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first_imgMr. Allison thanks the residents for their patience – Advertisement – The National Housing Authority (NHA) has purchased 12.5 acres at the cost of US$40,000 in D. Wiles Town near VOA to begin the construction of 54 duplexes (108 units) for erosion victims from West Point.Residents for their patience, promising that the project will begin in about two weeks.Addressing a group of West Point residents displaced by erosion in the township, NHA deputy managing director for technical services yesterday assured them that the construction will begin in about two weeks.He said the project was initially intended to cover 25 acres, but that the government has so far been able to make only half of the money available to begin the construction of the housing units.“We thank you for your patience because the project involves planning and resources,” Allison said as the residents cheered him on. “After clearings and other works, we will begin the construction in about two weeks from today.”He said the cost of a housing unit is estimated at US$18,000 and commended President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the government for making the initial amount ready for the project.A unit will include two bedrooms, a kitchen, dining room, living room and a back porch. The construction work is divided among nine Liberian-owned construction companies, said Allison.Rev. Demore W. Moore, chairman of the Disaster Victims Assistance of West Point, commended the government for its initiative to build the homes.Speaking on behalf of the West Point Commissioner, Rev. Demore W. Moore recounted the suffering of many West Point residents, and the efforts to find temporary residences for them.He said over 200 residents are presently displaced because of the continuous erosion in the township. He appealed for blankets, buckets, mattresses, cooking utensils and other household items needed to ease the suffering of the victims.Mr. Stephen B. Scott, field supervisor from the Liberian Refugee Repatriation & Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), also commended  the residents for their patience and assured them of LRRRC’s support.In his remarks, Commissioner Soko D. Wiles of the Brewerville City Council spoke about the need for Liberians to support each other in times of crises. He said his family decided to sell the land to the government to provide homes for distressed citizens from West Point.District #17 representative aspirant Abraham C. Sessay, Chief Executive Officer of Red Power FM 100.3, thanked the people of the district for exercising patience while the government endeavors to make money available to start the project.He pledged his support to ensure that the distressed Liberians from West Point get relief. “We will do our best to work together to make your stay better,” he told the gathering.Meanwhile, the Disaster Victims Assistance (DVA) group is constructing three tents as temporary shelter for three family heads of eight persons per family, for a total of 24 persons that are expected to be resettled in the community.For more than a year, erosion has affected hundreds in the Township of West Point.  The NHA provided over 30 families temporary zinc houses in VOA near Brewerville.The construction on the original 25 acres will include 108 duplexes at an estimated cost of US$1.3m. The project is funded by the Liberian government to resettle hundreds of erosion victims from the township of West Point.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.TAMPA, Fla. — An ankle injury to Tevin Coleman means the 49ers need a new starting running back, and although they likely will turn to Matt Breida, coach Kyle Shanahan said they will weigh outside options.Promoting Jeffrey Wilson Jr. from the practice squad for a second straight year is also a scenario Shanahan mentioned.“We love Jeff, who’s on the practice squad. Jeff’s a great player. We’ll see what’s up with Tevin …last_img

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first_imgSixteen months after the brutal rape-murder of a minor girl in Ahmednagar’s remote Kopardi village sent shockwaves across the State, a special court on Wednesday pronounced a death sentence for the three accused in the crime.The proceedings began at around 11.25 a.m. as the district and State awaited the quantum of sentence with bated breath. A massive crowd of onlookers gathered outside the court, keenly anticipating the final judgement amid a massive security shield.The tension was palpable in the courtroom as the three accused — Jitendra Shinde (25), Santosh Bhaval (36) and Nitin Bhailume (26) — were produced. All three stood with impassive faces as Judge Kevale awarded the death sentence to each of them.Following the pronouncement of the Additional Special Judge Suvarna Kevale, a roar of acclamation was heard outside the courtroom.“I had full confidence in the court and knew that justice would be served…we have waited every single day for nearly one-and-a-half years for this judgement,” said the victim’s father . Speaking after the judgement, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said that all three accused were sentenced to death for the rape and murder of the minor, and hatching a conspiracy for the crime.All three convicts can appeal the judgement before the Bombay High Court.Earlier, a high security alert was pronounced by district administration before the commencement of the proceedings, with flying squads of police personnel stationed at every possible pocket in Kopardi as well as in various parts of the Ahmednagar district. Nearly 1,000 policemen were deployed with entry restricted to the courtroom. During the concluding arguments on the verdict on Wednesday last week, Advocate Nikam, representing the State, had urged the Special Court to award maximum punishment to the three offenders, given the particularly brutal nature of the crime, which occurred on July 13 last year.Advocate Nikam, who had earlier dubbed the murder as “extremely cold-blooded”, touched upon 13 points in the crime to argue that the accused deserved capital punishment. He had further argued that the convicted trio “remained unrepentant of their crime” before and after the tragedy, showing no contrition, while stating that a criminal conspiracy was hatched by the trio to rape and murder the victim between July 11 and 13. Advocate Nikam had further urged for the capital penalty, remarking that “society would get a wrong message if the death sentence was not awarded in so gory a case”.The defence counsels for the accused trio, while pleading for mitigation of their sentences, had said that a death sentence judgement could intensify social tensions between communities.The victim as well as the three accused hail from the same area.The case, which has been closely tracked by political parties and social outfits, had acquired a peculiar urgency owing to the potentially explosive nature of the crime in creating acute social divisions.The incident has been likened to the 2012 Nirbhaya rape case in the extent of its brutality, with medical reports suggesting that violence of a particularly feral nature was wreaked on the minor victim.last_img read more