Minster Konneh Liable for US$1.6m Damages

first_imgHaving dismissed and accused his Audit Director for Large Tax Payers, Eric Nagbe, of receiving a US$30,000 bribe to reduce three companies’ taxes, Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh was on Friday found guilty and ordered to pay US$1.65m in damages for libel.Giving the court ruling, Judge Johannes Zlahn, who served as both judge and jury at the trial, declared that “the oral and documentary evidences produced clearly established that Minister Konneh’s action inflicted serious damages and defamed Nagbe’s reputation.”Judge Zlahn further declared that “Minster Konneh maliciously carried out his action because he wanted to give his kinsman, one Mohammed Dukuly, the position previously occupied by Nagbe.”Initially, Nagbe’s lawyers were seeking the court intervention to hold Minister Konneh liable in the amount of US$7.5m.They were requesting for US$5m as general damages, US$500K punitive damage, US$1m consequential damages, and US$1m in compensatory damages he caused to their client’s character and reputation.In their counter argument, Konneh’s lawyers admitted dismissing and publicly accusing Nagbe of receiving a US$30,000 bribe from companies to compromise their taxes, arguing that their client’s action did not cause Nagbe to suffer any injury.Throughout the trial, Minister Konneh did not appear in court to take the witness stand and denied his involvement in the matter.He did not honor any of the communications inviting him to the court up to the time of the ruling.Immediately following Judge Zlahn’s ruling, one of Nagbe’s lawyers, Atty. Arthur Johnson, speaking with journalists, hailed the decision of the court, describing it as a “deterrent.”“I’m surprised that Judge Zlahn could muster such courage to come down with this ruling against a senior minister like Konneh,” Atty. Johnson said, adding, “This is a clear demonstration that we have brave and honest men and women in the justice system. We want to make this call that public officials should now understand that their staffs are not their personal property. They need to treat them with respect as human beings.”The case emerged in 2012, when lawyers representing Eric Nagbe filed an “action of damages” for libel stating among others things that Minister Konneh at a press conference publicly accused their client and two other members of his staff of receiving US$30,000 to reduce three companies’ taxes owed the government.They further alleged that Minister Konneh did not stop there; instead, he forwarded Nagbe to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) for prosecution.The LACC investigation cleared Nagbe of the allegation.Before turning Nagbe over to the LACC, the lawyers said, Minister Konneh sent him to then MOF Internal Affairs Division (IAD), a board set up by Konneh for such investigations and the board exonerated Nagbe from the allegation.Both the LACC and the IAD recommended that Minister Konneh reinstate Nagbe to his position, which Konneh failed to do up to the present.In addition, Minister Konneh allegedly instructed the United States Embassy in Monrovia to deny Nagbe a visa to travel to the U.S.However, prior to that request, argued the lawyer, Nagbe had already received his visa from the U. S. Embassy to spend his vacation in that country.The lawyer said the Embassy allegedly revoked the visa without informing Nagbe.“After our client arrived at the airport in the USA on Air France, he was denied entry and deported to Liberia on the grounds that he was undergoing criminal investigation.”Besides, he was allegedly arrested in France and detained for over four hours before being allowed to return to Liberia, Nagbe’s lawyer divulged.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Clips finally win in Philly

first_imgHe missed the Clippers shootaround with the flu and wanted postgame intravenous fluids. The 76ers could only wish Cassell had been sick enough to sit out the game. Cassell scored 22 points and Cuttino Mobley had 17 to lead the Clippers to a 90-89 victory over the Sixers on Friday night. It was the Clippers’ first victory in Philadelphia in 11 years. • Photo Gallery: 02/09: Clippers vs. 76ers PHILADELPHIA – Sam Cassell looked completely spent, towel wrapped around his shoulders, eating an energy bar and welcoming the lift even a victory couldn’t provide. “I’m not surprised by anything (Cassell) does,” Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said. Chris Kaman scored 15 points for the Clippers, who rallied from a 13-point deficit against the invigorated Sixers and improved to 2-3 on a seven-game, 12-day trip. The Clippers snapped a nine-game slide in Philadelphia and won here for the first time since March 10, 1996. “Wow, I knew it had been a while, but I didn’t realize it had been that long,” Elton Brand said. “We just needed the win.” Even with an illness, Cassell played all but 30 seconds in the fourth quarter and scored eight points. He capped a late rally with a jumper that put the Clippers ahead and made two free throws with 14 seconds left for a four-point lead. center_img “I wanted to do what I could to help us get the win,” Cassell said. Andre Iguodala again carried Philadelphia with 22 points, Kyle Korver had 15 and Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and 15 rebounds. But the Sixers fumbled away numerous opportunities down the stretch – missing easy layups, tossing airballs and getting badly boxed out. With a chance to put the Sixers ahead, Dalembert muffed a layup under the basket with about a minute left. Iguodala blocked a Brand shot from behind, but Shaun Livingston came up with the ball and hit the go-ahead basket for an 85-83 lead with 56 seconds left. Brand, who scored 12 points, made it 87-83 with 23.7 seconds to go. The Clippers kept their cushion from the free-throw line, with the Sixers forced to foul in the final minute. Kaman missed the second of two free throws, giving the Sixers one last chance. But a rushed 3-point attempt was no good and Dalembert put in a meaningless basket at the buzzer as the Sixers’ brief two-game winning streak ended. “Unfortunately for us, Sam missed that layup that could have put us up at the end of the wire,” coach Maurice Cheeks said. “But it was entertaining. You could say that.” The Sixers have been hanging on for some close victories lately, but not before they usually blow a late double-digit lead. This time, the Sixers couldn’t pull it out at the end. 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

Junior Davis shines in final start of the summer as Crabs top Bercovich 12-0

first_imgARCATA >> The sizeable rooting section for Junior Davis has been there since his first start back in early June.In his final start of the 2016 season, Davis certainly gave that rooting section, which has never diminished in size or pure vigor, plenty of reason to make noise.Davis put forth one of his best starts of the season in the Humboldt Crabs’ 12-0 win Wednesday night, giving up all of two hits in seven shutout innings to put a cherry on top of a fantastic summer for the Hoopa Valley …last_img

Warriors give extensions to two key players — just not the two you’re stressing about

first_imgThe Warriors might have plenty of question marks on how they will fill out their roster. The Warriors have faith, though, in key members that are overseeing the franchise.The Warriors reached multi-year deals with both Warriors general manager Bob Myers and president Rick Welts. The Warriors did not disclose the terms of the deal, but it reflects the Warriors’ support toward how Myers and Welts played pivotal roles in shaping their franchise.Myers completed his eighth season as the …last_img

SuperSport stun Manchester City

first_img15 July 2013It wasn’t a good weekend to be a Manchester football supporter. England champions United lost 1-0 to a Singha All Stars XI in Thailand, while runners-up City went down 2-0 to South African Premier Soccer League club SuperSport United at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria on Sunday.It was an inauspicious first game in charge of Manchester City for Manuel Pellegrini after his move from Spain’s Malaga.Although missing some star players, the Sky Blues trotted out plenty of big guns for the Nelson Mandela Football Invitational match, but Pellegrini chose to play two different sides in each half and it backfired as SuperSport United upset their more fancied opponents.ChancesThe visitors created some decent opportunities in the first half, but were left to rue not taking any of them when Mame Niang netted for Matsatsantsa in the 56th minute. Kermit Erasmus then ensured a win for SuperSport with a second goal in the 81st minute.Afterwards, Pellegrini told the Manchester City Football Club website: “First of all it’s my first match in charge, but for Manchester City and for me it’s an honour to participate here in South Africa.“The players were clear with what they had to do in this game. I spoke with them before the match and we had four or five days working together.‘I’m not worried’“We’re not prepared to play the way we want them to play, so this was a normal match for pre-season. I’m not worried and this is what we expected.”Pellegrini used the game to give new signing Fernandinho a run-out, but his star- studded side failed to impress.Edin Dzeko had City’s best chance of an entertaining first half, but Ronwen Williams raced out of his goal to pull off a brave double-save at the Bosnian star’s feet.The contest flowed back and forth as SuperSport showed no fear of their big-name opponents and took the game to them, opening up a number of chances down the right flank.Second halfIn the second half, City’s new line-up lacked some of the cohesion the first half team had exhibited and they paid for it when United, who like City had made a number of changes, took the lead through Mame Niang, who rose high to meet an Innocent Mdledle cross and head home and put SuperSport into the lead.Substitute Kermit Erasmus then sealed the victory nine minutes from time after a strong run and shot past Romanian goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon.United’s new coach, Cavin Johnson, who has taken over from Gavin Hunt, who was in charge for six years, tried to downplay the result, saying his players should not read too much into it.He did suggest, though, that similar commitment would put them in the hunt for PSL honours.AmazuluManchester City next face AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Thursday, 18 July, Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday. Kick-off is at 20:00.AmaZulu fans have been urged to buy tickets and also to sign a Madiba birthday card. The giant card, which tour promoters Matchworld want to get into the Guiness Book of Records, is on display in Durban.The aim is to have 10 000 signatures on it. The current world record for the most number of signatures on a birthday card is 5 339 for actor Robert Downey junior.last_img read more

How to Think About Your Critics

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now It’s easier to be a critic than it is to be a creator. The critic has only to find fault. They believe that the value that they create is in tearing others down. In truth, the critic is so afraid of having their own work criticized that they can’t bring themselves to produce anything of their own. So instead, they criticize.The critic hates what he sees in you. He hates that you have the audacity, the courage, the bravery to put yourself out there, to create, to ship. Because he can’t bring himself to create, he hates you for being able to do what he himself cannot.But the critic still wants what you have. He wants to be thought of as a creator. He wants the audience. He wants the accolades. He wants the attention. And he will do or say anything to anything to get attention, mistakenly believing that all attention is good attention.You don’t owe the critic a response or reply. You don’t owe critic a defense of your creation. You don’t owe him your energy. His real struggle is not with you. His struggle is really with himself. There isn’t a single argument that you can make in defense of your work that will help the critic win the battle he is fighting with himself. Defending your work only feeds the critic, it doesn’t help him.Pity the TrollTrolls leave a trail of negativity, criticism, and vitriol behind (especially here in the social web). They don’t understand that in their desperate attempt to be noticed, they’re gaining attention for something so negative that only their brother and sister trolls pay them any heed. Instead of winning friends and influencing people, they alienate the very audience whose attention it is they seek.Trolls don’t know that their is no real audience for trolls. They don’t recognize how others perceive them.The only response to trolls is to ignore them. Feeding trolls only gives them the false impression that what they’re doing by criticizing you is actually creating, that it adds value. It doesn’t.You create because you are a creator. If you create because you want to win over the trolls, you’re creating for the wrong reasons. You create for the people that appreciate your creation. You create for the people that find value in what you do. And unless you are a troll, trolls are not your audience.Push the publish button.QuestionsHave you ever let your fear of the critic stop you from creating or publishing your work?Was your critic who you really had in mind at the birth of your creation?How should you feel about the fact that your work doesn’t resonate with people for whom it was never intended?The most important “block” button is not the one you can click on the web. It’s the one in your mind. Who do you have to be to press the real “block” button?last_img read more

What Fridays OPEC Meeting Could Mean For Texas

first_imgBlake Thornberry via FlickrA pump jack in the Permian Basin in 2013The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is set to considering allowing its members to increase their oil production at a meeting Friday in Vienna, Austria, a decision that could have implications for Houston-based oil companies and prices at the gas pump. Listen The oil cartel’s member nations have purposefully cut production since late 2016, in an effort to help stabilize global oil prices. Now, with that job largely accomplished, Saudi Arabia and Russia are reportedly pressuring OPEC members to open up the floodgates again.The cartel has also faced pressure from President Donald Trump, who railed against “too high” oil prices on Twitter this month, seemingly blaming the OPEC cuts.Wood Mackenzie oil analyst Ann-Louise Hittle said the outcome of the meeting is still “highly uncertain,” but there are three distinct possibilities:OPEC could maintain its current oil cuts agreement, which would still lead to weaker oil prices closer to 2019, as U.S. production continues growing.The organization, along with Russia, could agree to “moderate” combined oil increases of less than 1 million barrels/day in 2019, which would keep Brent crude prices hovering around $71/barrel through 2018.The meeting could lead to a “dramatic” increase of about 1.5 million barrels/day, which would “significantly” weaken global oil prices and lead to lower gas prices in the U.S. (This would be good news for President Trump, Hittle notes.)The firm said a moderate OPEC move is likely. Economist Karr Ingham, with the trade group Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, said that outcome wouldn’t slow down drillers here. “Pricing is going to be favorable for continued development in Texas and in the United States,” he said. “What it simply may do is slow the rate of that development just a touch, but it’s going to continue to be production growth.”Still, Ingham said Texas drillers are dealing with other headaches that could complicate the OPEC effect, namely the prospect of increased costs from President Trump’s steel tariffs. Share 00:00 /00:45center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

Memory marks and markers

first_img‘Marks are made by markers, but the marks also define the markers. This show is all about memory and history. Memories are like marks which have been created by a particular time and at the same time, eroded by time too. So “time” is the marker here, a personal/private time and Time as an eternal flow. Marks are then the signs of/for my intrinsic unconscious self and these could be read also as conscious choices from my socio-private experiences, mediated by time,’ says artist Samindranath Majumdar, talking about his work. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Paintings of this Kolkata-based artist will be on exhibition at the Gallerie Ganesha in a show called Marks And Markers. Samindranath Majumdar’s paintings look back to his own experiences, using abstraction and multiple layers of paint to redefine space and memory.His works tread the fine line between completely abstract and representative forms, calling into question the role that narrative threads play in experiencing art. For Majumdar, memory unfolds in a series of unstable visuals. Born in a Kolkata suburb, he grew up among greenery which was slowly being replaced by the growing space of a crowded metropolis. Observing the imposing and, sometime, crumbling buildings on a daily basis left its mark on his memory, to surface many years later in his canvases.last_img read more

LEVELs first MontrealParis flight takes off

first_img PARIS — Low-cost carrier LEVEL’s first flight from Paris Orly to Montreal has taken wing.The inaugural flight on British Airways parent company International Airlines Group’s (IAG) long-haul low cost airline brand arrived into Montreal at 9:30 p.m. on July 2 with 300 passengers on board a new A330. Flights to Montreal operate three times a week. LEVEL has also inaugurated its four flights per week service to Guadeloupe.This year LEVEL will have two new A330-200s based at Orly, each with 293 economy and 21 premium economy seats. A third A330-200 aircraft will be added next summer providing the opportunity to expand LEVEL’s network further. At Paris Orly airport, Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive said: “We’re delighted to start flying from our second European city. LEVEL is performing exceptionally well and ahead of our expectations in all markets.”Walsh added: “We will continue to invest in LEVEL and are committed to accelerate its growth. Last week we launched its new short-haul operation in Austria which will fly from Vienna to 14 European destinations from July 17. LEVEL is breaking the mould by providing consumers with more choice and amazing fares.”A third A330-200 will start operations in September out of Barcelona, and another one will be added next summer, totaling four aircraft in 2019. LEVEL currently operates from El Prat’s airport to Buenos Aires, San Francisco and Boston with a summer service to Los Angeles.LEVEL’s Paris flights are operated by IAG’s French airline OpenSkies which has transitioned into LEVEL. Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Wednesday, July 4, 2018 center_img Share LEVEL’s first Montreal-Paris flight takes off Tags: LEVEL, OpenSkies, Parislast_img read more

Noble testifies on bill to revoke medical licenses for misconduct

first_img Categories: Noble News,Noble Photos Legislation part of House response to Nassar scandalPHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jeff Noble today spoke before the House Law and Justice Committee, supporting his plan to revoke a medical professional’s license if they are convicted of sexually abusing a patient under the guise of a medical procedure. 17Apr Noble testifies on bill to revoke medical licenses for misconductlast_img