2 Detained Chinese Nationals Out on Bail

first_imgTwo Chinese business people who were jailed for more than a day, after they were arrested with building materials that came into the country duty free for the construction of the Monrovia Vocational Training Institute (MVTC), have been freed on bail.Defendant Tim Tim is the owner of China Shan Construction Engineering Group. Her male counterpart Bing Shu Jun, is the owner of WJ Building Materials Store on 15th Street Sinkor, where the duty free items were confiscated.The defendants were bailed late Wednesday evening on the orders of Magistrate Kennedy Peabody after they were arraigned before him to answer to their charges of tax evasion and economic sabotage, which prosecution put the value of the crimes up to US$60,000.The release of the defendants coincided with recent arrests of several Chinese nationals on tax evasion charges.The materials were part of the Chinese Government’s commitment toward the reconstruction of Liberia’s educational facility through the China-Aid Expansion Project.They were arrested on June 22 by officers of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), apparently based on a tip off that the defendants had surprisingly sold the duty free construction materials to Jun’s store.Court documents revealed that co-defendant Tim received several consignments of building materials on duty free for the construction of the MVTC through the China-Aid Expansion Project which building materials were alleged to have been ‘criminally’ conveyed to co-defendant Bing Shu Jun store to be marketed in the country.”The duty free privilege, which was arranged through the initiative of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, was intended for building materials brought in for the reconstruction of the MVTC.The case of the two Chinese sparked widespread criticisms, with some local construction companies wanting government to press charges against them as a deterrent, if the defendants are found guilty of charges against them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana “well-placed” to take advantage of global green economy – Kirk Hollingsworth

first_imgGuyana has made several attempts over the last decade to promote its forest and natural resources that are abundant in more than 80 per cent of the country.However, it is believed that these attempts will prove to be beneficial to Guyana in the coming years and even today, on the Global Green Economy Index (GGEI).This was revealed by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Green Guyana Expo, Kirk Hollingsworth, who noted that the introduction of summits to highlight Guyana’s capabilities will also emerge as an important factor in directing the country towards success in the GGEI.“In 10 years or so, the global green economy will be worth in the region [of] overGreen Guyana Expo CEO Kirk HollingsworthUS$10 trillion. Because of Guyana’s geographical location, our demographics and renewable resources, Guyana is well-placed to take advantage in participating successfully in the global green economy,” Hollingsworth stated.“We believe that the summit will mainstream the attractive opportunities of participating in the green economy and taking it from a concept to reality,” he added.To test the unindustrialised technologies and solutions which are critical in reversing the damage caused by humans, the various summits will bridge the gap that exists between foreign investors and small enterprises.Green solutions and policy issues will be discussed to enhance the understanding of the public about the opportunities that a green economy can offer.Hollingsworth also noted that Guyana’s economy was dominated by small businesses and summits would serve as a catalyst for the propulsion of a greener economy.Hollingsworth also commented on the upcoming Green Guyana Summit 2018, which would not only bring Guyana closer towards the GGEI breakthrough, but also provide the focus needed for women and youth in this sector.“We are particularly mindful and would be looking forward for the participation of what many refer to as the neglected entrepreneurial class. That group includes particularly women and the youth of Guyana. Our women and our youth, the particular concern, are neglected. In entrepreneurial class, we’d like to see them come on board and focusing on an economic sector that we can leave as a legacy to the future generation.”He further posited that the first input that would be made to ensure that this idea materialised would be the introduction of the Green Guyana Business Summit, which is slated for the latter part of 2018 and is expected to bring foreign investors into Guyana to address the way forward with respect to the emerging sector.last_img read more

Trio held in car theft foiled by Castaic man

first_imgCASTAIC – Three men were arrested early Tuesday after a Castaic man spotted them breaking into his car – then scared them away by triggering his keyless remote system. It was 1:30 a.m. when the car’s owner looked outside his bedroom window and saw the three inside his parked car on Branch Road, according to a sheriff’s report. Responding sheriff’s deputies spotted a car coming toward them with no headlights, a car that matched the description of the suspects’ vehicle, according to the report. When the deputies turned around, the suspects sped off, but were arrested a short time later near The Old Road and Royal Road, the report said. Items belonging to the victim were found in the vehicle, along with other goods likely stolen from other cars, deputies said. The suspects, arrested on suspicion of burglary, were an 18- and 19-year-old from Arleta and a 19-year-old from North Hollywood. They were being held in lieu of $20,000 bail. 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

Ibrahimovic will NOT get new deal, Chelsea offered Brazilian defender – GOSSIP

first_img2 Here are all the top transfer-related football stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Real Madrid are open to negotiating with Manchester United over a possible Gareth Bale transfer this summer, as they seek to free funds and space in their squad to sign one of Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe or Chelsea’s Eden Hazard. (Independent)But Hazard has ruled out a Chelsea exit this summer, insisting he plans on staying at Stamford Bridge for two more years. It is understood the Premier League champions are ready to offer the Belgian a new £300,000-a-week contract. (London Evening Standard)Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been told he will not be offered new deal at Manchester United. (Express)Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea are set to test Celtic with concrete summer moves for £30million-rated striker Moussa Dembele. (Daily Record)Arsenal have emerged as the favourites to sign Leicester City’s wantaway star Riyad Mahrez. But the Foxes do not want to sell their star winger and it is believed they will not entertain any deal unless a club is prepared to offer £50m, despite the Algerian’s desire to move. (Leicester Mercury)Bayern Munich are growing increasingly confident of signing Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. (Mirror)Chelsea are weighing up a shock swoop for Dani Alves after being offered the Juventus defender. It is understood Alves, 34, is interesting Blues manager Antonio Conte after being made aware of the former Barcelona man’s potential availability this summer. (Daily Mail)Jose Mourinho will have a special eye on Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane in the Champions League final. The Man United boss is keen on signing the France international and that could open the door for a potential £50m player-cash deal involving goalkeeper David de Gea. (Mirror)Newcastle are ready to make a move for former Man City goalkeeper Willy Caballero if Napoli’s demands are excessive for Pepe Reina. (Northern Echo)Arsenal are quoting LaLiga clubs just £13m to sign Lucas Perez this off-season – after spending £17m on him nine months ago. (Independent)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Manchester United FC transfer news: Inter Milan ‘accept £45million bid for Ivan Perisic’Manchester City transfer news: Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy latest to agree to sign for Pep Guardiola – reportsTony Adams tells talkSPORT: Arsenal won’t win title and could end up MID-TABLE if they lose Alexis Sanchez and Mesut OzilChampions League final: 11 British heroes from previous editions, including Bale, McManaman and MayChampions League final live stream: Juventus v Real Madrid – where can I watch the final? Plus how to listen live Transfer rumours and paper review center_img 2last_img read more

ALL-IRELAND FINAL: DONEGAL TEAM V MAYO

first_imgTHE line-up could change at the last minute, but here is the official team sheet for Donegal v Mayo later today.DONEGAL: Paul Durcan (Four Masters); Paddy McGrath (Ardara), Neil McGee (Gweedore), Frank McGlynn (Glenfin); Eamonn McGee (Gweedore), Karl Lacey (Four Masters), Anthony Thompson (Naomh Conaill); Neil Gallagher (Glenswilly), Rory Kavanagh (St Eunan’s); Ryan Bradley (Buncrana), Leo McLoone (Naomh Conaill), Mark McHugh (Kilcar); Patrick McBrearty (Kilcar), Michael Murphy (Glenswilly), Colm McFadden (St Michael’s).MAYO: David Clarke (Ballina Stephenites); Kevin Keane (Westport), Ger Cafferkey (Ballina Stephenites), Keith Higgins (Ballyhaunis); Lee Keegan (Westport), Donal Vaughan (Ballinrobe), Colm Boyle (Davitts); Barry Moran (Castlebar Mitchels), Aidan O’Shea (Breaffy); Kevin McLoughlin (Knockmore), Cillian O’Connor (Ballintubber), Alan Dillon (Ballintubber); Michael Conroy (Davitts), Enda Varley (Garrymore), Jason Doherty (Burrishoole).  ALL-IRELAND FINAL: DONEGAL TEAM V MAYO was last modified: September 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ALL-IRELAND FINAL: DONEGAL TEAM V MAYOlast_img read more

David Beckham makes surprise prediction for World Cup Final

first_imgDavid Beckham has backed England to reach the World Cup Final and play Argentina.The former Three Lions skipper has faith in Gareth Southgate’s young side to progress to the Final for the first time since winning the competition in 1966.However, he admitted the competition will become harder the further Southgate’s side advance in Russia. 2 Speaking at a collegiate football event in China, Beckham said: “I believe Argentina will play against England in the final.“I think obviously my choice would be England to win the competition, but that’s me being biased and passionate about my country.”The former Manchester United midfielder was infamously sent off against Argentina at France 1998 for petulantly lashing out at current Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.However, he earned redemption four years later in Japan by scoring a decisive penalty in a 1-0 win against their England’s old rivals. Beckham was speaking at a college event in Japan 2 After the agony in St Etienne, Beckham earned redemption in Sapporo Despite feeling confident about England’s chances, the 43-year-old warned that a lack of experience could count against the young Three Lions side.“I’m very happy that we won the first game in the group,” he added.“England is a very young team, they don’t have a lot of experience yet and the journey of the World Cup will become harder and harder because there are many good teams in the tournament.”The Three Lions got their World Cup campaign off to a fantastic start in Volvograd on Thursday evening.A brace from Harry Kane secured a 2-1 victory over Tunisia in their Group G opener.However, it was frustration for Lionel Messi and co. as they could only muster a 1-1 draw against minnows Iceland.last_img read more

County lays unclaimed bodies to rest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The county cremates the unclaimed bodies, then keeps the remains in individual brown plastic boxes for two years in case family members come to retrieve them. Sometimes relatives come from out of state to claim the bodies, months or years after they die. After the two years – and often more years of paperwork – the ashes are finally laid to rest, even if it is in a common grave. “It gives you a thought that you’re helping someone less fortunate than you are,” Gaskin said. “I feel good by helping them.” On Thursday, while construction and cement trucks roared in the background, building a new East Los Angeles commuter-rail line, the Rev. Phil Manly delivered a 10-minute service over raw earth marked only by a small silver-color plaque that said “2001” – the year they died. “May their memories remain in our hearts and minds,” Manly said. He read from the 23rd Psalm, with its famous line about walking through “the valley of the shadow of death,” and scattered flower petals on the grave. Manly said he used the psalm because it is recognized by many denominations. Unclaimed deceased whose paperwork shows they were Roman Catholic are sent to a Catholic cemetery in Rowland Heights, Manly said, but for the others “we have no idea” of their faiths. Manly has performed the service for three decades. “I believe that everyone is special,” Manly said. “We’re all created in God’s image, and I think it’s a shame that people would die and no one would say anything over them.” At one end of the grave stood a wreath of roses, carnations and orchids provided by county Supervisor Don Knabe and his staff. Knabe this week took the unique step of having his Board of Supervisors colleagues formally recognize what he called “our fallen brothers and sisters of this county” with a prayer and a moment of silence. “It was the right thing to do,” said his spokesman, David A. Sommers. “In many cases, these are forgotten residents of the county and they can’t be forgotten any longer.” A dozen county employees and officials watched, including former county chief medical examiner Thomas Noguchi. The former “coroner to the stars,” whose “clients” included Janis Joplin, Natalie Wood and Robert F. Kennedy, is now state curator for unclaimed deceased. His job includes arranging for some of the bodies to be autopsied or used in medical schools for dissection. Because the bodies are unclaimed, none can be harvested for their organs because relatives must grant permission. The county performs an important service by arranging to bury the indigent, he said. “I think whether rich or poor, famous or not famous … it is very important that we do not lose the track of decency,” he said. Gaskin, the caretaker, says relatives are invited to visit and place flowers. On rare occasions, families have been able to scrape up the money for a plaque long after the burial has taken place. In one corner of the tree-dotted cemetery, for instance, on the grave for 1966, a small plaque noted that one of those buried there was Jeffery Lansdown, 5, a “beloved brother and son.” A photograph of a smiling, blond boy, his mother and other family members and a dozen fading and broken pinwheels surmounted the grave. “They come pretty often” to visit the grave, Gaskin said of relatives. A few hundred feet away, the county’s crematorium was busy, as it is daily, consuming the bodies of people who were unwanted, unknown or unfortunate. “Today is a slow day. We’re only doing six today,” Gaskin said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In life, they had names, histories, loved ones. But they had no money. So in death, all they have is a number on a metal plaque and space in a mass grave. A brief service was held Thursday for 1,619 people whose commingled ashes were placed in plastic bags and buried in an 8-foot-by-10-foot-by-6-foot pauper’s grave at Los Angeles County expense. They died in 2001 but their bodies had been unclaimed. About one in 10 was never identified. Others had no family. But far more often, relatives simply couldn’t afford the thousands of dollars to bury them, said Albert Gaskin, caretaker of the county plot where common graves have been dug annually for 80 years. Some 300,000 people are buried at the site adjacent to Evergreen Cemetery, beneath a scattering of slender trees. last_img read more

FERMANAGH STAR QUIGLEY BLASTS JIM McGUINNESS

first_imgFERMANAGH star forward Seán Quigley has accused ex-Donegal boss Jim McGuinness of patronising his county when questioning the apparent celebration of their eight-point defeat to Dublin last Sunday.In his Irish Times column on Tuesday, the former Donegal manager said he feared for the culture of mediocrity in the game, and wrote the scenes of Fermanagh fans celebrating the eight-point defeat had “spooked” him. “I think to be fair to Jim, it’s just something for him to put in the paper,” Quigley told the Irish Times. “The fact that Fermanagh fans were celebrating was a credit to them. We were not expected to get anywhere near Dublin. Like, there wasn’t much talk of Kildare getting hammered by Kerry the way they did.“The whole talk has been of Fermanagh ‘celebrating defeat’. In no way were we celebrating getting beaten. We were celebrating the fantastic year that we’ve had.“I just think that the Fermanagh fans like the sense of pride that they had in us, after seeing the way we played, against the best team in the country. The fact that we thwarted them right to the end was a credit to ourselves and a credit to our supporters that they stuck by us.“I think it has been talked up that we were celebrating getting beaten by eight points, instead of 80 points. Absolutely not. We were celebrating the fact that we got promotion, we got a great run in the championship and we got to an All-Ireland quarter-final. And which, I guarantee you, if you’d predicted that at the start of the year to Jim McGuinness, he’d have laughed at you. So it’s a wee bit patronising, coming from him.” Quigley also pointed to Donegal’s 16-point defeat to Mayo in the 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final, under McGuinness.“And the fact that he’s a Donegal man, he’s not 100 miles away from Fermanagh, it’s a bit disappointing really. He needs to realise that we were going up with no-one giving us a hope, the only people that believed in us were the Fermanagh fans, the management and players.”Quigley, who is already looking ahead to 2016, also admitted that the goal he forced Dublin to concede should never have been allowed.“I knew when the referee hadn’t given a free out, and he stopped the game, then all he could do was award the goal, to be fair. It was a mistake on his part, and maybe the umpire’s part. As I said during the week, a little luck like that the smaller teams don’t often get at Croke Park. It lifted the game and gave us something to work towards and lifted the whole Fermanagh crowd. It even got the Dubs going as well,” he saidFERMANAGH STAR QUIGLEY BLASTS JIM McGUINNESS was last modified: August 7th, 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:Irish TimesJim McGuinnesspatronisingrowSean Quigleylast_img read more

Omey named finalist for MaxPreps national “Players of the Week” award

first_imgSt. Bernard’s quarterback Will Omey was selected as a finalist for the MaxPreps/USA Football “Players of the Week” award, MaxPreps announced on Tuesday.The award is given weekly to eight high school football players representing eight different regions across the nation. Omey, because of his seven touchdown performance against San Marin in a 49-47 loss last Saturday, Nov. 24, was one of five players from the West Region to be selected as finalists for the award for the week of Nov. 19-25.Omey …last_img read more

Science Reporters Promote Communism by “Framing” Arguments

first_imgWhat on earth are science reporters doing promoting communism by “framing” the language of redistributive tax policy?One might hope that science should steer clear of political ideology.  But look at this headline that appeared on both Science Daily and PhysOrg: “Want to influence support for redistributive tax policies?  Choose your words carefully.”  This sounds like naked advocacy for income redistribution, a key element of communism.  The articles are unmodified echoes of a press release from the Association for Psychological Science, making these two leading science media sites complicit in advocating a communist principle.The article described supposed experiments that showed conservatives less likely to oppose income redistribution if the questions were phrased in terms of how much the rich made over the poor, versus how much less the poor made with respect to the rich.  The pseudo-empiricism of this “experiment” was undermined by a clear goal of figuring out how to soften the opposition to redistribution.Redistribution of wealth is a core concept of communism.  Perceiving the distance between poor and rich, Marx built his system as a means of taking from the rich and giving to the poor (income redistribution), with the revolutionary government taxed with punishing the bourgeousie to reward the proletariat, to achieve a utopia of equality of outcome.  Capitalists, instead, believe in equality of opportunity.  They believe that the free market motivates the entrepreneur to take risks with the hope of reward.  The capitalist is further incentivized to please customers by lowering prices and creating better products.  Wealth is not seen as a zero-sum game.   Instead, the economy grows, the pie enlarges, and everyone benefits when free market competition creates wealth.  Capitalism is built on initiative, responsibility and reward rather than class envy.The psychologists at Carnegie Mellon employed the euphemism “income inequality,” a phrase conjuring up class warfare.  That the researchers were interested in softening opposition to the communist principle of redistribution of wealth is seen in the statement that the research suggested “a simple manipulation of language might be able to influence support for policies aimed at addressing income inequality.” But should scientists create tools of psychological manipulation to enable the efforts of political idealogues?  (See 9/27/2012, “Will elitist science lead to mind control?“)One can conceive the experiment being framed in an opposite way.  Anti-communist psychologists (if such a species exists) might frame their questions in terms of “equality of opportunity” and “personal responsibility” or freedom.  They might use liberal subjects to measure how much the “framing” of the presentation changed their views.  That the Carnegie Mellon psychologists did not do this is further evidence of a pro-communist bias in their construction of experiment.  It undermines any pretense of objectivity.  An objective experiment (assuming experiments on humans are valid in the first place) should have used equal numbers of conservative and liberal subjects (assuming such categories could be reliably identified), and had a control group.  Even so, experiments on psychological manipulation raise serious ethical issues.  This appears to be an experiment for identifying the most effective psychopolitical propaganda, not a scientific experiment.In another example of trying to influence the election, Live Science used scare tactics to suggest, “Could Romney Overturn Roe v. Wade?”  If this were a simple neutral question answered with facts and probabilities, it might claim to be scientific.  The language, however, described Roe v. Wade as “the Supreme Court decision that protected a woman’s right to have an abortion” instead of “the decision that denied an unborn baby’s right to life” (life being one of the inalienable rights deemed self-evident in the Declaration of Independence).  In other words, the article scares the reader that Romney could reduce an alleged right, not that Obama is reducing a more fundamental right.  Further evidence of advocacy is seen at the end of the article: “Pass it on: It’s possible Roe vs. Wade could be overturned if a new Supreme Court judge is appointed who takes a stance against abortion rights.”  Should a science report tell its readers to pass it on?  Should it use the phrase “abortion rights” instead of “right to life”?It’s pretty shocking that so-called scientists and science news outlets would promote leftist ideology, using leftist terms, just a few days before America’s presidential election where tax policy issues revolve around the validity of redistribution of wealth.  This press release plays into the Obama campaign that employs class envy to promote taxing the “rich” more in the belief it will somehow help the middle class.  The idea is that the rich (the job creators) should “pay their fair share,” a euphemism that overlooks the truth that they already pay the lion’s share of federal taxes, whereas many of the “poor” pay no taxes.  A subjective term like “fair share” begs the question of what is fair.  Is 75% fair?  Is 90% fair?  Taken literally, one could argue that the poor who pay no taxes are not paying their fair share.  Paying a “fair share” could be a slogan for a flat tax, but instead is often used to make the tax system more progressive than it already is.The point is not the validity of either economic ideology.  The issue is whether science reporters should be dallying in political advocacy at all.  A survey of our entries in the Politics & Ethics Category shows that leftist ideology predominates in science reporting.  “Science” (a term so broad it borders on the meaningless) has been co-opted as a tool to promote leftist ideology.  Since PhysOrg and Science Daily acted blatantly as willing accomplices in a communist propaganda proposal, readers are tasked with remembering another free-market proverb, caveat emptor – let the buyer beware. 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