The Eighth Judicial Circuit Court in Sanniquellie, Nimba County on February 25 sentenced a man believed to be in his mid-40s to death by hanging for killing four persons.According to the court record, the convict, Arthur Duahn, in October last year intentionally set ablaze a house in the Nimba County border town of Loguatuo, leading to the death of his four step children that were asleep.Arthur Duahn fled to the Ivory Coast where he was captured and turned over by that government to Liberian authorities. He was taken to Monrovia for fear of reprisals, but brought back to Nimba and charged with “arson and murder.”The trial commenced with a trial jury on the 16th February with the state being represented by Cllr. Hector W. Quaiguah and Atty. G. T. Harr while the defendant was represented by Attys. Menwasah Paybayee and Robertson Mehn.The court document disclosed that defendant Duahn took the stand and pleaded guilty to the crimes and begged for mercy.The trial jury came down with a guilty verdict against the defendant after deliberation and the final judgment was rendered on the February 25.“From every indication, evidence by the admission made by the defendant in open court, this court is of the opinion that the verdict of the trial jury was confirmative with the facts of the case,” the court said.This is the second time in recent memory that the court in Sanniquellie has sentenced a criminal to death by hanging, but the terminal sentence is yet to be executed by the government.“If those who are involved in heinous crimes were to be executed as they were during the regime of Tolbert, the issue of lawless behavior will be minimal,” said one of the victim’s family member. “We lost our four children in vain and nothing is going to happen to this fellow, who knows that he could be set free at anytime,” she said.The reason for torching the house, according to Duahn, was because his wife Rebecca Duahn was not showing him respect a few months after they got married, but the woman disputed, saying Arthur was instead always complaining about his children, after he and Rebecca got married and he would use all kinds of threatening remarks.Arthur, who confessed that he didn’t mean to set the children ablaze, said he thought his wife was in the room and so he decided to set the entire building on fire to appear like suicide, but unfortunately, the lady was not in the room.“I managed to rescue the children, but when my wife was pointing accusing fingers at me that was how I fled to Ivory Coast,” he said.One of the victims died after the rescue and the remaining three died at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital.The victims included Mercy Luo, 22, Linda Luo 18, Timothy Newah 10 and Nela Newah 1.Two of the children, Mercy and Linda, were said to be his step-children while Timothy and Nela were living with the family.There are 38 criminal cases on the docket this February term of court in Nimba, among them six rape and five murder cases.The murder cases include the killing of a market woman in a town called Greanpea in Tappita District in 2008. This led to the burning down of the local police station where the perpetrators were held in detention.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation on Tuesday released the full list of female players that will be representing Guyana at the Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships in Suriname later this month.The 12-member team will travel to Suriname for their engagement from June 15 to June 22.The female team that will be representing GuyanaMade up of predominantly high school players, the Senior National Women’s team include: Ginelle Ifill (Captain); Miriam McKenzie (co-captain); Jada Mohan; Annalisa Barclay; Saffiya Greene; Kennesha Leacock; Roschelle Campbell; Demelza Nicholas; Caron Bobb-Semple; Makeida Rogers; Cliffanna Hunter and Kesann Charles.They will be accompanied by team manager Ann Gordon, Head Coach Troy Greene, Assistant Coach Dave Causway, and physiotherapist and physical conditioner Jonas Anestal. The national team will depart on June 15.
Sinn Féin Councillor Gary Doherty says he is committed to ending the practice of County Councillors being paid to attend conferences after revealing how some of your money is spent on them.Presently Councillors can claim up to €2,000 per annum to attend conferences held in Ireland on various issues. However Cllr Doherty claims that many of these conferences are simply exercises in claiming expenses, a practice he feels should be abolished.Speaking today he said: “In my short period on Donegal County Council I have witnessed first hand the abuses of the conference allowance. “Elected members are heading away for a weekend by the sea and Donegal County Council are picking up the tab. I will not stand idly by and let that practice continue. Should I be elected in two weeks time the first motion that I will submit will be a motion calling for the end of the conference allowance.”He continued: “At last month’s Council meeting Councillors were presented with the opportunity to attend conferences on such important issues as ‘Retirement planning for Councillors’ in Dundalk, for which payment totalling €426 was available.“Or if that didn’t appeal they could opt for a ‘Data Protection’ seminar in Oughterard which paid €531. Is it really in the public interest to pay over €400 for a County Councillor to plan his retirement? In my view it absolutely is not. The value of these conferences is highly debatable and to date I have not been presented with a detailed report from any conference attended by a member from Donegal.“Just yesterday we leaned that one Councillor in Donegal earned over €90,000 as a public representative in the last two years. It is high time we put a stop to these practices and took these lads off the gravy train and back to reality with the rest of us.” REVEALED: HOW DONEGAL COUNCILLORS SPEND YOUR MONEY ON ‘WASTEFUL’ TRIPS was last modified: May 8th, 2014 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) Tags:council spendingGary Dohertytrips
Express are coming off a victory in their last game. (PHOTO/File)Uganda Premier LeagueKyetume FC vs Express FCMandela National Stadium, NambooleTuesday, 08-10-2019 @4:30pmNAMBOOLE – Express FC will be hoping to register back to back victories when they take on Kyetume FC at the Mandela National Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.After losing two in a row, the Red Eagles produced a scintillating performance upfront as they defeated Police FC 5-3 in a thriller on Friday.It was their second victory of the season having beaten Mbarara City 3-2 on match-day four.Back to back victories in the league has been something of a rarity for the Red Eagles having last achieved it towards the back end of last season when they beat Busoga United and then Bright Stars. They did it only twice last season and it would be a welcome factor if it happened on Tuesday.Speaking ahead of the game, Express FC head coach Goerge Ssemwogerere noted that his team is ready to take all three points despite Kyetume FC being an experienced side.“We are ready just like any other game, said Ssemwogerere.“They have many senior players with a lot of experience from various clubs and they are comfortable on the ball and can play but what we have to do is to press them and they do mistakes.“We have no problem with that. It was a different game and we are not scared.”Express will be without Lawrance Kigonya and Denis Sserukwaya who are both suspended due to yellow card accumulation. Hamdan Nsubuga may return having missed the Police game with a slight knock. Cyrus Kibande is also in contention after overcoming a minor injury. The others who are still out are Mathaius Muwanga, Emmanuel Adea and Muhammad Yiga.The hosts on the hand are also buoyant after picking their second win of the season since beating Villa in the opener. The Slaughters humbled Tooro United 2-0 in Fort Portal.Kyetume stunned Tooro United 2-0 this past Saturday.Former Express players, now in Kyetume FC, like Julius Ntambi and Vicent Kayizzi may be key for the Slaughters.Match FactsThis will be the first meeting between the two sides as Kyetume FC was elevated to the top tier last season.Kyetume goes into the game having won two of their first five games in the top-flight (D1 L2).At home, the Slaughters have won one and lost as many as their first two games.For Express, they have won only two of their past 8 league games (D2 L4).Away from home, the Red Eagles have won just one of their past 7 games (D1 L5).The other games to be played on Tuesday-Proline FC vs Busoga United @4pm-Bright Stars vs Tooro United FC @4:30pm-BUL FC vs KCCA FC @4:30pm-Onduparaka FC vs URA FC @4:30pmComments Tags: Express FCGeorge SsemwogerereKyetume FCtop
The craic was good and the laughter aplenty as popular Letterkenny woman Bernie Lapsley celebrated her 50th birthday with family and friends at McCafferty’s Bar.Bernie is the popular driving force behind the Donegal Stationery Company at Lower Main Street.No problem is ever too big for Bernie in her local community and she is also a popular member of Glenswilly GAA Club. She was supported as always by her lovely family including hubby Paul and children Katie and John as well as her extended family.Brian McDaid was there on the night to capture the happy occasion.Edie Birrell, Gareth Hannigan and Rory GallenDenis Curran Patrick O’ Friel and Eamon McMenaminDenis Curran Patrick O’ Friel and Eamon McMenaminPatrick and Anne Mc Monagle at Bernie Lapsley PartyJohn and B O’Friel at the celebrationsLabhoise Maguire ,Katie and Bernie Lapsley and Claire McGinley.Glenswilly friends with Bernie Lapsley at the her 50th Birthday on Saturday night.Deridre Fray, Anne Marie Gallagher and Anne O Brien with Bernie Lapsley.Una Kelly, Bernie Lapsley, Deride Graham and Angela GrieveBernie Lapsley picture with her sister’s family including Siobhan and her family Edene, Alan, Emily Eleanor and Jonathan and Gray.Bernie pictured with all her nieces and nephews at her 50th party in Mc Cafferty’s at the weekend.Bernie with staff past and present at Donegal Stationary including Eileen Bradley, Veronica Gormley, and Una Kelly back row from left, Ita Daly, Martin Frize, Gerard Hannigan Deirdre Deveney and Angela Grieve.Bernie with staff past and present at Donegal Stationary including Eileen Bradley, Veronica Gormley, and Una Kelly back row from left, Ita Daly, Martin Frize, Gerard Hannigan Deirdre Deveney and Angela Grieve.Bernie Lapsley pictured with her family celebrating her 50th Birthday. Pictured from left, Mary, Bernie and her mother Nora, back row, Patrick, Siobhan, Louise and Denis. Photo Brian McDaid.Bernie Lapsley with her husband Paul daughter Katie and son John at the party celebrations.Ray Birrell, Annemare Gallagher and Tara CurranStationery company boss Bernie pencils in her 50th birthday – Pic Special! was last modified: November 18th, 2019 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)
The Tsitsikamma national park on the Garden Route forms part of the largest continuous stretch of indigenous forest in South Africa. (Image: Rodger Bosch, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Thys PretoriusDestiny Africa+27 44 805 7133 or +27 71 509 1040• Carol Dundas+27 11 444 0650 or +27 83 447 6648RELATED ARTICLES • Film body eyes Garden Route • Choo-Tjoe steams ahead • Garden Route’s new national park • South Africa’s tourist highlightsJanine ErasmusWestern Cape premier Helen Zille has unveiled a new multimillion-rand development on South Africa’s Garden Route which is expected to turn the region into a major global tourism and business hub.Known as the Destiny Africa ecosphere project, the US$3.7-billion (R28-billion) initiative will stand on 437 hectares just outside the town of George, located at the eastern end of the Western Cape province and in the centre of the Garden Route. The popular Garden Route spans roughly 200km of South Africa’s southern coast.George, the sixth-oldest town in South Africa, is known as the business centre of the region and is a sought-after conference and holiday destination. The town already has essential infrastructure in place, including an airport, but has tremendous potential for large-scale development.The Destiny Africa project will combine business, learning and leisure into a so-called smart city. Components include a top-class conference centre, a business park with an incubator, a university cluster and research centre, about 7 000 residential units, ecotourism and medical tourism facilities, retail opportunities and a waterfront. These interconnected facilities are known as an ecosphere.Destiny Africa is expected to contribute significantly to South Africa’s economy in the same way as California’s Silicon Valley, India’s information technology hub of Hyderabad, or Singapore. These regions have used the smart city concept to drive economic growth by attracting foreign investment as well as the world’s top specialists and entrepreneurs.Mice is niceDestiny Africa is a private venture steered by Destiny Africa Investment Holdings (DAIH), a company that was set up especially to drive the project.Construction could take up to 17 years and will result in at least 50 000 new jobs, both directly and indirectly. And this is a conservative estimate, said DAIH director Thys Pretorius, with the nearby communities of Thembalethu and Pacaltsdorp benefiting most of all.The project centres on the Mice concept – meetings, incentives, conferences and expositions – which forms the core of sustainable business tourism. This sector of the tourism industry is growing globally and South Africa is no exception. The country’s many attractions and top venues helped it to reach number 35 on the International Congress and Convention Association’s global ranking for 2007.However, said Pretorius, only 5% of South Africa’s annual $2.8-billion (R21-billion) Mice revenue comes from overseas. He said that Destiny Africa, with its multi-faceted offerings, would help to open up all the opportunities that are currently not exploited.Pretorius said that Destiny Africa aimed to become the continent’s most sought-after Mice destination. At the same time it would promote the Garden Route, most of which lies within the Cape Floral Kingdom, as a superior eco-tourism region.He also anticipated a reversal in the trend of skilled workers leaving the country, saying that the smart city would attract smart people and smart business.The first element to be built, according to DAIH, will be the conference and exhibition centre.Rich biodiversityFor its small area, the Garden Route is the most bio-diverse region in the world. It is said that only the rainforests hold more biodiversity, although they are spread over a much larger area.Government is currently in the process of establishing a new national park there to encompass notable features such as the current Wilderness and Tsitsikamma national parks, the fynbos of the Cape Floral Kingdom, marine and aquatic systems and the largest continuous stretch of indigenous forest in the country.George is a historically significant location, with features such as the 198-year-old Old Slave Tree, which is a national monument. This huge oak tree is so named because of the chain and lock embedded near the bottom of its trunk. It is not certain if the chain is linked to slavery, or was used merely to prevent things from being stolen.Originally a timber town, George was established in 1776 by the Dutch East India Company as an outpost. The town fell into the Swellendam magisterial district but was separated from it in 1806. In 1811 the town was officially proclaimed by then governor of the Cape, the Earl of Caledon, and named after George III, the reigning British monarch.George is twinned with Tacoma in Washington, US, and Fuzhou in China.
RELATED ARTICLES It’s clear to me that if we hope to avert catastrophic climate change we need to start viewing our buildings as clean energy power plants. As I’ll show you below, it’ll be easier than you think. Global experts emphasize three things: we face a climate crisis emergency; we have the means to solve the crisis; and our future depends on determined local climate action, now.With reversals in the U.S. climate policy underway and the Paris climate agreement in question, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that the clean energy transition is already underway.Because clean energy is technology, not fuel, innovation drives costs down. More demand for clean energy means more deployment of clean energy, which leads to more experience and learning — further driving costs down. This is fundamentally different from fossil fuel extraction. Each ton of coal is harder to reach than the last and drives costs up.The clean energy sector has stunned energy analysts, with faster-than-predicted uptake and cost declines. The equalized cost of solar energy decreased by a staggering 85% over the last seven years (Lazard). Wind energy costs went down by 66% percent over the same period. Lithium ion batteries dropped by 80% percent over the past six years (McKinsey & Company). Carbon neutral buildings became a resourceThe “negawatts” we can “generate” through ultra-energy efficiency in buildings is an under-tapped energy resource. Those negawatts are especially valuable to the grid because their “production” naturally peaks during times of high demand, displacing carbon-intensive coal or gas “peaker plants.”Buildings can be a form of climate action, especially on a large, production build scale. When we make our built environment more energy-efficient, we destroy demand for fossil fuels, and prices goes down. This makes the more difficult-to-extract fossil fuels too expensive to dig up for the low market price, stranding them in the ground. The more energy-efficient our buildings, the more fossil fuels are left stranded in the ground. Combine this with a transition to renewable energy, storage, and demand response, and you’ve got the recipe for meaningful climate action.If our purpose in sustainable design is to help save the planet, then we need to focus on meaningful carbon-reducing building solutions that are scalable. We do that by making our buildings so high-performing and cost-effective that the approach becomes the no-brainer choice for building owners, developers, and project teams. Passive House makes this possible.The genius of Passive House design is that it recognizes the building itself — its skeletons and skin — as a technology. Passive House innovation therefore involves both performance and cost, Ã la other clean energy technologies. Powered by modern building science, energy modeling, and an advanced analysis of the thermal properties of building structures, Passive House architecture sits squarely in the realm of information technology and science-based innovation. That is a potential game changer for buildings’ role in the clean energy transition. Measuring Passive House Energy PerformanceDoes a Passive House Use 90 Percent Less Energy?Ten Misconceptions About the Passive House StandardPassivhaus For BeginnersPassivhaus Buildings Don’t Heat ThemselvesNet-Zero-Energy versus PassivhausAre Passivhaus Requirements Logical or Arbitrary? The boom in renewable energy is reaching an inflection point. Non-fossil energy made up 51% of net new supply of energy in 2015 globally. Some analysts expect 100% of net new supply energy to be non-fossil fuel by 2020. “Peak fossil fuels” may be right around the corner. That’s good news for the planet. But without a revolution in the energy consumption of our buildings, it is not enough. The building sector is the biggest single contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. today. That’s a problem. But buildings can become part of the solution as a source of energy, and I’m not just talking about rooftop solar panels. Cost-neutral passive house design emergesMany Passive House projects today are approaching cost parity with conventional construction. When a significantly better product becomes available for little or no extra expense, then mass adoption becomes possible. When Passive House buildings become commonplace — as they are in Europe and as is beginning to happen in Vancouver, B.C. — then the negawatts generated by this stock of ultra-efficient buildings can truly help power the grid. Future electric vehicles can be powered by the negawatts, enabling Passive House architecture to reduce emissions from both the building and the transportation sector.Recent research by the Grantham Institute at Imperial College of London suggests that the market impact of the declining price of solar energy and electric vehicles could significantly curtail demand for fossil fuels and limit warming to between 2.4°C and 2.7°C, when combined with reasonably strong climate policy. To hit the 2°C target, the research team says that decarbonization of buildings will be vital.The need for bold climate solutions is urgent, especially given federal intransigence. The good news is that we as designers, builders, and building owners have the means to act on the local level, building by building. Now is the time — our collective future may well depend on it. Zack Semke is the chief marketing officer of NK Architects, a firm specializing in Passive House design. This article was originally published by Builder and Developer Magazine.
YEKATERINBURG, Russia (AP) — Jose Gimenez came to Uruguay’s rescue by scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 victory over Egypt on Friday in Group A of the World Cup.The Uruguay defender jumped in the area and headed home a free kick late in the 89th minute.Russia leads Group A on goal difference after beating Saudi Arabia 5-0 on Thursday in the tournament’s opening match. Uruguay is now second, also with three points.Egypt forward Mohamed Salah was on the bench for his country’s first World Cup match since 1990 after injuring a shoulder while playing for Liverpool in last month’s Champions League final. Salah was the Premier League’s player of the season after scoring a league-leading 32 goals, with 44 in all competitions.At the other end, Uruguay strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani missed their chances. Suarez failed to beat Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El Shennawy in two one-on-one situations and Cavani hit the post from a free kick two minutes from the end.Egypt has yet to win a World Cup game while Uruguay won its opening match at the tournament for the first time since 1970.—By KAREL JANICEK , AP Sports WriterUruguay’s Jose Gimenez, right, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Uruguay’s Jose Gimenez scores the opening goal past Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed Elshenawy during the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, left, challenges for the ball with Egypt’s Sam Morsy during the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, top, reacts after failing to score next to Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani during the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)Egypt’s Mohamed Salah sings the national anthem ahead the group A match between Egypt and Uruguay at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Yekaterinburg Arena in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Last year’s Nokia 6.1 (Review) has seen a lot of price cuts since its launch. Originally, the Nokia 6.1 was priced in India starting at Rs 16,999 for the 3GB RAM variant. Since its launch, the phone has seen several price drops and recently touched an all-time low price of Rs 6,999 on Flipkart. This pricing is now official on the Nokia India website as well.If you head over to Nokia.com/phones, you will find the Nokia 6.1 listed with a starting price of Rs 6,999. This is for the base model that comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. However, at the time of writing this story, the base variant was not available for purchase. Instead, you can only buy the 4GB RAM model for now, which also comes with a discounted price of Rs 9,999.The new prices for the Nokia 6.1 seem permanent, or at least until the phone is discontinued by HMD Global. The massive price cut makes the Nokia 6.1 one of the most affordable Android One phone in the market right now. At a similar starting price, you can also get the Nokia 2.2, which is a newer phone that was launched in India a few weeks ago. The Nokia 2.2 is also an Android One device that ships with stock Android Pie. The Nokia 6.1 was launched last year with a traditional 16:9 display with thick bezels on the top and bottom. Thick bezels aside, the Nokia 6.1 also brings a solid metal unibody design machined out of Series 6000 aluminium. The phone was launched running on Android Oreo, but has since been updated to Android 9 Pie. As it is an Android One device, the Nokia 6.1 will receive Android Q in the future as well.advertisementThe Nokia 6.1 is powered by a Snapdragon 630, which makes it faster and more reliable at handling day-to-day tasks compared to the Nokia 2.2 at its new price. The smartphone sports a 16MP main camera on the back with Zeiss-branded lens and LED flash support. You also get an 8MP selfie camera and a 3,000mAh battery.ALSO READ | Nokia 9 PureView India launch expected in July but may go on sale next monthALSO READ | Nokia 1 gets Android Pie, now all Nokia phones are on the latest update
GatoradeThe Longhorns have got to be feeling a lot more confident about four-star WR prospect Jake Smith right about now. The Texas commit just took home one of the most prestigious awards in high school football.According to Sports Illustrated, Smith has been named Gatorade National High School Football Player of the Year following his senior season at Notre Dame Preparatory.Smith described the scene, as Arizona Cardinals quarterback and former UCLA star Josh Rosen appeared to present him with the award:“The football team walked into the weight room and our strength coach said to start clapping because we have a special guest here to show us how to lift or something like that,” Smith says. “We all start clapping as [Arizona Cardinals quarterback] Josh Rosen walks in with the trophy and then it all kind of hit me as he walked in and a bunch of cameras followed him.”Gatorade released video for Jake Smith’s award win:Smith had 64 receptions for 1,112 yards and 22 receiving TDs, along with 741 rushing yards and 15 rushing TDs. Smith’s offensive dominance helped Notre Dame Preparatory reach the 5A state championship game.247Sports has Smith ranked as the No. 12 WR in the country, the No. 81 overall prospect, and the No. 2 prospect in the state of Arizona.Throughout his high school career, Smith has also demonstrated his versatility at other positions. He has two kickoff return TDs, 20 tackles as a DB, 4.5 sacks, and a 65-yard punt.His overall numbers include 5,446 total yards and 72 total touchdowns.[Sports Illustrated]