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Walter James “Walt” Dixon

first_imgWalter James Dixon, 69, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born October 28, 1948 in Cincinnati, Ohio, son of the late James T. and Sarah Dixon.Walt worked for Specialized Plumbing, with over 10 years of service.Surviving are daughters, Deanna (Damon) Wakeman of Brookville, IN, Susan McCulley of Aurora, IN, Robin Harbin of Cincinnati, OH; sisters, Mary Plumlee of Aurora, IN, Betty Campbell of Cincinnati, OH, Paula Jacobs of Cincinnati, OH, Barb Devers of Patriot, IN; grandchildren, Shawn (Ashley) Cook, Courtney Drury. .He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Gwen Dixon, and daughter, Gwen Drury.Services will be held at the convenience of the family.Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.last_img read more

Thursday’s Local Sports Results (9-17)

first_imgThe Oldenburg Lady Twisters and The Switzerland County Lady Pacers battled to a scoreless draw in Girls Soccer on The Sports Voice in Southeastern Indiana, 103.9 WRBI.The Oldenburg Twisters Boys Soccer team defeated The South Dearborn Knights 2-1.Franklin County High School Boys Varsity Tennis beat Lawrenceburg High School 4-1.#1 Singles Jack Stirn 6-1, 6-0 vs. Matthew Arsley#2 Singles Brant Ertel 6-0, 6-0 vs. Jack Powell#3 Singles Nick Wendel 2-6, 1-6 vs. Haiden Rowlett#1 Doubles Lonnie Schwartz & Will Wade 6-1, 6-1 vs. Connor Bellamy & Paddrick Libbert#2 Doubles Landen Wuestefeld & Travis Schwartz 6-3, 6-3 vs. Harry Hanneken & Jon HildebrandCourtesy of Wildcats Coach Dylan Little.  The Batesville Lady Bulldogs won a three-way match at The  Grand Oaks Golf Course against East Central and Franklin County. Batesville was 1st with 180, followed by Franklin Co at 182, and East Central 233.Scores for Batesville were Emma Weiler 39, Josie Meyer 43, Tori Harping 49, Chloe Murphy 49, Rhea Miller 55, Madelyn Pohlman 56. Molly Robison led EC with 46. Nicole Mears led Franklin Co with a 41.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer.   FCHS Girls Golf team finished the regular season last night with a win running their season record to 9-0. Played at Grand Oaks Golf Course, FCHS defeated both Batesville and East Central.The Cats will now shift their focus to sectionals this Saturday at Union County. The first Wildcat will tee off at 9:50 am.Lady Cats Scores. Nicole Mears 41, Gracie Graf 45, Camryn Brewer 46, Crystal Calihan 50, Kelsie Brackney 55, Jacy Grimmeissen 55, Lillie Graf  60.Courtesy of Wildcats AD Denny Dorrel.The Franklin County Girls Cross Country Team did very well against Lawrenceburg.Junior, Josie Selm, placed second with one of her best times on the Franklin County home course. Sophomore, Kenzie Rogers, was the next to cross the finish line for Franklin County. She finished in 4th place. Sophomore, Kayla Baker, gave a solid performance, placing 5th.Neither Lawrenceburg nor Franklin County was able to participate as a full team, but each girl was able to compete for individual achievements.Franklin County Boys Varsity Cross Country falls to Lawrenceburg 15-50.Junior, Harmon Marshall, won the dual meet against Lawrenceburg, leading the entire race. Junior, Hunter Marshall, started the race in 3rd place but overtook Lawrenceburg’s Grant Hensley about one and a half miles in. He held onto 2nd place and finished just one second behind Harmon. Junior, Adam Grant, placed 4th, and junior, Eric Schwab finished in 6th place. He fell to 7th place at the halfway point but held on and regained his 6th place spot.Even though the Franklin County Boys gave an exceptional performance, they could not win because they did not compete as a full team.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Stacey Nobbe.The Batesville Middle School boys won their cross country meet against South Dearborn on Thursday.  Jake Chapman won the boy’s race followed by Ethan Lacey, 2nd, Cannon Clark, 3rd, Isaac Trossman, 4th, Griffin Koester, 5th, Landon Raver, 6th, Talan Rowlett, 7th, Cash Meyers, 8th, Hudson Kohlman, 9th, and Lincoln Garrett, 10th.     The Batesville Middle School girls won their meet against Franklin County.  Kaylynn Bedel won the girls race, followed by Paige Allgeier, 2nd, Charlotte Trossman, 3rd, Caitlyn Fox, 4th, Belle Young, 5th, Leigh Hertel, 7th, Lydia Huffmeyer, 8th, Hailey Pierson, 9th, and Candace Shane, 10th.     Boys-Batesville  15   South Dearborn  50.  Girls-Batesville  15   Franklin County  50.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.The Batesville Girls’ Volleyball team traveled to Milan Thursday night and brought home victories for both the JV and Varsity teams. After losing the first set, the JV fought back and captured the next two games. JV scores were: 17-25, 25-17, and 15-12. Kaylin Hinners led the team in serving going 16 for 16 this evening. Isabelle Wonnell led the team in serve-receives. Maggie Wilson crushed the nets with 4 kills. The Varsity team came to play and opened the evening with a win in the first set 25-9. In the second set they dominated again winning 25-12. The third set finalized the Bulldog’s dominance when they won 25-10. Leaders – Regina Gerstbauer – 18/18 serving with 6 aces. Katie Bedel 11 kills. Cayman Werner 10 kills.               Defense – Regina Gerstbauer led the way with 7 digs.The Varsity team will travel to Franklin for a tournament on Saturday. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Vickie Heil.The BMS 7th Grade Volleyball Team battled South Dearborn claiming a 2-set, 25-15, 25-22 victory.Jade Martin led all servers earning 12 points including 2 aces. Addison Luers contributed 9 points with one falling for an ace. Ava Walsman chipped in 4 points from the service line. Offensively, Grace Walter earned 7 kills in the front line. Reesa Zimmerman had 2 kills while Walsman earned 1 kill at the net. Anya Richey, Briley Broshears, Ashlee Sparks, and Zimmerman were solid in the back row. Izzy Meadows had 2 good spikes to help the team, while Macy Young and Addilyn Froehling made some positive plays in the front row.The team’s record improves to 7-3 on the season.  Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.The 8th grade BMS volleyball had a slow start, but came back to defeat South Dearborn 25-20, 25-15. The first game had some mistakes, but the team persevered and won the first game with the help from 2 kills from Sophie Gesell.  Gesell finished the game with 5 kills and 6 for 6 from the spiking line. Kate Bauer added 3 kills and was 7 for 7 in spiking. Molly Meer and Aly Peters had 2 kills. While Annie Negovetich and Lydia Haskamp each had a kill. From the service line, Molly Meer had 10 points and Sarah Bedel had 6 points. Ava Powner and Aly Peters each contributed 4 points. And Annie Negovetich chipped in 2 points.The team is now 8-2. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.    North Decatur Girls 8th Grade Volleyball beat Greensburg MS 25-15, 25-23. Exciting win over Greensburg to remain undefeated in the county! Gabi Adams was in beast mode at the net while the whole team worked together for a well-deserved win! Improving to 10-1!!Courtesy of Chargers Coach Becky Bingham.The St. Louis Lady Cardinals traveled to St. Mary’s Greensburg and brought home 2 wins. The 7th-grade game won in two matches with scores of 25-15 and 25-16. Scoring for SLS was Ella King with 19 pts 3 aces, Felicity Brelage with 8 pts 3 aces, Rachel Suttmann with 5 pts 2 aces, Ava Hollins with 2 pts, and Riley Siegel with 1 pt.  These ladies played some great defense to keep the serve for continuous rounds which is key.  We had great back row play and netplay the whole game.  Nice job ladies!   The 8th Grade group won with final scores of 25-23 and 25-20. Serving for SLS were Rachel Suttmann with 10 pts 5aces, Ashley Hunter with 7 pts 2 aces, Meg Ritter with 4 pts all aces, Cora Roth with 3 pts, Lucy Abplanalp with 2 pts 1 ace, and Isabel Imel with 1 pt. ‘Talk about a team that had it all together and for not one second let up in play to bring home this win.  Our serves were on and our knowing where the ball was and what to do next was on which are crucial.  We didn’t let mistakes take us over and we played with heart and pushed through for the wins.  Nice job ladies and congrats on that WIN!!!!’ Cardinals Coach Erin Trenkamp.  North Decatur High School Girls Varsity Golf finishes 3rd place at Edinburgh/Southwestern posting a team score of 244.   SW led with 201 and Edinburgh with 212.Lady Charger Individual Scores. Katy Kinker 54, Laronda Schwartz 63,Kenda Sieg 66, and Rilie Sieg 61.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Madeline Childress.The Greensburg Lady Pirates traveled to try and match the Golden Bears. The Bears proved too much, and the Lady Pirates fell with the final score of 5-0.  Keeper Sophomore Emilee Ernstes saw 39 shots on goal. The Lady Pirates only attempted two shots on the night. The Lady’s pass and defense in the middle of the field could not match Shelbyville.    This brings the Pirates record to 4-5 on the season. The home Game on Saturday starts a string of home games.Courtesy of Pirates Coach Ryan Morlan.The JCD Volleyball traveled to Switzerland County for the second meeting of the season and the conference matchup for this season. The Lady Eagles came out strong and took the first two sets 25-12 and 25-14. The third set saw the Lady Pacers pick up the pace but the Lady Eagles were able to come up with the win and 25-21.     Eagles Coach Cat Schmeltz Comments. ‘It was nice to see our squad come out tonight and turn things around from the last few nights. We were able to put together 3 good sets of volleyball. We have been a little beat up lately so it was nice to see the kids pick up a win and boost their confidence again. We are looking forward to finishing the season strong.’    Serving-Shaylee Volz 14/16–87.5%–5 aces; Marie Gohr 12/12–100%–4 aces; Aundrea Cullen 15/15–100%-2 aces; McKenzy Gray 9/11–81.8%–3 aces.  Serve Receive-Aundrea Cullen 18/18–100%–2.44 rtg; McKenzy Gray 10/10–100%–1.60 rtg.Hitting-Shaylee Volz 21/25–8 kills– +0.160%; Desiree Sparks 18/20–7 kills– +0.250%; McKenzy Gray 12/12–6 kills–+0.500%; Marie Gohr 11/12– 5 kills– +0.33%.  Setting-Emma Newhart 47/47–15 assist; Katelyn Wagner 28/28–9 assist; Aundrea Cullen 13/13–3 assist.  Digs-Aundrea Cullen—20; McKenzy Gray—14; Emma Newhart—9.The Batesville Bulldogs traveled to Greensburg High School for a conference match winning 4-0.Early in the game, Batesville was given a corner where  Willy Sherwood connected a header which was deflected and then shot in by JJ Kuisel. The next goal for Batesville came when Ian Powers found JJ Kuisel on a through ball making a timed run and shot into the net.In the second half, JJ Kuisel crossed the ball to freshman Ian Powers who took a clean volley into the side net. The fourth and final goal of the match happened from a nice combination play between Powers and Kuisel. Batesville wins 4-0. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Hunteman.last_img read more

Ireland squad to be announced shortly

first_imgJohnny Sexton, Sean O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip and Cian Healy could all be included after missing out last week.Cahir’s Tommy O’Donnell will be hoping his try scoring performance in Rome will be enough to secure a start this weekend.England have named an unchanged starting fifteen for Saturday’s match against Italy. Head coach Stuart Lancaster chose to keep the same match-day squad as Friday’s opening win away to Wales.last_img

Cuban plane crash caused by human error

first_imgDamojh Airlines – the Mexican charter company which owns the plane that crashed in Cuba earlier this year, has attributed the tragedy to “human error.”.According to the company, data recorders showed the Boeing 737 had taken off too steeply.The crash, on May 18, that killed 112 people, was one of the worst to happen in the Caribbean for decades. Plane leased from Damojh in MexicoThe Boeing 737 and its Mexican crew had been leased from Damojh by Cuban state airline Cubana when it came down 12 miles south of the airport.  Eyewitnesses described seeing the jet burst into flames before crashing into a field close to a wooded area near Havana’s main airport.Take off angle was too steepDamojh said in a statement that “the crew took off at a very steep angle creating a lack of lift which caused the aircraft to plunge”.The company said it was basing its assessment on data from the plane’s data recorders which had been extracted by a team made up of investigators from Cuba, Mexico and the US, and representatives from Boeing and engine manufacturers Pratt & Whitney.Mexican pilots union disagree However, the Mexican pilots’ union ASPA said Damojh’s statement, released before the official investigation has concluded, was “irresponsible.” A spokesman for the union said Damojh was “just looking to defend their interests” by blaming the crew before the investigation had been concluded.Following the accident two former pilots for the company came forward to allege that Damojh had a poor maintenance record.In the aftermath of the crash, Mexico’s civil aviation authority suspended the company’s operations, saying the suspension would remain in place pending the outcome of the investigation.Most of the victims were Cuban, including 10 evangelical pastors and their spouses. Of the 113 people on board, 110 died on impact. Of the three initial survivors, two later died in hospital.Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel has set up a special commission to investigate the crash.last_img read more

Malta MGA publishes Brexit guidance

first_img The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has published its licensee guidance on the ‘impact of the UK’s exit from the European Union’.Updating stakeholders, the MGA details that its Brexit guidance solely relates to affairs within its regulatory remit and that licensees should be aware of further business consequences resulting from Brexit.The MGA advises licensees to review UK and EU legal frameworks and provisions with regards to data protection, immigration, employment, duty, and copyright considerations.“The contents of this guidance note are of particular importance to entities established in Malta and operating in the United Kingdom, or entities established in the United Kingdom providing services and supplies within Malta, and it also details transitory measures in place for operators to ensure readiness and avoid regulatory disruption,” it said.Within its document, the MGA highlights regulatory provisions ’10-and-22′ on ‘Gaming Authorisations Regulations’ as critical guidance for its stakeholders.The conditions of Regulation 10 require that a licence holder must be a person or entity ‘established within’ the European Economic Area (EEA).The MGA confirms that UK operators will no longer fulfil criteria, as the UK government has chosen to exclude adhering to the ‘Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU)’ on providing freedom of goods and services.The authority advises impacted operators to undertake a ‘transfer of licence’ to a company or subsidiary which can maintain its ‘Gaming Authorisations Regulations’ requirements.In addition, UK incumbents will no longer fulfil the conditions of Regulation 22, which allows non-MGA licensed igaming entities to operate services in Malta, as long as they maintain licensing provisions administered by an EU/EEA member state.The MGA added: “Following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, entities operating in or from Malta, on the strength of an authorisation issued to them by the competent authorities in the United Kingdom will no longer be able to make use of the procedure laid down in regulation 22, and thus run the risk of committing a criminal offence.”The MGA advises affected parties to apply for Malta licensing, or gain recognition for another EU/EEA jurisdiction.Closing its update, the MGA confirms that Brexit should have no impact on ‘ancillary matters’ related to digital payments sanctioned by UK authorities, game certificates or essential business components or offices located within the UK. StumbleUpon Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020last_img read more

Angels Offseason Options: Julio Teheran

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Why he makes sense: The Angels need durability, and you can’t get much more durable than Teheran, this side of Justin Verlander or Max Scherzer. Over the last six seasons, he’s averaged 31.5 starts and 193 innings, and he’s still not even 30. He’s also got a career ERA of 3.64. He would also be a relatively inexpensive, short-term commitment, as opposed to spending big money on a four- or five-year deal for a starter like Patrick Corbin or Dallas Keuchel. Most teams probably wouldn’t be willing to trade a guy like Teheran, but the Braves happen to have one of the best stables of young pitchers in the major leagues. If there’s a team that could afford to part with Teheran, it’s them. Mike Foltynewicz has emerged as their No. 1. As Teheran nears the end of his deal, the Braves might choose to flip him elsewhere to free up money for one of their more pressing needs.Why he doesn’t: Although Teheran probably wouldn’t cost as much in trade as a Jacob DeGrom or J.T. Realmuto, his age, contract and durability still make him a pretty attractive piece who won’t be cheap. The Angels would certainly have to give up a top 10 prospect as part of the package. If the Angels do unload the prospect capital it would take to land Teheran, he’d likely be their only significant trade acquisition of the winter. Also, one of the Braves’ best pitchers this year was Anibal Sanchez, who is a free agent. Assuming the Braves don’t re-sign Sanchez, they could need Teheran to cover his innings. Teheran’s strikeout-to-walk ratio has been declining, which could be a red flag for the Angels to avoid him.Previous players: C J.T. Realmuto, RHP Nate Eovaldi, RHP Sonny Gray, LHP Patrick Corbin, LHP CC Sabathia, UT Daniel Descalso.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error (This is the latest in a series of quick profiles on players who fit for the Angels to add over the winter. They are purely “informed speculation,” based on what we know about the Angels’ roster needs along with General Manager Billy Eppler’s preferences and history. We’ll have a new one every weekday, until the GM Meetings, which are the unofficial start of the hot stove season.)JULIO TEHERAN, RHP, Atlanta BravesThe basics: During the Braves’ recent lean years, Teheran was one of the few young players they kept around. He’s a two-time All-Star, heading into his age 28 season.2018 season: Teheran bounced back from his worst season – a 4.49 ERA in 2017 – to post a 3.94 ERA. He started 31 games, his sixth straight season of at least 30 starts. He did not crack the Braves’ postseason rotation, though.Contract status: Teheran has one year left on his contract, at just under $11.2 million, along with an option for $12 million in 2020.last_img read more

Game Of Boards: Is a Super Series between the top 4 cricketing nations a…

first_imgAdvertisement 1b1zu1NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5rybmdWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebmcgggh( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 819qWould you ever consider trying this?😱r5bCan your students do this? 🌚8zyRoller skating! Powered by Firework While the Super Series might look like a delicate friendly contest between fierce cricketing nations, it has several nuances that will result in major ramifications that can change cricket as we know it after further probing.Advertisement Much like the popular television show Game Of Thrones, the latest spectacle between the unification of the allied boards against the ruling ICC poses edge of the seat drama. ICC’s carefully naturesque panned out ODI program right after the 2023 World Cup has been opposed by the BCCI due to the incorporation of an extra 50-over tournament. The extra tournament will take a major hit on BCCI’s revenues.Advertisement While there are ravens in the fantasy world of Westeros, here instead of carrier birds, we have a slew of e-mails which were written by BCCI’s CEO Rahul Johri to the ICC’s counterpart warning him to hold off making any “premature” decisions which could lead to major “repercussions”. Much like a prophecy, it has come true with the BCCI heading the battle against the ICC with ECB and CA by its side.As soon as his appointment as the president of the BCCI, Sourav Ganguly gave a warning cry to the people involved and promised a course of action.Advertisement “That’s one area, we will have to take care of it because we have not received any money in the last three-four years from the ICC,” Ganguly said. “Money in the sense what you deserve because India generates 75-80% of the (global cricket) revenue, so that is going to be one of the big agendas. Talks and discussions need to happen and we need to find a solution because this is not leading anywhere.”While the creation of a Super Series would guarantee an exemplary quality of cricket with 3 of the 4 World Cup finalists already there. But it would not go down well with the ICC who have prohibited non-ICC tournaments comprising of three or more teams.Sourav Ganguly stayed true to his words and has approached a different avenue to get the revenue which won’t be obtained with the participation in the additional ICC approved 50-over tournament. The BCCI President dropped the bombshell“Australia, England, India and another top team will feature in the Super Series, which begins in 2021, and the first edition of the tournament will be played in India,” However, the Prince Of Bengal’s enthusiasm wore out slowly after getting cagey and revealing that nothing is confirmed as of yet.The Super Series threatens to burst the perfectly balanced bubble created to benefit all the members of the organization. The existence of the big three ceases to bring forward disarray which will mean moving away from harmony and growth.With cricket growing faster and broader ever than before, the boards need to reach a settlement with the ICC instead of searching and going for an alternative route to generate revenue. The approach will only result in the stalling of the globalization of this beautiful sport.For the very first time since its inception, cricket would be waging a war where neither bat or swords, ball or bullets won’t solve the issue at hand. The sooner there is a compromise, the longer the sport lasts.Read Also:Shihkar Dhawan in positive spirits after return from injury setback: ‘A learning man is always an earning man!’Vigilante Turbanator: Harbhajan Singh bats for Suryakumar Yadav selection; accuses Indian selectors of bias  Advertisementlast_img read more

Statement by Cllr. Benedict F. Sannoh

first_imgLadies and Gentlemen of the PressOn Thursday, February 12, 2015 at about 7pm, the Liberia National Police (LNP) was informed that the body of male adult, about 48 years, alleged to be a Liberian and an Attorney at Law, was lying on South beach within the vicinity of 5th. Street, Sinkor, Monrovia.The Forensic and Homicide Investigators of the LNP immediately proceeded to the scene. Upon arrival at about 7.45 pm that evening, they observed the body lying on his back wearing only a swimming trunk.  His body was covered with particles of sand, and he was observed to be foaming from his nose and mouth. His eyes were reddish. No physical injuries were observed on the body. There were no lacerations or cuts on his body.  Photographs were taken which confirm these initial findings. The body was about 47 feet from the water.The LNP, due to the prevailing Ebola regulations on the removal and transport of dead bodies, could not take the body immediately from the scene for preservation pursuant to and adherence to Ebola preventive measures. As you are quite aware, the Ebola Protocol at all relevant times during this incident, dictate that all dead bodies should be presumed Ebola positive until it is tested by the Health Team and proven otherwise before removal.  Hence the body remained on the beach until the next morning, covered with a cloth.On February 13, the LNP and the Forensic team returned to the incident scene, and after clearance was obtained, the body was taken to the Samuel Stryker Funeral Home where the body was re-examined by the LNP Forensic team.  At the examination at the Funeral home, the body was observed to have some superficial wounds on the right lower ear lobes, upper right neck, right eye brow, left hip and the left ring and middle fingers. Pictures were taken of these observations. .Simultaneously with the taking of the body and subsequent examinations, the LNP interviewed over 20 eye witnesses  who one way or the other interacted with the deceased, saw the unfolding events on that fateful day immediately  prior to his death and thereafter. Those interrogated included the fiancée of the deceased, security guards assigned to residences in the vicinity of the incident, and residents in the vicinity who saw the deceased and his fiancée as they walked along the beach, as well as Brazilian national who rescued the deceased from the water and brought him on shore.The LNP also interviewed others who, although not on the scene at the time of the incident,  either worked with,  knew and interacted with the deceased, or were called upon and arrived at the scene and saw the body. The LNP also interviewed some Honorable members of the Legislature who were called to the scene and who also saw the victim on the evening of the incident.Based on the investigations conducted thus far, the facts indicate that the deceased on the fateful day, February 12, 2015 at about left his 12st residence along with his fiancée, and decided to take stroll along the beach. At some point, the deceased decided to take a bath in the water, following which he took off his clothes and walked into the sea.Information gathered indicate that the forces of the water may have overwhelmed the deceased and began to drift further into the sea. When his fiancée noted this, she yelled for help.  A Brazilian national, who was living in the vicinity of the incident responded, jumped into the water with a floater and managed to pull the deceased from the water.  When the victim was brought on shore, he was seen foaming from his mouth and nose. Attempts to resuscitate proved futile.  All those who saw the deceased after he was taken from the water confirmed that they saw no marks, lacerations or cuts on the body.On February 16, 2015, the LNP contracted the services of one Dr, Simeon Owizz Koroma, a Pathologist with a Sierra Leone nationality, to conduct a post morten examination on the deceased with the view to ascertain the cause of death.  By then, I was out of the Country on official matters.Upon my return, I directed that at least two separate autopsies be conducted in light of the sensitivities and public attention that the case has attracted.  Accordingly I directed the Solicitor to identify another Forensic pathologist out of the region to do the second autopsy.  The SG secured the services of Dr, Carl Wigren  a forensic pathologist from the United States of America. Let me say upfront that these two doctors are eminently qualified in the field of forensic pathology..Dr. Owizz, MD, is Consultant pathologist, Mortuary Services and Forensic Medicine; Lecturer in Pathological Sciences at College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone. He is an experienced Forensic Pathologist, with over 36 years practical and teaching experience.  He had performed autopsies for the UN backed Special Court in Sierra Leone on Sam Bockarie, Foday Sankoh and Chief Hinga Norman in Sierra Leone, as well on the 25 victims of the UN Helicopter crash and the 22 victims of the Togolese helicopter explosion at Lungi Airport.  At the time he was contracted, he was the Government of Sierra Leone Chief pathologist. Upon review of his CV and relevant documents, the LNP determined that he was qualified to conduct the autopsy.Dr. Carl Wigren, MD an American National, is Forensic Pathologist, Board Certified in Forensic & Anatomic Pathology and practices in the United States.On February 16, upon the authorization of the Ministry of Justice and the request of the Inspector General of the Liberian National Police, Dr. Owizz conducted the autopsy on the deceased at the John F. Kennedy Medical Facility in the presence of ACP Jersey K. Harris, Chief Investigator, LNP; Mr. Abu Daramy, CID; Mr. Terry Kerkula, Forensics, LNP; Augustine Mehn, Investigator, LACC; Balamo Kofa, LACC; Abraham B. Erikson Coroner and Richard Johnson, Mortician.   Dr. Owizz conducted a comprehensive examination of the body, including external and internal  parts, and in a report issued concluded that that the cause of death was drowning and that in his professional and expert opinion, the cause of death was natural.Dr. Carl Wigren, M.D., also upon the authorization of the Minister of Justice and the request of the Solicitor General, performed the second autopsy on March 10, 2015 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center. He took over 226 photographs during the examination documenting specific findings.  On February, Dr. Carl Wigren issued a preliminary report in which he concluded also that the cause of death was drowning.  He also concluded that “upon thorough examination of the body, that in consideration of the circumstances surrounding his death and the internal and external examination of the body, the death of this 48 year old male is due to asphyxia due to salt water drowning. Cutaneous (skin) defects involving eye lids, neck, ears, and hip are not the result of blunt force injury, but instead are due to animal predation following death. The manner of accident is consistent with accident.”Under our law and practice, it is the province of the expert medical personnel to establish the cause of death and the manner of death.  Investigations conducted by the LNP are intended to determine whether a crime has occurred and to identify, arrest, interrogate and charge those who they have probable cause to believe committed the crime.  In the instant case, the LNP did not receive any evidence, nor did it uncover any evidence from its investigations that the manner of death was criminal.The investigation did not uncover any evidence of foul play or that his death was induced by the conduct of another person or instrumentality.  Accordingly, I must conclude and hereby announce that the Government of Liberia considers the death of the body found on South Beach as natural and resulting from drowning.  Not having established that anyone was implicated in the death of the deceased or contributed to the death, there will be no charges or prosecutions. This investigation for all intents and purpose is now closed.Having addressed the medical conclusions and the prosecutorial decision we have reached, let me now turn to the identity of the body that was found on the Beach which is the subject of these conference.  Since this incident, we have read about a series of newspaper articles which can be best described as irresponsible journalism pregnant with lies, innuendoes and false accusations. Based on our investigations, the body that was found on the beach is that of Mr. Maurice Denzel Bryce, Jr, born in Bahamas on December 8, 1967.  On November 16, 2005, Mr. Bryce was issued a United States Passport in which he is named as Mr. Nkrumah Moziah Nadir Mulmi. His US Passport issued on 16 November 2005 indicates that he was born on 18 December 1967 in the Bahamas.We also have copy of a Passport issued to him by Bahamas dated September 13, 2005 which carries him as Nkrumah Moziah Nadir Mulmi, said to be born on December 8, 1967 in Grand Bahama , Bahamas.Mr. Mulmi also held two Liberian Passports. One was issued to him on July 7, 2006, which listed his place of birth as New York, USA. This passport was valid up to July 6, 2011.  Upon the expiration of this passport, he was issued a second passport on February 1, 2012 valid up to January 31, 2017. This passport listed his place of birth as Harper. It is this passport that carried him as Nkrumah Moziah Mulmi-Allison, which was based on a birth certificate issued by the Ministry of Health which lists the name of Gle D. Allison (Spelled as Gle, as opposed to “Gray D Allison”) as his father.  We have seen no evidence as to how he came to be referred to as Michael Allison.  There no record showing a change of name through the Circuit Court as required under our laws.  One additional confirmation is that comparison of the finger prints of the deceased and that taken when the US Passport was issued to him show a perfect match.Accordingly, we confirm that the body which was found on South Beach on February 12, 2015, which was identified by all who knew him as Michael Allison, was in fact that of Mr. Nkrumah Mosiah Nadir Mulmi, formerly Maurice Denzel Bryce, a citizen of Bahamas and of the United States of America. While he represented himself as Michael Allison in Liberia, and there is no evidence that this was his legal name. This leaves the Ministry of Justice to conclude that the person who was found dead on the beach and identified as Michael Allison, led a very dubious life, taking upon identities and changing names as the circumstances demand.  While the dubious nature of the life of the deceased does not diminish his dignity as a human being, and hence a duty imposed on the Government to thoroughly investigate and established the cause of his death, a duty we have fully discharged as a Government, there are lessons to be learned from this incident. Firstly, we need more scrutiny with respect to the manner in which our institutions discharge their statutory duties and responsibilities in the issuance of identity documents. The Michael Allison case is an indictment against the Passport Division, the Bureau of vital statistics, and the Liberian National Bar by admitting him into Bar.Secondly, we have to be careful as a people not to jump to conclusions, and engage in conduct that has the propensity to embarrass the Government.  The fact that the deceased was an alleged whistle blower in a case under investigation by the Liberia Anti- Corruption Commission (LACC), is immaterial to the establishment of the cause of his death, which is a professional exercise.  In the beginning of this process, some people came forward claiming to be relatives of Mr. Allison. We encourage them to come forward now that the investigation has been concluded so that they can claim the body of their loved one and undertake the necessary funeral arrangements, subject only to a DNA test to establish their relationship.On behalf of the Government of Liberia, we want to express our profound regrets on the passing of this young man. It is God who giveth and it is God who taketh away.  We want the family to know, wherever they are, whether in Bahamas, in the USA or in Liberia that the Government of Liberia has discharged its statutory responsibility in this matter consistent with our laws and international best practices and we are satisfied that the cause of his death is natural. May his soul rest in peace and may light perpetual shine upon him.  Thank youShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt Minister calls out Indigenous peoples over land claims

first_img…says all Guyanese have a right to resourcesSome Indigenous villages in the country have failed to adequately occupy and accordingly utilise the lands that they possess, yet, they are applying for more access to lands.Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney AllicockThis is according to Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister Sydney Allicock, who, at the launching of Indigenous Heritage Month 2019 on Sunday, pointed out that while the issue of land rights is important, Indigenous peoples need to take into consideration that they are not the only ones who are entitled.“Then, there are those (villages) that have outgrown their land space. Let us firstly justify our need for land extension, showing how, and what plans are in place to utilise the additional land….It is also important that Indigenous peoples understand that all Guyanese have a right to share in the distribution of our resources…,” Allicock told the gathering.He stated that Indigenous peoples across the country need to collaborate with others to find “a middle ground” in relation to ownership and rights of lands that belong to the country.“Our land rights are multifaceted and while it is important that our policy makers understand the value of space for other forms of life to survive, many villages have been applying for land extension with no clear vision with how the land will be used.Claims for ancestral lands which our fore parents used…to hunt, fish and farm now need to be supported by a village improvement plan,” he explained.Minister Allicock further noted that a village improvement plan is important in identifying development that is needed and that this should be the focus of the Indigenous communities in the country.“It is only you who would be able to know what your most valuable resources are and what kinds of projects will be benefitting to you. We have to be able to understand what we have so that we can better plan. We have to be able to develop a land management plan to keep us properly organised so that 100 years from now, we would still be able to have our lands bringing benefits to us”.According to the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Minister, the APNU/AFC Government did not set out to deprive Indigenous persons of their lands, but instead, the administration is “encouraging efficient land management” of resources in a country with a growing population and rapid economic development”.“Our development hinges on our ability to efficiently manage and sustain our resources. In almost every village, there is an abundance of natural resources,” he added.Just recently, former President of the Amerindian Peoples’ Association (APA) and Chairman of the Upper Mazaruni District Council, Toshao Mario Hastings, said that in cases where titles may have been issued, these were done without consultation and without the Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of Indigenous peoples.Inevitably, this has resulted in severe challenges on rights violations since Indigenous peoples’ right to own, use and occupy traditional lands is constrained in many ways, he noted.“Our hunting, fishing, spawning, farming, gathering grounds, lie outside of our titled lands. Our sacred sites outside of titled lands are being desecrated by mining which is done without our consent. We are faced with fragmented titles enabled by deficient laws that do not recognise our collective right nor support our collective decision making”.last_img read more

RCMP search still underway near Gillam

first_imgGILLAM, M.B. – During a press conference on Friday, Manitoba RCMP said the search by Gillam is still underway.While there are no confirmed sightings of the suspects the RCMP are open to the idea that someone may have helped the pair leave the area. The RCMP will also start door to door canvassing in Gillam and Fox Lake Cree Nation.The RCMP have also released this video of the pair in Meadow Lake, S.K. before they were scene in Gillam.- Advertisement – The RCMP are asking the public to remain vigilant as the pair may have changed their appearance.Kam McLeod & Bryer Schmegelsky MAY have changed their appearance & inadvertently been given assistance to leave the area by someone that was not aware of who they were. If anyone out there is hesitant to come forward – it is crucial for you call police immediately. #rcmpmb— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 26, 2019Advertisement Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky were charged on Wednesday with one count of 2nd-degree murder for the death of Leonard Dyck.As a result of the charges, Canada-wide warrants have been issued for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky. RCMP investigators across the country continue to share information with other law enforcement agencies as the suspects remain at large.Until Tuesday, McLeod and Schmegelsky were considered missing.  During the Tuesday press conference, the RCMP announced the two are now suspects in the three deaths in Northern B.C.The pair were seen in northern Saskatchewan on Sunday, July 21 and then in Gillam Manitoba on July 23.center_img The RCMP said the following at the press conference. “Kam McLeod & Bryer Schmegelsky MAY have changed their appearance & inadvertently been given assistance to leave the area by someone that was not aware of who they were. If anyone out there is hesitant to come forward – it is crucial”The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky near Gillam started on Monday after their vehicle was found on fire.  Since then the RCMP have increased their presence in the community with SWAT vehicles and check stops.On Tuesday the RCMP named McLeod and Schmegelsky as suspects in the double homicide of Lucas Fowler and Chynna Deese.  Their bodies were found 20km south of Liard River Hot Springs along the Alaska Highway on July 15, 2019. RCMP search near Gillam Manitoba for two suspects in three Northern B.C. homicides – RCMPThen on July 19, the RCMP say they found a truck that had been driven by McLeod and Schmegelsky south of Dease Lake.  The vehicle had been burnt and the body of Leonard Dyck was found at a nearby highway pullout.Advertisementlast_img read more