US$4M Libel Lawsuit Hangs Over Information Ministry

first_imgThe Ministry of Information Cultural Affairs and Tourism (MICAT) will shortly face a US$4million legal action for its alleged statement that the vice president for operations at the Liberia Football Association (LFA), Cassell Kuoh was wanted for prosecution in a US$247,500.00 theft involving the National Security Agency (NSA) and some Korean businessmen in 2014.  Kuoh’s lawyer Cllr. Amara Sheriff last Friday told journalists at the Temple of Justice that they have concluded collection of oral and documentary evidences to file their case against the ministry.  Cllr. Sheriff, who is a lawyer of the Sherman and Sherman law firm, owned by Cllr. Varney Sherman said, “We are filing the lawsuit for the alleged defamation of the character and reputation of Mr. Kuoh, as a result of statements made about him by the Deputy Minister for Public Affairs, Mr. Isaac Jackson.  Minister Jackson was quoted by the New Vision newspaper in its Monday, January 12, 2015 edition, under the caption, ‘LFA Veep Wanted for Money Laundering.’ The paper reported that Mr. Kuoh was allegedly ‘wanted for prosecution by the Liberian government in connection with the Korean businessmen’s US$247,500.00 theft.”  Minister Jackson was further quoted in the story as saying, “a finding by the Special Presidential Committee mandated to investigate accusation of money laundering, illegal arrest and conspiracy to defraud some foreign investors revealed that the founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of LFA first division club, Cassell Kuoh is one of the two conspirators directly involved with the illegal arrest and subsequent stealing of the Korean businessmen money.”   Minister Jackson was said to have made the revelation during a MICAT regular press briefing.  However, addressing journalists, Cllr. Sheriff asked Minister Jackson to be prepared to produce the evidence that the Special Presidential Committee, headed by the Dean and Professor of the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia, Cllr. David A.B. Jallah, recommended Mr. Kuoh’s prosecution.   “We are going to file a million United States dollars damages lawsuit for the injuries done by the false statements printed on several newspapers and broadcast on various radios about our clients throughout the country,” he said.   According to him, the report mentioned that Kuoh was not in the country when the committee members communicated to him, after some of the accused said that he tried to hire a lawyer for them.  “My client was not in the country when the incident took place. He had left for the United States, so how would a minister allege he conspired with other people to steal from the Korean businessmen,” Cllr. Sheriff wondered.  “He was only invited because two of his friends who were said to have been part of the act contacted him to find a lawyer that would represent them during the trial,” the lawyer noted.  Cllr. Sherman whose law firm Cllr. Sheriff works for is also the national chairman of the ruling Unity Party (UP) and the Senator-elect of Grand Cape Mount County.   The announcement of the potential lawsuit against the Ministry of Information came after the committee had recommended that the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf government refund the US$247,500.00 seized from the Korean businessmen on July 8, 2014.  In Cllr. Jallah’s committee report to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer, he quoted them as saying, “Upon being informed by Attorney Jonathan Massaquoi that he was contacted by Cassell Kuoh to represent his friends, Nasser Aly and Osman Bangaru in the matter, the committee decided to invite Mr. Kuoh for an interview and did write him.”  The document further states that,  “However, the committee was unable to meet with Mr. Kuoh as the staff at the Liberia Football Association (LFA), the organization where he serves as vice president for operations, and where the letter was delivered, informed the dispatcher that he was out of the country.” It said, “The committee was subsequently informed by Attorneys Arthur Johnson and Swahilo Sessay that they were also asked by Mr. Cassell Kuoh to represent his friends, Nasser Aly and Osman Bangaru in the matter.”   “This further triggered the committee’s interest in Mr. Cassell Kuoh and his involvement in the matter under investigation.”  “However,” the report said, “on Monday October 27, 2014, Cllr. Jallah received a telephone call from cell number 077-666999 from a male who claimed to be Mr. Kuoh, who confirmed that he had been out of the country, and had just returned and saw the committee’s letter of invitation.  “He wanted to know whether it was not too late to meet with the committee. Cllr. Jallah consulted with members of his committee who agreed to meet with Mr. Kuoh on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, at 10am. When Cllr. Jallah communicated this information to Mr. Kuoh, he said that he could only be available over the weekend as he had a church conference to attend all week. “At its Tuesday meeting, the committee decided that it could not wait until the weekend to meet with Mr. Kuoh as the investigation had been outstanding for quite a while. Therefore, the committee did not meet with Mr. Kuoh. In fact the committee had sufficient documentary evidences to reach a conclusion relative to Mr. Kuoh’s involvement in the matter,” it concluded.  The report further recommended that the five operatives of the National Security Agency (NSA) who were directly involved with the arrest of the Korean nationals and their two co-conspirators be handed over to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Where’s My Confidence?

first_imgTell me nil the amazing sanguinity I squanderAsk me not where my happiness abruptly disappearSpeak nil about the awful moment soon to befall meFor you won’t understand even if I squawk everydayIgnorant of interval of interval when anxiety became my cohortNow I’m plunk in the middle of a deserted highwayOne question wandering so deeply my mind stuckWhere is the confidence I once yielded so tightly?Tell me not the sweat my protruding forehead holdsTell me not the nervousness emanate like a stormReveal to me with placidity my mistakes to correctWhisper with restraint the wrongs I have committedShower me with affection for it must soothe my painBut the worse of it all a dreaded question that loomsWhere is my confidence all through these dark times?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Lawmakers to Support NBIS

first_imgMembers of the Senate have expressed their commitment to support the production of a National Biometric Identification System Cards (NBIS) for citizens in the country.The lawmakers, who attended a two-day legislative retreat organized by the National Identification Registry (NIR) in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County, said the Act creating the Registry was passed into law and signed by the President since 2011. As such, the Registry needs to double its efforts if it is to meet the target of producing citizen and resident identification cards by February 2017.In separate statements made last weekend, Senator Jonathan Kaipay of Grand Bassa County admonished the leadership of the Registry to make urgent use of the next two weeks to secure funding in the National Budget for the implementation of the project. Senator Kaipay used the occasion to call on his colleagues to ensure that funds are allocated in the National Budget for the Implementation of the NBIS.Sinoe County Senator Milton Teajay also called on the Registry to take all security measures to avoid duplications and exposures of the system to fraud.Also speaking, Senator Steve Zargo of Lofa County and Chairman of the Senate committee on National Defense noted that the issue of National Identity is a concern to the entire world considering the global threat of terrorism.He said the communication industry is facing a serious challenge in registering all of the GSM numbers in the country because of the lack of national citizen identification cards.Earlier, the Executive Director of the NIR, J. Tiah Nagbe, told lawmakers that the Act creating the entity was signed in 2011, with an initial budgetary allocation of US$500,000 for the fiscal year 2015/16.Mr. Nagbe said the intention for creating the NIR is to primarily design, establish, maintain and administer the NBIS. He then expressed his team’s preparedness to move on with the process.“NBIS process will be a modern computerized database containing important information on all citizens and residents in Liberia. To do that, the entity needs about US$5 million for the implementation of the first phase of the project in 2017,” Mr. Nagbe said.He said some of the services to benefit from the registry include elections; census and statistics; social security and welfare benefits payments; immigration; policing; crime scene investigation; banking; insurance; telecommunications as well as the use of education services; health services; issuance of identification for birth certificates, passports, driver’s license, etc.Mr. Nagbe noted that building public trust in the system was one of the challenges that might hinder the process. He, however, assured that his team intends to build such trust by being transparent, accountable, and maintaining an open line of communication with the public.He said the Registry has been divided into three to establish permanent infrastructure or data center, mass enrollment, and the construction of permanent enrollment centers across the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Linden man in leaked rape video commits suicide

first_imgThe body of one of the two men, who were seen in a leaked video on Monday, allegedly raping a 15-year-old girl in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) was recovered from the ocean at the Kitty seawall in the vicinity of Selena Resort, on Tuesday morning. Dead is 41-year-old Sherwin Apple, also known as “Yellow”.Dead: Sherwin Apple, also called “Yellow”The clothes vendor, formerly of William Street, Kitty; and Silver Town, Wismar, Linden, was found at about 09:20h lying face down in the mud. There were no marks of violence on his body but there was blood oozing from his nostrils. It is believed that he might have committed suicide by ingesting carbon tablets after the video of him went viral on Facebook.His body was taken to the Lyken Funeral Home where it awaits a post-mortem examination. The now dead man moved back to Guyana from Antigua a few years ago.Based on preliminary investigations, Apple reportedly went missing at about 19:00h on Monday after telling relatives that his ex-girlfriend, who happened to be a relative of the young woman in the video, leaked said video.He reportedly further told them that the sex was consensual, and the content seen in the video was merely “role playing”.Apple was thrown into the spotlight and had been the receiver of harsh criticism after the video showed him and the other man taking turns having sex with the young woman as she begged them to stop.He was again seen demanding oral sex from the minor, while saying demeaning things to her as the second perpetrator recorded the ordeal.DenialA source close to the investigations however, told Guyana Times that the young woman and her mother turned up at a Police Station in Linden and denied that she was the person in the video.Nevertheless, the Childcare and Protection Agency (CC&PA) and the Guyana Police Force have since launched investigations into the incident.This publication understands that there are approximately five videos circulating of the teen and the men.Apple, along with another man, also from Linden, was wanted by Police for questioning in relation to the incident, E Division (Linden-Kwakwani) Commander Anthony Vanderhyden confirmed on Tuesday.Meanwhile, the other alleged perpetrator reportedly has a similar matter pending in court over a rape allegation.Guyana Times visited family members of the deceased on Tuesday, however they offered no comment, citing they were too distraught to speak.Family members had travelled to Georgetown on Tuesday where they positively identified Apple’s body.last_img read more

John Reed ‘very rare man’

first_img Reed concentrated on providing for his family. In his younger years, he liked to bowl but in his later years he was an armchair baseball fan. Reed enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and trivia and card games. “He was nonjudgmental – an amazing quality. He was a man of few words but when he did have something to say, it was words of wisdom,” Miller said. “My father was an adored person.” John Harold Reed was born Feb. 2, 1921, in Maubry, Ala. His family moved frequently during his childhood, eventually settling in the Washington, D.C., area. He met his future wife, Bertille Soucy, on a blind date while in Washington, D.C., and they were married June 10, 1944. The couple lived in Burbank for a year after they moved to California. Reed is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bertille; three daughters, Diane Smith, Holly Reed and Angela Miller; and four grandchildren. A memorial service for Reed, who was cremated, was held Thursday at Praiswater Meyer Mitchell Mortuary in Van Nuys. Donations in his memory may be sent to the Salvation Army or the American Red Cross. Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! John Reed was a Southern gentleman with a positive attitude who always began a conversation with a smile or a laugh. Reed, a resident of Van Nuys since 1948, died of a heart attack Monday. He was 84. “He was a simple man and his family meant the world to him,” said Reed’s youngest daughter, Angela Miller. “My parents lived in a tiny house forever, but as long as they had a roof over their head and money for food, he was content. He didn’t need a huge house or a fancy car. He was a happy person always.” Reed, who worked as a professional meat cutter before joining the U.S. Army, was trained to make artificial eyes for injured World War II soldiers during his service at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Reed moved to the San Fernando Valley in 1947 to work as an ocularist at Birmingham Hospital, now the site of Birmingham High School in Van Nuys. He worked briefly for an eye doctor in Los Angeles after the hospital closed. After his employer died, Reed re-established his meat-cutting career and worked in markets in the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles. He eventually resumed his ocularist career when he established an office in Santa Ana. He retired in 1995. “He was tall, dark and handsome,” said his wife, Bertille. “He was cool, calm and collected. We were complete opposites who met in the middle. He had the patience of Job. I learned calmness and patience from him. “He was a quiet, gentle man who never had angry words for anyone. He always had a smile on his face. In this day and age, he was a very rare man.” last_img read more

Dunn of Drake Women’s Golf Receives MVC Good Neighbor Award

first_imgDunn has volunteered at Courage League Sports, Meals from the Heartland, Des Moines Marathon and local Des Moines Youth Golf Camps. She is also a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Representative and is a Community Outreach Committee leader. On campus, she has volunteered for the Drake Dance Marathon. This year’s Spring honorees include Andrew Shadid, Bradley, Baseball; Grace Dunn, Drake, Women’s Golf; McKenzie Johnson, Evansville, Softball; Sydney Laufenberg, Illinois State, Women’s Track & Field; Tyler Hamilton Ward, Indiana State, Baseball; Laurel Mertz, Loyola, Women’s Track & Field; Mikaela Mosquera, Missouri State, Beach Volleyball; Anne Gradoville, UNI, Women’s Golf; Jackie Biggs, Southern Illinois, Women’s Golf; Anne Mou, Valparaiso, Women’s Track & Field Dunn has a 3.34 cumulative grade point average as a double major in marketing and information systems with concentrations in marketing research & analytics, integrated marketing communications and direct & interactive marketing. She has been named to the Dean’s List, and the MVC Academic Honor Roll twice. Dunn, who has played in 38 tournaments in her career, has averaged 79.7 strokes per round during her final season as a Bulldog. This season, Dunn recorded two top-10 finishes in the 10 tournaments that she participated in. She also recorded a 29th place finish at the MVC Championship in April. In order to be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition. The Valley will recognize 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees. Institutions select their State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award honorees. ST. LOUIS – Senior Grace Dunn (Brookfield, Wisconsin) of the Drake University women’s golf team has been selected as one of 10 student-athletes to receive the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Good Neighbor award for the 2018-19 spring season, the conference office announced Wednesday, May. 1. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

What Windows Should I Buy?

first_imgReaders often post a simple question on our Q&A page: “What brand of window should I buy?” For an editor, it’s an exasperating question, because it’s unanswerable. The answer depends on a host of factors, including the buyer’s geographical location, performance expectations, budget, and personal sense of aesthetics.Rather than attempting to answer the question, I decided to interview fourteen designers and builders of high-performance homes. I asked them, “What brand of window did you specify on recent high-performance projects — and why?”This article isn’t an introduction to high-performance windows. If you’re looking for that type of information, start with the following articles:It will be easier to understand some of the statements made below if readers have some basic background information on Intus Windows, Schüco Windows, Menck Windows, and Thermotech Fiberglass Windows.Intus Windows are vinyl windows manufactured in Lithuania. Until recently, Intus windows were popular with American builders looking for high-performance triple-glazed windows at an affordable price. This year, Intus announced that it will no longer sell windows to builders of single-family homes in the U.S., so fans of Intus windows have been looking for a substitute manufacturer.Schüco is a German manufacturer of window extrusions, window hardware, and window fabrication machinery. The company sells components to window fabricators all over the world. Since different fabricators use Schüco components in different ways, there is no such thing as a “Schüco window.” Anyone who is considering buying a “Schüco window” should learn the name of the window fabricator and find out the name of the company who will provide warranty service.Menck Windows are manufactured in Hamburg, Germany. A few years ago, the company announced plans to build a factory in Newport, Vermont, and hired U.S.… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Nargis Fakhri to be showstopper at BMW IBFW 2014

first_imgActress Nargis Fakhri will walk for Azva in a modern bridal avatar sporting some jewellery ensembles from the brand at the forthcoming BMW India Bridal Fashion Week (IBFW) 2014 in New Delhi.The Azva show, to be held Aug 9, will create looks in gold for the modern Indian bride this season with Nargis Fakhri as their showstopper.The sixth edition of BMW IBFW 2014 will be held from Aug 7 to Aug 10″We all feel bridal Indian jewellery cannot be worn beyond the wedding day, but designs in Azva are beautiful and can help style you for occasions other than weddings. Gold jewellery looks quite glamorous if styled well and Azva has created a lovely concept to highlight their jewellery at the show,” Nargis said in a statement.Azva gold bridal jewellery is inspired by ‘Saat Pheras’ (seven vows) of the Indian wedding tradition and brings alive the essence of articulate patterns and detailing in gold jewellery.The sixth edition of BMW IBFW 2014 will be held from Aug 7 to Aug 10.last_img read more

Chelsea legend roots for Man United boss ahead of Saturday clash

first_img“I have to back him to turn things around and it is a difficult situation but I am sure that he can do it.“You know that when you play under Mourinho, you know you are going to win titles. He has been at United for two or three years now and he has been winning trophies. Advertisement “This season seems a bit difficult now but the season is still long and they still have a lot of competitions to play.”Manchester United will play against Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday. A bad result in that match will again raise several questions over his future. But Chelsea legend Michael Essien believes that the Portuguese manager will surely turn things around to make up the poor beginning of the season. Jose Mourinho’s Future Is Looking Uncertain At Manchester United.AdvertisementChelsea legend Michael Essien is still backing Jose Mourinho despite the ongoing speculation over his future at Old Trafford after the poor start of the season for Manchester United. The Red Devils have collected only 13 points in eight encounters so far in the Premier League. It is their worst start of the season for them in last 29 years. Still, Michael Essien thinks that Jose Mourinho should be backed as he has won three trophies in his first season at charge at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho’s Future Is Looking Uncertain At Manchester United.Michael Essien told, center_img “There is such a great relationship between us. He is just a great manager and I know that he has been having a bit of a tough time in Manchester, but knowing him I think he is going to turn it around.“I am backing him because I am still going to be his No.1 fan! “As a player, he had a very big influence on me. He was the one who brought me to Chelsea and he took me with him to Madrid to play under him,”last_img read more

Investing in Communities Healthier Lifestyles

first_imgA community garden and park at Northwood in Bedford is one of 14 projects in the Halifax Regional Municipality receiving Recreation Facility Development Program grants to help people make physical and community activity a part of their daily lives. Grants totalling $593,000 were announced today, Aug. 11, by Community Services Minister Kelly Regan, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. “Government investments in projects like the Northwood garden and park, playgrounds, recreational facilities, and trails are an important part of helping communities remain connected and vibrant,” said Ms. Regan. “Spaces like the one being developed by Northwood are vital. Organizations should be applauded for bringing together residents of all ages and abilities in an inclusive manner.” Northwood is building an outdoor recreation space and community garden. Designed for all ages and stages of life, the space is meant for children, families, and persons with disabilities, memory loss and other forms of dementia. It is open to the local, surrounding neighbourhood as well. “The William E. Frank Live More Park is a unique place for local neighbours both young and old to play and relax, or join in on Northwood’s activities,” said Janet Simm, president and CEO Northwood Group of Companies. “It is a community endeavour that invites older adults, seniors living in care, and adults living with a disability to actively partake, to be with, and to join in. “Whether gardening in a wheelchair accessible garden bed, walking the dementia-friendly pathways, or swinging on a swing designed for wheelchairs, this is a public space for everybody to enjoy together.” Northwood is receiving a $50,000 Recreation Facility Development Program grant from the province this year and also received $55,000 from the program last year to develop the space. “In a society where many have lost, and long for, the value and enjoyment of inter-generational connections, Northwood’s William E. Frank Live More Park is a public space that invites community and diversity,” said Peter Wilde, chair, Northwood board of governors. Government is investing a total of $1.8 million in Recreation Facility Development Program grants this year for 60 new and upgraded facilities across the province that promote healthy living. The grants help community groups, municipalities and other not-for-profit organizations develop facilities to increase public participation in sport and physical recreation. Projects include renovations to buildings, developing and maintaining walking trails, and modernizing and creating new fields for sport and recreation.last_img read more