Broward Man Baker Acted After Waving Gun at Drivers, SWAT Team

first_imgA Broward County man faces questions about his mental status, after using a weapon to scare a neighborhood.According to the police report, 25-year-old Merville Vaughn Jr. has been Baker Acted for allegedly waving a gun at people driving by and then starting a standoff with law enforcement.The SWAT Team arrived just before noon Wednesday at a home located on NW 7th Street in Fort Lauderdale, where Vaughn was armed and hiding inside.They announced to him via loud speaker, “We’re not going away. We’ll be here as long as you want to be here.”Neighbors joined officials in trying to convince him to surrender, which he eventually did.Police told Miami television station WFOR that Vaughn was also wearing a bulletproof vest.Vaughn was taken into custody before being admitted to a local hospital for a psychological evaluation under the Baker Act. Criminal charges against him are pending, and no one was injured during the tense standoff.last_img read more

USC hosts Chinese delegation

first_imgThe USC US-China Institute is set to contribute to the bilateral discourse between the United States and China by hosting a delegation of high-level Chinese government officials for a daylong Legal Exchange focusing on Chinese telecommunications and patent law, on campus Monday.The US-China Legal Exchange is an annual summit hosted in alternating years in the United States or China, that gives representatives from both countries an opportunity to clarify and discuss legal issues from their respective nations. This year, the USC US-China Institute will host the Los Angeles portion of the exchange at the Davidson Conference Center.“The most important part of the Legal Exchange is that it promotes dialogue and provides an opportunity for direct contact between legal and academic communities with foreign government officials,” said Joel Blank, senior attorney for the Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce, who is involved in organizing the exchange.The Chinese delegation, led by Vice Minister Zhang Qiong from China’s State Council Legislative Affairs Office, will use this year’s exchange to focus on amendments to the Chinese patent law and explain the details of the draft of the Chinese telecommunications law for American service providers and manufacturers who are interested in the Chinese market.“They are trying to structure this in a way they can attract foreign technology, investment, cooperation and build their own capacity for their domestic market,” said Clayton Dube, associate director of the USC US-China Institute.Dube added that the event was an opportunity for people from both countries to clarify and learn more about the legal technicalities of their individual legal systems, rather than approach the markets without any knowledge.“This is not intended to be a debate,” Dube said. “The reason the [Chinese] Ministry of Commerce and US Department of Commerce is putting to this together is because they want greater discussion and understanding.”The US Department of Commerce asked the institute to be a co-host for the Legal Exchange, in part because of its research which focus on trends that could affect the US-China relationship, rather than generally topical issues, according to Dube.“We invite people here, send people there, and that kind of back and forth is essential,” Dube said. “If you are only talking about other people, you can get a lot of things wrong. Talking [directly] with people can really help you understand them.”Blank added that he had identified the institute as an entity in the Los Angeles area with expertise in US-China relations that would also be a good place to hold an event like the Exchange.“They will help draw experts to the program that are in the academic and non-academic community,” Blank said.He added that the attendance by the institute’s faculty and students would be beneficial because they can bring their own expertise to the program as well.The event will feature a number of experts, ranging from lawyers, academic professors and even company representatives to comment on Chinese law and American involvement in the Chinese market, including USC professor Simon Wilkie, an expert on cable, Internet and wireless communications.According to Dube, the Exchange is just one of the ways the Institute adds to the national conversation about the bilateral relationship between the two countries, he said. Events like this offer students and faculty a different way of approaching their research.Ying Jia Huang, a senior majoring in international relations and history who is a student assistant at the Institute, said events like the Exchange provides an opportunity to learn much more about the two countries’ policies than she would have sitting in a classroom.“You get to meet people who put the policies together, wrote these books, write these articles we read on JSTOR,” Huang said. “The degree of relevance is much more significant than reading through textbooks.”Following the Exchange in Los Angeles, the Chinese delegation will travel to Chicago and New York City, where they will present more information on the Chinese legal system to local businesses and legal and academic communities.last_img read more

Tennis is unable to hold lead

first_imgNo. 19 women’s tennis could not hold on a 2-0 lead against No. 13 Stanford in the Pac-12 title match on Wednesday afternoon at the Ojai Valley Athletic Club, falling to the Cardinal 4-2 and losing for the first time in nine matches.USC (12-5, 7-1) won the doubles point to kick off play with a strong 6-1 victory by freshmen Jessica Failla and Rianna Valdes over Stanford’s 67th-ranked Krista Hardebeck and Caroline Lampl followed by a 6-3 win by the No. 7 duo of senior Giuliana Olmos and sophomore Gabby Smith over Stanford’s No. 5-ranked Taylor Davidson and Caroline Doyle.The Trojans jumped ahead by 2 points after junior Zoë Katz beat No. 82 Doyle to begin singles action. But Stanford (14-5, 9-1) stormed back to claim its first conference title since 2012 and 25th overall. No. 24 Olmos fell to Carol Zhao and No. 116 Madison Westby lost to No. 40 Taylor Davidson, both in two sets to even the score 2-2.On Court 4, Rianna Valdes forced a tiebreaker in the second set against Melissa Lord, but ultimately lost 7-5, 7-6 (1), giving Stanford a 3-2 advantage. Caroline Lampl clinched for the Cardinal, defeating freshman Jessica  Failia in comeback fashion — 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 — for a 4-2 victory.The date of the Women of Troy’s next team competition will be decided on May 3 when the NCAA Team Championship bracket is announced. Action in Ojai will continue Thursday as the singles and doubles competitions in the Pac-12 Championships take place through Sunday.last_img read more

Robinson, Neal up big in this week’s stock watch

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 11, 2018 at 11:48 pm Contact Andrew: aegraham@syr.edu | @A_E_Graham No. 13 Syracuse (8-2, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) rolled Louisville (2-8, 0-7), 54-23, on senior night in the Carrier Dome.Capitalizing on UofL turnovers on four-straight drives, SU built a 44-7 lead at one point. With the win, SU cruises into New York City for a matchup with No. 3 Notre Dame — which just beat Florida State 42-13 — on Saturday in Yankee Stadium.Here’s whose stock is up, or down, after trouncing the Cardinals.STOCK UPAlton RobinsonAdvertisementThis is placeholder textRobinson continued his dominant junior season with a two-sack performance against Louisville on Friday. Robinson also recovered a fumble in the win.UofL right tackle Lukayus McNeil proved to be no match, and even when Robinson didn’t get home to a Louisville quarterback, he consistently collapsed the pocket and forced UofL quarterbacks off their spots.After UofL quarterback Jawon Pass fumbled a read option exchange with a running back, Robinson fell on the ball. He got up, palmed the ball in his right hand and swung his arms wildly, high stepping and celebrating the turnover.Robinson is currently tied for seventh in the country with nine sacks on the season.Moe NealNeal took his first touch of the game 67 yards up the middle for a touchdown. He took another 68 yards and inside the Louisville 10.After eight carries, Neal had 159 yards and two touchdowns.Friday’s performance marked a bit of a return to the limelight for Neal, who has existed on the fringes of Syracuse’s offense since a fumble against North Carolina.But following an explosive performance against Louisville, Neal has reasserted himself into SU’s backfield rotation.Ryan GuthrieGuthrie’s three-game tear became four on Friday as the senior led the Orange with nine tackles, including 2.5 for loss.From his middle linebacker position, Guthrie played instinctively, seeking out the football successfully on most plays. As the game wore on and the beatdown grew, Guthrie was in the backfield more and more.On the season, Guthrie has 77 tackles, including 11.5 for loss and two sacks.STOCK DOWN Passing gameSyracuse’s passing game didn’t need to be sharp against Louisville — the Orange rushed to the tune of 326 yards and five touchdowns — but the passing attack that was so dominant against North Carolina State has been largely absent since.Wake Forest sold out entirely to stop the pass a week ago, so SU just ran its way to victory. Eric Dungey was OK against the Demon Deacons, and he was again OK on Friday against the Cardinals. He finished 14-for-27 for 192 yards, one touchdown and one interception.The struggles against Louisville had no clear cause. But whatever is wrong with Syracuse’s passing game needs to get ironed out if the Orange are to have a chance against the Irish.Scoop BradshawThe usual starter at cornerback opposite Christopher Fredrick, Bradshaw started Friday’s game on the bench, as Dino Babers opted to start freshman Trill Williams.Switching out Bradshaw and Williams comes after two weeks of Bradshaw struggling — first against Kelvin Harmon and North Carolina State and then against Scottie Washington and Wake Forest.Bradshaw did end up playing some on Friday but ultimately left the game with an apparent left wrist injury. After leaving the field for the locker room, Bradshaw came back out with a sling on his left arm.Babers offered no update on the junior cornerback after the game and Bradshaw’s outlook remains unclear.center_img Commentslast_img read more

Akuffu saves Kotoko’s blushes with late winner

first_imgAsante Kotoko were made to sweat as they needed a late goal to defeat Real Tamale United 2-1 in the Glo Premier League on Saturday in Obuasi.The Porcupine Warriors, who were beaten 2-1 in the Kumasi derby on Wednesday by King Faisal are now four points behind the top.Substitute Michael Akuffu scored the match winner in the 86th minute to lift the defending champions to fourth on the table.Kotoko drew first blood at the Len Clay Stadium in their match-day-18 fixture through striker Seidu Bansi after 14 minutes.And the goal separated both sides into the break.After recess, RTU, bottom on the log upped their game and succeeded in drawing level in the 63rd minute from a penalty. Mohammed Aminu sent goalkeeper Isaac Amoako the wrong way to restore parity.But with the scoreline coasting towards a draw, Akuffu was on hand to further deepen the woes of a winless RTU, when he struck the winner.last_img read more

Senior champion East among four new caps in England team for Europeans

first_img Stephen East (Moortown, Yorkshire), recently crowned English Seniors champion, is one of four new caps in the England team for the European Seniors Team Championship to be played at Sierra Golf Club in Poland on 2nd – 6th September. The other three are Clive Jones (Toulouse, France), Tony McLure (Longhirst Hall, Northumberland) and Alan Mew (Stoneham, Hampshire, IoW & CI). Completing the six-man team is Richard Latham (Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire) and Andrew Stracey (Denham, BB&O). East (image © Leaderboard Photography) has enjoyed remarkable success in his first year as a senior golfer. He won the English title at Matfen Hall in Northumberland in June which followed his victory in the Spanish Seniors at La Manga. Since then he hasn’t looked back, finishing runner-up in the British, Irish and Scottish Seniors and fourth in the European Seniors. All this follows a successful career in golf in which he was a stalwart for Yorkshire while he also won the English Mid Amateur Championship for the Logan Trophy three times, the European, British, Portuguese and Yorkshire Mid Amateur titles. Jones, another in his first year as a senior, has lived in France for the past 20 years after moving from Sussex. He won this year’s European Seniors title against a strong field, including East, by a shot in Spain in June and had two good round in the British. McLure, 56, is another enjoying success at a new level after a highly productive amateur career which included winning the Lytham Trophy. He is a former winner of the French Mid Amateur and three times the Durham Match Play champion when a member of Whickham. In the senior ranks last year, he won the Seniors County Champions Tournament at Woodhall Spa, finished second in the Welsh Seniors and third in the Scottish, while this year he again finished runner-up in Wales and equal third in the British Seniors. Mew, 61, has also enjoyed a distinguished amateur record, particularly in his home county of Hampshire. Again, the senior rank has opened a new career. He won the Senior County Champions Tournament in 2012 and this year has finished second in the Scottish Seniors, eighth in the European Seniors and 15th in the British. Latham, 56, was the man to beat last year when he became a senior. A stalwart of Hertfordshire golf for many years and then Lincolnshire, he had a meteoric rise through the senior ranks, winning the Scottish and English titles within weeks then being capped in last year’s European Seniors Team Championships. Although he hasn’t tasted victory this year, Latham finished fourth in defence of his English Seniors at Matfen Hall, sixth in the Scottish Seniors and equal 20th in the British. He was also selected in the GB&I team for the Concession Cup against the USA in Florida. Stracey, 60, is a former winner of the Irish and Welsh Seniors and was also selected for the Concession Cup. A senior international since 2009, he finished joint runner-up in this year’s English Seniors, equal fourth in the Welsh Seniors and tied eighth in the British Seniors. England has not won the European Team title since 2010 at Fairhaven. Last year in Hungary the team finished third. 22 Aug 2014 Senior champion East among four new caps in England team for Europeans last_img read more

Red Bank Volunteers Take Trash Pickup in Hand

first_imgBy Grant Playter Now, on the first Wednesday of each month, Taylor and an ever-expanding group of volunteers meets up at Antoinette Boulangerie on Monmouth Street at 9 a.m. to spend an hour going up and down the street picking up trash. “I see a lot in the media about overabundance and toxicity of plastics everywhere in our oceans and environment and so forth,” said Taylor, 48. “Going into Red Bank every day I see garbage on the streets and thought this would be an awesome event to put together.” The event is sponsored by the Red Bank Business Alliance (RBBA), a nonprofit coalition of Red Bank business owners formed three years ago with the goal of bringing as many people to town as possible. The “Pick It Up!” program is one of the latest RBBA efforts to help the town. Taylor serves on its board of directors and brought this proposal to them for approval and funding. “And I said, don’t give up,” said User. ”I said, one day everyone will hear about it, this is going to be great. Just don’t give up. Even though there are two people, keep doing it.” “The whole idea of the slower you go, the more you see, is going to help people realize just how much of a problem that is,” said Taylor. “And I hate to be so ‘doom and gloom’ about it, but you kind of need this shocking, eye-opening experience to really bring it to light and to start helping people make a change.” Ultimately, while Taylor expressed interest in expanding the “Pick It Up!” program as much as possible, more than anything he wants to spread awareness of one’s surroundings. Even if people don’t attend the Wednesday morning pick-ups in Red Bank, slowing down, seeing garbage where they are and picking it up and throwing it out serves the goals just as much as volunteering with the group. Taylor advocates for pedestrians to slow down and really look at the ground as they walk along the street. He theorizes that the slower someone walks, the more they will realize that streets that seem clean are still covered in little bits of trash. “My whole goal is there’s so much plastic on the street, let’s just pick it up,” said Taylor. “If you see a piece of plastic on the ground – paper, cardboard, whatever it is – you see garbage, pick it up. It’s that simple.” For Taylor, this cleanup isn’t just about his immediate surroundings. He’s worried about the large-scale environmental impact human pollution is having on the world. He is particularly passionate about the impact of plastics. “Red Bank just needs a group like us, getting their hands dirty, to keep moving and making this the Red Bank that it used to be,” said Ayca User, 40, former president of RBBA and owner and operator of Antoinette Boulangerie. The event has grown over its six month tenure. Its inauspicious beginnings started with just Taylor and a few others, but as time has gone on, more and more volunteers have joined. On Aug. 7 more than a dozen volunteers came to volunteer for the program. RED BANK – For his birthday Adam Taylor, CEO and owner of Splendor Design Group, wanted a cleaner environment for the town that houses his business. Rather than wait for others to make it happen, however, Taylor took the initiative, gifting himself the beginnings of the “Pick it Up!” program on that day six months ago. “Think globally, act locally, is what got me thinking about whatever I can do in my own life and my own day walking up and down the street,” said Taylor. “If we can come together and spread the word a little bit, maybe we can reach more areas.”last_img read more

Three the hard way – Bolt, Powell, Blake set to clash at Racers Grand Prix

first_imgOne is the greatest athlete in history, another is a young champion, who is looking to find his way again, the other inspired them both – a timeless giant, perhaps, the nation’s favourite son. Sprint’s triumvirate will come together for only the second time on Jamaican soil as three of the four fastest men in history will test each other at the upcoming Racers Grand Prix meet at the National Stadium, each looking to test the waters and make an early statement ahead of the National Senior Championships – Jamaica’s Olympics trials. Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Asafa Powell will highlight the 100m clash at the June 11 meet, each at different stages of their impressive careers, but despite the common goal of Olympic success, their trajectories could not be any more different. The six-time Olympic champion has also enjoyed his face-offs against Blake, taking the edge with a 3-2 lead in their five 100m races, with Bolt’s Daegu World Championships false start also adding an ‘L’ to the double world record holder’s head-to-head record Powell holds a 5-3 lead over Blake in their 100m clashes, but there is precious little to choose from between the two with the pair splitting their last six meetings. Bolt, who is now on a 30-race winning streak, kick-started his season with a 9.98 win at the Ostrava Golden Spike meet last Friday, with Blake also teasing with a 9.95 run in April at the MVP Track and Field meet. Powell got a head start on his countrymen with a busy indoor season, which saw him getting a silver medal at the World Indoor Championships. He has, however, only ran once in the 100m so far this season, a solid 10.04 run in Guadeloupe. You can bet comfortably that he will need to go well below that if he is to strike first blood against his friendly rivals with the National Senior Championships just a few weeks away. Nightmare seasons World record While Bolt is keeping an eye on the Olympics with his three gold medals from the previous instalment tucked under his arm, Blake is looking to confirm that he is truly back after a couple of nightmare seasons, where he was dogged by injury after injury. Powell, on the other hand, is looking to change his fortunes under the five rings after two fifth places and an eighth-place finish, respectively, at the Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games. Interestingly, despite their significance to Jamaican and international sprinting, the three have only raced together in the 100m on three occasions – first in Paris at the Meeting Areva, where Bolt clocked 9.84 to lead a Jamaican sweep, with Powell, 9.91, and a young Blake, 9.95, taking the other two spots. In 2012, weeks before the Olympic Games in London, Blake no longer the wide-eyed understudy that won World Championships gold a year earlier, beat Bolt at the National Senior Champion-ships, with Powell taking third place. The trio would again face each other and the rest of the best in the final at the London Olympics, with Bolt and Blake taking gold and silver as an injured Powell struggled to eighth place. Bolt has certainly been the alpha male where this showdown is concerned. In 16 races together, Powell has only beaten Bolt on one occasion, back in 2008 at the Stockholm Diamond League, in a close finish.last_img read more

Blake Griffin has 44 points in return against Clippers

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “The best thing to be a part of is something that is bigger than yourself and that is what that was,” he said in a crowded hallway outside the Pistons’ locker room. “I don’t look at what I did.”Griffin was greeted with cheers during pregame introductions and received a standing ovation after a first-quarter video tribute from the team that drafted him first overall in 2009.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“There was a lot of hype coming into this game and I was looking forward to it, but I’m glad that it’s over,” he said. “The next time I come it won’t be as crazy.”Griffin stuck his right arm in the air and then brought his raised hands together in a thankful gesture without smiling. He clearly wanted to beat the team that stunningly traded him last January after he had signed a $171 million, five-year extension. Reality check “He played great,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.Griffin left the court near the end of the third because of back spasms and returned briefly wearing a hot wrap.The Clippers tied it at 97 on a 3-pointer by Lou Williams after outscoring the Pistons 17-7 to open the fourth.Reggie Bullock had two 3-pointers around Drummond’s dunk and Griffin’s hook for a 107-99 lead.“We’re really happy to get the win for Blake,” Bullock said.The Clippers got within three and Griffin missed two 3-pointers in the closing seconds.He stepped out of bounds in the corner of the baseline while trying to save a pass and fell backward, crashing into fans and the floor.Bruce Brown stole the ball with 20 seconds left, got fouled by Danilo Gallinari and made both to keep Detroit ahead 109-104. Gallinari’s jumper missed in the waning seconds.“Down the stretch we played great defense, got stops and protected the ball and that was the difference,” Griffin said. “The Clippers are a tough team. They had three guys who come off the bench on the floor at the end of the game. It was a well-balanced and great win for us.”Drummond had 20 points and 21 rebounds for the Pistons, who had lost nine of 11. Bullock finished with 17. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gallinari led the Clippers with 23 points. Williams added 22 points, and Harrell had 21 points and nine rebounds.Griffin averaged 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in eight seasons for the Clippers. He was the Rookie of the Year and a five-time All-Star with the franchise.Rivers said he and Griffin haven’t spoken since the trade.“That’s a love lost there those two got to work out,” Harrell said.However, Rivers credited Griffin for the franchise’s resurgence.“Blake got this started,” Rivers said before the game. “Six playoffs in a row. It doesn’t equate to being the winner because we didn’t do that but it equates to winning. Blake was part of that. Now when you hear our name you don’t think of those bad Clippers before Blake.”TIP-INSPistons: Taylor Griffin was on babysitting duty, bringing his younger brother’s son, Ford, to the locker room after the game. … Drummond had his NBA-leading ninth game of at least 20 points and 20 rebounds. … Griffin played at Staples on Wednesday night when the Pistons lost to the Lakers 113-100. … C Zaza Pachulia (right lower leg contusion) missed his seventh straight game. … G Ish Smith (right adductor tear) sat out his 19th straight game.Clippers: They lost their first game against Griffin’s Pistons in Detroit within days of last year’s trade. Griffin had 19 points in that game.NO LOVE LOST LATEST STORIEScenter_img It showed from the start.Griffin scored 15 points in the opening quarter when he got razzed by superfan Clipper Darrell during free throw attempts. He had 26 points in the first half to help Detroit to a 65-54 lead.“Hey Blake, we miss you but enough for tonight, OK?” a Clippers fan implored.Griffin wasn’t done.His 3-pointer to start the third and a basket by Andre Drummond pushed Detroit to a 16-point lead. Griffin had a one-hand slam reminiscent of his old Lob City days.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Clippers owner Steve Ballmer waited on the sideline for Griffin to finish his early warmups.Griffin began walking off court as Ballmer stuck out his right hand to shake. Griffin took off running into the tunnel. Ballmer threw up his hands and walked away.“As soon as I’m done doing my pregame shooting I make sure there’s a path and I take off running to the locker room and I don’t stop running,” Griffin said afterward. “I don’t change that for anybody.”Asked if he would have shaken hands with Ballmer, Griffin said, “I’m not here to answer hypothetical questions.”HE SAID IT“The West is tough every night and when you lose to an East Coast team it hurts even more.” — Rivers.UP NEXTPistons: At Utah on Monday night in the finale of four-game Western swing.Clippers: Host New Orleans on Monday night. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Detroit Pistons’ Blake Griffin waves to fans during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin kept his emotions to himself in his return to Staples Center for the first time against his old team.After scoring 44 points in the Detroit Pistons’ 109-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, he allowed himself a trip down memory lane.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

‘We May Lose the Fight’

first_imgUnless the Liberian government empowers communities with support programs, says Joseph Mulbah, chairman of the Point 4 community, “we may lose the fight to reclaim hundreds of young people who have already sold themselves to gambling and drug abuse.”In an interview following a guided tour of his community on Bushrod Island last week, Mr. Mulbah said it may be too late to reclaim those who have already gone astray, “but we must give it a try anyway.”At an unannounced visit to a ghetto inside Point 4, water overflowing everywhere and infested with filth, overlooking a filthy motionless drainage, several young men and women were crammed into an abandoned unfinished structure.A woman sells cooked food to her jobless clientele, who shuffled to and fro in the abandoned building. Inside, a column of marijuana smoke swirled overhead as Chairman Mulbah looked a little excited as they called his name, one after the other.“Chairman,” a young woman, puffing on a large wrapped joint said to Mulbah, who also returned her call.As he observed the juveniles between the ages of 16 and 25, Mulbah turned and shook his head. The occupants, spread across the room, seemed to be in a world of their own.Away from the smoke-filled joint, Mulbah said, “How can we rescue these people? I managed to get a gun from one of them and turned it over to the authorities.”He noted that those are the people who are blamed when bags, mobile phones and important items are jerked (snatched, stolen) from their owners at the Point 4 junction.“They don’t work and yet they must eat every day,” Mulbah said. “We have a situation on our hands and the government must find a way to assist the various slum communities to deal with it.”Mulbah suggests that serious intervention can come from the Liberian government since it affects the young people.“We cannot afford to let the young people descend into an abyss of ignorance, illicit drugs and insanity that ends in violent behaviors,” Mulbah noted.Point 4 Community is one of the flood affected places in Monrovia in the current rainy season.“We are suffering here,” he said. “There is water everywhere and it is because of the drainage that is not moving, [but just sits] in the center of the community.” The clogged drainage originates from New Kru Town and it is originally directed to empty itself into the Atlantic Ocean.He explained, “It is not doing what it was intended to do and as a result the water sits here waiting to end up in people’s rooms.”Point 4, with a population of over 3,000, has dilapidated shacks, undefined alleys, abandoned houses, unfinished and unpainted houses and an overall unhealthy environment. This is part of the daily lives of the community, the Daily Observer learned during the tour.Mr. Mulbah said at one time Rep. Edward Forh brought in a yellow machine to clear the clogged drainage but the machine got stuck and had to be withdrawn.A recent fire outbreak that rendered several families homeless did not benefit from outside relief. “The victims are being put up by friends,” Mulbah said.The community boasts of the New Hope School of Health Science, (NEHSOHS), which graduates nurses into the health care sector. Chairman Mulbah thinks there can be some level of partnership between the community and the school to help sensitize community members and promote a more healthy environment. “We need outside assistance to clean the clogged drainage where the community could provide men to assist,” Mulbah appealed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more