‘We Will Fight to the Logical Conclusion’

first_imgThe chairman of the ruling Unity Party, Cllr. Varney Sherman, yesterday told his supporters and the general public that he and his colleagues accused of collecting bribes from the British Sable Mining Company are innocent of the allegations.Cllr. Sherman, who is also a Senator of Grand Cape Mount County, said the allegations levied against him and his fellow indictees lack evidence and any legal magnitude and that he is prepared to prove his innocence in Court.“Let me tell all of you here that this case is now at the court and it is at the court we will do our best to fight to a logical conclusion.’’Cllr. Sherman boasted of having some of Liberia’s best lawyers in his Sherman & Sherman Law Firm and assured his supporters of their ability to successfully and logically defend and carry him and his fellow indictees to victory.He cautioned his supporters to distance themselves from any demonstration, be it public or quiet.‘’As we await our own time to prove our innocence,’’ he told his supporters, ‘’let me advise you that demonstration is not the determiner of our victory tomorrow. Stay away from it and be calm.’’The astute lawyer told the crowd in an analogy that “no one threatens a fish with water because water is the home of the fish”.‘’I was born in the court,’’ he said, ‘’grew up in the court, practiced in the court, lived in the court and my success today is primarily attributed to the court. No one, therefore, can threaten me as a fish with water which in this case is the court.’’He clarified to the audience that his intent of defence is accredited to the statement that he and his colleagues, including House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, have made, that they have committed no crime in the Republic of Liberia or anywhere else.‘’We have committed no crime in this country or anywhere else,’’ he declared. Our lawyers shall defend me and my colleagues very vigorously,’’ he declared.Senator Sherman explained that he is who he is today not because of politics but because he is a lawyer and called the court room his home.‘’I am who I am,’’ he said, ‘’not because I am a politician but more so because I am a lawyer and the court room has been and continues to be my home.’’He meanwhile questioned the action of the government in sending 25 police officers and a sheriff from the Court to arrest him, when, in the first place the case was not registered at the court. Senator Sherman promised to make them answer to legal questions in relation to their action, which he termed as unconstitutional.He commended all those who appeared at the court and others whom he called true friends and promised to remain firm in his struggle to defeat his accusers. For his part, the Secretary General of the ruling Unity Party, Mr. Wilmot Paye, said that the position of the party is that the rule of law was not followed by the government in its attempt to investigate the persons accused in the Global Witness Report.‘’What we have insisted,” he said, “is the adherence to the rule of law. We are angry as a party on the barricading of the home of our national chairman and the offices of his law firm by the police without any credible instrument from the court.’’The filing of the subpoena order, the issuance of the search and arrest warrants were all wrongly done.According to the ruling party’s secretary general, fighting corruption is a cardinal platform introduced by the party to help government break the cages of corruption, bring to book those who receive no acquittal and prosecute them in accordance with the laws of the state.‘’In 2011 we met at these headquarters,” he said, ‘’and agreed to put serious emphasis on corruption. We agreed to be very vigilant and specific in punishing people in the system, who want to destroy the image of our party by stealing from the state coffers at their areas of assignment.” This, he continued, did not in any way mean that we should unlawfully get at people. No one is above the constitution and we hold that national and patriotic belief very firmly.Mr. Paye said that the ongoing saga has no grounds to bring division within the Unity Party as they are focused only on seeing justice properly and evenly dispensed.Mr. Paye, meanwhile, said that Cllr. Fonati Koffa, chairman of the Special Presidential Task Force to probe the Global Witness report, lacks the moral authority to prosecute anyone as he is fighting his own crime related case in United States of America.According to him, Cllr. Koffa is a common criminal only hired by President Sirleaf to pose more embarrassment to the party and the nation as a whole.Another partisan of the ruling party expressed his disappointment in the silence of President Sirleaf as wrong things in the country continue to unfold. Mr. Emmanuel Karbakollie said that the President has done nothing good to appease the minds of the citizens when NOCAL was bankrupted by people he called “her darling boys.”‘’Our sitting standard bearer has many questions to answer in the future if she cannot do so today, he said. Her darling boys exploited NOCAL and subsequently led it to absolute bankruptcy. What did she do? The JFK incident is still fresh around here; what has she done? She has awarded her friends who have stolen our country’s money with good and well paid jobs in her government.’’Mr. Karbakollie said, however, that he is not in support of Varney Sherman and others, only if it is proven in the court of competent jurisdiction that they are guilty of the crime levied against them.Cllr. Sherman, House Speaker Alex Tyler and others were charged with criminal conspiracy and sabotage among others, as, according to allegations, they tried to circumvent the Liberian Laws in order to grant the Sable Mining Company the authority to mine the Wologisi Mountain located in Lofa County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Play joins Thoreau for night in jail

first_imgWhat: Hotfoot Productions is the newest theatre group in the Antelope Valley. We’re excited to present our first show, “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail,” at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center on Feb. 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. with a special matinee Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. Tickets are only $15. The action of the play centers around the famous American thinker – and author of “Walden” and “Civil Disobedience” – Henry David Thoreau, and is told in a series of scenes from his life, including the night he spent in jail for refusing to pay taxes. Thoreau constantly challenged conventional wisdom and hated conformity. He was an abolitionist, early environmentalist and philosopher. For tickets to the Hotfoot Productions presentation of “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail,” Feb. 23 and 24 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center, please visit hotfootproductions.comhttp://www.hotfootproductions.com/ or call (661) 723-5950. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail” was written by the authors of “Inherit The Wind,” Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. Please note this production includes strong language. When: 8 p.m. Where: Lancaster Performing Arts Center – 750 Lancaster Blvd. To post your own stories and photos, log on to valleynews.com.last_img read more

Forestry Minister says talks ongoing in search for softwood lumber agreement

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thompon says that talks are ongoing in the effort to stop the next softwood lumber dispute with the United States before it begins again.In a conference call from Ottawa yesterday, Thomson gave an update on talks that he and BC Lumber Trade Council President Susan Yurkovich have had with officials in the federal government. Thomson said that in the past few days, he and Yurkovich had had meetings with Foreign Affairs Minister and former International Trade Minister Chrystia Freeland, new Trade Minister François-Philippe Champagne, and International Trade Committee Chair Mark Eyking to discuss the looming possibility of a dispute. The two were also in Ottawa to reinforce the importance of signing a new agreement for B.C.Yurkovich also said during the call that maintaining access to the United States is key for the Canadian forestry sector. Despite diversifying markets in the wake of the previous dispute that began in 2002, the United States still buys 50 percent of Canadian softwood exports.- Advertisement -Yurkovich also acknowledged that officials with the new Trump administration have indicated that they wish to expand their own domestic softwood production. Those indications were echoed after Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies MP Bob Zimmer met with several officials of the new administration in Washington last week, including Interior Secretary nominee Ryan Zinke. However, Yurkovich said that it is estimated that the United States consumed approximately 47 billion board-feet of lumber this year, yet only produced 32 billion FBM domestically, a 15 billion FBM shortfall. She stated that even though U.S. sawmills have a nameplate capacity of roughly 42 FBM, it would take a tremendous amount of money and personnel to ramp up production, and would not be possible for some period of time. She said that the alternative to importing Canadian softwood would be to import from Europe, which she said would be uneconomical.Thomson and Yurkovich concluded by saying that it would be preferable to work together with the United States, but that only if the agreement benefits both parties, adding that they are fully prepared to defend the Canadian forestry industry.last_img read more

Swimming pool and over 80 houses in multi-million plan for Donegal Town

first_imgA multi-million euro development could see over 80 housing units, a swimming pool, a digital hub and a large number of retail and office spaces being built outside Donegal Town.Plans were lodged to Donegal County Council this week by Carnvalley Holdings Ltd, who are proposing a major construction project across 7.1 acre site at The Mullans and Doonan. Included in the plans are a leisure centre, a children’s museum/play zone and a transportation hub. A new landmark community building is proposed to incorporate a digital hub and innovation centre.The development would also add a large number of new homes for Donegal Town. Seventy-seven houses are proposed on the site, as well as 11 apartments which would be included in a mixed-used retail and residential building.Two three-storey office buildings are enclosed in the plans, with two more two-story buildings set to provide a mix of office and retail spaces. Two large bulky goods buildings on the site would be divided into five units, according to the application.The site is also set to have a large open public space with various amenities.The planning application is currently at the pre-validation stage with Donegal County Council’s Planning Department. The planning office has yet to accept the proposal as a valid application. This process may take up to two weeks or more, considering the size of the development. Carnvalley Holdings Ltd is a Donegal-based company directed by Tommy and Norah Gallagher. William Donoghue & Associates of Mount Charles is the architect firm which has designed plans for The Mullans and Doonan development.Swimming pool and over 80 houses in multi-million plan for Donegal Town was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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

SIGN OR LEAVE! Ronald Koeman reveals ultimatum offered to Everton star

first_imgEverton manager Ronald Koeman has offered Ross Barkley an ultimatum: Sign a new contract or leave.The England midfielder’s current deal at Goodison Park expires in 2018 and the 23-year-old has been offered new terms at his boyhood club.Barkley has often been criticised for his inconsistent performances this season as his influence and responsibility in the Everton squad grows.He set up Romelu Lukaku in the Toffees’ 4-2 win over Leicester City and he has five goals and seven assists in 32 appearances for his club this term.“We offered him a new contract,” Koeman revealed after the Blues recorded their 15th win of the season.“[He has] two possibilities – one, he signs that contract, [and] if he doesn’t sign the contract then we need to sell the player.“It’s simple, it is not so difficult in my opinion.”Listen to the Dutch manager’s admission above…last_img read more

After 6-month coma, 19-year-old now back at school

first_img• Video: 10/31: Finishing High School LA MIRADA – After he was hit by a tow truck last year, Christopher Barba’s survival remained in doubt. His doctors dismissed the idea of a full recovery as impossible. But the 19-year-old La Mirada High School student is now back in class and on track to complete his high school credits – a year after waking from a six-month coma. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Barba, who had just celebrated his 18th birthday the day before the accident Jan. 10, 2005, was walking home from a soccer game on a rainy evening when he was struck by the truck on Valley View Avenue. Barba was thrown 100 feet, leaving him with a serious head injury, a broken femur, a serrated liver and a collapsed lung. “The doctor didn’t give me much hope,” said Consuelo Barba, Christopher’s mother. “He was surprised Christopher didn’t die instantly. But we never gave up hope.” Doctors also told Christopher’s parents that their son could languish years in a coma without recovering, surviving only by the use of a respirator. But one day Christopher’s father, Jose Jesus Barba, noticed his son was responding deliberately to his questions by blinking his answers. Every day for six months someone from the Barba family had sat in the hospital room with Christopher, often talking to him or playing music. On that day in July 2005, Jose ran and got one of the physical therapists to double check what he had seen. Soon Christopher was able to confirm that he was fully conscious through the use of a keyboard. “I was able to spell my name, address and even my phone number,” said Christopher, who could not talk when he first began coming out of the coma. “But my first memory is of hearing music by \ Tool that one of my friends was playing for me.” Christopher had to relearn how to talk, walk, chew and swallow through a rigorous physical therapy schedule that he felt moved at a snail-like pace. He still uses a walker and sometimes a cane. But an optimistic attitude and a well-honed sense of humor helped keep his goals in sight to return to school this year. “I was in my last semester before graduation when \ happened – what a pain,” he laughed. David Grago, Christopher’s American democracy teacher, said that although Christopher has some challenges to overcome, he handles his school load “phenomenally” and has become one of the group leaders in class. “\ has some struggles with speech and mobility, but he offers so much life to the class,” Grago said. “He’s very involved and is always raising his hand. It’s so obvious that he’s thrilled to be back.” Despite the hardship it caused, Christopher said he has a new appreciation for everyday life. “It changed my way of looking at things,” he said. “We should all take advantage of every moment we’re alive and breathing. We should celebrate it. “The other thing I learned is that hard work pays off. And you can quote me on that,” he added, laughing. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want 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

Look at the incredible players Lukaku is beating to hold Man United record!

first_img 2. Ruud van Nistelrooy managed a goals per game ratio of 0.72 in his debut season, with 23 goals scored in 2001-02 8. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer managed a goals per game ratio of 0.55 in his debut season, with 18 goals scored in 1996-97 3. Robin van Persie recorded a goals per game ratio of 0.68, with 26 goals scored in 2012-13 12. Juan Mata netted six goals in the 2013-14 season for a goals per game ratio of 0.40 in his debut campaign 7. Dwight Yorke scored 18 goals in 1998-99 for a debut season goals per game ratio of 0.56 18 18 18 18 4. Andy Cole scored 12 goals in 1994-95, meaning he recorded a debut season goals per game ratio of 0.67 18. Ashley Young recorded a goals per game ratio of 0.24 in his debut season, netting six times in 2011-12 – click the right arrow to see the best debut season goals per game ratios of Manchester United players in the Premier League era 18 15. Shinji Kagawa managed 0.30 goals per game in his debut season, with six goals scored in 2012-13 18 =16. Teddy Sheringham had a goals per game ratio of 0.29 in his debut season, with nine goals scored in 1997-98 =16. Dimitar Berbatov scored nine goals in 2008-09, for a goals per game ratio of 0.29 in his debut season 1. Romelu Lukaku currently has a goals per game ratio of 1.0 in his debut season, having scored seven goals in seven appearances in 2017-18 18 =10. Carlos Tevez recorded a goals per game ratio of 0.41 in his debut season, netting 14 times in 2007-08 18 13. Wayne Rooney’s debut season goals per game ratio was 0.38, as he netted 11 times in 2004-05 5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic managed a goals per game ratio of 0.61 in his debut season, with 17 goals scored =10. Eric Cantona scored nine goals in his debut season, meaning he had a 0.41 goals per game ratio in 1992-93 18 Romelu Lukaku has enjoyed the perfect start to life at Manchester United, following his summer move to Old Trafford.Lukaku, the former Everton forward, has scored seven goals in his first seven Premier League matches for the Red Devils, which means he has already moved up to 14th in the ranking of goals netted in a debut season by a Manchester United player in the Premier League era.Research from Grosvenorsport.com reveals Lukaku’s goals per game ratio of 1.0 (seven goals in seven games) is the best of any United player in their debut season at Old Trafford, and he is well on the way to continuing that incredible run. Robin van Persie and Ruud van Nistelrooy sit first and second respectively in the goal charts with 26 and 23 scored in their debut campaigns, and if Lukaku keeps up his current goals per game ratio he will undoubtedly break the record for number of goals scored in a debut season for Manchester United.So, how does Lukaku compare with other Man United players in terms of his goals per game ratio? The Belgium forward has the best ratio since the start of the Premier League era, and you can click the right arrow, above, to discover the top 18 players ranked by their debut season goals per game ratio for the Red Devils… 9. Javier Hernandez had a goals per game ratio of 0.48 in his debut season, managing to score 13 goals in 2010-11 6. Louis Saha’s debut season goals per game ratio was 0.58, with seven goals scored in 2003-04 18 18 18 18 18 14. Anthony Martial recorded a goals per game ratio of 0.35 in his debut season, with 11 goals scored in 2015-16 18 18 18 18last_img read more

DONEGAL’S ISLANDERS GO TO THE POLLS

first_imgIslanders off Donegal go to the polls today with 760 ballot papers being taken to Arranmore, Tory, Inishbofin, Inishfree and Gola two days ahead of the mainland.Ferries and small boats have carried 523 papers to two polling booths on Arranmore, 25 on Gola and nine to Inishfree while an Air Corps helicopter will carry 136 to Tory and 67 to Inishboffin.The islands, which are in the south-west constituency, had a turnout of just over 50% in the by-election but today’s turn-out is expected top be larger. But Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty says Donegal’s island communities are among the worst affected by the impact of government cuts.Deputy Doherty made the comments as he visited Tory island in a bid to urge as many islanders as possible to cast their votes.“Donegal has borne the brunt of decades of neglect and under-investment. That is particularly true of our island communities who are among the most ignored people of the most ignored county in Ireland.“Because of this neglect, our island communities are even less well-equipped than the rest of the county to cope with the budget cuts. Therefore, I am urging the people of Tory to show that they are not prepared to tolerate this neglect by sending a very clear message when they go to the polls. “Our islanders have the right to the same level of public services as the rest of us. They have a right to the good healthcare and education. They have a right to make a decent living and for a sustainable fishing industry.“All of these rights have been denied to them by successive governments and I am saying that this election offers them the opportunity to show that it is time for change – it is time for a better way,” he said.* Check out Don McMahan’s video diary of today’s voting on Gola Island onhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzizZ14H4-UEndsDONEGAL’S ISLANDERS GO TO THE POLLS was last modified: February 23rd, 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)last_img read more

Water services: have your say

first_img12 February 2003Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Ronnie Kasrils has invited the public to comment on the Draft Water Services White Paper, which aims to improve water and sanitation supply in the country. Kasrils said the government is working to improve people’s water and sanitation services, and is concerned that most people are not aware of their rights and responsibilities, as well as the rights and obligations of their municipalities.Government’s policy is that:Everyone is entitled to a basic supply of 25 litres of clean water per day, or 6 000 litres per household per month – although some municipalities are not yet able to supply this. No one should be without a water supply for more than seven full days in any year. If a public supply is interrupted for more than 24 hours, the municipality should inform residents and make arrangements for emergency supplies. People who cannot afford to pay for water are still entitled to a free basic water supply, even in cases where people are unable to pay their water bills. It is a criminal offence to connect to a public water supply without municipality permission, since this could harm other water users. People who are unable to pay their water bill should make arrangements with their municipality. Even if people do not receive an account, they are still responsible for ensuring payment. Municipalities may restrict people to the free basic amount, but may not withhold this basic supply. However, people who interfere with the water restrictor system may face total water cut-off, as they may harm other people in their community. Municipalities must inform people before they discontinued their services, and must also have a consumer service where people can lodge complaints.According to Kasrils, the Draft Water Services White Paper seeks to address these and other concerns. The Draft Paper is available online (in .pdf format), or from Innocent Ndlovu at (012) 336-6555.The deadline for comments has been extended to 28 February 2003. Comments and further inquiries should be addressed to Thuli Khambule, and can be e-mailed to khambulet@dwaf.gov.za or faxed to (012) 323-3877. Khambule can also be contacted by telephone at (012) 336-6527.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Generational Differences on a Loss Prevention Team

first_imgWorkers gathered around computers and table at workThe face of loss prevention has changed a lot since LP Magazine’s inception in 2001. What was once a male-dominated industry has slowly but surely begun to transform into a field with a more equal balance of men and women. What’s more, the older generations of existing leadership have now begun to cede their wisdom and expertise to a millennial workforce.[text_ad use_post=’2385′]In a Diversity in LP column in the September-October 2016 issue of LP Magazine, the topic of an intergenerational loss prevention team is tackled with enthusiasm by Mimi Welch, who was a contributing writer in the very early days of the magazine–and who agreed to contribute once more in honor of the 15th anniversary. Welch is aided by her colleague Nicole Rogers, cofounder of GenIN Solutions, who shares her valuable perspective as a millennial executive. Rogers writes:- Sponsor – “When your mom told you to wear a helmet while riding your bike when you were a kid, it’s not because she didn’t have faith that you could ride. She knew the risks, and she knew the odds from life experience. Perhaps she, herself, had fallen off and gotten hurt in her past. You saw nothing but potential—how fun it was going to be soaring down that hill with the wind in your hair. She saw the realities of the world—that falling off and hitting your head isn’t fun for anyone. And often, the risk has nothing to do with you, but the danger resides with the careless car driver not on the lookout for you.I find myself like a kid with a bike quite often in the corporate world. I see what things could be and don’t always understand the risks and challenges that have shaped the way things are. I sometimes assume policies, advice, even feedback passed down from older generations is antiquated concern, obsolete in today’s world. And perhaps a small portion of it is, but the vast majority it is valuable life and business experience being served to me on a silver platter.”Check out “Infusing Wisdom into Potential” to read the full column. You can also visit the Table of Contents for the September-October 2016 issue or register for a free subscription to the magazine. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more