4 Former FDA Managers on Trial for US$6M PUP Fraud

first_imgIt appears that the Liberian government is getting serious about prosecuting individuals who are caught misapplying millions of United States dollars intended for the country’s development.This was clearly demonstrated yesterday at Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice where government lawyers have begun the prosecution of four of the seven former senior managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), and a  senior surveyor, at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy assigned in Grand Bassa County. Moses Wogbeh, the dismissed FDA Managing Director, along with Jangar Kamara, manager for commercial forestry, John Kortor, technical manager, Maxwell Gwee, director of cartography, David Blayee, senior surveyor assigned in Grand Bassa County were accused of facilitating the wrongful and illegal issuance of sixty-one Private Use Permits (PUPS) that authorized commercial logging operations on nearly 2.5 million hectares of farm land.They were further accused of “blatant abuse” of their respective offices and violation of several provisions of the National Forestry Reform Law (NFRL) 2006 and the Community Rights Law 2009, which caused government a loss in revenue of over US$6 million.The accused denied the charges when they were first arraigned before the court.The crimes for which they are being tried include economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, forgery or counterfeiting, obtaining and issuing deceptive writings and obstruction of government functions by public servants. Testifying yesterday as prosecution second witness, James Dorbor Jallah, who chaired the Special Independent Investigative Body (SIIB), charged that in August 2012 defendants Wogbeh and Kamara, with the intent to defraud the Government and create an opportunity for the PUP holders to defraud government, disregarded the moratorium the President of Liberia placed on all PUPs.As for defendant Gwee, Jallah alleged he issued certificates of correction, which without authority, increased the allocation of land deeded and granted by President Sirleaf to land owners without the law.And for defendant Kortor, Jallah also claimed he personally received money from logging companies.Defendant Blayee, Jallah alleged, was discovered with many fraudulent verification letters under his signature claiming that the PUPs were granted to companies.Jallah, also head of the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) and a volunteer on the Ebola Incident Management Team, said that some of the investigative methods used included gathering experts’ opinions on the content and background of the PUPs, reviewing of the contract documents, interview with the defendants and visitations to PUP holders’ locations in a number of counties.He was quick to point out that his team did not investigate surveyor Blayee but he did not explain why the surveyor was not probed.When asked whether he knew all of the defendants, Jallah’s response was, “Yes I know all of them. There they are seated in the dock.”Asked what the responsibility of his committee was, the PPCC boss stated that PPCC was responsible for investigating the defendants over their alleged involvement in the wrongful and illegal issuance of PUPs.He said interviews were conducted in person and the defendants were informed that each of their statements would be recorded. “Each of them was duly informed that the conversation was recorded for future action or in a court of competent jurisdiction,” Jallah stated.He said, “They all agreed to be recorded and we went ahead.” The trial continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Scarlet Sway and Adam Winn in the top 100 of CBC’s Music Searchlight contest

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Local music group Scarlet Sway, and solo-artist Adam Winn have made it into the top 100 of CBC’s Music Searchlight.Searchlight is an annual competition by CBC Music to discover up-and-coming musicians from across the country. Voting is open until March 19th, and both groups are looking to get the vote of Peace Region residents.If both bands pass the voting stage and a panel of judges, they’ll get to partake in a residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary, and will get to perform at JUNOFest 2019.- Advertisement – Adam Winn. Photo courtesy Facebook page. Adam Winn. Photo courtesy Facebook page. Dawson Creek's Scarlet Sway, who have made it into the top 10 of the CBC Searchlight national music contest. Photo by Scarlet Sway/Facebook Dawson Creek’s Scarlet Sway, who have made it into the top 10 of the CBC Searchlight national music contest. Photo by Scarlet Sway/Facebook Anyone wanting to vote for Scarlet Sway and/or Adam Winn can do so once a day by visiting:www.cbcmusic.ca/searchlightlast_img read more

Taylor to begin engaging with ISPs about getting fibre optic Internet access

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. — Staff at the District of Taylor are going to begin engaging with Internet service providers in the near future about the possibility of getting fibre optic internet access in their community.At Tuesday’s District council meeting, a motion by Mayor Rob Fraser to have staff start communicating with both Telus and Shaw about the potential for building fibre optic access to the community. The motion stemmed from Council adopting its April 3rd correspondence list.  Mayor Fraser said that he was inspired to bring the issue of fibre optic internet access after officials with Telus gave a presentation to the Peace River Regional District Board on March 8th about the future of fibre optic connectivity in the region.In 2016, Telus unveiled its PureFibre internet access in both Fort St. John and Dawson Creek, with residents in Charlie Lake and Hudson’s Hope getting access to the service shortly thereafter. The vast majority of PureFibre service is located on the South Coast, though other Northern B.C. communities such as Quesnel and Williams Lake have also been connected.- Advertisement -Fraser explained that he has made inquiries himself with ISPs, but has not heard back on whether there is a fibre optic line that passes through, but doesn’t provide service to Taylor. He explained that the District needs to find out where the closest fibre optic line is, and what the cost would be to get a fibre line installed over the “last mile” to District residents.“If we want to see fibre optics in Taylor, we are going to have to start interacting with these folks. When it comes to keeping people in your community and attracting businesses that are part of this knowledge-based economy where they do everything over the computer, if you do not have fibre optic ability, you will not be able to attract people and keep them there. If it’s not already, it’s going to become an infrastructure that’s a requirement. I don’t believe we should let ourselves be isolated from this.”last_img read more

Chelsea transfer news: Juventus planning £30m midfielder bid if Pogba leaves

first_img1 Juventus will swoop for Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic – if Paul Pogba completes his move to Manchester United.The France international is closing in on a world record return to Old Trafford just four years after he left on a free transfer to join the Italian champions.Pogba’s departure will leave Juve with a hole in the middle of their midfield and the club are hunting for a replacement.Matic, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, is the man identified by the Italian champions to come in and fill the void.The Serbian’s future at Stamford Bridge is currently uncertain following the arrival of Leicester City star N’Golo Kante.And Juve are ready to test Chelsea’s resolve by trying to prise Matic away from west London with a bid of around £30m. Nemanja Matic last_img

Blow for Arsenal? Atletico Madrid closing in on January deal for strike starlet

first_img1 Lautaro Martinez Atletico Madrid are closing in on a January deal for Arsenal target Lautaro Martinez.The 20-year-old forward has caught the eye for Racing Club in his native Argentina with the Gunners, Real Madrid and Monaco all keeping close tabs on him.But, according to Argentinean outlet Ole, it is Atletico Madrid who are now the frontrunners to land him, with a New Year switch potentially on the cards.It has been suggested that Atletico have agreed a £10.75m deal for Martinez, who scored nine goals in 23 league appearances last term.The switch is expected to go through once the window opens – and Atletico are allowed to make signings again, following their Uefa transfer embargo.last_img

Hodgson suggests targeting of Zaha led to red card against Southampton

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? gameday cracker Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS 1 Zaha was given his marching orders after sarcastically clapping Andre Marriner Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow “That he wasn’t able to contain his frustration with that consistent fouling and complains about a foul that wasn’t given and probably should have been.“I don’t think he’s targeted as a person I just think players who run with the ball as well as he does just get fouled. His play was good enough to provoke those fouls.“It’s not a good evening knowing he’s going to miss the next game. We need him playing.“We were fairly well in control. The first half performance was very good. Second half we should really have taken one or two of the chances that came our way.”Zaha took to social media afterwards, apologising for his actions on Twitter. deals He was dismissed for sarcastically clapping referee Andre Marriner, moments after being cautioned for tangling with Southampton goal-scorer James Ward-Prowse.Hodgson bemoaned the decision and will now be without his talisman for the Saturday’s home clash with Fulham.“It’s disappointing that a player who perhaps provided the most entertainment throughout the game was consistently fouled,” said Hodgson. shining tense All I can do is apologise to the team and the fans for my red card tonight because I could of cost us today. I will learn from it for sure ❤️💙 #CPFC pic.twitter.com/b2VYCVk5Nx— Wilfried Zaha (@wilfriedzaha) January 30, 2019He wrote: “All I can do is apologise to the team and the fans for my red card tonight because I could have cost us today. I will learn from it for sure.”Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl dismissed Hodgson’s theory on Zaha sending-off.“Not more than our players were also fouled. (Nathan) Redmond also has to take a lot of tackling situations against him,” he said.“It’s normal that good players get more pressure because if you want to defend them you have to be close to them.“The interesting thing was (Ward-Prowse) scored from the full-back position after we switched the shape. It is absolutely fantastic for taking this chance with both hands.” REVEALED Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars no dice Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has revealed his frustration at Wilfried Zaha’s treatment in the 1-1 draw with Southampton.Zaha had given Palace the lead in the 41st minute with his first goal since September, but was then sent off with three minutes remaining. REVEALED Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT last_img read more

Liverpool vs Man City confirmed teams: Bravo starts in Premier League title clash

first_img on target update Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son statement LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES AFP or licensors Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff rookie error Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman stalemate Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Bravo was sent off against Atalanta, but will start for City at Liverpool Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta PEP TALK appointed Bravo stepped in for Ederson against Atalanta but let in a goal and was later sent off in a 1-1 draw in Italy, forcing Kyle Walker to play between the sticks for the final few minutes.Scott Carson takes Bravo’s usual spot on the bench.Elsewhere, Angelino starts at left-back, while Fernandinho is set to place at centre-back alongside John Stones with Rodri in midfield.For Liverpool, meanwhile,  Fabinho comes back in for Adam Lallana in the centre of the pitch, with the usual triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane starting as well. 1 LATEST Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future latest Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule targets Manchester City have named Claudio Bravo in goal for their match with Liverpool in the Premier League.No.1 Ederson was injured in the Champions League in midweek and has been unable to get back to fitness in time for the huge title clash at Anfield. Confirmed teamsLiverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane.Subs: Milner, Keita, Gomez, Adrian, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Origi.Man City: Bravo, Walker, Stones, Fernandinho, Jose Angelino, De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Aguero, Sterling.Subs: Gabriel Jesus, Silva, Mahrez, Joao Cancelo, Otamendi, Carson, Foden.Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)last_img read more

Patrick Roberts: Old Firm derby will be ‘biggest game of my career’

first_imgCeltic’s on loan attacker Patrick Roberts believes Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers will the “biggest game of my career so far.”The 19-year-old has made an impression since joining on loan from Manchester City in the January transfer window, scoring a double in the win over Hearts two weeks ago.Roberts, even at his young age, has played in the England Championship, picking up caps for England’s Under-19 team. But he says Sunday’s Old Firm derby will be unlike anything he has previously experienced. “I can feel the buzz and expectations already,” Roberts told Celtic View. “I want to do my best as I know what it’s like to lose a game when the city is divided and it’s not nice when you are on the losing end.“So I will do my best to bring a victory back to the Celtic fans. It will definitely be the biggest game in my career so far.”last_img read more

Indiana Sheriff’s Association 5th Annual Open Bass Tournament Set For September 17

first_imgThe 5th annual ISA Sherriff Robert “Buck” Stogsdill Open Bass Tournament will be held September 17th at Patoka Lake, Newton Stewart South Ramp, in Dubois County.All proceeds go to families of police officers killed in the line of duty, ISA Youth Leadership Camps, and Scholarship Programs for students pursuing a degree in law enforcement. The Bass Tournament is in memory of the late Robert “Buck” Stogsdill, former Sheriff of Brown County.Take off is at 7:30 am. The cost is $125.00 per team. Coffee and Doughnuts will be available at the shelter house in the morning. This includes Big Bass! A nice meal will be included during the weigh-in and awards presentation. There will prizes that include many outdoor items for fishermen.For more information, contact Tournament Director Keith Kelly at (812) 392-2889, or (812) 592-2069, or ISA Executive Director Steve Luce at(800) 622-4779, or (317) 356-3633.last_img read more

Draws are made for League of Ireland U19, U17 and U15 Cups

first_imgThe draw for the first round of the SSE Airtricity U15, U17 and U19 Cup competitions has been confirmed.It will be the inaugural season for the SSE Airtricity National U15 Cup whilst Mark Farren Memorial Cup holders Waterford and Enda McGuill Cup holders Dundalk both received a bye to the second round.All fixtures across all competitions have to be played by Sunday, June 3 with kick-off times and dates set to be confirmed.SSE Airtricity League – U19 Enda McGuill Cup – First Round DrawFinn Harps v Monaghan-Cavan, Finn ParkShelbourne v UCD, AUL ComplexCork City v Wexford, BishopstownWaterford v Cobh Ramblers, Regional Sports CentreBohemians v Cabinteely, IT BlanchardstownByes: Athlone Town, Bray Wanderers, Derry City, Drogheda United, Dundalk, Galway United, Limerick, Longford Town, St. Patrick’s Athletic, Sligo Rovers, Shamrock Rovers.SSE Airtricity League – U17 Mark Farren Memorial Cup – First Round DrawKerry v Limerick, Mounthawk ParkCobh Ramblers v Cork City, St. Colmans ParkShamrock Rovers v UCD, RoadstoneAthlone Town v Galway United, Athlone Town StadiumDerry City v Finn Harps, Brandywell StadiumBray Wanderers v Bohemians, The AcademyByes: Cabinteely, Drogheda United, Dundalk, Longford Town, Monaghan-Cavan FP, St. Patrick’s Athletic, Shelbourne, Sligo Rovers, Waterford, Wexford.SSE Airtricity League – National U15 Cup – First Round DrawDundalk v Bray Wanderers, Oriel ParkCabinteely v St. Patrick’s Athletic, KiltiernanSligo Rovers v Galway United, The ShowgroundsWexford v Carlow-Kilkenny, Ferrycarrig ParkLimerick v Athlone Town, Hogan ParkLongford Town v Mayo, City Calling StadiumShelbourne v Shamrock Rovers, AUL ComplexMonaghan-Cavan v Drogheda United, GortakeeganByes: Bohemians, Cobh Ramblers, Cork City, Derry City, Finn Harps, Kerry, UCD, Waterford.last_img read more