Justice Minister Sannoh’s First Major Case

first_imgThe brutal rape and murder of 12 year-old Musu Morris in Brewerville last Sunday was the subject of the last paragraph in yesterday’s editorial.  We made a strong appeal in that paragraph to the Ministry of Justice and the Liberian Judiciary to handle this case “efficiently and expeditiously  . . .  in order to send a strong message to such wickedly demented people that they will be punished for such heinous acts.”On the front page of yesterday’s edition our Women and Family page producer, Claudia Sara Smith, wrote a detailed story about this most tragic crime allegedly perpetrated by the 49 year-old man whom the victim pointed out to her family before she died. The suspect, Musa Kromah, is commonly known in Brewerville as “CDC Musa”.We think the Ministry of Justice and the Liberian Judiciary have a very serious case on their hands.  Here is an opportunity to show that there is justice in Liberia.In addition, Counselor Benedict Sannoh, our newly appointed Justice Minister, has been landed his first case of barefaced Police cruelty and negligence.   On the night of the rape, the hapless parents took Musu from hospital to hospital and they all refused to admit and treat the severely assaulted child because they said she was “bleeding too much.” Understandably, bleeding is one of the signs of Ebola infection and the medical staff may have turned the child away for that reason.  But it begs the question, where were their PPEs to do an examination of the victim?  But then here is another deeply disturbing phenomenon:  the cruel and inept police behavior.  After being refused treatment by both Redemption Hospital in Monrovia and Faith Clinic in Brewerville, the deeply distressed and hapless parents continued their rush for medical treatment for the bleeding child.  They decided next to try the John F. KennedyMedical Center (JFK) in distant Sinkor.  But when they got to the police checkpoint at the old Ministry of Health on Capital By-Pass, they were reportedly stopped by police who arrested the car.  The parents and driver pleaded with these policemen to allow the car to reach the JFK with their bleeding daughter, but, said Edward Johnson who represented the parents, the Police at that checkpoint “got aggressive and started getting violent with us.”Unable to reach the JFK, the bewildered and terrified parents returned to Brewerville, by which time the child was in her last moments of life.The parents also said that on the very night of the crime, they immediately reported the incident to the Brewerville police who they say did nothing about it and attempted no investigation.Justice Minister Sannoh has a very serious case on his hands and is faced with a two-fold investigative challenge: first, getting all the facts of the case, ensuring that the accused is kept in police custody and does not escape until the case lands before a judge; and second, the behavior of the Police in Brewerville and at the old Health Ministry Check Point.What will it take for our Police officers to recognize a life-threatening case when they see one?  Where is their professionalism, their commitment to serving the public interest, their compassion, most especially in the case of a life-threatening attack on an innocent child?  Had the police responded to the report of the rape and even accompanied the family to the hospital, young Musu’s life may have been saved. You mean our police have no compassion, no real concern about a wicked crime committed against a 12 year-old girl?  These officers should not forget that they, too, have daughters, sisters, wives, mothers and sons who could be the victims of the hideous crime of rape.We pray that the Prosecutors in the Ministry of Justice and the officials of the Liberian Judiciary handling this case, will remember that God has given them daughters, too.  We further pray that Justice Minister Sannoh will not rest until this case is effectively and successfully presented to the courts and that justice, at long last, will NOT be delayed.  We do not want the file of this case pushed under the pile until three years later when the President, showing up at the Central Prison, will spot the culprit and tell him you have served your turn and are free to go.We hope that Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell, too, will immediately take a very serious interest in this case and follow it until justice is fully and decisively served.   Beyond that, the Gender Minister must work in close collaboration with MOH, LNP, MOJ and the plethora of NGOs and civil society entities to provide more prevention, protection and response to rape and other crimes against women and children.         Before she ended her Cabinet Retreat yesterday, even the President should have said something about this terrible   tragedy.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Increased crime rate in Region 2 disturbing

first_imgDear Editor,The crime rate in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) is always far lower than in most other administrative regions but recently one of the Station Districts, Aurora Police Station, that runs from Supenaam to Pomona and including the Supenaam Creek, there has been a significant increase in crime although not indictable in nature, but still very much disturbing, and it is interesting to note that most of the reports are from the Good Hope-Supenaam area, an area that is terms of distance and population amounts to about one/fifth the length and population respectively.The residents are concerned about the response time by the Police and also the action taken. Of late there are several instances where the victims have to go to the Police Station repeatedly to get the Police to visit the crime scene, and by which time the suspect would in many instances leave the area.Of concern also to the people is that at times, especially after 20:00h, visiting the Station to make a report, you would be told to come back in the morning – when the Sergeant comes. The rank would also tell you that is he alone at the Station and he cannot leave.I don’t know the authorised or actual strength of that Station, but I rather suspect that they are woefully short. Being an ex-Policeman, I can remember when the thickness of the wall used to separate where the Subordinate in Charge of that Station used to live and where the other rank used to live, the Barrack Room, and unmarried ranks had to live at the Station, and although your turn of duty may be eight hours, you are on call 24 hours per day, seven days a week unless the doctor recommend otherwise.Gone are the days where a Constable use to be given a bicycle allowance for him to respond promptly to crime scenes, serve summons to defendants and witnesses, and execute warrants, among other things.Now-a-days the ranks don’t leave the station, unless the victim or the person making the report provide transportation for them whether by road or river.Yes, time has changed. Is it for the better of the worse?Regards,Archie Cordislast_img read more


first_img Matchup History The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s soccer team suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the No. 7 Ottawa Gee-Gees, falling 2-1 on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 9) at Varsity Stadium.HOW IT HAPPENED: In a back and forth battle, the Blues held Ottawa’s powerhouse offence to a season-low nine shots. Third-year Ottawa forward Emma Lefebvre opened the scoring in the 41st minute, controlling the ball and firing it into the net. A penalty shot by Blues captain Chelsea Cheung tied the game in the 63rd minute but Ottawa pushed back under two minutes later with Katherine Bearne scoring what would stand as the game winning goal. Third-year Blues goalkeeper Vanna Staggolis shined through the game, posting three saves in the loss. Full Schedule Roster Previewcenter_img UP NEXT: The Varsity Blues head to Oshawa to play the UOIT Ridgebacks on Saturday, September 15. Game time is set for 1 p.m.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version Next Game: at UOIT 9/15/2018 | 1:00 p.m.last_img read more

FIFA confirm transfer ban on Real, Atletico

first_img0Shares0000FIFA rejects Madrid, Atletico transfer ban appealsReal Madrid and Atletico Madrid will be unable to register players for the next two transfer windows after FIFA rejected their appeals.ZURICH, Switzerland, Sep 8 – FIFA on Thursday dismissed appeals by Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid against a ban on registering new players in the next two transfer windows for irregularities in the signing of foreign players under 18.Real, who called the ruling “profoundly unfair”, and Atletico were also fined 360,000 ($358,000) and 900,000 Swiss Francs respectively. However, the two Spanish giants — last season’s Champions League finalists — have announced they will launch a final appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).“The FIFA Appeal Committee has decided to reject the appeals lodged by Spanish clubs Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid and to confirm in their entirety the decisions rendered by the FIFA Disciplinary Committee in the respective cases relating to the protection of minors,” FIFA said in a statement.Both clubs were sanctioned in January, but by appealing had temporarily held off the ban during the transfer window which closed last month.They will now not be able to register any new players in either of the next two windows, in January 2017 and July-August 2017, before being able to do so once again in January 2018.Barcelona served a similar ban in 2015, with an appeal to CAS proving unsuccessful in their case.European champions Real responded by saying they will now go to the CAS in an attempt to have the decision overturned “as quickly as possible”.“The club regrets the decision on the ground that it is profoundly unfair and contrary to the most elementary principles of penal law,” read a statement posted on their website.“The club will begin the appropriate appeals procedure before the Court of Arbitration for Sport, requesting that the decision be completely overturned, with absolute confidence that said organisation will come to an entirely favourable decision.“Real Madrid will request that the procedure be undertaken in an urgent manner in order to obtain a decision from the CAS as quickly as possible.”Under international football rules, players under 18 cannot be transferred to another country, except in limited circumstances, and all transfers need the approval of a special FIFA committee.Atletico insisted they had such clearance from FIFA for the players under investigation.“Our club does not agree with the ruling and therefore has decided to appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport,” Atletico said in a statement.“Our organisation wishes to state that one hundred percent of the licenses of our players who are part of this investigation and continue at the club have been regularised by FIFA itself, receiving authorisation from the sub-committee to process the license and compete in different (under-age) categories.”Atletico used the close-season window to make several new signings, including those of France striker Kevin Gameiro from Sevilla and Argentina midfielder Nicolas Gaitan from Benfica.Real had an unusually quiet summer in the transfer market, although they did bring Spain striker Alvaro Morata back to the club from Juventus for around 30 million euros ($34 million).0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Popular Donegal man elected President of the INTO

first_imgA popular West Donegal man has taken up one of the most important posts in the Irish education system.John Boyle, from Mullaghduff, has been elected as President of the Irish National Teacher’s Organisation (INTO).Dedicated John wrote “All I ever wanted was the opportunity to give a full year of my life to fellow INTO members.” Popular Donegal man elected President of the INTO was last modified: April 14th, 2017 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)last_img read more

World Cup qualifying hope for Bafana

first_img18 June 2013A 2-1 loss in Ethiopia in Sunday left Bafana Bafana five points behind the Walia Antelopes in qualifying for the 2014 Fifa World Cup with one match to play, but their hopes of reaching Brazil might not be over.Football’s world governing body, Fifa, is investigating whether or not Ethiopia used an ineligible player in its 2-1 win over Botswana in Botswana. The standard punishment is a 3-0 victory to the opposition.Should that punishment be meted out to the Ethiopians, they would be on 10 points, with a goal difference of plus-one. South Africa would remain on eight points and a goal difference of plus-four. Botswana would improve to seven points and a goal difference of minus-one, while the Central African Republic would remain on three points and a goal difference of minus-six.Last round of group qualifyingThat would turn the final round of games in September – South Africa at home to Botswana and Ethiopia away to the Central African Republic – into possible group deciders. What it wouldn’t do is put Bafana Bafana’s fate in the team’s hands. That would remain in Ethiopia’s hands.Sunday’s match in Addis Ababa was decided by a freak own goal, turning Bafana goal scorer Bernard Parker from hero to villian.Parker had put South Africa in front in the 33rd minute after getting onto the end of a clearance by goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and sending a half-volley beyond the reach of Ethiopian goalie Jemal Tassew. His effort silenced the crowd, which had been loud throughout the contest.Just 10 minutes later, though, Ethiopia equalised through Getaneh Kabede after some sloppy defending from South Africa.Own goalThen, in the 70th minute, the home team was awarded a free kick on the right, deep in South African territory. The ball was delivered into the the centre and was met by Parker who, with a powerful header, found the corner of Khune’s goal from some distance. It would have been a spectacular goal had it been at the other end of the field, but it was, instead, a shocking own goal.Bafana pushed hard for an equaliser, but came up short as Ethiopia claimed a 2-1 victory.At the time, the news about the investigation into Ethiopia’s win in Botswana was unknown, so South Africa’s coach Gordon Igesund believed Bafana’s Fifa World Cup challenge was over when he commented: “The dream is over for us as far as 2014 Brazil is concerned. Now we have to regroup and see what lies ahead of us.”Igesund took charge of the team in 2012 after Bafana, under Pitso Mosimane, began their qualifying campaign with an away draw with Botswana and a home draw against Ethiopia. He said: “My mandate was to qualify the team for the World Cup and I didn’t do that, so I will have to wait and see what will happen as it is no longer in my hands. It was a difficult assignment from the beginning, having lost some crucial points in the early stages of the qualifiers, but I agreed to the challenge because I believed we could make it, sadly it was not to be.”Support for IgesundDennis Mumble, the CEO of the South African Football Association, has, however, already spoken out in Igesund’s defence, agreeing that the coach was handed a difficult hand when he took the team.Igesund admitted he was disappointed to lose in Addis Ababa. “You can see from the attitude and commitment of the players that we really wanted to win this match. We threw everything at them. We managed to score, but our own errors cost us the game. It is one of those things that happen in football.“We worked so hard in the last year to get to where we are,” he continued. “We have made huge strides. It is just unfortunate that we found ourselves in a position where we had to win this game.‘A fantastic performance“I am pleased with the effort of every single player. They gave their all. We did everything that we could possibly do. I told the players to walk with their heads high because it was a fantastic performance away from home.”Captain Itumeleng Khune echoed Igesund’s sentiments when he said: “We are very disappointed with the result, but I believe we gave a very good account of ourselves. We are proud of the display we put out in this match. We did everything we could, but unfortunately things didn’t go our way.”Should Ethiopia be punished by Fifa, something will have gone South Africa’s way, however, and the 2014 World Cup dream will be alive.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Official AMP plugin for WordPress released

first_img HomeDigital MarketingOfficial AMP plugin for WordPress released Official AMP plugin for WordPress releasedYou are here: Just a week after the momentous release of WordPress 5.0, the open-source Google-backed AMP project has launched the official version 1.0 of its plugin, which is aimed at helping users of the content management system speed up web pages on mobile devices.The plugin was originally released in October 2015. The v1.0 release has been extensively tested and is considered production-ready. (Still, in the few days since the original release, the group has already made a few tweaks and put out version1.0.1.)Developers say this release is seamlessly integrated with standard WordPress content creation workflows, functioning both for those using the classic editor and those using the new Gutenberg block-based editor. The plugin wants to make it easy for users of the web’s most popular CMS to build sites entirely in AMP.According to the blog post announcing the release, “The official AMP plugin for WordPress provides essential tools and functionality for AMP content creation, the WordPress way. It is important to note that the plugin is not a completely turn-key solution to ‘AMPlify your site,’ but instead functions as a key enabling technology for a fully AMP compatible WordPress ecosystem.”The Accelerated Mobile Pages Project expects to continue to add new features and support going forward, with the ultimate goal of providing “turn-key solutions site owners can leverage to easily provide awesome AMP experiences regardless of their level of savviness.”More on the AMP plugin for WordPressThe blog post announcing the AMP plugin for WordPress release describes a number of features and capabilities available to publishers.WordPress users can download the plugin from the AMP for WordPress plugin site.To share feedback or get help with the plugin, visit the WordPress AMP plugin support forum.The post Official AMP plugin for WordPress released appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Official AMP plugin for WordPress released Posted on 14th December 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsThe California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019Lytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019last_img read more

IPL created harmony among foreign players: Jayawardene

first_imgInternational cricketers share much better relations due to the Indian Premier League as the Twenty20 event has given them an opportunity to know each other, feels Sri Lankan vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene.”It has opened doors for harmony among the players. In the IPL, you get to know other foreign players better. we have created better relations as a result of that,” he said.Jayawardene said the concept of the IPL and the various Twenty20 leagues across the globe has a lot of potential.”We have seen that in the IPL, we have seen that in the English counties, we have seen that in the Big Bash, that’s the way forward for Twenty20 cricket,” he said in a function to announce an Indian sponsor for the Sri Lankan team ‘Wayamba XI’, which will participate in the Champions League Twenty20 next month.”I think that will evolve quite a bit, just having the Twenty20 World Cup for the national teams, and then the 50-over cricket and Test matches will take a different path.”When the IPL came for the first time, everyone was surprised. But n the second and third year you saw how it became such a big thing,” Jayawardene said.Jayawardene, who will play for the Wayamba team in the Champions league, said the tournament will grow in stature with time.”People now understand what the concept is all about, we need to give it some more time and it will improve,” he said.Wayamba is captained by Jehan Mubarak and includes Mahela Jayawardene, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath, Thisara Perera, Farveez Maharoof and Mahela Udawatte.advertisementSpeaking on the occasion, Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said the Twenty20 version of the game can co-exist alongside Test cricket.”From the board’s point and personal point of view, I see Twenty20 as another product, We have Test cricket, one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket,” Ranatunga said on Tuesday.”From the players’ point of view they have to prove themselves in all three formats. From the board’s point of view, I don’t see any harm as far as the players get the right breaks.”So far, we have been happy and lucky that the players have had the right breaks and participated in the country’s tournaments. It is good to have more competitive cricket, people like it, why not give it,” Ranatunga said.last_img read more

Rly reviews concessional travel in AC-1

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 18 (PTI) Travelling AC 1st class on trains on concessional tickets may become a thing of past, with the public transporter starting a review of the facility extended to various people, including senior citizens, patients and sportspersons. It is also considering asking the ministries with which the travellers are associated to bear the cost of such travel. “Currently, we are reviewing the entire list of concessions applicable for various categories of people in order to rationalise the system,” said a senior Railway Ministry official involved in the exercise. Extending concessional travel facility to various categories of beneficiaries costs the railways about Rs 1400 crore a year. The official said there was no justification for providing concession in AC 1st Class.”Those eligible to get concessions are welcome to avail the facilities, but why for the First Class AC?”The official also said there is a move to ask other ministries to bear the concession burden. “If the beneficiary is a sportsperson, Sports Ministry should bear the cost. Similarly, Defence Ministry should pick up the cost of Defence personnel getting concessions.”Senior citizens constitute about 80 per cent of the beneficiaries and the railways recently amended the rules to prevent misuse of concessional facilies meant for them.With instances of people declaring incorrect age to avail of the benefit coming to light, the Railway Board has ordered that every such passenger be treated as travelling without ticket and penalised accordingly. PTI ARU SK SKlast_img read more

Japan warns China of worsening ties over East China Sea dispute

first_imgJapan warned China today that ties were “deteriorating markedly” over disputed East China Sea islets, and China’s envoy in Tokyo reiterated Beijing’s stance that the specks of land were its territory and called for talks to resolve the row.TENSION BETWEEN JAPAN AND CHINATensions between Asia’s two largest economies have risen since Japan saw an increasing number of Chinese coastguard and other government ships sailing near the disputed islets, called Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, over the past few days.Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida called in Chinese ambassador Cheng Yonghua for the second time since Friday and told him that China was trying to change the status quo unilaterally, a Japanese foreign ministry statement said.It also said Kishida told Cheng that the environment surrounding Sino-Japanese ties was deteriorating markedly.Cheng said after the meeting that he told Kishida the islands were an integral part of China’s territory and that the dispute should be resolved through diplomacy and dialogue.”I told him that … it is natural that Chinese ships conduct activity in the waters in question,” he told reporters.”I also told him both countries need to work on dialogue through diplomatic channels so as not to make things more complicated and escalated,” Cheng said.Kishida summoned Cheng after the latest flare-up in tensions over dozens of Chinese vessels that sailed near the islands at the weekend. Cheng was also called in by Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama on Friday.The flurry of Chinese incursions into the waters follows a period of sustained pressure on China about its activities in the South China Sea, and Chinese criticism of what it saw as Japanese interference in that dispute.advertisementUS QUESTIONS CHINESE LAND RECLAMATION The United States, its Southeast Asian allies and Japan have questioned Chinese land reclamation on contested islands in the South China Sea, particularly since an international court rejected China’s historic claims to most of that sea last month.China has refused to recognise the court ruling on a case brought by the Philippines. Japan called on China to adhere to it, saying it was binding but Beijing warned Japan not to interfere.Ties between China and Japan, the world’s second and third largest economies, have been plagued by the territorial row, the legacy of Japan’s wartime occupation of parts of China and regional rivalry.Also read:New images suggest China has built hangars on South China Sea islands China continues aggressive stand on South China Sealast_img read more