Lawyers representing the interest of four Korean businessmen, who accused the National Security Agency (NSA) of manhandling them in their cell and subsequently seizing their clients’ US$247,500 with other valuable properties have filed a US$2,849,000 “action of damages for wrong” lawsuit against the Liberian Government.The lawsuit filed on August 11, asked the Civil Law Court at the Temple of Justice to hold the government and the NSA responsible for their wrongful conducts and to pay to their clients an amount of US$348,000 as special damages and US$2,500,000 as general damages.The lawsuit claimed that in July 2014, the Korean nationals came to Liberia for business at the invitation of one Nasser Aly; a businessman believed to be a Lebanese national residing in the country and engaged in mining and trade in gold.To ensure Mr. Aly was a legitimate businessman, court documents in the possession of the Daily Observer said, the Korean nationals asked him for a number of documents and pieces of information which, in response to their concern, Aly sent via email and also issued them an invoice on his company’s letter head addressed to one of the four men, identified as Mr. Kim Aleck.In the letter, the document explained that Aly told Aleck that he had on sale 16 kilograms of gold at the price of US$568,000, which they claimed was written in ink on the invoice and requested 50 percent payment which amounted to US$284,000.“Upon receiving the document submitted by Nasser Aly and upon further independent inquiry, they found no reason to suspect that Aly was not a legitimate businessman or that the sale and purchase of the gold covered by his invoice could violate any law,” the lawyers argued in their complaint.The Korean businessmen decided to proceed with the transaction by mobilizing the necessary funds, amounting to the 50 percent required by Mr. Aly.They alleged that on June 27, 2014, they withdrew the equivalent of U$40,000 from the Kookmin Bank in South Korea, at which time they used US$12,584 to purchase air tickets, while the remaining money was distributed among them, each collecting US$6,854 to travel to Liberia.The court document claimed that upon their arrival in Liberia, they agreed to purchase 16 kilograms of gold and on July 8, 2014, proceeded with their agent to the International Bank (IB) and withdrew U$247,500 and preceded to their hotel, (City King Hotel) in Sinkor, Old Road in Monrovia where Mr. Aly agreed to meet them to conclude the payment.Unfortunately, they claimed that while they were at the hotel finalizing the transaction, a group of men, who later identified themselves as agents of the NSA abruptly and violently stormed their hotel room and arrested them.The NSA agents seized from them the amount of U$247,500, along with other valuable items including gas torch, gold melting dish, two packs of chemicals to test the gold and an electronic gold scale.“Later our clients were taken to the NSA headquarters where they were stripped naked placed in solitary confinement in dark rooms, and subjected to various forms of humiliation and degradation without any formal charge or they being advised of their rights as required by the law,” court record quoted the lawyers.They further claimed that, “The government charged them with the commission of crimes of illegal possession of combustible cyanide that posed national security risk to the lives of Liberians, money laundering, counterfeiting, and conspiracy to defraud the government.”It can be recalled that upon hearing of the incident, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf constituted a Special Investigation Committee, headed by Law Professor and Dean of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law of the University of Liberia, Cllr. David Jallah to investigate the matter.The David Jallah led committee took testimonies and other evidence from those that were party to the incident and after careful consideration, the committee concluded that the charges levied against the Korean nationals were unfounded and the conduct of the NSA under its agents was illegal and made specific recommendations to the President Sirleaf, including the refund of the money to the Koreans.The recommendation was accepted by President Sirleaf and accordingly mandated the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) to implement them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
-As President Weah signs Fisheries Act into LawA press release from the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) says that the entity has gained more international relevance following the signing into Law by His Excellency President George Manneh Weah of a Fisheries Act now known as the Fisheries and Aquaculture Management and Development Law.The Fisheries and Aquaculture Management and Development Law, signed by President George Manneh Weah on November 26, 2019, will provide an effective legal instrument that is consistent with other international tools in managing, conserving and protecting the fisheries resources of Liberia.According to a NaFAA press release, prior to the signing into law of the amended Act by President Weah, the previous Fisheries Instrument only established the institution but did not detail the administrative functions which should conform with international best practices and treaties Liberia has signed up to as it is reflected in this Fisheries and Aquaculture Management and Development law.NaFAA, under the insightful leadership of its Director-General, Madam Emma Metieh Glassco, recognized the gaps in managing the sector and took actions to mitigate these lapses through the amendment of the Law.This provides prospects for a well-managed and vibrant Fisheries sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) NaFAA Director General, Emma Metieh Glassco – Advertisement –
Residents of Jacklow Village, Lower Pomeroon, will have internet access in and around their community before the end of September 2019.Minister Hughes speaking to a gathering at the Jacklow Primary SchoolThe primary school in the community will be connected and residents will be able to access e-Government services for the first time via satellite.This was promised to the residents by Public Telecommunications Minister Catherine Hughes during a recent community meeting at the Jacklow Primary School.According to the schedule drawn up by the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) e-Government Unit, the satellite dish that was installed recently in Jacklow will go live in August. Minister Hughes gave a commitment that soon, thereafter, she would return to deliver computer tablets for students to use.New satellite dish in Jacklow“The computers will be of immense help to all the students, and my Ministry’s Training Department will come back and hold computer literacy classes for anyone in this community,” she assured them.“When you are able to connect to the internet, it means that you will not have to travel up the river to Charity, or go all the way to Georgetown to conduct your business with the NIS, the GRA or the Passport office. You will be able to talk to family and friends on the internet anywhere, whether they are in Guyana or not”.Jacklow is one of seven communities along the Pomeroon River soon to benefit from internet connectivity via satellite dishes. The dishes were installed in recent months in Kabakaburi, Siriki, Saint Nicholas Mission, Jacklow, St Monica-Karawab and Akawini. They will all be activated before September.Minister Hughes said that this initiative is part of the Government’s programme to supply the means for citizens to become computer literate at least, no matter where in Guyana they live and work.To date, the NDMA/e-Government Unit has installed connections for free internet at more than 170 community Information and Communications Technology (ICT) hubs, 175 primary schools, 102 secondary schools, 37 technical and other tertiary institutes, and 120 government ministries and agencies.
By day, the Los Angeles area sky is known for its air pollution. At night, though, light pollution also takes a toll. Here, as in urban areas around the world, the glow of the cityscape overcomes all but the brightest stars in the sky. The artificial illumination interferes with astronomical observations, waylays animal migrations, and – some scientists suggest – could even affect human health. “A lot of children have grown up in the city and never really seen the dark sky at night,” said Connie Walker, a senior science education specialist at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson. “It’s a terrible loss.” So, for the second year in a row, the observatory is leading an international effort to track Earth’s brightening skies, and anyone with eyes and an Internet connection can participate. The GLOBE at Night project will collect nighttime visibility data from March 8 to March 21 by tracking how many stars in the constellation Orion observers around the world can spot. The constellation is usually recognizable because of its closely spaced line of three bright stars, representing the belt of Orion the hunter. In the Los Angeles area, it will appear in the western sky. The project’s Web site, www.globe.gov/globeatnight, has features to show where in the heavens to search for the telltale stellar pattern. Observations should be collected about an hour after sunset. Participants can then compare their view of Orion against a range of possibilities that reflect increasing light pollution. In its inaugural year, the project collected 4,600 observations from all 50 states and 96 countries, Walker said. The results are then compiled into a map. As the project expands and adds new observations each year, Walker hopes to make the data available to scientists studying the impact of the electric glow. email@example.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000French players celebrate World Cup glory © AFP / Jewel SAMADMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jul 15 – France won their second World Cup title on Sunday with a thrilling 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.Here, AFP Sport picks out some of the best quotes from France’s new World Cup winners: “I don’t know where I am… I’m very happy, it was a very difficult match. We can’t wait to lift the cup and bring it back to France.”— Forward Antoine Griezmann, who scored the second goal from the penalty spot.“Sleep comes easy to me, but I’m not going to bed, we are going to celebrate this. We’ll return to work in a few weeks.”— Kylian Mbappe is planning to party all night after scoring his fourth goal of the World Cup in the final, lifting the trophy and winning the award for best young player. Not bad for a 19-year-old.“It’s nothing. It’s normal for us. It’s a crazy thing, we don’t even dare to think about what is happening in France.”— Centre-back Adil Rami, who was the only on-field player not to feature for France during the tournament.“It was a dream, a childhood dream. We are very proud, like all the French, who are on the Champs-Elysees, in Lyon, everywhere. We can’t wait to see them to celebrate tomorrow. We are world champions.”— Midfielder Corentin Tolisso.“I thought about doing a ‘Panenka’ like Zidane, but in the end I opened up my foot.”— Griezmann considered trying to emulate Zinedine Zidane’s famous chipped spot-kick in the 2006 final loss to Italy.“(Lifting the trophy) was a touching moment. I had my grandmother, my brother, my sister, my two daughters and my wife in the stands.”— Captain Hugo Lloris after holding the famous trophy aloft.“OOOUUUUUUUUUIIIIIIIIII! World champions!!!!!”— The French team’s official English Twitter account.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The trial begins today of a Co Donegal man charged with dangerous driving causing the death of Garda Gary McLaughlin.Garda McLaughlin, 24, a native of Ballinmaore in Co Leitrim, was killed when his patrol car was involved in a collision with another car at Lisfannon, Burt on December 13th, 2009.Martin McDermott of Castlegrove, Raphoe, has denied the offence. The trial at Letterkenny Circuit Court, before Judge John O’Hagan, is expected to last three days.EndsTRIAL BEGINS OF MAN CHARGED WITH DANGEROUS DRIVING CAUSING DEATH OF DONEGAL GARDA was last modified: July 18th, 2011 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:Garda Gary McLaughlinMartin McDermott
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“When teachers are looking at the pressures of the day and everything on their plates to teach, I don’t think they consciously leave physical education out. It just sometimes gets pushed off the plate,” said Ronni Ephraim, LAUSD’s chief instructional officer for elementary programs. The district has launched a training program to help elementary school teachers incorporate physical education into a school day already crowded with required academic subjects, she said. For example, a teacher could have students go out for a run and then calculate their heart rate as part of a science lesson. Elementary school teachers are required to devote 2 1/2 hours a day to language-arts instruction and an hour to math, in addition to science, social studies, health education and other subjects, Ephraim said. And more than half of the district’s elementary school students are English-language learners who require additional instruction. Despite its campaign against childhood obesity, the Los Angeles Unified School District failed to provide its elementary students with the minimum amount of physical education mandated by the state, a study released today says. The report, “Dropping the Ball,” found that 51 percent of 73 California school districts with elementary students failed to provide youngsters with 200 minutes of physical education every 10 days – or an average of 20 minutes a day. “Our priorities are tragically skewed,” said Harold Goldstein, executive director of the California Center for Public Health Advocacy, which examined data provided by the state Department of Education. “We’re in the midst of a severe and growing childhood obesity epidemic, and yet most of our children are missing out on even the most basic school physical-activity opportunities.” Ironically, L.A. Unified was among the first to ban soda and junk food on its campuses to curb childhood obesity. But administrators say they’ve had to sacrifice physical education while beefing up efforts to improve academic achievement. “To close the achievement gap,” Ephraim said, “we have to give kids more time.” The additional teacher training will help, but it might take the district a couple of years to come fully into compliance, she said. Because the state Department of Education has been monitoring compliance for only two years, it is concentrating its efforts on bringing districts into compliance rather than issuing penalties, said Rosie Thomas, compliance oversight manager for the department. The problem is compounded by the fact that few elementary teachers have adequate training to teach physical education. Even so, schools need to make it more of a priority, Goldstein said. “Physical education is the ugly stepchild in California public schools,” he said. “There are children who need additional assistance – in learning language, for example – but that doesn’t mean the time should be taken away from physical education. … If physical education became a higher priority, students in LAUSD would do better academically. It’s not either-or. It’s both.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed spending $85 million to improve physical education in kindergarten through eighth grade, but the state Legislature wants to allocate that money as block grants schools could use as they please, Goldstein said. “The governor has thrown a touchdown pass,” he said, “and the Legislature is about to drop the ball.” firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3663160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
UPDATED: It’s that time of year again – the Primary School athletics finals – the 41st annual organisation of the event which began all those years ago in Mac Cumhaill Park, Ballybofey and finally found a home @ Finn Valley.On Wednesday close to 1000 children will chase 300 medals and evident will be all the emotions not only with the children but extends to the many family members that turn up to support and ultimately make this the largest track/field outing of the year.It’s an 11am start hence the emphasis on getting to the venue with plenty of time to spare to register etc. From the event will emerge many champions of the future but most importantly it promises to be an enjoyable educational experience.41 st ANNUAL AREA PRIMARY SCHOOLS ATHLETICS CHALLENGE Venue: Finn Valley A.C., Stranorlar, Co. Donegal Date: 1st June 2011Time: 11.00am sharp Program of Events: Born 2004 60m Born 2003 60m, 100m Born 2002 80m, 300m Long Jump, High Jump Born 2001 80m, 600m, High Jump, Long Jump, Relay (see a) Born 2000 100m, 600m, High Jump, Long Jump, Shot put, Ball Throw for distance Born 1999 100m, 800m, High Jump, Long Jump, Relay (see b)Ball Throw for distance Born 1998/99 Shot Born 1998 100m, 800m Rules: Entry fee is £2.50-€3.00 payable in advance or on arrival, each child will receive mementoChildren may compete in two events onlyplus relayChildren to compete in their own age category, the exception being relay where the sections are:born 2001and 2002born 1999 and 2000Schools are limited to 2 children in each high jump, long jump, shot and ball throw.This event continues to be developing with 92 schools participating during 2011.Qualifying regional trails where appropriate will take place during April/May. It is desirable to have a local area qualifying final. Areas which had a qualifying competition last year, were FinnValley (2 days) North West, Rosses, Buncrana, Killybegs South West. Two athletes per event qualifying for the county finals along with one relay each regional event. Schools in other areas may wish to organise a qualifying competition amongst themselves on a mutually agreed day. Schools unable to organise locally may still compete at County final with one athlete per event plus relay team per age group.Principals please note the former as numbers have forced: it is therefore desirable to have a local area event if at all possible.Awards- medals top 3, certificates for all children N.B. where areas do not hold qualifying events I will on this occasion hold firm on the above namely one athlete per event per school in jumps and throws. You can understand this as there are time and safety limitations on the day.The only change to the normal format is that I will organise the relays based on school size (this proved very popular in more recent years ): small school —-1 to 100 pupils, medium size —-1 to 200, large schools— 200 plus Further Details from Patsy McGonagle at 087 2226112Email: Patsymcgonagle@hotmail.comUPDATED: PRIMARY SCHOOLS ATHLETICS CHALLENGE DETAILS UNVEILED was last modified: May 31st, 2011 by gregShare 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 primary school sports challenge
Getting the kids ready for going back to school can be not only quite stressful but also very expensive. Thankfully for parents Sprint Educational Supplies provide a solution that can eradicate both problems. They have a stunning range of “Back to School” online offers for parents and children to avail off.Going back to school couldn’t be any more easier thanks to Sprint Educational Supplies. You can buy your school books and stationery online from Sprint and avail of either a 10% discount of free book covering.All customers will be entered into their draw to win €250 cash, taking place at the end of August.So log on now at www.sprinteducational.ie and avail of these fantastic offers now.We also have lots of competitions on our Facebook page you can check it at the folllowing link www.facebook.com/SprintEducationalSupplies FANTASTIC ONLINE OFFERS AT SPRINT EDUCATIONAL SUPPLIES was last modified: August 6th, 2013 by John2Share 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)
Donegal County Councillor Ciaran Brogan has said his Fianna Fail party are completely against water charges and is urging the Goverment to abandon plans to make people pay for water.Ciaran BroganOn the eve of three major protest rallies across Donegal in Letterkenny, Lifford and Ballyshannon, Cllr Brogan again voiced his party’s concerns about Irish Water.He said a recent meeting by Donegal County Council with the company had left councillors as confused as ever about the plans to charge for water. This is his statement.“It’s time the Government washed its hand of the entire Irish Water fiasco.“Hundreds of millions of euro has already been spent on this quango when it would have been much better directed to improving the existing network and enhancing the water quality.“There are many areas in Donegal that have been forced to put up with a sub-standard supply – it would surely have made economical sense to spend this money on making sure that householders and businesses in these areas had a water supply that others take for granted. “We in the Fianna Fail party are completely opposed to the privatization of Irish Water and while the Government may argue that this is a semi-state body, the facts say differently.“This has been a total shambles right from the beginning and the Government parties are running up blind alleys in their efforts to explain away the inexplicable.“Over a year ago the Fianna Fail party sought to meet with Irish Water due to our concerns over the handover of our greatest natural resource and to clarify how it would affect group water schemes, the takeover of estates, and how applications for water connections are dealt with.“There has been a complete lack of clarity on the issue of handing over these assets to Irish Water. Representatives from a large number of local authorities including Donegal County Council met with Irish Water in Carrick-on-Shannon on Tuesday last and came away as confused as ever.“At that meeting we called on Irish Water to review the rollout of this programme because the people of rural Ireland are frightened by the drip fee of information that has been emerging over the last eleven months. “This is quite literally the Irish Watergate of our time and the Government is falling headlong into it without having thought the whole thing out.“We are therefore calling on the Government to listen to the concerns of the people and stop wasting millions on consultants and water meters and instead give this much needed funding to improve the network.“The cost of installing the water meters alone and the man hours involved has already bitten deep into the country’s resources. I have yet to hear a Government Minister or spokesperson come clean on Irish Water and what a fiasco it has turned out to be but I’d be fairly confident that many of them believe like the rest of us that it has been a shambles from day one.“The Government cannot impose these water charges on the people until all the issues have been resolved. “I am calling for a suspension of these charges until a full review of Irish Water is carried out. Otherwise the issue is going to sink deeper into disorder and cause further confusion as if we didn’t have enough of that already.“This weekend the people of Donegal and every other county in the country are taking to the streets again to highlight their opposition to Irish Water and the charges that are being put in place.“The protest marches in Letterkenny, Lifford and Ballyshannon are serving to demonstrate the depth of feeling and anger that is out there over this whole issue.“It’s high time the Government listened and pulled the plug on Irish Water before we are left with a total mess.”‘IT’S TIME THE GOVERNMENT WASHED ITS HAND OF IRISH WATER’ – BROGAN was last modified: October 31st, 2014 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:Cllr Ciaran BroganIrish Waterwater charges