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  • Youth Center Dedicated in Zontuo

    first_imgThe citizens of Gbao Chiefdom in Nimba County have hailed Owen Johnson Tuazama for his numerous development initiatives which are impacting their lives.Mr. Tuazama is one of several citizens who are vying for the lone representative seat allotted the Zoe-Gbao District in the unpcoming 2017 elections.At the dedicatory ceremony in Gbao Zontuo Town recently, the citizens through their various speakers, heaped praises on Mr. Tuazama for his “farsightedness as well as his concern and caring for the poor who have been marginalized from many development activities in the district.”Town Chief Samuel Z. Langar expressed gratitude to Mr. Tuazama for constructing the youth center, and also supporting the rice swamp project within Zoe – Gbao Administrative District.“This is the first of its kind that the district has benefited from such a wonderful youth center for which the elders are very happy,” Mr. Langar said.He cautioned the youth against any acts that would undermine the good image of the district, and urged them to maintain the center to achieve the purpose for which it was constructed.Mr. G. Justin Samuel, Zoe – Gbao youth leader urged other young people to put political differences aside and concentrate on development in the district. He also praised Mr. Tuazama for thinking positively about the district.Mr. Tuazama is from Bahn City which is part of the Zoe – Gbao Administrative District. He is presently based in the United States.The dedication program was held in his absence, but all those who attended the program, including Gbao Youth Chair Jackson Karnwea, and Morris Yormie, a youth leader of Zontuo Township, among others described him as a true patriot, because of his involvement in development initiatives from 2014.According to the group of citizens representing his interest, under the banner “Friends of Owen Johnson Tuazama,” Mr. Tuazama is at present constructing a school in Gbormieplay, a town near Gblah Towhship, a suburb of Bahn City.Mr. Tuazama told this newspaper that he is thinking about implementing similar projects in Gbao Fienplay, Gbao Trouplay and the Bahn High School, which is at present in a dilapidated condition.The Gbormieplay School project, which is estimated at US$35, 000 has operated in a makeshift building.“We are also carrying on extensive swamp rice development in Meaplay Yeezlay Town to boost food security and pretty soon, we will be undertaking a market project in the same town,” said Sakpah Mahn, Chairperson of the Friends of Owen.The political situation in Nimba is gaining momentum on a daily basis especially in electoral district #7, where Mr. Tuazama is aspiring for the rerpresentative seat in 2017.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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  • MeloD is my Signature

    first_imgStarmeloD, a multi talented singer/songwriter/music producer, who used to go by the moniker DJ MeloD- Saint-Sori in the early part of his career, has really made an impression on his Liberian fans with his 2015 hit ‘Rude Tude Tings.’“My artist name evolved over time. They say I change my name frequently because the name grows. In respect to that, I love to mess with melodies a lot; produce, but like melodies. I connect with it when feeling emotional and my character is like that too,” he chatted via Facebook.‘Rude Rude Tings’ left people confused about the nationality of the artist because, they said, “it sounds too good to be from Liberia.”Produced in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, in October 2015, the song was on heavy rotation in Liberia by mid 2016, making its way to becoming one of the most favorite club songs yet.Then the unexpected happened. When entertainment writers and bloggers found out who the artist behind the hit was, many wanted to interview him; and in one situation, it got dirty.According to a Facebook status several months ago, StarmeloD posted that an uploaded promo of ‘Rude Rude Tings” had over 6 billion views on YouTube. Maybe the claim was made because at that moment, StarmeloD hadn’t done much promotion for an upcoming concert.“I did a show and it wasn’t as successful because of promotion, so someone blogged about it and I have never been an artist that goes on social media to complain and rant. In retaliation to their blog, that was my very first time posting anything on Facebook,” he shared.LIB Life tried to find the post, but was unsuccessful.Meanwhile, StarmeloD’s fan base has risen and so has his endeavors since all the hype. Recently, StarmeloD, Skoolboy Weezy and Z of the same label, signed a distribution deal with Akon’s Konlive Distribution Label, a big move for yet another set of talented artists.The artist recently released ‘Ley Girl,’ another unique blend of melody and voice. Here are some facts about StarmeloD you didn’t know.– He’s mellow and easy going until he hits the stage and gets a little wild.– StarmeloD’s message to audience is; “When fear governs your life, the possibilities of failures are endless, so never be afraid. Go for what you want.”– He is the fourth of ten children from the Geleplay family. Upon arrival in the United State in 2004, MeloD did not see himself becoming a public figure because he is shy.-At the age of 16, StarmeloD began performing at poetry festivals-StarmeloD has a spiritual mother, Saint Sulne, who calls MeloD ‘the servant of God.’ When she learned of MeloD’s “deep past” and his encounter with God, she started feeding him the word of God with the faith that one day he will be a saint. Although he did not completely take her last name (Saint Sulne), MeloD changed a few letters around, but left the word “SAINT” in place as a way of forever remembering her words and his fate. Saint Sori.Follow the artist @ Starmelod.com starmelod Facebook, Instagram, twitter 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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  • 25 Complete Economic, Financial Analyses, Reporting Workshop

    first_imgA five-day workshop intended to equip media practitioners particularly and to enhance the competence of the staff of the budget office of the National Legislature on the theory and practice of economic and financial analyses has ended in Monrovia.The workshop, which brought together 25 participants, was organized by the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) and facilitated by the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management (WAIFEM).The participants were taken through the basic macroeconomic model and interrelationships among macroeconomic sectors by Prof. Akpan H. Ekpo, director general of WAIFEM; Prof. Geegbae A. Geegbae, Dean of the College of Business and Public Administration at the University of Liberia also taught design and tools of monetary and fiscal policy, coordination of monetary and fiscal policy, fiscal policy management, hands-on analysis and reporting on a budget; while Prof. Douglason G. Omotor expounded on elements of the Medium Term Fiscal Framework (MTFF), Medium Term Sector Strategy (MTSS), and The Role of Statistics in Economic Management, Interpretation of Financial and Economic Indicators.Speaking at the closing ceremony on Friday, March 24, Mr. Kasa James, special assistant to Central Bank Governor Milton A. Weeks, expressed profound thanks and appreciation to WAIFEM for successfully facilitating the workshop on behalf of the CBL.He said the workshop was in line with the CBL’s financial literacy program under its financial inclusive strategy.“As we close this program it is our sincere belief that the objective of the workshop has been achieved as expressed by the participants and they are now empowered to provide factual, analytical and acceptable information to the public and the principles of practical overview and insight into the economic and financial landscape of Liberia,” he said.Earlier Prof. Omotor expressed confidence that the participants would maximize the knowledge acquired from the exercise.He said since WAIFEM commenced capacity building activities in 1997, the institution has organized over 584 capacity building programs that have benefited over 15,866 for middle, senior and executive level officials of key economic management agencies responsible for economic policy formulation and implementation in West Africa and beyond.He also called on participants to seek further training in any of their courses that will help them further improve on the subject matters.Meanwhile, the participants expressed gratitude to WAIFEM and its partners especially the CBL for organizing the workshop that has broadened their knowledge on economic issues.“We assure WAIFEM and CBL as the knowledge gained wouldn’t be wasted as the country or region will take another trend as critical questions will be ask on the economy which will gear towards improving the economic status in the region and continent as a whole,” a representative of the participants said.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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  • Madam Elizabeth Sele Mulbah Turns 70 Today

    first_img– Advertisement – Like most of her siblings born in Bolahun, Lofa County to a polygamous father, Chief Cutbert P. Sele, in the home of over 12 wives, the circumstances of Elizabeth’s birth were obviously very difficult. This was especially so given the fact that her mother, Madam Jenneh Jarso Karma, was not the head wife.As is customary, the head wife was instrumental in bringing Jenneh in as a younger wife to Chief Sele. But, Jenneh, being a younger woman, was soon considered a threat to Sele’s head wife. For the sake of peace, therefore, Jenneh left the home, leaving her young child, Liz, behind.Things got more difficult for her, for in the absence of her dear mother, little Liz had to serve the head wife and all the other wives.But once she got baptized in the Saint Augustine Episcopal Church on the Episcopal Mission in Bolahun, Liz took very seriously her faith in Almighty God and her education, which began there.Following her completion of the Bolahun Mission High School, she entered the Mission’s partner institution, Cuttington University, where she earned the BSc degree in Nursing. She later matriculated to the College of Nursing, University of Iowa, Iowa City, where she obtained the Master’s degree in Nursing Service Administration.Upon her return home, Elizabeth worked as a classroom and clinical instructor at the Curren Lutheran Hospital and School of Nursing and Midwifery and later Director of Nursing Service in Zorzor, Lofa County.  Liz returned to her alma mater, Cuttington, where she served as Lecturer, Clinical Supervisor and later Dean of the Department of Nursing.After six years in that position, she was appointed Program Manager and later Executive Director of the Christian Health Association of Liberia (CHAL), where she served for 10 years. She later became Community Development Specialist with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and with the program for the Reconstruction of Rural Housing in Liberia.Elizabeth Sele Mulbah is the first Liberian to be inducted into the Gamma Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing at the College of Nursing, University of Iowa, USA.A noted public speaker, she has many unpublished speeches and a draft Autobiography titled, Blessed Tears that tells the story of her life and the rich experiences she has had, her contributions to nursing, church and state.Her speaking engagements and training in community services have taken her to the United States of America to the Carter Center in Atlanta, International Peace Academy in Washington, the Institute of Peace in New York, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Mali in Africa, and in Europe.She has been honored by Cuttington University (President’s Award for her contribution to the college), her church, community and the National Nurses Association.In her autobiography, Elizabeth Mamai Korpo Sele Mulbah describes her journey “from nowhere as a struggling child with eleven stepmothers” to the eminent woman she has become, known nationally and internationally.  This, she insists, has been made possible through nothing but “the grace of God.”Elizabeth says she is inspired by her relationship with the Lord through Jesus Christ and her desire to honor Him in what she does. What she hates is exploitation of any kind. “We should strive for a win-win situation in all relationships and at all times everywhere,” she says.It is, therefore, not surprising that as she turns 70 today, May 11—a milestone which she describes as “undeserving, but achieved  totally through the mercy and grace of God,” Mrs. Mulbah will start her day, en route to work, with a Communion service at St. Stephen Episcopal Church, 10th Street, Sinkor, at 8 a.m.A Thanksgiving service will take place on Sunday, May 14 at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Paynesville, starting at 10 a.m.On Monday, May 15, there will be cook-outs at the Elizabeth Sele Mulbah Institute in Duazon, Margibi County, and at the New Destiny Christian High School of the Karpilees on the ELWA Road, Paynesville.The thanksgiving, she says, is in honor of “All my ‘kids’” especially those whose natal day and wedding anniversaries fall on May 11.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Madam Elizabeth Sele Mulbahlast_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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  • Did Methodist Bishop Prostrate Before God, or the President?

    first_imgBishop Quire along with senior pastors of the United Methodist prostrate before Weah.Mixed reactions to viral social media video of the Methodist Bishop Quire and priests lying prostrate opposite the seated President WeahA video of Bishop of the Liberia Methodist Conference, Samuel J. Quire, offering a “special prayer” for President George Manneh Weah at the Georgia Patten United Methodist Church, by prostrating with the church’s clergy opposite the President, who was seated behind the altar rail, also praying, caused quite a stir on social media on Sunday, October 6, with mixed reactions from Liberians about the true intent of the bishop.The event was a special thanksgiving and intercessory worship service in observance of the 53 birth anniversary of President Weah, which actually occurred on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.Top “religious leaders and clergymen” within the Methodist Province have remained silent on the issue. Some clergymen said it is so difficult to speak to the issue due to the individual involved and that this would have a negative impact on the Methodist denomination.During the “special service,” Bishop Samuel J. Quire, along with senior pastors of the church, prostrated for several minutes, offering prayers for President Weah, while the President sat in a decorated chair facing the clergies. The President, also, was bowed in prayer.Present at the special service were some government officials, including Liberia’s Foreign Minister Gbehzohngar M. Findley; National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) executive director Tolbert Nyeswah and Special Economic Advisor, Emmanuel Shaw, among others.Some Liberians have expressed annoyance about the situation, describing Bishop Quire and senior “pastors” of the church as “worshipping President Weah”, suggesting that the Weah should have been the one prostrating before the “clergies” for prayers.“This is unacceptable, senior clergies prostrating before Weah. We hope that religious leaders will come out to openly condemn the action of the Methodist Church,” a commentator Liberians said. According to him, President Weah, who celebrated his birth anniversary and attended the church for a thanksgiving service, needed to prostrate, and not the Bishop, along with other pastors of the church.Despite the chair being decorated for the president, Bishop Quire is seen cleaning the chair for the president to sit, which many Liberians have described as a sign of seeking favor from the Liberian leader.Efforts to reach Bishop Quire did not materialize, as a spokesperson for the United Methodist Church in Liberia said he had traveled out of the since the incident. The spokesman also declined to comment on the Bishop’s prayer position, saying that it would be better if the Bishop addressed the issue himself.Prostrate before God or man?However, a former Methodist, who is now a minister of the Gospel in a Pentecostal church and who asked not to be named, had this to say: “It depends on what the Spirit of God led the men to do, but there is nothing wrong with a pastor or Bishop prostrating in prayer. As a Christian and a pastor, I don’t have any problem with Bishop Quire and other pastors prostrating in prayer; as long as they were praying to God and not to the President,” the Pentecostal minister said.However, many of the mixed reactions to Sunday’s incident are products of previous instances in which the President is seen on live social media video footage, in a semblance of worship. Many have debated as to whether or not the context of the President’s religious activities is genuine.It can be recalled that one of Liberia’s Nobel Peace co-Laureates (2011), Leymah Roberta Gbowee, speaking as this year’s Independence Day Orator, said truth has evaded Liberians to the extent that some of them, including the “clergies,” have become desperate for anything.“We lie to gain prominence, to gain positions of authority. Let us stop lying. Truth will bring unity. From generation to generation, our leaders have been fooled by religious and traditional leaders,” Madam Gbowee said in her speech.She said that bishops have become partisans, while “pastors and imams have become praise singers.”According to her, “traditional leaders repeatedly twist our cultural practices to please a powerful few, giving unmerited traditional titles.”She added that it is time for us to bring truth back into national history.Reactions on social media “Do not misunderstand anything here dear. Nobody says the President was in any error. We are saying that those pastors should not have bowed down before Weah once they are worshipping God. That is out of order!” said Lawrence SiryonAnother person, identified as ‘Political Commentator’ said: “Sometimes I can wonder whether Weah is using juju on us or it is our own stupidity killing us in Liberia. I have not seen this before in my entire life where a group of religious leaders will prostrate before the biggest sinner in a country for blessings.”“These people have desecrated the sacredness of their churches. This is absurd. My blood is hot right now,” poster said.Zangar David says: “Wow! Humans bowing down to President Weah. God have mercy.”“I bow down to no man besides God,” Morris Grear said.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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  • 450 Trainees Get Computer Literacy Skills at YMCA Under Circle 28

    first_img– Advertisement – The Liberia YMCA recently held graduation for 450 trainees from its Computer Training Program at the organization national headquarters in Monrovia. The ceremony was held under the theme, “Youth Empowerment through Technology.”E. Timotheus Kamaboakai, secretary-general, said the YMCA empowers young people to be leaders and change agents, and drivers of the African Renaissance. According to Kamaboakai, every year, the YMCA tries to modify the program to ensure it is meeting the needs of the country’s economy.He said the YMCA is working to expand the program to Grand Gedeh and Lofa counties to enable the young people there to access it in addition to the already six centers in four of the 15 counties, including Bong, Margibi, Nimba and rural Montserrado.“We are not only making it accessible, but also affordable,” Kamaboakai said.He said the YMCA also wants to enrich the Computer Training Program to ensure that what young people are being prepared for is meeting the market based for employment.Kamaboakai also said the YMCA is beginning the process of registering a junior college in Liberia to fill in gaps at areas that are not offered by the country’s conventional universities.The key focus, according to him, would be to “direct our focus to programs and activities that can lead to information technology engineering to include Agronomics, Digital Media and Entrepreneurship.He therefore appreciated the trainees and the trainers for the hard work, and time they put into the training.Minister of Youth and Sports, D. Zeogar Wilson, who served as keynote speaker, said “we are keenly aware of how important it is not just to the students, who have worked hard to earn your accolades, but also to your families and relatives.”Minister Wilson said one of the statutory mandates of the ministry is to empower the youth to be useful citizens and most effectively discharge their responsibilities. He said since the establishment of the YMCA 138 years ago, it has been one of the key institutions dedicated to the objectives of the Ministry of Youth and Sports.Wilson said the skills acquired by the trainees are important components needed to prepare them to contribute to the national developmental process, while providing them with good means of livelihood.The Coordinator of the YMCA IT Center, Miss Decontee George, who presented the graduates, said since the formation of the Computer Training Program in 2004, a total of 14,000 young men and women have been trained with 53% male and 43% female.Miss George said as of the next Cycle, a new curriculum will be added to the program, noting, “it is necessary to introduce work readiness program at the intermediate and advanced levels.She said many young people, who are trained in various skills do not have work ethics and, as a result, they would complain of “no job.”The YMCA Computer Training Program was established in November 2004 with the aim of providing Computer and Internet skills to the young people of Liberia. Most of the beneficiaries are working with public and private entities, while some have set up their own desktop publishing centers.The center has trained over 14,000 many of the youth in computer literacy which include: Microsoft Office, Access DataBase, Graphics Design, Web design, while also providing other life skills opportunities to the beneficiaries.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Cycle 28 graduates Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels.last_img read more

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  • Baroka FC Set to Release Terrence Tisdell

    first_imgHe is actually leaving at the end of December. “He is leaving for free,” the club chairman told KickOff Sports about Tisdell.Liberian forward Terrance Tisdell will have to find a new club by the end of the year as his current club, Baroka FC of South Africa, are set to release him at the end of December, 2019.Tisdell joined the South African club in July, 2019 from Portuguese third tier club Sanjoanense.According to Baroka FC chairman, Khurishi Mphahlele, the 21-year-old Liberian forward will be released by the club due to his inability to adapt to the team’s style of play.Since joining the club in July, Tisdell has made seven league appearances for the club in the ABSA Premiership, but did not register his name on the score sheet or provide an assist.“Yes, Terrence is leaving; we are releasing him, because he is not adapting. He is actually leaving at the end of December. He is leaving for free,” the club chairman told KickOff Sports.At the national team level, Tisdell has been one of coach Peter Butler’s favorites. The 21-year-old was included in Coach Butler’s starting 11 in all four national team games that included foreign-based players.Following the news about Tisdell being released by Baroka, the former Sanjoanese forward has been linked to a move to the Malaysian Super League.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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  • Teen shot in Albouystown

    first_imgNineteen-year-old Travis Lyken of Lot MM Bent Street, Wortmanville, Georgetown was shot to his left leg by someone during Phagwah celebrations in James Street Albouystown Georgetown on Friday.The teen was reportedly with his friend in the crowded James Street when he felt a burning sensation to his leg, and upon checking, he realized that he had been shot.He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he underwent an emergency surgery and is presently in stable condition.The Police now have an uphill task to identify the shooter as they continue their investigations.last_img read more

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  • EBD man granted $500,000 reduced bail on causing death charge

    first_imgRamanand Jagdeo, 44, of Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD), was on Tuesday granted $500,000 reduced bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with the offence of causing death by dangerous driving.Jagdeo was previously placed on $1 million bail after he denied that on February 22, 2018, at Peters Hall Public Road, EBD, he drove motor car PRR 4395 in a dangerous manner, thus causing the death of Alexander Akia.However, on Tuesday, his attorney made a successfully application for bail to be reduced before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.It was previously reported that Jagdeo was speeding along the Peters Hall Public Road when he collided with the pedal cyclist.As a result of the impact, Akia’s leg was severed from his body. He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital where he succumbed while receiving medical attention. The matter will continue on July 3.last_img read more

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