Yana-Boys Accuse Police, City Authorities of Harassment

first_imgThe leadership of the Yana-boys Association of Liberia has complained of constant harassments from officers of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and those from the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC). They also accused those working with the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) of harassments.Yana-boys Association president, Prince Kollie, made the assertion to reporters yesterday at the Ministry of Labor in Monrovia.Mr. Kollie said the actions by the LNP, Monrovia City Police, and the PCC against marketers, petty traders and Yana-Boys has become “very visible in all facets.”“This situation is getting worse day after day because it is difficult to understand the extent such harassment has taken because there are too many police officers, either from the LNP or the city police that are constantly involved in arresting and taking away goods from our marketers,” Kollie claimed.He said goods seized by any of the officers are only partly – or sometimes never – returned to the owners.He said it appears as though the police have found this act of constant harassment the most effective means of getting items from the marketers without purchasing them.Mr. Kollie wondered as to what becomes of the goods or markets seized from “our members by these security officers? Are the goods reported to government? We need answers to these questions from the heads of these agencies because our members are tired being victimized by the LNP and the City Police.”He emphasized that many of the street sellers or marketers are indebted to the bank that loaned them the money they put into their businesses. “We call on the government to put in place measures that will lead to relocating street sellers, because we are tired of being harassed by the LNP and the City Police,” he stated. Mr. Kollie meanwhile cautioned the LNP, MCC and PCC to advise their officers to desist from constantly harassing marketers, who are out there finding means to sustain their families.Kenneth Harris, Director of City Police, when contacted, said goods confiscated are not returned because marketers are in the habit of selling in the streets and in the drive ways without regard to the rights of others.He then warned the marketers to desist from selling in the streets and other places and must rather return to selected market sites.For his part, Sam Collins, LNP spokesman said he could not comment because he was not knowledgeable of the information.Efforts through phone calls and three visits to the Paynesville City Cooperation (PCC) for their response to the Yana-boys’ allegations did not materialize.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LAX risks losing its high profile if it can’t get modernization off the ground

first_imgThe new airport director also will have to pursue ambitious plans to re-route the Green Line to LAX, build an in-line baggage-screening system and sort out community-outreach projects hammered out as part of a fragile legal settlement with airport neighbors. “Los Angeles today is the destination of choice,” Collins said. “But there is growing competition, and we need to do more if we are going to remain competitive.” No stranger to plans Villaraigosa is well aware of LAX’s shortcomings. He has taken his time in selecting an executive director, searching for a visionary who can preserve and enhance the airport’s economic impact while expanding regional airports and reducing community conflict. “The mayor’s aviation agenda includes initiatives in three broad areas,” spokesman Matt Szabo said. “First, the mayor wants to increase safety for passengers, workers, visitors and the surrounding communities. Second, the mayor wants to regionalize aviation travel. “And third, the mayor wants to modernize Los Angeles International Airport. It … should reflect the uniqueness and diversity of the city of Los Angeles.” During the past 15 years, however, there has been no shortage of plans to develop LAX. Former Mayor Richard Riordan was the first to broach the issue, generating widespread community opposition with a plan to handle 100million passengers a year and triple the amount of cargo at the facility. Opposition continued under former Mayor James Hahn, who agreed to scale back the plans but was forced to shift focus to deal with security issues after the 2001 terrorist attacks. Villaraigosa brokered a deal over legal challenges to the plan, but LAX neighbors remain wary. “We are looking at the milestones promised by the city,” said Denny Schneider of the group Regional Solutions to Airport Congestion. “We are expecting good cooperation, but I’m not sure we’ve seen it yet. Things are not as smooth as one would like.” Among the stumbling blocks is whether to expand LAX’s north runways to accommodate mega-jets. “We have been working 14 years-plus on a so-called master plan, and (LAWA) tried to dictate to us and ignore us,” Schneider said. “The present mayor, at least, is working with us and looking forward, and that’s appreciated. But we are still very concerned about what will happen in the near future.” Options being considered include creating a special mid-field terminal with 40 extra gates for the jumbo jetliners. “The fact is (the jets) will have the ability to fly past us to other destinations,” said Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who heads the council’s Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee and supports the proposal. “We have to recognize we won’t be the only game in town for the airlines and have to deal with them.” Relations need fixing Villaraigosa also has been working to improve the passenger experience at LAX. But for the Air Transport Association, which represents the airlines, the challenge is mending relations that have frayed for decades. “Going back 20 years or so, the relationship between the airlines and LAX was probably the best in the country,” said John Meenan, executive vice president of the group. “There was a great sense of mutual interest and cooperation. “We would hope, with the appointment of a new executive director, that we could return to that type of relationship.” In recent years, it has been left to the airlines and concessionaires to modernize their facilities. But little has been done because of rent and lease disputes. A number of airlines are contesting city efforts to increase rents, and last week United Airlines added a $10 surcharge on LAX passengers to pay for the higher rent. There also is an ongoing dispute about improving concession contracts at LAX. Most airport concessionaires now are operating on a month-to-month basis. “They aren’t going to want to make improvements until they know they are going to be there awhile,” Hahn said. “What’s a shame is that I don’t think we have gotten the revenue from our concessions that we could have. We are losing money when you compare us to other airports.” The lack of flair among LAX concessions also bothers some, who note airports in Las Vegas, Hong Kong, San Francisco and other cities have high-end or unique specialty shops. “The fact is, people spend more and more time within the airports because of security issues,” Kyser said. “There is money there we could capture.” While proposals have been floated to imbue LAX with more of the famed Hollywood mystique and bring in more local operations – from Home Boy Bakers to Dutton’s Book Stores – no real movement has occurred. Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who represents the airport area, said such developments would have only limited impact. “People are going to want to come to Los Angeles,” Rosendahl said. “The purpose of an airport is to get them in and on their planes and off their planes and out as smoothly as possible.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nothing may be more symbolic of the challenges facing LAX than the half-ton chunk of plaster that fell recently from its iconic theme restaurant, revealing layers of rust damage caused by years of neglect. Most of the existing structures were built in the 1960s and have been modernized only once – when the Bradley International Terminal was erected for the 1984 Olympics. But city officials have spent $115million developing grandiose renovation plans that have gone nowhere. In recent months, however, Los Angeles International Airport has gotten a bit more attention: A $4billion upgrade was launched at the Bradley Terminal; a $333million replacement of the south runway was completed; and the city approved spending $1.8million to repair the landmark Encounter restaurant. And Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is preparing to name a new executive director for Los Angeles World Airports – an administrator to oversee the department’s $1.2billion budget, resolve lingering disputes about airline and concession leases, and determine how LAX will accommodate a new generation of mega-jets. Quickly defining the future of the nation’s second-largest international gateway in an increasingly competitive travel market is widely considered a crucial part of keeping both local and national economies healthy. “One of the problems with LAX is that it could be any airport in Anywhere, USA,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. “It has so many problems that whoever is brought in is going to have a lot of sleepless nights.” LAX serves nearly 17million travelers annually, second only to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. It contributes more than $61billion a year to the local economy and generates more than 400,000 jobs. But some say LAX’s high profile could be jeopardized unless officials expedite plans to accommodate the 555-passenger Airbus380 and other mega- jets being eyed by the airlines. The city is studying plans to add more gates, but without quick action, airlines could make long-term commitments elsewhere, diverting both tourists and cargo to other destinations. “San Francisco spent $1.8billion and has 24 gates available now to accommodate the larger jets,” said Michael Collins of L.A. Inc., the group responsible for promoting and luring conventions to the city. “Los Angeles has 12. It is the market that is going to determine where these planes go. And if we don’t have the space, they will go elsewhere.” last_img read more

Arsenal and Liverpool transfer blow! Top summer target ‘wants to stay at Lyon’

first_imgArsenal and Liverpool target Nabil Fekir is happy at Lyon and has no plans to leave the French club.The winger has been in stunning form this season, scoring 12 goals in 30 appearances and helping Lyon climb to the top of Ligue 1.The 21-year-old’s performances have attracted interest from a host of top sides, most notably Arsenal and Liverpool.But with Lyon on the cusp of European football and potentially a first league title since 2008, the Frenchman has revealed he’s happy where he is.“I want to stay at Lyon; this is a club where I feel good,” said Fekir.“I want to enjoy the Champions League here.” Lyon starlet Nabil Fekir 1last_img

‘He could be the new Steven Gerrard!’ – Liverpool fans praise midfielder

first_img Emre Can finishes from close range to put Liverpool back on level terms Emre Can scored the equalising goal to put Liverpool level against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League. The German midfielder could have had another and his all-round performance showed football fans alike why the Reds paid Bayer Leverkusen a reported £10million for his services. Former boss Brendan Rodgers played Can, 21, in various positions last season including on the right side of a three-man defence. But new manager Jurgen Klopp played him in midfield against the Russian side and he certainly impressed. Starting with former Red Djimi Traore, here is what some Liverpool fans had to say… 1last_img

Andy Goldstein Sports Bar Best Bits – July 15

first_imgJoin Andy Goldstein, Jason Cundy and friends for the highlights of another brilliant week of Sports Bar shows. This edition features caller Imran’s mind-blowing reply to Cundy’s Question Time, Lee Casciaro – the goal-scorer for Lincoln Red Imps in their 1-0 Champions League win over Celtic – UFC and boxing expert Gareth A Davies, former footballer Danny Higginbotham and footballer-turned-boxer Leon McKenzie.Listen above or click here to download the podcast from iTunes – as well as previous editions.last_img

CORNCRAKES ALIVE AND WELL AS FIVE HEARD ON TORY

first_imgThe corncrake is alive and well on Tory Island.The extremely rare and secretive bird has long made its summer home on the Donegal island.Birdwatch Ireland has now confirmed that “at least” five calling males have been documented on the island. At least three of these birds are located within the Birdwatch Ireland management area on the island (an increase for this area on last year).However, Niall Hatch of Birdwatch Ireland says it is too early to get an idea of breeding birds on the island as it does not take place until the beginning of June at least.Because the birds fly in from Africa to spend the summer in Ireland other parts of Europe, some corncrakes may not have even arrive in Donegal yet.   CORNCRAKES ALIVE AND WELL AS FIVE HEARD ON TORY was last modified: May 20th, 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:Birdwatch IrelandcorncrakesTory Islandlast_img read more

NO AMOUNT OF CHANGES TO ASK.FM WILL BRING BACK MY DAUGHTERS

first_imgThe mother of a young Donegal girl who took her own life after being bullied on ask.fm has said no amount of changes to the website will bring her daughter back.The late Erin and Shannon GallagherThe owners of the hugely popular site have introduced changes to the site after public pressure following the deaths of three teenagers.The changes include a larger ‘report button’ on the site and to the promise of taking on more moderators to oversee abuse and on-line bullying by users. However Lorraine Gallagher, whose 13 year old daughter Erin killed herself after being abused on ask.fm, said the changes were not enough.Lorraine’s other daughter Shannon, 15, also took her own life just six weeks after her sister’s death.The heartbroken mum from Ballybofey says nothing but full registration on the site to stop people from posting hurtful comments anonymously will prevent others from doing what Erin did.She told Donegal Daily “The whole issue about ask.fm is that people can post these comments anonymously and this has not changed. “People can still go on and make vile comments and hide anonymously. It just doesn’t go far enough,” she said.“They say they are going to bring on more moderators but unless they bring on hundreds of more people, they simply cannot check all the posts.”Lorraine Gallagher says changes to ask.fm site are not enough.Lorraine said there are simply not enough resources at the questions and answers website to patrol trolls making abusive comments online.“There are up to 20 million people, many teenagers, using the site. They will never be able to check even a small percentage of what is being said.“The bottom line is that they have to get all people to register so that if they do bully online then they can be traced and held to account,” said Lorraine. Among the other changes promised by ask.fm founders Ilja and Mark Terebin is a registration which means people who do not register will not be able to access all services on the site.However many can still continue to post general comments anonymously.However those who do register will allow the site to record the email and IP addresses of users and deal better with reports, it said.Another proposal is to set up a website for parents to consult to help them understand the questions and answer website. In a statement the site’s founders said: “At Ask.fm we want our users to be able to have fun, share information, make friends and express themselves freely. We also want them – particularly our younger users – to be able to do this in a safe environment.“In the light of recent events highlighting the impact online bullying and harassment can have on young people, we engaged professional advisers to conduct a full and independent audit of our site and its safety features.“This audit has now been completed. Based on the findings and the recommendations that were made, we can today announce our commitment to making changes to Ask.fm’s existing policies in three core areas: reporting and moderation, registration, and corporate visibility.”Meanwhile the ask.fm site has forwarded information onto Gardai investigating Erin Gallagher’s death.They have received five IP addresses which they believe contain messages of bullying allegedly against Erin.NO AMOUNT OF CHANGES TO ASK.FM WILL BRING BACK MY DAUGHTERS was last modified: August 21st, 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:ask.fmErin GallagherLOrraine Gallaghershannon gallagherlast_img read more

Diet pop, friend or foe?

first_img 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 Harvard pediatrician Dr. David Ludwig worries that diet soda is causing “infantilization of taste buds.” Someone stepping out of a heavy metal concert can’t appreciate a bird song, he said. Similarly, “if everything has to have a very intense sweetness, might that interfere with a child’s or anyone’s ability to appreciate another taste?” he asks. “Broccoli, Brussels sprouts … they just can’t compete.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nutrition experts who are soured on soda often take a sweeter view of diet soda, which doesn’t contain the sugar calories that many of them blame for weight problems. Barbara Rolls, an author and nutrition expert at Penn State, is among its fans. “Diet soda gives you a tool if you use it right” to wean off sweets and reduce calorie intake, she said. However, others think it may encourage people to feel they’ve “earned” more dessert because they’ve cut calories from beverages. Although diet soda consumption is soaring, “we haven’t seen the benefit” in lower rates of obesity yet, noted Dr. Louis Aronne, a Weill-Cornell Medical School nutrition expert who is president of the Obesity Society. last_img read more

DONEGAL MAN CLEARED ON RAPE CHARGES

first_imgCleared: Martin BegleyA DONEGAL man has been cleared of rape charges.Martin Begley told Donegal Daily his life had been “ruined” by the allegations against him. Earlier this year police in England issued a ‘wanted’ poster naming and picturing Mr Begley, 47, after he failed to appear in court.After the appeal Mr Begley, from St Johnston, gave himself up to police and went before a jury at Bolton Crown Court on several charges.He was found not guilty on all charges.” I did six months on remand in an English prison and all together it has taken two years of my life to fight the lies made against me.“In that time time I have lost my business, my home and my good name,” said Mr Begley.DONEGAL MAN CLEARED ON RAPE CHARGES was last modified: October 15th, 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)last_img read more

Chambers signs contract extension with Arsenal

first_img 2 Chambers spent the 2016/7 season on loan at Boro Calum Chambers has signed a new Arsenal contract, the club have confirmed.The 23-year-old joined the club from Southampton in 2014, with the Gunners paying £16million for him.“I’m delighted Calum has extended his stay with us. He played an important role last season and will be part of my plans this season,” new manager Unai Emery said.“He played an important role last season and will be part of my plans this season,” he added.In a statement released on their website, Arsenal wrote: “We would like to congratulate Calum on his new contract and look forward to his continued contribution to the club.”Chambers has played 83 times for the club and also spent the 2016/17 season on loan at Middlesbrough where he played 24 times and scored once. Under Emery, who replaced Wenger at the end of the season, Arsenal have signed three players, with the latest being Sokratis Papastathopoulos.Writing on Twitter, Chambers said: “Delighted to have signed a new deal at Arsenal! I want to give my very best to this great club. Thanks to the new manger for showing faith in me and I’m looking forward to the big season ahead! I promise to repay the fans back for the support they’ve given me! #COYG” Delighted to have signed a new deal at @arsenal! I want to give my very best to this great club. Thanks to the new manger for showing faith in me and I’m looking forward to the big season ahead! I promise to repay the fans back for the support they’ve given me! #COYG 🔴🔴🔴 pic.twitter.com/WxRfjNNUGM— Calum Chambers (@CalumChambers95) July 3, 2018center_img 2 He returned to the club when Boro were relegated from the Premier League and at one stage it looked like he may be sold, with Crystal Palace said to be keen on the centre-back.However, he remained at Arsenal and played 20 times in all competitions last season in what was Arsene Wenger’s final season in charge of the club. Chambers played 20 times for Arsenal last season last_img read more