Muslims End Ramadan

first_imgLiberian Muslims, like their counterparts around world, yesterday ended the annual fast of their Holy Month of Ramadan, by offering prayers for peace and solidarity among Liberians. They gathered at their various mosques and centers in and around the country early Wednesday to offer prayers to Allah.Speaking to reporters, the Chairman of the Muslim Council of Liberia, Sheikh Omaru Kamara, called on Liberian Muslims to aid the government in protecting its citizens from violent extremism that is threatening peace and security around the world.Sheikh Kamara called on Liberian Muslims to resist violence as a means to solving problems, but rather promote peace, in order to move the country forward.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in an Executive Mansion release, thanked Liberian Muslims for fasting for peace during the Ramadan. She called on Liberian Muslims to join other Liberians in praying for peace in Liberia.The President further stated that all religions practiced in Liberia have major roles to play in promoting peace and unity, especially following the drawdown of the United Nation’s Mission in Liberia.Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim Lunar Calendar. During the month long fast, Muslims are required to show kindness to others, including non-Muslims, and other living creatures. They abstain from food, drink, and other physical needs (including sex and smoking). Meanwhile, several non-Muslim Liberians identified with the Muslim community celebrating the end of Ramadan. Bong County District #3 Representative, George S. Mulbah, presented several bags of rice to the Muslim Community in Bong County. Former lawmaker Kuku Y. Dorbor also presented several bags of rice to the Muslim community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

2 plead in MySpace extortion attempt

first_imgDeputy District Attorney Jeffrey A. McGrath of the high-tech-crimes unit said the system could have been used by stalkers trying to locate MySpace users. The men sold access to several codes to computer users, who could then apply it to their own MySpace sites. The codes enabled the users to see how many people had accessed their MySpace site, as well the visitors’ e-mail or IP addresses, McGrath said. Employing that kind of Web site traffic monitoring violates MySpace’s rules. The men boasted they had about 85,000 registered users of their tracking program, but investigators have not determined how many e-mails and other data the users were able to cull, McGrath said. The plea bargain, also agreed to by Paul L. Gabbert, attorney for the young men, severely restricts their access to computers, limits them to one e-mail address each, and requires that they do 160 hours of community service and pay MySpace $13,500 in restitution. Two young New York men who were accused of trying to extort MySpace.com by developing code to track users pleaded no contest Monday in Los Angeles to illegal computer access in a bargain with the prosecution. Two counts of attempted extortion and another illegal-computer-access count were dropped in the deal, which gave the defendants three-year probationary terms. Each had faced up to nearly four years in prison. Shaun Harrison, 19, and Saverio Mondelli, 20, of Suffolk County, N.Y., were accused of demanding $150,000 as a “consulting fee” from MySpace. The pair were offering the code as a service on their own Web site for $29.95 and claimed to be developing an unbreakable version. The popular MySpace social-networking site is supposed to provide anonymity, but Harrison and Mondelli were offering a means to acquire e-mail addresses and Internet Protocol addresses of users, the prosecution said. Superior Court Commissioner Kristi Lousteau told the defendants that if they violate their agreement, they could go to prison. She said they will be subject to search of their computer systems at any time, and they may not access MySpace.com directly or indirectly. The defendants stood before the commissioner and acknowledged the terms of the agreement, but neither spoke other than to answer “yes.” Outside court, Gabbert said the agreement came from “the recognition that they are young and made a mistake and to give them a second chance.” He said they set up their business right out of high school and are now going to college. “They will continue to be creative and not transgress the law,” he said. McGrath said the young men, who were extremely proficient in Macromedia Flash technology, were discovered by the operators of MySpace and were sent a “cease and desist” order by e-mail. Macromedia is now part of Adobe Systems Inc. The pair sent a reply saying, “We will neither cease nor desist” and announced on their Web site that they were developing an even more sophisticated system that would soon be for sale, prosecutors said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more