Minister Sendolo, Comptroller Escape Detention

first_imgDrama occurred yesterday in a packed Monrovia City courtroom when a swift intervention by the County Attorney of Montserrado County, Cllr. Daku Mulbah, prevented Henry Sambullah, Comptroller at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), from spending a night behind bars at the Monrovia Central Prison. Mr. Sambullah and Minister Patrick Sendolo were both ordered by the court to appear before it yesterday to answer to a charge of “Theft of Service” from a complaint filed against them by Madam Jamima K. Wolokollie, Manager of Pan African Travel Agency.In her complaint, Madam Wolokollie alleged that in March 2013, Minister Sendolo obtained her agency’s services to provide him and others airline tickets to the tune of US$7,268 – to allow them to attend a conference in Guinea – which the Ministry has not paid up to present.But when Sambullah arrived in court yesterday, he did not come along with Minister Sendolo as was requested by the court’s document, a copy of which is with the Daily Observer.Upon entering the courtroom, Sambullah was immediately placed on a bench with other accused individuals, some of whom were identified as “hardcore criminals.”Dressed in a blue long sleeved shirt, Mr. Sambullah sat on the bench for over two hours as officers awaited a directive from Magistrate Kennedy Peabody to take Sambullah to jail, though the crime qualifies for bail.The most surprising event unfolded when Sambullah noticed that there was no lawyer in the courtroom to plead on his behalf as he sat on the prisoners’ bench.“Does the Ministry have an in-house legal team like other government agencies? I don’t think so,” a judicial expert was heard rhetorically asking after Sambullah was left alone in the courtroom.Being a senior official of the Ministry, maybe Sambullah did not expect to be treated in the manner he was. He, however, chose to fight his own battle by making calls from the bench.One of those calls attracted the attention of Cllr. Daku, who intervened for Sambullah to be allowed to leave the bench to complete the call.Routinely, if a person remains on the bench without a lawyer to file his bond for an offence that qualifies for bail, that individual is sent to jail until he/she can make bail.Later, Cllr. Mulbah, Sambullah and Madam Wolokollie were seen leaving the courtroom for what appeared to be a closed door discussion with Magistrate Peabody.Following the closed door discussion, the Daily Observer reliably learnt that Cllr. Mulbah promised to repay the US$7,268 by Friday.“Cllr. Mulbah pleaded with Madam Wolokollie to wait until Friday to repay the money and he vowed that he was not prepared to commit government to any legal expenses of such nature,” a source quoted Cllr. Mulbah to have said at the closed door discussion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Former Army Chief to head CoI into discovery

first_imgThe abandoned twin-engine Cessna aircraft found just off the Yupukari Airstrip on Tuesday lastFormer Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Chief-of-Staff, Brigadier Edward Collins will today be sworn in by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan to investigate, examine, advise and report on all the circumstances under which a foreign aircraft – discovered near the village of Yupukari, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) on September 13, 2016 – entered the country.President David Granger had mandated that a Commission of Inquiry be established to carry out the investigations.  According to a missive from the Ministry of the Presidency, a preliminary report will be expected to be submitted on October 17, 2016 and the final report on November 16.Based on reports from the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), the discovery was made following information received by a Joint Services patrol, including ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF), on September 13. The following day, ranks of the GDF and GPF visited the area and conducted a search, finding the twin-engine Cessna aircraft.Subsequently, a team of investigators from the GDF, GPF, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) was deployed from Georgetown to conduct further investigations. A statement from the Ministry of the Presidency noted that investigators had been conducting assessments of the abandoned aircraft to gather evidence, which would assist in uncovering the circumstances under which it came to be abandoned at that location.In fact, a team of high-level officials led by CANU head James Singh and GCAA officials ventured into the area to further assess the aircraft in terms of damage and capabilities and to make recommendations on what should be done with it. According to information, a leak was discovered in the fuel tank. This, investigators believe, may have caused the aircraft to land in Guyana.However, during interviews with nearby residents, investigators were told that the aircraft had been sighted circling the area on numerous occasions. Moreover, the residents, a number of whom shared information on what they deemed ‘suspicious activity, further reported the presence of motorcycles in the area. To this end, CANU officials are seeking to determine whether the aircraft may have any links to the narcotics trade. Additionally during a search of the aircraft, several pieces of communication equipment were discovered and have been removed for further examination.last_img read more

Barcelona beat Santos to win World Club Cup

first_imgIn the event, it was no contest — either between the two supreme talents or their teams — as Barcelona picked up their second world crown after winning the competition in 2009.Barca boss Pep Guardiola called his men “artists” and dedicated the 13th title in his three-and-a-half years in charge to striker David Villa, who flew home after fracturing his shin in the semi-final and faces months out.“We missed him very much. I talked to him a lot (since the bad injury) and I want to talk to him tonight,” said Guardiola, full of praise for his side who wore t-shirts in honour of their missing team-mate.“They were like artists,” he said, turning to their spectacular performance. “What was envisioned in their minds happened on the pitch.”Messi, set up by Xavi, got the first after 17 minutes, before Xavi put Barcelona 2-0 up just seven minutes later to put them firmly in control, as prodigious forward Neymar struggled to get a sniff of the ball.Cesc Fabregas, who pulled the strings in midfield, got the third on the stroke of half-time as the Spanish champions, who were at full-strength, threatened to run riot for the full house of 68,166.Messi got his second eight minutes from time as he rounded the keeper to roll the ball in after the influential Dani Alves threaded the ball through to him.“We are extremely happy and our performance, especially in the first-half, was very satisfactory,” said Guardiola, who declined to single out one player for more praise than the rest.“I’ve tried to get the players to work together as a team and use the strengths they have. Our players have been playing very well, but it’s important to keep that level going.”His opposite number Muricy Ramalho said there was no disgrace despite the heavy defeat.“Barcelona have played various teams around the world and nobody can beat them. Eventually some team may, but I don’t think it’s possible now,” he said.“This was not embarrassing and it was not a blow to us. We need to be humble — we were beaten by the best team in the world,” he said, adding Messi was without doubt the best but that Neymar would one day take that title.Barca had the better of an open first 15 minutes, Messi forcing a save out of Rafael Cabral after skipping a couple of half-hearted Santos challenges.Shortly after that the Argentine was at it again, taking a dinked pass from Xavi and lifting the ball delicately over Cabral from just a few yards out to put the Catalans into an early lead at the International Stadium in Yokohama.It was all Barca, so it was no surprise when they went further ahead on 24 minutes, full-back Alves driving down the right wing and cutting inside to set up Xavi, who rifled the ball past an exposed Cabral.Television cameras quickly focused on a glum-looking Neymar.Still Barca and Messi kept coming. On 26 minutes he was denied by a terrific last-gasp tackle when through on goal, and three minutes later Fabregas struck Cabral’s post after he was set up by Xavi.Fabregas and Barca would not be denied, as the former Arsenal man grabbed the third just before half-time after more good link-up play — including an audacious back-heel — from the irrespressible Messi.Less than a minute after the restart they should have gone 4-0 up when Fabregas, set up by Messi, saw his prodded effort on the run saved by Cabral, then Neymar went up the other end and headed over when he should have scored.Belatedly, the Brazilian side were up for it after Ramalho had sent them out onto the frigid pitch well ahead of their opponents.Neymar should have found the net when clean through on goal just before the hour, but Victor Valdes saved well with his legs. It summed up the teenager’s night.Messi put the gloss on a polished performance from him and his side as he showed trademark deft footwork to dance around Cabral and walk the ball in.Earlier, Al Sadd, who lost 4-0 to Barcelona in the semi-finals, beat Japanese champions Kashiwa Reysol 5-3 on penalties to take third place at the annual intercontinental tournament.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000YOKOHAMA, Japan, December 18 – Lionel Messi grabbed a classy brace as the “artists” of Barcelona out-classed the Brazilians Santos 4-0 to lift the Club World Cup Sunday and confirm their status as the best team on the planet.The clash between the European and South American champions in Japan had been billed as a showdown between Messi, widely acknowledged as the best player in the world, and 19-year-old Brazilian sensation Neymar.last_img read more

K’Ogalo seek to end 30-year Cecafa drought

first_imgAl Khartoum, coached by former Ghana national team head coach Kwesi Appiah replaced defending champions Al Merreikh who pulled out to concentrate on the CAF Champions League after qualifying for the lucrative Group stages.The second team from Sudan, Al Shandy will take on last year’s beaten finalists, APR of Rwanda, Burundi’s LLB and Elman of Somalia in a relatively easy Pool B while Uganda’s Kampala Capital Authority FC, Azam FC (Tanzania),  Malakia (South Sudan) and Adama City (Ethiopia) will battle it out in Pool C.Gor, who will open their campaign against hosts Yanga on the first day of the tournament, will be out to better last year where they were eliminated at the preliminary round without a win.Head coach, Frank Nuttall will see his in form side that is yet to lose locally this term, tested against fellow domestic champions from Tanzania in an acid test to their hopes but the Scotsman was coy on his outlook for the regional club showpiece.“It’s not something that I’m thinking about right now because I have my plans on different circumstances depending on the KPL fixtures. When we are done with the two matches, I will start planning for Cecafa,” Nuttall who had not come in when Gor crashed out ignominiously, stated.At last year’s edition in Rwanda, K’Ogalo managed just a point in four matches after drawing 2-2 with APR for their only result.They lost 1-2 to KCCA FC and to Djibout’s Telecom as well as Atletico of Burundi by the same margin when the team was under the tutelage of Harambee Stars head coach Bobby Williamson.K’Ogalo are the second best team in tournament history having lifted the trophy five times (1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1985), one less than six-times champions Simba SC of Tanzania.Winners will receive Sh2.9m (USD 30 000), runner-ups pocket Sh1.9m (USD 20,000) while third finisher takes home Sh992, 509 (USD10 000)DrawGroup A: Yanga (Tanzania), Gor Mahia ( Kenya), Khartoum ( Sudan), Telecom ( Djibout), KMKM (Zanzibar ).Group B: APR( Rwanda) , Al Shandy ( Sudan), LLB ( Burundi), Elman ( Somalia).Group C: Azam (Tanzania), Malakia ( Sudan Kusini), KCC ( Uganda), Adama City ( Ethiopia)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s Abuoba Sibomana (left) shackles Harambee Stars’ Jesee Were (centre) during the Wednesday, July 1 friendly at Nyayo National Stadium. PHOTO/Raymond MokhayaNAIROBI, July 1 – Back-to-back KPL Champions Gor Mahia will seek to end their three-decade Cecafa Club title drought when the 2015 edition gets underway in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania from July 18 to August 2.K’Ogalo were drawn in a tricky Pool A alongside Tanzania giants, Young Africa, former midfielder Anthony Akumu’s Al Khartoum from Sudan, Somali’s Telcom and KMKM from Zanzibar.last_img read more

Exclusive – Wenger will decide his own future at Arsenal, claims Gunners great

first_imgArsenal will allow Arsene Wenger to decide his own fate as manager as he approaches the end of his long tenure at the north London outfit.That’s the belief of former Gunners midfielder Ray Parlour, who told talkSPORT the Frenchman may emulate Sir Alex Ferguson and become a director at the club within the next few years.Wenger celebrated his 18-year anniversary as Gunners boss on Wednesday, a period which has seen the side secure three Premier League titles and five FA Cups under the 64-year-old’s stewardship.His ability to lead the team has been questioned in recent seasons though, with Arsenal getting no closer to a coveted Champions League trophy despite an impressive 17-straight seasons at Europe’s top table.And while Parlour – a key member of all three of Wenger’s league-winning teams – believes his former boss will call it a day in the near future, he believes the coach’s exit will be on his own terms.“Sooner or later it’s going to happen, Arsene won’t be the manager of Arsenal,” Parlour told Drivetime when asked about the Frenchman’s future.“Ultimately it’s down to the board to make the decision about who will be the next man to come in, they must have a plan.“But I think they’ll do whatever Arsene wants to do. I think they’ll ask him if he feels he can do another year and leave it down to him.“This contract might be the last one he signs with Arsenal, he’s got to look at his life sooner or later, a bit like Sir Alex Ferguson.“He’ll start to think about taking a step back and let someone else run the team, though I believe he may still be involved in some capacity, just not on a day-to-day basis.”last_img read more

WATCH: Messi breaks record as Argentina thrash USA to reach Copa America final

first_imgLionel Messi became his country’s leading goalscorer as Argentina blew away hosts USA 4-0 to reach the final of the Copa America.After setting up Ezequiel Lavezzi for the opener in Tuesday’s last-four clash in Houston, the Barcelona superstar claimed his 55th international goal with a sensational free-kick to surpass Gabriel Batistuta’s record.Messi was also involved in the build-up to the third goal – scored by Gonzalo Higuain – before laying on the fourth for the Napoli hitman.See all the goals above.last_img

Juan Mata: Breaking the Mould – With Guillem Balague (Podcast)

first_imgLoved by fans, admired by journalists, Juan Mata has established himself as one of the nicest men in football, but with a quiet intensity that has transformed this modern midfielder into a winner.Mata, a player at the top of the game and at the peak of his powers, really breaks the mould when it comes to the way the public views modern footballers.In an exclusive interview with talkSPORT, the Spanish midfield star talks about playing in the same team as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford, hw he handled his difficult summer with Jose Mourinho and reveals the secret to Chelsea’s success in the 2013 Champions League final.last_img

Transfer news: 10 players who could make Premier League switches this summer

first_imgIt may only be mid-February but Premier League clubs are already plotting their moves in the summer transfer market.Some teams are shopping in the bargain basement, while other are ready to splash the cash with reckless abandon.Either way, several clubs are out scouting their current targets and priming offers so they can swoop as soon as the window opens at the start of July.But what is the latest news? Click the right arrow above to see transfers which are on our radar… 10 10 Jordan Pickford (Sunderland) – Injury has kept the shot-stopper out of the Black Cats team across the last few months, but will soon be back in the side. He’s become their undisputable No.1 this season with a number of impressive displays, and these performances have seen both Everton and Manchester City take note as they both look to improve their custodians. Ben Chilwell (Leicester City) – The young left-back is slowly making his way into the first-team at the King Power stadium, despite their current poor form. Liverpool have been long-term admirers and are set to make a move at the end of the season, but they will need to be wary of Arsenal who are also monitoring the situation. Victor Lindelof (Benfica) – Swedish defender Lindelof continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United despite a January switch falling through. Several other top clubs, including Serie A giants Roma, who are interested in the centre-back as a replacement for Kostas Manolas, but reports in Italy suggest the Red Devils already have a pre-contract agreement in place for the summer. 10 Jeison Murillo (Inter Milan) – Revitalised under new boss Stefano Pioli, several clubs are taking a look at the Colombian defender. Manchester United, Arsenal, Man City, and even Real Madrid have been linked, but previous poor form may make them take their time over a final decision on any transfer. 10 10 10 Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina) – Tuscan star Bernadeschi has stepped up another level this season, scoring 10 goals and assisting four, after showing promise last year, and the result is interest from Chelsea. Italian boss Antonio Conte knows the player well and it’s believed the 23-year-old’s versatility as an attacking midfielder, or a wide man, has got the Blues’ boss pursuing the possibility of a move. 10 10 Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham) – Still only 16, the Cottagers’ youngster is grabbing attention from several Premier League sides. He was only on the pitch for 34 minutes against Tottenham in the FA Cup but brightened up their performance. And Spurs, along with Manchester City, are keeping tabs and offers of around £8m could be tempting to the Championship side. 10 Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – No, we’re not joking. There are reports linking Manchester City with Lionel Messi in a £100m deal in the summer. The Argentine’s contract at the Nou Camp ends in around 16 months, but there appears to be no movement on an extension, which could allow the Premier League side to swoop and unite the 29-year-old with Pep Guardiola. Bernardo Silva (Monaco) – Click the right arrow above for more possible summer transfers… – Impressing for the Ligue 1 leaders, who are also going well in the Champions League, Portugal star Silva is attracting plenty of attention. The versatile attacking midfielder is wanted by Chelsea, Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid, but could cost around £70m, should any of the interest become concrete, according to The Times. Mario Gotze (Borussia Dortmund) – The German attacker has seen his career nosedive since he scored the winner in the 2014 World Cup final, things just haven’t gone his way. But ex-boss Jurgen Klopp is keen on resigning the 24-year-old to boost his Liverpool side in the summer. It is understood by the Daily Mirror talks have already taken place about a move. 10 Jonathan Cafu (Ludogorets Razgrad) – Scouts from Leicester City, West Ham, and Everton all watched the Brazilian in midweek as the Bulgarians took on Copenhagen in the Europa League. Usually a winger but can play as a forward, Cafu could cost around £12m if any interest is made concrete.last_img read more

Political theater

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Who knows? But what’s certain is that politics is as much theater as policy-making, and the outrage is as manufactured as the sincerity. CITY Councilman Dennis Zine and Police Chief William Bratton have been embroiled in mutual animosity over the past week. So why were the two hamming it up like old buddies during Wednesday night’s council meeting at MacArthur Park? Either they resolved the dispute or were putting aside their differences for the sake of a good photo opportunity. Turns out, the pair now say it wasn’t such a big deal after all. Really? Seemed like a big deal when Zine and Councilman Bernard Parks called for an investigation and administrative action against the chief for criticizing the two councilmen after they second-guessed him once too often. Seemed like a big deal when the council raged against the chief and called for a public apology. Or was that just for show? 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

Butler hints he’s willing to return

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Butler said he discussed his future with the organization with Diamondbacks farm director A.J. Hinch, who was in the Antelope Valley over the weekend. Although no deal was reached, Butler said Hinch gave him a vote of confidence. Minor league managers and coaches typically work on one-year contracts that are negotiated after each season. Butler has publicly stated his ambition to manage a major league team, and said he’ll continue to pursue that endeavor. “They know what my preference is, but I’m an organizational guy, and I’ll do whatever they want me to do,” Butler said. “They’ll determine where they want me to be.” Butler has won points with the parent club, engineering an impressive turnaround. After a dreadful 7-17 start, the JetHawks are in a second-half pennant race. Second-place Lancaster (53-60, 21-22 second half) trails first-place Inland Empire (22-21) by just one game. Several prospects, including second baseman Emilio Bonifacio and right fielder Carlos Gonzalez, have progressed under Butler’s tutelage. Others, such as since-promoted utilityman Mark Reynolds, have seen their prospective star rise this year. Hinch said he’s taken note of Butler’s growth as a manager, and his ability to relate to players. “We’ve enjoyed having him here and look forward to having him in the organization in the future as well,” Hinch said. The prospect of a Butler return to Lancaster is an attractive notion, JetHawks general manager Brad Seymour said. Butler became one of the most inspirational sports figures of the past decade, returning to baseball after surviving a bout with throat cancer. He is especially popular in Southern California baseball circles after two stints with the Dodgers in the 1990s. Butler has become a fan favorite in Lancaster, signing autographs after games, even after some of the team’s tough losses. “It’s more than just signing autographs,” Seymour said. “He’s just been very personable with our fans, and that speaks to his character.” PDC watch: Neither Seymour nor Hinch would comment publicly on specific aspects of PDC talks they had over the weekend, other than confirming that such discussions had taken place. The JetHawks are in the second year of a two-year deal with Arizona, and have been Diamondbacks affiliates since 2001. Hinch said Arizona hasn’t re-signed a PDC with any of its six minor league affiliates. He said the Diamondbacks are requesting unspecified minor changes. Major League teams and minor league affiliates are prohibited from talking to other clubs until Sept. 4, the last day of the regular season, when all unsigned minor league teams essentially become free agents. It is unusual for a PDC to be signed with an existing affiliate after the deadline, meaning that a contract with Arizona will probably be agreed to before then, if at all. “We had a very good conversation, and we’ll continue our discussions,” Seymour said. Streak snapped: The JetHawks’ 7-6 victory over the High Desert Mavericks on Tuesday was their first in nine games at Stater Bros. Stadium. The JetHawks bullpen combined for 6 1/3 shutout innings of three-hit ball. They scored the game-winning run in the top of the ninth on Cesar Nicolas’ RBI grounder, scoring Bonifacio, who led the inning with a single. (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – JetHawks manager Brett Butler said he’s not in the business of stating preferences. But he hinted that under the right circumstances, a return to Lancaster to manage the JetHawks again next season is a possibility. The JetHawks parent Arizona Diamondbacks have yet to sign a new Player Development Contract with their advanced Class-A California League affiliate in the Antelope Valley. But assuming the two parties reach a deal, Butler acknowledged that proximity to family – his daughters Abbi and Stephanie both live in the Los Angeles area – make Lancaster a nice fit. last_img read more