Now, Mulbah Morlu

first_imgIn the aftermath of the recent protest that resulted to the disruption of normal activities on Capitol Hill, authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) yesterday invited Mulbah Morlu, chairman for operations and mobilization of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) for “questioning” regarding his role in the melee.Morlu’s invitation came barely four days following the detention of activist Archie Sarnoh for allegedly leading protestors, who on Monday, February 29, disrupted normal activities on Capitol Hill in Monrovia. Although Morlu was allowed to go home after he presented his statement regarding his alleged involvement into the rioting in hours time, CDC partisans and supporters made their presence felt at the police headquarters; an action, which eyewitnesses described as “terrifying.” Morlu’s invitation yesterday nearly sparked rowdy situation when scores of elected officials led by Montserrado County Senator George Manneh Weah, accompanied him to the police headquarters. Senator Weah is also the political leader of the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC). A Daily Observer reporter, who witnessed the scene yesterday, reported that immediately as Weah arrived at the police headquarters in a convoy with 14 other lawmakers, anti-riot officers from the police Emergency Response Unit (ERU) prevented the motorcade from entering the police courtyard.Police Director Chris Massaquoi however intervened and calm was restored. The police invitation of Morlu yesterday drew the attendance of several supporters of the CDC led by it political leader, a football legend turned politician, George Weah and the party’s chair, Nathaniel McGill.In line with the conduct of the police invitation, Morlu was interrogated in a space of two to three hours and subsequently told to go home amidst chanting of political slogans from his supporters. In the process, the Daily Observer gathered that the huge presence of police ERU disallowed many of those who claimed to be CDC partisans and followers in the courtyard of the police headquarters. Mr. Weah, now senator for Montserrado County told reporters shortly after he turned Morlu over to the police that he was equally concerned, “because we don’t want the police to pick him up at night or just in any form and manner.” He however gave the assurance that the LNP’s interaction with Morlu would be “a kind, friendly interaction.” During the Monday, February 29 fracas, police said they saw Morlu directing the course of the protestors, and for that he was invited to answer some pertinent questions. In a related development, police yesterday released Archie Sarnor, to the jubilation of CDC partisans at the police headquarters. One of three persons arrested during the February 29 demonstration, he spent three nights in police custody.Sarnor was however released by the Monrovia City Court immediately after Cllr. Tiawon S. Gongloe offered himself as Sannor’s surety without posting bail to allow him answer to his multiple charges including criminal mischief brought against him by police.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Teen slapped with attempted murder charge

first_imgNineteen-year-old Morris Khan of Lot 1 Old Road, Craig, East Bank Demerara was on Tuesday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan on an attempted murder charge, which detailed that on February 15, 2018 at Old Road Craig, he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Oswald O’Brien with intention to murder him.Khan was not required to enter a plea to this indictable charge.According to Police Prosecutor Bharat Mangru, the virtual complainant (VC) is currently a patient at the Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC). Mangru revealed that on the day of the incident, Khan had taken up a bicycle bar and had dealt the VC several lashes about his body. The VC fell to the ground and was picked up in an unconscious state and rushed to the hospital, where he remains in a serious condition.Khan was denied bail and was remanded to prison. The case will continue on March 16.last_img read more

Valley View’s reason to celebrate

first_imgThe award was based in part on Valley View’s teaching strategies and programs the school has developed to boost student achievement, including an intervention program to help students who encounter problems, Webb said. Each student is required to compile a portfolio of work for parents at an open house. Valley View also has a music program, making it one of the only middle schools in Simi Valley with a string orchestra. “This award provides to us a validation of the hard work we put forth every day,” Webb said. SIMI VALLEY Students at Valley View Middle School gathered with school district and state officials Friday to celebrate their Distinguished School Award from the state. Valley View received the award this month along with 171 other schools in the state, including two others in Ventura County, Nordhoff High School in Ojai and Monte Vista Middle School in Camarillo. “I am extremely proud of our staff members, who have provided the programs that have allowed us to receive this distinction,” Principal Terry Webb said. “I tell the parents that without their hard work, it could not have been done.” 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

Transfer boost for Swansea as top target rules out Marseille move

first_img1 Swansea have recieved a boost in their pursuit of Benjamin Stambouli – with his dad ready to block any move to Marseille.Swansea manager Garry Monk needs to strengthen his defensive options before the window closes and has held talks with Montpellier over the transfer of Stambouli.But the Welsh club are yet to complete the deal for the defensive midfielder and, as reported by talkSPORT earlier this month, face late competition for his signature from Marseille.However, according to L’Equipe, Swansea need not worry about the French heavyweights gazumping them in the race to sign the France Under-21 international.The French newspaper claim that Stambouli’s father Henry was working behind the scenes at Marseille before he was fired by president Vincent Labrune last summer and he now does not want his son to join them.That could allow Swansea to finally conclude the deal, although Stoke are said to retain an interest too. Benjamin Stambouli last_img read more

Penn’s ‘Into the Wild’ leads SAG nods

first_imgOther best-actor nominees were George Clooney as a conscience-stricken attorney in “Michael Clayton,” Daniel Day-Lewis as an oil baron in “There Will Be Blood,” Ryan Gosling as a social misfit with a life-size doll for a girlfriend in “Lars and the Real Girl” and Viggo Mortensen as a Russian mobster in “Eastern Promises.” Nominated for best actress were Cate Blanchett as the British monarch in “Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” Julie Christie as a woman fading from Alzheimer’s in “Away From Her,” Marion Cotillard as singer Edith Piaf in “La Vie En Rose,” Angelina Jolie as journalist Mariane Pearl in “A Mighty Heart” and Ellen Page as a whipsmart pregnant teen in “Juno.” Blanchett also was nominated for supporting actress as an incarnation of Bob Dylan in “I’m Not There,” a fanciful film biography featuring six different performers playing variations of the musician. Guild awards will be presented Jan. 27 in a ceremony televised on TNT and TBS. The guild choices solidified prospects for many performers to compete at Hollywood’s big prizes, the Academy Awards, whose nominations come out Jan. 22. But as with the snub of “Atonement,” they also further clouded the field in an unusual year when no clear favorites have emerged. The road-trip drama “Into the Wild” received a leading four Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations this morning, including honors for lead actor Emile Hirsch and supporting players Hal Holbrook and Catherine Keener. Directed by Sean Penn, “Into the Wild” also was nominated for performance by its overall cast, along with the Western “3:10 to Yuma,” the crime sagas “American Gangster” and “No Country for Old Men,” and the musical “Hairspray.” Conspicuously absent from the guild field was the British romantic melodrama “Atonement,” which was shut out after leading the Golden Globe nominations a week earlier with five nominations. Hirsch was nominated as best actor for his role as fierce idealist Christopher McCandless, a recent college graduate who abandoned a cozy life and took to the road for two years, coming to a tragic end in the Alaska wilderness in the 1990s. Though critically acclaimed, “Into the Wild” was shut out on acting nominations for the Golden Globes. Along with Keener and Holbrook, whose characters become surrogate family for Hirsch’s McCandless, the guild supporting lineup included two others overlooked by the Globes: Tommy Lee Jones as a wayworn sheriff in “No Country for Old Men” and Ruby Dee as mother to Denzel Washington’s crime overlord in “American Gangster.” Jones will compete against “No Country for Old Men” co-star Javier Bardem, who may be the closest thing to an Oscar front-runner at this point for his electrifying performance as a ruthless killer tracking a missing cache of drug money. Unlike the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes, which face turmoil caused by striking Hollywood writers, the guild awards look as though they can come off as planned. With actors showing strong solidarity on strike issues, SAG has reached an agreement with the Writers Guild of America for one of its members to write the ceremony. If the strike that began last month lingers, though, the Globes on Jan. 13 and Oscars on Feb. 24 face possible protests by striking writers, and stars may stay away rather than cross picket lines. The Writers Guild rejected a request from Globe organizers to allow striking writers to work on that show. Oscar organizers have not yet asked for a similar waiver but face the same prospect. Actors guild winners often go on to win Oscars, including three from 2006: lead performers Helen Mirren for “The Queen” and Forest Whitaker for “The Last King of Scotland” were the guild and Oscar winners, as was supporting-actress Jennifer Hudson for “DreamGirls.” Guild supporting-actor winner Eddie Murphy for “DreamGirls” lost at the Oscars to Alan Arkin for “Little Miss Sunshine.” “Little Miss Sunshine” won the guild prize for overall acting ensemble, SAG’s equivalent of a best-picture honor, while “The Departed” won best picture at the Oscars. Film and TV nominees were chosen by two groups of 2,100 people randomly chosen from the guild’s 120,000 members. The guild’s full membership is eligible to vote for winners. On the Net: Screen Actors Guild: http://www.sagawards.org160Want 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

49ers could party because of parity

first_imgEvery game is a big game when you play in a conference as democratic as the Big West, where powerhouses reside elsewhere and success rotates like a team working the ball around the perimeter. And every game is a big game when said conference gets one and only shot at making the NCAA tournament and that shot is enough to make a season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson UCSB had been struggling at 5-7, having just lost to winless UC Riverside last week. Their leading scorer Cecil Brown was out with a knee injury. School isn’t in session yet, either, so the usual house of horrors that is the Thunderdome, where the 49ers had lost four straight, was as rowdy as a church pew. If ever there were a time for the 49ers to capitalize on the Gauchos, this was it. “It was a big game. It’s a big week,” Reynolds said. “Next week will be a big week, too, but we wanted to get off to a good start, especially since the conference has a lot of teams that are pretty even.” Even and average, at best. Only two of eight teams began the weekend with records over .500, Fullerton and Pacific, and the latter lost its season opener to Riverside. Cal Poly, the 49ers’ opponent tonight, in San Luis Obispo, began the conference season 2-0 then stepped on its sneakers Saturday against UC Irvine. It is not going to take much to win the Big West, whose teams this season have suffered nonconference losses to Eastern Washington, Texas-San Antonio, Northeastern, Fairfield, Arkansas-Monticello, Stanislaus State and Division III Puget Sound. If you know of any schools more obscure, please contact the Big West office. No one is expecting a miracle season from the 49ers, but respectable play might be enough to win in this modest environment. Reynolds has already been fired by 95 percent of 49er fans and boosters, but it would be interesting to see how things might play out if he hits the Big West lottery and earns a tournament title game appearance or somehow gets in the NCAA tourney. He’s a nice enough man to lament his misfortune. He inherited a program from Wayne Morgan very short of talent but was encouraged to build for the long term and recruit young. Two seasons, some recruiting errors and just 11 wins later, there was sudden urgency to win as quickly as possible, which meant going the junior-college route. Eight of the 11 players Saturday are transfers. Six are in their first season. The 49ers led by six with 3:31 to go in the first half, then UCSB closed it with an 8-0 run and scored two baskets in the first 31 seconds on the second. A series of late 3-pointers made it close late, but just close. “I’m happy with the way we fought back,” Reynolds said. “But I can’t say we leave feeling (like that’s enough). We thought we could get a victory. I can’t say we’ve turned the corner.” Jibril Hodges has every reason to feel like he turned the corner and was hit by a bus. He’s the one player who has been here every step of the Reynolds era, and yet he still smiles and finds something to be optimistic about. “This is the best team we’ve had since I’ve been here, and I think we’re progressing,” the son of former 49er and Chicago Bull Craig Hodges. “Considering the problems we’ve had at the Thunderdome, we can take some positives out of it. The 49ers have had trouble everywhere outside the Walter Pyramid. They have three road wins in Reynolds’ three-plus seasons, and just two in conference, against a team that has since departed (Idaho). “We haven’t had a road win yet so we feel splitting the two games here would get us started for the rest of the season,” said guard Kevin Houston. “Everybody has the same ambitions and goals, and we think we can have a good season if we play hard.” The effort is there. But while Hodges went 5-for-13 from inside the arc, the rest of the team was 6-for-20. There’s very little inside presence on either end, and ball handling isn’t a strength. The 49ers had 22 turnovers and UCSB a dozen steals. After Cal Poly tonight, the 49ers come home to play Pacific and Northridge, which has a win over USC. A win over UCSB might have set the 49ers up for a run of optimism, if not a title. Instead, they’re a step closer to an 0-4 conference start, with all their big games behind them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img And every game is especially important when your name is Larry Reynolds and you are trying to revive a program, coach a team with a lot of new parts and save your job, additionally in front of a new boss. All this is why the 49ers coach looked at Saturday’s loss to UC Santa Barbara in their Big West opener as a missed opportunity, a bullet lost in Reynolds’ ever-decreasing arsenal. last_img read more

Boys & Girls Club receives funding boost

first_imgWHITTIER – Edwards Middle School Principal Monica Sena says she sleeps better at night knowing her students are in a safe place during what she calls “the scary hours.” Those are the hours between the end of school and about 7 p.m., when many teens go unsupervised because their parents work but can’t afford a baby sitter or pricey day care. Now, thanks to an infusion of $150,000 in federal funds over the next three years secured by Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Lakewood, Sena can continue to rest easy – the way she has since the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier established an after-school site at the school in 2003. “We used to get calls all the time from McDonald’s or the neighbors, that there were a whole bunch of kids there,” Sena said. “Now, we hardly ever get those calls at all.” On Thursday, Sanchez visited the Edwards campus in West Whittier to present a ceremonial $150,000 check to the Boys & Girls Club of Whittier, which will go toward the continued operation of the “Edwards Clubhouse.” “This funding is exactly why I fight so hard to get federal dollars back to the 39th District,” Sanchez said. “One thing I always try to do is create or support programs like those offered by the Boys & Girls club.” The Boys & Girls Club added Edwards as one of its sites in September 2003, about a year after budget cutbacks resulted in the elimination of Edwards’ low-cost after-school club and sports program. “It really fills a need,” said Dub Kerin, the club’s development director. “And for us, this is our mission: to provide opportunities, especially to disadvantaged kids who couldn’t otherwise afford any recreational activities out there.” Daily attendance for the Edwards Clubhouse is at nearly 110 students. They do homework for an hour before playing sports and other activities. Annual membership is $15 per year. “If I didn’t have this program, my mom would have to pick me up and take me to my grandma’s house so she could watch me, 11. “But this is just more fun.” ,” said Edwards sixth-grader Brianda Aleman tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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

Here’s who Arsenal will play before beginning their Premier League campaign

first_imgArsenal travel to Australia to begin their pre-season tour, but must also play in China before flying back for the Emirates Cup and the Community Shield.13 July: v Sydney FC (Sydney, Australia)15 July: v Western Sydney Wanderers (Sydney, Australia)19 July: v Bayern Munich (Shanghai, China)22 July: v Chelsea (Beijing, China)29 July: v Benfica (Emirates Stadium)30 July: v Sevilla (Emirates Stadium)6 August: v Chelsea (Community Shield)Click here to read when every Arsenal game of the 2017/18 season will be played 1 The FA Cup winners end their pre-season tour with a game against Premier League winners Chelsea last_img read more

Donegal hurling mourns passing of Danny Cullen senior

first_imgThe Donegal hurling fraternity is in mourning tonight following the death of Setanta Hurling Club founder and stalwart Danny Cullen senior.The 86-year-old died peacefully tonight.“A hurling man through and through. His final whistle was blown,” Setanta said in a statement on their Facebook page. Danny was a founding member of Setanta in 1979 and was also involved in the reformation of the Red Hughs club in 1981.It was in his role at Setanta that he was best known and just recently will have been one of the proudest men around as his beloved club won the Ulster JHC title for the first time having captured the Donegal SHC title.Danny Cullen was principal of Dromore National School until his retirement in 1995.He is survived by his wife Bridget, children Danny Jr, Michael, Paschal, Charlotte, Bernadette and their extended families. Donegal hurling mourns passing of Danny Cullen senior was last modified: November 15th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2017 Donegal SHC2017 Ulster JHCDanny Cullen seniorSETANTAlast_img read more

Sweet breaks TD record, Redwoods finishes season with win

first_imgJamari Sweet set a single-season record for touchdown receptions, quarterback Alex Adams threw 5 touchdown passes and fished with half-a-dozen total scores, and College of the Redwoods football finished off its 2019 campaign with a 56-17 win over visiting San Jose City College, Saturday afternoon at the Redwood Bowl.Sweet entered Saturday’s contest one shy of the Redwoods single-season touchdown reception record of 11.The sophomore hauled in three of them in the win, setting a new record of …last_img read more