DEA Arrests Illicit Drugs at RIA

first_imgAuthorities of the Liberian Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) have arrested a Nigerian National and three Liberians, who the LDEA classified as “collaborators” to the drug syndicate.The arrest of the four suspects, according to LDEA Director-General, Anthony K. Souh, came in the wake of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) drawdown by June this year for which the LDEA says it has stepped up the fight to curtail the reported proliferation of illicit drugs into the country.Director Souh informed a news conference on Tuesday at his office of the arrest of Chukwud Samuels Onuoha, a Nigerian national, on March 10 along with three of his alleged “Liberian collaborators” at the Robert International Airport (RIA). The Liberians are identified as George Campbell, who is a proprietor of Campbell Clearing and Forwarding Company with offices at the SOS Junction in Matadi Estate in Monrovia; Joseph Allison, field agent of the company and a lady identified as Yassah D. Kollie.Souh further identified Yassah as the person the consignment of 4 kilograms of heroin with the street value of US$148,000, was addressed to, at her Matadi residence in Monrovia with her Lonestar GSM mobile phone numbers.The consignment, Director Souh said, arrived at RIA on board Kenya Airways Flight number KQ-5593 on March 10, but LDEA officers subsequently arrested a carton containing the heroin. “Acting upon real-time intelligence, the LDEA’s RIA detachment alerted other joint security officers during which time Onuoha and his three collaborators were arrested,” Dirctor Souh disclosed. But the consignment, he said was concealed in half a dozen body crème jars marked: “Clere cocoa butter body crème.”According to him, during the investigation, all parties were represented by their respective legal counsels, who also “cooperated” to the end of the investigation.He added that there are ongoing alterations of the illicit drugs into what security have discovered and identified as “chemical diversion” through which the framers transformed “common pain killers to illicit drugs.”“By those diversions, it is believed that suspect Onouha and collaborators surreptitiously replaced common body crème to harmful substances that could easily destroy human skin,” Souh said.Those suspects, he said, will be turned over by the LDEA to the Magisterial Court in Margibi County where the crime was committed.Meanwhile, suspect Onuoha has admitted importing the drugs into the country, but was pleading for mercy, “Because I was misled by a Nigerian friend at the airport.”Campbell and Allison denied any knowledge of the heroin, adding that they were ‘mere clearing agents.’Yassah Kollie admitted that it was her full identity inscribed on the carton containing the illicit substances. She also admitted being in relationship with a Nigerian national, but claimed the LDEA had copied from her facebook page all other information about her only to tarnish her reputation.In a related development, Director Souh disclosed that the end users of those harmful substances are the victims of those drugs, adding, “They are not the traffickers, but they are dangerous to society as one can see from what is happening in the country owing to the proliferation of crimes.” He also confirmed receiving complaints of ghettos being erected almost in all communities across the country, but decried poor legislation that has not fully empowered the LDEA to arrest and prosecute drug traffickers.“We’ve made several arrests, sent the suspects to court, but again, it is the court that adjudicate those cases and disposed of them,” he noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The World Must Intervene to Stop Murderous Repression in Eritrea

first_imgTwo major developments in the past week have underscored the urgent need for international action to end the grave repression being meted out by the Eritrean government against its own people.The first is an urgent appeal by Eritreans in North America to the United Nations Secretary General, the Security Council and others to do something to stop human rights abuses in Eritrea. The statement by the Eritreans in North America said despite the heavy sacrifices and the ultimate price Eritreans paid for independence and self-government during the 30-year struggle, the nation ofEritrea is being ruled under the People’s Front for Democracy and Justice, led by one of the world’s most enduring totalitarians, Isaias Afwerki. The North American Eritreans further stated, “The oppressive regime, authoritarian rule, and dictatorship have led the state of Eritrea to become ‘a nation where human rights are non-existent. Fear and repression have been the awful reality for over two decades for the Eritrean people, forcing Eritreans to flee their beloved nation in droves.’” The second development that warrants serious international action to save the Eritrean people is a report by Human Rights Watch which reveals that an increasing number of European nations are traveling to Eritrea to make deals with that cruelly dictatorial regime to stop migrations of Eritreans to Europe. It is said that Eritreans are, after Syrians, the second largest group of migrants seeking desperately to enter Europe. But instead of opening its doors to these persecuted, frightened and hapless people fleeing wicked oppression from their own government, these European nations, including Britain, Denmark and Norway, are making deals with the brutal Eritrean regime to stop its people from leaving the country. This, according to Human Rights Watch, could result in the Eritrean government instituting a “shoot to kill” measure against Eritrean migrants.We strongly believe that instead of surrendering the suffering and terrified Eritrean migrants to the brutality, including murder, forced military conscription and even rape and enslavement by their own government, these European nations should do at least two things: First, unite with other European nations, those around the world and the UN Security Council to institute sanctions and other punitive actions against the Eritrean regime to force it to stop the repression. Second, these European nations should open their doors to Eritrean migrants to save precious lives. The one thing they should not do is to encourage the Eritrean government to close its borders, as this would only expose Eritreans to even more human rights abuses and hopelessness. Europeans should remember the millions of their own citizens who fled Europe for the United States for one reason or another, including disease, famine, religious persecution, political repression and even economic reasons. Never once did the United States shut its doors to European migrants or encourage repressive regimes to inflict more terror on their own people.We recall that in the late 1970s when the murderous Ugandan dictator Idi Amin was slaughtering his own people and turning millions into refugees, it was Tanzania’s President Julius Nyerere, whose country hosted millions of Ugandan and Southern African refugees, took up arms against Amin and drove him out of Uganda. We are not asking Europe to declare war against Isaias Afwerki. But surely there are many things European governments could do to bring pressure upon him to stop this brutal repression against his own people.But the one thing Europeans should not do is to punish further the desperate and hapless Eritreans by unleashing them to murder and mayhem in their own country. In all of Europe’s historical troubles of whatever kind, no one did that to them.UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon is already aware of the political and human catastrophe in Eritrea and has spoken out against it. We call on him to do one thing more: urge the powerful nations of the world and other nations to take all measures possible to stop the repression in Eritrea.Surely something can and must be done to stop it. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MYS Drops Basketball, Volleyball from County Meet

first_imgA training session of Track & FieldIncludes Track & Field after 4 YearsBasketball and volleyball have been removed from the 2017/2018 edition of the National County Sports Meet the first time since 2006 for the two sports to be omitted since 2006.Athletics (track & field), football and kickball are the only three disciplines in this year’s County Meet.The acting chairman of this year’s steering committee, J. Bryant Mcgill, said the two disciplines will not participate because of lack of funding, but other sources said it is because of leadership crisis in the two institutions.The legislature approved US$250k instead of the $500k submitted by the Ministry of Youth & Sports in the 2017/2018 Fiscal Budget.Nimba County is the defending champion of football and kickball.“Athletics —- track & field has regained rights to participate in this year’s County Meet because the SKD Sports Complex is completed,” Bryant said.Athletics has not been included in the past three County Meets, because of lack of track and field’s facilities, as the country only available venue, the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex was undergoing renovation.Mcgill said the 2017/2018 edition of the County Meet would kick-off in Gbarnga, Bong County on December 2.The opening ceremony is expected to be graced by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Vice President Joseph N. Boakai and other senior government officials.Liberia’s 15 counties have been split into four groups, with matches in the preliminary round expected to take place in the leeward counties.The Ministry of Youth and Sports (MYS) has released the draw for the 2017/2018 National County Sports Meet.Group ‘A’ will feature Sinoe, Maryland, Grand Kru and River Gee to be based in Greenville.Group ‘B’ which will be based in Gbarnga, consists of Bong, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and Lofa.Group ‘C’ consists of Grand Bassa, River Cess, Montserrado and Margibi and will be based in Buchanan.Group ‘D’ will feature Grand Cape Mount, Gbarpolu and Bomi to be based Robertsport.Unlike in the past where the quarter-finalists play a one-off match; there will be two groups for a round robin to qualify for the semi-finals.The National County Sports Meet which stated in 1956 is the biggest sporting event in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

3 homeless following Linden fire

first_imgA fire has now left three Lindeners homeless after it gutted their three-bedroom wooden/concrete home situated at Dakama Circle, Mackenzie, Linden.Fire broke out at the Lot 169 Dakama Circle, Linden home where Samuel Garraway, his reputed wife Keisha Luke, and her nephew reside, at about 22:30h on Friday evening.The house in flames on Friday eveningThe lower flat of the building was used to conduct after school lessons.Garraway told this publication that he returned from Georgetown about an hour before the fire started, but fell asleep in a chair in the living room while watching television.He said he was waiting for his wife Keisha, a teacher of the New Silvercity Secondary School in Linden, to return.According to the man, he was awakened by the smell of smoke which was suffocating him.“Smoke wake me up actually. When the smoke wake me up, I was lost in the house because the lights was off. So, I was feeling to see if I could come out the house because I can’t get to breathe. So I go and I feel the door and I put my hand on the lock and I open…When I came out now I try to take off the main switch but the main switch was hot so I loose it,” Garraway recalled.He added that he then ran downstairs to seek help and went back up with the hopes of saving household items but was unsuccessful since the fire had already spread.Garraway said he believes the fire was electrical in nature.“When I look at the thing, to me it look like an electrical fire because when I apply to take off the main switch, it was hot. I had to loose cause the main switch was already on fire,” he said.Meanwhile, Luke said she was on her way home when the fire broke out. By the time firefighters from the Linden Fire Station arrived, the house was already engulfed in flames. The family was unable to save anything and has estimated their losses in the millions. Garraway, who is a construction worker, said there were lots of electrical tools, household appliances and documents, which were burnt in the fire, in addition to three television sets, two living room sets and other household appliances. Luke’s nephew, who is currently a CSEC student, also lost everything, including his books and assignments.When this publication visited on Saturday the family were in the yard contemplating their next move.Garraway, who noted that he was thankful for life, said the house now has to be rebuilt. Luke noted that she is now unable to attend school since all of her clothing and belongings were lost in the fire. “We ain’t got no clothes, everything destroy. Right now we ain’t get nothing left. It’s tough. It’s a hard situation,” Garraway said. (Utamu Belle)last_img read more

Flyers begin prep for Coy Cup

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers had their first practice last night as they gear up for another Coy Cup appearance. This year’s tournament is being held in Terrace from March 22-26.Head coach Andrew Leriger said despite not knowing the competition well, it doesn’t alter the way the team is going about their practices leading up to the event.“It’s still hockey at the end of the day. We know the teams that are going to be there are going to be pretty solid. We know what Terrace is like. Smithers was actually better in the league than they were this year. We just have to be prepared to work hard,” he said.- Advertisement -If there’s one area that was a struggle for the club during the NPHL regular season and playoffs, it was the penalty kill. That being said the Flyers work while a man down did see gradual improvement as the post season continued.“Looking at the stats at the end of the playoff season I noticed that our penalty killing was moving up the ladder a bit. We struggled against Dawson Creek and the first half against Grimshaw. We worked on it and worked on it and the last four games against Grimshaw we may have had one power play goal scored against us,” Leriger said.The Flyers will enter the tournament as the defending champions after winning their first Coy Cup in Fort Nelson last year.Advertisementlast_img read more

Power Outage in Goodlow and Cecil Lake areas

first_imgCECIL LAKE, B.C. – BC Hydro is reporting on their website a power outage in the Goodlow and Cecil Lake areas due to a landslide.As of Monday, May 13th, 2019 at 4:13 am approximately 100 customers are without power service as time.We will continue to update this story as more details are provided on the situation.- Advertisement –last_img

Video: Chelsea mis-sold Torres? Transfer compensation claim courtesy of talkSPORT?

first_imgFernando Torres’ price tag may have dropped spectacularly since his ill-fated £50 million move from Liverpool, but Chelsea fans will still be hoping that somehow they can recoup some of that money, should the Spaniard move on from the club.And perhaps the only way Abramovich might collect a decent fee, is by using talkSPORT’s helpful PPI (Previously Potent International) advert to reclaim some cash.If you’re a Russian billionaire, or have accidently squandered your funds on an over-inflated transfer target, then this is the solution for you.For more brilliant sports videos, subscribe to the talkSPORT YouTube Channel here.last_img read more

Grand ideas about money killing marriage

first_imgIT’S pretty safe to say that gay marriage is getting more presidential-candidate support now than in any other time in our nation’s history. There’s former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich – OK, there’s two. You can’t accuse Kucinich of just playing to his vegan base to get the nomination. This time, he’s branching out. I’ll be the first to admit that marriage isn’t for everyone, whether they’re gay or straight. And I’m not alone in that feeling. According to recent data released from the Census Bureau, there are now more unmarried households than married in the U.S. In the feverish debate over same-sex marriage, the San Diego City Council recently passed a measure guaranteeing marriage rights to same-sex couples. The mayor promised to veto, then reversed his stand and backed the council. Still, despite all the overturning and the protesting with the hope of “saving” marriage, the institution itself has quietly slipped away. The majority of Americans are now not getting hitched. So people who want to get married can’t, and people who can get married won’t. It’s like how rich people who have everything are thin, and poor people who have nothing are fat. Or how the Axis of Evil has more countries than the Coalition of the Willing – it’s just one of those weird things in modern life. So why aren’t people getting married these days? I think it boils down to one simple reason: cost. According to a survey done by the Fairchild Bridal Group, the average American wedding costs $30,000. On the other hand, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median American household income is only $44,389. In Los Angeles, it’s a little less at $42,667. And if anyone thinks, “Well, it doesn’t have to cost that much,” you might as well be talking about the surface of Mars, because you haven’t been there! I wasn’t into conspiracy theories until I was a bride. Then I experienced one firsthand. As soon as you mention you are getting married, blood is in the water and the sharks come to feed. The hook propagated by those who work in the bridal industry (note that they don’t call it “the groom industry”) is that if your mate isn’t able to take out a second mortgage for the cake, then maybe you’re not marrying the right person. “If your fianc can’t afford a decent wedding, what’s the marriage going to be like?” What will it be like? Racked with debt. Overextended on APR. Monthly installed financial serfdom. Foreclosure! Isn’t it romantic? When I said that I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on something, whether it was my dress, the invites or the officiant, I was treated like I just walked onto a dealership and said that I want to buy a car with no tires. “You can’t just cheap out on the most important part,” they would chime. It’s the wedding-industrial complex that has made marriage into the Spruce Goose. The bird is just too heavy to fly for most Americans. The idea of spending 30K with no chance of a return investment and no low-end sailboat to show for it is deterring. Instead of the idea that being married is a way to improve one’s income and lifestyle (there are data to that effect), now it’s the idea that you need to have money in order to deserve to get married. If the American dream is to come from nothing and make something of yourself, then the American fantasy is that some undeserved windfall will make you rich. No one wants an entire industry to look at them as poor or cheap. The pressure is intense. People are putting off marriage until that “someday” comes and they can afford a wedding. A law recognizing same-sex spouses won’t destroy marriage. But grandiosity will. Tina Dupuy is a stand-up comic and a writer living in Los Angeles. She’s the author of the blog www.sardonicsideshow.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Video Highlights: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Bayer Leverkusen

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Sweden legend Henrik Larsson and son Jordan net identical goals – VIDEO

first_imgLike father, like son. Check out these strikes compiled by Swedish broadcaster TV4 Sport, featuring former striker and Sweden legend Henrik Larsson and son Jordan Larsson. The 19-year-old currently plies his trade for Helsingborgs IF – managed by his father – and he scored a stunning diving header in their recent 4-2 defeat to Elfsborg.But the first goal on the video shows a similar header scored by ex-Barcelona, Celtic and Manchester United forward Henrik for his country in 2004 – see above!last_img read more