Chitrakoot Jail Firing Incident: NHRC Issues Notice To Police & Prison Authorities; Seeks ATR

first_imgNews UpdatesChitrakoot Jail Firing Incident: NHRC Issues Notice To Police & Prison Authorities; Seeks ATR LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK18 May 2021 8:50 AMShare This – xThe National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has sought response from the Uttar Pradesh DGP and local and prison authorities of Chitrakoot on the recent firing incident in a prison in the district, that claimed three lives. On 14th May, 2021, a prisoner allegedly snatched a pistol from a prison personnel and killed two other prisoners. Subsequently, he was also killed in firing by the jail staff. The state government has already suspended Jail Superintendent and Jailor, holding them responsible for security lapses. The NHRC has now asked the Director General of Police, UP; District Magistrate, Chitrakoot, Superintendent of Police, Chitrakoot and the Chitrakoot Jail Superintendent to submit an Action Taken Report in this regard within ten weeks. The Commission has also sought for site plan of the crime scene, including details of positioning of forces/police and deceased during the encounter, and the report of fingerprints expert, clearly mentioning whether the chance prints found on seized weapon matches with the fingerprints of the victim alleged to have fired the weapon recovered or otherwise. It has asked the authorities that the report should contain the following documents: Detailed report (covering all the aspect leading to the death of the prisoners/encounter)Copies of all relevant GD entry or extract including departure & arrival of police/forces before & after the encounterCopy of seizure memoMLC reports of the injured police personnel, if anyDetails of criminal history of the deceased persons, if any (including the present status of case(s) registered against the deceased)Site plan of scene of occurrence giving all the details (including positioning of forces/police and deceased during the encounter)Inquest reportPost-mortem examination report of each of the deceased (typed copy of PMR especially injury along with diagram of entry-exit/ wound must be provided). The report should clearly mention whether blackening/charring/tattooing was present or notVideocassette/CD of post mortem examination of each of the deceasedResult of the forensic examination of “hand wash” of the deceased to ascertain the presence of residue of gun powder.Report of Ballistic Expert on examination of the arms & ammunition alleged to have been used by the deceased and his companionsReport of fingerprints expert, clearly mentioning whether the chance prints found on seized weapon matches with the fingerprints of the victim alleged to have fired the weapon recovered or otherwise.Details of the investigation agency and case statusMagisterial enquiry report (along with copies of the statement of family members of the deceased and other independent witnesses) Following reports, if applicable, are also to be submitted before the Commission: Copy of dead body hand over the memo, if applicableCopy of identification memo, if applicableCopies of relevant wireless logAction taken on a complaint by a relative of deceased or other persons alleging killing in a fake encounter/ negligence on the part of public servants. The NHRC has also asked the State Human Rights Commission, Uttar Pradesh, through its Secretary to inform the date of cognizance, if any, taken by them in this matter.Tags#NHRC National Human Rights Commission Chitrakoot Jail Case Chitrakoot Firing Incident Prison Conditions Next Storylast_img read more

Border agents detain mother, newborn in Texas for 5 days

first_imgHOUSTON (AP) — U.S. border agents have since Saturday detained a Cuban woman with her newborn son, one day after she gave birth in a Texas hospital, but were expected to release both of them later Wednesday. Advocates say the woman’s detention by U.S. Customs and Border Protection raised concerns that she was being held in a sparse holding cell without beds or the food and care needed by a new mother or a newborn. Under federal rules, CBP is supposed to release most detained immigrants after 72 hours, a deadline that passed Tuesday. CBP said Wednesday it would release the family.last_img

Saudi Arabia to host world’s richest horse race

first_img Loading… “Racing routinely sees male and female riders compete on a level playing field and we are proud to continue this great tradition at King Abdulaziz Racecourse during Saudi Cup weekend.” The Saudi Cup field is weighed more towards the United States entrants, who race on dirt more often than European racehorses. A top contender is McKinzie, which was runner-up in the prestigious Breeder’s Cup Classic last year, and trained by Bob Baffert who has an excellent record in the Dubai World Cup with three victories in total. Another American runner Maximum Security won the Kentucky Derby last year but was then disqualified and has not shown much since. – Reputation revamp – Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s sports push is designed to lure international tourists and boost domestic spending as the OPEC kingpin seeks to diversify its oil-reliant economy. The kingdom also hosted the Dakar Rally, one of motor racing’s most gruelling adventure rallies, earlier this year as well as the Italian and Spanish super cup finals last year – with the added attraction of football superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Activists accuse Saudi rulers of “sportswashing” – using such events as a tool to soften their international image. And in a country where two-thirds of the population is under 30, critics say the sporting drive is aimed at blunting public frustration over an economic downturn and soaring youth unemployment. While Saudi women now have the right to drive, campaigners say jailed activists who spearheaded the push for a ban on the long-standing restriction have faced sexual harassment and torture in detention. Read Also: Greece, UEFA vow to clean up Greek football The brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in 2018, the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen and a sweeping crackdown on dissent have also dented the kingdom’s reputation. “The amount of money spent on those events is… an investment in Saudi Arabia’s PR campaign to improve its image that was tarnished by a number of policy missteps,” said Yasmine Farouk, a Middle East expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With9 Iconic Roles That Could Have Been Played By Different ActorsThe Best Tarantino Movie YetWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year Saudi Arabia this week hosts the world’s richest horse race, with $20 million in cash prizes on offer in the latest international sports extravaganza designed to boost its battered global image. Jockeys compete at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack in the Saudi capital Riyadh The ultra-conservative kingdom has in recent years invested heavily in sporting events, in a soft power push designed to project a more moderate image and jettison a reputation for rights abuses and the export of hardline ideology. The Saudi Cup, expected to attract about 10,000 spectators, takes place at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack on February 29 with the main race run over 1,800m on a dirt track with a maximum field of 14. The winner will walk away with $10 million, second place with $3.5 million and even the 10th place finisher will go away with something. The Saudi Cup includes another seven races on dirt and turf with prizes worth $9.2 million up for grabs. “We are taking the first steps on a journey to bring the domestic racing product on a par with our international counterparts,” said Tom Ryan, director of strategy and international racing at the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia. The event will “increase the sport’s following inside Saudi Arabia, as well as opening up the industry to international horses and connections to make our mark on global racing,” he said. Saudi journalist Mugbel al-Zabni, who writes for Arriyadiyah sports daily, said the event plays to Saudi culture, in a kingdom where the horse is considered a symbol of its heritage. – Glitzy rivals – The Saudi Cup is set to take place in between its two predecessors as the world’s richest race – the Pegasus World Cup in the United States and the Dubai World Cup which are scheduled one month either side. The Pegasus World Cup was the richest in the world in 2018 worth $16 million surpassing the $12 million Dubai World Cup, but it was only worth $9 million this year. The big name jockeys at the Saudi Cup include Italian legend Frankie Dettori and Britain’s Ryan Moore. The Racing Post said that Nicola Currie is one of seven international female jockeys who will make history by becoming the first women to ride in a competitive race in Saudi Arabia. Currie and her fellow female riders are to compete on Friday in a four race points-based challenge with seven male riders led by Dettori. “We’re delighted to welcome some of the best jockeys in the business to compete,” the Post quoted Prince Bandar bin Khalid Al Faisal, chairman of the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia, as saying.last_img read more

Two Sides of the Class System Coin

first_imgThe class system is a definite benefit to the smaller schools.  For instance, Jac-Cen-Del & South Decatur have both had state titles in basketball.  Several other schools have had runner-up finishes. This is wonderful and it takes nothing away from their state titles.  However, I personally feel that it should be one way or the other.One of the big reasons for the IHSAA’s opposition to classes in the open sports we mentioned a couple days ago is the cost involved with providing awards for these teams.  Remember, in football there are 6 state champions and in most cases football teams have the largest rosters of any sport in Indiana.  It does not seem to bother the IHSAA to shell out the money for the awards for 6 state football teams, but they don’t want to do it for track (generally the sport with the second largest roster).last_img read more

A Run for Kortney

first_imgStart of the Kortney’s Challenge Road Race at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport on Sunday Aug. 26. The Kortney Rose Foundation is dedicated to raising funds to support research and education related to the treatment and cure of pediatric brain tumors. The race was a 2-mile fun run/walk.last_img

Candidates for Sheriff Zero In On Drug Abuse

first_imgBy Joseph SapiaBoth candidates for Monmouth County sheriff, Republican incumbent Shaun Golden and Democrat challenger Jeff Cantor, agree the most pressing issue in this race is heroin abuse.Golden, 49, who has been sheriff for seven years and an undersheriff two years before that, is using an approach of direct law enforcement and education.His office is providing education for both adults and youth, including the “Reach For Your Dreams” program in which recovering addicts meet with students from seventh grade to high school and help organize youth anti-drug use activities.The Sheriff’s Office also works with pharmacists to recognize fake prescriptions. It has partnered with other law enforcement agencies to organize unwanted prescription drug drop-offs for proper disposal. Under Golden’s tenure the office has added six narcotics-sniffing dogs.“It’s a multi-prong approach,” said Golden, a former police officer in Toms River and Colts Neck.Cantor, 50, said, if elected, he would form a joint task force that would incorporate law enforcement, recovering addicts, counselors, doctors and pharmaceutical companies.“There’s not a comprehensive strategy,” said Cantor, who has been a member of the Marlboro Township Council for 12 years. “It really comes down to treatment, recovery and education. It’s a growing problem, everyone’s affected by this problem.”The sheriff’s office performs a number of roles: law enforcement, running the county jail in Freehold Township, operating emergency services dispatching, providing security at the Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold, and running county-wide emergency management.Jeff CantorCantor, a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, also wants to form another unit, one focused on dealing with terrorism. Cantor said he was concerned with “soft targets,” such as boardwalks, movie theaters, railroad stations and houses of worship. The unit would recommend ways these various locales could secure themselves, do patrols and be made aware of explosives.“The whole purpose is to keep our children and families safe,” said Cantor, chief operating officer for Gladius Health.Golden said his office is already dealing with domestic and foreign terrorist threats. The Sheriff’s office is using license plate readers to see if vehicles are associated with criminal activity; security cameras; working jointly with municipalities; and teaching private groups how to recognize suspicious activity.Cantor suggested a more cohesive operational approach, one incorporating emergency management, communications, firefighting, emergency medical services and private entities to work together to mitigate problems before they happen.“Then, you can focus on applying resources to these problem spots,” Cantor said.About 25 towns, or more than 100 emergency response agencies, use the Sheriff’s 911 telephone system, Golden said. But Cantor said the communications system needs to be improved, including regional dispatchers needing to better understand local areas and better communication equipment for emergency responders.Golden pointed to various accomplishments in his office, such as a Special Needs Registry for tracking people with autism, dementia, or physical disabilities. Dispatchers and personnel responding to emergencies at an address with a special needs person will know the situation they are walking into and how to deal with it if the person is in the registry.During 2012’s Super Storm Sandy, 72,000 people were evacuated and 5,000 sheltered, with no loss of life, Golden said.“We’ve done a lot,” said Golden, an adjunct professor at Monmouth University. “We’re moving right along.”Cantor questioned Golden serving as sheriff, whose budget is determined by the county Board of Freeholders, and serving as county Republican chairman, who oversees the campaigns of the all-GOP freeholder board.“He controls the freeholders and they control his budget,” Cantor said.last_img read more

Wildcats hold their own at Kamloops Female Tourney

first_imgThe West Kootenay Wildcats ran into some stiff competition during a Female Minor Hockey Bantam Tournament this past weekend in Kamloops.The Cats dropped games to Abbotsford Ice, 3-1, and Tri-Cities, 6-1, before dumping South Island Royals 5-1.The final game between the Wildcats and North Shore Avalanche ended in a 1-1 tie.Tri-Cities, a collection of players from three Lower Mainland cities, took the play to West Kootenay from the opening face-off, building a 5-0 first period lead.Trail’s Julie Sidoni scored the lone goal for the Wildcats.Against Abbotsford, Chanel Tvergyak scored three times — two in the opening period — to pace the Ice.The Wildcats scored its lone goal in the second period.The Cats rebounded to pull off a win against South Island, scoring three times in the first period to take control of the game.Stephanie McAuley of Trail led the charge with a pair of goals with singles going to Jenna Wheeldon, Jesse Cooper and Emma Hare, all of Nelson.West Kootenay completed the tournament with tie against North Shore.The Wildcats battled back from a 1-0 first-period deficit on a goal by Merrissa Dawson. Catalina Hartland of Kaslo was in goal for the Wildcats.The tourney in Kamloops comes on the heels of a similar event in Trail.West Kootenay finished with a 1-3 record. Its lone win came against Nelson. Goals by Sidoni, McAuley, Paige Gattafoni of Trail and Hare paced West Kootenay to the win.The Wildcats lost twice to Castlegar teams and once to Kelowna.West Kootenay returns to the ice Saturday with a game against Nelson Bantam House at 10:15 a.m. in the Civic Arena.Sunday, the team is in Castlegar to meet a Bantam House team at 2:30 p.m. in the Castlegar and District Community Complex [email protected]last_img read more

BREEDERS’ CUP NOTES FOR WED. NOV. 2 – DISTAFF

first_img            Land Over Sea – Land Over Sea was out Wednesday morning for a 1 3/4m gallop for Leandro Moro, assistant to trainer Doug O’Neill. Following the exercise, the daughter of Bellamy Road schooled in the paddock.             I’m a Chatterbox – Fletcher and Carolyn Gray’s Spinster winner I’m a Chatterbox had another good morning at Santa Anita as she prepares for her second try in the Distaff. Last year, she finished eighth after a troubled trip.Following a similar routine to Tuesday, I’m a Chatterbox, with trainer Larry Jones aboard, galloped 5/8ths of a mile and then walked through the paddock before returning to her temporary home in barn 59.“She’s doing good,” Jones said. “The work (a bullet 5f in 59 Saturday at Keeneland) seemed to satisfy her. She was happy with what we did.”             Forever Unbridled – Charles Fipke’s homebred filly Forever Unbridled galloped a mile early Wednesday, leaving Barn 59 at 5:30 a.m. and impressing trainer Dallas Stewart in the process.“It was an ideal gallop,” Stewart said. “She has had another good morning.”             Corona Del Inca – Argentine import Corona Del Inca went to the main track at 7:45 a.m. and galloped leisurely 1 1/2m with jockey Pablo Falero, who is expected to be aboard the 5yo daughter of Luhuk in the Distaff. Distaff Notes             Curalina – Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners’ Curalina galloped 1 1/4m Wednesday morning at Santa Anita in preparation for a start in Friday’s Distaff.“She had a very strong gallop. She seems very happy with herself,” trainer Todd Pletcher said.Curalina, a Grade 1 winner at the Distaff distance of 1 1/8 miles, is scheduled to take on undefeated Songbird, three-time Eclipse champion Beholder and multiple Grade 1 winner Stellar Wind.“You’ve got horses with similar running styles in there. I think she’s versatile enough to get into a good stalking position and get into a good rhythm and take it from there,” Pletcher said. Stellar Wind – The Clement Hirsch and Zenyatta Stakes winner Stellar Wind went through her usual morning ritual of jogging and going to the paddock early Wednesday morning.With the sun yet to rise and a set ready to head for the track, trainer John Sadler reflected on last year’s controversial neck loss to Stopchargingmaria in the Distaff.“There was a long inquiry and we thought we were going to get put up to win,” Sadler said. “She got floated out and bumped twice in the stretch. We didn’t get the call. One of those things. It didn’t take long to get over it.“I think it helped her win the Eclipse Award because all the writers were there and could see she was the best horse in the race, a 3-year-old against older. She ran great, we were thrilled with the race, just didn’t get the ‘W.’”             Songbird – Maintenance mode continued for Breeders’ Cup distaff favorite Songbird with an easy 1 1/2m gallop Wednesday morning under Edgar Rodriguez.  The dark bay filly, with the distinctive white stripe down her nose, took to the main Santa Anita oval at 7 a.m., a bit later than usual, owing to a schooling session in the paddock in which she’ll participate as part of her pre-race ramp up.Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, back on scene Wednesday following a visit to his Northern California string of runners, reported everything was going smoothly for the daughter of Medaglia d’Oro.“As a trainer, you get lucky to have a filly like this, so you’ve just got to take it in stride and enjoy while you can,” he said.  “When we received her, she was thought to be special and I think she’s proven that with her consistency.”Songbird will have regular rider Hall of Famer Mike Smith aboard Friday. Smith, who is the winningest rider in the Breeders’ Cup history with 22 wins, has had the privilege of riding many great mares including Horses of the Year Azeri and the great Zenyatta, a two-time Breeders’ Cup winner.“I’ve been very blessed to have ridden so many great horses during my career,” Smith said.  “No question, Songbird is such a special filly. So was Zenyatta.  It’s always difficult – and sometimes unfair -to make comparisons between them. But, I can say that for a horse at her age, Songbird has the fastest cruising speed of any of them.”Asked if as a jockey it’s more fun to play “catch me if you can” on a speedy filly like Songbird or try to “mow them down from behind” like Zenyatta, Smith smiled and said,  “It’s like comparing apples and oranges – just as long as you get the bowl of fruit!”            Beholder – Two-time Breeders’ Cup champion and three-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder went to the track at 7 a.m. and galloped 1 1/2m over the main track under regular exercise rider Janeen Painter.Winning the Distaff at 3 is one of her Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella’s favorite memories of the champion 6yo mare.“We have had a lot of great memories with her,” Mandella said. “Surprising us to be ready for the Breeders’ Cup at 2, winning the Distaff at 3, still winning at 6; so many great memories to pick from.”last_img read more

And So They Came

first_imgA few years before the slaughter, Doe could remember that the country had been awash with anguish and anger. There had been much criticism about the practices of the ruling True Whig Party (TWP) and the Tolbert-led government, made largely up of Americo-Liberians, or Congo people. These were thought to be of lighter complexion, many of them crops of American colleges and universities, and more educated than ordinary Liberians. One account was that ever since independence they had dominated the country and the disparate ethnic groups that made up the bulk of the population. Although Tolbert had started a program to bring more indigenous, or country people, into the government, many Americo-Liberians had been dissatisfied, accusing him, as it were, of “letting the peasants into the kitchen.” Thus while the ordinary people, the educated ones especially, who could have been appointed to government positions but were still seen as backward, considered the changes made by Tolbert as occurring too slowly, many Americo-Liberians felt it was moving too fast. Then came the rice riots of April 14, 1979. President Tolbert, along with his Finance Minister Florence Chenoweth, had increased the price of rice and the nation’s staple food, leading to outcries throughout the country. It had been twenty dollars for a one hundred pound bag of rice and would now be raised to twenty-six. One story was that the Tolbert and Chenoweth families were in possessions of huge rice farms, primarily stood to gain large amounts of income from the price increase, and many saw this as a self-serving gesture. The Progressive Alliance of Liberia (PAL), led by Liberian university professor, Gabriel Bacchus Matthews, and economist Tobga Nah-Tipoteh (then Rudolph Nah-Roberts), had called for a peaceful demonstration. Before long, they were joined by thousands of “back street boys.” There had then followed a wave of looting and plundering. Police and soldiers were sent to suppress the riots. Met with an ever-increasing state of lawlessness, they had responded by firing live bullets into the crowd, turning everything upside down. President Tolbert had then turned to his ally and fellow Guinean counterpart, Ahmed Sekou Toure. In response, Toure had dispatched hundreds of Guinean troops to Liberia. But the Guineans had done only so much as to pour gas on the flames and were believed to have raped and tortured a number of the protesters. By the time the rioting ended the country was estimated to have lost about 60 million dollars in private property.Samuel Doe could recall that the very day following the rice riots, President Tolbert, looking traumatized and upset, had spoken with hundreds of soldiers in the yard of the Executive Mansion. Bearded, disheveled, dressed in his nightgown, the president’s had quivered as he spoke, his voice the sound of a man talking with his mouth full of water. With him were some of his cabinet ministers, many of whom would be killed in the few days that were to follow. Their knees knocking together, they had all looked suspiciously at the armed soldiers in front of them, suspecting that a plot had already been hatched to topple the regime. When President William R. Tolbert ended his speech – a monologue that lasted for almost three hours – many of the soldiers had left convinced of their own importance and that the days of the Tolbert regime were numbered. Back at their Barclay Training Center barracks, Samuel Doe had broached the subject, making particular emphasis on the President’s apprehension. Doe had told the gathering that Tolbert’s uneasiness was a clear and evident signal that he was aware of his own dismal failure and could therefore not be trusted to run the country any longer. Hundreds of soldiers had applauded, rallying around Doe. Their pulses throbbing, thoughts of hijacking the rice riots left them as though possessed.That had then led to the April 12 coup d’état of 1980, which saw seventeen noncommissioned officers, led by Samuel Doe, entered the Executive Mansion. Tolbert was killed. Doe had then announced over state radio and television the entrance of the People’s Redemption Council (PRC).After a 1985 presidential election considered fraudulent by international observers, he had ascended the steps to the presidential palace. And now it would no longer be as an obscure AFL soldier but as Master Sergeant Samuel Kanyon Doe, President of the Republic of Liberia. Whether he had rigged the election was no longer an issue. He was, of course, being backed by the United States of America, which after the Cold War had emerged as a world superpower. Besides he could recall that the days during his presidential campaign his supporters had gone cheering and singing: Who you voting for? Doe!Who you voting for? Doe!Who you voting for? Doe But years later that same crowd, made up of diehard market women, had gone running through the streets again. This time they were angry and had shouted at the top of their lungs:Monkey come down!Monkey come down!Monkey come down!He had responded by dispatching soldiers that fired live bullets into the mob. Wounding and killing a number of the rioters and thus ruthlessly crushing the insurrection, he had made it known in no uncertain terms that they were, in fact, the monkey.But a month after the election, on November 12, 1985, came a counter-coup d’état to topple his regime. This had been led by Thomas Quiwonkpa, a former Commanding General of the Armed Forces of Liberia, whom he had demoted. The invaders had entered the country through neighboring Sierra Leone. Within a few days they were in Monrovia. But the coup was soon suppressed and the leaders were rounded up. One report has it that Doe had received a tipoff from the American Embassy in Monrovia, warning him of the invaders. In any case, Quiwonkpa was himself killed, so the story went, and eaten. Samuel Doe had then within a few minutes of suppressing the rebellion taken once more to the airwaves. Denouncing the unsuccessful coup and proclaiming that he was still in full control of the country, he had warned potential coup-makers that any further attempts to depose his government would be met with the same brutality. But now who could have foreseen a civil war of this magnitude, since the nearly ten years he and those non-commissioned officers had deposed the Tolbert administration? To hell with the Americans, the President shouted inside his head and began to pace the floor angrily, his hands behind his back. No one other than the Americans was to blame. If only they had extradited Charles Taylor to Liberia then the situation would have been different. Yet they had chosen to tell him a pack of lies. Anyone could see that Taylor had not broken out of the detention facility the Americans claimed to have put him but that they had actually allowed the thieving former government minister to escape. It was always like that when you fell out of favor with the Americans. Soon they began to plot your downfall and would stop at nothing until they brought your utter destruction. They had started with Tolbert when after many years of the pro-Western policies of William V.S. Tubman and of the Americans literally licking their elbows the former president had begun to look towards the Soviets, the Chinese, the Cubans, and a few eastern bloc countries. Concession contracts signed with the Americans had been renegotiated, forcing them to pay back taxes in millions of dollars. That was why they had remained quiet when he killed Tolberts, courting him with millions in economic aid until he felt as though he would be suffocated. But he himself had since fallen out of favor with the Americans and could remember that at the beginning of the war he had called them on a telephone and told them pointedly: “America wants to overthrow Doe because Doe is trying to build Liberia. But I remain here to say no to America and no to the supporters of Charles Taylor. Period,” he had concluded, banging down the edge of his hand on the table for emphasis. The Americans had life and death in their hands and could, if they choose, decide the fate of the whole planet, which they had shown when they dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But being a friend of the Americans, as much as being an enemy of them, he knew often spelled disaster. They were given to double standards and one could hardly tell the extent to which they were plotting one’s downfall. Obviously you found yourself in a better position when you were an enemy of the Americans, thought the president, because then you could see clearly that they were nothing but turncoats, extorting on the pretext of economic aid a feeling of fear and subservience from weaker nations. But this foresight had arrived too late. Now here he was at the mercy of the very Charles Taylor who, along with thousands of armed gangs, should have been rotting at the Belle Yella prison or probably thrown from a military aircraft, as he had shown the ill-fated A.B. Tolbert. But despite all this he had one consolation. When he thought of it he couldn’t help smiling to himself: Nancy and the children, including a few of his relations, he had sent ahead of him to England aboard his government only passenger aircraft. And they would be saved.An army orderly came in to report that the newly arrived ECOMOG peacekeeping force had docked at the Freeport of Monrovia and that they had already set up their headquarters. President Samuel Doe stopped pacing the floor and, for the first time since the civil war broke out he saw a flicker of hope, this time solid and palpable rise on the horizon.To be cont’d.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ohio Cattlemen’s Conference helps young cattlemen develop industry leadership skills

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The 2016 Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) hosted 18 cattlemen and women for a 3-day leadership development program in Columbus and the central Ohio areas, Aug. 18-20. The conference was made possible by Farm Credit Mid-America and the Ohio Soybean Council.YCC kicked off Thursday evening at the Crowne Plaza North in Columbus with a beef dinner and participants were present for the 2016 Ohio State Fair Commercial Cattle Show carcass contest awards presentation. Guest speaker, Justin Sexten, Ph.D., Director of Supply Development for the Certified Angus Beef Brand, discussed the challenges and opportunities currently facing the beef industry.Conference attendees also participated in a spokesperson training program by Daren Williams, Senior Executive Director of Communications. Williams lead participants through a media training session that strengthened their communication skills, taught attendees how to tell their beef production story, and become a more effective cattle industry leader.Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) staff discussed the value of membership and the role OCA plays in representing the interests of beef producers on legislative and regulatory issues. The Ohio Beef Council staff presented an overview of checkoff funded beef promotions designed to increase consumer demand for beef.Participants had the opportunity to have lunch at Cameron Mitchell’s The Pearl restaurant in Columbus to learn about the checkoff’s partnership with the restaurant chain built around beef promotions. Following lunch, participants traveled to the Ohio State House where they met with Senator Bob Peterson (District 17). Senator Peterson, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, spoke about current Ohio legislation affecting the beef cattle industry and answered questions from the group.The group was able to attend a Columbus Clippers baseball game, where they gained firsthand experience in telling their beef story to game attendees, while promoting beef at the ballpark.The final day included a session with Dr. Lyda Garcia, Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences, for a Mini-BEEF 509 class. Dr. Garcia provided hands-on learning on how meat is graded, fabrication of wholesale and retail cuts, and other issues that can affect beef quality and pricing. Participants also viewed champion carcasses from the 2016 Ohio State Fair. Participants also heard from Hank LeVan, OSU’s recent addition to the Animal Sciences staff. LeVan is also serving as the Livestock Judging Team coach and provided goals set for the upcoming teams and avenues provided to achieve them.A special tour of the Ohio State University Woody Hayes Athletic Center was a highlight of the program thanks to a continuing relationship between OCA and the OSU football team. OCA annually prepares and serves beef for the Champions Dinner and other team events. Participants learned about the history of OSU football and toured the training and practice facilities.The purpose of the YCC is to offer emerging Ohio beef industry leaders and young producers the opportunity to build their own leadership skills as they network with beef industry leaders, government officials, businesses and media. Young beef producers interested in attending the 2017 YCC should contact the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation at 614-873-6736 or email [email protected]last_img read more