Police IG Warns Public Against Hate Speech

first_imgInspector Coleman. Police Inspector General  Gregory Coleman has warned Liberians who are constantly involved in broadcasting hate speech over electronic media, especially on social network sites, to immediately desist, or face the consequence.IG Coleman said the police was forced to issue the warning after noticing the increase in hate speech with the ability to undermine the country’s peace and cause violence, which they cannot sit and allow to continue.“We have observed that some individuals are in the constant habit of misusing social and the electronic media to preach or promote hate messages. We condemn this behavior and urge those involved to desist right now. If these kinds of behavior continue, the police will start to arrest those who are involved in such acts.“Currently, we have put in place security measures to monitor all of the activities on social media and that of electronic media. Although the country’s constitution guarantees freedom of speech, it doesn’t in anyway mean that they should abuse it. Freedom of speech doesn’t require hate speech,” Coleman stated.IG Coleman warned that LNP has started tracking individuals who open fake Facebook accounts just to mislead the public and cause confusion, and promised to take action against those involved.It can be recalled that President Sirleaf also frowned on similar behavior recently and  cautioned Liberians to use the social media to promote peace instead of using hate massages that could undermine the peace and stability of the state, adding that it was important to avoid posting these kinds of hate messages on social media. But it appears as if her warning has failed to yield the desired result of stopping offensive or unpleasant messages.In a related development, the Liberian National Police spokesman, Sam Collins, disclosed that the LNP this week graduated 64 police officers from the Police Academy following an intensive firearm training in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.Collins said after graduation the officers will be issued firearms to help boost security in the country.He also disclosed that the graduates are commanders and officers from various zones and depots from across the country. He further told journalists that when officers are armed, they will be able to respond effectively and efficiently to crimes and other related issues.The LNP spokesman clarified that these armed officers are aware of the rules and regulations that govern the use of arms, which they are expected to abide by.  “During the training, they were told  how and when to use the arms that are issued, that is why we gave the arms to responsible police officers,” he 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

Gbehlay-Geh Women Group Appeals for Financial Assistance

first_imgMadam Kruah stands by the new rice mill. The Gbehlay-Geh Rural Women Multipurpose Farmers’ Cooperative in Karnplay, Nimba County, has appealed to the Government of Liberia and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for financial assistance to buy more paddy rice from smallholder farmers and that can be processed for the local market.The chairlady of the cooperative, Annie Kryah, told the Daily Observer recently that when government provides the financial assistance, it will boost rice production in the county and also improve farmers’ income.According to her, a large size rice mill a partner recently donated to them demands more paddy rice for processing, but the lack of finance limits farmers from purchasing more quantity of the commodity to supply the mill.Sample of the rice produced by the womenMadam Kruah said that her organization is striving to encourage more farmers to engage in rice production, but  additional cash to empower them to purchase farming implements is something that really requires money.She said the new rice mill will enhance farmers’ ability to produce more rice for the local markets, if only they have the resources to purchase the paddy rice from farmers as compared to what they are doing now with a reasonable price.The women are also involved in cassava production and processing.Meanwhile, Madam Krah has also called on local authorities to provide land to expand their farming activity.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A Rally Call To Curb The Mob Violence Against Liberia

first_imgBy Johnny Baryougar White (Human Rights Practitioner and student of International Relations)Violence is destructive, whether it is physical or emotional. An act of violence leaves a person, place or situation in a less appreciative state. Violence can be caused by a natural phenomenon; it can be caused by the action, inaction or non-action of individual or group. Violence is a vice and must be avoided, no matter who caused it or where it occurred.Liberia is not a stranger to violence. The vice is deeply rooted in the country’s history. Violence runs as far back as the country’s foundation. The most vivid and recent picture of violence on the mind of Liberians is the brutal civil upheaval that caused the death of over a quarter of million people, ruined the fabrics of the development trajectory and destroyed basic social services. In short, violence rendered Liberia nothing, and violence is responsible for the current state of underdevelopment.Given that violence is destructive, the human race decided to find means through which physical violence (caused by man) could be curbed or punished. Philosophers like Thomas Hobbes and Jean-Jacques Rousseau believed that a central authority is needed to ensure law and order. To the effect, Rousseau coined the social contract theory, arguing that the people agree to surrender their power to a central authority that provides their needs and keeps everyone safe. When the authority effectively and unbiasedly performs its duties, the issue of violence can be handled. It is then true in the reverse that the failure of the sovereign to perform its duties often leads to violence.The case in Liberia is closely associated with the failure of the sovereign to live up to its responsibilities. Groups of people who have lost faith in the sovereign or more specific, the law, have carried out some of the violence that have occurred in the country. Such violence of a group can be termed as mob violence. Mob violence is part of the violence permeated throughout the Liberian society because of distrust in the system. The mob can easily be gathered but difficult to disperse. The mob is made up of people with different motives.The country is currently facing a high level of mob violence. The makeup of the mob raining violence on the country is not homogenous but heterogeneous. There are three identifiable segments of the mob: government, opposition and general population. These groups of people forming the mob in the violence against Liberia are ensuring that Liberia does not move forward. The violence from these groups is making sure that the country remains divided and underdeveloped. As a result of the violence, hate is permeating the society and selfish motives have defined the politics. The violence has ensured the misinterpretation of the definition of politics. Instead of politics in a general term being about determining who gets what, when and how, ‘it has become how I get what, when and how’. What is the interest and role of the different groups as mentioned above in this violence? For a start, let us look at the government. The Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) led government has been in power for one year two months. The government alongside its fanatic supporters is seeking to ensure that the country is transformed and developed. Howbeit, the government sees it as a competition in which its strength can be shown thereby leading to more political benefits (re-election). In this effort, the government has come up with the notion that there should be no dissent and that everyone with opposing idea on the development of the state is an enemy of the state. The bigger picture of Liberia being developed in the end has been replaced with the thought of Liberia being developed by CDC. The government has forgotten the fact that whatever becomes of the country, everyone will be impacted by it. Economic, political or social mishaps know no party or special group of people. The civil war and the Ebola crisis bear testimonies of this fact. The government and its fanatics are beclouded with this thought of glory to the extent that it has taken the posture of self-righteousness wherein it considers everything done as good (even when the facts prove contrary).To ensure that no one steals away its glory or hinders it from attaining its desired glory, the government has allegedly dismissed staff(s) who it considers anti-government. The government has not hidden her view of opposition or individuals who shared critical thoughts of the government. The government has defined patriotism to be in total unison with government’s policies, agenda or actions; anything short of that you are branded enemy of the state. Yet, the economy of the country is in a “free fall”, poverty is rising and hatred is being groomed among the population. A turnaround of the current situation is needed as fast as possible. This attitude of the government is a violence that is hurting the country.The opposition to the government is also contributing to the mob violence. Opposition is often viewed as a government in waiting. Opposition is expected to have an alternative as to how the country should be governed. In Liberia’s case, it seems to be a contradiction. The opposition is redefining opposition to mean ‘it shouldn’t be you, but me’ or ‘a means through which I can also benefit’. The opposition in the country is currently engaging in activities that point to nothing but hate and jealousy of the government and a hunger of wanting to be there too. What difference can or would the opposition make, remains to be seen. In the first place, the political parties are just group of individuals wanting government jobs rather than individuals with particular political ideology or philosophy. This fact limits the opposition from drawing out a viable plan that can even help the government develop the country.Like the government, the opposition sees the politics of the country as a competition of glory rather than a collective effort through which we can develop and progress as a country. With the mind-set of wanting to win this contest, the opposition sees nothing good or appropriate in the actions of the government. In their constant and arrogant criticisms, they provide no viable solutions. The opposition obnoxiously believes that the government and its supporters are inept, unqualified and unsophisticated for statecraft.  As an opposition, it is not expected that one would agree with everything done by the state. However, as an opposition you must be able to carve out alternatives to situations that are not going well. Those alternatives must be provided out of respect and not with disdain. Some elements of the opposition have even resigned themselves to fabrication and doom-saying, while others have become satirists (an act that should arguably be left to comedians). Some elements of the opposition even use their status as a means of amassing wealth or landing a job. This level of violence perpetuated by the opposition is hurting the country as well. The general population, who should be on a truce-breaking mission or ensuring a rescue of the country from this mob violence is joining the fray. The general population has divided themselves into three groups: pro-opposition, pro-government and fair-weather. The pro-government and pro-opposition forces will stop at nothing in supporting the action(s) of their respective groups. They do so with no regret. These people could easily be counted as opposition or government but cannot because they hold no affiliations with any party nor do they work for government. They are just infatuated and sympathetic about their sides. The other force of the general population involved in this mob violence (fair-weather folks) is made of those who support the side that brings them daily bread or joy for the moment. They could support any of the previous two sides. This group of people could easily be seen as objective but they are not. They are making their choices based on their personal benefits. These are in fact the most dangerous because they appeal to independence but cheer on the wrongs in as much their interests (rather than the state’s) are taken care of. All sides in this violence must be stopped. It is high time everyone got involved in curbing this violence. Our inability to curb this mob action will do us no good but bleed this country to its demise. The mob action is not only affecting the development of the country but also the people. We are becoming tense in our every action; we are bitter; we are divided. In Liberia, we now celebrate evil news of another, insofar that person does not fall in our interest group. We demean the dead in the name of politics. We now measure success by the failures of others rather than an acceptable standard or successes beyond the benchmark. With our mob action against the country, we are becoming parochial, complacent and refusing to look at the bigger picture. We all (opposition, government and general population) have ascribed to the ‘Tu Quoque’ Fallacy. We believe that our opponents or opposing side has no right to make any suggestion to improve the country because either their actions run contrary to their suggestions or they failed to improve the very situation when they had the opportunity. Howbeit, it is worth mentioning that there are still neutral and good people in the general population who are yet to get involved in the conflict. These people who are adjudged by their conscience are ought to encourage others to halt this mob violence. This rally call to curb the violence against Liberia is a call that we all must answer. We need no reach within and rekindle that gleam of patriotic consciousness and put an end to this quagmire. Let us not forget that united we will stand and divided we shall fall. It is only with hearts and hands and with the cause of our country to defend that we can defeat the foes (underdevelopment, poverty, poor health, corruption among others). Let us put Liberia first. The Author:Johnny Baryougar White is a Human Rights Practitioner and student of International Relations.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Power outage between Taylor and Dawson Creek

first_imgLightning has caused a power outage in between Taylor and Dawson Creek.The outage started shortly after 11 p.m. and covers an area between Taylor and Dawson Creek. According to B.C. Hydro, the power should be restored to 200 customers by 2 a.m. Monday.- Advertisement -For more updates, visit www.bchydro.com/outageslast_img

Photo Gallery: Brett Kissel and Brad Paisley live in concert

first_imgThe entire concert venue is sold outThe traffic on Highway 97 is at one of its busiest pointsA heck load of cars with Alberta plates roll into the Encana parking lotThe night ends with your ears ringing as a result of not only the speakers, but also the immense screaming from die-hard fans throughout the stadiumLast night’s concert was no exception, as Brett Kissel was an extraordinary opening act; an act that some may say deserves its own warm-up band.Some of the songs Kissel performed includes ‘Canadian Kid’, ‘Started with a Song’, and of course, ‘Tough People Do’.Meanwhile, Brad Paisley blew away the audience with his mix of country talent and good-old-fashion charisma.- Advertisement -Brad Paisley’s performance included songs like ‘This is Country Music’, ‘Waitin’ on a Woman’, and ‘Celebrity’ to name a few.last_img read more

Argentina’s Nestor Pitana to referee World Cup final

first_img0Shares0000Argentine referee Nestor Pitana, who handled France’s quarterfinal against, will be in charge for the final against Croatia.© AFP/File FRANCK FIFEMOSCOW, Russia, July 12 – Nestor Pitana of Argentina will referee the World Cup final between France and Croatia, FIFA announced on Thursday.Pitana, a former actor who has already refereed four games including the tournament opener between host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia and France’s quarter-final win over Uruguay, will take charge of Sunday’s showpiece at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. He will have two more Argentines, Hernan Maidana and Juan Pablo Belatti as assistant referees. Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers will be the fourth official backed up by another Dutchman, Erwin Zeinstra.In addition to handling a French victory, Pitana was also in charge when Croatia beat Denmark in the last 16 on penalties.The 43-year-old’s other game in Russia was Sweden’s 3-0 group-stage victory over Mexico.In Brazil in 2014, Pitana refereed four matches. The last was France’s 1-0 loss to eventual champions Germany in the quarter-finals.For the third-place playoff between Belgium and England in Saint Petersburg on Saturday, FIFA have selected Iranian referee Alireza Faghani.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

You are in for a shock Louis! Liverpool boss Rodgers issues warning to Man United rival Van Gaal

first_img Louis van Gaal 1 Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has warned Louis van Gaal he is in for a big shock when the Premier League season kicks off.Van Gaal has made an encouraging start at Manchester United, with the Dutchman leading his new team to five wins from five pre-season frendlies in America.Rodgers’ Liverpool were among the sides to be beaten by United in the US, but he insists it will be a different story in the league.Van Gaal has had huge success across Europe with the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but Rodgers reckons the competitiveness of the Premier League will be like nothing he has encountered in his illustrious career.“I think what he’ll find is the competition in this league will be different to any other league that he’s worked in,” the Northern Irishman told several national newspapers.“In a lot of the other leagues, there are one or two teams and those are the teams that are expected to win.“This is a league where the top team plays the bottom team and on any given day you can lose. You don’t get that a lot in the other leagues. I think the competition will probably take him by [surprise], and that’s from foreign managers I have spoken to over the years.”Despite the fierce rivalry between the two clubs, Rodgers also spoke of his admiration for Van Gaal and what he has achieved.“I’ve obviously an admirer of his work and his career,” he added.“He’s a very experienced manager and a very good manager who has worked at some big clubs.“When you come through as a coach, you look at the guys who have a vision and a philosophy, and he was obviously one of those guys.”last_img read more

COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO OF THE DAY (HI SIR – THE SONG!)

first_imgTHERE appears to be no end to the number of songs being released as the Countdown to Croker continues.Here’s another one – entitled Hi Sir.Not everyone’s cuppa….but it will give you a laugh.Click to play  COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO OF THE DAY (HI SIR – THE SONG!) was last modified: September 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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

MAN CAUGHT WITH €400 WORTH OF COCAINE WAS ‘TAKING IT TO A CARD GAME’

first_imgA DONEGAL man who fought a legal battle over a drugs supplier charge and lost has been fined €1,000 for various offences.Peter Wilson, from Windmill View in Letterkenny, had contested a charge of possession drugs with intent to supply after gardai found €432 worth of cocaine in his car when he was stopped.Wilson was also facing motoring offences. Inspector Michael Harrison told Letterkenny District Court that Wilson was stopped by gardai in April 2013.A subsequent search of his car uncovered the cocaine – and a small amount of cannabis worth around €4 was found at this homeDefence solicitor Kevin McElhinney reminded Judge Paul Kelly that Wilson had contested the more serious charge of possession with intent to supply at an earlier hearing but had been found guilty.“He was on his way to a card game and he was unfortunate that he was the one tasked with collecting the cocaine to take it to the card game,” said Mr McElhinney who said his client was not a dealer.Inspector Harrison also told the court about motoring offences on Feb 24, 2013 involving Wilson and his silver Mercedes car.Garda Derek Connaughton had gone to check the vehicle when it was parked at the side of the road at Brownknowe, Ramelton.As the garda was chatting to Wilson, the motorist said “F*** this” and then sped off, said the inspector.“Garda Connaughton had to jump out of the way,” the inspector added.The Mercedes sped off in the direction of Rathmullan.Mr McElhinney said Wilson had driven off because had panicked because his car wasn’t insured.He said Wilson was now working as a carpenter in the UK. He had complied with all the directions of the probation service on the cocaine and driving matters and had successfully attended the pro-social driving habits course.Judge Kelly fined Wilson a total of €1,000 on the cocaine and dangerous driving charges.“He is very much obliged for the opportunity,” said Mr McElhinney.MAN CAUGHT WITH €400 WORTH OF COCAINE WAS ‘TAKING IT TO A CARD GAME’ was last modified: September 4th, 2015 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:arrestchargecocaineconvictiondealerletterkennyPeter Wilsonlast_img read more

For Coudsys, fostering has delivered a family

first_imgVALENCIA – When you walk into the living room of the Coudsy home, it’s pretty clear that kids rule. An inflatable Disney princess chair dominates the floor. Storybooks are scattered on the floor and pictures on every possible surface reflect a happy family with lots of different faces. Susan and Khalil Coudsy said they “stopped counting” after at least 30 children crossed their threshold, all looking for safe harbor from difficult circumstances. As foster parents, they welcomed each young spirit, loved him or her as long as they could, then made sure the youngsters were strong enough to be reunited with their birth parents. Four of those children became permanent residents when they were adopted by the Coudsys. “One of the things we learned about were glass houses,” Susan said. “That’s what they call it when you have everybody, doctors, social workers and schoolteachers all looking over your shoulder.” Justin said that none of his schoolmates has a problem with him being adopted, but Susan said some strange questions have come from adults. “They have this perception that foster children were damaged in some way,” Susan said. “I never think of my children like that.” Dannai asked an interesting question when the family moved from one Valencia neighborhood to another. “Is this a school for all foster kids?” she asked Susan when she started classes at James Foster Elementary, named for a former schools superintendent. While their family of six is comfortable, Susan and Khalil still welcome short-term foster children and provide respite foster care for others who need a break or cannot take children with them when traveling. “You’re doing what’s right,” Khalil said. “It might be a lot of work, but these kids are looking for security and you’re able to give them something they’re not used to. “Sure, they might test you and be rebellious, but they’re just making sure you’ll still be there. Once they know that, they stop.” The Children’s Bureau is one of the contract agencies that works with the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services and holds foster parent and adoption orientation in the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys. The next session is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. “There are several people who start out as foster parents that become adoptive parents if the children can’t be reunited with their families,” said Marcia Morris, spokeswoman for the Children’s Bureau. “Foster care isn’t meant to be long-term, it gives parents a chance to get everything done and fulfill all the court requirements.” According to DCFS spokesman Stuart Riskin, there are 20,793 children living “out of home” or in foster homes, the lowest number in several years. “The department is focusing on three goals: increased safety, fewer detentions (separation of children from parents) and greater permanency,” Riskin said. Riskin said that foster children are placed in county-supervised homes roughly one third of the time, with the majority placed via private agencies, which provide their own qualifying training and supervision. For information on foster parenting, call the Children’s Bureau at (661) 272-9996 or the county’s Foster Parent Recruitment Hotline at (888) 811-1121. carol.rock@dailynews.com (661)257-5252160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsBen, a vibrant 6-year-old eager to share pictures of all the babies and playmates who have come and gone, was 3 days old when he was adopted. Next came siblings Dannai and Justin, respectively 13 and 10. Mikayala, 3, the princess of the group, was their “surprise” addition. “I feel with these four children, our quiver is full,” Susan said. “I love kids and always wanted lots of them. I used to dream of living on a ranch and having kids all over the place.” Khalil, a retired Glendale firefighter, is a bit more philosophical. “When we were unable to have children ourselves, the Child Share organization came to our church and talked about foster parenting,” he said. “We thought what a wonderful opportunity this would be, not just to have children in our home, but to give them a change from the lifestyles they came from.” They jumped into foster parenting in 1998, taking training classes from the Children’s Bureau, another nonprofit agency. last_img read more