By Rufus S. Berry II, MBAI host many dinner parties at my home in both California and in Liberia. Because I serve alcohol, it is my responsibility to monitor how much is being consumed by guests. If a guest is injured or injures someone after drinking at my home, I could be held liable. In order to exercise caution, I provide alternative modes of transportation for guests to ensure their safety and the safety of others.In this light, the Managing Director (“MD”) and management of the National Port Authority (“NPA”), along with Mahammed Kamara (the container truck driver) and owner of the container truck should and must be held liable for the container truck accident that occurred on Saturday, April 8, 2017, that left 4 people dead and 10 others injured https://www.liberianobserver.com/news/container-disaster-leaves-3-dead-11-injured/. The death and injury of these innocent Liberians could have been prevented.The National Port Authority has a duty to the Liberian people to ensure the road safety of transporting cargo. Regrettably, they have failed to keep the Liberian people safe. These extremely unsafe and defective container trucks enter the port and wait long hours to load and transport containers on the streets of Liberia. On numerous occasions while at the port to facilitate the clearance of my private containers, I have seen container truck drivers in the cafeteria/canteen consuming acholic beverages. It is NPA’s responsibility to ensure these container truck drivers are not consuming alcohol before driving. There should be strict penalties in place if caught doing so, or some method of quality assurance to ensure that these activities are not taking place on the premises. The management of the NPA and owners of the unsafe trucks should be aware of their obligations to ensure the safety of the citizens of Liberia, and not the driver’s sole responsibility.The NPA allows these extremely defective and unsafe trucks to leave their premises that are overweight and overloaded with cargo on the streets of the Republic of Liberia, thus putting thousands of lives at risk. The Managing Director, the Chief of Security and the NPA should be held liable along with the reckless driver. What better way to hold the MD and management accountable, than for the victims’ families to file a class action lawsuit against them. Punish them where it hurts most.Both the Liberia National Police and the Ministry of Transport should immediately assign agents at the National Port Authority. These agents will work alongside port security to ensure that unsafe trucks are prevented from entering or exiting the premises of the National Port Authority or any of the nation’s seaports.Quite often, when one arrives on the scene of an accident anywhere in Liberia, many are quick to put the blame on a variety of causes: some tend to blame the accident on the work of the devil; others might blame the drivers for over speeding; overloading and doing wrong overtaking; the drivers often cite the poor road networks as the major factor – while government officials tend to put the blame on the poor pedestrians for not being careful on the streets (yet, there isn’t any enforcement mechanism in place to punish drivers who are continuously putting pedestrians legally on the crosswalks at risk). As a matter of fact, I have never seen a police officer cite any driver in violation of the crosswalk or jaywalking law.The bottom line is that our people have always found somebody somewhere upon whom the blame should be shifted at the end of the day. All of these facts, including human error, vehicle breakdowns, non-roadworthy vehicles, poor road conditions and environmental factors like poor weather during the rainy season, which are major causes of accidents in Liberia, could be prevented. These factors could be prevented if the authorities at the Liberia National Police and the Ministry of Transport are serious on the need to combat road accidents and keeping non-roadworthy vehicles off the roads. The authorities at these various agencies should also contemplate putting out public service announcements/programs geared towards educating both the drivers and passengers.Many Liberians are asking themselves: What are the Ministry of Transport, the Liberia National Police and perhaps the management of the National Port Authority (in regards to defective and unsafe container trucks) actually doing here in Liberia? On a daily basis, extremely uncouth and dreadful motorcycle taxi drivers (Pen-pen and Keh-keh) are never fined for breaching road safety measures on a regular basis. Also, the Liberian people are seeing countless number of preventable and unsafe truck accidents; our various authorities come out with more alarming figures, yet nothing is done about it. It is always business as usual. Oh Mama Liberia! When will those in authority act in the interest of the Liberian people?Let’s work together to inform the appropriate authority especially the Police, to immediately remove unsafe trucks and abandoned vehicles from our streets. The Police have the power to remove any vehicle that is in breach of local traffic regulations, causing an obstruction, likely to cause a danger, broken down, or abandoned without lawful authority from our streets.Aayy my people! God can’t come down from heaven to help us ooo! We have to do it ourselves, because the life you save may be yours, or that of a parent, child, brother, sister or a friend.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
http://www.energeticcity.ca/cityfsj The City has posted an open letter to Fort St. John residents, discussing the Enerplex.The letter’s author, Director of Protective Services Jim Rogers, says the project is still on schedule, with new ice expected for the first time in late July 2009.He says the base slab has been completely poured for the oval, and the roof should be complete by the end of the week.- Advertisement -Rogers also discusses several of the issues that have faced the 33 million dollar project, such as problems with steel delivery, and the now infamous padding issue, which he is confident will be resolved “shortly”.The city has been in discussion with Dig In Research, about the creation of a sponsorship plan for the building. More meetings on that subject will take place this week.To read the 4 page letter, visit energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/cityfsj, or click on this link.Advertisement
2 2 Steven Gerrard believes new signing Connor Goldson is the big stopper Rangers need to plug their leaky defence.The new Ibrox boss has inherited a squad which shipped more goals than any of their top-six rivals last term. “They are different in terms of age and experience. Nikola is very inexperienced in terms of number of games but in terms of potential and profile he ticked every box and he’s really looking forward to coming out to Spain and getting going and getting his fitness.“In terms of Connor, he’s ready to go. He’s had a frustrating couple of years in terms of being a back-up player at Brighton.“But he doesn’t see himself as a back-up player and neither do I. I see him as a leader, a starter and someone who can cajole the defence and take ownership of that. He’s as hungry as anyone to get going.” Gerrard is excited about his new signing Goldson celebrates scoring for Brighton But the former Liverpool and England skipper has made sorting that problem his number one priority, splashing out a combined £5million to land Goldson and Croatia international Nikola Katic.And Gerrard expects to see former Brighton centre-back Goldson leading by example once the season gets under way.Gerrard, speaking to RangersTV on the eve of Gers’ return to pre-season training on Friday, said: “We’ve assessed the areas where we are strong, where we need to tweak and need to improve.“Centre-back (was one such) area. Russell Martin went back, Bruno Alves is at the World Cup, David Bates left on a free and that was an area where we needed players but players who fit the profile, who are hungry, who want to come in and defend this badge with their life.“That was the message when we spoke to these players, it’s not about coming to Rangers and being a Rangers player, it’s about coming and being a Rangers player and then defending the shirt with their life and both Katic and Goldson are right up for that challenge, which excites me.
WHITTIER – Paradegoers lined both sides of Greenleaf Avenue from Hadley Street to Mar Vista Avenue on Saturday to watch the 52nd annual Whittier Uptown Christmas Parade. A few were dressed in festive Christmas attire including red Santa hats with white fur trim. Many, however, donned their UCLA or USC sweat shirts and hats to show support for their favorite college football teams that faced off later that day. A few friendly taunts to the crowd came from people riding on floats and firetrucks. “Go UCLA,” one young girl called out from atop a firetruck. “It certainly is a new twist,” Christmas parade chairman, Jeff Langan said. “Even \ were teasing back and forth about the game.” School bands, community organizations, civic groups, city officials, and dance teams were among the 120 entrants. “We had a real good turnout this year – 20 to 25 more units,” parade organizer Larry Trujillo said. One dance group seemed to be the crowd’s favorite. Alma Latina de Lynwood was greeted with loud cheers and whistles as they performed their dance routine at the corner of Greenleaf and Mar Vista avenues. The Latina dance group wasn’t the only favorite. Whittier resident Amanda Saenz, 10, said she enjoyed the performance by Dance Image. “I liked that they were energetic, she said. “I also liked the horses. They are my favorite animal. A Christmas parade wouldn’t be complete without Santa Claus. Although parade organizers insist that the “official” Santa was the last entrant, another Santa appeared earlier in the parade playing a tuba and marching with the Pioneer High School Marching Band. “It’s very nice to see the marching bands,” said Pricellia Alason, 37, of Pico Rivera. Langan said the Whittier Police Department estimated the crowd to be nearly 35,000. It was a good parade this year,” he said. “It is always a challenge to come up with an interesting parade and keep its hometown feel.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Senator Jimmy Harte’s family has released a statement from his bedside this afternoon.Senator Jimmy HarteThere is no change with the Labour Party’s politician’s condition since he was taken ill and found unconscious in Dublin in the early hours of Saturday morning last.The family say they have been inundated with messages of good will and support for the much-loved husband and father-of-four. The statement reads “Jimmy remains in critical condition in Beaumont Hospital.“The Harte family are extremely grateful and thankful to the people of Donegal and throughout the country who have sent their messages of goodwill and support.” SENATOR JIMMY HARTE’S FAMILY ISSUES STATEMENT OF THANKS was last modified: November 19th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:familyhospitalSenator Jimmy Harte
The King of Tory Patsy Dan Rodgers played the Waves of Tory as Santa left, he saysBREAKING NEWS: By Chris Massey, Our Christmas Correspondent: SANTA has left Donegal.He flew off with his reindeers from Tory Island shortly after 6am, arriving in New York at midnight (local time).He’s expected to finish his ‘run’ in Hawaii in a few hours time before heading home. The National Statistics Office (Donegal branch) based in Lifford said a short time ago that Santa had dropped off a record 2,734,119 presents to 161,123 people in a new record time.Met Eireann said Santa’s sleigh reached speeds of 1,986 km/hr at times.The King of Tory told us a short time ago: “Aye, he’s left.”Cllr Marie-Therese Gallagher added: “Sin é – for another year.” BREAKING NEWS: SANTA LEAVES DONEGAL, LEAVES PRESENTS FOR 161,123 PEOPLE was last modified: December 25th, 2013 by John2Share 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:donegalpatsy dan rodgersSANTA
Matsiko (centre) shows off his belts. Left is Okecho and his manager Amon Mugume. Shaban Lubega.KICKBOXING–Inter-Continental World Kickboxing champion Alex “Lion Heart” Matsiko has received a huge financial boost ahead of his title defence due next month.Matsiko will travel to Malaysia for a training camp at the famous Topdog Factory in Kuala Lumpur where he will spend a few weeks training with Muay Thai fighters before moving to China for the bout.On the day when he was only supposed to be flagged off by the National Council of Sports (NCS) telecom giants MTN raised his spirit by handing him a cheque worth Sh10 million to help him with the preparations.Matsiko will be defending his world title in China. Nelson Ssengooba.“I am so thankful to MTN and everyone who has helped me for their support because now I can focus on preparations without any worries ” Matsiko said after receiving the cheque from MTN corporate communications manager Val Oketcho.“When I was invited to go to Venture City in Malaysia I was worried that I would not be able to make it because of finances but now that I am confident I am going to camp at one of the best Myay Thai gyms in the wold, Uganda should expect the best of results from my title match.”Matsiko, who has 14 professional fights at 11-4 is still in the dark about the person he is set to face in China after his initial opponent withdrew due to injury but is confident he can win against anyone who steps up to challenge him.Comments
James DeGale’s promoter Mick Hennessy defends his decision not to rush the Harlesen super-middleweight towards a world title shot.DeGale has become increasingly frustrated at his apparent lack of progress since signing with Hennessy last year and wants him to deliver a world title chance in the new year.Video courtesy of iFL TVSee also:Trainer says DeGale is ‘a million per cent ready’ for world title challengeVictory keeps DeGale in line for title shotDeGale tells promoter to deliver title fightPromoter vows to deliver DeGale title fightDeGale in line for world title eliminator James DeGale v Dyah Davis as it happenedDeGale keen to put on ‘wicked’ 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Whoops, We Were Wrong Dept.: Fossils of Coelophysis found in 1947 included members of the same species in the stomach, so they were cannibals, right? Not so fast, corrects an article in BBC News. The food now looks more like filet of crocodile. After re-examining the evidence, researchers from Columbia University and the American Museum of Natural History are more cautious: “It’s not completely outrageous to say these guys were cannibals, it’s just the evidence to say that they were, is no longer there now.” Sterling Nesbitt reminded, “Ideas need testing.” The bite marks on the bones, also interpreted as cannibalism, could have been from scavenging. Meanwhile, an animatronic version of Coelophysis complete with dinosaur in mouth continues to impress children in London’s Natural History Museum. “Mr. Nesbitt believes his team’s findings put a big question mark against the popular image of Coelophysis,” the article comments. “— all the books, TV programmes and museum displays may have to change their content.” A caption in the article notes that Coelophysis is not the first dinosaur to undergo reassessment. Some paleontologists believe T. rex may have been a scavenger, not the fearsome predator depicted in the movies. Incidental to the article is a tidbit some may find astonishing: hundreds of specimens were found buried together in north-central New Mexico back in 1947. “A whole group of animals had died en masse in some catastrophe.” Yes, ideas need testing. Sad to say, nobody appears to have tested this initial interpretation for 60 years. That’s two generations of dino-loving children being told a story without evidence to support it. That’s also two generations of scientists focusing more on the diet of Coelophysis than on the amazing fact that whole populations of these creatures died together in “some catastrophe.” Some catastrophe, indeed.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Six policemen were injured when they tried to intervene in a clash between members of two communities over installing a Durga idol in the Sisaye Salon locality here, police said on Thursday.The incident occurred on Wednesday when some people tried to install the idol of Goddess Durga in the Risiya police station area without permission of the authorities concerned, Additional Superintendent of Police (Rural) Ravindra Kumar Singh said.People from the other community objected to it, leading to a clash. The members from the Hindu and Muslim communities indulged in brick-batting, he said.The clashing groups also attacked the police team rushed there to control the situation. Six police personnel, two sub-inspectors and four constables, were injured in the incident, the ASP said. Police have registered cases against 290 people of the two communities, naming 40 of them. Fifteen of them have been arrested, he said.