U$247K Criminal Charges against Gov’t Dismissed

first_imgJudge Peter W. Gbeneweleh of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court for Margibi County has dismissed the US$247,500 criminal charges brought against the government by four Korean nationals.The Koreans alleged that the US$247,500 was confiscated by five officers of the National Security Agency (NSA) shortly after they arrived in the country in 2014.The accused officers are Alexander Graham, Terrance Doe, Railey Forley, Derek Momo and Solomon Nelson. The Koreans claim the money was intended to buy 16 kilograms of gold at the unit price of US$35,500 (totaling US$568,000) from Nasser Aly, another Korean national, and Cassell Kouh, a Sierra Leonean engaged in the mining and selling of gold in Liberia.Dismissing the allegation, Judge Gbeneweleh declared that since the Koreans made the payment of US$247,500 to the seller (Nasser Aly) and were no longer in possession of the money, there was no need to make a claim.“The amount was in the possession of Mr. Aly, who is not the plaintiff in this case, for the refund of the payment, but the buyers who already paid the money to the seller instituted the action of damages for the recovery of said amount plus US$2.5 million as damages,” Judge Gbeneweleh clarified. He said the plaintiffs have a remedy against Mr. Aly for their gold, which they already paid for before the NSA officers arrested them.Gbeneweleh added: “The court disagrees with the contention of the plaintiffs that government failed to prosecute the five officers who carried out the arrest of the plaintiffs as recommended by the David Jallah committee report.”“Therefore, the court holds that the motion meets the statutory requirement of section 26.2 of our civil procedure law under the fact and circumstances.” According to Gbenewleh, “Evidence before court also showed that the then Minister of Justice and Attorney General declined the payment of US$247,500 as contained in the report of the committee forwarded to the Ministry by the President. “This court says that the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General is only a cabinet minister in the country who can disagree with the President on the issue of law.” Gbeneweleh’s action came after the Korean nationals rested their oral and documentary evidences before state lawyers submitted their request.“The government cannot be liable for the criminal conduct of five officers of the NSA who arrested the Korean nationals for which the Presidential Committee recommended their prosecution,” adding “that restitution is also provided by our law of the said amount if they are found guilty in the court of competent jurisdiction.”However, Cllr. David A.B. Jallah’s committee recommended that appropriate administrative actions be taken against the five NSA officers who were directly involved in the arrest of the Korean and Sierra Leonean nationals.The recommendation further said the officers, along with their co-conspirators, Nasser Aly, a Korean national and Cassell Kouh, be handed over to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.It also suggested that the government make a refund of US$247,500 to the Koreans which they withdrew from the International Bank (IB) on July 8, 2014, and proceeded directly to the City King Hotel, where they were arrested.The recommendation was based on the fact that the NSA officers were government employees.The case started in 2014, when the Korean nationals instituted an Action of Damages against the government for allegedly seizing the money.They said they were contacted by Aly whom they believed was engaged in the mining and sale of gold in the country and exchanged several e-mails with respect to the purchase of 16 kilograms of gold at the unit price of US$35,500, totaling US$568,000.They agreed that 50 percent, which is US$284,000, would be paid at the time of the purchase of the gold.Before their arrival, the Korean nationals reportedly transferred US$247,500 into Aly’s account, which they withdrew and took to City King Hotel in Congo Town, where officers mysteriously appeared and arrested them, along with the money and other properties.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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Inconnu Swim Club impressive at Western Canadian Swim Championships

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C.- The Inconnu Swim Club participated in the Western Canadian Swim Championships this past weekend in Victoria. It was a competition they won’t forget according to coach Steve Carson.Eric Louie, Griffin Ternier-Smith, Alex Hedges and Brittany Welsh all competed for the club. Alex Hedges participated in the 50 metre free style and picked up a bronze medal, she swam a 27:02 and narrowly missed her personal best time by two one hundredths of a second. Her Coach Steve Carson explained that she is the fastest swimmer off the block in her age group.Two club records were broken as Hedges broke the club’s 100 metre freestyle with a time of 69:12. Brittany Welsh broke the clubs 50 metre back stroke record with a time of 31:26.- Advertisement -After making the B final as an alternate Eric Louie went on to win it with a time of 1:07:98. He beat his best time by two whole seconds and the next fastest swimmer by one second.“He blew his entire heat out of the water, he won the race by over a second, that’s something you don’t ever see, a first alternate coming in and taking everyone to town. Coaches and officials were coming up to me for the next day and a half congratulating him on that race. Its something you just don’t ever see.” Coach Carson said of Eric.Next For Inconnu is the Grand Prairie Long Course Swim Meet which will be held May 5th and 6th. The club will be taking over 30 swimmers to the event.Advertisement This July the club will focus on the Saskatchewan Provincials, Canadian Junior Championship, and B.C. Summer Games.last_img read more

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Cops: Be careful what you leave in car

first_img(818) 713-3741160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Thieves are also peeling registration stickers from license plates. To prevent that, Foti advises slicing the stickers into an “X” with a sharp knife or razor blade so would-be thieves can’t pull the sticker off without tearing it into pieces. So far this year, thieves have stolen from more than 3,000 cars in the Valley. Police often find them reselling many of the items on the black market. To protect yourself, Foti is offering this advice: “Walk up to your car, stand by the window and look into it. Is there stuff in the vehicle that you would like? Is there stuff that is important to you? Well, a bad guy sees that and he can make a quick sell on the street for $20 or $30. “It doesn’t save us from our problem, but it does save you from being a victim.” rachel.uranga@dailynews.com A surge in thefts from cars in the San Fernando Valley prompted police Wednesday to warn residents against leaving valuables in their vehicles. While overall thefts from cars in the city jumped 3.4 percent over the same period last year, they have skyrocketed in the Valley – up 15.7 percent to date overall – and in parts of the Northeast Valley shooting up as high as 44 percent. Telephones, identification, iPods and computers are among the most commonly stolen items, said Detective Tony Foti of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Mission Division. “It’s from complacency,” he said. “It’s from people being in a rush trying to get too many things done where they leave valuable items in their car.” last_img read more

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Ronaldo versus Salah – -the Ballon d’Or on the line?

first_imgIt is reductionist in the extreme to bring Saturday’s final down to just two players, given the strength in depth available — especially in attack — to Madrid and Liverpool.But this is the era of the individual, at a time when Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have dominated the Ballon d’Or for a decade.The status of each is such that the annual prize for the world’s best player generates ever fiercer debate.Ronaldo has won the last two, but can he really win it again, having recently turned 33?In a World Cup year, what happens in Russia will play a big part too — it is impossible to imagine Messi not winning a sixth Ballon d’Or should he lead Argentina to the title.But Ronaldo can certainly make his case in Kiev, while this is also a golden opportunity for Salah before he leads Egypt into the World Cup.— Ronaldo: An insatiable hunger —Ronaldo’s decline in the first half of this season was as concerning as his reawakening in 2018 has been breathtaking.The Portuguese star has scored 41 goals in all competitions this season, but an incredible 28 of those have come since late January.Despite only scoring four times before La Liga’s winter break, he ended up with 26 goals in that competition, behind only Messi.But it is the Champions League that really brings out the best in him.Real coach Zinedine Zidane watches Cristiano Ronaldo in training ahead of this weekend’s final © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSRonaldo scored in Manchester United’s 2008 final win over Chelsea, and has played a decisive role in each of the three finals won by Real since 2014.This season, despite his poor domestic form, he had scored in every Champions League game prior to the semi-final win over Bayern Munich.Karim Benzema’s brace in the second leg against the Germans was crucial, but neither he nor Gareth Bale have been close to Ronaldo’s standard this season.The ‘BBC’ may no longer be so fearsome as a trio, but after that difficult spell, Ronaldo’s figures in 2018 mean he is making his case to be crowned the world’s best again.“Cristiano knows that a player can have difficult moments. That’s why he’s the best,” warned Real coach Zinedine Zidane this week.“Some players suffer under pressure, others just the opposite, and he is one of them. The more you criticise him, be careful.”— Salah already breaking records —This has already been a record-breaking season for the Egyptian, whose 32-goal tally was a new best in the Premier League for a 38-game campaign.Salah celebrates after scoring in the semi-final against Roma at Anfield © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEOverall, he has scored a remarkable 44 in all competitions since his arrival at Anfield from Roma, including 11 in Liverpool’s memorable run to the Champions League final.He has been ably supported by Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, with that threesome netting 90 goals between them in all competitions.Nevertheless, Liverpool’s hopes of winning a sixth European Cup depend to a large degree on Salah.Whether that would be enough to land the Ballon d’Or as well is something that seems to split his team-mates.“But what if Messi and Ronaldo win the World Cup? Do they deserve it? I don’t know what do you have to look at to win the Ballon D’Or,” said Georginio Wijnaldum this week.“If it’s winning a prize, if it’s scoring the more goals. We will see.”Defender Dejan Lovren was a little more optimistic.“He can be in the top three best players in the world. He has the quality, the world-class experience already,” he said.“He is so calm, a man down to earth and he deserves every credit for every goal he scored for now and definitely we will help him achieve this dream.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ronaldo has been as prolific as ever on Real Madrid’s run to another Champions League final © AFP / OSCAR DEL POZOKIEV, Ukraine, May 24 – In an age when individual awards are given ever greater importance, Saturday’s Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool — and Cristiano Ronaldo and Mohamed Salah — could determine the winner of the next Ballon d’Or.After all, Ronaldo has won the prestigious prize on the back of helping Madrid to each of their recent European Cup triumphs, in 2014, 2016 and again last year.last_img read more

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Understand workplace do’s and d’ohs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas Citycent): “This is a sure sign you’re not getting enough sleep or bored out of your mind with the work you do,” says Andrea Kay, a career consultant and author. “If it’s the latter, find work that will stimulate you or you’ll find yourself without a job. Employers don’t take kindly to people who sleep on the job. I know several people who have been fired for it. Sometimes, it turns out people were taking prescription medication, but in two cases I know of, that didn’t save these people’s jobs. If this is your situation, talk to your manager about it before it happens.” Kissing a co-worker (39 percent): “Assuming you kiss a co-worker who wanted to be kissed by you, it’s still not a smart move at work,” Kay says. “It gets tongues wagging, which leads to questions ranging from favoritism (if you’re a manager who kissed a worker) to whether work is getting done. You will lose credibility as a professional. You’re there to work. Control yourself.” Stealing from the office (22 percent): “A lot of people rationalize this. `The company owes me who’s going to miss a box of paper clips?’ Stealing is stealing. Refrain from slipping a package of pencils in your briefcase,” Kay says. Spreading a rumor about a co-worker (22 percent): Says Kay, “If you’ve got a beef with someone, talk to him or her about it. This isn’t junior high.” If you’re a fan of “The Simpsons,” you’ve seen Homer kicked back in his chair at the nuclear power plant, feet up on his console, sound asleep. You’ve also witnessed him stealing office supplies and drinking alcohol rather than working. Oh, and then there was that almost kiss with co-worker Mindy. Homer may be the king of workplace taboos, but he’s certainly not the only one to commit them. A recent CareerBuilder.com survey of more than 5,700 workers, conducted by Harris Interactive, found an alarming number of workers have committed these and other indiscretions. The most common workplace taboos that workers admitted to taking part in include: Falling asleep at work (45 per- Consuming alcoholic beverages while on the job (21 percent): “I know people who have been fired for this, too,” Kay warns. “Their reputations have been tainted. This is a tough one to explain when you’re job hunting and the employer asks, `So why did you leave your last job?”‘ Snooping around in files and other people’s offices after hours (18 percent): “I’d think good and hard about this: What if you’re caught? Is it worth it? Is this information you should have anyway? If it is, is this something you can get in a more direct way?” Kay says. Lying about an academic background (4 percent): “I think the numbers are probably higher on this one ,” Kay says. “If and when an employer finds out, you’re in deep trouble. I’ve known people who were desperate to get hired and rationalized that this was the only way to be competitive. They listed degrees they didn’t have or schools that they had never attended on their resumes. Of the people I know who did get hired but were later found out, they were typically fired from the job they worked so hard to get. Think about the consequences before you do it: Is it worth it?” Taking credit for someone else’s work (2 percent): Comments Kay: “This is not only a taboo, it can come back to bite you. You may be portraying yourself as someone with knowledge and expertise you don’t have and later get assigned a project you can’t handle. It’s also a sure-fire way to alienate co-workers who did the work. A big part of work is developing relationships with co-workers and people who work for you. This will create enemies, not allies. If you have to take credit for others’ work, you need to look at why that is.” For more information Books: Life’s a Bitch and Then You Change Careers: 9 Steps to Get Out of Your Funk and On to Your Future by Andrea Kay; The Simpsons Handbook: Secret Tips from the Pros by Matt Groening Web sites: http://monster.typepad.com/ monsterblog/2006/02/at_work_bad_can.html; http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Careers/ story?id=1311842&Business=true Dawn Anfuso is a South Bay-based business writer and former managing editor of Workforce magazine. If you have workplace or job-search questions, write to Dawn Anfuso, c/o Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077, e-mail Dawn at dawnanfuso@yahoo.com. Writers will remain anonymous.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF…DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF

first_img500 NEW JOBS?Pat Harvey, the former head of the local health board, has said he hopes his plans to build a private hospital in Letterkenny will get the go-ahead. Mr Harvey said: “It could create, three, four or five hundreds jobs.”MARKET BACK The Donegal Town market opens again today in the car park to the rear of Begley’s Pharmacy after being forced from its original home in the Diamond.TD CRIES FOULDONEGAL county council is the worst polluter in Co Donegal, a Sinn Fein TD has told a meeting in Milford. However Padraig MacLochlainn said there would be no point in campaigning against septic tanks laws – which could cost householders €20,000 – unless people are prepared to take a stand.COMPANY LOSSES Local development company PJ McDermott & Son Construction Limited has reported a loss of €62,462 for last year.CHARITY DAYAlcorn’s Tropical World in Letterkenny is holding a charity fun day for all the family today from 10am to 4pm. It is being held to remember Thomas Alcorn who died in July. Proceeds from the BBQ fun day will go to Letterkenny hospital and the Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation.DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF…DONEGAL NEWS IN BRIEF was last modified: October 1st, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:Donegal news in brieflast_img read more

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I COULD HAVE BEEN A CONTENDER – ASK MICHAEL MURPHY!

first_imgGlenswilly and Termon prove you have to be over 40 to show your pedigree!It’s weird when you think about it – when you sit down and do the maths.When you line out for Glenswilly Over 40s against Termon in a so-called friendly in advance of the Churchill Fair.And there on the grass verge on the far side of the pitch away from the stand sit three familiar faces. Murphy, Big Neil and Copper.You do the maths in your head and allow yourself a smile.“I could be their father.”Murphy and Copper certainly but probably not the Big Fella. When I was 20 and the best part of any football career behind me, Murphy wasn’t even able to walk nevermind give defenders nightmares the night before games.That’s the difference.If I was twenty years younger, I could give any of the three of them a rattle if they decided to come down off the verge.Those are the fleeting thoughts that go through your head on a balmy July night in Glenswilly.When Brendan Walsh takes the warm-up and you suck in the air as if you are 30,000 ft above sea level. The dry ground beneath seemingly getting bigger by the minute.The sweat dripping from your brow praying that the human JCB that is Liam McGettigan doesn’t happen to stray in your direction.Or that Frankie Doherty won’t blow you up …..again…..for another badly-timed tackle.You marvel at how well Paul ‘Sandwich’ Gallagher is looking for a man who must be just two more annual friendlies away from a half-century. You’re thankful that Gerard McGrenra is on the sideline giving you encouragement instead of on the pitch marking you and giving you abuse.You wonder if Brian McHugh will let you into goals to take the bad look off you.And you wonder where the hell all the other 40 somethings are tonight like Martin Glackin.And you look over at the three boys on the grass verge and they’re still smirking.Lazing and laughing as Sunday’s Ulster Final brings its own questions.If only I was 20 years younger I’d show them what I had.Who am I kidding…I COULD HAVE BEEN A CONTENDER – ASK MICHAEL MURPHY! was last modified: July 18th, 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:Gary McFaddenglenswillyMichael MurphyNeil GallagherOver 40sTermonlast_img read more

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Prime real estate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Their bellies were full, and the crops were ready to go to market. Fifty years ago, most of what is now Industry was covered by walnut groves, rows of corn and other crops. These days, almost all of the farms are gone, pushed out by the warehouses and factories that dominate this thin swath of a city. All, that is, except for a strawberry field on Azusa Avenue and the Jaime family farm on a 6-acre plot of land on Proctor Avenue and Ninth Street. Tucked among factories and auto-repair garages, the Jaimes cultivate rows of arugula, mustard greens, chard, tomatoes, okra and other vegetables. The whirring hum of industrial engines at a nearby plumbing parts factory droned through the morning air until the sound was broken by the sizzle of mashed-bean batter dropping onto a wide skillet. A small woman, Sotero Jaime,… stood under a patio and flipped the mash cakes with a spatula. Her husband, Jose Luis Jaime, …smiled from beneath his green baseball cap and began counting crates of lettuce and bell peppers. About six men loaded the vegetables on to two small trucks, then crowded around the skillet as Sotero tossed the hot cakes into polystyrene bowls. They gingerly pulled the hot cakes apart until they were gone. “We are just about the last ones left,” said Leoncio Jaime, …who runs the farm with his father, Jose Luis, his mother, Sotero, and two brothers, Edgar and Jose Luis Jr. There is not much profit in farming, but the family survives by growing new varieties of crops, such as red okra or tomatoes that ripen a few months past the usual harvest time. Since taking over operation of the farm from a another family in 1997, the Jaimes have expanded to land in Yucca Valley, Santa Maria and Chino. And they cultivate new crops, such as long, skinny watermelons or chard that grows in different colors. They sell their produce at 13 farmer’s markets all over Southern California, including several in the San Gabriel Valley and one in Whittier. They also make deliveries to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The Jaimes got into the farming business in 1981, when Jose Luis Sr. came to the United States from Morelos, Mexico, and got a job with the Taguchi family, who used to run the Industry farm. When the Taguchis decided they were through with farming, Jose Luis Sr. who knew little about growing vegetables when he came to this country but had worked his way up to farm foreman took over the cultivation of the land. Leoncio, working as a heavy-machinery mechanic at the time, left his job to help his father. So did his two brothers. “I knew that if I kept working as a mechanic I would have a little money, but there would always be a limit,” he said. “But with this, there was possibility.” The fact that there is still undeveloped land in Industry is a story in itself, according to Mayor Dave Perez. Land values are at an all-time high and the farm could sell for millions. The land of the Industry farm is owned by Planning Commissioner Chuck Maschio, who did a little farming of his own as a young man on 10 acres he owned on Sunset Boulevard. Maschio is now in his 80s and he and his wife live in a house connected to the farm. They inherited the plot from Maschio’s father-in-law, Lawrence Rivera, who also was a farmer. Maschio cannot bear to see the last traces of the area’s rural past disappear, so he leases it out for just enough to cover the property tax, he said. “I get a call almost every day from a developer,” Maschio said. “My wife and I, our things are paid off, so we just want to leave it how it is.” Maschio loves watching his eight great-grandchildren come to his house and go tearing through the field to eat strawberries. “And when I want some lettuce, I just walk outside and break off a piece,” he said. “Especially romaine lettuce. I love that romaine.” Ben Baeder can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703, or by e-mail at ben.baeder@sgvn.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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SEAMUS AND RACHEL LOOK STUNNING AS THEY BEGIN MARRIED LIFE TOGETHER

first_imgSeamus and Rachel emerge from the church today. ALL PICS by JOE BOLAND OF NORTHWEST NEWSPIX.PICTURE EXCLUSIVE : Seamus Coleman and new bride Rachel Cunningham delighted the people of Killybegs today after walking down the aisle together.The childhood sweethearts snubbed offers from celebrity magazines and happily posed for photos as they left St. Mary’s Church in the harbour town.Among those who joined Seamus and Rachel for their big day were fellow football stars James McCarthy, Aidan McGeady and James McClean. Seamie and Rachel kiss to the delight of the gathered crowds.Rachel looked stunning and not to be outdone, her well-known uncle Noel Cunningham looked the part in his stand0out outfit.Hundreds of onlookers gathered to catch a glimpse of the happy couple as they emerged into theme sunshine to begin their lives together.As well as a sprinkling of stars, many of the guests were friends and family of the couple from across Killybegs and wider Donegal.The couple headed to Harvey’s Point outside Donegal Town for their reception before honeymooning at an undisclosed location. Seamus arrives with his proud parents for his big day.Republic of Ireland star James McClean arrives with his partner.Rachel waves to family and friends as she arrives at the church in Killybegs.Seamus arrives with brother Stephen and pal James McCarthy for the wedding.SEAMUS AND RACHEL LOOK STUNNING AS THEY BEGIN MARRIED LIFE TOGETHER was last modified: June 21st, 2015 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:donegalKillybegsmarriedRachel Cunninghamseamus colemanlast_img read more

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