Liberia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) has launched an investigation into US$100,000 remitted to the House of Representatives to conduct a nationwide consultation on the draft Oil and Gas law.The amount in question is part of US$1.2 million issued by the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) to the Legislature for the draft law. According to reports, US$200,000 was released to the Liberian Senate while US$1 million should have been given to the House, but instead only US$900,000 was received by the consultation committee headed by Deputy Speaker Hans Barchue.According to a letter addressed to Deputy Speaker Barchue under the signature of D. Blamo Kofa, Chief Investigator and approved by Cllr. J. Augustine Toe, Acting Chairperson of LACC; the graft commission wants Deputy Speaker Barchue to provide a “useful information and comprehensive expenditure report.”LACC is also requesting that a copy of the US$1.2 million budget, voucher and other relevant documents received by Deputy Speaker Barchue be provided during Barchue’s appearance at the Commission today at 10 a.m. at the Commission’s Gurley Street offices.However, in a counter letter addressed to the House on January 21, the Grand Bassa County lawmaker acknowledged receipt of the LACC invitation and proposed that plenary and the leadership of the House take charge of the matter.Deputy Speaker Barchue said he was only asked to execute a simple piece of job which he did perfectly well.“I would like to inform you that, since it was the plenary, through leadership, that instructed my committee to conduct this nationwide tour, I would appreciate were plenary to take siege of this matter,” Deputy Speaker Barchue asserted.However, plenary noted their colleague’s letter and forwarded it to the House’s leadership for discussion next week.Meanwhile, relative to the Nationwide Oil and Gas Consultation and the expenditure of US$900,000 received by Deputy Speaker Barchue’s committee, the second among equals termed the process as successful.In his report yesterday, Deputy Barchue declared: “I am pleased to inform plenary that the task is completed; and therefore I present a detailed, comprehensive, expenditure report on the US$900,000 that was requested and approved by plenary through the leadership.”Plenary advised that copies of the report be distributed to all members of the House for discussion next Tuesday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A 39-year-old labourer from Anna Regina, Essequibo Coast, was on Thursday remanded to prison after he was charged for unlawful wounding.He made his appearance before Magistrate Sunil Scarce at the Suddie Magistrate’s Court. It is alleged that on July 10, he unlawfully wounded Govinda Persaud, a carpenter from Richmond Village, Essequibo Coast. The prosecution is contending that on the day in questioned at about 22:00h, the Virtual Complainant and defendant were on a drinking spree when an argument ensued and the suspect dealt several lashes about the victim’s body with a cutlass. The carpenter received injuries and was taken to the Suddie Public Hospital.Bail was objected to by Prosecutor Haimraj Ramsewack on the grounds of the prevalence and seriousness of the offence. As such, the prosecution’s submissions were upheld and the labourer was remanded to prison. The case will continue on August 10.
Former West Ham star Dean Ashton has blasted Dimitri Payet’s behaviour as ‘disgusting’.Payet has effectively gone on strike in a bid to force a move away from the Hammers this month, with boss Slaven Bilic revealing last week that the Frenchman has informed him he no longer wants to play for the club.The 29-year-old, who was the club’s Player of the Year last season, is understood to be keen on a return to his homeland with former club Marseille.Payet’s actions in trying to force his exit have infuriated Bilic and the club’s fans – and Ashton feels similarly aggrieved with the playmaker.Ashton, who was forced to retire due to injury aged just 26, told talkSPORT: “There are lots of players that behind the scenes are trying to manufacture a move, but there is a way to do it.“I can’t play anymore and to see the way Payet is acting, I can’t tell you how angry it makes me. “He can play on and players like me who suffer injuries can’t carry on.“West Ham love him, they absolutely adore him, they wouldn’t dream to think he would go and do this. He is so many kids’ favourite player.“It is disgusting what he is doing in refusing to play.”
You can listen to Arsenal v Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-final from 3:00pm on Sunday, April 23, LIVE on talkSPORT.As the Gunners’ Premier League frustrations continue, they will see their FA Cup semi-final as relief, and a chance to win the trophy for a third time in four years.Victories in 2014 and 2015 managed to end their trophy drought, and boss Arsene Wenger will welcome the chance to win it again.Luckily for the Frenchman, he has no new injury worries for the battle at Wembley, but he does face the choice of back-four or back-three, following his experimentation with the latter against Middlesbrough on Monday.He does, though, remain without Shkodran Mustafi, David Ospina, and Lucas Perez for the clash.So, who will Wenger pick for the clash? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Arsenal XI, in squad number order, to face Man City… 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre-back) 11 35. Mohamed Elneny (central midfield) 11 5. Gabriel (centre-back) – Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Arsenal XI, in squad number order, to face Manchester City… 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right-wing) 11. Mesut Ozil (attacking midfield) 11 7. Alexis Sanchez (left-wing) 11 11 12. Olivier Giroud (striker) 11 11 24. Hector Bellerin (right-back) 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 11 11 11 18. Nacho Monreal (left-back) 29. Granit Xhaka (central midfield)
165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. MONTEBELLO – Plans that officials with the Catholic Archdioses of Los Angeles have been working on for nine years to build a mortuary at Resurrection Cemetery in Montebello were effectively scrapped, after City Council members refused to give Archdioses officials more time to submit documents. By refusing to extend a conditional use permit for the Archdioses of Los Angeles to allow officials more time to acquire certain documents from various government entities, the 9-year-old plans were effectively scrapped. In a 4-0 vote and one absention Wednesday, the council asked that staff prepare a resolution for the Oct. 11 meeting detailing the reasons they refused to extend the CUP. The archdioses planned to lease the graveyard to Stewart Enterprises, a Louisiana-based, for-profit company specializing in building and running funeral, mortuary and burial services. “We’re very disappointed they didn’t extend the CUP,” said Randy Stricklin, president of corporate development for Stewart Enterprises, Inc. “I don’t know where it goes from here. I personally have been working on this since 1997.”
Philippe Coutinho – will he stay or will he go in January? Dean Saunders has urged Liverpool to keep hold of Philippe Coutinho, warning his former club: ‘You won’t win the league if you sell your best players!’Brazilian playmaker Coutinho has been in great form for the Reds this season, but he is widely expected to leave this month with Barcelona still keen on bringing him to the Nou Camp.Having failed with their attempts to sign him in the summer, latest reports from Spain claim Barca have tabled an offer worth up to €150million (£133m) to sign him in January.READ MORE: Barcelona make €150million move for Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho, claims leading Spanish paperIt is claimed Liverpool will consider an offer if they deem it a fair price for their star man, but former Reds star Saunders wants the club to show their ambition to win titles by keeping the Brazilian.Asked about Coutinho’s potential move to the Nou Camp, the Welshman told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Coutinho’s attitude has been spot on, he’s played really well and [that shows you] he’s probably had some assurances that he can leave.“But this could be a statement from Liverpool, they can stamp their authority on world football with this transaction.“If they keep Coutinho they’re telling the world they’re trying to win the league, but if they sell him they’re telling everybody they’ve having to sell before they can buy.“All the players are waiting for that statement too – the players are sitting there thinking, ‘am I at Liverpool to win the league or am I at Liverpool to get in the top six’?“If they keep Coutinho and they sign another player, they’re sending a message out to everybody: ‘We mean business’.“It’s up to the owners, they’re the only ones who know if they can compete with what Barcelona are offering him, and if they can afford to do it.“If they can’t afford to do it, they won’t win the league.“You won’t win the league if you sell your best players… you just won’t.” 1 “They can stamp their authority on world football.”Dean Saunders urges #LFC to show their ambition by keeping Philippe Coutinho at the club… pic.twitter.com/jebqLnSnRo— The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast (@SportsBreakfast) January 3, 2018
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Minutes after the Montebello robbery, a similar robbery took place in Temple City, Yee said. The robbers drove a red Nissan 1995 pickup truck that was reported stolen in Montclair earlier that morning, Anyone with information is asked to call the Montebello Police Department at (323)887-1231. 2 men sentenced in robberies LONG BEACH – Two Norwalk men who committed robberies at hotels in Los Angeles and Orange counties entered no-contest pleas and were sentenced to lengthy prison terms Monday, just as jury selection got under way for their trial. Long Beach Superior Court Judge Tomson T. Ong ordered Mickey McMahan, 29, to serve 40 years in state prison in connection with his plea to multiple robbery charges, said Deputy District Attorney Cindy Barnes. MONTEBELLO – Two men went on a weekend purse-snatching spree that left victims in Montebello, Temple City and Monterey Park, police said Monday. A woman walking in the 1600 block of Neil Armstrong Street was assaulted by two men in a pickup truck at about 10:53 a.m. Sunday, said Montebello Police Department Lt. Govan Yee. “They pulled up while she was walking down the sidewalk, pushed her down and took her purse,” Yee said. A woman leaving a grocery store in Monterey Park at 10:40 a.m. Sunday reported being robbed of her purse, said Monterey Park police Lt. Larry Giannone. The judge sentenced David Martinez Jr., 22, to 25 years in state prison for his plea to multiple robbery counts. A third defendant, Marques Samuel Taylor, 24, was sentenced in April to four years in state prison. The three were arrested in September 2005 by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, one day after a surveillance videotape of a hotel robbery in Anaheim was released to the media. Meeting to host GOP official WHITTIER – Mike Spence, president of the California Republican Assembly, will speak at the 11 a.m. Friday lunch meeting of the Whittier Republican Women Federated at the Friendly Hills Country Club, 8500 S. Villaverde Drive. For reservations, call Maribeth Hendricks at (562) 696-3345. Cost is $17. Man to address peace coalition WHITTIER – Bob Watada, the father of Ehren Watada, one of the first commissioned officers to refuse to return to Iraq, will speak at 7 p.m. Oct.12 at First Friends Church, 13205 E. Philadelphia St. A dinner, for $3 per person, will be served at 6 p.m., followed by Watada, a member of Veterans For Peace. The event is sponsored by the Whittier Area Peace and Justice Coalition. A donation of $5 is requested for Watada’s presentation. Reservations should be made by Sunday. For more information, call (562)943-4051. Senior housing to be discussed LA MIRADA – The Fair Housing Foundation will present information on seniors’ rights in the housing market at 10 a.m. Thursday at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. For more information, call (562) 902-3160. Event to discuss insomnia, anxiety WHITTIER – An informational session on medications for insomnia and anxiety will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Oct.10 in the Flo & Frank L. Scott Conference Center at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 Washington Blvd. Space is limited. For more information, call (562)698-0811, Ext. 2444. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“It’s a no-brainer for me,” he said. “Playing football in Scotland is something I’ve always wanted to do. “I feel like Partick Thistle are the right club for me, the manager is the right manager and the team play football. Hopefully I can bring something different to the team.” Partick Thistle have made a deadline day signing, snapping up attacker Antonio German on a short-term deal.The forward, most recently with Indian Premier League side Kerala Blasters , has signed a contract until the end of the season.German began his career with Queens Park Rangers and had loan spells Aldershot, Southend and Yeovil before leaving Loftus Road for Stockport County.Short spells at Bromley and Brentford followed before he joined Gillingham on loan in 2013. That move was made permanent but he left the club in 2015 before moving to India, where he scored six goals in nine games.
“You cant judge someone on what they’ve done in the past, you can only say what he’s like in person,” he added. “He’s a character, he’s known for winding people up and getting under your skin, but that’s on the pitch. “Obviously people are opinionated and they have their own point of view but until he’s in and around the boys you can never judge. “He’s had troubles in the past and had a lot to say but so has everyone so you just have to get on with it.” “The quality of the two players is different class,” he said, “They’ve shown what they’ve done over the years in the Premier League at different levels. “They have huge amounts of experience and as a club looking at players like that it’s only a positive. We’re going in the right direction to try and attract players like that. “If you have the chance of going into Europe you’re going to need a competitive squad from numbers 1-20. It’s huge to get a good enough squad who can compete on four or five different levels. To be attracting players like that it’s a good sign.”The prospect of bringing Barton to Ibrox has split opinion but Waghorn won’t judge the Englishman before he meets him. Martyn Waghorn says attracting players of Niko Kranjcar and Joey Barton’s quality would show Rangers are going in the right direction. The Ibrox club have been linked with both midfielders as Mark Warburton looks to strengthen his squad ahead of their promotion to the Scottish Premiership next season.It’s understood the manager travelled to America for face-to-face talks with New York Cosmos’ Kranjcar at the weekend before welcoming Barton to Glasgow.Waghorn admits he would welcome the pair if they were to put pen to paper and believes they would both strengthen their squad.
Moore, Charlotte A Charges:35-44-3-6 Failure to Appear Charges:35-43-2-1 Burglary5-2-12-9 Failure to reg as sex offender35-43-2-1.5 Residential Entry Booking #:94882 Booking #:95571 Livermore, Scott A Holland, Amber R Charges:3 Out of County Hold Booking Date:09-25-2016 – 10:58 pm Inmates released from the Jail within the last 24 hours. Campbell, Joseph N Booking #:95577 Release Date:09-25-2016 – 8:34 pm Dutton, Gavin M Charges:1 Serve Time Circut Court View Profile >>> View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Booking Date:05-28-2016 – 12:59 am Charges:35-48-4-6.1 Poss of Meth9-30-5-2 Operating Vehicle While Intox35-47-2-23 (2D) Possession handgun by Felon Booking Date:09-26-2016 – 12:14 am Inmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours. Booking Date:09-23-2016 – 9:35 pm Booking #:95575 Charges:35-45-1-3 Disorderly Conduct View Profile >>> Booking Date:09-25-2016 – 5:52 pm View Profile >>> Abrams, Jessica A Charges:34-47-3 Indirect Contempt Booking Date:09-25-2016 – 10:12 am View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Booking #:95578 Booking #:95569 Release Date:09-25-2016 – 12:48 pm Booking Date:06-27-2016 – 11:33 am Booking Date:09-23-2016 – 10:48 pm Charges:35-42-2-1 (1A) Battery35-44.1-2-3 False Reporting Robertson, Brian D Gray, Preston H Booking #:95068 Release Date:09-25-2016 – 4:48 pm Bond:$355 View Profile >>> Release Date:09-26-2016 – 12:33 am Booking #:95576