For eight days, a petty trader, Kun Togba, has announced that he faces the threat of death for exposing the secrets of the attempted murder of his nephew-in-law, B.S. Washington.Kun says since the January 26th and 27th publication in this newspaper of his startling revelation, he has received three threatening calls within a week from unknown callers. He further said two men with machetes have visited his house twice, threatening him and his family.Mr. Togba said he and his daughter, Kun-dee (a Kru vernacular meaning the mother of Kun) were assaulted over weekend after having received threatening calls.”Over the weekend, near my house where I had come to stretch my legs, somebody hit me on my head from behind and I was lying unconscious on the ground. I had to spend a few hours in a nearby clinic after that. Though I registered a police complaint, no action was taken.”He added: “My daughter, Kun-dee was also attacked with boiling hot water.”According Mr. Togba, the men said: “we pledged to uphold the laws and when we break the law and betray the societies we must bear the punishment.”Shockingly they mentioned the full name of nephew-in-law, B. S. Washington.They added: “Washington is a traitor. He has gone beyond his limit of saying malicious things against the Poro therefore he must face all consequences that follow and we will hunt him until we find him. He’s a traitor, one that betrayed his own cultural principles.”Kun added: “Surprisingly, they said what we did to him eight (8) years ago we will do the same to you if we don’t see him.”Mr. Togba said since he reported the case to the police immediately after the incident over the weekend, there has been no arrest.When contacted, the police confirmed receipt of a complaint of threats from Mr. Togba and said they are considering a police cover for him and his family.According to an inside source, three police officers have already been instructed to provide security to Kun.”It is the responsibility of the state to provide security as and when required by anybody,” the inside source said.But with the limitation of the police as compared to the growing population, many are wondering how long will the police protection continue.It may be recalled on the 25th of January Kun revealed plans for the murder of his nephew-in-law for the compelling exposure of the conscription of teen males and females into the two core traditional secret societies in the country as well as its dangerous practices.He stated that since his nephew-in-law had testified and preached against the ills of the Poro Society and the Female Genital Mutilation (often referred to as FGM) in the Buduburum Camp in Ghana, in 2004 he was still being hunted to be killed.He further said his nephew-in-law’s family – his fiancé and two children disappeared when they returned home. During that time some so-called aggrieved and combative members of the societies attacked his uncle’s house.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Oil and gas sectorThe Maritime Administration Department has said that a new set of guidelines for seafarers will be introduced soon in light of the nascent oil and gas sector.An official with the Department told this publication that shipowners will be lectured on the current regulations as well as new ones with regard to the Shipping Act.These discussions will be fostered at a seminar on Thursday at Regency Suites. All shipowners and seafarers have been invited to attend the one-day event from 10:00h.“The purpose of this seminar is to explain several new guidelines regarding the manning of vessels, the introduction of a new seaman’s card of competency and to clarify other pertinent regulations,” the Department stated.According to the source, the Maritime Department recently held a stakeholder conference on the emerging oil sector but the Director of the agency, who is responsible for safety, decided to host yet another event which will address regulations along that line.The discovery of oil offshore Guyana has already triggered changes in almost every sector of Guyana, as various activities are even being introduced to cater for the production of the massive natural resource sector.Back in February, ExxonMobil made its 11th and 12th discoveries offshore Guyana at the Tilapia-1 and Haimara-1 wells in the southwest section of the Stabroek Block.The Tilapia-1 is the fourth discovery in the Turbot area that includes Turbot, Longtail and Pluma discoveries. Tilapia-1 encountered approximately 305 feet (93 metres) of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoir and was drilled to a depth of 18,786 feet (5726 metres) in 5850 feet (1783 metres) of water. The well is located approximately 3.4 miles (5.5 kilometres) west of the Longtail-1 well.US oil giant ExxonMobil has revised the estimated gross recoverable resource from the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana to approximately 5.5 billion oil-equivalent barrels.In the meantime, exploration activity in the Stabroek Block is continuing. The Noble Tom Madden drillship will next drill the Yellowtail-1 well, approximately six miles (10 kilometres) west of Tilapia-1 in the Turbot area while the Stena Carron drillship will return to the Longtail discovery to complete a well test.Additionally, baseline 4-D seismic data acquisition is also underway.The Liza Phase 1 development is progressing on schedule and is expected to begin producing up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day in early 2020, utilising the Liza Destiny floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit.Furthermore, the Liza Phase 2 is awaiting Government and regulatory approval to use a second FPSO vessel designed to produce up to 220,000 barrels per day. Start-up is expected by mid-2022.Meanwhile, a third development, Payara, is being planned, with start-up expected as early as 2023.
Photo: Mike Love of the Beach Boys performs at the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek Tuesday night – Andrew Tylosky/Energeticcity.caA large crowd was on hand as a lengendary group performed in Dawson Creek. People were dancing all over the place as they enjoyed the hits from the band. For more photo’s from the concert Click Here- Advertisement –
0Shares0000Djibouti striker Mahdi Houssein tries to go past Somalia’s Liban Abdiaziz and Ali Mohammed during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Group A opener at the Lugogo Stadium in Kampala on December 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 7 – Somalia and Djibouti played to a barren draw in rainy conditions in the opening match of the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup at the Lugogo Stadium on Saturday afternoon.The Riverains de la Mer Rouge as the Djibouti side is nicknamed will only have themselves to blame after creating most of the scoring chances, but couldn’t hit the back of the net especially in the first half when the pitch was better. Djibouti were unlucky not to go into the breather with their tails up as they were twice denied by the upright and twice but brilliant goalkeeping from Somalia shot stopper Said Aweys Ali.On the half hour mark, Mohamed Fouad picked up the ball brilliantly inside the box, but his first shot was blocked by a brilliant save from Ali. He picked up the rebound , but his second bite on the cherry ended up cracking under the bar.Seven minutes later, Fouad was denied by the bar once again, this time his stinging shot from distance catching the keeper off guard.It was a balanced game, but Djibouti had most of the opportunities to score.Djibouti midfielder Warsama Hassan tries to go past Somalia’s Yonis Abdirizak during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Group A opener at the Lugogo Stadium in Kampala on December 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAs early as the second minute Abdulkaber Djama had a chance, but his touch from Mohamed Boourham’s shot from inside the box went wide.Mahdi Houssein had another chance later when he ran into a ball planted behind the defense, but he took a hurried shot when he had acres of space ahead of him, his effort sliding wide.Somalia were exciting with their touches, but unfortunately didn’t have much to show for it. Omar Abdulahi Mohammed was their best player with his deft touches and quick turns, but it was only entertainment to the fans but nothing to change the statistic of goals scored.In the second half, play was made difficult with heavy rains pounding the Ugandan capital and a water logged pitch made it difficult for the ball to move freely.There were a few chances with Ahmed Youssouf having a curling effort go just wide wile Fouad had another opportunity when he broke into the box, but took too much time on the ball with his eventual shot blocked.0Shares0000(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)
SANTA CLARITA – The local suicide rate has climbed for the past three years with five cases reported since Jan. 1, and sheriff’s officials and counselors link it to Santa Clarita Valley’s growing affluence. Sheriff’s Lt. Diane Walker said the trend is alarming – she’s never seen anything like it working various regions of Los Angeles County in her 26 years on the force. “I’ve worked in several areas, and that is the one thing that stood out to me,” Walker said. “In other areas, killing yourself is not a thing when you’re worrying about someone else killing you.” She sees the hopelessness of suicide affect her own deputies, many of them holding back tears or breaking down when they talk about cases. In addition to suicides, deputies have answered at least 11 attempt calls this year and handled 71 in 2005. In the last three years, 22 people have taken their lives in Valencia; 12 in Saugus; nine in Canyon Country; five each in Newhall and Castaic/Val Verde; and three in Stevenson Ranch. “There are a lot of pressures involved in this community,” sheriff’s Detective Scott Ponder said. “Keeping up with the Joneses, financial burdens, loneliness brought about by divorce. Sometimes they leave notes, sometimes they don’t. The fact that we’re a fairly affluent community seems to have an effect; they don’t want people to know they have problems.” “Those who are suicidal often see no clear-cut solutions to a trauma or stress in the near future,” said Jae Weiss, a director of the Valley Trauma Center, a nonprofit counseling center. “They feel hopeless to change the situation. People often look their happiest just before they attempt or complete suicide. That’s because they’ve made a decision that they think solves their problems.” Weiss said that some common misconceptions still exist surrounding suicide, including the myth that winter and the holidays prompt people to commit suicide. “When the world looks bleak and other people look depressed because of the weather, they are not out of their element.” she said. “It’s when the sun comes out and spring brings optimism that they feel most desperate. Spring is the most prolific season for suicides. “If someone is withdrawing from family or friends or giving away important things, it’s important to ask questions. Come out and say ‘are you thinking of killing yourself?’ Have emergency numbers for them and don’t hesitate to call 911 – it’s better to have them upset with you than the alternative. But if someone does complete a suicide, it’s not anybody’s fault,” she concluded. Mary McGrath has been a school psychologist for 11 years, the last five with the William S. Hart Union High School District. She also has noticed a higher suicide rate in the Santa Clarita Valley compared to her previous district in Northern California. “In my opinion, it seems that affluence may affect things,” she said. Busy schedules don’t help either. “There is not a lot of active parenting; kids are alone a lot and don’t ask for help. Socioeconomics and ethnic culture also affects them, we tend to bottle things up. This community is very appearance-based.” Counselors have contacted parents and asked them for feedback on how their children are reacting to certain circumstances, but the parents don’t always follow through, McGrath said. “They don’t want to look like they need help, they want to shake it off.” Crisis teams are available on campus, and counselors target students and staff who are close to a troubled teen to try to help. “You know who the kids hang around with, what teachers they’re close to, you just widen the bull’s-eye,” she said. “It’s also the time to talk with any kid who has made a suicidal comment or gesture, because this could trigger them to take action.” Memorials are a touchy subject. McGrath says that they are encouraged when a student is killed in an accident or dies from an illness, but never in the case of a suicide. “You don’t want to glorify the way they ended their life,” she said. “You may have someone who sees a memorial and thinks that they ‘If I do this, I can get love.”‘ McGrath said sometimes just reaching out for help can prevent a horrible situation for all involved, regardless of the person’s age. “Whenever you’re concerned about how you’re feeling, talk to a trusted adult,” she advised. “It doesn’t have to be a parent, it can be a teacher, friend’s parents, an aunt or uncle, just talk to someone you trust.” Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 firstname.lastname@example.org AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Within the last month, at least three people have hanged themselves, one man in a trailer in Canyon Country, another woman used a dog leash to hang herself in Saugus and a teenage boy was found by his family hanging in a closet at home. “The guys told me that people are just trying to survive out there,” Walker said. “There’s just so much economic pressure.” Walker’s alarm isn’t unfounded. Suicide rates are up – more than double the amount of the three preceding years. While five people have killed themselves so far this year in the Santa Clarita Valley, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, there were 17 suicides in all of 2005 – compared to 21 in 2004 and 13 in 2003. In a breakdown by community, the rates seem to reflect a theory put forth by several observers – that keeping up appearances and making the financial grade sometimes have fatal consequences. FOR HELP Suicide prevention hotlines open 24 hours: Youth Crisis Hotline (800) 843-5200; Suicide Prevention Center (877) 727-4747; or (310) 391-1253 outside Los Angeles County. WARNING SIGNS The Santa Clarita Valley Youth Project’s Help Not Hassle Web site lists several physical and emotional warning signs that could indicate suicidal intentions. See www.helpnothassle.com. Verbal threats such as “You’d be better off without me.” Previous suicide attempts Lack of interest in future plans such as school, work and family or social functions Themes of death or depressions evident in the person’s communication Self-destructive acts Acute personality changes such as aggressiveness, irritation or moodiness Changes in sleep and eating patterns Restlessness Violent behaviors Giving away personal or prized possessions Drug use in order to deal with reality Unusual neglect of personal appearance Withdrawal from friends and family Feelings of guilt and hopelessness Mood swings or drastic behavioral changes Loss of interest in pleasurable activities such as hobbies, hanging out, etc. Loss of concentration Feeling that life is no longer worth living Feeling of being all alone Themes of death or depression evident in conversation, written expressions, reading materials or artwork Verbal cues: “No one cares” “Life isn’t worthwhile” “People are better off without me” “Everything seems to be wrong” “I won’t see you again” “I won’t be a problem for you much longer” “Nothing matters” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Imposing tough new restrictions on travel by city workers, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said Thursday that his office must approve all trips outside the city except for emergencies. In a memo to the city’s general managers, Villaraigosa said the requirements affect all departments budgeted through the city’s general fund. “This mayor is looking at every opportunity to save money in the budget,” spokesman Joe Ramallo said. “This is not going to be one of the larger areas where money can be saved, but we think it can be significant. “Also, the mayor believed there was no real procedure in place to look at what trips the city is paying for and whether they’re needed. This is a way to monitor those costs.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventUnder Villaraigosa’s order, departments need to list all planned overnight trips and air travel expected through June 30, the end of the fiscal year, and all trips anticipated in fiscal 2006-07. The mayor also said he wants his office to have at least six weeks’ notice on trips. Information to be included in requests will be the purpose of the trip, who is traveling and the funding source. The mayor said exceptions would be provided to the Los Angeles Police Department for criminal investigations and related activities; previously approved trips for training; and intergovernmental trips to Sacramento or Washington, D.C. Also exempt are trips made by the independent departments of Airports, Harbor and Water and Power. email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Two of Donegal’s best-known hotels, the Villa Rose & Jackson’s, will host the northwest’s leading wedding fayre of 2017 on Sunday, January 29th from 1-5pm. Since the hotels merged at the end of 2016, Ballybofey is now a prime location for your dream Donegal wedding.The Wedding Fayre will take place in both hotels showcasing over 65 top exhibitors and experts from the wedding industry. This is an unmissable event for prospective wedding couples. Meet our banqueting manager Rhonda Gillespie together with her wedding team on the day to help with every aspect planning your wedding.It has been a busy yet exciting start to 2017 with the expansion of the Villa Rose to now include Jackson’s Hotel, also owned & managed by the Gallen Family. Over the past ten years the hotel has earned a reputation as having one of Donegal’s finest wedding offerings and both hotels will continue to offer this with first class food & service accompanied by elegant surrounding.There is much to celebrate in the county with this week’s announcement that the Villa Rose have been revealed as one of the top 10 Hotels in Ireland by TripAdvisor together with Harvey’s Point. Add this to county Donegal ranking # 1 on the National Geographic’s 2017 Cool List together with Independent.ie readers voting Donegal as ‘Ireland’s Hidden Gem’ in the Reader Travel awards and it’s a great time to be a Donegal hotel.On Sunday we will be showcasing our banqueting facilities, civil ceremony venue, and thebridal suites. With wedding gardens & thatched cottage together with a private rooftop terrace overlooking Drumboe Woods & the River Finn there is an abundance of photographic opportunities to choose from on your wedding day. While you are here meet with our entire professional wedding team. Each hotel will maintain high standards with only one wedding a day making the bride & groom the only priority.If you can’t make the wedding fayre simply contact Rhonda on+353749132266 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will schedule a one to one appointment to discuss your wedding needs. Donegal’s biggest wedding show at the Villa Rose & Jackson’s was last modified: January 26th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BallybofeyJackson’s HotelVilla Rose Hotelwedding fayre
A Mayo GAA supporter was arrested after he got into a row with Donegal fans the day before this year’s All-Ireland Final.Patrick Lackey, 42, became involved in some banter with fans in a pub in Letterkenny on September 22nd, 2012.Gardai arrived at INK Nightclub after Lackey became aggressive and was arrested under Sec 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. Solicitor Patsy Gallagher said his client was a keen Mayo fan and had become involved in what started out as genuine banter with Donegal fans.“It was the day before the All-Ireland final between Mayo and Donegal and it got out of hand,” he said.Judge Paul Kelly ordered a community service report be carried out on Lackey of Cratlagh, Milford and adjourned the case until February 11th.“His behaviour between now and then will have an impact on my decision,” warned Judge Kelly.MAYO GAA FAN ARRESTED AFTER ROW ON EVE OF ALL-IRELAND was last modified: December 10th, 2012 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:all-irelandarresteddonegalINK NightclubMayoPatrick Lackey
Theo Hernandez may have just cost Real Madrid £20m, but he failed to show his talent at his Bernabeu unveiling.The France defender, who swapped Atletico for cross-city rivals Real, was urged to perform the customary kick-ups after having his photo taken with a football.Most players manage the task with ease, but Hernandez started off poorly and got even worse – totalling just six kick-ups before losing total control of the ball.Not a great start for him, really.You can watch footage of the hilarious incident below… 1 Watch Hernandez’s kick-ups attempt below…