Minister Nagbe: ‘Sebwe Wasn’t Sacked Because of the County Meet’

first_imgYouth and Sports Minister Lenn Eugene Nagbe has denied rumors circulating in Monrovia that former Deputy Sports Minister Dionysius Sebwe was sacked because ‘reckless decisions’ he made as Chairman of the Organizing Committee during the 2013/2014 National County Meet.Minister Nagbe told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday in Monrovia that Mr. Sebwe’s removal was President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s constitutional right.He said there were no careless decisions made at the just ended County Meet, and was one of the successful and colorful County Meets ever held in the country.He stressed that as Chairman of the Appeals Committee, of which Min. Sebwe was the Secretary General, decisions were made by the committee and not by an individual.Minister Nagbe said he would miss Mr. Sebwe for his level of commitment to work, but is also happy to welcome Deputy Sports Minister-Designate Henry Yonton, who he described as, a “fine administrator.”He boasted of the cordial relations between the outgoing with the former Deputy Sport Minister and wished him well in his new pending job.“Dionysius Sebwe served the Ministry very well as well as his country…and definitely he will be missed because he brought his own style of leadership at the sports department,” Min. Nagbe said.He added: “We welcome Mr. Henry Yonton as a very competent administrator, and we will continue to seek the advice of Dionysius if necessary.”The former Lone Star defender, Dionysius Sebwe, replaced Marbue Richards on March 8, 2012.Commenting on his one-year at the Youth and Sports Ministry, Minister Nagbe said his team rebranded the 2013/2014 National County Meet to include sports development program and selection of young footballers for the National Youth Team.Meanwhile, Minister Nagbe said a five-year National Football Development Plan (NFPL), to in develop grass-roots football in Liberia will be launched soon by Chief Patron President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.He said the plan would be replicated to other sports (basketball, kickball, volleyball, table tennis amongst others).To decentralize sports in the country, Minister Nagbe said Sports Coordinators’ offices have been reactivated.He indicated that in order to include both the public and private sectors in the annual sports tournament, the Inter-ministerial league, has been changed to Intra-Governmental League.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Judge Orders Dunbar Law Firm’s Recusal

first_imgThe statue of the “Justitia”, the Blind Goddess of Justice, at the entrance of the compound of the Temple of Justice, Capitol Hill, MonroviaDrama unfolded last Wednesday at Criminal Court ‘C’ which led to the dismissal of a separate trial request of former Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), Managing Director Nelson Williams, one of several public officials accused of misapplying over US$5 million of the sale of the Japanese oil grant.Williams, along with other former government officials, including former Minister of Commence Madam Miatta Beysolow, were charged with economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy and facilitation and violation of the required Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) procedure and processes.Cllr. Stephen B. Dunbar, Williams’ lawyer, filed a motion to have a separate trial, a request prosecutors strongly resisted.During the hearing of their request it was discovered that the Dunbar Law Firm is also the legal counsel of the LPRC, which Judge Emery Paye described as “conflict of interest.”Before Judge Paye’s decision, Cllr. Dunbar admitted that his law firm was legally representing the LPRC, “but the government has not shown any interest in prosecuting this case.”Further Cllr. Dunbar argued that the former LPRC Managing Director, being an individual, has obtained representation in his personal capacity, thereby asking the court to allow him to do his (Dunbar’s) legal work for the defendant, and to deny prosecutors resistance against his representation.In his ruling, Judge Paye stated that he holds a strong opinion that Dunbar and Dunbar Law Firm should have defended LPRC in the ongoing case.Justifying his statement, he said, “It is because defendant Williams had worked in the employ of government as managing director for the LPRC. We feel that the Dunbar and Dunbar Law Firm, is under obligation to defend LPRC against those alleged to have carried out criminal acts against LPRC.”The judge added, “As such, it would not augur well for Dunbar and Dunbar Law Firm to represent any individual or individuals against the interest of LPRC.”According to Judge Paye, “if the government does not have interest in prosecuting this case, it should not amount to say that Dunbar and Dunbar should represent anybody against LPRC.”Judge Paye thereafter denied the Dunbar and Dunbar Law Firm the right to represent Mr. Williams.“The defendant has the option to hire another counsel in instead of Dunbar and Dunbar to represent his interest. That goes to say the denial of Dunbar and Dunbar Law Firm is without any prejudice to the defendant,” he stated.Meanwhile, the court yesterday heard final legal arguments about a request from co-defendant Miatta Beysolow’s legal team, asking Judge Paye to dismiss the indictment against her.Her lawyers argued that the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission’s (LACC) investigation recommended for administrative action against their client but to their disbelief, the LACC contradicted its own recommendation and surrendered her for criminal trial.Besides, Beysolow’s lawyers contended that because of the LACC’s contradiction the court should dismiss the complaint against her.In counter argument, the LACC insisted that she actually participated in the alleged ploy that duped the government of the Japanese oil grant.Ruling into the merit and demerit of the request was reserved by Judge Paye.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyanese fisherman dies aboard vessel in Surinamese waters

first_imgA 41-year-old Berbice, Region Six fisherman, who left his home on Monday to work onboard a fishing vessel in Surinamese waters has died.Dead is Deolall Sooklall of Number 56 Village, Corentyne, Berbice.Reports are the father of six departed the Number 66 Fisheries wharf early on Monday morning but his family did not hear from him. This raised some suspicion and as his family made inquiries, they were told that the other fishermen whom Sooklall worked with made a report to the police in Berbice that the now dead man had collapsed on the vessel on Thursday.According to reports, the man was unresponsive and the vessel returned to shore to obtain medical attention. However, Sooklall was pronounced dead.According to the police, there were no visible marks of violence on Sooklall’s body.Guyana Times understands that the now dead man’s body has been taken to the Skeldon mortuary awaiting a post mortem examination. Meanwhile, investigations into the matter continues. However, his family are contending that he was in good health and does not suffer from any illness.last_img read more

Encana posts Q2 profit on hedging gain, higher revenue, adjusted earnings beats estimate

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:ECA) CALGARY — Encana Corp. says it had a US$336 million profit in the second quarter and remains on track to meet its production and capital investment plan for 2019 while reducing costs more than previously projected.The Calgary-based company’s net income, reported in U.S. currency, amounted to 24 cents per share, a turnaround from a loss of $151 million or 16 cents per share in the second quarter of 2018.Last year’s second quarter included a $326 million accounting item for unrealized risk-management losses, compared with an $83 million unrealized risk-management gain this year.- Advertisement -Encana’s operating earnings were $290 million or 21 cents per share for the three months ended June 30, one cent above analyst estimates from financial markets data firm Refinitiv.Revenue was $2.06 billion, up from $983 million and in line with estimates, with most of the increase from Encana’s U.S. operations.Encana says it has raised its annualized cost reduction estimate for 2019 to $175 million from the original $125 million, while capital investment will be between $500 million and $600 million per quarter as previously projected.Advertisementlast_img read more

Griezmann set to quit Sociedad: Man United, Liverpool and Arsenal on red alert

first_imgAntoine Griezmann has rejected a new contract with Real Sociedad, putting Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal on red alert.The young winger impressed for France at the World Cup this summer as they reached the quarter-finals, and has been monitored by the Premier League trio.According to reports in Spain, the 23-year-old has now decided he wants to quit Sociedad for a bigger club and has rejected the Spanish side’s offer of a new deal.Griezmann still has two years left on his current contract, but has a £25million buyout clause.Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a known admirer and could be tempted to make a move this summer, despite the impending arrival of Alexis Sanchez.United have also long admired the player and new boss Louis van Gaal is on the lookout for a winger, with top target Angel di Maria likely to be priced out of a move to Old Trafford.Liverpool remain keen, too, although a bid from the Reds looks unlikely given they already signed Adam Lallana and are closing in on a deal for Lazar Markovic.Paris Saint-Germain have also been tipped to launch a move for the talented wideman. Antoine Griezmann 1last_img read more

NO STURRIDGE for Liverpool against Everton

first_imgDaniel Sturridge will not play in Liverpool’s crunch Merseyside derby clash against Everton, with the striker not deemed fit enough to make Brendan Rodgers’ matchday squad.Sturridge has been absent since Liverpool’s victory over Tottenham at the end of August, but it had been hoped that he would have recovered in time for today’s hotly anticipated match.Kop boss Rodgers commented earlier in the week that his star man had responded well to treatment and would be given every chance to prove his fitness before the squad was picked, but it appears as though the match has come too soon for Sturridge who could instead make his return in Liverpool’s trip to Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday.Instead, Rodgers has gone for Mario Balotelli up top, with Adam Lallana and Lazar Markovic featuring alongside Raheem Sterling also in attack.Liverpool’s XI to start against Everton:Mignolet; Manquillo, Lovren, Skrtel, Moreno; Gerrard, Henderson, Lallana; Sterling, Markovic, Balotelli 1 Daniel Sturridge misses out last_img read more

DONEGAL ENTREPRENEUR HOPING TO LEAD THE WAY IN JOB CREATION

first_imgCarole Brenan, Enterprise IrelandRichard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and InnovationPete Friel, Founder, Chartered Education, Donegal winner of Ireland’s Best Young EntrepreneurPatsy Donaghy, Manager, CoLab Innovation Centre, LetterkennyDonegal entrepreneur, Pete Friel of CharteredEducation.com, was among the outstanding young entrepreneurs at the recent New Frontiers Programme Networking event in Dublin.The event brought together over 150 entrepreneurs whose ideas have been identified as having strong employment and growth potential.Pete Friel, who was recently named Donegal’s Best Young Entrepreneur, started his business to provide eLearning solutions in an industry with a global skill shortage. Friel told Donegal Daily, “There’s a global shortage of qualified accountants.“CharteredEducation.com provides online study materials for the ACCA accountancy qualification.“And by providing students with access to quality exam preparation materials that can be accessed at any time from any device, we hope to play our part in increasing the number of qualified accountants to fill vacant positions.New Frontiers, Ireland’s national entrepreneur development programme funded by Enterprise Ireland aims to accelerate the development of sustainable new businesses such as CharteredEducation.com. Speakers at the event included Richard Bruton, TD and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation and Catherine Goodman of Goodman & Associates. DONEGAL ENTREPRENEUR HOPING TO LEAD THE WAY IN JOB CREATION was last modified: October 21st, 2014 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) Tags:BusinessChartered EduationFinancial AccountantsGloballynewsPete FrielWEBSITElast_img read more

As bodies increase, pressure growing on county coroner

first_imgOvercrowding in the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has gotten so bad over the years that bodies sometimes have to be stacked to accommodate them all, according to nearly a dozen employees who publicly decried the conditions Tuesday outside the office. “How would you like it if your loved one’s body was sent to a place where it was treated with the respect and care ordinarily given to a sack of potatoes?” asked Greg Myers, a deputy coroner/forensic attendant. “Our management’s lack of action to address the overcrowding has led to dangerous conditions for our workers and shoddy treatment of the bodies placed in our care.” County officials said Tuesday that despite $21 million in allocations over the past eight years for renovations to the facility, the project has languished because of cost disputes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsChief Administrative Officer David Janssen said the coroner would like a new, larger facility that could relieve overcrowded conditions – at a cost of more than $100 million. The Board of Supervisors, until recently, has preferred to renovate the existing facility for $20 million to $30 million. The move would improve ventilation and safety but would not expand its storage capacity. But Janssen said that in the wake of employee complaints about overcrowding, he plans to recommend the supervisors pursue the feasibility of constructing a new facility on the current Mission Road site near County/USC Medical Center. “It’s going to be tricky,” said Assistant Administrative Officer John Edmisten. “It’s not an easy site to build a new building on. That’s why we’re talking about a feasibility study.” But officials with Service Employees International Union, Local 660, said that even as the crowding has worsened, the department has acquired a nearby parking lot and a historic County/USC administrative building for office space. “What it points out is that their priorities seem to be out of order,” said Mark Tarnawsky, a spokesman for the SEIU, which will begin contract talks with the county next month. “They seem to be more interested in finding additional office space for themselves and less interested in finding additional space to store the deceased.” Coroner’s Office Capt. Ed Winter said the building was refurbished for another county department that decided not to use it and turned it over to the coroner. “We did not purchase the parking lot and we did not pay for the building,” Winter said. “We are overcrowded in the crypts. We admit that and we’re attempting to remedy that.” The crypts are designed to hold about 325 bodies but regularly exceed 400 as a result of population growth, immigration and the difficulty in locating immigrants’ next of kin, who often live abroad. Winter said his office is holding about 200 bodies of people for whom they have been unable to locate next of kin, or whose families have said they can’t afford cremation or burial. After searching for next of kin for a year, coroner’s officials send the bodies to the morgue for cremation, but the morgue also is backlogged, Winter said. Coroner’s officials are expected to report to the supervisors next Tuesday on the situation. “We will ask the coroner to explain how previously allocated funds have been spent and what it will take to make corrective actions to ensure that bodies are treated and disposed of respectfully and expeditiously,” said Tony Bell, spokesman for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. troy.anderson@dailynews.com (213) 974-8985160Want 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

Tiemoue Bakayoko v Eric Dier – the better signing for Man United, revealed

first_img 2 Manchester United have secured their top striking target in Romelu Lukaku and now Jose Mourinho is looking to strenghten elsewhere.The Red Devils also reinforced the centre of defence with the addition of Victor Lindelof from Benfica and the Portuguese boss is targeting a strong, tough-tackling midfielder.Nemanja Matic’s Old Trafford move from Chelsea now appears to be off, after the Premier League champions’ annoyance at being beaten to the signing of Lukaku, and United are in the hunt for Tiemoue Bakayoko or Eric Dier.READ MORE: Manchester United plot £40m swoop to steal Tiemoue Bakayoko from ChelseaTo anger the west Londoners further, Bakayoko appeared set to be heading to Chelsea and United are looking to hijack a deal for the Monaco midfield star, 22.They have reportedly told the Ligue 1 champions they will better the Blues’ £37.5m bid in order to bring him to the club.Other reports also suggest Mourinho has told United to make a £60m move for Tottenham and England midfielder Dier, 23. United have already spent over £100m this summer on Lukaku and Lindelof and Mourinho wants Ed Woodward to make the north Londoners an offer they cannot refuse.Securing either midfielder would be a major coup for Man United and Mourinho ahead of a big season which will see them target the Premier League title as well as returning to the Champions League. Tiemoue Bakayoko v Eric Dier: The two midfielders have been targeted by Man United 2 Bakayoko is a player who possesses power and vision and comparisons have been made with Yaya Toure, who was at Monaco for a similar stage of his career, due to his all-round style of play and the ability to carry the ball up field from deep positions. Bakayoko is a tall, imposing player who is quick in the centre of the park and his reading of the game gets better and better with experience.Dier, meanwhile, would be an asset in the centre of midfield, but also due to the fact he can fill in a number of positions, such as centre-back and right-back. He tends to keep his game simple, staying deep while allowing his more creative teammates to get forward. His extremely intelligent positioning means he reads the game excellently. He is good on and off the ball and is not scared of getting stuck in.But which signing would be better for the Red Devils?talkSPORT have taken a look at both players’ 2016/17 statistics* for comparison…Bakayoko v Dier3268 – Minutes played – 40022731 – Touches – 32232027 – Total passes – 267487% – Pass completion – 86.3%91 – Tackles won – 4719 – Chances created – 191 – Assists – 1           57.9% – Successful duels – 55.8%*According to Football Whispers.SEE ALSO: Vote below…last_img read more

Gaoth Dobhair woman appears in court following large cannabis haul

first_imgA 47-year-old West Donegal woman has appeared in court following a major drugs bust.Maria Coyle, with an address at Magheraclogher, Bunbeg, Gaoth Dobhair, was taken before Carrickonshannon court this afternoon, where she was charged under the Misuse of Drugs Act. She was charged with two counts, of possessing drugs and of sale and distribution of drugs.Gardai arrested her at her home in Gweedore on Wednesday.It followed the seizure of €76,000 of cannabis.Ms Coyle was released on bail and will come before Dungloe District Court on April 9.Gaoth Dobhair woman appears in court following large cannabis haul was last modified: March 22nd, 2019 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:cannabiscourtGaoth DobhairMaria Coylelast_img read more