An Alarming and Troubling Report

first_imgWhat happened to Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh’s Liberia National Police (LNP)?   Is the LNP attempting to disrespect him and tarnish his reputation as an effective and decisive Attorney General of Liberia?But no, not only the Attorney General, but the LNP’s ultimate boss herself, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf seems to have been brazenly   challenged by the Police.  For following the Daily Observer’s detailed story last Wednesday by our Woman and Family Correspondent, Claudia Smith,  of the brutal rape and subsequent death of 12 year-old Ma Musu Morris, allegedly by a 49 year-old man named Musa Kromah (alias CDC), President Sirleaf immediately took a personal interest in the case. Not only did the alarmed and grief-stricken President Sirleaf visit the victim’s family at Moulton Corner in Brewerville; she vowed, according to our Presidential Correspondent William Harmon, to intervene personally to ensure that justice is done concerning the rape and subsequent death of Ma Musu. In addition, President Sirleaf said the law should also go after “all those who contributed one way or the other to the death of this   raped child.  These include, she said, the health facilities that refused Ma Musu treatment, and the LNP officers who denied passage at a check-point of the vehicle that was conveying the victim to the John F. Kennedy Medical Center.In her detailed story, Correspondent Claudia Smith reported that the child had been refused treatment both by the Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town and by the Faith Clinic in Brewerville.  It  was following these refusals of treatment to the dying raped victim that the parents and friends tried to rush her to the JFK, only to be intercepted and turned back by the police at the Capitol-By-Pass-Jallah Town Road checkpoint, leading to her untimely death.It was following this terrible incident that the Daily Observer wrote an Editorial entitled “Justice Minister Sannoh’s first major case”—  or so we thought. The alleged rapist, Musa Kromah, was immediately apprehended by the Moulton’s Corner community and turned over to the police at Zone 6 in Brewerville.  That was on the very night of the rape, Sunday, January 18, 2015.  And yet, today, January 28, a full 10 days later, our Judicial Correspondent Abednego Davis reports that the alleged rapist has not yet been brought to court. The big question is, what are the police waiting for?  For the man to run away?  Or to turn the whole tragic incident into another case of delayed justice?  Or to let time lapse so that the case is soon forgotten?This is why we are surprised at the behavior of the LNP.  Our Thursday, January 22 Editorial was very clear.  We said this is a momentous case for the new Justice Minister—and we went so far as to name it his first major case.  Surely Justice Minister Sannoh most definitely will not want to play with this one—not just because the President has pledged her personal involvement to see that justice is done; but more so because an innocent little girl, who could have been anyone’s daughter or granddaughter, has been brutally and murderously violated.We make an appeal that we think is entirely unnecessary.  But having waited so long see this horrible matter to brought to justice, we have no choice but to urge Inspector General Chris Massaquoi and his Deputy, Major Abraham  Kromah, to turn Musa Kromah  over to the courts without delay.  We are sure that Attorney General Sannoh will be ready with a competent prosecutorial team to ensure that this matter is expertly dealt with in the courts.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Top Cop victim of coup d’état – Nandlall

first_img…describes letter to Persaud as constitutional violation Government’s instruction to Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud that he return to leave just as it had expired is not going down well among legal minds. In fact, it is being described as a poorly veiled coup d’état to unseat the Top Cop, with no basis in the law.Former Attorney General Anil NandlallAccording to former Attorney General Anil Nandlall, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has no legal authority to write to Persaud instructing him to take his leave. The fact that he did this violates Article 225 of the Constitution.“The Office of the Commissioner of Police is one of those offices created by the Constitution which is insulated by a strong apparatus of constitutional protection against any form of interference and influence, emanating from the executive government,” Nandlall stressed, in his analysis.“Mr Seelall Persaud, as the Commissioner of Police, does not hold office at the opinion and pleasure of this government. He holds office under the Constitution of Guyana and enjoys security of tenure.”Noting that even President David Granger cannot do what Ramjattan did, Nandlall noted that it was only a few days ago that acting Chief Justice Roxane George ruled that a letter from Minister of State, Joseph Harmon to the Police Service Commission was unconstitutional.“Firstly, it was Carvil Duncan. Then it was the Registrar of Deeds. Then, the Deputy Solicitor. Now it is the Commissioner of Police. Next, it might be a judge who rules against them. Authoritarianism will never triumph in today’s free, liberal world,” Nandlall said.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan ConstitutionArticle 225 of the Constitution of Guyana outlines that “Where it is provided in this Constitution that this article shall apply to any office, a person holding such office (in this article referred to as “the office”) shall not be removed there from or suspended from the exercise of the functions thereof except in accordance with the provisions of this article; and the prescribed authority for the purpose of paragraph (4) or (6) shall, in relation to any office, be the authority prescribed for that purpose by the provision of this Constitution by which this article is applied to that office.”It goes on to say: “The officer may be removed from office only for inability to discharge the functions of his office (whether arising from infirmity of body or mind of any other cause whatsoever) or for misbehaviour.”It also says: “The officer shall be removed from office by the President if the question of his removal from office has been referred to a tribunal appointed under this article and the tribunal has recommended to the President that the officer ought to be removed from office for inability as aforesaid or for misbehaviour.”The Police Commissioner was sent on “special leave” on November 24, 2017 – the day he was slated to return to his duties following four months of annual leave.Persaud received a very short letter from Public Security Minister Ramjattan stating that “it is the considered opinion of the Administration that you [Persaud] should be and you are hereby directed to proceed on special leave with effect from November 24, 2017 until further notice.”President Granger on Wednesday last told media operatives that when Top Cop Persaud returned from his leave in January, his fate would be decided. He claimed that his Administration simply “insisted” that the leave due to Persaud be enjoyed rather than be cut short.The President also maintained that there was nothing “abnormal” about the Commissioner being sent on additional leave, highlighting that “we said that public servants must enjoy their leave when it is due and this encourages the development of a good career system in which the subordinates are allowed to act”.But Persaud’s leave came following the March 2017 alleged assassination plot, in which businessman Andriff Gillard reported to the Police that his friend and neighbour Nizam Khan offered him $7 million to assassinate President Granger.He said that the offer was made during a conversation between Khan and himself after he approached Khan to borrow $6 million to purchase a property.Following the allegation, President Granger ordered an inquiry into the Police’s investigation of the allegation. Upon concluding the Commission of Inquiry (CoI), retired Police Commissioner Paul Slowe submitted a report to President Granger.Ruling that the Police Force deliberately failed to conduct a diligent investigation into the allegation, Slowe had recommended the firing of the Police Commissioner.Persaud is reportedly a close friend of the brother of Nizam Khan – the accused. The CoI also recommended sanctions and removal of other senior ranks.last_img read more

Huskies unveil schedule for upcoming season

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies have unveiled the schedule for their upcoming 2016-2017 campaign.The Huskies will be playing their first three games of the season on the road, with stops in Sexsmith on September 24th, Peace River on September 30th, and Fairview on October 1st. The first Huskies home game of the upcoming season will take place on October 8th, and fill feature a rematch of their season opener when the Vipers make a stop at the North Peace Arena.Huskies General Manager Jeremy Clothier explains that the team will be spending most of the first month of the season on the road, as the city installs ice in the Pomeroy Events Centre well before the North Peace Arena, and hosting games too early in the season could wreck the ice. Clothier adds that though the team will be away for a good chunk of October, the Huskies only have one away game in November: a second game in Sexsmith on the 19th.- Advertisement -The Huskies will also be hosting a open tryouts in just over two weeks. The tryouts are set to take place at the Pomeroy Events Centre August 26th to 28th, and are open to any players born between 1996 and 2000. The cost is $125 per skater. Players wishing to try out can contact the Huskies’ GM at: jeremyclothier@gmail.com.A link to the Huskies’ full season schedule can be found here.last_img read more

Campaign ads punchy, but are they relevant?

first_img“That strategy will only succeed if there is significant discontent with the incumbent and it seems obvious to me that her candidacy springs from a place that realizes from the beginning that Lauritzen is vulnerable,” he said. “The fact that he’s in a runoff is already a near-death experience.” naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Campaign managers for both Lauritzen and Galatzan defend the mailers and said the criticism they offer of their opponent is valid. But USC Professor Jonathan Wilcox said neither campaign offers voters a clear idea of what the candidate would accomplish if elected to represent the San Fernando Valley on the Los Angeles Unified board. Lauritzen’s campaign material, Wilcox said, are “desperately off-topic” and demonstrate a “tragic lack of subtlety.” “When an incumbent makes the campaign politically driven rather than policy driven, it reveals a fundamental weakness in his campaign position,” he said. And Wilcox, who lives in the Valley, said Galatzan’s “soft-focused campaign” is indicative of “the incredible shrinking debate” at LAUSD. Board member Jon Lauritzen’s mailers before the March primary were decidedly punchier than those sent out by challenger Tamar Galatzan. They showed a shark representing City Hall as it devoured Valley schools. They played off Galatzan’s lack of education experience by showing children dressed in a doctor’s scrubs and a pilot’s uniform with the text: “Cute kid … but you wouldn’t let him operate on you;” and “Cute kid … but you wouldn’t let him fly a 747.” Most of the mailers sent out by Galatzan show her in her role as a mother of two young sons, who cares about the education they’ll receive in Los Angeles’ public schools. But she’s taken her share of shots at Lauritzen, accusing him of hiring more bureaucrats than teachers during his four years on the board and criticizing his support of a $50 million parking lot. last_img read more

Fallen former Harambee Stars assistant coach Nyongesa leaves great legacy behind

first_imgHis own son, Michael Barasa went through the National Youth Centres to become a prolific player who rose to become the AFC Leopards Captain besides playing for Nakuru’s Ulinzi Stars and later Western Stima as well as leading the attacking front in the Harambee Stars team.Nyongesa, a father of nine died on Friday night at about 1:00 am following a long battle with prostate cancer which was diagnosed at stage four.The 77-year-old former player winner of different football titles had been admitted at the Nakuru War Memorial hospital where he passed on.He started his football career in Kitale where he played for Kitale Elgon Stars in the 60s and rose to be named Football Player of the year in 1977 and later won Coach of the Year Award in 1979.Nyongesa, who was described by his students/mentees as cool, humble and a strict disciplinarian also trained coaches in Nakuru before he was grounded by disease.One of his trainees, Hassan Hussein who coaches 08 Community Football Club in Nakuru West said the country has lost a great mind and diligent patriot who gave his life to football growth.“He taught us the importance of professionalism, discipline, sacrifice and integrity in our work and the need to pass knowledge to the younger generations,” he said.Husein added that even in sickness, Nyongesa still spared time to mentor young footballers and he established Nyayo team, a club of boys aged between 10-15 years which was training at an open field near his home in Ngata farm.Nyongesa’s wife, Rose Atieno said people are gathering at their home for burial arrangement while his husband’s body is at the Nakuru War Memorial Mortuary.A close family confidant said his final send off might be delayed to allow his two sons who are working abroad time to travel home.-BY WANJIRU MACHARIA-0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nyongesa, a father of nine died on Friday night at about 1:00 am following a long battle with prostate cancer which was diagnosed at stage four. Photo/COURTESYNAKURU, Kenya, Aug 24 – Fallen former Harambee Stars assistant coach Sammy Nyongesa will be remembered for many great deeds among them establishing the National Youth Centres which produced superstars.Nyongesa, who died on Friday in Nakuru, has mentored hundreds of football players among the Ambrose ‘Golden Boy’ Ayoyi, Sammy Abida, Joseph Odera, John ‘Mo’ Muiruri, Sammy Taabu, Isaiah Otieno, Dickson Anyanga, Simon Wakhaya, James Odawa and John Navikhonelo.last_img read more

CONFIRMED! West Ham to sign former Arsenal youngster on free transfer

first_imgWest Ham have announced Havard Nordtveit will join the club from Borussia Monchengladbach.The Norwegian defensive midfielder will move to Upton Park on a free transfer on July 1 after he opted not to renew his contract with the Bundesliga side.Nordtveit, who spent three years on Arsenal’s books as a youngster, has signed a five-year deal with Slaven Bilic’s side.He told the Hammers’ official website: “It has always been a dream for me to play in the Premier League and now I have a big opportunity to do that for West Ham – I cannot wait to start!“This team has something special, a spirit in the team that I can fit into. I will work hard and hopefully I can get some good moments at this Club.“I’m a player who can play many roles on the pitch, but I’m from Norway so maybe a little bit more running, tackles and try to spread a few balls around me.“I’m looking forward to showing what I can do, but hopefully I have something to help West Ham achieve even more.”Nordtveit, who has been capped 28 times for Norway, becomes the Hammers’ second signing to join in July following the deal for Valencia striker Toni Martinez.Spanish youth international Martinez, 18, agreed to make the move to West Ham back in April. 1 Havard Nordtveit last_img read more

Dungloe GAA club: Naul honoured for a lifetime’s service as Tony steps down

first_imgB’iad  1, 4, 14 agus 18 a huimhireacha a lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto. Beidh €2500 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo. Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann: Brendan Gillespie – Mullaghduff, Rosie McBride C/O –  S.W.O, Charles Gillespie – Mullaghduff, Mary T.Boyle – Burtonport  agus Teresa O’Donnell – Quay Rd. 200 Club winners:€1000 – Kay Wehrley- Quay Rd€500 – Margaret Martin – Quay Rd€300 – Mary Mc Gee (H) – Meenmore€100 – Hughie Gallagher – Belcruit€100 – Enda Boner, Gweedore Rd CLG An Clochan Liath are inviting applications for the position of senior manager for the 2017 season. Interested parties are to advise club secretary by email (secretary.dungloe.donegal@gaa.ie) or in writing to Adrian Alcorn, Lackenagh, Burtonport, Co Donegal. We take this opportunity to thank Tony Boyle and his backroom team for their hard work over the last 3 seasons. Congratulations yet again, to Naul McCole on receiving the Donegal GAA Lifetime Service Award on Saturday evening in Donegal Town. A fantastic club and community man, truly deserving of this honour. Dungloe GAA club: Naul honoured for a lifetime’s service as Tony steps down was last modified: December 6th, 2016 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:dungloeTony Boylelast_img read more

A’s send ailing Mark Canha to injured list

first_imgThe A’s will begin their series in Boston with just a two-man bench after placing first baseman/outfielder Mark Canha on the 10-day injured list with a sprained right wrist on Monday morning.Oakland called up Ryan Buchter from Triple-A Las Vegas to give them a left-hander to go with its eight right-handers in the bullpen.Pending any additional moves before Monday night’s game against the Red Sox, the A’s will go a man short on the bench since they have just 11 position players. The A’s bench …last_img

Plenty of Time for Evolution?

first_imgA mathematician and a biologist have calculated that there’s “plenty of time for evolution.”  Why?  Evolution has a spy: natural selection.  Darwin’s spy vastly decreases the amount of time that “doubters” have argued it would take to create a complex organism like a butterfly.  Will their argument fly?    The short paper by Herbert Wilf and Warren Ewens was published in PNAS with the simple title, “There’s Plenty of Time for Evolution.”1  The gist of their argument is that evolution, contrary to the ideas of critics who envision everything having to evolve sequentially, works like a parallel processor: “Evolution is an ‘in parallel’ process, with beneficial mutations at one gene locus being retained after they become fixed in a population while beneficial mutations at other loci become fixed,” they said.  “In fact this statement is essentially the principle of natural selection.”  They used some equations to show that their model drastically reduces the time required for the evolution of complex systems,2 without referring to any biological cases in particular.  Their model, however, assumes that every beneficial mutation will become fixed during the random mutational search.    PhysOrg accepted their claims uncritically, even saying in the headline, “New mathematics research proves there’s plenty of time for evolution,” and that “the idea that evolution would require ‘too much time’ to be true is proved false.”  Proof is a strong word.  For support, PhysOrg quoted Wilf comparing evolution to a hacker.  If a hacker tries to guess a complex password, it would take a very long time to do a random search.  But if a spy tells the hacker every time a correct character is found, the time plummets dramatically.  The article tries to clinch the argument:But what does hacking have to do with the evolution of species?    Simple, Wilf said.  In the case of evolution, the hacker is evolution itself.  The password is the string of codons that describes, for example, a butterfly.  And the spy is natural selection.So far we seem to have nothing but a restatement of Darwin’s thesis, or worse, that a butterfly evolves because it evolves.  It also sounds reminiscent of Richard Dawkins’ computer algorithm that converges on “Methinks it is like a weasel,” given that each correct letter mutated in a random string sticks when it is correct.  But who verifies the correctness of each letter?  Who is the spy assisting the hacker?    Buried in the model is the assumption that each mutation has survival value.  Wilf explained in the PhysOrg article:“If, when we guess the full string of letters [for a new species], one of the letters is correct – for instance, one that describes correctly the eyes of a butterfly – then that letter has survival value,” he said.    “It will not be discarded as future mutations take place because the intermediate creatures are seeing very well, and they will live and reproduce.  So although it seems at first glance that the process of random mutations will take a very long time to produce a higher organism, thanks to the spying of natural selection, the process can go very rapidly.    “In the paper, these ideas are precisely quantified, according to this model, and the extent of the speedup is found.  It is enormous, and shows that there is indeed plenty of time for evolution.”But before Wilf and Ewens can write Q.E.D., a number of questions arise.  Who is watching, and who watches the watchers?  Darwin was trying to rid biology of guiding intelligences that could steer any process toward a goal by design.  The main problem with Dawkins’ analogy was that a target sequence had been preselected by an intelligent agent, and some invisible watcher was verifying the correct letters (in his computer, the algorithm comparing the string with the target sequence).  Evolution has no target sequence; nothing in evolution moves toward the arrival of the butterfly.  Evolution has no comparison algorithm.  Survival cannot be the algorithm; there’s nothing inherent in survival requiring a complex organ to emerge.  Fitness cannot be the algorithm; there is no independent measure of fitness in evolutionary theory outside of survival, which reduces “survival of the fittest” to a tautology – the fitness of the fittest, the survival of the survivors (see “Fitness for dummies,” 10/29/2002).  Additionally, measures of fitness are often based on bad statistics (03/30/2009, 09/05/2008).    In addition, no single mutation entails any foresight to a distant result.  Wilf and Ewens envisioned beneficial mutations, even if as rare as one in 10,000, having independent, additive benefits to an organism.  This ignores cases where no benefit is conferred till multiple genetic modifications are in place (irreducible complexity), and also fails to account for the damaging effects of pleiotropy – benefits in one gene causing disasters in another (e.g., 06/30/2009) – and epigenetics (07/27/2009, 01/27/2009).  Another challenge is posed by indirect genetic effects that produce “slippage on the treadmill” when fitter offspring facing fitter brethren and enemies (see 03/17/2003).  Arguments from analogy are also fraught with pitfalls (cf. 05/04/2010).  Genomes are “infinitely more complex” than passwords (04/05/2010), containing codes upon codes (04/18/2010, 05/06/2010), and may be fractal in their overall architecture (10/13/2009).  Even a single cell has “staggering complexity” (02/02/2010, 12/29/2009).    Wilf and Ewens’ paper only included two references and did not answer the criticisms of earlier efforts to overcome the time problem.  See also the 11/14/2010, 09/30/2010, 09/28/2010, 03/08/2010, and 04/02/2008 entries.1.  Herbert S. Wilf and Warren J. Ewens, “There�s plenty of time for evolution,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, published online before print December 13, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1016207107.2.  For an unknown word of L letters, drawing from an alphabet of K letters, the sequential model would require KL trials to guess the word.  They argue that parallel processing reduces the trials to approximately KlogL.This paper might have attracted attention in 1860, when Darwin’s X-Men were on a roll (03/04/2004), but not after a century and a half of thought about natural selection and multiple revolutions in genetics.  These guys seem oblivious to all the counterarguments made against similar notions in the past.  Where have they been?  What is most instructive is that such an easily-refuted idea was published by the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, and was offered as “proof” of Charlie Daddy’s story by the popular press.  If this is the best they can offer after so much time, spilled ink and spilled blood, take heart.  Darwin’s totalitarian regime is nearing intellectual collapse.(Visited 44 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA centre in Aids gel breakthrough

first_img21 July 2010 The HIV/Aids prevention community is abuzz with excitement over news that South African research has developed a vaginal gel – known as a microbicide – that can reduce sexually transmitted HIV infection by as much as 54%. A two-and-a-half-year study of 889 women by the Durban-based Centre for the Aids Programme of Research in South Africa (Caprisa) found that a vaginal gel containing the antiretroviral drug tenofovir was 39% effective in reducing a woman’s HIV risk when used for about three-quarters of sex acts. It was 54% effective when used more consistently, and also halved the incidence of genital herpes infections. The research results were published online by Science magazine on Monday. “Tenofovir gel could fill an important HIV prevention gap by empowering women who are unable to successfully negotiate mutual faithfulness or condom use with their male partners,” said Quarraisha Abdool Karim, one of the lead investigators of the study and associate director of Caprisa. “This new technology has the potential to alter the course of the HIV epidemic, especially in southern Africa, where young women bear the brunt of this devastating disease.” More than half of new HIV infections in Africa occur in women and girls. The Caprisa study findings are likely to revive flagging morale among researchers disappointed by two decades of failed efforts to develop a female-controlled method of HIV prevention. “We are giving hope to women,” Michel Sidibe, executive director of UNAids, said in a statement this week. “For the first time we have seen results for a woman-initiated and controlled HIV prevention option. “If confirmed, a microbicide will be a powerful option for the prevention revolution and help us break the trajectory of the Aids epidemic.” Funded by the South African and US governments, the Caprisa trial involved 889 HIV-negative, sexually active South African women who were considered to be at high risk of HIV infection. Half of the women were given vaginal applicators containing a 1% concentration of tenofovir gel, while the other half were given a placebo gel. The women were asked to insert a dose of the gel 12 hours before sexual intercourse and a second dose within 12 hours after intercourse. Over the course of the year-long study, 98 women became HIV positive – 38 in the tenofovir gel group compared to 60 in the placebo gel group. On average, adherence to the gel was over 70%, but among women who used the tenofovir gel for more than 80% of sex acts, the gel provided greater protection from HIV. “We believe that the most responsible plan of action now is to quickly and efficiently articulate the sequence of steps necessary for confirmation and follow-up of these results, while also aggressively planning for potential roll-out of a licensable product,” Mitchell Warren, executive director of the Aids Vaccine Advocacy Coalition, said in a statement. “As exciting as this result is – and as important as it is to follow it up without delay – the reality is that this product will not be available for widespread introduction tomorrow,” Mitchell said. “It is critical to manage expectations while maintaining urgency.” Source: Irin PlusNews and MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more