George Haddad speaking with court officers after the case was postponed again on Friday, Dec. 1. The abrupt suspension of the US$10.7 million vehicle debt case by Prestige and Alliance Motors against the Government of Liberia on Friday left several employees of the company in tears when one of the three judges of the Commercial Court was nowhere to be found.Immediately after Judge Richard S. Klah made the announcement about the reassignment of the case, most of the employees who had accompanied their chief executive officer (CEO), George Haddad, a Lebanese businessman, broke down in tears. One said, “Justice has been delayed again.”Another employee said, “This time Papa (George Haddad) is going to dismiss some of us, because the amount of money involved makes it difficult for the company to maintain all of us.”Yet another said, “What is this? Why are our own people doing this to us? Are they interested in us dying or jobless and not able to cater to the welfare of our families?“This court was established to expediently hear commercial related issues like our case, but our case has been before them for almost three years and we don’t know when it will come to an end.”Meanwhile, when Judge Klah reassigned the case, he did not say when the other judges, especially Chief Judge Eva Mappy Morgan, will be ready to hear the matter.Although Chief Judge Morgan scheduled the matter last Friday, Morgan did not show up, which made it very difficult for her two other colleagues to handle the case.The dramatic event started when both government lawyers and those of plaintiff, including employees of the company, were all seated waiting for the court to start the case.After sitting for about an hour, one of the judges, Richard S. Klah, walked out of his office and entered the courtroom and was heard saying, “We will not be able to hear the case today, therefore, the matter is reassigned.”Judge Klah did not take his seat as he normally would have done whenever a matter is reassigned; instead, he stood up for about a minute and made the reassignment statement on the case.The case has been before the panel of judges to hear and decide on its merits and demerits since 2015.The 2010 Act that created the court provides that in the absence of one of the three judges, the other two cannot hear ‘civil commercial action’ cases ranging from claims of US$100,000 and above, which affects the current case.Judge Morgan had earlier, on November 21, reassigned the matter to December 1, which was last Friday. She had denied pleas from state lawyers for the case to be suspended on grounds that they were not ready to proceed.The case was first filed at the Commercial Court in 2014 and was subsequently heard in 2015 by the Commercial Court where state lawyers filed a motion and questioned whether the Commercial Court had the legal authority over the matter, which occurred between 2003 and 2008. The court was established in 2010.Judge Morgan denied state lawyers’ motion on grounds that the court was established for all cases arising from commercial transactions.Alliance & Prestige Motors’ lawyers had earlier contended against state lawyers’ claim and said though the Commercial Court was established in 2010 by an Act of the National Legislature as a specialized court to adjudicate cases arising from commercial transactions; nevertheless, the court can hear the case.The company said the US$10.7 million debt emanated from vehicles and spare parts it supplied to the Liberian government from 2003 to 2008, for which they are yet to receive payment from the government.The Commercial Court was established in September 2010 to promote a favorable investment climate and instill confidence in the business community.The long delays to hear cases involving business entities have frustrated debt recovery efforts, especially from government agencies, contributing to the unwillingness of these entities to extend credit opportunities.Hence, the need arose for the Liberian government to establish a special court to expedite some of this workload, especially commercial issues that did not require a jury trial. The court has a three-judge panel that sits individually or together depending on the claim and the amount involved.Jurisdiction The jurisdiction of the Commercial Court is extensive. The court can hear cases in civil commercial actions ranging from commercial claims of US$15,000 and above. Others are: Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Admiralty: creation, registration, foreclosure of maritime mortgages; sales and lease except realty; creation, negotiation, enforcement of negotiable instruments –rights and liabilities included; foreclosure of a mortgage.Agreements: Agency, partnership, corporation or similar business relationship –creation, performance; assignment and/or modification; appeal/decide an application for enforcement of final decisions of arbitral panel and other claims of commercial nature.
Minister Augustus Flomo addresses participants at the 9th Summit of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific Heads of State and Government and Ministerial Discussion.…Says Deputy Economic Finance MinisterAugustus J. Flomo, Deputy Minister for Economic Management at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) believes that the agriculture value chain will enhance job creation, economic expansion, as well as ensuring the domestic revenue capacity of each country.Mr. Flomo spoke at the 9th Summit of the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) Heads of State and Government and Ministerial Discussion which is underway in Nairobi, Kenya.The Summit comes at an auspicious time for the ACP Group as it prepares to finalize the Post-Cotonou negotiations as well as the revision to its Constitutive Act, the Georgetown Agreement.Flomo told the gathering that discussions held over the last few days are important in moving the future of ACP and enhancing the ability of member countries to strengthening and developing development programs of the organization activities.He explained that SMEs are strong pillars of sustainable economic development in ACP countries and the declaration should highlight and support the development and sustainability of SMEs in their respective economies as they serve as the bedrock for economic growth.“We are aware that SMEs are strong pillars of sustainable economic development in our respective countries and so the declaration should highlight and support the development and sustainability of SMEs in our respective economies as they serve as the bedrock for our economic growth,” Hon. Flomo asserted.He said the ACP agriculture value chain program as highlighted in the declaration will focus on sustainable agriculture to promote especially countries that have survived on agriculture for the purpose of food security.He noted that private sector development and promoting economic development and growth are critical to the sustaining of countries.“We would like to encourage that ACP agriculture value chain program, as we highlighted in the declaration, will focus on sustainable agriculture to promote, especially countries that have survived on agriculture just for the purpose of food security. We also believe that private sector development and promoting economic development and growth is critical to the sustaining of our respective countries,” he added.He expressed the need for the enhance program design and development of the ACP execution which supports strengthening the future as ACP countries and, at the same time, strengthening the union.He commended the drafters of the declaration, stating that Liberia fully supports the draft declaration with considered inputs.During the summit, discussions focused on areas including: Value chain development of agriculture; Private sector development and economic growth; the future of our ACP, including the development finance Corporation; and the opportunity that we have now to witness the change of leadership very soon beginning with the selection of our new secretary general which we will also like to congratulate.However, the Deputy Finance Minister for Economic Management thanked the organizers of the summit for its successful conduct and expressed sympathy on behalf of the Government of Liberia to the people Kenya, for the loss of lives during the challenging time of climate change encountered in that country during the summit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A former aspiring lawyer who has been found guilty of manslaughter committed in April 2016 was on Wednesday jailed for 23 years.Twenty-year-old Davenand Dhandhari of Lot 27 Betsy Ground, East Canje Berbice was found guilty by a mixed jury in the Berbice Assizes two weeks ago, but returned to court on Wednesday for sentencing. It has been legally established that Dhandhari unlawfully killed Omesh Seelall, called “Rovin” and “Short Neck”, also of Betsy Ground, in a wedding house brawl during April 2016. The 21-year-old Seelall was hit to the head with a piece of wood Dhandhari had removed from an animal cart.The youths had been among other persons when an argument ensued between them. The accused reportedly grabbed the wood and hit Seelall on the head, rendering him unconscious.Dhandhari told the court that Seelall was attacking him with a knife and he got hold of the wood to defend himself, and he lashed the now dead man to his head with it. Seelall, a labourer, sustained injuries to his head, resulting in his death six days after he was hit.Dhandhari was found guilty of manslaughter, and Justice Joann Barlow had ordered a probation report on him.Probation and Welfare Officer Maisie Sheppard, in presenting that report, told the court that an interview with Dhandhri’s father revealed that he is very remorseful and has regretted the loss of the life of someone with whom he had grown up.Sheppard also told the court that an interview with the deputy headteacher of one of the schools Dhandhari had attended revealed that during his tenure at the school, he was periodically disrespectful to most teachers, but yet adhered to all the school rules and instructions given to him by teachers.She also reported that during his incarceration he was involved in a fight in the New Amsterdam Prison.Sheppard said he experienced conflicts at school with both his teachers and peers because he was unable to control his anger during conflicts; and this had eventually led to his action and the subsequent offence of manslaughter.Defense Attorney Mursaline Bacchus explained that at the time of the offence his client was a student. In mitigating for leniency, Bacchus said no dangerous weapon had been used.Noting that Dhandhari wanted to attend University and become a lawyer, Bacchus asked the court to give him an opportunity to realise his dreams.However, Justice Joann Barlow pointed out that the wood which was used is just as lethal as a gun or cutlass if sufficient force is used.She said he seems to have difficulty maintaining his cool, and ordered that while in prison he be exposed to anger management sessions, as she handed down a 23-year sentence.
– Advertisement – Northern Health has confirmed that honey bees have built a hive inside of a wall at the Peace Villa home for seniors. While it may sound unsettling, the bees are not posing a risk to residents of the home, and a resolution is in the process of being put together.Northern Health spokesperson Jonathon Dyck said, “We are aware of some bees in the Peace Villa facility at Fort St. John. We are taking appropriate precautions to ensure resident and patient safety. This is a low-risk situation at this time. We’re aware that the interactions with bees could lead to a sting. But we understand it is a very low-risk situation. We are working on solutions and we’ll have those in place in the near future.”
UPDATED: A SENIOR Donegal lawyer today warned investors in a scam Ponzi scheme to take legal advice – or face losing their money.The lawyer spoke out as we revealed the that anti-fraud officers in the North have frozen assets and accounts worth an astonishing £6.8M (€8.1M)Donegaldaily.com can reveal that the UK’s Financial Services Authority has also been granted a restraining order preventing the crook behind the scam from continuing to operate his Ponzi scheme. And we can now put a figure on how much the convicted fraudster managed to rake in from investors north and south of the Border….an incredible €17,500,000!Yesterday we were shown documents relating the to the investigation and how the FSA in the North and the PSNI fraud squad are working to unravel the scheme.A restraining order has been granted by a High Court judge allowing the FSA to seize the assets and prevent the crook from accessing cash or continuing to run any sort of investment scheme.Cops and financial regulators here in the Republic and in Germany are on the trail of €12M in cash and assets. We now understand that the crook attempted to siphon off the cash in €4.5M chunks, but the move was reported to the authorities by a concerned bank official.A spokesman for the FSA in the North would only say: “I can confirm that we have frozen some assets and secured a restraining order.”Any monies seized would only be returned to investors once all the agencies in Ireland, the UK, Germany and Estonia were complete.That, said the FSA source, could take months and perhaps a year.Asked what advice he would give to Donegal investors, he said: “I would say they should seek legal advice as soon as possible and report any losses to the authorities.” He also suggested that anyone who didn’t declare an interest, but had taken money out of the scheme or made a profit before the scam was uncovered could be prosecuted for earning cash from the proceeds of crime.“That would certainly be the view in our jurisdiction,” said the source.Gardai will not comment while their investigations are ongoing, except to repeat that premises in the county have been searched and items seized.However today a well-known solicitor familiar with the scam in Donegal told us: “Anyone who is waitng for another email promising the return of monies is potentially throwing this money away. “My strong view would be that any monies that do exist are now in the hands of state agencies north and south and that is where investors should be concentrating their efforts for recompense.”SCAM UPDATE: ‘TAKE LEGAL ADVICE’ PLEA AS INVESTIGATORS SEIZE CASH was last modified: January 20th, 2011 by gregShare 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)
Cruit Island have their course in pristine condition ahead of the latest phase of qualifying in the prestigious Pierce Purcell competition.Organisers have left no stone unturned in their preparations for the event which will see THIRTEEN clubs compete to finish in top FOUR spots. Those clubs that secure a top FOUR place will go on and compete at the Ulster Match-Play stage of the competition.Cruit Island has undoubtedly one of the most scenic backdrops to its course in the whole country and is regarded by many as one the best in the North-West.There’s no better venue for what promises to be a top-class and eagerly contested event.Cruit Island captain Gerard Dickey told Donegal Daily, “Credit must first go to both our green-keepers Donal and Brian for the superb work they’ve put in. “They’ve worked tirelessly to ensure the course is in the best possible condition it can be and that can only be a benefit to all those participating in the event.“We’ve put in place a great menu for participants and it should be a great day out for all involved.“We’re delighted as a club to have the opportunity to host the event and we hope the weather stays good over the weekend.“We wish all teams all the very best and hope they all enjoy the competition.PIERCE PURCELL COMPETITION ‘SWINGS’ INTO ACTION AT CRUIT ISLAND THIS WEEKEND was last modified: May 8th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:competitionCruit IslandgolfnewsPierce PurcellQualiferSport
Toni Kroos – Germany’s goal hero in their win over against Sweden – reacts to defeat 3 Joachim Löw’s side finished bottom of Group F after Wednesday’s 2-0 defeat to South Korea made it one win and two losses from three games in Russia.It’s the first time Löw has failed to guide Germany to at least the semi-finals of a major tournament in his 12 years in charge.And while stunned by their dismal form, Scottish football legend McCoist says no one should be surprised about their exit after three poor performances.Speaking on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the talkSPORT co-host said: “When you look at their performances – in the defeat to Mexico their defending was unbelievable. When they pressed for an equaliser I thought Mexico were going to score another one on the counter to beat them 2-0.“Against Sweden they got away with one, the absolutely got away with one. The brilliance of Toni Kroos with the free kick at the end got them out of jail a little bit.“So when you look at the performance and result against South Korea – should we be that surprised?“Judging on the two previous performances, not really! Germany star Thomas Muller was in tears after a defeat to already-out South Korea meant they were going home as well Tottenham star Heung-Min Son celebrates his late goal against Germany 3 “The manner of the defeat and the chaos that ensued within the German ranks – aye, that’s what shocked and surprised me.“To see the goalkeeper playing wide left and losing the ball for the second goal was as comical as it was tragic!” Ally McCoist has been ‘shocked and surprised’ by Germany’s calamitous World Cup campaign, which has seen the reigning world champions eliminated at the group stages for the first time in 80 years. 3 “As comical as it was tragic” 🎭Ally McCoist reflects on #GER’s disastrous #WorldCup campaign ⬇📻 https://t.co/AYsRgJWZEr | #TSWorldCup pic.twitter.com/bhg8XCbCxb— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) June 28, 2018talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.
CUMBERLAND, Maine – Kathy Higgins has holiday candles in her living room. They’re on windowsills. They’re next to beds and in both bathrooms. They’re on the dining room table, the buffet table and the coffee table. This is the season for candles with one-third of annual sales coming during a two-month period capped by the Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s holidays. But the $2 billion candle industry, which enjoyed its heyday in the 1990s, has shown signs of maturing in recent years. Annual sales growth, once 10 percent to 15 percent, has slowed to 2 percent to 3 percent, according to the National Candle Association. With so many candles – hundreds either displayed or in storage – Higgins demonstrates how the market for premium candles has evolved in recent years. She is scaling back her candle purchases because she has more than she could ever burn. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake “If you count them, they add up. They’re everywhere. I don’t think the house is big enough for all of them,” said Higgins, who’s displaying more than 50 pillars, votives, tapers and tea lights, as well as novelty candles shaped like Christmas trees, reindeer, angels and snowmen. Dozens more are stored in boxes in the basement. Ditto for Deborah Geheb, who has more than a dozen candles. “I’m pretty maxed out right now,” she said. “I only buy a candle if have a use for it and a place for it.” A.C. Nielsen figures show candle and candle accessory sales in mass merchandisers, supermarkets and drug stores dropped 2.7 percent in the 12 months leading up to Nov. 5. Those figures don’t take into account specialty stores. But that doesn’t mean people aren’t buying candles. At this time of the year, candles will be on dinner tables. They’ll be in Jewish menorahs, Christian candlelight services and Kwanzaa’s kinaras. They’ll be used as decorations, to set a mood, and to add fragrance. They’ll be given as gifts. Maine’s Village Candle has made adjustments and is still growing. So has Yankee Candle Co., the nation’s leading maker of premium scented candles. Despite the maturing market, most large candle makers are still going strong, the NCA says. “As with any trend, there is an initial spike in sales while consumers try the new items. Sales are now flattening out and normalizing due to the market maturing,” said Tammie Deauseault, vice president of product development at Village Candle. At Village Candle’s factory in Topsham, Maine, the smell of candles is unmistakable – even before you walk in the door. Inside, workers on a recent day were busy turning out orders for candles with scents such as Christmas tree, mulled cider and spiced pumpkin. Village Candle’s sales began softening with the economy in 2000. Things worsened a year later with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. As the market growth slowed, the company shifted directions in 2003, focusing less on specialty stores and more on grocery and drug stores. The company also launched a new line of candles that costs less than its premium line. The strategy seems to have worked. Village Candle’s supermarket and drug store sales grew 54 percent in the past year, to more than $17 million, according to Information Resources Inc., a company that tracks bar-code data in grocery and drug stores except Wal-Mart Stores. Massachusetts-based Yankee Candle, for its part, is cutting costs by shuttering as many as 20 stores, reducing its work force and raising prices in response to rising energy costs and the growing cost of paraffin wax, a petroleum product. In the late 1980s, Yankee Candle blazed the trail with dozens of different scented candles to choose from. Others, including Village Candle, tapped into the trend. In Topsham, Maine, Paul Aldrich’s hobby of making candles in his kitchen was transformed into a company with a 90,000-square-foot factory and more than 100 employees. Retailers such as Bath and Body Works boosted their candle offerings. California-based Illuminations founded a line of boutique candle stores in 1996, and Limited Brands launched White Barn Candle Co. three years later. Blyth, maker of Colonial and Carolina candles, created a sensation with PartyLight events, the candle equivalent of Tupperware parties. “It was just this incredible boom in the 1990s. Suddenly people seemed to be interested in candles. It was also the same time that people became interested in scented candles. The two trends merged together,” said Barbara Miller of the National Candle Association, whose members account for 90 percent of candles made in the United States. These days, candles range from 50 cents for a votive to $75 for a large pillar candle. Artisan, hand-carved candles can cost more than $200. Candle makers are still bringing new scents to the market, and each year they scramble to come up with new twist on the traditional holiday scents: Christmas cookies, pumpkin pies, candy canes and evergreen trees. Despite the maturing market, there’s still plenty of room for growth, said Rick Ruffolo, spokesman for Yankee Candle in South Deerfield, Mass. Already, candle makers are expanding into new markets, joining the market for plug-in scents and other home fragrances. Village and Yankee even have lines of fresheners for cars and trucks, and Village has patio candles that repel insects. Higgins’ candle acquisitions have been aided by her mother-in-law, who works at Bath and Body Works. Her extra candles are stored in three boxes in the basement. Most of her candles are decorative, and will never be lit. They include candles for all holidays, including heart-shape candles for Valentine’s Day. Though she is scaling back her purchases, she did buy three candles for Christmas gifts. Unlike flowers or chocolates, or even a book, a candle continues to spread light and scent for weeks to come. This represents a growing segment, said Yankee Candle’s Ruffolo. “You give the gift of a candle, it lasts for a long time,” he said. Here are some safety tips from the National Candle Association: Always keep a burning candle within sight and never leave it unattended. Always extinguish all candles before leaving a room or going to sleep. Never burn a candle on or near anything that can catch fire, such as drapes or curtains, bedding, carpets, books, paper, furniture and flammable decorations. Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets. Always use a candle holder specifically designed for candle use. Never place pillars or any candles directly on furniture, whether glass or wood. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Life certainly is a ‘Rollercoaster’ for Finn Harps new striker Ruairi Keating.Harps striker Ruairi Keating makes his mark for Finn Harps. Pic by Gary Foy.The 18 year old, who is from Westport, Co Mayo, has been in flying form for the Ballybofey outfit.But as well as banging in the goals for Harps, Ruairi has another claim to fame. The striker with the distinctive quaff hairstyle has a very famous uncle – one Ronan Keating from Boyzone.Ruairi and his family including his dad Ciaran, Ronan’s older brother, moved to live in the West of Ireland a number of years ago.Will Ronan appear at Finn Park for a home game?Ruairi is on a loan transfer from Sligo Rovers where he is a highly-rated player.The former Boyzone frontman has yet to make it to Finn Park to see the quick feet and silky skills of his young nephew. FINN HARPS STRIKER HOPING TO HIT THE HIGH NOTES LIKE HIS FAMOUS UNCLE was last modified: April 17th, 2014 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)
Lamarie Dunn had 3 touchdowns, two on the ground and one through the air, and the Eureka Loggers let it be known who runs Eureka, at least for this season, beating its cross-town rival and newly antiquated Big 4 Conference foe St. Bernard’s 54-21 Saturday night at Albee Stadium.Friday night’s game was the first between the two schools since 1962. 46 years ago the game ended in a 12-12 tie. On Friday night, there was no question who the better team was after 60 minutes. With Friday’s win Eureka …