Finance Ministry Contradicts Police Account on US$32M ‘Robbery’ Case

first_imgDefendant James Larmin Korboi, photographed before he shortly agreed to honor a foreign trip. A senior staff at the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), speaking under conditions of anonymity, on Thursday, January 19, contradicted police accounts that appear to implicate James Larmin Korboi, a Sierra Leonean national, in an attempt to withdraw US$32,835,654.14 from the account of the Manna World Holding Trust Fund to Liberia, believed to have been the custodian of the country’s road construction fund.The source said money for the funding of road construction is currently being managed by the National Road Project Office at the Ministry, contrary to Police accounts that it is being kept at the Manna World Holding Trust.The source did not say how much was in the account, but said, “we are not aware of Liberia construction funds being kept at the Manna World Holding Trust, because it was far from the truth.”A police charge sheet obtained from the Monrovia City Court about the Trust Fund, claimed that the Fund had over US$5.914 billion in its account for the country’s road construction and development initiatives.It was out of that amount of money that Korboi allegedly conspired with several other defendants to dupe the government of amounting to US$32,835,654.14. The document failed to give further details and the ownership of Manna World Holding Trust.However, Manna World Holding Trust is said to be an umbrella organization holding many other historic and heritage and assets-backed trusts.The Trust is said to be a holding company with over 4,500 accounts in it, most of which belong to the actual living people and groups of people and entire countries.“In fact, the argument can be made (and I make it) that all the holdings in the Trust are stolen goods from the dead and the living, too.“Those being responsible for the existence of The Trust reportedly stole what were allotted to them,” according to a David Robinson and Anna von Reitz post on February 16, 2018.Police arrested Korboi on December 5, 2018 in the office of Minister Samuel Tweah, where he had been holding a series of confidential discussions with authorities of both the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) and the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs (MSPA), that led to his alleged attempt to withdraw US$32,835,654.14 from the account of the Manna World Holding Trust Fund.Based on that accusation, Korboi was charged by the police for criminal conspiracy and criminal facilitation, impersonation of officials, forgery and attempted theft of property and was subsequently forwarded to the Monrovia City Court for prosecution. Though the crimes qualified him for bail, he was remanded at the Monrovia Central Prison where he is currently starting a new life, because he could not file the required bond.When contacted at his Temple of Justice office, Magistrate Kennedy Peabody, who is presiding over the matter, said since the matter was first assigned before the Court on December 17, 2018, the prosecutors are yet to express any readiness about the commencement of the case.“I do not have any record to show that prosecutors had any returns to make assignment about the matter,” Peabody said, “I authorized the preparation of the commitment for Korboi’s imprisonment, but the government has not appeared for the case.”Details from the court’s record said Korboi had earlier introduced himself to senior staffs of both ministries as an executive member of Maga Strategic Partners Limited, a construction company.Mega Strategic Partners Ltd is said to be wholly owned by a Ghanaian private limited liability company, established in 2015.It is also an international company providing support and services to various institutions, according to the document.The record further said Korboi had come to the country with an unspecified amount of money to help support President George Weah’s Pro-poor Agenda, specifically in the areas of road construction and other development initiatives.It was due to an alleged introduction of his company’s intent to invest in the country that afforded him the opportunity to hold discussions with Finance Minister Tweah.The record claimed that, out of deception, Korboi allegedly manipulated the system through electronic means, and requested 13 transactions of transfer amounting to US$32,835,654.14 from several accounts belonging to the government, some of which were placed in local banking institutions outside of the capital.“The defendant criminally attempted to deprive the country of that money, but was aborted,” the Court record noted, adding that it was the first attempt by Korboi to allegedly withdraw from the Road Construction Trust Fund.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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EU Elections 2019: All four Midlands-North-West seats filled

first_imgThe four seats of the Midlands-North-West constituency have finally been filled in the European Elections.Mairead McGuinness, Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, Maria Walsh and Matt Carthy have all been elected to the European Parliament.Donegal-Derry businessman Peter Casey was eliminated in the final count, finishing in 5th place. Sitting MEP Fine Gael’s Mairead McGuinness topped the poll on the first count with 134,630 first preference votes. She was followed by Independent Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan (121,824 votes), who retained his seat on Wednesday.Fine Gael’s Maria Walsh (107,198 votes) and Sinn Féin’s Matt Carthy (98,732 votes) were both elected last night without reaching the quota.  EU Elections 2019: All four Midlands-North-West seats filled was last modified: May 30th, 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:European electionsMEPlast_img read more

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Birthday boy Kyler Murphy’s home run the difference as Humboldt Crabs top Redding Colt 45s

first_imgArcata >> On his 21st birthday, Crabs catcher Kyler Murphy provided the biggest swing of the night.Murphy continued to be a thorn in the side of the Redding Colt 45s this season, as his solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning broke a 3-all tie and propelled the Humboldt Crabs to a 7-3 win over their rivals from across State Route 299 at the Arcata Ball Park on Friday night.Both of Murphy’s home runs this season have come against Redding, with his first round-tripper being the …last_img

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Intelligence as a Cosmic Reality

first_imgThe “I” in SETI takes “Intelligence” seriously.  It requires that intelligence is a recognizable, quantifiable property of nature.  The origin of intelligence is a question that separates theists from materialists – whether it is a fundamental or emergent property.  Before engaging that question, it might be instructive to see how scientists who are not necessarily theists are regarding it.SETI protocol:  The Arecibo Message beamed to the stars in 1974 was a binary encoded stream of bits.  Subsequent messages have included graphical depictions of humans, and catalogs of human science and art.  PhysOrg recalled those attempts at communication with other intelligences and asked what would be the most likely protocol that aliens would recognize as intelligent on the receiving end.  This is the study of METI: messaging to extra-terrestrial intelligence.    METI includes considerations of how to maximize communication effectively at the lowest cost.  What good would an engraving of human forms be for aliens without eyes?  An international team, PhysOrg reported, considered factors like “signal encoding, message length, information content, anthropocentrism, transmission method, and transmission periodicity” for an upcoming report in Space Policy.  Their current recommendation is to concentrate on “short, simple messages with minimal anthropocentrism, and which rely on simple physical or mathematical language….”    “The scientists also emphasize that searching for and attempting to communicate with extraterrestrials is as much about understanding ourselves as it is about finding aliens,” the press release continued.  We need, in other words, to understand human intelligence.  The only way we have to calibrate a test message, though, is to try it on other human beings with other cultures and languages.  Whatever they decide to send for the next broadcast from Earth, they must assume intelligence is real at both the sending and receiving end.Universal intelligence:  Science Daily expanded the concept with an article, “On the hunt for universal intelligence.”  The question is, “How do you use a scientific method to measure the intelligence of a human being, an animal, a machine or an extra-terrestrial?”  To plumb that question, Spanish and Australian AI researchers (artificial intelligence) devised a new intelligence test to replace the historic Turing Test that Allan Turing developed in 1950 to demonstrate intelligence in machines.  Their new “Anytime Universal Intelligence” test that “can be applied to any subject – whether biological or not – at any point in its development (child or adult, for example), for any system now or in the future, and with any level of intelligence or speed.”  Their model measures Kolmogorov Complexity, “the number of computational resources needed to describe an object or a piece of information,” yet they admit this is a first step in an ongoing evaluation of intelligence.Language efficiency:  Philip Ball at Nature News reported on a new proposal in linguistics at MIT theorizing that longer words carry more information.  In contrast to a 1930-era model by George Kingsley Zipf that language speakers seek to minimize time and effort when speaking, Steven Piantadosi and colleagues propose that “to convey a given amount of information, it is more efficient to shorten the least informative – and therefore the most predictable – words, rather than the most frequent ones.”  While not speaking of intelligence directly, this article overlaps with the means of communication between intelligent agents.  The words informative and predictable presuppose intelligences able to discriminate those factors using abstract reasoning.Mind matters:  At the threshold of mind and matter, neuroscientists continue to probe how intelligence is mediated by the physical brain.  PhysOrg reported on experiments at the University of Sydney’s Centre for the Mind that seemed to indicate electrical stimulation of the anterior temporal lobe produced “flashes of insight” that might lead to an “electronic thinking cap” some day.  Neuroscientists at New York University found, according to Science Daily, that memory storage and reactivation is “more complex than thought.”  Experiments on lab rats showed that “different effects of specifically inhibiting the initiation of protein synthesis on memory consolidation and reconsolidation, making clear these two processes have greater variation than previously thought.”    Memory, however is a tool of mind, not mind itself – if the distinction is more than academic.  No SETI researcher, however, is expecting lab rats to attempt purposeful communication with alien civilizations.  If memory is more complex than thought, thought is also more complex than memory.Intelligence is a concept that overlaps the fringes of many sciences.  Researchers in neuroscience, artificial intelligence, linguistics, information theory, cryptography, SETI and communications all assume intelligence is real, but like life, have a difficult time defining it (01/16/2011).  While using the term as applied to birds, rats, machines or aliens, there is something about human intelligence that yearns to communicate – not just for food or sex, or as a response to a stimulus or program – but for understanding at a deep level.  Is that just more of the same as observed in animals?  And can such longings, while making use of atoms (as in brain memory centers), be reduced to atoms?These are deep questions that have not been exhausted by philosophers despite millennia of trying.  But when you use your intelligence to define intelligence, or think about thinking, who is acting?  While intelligence is somewhat quantifiable in birds or dolphins or apes, our self-consciousness as beings, as persons, able to communicate and desiring communication with others, is unheard of in the animal kingdom.  Unlike bird chirps and ape grunts, we speak with meaning (semantics) using complex syntax, referring to abstractions in the conceptual realm.  We use codes and references.  We write philosophy books and symphonies with no survival value.  We can communicate the same message through entirely different physical media.    Perhaps the better question is the search for extra-terrestrial personality.  Like the fire triangle (heat, oxygen, fuel), the triad of personality – intellect, emotions, and will – lights the fire of communication as only intelligent persons experience it.  It is doubtful today’s human SETI staff would be particularly thrilled if future intelligent robots made contact with alien robots, intelligent as they might be.  Even if emotions and will were programmed into the robots, we would recognize the robots to be just carrying out the program.  Similarly, if our self-conscious intelligence is to be accepted as real as we know it to be deep in our souls, it cannot be just executing a genetic program.    If intelligence were an epiphenomenon of matter in motion, no scientist could ever know that to be true.  Truth implies morality (honesty).  If morality is also an epiphenomenon of matter in motion, the materialist soon multiplies epiphenomena upon epiphenomena, reducing his explanation to ghost stories.  The only self-consistent explanation for intelligence, personality, and truth is that they derive from a Creator who is intelligent, personal, and true: I AM.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Griffin leads Clippers past Cousins-less Pelicans

first_imgLos Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) shoots against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The Clippers won 112-103. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Blake Griffin and his Clippers teammates figured they deserved the unpleasant critique from coach Doc Rivers at halftime. So they took it to heart and completed the franchise’s greatest road comeback in more than a decade.“He got into us a little bit. He said all the things we needed to hear,” Griffin said of Rivers’ locker-room talk before the Clippers’ dominant third quarter. “When coaches say what you need to hear and players come out and execute on it, it’s a perfect harmony.”ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Without Cousins, New Orleans relied more on a smaller lineup and attempted 35 3s, but hit only nine. The Pelicans also made only 2 of 19 3s attempted in the second half.“We got a lot of good, wide-open shots that didn’t go down,” Holiday said. “We need to start attacking the basket, as we did in the first half. I feel like sometimes teams give us the jump shot and we take it. Tonight we had too many misses, and from there they came down and hit their shots.”TIP-INSClippers: Williams has scored at least 20 points in each of his past 12 games in a reserve role. … Clippers reserves other than Williams combined to score 12 points. … Teodosic scored 12 points.Pelicans: Davis’ rebound total gave him a franchise all-time high of 3,857, eclipsing David West’s mark of 3,853. … The Pelicans tied their largest lost lead of the season, having also lost to Golden State on Dec. 4 after leading by 21. … Asik, who was averaging 7.4 minutes per game, played eight minutes in Cousins’ absence and had four points and three rebounds.BEFORE THE BREAKNew Orleans scored the first eight points of the game, starting with Davis’ alley-oop dunk, and led the entire first half.Despite Davis scoring only six points in the first 24 minutes, the Pelicans opened up a 56-35 lead on a 3 by Dante Cunningham, who started in Cousins’ absence.Ian Clark and Darius Miller each hit 3s, Clark added a layup and reserve center Omer Asik scored twice inside during a 20-7 Pelicans run in the second quarter.The Clippers closed the gap with a 16-6 spurt that began with Williams’ 3, included Jordan’s dunk of Griffin’s alley-oop lob and ended with Griffin’s 3. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Rousey shifts to wrestling with surprise Royal Rumble cameo NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Griffin had 27 points and 12 rebounds, capped by his crushing 3-pointer with 43 seconds left, and Los Angeles beat New Orleans 112-103 on Sunday in the Pelicans’ first game since a season-ending injury to All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.Lou Williams added 22 points, DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 19 rebounds, and Tyrone Wallace scored 19 points for the Clippers, who erased a 21-point, first-half deficit and snapped New Orleans’ four-game winning streak. It was the largest comeback of the season for the Clippers — and the largest road comeback since 2004, when they were coached by Mike Dunleavy, who is now a college coach in New Orleans with Tulane.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We never feel like we are out of a game. We find hope in being naïve,” Williams said. “We never think we are going to lose.”Anthony Davis had 25 points and 17 rebounds for the Pelicans. New Orleans had won seven of eight coming in, but was playing for the first time all season without Cousins, who averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds before tearing his Achilles tendon in the final seconds of a victory over Houston on Friday night. View comments MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Davis had a scary moment late in Sunday’s game when he tried to beat Jordan off the dribble. He slipped near the edge of the paint and went down with his legs splayed. He remained in the game, but kept trying to stretch out his groin. Having played more than 40 minutes, including the entire second half, Davis received prolonged treatment after the game and did not speak with media, but there was no indication from team officials that he would miss New Orleans’ next game.His slip resulted in a turnover with the Pelicans trailing 105-102, and Griffin then sank his decisive 3 on Los Angeles’ next possession.Jrue Holiday scored 20 points and E’Twaun Moore 18 for the Pelicans, who led 62-51 at halftime but fell behind for good when they were outscored by 14 points in the third quarter.“We didn’t make shots to start the quarter and we let it affect our aggressiveness defensively,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We have to get past that.”The Clippers took their first lead when Williams hit a 20-foot jumper and left-wing 3 in succession to make it 72-70 late in the third period. The Pelicans briefly regained a 75-74 lead on Jameer Nelson’s 3 before falling behind for good on Griffin’s layup as he was fouled.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa UP NEXTClippers: Host Portland on Tuesday night.Pelicans: Host Sacramento on Tuesday night. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Pampanga edges Bulacan to enter NBTC Division II semis

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director The other semifinals game will pit Lyceum-Cavite against Italy.Lyceum-Cavite got its semifinals ticket after lambasting Tagum, 93-61, while Italy edged Legazpi, 83-75, in their matchup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Metta World Peace wants to see ‘proud Filipino’ son Jeron play for Gilas Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES MANILA, Philippines—Pampanga survived a tough struggle against Bulacan, 82-74, in the Division II Fantastic Eight of the 2019 NBTC National Finals Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Jiam Quiambao led the Kapampangan’s three-pronged attack with 34 points with 13 rebounds while Jacob Delfino added 18 points while coming away with three steals.Jolo Manansala also finished with a double-double for Pampanga with 15 points and 11 boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWaiting for Pampanga in the semifinals is General Santos after beating Dumaguete 79-70.John Bravo led the way for the Bulakeños with 25 points and 20 rebounds. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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Education Minister Calls for Cultural Shift to End Corporal Punishment

first_img Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has called for a cultural shift to eliminate the practice of corporal punishment in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.“Corporal punishment is so entrenched in our culture and interwoven in our society that it has been accepted as a norm for many families and at a point in time in our schools. We have been able to repel that in large measure,” the Minister said.Senator Reid was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2nd Regional Caribbean Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), held at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel in Montego Bay, St. James, on Wednesday (December 5).“I join the Prime Minister, the National Parenting Support Commission [NPSC] and, of course, the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect in calling for a shift in culture and discontinuing the practice of corporal punishment in our region,” the Minister said.According to Senator Reid, parents and caregivers must employ “permissible ways” to discipline children, rather than resorting to physical and verbal abuse, which he said, have long-lasting psychological effects.“In many cases, violence begets violence. The cycle cannot be allowed to continue,” he underscored.The Minister noted that laws are being strengthened to protect children from corporal punishment and other acts of violence.He also restated the Government’s commitment to ban corporal punishment in schools, and issued a reminder to teachers that an executive directive is in place prohibiting the act.“Our Prime Minister has been very strong on this point, and he has given clear directives and mandate for us to put it in a legislative form. Until I have been able to conclude that, I have the authority to outlaw it by giving an executive directive that corporal punishment is no longer allowable,” the Minister said.In the meantime, Senator Reid urged the ISPCAN members to use insight and best practices garnered from the conference to effect the changes necessary to end violence against children worldwide.“The change, therefore, starts here. The cycle of violence must end. It is my hope that every parent… whichever part of the globe you are from, will leave this conference determined to make the step to make the world a better place,” he said.The conference was hosted in partnership with the Office of the Children’s Advocate (OCA), and reinforced research and collaboration among countries from around the world.Other countries participating in the event included Switzerland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States (US).ISPCAN is the world’s premier society for professionals working to prevent child “Corporal punishment is so entrenched in our culture and interwoven in our society that it has been accepted as a norm for many families and at a point in time in our schools. We have been able to repel that in large measure,” the Minister said. Senator Reid was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2nd Regional Caribbean Conference of the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), held at the Hilton Rose Hall Hotel in Montego Bay, St. James, on Wednesday (December 5). Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has called for a cultural shift to eliminate the practice of corporal punishment in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. last_img read more

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The Elders Hail Progress In Iran Nuclear Talks

first_imgMeeting in Cape Town, The Elders today hailed the positive steps taken in recent weeks on the Iranian nuclear crisis.The new-found flexibility and seriousness being shown by all sides in tackling the dispute was a source of particular satisfaction.Looking ahead to the next round of talks in Geneva between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in November, as well as a planned visit to Iran by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), The Elders called on all parties to maintain the same constructive and determined spirit – with a view to an early resolution of all issues.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General said: “A comprehensive approach is essential, to get to the core of the legitimate concerns that, for many years now, have made this issue one of the most worrisome on the global agenda. All nations have rights and responsibilities in equal measure. You cannot have one without the other.“This is an historic opportunity that should not be dropped. If the international community can get this right, the possibility of transforming the negative dynamics plaguing the Middle East for the better is the great prize to be won.”Recognising the potential opposition to a deal that leaders in both the United States and Iran face, The Elders praised the courage being shown by both the Obama Administration and the new Iranian Government headed by President Hassan Rouhani.last_img read more

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