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‘Killer Bean’ Buses Grounded in Protest, or Fear?

first_imgAngry mob of motorcyclists wasted no time to destroy the ‘Killer Bean’ bus by fire.According to opinions gathered by the Daily Observer, the failure of the justice system to be seen as capable of delivering justice (due process) may be responsible for the increase in mob violence, after a 97-seater bus was set on fire on Battery Factory Road in Monrovia on Monday, July 3rd.The yellow American school bus, popularly known as ‘Killer Bean,’ with license plate number TB83010, struck and killed Victor Morris, whose motorbike ran into the bus’ path that fateful day.Mr. Amos Tomah, who owns a sign-writing shop on Battery Factory Road, said he was sitting at his shop at about 4:00 pm when he saw the yellow bus speeding towards him and stopping just a few feet away.“I saw the driver and a female police officer,” he said. “The officer was trying to calm him down because the driver was trembling. When both got down from the bus, the driver attempted to run through Battery Factory, but an alarm was raised; and after some minutes, he was caught and returned to the officer.”Tomah said during the melee, the bus’ engine, which was idling, shut down. “Then another young man came around and jumped into the driver’s seat. He tried to start the engine but it would not start,” he said.“For nearly 30 minutes they tried to restart the bus without success and then I saw a large group of young men, all of them motorcycle riders, who came looking for the driver. By now the driver had left the scene and the situation was growing tense,” he said, adding that he advised his brother to close the shop and leave the scene. Ten minutes later, he said, the angry men, believed to be commercial motorcycle riders, set the bus on fire.The scenario harkened back to 2015 when angry commercial motorcyclists were accused of setting two such buses on fire for killing one of their own on Somalia Drive.Meanwhile, the Liberia National Police reacted to Monday’s incident by sending a contingent of officers from its Emergency Response Unit (ERU) to secure the area to ensure that there was no further violence.Owing to the incident, since Monday the LNP has not allowed commercial motorcyclists to operate from Battery Factory, Topoe’s Village, New Georgia, Gardnersville up to Chicken Soup Factory, and there are reports that several arrests have been made. Also, in response to the destruction of the bus, almost all ‘Killer Bean’ buses have been grounded either out of caution or in protest, since Monday night.Meanwhile, this reporter put the question “Why has the government been unable to prevent mob violence?” to several residents of Battery Factory.“Lack of justice,” said a young man who identified himself as Joe. “For example, the young man who was killed in the accident, what would his parents receive for his death? There is no insurance benefit for the family so some people take the law into their own hands because of injustice.”Another resident, Mrs. Joyce Williams, said while the situation is regrettable, “the fact is when you take such a case to the police and then to court, the law will run you around until you regret sending your case to court. If people were receiving what they expect in the court of law, people would not engage in such violence, I believe so.” Another resident, Samson, said “I condemn the commercial motorcyclists for their action but we need to get real. I heard recently that the government asked every car, including buses, to get third party insurance. If the third party insurance can provide benefits to those who are killed in accidents, then we will be going somewhere, otherwise we will be going around in circles.”Others said the government should encourage community associations to create awareness in their areas about the dangers of mob violence, while at the same time the government should also ensure that victims receive just compensation, either through out-of-court negotiations or through the court of law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Doig River Rodeo happening this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Doig River Rodeo is coming to the Doig River First Nation this weekend.The rodeo will include major events like Bareback Riding, Saddlebronc and Bull Riding, as well as multiple junior events. Residents looking to compete in the rodeo must contact Lucy Davis at (250)827-3758 or (250)262-1536.On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a free pancake breakfast from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. After breakfast concludes events will start.- Advertisement -The rodeo will also feature a concession, beer garden, free camping and a dance with live music. The dance is scheduled for Saturday at 9:00 p.m. and tickets are $20.Admission for the rodeo is $10 for the day and gates open at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.Doig River Rodeo Flyer. Photo by Amanda Rose Gauthier.Advertisementlast_img read more

Boaters rescued on the Peace River

first_imgJust before 11pm on Saturday March 13th, the Fort St. John RCMP received a call that three males were stuck in a boat on the Peace River.The males had been stranded on a gravel bar since earlier Saturday afternoon and were exposed to the elements.  A concerned friend was able to retrieve the boaters and help them return to shore safely.No injuries were sustained and the RCMP will not be pursuing charges.- Advertisement -The RCMP want to remind the public to be aware of safe boating practices and to be prepared for an emergency situation when out on the water.last_img read more

Bruins bow out to Bears in OT

first_imgDiscussions of UCLA’s hand-picked road to the Final Four, through Sacramento and San Jose, are tabled after a 76-69 overtime loss in Thursday’s Pacific-10 Tournament quarterfinals, replaced by talk about how to fix the Bruins. No longer does it matter where UCLA is sent in the NCAAs, because issues exist well beyond UCLA’s standing in the eyes of the NCAA selection committee. In the most shocking result of coach Ben Howland’s four-year tenure, the Pacific-10 tournament was thrown into turmoil when eighth-seeded California stunned top-seeded UCLA at Staples Center. The loss comes after the Bruins lost their regular-season finale at Washington, and sweeps away aspirations of gaining a No. 1 seed in the NCAAs. More pressing now is how UCLA corrects horrid free throw shooting, how it solves a second straight substandard effort and, most glaringly, how Pac-10 Player of the Year and All-American guard Arron Afflalo will be affected by playing the worst game of his collegiate career. “At this point, after losing two games like this, seedings don’t mean much to me anymore,” said Afflalo, who fouled out with three points on 1-of-7 shooting. “It’s all about how you approach the game, and if you can go out there and beat the other team in front of you. We were a No. 1 seed in this tournament and it didn’t make a difference.” Howland said he still expected the Bruins (26-5) to be placed in Sacramento, but agreed with his players that UCLA’s seeding is now irrelevant. LOS ANGELES – The top seeding in the NCAA Tournament was so vital a week ago. Now, it seems meaningless. center_img “I’m not really worried about (a No. 1 seed) because bottom line, we have to play better than we played in the last two games,” Howland said. “Anybody can beat us on a given day, and I still believe this team can beat anybody on a given day. It’s how we prepare, and so it’s going to get back to fundamentals in everything we do, beginning Saturday when we have our next practice.” Howland was quick to remind everyone this defeat came oneweek after the Bruins clinched the regular-season title, and if this was a one-game happenstance, the tenor of UCLA’s plight would likely be different. However, this loss came on the heels of a poor effort at Washington. UCLA’s success the past twoseasons was built on effort, defense and rebounding, and it faltered in each aspect for the second straight game. Cal shot 54.2 percent in the first half, building a 31-15 lead before taking a 37-25 advantage into the locker room, and made all threeof its shots in overtime. The Bruins shot 15-of-29 from the free-throw line, something Howland attributed to fatigued legs in expending so much energy in rallying from a big deficit. But Cal made 20 of 25 foul shots, and it had played Oregon State the night before. “It’s all mental,” said UCLA point guard Darren Collison, an Etiwanda graduate. “If you’re mentally in the game and ready to play, those things shouldn’t affect you. I thought, collectively, we weren’t ready to play.” Cal (16-16) lost both regular-season games to the Bruins by a combined 26 points, but now are two wins away from an improbable NCAA berth. Cal guard Ayinde Ubaka, who was held scoreless by Afflalo during a January meeting, torched the Bruins for 29points. He was 9 for 12 from the field and scored Cal’s last eight points of regulation, including a floater with 15.4 seconds left to tie the score 61-61. “I think we didn’t show up ready to play this one,” UCLA backup center/power forward Alfred Aboya said. “We have to do a better job getting ready for a game, and not let ourselves get down 15, 16 points before we come back. I don’t really know what happened.” Collison, who scored all 20of his points after halftime, had a chance for the win at the end of regulation, but his open 3-pointer missed badly. 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

Five reasons Germany failed at the World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Germany finished last in their PoolKAZAN, Russian Federation, Jun 27 – Germany have failed to qualify from the group stages at a World Cup finals for the first time since 1938.AFP looks at five reasons why the holders performed so badly in Russia: Loew’s misguided loyaltyHead coach Joachim Loew has always stuck by his tried and trusted stars — but it was Germany’s undoing in Russia.Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira are glaring examples of Loew’s misguided loyalty.Thomas Mueller was unconvincing in Russia © AFP / Roman KruchininBoth were dropped for the 2-1 win over Sweden after woeful performances in the opening shock defeat to Mexico, yet neither made an impact when recalled for Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to South Korea.Thomas Mueller, one of the heroes from the 2014 win, was rightly dropped from the starting 11 against South Korea but failed to make an impact as he came off the bench.Even Toni Kroos, fresh from winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, was a shadow of his usual self in Russia, only redeeming himself with the winning goal against Sweden.A cleanout of the winners from four years ago, many of whom are past their sell-by dates, is on the cards.StagnationRussia 2018 is a serious dent to Loew’s golden reputation and his 12-year reign could be coming to an end.Loew has already said he is considering his future, despite signing a contract extension until 2022 only last month.Germany have stagnated in the last 12 months.Loew has not developed the team tactically, torn between the 4-2-3-1, which won the World Cup, or toying with deploying a back three.A lack of tempo in Germany’s game has been a glaring factor and when the pressure was on, none of his stars could crack the South Korean defence.Talent unnurturedGermany won last year’s Confederations Cup without their stars, but Timo Werner was the only emerging starlet to be given a regular starting berth in the senior team.Leon Goretzka, who led Germany’s midfield brilliantly at the Confederations Cup last year, Niklas Suele, Julian Brandt and Sebastian Rudy are only given their chance when Loew’s first-choice stars are suspended or injured.Manchester City’s Leroy Sane was in the preliminary squad but later cut © AFP / JOE KLAMARThe decision to omit Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, the Premier League’s Best Young Player last season, from the World Cup squad spoke volumes when fresh impetus was badly needed in Russia.‘Tournament team’ mythBefore the World Cup started, both Kroos and Jerome Boateng confidently described Germany as “a tournament team” who switch on for finals, and the feeling was things would just click eventually.The myth was blown clean away by the defeats to Mexico, South Korea and the nervy, last-gasp win over Sweden.It is a consequence of too many Germany stars enjoying their status as World Cup winners without the performances to back it.Germany qualified for Russia with a perfect record of ten wins and as Mats Hummels admitted after defeat to South Korea, the last time the team played well together was late 2017.The writing on the wall, from defeats to Brazil and Austria, plus a shaky win over Saudi Arabia in a pre-tournament friendly, was ignored to Germany’s peril.Shaky defenceIn Russia, Germany were nowhere near the compact unit which conceded just four goals in seven games at the 2014 World Cup.First-choice centre-backs Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng are short of pace and too often left to fend for themselves at the back.Despite only recently returning from a fracture foot, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was too often called upon as Germany’s last line of defence.The lack of German defenders hurling themselves into tackles, like they did in Brazil four years ago, has been glaring in Russia, as was the lack of composure when defending.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

KEEPING YOUR HAIR COLOUR FOR LONGER – WITH PATRICK GILDEA’S CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE

first_imgPatrick and Elaine.The good news is that with proper care and a little creativity, you can keep your colour-treated hair looking shiny and vibrant. Patrick asked Elaine one of our Master Colour Technicians to share her experience with us on keeping coloured hair fresh and vibrant. This is what she had to say:It’s no surprise that long lasting colour depends largely on the condition of the hair. Elaine says hair colour can make hair more porous meaning that it absorbs and releases moisture more easily which can cause loss of colour molecules every time your hair gets wet so it is important to keep as much moisture in your hair as possible by maintaining the best possible condition. Use only high quality conditioning hair coloursIf you are adding colour to your hair it is important that you choose a salon this uses high quality products that won’t have a negative impact on the moisture balance of the hair. When making an appointment don’t be afraid to ask what brand of colour is being used as you will get a good indication of quality from the brand name. (We use Wella Professional Colour)Pick the right home hair care products Did you know that your hair care regime should mirror your skin care regime? For example, you wouldn’t scrub your face with just anything would you? Give your hair the same consideration, use a shampoo and conditioner with colour protecting ingredients tailored to your shade.Shampoo less frequentlyTo prevent washing away your beautiful vibrant colour it’s ok to get a little dirty by washing your hair every other day! This will help retain your natural oils that keeps your hair in great condition which will help with keeping your colour for longer!Use A deep conditioning treatmentApply a Hydrating Moisture enhancing treatment to your coloured hair once per week to keep your hair from drying out and losing its colour.Lower water temperature When shampooing your hair its best to use lukewarm water temperatures as hot water leeches the colour out of the hair faster.Never skip conditionerWe know time is precious and early mornings are a rush to get out the door so to save time we can sometimes skip the conditioner. Please don’t because conditioned hair will help your colour and hair look shinier and healthier.For more information see www.patrickgildea.ie or contact 0749125476 KEEPING YOUR HAIR COLOUR FOR LONGER – WITH PATRICK GILDEA’S CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE was last modified: March 16th, 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:donegalhair colourPatrick Gildealast_img read more

Liverpool close in on Champions League spot by thrashing West Ham – REPORT

first_img 3 Daniel Sturridge scored Liverpool’s opener against West Ham Against the run of play, West Ham should have been level on the stroke of half-time but for an astonishing double miss from Andre Ayew.The £20million forward prodded Manuel Lanzini’s corner onto the far post from two yards out, and, as the ball rebounded to him, he hit the same upright again before Simon Mignolet gathered.Adrian was back in action after the restart as Liverpool peppered the Hammers’ goal, with Origi, Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum all testing the Spaniard in quick succession.But Adrian was a mere spectator as Liverpool grabbed their second, watching on as Wijnaldum’s 57th-minute volley crashed back off the crossbar.The ball came out to Coutinho, who weaved his way through what was by now masquerading as West Ham’s defence before slotting the ball low into the corner from the edge of the area. Liverpool blew away West Ham at the London Stadium to take an almighty step towards securing Champions League qualification.Daniel Sturridge, making his first Premier League start since January, gave the Reds a first-half lead when he beat the offside trap and cooly slotted home.The outstanding Philippe Coutinho then struck twice in quick succession after the break before Divock Origi completed the rout.Having seen Arsenal move to within a point of them by beating Stoke on Saturday, Liverpool had to win to keep their top-four destiny in their own hands.If Jurgen Klopp’s were feeling the pressure, it certainly didn’t show as they produced an excellent display at the London Stadium.Liverpool were more threatening from the start and it was no surprise when they went ahead on 34 minutes.Sturridge latched on to a brilliant pass from Coutinho and, kept onside by Jose Fonte, was able to advance on goal before cooly rounding Adrian and slotting home. 3 3 Four minutes later it was three, Coutinho again collecting the ball from Wijnaldum before dancing around a statue of James Collins and firing home.The fourth arrived in the 76th minute when Adrian charged out of his goal to collect Sturridge’s cross, missed it, and left Origi with a simple tap-in to round off a clinical display and a crucial victory.Liverpool now just need a win against already relegated Middlesbrough at Anfield on the final day to secure Champions League qualification.last_img read more

Farmer whose car struck bin lorry awarded €1M in High Court

first_imgA 71-year-old Donegal man who was injured when a car driven by his wife crashed into the back of a bin lorry has settled his High Court action for €1m.Farmer Patrick Meehan suffered severe injuries in the accident. His counsel Frank Callinan said Mr Meehan still needed a crutch to walk and now needed 24-hour care. Mr Meehan, who is also a retired lorry driver, of Gortward, Mountcharles, had sued his wife Marie Meehan as a result of the accident on December 18, 2012.It was claimed the car she was driving suddenly and without warning collided with the rear of a rubbish truck, which was parked on the hard shoulder near Grange, Co Sligo.It was also claimed there was a failure to have any proper regard for the presence of Mr Meehan as a front-seat passenger in the car, and a failure to see or respond adequately to the presence of the truck.The court was told Mr Meehan sustained severe injuries, including several fractures, and also suffered significant cognitive impairment as a result of the accident.Liability was admitted in the case.Approving the settlement, Mr Justice Anthony Barr said the very stark conflict in the medical evidence represented a very big risk in the case.The amount offered, he said, would go a long way towards looking after Mr Meehan and, on balance, the judge said it was best to take the offer.The court heard Mrs Meehan and the Meehan family were happy with the offer.Farmer whose car struck bin lorry awarded €1M in High Court was last modified: June 3rd, 2017 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:awardbin lorrydonegalHIGH COURTPatrick Meehansligolast_img read more

McCarthy gives brutally honest opinion on Ipswich fans who hounded him

first_imgMick McCarthy says he has ‘no sympathy’ for the Ipswich fans who ‘hounded’ him out of the club.Under McCarthy, sections of the Portman Road faithful had become disillusioned with the team’s style and certainly let those in charge of the club know about it. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF Some sections of the Ipswich fans were vocal with their feelings about the style of play under Mick McCarthy and when he left, the manage said: “I won’t have to listen to that again” shining Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ REPLY 2 REVEALED REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED MONEY Mick McCarthy joined us earlier on @talkSPORT2 to talk #ITFC 🔵He didn’t hold back 👀 pic.twitter.com/s17LCOQD9C— talkSPORT 2 (@talkSPORT2) October 26, 2018Ipswich travel to Millwall on Saturday and are expected to announce that Paul Lambert will be the next man in the dugout.“It’s never easy going to the Den,” McCarthy continued. “So it’s going to be a tough old job for Paul if he gets the job. I like Paul Lambert.”Listen to the entire interview above. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won ADVICE “I had my spell there, I loved it, enjoyed it and some of them made their feelings known and it’s not worked out for them since I’ve left, has it?“I’ll make it clear, it wasn’t everybody. It was a fair section of them and I had a real happy time there because there are a lot of good people and I feel for them.“But I have to say, the ones that were hounding me for 18 months to two years, I’ve got no sympathy for them at all. They’ve got what they deserved.” Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow 2 The manager then brought his six-year stay to an end last season and it was expected to herald a new era. It hasn’t been the case.Paul Hurst was given the job, but was sacked after defeat to Leeds with the club bottom of the Championship 14 games into the season.“It’s sad for Paul Hurst,” McCarthy told Football First on talkSPORT 2. “They did make a lot of changes – a lot of players left and maybe a couple of the signings haven’t worked out instantly.“I think they were unlucky in a couple of games and it can change around so quickly and all of a sudden you’re on the slide. I’m not one to be talking too much about it to be honest.”McCarthy had been due to step away from his role at the end of the previous campaign, but in April announced his departure after beating Barnsley 1-0. “I won’t have to listen to that again, that’s my last game. I’m out of here,” he said, when asked about fans’ negative reaction to debutant Barry Cotter being substituted. no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Most popular football news McCarthy spent six years as Ipswich manager and, for the most part, said he loved his time there Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade last_img read more

DONEGAL WRITER’S MUSINGS ON BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ON RTE RADIO

first_imgLetterkenny writer Denise Blake will be broadcast tomorrow, Sunday, as part of the very popular morning show, Sunday Miscellany.Denise is a regular contributor to the show and the producer, Cliodhna Ní Anlauain asked her recently to write a piece that could be broadcast after Bruce Springsteen’s Wrecking Ball Tour in Dublin.Denise recorded the script in the Rte Studios, Donnybrook,  during the week and it will be broadcast this Sunday morning. Recent Listenership numbers recorded Sunday Miscellany with 256,000 listeners. DONEGAL WRITER’S MUSINGS ON BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ON RTE RADIO was last modified: July 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:DONEGAL WRITER’S MUSINGS ON BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ON RTE RADIOlast_img read more

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