Several street vendors have accused officers of the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC) and the Liberia National Police (LNP) assigned at the ELWA Junction of arbitrarily seizing their goods, causing them to lose thousands of Liberian dollars every day. In an interview with the Daily Observer yesterday, a young street seller explained that three PCC and four LNP officers stopped him while he was on his way home with his wheelbarrow filled with goods.The total value of the goods in the wheelbarrow was about L$53,000. The items included women’s body sprays, pampers, soaps of all kinds, and other toiletries, said the seller.He said it was around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, July 8, when the seven officers rushed on him to seize his wheelbarrow.“They came with a pickup truck and forcibly took my wheelbarrow, put it in the truck and took it away,” the young man said. He explained that as it is usually the case, he headed to the Paynesville City Hall with the hope that he could retrieve his wheelbarrow and the goods.“When I went there I only saw the empty wheelbarrow and no one there could give account of what happened to my goods,” the man, who identified himself only as Eric, said.He said since the incident he has been going to the PCC headquarters for his goods to no avail and no one has told him anything about what happened to his goods.Eric said the situation has rendered him penniless and he is now helping friends to sell their goods to get “something” for his daily bread. He said he dropped out of school in the 8th grade and has been managing funds at his disposal doing petty trading.“Now I only depend on friends to survive,” Eric said. He is meanwhile calling on PCC and LNP authorities to ensure that years of efforts are not wasted simply because the officers are instructed to seize goods from street sellers.Eric told this newspaper that he wants Paynesville City Mayor Ceyvette Gibson to ensure that PCC and LNP officers stop harassing ordinary Liberians who are simply working for themselves through petty trading.He said at times PCC officers pepper spray marketers while chasing them to seize their goods. Meanwhile, when contacted a PCC officer at the Paynvesville City Hall refused to discuss the incident involving Eric, saying it was a job he and his colleagues have to do.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
After injuring his toe against Cal State Dominguez Hills Feb. 24, Daniels had little physical activity last week and didn’t play in a win over Cal State Los Angeles and a loss to Cal State Bakersfield last weekend. He has been able to test it out this week. “He’s going to give it a shot,” Cal Poly coach Greg Kamansky said. “Obviously, he’ll be very limited.” Kamansky said he wasn’t planning on having Daniels start, and his playing time would be dependent on how much pain he feels. Daniels has been a key part of the Broncos’ success this season. He is third on the team with 11.5 points per game, and tied for second in rebounding with 4.7. Daniels also leads the team in field goal percentage. Starting junior center Kaelen Daniels, out last weekend after jamming his toe, will try to play today in the opener of the NCAA Division II West Regional at Humboldt State’s East Gym. Third-seeded Cal Poly (20-7) plays sixth-seeded Seattle (19-8) in the first quarterfinal today at noon. A win would advance the Broncos to Saturday’s 5 p.m. regional semifinal against either second-seeded Cal State San Bernardino or seventh-seeded BYU-Hawaii. The question for the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team this week is: Will he or won’t he? And the answer is, he’ll try. “I don’t want to think we have to have him, but he’s always a good asset to have,” senior guard Billy Hofman said earlier in the week. In Daniels’ absence last week, junior Kevin Neveu started in his place and both he and sophomore Kyle Krause played more minutes. Neveu is averaging 5.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 14.5 minutes, while Krause is averaging 1.8 points, 0.9 rebounds and 7.4 minutes. Last weekend, they both had a tendency to pick up fouls. Neveu averaged 5.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 fouls in 18.5 minutes in the two games, while Krause’s numbers were 4.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.5 fouls in 16.0 minutes. “Kevin and Kyle are very capable. They just have to go out and do it,” Kamansky said. Cal Poly is led by first-team all California Collegiate Athletic Association players senior Dion Cook (17.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg) and sophomore Larry Gordon (11.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg). The Broncos also have CCAA freshman of the year Donnelle Booker (5.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg). Cook is capable of carrying a team. He scored 31 of his career-high 39 points in the second half of a 70-69 overtime victory against Cal State Dominguez Hills Feb. 24. Cal Poly hasn’t played Seattle since losing to the Redhawks in the second game of the 2005-06 season, 79-72 at Seattle. This is the Broncos’ fourth postseason trip in the last five years and Seattle’s first as a Division II school. Seattle, which won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, has won seven straight games. Despite winning the conference, Seattle had no first-team all-conference players. Starting senior guards Ryan Webb (10.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 6.6 apg) and Sam Kirby (13.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.1 apg) both made the second team. Seattle does have more size than Cal Poly. Senior David White, a GNAC honorable mention, is 6-foot-11, and averages 9.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. Cal Poly has no player taller than the 6-8 Krause. “They’ve got a 6-11 guy, and their guards Kirby and Webb are very good,” Kamansky said. “We will have to play very well to win this game.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!