Two soldiers of the United Nations Mission in Liberia, (UNMIL) are under probe for allegations that they were involved in the beating of a teenage boy in Bong County, according to a statement issued by UNMIL.The incident is said to have taken place on December 4 in Bong County, according to a statement issued late Thursday by UNMIL and also published on its website.“The alleged serious misconduct involved the beating of a teenage boy,” said the statement by Waldemar Very, UNMIL’s officer-in-charge and Deputy SRSG for Political and Rule of Law, who also added that the accusations came to light on Tuesday. The statement further said, “The mission takes such allegations extremely seriously and (has) dispatched a preliminary fact-finding team, led by the force Provost Marshall – the highest ranking member of the military police. “The team is tasked with preserving evidence in the event a full investigation is warranted.”The UNMIL statement described the boy’s condition as “moderately serious” but gave no details on the incident and said UNMIL had arranged “on humanitarian grounds” to have the boy moved to JFK Hospital in Monrovia.“While the facts in this case are being established, our thoughts are with the boy, whose condition remains moderately serious, and his family,” he added.He called for “all parties to remain calm and cooperate with those establishing the facts” in Bong.A 15,000-man strong UNMIL force was set up in 2003 to help Liberia transition to peace after devastating back-to-back civil wars spanning 14 years.It has been gradually handing its duties back to the government and will have just 1,240 troops and 600 police on the ground when Liberia assumes full responsibility for its own security in June 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“This is a very exciting time for the Rep,” said Artistic Director Ovington Michael Owston. Jason Price, president of the Rep Board of Directors added, “The funding from the community services grant has only solidified the dedication that the city of Santa Clarita has for the arts and for the future of the theater district in Old Town Newhall.” Making his directorial debut, Bill Quinn has assembled one of the finest and most talented casts ever to hit the stage at the Rep. The cast includes newcomers Kristin Pfeifer, Keven Kaddi, Peter Pasco, Michael Vincent Carrera and Nicholas Yohn. Also featured in the cast are Rep veterans Daniel Lench and Christina Rideout. Written by Rebecca Gilman, “Spinning Into Butter” earned her the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Playwrights, as well as a Jeff Award for new work. It premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and had its New York premiere at the Lincoln Center Theatre. “Spinning Into Butter” opens on April 20, with a wine reception at 7 p.m. and curtain at 8 p.m. The show will run through April 29. Show times are Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17, $15 for students and seniors. Because this is a limited engagement, reservations are highly recommended. For tickets, call the Rep at (661) 288-0000 or visit the Web site at www.repeastplayhouse.org/. The Repertory East Playhouse is at 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com. The Repertory East Playhouse will open the highly anticipated 81 Series at 8 p.m. April 20 with the award-winning drama, “Spinning Into Butter” by Rebecca Gilman. “Spinning Into Butter” explores the dangers of both racism and political correctness in America today. When one of the few African-American students at liberal Belmont College begins receiving hate mail, the campus erupts – first with shock, then with mutual recrimination as faculty and students alike try to prove their own tolerance by condemning one another. At the center of this maelstrom is Sarah Daniels, the dean of students. As the administration sponsors public “race forums” and the students start their activist groups, Sarah is forced to explore her own feelings of racism. Her self-examination leads to some surprising discoveries and painful insights, the consequences of which even she can’t predict. Funded through a Community Services Grant by the city of Santa Clarita, the 81 Series is a limited engagement of four provocative pieces of theater by well-known and respected playwrights. Most of the themes explored in the 81 Series will deal with pertinent social ideals and values of American society. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!