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LET’S LECTURE: Dealing With Corruption, From NOCAL On Down

first_imgFollowing the publication on June 24th of the first of my two columns on NOCAL, I was interviewed by a local reporter and I said that President Sirleaf should take responsibility for the mess at the company because she was the one who appointed the board of directors and senior management there. Some people felt I was too harsh.Well, President Sirleaf has accepted responsibility, as well she should. But I am intrigued by her comment that NOCAL had a board and management that were “able”. How can she say that with a straight face? If NOCAL’s board and management were so “able”, then how in the world did they run the company into the ground? Marie Parker, it seems, was the only thing between the company and disaster. After she retired from the company (and later died), things went to hell in a hand basket. The tens of millions of dollars that she left in NOCAL’s bank accounts were subsequently frittered away. Now the company is virtually bankrupt. And the reasons have nothing to do with the drop in the price of oil. They have everything to do with massive overspending.The debacle that we now see at NOCAL did not happen overnight. The seeds of disaster were sown some time ago. And much of the present mess has to be laid at the feet of President Sirleaf’s favourite son, Rob Sirleaf, the Wall Street savant. My information is that Rob worked for Wachovia Bank. Someone needs to tell me when Wachovia migrated to Wall Street.Rob was chairman of NOCAL’s board from early 2012 till his resignation in August 2013. Before that, he was on NOCAL’s board, directing traffic from the back benches. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that, even though he is no longer on the company’s board, he is still calling the shots there.He was chairman when NOCAL’s board was spending US$1.5 million a year. On what, you may well ask? I too wanted to know. I sent NOCAL a data request on December 9, 2014 requesting, amongst other things, information on what NOCAL was paying its board members as board fees; and on the board projects NOCAL was spending money on for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. I never got an answer, even though our Freedom of Information Act obliges the company, a public entity, to provide me, a citizen of the Republic, with such information.I asked because I had reliably learned that NOCAL was spending lavishly on Rob’s pet projects. Unconfirmed reports suggest, for instance, that NOCAL gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Rob’s BYC football team. Rob was also on the board when the bloat in the payroll took flight. NOCAL went from a headcount of 20-30 people to one of 170 highly paid management and staff, from a payroll of US$360,000 per annum to one of more than US$7 million.Till this day, NOCAL has not honoured my request for information about its operations. An audit, by one of the Big 4 international accounting firms, not that shower at GAC, should be done on NOCAL (in one of his more delirious moments Rob offered to succumb to such an audit) so the Liberian people can know what has really been going on there.And if any criminal wrongdoing is discovered, President Sirleaf should strike the first blow to slay the vampire by instituting criminal proceedings against anyone found culpable, without fear or favour. People should go to jail. Then we will know that she is really serious about combating corruption.I will return to a position that I have long held: that the only way to effectively combat corruption in our public service is to put people in jail. I don’t believe for a moment that Liberians are born with more corruption genes in their DNA than, say, Americans or Germans or the British. Why corruptions thrives here is because there are no consequences. People steal public money and go scot free. No sanctions. No serious punishment.A couple of personal examples will illustrate how I believe a Liberian leader can effectively combat corruption. In 1973, a very close relative of mine was involved in theft of ticket receipts from a football tournament that we, the Big H Committee, had organized. His accomplices perhaps believed that because he was a close relative of mine, they would just get a slap on the wrist if they were caught. Well, they misjudged me. I grabbed my close relative first before anyone else and slammed him into South Beach prison.Currently, I am embarked on a crusade that stretches back three years to have the former superintendent of our Kokoyah Statutory District prosecuted for eating US$60,000 of monies we had negotiated with a logging company to pay the district for use of our facilities. He was indicted by a grand jury in Gbarnga in November 2013. His trial started a few weeks ago. I will not rest until he is put behind bars, should he be found guilty. No begging.Since President Sirleaf does not know what to do with corrupt government officials, we, the citizens of Kokoyah, will give her a good civics lesson.The writer is a certified public accountant and a businessman. He can be reached at .Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taxi drivers charged for cocaine in pepper sauce

first_imgTwo taxi drivers were on Monday remanded to prison after their arraignment before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on a joint charge of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking.The charge that Romeo Chandrabhan and Andrew Yong face details that on April 26, 2019 at Carnex Cargo Shed, Timehri, East Bank Demerara (EBD), they trafficked 107.6 kilograms of cocaine.Andrew YongForty-three-year-old Chandrabhan, of Lot 39 Oronoque Street Georgetown, and 30-year-old Yong, of Lot 2018 Section ‘C’ Diamond Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara, each pleaded not guilty to the charge.Chandrabhan was represented by Attorney-at-Law Ganesh Hera, who in a bail application told the court there is no clear evidence against his client, adding that the narcotics were not found in his client’s possession.Yong was represented by Attorney-at-Law Siand Dhurjon, who in a bail application told the court that his client is a family- oriented man and has no reason to engage in such activities. He contended that his client is a hard-working man, and added that his client has no knowledge about the drug.Romeo ChandrabhanCANU Prosecutor Konya Sandiford objected to either defendant being placed on bail on ground of the amount of narcotics found. She contended that a telephone recording had implicated the two men, because they were heard saying it would be impossible for CANU to detect the cocaine in the pepper sauce.Sandiford also told the court that specific bottles were identified by Yong, and he has also given a confession statement.Bail was denied either defendant, and they were both remanded to prison. The case will continue on May 15.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic rules out World Cup comeback

first_img“It’s a no,” Richt added.In an appearance on ABC television’s late night Jimmy Kimmel show on April 18, the new star of LA Galaxy teased fans that he may come out of retirement to play in Russia.Known for his swagger, the athlete said “it wouldn’t be a World Cup” if he didn’t play, adding: “I’m going to the World Cup, yes.”The 36-year-old who last played at a World Cup with Sweden in 2006, retired from the Swedish team after the 2016 European Championship.He said last month he wanted to concentrate on settling into his career in Major League Soccer before thinking about the World Cup.Ibrahimovic, a father of two, became the latest in a long line of ageing stars to swap the heights of European football for the MLS. He also took a massive pay cut when he left Manchester United for LA Galaxy.Ibrahimovic has 31 winners’ medals collected in spells with Ajax, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ibrahimovic rules out World Cup comeback: federationSTOCKHOLM, Switzerland, Apr 26 – Star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who quit the Swedish national squad in 2016, will not make a comeback for the World Cup in Russia, the Swedish football federation said Thursday.“I spoke with Zlatan on Tuesday. He said that he has not changed his mind regarding the national squad,” the managing director of the national squad, Lars Richt, said in a statement after the player dropped numerous hints of a possible return.last_img read more

JOB VACANCY: HILLCREST HOUSE NURSING HOME LOOKING TO RECRUIT

first_imgJOB VACANCY: Hillcrest House Nursing Home is seeking to recruit an experienced Registered nurse to join their established team. Job Responsibilities:Candidates must have current registration with An Bord AltranaisExperience in the Care of Older Persons is essentialDiploma/ Cert in Gerontology will be an advantageExcellent remuneration package of €39 – 42k/pro rataFor further information, please contact Anne Gallagher (Director) on 0872584843 or by email to ann_p_gall@hotmail.com Closing date for applications April 10th 2015About Hillcrest House Nursing Home:A warm welcome awaits you at Hillcrest House Nursing Home.Hillcrest House Nursing Home is a purpose built facility set in quiet, discreet grounds on the outskirts of Letterkenny. The home is situated within very short drive of the local hospitals, shops, post offices, churches and the High street.We offer each individual a home in which to live as active a life as possible, to entertain family and friends, with the comfort of 24 hour Professional Nursing, Care and Support.It is this sense of homeliness, comfort and ease that creates the welcoming warmth and friendliness for which Hillcrest House is renowned and which is cherished by residents and friends alike.    JOB VACANCY: HILLCREST HOUSE NURSING HOME LOOKING TO RECRUIT was last modified: March 30th, 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:BusinessFeaturesjobsnewslast_img read more

DD LOCAL: ROSSES COMMUNITY NEWS

first_imgSt Patricks day – Burtonport.Preparations are currently well under way for the “ St Patricks day Celebration of Irish culture” which will be held for the 8th year running at St Columba’s Community Centre, Burtonport between 12 and 2. Once again we have traditional music, Irish dancing, singing, local marching bands, our gigantic pot of Irish stew and lots more traditional fair on offer. Entry on the day is completely free but for those of you who can spare a few euro we will have many ways to temp you to spend/donate it. All monies collected on the day will as usual be divided equally between the lifeboat and the Burtonport festival. The committee would like to thank everyone who has donated prizes so far and are encouraging anyone else that has a prize that they are willing to donate to do so ASAP by ringing – 0863836546 so that they can allocate prizes to the various games. Thank you.  The Irish Duck RaceAs part of the St Patricks day celebrations the first “Irish Duck Race” will be held on St Patrick’s day in Meenbannad. Give your duck an Irish name and see how fast it can make its way to the finish line which will be under the bridge near Paddy Neilleys Pub in Meenbannad. Ducks are €5 each and are on sale at some local shops and post offices. Alternatively contact Donna at the Cope in Annagry or by phoning 0860730517 to purchase a duck. Only 100 ducks in the race with prize money totalling €300. All proceeds from The Irish Duck Race will be shared between lifeboat and Burtonport festival. Fun Family walk for St Patricks weekend – “Discover The Leprechauns Secret” If you would like to find out where the local Burtonport Leprechauns are hiding their crock of gold and be in with a chance of winning it as a prize, then come along to “The Old Railway Walk” in Burtonport anytime between 10 o clock on Friday 15th and 6 o clock Monday 18th March. Local leprechauns will be out and about with clues which will reveal the crocks secret location. Register for the walk by picking up an entry form with details from “The Check Out Service Station”, Burtonport. Cost is €5 per entry with all funds collected going towards developing “Playmatters” which is situated in the CDP, Dungloe.  “Eggstravaganza of Easter Fun”An “Eggstravaganza of Easter Fun” for all the family on Thursday 28th March 12 – 2.Come along and join us while we get ‘Eggcited’ about all things Easter. We will be decorating eggs, rolling eggs, racing eggs, hunting for eggs, cooking with eggs and may even decorate our bonnets with eggs. Its going to be so so so Eggciting.Enterance on the day is €5 per child or €10 per family.All proceeds will go towards the work of Playmatters. Playmatters is supported by The Rosses CDP and is based in the new CDP building (the old rubber factory), Chaple R.D, Dungloe. Come along and ‘Eggsperience’ the fun. Its going to be ‘Eggscelent. DD LOCAL: ROSSES COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: March 3rd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DD LOCAL: ROSSES COMMUNITY NEWSlast_img read more

DONEGAL LEAD AT CROKER: HISTORIC DOUBLE STILL ON THE CARDS

first_imgMichael Murphy: put Donegal ahead.Donegal 1-08 Dublin 0-10Donegal’s senior footballers’ dream of  joining their minors at All-Ireland finals day is on the cards as they lead reigning champions Dublin in their semi-final clash at Croke Park.Jim McGuinness’s men are ahead by a single point at the break against a Dublin side that threatened to over-run the Ulster champions with the type of football that has them the bookies’ favourites to retain the title. However, after a shakey start Donegal have fought back and are well in contention for retaining the title they last won in 2012.Donegal got off to the a great start, Colm McFadden firing over a free in the first minute to put the Tir Chonaill men ahead.However, Dublin were three ahead within four minutes, putting over four unanswered points.Karl Lacey put over a lovely point in the 13th minute to settle the nerves but Dublin hit back with three unanswered points to open up a five point advantage in the 20th minute. Michael Murphy kept his nerve to successfully convert a free in the 21st minute to keep his side in touch.Funston and Kavanagh exchanged points before Durkan got down brilliantly to push out what looked an almost certain goal from Connolly.Connolly made amends with an excellent point which was followed by two unanswered points for Donegal to put three between the sides in the 28th minute.Murphy had an excellent chance to reduce the arrears but his weak shot from 20 yards fell tamelessly short.But he made up for the miss with an excellent long distanee point immediately afterwards. Ryan McHugh put Donegal ahead when he took advantage of poor Dublin defending when slid the ball to back of the net two minutes from the break.A late Dublin point sees Donegal lead by the slenerest of lead at the break and on course to emulate their minors who earlier reached their first ever All-Ireland final with a thrilling win over Dublin.Donegal: Durkan, E. McGee N. McGee McGrath; Thompson, Lacey, McGlynn; Gallagher, MacNiallais; David Walsh, McLoone, McHugh; Kavanagh, Murphy, McFadden.DONEGAL LEAD AT CROKER: HISTORIC DOUBLE STILL ON THE CARDS was last modified: August 31st, 2014 by johngerardShare 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:alldonegaldublinFootballIrelandsemi-finalSeniorlast_img read more

AND THE WINNER OF OUR 2 ALL IRELAND TICKETS WAS…

first_imgANNE-Marie Doherty from Buncrana.She told us tonight that she had been to all of the games this year – but didn’t have a ticket to the final.The 18-year-old was delighted. She gets her tickets from the good people at Donegal Creameries later today. AND THE WINNER OF OUR 2 ALL IRELAND TICKETS WAS… was last modified: September 18th, 2014 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)last_img read more

African nations seeks ways to stop flow of refugees to South Africa

first_img10 November 2014A three-day Migration Dialogue conference was organised by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Tanzania from 7 November 2014, to respond to the ever-evolving and complex dynamics of migration flows from the Horn of Africa, through Kenya and Tanzania to South Africa.Some 24 senior representatives from the governments of Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa and Ethiopia, and from IOM and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR), met in Zanzibar to discuss the migration challenges facing the region and how to address them. The event was funded by Japan, as part of IOM’s Voluntary Return Assistance to Migrants in Tanzania project.International migratory movements in Africa have become more complex and mixed in recent years, with flows comprising asylum seekers, refugees and irregular migrants. The exodus of migrants from the Horn of Africa (mainly Ethiopia) to South Africa is a central issue.Each year, thousands of mainly young Ethiopians risk their lives in an attempt to reach South Africa, where they hope to establish better lives for themselves and their families. Migrants often sacrifice their life savings to pay smugglers amounts of up to $4 000 (about R45 000) to facilitate the journey.Human smuggling has become a thriving multi-billion dollar industry, which feeds off people’s desperation to improve their lives. Migrants are loaded into trucks by smugglers or left in “safe” houses in the jungle in Tanzania for days or weeks without food or water. Kenya and Tanzania are significant transit countries and many migrants are intercepted by the authorities en route.“Migrants are above all human beings and have the same human rights as anyone else. They should not be exposed to situations in which their lives are threatened. But the root causes of migration from the Horn to South Africa must be addressed by the governments concerned in order to come up with sustainable solutions to this migration crisis,” said Damien Thuriaux, IOM’s chief of mission in Tanzania.The meeting followed a 2010 regional conference on refugee protection and international migration, during which 13 African states met to discuss mixed movements and irregular migration from the East, Horn and Great Lakes sub-regions to Southern Africa.IOM’s Voluntary Return Assistance to Migrants in Tanzania project has returned over 220 detained Ethiopian migrants this year so far, and is planning to return a total of up to 800 by the end of the year. Since 2009, IOM Tanzania has helped over 2 500 Ethiopian detainees to return home.Source: APOlast_img read more

Earth’s oldest ‘fungi’ found in South Africa

first_imgA recent scientific discovery in South Africa, ancient fungi-like fossils, have once again put the country on the map in the palaeontology field. It raises questions about the oldest fungi found, evolution, and whether scientists have been looking in the wrong places.Ancient fungi-like fossils have been found in South Africa’s Northern Cape. (Image: South African Tourism, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)Priya PitamberA group of international researchers have discovered fungi-like fossils in rocks dating back 2.4 billion years, in South Africa. This latest development once again displays the country’s central role in global scientific research.The fossils were found in the Ongeluk Formation in the Northern Cape, which was under water at the time the organisms were alive.“Unless they represent an unknown branch of fungus-like organisms, the fossils imply that the fungal clade is considerably older than previously thought, and that fungal origin and early evolution may lie in the oceanic deep biosphere rather than on land,” reads the researchers’ paper, published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. “The Ongeluk discovery suggests that life has inhabited submarine volcanics for more than 2.4 billion years.”SignificanceDuring a routine microscopic study of the lava, Professor Birger Rasmussen, from the Western Australian School of Mines at Curtin University, found the microfossils.“I was looking for minerals to date the age of the rock when my attention was drawn to a series of vesicles and when I increased the magnification of the microscope I was startled to find what appeared to be exquisitely preserved fossilised microbes,” he said.At 2.4 billion years old, does the Ongeluk formation yield the world’s oldest fungi? Bengtson et al https://t.co/yOCQbDgtWO pic.twitter.com/2fiqtHFcMe— NatureEcoEvo (@NatureEcoEvo) April 24, 2017“It quickly became apparent that cavities within the volcanic rocks were once crawling with life.“The new discovery has implications for the evolution of life on Earth, representing the earliest evidence of possible fungi by 1 to 2 billion years, and the earliest evidence of eukaryotic life by at least 500 million years,” Rasmussen said.He hopes this research will be able to answer fundamental questions about evolution on Earth, and beyond.LocationThe fossils were found in rock formed from bubbly lava that was once upon a time, beneath the sea.Professor Stefan Bengtson, from the Swedish Museum of Natural History, was the lead on the research team. He told the BBC that scientists previously looked for the oldest fossil fungi on land or in shallow seas, but never in the deep sea.“The deep biosphere (where the fossils were found) represents a significant portion of the Earth, but we know very little about its biology and even less about its evolutionary history,” he said.The research paper was co-authored by scientists from the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm.Sources: BBC, Nature Ecology & Evolution, and Curtin UniversityWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Junior Goat Shows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grand Champion: Paige Pence, New Carlisle (heavyweight champion)Res. Grand Champion: Ava Shroyer, DeGraff (heavyweight reserve champion)Third Overall: Paige Pence, New Carlisle (middleweight champion)Fourth Overall: Katie Egbert, Botkins (middleweight reserve champion)Fifth Overall: Ava Shroyer, DeGraff (lightweight champion)Junior Market  Show resultsLightweight Champ: Ava Shroyer, DeGraffLightweight Res. Champ: Grace Day, Frankfort Middleweight Champ: Paige Pence, New CarlisleMiddleweight Res. Champ: Katie Egbert, Botkins Heavyweight Champ:Paige Pence, New CarlisleHeavyweight Res. Champ: Ava Shroyer, DeGraff Junior Dairy Goat Show resultsAlpineChamp: Ashley Bailey, LondonRes. Champ: Heather Cade, Galena Alpine milkersChamp: Hannah Depew, ChillecotheRes. Champ: Jenna Bailey, London LaManchaChamp: Kolton Baer, KinsmanRes. Champ: Kolton Baer, Kinsman LaMancha milkersChamp: Heather Cade, GalenaRes. Champ: Heather Cade, Galena AOBChamp: Allie Bohse, West MiltonRes. Champ: Jenna Johnson, Delaware AOB milkersChamp: Keeton Ables, SullivanRes. Champ: Gavin Manion, Ashland NubiansChamp: Cole Spitler, West ManchesterRes. Champ: Courtney Hubbard, Cortland Nubian milkersChamp: Hunter Dye, SunburyRes. Champ: Cole Spitler, West Manchester Recorded GradeChamp: Kolton Baer, KinsmanRes. Champ: Kolton Baer, Kinsman Recorded Grade milkersChamp: Heather Cade, GalenaRes. Champ: Heather Cade, Galena SaanenChamp: Jenna Johnson, DelawareRes. Champ: Hannah Saum, Lancaster Saanen milkersChamp: Hannah Saum, LancasterRes. Champ: Taylor Gottfried, Tiffin ToggenburgChamp: Cole Spitler, West ManchesterRes. Champ: Cole Spitler, West Manchester Toggenburg milkersChamp: Landyn Phipps, ThornvilleRes. Champ: Heather Cade, Galena Landyn Phipps and Elisha Stratton with their Toggenburgs Cole Spitler did well with his Recorded Grade Hannah Saum from Fairfield County with her Saanen Paige Pence gets emotional after beings selected as the middleweight champion Wyatt Borer competes for middleweight champion. Briley Ashcroft, from Guysville, in the middleweight champion drive Grace Day had the Res. Champ. lightweight. Jada Shroyer watches the judge. The judge checks out Ava Shroyer’s champion lightweight wether. Lightweight class Cheyenne Watson and Heather Cade with their Recorded Grade dairy goats The judge shakes the hand of Paige Pence for grand champion. Heavyweight champion drive Jonathan Yenser from Botkins with his heavyweight market goat Heavyweight exhibitorslast_img read more