A 100 carat diamond, which is at the center of a lawsuit involving one Jefferson Sanoe, currently in detention at the Monrovia Central Prison, is reported to have been smuggled out of the country by a local diamond company, West Africa Diamond Limited, and sold in Dubai for US$1.5 million.Speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case with the media, a senior staff at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), told the Daily Observer that the diamonds were allegedly smuggled out of the country by some of his fellow staff members. The information, however, could not be independently verified.The MLME is tasked with the responsibility of assessing and packaging diamonds for shipment out of the country by a diamond company approved by the Ministry, our source said.“The company was investigated by the National Security Agency (NSA). The only thing that happened was that executives of the company and some senior staffs of the Ministry met and somehow handled the matter among themselves. They were even planning to negotiate the release of defendant Sanoe from detention and also to drop the charges against him,” this source disclosed.Defendant Sanoe was arrested on October 21 in Gbarpolu County by state security for allegedly “stealing a diamond,” believed to have been owned by a MLME senior official.The creek in which the diamond allegedly went missing is owned by the minister’s sister, identified as Marthaline Weah, who brought the allegation against Sanoe, who is currently in prison because of his legal team’s inability to secure a US$3-million bond. Under Liberian law the crime — Theft of Property — is a bailable offense.The Minister for Land, Mines and Energy, Patrick Sandolo, when contacted by the Daily Observer via mobile phone, declined to comment, saying that he was attending a senior staff meeting. He however recommended his Inspector General, Mr. Fahneseht Mulbah, to speak on the issue. Mulbah denied that any of the staffs were involved into the alleged selling of the diamond. “I don’t have any knowledge about what you are saying,” Mulbah said. “The only thing that I know about is that a man named Jefferson Sanoe was arrested in Gbarpolu County for stealing diamond and is presently in jail, charged with a US$1.5-million theft.”“Though we are responsible to appraise diamonds before they leave the country for sale, we did not see this particular diamond that you are talking about. How would people accuse the ministry of helping West Africa Diamond to smuggle diamond that we didn’t see or know about?” he said.He further stated that they are going to investigate the matter, in order to establish whether or not some of the Ministry’s staff were involved.Further refuting the claims, Mulbah added, “We couldn’t hear the matter because it was criminal. Based on its criminal nature, it was the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), the legal arm of the government that handled it. So how could we say, we are going to withdraw the matter from court to settle it? Is it our responsibility to do so?” he asked rhetorically, saying, “This issue is a complete lie.”When the owner of the West Africa Diamond limited, only identified as Tunkura, who is also the president of the Liberia Diamond Association, was contacted, he told our reporter to meet him at his Broad Street office. Unfortunately, when our correspondent appeared Tunkura was absent. A man, who identified himself only as Cummings, told our correspondent that he was appointed to speak on behalf of Tunkura.Asked about his company’s involvement into the alleged smuggling of the 100 carats diamond out of the country, Cummings said, “We don’t know what you people are saying. You can visit the Ministry to know if whether we have exported diamond in the last four months. Look, we have not exported diamonds for a long time. The record is there and you can check it for yourself,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Paolo Guerrero’s availability at the World Cup is a huge boost for Peru © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIST. GALLEN, Switzerland, Jun 3 – Paolo Guerrero scored twice in a 3-0 friendly win over Saudi Arabia to cap an emotional week for the Peru captain who was cleared to play at the World Cup after his long legal battle against a 14-month drugs suspension.The 34-year-old striker won a last-ditch legal appeal on Thursday to appear at the tournament in Russia despite being banned after testing positive for traces of cocaine following a World Cup qualifier against Argentina last October. The Swiss federal tribunal, Guerrero’s last legal recourse, overturned a ruling by the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) that saw him suspended for 14 months.As well as allowing Guerrero to participate in the June 14-July 15 showpiece, it has also given the player hope of seeing his ban reduced or annulled as it ruled the CAS decision “unjustified”.Guerrero has played just a handful of matches for his Brazilian club Flamengo since he was initially banned on November 3, a ruling that forced him out of Peru’s two-legged World Cup play-off with New Zealand.But the former Bayern Munich star displayed no obvious signs of rust against Saudi Arabia in St Gallen, Switzerland, as his two goals sealed a convincing win after Andre Carrillo had fired the South Americans ahead on 21 minutes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
The fundraising page, which has so far raised nearly £250,000 (287,000 euros, $327,000), said there would also be “helicopter searches of the coastal areas”.The small aircraft, which was carrying the Cardiff City striker from his former club Nantes in France to Britain, disappeared from radar on January 21.Sala’s body was recovered on February 7 from the submerged wreck of the plane and his funeral was held on Saturday in his home town of Progreso in Argentina.The plane was located by a shipwreck hunting company, Blue Water Recoveries, hired by Sala’s family thanks to crowdfunding after a search for the plane was suspended.Ibbotson’s body was never found and investigators said they suspended the search because of bad weather.David Mearns, director of Blue Water Recoveries, said on Tuesday that he had been assisting Ibbotson’s family.“This search is technically very different to the underwater search for the Piper Malibu aircraft. It is dependent on good weather, neap tides and flight permits.“The ‘search’ will include a dive to the wreck to rule out 100% that David’s body is there and a helicopter search of inaccessible coastal areas in the Channel Islands using trained pilots and observers,” he wrote.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000FC Nantes supporters gather in front of a portrait of late Argentinian forward Emiliano Sala prior to the French L1 football match against Nimes Olympique at the La Beaujoire stadium in Nantes, western France on February 10, 2019 © AFP/File / LOIC VENANCELONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 19 – A search for the pilot of a plane carrying footballer Emiliano Sala which crashed in the Channel last month is set to resume next week, his family said on Tuesday.David Ibbotson’s family said on a crowdfunding page to raise money for the search that divers would begin looking for the body “hopefully beginning of next week”.
20 15. Swansea City – There’s little hatred towards the Swans. Although this celebration by Bafetimbi Gomis is arguably one of the most cringe-worthy the Premier League has ever seen. 1. Chelsea – Chelsea offend everyone. Their fans, their money, their captain, their miserable stadium it’s hard not to detest the Blues if you’re a rival. But Chelsea fans will tell you it’s just jealousy. 20 20. Bournemouth are the least hated club! Click the arrow above, right, to see the full ranking of every Premier League club on how much they are hated by their rivals, from worst to first! – The likability of Eddie Howe and his players means the Canaries have come in as the least hated club in the Premier League. Scroll down for an explanation of the poll that produced these rankings. 20 18. Burnley – The Clarets don’t really offend, but as with every club, there’s always some that despise their fans. Blackburn? 20 17. Watford – Recently promoted to the Premier League after an eight-year absence, the Hornets haven’t yet caused too much upset. The club’s treatment of Quique Sanchez Flores, who left at the end of last season, did upset some, though. 20 20 4. Manchester City – Money, money, money. As with Chelsea, the Citizens have bought their way to the top and there’s plenty of resentment over their recent success. 14. Middlesbrough – Should the Boro, who have been very active in the summer market, settle quickly in the Premier League, they could rise in the table. 20 10. West Bromwich Albion – West Brom have become that club that are a bit ‘meh’, seemingly existing to tread Premier League water. The appointment of Tony Pulis may have annoyed a few rival fans, though. 20 20 20 20 13. Hull City – The stand-off between the club’s fans and owner hasn’t been a good advert for the Tigers. And these little flags are a bit Chelsea. 11. Crystal Palace – The Eagles’ uninspiring style of play and fairly dreadful stadium has done little to aid their standing with their rivals. And Alan Pardew isn’t the most popular of figures in the top flight. 20 20 16. Southampton – The Saints are fairly inoffensive. But if they continue to do well in the Premier League, they could start to really frustrate their rivals. Intense rivalry is what makes the Premier League great.Of course there’s an unspoken respect between clubs, but it’s the hatred felt towards one another that makes us love the drama that comes with English football.Taking such hatred into consideration, a national newspaper survey asked 10,000 fans from across the country which sides they detested the most.And the results are in… take a look at the league of hate table by viewing the slideshow above. 5. Arsenal – Even some Arsenal fans can’t stand the club at the minute. 8. West Ham United – There are few images worse than David Sullivan and David Gold stepping out of their Rolls Royces or helicopters for absolutely any club event. Not to mention being gifted a huge new stadium by the tax payer. 20 20 20 6. Tottenham Hotspur – Look at the glee Chelsea took in ending Tottenham’s ‘title challenge’ last season. And then there’s Daniel Levy squeezing the pennies out of every deal. 7. Stoke City – No amount of ex-Barcelona players seems to have changed rival fans’ views of a cold wet night at Stoke. 20 20 19. Leicester City – After their fairy tale success last season, what is there to hate about the Premier League champions? Perhaps a little envy and this photoshopped image of Gary Lineker. 20 3. Liverpool – History lessons, ‘this year will be our year’ and so on. As for ‘Anfield is not in England’, just because it’s full of Norwegian day trippers, you might want to check your geography… 12. Everton – Any club that labels themselves ‘The People’s Club’ is setting themselves up for a knock or two. What are all the fans of other clubs? Aliens? 20 2. Manchester United – If the Red Devils werent detested enough by their rivals, the arrival of the equally unbearably arrogant Jose Mourinho has only decreased their popularity. 9. Sunderland – Again, it’s the fans that have offended their rivals the most. Credit where it’s due, they know how to wind the opposition up.
UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council demanded Wednesday that Iran suspend uranium enrichment, the first time the powerful body has directly urged Tehran to clear up suspicions that it is seeking nuclear weapons. Iran remained defiant, maintaining its right to nuclear power but insisting that it is committed to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and has no intention of seeking weapons of mass destruction. “Pressure and threats do not work with Iran. Iran is a country that is allergic to pressure and to threats and intimidation,” Iranian Ambassador Javad Zarif said. He later added that “Iran insists on its right to have access to nuclear technology for explicitly peaceful purposes. We will not abandon that claim to our legitimate right.” The 15-nation council unanimously approved a statement that will ask the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, to report back in 30 days on Iran’s compliance with demands to stop enriching uranium. Members of the council wanted to reach a deal before today, when foreign ministers from the five veto-wielding council members and Germany meet in Berlin to discuss strategy on Iran. Diplomats would not say exactly what will happen if Iran does not comply with the statement within 30 days, but suggested that would be discussed by the foreign ministers in Berlin. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Diplomats portrayed the statement, which is not legally binding, as a first, modest step toward compelling Iran to make clear that its program is for peaceful purposes. The Security Council could eventually impose economic sanctions, though Russia and China say they oppose such tough measures. “The council is expressing its clear concern and is saying to Iran that it should comply with the wishes of the governing board,” France’s U.N. Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sabliere said. The document was adopted by consensus and without a vote after a flurry of negotiations among the five veto-wielding council members. In the end, Britain, France and the United States made several concessions to China and Russia, Iran’s allies, who wanted as mild a statement as possible. Still, the Western countries said the statement expresses the international community’s shared conviction that Iran must comply with the governing board of the IAEA and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Enrichment is a process that can produce either fuel for a nuclear reactor or the material for a nuclear warhead.
A Donegal IT company is set to take on new workers after it pulled off a major coup with the world’s biggest online auction company eBay.Donegal company 3D Issue puled off a major coup with eBay.Letterkenny-based 3D Issue created an internal communications systems for eBay’s thousands of employees.It came after eBay recently officially separated from PayPal. The technical giant’s marketing team wanted to create a digital magazine, a native mobile app and an online web portal dedicated to the first day of their independence.And of all the technology companies across the globe which tried to find one solution, the Donegal company was the only one which could answer all the questions.The CEO of 3D Issue, Paul McNulty from College Farm Road in the Cathedral Town, paid tribute to his workers.While the company has now grown to 25 employees, Paul is confident that can grow to 40 employees in the near future. “We have fantastic engineers in-house that put in a lot of overtime to get this project over the line. The credit is theirs.”And he addd “The best thing is that eBay were so delighted with the technology that they have decided to make it a part of the internal marketing workflow.”Sara Luker of eBay praised the work of the Donegal company.“I couldn’t recommend the 3D Issue team more highly. They quickly felt like an extension of my team and worked to very tight deadlines to pull off a site, ezine and app for us. I was so impressed I’m now working with them to continue using their products as a regular channel.”Now the buzz around the eBay initiative has attracted a number of other fortune 500 companies who are also looking to source mobile solutions for their internal communications. 3D Issue continues to innovate and will shortly be launching a new mobile apps platform that allows companies to create their own news-stands where they can run hundreds or thousands of apps within a single native app environment.Paul said one of the most rewarding aspects about the growth of his company is that it manages to remain local.“The greatest joy in developing software is seeing your ideas come to life and be validated in the market by top tier clients such as eBay. And that’s what we love doing; looking at the market and trying to conceptualise improvements and new products that will assist our clients in being more productive.“And best of all, we are doing it all from our offices in Letterkenny. With 99% of our customers overseas, it goes to show that it doesn’t really matter where you are located if you have a good product. Our biggest obstacle is actually recruiting. Currently, we are at 25 people, but we are rapidly expanding and hope to grow our development team significantly over the next 18 months to bring our headcount to 40.” Although most outside of the technology industry will be baffled by what 3D Issue pulled off, Paul explained what his company did for 3D Issue.‘We had the 3 platforms they needed. We have a digital magazine platform, a content aggregation hub that can pull content from any online source and a ‘build your own mobile news app’ platform.“The tricky part, however, was the fact they wanted all of their employees to be able to share content on their personal facebook, twitter and Instagram pages. They gave each employee a special hashtag for identifying that the content was in reference to the campaign and they wanted our platform to be able to pull that content from everyone of their 15,000 employees social sites.“We had to develop an algorithm that could find every reference to that launch, validate that they were an employee and then extract that image, article or video and push that content instantly into their social magazine, hub and app.“Standard apps are very linear and matched to a particular content channel. Large organisations have multiple content channels and need mobile platforms that allow their readers to specify their requirements and load the app content that matters to them. That’s the problem we are addressing next.”DONEGAL COMPANY SET TO TAKE ON NEW EMPLOYEES AFTER eBAY COUP was last modified: August 27th, 2015 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:3D issuecoupdealdonegaleBAY
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 Vintners can also choose to pay into a fund the air district will use to help other communities and industries reduce their pollution. Wineries in the valley have come under scrutiny because the fermentation process that turns grape sugars to alcohol releases ethanol, methanol and other organic compounds into the atmosphere, where they react with sunlight and heat to form ozone. Environmental advocates complained that the rules were too lax and gave wineries an easy way to avoid cutting back emissions. “They rushed it,” said Earth Justice’s Sarah Jackson. The San Joaquin Valley has 109 vintners – including some of the country’s largest such as E&J Gallo and Delicato – and produces approximately 338 million gallons of wine a year, or roughly 70 percent of California’s table wine. FRESNO – Air regulators on Thursday approved the nation’s first air quality controls on wineries in an effort to clamp down on the smog-forming chemicals that drift into the atmosphere during fermentation. Among the sweeping reforms, officials also approved rules requiring developers and industry to adopt features that will cut down on pollution that many blame on sprawl throughout the valley – one of the dirtiest air basins in the nation. The winery rule approved by the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District asks the 18 largest wine makers in the eight-county region to reduce pollution coming from their plants by 35 percent. In a move opposed by environmentalists, the district’s board hedged a bit, allowing wineries to pay another industry, such as a neighboring dairy, to reduce a similar amount of pollution if the vintners find that making changes in the production process is too expensive. But the valley also has some of the nation’s most polluted air. Regulators said the grape fermentation process releases about 788 tons of pollutants a year. Vintners opposed the rule, claiming it will cut into their profit margins and hinder their ability to compete internationally since no other country asks wine makers to implement air quality controls. But they praised the district for making the rule flexible. “You still get the emissions reductions the district wants to achieve, but it gives wine makers a way of complying in the most cost-effective way,” said David Farabee, a lawyer for the Wine Institute, which represents most of the wineries that fall under the rule. Also Thursday, regulators approved rules requiring developers and industry to cut down on pollution. The rules, which require developers to include features such as bike lanes and sidewalks or pay a fee of up to $780 a home, apply to developments with more than 50 homes, commercial projects exceeding 2,000 square feet and other sites meant for industrial and medical uses. Regulators said the initiative is the toughest in the state, and among the most stringent in the nation. The valley risks losing federal highway funds and other benefits if it does not come into compliance with clean air standards. Several dozen clean air advocates, concerned residents and environmentalists spoke in favor of the rule, saying the timing couldn’t be more appropriate. Two days ago, for the first time, regulators said the air in the entire eight-county region was too polluted for anyone – even healthy adults – to spend time outdoors. Industry representatives complained the rule will discourage businesses from moving to the area. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Tags: police fcStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeaguetopURA FC URA are unbeaten after seven games this season (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueURA FC vs Police FCMandela National Stadium, NambooleSaturday, 24-11-2018 @04:00pmNAMBOOLE – URA FC will be hoping to continue their unbeaten start to the StarTimes Uganda Premier League when they host inform Police FC at Namboole on Saturday afternoon.The Tax Collectors have been unbeatable this campaign but the fact that they have won only two of their first seven games should be a major concern going into this weekend’s fixture.In the current run, URA has only scored four goals, an issue to head Coach Sam Simbwa who claims his side are performing below per at the moment.“Yes we are still unbeaten but punching below our weight.“We have issues in attack as we are not scoring as many as we should.“I am so concerned but hopefully the situation is corrected as soon as possible.For their Saturday opponents-Police, after a disastrous start to the season which saw them lose all of their first three games, they have now gone four unbeaten, winning all but one in that period.The only time they failed to win in their last four games, was when they conceded an injury time equalizer at home to Maroons on match day 6.Juma Balinya, Ben Ocen, Paul Willa and Ashraf Mugume are the key men for the Abdallah Mubiru’s Police side coming into this game and all four will have to be at their absolute best if the Cops are to topple URA.Match Facts:This will be the 17th meeting between URA and Police since January 2011.URA have won nine of the meetings in that period with the Cops triumphing on only two occasions.The reverse fixture last season saw Police defeat URA 2-1 and it was the Cops’ first victory over the Tax Collectors since April 2014.URA have gone 11 games games unbeaten since the back end of last season (W3 D9).At home, they are on a 7 game unbeaten run that has seen them win 3 and draw the other 4 games.For Police, they have won three of their last four away fixture since May. The only time they failed to win a fixture on the road in that period was in the 2-1 loss at the hands of Paidah Black Angels in their opening game of the current season.BET ON THIS GAME AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants are wading their way into a new era, and on Tuesday against the Blue Jays, they took another big step into uncharted waters.Manager Bruce Bochy called on reliever Nick Vincent to serve as an “opener” against Toronto, adopting a modern pitching strategy that maximizes the impact of a strong bullpen.As soon as Bochy, Vincent and the Giants took the plunge, they were wiped out by the first-inning tidal wave that arrives wherever they play on a daily basis.Vincent gave …
NEW YORK — His players circled around him in the visiting clubhouse last night, dousing an unsuspecting Bruce Bochy with Budweiser.His coaching staff gathered in his office, sharing a toast of top shelf Kentucky bourbon as the manager dried off from his beer bath.Bochy’s starter, the ace who has won more games for him than any other pitcher in his career, stood in front of his locker to reflect on a friendship rather than his performance.“He’s a great manager,” Madison Bumgarner said. “But …