MOTC Accused of Ignoring Court’s Order

first_imgLawyers representing Mr. Amos Brosius, who is legally fighting two Italian businessmen over the ownership of Ducor Petroleum, have filed a complaint to the Commercial Court at the Temple of Justice, accusing his former partners of ignoring the court’s order.The Court in June 2013 ordered the parties not to do any business in the name of Ducor until it had established the legitimate owner of the company, Ducor Petroleum.But the lawyers in a “Bill of Information” among other things, alleged that with the matter of ownership still pending, and up to the filing of their request, Charles Carron and Krisman Leeman have been in complete control of Ducor Petroleum, accusing Chief Judge Eva Mappy Morgan, one of the three-judge- panel of ‘being behind the action.’Carron and Leeman are also joint owners of the Monrovia Oil Trading Company (MOTC).Knowing that the law establishing the Commercial Court prevents a single judge from deciding a case over a million United States dollars, Judge Morgan alone went ahead and decided the matter, which ruling was overturned by her colleagues, according to the Bill of Information.Then in July 2013, Judge Morgan gave authority to MOTC to take over Ducor’s Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) account in the amount of US$393,490.54 and the company’s total trade receivables as of July 2013, in the respective amounts of US$1,998,322.35 and US$3,489,078.65, the Bill of Information said.Reversing her ruling, the unidentified two other judges said, “Now that the full panel had ruled that a single judge of the panel was without jurisdiction to take such action, it will be undermining the ruling of the court for said action to be in full force and effect.”They added, “The preliminary injunction as ordered by the Chief Judge is void…and of no legal effect consistent with law. Where a Judge acts without jurisdiction, his judgment is a nullity and cannot be enforced.”The decision to reverse the ruling came after Brosius’ lawyer filed a petition to review the ruling of Judge Morgan.In their request, Brosius’ lawyers contended that the October 2014 judgment of the court to restore their client to take over the management of Ducor has not happened.“In disregard to the authority of the full panels’ decision on the petition for Judicial Review, MOTC continues to be in possession of the properties of Ducor Petroleum Inc, still acting under the void judgment of the chief judge contrary to law, “the lawyers noted.They further added that it is highly contemptuous for MOTC to continue to control the management and financial resources of Ducor based on a decision of the Chief Judge, when in fact the panel judges had ruled that the matter was without jurisdiction of the Chief Judge, but within the jurisdiction of the three-judge panel. The lawyers   also requested that the MOTC should refrain from using the name of Ducor Petroleum Inc., a business entity over which it has no management control  or authority to act on its behalf, including  the use of Ducor’s stationery, logo, and contact to transact business.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_imgMessengers of Peace (MOP) – Liberia has not witnessed an issue, since we started the dialogue for peace fora among young people, so hotly contested as the recipe for peace. There are two schools of thoughts on this issue. One school of thought is of the opinion that, there are no recipes for peace. The other school of thought argues to the contrary.MOP-Liberia opines there is a recipe for peace. While we are first to admit the lace of blue print for peace and there is ‘no one size fits all’ approach to peace, we conclude that there is a recipe for peace and it starts with us. It begins with the truth.The question is asked, how people hope for peace when society lacks the basic ingredient for Peace. To us at MOP-Liberia, the absence of truth to selves is like cooking food without salt as one of the essential ingredients to food. Most successful peace and reconciliation programme in post conflict environment begins with the establishment of truth and reconciliation process.Our belief and value systems are recipes for peace. It is our contention that man or woman by nature is not violent. The lack of strong belief and value systems or the erosion of these beliefs including ignorance is sure precursor for violence and conflict. Therefore, recipe for peace calls for the enforcement of our cultural beliefs, religious and value systems.When there is conflict among individual, the need for mediation to resolve conflict is invoked but following civil strife, emphasis is placed on developmental projects and security. Little attention is most often paid to other recipes for peace that have been in place before the conflict. We are of the notion that post conflict interventions for sustainable peace should build on existing belief systems and establish informal community mediation support functions in communities to feed into other systems such as the ‘Palava’ hut that most often tend to be stigmatized as a Government tool put in place to bamboozle the common people. Trust is an essential ingredient for peace.While we agree with the need for robust leadership as a pre-requisite for sustainable peace, the recipe for peace must include heavy investment in human social security as we have always maintained, the establishment or restoration of the rule of law, support for the involvement of young people in constitutional review and reform processes and the promotion of human rights and gender parity. These are the recipes for peace in any society. Everyone has a role to play in it if we are to maintain peace and security. Partnership is vital to preventing violence and critical to maintaining peace and security.In the coming weeks, Messengers of Peace-Liberia would gauge the recipe for peace among young people and winning submissions would be published. In addition, we would be introducing to the public our young volunteer peace messengers and the peace messages they bring.Until next week, when we continue our dialogue among Peace Messengers- What is your recipe for peace, it is Peace First, Peace above all else. May Peace prevail on earth!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Residents blast Mae’s for occupying community ground

first_imgCity Hall CoIA number of residents of the Subryanville, Georgetown area, showed up at the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into City Hall’s operation on Friday to highlight the issues they have been facing after Mae’s Schools invaded the residential community.Mae’s Schools has been operating in Third Avenue, Subryanville, for a number of years and the building which initially started the school has now turned into four.While operating in the area has caused major traffic disturbances and sewage issues, one problem which many are concerned about, is the Farnum CommunityMaterials that were dumped onto the resurfaced groundGround which has been cordoned off for private use by the educational facility.A resident of the community, Damian Fernandes, told the Commission that one-third of the public football field was cordoned off with a 12-foot fence by the school’s administration and is being used for the students only.Additionally, all of the waste materials which were generated from construction on the school building were dumped on the ground. This includes wooden boards, large chunks of cement and steel rods. “If you check, you will see that the metal rods are still sticking out of the ground. The form boards that were used to cast the base were thrown with nails and you can see the nails sticking up and that’s how it is left for many months. The construction crew from the school is dumping builders waste on the ground,” Fernandes argued.On many occasions, the residents would have tried to engage senior officials from the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) but it was a no-show on the Council’s part.Furthermore, the Administrator of the school, Stacy French, indicated to the residents that she obtained a lease for the property. However, they were told byTown Clerk Royston KingTown Clerk Royston King that it was just a letter of permission.Contradicting that, Mayor Patricia Chase Green stated that she was unaware of any such activities. French would have banned persons from utilising the public amenity by padlocking the gates to keep out certain “elements”.“It’s very upsetting to see a private business now carving out a piece of our green space, fence it and padlock it for the use of private school students.”Fernandes, along with other members of the community, are concerned since they feel it is a full-time job to handle these issues.While the Mayor is insinuating that the ground was not maintained, residents presented evidence that it was maintained and footballers would utilise the facilities for the practice sessions. Fernandes explained that prior to this, the community ground was regularly maintained and $2.7 million was spent for its resurfacing.At present, it is very difficult to weed the vegetation since machinery is being damaged by the concrete that was dumped in the area.Another problem that is being faced by residents is the fact that parents are parking in front of their properties while waiting on their children and in the process; they are littering the environment on a daily basis.The Commission also heard that the school’s administration is in the process of constructing another school in the area of which the residents are opposing. They vocalised that the area is a residential community and businesses should not operate in the vicinity.last_img read more

LAUSD, Antonio to team?

first_img“That may be a possibility for an opportunity for not only the mayor but for other people who have great proposals to propose something to the district and have us take it on as a pilot,” Canter said. “I think it’s important that we clean the slate … We both know that we’re better off together than we are apart. I feel very strongly that today is a new day and that today we will begin the walk together to create the kind of partnerships that I know we can so that all kids succeed.” Partnership Villaraigosa said at a Wednesday morning news conference that he hopes to get a cluster of schools to oversee and – regardless of the results of the May runoff – wants to partner with the district. “I think the school board and I are clear that a partnership is inevitable. We’ve got to figure out what it looks like,” he said. “I fully expect a tough campaign … Regardless of that, you’re going to see my effort and I think an effort on their part to work together.” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Unified School District officials heralded a new era of collaboration Wednesday, even as they braced for a bruising and costly school board runoff in just eight weeks. With a measured primary win by the mayor in his bid to gain influence on the school board, both sides quickly began finessing collaboration with aggressive pushes for their own candidates to prevail in May. And in a post-election nod to the mayor, LAUSD school board President Marlene Canter said the board is now considering offering Villaraigosa his own long-sought cluster of low-performing schools to oversee. Canter said the move comes after Villaraigosa offered a pre-election “olive branch” to school board members in private phone calls. And she said she hopes to begin discussions with the board soon on an “innovation district” developed with Superintendent David Brewer III. Canter said Villaraigosa called several board members Tuesday and struck a collaborative tone. “He said, `Consider this an olive branch,’ and he said `I want to meet with you and I want to start fresh,”‘ Canter said. “I said I’ve been waiting for this since the day I became president and I’m there any time that you want to meet so I’m looking forward to starting the conversation again and working together.” Brewer echoed Canter’s openness for collaboration and said that even if the mayor gets his slate elected to the board, he doesn’t believe it will be divisive. “I think there’s going to be collaboration. With or without (legislation), it does not matter to this superintendent. I get along with the mayor, I get along with the board,” Brewer said. “I just look forward to working with whomever the people of Los Angeles elect.” Mayor’s slate did well The cooperative comments come after an election campaign in which 11 candidates raised more than $4 million vying for four seats on the school board. While the mayor’s slate fared well, it was far from a resounding victory. Yolie Flores Aguilar captured the District 5 seat, but his other two candidates – Richard Vladovic and Tamar Galatzan – are headed for runoffs. And with incumbent Marguerite LaMotte’s victory over charter leader Johnathan Williams – considered an ally of the mayor’s – Villaraigosa now needs Vladovic to win the South Gate seat and Galatzan to prevail over incumbent Jon Lauritzen for the San Fernando Valley seat if he is to secure a majority of four votes on the school board. Although he said he is looking forward to a new partnership with the district, Villaraigosa will continue to aggressively support Galatzan – a campaign into which his Partnership for Community Excellence committee poured more than $1.13 million. Galatzan captured 44 percent of the vote and Lauritzen 40 percent in an election that drew less than 10 percent of the city’s voters. Louis Pugliese, who said Wednesday that he has not yet decided which of the two candidates he’ll support, got 16 percent of the vote. Lauritzen has called Pugliese, and Mike Trujillo, Galatzan’s campaign manager, said they look forward to meeting with him. In the South Gate race for District 7, the mayoral-backed candidate, Vladovic, won 46 percent of the vote, while opponent Neal Kleiner got 33 percent. UTLA might endorse Former California Teachers Association employee Jesus Escandon got 22 percent of the vote, and said Wednesday that he would encourage his supporters to vote for Kleiner. United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy said it’s possible that union membership might decide to endorse a candidate in that runoff. “I think everybody is tired of this struggle and from my perspective, everybody now understands … that a partnership is really what needs to happen,” he said. But even as Villaraigosa struck a collaborative tone Wednesday, some said it could be an effort to hedge his bets because legislation that would give him partial control over the LAUSD is stalled in court and the May election results remain uncertain. Meanwhile, the school board may have realized that Villaraigosa is not giving up, and a partnership makes the best political sense for both. “The school board doesn’t want to look like obstructionists … and there’s a recognition that you can’t go back to the politics of before-Antonio,” said Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. “They can’t hide from the fact that there’s a new sheriff in town and he is going to continue to be a force to be reckoned with, no matter what. And the mayor wants something out of this and he wants the best deal he can cut.” naush.boghossian (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

‘I’ll give my life to PSG,’ says Neymar

first_img0Shares0000Neymar scored Paris Saint-Germain’s winning goal in Bordeaux from close range after a precise cross by Kylian Mbappe © AFP / NICOLAS TUCATPARIS, France, Sep 28 – Brazilian superstar Neymar pledged Saturday to “give my life to PSG” after his goal kept the French giants top of Ligue 1 with a 1-0 win at Bordeaux.Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, had been strongly linked to a return to Barcelona over a tumultuous summer. However, in an attempt to win over PSG fans, many of whom have become unconvinced by the player’s attachment to the French capital, Neymar has looked a rejuvenated figure, scoring for a third time this season.“I’m very happy to be able to help PSG, it’s better with the fans,” he said.“It’s like with your girlfriend, one moment you’re bad, but with hugs and a lot of love, it’s better.“I am here to give my life to PSG. They are my team, my goal is to help my club, to continue to score goals.”On Saturday, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar played together for the first time this season and combined for the only goal in Bordeaux.Mbappe, who had been out injured since August 25, started on the bench but, with PSG struggling for a breakthrough, came on after an hour.The Parisian attack immediately gained a more menacing edge.Both Mbappe, with a shot, and Neymar, with a header, went close before combining to open the scoring for the game’s only goal in the 70th minute.Mbappe outpaced the Bordeaux defence on the right. His precise low cross presented Neymar with a tap in at the far post.“The most important thing is that these goals are decisive, in tight matches, that’s why I’m here,” added Neymar.“It’s obviously a pleasure to link up with Kylian again. He came back with his smile and with his football talent,” he added.– Mbappe’s Neymar ‘admiration’ –French World Cup winner Mbappe said he was delighted to link-up again with Neymar although he admits their partnership remains a work in progress.“There are things that have been said, but we have always had a relationship based on honesty and admiration,” said Mbappe.The last time Mbappe and Neymar had appeared together was in the French Cup final last April, a match which ended in defeat.As Bordeaux pressed, Mbappe and PSG began to carve open the home defence.He burst through on his own, but goalkeeper Benoit Costil anticipated the chip.Then Costil again reacted quickly, diving at Angel Di Maria’s feet as the Argentine ran onto Mbappe’s angled through ball.PSG, who had suffered a shock 2-0 loss to Reims on Wednesday, survived a late video review for a potential Bordeaux penalty to recapture first place.Angers are second in the table after a 1-1 draw with Amiens.Nantes, also two points off the pace, had briefly moved to the top when they won 1-0 win at Lyon earlier in the day.As Nantes celebrated their goal, Lyon players and fans showed disbelief © AFP / JEFF PACHOUDLyon had the best of the chances but conceded the only goal in freakish fashion just before the hour.As Samuel Moutoussamy broke into the home area, left-back Fernando Marcal slid in and attempted to poke the ball out for a corner. Instead, it struck his other leg and looped over goalkeeper Anthony Lopes and into the goal.As the home fans whistled their team, the Lyon players appeared increasingly lost, although the brilliance of Nantes goalkeeper Alban Lafont was a major factor in their failure.For Nantes, it was a first win at Lyon since December 1996.Monaco’s revival continued when a 4-1 home win over Brest allowed them to move into 12th spot.Monaco have now taken seven points from their last three league games.0Shares0000(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Survivor tells Schindler tales

first_imgPASADENA – Industrialist Oskar Schindler saved the life of Polish teen Leon Leyson several times during World War II, making sure the lanky boy had a place in his factory. “As decent as he was depicted in the movie,” Leyson said Monday night, referring to the 1993 Academy Award-winning film “Schindler’s List,” “he was better in real life than he was in the movie.” “He was a special kind of person – he had a twinkle in his eye,” Leyson said. Two days before the beginning of Rosh Hashana – the Jewish New Year – Leyson, now 77 and a Fullerton resident, spoke about his experiences as the youngest Holocaust survivor on Schindler’s list to about 100 people gathered at Chabad of Pasadena. Luckily for him, the officer let the brash boy go. At age 13, Leyson was working 12-hour night shifts at Schindler’s factory. “I couldn’t reach the controls, so I had to stand on a box eight inches high,” Leyson said, laughing. Unlike the Nazis and others who associated with them, Leyson said, Schindler treated the Jews who worked for him like human beings, a welcome relief from the brutality they suffered. “He spoke in complete sentences, waited for an answer and looked us straight in the eye,” Leyson said of his boss. “He used to stop by and talk to me.” Indeed, Schindler remembered “Little Leyson,” leaving word that he should receive two rations of food instead of one because he was so malnourished. “You can’t imagine what that signifies, what it tells you about the man,” he said. Luck – which Leyson says he is blessed with in abundance – struck once again toward the end of the war around 1944, when Schindler decided to dismantle his factory and take his workers with him to then-Czechoslovakia. Unfortunately, only Leyson’s mother made the cut to stay with Schindler’s workers. But when Schindler came to see who was leaving, “Little Leyson” made his presence known. He moved out of line to get Schindler’s attention and a Nazi guard hit him, breaking his Thermos. “Everybody’s attention was in my direction, so I yelled out to him, I said, `My father, my brother and I are being sent away!’ ” Leyson said. “(Schindler) ordered us out of the group immediately, sent us back to the group in another location where my mother was. So, he saved our lives then.” Not only that, but Schindler personally informed Leyson’s mother that her husband and two sons were on their way back to her. “So, that is the kind of man he was, and I don’t mind telling you, he was a genuine hero, but not a perfect man,” Leyson said. “As far as the kind of humanity he had, it was just unbelievable.” Later, Leyson’s mother and sister were sent away to the gas chambers, and Schindler “bribed more people, persuaded them” to send them back to him. “He didn’t just save 1,200 Jews – if you think of the future generations and generations and generations of people that are here today because Schindler saved 1,200,” Leyson said. (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Schindler, who was from what was then Austria-Hungary, is noted for saving the lives of nearly 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust by having them work in his enamelware and ammunitions factories located in then-Poland, in what is now the Czech Republic. Though Leyson’s two oldest brothers were killed – one by a firing squad of Nazis in their tiny hometown of Narewka, Poland, and one in the gas chambers – time and again, Schindler ensured that “Little Leyson,” as he called him, as well as Leyson’s father, mother, sister and remaining brother David would survive. Leyson was about 12 years old when he and his family were split up – Leyson and his mother went to a work camp, his sister to another camp and his father and brother to one of Schindler’s factories. In time, Leyson’s father asked Schindler to add his wife and two other children to his now-famous list. But after they were added, Leyson somehow got crossed off the list. But, a brave “Little Leyson” approached a Nazi officer, known around the camp for murdering Jews who stepped out of line even a little, and insisted that he should be heading for Schindler’s factory. last_img

Davies and Collins miss Wales’ crunch Euro 2016 qualifer against Belgium

first_img Ben Davies and James Collins 1 Defenders Ben Davies and James Collins will miss Wales’ crunch Euro 2016 qualifier against Belgium next month.Tottenham full-back Davies dislocated a shoulder at Southampton last month while West Ham centre-back Collins picked up a calf strain 10 days ago.Both Davies and Collins featured in Wales’ last qualifier – a 3-0 victory in Israel at the end of March – but have failed to recover in time for the Group B top-of-the-table clash with leaders Belgium at the Cardiff City Stadium on June 12.Jonathan Williams (groin), Emyr Huws (knee) and George Williams (ankle) are also unavailable.Wales manager Chris Coleman has named a 23-man squad in which Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale and Arsenal playmaker Aaron Ramsey both feature.Leicester midfielder Andy King returns after serving a two-match ban for his red card in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Cyprus last October, while Newcastle defender Paul Dummett and Celtic’s Adam Matthews are included after injury.Wales squad: Goalkeepers: Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Fon Williams (Tranmere), Ward (Liverpool).Defenders: Williams (Swansea, capt), Chester (Hull), Gunter (Reading), Taylor (Swansea), Dummett (Newcastle), Matthews (Celtic), Richards (Swansea), Henley (Blackburn),Midfielders: Allen (Liverpool), Ledley (Crystal Palace), Ramsey (Arsenal), King (Leicester), Vaughan (Nottingham Forest), MacDonald (Bournemouth), Cotterill (Birmingham).Strikers: Robson-Kanu (Reading), Lawrence (Leicester), Bale (Real Madrid), Church (Charlton), Vokes (Burnley).last_img read more

Scotland’s Scott Brown good enough to play for top Premier League team – Butcher

first_img1 Terry Butcher is adamant that Scotland skipper Scott Brown is good enough to play for a top club in the Premier League.Former England midfielder Paul Scholes began a debate about the abilities of the 31-year-old Celtic captain ahead of the Three Lions’ visit to Hampden Park in a 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday.He said: “Scott has had a fantastic career with Celtic. But could he have done the same with a big club down in England? I’m not sure he’d have had the same influence.”However, former England captain Butcher has no doubts that Brown, who came out of a short international retirement last year, could hold his own with the best midfielders in the English top flight.He said: “I think he could. He is an enforcer but also a passer of the ball and if he is given a specific role he has the ability, physically and mentally to cope with that and I think he could still do it now.“If you look at players in his position in the top-four sides, the top-six sides – you are now looking at the top six or seven in England rather than the top four – he could handle it quite comfortably.“You have Eric Dier of Spurs in the (England) midfield, that is going to be a great battle (on Saturday).“I don’t know who else is going to battle against Scott Brown, he will take two players on no problem. He will love it.“Scott Brown will make sure that every player plays his very best.“People will say Scott Brown has to combat Dele Alli and all that sort of thing but who is going to stop Scott Brown? Eric Dier possibly, I don’t know who else is going to be in there.“I am gutted that he didn’t retire completely and is out of it. I am pleased for Scotland because he is an inspiration, a leader.“He said last year he felt drained and you can see that difference this season.”Former Ipswich and Rangers defender Butcher made favourable comparisons between Brown and Scholes, who is recognised as one of the finest midfielders England has produced.Speaking in a Glasgow hotel where he was helping to publicise the Group F qualifier – while promoting gambling firm Mobilebet’s free offer bet – Butcher was in a jovial mood.He said: “It wouldn’t be a battle between Paul Scholes and Scott Brown because Paul Scholes couldn’t tackle a fish supper sometimes.“He wasn’t renowned for his tackling. He was renowned for his ability on the ball, his passing, his scoring and everything else.“Scott Brown would win that hands down if it came to a physical battle.“Paul had the edge in terms of vision, ability and touch. Not much. Scott Brown could handle the Premier League no problem at all.“People think he goes about like a headless chicken and all this sort of thing but he doesn’t.“He is very clever, very strong, he is the fulcrum in the midfield – I wish he wasn’t playing.” Celtic captain Scott Brown last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL’S U12 girls footballers will be putting on a display of great talent at St Mary’s GAA Club this Saturday with some mouth-watering contests ahead.The festival of football blitz is aimed at developing talent for the future and has been organised by the Ladies Board with Donal O Searcaigh, the development officer, to the fore supported by managers of all the competing county teams including the U14 manager Dermott Foy.There has been huge interest in the day – with 19 clubs sending teams along for the competition. Registration this Saturday is at 10am sharp with the first game at 10.30am. All teams are asked to register on time.And all the club fixtures are listed above. DONEGAL LADIES FOOTBALL: STAGE SET FOR ALL-COUNTY U12 BLITZ IN CONVOY was last modified: July 7th, 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:donegalGirls Gaelic FootballLGFAU12 blitzlast_img read more