Independence Celebration Kicks Off in Southeast

first_imgThe much anticipated Independence Day celebrations marked by special events that reflect the growth and progress of the country and that also attract development projects to the host counties, finally kick-off yesterday in Sinoe and Grand Kru counties. This year’s Independence Day falls on Sunday, but will be officially observed on Monday.The celebration was initially planned to have been held in the two host counties last year, but was aborted as a result of the bad road conditions as well as the delay in the commencement or completion of key projects that would have been dedicated. This unfortunate situation was also exacerbated by the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in the country.This year’s Independence Day celebration actually commenced with an investiture ceremony last week Friday in Monrovia, during which the President conferred distinctions of various ranks on 42 personalities, eight of them posthumously, for their outstanding contributions to the nation. The conferral of national honors was dedicated to Liberia’s Ebola Heroes some of whom gave their lives in the line of duty to care for Ebola victims, stop the spread of the disease and bury the highly infectious Ebola dead.July 26 festivities in the host counties officially started yesterday when President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, leading a large entourage, performed the dedication of several major projects ear marked for the 168th independence celebration.The President dedicated the Johnnie N. Lewis Judicial Complex, the Superintendent’s Residence and the Executive Guest House, among others.President Sirleaf began the dedication exercises precisely at 10:20 a.m. with the Johnnie N. Lewis Judicial Complex, which is known as the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Sinoe County, being the first to be dedicated. Several high profile national and local legal practitioners were in attendance for the occasion. Among them were the Chief Justice of Liberia, Francis Korkpor, Associate Justice Kabinah Ja’neh and the county resident Judge, Cllr. Geeblah Tekloh Konton.Beginning her statement at the ceremony, President Sirleaf called for the observance of a moment of silence in honor of former Chief Justice Lewis in whose memory the Judicial Complex is named.She said the dedication was another manifestation of a promise made by her government to continue to bring development to all counties within the Republic.“The fact that this complex is one of the largest, if not the largest in Sinoe County, attests to this commitment that we have made to bring development to our people.”She indicated that she and her entourage were glad to join the citizens of the county as they celebrate the country’s 168th independence anniversary. “This gives us the opportunity to assess the progress we have made and to recognize the challenges that still exist,” she said.She also said that the celebration gives the national leaders the opportunity to have exchanges with their fellow citizens within the counties on how local residents see the way going forward to continue the progress in the county.She commended the Chief Justice and his Associates for their untiring efforts in constructing vibrant legal facilities in the various counties and for the justice that is now being rendered in the country. She said that the rule of law is being highly recognized by the citizenry.“To the Judges and the staff, we look to you to ensure that the premises are properly maintained,” she advised.She lauded the citizens of the county who provided the five acres of land on which the judicial complex is built, for their material, moral and spiritual support to the project.Chief Justice Francis Korkpor noted that he was happy to dedicate what he described as a “beautiful facility, the third of its kind in the country behind the Temple of Justice in Monrovia and the Judicial Complex in Bopolu, Gbarpolu County.”The complex houses several courts, including the Third Judicial Court of Sinoe County, the Debt, Traffic and Magisterial courts as well as several offices. He indicated that there is an area for the grand and petty juries consisting of separate rooms for both males and females.The complex will afford legal practitioners in the county the opportunity to work in an improved environment with better facilities.“The availability of several courts and offices in this single structure will make it easy for aggrieved partners to come to the court and seek redress and for judicial actors to coordinate activities for the speedy disposal of cases,” he said.He said the ultimate intent of the structure is to provide quality services in dispensing justice. The complex also promotes the concept of judicial independence. “It is high time that the Judiciary, an independent branch of government, be hosted in its own facilities throughout the country.” He noted that many of the courts are still operating from administrative buildings in some of the counties.Meanwhile, the President also cut ribbons to the Superintendent’s residence and the Executive Lounge, which has about 15 rooms and cost about US$249K. Superintendent Romeo Quaiah said these accommodations will highly benefit the county because the issue of housing and guest accommodations has always been a major problem in the county. He lauded the president for her continual support to the county.The President is also scheduled to dedicate the Youth Center and the Children’s Playground in Greenville. She will today head to Barclayville, Grand Kru County where several other development projects are expected to be dedicated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Vijender Singh vs Ernest Amuzu: Indian boxer wins 10th successive professional bout

first_imgStar Indian boxer Vijender Singh on Saturday maintained his unbeaten record as he defeated Ernest Amuzu from Ghana by unanimous decision in the Rajasthan Rumble fight in front of a packed Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur.Vijender, who didn’t have the ideal preparation coming into this bout, didn’t need to go all out throughout the fight as Amuzu proved to be no match in front of the Haryana boxer’s power and reach.This was Vijender’s second fight against an African boxer. He faced Francis Cheka from Tanzania last year in December and won the bout through technical knockout in the third round.The 31-year-old obviously had the advantage of a longer reach over Amuzu and he used it to full effect.Vijender usually takes the first couple of rounds to size up his opponent and he did exactly that against Amuzu and till about the fourth round kept landing punches to stay ahead in the judges scorecards.But it was from the fifth round that Vijender started his onslaught on Amuzu landing one blow after another on the Ghana boxer’s face and body with equal affect.(IOS Boxing Photo)Amuzu, who has never been knocked out in his career, started to wobble by the sixth round but somehow managed to stay on his feet and lasted the next four rounds but by then everybody knew what the outcome of the fight is going to be.Amuzu was then just trying to delay the inevitable as Vijender kept on landing heavy blows.advertisementIn the final round it seemed like Vijender had pulled up a muscle as he held back on his attack and just concentrated on his defense because he knew that he was way ahead in the scoresheets.As the bell rang in the final round Vijender shook hands with his opponent, raised his hands and went back to his corner.(IOS Boxing Photo)Moments later the presenter read out the scores as all three judges ruled in favour of Vijender with Amuzu recording his third career defeat.Four fights took place before Vijender’s main bout against Amuzu. Dharmendra Grewal beats Harsh Nagar by Technical Knockout (TKO) in the first bout in cruiserweight category.Kuldeep Dhanda then defeated Fateh Singh by unanimous decision in the lightweight bout.Dharmender Grewal wins his bout via TKO, beating his opponent Harsh Nagar in the 2nd round.#IndiaBullsRajasthanRumble pic.twitter.com/X78aFqiBBd- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) December 23, 2017It was followed by the bantamweight fight between Amandeep Singh and Manoj Kumar in which the former won on points.Kuldeep Dhanda won his bout via Unanimous Decision against Fateh Singh.#IndiaBullsRajasthanRumble pic.twitter.com/5NPezYRzex- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) December 23, 2017Amandeep Singh won his bout against Manoj Kumar in a very tight contest via Unanimous Decision.#IndiaBullsRajasthanRumble pic.twitter.com/KEe6abNfGH- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) December 23, 2017And finally, Pardeep Kharera outpunched Nikhil Sharma by unanimous decision.Paredeep Kharera won his bout against Nikhil Sharma through the Unanimous Decision!#IndiaBullsRajasthanRumble pic.twitter.com/lnVrVgxG05- IOS Boxing (@IOSBoxing) December 23, 2017last_img read more