Armed Men Allegedly Poison New Georgia Well

first_imgResidents in New Georgia on Somalia Drive Road have alleged that some unknown individuals are poisoning wells and hand pumps “to kill [them] in the name of Ebola.”Mr. Franklin Friday, who spoke to the Daily Observer, reported that at about 4 a.m. Monday, August 4, they saw two gigantic individuals (unknown), armed with guns, using a medical syringe and attempting to drop a liquid substance into the well that is being used by thousands of homes in the area.As a result, Mr. Friday noted that people in the community are afraid, because he said many people are dying from these deadly acts and claiming that it is “Ebola.”According to him, after noticing the unusual acts by these individuals, they immediately contacted their lawmaker (Rep. Saah Joseph) to look in the matter.When Rep. Joseph arrived, he brought along with him some officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and instructed them to lock the  well and contact other relevant government agencies to conduct testing on these wells. If proven to be contaminated, the community will launch a serious investigation into the matter.Also speaking, Buston Kolliegbo, who resides in the area, said that the Ebola issues have become so alarming that the whole nation has been affected economically and socially.  There is a complete breakdown of citizens’ health care because of the different ways in which the problem is being tackled.“Nobody is having exact information as to the diagnosis and everybody is confused. So the [well poisoning] incident that happened yesterday at the [New Georgia] junction is a wakeup call on the government, especially the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH&SW), to test the water in every well,” Kolliegbo suggested.     Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Reminder: fireworks ban in effect this Halloween in Fort St. John

first_imgWhen the Fort St. John bylaw came into effect, it also prohibited the sale of fireworks within the city. The response from retailers has been mixed, with some complaining that the business they used to get has now moved to the Regional District, but Burrows maintains it shouldn’t matter as they’re still not allowed to set them off in the city. He adds he’s heard from at least one store that they’re relieved due to the hassle of storing unsold fireworks safely. “If you get a large inventory or shipment of fireworks and you don’t sell them, you’re responsible to store them safely until next year,” he says. “That was a problem for that particular retailer, and now that the playing field is even, nobody can sell them in town. I don’t think they’re losing any sleep over it.” “Typically it hasn’t been bad,” he says. “It’s a fairly responsible community. It’s a young community, and everybody’s worried about their children, so it’s pretty good that way.” The fire department won’t be out hunting down those in contravention of the fire prevention bylaw, but is prepared to respond to any complaints. Since its inception in March, Burrows says he hasn’t had any. “There’s no way we can stop people from doing it, but if we do receive a complaint we go to investigate,” he explains. ”They can be fined under the bylaw or after hours the RCMP may, if it’s a real problem, deal with it themselves or call the bylaw people to deal with it.” – Advertisement -At less than a year, it’s too soon to tell what effect the new ban will have on fireworks-related fire numbers. However, Surrey Deputy Fire Chief Jon Caviglia says their community has seen a major drop in incidents since the city decided to only allow the use of fireworks on a permit basis. “In 2004, before we had a requirement to have a permit, we had 90 fire-related calls to fireworks on Halloween,” he says. “In 2005, when the permit requirement came in, it dropped to 18, and it has since dropped down to about five we average over the last four or five years.” Advertisement Caviglia adds that just having the regulations can also help parents control their children’s use of fireworks, as it’s simply not permitted in the city. “It allows police in your city to confiscate from teenagers if they’re out in the streets using them, and they can actually fine them,” although he admits confiscation is likely more common than fines. Locally, Chief Burrows also believes that having provincial rules on the use of fireworks would help with other issues. Residents can buy fireworks only 10 minutes outside of town in Charlie Lake, where the local bylaw is no longer in effect unless a provincial fire ban is in effect. Unlawfully discharging fireworks in the PRRD comes with a $100 fine under Bylaw No. 860, 1994. “It really gets out of hand being unregulated in the Regional District, particularly in the summer months when you’re in between or in the fringe of having a shutdown because of fire season,” he argues. “If there’s a provincial rule and cut and dry guidelines, it would probably make it a lot easier for everybody.” Advertisementlast_img read more

DEFENDING CHAMPIONS TERMON DRAWN TO FACE ST PAUL’S IN ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL

first_imgGAA: Defending Ulster champions Termon have been handed a tricky assignment in their Ulster LFC quarter-final against St Pauls of Antrim.Termon enjoyed an incredible year last season and won the Ulster and All-Ireland title. A fortnight ago they defeated Glenfin comfortably to win another Donegal LGFA title.They’re now aiming for back-to-back Ulster and All-Ireland titles – but will be aware of the threat posed by St Paul’s.Termon will be hoping their Donegal star Therese McCafferty continues her fine run of form of late and she will be a pivotal figure for Francie Friel’s side.The game will take place next Sunday at 2pm.  DEFENDING CHAMPIONS TERMON DRAWN TO FACE ST PAUL’S IN ULSTER CHAMPIONSHIP QUARTER-FINAL was last modified: September 28th, 2015 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:GAASportlast_img read more

Ruth Mompati statue ‘pays tribute to the past’

first_img14 April 2015The work and sacrifices of 89-year-old Ruth Segomotsi Mompati were recognised with the unveiling of a statue of the struggle veteran in Vryburg in the North West province on Friday.Honouring Mompati while she was still alive was the decent and right thing to do, North West Provincial Premier Supra Mahumapelo said at the function held to mark the opening of the revamped Hayes Community Park.“Recognising and celebrating the exceptional role Mama Ruth played in the liberation struggle could not be any better than this, as this will help us never to forget our past,” he said. “We thank you, Mama Ruth, for having laid a solid foundation for us.”The park has recently received a R2.6-million upgrade, commissioned by the Department of Public Works as part of its Expanded Public Works Programme.‘Mark of unity’In her speech, Mompati said: “This statue symbolises the struggle of all races because it is the struggle I was involved in. I dedicate it to all South Africans; especially the people of Vryburg and women of this country, the sculpture must always be seen as a mark of unity, which all must embrace”.Mompati was born in 1925 at Tlapeng village in Ganyesa, outside Vryburg. She was she was one of the organisers of Women’s March on 9 August 1956.She worked as a typist for Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo in their Johannesburg law firm from 1953 to 1961. She joined the African National Congress (ANC) in 1954 and was elected to the national executive committee of the Women’s League.RespectIn a tribute to Mandela following the former president’s death in December 2013, Mompati told You magazine: “You could see the type of person he [Mandela] was – he was able to relate to people with respect and therefore he was respected in return &ellip; He wasn’t arrogant; he was more a man with a big heart. I’m not quite sure that I know why women found him attractive although he was an attractive man and he had personality. It must be because he listened. He didn’t talk down to women; he treated them as if they mattered.”Mompati went into exile in 1962, where she underwent military training. She was secretary and head of the women’s section of the ANC in Tanzania. From 1966 to 1973, Mompati was a member of the ANC’s national executive council.During this time, she became part of the ANC president’s office. She also served as the head of the party’s Board of Religious Affairs. From 1981 to 1982, Mompati worked as the chief representative of the party in the United Kingdom and became part of the delegation that opened talks with the South African government at Groote Schuur in 1990.HistoricOn 10 August 1992, a day after the anniversary of the historic Women’s March to Pretoria in 1956, she addressed the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid in New York on the subject of women. The day was then declared an International Day of Solidarity with Women in South Africa.In 1994, she was elected a member of Parliament.She was appointed ambassador to Switzerland from 1996 to 2000 and, on her return, she became the mayor of Vryburg’s Naledi municipality. Bophirima District Municipality, one of the four districts in North West province, was renamed Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality.Mompati received South Africa’s highest honour – Isithwalandwe Seaparankwe – from President Jacob Zuma in January 2014 in recognition of the enormous contribution and sacrifice she made during the liberation struggle.The event, held under the theme, “Celebrating our living heritage and legend”, was attended by Kebby Maphatsoe, the Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans; Max Sisulu, the Executive Council of the Provincial Administration; veterans of the Luthuli Detachments; representatives of the Ruth Mompati Foundation; and hundreds members of the community.Source: SAnews.gov.za and SA History Onlinelast_img read more

CBI raids to stop SP-BSP alliance, says Akhilesh

first_imgA day after the Central Bureau of Investigation said the role of mining ministers in Uttar Pradesh under the tenure of Akhilesh Yadav would be probed in connection with alleged illegal mining, the Samajwadi Party chief on Sunday the “BJP has shown its true colours.”Mr. Yadav suggested the raids by the CBI by opening up old cases were an attempt by the BJP-led Centre to stop the SP-BSP alliance. The two parties along with the RLD are close to formally announcing an alliance for the 2019 Lok Sabha election.”The Samajwadi Party is trying to win as many Lok Sabha seats as it can. Possibly the CBI or the government that runs the CBI is trying to…What do we have? We can form an alliance and go to the people. And those who want to stop [us], what do they have? They have the CBI,” Mr. Yadav told reporters here.Mr. Yadav, who served as Chief Minister of UP from 2012 to 2017 and held additional portfolios of mining in 2012 and 2013, also said he was ready to be questioned by the probe agency.”If they question us, we will have to answer. We will give them an answer. But the people of the country are ready to give an answer to the BJP,” said Mr. Yadav.The SP national president also used sarcasm to allege political motive of the CBI raid.”I’m happy the BJP has once against shown its true colours. First the Congress gave us an opportunity to meet the CBI, now the BJP is giving us an opportunity,” said Mr. Yadav.He also warned the BJP that it would also have to face the brunt of the “culture” it was leaving behind.The CBI on Saturday said the role of the mining Ministers in UP between 2012 and 2016, which includes Mr. Yadav, may be probed in connection with a fresh case of alleged illegal mining of minor minerals registered on the direction of the Allahabad High Court.The CBI registered an FIR against 2008-batch IAS official and then Hamirpur District Magistrate B. Chandralekha and 10 other individuals, besides unknown officials and persons. Among those named in the FIR are SP MLC Ramesh Kumar Mishra and Sanjay Dixit, who fought the 2017 election on Bahujan Samaj Party ticketSearches were carried out on Saturday on 14 premises of the accused persons in Delhi, Hamirpur, Lucknow, Kanpur and Jalaun. The FIR alleges that public servants allowed illegal mining of minor minerals between 2012 and 2016 by the fraudulent granting of fresh or renewed leases. Officials also allegedly permitted mining by the existing lease-owners during the “obstructed period” when the National Green Tribunal had barred the activity. The leases were also issued in violation of a May 2012 order of the State government for e-tendering.last_img read more

BJP to offer tarpan for ‘slain’ Bengal cadre

first_imgThis Mahalaya, the last day of the Shraadh period of the Hindu calendar, BJP working president J.P. Nadda will, in Kolkata, participate in offering “tarpan” to nearly 78 BJP workers, who, the BJP says, lost their lives in political violence since 2013. It will mark, what party leaders say, a systematic block-level upward plan to combat the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal.“On September 28, Naddaji will be in Balurghat in Kolkata along with family members of around 78 of our party workers who had been slain because of political violence, and will offer ‘tarpan’ for their souls,” Lok Sabha MP and State president of the BJP Dilip Ghosh told The Hindu.The event seeks to push the narrative of not just “widespread violence” against the BJP allegedly by the Trinamool but also that the party is the only one that has the ‘stomach’ to take on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on her turf.Party president Amit Shah held a meeting of office bearers involved in the State a few days ago, and as a starting point has asked that a four-member committee be set up for each Assembly constituency. “Each of these committees will include an MP, a legislator and two West Bengal leaders who will not be local to that constituency, in order that a correct report of the situation in the area be recorded, away from any local prejudices. The committees will be constituted by October 8 and the report handed over to the State core group. All reports will then be reviewed by Amitbhai [party president Amit Shah] in the first week of November,” said a senior source in the party.Political programmes on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill will also be undertaken across the State. “Protests over the ‘appeasement politics’ of the Trinamool in each block of the State, will be undertaken from October 15 onwards,” added the source.The BJP is hopeful that these programmes will not only strengthen the basic organisation of the party down to the block level, but will give a momentum to the campaign for the 2021 Assembly polls.last_img read more