Who Are the Motorcyclists?

first_imgIt has long been speculated that most motorcyclists in Liberia, especially in greater Monrovia, are foreigners.  We do not know whether or not this is true.  If it is, then we can understand why they would be so quick to take the law into their own hands, The violence with which the cyclists retaliated for the death of their fellow rider, even to the extent of openly challenging the Liberian National Police (LNP) and burning down a police depot, as happened last Thursday at the Paynesville Red Light, leaves many wondering if perhaps the authorities have lost control of this growing transportation sector.The question of the identity of motorcyclists is no attempt to exonerate (clear, excuse) the LNP officer who allegedly hit a rider on the head with a baton, causing his sudden death.  We think that particular incident, which sparked last Thursday’s riot, should be thoroughly investigated, to determine what led the officer to that fatal action.  If he acted unnecessarily, he should be prosecuted. The police should strive at all cost and at all times to refrain from taking lethal (deadly) action when faced with a potentially riotous situation.  It is part of their code of conduct.  Hopefully it is part of their training. The Bible warns us not to take a life we cannot replace.The National Police Academy, in its training of riot squads and all other officers, should require recurring practical and theoretical instruction on how to be firm and decisive without being deadly.  They, like the rest of us, have seen in the United States and elsewhere the results of rash and lethal police action.  It can lead to devastating consequences, particularly death of the victim and life imprisonment or worse for the perpetrator, not to mention weeks, often months of protests and other disturbances in communities, sometimes spreading nationwide. Teaching alternatives to lethal action should therefore be one of the key components of police AND military training. We repeat what President W.V.S. Tubman told a young reporter in the late 1960s as the two one day passed a group of well armed soldiers seated in a corner on the fourth floor of the Executive Mansion.   “Be careful with those ones,” the President told the reporter. “They are mean men.”The nature of the beast, one might say.  For as aforementioned, military and Para-military officers throughout the world, even some that hail from good families, can be lethal in their interactions with others.  This does not mean that all have to be that way.  It can depend on temperament, but, to some extent, also on upbringing and training.  This is why we urge the Police Academy—and by the same token—all military and Para-military training institutions, to expose their commissioned and non-commissioned officers to alternatives to lethal force.  It is possible, for example, for individual officers to be equipped with teargas that can be used when faced with a potentially dangerous or violent individual or crowd, as was the case last Thursday.We raise these issues of alternatives to lethal force to save lives and to prevent chaos and confusion in society and, ultimately, to preserve the peace.  As the Bible says, “the peace of God—for only He can bring true peace—passes all understanding.” But peace also supersedes everything in the lives of individuals, families, communities and nations; for without peace, nothing good can happen.We move now from emphasis on our police to the motorcyclists.  Who are they?  Is it true that most of them are non-Liberians?  One can then  understand why they, feeling absolutely no sense of loyalty to Liberia, would be so inclined  to rush in uncontrollable anger and take any action they pleased—arson, or even fatality.  We are told that in the melee last Thursday, the motorcyclists stripped a police woman buck naked.  But we have seen some Liberians in a rage behave in the identical way towards each other when they felt wronged, taken advantage of or confronted with deadly force. The most recent case was the West Point Ebola rampage.The time has come for the Liberian authorities to develop and maintain an efficient, comprehensive registration of all motorcyclists, commercial and private, operating in the country.  If they are found to be mostly non-Liberian, the authorities should find ways to address that.  Do they have residence and work permits?  Immigration and Labor should immediately look into this.It has also been alleged that certain foreign elements are massively recruiting and financing foreign motorcyclists in Liberia.  Is this true? If so, what is the motive?  This could well have serious security implications and must be investigated as a matter of urgency.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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Figure skaters manage big placements at Regionals in Williams Lake

first_imgWILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – The Fort St. John Figure skating Club came home from an impressive medal haul at Regionals in Williams Lake a week and a half ago.Kirstyn Beech had an impressive weekend, placing 2nd in both the Gold Women and Gold Interpretive skates. Beech also placed first in the Gold Elements competition. Emma Stevens skated to 5th in her Star 6 skate, and 4th places finishes in both the Silver Interpretive and Elements 6 programs.Haley Patterson only managed an 8th place finish in the Star 5 Quad Threat, but bounced back to 4th in the Star 5 13 & Over , and a Bronze Report for her Intro Interpretive skate. Samantha Jenkins placed 11th in the Star 4 13&O skate, but like Patterson regrouped and nailed her Intro Interpretive and Elements 3 skates, notching Silver and Gold Reports respectively.- Advertisement -Emma Eggiman and Emma Shipalesky both competed in the Star 5 U13, Intro Interpretive, and Star 5 Quad Threat skates, coming in 2nd and 9th place respectively in the Star 5 U13. Eggiman earned a Gold Report in the interpretive, with Shipalesky placing right behind her with a Silver Report. The two also placed 2nd and 7th in the Quad Threat.Sophie Stevens got arguably the best places of the club’s skaters, finishing 1st in all three skates she competed in.Shaye Peebles earned a Gold Report in the Star 3, a Silver Report in the Pre Intro Interpretive, and a 1st place finish in the Star 3 Quad Threat.Advertisement Jasmine Whitford earned a Bronze Report in both the Star 3 and Elements 3 skates, and a Silver Report in the Pre Intro Interpretive.Olivia Desor got a Silver Report for her Star 2 Quad Threat, as did Peyton Elliott and Kenzi Steiner. Madeline Perrett and Katelynn Hardy got a Bronze Reports in that same event, while Madyn Peebles got a Gold Report.last_img read more

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Whittier not sharp in victory

first_imgBoth teams started slowly, with one shot each through the first two minutes before Whittier used its strong counterattack for four goals that included a pair of assists from Sovick. Adriana Rodriguez scored for El Rancho in the final two minutes to keep El Rancho in the contest. The Cardinals’ counterattack continued in the second period as Lauren Barron scored two of their four goals and Sovick had two more long-pass assists for an 8-1 lead. El Rancho, ranked No. 10 in this week’s Division III poll, again managed the last goal of the quarter, this one by Xenia Castillo with one second remaining to make it 8-2 at halftime. “At least we learned how to play in foul trouble,” Whittier coach Chris Schneider said. “It was a little sloppy. Our passing wasn’t sharp. We lacked intensity.” El Rancho coach Sammy Wright was optimistic. Whittier (19-7, 4-0) clinched at least a tie for the title with only Pioneer left to play. El Rancho (17-10, 3-1) had a solid performance that played a part in Whittier’s struggles, but the Cardinals’ experience and nine saves by goalkeeper Brook Sovick kept the Dons away from a major upset. PICO RIVERA – Maybe it was a carryover from Saturday’s disappointing performance at the Irvine Southern California Championships that kept Whittier High School’s girls water polo team from romping past El Rancho in their Del Rio League makeup game on Monday. The visiting Cardinals did not play like the top-ranked team in Division III, struggling to defeat El Rancho, 11-5, in a battle for the league lead. center_img “Our goal was to finish strong to give us confidence going into the playoffs,” he said. Barron led Whittier with four goals and Alyssa Rangel had three. Castillo paced El Rancho with two goals and goalkeeper Anahisa Aguirre had nine saves. roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 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

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For a song, Bellamy puts up his dukes

first_imgBellamy, who has a history of losing his temper, looks to be the first casualty of the dictum – something not exactly alien to him. When he played for Newcastle in 2004, Bellamy threw a chair at assistant manager John Carver. He was then heavily fined for calling manager Graeme Souness a liar in 2005. Bellamy has also spent some time in court. In 2003, he was charged with three racism offenses after a night out in Cardiff, Wales. He admitted to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behavior and was fined $1,252. The charge of “racially aggravated” abuse was dropped. Late last year, Bellamy was cleared of assaulting two women in a nightclub. But Bellamy can’t be singled out as the team’s lone troublemaker in Portugal. Other Liverpool players, including Jerzy Dudek, Jermaine Pennant and Robbie Fowler, were also said to have been drunk and acting up. There have been worse crimes committed by professional athletes, however, and plenty of unruly behavior has come from overly aggressive sportsmen over the years. Teammates have fought before in the English league. Newcastle players Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer exchanged punches on the field during a game in 2005. Bowyer was later suspended for sevengames and Dyer banned for three. The team also fined Bowyer. – Associated Press 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy added a new twist to the problem of soccer violence last week when he attacked a teammate. Yes, a teammate. If teammates whacking each other with golf clubs after a night out isn’t absurd enough, consider the reason for the fight – they were arguing about a karaoke competition. Karaoke! The news of the fracas definitely wasn’t music to the ears of George Gillett Jr. and Tom Hicks, Liverpool’s new American owners. The pair supposedly heard about the fight in Portugal and ordered Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez to issue a statement saying that players who misbehaved would be punished. “We will take disciplinary action and fine any of them who are found to have breached club rules during our stay in Portugal,” Benitez said in Sunday’s statement. center_img The Wales forward allegedly hit John Arne Riise in the legs with a golf club while Liverpool was in Portugal at a training camp preparing for a Champions League match against defending champion FC Barcelona. Bellamy now faces a fine of $155,000 and an uncertain future with the 18-time English league champions. last_img read more

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Bullet bill to require ID checks

first_img sellers and employees to undergo background checks; ammunition to be stored behind counters by stores to hinder theft. AB 362 also would ban all Internet purchase of handgun ammunition in California, so that sales must be through personal encounters with clerks who can verify the age of the buyer. Violations of the bill’s provisions would be a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment in a jail for up to six months, by a fine of up to $1,000, or both. The Justice Department reports gun violence has increased in California more than 34 percent between 1999 and 2005. In Los Angeles alone, in 2005 and 2006, the LA Sheriff’s Office handled 668 murders involving firearms – more than 80 percent of their total homicides. In addition, a recent Rand Corp. study found that in a two-month period in Los Angeles, felons bought more than 10,000 rounds of ammunition. The bill now heads to the Assembly Appropriations Committee. sgeissinger@angnewspapers.com (916) 447-9302160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Supporters acknowledged that a hitch in the bill is that implementation of instant background checks would take time. While the state Justice Department worked on setting up the costly system by 2011, beginning next year all handgun ammunition buyers would have to provide identification to sellers, who would pass the information to the state. The Justice Department would run background checks – which are in great demand since the beginning of the war on terror – and notify local law enforcement agencies if a felon or underage person had purchased bullets. The bill also would require: handgun ammunition vendors to be licensed with the Justice Department; California would become the first state in the nation to require instant background checks on handgun bullet buyers, under a Los Angeles sponsored, anti-gang bill that cleared its first, key hurdle Tuesday. The Assembly’s public safety committee approved AB 362, the so-called “end the Wild West” measure, sponsored by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Sheriff Lee Baca and police Chief William Bratton. Assemblyman Kevin de Leon, the Los Angeles Democrat who authored the bill, told committee members that “it’s unbelievable it’s harder to buy a can of spray paint than bullets, and that a gang-banger can walk into a sporting goods store and walk out with a crate of ammunition, no questions asked.” “It’s time to put an end to this Wild West mentality,” he said, citing California’s rising gun violence. The bill is supported by numerous gun-control advocates and opposed by an array of organizations such as the California Rifle and Pistol Association, which said in a statement the measure “appears to be more a matter of harassment of lawful businesses and their customers than anything else.” last_img read more

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Barcelona draw blank as Champions League stalemate gives Lyon hope

first_img0Shares0000Lionel Messi and Barcelona were frustrated in a 0-0 draw in Lyon in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie© AFP FRANCK FIFELYON, France, Feb 20 – Barcelona will hope to make home advantage count in the return after Lionel Messi and his team-mates drew a blank in Lyon on Tuesday, the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie ending in a goalless stalemate.The Spanish side had most of the chances at the Groupama Stadium, with Luis Suarez firing just wide in the second half, but it was Lyon who came the closest when Martin Terrier hit the bar early on. Ernesto Valverde’s side once again left frustrated on the road at the business end of the competition, and have now gone six away matches without winning in the Champions League knockout rounds, scoring just a single goal in that time. It is a run that goes back three years.Desperate to end Real Madrid’s recent European dominance, Barca must now finish the job when the teams meet again at the Camp Nou on March 13, but Lyon remain very much in the tie.Barcelona’s form needs to improve between now and then, though — the Catalans have drawn four of their last five matches in all, and have scored just once, from a penalty, in their last three outings.With Arthur missing due to injury, Valverde opted to play Sergi Roberto in midfield here, leaving the out-of-form Philippe Coutinho on the bench alongside Arturo Vidal.That may have been an acknowledgement that the visitors were wary of Lyon’s flying left-back Ferland Mendy, who has been linked with Barca in some quarters.The visitors were certainly right to be wary of a Lyon side whose best performances this season have come against the big boys — four points from a possible six against Manchester City in the group stage and a recent win at home to Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1.– Thunderous strike –The French club were without their World Cup-winning captain Nabil Fekir due to suspension though, and it was the 21-year-old Terrier who was surprisingly handed a start in his place.Terrier is an unassuming talent, but he delivered the most exciting moment of the first half for the crowd of almost 58,000 with a thunderous strike from 20 yards out in the ninth minute that was tipped onto the bar by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.The same player later shot well over at the end of a fantastic move from the home side, while Houssem Aouar had earlier been denied by the goalkeeper, but it was Barcelona who enjoyed the longer spells of possession.The Catalans looked more assured on the ball, at least until they reached the Lyon penalty area.Ousmane Dembele — one of two Frenchmen in the away line-up — came closest for them in the first half, but their best chances came after he had been replaced by Coutinho midway through the second period.Suarez came within inches of breaking the deadlock 20 minutes from the end, firing narrowly wide with a first-time shot from Jordi Alba’s cutback.Coutinho then had a powerful shot beaten away by Anthony Lopes, with the Lyon goalkeeper also frustrating Messi and Sergio Busquets as Barcelona dominated but departed without a potentially precious away goal.At least they extended their unbeaten record against Lyon to seven matches, but there is still hope for the French club ahead of the return.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Letterkenny Gaels U12 hurlers perform brilliantly at blitz

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels Club Notes.The U-12 hurlers brought down the curtain on their competitive season for this year as they played in a blitz in Randalstown on Saturday last. The lads won three of their opening games and were unfortunate to lose out on the final.Letterkenny Gaels Ladies are delighted to announce their Winter Ladies Football Training program. During the winter months the Circuit based training will take place indoors at the Gaels Clubroom on the Thorn Road. The training for 16’s to adult continues every Friday evening from 6.30-7.30pm. For the younger girls from 12-16 years football/Circuit training is on every Monday from 6.30pm – 7.30pm at the clubhouse.Training is open to all and new members are especially welcome.Letterkenny Gaels in association with AIB are delighted to announce a new and exciting customer offer that sees AIB build their partnership with the GAA and support the re-embedding of AIB back into the heart of local communities.From today with the purchase of every new AIB Home Insurance policy, they will reward customers with a payment of €50 to Letterkenny Gaels GAA club. And the good news for us is that there is no cap on how many reward payments can be made to our club. The Club is already registered for this offer so don’t forget to nominate Letterkenny Gaels if you take out your policy with them.AIB Home Insurance offer very competitive prices and club members are encouraged to seek a quotation from them when renewing your Home Insurance.The GAA Adult + Cards are now available to club members and can be purchased online. The purchasing of the card has benefits for both the holder and our Club.  For more details on this please see Club Facebook page.As we count down the weeks until Christmas, club members are reminded that Letterkenny Gaels merchandise, which includes training tops, track-suits, jerseys, hats, scarfs etc. can be purchased in Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure.The indoor Camogie training continues every Friday evening at the LYIT from 6-7pm. Hurls and helmets provided. New players most welcome.The outdoor underage football training has also concluded for the season. Please see Facebook in the coming weeks for dates and venues for indoor training.The indoor underage hurling continues every Thursday from 6.30-7.30pm in the Aura. Helmets and hurls will be provided for new players. The term will run for nine weeks before Christmas and six after. All welcome.Lotto numbers for last week were 9, 10, 15 & 16. No jackpot winner. Match 2 was Seamus Bradley, Friends of the Gaels.Bingo continues every Monday in Arena 7. The Jackpot this week is €3050. Lines are €40 and Houses are €130. Doors from 8pm. Eyes down 9pm. All welcome.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGael Letterkenny Gaels U12 hurlers perform brilliantly at blitz was last modified: November 8th, 2016 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:GAALetterkenny GaelsSportlast_img read more

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‘FIFTY OVER CREST’ IS THE CRY AS DONEGAL’S GAA HEROES GO RALLYING!

first_imgThree of Donegal’s All-Ireland heroes got a little more than they expected when  they went rallying ahead of this weekend’s Donegal Harvest Rally.Mark McHugh, Eamonn McGee an Karl Lacey might not have been afraid of crowds of 80,000 at Croke Park. But that wasn’t the case when they got into a rally car this morning.The guys where quite nervous as the moment of getting harnessed up drew closer and first off was Karl Lacey.The nervous Lacey returned with a smiling, but with a somewhat scared look on his face.“These car are unbelievable word cant describe the feeling. They take off so fast and stop in the shortest of distances. I hope people come out and watch this great event at the weekend in Donegal Town. I probably might event venture out to a stage on Saturday myself” McHugh was next, the Kilcar man was the most nervy of the lot. “I am glad to be getting out of this car, I think I will stick to the football, I am not a good passenger”Finally Eamonn McGee stepped up to the mark, the calmest of the lot but maybe not for long.He really enjoyed his spin saying afterwards “I have massive respect for these driver and there car control this was definitely worth the 7am start”.RTE and TG4 where at the location filming the mornings fun which will be broadcast this evening.The rally kicks off on Friday evening with a ceremonial start at 8.30pm outside the Abbey Hotel and the First car is away from the pier at 9am on Saturday morning for 9 tough stages around the Ballintra, Laghey and Lough Eske areas.For full rally details log onto Facebook and Twitter for all information. www.facebook.com/donegalharvestrally Pics by Kevin Glendinning KG Rally pics‘FIFTY OVER CREST’ IS THE CRY AS DONEGAL’S GAA HEROES GO RALLYING! was last modified: October 10th, 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)last_img read more

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Women’s Soccer’s Nicholson Selected As Senior CLASS Award Candidate

first_imgTo be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Nicholson, the 2015 Missouri Valley Conference Defender of the Year, has played in 11 matches for the Bulldogs this season. She is a marketing major and owns a 3.74 grade point average. The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2016 NCAA Men’s and Women’s College Cup® championships in December. Print Friendly Version An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. OVERLAND PARK, Kan. –  Senior Sarah Grace Nicholson (Overland Park, Kan.) of the Drake University women’s soccer has been selected as a candidate for the 2016 Senior CLASS award. Nicholson is one of sixty NCAA® men’s and women’s soccer student-athletes who excel both on and off the field and was selected as a candidate for the prestigious award. Each of the two candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate and one female candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. ? Of the 60 candidates, 29 have grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher, 13 are returning All-Americans and 12 are on the preseason watch list for the Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy, which recognizes the top player in collegiate soccer. Outside of academics and athletics, all candidates also have been consistently involved in community service on their campus or in their communities.last_img read more

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INISHOWEN CRASH CASE: FITNESS TO PLEAD HEARING UNDER WAY

first_imgShaun KellyA fitness to plead hearing has begun at Donegal Circuit Court in Donegal Town in the case of a man charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men in Inishowen.The application that he is not fit to plead in the case is being made on behalf of 25-year-old Shaun Kelly of Hill Road, Ballymaggan, Buncrana. The application is being heard before Judge John O’Hagan and is expected to take two days.It relates to a fatal crash between Clonmany and Buncrana in July 2010 in which eight men died.INISHOWEN CRASH CASE: FITNESS TO PLEAD HEARING UNDER WAY was last modified: May 20th, 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:CIRCUIT COURTDonegal TownHearingShaun Kellylast_img read more

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