LNP Raid on ‘Illegal Miners’ in Handii Causes Fear

first_imgSome of multiple mining dredge equipment on the bank of the St. Paul River in Marwah Town, Fuamah District, Bong County— Sekou Damate Conneh, others, floating dredges on St. Paul River without valid mining licenseResidents of Marwah Town in Fuamah District in Bong County, said they are living in fear and  unsatisfied life, “because of the illegal mining activities on the bank of St. Paul River, by ex-warlord, Sekou Damate Conneh Jr., a former leader of the disbanded rebel faction, Liberians United for United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD).While Mr. Conneh, now president of Etamad Incorporated, did not deny his mining activities at St. Paul River, a man who claimed to have accompanied him to the community, Samuel Kollie, alleged that Conneh has been operating in Marwah using expired documents he claimed to have acquired from authorities at the Ministry of Mines and Energy.Kollie is a prominent citizen of Fuamah District, specifically Gaikpellei Town, where he resides.  A former police officer, Kollie was a contender for representative of the district (Bong County, District #7) in the 2017 legislative elections.  He lost to Papa Kolleh.According to Kollie, Conneh is still using his license, which expired since 2013, to fool the people in order to carry on his mining in the St. Paul River.Sekou Damate Conneh: “… it is only unfortunate that my mining license has expired, yet I am in the process of renewing it …”“I am a legitimate miner, but it is only unfortunate that my mining license has expired, yet I am in the process of renewing it from the Ministry of Land, Mines and Energy. While in the process few weeks ago, a lady who I entrusted my money with, to run after the documentation on my behalf, has mysteriously gone into obscurity,” Mr. Conneh explained.Kollie said Mr. Conneh has been mining on the shore of the river near Marwah Town for the past several months, with some aliens believed to be from Guinea and Mali, dredging in the middle of the water.The situation, residents said, has polluted the source of the water, which they depend on for drinking and other livelihood applications, since the hand pumps in the town have all gone into disrepair.On that allegation, Mr. Conneh added, “I am not operating illegally, but unfortunately, my license has expired. My brother, there are over 15 dredges over St. Paul that are controlled by foreign nationals, among them several Malians and Ghanaians. So why target me as illegal miner?”An official of the Ministry of Mines and Energy (named withheld) informed the Daily Observer on Tuesday, April 23, that “anyone claiming to have obtained documents from the ministry to dredge anywhere in the country is misleading the rural people to steal their God-given resources, because the ministry has since declared all dredges illegal across the country.”According to the source, anybody claiming to be in possession of a document from the government to dredge any river, that person is fake and their action tantamount to fraud.Samuel T. Kollie, prominent citizen of Gaikpellei Town, Fuamah District“This is because one of the Assistant Ministers (not named) is conniving with marauding fraudsters, posing as employees of the ministry, but they are not on salary.”Our source confirmed the presence of Mr. Conneh, but said there are three groups that are illegally mining along the St. Paul river, with some in Marwah (Lower St. Paul), Sarmai and Diekie  towns (Upper St. Paul River).“As I speak to you, a team of investigators has been dispatched to the area to put all those illegal activities under control as the minister has directed to do so in no time,” our source told this newspaper.It all started on Sunday, April 14, when nine well-armed officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP) assigned with Police Support Unit (PSU), commanded by one Dakina Johnson, allegedly stormed Marwah Town, terrifying the residents as they were shooting sporadically in all directions.“When the officers entered the town,” the residents said, “they started firing in all directions, taking human hostages that they allegedly manhandled to the extent that some of them lost consciousness.”On the report of the alleged shooting, LNP spokesperson, H. Moses Carter, informed the Daily Observer that it is the residents’ right to write a letter of complaint to Bong County Police Regional Commander who, Carter said, will then follow up the case to appropriately inform Police Central authorities.James Kolubah, Haindii Clan Chief, with jurisdiction over Marwah Town, also confirmed knowledge of Mr. Kollie’s mining operations. He said prior to Kollie’s coming to mine in the district, a consensus was generally reached, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Kollie and the Clan authorities, to build a guest house, school and other developments in the area.In the MoU, the residents agreed to accept 18 grams of gold every week from the miners to develop the district.On the allegation of police officers shooting to terrify the residents, Mr. Conneh denied having any knowledge of the presence of police or immigration officers in the area.“Sincerely, I have not heard of any shooting whatsoever from anywhere. In fact, the news is so strange to me,” Mr. Conneh told the Daily Observer in a relax manner.Meanwhile, according to reports officers of the LNP and LIS raided a number of foreign individuals in the town on grounds that they were carrying on illegal mining activities. The situation got citizens afraid and caused many to flee into the bushes.Alvin Harris, 24, a resident narrated that when the police arrived, they started shooting and also arresting some of the residents, particularly those they claimed were connected to aliens who were “illegally mining in the water.”They arrested me and beat me on the charge of being an accomplice of the Ghanaian miners,” Harris alleged.According to him, they were reportedly informed by the police that their order to arrest and restore sanity to the district was sanctioned by big, big people, so we should not panic, because they were in the area to arrest people believed to be mining illegally.Strangely to the residents, some of the officers reportedly burst into private homes, where they allegedly took away some food items and cooking utensils. Another resident, Samuel Mataidi, informed the Daily Observer that while it was true that LNP came to “arrest and remove illegal miners from the area, the task force action towards the citizens was so terrible.”According to Matadi, their arrival brought flashback of the war days when there was no law and order. “We were afraid of the way in which the officers came and fired guns in the town,” Matadi said.Due to the severity of the alleged shooting incident in connection to the illegal mining activities, Marwah Town Chief, Larmie Boakai, has appealed to the central government to intervene before the water is badly polluted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No. 1 Duke dominates at home

first_imgShelden Williams got his first career triple-double and J.J. Redick scored 27 points, helping No. 1 Duke snap a three-game losing streak to No. 23 Maryland with a dominating 76-52 victory Wednesday night in Durham, N.C. Williams had 19 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 blocks for the Blue Devils (15-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who scored the game’s first seven points and led 45-22 at halftime. They held the Terrapins (11-4, 1-2) to 29 percent shooting in the opening 20 minutes while forcing 18 of Maryland’s season-high 29 turnovers. Chris McCray had 12 points for the Terrapins, who lost their second in a row. No. 2 Florida 75, Mississippi St. 60 : Taurean Green scored 20 points, including two 3-pointers with the shot clock winding down in the closing minutes, to keep host Florida unbeaten. The Gators broke the school record for consecutive wins and extended the best start in school history. They surpassed the previous mark of 14 consecutive wins set in 2001-02 and tied the following season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita No. 3 Villanova 84, Rutgers 78, (OT ): Kyle Lowry scored a career-high 28 points and Randy Foye added 24 as visiting Villanova rebounded from its first loss of the season. Lowry missed two free throws with 1:44 left in overtime and the score tied at 76. But teammate Will Sheridan tapped the rebound of the second miss back to him and the guard scored and was fouled. He completed the three-point play to give Villanova (11-1, 2-1 Big East) a three-point lead. No. 5 Memphis 77, East Carolina 67 : Rodney Carney hit six 3-pointers and scored 27 points to lead Memphis in the Conference USA opener for both teams. Shawne Williams added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the visiting Tigers (14-2), who have won all four meetings in the series. No. 14 Michigan St. 87, No. 9 Indiana 73 : Maurice Ager scored 28 points and Paul Davis had 23 points and 10 rebounds to lead Michigan State at home to its first Big Ten win. center_img The Spartans (13-4, 1-2) bounced back from two consecutive double-digit losses because Ager and Davis were tough to stop after struggling in those setbacks. Ager and Davis combined for 34 points in the games at No. 7 Illinois and No. 21 Wisconsin. No. 16 West Virginia 68, Georgetown 61 : Kevin Pittsnogle scored 23 points and West Virginia is off to its best start in the Big East with the win at home. No. 17 George Washington 69, Saint Louis 64, (OT ): Danilo Pinnock had 19 points, seven in overtime, and 12 rebounds for host George Washington. No. 19 Ohio St. 80, Purdue 64 : J.J. Sullinger scored 17 points and Je’Kel Foster tied his career high with six steals for visiting Ohio State. WOMEN No. 2 Duke 67, Georgia Tech 59: Wanisha Smith scored 13 points and No. 2 Duke survived its closest game of the season, defeating host Georgia Tech. The Blue Devils (15-0, 4-0 ACC) went ahead for good on Abby Waner’s 3-pointer less than three minutes into the second half. But they struggled to put Georgia Tech away, scoring their final field goal with 6:27 remaining. No. 5 Baylor 57, Oklahoma St. 26: Jessica Morrow scored 11 points and Sophia Young added 10 to lead host Baylor. No. 10 Rutgers 66, South Florida 65: Cappie Pondexter scored a career-high 40 points and Rutgers rallied to get the road win. TCU 76, No. 18 New Mexico 67: Adrianne Ross scored a career-high 24 points to help TCU get the win at home. George Washington 58, No. 19 Temple 41: Freshman forward Jazmine Adair scored 11 points and set career-highs with 11 rebounds and three blocks to lead host George Washington to its fourth consecutive win. No. 24 Missouri 64, Nebraska 58: Carlynn Savant scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half and host Missouri won its 12th game in a row. 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

COUNCIL SAYS IT HAS BEEN SWAMPED WITH WATER QUERY CALLS!

first_imgDonegal County Council has sent out an SOS after it was swamped with calls about the new water charges.Council has been swamped with calls about water packs.A statement from the council said it is receiving an increasing number of calls from members of the public in relation to Irish Water Application Packs.But the council has stressed that the issues is absolutely nothing to do with them. “We would like to advise members of the public who have a query or need more information in relation to the Irish Water Applications Packs, to contact Irish Water at 1890 278 278 or visit www.water.ie,” said the statement.  COUNCIL SAYS IT HAS BEEN SWAMPED WITH WATER QUERY CALLS! was last modified: October 2nd, 2014 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:Donegal County Councilwater chargeslast_img read more

SHARE YOUR LOVE OF BOOKS WITH FREE OFFER TO UNDER-5s

first_imgPictured: Little Readers Millie (4), Zane (5) and Doireann (5), let their imaginations run wild as they launch the Bord Gais Energy Little Readers programme. Bord Gais Energy is giving away 5,000 free books to children all across Ireland aged 5 and under. To avail of a free story book, simply register now www.bordgaisenergybookclub.ie.BORD Gáis Energy is calling on Donegal book lovers to share their love of reading with the little readers in their lives.Now in its third year, the Bord Gáis Energy Little Readers campaign aims to inspire reading from an early age and this year the helpful energy company’s bookshelves are heaving with a fantastic 5,000 books for children all over Ireland to enjoy for free!Mums, Dads, Grandparents, Aunties and Uncles are invited to pass on the fun they had with books to the next generation of readers. It’s quick and easy to register for a Little Readers book; simply sign up to the Bord Gáis Energy online Book Club at bordgaisenergybookclub.ie. Bord Gáis Energy is a long-time supporter and promoter of books and reading. As part of this year’s campaign the company will also donate a book to charity partner Focus Ireland for every young child in emergency homeless accommodation across Ireland.Firing ImaginationsUnderlining the fun that young children can have with books and the role they play in helping to fire a child’s imagination, Bord Gáis Energy has teamed up with early childhood development expert David Carey who said: “Getting children aged 5 and under acquainted with books and reading from a young age is so helpful to their development. At this tender age, reading helps to stimulate brain growth and development and it lays down the foundation for a love of reading that will last a lifetime.Reading, especially with a parent or guardian, creates templates in the brain which make the child feel loved, nurtured and emotionally secure. Books can give children a great sense of calm, comfort and security. The greatest gift you can give to a child, after the gift of love, is the gift of reading.”Claire Smith with Bord Gáis Energy said, “We’ve seen a huge response to Little Readers for two years in a row now which is fantastic. The benefits of reading with children from a young age are well documented and we’re hoping that this year parents and guardians from Limerick and beyond will get involved and register for a free book. As part of the campaign, we’re also delighted to support our charity partner Focus Ireland by donating books for children under 5 living in emergency homeless accommodation across the country.” Little ReadersLittle Readers books are available for all children under 5 whose parents/guardians are members of the Bord Gáis Energy Book Club. To register for the Book Club and apply for your free Little Readers book, simply visit bordgaisenergybookclub.ie. Please note there is a maximum of two books per household.SHARE YOUR LOVE OF BOOKS WITH FREE OFFER TO UNDER-5s was last modified: July 1st, 2016 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)last_img read more

GAA NEWS: MUFF SENIORS BEATEN BY MOVILLE

first_imgMUFF CLUB NOTESCLUB LOTTOThere was no jackpot winner in last weeks lotto there were three winners of €35 the numbers drawn were 3-5-7-4-6-1-2. The winners were as follows:Niall McCarron, BallyrattenClare McGrory, BurnfootKathleen Harkin, Grove Cottages The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.Next Weeks Jackpot €550SENIORSDisappointing result for the seniors on Saturday evening as they went down to a score line of 1-11 to 1-07 in a tough battle against Moville. But better news for the reserves as they recorded their first win of the season with fine 3-14 to 1-4 victory over Moville. Next game for both teams is a home fixture against Convoy on the 23rd of may.UNDERAGEUnder 6 and Under 8 training is on every Friday from 6.30pm to 7.45pm in Ture this is for boys and girls born in the year 2007,2008,2009, and 2010 all new faces welcome and can all boys and girls bring a water bottle and cost of session is €2 for info contact Daniel on 0862072745..Under -10 training will continue this Friday in Ture from 6.30pm to 7.45pm. This is for boys and girls born in the years 2005 and 2006. All new players welcome can all boys and girls bring water bottle and cost of the session is €2. For info contact Kevin on 0863576713.Under 12 Training for the 2015 season has started and will continue every Saturday in ture from 10.30am to 12pm. Please bring Trainers, Gum Shield, Water Bottle and €2. This is for players born in 2003 and 2004. New players welcome. Contact Damian for more info 087 7963559Under-14 training is on every Sunday from11.30am to 1pm and every Wednesday aswell for details contact neil on 0863855855Under 16 and Minor training will take place every Monday and Friday evenings at 7pm to 8.15pm in ture.The U-12s continue this week with games against Malin on Tuesday evening. The 16s kept up their unbeaten start to the season with very impressive win on Monday evening against Letterkenny gaels they now play St Eunans in the northern board division 1 semi-final.CAMOIGECamoige for girls aged 6 and over will begin in Ture pitch on Thursday16th,April at 6.00pm to 7.00pm. Come along and join in the fun.CHURCH COLLECTIONChurch gate collection for the homeless and cara house amounted to €628.20.Thanks to collectors and contributors.QUIZ NIGHTThe quiz raised €256. Donation boxes are currently in quigleys point service station and post office to raise the balance required of about €250.DONEGAL TICKETSAny club member wishing to apply for tickets for the Donegal V Tyrone game on the 17th May, please send requests by email only to secretary.muff.donegal@gaa.ie.Please pick up a fuel card from Topaz Centra Muff and support our club. For every €40.00 spent on fuel you will receive a stamp. Collect a full card and hand into any club member. We have the opportunity of receiving at least €250.00 in sponsorship for the club but we need cards filled up.CLUB APPOur new club app is now live on the App Store and google play store In the app you can play the clubs lotto every week through the games section and keep up to date with club events and wats happening within the club. Also there is direct links to Facebook and twitter. You can also share your photos of games you are at via the app. So get downloading and have a look for yourselfCLUB GEARThe club has a range of club gear for sale and are placing a order soon with O’Neills. If any one is interested in ordering new gear or purchasing some for details contact Dermot Mc Colgan on 0879978968As always keep up to date with club activities through Facebook,Twitter,Club APP and through are website on www.naomhpadraig.comGAA NEWS: MUFF SENIORS BEATEN BY MOVILLE was last modified: May 11th, 2015 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:Muff GAA noteslast_img read more

‘Walker’s defining characteristic, after pace, is stupidity’ – England defender blasted

And that is why Tottenham sold Kyle Walker to Manchester City.— Matthew Spencer (@mattyspencah) June 18, 2018 Kyle “I’ve grown so much under Guardiola” Walker. Prove it. #WorldCup— 🌻 Vicky 🌻 (@Veekeeee25) June 18, 2018 Walker blatantly smacking bul in the face allowing Tun the chance to equalize, why you should have him out wide n not in the back 3 🤷🏾‍♂️— Silky Johnson (@1DERBrown) June 18, 2018 Kyle “he’s got a brainfart in em” Walker— Dubspurs (@Dubswede) June 18, 2018 I know Walker said he didn’t like playing DC, but does he have to go so far to get out of doing it again? #ENGvsTUN #WorldCup18— flipsix3 (@flipsix3_FM) June 18, 2018 Kyle Walker is a truly brilliant footballer,The Manchester City star, signed from Tottenham last summer, is the epitome of the modern-day full-back; fast, full of stamina, and great in attack as well as defence. Kyle Walker always finds a way to do something dumb #ENGvsTUN— Aria Ghajar (@Aria_Ghajar) June 18, 2018 However, he is prone to the occasional lapse of concentration, or, to describe it slightly better, an occasional moment of madness while on a football pitch.And Walker had one of these mad moments on Monday evening, when England were on top of Tunisia in Volgograd.The Three Lions were a goal to the good after Harry Kane scored his first ever World Cup strike, when Walker – who plays as a centre-back in Gareth Southgate’s three-at-the-back system – decided to concede a penalty.Sure, it was quite soft, but Walker’s arm was raised in the area and he turned it towards and made contact with Fakhreddine Ben Youssef, and in the laws of the game, that is not allowed.Ferjani Sassi ran up and netted the resultant spot kick to tie the game, and Walker was the subject of much criticism on social media in the immediate aftermath of his, ahem, questionable showing… I’d never have played Walker after his interview last week when he moaned about playing at CB. He’s lost it in his head. Doesn’t wanna play there.— 17/46 for safety in 18-19 Season (@PNEAKTE) June 18, 2018 Oh, Kyle… what have you done? Oh yeah Walker, I forgot about his world class defending in all of the positivity… #ENGTUN— James Beattie (@JamesRBeattie) June 18, 2018 1 Don’t think that’s a pen but Walker’s defining characteristic, after pace, is stupidity. The former often rescues him from the latter. #thfc— Rob Davies (@ByRobDavies) June 18, 2018 read more

Avant Leading the Field After First Day of Golden Horseshoe Intercollegiate

first_img Day 1 Results Story Links WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The Drake University men’s golf team continued its strong play on the first day of the Golden Horseshoe Intercollegiate at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Course.Drake carded an opening-round 295 to sit at 11-over par and one stroke behind the leader, No. 43 Campbell.”Overall, I was very pleased with how we played today,” said Drake head coach Matt Lewis. “It is a demanding course and I thought we managed our games well.”Drake senior Tommi Avant paced the Bulldogs and the leaderboard with a 3-under par 68 that featured a pair of eagles to lead all golfers. “Tommi played awesome today,” Lewis said. “His two eagles definitely helped and Lucas was solid too as they lead us today.”Scherf sits tied for 11th after the first round with a 2-over par 73 while Tim Lim carded a 76.Kyle MacDonald completed the Bulldogs scoring with a 78 as did Chase Wicklund. Action in the three-day event continues Monday on the 6,817-yard course as the Bulldog look to remain on top of the leaderboard. “We will have the same mindset for tomorrow and look forward to the challenge,” Lewis said. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Helmet and lifejacket of tragic 116 crew found in Mayo

first_imgA helmet and lifejacket belonging to the crew of the missing Rescue 116 helicopter have been found in Mayo.A member of the public discovered the items washed ashore yesterday morning in Elly, near Clogher.Sligo-based Rescue 118 was involved in a detailed search of the area along with Ballyglass Coast Guard, although unfortunately nothing else was discovered. It is believed that the items may belong to Ciaran Smith (38), who remains missing along with his colleague Paul Ormsby (53).Gardaí told the Irish Independent that it would appear they belong to Smith, and said that the items are currently undergoing tests.The remains of their fellow rescue workers, Captain Dara Fitzpatrick and Captain Mark Duffy, were recovered shortly after their Coastguard helicopter crashed on March 14th into Blackrock Island.Despite extensive searches, the remains of Smith and Ormsby have not yet been recovered. Killybegs fishing vessel MFV Westbound has previously been involved in search efforts, with special search gear being donated by netmakers Swan Net-Gundry of Killybegs.Helmet and lifejacket of tragic 116 crew found in Mayo was last modified: October 1st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Mayorescue 116last_img read more

Morning traffic mayhem for Letterkenny motorists

first_imgLetterkenny motorists were hit by lengthy traffic delays this Monday morning as roadworks continue in the Oldtown area.Traffic lights are being introduced at the roundabout at Lower Main Street/Oldtown this week in the next phase of Irish Water works.And the new system caused tailbacks in all directions approaching the area before 9am. School traffic and people travelling to work and appointment were caught in traffic which was backed up along the Rahan Road, Lismonaghan and as far back at Leck Graveyard during the rush hour. And motorists who attempted to avoid the Oldtown area were also caught in traffic on the Leck Road and routes approaching the Polestar.A three-way traffic light system will be in operation at Lower Main Street for the next week to approx 10 days.Irish Water has confirmed that the next set of traffic lights will be manually operated during working and peak hours (Monday-Sunday).Irish Water has confirmed that no works will be allowed in the area during the peak Christmas period from mid-November to mid-January. Morning traffic mayhem for Letterkenny motorists was last modified: October 9th, 2019 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)last_img read more

Eagles 19s prepare for postseason run

first_imgIt’s crunch time for the Humboldt Eagles this weekend, as they begin play at the American Legion 19-under NorCal Area Tournament in Chico.The Eagles earned the top seed for the eight-team tourney after sweeping a doubleheader over the previously undefeated Chico Nuts on Monday, and will open today against No. 8 Yolo.Last summer, the Eagles lost in the state championship to Chico, and this season they’ll be hoping to go one better.“It’s one step at a time,” head coach Justin Andersen said. …last_img