The commander of the DEA Bong County detachment Col. Darius Paye has divulged that over the weekend more than three hundred kilograms of marijuana with a street value of L$3m was discovered in the central town of Salala.Addressing journalists at his DEA office in Gbarnga last Tuesday, Col. Paye said dangerous substances were found in a bush few yards away from the Salala Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization checkpoint, following a tip off.He said the harmful substance was placed in empty rice bags ready for Monrovia and noted there has not been any suspects in custody.Col. Paye maintained that while the Government of Liberia is making considerable progress on reducing drug trafficking in the county, youth unemployment remains the most destabilizing force.The DEA officer indicated that except urgent steps are taken to deal with youth unemployment such a situation would continue to confront the country.“Drug trafficking is truly undermining government’s effort to fight corruption and the government must first contain the trafficking by promoting youth employment,” Col. Paye said.He informed journalists such harmful drugs are kept at a DEA warehouse in Gbarnga awaiting to be burned by relevant authorities.Col. Paye used the occasion to call on Liberians to engage in profitable ventures and avoid farming activities that would violate health and safety laws of Liberia.Meanwhile, the regional coordinator of a civil society group, George Johnson told the Daily Observer that drug trafficking is undermining the country’s anti-corruption fight and there is the need for more efforts to tackle the situation.He said Liberia has emerged as a busy route for illicit drugs in recent times as the result of extreme poverty and weak border control. Johnson said since anti-corruption campaign was launched in 2009 to stamp out corruption at all levels in government, weak laws have made success impossible and therefore appealed to the National Legislature to legislate punitive anti drug laws to make illicit drug trafficking a non-bail able offense.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In December, the Eaton MVCTC FFA chapter delivered fresh flower bouquets and a table centerpieces to local businesses in Eaton for the holidays.The flowers and greenery came from Eaton’s agriculture education classroom, which the students made arrangements for their families to take home, using skills and techniques taught in class. Extra bouquets and arrangements were made that Friday and delivered around town by students. The local businesses that the FFA chapter delivered to includes; Creature Comforts Veterinary, Jell’s Sports Grill, Taffy’s, Sarah’s Pizza, Just Teasin’, Alley cat Tattoo, Hometown Furniture, U.S. Bank, China Wok, Wings Etc., Eaton Police and Fire Departments, Vancrest Health Care Center, Greenbrier Nursing Center, Preble County Medical Center, and the Preble County YMCA.The students also caroled Christmas songs at Vancrest Health Care Center in the assisted living lobby. It was a memorable night for both the students and residents as the FFA chapter sang traditional Christmas songs and handed out flowers. The residents invited the chapter to come back each year and start a new tradition for the Eaton FFA Chapter.
zoomImage by Navingo CMA CGM Louis Bleriot, the third and final 20,600 TEU class containership ordered in 2015 from Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction – Philippines (HHIC-Phil Inc.), has been delivered to its owner CMA CGM.The ship was named after Louis Charles Joseph Blériot, a French aviator, inventor and engineer. Its two predecessors, CMA CGM Jean Mermoz and CMA CGM Antoine de Saint Exupery, were delivered in January and May this year, joining the prestigious 20,000 TEU class club.The ships from the series are around 400 meter long and 59 meter wide, which means that each of them is longer than four football fields and bigger than The Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower.CMA CGM is building ever larger ships featuring 22,000 TEU. The nine LNG-powered boxships, being built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao and Hudong Zhonghua will start delivery next year continuing well into 2020.