Liberians, Other W-Africans to Lose US Immigration Status

first_imgHundreds of Africans including Liberians living in the northern U.S. state of Minnesota are about to lose their temporary immigrant status, the Voice of America (VOA) has reported.According to the station, as many as 5,000 people were granted the special protected status in 2014 when an Ebola epidemic hit Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, allowing some of the residents to live and work in the U.S. legally until the outbreak was contained.Last year, the three worst hit countries were declared Ebola free.“Now, those with temporary immigrant status must either return home or obtain legal status,” Minnesota Public Radio reported earlier this week.Abdullah Kiatamba, executive director of African Immigrant Services in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, who along with other immigration leaders is calling the termination premature, says Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are still recovering from the outbreak, so it’s still not safe for the citizens to go home.John Keller, executive director of the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, said health care systems in the countries hit hardest by Ebola were already delicate before the outbreak. “It’s great these countries have been declared Ebola free, but the toll that fighting Ebola took on the countries, you have to take that into effect, too,” he said.Kiatamba estimates that between 200 and 500 people will be affected. Officials have not released numbers, and it is unclear how many of the immigrants have returned home or found other ways to make their immigration status permanent.Kiatamba said that more than 11,000 people died during the Ebola outbreak, but that its impact goes beyond the health care system.“The employment system, economic system, social system, health have all collapsed,” he said.He said, “citizens from those countries coming to the U.S. was a very important humanitarian step, and I think the reason for their coming has totally not been eliminated.”The temporary immigration status was originally issued for an 18-month period. It was extended twice, each time for six months.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Firestone Liberia Gives Hand to Rural School Ravaged by Storm

first_imgMr. Karmorh (far right) presenting donation to Yowee Public School principal, Johnson M. JuahFirestone Liberia has announced its support to Yowee Public School, located in Bong County and its 375 students through a recent donation of building supplies.  According to a release from the company, Firestone donated more than 160 sheets of zinc roofing material to the Yowee Public School, on April 26, to help facilitate repair work following a recent storm that resulted in damage to the school’s roof. In addition, Firestone Liberia provided textbooks in support of the school’s reading room. “Firestone Liberia is pleased to be part of this renovation project, bringing relief to the students of this institution especially during the upcoming rainy season,” said Rufus Karmorh, Firestone Liberia’s public affairs manager, who made the donation on behalf of the company. “The youth of our country truly are our greatest resource.”Karmorh re-affirmed the company’s commitment to education. Firestone Liberia operates its own school system with nearly 12,000 students enrolled – all of them dependents of employees who attend school at no cost.Karmorh also reiterated that the company is proud to be an active partner in the socio-economic development of Liberia. This support underscores the company’s global commitment to corporate social responsibility, “Our Way to Serve“.Johnson M. Juah, principal of the Yowee Public School, thanked the management of Firestone Liberia on behalf of the faculty and students for the company’s valuable assistance and support to the children of Liberia. Following the presentation ceremony that was attended by Nirmal P. Paily, farm advisory manager of Firestone Liberia, and elders, chiefs and citizens of the town, parents and students took the opportunity to thank Firestone Liberia for its timely and heartwarming donation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Private school teacher freed of rape charge

first_imgA Berbice private school teacher was on Tuesday freed of a rape charge after he was found not guilty.Zafiel Yusuf, 27, of Fyrish Village, Corentyne, was on trial before Justice Jo Ann Barlow and a mixed jury in the Berbice High Court. The charge had stated that he raped a 14-year-old girl and her 15-year-old brother.The trial was held in camera. Both teens testified during the trial against the private school teacher.It was alleged that Yusuf went to the teenagers’ home and requested to see their mother and told her that he had hampers to give to poor people and if she wanted one, she would have to send her children with him to collect it. The court heard that the children got into his car and Yusuf stopped at a Chinese restaurant and asked them if they wanted beer to drink.It was alleged that the siblings were later taken down a dam, next to a clump of bushes, where the girl was told to perform a sexual act on Yusuf. The prosecution’s case also stated that she refused and was cuffed and told that she would be killed if she did not comply. It is alleged that her brother was also forced to do the same after his sister.Following the allegations in April 2017, the accused’s father, Hafeez Yusuf, a political columnist, claimed that the incident did not occur and that the mother of the teenagers was out to get money from him.last_img read more

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Bandits kill bread vendor during robbery

first_imgA father of two was on Friday evening shot dead by two motorcycle bandits at ‘C’ Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, after which they escaped with an undisclosed sum of money.Dead is 42-year-old Andre Alexander of Lot 394 Section 4, C Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown.Dead: Andre AlexanderHe was reportedly shot once to the chest and succumbed while receiving medical attention at the Georgetown Public Hospital. Reports received revealed that the now dead man and his wife were in the shop when the two men approached on a motorcycle and requested three loaves of bread.The pillion rider took out a $5000 bill to pay and while Alexander was in the process of making change, he whipped out a gun and demanded cash. Upon seeing this, the man’s wife, Beverly Alexander ran towards their home which is a stone’s throw away and raised an alarm.However, her husband refused to cooperate and the suspect grabbed the money he had in his hand and discharged several rounds in the process. One of the bullets reportedly struck the bread vendor to the chest.Upon realising that the man was shot, the two young men escaped on the motorcycle. At the home of the dead man, his wife was too distraught to speak to this publication but her brother-in-law, Olton Brotherson, explained that he spoke to his now dead brother 15 minutes before to the shooting incident.The bread stand where Andre Alexander was shotHe noted that he was at home when he received a telephone call informing him that his brother was shot and was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital.According to the distraught brother, as he arrived at the medical facility, he was told that his brother was nursing a gunshot injury to his chest and the doctors were attending to him. He added that while the full details of the shooting was not at his disposal, he noted that his brother was robbed and killed by two men who later escaped on a motorcycle.Brotherson further stated that his brother and his sister-in-law have been in the business for the past six years. “Well they work and when they come home they would sell until like 8:30 (20:30h) in the night and then come in,” the brother added.His brother, he added, worked at Banks DIH and his sister-in-law works at the Georgetown Public Hospital. With respect to Police investigations, the aggrieved man stated that the Police were at the scene on Friday evening following the shooting incident and returned to the area early Saturday morning but they are still to make an arrest.He remembers his brother for his kind and helpful attitude to his family and friends but more so, the people in the community. “He was a very, very, helpful person,” he reiterated. Meanwhile, the dead man’s mother, who is a former matron at the GPHC, was in a state of shock and was in tears when Guyana Times visited.She noted that she was standing on the platform of her home when she heard what sounded like gunshots but thought it was squibs. Within a few minutes, she received news that her son was shot and injured during a robbery.“I got the call from a neighbour who told me that two men shot at Andre and took away his money… then they say that he was shot and taken to the hospital,” the woman said. Soon after, she received the devastating news that her second son was dead.Alexander leaves to mourn his wife, two daughters and one brother among other relatives. His body is at the GPHC mortuary awaiting a post-mortem examination. Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

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Govt keeps Houston residents in dark

first_imgNew Demerara Bridge…with eviction only months awayResidents in the vicinity of the site for the new Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB) at Houston, East Bank Demerara (EBD) have indicated that they were in the dark over the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s plans regarding the removal of several homes to facilitate construction of the crossing.It is expected that construction of the Houston-Versailles bridge across the Demerara River will commence in the new year. The relocation of several buildings was deemed necessary to facilitate the construction of road overpasses that would lead to the new bridge.Residents are calling for official word on which of the homes will be removedIn the prefeasibility study conducted by Dutch company LievenseCSO Engineering Contracting BV, some four houses and a nursery school were cited for demolition, but on Monday, residents in the area claimed that no consultations were held to confirm the exact homes that would be moved. This has left an unsettling feeling among the residents who say that all information relative to the plans is relayed through the media.Resident Shawn Moses“Nobody hasn’t come and tell us anything as yet; we’re just seeing this thing in the newspapers and on the news. They’re doing all these feasibility studies, saying that the bridge will commence next year, but nobody ain’t telling us anything,” a grandmother, who lives in a yard with several homes, noted.Another resident claimed that she, along with members in the community, first suspected major road works would be conducted when they saw persons in construction gear measuring out their plots over extended periods of time.“Every time, they’re sending people to measure – from last month to this month, they measuring all the time, nothing else, they are saying. When my small cousin does be home alone, they does carry he and ask he for measure (the premises).”The residents further added that they received no notices or letters from any authority on the move; with some saying they cannot image life anywhere but in their transported lands on which many have resided for over 40 years.“Is 45 years I living here – born and grow in this yard. We don’t know where we’re going [but, where I’m living now] is close to town and close to my work and to the school,” a father of one expressed. He highlighted that the Houston Nursery School, which is slated for removal, is a landmark in the area.The proposed design for the Houston-Versailles bridgeMeanwhile, Shawn Moses, 42, said that it was his neighbours who informed him of the plans to move some of the homes.Some residents said that their plots of land have been in their families for over 60 years, which, according to them, makes the removal much harder to conceptualise. They are calling for officials to meet with them to discuss their future.Government is moving to replace the current DHB at Peter’s Hall, EBD and Meer Zorgen, West Bank Demerara (WBD) owing to its age and mounting maintenance costs. However, in the recent weeks, there have been reiterated calls for a more transparent process as the project gets underway.Meanwhile, if the residents choose not to move the Government can only evict them by invoking its powers of eminent domain and compensating them at market value.last_img read more

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Huskies Player of the Week: Aiden Craig-Steele

first_imgWhat is your style of play, how would you describe it?Aiden: “I’m a playmaker. Sometimes I get in trouble for passing a little bit too much. I’m a pass and playmaker I’d say. One of my best aspects I’d say is probably my vision. So yeah, passing is what I like to do.”What is your favourite moment with Huskies?Aiden: “One game last year I got called up with them, and I scored a big goal. But just this last weekend I scored with about 40 seconds left to win the game, so that was pretty cool.”How do you feel about the goal you made with 56 seconds left in the game at the NWJHL Showcase?Aiden: “I don’t know, I had done it for a long time. I’ve always scored big scores like that since I’ve been playing minor hockey. I don’t know what it is, I’ve never been the best player on the team but I usually come in the clutch, and it feels good to be clutched sometimes. It was good; it felt awesome.”What is your favourite NHL team?Aiden: “My favourite team is the Detroit Redwings. I’ve liked them forever; they’re not doing so well this year, but they used to be really good when I was younger, so I jumped on their wagon”.Advertisement What is your favourite NHL player?Aiden: “Pavel Datsyuk. He retired, but he’s my favourite player. If I had to pick one from the NHL, probably go with Nicklas Backstrom.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – This week’s Huskies Player of the Week is #13 forward Aiden Craig-Steele.Each week, a different player from the Huskies will be interviewed.As part of a new weekly feature, Craig-Steele came into the studio to talk about himself and his team effort.- Advertisement -Aiden Craig-Steele facts:Age: 18Height: 6′ 1″Weight: 164 lbs.Shoots: LeftHometown: Fort St. Johncenter_img How long have you been with the Huskies?Aiden: “This is technically my first year, but I used to play on the Trackers, and I got called up to play as a younger player when I was for the last two years.”What position do you play?Aiden: “Right now I play left wing, but I can play any forward position so centre, right wing, left wing, anything like that.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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GARDA REVEALS LAST SECONDS BEFORE COLLEAGUE KILLED IN HORROR ROAD SMASH

first_imgA Garda has revealed the terrifying moments before a car smashed into his patrol car and killed his colleague.Garda Bernard McLaughlin revealed how a car being driven by Martin McDermott “came like a rocket” before it hit them head-on in Burt in December 2009.Garda Gary McLoughlin, 24, died in hospital the following day as a result of his injuries. Martin McDermott, 25, denied manslaughter but has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing the death of Garda McLoughlin.He has also pleaded not guilty to driving intentionally and in a wreckless manner a wreckless manner but pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving without insurance and driving while disqualified.Garda Bernard McLaughlin told Letterkenny Circuit Court how he and Garda McLoughlin had been alerted to a pursuit between an unmarked patrol car and a Vauxhall Astra car on the main Letterkenny to Derry road around 1.15am on December 13th.Garda McLoughlin revealed he and his colleague were trained in operating the Garda ‘stinger’ but were told it was too dangerous to deploy it.Instead they were told to simply get the registration number of the red Vauxhall car.As they drove towards Letterkenny at Lisfannon near Burt, Garda McLaughlin said he noticed a car coming towards them ‘like a rocket.”“I studied it (the car) for a second and realised it was coming straight for us. It was a like a rocket and I can’t put any other word on it.“I shouted at Gary and he tried to pull the steering wheel to the left and into the ditch but we only had a second to the point of impact. It seemed to come like an arrow at our vehicle,” he said.Garda McLaughlin said he remained conscious at all times during the crash.“There was a loud deafening bang and I received an awful blow to the right side of my body. The airbags were deployed and there was dust and charred glass everywhere.“I gathered myself and looked over at Gary and he appeared to be slumped over and seemed lifeless. I called his name and shook him but there was no response and I thought he had passed away,” he revealed.The crash happened when the car being driven by McDermott had been pursued by Garda detectives in an unmarked car for more than 30 kms reaching speeds of up to 170kph after it was seen coming out of The Grove Petrol station in Bridgend.He travelled to Newtowncunningham and then back towards Derry before it crashed with Garda McLoughlin’s patrol car at Lisfannon.Garda forensics officer Kevin Giles revealed how McDermott was thrown across his car and thrown out the passenger window of the car and down the road.Garda Detective Bernard Mullins said he found McDermott on the road and actually thought he was dying at first but later cam around.The accused McDermott was later arrested on January 7th and interviewed by Gardai.Under Garda questioning McDermott said he wished he could turn back the clock on the entire incident.“I’m having nightmares and I feel sorry for Gary’s family and friends – I wish it hadn’t happened. It was just a freak accident.“If I could put back the clock I wouldn’t have got into the car,” he said.The trail before a jury of 8 women and four men is expected to finish before Judge John O’Hagan tomorrow.EndsGARDA REVEALS LAST SECONDS BEFORE COLLEAGUE KILLED IN HORROR ROAD SMASH was last modified: July 20th, 2011 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)last_img read more

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NOTORIOUS BURGLAR GIVES TWO-FINGERED SALUTE TO JUDGE AFTER BEING JAILED

first_imgKarl Lydon: JailedONE of Donegal’s most notorious criminals is back behind bars today after being jailed – but gave the judge who jailed him a two-fingered salute on his way out of court.Dunkineely crook Karl Lydon pleaded with Judge Paul Kelly at Letterkenny District Court not to be sent to jail, claiming he was a changed man. Lydon was caught by Gardaí in January after he stole almost €3,000 worth of items from five cars during a crime spree in Ballybofey.The 24-year-old had been given bail just two weeks before the incidents in relation to theft offences last October.Lydon, with an address at Croke Gardens in Thurles, Co Tipperary, smashed his way into vehicles on The Beeches estate and took a laptop, an iPhone, bank cards, bottles of holy water and prayer books.Gda Inspector David Kelly told the court that Lydon had 53 previous convictions – most of them relating to theft crimes including 11 for burglary, nine for theft, two for stealing cars, two for trespass and two convictions for handling stolen goods.Defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher said Lydon’s life had taken a “wrong turn” after the death of his brother several years ago and he had turned to drink. In January he had fallen in with “the wrong crowd again”.Judge Paul Kelly said however that Lydon had “gone out and committed seven further offences within a fortnight of leaving this court on bail.”Mr Gallagher said his client would be best served with counselling to prevent further offending and asked for a probation report to be considered.An animated Lydon gestured to be allowed to speak and entered the witness box to tell the judge: “I really really want this chance judge.“I’ve put in for counselling in Tipperary.”Inspector Kelly said he had no questions for Lydon, adding: “The offences speak for themselves.”Judge Kelly jailed Lydon for six months for the thefts and gave him a further six months prison sentence for the other break-ins, to run concurrently.Lydon was given two further three month concurrent sentences for two thefts last October and fined €240. The court heard all the items had been recovered.As an angry Lydon left the court, he turned to the judge and gave him a two-fingered salute. Judge Kelly, who had moved on to the next case, didn’t see the gesture.NOTORIOUS BURGLAR GIVES TWO-FINGERED SALUTE TO JUDGE AFTER BEING JAILED was last modified: March 12th, 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:burglarcriminalDunkineelyjailedKarl LydonletterkennythiefThurleslast_img read more

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$67.5 million Westside bond on ballot

first_imgLANCASTER – To cope with 4,000 more students in the next five years, the Westside Union School District is asking voters to pass a $67.5 million bond measure to build three elementary schools and a middle school. Measure K on the June 6 ballot also would help pay to replace portable buildings with permanent ones and upgrade existing classrooms and school facilities. “Westside is desperate for funds to build schools. Without the bond, we are going to be in a world of hurt,” board President Gwen Farrell said. “We hate to go back to the public again, but this is the only way to come up with funds to provide classrooms for the kids. It takes all three – it takes state bonds, local bonds and developer fees to build schools. Westside people have always been gracious and supported the school district and hopefully they will do that again.” If passed, the measure would raise property taxes about $27 per $100,000 assessed valuation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Westside district voters in June 1989 narrowly approved an $8.5 million bond measure, passed with 23 votes more than the minimum two-thirds then necessary. In 1998, district voters approved extending the school construction tax to 2026 to raise $14.7 million. The current bond tax started at $30 per $100,000 assessed value but has since dropped to about $18 because there are more homes and higher average values, district officials said. The 11-school, 8,700-student district is attempting to pass the new bond proposal under Proposition 39, which requires a 55 percent vote and the formation of a citizen oversight committee to monitor bond spending. The state will provide $21 million in matching funds, district officials said. “We are very anxious to have the community support us on the bond. We would certainly want to continue doing a great job with students,” Superintendent Regina Rossall said. “We’ve done well academically by the community’s children, and we want to continue to do that. As schools get more crowded that’s more difficult to do.” State law limits how much school districts can charge home builders for building the homes that bring in new students. Westside charges $2.57 a square foot, or about $5,654 for a new 2,200-square-foot home. On top of Westside fees, the high school district charges an additional $1.57 a square foot. “The developers pay what is required of them by the state, and we have to come up with the rest of the funds, either through a match or with local funds,” Farrell said. Rossall said that the 4,000-student increase by year 2011 is a conservative estimate. There are about 22,000 new homes in some stage of development in the district between the cities of Lancaster and Palmdale, Rossall said. Westside wants to build at least three elementary schools, two in northwest Lancaster and one around Sundown School, which is located near 62nd Street West and Avenue J-8, and a middle school in the Ritter Ranch master-plan community in southwest Palmdale. A 1,925-home, master-plan community near 95th Street West and Avenue H has two school sites set aside there, Rossall said. Other projects include expanding the library and computer lab at Rancho Vista School and replacing Cottonwood School’s portable multipurpose room with a permanent building that will have office space, a larger cafeteria, computer lab, library and special education classrooms. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: CONVOY EARN SUPERB WIN OVER NAOMH ULTAN IN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgConvoy GAA News:Club Lotto takes place on Tues in Moores shopCounties drawn DY LD KY WX, 3 people matched 2, Margaret Harkin & Emily McBrideConvoy & Sarah Logan Raphoe. Jackpot next week €2100.  Ladies Training @7 on Wed, 7.30 Fri and Sun @9.30 All Players welcome. Senior Ladies were beaten by a strong  Ardara at home on Sun MorningG4M&O Wed @8.15 new players always welcome.U 16 girls training Mon 7-8 The girls are away to Red Hughs on Tues Evening  Throw in at 6 Bus Times as follows 4.20 Deele Raphoe  4.30  Convoy Green 4.40  Drumkeen Hall .Well done to the  U 16 boys who defeated Lifford on Wed  and the Minor boys who beat Mc Cumhaills in a very exciting Game on Friday Managers will message with Match and training details .U 16 boys also won v Cloughaneely  on Mon evening 3-10 to 0-4 pts an excellent Team performance with Goals from Patrick Dolan ,Joey Morris and Keenan Gibson .U 14 boys had a fine win away to Glenswilly on Mon Training as Norm on ThursSt Marys WILL HOST THEIR Annual 5k which is part of the Donegal  Grand Prix Series on Tues 11th  AUG start time 7.30  Reg at clubhouse from 6pm Entry fee  € 7 Prizes SM SW F40+ M40+  F50+  M50+U 21  team were beaten away to LK GaelsSenior Men won at Home v N. Ultan in the Junior A Championship Mangers will let players know about this weekend’s Games.Best wishes to Donegal as they take on Mayo on Sat.Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of the late Kathleen Toner may she rest in peace.GAA NEWS: CONVOY EARN SUPERB WIN OVER NAOMH ULTAN IN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: August 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Sportlast_img read more

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