Scuffle Erupts in Nagbe Town

first_imgThe Nagbe Town Community opposite the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex was the scene of alleged harassment and intimidation when a scuffle erupted between residents of the town and some members of the Liberia National Police (LNP).The officers, two of whom, the townspeople named as Lee Smith and Chris Mahn, had escorted a team of officials from the Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy (MLME), who had gone to enforce a government ban on beach sand-mining.The MLME officials, according to them (townspeople), were on a patrol exercise along the Atlantic Ocean coast of Monrovia and its immediate surroundings, after they were tipped off about illegal beach sand-mining in the vicinity.The scuffle occurred on Wednesday, January 8, after a MLME team backed by the LNP officers decided to seize and take away bricks belonging to residents of the community.When the Observer team arrived on the scene, the scuffle had subsided and the MLME staffs and police officers had left. But the brick makers and townspeople were standing around and ranting insults at the police and the entire government.According to them, the hullabaloo broke out when government enforcers decided to forcibly take their bricks after they (townspeople and brick makers) had displayed their “genuine” receipts for the sand used to make their bricks. They claimed that they usually buy truckloads of sand from legitimate sand dealers and they do not dig sand from the beach along the Atlantic Ocean, which they live very close by.“When we decided to stop them from taking our blocks, they began to use force and started beating us. They even began destroying the blocks, we had already made. They threw stones at us, too,” Clarence Paye, a young man, who said he is the head of the block-makers in Nagbe Town, stated.He informed the Observer that every one of them is fully aware of government’s ban on beach sand-mining and won’t dare go against the government ban; adding: “There are people who are also assigned on the beaches by the Government. They are here every day cleaning the beaches. How can we mine sand from the beach when these people are there?” he asked rhetorically.The Nagbe Town brick-makers, all of whom are young men and women, noted that they primarily depend on brick-making for their survival, said since the government announcement of the ban, they had stopped mining sand from the beaches.Instead they have started buying truckloads of river sand from Caldwell and RIA Highway, where the Chinese are carrying on river sand- mining.Even though the Observer team did not get to speak with the government team, it was understood that the Ministry’s officials had taken the LNP officers along with them to ensure that the law was properly enforced by arresting anyone found in violation; they were bent on seizing everything including bricks, cornerstones—anything sand produce.Our team toured the community and found truckloads of sand that can be clearly identified as river-sand and not sand from the Atlantic Ocean’s beach. They also saw rolls of newly made blocks, which had been destroyed allegedly by the police officers during the rigmarole.Also speaking with the Observer, a 32-year-old victim, who said she lost more than 500 blocks – valued at nearly L$11,000 – asked the Observer team: “My brothers what does this government want us to do to survive? They stopped us from mining sand on the beach, which is good for us too. But when we go to buy our sand from the Chinese people than the police come and harass us everyday. They want us to get into prostitution like some of our friends are doing? We are trying to make our earnest living from the blocks we make; so let them stop harassing us.”32-year-old Yoadeh Davies, who is a mother of three, said she was really surprised at the police action.Another, Mr. Reid Cephas, a University of Liberia (UL) graduate said he had been surviving on block-making for more than 10 years. And since graduating from the UL years ago, and not finding a better job after many attempts, I resolved to remain in the block-making trade.Cephas: “The officers were very ruthless in their action. Officers Lee Smith and Chris Mahn, who are always here asking us for small thing were, to our surprise, were the main guys destroying our properties and throwing stones in the community.”According to him when the fracas erupted, he managed to escaped the scene but his wife, who could not get out in time, was picked up and dragged by officers, who had her naked as they led her away to the community police depot, a stone’s-throw from the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Stadium, opposite Nagbe Town.However, Police spokesman Samuel Collins, in a mobile phone interview Thursday, January 09, evening, told the Daily Observer that the block makers were carrying on illegal sand-mining and officers had gone in to enforce the ban.According to him, while officers were doing their job, they came under attack from community-members and block-makers.He said that everything that officers arrested from the scene were turned over to Ministry of Lands, Mines, and Energy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana slipping on commitments to FATF – Teixeira

first_imgPeople’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira on Wednesday expressed concern that theOpposition Chief WhipGail TeixeiraGuyana Government may be slipping on its commitments to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in relation to implementing its Anti-Money Laundering/Countering the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) framework.“Guyana is slipping on its commitments to FATF as it has no Financial Intelligence Unit [FIU] Director or Deputy Director and no AML/CFT Authority in place. The FIU is headless and therefore many aspects of the AML/CFT Act cannot be put into operation and if it is, it will be in violation of the law,” she noted.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently urged the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration to “promptly” address the deficiencies in its AML/CFT framework to ensure full compliance with FATF recommendations.In December, Attorney General Basil Williams stated that there were still a number of recommendations the country needed to fulfil before it could become fully compliant with FATF and the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) requirements.Currently, Government is in the process of employing a Director and Deputy Director for the FIU.Teixeira, who is a member of a parliamentary committee in charge of overseeing this aspect, disclosed that a sizeable number of applications for the position have been received.Thereafter, she said a sub-committee will be established to develop a score system to act as a guidline when reviewing the applications to determine which will appear on the shortlist for interviews.Meanwhile, more amendments to the AML/CFT Bill are slated to be presented at the upcoming sitting of the National Assembly on May 4; however, Teixeira lamented that Government intends once again, to ramrod all three stages during that one sitting.The PPP/C Chief Whip explained that she received a call from the Government Chief Whip Amna Ally who informed her of Government’s intention to present the amendments at the upcoming sitting.“She asked if we will support the amendments to the AML/CFT Amendment Bill with all three stages at one sitting on May 4… and our answer was a resounding ‘no’,” Teixeira stated.She explained that the amendments are large and complex, and therefore, it needs to be reviewed extensively, especially considering that the PPP/C will be entering the parliamentary chambers with no knowledge whatsoever on what to expect.Teixeira further explained that these pieces of legislation need to be reviewed and discussed comprehensively to ensure it is consistent with each other and that there is no contradiction.last_img read more

B Division Commander meets residents of Bush Lot Village

first_imgCommander of B Division, Assistant Commissioner Paul Langevine has committed to visiting troubled areas in Berbice with an aim of finding out what is affecting residents as it relates to security.This was told to the media during a recent outreach in Bush Lot Corentyne. On December 31, bandits killed two brothers during a Corentyne robbery; both shot at point-blank range.Langevine headed a walk to the area which has also been plagued by several armed robberies over the past few months.According to him, it is part of his strategy in policing the Division. The aim, the Commander said, was to try to give support to every community and assure them of their safety.Commander Paul Langevine interacts with residents of Bush Lot“This is a normal initiative where (we) come out into the communities and speak to people and see what is bothering them and what are their concerns. This will continue in other communities; especially those that are mostly affected by serious crime,” Langevine noted.He further related that another aim of the outreaches is for residents to feel comfortable with Police as they forge a better relationship with the public.On November 6, two masked men carrying handguns went into a Bush Lot village home and terrorised two women – robbing them in the process.That very night two armed bandits also went into another house in the village and robbed the family. There was also a similar incident committed in the next village, Bush Lot Farm, hours later.On October 14, three armed bandits broke into a building where a Chinese Restaurant is housed and beat the owner during another robbery.There was also a report of a villager being robbed by gunmen while on the road at Bush Lot in December.last_img read more

Transfer latest: Man United eye Belgian World Cup star, plus Arsenal want Newcastle man

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Breakfast transfer guru Ian Abrahams guides you through the latest news and views from the transfer market.Manchester United have been linked with a move for Zenit St Peterburg’s Axel Witsel. The Belgian World Cup star has admitted he is keen to play in the Premier League.There’s also the latest on Arsenal’s pursuit of Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, the Gunners have also been linked with Magpies team-mate Moussa Sissoko.Listen to the Moose’s transfer round-up above and leave your thoughts on the day’s news below…last_img read more


first_imgUnifi workers wearing jumpers from the Korean /Japan World Cup in 2002 where Unifi supplied much of the material for many Countries World Cup jerseys through Nike and AdidasIt was one of the landmark factories and employers of its era.Now October 2014 marks 10 years since the closure of Unifi and former employees have organised a reunion night for everyone to catch up with their old friends and colleagues.It will be held in the Glenveagh Room of the Mt Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny at 8.00 pm on Friday, 10th of October. There will be Live Music, Disco, other entertainment as well as finger food.Admission IS €15 with all proceeds after costs going to the Donegal Hospice.Unifi, previously known as Courtaulds Lirelle, operated for 30 years at the Ballyraine site employing over 850 employees at it’s height and some few thousand passing through it’s doors over this period.Strong friendships were formed down the years which are about to be renewed. Unifiers are asked to let as many of their former colleagues as possible know to ensure a great night. Time is short so lets not miss anyone out.Unifiers can book their place by the following,1) A message on the Unifi 10 year reunion Facebook site.2) Through the following contacts,Majella……(086) 8301240 Noeleen…..(087) 9584355Caroline…..(086) 96921043) email unifi2004@gmail.comPlease advise if you are bringing a partner. Payment is at the door and bookings, as set out, will be on a first come first served basis. There will also be a Memorabilia and Slide show so can anyone with Unifi Mementos and Photographs contact Danny or Ken to organise the items/photographs for the display.Danny…..(087)9821539, Ken……. (087) 9181461.The photo is Unifi workers wearing jumpers from the Korean /Japan World Cup in 2002 where Unifi supplied much of the material for many Countries World Cup jerseys through Nike and Adidas.EMPLOYEES GETTING READY TO ‘UNIFI’ ONCE MORE FOR 10 YEAR REUNION was last modified: September 17th, 2014 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:letterkennyREUNIONUNIFIlast_img read more

Money Matters: Stop making excuses for your family’s sake

first_img‘It will never happen to me.’‘I’m in good health and I will take my chances.’‘I don’t think I need that much cover.’‘I don’t have children, so I don’t need cover.’‘I can’t really afford it right now.’‘My significant other has a good job and we can live on that if worse comes to worst.’‘Sure, I’ll get social welfare.’These are only SOME of the excuses people use to justify why they don’t protect their incomes, or protect their families against the financial impact of a serious illness.I get it! I really do. None of us wants to think about what we would do if the worst happened. No-one likes feeling uncomfortable. by Shona Chambers of John McColgan Financial ServicesRecently, someone I met socially asked me what I do for a living, and my response was this:My job involves asking clients the difficult questions about themselves and their families.Questions like:• How would you pay your mortgage or rent if you couldn’t work due to illness?• Could you and your family realistically pay your bills and future expenses (such as educating children) if you couldn’t work due to illness? • What would YOU as a single person or as part of a couple do if your income suddenly stopped due to illness?In short, I ask the questions that make people feel uncomfortable!As I am sure you will agree, I am a real barrel of laughs!I DO understand that this is the part of financial planning that most people would like to skip. Part of human nature is the desire to dive straight into the good stuff! With financial planning, most of us want to start saving and paying into our pensions, where we can see an instant tangible benefit.However, protecting yourself and your family is the most important part of the financial planning process. You wouldn’t build a house without laying proper foundations. Good financial planning is the same.It is good to be positive, but we have to be realistic, folks. Bad things do happen to good people.The good news is there are financial solutions.A good financial advisor like me can advise you how to lay the best foundations for your financial plan. To give some of you a nudge in the right direction, I am offering 10% off the price of all standard rate serious illness applications that are submitted and accepted between August 15th and mid- September 2016.Please contact me on 074 9124366 to arrange your appointment and for full details of the 10% discount.Money Matters: Stop making excuses for your family’s sake was last modified: August 16th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Participation on Day of Service urged

first_img (213) 978-0390 HOW TO HELP For information on Big Sunday or to register, call (213) 978-0811 or see 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“We were this spunky, funky group of people who really weren’t quite sure what we were doing,” Levinson said. “I never imagined we would be here doing something like this.” Levinson said the program now has more than 200 volunteer opportunities _ everything from graffiti removal and school cleanup programs to donating blood or visiting shut-ins. “Whatever your passion, we have an outlet for you,” Levinson said. Villaraigosa said the program also will provide an outlet to help reduce tensions throughout the city. “You know, we hear an awful lot about racial tensions and the like in our schools,” Villaraigosa said. “The best thing we can do to get along is to work side by side with someone.” Calling on Angelenos to step up and step in, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined Monday with civic volunteers to encourage residents to participate in the city’s annual Day of Service on May 7. “Government cannot do it all,” Villaraigosa said at a Staples Center news conference with organizers and sponsors of Big Sunday, an effort to bring out 25,000 volunteers to help clean up the city or assist their neighbors. “From Watts and Willowbrook to Woodland Hills and Wilmington, there are things people can do to make Los Angeles better. This is an opportunity for each of us to give back and reach out and say we are one Los Angeles.” Villaraigosa said he is merging the days of service he began as a councilman and continued as mayor with the Big Sunday program, started in 1999 by Temple Israel of Hollywood with 300 volunteers organized by writer David Levinson. last_img read more


first_imgA TV documentary about Donegal’s basking sharks is to be watched by millions of viewers across Canada today.The huge Basking Shark is usually found in Donegal waters in summer months.Discovery Channel Canada will feature a number of research initiatives undertaken by the Irish Basking Shark Study Group off Malin Head as one of its Shark Week news items.The programme which was filmed in 2013 and 2014 will air today at 7pm Canadian time as the lead feature for the magazine programme Daily Planet. It will be made available online afterwards for those who were not able to watch the program.Shark week is Discovery Channels flagship promotion and last year was the most watched event on the station and on American TV, outside of Sports events.Shark conservation and in particular shark finning is rapidly becoming the conservation battle of the new century.HUGE AUDIENCE EXPECTED TO WATCH DONEGAL SHARK DOCUMENTARY ON CANADIAN TV was last modified: August 12th, 2014 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:Basking SharksCanadaDiscovery Channeldonegallast_img read more

Housing boost for Buncrana welcomed as building tenders sought

first_imgContractors are being sought to build 21 new residential homes in Buncrana following the issue of tender documents, it has emerged. The Donegal County Council seek to build the first council house estate in the Rockytown area for the first time in over a decade when Earlsfort in Cockhill was opened.Contractors have until August 30th to apply to build the new homes on the Inishowen site, with the new tender obliged to complete the project within 65 weeks from the contracts starting date. It is understood that out of the 21 dwellings, 11 of those will be three-bedroom/five-person homes, two four-bedroom/seven-person homes and eight two bedrooms/three-person apartments.Concerns have previously been raised over the sites potential flooding risk, but a council planner through a council planning report said fears over potential flooding to the development was ‘low’.However, that report was published in 2015, two years shy of the flash flooding that hit the peninsula in 2017.There were also concerns raised over the presence of Japanese Knotweed on the site, but engineers have since ordered the management and treatment of the damaging plant before any development gets underway. Inishowen Councillor Jack Murray, who was part of the council that passed the planning permission unanimously two years ago, said the development would help ease housing waiting list in the Inishowen town.Welcoming the news, he told Donegal Daily: “We have been waiting for a long time for this development to get this stage.“It was hoped that it would reach this stage a lot quicker.“But at last it has got this far and Buncrana is under serious pressure with the housing waiting list which is at a serious level now,” he added.“It is almost possible to find a rental property in Buncrana, so it will be great to see people get the keys to these houses that need them. “But it will also lift the pressure off what is already a very congestant rental market at the minute.”Housing boost for Buncrana welcomed as building tenders sought was last modified: August 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

The time(s) Duane Kuiper trolled Frank Robinson and lived to tell the story

first_imgYou may have noticed a theme running through the various Frank Robinson appreciations populating the great wide ether: You had to give as well as you got when interacting with him.Even if I had been aware of this axiom, I doubt I would have acted on it. I first starting covering baseball in 1981, Robinson’s first season as manager of the Giants. I wasn’t quite 25 years old. Robinson scared the life out me.Duane Kuiper? Different story.Kuiper was in his second season with the Cleveland …last_img read more