first_imgSeveral former managers of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) on trial for illegally issuing sixty-one (61) Private Use Permits (PUPs) in the amount  of  US$6M were last Tuesday linked to “forging signatures” on the  community land  deeds that authorized logging companies to operate on 2.5 million hectares of farmland throughout the country.Thomas Doe Nah, a member of the Presidential Special Independent Investigation Body (SIIB), testified that representatives of the communities informed the SIIB that they did not know how the FDA awarded their lands to the companies for logging activities. It was based on a recommendation from the SIIB that the government dismissed and charged Moses Wogbeh, former managing director of the FDA, and three other managers and a senior surveyor of the Ministry of Land, Mines and Energy.The government is prosecuting them at Criminal Court ‘C,’ on multiple crimes including economic sabotage, criminal conspiracy, forgery and counterfeiting, obtaining and issuance of deceptive writings, obstruction of government functions by public servants.The defendants denied the charges when they were first arraigned before Judge Peter W. GbenewelehNah, who is the prosecution’s second witness and executive director of the Center for Transparency and Accountability of Liberia, a civil society group, alleged that the defendants did not get the approval of the land owners before awarding the contract to the logging companies to do business with the PUPs.“We conducted our investigation with those victimized communities about the FDA management’s handling of the PUPs, and they told us that they were not consulted and did not sign any deeds for companies to use their lands for logging purposes,” he explained.“We also found out that the signatures on the deeds believed to be those of the communities were forged by the defendants,” he added.Furthermore in his testimony, the witness named several communities in five of the 15 counties, whose signatures were allegedly forged on their land deeds by the defendants.   “We met with the effected communities in Grand Bassa, Rivercess, Grand Kru, Sinoe and Grand Gedeh and during our investigation they told us they were not consulted and did not give their land deeds to the FDA,” said Nah.Nah said representatives of the various communities told the SIIB that they did not know the terms and conditions of the PUP agreements between the FDA management and the logging companies.According to him, most of the communities they visited said they did not even know whether their lands have deeds.Concluding, Nah revealed that confirmation was also received from the FDA regional director that the verification memorandum which authorized the companies to operate in the communities was falsified and did not represent FDA interaction with the land owners.The case continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgSCORINGTDPATFGTP Pasadena10/14/20050101828 Mkryan,H.120 RECEIVINGRECYDSTD Alhambra09/09/20050101420 Temple City09/30/20050101424 Receiving Total234234 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Aquino,E.1-4-4.00 Mares,J.1006 Clay,J.100000.00 Clay,J.120072 Martinez,S.117023 VS SCHOOLDateWLTPFPA Hoover11/11/20051003521 Paez,M.30018 Gill,J.1 South Pasadena09/23/2005100217 TOTAL2005280177262 Saleh,J.1006 Darmiento,A.1965534.5 Muir10/21/2005010026 Lemos,E.1 Interceptions Total7 Clay,J.25515075.912 Martinez,S.250 Darmiento,A.642334234102.71 Burbank10/07/20050102730 Tambidao.P.2320 Gonzalez,L.22014 Punting Total2274033.6 Molano,E.2136.50 Darmiento,A.31290.90 Mkryan,H.8283.50 Abramyan,A.2190 Passing Total652334234 RUSHINGTCBNYGAvg.TD Saleh,J.12564.71 Rushing Total46126425.722 Gharakhanian,D.22914.10 Ortiz,M.61451 RECORD: 2-8-0 Arcadia11/04/2005010628 PASSINGPAPCPIYDSTDRating Gonzalez,L.20773.92 Ortiz,M.52032 Paez,M.41372 Mares,J.3611 Clay,J.3220 Scoring Total26210177 Ortiz,M.514158.14 Archer,D.133.00 Martinez,S.27437.01 Lemus,E.284.00 PUNTINGNo.YDSAvg. Paez,M.391574.01 Martinez,S.38528.3 La Canada09/16/2005010734 INTERCEPTIONSNo. Martinez,S.4 Crescenta Valley10/28/20050103544 Leyba,W.3134.30 Rahimi,N.1217514.61 Darmiento,A.1 Rahimi,N.1006last_img read more


first_imgPrashanth Neel with Yash.PR HandoutAfter the massive success of KGF: Chapter 1, Prashanth Neel has apparently become one of the most sought after filmmakers in South India. The director is rumoured to be approached by numerous of producers, asking him whether he has right script in hand.There have been rumours of Prashanth Neel teaming up with Prabhas earlier. Also, it was speculated that the director had met Mahesh Babu and had talks for a project, which would commence after the completion of his latest film, KGF: Chapter 2.The latest buzz is that it is not Mahesh Babu or Prabhas, but Jr NTR who is going to collaborate with Prashanth Neel. The director has been in talks with the actor for a while and the discussion seems to have reached the last stage, say reports in Telugu media. It is said to be a Telugu-Kannada bilingual film. With Mythri Movie Makers wishing the director on his birthday (5 June), the rumours of the production house funding the project has become stronger.It may be recalled that Mythri Movie Makers had earlier funded Jr NTR and Mohanlal’s bilingual Janatha Garage.Coming back to Prashanth Neel, the director is busy with the second instalment of the KGF. The shooting of the movie is underway in Mysuru. Rocking Star Yash has joined the shooting recently.It is a multilingual movie, which has Sanjay Dutt and Raveen Tandon enacting important roles.last_img read more


first_imgAlicia D. White, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray’s death arrives at a side door, for a court appearance on Oct. 13 in Baltimore. All six officers appeared before Judge Barry Williams, who is to determine whether their still undisclosed statements will be allowed at trial. (Barbara Haddock Taylor /The Baltimore Sun via AP)The States Attorney’s office scored another victory in the Freddie Gray case. On Tuesday, Judge Barry Williams ruled that statements that Sgt. Alicia T. White made to police on April 12 and 17 are admissible in court.White is one of six officers accused in the April death of Freddie Gray. All six were in court for the Oct. 13 proceedings.Ivan Bates, speaking for the defense, argued that the statements were improperly obtained. He told the judge that White was “compelled” to give a statement or face discipline. However Deputy State’s Attorney Jan Bledsoe said that during both interviews, White was asked to speak – not ordered. She said that she was “incredulous” at the idea that Bates would think White wouldn’t know that.“She was always free to go,” Williams said during his ruling. “The court will presume that she was in good mental and physical condition.”Williams said that giving an interview is not the same as White being told that she had to make a statement, and that she had the opportunity to say no.Three investigators from the department’s Force Investigation Team took the stand to talk about what happened during those two interactions with White. The first officer said that since the first meeting was just an interview, there was no need to read White her Miranda Rights or inform her of her rights under the Law Officers’ Bill of Rights.At the second interview, after the investigation had progressed, White was advised of her Miranda rights and her rights under the Law Officers’ Bill of Rights. Bledsoe entered video of White signing documents asserting that she had been made aware of both into evidence. The hearing at times got contentious. Bledsoe rejected Bates’ attempts to paint a scene of White feeling pressured to speak about the incident at every turn. At one point, the judge raised his voice, ordering both sides to be quiet.Three other officers filed to withdraw their motions to suppress the statements that they gave relating to the case. A second hearing is scheduled for Oct. 14 at 9:30 a.m.last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement How Africa performed in the year it was 2017, winning accolades, cash prizes and grants, and being recognized globally. We are glad to say, thanks to all the innovators, tech and startup entrepreneurs that represented.He we go:16: Ugandan Fintech Startup Won USD$100,000 Investment in Rwanda Ugandan Fintech startup, Smart Credit developed by Killer Analytics won capital investment worth USD$100,000 from a group of investors. Smart Credit is a solution to solving barriers to small businesses and credit access stood out during the pitching sessions dubbed “Face the Gorillas” at the Transform Africa Summit 2017 in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali (goo.gl/QJ5xkX). – Advertisement – 15: DigiHealth Emerged Overall Winners at the 2017 Up Accelerate Demo Day The overall winners; DigiHealth – tackled the problem of manual patient data collection that is currently being used in most clinics and hospitals especially in the rural areas. The team developed a web-based platform and a mobile app that digitizes the manual data collection for the users most especially the medical professionals who conduct outreaches – so that the data collected can be accurate, secure, and can be easily transferable from one hospital to another in one way or the other (goo.gl/zFhzeL).14: 4 Ugandan Were Tech Entrepreneurs Awarded Windows Insiders4Good Fellowships Windows Insiders, a global community of people using technology to make a lasting impact on the world awarded Insiders4Good fellowships to a total four Ugandan startup entrepreneurs. The community aimed at building and sustaining meaningful relationships with entrepreneurs and problem-solvers who think deeply about the issues confronting their communities around the world (goo.gl/VWVyx4).13: Rwandan Local Startups Won USD$6,000 in Inaugural Fintech Competition Three local startups in Rwanda won seed fund to a tune of USD$6,000 at the ‘DataHacks4Fi Competition’ in Kigali. Having happened for the first time in the country, the DataHacks4Fi (Data Hacks for Financial Inclusion) was aimed at leveraging technology to deepen financial inclusion in the small East African country (goo.gl/7fS2v3).12: Four Ugandan Startups Won USD$10000 Seed Fund in Up Accelerate Program At least four Ugandan start-up groups have been awarded USD$10000 each, to assist them in the development of transformative solutions to tackle persistent sexual and reproductive health bottlenecks in the country. The four groups were revealed on January 17th,2017 after a pitching session in the Up Accelerate program at Outbox hub in Kampala (goo.gl/fOMe4j).11: Team JustGo Emerged as the Overall Winners at the 2017 MTN App Challenge For their mobile app dubbed ‘Just Go’- that intends to solve a problem of queues at bus offices targeting market of people who travel long distances by booking buses through both mobile app and USSD code. The team were crowned the overall winners after at tough decision from the judges (goo.gl/z65tkW).10: Art Planet Academy Uganda Emerged Winners in the Agriculture Sector at the Anzisha Grand Prize Art Planet Academy was announced as the overall winner of the Agriculture Sector Prize at the Anzisha Grand Prize – a prize that was sponsored by the Louis Dreyfus Foundation. The award was accepted by Ignatius Ahumuza the Co-Founder of the firm. (goo.gl/RqcCMa).9: Kenya’s Logistics Platform Emerged Overall Winners at the 2017 Startup Battlefield Africa Kenya’s Logistics Platform; Lori Systems from Kenya were named the overall winners of TechCrunch startup battlefield Africa, walking a way with a cash prize of USD$25,000 in no-equity cash plus an all-expense paid trip for two to San Francisco to compete in the Battlefield at TechCrunch’s flagship event Disrupt SF 2018 (goo.gl/ix4E3w).8: Ugandan Innovator Ssekatawa Won Africa’s Entrepreneurship Award Geoffrey Ssekatatwa, the founder of Ugandan startup Brent Technologies emerged among the 12 top winners in the third edition of the Africa Entrepreneurship Awards 2017. The awards are an initiative of BMCE BANK of Africa aim to support African entrepreneurs (goo.gl/7BzKV2).7: Ugandan Female Tech Entrepreneur Was Named Among the ‘Best African Female Tech Entrepreneurs’ by WEF Esther Karwera Co-Founder of Akorion was selected as one of the best emerging female technology executives at the second annual search for Africa’s next generation of top female technology innovators and entrepreneurs ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa which was held in South Africa (goo.gl/cvUkgU).6: Uganda’s ‘MamaOpe’ Invention Won the 2017 Pitch@Palace Africa Contest Ugandan engineering graduate Brian Turyabagye alongside his team who participated in the contest had their invention dubbed ‘MamaOpe, or Mother’s-Hope’ a biomedical smart jacket that would distinguish pneumonia’s symptoms – temperature, breathing rate and sound of the lungs – and eliminate most human error, diagnosing pneumonia at a rate three to four times faster than a doctor – were crowned as the winners of the 2017 annual edition of the Pitch@Palace Africa contest (goo.gl/zRVNNd).5: Rwandan Startup ‘EarthEnable’ Emerged Overall Winner of the 2017 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge EarthEnable emerged the overall winner of the 2017 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge; an annual competition organized by the Dutch Postcode Lottery that provides a helping hand to starting green entrepreneurs – walked a way with an accolade and a grand prize of €500,000 (approx. USD$587,000 or 2.2 Billion UGX). The startup offers a sustainable and affordable alternative for cement to replace dirt floors which are a major cause of disease, discomfort and indignity (goo.gl/cNBAVd).4: Kenya’s Kocela Was Listed Among Winners of the 2017 African Fintech Awards Kenya-based fintech firm; Kocela LTD emerged the winner of the Payments and Transfer Company category at the African Fintech Awards gala event that was held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa managing to take down veterans and powerhouses like Cellulant who were the current hold of the accolade (goo.gl/kxeJJc).3:Ruth Njeri Waiganjo From Kenya Was Crowned Ms. Geek Africa 2017 Ruth Njeri Waiganjo from University of Nairobi in Kenya beat four of her other competitors in the final held on the sidelines of Transform Africa Summit 2017, to be crowed the 2017 Miss Geek Africa the first of its kind in the continent. Out of the five finalists that were chosen, four of the girls were from Rwanda (goo.gl/ujNTyh).2:Ugandan StartUp ThinVoid crowned African Startup of the Year ThinVoid, a startUp based in Uganda was voted as the Africa Startup of the year. The awards were a contest organized by Bonjour Idée with the support of 50+ partners focusing on disruptive startups, with a purpose of adding value to the partners’ actions at the heart of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of innovation and startups, and put them in contact with innovative startups (goo.gl/mAAfSW).1: Makerere Innovator Alvin Kabwama Landed a Training Deal With NASA Ugandan Young innovator and founder of innovex, Alvin Leonard Kabwama landed a training deal with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research center in Silicon Valley, USA. The graduate Electrical engineer from Makerere University joined the NASA researchers at Singularity University for a period of 8 weeks (goo.gl/XuFd15).last_img read more