Advocacy Groups Push for Justice In Zayzay ‘Suicide’ Case

first_imgIndependent Human Rights Investigators (IHRI), a local based rights group, and the Liberia Independent Advocates for Human Rights (LIAHR) yesterday held a press conference to draw the attention of the government of Liberia (GOL), through the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), to what they referred to as the “culture of suspicious deaths while in the custody of the Liberia National Police (LNP).” These occurrences, the rights groups said, have raised concerns. The IHRI and LIAHR are both raising “serious concerns” about the questionable suicide of Victoria Zayzay, a resident of Virginia, at the Zone 6, Depot 1 police station on Hotel Africa Road on October 21. “The IHRI and LIAHR are gravely concerned about the undue delay, nearing almost three weeks, by the GOL to establish the cause of death in the case of Victoria Zayzay, who the police claim committed suicide,” IHRI national director, Adama K. Dempster told reporters.“Such a claim by the LNP is troubling because our ongoing investigation of the matter makes it very difficult to believe, considering the size and height of the detention cell in which Victoria was held.”The rights groups said they a similar case of suspicious death occurred on November 11, 2014 at the New Kru Town police depot, with the LNP claiming that the deceased hanged himself with his T-shirt after being charged with “persistent non-support” by the LNP.Announcing their doubts ahead of the government’s pronouncement on the cause of death of the Victoria Zayzay, the groups said that because of “the dimensions of the holding cell at the depot, which is about five feet tall, we find it difficult, if not impossible, to believe that a person of similar height could have committed suicide by hanging on the gate, as claimed by the LNP.”“Electricity supply at the depot in question runs the whole night, so how can we believe that under such bright lights, a young girl like Zayzay could hang herself in clear view,” Dempster said at yesterday’s conference.“As we speak, our previous call to GOL to conduct a clinical and forensic examination to determine the cause of death has not been fruitful. We wish to categorically term the action by government in paying a deaf ear to our call as a deliberate lack of interest in the case of an individual who died under mysterious circumstances in a depot manned by personnel of the LNP,” Dempster said.The rights groups called on authorities at the Ministry of Justice to proceed without delay, using clinical and forensic means, to determine the cause of the death of Victoria Zayzay.The groups said that they believe an investigation will prevent the culture of suspicious deaths while in LNP custody, adding, “(such deaths) will be prevented or addressed swiftly whenever they are reported.” On October 21, Victoria Zayzay, 20, reportedly hanged herself while in detention at Zone 6, Depot 1 police station in Virginia, outside Monrovia. She is mourned by her two year old daughter, Hawa, and a host of relatives, including her parents. Police confirmed to the Daily Observer that she was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby community clinic after the LNP detained her for “disorderly conduct.”Family members said the late Zayzay was detained when she and another lady reportedly fought over spilt milk candy valued at L$1,500. According to the commander at the depot, it was decided that Zayzay should spend the night in police custody to “teach her a lesson.”Victoria’s mother said she pleaded with police to let her take her daughter home and return with her the following morning, but to no avail.Meanwhile, the parents of the deceased said they don’t believe that she hanged herself because she did not carry a lappa into the cell as claimed by the LNP, adding that “she also had people to take care of her therefore, nothing could have led her to hang herself.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Read More

Granger’s constitutional heresy is grounds for “impeachment”−Nandlall

first_imgThe ‘constitutional heresy’ being practised by the Head of State, President David Granger, is grounds for his removal from Office and even more worrying, is the silence of stakeholders such as the Guyana Bar Association (GBA) and the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA).This is the view held by former Legal Affairs Minister and Attorney General Anil Nandlall.Former Legal Affairs Minister and Attorney General Anil NandlallThe former legal advisor to the Donald Ramotar and Bharrat Jagdeo administrations was at the time making reference to the chronology of actions taken in relation to the Executive’s handling of the affair surrounding the Chairman of the Public Service Commission (PSC), Carvil Duncan.President Granger recently sent Duncan on leave from his constitutionally appointed post, despite the fact that he had already appointed a Tribunal to investigate whether the PSC Chairman should remain in the post or be removed.According to Nandlall, “the President has flagrantly violated the letter, spirit and intent of some of the most sacrosanct constitutional provisions and indeed his actions strike at the very heart of our constitutional democracy… Presidents (or Prime Ministers, as the case may be) have been impeached for far less in democratic countries. In Guyana, this is barely front page news. And life goes on. Not a murmur from the Associations representing lawyers in the country.”Duncan chargedPresident David GrangerDuncan has been charged and placed before the courts over the alleged theft of some $20,000 per month—argued to be his fee as a Director while employed at the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Company.Nandlall, over the weekend, added his voice to the fray, to condemn the decision made by President David Granger, calling it unlawful and ‘constitutional heresy.’The former AG, in laying a base for his arguments, contended that Duncan is a member and the Chairman of the PSC and by virtue of provisions of the constitution, the Chairman of the PSC is, ex officio, a member of the Police and Judicial Service Commissions.According to the former Legal Affairs Minister, the PSC “like the other service commissions, are institutions created by the Constitution and endowed with the fundamental role and function of guarding against executive abuses.”He argues that the commissions are “a significant component of the most critical array of constitutional mechanisms created to protect the citizenry against executive and other excesses.”According to Nandlall, it is for this very reason that “those who constitute these Commissions are themselves clothed with even greater security of tenure and institutional independence. To these persons, the Constitution accords the highest regime of protection and functional independence.”According to the provisions cited by the former AG, “Save as otherwise provided in this Constitution, in the exercise of its functions under this Constitution a Commission shall not be subject to the direction or control of any person or authority.”Constitutional protectionNandlall maintains that as Chairman of the PSC, Duncan enjoys all these constitutional protections.He posits that, “Constitutional purists in Guyana and across the Region must have been deeply shocked about certain disclosures Mr Duncan made a few days ago,” when in a public statement, Duncan related that he was invited to meet with the head of the Executive, the President, and the President’s Chief Aide, Joseph Harmon, Minister of State, “where of the President requested Mr Duncan’s resignation and Mr Harmon offered him a suitable financial package for his exit.” According to Nandlall, by virtue of his actions, the President has simply shoved aside the sophisticated network of mechanisms of protection enshrined in the Constitution of Guyana.“This constitutional heresy was compounded by ‘the blood on the carpet’ reference – whatever that means… In short, the President has flagrantly violated the letter, spirit, and intent of some of the most sacrosanct constitutional provisions, and indeed his actions strike at the very heart of our constitutional democracy,” said Nandlall.Making his case for the impeachment of President Granger, Nandlall points to Article 94 of the Constitution of Guyana which provides that “The President may be removed from office if he or she commits any violation of this Constitution or any gross misconduct.”Recounting the brouhaha surrounding Duncan, Nandlall observed that “While certain criminal charges are pending before a Magistrate at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts against Mr Duncan, the Government decides to trigger a constitutional process to remove him from office on the ground that the pendency of those charges can interfere with the discharge of his constitutional functions.”According to Nandlall, the engagement between Duncan and the President alone “renders this constitutional process farcical.”He points out that as provided for in the Constitution, the Prime Minister has already advised the President that Duncan’s removal from office should be investigated—As a result, the President has established a tribunal which has already begun its work. Nandlall said he has since already made an application for the tribunal not to proceed with its mandate “on the ground that the tribunal itself is legally defective and that it is about to embark upon a course which is manifestly unconstitutional, unlawful and illegal.”last_img read more

Read More

Car bomb kills Shiite worshippers on holiday

first_imgBAGHDAD – A bomb in a parked car struck worshippers heading to a Shiite mosque Sunday in Baghdad, killing at least nine people as Iraqis celebrated a Muslim holiday, while the death toll rose to 18 in a coordinated suicide truck bombing and ambush north of the capital. Relatives and rescue workers pulled bodies from under piles of concrete bricks and rubble in the Sunni city of Samarra, where a suicide truck bomber detonated his explosives late Saturday. Guards had opened fire before he could reach the targeted police headquarters. Gunmen drove up and fought with police immediately after the blast, which tore through nearby buildings. At least 18 people were killed and 27 wounded, police said. Nobody claimed responsibility for the attacks in Baghdad and Samarra, but they bore the hallmarks of al-Qaida in Iraq militants who had promised an offensive during Ramadan to undermine U.S.-Iraqi claims of success in quelling the violence in the capital. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Also killed on Sunday were a U.S. soldier struck by a roadside bomb during combat operations in southern Baghdad and an Iraqi journalist who was shot while on assignment for The Washington Post elsewhere in Iraq’s capital.last_img read more

Read More

OLYMPIAN BOYCE AND MARINE HARVEST TEAM UP FOR JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT DAY

first_imgOlympian and Letterkenny AC member, Brendan Boyce was guest of honour at the recent Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) ‘Working it Out’ day. The event brought together seven schools from the Fanad peninsula and was organised in conjunction with Marine Harvest, who is supporting Brendan Boyce on his road to Rio.Olympian and Milford native, Brendan Boyce was guest of honour at the recent Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) ‘Working it Out’ day.The event was run by JAI, a voluntary-run organisation supported by local businesses, which aims to encourage students to stay in school and education.Organised in conjunction with Marine Harvest, the event invited seven schools from the Fanad peninsula to take part in the ‘Working it Out’ day in the Rossnakill Community Centre, which combined the world of sport and mathematics. Marine Harvest is Ireland’s largest producer of farmed Atlantic Salmon and the business is supporting Brendan Boyce on his road to Rio.Olympian and Letterkenny AC member, Brendan Boyce was guest of honour at the recent Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) ‘Working it Out’ day. The event brought together seven schools from the Fanad peninsula and was organised in conjunction with Marine Harvest, who is supporting Brendan Boyce on his road to Rio.Key Account Manager, Annette Rodgers, said the children were very excited to meet an Olympic athlete.“We were delighted that Brendan could attend the JAI awards. The students really enjoyed learning more about his sport, race-walking, and the Olympic Games in general. They took part in a Q&A with Brendan and he gave them a quick demonstration of how to race-walk.“Each school presented Brendan with good luck messages and cards, and who knows, his visit may well have inspired the next generation of Olympic athletes from Donegal. On behalf of the whole team at Marine Harvest, we want to wish him every success in Rio this summer.” Olympian and Letterkenny AC member, Brendan Boyce was guest of honour at the recent Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) ‘Working it Out’ day. The event brought together seven schools from the Fanad peninsula and was organised in conjunction with Marine Harvest, who is supporting Brendan Boyce on his road to Rio.Thanking Junior Achievement Ireland and Marine Harvest for the invitation, Brendan Boyce said: “I was delighted to be able to attend the JAI event and it was great to see so many students getting active, while also learning about mathematics. Education is equally as important as getting active and this event is a clever way to mix the two disciplines. A sincere thanks to all of the schools and students who made the wonderful good luck messages and cards – I’ll proudly display them in Rio this summer.”Participating in the “Working it Out” programme were; St. Columba’s National School Ballyheerin, St. Davaddogs National School, Tamney, Scoil Cholmcille National School, Kerrykeel, Croaghross National School, Portsalon, St. Patrick’s National School, Doaghbeg, Drumfad National School and Scoil Mhuire National School, Caiseal.Patricia Friel, Programme Coordinator at Junior Achievement Ireland spoke about the positive benefits of the JAI and ‘Working It Out’ programme.“Junior Achievement Ireland works with local businesses and schools to teach young people about the world of work while also encouraging them to remain in education. The event is designed to test students’ mind and body, so we mix long division and penalty shootouts with averages and skipping and ratios and basketball.Olympian and Letterkenny AC member, Brendan Boyce was guest of honour at the recent Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI) ‘Working it Out’ day. The event brought together seven schools from the Fanad peninsula and was organised in conjunction with Marine Harvest, who is supporting Brendan Boyce on his road to Rio.“It’s about making subjects more fun and enjoyable and we had a great day with the students and staff from the participating schools. We’ve been working very closely with the schools in Donegal and we’d like to say a particular thank you to the team at Marine Harvest who invest a lot of time, resources and finance into this initiative.” For more information on Marine Harvest, visit www.marineharvestireland.com or Junior Achievement Ireland, visit www.jai.ie or to follow Brendan’s journey to Rio visit www.brendanboyce.co.uk.OLYMPIAN BOYCE AND MARINE HARVEST TEAM UP FOR JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT DAY was last modified: May 18th, 2016 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:Brendan BoycedonegalMarine HarvestOlympicsRiowalkerlast_img read more

Read More

VIDEO: Watch Northern Premier side hitch a ride home in a tractor

first_imgCheck out this video of the unusual way Evo-Stik League Northern Premier side Bamber Bridge FC got back from their away game on the weekend.After a frustrating 0-0 draw to Scarborough Athletic, Bamber Bridge’s coach broke down on their 135 mile journey back home, meaning the team were forced to get creative.They flagged down a tractor and jumped in the back, hitching a ride through the Yorkshire hills.See the amazing video below! 1 Bamber Bridge FC got creative after their coach broke down center_img Coach broke down. Players, manager, coaches and supporters hitched a lift in farmers trailer to nearest pub. pic.twitter.com/cqBfpaA5ND— Alan Bateson (@Alan_Bateson) August 13, 2016last_img read more

Read More

ATHLETICS: PATSY MCGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY AC REPORT

first_imgFINN VALLEY’S JOHN KELLYJohn Kelly, the Royal and Prior school student was adding valuable points to the Irish schools tally when he emerged as one of the better performers from the squad at the annual schools international in Ashford ,Kent Saturday accompanied by his family he finished 2nd a most respectable 16.52 m behind the winning English lad at 17.35m . He has remained totally consistent and focused through this season and stilll has Celtic International in Aberdeen and British AAA champs in Bedford to come .Meanwhile an investigation of the opening weekend of national underage champs has put Valley top of the list as most successful club in Ireland currrently having amassed 13 medals 7 of them gold . This is surely most encouraging as we shortly close down on another season and coachs and parents alike must take a bow understanding that we can improve this total in the years ahead with some tweaking of our approach . Seriously well done all . Consider number 1 from 123 competing clubs that medalled  a noteworthy ranking our best ever .Elsewhere Tori Pena joined the Irish team to participate in the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games Friday and further to that finalise her prep. for her competition . Ciaran Dolan continues to improve his long jump pb with a 7,10m in Antrim Sunday and Mark Hoy .James Speight and Paul Leck were in Antrim last week for Brian Downing plus Oisin Gallen 2nd in 800m . A big welcome back to competition Angela Speight winner of Lisbellaw 10k and her  Mum a category winner. Dominic Bonner and a few Valley lads were in Churchill Friday night last for a well organised 5k event .This weekend its back on the road again to Tullamore to complete underage national programme.ATHLETICS: PATSY MCGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY AC REPORT was last modified: July 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ATHLETICS: PATSY MCGONAGLE’S FINN VALLEY AC REPORTlast_img read more

Read More

Kante being ‘wasted’ at Chelsea and may look to leave, says ex-Blues star

first_img Maurizio Sarri says playing N’Golo Kante in central midfield does not fit his system – but is he wasted in his new more attacking role? The tactical switch came under scrutiny following Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Tottenham last weekend, where Sarri’s preferred defensive-midfielder, Jorginho, was caught out on numerous occasions.On Wednesday, Sarri explained his belief that Kante is not technically good enough to play in that role.That is despite the Frenchman winning two Premier League titles and the World Cup playing in central midfield, and along the way gaining the reputation as one of the world’s most complete players in that position.Kante recently signed a new £300,000-a-week contract with Chelsea, as the club looked to dissuade the host of clubs lining up moves for the 27-year-old.But Cascarino believes the midfielder may look to leave Stamford Bridge regardless of his new deal if he continues to be overlooked for what is clearly his best position on the pitch.Asked for his verdict on the manager’s remarks, he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I don’t think Sarri’s comments about Kante being more technical were too much to be concerned about. “I think the bigger issue with Kante is they have given him a new contract because they know so many clubs are sniffing around him, but he’s being played out of position.“You feel he’s wasted.“I think certainly PSG would be in for him as well as other clubs, and why wouldn’t they? He’s the best at his position in the world, without a doubt, for me.“That’s why he signed a new deal, but I don’t believe it will be enough to keep him there if Kante plays in that position all season.“I think by the end of the season he might have had enough, knowing he’s a far better player in the positions he is more accustomed to.”Listen back to Tony Cascarino on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above 2 2 N’Golo Kante may look to leave Chelsea if he continues to be played out of position by manager Maurizio Sarri, according to former Blues striker Tony Cascarino.The new manager has baffled supporters this season by shifting Kante from his regular central midfield role into a wider and more attacking position. Maurizio Sarri was not pleased with the performance of N’Golo Kante against Tottenham last_img read more

Read More

DDTV: RTE NEWS REPORT ON DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS WALK TO DUBLIN

first_imgTHE Donegal Action Against Austerity walk to Dublin has reached its half-way point and is due to arrive in the capital on March 31st. The walk featured on Tuesday’s RTE News.You can watch Eileen Magnier’s report here by clicking play. DDTV: RTE NEWS REPORT ON DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS WALK TO DUBLIN was last modified: March 21st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DDTV: RTE NEWS REPORT ON DONEGAL CAMPAIGNERS WALK TO DUBLINlast_img read more

Read More

China may enter DVD battles

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “With such format and related standards,” Lu said, “we could have our own voice in the DVD industry.” The announcement marks China’s latest attempt to leverage its manufacturing muscle to play by its own terms in the home-video market. Up to 80 percent of DVD players are made in China, but makers have to cough up around 40 percent of the cost of each player to license holders, according to Chinese reports. China began developing its own DVD standard in 1999, rolling out EVD, or enhanced versatile disc, in November 2003 with a vow to shake off dependence on foreign standards. Despite strong government backing, the initiative fizzled amid a legal battle between the technology’s developer and a consortium of Chinese player manufacturers. Protoype EVD players were introduced in 2004 but never established a presence in the market. Xinhua didn’t give a name for the new HD DVD-based standard, and it wasn’t clear whether it had borrowed technology from the EVD standard. No directory listing could be obtained for the National Disc Engineering Center on Friday, which was a holiday in China. HD DVD’s backers say they have made inroads with Chinese manufacturers, whose support is vital to quickly deploying the technology at a low price. SHANGHAI, China – For the second time in two years, China has announced plans to develop its own next-generation DVD standard to break the monopoly of foreign companies and avoid paying heavy licensing fees. If successful, the move could add a new wrinkle to the battle between HD DVD and the competing Blu-ray Disc formats over which will become the dominant new DVD standard. The official Xinhua News Agency said the new standard will be based on but incompatible with HD DVD, which is being promoted by Toshiba Corp. and Universal Studios, as well as Intel Corp. and Microsoft Corp., the leading suppliers of chips and software for most of the world’s personal computers. The Chinese standard, not expected to reach markets until at least 2008, would provide higher definition, better sound and better anti-piracy measures, Xinhua quoted Lu Da, deputy director of the government-affiliated National Disc Engineering Center, as saying earlier this week. Blu-ray is backed by Sony Corp., Apple Computer Inc., Hewlett- Packard Co. and Dell Inc., along with a variety of other tech companies and studios. 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

Read More

Sempra CEO testifies in lawsuit

first_img Cooper, the Sempra attorney, said during his opening statement Wednesday that the Phoenix meeting was an effort by SoCal Gas to rid itself of unused capacity that it was leasing on El Paso’s pipeline system – an obligation that was costing between $40 million and $50 million a year. Nothing came of the overture, he said. The stakes in the lawsuit are potentially huge for Sempra, which was formed in 1998 from the merger of SoCal Gas and SDG&E. Under California law, the nearly $8 billion in damages alleged by plaintiffs, including the city and county of Los Angeles, would triple to about $23 billion if Sempra loses. The initial phase of the trial looks at only two subclasses of plaintiffs that allege combined damages of about $1.3 billion. O’Donnell was expected to resume his questioning of Baum on Monday. The trial is expected to last several months. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Baum could not recall an internal company meeting held two days after his colleagues gathered in Phoenix, though minutes shown to jurors said he was there. During that meeting, Baum allegedly discussed bidding jointly with El Paso on a pipeline project to serve a power plant in Samalayuca, Mexico, about 45 miles south of the Texas border. “I’ve thought an awful lot about this, I don’t have an independent recollection of this meeting,” Baum said. Still, Baum recalled considering a joint bid with El Paso, though nothing came of it. Sempra lead attorney Robert Cooper told reporters outside the courtroom that the possibility of a joint bid was discussed at the Phoenix hotel but El Paso quickly lost interest. According to the lawsuit, SoCal Gas agreed not to compete against El Paso on the Samalayuca pipeline. El Paso, in turn, abandoned plans to bring cheap Canadian gas to California. At the time the alleged conspiracy was hatched, Baum was chief executive of Enova Corp., then SDG&E’s parent company. SAN DIEGO – The chairman and chief executive officer of Sempra Energy testified Thursday that he didn’t know his colleagues met with a competitor in a Phoenix hotel room in 1996 until a lawsuit filed four years later alleged that the meeting laid the groundwork for a scheme to manipulate California’s energy markets. Stephen Baum was the first witness in a class-action lawsuit against Sempra and its two utilities – Southern California Gas Co. and San Diego Gas & Electric Co. The lawsuit charges that the utilities conspired with El Paso Corp. to limit gas supplies and stifle competition, sparking the wild electricity price increases that hammered California’s newly deregulated energy market in 2000-01. El Paso settled the case and other complaints involving California’s energy crisis for $1.6 billion in 2003. Pierce O’Donnell, the lead plaintiff attorney, questioned Baum for more than three hours about his public statements during the power crisis and the relationship with El Paso. The focus remained on what happened when 11 executives of SoCal Gas, SDG&E and El Paso met at the Embassy Suites Hotel near Sky Harbor Airport on Sept. 25, 1996. last_img read more

Read More