first_imgIn December 1979, Steve Tolbert Jr. was leading a life very different from that of most other 13-year-old Liberian boys. After all, not many Liberian pupils attended a boarding school set amid the ruins of a monastery in the southeast of England. His parents, although separated at the time, had reached the peak of Liberian society as successful entrepreneurs and diplomats.His father, Stephen Tolbert Sr. was the founder of the Mesurado Group of Companies, the largest and most successful homegrown Liberian enterprise. His mother, Neh Dukuly Tolbert, was Liberia’s Ambassador to France, a polyglot just starting her career as an international diplomat. His father’s elder brother was Liberian President William R. Tolbert Jr., who was about to visit London on a state visit. Steve, in his own words, was feeling “extremely proud and very happy…and being very cool about it” as he prepared to take the train (all by himself) from Dover College to meet his Uncle.While many Liberian youth would have given anything to be in young Steve’s place, the young Tolbert had already experienced great tragedy. When he was just nine, his father died in a plane accident after which Steve says he “had to grow up very quickly.” The evening of December 10 and the following morning would be the last time that the two Tolbert’s, born more than a half century apart, were together. The Tolberts would deal with much more tragedy after the President was unceremoniously killed during the coup of April 12, 1980, and surviving family members were placed under house arrest or imprisoned.From 1979 to 1980, President Tolbert was the Chair of the Organization of African Unity, in which capacity he represented the continent where he was born, but to which his father, young Steve’s grandfather, had immigrated from the US state of South Carolina as a young boy in 1878. In the mind of young Steve, his uncle’s “whole life and responsibility were the affairs of state.”President Tolbert had continuously served in government since 1943 when he was elected to the House of Representatives and was visiting London to lend the weight of his office at a crucial time during the Lancaster House talks that would eventually guide the British colony of Rhodesia to independence as Zimbabwe. Liberia’s outsized role in promoting the independence of Africa is often overlooked, although both President Tubman and Tolbert dedicated significant energy, time, and treasure to facilitating the total liberation of the continent. These efforts were recognized by their contemporaries however. A briefing prepared by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for the British Prime Minister noted that President Tolbert “takes a close interest in the problems of southern Africa” and could be expected to “speak forcefully on what he sees as the threat that South Africa poses for peace in the region.”Steve Tolbert recalls that the Lancaster negotiations had been covered in the British press and that he was “mildly aware” of what brought his uncle to England. Embarking at Kent and disembarking in London, young Steve took a taxi to Claridge’s hotel, an iconic mid-19th Century art deco luxury hotel where the President and his entourage (including current President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf) were based.Clad in his school uniform, Steve approached the reception and asked to see President Tolbert. After it was confirmed that he was indeed a legitimate visitor, he was escorted to the presidential suite by both Liberian and British security.His uncle was out, most likely wrapping up a late lunch at Downing Street with Prime Minister Thatcher and a number of high-ranking British officials. While the serious issues in Zimbabwe were a major theme of the lunch, the President still found time for some clever banter in his luncheon address. Tolbert adroitly availed himself of the opportunity to beseech the Prime Minister, nicknamed The Iron Lady, to grant Liberia most favored nation status because it was one of the world’s leading producers of iron ore.While his uncle was out pressing for African independence and investment in Liberia, the younger Tolbert says he was “being treated royally. I had drinks and food and candy and was watching TV, which was a luxury.” Steve was quite excited to see his uncle, an opportunity he had about once a year. While he recalls that the President was “famously not a ‘splurgy’ guy,” his uncle would usually give him about $100 when they met – funds which could go quite far in procuring snacks and toys in the 1970s. He believes that on this trip his uncle generously proffered an extra $50 to compensate for the fare and inconvenience of the train ride.Steve recalls his uncle asking, “what I was doing, how I was doing in school, if I was playing sports, if I was being prayerful, and all of that.” Steve adds, “you never talked about business and whatnot…when you’re a little kid and your uncle is President, you sort of listen, you don’t ask many questions.”Amid this conversation, he recalls his uncle taking a steady stream of phone calls and processing a stream of papers that required his urgent attention. Joshua Nkomo, one of Zimbabwe’s independence leaders who would lose elections to Robert Mugabe in a few months, was a name that Steve recalls coming up several times. He also remembers his uncle fielding a phone call from Lord Carrington, the British Foreign Secretary.In the short days of the British winter it became dark quite early. The President didn’t want his nephew travelling alone at night, so requested that Steve lodge with him. He relates that this “was fine with me. I’d get to stay in a presidential suite and…do room service and all of that.” His uncle’s entourage headed out to Covent Garden to watch the Russian ballet, Swan Lake. Steve dined alone, watched some more TV, and then went to bed early. When he woke early the next day for breakfast with his uncle, the President “didn’t say very much, at that point he was kind of pensive.” Steve adds, “he was clearly in a different mood. He was reading his Bible. It was a contemplative time for him, I believe.”Steve was driven to the Charing Cross railway terminus by his uncle’s security detail and boarded the train back to Dover College. Almost exactly four months later, his uncle would be killed in a coup. Six days after that, Zimbabwe finally gained its hard fought independence.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgCNOOC Gas and Power Group and BG International Ltd. have signed a memorandum of understanding. Now a joint study is planned for a plant that would have the ability to export 21 million to 29 million tons of super cooled gas every year. In 2013 BG filed plans with Canadian regulators for a proposed $16 billion natural gas export terminal at Ridley Island near Prince Rupert, which would be  capable of processing up to 2.9 billion cubic feet of gas a day, or 21.6 million tons per year. It has partnered with Spectra Energy on a pipeline that would go to the coast.- Advertisement –last_img

first_img Luis Suarez in action for Liverpool last season Joe Allen believes Liverpool have finally overcome the loss of Luis Suarez and are now even better than they were with the Uruguayan leading their attack.With Suarez in sensational form last season, the Reds only narrowly missed out on the Premier League title.His summer departure to Barcelona left a huge void and Brendan Rodgers’ side, also rocked by the absence of fellow striker Daniel Sturridge through injury, made a disastrous start to this season.But Liverpool have been vastly improved in recent weeks, with a ten-match unbeaten run moving them to within touching distance of the top four, and Allen reckons they are now at the top of their game.“At the start of the year we talked about how losing Suarez was going to have an affect but now we have overcome that,” the midfielder Allen said.“It took us a little bit of time to overcome that because the injury problems we had were not ideal.“We are certainly back up to that level and if anything with the different system we play this season we might even have taken a step forward.“Sometimes (criticism) gets taken out of hand but I don’t think it was unfair. There was no hiding places and we were not delivering as players.“There was no excuse from us. We knew there might be a difficult patch early in the season and that probably went on longer than we hoped and expected.“At the same time we always knew we would come through it and I think that was the biggest sign we would be where we are at this stage.”As well as edging closer to a Champions League qualification spot, Liverpool are through to the FA Cup quarter-finals and travel to Besiktas on Thursday looking to secure safe progress to the Europa League last-16.Allen says everyone at the club is “digging deep” to cope with their three-pronged attack, epitomised by the resilience showed in winning 2-0 at Southampton on Sunday.The St Mary’s encounter was not without its controversy, though, as referee Kevin Friend waved away three strong, first-half penalty appeals from the hosts.Dejan Lovren handled after Filip Djuricic twice went down in the box, first under pressure from Emre Can and then Allen’s challenge.“If I am being honest I didn’t get contact on the ball, which was disappointing because I felt I could get it but missed it,” the latter said.“I didn’t really take him down either so it is one of them where my heart was in my mouth a little bit but at the same time I can see why it wasn’t given.”Those incidents along with others at the weekend led to widespread discussion about the merits of video technology – something Southampton captain Jose Fonte would back.Asked if he would support the introduction of such the measure, the Portuguese centre-back said: “Yeah, I think so, I think it would be a good solution.“It’s one of those days. Nothing went our way. We kept trying, we kept working hard.“They got a great goal really early on and then we put the pressure on them, and we just didn’t have any luck today, either with decisions or in the game itself.” 1last_img read more

first_img 15. Jesus Navas (right wing) 22. Gael Clichy (left back) 11 13. Willy Caballero (goalkeeper) 2. Bacary Sagna (right back) – find out who else makes our predicted line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above 6. Fernando (central midfield) 11 11 26. Martin Demichelis (centre back) 11 14. Wilfried Bony (striker) 11 11 11 Manchester City host Hull City in the League Cup tonight looking to maintain their bid for an unprecedented quadruple.Manuel Pellegrini’s side got their title challenge back on track with a 3-1 win over Southampton at the weekend and now eye a semi-final berth with the Championship outfit in their way.The hosts could welcome David Silva back into the starting line up after two months out with an ankle injury, while some of their established stars could be granted a rest ahead of Saturday lunchtime’s trip to Stoke City.So, with Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham all out of the competition, how will the three-time winners approach the game?talkSPORT takes a look – click the yellow arrow above, right, to who made the cut… 11 21. David Silva (attacking midfield) 30. Nicolas Otamendi (centre back) 11 11 7. Raheem Sterling (left wing) 16. Fabian Delph (central midfield) 11last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe system, said Chief Garry Couso-Vasquez, is designed to enhance the overall operational efficiency of the department. “It’s a new proactive community-oriented deployment policing plan,” he said. Wilsey said the new strategy provides a stable policing and tactical operation that is flexible so officers can quickly respond to spikes in crime or any unusual crime pattern that develops. In fact, Detective Ismael Navarro, head of the graffiti task force, said the department has had no problem assigning an officer to help with investigations. “I have all the resources of the department to do any operation I need,” he said. MONTEBELLO – The Montebello Police Department has established a new plan to deploy officers, based on the community’s needs, officials said. The plan will be in full force by the end of the month with the addition of a new officer, Capt. Greg Wilsey said. “The intent is to have a seasoned officer be reassigned to our new Crime Suppression Unit once the new officer has finished training as in place on patrol,” he said. The unit, which currently has six officers and a sergeant, handles graffiti and gang problems. The new officer would be assigned, through the crime suppression unit, to graffiti, Wilsey said, to aid Navarro on a daily basis. “The officer will help do research, go to schools to educate children and be trained to testify in court,” Navarro said. “Our goal,” Wilsey said, “is to get rid of tag bangers that terrify neighborhoods; they’re thugs.” Navarro said taggers are no longer just those who deface property, but are part of gangs. And the punishment is changing to fit the crime. “Tagging is no longer just a misdemeanor,” he said. “They can be charged with a felony and sent to prison if the damage is extensive enough.” Other units in the new plan includes a retail enforcement officer, a narcotics unit and a counter officer. Residents and businesses will see an overall increase in service with the implementation of this plan, Wilsey said. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 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

first_imgBrendan Rodgers endured the worst possible start to his Celtic career, as the Scottish giants were defeated 1-0 by Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar in his first competitive game.Looking to qualify for the Champions League group stage, the Bhoys were clear favourites to overcome the minnows with ease, but Lee Casciaro’s goal just after half-time sent the Parkhead club to arguably the most embarrassing defeat in their history.A long punt downfield fell to the Gibraltarian international forward, and after flicking the ball over Efe Ambrose’s head, he sent a composed finish past Craig Gordon.Celtic found no way back into the game, and although they are likely to win the return leg of the qualifier, this defeat will go down in infamy.You can watch the historic goal above…last_img

first_imgDONEGAL-based Gardai who called for an overhaul of the way court-imposed fines are collected may be about to see their idea taken on by the Government.Garda Odhrán McBride told a conference two weeks ago that the current system is caught up in bureaucracy and is “a drain on resources”.He described arresting people for non-payment of fines and taking them to Castlrea Prison only for them to be quickly released. “You find them coming back up the road behind you,” he told the Garda Representative Association annual conference.Gardai supported him and described the current system as “antiquated, inefficient and overly bureaucratic”.The original motion was put down by Dunfanaghy based Garda Brendan O’Connor and seconded by Garda McBride.The crazy system that allows people to get away without paying fines is now set to be addressed by the Government.We understand that they propose to dock wages or social welfare payments at source.At their annual conference in Co. Mayo, rank and file gardai voted unanimously to call for the Revenue Commissioners to be tasked with the collection of court-imposed fines.They claim they are wasting endless hours of their time chasing up small fines, which is ultimately costing the taxpayer money.Now Justice Minister Alan Shatter, who also addressed the conference, is taking Garda McBride’s recommendations on board.A Fine Gael source told us: “When Garda McBride spoke about going to the bother of arresting someone and taking them all the way to Castlerea, only to see them released immediately, it really showed up the shambles of the current regime.“This Government has taken that on board and will look at ways of making sure fines are collected – currently the system is a massive waste or resources.”VICTORY FOR BRAVE DONEGAL GARDAI WHO HIGHLIGHTED FINES FIASCO was last modified: April 27th, 2011 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:Alan ShatterdonegaldonegaldailyfinesGardaiGRAlast_img read more

first_imgA man charged with two counts of rape has been allowed to travel to the UK for two music festivals.The man, who is in his 20s, appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal. The alleged offences took place at an address in Letterkenny on July 29th, 2016.Barrister for the accused man, Mr Ivan Toner, made an application to the court asking if the man’s bail conditions could be varied.A previous court ruled that the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, should sign on at Letterkenny Garda station and surrender his passport.However, Mr Toner said his client was working at two music festivals in the UK and would not be able to sign on and would also need his passport returned.The man will be out of the country for a total of eight days when he travels to the two festivals.He is to return his passport to Gardai when he returns from the festivals.Garda Inspector Goretti Sheridan agreed to the application on behalf of the Gardai.Inspector Sheridan said the Director of Public Prosecutions had agreed to prosecution on indictment at the Central Criminal Court.Among the other condition imposed including a cash lodgement of €2,000, that he provide a mobile phone number and that he have no contact with the alleged victim.Legal aid was granted to the man.Judge Deirdre Gearty adjourned the case has been adjourned until September 21st.Man charged with rape is given passport to attend music festivals was last modified: September 1st, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtdonegalmusic festivalspassportrapelast_img read more

first_imgTHERE’S no mistaking the support for Donegal in Glengesh. The locals have been working overtime to make sure no-one is in any doubt whatsoever.They’ve even done a video of it.Click to playCOUNTDOWN TO CROKER – VIDEO OF THE DAY (GLENGESH MAKE-OVER FOR SAM!) was last modified: September 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But looking at the bills Schwarzenegger has vetoed – a list is available at – it’s not as though he’s cut down a rash of critical, widely supported changes in the law. The list consists mostly of minor fee hikes, regulatory mandates and more “studies” of one issue or another. If anything, it’s the local Valley legislators – elected in skewed, gerrymandered districts – who are out of step with local communities. After all, the Legislature is dominated by Democrats, as is the Valley’s legislative delegation. But what bills did local leaders pass to deal with some of the most critical issues facing the state, such as crumbling infrastructure, the looming pension crisis or our structural budget deficit? None. And on the one issue where their support was needed most – speeding up construction of a car-pool lane on the northbound 405 Freeway – they dropped the ball, failing to pass a bill at all because they were too beholden to the public-employee unions that were opposed. That’s because under the state’s rigged districting system, Valley politicians don’t need to do the business of the people. Instead, they craft legislation on behalf of their campaign supporters and ideological allies. Well, we now know that the San Fernando Valley gets not only its fair share, but more, in at least one department – gubernatorial vetoes. While Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoes 24 percent of the legislation that crosses his desk, he’s even harder on bills authored by Valley legislators, which he axes 35 percent of the time. Who can blame him? Local legislators try to portray Schwarzenegger’s Valley veto-happy ways as a sign of extremism. “My impression is that the governor’s suffering from political schizophrenia,” complains Glendale Democrat Dario Frommer. “He’s trying to balance his right-wing base against where most Californians are politically. So he’s all over the map on things.” The result is they get vetoed a lot, which only makes sense. They’ve earned it.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