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

Forget Barkley! Poch wants playmaker, who left Spurs in 2014, back in £25m deal

first_imgMauricio Pochettino is considering a move to lure Gylfi Sigurdsson back to Tottenham Hotspur at the end of the season.The Daily Mail report that Pochettino views the Swansea City playmaker as a superior and cheaper alternative to Everton’s Ross Barkley.Sigurdsson left White Hart Lane in July 2014 and Tottenham’s boss voiced his disapproval at his exit in December last year, stating ‘he was a perfect player for us’.It’s understood that Daniel Levy is prepared to make a move for the Iceland international, even if it results in criticism for his selling of the player almost three years ago.Barkley has been linked with a move to Spurs in the summer, but the Toffees’ £50m price tag is proving problematic.Sigurdsson, who has scored nine and assisted 13 in the league this season, could cost around half of the fee wanted for Barkley. 1 Sigurdsson has been outstanding for the Swans this season last_img read more

Which Straw Broke the Camel’s Back?

first_imgWhich straw was it that broke the camel’s back?Was it your connecting with your client on the social sites where they live? Was it your engagement around big ideas that eliminated your dream client’s opposition to meeting with you? Was it the tweet that sent them to your site? Your LinkedIn update?Was it your indefatigable effort to create value before claiming any by sending your dream client personal notes, white papers with highlighted ideas they could use (whether they ever bought from you), or the value creating ideas you shared that made you someone worth meeting?Was it the thank you cards you sent after every conversation you had with your dream clients (the conversations in which they rejected your request for time) that eliminated their resistance to finally meet with you?Was it the phone calls you made asking for a meeting? Was it the introduction from the shared contact who vouched for you?Was it your persistence over time? Or was it the fact that you happened to be calling when the status quo fell apart at the seams?You don’t which straw it was . . . or which straw it will be next time. Act accordingly. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

10 months agoSupporters’ Trust pushes Man Utd to add ‘football expertise’ to management

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Supporters’ Trust pushes Man Utd to add ‘football expertise’ to managementby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe Manchester United Supporters’ Trust say it’s time for greater football know-how to be added to the club’s management.In a statement released on Wednesday, MUST say the club needs to “put football expertise in charge of football decisions”.”United need a lift and our ultimate super-sub, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is just the man for the job,” MUST said.”He’s been a long-term backer of fans and a patron of MUST, so we know he understands our support and what we are looking for from a manager. “Whilst Ole is at the helm, the club needs to make the big structural changes to equip us to compete in modern football. “The club must put football expertise in charge of football decisions, especially in respect of selection of the next manager and player transfers. “Manchester United fans have shown phenomenal support to the team through the recent difficult period. “We know all fans will continue to back the team and we expect to see the players giving their all for the club and the supporters. We know Ole will.” last_img read more

Vrabel excited for opportunities as Ohio State coach

Ohio State has announced a big-name hire to fill the open coaching position at Ohio State. Former Super Bowl champion Mike Vrabel is set to rejoin the Buckeyes. After former head coach Jim Tressel’s departure and Luke Fickell was chosen to take over the top role, a replacement was needed for Fickell’s previous position as linebacker coach. Fickell said while it took a while to finalize the decision, Vrabel was always his first choice for the job opening. “(Offering Vrabel the job) was always in my mind,” Fickell said. “And then to actually have him come in two to three days later and kind of just look at me and say ‘Give me a reason to retire,’ was something that meant a lot to me.” Vrabel, a former defensive end at OSU from 1993–96, was the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year during both the 1995 and 1996 seasons. During his college playing days, Vrabel was also a defensive line mate with new OSU head coach Luke Fickell —Vrabel was a defensive end while Fickell played nose guard. Vrabel and Fickell were roommates together in college and will now come together after Vrabel’s 14-year NFL career. “I had the opportunity to play for a lot of great teams and a lot of great organizations,” Vrabel said. “Hopefully I can take what I learned from those teams and those organizations and apply to it what we’re trying to do here.” Vrabel’s acceptance of the linebacker coaching job was also the official retirement of his highly-decorated professional football career. “The biggest reason for retirement is none other than there comes a time where you can’t do what you used to do,” Vrabel said. “I’ve come to a point where I can’t train to prepare for an NFL football season … This is where I want to be.” Vrabel was drafted in the third round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers and spent his first four years as a professional there. Vrabel was later traded to the New England Patriots where he became a force on both sides of the ball. In short-yardage situations, Patriots coach Bill Belichick used Vrabel as a tight end. In his eight years with the Patriots, Vrabel, who typically played linebacker, had 10 receptions, all for touchdowns. During his time at New England, Vrabel won three Super Bowls and also appeared in the 2007 Pro Bowl. Vrabel was then traded to the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009, where he is still under contract. Media outlets have reported that multiple sources close to Vrabel expect the former Buckeye to retire from the NFL and accept the coaching position at OSU. Vrabel would be coming to OSU after a recent run-in with law enforcement. On April 5, Vrabel was arrested for theft at an Indiana casino and was released later that day after posting bond. Vrabel called the arrest an “unfortunate misunderstanding.” More recently, Vrabel has been a vocal member of the NFL Players Association and is one of 10 players involved in the antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. Vrabel said that while it is a blessing to be working for his best friend, he would want to coach at Ohio State no matter who was in the head-coaching role. “I work for Luke, I work for Jim Heacock. If it were another coach, I’d still wanna be at Ohio State,” Vrabel said. Jerry Emig, assistant athletics communication director, said the contract details for Vrabel’s hire were still being worked out. Fickell described Vrabel as someone he would want leading his players. “He is a very aggressive, confident person, he communicates very well, he is a very upfront honest person,” Fickell said. “Since the day I met him, he always told me, ‘I’m going to be a coach.’” Vrabel said that what he has done in the past, including winning three Super Bowls, is great, but he is looking forward to his career as a coach at OSU. “I’m proud of my career, but I’m more excited now for this opportunity,” Vrabel said. read more

Ohio State field hockey set to hit the road for opening Big

Senior forward Peanut Johnson (3) surveys the field during a game against St. Louis on Aug. 28. OSU won, 5-0.Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz / Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State field hockey team is set to hit the road this week for East Lansing, Michigan, to face off against Michigan State.The Buckeyes and Spartans are scheduled to step on the field on Friday at 3 p.m. in the Big Ten opener.After last Friday’s 3-2 home win against Ball State, OSU (3-2) is now on a two-game winning streak with an offense that has come on strong recently. However, OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she is cautious about getting too confident heading into conference play.“Once you get the Big Ten, it’s a whole new ballgame, and they know that,” Wilkinson said.Following in the footsteps of last week’s recipient, sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro, senior forward Peanut Johnson was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Tuesday for her strong performance last week against Ball State. Johnson earned her team five points by scoring twice and adding two assists, which brought the Dayton, Ohio, native’s season total to 10 points.Johnson said she looks to the individual accolade as a welcome recognition, but she still sees the team as a support system and large factor in her triumph.“It’s such an honor,” Johnson said. “But it’s definitely a team effort in the end, and I’m just really grateful.”Johnson and her co-captain, senior back Emma Royce, said they see Friday’s first conference game as a chance for the Buckeyes to truly shine following their winning streak.Royce said that when going up against the Spartans, the team has to be in the right mindset above anything else.“The skills are all there, it’s a lot about mentality at this point,” Royce said. “We just know that Michigan State is a very passionate and aggressive team so we’re looking to win our individual matchups and 50-50 balls.”Wilkinson said she looks for Friday’s game to be an opportunity for the Buckeyes to work on locking down the ball.“Possession is really going to be key,” Wilkinson said. “Michigan has a style where they really like to break up your plays…because we’re a fast team, they like to break that up so we need to work on playing small but opening up also.”Michigan State will go into the game tied for sixth place in the Big Ten alongside Maryland after their loss to Columbia last Sunday, bringing them to 3-3 overall on the season.Last meetingLast season’s matchup between the Buckeyes and Spartans ended in overtime at 4-3, with Michigan State taking the victory on a goal by forward Abby Barker.Players to watchWhile Tamburro and Johnson hold the consecutive titles of Big Ten Player of the Week, sophomore forward Maddy Humphrey holds team leads for Buckeyes with 12 points (five goals, two assists). read more

Mens Volleyball No 7 Ohio State faces harsh road schedule with No

Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore middle blocker Jamie Wolmering (12) and then-junior setter Sanil Thomas go up for the ball in the matchup between the Buckeyes and Loyola. Credit: Ris Twigg | Former Assistant Photo EditorAfter a 2-0 start to the season, the No. 7 Ohio State men’s volleyball team will attempt to earn its first ranked victories out west against No. 5 BYU and No. 11 Stanford.Ohio State began its season with nonconference home wins against Charleston and Penn State.While BYU will begin its season with the match against the Buckeyes on Thursday, that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of emotion between these two teams coming into this match.Though the Cougars topped the Buckeyes in a five-set match this past season in Columbus, the previous two NCAA tournament matchups between these teams ended in back-to-back titles for the Buckeyes in the 2016 and 2017 national championship matches.BYU sophomore opposite hitter Gabi Garcia Fernandez will look to build on an impressive freshman campaign, in which he was ranked No. 2 and No. 3 in points per set and aces per set, respectively, in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). In order to continue its perfect start to the season, Ohio State will need to rely on redshirt sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes, who currently leads the country with 5.29 kills per set and 6.14 points per set.Following the Thursday match between top 10 teams, Ohio State will face Stanford (2-0) on Saturday. The Cardinal began their season with wins against Menlo and UC Santa Cruz, and they’ll be facing off against Ball State on Thursday before taking on the Buckeyes.Ohio State has won the past three meetings against Stanford. The Cardinal are coming off a season riddled with injury in which they won just six matches.Stanford brings back sophomore opposite hitter Jaylen Jasper, who carries MPSF Offensive Player of the Week honors into the match against the Buckeyes. Jasper has a .654 hitting percentage and is averaging 4.33 kills per set through the first two matches of the season. But the Cardinal aren’t the only ones with returning top talent.Senior setter Sanil Thomas led the country with 11.28 assists per set last year, and he’ll need to play every bit like last season if the Buckeyes want to reach next week unscathed.Ohio State takes on BYU at 9 p.m. on Thursday and Stanford at 10 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Modric reflects on Zizou and Ronaldos exit

first_imgReal Madrid’s midfielder Luka Modric admits he was in the dark about the exit of Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo last summer.Zidane ended his reign with the club after guiding them to three consecutive Champions League titles, while Ronaldo ended his nine-year association with a move to Serie A champions Juventus in July.“I wasn’t expecting either of the two to go; I didn’t think Zidane would leave and the same with Ronaldo,” said Modric in an interview according to Xinhuanet.“In fact when the rumors about Cristiano appeared, we (Real Madrid players) had bets among ourselves and we were certain he would stay, but everyone makes their own decisions,” he added.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The 33-year-old, remains the bookmakers favourite to win the prestigious ‘Ballon d’Or’ award in what will be a complete sweep of accolades.He equally singled out former Croatian international Zvonimir Boban for praise; “he was my hero in the Croatian team,” he said, before naming Zidane as his second choice.“I was lucky to have him as a coach and we have lived some incredible moments with him at Real Madrid, sometimes he’s played alongside us and it was incredible to see how elegant he was and how he moved over the pitch,” said Modric.The Croatian described himself as “as a shy person and that he didn’t “appreciate being over-exposed in the media. “I prefer simplicity,” he said.last_img read more

Giggs Wales can win their Nations League group

first_imgWales boss Ryan Giggs challenged his side to win their group after securing a 1-0 win over the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday nightThe Dragons prevailed at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin without star men Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey due to Harry Wilson’s superb free-kick.The result leaves Wales top of Group B4 with six points from three games.Next up will be second-place side Denmark at Cardiff on November 16 and another three points will secure the top spot for Wales.“We set out in this Nations League to win the group and then see where it took us, and that’s good that we can do it with one game to go,” said Giggs in a post-match conference in the FA Wales Youtube.Daniel James, WalesGiggs is full of praise for Daniel James Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Wales national team manager Ryan Giggs, footballer Daniel James is unstoppable after he helped his team secure a victory against Belarus.“Now the next thing is to look to win it. It won’t be easy – we have got Denmark at home – but Cardiff City Stadium will be bouncing, we’re guaranteed for that, and I’m really looking forward to the challenge now.”🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 We’ve guaranteed a top two finish in League B Group 4. #TogetherStronger #NationsLeague— Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 (@Cymru) October 16, 2018last_img read more

Sarri HudsonOdoi isnt distracted by Bayern link

first_imgChelsea head coach Maurizio Sarri singled out Callum Hudson-Odoi’s maturity for praise following the teenager’s performance against Tottenham in the EFL Cup.Hudson-Odoi, 18, started in his side’s 1-0 loss to Spurs in the first leg at Wembley on Tuesday despite interest from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.However, Sarri was happy with the way the player has gone about his business and further claimed Hudson-Odoi had shown no signs of being distracted by the transfer speculation.“Odoi in the last week has been very normal. I have seen him every day in training, he has been really very normal,” he told a news conference via FourFourTwo.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“He is improving, in the last match he played very well and also today I think a very good match.“He played like a player of 25 or 26 years, I think – very good match of application, very good in the defensive phase, very, very good.“He was completely normal in this period. I don’t know, maybe he doesn’t read anything.”last_img read more