Vice President Howard-Taylor Breaks Silence on Leaked Audio

first_imgVP Jewel Howard Taylor Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor has finally broken silence on the leaked audio involving Bong County Superintendent Esther Walker and some senior officials of the government.VP Taylor said she is not interested in gossips but remains focused in helping to revamp Liberia’s economy.However, there has been growing concerns from citizens across the country, anxious to hear from Vice President Jewel Howard-Taylor and her role in the leaked audio.Bong County Superintendent Esther Walker, in a recently leaked audio, stated that the vice president was accused by ministers Nathaniel McGill and Samuel Tweah of receiving a high traditional honor from traditional leaders in Bong County and which was intended for President George Weah.Vice President Taylor, in a brief chat with reporters on Tuesday about the leaked audio, indicated that she is not interested in rumors filtering within the inner circles of the government.She said she is more focused on helping President Weah improve the country’s economy, and indicated that the governance of the state is of more priority than to focus on issues that undermine the forward march of Liberia.“The issue for me is that there are so many important things on our desk: the issue of the governance of our state; the issue of jobs for our people; the issues of how we can improve the economy to fulfill the Pro-poor Agenda — I think those are the important issues and not rumors and gossips. I would like to ask the media to let’s look at the issues concerning our country and make that a priority,” VP Howard Taylor said.Commenting on the ongoing impeachment, she said she will remain neutral in the trial.She stressed the need for Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh to be given due process under the laws of Liberia.President Weah has since suspended Bong County Superintendent Esther Walker for her role in the leaked audio, according to an Executive Mansion press release on Friday, Feb. 15.Madam Walker remains suspended pending an investigation into allegations she made in the leaked audio, which went viral on February 15, 2019, the release said. The suspended superintendent has since been advised to turn over all government properties in her possession.Superintendent Walker’s voice could be heard on the leaked audio, explaining her ordeal with Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) Samuel Tweah, Minister of State Nathaniel McGill and, later, the Mayor of Monrovia, Jefferson Koijee, when she joined them at the Jamaica resort following the President’s 2019 annual message to the Legislature. She said she wanted to speak to the President when Samuel Tweah called her.She said Minister Tweah confronted her and claimed that Bong County had given the title “Dakpanah” to Vice President Jewel Howard Taylor. Dakpanah is a sacred title between Poro and Sande societies and is appointed by the most sacred Zonya of the Gola tribe.She said Minister Tweah accused the Vice President of being wicked and noted that he had the evidence that could be used as an act of revenge on her for her alleged action.“The only good that blesses you is that you are in the middle of us and, if it was a bad government, we would have executed you,” she said Minister Tweah told her. Later, when Mayor Koijee came to where she was being contemptuously addressed, he joined the other two. She claimed she wanted to leave but could not.Superintendent Walker said she was embarrassed by the action of the three men, who she claimed are running the country and to whom the President listens for decisions to govern.Madam Walker’s allegations, aside from creating worrying concerns for Liberians, appear have to have confirmed reports that the President listens to the three men mentioned in the audio regarding the running of the country.With the nature of the allegations and the situation that Madam Walker went through, political observers are concerned that things that seem not to have any significance have claimed the attention of a president who has a lot to do to get Liberia back on its course of economic development.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Police launch Christmas security plan

first_img– increase foot, vehicle patrols for cityWith the Christmas season almost here, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Monday laid out what it said was its security plan for the period between November 15 and January 15, 2017.The security plan entails strategies to be taken by the Force that will counter any plans by criminal elements to take away the joy and peace of the Christmas season.Security offices at the launch of the Christmas security planNot only will officers in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara) be doing their best to prevent the possible rise in crime during this period, but steps will also be taken by the Traffic Department to monitor traffic flow, which is bound to build up during this time.A Division Commander Clifton Hicken said there would be an increase in foot and vehicle patrols around the city, particularly at hot spots such as banks, hotels, night spots and other business places. The Division will also continue what has been described as social crime prevention, which has seen many recent successes, and will coordinate with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to target other hotspots.Patrols“What is important to note is that foot patrols will be working between 07:00h and 13:00h and 12:00h to 19:00h each day so we will have an influx of Police. Motorcycles and vehicle patrols will be on a 24-hour basis from the 22nd to the 25th of (December), and days that follow,” he said, adding that during the period, section commanders will have the responsibility of ensuring that their ranks are posted on time, given directions to ensure no misconduct and have their meals so that they could focus on duty.“Markets will be targeted, suspected drug houses will be targeted,” he told the media at the launch.Hicken said it was very necessary for A Division to coordinate with D Division (West Demerara-East Bank Essequibo) since the Harbour Bridge, and particularly the Demerara River, separates the two. Also C Division (east Coast Demerara) requires partnership, as the Force places special focus on Dennis Street, Sophia. He said much could be accomplished by the partnership approach and networking during this period.PartnershipsA Division has also been partnering with the City Constabulary, Hicken reported, to ensure that incidents of crime are minimised in the markets as well. Constables have also been helpful in apprehending persons who have been soliciting passengers.In addition, the Commander said the City would again be divided into various sectors, with senior officers heading each division.Speaking on the inroads made by the Division in addressing the crime situation, Hicken spoke of many partnerships with community and faith-based organisations to meet particularly the youth in selected areas.“We have been engaging the youths; it has been decentralised to all divisions. We’ve been growing in terms of capacity. We started out with Impact Albouystown, and now we have 15 youth groups. But not just the youth groups, we have brought back trust because the parents of those groups give us in excess of 1000 children and have trusted the Police to send their children out, and this is very important since dealing with the children has given the Police Force a much greater and effective avenue to get its information out,” the Commander said.He said the open door policy which the Force has was also sending a clear message to the public that it was part of civil society and they must work together.last_img read more

Art program, others win city grants

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Among the dozen local organizations that recently split $75,000 in city funds earmarked for pilot community programs – many of them well established – is a fledgling group that enriches the lives of those who are “differently-abled.” Last year, LETMESAIL Inc. snagged $7,500 to equip its new digs; this year its therapeutic art program drew another $7,500. “This group’s founders were instrumental in establishing the Special Olympics in Santa Clarita,” said Adele Macpherson, the city’s superintendent of community services. “This is definitely an unmet need in our community.” The special program dovetails with the city’s offerings. The city’s Community Services Grant Program aids local nonprofit groups whose services benefit local residents. Subsidies pay for operations, maintenance and supplies but may not be spent on ongoing salaries or expenses, or repeat requests for the same project. Twelve projects were selected in 2007 from a field of 26 applicants. Recipients include a community mural project, a youth orchestra mentoring project, risk-prevention classes for junior high school students, a violence-prevention program and theatrical endeavors. (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Our programs are complementing programs they offer,” said Maureen Spindt, a LETMESAIL board member. “Their funds helped us expedite the success of our program.” The 2-year-old organization has nothing to do with maritime activities. Some clients have Down syndrome or other intellectual disabilities, hearing or vision impairment, cerebral palsy, or autism or Asperger’s syndrome. The acronym stands for Lifestyle Enrichment Through Meaningful Exercise, Social Activity and Independent Living. The group established its lifestyle-enrichment center in Valencia last year and serves about 140 clients ages 16 and up. The grant furnishes admission to museums and enables clients to ply the visual arts with the aid of a veteran art teacher and enough volunteers to provide a roughly 1-to-1 ratio. Projects have included painting, sculpture and collage; charcoal and pastels will follow. “It’s amazing the inner creativity and the inner talent our clients display in their artwork,” Spindt said. last_img read more

Annexation plan suffers a setback

first_imgPalmer Investments has challenged Winger’s move, which was contained in a Dec. 27 letter but revealed Monday. “Las Lomas has responded to LAFCO’s letters stating we have addressed the tasks LAFCO listed as incomplete and called to LAFCO’s attention errors made in that same letter that are not associated with our project,” said Hilary Norton Orozco, executive vice president of Palmer Investments, in a prepared statement. The firm has already spent five years on the Las Lomas plan. Palmer hopes to switch the project from the county’s jurisdiction to that of Los Angeles, a move neighboring Santa Clarita opposes. The project is planned on 555 acres at the junction of Interstate 5 and the Antelope Valley Freeway at a ridgeline between Los Angeles and Santa Clarita. Santa Clarita has vehemently opposed the development, saying the 5,800-home and commercial mini-city would devastate the environment and overload both freeways with traffic. Santa Clarita and Los Angeles have sought to extend their spheres of influence so they abut at the ridgeline separating the San Fernando Valley from the Santa Clarita Valley – currently an unincorporated area overseen by Los Angeles County. Under the cities’ plan, Santa Clarita’s sphere would include 75 percent of the project site, but that would not give it jurisdiction over the project. LAFCO has approved the extension of the city of Los Angeles’ sphere to the ridgeline. Palmer must complete the environmental application, and the Los Angeles officials must approve it before LAFCO can consider the company’s annexation proposal. Orozco did not disclose the company’s timeline. Santa Clarita’s appeal of a lawsuit filed by Las Lomas Land Corp. is making its way through the courts. LAFCO has indicated it will not rule on the city’s desire to extend its sphere until the matter is resolved by the courts. Should LAFCO extend the city’s sphere, any county development proposed on the site would need to be reviewed by the city. LAFCO can reinstate the company’s application, Winger said. (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – The developer seeking to put a 5,800-home mini-city on a ridgeline in the Newhall Pass suffered a setback in his bid to annex the property to Los Angeles. Sandor Winger, executive officer of the county’s Local Agency Formation Commission, ruled that Palmer Investments’ proposal to join the Las Lomas property to the city of Los Angeles needs more work. “We told them, `We’re going to put it away. … When you get all the (material) together, reapply,”‘ Winger said Monday. He added that the delay is simply a procedural matter. LAFCO oversees regional annexations. last_img

James rejects ‘tampering’ charge over praise of Pels’ Davis

first_img0Shares0000Lakers star LeBron James guards Anthony Davis of New Orleans in Los Angeles’ 112-104 NBA victory over the Pelicans © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Harry HowLOS ANGELES, United States, Dec 22 – Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James scoffed at the notion he was violating NBA rules when he told reporters it would be “amazing” to play alongside New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis.Davis has been the subject of trade rumors recently, and Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters on Friday morning that he believed James’s comments should count as “tampering” — defined by the NBA as attempting to entice a player under contract to negotiate with another team regarding his services. “I thought if you talk about a player under contract, it was tampering. But that’s just me,” Gentry said. “I’ve only been in the league 31 years. What do I know?”The coach seemed to walk back that opinion later Friday, as the Pelicans prepared to take on the Lakers at Staples Center, acknowledging that if James was asked the question by reporters, it would be hard for him not to respond.“I think it puts him in a bad situation,” Gentry said.After the Lakers’ 112-104 victory over the Pelicans, James made it clear just how silly he thought any tampering accusation was.“Ask me, ‘Would I like to play with Kevin Durant?’ Ask me right now,” James told a reporter in the locker room.She didn’t have time to get the whole question out before James said: “Absolutely! Ask me if I’d like to play with Jimmy Butler. Say it right now.“Ask me about Kyrie Irving. Giannis (Antetokounmpo). Ask me about (Joel) Embiid. Ben Simmons. Go ahead, all of them. Luka Doncic. Ask me right now.“Come on guys, it’s not rocket science,” James added. “I would love to play with a lot of great players. That’s just who I am… And I play by the rules.”Despite the rumors, and regardless of any blandishments Davis might hear from players on other teams, Gentry was adamant that the Pelicans wouldn’t part with their star.“We’re not trading him,” Gentry said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

High-Tech High

first_imgEl Camino instructor Emmanual Villaroman was on hand to answer questions and entice the kids into joining by promising they’d learn about “capacitors, transistors, diodes and circuits.” “Who signed up?” he asked, before exclaiming, “It’s fun!” Junior Anthony Morreale, 16, appeared skeptical of the petite sales pitch but signed up anyway. He’s already a robotics buff, and the class, he said, “seems like a cool opportunity.” “I might pursue a career to build things like this one day,” Anthony asserted, pointing at a rudimentary, pint-size, square-shape steel robot. “This is a great start, I guess. “Plus my mom makes me buy everything on my own, and this is expensive stuff.” The class promises hands-on robot building and programming for free. shelly.leachman@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Shelly Leachman STAFF WRITER Aiming to provide earlier exposure to careers in engineering, another South Bay high school is adding robotics classes to its list of extracurricular offerings – and offering college credit to boot. Starting Tuesday, Palos Verdes Peninsula High School students can take an El Camino College robotics course from the comfort of their own campus. “The earlier we give them the opportunity to see if they like this kind of thing, the better,” said the college’s Karen Hess, who spent an hour last week at Peninsula trying to sign up students. “We want to get them at ninth grade preferably, start them at the beginning and keep them moving up.” Hess works with El Camino’s Project Lead the Way, which already has such initiatives in place at Hawthorne and Redondo Union high schools, as well as City Honors High in Inglewood and the California Academy of Math and Science at CSU Dominguez Hills. “We want to get them from high school through college, into internships and into jobs,” Hess said. “There are great careers to be had here.” The after-school class is offered first-come, first-serve to ninth- through 12th-graders, who will earn both high school and transferable college credit for taking it. Up to 28 students will be accepted each semester. A decent-sized cluster of interested students gathered around a tiny table inside Peninsula’s College and Career Center, where two robotics kits were displayed and two real robots were whirring around. last_img read more

Stuart Armstrong’s move to Southampton moves one step closer

first_imgSouthampton have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Celtic’s Stuart Armstrong. IN DEMAND Armstrong looks set for a move to the Premier League despite an injury-hit 2017/18 season targets Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland RANKED Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LATEST After joining the Hoops in 2015 from Dundee United, Armstrong scored 17 goals in Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge of Celtic.Armstrong has won four Scottish Premiership titles at the Glasgow club. Latest transfer news on REVEALED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer center_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets The attacking midfielder is set to move for £6million after personal terms are discussed.Armstrong signed a new two-year contract with the Scottish Champions last summer.Saints are looking to strengthen their squad after narrowly avoiding relegation from England’s top flight.And it is understood they will pay the £6million up front with the figure rising depending on various factors. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LIVING THE DREAM moving on 1 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti last_img read more


first_imgA photograph by a local amateur photographer has beat off thousands of others worldwide to make the ‘editors’ favorites’ in this year’s prestigious National Geographic Photo Contest.The picture by Cronan Scanlon captures John Daniel McGinley with his dog ‘Madge’ in his home in An Coimín in the Glenfin Gaeltacht.Cronan is a journalist with the Donegal News in Letterkenny and is a member of the local photographic club, LF Foto. Almost 21,000 photos were entered into this year’s competition.Each week, the National Geographic photo editors pick a selection of their favourite images in each of the three categories: People, Places and Nature.Cronan’s picture made the cut in week ten in the ‘People’ category.Judged on creativity and photographic quality, one first place winner will be selected in each category by a panel of experts. From the three category winners, the grand prize winner will be selected. The Grand Prize Winner will receive $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar in January 2012.This year’s winners will be announced on Thursday, December 15. LOCAL MAN’S STUNNING PHOTO MAKES FINAL OF WORLDWIDE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO CONTEST was last modified: December 13th, 2011 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:Cronan ScanlonNational Geographiclast_img read more

Rocket racing to spur space interest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Diamandis said there is a possibility of one of the race venues being Mojave. Pilots of the rocket planes planned for the competitions will have the ability to shut down and restart engines during flight. It is expected that each plane will have about four minutes of rocket engine burn time and eight minutes of glide time. “The challenge for the pilot will be to decide when to use the burn time,” Diamandis said. The planes will be able to be refueled in five to eight minutes. “You’re looking at doing a pit stop and going again,” Diamandis said. MOJAVE – Peter Diamandis, founder of the Ansari X Prize, has a new venture he hopes will spur interest in space technology – a rocket plane racing league. Diamandis, who created the $10 million Ansari X Prize awarded last year to the SpaceShipOne team for the first private manned spaceflights, said his new Rocket Racing League will join together entertainment with the pursuit of space technology. “We are taking NASCAR into the space age,” Diamandis said. Plans call for holding the first race next fall in New Mexico at the X Prize Cup, a space expo event Diamandis is starting up. From there, the league envisions a series of races each year with semifinals being held at the Reno Air Races in Nevada followed by the finals at the X Prize Cup. The league has landed two notable pilots – former astronaut Rick Searfoss, a Tehachapi resident, and Erik Lindbergh, a commercial glider and test pilot and grandson of Charles Lindbergh. Searfoss is serving as the league’s chief test pilot while Lindbergh plans to be one of the pilots in the inaugural race. “Erik’s intrepid spirit and superior piloting skills will thrill RRL fans and advance our mission to reignite the public’s interest in flight and space,” said Granger Whitelaw, the league’s president and co-founder. The league has contracted with XCOR Aerospace of Mojave and Velocity, a Sebastian, Fla., company, to design and build the first racing planes. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. XCOR will base the design of the first racers on its EZ-Rocket plane, a Long-EZ experimental aircraft modified to carry two rocket engines. XCOR will build the racers with airframes provided by Velocity. While the racers will be based on the EZ-Rocket design, there will be differences. Instead of EZ-Rocket’s two alcohol and liquid oxygen-fueled engines, each racer will be powered by a single engine fueled by liquid oxygen and kerosene. That fuel will create a bright, 20-foot-long plume that will be visible to onlookers on the ground, Diamandis said. The EZ-Rocket has a top speed of about 225 mph; the racers will hit speeds of 320 mph. Race courses will probably be two miles long and one mile wide at an altitude of about 5,000 feet. Each pilot will have an individual three-dimensional “track” in order to avoid collisions, league organizers said. Race organizers envision spectators tracking the progress of the racers by viewing each plane’s bright engine flame and by watching large screen televisions. Organizers also envision having spectators watch the races with handheld devices with live video streams from cockpit cameras. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 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

QPR fans on Twitter react to latest defeat

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesQPR fans on Twitter have been reacting to another away defeat – and many are increasingly unhappy with Ian Holloway.Rangers are yet to win away this season and the 2-0 reverse at Derby was their third loss in a row.Manager Holloway, who presided over two six-game losing runs after taking over last season, stood by his tactics for the Derby game.But many supporters feel he has been getting it wrong – and some believe another change of manager is needed.How can you stand by your tactics when youve not won away from home since February— Mark (@duddaz87) November 22, 2017Please don’t defend your game plan Ollie.It was negative and showed no effort to win a football match against mediocre opposition.— Greg Sangwine (@GSangwine) November 22, 2017The problem with Ollie is that he shifts from the sublime to the ridiculous & the lack of consistency is killing us. We’re heading into trouble if we’re not careful #QPR— D J (@ThaGreat1) November 21, 2017Our away form:LDLLLLLDLLLDDDLL16 games without a win. Last won on the 18th February.But hey ho, the improvement has been ten-fold, squad are a bunch of triers and it’s waaaaaaay more entertaining under ‘Ollie’. #QPR— King of Zamunda (@HRHJaffeJoffer) November 21, 2017Let’s start by saying I’m not in the Ollie out camp but he does seem to have run out of ideas #QPR— Dedders (@lexdrouy) November 21, 2017Surely some serious questions about Ollie now – his squad use is abysmal. What’s the point in borysiuk or Goss for example? Multiple wingers? Les must be scratching his head why some are never used & if not, get rid. Truely baffling #QPR— Brad woodbridge (@bwoodbridge33) November 22, 2017Not sure what Ollie is up to doesn’t help himself with team selection play a striker, yes there not very good but show some intent to win a game away from home please.. digging his own grave at the moment #QPR— Russell Maynard (@MrRussellmyn) November 21, 2017Ian Holloway has lost 26 of his 51 games in charge of #qpr, he’s won 16 and drawn 9 and without an away win in the last 16.Simply not good enough.— Prime Joseph Kony (@JosephAKAShifty) November 21, 2017I don’t care if people are annoyed at this but I want Holloway out tbh the team selection and subs he made today made no sense and it finally proves to me his tactics are not working and there is no plan b, c, d etc.. #QPR— Bradley (@BradleyRblock97) November 22, 2017I really wanted Holloway to work out but enough is enough. How much longer do we keep plodding this path Tony? @tonyfernandes @QPRFC #qpr— Brian Collins (@BJC68) November 22, 2017last_img read more