Aminata and Sons’ US$5.7m Judgment Withheld Indefinitely

first_imgA judgment that was expected to establish whether or not Aminata and Sons Incorporated, a petroleum company, actually duped government of US$5.7m unjustly accrued from the sale of the Japanese Oil Grant was held back yesterday. No new date was set to announce the judgment.The decision to reserve judgment came immediately after Judge Emery Paye of Criminal Court ‘C’ entertained final legal arguments from both Aminata and Sons’ legal team and lawyers of the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) that allegedly discovered the fraud and brought the lawsuit.Although similar allegations were levied against former Commerce Minister Miata Beysolow and T. Nelson Williams, former managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), Judge Paye decided to drop the allegations against them.The judge said his action was due to what he considered as “serious legal errors” in LACC’s investigative report based on which the indictment against the former public officials were drawn.It is not clear whether or not the judge will rely on his previous judgments in favor of Beysolow and Williams to drop the charges against Aminata and Sons.The two former officials were indicted on multiple crimes ranging from economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy and facilitation and violation of the required Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC) procedures and processes that called for a competitive bidding process, as well as their alleged roles in the Japanese Oil Grant in 2011.Before yesterday’s reservation of judgement, Siaka Turay, chief executive officer (CEO) of the petroleum company, denied having any knowledge of setting up the price of the products, which LACC claimed resulted in a loss of US$5,787,134.01 to the government.In his testimony at Criminal Court ‘C’, Turay said, “I played no role absolutely in the determination of the oil price.”Turay’s denial stemmed from the testimony of prosecution’s second witness, Aaron Henry Aboah, a program manager for enforcement at the LACC, who stated that Aminata and Sons duped government of US$5.7m of excess income which Turay unjustly accrued when he sold the grant products.Aboah also claimed that Turay sold the products (both diesel and gasoline) for US$4.22 and US$4.37 contrary to the agreed price of US$21.19 based on the gift element nature of the grant.Defendant Turay in response to Aboah’s allegation explained that in August 2011, his company and the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) entered into an agreement to execute the sale of the products.“In that agreement, my company was required to pay for the product at a cost of US$8.5 million, which amount we deposited through several payments,” Turay claimed.“Aminata and Sons paid the US$8.5 million to the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) as required by the agreement.”According to Turay, for transparency and accountability, they secured two bank guarantees of US$700,000 from Ecobank and US$400,000 from Guaranty Trust Bank (GT Bank) totaling US$1.1 million.“After we presented those guarantees,” Turay claimed, “LPRC management released the products, equivalent to the amount of US$1.1 million.”He claimed that after his initial payment of US$1.1 million that was made through a bank guarantee, “all other subsequent deliveries out of the consignment were made after we agreed on a pre-payment basis. This means that we were compelled to deposit the cash into the grant product accounts at the CBL.”“When we deposited the money at the CBL,” defendant Turay alleged, the agreement authorized his company to present copies of the deposit slips to LPRC, adding, “There was not a single gallon of the product given to Aminata and Sons without any payment made.”“We were required to pay all related storage fees to LPRC. We also paid taxes on those products to the government.” According him, his company was required to pay US$22,500 to LPRC constituting costs of publicity and audit of which he said the company paid US$6,500, leaving a balance of US$16,000.Defendant Turay, however, admitted to not completing that payment.He claimed that at the end of the sale of the grant products, LPRC prepared a report that summarized all of the transactions and presented that document to the government.“At that point, we thought that would have been the end of the transaction, but at some point later, we were called by the LACC to give an account of the products,” he continued to the disbelief of the onlookers and court staff.He said after responding positively to concerns about the grant products, LACC prepared its final report indicting his company.“The LACC report recommended that we pay the balance US$16,000, which we did,” defendant Turay claimed, adding “To our surprise, we received a writ indicting Aminata and Sons of committing several crimes.”In 2011, the Liberian government and the Japanese government executed an Exchange of Notes to which Japan donated 15,000 metric tons of petroleum products valued at US$13m to Liberia to be sold at the gift element rate of 21.19 percent of the market price, and the proceeds used for the country’s economic and social development. It is alleged that Aminata & Sons sold the product at the then market price of US$4.22 and US$4.37 without the gift element.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

CANU collaborates with DEA in “Operation Tale Horse”

first_img…aims to strengthen investigation, prosecution of narcotics casesThe US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has collaborated with the National Anti-Narcotics Agency (NANA) to conduct several training programmes intended to strengthen the investigation and prosecution of narcotics cases here in Guyana.According to Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Head Michael Atherly, “Operation Tale Horse” commenced in July 2018 and was expected to run until the end of 2019.CANU Head Michael AtherlyAtherly mentioned that NANA, along with sister agency CANU, has joined forces with the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to take advantage of the training.“NANA is coordinating joint operations between several drug enforcement units, and we have several serials down in this year that we plan to implement the operation. We will continue joint operations between those three agencies.”Under “Operation Tale Horse”, the authorities will be cooperating to reduce illicit trafficking, advance public safety and security, and promote social justice.“We have got constant collaboration with the DEA on a regular basis – routinely we have collaborations with them – the last operation we had was conducted at the CJIA [Cheddi Jagan International Airport] recently. A similar one was also conducted in last year at the Ogle Airport also,” the CANU Head said.Further, he underscored that “Operation Tale Horse” was over and above the regular routine operations that the Police, CANU and the GRA carry out. It, according to the CANU Head, is a joint operation coordinated by NANA.Atherly is optimistic that these operations will lead to further training in other counternarcotic specialties, such as digital forensics, case development, and court and legal skills.Moreover, Atherly mentioned that over a three-year period, the DEA has been able to see lots of developments throughout the law enforcement agency.One of those developments that he spoke of was the arrest of Guyanese hotelier Shervington Lovell, aka “Big Head”, who was nabbed in Jamaica in November. He was wanted for narcotics trafficking and was extradited to the US where he faced additional charges.Lovell’s arrest was as a result of collaboration between the DEA Office and local law enforcement agencies such as the GPF and CANU.“There is collaboration with the American authorities and CANU in terms of positive seizure and confiscation of assets here in Guyana. I think Jamaica is doing the same – but these things can’t be done until the case is completed and he is found guilty; his trial is still pending.”“SOCU (Special Organised Crime Unit) has been doing searches on the various properties to ascertain what is there on the properties and if they can get further information,” Atherly noted.In December last, while positing that a lot more work needs to be done, former United States Ambassador to Guyana, Perry Holloway, lauded efforts by drug enforcement agencies, both local and foreign, towards trying to put a dent in the illegal narcotics trade in Guyana.Situated on the South American continent with strong ties to the Caribbean Region, Guyana has long been identified as a transshipment point for major drug trafficking activities.Ambassador Holloway had asserted that it was too early to gauge the success of the DEA in Guyana, but noted that more positive results could be expected in the coming years. (Yanalla Dalrymple)last_img read more

Pres. Kenyatta promises Stars’ AFCON support

first_img0Shares0000President Uhuru Kenyatta shares a joke with Football Kenya Federation boss Nick Mwendwa during the FIFA World Cup trophy hosting ceremony at State House on February 26, 2018- PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 3 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has promised national football team Harambee Stars maximum support ahead of their first appearance at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) since 2014.Pending an official communique from the continental football body CAF, Stars are through to the Cup of Nations after Tuesday’s Extra-Ordinary Assembly made a unanimous decision to suspend Sierra Leone from the qualifiers due to their FIFA ban. That means that Sierra Leone’s matches will be struck off from Group F and that will leave Kenya at the top of the qualifiers with seven points, one ahead of Ghana and six ahead of Ethiopia with one round of qualification left.“The success of our national football team is a game changer in our sports. We are proud of what our young people are doing to improve standards of game in the country,” said President Kenyatta in a statement to newsrooms on Monday.President Kenyatta said the Government, through the Ministry of Sports, will continue supporting the national football team as it prepares for the continental tournament.“We know you are capable of winning this tournament. I assure you of my support and the Government will facilitate and provide you with the necessary resources to ensure you are well prepared for the task ahead,” President Kenyatta assured.Deputy President William Ruto greets Harambee Stars players during a training session at the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani on October 12, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluThe promise by the president tops up his deputy William Ruto’s earlier promise of gifting the team Sh50mn if they qualify for the Cup of Nations as well as accompanying them to the finals.Ruto made the promise last year after the team won the CECAFA Senior Challenge and reiterated his words before Stars’ home game against Ethiopia which they won 3-0 to cement their qualification.CAF Is yet to make a decision on where the 2019 showpiece will be held after Cameroon was stripped of the rights due to ill preparedness.Morocco and South Africa are touted to host the biennial championship with CAF having approached the latter to host the event which will be expanded to 24 teams for the first time ever.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Is there still room for misfiring Mitrovic? Predicted Newcastle XI

first_img 2. Fabricio Coloccini (centre back) – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the predicted Newcastle line up in squad number order 11 11 Newcastle and Man United clash at St James’ Park tonight, with both languishing near the bottom of the Premier League form guide.The Magpies have lost their last three league games and know only a win against the Red Devils will be enough to drag them out of the drop zone.It’s been a punishing winter schedule for Steve McClaren’s men, and many of the players from a strong-looking Newcastle team that lost to Watford in the FA Cup third round will start tonight’s fixture.It was another disappointing performance for striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who works hard but has struggled to finish during his time on Tyneside. The Magpies have a lack of options up front but Siem de Jong will be hopeful of a recall to the Newcastle attack.De Jong hasn’t started a game since the 1-1 draw with Aston Villa in December, so it remains to be seen whether McClaren will favour him a position in the first XI.Newcastle fans will be boosted with the signing of Henri Saivet and the incoming Jonjo Shelvey, but both players look unlikely to feature as this game comes around too soon.Rolando Aarons and Emmanuel Riviere have returned to first team training, but will McClaren be ready to change up the side he’s persevered with over the last few games?Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see the predicted line up.POSSIBLE MAN UNITED LINE UP FOR NEWCASTLE GAME 17. Ayoze Perez (striker) 11 18. Chancel Mbemba (centre back) 11 11 3. Paul Dummett (left back) 4. Jack Colback (centre midfield) 11 11 24. Cheick Tiote (centre midfield) 45. Aleksandar Mitrovic 22. Daryl Janmaat (right back) 11 5. Georginio Wijnaldum (winger) 11 7. Moussa Sissoko (winger) 11 11 21. Rob Elliot (goalkeeper) last_img read more

Liverpool and Tottenham favoured ahead of Man United for Europa League glory

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Premier League trio Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham moved into the last 16 of the Europa League on Thursday night.Liverpool and Spurs are 15/2 to win the competition, while United are priced at 9/1, with Borussia Dortmund currently heading the betting.Meanwhile, Chelsea are continuing their search for a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho and betting has been suspended on Antonio Conte getting the job amid fevered speculation he is Stamford Bridge-bound.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

CONFIRMED: England XI to start against Germany including Alli, Dier and Welbeck

first_img Chris Smalling (centre-back, Manchester United) – 21 caps, 0 goals – Click the arrow, above right, to see who will start for the Three Lions Adam Lallana (midfield, Liverpool) – 19 caps, 0 goals – Click the arrow, above right, to see who will start for the Three Lions 11 Danny Rose (left-back, Tottenham Hotspur) – 0 caps – Click the arrow, above right, to see who will start for the Three Lions 11 Harry Kane (forward, Tottenham Hotspur) – eight caps, 3 goals 11 Nathaniel Clyne (right-back, Liverpool) – nine caps, 0 goals – Click the arrow, above right, to see who will start for the Three Lions The Football Association have announced the England XI to start against Germany on Saturday. The friendly match – which is live on talkSPORT – kicks off in Berlin at 7:45pm. One starter we already knew was Gary Cahill, who will captain the Three Lions in Wayne Rooney’s absence.Roy Hodgson, who is without Joe Hart due to injury, has named his team – click the arrow, above right, to see who will face the World Cup winners! Once you have seen the England XI, take a look at this classic clip – England’s 5-1 victory over Germany in 2001 Gary Cahill – captain (centre-back, Chelsea) – 40 caps, three goals – Click the arrow, above right, to see who will start for the Three Lions Dele Alli (midfield, Tottenham Hotspur) – four caps, 1 goal – Click the arrow, above right, to see who will start for the Three Lions Danny Welbeck (forward, Arsenal) – 33 caps, 14 goals – Click the arrow, above right, to see who will start for the Three Lions 11 11 11 11 11 11 Jack Butland (goalkeeper, Stoke City) – three caps – Click the arrow, above right, to see who will start for the Three Lions Jordan Henderson (midfield, Liverpool) – 22 caps, 0 goals – Click the arrow, above right, to see who will start for the Three Lions 11 11 Eric Dier (midfield, Tottenham Hotspur) – two caps, 0 goals – Click the arrow, above right, to see who will start for the Three Lions last_img read more

GAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NOTES

first_imgNaomh MhuireUnder 8 training continues on Saturday mornings at 11am. The under 10s will host a blitz in the banks this Saturday starting at 11am and everybody is asked to be there for 10:30am.The Under 12s travelled to Ardara for a friendly last week and will play Naomh Conaill this week. The under 14s travelled to Glenswilly for a friendly last Friday and recorded a victory. Next league game is Naomh Conaill.The under 16s are through to the semi-final of the championship after beating Kilcar on Sunday evening last. They now play Ardara for a place in the Southern final.The minors are due to play Ardara on Wednesday July 20th.There is a child protection course in the club-house this Wednesday evening at 7pm. This is open to all coaches and parents The Seniors and Reserves played Burt away last weekend. The Reserves recorded a good victory as their fitness showed towards the end of the game. The Seniors came up against a determined Burt defence and were down by four points. This weekend both teams travel to Carndonagh on Saturday evening with a 5:30 and 7pm throw in.The first outing for the club at girls u-16 level took place on Tuesday evening last away to Gweedore. Great credit to all involved in continuing to advance the ladies underage. The Ladies Junior championship semi final against Glenties has been provisionally scheduled for August 1st.The club postponed its day trip to Gola Island and it has been rescheduled to Sunday 14th August.Tickets for Tommy Fleming in Concert on Monday 1st August are on sale in the Cope Annagry or from Club members. These tickets make ideal birthday presents etc for what should be a great night. This concert is being jointly promoted by Naomh Mhuire and Dungloe GAA Clubs and all monies will be invested back into Club activities.The club had approx. 90 participants in its training week last week and a great week was had by all who also received a signed football. Thanks to all coaches and organisers involved. Lotto details for week 6th July; jackpot 2000 euro. No jackpot winner. There were 3 match 3 winners – Thomas Devenney – Rann Na Feirste. Finbar McBride – Meandoire Na Slua, Jamie Gillespie – Bothair Baile Mhanais. Numbers were 5-6-13-17.The Naomh Mhuire Annual Gate Collection in Annagry and Kincasslagh will be this weekend the 16th and 17th July with all proceeds going to underage development in the club. Check out our club website www.naomhmhuire.ieGAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 12th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: NAOMH MHUIRE GAA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S OVERCOME MAC CUMHAILLS TO REACH JUNIOR B FINAL

first_imgGoals from Michael Moreton and Matthew McColgan were the key scores at MacCumhaill Park as St. Eunan’s defeated MacCumhaill’s 2-08 to 1-07 to qualify for the Junior B Championship Final.Eunan’s led by 1-02 to no score on 9 minutes following points from a McColgan free and Paul Crossan from play either side of a well taken goal from Moreton who finished emphatically following great work by Anthony Walsh in the Eunan’s forward line.  MacCumhaill’s got off the mark on 10 minutes, with a goal from Niall McCloskey with a driving shot that gave Eunan’s ‘keeper Emmet Lynch no chance.Full forwards Moreton and Paddy Kelly traded the next six scores in a nip and tuck first half followed by a point from MacCumhaill’s midfielder Packie Gallen on 27 minutes which sent the teams in level at 1-05 apiece at half time. Points from substitute John Russell and Moreton in the opening stages of the second half gave Eunan’s a two point cushion.  Paddy Clohessy added two points for MacCumhaill’s, sandwiched by Crossan’s second point for John Coleman’s Eunan’s side.  Scores were at a premium in the latter stages and there was only one point between the teams with two minutes remaining, Eunan’s leading 1-08 to 1-07.With the game in the balance Mark Forde gained vital possession for Eunan’s in the middle third and drove through the Ballybofey defence before laying off for McColgan who finished neatly to the MacCumhaill’s net under pressure to secure a 2-08 to 1-07 win for the Letterkenny side who will now face Downings in the county final.St. Eunan’s:  E.Lynch, C.McIntyre, G.Maguire, M.Forde, B.Thornton, S.Nairn, J.Cavanagh, N.Kennedy, P.Crossan (0-02), M.McColgan (1-02), D.Rafferty, S.Crossan, M.Coleman, M.Moreton (1-03), A.Walsh.  subs; J.Russell (0-01) , K.Meehan, P.McAleer, O.O’Boyle, A.O’Connell.MacCumhaill’s: M.Cannon, A.Dullaghan, G.Doherty, E.Burke, P.Patton, C.Gallagher, A.Doherty, G.O’Donnell, P.Gallen (0-01), N.McCloskey (1-00), K.Hughes, P. Clohessy (0-02), G.Reilly, P.Kelly (0-04), M. Patton  GAA NEWS: ST EUNAN’S OVERCOME MAC CUMHAILLS TO REACH JUNIOR B FINAL was last modified: September 20th, 2015 by John2Share 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:Junior B Championshiplast_img read more

Arsenal ‘to sign international ace’ in January transfer window

first_img Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Almiron looks set to become the fifth senior signing made since Unai Emery’s appointment as Arsenal manager earlier this year. Over the summer, the Gunners brought in defenders Stephan Lichtsteiner and Sokratis Papastathopoulos, midfielders Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi, and Bernd Leno, the goalkeeper. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Almiron has been a standout performer in MLS since joining Atlanta 2 three-way race targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVING THE DREAM LATEST RANKED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND The Paraguay international has reportedly agreed to join the Gunners when the transfer window reopens in January, with Atlanta president Darren Eales telling FOX Deportes USA: “Almiron’s future is already decided and [he] will go to England in the European winter market.”It is believed Atlanta will replace Almiron with Pity Martinez, the Argentina international who currently represents River Plate in his homeland. REVEALED 2 targets Latest transfer news moving on Arsenal will sign Atlanta United star Miguel Almiron when the transfer window reopens in January, according to reports.Almiron, the midfielder, has starred since joining MLS from Lanus last year, registering a combined 42 goals and assists in just 64 appearances for Atlanta. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star This season he’s scored 12 goals and created a further 13 to guide Tata Martino’s side to the top of the Eastern Conference, but it appears his time in the United States is coming to an end.Almiron has previously been linked with a move to Europe due to his excellent form in MLS, and now it appears Arsenal have won the race to sign the 24-year-old. Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Almiron has won 12 caps for Paraguay Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing TOP WORK last_img read more

ATHLETICS: RESULTS OF THE CHURCHILL FAIR 5K

first_imgIVAN Toner tonight won the Churchill Fair 5k road race in 17:19.Michael Black was second, seven seconds later.For full results click here: Churchill 5k ResultsATHLETICS: RESULTS OF THE CHURCHILL FAIR 5K was last modified: July 15th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:5k racechurchill fairlast_img read more