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‘Even Bill Gates Can’t Survive in George Weah’s West Point’

first_imgA group of emotionally-charged youths in the Township of West Point yesterday told our reporter that they (youth) of West Point were planning to petition government to name the township in honor of soccer legend George Manneh Weah.The youth, who numbered more than 30 people, paraded the streets of West Point and some parts of central Monrovia Saturday night, when results from polling centers started to filter in with indications that George Weah will be replacing outgoing former Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) Senator Joyce Musu Freeman-Sumo for the Montserrado seat in the 53rd Senate.The group, headed by 21-year-old Mustapha Swaray, declared that almost 100% of residents of the township consider George Weah as a messiah who will finally redeem them from their neglected condition of education and sanitation.  He said further that even the world’s richest man, Bill Gates, cannot survive politically in West Point, which is considered the soccer icon’s dominion.“There is no need to argue with our resolve to stay with Manneh for better or worse; even Bill Gates who is the world’s richest man cannot politically survive in George Weah’s West Point, and it will be a futile venture for anyone to attempt to sway our loyalty away from him.”Swaray maintained that for the first time in recent elections, West Pointers attended a confusion-free electoral process, adding that past confusions were ignited by the government.Displaying ID cards with photo of George Weah, the youths said: “We beat his (Robert Sirleaf) mother in 2005 and 2011, and if that was not enough now she has sent her son; she will never try our resolve again.”Polling at all voting centers in the township started a little behind time. But by mid-morning, voters sometimes in groups of five or ten,  following the Ministry of Health’s Ebola regulation of washing hands and observing the election commissions’ request for voters to observe a-three feet space between electorates, started queuing up to cast their votes.Many political commentators are hailing what they believe is the first smooth and violence-free election in the Township of West Point.Thousands of the township’s residents are now bracing themselves in preparation for the announcement of a date for what they expect to be their biggest ever political victory march.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hog farm ruling sets “despicable” precedent for agriculture

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In late April a federal jury, after less than two days of deliberation, found in favor of 10 neighbors of an eastern North Carolina hog farm, awarding them $750,000 in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages over complaints of odor and noise from the farm.The jury unanimously agreed that Murphy-Brown, which owns the hogs at Kinlaw Farms in Bladen County, “substantially and unreasonably interfered with the plaintiff’s use and enjoyment of their property.” Murphy-Brown, the hog production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, will appeal the court verdict against one of its contract pork producers to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, which is based in Richmond, Va.The National Pork Producers Council closely monitored the case and called the nuisance lawsuit “frivolous” and an “unwarranted attack on livestock agriculture.” NPPC pointed out that Smithfield operated in compliance with federal and state laws, including applicable occupational health and safety rules. The case was the first of several nuisance lawsuits brought by North Carolina residents against hog operations in the state with at least six more trials scheduled through this fall.This first case was being closely watched nationally by agriculture, environmental groups and animal rights groups and it sets a precedent that could have ripple effects throughout production agriculture. Smithfield thinks the result would have been different if the jury could have actually visited the farm and learned more about odor monitoring being conducted.“The recent jury verdict in a nuisance lawsuit involving a Murphy-Brown contract hog farm is deeply troubling,” said Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Before a jury can award millions of dollars in damages for so-called nuisance odors from a farm, that jury should at least be allowed to visit the farm and hear evidence about actual odor measurements at the farm. It is worrisome that a misled jury has set a dangerous precedent that will motivate more greed-driven lawsuits against more farmers. We are hopeful this verdict will be overturned on appeal.”In a statement issued by the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Pork Producers Council, National Turkey Federation and the North American Meat Institute, the groups expressed their concerns.“The recent jury verdict against a North Carolina hog farm is a blatant assault on animal agriculture and on rural America. If replicated, it will raise the price of food for consumers. It also will adversely affect farmers at a time when they are adopting innovation and technology to increase sustainability. It also set a dangerous precedent that already is being used in other cases,” the statement said. “The U.S. animal agriculture industry agrees with Agriculture Secretary Perdue’s characterization of the verdict as ‘despicable’ and with his opinion that it should be overturned. This miscarriage of justice must be rectified to ensure that the anti-agriculture advocates can’t continue to attack America’s farmers and ranchers.“Farmers and ranchers are among the best stewards of the environment and strive to be good neighbors. They shouldn’t be hauled into court for trying to do the right thing on their farms every day.”last_img read more

Chris Banchero, Alaska clip Meralco

first_imgAlaska 93 – Banchero 23, Manuel 17, Daniels 12, Teng 10, Pascual 7, Thoss 7, Enciso 5, Galliguez 5, Casio 3, Racal 2, Cruz 2.Meralco 89 – Lawal 27, Amer 11, Salva 9, Quinto 9, Newsome 8, Caram 7, Hugnatan 4, Hodge 4, De Ocampo 3, Pinto 3, Canaleta 2, Jackson 2, Almazan 0.Quarters: 18-19, 44-42, 71-66, 93-89. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES PVL: Motolite posts first win, keeps BaliPure winless Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Alaska slipped past Meralco, 93-89, in a joust between two squads with identical records and streaks in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Ynares Center here. Chris Banchero delivered his finest scoring performance in the conference yet, scoring 23 points to lead the Aces. Vic Manuel, playing only in his second game in months, seemed to have recovered his lethal form, tossing in 17 points.ADVERTISEMENT “I just expected it to be a tough game,” Aces coach Alex Compton said, whose squad improved to 4-2, good for the fourth spot in the tournament ladder. “Our locals, all of them, did a great job of playing together,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsChris Daniels was limited to just 12 points and seven rebounds due to foul trouble, which enabled Banchero, Manuel and Jeron Teng crank it up late. “It’s good to have him out there, doing what he does,” Compton said of Manuel. Gani Lawal had a commendable showing with 27 points and 26 boards in Meralco’s losing stand, while Baser Amer added 11 points.Nico Salva and Bong Quinto both fired nine points each off the bench helping the Bolts narrow the gap to 88-87 in with 1:46 left to play,Meralco dropped to 3-3.Alaska goes up against Phoenix while Meralco battles TNT next on Saturday at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The ScoresADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more