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  • Michelle Cobb, La Salle thump Adamson

    first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion La Salle made quick work of Adamson, 25-16, 25-21 25-20, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Rookie Jolina dela Cruz led all scorers with 10 points while Michelle Cobb dished out 25 excellent sets for the Lady Spikers, who rolled to 2-0 to start the season after beating fierce rival Ateneo in their first game on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying NU posts first win, beats UE in 3 sets behind Ivy Lacsina’s 18 Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle has now won 12 straight wins dating back to last season.But DLSU head coach Ramil de Jesus said his team still has to iron out some kinks including the players’ communication on the floor which was evident in the second set after allowing the Lady Falcons to make a push.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“There are still situations where they fail to adjust and commit errors and perhaps it’s because of their lack of communication inside the court,” said de Jesus, whose squad blew a 17-11 lead in the second set as Adamson pulled within a point, 22-21.Des Cheng and Aduke Ogunsanya added nine points each for La Salle while May Luna chipped in eight. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Bernadette Flora and Mary Joy Dacoron scored nine points apiece for the Lady Falcons, who fell to 0-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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  • Harvey Carey hits milestone, plays 700 games with TNT

    first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I’m very fortunate to stay with the franchise,” said Carey who was also named to the PBA Mythical Second Team in 2003 and the PBA All-Defensive Team in 2007.Carey is also the only player left in the TNT team that won the 2003 Philippine Cup.The 6-foot-3’s bruiser admiration for the KaTropa is enough satisfaction for him and he plans to one day retire with the franchise that selected him nearly two decades ago.“I could never imagine myself playing for anybody else, I love TNT, I’ve grown roots with them and hopefully this is where I’m going to retire.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Godfrey Okumu on Lady Maroons tailspin: I believe we still have a fight in us Carey joined elite loyalty after he played in 700 games for the KaTropa joining legends Alvin Patrimonio and Mark Caguioa as the only three players in PBA history to appear in as many games for a single club.It’s also a double blessing for Carey as the KaTropa easily took care of Blackwater, 127-89, at Ynares Center in Antipolo for their third straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s really fortunate that I’ve been pretty much injury-free except for my second year in the league,” said Carey who was the no.4 overall pick in the 2003 draft. “It’s a milestone and I just try to come in every day and just work hard.”Carey has had a stellar career with TNT having won seven titles and being named to the PBA All-Star game on 2011. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MANILA, Philippines—Harvey Carey may have played just 11 minutes in TNT KaTropa’s previous game in the PBA Philippine Cup but those several ticks on the clock meant much more.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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  • OSIWA Steps in with 3 Pickups to Fight Ebola

    first_img“It is our hope that these vehicles will be used for the intended purpose in order to save the lives of people infected by the deadly Ebola virus,” said Madam Crayton.Receiving the keys for the vehicles from Madam Crayton, Health Minister Dr. Gwenigale  said he is overjoyed for the donation by OSIWA and the FORD Foundation. “Part of the challenges we have in dealing with this Ebola crisis is the lack of adequate logistics. We have limited transportation to move materials and people from one place to another and these pickups are coming in at the time when all of the counties are asking us for transport,” he said.“I extend thanks and appreciation, on behalf of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to the representatives of FORD Foundation and the OSIWA family for this timely gesture.” Minister Gwenigalie instructed that though it was the Ministry of Health that signed the grant agreement with the FORD Foundation and OSIWA, the vehicles are for Ebola response and they must be used for that purpose. The Health Minister also instructed his Assistant Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah, to work with General Services Agency (GSA) Director General Madam Mary Broh to ensure that the vehicles are registered as government property. “And it must be noted that we have received these items and they must be used for the purpose for which they are intended.” The Health Minister immediately turned the keys over to Assistant Minister Tolbert Nyenswah who in turn thanked OSIWA and the FORD Foundation for the timely gesture. “We thank OSIWA and FORD Foundation and wish to note here that we are strategically putting all mechanisms into place in the various counties to deal with this Ebola crisis.I am happy that you have made this donation this morning because it will help ease some of the logistical challenges facing the Ministry of Health and the Ebola Task Force, including the government,” said Minister Nyenswah. He observed that there is mounting pressure on the Ministry of Health from the various counties for vehicles and other suppliers. “The request for supplies is enormous because we have people taking care of the treatment unit, ambulance crew, community awareness crew and those taking care of the dead, amongst many others,” Nyenswah added.Present at the ceremony was Deputy Health Minister Matthew T. K. Flomo and the Coordinator of the Ebola Task Force, Mr. Dorbor Jallah. Also present was Deputy Police Director for Operations Col. Abraham Kromah, while on the OSIWA team was the Program Coordinator Madam Jackie M. Eastman, Administrative and Finance Associate Mr. Rufus Ballah and the driver Mr. Julius Ke-Leay.       The deadly Ebola virus has already killed over 1,089 people in Liberia alone, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. It said that the virus has killed over 2,100 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria and infected over 4,000 people in West Africa. Ebola has no known cure, but the US-made experimental Zmapp drug is being tested on patients and showing positive signs, health experts said.OSIWA is part of the larger Open Society Foundations global network and one of four foundations in Africa. The Foundation is a grant-giving and advocacy foundation that works in ten countries in the region (Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Sierra Leone).OSIWA focuses on three programmatic areas — political governance, economic governance, law, justice and human rights. Its goals are to help improve government institutions by making them stronger and more accountable to their citizens; to help ensure public service delivery and an equitable distribution and transparent management of natural resources ; and to help promote respect for human rights and rule of law.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and the FORD Foundation on Tuesday, September 09, donated three brand new Ford Express pickups to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to help with the fight against the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. Value at about US$105,000, the three vehicles were hand delivered to Liberia’s Health Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale at the MOHSW in Congo Town. Presenting the keys to Dr. Gwenigalie, the OSIWA-Liberia  country officer, Madam Massa S. S. Crayton, said the donation was the FORD Foundation and OSIWA’s way of answering a national call to kick Ebola out of Liberia. She also said the donation of the vehicles is part of OSIWA and FORD’s Ebola response. The OSIWA Country Officer expressed the hope that the vehicles would be used for the intended purpose during the Ebola crisis for contact tracing, transportation and other Ebola-activities being carry out by the Ministry of Health and the Ebola Task Force.last_img read more

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  • Guyanese gunned down in Trinidad

    first_imgOne man was killed and another critically injured in a shooting incident in San Fernando on Monday.The dead man was identified as Guyanese Kemraj Persad, 30, a construction worker, of Hummingbird Avenue, Duncan Village.Eyewitnesses said Persad, another man identified as Sean Boodoo, and the shooter were having drinks and liming at an apartment when an argument broke out and the suspect shot the two men.Dead: Kemraj PersadBoodoo, who also lived at the same apartment, was shot in the chest and was listed in critical condition in San Fernando General Hospital last night.A villager said he heard three explosions and thought it was fire crackers. He said he saw a man running up the road with blood on his chest.Police said the shooter escaped in a car.Residents said the men have been renting the apartment for over a year. Another tenant, Kumar Shivprashad, pleaded for financial help to send Persad’s body back to Guyana as he came from a poor family.ASP Rawle Ramdeo, Insp Don Gajadhar, PC Doray and other officers of the San Fernando CID Task Force and Homicide Bureau visited the scene.So far 149 people have been killed for this year. (Trinidad Guardian)last_img read more

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  • 10-year-old struck down by minibus

    first_imgA ten-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital on Sunday morning after he was struck by a minibus at Vergenoegen, East Bank Essequibo (EBE).The boy, yet to be identified, is said to be in critical condition at the West Demerara Regional Hospital.According to reports reaching Guyana Times, the incident occurred at around 09:00h. The vehicle in which the boy was travelling was headed to Parika, East Bank Demerara (EBE).Ranks at the Leonora Police Station confirmed the accident.The boy reportedly was in the back of a Canter when it had stopped and he jumped out and attempted to cross the road. A minibus passing at the time heading in the same direction struck him.According to eyewitnesses, as a result of the impact, the child was flung some distance away.One eyewitness revealed what transpired to this publication: “I was sitting by that shop and I wasn’t really paying attention. Out of nowhere I heard this loud bam! And when I get up and check, I saw the boy lying in that grass corner. People start to run out and they pick him up. When I went and look at him, his head buss up.”Reports are that the boy’s head was partly crushed as a result of the impact.He was rushed by public spirited persons to the hospital in an unconscious manner.Details surrounding the incident are still sketchy, however, it was revealed that the driver of the minibus was taken into Police custody and is assisting with investigations.The driver of the canter is also assisting the Police with investigations.last_img read more

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  • ‘We Must All Defend the Constitution’

    first_imgThe Chairman of the Council of Chiefs and Elders, Chief Zanzan Kawor is calling on government to be fully engaged in protecting the Constitution of Liberia and making it work effectively for all rather than only protecting officials.Chief Kawor, in his remarks at the recent launch of the Constitution Review Committee (CRC) Civic Education campaign, said the constitution has been used over the years to protect key government officials while they (officials) relied on local chiefs and the common people to protect and enforce it.He described the Constitution review process as a venture in a “good” direction because this time around it involves the collective efforts of all Liberians and not just a selected few as was the case of the 1986 Constitution.He said because the 1986 Constitution was crafted by a small group of people without the involvement of all Liberians, it has been seen as the “people’s thing” and not everyone’s Constitution.According to him, elders and chiefs in local communities have been using their authority to enforce the Constitution and other customary laws in the country without much help from central government.Chief Kawor noted that because government has not been fully engaged in protecting the law, many Liberians have not been abiding by it, thus, taking it into their own hands.House Speaker Alex Tyler, who served as the chief launcher of the CRC Civic Education campaign, told the gathering that the review process would now bring all Liberians on board. Therefore as many citizens as possible should participate in the process so they can have a say in making the Liberian law organic.Speaker Tyler urged the CRC to take into account all Liberians without discrimination, observing gender sensitivity and taking into account ethnic minorities and the disabled.Madam Elizabeth Mulbah of the Governance Commission acknowledged that the majority of people in Liberian society do not know the Constitution and therefore CRC must be diligent and patient by informing everyone in the simplest terms possible.She also called on Liberians to fully participate in the process and bring suggestions that would reflect the customs, values and culture of the nation in the new Constitution.Press Union of Liberia (PUL) President, Kamara A. Kamara, pledged his organization’s support to the process and said those at the institution level would fully participate in the review process; noting, “Any law that is made today will affect us either positively or negatively.”He said as an institution with responsibility to inform the public, this process lies within the PUL’s range; therefore, they must play a key role to form laws that would protect the media.The occasion was attended by former government officials including Dr. Kettehkumeh Murray, Harry Greaves, and a host of students from various schools.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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  • Nimba County Stolen Ebola Food Case Intensifies

    first_imgThe ongoing Nimba County stolen Ebola rice case is said to be intensifying after prosecution witnesses took to the stand at the Ganta Magisterial Court on 21st November to give testimony on what they knew about the case.After coming under public criticism for failing to produce evidence, the prosecution last Friday presented their first batch of witnesses including Nimba Crime Services Department (CSD) Commander, James Kartoe, Isaac Montuah also of the CSD, County Inspector Reginald Mehn and the Ganta Police commander.The prosecution, represented by Atty. James Boayou, during the hearing on 17th November, prayed the Honorable Court for continuance on Monday, November 24th, arguing that the Ministry of Justice was sending additional lawyers to strengthen the prosecution.But the defense, represented by Cllr. S. L. LofanKeneah, Jr., and Nimba Public Defender Atty. Menwaseh Payebayee resisted, considering the prosecution’s request as unsubstantiated, baseless and in bad faith.  They instead requested the court to deny and dismiss the prosecution’s request.The defense team argued that the case was first nulleprosequai by the state for lack of sufficient evidence to prosecute the accused and reserved the right to refile and the state having gathered sufficient documentary evidence and witnesses, had refiled the case for action.“After refiling this action, the state at its own volition, assigned this case, knowing that the assignment of this case for today (17th November) is associated with cost to the defendants.  The defendants did everything possible to appear before the court for hearing,” the defense said.The defense further argued that the conduct of the Ministry of Justice was in violation of the constitutional rights of the defendants to a free, fair and speedy trial.The stolen Ebola food case which was thrown out of court recently over the prosecution’s failure to present evidence, resurfaced at the Ganta Magisterial Court owing to pressure from the Nimba Legislative Caucus, which asked the Ministry of Justice to make all evidence available to prosecute the case.Based on pressure from the Nimba Legislative Caucus, the Ministry of Justice decided to re-file the case for prosecution on 17th November, but again, the prosecution failed to present evidence.It appears as though there is no plaintiff in the case, so the prosecution is using the witnesses to back the charges against the accused.  But the public had little hope of the government winning the case. Senator Thomas S. Grupee, Chairman of the Nimba Legislative Caucus, told Radio Saclepea Morning Show on 11th November that the Nimba County Attorney had been ordered to gather all evidence in the case for immediate prosecution.He described the stealing of the Ebola rice as very bad, calling the act a “crime against humanity” and added that, “those who are behind stealing food intended for the sick or those who are under quarantine  should not be allowed to go unpunished.”He vowed that the caucus will not rest until all those involved are brought to justice to serve as a deterrent against such acts. But during the court hearing, neither the lawmakers nor the local government officials were in court.On Friday 31st October the Ganta Magisterial Court threw out the stolen Ebola Rice case involving four Nimba health workers and a business woman indefinitely, because the prosecution filed a motion to have the case “Nulleprosequi” due to lack of enough evidence.Ganta City Solicitor Atty. James Boayou said, “I nulleprosequi the case until the complainer can come and explain the details of the case to me.”But Senator Grupee added that they are making sure that the plaintiff (the Health Officer, under whose custody the items were stolen) be present at the court to back the case.The defense team, in its argument during the 17th November hearing, accused the caucus of interfering in judicial matters saying, “in judicial matters there should be no political interference.”There was outrage among the spectators at the court after the prosecution failed again to bring evidence for the prosecution of the case.Meanwhile, early on 17th November, Presiding Judge Stipendiary Magistrate Meator Nyan Ben warned the citizens to be law abiding instead of making reckless statements about the accused.“These people are only accused; let’s be law abiding and stop making reckless statements.   But if any of you have information as evidence against them you can contact the prosecution,” he said.The case resumed yesterday, 24th November with prosecution witnesses continuing to give evidence in the matter.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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  • ‘Ridiculous Assertations’, Canadian Investor Blasts Ex-Minister Shannon

    first_imgMr. Len Lindstrom, a Canadian Investor and writer of a book entitled “Corruption 101 Liberia Style,” has described as “nonsense andridiculous” the  allegation that he stole over US$13 million from Liberty Group of Companies, a licensed Canadian mining company, to buy himself an office building in his home country.Lindstrom is also the executive director of Liberty in Liberia.On February 23, 2014 Dr. Eugene Shannon, at a press conference in Monrovia, accused Lindstrom of having stolen US$7.9 million dollars, and another $4 million from Liberty’s Canadian Investors to buy an office building in Canada.Dr. Shannon also claimed that Lindstrom stole millions more to build himself a mansion and bought himself a yacht (ship).However, addressing a press conference recently in Monrovia, Lindstrom denied the allegation, stating he had never stolen even US$10 from Liberty Investors in Canada.“I have never multiplied millions of dollars, and these rubbish accusations were nothing more than a spiteful and malicious attempt to cover their own sins and wrongdoings,” Lindstrom stated.The truth of the matter, he declared, “is that I owned the office building for the last 30 years and the boat, which was nowhere near a yacht for several years before Liberty was even formed.”“I have lost everything due to the ongoing corruption in Liberia, but such is the nonsense of government executives, who have been clearly caught in their own web of repeated lies and extortive practices,” the Liberty boss further alleged. “These ridiculous assertions were complete and utter nonsense conjured up in their own devious little minds without the slightest shred of evidence of their unbelievable claims,” he noted.“Dr. Shannon and his cohorts, who had been openly exposed and seriously implicated over their illegal actions undertaken  while in office, as is clearly documented in the corruption book,” Lindstrom added, “colluded together to concoct a malicious  attack against me.”Furthermore, the Liberty boss went on, “in an unbelievable display of arrogance and obvious belief that due to his political connections, he is above the law, Shannon believes that he will continue to enjoy impunity regardless of what he does or says.Lindstrom quoted Dr. Shannon and his cronies as allegedly boldly declaring that Len Lindstrom was a pathological liar, a criminal, a crook, a thief, an embezzler, a fugitive hiding from justice, that I could not return to Canada, because I would be arrested as soon as I arrived, and that I was a false prophet, a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and (I love this one the best) a snake in the green grass!“These are very bold statements, which were not stated as their opinion, but rather as emphatic assertions without evidence, document or proof.“And then,” Lindstrom went on, “Dr. Shannon had the unmitigated audacity to state he that he was going to sue me for slander for what I wrote in my book about the illegal activities of these same crooked officials,” Lindstrom disclosed.“The illegal activities were highly documented by clear and indisputable records with their signatures,  which in my opinion, indicates just how foolish intelligent people can become, when they are blinded by greed and determined to hide their sins behind yet more lies and denials,” he added.According to Lindstrom, Dr. Shannon’s intention is to create any means possible to entrap and fabricate criminal charges against him (Lindstrom), and to have him jailed or deported as an undesirable character.A Vancouver Sun reporter, however, describes Lindstrom as a “faith healer who has turned his hand to mining promotion.”An excerpt from Douglas Todd’s blog reads:”For years, the 58-year-old Christian evangelist travelled around Western Canada and faraway places like India, Pakistan, Rwanda and Tanzania, purporting to be a conduit for God’s healing powers.By 2006, he was mixing faith healing with stock promotion. Through his miracle crusades in Liberia, he became acquainted with local authorities and acquired some mineral concessions in that country.He sold the Liberian concessions to his private B.C. company, Liberty International Mineral Corp., and also staked vast tracts of land in B.C.To finance exploration, he sold shares to private investors. By November 2007, the company had raised more than $16 million.When I spoke to Lindstrom last summer, he told me he is no longer involved in faith healing and “hasn’t been to church in years.”Among the “concerns” the author lists about Lindstrom’s new found business opportunities, was that, “Lindstrom is not qualified to run an exploration company. His geological training consists of a handful of courses ranging from one to 10 days in length.”The full story can be found at http://www.canada.com/story.html?id=aaa074a7-d40f-404a-af1d-46b9a9706be5In January of this year, the Supreme Court of Liberia, in a case judged by Cllr. Philip A. Z. Banks, upheld the ruling of a lower court against the Ministry of Lands and Mines’ revocation of Lindstrom’s mining license. Lindstrom is the owner of the Liberty Group of Companies, which comprises of six other mining companies including; Liberty Gold and Diamond Mining Company, T. Rex Resources Inc, G -10 Exploration Inc, Golden Ventures Inc. Magma Mineral Resources and Craton Development.The MLME had argued that following reconciliation of vouchers issued and payment made, Mr. Lindstrom’s companies were actually indebted to government in the amount of US$280,000.They further contended that Lindstrom only paid for Liberty Gold and Diamond Mining Company and G-10 Exploration, but failed to pay for the other three companies (T. Rex Resources Inc, Golden Ventures Inc. Magma Mineral Resources).Besides, the MLME argued that even the two institutions named that Lindstrom paid for, failed and refused to submit work plans as required for those institutions.It was based on these irregularities, the Ministry alleged, that it took the decision to terminate Mr. Lindstorm’s mining exploration agreement and his companies’ licenses.However, in his judgment, Justice Banks stated that “nowhere in any of the letters of termination did the Acting Minister of Lands, Mines and Energy inform the licensees, Mr. Lindstrom’s companies, that they had the right to contest the termination of the mineral exploration agreement or the license held by them within thirty (30) days of the date of the letter of termination.”As such, “net effect of this omission is that none of the companies were notified that they had the right to contest the termination.Banks therefore ruled that the “act of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy is hereby declared illegal, irregular, improper, unlawful and  the termination of Mr. Lindstrom’s licenses are hereby ordered reinstated.”(Full story at https://www.liberianobserver.com/legal/canadian-investor%E2%80%99s-mining-license-case-supreme-court-denies-government-appeals)It is most likely from this court case that the latest war of words between former MLME Minister Shannon and the Canadian Investor originated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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  • Did LRA Ignore S/Court Order

    first_imgA request ordering Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) to reinstate 56 dismissed employees of the Authority, and also allow them to receive their full salaries for three months (July, August and September 2015), pending the outcome of their case is yet to be implemented by the LRA.The order was given by Justice in Chamber of the Supreme Court, Associate Justice Kabineh M. Ja’neh.The employees argued that previously, they were employed at the Ministry of Finance, and worked with the ministry smoothly before they were transferred to the LRA when they were vetted in June 2014.Unfortunately, according to them, they were dismissed without any cause by the LRA Management in July, which their lawyers sought the court’s intervention to have them reinstated to their respective previous positions.It was due to the complaint that Justice Kabineh asked the parties to return to status quo ante, which LRA is yet to comply with by reinstating the dismissed employees.In a letter to that effect dated October 14, copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, Justice Ja’neh wrote to the LRA saying, to return the parties to the status quo and to allow them to receive their full employment salaries and benefits pending the disposition of the matter. “And that compliance herewith demonstrated through information to this court with reasonable time as of the date not to exceed 30 days,” he said.Justice Ja’neh’s decision came after lawyers representing the dismissed staff asked him to do so.Immediately after failing to adhere to the Supreme Court ruling, the employees’ lawyers in a complaint to Justice Ja’neh, a copy of which is also with the Daily Observer, stated that, “Your Honour, the management of LRA have failed and refused in open defiance of a clear mandate of the court based on our request and have not taken even the initial step of calling the employees to work.”The letter further said, “LRA has not taken any step to pay the employees’ salaries and benefits for the months of July, August and September; a period in which all current employees of the LRA have been paid.”The lawyers added, “we asked your Honor to take any appropriate action deemed proper to cause the LRA to obey the mandate of the court so that our clients can return to status quo ante, and to receive their salaries, benefits and bonus in keeping with the law.”When contacted for their reaction concerning the order from the court, a source from the LRA said that their lawyers are working on the case and therefore they could not respond to any questions from the Daily Observer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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  • CBL to Testify in Beyslow’s Bond Case

    first_imgFormer Commerce Minister Miatta BeysolowWhat was expected yesterday as proceedings to have afforded Accident and Casualty Insurance Company (ACICO) opportunity to justify its US$2 million criminal appearance bond took a dramatic turn when government lawyers asked for the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) to appear and testify about a certificate of asset it issued to the insurance company.Immediately after prosecution presented the case regarding the issuance of the certificate to Presiding Judge Blamo Dixon of Criminal Court ‘C’, the judge ordered the clerk to cite the bank’s officials to come and show reason why they issued the document to ACCICO.The CBL will appear on Tuesday, March 29 to testify on the prosecution’s argument.Before prosecution’s request the prosecutor had earlier challenged the financial capacity of the insurance which they asked the court to deny and demanded a new bond.ACCICO posted the bond which prevented the court from authorizing the imprisonment of former Commence Minister Miatta Beyslow along with former Managing Director of Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, T. Nelson Williams, Jr., including two other senior public officials.They were indicted for their involvement in the misapplication of US$5.8 million from the sale of an oil grant from the Government of Japan to the Government of Liberia, intended for the recipient’s social and economic development. The insurance company relied on the certificate and withdrew its initial motion to justify its bond, after the bond was challenged by the prosecution and subsequently filed an amendment with the certificate attached to it.Further in their argument to cite the CBL, the prosecution contends that ACCICO, serving as surety for the defendants’ bail bond, has not satisfied the court and whether there is any legal authority and evidence to prove that ACCICO has the ability and capacity to do so.They also claim that there is no statement of accounts of ACCICO from any financial institution, including CBL or outside of Liberia, attached to the bond to show evidence that it has financial capacity to serve as surety required under the law.In counter argument ACCICO’s lawyers said, the CBL issued them the certificate confirming the company has assets in the country over US$3.0miliion and the bank considers that they have sufficient assets in the country to cover the bond of US$2million.According to them, the CBL certificate legally validates the defendants’ bond coupled with its audit report submitted to the CBL for 2014 and it could also submit the audit for 2015 as mandated by the 2011 Issuance Act.Meanwhile, the bond justification hearing also did not take place yesterday, because the defense team claimed that they received the information for yesterday’s hearing late, as such they were unable to contact all of the defendants and the insurance company.That matter is postponed to Tuesday, March 29.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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