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  • Nimba County Stolen Ebola Food Case Intensifies

    first_imgThe ongoing Nimba County stolen Ebola rice case is said to be intensifying after prosecution witnesses took to the stand at the Ganta Magisterial Court on 21st November to give testimony on what they knew about the case.After coming under public criticism for failing to produce evidence, the prosecution last Friday presented their first batch of witnesses including Nimba Crime Services Department (CSD) Commander, James Kartoe, Isaac Montuah also of the CSD, County Inspector Reginald Mehn and the Ganta Police commander.The prosecution, represented by Atty. James Boayou, during the hearing on 17th November, prayed the Honorable Court for continuance on Monday, November 24th, arguing that the Ministry of Justice was sending additional lawyers to strengthen the prosecution.But the defense, represented by Cllr. S. L. LofanKeneah, Jr., and Nimba Public Defender Atty. Menwaseh Payebayee resisted, considering the prosecution’s request as unsubstantiated, baseless and in bad faith.  They instead requested the court to deny and dismiss the prosecution’s request.The defense team argued that the case was first nulleprosequai by the state for lack of sufficient evidence to prosecute the accused and reserved the right to refile and the state having gathered sufficient documentary evidence and witnesses, had refiled the case for action.“After refiling this action, the state at its own volition, assigned this case, knowing that the assignment of this case for today (17th November) is associated with cost to the defendants.  The defendants did everything possible to appear before the court for hearing,” the defense said.The defense further argued that the conduct of the Ministry of Justice was in violation of the constitutional rights of the defendants to a free, fair and speedy trial.The stolen Ebola food case which was thrown out of court recently over the prosecution’s failure to present evidence, resurfaced at the Ganta Magisterial Court owing to pressure from the Nimba Legislative Caucus, which asked the Ministry of Justice to make all evidence available to prosecute the case.Based on pressure from the Nimba Legislative Caucus, the Ministry of Justice decided to re-file the case for prosecution on 17th November, but again, the prosecution failed to present evidence.It appears as though there is no plaintiff in the case, so the prosecution is using the witnesses to back the charges against the accused.  But the public had little hope of the government winning the case. Senator Thomas S. Grupee, Chairman of the Nimba Legislative Caucus, told Radio Saclepea Morning Show on 11th November that the Nimba County Attorney had been ordered to gather all evidence in the case for immediate prosecution.He described the stealing of the Ebola rice as very bad, calling the act a “crime against humanity” and added that, “those who are behind stealing food intended for the sick or those who are under quarantine  should not be allowed to go unpunished.”He vowed that the caucus will not rest until all those involved are brought to justice to serve as a deterrent against such acts. But during the court hearing, neither the lawmakers nor the local government officials were in court.On Friday 31st October the Ganta Magisterial Court threw out the stolen Ebola Rice case involving four Nimba health workers and a business woman indefinitely, because the prosecution filed a motion to have the case “Nulleprosequi” due to lack of enough evidence.Ganta City Solicitor Atty. James Boayou said, “I nulleprosequi the case until the complainer can come and explain the details of the case to me.”But Senator Grupee added that they are making sure that the plaintiff (the Health Officer, under whose custody the items were stolen) be present at the court to back the case.The defense team, in its argument during the 17th November hearing, accused the caucus of interfering in judicial matters saying, “in judicial matters there should be no political interference.”There was outrage among the spectators at the court after the prosecution failed again to bring evidence for the prosecution of the case.Meanwhile, early on 17th November, Presiding Judge Stipendiary Magistrate Meator Nyan Ben warned the citizens to be law abiding instead of making reckless statements about the accused.“These people are only accused; let’s be law abiding and stop making reckless statements.   But if any of you have information as evidence against them you can contact the prosecution,” he said.The case resumed yesterday, 24th November with prosecution witnesses continuing to give evidence in the matter.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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  • ISSA Inter-School Athletics Championship at SKD

    first_imgThe championship is intended to recruit the best potential athletes for the Lone Star Track and Field TeamsA two-day Inter-Schools’ Athletics Championship is scheduled at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex from Thursday, March 22-23 with 816 students (408 males and 408 females) from 34 senior and junior high schools in Monrovia.Some of the schools are African Dream Academy, Brighter Future Academy, Isaac A. David Sr. Memorial School, Paynesville SSA High School, Effort Baptist Church School, Kula Memorial School, Kingdom Foundation Institute, Jimmy Jolocon High School, Patrick Jallah High School, and St. Kizito Catholic School.Others are Jahzjet Children’s Mission School, Kendeja Jr. School, Ymca High School, Charity Community School System, Boby Of Christ Int’l Mission School System, Maranatha Baptist School, William V.S. Tubman High School, Voa 1 Academy, Upper Calwell Community School and Light Academy.The rest are Growing Seed School System, Soltiamon Christian School System, New Destiny Christian High School, Calvary Chapel Mission School, Ricks Institute, Liberty School System, B.W. Harris, Wells Hairston High School, Body Of Christ Academy, Kendeja Sr. School, SDA Revelation High, Hope International School, Noah’s Ark School, E. Jonathan Goodridge High School And Lombardia High School.The co-chairman of the organizing committee Coach Samuel Cooper told journalists yesterday that 18 out of the 34 schools as of yesterday have confirmed their participation and would provide four athletes to form a team representing their respective institutions.Coach Cooper said before or by Thursday, the LAF is confident that all the 34 high schools would confirm their participation. He said on Thursday, there will ten events and the final events will be on Friday.The events are 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m. Others include 100 x 4 Relay, 4 x 400 Relay, Long Jump, High Jump and Shot Put.The games included long jump, high jump and shot put.He said the first three winners will be given trophies and medals.“The championship is intended to select the best track and field schools and select potential athletes to join the already Lone Star Track and Field Teams in the ECOWAS Junior Championship in Cape Coast, Ghana; the African Youth Championship in Algeria as well as the World Youth Olympic Games.The president of the LAF, Mr. Mulbah Zaza also told journalists that representatives from Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) are to attend the Interschool Championship.Jolocon High School will defend their title they retained during the 2016 ISSA Athletics Championship. The male and female teams of the Cobra Kingdom of the Jimmy Jolocon High School earned a total of 72 points, nine gold medals, seven silver medals and six bronze medals. They won in nine events: 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m, 1500m, 4x100m, 4x400m, Long Jump and Shot Put.The Kingdom Foundation High School emerged second with 58 points in the 2017 Championship and both the male and female teams got eight gold medals, five silver medals, and three bronze medals.The third place title was won by the St. Kizito Catholic High School, with 15 points with three silver and six bronze medals.Effort Baptist and S. Patrick Jallah Schools won the 4th and 5th places respectively. Effort Baptist had one gold medal, two silver medals, and a bronze medal, while S. Patrick Jallah School got a gold medal, silver medal, and two bronze medals.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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  • Morrison and Team Canada miss qualifying for Team Pursuit Final

    first_imgPYEONGCHANG – The Canadian long track Speedskating team that featured Fort St. John’s Denny Morrison missed qualifying for the team pursuit final at the Olympics.In qualifying Sunday, the team that included Denny Morrison, Jordan Belchos and Ted-Jan Bloemen finished qualifying with a time of 3:41.73, leaving the team in seventh place.  The team advanced to the D final against the USA that will take place on February 21.Korea, New Zealand, Norway and the Netherlands will race in the semifinals on February 21, with the two top teams heading to the finals to race for gold.I want to send my thanks and gratitude to everyone who’s supported me on this epic journey. We made it a heck of a long way together!Please send all of your positive vibes and energy to @morrjos and her teammates for their upcoming Team Pursuit races!— Denny Morrison (@Denny_Morrison) February 18, 2018- Advertisement -This was Denny Morrison’s last competition at the 2018 Olympics.  The Fort St. John product placed 13th in the 1,500-metre event last Tuesday with a time of 1:46:36, 2.35 seconds off the first-place mark. This is Morrison’s fourth time representing Canada at the Olympics.Advertisement Click here to watch the race from CBC.last_img read more

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  • PORT CENTRE BINGO – €2,500 MUST BE WON THIS FRIDAY NIGHT!

    first_imgBINGO: Are you dreaming of jetting off on a last minute holiday but need some extra cash in order for that dream to materialize?!Well an opportunity to win some easy money by playing in the Port Centre Bingo could solve all your cash-flow problems. A mouth-watering €2,500 in cash HAS TO BE WON this Friday night and a huge crowd is expected this weekend.BINGO is stereotypically played by older people but that trend is slowly changing and it’s easy to see why when you see some of the incredible prizes on offer.It couldn’t be simpler to play and the rewards are superb, so make sure and get down on Friday night to the Port Centre Bingo.You never know you could be €2,500 richer come Friday night.  PORT CENTRE BINGO – €2,500 MUST BE WON THIS FRIDAY NIGHT! was last modified: August 25th, 2015 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:FeaturesnewsNoticeslast_img read more

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  • FUN RUN/WALK TO SEND MOONEY ON HIS WAY TO COMMONWEALTH GAMES

    first_imgA run/walk in aid of Danny Mooney who is off to the Commonwelath Games will take place at the Churchill Fair.Danny MooneyThe Letterkenny middle-distance athlete was recently selected as part of a 117-strong Northern Ireland team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in both the 800m ad 1500m is currently finalizing his final preparations.Mooney has come off the production line of talented middle-distance runners who have developed under the expert eye of coach Teresa McDaid at Letterkenny AC. “Selection for the Commonwealth Games was my main aim for the season and I’m glad that it’s now safely out of the way. There was pressure to get on the team but now that I’m there hopefully I can stay injury free and compete to the best I can on a global stage,” he said.Mooney, who has a Masters in Exercise Physiology from John Moores University in Liverpool, gave up his job at the start of the year to become a full-time athlete. FUN RUN/WALK TO SEND MOONEY ON HIS WAY TO COMMONWEALTH GAMES was last modified: July 1st, 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:churchill fairDanny Mooneydonegalfun run/walklast_img read more

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  • BOY RACER HAS CAR CONFISCATED BY DADDY AFTER DOUGHNUTS DEBACLE

    first_imgGraham Newell on left coming out of court.A boyracer caught doing “doughnuts” with the words ‘Road markings in progress’ on his license plate has had his car confiscated by his daddy.Graham Newell, 19, was caught by Gardai doing circles in the middle of a road in Co Donegal on June 23rd last. Newell, a medical devices engineer, was making black marks on the road in his Sierra Cosworth car.Letterkenny District Court was told that Newell was caught by a motorbike Gardai carrying out the manoeuvre known as “diffing.”Inspector Michael Harrison said the incident happened on the main Kerrykeel to Milford Road during the weekend of the Donegal Rally.Newell’s solicitor said he had a clean record and described the incident as stupid and said his client must have had a rush of blood to the head.“The vehicle has now been taken off the road by his father to be sold,” he said.Newell, of 33 Drumhirk Road, Comber, Co Down, is an engineer with al his licenses and works for his father in his medical devices business.He claimed the license plate with the offending words were already o the car when he bought it.Judge Paul Kelly said rallying takes place in Donegal every year by people who are qualified to drive in such a manner.“It is not an invitation to emulate this type of driving on public roads,” he said.He adjourned the case until October 14th and ordered Newell to take part in a Pro-Social Drivers Course.If he keeps out of trouble and completes the course successfully, he will consider allowing Newell to keep his license.BOY RACER HAS CAR CONFISCATED BY DADDY AFTER DOUGHNUTS DEBACLE was last modified: July 8th, 2013 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:boy racerdoughnutsGraham NewellInspector Michael HarrisonSierra Cosworthlast_img read more

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  • Softball Completes Series Sweep of Bradley With 4-1 Victory On Sunday

    first_imgIn the fifth inning, Frank led off the frame with a triple down the right field line and two batters later came in to score on a RBI single by senior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) to push Drake’s lead to 3-0. Full Schedule Roster Smith, who picked up both wins Saturday in the doubleheader sweep, allowed just a two-out hit in the sixth and then worked around a leadoff triple by Apke in the seventh inning to earn her third win of the weekend. Smith pitched seven innings and allowed one run on six hits with one wild pitch and two strikeouts. She improved her record to 14-15 overall. Live Stats at UNI 4/25/2017 – 6 PM PEORIA, Ill. – The Drake University softball team completed a series sweep of the Bradley Braves with a 4-1 victory on Sunday afternoon in Missouri Valley Conference action at Peterson Hotels Field in Peoria. Drake (23-24, 6-14 MVC) once again seized early control of the game with two runs in the second inning. Sophomore Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) roped a double to right center with two outs that brought in sophomore Gabbie Jonas and senior Kaitlyn Finneran (Morrison, Ill.). Finneran drew a walk and Jonas moved her to second with a single to left center. Next Game: Bradley (19-28, 5-15 MVC) scored its only run in the bottom of the fifth inning as freshman Allison Apke smacked a leadoff home run off Drake starter Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.). The solo home run was the only damage as Smith retired the next three hitters as Bulldogs led 3-1 after five. Drake added an insurance fun in the top of the sixth to take a 4-1 lead.  With junior Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) on first after a one-out walk, Finneran hit a single to right field and Alexander came all the way around from first after a Bradley error on the play. Bradley escaped out of the inning without any further damage as Drake stranded two base runners in scoring position. Preview Frank finished the game 2-for-3 with one run scored and two RBI while Alexander, Finneran, Jonas and Sowa each had one hit as the Bulldogs tallied six hits as a team. Following Sunday’s game, Drake will play at UNI on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. The in-state game versus the Panthers will not be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3 but live stats will be available. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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  • MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTACK ON LETTERKENNY DOORMAN

    first_imgA man has pleaded guilty to attacking a doorman at a Letterkenny bar.Letterkenny District Court.Ian Balfour, a father-of-four, appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today charged with assault causing harm to Sean Gallagher at the Central Bar on February 23rd, 2013. A previous siting of the court heard how the injuries caused to Mr Gallagher were “extremely serious.”Prosecuting barrister Patricia McLaughlin said she was waiting the outcome of a medical report on the matter.Judge Keenan Johnston adjourned the case until April 1st for a report from the probation service.The accused, 37, currently lives at Bellanaleck, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh and is signing on at a Garda station in Cavan.MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO ATTACK ON LETTERKENNY DOORMAN was last modified: January 28th, 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:assaultCentral BarIan Blafourletterkennylast_img read more

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  • Unified efforts are productive for agriculture

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is tremendous power in teams or organizations to accomplish goals. Ohio is blessed with many wonderful agricultural organizations (checkoff-driven, commodity specific, and general) and there are many truly wonderful people working on behalf of farmers in Ohio within them. I consider myself blessed to have the chance to regularly work with the many fine folks employed by the organizations of Ohio’s agriculture.Yet, inevitably, as budgets tighten and volunteer hours get harder to come by, it can sometimes seem like a turf war within the tight community of agriculture. Farm organizations need to spend increasing amounts of time explaining why you should be a part of that particular organization for simple self-preservation.Though there are clearly challenges in this situation, there can also be great success when the organizations of agriculture focus each of their unique strengths on a common goal — an organized effort between organizations. Several recent stories prove just that. CAUVAny property owner in agriculture has noticed the tax increases in recent years. With a history of high commodity prices and other factors considered in the CAUV formula during value reassessments, tax levels skyrocketed for agricultural lands at the same time commodity prices began to fall. It was a tough, but politically sensitive, situation.It was not that long ago that CAUV was considered politically untouchable because it is a really good deal for agriculture. Ohio had a solid formula for calculating dramatically reduced tax rates for agricultural lands in the CAUV formula developed in the 1970s to ease the tough tax burden on farmers. But, the recent dramatic increases (in excess of 300% in some cases) were cause enough for Ohio agriculture to reopen the issue.The Ohio Farm Bureau shouldered much of the burden of this political challenge, really digging into the mechanics of the formula to suss out areas that could be tweaked to improve the situation for Ohio’s farms and bring CAUV back into alignment with its original intent that had been skewed through the years. But OFBF was certainly not the only group championing CAUV reform. Ohio Farmers Union attorney Ted Finnarn lent his extensive expertise to the matter as well, testifying on the details of the formula before the Ohio Senate Ways and Means Committee. In addition, I believe without exception, all of Ohio’s commodity groups supported CAUV reform in various ways as well in this issue that truly unified Ohio agriculture.That is not to say that there was a lack of opposition to the changes. Maybe most notable was the Ohio School Boards Association that expressed concerns about school and local government funding in the wake of an adjusted CAUV formula. The group called for an independent study of the issue and implications prior to moving forward with CAUV reform in the state budget.Despite the opposition, a unified Ohio agriculture prevailed. The reforms were included in the state budget signed by Gov. John Kasich on June 30 and will be phased-in over two reassessment cycles (six years) in order to assist local communities and schools to transition. Youth developmentAgain, I consider myself so lucky to get the chance to work with the fantastic young people in Ohio agriculture. Ohio’s most valuable agricultural crop is on display in show rings, 4-H judging, leadership camps, FFA, fairs, and other activities around the state this summer. No one can argue that the future of Ohio agriculture looks bright when seeing the hard working, dedicated and thoughtful youth involved in countless summer ag-related activities in Ohio. The many options for Ohio’s youth are due to incredible efforts from Ohio’s agricultural organizations that coordinate them. Youth leadership and character development opportunities abound in all sectors of Ohio agriculture thanks to incredible efforts from Ohio’s agricultural organizations to help prepare the youth of today for being top-notch leaders of tomorrow. As the home of 4-H, who would expect anything less than a unified youth development effort from Ohio agriculture? WOTUSAt the federal level, there have not been many more agriculturally unifying issues that the unsettling Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) crafted by the Obama Administration’s Environmental Protection Agency. The WOTUS Rule went into effect in 2015 and expanded the jurisdiction of waters protected under the Clean Water Act. In short, it gave increased power of the federal government in managing the water resources on privately owned, agricultural land.There was broad pushback from U.S. agriculture concerning WOTUS right from the start. That unified battle culminated recently when the Trump Administration’s EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers announced their plan to repeal the Obama Administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule in June — a huge win for agriculture. Kansas wildfire reliefThe Midwestern Association of State Departments of Agriculture (MASDA) held their annual conference in Cleveland last month and agricultural leaders from all over the Midwest gathered to talk about tough issues facing their respective states. This event also allowed for some of the states that dealt with a tremendous amount of wildfire devastation this spring to extend their debt of gratitude to those who helped. There were significant efforts from Ohioans who made multiple trips to Ashland, Kan. — one of the hardest hit areas of the wildfires — but volunteers from many states sent help and supplies to farmers in need. This was truly an example of “one agriculture” and a unified effort to benefit those in need.Those in Ohio agriculture can be proud of these accomplishments that really showcase what can be accomplished when the state’s many agricultural organizations organize in a unified effort with a common goal.last_img read more

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  • Top stories of 2018: No. 9

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Pleasant Valley Poultry: An Amish processor to crow aboutOCJ field reporter Mike Ryan visited the hills of Amish country outside of Baltic to write a story about Pleasant Valley Poultry. The business meets a huge statewide demand for both poultry producers and meat shop patrons. The custom processing facility and retail store have flourished from the onset of the business.last_img

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