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Police Harvest 75-Acre Rice Project

first_imgThe Liberia National Police says it has harvested a 75-acre rice-farming project in Foya, Lofa County. According to Director C. Clarence Massaquoi, the LNP has for a couple of years now been engaged in running the rice farm project, located in Kpang Banin Town in Foya District, Lofa County.“When you took office you instructed us (Liberians) to go back to the soil. So in adherence to your instruction we decided to engage in this project,” Director Massaquoi said.He said the project is intended to ensure institutional self-sufficiency in terms of food security.Director Massaquoi said produce from the farm will feed police recruits at the National Police Training Academy, the police elite forces – the Emergency Response Unit (ERU)\ and the Police Support Unit (PSU), among others. Receiving five bags of the rice harvested from the LNP farm, delivered last Friday by Police Director Chris Massaquoi and his principal deputies, as her gift for the New Year, President Sirleaf praised the LNP for its venture into agricultural activities while ensuring law and order in the country.“Let me commend you all. I think it is a great response to a national need,” the President said as she underscored the importance of agriculture to Liberia’s development process. “You are doing well in keeping with the new policy, which is the agenda and strategy of government, so we want to applaud you.”President Sirleaf said in realization of this fact, she has urged citizens to go back to the soil, and that government is also shifting more attention to agriculture production.She also praised the LNP for its strides in maintaining law and order across the country. The harvest, According to Sam Collins, public affairs officer for the LNP, amounts to 400 bags of rice. This planting season, the LNP aims to expand the rice to 150 acres – twice the size of the existing farm – with land given by the locals in the area.When asked about the plight of other farmers in Lofa, whose plentiful rice harvests remain stranded on their farms due to lack of a way to move them to market, Collins said, “Absolutely, we are willing to help. The same way we bring our harvest to town, we could help other farmers there as well.”For his part Vice President Joseph Boakai lauded the LNP for its involvement in food production, stressing that it will go a long way in helping the police to feed officers in training and other staffers in the employ of the police. He said food production was one of the best ways out of poverty and to jumpstart the Liberian economy.VP Boakai said he was happy to see the police getting involved in extra activities apart from its statutory responsibility, and called on other institutions in and out of government to see food production as a priority in moving the country from dependency on imported food.“I’m gratified for what the police have done in Lofa County by producing rice, and hope this would continue to make the country self-sufficient in food production,” VP Boakai 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

Frank Girardot: The unlikelihood of death penalty

first_imgIf convicted, it’s pretty unlikely Man-ling Williams will die by lethal injection. Williams, 27, stands accused of stabbing her husband, Neal, 27, to death with a sword and smothering her two small children with a pillow in their Rowland Heights apartment Aug. 7. The former Marie Callender’s waitress is charged with the murders and the special circumstances of lying in wait before killing her sons, Devon, 7, and Ian, 3. She has appeared in court twice since her arrest and has yet to enter a plea. A defense attorney and homicide detective both said she confessed to the crimes. Even with the special circumstances allegation, statistics seem to indicate there’s little chance a death sentence in the case would ever be handed down by a judge, much less considered by a jury. In Los Angeles County this year the District Attorney’s Office has filed capital murder charges against 85 defendants – seven of them (including Williams) women, according to spokeswoman Jane Robison. What happens when these cases get before a jury is a completely different matter. As of Jan. 1, of the 3,350 inmates on Death Rows in the U.S., just 59 were women. Fifteen of those were from California, according to statistics compiled annually by the criminal justice project of the NAACP. The disparity comes down to differences between the sexes, said Stefanie Faucher, program director of the San Francisco- based Death Penalty Focus, an anti-capital-punishment organization headed by actor Mike Farrell. “Women tend to commit different crimes than men,” she said. “They aren’t serial killers. They aren’t typically killing people they don’t know. “A large number of women who end up committing horrible crimes are usually committing crimes involving family members; husbands, acquaintances,” Faucher said. “Frequently these are crimes of passion,” she said. “Maybe there was abuse involved. There’s frequently a lot of drugs and alcohol. And women in these situations usually aren’t acting alone.” No matter the circumstances, handing down the death penalty is a tough deal. In 1995, a jury found three Pasadena men guilty of killing three children on Halloween night 1993. But it hung in the death penalty phase of the trial. That, despite the fact that the killers sat through court laughing at the prosecutors and threatening witnesses. It was only after a retrial of the penalty phase that a second jury opted to recommend death for Herbert McClain, Lorenzo Newborn and Karl Holmes. In what some would call poetic justice, the verdict came back on Halloween day 1996. In a solemn proceeding nearly three months later, Superior Court Judge J.D. Smith sentenced the three men to die for killing Edgar Evans, 13, and Stephen Coats Jr. and Reggie Crawford Jr., both 14. Epithets and mocking laughter were shouted by the snarling defendants, who were manacled and wearing shock belts and surrounded by armed deputies in the downtown courtroom. What a contrast that image is to the sight of Man-ling Williams in court Friday. Big, tough, muscular, predatory gangbangers. Little, sniffling, soft-voiced mom. Both cases have one thing in common: three innocent victims. frank.girardot@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717 http://www.insidesocal.com/sgvcrime160Want 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

Gas prices rise 15 cents across nation

first_img Among stations surveyed, the lowest average price in the country for regular unleaded was in Salt Lake City, at $2.25 a gallon. The most costly was in Honolulu, where drivers paid $2.80 a gallon. Among California cities surveyed, Sacramento had the best price for regular at $2.52. The most expensive was $2.70 a gallon in San Diego. CAMARILLO – Retail gas prices across the country climbed an average of nearly 15 cents in the past two weeks, according to a survey released Sunday. The weighted average price for all three grades increased to $2.52 a gallon by Friday, according to Trilby Lundberg, who publishes the semimonthly Lundberg Survey of 7,000 gas stations in the country. Gas prices are 40 cents higher than they were a year ago. Self-serve regular averaged $2.49 a gallon nationwide in the latest survey. Midgrade cost $2.59 a gallon while the price for premium was $2.69. 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

Cable shifts to Time Warner

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles“If you want to have cable TV, you still have a choice,” Zine said. “I see this as a positive, especially for folks in my district.” Former Adelphia customers will be able to keep their service plans for the time being, he said. “The rates will not be affected by this transaction,” Leavenworth said. However, eventually “everything will be consistent.” In the fall, former Adelphia and Comcast customers will be able to sign up for Time Warner services such as digital phone service, digital cabl, and Road Runner high speed Internet connection, priced at $44.95 each, Leavenworth said. Discounts are available for those who sign up for multiple services. Some changes to channel lineups are coming down the pike. Analog channels won’t budge, but digital channel lineups will be grouped by content, creating clusters of children’s shows or cooking programs, Leavenworth said. Time Warner assumed control of Adelphia and Comcast in the San Fernando Valley this week, but changes to service packages, channel lineup and bills will be rolled out over the next few months. “First we want to get everything integrated. Then we’ll start offering changes,” Time Warner spokesman Deane Leavenworth said. “But we don’t want to offer changes off the bat. We want to offer stability.” The deal gave Time Warner some 4.8 million Adelphia and Comcast customers nationwide, including 350,000 in Los Angeles and Orange counties. Time Warner and Comcast purchased Adelphia jointly for $12.5 billion plus a 16 percent stake in Time Warner. Then they swapped systems in some markets to create “better clustered systems,” Leavenworth said. Angelenos will get much better service with Time Warner and will still have a choice between DirecTV and Satellite TV, according to District 3 Councilman Dennis Zine. Monthly bills will eventually say Time Warner instead of Adelphia or Comcast, but the format will be “comparable,” Leavenworth said. Bills will still list any extra charges for pay-per view shows or movies, taxes and fees. For those who pay their bills through an online service, Time Warner will take care of all the details, Leavenworth said. Time Warner is adding new channels, including SiTV, an English-language channel geared toward Latinos. Time Warner is also expected to reinstate the NFL Network on former Adelphia systems after the FCC said it was cut off without the required 30-day notice. julia.scott@dailynews.com (818) 713-3736160Want 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

Abduction case of mistaken identity

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Police in eastern Ventura County have warned recently of reports from children who said they were approached by strangers at their schools or near home – but in one instance, it turned out to be a case of mistaken identity. The Simi Valley Police Department issued a composite drawing of a purported suspect who approached a 10-year-old girl, but it turned out the man was not attempting to abduct her after all. Still, officials said that with the school year starting, children must be aware of strangers who approach them at school or home. In Thousand Oaks, deputies said they have had several calls recently regarding children who were approached by a “suspicious subject” at elementary and middle schools and at an apartment complex, where a strange man asked a little girl to help him. Detective David Del Marto praised the girl for refusing to go with the man and reporting the incident to authorities. Even though it turned out to be a mistake, “the possibility is always there,” Del Marto said. Detectives tracked down the man in the drawing, who came back to the school Thursday to pick up another girl, and learned that the girl’s mother actually had sent the suspect to the school. The two girls had similar names, police said in a statement released Friday. They said it was not an abduction attempt after all, but “a miscommunication between school staff and the male suspect.” Del Marto said police must take such reports seriously because of the potential danger. Sgt. Stephanie Shannon of the Simi Valley Police Department said it is not a good idea for parents to have stickers on their cars with their children’s names because a predator could use the information against the child. “We encourage parents to communicate with their kids about stranger danger,” she said. “They should help their kids learn how to be very careful about their surroundings.” eric.leach@dailynews.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillipscenter_img “We’re actively investigating this, and I would hope that children and their parents continue to be aware of their surroundings,” said Sgt. Barbara Payton of the Thousand Oaks Police Department. Payton said children who were approached by strangers in Thousand Oaks gave varying descriptions of the men. She said with children starting back to school it is critical that they stay away from strangers who confront them and go immediately to a safe location. On Wednesday, Simi Valley police released a composite drawing of a man who approached a 10-year-old girl at Berylwood Elementary School on Aug.31. The man called her by her first and last name and said her mother told him to pick her up in his car. last_img read more

Oyston family ordered to buy out Blackpool shareholder for more than £31million

first_img Owen Oyston has been removed from the League One club’s board of directors by a Court Receiver 1 Millionaire businessman Valeri Belokon has won a bitter High Court battle with the Oyston family over the running of Blackpool.His company, VB Football Assets, a minor shareholder in Blackpool, brought an action against the Oystons and their companies alleging they had shown unfair prejudice against shareholders.Lawyers for VB Football complained that both Mr Belokon and his nominated directors were excluded from key decisions, information and share of profits.Owen Oyston, Blackpool’s majority shareholder, and his son Karl, the club’s chairman, denied the accusations during a lengthy civil trial in London earlier this year before Mr Justice Marcus Smith.They gave evidence that all financial transactions were conducted in an open and transparent manner.The judge announced his decision on the dispute on Monday, ruling that there had been unfair prejudice. After further discussion in court the judge ruled that a “financial buy-out” was the appropriate course following his findings.It is understood that Blackpool will now have to purchase the interests of VB Football Assets for £31.27 million.last_img read more

Swansea duo Leroy Fer and Wilfried Bony to miss rest of the season

first_img Fer (left) and Bony (right) suffered injuries in their side’s 1-1 draw against Leicester 1 Swansea have been hit by the news that Leroy Fer and Wilfred Bony will miss the rest of the season through injury.Carlos Carvalhal has overseen a resurgence since taking over the Welsh side, taking them out of the relegation zone.However, the Swans have been hit by the news that they will be without midfielder Fer and striker Bony for the remainder of the season.The club has confirmed Fer ruptured his Achilles tendon in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Leicester and will need to go under the knife, as will summer signing Bony after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.A statement from Swansea read: “Fer was stretchered off in the first half of the Swans’ 1-1 draw at Leicester City on Saturday after going down unchallenged.“A scan confirmed the Dutch midfielder had ruptured his Achilles and he is now expected to undergo surgery.“The same fate also awaits Bony after a scan revealed the striker had torn his anterior cruciate ligament.“The Ivory Coast international suffered the knee injury when he landed awkwardly just moments after coming on as a second-half substitute at the King Power Stadium.“Despite battling on to help secure the Swans a precious point in their survival fight, Bony left the stadium in a knee brace.“Both players will be assessed further in the week and an update will follow.“Everyone at the Swans wishes both players speedy recoveries.”last_img read more

SPFL moves to avoid potential Old Firm derby title clincher

first_imgWhile April 21 may be decisive at the top of the table, it could also be key at the bottom as struggling Partick Thistle host Hamilton Accies on the same day.Accies head north to the Highlands one week later to take on Ross County, with both sides battling to avoid the drop.Motherwell host their rivals in the season’s last Lanarkshire derby in the potentially pivotal final round of games.The Jags and the Staggies currently sit level on points at the foot of the table. They meet in round 36 as Alan Archibald’s men aim to exact revenge following County’s 4-0 win in the Highlands last week. Rangers will embark on away trips to their three closest rivals after the split. The Ibrox outfit will travel to face Aberdeen and Hibs in their final two league fixtures of the season.Aberdeen, however, will enjoy home fixtures against their rivals for second spot, with Hibs and Rangers Pittodrie-bound in the third last and penultimate round of fixtures.Neil Lennon had bemoaned the prospect of a third trip to Ibrox. But the Hibs boss need not have worried, as Rangers will instead visit Easter Road on the final day.Kilmarnock, though, will make a third trip to Ibrox this campaign. Steve Clarke’s men take on the Light Blues during round 36. The SPFL has moved to avoid a potential title clincher between Celtic and Rangers.League chiefs have rescheduled the final Old Firm derby of the season for Sunday, April 29.Brendan Rodgers’ Hoops will have the chance to retain their title a week before Rangers visit Parkhead when they travel to face Hibs at Easter Road in the first post-split fixture on Saturday, April 21 at 12.30.Celtic return to the capital a fortnight later to take on Hearts, before rounding off the campaign with home fixtures against Kilmarnock and Aberdeen.last_img read more

Indiana Governor In Orange and Lawrence County Parades

first_imgOn Saturday, Governor Mike Pence will offer remarks at the Orleans Bicentennial Homecoming in Orange County.Later in the morning, the Governor will offer remarks at the opening ceremony for the Limestone Heritage Festival Parade in Lawrence County. Saturday, July 4:10:15 a.m. EDT – Governor Pence to offer remarks at Orleans Bicentennial Homecoming*Media are welcome to attend.Historic Congress square (Town Park Square), Orleans, IN11:30 a.m. EDT – Governor Pence to offer remarks at the opening ceremony for the Limestone Heritage Festival Parade*Media are welcome to attend.Bedford Square – Southeast corner at the intersection of 16th Street and I Street, Bedford, INlast_img

Jobs: Major recruitment drive at Arnolds Hotel

first_imgJob Vacancies: Arnolds Hotel in the seaside town of Dunfanaghy are continuing their impressive growth phase by adding a number of exciting new positions to their hospitality team.Management are looking for ambitious, hardworking new staff to join their dedicated and friendly team.Would you like to spend your lunch breaks beside these beautiful surroundings?Celebrating 95 years in business this year, the hotel has just completed an extensive refurbishment of their new bar restaurant which launched last weekend and will continue with their renovation and expansion plans throughout 2017. It’s a great time to join the team at Arnolds. Positions are available in the following roles:Junior Sous ChefSenior Chef de PartieCommis ChefBar & Restaurant SupervisorFront Desk ReceptionistHousekeeping AssistantsFront of House StaffApplicants must be flexible to also work evenings and weekends and live within commutable distance from Dunfanaghy.Please email your CV together with a short introduction to Keallagh Doherty, Assistant General Manager –keallagh@arnoldshotel.com Closing date for all applications – Tuesday 21st March 2017.  Jobs: Major recruitment drive at Arnolds Hotel was last modified: March 13th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Arnolds HotelbarchefEmploymentjobsVacancieslast_img read more