Lawmaker Blames Ritual Killings on ‘Relaxed’ Capital Punishment

first_imgBong County District #3 Representative, George Mulbah, has attributed the wave of alleged ritualistic killings in the country to what he branded as “the absence of capital punishment.”Representative Mulbah made the comment recently in Monrovia in the wake of reports of suspected ritual killings in Bong County and other parts of the country. He said the government committed itself to pleasing the International community and has abandoned the law that calls for capital punishment for those convicted of murder.“The government has failed to institute capital punishment for persons allegedly engaged in killings of his or her fellow being. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has to emulate the leadership style of former President William R. Tolbert, who did not regard status, but prescribed capital punishment for anyone that committed murder,” the Bong County Lawmaker contended.He said because the government is more conscious of pleasing the international community, people who reportedly commit murder are put in prison in the name of “human rights,” and served three meals daily, while ordinary, peaceful citizens go without food all day long.Representative Mulbah said the law is still on the books, where murder convicts are supposed to face capital punishment, adding that “the only way people engaged in ritual killings will cease is to fully implement the law.”Under the Liberia penal law of 1976, only aggravated capital offenses are punishable by death.Although death sentences have been handed down on about 20 murder convicts since 2008, some have been overturned on appeal, while others have been pardoned.On August 26, 2008, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) expressed deep concern about a new death penalty legislation authorized by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.The reintroduction of the death penalty in Liberia was in contravention of President Sirleaf’s signature on an international treaty on civil and political rights of an accused, the UNHRC said“The Act signed by the President on July 22, 2008 therefore constitutes a clear breach by Liberia of its international legal obligations under the Second Optional Protocol,” the UN said in a release.The European Union has also been in the vanguard of sensitizing Liberians to abolish capital punishment and instead institute life sentence.At a symposium commemorating the abolition of Capital Punishment, the two Legislators, Senator Joseph Nagbe of Sinoe County and Representative Worlea Dunah of Nimba County, argued that Capital Punishment has been working for Liberia for a long time, and it was the only means that perpetrators of murder could be punished to the satisfaction of victims.Senator Nagbe argued that if Capital Punishment was abolished, there should be provisions that would be beneficial to those affected by aggravated murder. If not, Senator Nagbe said, there was no need for abolishing the death penalty because it would be unjustifiable to the victims.Since the Sirleaf administration took over the mantle of authority in Liberia in 2006, there has been no capital punishment prescribed for aggravated murder convicts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huskies sweep past Wolves to advance to second round

first_img“We’ve been missing him ever since he went out. It’s good to have him back. It’s good to have him back. He makes things happen out there with his strength and position. It makes a big difference for us.”Scoring in order for the Huskies were Blair Karasiuk, Cayle Bell, and Blair Karasiuk.Travis McLean stopped 31 of 32 shots in the win.Dates for the Huskies second round series against the Grande Prairie JDA are yet to be announced.Advertisement The Huskies opened the scoring in the first period with a short handed goal in the first period and controlled most of the play throughout the opening frame. The Huskies would add a second goal and took a 2-0 to the dressing room after 20 minutes. Entering the second period, the Wolves came out strong with their season on the line. Play in the period was much more balanced, and Slave Lake cut the Huskies lead in half and trailed 2-1 entering the third.In the third, the Wolves struggled to carry forward their momentum and the Huskies eventually put things away when they went up 3-1.- Advertisement -Head coach Gary Alexander says despite the series being a sweep Slave Lake came to play in all three contests.“It’s always a good feeling to advance. We’ve got to give Slave Lake a lot of credit. They played hard every game against us, gave us some really good games, played tough and rough. Our guys had to hang in there to win.” Blair Karasiuk has been on fire since his turn from injury. He got himself  three points in the win, and his two goals brought his total to five in the playoffs, matching his regular season total.Advertisementlast_img read more

RCMP search for witnesses after gun shots at George Dawson Inn

first_imgThe Dawson Creek RCMP have released very little information following gun shots at the Elbows Pub.The RCMP are currently looking for witnesses following the incident after the pub closed on Sunday January 24th, 2010.  The Elbows Pub is located in the George Dawson Inn.  At this time, the RCMP have not released any more information about the what happened. They are simply seeking the public’s assistance in the investigation and request that anyone having information in regards to this incident to please call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Tottenham 2-1 Arsenal: Red-hot Kane sends Spurs into top four

first_img1 Tottenham’s man of the moment Harry Kane was on hand once again to clinch a deserved win against Arsenal at White Hart Lane.The Gunners’ impressive win at Manchester City in January seemed to be the blueprint for a disciplined first half performance, but a relentless Spurs finished strongly to snatch a breathtaking north London derby.Kane’s predatory second-half strike cancelled out Mesut Ozil’s early finish, before the 21-year-old’s 22nd goal of the season ensured all three points for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.As a result, Spurs climb above their neighbours into fourth while Arsenal slip to sixth in the race for Champions League football next season.Kane had 20 goals in all competitions prior to kick off and threatened to add to that tally on five minutes, collecting the ball in a menacing position on the left before sending a curling effort towards the bottom corner, but David Ospina was equal to the attempt with a strong left hand.However, it was Arsenal who broke the deadlock against the run of play on ten minutes. Danny Welbeck countered with pace down the right, showing Danny Rose a clean pair of heels and, after a complete miscue from Olivier Giroud, the ball found its way to an unmarked Ozil, who produced an accomplished first-time finish beyond Hugo Lloris.In response, Rose honed in with a drilled strike, but his effort was expertly parried by the Arsenal goalkeeper, and the 24-year-old nearly picked out Kyle Walker with another daisy-cutter across the Colombian only for the ball to run harmlessly out of play.The hosts continued to probe and fashioned another opening on the half-hour mark when Walker’s deflected cross trickled into the area towards an outstretched Erik Lamela, who was unable to hit the target.Tottenham dictated play after the restart, with Kane and Christian Eriksen combining well, and it was the former who pulled Spurs level ten minutes into the second-half. Mousa Dembele rose highest to meet Eriksen’s corner and Ospina was only able to slap the ball into the path of the 21-year-old, who calmly stroked the ball home.Kane almost doubled his tally moments later, but was unable to adjust his feet in time to poke home a close range chance. At the other end, Welbeck forced the best out of Lloris with a sizzling effort before Laurent Koscielny sent a free header straight at the France international.After an understandably subdued period, Arsenal ventured forward as Ozil’s sublime cross was met by Giroud’s glancing header, which flashed wide, before Lamela rushed a good chance inside the Gunners box to the dismay of the White Hart Lane supporters.But, with England manager Roy Hodgson in attendance, Kane sent the home faithful into raptures five minutes from time. Eriksen, another star Spurs performer this season, supplied the club’s top-scorer with a hanging delivery, which was converted with an expert header beyond the helpless Ospina.Arsenal pushed for an equaliser late-on and substitute Tomas Rosicky tested Lloris with a swerving attempt, but Tottenham held on for a famous win. Harry Kane last_img read more

Barcelona fight off interest from Arsenal and Liverpool to land £17m French ace

first_img Lucas Digne in action for France 1 Barcelona could complete the signing of Arsenal and Liverpool target Lucas Digne today after agreeing a fee with Paris Saint-Germain for his sale.Both Premier League sides have been linked with the talented left-back, who spent last season on loan at Roma where he racked up 33 Serie A appearances.However, Barcelona have this month emerged as contenders to land him and, according to sources in France, they have already agreed a fee with PSG.The Spanish club are set to pay a fee of around £17m to land Digne, who will sign a five-year contract at the Nou Camp.The deal could be rubber-stamped on Wednesday with an official presentation due on Thursday.last_img read more

‘TRAGIC’ WOMEN SPARED JAIL DESPITE ADMITTING ARSON ATTACKS ON HOMES

first_imgA Judge has allowed two Donegal women accused of arson attacks to walk free from court after hearing they suffered horrendously throughout their young lives.Donna KildeaStacey Doran and her friend Donna Kildea, both 29, were saved from a jail term despite admitting setting fire to homes belonging to a brother of singer Dana in Newtowncunningham. Both women had suffered huge personal tragedy in their lives but had now managed to turn their lives around.Both women pleaded guilty to the arson incidents when they appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Criminal Court yesterday.Ms Doran, of Ballybegley, Newtowncunningham, admitted the arson at a property on Main Street, Newtowncunningham on April 15, 2011, the property of John Brown.She is also admitted arson at Colehill Newtowncunningham on August 29, 2011, also the property of Mr Brown.Donna Kildea, admitted her role in the arson attack at Colehill, Newtowncunningham.The court heard from barrister Grainne McMorrow, SC for Doran, that her client had suffered a number of tragedies in her life and had turned to drink and drugs.Stacey DoranIn 1998 when she was just eight she had seen her sister Denise (15) die in a freak road traffic accident.She had been walking with her family near their home when a wheel came off a lorry.Ms Doran was hurt and her brother suffered life-changing injuries  while five years later her mother died.Her father Peter had worked tirelessly to keep the family together, dealing with his wife’s death and his son’s disabilities.John McLaughlin, SC for Ms Kildea, said she had also been injured in a road traffic accident when she was eight and spent the next three years of her life in Beaumont Hospital.She had suffered long-term injuries, he said.Gda Tom Hurley told Judge Francis Comerford that the building damaged in the first incident had to be knocked down with a cost to the owner of €120,000.However he said both women had turned their lives around since the incident and had not come to the attention of gardai.Judge Comerford said both women had suffered ‘horrendously’ in their lives and it was almost understandable after what they had gone through.He said he would ‘ordinarily’ impose a sentence of imprisonment for such offences but he had to acknowledge the efforts made by the defendants.He sentenced Stacey Doran to 40 hours of community service in lieu of 9 months in prison.He sentenced Kildea to nine months in prison but suspended it for two years, on condition she be of good behaviour and complies with the direction of the probation service.Judge Comerford extended his best wishes to both women.‘TRAGIC’ WOMEN SPARED JAIL DESPITE ADMITTING ARSON ATTACKS ON HOMES was last modified: April 30th, 2015 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:arsondonegalDonna KildeafireNewtowncunninghamStacey Doranlast_img read more

Man United boost! Midfielder to stay at Old Trafford after penning one-year deal

first_imgManchester United midfielder Michael Carrick will play another season at Old Trafford after signing a one-year extension to his contract.Carrick’s existing deal was due to expire next month, but the former England international, who will be 36 this summer, has agreed to stay for another 12 months.In March, Carrick said he would only consider extending his 11-year stay at the club if he felt he could still contribute.“What a fantastic way to finish off the season, with a new trophy in our cabinet. I am delighted that my journey with this great club is going to continue,” said the midfielder, who this week added the Europa League to his personal tally of five Premier League titles, an FA Cup, two League Cups and a Champions League already won with the club,“My focus now is looking ahead to my testimonial match next Sunday; it will be a very proud moment for me and my family, and is the perfect way to top what has already been a great season.“I am thrilled that the fans will also get to see our shiny new Europa League trophy on the day.”Carrick has made 38 appearances this season, with 18 Premier League starts, and manager Jose Mourinho hopes he can continue to pass on his experience to the younger members of the squad.“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Michael over this past season,” said the Portuguese.“He is one of the true professionals of the game. Not only is he a great footballer, he is also a fantastic human being and a great role model to our younger members of the team.“I am delighted he has extended his contract.” 1 Michael Carrick (left): The 35-year-old’s existing deal was due to expire next month last_img read more

GAA NEWS: NA ROSSA OPEN LEAGUE CAMPAIGN WITH A FINE WIN OVER ROBERT EMMETS

first_imgWell done to the seniors as they started their league campaign with a 1 point victory against Robert Emmets at the weekend. A very hard fought game as the lads trailed by 2 points at half time and were chasing the game until the final 5 minutes but showed great character to come back and win by the minimum 0-8 to 1-4.Next game is away to Red Hughs on Saturday 16th April.The seniors have also qualified for the next round of the Junior Gaeltacht after travelling to Glenswilly on St Patrick’s day.Well done to Declan, John & Christian as the Donegal U21s qualified for the semi final of the Ulster championship after a 1 point victory over Derry last Wednesday night in Ballybofey. They now play Tyrone next Wednesdsy evening. Venue to be confirmed.Good luck lads from all at the club.The lotto draw took place last Monday evening in the hall. Numbers drawn were 16, 22, 23 & 28. No jackpot winner on the night . Two lucky dips receive €50 Pat Glackin Farrigans & Dominic Gallagher Farrigans. Next weeks jackpot rises to €2550.A reminder to all club 50 members the March draw will take place this Monday evening in the hall. Can you ensure all monies are in before the draw.The club again would like to thank you for your continued support. GAA NEWS: NA ROSSA OPEN LEAGUE CAMPAIGN WITH A FINE WIN OVER ROBERT EMMETS was last modified: March 22nd, 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:GAANa RossaSportlast_img read more

Manchester United hit with UEFA charge after Champions League mishap

first_img Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City LATEST Most Popular Football Stories Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions A police spokesman subsequently made clear that a police escort is only provided if there is believed to be a heightened risk of harm or injury to the players.The five-minute delay to kick-off is also evidently being attributed to the time it took players from both sides to begin warming up, with Valencia and their coach Marcelino also warned.In addition, Valencia were fined 1,000 euros due to their fans letting off fireworks during the same fixture.Meanwhile, Napoli have been fined a total of 34,000 euros (#30,000) for the letting-off of fireworks and blocking of stairways during their Champions League clash with Liverpool the following night. BEST OF 1 tense Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT center_img latest Manchester United have been fined €15,000 (£13,200) by UEFA for their late kick off in the Champions League game against Valencia earlier this month.Boss Jose Mourinho will have to take some of the blame after slamming Greater Manchester Police for allegedly failing to provide an escort to the stadium, although this was later denied. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ gameday cracker scrap Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos The United coach has been warned over his part in the incident by UEFA, who have also fined the club a total of 15,000 euros (£13,200) for the late arrival of the team bus and the late kick-off on October 2.Mourinho initially blamed his team’s late arrival on Greater Manchester Police for allegedly failing to provide an escort to the stadium, a charge the force denied.Mourinho, whose team were travelling less than three minutes from the Lowry hotel, had said: “We left the hotel at six o’clock, hoping that 30 minutes would be enough, which normally it is but this time the police refused to do an escort so we came by ourselves.“We took from the Lowry Hotel, 75 minutes and UEFA were nice, the referee was nice to allow us to start the game five minutes later because we at least need half an hour to be prepared, but it was not a problem with the club organisation.” SORRY revealed Mourinho slammed Greater Manchester Police for failing to provide an escort last_img read more

Time is running out to beef up DASH services

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Villaraigosa is pledging to have the new service running by the Orange Line’s opening day – which is Oct. 29 for free rides and Oct. 31 for regular service. “The DASH line at Warner Center will be open by the time the Orange Line opens,” said the mayor’s spokesman, Joe Ramallo. “We will ensure that occurs, regardless of whatever approval or review or interim steps may be needed between now and then.” Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who heads the city’s Transportation Committee, said she and the mayor are committed to getting the shuttles running. “I will do everything I can to get it through committee and council in time,” she said. While Orange Line buses will come every five to six minutes during rush hour, beefing up connector routes has been considered by many to be key to its success. With just weeks before the Metro Orange Line busway opens, time is running out on a plan to get rush-hour shuttles to ferry riders to and from the areas around Warner Center ready for service. The $600,000 plan to beef up the city’s DASH shuttle service between the busway and the area’s homes, businesses and high-rises is nearly ready but needs final approval from the mayor and City Council before it can launch. “The only thing we’re missing is that final council OK,” said Jim Lefton, chief of transit at the city’s Department of Transportation. “As long as we get final council OK prior to the opening of the Orange Line, we’ll be OK. Obviously, the sooner, the better.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been reviewing the proposal as part of his overall check of department budgets since taking office, and is preparing to send the plan to the council for approval. Already, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is expanding its own service so buses meet the Orange Line every 10 minutes on major boulevards like Sepulveda and Reseda, and no longer than 30 minutes on other routes. But enhancing shuttle service in Warner Center is considered especially important because the area serves as a mini downtown for the San Fernando Valley with 32,000 daily commuters and the western hub of the Orange Line. “We’re going to rely more and more on the DASH service, especially during those commuter hours, to get people to the Orange Line,” said Councilman Dennis Zine, whose district includes the area. “If we don’t have that component, we’re going to have a very difficult time getting people to ride it.” Even more, Warner Center won’t have a parking lot for the Orange Line for another year, when an 800-space lot is scheduled to open on Canoga Avenue on former Boeing land. Zine pledged to push the issue this week in council. “DASH is going to be our immediate solution while we move forward with the parking lot.” The city’s proposal would boost DASH to run in loops between the busway station at De Soto Avenue and the busway terminus on Owensmouth Avenue. DASH shuttles would come every few minutes during rush hours. Currently, DASH buses circulate only during lunch hour. Department of Transportation officials say they’ll be ready to start service on the Orange Line’s opening day, if they get final approvals. They have been fine-tuning the route and preparing maps and schedules for distribution. Shuttle rides would cost 25 cents. “The route is designed to try to get people to and from the busway as quickly as possible,” said Lefton. Lefton said that although the existing lunchtime DASH has been a low-performing line, it should be expanded now to help the $330 million Orange Line draw as many riders as possible. “If people can’t get from the Orange Line to the work sites, they’re not going to take the Orange Line,” he said. “It would be a shame to not spend a really small amount of money to make this work.” The project would be funded from the existing sales tax set aside for transportation. But some city officials criticized the Department of Transportation for not alerting them that time was ticking and steps still need to be taken to execute the plan. The City Council had directed the Department of Transportation in June to expand the Warner Center service by September. “This is again another example of the mismanagement of DOT. They should have come to me weeks ago explaining this,” said Zine. “This is just another example of their failed management and their inability to communicate on transportation.” Greuel said she is confident that support from the mayor and council members will get the issue resolved in time. “We need a seamless system,” she said. “This one should be easy.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.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