pulling ensures that no end bits are left behind which will just rot away and damage the crown and only harvest around 50% of the available stems at any time, you need to leave some stems behind so that the plant can still perform all its normal functions such as Photosynthesizing etc .There are very few pests that bother with Rhubarb, the high oxalic acid content of the leaves renders the plant unpalatable for the vast majority of insects, slugs will nibble but rarely come back for seconds! Indeed the leaves, when steeped in water for a few days, make a wonderful slug repellent liquid for the garden.Variety wise the most commonly found is ‘Timperley Early’, this is the mainstay of the rhubarb market, named after a collection of market gardens outside of Manchester. Timperley early is a good early variety, I also grow Stockbridge Arrow and The Sutton varieties to extend the cropping time, 2 of each plant, planted at 4’ spacings, in rows 3’ apart.After a period of time, which can range from 5-12 years they stems of Rhubarb can get start to get thin and spindly, this is the time when you need to dig ‘em up, chop them into knuckle sized portions with the spade and then replant. This dividing work will reinvigorate your plants and you’ll be back into good thick stems for harvest in 12-18 months time. If you start to get flowering stems coming on your plants, just cut these off, its nothing to worry about!. The gardens centres around the area are full of wonderful Rhubarb plants, ideal for planting now. You can sow Rhubarb from seed, but it will add another 12 months onto your wait for a harvest!RHUBARB AND BAGS OF SUGAR – GARDENING WITH GARETH was last modified: April 18th, 2016 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)last_img read more