Manny Pacquiao, Adrien Broner make grand arrival in Las Vegas for fight week

first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Beermen are going to miss Arwind Santos’ Spiderman dunk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LAS VEGAS—Two of boxing biggest stars kicked off fight week in style on Tuesday as eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and four-division world champion Adrien Broner arrived at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Tuesday for this Saturday’s welterweight blockbuster main event.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES The Filipino senator is determined to prove he has some gas left in the tank as he returns to defend the WBA Welterweight World Championship in his first fight on U.S. soil in more than two years in a must-see match up against the controversial Broner.The American boxer, meanwhile, is setting out to earn his first victory since a split decision win in February of 2017 followed by a disappointing unanimous decision loss to Mikey Garcia in July 2017 and a majority draw last April against Jesse Vargas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao waves to fans at a hotel lobby in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Pacquaio is scheduled to fight Adrien Broner for Pacquiao’s WBA welterweight title in Las Vegas on Saturday. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP) View commentslast_img read more

3 Dead, Two Injured after Boat Capsizes

first_imgA boat carrying passengers from Clara Town to the West Point Community on April 7, at about 9 a.m. capsized, leaving three dead and two in critical but stable condition, according to police reports.Liberian National Police officers on the scene report that five victims were pulled from the Mesurado River, behind a number of stores in Clara Town. Amongst the five victims were two women, one pregnant, and three students who were all in uniform.“All were women; what’s sad about it is that two of the deceased were students because you can physically see them in their school uniforms,” stated an officer of Public Safety at the LNP.According to witnesses who were preparing to fish along the shore, the bodies of the deceased began surfacing when one man ran to inform neighbors.“It’s sorrowful oh, I saw something floating in the water just like old clothes, but when we looked real close, I saw more floating around, and that’s when I called for attention,” said J-Boy, a fisherman, who is familiar with the waters.Deputy Commissioner Nelson Freeman, stated that the LNP was informed shortly after the first signs of a human body was seen in the shore by an unidentified person(s).“We got a call around 9:30 this morning that there was a situation involving a boat from this side of the river and that’s when we responded. We weren’t here so we can’t be exact to you when this incident occurred,” he added.According to witnesses at the scene, no one actually knows what occurred to cause the passengers to go over board, but relatives say they were aware of the victims getting aboard the canoe.“I lost my aunty and my big sister. She was going home to go change to come back on ATS to go witness the game, and my aunty was going to go sell bread,” cried Clara, a distraught relative of two of the deceased.Mr. Nelson Freeman also informed this paper that the LNP has not been aware of such commercial transport that normally carries people from Clara Town to WestPoint in less then 20 minutes.“Actually that’s the puzzle we are all trying to solve, why they were on the boat? I am in charge of Public Safety for the Liberian National Police and to be frank with you, we don’t even know of such commercial activity going on behind here with a boat, when we got the call this morning we thought it was just a ordinary fishing canoe and we were all astonished when we got here and it was established that this is a boat that’s used for commercial purposes on this river, its strange for us and we hope that we can all collectively from this moment on put in some measures to make sure to deal with this situation so that it can’t happen again,” he assured.Meanwhile, the LNP held to push back sad and frustrated onlookers as they (officers) secured the area to allow security officials who specialize in water rescues a chance to look for missing persons/survivors.“We were informed by bystanders that one of the survivors and a couple of victims are at the Mawah Clinic across the road and we visited there, yes it as established that there were victims, and the doctor also confirmed to us that three persons have passed off as a result of the accident and the other two were there receiving medication. We are still hoping to find those who are said to still be missing,” he added.Further more, a woman who seemed incoherent due to her grieve cried out for a sister-in-law that was nowhere to be found at the moment. An unidentified man who tried assisting the women to calm her down stated that her sister was on the canoe and still presumed missing.“We can’t find her sister-in-law!”Morris G. Miller, the assistance assigned in the ER at Mawah Clinic under strenuous conditions tried describing to this paper the condition of the surviving victims.“The two survivors, their condition has improved considerably because when they came they were not like that. Five victims were brought here around 9:15 a.m. by a car. Three were dead on arrival. We didn’t detect the survivors swallowing water, while one deceased has been identified by a relative,” he said.The driver of the canoe has not been found nor has there been any further information on how the canoe managed to sink. LNP are still investigating and ask that anyone with information should please report to their nearest police station.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Don’t Dignify Terrifying Ebola Predictions’

first_imgA Liberian educator has urged Ebola-weary Liberians to not dignify the terrifying predictions by some international organizations about an oncoming massive resurgence of the deadly virus.Mr. Thomas Bing Cooper, 66, admonished Liberians and foreign residents to instead observe and intensify the safety measures publicized by health authorities in the country to fight and eradicate the virus.Mr. Cooper, a former instructor of the defunct Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Professional Writing from the former Transworld Tutorial College in London, gave his reaction to the grave Ebola predictions in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer recently in Monrovia. He urged Liberians and foreign residents to vigorously promote sensitization and awareness campaigns throughout the country.In the past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Ebola deaths could exceed 20,000; while the Atlanta-based United States government’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said that between 500,000 and 1.4 million people maybecome infected by January 2015.  Also, the British medical journal, The Lancet Infectious Diseases, said that by mid-December, the virus will infect 171,000 and kill90,000 people in Liberia alone.Interestingly, many communities which initially denied the existence of the virus, and performed cultural burial practices, have now wholeheartedly joined the fight against Ebola.  They have departed from their cultural and traditional habits and adopted the strict health measures instructed by health authorities to stop the spread of the virus.As a result of the terrifying predictions, many Liberians are worried, including those who were earlier in denial of the virus.  Now they have seen that adhering strictly to the anti-Ebola measures and taking advantage of the awareness campaigns have resulted in diminishing infections and deaths in their neighborhoods.Many Liberians   throughout the country who have seen the positive results of proper attitudes, behaviors and practices, have vehemently rejected the predictions by WHO and others.Today, Liberians strongly believe that with fortitude, determination and resilience, the deadly Ebola virus spread is being minimized, contained and controlled throughout the country.Liberians and foreign residents alike, especially in the business communities, have begun to have their hopes restored despite the terrifying and troubling predictions by WHO and others. Mr. Cooper warned Liberians not be complacent with recent gains and successes at the ETUs in the country.He also advised Liberians to desist from joining foreign countries in stigmatizing health workers and medical personnel in the front lines of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

National Ophthalmology Hospital is in crisis

first_imgDear EditorThe Government has the power to ensure Guyanese pay taxes, but, in return, it must ensure quality services are delivered to the Guyanese people.Definitely, this is not the policy of this APNU/AFC coalition Government. Recently, Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence visited the National Ophthalmology Hospital in Region Six and announced the re-opening of this important national hospital, it was later confirmed — when the Director of Health Services announced at the April statutory Regional Democratic Council meeting — that in the next two weeks, the National Ophthalmology Hospital would be reopened for cataract surgeries to the public.This was welcome news for thousands of poor Guyanese who are awaiting cataract surgeries over two years now. Unfortunately, to date, the National Ophthalmology Hospital has been unable to commence cataract surgeries.This was confirmed when a senior Government official called the doctors, who said that only screening of patients is been carried out, not surgeries. Definitely, persons who are awaiting services from this National Ophthalmology Hospital might either become blind or may have to pay privately at an exorbitant price to get their surgeries done, all because of the incompetence of the Minister of Public Health, the Director of Health Services, and the APNU/AFC coalition Government’s incompetence to ensure that the much needed medical supplies were procured to fix this crisis.We have seen that shortages of the drugs and medical supplies continue to be a national issue, and cannot be fixed because the APNU/AFC coalition Government favour certain suppliers because of huge kickbacks.Public officials who mislead the public should be held accountable with disciplinary actions. Billions of taxpayers’ monies are being spent to ensure ministers and public officials enjoy the good life, while the poor and vulnerable continue to suffer.As a representative of the people of Region Six, I urge Guyanese to demand that this National Ophthalmology Hospital be fixed immediately to avert a national crisis.SincerelyZamal HussainChairmanRegional HealthCommitteeRegion Sixlast_img read more

AFC identity is completely lost

first_imgDear Editor,It is now the foregone conclusion of the masses in Guyana and the Diaspora that the Alliance for Change has long become subservient to the PNC-dominated coalition Government to the point of being totally consumed. The identity is completely lost. They further opined that the leaders, namely, Moses Nagamootoo and Khemraj Ramjattan have been relegated to “rubber stamps” status, merely regurgitating the views, utterances, opinions and policies of the PNC. We have seen numerous examples: when Granger illegally appointed Patterson as GECOM’s Chairman, when the four estates were heartlessly closed and when the PNC wilfully embarked on a course of violating the Constitution and flout the CCJ’s rulings among others. This is in stark contrast to the coalition in 1964 between the UF and the PNC.Let us take a look at the first coalition which was formed between the UF and the PNC to oust the PPP from Government. The United Force was formed by Peter D’Aguiar on October 5, 1960, and won 16.38 per cent of the votes in the 1961 elections, but a point of vital importance is the fact that the elections were won by Dr Jagan’s PPP by a “slim majority” when compared to the totality of votes garnered by the UF and the PNC. This aroused the dictatorship instinct in Burnham and gave him the opening he needed. This “slim majority” by the PPP indicated that a coalition by Burnham and D’Aguiar could win if the electoral system was changed to proportional representation. The same mindset prevailed in 2015.Then the manipulators, the UK and the US, gave Burnham exactly what he needed to begin his quest for absolute power – proportional representation just in time for the 1964 elections. This move saw the coalition of the PNC and UF, who together won 52.9 per cent of the votes. This resulted in Burnham getting the prime ministerial post and D’Aguiar, the Finance Minister as agreed. However, D’Aguiar was not a corrupted person, he was used to wealth and its accompanying opulence and in September 1967, he resigned from the Cabinet because of blatant corruption by the PNC faction. He became totally disgusted by the corruption of Burnham’s PNC. He even went further. In October 1968, D’Aguiar joined hands with Jagan and walked out of the National Assembly and in January 1969, D’Aguiar appeared in a documentary, “The Making of a Prime Minister”, in which he expressed deep regret and disappointment about coalescing with the PNC. But the damage had been done and it took more than two decades of suffering and anguish to finally rid the nation of the PNC scourge which he was duped to install. Ironically, the elections in 1992 was held on October 5, the same day that the UF was formed, and the PPP emerged victorious as it always did. However, D’Aguiar must be given full credit for making such a hasty departure from the PNC and his total rejection of that party and its leader!Now let us look at the Alliance for Change which was formed in 2005. It was formed by three disgruntled members of Parliament who claimed that both the PPP and the PNC destroyed the socio-economic fabric of the country and cannot be trusted to be in Government. The people needed change, they claimed. The AFC’s message appealed to some and in 2006 it won 6 seats and in 2011 it won 7 seats or 10.3 per cent of the votes. However, the leadership of the AFC, influenced by the arch enemies of the PPP, Moses Nagamootoo and Khemraj Ramjattan, created an unholy alliance with the PNC, not spurred by change but by greed for power and material gains. Nagamootoo and Ramjattan saw an opportunity when the PPP gained a slim majority in 2011, not unlike the 1961 elections. After joining forces in the National Assembly to frustrate the Donald Ramotar Administration, the AFC signed the Cummingsburg Accord on Valentine’s Day 2015 and handed Guyana on a platter to the Burnhamite PNC.Unfortunately, Ramjattan and Nagamootoo are no Peter D’Aguiar, these people are thirsty and greedy for power as well material gains and they made no effort to mask this as the coalition plundered and pillaged the Guyanese nation day after day. They immediately transformed themselves into the “fat cats” and began to live the “Cadillac lifestyles”, which Nagamootoo had vehemently advocated against. The AFC shamelessly forsook their founding principles and the “rubber stamps” were born on May 11, 2015.Today, these two “rubber stamps” are vying for the title of “Best Rubberstamp”, but the caretaker President has made it clear that the AFC cannot select the prime ministerial candidate and that prerogative belongs to him. It now seems that the titles of First and Second Vice Presidents and prime ministerial portfolio will be snatched from the AFC and they will have to settle for the crumbs which the master would fling at them. Unlike D’Aguiar, the unprincipled and self-seeking duo, Nagamootoo and Ramjattan, is holding on to the PNC for dear life! They cannot depart in honour! It’s a shame to see how low some people can stoop – people who were once thought to be heroes of the people!But time will dictate an ignominious and humiliating end for this duo who sold their souls and misled the people who unwittingly believed in them.Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

Captain surrenders after hit-and-run, remains in custody

first_imgPomeroon boat collisionThirty-four-year-old Tyrone Da Silva of Grant Lower, Pomeroon River, in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), will soon face charges for causing the death of 29-year-old Ryan DeFreitas, who died as a result of multiple injuries he sustained from a boat collision on August 31.The results of the autopsy which was conducted by Government Pathologist, Dr Nehaul Singh, on Friday at the Suddie Mortuary, revealed that the gold miner lost his life due to multiple injuries from the boat collision. DeFrietas was heading to Charity with two other passengers when he met his demise.Meanwhile, Da Silva, who is the captain of the other boat involved in the collision, remains in Police custody. According to Police sources, Da Silva was under the influence of alcohol when he collided with the miner’s boat in the vicinity of Burn Bush Grant, Lower Pomeroon. A breathalyser test was conducted by detectives from G Division (Essequibo Coast and Islands).In addition to Da Silva being under the influence, information revealed that he failed to render assistance to passengers after the collision. Instead, it is alleged he ‘hit-and-run’, later surrendering to Police.Wednesday night’s accident claimed the life of gold miner, Ryan DeFreitas, 29, called “Steppy” of Coven Garden, Lower Pomeroon. Information revealed that DeFreitas was driving his employer’s 40-horse powered engine boat heading South on the right bank of the Pomeroon River, while the other boat, driven by Da Silva, was heading North when the collision occurred.The boat, which was captained by the now dead man, measured 18 feet in length and carried two other passengers – Felix DeFreitas and Ray Marks. They both received minor injuries from the collision. The deceased’s body was recovered by residents living in the Pomeroon River.Da Silva’s boat was reportedly ferrying his wife Afeeza Amin and his three-year-old daughter. They also received minor injuries. The funeral of Ryan DeFreitas is scheduled for Sunday. The file concerning the accident has been dispatched by Police to the Director of Public Prosecutions for advice.last_img read more

‘Beware of Detractors’, Senator Wotorson Cautions President Sirleaf

first_imgAn influential member of the 53rd Legislature has called on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to remain steadfast and beware of detractors as she steers the affairs of the State, especially in this critical period of the country’s history.Speaking at the head of a high level Senate delegation to the office of President Sirleaf where they had gone to identify with her on the occasion marking her 76th birth anniversary last week, Senator Cletus Wotorson, told the Liberian leader that there would be many detractors, as it has been in the past.  But he urged her to remain focused and do what is right for the Liberian people.The delegation, which included Senators  Frederick Cherue of River Gee County;  Alphonso Gaye, and Isaac Nyenabo of Grand Gedeh County; Joyce Musu Sumo of Montserrado County and others, met the Liberian President in the Cabinet Room of the Foreign Ministry.Senator Wotorson, who is also a former President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, did not indicate what triggered his admonition, but since the Ebola outbreak, there have been sentiments of public opposition to government’s leadership of the response.Many called on the Liberian leader to relinquish her post as head of the National Taskforce on Ebola and at the same time outsource the response initiative to a reputable global health organization such as Médécins Sans Frontieres and the World Health Organization.But President Sirleaf said the fight would not be outsourced, indicating that Liberians are capable of handling the situation if they received the needed support and that the handling of the fight by Liberians would give them the requisite experience to handle any future outbreak of the virus.The calls for outsourcing  the fight came at a time when MSF and WHO were already heading major response components, leading several, including the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health,  Dr. Peter Coleman, to wonder, “What else do these critics want for government to outsource?”The Liberian leader was also recently criticized when she sent a letter to the Liberian Senate requesting ‘additional power’ to curtail some rights and privileges in an attempt to curtail further spread of the Ebola virus.But Senator Wotorson, speaking on behalf of the Senate said, “Madam President, we have come to wish you a happy birthday. We want you to be steadfast as you lead us through this difficult period. We want to let you know that there are many detractors and there  will continue to be, but do not give them heed as long as you are doing the right thing for the Liberian people.The Senate promised that despite hiccups now and then, they will continue to work with the Liberian leader in forming a common front to foster the country’s development.The Grand Kru County Senator said the Senate had recently passed into law four financial bills in preparation for the post-Ebola era. He noted that the President Pro-Tempore of the Senate, Gbehzongar Milton Findley, would have loved to be present, but was en route from his home county, Grand Bassa.President Sirleaf expressed appreciation to the Senators for their visit and called on them and all Liberians to unite and not to give up the fight against Ebola as signs are beginning to show progress being made.She admonished all Liberians to brace up for the post-Ebola era as the outbreak has placed lot of development projects on hold and it will only take a united front to catch up with projects delayed by the Ebola outbreak.She noted that the commemoration of her birthday should be a moment of reflection for all Liberians and partners standing up together in the difficult period to fight Ebola.Others officials and functionaries of government who visited President Sirleaf on her birthday included the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court, members of the Cabinet, staff of the Ministry of State, Central Bank of Liberia (CBL), the Land Commission, the Booker Washington Institute (BWI) Alumni Association, Guaranty Trust (GT) Bank, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Sirleaf Market Women’s 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

Burying Our Ebola Dead: MOH Cannot Escape Its Urgent Professional Responsibility

first_imgWe carried on Monday a very sad, disturbing story about two decomposing Ebola bodies in Weala, Margibi County, that have had a traumatic effect on the town and its inhabitants.  The deceased, members of the Tate family, had  been dead for well over a week and all attempts to get Health workers there to remove the bodies have proved unsuccessful. This terrible episode has forced inhabitants of the neighborhood to flee the area, becoming displaced persons in their own town. Only last Tuesday, August 5—coincidentally the very day the Tates died—we published an editorial calling on government to return to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare its professional responsibility for burying the Ebola dead.  We argued that caring for the dead is not a political function relegated to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), as suggested by Health Minister Walter Gwenigale, but rather a medical and scientific function that often involves a medical doctor, especially with specialization in pathology. And now here we are, with people dropping dead all over the place and the seeming total confusion and incapacity of government to handle their remains.  In the Jos Hansen area of United Nations Drive down Waterside last weekend, another corpse was found and neighbors had to put it in a plastic bag and haul it by rope to be buried in a shallow grave.  In Grand Cape Mount, too, an Ebola body was recently abandoned in a home, where they left an eight-child.  The child also died.It is very sad that the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH) has rejected our argument that they, more than any other GOL agency, are responsible for dead bodies, most especially the highly contagious Ebola dead.  On Tuesday morning, Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernice Dahn, told the Daily Observer that MOH “is no longer responsible for Ebola bodies, but the Ministry of Internal Affairs.”  This means that MOH has failed to see that because they have surrendered their medical and scientific responsibility, leaving Ebola bodies to politicians, who have NO expertise in this business, bodies continue to lie unattended, causing greater spread of the epidemic.MOH does not see that the Ebola corpse crisis continues.  On Tuesday we reported that some 45 bodies had been improperly buried, again in Johnsonville, and the stench has driven people from their neighborhoods.  When contacted, of MIA officials issued the alarming statement that “Removal of dead bodies is not relevant!”Can Doctors Gwenigale and Bernice Dahn now see what we are talking about?  The MIA is NOT the proper agency to handle this matter because that is not what they were trained to do.We call on the President immediately to return the responsibility for Ebola bodies to the MOH and give them the money, equipment and supplies to do this urgent job, lest the spread of the Ebola virus will continue.What happened in Weala and now again in Johnsonville should never be allowed to happen again, for such a situation is highly dangerous, and could further expose people in the surrounding areas to the virus.The MOH and its local and international partners should develop a comprehensive strategy to handle Ebola corpses.  The MOH and partners should equip the handlers with full protective gear, with the chemicals they need to spray the remains, and with sufficient and well organized transportation to ferry the bodies to recognized  burial sites and the crematorium.  MOH should lease vehicles from Monrovia’s rental dealerships to carry out the task at hand.  But we can understand if some rental agencies may be reluctant to get involved.  GOL should then purchase of a fleet of minibuses specifically to be used as hearses for the Ebola dead.Another problem we at the Daily Observer have heard about is that the Ebola response hotlines are not functioning.  We have heard countless complaints from people who say they have called these hotlines repeatedly and no one answers.  We hope that the MOH can fix this other problem, too, by deploying and crash-training non-essential hospital staff to manage the hotlines.  These operators should be strongly instructed to be helpful, clear and empathetic, realizing that they are dealing with people in distress.   Non-English speakers should be connected to operators who speak their languages.  This can be done and such a system can be well established and continue to everyone’s benefit even after Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cartoon October 28, 2014

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2 Defense Witnesses Withdrawn

first_imgDrama unfolded yesterday in the ongoing US$20K counterfeit  case in Criminal Court ‘C,’ involving a former female employee of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI) and the bank, when  one  of  her lawyers asked two of her witnesses not to testify on her behalf, a request that   was accepted by presiding Judge Peter W. Gbeneweleh.Defendant Margretta Dorbor is on trial for her alleged role in the disappearance of over US$100K from the bank, as well as for being in possession of 200 pieces of counterfeit United States dollars, all in US$100 bills, valued at US$20K.It all started yesterday when everybody, including Judge Gbeneweleh, was seated, waiting for defendant Dorbors’ lawyer,  Atty. P. Jagba Nah, to introduce his two defense witnesses, Ijeoma Okeke and Angeline Leo.Okeke and Leo were both in the employ of the bank and close friends of defendant Dorbor. However, Dorbor alone was accused of being in possession of the US$20K counterfeit banknotes, which the bank alleged were discovered under her desk at its Gardnersville branch, where she served as a new accounts officer.Dorbor is also accused of withdrawing over US$100K from customers’ accounts at the bank, though the bank management admitted that she was a teller but was not authorized to do so.Interestingly, Atty. Nah stood up from his defense seat in the quiet courtroom and informed Judge Gbeneweleh that he had an application to make before his witnesses could take their positions to testify.Judge Gbeneweleh then gave him the opportunity to make his request, and surprisingly Atty. Nah announced that he was no longe interested in the testimony of Okeke and Leo.“They have failed to cooperate with me and I am afraid that their testimony could make the case difficult,” he said.Judge Gbeneweleh again accepted Atty. Nah’s application and disallowed the testimony of defense witnesses Leo and Okeke.Immediately after the court’s action, Okeke and Leo, who should have been the only persons to support defendant Dorbor’s initial testimony, walked out of the courtroom.Their action left their friend and co-worker in total disbelief and shock as she bowed her head.Judge Gbeneweleh also dropped the contempt of court charge that was levied against Okeke and Leo for their initial refusal to appear before the court to testify on behalf of defendant Dorbor after they had been subpoenaed. A subpoena is a court order requiring a person to appear at a legal proceeding, at a place and time designated. If an invited person fails to appear as ordered by the subpoena, he or she may be found in contempt of court and sanctioned with jail time and fines.Besides dropping the contempt charge, the judge again trashed the writ of arrest earlier issued against them.Another curious circumstance in the case is the failure of the prosecution to produce all of the 200 pieces of counterfeit United States dollars all in US$100 notes.Out of the 200 counterfeit notes, prosecution managed to produce only a single US$100 bill and claimed that the remaining 199 pieces were destroyed.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more