Police Director Col. Clarence Massaquoi has threatened to take drastic action against any police officer caught compromising on rape cases.Rape, child abuse and domestic violence are on the increase in Liberia and must be taken very seriously, warned Director Massaquoi yesterday at a joint community police initiative, held in Dolo’s Town, Margibi CountyAny act that undermines the LNP’s zero tolerance policy on rape and other forms of domestic violence will not be tolerated, the Police Chief said. He warned parents and guardians to stop settling rape disputes in the comfort of their homes. Rape cases should be immediately reported to the police.He said the LNP will continue to encourage community dwellers and local government officials to support the LNP’s initiatives to educate members of the public on the consequences of rape in society.Col. Massaquoi, launching the pilot project, organized by the Community Section of the United Nations Mission in Liberia(UNMIL) and the LNP, said communities must put their eyes together to address problems, including domestic violence, rape and also armed robbery. “These crimes are committed by fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, among others from our communities,” he said.“Rape is a global issue for all communities, mostly war affected countries, including Liberia,” Col. Massaquoi said.He noted that during the most recent civil-crisis in Liberia rape was used as a weapon against girls and women. Col. Massaquoi reaffirmed LNP’s commitment in bringing perpetrators to book.The LNP boss meanwhile warned those engaged in armed robberies and other forms of crime to desist, as officers of the LNP have been instructed to deal sternly with them according to law.LNP is facing challenges in addressing crimes in the communities, Director Massaquoi explained. He referred to parents leaving their children unattended, making them vulnerable to criminals. “This is a pilot project and will be extended to other parts of the country. We want the community to help in reducing crimes,” he pleaded.On behalf of UNPOL Police Commissioner Gregory Hinds, officer Walz Felix said he was proud of the LNP, and community dwellers who have been involved in the project. He commended those involved in the project including teachers, chiefs, imams, pastors, community dwellers, and city mayors for contributing to Liberia’s development. “We need to understand how to come together as one people in moving Liberia’s development forward. This program is not about today or tomorrow but after the withdrawal of UNMIL next year,” he maintained.Mr. Felix emphasized that sustaining the program was important especially with the involvement of the community in containing crimes.In his statement, Dolo Town City Mayor, Emmanuel F. Fartumay, explained that they have engaged in settling disputes, including child abuse, child labor, domestic violence, among others, to reduce crime in the community.He called on the LNP boss to increase the manpower at the local police depot, which is currently manned by only four officers. “We are not feeling the support of the LNP officers and we want you to call on your partners to support this initiative,” he stressed. The program seeks to improve national, regional, county and community service delivery, and will address issues of domestic violence, drug addiction, theft of property, and disorderly conduct, among other crimes.The program featured a drama depicting community support in reporting cases of crimes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Former Minister of Public Works, Samuel Kofi Woods, has commended the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) for it numerous efforts in fostering peace and reconciliation in the country and abroad.Atty. Woods’s commendation was contained in a speech he delivered yesterday during programs marking the 58th anniversary of the Armed Forces Day at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) in Monrovia.Under the theme, “Enhancing the Capabilities of the Armed Forces of Liberia in Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Operations,” he said the AFL has to be commended for the new thinking and a vision built on a strong premise that will certainly transform the force into a modern army to fulfill the principles based on both domestic and international standards.He commended the AFL for contributing to many successes in and outside of the country, particularly its “star peacekeeping role” in the troubled West African country of Mali. “I must advise, however, that if you are applauded abroad you must seek to win the hearts of your citizens at home,” the rights activist admonished.“The recent out-break of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease necessitated the debate about the new role our military should play. This new role means that we should ready our men and women in arms not only to carry the gun but to have the brain power to assist our people when they are victims of natural disasters, a health epidemic or other mishaps; as happened and is happening in our country in regards to EVD.“We need engineers who can build and maintain our road networks, we need doctors and nurses who can go to the remotest parts of our country and attend to the sick wherever they reside. We need teachers who are committed to the education of our children; these are all roles that can be played by our army.“This new army must engage our people in ways that add meaning to their lives in terms of attending to their needs. This will certainly endear them to our people. Therefore, the capacity building that is so much talked about needs to find expression with the rank and file of our national army. The men and women who join our armed forces need to develop leadership skills and abilities. This is one of the many ways our State can invest in its citizenry,” he urged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Most African Heads of State, we are sure, were quite surprised, even shocked. This is not the kind of thing they do—criticize a fellow Head of State—for any reason.Yet that is exactly what Rwandan President Paul Kagame did last weekend to his Burundian counterpart, President Pierre Nkurunziza, for “the upsurge of violence” in that neighboring country.“People are being killed every day; bodies are found on the streets . . . leaders are spending time killing people,” President Kagame cried. Why all these murderous atrocities in Burundi? What else but to stifle, flush out, finish any dissent or opposition whatsoever to the bloodthirsty regime, which constitutionally has no business being in power. The Burundi constitution limited a president to two terms only. But no, Pierre Nkurunziza, hungry and greedy for power, did not care, leading his country into political turmoil, even civil war. He had to run for a third term, no matter what.The people courageously demonstrated their opposition. Parts of the military, sensing the threat to the country’s peace and stability, even tried to stage a coup. Nkurunziza responded with ruthless brutality and even murder, killing anyone deemed to be in opposition to his illegal regime.This led President Paul Kagame to ask desperately, “What kind of politics is this?” Coming as he did out of the 1994 genocide that occurred in his own country, Rwanda, where over a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus were massacred, Kagame knows only too well what violence is. That is why he has striven to run a good, clean government and country. Rwanda has been described as one ofAfrica’s most progressive countries—not in the exclusively political sense—unlike the Liberian ‘progressives’ of the 1970s, who preached a lot of rhetoric and succeeded in conscientizing the students, youth and even the military. Then came Liberia’s April 14, 1979 Rice Riot, and the ‘progressives’ had no plan whatsoever to seize the opportunity that came. Then the bloody 1980 coup d’état and the ‘progressives’ still had no plan. They were caught with their pants down, until the coup makers, the People’s Redemption Council (PRC), released some of them from prison and ushered them and others straight into positions of power. And because the ‘progressives’ had no plan, but had been making empty noises, the uneducated, inexperienced but politically savvy coup leader, Master Sergeant Samuel K. Doe, swiftly outsmarted the ‘progressives,’ forcing all of them to join the Armed Force of Liberia (AFL). They had no choice but to comply. Not long thereafter, all of them, one by one, started running away from Doe, beginning with the leader, Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh, in August 1981. And when the civil war came, many of the ‘progressives’ were finally given the opportunity to lead the country. And what did the Liberian people get? More political ineptitude, more corruption, and more civil war that lasted 14 years, leaving nearly 300,000 dead, millions internally and externally displaced, the country’s infrastructure destroyed and the country set back 50 years! Thankfully, alas! Paul Kagame was not that kind of progressive. So truly and uniquely progressive is he that he is RESULTS-ORIENTED. He hates filth of any kind—not corruption and nepotism, yea not even a piece of paper or plastic on the streets!Our diplomatic correspondent Joaquin Sendolo has been to Rwanda. Upon his return he told the Observer readers that Rwanda is a clean country – one of the cleanest in the world. You cannot find even a cigarette butt on any street.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has praised President Kagame for empowering women like no other African leader, ensuring them appointed and elected positions in government. Rwanda is also self-sufficient in food, and declines foreign aid unless it meets exclusively the aims and aspirations of the Rwandan people.It is President Kagame’s progressive sprit that led him, unlike MOST African leaders, to lash out against President Nkurunziza: “What kind of politics is this?” Kagame asked in desperation and fear of another civil war next door. And who will be affected? Rwanda, of course, which already has its share of refugees fleeing the violence in Burundi. A civil war would unleash hundreds of thousands more into Rwanda.We pray that other neighboring leaders in East and Central Africa and beyond will follow Paul Kagame’s courageous example by speaking out against President Nkurunziza’s cruelty against his own people.That is what the Daily Observer called for in Wednesday’s Editorial, to arouse world attention against the oppressive and murderous Eritrean regime.Are there any other Paul Kagames anywhere?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Missing Dhanmattie SumareA woman is reported missing after she was forcefully dragged from a home to which she had gone to seek refuge from her angry husband.There are reports that the missing woman’s husband made threats on her life before taking her captive, causing family members to worry about her safety.The missing woman has been identified as 29-year-old Dhanmattie Sumare, also called “Jenny” of Number 19 Village, East Coast Berbice.Reports are that on Sunday the missing woman and her husband were involved in a domestic dispute during which he physically assaulted her.On Monday, she sought refuge at the home of a family friend, Jaipaul Jaimaul, who lives in the neighbouring village of Warren.Jaimaul explained that about 01:00h on Tuesday, the woman’s husband, Martin Baker, 50, came to his home, forced his way in and dragged the woman out.The friend added that the man was armed with a cutlass as he dragged the mother of five down the stairways.“He start lashing she with the cutlass and say he gon kill she… He drag she and carry she out in the street; I don’t know where he carry she,” Jaimaul related.The matter was reported to the Police. Checks were made at the couple’s home, but there was no sign of the woman or her husband.The couple have been together for the past two years and have two children. The woman has three other children from a previous marriage.Her husband, Martin Baker
Parking meter scandalFormer Speaker of the National Assembly, Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran, believes that if Guyanese continue to boycott the highly controversial Metered Parking Project, then the Administrators will eventually give up on its implementation.In his weekly column, ‘Conversation Tree’, Ramkarran pointed out that the divide and rule policy of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC) and Smart City Solutions (SCS) – the company contracted to carry out the paid parking initiative, is in full force with concessions being granted to those who negotiate, thereby giving credibility to the monopolistic secret deal.Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Senior Counsel Ralph Ramkarran“The danger of some people being entrapped by concessions could potentially weaken or even derail the movement to resist the monopolistic secret deal. If more people park and pay, the City Council and SCS will feel that it would be only a matter of time before we all cave in and their obduracy will be strengthened.”To this end, he outlined that it is necessary for the ‘Movement Against Parking Meters’ (MAPM) to continue to lead and inspire the peaceful resistance of metered parking. If SCS and the City Council expand the metered area to make it difficult to park outside the metered zone and walk, then Ramkarran suggested that persons must be prepared to take other measures to park but not to pay.“Motor vehicles owners must starve the green monsters. They must park outside the zone. If the city is prepared to resist for as long as it takes, the green monsters will starve and die… The review of the charges and the draconian penalties show that the SCS and the City Council are on the run! Keep them running!”On Friday, the M&CC and SCS announced the resumption of paid parking in the city with a series of changes to the payment structure. This is despite pending High Court actions and orders, putting a stay on the project.According to Ramkarran, taking a wave of promises of transparency made by the governing coalition seriously, Guyanese culminated in relatively large numbers in the street protests, rejecting the monopolistic parking meter secret deal.A minibus with a clap from SCS for a parking violation“A less than transparent City Council entered into a secret agreement with foreigners and a Guyanese ex-con, who believed that we can be shafted.The plot emerged in secret: take total possession of our city streets for 20 years, with a potential of 20 more, rent them out to us at exorbitant prices, pocket and take away millions in foreign exchange, leave only a pittance for Guyanese. As MAPM’s latest pamphlet put it, the City Council contributed the major part of the investment, our land, and will receive the minor part of the return, 20 per cent. One person described it as a contract from hell,” the former Speaker penned in his weekly column.He went on to say Guyanese were deceived by SCS with a plagiarised website from its sister company, pretending to have first world experience. Ramkarran continued that it is on this basis that its first charges, as shown in MAPM’s pamphlet, were higher than the highest in the US. He added that even with the 50 per cent reduction, the rates would still be higher than the highest and still unaffordable to most Guyanese.The former Speaker added that, among the other elements of the secret agreement between City Council and SCS is the granting of a monopoly to the foreign company. Ramkarran pointed out that monopolies are unlawful under the Civil Law of Guyana Act, which was the main complaint against the Guyana Telegraph and Telephone Company (GTT).The Senior Counsel pointed to the fact that the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) was established to fix rates because of that monopoly held by GTT. On this note, he added that this secret parking meter deal has now been challenged in court as unlawful on the ground that there was no tender process and that it is a monopoly.According to Ramkarran, the objective of utility commissions, like the PUC, is to protect the public interest and no sane Guyanese can now rely on the City Council to do so. He noted that the parking meter charges and their reduction were fixed in secret discussions between the City Council and SCS, without any regard for the economy of Guyana and the capacity of vehicle owners to pay.“What is to prevent the SCS monopoly, in collusion with the City Council, in the absence of a utility commission, or public scrutiny, to unilaterally increase charges? It is an unregulated monopoly, which would be unacceptable anywhere else. Everything is wrong with this horrible deal from hell – secrecy, monopoly, disadvantage, profiteering, exploitation, plagiarism.”
Guyana Junior and Caribbean Under-15 Champion Shomari Wiltshire is currently in the USA to attend a Summer Squash Camp at the Chatham Club in New Jersey from August 20 to 24, 2018.Guyanese top seed Shomari WiltshireWiltshire, who is currently sponsored by Dunlop, is undergoing personalised training under the tutelage of the camp organiser, current Guyana national player Sunil Seth prior to participation. Over the last weekend, the Banks DIH Rainforest Waters Brand Ambassador also entered the 2018 Newport Steamer Summer Gold Tournament. The Tournament was held in Providence, Rhode Island at two venues – the St George’s School and the Portsmouth Abbey School.In the USA, Gold Tournaments are ranked second behind the Junior Championships (JCT). With 280 registered players, according to tournament information, it was one of the largest non-JCT events in the country in 2018. Because Wiltshire had won the Finger Lakes Gold Tournament in September 2017 and also due to the accumulated points gained at the US Junior Squash Open in December 2017, he was seeded number one in the Boys’ Under-15 draw.In the first round, he defeated Omar Cochinwala 11-2, 11-4, 11- 5 and in the second round, he defeated Isaac Mitchell 11-5, 11-1, 11- 4 to reach the quarter-finals. In the quarter-finals, he faced Ashton Monteiro, who had finished as the runner-up in the Washington DC Gold Tournament held earlier in the summer. Wiltshire lost the first game 7-11, but bounced back to win the next three games 11- 2, 11- 6, 11- 7.In the semi-finals, he came up against Hollis Robertson, who had won two Under-15 Summer Gold Tournaments – the Washington DC Junior Gold and the 2018 Virginia Summer Gold – and was seeded 3/4 in the tournament. This would prove to be Wiltshire’s toughest match in the tournament. He lost the first game 7-11 but rebounded to win the next two games 11-5, 11-6 and at 9-all in the fourth game, Wiltshire was two points away from reaching his second Gold Under-15 final, but he made an unforced error and ended up losing the fourth game 9- 11. In the fifth game, Wiltshire trailed 1-5, but kept a cool head and staged a comeback to eventually win the fifth game 11-8.In the final, Wiltshire was pitted against the number two seed, Robert Avram, but this game would prove to be anticlimactic after the semi-final match-up the previous evening. Wiltshire easily won in straight games 11-6, 11-5, 11-2 to claim his second US Gold Tournament.He expressed gratitude to his sponsors Dunlop and Rainforest Waters, Coaches Carl Ince and Nyron Joseph, Kezqweyah Yisrael and the Top End team and also to massage therapist Kathleen Paul, as without their contributions his success would not have been possible.
John Love scored 21 points, including five 3-pointers, as Colony defeated Ontario, 75-39, in Mt. Baldy League boys basketball Wednesday night. The Titans (21-6, 10-0) finished undefeated in league play for the second year. D’Anthony Peterson scored 13 points, while Michael Bostic contributed 11 points. Ontario is 5-16, 3-7. MT. BALDY LEAGUE Chaffey 85, Don Lugo 67 Mauricio Aldama scored 27 points with 17 rebounds as the Tigers (17-6, 7-3) defeated the Conquistadores (5-5 league). D.J. Gatewood scored 16 points for Chaffey. The loss moves Don Lugo into a third-place tie with Montclair, which hosts a one-game playoff today for the final postseason spot. Montclair 77, Garey 49 Antwain Stutson scored 21 points with eight assists as the Cavaliers (12-13, 5-5) defeated the Vikings (0-10) to create a tie for third place with Don Lugo. Abrahim Sulaiman scored 18 for Montclair. SAN ANDREAS LEAGUE Arroyo Valley 91, Pacific 49 Joe Richard scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had five blocks to lead the Hawks (19-6, 9-0) to the league title against the Pirates (1-8 in league). The Hawks’ Charles Grays scored 14 points, while Jermaine Anderson contributed eight points and eight assists. Christone Feltza led Pacific with 24 points. San Bernardino 63, Colton 61 Darius Davis scored the winning basket with 16 seconds left and the Cardinals (11-14, 2-7) kept their playoff hopes alive against the Yellowjackets. Davis finished with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Robert Fuller had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Cardinals. San Bernardino must defeat rival Pacific to clinch a playoff berth for the first time in six years. Cajon 72, San Gorgonio 56 Marquis Green scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Cowboys (16-9, 7-2) defeated the Spartans. Donovan Clark followed with 15 points for Cajon. Alex Jacobs scored 14 points for San Gorgonio. GIRLS SAN ANDREAS LEAGUE Cajon 97, San Gorgonio 22 Layshia Clarendon scored 47 points and Melanie Robinson had 27 as the Cowgirls clinched the SAL. Clarendon added 17 assists and 12 steals for the Cajon (25-0, 9-0). San Bernardino 53, Colton 24 Chanel Taylor scored 13 points with six steals and five rebounds as the Cardinals (11-11, 5-4) defeated the Yellowjackets. Freshman Jasmine Ray added 10 points for SBHS. MT. BALDY LEAGUE Chaffey 50, Don Lugo 34 Lute Seluini scored 13 points – including four 3-pointers – with six rebounds as the Tigers (19-6, 8-2) defeated the Conquistadores. Teonna Campbell scored 11 for Chaffey. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Three words continue to dominate what’s in the local area news headlines, wet, cold weather.Environment Canada meteorologist, Matt MacDonald.- Advertisement -Moving forward with the latest forecast specifics for this week, the Weather Network is calling for another four or five millimetres today, but then 25 to 35 on the final day of the month tomorrow, and then, 15 to 20 more than that on Thursday. Making the top end estimate on the first day of September nearly equal half of the monthly average of 44.7 millimetres.The Environment Canada local airport station post for yesterday was 6.6 millimetres, and that raised the month-to-date total through Monday to unofficially 89.6, nearly 40 millimetres more than the August norm of 51.2.For those who missed the earlier reports, more than half that total was recorded on Saturday at 48.6, which is the new August 27th record, but just barely, breaking the 50 year old record by only one-tenth of a millimetre.Add the small amounts received on Friday and Sunday and the three day post at the airport station was 50 millimetres, but we also learned in talking with Matt, that wasn’t even close to what was received on those three days at least two stations, in the southwest corner of the regionAdvertisement Finally, as wet as it is, even if the aforementioned top end Weather Network projection for today and tomorrow of 40 millimetres is accurate, it would still leave the airport station monthly total, more than 25 millimetres shy of the August record, which we note again was set in 1976, at 157 millimetres.
A prisoner with hundreds of previous convictions has claimed he was the victim of a sex attack behind bars.William McCarthy, (29), told a judge via video link at Letterkenny District Court yesterday that he needed to be freed to receive counselling after the incident.McCarthy, who has 352 previous convictions faced further charges of driving a car in Co Donegal last year whilst disqualified. He was living in Carndonagh at the time. He was also charged with providing a false name to gardai when they stopped a car he was driving near Buncrana.Inspector David Kelly said when McCarthy was stopped on June 28, 2012, he gave gardai a fake name.Judge Kelly was told that the previous offences related to stealing cars, burglary and various motoring offences.McCarthy then told Judge Kelly via video link: “I’m sorry.“I would ask you not to jail me again. I was sexually assaulted at Cloverhill prison last year by two Travellers.“I should not have been put in prison with sex offenders and I was.“I’ve spoken to the Gardai and they cannot find them now and I am not dropping the charges.”McCarthy, who had been due for release in eight days’ time, asked to be released from jail to attend counselling.Judge Kelly asked what McCarthy was doing in Donegal at the time of the offences.McCarthy said he had been living in Carndonagh at the time and had been there for three months.Judge Kelly said the previous offences were the most that he had seen during his time on the bench.He sentenced McCarthy, who was due for release on July 23, to a further three months in prison.MAN ON CARNDONAGH DRIVING CHARGES CLAIMS HE WAS VICTIM OF SEX ATTACK IN PRISON was last modified: July 17th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)
Dungloe GAA News:B’iad 7, 13,20 & 21a huimhireacha a lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto. Beidh €1600 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo.Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann:Martin Oglesby – Burtonport. Isabella McLoone – Glenties. J Doherty – Crohy. Katelyn Walsh – Burtonport. Sharon Ward – 7 Cois Locha. The seniors played Naomh Mhuire at The Banks on St.Patricks day. Goals by Adam Neely and Conor Greene fired Dungloe to a derby win, booking their place in a county semi-final of Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta. The final score was Naomh Muire 0-08 Dungloe 2-08.The seniors & reserves got their league campaign underway this afternoon to St.Michaels at Rosses Park, with a fantastic turnout of support. Both teams got of to a winning start.The reserves on a scoreline of 3-06 to 1-10. The all important goals coming from Martin McGarvey & Alan Rodgers.The seniors had a very strong performance, winning 2-11 to 1-05. The goal coming from Darren Curran & the other a long distance shot which fell handsomely into the back of the net!! Some very good scores in particular from Shaun Sharkey. It was a good spirited performance, with Boyle’s men thoroughly deserving of their two points.The minors played their second league game of the year away to Killybegs on Friday evening, winning on a score line of 3-11 to 1-13.The ladies are hosting a 5k family fun run / walk on Friday the 25th of March. Registration will be at the club house at 4:30pm with the run beginning at 5:30pm. Entry is €5 or €20 for a family. There will be refreshments served also in the club house after. It will be a great way to start of the Easter weekend! Final underage registration/membership of CLG An Clochán Liath for boys and girls, football and hurling, takes place Easter Saturday at the clubhouse between 10-12. If your child is part of a team this year, they MUST be registered with the club and have membership paid. For further information, contact Adrian Alcorn on 0868591071.Under 6 & Under 8 Football training resumes at 10am in the RCS sports hall this Saturday the 26th of March. Please ensure that every child is registered. Forms for registration will be available this Saturday for completion. Cost of each session is 2 euro per child. Please remember warm clothes, mouth guard and water bottle for each child.GAA NEWS: DUNGLOE DO THE DOUBLE OVER ST MICHAEL’S was last modified: March 22nd, 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:dungloeGAASport