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

Need gas? Don’t fill up in Yahk

first_imgHowever, if you’re headed west when you arrive in Yahk, before you head west from Creston, head south, to the nearby Kingsgate border crossing, and then it’s just a short drive to Bonners Ferry in Idaho, where you can buy gasoline for 289 cents U.S., or just 76 .3 cents a litre.One final note, the GasBuddy monitor also showed if you start your trip by filling up in Dawson Creek, you could still do it for a 114.7 — 14.2 cents a litre less than you could in Fort St. John.And, the only place in the province you could do better than that was at the Costco in Prince George at a 112.9 cents. There is a little place in the Southern BC Interior, about halfway between Creston and Cranbrook on Highway Three, named Yahk.It is one of those blink and you could miss it places, and, if your holiday travel plans call for a trip this summer into that area, and you care about how much you pay for gasoline, make sure you have at least enough when you get to Yahk, to get to Creston or Cranbrook.According to our latest check, you’ll pay at least a 119.9 cents a litre in either one of those communities, but that’s a bargain when compared to what you’ll pay at the Hummer filling station on the Crowsnest Trail in Yahk.- Advertisement -According to the same GasBuddy monitor, 100 litres of regular fuel at the Hummer will cost you $199.90 — that’s right, a 199.9 cents a litre.However, if you prefer premium, you’ll pay more than anywhere else in the country — 209.9 cents a litre, and that aforementioned 100-litre fill up will cost you $209.90.On the other hand, if you’re headed east when arriving in Yahk, with enough gas to get to Lethbridge — about a four hour drive — you could get 100 litres at the Mayor Magrath Drive Costco for 109 cents a litre, and enjoy a minimum savings of $99.Advertisementlast_img read more

Allardyce relaxed over new West Ham contract

first_img1 West Ham manager Sam Allardyce West Ham manager Sam Allardyce insists he is relaxed about the prospect of being offered a new contract at the club despite his current deal expiring at the end of the season.Allardyce led the Hammers to promotion from the Championship two years ago and the team have enjoyed an excellent start to their third campaign in the top flight, sitting fourth in the Premier League table.The team’s form, boosted by the arrival of a number of impressive summer signings, will be particularly satisfying for the boss, who was criticised by fans last season and appeared to have been ordered to impose a more attractive style of play by club co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan in a statement from the pair earlier this year.Allardyce signed a two-year extension to his contract in May 2013 but the former Bolton manager is happy to wait before committing his future again.“The conversations are the same as they were in the first year in the Premier League – we’ll see how the season progresses and when the time is right,” he said.“If it has progressed to a certain level that they want to offer me a new contract, that’s fine.“At my age it doesn’t particularly worry me a great deal. Contracts are made and broken in the entire football industry – it doesn’t mean anything like it used to because a long or short contract doesn’t protect you.“It’s a winning culture you need – if you continue to win, you improve the club.”West Ham’s strong start owes much to the form of their summer signings who have adjusted quickly to the pace of the English top flight.Diafra Sakho has scored five goals in as many games but the likes of Enner Valencia, Mauro Zarate, Alex Song and Aaron Cresswell have all made valuable contributions.“Is this the best team I’ve had here? It looks like it,” Allardyce added.“It’s been a big bonus with the new players hitting the ground running, producing quality form straight away.“Every new signing has made a really good contribution – it’s lifted the rest of the team, increased the quality and energy.“We have a good environment. My early days with Bolton taught me not to just think about the player – think about the family and how you integrate them into the culture.“It’s hard to do, particularly if they don’t speak English well. That’s been one help we’ve had – the environment here is a happy one and one where everyone is accepted.”last_img read more

The Hour of Power

first_imgBy Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROThere’s nothing quite like the sound of a gospel choir.  Sunday morning church service would not be the same without their presence; we love to hear and watch them sing.  Even the choir director plays an important role in making sure a joyful noise is made unto the Lord.  If you enjoy choir music, then mark your calendar for The Hour of Power, held every second Sunday of the month.Elder Eric WaddellHosted by Elder Eric Waddell, each month one of his choirs sings for an hour, and takes the congregation back in time by singing gospel classics from years past.Waddell, a gospel recording artist, is the minister of music at Mt. Pigsah CME Church in West Baltimore, and the founder and director of the Abundant Life Singers, the Baltimore Sanctuary Choir and The Voices of the Hour of Power.Sunday March 11th, the Hour of Power, was held at Brown’s Memorial Baptist Church.  The Abundant Life Singers, The Baltimore Sanctuary Choir and The Voices of the Hour of Power all sang to the glory of God.  This particular Hour of Power was special because the theme was family and friends.  I asked Mr. Waddell about the significance of this and he stated, “Every year the Baltimore gospel community celebrates the importance of worshipping together.  We celebrate family through Gospel Music,” Waddell said.  If you have ever been to an Hour of Power, then you know as soon as the music begins, it feels like one big family reunion.  Everyone begins to sing and reminisce about days ago.  The spirit of God is always felt, and you leave feeling like you have gotten the extra boost that you need to make it through the week.The Hour of Power is such a unique concept.  I was interested in what prompted Waddell to begin this movement in Baltimore.  He informed me that it’s more than just singing for an hour.  “I wanted a platform to educate and showcase the history of choir music,” he said. “The Hour of Power is a city-wide effort as we preserve songs from the past and celebrate where Gospel Music is headed.  The vision is to motivate our church choirs to stay alive, teach younger musicians the hymns of the church and unify our city in singing the good news.”Next month, April 8, The Hour of Power will celebrate five years.  Plans are still underway, but be sure this will be an event you don’t want to miss.  Check back next time to see all the details for the five year anniversary of The Hour of Power.last_img read more

MIT groups shape display steps to new realm in interaction future w

first_img TED SpaceTop presenter is redefining hands-on computing (w/ video) Citation: MIT group’s shape display steps to new realm in interaction future (w/ Video) (2013, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Their paper, “inFORM: Dynamic Physical Affordances and Constraints through Shape and Object Actuation,” by Sean Follmer, Daniel Leithinger, Alex Olwal, Akimitsu Hogge and Hiroshi Ishii of the MIT Media Lab, explains the system in detail. They wrote that the system is a shape display that enables “dynamic affordances, constraints and actuation of passive objects. Shape displays allow for more general purpose shape change than many other actuated or shapechanging interfaces, and thus are ideal research platforms.”Shape displays still remain limited in scale and cost, they said, but “this work is an exploration of the interaction capabilities and is meant to inspire further research in this area. Our belief is that shape-changing interfaces will become increasingly available in the future, and this work tries to push towards creating a vocabulary and design space for more general-purpose interaction for shape displays, including rendering of both content and UI elements.”A key comment that indicates the role of inFORM within their overall research efforts is what they say on their inFORM web page: “InFORM is a step toward our vision of Radical Atoms.”The Tangible Media Group explain how they view graphical user interfaces, tangible user interfaces, and Radical Atoms: “A graphical user interface only lets us see information and interact with it indirectly, as if we were looking through the surface of the water to interact with the forms below.” A tangible user interface, meanwhile, is “like an iceberg: there is a portion of the digital that emerges beyond the surface of the water—into the physical realm—so that we may interact directly with it.” Radical Atoms describes the group’s “vision for the future of interaction, in which all digital information has physical manifestation so that we can interact directly with it—as if the iceberg had risen from the depths to reveal its sunken mass.” ( —The Tangible Media Group at MIT Media Lab have been working on a shape-shifting surface called inFORM where, as their video indicates, users interact with digital matter in interesting ways that go far beyond boxed-in interactions with a traditional computer. Outside MIT, observers have described their system not only as a shape display but as a shape-shifting surface; The team at MIT that is behind inFORM explain it as a “Dynamic Shape Display that can render 3D content physically, so users can interact with digital information in a tangible way. inFORM can also interact with the physical world around it, for example moving objects on the table’s surface. Remote participants in a video conference can be displayed physically, allowing for a strong sense of presence and the ability to interact physically at a distance.” Explore further More information: © 2013 They are now exploring application areas for the inFORM shape display. How could it be used in real-life scenarios? The team sees one potential in geospatial data, such as maps, GIS, terrain models and architectural models. “Urban planners and architects can view 3-D designs physically and better understand, share and discuss their designs.” They would also like to explore surgical simulations. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more