‘Liberia Must Celebrate Atty. Allison‘s Death’

first_imgFollowing what many in the public have described as the late Atty. Michael Allison’s brave actions that led to a full-scale investigation of the National Legislature’s handling of the oil consultation process by the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) the deceased deserves to be celebrated, his family and friends have recommended.Allison who was hired as legal petroleum consultant by the National Legislature was discovered dead on February 13, at a local beach in Monrovia, days after he raised an alarm over his pay check.But, a statement released by the family and friends of the late Atty. Allison, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, noted that he “was a whistle blower who exposed attempts by some individuals in high places to deny and deprive the Liberian people of their just benefits in the exploration of oil.“We believe that the act of bravery and courage by this one individual must be celebrated and his subsequent death as the result of this act must claim the attention, interest and action of all Liberians.”Defending their recommendation, the group further noted that his whistle blowing should serve as a platform for the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC), the General Auditing Commission (GAC) and the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate and audit all procurements, sales and proceeds of oil blocks and their benefits.Given the level of disagreement and revelation associated with the Legislature, the family and friends recommended “an audit of various budgetary, income and expenditures of the national legislature and its various committees.”Though, “we want him to be celebrated, we will not rush into judgment, we will continue to remain patient and await the findings of government. Our patience must not be construed as indifference and neglect.”According to them, “We are expecting that a befitting honor will be the collective determination of this nation to bring closure to the questions and mysteries surrounding his death.”“We are also awaiting the autopsy report being fully aware that the uniqueness of this matter will draw the attention of government, the international community and the conclusion of the matter will epitomize government’s commitment to the fight against corruption,” they said.The group added, “We are equally shocked that this government has failed to address the absence of a pathologist (s) in our country.”Expressing special thanks to Atty. Samuel K. Woods, the family and friends of the deceased said, “This matter cannot be ignored …it is a national duty to account for every drop of Michael’s blood.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Motorcyclist loses battle for life at GPHC, pillion rider still hospitalised

first_img– driver of car was intoxicated at the time of the collisionA 23-year-old motorcyclist who was battling for his life at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC), after being struck down by a taxi two nights ago, succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday afternoon. His friend, who was the pillion rider at the time of the accident, remains hospitalised in a serious condition.The vehicles involved in the accidentThe dead man has been identified as Ramairo Wilson of Lot 121 Crane Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara (WCD).Based on information received, at about 18:45h on Tuesday, Wilson and a friend were travelling on a motorcycle at Vreed-en-Hoop, WCD when they were struck down by a car bearing registration number HC 3989. The car was being driven by a 39-year-old Pouderoyen, WCD resident.Reports are that the driver had just purchased bread from the area, and was proceeding along the roadway, but suddenly made an about turn. The motorcycle was then about to pass the car, but a collision occurred instead.The motorcycle reportedly slammed into the right front fender of the motorcar, resulting in Wilson and his 23-year-old friend (pillion rider) being flung to the northern side of the road.According to the Police, the two young men sustained head and other bodily injuries.Wilson was picked up in an unconscious state, while the pillion rider was semi-conscious. They were both rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH), where Wilson was examined and referred to the GPHC in a critical condition. However, Wilson’s friend was admitted at the WDRH.The police say the driver was taken into custody immediately following the accident, and a breathalyzer test conducted on him revealed that there was alcohol in his system.Wilson had never regained consciousness since the accident, and succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday afternoon. His body is at the GPHC mortuary awaiting a post mMortem. Meanwhile, the driver of the hire car remains in police custody. (Kristen Macklingam)last_img read more

Exclusive – I’ll never give up hope of England recall, insists Huddlestone

first_imgHull midfielder Tom Huddlestone has told talkSPORT he will never give up hope of earning another call-up to the England squad.The former Tottenham man already has four international caps to his name, playing under both Fabio Capello and current boss Roy Hodgson.He was named in Capello’s preliminary 30-man squad ahead of the 2010 World Cup, but was not selected for the final team, and, after a two-year break, Hodgson recalled the pass master for a friendly against Sweden in 2012, but he hasn’t been involved with the Three Lions since.However, following the retirement of long-term midfielders Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard this year, Huddlestone is hoping he gets another chance to shine on the international stage.He told Drivetime: “Gerrard and Lampard are two players who have been in and around the England camp for over ten years and have been in every squad.“Their retirement has paved the way for the manager to try something new.“Unfortunately I wasn’t called up this time [for the Three Lions’ recent friendlies and Euro 2016 qualifiers] but I’ll never give up hope.”Asked if he knows if Hodgson has visited the KC Stadium to see Hull’s English stars in action, Huddlestone added: “I don’t know for sure.“No one has ever mentioned it to any of the players, so I’m assuming he hasn’t, no.”last_img read more

GAA NEWS: KILLYBEGS U16’S WIN DIVISIONAL TITLE AFTER DEFEATING NAOMH COLUMBA

first_imgKillybegs GAA NotesOur u13 boys had a great win over Glenties on Saturday in the divisional final. 1.11 1.09 Well done to all involved!U13 girls won tonight 4-7 to 4-5 against st nauls.Well done girls. A note from Spot regarding the con mc guinness memorial cup:Thanks to all the players who played tonight in the Con Mc Guinness Memorial Cup. A great display of talent on show for a competition dedicated to a great clubman.Thanks to my fellow coaches and helpers Declan, Ronan and Darren and all the ladies who supplied the goodies for the tearooms. Also to Peter for all his help when required and anyone I might have forgotten.Well done Spot & Co. – looks like everyone had a great evening. Congratulations to our U16’s who won the divisional league title of Friday night, defeating Naomh Columba 5.10 to 2.13.Well done to the players and management.Congratulations to our U13’s who defeated Ardara in a superb game 4.24 to 2.06! Well done to all involved!.The senior ladies are playing the championship semi final on Saturday against naomh mhuire at 12.00 in glenties, show ur support.The senior and reserve men played Gaoth Dobhair on Saturday evening in Fintra. The seniors had a tough game and drew with a score of 1-05 each.Reserves lost on a score-line of 1-11 to 0-8.They go onto play termon this weekend on Saturday at 4.00 and 6.00GAA NEWS: KILLYBEGS U16’S WIN DIVISIONAL TITLE AFTER DEFEATING NAOMH COLUMBA was last modified: September 30th, 2014 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:GAAKillybegsNoticesSportlast_img read more

Arsenal, Man United and Chelsea to miss out on World Cup star

first_imgTheir latest offer of around £17 million plus a 10 per cent sell-on clause was snubbed by the Russian club, who value the winger closer to £26 million.That seemed to have opened the door for one of the three interested Premier League clubs to lodge a higher bid in an attempt to trump Juve.But the Gazzetta dello Sport has claimed that Golovin wants to join the Serie A giants and will push for a move to them.It has even been suggested that the 22-year-old, who has impressed at the World Cup so far, has already agreed a £2.6m-per-year contract with Juve in case they agree a fee with CSKA. Golovin scored a sensational free-kick in the opening game of the World Cup Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea target Aleksandr Golovin has his heart set on a move to Juventus, according to reports in Italy.The Turin club are hot on the Russian’s heels but they have so far been unable to strike a deal with CSKA Moscow. 2 2 Golovin on the ball during a Champions League game against Manchester United After scoring a sumptuous free-kick in the rout of Saudi Arabia, Golovin ran Egypt ragged in midfield to send the host nation through to the knockout stages.Born in the Siberian region of Kaltan, a region devoid of any football pitches, the attacking midfielder honed his skills playing futsal.last_img read more

Westridge returns favor, easily sweeps Poly

first_imgPASADENA — Whether Wednesday’s girls volleyball contest pitting Westridge High against Pasadena Poly was a changing of the Prep League guard or just another league match may be too early to tell. However, coach Billy Yu knows his Tigers have something special going as Westridge needed only three games to defeat Poly 25-17, 25-19, 25-17. McCall tied for the team lead in kills with six, none larger than a second-game smash over the outstretched arm of Poly junior Debbie Duan that landed just inbounds on the far right corner of the court. The point put the Tigers up 17-16 while crushing Poly’s best chance at winning a game. “We started out strong and continued to improve,’ Yu said. “I don’t think we expected to do quite as well as we did.’ While the first game was marred with sloppy play, both teams heated up in the second game. It appeared Poly (7-4, 0-2) would avenge their first-game loss when the Panthers took a 13-9 lead after Poly senior Jessica Damasco smashed a kill off Tigers’ middle blocker Carolyn McLaughlin. For Westridge (14-0, 4-0) the victory was sweet revenge for a Tigers team that was swept in two meetings last year by scores of 3-0 and 3-1. “We had wanted beat Poly for a long time,’ junior outside hitter Kelly McCall said. “I guess today we wanted it more than they did. We really fought for it.’ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 However, McLaughlin scored three of her six kills in a 16-6 run that swung the momentum and lead over in favor of Westridge. The second-game loss seemed to sap most of the emotion from the Panthers. “I thought Westridge played well,’ Panthers’ coach Steve Beerman said. “We just weren’t ready to play. This was the first game we played in over a week.’ While the Tigers didn’t blow the Panthers away, Poly was done in by several errors. In the first game alone, Poly sent five serves into the net, giving the Tigers an easy five points. The Panthers ended the game having sent eight serves into the net and committing a crucial substitution error in the third game that cost them two points. “Before the game, I don’t think we knew what to expect,’ said Yu, who is in his second season. “This was supposed to be a three-year plan, but the team has far surpassed my expectations.’ Next up for Westridge is Friday’s marquee matchup at Chadwick (3-4, 3-0), the defending Prep League champions. The Panthers will try to get back on track by hosting Webb (4-5, 0-4), who is at the bottom of the Prep League. 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

Traffic backup cited in crash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Investigators are now looking into whether the traffic signals at the long diagonal intersection gave vehicles enough time to clear the tracks. They also planned to interview the train’s crew members today, and were investigating human error and other possible reasons for the crash. A spokesman for the Metra train service said the vehicles shouldn’t have been in the train’s path in the first place. A large sign above the tracks reads: “Long crossing. Do not stop on the tracks.” “It’s right above the gate” said Metra spokesman Patrick Waldron. “If you followed that sign you wouldn’t have been on the tracks.” Sixteen people complained of injuries after the crash in Elmwood Park, Metra spokeswoman Judy Pardonnet said. Rosenker said three people remained hospitalized in stable to serious condition Thursday. Christina Rodriguez said she was stuck in traffic at the crossing when the gates came down, trapping her car and several others. She saw the lights of the train coming, jumped from her car and ran. “I tried to move (my car), but I couldn’t. Nobody moved,” said Rodriguez, 29. “Too many tried to get in.” Chief Michael Marino of the Elmwood Park Fire Department said two people had to be extricated from their cars, including one woman whose car caught fire after she was pulled free. Civilians helped emergency workers rescue others from vehicles scattered near the accident site. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ELMWOOD PARK, Ill. – A group of cars hit by a commuter train at a busy suburban Chicago crossing had 54 seconds from the time the gates were activated until the train came barreling through, an official with the National Transportation Safety Board said Thursday. The crossing gates appeared to be working, but traffic was backed up during the evening rush Wednesday and several cars became trapped between the gates, acting NTSB chairman Mark Rosenker said. “The cars were in a place they shouldn’t have been at the time,” Rosenker said. The train hit them because they had nowhere to go, he said. Sixteen people were injured when the train slammed into the trapped cars and started a chain reaction in the heavy traffic. Three remained hospitalized Thursday, Rosenker said. last_img read more

Arrest ends standoff, evacuation

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – A man wanted in a drive-by shooting was arrested Monday after a five-hour standoff at a Lancaster home that prompted evacuation of the neighborhood. The suspect, believed to be a gang member, was wanted on a $3 million warrant for attempted murder in a shooting about a month ago, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Round said. Deputies had served a search warrant about a week ago at the house, on Pilsbury Street near Avenue J, but the suspect was not there. Round said deputies kept watch on the home and on Monday saw their man, whose identity they did not immediately release. Gang-detail deputies were called to the home at about 10 a.m. Monday. Several people in the home came out, but deputies said the suspect refused to. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The Sheriff’s Department dispatched a special-weapons team, and officials cleared neighbors from a one-block area during the standoff. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.comlast_img read more

“Geocaching has Kept Me Safer” Geocaching.com’s Lost & Found Video

first_imgSgt. Kent “Doc” Byrd in IraqSgt. Kent “Doc” Byrd in IraqKent “Doc” Byrd is known as JrByrdMan162 in the geocaching world. In the United States Army he’s know as Sergeant Byrd.He’s a member of an Explosive Ordinance Disposal unit. He defused bombs, including improvised explosive devices (IEDs) as part of the Army bomb squad.  He just returned from a one year tour of duty in Iraq.Sgt. Byrd has been geocaching since 2005. He says the skills that geocaching instills — situational awareness, an eye for the unusual and quick detective work — help keep him safe when he’s finding and defusing bombs.  Sgt. Byrd believes that other  members of the bomb disposal community can learn to sharpen their awareness and stay safer through geocaching.See his story above. Click  here to watch more Lost & Found videos highlighting unique geocachers and the worldwide adventure of geocaching.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedAdvice to Geocache Hiders from Law EnforcementSeptember 4, 2013In “Community””Mother says geocaching helps her autistic child” A Geocaching.com Lost & Found VideoOctober 19, 2010In “Community””Travel Bugs” A Geocaching.com VideoOctober 7, 2010In “Community”last_img read more

Oldest Unfound Geocache in Europe… Found! (12 years later)

first_imgDeepButi on the hunt for caches.The geocacher who found the oldest unfound geocache in Europe on a thin ridge line of one of Europe’s most imposing mountains, doesn’t even like climbing. In fact, DeepButi doesn’t like caves either, but when the prize at the end of the adventure is a First to Find (FTF) after 12 years, 1 month, and 3 days…well, there’s no stopping him then.The Traditional Geocache, ‘Puppet Theatre stash on the Mont Blanc’ (GC89FF) sat undisturbed among frigid slabs of rock and shifting snowdrifts for years. Several intrepid geocachers had attempted the search—and some came very close—but none had laid eyes on the geocache itself.DeepButi says, “One day, I found myself wondering why what seems like a reasonably accessible cache had not been found for almost eleven years.”That’s right—”Puppet Theatre stash on the Mont Blanc” (GC89FF) was hidden on Mont Blanc by an Estonian team of geocachers (Tarmo Männard, Kaido Pähn, Üllar Rosenfeldt, Anu Audse ja Vilja Heinmets) on July 2nd, 2002. At 4074 meters (13,400ft) above sea level, the contents of the geocache were well protected. They included 9 chocolate medallions, 14 candies, 3 bags of Lipton tea, 3 boxes of matches, 10 whole-family tickets to the Estonian Puppet Theatre, a paper and a pen, and a geocaching letter in Estonian and in English.This is the story of DeepButi’s FTF.A geocache is hidden here… somewhereHe says, “I love mountains. Hiking for hours just for the sake of it, probably getting a fantastic reward at the peak with astonishing 360º views. And then there was THAT geocache, a normal one I didn’t need any special tools for.“And one day, I found myself wondering why what seems a reasonably accessible cache had never been found for almost eleven years. After having “Puppet Theater stash on the Mont Blanc” on my watchlist for years just as a curiosity, a find in Canada switched something in my mind. If “4.5lb Walleye” was already found, why not give GC89FF, oldest unfound in Europe, a chance? So I did.“It was not going to be a simple cache hunt, nor a long hike or a complex cache hunt. From the very first minute, the planning and logistics made the ‘it’s the journey’ concept the key element of the whole adventure.”A little bit of research showed that the team who’d hidden the cache had formed a normal hiking expedition up Mont Blanc. They were not climbing experts carrying special equipment. This reassured DeepButi; with correct planning, the geocache was reasonably accessible, but sometimes the mountain decides whether or not you find a geocache.DeepButi says, “Three months later, on Sep 2013 I went there. A full five day alpine hiking experience. Some great caches. But weather, and specifically avalanche risk, makes its own decisions. We had to cancel the attempt at the very last minute as the route was not safe. Instead, we summited Mont Blanc…not bad as a substitute.“Summer 2014 in central and Southern Europe has been, in weather terms, a disaster. Without the normal anticyclonic periods, finding a day for a second attempt was delayed week after week until we decided to try a small window on July 23-25. After a terrific hike from refugio Torino crossing the Vallee Blanche we arrived at Cosmiques, the logical starting point for the hunt, on 24th.Weather delays the hunt“The noise of small avalanches surprised us at the East side of Maudit-Tacul creating some incredible moments I will keep forever. But it was not our day. The guard at Cosmiques told us of a recent avalanche and more expected. No way to go up for several days. At 4,000m high you don’t play with this kind of advice and I returned home in quite a bad mood.”Finally, a window of good weather opened up a week in August, and DeepButi knew it had to be then. He arrived at Cosmiques with his guide, Fabio Levi, and the forecast was perfect.He says, “And there we went. At 6:15am we started a hard hike up Mont Tacul. You need to be there to know what it is like, every meter of its iced slopes deserves the T5 [Terrain 5] rating.“It took us almost three hours to move the GPS distance [from the geocache coordinates] from 1,600m to 500m…at that distance only a soft slope down remained and the objective was pretty clear: a group of rocks at the East edge of Col Maudit. An incredible vision. All my efforts at sight for the first time. White snow and black rocks. I love it.“Once there, laminated photos of the cache location proved to be helpful. They allowed us to confirm the GPS arrow and directed us to the northern group of rocks. Fabio crossed the last aerial meters and found exactly what was on the images. He said, ‘I have something. A broken plastic box.’Fabio, one second after making history: Found!“The best words I could imagine. I knew at once that “broken plastic box” could only mean one thing: the original box! Aha! Nobody was there to see two adults shouting and jumping like children at 4,000m meters high. It was an incredible end to a 14-month obsession, full of hope, despair, deception, and positive energy.“Honestly speaking, the cache itself is not that difficult a find—a 7 hour hike is nothing special and the final spot is quite accessible. But you must plan to go there as only a geocacher can do, with a specific goal on your mind. And you have to convince yourself that, after 12 years there was no single reason to suspect it would not be there. And yes it was.So, we did it. Because we knew we could do it.”The NUKU Puppet Theatre confirmed the tickets are still valid and will be forever. One of the original geocache-placers still works there, and DeepButi is already planning his trip. Another one of the geocache owners is going to bring DeepButi some “fresh” candies the next time he visits Spain.DeepButi was also FTF on the long unfound cache in Spain, and has some of the highest peaks under his belt. His next adventure?He says, “I’m already thinking on my next “incredible one”…but it will have to wait sometime.The geocacheShare your congratulations with DeepButi by posting a comment below!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedNear the top of Europe (GC2BVRY) – Geocache of the WeekJuly 16, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”The Seanachai: Keeper of the Old Lore, Reviewer of the New CachesMay 6, 2015In “Community”The top ten geocaches added to ListsSeptember 24, 2019In “Community”last_img read more