VOSCON Boss’ Signature Backfires in US$1.8M Theft Case

first_imgDefense expert witness, Professor Dr. Rexson Sandy, who has been scrutinizing a forensic report at the center of a U$1.8 million theft case told Criminal Court ‘C’ last Friday that the document violates certified fraud examiner’s code of professional ethics on the grounds that Mr. Theo Joseph, Chief Executive Officer of VOSCON, was its sole signatory.Testifying, Dr. Sandy alleged that the prosecution witness, Theo Joseph, was in error to have been the only one to sign the instrument, making it irrelevant and unprofessional to be used as evidence against the defendants.When Mr. Joseph took the stand he said it was his institution (VOSCON) that investigated and prepared the forensic report which the grand jury relied on to indict the defendants.Dr. Sandy said fraud examination involves lots of actors, including the accused, the professionals who do the job (fraud examiners), and authority of the hiring company, adding, “That is not the case with Theo’s report.”“What is seen on this document is one person’s signature and that individual is Theo Joseph. In fraud examination, multiple individuals do the work and those individuals should also affix their signatures to the document,” he said.“The signature is based on what prosecution is telling this court and it means that Theo Joseph alone (did) the job.”Dr. Sandy explained that there are differences between audits and forensic reports.“With audit reports you are writing to shareholders, board of directors and investors while forensic reports are meant for the public, the opposing counsel, the judge, jury and the media,” he said. Dr. Sandy explained that “the third paragraph of the document stated that we interviewed the current acting manager on December 22, 2010. That statement is misleading to the court even to the prosecuting team.“The acting manager’s name was not mentioned in the report, the interviewer was not identified and there was no date to show when the interview was conducted.“Nobody knows when it was prepared. It could have been done two months ago or the interview was done five months ago. This same goes to paragraphs 9 and 11.” It was due to the VOSCON forensic report that four former employees of Liberia Coca-Cola Bottling Company (LCCBC) were charged with multiple crimes and are being tried by the state.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President Sirleaf Receives Rev. Dr. Franklin Graham

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Friday received the Chief Executive Officer and President of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, Rev. Dr. Franklin Graham at her Foreign Ministry Office.According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf welcomed Dr. Graham to Liberia and thanked him for the many good works his organization has done in Liberia. She particularly recalled the role of Samaritan’s Purse during the Ebola crisis.“We are glad to know that you will be unveiling another big project that will benefit the country and its people – the new ELWA Hospital. We will join you in that celebration,” President Sirleaf indicated. The President said she believes God was the key driver in helping Liberia to defeat the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) because there were daring predictions that did not come to pass. She also acknowledged the bravery and good work of Dr. Jerry Brown and other health professionals who stood in the gap when many had given up hope. She reminded Dr. Graham and his team about the need to pay special attention to the Ebola survivors who require immense assistance.President Sirleaf pointed out that the country has been faced with challenges including the fall of global commodity prices and Ebola and the progress that has been made is visible. She noted that Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association was a key part of the visible progress that has been made in Liberia.She thanked the group for the five airstrips built in the country which has made air travel in rural Liberia possible amid the challenges with some of the impassable roads leading to those areas. “Our partnership with you has been long and rewarding,” President Sirleaf concluded.Speaking earlier, Dr. Graham acknowledged the huge progress that has been made since he last visited Liberia five years ago. He informed her about the new state of the art hospital that has been built on the ELWA premises.“We are committed to Liberia and love Liberia very much. This is a wonderful country blessed by God who was with you during the Ebola crisis. Ebola was a darkness that came upon you but the country and people have come to terms with it and are moving forward,” he told President Sirleaf.Dr. Graham said the newly built hospital at ELWA will be fully furnished with state of the art equipment with a plan to do further expansion of the facilities. He pointed out that with the new structure and equipment, no Liberian has to leave the country for advance treatment abroad, adding that every medical condition will be handled at the hospital.He reflected that many persons abroad particularly in the USA were praying for the country and the President during the Ebola crisis and expressed the belief that God was in charge and halted the further spread of the disease.He also recognized the contribution of the Dr. Kent Brantley and his colleagues who contracted the disease as they worked to save lives through Samaritan’s Purse at the ELWA Compound and were saved by God. “They became good ambassadors for Liberia and helped bring the attention of the world and the United States of America to the situation in Liberia at the time.”Dr. Graham thanked President Sirleaf for the leadership shown under pressure to fight the disease and bring the country back to order. “We are even more pleased that Liberia now has the capacity to contain outbreaks of Ebola as demonstrated by the last three outbreaks after the end of the Ebola crisis.Members of Dr. Graham’s delegation included General Jim Walker – Deputy Director for International Projects, Mr. Kendell Kauffeldt- Country Director of Samaritan’s Purse Liberia; Mr. William Ackerman and Rev. Gentry Taylor – Government Liaison Manager.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Thousands Bid Farewell to Quincy B

first_imgThe remains of Quincy B, Liberia’s young multi-talented singer, songwriter, rapper and producer who was creative in any genre of music, was on Saturday, March 25, laid to rest in Mount Barclay, outside Monrovia.The funeral rites were celebrated by thousands of Liberians who converged from every corner of Monrovia and elsewhere across Liberia, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, and later conveyed the body to Mount Barclay to watch in sorrow and grief as the burial took place.During Quincy B’s short musical career, he had a large fan base that consisted of those who followed his music, which they described as “out of this world.” But for his passing, no one would have known that Liberia had fallen so much in love with this young adult who gave up everything to make his dreams come true as a successful performer.During the removal of his body from the Saint Moses Funeral Parlors on Somalia Drive last Friday, Liberian musicians came together and joined the family and thousands of sympathizers in “a walk of honor” to the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, where thousands more had the opportunity to view the body.There was absolutely no room for anyone to stand, sit, crouch, bend over or even kneel as children, youth, teens, and middle age adults, dressed in self-made commemorative Quincy B t-shirts, gathered in harmony to sympathize with anyone who might have known or heard of Quincy B. Fans and supporters appeared at his viewing and wake just to see if the news of his death was actually real.When Quincy’s body, dressed all in white – designed by the embalmer as though he was merely resting, not dead – was propped up for display and paraded to the stadium, a deep wail came out of the earth mixed with the wailing sounds of thousands of mourners.During the wake keeping and funeral, the Liberia National Police amazed many with their handling of pedestrians and vehicular traffic, according to comments from the audience. The media presence and those of very popular people and politicians, including Quincy B’s relatives, who tried to hide behind scarfs tied around their mouths, were also overwhelming.There was however some distortion during the wake keeping, for which police officers on duty used force to control the crowd, which caused a ruckus before the start of the wake.“It’s not right the way the police people just beat us all around, we will pay our debt,” many said during the last hours before the wake was canceled due to a fight that broke out.Meanwhile, Lonestar Cell MTN representatives were on stage as many paid their respects. They started throwing bottles of water into the audience to those who requested a drink. Many of those in the crowd, who did not know what was going on in front of the stage, started throwing glass bottles and drinks all over the place. Somewhere in between the chaos, fighting erupted and the LNP officers swung more batons, and the wake was canceled.From 11p.m. till 5 a.m., thousands of people wandered around Broad Street, Miami Beach, Snapper Hill and Crown Hill to wait for the funeral to commence the next day. The late Quincy B’s mother, with great confidence, calmed the audience and those who might have had any bad impression about her because of her son’s untimely death. She admonished Liberian youth to be productive and always try to do the right thing to move Liberia forward. Many others paid tributes to Quincy’s memory. There was air to breathe as musician Sweetz did her last performance, of Quincy B’s song ‘My Pledge.’Celebrities who attended the program included close confidante Young Classic, Feouls and Sweetz. Also in attendance were Benoni W. Urey, former Chairman of Lonestar Cell MTN and Political Leader of the All Liberian Party; former Maryland Senator John A. Ballout; as well as celebrities DenG, Takun J and Frank Artus.According to Mr. Urey, Quincy was a humble person who inspired people through his music. “He was a prolific singer and songwriter who impacted my life and my family through his music. Quincy I love and miss you,” he said.Assistant Minister for Culture at the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Joyce KpenKpen, described the late artist’s death as “an irreplaceable loss to the music industry in Liberia.”“Let me admit,” she said, “Quincy was among the few musicians who influenced the sound and trajectory of Liberian music greatly,” she said.A spokesman for Lonestar Cell MTN, the company that hired Quincy B to be its brand ambassador, said he was a humble person who put smiles on everyone’s face. “The late R&B star’s death is not only a blow to the entertainment industry but the company as well,” the spokesman said.Watching thousands of people lined up along the streets as the late Quincy B’s body was slowly taken to Mount Barclay, an eerie feeling came over the crowd, and the wailing that was silenced by the many speeches at the stadium later returned all the way to the grave. “Come back Quincy,” they cried. *Robin Dopoe of LIB Life also contributed to this article.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ECD man arraigned with 2009 murder

first_imgAfter 10 years of evading Police apprehension, 38-year-old Zaheed Mitchel of Lot 255 Sixth Street, Foulis, East Coast Demerara (ECD), was arrested and arraigned for a 2009 murder of a Good Hope, ECD resident.Remanded: Zaheed MitchelThe suspect made his appearance before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Thursday. Mitchel was not required to plead to the indictable charge which stated that between July 11 and 12, 2009, he murdered Ramzan Alli of Good Hope.According to Police reports, the now dead man left his home on July 11, 2009 and did not return. The following morning, the body of Alli was discovered in the trunk of a rental car with a black plastic bag duct taped to his head. The discovery was made along the Coldigen Railway Embankment, ECD.The accused was represented by Attorney Damien DaSilva. Police Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield told the court that the accused was only recently arrested and confessed to the crime under caution.Meanwhile, the Guyana Police Force is making efforts to have Mitchel’s girlfriend arrested and deported from the United States since based on initial reports, she was also involved in the crime.Mitchel was remanded to prison until April 15, 2019, and the matter was transferred to the Vigilance Magistrate’s Court.last_img read more

Pot plants found in home; 3 arrested

first_imgThe exact amount and street value of the pot was not immediately available. All three occupants of the home were arrested on suspicion of growing the marijauna, and one man is also being held on suspicion of domestic battery, said Harris. It was not immediately clear who owned the house. LA MIRADA – Two men and a woman were arrested on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana Monday after deputies discovered nearly 150 plants and a large amount of marijuana while responding to a domestic disturbance call, officials said. Neighbors reported hearing screaming inside a house about 11 a.m. in the 14000 block of San Ardo Drive, said Norwalk sheriff’s Lt. Duane Harris. In addition to a woman with minor injuries allegedly inflicted by her partner, responding deputies immediately spotted plants inside the house that, “looked like marijuana plants,” and called narcotics deputies to get a search warrant, said Harris. Upon searching the home, deputies discovered 146 plants growing inside, as well as two-dozen, “large containers,” full of marijuana, Harris said. 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!last_img read more

Prep Soccer

first_imgTHEY SAID IT “We’re snakebit against this team. I don’t know what else to tell you.” – Flintridge Sacred Heart of La Canada Flintridge girls’ soccer co-coach Frank Pace after his team gave up the tying goal to Chaminade of West Hills in the final three minutes Friday, missing an opportunity to beat the Eagles for the second time in 23 meetings. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita SEVEN DAY FORECAST POTENTIAL HERO Sophomore goalkeeper Willie Carballo looks like a veteran for Hoover of Glendale’s boys’ team. He made 12 saves in Tuesday’s league opener. Another strong effort will be needed to keep the Tornadoes on track for a Pacific League title a year after missing the playoffs. POTENTIAL UPSET The Mission League has been so unpredictable that it is difficult to count out any of its boys’ teams. St. Francis of La Canada Flintridge, a traditional league power, would appear the favorite in Friday’s showdown with Harvard-Westlake of Studio City, but the Wolverines have already pulled off a bigger upset, defeating City Section power El Camino Real of Woodland Hills last month. center_img GAMES OF THE WEEK BOYS Burroughs at Hart, Friday, 3:15 p.m. These teams – both called Indians – entered Foothill League as leading contenders for the title, but a rough start has Burrroughs of Burbank needing a win to avoid falling too far back. Hart of Newhall’s Matt Valaika needs just two goals to break the school season scoring record, but that wont be easy against Burroughs’ standout freshman goalkeeper, Andre Yanez. GIRLS Canyon at Saugus, Friday, 3:15 p.m. The top-ranked Centurions were hoping to snap Canyon of Canyon Country’s Foothill League unbeaten streak, but Hart of Newhall beat them to the punch. A Saugus victory could put Canyon’s bid for a fifth consecutive league title in serious jeopardy. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Women’s Tennis Set for MVC Individuals

first_imgStory Links Play will begin Saturday for the Bulldogs at 9 a.m. at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield. Palumbo and Petushkova will face the winner of Missouri State’s Burger/Alons or UNI’s Lynch/Toledo in Doubles Flight 1. Haleas and Walczak will play the winner of Missouri State’s Meyer/Khamissi or Valpo’s Wind/Paradise in Flight 2. Neville and Webb will draw the winner of UNI’s Merrick/Fain or Valpo’s Schoolcraft/Modesto in Flight 3. Petushkova captured the 2017 MVC Flight 2 Doubles title with senior Kenya Williams. Following the MVC Individuals, Drake will conclude its fall campaign at the ITA Regional Championship, Oct. 12-16 in Iowa City, Iowa. Print Friendly Version 2018 MVC Women’s Individual Order of Play SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Drake University women’s tennis team is set to play at the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships Oct. 6-7 in Springfield, Mo. Along with Drake, six additional MVC teams – Bradley, Illinois State, Missouri State, Stony Brook, UNI and Valparaiso complete the field. 2018 MVC Women’s Individuals Draws Six Drake players will be in singles action led by sophomore Carmen Palumbo who will play the winner of Alye Darter (Missouri State) and Sandra Maletin (Bradley) in Flight 1. Freshman Daria Walczak will face either Anna Alons (Missouri State) or Claire Czerwonka (Valparaiso) in Flight 2. Sophomore Liza Petushkova will play the winner of Fati Khamissi (Missouri State) or Harri Proudfoot (UNI) in Flight 3. Junior Sophia Haleas will take on either Ellie Burger (Missouri State) and Malini Wijesinghe (Bradley) in Flight 4. Freshman Kelsey Neville will draw the winner of Nicola Perlwitz (Bradley) or Vale Caro (UNI) in Flight 5. Sophomore Megan Webb is the Bulldogs’ final single as she will play Mara Prescott (Missouri State) or Daisy Phillips (UNI) in Flight 6. Petushkova won the 2017 MVC Flight 5 championship while Webb was the 2017 Flight 6 runner-up. All six Bulldogs received first round byes so singles play will begin Saturday for them.last_img read more


first_imgGARDAÍ believe Senator Jimmy Harte suffered serious head injuries as a result of a fall.The politician is in intensive care today after undergoing surgery in Dublin after being found unconscious in the city around 3am on Saturday.He had severe injuries. Gardaí have studied CCTV in the area around Newmarket Square where the Labour politician was found. Jimmy stays nearby when he is in Dublin and Gardaí believe he was was on his way there.They believe he was hurt in a tragic fall, perhaps hurting himself after taking ill.An avid sports fan, and keen follower of Ireland, he had earlier watched Martin O’Neill’s side beat Latvia at the Aviva Stadium.The Senator has had health issues in the past but has always fought back, running marathons and raising money for good causes in the process. A Labour Party spokesman said his family are at his side at the Beaumont Hospital in Dublin.Senator Harte underwent surgery on Saturday evening. He remains seriously ill.The good wishes of many people in Donegal and throughout Ireland to the politician and his family have been posted on social media.Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD said: “I’m in shock. My thoughts and prayers are with Jimmy and his family.”Labour Party leader and Tanaiste Eamonn Gilmore has spoken with family members to offer his support. Padraig MacLochlainn TD said the thoughts of everyone in politics and in Donegal are with Jimmy and his family.SENATOR JIMMY WAS INJURED IN ‘TRAGIC FALL’ was last modified: November 17th, 2013 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:Beaumont Hospital DublininjuredSenator Jimmy Hartelast_img read more


first_imgGAIRMSCOIL Chú Uladh third year class rang Cróna had something to celebrate as their classmate and Finn Valley A.C. athlete Aaron Mac Floinn achieved yet another qualifying time at the Mary Peters track on Saturday last in the 800m (1 minute 54).This is the second qualifying time Aaron has achieved in the space of 5 weeks as he recently achieved the 400m (49 seconds) qualifying standard in Cork.With these times under his belt the staff and students of Gairmscoil Chú Uladh are hoping that Aaron will get a place on the Irish team Youth Olympics in Georgia this coming July. Comhghairdeas Aaron agus Ádh mór ó do chomhscoláirí !SPEEDY AARON IS TOAST OF GAIRMSCOIL CHÚ ULADH was last modified: May 25th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aaron Mac FionnAthleteFinn Valley ACGairmscoil Chú Uladhlast_img read more

Irish bread company issues urgent mass recall due to metal risks

first_imgJohnston Mooney & O’Brien have made an urgent product recall today of all bread products with a Best Before Date 11th February 2018.The company made the recall as a precautionary measure after discovering a potential risk of some items containing small pieces of metal.The recall affects all loaves of bread – no bun or roll products are included in the recall. Customers are being urged to check dates on their products and to return them if they have a Best Before Date 11th February 2018.Johnston Mooney & O’Brien say that any potentially affected packs have been removed from the supermarket shelves and any that were in the distribution system have been recalled.Customers with affected products are asked to return the product to their local retailer for a refund. Or they can send the empty packaging with their name and address for a full refund to: Johnston Mooney & O’Brien 11 Jamestown Road, Finglas, Dublin 11. The company apologised for any inconvenience caused by this recall.Irish bread company issues urgent mass recall due to metal risks was last modified: February 8th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:breadJohnston Mooney & O’Brienrecalllast_img read more