The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) wants dissolved the Fonati Koffa led Presidential Task Force set up by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to probe the damning Global Witness Report linking some former and current officials of the Liberian government to bribery.In a press release issued yesterday, May 23, ALJA said it wants the task force disbanded because its chairman, Counselor Koffa, lacks the integrity to head such an important investigation.“Because of Cllr. Koffa’s past criminal history in the United States, he is not credible to handle such a high profile case,” ALJA said in a release signed by its president, Moses Sandy. ALJA said Cllr. Koffa, who now serves in the Sirleaf government as Minister of State without Portfolio, is unfit to lead the investigation because he is a convicted felon who in 2006 pled guilty to four federal charges in the United States in relation to his suspected embezzlement ofUS$500,000.He is reported to have duped several of his clients in North Carolina while providing legal services to them as a private attorney. “He was convicted, fined US$250,000 and sentenced to jail for more than two years. He is barred from practicing law in the United States,” ALJA said in the press release.ALJA has meanwhile welcomed the action taken by the Liberian government to bring to justice Counselor Varney Sherman, House Speaker Alex Tyler and the others, who allegedly connived with Sable Mining to engage in economic crimes against Liberia. However, the association is proposing that the investigation be turned over to the Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission (LACC) and the Ministry of Justice for speedy prosecution.ALJA said the LACC and the Justice Ministry have the statutory authority to resolve such a matter and also called on Cllr. Sherman, Speaker Tyler, the UK based Sable Mining and Global Witness and all parties associated with the case to cooperate fully with the Liberian Government in getting to the core of the matter. The London based watchdog, Global Witness, in a report titled, The Deceivers, released a week ago, alleged that the British company, Sable Mining, in collusion with the chairman of the ruling Unity Party(UP), Cllr. Sherman, in 2010, dished out more than US$950,000 to several top government officials of the Johnson Sirleaf administration to make alterations in Liberia’s mining laws with the sole purpose of giving the company undue influence in securing concession rights to Liberia’s Wologizi Mountain.Cllr. Sherman, the report alleged, told Sable Mining that in order to get the contract the company must first offer bribes to senior officials to change Liberia’s concession laws. However, Cllr. Sherman has denied the allegation and has also refused to submit himself to any probe by the task force established by the government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
April 6, 2000Bernadette O’Neill is applying the glaze on the bells in theCeramics Apse. Photo by: DoctressNeutopia
Consumers in the US are registering a sharp increase in 3D TVs and, to a greater extent, connected sets, according to the latest research.IHS polled consumers about their buying plans and 30.7% of those planning to buy a new TV in the year to June will choose an internet-connected set. That stacks against 18.1% in the corresponding period a year earlier.The proportion planning to buy into 3D TV also grew, albeit at a smaller rate with 18.8% of those surveyed saying they will opt for 3D. That compares with 6.6% a year earlier.“Features most commonly found on high-end TV models and bigger screen-size sets, like 3D and internet-connectivity, are becoming more important to U.S. consumers,” said Veronica Thayer, TV systems analyst at IHS. “But the appeal of 3D TV remains far lower than that of internet-enabled sets – often marketed as smart TVs.”Other key purchase drivers include LCD technology but the biggest deciding factor among US consumers remains size.
Zacharias PiperidisZacharias Piperidis, the chief operating officer of Deutsche Telekom-owned Greek service provider OTE, has died suddenly.Piperidis, 47, had served as OTE COO since February 2011 and as chief commercial officer of OTE-owned Cosmote since 2007. OTE said that his contribution was “pivotal to OTE’s transformation into a modern competitive company, offering state-of-the-art products and services that made a difference for our customers and expanded the Greek telecommunications market” and described him as “irreplaceable”.