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

Bryan Northey is the new Captain at Ballyliffin Golf Club

first_imgWith the weather still behaving there was plenty of golf played over the weekend in Ballyliffin.The Friday Open was won by Brendan Conneely [15] with 37pts. Brendan likes to take a prize back whenever he visits us. In 2nd place was Mat Concannon [9] with 36pts.The Saturday Open on Glashedy was won by a visitor Vincent O’Rourke [13] with 38pts. The tougher back 9 proved no problem to him, he gathered 24pts there just to make sure. In 2nd place was a man who has had to build another room onto his house to hold prizes, Eamon O’Donnell [16] with 37pts. If he just could just win a match on a Sunday he would swap most of his prizes. Another of the Concannan clan Tony Concannon [19] took 3rd spot with 36pts. Francis Dillo n[6] got in there again to take 4th with 36pts also. The Saturday Gross is turning into the Ernie Heywood [0] show with him taking the prize again with 33 gross pts.The Sunday Confined on the Old course had a strange look at the top of the prizes. It looks like Liam Doherty[w][7] was so relieved to be finished with the Captain’s job that he took top spot with 40pts. A level par back 9 saw to that. It looks like Bryan Northey [5] was so excited at taking over as Captain that he took 2nd with 38pts.J J Lafferty [18] slipped in again to take 3rd with 37pts. A former old Rasheney striker Liam Collins [21] took 4th also with 37pts on the break of a tie. The Gross went to 7 handicapper Noel Quigley with 29 gross pts. I’m told there was a few tears shed in that fourball again this week. The Wednesday Society had their end of year Christmas party and competition last week. On a day that was so windy we couldn’t even locate the winner to give him his prize Philip Doherty with 32pts. We have found him since hanging on by his fingernails to Doagh Castle. In 2nd place was a man who was born and bred without a tree for shelter Patsy Toland with 31pts. In 3rd place was that man again Eamon O’Donnell with 29pts. Martin Boyle had it so well organised that there was a prize for everybody, if you managed to get the clubs out of the boot you got a prize. Well done Martin.After the AGM on Friday night  Just want to wish all the best to new Captain Bryan Northey and new President John McEleney for the coming year. Believe it or not we are indebted to a frog for a successful and prompt meeting. Happy Golfing.Sunday Confined 11th December 20161st Liam Doherty(W) (7) 40pts2nd Bryan Northey (5) 38pts 3rd JJ Lafferty (18) 37pts4th Liam Collins (21) 37ptsGross: Noel Quigley (7) 29GrossCSS: 71 Saturday Open 10th December 20161st Vincent O’Rourke (13) 38pts2nd Eamonn O’Donnell (16) 37pts3rd Tony Concannon (19) 36pts4th Francis Dillon (6) 36ptsGross: Ernie Heywood (0) 33ptsCSS: 72Friday Open 9th December 20161st Brendan Connelly (15) 37pts2nd Matt Concannon (9) 36ptsCSS: 70Wednesday Society 7th December 20161st Philip Doherty 32pts2nd Patsy Toland 31pts3rd Eamonn O’Donnell 29ptsTwo’s: Tony Doherty, John Gill, Frank HarkinLadies:Confined 9 Holes 11th December 20160-181st Mary McGeoghan 18pts2nd Mary T Hackett  17pts19-281st Ruth McGartoll 18pts2nd Kathleen McEleney 17pts29-361st Yvonne McCarron 21pts2nd Aine McElhinney 20ptsForthcoming Events & FixturesFriday 16th Dec Open Competition on Glashedy Links. Visitors €30ppSaturday 17th Dec Open Competition on The Old Links. Visitors €30ppSunday 18th Dec Members Christmas Party on both coursesFestive Opens at Ballyliffin Golf Club only €25 for visitors. Dates for festive opens: Friday 23rd Dec, Sat 24th Dec, Mon 26th Dec, Tues 27th Dec, Wed 28th Dec, Fri 30th Dec, Sat 31st Dec. Contact us on 0749376119 to book.Bryan Northey is the new Captain at Ballyliffin Golf Club was last modified: December 12th, 2016 by Chris McNultyShare 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:BallyliffinBallyliffin Golf Clublast_img read more

Buster Posey’s effectiveness a pressing matter for Giants

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–The next time the Giants have an off day, they’ll fly to San Diego in preparation for their season-opening, four-game series against the Padres.There’s still plenty to sort out over the next eight days and a number of roster spots that remain up for grabs.The Giants have unsettled competitions in the outfield and the bullpen as well as a desire to add an additional bat to the roster at the end of …last_img read more

Highest global quality fuel in SA

first_imgPetroSA’s gas-to-liquids refinery in Mossel Bay. The company is a global pioneer in this technology. (Image: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)Mary AlexanderSouth Africa’s new multibillion-dollar state-of-the art crude oil refinery, set to go online in 2014 with a capacity of 400 000 barrels a day, would produce fuel to the very highest global standards, state-owned oil company PetroSA said on Thursday.The refinery is to be constructed at the Coega industrial development zone outside Port Elizabeth at a cost of US$11-billion. Half its output will go to the domestic market, with the other half exported to other sub-Saharan African countries. Known as Project Mthombo, it will be one of the first installations in the world able to refine sour crude oil.PetroSA CEO Sipho Mkhize said the plant would process oil to the highest Euro V clean fuel standards. This standard ensures extremely low sulphur levels in diesel fuel, and significantly reduced aromatics such as benzene in petrol (gasoline).South Africa only plans to implement Euro IV fuel-emission standards in 2012, while Europe is already moving from Euro IV to Euro V. The country currently uses the low Euro II standard.The plant will produce a mix of 70% distillates – diesel and aviation fuel – and 30% high-octane petrol, all to the Euro V standard.Low fuel standards have had a strong impact on the local motor industry, preventing the import of a number of vehicle types because their engines were unable to reliably operate on South Africa’s lower-quality petrol and diesel. The new refinery will ensure the highest quality fuel is available on the domestic market, freeing up these imports.Boosting energy trade between developing countriesStrategically located at the southern tip of Africa, linked to global trade routes, the refinery would source crude oil from Venezuela, Brazil and Cuba, as well as African oil-producing countries such as Angola and Nigeria. It will therefore boost both the energy trade both within Africa and between global developing countries.Unlike the smaller refineries common in Africa, its 400 000-barrels-a-day capacity would allow it to achieve economies of scale, Vukani Khulu, PetroSA’s commercial manager for new ventures, said at an energy conference in Johannesburg yesterday.This capacity, made possible by proven world-class technologies and crude processing flexibility, means the refinery will be the lowest cost producer in sub-Sahara Africa. It will produce fuel 20% to 30% cheaper than imported fuel.“The refinery will come on stream in 2014 and we will be producing at full capacity from day one,” Khulu told Reuters.“It makes sense to invest in a refinery because of the growing local demand. Crude oil will be the main source of energy for the next coming 20 years. There is enough demand in the sub-Saharan Africa at least until 2030, throughout the whole lifespan of the refinery.”Developing skillsTo ensure the efficiency of the refinery when it comes onstream in 2014, PetroSA is investing in developing appropriate skills in the Eastern Cape region around Coega, one of South Africa’s most impoverished areas.It is to set up a number of training centres in the region, with the first of these, at the Jongiliizwe Secondary School in the town of Butterworth, already commissioned. In July a R500 000 state-of-the-art communications centre was opened at the school.“The decision to locate the refinery at Coega is based on commercial drivers but also considers national interest factors such as unlocking growth potential in a region with one of the lowest economic activities in the country, and providing a strategic alternative to Durban which presently handles 75% of the country’s crude imports and 40% of refined products,” Mkhize said in March, announcing the completion of the pre-feasibility study.“PetroSA’s planning includes the provision of new oil terminal facilities and upgrades at Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Gauteng.”Projected economic growth figures indicate that by 2014 South Africa will have a shortfall of some 200 000 barrels of locally refined fuel. Without the refinery, the only solution would be to import fuel – a costly solution with negative implications for both supply and foreign exchange.The plant’s massive output would also make the construction of a suggested pipeline from Coega in the Eastern Cape to Gauteng commercially viable, and a “justifiable reality in the medium term”, PetroSA says on its website.The pre-feasibility study for the refinery, carried out by leading US engineering company KBR in conjunction with local project engineering company Ilitha, was completed in March 2008.The feasibility study, currently progressing well, is being done by an in-house team, with KBC Process Technology of the UK as technical and commercial consultants. The study is expected to be finished by the end of 2009.The Department of Minerals and Energy issued PetroSA with a manufacturing licence in October, and the tender for the engineering contract is set to be announced soon.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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