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Hage’s Million Dollar Estate Case Goes Back to Lower Court

first_imgThe Supreme Court of Liberia has granted the petition to overturn a ruling to exclude some properties and to audit millions of United States dollars collected from the estate of the Late Milad R. Hage, instructing the Monthly and Probate Court of Montserrado County to retry the matter.Initially, the lower court denied a motion to “Exclude Movants Properties from the Estate of the Late Milad R. Hage and to Order Audit of Mr. Bassam H. Jawhary Relating to the Estate” filed by Hage’s widow Oumou Sirleaf Hage, a Liberian and children against Jawhary, a Lebanese national.  However, reserving the lower court decision, the Supreme Court said there were several irregularities, errors, negligence and glaring misconduct committed in the interpretation of the Decedent Estate Law by the lower court.In their judgment, the High Court further declared that “Oumou Sirleaf Hage, widow of late Milad Hage, and her children’s lawyers were negligent and careless and did not adequately and effectively represent their interest.”“Accordingly,” the Highest Court added, “We believe that in order to serve the interest of transparent justice, equity demands that we remand this case to the trial court for further proceedings so that all of the parties are guaranteed full access to due process of law.”“Notwithstanding,” the High Court maintained in the judgment though “Oumou’s lawyers’ failure to comply with the requirements of the stature to have the case heard on regular appeal, was due solely to the negligent conduct of her lawyers. Such failure under the circumstances of the case should not deprive her of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution of Liberia.”The Supreme Court went ahead to instruct the Clerk of Court to order Judge Holder to resume jurisdiction over the matter by saying “Ordered  Jawhary to submit to the court a comprehensive inventory of the Hage Estates assets, as well as liabilities as required by the Decedent Estate Law.”Also, in the instruction, the Court mandated Mr.Jahwary to furnish a detailed statement on the status of the loan facility Hage has with the Ecobank and also audit Ecobank for the period in which proceeds of the estate were collected by the bank.Before Hage’s death, the deceased obtained a loan (loans) from Ecobank in Monrovia, and pledged properties as collateral to secure and guarantee the rental proceeds from the properties at Red Light to the bank to retire the loans.The High Court, among others, ordered Judge Holder to  “Ensure that Bassam Jawhary establishes an account in the name of the Hage Estate if  such account is not already established, into which all monies belonging to the Estate is deposited for the operation of this account shall be with the approval of the court.”It further stated, “Investigate the allegations of malpractices alleged to have been committed by Bassam Jawhary in his handling of the properties of the Hage Estate,  including the Estate funds.”According to the order, Judge Holder is to revoke Jawhary’s letter of Testamentary in the event that the investigation conducted pursuant to the above revealed that he has engaged in misconduct and mismanagement of the affairs of the Estate.“Determine whether or not the lease agreement executed by and between Oumou Sirleaf Hage and Milad R. Hage has expired in accordance with its terms and conditions, and in the event that said lease agreement is determined to have expired, return all properties covered by the lease agreement,” the order  further instructed.It also added, “Determine whether or not the properties covered by the lease agreement including properties owned by the  children of Milad Hage and Oumou Hage, and if so render void the lease agreement by and between her and Milad Hage, in so far as it covers and relates to the properties owned by said children.”The instruction went on to say, “Determine whether or not the conduct of Jawhary,  as relates to Oumou Sirleaf Hage, constitutes a disavowal of the Last  Will and Testament of Milad R. Hage, and if so, revoke his testamentary and remove him from his position as executor of the estate.”“Determine whether or not the disharmony between Jawhary and Oumou and the children necessitate an immediate closure of the Hage estate,” adding, “Given that this has been pending for a long time without final determination, the Monthly and Probate Court of  Montserrado County is  mandated to give it first priority handling.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

KidsRight, Partners End Midterm Project Review

first_imgKidsRight Foundation and its four project implementing partnersKidsRight Foundation and its four project implementing partners, last week concluded a day-long review of its project that seeks to focus on the protection of children’s rights across the country. The exercise was meant to share the success stories as well as the challenges that each of the partners is currently facing.These partners include Defense for Children International (DCI), Special Emergency Activity to Restore Children’s Hope (SEARCH), ANPPCAN and Youth Coalition for Education in Liberia (YOCEL).DCI is engaged in the more legal aspect of the advocacy for children’s right; SEARCH is engage in acquainting youths and adolescents with existing legal framework; ANPPCAN works with children community clubs to teach them about their rights; and YOCEL’s advocacy is focused mostly in the social platform.The project review exercise brought together four of the major children’s rights advocacy organizations in the country.  According to its implementing agents, the project,will create the platform that will compel government to respond promptly to issues relating to violence against children.YOCEL founder and executive director Beyan Flomo Pewee said that the meeting was very important in that it provided the opportunity for the partners to assess their performances so far.“This is meant to keep the collaboration strong and see and know some of the challenges each one of us is going through,” he said.YOCEL’s program manager, Winright Acquoi, added: “We want to look at the sustainability of the impact so far and how we can address the challenges we all are facing.”Children’s Rights Activist, Abraham M. Keita, is a benefactor of the project. In November 2015, Keita won the 2015 edition of the International Children’s Peace Prize in The Hague. Today, he was presented with the prestigious award for demanding justice for children who are victims of physical or sexual violence, and for successfully campaigning for the Liberian parliament to adopt the Children’s Law.DCI and its implementing partners launched the 100,000 euros project focused on the protection of children’s rights in Liberia last year.Defense for Children International executive director Foday Kawah said that children can grow and obtain their full potentials if a network is created in hard-to-reach places focusing on protecting their rights.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Both Dawson Creek dealerships survive GMC cuts

first_imgAlso, Fort St. John’s Murray GM can breathe a sigh of relief having received its letter from General Motors Corporation, stating the dealership will remain open.Elsewhere, the Grande Prairie Herald-Tribune is reporting, that both GM dealerships in the city will remain open. Dawson Creek has survived the GMC chopping block.Both Brown’s Chevrolet and Timberline Pontiac Buick GMC have confirmed that both dealerships will remain open. This comes after GMC announced it would cut 250 dealerships nation-wide; an initiative to cut costs.GMC did not make the axed dealerships public, in an effort to be the first to tell each company individually.- Advertisement -Sales Manager for Timberline, Jerry Neufeld, says there was a lot of uncertainty while waiting for the letters to arrive.[asset|aid=1409|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=c6431059941ad45b6f246489aab88685-Jerry Neufeld 1_1_Pub.mp3]Meanwhile, Browns Chevrolet’s Aaron Powell told the Edmonton Journal that “Everyone is a little bit worried and you never really know,” but he adds “We’re happy, they let us know we’re in good standing.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Talks to revive Softwood Lumber Agreement standing still

first_imgThere still remains no sign of any move toward talks aimed at retooling or renegotiating the now-expired Canadian/American Softwood Lumber agreement.American industry groups have long argued Canada subsidizes its lumber production, and it took five years of court battles to reach the 2006 agreement to regulate Canadian softwood exports to the US.Earlier this fall, Premier Clark told the legislature the US has refused to renegotiate despite two years of requests, and now says a new deal will be her first topic of discussion with newly elected Prime Minister Trudeau.- Advertisement -Susan Yurkovich of the Council of Forest Industries says a new deal would benefit both countries lumber industries and the sooner talks begin the better.However, she also concedes it’s to be expected the results of last month’s federal election will impact the timing of the talks.She also noted again, the expired agreement includes a standstill clause, which prevents the US from launching any trade action against Canadian producers until October of next year, and she said:Advertisementlast_img read more

Egyptian king or dwarf? Salah statue mocked online

first_imgWith large ears poking out from under a huge Afro hairstyle, Salah is captured in the pose of his now iconic goal celebration.A broad smile is etched across his face and his oversized head is tilted backwards as the arms on his pint-sized body are stretched out wide.Salah is idolised in Egypt and Liverpool, after his goal-scoring exploits last season took his country to the World Cup finals and his English club to the final of the Champions League.The statue of him been mocked widely on social media, with many likening its appearance to that of 1970s British singer Leo Sayer or his American counterpart Art Garfunkel.A woman takes a selfie by a statue of Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah displayed at the World Youth Forum in Sharm el-Sheikh, on November 5, 2018 © AFP“People thought Cristiano Ronaldo’s statue was bad. Wait till you see Mo Salah’s,” one Twitter user wrote, referring to the bronze bust ridiculed for looking nothing like the Portuguese football superstar.“Statue carved by Stevie Wonder by the looks of it!” tweeted another, in reference to the blind US musician.One social media user said Salah’s statue looked like a “bobble head” — the dolls placed on the dashboards of cars with oversized heads that nod incessantly.“Oh god!!!!!! They made statute of dwarf Salah,” tweeted another.“Yes, it’s a statue, but where is Mohamed Salah?” said a post on Facebook.The Egyptian artist who sculpted the statue, Mai Abdallah, has defended her work.Abdallah said the statue had been made of plaster but became disfigured when the forum’s organisers poured bronze over it, much to her surprise.She said the statue was originally only meant to be used teach sculpture to students, in a post on Facebook where she also shared her other statues of Egyptian celebrities.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000This picture shows a statue of Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah displayed at the World Youth Forum in Sharm el-Sheikh, on November 5, 2018 © AFPCAIRO, Egypt, Nov 7 – A statue of Liverpool footballer Mohamed Salah has been met with derision online since going on display in his native Egypt, with many comparing it to an infamous bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo.The statue was unveiled with pomp and ceremony at the World Youth Forum in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh in the presence of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.last_img read more

Blackwater stands accused of a trigger-happy history

first_imgWASHINGTON – Employees of Blackwater USA have engaged in nearly 200 shootings in Iraq since 2005, in the vast majority of cases firing their weapons from moving vehicles without stopping to count the dead or assist the wounded, according to a new report from Congress. In at least two cases, Blackwater paid victims’ family members who complained, and sought to cover up other episodes, the congressional report said. It said State Department officials approved the payments in the hope of keeping the shootings quiet. In one case last year, the department helped Blackwater spirit an employee out of Iraq less than 36 hours after the employee, while drunk, killed a bodyguard for one of Iraq’s two vice presidents on Christmas Eve. The report – by the Democratic majority staff of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform – adds weight to complaints from Iraqi officials, U.S. military officers and Blackwater’s competitors that company guards have taken an aggressive, trigger-happy approach to their work and have repeatedly acted with reckless disregard for Iraqi life. Among those scheduled to testify today are Erik Prince, a press-shy former Navy SEAL who founded Blackwater a decade ago, and several top State Department officials. In the case of the Christmas Eve killing, the report states that an official of the U.S. Embassy in Iraq suggested paying the slain bodyguard’s family $250,000, but a lower-ranking official said that such a high payment “could cause incidents with people trying to get killed by our guys to financially guarantee their family’s future.” Blackwater ultimately paid the dead man’s family $15,000. In another fatal shooting cited by the committee, an unidentified State Department official in Baghdad urged Blackwater to pay the victim’s family $5,000. The official wrote, “I hope we can put this unfortunate matter behind us quickly.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! But the report is also harshly critical of the State Department for exercising virtually no restraint or supervision of the private security company’s 861 employees in Iraq. “There is no evidence in the documents that the committee has reviewed that the State Department sought to restrain Blackwater’s actions, raised concerns about the number of shooting incidents involving Blackwater or the company’s high rate of shooting first, or detained Blackwater contractors for investigation,” the report states. On Sept. 16, Blackwater employees were involved in a shooting in a Baghdad square that left at least eight Iraqis dead, an episode that remains clouded. The shootings have set off outrage among Iraqi officials, who branded them “cold-blooded murder” and demanded that the company be removed from the country. The State Department is conducting three separate investigations of the shooting, and on Monday the FBI said it was sending a team to Baghdad to compile evidence for possible criminal prosecution. Neither the State Department nor Blackwater would comment on Monday about the 15-page congressional report, but both said their representatives would address it today in testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, whose Democratic staff produced the document. Based on 437 internal Blackwater incident reports as well as internal State Department correspondence, the congressional staff report said that Blackwater’s use of force was “frequent and extensive, resulting in significant casualties and property damage.” last_img read more

Voter support dwindling for preschool proposition

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Interviews were conducted by telephone in English and Spanish with 633 likely voters from May 23 to 31. The poll also reported on several statewide races. In the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, the Field Poll reported that state Sen. Jackie Speier and Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi were close, with Speier leading 30 percent to 25 percent. State Sen. Liz Figueroa was far behind with 8 percent of the vote. Thirty-seven percent remained undecided. In the Democratic attorney general’s race, Oakland mayor and former Gov. Jerry Brown had double the votes of his competitor, Rocky Delgadillo – 51 percent versus 24 percent. One in four voters was undecided. Fifty-six percent of likely Democratic voters said they had no preference in the primary matchup between state Sens. Deborah Ortiz and Debra Bowen. Among those who had made up their minds, Ortiz had a slim lead, 25 percent to 19 percent. In the Republican controller’s race, 43 percent of likely voters said they were undecided. About a third said they backed former Assemblyman and taxpayer organization president Tony Strickland, while state Sen. Abel Maldonado had 21 percent. SACRAMENTO – Support is slipping for a ballot measure that would tax the wealthy to provide universal preschool for all California 4-year-olds, according to a statewide poll released Saturday. In its latest survey of likely voters, the Field Poll reported that opponents of Proposition 82 now have a slight lead, with 46 percent now saying they are likely to vote against it and 41 percent in favor of it. Thirteen percent remained undecided. The poll showed a sharp decline in public support. In April, the measure led 52 percent to 39 percent. Proposition 82 would add a 1.7 percent tax on individual incomes over $400,000 and couples’ incomes over $800,000 to fund what supporters call a high-quality, free preschool program for any 4-year-old whose parents want it. Only one in three likely Republican voters said they had a preference for treasurer. Keith Richman and Claude Parrish had 18 percent and 17 percent support, respectively.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

GAA NEWS – MacCUMHAILL’S HURLERS LOSE TO BURT IN CHAMPIONSHIP

first_imgCLUBHOUSE BAROur clubhouse is available for parties and functions. A beautiful bar with great food and music. Everybody welcome to book it for their special night. Please contact Simon on 085 1503092 for more information SENIOR HURLING.The Senior hurlers took on Burt in their first match in the Championship last Wednesday night. Both teams took to the pitch in sweltering conditions. Burt made the early advances but Mac Cumhaills stuck with them. Mac Cumhaills were awarded a penalty, which produced a brilliant save from the Burt keeper. Half time saw no differences between the teams, both scoring 0-06. The second half saw Burt put the Mac Cumhaills defense under a lot of pressure, which resulted in a long dropping ball finding its way through the defense and into the net,this gave Burt a four point lead. Mac Cumhaills got back to a goal but never really looked like taking the game. Full Time score was Sean Mac Cumhaills 0-10 Burt !-12. Scorers for mac Cumhaills were Lee Henderson 0-06 (6f) Ciaran Mathewson 0-04THIRD TEAM FOOTBALL The Thirds were home to Letterkenny Gaels in the Championship on sat evening. Gaels took the lead from the start and mac Cumhaills were always chasing the game. Mac Cumhaills were guilty of misplaced passes and handling errors. On the positive side Mac Cumhaills scored two good goals from Ryan Callaghan and Hank Doherty and had a good opportunity to take a draw from this game. They are away to Gaels this Sat night(TBC) and know that they can take this tie to a third game. Final score was Mac Cumhaills 2-18 Letterkenny Gaels 2-09.UNDER 16 FOOTBALLThe under 16s eventually got their league started after 2 cancelled games. they were at home to Glenswilly. Mac Cumhaills started brilliantly and continued in the same vein for the whole game. it was a great start to the league with the whiole team plaing well and a lot of excellent scoring. Fianl score Mac Cumhaills 6-12 Glenswill 3-09. well done lads. Home to Carndonagh on Mon evening.HURLING TRAINING FOR UNDER 8’S AND 10’STraining for these ages is now on every Sunday morning at 11.00am. All new players are very welcome. Why not come along and give it a go.TRAININGTraining for all adult players continues Tue and Thurs at 7.45pm sharp. U10. Boys and Girls. Training pitch. Wed 6.00pm.U12 Girls Football. Training pitch Wed 6.00pm.U14 Girls Football. Thur 6.00pm.U16 Boys Football. Wed 7.00pm Camogie. Monday 6-7 and Friday 5.30-6.30.New members welcome.IRISH DANCING CLASSESIrish dance classes every wed in Gaa centre 6 to 7 pm and 7 to 8 pm also Saturdays 4 to 5 pm and 5 to 6 pm qualified tutor reg with coimision le rinci gaelacha.Adult keep fit non competitive Irish Dance Lessons will begin shortly. For further information contact Lorraine on 087 12613493G ASTRO TURF PITCHState of the art 3G Astro pitch is available. Please contact Terry O Reilly(0866095347) for times etcMAC CUMHAILLS LOTTOThere were no winners of the lotto this week.Numbers drawn were 2,9,18 and 24There was 2 match 3 winners.Angela Dunnion and Gary Gallen each receives €75Next weeks jackpot is €5800€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €240.Contact any club committee member for detailsFOR SALEWe have club bags for sale. €15. Ideal for school bags. We also stock Mac Cumhaills shorts, socks, hurls and water bottles. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899SIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in the Villa Rose Hotel this week at 8.30pm..GAA NEWS – MacCUMHAILL’S HURLERS LOSE TO BURT IN CHAMPIONSHIP was last modified: July 22nd, 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:Sean MacCumhaills noteslast_img read more

HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS TO SAY FINAL GOODBYE TO TRAGIC DAVID

first_imgHundreds of mourners will attend the funeral this morning of tragic drowning victim David Colhoun who will be buried alongside his dead mother.The 22 year old Lifford man’s remains were found this week – nine months after he went missing.David had fled police custody in Strabane, Co Tyrone and had tried to swim across the River Foyle to his home but disappeared. Hundreds of volunteers from across the country have helped in the search for tragic David.David will be buried in St Baithin’s Cemetery, St Johnston, after funeral mass at St.Patrick’s Church, Lifford, at 11am alongside his late mother Josephine who died last February from cancer.Dad Joe said he was simply looking forward to putting his son to rest.“This is all I have been looking for over the past nine months. Our lives have been hell. “Now we can put David’s soul to rest once and for all. I could not have rested or stopped searching until I found him.“I no longer have to go down to that river everyday looking and knowing he is in there.“He is safe again now. He will be beside his mother forever and I can take some peace in that for the rest of my own days,” said tragic Joe.  HUNDREDS OF MOURNERS TO SAY FINAL GOODBYE TO TRAGIC DAVID was last modified: March 4th, 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:David ColhoundrownedfuneralLiffordlast_img read more

GALLAGHER NAMES STRONG TEAM TO PLAY CORK

first_imgDonegal manager Rory Gallagher.DONEGAL manager Rory Gallagher has named a strong line-up for Sunday’s Allianz National League Division One clash with Cork.The Rebel County are the visitors to Ballyshannon this weekend as the league resumes.Naomh Conaill’s Anthony Thompson is named among the substitutes while the McHugh brothers are named in the starting fifteen. 1. Paul Durkan2. Paddy McGrath3. Éamonn McGee4. Éamonn Doherty 5. Frank McGlynn6. Karl Lacey7. Mark McHugh8. Neil Gallagher9. Christy Toye 10.Martin Reilly11.Odhrán MacNiallais12.Ryan McHugh13.Patrick McBrearty 14.Michael Murphy15.Hugh McFadden****16.Michael Boyle17.Declan Walsh18.Neil McGee19.Anthony Thompson20.Ciarán McGinley21.Martin McElhinney22.Gary McFadden23.Colm McFadden24.Daniel McLaughlin25.Joe Gibbons26.Darach O’ConnorGALLAGHER NAMES STRONG TEAM TO PLAY CORK was last modified: February 27th, 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:BallyshannonCorkdonegalRory Gallagherlast_img read more