Ex-Deputy Justice Minister Calls for Saving Country’s Image in Dr. York’s Case

first_imgAttorney Kaba wants government take action in favor of Dr. York case in AmericaAttorney Morris Kaba, a former Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Justice, has called on the government to see reason to fast track its re-engagement of Dr. Malachi Z.K. York’s case in the United States of America to save its own image abroad.Atty. Kaba made the observation recently, following a Daily Observer interview in which he was asked to give his account on what he knew about Dr. York’s case since he was with the late Cllr. Francis S. Garlawulo, who was York’s main legal person in Liberia.Regarding his role in the case for which Dr. York has already served 16 years of a 135-year prison sentence, Kaba said it is inexcusable why the Liberian government has not been able to make a clear position, particularly to claim ownership of Dr. York as a Liberian citizen.“The late Cllr. Garlawulo and I, as well as other legal fellows, understood that the U.S. Government has no case against Dr. York, and so we were indeed firm to have filed in at the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court for a declaratory judgment on the matter.  We won it here, and were prepared to travel to America to team up with York’s American lawyers for a live appearance before a U.S. court, to argue the reasons why we believe Dr. York should be freed from imprisonment and subsequently repatriated to Liberia,” Kaba said.He however said that up to now, he too is yet to know why they did not make the trip to accomplish what the late Cllr. Garlawulo wished to accomplish.“It is not still over yet, most especially so that Dr. York, although behind bars, is still alive,” Kaba said.He added that the Liberian government has to resurrect the matter and press for its re-argument, to justify or nullify the reasons why Dr. York is languishing behind bars.“One shocking part of this matter is that Liberia had no representation at York’s trial in America, although he was a diplomat assigned there and working for Liberia,” Kaba said.He said it is appalling that the U.S., which is said to be an advanced nation with an efficient justice system, could sentence Dr. York for 135 years. “This is so funny. This sounds cruel to any sound legal mind. Where in this world, including this struggling Liberia, has someone been imprisoned for so huge an amount of years? This is so disproportionate to the crime said to have been allegedly committed, and contrary to the reality of an advanced country like America, who is fond of castigating other nations for being barbaric in meting out punishment against people,” he said with a sigh of frustration.“The crime, if even truly committed, is not treason. Therefore why sentence someone as the U.S. did? This is not fair and I think if Liberia, through its Foreign Affairs Ministry, will see reason and engage the U.S. government on the matter, it will be worthy,” the former River Cess Commissioner said.Kaba, who is in his retirement, said there is no evidence stating that the U.S. government did not acknowledge the diplomatic status of Dr. York nor his Liberian citizenship.The Daily Observer has in its possession a court document originating from the District Court of Colorado, referring to Dr. York as a Liberian citizen and Consul General of Liberia.That legal instrument from the Colorado Court clearly states in its 2008 Preliminary Pretrial Conference, set for the week of August 25, 2008, that Dr. York is still a beneficiary of his diplomatic status accorded him in 1999 by former Liberian President, Charles Ghankay Taylor, as well as his right to the Liberian citizenship.The motion to vacate the preliminary pretrial conference was earlier set by the Court for April 22, 2008. However, after an approval of a joint motion introduced and sustained by lawyers representing Dr. York and lawyers representing the U.S. government through the Bureau of Prisons (BOP), it was later reset for August 25, 2008.The exact content of the rescheduling of the pretrial conference is:“IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADOCivil Action No. 07-cv-01297-EWN-KLMMALACHI Z. YORK, also known as DWIGHT YORK,Plaintiff,FEDERAL BUREAU OF PRISONS,Defendant.JOINT MOTION TO VACATE AND RESET PRELIMINARY PRETRIAL CONFERENCEPlaintiff Malachi Z. York, Consul General Diplomat D/P #003828-04 of the Republic of Liberia, West Africa Citizenship, misnomer Dwight D. York (Inmate #17911-054) [hereinafter “Plaintiff”], through his undersigned counsel, and Defendant the Federal Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”), through its undersigned counsel, hereby jointly move to vacate the Preliminary Pretrial Conference set for April 22, 2008, and reset it for the week of August 25, 2008.”It may also be recalled that some witnesses who testified against Dr. York have recanted (disowned, reneged) their testimonies, although the U.S. government is yet to take some decisive action, preferably letting the world know as to whether or not Dr. York still deserves the penalty he is going through now.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jorge Berumen

first_imgWe laugh about it now, but at the time you could say I was a bit traumatized. I had trouble sleeping and camped out in the living room while holding on to a statue of The Scared Heart of Jesus, and running scared every time we had an aftershock. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! I will never forget the Whittier Narrows Quake on Oct. 1, 1987. I was 15 years old, and on my way out to school with my brothers, when everything began to shake. I never experienced an earthquake before, so I didn’t know what to do. My first thought was to stand under a doorway, except I picked the wrong doorway to stand under. You see, my brother was trying to run outside and I blocked him in. Until this day he reminds me how panicked I was and how he could’ve slapped me to calm me down. last_img read more

Athletics complete 11-game win streak — started in May

first_imgOAKLAND — The A’s played 2.5 innings on Friday afternoon, resuming the suspended May 19 game that was suspended in the bottom of the seventh at Comerica Park in Detroit, with the A’s leading 5-3 in the middle of what would be a 10-game win streak.The Coliseum video board producers bumped the Tigers’ pre-game hype video, hundreds showed up at Comerica Park west to see the end of this game nearly four months in waiting.“It almost felt like a legion game because you go out there and nobody’s …last_img read more

Boost for black-owned firms in SA

first_imgDTI’s deputy minister Bongi Ntuli believesthe scheme will empower black-ownedbusinesses. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)Black-owned emerging businesses are set to receive a welcome boost from a revised empowerment scheme recently introduced by government.The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) relaunched its Black Business Suppliers Development Programme in Pretoria on 28 July. It will offer financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) through a grant-application process.The programme was initially launched in 2002 and has already given grants to more than 9 600 local companies. The revised one will focus more on funding machinery and other equipment required by black-owned firms. It is partially funded by the European Union Job Creation Fund.Operating on a cost-sharing agreement, the DTI will cover 35% of machinery and equipment expenses. It is also offering up to R800 000 (US$110 000) for tools and an additional R200 000 ($27 000) for corporate development.As part of the country’s Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment policy, the programme is targeted at businesses that are more than 50% black-owned and all-women teams. The term “black people”, according to the policy, refers to coloured, African and Indian South Africans – all of whom were excluded from meaningful participation in the country’s economy during apartheid.Companies from all sectors with a current annual turnover of between R500 000 ($69 000) and R35-million ($4.8-million) qualify for funding.The programme will ensure that “small black businesses with potential are given the necessary assistance to grow their enterprises and become more competitive”, said the DTI’s deputy minister, Bongi NtuliThe success of the programme will be measured by the growth of the funded companies in terms of winning major government and private-sector tenders, jobs created and annual profits.“The launch represents a milestone in our efforts to support sustainable black businesses and small businesses in general,” said Tsepiso Makgothi of the DTI’s enterprise organisation division.Role played by World BankThe revised programme will have a trial run from 1 September 2010, with applications open until 15 November. During this period the DTI will be targeting 2 500 enterprises across the country.“The idea is to get as many applications as possible during these two months so that the process starts from there,” said Francisco Campos, a World Bank official who’s helping the DTI implement the programme. The World Bank’s role is purely to provide assistance – there is no financial involvement.If the target is reached, “applications will be closed for the time being”, Campos said.The programme will be piloted for 18 months until government launches the final version, which will allow time for improvements to be made, he added.“I am confident that that whatever teething problems we find will be addressed in this pilot phase,” said Ntuli.Since the initial launch in 2002, the DTI has set up a well-staffed unit to manage the programme. This, together with the new focus on funding equipment, will help the department better meet grant-applicants’ needs.“The new one is far bigger, far better. We believe it will benefit the SMEs,” said Dr Meshack Khoza, CEO of Fresh Thinking Capital, a company that conducted a study on the scheme progress since 2002.Nation-wide focusThe DTI is hoping to reach companies from all over the country, even those in rural areas. It will embark on a massive drive to get the word out.“There will be workshops throughout the country to create awareness,” said Campos.The department has contracted facilitators in all nine provinces to run the workshops. “We’re relying on our facilitators to spread the message,” said Makgothi. “We’ll go throughout the country to inform people so that when we launch it by 1 September, they know about it.”Although the World Bank is not funding the programme, it will monitor how the scheme is being implemented and conduct a study on it. Part of World Bank’s role is to ensure fairness and transparency in the roll-out process.Campos said they aim to guarantee that “no one is excluded on the basis of not knowing anyone” and that “everyone has an equal chance” to get funding.More beneficiaries since 2002The programme began with just four beneficiaries in 2002, but over the years has provided financial support for 9 663 businesses. With about 52% of these being majority-women-owned, the scheme is ensuring that “more and more people have an opportunity to participate in the economy,” said Makgothi.last_img read more

West Liberty-Salem FFA Ag Administrator Dinner

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Reported by West Liberty-Salem FFA Reporter Alyssa AlfordGreg Johnson, Adalyn Caudill, Alyssa Alford, Camrin Rice, Trista Havens and Levi Woodruff.The West Liberty-Salem FFA chapter along with the four other Champaign county schools hosted this year’s Ag Administrator Dinner on October 7, 2019 at the Dragonfly Vineyard just north of Urbana. WL-S Middle/High School Principal Greg Johnson and treasurer Chelsea Baldwin both attended alongside FFA advisor Trista Havens and FFA officers Adalyn Caudill, Alyssa Alford and Camrin Rice. This event is to show our appreciation to our administrators for their support of our organization and to highlight the importance of agriculture to all of us. At the dinner, WL-S FFA president, Adalyn Caudill gave a speech on how FFA has positively impacted her life. Our guest speaker, Levi Woodruff who spoke about agriculture and agri-entrepreneurism.last_img read more

Open Source: New Computers with Preinstalled Software

first_imgCompanies like SpikeSource and SourceLabs are combining popular Open Source programs and modules into simple one-step installable software stacks.  The stacks are tested and certified and configured so that the individual software components work in a compatible way. Computer manufacturers may be next.   Most PCs sold today already come with preinstalled software bundled and ready to run on a Windows operating system.  Systems with preinstalled Linux and Open Source applications may be next.That’s what customers are telling Dell on their DellIdeaStorm site. Users want to have options of pre-installed Linux flavors like Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSuSe.  They want to have an option for software like Open Office preinstalled too.Over 111,000 customers told Dell that they’d prefer to buy a machine configured with Linux rather than to pay for one with Windows preinstalled.  76,000 would like to see OpenOffice preinstalled.Dell already has been experimenting with offering an option for Red Hat Linux on their server-class machines and for a very select set of desktops.  There’s nothing to stop Manufacturers from offering Linux.  Antitrust action has forced Microsoft to drop very restrictive contracts with manufacturers that had kept them captive to Windows OS.Computer manufacturers have stayed away from Linux and Open Source because they couldn’t quantify the demand.  The result of Dell’s survey of interested customers shows that the demand for Linux machines may be out there.  The sizable number of responses could well motivate Dell into going after the growing Linux and Open Source market.And if Dell goes in that direction with some success, there are sure to be other manufacturers that will follow suit.last_img read more

Teen Bieber Fan To 4Chan: Why Do You Want Me To Cut Myself?

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification This post was originally published on our SAY Media sister site, xojane.com. We’re republishing it with permission as a follow-up to our story, Oh Grow Up: Inside The 4chan Hashtag Hoax #cutforbieber. Related Posts lianne m Tags:#social media I’m 15 years old. I have Justin Bieber posters on my walls even though I don’t listen to him as much as I used to. I still think he’s gorgeous.I don’t talk about it much, but when I was younger, I allowed myself to be influenced by my friends and tried cutting myself. I only did it once years ago, but it was such an awful experience, and definitely not something to joke about. That’s what I don’t get. Who would think it was funny to try to convince me to cut myself?I was in eighth grade at the time, and I was still dealing with the fact that my parents were divorced and getting remarried, and I thought life sucked. I had seen some stuff about cutting on TV, and my friend’s sister had cut herself before. I thought maybe it was a good idea. But I realized it doesn’t solve anything. If anything, it makes things more complicated. I did tell my sister about it ahead of time, and she told me she thought it was a dumb idea. Unfortunately, I didn’t listen.I used a protractor on my arm because I was feeling really mad, and I thought maybe I could express the anger and pain that way. But I just started bleeding and then I cried, and then when my mom found out, I felt worse than ever. That’s when I started going to counseling, and I still go. I find that writing and doing physical things like sports (I play volleyball) let me work out my feelings in a way that is really healthy and, after I’m done, make me feel so much better (instead of worse) about myself.Like all of my friends, I have seen the #cutforbieber and #cuttingforbieber trend on Twitter all this week after some people thought he might be doing drugs. Now it turns out the whole thing was a cruel hoax or a joke.The message board 4Chan said: “Lets start a cut yourself for bieber campaign. Tweet a bunch of pics of people cutting themselves and claim we did it because bieber was smoking weed. See if we can get some little girls to cut themselves.”It makes me sick to think that an anonymous group of people want young girls or teens like me to hurt ourselves. I think if you want to hurt Justin Bieber, you don’t have to encourage harm to children or even to make a 15-year-old girl cry. That seems sad to me. Do they pick fights with middle-schoolers? Pick on someone your own size, please.I also really do think Justin is old enough to make his own choices and know which ones are wrong. I love Justin as a person. I used to be obsessed with him. He’s an amazing dancer, and he is just amazingly talented. A lot of my friends have matured and don’t listen to him. He’s still one of my favorites and my mother’s, too.People make fun of Justin Bieber fans. But we are just kids. It’s okay for us to be kids and like a singer without adults on the Internet trying to give teenagers or anyone who might be going through a lot of pain a bad idea like cutting. It’s not funny. People actually did cut themselves because of this supposed joke.Everyone was talking about the cutting hashtag on Facebook and Twitter this week, even if they didn’t like or even care about Bieber. That’s how many people 4Chan reached. Plus all the stories about it. Even this story, I guess.All I know is that posting a lot of pictures of people cutting themselves and making a joke out something that seriously, seriously hurts a lot of kids (including this one) doesn’t help anyone.I still think about what I did, and I only did it once. It hurt me and it hurt my family a lot. They were really scared.I hope that if 4Chan reads this maybe they will look at my picture or look at the pictures of any of the young fans of Justin Bieber and think about their little sisters or their daughters. We’re just kids. Please leave us out of these kinds of “jokes” in the future.No one is laughing.Lead photo courtesy of Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

Sanath Jayasuriya returns as Sri Lanka chief selector

first_imgFormer Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya was on Wednesday reappointed as the country’s chief selector, a little more than a year after he stepped down from the position.The four-member new selection committee will start its operation from May 1 and will serve a two-year term, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said in a release today.The other members of the panel are former wicketkeeper-batsman Romesh Kaluwitharana, former off-spinner Ranjith Madurasinghe and former fast bowler Eric Upashantha.Kaluwitharana, who formed the destructive opening partnership with Jayasuriya in the 1996 World Cup victory, was Sri Lanka ‘A’ team coach for a number of years, while Madurasinghe, a Test player in the 80’s, has served before on the panel, and Upashantha was a member of the national team in the late 90’s.The SLC had asked for reinstating Jayasuriya as chief selector for several weeks, but was waiting for the Sports Minister’s approval.The appointments are part of changes after Sri Lanka’s first-round exit at the recently-concluded World Twenty20 in India.Jayasuriya played 586 international matches for Sri Lanka across all formats, scoring 21,032 runs and taking 440 wickets.He was previously appointed chief selector in 2013, but resigned last year following criticism by a new sports minister of the selection process.De Silva had been appointed to the position shortly before the World Twenty20 on a short term basis after the sacking of a selection panel led by former national team seam bowler Kapila Wijegunawardene.Sri Lanka have had to deal with the retirement of batting stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene last year. Since then they have slumped to a series of defeats in recent months.advertisementSri Lanka begin a tour of England in May, playing Test, one-day and Twenty20I matches, and also travel to Ireland for two One-day internationals.last_img read more

Milan don’t fear Juventus – Reina

first_imgAC Milan goalkeeper Pepe Reina urged his team to go into their Serie A clash with Juventus on Sunday with no fear.Gennaro Gattuso’s team face a huge test when they welcome the league leaders to San Siro, although Milan have strung together a four-match unbeaten run after their 1-1 draw with Real Betis on Thursday.Reina recognised Juve were a strong outfit, but said his side had nothing to be scared about when facing Massimiliano Allegri’s men. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “With all humility and respect, we’re aware they are strong, but we face them with no fear, there is so much trust,” he told Sky Sport Italia.”We play with a full San Siro and we have to do our best to get three points.”Points are shared at the Estadio Benito VillamarínA Siviglia finisce 1-1#BetisMilan #UEL pic.twitter.com/Kz5AC3IjS4— AC Milan (@acmilan) November 8, 2018Juventus are already six points clear atop Serie A after winning 10 of their opening 11 matches.Milan have jumped into fourth on the back of three straight league wins and Reina feels they are much-improved after getting through a tough period.”In difficult moments, you have to get out of it to become even stronger,” he said. “Now, we must continue like this.”Milan are dealing with an injury crisis at the moment, though, with Gonzalo Higuain, Giacomo Bonaventura and Davide Calabria set to miss out this weekend while Lucas Biglia and Mattia Caldara are long-term absentees.Hakan Calhanoglu and Mateo Musacchio are also a doubt after suffering injuries on Thursday.Gattuso says Milan will not concern themselves with the injury issues, though, and focus on the players available.last_img read more

NHOLT: Norwegian Ports Not Likely to Face Strike in June

first_imgzoom Despite a break-down in the negotiations for new collective agreements for Norwegian dockers, the workers are not expected to stage a strike in June, the Norwegian Logistics and Freight Association (NHOLT) told World Maritime News.A representative for the association said that the strike would not be organized “due to the fact that according to Norwegian law, there must be a public arbitration before a strike can be legally started.”“The public arbitration will take place in the mid of August so there is no possibilities for a legal strike before this.”There are no dockers in Oslo at the moment, according to the association, because the former dockers office Oslo Loading and Unloading Office went bankrupt in May 2015, and a new dockers office has not yet established.“The former dockers, beeing members of Oslo Bryggearbeideres Forening, are now unemployed, and the work they earlier performed is now performed by the employees of the port-operators. A “so called strike,” performed by members of Oslo Bryggearbeideres Forening, will probably only have symbolic effect,” NHOLT said.Oslo Bryggearbeideres Forening’s spokesperson earlier said that, as there have been some changes in the mediation between the employers organisation and the transport workers union, the potential strike could take place in August.In June 2015, Oslo dockers blocked the traffic at the container terminal in Oslo port demanding signing of a collective agreement with Turkish company Yilport.Namely, some 60 workers reportedly staged a strike only to be ordered to clear out by the local police, despite the mediator’s authorization of the strike action.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more