LACC Indicts LPRC MD, Others over ‘Misapplication’ of Millions of United States Dollars

first_imgThe Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has indicted the Managing Director of the Liberian Petroleum Refining Corporation (LPRC), along with other current and former senior government officials for their alleged involvement in the misapplication of millions of United States Dollars in connection with various government transactions.Others indicted by LACC include Clemenceau Urey, former Board Chair of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL); Miatta Beyslow, former Minister of Commence and Industry; Milton Teahjay, Superintendent of Sinoe County; David Kortie, publisher of the Flash Point Newspaper;  Jusufu S. Keita, public relations officer at the Ministry of Public Works; Foday Kromah and Amos Koon, employees of the Ministry of Finance, among others. The government officials and other individuals were charged with multiple crimes including criminal facilitation, misapplication of entrusted property, illegal disbursement of public funds and making expenditures without supporting documentary evidences.Making the disclosure at the Information Ministry’s regular press briefing yesterday, the LACC boss, Cllr. James Verdier, Jr., said that his commission had forwarded the names of the accused to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) for prosecution.MOJ is the prosecuting arm of the government.Cllr. Verdier alleged that the Managing director of the LPRC and the former Commerce and Industry Minister single-handedly awarded a contract of over US$1million to several petroleum companies, including Aminata and Sons, without going through the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) procedure.On the part of Superintendent Teahjay, the LACC head explained that he misapplied over US$65,000 of the county development funds. “[In] some of the cases we would give them the opportunity to restitute whatsoever amount they have allegedly mismanaged from the government,” the LACC boss stated. “If for any reason the Ministry of Justice showed its inability to handle these cases, we would take further decision,” he said.Cllr. Verdier did not however explain what ‘further decision’ his Commission would take if the Justice Ministry delays to prosecute the accused public servants.Mr. Verdier said that the “issue of corruption has been with Liberia since 1847.  This is a virus in Liberia. The more we accommodate this virus, the more it becomes difficult for us as Liberians. If resources are diverted, health institutions, education systems and others are not built, that is corruption,”   said Verdier.He maintained that “corruption led to the failure of many societies; and this government is taking steps to ensure that things get better for every Liberian.”According to him, it was important for the Liberian people to be informed and understand the difficulties and challenges faced by the commission in its efforts to fight corruption and the progress that it has made.Touching on the Code of Conduct, Cllr. Verdier noted that “all government officials, including Directors, Ministers and other heads of Agencies, were requested to start declaring their assets for the month of June, 2014 as mandated by the Code of Conduct signed June 20, 2014.”“This allowed all government officials to declare their assets before taking public office and after leaving public office to carry out assets declaration also,” said Cllr. Verdier.Commenting on the progress of his Commission, the LACC boss said, it recently arrested 25 bags of rice from Red Cross volunteers that were intended for Ebola victims and the matter was under investigation.“Three persons have been recommended to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution for theft of property and criminal facilitation,” he added.“We are monitoring Ebola funding that are being donated to all government Ministries and Agencies.  We are also monitoring money, logistics and other support that will be donated by private individuals and international partners toward the fight against the Ebola virus disease,” Cllr. Verdier cautioned.Speaking about LACC’s contribution to the Ebola fight , Cllr. Verdier said the commission provided vehicles, billboards  on Ebola awareness and other services in a bid to contain the spread of the virus. “We are pleased to hear that Ebola is receding all over the country,” he said.Cllr. Verdier said he was happy to have informed the public about  the issue of accountability of public funds by government officials even before the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Region 6 Councillors call for more pastures

first_img…as cattle continue to be poisonedThe ongoing feud between rice and cattle farmers in Corentyne, Berbice, has resulted in animals being killed. Some weeks ago, more than a dozen cattle were shot and persons were arrested but now scores of cattle are being poisoned.This has led to the call by Regional Democratic Councillors for more pastures to be made available to facilitate the thriving cattle industry in the region.When more than 300 acres of rice were destroyed by cattle in Corentyne, Berbice, last month, the rice farmers pleaded with Government to create a cattle pasture for the cattle owners but did not get the urgent response they were hoping for.Two weeks later, 14 cattle were shot and persons were arrested but as the police were getting information on the alleged weapons used, the suspects were identified as two persons with close alliances to a political party in the coalition Government. Following that, cattle started dying and a vet confirmed that they were being poisoned.Regional Councillor Gobin Harbhajan said that the animals are dying on a daily basis. He made the comments as he addressed the Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) during a recent meeting.“The rice farmer is protecting their rice and the cattle farmer is saying that the savannah in some parts is fenced so they can’t take their cattle there. Some parts are occupied so they have nowhere to carry the animals. The land must become available because during the previous Administration in the 80s under the PNC [People’s National Congress] it was a communal pasture and we have to keep it that way. As a Councillor, I am asking that we look at how we can solve this. We have to engage the Lands and Survey Department and notices should be sent out to those who are there and don’t fence the savannah,” Harbhajan said while adding that both the cattle and rice industries are equally important to the region’s economy.He also called for more pasture lands to be made available.Regional Chairman David Armogan noted that the current situation reemphasised the need for a clear land use police. Failing which farmers will continue to have conflicts.However, land leases which were given to farmers for the purposes of rearing cattle are worded: “to be used for agricultural purposes only”. With rice cultivation also being a part of agriculture, some farmers then switched to cattle, hence both cattle and rice are done in the same areas.“There is a lot of vacant GuySuCo [Guyana Sugar Corporation] land. All they have to do is to develop it; put water and everything and the grass will grow. In fact, it was pasture land before and GuySuCo took the land to grow more cane for the factory that was supposed to be operable. Unfortunately, that factory is not operable anymore,” the Chairman explained.He added that lands are available but belong to GuySuCo.“So Government will have to negotiate with GuySuCo to probably take back those lands,” he added.last_img read more

Teen jailed for 3 years, fined $1.4M

first_imgCJIA cocaine bustThe 19-year-old girl who was intercepted at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on July 6 having swallowed some 119 cocaine pellets was on Wednesday jailed for three years by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Anesha HardyAnesha Hardy, of South Ruimveldt, Georgetown, admitted to the allegation and was also fined $1.4 million.Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor Koniyo Sandiford-Thompson told the court that Hardy, who was an outgoing passenger destined for New York, was stopped by a CANU rank, who had received information about her.She was escorted to the hospital where an X-ray showed the pellets in her stomach. She was admitted to the hospital and subsequently excreted the pellets between July 6 and July 8.Sandiford-Thompson informed the Chief Magistrate the young woman admitted in several statements to the offence, outlining the process by which she ingested the pellets.The CANU Prosecutor also told the Court that the story is a sad instance of negligent living and the defendant was taken advantage of by a seasoned narcotics trafficker.Magistrate McLennan then handed down the sentence and the young woman broke down in tears.Based on information obtained from the teen, CANU ranks swooped down on an East Coast Demerara (ECD) premises on the evening of Friday last. During the exercise, they stumbled upon 279 pellets filled with what is suspected to be cocaine.CANU ranks have arrested an additional three persons while they were hunting another two suspects who remain at large. It was reported that one of the suspects still at large was at the ECD residence and when the ranks arrived, he managed to escape.Meanwhile, CANU issued a wanted bulletin for the two suspects Kelvien Sauers, called “John”, and Mark Sauers, called “Marcus”.Kelvien Sauers’ last known address is Lot 327 Fourth Street, Success, ECD, and Mark Sauers’, Lot 1 Ogle, ECD and Second Street, Liliendaal, Greater Georgetown.CANU is asking anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of the two to contact them on numbers 227-3507 and 226-0431 or visit their headquarters.last_img read more

Trackers beat Vikings at Food Bank Game on Friday

first_imgWith 2:53 following the Trackers goal, the Vikings would make a goal making the score 4-2.Then with 8:09 left in the period, Noah Lang extended the Trackers score to 5-2 with a double assist by Chase London and  Kurtis Lee.Then to cap it off, at 6:00 left in the game, Devin Minard would make his second goal of the game with a feed from Owen Floriant and Jaydon Viens making the final score 6-2 over Camrose.Trackers Coach, Gerard Decaire, says it was a good game in terms of winning.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Yukon Trackers had a successful game on Friday as they hosted the Camrose Vikings during the third annual Food Bank Game.At 9:28 into the game, on a power play, Connor Kindrat would score on the Vikings with a feed from Kurtis Lee and Noah Lang making it 1-0.Then at 7:02 left in the frame, the Vikings would score a goal tying the score at one apiece.- Advertisement -In period two, in another power play situation at 6:43 into the frame, Devin Minard would score one for the Trackers with an assist by Logan Kimmie making the score 2-1.At 38 seconds into period three, in a power play, Nick Loewen would net a goal with an assist from Logan Kimmie making it a 3-1 lead.Then at 4:53 into the frame, in another power play, the Loewen and Kimmie duo would shoot another goal sending the score 4-1.Advertisement “The game turned out in our favour. It was 6-2. It was an up-and-down game and back-and-forth but it’s a good way to end 2018.”All food items collected were donated to the Fort St. John Salvation Army Food Bank.The Trackers are now off for the Christmas break and will return to the ice on January 4  in Leduc, A.B. against the Roughnecks. Game time is 8:15 p.m.last_img read more

No decision made on continued funding for projects in Guyana – UK Govt

first_img…contradicts Patterson, Jordan claim of secured funding for Linden-Mabura, seawall projectsThe United Kingdom Government, through its local High Commission in Guyana, on Friday announced that continued funding for the Linden to Mabura road, the Kurupukari Bridge and rehabilitation of the Kingston Seawall is yet to be decided.UK High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn clarified that no decision has been taken on continuing funding for the road. In similar fashion, Quinn also said that the jury was still out on funding for the Kingston-Ogle seawall project.Public Infrastructure Minister David PattersonBoth of these projects were being funded from the UK-Caribbean Infrastructure Fund (UKCIF). While Quinn acknowledged that the UK did support the initial design work for both projects, he noted that no decision has been taken on funding the next construction phase.“As part of the UK-Caribbean Infrastructure Fund launched in 2016, over the last year, the UK has supported initial design work for the construction of the road between Linden and Mabura and the bridge at Kurupukari, which is being implemented by the Caribbean Development Bank”.“No decision has yet been made on the next construction phase of this project. Similarly, whilst the UK funded the design phase of the Kingston-Ogle seawall project through UKCIF, no decision has been taken on the next phase of this project either,” the High Commissioner added.Finance Minister Winston JordanQuinn’s announcement came five days after Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson claimed that the road projects would start on October 1 and that all decisions have been finalised.“I am pleased to say that we have agreed and we have worked out that there will be paved asphaltic concrete road between here and Lethem; Phase One will be launched on 1st of October and that entails the road from (Linden) to Mabura and including a bridge over the Kurupukari River,” Patterson had announced. Finance Minister Winston Jordan was subsequently quoted as saying that funding had been secured for the project.Only last week, the UK, in conjunction with the United States and European Union, diplomats had recently issued a joint statement calling on the Government to name an election date. They had warned the Government that violating the Constitution would have dire effects on what development aid they could give.A No-Confidence Motion was passed against the Government since December 2018, but elections were not called in the required three-month timeframe. Instead, the Government went through several levels of court, unsuccessfully arguing that the No-Confidence Motion was not validly passed.At the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), the final court had thrown out the Government’s case and had handed down judgement saying that when the No Confidence Motion was passed on December 21, 2019, Article 106 of the Constitution had immediately been activated. In addition, the court had noted that the provisions of the article were clear.Instead of immediately starting serious preparations to hold elections in the shortest possible time, however, GECOM proceeded to carry out House to House registration based on the orders of unilaterally appointed former Chairman, retired Justice James Patterson.A court case challenging this process and seeking to have GECOM comply with the Constitution was in fact filed and adjudicated. Following the court case, that process was ultimately stopped by his successor, retired Justice Claudette Singh, who then decided to merge the new data from House-to-House and to prioritise the printing of identification cards.Eventually, a position was reached where GECOM decided that Claims and Objections will start on October 1; a necessary move towards having an Official List of Electors (OLE) to conduct elections.In addition, Justice Singh informed the President via letter that GECOM would be able to conduct elections by the end of February 2020. On Wednesday, President David Granger had announced March 2, 2020 as the earliest date for elections. However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has put little faith in this, saying at a press conference that a signed proclamation will hold more weight.last_img read more

Highway 97 closed 20 kilometres north of Fort St. John

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Deadline extended for 8th Annual Fort St. John Community Awards

first_imgTickets – which can be purchased at any of the above institutions – are going for a price of $20.00 for youth 19 and under, as well as seniors. General admission is $30.00 a piece.The 8th Annual Community Awards will be held at the Lido Theatre, 10156 100 Avenue, on April 16, 2015. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will begin at 7:30 p.m. “I’m sure there are some more people in the community have somebody in mind that they would like to nominate – maybe they just missed the deadline,” says Recreation Manager Kylah Bryde. “The new deadline to submit a nomination package is Friday March 20, 2015.“If people sneak them in over the weekend, that’s probably good too,” says Bryde.- Advertisement -Categories for this year’s award ceremony include the Cultural Award, Recreation Award, Literacy Award, Humanitarian Award, Youth Award, and the Mayor’s Citizen of the Year.Each category can be entered as an individual or group – except for the Mayor’s Citizen of the Year.“The Mayor chooses a person who has represented our community on a higher level stage and brought attention back to our community in a positive way,” says Councillor Byron Stewart.Advertisement Byrde explains the qualities sought after for an award nominee.“It doesn’t have to be someone huge,” Bryde goes on to say. “So it can be your favourite coach or your teacher; I think maybe if we just bring it down a notch, we all know somebody that does countless volunteer hours or just that extra support in the community.”This is the third year the award ceremony is being held at the Lido Theatre.A nomination package can be found on the city’s webpage, at City Hall, the North Peace Leisure Pool, the Pomeroy Sport Centre, and the Lido Theatre.Advertisementlast_img read more

Digital age reaches classrooms, creating the latest college click

first_imgScholars can even conduct physics experiments or sit through complicated engineering lectures – in their pajamas. “There’s an academic transformation going on right now,” said Steven Fitzgerald, an associate professor of computer science at California State University, Northridge. “These new technologies are allowing students to participate interactively and allowing them to make it to class without having to face traffic or fight for parking spaces.” Gadgets such as handheld remotes that communicate with laptops, touch-screen devices called smart boards and paperless e-books are just a few examples of how colleges are adapting to the digital revolution that has swept their students. The influence of technology on education can also be seen in the increasing number of courses being offered online. NORTHRIDGE _ Raising your hand to answer a question in class? That is so 20th century. Today’s college students can simply tap away on classroom clickers to beam lecture questions and test answers directly into their professors’ laptops. Notebooks, pencils and heavy textbooks have been replaced by computers, cell phones and other electronic gadgets that can send and store digital information. CSUN offered 30 online classes in 1999. Today, there are some 12,000 students enrolled electronically in 300 courses – a tenfold increase in less than a decade. Two-thirds of CSUN’s 32,000 students are receiving some online academic service on the university’s learning management system, WebCT. Digital drawbacks But there are some downsides to the digital revolution. For one thing, the high-tech educational tools can make cheating a lot easier, especially plagiarism. Colleges have had to invest in programs such as Turn it In, which scans essays against billions of papers stored in databases and found on the Internet. Text-messaging slang like LOL (laughing out loud) and BRB (be right back) often slips into assignments, irritating some professors already burdened by having to learn high-tech programs and gadgets. Still, college officials say there is no escaping the future. “The way that students learn is different than what it was in the past,” said Mark Pracher, a technology grant writer for Pierce College. “We need ways to present information differently, engage students in classroom activities and help them understand the material.” Investing in the future Over the past five years, Pierce has invested nearly $2 million in improving its campus technology that includes private lessons for faculty members on the newest educational software and converting classrooms into “smart” rooms. The rooms come equipped with giant screens and wireless tablets that allow teachers to replace the overhead projector with a slew of Web-based media presentation tools. “In many ways it is just the generational evolution of how society has changed,” Pracher said. Randall Cummings, CSUN’s director of online instruction, said the university will spend $4 million on academic technology programs this year. “These are gen-net kids. They were born with digital mobiles in their cribs,” Cummings said. “They have always had some sort of handheld gadget.” Danny O’Kelley, 19, a general-education student at College of the Canyons, said teachers should learn technology because students will bring it into their classrooms one way or another. “We do everything online,” he said. So much so that four months ago, when O’Kelley couldn’t sell his used textbooks for a reasonable price, he started cocunderground.com. The Web site was supposed to give students a place to buy and sell books. But the site has morphed into a meeting ground where students can discuss classes, set up study groups and, of course, gossip about professors. “With technology, you can do things that you can’t physically do,” said Diana Oblinger, associate vice president of Educause, a nonprofit promoting technology in academics. For future nature scientists, a new social networking project, the National Ecological Observatory Network, lets students from around the world study Earth and its ecological changes. Still, the transition isn’t easy for everyone. Lucille Russell went back to school four years ago, after having five children. She was used to watching her kids surf the Internet, but the religious-studies student said she had vowed she would not become a part of the Web revolution. “I did not even want an e-mail address,” she said. Now Russell admits that being connected to the latest technologies is necessary – for her college career and her future. “I need to know how to use all this stuff if I am going to be a teacher,” she said. “That’s the only way to connect with young people.” connie.llanos@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want 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

Insider Trading: Newcastle to land £15m striker, Man United to sign another World Cup winner?

first_imgtalkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughton, joins Hawksbee and Jacobs to round up all the very latest rumours and gossip.Our man reveals Angel Di Maria is desperate to make the move to Paris Saint-Germain and suggests Pedro could replace him at Manchester United.He also confirms reports Wojciech Szczesny is heading for the Arsenal exit door, with Roma close to concluding a deal for the goalkeeper.Meanwhile, Charlie Austin continues to be linked with a move away from QPR and Haughton reveals Newcastle are favourites to sign the £15m-rated striker.Here are some of the latest transfer stories on talkSPORT.com today:Bayern Munich won’t sell Thomas Muller to Man United, talkSPORT toldParis Saint-Germain make opening £45m offer for Manchester United winger Angel Di MariaChelsea winger Mohamed Salah ‘does not want to go to Napoli’, claims agentArsenal and Liverpool target Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s agent claims Juventus can’t afford himTransfer update! Manchester United to sign Sergio Romero, Roma agree deal for Arsenal goalkeeperArsenal transfer report: Gunners plot raid on Barcelona for £8.5m wonderkidBrendan Rodgers admits he’s ‘not sure’ about Mario Balotelli’s Liverpool futureExclusive – Leeds have no plans to sell Everton and Swansea target Sam Byram, claims Uwe RoslerSwansea reject bid from UAE side Al Ahli for striker Bafetimbi GomisRed Bull Salzburg look set to beat Arsenal and Liverpool in race for French wonderkid Rayan SouiciBlow for Arsenal! Juventus star Giorgio Chiellini pours cold water on Arsenal transfer talklast_img read more

GAA NEWS: KEVIN MCLAUGHLIN ON FIRE AS URRIS DEFEAT BUNCRANA

first_imgSENIOR & RESERVE FOOTBALL: Well Done to our Senior men who beat Buncrana on Sunday by a point. Final score Urris 2-09 Buncrana 0-14. Urris team: Johnny Noone, Kieran Kelly, Danny Devlin, Conor Bradley, James Griffin, James Cooke, Sean Mc Daid, Dean Kelly, John Mc Carron, Mickey Grant (0-01), Kevin Mc Laughlin (0-04), Jason Doherty (0-01), Mark Mc Laughlin (1-00), Peter Devlin (1-00), Alan Friel (0-03). Declan Grant for J Mc Carron, Niall Mc Laughlin for J Doherty. Our reserves were beaten Urris 1-05 Buncrana 1-16.INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Next Sunday evening our Senior & Reserve teams play Carndonagh in the championship in Carn, Reserve match at 5.30pm and Senior game at 7pm. Support much appreciated. NIGHT AT THE RACES: CLG Iorras wish to Thank all who supported our Night at the Races in the Rusty Nail on Saturday night. All who sponsored races, bought horses and helped out in any way on the night. Thanks to the Rusty Nail for use of the premises. Your support much appreciated. CLUB MEETING: There is a club meeting on Wednesday night at 8.30pm.MATCH “N” WIN: August 13th: No jackpot winner—numbers drawn: 7, 14, 15 & 21. €15 winners:Patsy Devlin, Annaugh.Mary B Shiels, Isle of Doagh.Oisin Porter, Ballinlough, Drumfries.Mary Mc Brearty, Castlefinn.Mary Duffy, Urris.Jackpot next week €1,660. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support this weekly draw.MINOR LADIES FOOTBALL: Our girls played Carndonagh on Friday in Straid and had an excellent win by 7-12 to 3-04. The girls travel to play Buncrana on Tuesday next.DATES FOR THE DIARY: Big Bingo on Sunday October 18th and Gigs & Reels on October Bank Holiday weekend. More details to follow. BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St. Mary’s Hall, Clonmany at 9pm.GAA NEWS: KEVIN MCLAUGHLIN ON FIRE AS URRIS DEFEAT BUNCRANA was last modified: August 17th, 2015 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:Sportlast_img read more