Whistleblower, NOCAL Consultant Found Dead

first_imgWhat caused the death of Cllr. Nkrumah Michael Allison last Thursday morning at the beach on 4th Street is baffling police in Monrovia, who are bringing in a foreign pathologist to perform an autopsy to identify the cause of his death. His body was found on the beach, allegedly drowned, police said.Cllr. Allison blew the whistle that led to the on-going investigation by the Liberia Anti Corruption Commission, (LACC), and involving House Speaker Alex Tyler.  As NOCAL consultant, Cllr. Allison was expected to have received half of a US$25,000 consultancy fee from the nationwide legislative consultations regarding two draft oil bills, the NOCAL Act of 2013 and the Petroleum Act of 2013.  Over US$900,000 was allocated for the Legislature to conduct said consultations.Controversy surrounding the draft bills deepened when it was revealed that House Speaker Alex Tyler decided to pre-finance the project and made available a check in the amount of US$12,000, which piqued the interest of the LACC, who later launched an investigation into his actions.Cllr. Allison’s body was “discovered on the beach on 4th Street on Thursday February 12,” according to a release by the Liberia National Police yesterday.Cllr. Allison, son of the late Gray D. Allison, the most powerful defense minister in the Samuel K. Doe administration, was the head of the BRICS Legal Consultants that provide legal services for needy persons in Liberia, a source said.A release quoting LNP director Chris Massaquoi yesterday said, “This event revealed that during the evening hours of February 12, at about 1800hrs, Cllr. Michael Allison and his female friend (name withheld) were walking along the 4th Street beach when he got drowned.“He (Allison) allegedly told the lady in question that he was feeling warm and wanted to waste some sea water on his body.“It is further alleged that,” Director Massaquoi said, “he (Allison) then took off his clothes and walked into the sea at which time he allegedly drowned.”Police said Cllr. Allison’s remains are “deposited at the John F. Kennedy Hospital morgue, pending an autopsy.”“Meanwhile, arrangement is being made for a foreign pathologist to be flown into the country to conduct the autopsy to assist the police in its investigation,” says LNP sources.The police action supports, to a larger extent, claims in several quarters that Cllr. Allison’s death was not natural and the explanation of the “female friend” is not believable by the police, as the community has expressed utter shock about the young lawyer’s death.Family sources told the Daily Observer that Cllr. Allison’s role as a whistleblower, revealing contents of the draft bills, made him unpopular in political circles, and though our sources could not advance information that could reveal the cause of his eventual demise, they did not rule out foul play either.Though police are not talking or making conclusions, the position to fly in a foreign pathologist is an indication of police dissatisfaction with the explanation given by the “female friend” about Cllr. Allison’s drowning, leaving the public with mixed reactions.Cllr. Allison’s unpopularity emanated from his disclosure of negotiations taking place by NOCAL for the sale of oil blocks, which many believe should have been suspended during the heat of the Ebola epidemic, when all efforts were supposed to be focused on the Ebola fight.Another witness told the Daily Observer, “Cllr. Allison was a major figure in the frustration and shame that befell all those who were determined to sell the oil blocks during the worst period of the Ebola crisis.” Many expressed the view that his demise apparently originated from his role as a whistleblower.But did he drown as the “female friend” told police? The report indicated that the couple walked on the beach on Thursday night and when he allegedly drowned, she cried for help and a Brazilian with a speedboat came to her assistance.As family and friends and the country grapple with the cause of Cllr. Allison’s death, many appealed to the police to ensure justice for the victim.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘AFL Capable of Maintaining Peace’

first_imgThe Commander-In-Chief (C-I-C) of Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has assured Liberians and foreign residents that the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) are prepared to and capable of maintaining the country’s peace after UNMIL shall have finally left the country.“From the composition of the army, it obviously indicated that Liberia now has a force for good that is always ready and prepared to defend the country’s democratic gains and support development,” C-I-C Sirleaf said.The President’s assurance was contained in her final AFL Day message, marking the 60th Armed Forces Day, held at the Barclay Training Center (BTC) in Monrovia. The program brought together several dignitaries, among them government officials, dean and members of the diplomatic corps.According to the President, as the army remains a small-sized force, the government is proud of its tactical and technical proficiencies that its mission demands. “Today, our AFL is a ‘Force for Good,’ always ready and prepared to defend our democratic gains and support our development efforts,” the President reechoed. The 60th anniversary of AFL Day, the President said, was set aside to honor the gallant men and women in the army who chose to defend the country, adding, “It has indeed been the ultimate privilege and highest honor of my public service to serve as C-I-C of the AFL.”She said the new army started from a “very humble beginning” in 2006, after a stringent vetting and recruiting process that ended with the recruitment of 106 young men and women who were initially trained and sworn to serve the country. After 11 years, C-I-C Sirleaf said, the Armed Forces now have the numerical strength of about 2,200 personnel, professionally trained in their various military occupational specialties. The President reported that the army is serving abroad with the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali, “flying our flag in the dangerous desert region of Timbuktu and affirming our nation’s steadfastness to regional peace and security.” She paid recognition to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) for their partnership and assistance in building the unique capabilities of the AFL, which is also serving at the headquarters of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and is present at the Mano River Union Secretariat under the entity’s security protocol.“When called to duty, the AFL has risen to the occasion regardless of time, location, situation or condition. During the hectic days of the Ebola epidemic’s uncertainty, you were once again called to duty to support our efforts in defeating Ebola, and we learned the lessons of civilian-military collaboration,” President Sirleaf said.She recalled that during the turbulent days of disturbances along the southeastern border area, the AFL went in defense of “our sovereignty and successfully launched ‘Operation Restore Hope,’ which brought calm and sanity along the Liberian and Ivorian border areas.” “We are grateful to our other partners for their critical support, for the training and other military cooperation which have helped to build the efficiency and capabilities of the AFL,” she said. She thanked all of the country’s partners, stating that it was through their support “we have built a vibrant military that is capable of executing various operations in maintaining the peace and stability in post UNMIL environment. We expect that the spirit of public trust and confidence in our security sector will continue beyond UNMIL’s transition.” She said, “Now that enormous achievements have been made in our security and defense sector reform programs, we can look to the future with renewed confidence in maintaining the peace we enjoy.” The President said the Liberia National Police and other security agencies will have primary responsibility of providing security during the voter registration and election, and they will have the fullest support of government. To the military families, the President said: “Your support to our men and women in arms are clear manifestation of your commitment in maintaining stability at home as they defend our home-front, and participate in peacekeeping operations abroad. “I will continue to serve you and support the fulfillment of our national obligations to you and your families. Indeed it has been an exceptional honor and a remarkable journey of constitutional privilege to serve you as your Commander-In-Chief.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Padraig GAA News: Club Notes: 09/03/2015CLUB LOTTO The seventh Club Lotto draw of the year took place at the clubhouse on Monday the 9th of March. The numbers drawn on the night were 2, 3, 17 and 20.There was no jackpot winner; therefore next week’s jackpot increases to €2500. Five lucky players matched two of the numbers drawn.They were: Maura McDaid (Edenmore), Joe Lynch (Carrickmore), C. Kennedy (The Bowling Green Bar, Strabane), Phil Ferry (Porthall), and Isabella Connolly (Lifford). Each received €20.THE WEEK AHEAD U-14 Ladies, U-16 Ladies and Minor Ladies training continues on Monday evenings at the Training Pitch in Rossgier (6PM to 7PM) and Wednesday evenings at the Lifford Community Centre (7PM to 8PM). All players are asked to contribute €2 towards the cost of each training session.U-16 Boys training continues each Wednesday night at the training pitch in Rossgier (5:30PM to 6:45PM).Men’s team training continues as normal on Mondays and Thursdays at the Training Pitch in Rossgier. All players are asked to be on the pitch, ready to begin training at 7:20PM sharp on both nights.Under-8 and Under 10 team training continues every Saturday morning from 11AM to 12PM at the Lifford Resource Centre AstroTurf. Any children born between 2005 and 2009 are more than welcome to attend. All players are asked to contribute €2 towards the cost of renting the Astroturf.As always, new players are more than welcome to join any of the Clubs teams. STARS IN THEIR EYES FUNDRAISEROur ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ Fundraiser is now less than 2 weeks away, with the event taking place in Bannigans Bar, Main Street, Lifford on Saturday the 21st of March at 9PM. On the night we have country legends Garth Brooks and Kenny Rogers performing, as well as Neil Diamond and modern day chart toppers CeeLo Green, Megan Trainor and Katy Perry. We also have ol’ blue eyes himself, Frank Sinatra, as well as Alannah Myles of ‘Black Velvet’ fame, with one or two additional acts still to be confirmed before the big night. While we can promises nothing as regards the quality of the singing on the night, we can guarantee a great night’s fun and some brilliant entertainment.Tickets for the event are now on sale now at a cost of €5. Tickets can be obtained from Club Members John McDermott (0872106832), Megan McNulty (0863943127), Christine Marley (0868964163), Orla McGhee (0867300218) and Caroline McBride. Tickets can also be purchased from Bannigans Bar directly. Please note that tickets for the event are selling fast so be sure to get yours while they are still available.In next week’s Club Notes, we will be revealing the true identities of those brave souls taking to the stage on the night. We hope to see you all there.SYMPATHIESThe Club would to like to extend its sympathies to the family and friends of Bobby Kelly (Drumbuoy) on their recent bereavement – ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.GAA NEWS: NAOMH PADRAIG MEN’S SENIOR TEAM CONTINUE PREPARATIONS FOR NEW CAMPAIGN was last modified: March 10th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANaomh PadriagNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgThe HSE has been notified of a tragic unexpected death in Donegal; the HSE extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased. Currently HSE staff are liaising with the families in relation to this incident and all supports are being made available to provide assistance at this very difficult time.Staff from the HSE are also working closely with the local community to provide support and information. A drop-in session has been organised and will take place in the local Community Centre in St. Johnston this afternoon from 16.00 -18.30 for parents who have any concerns about their young people and for young people who may be affected.The HSE has also contacted all GPs in the surrounding area to advise them of the support services available.The HSE Public Health Department in the North West is again reminding people of the danger of taking substances including an ecstasy like substance known as Double Cross and/or Double Black.The Public Health Department is advising that people should not take these substances and if their friends are in possession of these that they should not be consumed. Those who take drugs should be specifically warned of potential dangers linked to these substances or using drugs in combinations.It is important that anyone displaying negative side effects following the use of drugs seek medical help immediately.HSE TO PROVIDE SUPPORT FOLLOWING TRAGIC AND UNEXPECTED DRUG DEATH was last modified: May 27th, 2014 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:deathDrughealthHSEnewsSt Johnstonsupportlast_img read more

Giants prospect Joey Bart to miss four-to-six weeks with fractured hand

first_imgWASHINGTON, D.C. — Top Giants prospect Joey Bart will miss at least the next month of games after the catcher fractured his left hand during a Single-A game on Monday.Bart was hit by a pitch and suffered a fracture of his second metacarpal in the San Jose Giants’ 5-1 loss to the Stockton Ports. San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed the details of the injury Tuesday in Washington after Bart met with a hand specialist earlier in the day.“He’s going to wear a cast for a couple of …last_img

2019 soybean harvest kicks off with a Cab Cam at the Clark Farm in Warren County

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In this Cab Cam, sponsored by Homan Inc., Dave Clark from Warren County joins Ohio Ag Net’s Bart Johnson as they discuss some of the first soybeans being harvested in the state of Ohio. Dave shared about the challenging planting season and his hopes for higher yields as the harvest season progresses.last_img

Money Monday

first_imgBy Barbara O’NeillAre there military programs on base that can help expectant parents budget for their new baby?Yes. Many military branches offer free financial classes for expectant parents.The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) hosts the Budget for Baby Program through the help of a network of volunteers. Topics are centered around the family budget and the impact of the child’s birth on a family’s budget, the importance of a will, and Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance (SGLI) coverage for the newborn. After completing the course, parents receive a complimentary layette (coordinated set of bedding and clothing, a baby book, and a handmade gift from a society volunteer).In addition to the Budget for Baby Program, the Marine Corps hosts a New Parent Support Program. The program provides parenting classes, referrals, home visits, play morning, and mom/dad basic training boot camp. The New Parent Support Program is complimentary and supplies valuable information to Marine Corps families with children from birth through age five.The Navy offers a New Parent Support Program which provides classes for military families with children. The programs offered include prenatal services, resources, new baby bulletin, and nurture parenting. In addition, the New Parent Support Home Visitation Program is open to all military branches, and families are assessed to determine whether they need help managing the demands of a new baby with at-home visits. The home visits help military families cope with stress and nurture children to promote growth and development.The Air Force Aid Society has a Bundles for Babies complimentary course for active duty members. After completing the course, service members receive a complimentary layette from the Gerber Company (booties, bibs, bath set, coordinated set of bedding, etc.). Classes are not limited to first-time parents and are open to all ranks. The class provides financial information which focuses on budgeting for the new baby from conception through college.The Army offers a New Parent Support Program free of charge to soldiers and family members expecting a child or with children from birth to age three. The program provides parenting classes, home visits, play groups, resources, and other activities.Also refer to Military OneSource to locate the New Parent Support Program on various military installations. Browse more military personal finance blog posts and webinars by experts.Follow Dr. O’Neill on Twitter!This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network Blog on October 21, 2013last_img read more

Man booked for giving triple talaq in Muzaffarnagar

first_imgA man was booked for allegedly giving instant triple talaq to his wife over dowry in Sujru village here, police said on September 3. A case was registered against Aftab and his five family members under the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019, SHO of Kotwali police station Anil Kapervan said. According to the complaint lodged by the victim, she was harassed over dowry and when their demands were not met, Aftab gave instant triple talaq to her. She also alleged that Aftab left her at her parent’s home after beating her. The couple got married three years ago, the officer said.last_img

GCA fraud: accused office-bearers not cooperating, govt to

first_imgcourtPanaji, June 23 (PTI) A local court today adjourned till tomorrow the hearing on the bail applications filed by three functionaries of Goa Cricket Association arrested in a fraud case after the prosecution told the court that they are not cooperating in the probe.The Economic Offences Cell of the local police had on June 15 arrested GCA President Chetan Dessai, Secretary Vinod Phadke and Treasurer Akbar Mulla on the complaint of GCA life- member Vilas Desai that they had allegedly encashed a cheque given by BCCI to GCA.The trio are accused of having misappropriated the funds to the tune of Rs 3.13 crore between 2006 and 2008.Arguing against the bail, Public Prosecutor Poonam Bharne told judicial magistrate Vijayalaxmi Shivolkar that police have to find out where the arrested office-bearers have parked the fund siphoned off by them.”It is being submitted that the accused were interrogated at length but they did not disclose most of the facts,” Bharne told the court.According to prosecution, Dessai, Mulla and Phadke had prepared forged documents as well as a resolution of GCA and submitted it to the Development Credit Bank to open an account during 2006-08 and encashed a cheque of Rs 2.87 crore given by BCCI to GCA.The accused also allegedly forged signatures and withdrew Rs 26 lakh from Federal Bank on the pretext of making payment to a sports goods company called Hako Enterprise, the complaint had stated.Meanwhile, Bharne argued that the accused trio were in the knowledge of the cheque released by BCCI.advertisement”During the interrogation, the accused were asked to disclose about the minutes of the meeting book which has gone missing, the receipt of the disputed cheque and other documents but they have refused to do so.”They had forged the minutes of GCA meeting and opened an account in Development Credit Banks Panaji branch,” she said, adding the manager of the bank has already identified the accused.On ongoing interrogation, the prosecutor said the trio were questioned about “how come that their driving licence, passport and other documents were used to open the bank account about which they are feigning innocence but have refused to give satisfactory reply to the investigating officer”. (More) PTI RPS NSK PAL SRElast_img read more

MS Dhoni biopic was no untold story. Will its sequel show his controversies?

first_imgIn 2016, Sushant Singh Rajput brought the “untold story” of former captain of the Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, alive on celluloid. Directed by Neeraj Pandey, MS Dhoni: The Untold Story was lapped up by the audience and went on to hit a double century at the box office, earning over Rs 200 crore.According to the grapevine, the film is all set to return with a sequel, produced by Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Films. Sushant will reprise the role of the wicketkeeper-batsman. While MS Dhoni: The Untold Story ended with India lifting the World Cup 2011 trophy, the sequel will focus on Dhoni’s achievements after this victory.”There is the [Dhoni-led Chennai’s] thrilling win against Bangalore at the T20 [this year, that can be depicted in the film]. Apart from that, India’s steady run, up to the semi-finals, at the 2015 World Cup will find a place in the narrative,” an insider told a leading daily, adding that moments from his personal life, like the birth of his daughter Ziva, are also likely to be shown.As in MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, the second installment of the biopic will see “a fair share of involvement from Dhoni, particularly during the scripting process,” according to the source.But will the film (finally) show any of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s controversies?Even though critics praised MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, many felt that it was little more than a puff job, as it steered clear of venturing into any grey areas in the cricketer’s life.advertisementWhile the film shows MS Dhoni urging the selectors to drop Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman from the Indian team, it stops short of actually naming them. “We have to let these three go,” is all the audience hears. No names. No controversy. And if an odd member of the audience still disagreed, the dialogue “We are all servants and we are all doing national duty” ought to placate them.’NO GREY AREAS IN DHONI’S LIFE’Interestingly before MS Dhoni: The Untold Story released, Arun Pandey, producer of the film, had vociferously dismissed the idea of sugarcoating the story and told IndiaToday.in, “Ask Neeraj, when he came on board and how difficult he found to find the grey areas in Dhoni’s life. He was surprised that there was hardly any negativity in his life. He was appalled that he had to work so hard, talk to so many people, and he still couldn’t find any grey areas in MS Dhoni’s life.”2013 IPL SPOT-FIXINGMS Dhoni: The Untold Story ended with the Indian cricket team’s victory in the 2011 ICC World Cup, the sequel takes off from there. One major controversy that the makers cannot turn a blind eye to was the spot-fixing scandal that rocked the Indian Premier League (IPL). Skeletons came tumbling out of the closet and three players of Rajasthan Royals – S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan – were arrested.The MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team also came under the scanner. “Team principal” Gurunath Meiyappan was accused of having links with bookies and betting on matches of his own team – a charge tantamount to insider trading.INDIA CEMENTSIndia Cements, which owned the CSK franchise, distanced themselves from him and said in a statement, “Mr Meiyappan is neither the owner, nor the CEO/Team Principal of the Chennai Super Kings. [He] is only one of the members (honorary) of the management team of the Chennai Super Kings.”Incidentally, India Cements is headed by Gurunath Meiyappan’s father-in-law and former BCCI president N Srinivasan. MS Dhoni was appointed as the vice-president (marketing) of the firm in 2012, a position he holds till date.He avoided answering any questions related to the scandal and it is more than likely that it will not find a place in his biopic, especially since it will have “a fair share of involvement from Dhoni, particularly during the scripting process”.RHITI SPORTS MANAGEMENTThe same year, while the cricketer was still the captain of Team India, he stirred up another storm. Fingers were pointed at his 15 per cent stake in Rhiti Sports Management, the company which managed him and three other players – Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja and Pragyan Ojha.As skipper, MS Dhoni had a say in selections, leading to a clear conflict of interest, as some of the players in the running were managed by a company in which he was a shareholder.Immediately, promoter of Rhiti Sports Management, Arun Pandey (yes, the same one who produced MS Dhoni: The Untold Story) clarified that MS Dhoni had a stake in the company only briefly and no longer had any business interest in it.advertisementDon’t be surprised if this controversy too does not end up in the sequel. Who cares about the grey areas, when you have MS Dhoni hitting six after six and saving the day?ALSO READ: MS Dhoni doesn’t take himself seriously and I don’t like that, says Sushant Singh RajputALSO WATCH: Sushant Singh Rajput on MS Dhoni, what he hates about him and his break-uplast_img read more