West Point Shootout: 5 Soldiers Guilty, Towship Commissioner to be Reassigned

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first_imgThe Government of Liberia over the weekend responded to two investigative reports from the August 20, 2014, incident in the Township of West Point resulting into the death of Shaki Kamara, and the wounding of Titus Nuah.The first was received from the Joint Task Force Board of Inquiry established by the Ministry of Defense, which led to a guilty verdict and punishment of the Platoon Commander and four enlisted men of the AFL, by military tribunal, for their complicity, in the act. The second report is from the Independent Human Rights Commission (INHRC), which connected its findings to issues of poverty, justice and transforming the lives of people in all slum communities such as West Point.The separate reports were received by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in September and October respectively.  However, upon the presentation of the first report, the President instructed the AFL’s Chief of Staff to take the appropriate measures in identifying and investigating those personnel of the AFL who were responsible in conformity with the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).The latest findings from the Disciplinary Board of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) has brought down guilty the Platoon Commander and four enlisted men of the AFL for their complicity in the West Point shooting incident. The Board’s report concluded that the Platoon Commander and the four enlisted personnel were guilty of “indiscretion and exhibited indiscipline” on August 20, 2014, in the Township of West Point.Accordingly, Lieutenant Aloysious Quaye, Platoon Commander, was held responsible for “poorly assessing the situation and acting contrary to the behavior expected of a military leader in the reformed AFL.” As a leader in a situation of crisis, he was “expected to show efficient command after serving in the AFL for over five years” with training locally and in foreign parts. He should have been able to handle simple crowd control and dispersal. As a military leader, he did not follow proper military procedures in selecting personnel to fire warning shots. Although no evidence was adduced that any of the personnel of the AFL fired the shot that eventually killed Shaki Kamara, the Disciplinary Board thought it absolutely necessary to institute punishment for behavior unbecoming of a serving personnel of the AFL.As such, Lt. Quaye is found guilty of “violating Article 133 of the UCMJ” regarding the unbecoming conduct of an officer or gentleman; guilty of Article 92-C of the UCMJ regarding dereliction (negligence) in the performance of duty.Meanwhile, the punishment prescribed under the UCMJ includes: reduction in rank to the lowest rank permissible under the category of the accused; that he will lose two years of seniority with consequential effects; that he undergo 30 days correctional custody; that he be subjected to 30 days detention; that he forfeit 2/3 salary for three months; and letter of “Severe Reprimand” is served him.  Additionally, the other four soldiers were found guilty of various offences of the UCMJ. Corporal Mulbah Timothy was found in Violation of Article 128 of the UCMJ regarding assault and arbitrary use of force; Corporal Flomo Anthony, Violation of Article 128 of the UCMJ regarding assault and arbitrary use of force as well as Article 134 regarding threat in communicating; Corporal Toure Patrick, Violation of Article 107 of the UCMJ regarding making false statements; and Private First Class (PFC) Salebia Moses, Violation of Article 107 of the UMCJ regarding making false statement.Their prescribed punishments include: reduction in rank to the next lower rank; 30 days correctional custody; 30 days detention; and individual letters of “Severe Reprimand.”Meanwhile, the Commander-In-Chief (C-I-C) and President Sirleaf, has directed that all punishments be carried out in compliance with the relevant provisions and practices of the UCMJ.The second report from the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR), insisted that the victims of the West Point shooting incident be compensated and helped to get back on their feet; that government improve the living conditions of its citizens living in West Point and other slum communities; and that the Commissioner of West Point, H. Miatta Flowers, be reassigned. In response, the Government of Liberia indicated that most of its interventions so far since the incident have reflected the INCHR’s recommendations, especially with regard to ongoing efforts to cater to the victims of the shooting.  In general, however, GOL opines that “all slum communities should be rebuilt and developed with emphasis on the transformation of the lives of all citizens. This objective is part of the government’s agenda for change and is incorporated in its development agenda.”  GOL also said it has instructed the Ministry of Internal affairs “to take appropriate measures to reassign” the West Point Commissioner.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Runs in the Family

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first_imgFamily artistry can be transmitted genetically, some believe; just ask JD Donzo and his kinfolk Switch Kabbah. It is rare to see Liberian families with music as the common denominator still having time for family reunions and dinners. One family does that, proving that music runs in their blood, naturally.Meet Alvin Akoi Kabbah, also known as Switch, JD Donzo’s cousin. He came into the music scene more than a decade ago, the boom-bap in the background while Donzo ‘kick it.’ Today, he sings and raps alongside his brethren; the two have become a notable pair in the USA.Since Donzo left Liberia for the Liberian Music Awards in 2014, the two ‘brothers’ have done hundreds of shows, performed at functions and concerts all under the name of brotherly love.“My mom and dad were musically involved, my father being on the reggae music scene in Liberia,” said Switch Kabbah. Switch is known for hits like “Shake it for me” featuring Donzo, “My mother” featuring Eazy and Zig Zag and “Togar Cogar” a song that plays at every wedding reception and function across the Liberian community in America.Meanwhile, Switch is expected in Liberia next week to get a taste of what he’s been missing since he left here over 15 years ago. He also wants to establish the same foundation Donzo instituted before going abroad.“It’s better to go back where you started from and also to re-carve with all the artists and to create something great beyond expectations, something that will inspire other artists around the world. I love music; I respect music and fear it as well. I don’t sing just for the joy of it, but because it makes a difference and changes lives for other people who are going through something,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Accused ganja trafficking couple on bail

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first_imgA couple, who were reportedly busted with narcotics in their possession while at the Bartica Police Station, was on Tuesday released on $150,000 bail each when they appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Vidya Bishun, 26, of Byderabo Road, Bartica; and Brian Blackman, 29, of Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), both denied the charge which stated that on October 27, 2018, at the Bartica Police Station, they had in their possession 239.7 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.According to the prosecution’s case, Bishun was at Bartica when a routine search was conducted at the Police Station when the illegal drug was found in her bag. The court heard that Blackman arrived at the station sometime after and started behaving in a disorderly manner, for which he was arrested. The prosecution is contending that he admitted ownership of the drugs while in Police custody.Police Prosecutor Simone Payne objected to bail being granted due to the prevalence of the offence and the nature of the charge.However, the Chief Magistrate granted each defendant $150,000 bail. The case was adjourned to November 14.last_img read more

Teen stabbed to death by brother

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first_imgA drinking spree in the Corentyne community of Black Bush Polder in East Berbice turned deadly on Sunday evening when a teenager was stabbed to death by his brother after he refused to lend him his motorcycle. Dead in 18-year-old Vishaul Zakaroo of Lot 85 North Yakusari, Black Bush Polder. Reports are that the two brothers were among others imbibing when the 22-year-old suspect requested to borrow his younger brother’s motorcycle. Due to his drunken state, the victim reportedly refused to hand over the keys to the vehicle, and this resulted in an argument between the brothers, during which the elder brother whipped out a knife and stabbed his younger brother once to his stomach.Rushed to the Mibicuri Public Hospital, the injured teen was treated, but later succumbed to the injury he had received.  The murder weapon was recovered while the suspect is in Police custody assisting with investigations.The body of the teenager was taken to Ramoo’s Funeral Home, and is awaiting a post-mortem examination.last_img read more

Carvalho to Arsenal: €30m deal proposed, but Gunners WILL NOT meet buy-out clause

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first_img William Carvalho has been linked with Arsenal Arsenal’s spending doesn’t look to be stopping, with manager Arsene Wenger recently commenting that ‘one or two’ further additions could be made before deadline day.According to various reports the likeliest arrival seems to be Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho, but how close is the youngster to making a switch? talkSPORT has the latest on a possible transfer…€30m dealPortuguese publication O Jogo kicked off reports that Arsenal have turned their attentions towards Carvalho, with an initial €30m (£23.7m) deal proposed. The midfielder was closely linked with a move to Manchester United, only for a proposed deal to fall apart and now it looks as though the Gunners are testing Sporting’s resolve with a move for the 22-year-old.Better option than KhediraThe Telegraph have taken the story further by reporting that Arsenal have turned their attentions to Carvalho after deciding that he is a more sustainable option than Sami Khedira. The Gunners continue to be closely linked with a move for the German international, but as is pointed out, the total package to take him to the Emirates will cost around £50m, comprised of a £24m transfer fee and four-year deal worth £150,000-a-week. Instead, Arsene Wenger is believed to be eyeing a move for Carvalho who could cost a similar fee, but would command a much smaller wage.Reluctant to meet buy-out clauseThe Daily Mail are slightly conservative in their reports of a potential deal, commenting that Arsenal’s interest in Carvalho is serious, although the club are reluctant to pay the full £37m it will cost to activate his buy-out clause. They continue that the Gunners view him as new box-to-box midfielder akin to Patrick Vieira, but do not want to exceed £24m for him.Would represent a great coup for ArsenalGiven Carvalho’s increasing reputation in world football, should Arsenal manage to land him it would represent a huge coup for the club, according to World Soccer editor Gavin Hamilton. Speaking to talkSPORT, he said that interest in the youngster from around Europe appears to be serious, and a move to Arsenal would be a huge piece of business for the club and the player.Arsenal fans, is William Carvalho the ideal signing, or should you be targeting elsewhere? Comment below… 1last_img read more

I trust him! LVG backs Woodward and suggests Man United SNUBBED Pedro

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first_img Louis van Gaal 1 Louis van Gaal has leapt to the defence of Ed Woodward, insisting he has complete confidence in the abilities of Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman.Woodward has come under-fire from fans over United’s work in the transfer market in the wake of the club’s failure to sign Pedro ahead of Premier League rivals Chelsea.But Van Gaal says Woodward deserves respect for the job he is doing at Old Trafford and suggested that Pedro joined Chelsea only AFTER United had decided not to pay his £21m release clause.“I think when we want Pedro it was not any problem because there was a clause in his contract. It was the easiest transfer. I have said before what we are doing is guiding a process and in that process we make decisions,” said the Dutchman.“I have the idea you want to separate Ed Woodward with me. Never. Never. Because every day I am updated by him and I trust him.“I don’t think they (the critics) have to doubt Ed Woodward because he has proven already for many, many years he is the right person on the right spot.”Van Gaal appeared to talk up United’s interest in Pedro last week, when he said the World Cup winner fitted the profile he was looking for, and Woodward reportedly flew into Barcelona on Monday for talks with the Spanish club over a deal for the forward.Pedro subsquently joined Chelsea on Thursday after the Premier League champions made their move and that was seen as a big blow to United’s transfer window plans.Van Gaal was in no mood to field questions about the 28-year-old, but hinted that he was the one who pulled the plug on the club’s pursuit of the player.“I cannot answer these questions,” Van Gaal said in a spiky press conference ahead of Newcastle’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday.“When you ask me, ‘Is Pedro fitting the profile?’, I cannot lie, I said ‘Yes’. But I do not say that I’m interested in the player. That is the difference. But you say I’m interested. No, I answered the question. It’s different.“What is written in the newspapers is not true, you cannot know it. Only the players know it and the clubs know it.”last_img read more

‘If we could exchange people’s lives for this cup, we wouldn’t think twice’

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first_img Jose Mourinho led Manchester United to Europa League glory Jose Mourinho is proud of the way Manchester United pulled together to win the Europa League, embracing the spirit shown by those in their home city since Monday’s terror attack.Fans, players and staff stood unbowed at the Friends Arena as United faced Ajax two days after 22 people were killed and many more injured in a bombing at Manchester Arena.Football seems trivial at a time of such pain but United won for their city in Stockholm, where Mourinho’s men beat Ajax 2-0 to lift the Europa League.“You know, it is really hard,” the United boss said of the tragic backdrop.“That’s why yesterday we didn’t want to have the press conference because we had to prepare ourselves to do our job and to try to forget events that are obviously much more important than our job.“But the world goes on, it doesn’t stop and we have to do our work.“I agree with UEFA’s decision to play the match but, you know, if we have questions like your question (about the importance of winning the game for the city) that made us return to this tragedy, obviously it takes happiness from our achievement.“If we could, we would exchange obviously the people’s lives for this cup – immediately, we wouldn’t think twice.“Does this cup make the city of Manchester a bit happier? Maybe.“But we just come to do our job. We come without the happiness that we should bring with us because when you come for these big matches, you go happy, you go proud and we didn’t.“We just came to do our job and the boys were fantastic because they blocked (it out), they put a wall in front of their eyes and they stay isolated from everything.“We focused on the football match, which I think we played really well and the boys deserve this moment.”Goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan secured United’s first continental trophy in nine years, ensuring Champions League football returns to Old Trafford.Europa League glory also means United join Ajax, Bayern Munich and Juventus as the only clubs to have won all three major UEFA trophies, including the now-defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup, as well as the Club World Cup or the Intercontinental Cup.“For me, it is the most important trophy of my career because it is the last,” Mourinho said, having added to this season’s Community Shield and EFL Cup successes.“That’s the way I look at things. Of course Champions League is bigger than Europa League, but that’s the last trophy and the last trophy is the one where the feelings are under the skin and it’s obviously a fantastic feeling for the team.“It means everything. It means the third trophy, it means going back to the Champions League, it means winning a European trophy, it means playing European Super League in Macedonia next August.“It means for the club the last piece of the puzzle, it is now like Ajax is and some other clubs – a club with every trophy in the world of football.“So it means a lot for me, it means for a lot for the club, for the boys and for the supporters, too, I believe.” 1last_img read more

BEST WISHES TO JIM McGUINNESS AND THE DONEGAL TEAM – FROM O’HARA & HARRISON ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS

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first_imgLiam O’Hara from O’Hara & Harrison Electrical Contractors Donegal would like to wish Jim and the Donegal Team every success for All Ireland Final.Liam and his team have made a €100 payment to the Donegal Players Fund for this advertisement on Donegal Daily.All monies from adverts supporting Donegal on this website go directly to the Players Fund.  BEST WISHES TO JIM McGUINNESS AND THE DONEGAL TEAM – FROM O’HARA & HARRISON ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS was last modified: September 10th, 2012 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) Tags:BEST WISHES TO JIM McGUINNESS AND THE DONEGAL TEAM – FROM O’HARA & HARRISON ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORSlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS FACE MOVILLE IN CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH THIS WEEKEND

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first_imgLetterkenny Gaels GAA NotesThe Junior A & B Championships were played last weekend with the Senior lads claiming a good home victory over Naomh Padraig Muff and the Junior B team losing away to Pettigo in the 1st round 1st leg of their Championship.The Senior team travel to Moville on Saturday evening for their next Championship game with the throw in at 7.30 while the return leg of the Junior B will be played at Pairc na nGael on the 18th July. Training continues at Pairc na nGael every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm.New players always welcome. The U-14 team won the Division 2 Northern Board Final last week against Robert Emmetts. Well done lads on claiming your second piece of silverware this season. The lads are through to the All County Championship semi-final where they will play either Kilcar or Naomh Brid this Saturday with time and venue to be confirmed.Our Minor lads are due to play Burt in the next Championship match which will probably be next week. See Facebook for updates on date/time.U-6 & U10 Football continues every Sunday morning at 11am at Pairc na nGael while the U-8’s is on both Sunday morning & Wednesday evening from 7-8pm.Well done to all our U-10 squad who hosted a great blitz at Pairc na nGael on Saturday. Thanks to visiting clubs Robert Emmetts, Buncrana & Convoy for helping to make an enjoyable morning of football & fun.We are currently looking for girls aged 9-12 to join our U-12 Gaelic Football squad. Training on Wednesday evening from 6.30-7.30pm Contact Jim Farrell on 086 0566893 for more details.Letterkenny Gaels Camogie Crew are holding a 3 day Summer Camp at the pitch from next Wednesday 16th July to Friday 18th July for girls 7 or older. Contact Aideen on 086 8163605 for more details.Camogie training continues every Tuesday evening at Pairc na nGael from 6-7pm for 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th class. 5th, 6th class & Secondary school on Monday evening 6-7.30pm at Pairc na nGael. Contact 086 8163605 for information. New players welcome. The U-16 team were defeated by 4 points against Glenfin. They now have a few catch-up games to play in the coming weeks. See Facebook for more details.U-16 training continues at Pairc na nGael every Wednesday & Friday at 5.30pm.The U-12 Hurlers had a good victory over Four Masters on Thursday evening.Next up they have a tough encounter with Gaoth Dobhair. Hurling training for U-6, U-8, U-10 and U-12 continues at the pitch every Thursday evening from 6.30-7.30pm. Hurley’s and helmets provided for training.This weeks lotto numbers were 7, 9, 12 & 19. No Jackpot winner. Match 3 winner is Jim Mc Glynn, Friends of the Gaels. Next week’s jackpot will be €2950.For regular club updates and photos see our club web page, www.letterkennygaels.donegal.gaa.ie , Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @LetterkennyGaelGAA NEWS: LETTERKENNY GAELS FACE MOVILLE IN CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH THIS WEEKEND was last modified: July 8th, 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:GAALetterkenny GaelsNoticesSportlast_img read more

Women’s Soccer Has Eight Student-Athletes Earn MVC Honors

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first_imgDennis finished with a 9-1-2 overall record in goal for the Bulldogs. She allowed just six goals and posted six shutouts with 33 saves. Dennis was a two-time MVC Goalkeeper of the Week award winner this year. Armstrong, a midfielder, led Drake and ranked second in the conference in goals scored with 10 and added two assists to finish with a team-leading 22 points. This is her second career All-MVC award after earning honorable mention accolades in 2015. Armstrong finished her career seventh all-time in career goals with 18, tied for eighth in career assists with 10 and sixth all-time in career points with 46. Brand, a midfielder, was second on the team in goals scored with six and finished tied for second in assists with three. She was named MVC Player of the Week on Sept. 6. Brand garnered All-MVC honorable mention accolades and was named to the MVC All-Freshman team in her first season. NORMAL, Ill. – Eight student-athletes from the Drake University women’s soccer team collected Missouri Valley Conference honors Thursday night at the 2016 MVC women’s soccer awards banquet in Normal, Ill. Smith started 18-of-19 matches at the defender position for the Bulldogs. She helped the Bulldogs’ back line post a program-record 11 shutouts. This is the first All-MVC accolade for Smith. Seniors Kayla Armstrong (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Sarah Grace Nicholson (Overland Park, Kan.) were named to the All-MVC First Team while sophomore Alyssa Brand (Skokie, Ill.) was picked to the All-MVC Second Team. Senior Brooke Dennis (Wauconda, Ill.) and juniors Brooke Salisbury (Kearney, Mo.) and Ali Smith (Lenexa, Kan.) garnered All-MVC Honorable Mention accolades. Nicholson was named to the All-MVC First Team for the second-consecutive season. She played in 17 matches at the defender position and helped the Bulldogs’ back line record a program-record 11 shutouts. Nicholson was a two-time MVC Defensive Player of the Week award winner. For the fourth straight season, Drake had two tabbed to the MVC All-Freshman team as Cassie Rohan (Palatine, Ill.) and Annie Schmitz (St. Louis, Mo.) each earned the honor. Salisbury, a midfielder, started 18-of-19 matches for the Bulldogs. She helped the Bulldogs’ back line post a program-record 11 shutouts. This is the first All-MVC accolade for Salisbury, who earned her first career MVC Defensive Player of the Week award on Sept. 30. Rohan and Schmitz, both midfielders, each played in 16 matches in their first seasons as Bulldogs. Rohan scored one goal while Schmitz handed out one assist. Drake finished the season with a 12-4-3 overall record after being eliminated by Indiana State in the quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament. The 12 wins are the most since the 2012 season. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more