U.S. Promises Help for Liberia’s Financial Intelligence Unit

first_imgThe Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) of the United States Department of Treasury has pledged to help Liberia’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) to implement the anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) in Liberia.The pledge followed an assessment visit by the OTA’s Economic Crimes Team (ECT) to Monrovia to hold high level discussions from July 13-17 with several governmental agencies, who collaborated with the FIU on the AML/CFT regime.According to a FIU release, ECT Senior Advisor Carol A. Kelly, joined by Lilieth R. Whyte, Economic Officer of the US Embassy in Monrovia, met FIU Chief Executive Officer, Alex Cuffy for a joint session of the AML/CFT Inter-Ministerial Committee chaired by Deputy Finance and Development Planning Minister, Dr. James F. Kollie and FIU board chair Charles E. Sirleaf, who is also a deputy governor at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).The ECT also met high level officials of CBL’s Supervision Department, Liberia Revenue Authority, National Security Agency, Liberia National Police, Drug Enforcement Agency, Transnational Crime Unit, Judge James Jones of the Judiciary and Liberia Anti-Corruption Commission Executive Chairman Cllr. James N. Verdier.The ECT came to Monrovia to discuss in greater detail its prospects for technical assistance collaboration following a visit paid by Mr. Cuffy to Washington in September 2014 in furtherance of a discussion President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf held with US Treasury Undersecretary David Cohen in May 2014.Before his visit, Mr. Cuffy had written the Treasury Department for technical assistance in which he unveiled a four-prong strategic goal of ensuring a fully functioning FIU; building capacity and creating awareness and sensitization; enhancing the legal and regulatory framework; and enhancing national, regional and international cooperation.OTA acknowledged receipt of the letter and commended the FIU for its well-considered strategic goals and work plans as well as the holistic approach it is taking to ensure close collaboration between key partner institutions.The FIU was created by an act of the Legislature on April 30, 2013 and published by the authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 2, 2013 to serve as the central national agency for receiving, requesting, conducting preliminary investigations, analyzing and disseminating information concerning suspected proceeds of crime and terrorist property.Liberia is a member of the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing in West Africa (GIABA), a specialized institution of ECOWAS responsible for facilitating the adoption and implementation of AML/CFT measures in West Africa.Liberia scored high marks at a GIABA Plenary in Ivory Coast from May 18-23 where it was commended for its significant steps in the fight against AML/CFT. The plenary retained Liberia on the regular expedited follow-up process and requested it to submit its fifth follow-up report to GIABA Secretariat before May 2016.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Former city commissioner faces added felony charge

first_imgWong previously has been accused of bribery, conflict of interest and perjury in a grand jury indictment that said he received a $100,000 payment from an executive at Evergreen Shipping in 2002 when he served on the Airport Commission and voted on a contract for the firm. Wong has pleaded not guilty to those charges. The newest case developed from Wong’s service on the Airport Commission from 2001 to 2003. In December 2002, Huntsman said, Wong voted on amendments to a contract held by W.H. Smith for retail concessions at LAX. At the same time, officials said, Wong was pursuing a business venture with W.H. Smith CEO Sean Anderson and Benny Klepach, a W.H. Smith subcontractor, to market duty-free services in Asia using Wong’s connections. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Former Los Angeles city commissioner Leland Wong, scheduled to be arraigned today on bribery and conflict-of-interest charges, was charged Thursday with a new felony. Wong, a private consultant who was once an airport commissioner, has been charged with conflict of interest in connection with allegedly voting on a concession contract at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said. His vote as a commissioner came at the same time he also was seeking a business deal with the concession owner, officials said. Deputy District Attorney Max Huntsman said the new charges came out of a continuing investigation into Wong’s activities while he was a city commissioner. The case involves a vote Wong made on behalf of concessionaire W.H. Smith while Wong was pursing a business venture with the company’s executives to market duty-free services in Asia. “Leland Wong abused the public’s trust through a variety of `pay-to-play’ schemes that our office continues to uncover,” District Attorney Steve Cooley said. “We will continue to aggressively investigate and prosecute these cases.” Attorneys for Wong downplayed the impact of the new charge. “This is just a rehash of old, discarded claims,” attorney Janet I. Levine said in a statement. “At best, it is a prosecutor’s version of a `summer rerun.’ There are no new facts, no justification for this new charge and nothing about it shores up the weak case we have been fighting in court.” Pay-to-play accusations have dogged the administration of former Mayor James Hahn, with allegations that commissioners were using their positions to get campaign contributions on Hahn’s behalf. last_img

West Ham boss Allardyce rues ‘negative’ and ‘nervous’ performance against Chelsea

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce has branded his side ‘negative’ and ‘nervous’ after they were beaten 2-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.The Hammers went to west London in great form as they found themselves in fourth spot after fine start to their Premier League campaign.But Allardyce, who was unable to start with key men Alex Song and Diafra Sakho due to fitness concerns, was disappointed with how his charges performed against Jose Mourinho’s Blues who proved again why they are hotly tipped to win the title ahead of champions Manchester City.“I don’t think there are any complaints from me,” said the 60-year-old.“We showed our best football and the more creative side of our game too late today.“There were too many negative tactics from us in the first half rather than being brave enough to get on the ball and pass it forward and play in the right areas.“We found ourselves to be a little too nervous and kept giving the ball away.“I don’t know what the lads were thinking about. They were just playing in the wrong areas, personally. We didn’t play to our strengths.”last_img read more

Classes to give tips to families of mentally ill

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – The Antelope Valley affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is offering a course to provide help and support to those with mentally ill family members. The weekly classes are 7 to 9:30 p.m. at two locations: in Palmdale, starting Sept. 7, at the Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, 38350 Sierra Highway; and in Lancaster, starting Sept. 12, at the Los Angeles County Community and Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St. The classes are intended to help parents, spouses, siblings and other caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their own well-being. The course will provide information about various mental illnesses, and also provide coping skills for handling crises and relapses. Volunteers who have family members with mental illness teach the course. The classes are free, but advance registration is required. Classes are limited to 25 people. To register for the Palmdale sessions, call Cliff Payton at (661) 951-4606. To register for the Lancaster classes, call Bob and Denise Boehlert at (661) 951-1757. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeleslast_img read more

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino happy to give Moussa Sissoko second chance

first_img1 The French international has enjoyed an encouraging start to the season Mauricio Pochettino admits Tottenham were open to offers for Moussa Sissoko last summer as the midfielder wanted to boost his chances of representing France at the World Cup.Sissoko could not find a buyer, however, and has instead enjoyed an encouraging start to his second season under Pochettino, offering hope he can put behind him a disappointing opening campaign.After joining for a club-record £30million on the last day of the transfer window, Sissoko struggled to adjust last year and the 28-year-old went on to make only eight starts in the Premier League.He has posted four already this term, four months after telling L’Equipe he hoped Tottenham would allow him to leave following the “worst season of his career”. Pochettino concedes he was also prepared to cut his losses.“That is the same for any player that didn’t play too much last season,” Pochettino said.“Every player that maybe wasn’t involved too much in my plans last season, all the players try to play more.“And I am so honest with you, the player [Sissoko] was the first [one] interested to move or to leave because he wanted to play more in a season that has the World Cup at the end.“But I think maybe that possibility didn’t exist and I was more than happy for him to stay and give him the possibility to play.”Sissoko’s chances of adjusting to Pochettino’s specific style was not helped by his arrival from Newcastle on September 1, when he had already missed the entirety of Tottenham’s pre-season.He then received a three-match ban in October for elbowing Bournemouth’s Harry Arter and after a slow start, Sissoko never caught up.“When we signed him it was a record for the club and the expectations from the fans, media, everyone, is massive and the condition that he arrived was a poor one,” Pochettino said.“Not because it was his fault, it was the circumstances of football – no pre-season after the Euros, he wanted to leave from a club that was in the Championship and you arrive on the first of September when the team is so fit.“He was playing in a different competition and it is never easy to fit and settle from the first moment and then he struggled to play because there is a pressure of the transfer fee and it is so difficult.“Zinedine Zidane struggled in Real Madrid when he moved from Juventus – big, big names struggle in the first season. It is normal sometimes.”Tottenham visit Huddersfield on Saturday and Sissoko is again likely to start.He has found himself more involved this season, in part due to injuries, with Mousa Dembele, Victor Wanyama and Erik Lamela all currently sidelined, but also because he is enjoying a more influential role in the side.Pochettino has deployed him either in central midfield alongside Eric Dier or on the right side of a diamond, where Sissoko’s athleticism and direct running have proven useful.It was his cut-back that laid on Harry Kane’s second of three goals against Apoel Nicosia on Tuesday.“Today, what is happening is he is more confident in his skills and himself and the team-mates trust more in him,” Pochettino said.“He improved his self-belief and that is so important for a player.“When you arrive in a new club and you don’t play too much and you struggle to understand, it is normal that your self-belief starts to go down and then it is so difficult to recover from that.“But today we are so happy and he is happy that he is doing well.”last_img read more

Will Suarez play against Man City? Arsenal boss Emery makes his decision

first_img 2 Arsenal head coach Unai Emery is ready hand Denis Suarez his debut at Manchester City, despite only just signing the Spaniard.The Gunners travel to the Etihad Stadium after a unspectacular transfer window saw them recruit Suarez on loan from Barcelona until the end of the season. Unai Emery is ready to throw Suarez in at the deep end Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January tense Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Suarez in action for City in 2012 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury The 25-year-old, who made one senior appearance for City during an earlier spell at the club, was the only arrival for Arsenal – who were hamstrung by being restricted to just loan signings.The loan deal includes the option to sign Suarez full-time in the summer as the Spain international links up with Emery again having played under his compatriot at Sevilla.“I will make my decision tomorrow but if he starts I have confidence in him,” Emery said when asked if Suarez would go straight into the Arsenal team on Sunday.“I know the player and he started to train individually yesterday. Today he was with the group. It’s good, his adaptation has been quick. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? deals Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won huge blow gameday cracker no dice LATEST PREMIER LEAGUE NEWS REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT shining REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City #HolaDenis 👋 @DenisSuarez6 pic.twitter.com/MG3kGlVU5i— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 1, 2019“He’s a player with quality and I think he can help us with his quality, and also his ambition to do something important here. It’s a good challenge for him to help us.”Victory for Manchester City would see them close within two points of league leaders Liverpool – who travel to West Ham a day later.Pep Guardiola’s side were Emery’s first opponents in English football as they ruined his debut by winning 2-0 at Arsenal in August.Emery is expecting another difficult test but insists his players are keen to show their abilities against such a strong opponent. “It will be a tough match – we are playing against the best,” he added.“Now, with Liverpool, they are doing a very big Premier League this season. Maybe they have lost some matches but that is an accident.“When they are home for us it is difficult. But we want to show everybody we can play. Every player has a big ambition to show their best quality.”last_img read more

‘Over for Xhaka’ at Arsenal, talkSPORT told – Guendouzi tipped for armband

first_img Arsenal fans want Xhaka gone in January 3 Granit Xhaka is finished at Arsenal, believes former Premier League striker Darren Bent.The Gunners have been urged to strip the midfielder of the captaincy and make sure he never plays for the club again after his angry reaction to being booed by his own supporters. DAZN Granit Xhaka was furious with the reaction he got from Arsenal fans 3 3 Granit Xhaka took off his shirt and stormed straight down the tunnel Xhaka told fans to ‘f**k off’, cupped his hands to his ears and stripped off his shirt as he stormed straight down the tunnel after he was substituted during Arsenal’s 2-2 with Crystal Palace on Sunday.Fans first sarcastically cheered when the midfielder was substituted in the 61st minute for 18-year-old Bukayo Saka.But those cheers turned to jeers as he was so slow to leave the pitch with his side chasing a goal against the Eagles, and those boos only intensified when he responded angrily to fans.And Bent has told talkSPORT ‘there is no coming back from that’.“Once you tell the fans to f-off, take the shirt off and go straight down the tunnel, that’s it at the club,” he said on Monday’s Sports Breakfast. DAZN getty “I don’t like when fans boo their own players, but when you have that reaction you’re giving in. There’s frustration in there as well because he’s not happy with his own performance, he hasn’t been playing very well.“But his reaction to the crowd and even to the manager, and to take your shirt off and storm down the tunnel , for me there’s no coming back from that.“Him walking off slowly is bad, you need to get off the pitch quicker, but the moment you disrespect the shirt you show a lack of respect to your team-mates, people who have played for the club in the past and everyone associated with the club. “What makes it worse is he’s the captain. As captain you set an example. You’re at the forefront at everything. If the team is not playing well you’re going to get criticism first and your team-mates are going to look at you.“What happens next? The next time he walks out of the pitch he’s going to get it even more from the fans.“They’ll never forgive him for that.”Asked by co-host Laura Woods about replacements as skipper, Bent said there was one stand out candidate.“The only one name I can think of – and it could come too soon – is [Matteo] Guendouzi. He gives absolutely everything every time he plays.“Is that too much pressure to heap on a kid who is only 20? Probably a little bit, but at the same time, who else can you pick?“Xhaka needs to look at Guendouzi who is doing everything he should be doing and is only 20.“He never throws the towel in.”last_img read more

Where to Celebrate National Mimosa Day (or Weekend!) at Walt Disney World

first_imgShare This!Brunch fans, rejoice! May 16 is National Mimosa Day, and there are a variety of options at Walt Disney World if you want to celebrate. Not at Walt Disney World today? No worries–you can celebrate whenever you’re down. (We won’t tell.)One of the easier breakfast/brunch reservations to get is The Wave at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. I’m a huge fan of their sweet potato pancakes, and a mimosa goes great with that. For $18, The Wave offers a “refillable mimosa” (which comes with two refills).Looking for something a little more upscale and okay waiting to celebrate on Sunday? Brunch at the Top in the California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort comes with a pretty significant price tag (around $90 per person) and is only available on Sundays, but it does include unlimited mimosas and valet parking. Swanky, eh?Over at Disney’s Polynesian Resort, Kona Cafe offers a unique twist–a mimosa flight. For $14, you can choose from a variety of juices to make your three-mimosa flight. Juices include Orange, Pineapple, Cranberry, Pink Grapefruit, or Liliko’i (aka POG juice).For the true “I’m at Walt Disney World” experience, on Saturdays and Sundays, Wine Bar George at Disney Springs offers the Frozcato Mimosa made with Dole Whip pineapple–yes, a Dole Whip Mimosa. If that doesn’t sound like weekends at Walt Disney World, I don’t know what does.Photo courtesy Wine Bar GeorgeWhere’s your favorite place to get your brunch on with a mimosa? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Marshfield fourth at fourth leg of Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Golf Tournament

first_imgTigers tied for third overall with three meets remainingBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — The Marshfield boys golf team fell into a tie for third place in the overall standings with its second consecutive fourth-place finish at the fourth leg of the seven-meet Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Golf Tournament on Tuesday at Wausau Country Club.Zach Hanson tied for ninth place with an 82 to lead Marshfield to a team score of 347, which was 12 shots behind third-place D.C. Everest. Stevens Point won the meet, its third in a row, with a 314, 17 shots in front of Wausau West.Derek Michalski had an 86, Brendan Schneider fired an 88, Joe Kirschnik shot a 91, and Grant Michaelis had a 98 to round out the scoring for the Tigers.Matt Tuman of Wausau East was the meet medalist with a 76, one shot ahead of Stevens Point’s Charlie Okray. All five Stevens Point golfers finished in the top eight overall.The fifth leg of the tournament is Friday at Stevens Point Country Club. Marshfield hosts the sixth meet on May 16, and the tournament concludes May 19 at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)2017 Wisconsin Valley Conference Boys Golf TournamentMeet No. 4, May 9, at Wausau Country Club (Host: Wausau West)Team scores: 1. Stevens Point 314; 2. Wausau West 331; 3. D.C. Everest 335; 4. Marshfield 347; 5. Wausau East 351; 6. Wisconsin Rapids 354; 7. Merrill 375.Top 10 individuals and Marshfield finishers: 1. Matt Tuman (WE) 76; 2. Charlie Okray (SP) 77; 3. Josh Yang (WW) and Mike Schmidt (DC) 78; 5. Evan Thomas (SP), Max Bancker (SP) and Max Hofmeister (SP) 79; 8. Drew Blair (SP) 81; 9. Russell Dettmering (MER), Zach Hanson (MAR) and Mike LaPree (WE) 82; 17. (tie) Derek Michalski (MAR) 86; 20. (tie) Brendan Schneider (MAR) 88; 26. (tie) Joe Kirschnik (MAR) 91; 29. Grant Michaelis (MAR) 98.Overall standings through fourth of seven meetsTeam standings: 1. Stevens Point 27; 2. Wausau West 25; 3. Marshfield and D.C. Everest 18; 5. Wausau East 10; 6. Wisconsin Rapids 9; 7. Merrill 5.Top 10 individuals and Marshfield golfers: 1. Evan Thomas (SP) 50; 2. Russell Dettmering (MER) 48; 3. Josh Yang (WW) 47.5; 4. Matt Tuman (WE) 47; 5. Max Bancker (SP) 46; 6. Charlie Okray (SP) 39; 7. Ben Langlois (WW) 27; 8. Derek Michalski (MAR) 24; 9. Ben Peloquin (DC) 19; 10. Drew Blair (SP) 18; 13. (tie) Zach Hanson (MAR) 14; 17. (tie) Brendan Schneider (MAR) 6.5; 24. Grant Michaelis (MAR) 1.last_img read more

Marshfield Chaparrals baseball pummels Plover, wins sixth in a row

first_imgPilz has three hits, three RBIs for ChapsBy Steve PilzMARSHFIELD — The Marshfield Chaparrals ran their winning streak to six games Wednesday night by downing the Plover Pteradactyls for the third time this season, winning 11-1 in eight innings at Jack Hackman Field in the nonleague matchup.The Chaps concluded their Dairyland League schedule Sunday afternoon with a 3-1 win over Spirit, giving them a 7-5 league record. They learned earlier in the week that, that was enough to get them into the Wisconsin Baseball Association playoffs.Marshfield will travel to Haugen on Friday, Aug. 11, and play the Haugen Knights at 8 p.m. Before that, however, the Chaparrals wrap up their season with nonleague games Tuesday at Osseo and Wednesday at home against Eau Claire.“I think we’re focused knowing we had to win out and knowing the playoffs are around the corner,” Chaparrals player/manager Justin Rayburn said.The Chaps struck early when Luke Wirtz drove in Rayburn, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, with a single to left to make it 1-0.Marshfield added to that in the fourth. Alex Steines hit a one-out single, and Bobby Pilz walked. Nate MacDonald drove them both in with a two-run triple, and Rayburn scored MacDonald with a single to extend Marshfield’s lead to 4-0.Cale Cuddie, making his second consecutive start, was not his sharpest but was still effective. He struck out seven in his five innings of work and scattered just three hits. He did walk six Pteradactyls, and Plover left 16 runners on base.The fifth inning proved Cuddie’s worth.After an infield error opened the inning, Cuddie coaxed a ground ball for the first out. That was followed by two more uncharacteristic fielding errors by the Chaps. Cuddie struck out the next batter and walked the one after that. Second baseman Curt Englebrecht laid full out in shallow center to snag a line drive before it hit the ground, and the Chaps were out of the inning giving up just one unearned run.“It’s good to see Cale back on the mound for us,” said Rayburn. “He worked hard to rehab after arm surgery and deserves to have success.”The Chaps answered right back. Sam Schwanebeck was hit by a pitch, and Wirtz moved him to second with a single. After a sacrifice bunt went awry, making Schwanebeck the first out at third, Steines got an RBI single, as did Pilz. MacDonald then drove Steines and Pilz in, just as he had in the fourth but this time with a double, making it 8-1 Chaparrals.Ryan Metz relieved Cuddie, going three innings and striking out four.The Chaps came to the eighth with a chance to end it.Englebrecht walked, and Josh Metz singled. Wirtz walked, and Lucius Messerschmidt lashed an RBI single. Steines reached on an error, Pilz drove in his third run of the game with line shot over the bag at third, and the Chaps won 11-1 via the 10-run rule.Pilz went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and scored twice. MacDonald went 2-for-5 with four RBIs, a double, and triple. Wirtz and Steines were both 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.(This article was originally published at MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Chaparrals 11, Pteradactyls 1Plover 000 010 00 – 1 6 3Marshfield 100 340 03 – 11 13 5WP: Cale Cuddie. LP: Kevin Jastromski. SV: Ryan Metz.SO: Jastromski (6 inn.) 2, D.J. Drohner (2 inn.) 1; Cuddie (5 inn.) 7, Metz (3 inn.) 4. BB: Jastromski 1, Drohner 4; Cuddie 6, Metz 1.Top hitters: P, Jason Jones 2×4; John Jazz 2×5, 2B. M, Bobby Pilz 3×4, 3 RBIs, 2 runs; Nate MacDonald 2×5, 4 RBIs, 2B, 3B; Luke Wirtz 2×4, RBI, 2 runs; Alex Steines 2×4, RBI, 2 runs.Records: Marshfield 11-7; Plover- not provided.last_img read more