Amid Threat of Arson Attack: ERU Officers Deployed on Fendell Campus


first_imgThe Liberia National Police (LNP) has deployed officers of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) on the Fendell Campus of the University of Liberia (UL) to prevent any attack by victims of the ongoing mass demolition of squatters’ structures on the university’s property.The ERU officers complement efforts of the UL Police who were also seen at the entrance of the Academic Complex (otherwise referred to as Chinese Building) watching movements of former squatters on the property and other passers-by.Since the demolition began last week, some of the victims have reportedly threatened to burn the university Fendell campus, although the Daily Observer could not get a confirmation from any of the victims.But a resident in conversation on April 24 in Millsburg, Montserrado County, indicated that there could be a possible violent attack on the university’s premises, particularly Fendell Campus, to express anger at the destruction of their brick houses. The resident said he could not be convinced of the fairness of what has happened to their residences although he admitted that he, along with the rest of the group were living illegally on the university’s property.When he was told that he could never gain anybody’s support, the resident said he could not understand why he should not receive compensation for the years he had lived on the university’s property.In further investigations the Daily Observer gathered that many of those whose houses were destroyed are angry at the UL authorities, since they were or have not been compensated.Yesterday, several victims were seen loitering about where their brick and zinc houses had once stood and scavenging from the debris what they could find useful.In a related development, the Daily Observer learned that UL students are planning to demonstrate against a tuition increment by the university authorities.About a month ago, the UL Administration and the Board of Directors announced US$4 per credit in the coming semester.Since the pronouncement students of the university have been threatening to protest against the increment until the board and administration reconsider their decision.Meanwhile, some students reportedly protested on the Capitol Hill campus yesterday, throwing stones and disrupting the distribution of last semester’s grade sheets.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Tough luck for Gilliland


first_img“I don’t know what the 38 was doing,” Kahne said. “First off, he’s hard to pass. Then you get by him and he’s two laps down and he starts battling. I let him go and he still didn’t pass me. I have no idea what he was thinking, but that’s the way it goes.” Gilliland said the goal was to keep from wrecking despite the “hairy” track conditions. “(The wrecks) were right in front of me,” he said. “It was a busy day for that. We’re happy that we brought the car home in one piece. That’s a lot more than some other guys can say.” EARNHARDT’S GOOF Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s momentary brain hiccup cost him a likely top-five finish. Late in the race, Earnhardt was running sixth when he followed Jeff Burton into the pits during a caution with 16 laps to go. There was only one problem: Burton was pitting because his car was broken and needed immediate repair. The pits weren’t open yet, signaled by a red light at the start of pit road. As a result, Earnhardt was given a penalty and had to start at the back of the pack. He finished 11th. “The pit road was closed and I didn’t see, or wasn’t looking,” he said. “I didn’t even think if it was closed or open. You’re not thinking about that. “I’m sad for my team because we should have finished fifth or sixth. But I’m just happy we got to finish one, finally.” Earnhardt needed a good finish after two DNFs to start the season, a result that put him in jeopardy of souring his season after just three races. Instead, he moved up 12 spots from 40th to 28th. Drivers must be in the top 35 after the first five races in order to be locked into the field each week. THANKS FOR NOTHING Casey Mears finished 40th after getting caught up in a wreck caused by Orange County’s Robby Gordon on the eighth lap of the race. “It amazes me – every time I think Robby can’t do anything more stupid than he’s already done, he one-ups himself,” Mears said. “It’s ridiculous. He’s trying to pull off something in the first opening laps when it means nothing. I guess he’s trying to be a hero.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LAS VEGAS – Considering there are seven former Chase for the Nextel Cup participants behind him in the standings after three races, life could be worse for David Gilliland. The former Inland Empire resident finished 21st in Sunday’s NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a result that dropped him one spot to 12th in the season standings. After avoiding several wrecks, including a pair of spinning cars right in front of him, Gilliland was eventually lapped by race leader Jimmie Johnson on the 90th lap. He later went two laps down after a pit stop with 50 laps remaining, effectively ending his chances at a top-20 finish. “We needed to start where we finished with our car,” he said. “It would have been great. But we didn’t.” Gilliland drew the ire of driver Kasey Kahne after a wreck late in the race. Kahne was running in the top 10, but spun out and crashed while driving next to Gilliland’s No. 38 M&Ms Ford with about 20 laps remaining. The two cars didn’t make contact, but Kahne blamed Gilliland for the incident. After the race, he approached Gilliland’s hauler before being shooed away by crew members. center_img “We just kind of struggled with the car, but we weren’t the only ones today, you know,” he said. Gilliland crashed his primary car during qualifying on Friday and was forced to use a backup. NASCAR rules dictate that switching cars after qualifying necessitates starting from the rear of the field. last_img read more