The decision about whether or not convicted former Managing Director of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA), Moses Wogbeh, and his colleagues would spend ten years behind bars now rests on the Supreme Court of Liberia.Their legal team has filed an appeal to review the initial ruling of Judge Peter Gbeneweleh of Criminal Court ‘C.’ Judge Gbeneweleh on August 25 found guilty Wogbeh and four of his colleagues, including a surveyor of the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, of economic sabotage and ordered them to pay US$10,000 each into government revenue within 72 hours.Judge Gbeneweleh also sentenced them to a period of ten years in prison before asking them to restitute US$6m.His action came after government proved that the convicts accumulated from illegal issuance of 61 Private Use Permits (PUPs) that authorized commercial logging activities on 1.2 million hectares of farmland throughout the country.The accused defense counsels, however, are resisting, basing their arguments on Article 20 (b) of the 1986 Constitution, which provides that “the right of an appeal from a judgment, decree, decision or ruling of any court or administrative board or agency, except the Supreme Court, shall he held inviolable.”The defense counsels hold on to that right to appeal against Judge Gbeneweleh’s decision, meaning that Wogbeh and his colleagues will not be jailed or be made to pay a dime to government, unless the High Court look into the merit and demerit of their request.Another important issue in the case is that all of the convicted men are being placed on a criminal appearance bond, which prevents anyone from arresting them, while the High Court has not heard their appeal as provided by law.Therefore, under Article 20 (b) of the 1986 Constitution, the men are enjoying their freedom.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
LFA president Musa Bility has said that he has no regret following the confirmation by the Court for Arbitration for Sports (CAS) confirmed his earlier rejection by the FIFA Ad-Hoc Elections Committee.At the end of year press conference at the offices of the Liberia Football Association in Monrovia last Saturday, Bility said despite his rejection, he is satisfied that FIFA has finally decided to remove the portion that dealt with ‘checking integrity’ for FIFA presidential candidates from the updated FIFA Statues.“The law used to disqualify me is scrapped from the new FIFA statues,” Bility said triumphantly, “though I am denied to contest the election, my advocacy has paid off.”He said it was a law used to abuse power and with its removal, “It gives me solace that FIFA finally recognized that it should not be there at all.”Bility said he is ever determined to advocate for things that will bring improvement in the global football.“The Executive Committee of the LFA will deliberate and come up with what can help the improvement of the game,” he said. “It has to do with term limit for officials.”He re-echoed an earlier statement that history of the world is replete with grander tales of personal sacrifices, including ‘punishments’ in the advocacy of change.In the wake of that, Bility answered to a question that the result of his denial and the eventual change that has come to FIFA gives him a great deal of hope. He refuted a suggestion that he might have been denied due to being an African.He called on Liberians not to be deterred with his experience and must venture into leadership in global organizations to show their worth.Commends GOLBility commended the Liberian government for its support in the last soccer year.“I also want to thank the players, Coach James Debbah, deputy Kelvin Sebwe and the rest of the technical team for exhibiting a greater amount of leadership that added to the modest gain of the national team,” he said.National LeagueHe stated that the 2016 national soccer league will begin on 23 January and noted that the Club Licensing System, embarked on by the LFA is a serious venture to improve the game.He explained that at least three teams, NPA, IE and Monrovia Breweries could not qualify by the standard of the Club Licensing System and as a result they were dropped from participating in the forthcoming league, “and once they meet the requirement in the future they may participate in the league.”Bility said club owners must demonstrate their seriousness to follow rules and statutes to improve the game and his administration will not allow those who are not prepared to disrupt the progress of the league.“Twenty years ago,” he said, “there were no clubs like LISCR, BYC, Fassell and Nimba United but today they are some of the leading clubs in the country.”He said lack of organization and support has dissolved teams like Great Bame, Fulani, and Black Star. “These were among some of the best clubs twenty years ago and where are they now?”He said the Club Licensing System predates his administration and therefore to improve the game means clubs that are not prepared to follow LFA statues must give way to those who are able.Emmanuel Deah (SG)He regretted the untimely death of former Secretary General B. Alphonso Armah and said acting Secretary General Mr. Emmanuel Deah has done tremendously well that his name is being proposed to the Executive Committee of the LFA to get confirmation for the position.“This is to cherish the memory of the late Armah by continuing to do what is necessary for the improvement of the game,” he said.New Technical CenterBility announced that the LFA is planning a tour of its new Technical Center after an 8-week turf is laid with sports journalists.“This center will afford the national team uninterrupted training and we look forward to much bigger competitions for the national team,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Story Links Men’s ResultsWomen’s ResultsCraig Klomp and Katherine Lampard led the University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s and women’s cross country teams to fourth-place finishes at the 2018 Marauder Bayfront Open on Friday, October 12 in Hamilton, Ont.The Blues men finished with 118 points, behind the host Marauders (36), Western Mustangs (65) and Windsor Lancers (75).Klomp crossed the 8km finish line in 24:56, followed closely by fellow Blues veteran Robert Lawand in seventh place (25:11). Sam Kinahan (26:10), Jake Carroll (26:18) and Mitchell Miron (26:18) rounded out Toronto’s Top 5.U of T’s women accumulated 97 points, behind the Dalhousie Tigers (56), Western Mustangs (75) and McMaster Marauders (91)Lampard was the first Varsity Blue across the 8km finish line in 29:26. Katherine Marshall (30:12) and Tanis Bolton (30:16) placed 11th and 12th, respectively. Somerset Jarvis (31:36) and Hilary Stone (31:49) rounded out the Blues Top 5 finishers.The Varsity Blues now gear up for the 2018 OUA championships on Saturday, October 27 in London, Ont.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version
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Story Links Fourth-year standout Lucia Stafford earned the individual gold medal at the 2019 OUA cross country championships on Saturday, October 26 in Hamilton, Ont.Full ResultsStafford, a fourth-year engineering major from Toronto, crossed the 8km finish line in 27:20.2, a full six seconds ahead of Queen’s runner Branna MacDougall. It marks Stafford’s second career podium finish after placing second in 2016 and is the first time a Varsity Blue has won the individual crown since her sister, 2016 Olympian Gabriela DeBues-Stafford, did it in 2015.Toronto’s women placed third overall with 78 points, behind the Queen’s Gaels (37) and Guelph Gryphons (57).Katherine Lampard was the next Blue across the finish line, placing eighth in 29:09.4. Lampard and Stafford were also named OUA all-stars for their stellar finishes.Fourth-year veteran Jazz Shukla placed 18th overall (29:46.6), while Christiana Agustin (30:31.4) and Tanis Bolton (30:36.4) were 25th and 26th, respectively.Toronto’s men placed seventh overall with 162 points.Rookie Jack Stanley was the first Varsity Blue across the 10km finish line in 25th with a time of 32:38.4. Sam Kinahan was not far behind in 29th in 32:44.4. Fifth-year veteran Craig Klomp placed 33rd (32:50.6), while Rohan Nowbotsing (33:03.5) and Cameron Cira (33:12.9) were 36th and 39th, respectively.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version
0Shares0000lbaniaPARIS, September 8 – Albania pulled off a major shock by downing Portugal as world champions Germany denied battling Scotland and minnows Gibraltar were demolished by Poland in the opening salvos of Euro 2016 qualifying on Sunday.Portugal, first round casualties at the World Cup, were sorely missing their skipper Cristiano Ronaldo but despite the Real Madrid star’s absence the 1-0 loss to a team ranked 71st in the world was a major embarrassment for Paulo Bento’s side. Albania, who have failed to qualify for a European Championships in half a century, humbled the mighty Portuguese in their own back yard.Slavia Prague forward Bekim Balaj struck the killer blow shortly after the restart, with the home side walking off the pitch in Aveiro at the final whistle to boos from their supporters.“It’s a really bad result,” conceded Portugal striker Nani.“We’ve started qualifyng badly, now we have to pick ourselves up. We have to improve.”Down on Portugal’s Algarve coast, minnows Gibraltar were given a lesson on their introduction to competitive internationals as a UEFA member by Poland as Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski scored four times in a 7-0 romp.In Dortmund, Germany, beaten last week in a friendly by Argentina, got their qualifying campaign up and running with a 2-1 defeat of a spirited Scotland.A goal in each half from Bayern Munich attacker Thomas Mueller ensured they won their first competitive fixture since the World Cup.Scotland were rewarded for a positive second-half approach when winger Ikechi Anya raced clear to equalise on 66 minutes.But the visitors failed to clear a corner four minutes later and Mueller capitalised to thump home his 24th international goal.– Miserable note –Mueller’s winner denied Gordon Strachan’s side what would have been a precious point in a group that also includes the Republic of Ireland, Poland, Georgia and Gibraltar.Scotland were unable to fashion a second equaliser and the night ended on a miserable note when Mulgrew was sent off for dissent in stoppage time.The result means Germany have now gone 33 World Cup and European Championship qualifying games without defeat.German manager Joachim Loew, who revealed Marco Reus had picked up another ankle injury, was relieved his side had survived an uncomfortable second half.“I’m really happy that we got the three points,” Loew said.“Clearly I knew it would be tough. In the first half we had complete control of the game. We didn’t give them any chances and we created a lot ourselves.“We lost control of the game a little bit in the second half. Scotland scored but we reacted well.”Everton winger Aiden McGeady got the Republic of Ireland’s Euro bid off to a flying start with a 2-1 win over Georgia in Tbilisi.Manager Martin O’Neill and his assistant Roy Keane’s first competitive game in charge appeared to be heading for a draw, after Tornike Okriashvili cancelled out McGeady’s 24th minute opener.But McGeady bagged a crucial three points away from home with a magical 90th minute winner, curling home a precious winner.Captain Robbie Keane lauded McGeady’s skill.“If you score a goal like that, you deserve to win the game. If anyone else did that, the top players in the world, you would be talking about it for a long time.“The turn, the touch, the finish – only he could do that. No-one else on that field would have been able to do that.”O’Neill suggested there was better to come from his men.“I think there’s improvement in the team – we’ve won away from home, which is terrific – but there’s definitely improvement in the team.”Next month O’Neill’s men face Gibraltar and Germany.Northern Ireland also came out of the blocks brightly – Kyle Lafferty and Niall McGinn providing the late goals for a 2-1 win over Hungary in Budapest.Michael O’Neill’s side’s hopes of registering a first away success in four years looked unlikely when former Watford striker Tamas Priskin headed home a 74th-minute corner.But with 10 minutes remaining, McGinn’s tap-in after a great run from Lafferty put the visitors back in the game.Then on 87 minutes McGinn turned provider who managed to scramble the ball over the line.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
The unexpected win over the heavily-fancied hosts sparked jubilant scenes in Lisbon, where tens of thousands of fans flooded the streets, dancing, singing and waving Portugal’s red and green flag.The party was set to continue on Monday, with Ronaldo’s men expected to land at Lisbon airport at 12:15 pm (1115 GMT) and travel to to meet President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at his official residence before embarking on a parade through the streets of Lisbon.“We are the best in Europe. We showed what we are made of: tough, united, able to overcome all difficulties including the blow of losing Cristiano Ronaldo,” Rebelo de Sousa said.– Old wounds healed –Portugal’s dreams of lifting the Henri Delaunay Trophy looked to have taken a shattering blow when Ronaldo, their captain and talisman, fell to the ground in agony in the eighth minute following a clattering challenge from Dimitri Payet.After twice going off for treatment and trying to come back, Ronaldo was definitively carried off, but for all France’s dominance Portugal stood firm thanks to man-of-the-match defender Pepe and a string of dramatic saves from goalkeeper Rui Patricio.“It was not the final I wanted but I am very happy. It is a trophy for all Portuguese, for all immigrants, all the people who believed in us so I am very happy and very proud,” Ronaldo said after the win.The victory marks a healing of sorts for Portugal after their shock defeat in the Euro 2004 final when they lost 1-0 to unfancied Greece in on home turf.Luis Figo, who captained Portugal in that agonising defeat in Lisbon 12 years ago, congratulated the team on Twitter.“CHAMPIONS! The greatest! Congratulations!” the former Inter Milan, Real and Barcelona star wrote.Portugal’s sports press hailed the team on Monday with headlines including “Epic”, “Eternal” and “Pride of Portugal”.Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos and the other players paid tribute to Ronaldo’s role in urging the team not to give up. Ronaldo returned from treatment at the end of 90 minutes to give pep talks to his teammates.“He told me I was going to score the winning goal,” said Eder who plays for French side Lille and only went on in the 79th minute. “He gave me strength and positive energy.”– Tears of pain, tears of joy –Ronaldo’s tears of pain and anguish as he was carried off turned to tears of joy at the final whistle, and shrugging off his injured knee, the forward danced past reporters with other Portugal players as they left the stadium.Portugal defended doggedly and threatened occasionally without their inspirational skipper. With 109 minutes gone, Eder beat off a Laurent Koscielny challenge to fire a shot from outside the penalty area that French captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris could not even get a hand to.The tournament, expanded to 24 teams for the first time, produced a few memorable upsets but little in the way of classic football. And Lloris was the latest to raise questions about the manner of Portugal’s wins.But he described France’s luck as “cruel” and added “one can always argue about the way they play, but they are efficient and you must congratulate them”.France started the match as strong favourites after beating Germany 2-0 in the semi-final. Antoine Griezmann scored twice in that game to take his tournament tally to six — enough to win the Golden Boot award.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo was taken off injured but Portugal still lifted the trophy.PHOTO/courtesy.LISBON, Portugal, July 11- Cristiano Ronaldo’s victorious Portugal prepared to return home to a triumphant welcome Monday after their shock 1-0 win over France in the European Championship final, the country’s first international title.The Real Madrid superstar was stretchered off the Stade de France pitch in tears in the first half and could only watch from the sidelines as substitute Eder fired a thundering extra time winner to cap a month-long tournament of upsets.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is already busy preparing his January shopping list as he seeks to build on an impressive start to the new season.The Villans made six signings in the summer, however many of them failed to excite fans in the Midlands, and led to predictions of yet another year of struggle at Villa Park.However, three wins in the opening five games of the Premier League, including a 1-0 victory at Liverpool, has surprised many and left Villa fans rejoicing.Lambert has revealed he is keen on further improving the squad in the next transfer window and will be supported by owner Randy Lerner.“I’ve spoken to Tom Fox [chief executive] about January and whether we need to do something,” he told reporters ahead of Saturday’s match at Chelsea.“It depends on personnel and injuries and ultimately the decision will come from the chairman.“He’s never once said: ‘you can’t do x, y and z’. You put it to him and if he thinks it’s too dear he says no. If he thinks it’s fine then fine.“If the chairman thinks it’s right he tells me I can if not he tells me no. That’s how it should be. Randy’s been great, really supportive.“He came last week and I’m pretty sure he will get over to more games.“I don’t get any indication he will take the club off the market. I still think if someone comes in and makes an offer to make Aston Villa stronger and it is right for the chairman it will happen.” Aston Villa manager Pual Lambert 1
Here are the latest transfer rumours from Monday’s newspapers and beyond….Raheem Sterling will have to report for pre-season training with Liverpool on Monday, but the Reds are expecting a third bid from Manchester City for the wantaway winger this week. (The Independent)And the Reds flyer could be in line for a £4?million cut of his agent’s fee if Manuel Pellegrini’s side meet Liverpool’s £50?million asking price for the England striker. (Daily Telegraph)Manchester United are reportedly considering hijacking Chelsea’s move for Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. (Daily Mirror)The Red Devils have also launched a 35 million euro (£25m) bid for Galatasaray keeper Fernando Muslera, 29. (Vatan – in Turkish)Arsenal have made initial contact with Pedro’s representatives over a move for the Barcelona winger, according to reports in Spain. (The Independent)The Gunners have also been given the green light to sign Arturo Vidal with Juventus willing to sell him, according to reports. (Metro)Doubts over a long-standing shoulder injury mean Newcastle United are only prepared to pay £12million for Queens Park Rangers frontman Charlie Austin. (Daily Mail)While Eddie Howe is ready to smash Bournemouth’s transfer record to land the Rs striker. The Cherries boss will pay £14million for Austin, 25, who fired 18 Premier League goals in his debut top-flight season. (The Sun)Tottenham are reportedly considering swapping club flop Erik Lamela for Juventus striker Fernando Llorente. (Metro)Spurs must pay £18million if they want to sign winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco from Monaco. (Daily Star)Newcastle United are closing in on their first signing of the summer after PSV Eindhoven left Georginio Wijnaldum out of their squad for a pre-season friendly in anticipation of the Holland international completing a move to Tyneside. (Daily Telegraph)Brendan Rodgers will this week match the £32.5million buy-out clause in Christian Benteke’s Aston Villa contract to continue his summer spending spree, just as talkSPORT told you earlier this month. (Daily Express)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Now the industry is watching to see what McNerney does with the business momentum the company has generated – and whether he can improve on Boeing’s runner-up spots to Airbus SAS in commercial-airplane sales and Lockheed Martin Corp. in military contracting. So far in his term, success is due in no small part to banner sales of the still-in-development 787 airplane. “He’s doing a great job steering a supertanker, but the course changes were largely set in place before he arrived,” said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst for the Teal Group in Fairfax, Va. “There’s not a whole lot of booking business and execution that he can be credited with.” Improving ethics is a path Boeing has started down before, only to take a pratfall. Harry Stonecipher was brought back from retirement in 2003 to erase the taint from the company’s image following a string of defense scandals. While unable to save a $23 billion tanker deal with the Air Force, he and his no-nonsense message went over well with Wall Street and Washington, assuring Capitol Hill and the Pentagon that the company was not “a bunch of crooks.” He also overhauled ethics policies and required employees to sign a new code of conduct or lose their jobs. But after acknowledging that Boeing employees had done “really dumb things” in the past, he did just that himself, violating the code of conduct with improper behavior during an affair with a female company executive. So much for setting the right tone – Stonecipher was forced out in March 2005. CHICAGO – First-year CEO results don’t get much better than they’ve been for Jim McNerney at Boeing Co.: a soaring stock price, a stumbling rival and a new airplane that’s an industry darling before it ever leaves the ground. McNerney can’t claim credit for the resurgence of the world’s second-largest airplane maker as he marks a full year with the company; it was well under way when he arrived from 3M Co. last July 1. But he has done something his two predecessors couldn’t manage: steer the company clear of ethics controversy and lessen the whiff of scandal that has surrounded it for several years. “At the one-year point, Jim McNerney’s contribution has mainly been in returning credibility to the corporate office,” said Peter Jacobs, an analyst for Ragen MacKenzie in Seattle. “He has raised the ethical bar and put into place things to prevent some of the misdeeds of the past.” The 56-year-old McNerney, who formerly ran General Electric Co.’s airplane-engine business, also has stressed ethics. But he has done so less publicly, keeping a relatively low profile while trying to build ethics more strongly into the company culture. Among other changes, he has linked pay and bonuses to how well executives embrace “Boeing values,” such as promoting integrity and avoiding abusive behavior. He also established financial incentives for managers not based solely on a rising stock price but on improved performance. McNerney told analysts Thursday that the company is pursuing “substantial efforts” to strengthen its ethics and compliance programs. “We are focused on turning ethics and compliance into a competitive advantage for Boeing,” he said. On the legal and political front, McNerney pushed to resolve a three-year Justice Department investigation into defense contracting scandals. A final settlement was announced Friday on the final day of his first year in which Boeing will pay the government $615 million – the largest financial penalty ever imposed on a military contractor – without having to face criminal charges or admit wrongdoing. In the meantime, analysts say he has left key decisions involving Boeing’s commercial-airplane manufacturing and defense-contracting businesses to the leaders of those units, Alan Mulally and Jim Albaugh. Cai von Rumohr of SG Cowen Securities called McNerney a stabilizing influence at Boeing. “I think his style, which is a little more low-key, giving the heads of his businesses their day in the sun instead of hogging the microphone, has helped bring the company together,” he said. Numerous observers attribute the current hot streak to Mulally and the commercial-airplane sales team that bagged a record 1,029 orders for new planes last year – along with the key decision to not follow Airbus by building a superjumbo jet like the delay-plagued A380. “A big part of the success they’ve had in the past two years is the strategy Boeing picked – a conventional-sized aircraft that was more fuel-efficient and point-to-point,” said Sam Maxwell of RBC Dain Rauscher, referring to the 787. That plane remains the biggest threat to McNerney’s legacy if high hopes for it are not met, although ongoing woes in the commercial-satellite program and newly announced delays in an international airborne-surveillance system are among other concerns.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!