‘Missing Diamond’ Sold for US$1.5M in Dubai?

first_imgA 100 carat diamond, which is at the center of a lawsuit involving one Jefferson Sanoe, currently in detention at the Monrovia Central Prison, is reported to have been smuggled out of the country by a local diamond company, West Africa Diamond Limited, and sold in Dubai for US$1.5 million.Speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case with the media, a senior staff at the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), told the Daily Observer that the diamonds were allegedly smuggled out of the country by some of his fellow staff members. The information, however, could not be independently verified.The MLME is tasked with the responsibility of assessing and packaging diamonds for shipment out of the country by a diamond company approved by the Ministry, our source said.“The company was investigated by the National Security Agency (NSA). The only thing that happened was that executives of the company and some senior staffs of the Ministry met and somehow handled the matter among themselves.  They were even planning to negotiate the release of defendant Sanoe from detention and also to drop the charges against him,” this source disclosed.Defendant Sanoe was arrested on October 21 in Gbarpolu County by state security for allegedly “stealing a diamond,” believed to have been owned by a MLME senior official.The creek in which the diamond allegedly went missing is owned by the minister’s sister, identified as Marthaline Weah, who brought the allegation against Sanoe, who is currently in prison because of his legal team’s inability to secure a US$3-million bond. Under Liberian law the crime — Theft of Property — is a bailable offense.The Minister for Land, Mines and Energy, Patrick Sandolo, when contacted by the Daily Observer via mobile phone, declined to comment, saying that he was attending a senior staff meeting. He however recommended his Inspector General, Mr. Fahneseht Mulbah, to speak on the issue. Mulbah denied that any of the staffs were involved into the alleged selling of the diamond.  “I don’t have any knowledge about what you are saying,” Mulbah said.  “The only thing that I know about is that a man named Jefferson Sanoe was arrested in Gbarpolu County for stealing diamond and is presently in jail, charged with a US$1.5-million theft.”“Though we are responsible to appraise diamonds before they leave the country for sale, we did not see this particular diamond that you are talking about. How would people accuse the ministry of helping West Africa Diamond to smuggle diamond that we didn’t see or know about?” he said.He further stated that they are going to investigate the matter, in order to establish whether or not some of the Ministry’s staff were involved.Further refuting the claims, Mulbah added, “We couldn’t hear the matter because it was criminal. Based on its criminal nature, it was the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), the legal arm of the government that handled it. So how could we say, we are going to withdraw the matter from court to settle it? Is it our responsibility to do so?” he asked rhetorically, saying, “This issue is a complete lie.”When the owner of the West Africa Diamond limited, only identified as Tunkura, who is also the president of the Liberia Diamond Association, was contacted, he told our reporter to meet him at his Broad Street office.  Unfortunately, when our correspondent appeared Tunkura was absent. A man, who identified himself only as Cummings, told our correspondent that he was appointed to speak on behalf of Tunkura.Asked about his company’s involvement into the alleged smuggling of the 100 carats diamond out of the country, Cummings said, “We don’t know what you people are saying. You can visit the Ministry to know if whether we have exported diamond in the last four months. Look, we have not exported diamonds for a long time. The record is there and you can check it for yourself,” he added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Local female entrepreneur wins national award

first_imgOut of 100 women, local entrepreneur Sandra Minifie was placed 21st in a ranking of female entrepreneurs in Canada by PROFIT Magazine.Minifie is the CEO of Action Health and Safety Services, a business that was also recognized by PROFIT magazine as one of the fastest growing in Canada.- Advertisement -The PROFIT W100 ranking and awards program is recognized as Canada’s largest celebration of the entrepreneural achievements of women. The list is based on a formula that recognizes the size, growth and profitability of the respective companies.Minifie recently spoke at the Enform Petroleum Safety Conference in Fort St. John to over 100 industry and safety professionals. She was to chosen to speak on the topic of leadership related to the oil and gas industry.Minifie stated that she is “proud of this accomplishment and encourages other women in business in the Peace Country to pursue their entrepreneural dreams.There has never been a better time to start and manage a new business”last_img read more

Caltech’s computer colossus

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – In the bowels of Caltech’s Seismology Laboratory, Earth scientists have a new high-performance tool crunching their data – the academic world’s ninth most powerful computer cluster. It’s name is CITerra, it’s composed of 2,048 processors and it’s Jeroen Tromp’s baby.“It’s basically 1,000 PCs all wired together to work as one big computer – that’s the way to think of it,” Tromp said. He is the director of the Seismo Lab and came to Caltech from Harvard University in 2000 specifically to pursue opportunities in computational geophysics.“It’s a whole new area of research for this division,” he said. “Science in general now has reached a stage where computational science really complements the traditional, more theoretical and observational sciences. This is true in science and engineering in general, but particularly in the Earth sciences.”Even at a glance, the cluster is impressive. It features 25 racks filled with stacked Dell PowerEdge 1850 servers, called “blades,” complete with two Intel processors, a hard-drive and three gigabytes of memory each.All that computing power is processing some of the most complex Earth and planetary science problems by simulating actual events based on what’s known about their respective locations.For example, the hardware is designed to receive data from the Southern California Seismic Network, which measures earthquakes as they happen. Within 40 minutes of a Southland magnitude-3.5 or greater temblor, the cluster will use that information to produce a simulation of the event using everything it knows about Southern California and its faults.Trop said the animations produced will help scientists reconstruct “the practical shaking that you and I will feel during these earthquakes, and it will help us understand why certain areas shook much more than other areas.”By mid-March, the department hopes to have Web sites up on which the public and the media will be able to view the animations within about an hour of an earthquake. The $5.8 million computer cluster is the result of years of forging partnerships and building infrastructure. Caltech began renovating the sub-basement space in 2003, brought Dell, Intel and the Arcadia-based Caltech spinoff company Myricom on board and then secured a $1.6 million National Science Foundation grant to put it all together. Senior systems administrator David Kewley has the colossal task of maintaining the facility, making sure that all CITerra’s rows of blinking green lights and mazes of wires are working properly. The computers produce so much heat that they need six large air-conditioning units piping cold air in from above and below to keep them from reaching their heat threshold and shutting down.The cluster requires 500 kilowatts of power to operate and backup generators can protect the system for 20 minutes.CITerra earned the 41st spot among the world’s top 500 supercomputers and Kewley said it’s the most powerful cluster belonging to a single academic division. kimm.groshong@sgvn.com(626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451last_img read more

Celtic will not take up Linfield ticket allocation amid security concerns

first_img Celtic have made the decision amid security fears 1 Celtic have announced they will not take up their ticket allocation for next month’s possible Champions League qualifier with Linfield.UEFA confirmed the first-leg tie in Belfast will take place on Friday, July 14 should the Northern Irish champions make it past San Marino minnows La Fiorita.The original dates set aside by European football’s governing body would have seen the Parkhead outfit travel to Belfast at the height of the marching season on July 11/12.That sparked fears of trouble among the Glasgow club’s supporters and Linfield’s loyalist faithful.But following talks with the Police Service of Northern Ireland, it has been decided to move the clash back to July 14, with a 5pm kick-off.Celtic have decided the potential for disorder is still too big a risk to take and will not invite their travelling support to follow them across the Irish Sea.In a statement, Celtic said: “Following security concerns raised by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), Celtic has taken part in discussions with Linfield and the PSNI over recent days. While there can be an option to reverse the fixtures if both clubs agree, during discussions Linfield made it clear that they did not wish to reverse the tie and they wanted to play their home leg first.“In addition, as is often the case in football, Celtic’s football management team wished to play our away leg first so that we could benefit from the advantage of playing the second leg at home in front of our supporters at Celtic Park for this crucial European tie.“Following the discussions, it was agreed among the clubs and PSNI and has now been confirmed with UEFA that, should Linfield progress to the second qualifying round, Celtic’s UEFA Champions League match against Linfield will take place at Windsor Park on Friday, July 14, with a 5pm kick-off.“No tickets will be available for Celtic supporters for the match. The safety and security of all Celtic supporters travelling and attending matches is of paramount importance to the club.“Should La Fiorita of San Marino qualify for the next round, the first leg match would take place on 11 or 12 July.“Regardless of opposition, Celtic’s home leg of this qualifying round will take place at Celtic Park on Wednesday, July 19.”last_img read more

27 ARRESTS AT RORY GALLAGHER FESTIVAL, BUT NUMBERS DOWN ON LAST YEAR

first_imgGARDAI arrested 27 people at the Rory Gallagher rock festival in Ballyshannon at the weekend.But officers were keen to stress that most of the arrests were for minor drug offences.One man was held in possession of ecstasy with an estimated street value of €1,200. Four other people were arrested for public order offences.With more than 12,000 people descending on south Donegal – bringing a massive tourism and financial boost to the area – the number of arrests is being seen as small, and was down on last year’s arrest figures.Gardaí praised organisers for the way they ran the event in memory of the Ballyshannon-born rock legend.One of the biggest draws was ex-Whitesnake man Bernie Marsden. Rocking – Ballyshannon. Gardai were happy with how the festival was run27 ARRESTS AT RORY GALLAGHER FESTIVAL, BUT NUMBERS DOWN ON LAST YEAR was last modified: June 2nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Ballyshannon arrestsrock festivallast_img read more

LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL TO CLEAN UP THEIR ACT AFTER HIQA REPORT

first_imgLetterkenny General HospitalA report arising from an inspection of hygiene practices at Letterkenny General Hospital has shocked visitors and patients.Inspectors found that patients were being put at risk of infection from poor hand hygiene and non-attendance of hand hygiene training.Baby cots were said to have layers of thick dust and grime inside drawers, with rusted metal frames and dirty cradles. A patient bathroom had no waste disposal bin, while another bath was held together with adhesive tape. The hospital were aware that the inspection would take place on June 5. Despite a previous inspection in February, the hospital’s hygiene standards were not completely up to scratch.The HSE responded to the HIQA report to say that a number of positive improvements in Letterkenny Hospital had been noted since the February inspection.“Letterkenny Hospital recognises that whilst hand hygiene rates have improved since the previous HIQA visit, the results of this most recent audit demonstrated the need for further improvement in our hand hygiene practice.”As the hospital rebuilds itself after the devastating floods in July, the HSE say they will take all observations from the report into account.  by Rachel McLaughlinLETTERKENNY HOSPITAL TO CLEAN UP THEIR ACT AFTER HIQA REPORT was last modified: September 20th, 2013 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:hand hygieneinspectionLetterkenny General Hospitalreportlast_img read more

GRANT OF €53,000 FOR DONEGAL MUSIC GROUP

first_imgMinister of State for Gaeltacht Affairs, Joe McHugh T.D., announced today that he has sanctioned a grant of €53,363 for Comharchumann Forbartha Ghaoth Dobhair.Minister of State, Joe McHughThe grant is to assist with the operational costs of An Crann Óg, the music group which is under the direction of the organisation and which supports the promotion of music, dance and song.Announcing the grant, Minister of State McHugh said that he was very pleased to be in a position to provide this grant. “An Crann Óg have become very well-known in recent years for the quality of their music and for their promotion of indigenous music. We owe them and their teachers a great deal. This grant will help them to continue their excellent work”, said the Minister of State.GRANT OF €53,000 FOR DONEGAL MUSIC GROUP was last modified: August 20th, 2015 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)last_img read more

Séamus de Faoite Irish lessons begin at Na Dunaibh GAA Club

first_imgMinister for the Gaeltacht and Gaeilge Joe McHugh will address Irish language learners at Na Dunaibh GAA Club today to share his own experiences with the language.GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghail, who is a Gaelgoir himself, will also visit the course this week.The Séamus de Faoite Course is in its 29th year and once again offers GAA members an opportunity to learn and develop their skills and use of the Irish Language in one of Donegal’s Gaeltacht villages. The summer school will take place from Monday, July 17 until Friday, July 21 with record numbers registered for the course which is free to GAA members across Ulster.Donegal TD McHugh, who was reappointed to the Gaeltacht ministry by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last month, says he is looking forward to sharing his own language journey with the GAA members.“The GAA is doing an incredible job right across the country in promoting our language and our culture,” said McHugh.“The increasing number of GAA members who want to learn Irish reflects the work being done in communities in all counties and in particular across Ulster. “Na Dúnaibh will be great hosts of this year’s Séamus de Faoite Course and I am looking forward to meeting all those in attendance and want to wish the GAA continued success in its promotion of the language.”Ulster GAA President Michael Hasson who will be attending the summer school said, “The week following the Ulster Football Final provides an opportunity for much enjoyment in the relaxed atmosphere at this well organised week of cultural activities.“This is the traditional date where many congregate with a mutual love of the Irish Language, song and dance.“This summer school has grown from strength to strength over the years and allows GAA members an opportunity to develop their Irish language completely free of charge.”McHugh will visit Gaoth Dobhair later on Monday to meet Department of Gaeltacht staff and Irish language representatives before a constituency visit to Dunfanaghy later in the day. Séamus de Faoite Irish lessons begin at Na Dunaibh GAA Club was last modified: July 16th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:GAELTACHTjoe mc hughlast_img read more

Donegal students to join Young Social Innovators at ‘Speak Out Tour’ in Sligo

first_imgStudents from six Donegal schools are set to take part in the national ‘Speak Out Tour’ in Sligo on this afternoon as part of the Young Social Innovators (YSI) programme. 6,000 teenagers have been invited from 28 schools in Donegal, Sligo, Cavan and surrounding counties to The Clayton Hotel, Sligo to set out their aspirations for the kind of Ireland in which they wish to live. Abbey Vocational School, Loreto Secondary School, Mulroy College, Rosses Community School, Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, St. Columba’s College are six schools across the county that will explore social issues that concern them and come up with a variety of responses to these.The aim of the event is for Young Social Innovators to build social capital and help other young people create a fairer and more caring Ireland.Now in its 17th year, YSI seeks to strengthen civic society by giving teenagers a platform to articulate their ideas, insights, passions and expertise.The regional event will be held later today from 11am – 2pm. Donegal students to join Young Social Innovators at ‘Speak Out Tour’ in Sligo was last modified: March 21st, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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:educationSpeak Out Tourlast_img read more

Check-In and Level Up With 8-Bit Style Avatar Creator Eightbit.me

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters Related Posts If you’ve had an eye on your Twitter stream, you’ve probably noticed the conversion over the last couple of months of a number of your friends’ avatars from photos to 8-bit style graphics. That’s thanks to Eightbit.me which moves out of private beta and opens its doors to the public today.Eightbit.me lets you recreate yourself as an avatar in a throwback to the classic 8-bit video games. You can customize your hair, clothing, and glasses, and the founders promise more accessories and dressing options to come in the future.But it’s not simply a way to create funky avatars. That would get old fast. Timed (as most things are this week) to coincide with SXSWi, the service has also added a gaming layer to its gaming look. Eightbit.me is integrated with Foursquare and with Twitter to offer a game based on your check-ins. Rather than building an app, the game has been built in HTML5, which means it’s compatible with multiple devices. According to co-founder Courtney Guertin, “At launch we wanted to show the power of HTML5 and mobile devices. The entire application looks/feels native but is entirely rendered in the browser. That said, in the coming weeks we will have native applications that will allow us to give a richer experience for the user.”An interesting note: on the iPhone, you’re prompted to add a shortcut to the Eightbit.me website your Home Screen before you can proceed. “Aggressive and clever,” in the words of Dogpatch Labs’ Ryan Spoon.Checking in to locations will earn you coins in game that eventually you’ll be able to use to customize your avatar even further. (My avatar needs tattoos.) During SXSW, checking in may win you one of 5 “EightBit Cartridge Hard Drives (what looks like an old-school gaming cartridge but is actually a 250 GB hard drive), hidden in various locations in Austin. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#news#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more