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Malachi York Foundation Seeks Liberia’s Support to Free Their Founder

first_imgDr. York addresses a congregation before his prison sentence in 2002The Malachi York Foundation has appealed to the Liberian government to reengage the U.S. Judicial system in the Middle District of Georgia to release its founder and chief executive officer, Dr. Malachi Z. York.Saqar Ahhah and Den Tut Rayay, both from the Foundation based in Georgia, are in Liberia seeking government’s intervention to release Dr. York from prison in the U.S. and subsequently have him repatriated to Liberia, because he is a Liberian by naturalization and has served as Liberia’s Consul General in Georgia, United States.Dr. York, now 72, was arrested in 2002 and sentenced to 135 years by a court in Georgia on allegations of racketeering, money laundering and transporting minors in interstate commerce for purposes of engaging in unlawful sexual activity.York came to Liberia in the late 1990s and took on Liberian citizenship by naturalization and was appointed as a Consul General and diplomat by former President Charles Taylor.The Foundation is, therefore, worried that Dr. York might perish behind bars if the Liberian government does not intervene to free him before it gets too late.Charles A. Minor, former Liberian Ambassador to the U.S., recently told the Daily Observer that “as far as diplomacy is concerned, there is still a need for the Liberian government to revisit the York case.”Minor wished he had sufficient information and the necessary backing from the backdrop of truth surrounding the case, while he was serving as a diplomat to help further pursue the York case.“In keeping with the embassy’s policy of consulting the Liberian Foreign Ministry, we asked for any information on Dr. York as it was indicated that he had been serving as Honorary Consul of Liberia. Our action came following Dr. York’s family’s, including his wife’s, visit to our Washington office in 2005, and 2006, during which they requested assistance from the embassy to get Dr. York released from prison somewhere in the United States,” Amb. Minor said in his note.“Information received from Liberia indicated that Dr. York, a Consul of Liberia based in Georgia, was also a naturalized Liberian citizen. We later received from the Ministry an official request, originating from the Ministry’s Legal Consul in person of (then) Jenkins Scott, informing the embassy that he and a lawyer for Dr. York would be coming to the United States and that the embassy should cooperate and assist, not only to release him, but repatriate him to Liberia,” Amb. Minor said.He added, however, that the team which should have been headed by Cllr. Jenkins Scott (now deceased) to the U.S. never showed up and that derailed efforts to engage the State Department on York’s case.However, he noted that he took few officials from the Liberian diplomatic mission in the U.S. to the State Department and made inquiries into Dr. York’s case; but the response he received complicated attempts to go on with a request to assist his release.At some point, Cllr. Jerome George Korkoya, current Chairman of Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC), also tried to intervene in Dr. York’s behalf, but his effort did not yield any fruitful result up to date.“I wrote a letter to the U.S. Embassy here in Liberia and cited all the relevant information I have gathered on the case, while making request on behalf of my client to the Liberian government to revisit the case,” Korkoya said.Ahhah and Rayay are convinced that Dr. York has met the necessary measures by U.S. law and it is time for international protocols and conventions to appeal to the U.S. government to release him.It may be recalled that a decision by the Montserrado County 6th Circuit Judicial Court on July 21, 2004, established that Dr. Malachi York was a diplomat that represented Liberia in the U.S.The mandate, which established that the order handed down by former 6th Judicial Circuit Court Judge D. Yusuff Kaba (Now serving as a judge in ECOWAS), states: “As regards the issue of diplomatic immunity, the record in this case established the fact that Petitioner, Dr. Malachi Z. York, was duly appointed by the Government of Liberia as a Consular on December 15, 1999.”Records in the possession of the Daily Observer show that former President Charles Taylor, in his letter of appointment to Dr. York, said, “I am pleased to appoint you hereby as Consul General of the Republic of Liberia to Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Youth raise walkway concerns at Dr. Kearney, North Peace Secondary

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The Youth Advisory Council paid a visit to City Council yesterday to discuss the issue of lacking crosswalks and sidewalks at Dr. Kearney Middle School.YAC presented a hand-drawn map to show where a suggested sidewalk on 90 street and 107 avenue would be beneficial, as many people seem to cross there.In a 20 minute period, they counted 56 people who crossed the street.- Advertisement –Credit: Youth Advisory CommitteeCredit: Youth Advisory CommitteeThe other concern is regarding sidewalks. One is in the works to be placed at 107A avenue, and 88 street to 90 street, and another is being considered for the 2017 budget to cover the portion on 107 avenue in front of Dr. Kearney.The City typically puts sidewalks on the South side of an avenue, as the sun will melt any snow.Advertisement Mayor Lori Ackerman said she appreciates presentations from youth before Council, informing the City of how they view Fort St. John. “Sometimes, as adults, we get into our vehicle or we even go for a walk — and we view the world a little bit differently. So, we very much appreciate you bringing this to us.”Later, Council discussed another area of sidewalk concern. Sierra Grange, a grade 11 student at North Peace Secondary School, shared her wish to see more sidewalks west of the school in a letter to Councillor Trevor Bolin, outlining the need for sidewalks along the Toboggan Hill Park on 93 avenue, and sidewalks near the Pomeroy Sports Centre, and the Curling Rink.“I feel as though some of the sidewalks need to be fixed, or some need to be added,” her letter writes. “There are a lot of sidewalks in Fort St. John that are in good condition, but I do know that there are places that could use a sidewalk.”Credit: City of Fort St. JohnCredit: City of Fort St. JohnAdvertisement Councillor Bolin said he feels she makes some valid points, especially along 93 avenue. He recommended that staff respond to the letter and let her know the City is examining these issues.Two out of three of these sidewalk recommended run along 93 avenue, which is being assessed for resurfacing currently.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: URRIS EARN SUPER WIN OVER RED HUGHS IN DIVISION FOUR CLASH

first_imgUrris GAA News:U16 DIVISION 2 COUNTY FINAL: Our U16 team played Naomh Columba in Mac Cumhaill Park, Ballybofey last Friday night and though not our night the lads put in a great performance, final score Naomh Columba 3-15 Urris 3-08. Disappointing for the boys but what a great run and an excellent achievement in reaching a County final. Congrats to CLG N Columba. Thanks to David, all the boys and to all who travelled to support the team on Friday night.SENIOR & RESERVE FOOTBALL: Both teams travelled to Killygordon on Saturday night and both teams won their matches on what was a very wet and miserable night. Final score in reserve game Urris 2-08 Red Hughs 1-06. Final score in senior game Urris 1-09 Red Hughs 0-09. Senior team: Peter Devlin, Kieran Kelly, Sean Mc Daid, Gary Doherty, Mickey Grant (0-01) Kieran Doherty, Danny Devlin (1-02), John Mc Carron, Conor Bradley, Kevin Mc Laughlin (0-04), Alan Friel, Mark Mc Laughlin (0-01), Niall Mc Laughlin, Dean Kelly (0-01). Aaron Friel for John Mc Carron, Ryan Doherty (R) for Niall Mc Laughlin and Declan Grant for Mark Mc Laughlin. Next matches are away to Letterkenny Gaels on Saturday night at 6pm and 7.30pm.CLUB IORRAS: May winners: €50-Darragh Doherty (S), Letter, €30-Martin Davy, Roxtown and €20-James B Kelly, Dunaff. Thanks to all who support the monthly Club Iorras draw.MATCH “N” WIN: Thursday May 29th. No jackpot winner–numbers drawn: 9, 17, 20 & 23. €15 winners: Mary Doherty, 48 Riverside, Clonmany, Sadie Mc Laughlin, Tullagh, Mark Doherty (lackin), Magheramore, Danny Mc Conalogue, Tirmaine and Jack & Ciara Canny, C/o Porters, Collon, Carn. Jackpot next week €1,220. Thanks to all our lotto sellers and to all who support the club in this weekly draw. SUICIDE AWARENESS COURSE: There is a Positive Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Course being held in the Clonmany Community Centre on Saturday 13th June starting at 2pm. Any club coaches or club members interested in doing this training please contact David Hession on 0860538537 to book a place.U14: Our U14 played Carndonagh last week and had a comprehensive win by 9-14 to 0-04. Next game is away to Muff on Monday 8th June at 7pm.U12 GO GAMES: Urris are home to Malin on Tuesday night at 6.30pm.U6, U8 and U10 training every Friday evening in Straid from 4-5pm util further notice.KELLOGG’S CUL CAMP: GAA Cul Camp in Straid from Monday July 6th – 10th. Anyone wishing to book a place contact John Friel on 08605223550. BOOT EXCHANGE SCHEME: for Under-age players now up and running: In these times of financial constraints on families the club has introduced this exchange programme-old football boots in good condition that children have out grown can be dropped in or exchanged for a bigger/smaller pair as required. A minimum donation of €5 to the club for the boots that are taken away. Please contact Nichola Lagan on 0866030736 for further information . All boots can be dropped off at all Under-age training/matches now.CLUB BINGO: Bingo every Thursday night in St. Mary’s Hall at 9.00pm.GAA NEWS: URRIS EARN SUPER WIN OVER RED HUGHS IN DIVISION FOUR CLASH was last modified: June 2nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more

MYSTERY AS YOUNG ‘KILLER WHALE’ FOUND DUMPED ON DONEGAL HILLSIDE

first_imgExclusive: Mystery surrounds the discovery of what appears to be a baby killer whale almost 3kms inland off the Donegal coastline.The dead creature was discovered at Meenbanad near Burtonport. The animal has the distinctive black and white markings of the whale but others claim it could be a species of dolphin with similar markings.The creature has injuries to its head but it is not known how it died or how it ended up so far from the sea.There are strong suspicions the whale was dumped in the area.The area where the creature has been found in is known as The Leifin which has a council waterworks close-by. Local woman Niamh Bonner, who came across the creature, told Donegal Daily people are baffled as to how the creature ended up in the hills.“It is not like it is even beside a road and was dumped off a lorry.“It had to be dragged there because it is about 100 yards off the road. But The Leifin is up in the hills about two miles from any coastline.“It’s a bit of a mystery as to how it got there,” she said.Dozens of people have been visiting the area where the whale was found earlier this week.Photo shows the yard at Leffin, Co Donegal where the baby killer whale was located, some 3kms from the sea (in the background). MYSTERY AS YOUNG ‘KILLER WHALE’ FOUND DUMPED ON DONEGAL HILLSIDE was last modified: June 28th, 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:burtonportKILLER WHALEMEENBANADlast_img read more

Stunning Fanad Lighthouse opening for tours this Saturday

first_imgThe iconic Fanad Lighthouse of Donegal will be opening its doors for the 2019 season this Saturday 13th April. The popular tourist destination will be hosting guided tours six days a week, giving visitors the opportunity to discover the history of the lighthouse and climb the tower for spectacular views of land and sea.Fanad Lighthouse, one of the Great Lighthouses of Ireland and a Signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way, recorded visitor numbers of 23,000 last year. www.fanadlighthouse.comSince opening to the public in 2016, this working lighthouse has helped drive tourism to the Fanad peninsula, an area with much to offer visitors – such as the stunning Ballymastocker beach and Knockalla coast drive. And there’s even more to discover on site this year, with a new visitor centre, craft shop, car park and a café serving barista coffees, teas and local home-baking.Fanad Lighthouse is one of only two lighthouses on the Great Lighthouses of Ireland trail that offer both guided tours and accommodation. For locals and tourists alike, the chance to visit the lighthouse for a guided tour and to climb to the top of the tower for spectacular views over land and sea is a memorable experience. There are three restored light-keepers’ cottages at the lighthouse and these are available to rent all year round. (See www.fanadlighthouse.com). www.fanadlighthouse.comTour Opening Hours 2019:13 April-30 June Tues-Sun 1100-1700 (Closed Mondays, except Easter Monday)1 July-31 Aug Mon-Sun 1000-18001 Sept-15 Oct Tues-Sun 1100-1700 (Closed Mondays)Group bookings (15+) please call in advance, +35383 8091199, info@fanadlighthouse.comPLEASE NOTE: CHILDREN MUST BE 1.2M MINIMUM TO CLIMB THE TOWERFor more info on opening times and prices please visit www.fanadlighthouse.com.www.fanadlighthouse.comWhat’s on at Fanad Lighthouse in 2019?Highlights of the 2019 season at Fanad will include the Shine a Light on Summer Festival on Saturday May 4th. This is an annual festival which runs in conjunction with Great Lighthouses of Ireland and a number of Irish lighthouses will take part, providing a range of family-friendly activities. Fanad Lighthouse will also take part in Heritage Week in August, particularly for Wild Child Day on Wednesday 21 August, which encourages ‘kids and families to drop the devices, jump off the couch and get outdoors’. ‘Fright at the Light’ which was a great success last year will also return for Halloween this year. This year, Fanad Lighthouse will become the Ionad Seirbhísí Pobail for the Fanad Gaeltacht, serving as a base for the local Irish-speaking community.Would you like to win tickets to visit Fanad Lighthouse this season? Visit the Facebook post here for our giveaway: www.facebook.com/donegaldailyStunning Fanad Lighthouse opening for tours this Saturday was last modified: April 9th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:fanad lighthouseThings to dotourismtourslast_img read more

Jacks women’s basketball faces true test in No. 2 Cal Baptist on Saturday

first_imgARCATA >> If there is a college basketball game that features two teams at the opposite ends of the spectrum, tonight’s matchup between Cal Baptist and Humboldt State at 5:30 p.m. at Lumberjack Arena would be it.The Humboldt State women’s basketball team, in the early stages of a rebuilding process, will get a glimpse of what they hope to become one day when they host the Lancers — a national power.The second-ranked team in NCAA Division II after going 29-3 last season and reaching the NCAA …last_img read more

Your Need for Revenue Doesn’t Trump the Buying Cycle

first_imgYou’ve fallen behind on your number. Certain events have transpired against you, and now you are way behind where you need to be. Maybe it was the loss of a major account. Maybe your pipeline evaporated right before your eyes. Maybe you never had the pipeline of opportunities you needed in the first place.It doesn’t matter. Now, the pressure is on. You need to close deals, and you need to close them fast. The good news is that you have prospects that are absolutely going to buy from you. The bad news is that they are early in their process.You need deals now. Something must be done. Management suggests that you push hard to close these deals. But your need for revenue does not trump the buying cycle.The Poor Idea That Is: Always Be ClosingIn a low dollar, low-risk sale, closing early and often is a great idea. It’s effective, and asking for the business increases sales. You can get away with closing early and often, because there isn’t much at risk. The decision-making process is simple.But in larger, more complex sales, closing early and often is a bad idea. It’s ineffective. Here’s why.You have a sales process. Your client has a buying process. When these two processes are aligned, opportunities move smoothly from target to close. When these two processes aren’t in sync, deals don’t move so neatly. You may be ready to move forward, but gaining agreement to move forward requires that your client is also ready. When you push hard before your dream client is ready, trust is lost—and with it, quite possibly, so is your deal.It takes time to explore and understand your dream client’s needs. Your dream client wants to take time to understand their needs and the options available to them. When you blow past discovery, you violate the trust that comes with developing an understanding.It takes time to develop the right solution. Your dream client wants to ensure that the decision they take will produce the results that they need before they decide. If you don’t ensure your solution matches their needs, presenting only gets you to a “no” faster.It takes time to build consensus. Many of the decisions made within your larger dream client accounts require that time is spent with the people who have something at stake in the decision. If you aren’t known and trusted, you make it difficult to say “yes” to your solution.It takes time to negotiate changes. Your deal is going to modified. It’s going to go through risk and legal. It’s going to be scrutinized. All of this takes time.You can’t easily or effectively push past what is necessary to win. This is why it is so critical that you focus your time and energy on creating opportunities. Prospecting opens the relationships that open opportunities. It’s the safest and most effective plan when it comes to making your number.A full pipeline inoculates you against the disease that is desperation.The fact that you need a deal now doesn’t do anything to change what your buyer needs from you. Your urgency isn’t your dream client’s urgency.QuestionsWhat mistakes cause you to urgently need deals?What impact does your desperation have on the natural sales and buying cycles?What do you risk by skipping steps in your sales process or your client’s buying process?How do you compress the sales cycle?Why should you make the compression of your sales cycle your everyday routine, instead of waiting until you are desperate? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Pop singer Remo acquitted of verbal abuse charges

first_imgA Goa court on Thursday acquitted pop singer-musician Remo Fernandes of charges of verbally abusing a minor girl in 2015. Mr. Remo’s lawyer Rajeev Gomes said Mr. Fernandes had been acquitted of the charges framed under Section 8 r/w 2 (m) of the Goa Children’s Act.Mr. Fernandes had been charged with verbally abusing the minor girl from Maharashtra’s Malvan region, who was walking to the Old Goa Church complex in North Goa as part of an annual pilgrimage, when a car allegedly driven by Mr. Fernandes’s son knocked her down on December 15, 2015. The victim’s complaint had stated that after she was admitted to the Goa Medical College Hospital at Bambolim near here, Mr. Fernandes visied her at the hospital and after an argument, he verbally abused her.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj diagnosed with vocal cord cancer, undergoing treatment in US

first_imgYuvraj SinghAfter India’s batting star Yuvraj Singh recuperated from cancer, his father and former Test cricketer Yograj Singh has been reportedly diagnosed with cancer.According to a report in the Indian Express, he is learnt be undergoing treatment in a hospital in New York, after a surgery to remove a tumour in his vocal cords.It is learnt that Yograj had been diagnosed with the cancer a few months back, but was advised to go to US after his voice choked and he developed breathlessness.During the 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj had played a pivotal role in India’s victorious campaign. His astounding all-round performance during the quadrennial event earned him the ‘Player of the Series’ award.However, the aggressive southpaw was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy in US.last_img read more

Volkswagen group sales return to growth in January

first_imgVolkswagen group sales returned to growth in January thanks to demand in China, where core brand VW posted its best month ever despite the furore over the German carmaker’s cheating of US diesel emissions tests.Deliveries at the 12-brand group, including luxury division Audi and sports-car maker Porsche, climbed 3.7 per cent to 847,800 in January, Volkswagen said on Friday.ALSO READ:21st Century Volkswagen Beetle has grown out of its hippie lifestyleIn December, sales had dropped 5.2 per cent, contributing to the first decline in full-year sales since 2002.Volkswagen sales growth turned negative for the first time in at least four and a half years in April 2015, raising pressure on the automaker to fix trouble spots laid bare by the shock ousting of long-time Chairman Ferdinand Piech.The situation worsened after VW admitted in September it had rigged US diesel emissions tests and up to around 11 million vehicles worldwide could have illegal software installed.ALSO READ:Volkswagen launches updated versions of Polo, Vento ahead of Auto Expo 2016January group deliveries in China were up 15.4 per cent, and sales in Europe were up 1.8 per cent. In all other regions, deliveries fell, with the biggest declines seen in Russia and Brazil, at 29.5 per cent and 38.8 per cent respectively.Deliveries of VW-branded vehicles were up 2.8 per cent at 521,400 around the world, driven by a 15.4 per cent jump in China.Earlier this month, Volkswagen postponed publication of its 2015 financial results and delayed its annual shareholders’ meeting while it struggles to put an exact price on the emissions scandal.advertisementALSO READ:Volkswagen Ameo unveiled, to be showcased at Auto Expo 2016last_img read more