A new stipendiary magistrate has been assigned to steer the judicial affairs of the Ganta Magisterial Court, replacing outgoing Victoria GbalazayThe newly assigned Stipendiary Magistrate, Attorney-at-Law Nyan Meator Ben, previously served as stipendiary magistrate at the Paynesville Magisterial Court for several years.Magistrate Ben, who was inducted into office by Chief Justice of Liberia, Cllr. Francis Korkpor, on July 11, expressed the happiness at being assigned as to Ganta City because, according to him, every government worker should be able to take assignment everywhere.Attorney Ben vowed to bring transparency to the justice system in Ganta during his tenure as stipendiary magistrate.“By virtue of our education, we have been encouraged to do our best to bring fair judgment to the people of Ganta and Nimba at large,” he said.He urged the citizens to be law-abiding by taking their grievances to the law instead of taking it law into their own hands.“We have come to uphold your rights, whether in the capacity as the defendant or plaintiff,” he said.There had been many complaints of judicial malpractices during the tenure of the outgoing magistrate, including claims of allegedly receiving bond fees and alleged instances of intimidation. But she often denied such allegations.Outgoing Stipendiary Magistrate Victoria Gbalazay served the Ganta Magisterial Court for over ten years.But during the induction ceremony, Chief Justice Korkpor said her removal had nothing to with complaints; it was rather a normal judicial routine to change judges whenever the need arises.Ganta is one of the most diverse municipalities, where the issue of mob violence appears to be commonplace; but there had been complaints that the justice system, beginning with the police, was not fair and that it was very hard to get redress from the court unless you spent money. But the new stipendiary magistrate has vowed to change this “if such were indeed happening.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The U.S. Olympic Committee announced Sunday it has entered an agreement with the university, located about 15 minutes from the Olympics’ athletes village. The U.S. team and staff will be provided with housing, training and restaurant facilities for about 400 Olympians. The games will be from Aug. 8-24. The USOC had a similar site for U.S. athletes in Athens for the 2004 Games at the American University of Greece. Forsberg’s Flyers future uncertain PHILADELPHIA – Peter Forsberg’s future with the Philadelphia Flyers remains uncertain, even after a meeting Sunday with team chairman Ed Snider. Forsberg and Snider agreed to meet again to discuss the team captain’s future with the franchise. Forsberg has been bothered by lingering foot and skate issues that cost him considerable time this season. That has led to speculation the Flyers could shop him around before the Feb. 27 trade deadline. He is playing out the final months of a two-year, $11.5 million contract. Notable TENNIS: Nadia Petrova came back from a set down to beat Lucie Safarova 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 and win the Gaz de France in Paris. It was the Russian’s seventh title and first since beating Tatiana Golovin at Stuttgart, Germany, in October 2006 … The start of the Ericsson International, already hurt by the withdrawal of Serena Williams, was delayed a day in Bangalore, India because of a planned strike in the area aimed at shutting down public services and private businesses. LACROSSE: Jimmy Regan, a former member of the Duke lacrosse team who joined the U.S. Army Rangers, was killed in Iraq, the university said Sunday. He was 26. WINTER SPORTS: Lindsey Kildow won a silver medal behind Anja Paerson in a downhill race in Are, Sweden. Paerson became the first skier to win world championship titles in all five disciplines. The men’s race produced another Scandinavian winner, with Aksel Lund Svindal becoming the first Norwegian to win a world downhill. From wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Meyer, a four-time Pearl Open champion, collected the first-place check of $12,000 because Fujikawa is an amateur. Japanese professionals Azuma Yano and Yoshinobu Tsukada tied for third at 8-under. 42 people injured at German match HONOLULU – A month after becoming the youngest player in 50 years to make a PGA Tour cut, 16-year-old Tadd Fujikawa shot a 4-under 68 on Sunday to win the Hawaii Pearl Open at Oahu’s Pearl Country Club. Fujikawa birdied two of the final three holes to finish the 54-hole tournament at 11-under 205. Hawaii professional Greg Meyer (67) was second. LEIPZIG, Germany – A state politician demanded a crackdown Sunday after 42 people were injured when police and security officers clashed with 800 hooligans following a soccer match. The fans of FC Lokomotive Leipzig attacked 300 police officers after FC Erzgebirge Aue II beat their team 3-0 on Saturday. Police said 36 officers and six fans were injured, while 21 police vehicles were vandalized. Germany has seen a surge in stadium violence since hosting the largely peaceful World Cup. Several of the worst incidents, including the one on Saturday, have occurred in the state of Saxony, located in the economically depressed East Germany. USOC opens Beijing center COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – American athletes will prepare for the 2008 Beijing Olympics at a headquarters located at the Beijing Normal University.