Mystery Shrouds Journalist Micah Yeahwon’s Disappearance

first_imgSembe Micah Yeahwon, a correspondent in Gbarpolu County for the Daily Observer, went missing shortly after the October 10 elections.The family of Daily Observer correspondent Micah Yeahwon is still anxiously waiting to hear from him since he left his Gbarma, Gbarpolu County residence on October 15, after casting his vote and covering last month’s elections.Neighbors and family sources said Mr. Yeahwon visited the polling stations in Gbarma and surrounding communities and was excited to send stories about the events to the Daily Observer.Yeahwon’s wife, Garmai Kokulo: “I have looked all over the place for Yeahwon without success…”“On October 10, the day of the voting,” said wife Gaima Kokulo, “he had a badge around his neck and went all over to witness and collect information.” That badge she mentioned was the National Elections Commission’s (NEC) accreditation issued to media institutions to observe the October 10 presidential and legislative elections.Mr. Yeahwon wanted to leave Gbarma for Monrovia a few days after the voting on October 10 but because he did not want to miss any information, he delayed and left for Monrovia on October 15.According to Siaffa Jallah, who owns the “MEN SUFFER WOMEN ENJOY” business that deals in scratch cards, cell phone charging and money exchange, Mr. Yeahwon was in good spirits and was excited, like everyone in the community of about 1,000 residents, about the outcome of the elections .“He is a good man and Micah had no problem with anyone in this community and that is why his disappearance is a mystery to us,” Jallah said.There seems to be no apparent reason for his disappearance and many local residents, including staff of the administrative office where the Ministry of Justice is located in Gbarma, don’t know what to make of it. Gbarmah Town is composed of the old city and the new one, otherwise known as Barracks, where previously the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) stationed its soldiers. Though Gbarma Town is yet to benefit from any road network or a recreational center, among other amenities, the people seem to be satisfied with their lot, though they hope for infrastructural development.The town has a considerable number of young people but Siaffah Jallah complains that they spend their time, not on their farms, but in video centers and dabble in politics. “As a result, many roam about and it was the reason that burglary was at one time prevalent in the town,” he said.For instance, in August this year, robbers broke into the residence of Siaffah Jallah and made away with LD50,000 and four mobile phones, belonging to customers.Of course the increase, according to Jallah, was also due to the removal of a checkpoint, previously manned by immigration officers to Sawmill Town, the next community to Gbarma Town. “We hope that we would have the checkpoint restored in the future so that it can help to put in check any future crimes,” Jallah said.Gbarma Town is a community where everyone knows everyone and hence what affects one also affects all. Police sources in the community complain of scarcity, with mobility as the main concern. “On Friday, there was a report of rape and because police officers here are not mobile they borrowed a motorbike from an international non-governmental organization but the mike was involved in an accident,” said another resident with information on the scarcity in the town.Micah Yeahwon is a teacher at the Gbarma Central High School and a student at the University of Liberia, according to Joseph W. Kokulo, brother of Garmai Kokulo, who is Yeahwon’s partner and has a child with him. Ms. Kokulo has several other children who she says love Yeahwon as a father.Mr. Joseph Kokulo “We are baffled at his disappearance…”Joseph Kokulo was unable to give a wild guess as to what could have happened to Yeahwon neither was he able to give any motive or speculation that he might have been killed by someone. “I don’t know anything he might have done and therefore there is nothing I can imagine about his disappearance,” he said.Yeahwon was admitted to the University of Liberia and attended classes at the Fendall Campus, near Mount Barclay and therefore to make his commute flexible he rented a place in Mount Barclay where he would spend his weekdays and return to Gbarma at the weekends.“Anytime he was in Mount Barclay he would come to us in Pipeline and before he would leave for Gbarma, he would come and let us know,” said Benedict Dahn, son in law of Garmai Kokulo, who resides in Pipeline, Paynesville yesterday.According to Joseph Kokulo, who resides in Gbarma which was confirmed by his sister Garmai, after Yeahwon left Gbarma, they tried to contact him on his mobile phone without success. “It was strange we could not hear from him and therefore after some time, my sister decided to go to Mount Barclay, near Monrovia to find out.“When she got there she found Yeahwon’s room ajar and things there scattered about the room. She did not find his phone in the room.“When she contacted the landlord, she learned that the day before, Yeahwon was at the house and he wanted to offer one of the residents a drink. She declined because she said she did not drink.“She said Yeahwon later asked her fellow tenant to get water for him to take bath, which she did but later in the morning they found out that Yeahwon did not take the bath, his room door was open and his things were scattered all over the room.”Garmai said she has been going from one place to another. “Somebody told me he saw him in Duala but when I went there I did not find him,” she said.In a voice filled with sadness, she said: “I don’t know where to find Yeahwon.” Lately, information came that Yeahwon had been spotted in Yekepa, Nimba County, and the family was expected to send relatives to Yekepa yesterday. But the questions that bother the family are: if it is true that he is in Yekepa, why has he not contacted them and why was his room left in disarray with the door unlocked?For the meantime the family waits anxiously for any information that could lead to Micah Yeahwon’s whereabouts and request that anyone with information should contact the nearest police station or the following numbers:0777-334-132 (Varflay); 0886-485-917 (Benedict); 0888-214-693 (Jomah) and 0886-854-453 (Comfort).Micah Yeahwon originally is from Yarwin Mehnsonon, District #9, Nimba 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

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Charlie Lake Fire Department responds to two calls on Saturday

first_imgCHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Fire Department was busy on Saturday, June 1, as they responded to two calls.The first call came in at 9:04 a.m. for reports of a downed powerline on Golf Course Road.According to the Peace River Regional District, a truck hauling equipment attempted to turn around, damaging two poles.- Advertisement -On scene were seven firefighters along with Engine 2, Squad 1, and Squad 3. The scene was then turned over to B.C. Hydro.The second call came in at 11:36 a.m. for a grass brush fire on 279 Road.Once on the scene, 15 firefighters put out the field fire along with assistance from Squad 1, Squad 3, Brush 1, Engine 2, and Tender 1.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Unlicensed food vendors targeted

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “Parents were worried about their kids,” he said. “People could get all kinds illnesses. One of the problems, especially for families that don’t have health insurance, is they will try to ride out the symptoms, which could be very dangerous.” The councilman said he considered other measures including setting up a designated area for the vendors, an idea suggested by community members. “Some of them have said, why don’t you leave them alone? They are trying to earn some money,” Cardenas said. “But making a designated area does not make it healthy. People can get a license with the county, or city. No one is precluding them from doing that.” The task force of building and safety inspectors, the Los Angeles Police Department and those from the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services swarmed San Fernando Valley neighborhoods over the summer. Inspectors found spoiled meat and fruit, and in some cases maggots and soured dairy products that can cause food poisoning. The motion introduced today will ask council members to give the city’s Building and Safety Department the authority to throw foul food away. Now, only the Los Angeles County’s Department of Health Services can confiscate food. A program aimed at halting unlicensed lunch trucks and push carts from selling poorly stored and ill-prepared food at street corners and parks may be expanded if city officials pass a motion introduced today. More than 100 citations were issued to food vendors and almost two dozen illegal push carts were confiscated during a nine-day sweep through the Northeast Valley last summer. Los Angeles City Councilman Tony Cardenas said the pilot project he organized for his district worked so well, he wants to see it operate permanently. “We’ve seen the activity lessen in some of the areas we’ve hit really hard, but some areas still need to be looked at,” Cardenas said. “When people are buying food from these vendors, they are asking for a recipe for disaster.” Cardenas said he formed a task force after constituents, mostly the parents of children who frequent the carts after school, complained. Cardenas also will ask the city for more resources to operate a permanent task force in his district. Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 susan.abram@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Arsenal defender set to leave on a free transfer

first_img1 Arsenal are reportedly willing to let out-of-favour full-back Mathieu Debuchy leave the club on a free transfer, despite the Frenchman having a year left on his contract.The 31-year-old, who slipped further down the pecking order at the Emirates last season, is almost certain to leave the club this summer in search of regular first-team football.And while Arsenal are angling to recoup a large portion of the £12m they spent on signing Debuchy back in 2014, latest reports have suggested that the Gunners may well let the defender leave on a free.According to L’Equipe, Debuchy is firmly out of manager Arsene Wenger’s plans and and transfer fee will not be demanded ahead of a summer move elsewhere.The full-back has not lost hope of winning a spot in the France squad for next year’s World Cup, but knows to have any chance he must be playing week in, week out. Mathieu Debuchy last_img read more

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GAA NEWS: SCALLY TWINS MAKE HISTORY AS THEY LINE OUT FOR DONEGAL MINORS

first_imgAn Clochan Liath Club NotesBa iad 6, 8, 15 agus 22 na huimhireacha lotto a tarraingeadh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus nior baineadh póta óir an lotto. Beidh €3,000 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo. Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann Margaret Martin Quay Road, Martina Reilly St. Peter’s Tce., Mary & Tony Forrestal Sheskinarone, Agnes Murray Burtonport agus Anna Duffy.Bhain Margaret Reilly as St. Peter’s Tce., Eileen Gallagher as Glenties, Mary Boyle as Upper Belcruit agus Kathleen O’Donnell as Bunnaman €100 ag an Bhingo. The 10th draw in the forth series of the 200 Club was held on Sunday night the 26th of May at the bingo and the winners are as follows for the month of May, 1st €1,000 – Mary Gallagher as Leffin, 2nd €500 – Joe McDevitt as Annagry, 3rd €300 – Dolly McCole as Maghery, 4th €100 – Mary McGrath as Chapel Road, 5th €100 – Dylan & Mark Boyle as Diamond. Well done to all the winners and thanks to everyone for their continued support. This will go towards the development of our facilities at Pairc na Rosann.Thanks to everyone who contributed to a very successful night in Stepping stones bar for ‘Up for the match’ on Friday night with special guests Brian McGuigan, Liam Donnelly (Father of Mattie Donnelly, Tyrone player), Noel Hegarty & John Joe Doherty. A great night’s entertainment with the Solan sisters, John Paul Mutt and De-railed providing the music. Special mention to Tony Boyle who organized the event, but was unable to attend due to daughter Zaria being hospitalized during last week in Italy. We wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see Zaria back on the playing fields again soon, representing Dungloe and Donegal.The Donegal minors were represented by our very own Jack & Owen Scally who became the first set of identical twins to play for Donegal at Minor Level. They played Tyrone in the Ulster minor championship, great credit to them on a typical tigerish and tough display in the full back line and a special mention for Jack O’Brien from Naomh Mhuire who also had a fine game in the all Rosses full back line. Well done lads.The Seniors were in league action away to Termon and were beaten on a score-line of An Clochan Liath 0-12 Termon 1-12. Best for Dungloe was Corey Gallagher.  GAA NEWS: SCALLY TWINS MAKE HISTORY AS THEY LINE OUT FOR DONEGAL MINORS was last modified: May 27th, 2013 by gregShare 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:dungloeGAAlottoMinor ChampionshipResultsScally Twinslast_img read more

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Gritters out on main roads ahead of frosty night

first_imgDonegal County Council will have gritters out on many routes across Donegal tonight as temperatures drop to 0 degrees.After an unsettled New Year’s Day, tonight is due to be cold and clear. Met Eireann have forecast lows of 0 to 3 degrees in Ulster tonight, with some frost expected.Gritters will be out from 8pm tonight, see this map for information on Donegal’s gritting routes: https://t.co/CROECFZEDK Tuesday morning will bring heavy rain which will clear by the afternoon. Strong winds have been forecast for Tuesday night, which has led to a Status Orange weather warning for the entire country.Strong winds of 55 to 65 km/h, gusting to 90 to 110 km/h are forecast from Tuesday at 5pm to Wednesday night. A warning of damaging gusts and high seas is in place, with a risk of coastal flooding.   Gritters out on main roads ahead of frosty night was last modified: January 1st, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:weatherlast_img read more

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Storm Atiyah: High seas claim another car at Rossnowlagh

first_imgA Donegal car has fallen victim to the impact of Storm Atiyah today after it was surrounded by waves on Rossnowlagh beach.The red DL-reg car was parked on the South Donegal beach before the high seas set in.But the severe weather prevented the car from being saved from the water as it became stuck in the sand. Local reports said there was no owner nearby this Sunday evening. It is not known how much damage was caused.While parking is permitted on Rossnowlagh beach, Donegal County Council has signage advising motorists of the risks.Met Eireann has issued a status Orange Wind warning for Donegal and all counties along the western seaboard from 9am today until 6am on Monday morning and a Yellow weather alert for rain in Donegal valid until 6pm this evening.Featured photo: Conor Craig McLaren Storm Atiyah: High seas claim another car at Rossnowlagh was last modified: December 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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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A’s sit red-hot Phegley to get Hundley on track

first_imgOAKLAND — A’s manager Bob Melvin sat one of his hottest hitters Tuesday night in hopes of getting a struggling hitter on track.Josh Phegley, author of a nine-game hitting streak and having driven in a run in each of his last six games, was not in the starting lineup at catcher in the series opener against the Houston Astros. Instead, veteran Nick Hundley, coming off an 0-for-10 road trip and hitting .115, was batting ninth and catching starter Marco Estrada.“As far as catchers go, they’re …last_img read more

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Motive Mongering: Does It Belong in Science?

first_imgAmanda Gefter, a book reviewer and science editor, felt the need to warn the world about the creationists.  She wrote a blog entry at New Scientist called “How to spot a hidden religious agenda.”  Aiming to “share a few tips for spotting what may be religion in science’s clothing,” she exposed buzzwords and buzzphrases she felt only creationists, not scientists, would use – irreducible complexity, Darwinism, scientific materialism, and “blind, random, undirected process” among them.    In addition, Gefter listed concepts and emphases that she felt betray a hidden agenda: an emphasis on complex molecular machines, the reference to quantum physics in support of free will, and calls for “academic freedom” (which she says can be translated as “the acceptance of creationism”).  Lastly, she disclaimed any connection between the truth of a scientific theory (like evolution) with its social consequences (like the Holocaust), as explored in the movie Expelled.    Bottom line: “It is crucial to the public’s intellectual health to know when science really is science.  Those with a religious agenda will continue to disguise their true views in their effort to win supporters, so please read between the lines.”  See a previous article by Gefter reported 12/05/2008.Motive-mongering and subversion is a game anyone can play.  It means you don’t have to listen to the arguments of someone, you can just label them and expel them in advance.  No intelligence required.  To show how fair and balanced we are, we invite you to go read Amanda’s scare tactics then read the following rebuttal, essentially the same article with some changes of a few words and phrases.  Links to supporting material are included for convenience.As a science reporter at Creation-Evolution Headlines, I often come across so-called science articles which after a few lines reveal themselves to be harboring ulterior motives.  I have learned to recognize clues that the author is pushing a materialist agenda.  As evolutionists in the US continue to lose in polls over whether to have Darwinism alone taught as science in federally funded schools, their strategy has been forced to… well, evolve.  That means ensuring that references to pseudoscientific concepts like materialism are more heavily veiled.  So I thought I’d share a few tips for spotting what may be materialism in science’s clothing.    Red flag number one: the term “intelligent design” in scare quotes (03/08/2007).  “Intelligent design” in scare quotes is most often used in contrast to something else – something mindless and purposeless.  Proponents of materialism frequently lament the scientific claim that the products of intelligence can be detected empirically (12/03/2005, 10/12/2008).  At the same time, they never define how aimless, Darwinian forces might create complex specified information (01/22/2009, cartoon).  I have yet to find an article by an evolutionary biologist that defines intelligent design (09/11/2008) the way its proponents define it.    The invocation of kinship selection (09/30/2007) – where natural selection is transferred to populations – is also a red flag.  And if an author describes altruism (01/23/2009, bullet 13), or any moral value for that matter, as a product of game theory (12/21/2005), let the alarm bells ring.    Misguided personifications of evolution are a classic hallmark of pseudoscience (01/12/2009), usually of the New Age variety, but some materialist groups are now appealing to aspects of personality to account for evolution as a cosmic “Tinkerer” (01/13/2006).  Beware: this is nonsense.  As William Provine has explained, if Darwinism is true, there is no free will, and as Dawkins described it, Darwin described a world of blind, pitiless indifference.    When you come across the terms “religious” or “religiously motivated“ (08/10/2005), take heed.  True scientists rarely consider the motivations for a theory, and instead opt for examining the quality of the evidence.  When a scientific theory like ID is described as “religiously motivated“ (04/09/2008), be warned.  Genetic mutations are random, and natural selection is an aimless process.  Believing that mindless processes can produce a mind (10/23/2008) cannot logically follow from materialist presuppositions (02/14/2007).  When cells are described as “astonishingly complex molecular machines“ (04/04/2002), it is generally only breathless defenders of Darwinism who make up stories about them (02/24/2009, bullet 8) and assume that such a “machine” is explainable by numerous, successive, slight modifications (11/21/2003).  If an author tries to argue against academic freedom bills (07/10/20008), it is usually materialist code for “insulating Darwinism from scientific criticism” (02/19/2009).    Some general sentiments are also red flags.  Authors with materialist motives ignore reason in favor of slogans, from the staid mantra – “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution” (Dobzhansky, 12/19/2008) – to the unscientific assertion – “Even if there were no actual evidence in favor of the Darwinian theory, we should still be justified in preferring it over all rival theories” (atheist Richard Dawkins, see Uncommon Descent).  If scientists use their intelligence, it is self-contradictory to define science to preclude intelligent causes (01/04/2006).  “Methodological naturalism” is another red flag (02/18/2006).  Materialists think they can restrict their materialism to methods of scientific inquiry, but always wind up extending their materialist philosophy (12/21/2005) into all branches of inquiry—including history, politics, economics, ethics and even “the evolution of religion“ (05/27/2008).    Materialistically-motivated authors also have a bad habit of ignoring the cultural implications of a theory (02/17/2008).  The materialist crowd, for instance, abhors any linkage from Darwin to the Holocaust, as shown in the “documentary” film Expelled: No intelligence allowed (04/16/2008).  Even if a straight line from Darwin to Hitler could not be drawn, it would have zero relevance to the historical fact that German scientists strongly affirmed Darwinian materialism as a philosophy supporting German militarism in the decades leading up to the Holocaust (02/03/2005), and Hitler appealed to natural selection in his racist writings (11/30/2005). Le Fanu writes that Darwin’s On the Origin of Species “articulated the desire of many scientists for an exclusively materialist explanation of natural history that would liberate it from the sticky fingers of the theological inference that the beauty and wonder of the natural world was direct evidence for ‘A Designer’“.  Philosophers of science have agreed that scientists cannot be blind to the social implications of their beliefs (01/15/2009).    It is crucial to the public’s intellectual health to know when materialism is merely masquerading as science.  Those with a materialist agenda will continue to disguise their true views in their effort to win in the courts, so please read between the lines (04/30/2005, 03/08/2007).See?  It’s easy.  Now, Amanda, how about a calm, rational discussion about THE EVIDENCE.(Visited 83 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Chinese tile firm to grow operations in SA

first_img31 January 2014Chinese company Rayal Porcelain Roof and Floor Tile Manufacturing, which has invested more than R300-million in South Africa and currently employs over 300 people, is set to triple its workforce by 2016, say the company’s executive director, Yi John Zhu.Zhu was speaking on Tuesday during a visit to the company’s premises in Bronkhorstspruit, east of Pretoria by Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe.“Our total investment up to now is R320-million, combining workshop space and production line. In the near future, we intend to set up more production lines according to the market needs, which can expand to three to four production lines, to cover different types of tile products,” Zhu said.Thabethe said that when the company expressed an interest in setting up operations in South Africa in 2009, the department had assisted them with meeting the strategic requirements.“The purpose of [today’s] visit is to determine how far they have advanced since the beginning. Judging by the advanced state of their operations, it is safe to say that our attractive incentive programmes and aggressive marketing of our country through trade fairs and investment missions is having a desired effect,” Thabethe said.Zhu said the company employs 230 locals and 80 Chinese nationals, and that “full implementation of our business model will see us increase our total workforce to between 800 and 1 000.”The deputy minister said there had been “fruitful discussions” and that her department had established a few areas where they could help the company fast-track its expansion goals.“We will assist them to acquire our Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme incentive, to allow them to build their own sub-station to tackle their electricity supply challenge,” Thabethe said.The programme, which offers incentives designed to drive growth and promote competitiveness in the manufacturing sector, has helped to sustain over 100 000 jobs since its inception in May 2012.Thabethe’s visit was a follow-up to a meeting that took place during the South African Expo in Shanghai last year.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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