The Government of Liberia, through a hired legal counsel in the United States of America, took a bold step in pursuit of Melvin Johnson, who the complainant referred to as ‘the companion’ of Ellen Corkrum, by filing a grievance against him with the State of Georgia (USA) Bar, of which Johnson is a member. In a 5 page letter dated May 28, 2014, Stephen M. Schneebaum of Fox Rothschild LLP conveyed GOL’s complaint alleging that Johnson, while in Liberia, “violated the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct… through engagement in acts both illegal and reflecting moral turpitude.” Such alleged acts, according to the letter, include defrauding the Liberia Airport Authority, which was under the directorship of his ‘social and/or romantic partner’ Ellen Corkrum at the time, and attempting to practice law in the Republic of Liberia when his application for admission to the Liberia Bar was never passed upon by the board of examiners. However, GOL goes further to allege that Johnson’s actions constitute economic sabotage, resulting in a Special Grand Jury indictment and seeks punitive action upon him from State of Georgia Bar, as well as his extradition from the USA to face the charges on Liberian soil. Johnson, who was recently removed from the post, Chief Municipal Court Judge for the City of Lithonia, Georgia, is still practicing law in the State of Georgia through his law firm, Melvin Johnson and Associates, Inc.“The facts as set out in Count Two of the indictment… and the documents tendered to the Grand Jury in support show that funds supposedly intended to be used for review and upgrade of security at RIA were remitted to the IOLTA account of Mr. Johnson’s law firm, Melvin Johnson and Associates, Inc.,” the letter submits. “[This entity appears to be the law firm owned and controlled by Mr. Johnson and operating in Stone Mountain, Georgia. To the best of our knowledge, no member of the firm is a Member of the Bar of the Republic of Liberia. The firm was also indicted by the Special Grand Jury for Monserrado County.] Why and how that arrangement was made is unknown to us, since there is no reason to believe that Mr. Johnson had any role to play in providing security services to the LAA. [IOLTA accounts are normally held by law firms to segregate interest earned by client funds in their temporary custody. There is no evidence known to us to suggest that any security contractor was a client of Mr. Johnson or his law firm, and of course if it were, that would implicate a direct conflict of interest, given that Mr. Johnson also claims to have represented the LAA.]”Ellen Corkrum “It is the Government’s contention”, continues the letter, “that Ms. Corkrum misused her position for her own personal pecuniary gain and that of others, and she was indicted by the same Special Grand Jury that returned a true bill against Mr. Johnson. She is accused of having diverted a significant contract for runway renovation at Liberia’s international airport to a shell company, of misusing public funds intended for the purchase of computer hardware and peripherals, and of conspiring with Mr. Johnson to steer funds intended to pay for airport security to him without any expectation that he or his company would be qualified, able, or willing to perform the work. Mr. Johnson and Ms. Corkrum departed from Liberia – having been informed that their conduct described in the indictment was under investigation – in mid-February, 2013.Johnson’s companion, Ellen Corkrum, who made a name in Liberia for having secretly taped conversations with numerous high-ranking government officials including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, implicating them in alleged corrupt practices which the letter addresses: “Apparently in an effort to forestall or block a criminal investigation, he and Ms. Corkrum began to arrange meetings with Government ministers and other high officials of the Republic of Liberia. The purposes of these meetings apparently were to enlist support for Ms. Corkrum in preemptively defeating any criminal charges, and eliciting embarrassing or compromising statements from Government figures that could then be used to discredit them. Ms. Corkrum carried with her a hidden tape-recording device, the presence of which she did not disclose to her interlocutors, and made an audiotape of each of her meetings. Mr. Johnson was in attendance with her, and colluded with her in carrying out this campaign of intimidation intending, perhaps, to lead to either financial or political blackmail.“Ms. Corkrum and Mr. Johnson have released several of the tapes for broadcast by mass media operating in Liberia. Some in the press have speculated that they are part of a political agenda of the couple, portraying themselves as “whistleblowers” and “white knight” characters perhaps available to offer themselves as candidates for political office. Mr. Johnson’s voice may be heard on some if not all of the recordings. There is no question that he was physically present, and that he participated in the illicit taping. Both Ms. Corkrum and Mr. Johnson have appeared on live radio talk shows broadcast in Liberia, in which he has held himself out as an adviser to Ms. Corkrum in all aspects of this illegal operation.In Liberia, as in many States in the United States (including Georgia), it is a criminal act to record a conversation with another person without his or her consent. The relevant statutory law in Liberia is Chapter 19 of the Criminal Code (“offenses against the right of privacy”), sections 19.1(c), 19.2(b), and 19.2(c). Exhibit E. Divulging the contents of an illegally-recorded conversation to others is a separate offense, of which both Ms. Corkrum and Mr. Johnson are likely guilty as well.”The full text of the letter is published with this story and in print on page 8 of the June 9, 2014 edition of the Daily Observer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
It is a new year, but the lack of essential medications, a situation that prevailed in 2017 at the Suddie and Oscar Joseph Hospitals in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), continues unabated.PPP/C RDC Councillor Arnold AdamsThis is according to People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Regional Democratic Council (RDC) member Arnold Adams, who told Guyana Times that essential drugs were still in short supply.During an interview with Adams, who is also the Chairman of the Health and Sanitation Committee within the Region, he said it was appalling to know the quantity of medication that is not available at the hospital pharmacies.Adams said simple injections that were used in the operating theatre for major operations were lacking and whenever enquiries were made, he is often told that numerous requests were made to the Materials Management Unit (MMU) and those drugs were not sent.The Health and Sanitation Chairman said that this year, more medical outreaches have been planned and as such, the hospitals must receive their requested quantities of medical supplies on time.“When there is not enough drugs at the hospital, then patients are forced to make private purchases; this is a burden to them since many cannot afford it,” Adams said.Adams also explained that when there were shortages at the two main hospitals along the Essequibo Coast, the health centres especially in the riverine areas suffer.The Health and Sanitation Chairman says he is calling on relevant authorities to look into the drug shortages within the Region and make the necessary arrangements for 2018. (Indra Natram)
Criminal charges against APNU/AFC ministers…says “intervention was unlawful”By Michael YoungeThe Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Shalimar Ali-Hack will soon have to defend her office’s decision to intervene in a matter which saw the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) filing private criminal charges against several Government Ministers, who were implicated in a number of massive corruption scandals.This was revealed by former Attorney General and current attorney-at-law for the PPP/C, Anil Nandlall who on Friday confirmed that papers and actions officially challenging the DPP’s intervention have been filed within the Courts.He said the DPP’s office’s intervention was completely unnecessary and unlawful.“We believe that the DPP’s office acted in error and acted unlawfully. Also, we are prepared to go all the way to the Caribbean Court of Justice on this matter,” Nandlall told Guyana Times.He said it is no longer that a number of legal suits and actions brought against the Government of Guyana epitomize the ongoing political struggle.“…Politics has contaminated all of the areas of the State and we have to ensure that the rule of law prevails and is upheld,” he insisted.The DPP back in August had for the second time in one-week, discontinued charges of “Misconduct in Public Office, contrary to the Common Law” initiated by Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) against Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson; Finance Minister Winston Jordan; and Public Service Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine.In the first charge, the court heard that Jordan and Patterson were being accused of “paying to Private Limited Liability company, Homestretch Development Inc (HDI), the sum of $906 million, being public funds, without any resort to the procurement process as is required by law.”The additional charge against Roopnaraine alleges that “while being a Minister, [he] acted as Director of the Private Limited Liability Company, Homestretch Development Inc (HDI) and accepted $906 million of public funds without any resort to the procurement process which is prescribed by law.”However, DPP Ali-Hack said “the private criminal charges for the offence of Misconduct in Public Office, contrary to the Common Law instituted against Ministers Winston Jordan and David Patterson and Rupert Roopnaraine were discontinued by the Director of Public Prosecutions under Article 187 (1) ( c) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.”She maintained that “these charges concern a grave issue under the criminal law in relation to two serving Ministers. [As such,] in the interest of good governance in the State of Guyana such allegations ought first to have been reported to the Guyana Police Force for an investigation to be launched and the advice of the DPP sought.”The $1 billion D’Urban Park project has been shrouded in secrecy and considered to be a highly corrupt deal since its inception.Following calls from the parliamentary Opposition, the Office of the Auditor General of Guyana launched a special audit into the shady project. Charges were also brought against other Ministers in relation to the Sussex Street Drug Bond, which is also shrouded in secrecy.However, when a case was filed in this regard, the DPP also discontinued them on the same grounds as these recent charges.On April 19, 2018, the Opposition filed a case against Social Cohesion Minister, Dr George Norton – who was former Public Health Minister – and Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence. These charges were in relation to rental of a house in Sussex Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, in the sum of $12 million to store drugs and the sole sourcing of drugs and pharmaceuticals from private company, ANSA McAL Trading Limited in the sum of $605 million.
1 Dame N’Doye warming up for Sunderland Sunderland striker Dame N’Doye is convinced he will not taste relegation for a second successive season.The 31-year-old Senegal international went down with former club Hull at the end of last season, but having seen what is in the dressing room at the Stadium of Light since his arrival on loan from Trabzonspor in January, is confident the Black Cats will not follow the Tigers into the Championship.Asked whether this team can stay up, N’Doye told the Journal: “Yes, I believe that because of the atmosphere in the dressing room. The lads are very concentrated and they have a strong mind that they will stay up – and that is very important.“Team spirit was strong at Hull also because everybody was working hard and they did not believe they were going down. Maybe we failed in some games and that is why we went down, but God decides that and when he decides, you cannot change it.“Every year, you work hard to stay in the Premier League. Nobody expects to go down, but three teams have to go.“I don’t want to be relegated two seasons in a row. I did not want to be relegated at Hull, but now I have to forget about that and concentrate on this new challenge and keeping Sunderland up.”Nineteenth-placed Sunderland head for West Ham on Saturday knowing a point could be enough to lift them out of the bottom three after victory over Manchester United last time out.
9 = West Bromwich Albion spent one day in the Premier League’s top four 10 10 7. Everton spent 28 days in the Premier League’s top four 1. Manchester City spent 252 days in the Premier League’s top four 10 10 9 = Swansea City spent one day in the Premier League’s top four – click the arrow above, right, to see which team spent more time in the top four than any other club 10 5. Arsenal spent 157 days in the Premier League’s top four 10 10 4. Tottenham Hotspur spent 177 days in the Premier League’s top four 3. Liverpool spent 221 days in the Premier League’s top four 10 10 It was a tense battle for the top four in the Premier League, which wasn’t confirmed until the final day of the season.And while Chelsea may have won the title, interestingly, stats show that it isn’t the Blues who spent the most time among the top flight’s elite quartet.So which Premier League team did? Scroll through the gallery above to find out. 10 2. Chelsea spent 244 days in the Premier League’s top four 6. Manchester United spent 33 days in the Premier League’s top four 8. Hull City spent 14 days in the Premier League’s top four
2 Graeme Jones has been appointed West Bromwich Albion assistant manager after leaving his role with the Belgium national team.Jones, the former Wigan and Doncaster forward, helped the Red Devils finish third at the recent World Cup, working under long-time associate Roberto Martinez. EFL result Bannan penalty helps Sheffield Wednesday strengthen grip on play-off place Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Leeds lose at Fulham, West Brom held, Charlton’s winless run continues 2 Hull defender MacDonald given all-clear after battle with bowel cancer Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Cardiff and Preston play out stalemate in Championship early kick-off impact Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack REPLY Martinez and Jones played together for the Latics, and the latter has been the Spaniard’s number two since his first managerial role with Swansea; as well as the Swans, Jones has worked with Martinez at Wigan, Everton and Belgium.However, the 48-year-old has now taken his first role apart from Martinez, to join West Brom as assistant to Darren Moore. Moore has been on the lookout for a new number two since being confirmed as manager of the Hawthorns club in May, but only now has the deal been confirmed – less than a week before the Baggies’ Championship season commences with a home clash against Bolton. goalless stalemate ROUND-UP GREAT NEWS Latest Championship news Jones helped Belgium finish third at the 2018 World Cup Jones and Martinez have worked together since the latter was appointed Swansea manager in 2007
SHAY Given pulled off a series of super saves to give his new club Aston Villa a point in a 0-0 draw at Fulham.The Lifford man made several particularly brilliant saves.He was there to stop Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora with three point-blank saves. And afterwards new Villa manager Alex McLeish said the Donegal man’s experience had made the difference“His experience tells him when to go into the right positions,” said McLeish“You might have seen other goalies diving for one of the two that came point-blank at him, but that’s the experience of a great goalkeeper.”McLeish denied Given was solely responsible for today’s draw. He added: “I don’t think it’s fair to say that. I would never say that.“It’s a team game and the team contributed to that point.”He may be 35, but at £3.5M Shay is already looking like the bargain buy of the season.McLEISH PRAISES SUPER SHAY ON DONEGAL MAN’S VILLA DEBUT was last modified: August 15th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:aston villa debutdonegalLiffordShay Given
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Turner and members of the board will meet Tuesday to discuss the survey and meet later with volunteers, officials said. “We want to reconcile any issues,” Turner said, adding that services have not suffered from the conflict. The informal survey was conducted online and included space for volunteers to make comments. They include: “We need to clean house and remove the corruption from the top, so we can get back to the work at hand,” said a volunteer at the chapter since 1983. “We are here to do a job and take care of our community, but we are being rolled over with a steam engine, and soon there will be none of us left to do the job of many.” “Four years of lacking leadership have left the chapter with fewer, more scattered programs and services,” wrote another volunteer. “… Constant reorganization at the chapter helps management hide dysfunction issues rather than deal with them.” “The hands-on (staff) supervisors are very supportive to the volunteer base. Unfortunately, they are routinely undercut, ignored or countermanded by the CEO and board in the relentless fund-raising effort that often results in the scaling back or delay of service delivery to clients.” Heather, who chairs the preparedness education committee, said 42 volunteers with experience in working with Turner and the board were selected to complete the survey. The chapter has more than 2,200 volunteers, but most are insulated from the top leaders, she said. Volunteers completed the survey in early November. It followed the revelation that Turner had hired Fred Brito, a felon convicted of multiple counts of grand theft, to its top fund-raising position. Brito lied to get the position, which he kept even after a background check showed his criminal background. He then worked at the chapter during the Hurricane Katrina fund-raising effort, when millions of dollars were pouring into the Red Cross coffers. Brito was fired Sept. 19, but the Red Cross never did an independent financial audit to ensure he had not stolen money. Turner and Michael Zoeller, the chapter’s board chairman, said an internal investigation showed no money missing. A consultant who worked at the chapter during that time said the accounting practices were so sloppy it would be impossible to be sure Brito did not take money. Brito’s lies were exposed to Red Cross officials by the chapter’s Public Relations Director Dereck Andrade, who was subsequently fired by Turner for allegedly disclosing confidential information about Brito to people outside the Red Cross. Andrade is now suing the chapter, along with Elizabeth Lopez, formerly in the top fund-raising post, who says she was wrongfully terminated. Zoeller and the board have consistently endorsed Turner as an excellent leader. He continued to stand behind the chapter’s leadership Friday, saying the organization excels according to the Red Cross’ internal evaluation measures. “You cannot achieve the results this chapter has achieved with a management that is incompetent,” Zoeller said. There are about 200 volunteers actively involved with the chapter at any given time, Zoeller said. He said the small but important group of volunteers who did the survey have “trust and communication” issues with the leadership. Part of that is related to changes the chapter is making in its program services, he said. Heather said she fears that if things don’t improve the chapter will lose “many hundred years” of combined volunteer experience. The survey was conducted to inform Pat Hofmaster, the Red Cross’ Pacific Service Area executive director, Heather said. Hofmaster is Turner’s supervisor and met with the volunteers recently. She did not return calls for comment. Heather said Hofmaster dismissed the results of the survey. “They came down and looked at the chapter. The word we got is that everything is rosy,” Heather said. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – Red Cross volunteers have lashed out at the leadership of the local branch, saying general dysfunction and domineering management style threaten the delivery of services to the community. Two dozen top volunteers from the San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross responded anonymously to the survey initiated by Julie Heather, who has 27 years of volunteer Red Cross service. About 80 percent of those surveyed have more than 10 years of volunteer experience with the organization. In the survey, some said they are now considering leaving the chapter. The branch’s CEO, Angie Turner, said the survey came as a surprise to her. She said chapter leaders had been working with the disgruntled volunteers since March and were on track to solving their problems.
San Marcos >> If Tyra Turner’s fantastic freshman season was an ice cream sundae, then Thursday’s honor was the cherry on top.Turner was named the women’s basketball Freshman of the Year by the California Collegiate Athletic Association in the conference’s awards banquet at Cal State San Marcos — becoming the first HSU women’s player to win the award.“It’s really exciting to hear and I’m just so grateful for the opportunity,” said Turner, who added the award drives her to “be more hungry on …
Two teams of evolutionists are having a spat over whale evolution. Thewissen and team (Northeastern Ohio U) say the hippo is close to the pig, but Jessica Theodor (U of Calgary) and Jonathan Geisler (Georgia Southern U) say it’s in the whale family tree. Their arguments and counter-arguments were published in Nature last week.1 Science Daily gave Theodor and Geisler time to tell their side of the story. Theodor and Geisler feel that DNA phylogeny needs to be taken into account, which their opponents failed to do. They worked several phylogenetic trees with living and fossil animals that put hippopotamids in the line with raoellids, Indohyus (an extinct Indian pig-like animal), and cetaceans (whales). One of their trees treated all characters equally, another suppressed homoplasy (convergent characters). They also omitted Andrewsarchus, a dog-like predator known only from one skull and a few bones. In addition, they took into account the thickening of bones in the ears of both whales and hippos, which they took as evidence of common ancestry. Thewissen et al agree with parts of their opponents’ tree but think hippos are closer to true pigs. They say the thickening of bones in the hippos and whales are due to different molecular mechanisms. Hippos, they say, appeared after the cetaceans, and in Africa, not Pakistan, where most of the whale ancestor candidates have been found. Science Daily said, “Geisler and Theodor argue that leaving out the DNA data not only ignores important information, it implies that the evolution of swimming evolved independently in hippos and whales, when it may have evolved only once in a common ancestor.” Thewissen et al said, “Geisler and Theodor place confidence in their results with regard to hippopotamids by stating that their analysis is consistent with ‘previous phylogenetic studies’. However, one of the two articles that they cite was published after the publication of our paper, and they do not cite a recent paper that disagrees with their (and our own) results.” Apparently there are other positions besides these two. “We also believe that improving fossil collections of poorly known taxa is important in advancing understanding of cetacean relationships.” One position that was not considered by either team is creation. For that perspective, see Jonathan Sarfati’s article on whale evolution from Creation Ministries International.1. Brief communication arising, J. H. Geisler and J. M. Theodor, Nature, E5 (19 March 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature07775; Reply by Thewissen et al, Nature E5 (19 March 2009) | doi:10.1038/nature07775.Remember that whale evolution was #1 in Nature’s “15 Evolution Gems” published in January (01/02/2009). They advertised this list again this month (03/18/2009). But read their spiel and you’ll find it’s full of speculation and appeals to the future: “there is every reason to think that many others await discovery,” they said – so keep the credulity dollars flowing into the Darwin Party coffers. Whale evolution was also the darling of the episode on “Great Transformations” in the PBS Documythary series, Evolution (see 12/20/2007). This little controversy appearing in Nature shows that the case is not so tight. The arguments on both sides reveal the usual tricks of the Darwin Party: appeals to theory-laden concepts like convergent evolution, tweaking of tree-building software, and the weighting of uncooperative lines of evidence to get the results they want. It’s time to step back and look at the big picture: can you really link a whale, a pig, a hippopotamus and a dog into a family tree? The morphological differences between these groups are arguably greater than their similarities, despite the fact they are vertebrates and air-breathing mammals. Each animal group is perfectly happy living in its specialized environment without trying to become something else. Each animal is well adapted to its habitat, possessing all the machinery and systems needed to thrive (see news about hippo sunscreen). Only by picking and choosing which pieces of evidence shall be garnered to support a preselected story would a silly human mind imagine joining them together into a genealogy. There’s another controversy brewing. Two groups of evolutionary carpenters are fighting over the evolution of the concrete saw, which requires water for its operation. Both agree it is related to the bench saw, but one party says both are related to the power drill, and another says they are related to the reciprocating saw. One view makes the circular motion of the drill and the concrete saw a case of convergent evolution; the other makes the motors products of a common ancestor. The evolutionary carpenter guild may have internal disputes about the details, but one thing is clear: these tools did evolve from each other, because they are all members of the electrical power tool clade. All evolutionary carpenters agree: evolution is a fact!(Visited 329 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0