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Man, 21, Arrested for Plotting to Rob Publisher

first_imgJonathan Stubblefield, 21, who worked for two months as a driver for Mr. Sando Moore, publisher of the Images magazine, was arrested last Thursday night, February 11 by the Liberia National Police for allegedly planning an armed robbery targeting the publisher’s house on Saturday, February 13.Stubblefield had reportedly registered to attend the United Methodist University (UMU), sources say.In a telephone conversation, which was recorded between Stubblefield and an unidentified man, Stubblefield said there would be no bloodshed, though they would have knives during the robbery.“It will be easy,” he said on the recording, “because the papay (Mr. Moore) is old and he is afraid so we will only tie him with rope, and everyone in the house.”Stubblefield said they (including two others) would ensure that everyone at Mr. Moore’s house in Thinkers Village will never have access to a mobile phone during the operation. “I will take computers from his house; anything valuable,” Stubblefield said on the recording.At the station following his arrest, Stubblefield, during the playback of the recording, held his head in both hands. According to Stubblefield, he would “get the Nissan Patrol” that is parked in Mr. Moore’s yard, “out of the yard [and] that he (Mr. Moore) would not know how it would be out of there.”Police sources said Stubblefield is being held for further investigation since he mentioned additional accomplices for the unsuccessful armed robbery. When police searched Stubblefield’s person not far from Executive Lodge in Thinkers Village, a stun gun that had been missingfrom Mr. Moore’s home was found on him. Though police investigators are yet to locate the other accomplices, Mr. Moore told the Daily Observer in a telephone conversation yesterday that he is afraid for his life and those of hisfamily. “I’m thankful that I was able to prevent what could have been a disastrous experience, and I thank the police for their prompt response.“I am shaking with that experience and truly with the recent mysterious death of Mr. Harry Greaves, I don’t know whether the young man and his accomplices’ motives were simply for material things or not, and I am afraid,” Moore said.The magazine publisher said the mysterious deaths of Messrs. Greaves and Dan Orogun (Nigerian banker) have created fear in Liberian professional and businessmen, adding, “the government should set matters straight.”“We cannot have a lawless society in which everyone must be armed to be safe,” Moore said, “therefore, the police and other security agencies should work to build confidence in the people.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Troubling Signs for TU

first_imgThe academic instabilities that have marred the University of Liberia as a result of continuous demonstrations and protest by students of the premier state run university might surface at the William V. S. Tubman University in the southeastern region if proper care is not taken.This potentially troubling situation looming at TU is emerging as news emanating from Maryland County reveals that there is a plot to obstruct the May 31 commencement convocation of the of the university.This is because the new president of the university, Dr. Edward Lama Wonkeryor, who has been appointed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to succeed outgoing president Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, is not a native of Maryland County.Speaking at a press conference in Monrovia on Tuesday, Robert F. Neal, II, Assistant Professor of Finance at the TU’s College of Management and Administration, said the citizens are planning this mass protest as an effort to intimidate President Sirleaf to rescind her decision and heed to their demand.He said some influential leaders of the county are orchestrating a mass demonstration that would obstruct the ensuing May commencement exercises of the university.“This plot is being masterminded by some influential stakeholders of Maryland County, who have vowed to see that the President rescinds the appointment,”The county leaders are however demanding someone from the county or a southeasterner to be appointed.He disclosed that series of mass citizens’ meeting were held on Monday in Pleebo where the participants resolved to carry out the protest on the date of the graduation. “Dr. Wonkeryor was selected through a search committee “Some leaders of the county are inciting young people in the county to stage a mass protest so that the graduation ceremony will not go on. And this I think is very unacceptable because TU is not a property of Maryland neither the Southeast, but the country,” Prof. Neal said, adding that the act that created TU can be liked to that of UL. “These are national institutions supported directly by government. These are not community colleges here.”Reports also revealed that academic activities might come to a standstill if the demand of the citizenry is not adhered to by President Sirleaf. The citizens are contending that the new TU president was handpicked by the outgoing president, Dr. Russell – a statement Neal bitterly differs with.He indicating that these people are misinformed, indicating that the process was free, fair, transparent and comprehensive. He said this is not the case, ratherHe said the argument that only Marylanders should head TU places Marylanders in other parts of the country in a very dangerous situation. “So are we saying that Marylanders across the country who are qualified should only work in Maryland? Our constitution provide employment rights to everyone” “I think what we are giving birth to here is pushing for a kind of xenophobic situation here that tomorrow we will be pushing other residents out of the county.”He said it is regrettable that some of his brothers who are being misinformed will support such action. Mr. Neal, a native of the county-who hails from Pleebo Sodokan district, said that it is unfortunate that citizens of the county would think that the university president should by force come from the county.“TU does not belong to us as Marylanders; we are only privileged to have it in our county,” Neal said. “While should we be excluding other Liberians who are qualified to be appointed? This, I think is discriminatory and we must desist from these things if our country is to progress.” He disclosed Dr. Wonkeryor was selected by the Senate Faculty of the university out of eight candidates who applied after the position was advertized for close to a year.He said if President Sirleaf succumbed to the citizens’ pressure and reverses her decision, it would serve as a bad precedent.The stakeholders have planned to do all they can to ensure that Dr. Wonkeryor does not take up his post.The planned demo is being reportedly masterminded by some officials of the county including lawmakers and local leaders, who want to ensure that the new President of the State-run University comes from the county.When asked to identify some of the officials that are against the appointment of Dr. Wonkeryor, Neal said, “It is no hidden secret. Some of these people are Senator Dan Morais, Representative Bhofal Chambers and, we are also being told, Representative James Binney. These are the lawmakers that are calling for the university to be headed by a Marylander or a Southeasterner,” he said, describing their argument as weak and out of order.“I’m not granting this press conference because I favor Dr. Wonkeryor, but because we the people of Maryland are peaceful and tolerant people and I don’t want the image of the county and its people tarnished,” he said.Dr. Wonkeryor, Provost at Cuttington University, was recently appointed by President Sirleaf after he was selected by TU’s Board of Trustee.He was one of eight applicants vetted by a search committee who comprised of representatives from the Commission on Higher Education, President Sirleaf’s office and others.Dr. Wonkeryor edged out Dr. Emmanuel K. Bailey, who was the other finalist. Some of the candidates that were vetted include Dr. Isaac Adetunde, one of the Deans at TU, Dr. Zechariah Gaye of Grand Bassa County Community College and Dr. Anthony Woart, a Marylander based in the United States.When contacted via telephone, Senator Morais told this reporter that his office should be respected and not anyone just calling and talking about accusation like he is a little boy.The Maryland Senator, who neither confirmed nor denied the allegation, said, “My young man I’m a Senator and I need to be respected,” adding that he is not answerable to the reporter, “so you can go ahead to do whatsoever you want to do. He continued, “Young man, I respect you and respect the paper that you work for, so please treat me with respect too. And if I even asked you now, who is accusing me you will not be able to tell me, but all [you] can say is allegation, allegation.” He then hung up the phone. 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Liberia’s airport restores aeronautical ground lighting systems, assures safety

first_imgThe management of the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA) says it has fully restored the electrical power to the Aeronautical Ground Lighting systems at the Roberts International Airport (RIA).In a press release, LAA said the restoration of the system on Wednesday February 8, 2017, followed intense repair works on the affected portion of cabling, which developed a glitch during the past week.The Notice to Airman (NOTAM) for a shift in flight schedules elapsed sometime last week, which means airlines will resume their usual arrival and departure times, as it was prior to the incident.LAA Management commended engineers for the rigorous work done to restore the system to full operation; describing it as a ‘service to country’.The LAA also thanked the Government of Liberia, airlines and partners for the level of assistance and cooperation accorded the teams during the course of the repair works.“The current Runway Rehabilitation Project, which includes the Aeronautical Ground Lighting (AGL) systems, will provide a long term solution and replace the current system that is over 30 years old,” the release added.The Management also recognized and appreciated the assistance of its counterparts, Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) for seconding an AGL Specialist who collaborated with Liberian engineers and electricians from theLAA/RIA and LCAA to resolve the issue. (For the latest China news, Please follow People’s Daily on Twitter and Facebook…Web editor: Zhang Tianrui, Bianji)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Exclusive – With January improvements Man United can challenge for the title, says Ince

first_imgFormer Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince believes the club could mount a ‘sneaky’ title challenge this season.A 3-0 victory over rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford stretched United’s winning run to six Premier League games, despite the team performing below-par in several of those matches.And Ince believes, if they can get key first-team players back fit and improve their defence in January, then Louis van Gaal’s side could battle Man City and Chelsea for top spot come the end of the campaign.“There is a long way to go,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “A lot of things can happen and we saw that at Newcastle [when Chelsea lost]. I watched Chelsea beat Hull on Saturday and Chelsea weren’t convincing and, obviously, Manchester City are without Sergio Aguero but have David Silva coming back.“I think Manchester United might have a sneaky feeling they could catch them. I don’t think they will but I think if they can keep grinding results out, get players back fit and get a couple of defenders in [the transfer window], who knows [what they can do?]“I feel once they’re up there they will have as good a chance as Manchester City or Chelsea, which is good because you don’t want it to be a two-horse race. You want other teams like the Manchester Uniteds and the Arsenals involved to make it [the title race] exciting.”last_img read more

Disabled veterans revel in freedom of the surf

first_imgMALIBU – They met the waves early Wednesday, some for the first time, others after years away. They were soldiers, Marines, sailors and pilots, all affected by wars both present and past, all injured in ways those who never faced a battlefield or vigorous training could ever know. But within the glassy, blue-green waves of Zuma Beach, these men and women transformed into surfers. Many faced, then conquered a new challenge: finding balance with wounded arms and legs, injured necks and spines, loss of vision and memory. “I’m a little winded, but it feels pretty good,” said a breathless Glenn Alley, 59, a Vietnam veteran, as he emerged from the surf. Once in the Air Force, Alley served two years in Vietnam, where he suffered an eye injury from enemy fire. On Wednesday, he learned to paddle out, catch a wave and glide onto shore. “I always wanted to surf, even though I’m not a fan of the water,” the Palmdale man said. “It sure feels different.” Dubbed Operation Amped, the dozen servicemen and -women were invited for a day of surfing thanks to organizers from the William Morris Agency, the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System and with the help of Calabasas resident and surfer Tom Tapp. The idea came to Tapp one day when he saw a surfer without legs. He has since organized similar events for Marines out of Camp Pendleton. “Surfing is freedom,” Tapp said. “These men and women fought for our freedom. I wanted them to experience that free feeling.” South African native and 1977 world champion surfer Shaun Tomson joined the event to offer a few pointers. “Surfing can teach you wonderful things,” he told the group. “It makes you look at the world from a different place.” Sun Valley resident David Vidana, a 27-year-old Marine who underwent emergency surgery in Iraq after an enemy’s bullet pierced his helmet and skull, said the sport was tougher than it looks. “It’s tiring, but the adrenaline keeps us going,” he said. Ex-Marine Richard Pineda, 30, said a day at the beach was a pleasant change from frequent trips to the VA hospital, where he receives speech therapy. He suffered an aneurysm after he returned from serving in Iraq. He became one of the first in the group to stand up on his board. “It’s beautiful out here,” he said, just as the sun broke through clouds, casting a golden light against the cliffs. “It’s harder than it looks, but it feels so good.” (818) 713-3664160Want 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

Reports – QPR agree deal for Dutch midfielder

first_imgQPR have agreed a deal to sign Dutch midfielder Tjaronn Chery, according to reports in Holland.The midfielder will join from FC Groningen for a fee of around £2.25m if he passes a medical on Monday.The Rs are currently in Italy on a pre-season tour but are due back in west London over the weekend.Chery, 27, is still training with the Eredivisie side but away from the first team as the move edges closer and he cannot run the risk of injury in full training.The former ADO Den Haag man has had three stellar seasons in Holland with 25 league goals in the most recent two campaigns with Groningen and eight in the 2012-13 season with Den Haag.The attacking talent made the bench for a friendly for the Netherlands against the USA in June but is yet to play for the seniors. 1 Tjaronn Chery in action for ADO Den Haag last_img read more

Scoil Mhuire Buncrana students are coding champions!

first_imgScoil Mhuire won the 11-14 year old section in the LYIT U Code Competition on Friday!170 students from 16 schools across Donegal and Derry took part. The teams of 3 were challenged to design a game to teach a 5-6 year old about animal welfare.The Scoil Mhuire boys had 90 minutes to design and develop the game using Scratch software. The 3 first year boys, Rory Coleman, Matthew Clifford and Jack Davison designed the game about a dog who had to be named, fed, exercised and finally taught to sit down.Michael Murphy presented the prizes of Raspberry Pi3 and a LK voucher of €75 euro eachThe successful students, under the guidance of Technology teacher, Mr Darragh Geaney, will now showcase their creation at the Digital Donegal Week in April 2017.Principal Rosaleen Grant is very proud of the boys and especially since this is our first time to enter the competition and these young men have a very bright future in STEM. Scoil Mhuire Buncrana students are coding champions! was last modified: March 11th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:codingLYITScoil Mhuire BuncranaSTEMTechnologylast_img read more

The reason Alvaro Morata gave up Chelsea’s number nine has been revealed

first_imgMorata announced the arrival of his boys, Alessandro and Leonardo, on Instagram and has now released a statement explaining his shirt tribute to them.“I want to honour them and my wife, Alice, when I am on the pitch which is why I have decided to take a different number for the new season.“I am sorry to the fans who may have bought a number nine with my name already, but I hope you understand my tribute and that it will not be a problem and we can make you a new one with the 29.“Thank you for your support and I hope this year there will be lots more to celebrate.”Chelsea have announced that they will be offering refunds to fans who purchased Morata’s number nine shirt before the change. Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata will not wear the number nine shirt next season and has instead switched to 29.The Blues’ main man up front has decided to change in order to make a touching tribute to his family, after his wife gave birth to twin sons last Sunday, July 29. 1center_img Morata was Chelsea’s number nine in his debut season at Stamford Bridge last_img read more

How will Man City line up without Kevin De Bruyne?

first_imgObviously, neither player is at De Bruyne’s outstanding level (yet), but Guardiola’s philosophy is so deeply ingrained in each of his players, they will slot in seamlessly.That much was evident in the comfortable victories over Chelsea in the Community Shield and Arsenal in the Premier League. City did not appear weakened by the absence of De Bruyne, or D. Silva for that matter, with exceptional displays from B. Silva in both games. Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 5 Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack De Bruyne could be out for up to three months ALTERED silverware Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How City could line up without De Bruyne possible standings LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Alternative City XI without De Bruyne gameday smart causal De Bruyne was City’s player of the season last term, recording the most assists and chances created in the Premier League during the club’s record-breaking campaign.However, such is the depth of Pep Guardiola’s squad, they could not be more prepared loss of their superstar.Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan were used sparingly by Guardiola last season, as his midfield three of David Silva, Fernandinho and De Bruyne proved impossible to displace.Both players would walk into any Premier League side, and they represent perfectly adequate replacements for the stricken Belgian midfielder. highlights NEW ERA 5 B. Silva could be the answer England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Manchester City have been dealt a hammer blow with the injury of star player Kevin De Bruyne.The Belgian playmaker is expected to miss at least two months after suffering a serious knee injury in training. De Bruyne’s lengthy lay-off represents an opportunity for B. Silva to establish himself. He is the most obvious long-term replacement for his namesake, D. Silva, and that transition process will be eased along with an extended run of games alongside the maestro in the coming months.B. Silva was likely to feature more this season anyway. Before the campaign began, Guardiola described his strongest XI as ‘Bernardo and ten others.’And in Gundogan, City have a ready-made replacement for De Bruyne. The German international will pop up with goals and assists from midfield and replicate those driving runs from deep. impact 5 Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 5 5 Gunadagon can step into De Bruyne’s shoes Another name worth throwing into the mix is Phil Foden. The England youth international impressed in the Community Shield, and Three Lions fans will hope the 18-year-old is rotated into City’s midfield on a more regular basis this season.To labour the point, here is an almost-entirely different yet still world-class XI without De Bruyne: In short, there are several ways City could line up without De Bruyne, and Guardiola will more-than-likely cope just fine. How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures last_img read more


first_imgDonegal manager Jim McGuinness has broken his silence over allegations Paddy McBrearty was bitten by a Dublin player during last month’s league tie.McGuinness confirmed his player was bitten by Kevin O’Brien, who escaped a three match ban because McBrearty did not attend a disciplinary hearing.“Patrick is the victim in this,” said McGuinness. “We wanted him to go (to give evidence) but he is 19 years of age and did not want to go, that’s the bottom line.”Donegal were criticised by GAA President Liam O’Neill for not seeing the case through.However McGuinness believes the Central Hearings Committee should not have needed a personal hearing from McBrearty to charge O’Brien.“It wasn’t up to Patrick in my opinion to win the case for them,” he stated. “They had all the information.“Our doctor confirmed he was bit. The Dublin doctor confirmed he was bit. The hospital who took him in confirmed he was bit.“The player in question apologised to him after the game for what he had done.“We wanted him to go (to the hearing) but he felt he had said everything he had to say and put it in the report what had happened.“The President of the GAA is a schoolteacher and should know someone of that age is not fully developed and fully mature and doesn’t want to get into a court room situation.” McGUINNESS SLAMS GAA OVER HANDLING OF ‘BITE-GATE’ AFFAIR was last modified: May 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more