Christian Man ‘Kidnapped, Forcefully Initiatiated’ into Poro Society

first_imgTension in Saclepea as church Leaders threaten to bulldoze Pro grove to rescue memberThe leadership of the United Liberia Inland Church in Saclepea, Nimba County is reportedly threatening to forcibly release one of its members, who has been kidnapped and initiated into the Poro Society in Kpaeikpoah Town, near Kanwee.At a press conference held in Saclepea, Reverend Anthony Gondoun, head of Saclepea Christian Community, said the man, Joseph Saye, 45, was allegedly initiated into the Poro society in Kpaeikpoah on Saturday, August 11.The news of the forceful initiation of this man is said to be brewing tension between the Christian community and the Poro society people in the Saclepea Region.The United Liberia Inland Church, to which the member belongs, is one of the leading churches in the areas, something that is creating fear about the situation degenerating  into a full blown conflict.The Christian Community is threatening to move on the area or the town of Kpaeikpoah on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, to have him forcibly taken out of the Poro grove, a potential development which many believe will lead to disaster.According to a fellow church member, Elder Amos Saye (no relation to the victim), Joseph Saye, and his wife had returned from their farm at around 7:25 p.m., August 11, under heavy downpour of rain, when Mrs. Saye went in to make hot water for her husband to take bath. While the Joseph was waiting, according to the elder, a group of men rushed on Saye, kidnapped him and took him to the Poro grove. According to Elder Saye, An earlier attempt was made on Joseph Saye by the Poro society in 2016, but the man escaped to another town until the society rituals were over. This was the second attempt, Elder Saye narrated.Many have been calling on the local radio for calm and appealing for the situation to be amicably resolved among the two groups.Saye Lakpoh, a prominent citizen of Saclepea, recounted that a similar situation of such magnitude, which occurred in 2001, was bloody. And many have appealed to all sides to have the matter resolved peacefully.As the Tuesday, August 14, 2018 ultimatum draws closer, the local leaders, including Representative Roger Domah, are appealing to the Christians to remain calm, until Wednesday, August 15, to bring the two parties together in Kanwee Town for discussion.During the traditional chiefs and elders conference in Ganta months ago, Internal Affairs Minister Varney Sirleaf warned traditional chiefs and elders to stop forceful initiations of non members.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Scelzi, Todd storm Winternationals

first_imgThere was no such drama in Pro Stock, where Greg Anderson defeated Greg Stanfield,6.651 at 207.05 to 7.001 at 163.64 for his third win in the opener in the past four years. For good measure, it was the third consecutive win by Anderson on the famed Fairplex quarter-mile. In addition to back-to-back Winternationals, Anderson also won at last fall’s Auto Club Finals. “This track is magic for me,” said Anderson, whose string of three consecutive championships was snapped last year by teammate Jason Line. “It plays into our game plan, the 60- degree weather is right up the Pro Stock alley. “When it’s like this, the horsepower shows up and we use it all.” The two-hour late start, coupled with sun dancing in and out of the clouds and the late finish, changed the dynamics of the 47th annual event. The conditions produced some early upsets, most notably Joe Hartley taking out Top Fuel No. 1 qualifier Tony Schumacher in the opening round. In Funny Car, four qualifiers in the top half of the bracket were ousted, including the father-daughter duo of John and Ashley Force. In Pro Stock, there were three opening-round upsets. “When the rain came, it just changed things significantly,” said Jack Beckman, who lost to San Dimas’ Jeff Arend in the first-round of Funny Car. “Once you saw half the lower-qualified cars winning and once there was a pattern that got established in that right lane, it wasn’t necessarily a tune-up deal, it was a lane deal. “The higher-qualified cars switched over and for the rest of the round they won.” It was not a problem for Todd, last year’s rookie of the year. He ran 4.699 to defeat defending champion Melanie Troxel, 4.479 in eliminating Doug Kalitta and 4.473 in the semifinals against David Grubnic. Those runs, however, proved to be costly for the Skull Shine dragster owned by Evan Knoll. “It cost me $400,” Todd said. “I owe (crew chief) Jimmy Walsh a $100 each time I run a 4.40. It used to be a $1 for a 4.50, but I think the bonus I get will pay for it. “All those long hours during the off-season showed up tonight,” Todd said of Walsh’s work ethic. “We feel we can contend for the title.” Scelzi went to the starting line feeling his Oakley Dodge had nothing for Hight, who had a 4.646 against Arend in a semis victory. “We couldn’t match that, but we did not want to give it away,” Scelzi said. “We were looking for a 67 or 68.” Scelzi said he saw Hight pass him at 700 feet and the win light go on the opposite lane. “My crew came on and said I won because he had crossed,” Scelzi said. “I thought at first it was a dirty trick. We might have had two lucky runs, but our performance wasn’t luck.” Scelzi defeated Jim Head, Hight teammate Eric Medlen and Arend en route to the finals. louis.brewster@sbsun.com (909) 386-3865 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – Neither rain nor darkness failed to deter J.R. Todd or Gary Scelzi from winning performances at the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series-opening Winternationals on Sunday. Todd, who began the day with three career-best Top Fuel runs to reach the finals, took out Brandon Bernstein for his fourth career victory. His run of 4.482 seconds at 324.98 mph was the slowest of the day, but it didn’t matter much as Bernstein lost traction 60 feet off the starting line. In the Funny Car finale, Robert Hight crossed the finish line first against Scelzi. It was a remarkable feat considering Hight crossed the center line and hit a timing cone at 1,000 feet, an automatic disqualification. Scelzi, only the third driver in the 47 years of Winternationals to win Top Fuel and Funny Car, was credited with a run of 4.716 at 332.26. The fact he got to the line was a testament to the Don Schumacher Racing team after Scelzi drove into a sand trap after a semifinal win against Mike Ashley. “Every single guy was working on the car, trying to get the sand out,” Scelzi said. “That was a lot of hard work. We got lucky against Robert. Sometimes you might get lucky early, but we got lucky in the final.” Hight was despondent. “I feel I let the team down,” he said. “They worked hard all winter to give me a great car, and all I had to do was keep it my lane and I would have won.” center_img The 24-year-old, who became the first African-American to win an NHRA professional class in 2006, has won four times in his last 12 races. In all, Todd has competed 20 times in the dragster. “It’s pretty surprising to myself,” Todd said. “I never expected it to happen as suddenly. Last year was a Cinderella season, but it wasn’t surprising to ourselves.” last_img read more

Ruiz gave 49ers much `heart’

first_img Ruiz set league records at La Serna in the 100-meter high hurdles and 300-meter low hurdles. Ruiz is survived by her father Jorge, mother Rose and sister Monica. Ruiz’s father is a reserve sergeant for the Alhambra Police Department. Services will be held this Friday at 1 p.m. at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 840 S. Almansor St., Alhambra. “She will be dearly missed and our thoughts and prayers are with her family throughout these difficult days ahead,” Sythe said. Information for this report provided by the Long Beach State Sports Information office. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE Along with her family, Ruiz spearheaded a bone marrow drive this past January. As Sythe put it, “She knew that the chance of finding a match was slim; however, she wanted to increase the donor database so that a positive match could be found for others as well.” After graduating from Whittier’s La Serna High, Ruiz redshirted for the 49ers in 2002. The following year, she was a 400-meter hurdler and relay-team member for the 49ers. Ruiz posted what stands as LBSU’s fastest time in the 400 hurdles since 1997 and the No. 8 mark overall. She and her running teammates also recorded times that place them on top-10 lists in the school record books with their times in the indoor and outdoor 1,600-meter relays. “She was the person you wanted to give the baton to when you were behind,” Sythe said. “She always found that extra gear. And she did that, not only on the track, but in life, especially after being diagnosed.” But the cancer was rediscovered in August 2004 and Ruiz fought it since then. Despite this, she enrolled again prior to the current semester in an effort to complete her degree. “Brandii was a consummate teammate. She was the heart of our sprints and relay team,” said Andy Sythe, Long Beach State’s director of track and field, in a statement from the university. “For those that knew her, they knew that there was something special about her.” center_img Brandii Ruiz, who competed for the Long Beach State track and field team as a hurdler and sprinter in 2003, died Friday from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She was 22. Ruiz was first diagnosed with the illness in November 2003. She battled the disease and doctors thought she had defeated it in May 2004. The biology major re-enrolled at LBSU last fall and planned to resume her collegiate athletic career. last_img read more