Judgment in FDA US$6m Case on Ice for 26

first_imgSeveral persons, who turned up to listen to the final Judgment in the US$6m Private Use Permit (PUP) case involving some dismissed managers, among them the managing director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Moses Wogbeh, left the courtroom yesterday disappointed after they were informed by the sheriff that the case has been postponed indefinitely.It was not clear what was responsible for the abrupt decision, but an office staff at Criminal Court ‘C,” hinted to the Daily Observer that the postponement was based on Judge Peter Gbeneweleh’s obligation to attend the July 26 Independence Day Celebration in Sinoe County.Gbeneweleh is the Resident Circuit Judge of the County, and he is expected to receive the key to the newly constructed court house in the area, according to the source.Coincidentally, the source said, Wogbeh, the main defendant in the trial, received news of his father’s death immediately after final arguments ended between the prosecution and the defense teams.Judge Gbeneweleh had earlier set Tuesday, July 21, as the date for the final judgment.Many of those who gathered at the court to hear the outcome of the case yesterday wondered whether the judge is allowed to postpone a judgment in order to attend Independence Day activities.Some of them were also asking how long it would have taken for the judge to rule in the case before traveling to the Southeast for the dedicatory ceremony.Others, obviously disappointed, said they were there to see the court vindicating their relatives of the charges levied against the defendents by the government.Wogbeh along with four of his colleagues, including a senior Surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), were indicted in April 2010, for allegedly facilitating the wrongful issuance of up to 61 PUPs that authorized commercial logging operations on nearly 2.5 million hectares of farmland in the country.They were charged with multiple crimes including economic sabotage, forgery, counterfeiting, criminal conspiracy and facilitation among others.The defendants denied all the claims when each of them took the witness stand to exonerate themselves from the charges.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Nigeria’s Defense Minister Pledges More Support to AFL

first_imgThe Defense Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General Mansur Mohammed Dan-Ali has reassured Liberia of his country’s continuous support to the Armed Forces of Liberia as part of its commitment to strengthen the army for the betterment of the country.Gen. Dan-Ali made the commitment to his Liberian counterpart during his visit to the Ministry of National Defense Barclay Training Center Office in Monrovia last Friday. In an effort to strengthen the AFL, his government through its Defense Ministry has approved the request of the Liberian Government to provide training for the AFL within Nigeria’s military training programs. Two members of the AFL are training as pilots among other key training being provided by Nigerian institutions.“Our Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has approved the continuation of training in junior and senior courses for officers of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College in Nigeria.The approval was predicated upon an appeal Defense Minister Brownie Samukai made to the Nigerian Federal Government authorities during a visit to that country earlier this year,” “We also approved, in the interest of the longstanding collaboration between both governments, the resumption of Phase Two training for the Liberian pilots at the International Aviation College in Ilorin, Kwara State,” Minister Dan-Ali announced.Gen. Dan-Ali also revealed his government’s approval of commissioning training slots at the Nigerian Defense Academy for both the Regular Combatant and the Direct Short Service Programs.He has further committed the Nigerian Army to sharing knowledge and equipment from their Defense Industries Corporation with the AFL in time of need.AFL officers are undergoing training in engineering and several other courses that would enable them to defend and protect citizens and the country’s territory as well trained and capable army, Gen.Dan-Ali disclosed.He urged Minister Samukai and other national defense authorities to carefully scrutinize members of the AFL that are being sent to Nigeria for training so that they can meet up with the criteria of the Nigeria Army School and the government for better results.“We are committed to ensuring that peace, stability and the mandate of the Nigerian government remain a truthful partnership to Liberia as we contribute to the successes of our countries and for the protection of our citizens,” he said.The General lauded the efforts of the government of Liberia on behalf of his government for the level of respect paid to the late General Suraj Alao Abdurrahman and for building a monument in his honor which he said the government and the people of Nigeria highly appreciate. In response Minister Samuakai thanked his Nigerian counterpart and his entourage for their visit terming it as a fruitful relationship between the two countries.He assured Gen. Dan-Ali that the ministry will scrutinize all members of the AFL who will be sent to Nigeria for other security functions.“We are pleased with the continuation of the training of our army especially the aviation training of two pilots in Nigeria and such other contributions which are at 100 percent cost to Nigeria and zero percent to Liberia,” he said.He appealed to the Nigerian government to accord the AFL the opportunity they missed this year to participate and acquire advanced knowledge at the Nigerian Defense Academy, Nigerian Command College, and other courses at Nigerian military institutions.He promised to work along with the government of Nigeria in fighting terrorists and help to bringing peace to the citizens of that country.“Liberia stands with Nigeria in fighting Boko Haram so that we can get rid of this issue of terrorism,” Minister Samuakai assured. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GPHC health fair attracts hundreds

first_imgTesting offered by doctors on the spotThe Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) on Wednesday hosted a health fair which was open to the general public and saw many persons capitalising on services done free of cost by trained medical professionals.The fair was organised in celebration of the institution’s 20th anniversary and featured several departments, private entities and organisations which focused on specialised treatments.At the public health department, Nurse Nalini Dass-Sutton stated that employees of the hospital can also benefit from their line of services, which consisted of various vaccinations.She stated that the yellow fever vaccine is extremely important to persons who are travelling to neighbouring countries such as Suriname and Brazil. As such, these efforts are geared towards immunising everyone and moreover, it is seen as a preventative measure to end the spread of these diseases.“We are offering vaccination to the public as well as our colleagues and trying to immunise our population. We have the tetanus, MMR [Measles, Mumps and Rubella], Hepatitis B for the blood-borne diseases and the yellow fever vaccine,” said the nurse.She added, “The yellow fever vaccine is very important to some persons who are travelling to some countries such as Brazil and Suriname. This is an opportunity for persons to be vaccinated”.The principal services were offered at the optometry unit, as persons sought to have their eyesight tested. By the end of the first hour, some 50 persons were tested and referred to conduct additional tests.An optometry intern at GPHC, Carla Cassiano, told Guyana Times, “We’re screening for refractive errors, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataract, among other eye diseases. We screen the patients and then we refer them to the eye clinic so that they can have further assessment”.Meanwhile, the Guyana Diabetic Association was represented by some of its members, assisting persons with tests performed by the fundus camera and the HbA1c machine.President of the Association, Glynis Beaton explained, “We have the fundus camera and will be testing the retina of over 2000 persons and also, the HbA1c machine to test the last three months of your blood sugar”.On the other hand, the Paediatric Department introduced a number of techniques to demonstrate the impact of poisoning in children.Diane Singh, a doctor attached to the department, explained that there are many instances where children ingest substances that are left carelessly around the house. Sometimes, it is in the form of medications which look like edible candy.“We chose to focus on a few key areas that we’d experience regularly with our patients and parents. We’re focused on safety in the home for kids and mainly, poisoning. Candies look so much similar to medication and it is easy for children to mix them up,” Singh related.A station was set up to teach parents how to store dangerous substances and medications away from young children. In many scenarios, these persons could not tell the difference between the two elements when compared.They were also taught how to use a thermometer, since it was found that guardians could not clearly tell when their children have a fever.Persons waiting to get their eyes testedlast_img read more

Mancini eyes Italy job as Zenit confirm exit

first_imgEarlier in the day the club confirmed Mancini would be leaving the Russian Premier League club.“Zenit and Roberto Mancini have reached an agreement over early termination of his contract,” Zenit said in a statement.“The contract was cancelled by mutual consent of the parties without any indemnity payments.”Mancini however insisted that no arrangements concerning a possibility of his work with the Italian national side had been achieved yet.“It would have been totally wrong to hold talks before my contract (with Zenit) had been cancelled,” he told the news conference Sunday after his last match as Zenit manager. “I cannot confirm yet that I will be Italy’s next national head coach. But I will be able to hold talks about it with the Italian (football) federation pretty soon.”Mancini added that he decided to part his ways with Zenit around three months ago.“It was my personal initiative to leave Zenit, which is related to my family circumstances,” he said. “I made this decision around three months ago. And it wasn’t connected to any other club or the national team.“I don’t have a feeling that I’ve made mistakes or my decisions (as Zenit manager) were wrong,” Mancini said. “If I was able to rewind time back I would have done everything the same way.”Mancini, 53, who signed a three-year deal with Zenit last summer with an option of a two-year extension, led Zenit to a fifth-place finish in the Russian league, seven points behind the newly-crowned champions Lokomotiv Moscow. Italian Federation (FIGC) commissioner Roberto Fabbricini said last week that Mancini, a former Man City and Inter Milan coach, had agreed in principle to become the next manager of four-time world champions Italy, who failed to qualify for the World Cup after defeat to Sweden in a two-leg playoff.Earlier Mancini has said he would be proud to coach Italy, telling Italian radio: “If one day I got the chance to sit on the national team bench it would be something beautiful.”During his 17-year coaching career Mancini led City to their first English league title in 44 years in 2012, and won three Serie A titles with Inter Milan. He also won Italian Cups with Inter, Fiorentina and Lazio.Italy have been without a permanent coach since Gian Piero Ventura was sacked after they failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years after losing to Sweden in November.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tipped to take over Italy Roberto Mancini is edging towards an exit from Zenit a © AFP / ROBERT MICHAELSaint Petersburg, Russian Federation, May 13 – Roberto Mancini quit as Zenit Saint Petersburg coach on Sunday, saying he now felt free to open talks with Italy over the vacant national team job.Mancini was said to have reached agreement to become the next Italy coach last Tuesday, Gazzetta dello Sport reported, but he denied that on Sunday.last_img read more

Nice touch: Chelsea sign Pedro and Barcelona do this

first_imgIt’s official: Pedro is a Chelsea player.Having won five league titles, three Spanish Cups and the Champions League on three occasions with Barcelona, the 28-year-old has left the club he joined in 2004 for £21.4m.In addition, he also won the World Cup in 2010 and Euro 2012.UNBELIEVABLE PEDRO PRESS CONFERENCE: ‘ED WOODWARD TIE UP A DEAL? HE CAN’T EVEN TIE HIS OWN LACES!’And Barcelona were quick to show their appreciation for the forward with this video, paying tribute to Pedro.last_img


first_imgSome of the ladies who took part in the event with special guest Eileen Magnier of RTE.RTE’s first ever female news correspondent imparted some of her years of wisdom to Donegal’s rising female business executives.Eileen Magnier was the guest speaker at last Wednesday’s Cross Border Gathering of Past, Present and Future Women in Business from Donegal and Derry Event at An Grianán in Burt.Eileen was so upbeat and her speech was so inspiring, according to the many who attended. In 1989 Eileen was the first woman to be appointed as an RTE correspondent & she knew how hard she had to work as a woman to stay in the job, she had to work harder than any man.She had to be clever, she had to be confident & she had to have a goal. That’s what has gotten her to where she is today.Her story ended with a little piece of advice to all the women attending “ “Prioritise, make sure the family don’t lose out, make sure you always make sure you have that little bit of balance”.The network was addressed by Mr. Michael Tunney, CEO, Donegal County Enterprise Board. Michael and the Donegal County Enterprise Board has been a supporter and funder of the network since it’s inception 13 years ago. He welcomed all the women in Business and Enterprise to the event from both sides of the border. Michael congratulated them all on having the belief to start their own business and that although his organisation was there to help, it was individuals and not agencies who create employment and Donegal especially has a high level of female business entrepreneurs.“There is a significant rise in opportunities, courses, programmes dedicated to female entrepreneurship through networks like Donegal Women in Business and Women in Enterprise Derry and he would encourage any women in business or thinking about setting up a business to join these networks. Michael continued to say that “Tell agencies or networks like ours what your business idea is, or if your business needs support and articulate your needs to us then you will get the support you need”.He finished off wishing everyone success and reminding the group -“When you talk as a collective, then government agencies and agencies like your local Enterprise offices will listen to you”.The event continued with Helen McDonnell from Women in Business Derry interviewing three local business owners from both sides of the border, Annette Houston from FM Cleaning, Patricia Hill from Stateside American Restaurant and Laura Campbell from Dog Ears, in an on the couch style chat show.Very relaxed and very informative, the three ladies gave honest stories about how they got to where they are today. It was followed by a Q&A session which very much included the audience and some interesting and important questions were put to the panel.The event finished off with Lunch in a lunch bag style table networking event, hosted by local industry experts from the world of customer service, marketing, social media, finance, HR, wellbeing to name but a few.Every one who attended got something from this event and should anyone wish to join the network you can email RWasson@donegalenterprise.ie, it costs only €25 per year and the benefits like networking events that just past can be so beneficial to your future success.RTE STAR EILEEN KEEPS DONEGAL BUSINESSWOMEN IN THE PICTURE was last modified: September 13th, 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:BusinessdonegalEileen MagnierLadiesRTElast_img read more

McHugh welcomes €20,000 in Recreational Funding for Donegal projects

first_imgFine Gael Minister of State Joe McHugh has welcomed the announcement of €79,193.25 in funding to support rural recreation projects in County Donegal, with €58,906.25 of these funds being allocated to Coillte for the maintenance and enhancement of existing trials and walks.Donegal Local Development Company Ltd. are set to receive €20,287.00 for the design and production of maps, and the productions of route cards.“Today my Fine Gael colleague Minister of State for Regional Economic Development Michael Ring announced the provision of funding totalling €3.11 million for rural recreation projects as part of the Government’s programme to support rural development.” “The funding will facilitate the development of new recreational facilities and the maintenance of existing recreational infrastructure across 45 projects throughout Ireland.”“The importance and popularity of recreational pursuits in the Irish countryside continues to grow and develop and there is great potential to benefit our rural economy here in Donegal. These groups and projects funded help to promote and encourage the development, delivery and improvement of recreational projects, and develop, improve and promote other outdoor recreational activities.”This is the second round of funding on top of €4.3 million provided last month. This continued funding will ensure the maintenance of existing recreational facilities and the development of some new and exciting outdoor facilities across the country.“Investment in recreational facilities has a proven effect in boosting local economies here in Donegal and assisting in the creation and retention of employment in the hospitality, tourism and services sectors.” McHugh welcomes €20,000 in Recreational Funding for Donegal projects was last modified: October 29th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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)last_img read more

Martin among five missing as Fulham head to Cardiff

first_imgChris Martin is among five Fulham players missing for their FA Cup trip to Cardiff on Sunday.On-loan striker Martin has not been involved in the last two Whites matches, against Reading and Brighton, since telling the club he wanted to return to parent club Derby.Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has insisted they will not agree to an early termination of his season-long loan deal.Tomas Kalas and Michael Madl remain sidelined with injury, leaving Tim Ream and Ragnar Sigurdsson as the only available senior centre-backs.Wingers Floyd Ayite and Neeskens Kebano are both at the Africa Cup of Nations with Togo and DR Congo respectively.See also:Fulham interested in signing Cisse   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Singapore gets green light on Virgin alliance

first_imgSingapore Airlines and Virgin Australia will be able to continue their alliance for another five years under a draft determination by Australia’s consumer watchdog.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission found that the airlines’ agreement to co-ordinate their operations and codeshare on each other’s passenger networks had resulted in material public benefits and was likely to continue to do so.These included enhanced product and services, including new routes and additional frequencies, as well as better online connections, improved lounge access and greater loyalty program benefits.The alliance also promoted competition in international markets, stimulated tourism and delivered small public benefits in terms of operational efficiencies that may be passed on to consumers as lower fares.“The ACCC considers that the Alliance has resulted, and is likely to result, in little public detriment,’’ the ACCC said.The airlines sought reauthorisation for 10 years but the competition body stuck to its position that the ongoing evolution of markets between Australia, and Europe and Australia and Asia meant a five-year term was more appropriate.It is now seeking submissions ahead of a final determination.last_img read more

Psychology festival looks to inspire transformation

first_imgTalks on money, relationships and self-coaching are on this year’s Festival’s agenda. (Image: Youtube, Cadarn Learning Portal)The South African College of Applied Psychology (Sacap), an independent facility, is on a quest to inspire transformation with this year’s annual Psychology Festival of Learning.Taking place at its Johannesburg campus on 19 and 20 May and at Cape Town campus on 26 and 27 May, the festival’s theme is “Inspiring Transformation”.The event centres on the success stories and ideas that have inspired, and are still inspiring, transformation in our communities, families and workplaces.Lance Katz, Sacap’s CEO, said the festival would look at where transformation needed to take place. “Through the Festival of Learning we don’t just want to share stories about transformation, we want to inspire South Africans to identify where transformation and change is needed and to be part of the transformation process.”Relationships and self-coachingThe festival will have over 50 guest speakers and offers a wide range of one-hour talks.In Johannesburg, topics on money, relationships and addiction will be covered; the Cape Town leg will offer talks on self-coaching, storytelling and art psychotherapy.In 2015, the festival introduced a short talk segment and this year will be no different. In both cities, these short talks will look at addiction recovery, changing higher education through social entrepreneurship and even transforming divorce.Click for the full programme.One of the talks to look out for takes place in Johannesburg: child development expert Luke Lamprecht hosts a session titled “Lessons from a boxing gym in Hillbrow”.Fight with InsightFor a decade, Fight with Insight, Lamprecht’s non-profit initiative, has been helping vulnerable youth through boxing. Though it mostly attracts boys, it is open and accommodating of girls too.“Right now, there’s a bunch of Johannesburg inner-city youth, growing up in all the toughness of Hillbrow and its surrounds,” said Lamprecht. “And as you might expect, they have trauma and violence woven into the fabric of their young lives.“But they have something else too. These kids happen to have coping skills that many stressed executives would admire. And they have a sense of purpose that many talented but distracted people would love to have. And they have the unrelenting focus on their physical fitness and health that many of us would like to find. These kids also have a unique confidence they can play the rough cards that have been dealt to them in a different way.”According to Lamprecht, Fight with Insight is not just a boxing programme; it’s a metaphor for life. It offers these children opportunities to develop a different way of being that their poverty-stricken, inner-city circumstances do not provide.“It is the very nature of the sport that provides the greatest benefit to the children who are traumatised,” he said. “It is well known that trauma affects us physically and emotionally. On a physiological level, trauma activates the amygdala and prevents experiences moving into the hippocampus. The result is hyper-vigilant children who struggle to learn, to focus and be calm. When you are traumatised it is hard to think, as the fight-or-flight survival mechanism is activated. Combat sports mimic their real environment, where fight-or-flight is turned on and you are under threat.”But the environment in his programme was strictly controlled and safe. It allowed you to bring yourself into your body and be present so that you were not overwhelmed by feelings in a situation where a behavioural reaction would occur.“You learn to be in that state, recognise it and still think, plan and choose the best course of action. Boxing actually helps when the threat of violence and the stress that it causes needs to be generalised in your everyday life. Boxing is also a highly aerobic activity which releases stress through a cascade of good hormones that reduce cortisol and cytokine levels.”Tickets for the Psychology Festival of Learning are available through the festival website.last_img read more