Police Brutality on the Rise

first_imgThe wave of police brutality across the country is fast becoming alarming, compelling the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) to institute measures to curtail the occurrence.Addressing a news conference in Monrovia yesterday, INCHR Chairperson, retired Associate Justice Gladys K. Johnson expressed serious concern over the number of human rights violations attributed to the Liberian National Police (LNP), stressing that something must be done to save the image of the state.Based on mountains of allegations and complaints from ordinary Liberians, particularly motorcyclists and youths in concession areas, the rights body has named a team of investigators to be dispatched to Butaw, Sinoe County, where there was rioting involving some residents and police, Ms. Johnson announced.According to Chairman Johnson, one of the Commission’s investigators is due in the region shortly to launch a “comprehensive and independent investigation into unfolding events.”She noted that the move is part of “our mandate to promote and protect human rights in Liberia consistent with national and international legal instruments.” Investigating all human rights abuses remain a cardinal part of INHRC’s operations, she noted.Even though the INHRC has recruited eight investigators to be stationed in Montserrado, the lack of adequate budget support to undertake these initiatives is a challenge that needs to be overcome, Madam Johnson asserted.“We want to investigate all human rights issues in the country, but there is serious constraint with the budget to support all of our programs.“We have made appeals to the Legislature and others involved with the budget process, but Ebola and the budget shortfall last year hampered our work,” the former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court said.According to Commissioner Johnson, “US$30 million is needed to run the commission properly, and as such, we are reaching out to everyone to generate the needed funds.Meanwhile, the Commission will today hold a day-long awareness forum to educate and inform the public about the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommendations with a view to soliciting public support in carrying out the INHRC’s functions.The palava hut approach is part of a Strategic Roadmap for national healing, peace building and reconciliation launched in 2013. The move is in keeping with the Commission’s mandate as enshrined in the Accra Comprehensive Peace Accord signed in 2003.INCHR also has a mandate to ensure the full implementation of the TRC recommendations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Mash 2019 deemed a success – Minister Norton

first_imgAs the Department of Social Cohesion begins to close the curtains on the Mashramani 2019 celebrations, Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton has deemed the activities held thus far a success.Remaining on the calendar of events is the Linden and Berbice Mashramani parades slated for March 3, followed by the Champions in Concert, in Mahdia, on March 9.Speaking with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Minister Norton noted his satisfaction with the massive involvement and support shown by the young people which he opined was instrumental in the success of the country’s 49th Republic Anniversary.Minister, Dr George Norton“Though the 23rd of February has come and gone, the Mash spirit still lives, since we still have Mash activities, with the last being in Mahdia where we will have a Champions concert. But overall, I am happy for basically the crowd support… it was amazing to know that at 3 in the afternoon the Mashramani route was filled to capacity, both Vlissengen and Irving road and D’Urban Park … you had to be young, strong and active in order to withstand the longest route we have ever had, and you could have seen the energy from the young people,” he said.According to Minister Norton, from all indications, support for future Mashramani activities will continue to increase as necessary improvements will be made.“Mash is here to stay, and we will try to improve moving forward,” he said.These improvements include the upgrading of the clean-up exercise which he believes will become a fixture of the Mashramani celebration.“The organising committee will always have this on their agenda, and we will insist that the clean-up exercise starts as early as possible. Thus far, it is proving to be quite successful. However, we have taken note of complaints made about garbage bins not being placed along the route; therefore, consideration will be taken to improve the citizens’ experience,” he explained.On Republic Day, workers were seen walking behind the last float cleaning up garbage, into the wee hours of Sunday.It was highlighted that the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) aims to introduce a mandatory fee in 2020 for the cleaning up of vending spots along the Mashramani route, as efforts to get persons to better dispose of their garbage were futile.last_img read more

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Ten Digit Dialing Update

first_imgResults from a Telus survey show that 87% of local phone calls in B.C. and Alberta are now being made by customers dialing 10 digit numbers. The survey was taken June 30th, just one week after the start of the so-called permissive dialing period, when callers who use only 7 digits hear a recorded reminder to use 10. The permissive period ends September 7th and, beginning the following day, any call made without including the area code will not be connected.The new system with additional area codes is being implemented because of the growing demand for phone numbers.The public is again reminded that all 3 digit numbers, like 911, will remain the same and will not require the inclusion of an area code.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Revealed: Final PL table for 2015/16 season, as simulated by Football Manager 2016

first_img 20 2. Arsenal lose out on the title and end with 79 points – Arsenal miss out on the title, but Mesut Ozil wins Player of the Year. 7. Liverpool finish with 66 points – Jurgen Klopp’s side continued to suffer injuries and settle for seventh place and a goal difference of +10. 20 19. Sunderland are relegated with 31 points – The Football Manager simulation also sees Sunderland go down after a run of 10 games without a win between January and March. 20 1. Man City finish as Premier League champions with 80 points – It’s a perfect send off for manager Manuel Pellegrini, who leaves Man City as a champion. They edge Arsenal by a point, having beaten them 3-1 in the penultimate game of the season. 14. West Brom end with 45 points – West Brom’s goal difference of -11 cost them a higher place. See who beat them to thirteenth place by clicking the yellow arrow, above, right. 17. Norwich finish with 36 points – It’s good news for Norwich who, like Bournemouth, spent a lot of money in January. 16. Newcastle end the 2015/16 season on 41 points – Newcastle also spent the cash in the transfer window and it worked out here as they beat the drop. 20 12. Watford end up with 46 points – Watford have done the best of all promoted teams and Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo continued to score goals. 20 20 15. Swansea finish with 42 points – It has been a pretty disappointing season for Swansea. 8. Everton finish on 57 points – Everton have finished below Liverpool in this simulation, however, Oumar Niasse and Romelu Lukaku form a goal scoring partnership, scoring a combined 11 goals in the remaining fixtures. 20 20 20 20 11. Stoke finish the season on 49 points – Stoke ended the season just outside of the top half of the table, but their leaky defence has their goal difference at -7. 20 20 20 20 20 4. Tottenham finish in the Premier League top four with 67 points – Tottenham will be happy, though they were unable to finish above Arsenal. 20 5. Man United finish with 66 points – Man United do not quite do enough to qualify for the Champions League, but their goal difference of +15 was better than Chelsea’s +13. The Football Manager team have simulated the remainder of the Premier League season to see who comes out on top.Signings made in the January transfer window have been factored in, so click the arrow above, right, to see if the Man City players give Manuel Pellegrini the perfect send off before Pep Guardiola takes over or if Arsenal can maintain their charge?Will Leicester stay at the top and will Chelsea mount a late assault for a place in the Premier League top four?CHECK OUT 30 FOOTBALL MANAGER WONDERKIDSTHE BARGAIN SIGNINGS TO MAKE ON FOOTBALL MANAGER 2016 20 20 3. Leicester qualify for the Champions League on 69 points – Leicester don’t win the Premier League, but do earn themselves automatic qualification to the Champions League. 10. Crystal Palace finish on 50 points – Palace made the top 10, but were five points short of their nearest challengers. 20 18. Bournemouth are relegated with 31 points – Bournemouth finish five points adrift of safety in the end, according to this simulation where their goal difference is -26. Benik Afobe and Lewis Grabban form a good strike partnership scoring 12 goals between them, but it’s their inability to keep a clean sheet which costs them here. 20. Aston Villa end up bottom of the Premier League with 24 points – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the final table – The makers of Football Manager have simulated the remainder of the season, factoring in January signings, to try and get an idea of how it will end. Unsurprisingly Aston Villa don’t escape relegation but at least it looks like the performances get better. Remi Garde’s boys pick up wins against Everton and Southampton here. 13. Southampton finish the campaign on 45 points – Southampton’s goal difference is not great, but it was enough to edge West Brom here. 20 6. Chelsea finish with 66 points – Chelsea rose up the league under Guus Hiddink. 9. West Ham finish on 55 points – West Ham were pushing for a place in Europe to begin with, but fell away towards the end of the season. last_img read more

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first_imgON THE AIR TODAY’S EVENTSTVRADIO Baseball 4:30 p.m.ALDS Game 4: Cleveland at New YorkTBS710 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityPro Football 5:30 p.m.Dallas at BuffaloESPN1330 Motorsports 12:30 p.m.Nextel Cup UAW-Ford 500 (taped)ESPN2 Horse Racing 3 p.m.Trackside Live: Oak TreePrime Times may be different for satellite TV viewers; consult your guide. TV INDEX: CBS (Ch. 2); NBC (Ch. 4); KTLA (Ch. 5); ABC (Ch. 7); KCAL (Ch. 9); Fox (Ch. 11); KCOP (Ch. 13); KSCI (Ch. 18); KWHY (Ch. 22); KVMD (Ch. 23); KPXN (Ch. 30); KMEX (Ch. 34); KFTR (Ch. 46); KVEA (Ch. 52); KAZA (Ch. 54); KDOC (Ch. 56); KJLA (Ch. 57); KLCS (Ch. 58); CSTV (College Sports Television); ESPNC (ESPN Classic); FSC (Fox Soccer Channel); FSE (Fox Sports En Espa ol); FSN (Fox Sports Net West); NFL (NFL Network); Prime (Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket); SC (Speed Channel); Show (Showtime); TC (Tennis Channel); TNT (Turner Network Television). RADIO INDEX: XSUR (540 AM); KLAC (570 AM); KRLH (590 AM); KOGO (600 AM); KIRN (670 AM); XTRA (690 AM); KSPN (710 AM); KLAA (830 AM); KIIS (850 AM); KRLA (870 AM); KFWB (980 AM); KTNQ (1020 AM); KNX (1070 AM); XPRS (1090 AM); KDIS (1110 AM); KSDP (1130 AM); KTLK (1150 AM); KXMX (1190 AM); KWKU (1220 AM); KKGO (1260 AM); KWKW (1330 AM); KPOP (1360 AM); KSPA (1510 AM); CASH (1700 AM); KLSX (97.1 FM). ——— Home games ——— Away games x-if necessary160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Nightclub loses battle

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“They affected us in financial ways – our reputation, the stuff they’d tell the newspaper,” he said. It was the city’s revocation of his conditional-use permit in May 2005 that sealed his restaurant’s fate, Verdugo said. The revocation applied to Ibiza’s permission to sell alcohol. As a result, Verdugo closed Ibiza and opened Rome Fine Dining in its place. But the loss of alcohol sales cut deeply into his profits, Verdugo said. “Not being able to serve alcohol hurt us a lot,” he said. “Everybody in a restaurant wants to order a glass of wine or beer. It was a major factor in our having to close.” He subsequently sued the city over the revocation, hoping to win an injunction that would have halted the action. But a judge denied the injunction request. WHITTIER – Years of legal and political battles with the city are over for Rome Fine Dining: The restaurant/nightclub will shut its doors for good next month. In an interview Thursday, owner Ralph Verdugo blamed what he described as underhanded tactics by city officials. He said officials’ campaign to force his business out of Uptown began immediately after he opened his establishment as Ibiza Steak and Lounge Restaurant in 2000. “We’re closing because the city of Whittier is so corrupted,” said Verdugo, who will allow his lease to expire at the end of this month. A hearing on Verdugo’s lawsuit is scheduled for June 8. Verdugo also claimed city officials were unfriendly to Latino business owners and residents. Latinos made up 90 percent of his clientele, he said. “The residents here in Whittier are beautiful,” Verdugo said. “But the city had a problem with my Latino customers. They said it on open record when they said they didn’t want our type of people here.” City Manager Steve Helvey, who was not aware the restaurant was closing until told so by a reporter, said the problems between the city and Verdugo had nothing to do with race. “The rules were clear,” Helvey said. “It had nothing to do with gender, race or ethnicity. He violated the rules. It had nothing to do with who frequented his establishment. “The fact was, he couldn’t run it in accordance with the conditions that were imposed on the business,” he said. Helvey said Verdugo had argued that the conditions imposed by the city concerning occupancy and alcohol sales were too strict. “There were a lot of conditions, but they represented the rules the council felt needed to be in place in order to be good neighbors for Uptown and provide a positive impact on the community,” Helvey said. “He ignored them for a long time.” Helvey said he nevertheless wished Verdugo well. “I’m sorry to see him go,” Helvey said. “We encouraged him to come here. We hoped with all our hearts he’d be successful.” Verdugo said he will now focus his time on his other night spot in downtown Los Angeles, The 740 Club. Larry Trujillo, director of the Whittier Uptown Association, said finding a new tenant for the 25,000-square-foot facility will be tricky because of the size of the location and the building’s historic status. He said Ibiza’s troubles were linked to the fact that the nightclub drew large crowds that required extra security. “With the nightclub thing, the audience they catered to contributed to the troubles,” Trujillo said. “They handcuffed themselves by getting into that type of audience. They needed security, and it became very expensive.” Rome Fine Dining and Ibiza were only the latest establishments to close at the site. Before Verdugo arrived, the location was home to two different nightclubs, both of which were forced to close by the city after numerous complaints involving rowdy, drunk patrons, public urination and lewd behavior. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Bulldogs Head To Ohio For Bout With No. 14 Flyers

first_img ESPN+ Story Links Live Audio Live Stats center_img Drake Game Notes DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team heads to Ohio this weekend following a narrow Knapp Center victory, to play the No. 14/12 Dayton Flyers (7-1) on their home court Saturday, Dec. 14.Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN+, and on the radio at ESPN 1350. This will mark the fourth meeting between the two teams, but the first since 1962.The Bulldogs (8-2) are back on the road after a tight 78-73 win over SEMO for the team’s 10th-straight home win. Roman Penn (Calumet City, Ill.) continued his cross-court consistency with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals.DJ Wilkins (Merrillville, Ind.), sophomore at guard, was right behind Penn with 15 points. In a game dominated by shooting fouls on both ends, Wilkins performance was crucial for the Bulldogs going 6-for-6 from the free-throw line.Another big performance came from junior Noah Thomas (Sydney, Australia), who had 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting. Thomas came out strong in the second half, almost single-handedly closing an 11-point gap with two steals, two layups, and a three pointer in the span of 50 seconds.The Flyers, who are also undefeated in their home arena, have been led this season by sophomore forward Obi Toppin, who’s season scoring total currently sits at 171. Toppin also leads with 66 rebounds and 11 blocks. The team is coming off a road win against the Saint Mary’s Gaels in which junior guard Jalen Crutcher saw a season-best performance with 21 points, four rebounds, and six assists.Dayton’s high powered offense is second in the nation in scoring at nearly 90 points per game. Meanwhile, Drake has held its opponents to just 60.7 points per game.Following their bout with Dayton, Drake will return to the Knapp Center to face-off with the Mount Marty Lancers (12-2), with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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TRAGIC BOSTON HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM LAID TO REST IN DONEGAL

first_imgTragic Eoin McGrory was laid to rest in Donegal.The devastated family of a man killed in a hit and run incident in Boston has been buried in Co Donegal. Family and friends gathered on Sunday to wake Derry man Eoin McGrory whose remains had been brought home from Boston accompanied by his grief stricken bride of just four months.Shanique McGrory made the journey back to her husband’s native city accompanied by her daughter Monique and Eoin’s heartbroken mother Teresa. On Sunday mass was said at Our Lady of Lourdes in Steelstown, Derry for the young step father of one who touched so many hearts.His body was interned in Cockhill cemetery in Buncrana.In the days leading up to his funeral wife Shanique spoke of her determination to achieve justice for the man she says she will love for the rest of her life.Still reeling from the shock of his death she dismissed driver Ricky Prezioso’s claims that he is innocent and that he believed he had hit a pothole on the day of her husbands death. Keen cyclist Eoin, who is originally form the Shantallow area of Derry, died at the scene last Thursday after he was hit by a garbage truck driven by 41-year-old Prezioso in Charlestown, Boston.The father of one has been charged with leaving the scene after causing the death of the recently married Irish man.Eoin was the youngest of six children and had been living in America for the past 15 years.His family had been planning to visit him when they received news of his death.Grieving mum Teresa McGrory said: “We got the news from Boston early on Saturday morning. It was a terrible shock altogether. We didn’t expect anything like that at all. “The last time he was home was around seven years ago. I was thinking of going out there this year. He loved the bike and was always out cycling. He just died at the scene. It’s just awful.Eoin’s brother Phil paid tribute to his little brother.“He was bubbly and funny. He’s my wee brother. There’s only 13 months between us. He just got married before Christmas. He was happy and content,” he revealed.TRAGIC BOSTON HIT-AND-RUN VICTIM LAID TO REST IN DONEGAL was last modified: April 15th, 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:CockhilldonegalEoin McGrorylast_img read more

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Brave volunteers wanted for the world’s most scenic parachute jump

first_imgHow would you like to experience views of the magnificent Carrickfinn landscape from 12,000ft in the air – without a plane?The No Barriers Foundation are calling on daring jumpers to take on a high-flying challenge this summer. The fundraiser is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for volunteers to see Donegal Airport from above during a tandem skydive.The sponsored parachute jump will take place on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of August 2018. If you are interested in taking part please contact the No Barriers Foundation on Facebook (click here) or 0749111010 Carrickfinn Skydive 2017Money raised will go towards the continued support to maintain the Esko Suit, which was purchased for the benefit of patients in Donegal through a community-led project.This week, physiotherapists with No Barriers are undertaking level 2 training to perfect their skills with the Rehabilitation Suit.Johnny Loughrey, Director and Lead Physio for The No Barriers Foundation said: “At the moment between Level 1 and 2 training we have around eight people using the Esko Suit with various conditions such as Spinal Injury, stroke, MS, and traumatic brain injury.“Once we have the Level 2 training done we will push things a lot more and within 4 weeks we should be using at for approx 20 hours per week with that building each month.” Taking part in the parachute jump is one way to support this life-changing local project. If you are interested please contact the No Barriers Foundation on Facebook (click here) or 0749111010For more information on No Barriers, visit www.nobarriers.iePicture Special: Brave parachuters enjoy stunning scenic jumps for No Barriers Brave volunteers wanted for the world’s most scenic parachute jump was last modified: July 10th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:CarrickfinnDonegal Airportfundraiserno barriers foundationparachute jumplast_img read more

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