Seven Criminal Suspects Set Free in Bassa

first_imgAt least seven of several criminal suspects, who were arrested and detained for a prolonged period without trial and have been crying for justice, walked out on August 21, 2014 with smiles on their faces when the city court set  them free.Relatives and friends of the released suspects went gay after the associate magistrate pronounced the release of the suspects that day.Magistrate Brown set the seven criminal suspects free when he ruled on a two-count motion filed by Grand Bassa County’s Public Defender Paul Philip Jarvan, requesting the court to set his clients free following the deliberate failure of the state prosecutors to adjudicate the case.In court one of the defense counsel’s motions disclosed that the suspects were arrested and charged with Burglary, theft of property and aggravated assault by officers of the Grand Bassa County Liberia National Police Detachment, which  forwarded them to the court for pre-trial.The defendant through their counsel requested the court to post a valid criminal appearance bond because they were detained for two to four months, respectively,  without trial, and the court granted same.The defendants’ counsel, based on their prolonged detention without trial, prayed the court for their release as required by law and in keeping with Rule Nine (9) of the Rule of court.Rule nine provides that no criminal case in the Magisterial and Traffic courts should remain pending and be disposed of more than 30 days after arrest.The court, having keenly listened to the defense lawyer’s motion pro and cons and there being no resistance by the state prosecution, granted the motion saying it was in harmony and consistent  with law.Following this, the court ruled that the defendants be released from further detention at the Buchanan Central prison in keeping with Rule nine of the Rule of court governing magistrate and traffic courts because, accordingly, the court is not a party to any suit for a given case before it.Those released include Sam Massaquoi, Jonathan Wreh, Emmanuel Karwor and Mohammed Konneh formally charged with Burglary.  Others are Henry C. Brown and Zacheous Kpagar,  charged with theft of property; while Fredrick Klay was charged with Aggravated Assault.The release of the seven suspects stemmed from the over crowdedness of the Buchanan Central Prison and the inmates’ cry for justice following their prolonged detention without trial, something they described as injustice and abuse of their legal and constitutional rights. “Because of this, some of us are getting sick without medical attention, and our greatest fear is that some of us who are not sick could be affected by those who are sick,” the inmates lamented.According to observation by this newspaper, during a visit at the prison cell, some inmates were found with sore lips and other illnesses which need  serious and quick medical attention.Evidenced by the inmates’ claims, the cell usually holds 40 inmates but currently holds more than 70 inmates, thus making it overcrowded and most uncomfortable.Nevertheless, there is a dire need for the intervention of the public defender of the county, the Judiciary System, human rights groups in the county and the country in general, to ensure the speedy trial of the influx of the prolonged detainees languishing behind bars.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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Air Force retires ‘Hanoi Taxi’ C-141

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The aircraft have served NASA, conducted Antarctic resupply flights for nearly three decades and flown scientific missions for two decades. From 2003 until their last combat mission last September, C-141 crews flew more than 70 percent of the flights evacuating injured American military personnel from the Middle East and Afghanistan. The Air Force now uses Lockheed Martin C-5 transports, which the company is upgrading with new engines and aviation electronic equipment, and Boeing C-17 transports, as well as Lockheed Martin’s smaller C-130 transports. The last Air Force C-141 aircraft was known as the “Hanoi Taxi,” because in 1973 it made the first flight into North Vietnam to retrieve American prisoners of war released by the North Vietnamese government. On that first flight the jet flew out 40 former prisoners, many of whom were present for a reunion in conjunction with the jet’s retirement. For its retirement, it was flown from one side of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to the other, making several passes over its new home: the National Museum of the United States Air Force, formerly known as the Air Force Museum. “This last aircraft to be retired has a particularly poignant past since this is the aircraft that carried out the first Operation Homecoming,” said Reynolds. “With the retirement of this aircraft, we remember and commemorate that important flight with great respect for all the missions of the aircraft, the crews who have flown it and the treasured passengers and cargo it has transported.” The aircraft was first flown in 1967 and went through two major modifications. It was first brought up to C-141B standards in the late 1970s. In the early 1990s, the aircraft was equipped with digital avionics and became a C-141C. After several weeks of preparation and preservation, the Hanoi Taxi will go on public display this summer in the museum’s outdoor airpark. Counting the Hanoi Taxi, a total of 13 StarLifters are preserved as static displays at bases where the aircraft were formerly stationed or in museums around the country. The StarLifter was the first production aircraft to be completely designed by engineers at the company’s division in Marietta, Ga. A total of 285 C-141 aircraft were built at the Marietta facility, from 1963 to 1968. One StarLifter was delivered as a commercial L-300 transport and was used as a company demonstrator. It was later used by NASA as an airborne observatory. A total of 251 C-141s have been retired to the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., where they eventually will be dismantled.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – The U.S. Air Force has retired its last Lockheed Martin StarLifter cargo plane to the Air Force’s national museum. A frequent sight into the 1990s over the Antelope Valley, where pilots flew it on training missions out of now-closed Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino County, the C-141 was the world’s first jet-powered transport when it entered operational service in 1965. “The C-141 has a noble record of achievement in its support of the U.S. military. Participating in every military operation from Vietnam to Iraqi Freedom, StarLifter crews have also performed humanitarian relief flights to nearly 70 countries on six continents,” said Ross Reynolds, Lockheed Martin’s vice president of air mobility. Most recently, the StarLifter carried supplies to people affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. last_img read more

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Woman appeals for help after losing precious rings on beach

first_imgBeachgoers at Rossnowlagh in South Donegal are being asked to keep an eye out for two rings which were lost over a month ago.A wedding ring and an engagement ring were lost by a woman in the area at the end of September 2019.She recently made contact with Gardaí in the hope of finding the precious rings and the appeal has since been shared far and wide. The rings were rose gold and the wedding ring had an inscription engraved on the inside.If you picked up the rings or have any helpful information, please call Ballyshannon Garda Station on 071 9858530Woman appeals for help after losing precious rings on beach was last modified: October 29th, 2019 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:lost and foundringsRossnowlaghlast_img read more

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49ers not ready for prime time (maximum), to host Rams in daytime

first_imgSANTA CLARA — So much for the 49ers playing five of their next seven games in prime time.Not even the Los Angeles Rams’ undefeated start was enough to keep their Oct. 21 visit to Levi’s Stadium on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” and kickoff instead will be at 1:25 p.m. against the injury-depleted 49ers (1-4).Los Angeles Rams’ Todd Gurley II (30) scores a touchdown against San Francisco 49ers’ Dontae Johnson (36) in the second quarter of their NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., …last_img read more

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Dakota Dino Reveals Skin Cells

first_img“Absolutely amazing” and “absolutely gobsmacking” are exclamations made by scientists analyzing the fossilized skin of a hadrosaur known as Dakota.  The researchers found cell structures and organic matter in the skin and layers that resemble the skin of birds and crocodiles.    The specimen was uncovered in 1999 on a North Dakota ranch and is still being analyzed.  Photos on the BBC News show clear scales and cross sections of microscopic tendon structures.  The article said, “Tests have shown that the fossil still holds cell-like structures,” adding, “although the proteins that made up the hadrosaur’s skin had degraded, the amino acid building blocks that once made up the proteins were still present.”    How could soft tissue structures and details survive intact for 66 million years?  The BBC article and National Geographic News repeat the researchers’ claim that this dinosaur was buried rapidly in a low-oxygen environment that prevented decay.  Even so, it was unexpected to find this much preservation over such a long time.  Derek Briggs, a Yale paleontologist who studies exceptionally-preserved fossils, said, “This kind of discovery just demonstrates very clearly that soft tissue does survive, that the processes involved are unusual but not absolutely extraordinary – so there’s no reason why this kind of material won’t be discovered again.”    Briggs told the BBC News that one reason paleontologists have not found soft tissues before recently is that they were not expecting to find them: “in many cases these kinds of skin impressions have gone unnoticed and people have gone after the skeleton, which is of course what you’d expect to be preserved.”  Phillip Manning, author of a new book Grave Secrets of Dinosaurs: Soft Tissues and Hard Science expects a lot more soft tissue could be out there awaiting discovery: “Who knows?” he said.  “The elusive dinosaur mummies of the fossil record might be more common.”    The National Geographic article, true to form, emphasized the similarity of Dakota’s skin to that of birds (cf. 06/18/2009).  “There’s no evidence of goosebumps just yet,” quipped reporter Christine Dell’Amore, “but a remarkably preserved dinosaur reveals that the prehistoric reptile had skin like that of birds and crocodiles, a new study says.”Why are the scientists so sure that an oxygen-free environment would preserve amino acids and mummified skin from degradation for 66 million years?  This should be a testable hypothesis.  There are anoxic bacteria, after all.  Could they not be capable of degrading organic matter?  And Dakota was not found in an underwater oxygen-free tomb, but in rock.  Someone should put two identical dead animals in two tanks, one with oxygen and one without, simulating plausible burial environments, and measure the differences in decay rates.  Besides, whatever organic material was left after the environment changed to rock should have decayed completely.  Unless, that is, the fossil is nowhere near as old as the consensus believes.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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New analysis shows which airlines fly the most seats.

first_imgUS carriers continue to dominate the world’s airlines when it comes to the number of seats available but Chinese and low-cost carriers are making their presence felt.American Airlines had the most seats available in the 12 months to February this year, a whopping 250,762,625. This more than five times as many seats as Russia’s Aeroflot, the airline ranked last in the top 20 of a list compiled by route and schedule specialists OAG.The US megacarrier was followed by Delta Air Lines (223,949,810 seats), Southwest Airlines (195,875,573) and United Airlines (177,028,403), according to the OAG analysis.But Chinese carriers China Southern (115,763,222 seats) and China Eastern (109,950,331 ) were not far behind in sixth and seventh spots with low-cost carrier Ryanair (126,503,181 ) sandwiched between the US and Chinese airlines in fifth position.Another low-cost carrier, EasyJet (82,644,804), ranked ninth after Turkish Airlines (84,318,540)  in eighth spot.German carrier Lufthansa (82,636,538 seats) rounded out the top 10 followed by Air China (80,370,497) and South America’s LATAM (80,610,826).The only entry in the top 20 by the Gulf states was Emirates (75,957,082 seats) at 13, followed by Japan’s All Nippon Airways (73,274,937) at 14 and British Airways at 15 (61,978,149).Air Canada (58,144,941 seats) ranked 16th, with Air France (57,751,069), Japan Airlines (50,992,135), Indonesia’s Lion Air (48,557,485) and Russia’s Aeroflot (47,060,867) closing out the top 20.Of course, statistics can be sliced and diced in a number of ways and the rankings changed when it came to passenger numbers.United carried more passengers than Southwest over the 12 months and EasyJet outpaced Turkish Airlines.Similarly, LATAM outpaced Air China, BA carried more passengers than ANA while both Aeroflot and Lion Air both beat Japan Airlines.An explanation for this could be seen in another statistic, the average bookings load factor, which essentially divides bookings by the number of seats to give an indication of how full airlines fly their planes.The LLCs unsurprisingly topped the field with Ryanair recording an average bookings load factor of 91 per cent and EasyJet at 85 percent.United topped the legacy carriers at 84 per cent but American, Delta, Aeroflot and Air Canada all recorded load factors of 80 per cent or above.The other airlines were in the seventies, with the exception of ANA at 64 per cent.last_img read more

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Leave Grace Bay Beach alone Residents sound off against taller resorts for

first_img TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membership Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 13 Aug 2015 – ‘Do not touch Grace Bay Beach, it is a jewel’… a passionate plea, supported by some applause during that town hall meeting held last night to discuss the increase in resort building height along Grace Bay Beach. The Government team presenting, led by Finance and Investment Minister, Hon Washington Misick was chided for a number of things including having a poor power point presentation, for not being more proactive in already developing policies to protect Turks and Caicos Islanders for jobs and small business opportunities on the strip, for constantly shifting the goal posts on what heights are allowed or not allowed, for not yet coining a national development plan and for apparently already making up their minds about the proposal. There were a few presentations which contend that the development on the sandy shore of the award winning beach makes it environmentally risky; one presentation claims that that the sand shifts from time to time. There was no environmental impact study provided at the meeting. Preview of Budget reveals salary hikes, millions is saving with retired of UK bail out loan Recommended for you Cabinet Ministers get to spend more, CFO stays on the job Related Items:12 storey building, residents, washington misick Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Rape trial of Labour court judge goes to trial enough evidence

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#ArthurForbesrapetrialbegins, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, November 24, 2017 – Providenciales – It is onto trial at the Supreme Court in Grand Turk for Arthur Forbes, the Labour Tribunal president who is charged with sexual assault.   A sufficiency hearing held earlier this month in Grand Turk is over and it was determined that there is strong enough evidence to take the matter to trial.Forbes is accused by a housekeeper, who is originally from Haiti, of sexual assault.#MagneticMediaNews#ArthurForbesrapetrialbeginslast_img read more

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