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Justice Banks Steps Aside in Angel Togba’s Murder Case

first_imgJustice Philip A. Z. Banks, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, has recused himself from the hearing and determination of the matter related to an appeal filed by lawyers representing Hans Capehart Williams and Mardea Paykue Williams, due to earlier involvement, while serving as Minister of Justice and Attorney General.Hans and Mardea were, in 2010, convicted and sentenced to death by hanging, as a result of their involvement in the killing  of Merideh Angel Togba, a 14- year-old girl. She had been found dead hanging in the bathroom of the Williams’ home.Then Criminal Court ‘A’ Judge Blamo Dixon found the two guilty and sentenced the two to death.Justice Banks recused (withdrew) himself from the matter on Thursday, April 3, when the Full Bench of the High Court was about to hear argument in a “Writ of Certiorari” prayed for by Williams’ lawyers.A certiorari is an order a Higher Court issues to review the decision and proceedings in a lower court and determine whether its judgment its judgmentwere any irregularities.It all started when Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, who was presiding over the hearing along with the four Associate Justices, seated themselves in their respective seats in the joint chamber at the Temple of Justice.They prepared to listen to legal arguments between the defense team and state lawyers over the request. Surprisingly, Associate Justice Banks publicly announced “I’m recusing myself from the full bench that will hear and determine the case, because I have earlier participated in it, when I was then chief law officer, when I served as Justice Minister and Attorney General during the trial.” He added, “I am doing this so that my impartiality in this hearing will not reasonably be questioned.”“I have previously served as a lawyer concerning the same case and have expressed my opinion concerning its outcome. This is why I will not be on the Bench to hear and decide the case,” declared Associate Justice Banks justifying his decision.According to legal experts, it is provided by law that justices have to recuse themselves from a case, if they have some personal bias concerning anyone or possess independent knowledge of the facts in the dispute, or if they worked on the case as a private or government lawyer.Immediately after Associate Justice Banks’ recusal, Chief Korkpor openly said, “these are some of the reasons people will say justice delayed, justice denied, or we do not want to hear the matter. This is not so; but Associate Justice Banks’ decision sometimes leads to a tie-vote or it leads to affirmation of an equally divided court. His recusal at times could leave the court without the required quorum to hear and decide the matter so as to make a speedy determination.”He however concluded, “I will be traveling today, April 4, and upon my return, we will schedule the date for the argument. The matter is hereby suspended.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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GVL Employs Additional Staff

first_imgGolden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) has employed an additional seven persons from the Tartweh-Drapoh Community, Sinoe County, bringing the total employment from the community to 107, according to a press release. The seven employees have all been placed in key positions at the company’s estate in Kpanyan Statutory District. Those hired are Sampson Borteh, human resources officer for Tartweh south; Abraham Tukpeh, human resources officer for Numopoh; Emmanuel Swen, Biov operator; Sam Geelar-Daniels, finance clerk; Lawrence Tarcheon, Peter Toe Roberts, Warehouse clerks and Kassandra Dweh, finance clerk.GVL’s General Manager for Human Resources, Eric Goll, said the new employees will undergo two weeks of training in their respective positions before fully taking up their assignments. He said GVL will continue to recruit citizens in the area as the company expands its operations. “When we reach full development in Liberia, we will employ potentially up to 35 to 40,000 employees,” Goll said. “Tartweh-Drapoh as our partner community will have a share of this number in accordance with the land we will develop in the area, in addition to other facilities for community benefit that are also provided in accordance with the MOU.” He said GVL was committed to recruiting qualified Liberians to work in its oil palm industry, which is new to Liberia. He said employment brings financial independence, adding that the pay and benefits for company employees in Liberia’s southeast are significantly better than the national average. “This long term, stable income directly into the communities will allow them to develop much better standards of living. To date, GVL employs approximately 4,000 Liberians, with an expectation of an increase in its workforce at full operation in the coming years,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Bush White House proposes cuts to anti-terrorism funding

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Bush administration intends to slash counterterrorism funding for police, firefighters and rescue departments across the country by more than half next year, according to budget documents obtained by The Associated Press. The Homeland Security Department has given $23billion to states and local communities to fight terrorism since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but one document says the administration is not convinced that the money has been well spent and thinks the nation’s highest-risk cities have largely satisfied their security needs. The department wanted to provide $3.2billion to help states and cities protect against terrorist attacks in 2009, but the White House said it would ask Congress for less than half – $1.4billion, according to a Monday document. The plan calls for outright elimination of programs for port security, transit security and local emergency management operations in the next budget year. This is President Bush’s last budget, and the new administration would have to live with the funding decisions between Jan. 20 and Sept. 30, 2009. The Homeland Security department and the White House Office of Management and Budget, which is in charge of the administration’s spending plans, would not provide details about the funding cuts because nothing has been finalized. “It would be premature to speculate on any details that will or will not be a part of the next fiscal year budget,” OMB spokesman Sean Kevelighan said, because negotiations between the White House and the Cabinet departments over the budget are not finished. Boxer was particularly incensed about the proposal to end money for port security – a big concern on the West Coast. “California’s ports carry over 47percent of all goods imported into the United States,” she said. “A terrorist attack at any of California’s ports could shut down our nation’s port system and result in a mind-boggling loss for our nation’s economy.” Bipartisan opposition to deep cuts emerged from New York, another state that would be hard hit. “To zero out essential Homeland Security programs which have more to do with protecting Americans and fighting the War on Terror than much of the money spent in Iraq shows how warped and out of touch this administration’s priorities are,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat. The proposal “goes totally in the wrong direction,” said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y. “This would be a very grave mistake, and I will do all I can to stop it.” In some years the grant program has created more ill will than security. In 2005, the administration cut by 40percent the counterterrorism funding to New York and Washington, D.C., the two cities hit hardest on Sept. 11, 2001. New York lawmakers were furious, and the Homeland Security official in charge of the grants program eventually resigned. Since then, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has promised to apply more common sense and less “bean-counting” in grant decisions. The White House plan calls for massive cuts in areas where Homeland Security officials had sought increases. The department requested $900million for grants to U.S. cities at greatest risk of attack. But the White House only wants to provide $400million for that program, to be divided among no more than 45 urban areas. In 2007, Congress gave New York City $134million – about one-third of the total amount the White House would give to the highest-risk areas in the country in 2009. While very popular in the states and among lawmakers who take credit for getting counterterrorism dollars to their districts, some of the grants have been criticized as wasteful or excessive. $345,000 for crashproof barriers and 60 closed-circuit cameras to monitor the University of Arkansas Razorback stadium, which local officials think could be a terrorist target. $5million for the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology to buy a nearly deserted town to use for counterterrorism training. $70,000 for Huntsville, Ala., to create a fallout shelter in an abandoned mine where 20,000 people could take cover underground. Several South Florida fire departments have used Homeland Security grants to beef up their gyms. Pompano Beach, Fla., spent $220,000 on fitness equipment for a wellness program, training and physical exams. While the White House would eliminate at least seven current Homeland Security grant programs, it would create two new grants: Targeted investment grants, which would fund administration priorities such as the requirement that states create more-secure driver licenses, secure credentials for transportation employees and state and local planning for catastrophic disasters. The White House would provide $450million for that. A $300million discretionary grant program for terrorism preparedness, prevention and response, which would fund specific projects instead of sending a set amount to each state. These grants have long been debated in Congress, particularly whether a certain amount should be guaranteed to each state regardless of its risk of being attacked by terrorists. Rural lawmakers have not wanted the money to be distributed based on risk alone. In a joint statement, Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, chairman and ranking Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, said they “urge the administration to reconsider this wrong-headed strategy.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“There’s been staunch support of our department, and you’ll see it again this February” when Bush’s 2009 budget emerges, Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke predicted. The proposal to drastically cut Homeland Security grants is at odds with some of the administration’s own policies. For example, the White House recently promised continued funding for state and regional intelligence “fusion centers” – information-sharing centers the administration deems critical to preventing another terrorist attack. Cutting the grants would limit money available for the centers. The White House’s plan to eliminate the port, transit and other grants, which are popular with state and local officials, would not go into effect until Sept. 30, 2008. Congress is unlikely to support the cuts and will ultimately decide the fate of the programs and the funding levels when it hashes out the department’s 2009 budget next year. The White House routinely seeks to cut the budget requests of federal departments, but the cuts proposed for 2009 Homeland Security grants are far deeper than the norm. Congress has yet to approve the department’s 2008 plan. “This budget proposal is dead on arrival,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. “This administration runs around the country scaring people and then when it comes to putting their money where their mouth is, they say `sorry, the bank is closed.”‘ California receives a large share of the counterterrorism money each year, and could lose more than $200million under the White House plan. last_img
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WE WON’T ALLOW ULSTER CLASH GO TO CLONES – PJ MCGOWAN

first_imgDonegal chairman PJ McGowan says the All-Ireland champions will resist any attempt to move next year’s Ulster SFC clash with Tyrone from Ballybofey to Clones.Thursday night’s draw threw up the mouth-watering prospect of the champions putting their Anglo Celt Cup title on the line against Tyrone.The game is sure to attract a huge attendance and there is speculation that Ulster chiefs could take home advantage away from Jim McGuinness and his All-Ireland winners. The Slattery Report reduced the capacity of Ballybofey to around 12,500 this year but McGowan is confident that they will get it back up to around 18,000 in time for the visit of the Red Hand County.He told The Irish Examiner: “It is a massive game. Tyrone will be absolutely huge opponents in the first round, but it’s difficult to estimate the attendance. Would the attendance be much more than 18,000 for a first round game? I wonder.“No doubt we will have to sit down and discuss it with the Ulster Council, but obviously we want to retain our home advantage and run out at MacCumhaill Park as defending All-Ireland champions.”He added: “The capacity of a lot of grounds was reduced because of the Slattery Report – including Clones. We spent a lot of money and complied with the findings of a previous report only to find that the Slattery Report had changed things again. “We won’t make any short-cuts when it comes to the safety of spectators and teams but we believe only minor changes will be needed to get Ballybofey back to its proper capacity of around 18,000. We’re confident that will be adequate.” WE WON’T ALLOW ULSTER CLASH GO TO CLONES – PJ MCGOWAN was last modified: October 8th, 2012 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)last_img read more

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Kittel ties German record for Tour de France stage wins

first_imgNikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Provisional results awarded Kittel the victory but the photo of the finish left room for questions.Three-time champion Chris Froome will wear the yellow jersey into the mountains this weekend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIt was Kittel’s 12th career win in the Tour, tying him with Erik Zabel for the German record.Kittel clocked slightly more than five hours over the mostly flat 213.5-kilometer (132-mile) leg from Troyes in champagne country to Nuits-Saint-Georges in the heart of the Burgundy winemaking region. LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Germany’s sprinter Marcel Kittel, second left, crosses the finish line with a fraction of a second difference ahead of Norway’s Edvald Boasson Hagen, right, to win the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 213.5 kilometers (132.7 miles) with start in Troyes and finish in Nuits-Saint-Georges, France, Friday, July 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES, France — Another day, another victory for Marcel Kittel in the Tour de France.Only this time, the German nearly made his move too late and edged Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway only in a photo finish to win his third stage — and second in two days — in the race on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Gilas rains 3s late to down Blackwater Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena View commentslast_img read more

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Asian Shooting Championships: Deepak Kumar Bags Bronze and 2020 Tokyo Olympics Quota

first_imgDoha: Deepak Kumar secured India’s 10th Tokyo Olympic quota in shooting after winning the men’s 10m air rifle bronze medal at the 14th Asian Championships here on Tuesday.Deepak shot 145 in the final of the event on the tournament’s opening day. Deepak, who won a bronze medal at the 2018 ISSF World Cup in Guadalajara last year, qualified for the eight-man final in third place with a score of 626.8.India has already secured nine Tokyo quotas in rifle and pistol and lies behind China (25 quotas) and Korea (12) in the Asian region, besides the host-country Japan (12 allotted slots), in terms of quotas won.The most experienced of the three Indian shooters participating in the event, Deepak lived up to the expectations by managing to win a quota.Deepak is the second Indian shooter to earn an Olympic quota in the event after Divyansh Singh Panwar, who secured it in April. 10m air rifle2020 Olympicsasian championshipsAsian Shooting Championships First Published: November 5, 2019, 2:42 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Mamata announces many development initiatives for north Bengal

first_imgSiliguri (WB), June 29 (PTI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today announced a slew of development initiatives for North Bengal after holding an administration meeting here.She announced that from now on, a tea directorate, under the chairmanship of Sourav Chakroborty, will work to address all issues confronting the plantations including welfare of tea garden workers.To promote sports in the region, the North Bengal Board of Sports and Games will start functioning under the chairmanship of former footballer Baichung Bhutia. He will be assisted by two Deputy Chairpersons – Mantu Ghosh and Mon Ghising, Banerjee said.There will be two members in the Board as well – cricketers Wriddhiman Saha and Shibshankar Pal, the Chief Minister said.Banerjee said Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus here will be upgraded to international standard with one floor given to private sector for revenue generation and the ground floor will be thoroughly revamped.As part of exploring the tourism potential of the region, which is close to the borders with Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan, aeroplane service to Malda and Balurghat will commence soon with an MoU signed with Airports Authority of India, she said.The Chief Minister said the North Bengal Development Council will work in coordination with the North Bengal Development Department and new Council Chairperson Abdul Karim Chowdhury and Deputy Chairpersons Harkabahadur Chhhetri and Bhaichung Bhutia will work as a team.She also said unfinished projects should be completed in time.President Pranab Mukherjee will stay in Darjeeling from July 12 to July 14 on the occasion of Nepali poet Bhanu Bhaktas birth anniversary, Banerjee said.advertisementThe Chief Minister earlier met DMs of Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar and Darjeeling districts at Uttarkanya state secretariat and took stock of various projects. She will stay here overnight. PTI COR SUS NSD PSlast_img read more

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Euro 2016: UEFA asks players to keep their children off the grass

first_imgUEFA explained Tuesday why it does not want players’ children to join in post-match celebrations at the European Championship.The scenes of toddlers in full Wales kit joining their dads on the pitch after another Euro 2016 win has added to the surprise semifinalist’s feel-good story and delighted spectators.However, UEFA has asked for no more on-field family scenes when Wales plays Portugal in Lyon on Wednesday. (Also read: FULL EURO 2016 COVERAGE)”It is a European Championship not a family party,” UEFA’s tournament director Martin Kallen said at a briefing.”A stadium is not the most safe place for small kids,” Kallen said. There could be problems if fans invaded the field, and stadium staff operating machinery on the playing surface could also be an issue.Among the most vivid and defining images of Euro 2016 was Wales star Gareth Bale laughing and chasing his three-year-old daughter, Alba Violet, across the Parc des Princes pitch in Paris after a 1-0 win against Northern Ireland in the round of 16.”To be able to share it with my daughter and my family was emotional for me,” Bale said later. “Obviously I haven’t seen them for four or five weeks now. It’s an amazing experience, one I’ll never forget.”After stunning Belgium in the quarterfinals last Saturday, an entire team’s worth of players’ children had a kick about in the goalmouth in front of the Wales fans in the stadium at Lille.”It is nice pictures,” Kallen acknowledged. “We are not 100 percent against it but we are cautious.”advertisementUEFA’s request to the Wales football federation was first reported on Monday by The Associated Press. (Also read: Cristiano Ronaldo vs Gareth Bale: Portugal play Wales in Euro 2016 semis)The Wales team is following a recent football tradition of players celebrating with their children, especially after cup finals.”It is getting more and more a habit that entire family members would like to go on the pitch or into the technical area,” Kallen said. “The principle is how far you go with having other people on the pitch than the players. People with accreditation cards should be on the pitch and not more.”Kallen said UEFA has a responsibility to identify risk and ensure safety inside stadiums.”Small kids of five, six years – if something happened, what do you do afterwards? What do you say?” he said. “From our side there should be a certain order.”last_img read more

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Virat Kohli’s diet paying off in 2016: Runs in ODIs, T20s and Tests

first_imgVirat Kohli has been in the form of his life for quite some time now. He has been one of the very few players who has been successful in overseas conditions and taken the game to the opposition. From four centuries in four Tests to a double hundred in West Indies, the Indian Test captain has been on a level of his own. While talent was never a question, what’s the secret behind his fantastic run?Well, one might well say his aggression and desire to be the best is the driving force, one thing that can’t be overlooked at all is his drive for fitness. (Also read: New fitness levels have helped my batting, fielding: Virat Kohli)Kohli has been on a roll when it comes to being fit. He has hardly missed a match for India in the last year or so due an injury or ill health. The only time India played without the flamboyant batsman was when he was rested for the Sri Lanka series. Well, even that did not stop him from keeping his body fit as he sets high levels for himself. His passion for a fit and lean body was very much visible through his Instagram posts. Being a Punjabi boy and openly talking about his love for butter chicken, Kohli’s diet of almonds, grilled chicken, juices says it all when it comes to maintaining a rich protein rich diet to stay healthy and lead the country’s run fest ahead of the long season. advertisementVirat Kohli during the World T20 (Reuters Photo)LOVE AFFAIR WITH AUSTRALIAThe 27 year-old batsman was brilliant against the Aussies during India’s tour Down Under. After the four Test centuries, he managed to score 381 runs in five matches including two hundreds.T20 RUN MACHINEThe Indian Test captain’s healthy diet certainly paid dividends as he had a phenomenal year till now. Kohli played some very important knocks in the World T20 as he scored 273 runs at 136.50. He was also named the Player of the tournament. He followed it up with a whopping 973 runs in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore which included four centuries guiding them to the final before losing to eventual champions Sunrisers Hyderabad.Virat Kohli scored four hundreds in this year’s IPL (BCCI Photo)HISTORIC SERIES WINS VS SOUTH AFRICA, SRI LANKAKohli’s side had successfully beaten South Africa at home in the Test series and Sri Lanka in their own backyard last year and now he had his work cut out as he was getting ready to tour the West Indies. It was also his first tour away from the sub-continent as the full-time captain and he didn’t disappoint. Not only did India win the four-match Test series 2-0 but the captain led the way with a brilliant double century in the first Test at Antigua. He kept accumulating runs and became one of the most successful Indian captains in overseas conditions with the bat. (Also read: Six-pack Virat shows the way: Team India demands Kohli’s chicken and coffee diet)SLUMP IN FORM AND DOUBLE TONHowever, Kohli finally suffered a slump of form it seemed. He failed to make any notable contributions in the first two Tests against New Zealand with 45 being the highest in the second innings of the Kolkata Test.  With his social media posts getting grabbing some attention amidst his slump of form, people were quick to criticise him for his failures with the bat. But, like always, Kohli answered his critics in style with a fantastic double hundred in the third Test at Indore. He scored his career best score of 211, striking the best fourth-wicket partnership for India with his deputy Ajinkya Rahane as the pair managed to notch up 365 runs. With this double ton, Kohli also became the first Indian captain to score two double centuries and that too in the same year. This was also the third-highest score by an Indian captain in Tests, only trailing to Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar in the process. (Also read: Virat Kohli becomes first Indian captain to score two double centuries)With 10 Test matches still to go at home and a host of ODIs and Champions Trophy coming up, Kohli has his work cut out but going by his form and ability to deal with pressure and stay fit, he will remain India’s key man in all formats of the game in the upcoming future.Sneak peak into my morning cardio session ????? pic.twitter.com/RANRd9svMt Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 15, 2016 advertisementlast_img read more

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