Several spectators, who spent the past two days watching the debate over the merit of a US$1.2 million bond filed on behalf of suspended NPA officials Matilda Parker and Christina Kparbar Paelay at Criminal Court ‘C’, left the courtroom yesterday embittered about proceedings, which led to the postponement of the case.The bond was filed by the Family Dollar Universal Insurance, a company the prosecution claimed lacked the legal capacity to file said bond for the defendants.They also asked the court to deny it, re-arrest the defendants, and incarcerate them until the proper bond was served.Parker and Paelay were accused by government of stealing US$837,950, while serving in their respective posts at the corporation. They claimed to have secured a bond to prevent them from being incarcerated until their case could commence.Unfortunately, at yesterday’s proceedings, Judge Peter Gbeneweleh told the court that he could not continue with the bond hearing, “because of time constraints caused by the failure of the lawyers to appear on time.”The case was expected to resume by 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon. But surprisingly to people who gathered at the court for the hearing, when Judge Gbeneweleh called the matter for hearing, the defense team was nowhere around in the courtroom, which compelled the judge to postpone the case with another one.Interestingly, by the time he had concluded with the case, which he had earlier called first, he could not hear the bond matter because the court was pressed with time.Therefore the Judge publicly ruled that time had been far spent, and therefore, the matter was suspended to today at 2 p.m.His decision was also supported by the defense team and prosecutors, who had implored legal technicality that continue to delay hearing into the bond issue, which could not allow them to conclude with the examination of the insurance company’s first witness for the three consecutive days.However, Judge Gbeneweleh’s decision shocked friends and family, who filled much of the courtroom Wednesday afternoon.A female who wants to remain unanimous, was shocked while leaving the courtroom. She said the prosecution was joking with the case, and so, she was disappointed.“I just cannot believe it,” she said, “It is a joke what they are doing in this country when cases of corrupt natures are brought to court,” she opined.Another person, a male counterpart, who was regular at the trial was also heard as saying, “I cannot believe what we continue to see in this case, for a bond hearing to stay such a long time, they must be joking here with this case.”“It is just too bad that we are paying too much money to transport ourselves for the hearing and we are not able to get any result,” he noted, “What is happening and why are we delaying with this simple bond hearing?”Defendant Parker along with Paelay were accused of designing a criminal scheme whereby they awarded two sole-source contracts without the approval of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) to co-defendant Deneah M. Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise on behalf of the NPA from 2011 to 2012.The alleged contracts were for co-defendant Flomo to remove wreckage from the port of Greenville, Sinoe County, and the provision of security consultancy at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and Greenville at the agreed priced of US$500,000 and US$300,000 respectively.The accused further made fraudulent payment of funds from the NPA’s accounts to defendant Flomo for expertise, which amounted to US$837,950.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Madam Kurtz administers a test at the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Mission in PaynesvilleBy Edwin M. Fayia IIIMore than 800 Liberians over the weekend were grateful recipients of free new reading glasses from the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Liberia (ELCL) and Hope and Child Care International, a United States non-profit organization in Paynesville.In an interview with the Daily Observer Saturday, Pastor Patrick Fayia Nanning of ELCL and Madam Linda Kurtz of HCI said the initiative was intended to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to fellow believers and others.Pastor Nanning disclosed that the USA team conducted a three-day extensive training for their Liberian counterparts.He also noted that following the announcement of the free eye testing and distribution of reading glasses, two persons came all the way from Lofa and Nimba counties to benefit.Pastor Nanning explained that owing to the introduction of computer technology in Liberia, many Liberians’ eyes are being affected by the bright light from computer screens.Asked if a survey was conducted to determine if Liberians need reading glasses, Pastor Nanning said personal interactions and daily discussions with Liberians made the need for the glasses apparent.“We initially requested for 150 reading glasses, but by the grace of God, we now have in stock 2,200 reading glasses and hope to do the eye testing and issuing of glasses to affected persons,” Pastor Nanning added.He underscored the need for Liberians and others that have eye problems to take advantage of the free testing and eye glasses at the ELCL Clinic in Paynesville.He disclosed that there are plans to take the service to some rural parts of the country. But Pastor Nanning was quick to note that rural initiatives are normally associated with funding and logistical challenges.Besides, Pastor Nanning disclosed that the ELCL is running a well-organized orphanage in Liberia and the mission has embarked on the construction of an orphanage which will include an elementary school.He added that plans are being worked out for the second phase of the free testing and issuing of reading glasses to affected Liberians and others in the country.For her part, Madam Kurtz pointed out that the free testing and reading glasses will provide better vision for the beneficiaries.On why Liberia was chosen for the eye program, Madam Kurtz said her love for the people directed her to come and assist them.In a related development, Madam Kurtz noted that at the moment, HCI is hosting 30 orphans, including two that were recently rescued from Foya District in Lofa County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Topics that are going to be covered include how the law applies to landlords and tenants, rental agreements and leases, repairs and maintenance, rent increases, as well as eviction and ending a tenancy.“From April 20 through May 14, the Residential Tenancy Branch will offer educational sessions in northern B.C. that will focus on the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants,” writes the Ministry of Natural Gas Development and Responsible for Housing.The session will run in Fort St. John on Monday April 27, 2015 inside the North Peace Leisure Pool’s meeting room – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You can also catch a session the following day at the Pomeroy Sport Centre – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.- Advertisement -They’ll also be hosting a session in Dawson Creek on Tuesday April 28, 2015 at the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts – 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.Finally those in Chetwynd can catch a session at the local library on Wednesday April 29, 2015 – 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.Email HSRTO.gov.bc.ca with ‘northern BC workshop’ in the subject line to register. You can also call or text 604 880 1816.Advertisement
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The U.S. military ordered coalition troops in Iraq on Thursday to undergo special training in ethics and “the values that separate us from our enemies” in the wake of allegations that Marines killed two dozen unarmed civilians in Haditha. “This is a phenomenon that has become common among many of the multinational forces,” said Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malikial-Maliki. “No respect for citizens, smashing civilian cars and killing on a suspicion or a hunch. It’s unacceptable.” Al-Maliki’s remarks appeared to lend credibility to complaints by Iraqis of what they see as U.S. troops’ cultural insensitivity and disregard for Iraqi lives. To many Iraqis, the soldiers are occupiers seeking to control the country’s oil wealth. The Americans, on the other hand, are under intense pressure, isolated from Iraqis by cultural and language barriers and battling insurgents who easily blend into the civilian population. Some of the troops are in Iraq on their third combat tour since the U.S. invasion three years ago. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The training, including slides, will cover all coalition soldiers in Iraq and last 30 days. Of the 150,000-strong multinational contingent in Iraq, 130,000 are Americans. “As military professionals, it is important that we take time to reflect on the values that separate us from our enemies,” Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the No. 2 U.S. general in Iraq, said in a statement. “The challenge for us is to make sure the actions of a few do not tarnish the good work of the many.” Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, spokesman for the Multinational Force-Iraq, told a Baghdad news briefing that the training was designed to reinforce what troops learned before coming to Iraq. It will focus on “values and looking at the legal, moral and ethical standards that every one of us in uniform here, as guests of the Iraqi government, need to adhere to,” he said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“By the end of your career you want to win as many trophies as you can and you do whatever it takes to get there.“Of course you love the club you’re at, but you also have to understand that as a professional football player you are judged by the number of trophies you have in your cabinet.“When you’re at a top team and you can deliver that, you don’t have to consider other teams, but when the likes of Madrid and Barcelona come they guarantee you play at that level, so it’s almost impossible not to consider it, especially when you are going through a difficult time with the team you’re at now.”Listen back to Mario Melchiot on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast IN FULL above! 2 Meanwhile, Barcelona are said to have tabled three bids for Brazilian ace Willian, and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois looks likely to Real Madrid too.Asked if Chelsea can somehow convince their in-demand trio to stay this summer, Melchiot told talkSPORT: “That’s the problem – those guys want to play in the Champions League.“They want to play in a team that has enough quality to complete to win the Champions League and Premier League titles.“Clubs like Madrid or Barcelona, they don’t have that problem.“And as a player, if you’re at a club like Chelsea and you’re playing at the top of the league, you don’t have to worry about it either.“But when you’re not, that’s when you have to consider it [joining another club]. Hazard has won the Premier League title and FA Cup in his last two seasons at Chelsea – but is it enough to convince him to stay? Hazard has made over 200 appearances for Chelsea since 2012 – but could he leave this summer? 2 Chelsea have been warned they MUST show they can compete for top honours this season to keep the likes of Eden Hazard and Willian at Stamford Bridge.The Blues could lose both players to Spain this summer, with Hazard linked with replacing Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid and Willian wanted by Barcelona.And former defender Mario Melchiot admits he understands why their star players’ heads have been turned after a tumultuous campaign.With less than three weeks until the start of the season, Chelsea’s preparations have been rather chaotic.Antonio Conte was replaced by new boss Maurizio Sarri weeks into their pre-season preparations, while there is uncertainly hanging over a number of their key players.Hazard hinted following the World Cup that he could leave the Blues, admitting it was “time to discover something different” after six years with the club.With the Blues only able to offer Europa League football this term, the Belgian – in his prime at 27 – is perhaps thinking he can’t afford to spend a season outside of Europe’s top competition.
A flight from Dublin to Donegal had to be turned back this morning when the plane was unable to land at Carrickfin Airport.The BE6792 from Dublin was unable to land due to low cloud at the airport.It has since been diverted back to Dublin. The plane was due to land at 10.20am but was forced to circle the airport for more than half an hour trying to land.The landing was eventually abandoned and the flight sent back to Dublin.Alternative arrangements are being made for passengers. PLANE FORCED TO ABANDON LANDING AT DONEGAL AIRPORT was last modified: June 27th, 2013 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) Tags:Carrickfin Airportlanding
UP to 30 local haulage drivers could lose their jobs after the company they work for moved to the North.Bradley transport, based in Buncrana, has pulled the plug on its operations here because of rising taxes.Peter Bradley from the family-owned business in Buncrana told Jobs Minister Richard Bruton that they’d been left with no choice because of the massive costs and taxes on the haulage industry on this side of the Border. “The move is saving €150,000 alone in road taxes,” said Mr Bradley.“I have 40 drivers. Thirty of them are from here in Donegal and ten are from Derry.“But I’m now being told the staff from Donegal cannot continue to work for us in the North.”Mr Bruton expressed shock at the claim which was made during his visit to Letterkenny. He told Mr Bradley – whose sister Michelle is an outgoing Buncrana town councillor – that freedom of movement of workers under European rules would prevent the UK authorities from making that ruling.Bur Mr Bradley said that’s what he had been told, casting a doubt over the future of his 30 Donegal-based employees.The shock news emerged at the minister took questions from local business people at a conference at the Station House Hotel yesterday.A number of new jobs initiatives were shared with the crowd, including a large range of tax breaks for companies, some of which have never been claimed by businesses here.There were a number of complaints about high rates, high taxes and the re-introduction of the higher rate of PRSI in January. Vincent McNamee, owner of the Wonder Years creche at Rossbracken in Letterkenny, said this had put a huge strain on his business, costing tens of thousands of euro.FEARS FOR 30 DONEGAL JOBS AS LOCAL TRANSPORT COMPANY MOVES TO THE NORTH was last modified: May 2nd, 2014 by John2Share 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)Tags:Bradley Transportbuncrana
TODAY: Oktoberfest picnic, sponsored by the Valley Glen Neighborhood Association, noon-5 p.m. at Valley Glen Community Park, Ethel Avenue and Erwin Street. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel are scheduled to attend. Fall Festival and Plant Sale, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., the Theodore Payne Foundation Nursery, 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. Free admission. Call (818) 768-1802; www.theodorepayne.org. Taste of Encino, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Ventura and Balboa boulevards, Encino. Free admission. Call (818) 789-4711. Rotary Club Arts & Crafts Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Moorpark Street and Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City. See www.rotaryartshow.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Seaside Highland Games, a Scottish festival, Seaside Park, 10 Harbor Blvd., Ventura. Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans, 9:30 a.m.; closing ceremony, 4:30 p.m. Tickets $12, $10 seniors, $2 children. See www.seaside-games.com Cowboy Weekend, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. Admission $5. Call (805) 529-3690; www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com. Home Remodeling and Decorating Show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S. Figueroa St. Tickets $6.75, $4 seniors. Call (818) 557-2950; www.thehomeshow.com Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, PO Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dunne has been in great formRichard Dunne has been praised by Harry Redknapp for his displays since returning to the QPR side.Dunne has impressed against Liverpool, Aston Villa and Chelsea, and Redknapp has paid tribute to the veteran centre-back, describing him as “outstanding”.Redknapp has himself been praised, by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who was impressed with Rangers and described their manager’s tactics in Saturday’s west London derby as “fantastic work”.Mourinho has also insisted that Diego Costa’s below-par display on his return to the side was understandable given the striker’s recent absence.We made Oscar our man of the match in our player ratings from the weekend’s derby, while Toumani Diagouraga was our star man in Brentford’s win against Derby and youngster Lasse Vigen Christensen in Fulham’s draw at Wigan.Meanwhile, there has been more transfer speculation today involving both Rangers and Chelsea.The Blues have again been linked with West Ham’s 15-year-old defender Reece Oxford by the Daily Star, while QPR’s Rio Ferdinand is said to be likely to attract offers from the United States.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
13 June 2007South Africa’s JSE was named Africa’s best stock exchange, New York-based Citigroup its best investment bank, and Kenya Commercial Bank its top performing company at the 2007 Africa Investor Index Awards ceremony at the London Stock Exchange on Friday night.Based on the Ai40 and Ai100 indices of investment research and publishing group Africa Investor, the Ai Index Awards reward the best performing stock exchanges, listed companies, investment banks, research teams and fund managers on the continent.According to the Sunday Times, 100 senior executives gathered at the gala ceremony to celebrate Africa’s “top capital market performers”.Allan Kamau, executive editor of Africa Investor, told the Sunday Times that the JSE had come out tops largely because of its innovation in setting up indices for smaller companies as well as socially responsible companies.The Stock Exchange of Mauritius came in second behind the JSE.Africa’s ‘super-performers’Citigroup, which clinched US$17-billion worth of deals across Africa in the year ended March 2007, beat strong competition from the likes of Investec, JP Morgan and Standard Bank Group to take the best investment bank award.Kenya Commercial Bank took the award for best performing Ai40 company ahead of firms such as Orascom Construction (based in Egypt), West Africa Portland Cement (Nigeria), MTN Group (South Africa) and United Bank for Africa (Nigeria).The other Ai Index Award winners were:Best performing Ai100 company: Egyptian Iron & SteelBest Africa research team: DatabankBest Africa fund manager: Emerging Markets Management LLCBest African IPO: Dangote Sugar RefineryAccording to Africa Investor, African stock exchanges have provided impressive US dollar returns for investors over the last few years, with heavyweights such as Citigroup, Standard Bank Group and JP Morgan investing in the continent in an unprecedented fashion.Africa Investor managing editor Hubert Danso told Kenyan newspaper The Nation: “I believe that we are witnessing the emergence of truly competitive African capital market investment opportunities that G8 investors can assess and pursue with confidence.“The awards have shone the light on Africa’s super-performers and signalled that African blue chips without doubt should represent an integral part of any serious emerging market investor’s portfolio.”Scipion African Opportunities FundDuring Friday’s ceremony, Scipion Capital announced the launch of the first 100% Africa-dedicated hedge fund. The Scipion African Opportunities Fund, launching on 1 July with US$100-million in seed capital, will track the listed stocks of nine African stock exchanges.The fund will include the Scipion-Ai40 Index Share Tracker class, pegged to the Ai Index Series produced by African Investor. According to Scipion, the Ai40 index comprises African companies with a combined market capitalisation of more than US$250-billion.“While working as a fund manager in Africa, we noticed the quiet rise in confidence among global investors looking to gain exposure to Africa as a continent, and explore its lesser-known corners,” Scipion Capital chairman Nicolas Clavel told Hedgeweek this week.“Research and news from organisations such as Africa Investor has provided the data to evaluate the opportunities and assess the market trends that previously was only easily accessible for markets such as South Africa.”Clavel told Hedgeweek that Africa’s macroeconomic prospects were “excellent, with growth forecast at 5.5% per annum for the continent as a whole amid improved economic planning, loosened exchange controls, pension market reforms, greater fiscal discipline, commitment to improve the investment climate, strong commodity prices and significant Chinese and G8 economic commitments.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material