Angry ‘Margibi Players’ Halt Traffic in Kakata for 3 Hours

first_imgNational U19 team visited Kakata for a series of games— Players demand promises made to them during the county meetThe 2018-19 Annual County was touted to be the best ever since the tournament began in 1956 with the involvement of Orange Liberia, but the failure by the Bomi County Sports Association to live up to the promises made to their players and resulted into an event that took place on Wednesday, March 4, left much to be desired.A group of young men and women claiming to be playing members of the Margibi County soccer and kickball teams blocked Monrovia-Kakata Highway, near the small bridge at the Booker Washington Institute, according to Mr. Mason Saweler, insisting that every vehicle should pay LD1,000.Mr. Saweler is the president of the Liberia National Handball Association (LNHA), who led the national U-19 female team to play a series of games against teams from Bong, Margibi, and Montserrado counties as a consolation for the team’s inability to have gone by road to Niger for the IHF Zone 3 Handball Tournament.Saweler told the Daily Observer in a telephone interview yesterday that the young people were adamant on their demands, claiming that Margibi County Sports Association owed them U$250 each.“They could not see reason as vehicles piled up against each other on Kakata Highway,” Saweler said.He noted that as the situation deepened, police officers who were called to the scene could not be of no help. “It was a sad scene as police officers who came on the scene just turned out to watch the scene as if it was a movie,” he said.Saweler added that he did not hear any report of injuries during the commotion but the young people refused even when they were informed that a funeral procession was on its way towards Gbarnga.“I was afraid for the team I took to Kakata and their counterparts,” Saweler said. “It was a dangerous situation.”Saweler noted that in the end, a collection of LD1,000 each from the many vehicles stranded was made and at least close to LD6,000 was handed over to the leader of the group.He said when they suggested to the group to contact the county superintendent’s office with their grievance, a spokesman said that they tried but no one listened to their plea, and therefore they chose to take the law into their hands.Saweler said the situation lasted for at least three hours and he and his group were able to leave Kakata for Monrovia at 2:00 PM.There has been no official response to the youth’s action and Saweler said the dangerous part of the event was that even police officers were not prepared enough to bring the situation under control.“It was a sad story as police officers just stood there as the young people held everyone hostage,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mourning relative denounces Tookie

first_imgAlbert Lewis Owens came to Whittier to start over. Recently discharged from the Army and divorced from his wife, who retained custody of the couple’s two daughters, he was ready for a new beginning, said his stepmother, Lora Owens. Owens had visited Southern California as a child, and it was the first place he thought of when he decided the time was right for something new. “The divorce was really traumatic. He wanted a new start,” “He just thought, going out there, he might be able to get his life back together and make things go right again.” So Owens packed up and left Missouri, his parents, brothers, his ex-wife and his two kids for a place where he had no friends, no history and no job. He settled in Whittier, for reasons still unknown to his stepmother, and found a job working the cash register counter at a 7-Eleven on Whittier Boulevard. His goal was to save money and regain custody of daughters Rebecca and Andrea, said his stepmother. Instead, the convenience store would prove to be the wrong place at the wrong time for Owens. As the 26-year-old was sweeping the store’s parking lot in the early morning of Feb. 28, 1979, four men went into the store. Owens followed them inside. One of the men, Stanley Tookie Williams, pointed a shotgun at Owens and directed him to lie down on the floor of a walk-in refrigerator at the back of the store. While his accomplices took $120 from the register, Williams chambered a round into his shotgun and fired into the security monitor. He chambered a second round and fired it into Owens’s back as he lay face down on the floor. Before leaving, he shot Owens again. According to the accomplices-turned-witnesses, Owens begged for his life before being murdered. After shooting Owens, Williams joked about the gurgling sounds the young man made as he lay dying on the floor. Eleven days later, Williams robbed the Brookhaven Motel on Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles, where he murdered live-in owners Yen-I Yang, 76, his wife, Tsai-Shai Yang, 63, and their daughter Yee-Chen Lin, 43. Now, 26 years later, as a small army of supporters, led by a host of Hollywood celebrities and activists, works diligently to persuade Gov. Arnold Schwarzenneger to save Williams from a Dec. 13 execution, Lora Owens spends her days doing back-to-back media interviews. She says she is giving her side of the Tookie Williams story – the Albert Owens story. Between her 60-hour a week job, and with little sleep, Lora Owens spends hours on the phone, talking to reporters from all over the world. She is surrounded by piles of notes and records about the case. She pushes on with the help of her faith in God and her church, she said. The past year has been a nightmare, she said. “At first, it was unbelievable,” Owens said. “Then Hollywood decided to make a big production about it. I was like, `What? You’re kidding?’ Then, it became a nightmare.” She is determined that, amid the clamor for Williams’ life, no one forgets the red-headed, freckle-faced boy with sparkling eyes who loved “Star Wars.” As a young man, on visits home from the Army, Albert would show off to his brothers, she recalled. “His stepbrothers were young and he would do calisthetics,” Lora said in a telephone interview. “He’d show them how he learned to do it one-handed. He was so proud to be in the military.” As a man, Lora mostly recalls Albert as a father who adored his daughters. Shortly before he was murdered, Owens had visited his daughters in Missouri. Lora remembers spending time at home with him and the family. Now, she said, his daughters barely remember their dad. Charles Owens, Albert’s father, who died in 1995, was devastated by his son’s death, Lora said. Charles often asked her to call attorneys and detectives in the case. Before Charles died, he had made a stark and lasting request of her: “You’re not going to forget about Albert, are you?” Williams’ supporters argue that the Crips gang leader has been redeemed during his years on Death Row. A movie about his life, “Redemption,” starring Jamie Foxx, highlighted the positive aspects of Williams’ life in prison. He co-authored anti-gang children’s books and developed a peace process for rival gangs. To this day, Williams maintains he is innocent of murdering Owens and the Yang family. “For all four victims, it was a tragic loss of life, but Stan is not guilty of those murders,” said Cameron Sturdevant, spokesman for the Save Tookie Committee. “Stan has done much more to stop gang violence than the deputy district attorney who tried the case and police involved in the investigation. I would like to know one anti-gang book title they’ve written, or how many gang truces they’ve brokered,” he said. Sturdevant said he doesn’t believe the witnesses to the murders were credible, and he disputes that there was enough physical evidence to convict Williams in 1981. For Lora Owens, the debate over whether Williams should live or die boils down to her late husband’s last words to her. She believes Charles will never rest in peace until Williams is dead. “I’ll be standing at the execution in the name of Albert,” Lora said. “I think Albert would’ve expected me to be there. And if I’m the only person in the room, I won’t be alone.” Lora Owens said. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Durban Test: Steyn, Philander help South Africa dictate terms vs Sri Lanka on Day 2

first_imgBrief scores – South Africa (235 & 126/4) at stumps, lead Sri Lanka (191) by 170 runs. Fad du Plessis (25*), Quinton de Kock (15*), Lasith Embuldeniya (2/36). Full ScorecardFast bowler Dale Steyn took four wickets as South Africa seized control of the first test against Sri Lanka on day two and went to the close on 126 for four, an overall second innings lead of 170 runs at Kingsmead.South Africa had earlier bowled the tourists out for 191 in their first innings, with the experienced Steyn leading the charge on a slow but seaming wicket.Captain Faf du Plessis (25 not out) and Quinton de Kock (15 not out) will seek to push the home side past the 250-run lead on the third day, a daunting target against a visiting side that have not passed 300 in any of their last 12 test innings.But debutant left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya (2-36) ensured South Africa stuttered in their second innings as he collected the wickets of Temba Bavuma (3) and Dean Elgar (35).Aiden Markram had the home side off to a positive start with a brisk 28 before he edged seamer Kasun Rajitha to second slip, while Hashim Amla was snatched in the gully off Vishwa Fernando.South Africa have a long tail with all-rounder Vernon Philander batting at number seven and quick wickets in the morning could bring Sri Lanka back into the contest.”We want that lead to get up a little bit more tomorrow,” Steyn told reporters. “If we bowl anything like we did in the first innings we should be OK. But we do need more runs.advertisement”If you bowl short and aggressive lengths, there is was always a chance of a wicket.”Whatever target they are set, the visitors will have to show more application with bat in hand against a home attack that is expert in their own conditions.The tourists resumed their first innings on 49 for one on the second morning, but were soon in trouble as Steyn (4-48) struck the opening blow when he trapped Oshada Fernando (19) leg before wicket.WILY SEAMThe wily seam of Philander (2-32) then removed Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne (30) with the same mode of dismissal.Top-scorer Kusal Perera (51) and Dhananjaya de Silva (23) added 43 for the sixth wicket with some attacking stroke-play, but their promising partnership ended on the stroke of lunch when the latter was caught by Duanne Olivier in the deep off Kagiso Rabada.The procession of wickets continued in the afternoon, with Embuldeniya (23) providing some dogged resistance before he was the last man out, caught by Steyn at mid-off to give Kagiso Rabada a second scalp.Also Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test Day 2 in Durban: As it happenedAlso Read | South Africa vs Sri Lanka: Dale Steyn surpasses Kapil Dev in Test wickets listlast_img read more