James Dorbor Jallah, a Different Kind of Liberian Bureaucrat

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_imgHe put it plainly and simply in his panel remarks at last week’s Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSMSE) Conference. He sternly warned: “Employees of the Public Procurement Concessions Commission (PPCC) stand to lose their jobs if they are caught receiving any remuneration for providing services to business owners.”But PPCC Executive Director James Dorbor Jallah did not stop there. He had an equally stern warning for business owners, among whom are those known to be the most powerful business group in the country. Mr. Dorbor warned: “When any of you as a business owner is found offering ‘cold water’ to any employee, the employee stands a chance of losing his or her job and you the business owner stand to lose the opportunity that PPCC offers to business owners.”Daily Observer Editor Omari Jackson, who in last Friday’s edition, faithfully gave the public an interpretive report of Mr. Jallah’s forthright remarks last Thursday, explained, “Many times serious national issues are done the Liberian way by bypassing official channels of ensuring transparency and equal treatment for any business owner competing for contracts.”“Mr. Jallah,” said Editor Jackson, “took pains to explain the process of business registration and the related issue of how a business can successfully bid for contracts. “The PPCC Executive Director regretted that many Liberian-owned businesses lack the capacity and efforts by PPCC to provide capacity are not fully supported.”The foregoing is a mouthful about the way we have for decades done business in Liberia. In yesterday’s Editorial, the Daily Observer referred to the “corruptive tentacles” of a certain powerful business class in Liberia that prefers to bribe their way through the contract process or any other kind of business transaction. And that is how they have always done business—corrupting the system and, in the process, excluding anyone else, most especially Liberian-owned enterprises, from participation in business. That is how they have taken over business in Liberia and become super rich, exporting their wealth back to their home country.We wonder whether those running for President or other public offices are taking note of PPCC Executive Director Dorbor Jallah’s warning to his employees and the business community. How will they—those seeking elective office—respond to this highly principled and patriotic public servant, James Dorbor Jallah? Is he the kind of person they want in their government? Or would they prefer a corrupt, selfish, malleable and unpatriotic person who will insist on doing business “the Liberian way”?Dorbor Jallah, whose fertile brain, hard work and passion for success led him to obtain a graduate degree from the world’s preeminent technical institution, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), said something else in his remarks at the MSMSE Conference last Thursday. Acknowledging the fact that most Liberian businesses lack capacity, Mr. Jallah said the PPCC’s efforts to extend greater capacity to Liberian businesses “have not been supported.” Why?Has the government not yet realized that Liberian-owned businesses have been perennially at a serious disadvantage because of their lack of capacity in the bidding process? So what is a government for, if not to empower its own people?We hope and pray that those running for president are taking note, and not taking note only, but have a patriotic commitment to change the status quo in the predominance of foreign businesspeople in the Liberian economy. We pray that they are not seeking power just to enrich themselves by perpetuating—as so many past administrations have done—the foreign middle class in Liberia, leaving fellow Liberians poor, decrepit (broken-down), destitute and disempowered.That, too, we submit, would be a serious THREAT TO PEACE. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Gang members remanded

Posted On Jan 12 2020 by

first_img–1 sentenced for Corentyne robbery spreeThree men who turned themselves into Police two days ago were remanded after appearing in two courts to answer to a total of 17 charges.The charges included 15 for robberies committed on Corentyne residents recently.Only three of the four were in court on Wednesday to answer to the charges.  The fourth accused gang member – Premchan Ramsohai, 22, also known as “Akash”, of Ankerville, Port Mourant appeared on Tuesday in two courts to aPremchan Ramsohainswer similar charges and was remanded at the Whim Magistrate’s Court and sentenced at the Albion Magistrate’s Court.Ramsohai of lot 19 Ankerville appeared at the Whim Magistrate’s Court charged with robbery under arms committed on Gankee Bisnauth, 54. Bisnauth was robbedof her gold jewellery, a Samsung Galaxy cellular phone, and $60,000; all totalling $408,000.He is also charged with stealing a cellular phone from Navini Deoki, and a laptop computer. Another charge stated that he robbed Anthony Dudnauth and three others of cash, gold jewellery and cellular phones at Ankerville. He was not required to plea and will have to return to court on April 19.Ramsohai also appeared at the Albion Magistrate’s Court to answer eight robbery charges. He pleaded guilty to all and was sentenced to three years imprisonment. The sentences are to run concurrently.The Police had allegedly arrested him moments after a robbery on SaturdaySurish Kowlessarevening. At the time of his arrest, he had a T-shirt in his crotch which is believed to have been used as a face mask during the robbery. The man also allegedly escorted the Police to where the firearm was kept , while naming his accomplices.On Wednesday, Surish Kowlessar, 20, of Ankerville Port Mourant; Vishal Ramdass, 26, of Number 77 Corriverton; and Mathew Gangapersaud, 21, of Ankerville were slapped with seven robbery under arms charges when they appeared before Magistrate Charlyn Artiga at the Number 51 Magistrate’s Court.The robberies were allegedly committed at Miss Phoebe, Port Mourant and Ankerville between February 2 and March 16, 2018.A total of $1.1 million in cash, jewellery and electronic devices was allegedly stolen from five persons by the quartet.Meanwhile, at the Reliance Magistrate’s Court before Magistrate Renita Singh, the tri was charged with two counts of discharging a loaded firearm; each on aVishal Ramdassdifferent day and place, possession of a .32 Smith and Wesson revolver and matching ammunition and eight counts of robbery under arms – all committed at High Reef Albion, Sand Reef Albion and Chesney; another Corentyne Village between March 6, and 24.The men were not required to plea to any of the indictable charges which accused them of robbing persons of a total of $732,000 in local and foreign currency, jewellery and cellular phones.One of the charges stated that the men used three firearms and a cutlass when they went to one house. For most of the other charges, it is alleged that they used one firearm.Police Prosecutor, Lance Corporal Shinel Matterson objected to bail, noting the prevalence of the offence, that the firearms were used and that there have been a series of similar offences in the same community.Inspector Althea Solomon assisting the prosecution told the court that all three accused were previously charged before. Ramdass, she said, was the alleged ringleader for the bandits during another robbery sometimes back.Mathew GangapersaudMeanwhile, Ramdass told the court that he was beaten by the Police. According to the labourer of Number 77, Corriverton, he started to vomit blood after being beaten by the Police. He showed the court marks on his back from the alleged Police beating.He also told the court that during the interrogation, his head was tied in a plastic bag and he was choked with his own belt.Gangapersaud told the court that he too was beaten and had to seek medical attention. He was allowed to drop his pants to show the court the bandage he received on his left knee when he was taken to the New Amsterdam Hospital on Tuesday evening.Kowlessar also told the court that he received injuries as a result of beatings from the Police while in custody.Nonetheless, the Magistrate refused bail.The trio is being represented by Attorney Charrandass Persaud who was attending the High Court when the matters were called. The trio will have to attend the Albion Magistrate’s Court on April 16 when the matters come up again.last_img read more

Kimanzi aims first win with Harambee Stars

Posted On Jan 6 2020 by

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Francis Kimanzi issues instructions during a training session at the Kasarani Stadium on September 5, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 17 – Since his re-appointment as Harambee Stars head coach, Francis Kimanzi is yet to register a win with the national football team, he has however set that as his target when he leads his charges to facing Togo in Monday night’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier at the Kasarani Stadium.Kimanzi, who led Harambee Stars to their final session on the eve of the match, will be looking to build on confidence they picked away in Alexandria where they came a goal down to hold Egypt 1-1. He will be however be without injured Ayub Timbe and goal keeper Patrick Matasi with the Chinese based winger having picked a knock during the Egypt match.Harambee Stars winger Ayub Timbe picked an injury during their match against Egypt PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“The players are motivated and focused on tomorrow’s (Monday) match. We had a lot of positives to pick from our draw against Egypt. We will be looking to build on that and I am confident we will post positive results,” Kimanzi said.“Our medical team is having a look at them but I think the match will be too soon for them. We, however, have enough depth in the team,” he confirmed on Timbe and Matasi injuries.Tickets will retail at Sh200 for terraces and Sh500 for VIP and will be sold on match day at Kenya Cinema, Ngomongo Roundabout, Opposite Safari Park Hotel and outside Kasarani’s Gate 12.Since making a comeback to the national football team as head coach, Kimanzi has so far drawn two matches against Uganda in friendly and Egypt in AFCON Qualifier and lost once against Mozambique in a build up match.A win for Stars will keep alive their dream of a back-to-back qualification to the Cup of Nations to be hosted in Cameroon.0Shares0000(Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Verdicts of 3 prison guards thrown out

Posted On Dec 30 2019 by

first_imgJurors found McGowan guilty of two counts of deprivation of rights under the color of authority and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. He faced up to 25 years in federal prison before Monday’s ruling. Ramos and Flores were each convicted of one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. They faced up to five years each behind bars. Attorneys for the officers asked Real to dismiss the charges during the trial, citing lack of evidence. The judge denied the motion at that time. After the trial, the lawyers asked Real to reconsider. He agreed, and Monday he reversed himself and sided with the defense. DePasquale said that in overturning the convictions, the judge acted in his capacity as a so-called “13th juror.” He found that the evidence in the case, even when viewed in a manner most favorable to the prosecution, was not enough to support a guilty verdict, DePasquale said. “This is a tremendous relief on our clients,” he said. Gary Clark, the local president of the union representing the officers, said he, too, was elated by the judge’s decision. He said all three officers are honest and hard-working, and the incident between the officers and inmates was not nearly as serious as prosecutors portrayed it. He added that he hopes the ruling puts an end to the case. “I think the feds are dead in the water with this,” Clark said. “I think they need to just get off our backs and let us do our jobs.” r_leveque@dailybulletin.com (909) 483-9325160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – A federal judge overturned guilty verdicts Monday against three Chino prison guards accused of assaulting inmates and conspiring to cover it up. In handing down the decision, Judge Manuel L. Real ruled that jurors were wrong last month when they convicted the officers of civil-rights violations and conspiracy to obstruct justice. “There are not a lot of judges with the grit to make a decision like that,” said Paul DePasquale, the attorney for one of the three officers. Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, said prosecutors will consider appealing the ruling to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“We stand by the prosecution and believe, as did the jury, that there was enough evidence to support a conviction,” Mrozek said. Thomas Ramos of Montclair, Hector Flores of Whittier and Robert McGowan of Apple Valley were each convicted Oct. 15 following a trial in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. Prosecutors alleged McGowan pulled two handcuffed prisoners from a van May 9, 2002, and allowed them to freefall to the ground outside a housing unit at the California Institution for Men. The incident followed one earlier that day in which inmates threw a jacket over the head of an officer and beat him. Prosecutors alleged all three men then lied about the encounter to either superiors or a grand jury. last_img read more


Posted On Dec 25 2019 by

first_imgTragic Conor Boyle’s mum has paid a loving tribute to her courageous son.Conor will be retweeting in heaven says his mum.Heartbroken Sheila Boyle posted a message on Facebook in which she thanked everyone for supporting her son and family over the past two weeks.Sheila said the 18 year old Loughanure teenager will be keeping in touch with everyone he has left behind in his own unique way. “He will be sitting in heaven this evening looking down to see how many likes he got on Facebook and how many re-tweets he got on Twitter,” she said.Sheila and husband Hugh have stayed beside Conor’s bedside in hospital since a car crash plunged him into a coma two weeks ago in London.Sheila said “Sadly this morning our precious son Conor Boyle lost the biggest battle of his life . From the bottom of our hearts we would like to thank everybody for their support and prayers over the last two weeks. We would also like to thank our family and friends who were with us at Addenbrokes hospital in Cambridge.”The mum of six boys paid a special thanks to Megan Greene from Maghery who is a staff nurse at the hospital saying Megan was their rock throughout these dark days. She said the family are astonished and overwhelmed the way the local community, county and beyond has pulled together to offer their support and well wishes through social media, phone calls and texts.Sheila said Conor excelled in every sport he participated in, mainly boxing , GAA and soccer.“He never bothered with basketball as he wasn’t the biggest man in the world but he had the biggest heart.”His loving mum said Conor was “caring, full of life, confident and funny.”And she recalled “In recent weeks he even had a 64 year old work colleague doing press-up for his own entertainment , which he recorded and posted on his Facebook page. “If you were lucky enough to have met Conor you would know why he was so well liked and left a lasting impression on everybody, young or old he would find something in common.”She admitted that they are now broken hearted and life will never be the same without their beloved son.“Conor’s favourite saying was “some man me” and that you were. From the proudest parents in the world. Hugh and Sheila.”TRAGIC CONOR’S MUM – HE’S IN HEAVEN COUNTING FACEBOOK LIKES AND RETWEETS was last modified: September 21st, 2013 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)Tags:Conor BoylecrashdadFacebookHughmumSheilaTwitterlast_img read more

High-speed fisherman evades driving disqualification

Posted On Dec 22 2019 by

first_imgA man from Northern Ireland has evaded a driving ban after a high-speed pursuit Donegal.26-year-old Ryan Devenney was fined €500 following an incident on May 28, 2017. Gardaí responded to reports of a white BMW acting suspiciously in the Cloghan area of Donegal and, while driving in the townland of Corlecky, met a white BMW traveling at high speed in the opposite direction.Gardaí performed a u-turn and followed the BMW, being driven by Devenney, at a speed in excess of 120km/h.Devenney was arrested for dangerous driving and taken to Letterkenny Garda Station.Gardaí pursued Devenney for around three miles, with the chase lasting ‘a matter of minutes’. After overtaking another vehicle, Devenney was stopped and arrested by Gardaí.“The incident is regretted at every level,” defending solicitor, Frank Dorrian, told Letterkenny District Court.“It was at ten o’clock at night in the middle of the summer so there was no school on in the area in question. It is a wide road, where it widens out at a long, sweeping corner. We are dealing with a pacy road.“The reason for Gardaí going there was a report of a vehicle acting suspiciously.“They had a breakdown and had gone to a house for assistance. There was no answer so they left. They received assistance from a breakdown company, who fixed a puncture, as they had no spare.“They came from Northern Ireland and were fishing. They got punctured on the return journey. He was unaware that he was being pursued until the lights came on.“It was a couple of young men hastily heading back from an evening out. The demeanour was fine. He was mannerly and compliant.”Devenney, who was accompanied in court by his father, told Judge Paul Kelly that he ‘definitely wasn’t going that speed’.Devenney would have faced a mandatory two-year disqualification for dangerous driving.Deveneny was charged with careless driving and fined €500.High-speed fisherman evades driving disqualification was last modified: February 1st, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:CloghanJudge Paul KellyletterkennyLetterkenny District CourtRyan Devenneylast_img read more

Parents put school in the picture with unique cycle cinema fundraiser

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgThe Scoil Mhuire Gan Smál Parents Association organised a very successful Cycle Cinema fundraiser on Thursday, March 11 in the Radisson Hotel in Letterkenny.Sponsored Cyclists pedalled continuously to provide power for the pupil’s chosen film ‘Wreck it Ralph’.A huge crowd attended this very worthwhile event to raise funds for school sports and I.T Parents put school in the picture with unique cycle cinema fundraiser was last modified: April 13th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:cinema cyclelast_img read more

Pizzeria owner who blew stolen €16,000 on gambling escapes jail

Posted On Dec 21 2019 by

first_imgA pizzeria owner who stole more than €16,000 from his ex-girlfriend and bet the cash on two horses has escaped going to prison.Raul Andrei spent more than €70,000 opening up a franchise of Apache Pizza in Letterkenny, which he operated successfully for a number of months. However, Letterkenny District Court heard the 46-year-old developed a gambling habit after visiting a local casino.On October 14th last year while his partner was visiting friends in Dublin he gained access to the former house he shared with Oana Grigore at The Green, Ballymacool, Letterkenny.He stole the money and then went to his local branch of BoyleSport Bookmakers.He placed €10,000 on one horse and €6,720 on another on two different horses at two different race meetings but both lost.The court heard Andrei lost a considerable amount of money the previous day and was trying to win the money back.The accused told a friend that he had lost the money and was feeling suicidal and also telephoned his ex-partner and told her what had happened.The stolen money had come from the business and he had given it to his ex-partner but she had hidden the money as she was aware of the accused man’s gambling habit.Andrei was very remorseful and attended Gambler’s Anonymous and was also attending church meetings and no longer gambles.The couple have one child together and Andrei still pays his child’s creche fees and sees the child regularly.The court heard that the accused, of Sprackburn House, Letterkenny, is now working with a local company, earns €600 per week and is anxious to pay the money back to his ex-partner.The 47 year old no longer works at the pizza restaurant.At a previous sitting Judge Paul Kelly adjourned the case for a probation and community service report and also a to get a victim impact statement.He also ordered Andrei to pay back the money to his ex-partner.The court was told today (Mon) that Andrei has so far paid back €1,400 and continues to support his child and makes regular payments.Passing sentence Judge Kelly said this was a “serious theft and a serious breach of trust.”However, he added that the victim had been very compassionate towards her ex-partner and that the amount of cash taken warranted a custodial sentence.Because of the victim’s compassion and his co-operation he was not sending him to jail and ordered him to complete 180 hours community service for the of €10,000 in lieu of six months in jail and a further 180 hours for the theft of €6,720 in lieu of another six months in jail.Pizzeria owner who blew stolen €16,000 on gambling escapes jail was last modified: November 26th, 2019 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) Tags:Andreigamblingletterkennypizzeriastolenlast_img read more

Reynolds joins OCW

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio Corn & Wheat (OCW) is pleased to announce the addition of Brad Reynolds to its staff.Brad ReynoldsAs the Communications Director, Reynolds will be responsible for leading the development and execution of annual communications plans for Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, the Ohio Corn Checkoff and the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff. He will also serve as an industry spokesperson and media liaison throughout Ohio and the U.S.Reynolds comes to Ohio Corn & Wheat with 15 years of advocacy and government relations experience with the State of Ohio. Most recently, Reynolds served as the Senior Communications Manager on the Division of Disability Determination team at Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. There, he served as a member of the Senior Leadership Team providing strategic planning on all communication activity.“Brad’s government relations experience and communications expertise will make him a valuable addition to our team,” said Tadd Nicholson, Executive Director of OCW. “We’re excited about his leadership abilities and look forward to seeing how he will help us continue to grow and support Ohio corn and small grain farmers.”In addition to his prior leadership experience, he has also worked with state and federal legislators as a registered lobbyist with the State of Ohio. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown College in political science and communication arts and an MBA from Franklin University.“I’m looking forward to using my past experience to help Ohio Corn & Wheat continue to flourish,” Reynolds said.last_img read more

Run Your Own Twitter Clone: Status.net Launches Public Beta

Posted On Dec 17 2019 by

first_imgStatusNet, the open-source microblogging service that serves as the foundation for identi.ca, just announced the launch of the public beta of its StatusNet Cloud Service. Thanks to this, you can now easily host your own Twitter-like community for your blog, club or company. The StatusNet Cloud Service also supports OStatus, a new standard that allows users on different social networks to follow each other. StatusNet accounts are currently available for free. The company will begin to offer additional paid services in April. Getting StartedTo get started, just head over to status.net, sign up for a free account. You can choose between a single user account (good for bloggers and brands), a private network for your company or a public community site. After that, you can customize your site with your own logo and colors. You can also set the character limit for status updates from your users. Connect to TwitterJust running your own microblogging network isn’t too exciting unless you are running an internal site for your business, but you can easily connect your Twitter account to your StatusNet site, so that every update from your personal site gets syndicated to your Twitter stream as well. Sending local StatusNet @replies to Twitter is optional.StatusNet in the EnterpriseStatusNet also offers paid enterprise solutions, with costs ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 per year depending on the features and level of service the customer expects. Our Own Alex Williams just took a closer look at the service’s future in the enterprise last week and argued that it “has the features that the enterprise customer wants and it has a strong developer community.” As of now, StatusNet’s free offering can’t quite replace Yammer or similar products in a business setting, but if you always wanted to set up your own Twitter-like environment, StatusNet now makes it as easy as choosing a URL. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts center_img Tags:#news#twitter#web frederic lardinois The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more