-22-year-old Danaysha Dixon was arrested on charges of or strike battery.-21-year-old Keira Ferguson was arrested on charges of touch or strike battery.They were taken to the Broward County Jail, and were released on bond Wednesday morning.Miramar-based Spirit Airlines released the following statement:“We thank our Team Members for their professionalism and quick actions, and we also thank the Broward Sheriff’s Office for their assistance at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport yesterday. Three Guests became combative following a delayed flight, and they were arrested for physically assaulting our Team Members.”Three of our Team Members sustained minor injuries. This violent behavior is completely unacceptable and has absolutely no place in airports or any other place of business. We will not tolerate abusive behavior of any kind. Further questions about this incident should be referred to law enforcement,” the statement continued.The Broward Sheriff’s Office says its investigation is ongoing, and the women could face additional charges. Three airline employees were injured during an attack by three women on Tuesday night at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and it was all caught on video.Officials with Spirit Airlines said the three employees suffered minor injuries when three guests “became combative following a delayed flight.”According to Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest reports, the three women hit the airplane employees “with miscellaneous items, such as phones, shoes, full water bottles, metal boarding signs and fast food.”The incident occurred outside the gate of a flight heading to Philadelphia that was delayed.“The victims were also punched and kicked in different sections of their bodies numerous times,” the arrest documents state.The three women who were arrested are all from Philadelphia:-20-year-old Tymaya Wright was arrested on charges of touch or strike battery and petit theft for allegedly taking a Spirit employee’s phone.Our summer is shining because of you Thanks for choosing Spirit and for being #PlaneAwesome pic.twitter.com/rrEXGyZCH7— Spirit Airlines (@SpiritAirlines) July 13, 2020
By Amy TenneryNEW YORK, USA (Reuters) – Crowd-pleaser Coco Gauff came through a tough battle with qualifier Timea Babos 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 on Thursday to set up a third-round clash at the U.S. Open against top seed and defending champion Naomi Osaka.The 15-year-old American phenomenon was forced to dig deep to become the youngest player since Anna Kournikova in 1996 to reach the third round of the women’s singles at Flushing Meadows.“I was tested a lot. I think we both were just testing each other,” Gauff said. “It’s just that type of match where anyone could have won.”Gauff rode into this year’s tournament with enormous expectations after a dream run at Wimbledon where she beat five-time champion Venus Williams on her way to the fourth round.On Thursday, the two players were evenly matched for most of the contest, with Gauff maintaining a slightly tighter performance and committing 34 unforced errors compared to 42 from Hungarian Babos.It was another comeback for Gauff, who worked her way back from a one-set deficit in her first-round match, and the young upstart showed off her fighting instincts after failing to fend off a critical break point late in the second set.“I thought that the first set, I definitely was in control. In the second set, she raised her level and I wasn’t able to finish the set,” Gauff said.A fired-up Gauff prevailed after a 12-stroke rally late in the third set to set up a break point opportunity, pumping her fists wildly and shouting in excitement in front of a packed crowd that was firmly on her side.“I couldn’t even see any empty seats!” Gauff said of the crowd, which included retired NBA star Kobe Bryant.“I don’t even know how to really thank you guys. I’m super honoured to be American and play in New York City.”Gauff will face off against 21-year-old Osaka, who also holds the Australian Open title, in the third round of the tournament today in a clash that may provide a glimpse at the future of the women’s game.“Obviously she’s an amazing player,” said Gauff. “She’s defending champion. She’s won two slams. She’s number one. She’s only 21.“We’re both pretty young. But I’m a little bit newer to the game. So I’m just curious to see how my game matches up against her.”
Kick off at the RDS is at 7.45. They begin the night five points ahead of Montpellier, tonight’s visitors to the RDS. Sean O’Brien is Leinster’s main injury absentee, with Rob Kearney returning to the bench. Leinster picked up a losing bonus point when the sides met in France in October, and head coach Leo Cullen is full of respect for their opponents.
A rare defensive error from the Blades set up Son Heung-min to open the scoring with his eighth goal of the season just before the hour mark.David McGoldrick thought he had levelled almost immediately, but after a three-minute delay the goal was ruled out for John Lundstram being millimetres offside in the build-up.To their credit, Chris Wilder’s men were not downhearted and survived another VAR review when George Baldock’s cross from the right evaded everyone and found the bottom corner.“I’m more interested in the recovery of my players, how they went for the jugular to try and get back in the game,” said Wilder on the VAR controversy.West Ham’s woes continued as Manuel Pellegrini’s men were beaten 3-0 at Burnley to stretch their winless streak to seven games.Ashley Barnes opened the scoring after 11 minutes as Burnley never looked back.Chris Wood doubled the hosts’ advantage after earlier having a goal ruled out by VAR for offside and a miserable day for the visitors at Turf Moor was summed up when goalkeeper Roberto punched a corner into his own net.“When you concede so many easy goals it does not help,” said Pellegrini.Everton moved six points clear of the relegation zone thanks to a 2-1 win at Southampton to ease the pressure on Marco Silva.Tom Davies gave the Toffees the perfect start at St Mary’s before Danny Ings equalised early in the second half.But Richarlison struck the winner 15 minutes from time to secure Everton’s first away league win since March.Newcastle are now seven points clear of the drop zone as they came from behind to beat Bournemouth 2-1 at St James’ Park thanks to goals from DeAndre Yedlin and Ciaran Clark. Lampard flying highLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea beat Crystal Palace 2-0 to move up to second in the Premier League on Saturday, while Tottenham’s troubles continued with a 1-1 draw at home to Sheffield United.League leaders Liverpool host Manchester City in a highly-anticipated clash between the champions of Europe and champions of England at Anfield on Sunday.Chelsea took advantage of kicking off a day earlier to move a point ahead of City and close to within five of Liverpool with a patient performance to break down a defensively dogged Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.Tammy Abraham moved level with Leicester’s Jamie Vardy as the top scorer in the Premier League with 10 goals as the England striker pounced on a deft flick through by Willian seven minutes into the second half.Christian Pulisic then secured all three points when the American headed home his fifth goal in his last three Premier League games.“We won the game relatively comfortably,” said Chelsea boss Frank Lampard. “A nice, solid win with a clean sheet.” Leicester can leapfrog Lampard’s men on goal difference and open up a nine-point gap between fourth and fifth with victory at home to Arsenal later on Saturday.– Tottenham, West Ham woe –Tottenham slipped to 12th and were lucky to even escape with a point as Sheffield United impressed once more to move up to fifth.“The reality is that for different reasons we are not showing the performances that we expect,” said Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.“We are not in a good position in the table.” Share on: WhatsApp
Image Courtesy: ReutersAdvertisement Saina Nehwal, the Indian badminton star and former world no. 1 is due her permit to enter Denmark ahead of the Denmark Open, which is to start on 15th October, and has approached the External Affairs minister through social media.Advertisement Image Courtesy: ReutersThe 29 year old wrote an appeal to Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, the Minister of External Affairs of India via her official Twitter, seeking assistance to get her and her trainer’s visas processed before next week.“I have an urgent request regarding visa for me and my trainer to Denmark. I have a tournament next week in Odense and we don’t have our visas processed yet. Our matches are starting on Tuesday next week,” Saina tweeted, mentioning Jaishankar at the end of the post.Advertisement I have an urgent request regarding visa for me and my trainer to Denmark. I have a tournament next week in Odense and we don’t have our visas processed yet . Our matches are starting on Tuesday next week . @DrSJaishankar @MEAQuery @DenmarkinIndia #danisadenmarkopen2019— Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) October 7, 2019Advertisement Mr Sanjeev Gupta, the CEO of Digital India Corporation came up with a prompt reply, assuring the shuttler that he is working to get their visas clearned, but also said the delay is due to the Embassy of Denmark requiring the applicant’s presence, in this case Saina and her coach at VFS Global.Saina, currently ranked 8th, was the finalist in last year’s Danisa Denmark Open, losing out the trophy to Tai Tzu-ying, who hails from Taiwan in the final, and will take on Japan’s Sayaka Takahashi in the first round of this year’s tournament.Saina unfortunately had to see a first round exit in last month’s Koeran Open, along with her compatriot PV Sindhu, who will also be seen in action next week in Odense. Advertisement
Fedrick Dacres – AthleticsFor his achievement in winning the gold medal in the discus throw at the XVII Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada. Dacres hurled the discus 64.80 metres to win the event over Ronald Juliao of Brazil by .15 metres. The 21-year-old Dacres also finished seventh in the final of the discus at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, with a throw of 64.22 metres, well below the 65.77 metres he threw to qualify for the final round. His earlier throw would have earned him the bronze medal had he made it in the final round of competition.Veronica Campbell-Brown – AthleticsFor her achievement in earning the bronze medal at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, with a season best run of 21.97 seconds, the third-fastest time of the year. Campbell-Brown also ran the lead leg for the gold medal-winning women’s 4×100 metres relay team at the Championships. Earlier in the year, VCB was a member of two medal-winning teams at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas; the silver medal 4×200 metres relay team and the gold medal-winning 4×100 metres relay team. Campbell-Brown was also fourth in the 100 metres final at the World Championships.Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce – AthleticsFor her achievement in winning the 100 metres title at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, with a brilliant run of 10.76 seconds. This was her third World 100m title, after previous triumphs in 2009 and 2013 and it was her fifth title in the last six major championships (including the last two Olympic Games). The ‘Pocket Rocket’ also anchored the women’s 4×100 metres relay team to victory in a championship record 41.07 seconds. Fraser-Pryce was the only Diamond race winner for Jamaica in the 2015 IAAF Diamond League, winning the diamond for the 100 metres with a perfect four wins from four starts. She ran a world-leading 10.74 seconds in Paris in the Diamond League and led the 4×100 metres relay team to victory at the IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas. Fraser-Pryce registered the three fastest 100 metres times for the year.
a man was on Thursday granted bail after appearing before Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts to answer a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm.Mark Frank, 32, of Company Path, Ruimveldt, Georgetown, pleaded not guilty to the charge which stated that on May 15, 2016 at Yarrow Dam, Ruimveldt, Georgetown he unlawfully and maliciously assaulted Jermaine Adolph so as to cause actual bodily harm.The prosecution’s facts stated that on the day in question, Adolph invited Frank to a party, but after the celebrations ended, Frank, who was intoxicated, refused to leave, as such Adolph pushed him out of his house.In the process a DVD player Frank was carrying, fell and broke. The next morning Frank returned to the home of Adolph and dealt him a stab to his left side neck.A scuffle ensued resulting in Frank stabbing Adolph again, this time to his left arm. Adolph’s brother who was at home intervened and rushed his brother to hospital.The matter was reported and Frank was arrested. He was granted $75,000 bail and will return to court on June 7, 2016.
In America they call it “road rage”, and it can be sometimes even deadly. Just last week an angry motorist alighted his vehicle in Virginia and beat up an older man because he was honking (blowing his horn), which Mr. Anger found unbearably irritating. When he had finished venting his anger, the aged fellow was rushed to the hospital, where he was announced dead on arrival from a heart attack! Other motorists took Mr. Anger’s license plate and reported the matter to the police. Poor Mr. Anger was slammed a charge of manslaughter that could land him in jail for years. But why put one self in for nothing trouble because of impatience and patent discourtesy? For the same reason these BIG SHOTS in Monrovia, riding vehicles marked “RL,” “SEN” and “REP,” transporting people who make and enforce the law; and even the Police, who are supposed to be keepers of the peace and courtesy, abuse poor road workers whose job it is to direct the traffic so that the construction proceeds speedily and on time.According to our Diplomatic Correspondent Joaquin Sendolo, road workers serving CICO, the Chinese company paving the road from Red Light to Fendall, complain of traffic violations and insults hurled out to them by these BIG SHOT drivers.It is simple stupidities like these, which are also a form of corruption because they clearly demonstrate the abuse of power, that make us often wonder whether Liberians really want development. Road construction and maintenance take place everywhere in the world. And our top officials often travel to developed countries and enjoy their clean and comfortable streets and super highways. But do our officials ever wonder how these streets and highways came to be so easy and pleasant to drive on? These modern streets and highways definitely did not drop from Heaven! Every inch was painstakingly designed, dug, filled with dirt, paved and maintained in day and night, and motorists HAVE BEEN COMPELLED to cooperate to make it happen for their own benefit and that of the general public. That is a small but very important part of what is called DEVELOPMENT. For people to get to work on time; for the trailers to move the automobiles from the factories to the dealerships; for the lorries to transport the food and other goods to the supermarkets and shopping centers; for heavy and light equipment to move to various points to carry on further development and make the country better and more livable; and for people to travel quickly and comfortably to their places of worship and on hundreds of miles on business, to weddings, funerals or on vacation, they need roads, roads, roads–not the pot-holed, deep-ditched roads in Liberia that the government has determinedly endeavored to improve since 2006.And here is GOL now, striving to pave the road, for the first time, to Ganta, and on to Zwedru, Fishtown and Harper; and even from Gbarnga to Voinjama, Kolahun and Vahun; and BIG SHOTS’ AND POLICE CARS are “cussing” the poor and humble road workers only because they are there laboring under the sun, rain, cold and dust, trying to help these same BIG SHOTS travel safely and avoid unnecessary traffic congestion.Do we really want development in Liberia?We hope that Speaker Alex Tyler, Senate Pro-Temp Gbessongar Findley, Police Inspector General Masaquoi and ALL Ministers and Heads of government Agencies will warn their vehicle operators to STOP the rudeness, unruly behavior and discourteous attitude to the poor road workers, whose only “crime”–well, what else deserves such nasty behavior?–is to detour the traffic to protect those parts of the road already prepared, and minimize traffic congestion.Madam President, please talk to your officials–in ALL branches of government, and to your beloved Police, too, whose JOB it is to befriend and protect the weak and everyone else and keep the peace. Tell them it is despicable (shameful, wicked) to “cuss” people for doing their job.And, Madam President, tell all the people all over the country to be like the Vahun people, to show courtesy, kindness and gratitude to the road workers who are trying to make life better for ALL our people.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The trial of the Ebola experimental drug, brincidofovir, has been terminated at the Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) due to the significant drop in the number of new Ebola cases, the aid agency has announced.MSF said it stopped the trial on February 3rd.“For the results to be scientifically valid, the experimental drug needs to be tested on large numbers of patients. With patient numbers decreasing at MSF’s center in Monrovia over recent weeks, it was not possible to achieve any conclusive results,” MSF said in a statement Monday.The aid agency also disclosed that low patient numbers are also proving to be a challenge for the other trials in which it is involved within West Africa. However, it maintained that it is determined to do everything it can to make those trials produce useful results.“In Guinea, MSF is currently facilitating a trial of the antiviral drug favipiravir, while a trial using the blood plasma of Ebola survivors started at the end of January.”The international organization said in Liberia, it is not involved in any other Ebola clinical trial. “We’re relieved that there are fewer patients infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia,” says Duncan Bell, MSF ELWA 3 project coordinator. “While it’s disappointing not to have a definite outcome for the trial, and not to have an effective treatment for Ebola, it is extremely encouraging to see the number of Ebola cases decreasing in Liberia”.The brincidofovir trial was led by Oxford University. The trial into a potential treatment for the disease was launched in early January.The protocol of the trial was validated by the Ministry of Health, the Liberian Ethics Committee, the MSF Ethical Review Board, the Oxford University Ethics Committee and was reviewed by the WHO Ethics Committee.Brindicofovir is an antiviral drug that has been taken by over 1000 people for other viral infections. It has also been taken by a handful of Ebola positive patients in the United States and Europe. It has not been taken by enough Ebola patients to determine if it is an effective treatment for Ebola. It is an oral medication, taken in tablet form.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
By Alex Redd, Th.DIntroductionThere is a popular saying that religion has no place in public schools or any other public sphere. This idea is propagated under the guise of “the separation of church and state.” This false notion has influenced Liberian state education, and it has subjected itself to purge religious literacy out of public school learning curriculum.The state-run public school system in Liberia is grooming the next generation of young people with an educational policy that prohibits reference to God. The Ministry of Education sanctions the use of academic curriculum to teach religious lessons in public schools and, doing so, may negatively impact the spiritual life and worldview of future generations. Why so?The ProblemMr. George Werner, a former education minister who oversaw the elimination of religious lessons in public school curriculum, says that public school curriculum is already crowded with primary secular subjects, so there’s no need to add religious subject.Moreover, he characterizes everyone as religious by nature. When pressed particularly about teaching of the Bible in public schools as a way to develop an inbuilt moral character of life and worldview for future generation, Mr. Werner casts such responsibility on parents who should send their children to Sunday school of a church.Mr. Werner affirms his belief in the Judeo-Christian God as enliven in the Bible, but he upholds the prominence of traditional African religion, an original belief system held by Liberian natives before arrival of pilgrims and their influential Christian values and principles to found Liberia as a nation-state.Prior to Mr. Werner’s interview, a present senior administrator at the education ministry, who did not want to be identified because of sensitivity of this matter, emphasized that the issue of teaching the Bible or any other religious lessons is something that state administrators crafted and sanctioned in a public policy since 2011.The administrator continued: “We want to keep the Bible, Koran, and other religious literatures and teachings out of public schools, because we want to be neutral in the fight over preference of religious literature in public education. We also want to comply with the constitutional meaning of separation of state and religion.”The response begs the question, is it possible to have a ”neutral” education of life and worldview? Certainly, I do not believe so; and therein lies the problem with Liberian state-run public learning institutions. How do we exalt our nation in God’s righteousness without allowing our children to learn and gain knowledge of the character of God (Proverb 14:34)?The paradigm of a “neutral” education of life and worldview is impossible, and it undermines the fundamental moral fabric and character of Liberia. Of course, there’s a constitutional basis that upholds supremacy of God over both the ecclesiastical institute (church) and civil magistrate (government).The Constitutional ArgumentThe whole debate tends to focus on Article Fourteen (14) of the Liberian Constitution that highlights two distinct dimensions: the first dimension is “no religious denomination or sect shall have exclusive privilege or preference over any other….” The second dimension is that the “Republic shall establish no state religion.” Hence, Article Fourteen (14) continues, this is “consistent with the principle of separation of religion and state.”The lingering questions therefore are: How do we dissect this provision, historically, of a nation that was founded primarily on the principle of free exercise of religion? What were the framers of the constitution thinking? Were the framers disallowing or banishing the use of religious reference to God in the public square or state institutions and other matters? A resounding NO!In fact, the framers declared in the Preamble of the Constitution that the Republic of Liberia is inherently reliant on the divine providence, grace and guidance of God for its existence and survival as a nation-state. Therefore, the Liberian state first owes its loyalty and accountability to the sovereign authority of God – the Creator of heaven and earth. Certain historical parallel emerges with respect to Article Fourteen (14) of the Liberian Constitution, and an ongoing American political debate concerning separation of church and state.The Secularist MindsetIncreasingly, secularists in our society today have interpreted the idea of “separation of church and state” to mean that the state is now autonomous, and God, himself, is banned from the public square and, particularly, from the institution of public learning. What has happened in our day is a blatant shift that has taken place whereby it’s not only the “separation of church and state,” but the notion that the state is separate from God, and that the state makes no reference to God in public education.And, any reference to God in public education is seen as violation of Article Fourteen (14) of the Liberian Constitution. Although the state still tolerates the practice of religion – no one goes to jail for reading the Bible or praying at home – however, toleration in many ways is increasingly being limited to a very narrow theater of operation, namely the church. Think about these disturbing patterns for a moment.The Christian PerspectiveThe meaning of the phrase – “separation of religion and state” or “no establishment of a particular state religion” illustrates the idea that the church is not the state, and the state is not the church. These two institutions co-exist and have distinct spheres and functionalities. For example, it is the state right and authority to levy taxes, raise a standing army, bear the sword, create an atmosphere of security, demonstrate upright adherence and enforcement of state law and so on.Likewise, it’s the prerogative and authority of the church to preach the Gospel, administer the holy sacraments, provide spiritual guidance and scriptural moral consciousness, and so forth. Nevertheless, these two institutions are under the sovereign authority of God. In the context of their distinct functions, we can argue about whether Liberia was established in July 1847 as a Christian nation. There’s no doubt that the pilgrims who came were distinctively Christians, but there’s an ongoing debate about the religious status or convictions expressed in the declaration of independence and the constitution. One thing is clear.The constitutional framers were professed THEISTS (believers in God). So, the agreement regarding “separation of state and religion” was the assumption that both institutions were under God; that God was the ONE who instituted the church in the first place and that Christ Jesus is the ruler over his church, and it’s the same God who instituted and ordained the civil government (Romans 13). Thus, all governments are accountable to the Creator who endowed the citizens of the state with certain inalienable rights, and all governments are answerable and accountable ultimately to the supreme governor of heaven and earth-even God.The indication that the “Republic shall establish no state religion” does not mean the state is autonomous, and the state would have no reference to God in public educational curriculum. The original idea of the constitutional article was that no particular religious denomination or sect would enjoy the peculiar support and subsidy of the government. However, this does not mean the government was free to rule without reference to God. That’s why we have the words “under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance and “In God we trust “ on our legal tender as well as the presence of a Chaplain in our national legislature; and the use of public prayer.God Deserves Honor and GloryIf God exists, then certainly He is the Creator of heaven, earth and all its inhabitants (Isaiah 66:1; Matthew 5:35; Psalm 24:1; Psalm 89:11). The extent of His activity and the extent of His authority as well as the extent of His government is certainly not limited to the church. A god who has sovereignty only over one aspect of society or civilization is no God at all. If God is God, and if he is the Creator of all things, then His sovereign authority extends to all spheres of human livelihood. So, why should secular mindset decide the future life of our children in public learning?To attempt to teach people the whole substance of knowledge without reference to God is making extremely a powerful statement about God. It is fundamentally committing to a worldview that is ATHEISTIC (which incorporates everything outside of church, state and God). The Liberian public education system is not only secular but, apparently, atheistic. This is not to mean there’s a militaristic agenda to deny the existence of God. But, the caveat is this: a worldview that does not affirm the existence of God or God’s sovereign authority is ATHEISTIC in its orientation.The Cultural CrisisThus, the crisis we have in our culture with public education is disallowing specific reference to God or orientation to God in the scope of knowledge in various disciplines. If God is out of bounds, considering language arts, history, physics, how we understand nature, and how we understand human life and human values, then what we are talking about is the elimination of God from our lives and worldview. Everyone has a theory of life. We seek to interpret the world in which we live and seek to understand the meaning and significance of our lives, and seek to order our behavior according to some standard, norm or value system. And, doing so is a grid through which we perceive and interpret all reality.ConclusionIf my view of life and worldview include the reality of God, then my life and worldview is THEISTIC or THEOCENTRIC; that the existence of God and authority of God has pervasive importance to everything that I understand. Conversely, however, if God is exiled or banished from this grid of life and worldview, and if I learn what I learn without reference to God, His existence and authority, then the grid by which I understand my life, values, behavior, and everything else is ATHEISTIC.This atrocious reality is a danger that compels me to encourage all fellow brothers and sisters of the faith to ascribe to an educational policy that involves the attributes, character, and absolute truths of God. This is crucial because it is the fundamental Christian belief that the dignity of all humankind is derived from God. Thus, I strongly disagree with policy administrators at the Ministry of Education in Liberia this way: it is impossible to have a “neutral” life and worldview.It is impossible to have a “neutral” philosophy of education. Every education has a perspective, a fundamental premise of life and worldview – and the beginning of such perspective or fundamental premise must be grounded in the knowledge, wisdom, and character of the Sovereign Creator – God, who manifests Himself through the radiant Word that became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ.About the AuthorThe author, Alex Redd, is a Christian theologian, a former Liberian journalist who served as guidance counselor at both Berkeley and Oakland Unified School Districts in California. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)