Poro Devil Wanted for Alleged Torture, Murder

first_imgA devil of the Poro Society involved in the alleged torture of one Samuel Mansuo, 55, which turned fatal in Zuaplay Town, Doe Administrative District, Nimba County, is said to have escaped upon news of the arrest of 28 of its followers.The Administrative District Commissioner, Samuel Napah Wehyee, quoted the women of Zuaplay who said that they saw the devil escaping to the nearby town called Gbanquoi, after his followers were arrested.On Saturday, October 17, Samuel Mansuo was arrested and tortured for his failure to comply with the norms of the Poro Society, which call for payment of fines for ‘violating rules’ in the town.It all began when the late Samuel Mansuo’s son, Nentor Mansuo, got into a dispute with one of his friends in Zuaplay over a parcel of land which he (Nentor) accused his friend of illegally taking.During the dispute, Nentor vandalized the house his friend was building on said land.Based on that report, the citizens of the town held a traditional trial.  Samuel stood trial for his son Nentor, who by then had absconded.  He was found guilty of violating the town’s rule against fighting and violence and ordered to pay a fine of a pan filled with rice along with cattle. According to the police, the man begged for time to allow him find the items with which to pay, but some members of the town refused and demanded that the man pay the fine at once or be arrested by the devil.It was based on this demand that the devil’s chairman, Saturday Womengbah, ordered the arrest of the man, tied and tortured him until he died.The police charged 14 persons with murder and sent them to court while others connected to the alleged crime   were set free, as police said those freed had no connection to the incident.It had earlier been reported that 27 persons were arrested in connection with the killing, but police later confirmed that 24 were arrested, of which 14 were charged and 10 set free.The devil remains at large.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President Sirleaf Signs Book of Condolence

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on Tuesday, March 22, led an array of senior government officials, including Foreign Minister Marjon Kamara, Transport Minister Angela Bush Cassell, the Director General of the Cabinet among others to sign the Book of Condolence for victims of the deadly terrorist attacks on Zaventem Airport, Brussels and the Metro Station near EU headquarters an hour later, leaving at least 34 dead cum over 230. According to an Executive Mansion release, the somber ceremony took place at the Consulate of the Kingdom of Belgium on Thursday, March 24, on Ashmun Street in Monrovia.Speaking briefly, the Honorary Consul of Belgium, Mr. Frederic Vloeberghs, expressed appreciation to President Sirleaf for the heartfelt sympathy extended the Government and people of the Kingdom of Belgium, especially the families of the victims and assured her of Brussels Airlines’ continued commitment to efficient service delivery. The signing ceremony was also attended by diplomats of European Union, the French Ambassador as well as other members of the diplomatic corps accredited near Monrovia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Journalist ‘Killer’ Appears in Court under Tight Security

first_imgDefendant Jonathan K. William (in t-shirt and army shorts) being escorted by police officers to the Monrovia City Court Tension was rife in the air yesterday at the Temple of Justice growing out of what appeared to be presidential like treatment given to Jonathan K. Williams, the man, the self-confessed killer of  journalist Tyron A. Browne of Super FM Radio Station owned by businessman George Kailondo. Williams said he stabbed the victim with a knife twice in his left rib and once on the left side of his upper back.The victim died of his wounds on April 15 in the Duport Road Community, outside Monrovia, according to police.Williams along with five others were later remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison to await trial, charged with murder and criminal facilitation and conspiracy.He was the only person charged with murder while the others that include Alice Youh, Edwina Promise Youh, Massah Kennedy, Caesar Kennedy and Joana Bracewell were also charged with criminal facilitation and conspiracy.The confusion started when police officers that accompanying self-confessed killer Williams to the Monrovia City Court, for strange but unknown reasons did not handcuff the suspect as is usually the case where criminals are handcuffed before being led to court. Yesterday’s hearing was intended for Williams and his six accomplices to answer to charges presented against them by the Police.Hearing into the matter was presided over by Magistrate Kennedy Peabody under intense security.The hearing which lasted for hours saw security officers preventing court workers, family members of late the Browne and bystanders’ access to the courtroom of the Monrovia City Court, an action which many people considered as preferential treatment for the suspect.The over one hundred bystanders, including family members of the victim who had gone to take a glimpse of Williams, could not believe what they described a ‘presidential treatment’ for a man who confessed to killing their relative.Many spectators were heard saying, “What interest does the police have in Williams that they did not handcuff him when others have been handcuffed and taken to court as suspects in murder cases.”The Police charge sheet, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer alleged that Williams was arrested on April 16, just a day after committing the act based on a tipoff from a community member identified as Samuel Sieh.Police charge sheet said Alice Youh, Edwina Promise Youh, Massah Kennedy, Cersa Kennedy and Joana Bracewell allegedly, deliberately and criminally concealed information about the murder of Tyron Browne by defendant Williams from April 15 up to his arrest on April 20.Preliminary police investigation established that Browne lived in Zubah Town Community, but his lifeless body was discovered around the Kingdom Care Community, on Duport Road.The investigation explained that on Sunday, April 15, Tyron Browne covered the wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Jerald Tamba in the Pipeline Community, Paynesville, as a photographer and video recorder. The program, the police claimed started around 2 p.m and subsequently ended at 7 p.m that same day.After the wedding, the couple dropped Browne at his Duport junction residence along with his equipment. While at home with his nephew Charles Browne, Tyron Browne, police claimed, received a mobile phone call, where he told his nephew that he was going to Pipeline Road and would be back.He later went to the compound of the Kingdom Care Community, that contained two separate apartments, where suspect Williams lives them with his two nieces, Alice Youh and Edwina Promise Youh.Browne, police said had gone there to visit Promise Youh where he was later attacked by defendant Williams.During the confrontation, police alleged, Williams stabbed the victim with a knife twice in the left rib and one time on the left side of the victim’s upper back resulting to his death.When the defendant noticed that his action led to the death of Browne, he contacted another defendant Bill and both of them placed the victim’s body in William’s white Infinity Jeep and dumped the lifeless body along the Du Port Road Kingdom Care Community clinic, police said.Williams later washed the blood from his jeep to destroy evidence, police claimed. They also claimed that after the incident, Williams explained the incident to via mobile phone to his brother Daniel Socree, and a few hours later, Socree dove to William’s compound along with a man said  to be Chris Massaquoi, the former police director, police investigation said.Both Massaquoi, defendant Williams and Socree allegedly went to the crime scene where they saw the lifeless body of Browne.At the scene, police claimed that former director Massaquoi held a meeting and afterward, placed the body in his jeep with the help of Kennedy and another suspect identified as Ernest Karmue, who was believed to be on the run before dumping the lifeless body of Browne at the Kingdom Care road.Defendant Williams and Kennedy returned home and later Williams ordered that they should burn the plastic bag which he allegedly used to wrap the dead body and put the burnt bag into Williams’ septic tank.Meanwhile, information on the police charge sheet has not established the intent nor motive for the crime. However, despite Williams’ confession to being the ‘killer’ failure of the Police to establish the intent and motive behind the killing of the journalist, fears are that once in court, lawyers representing Williams could tear the Police murder charges into tatters and the self-confessed killer could be let off the hook on lesser charges, possibly manslaughter.Police investigators have however charged Williams with the crime of murder in violation of chapter 14 sub-chapter A section 14. 1 of the Penal Law of Liberia, pending trial.”The charge sheet was signed by CIP Abu B. Daramy of the Chief Crime Against Person Unit and ACP G. Alvin James of the Chief General Crime Section of the Liberia National Police (LNP).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

EB residents to benefit from SMART Hospital initiative

first_imgDuring the unveiling of the newly-erected billboard in the compound of the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, East Bank Demerara, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence announced that residents along the East Bank will be the first beneficiaries of £38 million SMART Hospital initiative.From left are Regional Health Officer, Region Four, Quincy Jones; PAHO representative for the Guyana office, Dr William Adu-Krow; Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence and British High Commissioner, Greg QuinnAccording to Minister Lawrence, the project which is currently being undertaken across the country will see residents in that area benefiting greatly from the “Smart Standards”, of the Diagnostic Centre since it is strategically located on the busy carriageway which mostly facilitates passengers travelling from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA).“We view the Diamond Diagnostic Centre as a pivotal element within the whole health spectrum and this initiative will certainly provide care at a higher level for those persons who would want to use the services,” Lawrence said.She explained that much work is being administered into human resources to provide specialist doctors with the necessary tools, space and accommodation to ensure that patients receive “the best services”.Further, she noted that 30 healthcare workers were trained to apply the SMART Hospital protocol which includes the hospital safety index and a green checklist standard.“The Smart Hospital Initiative seeks to link structural and operational safety and disaster resilience with resources, reducing interventions at a reasonable cost-benefit ratio, and reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emission,” PAHO/WHO Director, William Adu-Krow explained.Adu-Krow further stated that “the project is said to result in enhanced safety standards; a reduction in downtime and damaged hospitals from natural hazards, as well as a reduction in water and electricity consumption”. `Under the compact brokered with the British Department For International Development (DFID) with (PAHO/WHO) acting as the executing agency, five public health institutions, via the Diamond Diagnostic Centre, Demerara-Mahaica (Region Four); Leonora Cottage Hospital, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara); Lethem Regional Hospital, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo); Mabaruma District Hospital, Barima-Waini (Region One) and Paramakatoi Health Centre, Potaro-Siparuni (Region Eight) will be redesigned and retrofitted to conform to the SMART blueprint.Guyana embarked on the SMART Hospital program two years ago which includes retrofitting existing identified health structures and making them resilient to the vagaries of nature including natural disasters.SMART Hospitals are increasingly viewed as being at the intersection of medicine, information, health, and business using information, communication and technology (ICT) to support healthcare programs.last_img

Local elections expense limit public hearing cancelled

first_imgThe public hearing in Fort St. John was scheduled for Tuesday and the one in Prince George was to follow the next day, but now it seems to have not garnished enough registration.The province is looking at a possible cap for local election candidates’ expense limit – including mayors, councillors, school trustees, third party advertisers and “other offices”, according to a letter by the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia.The Special Committee on Local Elections Expense Limits is an all-party committee of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia – which includes Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier.- Advertisement -Follow this link if you’re still interested in making a written, audio of video submission on the topic.last_img read more

Two workers injured in fall at San Fernando Middle School

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings SAN FERNANDO – Two workers were injured this morning when one of them fell through a roof attic hatch 15 feet and hit the other worker below while working on an auditorium at San Fernando Middle School, officials said. The incident was reported just before 9 a.m. at 130 N. Brand Blvd., said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Ron Myers. One worker fell from the third floor and hit another worker below, Myers said. It was not immediately known what might have caused the fall. The two were taken to a local hospital where they were in stable condition. Their names were not immediately available. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. 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

Smith fills the bill at Yucca Valley

first_img Conte and Izboinikov combined to win 15 league titles, Izzy accounting for 13 of them. “I remember when I found out Izzy was leaving,” Smith said. “I said, ‘Man, I feel sorry for the guy who’s going to have to step up and fill his shoes.’ “ Seventeen years ago, Conte was the Yucca Valley wrestling coach, and current coach Smith was a Marine based at Twentynine Palms. By chance, the two wound up at a party together, and from another room Smith recognized Conte’s distinctive New York accent. Not only had the two grown up together, but they had wrestled against each other in college. “I said, ‘I know that guy,’ ” Smith said. “I knew exactly who it was. Our eyes locked and then we cracked up. Five minutes later he was inviting me to come over and help out with his team at Yucca.” EAGLES FLY Arrowhead Christian girls basketball recently honored one of its players, and soon it will honor another one. Senior Kihana Langdon scored her 1,000th career point Dec. 16 against Murrieta Calvary Chapel, and on Jan. 10 she reached the same plateau in rebounds. She was presented with a trophy commemorating the milestones at last Thursday’s home game against Loma Linda Academy. Junior teammate Jessilyn Conicelli should join Langdon in the 1,000-point club within the next week or so. ANOTHER MILESTONE Mesa Granda Academy’s Megan Bradford topped the 1,500-mark Tuesday night for points in a career. Bradford’s 16 points give her give her 1,515. She also entered the game with more than 716 career rebounds and 565 steals. Mesa Grande has made it at least to the CIF semis in each of the last two years. OWENS COMMITS Cajon volleyball star Tiffany Owens has made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Arizona, said Fannie Owens, Tiffany’s mother. Tiffany made The Sun All-County first team. VARGAS WINS Pacific graduate Tommy Vargas of Cal State Bakersfield won the 133-pound division of the Midlands Classic earlier this month in Evanston, Ill. The senior, who formerly attended Northwestern, won the title on the mats where he formerly competed. He won all five of his matches, defeating Jesse Sundell of Iowa State 9-7 in the finals. Vargas, the nephew of Pacific High School coach Rick Castro, is ranked No. 18 in the NWCA/Intermat rankings. BAD BREAK Carter girls soccer star Janelle Civitarese broke her foot last Thursday against Bloomington and is out for the season. “I’ll be out for about eight weeks, but I’ll be back for club and for college,” she said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Shortly thereafter, Izzy was coaxing Smith into taking over the program. The ex-Marine has acquitted himself well, leading the Trojans to a 6-0 league record this season and a No. 1 spot in the CIF-Southern Section Division III rankings. Izzy is now an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s national team. Smith has followed Izzy’s advice to be himself and put his own imprint on the program. “I’m a natural competitor, and so I’m going to put as much effort as I can into it,” Smith said. “When Izzy took over for Alex, he said, ‘I’m going to see what I can do.’ That’s how I feel.” The Trojans are led by Adam Smith (125), Jose Correa (135), Vinny Maraj (140), Jared Huntzinger (145), Brandon Wallace (160) and Joe Kelly (heavyweight). I KNOW THAT GUY center_img Melvin Smith felt badly for the poor sap who was going to take over the Yucca Valley wrestling program. The Trojans have been a power for more than 15 years, first under coach Alex Conte and then under Conte’s successor, Vlad Izboinikov. last_img read more

COUNTY HURLING MINOR BOARD NEWS

first_imgCounty Hurling Minor BoardThe Ulster U21 Hurling Championship Shield semi-final will by played by our County Hurlers on Wednesday 13th June. The U12 County team face Tyrone in Healy Park at 7.30 pm.  Best of luck to all our County Hurlers currently undertaking examinations.As a new fun innitiative and an incentive to get more hurlers/Camogie players involved in the Ulster Poc Fada there will now be a team event. The team will consist of 3 members each striking in turn so it is best to ensure all have good strikes. It will be great to see 10-15 clubs heading out together, marking eachother & having the Craic on the mountain at the ulster poc fada. Remember that there is an open invite for Donegal Hurlers to the puck fada in Ulster which will take place on Divis Mountain on Thursday 21st June, commencing at 7.00pm. The competition caters for U16, Senior and Over 40’s Hurling, Senior and Over 35’s Camogie and Senior Football. Winners of this competition qualify for the National Poc Fada Championships. For more information contact Jimmy Darragh at jimmy.darragh.ulster@gaa.ie In the U14 Hurling Championship Semi-Finals St. Eunan’s lost out narrowly to Buncrana in what could only be considered a nail-biting game. The U16 Hurling League Round 1 between Setanta and St Eunans will be held on the 5th July. The U12 compete in a blitz held in Aodh Ruadh on 17th June with the League beginning on July 5th. The next U10 blitz will be held in O’Donnell Park (St. Eunan’s) on the 24th June. The U8’s blitz will be held in the Gaels pitch. All dates are provisional. Please confirm your attendance at blitzes for the convenience of the host club. There was an U8 Hurling Blitz last Sunday in Cardonagh. Carndonagh, Buncrana, Burt, the Letterkenny Gaels and St Eunans all presented teams. St Eunans under 8 Hurlers fielded two teams with each playing five games. The number of players and the level of support from parents was wonderful to see. Many thanks to the parents that travelled for their help and vocal support. St Eunan Hurling & Camogie club are based in Letterkenny town. St Eunans cater for Hurlers & Camogie players at U8, U10, U12 and U14, with further hurling for U16, Minor & Seniors. As the Camogie is still somewhat new to the club higher levels of Camogie should become available as the teams progress. The recent Letterkenny Primary Schools Hurling and Camogie competition provided a great opportunity for children to experience the sport and there are many coaching sessions available. The Hurling and Camogie Academies run every Friday at 6:30pm in O’Donnell Park. Places are always available for new players of any age so feel free to contact any of the coaches including Academy Manager Eunan O’Donnell: 0876775637. For a list of training times go to www.steunansgaa.com and select Minor Board Hurling from the menu on the left.COUNTY HURLING MINOR BOARD NEWS was last modified: June 11th, 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:HURLING MINOR BOARD NEWSlast_img read more

DONEGAL ARE NO ONE-HIT WONDERS, SAYS KERRY LEGEND COOPER

first_imgKERRY football legend Colm Cooper says All-Ireland champions Donegal will be in the shake-up for Sam Maguire again in 2013.Speaking at a function marking AIB’s sponsorship of the club championship, the Kerryman also said that many pundits had overlooked the quality of Donegal’s individual players, by failing to see past the team system used by Jim McGuinness.“I certainly feel Donegal aren’t a one-hit wonder. People say they have won their All-Ireland now and they won’t do it next year — I feel that isn’t the case,” said Cooper. “The level they are playing at, they won’t just drift away. The challenge for everyone else is to get to that level.“The professionalism that they played at — and I believe trained at — is a challenge to everyone else.”He says he believed Kerry gave Donegal their toughest game in the run-in this year, in their quarter-final clash at Croke Park.“Looking back on it, we gave Donegal one of the tougher games. I think with two, three minutes to go playing into the Hill 16 end, we were right in the game, we got it back to a point but then we missed a chance and Karl Lacey came up and kicked a point. “When all is said and done, we weren’t that far away.“We feel we played badly on the day, gave away a soft goal — a couple of injuries and different things went against us.“But when you take an overall view of it we didn’t play well enough to be involved, so tough luck.”He said of Donegal: “They really set out their stall in games this year. I can’t remember a game when they were down at half-time and where they haven’t led a game.“To be honest they are incredibly disciplined in their approach and really buy into the system they are playing. “People say they are disciplined but they have very good footballers too — especially the likes of Colm McFadden, who had an outstanding year.“Michael Murphy came alive in the final, Karl Lacey played really well, Frank McGlynn played really well. You could go through all their team, guys who played well.“It’s not just a system or a structure they are playing to, they have very good players and I sometimes think that gets lost a little bit.“They are fantastic players, they are extremely hungry and they haven’t been there in 20 years. “When you are coming in from that side of things to challenge the teams that have been there, they have a little bit more hunger, if you want to call it that, and that was very evident.”DONEGAL ARE NO ONE-HIT WONDERS, SAYS KERRY LEGEND COOPER was last modified: October 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DONEGAL ARE NO ONE-HIT WONDERSSAYS KERRY LEGEND COOPERlast_img read more

FORMER IRISH RUGBY INTERNATIONAL TRAINS LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUB – PIC SPECIAL

first_imgStealing the show. Jake Bonner makes his way into the middle of the pictured to take the ball. Stephen Ferris was the special guest at Letterkenny Rugby Club after they won a grassroots competition in association with AEG Photo Cristeph/Brian McDaidStephen Ferris put the Letterkenny Rugby Team through training on his recent visit the club in association with AEG. Photos: Cristeph/Brian McDaidFormer Ireland and Ulster rugby star Stephen Ferris took time out of his busy schedule to help train the upcoming talent at Letterkenny Rugby Club. Ferris 30, had to retire from Rugby Union prematurely after a series of injuries curtailed his promising career.At the age of 28 he was forced to retire after being unable to shake off an ankle injury that blighted his career.However, Ferris had stayed involved in the game he loves and regularly takes coaching seminars all over the country.He was in Donegal this week to pass on all the knowledge and experience he earned during his glittering career to the upcoming stars at Letterkenny Rugby Club. FORMER IRISH RUGBY INTERNATIONAL TRAINS LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUB – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: August 26th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:newsSportlast_img read more