The Justice Minister and Attorney General, Cllr. Christiana P. Tah, has been suspended from practicing law within Liberia for six months.Cllr. Beyan D. Howard, Sieh’s lead defense lawyer was also declared barred—for three months—from practicing law.The two were held in contempt for disrespecting the Supreme Court of Liberia by allowing FrontPage Africa’s managing editor, Rodney D. Sieh, a ‘Compassionate Leave’ from prison to seek medical attention—as prayed for by Mr. Sieh’s attorneys.Delivering the Supreme Court’s opinion on Friday, January 10, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor said that, “after carefully reviewing the records, hearing the arguments and contentions advanced by the counsels representing the parties and considering the laws relied upon, the Court pronounced co-respondent Christiana P. Tah, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, hereby suspended from the practice of law in the Republic of Liberia directly or indirectly for a period of six months.”The contempt proceedings and findings stemmed from “…her role in releasing Rodney D. Sieh from prison as well as, her persistent affront to this court, demonstrated by her refusal to reverse the action, which formed the basis for the contempt proceedings.“While, for his role played in the release of Rodney D. Sieh from prison, Counselor Beyan Howard is suspended from the practice of law directly and indirectly for a period of three (3) months,” the Chief Jusice further ruled.Unlike the Court’s explanation regarding Justice Minister Tah, the Court only referenced a ‘role’ played by Cllr. Beyan Howard ; it did not say what he had done that was contemptuous.Absent as to what aspect of the role Cllr. Howard played that the Court had considered contemptuous, we are left with little more to inform the public than the fact (as has been reported) that Cllr. Howard had prayed the Justice Minister to grant his client the controversial ‘Compassion Leave’ that the Justice Minister believed had sufficient basis in law, to grant.Cllr. Howard’s appeal for the ‘Compassionate Leave,’ along with Minister Tah’s decision to cooperate, were described by the Court as “…contempt against the Judiciary.”Minster Tah had relied on Section 34.20 of the Criminal Procedure Law of Liberia and released Mr. Sieh from further detention at the Monrovia Central Prison, where he had fallen ill while imprisoned there after the Court remanded (sent prisoner to custody) him there for ‘contempt’ of court in connection with the case in which former Agriculture minister Dr. J. Chris Toe sued Sieh and the Frontpage Africa newspaper for libel. After a heated legal battle that brought much international attention, Sieh finally apologized to Dr. Toe in an October 13, 2013 letter. The apology fulfilled the plaintiff’s requirement in order to forgive the US$1.5 million fine levied by the Court against Sieh and secured the defendant’s release from prison.But it was that very law that Justice Minister Tah—and, according to the Court, her codefendant, and partner in contemptible behavior, Cllr. Howard, had relied on. The Court thought otherwise: “Their actions were not in consonance with Section 34.20 of the Criminal Procedure Law of Liberia.” The Chief Justice stressed, “It was instead deliberately intended to proceed through the Executive Branch of Government and release a prisoner who had been imprisoned for contempt of court without any reference to the judiciary.”‘That is in utter violation of the doctrine of separation of powers as enshrined in our Constitution. Their actions are therefore punishable as such,” Chief Justice Korkpor declared.The Clerk of this Court is hereby ordered to communicate with the respondents, informing them of the judgment of this Court. “And it is so ordered,” Chief Justice Korkpor instructed.Prior to hearing of the contempt case, Cllr. T. Negbelee Warner, Cllr. Cyril Jones and Cllr. David A. B. Jallah appeared as “Amici Curiae” meaning Friends of the Court, while Cllr. Betty Lamin-Blamo, solicitor General and Cllr. M. Wilkins Wright , former Solicitor-General appeared for co-respondent Christiana P. Tah, Minister of Justice and Attorney General.Cllr. Alexander B. Zoe and Cllr. J. Lavela Supuwood appeared for co-respondent Cllr. Beyan D. Howard. (With an assist from Keith Neville A. Best)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
There is confusion and noise in the country over the challenging state of the economy particularly as the Liberian dollar continues to depreciate against the United States dollar. Amid this confusion and noise, fingers are being pointed at the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) for doing little or nothing to arrest the situation on the foreign exchange market. The rate currently stands at L$88.5 to US$1. Critics of the Ministry of Finance accused it of failing to finance critical government projects and failing to provide fiscal backing for the monetary side of the economy. The CBL is charged of pursuing bad monetary policy by allegedly infusing more money into the economy. The two institutions have denied these allegations and chided their accusers to provide evidence. As the economy undergoes this hysterical period, the government has repeatedly said that it does not have control over the exchange rate. Many people describe the government’s pronouncement as a blatant demonstration of a lack of commitment or will to ensuring macroeconomic stability.But economic and financial experts believe that stability in the money market requires a greater responsibility from the private sector than just the government alone. They argued that as a free enterprise or market economy, the government does not produce or sell. Others are, however, of the view that the private sector needs stronger and committed government protection in order to take its place in the economy; a situation, they say, remains a promise from the government. Comparatively, it is the private sector that is creating more demand for the US dollar than the government. In the face of this debate, a financial expert has anonymously warned that unless the economy can shift towards manufacturing to raise the needed foreign exchange to pay for its balance of payments (BoP), the foreign exchange market will get worse.The unfolding situation points to the fact that an attempt by the government to set the rate, as some people would want, would lead to the creation of a ‘black market’ by unscrupulous individuals.What a mess! Though the CBL makes a weekly US$1.5 million auction and deals directly with registered businesses and Forex bureaus, the Bank does not have enough US dollars to meet the demand of the market, which needs over a billion dollars per quarter to import. The Bank’s foreign reserves position is estimated at about US$250 million, while the government of Liberia’s fiscal budget is to the tune of about US$580million.The most professional way the Bank is handling this situation is to allow the market forces of supply and demand to dictate the exchange rate to a larger extent.In microeconomics, supply and demand is an economic model of price determination in a market.It concludes that in a competitive market, the unit price for a particular good will vary until it settles at a point where the quantity demanded by consumers (at current price) will equal the quantity supplied by producers (at current price), resulting in an economic equilibrium for price and quantity.Therefore, the four basic laws of supply and demand must be looked at. These laws state: if demand increases (demand curve shifts to the right) and supply remains unchanged, a shortage occurs, leading to a higher equilibrium price; if demand decreases (demand curve shifts to the left) supply remains unchanged, a surplus occurs, leading to a lower equilibrium price; if demand remains unchanged and supply increases (supply curve shifts to the right), a surplus occurs, leading to a lower equilibrium price, and if demand remains unchanged and supply decreases (supply curve shifts to the left), a shortage occurs, leading to a higher equilibrium price.For our discussion on the money market in Liberia, we take the first law knowing that the demand for the US dollars has increased with supply remaining mainly unchanged. The shortage in the supply and availability of the US dollars in the market has led to a higher equilibrium price for the US dollars. Our Business Desk attempts to discuss some of the factors responsible for the increased demand for US dollars.Trade Deficit as a factor Responsible for Huge US dollar DemandLiberia is an import-dependent economy. Meaning, the economy imports more goods than its exports. According to CBL’s 2013 third quarter report, total import payments rose by 19.7% to US$300.5 million; while rubber and iron ore exports recorded a combined 81.1% of total export receipts from 78.1%; representing about 20.6% decline.Their combined export receipts recorded was US$99.5 million at end-September, 2013 from US$125.4 million at end-June 2013. The CBL reported that the key driver of the country’s trade deficit was its huge import receipts, which is further exacerbated by its sole reliance on rubber and iron ore as its key export commodities.The Bank acknowledged the decline as a troubling sign for the economy and immediately published a recommendation for the government to pursue a swift policy action aimed at widening the country’s export base towards non-traditional exports in order to reverse its sole dependence on iron ore and rubber.It also traced the problem to the volatility of global prices of iron ore and rubber, which exposes the country to susceptible external shocks. Rubber and iron ore are Liberia’s chief export commodities.Liberia’s Deteriorating Balance of PaymentsIt has been observed that the Liberian economy is not strong enough to generate needed foreign exchange earnings to settle its balance of payments (BoP). The BoP is a statement that summarizes an economy’s transactions with the rest of the world for a specified time period. Also known as balance of international payments, BoP encompasses all transactions between a country’s residents and its nonresidents involving goods, services and income; financial claims on and liabilities to the rest of the world; and transfers.Last year, the CBL has released a provisional statistics of Liberia’s overall BoP highlighting a deficit of about US$216.5 million.The statistics, which was curled from the Bank’s third quarter Economic &Financial Bulletin, published the US$216.5 million from a revised surplus of US$38.0 at the end of the previous quarter.According to the Bank, the overall BoP deteriorated on an annualized basis by US$338.0 million at the end of September, 2013 from a surplus of US$121.5 million at the end of September, 2012.Tax Requirement in US Dollar by GOLAnother key factor is tax requirement in US dollars by the Government of Liberia. The GOL’s policy of collecting a very large segment of tax revenue in US dollar from the private sector also creates demand for the US dollar because businesses and other taxpayers required to pay their taxes in US dollar have to find the US dollar to pay their taxes. It must be registered, however, that the situation in the foreign exchange market, which is creating hardship for vast majority of the Liberian people, cannot be blamed on the government alone.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Press secretary to Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Jerolinmek M. PiahPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Press Secretary, Jerolinmek Piah, has responded to presidential hopeful Benoni Urey’s claims that President Sirleaf is disinterested in Liberia for being out of the country during an Ebola crisis: Statement ByMr. Jerolinmek PiahPresidential Press SecretaryOnComments Made By Mr. Benoni UreyThursday, April 3, 2014 Welcome ladies and gentlemen of the press. We have followed a lot of loose comments made by Mr. Benoni Urey, specifically targeted at the presidency.Our initial thoughts, I must say in all honesty, is that Mr. Urey’s comments reflect serious lack of governance, political ineptitude and naivety on the part of a “political nobody” who has allowed his quest for the presidency to render him mischievous and disingenuous.Mr. Urey argues that President Sirleaf has no interest in Liberia and its people simply because she departed the country to participate in the 4th EU-Africa Summit at the time an outbreak of Ebola was reported in the country.If this statement came from just anybody, we would not have been surprise at all; but coming from a man who says he has the desire for the Presidency, we are not only surprised but ashamed of him.As a person who currently works at the presidency and is intone with presidential activities, duties and functions, let me use this time to provide a little education to Mr. Urey about the presidency.The presidency, not just of Liberia but all other countries, is an office of government that is not and cannot function as a one-stop-shop. In fact, a President must deal with multiple issues at the same time and does not shut down all other activities of government due to one. When one is President, he or she remains President no matter where he or she is – whether in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Brussels or in any other part of the country.It cannot be considered that a President has abandoned a country simply due to her absence from the country. Mr. Urey needs to know that when the President of a country is out of the country on official business, he or she mobilizes and directs the government to perform. In fact, on such occasions, Presidents are always engaged bilaterally, most times to the benefit of the country.Let me quickly state to Mr. Urey that many of the bilateral engagements that President Sirleaf has had on her current visit abroad has been dominated by issues surrounding the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia.The simple reason is this: A disease like Ebola not only requires the intervention of the Government of Liberia, but international partners as well to ensure that it is contained. This is exactly part of her agenda during her bilateral discussion while away.At every opportunity, President Sirleaf has informed her colleagues, partners and friends who are now on the alert to assist Liberia, should we find it difficult to control the current outbreak.Another issue here is that if a person who desires the President of Liberia does not understand these simple elementary principles of the presidency, such person, we advice should remain selling scratch cards and making their farms rather having a naked desire for a presidency that he or she does not understand. Mr. Urey has reflected clearly from his outburst that he has gross limitations in understanding the intricacies of the presidency – a fault he has exposed as a result of his loose comments.An interest to us is a suggestion also made by Mr. Urey that other well meaning citizens who are providing services to the government are “Americans” that should be, according to him, voted out of office so that they pack their belongings and return to America – what an agent of divisiveness. Is this the Urey who craves for the Presidency?What kind of President will he be when he has started, on his own accord, to draw dichotomies between and among our people? He knocked his chest and brag to be president for murderers and criminals.Let me quickly remind him that Liberia does not need a murderer-in-chief nor a criminal-in-chief but a Commander-in-Chief who will transform even the murderers and criminals to productive citizens.If there are people who by the deeds and actions have made others murderers and criminals and therefore already see themselves as president for those people, then that is a zone of comfort that they could remain rather than seeking the presidency which they have demonstrated that they have no understanding about.Let me also say to Mr. Urey that before the President departed the country, she was engaged with the Ebola outbreak. Three separate meetings were held with the President by the technical committee who provided adequate briefing to the President which enabled her to direct the course of affairs as was required in handling the Ebola situation.He needs to also know that more than three times a day the President receives briefing from the acting Chair of the Cabinet, Honorable Morris Dukuly, which is also enabling her to perform adequately her supervisory responsibility.Mr. Urey ought to know that in six weeks, nearly 70 persons died in Guinea from the outbreak. In the past three weeks, you can see for yourselves the mortality rate in Liberia. This should be a clear demonstration to him that those who are in charge of this process are performing with efficiency and proficiency purely based on an account of the kind of supervision that is being provided by the President.Finally, the Executive Mansion will like to strongly advice all Liberians and politicians in particular to refrain from using this serious health issue for politics as the spread of the disease knows no bounds. This is a situation, in our view, that requires all hands on deck as this is not the time for politics.Thank you.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Have Liberians every heard of countries called Kenya, South Africa and Tanzania? Of course they have. Do Liberians also know that these countries every year attract millions of tourists from around the world?Well, yes, these countries all have a thriving tourism industry not only because they have beautiful beaches and some of the world’s most modern hotels. One of their primary assets is their wildlife.Now we come to Liberia, whose people seem unable to organize anything with a high degree of success, or turn their assets into gainful opportunities to move our people and country forward. Here are these Gbarpolu officials in the Legislature and elsewhere, elected and supported by their poor, uneducated people, using their positions of power and privilege to retard development by supporting people who consistently drive out any possibility of development in county.How do they do this? By engaging with the powerful and systematic backing of some of their most prominent citizens to kill the county’s rich wildlife heritage which God has bestowed upon Gbarpolu.So, instead of engaging President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to use her immense international contacts to bring investors to develop tourism in Gbarpolu, these officials are backing the ruthless wildlife marauders (pillagers, plunders, bandits) to kill the county’s precious wildlife for bush meat. They have never asked themselves where can bush meat business carry Gbarpolu? The answer to that question, of course, is NOWHERE but further into darkness, despair and destitution.On the other hand, if these Gbarpolu officials were patriotic, farsighted and caring enough about their people’s plight, they would launch a persistent campaign to attract investors to develop tourism in Gbarpolu. Tourist would come from around the world to see the wildlife and culture, enjoy beautiful landscapes, beaches, expeditions and water sports on their beautiful rivers while being able to relax in the comforts of unique hotels. The results? jobs, jobs, jobs.The government itself would be challenged to put paved roads through Gbarpolu to make modern tourism happen. And remember, Gbarpolu is, like Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Bong, Lofa and Nimba, rich in indigenous culture that could be a glittering addition. Let us pause here to remind the Liberian people of the coming 2017 elections, when we will have the opportunity to choose those who will be our leaders in the Legislature and Executive branches. Our challenge is to choose people who are enlightened and visionary, with a passion for the people’s uplift from backwardness, poverty and hopelessness into an era of development and prosperity.Yes, we need leaders who will not sacrifice the country’s vast resources, such as its rich wildlife, on the altar of bush meat, whose only end is defecation in the bushes and surrounding neighborhoods, leaving the people in the perpetual darkness, poverty and hopelessness that they have known for centuries.Amid this catastrophic jumble of darkness, despair and destitution, is there any hope?Yes, there is!There are, in the coming electoral field of battle, a few bright stars—highly accomplished, experienced, patriotic and visionary individuals who can make a difference and bring hope to our beleaguered country.Our people are called to look carefully at all those seeking public office in these elections; listen keenly to their messages; check out their individual backgrounds; their failures; and their accomplishments. Then we must all of us pray that those we elect will not be carried away by the trappings of power and, like so many of our past leaders, quickly forget about the people. No!Let us pray; and not only pray, but work diligently to keep our leaders accountable, transparent and good, faithful to the promises they made in their campaigns. Let the press and the people give no one, ever again, the chance to depart from their campaign promises and pursue their own selfish agendas, leaving us in ignorance, poverty and disease; and when confronted, tell us that our desperate condition is “none of my business.”No! Let us never indulge in any semblance of sycophancy, blindly following and supporting a leader who is clearly reneging on his campaign promises.Let us all be aroused with patriotism and passion to work with our elected and other leaders to bring Liberia, at long last, out of the millennium of poverty, into the era of development, advancement and prosperity.These are not simply words, words, words. We are writing ideas we sincerely believe in and are convinced that indeed they are achievable in Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A cyclist who was allegedly under the influence of alcohol is presently nursing injuries at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) after he reportedly slammed into a parked truck on the La Jalousie Public Road, West Coast Demerara (WCD), on Friday evening.Ramjit Sookanand, 35, of Leonora, West Coast Demerara (WCD) was said to be making his way home at around 22:45h when the incident occurred.Guyana Times understands that the victim spent the night imbibing with friends at a popular bar before deciding to venture home on his bicycle at around 22:25h.However, while doing so, the man reportedly crashed into a parked truck along the La Jalousie Public Road, WCD.After colliding with the truck, eyewitnesses revealed that the cyclist was flung from his bicycle and fell onto the roadway and sustained injuries.He was picked up in an unconscious state by a group of public-spirited citizens and taken to the Leonora Cottage Hospital where he was admitted and treated.According to the police, Sookanand received injuries to his head, neck, arm and other parts of his body. He is, however, said to be in a serious but stable condition.The matter is being investigated.
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Sports Star ticketsThe Donegal Sports Star Awards annual presentation function will take place in the Silver Tassie Hotel on Friday, January 27th. For ticket details contact Catherine on 0863696010. SPORTS STAR AWARD TICKETS was last modified: January 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
England manager Gareth Southgate will not rush into signing a new contract with the Football Association despite them wanting to hand him a pay rise, according to The Times.The Three Lions boss helped his team reach the World Cup semi-finals this year, only to see his team lose to Croatia, after extra-time. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move highlights Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more The Times report the Football Association are also worried about losing technical director Dan Ashworth, with chief executive Martin Glenn also potentially leaving in the coming years too. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade It was a thrilling performance throughout the tournament from England, with striker Harry Kane claiming the tournament’s Golden Boot award for scoring six goals.And the Football Association are keen to tie down Southgate, who reignited the country’s passion for international football, as they believe he could be tempted away for a role in the Premier League.Southgate himself is reportedly unsure, especially with increased interest in his private life, but is currently set to lead England through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade ADVICE possible standings Latest Football News silverware 1 impact How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? BEST OF RANKED England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions smart causal
Rory Gallagher has confirmed that Paul Callaghan will become the Donegal goalkeeping coach for the forthcoming 2017 season. Former Celtic FC, St Patrick’s Athletic and Finn Harps goalkeeper James Gallagher has been forced to step down from the role due to family commitments.Gallagher helped Glenswilly win a Donegal SFC title this season, but was forced to retire from professional football due to a succession of knee injuries. Former Donegal goalkeeper Paul Callaghan will replace the outgoing Gallagher – and will bring a wealth of experience to the role.Donegal manager Rory Gallagher told Donegal Sport-Hub, “James was a brilliant coach and a brilliant man in our group.“James has great experience and he worked really well with our goalkeepers.“James managed the change from Paul Durcan to Mark Anthony McGinley really well and our goalkeepers all liked working with him. “I would like to thank James for his services and we look forward to working with Paul, who has also given Donegal tremendous service over the years.”Rory Gallagher appoints new goalkeeping coach was last modified: November 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
How the Kings are doing:This young Sacramento team has been one of the pleasant … Following their first win in 10 days, the Warriors (13-7) will take on the young Sacramento Kings (10-8). Can the champs keep up with the young kids from up north on the second night of a back-to-back?Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup.When/where: Oracle Arena, 5:30 pmKings projected starting lineup: De’Aaron Fox, Willie Cauley-Stein, Iman Shumpert, Buddy Hield, Nemanja Bjelica