Defense ready for Bucks’ attack

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoIt’s no secret that the University of Wisconsin football team has struggled defensively against spread offenses over the past few seasons. And Saturday’s matchup against No. 14 Ohio State won’t make things any easier.The Buckeyes boast one of the best spread offenses in the nation, especially since the making the quarterback switch from senior Todd Boeckman to freshman phenom Terrelle Pryor. Pryor took over the starting spot two weeks ago after Ohio State’s embarrassing loss to USC, and he has thrown four touchdowns while rushing for 163 yards with one rushing trip to the end zone, leading OSU to two victories. Pryor was given few snaps through the first three games, but OSU’s offense has exploded since he took over the reins.The Badgers’ defense struggled late against Steven Threet and the Michigan offense late last Saturday, and needless to say, they will have their work cut out for them again two nights from now.“[We] looked like one of the best defenses in the nation [in the] first half [Saturday],” linebacker Jaevery McFadden said.The spread offense starts, primarily, with the threat of Pryor to run or throw and is complimented by running back Chris “Beanie” Wells, who can run inside and out or catch the ball in the flats, presenting the Badgers’ defense with a lot to handle.“We’d like to get penetration and break up the chemistry of running the ball,” McFadden added.“We want the defensive line spying on [Pryor], not over pass-rushing him. Even if we’re zoning, [you can’t] worry just about your man, but also the quarterback running.”Defensive coordinator Dave Doeren stressed keeping players around Pryor.“He can create a lot of things for himself, so we need to tackle him with a lot of people,” Doeren said of the freshman.Free safety Shane Carter, along with the rest of the UW defense, knows exactly how dangerous Pryor can be.“We’ll have to contain him,” Carter said. “I’m seeing things quicker as far as the way receivers are lining up and being able to be there in run support for my linebackers.”The Badgers are simply going to play their style though, not changing their identity for one or two impact players.“We don’t want to go out of our game plan for Terrelle Pryor,” McFadden said. “We feel like we have athletes as far as linebackers and secondary, so if we see him run, we can chase him down. If he sees a hole, he’ll take it. If you see Pryor hit a hole, you’ve got to hit it. And if someone gets a good hit on him, it’ll shake him up.”Although Pryor will be a main focal point for Doeren’s defense Saturday, Wells remains a concern, especially after his second-half performance against Wisconsin last season.“He’s a big back, but nice feet, like a dancing bear,” McFadden said of Wells.Carter agreed.“[He’s a] big back with good speed, good balance, and just, I guess, good everything,” the senior added. “The key [for me] is just trying to read my keys and play fast.”Regardless of who’s carrying the football Saturday for the Buckeyes, Doeren knows his crew needs to finish, something it didn’t do against the Wolverines.“[We’ve got to] finish plays, finish drives, finish halves and finish games,” Doeren said.McFadden understands that may be easier said than done.“Ohio State has a lot of good talent,” he said. “They just want to beat you with that talent.”Nonetheless, the Badgers are glad to be home, and they are counting on Madison’s rabid atmosphere to help shake up the Buckeyes’ young quarterback.“The fans are going to be nuts. Camp Randall is going to be a 12th man defensively,” McFadden said. “This will be an environment [Pryor’s] not going to be used to. Hopefully it’ll be an advantage for us.”last_img read more

In 1st game with new defensive coordinator, Syracuse defense shuts down Duke in 49-6 win

first_img Published on November 16, 2019 at 10:13 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 DURHAM, N.C. — With the Blue Devils piecing together their second drive down the field in as many possessions to start Saturday’s game, Syracuse called a blitz. Linebacker Lakiem Williams ran through the middle of the Duke defensive line unscathed and sacked quarterback Quentin Harris.A 2nd-and-5 inside the Syracuse end of the field became a 3rd-and-11 and an eventual punt. The same blitz that has plagued Syracuse’s offense all year, sending both linebackers at the interior offensive linemen, became the Orange’s weapon defensively. And the Orange’s season, clinging to bowl hopes, remained afloat with a 49-6 win over Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium.Two weeks removed from one of the worst defensive outputs in school history and the firing of its defensive coordinator Brian Ward, Syracuse forced three turnovers and scored its first defensive in the team’s first win against a Power 5 opponent this year. In its first game since Ward was fired, the Orange allowed 279 yards, including 122 on the ground.“Hats off to them being mature enough to handle it,” Syracuse head coach Dino Babers said, “and say ‘OK this what we’re going to do because this is what we can handle and this is what we can’t handle.’”Two Sundays ago, Babers told his players they’d be finishing the season without a member of the family. Ward was being fired and defensive line coach Steve Stanard would be assuming Ward’s role. It was the kind of move that happens after allowing nearly 500 rushing yards in a blowout loss and a team that started the year ranked had free-fell to the worst record in its conference.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was also the kind of move that ignites a team. Stanard talked to the team about fighting through adversity and “working the entire time,” Syracuse defensive end Kendall Coleman said. For the Orange that meant extra reps in the film room, more time spent breaking down plays after practice and even some players only walk throughs including one last Saturday.The goal for Syracuse was to simplify the game, Syracuse safety Andre Cisco and Babers said. Rather than worrying about everything on the field, the focus became one or two reads. For Syracuse’s defensive line that led to a field day in Duke’s backfield and four sacks. For the secondary it meant tipped passes two takeways and the first defensive touchdown of the season.“It’s not like we switched the whole playbook in the middle of the year, obviously, we tried to clean up some things make it more simple,” Cisco said.One of the bigger shifts to Syracuse’s defense came in the middle. Defensive tackle McKinley Williams, who hadn’t played yet this season due to a foot injury, returned to the lineup. He finished with three tackles and one half sack.Like Chris Slayton last year, Williams adds a different dynamic to the defense, forcing offenses to account for him in the middle and therefore provide less help to Coleman and Alton Robinson rushing on the outside. On one play, Robinson made the Harris slide up from his rush but the quarterback had nowhere to go. Instead of hole to run scramble through, Williams was there and the play ended in a sack.“He’s just a chaotic guy,” Coleman said before a smile. “No matter where he’s at on the field, he draws a lot of attention. So I don’t mind having him out there.”The turnovers came in a spree, three turnovers on three straight Duke possessions. Two of them came from tipped passes, one tipped by two defenders before Andre Cisco returned the floating ball 48 yards for the score. The other tipped out of a receiver’s hand by Chris Fredrick and snatched by Fredrick himself. A third takeaway came from a clean strip by Andrew Armstrong.All three turnovers resulted in subsequent Syracuse touchdowns. It was the defensive performance Babers called for in his press conference on Monday. SU didn’t let up the big plays it had against Boston College and Duke never created consistent movement running the football.Cisco said after the game it felt almost like winning a championship. And so the Orange players rewarded their new defensive coordinator with a fitting celebration: A Gatorade bath.“As the week went through, we all had to adjust and put our trust in coach Stanard and I feel like he earned our trust today,” Cisco said. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Alpena woman sentenced 10-20 years for sexually assaulting her son

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — An Alpena woman is facing a lengthy jail sentence for sexually assaulting her biological son.Sixty-one–year–old JoAnn Massengill–King has been sentenced to 10 to 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty to two counts of criminal sexual conduct. During the trial, Massengill’s now 17 year old son testified to being inappropriately touched and forced to engage in sexual activities for as long as he could remember. Court documents reveal the boy was taken from the Massengill’s home when he was six-years-old after telling a teacher what was going on at home. He was later adopted by a family downstate, who’s last name he’s taken on to disassociate himself from his parents.So far, Massengill–King has spent more than 400 days behind bars. Her former husband, Walter Massengill, is currently serving a life sentence, also for sexually assaulting their son.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Jail, Massengill, prison, Sexual AssaultContinue ReadingPrevious State Trooper says don’t swerve out of your lane to avoid an accidentNext Viral outlet challenge on TikToc causing fire hazardslast_img read more

Sumner County Court Docket: March 6, 2013

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. ••••••Starkell Franks, born in 1987, of Wichita is charged with prostitution, a Class B Misdemeanor.According to the complaint, Franks did unlawfully offer to perform for hire for $200 an act of sodomy from an undercover agent at the hotel at the Kansas Star Casino.•Don James Sharpsteen, of Wellington was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.•Stetson Schmidt, born in 1993, of Belle Plaine is charged with possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; defective taillights and no drivers license in possession.•Christopher Scott Yoder, born in 1979; and Kami Etter, born in 1980 — both of Mayfield — were charged with domestic violence. a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor. Yoder is accused of pushing Etter and pouring a coke on her during an argument. Etter is accused of scratching Yoder’s face.•Dalton Tyler Roth, born in 1994, of Belle Plaine; and Zach Kessel, born in 1994, of Belle Plaine — are charged with possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor; conspiracy to distribute marijuana, a level 3 drug felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.According to the complaint, Roth and Kessel are accused of conspiring with purchasing marijuana in Haysville on Feb. 7 intending to share with friends in Belle Plaine. The complaint also states the conspirators invited friends, and offered to share their marijuana with a group of three people. The complaint said their marijuana was placed on the table around which they gathered.Kessel is also charged with possession and consumption of alcohol by an underage adult, a Class C misdemeanor.•Lurae Horse, born in 1962, of Caldwell is charged with domestic battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.•Dustin Dwyer, born in 1990, of Wellington and Curtis Callaway, born in 1984, of Wellington are charged with burglary, a level 7 felony; theft, a class A misdemeanor; and criminal trespass, a class B misdemeanor.Dwyer and Callaway are accused of entering into a building at 1107 North B in Wellington owned by the Larry Stone estate without permission. They allegedly then took an E-machine computer, monitor, keyboard, and outside smoker all having a value of less than $1,000.•Nicole Mitts, born in 1989, of Wellington is charged with aggravated assault, a level 7 felony; robbery, a level 5 felony; and obstructing official duty, a level 9 felony.Mitts is accused of angrily approaching the victim with a knife within inches of his chest telling him to stay out of her argument with the victim’s son.She then allegedly took a cell phone from the victim’s son when he tried calling the police. Mitt then allegedly resisted being arrested and taken to jail by putting her legs against the door so she couldn’t be taken to the car.•Rachel Brewer, also known as Leeann Brewer, is charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 drug felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a class A misdemeanor; and felony obstruction, a level 9 felony.During her first two charges, Brewer falsely claimed she was Leeann R. Brewer and was not Rachel L. Brewer when the deputy interviewed her.last_img read more

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

first_imgBy Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures ChartersThe sun in shining and the fish are hopping on the hook so let’s get ready for a great month of fishing on Kootenay Lake. Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is here to give his monthly fishing report. So read and enjoy.Kootenay Lake Almost a carbon copy of the last couple months, the fishing has remained the same.  Lots of fish, but still waiting for the big ones to come to life. Water conditions are perfect and so is the weather.  This is our favorite time of year for fishing the lake.  So, hopefully, like everything else this year, things are a month behind.  And maybe December will be the beginning of our ‘Big Fish’  season. November saw lots of days with 10 – 15 fish coming to the boat.  A lot of smaller fish, but usually getting a couple decent fish each day to keep the excitement alive. On our last trip of November, we finally saw a couple big fish come to the boat.  A beautiful chrome 18 Lb Rainbow followed by an amazing colorful 20 Lb Rainbow.  So, hopefully that’s the beginning of our famous winter fishery. Other reports from the lake are similar.  Lots of shakers and small Bull trout, with a couple biggies being reported each week.  The North end of the lake is reporting good Bull Trout fishing, but not as many Rainbows. Hopefully, as December progresses, we will hear more reports of the big boys coming out to play. Stay tuned……………………  What are they biting on??? Most of our Rainbows are being caught on the surface and our Bull Trout on the downriggers.  So, it’s best to cover both angles if possible.  We’re lucky enough to have 3 or 4 people on the boat each day so we can run both surface and deep lines. My favorite bucktail flies as of late have been:  #210, 214, 215, and 224.  Or the common colors of Black/white, gray/white, purple/white. My favorite Lyman plugs have been:  #16, 55, 69, and 160 as of late.  Colors are similar to the flies we’ve been using. And the old standby, flasher/hoochie has been catching its fair share of Bull Trout.  Favorite depths have been 75ft, 95ft,  and 110ft. That should about cover it for this time of year. Hope to hear more people having success during this next month. Definitely my favorite time of year!! So, let’s get out there. ……..Kerry Reed Reel Adventureswww.reeladventuresfishing.comlast_img read more

APNU/AFC: a Government of excuses – Ramotar

first_img… says acts of incompetence, corruption stacking up dailyThe 16-month-old A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government is being described as one “full of excuses” by former President of Guyana, Donald Ramotar, who said daily, Guyanese are seeing the true face of the President David Granger-led coalition Administration for which the acts of incompetence and corruption are stacking up.Donald Ramotar served as President of Guyana from 2011 to 2015Since the APNU/AFC coalition unseated the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) in May 2015, it has been under fire for a number of blunders and was called into question over several “shady” contractual arrangements.Among them was the lavish inauguration of President David Granger on May 16, 2015, a mere four days after his party won the national elections; the Georgetown clean-up exercise which followed the inauguration; the Durban Park Project; and most recently, the highly controversial and shady Sussex Street Drug Bond deal, along with the hiring of a number of convicts in top Government positions.In an interview with Guyana Times on Monday, Ramotar, who served as President of Guyana from 2011-2015, hauled the Administration over the coals for these missteps which he said exposed the true nature of how corrupt the Government is.Ramotar went on to chronicle the shady transactions of the coalition over the past 16 months, noting that the nation “has come full circle” and is returning to the days of the People’s National Congress (PNC) when corruption and “rape of the treasury “ was the order of the day.“The bond deal is the latest in a series of things that have happened… the tax write-off to people, the settlements sometimes even before people go to court, people being given positions as a payback for the financial support to the coalition during the campaign, like the ambassador who was convicted in the US. We have also seen the immorality of huge salary increases for ministers and the bloating of the bureaucracy, employing more people at high prices,” he stated.Taking these into account, Ramotar scolded the President and his Ministers, who he said are “full of excuses” when these grave infractions are highlighted.“This is a Government full of excuses, that’s all they do, make excuses for every blunder, rather and addressing these issues with a firm fist. Ramjattan is saying that the Government is not a Cabinet of angels and even the President is making excuses about mistakes that were made, but nothing is being done to put measures in place to stop this corruption that is now eating into the Guyanese society,” Ramotar lamented.Speaking to what he described as the “failed promise” of the AFC to keep the coalition Government intact when it assumed power, Ramotar said the Khemraj Ramjattan-led party has its own struggles to defend the credibility of those questionable characters it recommended for top positions.“The AFC and Ramjattan can’t make no significant contribution to anything, because they are always busy trying to defend some fraud they recommend for a position in the Government. They are always busy begging for the coalition to keep on the people they asked to be appointed,” Ramotar said with a chuckle.Recently, the coalition Administration has been under severe pressure from political commentators and anti-corruption advocates for what was described as an abandonment of its own campaign promises and principles which were centred on transparency, accountability and the elimination of corruption at all levels of Government.last_img read more

4000 Artisanal Fishermen, Women Want Landing Facility in Buchanan

first_imgAbout 4000 members of the artisanal fishing community resident at the port city of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County have sounded a clarion plea to the West Africa Fisheries Project (WARFP), Bureau National Fisheries (BNF), World Bank and stakeholders to construct a landing facility at the port city of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.The fishermen and women were pointed  out that the construction of a landing facility, including a cold storage, preservation, training and business strategies, are indeed critical to the socio-economic development and progress of the fishing communities at the port city of Buchanan.The plea was contained in an exclusive interview conducted with the Daily Observer last week at three separate artisanal fishing communities in Buchanan.The artisanal fishermen and women comprising Liberians and Ghanaians also sounded an SOS call on the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) to prevail on the relevant agencies of the Liberian Government that are allegedly in the constant habit of harassing fishermen and women.They further explained that current structures on the ground at the various fishing communities in Buchanan are not up to standard in terms of preserving the fish for several months before sale is carried out at the Buchanan and other markets in the country.“We keenly listened to the Liberian leader’s pronouncement on the importation of agriculture and other farming implements free of duty fees in the county,” the fishermen and women asserted.The vice chairman of the Fanti Town fishing community, Joseph T. Karr, told our reporter that the community has been experiencing  great difficulty with Liberian custom officials at the Buchanan port of entry, when they (fishermen and women)  try to clear fishing implements imported from abroad.Asked about bigger vessels’ intrusion into Liberian territorial waters, vice chair Karr said such practices had been dealt with months ago by the Navy Division of the Armed Forces of Liberia {AFL}.As to why there is an acute shortage of fish on the Buchanan Market, Mr. Karr pointed out that at this time of the year, fishermen and women are preparing their fishing nets for the upcoming season in late October when they expect a massive turnout of more fish in the Atlantic Ocean.He further indicated that the construction of a landing facility at the port city of Buchanan would alleviate the huge burden on the artisanal fishermen and women in the maintenance of their canoes that needed constant repairs.  Regrettably, they claimed that their biggest challenge has been the lack of understanding on the part of custom   authorities that imported agriculture-related products should be duty free in    order to boost and enhance agriculture activities in the country.“I would greatly want the Bureau of National Fisheries {BNF} to concentrate on the professional capacity building of the fishermen and women in the areas of preservation techniques, co-management and other critical business skills,” Mr. Karr stressed.He also added that socio-economic conditions continue to remain bleak owing to low profit margins and other factors associated with the sustained development, growth and progress of some fishing communities in the country.Fisherman Karr also frowned on those who continue to use other poisonous chemicals that sometime destroy the young marine resources in rivers and Atlantic Ocean in the country.For her part, fisherwoman Betty James told the Daily Observer that the provision of cheaper fishing nets and improved training in fish preservation would improve her financial conditions at the port city of Buchanan in Grand Bassa County.“We have over the years tried with this old methods of drying our fish with wood, but such methods had not given us solid financial strength as compared to our sisters and brothers in other countries in West Africa,” Madam Betty James asserted.“I’m a mother of five children, three girls and two and only one of the children going to school owing to my current socio-economic conditions in Buchanan City, Grand Grand Bassa County,” Madam James nodded in frustration.Sadly, she added we sometimes buy those very old net from our counter parts that had lived out their usefulness to meet strong waves of the sea water and other rivers in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Open Letter to the LRA Hon. Elfreda Tamba Commissioner General Liberia Revenue Authority…

first_imgHonorable Commissioner General:I write to congratulate you for your tireless efforts in making sure to complete the setting up of the now “Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA)” with the objective intention to identify and raise more revenues that have either ended up in private pockets over the years or have been ignored by few people that had the responsibility and authority to deposit those revenues into Government accounts.These kinds of efforts can only be applied by true patriots like you and those that work behind the scenes to see or insure a successful work.Your confirmation as “Commissioner General” of the Liberia Revenue Authority marks a very important milestone in the fight against corruption in Liberia. As you are aware, in the wake of continuous extortion of Liberia’s resources, decentralization of state management is highly recommended. Giving more power to the regions is highly recommended to determine local policies and development priorities.  These include such areas as education, social infrastructure and human development, as well as the power to implement these policies such as forming their own budgets, financing developmental policies and  collecting certain types of taxes, etc.Likewise local authorities should be held accountable for what happens in their regions and they should be made less reliant on central authorities. Local authorities should have a share in managing state assets on their territories and gaining incomes from them, as well for financing projects.Corruption has over the centuries have left a negative impact on Liberia and has  increased the marginalization of minority groups, including women. It has also in the past led to radicalizing opposition  to the State and most times contributed to conflict.Corruption, as overt in the Liberian society, poses a serious threat to the efforts such as the system you have worked tirelessly over the years to establish; hence the need to deal with corruption rigidly is highly recommended.In recent years, there has  been increasing attention paid to the effects of corruption in post conflict and recovery environments. Various studies (by UNDP, World Bank & Transparency International) confirm that about half of  post-war countries revert to war within one decade and corruption can be considered as one of the major factors that contribute to fuelling a conflict and the return to violence. Therefore, overcoming corruption in post-war Liberia is essential to restoring the confidence of Liberians at home and abroad.Post conflict reconstruction is normally characterized by large scale injection of resources in an environment where the legal and institutional frameworks are weak, fragile or inexistent and where expertise is scarce. Detection of crime is very low and enforcement difficult or ignored. The surviving governing structures are weak in financial, fiscal, administrative and regulatory capacities and limited oversight is informal and sometimes criminalized.   These institutions are often transitional in nature, carrying very little or no legitimacy, and are therefore prone to be captured by the privileged elite with access to power and resources. The lack of popular participation in reconstruction is vulnerable to hijacking by local elites, which leads to corruption, waste of available and scarce resources, lack of maintenance and monitoring by beneficiaries and eventual rejection in the long run.The main purpose of zero tolerance on corruption in Liberia should be to assist post-conflict Liberia in developing anti-corruption strategies and strategies to identify and raise more revenue to undertake development projects in cities in the 15 counties. These strategies will be used to develop programs on anti-corruption in post-war Liberia and recovery process,  which will be a tool that will assist local Governments throughout Liberia.Since Liberia’s independent in the 1800s, there have been fluctuating economic stages which in most cases have led to the under development of Liberia compared to other countries in the sub-region. In my opinion, the newly created Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) stands a better chance to bring about accountability, credibility, though enforcement and other aspects that have either been ignored as a result of incompetence or corruption.As I drive around Monrovia, I witness huge traffic violations by Government, commercial & private vehicles on the daily basis. I think your Commission can liaise with the Justice Ministry, the Liberia National Police (LNP), Transport Ministry and Ministry of Finance, Development and Planning to set up a very good enforcement structure to make millions in revenues  from reckless drivers in Liberia.How the above Government institutions can contribute:Transport Ministry: This Ministry will regularize the registration of all vehicles in the Republic of Liberia. Once this is done, a national database can be created to enable enforcing Ministries or agencies to have easy access to needed information both at the traffic call center and at various traffic courts in the 15 counties.The Transport Ministry can also secure 15 to 25 acres of land to be used for the construction of multipurpose complex to include road or safety emission inspection machines for all vehicles. The purpose of the safety emission inspection will be to ensure that cars plying the streets of Monrovia and other major cities meet all safety requirements before plying the streets. The same area will be used to park towed vehicles. Towed vehicles will be charged towing fees and daily parking fees. If a vehicle’s towing and daily parking fees exceed certain amount, Government should auction the vehicle and deposit the proceeds into a   government revenue account.Justice Ministry: In the effort to properly and legally enforce the rules, the Ministry of Justice will either capacitate the traffic courts or create new ones in every city throughout the republic of  Liberia, with representation of LRA at each Court to monitor and ensure that intended Government revenues are not redirected in the pockets of individuals.Liberia National Police (LNP): Although the LNP does not have the confidence of the public, it is the legal law enforcement Agency of the Republic of Liberia. In this case, the LNP traffic department will select a good number of traffic officers and enhance their training for the purpose of patrolling assigned areas and issuing violation tickets. Since the LNP has some credibility problems, a crime or traffic call center will be created at the LNP headquarters or in a neutral building. At that call center, LNP officers along with LRA and Transport Ministry officers will be assigned there to monitor calls to ensure that violators are issued tickets appropriately. In this case, once an LNP officer pulls over a violator, the call center will immediately be alerted. The vehicle license plate number will be given to the call center. The LNP officer will name the violation (all violations will be properly coded with the appropriate charges). Once the violation ticket is issued, it is immediately reported in the system.Also under the LNP, tow  trucks can be assigned to various busy traffic routes to tow broken down or impounded vehicles. Towing will be done at the vehicle owner’s expense.Ministry of Finance, Development & Planning:  This Ministry will set up the central account number and the 15 local account numbers for each county. Under the county account numbers will also be the sub account numbers for each city in that county. For example, if a  violation ticket for the amount of LRD500.00  is issued in the City of Paynesville, 35% (or to be determined by either law or LRA) of the LRD 500.00 will go to the city of Paynesville while the remaining 65% will go to central Government. The total amount will be deposited in the central account for audit and accountability purposes.The 35% that goes to the city in which the violation took place can be used to employ or capacitate city employees to enforce city maintenance. For example: The City of Paynesville can pass a City law (if it is not already there) mandating all land owners in the City of Paynesville to keep their land(s) clean. In the event a land owner failed to clean his/her land every two or three weeks, the City will clean the land and impose a fine on the land owner. The money raised from the fine will be used to undertake development projects in the city, including but not limited to building or maintaining Public Schools in the city, reducing school fees for residents of the city, employing residents of the city, thus creating more jobs in the city. Those city employees will pay taxes to the government of Liberia,  thus increasing the country’s revenue capacity.These punishments, I believe,  will have important consequences on the defendants and will bring economic gain which will enforce the purpose of LRA. Over the years we have experienced different stages in our law enforcement that seem not to be working for the Government but instead for the individuals enforcing the laws. In my view, the primary goal of punishment should be to assist violators to turn their lives around and to safeguard society. On the other hand,  violators should also be used to raise revenue to undertake development projects and to compensate victims by benefiting from some of the development projects in the city (ies) they (victims) live. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kenyan referee Marwa to officiate World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Other than Marwa, Zambian Jan Sikazwe is another centre referee from Africa. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 8 – Kenyan referee Aden Marwa has been named among the list of match officials selected for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia scheduled to kick-off June 14-July 15.Marwa will be the assistant referee in what will be another high profile outing for the official after the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), where he served among the Video Assistant Referee (VAR). The 41-year-old is the first Kenyan football official to be involved in any FIFA competition, having featured in the 2011 FIFA U-17 World Cup.Marwa has served as a FIFA referee from 2011, and was named as a reserve official at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and speaking to Capital Sport, retired veteran referee GMT Ottieno said he is proud of Marwa, having discovered him.“I am so happy to see Marwa succeed, I am the one who discovered him years back. I am so proud to see him grow and returning to officiate in the worlds iconic tournament,” Ottieno said.Marwa has served as a FIFA referee from 2011, and was named as a reserve official at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and an assistant referee at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup.The mathematics and chemistry teacher from Komotobo Secondary school in Migori County was named as an assistant referee in the 2012 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, but his very first major international duty was an Africa Cup match in Zanzibar way back in 2000.He was included as CAF’s assistant referee in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, where he served alongside Bakary Gassama, Jean-Claude Birumushahu and Malang Diedhiou.Marwa, who was an assistant referee at the 2016 FIFA Club World Cup, has once again given Kenyan football some hope after the usual FIFA droppings and low local football standards amid harsh criticisms.Other than Marwa, Zambian Jan Sikazwe is another centre referee from Africa.Of the 36 centre referees picked a total of five come from Africa.KPL Assistant Referee Aden Marwa Range has been selected to officiate at the 2018 FIFA World Cup which will be played in Russia from 14 June to 15 July. #KPL2018 pic.twitter.com/8GBimgBxwq— KPL (@TheOfficialKPL) March 9, 2018 0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Koscielny injury boost for Arsenal

first_imgHe subsequently underwent surgery and has now returned to training.Having lost their two opening Premier League matches this season and conceding five goals, Koscielny will be a welcome boost when he finally returns to action.Speaking at his press conference ahead of facing West Ham this weekend, Emery said: “He’s working very hard. He came back to us last Sunday.“We are happy to have him here with us, because he’s our captain and he’s showing us his spirit to stay with us. We need to be patient with him because the injury was an important injury.“It’s clear that it’s very important to stay with us, working here and showing us that he wants to help us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The 32-year-old France international centre-back has been sidelined since May with an Achilles tendon injury.LONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – Unai Emery is delighted with the progress made by captain Laurent Koscielny as he bids to return to full fitness.The 32-year-old France international centre-back has been sidelined since May with an Achilles tendon injury.last_img read more