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Tappita City Council Duped of US$25,000?

first_imgConstruction work on the multi-purpose Tappita City Hall in Lower Nimba County has reportedly stalled due to the alleged failure of an individual to deliver US$25,000 entrusted to her by project sponsors in Australia to the Tappita City Council for the building project.Project initiators residing in Australia had requested one Amanda Gbarmo Ndorbor who was returning to Liberia to convey the amount of US$25,000 to the Tappita City Council to fast track the building project.The money, according to Tappita City Mayor, Sarah Z. Mendoabor, was sent by three officials of the Nimba Union in Australia through Ms. Ndorbor also from Nimba County.  But the funds did not reach the Tappita City Council.  It is alleged that Ms. Ndorbor squandered the money intended for the development project in her own county.According to Mayor Mendoabor, Ms. Ndorbor converted the funds to her personal use upon her arrival in Liberia.  This has infuriated the Tappita City Mayor to the extent that she is threatening legal action against Ms. Ndorbor. Meanwhile, Amanda has since made part payment of the money through Ecobank-Liberia, in the amount of US$9,400 leaving a balance of US$15,600 owed to the Tappita City Council. “Following the initial refund on cash deposit slips from Ecobank-Liberia, Ndorbor has pledged to make available the balance of US$15, 000,” says Mayor Mendoabor. However, Ndorbor in her hand written promissory note dated January 31, 2015 to representatives of the Nimba Association of Australia, has requested for time to make the balance payment. She has at the same time promised to make final payment whenever she retrieves her luggage which she claims the airline she traveled on took to another destination. She reportedly received the amount of US$25,000 (now in question) from vice president for Administration of the Nimba Citizens Union in Australia, Amos W. Dogolea and two other officials on December 31, 2014, while en-route to Liberia. Ms. Ndorbor was returning to Liberia after completing   her studies in Australia where she obtained her Master’s degree in health-related courses.When the Daily Observer contacted the accused yesterday by mobile phone, she told our reporter that she was busy and at the time attending a meeting. “Right now, I am busy at work and in a meeting so I am not able to respond because I am busy. I will give you a call within an hour,” she promised at 1:14 P.M yesterday.But when she called back at 3:38 P.M. she explained that she arrived in the country on January 4, 2015, but her luggage, which she claimed contained a portion of the US$25,000 did not arrive and has not been traced by the airline. She did not name the airline in question, but said she was going through a lot of problems since she arrived in the country from Australia. The foundation for the two-storey building, which was started in March this year, has been completed, but there is no money now to continue the project since Amanda, who reportedly brought the second installment of the money, US$25,000, for the project, has allegedly failed to produce the full amount to continue the project.Madam Mendoabor told the Daily Observer that she will pursue Ms. Ndorbor “until the money is produced out of her, even if this will mean going the extra mile.”It was based on that agreement that the US$25,000 was sent by Amanda without the group least expecting that the money would end up in her personal account. “At the moment, the project has stalled due to lack of funding, but we are hoping that very soon our foreign-based counterparts will make some money available to take us to the final stage of completion,” Madam Mendoabor confidently told this newspaper few months ago at her office in Tappita. For his part, the manager of the Millennium Construction Firm, Isaac G. Kabakollie, told the Daily Observer recently that the architectural design of the hall is meant to host comfortably several different events simultaneously, without inconvenience to the users.Since completing the foundation the issue of funding has hampered the work, exposing most of the planted steel rods to extreme sun light thus posing some danger to them.”If we had the money, I can assure you that this project would be finished the first part of this year,” Mr. Kabakollie asserted.A similar construction of a city hall under the auspices of the Nimba Citizens Union in Australia, in collaboration with the Ganta City Council, is also expected to kick off shortly, an official of the Association has assured. However, with this latest development, residents are now uneasy since one of their own Nimba daughters, who had the opportunity to come home with the needed funds from Australia, could not account for the money up to the present.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Locals test Arroyo tourney

first_img There are no games scheduled Thursday or Friday (unless there are rainouts during the first three rounds), with play scheduled to resume Saturday at 9 a.m. 3:10 p.m.Five area high schools are participating in the 16th Annual Arroyo Invitational Varsity Softball Tournament being held this week at the Whittier Narrows recreational complex. Todays first-round schedule has Bishop Amat playing El Rancho at 4 p.m. on Field 2, Cantwell Sacred Heart playing Hacienda Heights Wilson at 4 p.m. on Field 5, Los Altos meeting Nogales at 6 p.m. on Field 2 and La Serna taking on Montebello at 6 p.m. on Field 5. Tuesdays second round finds El Rancho playing Rosemead at 4 p.m. on Field 2, HH Wilson testing Arroyo at 4 p.m. on Field 5, Nogales and Schurr playing at 6 p.m. on Field 2, and Montebello meeting Temple City at 6 p.m. on Field 5. Wednesdays final round of pool play starts with Rosemead and Bishop Amat at 4 p.m. on Field 2, Arroyo facing Cantwell Sacred Heart at 4 p.m. on Field 5, Schurr and Los Altos meeting at 6 p.m. on Field 2, and Temple City squaring off against La Serna at 6 p.m. on Field 5. 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

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Pirlo calls on hot-headed Buffon for testimonial

first_img0Shares0000English referee Michael Oliver (C) shows a read card to Juventus’ Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during a Champions League match on April 11, 2018 © AFP/File / CURTO DE LA TORREMILAN, Italy, Apr 12 – Former Italy star Andrea Pirlo on Thursday defended Gianluigi Buffon for his Champions League outburst as he named the veteran goalkeeper among his lineup for his testimonial on May 21.“If I’d been on the pitch, it would have burned to go out like that,” said Pirlo, “when you play a game like that and then lose the chance to play for it ten seconds from the end, it makes you crazy.” Juventus beat Real Madrid 3-1 on Wednesday night, but were eliminated 4-3 on aggregate in the quarter-final after English referee Michael Oliver awarded the Spaniards a hotly contested 97th-minute penalty which Cristiano Ronaldo converted.Pirlo — a former Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan midfielder — called time on his illustrious career last November after winning the 2006 World Cup, two Champions League titles and six Serie A trophies.And he presented details of his farewell game ‘La Notte del Maestro’ (The Night of the Master) which will take place next month at the San Siro and will include some 2006 World Cup winners such as Buffon, Francesco Totti and Alessandro Del Piero.“A hot-head Buffon would have exaggerated talk about crimes against sporting humanity but it must be understood,” said Pirlo.“It was his last game in the Champions League and he hoped to win it. A penalty so doubtful after having played a match like this at the Bernabeu makes the nerves jump.“The penalty? You can give and not give, personally I would have avoided it ten seconds from the end.”Pirlo — capped 116 times for Italy during a 13-year career until 2015 — played his final two years with New York City FC.His farewell game will take place at San Siro where he spent the bulk of his career with Inter Milan (1998-20011) and then AC Milan (2001-2011).He played for Juventus for four years until 2015.“I chose May 21 because 21 is my number and I made my debut in May,” explained Pirlo, adding that all gate receipts will be donated to charity.Pirlo said he had never been tempted away from his native northern Italy despite offers from Barcelona.“There were negotiations over the years, but there was nothing better than Milan and I stayed. Three big clubs, and the one of my city, I’m satisfied.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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‘I am not a dictator’, insists Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

first_img Louis van Gaal 1 Louis van Gaal has mounted a staunch defence of his management style, insisting: “I am not a dictator – I am a communicator.”After accusations of rifts and a player mutiny in some quarters, Van Gaal came out fighting at his weekly press conference at Carrington on the eve of Manchester United’s home game against Liverpool.The 64-year-old admitted Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick came to him after the opening match of the season against Tottenham to air their concerns.The captain and vice-captain had become worried about morale within the squad and felt they had to transmit that to the manager.”Rooney and Michael Carrick came to me and said: ‘The dressing room is flat.’,” the Dutchman said.Van Gaal was irked by the fact that the story had leaked to the media.But there was no anger towards the players. In fact, the manager was happy his two most senior professionals approached him as he feels his working practices have now improved for the better.“It’s a positive thing that the players are coming to me and not only Carrick or Rooney, other players,” Van Gaal said.“But now it was Carrick and Rooney and that was alarming for me because they are the captains. That’s why I went to the dressing room.“But all the players are communicating with me. They are coming to my office. Believe me, it is like that. I am not a dictator – I am a communicator.“I have changed the way that I say the game-plan to them, for example. Now I ask in advance and they can say what they want. Most of the strategy is always the same because they like the way we have done it.“I went to the dressing room, analysed the situation for them to give it a place. After that the atmosphere was much better and after that we won again.”last_img read more

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ANGELS-RED SOX NOTEBOOK Guerrero likely to be back in right

first_imgBy Doug Padilla STAFF WRITER BOSTON – Vladimir Guerrero’s right arm is feeling better, a development that opens a variety of lineup options. A day after struggling for any kind of offense against a Boston Red Sox starter, the Angels are about to make a number of changes that could get things going. “I spent so much time in the National League playing right field that it feels like I’m home playing right field,” Guerrero said through broadcaster Jose Mota, who was serving as interpreter. “This situation in the American League as the DH had to happen, but it’s just a familiarity to play right field.” A likely lineup would be to bat Figgins first, followed by Orlando Cabrera, Guerrero, Garret Anderson, Rivera/Morales (depending on who gets the DH spot), Casey Kotchman, Howie Kendrick, Izturis and Jeff Mathis in the ninth spot. That lineup best alternates right-handed and left-handed hitters. Mathis is expected to take over at catcher for Mike Napoli. Anderson should play Anderson’s right eye still looked severely swollen Thursday because of conjunctivitis (pink eye), but he is expected to play tonight. Scioscia said he trusts Anderson’s judgment even though Anderson said after Wednesday’s game that his eye is “not where it should be.” Anderson went 0-for-4 against Beckett in Game 1, but did fly out to the warning track in center during his final at-bat. Anderson declined Thursday to talk about his eye. “Unless something unforeseen happens, he’s a guy who has been swinging the bat as well as anybody in baseball for the last 200-300 at-bats and we need him to contribute,” Scioscia said. “Obviously if his eye is not where it needs to be, it’s something to consider. But it’s not at that point.” Escobar as calm as ever Kelvim Escobar was busy downloading stories about Game 1 on his iPhone before Thursday’s workout and hardly gave the appearance of somebody under pressure. Escobar, who won a career-high 18 games this season, will take the mound tonight and try to give the Angels a split of the two games at Boston. A defeat would put the Angels in a 2-0 hole and force them to take the last three games in order to advance. “I feel like I have to go out there and bring my `A’ game,” Escobar said. “It’s not pressure or I feel like everything is on my shoulders. It’s a team effort and we all have to go out there and give our best.” Fans reward Remy Broadcaster and former Boston second baseman Jerry Remy beat a handful of “regular fans” in a landslide in voting for “President of Red Sox Nation.” Remy received 39,120 votes from the more than 70,000 that came in by Internet, text messaging and postcard over a four-day period that ended Tuesday. Remy, who also played for the Angels during his 10-year career, threw out the ceremonial first pitch Wednesday. After lobbing the ball to backup catcher Doug Mirabelli, Remy went over to the front row and shook hands with team chairman Tom Werner. doug.padilla@sgvn.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityGuerrero, who hasn’t played right field since Sept.4 because of an inflamed right triceps, is expected to make his long-awaited return to the outfield tonight. Chone Figgins is expected to be moved to center field so that Maicer Izturis can stay in the lineup and play third base. Those moves will force rookie Reggie Willits to the bench. Willits played center field in the AL Division Series opener Wednesday. The only decision remaining will come at designated hitter. Kendry Morales would be able to bat left-handed against Red Sox starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, but Juan Rivera is also an option. “We’ll look at a couple things,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Daisuke against lefties and righties, there’s not a huge variance. It’s not like there’s a 100-point swing and you go with one guy or another. We’ll take a look at a couple things.” Guerrero said he is not rushing himself back to right just to open more options for Scioscia. His only reason for returning is that his arm finally feels better. He prefers to play out there anyway, because that is what he is used to. last_img
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JUDGE TELLS MAN “YOU’RE IN COURT ALMOST AS MUCH AS ME”

first_imgA Judge told a man he was in court almost as often as he was.Kerrykeel man Frank McGrory appeared at Letterkenny District Court after pleading guilty to being drunk and disorderly in Rathmullan on July 10th, 2011.The court heard that McGrory, of Gortnatra, Kerrykeel, had 11 previous Public Order offences. Judge Paul Kelly told McGrory “”You’re nearly here as often as I am. What are you going to do about it?“These are expensive drinks the way you are going,” said Judge Kelly.He fined McGrory €100.JUDGE TELLS MAN “YOU’RE IN COURT ALMOST AS MUCH AS ME” was last modified: March 12th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:Frank McGrorylast_img read more

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Electronic music set to rock out at festival

first_imgLANCASTER – The Antelope Valley’s first electronic rock festival and an electronic music pioneer will be featured in two concerts in downtown Lancaster. The festival will feature Alaska Highway, JAF, and RoMak and the Space Pirates at 8 p.m. Friday at Cedar Centre, 44845 Cedar Ave. Electronic musician Robert Rich will perform in one of his two Southern California appearances at 8 p.m. May 25 at the Cedar Centre. Both the festival and Rich’s concert are produced by Praisong Productions in conjunction with Alienearmusic.com and sponsored in part by Guitar Center in Palmdale. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsFestival headliner Alaska Highway consists of its British founder and programmer, Moose, and collaborator Anthony J. Roumanis, who contributes compositions and vocals. Their debut album is “Attitudes of a Difficult Mind.” Based in Fresno, JAF was founded and is fronted by Joseph Anthony, who says he started by tweaking out bizarre sounds on a cheap Casio keyboard. JAF in December 2004 added a live drummer, Rico Rodriguez, and now is in the process of completing its first album produced. RoMak & the Space Pirates was named the Rock City News Awards’ Outstanding New Wave Band for 2005 and recently received first place at the Orange County Music Awards for Best Electronic Rock band. Rich has created more than two dozen albums and helped define the genres of ambient music, dark-ambient, tribal and trance, festival and concert promoter and music journalist Lorraine Kay says. Part of Rich’s unique sound comes from using home-made acoustic and electronic instruments, microtonal tunings, computer-based signal processing, chaotic systems and feedback networks, Kay said. Rich began building his own analog synthesizers in 1976, when he was 13, and later studied at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics. His first album, Sunyata, was released in 1982. He also records with his group, Amoeba, and has performed in caves, cathedrals, planetaria, art galleries and concert halls throughout Europe and North America. His all-night Sleep Concerts, first performed in 1982, became legendary in the San Francisco area, Kay said. In 1996, he revived his all-night concert format, playing Sleep Concerts for live and radio audiences across the U.S. during a three-month tour. In 2001, Rich released the seven-hour DVD “Somnium,” a studio distillation of the Sleep Concert experience, possibly the longest continuous piece of music ever released. Rich is on tour to promote his most recent CD, titled “Electric Ladder.” Tickets for both shows are available online at www.alienearmusic.com for $15 or at the door for $20. Students with student identification cards can purchase tickets at the door for $15. For more information, visit www.alienearmusic.com. Also for information or for sponsorship, call Praisong Productions at (661) 723-0266.160Want 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

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Councillor granted legal aid as alleged assault case adjourned

first_imgDonegal County Councillor John O’Donnell has been granted legal aid and had his case for alleged assault adjourned.The Independent councillor’s case was listed at Letterkenny Circuit Court today. Judge Terence O’Sullivan heard from Cllr O’Donnell’s barrister who said the assault causing harm charges against his client will be contested and a trial will take up to four days.O’Donnell (36) of Kilmacrennan is charged with assaulting Emmet Gallagher at Sultan’s take-away in Letterkenny on February 23rd, 2015 causing him harm.He is also charged with assaulting Sean O’Donnell causing him harm at Gortlee, Letterkenny on the same date.ANotehr accused, Conor Ferguson (26) of 4 Fort na Rí, Kilmacrennan, is charged with assault causing harm to Kirstie Gallagher at Station Roundabout, Letterkenny on February 23, 2015.An application for legal aid for the councillor was approved by Judge O’Sullivan after the court heard Mr O’DOnnell receives an income of €400 a week as a county councillor.The court heard the councillor is in a personal insolvency protection regime.Judge O’Sullivan approved legal aid for a solicitor and one counsel.The cases against John O’Donnell and Conor Ferguson were adjourned until June 14th.Councillor granted legal aid as alleged assault case adjourned was last modified: April 25th, 2017 by StephenShare 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:alleged assaultCllr John O’Donnellcourtlegal aidletterkennylast_img read more

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GLENSWILLY HOPING THE SUN RETURNS FOR THEIR ANNUAL 5K FUN RUN

first_imgMembers of the organising committee of the Glenswilly 5KAfter last year year’s hugely successful inaugural event, the Glenswilly GAA 5K fun run and walk is set to attract large crowds once again.The race, which is now officially part of the Grand Prix series, will take place next Tuesday, June 25th starting at 7.30pm.Organisers are hoping the event attracts good weather similar to last year which saw more than 500 walkers and runners turn out. All money raised on the evening will go directly towards the development of underage football.Those planning to take part in the race, whose main sponsor in the Sandwich Company, are being advised to register on the night before the race between 6 and 7pm at the clubhouse.Those who cannot will have the chance to register on the night of the race between 6 and 7pm.Entry fee is €8 and under 16s are completely free to enter. One touching aspect of this year’s race is the presentation of the Moira O’Neill Trophy to the first lady runner home.Letterkenny woman Moira died last year aged just 57 after a brave battle with a long-term illness.The marathon runner for many years and her achievements raised the profile of the 26.2-mile event.She finished eighth in the marathon at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986 and 12th in the Auckland games four years later.O’Neill’s Belfast victories came in 1985 and 1986, with Dublin in 1988. Moira’s dad Cyril O’Boyle, also a noted runner, paid tribute to his daughter at the launch of the Glenswilly 5K event.Although the race is now part of he Grsnd prix series, the emphasis will be on fun with oragnisers hoping that as many relatively new joggers or walkers.Refreshments and showers will also be provided on the night.GLENSWILLY HOPING THE SUN RETURNS FOR THEIR ANNUAL 5K FUN RUN was last modified: June 18th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Glenswilly 5Klast_img read more

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SADNESS AT DEATH OF DONEGAL GAA LEGEND JIM ‘THE NATCH’ GALLAGHER

first_imgTHERE is great sadness in Co Donegal today after the family of GAA legend Jim ‘The Natch’ Gallagher announced that he has died.Mr Gallagher, who was 84, passed away earlier today at Sligo General Hospital.He lost his wife Eithne, in a tragic road accident at Cliffoney, Co. Sligo, in June 2012. Mr Gallagher, from Coolcholly, Ballyshannon, played for both Ulster and Donegal.He played on the Donegal senior team in the 1940s and 50s,starting at the age of 16 and captaining the county when they playedat Croke Park in the early 50s.He also captained Donegal when they won their first major trophy,the Dr Lagan Cup in 1952, and he represented Ulster in the Railway Cup.Nicknamed “The Natch”, he was a member of the Aodh Ruadh Club and played most of his games at centre-half-back. He is survived by a daughter, three sons and grandchildren.Funeral arrangements will be announced later. SADNESS AT DEATH OF DONEGAL GAA LEGEND JIM ‘THE NATCH’ GALLAGHER was last modified: November 30th, 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:deathJim GallagherThe Natchlast_img read more