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

Region 2 continues to experience continuous power outages

first_imgResidents living in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) continue to experience constant power outages. Frustrated residents are, therefore, calling on the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) to extend the courtesy of saying why disruptions to the power supply continue.Residents in the north and south of the coast are predominantly affected and according to several residents, the power company has not even issued an advisory to alert them of the outages. For the past two weeks, residents related, they have endured power outages day and night – something they were unprepared for.Residents are calling on the power company to provide information as it relates to the constant power outages as well as an advisory in the futureMany persons living in the extreme south of the coast related that they would get power outages in the night that would sometimes last for three hours. Apart from that, residents have been experiencing low voltage daily.The fluctuation of electricity on the Essequibo Coast has become a worrying situation for residents as many persons usually have perishable items in their refrigerators.“What I don’t understand, why isn’t the company issuing advisory to the public: let us be prepared, so we won’t stock up our fridge; when we get power outage we are left to wonder when it will come on,” one resident explained.Residents are, therefore, calling on the power company to provide information as it relates to the constant power outages as well as an advisory in the future. Residents believe that GPL can act in a more professional manner, especially if it is conducting maintenance works.last_img read more

Moraikobai Safari promises exciting experience

first_imgThe Pakaraima Mountain Safari Club, in collaboration with Rainforest Tours, the Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) and Sonic Hunters Motorcycle Club, on Friday launched its safari expedition for 2018.This year, adventure lovers can expect four safaris, commencing with the Moraikobai Safari which runs from February 23-25. This safari is in its second year.Moraikobai, the only Arawak village in Region Five, is populated by approximately 1000 residents, who are mainly engaged in logging activities. Toshao Colin AdrianGTA Director (ag) Carla Chandra (2nd from right) along with Coordinator from the Pakaraima Mountain Safari Club, Frank Singh, among other officials at the launching on Fridaydescribes this village as ‘a slice of paradise.’ “I would term Moraikobai a home away from home. We are (a) very quiet, peaceful people, and somebody has something to offer to you. The hospitality, I can say, is very nice,” Adrian has said.Moraikobai’s very special delicacy is the tocuma worm.There are plans to construct an ecotourism lodge which would introduce community-based tourism in the village.Visitors from the safari can expect marvellous sightseeing, with possibilities of seeing the Giant Anteater. There are also exciting activities to be engaged in, like fishing, canoeing, and bird watching while experiencing the lifestyle of the villagers.During the safari, villagers will demonstrate how cassava bread, pepper-pot and craft items are made.The Sonic Hunters Motorcycle Club will be part of this expedition, and club President Terrence Lieben encourages persons with bikes to participate in these safaris, which he describes as “adventurous, but treacherous”.Guyana Tourism Authority (GTA) Director (ag) Carla Chandra revealed, “The GTA has been working with Moraikobai since last year. We continue to work with them in developing their skills in hospitality and training their members who will be working on the eco-lodge.”Coordinator from the Pakaraima Mountain Safari Club, Frank Singh, explained that the purpose of the safaris is for persons who want to have a weekend getaway, or for those who would like to experience the Indigenous heritage. It is an opportunity to learn about the other cultures away from the coastland, he said.Rainforest Tours’ representative Lisa Smith stated, “An important objective of these safaris is to promote domestic tourism, giving Guyanese the opportunity to experience the culture by the history, understand the heritage, and indulge in unique cuisines offered by the villages visited.”Persons who wish to participate in these safaris can uplift tickets at the Guyana Tourism Authority. The cost per ticket for those who possess off-road vehicles is $8,000, and this includes a sticker. However, preparations are being made for persons to go via trucks with an all-inclusive food and accommodation package of $60,000. Persons who are joining the trip with their own vehicles are required to take fuel and camping equipment. While there are no limits to vehicles, there is a limit of rooms available at the village. Those who do not acquire a room will be accommodated in hammocks.The next safari will be the North Pakaraima Safari, from March 25 to April 1, followed by the Bartica and South Rupununi Safari, which are set for later this year.last_img read more

Santana’s pitch is a good one

first_imgYet there are a number of red flags that exist. In back-to-back starts late last month, Santana gave up five runs in each. And in one of those, he only lasted a third of an inning against the Mariners. The right-hander gave up nine runs in a start against the New York Yankees in July and with the likelihood that he could be pulled from the rotation, his response was to give up seven runs and 14 hits to the Devil Rays. He was optioned to triple-A Salt Lake the next day. This outing against the Devil Rays was much different; Santana looks to be riding an upswing of confidence at the perfect time. “He has the tools to go out there and compete now,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “At times you feel you’re out there naked if the ball’s not coming out of your hand (correctly) and your command’s not there and your breaking ball is maybe a little bit sloppy. “When his mechanics are together you can see how he can just control the flow of the game. He did it in Boston (Aug. 17) and he did it against these guys this afternoon.” Had it not been for Bartolo Colon’s stiff back, Santana might not have had the chance to showcase himself. Colon took over Wednesday’s spot in the rotation last week and was expected to finish the season in that role. Santana was supposed to get a look out of the bullpen, which is where he likely will be used if he makes the playoff roster. If Santana keeps this rotation spot until the end of the season – Scioscia was noncommittal – he would be in line to make two more starts, Monday at Texas and on the final day of the season at Oakland. Anything close to what he did Wednesday might get Santana into October and possibly leave right-hander Dustin Moseley on the outside looking in. “If the playoffs weren’t in the picture, no matter what, my job was to finish strong with this team and I wanted to get the opportunity,” Santana said through broadcaster Jose Mota, who was serving as interpreter. “I was able to get the opportunity and hopefully this is a good end to the regular season. For my career, this is very important.” The Angels might use all of the available time to decide if Santana will see a mound in October. Division Series rosters are due to the league office on the day of the Angels’ first postseason game. They become official once lineup cards are exchanged before the game. “Right now, it’s the regular season and I don’t want to talk about the playoffs,” Santana said. “I know there is somebody taking the mound (today) and once we get to the playoffs there will be more time for that.” The Angels inched closer to that reality by getting just enough offense. Juan Rivera hit a second-inning home run to give the Angels a 1-0 lead. Mathis’ run-scoring single put the Angels up, 2-0, in the fourth. The Devil Rays closed the gap to a run on a fifth-inning home run from Jonny Gomes. Santana weathered a bases-loaded situation in the sixth inning, then relievers Darren Oliver, Justin Speier and Francisco Rodriguez held the Devil Rays without a hit over the final 22/3 innings. Rodriguez earned his 37th save. doug.padilla@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BASEBALL: Righty is sharp in beating the Devil Rays, making playoff roster decisions tougher. By Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER The Ervin Santana quandary continues for the Angels’ coaching staff as an official playoff spot draws near. The Angels’ 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Wednesday reduced their magic number for clinching the division to three. It also means the champagne is now chilling, waiting for an inevitable clubhouse celebration. Simply put, if the Angels beat the Seattle Mariners twice during a four-game series that starts tonight at Angel Stadium, a playoff berth and the American League West crown is theirs. “It’s starting to creep into our minds, but you just have to come out here and win one game at a time and maybe it will happen,” said catcher Jeff Mathis, who guided Santana to an impressive outing. There is less than two weeks remaining to decide if the Santana who shut down the Tampa Devil Rays on Wednesday with 10 strikeouts is the same one who will show up if he is placed on the playoff roster. Santana has looked postseason-worthy lately. Not only did he start and give up just one run against the Devil Rays, he was coming off a hitless three innings of relief Friday against the White Sox in Chicago. last_img read more

Two sought in $1 million art theft

first_img 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsFor more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Two robbers were at large today after holding up an art gallery clerk in North Hollywood, escaping with 15 paintings valued up to $1 million, police said. The holdup at the NoHo Art Gallery at 5007 Lankershim Blvd., near Magnolia Boulevard, occurred about 10:30 a.m. yesterday, said Karen Smith of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section. The paintings have a combined value up to $1 million, according to broadcast reports. They were described as two men without masks, Smith said. last_img read more

The hunt continues to go on

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Other clubs that will be releasing pen-raised birds include the Antelope Valley Sportsman’s Club, Four Winds Pheasant Club and Raahauge’s Pheasant Club. Also offering memberships with guest privileges is the High Desert Hunt Club, located near Gorman. All shooters must have a valid hunting license. Adding an upland game-bird stamp is important to aid the Game Bird Heritage, Wildlife Outreach Programs and Hunter Education administered by the California Department of Fish and Game. Hunters looking to maximize their time in a duck blind or a dove field might want to consider booking a package hunt in Mexico. One such destination is a combo “blast and cast” adventure at the Muchos Patos Duck Club in Mazatlan. A recent outing included a great duck/dove hunt combined with some trophy bass fishing at Anglers Inn on Lake El Salto. An awesome hunting destination in Sinaloa is the Sinalo Pato Duck and Dove Club, outfitted by Bobby Balderrama and based at the Plaza Inn in Los Mochis. A little farther north, in Sonora, bird shooters can package ducks, dove, quail, brant and bass fishing with trip booked through Gabino’s Yaqui Valley Hunting. Public hunting clubs remain open through early May, offering released pheasant, chukar, bobwhite quail and huns as part of daily upland game-bird packages. The 4 Seasons Hunt Club, located about a 1-hour drive from the San Fernando Valley, has pens filled with prime ringnecks and chukar and have recently added a new hunt lodge for the convenience of scatter gunners who want to spend the entire day hunting. CUMMINGS VALLEY – Wing shooters have many options if they want to extend bird-hunting seasons beyond the end of the general duck, goose, quail and chukar seasons that close Jan. 29. It has been a good year for duck hunting at refuges from the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley down to the Salton Sea, snow goose hunting at Wister was hot this season, and chukar and quail hunting was the best in decades, and hunters don’t have to put their shotguns away right now. center_img Liberal daily bag limits on ducks and dove and “no hassle” packages that have been put together by licensed outfitters has made hunting in Mexico simple. Combo hunts for ducks and dove are offered that include lodging, transportation in the field, meals, rental of high quality Berretta and Benelli shotguns and licenses. The season in Mexico will run through March 5, and some of the best wing shooting occurs when the migration peaks in February. Jim Niemiec covers hunting for the Daily News. He can be reached at JTNiemiec@aol.com 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

Unlikely winner costs Vioxx-maker $9M more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“From Merck’s perspective, this was the ideal case to try,” said Andy Birchfield, a Montgomery, Ala., lawyer with 350 Vioxx cases pending. “The approach of embracing the risk factors was the only option. As a plaintiff’s lawyer, your job is to lay out the truth. He clearly had risk factors. You have to embrace that. The bigger challenge is exposing the truth of what Merck did,” Birchfield said. Whitehouse Station-based Merck pulled Vioxx off the market in September 2004 after a study showed it doubled the risk of heart attack and stroke when taken for longer than 18 months. The company now faces about 9,650 Vioxx-related lawsuits in state and federal courts. After the verdict was announced, Merck shares initially rose 1.5 percent, then fell 36 cents, or 1.1 percent, to close at $34.06 in trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Nearly 14 million shares, double normal volume, changed hands. McDarby, 77, of Park Ridge, took the drug for four years before he was stricken. Merck’s lawyers stressed his risk for heart disease – he was 75 at the time, has diabetes and clogged arteries – but jurors sided with him anyway. ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – At first, John McDarby’s case looked like a loser. Frail, elderly and confined to a wheelchair after two broken hips, he was a 77-year-old diabetic with clogged arteries. Not exactly the kind of victim likely to win over a jury with his claim that a painkiller made by Merck & Co. was to blame for his illness. Or so many people thought last fall, when Merck chose McDarby’s case as the next involving Vioxx to go to trial. That was before McDarby’s lawyers managed to turn the case around, emphasizing his sickliness and persuading jurors that he never would have taken Vioxx had Merck been up front about its dangers. The panel Tuesday returned a verdict of $9 million in damages against Merck, saying the pharmaceutical company knowingly withheld Vioxx safety data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Last week, the same jurors said McDarby and his wife deserved $4.5 million in compensation. He wasn’t in court for the verdict Tuesday. His wife said the money – which the couple won’t get immediately because of appeals – would go toward giving her husband the around-the-clock medical care he needs. “It’s the integrity that’s involved, the morality that’s involved. All these things are important,” Irma McDarby said. The trial was the first involving people alleging use of 18 months or more. That’s important because the study that prompted Merck to voluntarily withdraw the drug found that its risks doubled after 18 months’ use. “This is a victory for all of the John and Irma McDarbys of the world, people who are taking medications every single day, who now have at least a chance of making sure that the companies that are making those medications are going to do the right thing,” said Jerry Kristal, one of McDarby’s lawyers. Juror Carla Tennyson said the decision was not “personal against Merck.” “We need Merck. Every time someone takes a a blood pressure medicine, it’s thanks to Merck and Smith Kline and all the others. It’s only because they just didn’t warn. They have an obligation to tell us the facts and let us decide if the risk was worth taking. That’s all it is,” said Tennyson, a 53-year-old cashier. The ruling could also lead to a criminal probe. In New Jersey, state law requires that punitive damages cases be referred to the county prosecutor and the state Attorney General’s Office for investigation into whether a criminal act was committed.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

Women’s Soccer Picked Fourth in 2018 MVC Preseason Poll

first_imgThe Bulldogs placed two student-athletes on the preseason all-conference team in Hannah Bormann (Amana, Iowa) and senior Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.). Bormann was named the 2017 MVC Freshman of the Year and is the team’s top returning scorer with three goals in her first season. Brand is a three-time All-MVC selection, who scored two goals and was tied for the team lead with Bormann in assists with four last season. Drake, which was selected second in the 2017 preseason poll but captured its sixth MVC regular season title, tallied 45 points in the 2018 poll. Loyola was tabbed this season’s favorite with 60 points, including earning five first place votes. Missouri State and UNI round out the top four with 50 and 46 points, respectively. ST. LOUIS – The Drake University women’s soccer team has been picked fourth in the 2018 Missouri Valley Conference women’s soccer preseason coaches poll, the MVC office announced Monday, Aug. 13. Drake opens the regular season in Missoula, Mont., for the Montana Cup, Aug. 17 and 19, where it will face San Francisco (Aug. 17) and Fresno State (Aug. 19).  Rank      Team (1st-place votes) – Points1.            Loyola (5) – 602.            Missouri State (2) – 513.            UNI (1) – 464.            Drake – 455.            Illinois State – 386.            Valparaiso – 247.            Evansville – 158.            Indiana State – 10Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Watch: TD demands opening of maternity theatre at LUH that has stood empty for 18 years

first_imgSinn Féin Deputy Pearse Doherty has today highlighted that a purpose-built maternity theatre at Letterkenny University Hospital has been lying idle for almost two decades.Speaking in Dáil Éireann today, Deputy Doherty says that when pressed LUH management for an explanation of why the theatre was never used, he was informed that it was due to a lack of resources such as necessary staffing.The theatre had been built in 2000 as part of the redevelopment of Letterkenny hospital’s renal dialysis block – yet it has stood empty for eighteen years. Minister of State for Special Responsibility for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly TD has committed to “refocusing” government efforts in a bid to commission the maternity theatre “sooner rather than later.”To put the length of time it has been lying empty into context, Doherty said that the Minister of Health, Simon Harris, would have been just fourteen years of age when Bertie Ahern announced the new development in 2000.“Over that whole period not one mother has had the benefit of using that theatre that the taxpayers of Donegal and elsewhere spent a lot of money in creating,” he said. Doherty slammed the “sheer incompetence of successive governments”, saying: “At worst it can be labeled for what it truly is – it’s neglect of a part of a county which has been neglected time and time again by successive governments and that, in my view, is shameful and it’s a dereliction of their duty towards the people of Donegal but in this instance particularly it’s a dereliction to their duty towards the women of Donegal.”“It’s a deplorable situation.”The situation is exacerbated by the ongoing overcrowding crisis at the hospital.“To make matters worse this comes at a time when the hospital continues to experience record-breaking levels of overcrowding,” he said.LUH has a total of five theatres. Four are currently in use, however one is reserved for the maternity unit as the purpose-built one constructed in 2000 was never commissioned. Out of the five theatres, just three are used full-time.“That is not an effective use of resources and that has been the case for the last eighteen years.” “[The unused theatre] takes up half of the entire floor of where the maternity centre is.“And to make things worse, a mother who’s given birth and develops complications in the maternity suite – what should happen is they should go next door to the theatre for an emergency Caesarean section, what now happens is they have to be wheeled out of the maternity unit, up the halls, into a lift, taken to a different floor where the theatre is where they can be operated on.“We’re asking for action. This is a campaign that we’re very committed to and on behalf of the women in Donegal and the children yet to be born in Donegal, we’re asking for action on this issue,” he concluded.Minister of State Jim Daly TD applauded Doherty’s call for action, and says that a “refocus” is needed. “It’s something that can be achieved I believe,” Daly said.Daly adds that he hopes for the HSE to collaborate with Saolta Group to get the theatre opened “the day before tomorrow, sooner rather than later.”Watch: TD demands opening of maternity theatre at LUH that has stood empty for 18 years was last modified: February 7th, 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:Letterkenny University HospitalluhmaternityPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more

SA heritage on show at Tourism Indaba

first_img9 May 2013 South Africa’s heritage and cultural stories will take the spotlight with the debut of the South Africa Heritage and Culture Pavilion at the 2013 Tourism Indaba, taking place in Durban from Saturday to Tuesday. The pavilion is a collaboration between South African Tourism, the Department of Tourism, and natural, historical and cultural attraction guide the Moja Heritage Collection, to make the country’s tourism experiences more accessible to global travellers. It aims to build on the record-breaking year South African tourism enjoyed in 2012, when tourist arrivals increased by over 10% and over nine million international tourists visited the country. “Indaba 2013 is going to be the indaba that unlocks the enormous potential of our richly diverse, fascinating and warm hospitable culture, our intriguing stories, our history and that unique combination of people and place that makes South Africa an extraordinary and unique destination, and one of the fastest growing and most popular holiday destinations in the world today,” South African Tourism CEO, Thulani Nzima, said in a statement on Wednesday. The pavilion will also highlight South Africa’s eight Unesco World Heritage sites. These are the Cradle of Humankind, Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, Robben Island, Cape Floral Region, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Vredfort Dome and the Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape. “The unique majestic setting and physical location of the World Heritage Sites, chiefly in untapped prime rural and semi-urban economies, resonates with the strategic choices of the Tourism Department of initiating programmes and projects that seek to respond to the national outcomes and priorities of governemnt, namely economic development and job creation, rural development and regional integration,” said the Tourism Department’s Leonore Beukes. “In this context, it is crucial that tourism serves as a catalyst to unlock the socio- economic potential of heritage and cultural tourism products for sustainable livelihood at local community level.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more