Lebanese Sues GOL for US$10.7m Debt for Vehicles

first_imgLawyers representing Lebanese businessman, George E. Haddad, seeking US$10.7M debt lawsuit against the Liberian Government, yesterday left the Commercial Court disappointed, after state lawyers argued that the court lacks jurisdiction to handle the matter.The Sherman & Sherman law firm representing the legal interest of Haddad, in 2012 filed a lawsuit against the Liberian Government. The lawsuit contends that from the year 2000 to 2008, Mr. Haddad sold and repaired vehicles and also supplied spare parts amounting to U$10.7M to several government institutions. Unfortunately, government is yet to pay the debt, despite Mr. Haddad’s persistent negotiation.They named some of the vehicles for which GOL owes Haddad as Cherokee, Land Rover Leon, among others.Haddad is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Prestige Motor Corporation and Alliance Motor Corporation.During yesterday’s hearing, government lawyer Cllr. Augustine Fayia asked the plaintiff to drop the case, claiming lack of jurisdiction.  He did not deny that government owes Haddad.Before Cllr. Fayia’s contention, the parties presented all their legal documentations and the court’s scheduled appointment of Monday, February 16, as the date to start the case.Interestingly, while the court was in session, Cllr. Fayia asked for the dismissal of the entire matter on grounds of jurisdiction.Justifying their argument, Cllr. Fayia said, “The Commercial Court was established in 2010, which means the law that created it prevents the court from hearing cases prior to its establishment.”He further argued that, if the court continues with the matter, it would be a complete violation of the Constitution and the Act that created it.He pleaded that the court should advise Haddad’s lawyers to file their complaint to the appropriate court, but he did not mention the name of the court. In a counter argument, the Sherman and Sherman law firm maintained that the court has jurisdiction over the matter.They argued that the Act that created the court gives it progressive authority, meaning it can hear cases that even existed before its establishment.Haddad’s lawyers further argued that the government’s request was “unreasonable” because the court is a specialized court established with the intent to fast track matters relating to commercial transactions.They also contended that the government lawyer’s argument was contrary to the Act that established the Commercial Court.Immediately after the argument, the Resident Chief Judge, Eva Mappy Morgan declared that “Matter is suspended and it will resume following an issuance of a notice of assignment to the lawyers.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Officials: No signs of life at collapsed mine

first_imgWith underground tunneling toward the missing men halted, officials had hoped a fourth hole drilled into the collapsed mine would finally offer clues to whether the men were alive, 1,500 feet below ground. Stickler said a fifth hole was in the works. He said crews spent at least four hours beating on the drill steel and setting off explosives to try to get the miners’ attention. Both were fruitless. “Make no mistake about it: This continues to be a rescue effort,” said Rob Moore, vice president of Murray Energy Corp., co-owner of the Crandall Canyon mine. “We have encountered setbacks. We’ve incurred losses, but we have not and will not give up hope.” HUNTINGTON, Utah – Rescue officials said Saturday they have found no signs of life after drilling a fourth hole into a collapsed mine where six workers are trapped. A microphone lowered into the latest hole revealed nothing to indicate anyone was in the cavern, and efforts to communicate with the miners’ by tapping on a drill bit yielded no response, a federal official said. A videocamera was being lowered into the hole overnight. The lack of any sign of the six men, who have been trapped for nearly two weeks, was a another disheartening blow in a rescue effort that has killed three other people. “We did not detect any signals from miners underground,” said Richard Stickler, head of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. 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

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Some SUVs give poor side protection

first_imgWASHINGTON – Some sport utility vehicles don’t provide the protection in a side crash that one might expect from such large vehicles, according to tests released this week by the insurance industry. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave marginal scores in side-impact tests of 2008 versions of the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, Jeep Grand Cherokee and two SUVs built by Nissan Motor Co. – the Pathfinder and Xterra without optional side air bags. In similar side testing, the Toyota 4Runner and Pathfinder and Xterra models equipped with side air bags received top marks of good in the side testing. The Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer received the second-highest rating of acceptable. “The performance of some of these models in the side test was surprising,” said David Zuby, the institute’s senior vice president. “SUVS should have an advantage in side crashes because the driver and passengers ride higher up than in cars.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“People often think they’re safer in one of these vehicles, but many cars hold up better than some of these midsize SUVs in this test,” he said. In the institute’s side test, vehicles are struck with a barrier moving at 31 mph to reflect the force of a pickup or sport utility vehicle hitting the vehicle. The TrailBlazer and Grand Cherokee, built by General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC, respectively, lack air bags that protect the chests and abdomens of front-seat occupants. The combination of weak side structures and the lack of chest protection led to high forces on the driver dummies’ chests and abdomens, Zuby said. last_img read more

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GARDAI IDENTIFY CHIEF SUSPECT IN CAR-BOMB ATTACK

first_imgThe army bomb disposal team arrive to examine the scene of yesterday’s explosion.Gardai have identified a chief suspect after a booby-trap bomb exploded under a jeep in Letterkenny yesterday.Extensive damage was caused to a Mitsubishi Pajero jeep which was parked outside a house on the Manor View Park housing estate off Long Lane.Residents inside the houses close to the scene were not hurt but were left terrified by the attack. No arrests have yet been made in the investigation.Gardai rushed to the scene and a number of homes were immediately evacuated after the loud blast just before 4am.Gardai cordoned off the area for fear that there may be other undetonated devices nearby.The Army Technical Bomb Unit was summoned from Finner Camp army base in Ballyshannon to carry out a full investigation of the scene. The unit spent two hours at the scene but later left after removing a number of objects from the scene.No arrests have yet been made but Garda are working on a theory that the man whose car was attacked may know his attacker.The victim is a married man in his 60s with three grown-up children.Speaking at the scene, Inspector Pat O’Donnell said “I can confirm there has been an explosion under a vehicle in this area.“We have sealed off the scene and we have asked for the assistance of the army technical officers in case there are secondary devices in the area. “I would ask anyone who may have info on what happened here this morning to contact Gardai at Letterkenny.“We are currently carrying out house to house enquiries and I can tell you that there is some CCTV footage in the area which we are also studying,” he said.Gardai also said they would like to speak to the driver of a silver car seen in the area just before the blast.Local Town councillor Cllr McMonagle, who lives locally, says he does not understand why the device was planted. “The reality is that this is a housing estate and totally innocent people including schoolchildren could have been killed.“I am not sure for the reasons behind it but such actions cannot be justified.“We hear of these things happening in the north but not in Co Donegal and not on a busy housing estate in Letterkenny.“I would appeal to anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact the Gardai,” he said.GARDAI IDENTIFY CHIEF SUSPECT IN CAR-BOMB ATTACK was last modified: November 23rd, 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:car bombdonegalGardailetterkennyManor View Parklast_img read more

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Chelsea’s possible line-up against Crystal Palace – Cesc Fabregas to start?

first_img 11 11 30. David Luiz (centre back) 3. Marcos Alonso (left wing-back) – check out the full line-up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above, right 11. Pedro (right attack) With the international break over, Chelsea can get back to strengthening their position at the top of the Premier League table.The Blues host Crystal Palace, in a 3pm kick off on Saturday 1 April, and should be looking to seal a straightforward victory.Palace, though, have at last hit a patch of good form, coming to Stamford Bridge off the back of three consecutive league wins.So will Antonio Conte remain loyal to the starting XI we have become so familiar with this season?Scroll through the gallery above to check out a possible Chelsea line-up to play Palace. 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (centre back) 11 11 11 13. Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper) 7. N’Golo Kante (centre midfield) 11 11 10. Eden Hazard (left attack) 11 19. Diego Costa (striker) 11 24. Gary Cahill (centre back) 15. Victor Moses (right wing-back) 11 4. Cesc Fabregas (centre midfield) 11last_img read more

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Baby girl kidnapped from home returned to family alive and well

first_imgUNION, Mo. – A newborn abducted after her mother was slashed was found alive Tuesday in excellent condition, and a woman who had recently miscarried was arrested, officials said. Dr. Peter McCarthy, an emergency-room physician at St. John’s Hospital in Washington, Mo., said 11-day-old Abigale Lynn Woods has been reunited with her mother, father and other relatives. She was expected to be released from the hospital later Tuesday. “The family is elated and thankful to everyone in the community who prayed for them,” McCarthy said. “The baby was hydrated, nourished and in good condition when she arrived at the hospital.” FBI agent Roland Corvington identified the suspect as Shannon Beck, who lives a few miles from the home of the mother and baby. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe case broke when Beck’s sister-in-law, Dorothy Torrez, contacted authorities. “She’s the hero,” Franklin County Sheriff Gary Toelke said. On Sunday, Beck contacted Torrez to say she had given birth, Corvington said. Beck had been pregnant but apparently miscarried shortly before her own child was to be born. Torrez visited Beck on Monday and urged her to take the child to a doctor, the FBI agent said. Beck agreed, and Torrez accompanied her to St. Louis on Tuesday, about 45 miles away. Torrez noticed what appeared to be makeup on the baby’s forehead, Corvington said. When she rubbed the forehead, makeup came off what was covering a small birthmark. In publicizing the abduction, police had described Abby’s strawberry-red birthmark. Her suspicions aroused, Torrez confronted Beck, who gave her the baby, Corvington said. Torrez contacted police, and the baby was handed over to authorities around 5 p.m. Tuesday. “An outstanding ending, obviously,” Toelke said. Toelke said the county prosecutor would address criminal charges today. It wasn’t immediately clear where Shannon Beck was or whether she had a lawyer. The child’s mother, 21-year-old Stephenie Ochsenbine, told police Friday a woman entered her rural home, attacked her with a knife and stole the baby, who was a week old at the time.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

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Escalation principle

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’This escalation of the battle to fight off school reform may be waged in the name of the students and community, but it is really being driven by the ego and self-interest of the players. LOS Angeles Unified School District board members must think they are being awfully clever. With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa off on a two-week jaunt across Asia, they have accelerated their search for a new school superintendent. They could pick someone within days, a bold defiance of the mayor’s suggestion that they let him – the man who will be the boss of the superintendent come January – in on the decision, or face a reversal of their pick in a few months. In taking this tack, the school board is sending the mayor a simple message: Nya-nya-nya. How much good will this do for LAUSD students? Probably not much. It’s just one of countless other versions of power plays going on around the globe where efforts to find common ground result in all-out conflict. last_img read more

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Arsenal want Palace defender, Barcelona to swoop on Chelsea target, Hart to MLS?

first_img Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart looks set to make a move to the MLS side Columbus Crew (The Sun)Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who is rated at £40million, is wanted by Arsenal (The Sun)Chelsea target Saul Niguez, 24, has been linked with a move from Atletico Madrid to Barcelona for £95million. (AS)Manchester United and Bayern Munich are closely monitoring Ivan Rakitic’s situation at Barcelona. (Mundo Deportivo) LATEST TRANSFER NEWS The latest transfer news and football gossip Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the interim manager of Manchester United IN DEMAND The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star LIVING THE DREAM 3 targets Manchester United are monitoring Ivan Rakitic Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 3 REVEALED Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Newcastle are willing to break their transfer record again in the summer and splash out £51million on striker Joelinton from Hoffenheim. (Sport1 via Star)Arsenal are set to hire Roma sporting director Monchi when his contract expires in June. (The Star)Sir Alex Ferguson has told close friends that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should get the Manchester United job (Mail) LATEST Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED Salomon Rondon would be happy to stay at Newcastle after his loan from West Brom ends. (Newcastle Chronicle)Juventus are interested in signing Marcelo, who wants to leave Real Madrid. (Calciomercato)Ajax blocked Arsenal’s attempt to appoint Marc Overmas as their technical director. (Mirror)AC Milan have joined Liverpool and Atletico Madrid in the race to sign Bruno Fernandes from Sporting. (Record via Sport Witness) moving on talkSPORT.com rounds up all the latest transfer news and biggest football gossip from Sunday’s papers and online. 3 targets Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summerlast_img read more

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Superstar set for first start? How PSG and Real Madrid could line-up tonight

first_imgIt’s a case of business as usual domestically for Paris Saint-Germain as they sit top of Ligue 1 following a run of four wins in five games – but it’s on the European stage where their problems lie.In each of the last three seasons the Ligue 1 title winners have failed to make it past the last-16 of the Champions League.And in the last two seasons they were on the wrong end of two of Europe’s great comebacks when they lost to Barcelona and Manchester United. 5 stalemate Marcus Rashford’s dramatic late penalty sent PSG out in the last sixteen for the third season in a row Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son 5 Zidane stepped down as Real Madrid boss after guiding them to three consecutive Champions League titles. What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Hazard is yet to start a game for Real Madrid after picking up an injury in pre-season. There will be problems on the field from the first whistle as Paris will be without their front three due to injuries to Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani, while Neymar misses out through suspension.Forward Julian Draxler and defenders Thilo Kehrer and Colin Dagba are also ruled out with injury.However, it’s the absence of Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani that will undoubtedly be Paris’ biggest loss, with the trio scoring 85 goals last season as well as contributing four of Paris’ eleven so far this campaign – including Neymar’s last-gasp winner against Strasbourg.Mauro Icardi is expected to lead the line with former Real Madrid ace Angel di Maria, offering support with Pablo Sarabia completing the front-three. Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti appointed Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman latest on target Real Madrid are also without a number of players ahead of tonight’s Champions League opener in Paris. Marcelo, Isco, Federico Valverde and Brahim Diaz are all sidelined with injury while Nacho misses out through suspension.Other notable absentees are club captain Sergio Ramos, who joins defensive partner Nacho on the suspension list, and 2018 Ballon d’or winner, Luka Modric, who has picked up a knock.Having made his Real Madrid debut against Levante following his summer move from Chelsea, Eden Hazard could be handed his first start in a tournament he failed to win during his five seasons at the west London club.The Belgian is expected to feature alongside former Tottenham star and four-time Champions League winner Gareth Bale in a front three completed by striker Karim Benzema. 5 targets deals Man United transfer news live: £17m bid for Barca wonderkid, English starlet linked Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ update Latest Football News 5 Getty Images – Getty AFP statement rookie error AFP Real Madrid have started the season undefeated, sitting third in LaLiga, registering two wins and two draws in their opening four games under Zinedine Zidane, following his reappointment in March.The Champions League is a tournament Zidane knows very well, both as a player, where he picked up a 2002 winners’ medal, and as a manager, where he coached Real to three wins in three seasons. Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Recent history between the two clubs favours Real Madrid, with the Spanish side picking up four wins in their previous eight meetings. PSG have picked up two wins with the remaining clashes ended honours even.Considering the large injury and suspension lists plaguing both sides – anything can happen.With that in mind, here’s how talkSPORT.com expects both sides to line-up in the French capital.How Paris Saint-Germain could look Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship How Real Madrid could looklast_img read more

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Lee Clark: Inconsistency to blame for Kilmarnock’s play-off fate

first_imgBut he admits Killie’s main flaw is now glaringly apparent after his sloppy side allowed Stevie Lawless and Kris Doolan to smash Thistle to victory.He said: “I’ve had the answer as to why we’re in this position – it’s inconsistency. When you see the performances, we’ve had strong ones but it’s been results that have let us down.“Another win would’ve given us a fighting chance going into Wednesday’s game at Dundee but now we know it’s the play-offs. We dust ourselves down, we won’t cry like little babies.“We look forward to the challenge and we’ll be positive. I know it’s in the players. ‘Whoever we face, we go in fighting. We will try and improve them, like we do every day. It’s a disappointing day for everyone but we’ve got to go again.” Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark says inconsistency is to blame for his side’s slide into the play-offs, with defeat to Partick Thistle sealing their fate.The Rugby Park side were hoping to take another step towards safety when they took on relegation rivals Partick Thistle.But the 2-0 home defeat to the Jags killed off those plans and they will now have to fend off either Falkirk or Hibernian in the play-off final if they are to cling on to their Ladbrokes Premiership slot.Clark only took over in February but believed he could steer Killie away from danger, with his convictions only strengthened by last week’s 4-0 romp at Hamilton.last_img read more

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