Charles Taylor Reveals Lawyers for Prison Transfer Appeal

first_imgFormer Liberian President Charles Ghankay Taylor has finally disclosed the names of the three hired lawyers for his next month appeal case against his ‘scary stay’ in prison in the United Kingdom.The ex-Liberian leader via mobile phone Wednesday, his birthday, according to Cllr. Saymas Cyrenius Cephas, named Britain resourceful lawyer, John Johns; and a US-practiced lawyer, Chris Gosnell.Cllr. Cephas also disclosed that Taylor has also hired his legal services, as a Liberian legal practitioner, making him the third counsel.Cllr. Cephas made the disclosure yesterday at programs marking the celebration of the 67th birth anniversary of Dahkpannah Dr. Charles Ghankay Taylor. The program was held at his ‘White Flower’ residence in Congo Town, Monrovia, in his absence while he observed it locked behind bars in the UK.According to reports, Mr. Taylor has sued the British Government for denying him the right to a family life.The former Liberian leader is said to have written to the court in the Netherlands claiming that serving his sentence on his home continent would be “substantially more humane not only on my account, but also on account of my family.”He claims that because of the risk of attack from other inmates he is likely to be “seriously injured or killed.”The former Liberian leader’s imprisonment might cost the British tax payers up to £80,000 a year, according to an unconfirmed source. He faces a 50-year jail sentence for crimes against humanity,.He says his family should not have to travel from Africa to see him, the Daily Mail reported, and he fears other prisoners in HMP Frankland in Co Durham will inflict their “own brand of justice” on him because of his reputation.Charles Taylor led a rebellion in Liberia, which toppled the Samuel K. Doe regime in the 1990s.Mr. Taylor was Liberia’s 21st President. He was born on January 28, 1948 in Arthington, Montserrrado County.Meanwhile, delivering the birthday address yesterday, Cllr. Cephas said the National Patriotic Party (NPP) must wake up and rise to the challenge of a true and responsible party.He said that NPP should engage the government as a former ruling party and speak with one voice on issues of national concerning and not as individual members.Cllr. Cephas indicated that NPP must assure the Sirleaf-led administration that it is a partner in the national reconciliation, by engaging the government in a more constructive way befitting a responsible political party.“First the NPP must officially write the Government to assist the party to  visit its former leader in prison to ascertain his condition and identify with him as a Liberian citizen and former President of Liberia,” Cllr. Cephas said. “And lastly, the NPP should engage the Government to ensure that the legitimate retirement benefits of President Taylor are paid for the upkeep of his family.”Some of the guests included his former wife, Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, former Vice President John Gray and Senator H. Dan Morias, the Presiding Officer of the Liberian Senate.Others included Bomi County Senator Sando Johnson, NPP Secretary General Andrew Peters.The ‘Ghankay 67th Birthday Anniversary’ was chaired by Atty. Edwin M. Martin.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Finance State Minister Welcomes App for Young Jobseekers

first_img Finance and the Public Service State Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, has welcomed the Labour and Social Security Ministry’s planned development of a mobile app targeting young jobseekers that will make it easier for them to be matched with employment.Mrs. Williams anticipates that the Labour Market Information System app, slated for roll-out during the first quarter of the 2018/19 fiscal year, will go a far way in reducing the amount of time persons spend searching for jobs.She pointed out that the app will guide them to where the opportunities are, as well as help to decrease any resulting frustration experienced if they are either unsuccessful or encounter protracted delays in gaining employment.“But more importantly, this mobile app has the potential to increase better matching of skills,” the State Minister said.She was speaking at an ‘OPM-Live’ mini town hall meeting, organised by the Office of the Prime Minister at Jamaica College on November 29.Mrs. Williams, who is also Member of Parliament for the area, said data showed that jobs were being generated in a number of sectors, including agriculture; finance; mining and quarrying; manufacturing; hotel and restaurant services; transport; storage and communication; electricity, gas and water; and health and social work.In this regard, she urged young people desirous of entering the employed labour force to equip themselves with the requisite skills through training.“The jobs are being created, and there are more jobs coming. But you have to do your part by relentlessly developing your stock of skills,” the State Minister added.Mrs. Williams noted that of the entire labour force, totalling a record 1,371,300 persons according to July 2017 data from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), 577,300 persons are under the age of 34.Additionally, she said of the record 1,216,200 persons who are employed, 469,500 persons are 34 years old.“Obviously, we are very happy for the ones that are gainfully in a job. But building a prosperous Jamaica requires that we find opportunities for the 107,800 who are in the labour force and obviously want to work but have not found a job yet,” the State Minister said.Against this background, Mrs. Williams stressed the need to ensure that unemployed youth gain jobs quickly for “some obvious reasons”.Chief among these, she explained, is that a greater number of employed persons will result in more disposable income flowing into the economy.The State Minister further said that this will create more opportunities for consumption and investment, which feed into business expansion “creating a virtuous cycle”.“The not-so-obvious reason is that when individuals enter the labour market as adults, a lifetime of deficient skills accumulation can take a toll on their productivity in the workplace. This is findings from a 2015 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development study,” she added.Mrs. Williams contended that skills are the “backbone” of the economy, adding that they are a “key driver and determinant of economic growth and income stability”.She further argued that the Government has the “right focus” on initiating programmes tailored to boost the skill levels of persons entering the labour market. Finance and the Public Service State Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, has welcomed the Labour and Social Security Ministry’s planned development of a mobile app targeting young jobseekers that will make it easier for them to be matched with employment. Mrs. Williams anticipates that the Labour Market Information System app, slated for roll-out during the first quarter of the 2018/19 fiscal year, will go a far way in reducing the amount of time persons spend searching for jobs. Story Highlights She pointed out that the app will guide them to where the opportunities are, as well as help to decrease any resulting frustration experienced if they are either unsuccessful or encounter protracted delays in gaining employment.last_img read more

Kalidou Koulibaly has no regrets for choosing Senegal over France

first_imgNapoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly insists he has no regrets for choosing to play for Senegal over new world champions FranceThe 27-year-old was eligible to represent France at international level due to having been born in the country at Saint-Dié-des-Vosges.Koulibaly even went on play for the France U-20 team before deciding to switches allegiances to Senegal in 2015 – where his parents come from.Despite France going on to the 2018 World Cup in Russia though, Koulibaly has no doubts over whether or not he made the right decision.“I don’t have any regrets because I want to write the story of the future of Senegal football and I hope I’ll be able to do that,” Koulibaly told BBC.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“For me [the World Cup] was a good experience because I wanted to show that Senegal is one of the best teams in Africa.“I spoke about the decision with my wife and I chose to go with Senegal.“When I saw the light in the eyes of my parents when I told them I had chosen Senegal, I was really happy and comfortable with my choice.”Koulibaly has since made 29 appearances at international level for Senegal.last_img read more

Mattis Returning to Stanfords Hoover Institution

first_img ADC AUTHOR Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is re-joining the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in May as the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow.“I believe we have an obligation to pass on the lessons we’ve learned so that future generations can study, learn and become better,” Mattis said in a press release. “Hoover has made this part of its mission, and I look forward to returning.”Mattis was a fellow at Hoover until he became secretary in January 2017. He left DOD at the end of 2018.DOD photo by Lisa Ferdinandolast_img

Congressman Moulton Is Seeking Nominations Of Wilmington Residents Who Make A Difference

first_img(Editor’s Note: Wilmington’s Lou Cimaglia was finalist for the award in 2016.)SALEM, MA — Below is an announcement from Congressman Seth Moulton, who represents Wilmington in the Sixth Congressional District of Massachusetts:Congressman Seth Moulton is proud to announce the fourth annual Peter J. Gomes Service Award, to be given to an individual in the Sixth Congressional District of Massachusetts who best epitomizes the qualities of integrity, compassion, and commitment to community that were the foundation of the late Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes’ teachings.The annual Peter J. Gomes Service Award will be given to a resident of the Sixth Congressional District who best exemplifies his commitment to service. Fill out this brief form to describe the nominee and how he or she lives the ideals and commitment to community espoused by the Professor Gomes. A panel of judges will carefully review the entries before making a final selection.Nominations will be accepted through August 19, 2019. Finalists will be notified in advance of the award presentation in early September. The location is North Shore Community College in Lynn, MA. The ceremony will be immediately followed by a Day of Service. All nominators and nominees are invited to participate in the Day of Service.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCongressman Moulton Is Seeking Nominations Of Wilmington Residents Who Make A DifferenceIn “Community”Congressman Moulton Is Seeking Nominations Of Wilmington Residents Who Make A DifferenceIn “Community”Congressman Moulton Is Seeking Nominations Of Wilmington Residents Who Make A DifferenceIn “Government”last_img read more

At least 16 killed as train hits bus in Russia

first_imgA handout picture released by Vladimir region branch of the Russian interior ministry shows the site of a collision, after a train slammed into a passenger bus that had broken down on a level crossing, near the city of Vladimir, some 110 kilometres (70 miles) east of the Russian capital, on 6 October 2017. Photo: AFPAt least 16 people were killed on Friday when a train slammed into a bus that had broken down on a level crossing east of Moscow, authorities said.Uzbekistan’s foreign ministry said in a statement that 19 Uzbek citizens had died in the crash, but Russia’s Investigative Committee reported a lower figure.The accident occurred before dawn on Friday near the town of Pokrov, some 110 kilometres (70 miles) east of the Russian capital.”According to preliminary information, 16 people, including a child, have been killed,” the Investigative Committee said.”Other passengers, including minors, have been taken to hospital with various injuries. The number of dead and injured is being ascertained,” it said, confirming it had opened an investigation.The regional interior ministry said the bus broke down on the level crossing.The train, travelling at 90 kilometres per hour from the second city of Saint Petersburg to Nizhny Novgorod, east of Moscow, slammed into the bus at 3:29am (0029 GMT) on Friday.The train was 400 metres away from the crossing when the driver slammed on emergency brakes and sounded a warning alarm, but it was not able to stop before it hit the vehicle, Russian Railways said.- All victims on the bus -==========================All of those killed were on the bus, which was carrying 58 people, 56 of them Uzbek nationals.The remaining two were drivers from Kazakhstan.”There are no victims among the train passengers,” the interior ministry said.Images from the scene showed the white Mercedes bus had been almost completely torn apart with most of its roof ripped off and debris scattered across the tracks.The Uzbek ambassador to Russia was on his way to the scene along with other staff from the embassy, it said.A team of experts were flying to the region to offer assistance, it added.The foreign ministry of neighbouring Kazakhstan confirmed the two bus drivers, one of whom was killed, were Kazakh nationals.The train continued on its route at around 11:00am local time.- Accident mortality very high -The collision appears to be Russia’s most deadly accident involving a train since 2006 when 22 people were killed when a train struck a bus at an unprotected crossing in the southern Krasnodar region.In 1996, a train hit a school bus in the area of the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, killing 21 children and injuring 19 others. The driver was unable to see the bus early enough to brake because of a heavy fog.Russia’s road accident mortality rate is extremely high, although it has been declining over the past few years.Some 20,000 people died in car crashes in Russia in 2016.Seventeen people were killed in August when a bus carrying construction workers veered off a pier and plunged into the Black Sea.last_img read more

A themed bonanza of books for kids

first_imgPuffin Books has tied up with select stores across the country for this promotion titled ‘Booked for the Summer’.The four-week-long program will be running from tomorrow till June 30. Each week will feature a themed collection of books from all over the world, in the order — Adventure and Fantasy, Mythology and Folktales, Learning New Things and Back to School, publishing house Penguin said.“We hope to take kids to different magical lands and have exciting adventures this summer through this fabulous selection of fun books,” a statement said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’To ensure books are easily found, special display racks will be installed across the stores, which will be restocked every week as per the theme.To engage children, storytelling sessions at some of the stores and activity sheets will be given to them. The program will be extensively promoted at all Penguin Random House channels and other relevant channels, like mommy-blogger pages on social media.The stores will be communicating the promotions too via their own social media channels as well as emails, the statement said.Some of the participating stores are Full Circle and Bahri Kids in Delhi, Starmark in Kolkata and Chennai, Story in Kolkata, Sapna Bookstore in Bengaluru, Crossword Bookstore in Nagpur and Baroda and Odyssey in Coimbatore and Chennai.last_img read more

Transat AT selling Jonview Canada tour business for 44M

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by MONTREAL — Transat A.T. Inc. has signed a deal to sell its Jonview Canada tour business to Japanese travel company H.I.S. Co. Ltd. for $44 million.Jonview Canada, the country’s leading incoming tour operator, sells tour packages for international visitors to Canada. The company employs 180 people in Toronto and Montreal, along with 120 seasonal guides, and brings in approximately 300,000 international visitors to Canada annually.The sale is subject to the approval of the Competition Bureau of Canada, and is expected to close on or around Nov. 30. The price will be adjusted at closing.According to Transat’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Jean-Marc Eustache, the sale is part of the company’s strategic refocusing around its leisure travel operations in Canada and development of its hotel division. “The sale of our Canadian incoming tour operator business will accelerate development of those key sectors,” he said.Hideo Hatano, Executive Officer, Global Business Development Division, H.I.S. Co. Ltd., added: “The acquisition of Jonview Canada is in keeping with our ambitious expansion plan in North America, and bodes well for the development of this leading incoming tour operator, which has become a reference for Canada as a travel destination.” Travelweek Group Transat A.T. selling Jonview Canada tour business for $44M Tags: Transat Friday, October 27, 2017 last_img read more