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Last Thursday’s Students Standoff with the President: A Gravely Dangerous Development

first_imgWhat were students doing on the streets last Thursday blocking the Presidential convoy? Who sent them there and what were the issues at stake? Are there no security measures in place to prevent the President of Liberia from being so nakedly exposed to danger?Our Legislative Reporter Keith Morris was on the scene, which occurred between the Monrovia City Hall and the UNMIL Headquarters where hundreds of high school students—or so they said they were—blocked the road, preventing any vehicle from proceeding westward to town. That is how they were able to prevent even the President of Liberia from reaching her office at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, which was only a few yards away.But the courageous Ellen, alighted (got out of) her vehicle, approached the students, and the angry crowd accompanied her to her office, on foot. Whoever heard of such a thing happening to a Head of State anywhere in the world? Remember what happened to the Nigerian Head of State, Murtala Mohammed, in 1976? The unassuming Murtala, unlike most national leaders, refused special presidential escort, and was riding in normal traffic on February 13, 1976 when a gunman came up to his vehicle and shot him dead! We will deal later with the issue of the students’ grievance. The most urgent question today is how were they able to block the President’s pathway so easily? With all the government security agencies—the President’s National Security Advisor, the Liberia National Police (LNP), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization (BIN), the Ministry of Justice itself, the Ministry of National Defense and the Armed Forces of Liberia and, of course, UNMIL, the Organization still chiefly in charge of our security—could NONE of these Agencies have foreseen such a thing and recommended or taken precautionary measures, at least to prevent the President of Liberia from being so brazenly exposed? Then what is the purpose of the long, speeding, siren-blasting motorcade that is intended to pave the way for the President to pass? Did they not detect the gathering storm of students either waiting on the sidewalks or already on the streets? Where were their communications equipment and cell phones?We call on UNMIL and the President’s National Security Advisor, Dr. H. Boima Fahnbulleh, Defense Minister Brownie Samukai and Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh to convene an urgent National Security meeting to discuss this matter. Invited should be Police Director Chris Massaquoi, Immigration Commissioner Reeves and National Security Agency Director Fumba Sirleaf. The purpose of this meeting is to undertake an immediate investigation into why the President’s convoy was allowed to be ambushed by angry students, exposing the Liberian leader and the entire nation to grave danger.Everyone knows that ANYTHING could have happened last Thursday. And the entire security apparatus knows that Ellen is not the kind of person to remain in her car and call out the police and soldiers and order them to disperse the crowd. Far from that, she bravely got out of her vehicle, approached and engaged the hundreds of angry students. The Security people would be the first to tell a protected official that such a thing is NOT ADVISABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. So why did they allow the President of Liberia to be so exposed? Heaven knows we have just come out of a terrible and deadly Ebola crisis, and are now back in it again, given the new cases we are currently experiencing. We all know also the devastation Ebola wreaked upon our country—including the near collapse of our economy—from a growth rate of over six percent to 0.4 percent; as well as our most embarrassing international isolation. So who needs another crisis?A senior Liberian legal practitioner who happened also to have been on the scene last Thursday told the Daily Observer, “I strongly feel that some heads should roll.”Heads to roll or not, we hope that last Thursday’s incident has taught our security apparatus a very serious lesson that should NEVER be repeated. We have no other advice for them. They already know what should have been done, and what to do in case of another such debacle. 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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Move over Usain! 92 year-old Donegal man wins four gold medals!

first_imgATHLETICS: Over the last three weeks, we’ve watched some of the world’s greatest athletes battle it out for the ultimate prize in their sport, an Olympic Gold medal. However, closer to home, a 92 year-old Donegal man has incredibly won FOUR Gold medals at the National Masters Track and Field Championships.Hugh Gallagher, (92) of Milford AC produced the superb performance over the weekend, to add more medals to his fantastic career. Gallagher would put us all to shame, competing, enjoying and winning at athletics at the age of 92!Hugh has proved that age really is just a number!With allegations of corruption, bribery, fraud and cheating at the Olympic games in Rio, it has left a sour taste. So it’s refreshing to see Hugh, at 92, still participating in athletics at grassroots level – and showing us everything that is great about sport.Move over Usain! 92 year-old Donegal man wins four gold medals! was last modified: August 23rd, 2016 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:92athleticsHugh GallagherMastersnewsSportlast_img read more

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Bournemouth vs Cardiff: Team news, TV channel and kick-off time

first_img Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener 📋 Here it is, our starting XI for our @premierleague opener against @CardiffCityFC.🔘 Brooks in for debut🔘 King, Wilson up top🔘 Surman captain📻: https://t.co/DOYLcT7l9Z#BOUCAR // #afcb 🍒 pic.twitter.com/iujoy2mhDi— AFC Bournemouth 🍒 (@afcbournemouth) August 11, 2018 Here’s the #BOUCAR team news you’ve been waiting for!Brought to you by @1xbet_Eng…#CityAsOne 🔵⚽️🔵⚽️ pic.twitter.com/Pw7rYzWyF5— Cardiff City FC (@CardiffCityFC) August 11, 2018 Warnock is looking to keep Cardiff up after their promotion last season Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more NEW ERA smart causal Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 1 What is the team news? ALTERED What time is kick-off?This Premier League clash will be held on Saturday, August 11.Kick-off is at the traditional time of 3pm.These sides last met on this ground in 2014, where they played out a 5-3 thriller in favour of the home side.Which channel can I watch it on?Sadly this one hasn’t been picked for TV coverage in the UK.But you can tune into talkSPORT2 at 3pm for score updates and live commentary of Huddersfield vs Chelsea. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Getty highlights How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Cardiff head to the South Coast as they make their return to the Premier League after a four-year absence.Neil Warnock masterminded promotion last term but faces a tough test against the Cherries, who have strengthened over the summer and ended the season comfortable in 12th. possible xi gameday FOOTBALL LATESTlast_img read more

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LAPTOP DATA LOSS DROVE IT STUDENT TO DRINK AND CLASH WITH GARDAI

first_imgAN IT and accountancy student went on the drink and later clashed with Gardai after losing all his course work when his computer crashed, a court has heard.Donal Purcell, a 45-year-old mature student from Cathedral Hill in Raphoe, told Judge Paul Kelly at Letterkenny District Court that he deeply regretted his actions.Inspector Goretti Sheridan told the court that Gardai were called to a Chinese restaurant on Meeting House Street in Raphoe on February 14th last. They found a man asleep and and when he was wakened by Sgt Derek Lynott, Purcell refused to cooperate. He also refused to give his name.Gardai knew the man to be Purcell.Judge Kelly asked Purcell why he had been in such a state and why he had behaved that way on the night.“I thought I was a comedian judge,” said Purcell.“My computer crashed and I lost a lot of course work. I went to the pub for a couple of drinks and those couple led to another couple and so on. I should have gone straight home afterwards. In fact I shouldn’t have gone out in the first place.”Judge Kelly asked Inspector Sheridan if Purcell had any previous convictions and she told the court that Purcell had been convicted of 16 offences in January 2009 – all for road traffic offences in 2007 including drink-driving and hit-and-run.Judge Kelly ordered Purcell to pay €150 to the Youth Diversion Programme in Raphoe and asked him if he would be willing to do that.“Yes,” said Purcell, “I can pay it today as I haven’t had a drink recently.”LAPTOP DATA LOSS DROVE IT STUDENT TO DRINK AND CLASH WITH GARDAI was last modified: July 3rd, 2013 by John2Share 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:Donal PurcellGardaiLetterkenny CourtRaphoe CourtRaphoe Newslast_img read more

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LETTERKENNY GAELS HOST 5K ROAD RACE AND FUN RUN

first_imgLetterkenny Gaels GAA Club is hosting a 5K Road Race, Fun Run and Walk on Wednesday evening next the 5th June at 7.30pm.Registration will commence from 6pm at the Glebe Club House.Entry fee is €8 for Adults and €5 for U16’s. €10 per Family for Fun Run/Walk. Presentations and Refreshments after the Race and Walk.Everybody welcome!For more information Contact 085 174 2175 or 086 227 1435.  LETTERKENNY GAELS HOST 5K ROAD RACE AND FUN RUN was last modified: May 30th, 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:Fun RunLetterkenny Gaelslast_img read more

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Warriors-Hornets cheatsheet: Charlotte’s recent struggles could help champs

first_imgThe Hornets have lost four of their last six games entering Monday’s matchup against the Warriors, which could lead to a bounce-back performance from the champs.Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup. When/Where: Spectrum Center, 4 p.m (NBCSBA) Hornets projected starting lineup: Marvin Williams, Nicolas Batum,Miles Bridges, Cody Zeller, Kemba WalkerHornets Stock Report: After pulling them themselves up to .500 last month, the Hornets have lost four of their last six …last_img

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South Africa to step up infrastructure drive

first_img26 February 2014 With the Presidential Infrastructure Coordination Committee making progress in overcoming backlogs, South Africa is set to spend R847-billion on new and upgraded infrastructure over the next three years, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan told Parliament on Wednesday. Tabling his 2014 Budget in Cape Town, Gordhan said the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) calls for investment in infrastructure to ensure that the economy grows at the 5% per annum level needed to make significant progress in creating jobs and reducing poverty. Gordhan said the Presidential Infrastructure Coordination Committee, set up to co-ordinate the country’s infrastructure build and upgrade programme across all spheres of government and priority sectors of the economy, was making progress in overcoming backlogs. Gordhan said investment in South Africa’s electricity and transport infrastructure was key. He noted that the first unit of the Medupi power station was expected to be completed towards the end of the year. “Transnet has increased capacity on its coal line. Plans are in place to further expand the coal, iron ore and manganese lines. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa refurbished 500 Metrorail coaches last year, and its new rolling stock procurement programme will get under way this year.” Gordhan said expenditure on social infrastructure – which includes health, education and community facilities – would increase from R30-billion to R43-billion over the next three years. He added that priority would be given to programmes aimed at eradicating school infrastructure backlogs and refurbishing clinics and hospitals. A plan to rehabilitate 35 dams had been completed, he said, while a total of R40-billion in infrastructure grants would be transferred to local governments for their water, sanitation, energy and environmental functions in 2014/15. “The private sector is also making an increasing contribution to infrastructure investment,” Gordhan noted. “Contracts for 47 renewable energy projects were concluded in 2012 and 2013, many of which are already under construction. “These will add 2 460 MW of power capacity, and an investment of R70-billion,” he said, adding that a further R45-billion in investment in the sector would be contracted this year. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Indian American Ajit Jain moves a step closer to succeed Warren Buffett

first_imgAjit Jain and Gregory Abel moved a step closer to being the successors of Warren Buffett, as Berkshire Hathaway Inc. named them to the board of directors of the company on Wednesday.The 66-year-old Jain has been named vice chairman for insurance operations of the conglomerate, which has some 60 companies.Abel, his potential rival and the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, has been named vice chairman for non-insurance business operations of Berkshire.Read it at ABO Related Itemslast_img

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UST, FEU advance to UAAP beach volleyball semifinals

first_imgUniversity of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University secured the first two spots in the semifinals of the UAAP Season 80 beach volleyball tournament Saturday at SM Sands by the Bay.Season 79’s finalists arrived in the penultimate round unscathed with identical 5-0 records.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Cherry Rondina and Caitlyn Viray ran roughshod over University of the Philippines’ Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero, 21-7, 21-15, in its first game. The Golden Tigresses, then, capped their day with a brutal sweep of Adamson University’s Bernadette Flora and Chrislyn Uy, 21-9, 21-14.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza also triumphed over the Lady Falcons, 21-12, 21-14, in their first game on Saturday.The Lady Tamaraws, then, brushed off the University of the East duo of Judith Abil and Angelica Dacaymat, 21-10, 21-7. La Salle and the Lady Maroons walked off SM Sands by the Bay with 3-2 records and are poised to take the remaining semifinals spots. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NU stops slide at expense of UP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

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