Tension Brews in Ganta over Land

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first_imgTension is brewing in Ganta City over the surveying of a parcel of land where an old mosque and the building housing the United Bank of Africa (UBA), are situated.A group of youth led by Lusine Donzo said the survey was illegal and did not meet the consent of all parties, and therefore, they will not allow the survey to go on as scheduled.Donzo told newsmen that they will never allow the survey, “because the place in question belonged to our grandfather, and even the proceeding leading to the survey was not fair enough to allow such a survey to take place.”Donzo resisted the survey which was ordered by the 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Police as well as the court Sheriff could not withstand the tension as the argument intensified.“We are willing to die for this parcel of land, because we are not receiving fair treatment in all our land cases in Nimba, and nobody will even attempt to take this one, it will never happen,” said one of the youths.The youth complained that a senior citizen of Ganta, Nyan Poryor, represented by one Nathan Suah has been claiming the area where the mosque is located and therefore he had reportedly gone to court to seek the survey.One of the youths, Musa Jabateh, told the Daily Observer in an angry mood that all their lands in Ganta had been taken over by other residents, and the cases are in court without any possible redress.“For this piece of land where our mosque is situated, nobody will survey it, and we will not allow anyone to encroach on it,” he maintained, adding, “Our parents had been in this place for decades.”The Daily Observer tried to get word from Chief Sherriff William G. Layweh, but he refused to respond to reporters’ questions owing to the intensity of the argument over the conduct of the survey.When contacted via mobile phone, the clerk of court at the 8th Judiciary Circuit Court, Arthur Gaye, said the survey order was passed since two terms of court. He did not provide further details.He however confirmed that the survey was to be done in favor of one Nathan Suah of Ganta.Efforts by reporters to get to Mr. Suah remained futile up to press time last night as he refused to speak to the press on the matter.Land cases have intensified in Ganta owing to the reconstruction of the road from Gbarnga to Ganta that has reached its climax, residents said. However, the parcel of land in question is not affected by the road construction.Many business people are in court with claims and counter claims over land previously occupied by either party, according to the Daily Observer investigation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Liberia Peace under Review

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first_imgLiberia’s Peace-building process Wednesday came under the spotlight as stakeholders commenced a three-day discussion aimed at identifying ways in which the country’s fragile peace and security can be sustained.Close to 50 delegates representing government actors, civil society organizations, development partners, yesterday attended the peace roadmap conference, which was jointly organized by the National Peace-building Office (NPPO) and the African Center for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD).The lack of information dissemination to the vast majority of the population and the lack of active media participation were identified as some disturbing obstacles hampering the national reconciliation and peace-building roadmap.The peace-building conference is intended to recognize progress made so far in the national peace-building implementation, including identifying existing challenges and taking vital approaches to address priorities in developing a roadmap for durable peace and security that would ensure development in post-war Liberia.“Among the issues that we need to address are the economic and social vulnerabilities of the vast majority of the population,” acknowledged Wilfred Johnson of the National Peace-building Office.At least 60 percent of the 207 recommendations put forth by the TRC (Truth and Reconciliation Commission) have been implemented, Mr. Johnson also announced.However, the issue of implementing the justice component of the TRC recommendations remains a sticky debate among the population, a factor which appears to be posing serious mistrust between the public and public officials who proclaim government’s commitment to adhering to the rule of law.There have been divided opinions on whether or not people who committed heinous crimes during the country’s civil upheaval should be prosecuted and reparations made to their victims.Huge public distrust of government officials have also brought into question government’s commitment to ensuring justice and the rule of law, since in fact some of those accused of perpetrating grave crimes are presently found in all three branches of government and sit in the highest positions of decision making.There is also considerable public perception that any action taken by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf with respect to punishing people who committed atrocities during the war, could entangle and trap her in her action.“There is this issue of restorative or retributive justice. What I want to say to you here is that most of what we’ve implemented in the TRC has to do with restorative justice,” Mr. Johnson informed journalists on the sidelines following the conclusion of Wednesday’s peace-building opening discussions.Also, open corruption in public service, land disputes in eight of the15 counties were among other issues high on the meeting’s agenda. These and other key issues, according to experts, are among factors seriously threatening the nation’s fragile peace and security.“The issue about land disputes in this country can be handled if only we listen to traditional land owners. This is how those kinds of issues were resolved in the past,” Reverend Emmanuel Z. Bowier, former Information Minister, recommended during the forum.Wednesday’s opening session set the stage for the three day roundtable and interactive peace-building roadmap discussions. Several stakeholders and conflict resolution specialists are expected to provide expert opinions on ways that will lead the nation into lasting peace and security, even in the wake of the UNMIL drawdown, another major concern that was flagged at the seminar.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

More calls for BC Cell Phone Driving Ban

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first_imgThere are more calls for the BC government to introduce restrictions on cellphone use, while driving.The BC Automobile Association wants restrictions, on new drivers, who are under the graduated licensing system.That wouldn’t go as far, as the complete ban — even on hands-free devices — sought by the B-C Association of Police Chiefs.- Advertisement -However, Solicitor General Kash Heed, has promised to examine the issue thoroughly…and to make clear what direction he intends to go early next month.last_img

Persaud, Fernandes among top performers

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first_imgMadison Fernandes continued her form while Zachary Persaud gained some steam as the Lucozade Squash tourney continued at the Georgetown Club Courts.Persaud (7) and Louis Da Silva (6) battled to the end in the main event of the night, with Zachary winning the first game in commanding style by thumping hisAbosaide Cadoganopponent 15 – 6. Da Silva bounced back to win the second game 15 -11 before Persaud surged to a five-point lead in the third game before winning his first point, then winning another seven points before Persaud won his second point.At 13- 2 it seemed that it would only be a matter of time before Da Silva was victorious, but Persaud had other ideas. He clawed his way back to get to 10 -13 before his opponent won a point to set up match ball at 14 -10. However Da Silva could not close out the match, and point by point it was Persaud who inched closer and closer to eventually get to 14 all. At this stage it was sudden death, with the winner of the next point securing victory, and Persaud would ensure a fairytale come back by winning this point and thus the match 15- 14.Madison FernandesIn the other highlighted match, the young Fernandes (0) faced Lucas Persaud (11), and all three of the games finished in identical fashion, with scores being 15- 12. Persaud won the first game 15- 12, but Madison would win both the second and third games 15 -12 to win the contest.In the lone Open category match played, Robert Natiello (8) defeated Reagan Rodrigues (11) 15 – 8, 11- 15, 15- 9.Seniors shineSenior squash players got into their groove on Thursday evening with matches in the A and Open categories.The Open category saw Nyron Joseph (-22) being the player with the lowest handicap. Having to call on all his experience, he defeated Robert Natiello (8) two sets to one. The difference of 30 points to overcome proved to be too much for Joseph in the first game, as Robert won this game 15- 4. Natiello would only win one point in game two, as his opponent won the second game 15 – 9 and Joseph would eventually close out the contest with a 15 -10 win in the third.Regan Pollard (-12) proved to be too strong for Ashley Khalil (-4) as he won the match in straight games 15 -11, 15 – 7. The closest match of the evening saw Jonathan Antczak (6) coming from one game down to defeat Javid Rahaman (-2) 13-15, 15-10, 15-10, while Adam Alves (4) also had to overcome a first game deficit when he defeated Dane Pereira (10) 12 -15, 15- 9, 15- 8.In category A, Gianni Carpenter (-4) easily disposed of an in-form Zachary Persaud (7) 15-10, 15 -13, while the experienced Abosaide Cadogan (-4) surrendered just two points in her match against Teija Edwards (11) with a 15- 12, 15- 12 victory. Nicholas Verwey (-1) continued to show tremendous all-round improvement as he defeated Madison Fernandes (0) 15- 6, 15- 10.Matches continue on Saturday from 18:00h, with the finals set to be played on Sunday starting at 11.00 am.last_img read more

Zidane place in pantheon of great coaches secure

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first_img0Shares0000Zinedine Zidane with the Champions League trophy after Real Madrid’s win against Liverpool in Saturday’s final in Kiev © AFP / GENYA SAVILOVKIEV, Ukraine, May 27 – He was one of the all-time greats as a player, and Zinedine Zidane now merits consideration as one of the game’s great managers after making history with Real Madrid in Saturday’s Champions League final.His team’s 3-1 win over Liverpool on a dramatic evening in Kiev allowed Zidane to become the first coach ever to win the Champions League in three consecutive seasons, with Real becoming the first team to achieve that feat in more than 40 years. Less than two and a half years after being promoted from his position as coach of Real’s second team to his first managerial role at the highest level, the Frenchman has become only the third coach in the history of the game to lift the European Cup three times.Leaving behind contemporaries Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, Zidane has equalled former Liverpool manager Bob Paisley and Carlo Ancelotti, the man he used to serve as an assistant.“I need to congratulate the players as it is not at all easy what they are doing,” Zidane said after the game in the Ukrainian capital.“This is the business. There are no words for it. That is what this squad is all about. They have no limit to what they can do.”Zidane was reluctant to take too much of the credit after seeing his side secure their fourth Champions League title in five seasons, and the 13th in the club’s long love affair with the European Cup.The 45-year-old also won the trophy as a player for Real, his volley in the 2002 win over Bayer Leverkusen in Glasgow being considered one of the best ever to grace a final — although it was possibly surpassed by Gareth Bale’s overhead kick on Saturday.It is 20 years since the Marseille-born son of Algerian immigrants scored twice as France beat Brazil 3-0 in the 1998 World Cup final.Two years later his midfield artistry inspired France to victory at the European Championship, and on the eve of Saturday’s game Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp called him “one of the best five players of all time.”– ‘No secret’ –Zidane celebrates with with wife Veronique and son Theo after winning Saturday’s final © AFP / FRANCK FIFEYet as a coach, he has now won nine trophies since replacing Rafael Benitez in the Santiago Bernabeu dugout in January 2016.It is a remarkable record, all the more so for a man who has not yet convinced everyone that he is a tactical genius.“What I am doing is just a continuation — I have just started as a coach, what I am experiencing with my players is impressive,” he said.“There is no secret. It is just a lot of work. We have players who are very good, but behind that there is lots of hard work. They have the desire, the hunger to win.”Having such a talented squad certainly helps. Zidane has also had a fair amount of luck on his side, with Liverpool’s night being marred by the first-half injury to Mohamed Salah that forced off their best player.Two goalkeeping errors by Loris Karius helped too, just as a howler by Bayern Munich’s Sven Ulreich had been vital in the semi-finals.Nevertheless, guiding Real to the longest period of sustained success in Europe’s elite club competition since the 1970s means, statistically at least, his place in the pantheon of great coaches is secure.The question is, where does he go from here?Zidane recently insisted that winning La Liga is harder than anything else, but his Real side finished well behind Barcelona in third place in the season just finished.As long as he has the motivation to carry on in his current role — possibly outlasting the ageing Cristiano Ronaldo and building a new team — he will try to wrestle back the domestic title from Barcelona.“We are not going to settle now for anything. You know that at the start of the season we always want to win everything.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Power ranking! Top 10 best 2015 signings of the Premier League season

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first_img 4. Kevin De Bruyne: Signed by Manchester City for a club-record £55m from VfL Wolfsburg in August 2015 – Having failed to impress in the Premier League for Chelsea and moving to the Etihad Stadium in a record £55m deal, De Bruyne had to hit the ground running in Manchester. That he has done. The Belgium international picked up from where he left off at VfL Wolfsburg, scoring seven goals and registering three assists in his first 10 games for the Citizens in all competitions. He has settled in with ease and, still only 24-years-old, he should get even better. 10 10 5. Yohan Cabaye: Signed by Crystal Palace for £10m from Paris Saint-Germain in June 2015 – Alan Pardew has worked wonders with the Eagles since swapping St James’ Park for Selhurst Park in January 2015, and signing Cabaye has been one of the best pieces of business for any Premier League club in recent seasons. Despite it being a record fee for Palace, £10m seems a bargain for the classy France international, who has taken no time at all to settle back into the rhythm of England’s top flight after a brief spell away at the Parc des Princes. 10 1. Petr Cech: Signed by Arsenal for £10m from Chelsea in June 2015 – Oh how Chelsea could have done with their former vice-captain in their dispirited dressing room this season. While continuous reports that Cech was unwilling to play second fiddle to Courtois left supporters unsurprised when the Gunners sealed a £10m deal for the Czech Republic stopper in June 2015, it was still a difficult transfer to take in south west London. Arsenal, however, remain delighted by the deal, with the 33-year-old not only finally bringing assured hands (and feet) in between the posts, but adding some much needed experience to the side that could prove crucial at the end of the season should they be in contention for the title. 7. Manuel Lanzini: Signed by West Ham United on season-long loan deal from Arab Emirates club Al Jazira in July 2015 – Lanzini is another of Bilic’s classy summer signings, with four goals to his name so far this season. The West Ham manager has previously likened the midfielder to Real Madrid’s Luka Modric, and the signs are certainly promising. The Argentine was expected to fill the void left by Payet but, sadly, the 22-year-old has joined his team-mate in the Hammers’ injury room. They are two players difficult to replace. 10 9. Etienne Capoue: Signed by Watford for a club-record £6.3m from Tottenham Hotspur in July 2015 – After a slow start to his career at Vicarage Road, Capoue, signed from Tottenham Hotspur for a club-record £6.3m fee, has become one of the first names on Qique Flores’ teamsheet. Watford supporters have been delighted by his recent performances, with a sublime piece of skill against Manchester United illustrating his confidence at present. 10 2. Toby Alderweireld: Signed by Tottenham Hotspur for an undisclosed fee from Atletico Madrid in July 2015 – Spurs have lost just one game this season – on the opening day to Manchester United – and much of their formidable defensive record can be credited to the arrival of Alderweireld in the summer. After impressing in the Premier League on loan from Atletico Madrid at Southampton the previous campaign, the Belgian was in high-demand and there will be plenty of clubs kicking themselves for not making an offer of their own. Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have quickly emerged as one of the best defensive partnerships in England, as Mauricio Pochettino builds an exciting Tottenham squad. 2015 is coming to an end, and after summer filled with business, attention is now turning to the January window.Only a few months’ ago, Chelsea legend Petr Cech swapped southwest London for the north of the capital in joining rivals Arsenal, while Manchester City broke their club-record fee twice in the summer market on Raheem Sterling and then Kevin De Bruyne.But have such signings as these impressed?talkSPORT has taken a look at which newly-signed players have delivered so far, listing the top 10 summer signings of the season. Find out who has made the cut by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 8. Asmir Begovic: Signed by Chelsea for £8m from Stoke City in July 2015 – How Chelsea have needed the Bosnia stopper this season. Injury to Thibaut Courtois has seen Begovic don the no.1 jersey more often than anyone at the club may have expected, which only added to the frustration felt following Cech’s departure to rivals Arsenal. Without the former Potters goalkeeper, though, the Blues might be even further down the Premier League table, making his £8m transfer a crucial piece of business for Jose Mourinho. 10 10 10 10. Nicolas Otamendi: Signed by Manchester City for £32m from Valencia in August 2015 – There were a few raised eyebrows when City agreed to pay Valencia a hefty £32m for the Argentine, particularly after the disappointment of also £32m signing Eliaquim Mangala the previous summer. With much of the work of defenders going unnoticed in comparison to forward-thinking players, it’s difficult for supporters to agree with such a price-tag, but Otamendi is slowly becoming key for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, moving ahead of Mangala and Martin Demichelis in the pecking order. His arrival has been even more important amid Vincent Kompany’s fitness concerns. 10 6. Morgan Schneiderlin: Signed by Manchester United for £25m from Southampton in July 2015 – The Red Devils have been hugely disappointing this season, despite sitting just three points off top spot, with their crashing out of the Champions League at the group stages after defeat to VfL Wolfsburg only adding further frustration over Louis van Gaal’s philosophy in Manchester. One player that has quietly gone about their job, though, is Schneiderlin. While his Old Trafford career started quietly following his £25m move from Southampton, few can criticise the performances of the Frenchman over the past couple of months; it’s their creativity that is the issue. 3. Dimtri Payet: Signed by West Ham United for £10.7m from Olympique de Marseille in June 2015 – Slaven Bilic, who replaced Sam Allardyce in the summer, has set out to mastermind an exciting style of play for the Hammers and the summer signing of Payet has helped to deliver just this. The France international has been one of the standout performers of the season, evoking chants of ‘he’s better than Zidane!’, with only Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil creating more chances. West Ham have lacked a game-changer for the past few seasons, and Payet has finally instilled confidence in the club’s fans that they can compete with the quality of the very best in England. It’s certainly frustrating that a poor tackle has sidelined the midfielder until February, hopefully this doesn’t damage his form or confidence. 10last_img read more

PSG ready to take on Pep Guardiola and Manchester City for Barcelona star

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first_img1 Sergio Busquets in action for Barcelona Paris Saint-Germain are lining up a big-money summer move for Manchester City target Sergio Busquets.It has been reported that incoming City manager Pep Guardiola is hoping to make the Barcelona linchpin one of his first signings in charge at the Etihad.But now Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo claim that the Premier League title chasers will face competition for his signature from French heavyweights PSG.It has been suggested that the French capital club would be willing to make Busquets one of the most expensive players in football history by offering £77.2m to land him.The 27-year-old has firmly established himself as one of Barca’s key players since he broke through into the first team back in 2008.He has made 233 league appearances, won five La Liga titles, three Copa del Reys and three Champions League trophies for his club.Meanwhile, at international level, Busquets was part of Spain’s World Cup winning team in 2010 and the side that won the 2012 European Championships.last_img read more

Woman charged in death of child

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – A woman accused of stealing a car and causing a collision that killed a 3-year-old boy during a police chase pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder Thursday. Sara Olivia Bravo, 26, of La Puente was arraigned in Pasadena Superior Court. She is charged with second-degree murder and vehicular manslaughter in the death of Talmin Moye II of San Gabriel. She is also charged with evading police, car theft, hit-and-run and misdemeanor driving with a suspended license. She faces life in prison with possible parole, said Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesperson Sandi Gibbons. At about 9:10 a.m. on Dec. 11, Arcadia police began chasing Bravo in a stolen Acura after she failed to yield to officers during a traffic stop in the 1100 block of Singingwood Drive, authorities said. The three-minute pursuit, in which the Acura reached speeds of 70 mph, ended at the intersection of Altadena Drive and Del Mar Boulevard when the Acura collided with the vehicle of Talmin Moye Sr., 32, of San Gabriel. Moye was taking his son to breakfast that morning. The toddler was transported to Huntington Hospital in serious condition. He was later taken off life support and pronounced dead at 7:50 p.m., authorities said. The family of the boy stood teary-eyed outside the courtroom after the arraignment. “She murdered my grandson,” said the boy’s grandmother, Rebecca Van Westbroek, who was wearing a T-shirt showing photographs of the toddler and reading “In Loving Memory of My Grandson … 7/17/02 to 12/11/05.” “I’m still numb. He was a very beautiful boy.” Her daughter and Talmin Moye II’s mother, Angelina Van Westbroek, said Bravo’s not-guilty plea “is like stabbing every piece of my heart.” “Personally, if I killed a 3-year-old, I’d admit to it,” she said. “It’s just an extra slap in the face.” Talmin Moye Sr., Angelina Van Westbroek’s fianc , stood quietly by, looking out the courthouse window. “He doesn’t show he’s suffering,” said Rebecca Van Westbroek, adding that Moye suffers pain in his spine and pelvis as a result of the crash. Most of the 10 family members in court Thursday wore shirts bearing the toddler’s photos. Bravo had a large bandage across the right side of her forehead. She was represented by a court-appointed public defender, Patricia Mulligan. Arcadia police Detective Scott Moore said Bravo’s blood is being tested to determine if drugs or alcohol were in her system at the time of the crash. He said it could be another month before results of those tests are known. Bravo is being held on $1million bail. Her preliminary hearing date setting will take place Feb. 8 in Pasadena Superior Court, Dept. B. molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496last_img read more

CHAMPIONS, CHEERS AND THRILLS – RALLY’S FINAL DAY IN PICTURES!

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STRANORLAR’S MOST FAMOUS GRANNY TO FEATURE ON UTV!

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first_imgStranorlar woman Annie McIntyre will feature on this evening’s UTV news at 6pm.The well-known lady celebrated her 100th birthday at the weekend and will be featured surrounded by more than 50 of her grandchildren during the TV interview.Annie received birthday wishes from President Obama, President Michael D Higgins and Daniel O’Donnell as she reached her milestone.  STRANORLAR’S MOST FAMOUS GRANNY TO FEATURE ON UTV! was last modified: July 24th, 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