Parker’s US$1.2M Bond Hearing Today

first_imgAs it stands, suspended National Port Authority (NPA) Managing Director, Matilda Parker and her Comptroller, Christina Kpabar-Paelay, could spend some time behind bars at the Monrovia Central Prison, if Criminal Court ‘C’ today agrees with the government that the defendants’ US$1.2 million bail is defective.The criminal appearance bond was filed on behalf of Parker and Paelay by the Family Dollar Universal Insurance to prevent the pair from going to jail, until they could exonerate themselves from a US$837,950 theft allegation levied against them by the government.Unfortunately, prosecutors are claiming that the insurance company failed to show any evidence from legal authority that it possesses assets sufficient to cover the obligation they are undertaking.They also argued that the bond does not conform to the requirement of law; therefore, it should be set aside and the defendants remanded to the Monrovia Central Prison until their bond is made sufficient to secure their appearance before court.They further argued that the insurer’s tax clearance, which was issued in March and was valid for only 90days, has expired.These are some of the issues Judge Peter Gbeneweleh will be hearing and to establish the validity of their bond.Both Parker and Paelay were accused of designing a criminal scheme whereby they awarded two sole-source contracts without the approval of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) to co-defendant Deneah M. Flomo and his Denmar Enterprise on behalf of the NPA from 2011 to 2012.The alleged contracts were for co-defendant Flomo to remove wreckage from the port of Greenville, Sinoe County, and the provision of security consultancy at the ports of Monrovia, Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and Greenville at the agreed priced of US$500,000 and US$300,000 respectively.The accused further made fraudulent payment of funds from the NPA’s accounts to defendant Flomo for expertise, which amounted to US$837,950.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_imgIt was a proud day for the O’Reilly family, the Twin Towns Boxing Club and Donegal when boxer Stephen O’Reilly collected the first 55c stamp in his honour this week.Ballybofey man Stephen, tipped as a future Olympic contender, features on the stamp to commemorate the Centenary of the Irish Amateur Boxing Association.Stephen travelled with his family and friends along with loyal members of the Twin Towns ABC. Well-known coach Brian Anderson, who has worked with Stephen since he was a youngster, said the day was a very proud one for all involved.The stamp features Stephen (wearing red) in action against his long-time rival David Joyce of St.Michael’s ABC in Athy.The Donegal sportsman has won nine national titles since taking up the sport when he wandered into the Finn Valley Centre aged just eight and began sparring for fun.The new stamp can be purchased, together with a special edition First Day Cover envelope at or at the GPO in Dublin. All Stephen needs now is to keep his fingers crossed about a possible chance at the Olympic team where he can prove once and for all he will take some licking after putting his stamp on the sport.The offer of a place on the Olympic Team is probably already in the post!EndsTWIN TOWNS BOXER GETS STAMP OF APPROVAL was last modified: April 14th, 2011 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:stampStephen O’ReillyTwin Towns ABClast_img read more

Everton fan jailed for attacking Lyon players while holding toddler in his arms

first_imgAn Everton fan has been jailed for eight weeks after attacking opposition players while holding his toddler in his arms sucking a dummy.Snarling Michael Fitzpatrick was seen holding his three-year-old son in one arm, dummy in mouth, and using his other to grapple or punch at opposition players during a Europa League tie between Everton and Lyon last October.Footage of the incident went viral as Fitzpatrick was seen carrying the child among other fans pulling and throwing punches as players grappled near the touchline at Goodison Park.The 30-year-old, from Derby Square, Prescot, Merseyside, later said he felt “ashamed” by his behaviour and feared his ex will ban access to their children.Fitzpatrick was jailed for eight weeks after he pleaded guilty to assault, when he appeared at the Community Justice Centre in Bootle, on May 23, Merseyside Police said.He was also given a six-year football banning order due to the serious aggravating factor of the assault taking place while holding a child.Superintendent Dave Charnock, of Merseyside Police, said: “The majority of fans went to the game to enjoy it for what it was – a football match between two passionate clubs.“The police will not tolerate the selfish and idiotic actions of a few attempting to spoil a game of football that the vast majority of people went along to enjoy.“We will continue to work closely with all of our local clubs to make matches safe and enjoyable occasions for everyone, and ensure that we look to prosecute anyone who commits this type of behaviour.”“Fitzpatrick will now will have a criminal record and the consequences of this in the future could be significant.”The incident happened during the second half of the first leg with the home side trailing visitors Lyon.Toffees skipper Ashley Williams’ push on goalkeeper Anthony Lopes ignited a heated confrontation between several Everton and Lyon players which continued off the pitch and in front of the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End.Everton banned Fitzpatrick for life from the ground.Callum McCready, 19, of Four Acre Lane, Clock Face, St Helens, was also charged with assault in connection with the incident and was given a caution.Daniel Herbert, 30, of Ashbourne Crescent, Roby, pleaded not guilty to common assault and will stand trial in June. 1last_img read more