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Removal of Bodies ‘Not Relevant’

first_imgThe over 2,000 residents of Upper Johnsonville, Kpekpeh Town, near the Kissi Camp Community, outside Monrovia, are say they are suffering from the offensive smell of corpses recently dumped in the nearby Kpanwein River.In response, the Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, whose agency has now been tasked with the disposal of bodies, told this paper via mobile phone that there is no corpse exposed to create health hazard or environmental concerns for the residents.“We bought the parcel of land in question through my Deputy for Administration, and so, nobody tells anybody that the bodies will be removed since its being underground for over a week,” said Minister Dukuly.MIA Deputy for Administration, Rennie B. Jackson, who spoke through his Director for Communications, D. Emmanuel Wheinyue, failed to disclose the name of the person that reportedly sold that parcel of land to the MIA for burial of the dead Ebola victims as they claimed, and or the amount of money that allegedly changed hands.“The issues of who sold the land and the removal of the bodies from that area because of the environmental concerns are not relevant for now,” said Mr. Wheinyue, who failed to answer questions regarding whether residents can bury their deceased relative/s anywhere anytime once they have bought and deeded a parcel of land.Over a week ago, guarded by a heavily armed platoon of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) as well as Police Support Unit (PSU) officers, two mini trucks conveyed corpses believed to be victims of Ebola at different locations across the country. The bodies were dumped on the west bank of the Kpanwein River. They were intended to be buried in mass graves dug by a hired yellow machine, but the machine unfortunately got stuck in the mud, where the property meets the mangrove.The Kpanwein River connects the Kpeh-Kpeh Town Community to Whein Town in the east and Chicken Soup Factory on Somalia Drive in the west, as well as Upper and Lower Johnsonville and many other communities.Since the first truckload of corpses arrived Saturday, August 2, residents of the nearby communities have vehemently rejected the use of their land for the disposal of the bodies. An aggrieved Kpeh-Kpeh Town resident, Carey Daniel, told the Daily Observer that the exact plot of land where the graves are dug is a wetland on the bank of the river that is the source of water for many surrounding communities. They fear that their wells – from which they get water for drinking and domestic use – might be contaminated, exposing them to other diseases.Two school teachers, who are also residents of the area, Emmanuel G. Wonleh, and William S. Zuogbay, are among other inhabitants that have expressed fear of contracting diseases apart from Ebola as a result of the offensive odor that saturates the air over Johnsonville.They are concerned as to when the government, through the authorities of the Ministries of Health and Social Welfare and Internal Affairs, will come to remove the bodies and take them to the crematorium in Marshall or at an appropriate cemetery for ‘proper burial.’The order to dump the corpses on the land came against the backdrop of the government’s recent announcement that it would “consider cremating” (burning) the corpses of those who have died from the deadly Ebola virus. In the wake of the pronouncement, the burial team from the MOH/SW and Internal Affairs on Saturday, August 2, dumped at least 45 bodies in Kissi Camp, near the Kpeh-kpeh Town Community, Upper Johnsonville, just northwest of the City of Paynesville. A resident, Carey Daniel, was among those allegedly brutalized by soldiers accompanying the burial team. Nursing his bruised left eye over the weekend, Daniel wondered as to who selected the land on which the bodies were dumped since the land designated for the disposal of the corpses in Johnsonville is privately owned, with cornerstones conspicuously (clearly) planted and marked.One of the landowners, a businessman, T. Emmanuel Cole, said he was never contacted regarding the use of the piece of land he had purchased with a probated deed for his son, Joseph F. Dolo (cornerstone marked: JFD). “I’m not asking them to pay me [money] for my land.  I’m going to take the authorities to task for illegally using my land to bury dead bodies,” he said.Enraged that they had not been informed prior to the dumping that their community would play host to such a burial site and the implications involved, youth from Kpeh-kpeh Town and nearby communities started felling trees across the road, denying passage to the vehicles en route to bury the dead. For his part, Johnsonville Township Commissioner, Melvin Bettie, told the Daily Observer that he was indirectly connected to the dumping of the bodies, because, when approached by the MOH/SW authority, he could not immediately provide a burial site for corpses. According to him, he was not the one who ordered the execution of the burial exercise, but “because of my job, I assigned the Land Commissioner to supervise the process.”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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South African cricket Test captain steps down

first_img7 January 2016“I am deeply grateful and privileged to have been the Test captain and I wish to thank Cricket South Africa for the honour of captaining my country,” said Proteas Test captain Hashim Amla when he announced his decision yesterday to step down from the role.“It was enjoyable and indeed a great learning experience.”Amla succeeded Graeme Smith in June 2014, and has since then captained the Proteas in 14 Tests. Of these, the team won four, drew six and lost four.Watch the press conference in which he announced his resignation, here:Amla said stepping down was not an easy decision to take. “The more I think about it the more I believe I can be of greater value to the Proteas as a fully focused batsman and senior player at this time of rebuilding our team,” he explained.We respect Hashim’s decision and the manner in which he thought about it and then communicated with me – CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) January 6, 2016New captain namedVice-captain AB de Villiers agreed to take over the captaincy for the remainder of the Sunfoil Test against England series at PPC Newlands.“I’ve said this before that it is an incredible honour to captain South Africa in any format,” said De Villiers. “The captaincy has obviously come at short notice and is the realisation of a lifelong dream.”His current priority was to lead the team to a memorable series win against England. “ThisTest squad is motivated and determined to turn our performances around and I’m looking forward to taking up that challenge as captain. Hashim is a good friend and close colleague and I am grateful for his support.”Amla also acknowledged the team and his fans. “Throughout my time as captain, whether in good times or tough times, I’ve always had the full support of my team mates, coaching staff and management,” he said. “I want to acknowledge this superb group of people for always being there and for supporting me wholeheartedly.”Hey everyone . Thanks for all your messages and support. It means a lot.— hashim amla (@amlahash) January 6, 2016Amla fast factsNickname: HashDate of birth: 31 March 1983Place of birth: Durban, South AfricaRole: Opening batsmanBatting: Right-hand batterBowling: Leg breaksTest matches: 89Test runs: 6907Test match centuries: 22One day internationals: 126ODI runs: 6008T20 matches: 30T20 runs: 700Support from fansCricket fans around the world have supported Amla on social media:@amlahash All best wishes from an England fan Hashim. Excellent batting this test.— UBF riccardo (@UBFriccardo) January 6, [email protected] Captain, my captain, a legend living in our own time! Good decision from a class act. #ProteaFire— Jax Hough (@JaxHough77) January 6, [email protected] Thank you my captain.you served the nation with pride and hope you will continue to do so.— moeketsi moleko (@olamekx) January 6, 2016Source: Cricket South Africalast_img read more

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Bathroom bling

first_imgSicis’ Butterfly Mosaic line flaunts a variety of motifs in brilliant coloursDoes a decadent soak in a bathtub sound inviting? How about splashing around in a semi-precious stone bathtub trimmed with gold that will set you back by a whopping Rs 1 crore? Carved out of amethyst, this opalescent soak,Sicis’ Butterfly Mosaic line flaunts a variety of motifs in brilliant coloursDoes a decadent soak in a bathtub sound inviting? How about splashing around in a semi-precious stone bathtub trimmed with gold that will set you back by a whopping Rs 1 crore? Carved out of amethyst, this opalescent soak pit from Italian bathroom major Baldi is the latest in washroom luxury.If you are game for more, browse through French brand THG’s Prestige collection of faucets that are accented with a rich assortment of coloured stones like quartz rose, rock crystal, red jasper, black onyx, malachite, tiger eye and lapis lazuli.The Rug Collection from the same label has elaborate patterns created from glass tilesSays Jean Noel Edouard, head, product design, Nagina Waters, a Delhi-based luxury bathroom store that showcases high-end brands like THG, Capponi and Baldi, “India is a land that’s traditionally associated with ornamentation. So, going for bathroom fixtures and fittings that lack detailing or colour result in a bland, antiseptic look.” He adds that the bathroom decor needs to be perfectly calibrated to one’s needs and sensibilities rather than being a blind imitation of the reigning Western trend. It is no secret that adornments for washrooms are now being held in high regard. A host of materials ranging from Swarovski crystals and artistic mosaics to precious metal and semi-precious stones are now part of the luxury washroom repertoire.A mother-of-pearl-inlaid vanity from CapponiCashing on this new-found love for extravagant adornments is Italian mosaic brand Sicis, that has retail outlets in Delhi and Mumbai. The label has launched butterfly-shaped mosaic art for bathrooms that impress with their eye-popping colours and shimmer. Nodding to an effervescent spirit, the line, titled Butterfly Mosaic Collection, is made of glass tesserae or pressed glass tile. Depending on the quality of design and installation, this range costs between Rs 3,800 and Rs 75,850. “Sicis gives the opportunity to experience the bathroom as a place of aesthetic and material well being,” says Andrea Azzarello, the brand’s spokesperson.Amethyst bathtub from BaldiThe new age bathroom materials take a cue from opulent decor schemes predominant in the rest of the house. Precious metals like gold and silver, now used in faucets and showerheads, reference accents in the living and bedrooms. Agrees Edouard of Nagina Waters: “Traditional notions of seclusion and privacy are slowly becoming obsolete. Guests are often given tours of designer bathrooms in this day and age.” To satiate a growing appetite for ornate finishes and textures, Nagina Waters has on offer gold, silver and even platinum leaf bathroom tiles from Italian brand Godiva Stone.Soap dispenser, toothbrush holder and soap dish from Baldi. Both Baldi and Capponi are retailed in India by Nagina Waters.Luxurious to touch and pleasing to the eye, Godiva Stone tiles are made of high-quality marble wrapped with a leaf of precious material. This leaf is applied on the tile by a manual process. For the truly inspired, customisation is taken to the next level with etchings on marble with decorative motifs, writings, logos and designs, as dictated by the patron.Indeed, the desire for one-of-a-kind washroom decor has paved the way for grander layouts and fancier materials. Staying true to the trend, interior designers too are pulling out all stops to offer an upscale product to their clients.A washroom created by La Sorogeeka has textured walls and a detailed chandelierA powder room created by Noida-based interior design outfit La Sorogeeka has its high ceiling embellished with white crystal, walls sporting crococeramic tiles with leather finish and a stone floor. Artists of the firm’s workshop have even created an engraved look for some of the walls. The final flourish is added by way of an exaggerated chandelier in black and white. “There’s a new approach to design now. And the powder room is a space showcased to all guests. It should be attention grabbing,” says Anjali Goel, CEO, La Sorogeeka.Gold-plated cotton ball holder from Bathline SensationsAccording to Varun Gupta, joint managing director, Bathline Sensations, a Delhi-based bathroom accessories label that dabbles in Swarovski crystals and metals like gold and silver, the aim is to raise the metal to the category of art. The Starlight Square series from its Acquaviva AG line creates a lavish look through its gold plated and Swarovski embedded gel dispensers, brush holders and cotton ball jars. To ensure a perfect finish, brass is coated with electrolyte, chrome and subsequently 24 carat gold or silver. Embellishments, clearly, have come of age in this country. With their glorious sheen and texture, state-of-the-art bathroom fixtures are now a must-have in every fashionable address.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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Vamos Ticos! Costa Ricans run amok after historic World Cup win

first_imgCosta Rica fans celebrate after their team defeated Greece to enter World Cup quarterfinals From the beaches to the capital, Costa Ricans poured into the streets Sunday to celebrate the national team’s historic World Cup victory over Greece that will put the team in the quarterfinals for the first time.Statistical Highlights |  Match Analysis Fans in the capital of San Jose gathered at the Fuente de la Hispanidad, a fountain and traditional celebrating spot, carrying flags, wearing wigs and jerseys, honking and whooping following the team’s win in a penalty shootout.”The country has fallen. There’s been an earthquake,” said restaurateur Teo Prestinary, 43, on the beach in Nosara, where he said it was jammed with countrymen cheering, whistling and singing “Vamos Ticos,” or “Go, Costa Ricans.” “It’s beautiful. It’s historic, emotional.”Maria Mendoza, 33, watched the celebration on television from nearby Santa Ana, said she was, “happy, happy, happy.”Costa Rica reached the match against Greece after defeating Uruguay and Italy and tying England in a division where it was considered the weakest team.It won Sunday in a 5-3 shootout after the game ended 1-1 following extra time.Now Costa Ricans say they could go all the way.”We always had faith,” said Luis Diego Escorriola, 42, who was watching the final game commentary before joining the celebration. “The entire country is going to the streets.”last_img read more

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The Patriots Look Finished So They Will Probably Win The Super Bowl

CAR63CAR56CAR 31, CIN 21-7.3– 20024-5SD, MIA-56.9 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. 201512-13DEN, PHI-66.9 The worst two-game spells in the Belichick/Brady eraThe biggest declines in Elo rating after two consecutive games for the Patriots, 2000-18 200917-18HOU, BAL-65.3 JAX71JAX77TEN 9, JAX 6-11.2– MIN78MIN90BUF 27, MIN 6-20.9– 20083-5MIASF-66.1 NE64NE75DET 26, NE 10-17.2– PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET Points Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 3Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 3 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game 20182-3JAX, DET-66.7 MIA68MIA60MIA 28, OAK 20-7.6– BAL68BAL59BAL 27, DEN 14-8.8– OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION The sky is falling in New England. The arm of Tom Brady suddenly seems every bit of 41 years old, with the future Hall of Famer unable to find receivers deep downfield as in years past. The Patriots have a losing record in the early season, and the obituaries are being written.If this feels like deja vu all over again, you’re not wrong. Brady was viewed as over the hill around this time in 2014, too. And the experts were also playing taps on the Patriots dynasty. The specific reason cited for Brady’s decline back then? An inability to throw the ball deep.Of course, we all know what happened next. The Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick responded to the panic after a 41-14 Monday night loss to the Chiefs in 2014’s Week 4 with the mantra, “We’re on to Cincinnati.” The Patriots won that game 43-17 and their next six, too, en route to winning the Super Bowl. From that week in 2014 through the end of the 2017 season, Brady was above average in both yards per attempt and Raw Quarterback Rating on deep throws.Eventually,1We assume. Brady’s NFL career and the Patriots’ dynasty actually will come to an end. Though we can’t know for sure when that will happen, we should pay attention when they struggle — even if we can’t write them off quite yet. What’s happened in the past two weeks is unusual for the Pats and warrants more than just a shrug as New England prepares to host the unbeaten Dolphins, the first of three straight games in Foxborough.The Patriots’ Elo rating sits at 1589 after their shocking 26-10 thumping at the hands of Detroit on Sunday night, which came on the heels of a 31-20 loss in Week 2 at Jacksonville. The last time New England’s number was this low was after that 2014 loss to the Chiefs. The Patriots have dropped 66.7 points since the 1656 they hit after their Week 1 victory at home against the Texans, who are still winless. That’s the fourth biggest two-week drop in Elo for the Patriots during the Belichick era.2 Since 2000. The three times the Belichick Pats experienced a bigger two-week drop carry asterisks. The biggest occurred at the end of 2015, when the Pats closed the season with two straight losses long after clinching the division. The next biggest drop happened earlier that season, after the team was 10-0 and reached its second-highest Elo mark in the past five seasons before dropping games to Denver and Philadelphia. The third biggest drop was in 2008 after Week 1 — when Brady blew out his ACL and was replaced by Matt Cassel for rest of the season.At a shocking 3-0, the Dolphins seem to be moving squarely in the opposite direction, setting up a rare opportunity for a team other than the Patriots to put a stranglehold on the AFC East. But Miami’s jump of 47.5 points over the past two weeks is just its 17th best since 2000. The Dolphins have been fortunate of late, being outgained from scrimmage by 105 yards against the Jets and 61 against the Raiders. The Dolphins’ 39 plays from scrimmage in the win over the Raiders are less than all but three teams since the 1970 merger.“Are we there yet? No,” Miami QB Ryan Tannehill said after the game. “But the patterns we’re establishing are going to take us there.”Brady will hope to get Josh Gordon on the field against Miami to rescue a passing game that’s bereft of weapons, which is allowing teams to fearlessly devote multiple defenders to tight end Rob Gronkowski. Gordon once was one of the most explosive players in NFL history. But the fact that the best hope for New England’s offense is Gordon, a player who has been suspended or injured for all but 11 games since his historic 2013 campaign, seems uncharacteristically desperate for the Patriots. Julian Edelman is set to return after Week 4 following a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, but Edelman is 32 and coming off an ACL injury. If he can somehow return to form, his chain-moving ability will go a long way toward improving the Patriots’ 29th ranking in third down conversions (28.6 percent).But let’s not forget that the Patriots have issues on the other side of the ball, too. The defense has recorded just four sacks, has allowed an alarming 4.7 yards per rushing attempt and is 30th in third-down conversion rate allowed. Finishing near the bottom on both sides of the ball in third down efficiency would be unprecedented for the Brady-Belichick Patriots.A trademark for New England has been efficiency. In the NFL, that’s measured by converting yards into points and preventing the opponent from doing the same. This year, the Pats are middle of the pack on both offense and defense. Since 2013, they haven’t finished worse than seventh in offensive or defensive efficiency. (The offensive efficiency average across the NFL this year is 15.2 yards per point; it was 15.4 yards per point in 2017.) Red zone efficiency (13th on offense, eighth on defense), turnover differential (they’re even this year) and special teams success all play a part in boosting those numbers. These subtle strengths that have been a New England trademark are lacking thus far in 2018.The bigger problem is the lack of quality players. Some of this is their own fault, having traded Brandin Cooks to the Rams for a first-round pick. With Brady at 41 and the window to win closing, the Patriots should be the team trading first-round picks for veteran talent, not vice versa. Cooks, meanwhile, is fifth in the NFL with 336 receiving yards, or 71 more than all of Brady’s wide receivers have managed combined.In fairness to Brady, this situation is like someone took all the gadgets away from Bruce Wayne and then asked him to go out and still be Batman.But this wouldn’t be the first time that Belichick the GM was saved by Belichick the Hall of Fame coach. Perhaps struggling rookie running back Sony Michel can turn into a dangerous weapon. Brady could certainly figure out a way to build a passing game around Gronkowski and someone else. Heck, some were writing Brady off at the end of last season, only to see him post arguably his best postseason ever, with 1,132 passing yards in three games and eight TD passes with zero picks. It’s easy to imagine that when the regular season is done, the Patriots are again about to host a playoff game.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersIn addition to our NFL Elo prediction interactive, which updates after every game to help you keep tabs on how your team stacks up, we’re also running a prediction game in which you make picks against our model (and your fellow readers). After the dust settles each week, we like to look at where Elo made its best — and worst — picks against the field. Here’s how it did in Week 3: 20025-6MIA, GB-64.1 ARI55%CHI63%CHI 16, ARI 14+14.7– LAR64LAR70LAR 35, LAC 23+2.2– SeasonWeeksLossWin2-Week Drop HOU59HOU62NYG 27, HOU 22-5.2– TB54TB52PIT 30, TB 27-0.9– Pats’ Results vs. SEA55SEA51SEA 24, DAL 13-5.2– NYJ62CLE51CLE 21, NYJ 17+11.4– 200215-16TEN, NYJ-64.0 PHI83PHI76PHI 20, IND 16-5.1– KC77KC76KC 38, SF 27-2.6– 20082-3MIANYJ-66.8 201516-17NYJ, MIA-73.0 Elo steamrolled through the week based on the losses from a pair of 1-1-1 teams from the NFC North.3Yes, the Vikings and Packers have the same record as the Browns. Let that sink in. Minnesota was a 16½-point favorite over hapless Buffalo, and our readers agreed with Vegas, giving the Vikings a win probability of 90 percent. But the Vikings found a new way to disappoint their fans, losing in “embarrassing” fashion to the Bills. Meanwhile, Green Bay went to soggy Washington and couldn’t get anything going, losing 31-17. Elo picked up 40.4 total points over the readers on just those two games — more than half of the 73.9 total points by which Elo beat a typical reader in Week 3.The readers weren’t shut out, though. They had more faith in Khalil Mack and upstart Chicago than Elo did, giving the Bears a 63 percent chance to beat the Cardinals, compared with Elo’s 55 percent. The readers also believed that Cleveland could finally win its first game since 2016, picking the Browns over the Jets. Those two games generated 26.1 total points for the readers.Congrats to reader Randy Renick, who led all identified users in points for Week 2; Renick is just behind Michel Rodriguez for the season lead. And thanks to everyone who played last week. If you didn’t play, remember that it’s not too late to get in on the game, even if you missed the first few weeks of the season. Make your picks now!Check out our latest NFL predictions. WSH57GB60WSH 31, GB 17-19.5– ATL66ATL57NO 43, ATL 37+9.3– 20026-8GB, DEN-63.8 Three-week stretches include a bye week for New England. Week 18 of 2009 was a playoff game.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com read more